Archive | June, 2013

Sea Level Could Rise 5 Feet in New York City by 2100

June 30, 2013

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http://rss.sciam.com/~r/sciam/climate/~3/R0YBivVDViY/article.cfm By 2100 devastating flooding of the sort that Superstorm Sandy unleashed on New York City could happen every two years all along the valuable and densely populated U.S. east coast–anywhere from…

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Dust Bowl Days Are Here Again

June 30, 2013

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http://rss.sciam.com/~r/sciam/climate/~3/k5P6UkQA3ak/article.cfm Dear EarthTalk : Could it really be true that we are in the midst of the worst drought in the United States since the 1930s? –Deborah Lynn, Needham, Mass. [More]

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Climate Change Getting Worse by the Minute

June 30, 2013

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http://rss.sciam.com/~r/sciam/climate/~3/M1eQXmrwgeM/episode.cfm What goes up and doesn’t come down? Greenhouse gas emissions, apparently . The world set another record in 2012, spewing some 31.6 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, methane , …

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The Gospel According to ‘Me’

June 30, 2013

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/29/the-gospel-according-to-me/?partner=rss&emc=rss In the New Age worship of the “authentic” self, personal well-being has become the primary goal of human life. Sent by gReader Pro

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Portraits of American Life: Study reveals changes in attitude toward religion, morality, politics and other social issues

June 28, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/COhj38cG0zE/130628131019.htm Americans are more respectful now than ever before when it comes to the religious traditions of their peers, according to findings from the longitudinal Rice University Portraits of American Life Study. Other findings: Americans are more divided on the legal definition of marriage, favor restrictions on abortion, support pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrants […]

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Currents: Redrawing the Family Debate

June 28, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/29/us/29iht-currents29.html?partner=rss&emc=rss In a period of stunning change in the structures of family life, America isn’t having an honest, broad-based discussion about how to cope. Sent by gReader Pro

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On Voting Rights, A Decision As Lamentable as Plessy or Dred Scott

June 25, 2013

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https://ej4nj.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/on-voting-rights-a-decision-as-lamentable-as-plessy-or-dred-scott/

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Two very different views of the condition of American cities

June 24, 2013

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http://rss.nrdcfeeds.org/~r/switchboard_all/~3/nTBZKsSJdVY/two_very_different_views_of_th.html Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC Remarkably, the past week saw the release of two major publications detailing the condition of American cities, both from respected authors but each taking a very different view of things. Let’s compare them. (Warning: this is not a short blog post; there is too much meat in […]

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The Disestablishment of Marriage

June 23, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/23/opinion/sunday/coontz-the-disestablishment-of-marriage.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The institution of marriage now faces competition from other ways of living. Sent by gReader Pro

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The Great Divide: Young and Isolated

June 23, 2013

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/22/young-and-isolated/?partner=rss&emc=rss Working-class 20- and 30-somethings are coming of age in a world of disappearing jobs, soaring education costs and shrinking social support networks. Sent by gReader Pro

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Profits Without Production

June 21, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/21/opinion/krugman-profits-without-production.html?partner=rss&emc=rss So what’s really different about American economy in the 21st century?

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Progress Report and Scorecard: Remedial Education

June 20, 2013

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http://blogs.cfr.org/renewing-america/2013/06/17/progress-report-and-scorecard-remedial-education/ The Renewing America Initiative is publishing today a new Progress Report and Infographic Scorecard on federal education policy entitled “Remedial Education.” There is no single issue that is more important to America’s future, and probably none where the challenges are greater. The report starts with a simple assertion that is truer today than at […]

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Family Caregivers Wired for Health

June 20, 2013

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http://www.pewresearch.org/2013/06/20/family-caregivers-wired-for-health/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=family-caregivers-wired-for-health Four-in-ten adults in the U.S. are caring for an adult or child with significant health issues, up from 30% in 2010, and many navigate health care with the help of technology.

