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Most Cities And Towns Are Bankrupt--And Pensions Too | Economics and Politics

Most Cities And Towns Are Bankrupt--And Pensions Too | Economics and Politics | Kiva | Scoop.it
by Monica Davis Detroit's situation is the perfect example of schadenfreude: enjoying someone else's misery. Many in the rightwing and in conservative politics are giggling with abandon at Detroit's descent into bankruptcy.
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This is not right

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'Sleeping' languages may be lost forever | Otago Daily Times Online News : Otago, South Island, New Zealand & International News

'Sleeping' languages may be lost forever | Otago Daily Times Online News : Otago, South Island, New Zealand & International News | Kiva | Scoop.it
Prof Ghil'ad Zuckermann argues that the loss of language is more severe than the loss of land.

Of the 7000 languages in the world today, it is predicted that up to 90% will become extinct within 100 years.

In Australia, where I live, out of 250 Indigenous languages, only 15 - just 6% - are alive and kicking, by which I mean their children are native speakers.

The rest are what I like to call "sleeping beauties" - and if we do not take action they could be lost forever. With globalisation, homogenisation and Coca-colonisation there will be more and more groups all over the world added to the forlorn club of the lost-heritage peoples.

Does it matter?

I think it does.


Via Charles Tiayon
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If most languages are lost then there are less to speak meaning more people around the world can communicate maybe bringing us closer together. Although a language is a part of some great history and nobody wants to lose history.

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Does “Fair Trade” Help? | MRUniversity

Fair trade may be trendy, but does it really help poor and developing countries? Here it is explained: http://t.co/UrbZ1ezaKr
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It depnds on what is being traded and who handles it. For example if we sent food to the starving people in Africa and the prime minister collected it he might keep it for himself.

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Should Colleges Charge Engineering Students More?

Should Colleges Charge Engineering Students More? | Kiva | Scoop.it
Why does a student majoring in English have to pay the same tuition as an engineering student who has much higher future earning potential? (Should colleges charge their students with higher earning potential more?
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No it is the students choice of which subject he/she wants to study, so it is not then fair to charge someone more because they have chosen a certain subject.

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