Archive | December, 2012

America in 2012, as Told in Charts

December 31, 2012

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STEVEN RATTNER December 31, 2012, 7:43 pm168 Comments America in 2012, as Told in Charts By STEVEN RATTNER Steven Rattneron economic policy, finance and business. TAGS: ECONOMIC CONDITIONS AND TRENDS, FEDERAL BUDGET,FEDERAL TAXES, NATIONAL DEBT The weak economy, widening income inequality, gridlock in Congress and a presidential election: Those were perhaps the dominant economic and […]

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How Many Slaves Work for You?

December 31, 2012

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N.Y. Times (Dec. 31, 2012) How Many Slaves Work for You? By Louis P. Masur New Brunswick, N.J. The Emancipation Proclamation, signed 150 years ago today, was a revolutionary achievement, and widely recognized as such at the time. Abraham Lincoln himself declared, “If my name goes into history it will be for this act, and […]

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Big Data: Rise of the Machines

December 31, 2012

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N.Y. Times (Dec. 31, 2012) Big Data: Rise of the Machines By Steve Lohr For a column that laid out some second thoughts on Big Data, one of the people I talked to was Thomas H. Davenport, who has worked in the fields of knowledge management and analytics for 15 years. Data analytics is the […]

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Everything We Tell Ourselves About America and the World Is Wrong

December 29, 2012

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Alternet (Dec. 29, 2012) Everything We Tell Ourselves About America and the World Is Wrong By Charles Eisenstein Every culture has a Story of the People to give meaning to the world. Part conscious and part unconscious, it consists of a matrix of agreements, narratives, and symbols that tell us why we are here, where […]

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A Simple Graph Showing the American Manufacturing Worker Is Suddenly an Incredible Bargain

December 17, 2012

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This month's Atlantic magazine predicts that we are on the verge of a U.S.-based manufacturing renaissance, as companies see the advantages to making more goods…

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Foreseeing Issues in Medicare’s Future

December 16, 2012

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The question of how to reduce the growth of Medicare costs will become increasingly important as the population continues to age and health costs rise.]]>…

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Opinion: The Decline of Evangelical America

December 16, 2012

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Evangelicals can use the crises facing America to refashion themselves into a more sensitive, spiritual and humble movement.]]>…

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Without Babies, Can Japan Survive?

December 16, 2012

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Faced with an increasingly aging population, Japan must take steps to raise alarmingly its low birthrate.]]>…

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Charles ‘Insourcing Boom’ Fishman Replies to Alan ‘No Boom’ Tonelson

December 16, 2012

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Yesterday I quoted Alan Tonelson's response to the paired stories by Charles Fishman, and me, arguing that several overlapping trends in China and in the…

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XXXL Why is America so fat?

December 16, 2012

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In Ignorance We Trust

December 15, 2012

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The formal teaching of history has never been more troubled.]]>…

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U.S. Will Have No Ethnic Majority, Census Finds

December 13, 2012

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By the end of the decade, no single racial or ethnic group will constitute a majority of children under 18, census officials say.]]>…

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The Meaning of Minority

December 13, 2012

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The browning of America is very real and unrelenting. Our task is to find our way into this new Ecru Era with as much ease…

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Op-Ed Columnist: It’s a Smart, Smart, Smart World

December 13, 2012

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No wonder you loyal readers have such high I.Q.’s. The “Flynn Effect” explains it all.]]>…

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World’s Population Living Longer, New Report Suggests

December 13, 2012

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More people worldwide are living into old age, but the gains in the United States were much smaller, according to a new study.]]>…

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City Room: Average New Yorker Produces Over 2 Pounds of Garbage Per Day

December 13, 2012

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That is the lowest amount since at least 2000, though the cost of collecting and disposing of the garbage has remained relatively constant.]]>…

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descentintotyranny: Glenn Greenwald: Laptop seizures by US…

December 13, 2012

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descentintotyranny: Glenn Greenwald: Laptop seizures by US government highlight 9/11-era climate of fear

The treatment of dissidents is the true measure of how…

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Sharp rise in admissions for certain drug combinations over 10 years

December 13, 2012

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Substance abuse treatment admissions for addiction involving combined use of benzodiazepine and narcotic pain relievers rose a total of 569.7 percent, to 33,701, from 2000…

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Years living with disease, injury increasing globally, study finds

December 13, 2012

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No matter where they live, how much education they have, or what their incomes are, people have similar perceptions on the impact of diseases and…

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Blood pressure, smoking and alcohol: The health risks with the biggest global burden

December 13, 2012

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Over 9 million people died as a consequence of high blood pressure in 2010, making it the health risk factor with the greatest toll worldwide,…

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Could You Survive on $2 a Day?

