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The jobless rate, which has declined since topping the 10 percent mark in October 2009, continues to hover just above what economists consider full employment — the point where further declines could start to push up inflation.
5 Reasons to Bank Offshore (Tiffany D.)
Foreign banks are almost universally sounder than U.S. banks. The U.S. banking system is a house of cards. The major U.S. banks are leveraged to the hilt and enmeshed in a system of counter-parties, derivatives and hedging that is only sustainable so long as the U.S. government is committed to bailing them out. The best foreign banks are almost always based on old-fashioned principles of sufficient reserves and a strict separation of banking from proprietary trading.
“These safeguards will be a strong check against the discriminatory surveillance of Muslim communities that we challenged in our lawsuit,” said Hina Shamsi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project, who represents the plaintiffs in one of the lawsuits. “We hope the settlement shows that effective policing isn’t at odds with constitutional policing.”
To be sure, that growth and rising proliferation has something to do with gasoline’s high prices in recent years. If you use more electricity stored in batteries rather than gasoline stored in your tank, you can save some money. But the sustained growth of more efficient automobiles has much more to do with changes in regulation, in the external environment, in the competitive arena, and in the zeitgeist.
“This work opens up possibilities of using waste for powering portable and wearable electronics. For example, recent research shows it should be possible to develop a system based on wearable MFC technology to transmit a person's coordinates in an emergency situation. At the same time this would indicate proof of life since the device will only work if the operator's urine fuels the MFCs.”
The Mississippi River is expected to crest on January 15 in Mississippi, but the Grand Gulf Station in the state shouldn’t be affected. Louisiana’s River Bend and Waterford Stations should also be in the clear. All three of these plants are operated by Entergy.
From Chaos To Life (gallantfarms)
It’s a beautiful story. And a reminder that organic regenerative farms not only restore biodiversity, rebuild soil organic matter, restore local economies and provide healthy food—they also play a key role in carbon sequestration and cooling the planet.
A World Record Big Year for Birds (jdargis)
Strycker got hooked on birding by a fifth-grade teacher. After he graduated college, he became, in his own words, a “full-time bird man.” He spent a field season in Antarctica and wrote about his experience in Among Penguins. Over the past several years he has traveled to Australia, Hawaii, and Costa Rica, hiked the Pacific Coast Trail from Mexico to Canada, and published another book, The Thing With Feathers. But his biggest adventure was still to come.
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