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  • Mon, Jun 27, 2011 - 10:01am

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    Poet

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    Please Keep It Short In Here!

DamnTheMatrix, thank you for sharing the information about the book. I’ve never read the original Limits To Growth, nor been exposed to the critiques of it, etc. I think I’m probably way too young for that – I wasn’t even born when it was published. So if I ever do read the new edition, it’ll not be with any pre-bias. I think a lot of my generation and younger would be in similar circumstances, and that’s a good thing.

Everyone
Please, let’s keep postings in this thread short. As in, as few words as possible. Per article: The title, a blurb to draw the reader’s interest, and the link.

Reason: I personally just ignore and scroll past a lot of the (probably very important) postings in the Timeline/Stages for Collapse of our Way of Life thread is because of the cut-and-paste of entire articles. My eyes just glaze over. It’s got over 1000 comments, but  no one ever really comments there anymore except the two main people who mostly spam up that thread with huge chunks of text. I’m sure a lot of other folks no longer bother reading that thread.

I’d rather not this thread become like that. Thanks!

Downsizing Boomers Looking to Sell Their Stuff (April 8, 2011) (In the May 2011 issue of SmartMoney magazine as “The Big Sell-Off”, on the cover as “The Great American Sell-Off”)
Born into the giddy postwar climate of conspicuous consumption and weaned on decades of easy credit, they’re a generation accustomed to regularly leaving offerings at the altar of retail. That is, until they hit the empty-nest, time-to-start-downsizing phase and begin wondering what to do with their mountains of accumulated stuff. With some 8,000 Americans turning 65 every day, on average, and the senior population expected to double by 2050, millions are facing a massive, multifaceted purge that’s turning out to be much tougher than they thought it would be.
http://www.smartmoney.com/retirement/planning/downsizing-boomers-looking-to-sell-their-stuff-1301517395843/

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  • Mon, Jun 27, 2011 - 12:25pm

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    Please Keep It Short In Here!

[quote=Poet]Reason: I personally just ignore and scroll past a lot of the (probably very important) postings in the Timeline/Stages for Collapse of our Way of Life thread is because of the cut-and-paste of entire articles. My eyes just glaze over. It’s got over 1000 comments, but  no one ever really comments there anymore except the two main people who mostly spam up that thread with huge chunks of text. I’m sure a lot of other folks no longer bother reading that thread.[/quote]

Really?  So how come it’s had over 78,000 hits?  I’ve heard how Gen Ys have a short attention spam……..

See, I’m the opposite.  I hate being redirected to other sites to read the full story on something that’s drawn my attention…

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  • Mon, Jun 27, 2011 - 01:21pm

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    Damnthematrix wrote: Poet

[quote=Damnthematrix]

 

Really?  So how come it’s had over 78,000 hits?  I’ve heard how Gen Ys have a short attention spam……..

See, I’m the opposite.  I hate being redirected to other sites to read the full story on something that’s drawn my attention…

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Mike, I contribute to the “hits”. Everytime something posts in there, I go there to clear out the “1 New” or “2 New” in my Track. I’m sure a lot of folks do the same, too.

Anyways, I’m Gen X. I’m a voracious reader – used tor read 3 or 4 books per day back in my pre-college days – and I read very fast. But I tend to skim or scroll over huge blocks of scholarly news text that’s too long, whereas the Daily Digest blurbs will always get read by me.

My Degree Isn’t Worth The Debt! (Gallery of several people who say their college degree wasn’t worth it.)
Was my college degree worth it? Hell no. I graduated from one of the top engineering schools in the nation, thinking my starting salary would be between $70,000 and $80,000 a year. Such a specialized, technical degree is supposed to lead to a great career, so I was willing to take out the debt. Instead, I was hit with nine months of unemployment after graduating. And now that I finally have a job, I’m making about $15,000 a year less than I had hoped. Even if I were able to afford the $1,800 payments each month, it will probably take me 30 years to pay off my student loans.
http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2011/news/economy/1106/gallery.student_debt/index.html

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  • Mon, Jun 27, 2011 - 01:49pm

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    Poet wrote:Damnthematrix

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[quote=Damnthematrix]

 

Really?  So how come it’s had over 78,000 hits?  I’ve heard how Gen Ys have a short attention spam……..

See, I’m the opposite.  I hate being redirected to other sites to read the full story on something that’s drawn my attention…

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Mike, I contribute to the “hits”. Everytime something posts in there, I go there to clear out the “1 New” or “2 New” in my Track. I’m sure a lot of folks do the same, too.

Anyways, I’m Gen X. I’m a voracious reader – used tor read 3 or 4 books per day back in my pre-college days – and I read very fast. But I tend to skim or scroll over huge blocks of scholarly news text that’s too long, whereas the Daily Digest blurbs will always get read by me.

