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  • Former PPG Manager Charged with Illegal Export To Pakistan Reactor

    07/09/2011 11:13:25 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 6 replies
    U.S. Department of Justice ^ | Friday, July 8, 2011 | Ronald C. Machen Jr.
    Xun Wang, a former Managing Director of PPG Paints Trading, has been indicted on a charge of conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Export Administration Regulations.She is accused of exporting and reexporting high-performance epoxy coatings to the Chashma 2 Nuclear Power Plant in Pakistan.She is a Chinese national and lawful permanent resident of the United States.In 2006, PPG sought an export license for the shipments of coatings to Chashma II. The Department of Commerce denied that license application. Following that denial, Wang and her co-conspirators agreed upon a scheme to export and reexport the high-performance...

    06/08/2011 11:02:23 AM PDT · by Jo Nuvark · 25 replies
    Jewish Defense League (Canada) ^ | January 15, 2008 | Sebastian Vilar Rodriguez
    I walked down the street in Barcelona, and suddenly discovered a terrible truth – Europe died in Auschwitz. We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, and talent. --- We destroyed the Chosen People, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world. --- The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. --- These are the people we burned. --- And under the pretense of tolerance, and...
  • Has the Greatest Depression Already Begun?

    06/02/2011 10:06:07 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 71 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | June 2, 2011 | Wayne Allen Root
    I am a successful small businessman and a patriot who loves America and always sees its greatness. I am also an optimistic, positive thinker who always sees the glass half full. But not this time. I predicted doom if Obama was elected. Sadly the results are far worse than imagined. The economy is in shambles. America is staring at economic disaster — Armageddon. Even me, the eternal optimist is scared at what the future holds. We are the Titanic, headed straight for the iceberg. America has always been a land of boom and bust. It’s just part of business cycle....
  • Knocking the Cover Off the Ball...

    05/16/2011 9:51:05 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 1 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 16, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Michigan patriot's Op-Ed letter asks: What has America become? Has America become the land of the special interest and the home of the double standard...? Let's see: if we lie to the Congress, it's a felony- and if the Congress lies to us, it's just politics; If we dislike a black person, we're racist- and if a black dislikes whites, it's their 1st Amendment right; The government spends millions to rehabilitate criminals and they do almost nothing for the victims; In the public schools you can teach that homosexuality is OK, but you better not use the word 'God' in...
  • Almost half of Detroit unable to read

    05/09/2011 12:54:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    Russia Today ^ | May 6, 2011 | Russia Today
    A study by the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund found that 47 percent of adults in the city are ‘functionally illiterate’.‘Functionally illiterate’ means they struggle with day-to-day tasks, like reading job applications, following a bus schedule or understanding product labels. Those deemed illiterate however have been educated. The report indicated that the same group found to be ‘functionally illiterate’ had completed element education, where reading is taught and half of the group had either a high school diploma or a GED. Nearly half of the city’s population lacks the necessary skills to work in even the most entry level and remedial...
  • Confidence in the US System of Government

    03/17/2011 7:22:02 AM PDT · by haujo01 · 5 replies
    A Hollywood Republican ^ | 3/17/11 | Craig Covello
    n March 15, ABC News, in cooperation with the Washington Post, released the results of a new survey done by Langer Research Associates. One of the questions asked about the level of confidence that US citizens have in our system of government today.
  • The Impotent Church And Romans 13 .

    03/11/2011 3:25:20 PM PST · by IbJensen · 15 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 3/11/2011 | Chuck Baldwin
    There are over 300,000 evangelical Christian churches in America. That equates to tens of millions of professing Christians and hundreds of thousands of Christian ministers. Think of the church sanctuaries, educational facilities, schools, camps, radio broadcasts, television programs, colleges, seminaries, preschools, youth retreats, etc., that grace America. In some communities there is a church building on just about every corner. In spite of this massive exposure to the modern Church, however, the nation has been left virtually unaffected, uninfluenced, and unimpressed. In fact, one could make the argument that while America’s churches have experienced unprecedented growth in membership and wealth...
  • CDC: Abortions Declined in 2007, Black Women Have Highest Rate

    02/24/2011 3:28:41 PM PST · by julieee · 6 replies ^ | February 24, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    CDC: Abortions Declined in 2007, Black Women Have Highest Rate Washington, DC -- A new report the Centers for Disease Control issued today indicates abortions fell in 2007 to their second lowest level in the last 10 years. However, as has been the case for some time, the CDC report is incomplete as it leaves out some states.
  • PCUSA Pastors in Talks of a New Future

