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  • US northeast coast is hotspot for rising sea levels

    06/25/2012 7:44:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 47 replies
    Nature News ^ | 24 June 2012 | Leigh Phillips
    Report comes after North Carolina senate proposes bill to ban predictions of increase in rates of sea-level rise. Research from the US Geological Survey (USGS) shows that sea levels are rising much faster between North Carolina and Massachusetts than anywhere else in the world. The news comes less than two weeks after North Carolina's Senate passed a bill banning state agencies from reporting predictions of increasing rates of sea-level rise. Asbury Sallenger, an oceanographer at the USGS in St Petersburg, Florida, and his colleagues published their report today in Nature Climate Change1. They analysed tide-gauge records from around North America...
  • Countdown to the Apocalypse: Scientists to Change Doomsday Clock

    01/17/2007 8:23:34 AM PST · by stm · 19 replies · 524+ views
    Fox News ^ | January 17, 2007 | Heather Scroope
    The end of the world may be drawing a bit closer. Scientists on Wednesday changed the time on Chicago’s Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight, or the apocalypse, based on what they said is the “most perilous period since Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”
  • Giant comet may collide with Earth late October

    10/09/2006 9:40:33 PM PDT · by tlb · 232 replies · 9,309+ views
    Pravda ^ | October 6, 2006
    According to the Russian astronomer Nikolai Fedorovsky, a giant comet flying at top speed is bound for Earth. Should the comet stay on the collision course, it may hit the planet in late October. The impact will cause devastating tsunamis, earthquakes and avalanches, says Fedorovsky. He saw the killer comet in a telescope two weeks ago. He managed to calculate the comet’s trajectory. We got in touch with Nikolai Fedorovsky: “I’m not trying to scare anybody, I just want to warn the public,” sums up Fedorovsky. “We should pay attention to this suspicious celestial body. We could obtain more accurate...
  • Is the United States Bankrupt?

    07/10/2006 10:59:12 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 278 replies · 5,249+ views
    FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF ST. LOUIS REVIEW ^ | July 1, 2006 | Laurence J. Kotlikoff
    SynopsisIs the United States bankrupt? Many would scoff at this notion. Others would argue that financial implosion is just around the corner. This paper explores these views from both partial and general equilibrium perspectives. It concludes that countries can go broke, that the United States is going broke, that remaining open to foreign investment can help stave off bankruptcy, but that radical reform of U.S. fiscal institutions is essential to secure the nation’s economic future. The paper offers three policies to eliminate the nation’s enormous fiscal gap and avert bankruptcy: a retail sales tax, personalized Social Security, and a globally...
  • All of a sudden the Patriot Act isn't just about terrorists anymore

    11/15/2003 6:36:59 PM PST · by Destro · 85 replies · 679+ views ^ | SATURDAY November 15, 2003 | Clarence Page
    Page: All of a sudden the Patriot Act isn't just about terrorists anymore By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON -- In our latest episode of continuing adventures with the USA Patriot Act, FBI agents say they have used the new anti-terrorism law to prosecute a political bribery case centered on the owner of some Las Vegas strip clubs. What do topless dancers in Vegas have to do with terrorism, you may ask? Nothing, everyone agrees, unless perhaps you count the violence that some of the ladies inflict on the wallets of their mostly male clientele. Nevertheless, the FBI now confirms...