December 13, 2012

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This story was produced with support from the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Two years ago, Harvard University professor Kathryn Edin was in Baltimore interviewing public…

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National Briefing | Midwest: Illinois Appeals Court Overturns State Ban on Concealed Weapons

December 12, 2012

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A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois, the only remaining state where carrying concealed weapons is…

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City Room: New Yorkers’ Life Expectancy Continues to Outpace Americans’ as a Whole

December 12, 2012

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The life expectancy at birth in 2010 was 80.9 years in New York City, 2.2 years more than the national figure of 78.7 years, according…

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Prevalence of visual impairment in US increases

December 12, 2012

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The prevalence of nonrefractive visual impairment (not due to need for glasses) in the U.S. has increased significantly in recent years, which may be partly…

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Climate modelers predict warmer, wetter Northeast U.S. winters by 2070

December 12, 2012

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A new high-resolution climate study, the first to apply regional climate models to examine likely near-term changes in temperature and precipitation across the Northeast United…

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Conflict and Change in the Era of Economic Decline: Part 2: War and peace in a shrinking economy

December 12, 2012

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By Richard Heinberg, posted Dec 12, 2012: The following is Part 2 of an essay which was originally an address to the International Conference on…

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Exxon’s Dangerous Energy Outlook

December 12, 2012

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by Lorne Stockman, via Oil Change International ExxonMobil recently issued its latest global energy projections in a report called the “2013 Outlook for Energy: a…

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King Crabs Poised to Wipe Out Rare Antarctic Ecosystem of Invertebrates

December 12, 2012

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On a dim February evening, seven people crowded around a row of television monitors in a shack on the rear deck of the RV Nathaniel…

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The Budding Health Care Costs of Climate Change

December 11, 2012

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A growing number of public health experts are recognizing the need to integrate information about a changing climate into their disaster preparedness and response planning.]]>…

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Childhood Obesity Drops in New York and Philadelphia

December 11, 2012

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The small declines are significant because they offer the first indication that the obesity epidemic, one of the nation’s most intractable health problems, may be…

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Sweeping intel report sounds alarm on climate threats

December 11, 2012

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By Ben Geman — 12/10/12 02:20 PM ET A new U.S. intelligence community report finds that climate change will fuel new conflicts and competition for…

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Today’s Economist: Nancy Folbre: Capitalism and the Kids

December 10, 2012

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American society does a good job of capturing the benefits of well-reared children but has been less successful at spreading the costs.]]>…

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U.S. Forecast as No. 2 Economy but Energy Independent

December 10, 2012

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The intelligence assessment says China will outstrip the United States economically by 2030, and sees a rising global middle class.]]>…

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Robots and Robber Barons

December 10, 2012

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Editorial: Checking the Costs of Homeland Security

December 10, 2012

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Senator Tom Coburn is right to demand greater vigilance from Congress on the state of the program and its costs.]]>…

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There Is No Stopping Climate Change Unless We Can Mobilize Against Plutocracy

December 10, 2012

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Humankind’s greatest crisis coincides with the rise of an ideology that makes it impossible to address. By the late 1980s, when it became clear that…

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Five Big Things to Look Forward To or to Worry Excessively About

December 10, 2012

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From a million-foot level, what are the biggest problems we have to worry about over the next four or five decades? For no real reason,…

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Characteristics of US science and engineering doctorates detailed in new report

December 10, 2012

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The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics yesterday released a report titled Doctorate Recipients from US Universities: 2010 that unveils important trends in US…

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Just 28% of young people read either online or conventional newspapers each day

December 10, 2012

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A new study has verified the decrease in press consumption among young people between the ages of 16 and 30 years, which now stands at…

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Trouble And Toil Has Not Slowed The Boil

December 9, 2012

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The recent American Geophysical Union's annual meeting featured a talk that presented computer simulations of planetary futures if human activity continued on its present course….

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Economix Blog: When Cheap Foreign Labor Gets Less Cheap

December 8, 2012

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Rising wages in some manufacturing bases abroad could be encouraging American companies to move some of their production back home.]]>…

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NYTimes: Are We Becoming Cyborgs?

December 8, 2012

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NYTimes: Experts Are Skeptical About a Renaissance of U.S. Manufacturing

December 8, 2012

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Bad News for Campaign Finance – NYTimes.com

December 8, 2012

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Op-Ed Contributors: The Baby Boom Bump

December 7, 2012

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Policy makers need to acknowledge the monumental impact of the retirement of the baby boom generation on the budget and the economy.]]>…

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Op-Ed Contributor: A Slow Growth Rate Is the Real Threat

December 7, 2012

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We’ve got to stop setting fiscal traps for ourselves and start taking the steps that can get this economy back up to speed.]]>…

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IHT Rendezvous: Are Women Having Fewer Children to Have More Fun?

December 7, 2012

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As the United States sees record-low birthrates, some lament a new form of social organization that prizes liberation, personal happiness and perhaps even a “hip”…

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NYTimes: Apple to Resume U.S. Manufacturing

December 6, 2012

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The End of Middle Class Growth: What It Means for the Future of Work, Family, and the Economy

December 6, 2012

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There is no modern precedent for America's stalled middle class — or for the double detachment from work and marriage among low-earning men. So, what…

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NOAA: Climate Change Driving Arctic Into A ‘New State’ With Rapid Ice Loss And Record Permafrost Warming

December 6, 2012

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Arctic sea ice is melting much, much faster than even the best climate models had projected. The reason is most likely unmodeled amplifying feedbacks. Image…

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