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Snakes and Ladders: Investment Banking on the Brink - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Snakes and Ladders: Investment Banking on the Brink - SPIEGEL ONLINE | News Insights | Scoop.it
For decades, investment bankers have held the key to untold riches -- but now they're being laid off by the tens of thousands. As the crisis forces the industry to search for a new identity, is it ready to mend its ways?
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Deafness at Doomsday

Deafness at Doomsday | News Insights | Scoop.it
Policy makers should not ignore the advice of scientists on issues like climate change and nuclear proliferation.

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128 million Americans are now on government programmes. Can America survive as the world’s superpower?

128 million Americans are now on government programmes. Can America survive as the world’s superpower? | News Insights | Scoop.it
I have just read a staggering report written by my colleagues Patrick D. Tyrell and William W.
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Exclusive: U.S. nuclear lab removes Chinese tech over security fears

Exclusive: U.S. nuclear lab removes Chinese tech over security fears | News Insights | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - A leading U.S.nuclear weapons laboratory recently discovered its computer systems contained some Chinese-made network switches and replaced at least two components because of national...
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Lessons From Sandy: extreme weather will be the new normal

Lessons From Sandy: extreme weather will be the new normal | News Insights | Scoop.it
In a recent forum held at the Harvard School of Public Health four expert panelists discussed the most important lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy..
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Roots of Violence: What Does Kill People?

Roots of Violence: What Does Kill People? | News Insights | Scoop.it

Researchers actually know more about the roots of violence than you would suspect from watching media pundits arguing about it. What do we know? And how can we use it to make progress on this surprisingly politically-charged issue?


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Aunt Psych's curator insight, December 27, 2012 5:05 PM
Great article on some thoughts about the root cause of violence from Mom Psych.
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When Prophecy Fails

When Prophecy Fails | News Insights | Scoop.it
The prophets of doom still won’t stop.
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Back in the 1950s three social psychologists joined a cult that was predicting the imminent end of the world. Their purpose was to observe the cultists’ response when the world did not, in fact, end on schedule. What they discovered, and described in their classic book, “When Prophecy Fails,” is that the irrefutable failure of a prophecy does not cause true believers — people who have committed themselves to a belief both emotionally and by their life choices — to reconsider. On the contrary, they become even more fervent, and proselytize even harder.

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US students 'trapped by debts'

US students 'trapped by debts' | News Insights | Scoop.it
An estimated five million Americans have defaulted on their student loans and the situation is getting worse
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10 Insights Into the State of Social Media in 2012 | Jeffbullas's Blog

10 Insights Into the State of Social Media in 2012 | Jeffbullas's Blog | News Insights | Scoop.it
The smart phone is changing how we use and consume information. Add a dose of social media obsession and you have two powerful forces that are transforming everything.
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Current Events: For the EU, way ahead may be a three-lane highway

BRUSSELS, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Much has been written over the past year about the risks of a two-speed Europe in which the 17 euro zone countries move ahead more rapidly than the rest of the European Union

 

Such a divergence, the conventional wisdom goes, could mark the beginning of an unravelling of nearly 60 years of post-war European integration and tear the EU apart.

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How Much Would Minimum Wagers Be Making RIGHT NOW If Wages Kept Pace With Executive Salaries?

How Much Would Minimum Wagers Be Making RIGHT NOW If Wages Kept Pace With Executive Salaries? | News Insights | Scoop.it

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Inevitability of Debt: The Faustian Bargain between States and Banks - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Inevitability of Debt: The Faustian Bargain between States and Banks - SPIEGEL ONLINE | News Insights | Scoop.it
States and banks have made a deal with the devil. Banks buy the sovereign bonds needed to prop states up in the tacit understanding that the states will bail them out in a pinch.
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The book which shook the Soviet Union

The book which shook the Soviet Union | News Insights | Scoop.it
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich was published 50 years ago this month. But is this tale of the Gulag still remembered in modern Russia?

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The Really, Really Big Picture

The Really, Really Big Picture | News Insights | Scoop.it

"Steadily rising energy costs and decreasing net energy yields will simply not be able to fund the future economic growth and consumptive lifestyles that developed nations are depending on (and that developing nations are aspiring to). In fact, the persistent global economic weakness we've been experiencing over the past years is an expected symptom of the throttling constraint decreasing net energy places on growth."


