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  • Chancellor Angela Merkel tackles housing shortfall, tenancy hikes

    05/26/2018 2:00:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.26.2018 | ipj/jm (AFP, Reuter, epd)
    Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany “urgently needed” extra affordable housing and used her weekly video podcast Saturday to reel off a series of steps — outlined last February as her coalition took shape — to get them built before the next federal elections in 2021. Simultaneously Saturday, the board chairman of Germany’s BA Labor Agency, Detlef Scheele, told Stuttgart-based SWR public broadcasting that affordable housing had become the “burning topic of our times.” More and more people were seeking second jobs to supplement their incomes, especially in Germany’s urban hubs, said Scheele Last year alone, Berlin property prices soared 20.5...
  • The joy of socialism, directly from Caracas, Venezuela

    05/26/2018 10:58:38 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 17 replies
    powdered wig society ^ | May 22, 2018 | Thomas Madison
    VIDEO: The joy of socialism, directly from Caracas, Venezuela where the people have just enough energy left to revolt Why is the mainstream media not covering this? Oh, that's right, I forgot. They are all wicked disciples and sycophants of Hitlery Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Barack Hussein, raging socialists all. Following is video sent to me by Powdered Wig reader Martin Jr Yunker who received it from relatives in South America. I posted this video to Bernie Sanders' facebook page in response to a bitchy post whining about Jeff Bezos' wealth. I posted it with the following message…. "Then, by...
  • Climate change has left some weasels with mismatched camouflage

    05/25/2018 6:27:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    The Conversation - UK ^ | May 24, 2018 | by Jan Hoole, Lecturer in Biology, Keele University
    ... A new study published in Nature Scientific Reports suggests that there is a strong relationship between the quantity and duration of snow in a forest in Poland during the winter and the number of weasels wearing white the following winter. Clearly this is not a fashion decision on the part of the local weasel population. The scientists behind the study looked at two subspecies of the rather charmingly named “least weasel”, Mustela nivalis nivalis, which does change its colour in the winter, and Mustela nivalis vulgaris, which does not. When there is deep snow, weasels of both colours tend...
  • Norway registers lowest quarterly birth rate since 1985

    05/24/2018 8:52:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 22 May 2018 16:53 CEST+02:00
    Fewer births and more deaths have resulted in the lowest birth rate in 33 years being registered in Norway for the first three months of 2018. But the population of the country is growing overall as a result of immigration, news agency NTB reports. Net migration to Norway during the first quarter of this year was 5,500, but the net population change caused by births and deaths was just 1,700, according to figures from Statistics Norway (SSB). That compares with 2,400 in 2017 and 3,500 in 2016. The figure for net migration was a result of a total number of...
  • Climate change could be driving antibiotic resistance across the US

    05/23/2018 11:32:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 23, 2018 | By Mollie Cahillane
    Climate change is wreaking havoc across the globe - melting ice caps, causing dangerous weather and decimating animal populations. New research has found that it could also be increasing antibiotic resistance in bacteria. A team of epidemiologists from Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital and the University of Toronto have found that higher local temperatures and population densities correspond with a higher degree of antibiotic resistance in common bacterial strains. Previously, increase in resistance to common bacteria was thought to come from over-prescribing antibiotics. 'The effects of climate are increasingly being recognized in a variety of infectious diseases, but so...
  • Editorial: Climate change lessons - town by town

    05/23/2018 11:21:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | May 23, 2018 | Editorial Board
    Last week, a congressman from Alabama who serves on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology suggested in a public hearing that sea level rise may be caused by erosion - a possibility experts rate somewhere between absurd and laughable. But it’s hardly surprising. The willingness of climate change skeptics to grasp onto any alternative other than a warming planet fueled by greenhouse gas emissions (along with melting ice and oceans expanding as they warm) is commonly observed. Closer to home, the Chesapeake Bay is surrounded by towns and villages where the politically conservative residents refuse to accept scientific...
  • Earth's Shifting Crust Linked to Climate Change, Scientists Propose

