Keep Calm And Carry On (James W.)
Think about that for the moment. There could be hundreds, if not thousands, of dangerous extremists who should be monitored by the security agencies but who aren’t, as the resources simply aren’t available. The intelligence officers tasked with preventing terrorist attacks are playing God; taking a calculated risk that one potential terrorist is a greater threat then another radicalised extremist.
The truth is that our government has lost control of this problem.
“I had a very established career,” Villaluna said. Then, in September, her plan to get a state subsidy for child care fell through, and the single mom couldn’t afford to spend thousands of dollars on private day care. The day she gave up her beloved 9-to-5 job, she cried for hours.
The 3rd wave of WIKI-the half empty cup (Jesper A.)
The first wave was enthusiasm and openness. The lack of articles allowed for innovation and cooperation. A clean slate, tabula rasa. Discovery.
The second wave was consolidation, checking, broadening of subject matter, responsability. Arrangement, decoration, fulfillment.
As we can see, the outstanding debt (in bonds) will jump to $110 billion in 2018, $155 billion in 2019, and then skyrocket to $230 billion in 2020. This is extremely bad news because it takes oil profits to pay down debt. Right now, very few oil and gas companies are making decent profits or free cash flow. Those that are, have been cutting their capital expenditures substantially in order to turn negative free cash flow into positive.
The Great War For Eurasia (yogmonster)
The complex nature of world events and challenges would require intense explanations and a broad knowledge base to understand. This is not to suggest that people do not deserve the truth and that a high percentage of the population could not comprehend and manage a working understanding of how the world functions. It simple acknowledges the factual data of the intelligence bell curve within demographics and the disproportionate ability of people to process and transfer information and knowledge with any consistent level of accuracy.
Donald Trump’s Base Is Shrinking (jdargis)
The share of Americans who somewhat approve of Trump’s performance has actually increased slightly, however, from about 16 percent in early February to 17.9 percent as of Tuesday. In part, this probably reflects voters who once strongly approved of Trump and who have now downgraded him to the somewhat approve category. (Trump’s strongly approve and somewhat approve numbers have been inversely correlated so far, meaning that as one has risen, the other has tended to fall.) A potential problem for Trump is that in the event of continued White House turmoil, the next step for these somewhat approve voters would be to move toward disapproval of the president.
Yet, it seems that OPEC and Russia are for now comfortable with their quotas; or perhaps they are just not willing to risk losing further market share by cutting deeper. The latter is particularly likely for bigger OPEC producers such as Saudi Arabia and Iraq. The former has already lost some market share in Asia to the latter, to Iran, and to Russia.
A flight over Hong Kong’s secret farms (blackeagle)
Hong Kong’s tower blocks are now the site of a green revolution – as the stunning video above shows.
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