    02/16/2011 1:42:01 PM PST · by wmfights · 15 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | Feb. 16, 2011 | Lillian Kwon
    Members of the largest Presbyterian denomination in the country are currently aflutter with talks of a desperate need for change for the aging and shrinking body. A group of them – 175 to be exact – believes the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is "deathly ill" and will not survive without "drastic intervention." "Is it time to acknowledge that traditional denominations like the PC(USA) have served in their day but now must be radically transformed?" the group of pastors, lay leaders and elders pose. Leading the group are John Crosby of Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina, Minn., and Jim Singleton of First...
  • Obama acknowledges decline of US dominance

    01/17/2011 12:24:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    times of india ^ | 1/17/11 | staff
    MUMBAI: Implicitly acknowledging the decline of American dominance, Barack Obama on Sunday said the US was no longer in a position to "meet the rest of the world economically on our terms". Speaking at a town hall meeting in Mumbai, he said, "I do think that one of the challenges that we are going face in the US, at a time when we are still recovering from the financial crisis is, how do we respond to some of the challenges of globalisation? The fact of the matter is that for most of my lifetime and I'll turn 50 next year...
  • OUR FAILURE IS GUARANTEED (9 Stages of Civilization.)

    01/01/2011 5:44:14 AM PST · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 36 replies
    Ed Schultz Show ^ | 14 August, 2006 | Ed Schultz
    OUR FAILURE IS GUARANTEED (9 stages of Civilization)
  • Krauthammer: 'People Are Talking about American Decline – Don't Believe a Word of It'

    12/24/2010 2:58:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 67 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/24/10 | eff Poor
    Over the last few years, with an economy in decline and the rise of certain developing nations, there have been murmurs of the end of American exceptionalism throughout the media. Don’t believe a word of it, says syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer. On the Christmas Eve edition of Fox News Channel’s “Happening Now,” Krauthammer was asked to reflect on the last two years. He explained there was similar rhetoric about the nation’s decline at the end of the 1970s. “Well, I think this is mostly a reflection of the recession,” Krauthammer said. “The mood of the country...
  • Great Nations Don't Decline -- They Just Get Tougher

    11/11/2010 2:08:02 AM PST · by Ronbo1948 · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 11, 2010 | James Lewis
    Hooray, we have a presidential cheerleader for American Decline. I capitalize those words A.D. the way I capitalize a lot of the fantasy slogans of the Left. Capitalizing their absurdities is a way of punctuating their empty heads and empty lives. In Obama's Übermensch Amplified Voice, "American Decline" is another way of saying, "Na Nana Na Na!" You think you won the midterms? Well, here's my big middle finger to you! That bony digit is growing like Pinocchio's nose, and for the same reason. Watch it grow bigger and bigger for the next two years as this White House drifts...
  • Obama Acknowledges Decline of US Dominance (Times Of India) : (483 Comments in Reply)

    11/09/2010 6:40:03 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 34 replies
    Times of India (in English) ^ | 10 November 2010 | Times of India
    MUMBAI: Implicitly acknowledging the decline of American dominance, Barack Obama on Sunday said the US was no longer in a position to "meet the rest of the world economically on our terms".Speaking at a town hall meeting in Mumbai, he said, "I do think that one of the challenges that we are going face in the US, at a time when we are still recovering from the financial crisis is, how do we respond to some of the challenges of globalisation? The fact of the matter is that for most of my lifetime and I'll turn 50 next year -...
  • Is the American Dream Over? (NO! Decline does not have to be inevitable!)

    11/09/2010 7:41:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/09/2010 | Steve McCann
    A major topic of conversation within the corridors of power in Europe and Asia is the decline and potential end of the United States as a major global economic power. This is in part a reaction to the desperate and foolhardy monetary policies of the Federal Reserve, trying as they are to mitigate the effect of enormous national debt and a restructured economy bequeathed to the American people by the "progressives" in the governing class over the past fifty years. But it is also a realization of what will happen to the global economic structure if the United States does...