    05/23/2018 11:12:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    EcoWatch ^ | May 23, 2018 | By Tim Radford
    Movements of the earth's crust may mean that global warming driven by greenhouse gases from power stations and vehicle exhausts isn't the only threat to life the world faces. About 700 million years ago, global temperatures fell so low that glaciers may have reached the equator. Snowball Earth may have all but extinguished life on the planet. But the only life at the time was microbial and dispersed in the oceans. The planet survived: volcanic eruptions may have darkened the ice and pumped more carbon dioxide and steam into the atmosphere, and the world warmed again. But, say two Texan...
  • Future Leaders Gain A Better Understanding Of Climate Change

    05/23/2018 10:52:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 22, 2018 | by Roger Trapp
    Corporate reports constantly talk about the importance to business of climate change. Yet this is not always reflected in the content of the business school courses supposedly preparing the future leaders of organizations. One institution that is trying to bridge the gap is CEMS, the global alliance of academic and corporate bodies dedicated to educating and preparing future generations of international business leaders. In fact, it has been doing it since 2009, when the University of St Gallen and ESADE in Barcelona first held a model United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to enable students to get to grips...
  • Op Ed: Public transit is key to tackling global warming

    05/23/2018 10:41:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    Crain's New York Business ^ | May 23, 2018 | By John Samuelsen
    New York has a major opportunity to lead the nation in reducing emissions and to strike a blow against inequality by making significant and bold investments in public transit across the state. Transportation is now the top climate culprit in New York state, responsible for more greenhouse-gas emissions than power plants. While our state is ramping up investments in renewable energy, moving people cleanly and efficiently is absolutely critical too. We must address this need by expanding public transit in ways that will also create family-sustaining employment options, improved public health, safety and mobility. The climate crisis and the transportation...
  • Hitting toughest climate target will save world $30tn in damages, analysis shows

    05/23/2018 10:33:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 23, 2018 | by Damian Carrington
    Achieving the toughest climate change target set in the global Paris agreement will save the world about $30tn in damages, far more than the costs of cutting carbon emissions, according to a new economic analysis. Most nations, representing 90% of global population, would benefit economically from keeping global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, the research indicates. This includes almost all the world’s poorest countries, as well as the three biggest economies – the US, China and Japan – contradicting the claim of US president, Donald Trump, that climate action is too costly. The scientists used 40 global climate models...
  • Venezuelans buy bus tickets out after Maduro wins re-election

    05/22/2018 1:52:02 PM PDT · by BBell · 26 replies
    http://news.trust.org/ ^ | 5/22/18 | Luc Cohen
    CARACAS, May 22 (Reuters) - Betsabeth Casique saved for eight months for bus tickets out of Venezuela for herself and her three children. At 1.4 million bolivars each, they are worth what she earns in a month working as a nurse. It is less than two dollars at the black market exchange rate. When socialist President Nicolas Maduro won re-election to a six-year term on Sunday in a vote the opposition and foreign governments called illegitimate, Casique decided to leave, first for the western city of San Cristobal and from there to Cucuta, Colombia. "That was the straw that broke...
  • Former EPA head Gina McCarthy knows why climate change activists aren’t getting their message across

    05/22/2018 12:48:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 22, 2018 | by Neil Swidey
    Now at Harvard, the Obama administration alum admits it’s been hard to watch the Trump administration take aim at the work she’s proudest of. But she hasn’t lost hope. GINA MCCARTHY STRIDES INTO the ocean-view ballroom at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, plops down her green backpack, and glances out the window. The waves are angrily advancing on this last night in April, which feels as dreary as mid-January. “The water seems way closer than it was the last time I was here,” she says. Maybe that’s because of climate change, the threat that McCarthy led the charge...
  • Now will you come to Tacoma? New tax credit takes aim at Seattle's new head tax

    05/21/2018 8:02:06 PM PDT · by llevrok · 26 replies
    The News Tribune (Tacoma WA) ^ | 5/21/2018 | KATE MARTIN
    Bruce Kendall said Monday his phone at the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County has been ringing steadily since last week's vote by the Seattle City Council to tax big businesses $275 per employee. "I've received inquiries over the last week from companies that have indicated they are exploring options for locations in Pierce County," Kendall said. "And they are telling me that's why they are calling me, because the head tax passed. Now companies have another reason to call: A $275 tax credit per employee for new, family-wage jobs. "Note the value, it's not random," tweeted state Rep. J.T....
  • Seattle Levies Head Tax on Jobs [semi-satire]

