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US Prosperity: Europe is Poorer, But Switzerland is Better

… if you look at the U.S. average ($54,629), it obviously is higher than economic output in European nations. And if you prefer direct measures of living standards, then data on consumption from the OECD also shows that America is … Continue reading

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We are Living in an Alzheimer World

We Must Take a More Intelligent Approach to Dementia Emerging evidence suggests that Alzheimer’s-related brain changes may result from a complex interplay among abnormal tau and beta-amyloid proteins and several other factors. It appears that abnormal tau accumulates in specific … Continue reading

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The Curdling of the American Mind

Below, Jordan Peterson interviews the two authors of the recently released book “The Coddling of the American Mind:” Watch the first ten minutes of the interview above, and you will understand why I suggest substitution the word “curdling” in place … Continue reading

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Density

Density: The quality or condition of being dense. The quantity of something per unit measure, especially per unit length, area, or volume. The mass per unit volume of a substance under specified conditions of pressure and temperature. __ The American … Continue reading

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Obama Marvels at Donald Trump’s Big “Magic Wand!”

Two years ago, Barack Obama proclaimed that the only way that Trump could boost economic growth and manufacturing in the US, was to wave a “magic wand.” Former Obama economist Larry Summers famously declared that economic growth in the US … Continue reading

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Shocking Rules for Preventing Personal Poverty

According to the British Cohort Study, following just a few rules in adolescence and early adulthood will reduce your likelihood of being impoverished. Finish High School, or the equivalent Avoid Teen Pregnancy Avoid Long Term Unemployment in Your Early Twenties … Continue reading

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Income for High School Dropouts vs. Various College Degrees

Income and Unemployment by College Degree The table above compares the top 5 US college degrees with the bottom 5. For a closer look at the analysis done by BankRate to reach their conclusions, see here. … actuarial science was … Continue reading

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Why Is It That They Can Only Destroy?

Resilient Populations Some populations have the capacity to work their way up out of dire poverty — and some populations lack the capacity to lift themselves. After the utter destruction of Germany and Japan in World War II, and the … Continue reading

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I Could Not Find Sex Dolls on This Chart

The prices for hospital care and college tuition are shooting through the roof, while prices for televisions and computers have been dropping. Automobile prices have been relatively flat, while wage increases are barely outrunning the increases in costs for food … Continue reading

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Half the Sperm of Our Grandfathers

Less Semen, Fewer Sperm, Lower Testosterone: Not only were sperm counts per milliliter of semen down by more than 50 percent since 1973, but total sperm counts were down by almost 60 percent: We are producing less semen, and that … Continue reading

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Can Social Justice Build a Better Bridge?

Social Justice Warriors Infiltrate Engineering Schools Engineering education has been infiltrated by a “phalanx of social justice warriors” who are steadily corrupting the field, according to a Michigan State University professor. “They have sought out the soft underbelly of engineering, … Continue reading

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Is There a Recipe for Disruptive Innovation?

Singularity University’s Global Startup Program The Singularity University (SU) is Ray Kurzweil’s and Peter Diamandis’ attempt to bring about radical planetary change for the better. The SU’s Global Startup Program is a boot camp and training program for entrepreneurs who … Continue reading

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Electric Cars Still “Toys for the Rich”

Electric car deficiencies are major, including high purchase price, short driving range, small carrying capacity, lack of charging stations, long charging times, and expensive battery packs that need to be replaced during the life of the vehicle. __ Source A … Continue reading

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South Africa Walking Down Zimbabwe Path of Ruin

South Africa is repeating Zimbabwe’s fatal mistakes In neighbouring Zimbabwe, violent land seizures authorised by Robert Mugabe in the 1990s sent the country into a spiral of decline from which it has never recovered. __ Express In the documentary “Farmlands,” … Continue reading

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Who’s Afraid of Jordan Peterson?

According to Caitlin Flanagan, the Left is Afraid In an Atlantic article “Why the Left is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson,” writer Caitlin Flanagan takes us into her home, where her own son has recently grown captivated by the prairie-born … Continue reading

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Who Will Help Russia Build Better?

Russia needs a lot of good men and good weapons to defend its vast and porous borders. Russia is falling behind on both. Who will help Russia to build more and better young men and weapons? Russia’s New Weapons Do … Continue reading

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Beyond the Bounds of Cynicism and Comfort

This article is cross-posted and adapted from The Dangerous Child When training Dangerous Children, we use various techniques to push students beyond normal comfort areas. In the method discussed today, the child acts as his own teacher and “therapist,” as … Continue reading

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Fusion: Far and Near, Slow and Fast

Politically Correct Fusion by 2060 or Later … ITER’s workers often liken themselves to stonemasons hewing blocks for a cathedral: They may not get to see the fruits of their efforts in their own lifetimes. To the researchers at fusion … Continue reading

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Donald Trump: China’s Great White Grandfather

Chuan Da Ye People in the United States and other Western countries may have called Donald J. Trump a lot of different names, but in China, many people are addressing him as “Chuan Da Ye.” “Chuan” is the Chinese pronunciation … Continue reading

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Surge of Americans Renouncing US Citizenship

It seemed like there was exponential growth in the number of expatriates from 2008 until the end of 2016. However, the numbers seem to be leveling off, or even dropping. __ Source via TaxProf A large number of US citizens … Continue reading

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Universities: Destroying Lives for Ideology and Profit

Student loan debt has grown to overwhelm all other categories of non-housing consumer debt in this nation. __ Source The general public is slowly becoming aware that colleges and universities are destroying young lives. Corrupt university officials are raking in … Continue reading

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Open Source Innovation: From Out of Nowhere

The Disruptive Innovation That Knocks You On Your Ass These types of innovations often come from out of the blue. The more open the society, the more types of financing can be discovered to take a blockbuster innovation from new … Continue reading

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Empty Towers on Debt Mountains: China’s Vulnerability

Until now, China has managed to keep its huge raft of nonperforming debt afloat thanks to capital inflows, as successive waves of quantitative easing pushed dollars into the world. A tighter dollar would seem to make the bursting of China’s … Continue reading

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Russia Could Use Some Help

The economy continues to have problems. GDP growth is currently about one percent a year which, combined with many other negative economic indicators, confirms that despite optimistic government propaganda, living standards and employment opportunities continue to decline, along with manufacturing … Continue reading

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Reaming Texas Bloody w/ Wind Turbines

Texas Fell Head Over Heels for Wind Farms Nothing proclaims a politician’s virtue better than legions of hundred-metre high steel whirly-gigs marching off into the horizon. How green! How climate friendly! How . . . scatter-brained?!? Giant wind turbines begin … Continue reading

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