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Way of the World: The Problem With Too Many Millionaires

June 20, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/21/us/21iht-letter21.html Winner-take-all forces are driving an extreme concentration of wealth at the top, with the ranks of the ultrarich, people with investable assets of at least $30 million, surging 11 percent over the past year. Sent by gReader Pro

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Today’s Economist: The Declining Demand for Husbands

June 20, 2013

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http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/17/the-declining-demand-for-husbands/ The marriage market might work better if men were more flexible about changing gender roles and more willing to help out with family care. Sent by gReader Pro

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Edsall: Our Broken Social Contract

June 20, 2013

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/19/our-broken-social-contract/ At their core, are America’s problems primarily economic or moral? Sent by gReader Pro

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Special Report: Energy: Gas Prices Moving Away From Link to Oil

June 20, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/19/business/energy-environment/gas-prices-moving-away-from-link-to-oil.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Unlike oil, which is a globally traded commodity, gas is priced depending on location and the particular arrangement under which it is sold. Sent by gReader Pro

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A Nation Divided Against Itself

June 20, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/20/opinion/blow-a-nation-divided-against-itself.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss America is quickly splitting itself into two separate countries, regional enclaves of rigid politics. Sent by gReader Pro

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F.T.C. Is Said to Plan Inquiry of Frivolous Patent Lawsuits

June 20, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/20/business/ftc-is-said-to-plan-inquiry-of-frivolous-patent-lawsuits.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The Federal Trade Commission plans to issue subpoenas to companies that are patent trolls, meaning that they buy large portfolios of technology patents and use them to sue other entities. Sent by gReader Pro

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Has the U.S. Passed Peak Car?

June 19, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/P35aDcKVrdE/story01.htm Americans have been cutting back on their driving ever since the recession. They’ve logged fewer miles on the road. They’ve been less likely to get a driver’s license. And they’ve bought fewer vehicles. But does all this actually mean the U.S. is getting over car culture? Or is it just the product of a […]

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Pentagon bracing for public dissent over climate and energy shoc

June 17, 2013

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/earth-insight/2013/jun/14/climate-change-energy-shocks-nsa-prism The Guardian, 14 June 2013 Pentagon bracing for public dissent over climate and energy shocks NSA Prism is motivated in part by fears that environmentally-linked disasters could spur anti-government activism By Nafeez Ahmed Top secret US National Security Agency (NSA) documents disclosed by the Guardian have shocked the world with revelations of a comprehensive […]

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Currents: Women Are at the Table, So Now What?

June 16, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/15/us/15iht-currents15.html?partner=rss&emc=rss If the first wave of the women’s movement sought to secure women seats at the table, the latest wave attempts to reimagine what goes on at the table, now that some women are sitting there.

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The Not-So-Good Old Days

June 16, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/opinion/sunday/coontz-the-not-so-good-old-days.html?partner=rss&emc=rss By Stephanie Koontz My column last month about the dangers of nostalgia inspired many readers to write to me about their family memories of the 1950s and ’60s. Some shared poignant stories about the discrimination they encountered as blacks, women, gay men or lesbians. Others described how much easier it was for their working-class […]

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Op-Ed Guest Columnist: The Not-So-Good Old Days

June 16, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/opinion/sunday/coontz-the-not-so-good-old-days.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The idyllic 1950s and ’60s? Wages went further, but rights and opportunities for many were severely limited.

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Amphibians in U.S. Declining at “Alarming and Rapid Rate”

June 15, 2013

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http://rss.sciam.com/click.phdo?i=2ab5b428628e6de37e7e68ab51260c55 A new study finds that frogs, toads, salamanders and other amphibians in the U.S. are dying off so quickly that they could disappear from half of their habitats in the next 20 years. For some of the more endangered species, they could lose half of their habitats in as little as six years. The […]

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Up to half of all birds threatened by climate change

June 15, 2013

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http://feeds.newscientist.com/c/749/f/638484/s/2d4014bb/l/0L0Snewscientist0N0Carticle0Cdn236970Eup0Eto0Ehalf0Eof0Eall0Ebirds0Ethreatened0Eby0Eclimate0Echange0Bhtml0Dcmpid0FRSS0QNSNS0Q20A120EGLOBAL0Qnews/story01.htm The most comprehensive assessment of animals’ vulnerability to global warming reveals a big proportion of species are in danger Sent by News+

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These Children Are Our Future

June 15, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/15/opinion/blow-these-children-are-our-future.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss A hypothetical statistical portrait of the high school class of 2013 shows some depressing numbers. Sent by News+

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NASA Finds ‘Amazing’ Levels Of Arctic Methane And CO2, Asks ‘Is a Sleeping Climate Giant Stirring in the A rctic?’

