Is Gordon Brown Trying to Save the World or Himself?
Shall we expect a political stalemate or the largest economic rescue plan in the history of the universe next month in London? If for no one but Gordon Brown's sake, let's hope it's the latter.
It started with Mr. Brown's courtesy call to Congress on March 4. He made a rousing appeal for united global action against the downward economic spiral and hoorayed a legacy of close US-British relations when it came to scary issues. There were standing ovations for Mr. Brown in Congress, but the enthusiasm in the White House was somewhat muted.
With a burly domestic crisis on his hands, Obama has been disconcertingly nonchalant about the G-20 meeting. His campaign priority to be "strong at home" before tackling the globe's box of troubles seems to be echoing quite loudly around Washington. On top of his coolness, the Treasury's staffing woes are rumored to be a great hindrance on what the administration can handle right now.
Which brings us to the possibility of no grand plan of action devised by the G-20 nations on April 2. If this were to pass, as the Economist suggests it might it wouldn't necessarily mean economic armageddon for the world, but it would likely indicate countries are opting for protectionism over unity. And hunkering down in the global North would pack a far-reaching punch to the South. Emerging economies have been already stung by flaccid trade and descending import demand from traditionally reliable consumers like the US.
Agreement or no agreement, Mr. Brown faces elections sometime before June 2010. He was key in delivering great prosperity to the UK over the past decade, but whether he can orchestrate it for the world might be a matter outside of his control.
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We take fewer mental pictures per second.
- Recent memories run in our brains like sped-up old movies.
- In childhood, we capture images in our memory much more quickly.
- The complexities of grownup neural pathways are no match for the direct routes of young brains.
A consortium of scientists and engineers have proposed that the U.S. and Mexico build a series of guarded solar, wind, natural gas and desalination facilities along the entirety of the border.
- The proposal was recently presented to several U.S. members of Congress.
- The plan still calls for border security, considering all of the facilities along the border would be guarded and connected by physical barriers.
- It's undoubtedly an expensive and complicated proposal, but the team argues that border regions are ideal spots for wind and solar energy, and that they could use the jobs and fresh water the energy park would create.
It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?
- Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
- Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
- Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.
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