Friday, August 31, 2012

Healthy Living in Old Age Can Add 6 Years to Life

Healthy Living in Old Age Can Add 6 Years to Life: healthy senior couple
Following a healthy lifestyle can lead to a significantly longer life, even among people who are already well into their 70s, new research shows.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sign That Gets a Workout in Bed ...

Sign That Gets a Workout in Bed ...:

Sign That Gets a Workout in Bed ...

Couple in Bed
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Your astrological sign can reveal a lot about how you can get into shape -- and for one sign, that happens best in the bedroom.Another sign should try a 'cardio striptease'

Saving little souls

Saving little souls:
Sexual temptation results in hundreds of unwanted babies being abandoned by young female factory workers every year, but things are finally moving in the right direction in Vietnam.

altPatrolling the backstreets on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, Huynh Tieu Huong made another heart-breaking discovery. Partially concealed in a pile of rubbish and wrapped in newspapers was a tiny baby.

“I heard her crying. She was very small, only about a day old,” Tieu Huong said. “We took her home and nursed her for a while. Then when she was strong enough we took her to hospital.”

It was just another night’s work for Tieu Huong, who runs an orphanage for abandoned children in Binh Duong province.

Here's The Truth About What's Responsible For The Debt And Deficit Problem

Amerika akan bangkrut juga dalam beberapa tahun mendatang. Kebanyakan hutang dan kebijakan sekarang. Diperlukan new economy policy, atau apa yang bisa dilakukan dengan sistem ekonomi sekarang? Inilah dia hasilnya jika keliru kebijakan ekonomi dan perang digabung.

Here's The Truth About What's Responsible For The Debt And Deficit Problem:
Ezra Klein of the Washington Post just tweeted around this chart, which short-circuits some of the prevailing myths about who and what are responsible for our deficit problem.
The chart is from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
It breaks down the amount of our national debt, historical and projected, by the budget decision and/or economic phenomenon that's responsible for it.
The big culprits?
  • The Bush tax cuts
  • The wars
  • The recession
Debt By Cause
Ezra Klein has more thoughts on the debt here.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

The Road From Rio

The Road From Rio:
Why Environmentalism Needs to Come Down From the Summit
August 16, 2012
Peter M. Haas
Summary: 
Despite high expectations and an ambitious agenda, the Rio+20 Conference failed to deliver meaningful progress on environmental issues. Fortunately, government inaction is not the whole story: the private sector, NGOs, and civil society groups are working to fill the void.
It is widely accepted that humanity is causing long-term irreversible damage to the planet. Recent scientific studies by groups such as the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and the Royal Society confirm that the climate system and many of the world’s vital ecosystems are in danger. There are also serious concerns about water, food, and energy scarcity; it is not at all clear how the world will satisfy the needs of a population that will plateau at nine billion by 2050. Doing so, and doing so sustainably, should be the core objective of international environmentalism.
The Rio+20 summit declaration was largely an exercise in kicking the can down the road.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

US economic recovery is a dangerous mirage | Nouriel Roubini

US economic recovery is a dangerous mirage | Nouriel Roubini:
Unlike the eurozone and the UK, where a double-dip recession is already under way, the US has undergone even more public sector releveraging - effectively stealing growth from the future

Africa's wealth is being devoured by tyrants and vultures

Africa's wealth is being devoured by tyrants and vultures:
Citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo should be living in one of the world's richest countries. Plunder and corruption condemns them to poverty

