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Scotland secession could lead to re-Balkanization of Europe ("The Washington Post", US)

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 10:21 | Hits: 21879 |

This time next year, the country known as the United Kingdom may be about to disappear.

If Scotland’s separatist government gets its way in a referendum planned for September, the 300-year-old union of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland — the United States’ oldest and closest ally — will be on the road to disintegration.

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Ewan Morrison: what I'm thinking about ... why capitalism wants us to stay single

Sunday, 14 July 2013 20:23 | Hits: 2129 |

 

'Now that the market is cashing in on the buying power of single people, the radical choice is to get married'

We like to think we're free in the free market; that we're beyond the forces of advertising and social manipulation by market forces. But there is a new social trend — the rise of 'the single person' as model consumer — that presents us with a paradox. What we once thought of as radical — staying single — may now be reactionary.

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Stephen Hawking predicts extinction of mankind. What will our actions be?

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 16:18 | Hits: 33295 |

Epigraph:

  “Trees grow even on rock”

 

During his visit to the Cedars-Sinai medical centre in Los Angeles, authoritative British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has made a distressing forecast of the future existence of human society on planet Earth. In his presentation for the staff members of the centre he suggested his own view of the various versions of the future.

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Why Parenting Is More Important Than Schools

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 13:55 | Hits: 2353 |

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Given all the roiling debates about how America’s children should be taught, it may come as a surprise to learn that students spend less than 15% of their time in school. While there’s no doubt that school is important, a clutch of recent studies reminds us that parents are even more so. A study published earlier this month by researchers at North Carolina State University, Brigham Young University and the University of California-Irvine, for example, finds that parental involvement — checking homework, attending school meetings and events, discussing school activities at home — has a more powerful influence on students’ academic performance than anything about the school the students attend. Another study, published in the Review of Economics and Statistics, reports that the effort put forth by parents (reading stories aloud, meeting with teachers) has a bigger impact on their children’s educational achievement than the effort expended by either teachers or the students themselves. And a third study concludes that schools would have to increase their spending by more than $1,000 per pupil in order to achieve the same results that are gained with parental involvement (not likely in this stretched economic era).

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803 Years of Global Inflation

Saturday, 29 September 2012 06:58 | Hits: 2080 |

Spot the point in this 803 year timeline of world inflation, when the Fed was created.

The chart above comes courtesy of Jim Reid's fantastic "Journey into the Unknown" which we will dissect in much more detail shortly. For now we wanted to bring our readers attention to what is arguably the most important aspect of modern monetary times: the advent of persistent inflation, and the disappearance of deflation.

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Study finds that avoiding lies can improve your health

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 19:11 | Hits: 2064 |

ORLANDO – Honesty may boost your health, suggests a study that found telling fewer lies benefits people physically and mentally.

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