    10/26/2010 2:39:12 AM PDT · by mark_interrupted · 1 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | oct. 25 2010 | mark steyn
    CAMPAIGN COUNTDOWN: IT STARTS WITH THE MONEY Print E-mail Steyn on America Monday, 25 October 2010 All this week at SteynOnline, we're looking at what I regard as the key issues in this year's big vote. I'd love to hear your thoughts, so drop us a line at Mark's Mailbox. We're starting today with the most basic issue of all: We're broke. I’ve spent much of this election season overseas, a long way from internal polls for this or that House district, so I’m not too focused on the fortunes of particular Republican candidates or particular Democrat incumbents. But nor...
  • Thank You for (Pot) Smoking

    10/20/2010 1:20:53 AM PDT · by Ronbo1948 · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 20, 2010 | By Robin of Berkeley
    I spend a chunk of my week as a Berkeley psychotherapist trying to convince clients to lay off the illicit substances. The State of California is making my job that much harder. There's a proposition on the November ballot to legalize marijuana for residents over 21. Now, is this really the direction that the state should be heading in? California's economy is in tatters. We host the biggest share of the country's illegal aliens, and we have 32% of the nation's welfare caseload on our books. What else: a decaying infrastructure, substandard schools, and burgeoning crime. To add insult to...
  • Whoopi Decries Decline Of Civility--But Told Mosque Protesters 'Kiss My Butt'

    10/12/2010 6:17:07 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 40 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    When I think of people well-suited to lead a crusade against declining public civility, somehow Whoopi Goldberg doesn't spring to mind. Yet there was The View co-host on Morning Joe today, promoting what Amazon describes as: "her new book of observations [that] takes a funny and excruciatingly honest look at how a loss of civility is messing with the quality of life for all of us." And sure enough, Whoopi engaged in a [seemingly endless] discussion with the MJ folks on the subject. Mika read a passage from the book in which Goldberg bemoaned the rise of "political incivility." Added...
  • Is America In Decline? 24 Statistics About The United States Economy too Embarrassing To Admit

    10/15/2010 10:05:10 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 18 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 10/15/2010 | Michael Snyder
    Does anyone really want to hear that America is in decline? For decades, most of us have been raised to believe that the United States is "number one" and that anyone who doubts that fact is a "gloom and doomer" that should just pack up and move to "Russia" or "Iraq" or some other country where things are not nearly as good. But does it do us or future generations any good to ignore the very serious signs of trouble that are erupting all around us? The truth is that it is about time to wake up and admit how...
  • Who are the Browns? (TLC show on a polygamist family called Sister Wives)

    09/18/2010 4:02:03 PM PDT · by nmh · 60 replies
    Who are the Browns? Tune in for Sister Wives, premiering Sunday, Sept. 26, at 10 PM (ET/PT), and explore the complex daily life of a polygamist family. Meet husband Kody — along with his three wives: Meri, Janelle and Christine and their combined 13 children — and see how they attempt to navigate life as a "normal" family in a society that shuns their lifestyle. From their unconventional family structure and living arrangements to financial challenges, each half hour episode exposes the inner workings of a polygamist household, revealing the unexpectedly tight-knit and loving relationships between Kody's wives. Sister Wives...
  • NY Times: The Decline and Fall of the Progressive Empire

    08/26/2010 6:15:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    verum serum ^ | 8/26/10 | John
    Notice the picture the NY Times is painting of this week’s primary results? Republican insurgents from the far right did well in Tuesday’s primaries. What their campaigns lack in logic, compassion and sensible policy seems to be counterbalanced by a fiercely committed voter base… This is an attack on voters thinly disguised as a critique of candidates: Much of the G.O.P’s fervid populist energy has been churned up by playing on some people’s fears of Hispanics and Muslims, by painting the president as a dangerous radical, by distorting the truth about the causes of the recession. Far too many Republican...
  • Are The Economic Riots That So Many People Have Been Warning Us About Already Starting?

    08/14/2010 9:37:44 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 61 replies ^ | 13. August 2010
    For years, researchers such as Gerald Celente have been warning that the coming economic collapse is going to spark mob scenes and riots that are unprecedented in U.S. history. Many have scoffed at these predictions and have refused to believe that anything like that could ever happen in America. But if what happened on Wednesday near Atlanta is any indication, we could be on the verge of something really bad. 30,000 people turned out to pick up only 13,000 applications for government-subsidized housing. Some people had waited for over two days just to get their hands on an application. The...
  • Love-Parade at Duisberg Ends in Tears

