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Politeia

Two Americas

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about 4 years ago

Over the course of 2009, the Dow Jones industrial index grew a healthy 17%. The Nasdaq grew a remarkable 41%. Over the same period the average compensation—the total cost of wages and benefits—for workers in the private sector grew just 1.5%. Adjusted for inflation, American workers made, on ...

Brave Green World

iPad Tablet Earns Greenish Marks

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about 4 years ago

If you haven’t yet had an iPod, Mac computer, or other Apple product expire on you (hopefully not mid-jog, as mine did – a real let-down), you’re in a small minority. Tech consumers of today have been bred to look for the newest and shiniest, rather than the most lasting. Which is why landfills are ...

IdeaFeed

Big Boost

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about 4 years ago

Consumers and manufacturers helped the GDP grow nearly six percent last quarter, the highest growth rate in as many years. “The surge in U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter depended on more than manufacturing and investment. Households also played their part. Gross domestic product grew at a ...

IdeaFeed

Liberal Fury

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about 4 years ago

The New Republic is one of many liberal publications criticizing Rahm Emanuel’s plan to put Obama’s economic agenda before passing healthcare reform. “Is health care reform dead? Megan McArdle says so, offering two arguments -- one persuasive, the other not. Her unpersuasive argument is that ...

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Thanks, Stratosphere

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about 4 years ago

Falling levels of water vapor in the stratosphere may be slowing the effects of global warming as part of a natural earth cycle. “A decade-long plateau in global warming appears to have occurred in large part because the stratosphere – the layer of atmosphere that few but airliners enter – got drier ...

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Fake Forests

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about 4 years ago

The first genetically modified forest has been planted by timber companies in the southeast replacing native pine with eucalyptus. “Genetic engineering is coming to the forests. While the practice of splicing foreign DNA into food crops has become common in corn and soy, few companies or researchers ...

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Space Junk

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about 4 years ago

The historical commission of California voted to protect space-trash that Apollo 11 left behind on the moon as a State treasure since it was produced by Californian companies. “In one small step for preservation and one giant leap of logic, the official historical commission of California voted ...

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Massive Car Recall

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about 4 years ago

After recalling 2.3 million cars in the U.S., Toyota is extending its recalls to Europe where another 1.8 million cars will be recalled. “The carmaker says it will recall eight models including the Yaris, the Corolla and the RAV4 sports utility vehicle. On Thursday, Toyota announced it was recalling ...

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Gruesome Irony

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about 4 years ago

An anti-abortionist activist was convicted in Kansas of murdering a doctor in the first degree who performed abortions. “A Kansas jury deliberated just 37 minutes before convicting an anti-abortion activist of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an abortion provider. The jury found Scott ...