The Debt Ceiling Explained

Treasury Secretary Geithner's letter to Congress on the debt ceiling warns that if Washington doesn't raise the government's borrowing limit, the economy will face catastrophe.

The U.S. government without a rising debt ceiling is like an average American without a credit card. If you can't borrow money, you can only spend what you earn. As Bruce Bartlett explained to me, "Let's say the Treasury makes $100 of cash today but it has to pay $1000 of bills. You have to create a line." If we pay off investors, we can't pay off contractors. If we pay Social Security checks, we can't pay federal employees. Michael Linden predicts the immediate cessation of 40 percent of federal government activities, including Social Security and military operations.

Understand your own mind and goals via bullet journaling

Journaling can help you materialize your ambitions.

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  • Organizing your thoughts can help you plan and achieve goals that might otherwise seen unobtainable.
  • The Bullet Journal method, in particular, can reduce clutter in your life by helping you visualize your future.
  • One way to view your journal might be less of a narrative and more of a timeline of decisions.
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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.

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

New research links urban planning and political polarization.

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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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