    07/28/2010 10:17:16 AM PDT · by 0beron · 28 replies · 1+ views
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 07/27/2010 | Tancred
    Editor: So far, there hasn't been a lot of coverage of this event in the USA and little mention was made of the explicit and decadent nature of the event, except on some conservative German Catholic news blogs, but there are others who see it correctly, as Kathnet reports: [] "Welcome to the sexiest party in the world!" wrote "Bild" still on 23 July, the day before the Love-Parade in Duisburg. Instead of sexiness, journalists are coming to describe it in terms of biblical decine after the mass panic with 19 dead and hundreds of injured. "Hell at the Love-Parade",...
  • Your parents and cognitive decline (Part 1)

    07/22/2010 7:17:14 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 5 replies ^ | 07/22/2010 | Candy Arrington
    Cognitive decline and memory loss are the biggest fear factor for seniors and their caregivers. Frustrations, miscommunications, and strained emotions further cloud an issue characterized by mental haze. Determining if “senior moments” are consistent enough to affect quality of life and whether something should be done requires communication. It may be failure to pay attention that first raises concern and prompts the need for discussion. Sometimes seniors become so accustomed to others planning their days that they don’t take much time to focus on the details. A senior may ask a question and then not pay attention to or not...
  • Roads to Ruin: Towns Rip Up the Pavement(America returning to the stone age?)

    07/20/2010 8:34:11 AM PDT · by mick · 43 replies · 2+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/17/2010 | Lauren Etter
    Paved roads, historical emblems of American achievement, are being torn up across rural America and replaced with gravel or other rough surfaces as counties struggle with tight budgets and dwindling state and federal revenue. State money for local roads was cut in many places amid budget shortfalls.
  • American Decline Is a State of Mind

    07/08/2010 5:28:49 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 91 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 7/8/2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    We are hearing all sorts of reasons why the United States is doomed to decline. After all, America is piling up deficits at a record rate of about $1.5 trillion a year while other countries are slashing their spending. The national debt cascades over $13 trillion and is on track to reach $20 trillion within a decade. The current recession is heading into its third year. Unemployment still hovers at nearly 10 percent. Much of the country thinks the war in Afghanistan is as good as lost. There are more than 80,000 American troops deployed there, along with nearly 50,000...
  • Europe’s Determination to Decline (Leaders still believe global warming is most urgent problem)

    06/12/2010 12:00:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies · 337+ views
    Project Syndicate ^ | 06/12/2010 | Bjorn Lomborg
    SÃO PAULO – In a heroic case of finding a silver lining in the bleakest of all situations, the European Union climate commissioner has concluded that the global economic crisis and recession actually provided a lucky break for everyone. Commissioner Connie Hedegaard says that the slowdown in economic activity will make it easier for the EU to achieve its 2020 goal of ensuring that greenhouse-gas emissions are 20% below their 1990 level. In fact, Hedegaard believes that cutting emissions has become so easy that European leaders should be more ambitious and unilaterally aim for a 30% reduction below the 1990...
  • John Bolton: Don't mourn the euro (It's always been anti-American)

    05/25/2010 6:58:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies · 908+ views
    New York Post ^ | 05/25/2010 | John Bolton
    The chaos in world financial markets over the stability of the euro calmed somewhat late last week. But the con ditions causing the European Union crisis -- the solvency and even creditworthiness of many governments using the euro -- are far from resolved, and the next stages may be even more perilous. Realize first that, from the outset, the "common currency" project was as political as economic. Europeans who wanted an "ever closer union" hoped that creating a currency without a government was an important backdoor way to build the pan-European state they ardently desired. They believed that the need...
  • Why the Heathen Rage- pt 1

    05/18/2010 9:03:34 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 107+ views | 09/09 | Bill Randles
    Posted on September 21, 2009 7:12:34 PM CDT by pastorbillrandles Why the heathen Rage…pt1 by bill randles “Why do the heathen Rage and the people Imagine a vain thing? The Kings of the earth set themselves,and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Messiah saying let us break their bands asunder and cast away their cords from us…”(Psalm 2:1-3) The Psalms have ever served me as my prayer book, from the very beginning of my new Life in Christ. As I grew in Christian grace, I realized the value of the Psalter for worship, noticing that...
  • Total U.S. Churches No Longer in Decline, Researchers Say (More churches being started than closed)