My Degree Isn’t Worth The Debt! (Gallery of several people who say their college degree wasn’t worth it.)
Was my college degree worth it? Hell no. I graduated from one of the top engineering schools in the nation, thinking my starting salary would be between $70,000 and $80,000 a year. Such a specialized, technical degree is supposed to lead to a great career, so I was willing to take out the debt. Instead, I was hit with nine months of unemployment after graduating. And now that I finally have a job, I’m making about $15,000 a year less than I had hoped. Even if I were able to afford the $1,800 payments each month, it will probably take me 30 years to pay off my student loans.
http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2011/news/economy/1106/gallery.student_debt/index.html

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To each his own. I’m glad I’ve hung around this long because of a few gems by certain people. I’ve noticed than on the Wealth Gap thread, some of the articles posted have lost their original link – pays to save the original if you can.

I’m with DMX, if it’s worth reading, post it all, if it’s not too long.

Unfortunately, the forum sites here are not what they used to be. I don’t know if all the chatter from days gone by was worth much anyway – mostly nonsensical arguing.

  • Mon, Jun 27, 2011 - 06:43pm

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    The California Dream Is Fizzling Out

[quote=xraymike79]

To each his own. I’m glad I’ve hung around this long because of a few gems by certain people. I’ve noticed than on the Wealth Gap thread, some of the articles posted have lost their original link – pays to save the original if you can.

I’m with DMX, if it’s worth reading, post it all, if it’s not too long.

Unfortunately, the forum sites here are not what they used to be. I don’t know if all the chatter from days gone by was worth much anyway – mostly nonsensical arguing.

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No disrespect to the posts in that thread meant, Mikes. You and others have posted some really good stuff. It just gets overwhelming after a while. I hope I’ve helped provide a few gems in your time.

The California Dream Is Fizzling Out
California isn’t what it used to be. Sure, America’s most populous state, with 37.3 million people, is still home to Hollywood, “The OC,” Silicon Valley and other cultural and economic engines. But for average Americans, the state seems to have lost its appeal.
http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/06/27/california.dream.census.slump/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

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  • Tue, Jun 28, 2011 - 06:20pm

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    White Collar Outsourcing With Technology

Outsourcing isn’t just about factory jobs…

White Collar Outsourcing With Technology
So somewhere in America, yet another small business owner has realized that, they could hire a data entry worker in the U.S. with a high school diploma for, say, $1,500 per month. That worker could be in the same office, in the same town, in the same state, or even in another part of the country – but at least they’d be living in the United States, earning wages and and spending it the American economy. But instead…
http://minoritysurvival.com/2011/06/28/white-collar-outsourcing-with-technology/

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  • Sat, Jul 02, 2011 - 02:54pm

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    Rare Earths Mining: China’s 21st Century Gold Rush

Eye-catching and informative video on rare earth minerals and mining. Gotta love the BBC.

Rare Earths Mining: China’s 21st Century Gold Rush
Rare earth metals have become some of the world’s most valued resources. They are found in almost every car, gadget and household. After the US stopped the excavation of rare earth materials China now has a monopoly on its production.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13777439

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  • Mon, Jul 04, 2011 - 12:16am

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    Urban Fish Farming: Wave Of The Future?

NPR has a story about what we have already discussed on this web site, aquaculture to raise fish and grow vegetables hydroponically. The article talks a little like he’s on the cutting edge. Maybe he is, but probably not too far ahead of others who have been doing this for years.

Urban Fish Farming: Wave Of The Future?
Schreibman didn’t exactly invent aquaculture – the term is basically a catchall that refers to any alternative method of fish farming – but he’s thought as much as anyone else about how to make it urban, by making his recirculation system small enough to run anywhere on a municipal water source. His utopian city is one with Jacuzzi-sized fish tanks on every roof, giving locavore owners more than 100 pounds of fish a year. Schreibman further sweetens the deal with something called hydroponics. By tweaking his filtration system to leave a certain amount of fish waste in the water, plants can be grown in the same tank.“
http://www.npr.org/2011/07/03/137588931/urban-fish-farming-wave-of-the-future?ps=cprs

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  • Thu, Jul 07, 2011 - 10:08pm

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    Khan Academy Revolutionizing Learning

Why can’t math – and many other subjects – be taught like this to all kids in America? If it were, our kids would be fantastic at math.

Every school kid should be watching Khan Academy to learn and master math skills.

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  • Fri, Jul 08, 2011 - 02:22am

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    Khan Academy site looks amazing!

Poet,

Now that is a website my sons are going to be spending a lot of time on this summer.  I am not sure they will be as appreciative but I thank you.

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