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Brave Green World

Made In China: Your Energy Future

Windturbine
about 4 years ago

Question: would you rather answer to a boss who has his own interests at heart (not yours), or to no boss at all? Would you rather the US switched from answering to the Middle East on oil and then immediately started answering to China on renewable and clean energy technologies – as the world moves ...

Politeia

Who's Afraid of Health Care Reform?

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about 4 years ago

The conventional wisdom is that Republican Scott Brown's upset victory in the special election to fill Ted Kennedy's vacant Senate seat was a referendum on health care reform. In a sense it's true. A majority of voters saw health care as the most important issue in the election, with most of Martha ...

Mind Matters

Worst Social Networking Idea Ever

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about 4 years ago

The Dalai Lama was stumped. He thought he knew about the mind, he said, but he'd never heard of the mental experience about which he'd been asked. Yet here was a roomful of people to whom it was familiar as hunger or thirst. What, he wanted to know, is this self-hatred of which you speak? It ...

As I Please

How Environmentally Friendly Is Wind Power?

Windfarm
about 4 years ago

Government Ministers in Britain are fond of reminding people here – and abroad – that this country has made much more progress in limiting CO2 emissions than comparable economies. There is some truth in this, and because of this record, British Ministers are also able to take the high ground over ...

Resurgence

To Build An Economy

Match
about 4 years ago

In the middle of a vigorous political debate last night, the topic of the economy came up. The man I was having this discussion with, a former corporate executive who had opened his own small business here in the Atlanta area, asked me whether or not I thought the president was doing anything to ...

IdeaFeed

Remember Healthcare?

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about 4 years ago

Democrats once again court Senator Olympia Snowe looking for Republican support after the Massachusetts election setback. "Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) said Friday that she has been in conversation with Democrats and Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus about a way forward on health care reform. 'I ...

IdeaFeed

China: The New OPEC

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about 4 years ago

China produces more renewable energy technology and equipment than any country in the world despite the West's redoubled efforts. "China vaulted past competitors in Denmark, Germany, Spain, and the United States last year to become the world’s largest maker of wind turbines, and is poised to expand ...

IdeaFeed

Do-Gooders Held

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about 4 years ago

Ten Americans are being held by Haitian authorities after they attempted to leave the country with 33 children who didn't have passports. "Ten Americans were detained by Haitian police on Saturday as they tried to bus 33 children across the border into the Dominican Republic, allegedly without ...

IdeaFeed

Fusion Hopes

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about 4 years ago

Experiments using levitating magnets at MIT mimic the earth's magnetic fields and make clearer the possibility of energy through fusion. “Fusion has been a cherished goal of physicists and energy researchers for more than 50 years. That's because it offers the possibility of nearly endless supplies ...

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Literary Backlog

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about 4 years ago

It is thought that J.D. Salinger has written as many as ten unpublished novels that now, with his passing, may eventually see the light of day. “Was JD Salinger best known, in later years, for being the most celebrated literary recluse in the world? After 1965, he withdrew from engagement with the ...

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Tea Time?

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about 4 years ago

After the withdrawal of two State Representatives, the first-ever tea party convention is facing some infighting over how to organize the event. "With conservative firebrand Sarah Palin headlining, it’s been billed as an event to fuse and celebrate the tenets of the disparate ‘tea party’ movement ...

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Superbowl Side Plot

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about 4 years ago

TV commercials relating to abortion and a gay dating website that have been scheduled to appear during the Super Bowl are causing CBS to navigate an ideological mine field. "This year, the Super Bowl will be jollified by a side-plot that perhaps reflects the true state of the nation: an angry ...