    05/13/2010 8:25:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies · 288+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 05/13/2010 | Lillian Kwon
    We often hear about churches closing their doors in the U.S. But some may be surprised to hear that the total number of churches is not in decline anymore. An important shift happened in recent years, according to researchers Ed Stetzer and Warren Bird. After decades of net decline, more U.S. churches are being started each year than are being closed. The credit largely goes to the recent increase in enthusiasm for church planting. Stetzer, who leads LifeWay Research, says church planting has become the "it" thing right now and the new evangelism. So many new churches are springing up...
  • L.A. orders 439 medical marijuana dispensaries to close

    05/06/2010 4:20:33 AM PDT · by drpix · 27 replies · 474+ views ^ | 5/5/10 | John Hoeffel
    The shops must close before a long-debated city ordinance takes effect June 7, or face criminal and civil penalties.... Los Angeles city prosecutors began notifying 439. It's the first step in what could be a lengthy and expensive legal battle to regain control...- - clip - - The city's enforcement efforts, however, could be stymied by court cases. Two related lawsuits filed by dispensaries challenge the City Council's decision to close stores that did not register under the moratorium, which a local judge ruled was illegally extended. "We're looking for the court to just acknowledge that our clients are unlawfully...
  • (Mark Steyn) THIS SEPTIC ISLE

    05/03/2010 11:58:17 PM PDT · by JLS · 52 replies · 1,543+ views
    National Review ^ | 4 May 2010 | Mark Steyn
    Many years ago, I asked the late Alan Jay Lerner, author of Camelot, Gigi, My Fair Lady and much else, why, as a Broadway colossus, he chose to live in London. And he replied that, in his opinion, Britain was the most eminently civilized society on earth.
  • The Decline and Fall of Political Europe

    04/28/2010 5:50:55 PM PDT · by givemELL · 1 replies · 380+ views
    The Guatemala Times ^ | April 26, 2010 | Michel Rocard
    "A series of decisions taken over the last few years in Europe have alarmed me. The first imposed the rule of unanimity within the European Union for any decision regarding foreign policy or the use of armed force for other than humanitarian purposes. Because everyone must agree, nothing is agreed. As a result, Europe cannot develop a common foreign policy. The second alarming decision limited the Union's budget to a mere 1% of EU GDP, thus preventing any new common policy initiative for much of the past decade. The third decision concerns the British vetoes of the candidacies of Jean...
  • Like Newspaper Revenue, the Decline in Circ Shows Signs of Slowing (Still Falling)

    04/27/2010 3:00:23 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies · 171+ views
    Editors & Publishers ^ | April 26, 2010 | Mark Fitzgerald
    The spring Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) Fas-Fax report was released in the middle of earnings season. And so the many newspapers reporting that ad revenue was still falling, but at a slower pace, were mostly also posting circ numbers that continue to slide but not accelerate.
  • Mighty America's 5 stages of rapid decline

    04/06/2010 5:47:52 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 9 replies · 848+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | April 6, 2010 | Paul Farrell
    Imagine you're legendary business guru Jim Collins. Decade ago "Good to Great" and "Built to Last" made him the new Peter Drucker. He's a guy USA Today says would rather be rock climbing than helping companies learn the secrets of making "the leap to greatness." *SNIP* Stage 1 kicks in when people become arrogant... ...insiders see "success virtually as an entitlement" ... like Wall Street banks today ... they "lose sight of the true underlying factors that created success in the first place" ... they "overestimate their own merit and capabilities ... The best leaders we've studied never presume they've...
  • Toyota's Stumble is Not a Metaphor for Japan Inc.

    03/31/2010 11:37:10 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 527+ views
    Asia Sentinel ^ | 03/29/10 | Lam Peng Er
    Toyota's Stumble is Not a Metaphor for Japan Inc. Written by Lam Peng Er Monday, 29 March 2010 Bowed but unbeaten: CEO of Toyota Motor corp, Akio Toyoda apologies, but Japan's industrial excellence is undminished Toyota's management had problems before the brakes Toyota's dramatic fall from grace has come as a great shock in Japan, especially as many abroad tend to view this as emblematic of the country's decline. Inside Japan, though, the car manufacturer's troubles are seen as more political than technical in origin. All the explanations underlining Toyota's problem of global overstretch, however, make the prognostication of Japan's...
  • U.S. Decline, Sloth Look a Lot Like End of Rome: Mark Fisher

    03/31/2010 9:12:29 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 29 replies · 1,061+ views
    Business Week ^ | 3/29/2010 | Mark Fisher
    March 30 (Bloomberg) -- Historians cite the late second century as the turning point of the Roman Empire, when the once- proud, feared society began its descent into infamy. As the ruling class was undermined by civil wars and attacks by outsiders, the Romans’ respect for law and social institutions began to erode. In the end, a combination of political and economic mistakes led to the empire’s downfall. The U.S. today is a mirror image of the Roman Empire as it tipped into chaos. Whether we blame our bloated government, a greedy elite or a lethargic population, the similarities between...
  • Health Care Law Signals US Empire Decline?

