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The Localist Revolution (Gamma Geek)
Localism is truly a revolution. It literally means flipping the power structure. For the past several decades, money, talent and power have flowed to the centers of national power. Politicians tried to ascend to national office as they advanced their careers. Smart young people flocked to national universities, and then to New York and D.C. The federal government assumed greater and greater control of American life.
“This ruling could have profound national significance if it paves the way for more humane and constitutionally acceptable treatment of these children, to reunify them with their parents,” Blumenthal said. “I’m excited beyond words that the federal judiciary and our Constitution State are stopping this horrendous and inhumane injustice of separating children from their families,” he said, referring to Connecticut’s nickname.
She says the most successful strategy was early bail review, which gave individuals charged with non-violent offenses, being held on bail of $50,000 or less, a chance for pre-trial release.
"There are a lot of individuals who can be safely supervised in the community while they're awaiting trial and do not need to be incarcerated," she says.
Bank of America's recent Better Money Habits Millennial Report found that 73% of millennials (ages 23-37) said their generation overspends on unnecessary indulgences. In addition, 35% of millennials reported not saving enough, while 17% said they spend more than they should.
However, past performance is no guarantee of future results. This is why I'm looking for companies with numerous positive factors (competitive advantages, growth catalysts, top notch management) that will be able to continue to deliver market beating returns over time.
Geoff Boeing, an assistant professor of urban informatics at Northeastern University, recently moved from the more linear Bay Area to a more chaotic Boston. Upon arrival, he created this series of data visualizations to explore how American city grids shape urban legibility in 25 major cities. He explains that in his diagrams “each bar’s direction represents the compass bearings of the streets … length represents the relative frequency of streets with those bearings.”
How to Get America on the Mediterranean Diet (Gamma Geek)
Of course, even the Mediterranean diet can sound like just another trend — especially in our current political moment, when so many are dismissive of anything with a European flavor to it. Recent news doesn’t help, either: This past month a study on the diet, originally published in 2013 in The New England Journal of Medicine, was retracted, revised and republished because of errors in randomization. Some took this as evidence that the diet itself was suspect. But in fact the study, once revised, showed a similarly significant composite reduction in risk for heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular death.
For the assessment, his team examined more than 1,000 colon cancer patients enrolled in a National Cancer Institute-supported clinical trial. Participants completed nutrition questionnaires that asked about their consumption of more than 130 foods and drinks. Scientists then tracked cancer recurrence and patient death rates for about seven years.
There's thulium for laser eye surgery, cerium for lighter flints, and krypton for flashlights. You've got strontium for fireworks, and xenon for high-intensity lamps inside lighthouses.
Weather permitting, skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere will be able to see Mars in the southeast sky anytime after nightfall. The best time to look will be around midnight, when the Red Planet will be visible high in the night sky.
In those areas, the totality of the lunar eclipse — when the moon will retain its red color — will last for about an hour and 42 minutes. The entire event — beginning as the moon passes through the Earth's stratosphere — will last about six hours and 13 minutes, Petro said.
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