We are teetering on the brink of another global food crisis | Amy Horton

English: A mother tends to her malnourished in...
English: A mother tends to her malnourished infant at the Maradi MSF aide centre, during the 2005 Nigerien famine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We are teetering on the brink of another global food crisis | Amy Horton:
Food speculators are driving up cereal prices, underlining the inherent vulnerability of a system in urgent need of reform
At the start of July, a record global harvest was predicted. Yet just a few weeks later, prices for maize and soybeans broke the record levels of the 2007-08 food crisis, when food riots broke out in 30 countries. Wheat prices have also risen, more than 50% in the past six weeks alone.
All of this leaves us teetering on the edge of another food crisis. When the UN releases its review of global hunger in September, it seems likely that the total number of people on the planet going hungry – currently put at 925 million – will increase.
The chief culprit has been the devastating US drought, which has withered more crops than any weather pattern since 1956. As climate change grips, such extremes are becoming the norm.
Biofuels – which last year swallowed almost 40% of the US maize harvest – have also been highlighted as part of the problem. In the US, pressure is growing to abandon targets for biofuels in car fuel. Livestock farmers are warning they won't be able to afford to feed their animals.
But missing from the lineup have been financial speculators, who have piled back into the market. Want to know what a brewing food crisis looks like to them? Last week, US hedge fund manager Peter Sorrentino commented: "It's like a big money tap has been turned on."
By June, markets in food derivatives were awash with $89bn in speculative cash. That figure is courtesy of Barclays, the UK's top food speculator, which this year highlighted speculation as a "key driver" of rising prices.
An update from analysts at the New England Complex Systems Institute calls for action. Their research has isolated biofuels and speculation as the central causes of food price increases in recent years, and for months they have warned:

Misguided food-to-ethanol conversion [biofuel] programmes and rampant commodity speculation have created a food price bubble, leading to an inevitable spike in prices by 2013. Now it appears the "crop shock" will arrive even sooner due to drought, unless measures to curb ethanol production and rein in speculators are adopted immediately.

Modelling by researchers at the institute, which has been validated by predictions generated last year, suggests that the new price spike, although initially caused by supply and demand shocks, will be exacerbated by financial speculation, sending prices considerably higher than they would otherwise go. The researchers point out that efforts to reform the markets have been too slow, with US regulators facing a legal challenge from Wall Street and European regulation also delayed. Consequently, measures that might have limited the effect of speculators have not yet been implemented.
The emerging crisis highlights the vulnerability of a food system that is increasingly dependent on volatile global trade in a few key cereals. As developing countries face stark choices over the future of their food systems, the food sovereignty movement calls for a more diverse, climate-resilient and locally controlled approach. Steps towards this could include building up regional trade and growing a range of indigenous crops, which are often more drought resistant than cereals such as maize.
But power to deliver many of the necessary reforms – not least reform of the global trade system – lies with developed nations. Without a radical change of approach to our food system, including regulation to prevent financial speculators gambling on food prices, the world's poorest people will continue to pay the highest price.
Amy Horton is a food campaigner with the World Development Movement

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Brazil and the rest of Latin America enjoying economic boom

Brazil and the rest of Latin America enjoying economic boom:
Growth, spending, enviably low public debt – it's a far cry from the crisis-hit old world
The cash machines in Santiago are running out of money, but it is not a run on the banks; shoppers in Chile are simply spending peso notes faster than the automated tellers can provide them. New skyscrapers are rising up in Bogotá to create the office and retail space needed by a growing economy. Mexico – the new darling of foreign investors – is outstripping GDP forecasts. Brazil, which overtook the UK as the world's sixth biggest economy last year, has just announced a $66bn (£42bn) stimulus plan in addition to the money it will splash out in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and the Olympics in 2016.

More teens have oral sex earlier than vaginal intercourse

More teens have oral sex earlier than vaginal intercourse: The CDC study reflects a "hierarchical reordering of oral sex in American culture."

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Study: Megacities to Impact World Climate

The skyline view from a building in Shanghai, ...
The skyline view from a building in Shanghai, China. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Study: Megacities to Impact World Climate: The expansion of the world's "megacities" will have significant climate
impacts, computer modeling by U.S. researchers suggests.

Hoping to quantify the impact of rapidly expanding megapolitan areas on
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Friday, August 3, 2012

With Super Hi-Vision, the TV landscape will look very different ten years from now

With Super Hi-Vision, the TV landscape will look very different ten years from now: IMG 20120730 182953 520x245 With Super Hi Vision, the TV landscape will look very different ten years from now
No sooner are we getting to grips with 3D and HD, and we’re already being told about the “next big thing” in televisual technology. But keep your hat on, this next one is some years away yet.
Super Hi-Vision (or Ultra High Definition) has been getting a fair bit of coverage of late, largely due to the BBC’s partnership with Japanese broadcaster NHK for the 2012 Olympics.