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Extraordinary Clouds May 31, 2009

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Extraordinary Clouds and The Cloud Collector’s Handbook – Telegraph.

America Manufacturers Twice As Much As China May 27, 2009

Posted by tkcollier in Economy & Business, Geopolitics.
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smeltingThe death of American manufacturing has been greatly exaggerated. According to U.N. statistics, the U.S. remains by far the world’s largest manufacturer, producing nearly twice as much value as No. 2 China. Since 1990, U.S. manufacturing output has grown by nearly $800 billion — an amount larger than the entire manufacturing economy of Germany, a global powerhouse.

But growth does not mean jobs. While sales soared (at least until the recession), manufacturing employment sank. Using constantly improving technology to make more-valuable goods, American workers doubled their productivity in less than a generation — which, paradoxically, rendered millions of them obsolete.

Raised on images of Carnegie and Ford, we rue the loss of once smoky, now silent megaplants but are blind to the small and midsize companies replacing them. Ultimately, what’s endangered is not U.S. manufacturing. It is our deeply ingrained cultural image of the factory and its workers.

via Yes, We’ll Still Make Stuff – The Future of Work – TIME.

The Ultimate Debt Clock May 25, 2009

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Thanks to Sander van Stijn

Thanks to Sander van Stijn

U.S. National Debt Clock : Real Time. Click for Real Time

Can a white guy be African-American? May 23, 2009

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Former medical student Paulo Serodio is suing the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, claiming he was harassed and suspended for defining himself as a white African-American. Born and raised in Mozambique and now a naturalized U.S. citizen, Serodio, 45, is asking for reinstatement at the school and monetary damages in the lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey.

Light-skinned Serodio’s problems began during a medical school class exercise, in which each student was asked to define themselves for a discussion on culture and medicine. After Serodio labeled himself as a white African-American, another student said she was offended by his comments and that, because of his white skin, was not an African-American. Serodio said he is a third-generation African of Portuguese ethnicity whose great-grandfather emigrated to Mozambique. He came to the U.S. in 1984 after being accepted at New York University.

The lawsuit claims Serodio began to be harassed by other students who sought disciplinary action against him for his statement in class, but was never given a chance to defend his views against the complaints.

via Louisville City Hall Examiner: Can a white guy be African-American?.

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Future Predictions From Geography May 22, 2009

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People and ideas influence events, but geography largely determines them, now more than ever. To understand the coming struggles, it’s time to dust off the Victorian thinkers who knew the physical world best. A journalist who has covered the ends of the Earth offers a guide to the relief map—and a primer on the next phase of conflict.

via Foreign Policy: The Revenge of Geography.

Pirate Hat – 2009 Style May 20, 2009

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Thanks to Darryl Edwards

Thanks to Darryl Edwards

China Largest Meat & Poultry Producer May 20, 2009

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Meat Production And China is the largest aqua-culture producer of seafood and the largest Wheat grower in the world (for all those Dim Sums and noodles to feed  their 6 Billion mouths). Click on this link to see an animation on the Chinese populationn trend and their oncoming aging problem, similiar to Japan’s. To read more about the latest surprising population trends read the linked article under “Muslim Birth Rates Falling Worldwide”.

Salvation From Michael Vick May 20, 2009

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Vick Pooch“Dear Lord: Thank you for bringing me to Timmy’s house and not to Michael Vick’s —  AMEN!”

Russia Could Benefit From Global Warming May 10, 2009

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I suspect it will be epic fail all around – especially after 2025. This is because by then much more powerful trends in resource depletion, climate change and technological growth will be coming into play. The end of cheap hydrocarbon based energy threatens an end to global economic growth and collapse into the Olduvai Gorge. Numerous positive feedback mechanisms such as methane clathrate releases and saturation of traditional carbon sinks will intensify global warming. We will be reaching limits to growth on multiple fronts and industrial civilization will be in peril. As one of the few countries to benefit from global warming, Russia may become host to hundreds of millions of climate refugees.

via Russia Blog: Rite of Spring: Russia’s Fertility Trends. (more…)