    05/21/2018 10:13:36 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 May 2018 | John Semmens
    In a bid to discourage what it alleges is "wage slavery," the Seattle City Council voted to levy an annual tax of $275 on each person employed in the City by companies grossing $20 million or more. The originally proposed tax rate of $500 was reduced after Mayor Jenny Durkan threatened a veto. Council member Kshama Sawant says he is disappointed the tax isn't higher. "Man's preferred state is leisure," he said. "Forcing people to give up their leisure in order to obtain the means needed to survive is a crime against humanity. The $500 levy was an opening bid...
  • A Stroll through the Beautiful Ruins of American Public Education

    05/18/2018 1:52:34 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 35 replies
    Renew America ^ | March 7, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    K-12: Q&A with Bruce Deitrick PriceQ: What is your main feeling about K-12 education today?A: Sadness. There is a perennial waste of energy and money, both taken in great quantities from millions of citizens. Instruction, if logical and systematic, can teach a great deal in a timely way. Instruction, if incoherent, will leave students worse off than when they started. That is why McKinsey and Company, circa 2007, concluded that American students are measurably worse each additional year they remain in the public schools. Our #1 job is stopping this waste. Q: So what is the big sin?A: The Education...
  • Classifying frog calls for fighting climate change

    05/18/2018 7:27:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | May 18, 2018
    The sounds of amphibians are altered by the increase in ambient temperature, which, in addition to interfering with reproductive behaviour, serves as an indicator of global warming. Researchers at the University of Seville have used artificial intelligence to create an automatic classifier of the thousands of frog and toad sounds that can be recorded in a natural environment. One of the consequences of climate change is its impact on the physiological functions of animals, such as frogs and toads. Their mating calls, which play a crucial role in the sexual selection and reproduction of these amphibians, are also affected by...
  • Climate change on track to cause major insect wipeout, scientists warn

    05/18/2018 7:23:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 17, 2018 | by Damian Carrington, Environment editor
    Global warming is on track to cause a major wipeout of insects, compounding already severe losses, according to a new analysis. Insects are vital to most ecosystems and a widespread collapse would cause extremely far-reaching disruption to life on Earth, the scientists warn. Their research shows that, even with all the carbon cuts already pledged by nations so far, climate change would make almost half of insect habitat unsuitable by the end of the century, with pollinators like bees particularly affected. However, if climate change could be limited to a temperature rise of 1.5C - the very ambitious goal included...
  • Climate change is one of Australia's biggest national security risks

    05/18/2018 7:17:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 18, 2018 | by Rosie Perper
    Climate change poses a "current and existential national security risk" to Australia, according to a Senate inquiry report released Thursday. The report, compiled by the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade References Committee, reviewed the implications of climate change on Australia's national security and the insights are startling. Sherri Goodman, a climate security expert and a former deputy undersecretary of defense in the Clinton administration, told the committee that climate change poses a "direct threat to the national security of Australia," and also creates a "global existential risk." "We know that the storms that you've been experiencing in your part...
  • The Hate Agenda of the Left

    05/17/2018 4:43:41 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 15 May, 2018 | Matt Margolis
    Last week, the New York Times published an opinion piece by Gerard Alexander, an associate professor of politics at the University of Virginia, titled, “Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think.” The piece is an intriguing analysis of how liberals are hurting their own cause by presuming their mental and moral superiority, and thus, are inviting significant backlash against their favored agenda. The prime example is how liberals use their virtual monopoly in the media and the entertainment industry to ruthlessly bash Trump. They're very protective of this monopoly as their goal is ideological segregation. Any signs of diversity...
  • Four socialist-backed candidates win Pennsylvania legislative primaries

    05/16/2018 3:24:28 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 32 replies
    the hill ^ | 05/16/18 | Y AVERY ANAPOL
    Four Democratic candidates backed by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) won primary elections for legislative seats in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. In the Pittsburgh area, Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato, Democrats who are both members of the DSA, won primaries for state House Districts 34 and 21. Lee and Innamorato defeated state Reps. Paul Costa and Dom Costa, both Democrats. They do not have Republican opponents in the general election. In Philadelphia, Democrats Elizabeth Fiedler and Kristin Seale won legislative primaries for House Districts 184 and 168. Fielder does not have a GOP opponent in the general election, while Seale...