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Daily Digest 3/16 - Putin Returns After Absence, The Truth About U.S. Crude Storage

Monday, March 16, 2015, 10:42 AM


Boston University Economist Calls Out Congress on Enormous Fiscal Gap (pinecarr)

Kotlikoff uses “fiscal gap accounting” and “generational accounting” in an attempt to get his arms around all the promises the government has made, whether “on books” (such as Treasury bills, notes, and bonds), or “off books” (such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Prescription Drug Benefit). He then compares U.S. government promises to expected government income from all sources: taxes, fees, tariffs, interest payments, payroll taxes, and so forth. The fiscal gap, instead of the highly misleading (he says) number issued by the CBO of some $11 trillion, is really $210 trillion.

Vladimir Putin Returns After Absence and Dismisses Rumors (jdargis)

The rumor mill churned, and among the possible explanations were that Mr. Putin had fallen ill with a virulent strain of the flu, that he had surreptitiously flown to Switzerland for the birth of his love child, that he had had a stroke and that he had been ousted in a coup.

Dmitry S. Peskov, the president’s spokesman, brushed off the health questions, saying that Mr. Putin’s handshake was so firm it was bone crushing, and that the president had been busy working.

Crackdown in a Detroit Stripped of Metal Parts (jdargis)

For generations, scavengers have prowled this city with impunity, pouncing on abandoned properties and light poles to pilfer steel, copper and other metals they could trade for cash at scrapyards. The practice left tens of thousands of buildings so damaged that they could not be restored, turning places like the North End into grim cityscapes that appeared to have been ravaged by a tornado.

These Tiny Bubbles May Save the Planet (jdargis)

The polymer bubbles are filled with the entirely pedestrian ingredient of baking soda, long known to absorb carbon dioxide, but it’s the bubbles themselves that are the breakthrough. They’re permeable, which means that CO2 gets trapped and absorbed by the baking soda solution inside them. In theory, you could affix the bubbles to the inside of a power plant smokestack and trap the CO2 before it is released into the atmosphere.

Battered by Hurricane Sandy, Bought by New York and for Sale for a Song (jdargis)

The views to reedy Indian Island are still breathtaking, which helped the Schwartzes sell the property last summer. The price was $661,000, about what the home was worth before the storm. The buyer was New York State.

Now the state wants to sell the land for a minimum bid of $256,750.

The Truth About U.S. Crude Storage (Evan K.)

Media headlines would have us believe that oil is headed south of $40 as U.S. crude storage nears maximum capacity. Fortunately, this could not be further from the truth. In fact, oil producers could continue to add a million barrels a week and full capacity would not be reached for four years.

Four years after Fukushima, just one man lives in the exclusion zone – to look after the animals (jdargis)

“When I did eventually feed them, the neighbours’ dogs started going crazy,” he told Vice magazine in 2011. “I went over to check on them and found that they were all still tied up. Everyone in town left thinking they would be back home in a week or so, I guess.

Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu president says climate change contributed to death and destruction (jdargis)

Residents of Vanuatu describe the horror of the tropical cyclone which battered the Pacific island nation.

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California only has (about) one year of water left

As backup supply dwindles, Jay Famiglietti says state has about one year of water left and calls for a more ‘forward-looking process’ to deal with crisis


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