Muslim Birthrates Falling Worldwide May 9, 2009

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Iran is experiencing what may be one of the most dramatic demographic shifts in human history. Thirty years ago, after the shah had been driven into exile and the Islamic Republic was being established, the fertility rate was 6.5. By the turn of the century, it had dropped to 2.2. Today, at 1.7, it has collapsed to European levels. The implications are profound for the politics and power games of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, putting into doubt Iran’s dreams of being the regional superpower and altering the tense dynamics between the Sunni and Shiite wings of Islam. Equally important are the implications for the economic future of Iran, which by ­mid­century may have consumed all of its oil and will confront the challenge of organizing a society with few people of working age and many ­pensioners.

The decline of Muslim birthrates is a global phenomenon. Most analysts have focused on the remarkably high proportion of people under age 25 in the Arab countries, which has inspired some crude forecasts about what this implies for the future. Yet recent UN data suggest that Arab birthrates are falling fast, and that the number of births among women under the age of 20 is dropping even more sharply. Only two Arab countries still have high fertility rates: Yemen and the Palestinian ­territories.

via The World’s New Numbers. (more…)

Mango Dave Murdered? May 8, 2009

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David Schnittlich dreamed of retiring to the Caribbean. So he bought his favorite restaurant there and became Mango Dave.

The Police aren’t saying much about their investigation, but rumor  has it that he was found dead in his backyard, apparently from a blow to his head. It doesn’t look good for his ex-girlfriend. We’ll see, bit judging from the comments after the “Fantasy Island” Forbes article linked below, he wasn’t as beloved as the Anguilla Forum would lead you to believe (under “Mango Dave”)

via Fantasy Island – Forbes.com.

Surf Slo-Mo Inside a 12′ Tube May 8, 2009

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French Excel at Eating, Sleeping May 4, 2009

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Norwegians spend the most time at leisure, just over a quarter of their day, while at the low end, Mexicans spend just 16 percent of their time having fun.

The French still win in the sleeping and eating categories, spending on average nearly 9 hours a day in bed. For the French, leisure continues in the waking hours, with more than 2 hours a day spent eating and drinking — nearly twice as much time at the table as Americans, Canadians or Mexicans.

Americans also like their sleep, spending some 8.5 hours a day doing just that.

via Survey: French Excel at Eating, Sleeping – TIME. (more…)

 Dharma Bummer May 3, 2009

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dharmabums-reduxAs many as 4 million Americans now practice Buddhism, surpassing the total of Episcopalians. Of these Buddhists, half have post-graduate degrees, according to one survey.

Four years ago, I joined a Buddhist meditation class and began talking to (and reading books by) intellectuals sympathetic to Buddhism. Eventually, and regretfully, I concluded that Buddhism is not much more rational than the Catholicism I lapsed from in my youth; Buddhism’s moral and metaphysical worldview cannot easily be reconciled with science—or, more generally, with modern humanistic values.

All religions, including Buddhism, stem from our narcissistic wish to believe that the universe was created for our benefit, as a stage for our spiritual quests. In contrast, science tells us that we are incidental, accidental. Far from being the raison d’être of the universe, we appeared through sheer happenstance, and we could vanish in the same way. This is not a comforting viewpoint, but science, unlike religion, seeks truth regardless of how it makes us feel. Buddhism raises radical questions about our inner and outer reality, but it is finally not radical enough to accommodate science’s disturbing perspective. The remaining question is whether any form of spirituality can.

via Why I ditched Buddhism. – By John Horgan – Slate Magazine.

Stuggle To Secure Vast Capsian Gas Supplies May 3, 2009

Posted by tkcollier in Economy & Business, Geopolitics.
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caspian-oil-routesInteresting article about the new Administration’s efforts in re-directing the vast natural gas in the Caspian region away from Russian control, with the help of  Iran & China.

Asia Times Online :: Middle East News, Iraq, Iran current affairs.

The Flu & Winnie The Pooh May 1, 2009

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Thanks to Liz

Thanks to Liz

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