June 14, 2013

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http://thinkprogress.org.feedsportal.com/c/34726/f/638933/s/2d428119/l/0Lthinkprogress0Borg0Cclimate0C20A130C0A60C130C21385310Cnasa0Efinds0Eamazing0Elevels0Eof0Earctic0Emethane0Eand0Eco20Easks0Eis0Ea0Esleeping0Eclimate0Egiant0Estirring0Ein0Ethe0Earctic0C/story01.htm A NASA science team has observed “amazing and potentially troubling” levels of methane and CO2 from the rapidly warming Arctic. Given the staggering amount of carbon trapped in the permafrost — and the fact that methane is a very potent heat-trapping gas — the space agency is now asking: “Is a Sleeping Climate Giant […]

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The Amazon Bundle: Why the Retail Giant Is Like the Cable Company of the Future

June 14, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/TIi-TZKpOGA/story01.htm This week, Amazon announced plans to bring online grocery shopping to Los Angeles with a new service called Amazon Prime Fresh. For $79, Amazon Prime already gives customers two-day shipping and access to thousands of streaming movies and TV shows. But for a $299 annual fee, Prime Fresh members can order fresh food from […]

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Police Agencies Are Assembling Records of DNA

June 13, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/13/us/police-agencies-are-assembling-records-of-dna.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The trend is expected to accelerate after the Supreme Court’s recent decision upholding a Maryland statute allowing the harvesting of DNA from suspects.

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The Worst of Both Worlds

June 13, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/13/opinion/blow-the-worst-of-both-worlds.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss The reason most Americans disapprove of Congress isn’t because of a specific policy or bad ethical behavior but because of inaction and partisan gridlock.

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Data Reveals a Rise in College Degrees Among Americans

June 13, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/13/education/a-sharp-rise-in-americans-with-college-degrees.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The increase, which follows more than two decades of slow growth in college completion, appears to be driven by the recent recession and the creation of new types of jobs.

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Census Benchmark for White Americans: More Deaths Than Births

June 13, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/13/us/census-benchmark-for-white-americans-more-deaths-than-births.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The data, recorded for the first time in at least a century, showed further evidence that white Americans will become a minority within three decades.

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Hands-free talking and texting are unsafe for drivers, study shows

June 12, 2013

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http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/vc5Bivjf3Lc/130612092949.htm Using hands-free devices to talk, text or send e-mail while driving is distracting and risky, contrary to what many people believe, says a new study.

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The U.S. ranks 9th in retirement security

June 12, 2013

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http://rankingamerica.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/the-u-s-ranks-9th-in-retirement-security/ According to the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index, the United States ranks ninth out of eighteen countries ranked according to financial security in retirement, with a score of 59.0. Denmark ranks first, with a score of 82.9. The top ten countries (and their scores) are: Filed under: Health and Welfare, Political and Social Life, […]

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You’re so vain: Study links social media and narcissism

June 12, 2013

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http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/Hw3QGbUO0Pg/130611122111.htm Facebook is a mirror and Twitter is a megaphone, according to a new study exploring how social media reflect and amplify the culture’s growing levels of narcissism.

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Bruce Bartlett: ‘Financialization’ as a Cause of Economic Malaise

June 11, 2013

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http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/11/financialization-as-a-cause-of-economic-malaise/?partner=rss&emc=rss Washington seems not to have awakened to the problems caused by the growing share of the United States economy captured by the financial services sector.

