Countdown to Crisis

Forbes' Quentin Hardy says the U.S. economy is on track to collapse in twelve years based on analyses of the diminishing rate of returns from private assets.

"Attention America’s economy: You have 12 years to live. Our capitalist system is based on the idea of an overall return on our assets: We buy things, then reconfigure, invent, invest, and redeploy them in ways that are more positive for the world. If you like that DVR, that fast food and all the other fine things around us, you should approve. Small problem: According to a fascinating new study from Deloitte, over the last 40 years the return on assets has fallen 75%. Return on invested capital is down 79%. By 2022, says one of the authors, return on assets will hit zero."

Car culture and suburban sprawl create rifts in society, claims study

New research links urban planning and political polarization.

Politics & Current Affairs
  • Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
  • Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
  • People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
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How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

Image: Dicken Schrader
Strange Maps
  • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
  • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
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NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller on ​the multiple dimensions of space and human sexuality

Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.

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Think Again Podcasts
  • Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
  • What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
  • Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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