Dethrone 'King Dollar' (thetallestmanonearth)
There are few truisms about the world economy, but for decades, one has been the role of the United States dollar as the world’s reserve currency. It’s a core principle of American economic policy. After all, who wouldn’t want their currency to be the one that foreign banks and governments want to hold in reserve? But new research reveals that what was once a privilege is now a burden, undermining job growth, pumping up budget and trade deficits and inflating financial bubbles. To get the American economy on track, the government needs to drop its commitment to maintaining the dollar’s reserve-currency status.
The conventional workday remains pretty strong. The majority of people are at work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a small break in the middle of the day for lunch.
The graph shows that construction workers take the lunch hour the most seriously, with the largest drop in workers at noon (as measured from peak to midday trough).
Tim Urban published this chart at Wait But Why in May. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long already. Whenever you look back on the summer that has just ended, you find yourself wondering where the time went, even if a single week of sunshine can seem, in the moment, like an eternity in heaven. The fact is that there are only so many weeks in a summer, and only so many in a year, and only a few dozen years in a life, even if you’re fortunate enough to be born in the United States and not in Sierra Leone, where the life expectancy is less than 50 years.
Satellite images taken on 21 August by the firm ImageSat International and interviews with members of the Yazidi religious minority still on the mountain indicate a humanitarian emergency continuing to unfold. While thousands have fled down the mountain’s north face, making a dangerous trek into Iraqi Kurdistan through Syria, those on the southern side remain in crisis.
The point of the project is to get people away from their smartphones and more involved with the community – plus the only way to see the stickers if you’re paying attention to your surroundings and willing to interact with other face-to-face. That being said, the team are also working on an interactive map that shows all the neighborhoods involved. Our advice would be to check the map before you head out, then leave your phone at home while you go in search of the item you need.
Alaska Is A Petrol State (jdargis)
Most people who follow politics are familiar with one of the ways oil wealth is shared in Alaska. As was pointed out frequently during Sarah Palin’s appearance on the national scene, Alaska is in some ways a socialist haven. For the last several decades, oil pumped out of Prudhoe Bay and elsewhere in the state has been regarded as a state resource. The Alaska Permanent Fund was founded in 1976 as a basin to hold “at least 25 percent of all mineral lease rentals, royalties, royalty sales proceeds, federal mineral revenue-sharing payments and bonuses received by the state.” Its beneficiaries, according to the state constitution, were to be “Alaska and all present and future generations of Alaskans.”
Who could have ever imagined that North America would surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas liquids? A decade ago, that would have seemed laughable. Yet that’s exactly what has happened; and it’s not just Saudi Arabia that has been left in North America’s dust — Russia has, too. America’s existing pipelines are getting older and more prone to corrosion, and over the next five to 10 years, there will be a significant increase in the number of new pipelines.
The pipeline safety market is massive and growing, but one of the major hurdles for new technologies is the reluctance of pipeline companies to proactively invest in corrosion management and maintenance. In the past, they have largely focused on the bare minimum and viewed safety as a regulatory requirement.
Does Dirt Make You Happy? (jdargis)
The psychological benefit of nature has been well documented. When it comes to being happy or not, many studies show that psychiatric problems are more common in urban than in rural communities. That makes Lowry’s and Rook’s research interesting, as it gives us a better understanding of exactly why being outside, in a garden or on a farm, makes us feel good.
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