The US economy has been expanding wildly for two centuries. Are we witnessing the end of growth? Economist Robert Gordon lays out 4 reasons US growth may be slowing, detailing factors like epidemic debt and growing inequality, which could move the US into a period of stasis we can't innovate our way out of. Be sure to watch the opposing viewpoint from Erik Brynjolfsson.
Scientists at Nasa have released a video dismissing theories that the world will end on December 21.
Experts at the American space agency are so confident of their argument, that they have posted the December 22-dated video more than a week before the supposed doomsday.
The short film, called 'Why The World Didn't End Yesterday', debunks various apocalyptic theories linked to the ancient Mayan calendar.
The video says: "If you're watching this video, it means one thing: the world didn't end yesterday.
"According to media reports of an ancient Mayan prophecy, the world was supposed to be destroyed on December 21 2012.
"But look around you. The whole thing was a misconception from the very beginning."
Dr John Carlson, director of the Centre for Archaeoastronomy, said the Mayan calendar did not end on that date and that the Mayans had never predicted the world would end then.
He explained that their calendar simply "rolls over" on December 21 2012.
The video also quotes Don Yeoman, head of Nasa's near-earth comet programme, as saying no known asteroids or comets were on a collision course with earth.
"Neither is a rogue planet coming to destroy us," he said.
Nasa astrobiologist David Morrison said: "If there were anything out there like a planet heading for earth, it would already be one of the brightest objects in the sky. Everybody on earth (would be able) to see it.
"You don't need to ask the Government, just go out and look. It's not there."
The video also dismissed suggestions that solar flares meant the sun posed a threat to human existence.
Dr. Carrasco is a well-respected Professor at Harvard University with credentials and solid research to back him up. http://www.hds.harvard.edu/people/faculty/dav%C3%ADd-carrasco
Don't be too disappointed if you're just sitting around waiting for the end of the world to happen. Now is a time for positive change!
RAP NEWS episode 9. 2011 hits harder than a pre-apocalyptic hangover as "the economy" threatens to annihilate our stock-piles of imaginary, inflated wealth, spawning a battle of epic proportions as insurgent grassroots forces move in to #OccupywallStreet and coalitions of indignados hold their ground in Athens, Madrid and Tel Aviv; facing up to the riotgear, batons and tazers that stand between them and a more equal redistribution of the proverbial pie. ...But enough action and excitement! It's time for some heroic armchair philosophy: Join your affable host, Robert Foster as he attempts to shine some light on this mysterious creature, "the economy". Is this the failure of capitalism that we are witnessing, or its triumph? Is it the end of the end of history, or yet another crazy chapter in the whimsical journey of the human experiment?
Postscript: For the occasion, we've pulled out the big guns: admittedly it was a tough choice deciding who to interview: we could've had Alan Greenspan on the show, or the Emperor himself, Milton Friedman; the first lady, Christine Lagarde; or financial buffs like Gerald Celente, Peter Schiff and Donald Trump. But to get the freshest juice we knew we had to go further - much further. Rap News 9 features two VIP Internet grandees who have uploaded gigabytes of juice via the one remaining free frequency to feed a discerning and ravenous audience, thirsty for answers. Whilst these two fine folk agree with each other on many things, fortunately, there's no shortage of issues to rap-battle about. Well, time's short - so let the rhyme-rodeo begin as we blast off on a rollercoaster odyssey. It's the stupid Economy, in all its gory glory.
RT's Kristine Frazao reports on the true story of Ron Paul's support nationwide. The only thing she forgot to mention is that the only thing keeping Dr. Ron Paul from winning a majority of caucuses and delegates is a combination of American mainstream media spin/ignoring of Ron Paul and the
very real possibility of voter fraud, as can be seen in this exposee article.
A question worth contemplating is how eerily prophetic the line "Six O'clock TV Hour, Don't Get Caught in Foreign Towers" is, especially as lead singer Michael Stipe admitted to having dreams about being in a room of famous people with the initials L.B, while Bin Laden's initials read right-to-left (as the Arabic language is) are also LB.
A number of credit card companies now issue credit cards with embedded RFIDs (radio frequency ID tags), with promises of enhanced security and speedy transactions.
But on today's episode of Boing Boing tv, hacker and inventor Pablos Holman shows Xeni how you can use about $8 worth of gear bought on eBay to read personal data from those credit cards -- cardholder name, credit card number, and whatever else your bank embeds in this manner.
Fears over data leaks from RFID-enabled cards aren't new, and some argue they're overblown -- but this demo shows just how cheap and easy the "sniffing" can be.
This episode is part of our ongoing series of interviews with some of the thinkers, hackers, and tinkerers at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology conference this year.
For more episodes of Boing Boing tv, visit tv.boingboing.net.
The Large Hadron Collider is the largest and most complex scientific instrument ever built and the highest energy particle accelerator in the world.
The accelerator is located 100 m underground and runs through both French and Swiss territory. ( 27km circumference) Year 2008 marks the culmination of 20 years of work by over 8000 scientists thousands of engineers, technicians and support staff from over 80 different countries. some critics say that this could create a black hole and could be the end of the world.. the first attempt starts on the 10th september 2008..!
(just a test run, the main collision with full power will happen in end of october) for more info folow the link. video is done by Chris Mann, CERN- european organization for nuclear research.
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