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The U.S. Demographic “Advantage” Reconsidered

June 10, 2013

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http://blogs.cfr.org/renewing-america/2013/05/13/the-u-s-demographic-advantage-reconsidered/ In the litany of Washington debates about current and future U.S. economic competitiveness, demographics is consistently placed on the advantage side of the U.S. competitiveness ledger. A broad view of the macro demographic trends—taking into account only population growth and age-profile—would indeed seem to support this claim. Yet this ignores other U.S. trends that […]

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Opinion: Fixing the Digital Economy

June 9, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/opinion/sunday/fixing-the-digital-economy.html?partner=rss&emc=rss A decentralization of power coincides with an intense concentration of power. This apparent contradiction makes perfect sense once one understands the nature of modern power.

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Europe’s Social Contract, Lying in Pieces

June 9, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/opinion/sunday/europes-social-contract-lying-in-pieces.html As fringe parties gain power, liberal democracy is in jeopardy on the Continent.

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The Accelerating Recovery of American Wealth

June 7, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/TOJjUO8ypro/story01.htm Some good news to start everybody’s morning. One week ago, I reported on a recent study by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis that found Americans had recovered less than half of the personal wealth they’d lost during the recession, once you accounted for population growth and inflation. Now we’ve got an update. […]

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U.S. Households’ Finances Regain Lost Ground

June 7, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/07/business/economy/us-households-finances-regain-lost-ground.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The Federal Reserve reported that American households’ net worth, before inflation, had surpassed the level in 2007.

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All 19 of the World’s Glacierized Regions Are Melting

June 6, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/solveclimate/blog/~3/TIJrKv_VaVI/all-19-worlds-glacierized-regions-are-melting (Science Magazine, sub. req’d. ) Glaciologists trekking onto remote, inhospitable streams of flowing ice have brought back some especially bad news. But then 21st century monitoring from space began to show a much smaller role for glacial ice loss in sea-level rise. Which to believe? Read original story Sent by gReader Pro

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Actually, Most Countries Are Increasingly Spying on Their Citizens, the UN Says

June 6, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/yPm1Q3Zlhew/story01.htm A man stands on an escalator at the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai May 6, 2011. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) The revelation that the National Security Agency seems to be collecting the phone records of millions of Verizon customers is shocking, but it’s actually part of a growing trend in which governments worldwide are relying […]

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A Simple Way to Reduce Suicides

June 6, 2013

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/a-simple-way-to-reduce-suicides/ Changing the packaging of Tylenol can save thousands of lives each year.

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Economix Blog: The Return of McMansions

June 5, 2013

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http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/04/the-return-of-mcmansions/?partner=rss&emc=rss Construction of new homes plummeted during the housing bust. But where there has been building of single-family homes in recent years, the homes have been getting bigger.

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Rich Countries Are Creating More Jobs By Creating Worse Jobs

June 4, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/qnsNkwJ8L78/story01.htm (Reuters)The UN’s International Labor Organization released its annual "World of Work" (PDF) report today, and boy are the results depressing. The employment rate won’t return to pre-crisis levels in emerging markets until 2015, while advanced economies will have to wait until 2017 for their work woes to end. But even then, the number of […]

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Well: Men’s Use of Testosterone on the Rise

June 4, 2013

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http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/03/mens-use-of-hormone-on-the-rise/ A new report shows that the number of older and middle-aged men prescribed the hormone has tripled since 2001, raising concerns about abuse and mistreatment.

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Throat Cancer Link to Oral Sex Gains Credence

June 4, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/04/health/throat-cancer-link-to-oral-sex-gains-credence.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Scientists have documented a steep rise in throat cancers caused by HPV that can be transmitted through oral sex. Now, about 70 percent of all throat cancers are caused by HPV.

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Behind the Chinese Bid for Smithfield Foods

June 3, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/03/business/global/behind-the-chinese-bid-for-smithfield-foods.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The bid for Smithfield Foods, America’s biggest pork producer, points to a type of cooperation between Wall Street and Asia’s elites that may be on the rise.

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