This Is What An Aging Population Looks Like (Suzie G.)
Births peaked in the U.S. at 4.32 million in 2007 and declined for five years before leveling off recently. Some 3.96 million babies were born in the U.S. last year, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention.
In one indication of the significance of the deal, representatives from Syncora and Detroit called for an immediate two-day adjournment in the trial, which began Sept. 2 and was expected to run well into October. The pause was needed, the new court filings said, to work out conditions and logistics of the deal, adding that “if this agreement is finalized within this time period as we expect, it will profoundly alter the course of the proceeding and the litigation plans of the remaining parties.”
We currently spend more on defense than the next 8 countries combined. Defense spending accounts for about 20 percent of all federal spending — nearly as much as Social Security, or the combined spending for Medicare and Medicaid. The sheer size of the defense budget suggests that it should be part of any serious effort to address America’s long-term fiscal challenges.
Paul apparently thinks that bubbles are not really a problem if you are not at ‘full employment,’ because they might be stimulus. Oh boy, what do you mean ‘full employment?’ Does that mean everyone who wants a shit job without benefits at a below poverty level wage can have one is ‘full employment?’
Or does ‘full employment’ mean a robust economic environment where people are obtaining jobs that pay living wages for families that keep up with inflation and provide affordable health benefits sufficient to keep them from falling into bankruptcy if anyone in their family sustains a serious illness?
As an aside, when I saw the new ‘reform President’ bringing in Timothy Geithner, Hank Paulsen, and Larry Summers to key posts in his administration, I suspected that the people’s mandate for reform had been deflected, although there was the prior example of FDR bringing in Joe Kennedy to spearhead the SEC. But, alas, Obama quickly turned out to be no Franklin Roosevelt, but a loyal member of the Wall Street wing of the Democratic Party.
Wanted: A Farmer (Don R.)
Agricultural history can be written in a few words: displace love of farming with love of money. Displace farmstead homes with high rises jutting into the sky or hovels sprawling in the ghettos, where the displaced are forced to live while utterly dependent on money for food and water. Displace fertile soil with compacted surfaces for large machinery to speed over or for huge reservoirs of water to keep the displaced people in their snaggle-toothed high rise chimneys or dilapidated ghetto sheds alive enough to do the work.
The second most important greenhouse gas, methane, continued to grow at a similar rate to the last five years, reaching a global average of 1824 parts per billion (ppb). The other main contributor, nitrous oxide, reached 325.9 ppb, growing at a rate comparable to the average over the past decade.
The world has the knowledge and tools to keep global warming within 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), a U.N. goal set in 2010, Jarraud said, which would “give our planet a chance and… our children and grandchildren a future”.
Australian solar power scientists are one step closer to making available a cheaper and faster way to print solar cells onto plastic. CSIRO’s senior research scientist Dr Fiona Scholes said the technology was almost at the commercialisation stage and could be used to power laptops to rooftops. “iPad covers, laptop bags, skins of iPhone – not just for casing
electronics but to collect some energy as well and power those
electronics,” Dr Scholes said.
Safe lithium batteries with a long service life (Arthur Robey)
After numerous measurements and simulations, the scientists managed to understand the batteries’ behavior and to describe it mathematically. The model not only encompasses the batteries’ electrical behavior, but also their mechanical and thermal behavior. The simulations enabled to scientists to find out how the new batteries’ output and energy content are affected when the batteries are used to stabilize power networks or regulate frequencies, for example.
Luckily, there are ways a solar-power system can help us save money — even while we’re still living on the grid.
Not only that, but solar saves our planet, too. It is a clean energy that doesn’t pollute our air with lung-damaging emissions. And it’s infinitely renewable! Plus, solar use increases our energy independence.
Scientists said they were puzzled and extremely concerned by prospect of reduced absorption of the world’s oceans and plants, which they cannot explain and which threatens to accelerate the build-up of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere if the trend continues.
Anglers fishing from shore and those that hire fishing guides lost the most—an average of $29.65 and $34.27 per trip, perhaps because they are less able to change their fishing conditions. Those who pilot their own boats lost the least at $2.23 per trip. Private and rental boat users were affected differently, some substantially but others not much.
The analysis is based on data collected from interviews with saltwater anglers by NOAA’s Marine Recreational Information Program, which regularly surveys anglers on their catch. Each year approximately 40 million trips are taken in the US Southeast.
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