    03/24/2010 9:05:51 AM PDT · by crosshairs · 32 replies · 759+ views
    CNBC ^ | 3/24/10 | Antonia Oprita
    The passage of the health care law shows that the US empire is declining because it illustrates the fact that people expect the state to take care of them, David Murrin, the co-founder of Emergent Asset Management hedge fund manager, told CNBC. On Tuesday, US President Barack Obama signed into law health care legislation that expands health coverage for the poor, imposes new taxes on the rich and forbids insurance practices such as refusing coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. In their expansionary phase, empires force people to go out, seek risks and fend for themselves, Murrin said, reminding of...
  • Tattered Liberty

    03/23/2010 8:05:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies · 697+ views
    National Review ^ | March 23, 2010 | Mark Steyn
    Sometimes you do live to see it. In my book America Alone, I point out that, to a five-year-old boy waving his flag as Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee procession marched down the Mall in 1897, it would have been inconceivable that by the time of his 80th birthday the greatest empire the world had ever known would have shriveled to an economically moribund strike-bound socialist slough of despond, one in which (stop me if this sounds familiar) the government ran the hospitals, the automobile industry, and much of the housing stock, and, partly as a consequence thereof, had permanent high...
  • Ageing Australia unveils plan to defuse time-bomb

    02/06/2010 11:06:40 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 14 replies · 397+ views
    AFP ^ | 1 February, 2010 | AFP
    SYDNEY — Australia on Monday unveiled a 43 million dollar (38 million US) plan to keep older people in the workforce, as it strives to ward off an economic slowdown expected as the growing population ages. Treasurer Wayne Swan said Australia's population was expected to rise by 14 million to 36 million by 2050 with a much higher proportion aged 65 or over, leaving fewer workers as health costs soar. "If we are going to get to the point where there is going to be 2.7 working Australians for every person aged over 65, not five as there currently are,...
  • A nation in decline

    02/03/2010 8:51:01 AM PST · by antisocial · 13 replies · 401+ views
    enterstageright ^ | web posted February 1, 2010 | By Tom DeWeese
    A nation in decline By Tom DeWeese web posted February 1, 2010 Many politicians are asking the question today: "Why are the American People so angry?" The following may lend a clue to the clueless. According to the annual "Index on Economic Freedom," produced by the Heritage Foundation, the United States now ranks 8th, just behind Canada. That's a drop of two full points since last year, and the largest drop of all nations in overall economic freedom. . The index ranking is based on 10 measures of economic openness, regulatory efficiency, the rule of law, and competitiveness. The basic...
  • Even with decline in baptisms, the church is still true

    01/22/2010 8:14:54 AM PST · by Colofornian · 28 replies · 582+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | Jan. 22, 2010 | McKay Coppins
    It has become fashionable in recent years to make doomsday predictions about the future of the LDS Church based on the recent decline in convert baptisms. Of course, this analysis is grossly oversimplified and demonstrates an entirely underdeveloped sense of history. Convert baptisms have risen and fallen in the past due to a variety of factors: wars interrupting missionary service in the '40s and '70s, 18-month missions in the '80s, et cetera. To predict the extinction of Mormonism or the failure of missionary work based on a relatively short trend of declining conversions is short-sighted. If you want to accurately...
  • 20 Occupations With The Fastest Growth And 20 Occupations With The Fastest Decline.

