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Best Of The Web On One Page February 4, 2009

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Save time searching –  web pages are sorted by categories-  all on one mega-page. Thanks to Jeff Ullian for forwarding it to us.

The US Started And Now Has to Fix The Economic Mess February 4, 2009

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Decisions taken in the next few months will shape the world for a generation. If we get through this crisis without collapse, we will have the time and the chance to construct a better and more stable global order. If we do not, that opportunity may not recur for decades.

We are living on the cusp of history. The priority is to reverse the downward spiral of despair through overwhelming and concerted action. That will only occur if the US now gives the leadership we need. Mr Obama may even find, as many presidents have found before him, that leading the world is easier and more rewarding than cajoling a recalcitrant Congress. This may not be the challenge he expected. But it is the challenge he confronts. History will judge his presidency on whether he dares to succeed

via FT.com / Columnists / Martin Wolf – Why Davos Man is waiting for Obama to save him.

Folding dealers shock car buyers with unpaid liens February 3, 2009

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The national wave of auto dealership closures has come crashing down on thousands of people who are on the hook for used-car loans that dealers were supposed to absolve.

When a car buyer still owes money on a vehicle he is trading in, the dealer promises to pay off the outstanding loan, then resells the vehicle. But as more dealers go out of business, some are sticking consumers with the bill. Lenders can then go after the previous owner who thought the debt was paid, or repossess the car from the new owner who assumed it came with clear title.

via Folding dealers shock car buyers with unpaid liens – Yahoo! News.

Can Obama Turn China Green? February 3, 2009

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There are good reasons for cooperation, however. On the Chinese side, the Communist Party’s legitimacy lies largely in its ability to deliver economic growth and higher living standards to its people. Yet the World Bank estimates that the total cost of air and water pollution is already 5.8% of GDP, and unbreathable air certainly does not constitute a higher standard of living—as China’s population is fast realising. In 2005 alone, there were 51,000 pollution-related protests, roughly 140 each day.

And the U.S. needs a boost to its own international legitimacy. Co-operating with China on one of the most pressing issues of our time is an excellent opportunity to do so. If that’s not reason enough, a U.S.-China partnership on energy productivity is good business. Global demand for low-carbon energy could create a $500 billion annual market by 2050. Instituting policies that will encourage innovation now can ensure future competitiveness in an important industry

via Far Eastern Economic Review | Turning the East Green.

Lawless Pakistan Arms Market February 3, 2009

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Click the link to see a documentary, shot in the lawless area of Pakistan, about a town dedicated to the armaments trade.more about “Pakistan Arms Market“,

Bacon Explosion: The BBQ Sausage Recipe of all Recipes February 3, 2009

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Bacon Explosion: The BBQ Sausage Recipe of all Recipes.

containing at least 5,000 calories and 500 grams of fat

Violent unrest rocks China as crisis hits February 3, 2009

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A growing number of economists say the unrest proves that it is not the exchange rate but years of sweatshop wages and income inequality in China that have distorted global competition and stifled domestic demand. The influential Far Eastern Economic Review headlined its latest issue “The coming crack-up of the China Model”.

Yasheng Huang, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said corruption and a deeply flawed model of economic reform had led to a collapse in personal income growth and a wealth gap that could leave China looking like a Latin American economy.

The instability may peak when millions of migrant workers flood back from celebrating the Chinese new year to find they no longer have jobs. That spells political trouble and there are already signs that the government’s $585 billion stimulus package will not be enough to achieve its goal of 8% growth this year.

via Violent unrest rocks China as crisis hits – Times Online.

Seretonin causes locusts to swarm February 2, 2009

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Locust Swarm

The brain chemical serotonin has been linked to mood in people. It plays a role in sexual desire, appetite, sleep, memory and learning, too.

Under certain conditions, locusts triple the amount of serotonin in their systems, changing the insects from loners to pack animals, Burrows and his co-authors report in Friday’s edition of the journal Science.

These packs can be devastating. They affect 20% of the Earth’s land. Last year a swarm nearly four miles long plagued Australia. They also occur in Africa and Asia and have affected the western U.S.

via Common chemical causes locusts to swarm – USATODAY.com.

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