The hacking group issues a statement boasting of its cyberattacks against the U.S., Syrian, and Israeli governments in 2012, while warning people to continue to expect this type of activity. Read this article by Dara Kerr on CNET News.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico teenager accused of fatally shooting his parents and three younger siblings told authorities he was annoyed with his mother and had been having homicidal and suicidal thoughts, according to a probable cause...
1) No Recession Coming – For all the fear-mongering about hundreds of thousands of furloughs and reduced services, government officials aren’t hyping the possibility of a recession. In a $16.4 trillion economy, the sequester just isn’t big enough.
Macroeconomic Advisers garnered attention this week for predicting that the measure would block the creation of 700,000 jobs by the end of 2014. The sequester lops half a percentage point off from growth, but the Gross Domestic Product would still chug along at a 2 percent pace—not too far off the mark in this tepid recovery. “Not catastrophic,” the firm concluded.
What really matters, economists note, is the issue Obama and Republicans have largely stayed quiet about--$200 billion in tax increases slated for this year as part of the fiscal cliff deal approved on New Year’s Day. Rates ticked up on household incomes above $450,000 and the two-year payroll tax holiday ended, which would likely cause many consumers to open their wallets less often.
Failure to extend the current budget resolution or defaulting on our debt—both possibilities in the months ahead—would be cause for panic.
"Some enterprising teachers are using Minecraft to teach subjects like physics, geography, and English language, and with promising results. Yet if we're to believe much of the mainstream press, then video games are little more than a plague upon our youth, a disease that turns delightful, law-abiding young citizens into diabetes-ridden,sociopathic adolescents without a firm grip on reality. There's far less focus on the positive aspects of games--and there are many--just like the increased hand-eye coordination and social problem solving that my esteemed colleague Cameron Robinson discovered. Here at Minecon, some attendees have taken the next step by using Minecraft to aid them in teaching children. It's a bold move, and one that's encountered some resistance, but they've seen some very positive results: increased attention levels, better collaboration with other students, and of course, better grades." | via GameSpot
A four degree Celsius could decimate agriculture, cause global health problems and would result in a very different world economy.
The World Bank warned Sunday that if climate change isn't stopped or slowed down, the global economy will suffer greatly. The report, titled "Turn Down the Heat," envisions a world that is warmer by an average of 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit). According to Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, the report is meant to "shock the world into action." A global temperature increase like one estimated by the World Bank would lead to "the inundation of coastal cities; increasing risks for food production, potentially leading to higher malnutrition rates; many dry regions becoming dryer, wet regions wetter; unprecedented heat waves in many regions," water scarcity, and more natural disasters.
The organization chose to analyze a four-degree increase because that's the worst-case scenario envisioned by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change—and it could be a reality as early as 2060. Though the report makes no specific financial estimates, it says a warming world would wreak havoc on farming, overload countries' health systems, and would disproportionately affect the poor. It would push up food prices, make 35 percent of farmland in sub-Saharan Africa unsuitable for agriculture, and would extend the ranges of certain diseases.
Rachel Kyte, the World Bank's vice president for the sustainable development network, says the organization commissioned the report to help governments and businesses understand the urgency of the problem as countries deal with a global recession.
Many countries should be looking into infrastructure upgrades that use clean energy, developing nations should consider encouraging urban growth with sea level rise in mind, and considering the long-term health of their economies instead of focusing on quick fixes. "The short term political cycles sometimes fit uneasily with long-term decision making," Kyte says. "We hope this paper makes it more difficult for policy makers to ignore the science. The science is unequivocal."
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