    01/20/2010 5:12:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies · 2,388+ views
    Linkedin ^ | 01/20/2010 | Tatiana Varenik
    In today’s economy many companies are forced to lay off employees in order to maintain profitability. Whether you suddenly find yourself unemployed, or you are no longer satisfied with your current job, a change in your career path may be just what you need to make a fresh start. It is a difficult decision which takes time and money. That is why when thinking about making a career change, it is important to consider career skills, job satisfaction, salary and some other points. It is also important to make sure the career you choose will be in demand a few...
  • DOLLAR: doom and decline delayed

    12/21/2009 7:26:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies · 977+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | 12/18/2009 | Kurt Brouwers
    <p>The popular narrative about the dollar — that it is on a greased banana peel skidding downhill — has been pretty well verified by price action of the dollar versus the euro and other major foreign currencies this year. The more extreme adherents of this view suggest that the dollar is doomed because of U.S. government debt and other indicators of decline and decay. I have never shared the long-term dollar doom and gloom viewpoint, but I do believe that very low short-term interest rates and other government policies have definitely hurt the dollar.</p>
  • California population growth slows as tens of thousands of residents moved away

    12/18/2009 7:29:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies · 1,336+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/18/2009 | Wyatt Buchanan
    California's population growth slowed over the past year as tens of thousands of residents moved away - many of them heading to other Western states, according to the state Department of Finance. The Golden State's population grew by 353,000 to 38.4 million from July 2008 to July 2009. The only years with lower growth rates since 1900 were 1994-96, according to a report released by the department Thursday. More people left the state for other parts of the country than moved here, a difference of about 142,000 people. While that number is outweighed by people moving from other countries to...
  • U.S. Rail Freight Volume Down During Thanksgiving Holiday Week(further decline from 2008)

    12/04/2009 6:00:16 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 389+ views
    U.S. Rail Freight Volume Down During Thanksgiving Holiday Week 3 Dec 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information Contact: AAR Communications Holly Arthur 202-639-2100 U.S. Rail Freight Volume Down During Thanksgiving Holiday Week Increases Seen in Nine Freight Commodity Groups WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dec. 3, 2009 – The Association of American Railroads today reported that freight rail traffic was down for the Thanksgiving holiday week ended Nov. 28, 2009. U.S. railroads reported originating 246,133 carloads for the week, down 3.9 percent compared with the same week in 2008 and down 29.3 percent from the same week in 2007. The...
  • Don't Count America Out (?)

    11/30/2009 8:17:35 AM PST · by bogusname · 19 replies · 920+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | November 30, 2009 | Brandon Crocker
    Is the United States in inexorable economic decline, destined to be overshadowed by an emerging Chinese economic superpower? This seems to be a popular view among commentators of various political persuasions. I am happy to report, however, that America's economic demise is not around the corner. One of the most frequently cited examples of American economic decline, particularly from those on the Right, is the decline of the manufacturing sector (which now accounts for only about 12% of GDP). I remember hearing the argument that we are economically weak because "we don't make things here anymore" as far back as...
  • The United States -- Decline and Fall? (NOT SO FAST !)

    11/24/2009 7:00:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies · 659+ views
    Real Clear politics ^ | 11/24/2009 | Richard Reeves
    It has become fashionable on both the left and the right to compare the United States to ancient Rome. Decline and fall: We are a militaristic power trying to make everyone else in the known world submit to our way, or we are an irreligious, hedonistic bunch going the way of all flesh. Or maybe both. Not true, according to two interesting recent books. Thomas F. Madden, a professor of ancient history at St. Louis University, begins his book, "Empires of Trust," by denouncing "political screeds that yank bloody bits of Roman history out of context in order to make...
  • Fed officials play down impact of weak dollar

    11/19/2009 7:58:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies · 193+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/19/2009 | Kevin Plumberg and Neil Chatterjee
    HONG KONG/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Federal Reserve officials on Thursday downplayed the consequences of the falling U.S. dollar, underscoring that deflation is still a threat, especially with commercial real estate prices falling. Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said in an interview with Market News International that the weakening dollar, which hit a 15-month low against major currencies on Monday, is only one of the factors the Fed watches when setting policy. "You pay attention to this," Fisher said in reply to a question about the effects of a weaker dollar. "On the other hand, in terms of its inflationary input, unless...
  • California's best years have passed, voters say (but love Obama; would vote for Boxer again)

    11/08/2009 10:57:10 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 59 replies · 1,700+ views
    LAT ^ | 11/08/09 | Cathleen Decker
    California's best years have passed, voters say In a survey of 1,500 registered voters, 80% say the state is on the wrong track. Respondents express little confidence in state politicians and candidates, even as support for Obama remains high. By Cathleen Decker November 8, 2009 Frustrated at California's woes, voters are sharply pessimistic about whether the next governor will be able to move the state in the right direction, and most believe California is in the midst of a long-term decline, a new Los Angeles Times/USC poll shows. Against that grim backdrop, next year's political contests loom as potentially volatile,...