What does the future hold?

What does the future hold? I ask myself this question quite often. Even more so with today's economic crisis. I think about all my family, friends, and their families and how their lives have been affected by today's economy. Many are out of work. Some recently lost their jobs, others have been about of a job for almost a year, and some are going to lose their jobs. We all have one thing in common. Where do we get another job? I wish I had an answer but I don't. I can only hope that our president will up to task of getting us out of this mess. If not, then we're in for a rough ride. He said the new stimulus plan would help. Help? How? We need paying jobs not money. How can we make a living on just checks alone? We can't. Something needs to be done. And we can't just sit around and talk about it either.

Car culture and suburbs grow right-wing populism, 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
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  • 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
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