To Rescue Democracy, Go Outside (jdargis)
This is particularly problematic because our physical networks are a powerful influence on our beliefs. In 2008, my research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studied interactions among a group of voters. We used cell-phone based Bluetooth proximity detection, WLAN location approximation and communication, and call records to put together an account of subjects’ face-to-face interactions, gathering 132,000 hours of social interaction data.
“These bonuses were used to keep people in,” said Christopher Van Meter, a 42-year-old former Army captain and Iraq veteran from Manteca, Calif., who says he refinanced his home mortgage to repay $25,000 in reenlistment bonuses and $21,000 in student loan repayments that the Army says he should not have received. “People like me just got screwed.”
When The Safety Net Doesn’t Catch You (jdargis)
Also, Brooke meets Margaret Smith, a Columbus woman made homeless after a violent crime derailed the life she’d carefully built with her six children. And we visit an Athens County food pantry that provides not just meals to the community, but also school supplies, clothing, furniture, job training, home repairs, disaster relief…even burial plots.
As well as the Royal Navy, the Royal Norwegian Navy, Finnish Navy and Royal Netherlands Navy have vessels surrounding the North Sea.
Despite this response, one Moscow defence expert claimed Vladimir Putin is ready to ‘seize control’ of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic as he boasted about Russia’s sea power while branding the Royal Navy ‘tiny’.
The Inversion Of Influence (jdargis)
Making this new reality even more challenging are the growing levels of trust inequality revealed in this year’s Trust Barometer data. The 85 percent of respondents who are in the broader mass population have a trust score of just 48, while the 15 percent who qualify as the Informed Public — those with higher income levels, higher education, and higher usage of traditional media — have a much higher trust score of 60. This 12-point gap has increased by three points in the last five years, and the divide is even more significant in some of the world’s largest economies.
Such is the destiny of monocultures. Thanks to the rich soil and free labor, cotton farming was so profitable that landowners insisted on planting it year after year after year, and made little effort to replenish the soil or rotate other crops. In the mid-1800s the South produced 75 percent of the world’s cotton; but by the turn of the century the whole system was showing signs of collapse.
There are 18 major river basins in the 48 states of the contiguous US, but much of the map is dominated by the massive catchment area for the Mississippi River, including the Upper and Lower Mississippi River Basins, along with Missouri River Basin and the Arkansas-White-Red Basin, as seen in pink.
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