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, January 18, 2013 2:31 AM

Chris Martenson's excellent analysis of why there is not going to be enough net energy for the economic growth we want.

Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, January 18, 2013 7:03 AM

"There has been a very strong and concerted public-relations effort to spin the recent shale energy plays of the U.S. as complete game-changers for the world energy outlook.  These efforts do not square up well with the data and are creating a vast misperception about the current risks and future opportunities among the general populace and energy organizations alike.  The world remains quite hopelessly addicted to petroleum, and the future will be shaped by scarcity – not abundance, as some have claimed.

 

If you care about the future of the economy, your standard of living (or that of your children), and/or your quality of life, you need to fully understand this relationship between growth and net energy. Your individual future (and our collective one) depends on it."

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Tidal power has 'huge potential'

Tidal power has 'huge potential' | News Insights | Scoop.it
The power of tidal currents around the UK’s coastline could provide more than 20% of the nation’s electricity needs, a report suggests.

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Doctor eats world's hottest curry… and it's so violent he gets hallucinations and chefs have to wear goggles to make it

Doctor eats world's hottest curry… and it's so violent he gets hallucinations and chefs have to wear goggles to make it | News Insights | Scoop.it
Consultant radiologist Ian Rothwell, 55, took over an hour to polish off the chicken dish - which tops six million units on the Scoville Scale - in Grantham, Lincolnshire.
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Behind the Scenes in Brussels: EU Summit Reveals a Paralyzed Continent - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Behind the Scenes in Brussels: EU Summit Reveals a Paralyzed Continent - SPIEGEL ONLINE | News Insights | Scoop.it
What happens behind closed doors at an EU summit, when European leaders are among themselves? SPIEGEL has reconstructed the negotiations at the most recent meeting in Brussels in December based on documents and accounts given by numerous sources.
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Britain the most violent country in Europe and even worse than South Africa and U.S.

Britain the most violent country in Europe and even worse than South Africa and U.S. | News Insights | Scoop.it
The figures from EC and UN reports come on the day new Home Secretary Alan Johnson makes his first major speech on crime, promising to be tough on loutish behaviour.
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Hidden Powers of Your Mouse

Hidden Powers of Your Mouse | News Insights | Scoop.it
You use your mouse for just about everything: you drag, you drop, you highlight, you scroll. But even if you click your mouse a thousand times a day, I bet I've got a few secret mouse tricks you've never heard of.
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I thought I knew everything about the use of my mouse. I didn't!

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Preparing for a post-Assad Syria

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The BBC's Frank Gardner looks at how the West is trying to prepare for a Syria without President Bashar al-Assad.

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Current Events: Cyber attacks on Gulf infrastructure seen rising

DUBAI-The former chief of the United Arab Emirates' air force said his country's advanced cyber infrastructure made it a favourite target for hackers.

 

DUBAI, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The former chief of the United Arab Emirates' air force said his country's advanced cyber infrastructure made it a favourite target for hackers, especially when tension heightened in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

 

"The last war in Gaza led to a barrage of cyber attacks because UAE has advanced telecommunications infrastructure," retired Major Genera

 

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Inevitability of Debt: The Faustian Bargain between States and Banks - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Inevitability of Debt: The Faustian Bargain between States and Banks - SPIEGEL ONLINE | News Insights | Scoop.it
States and banks have made a deal with the devil. Banks buy the sovereign bonds needed to prop states up in the tacit understanding that the states will bail them out in a pinch.
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The World from Berlin: 'This Time, Israel Has Defied the Whole World' - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The World from Berlin: 'This Time, Israel Has Defied the Whole World' - SPIEGEL ONLINE | News Insights | Scoop.it

Europe is furious with Israel for its plan to build 3,000 new settler units to punish the Palestinians, following their elevation to "non-member observer status" in the UN last week.

 

Europe is furious with Israel for its plan to build 3,000 new settler units to punish the Palestinians, following their elevation to "non-member observer status" in the UN last week. While sanctions appear not to be on the table, German commentators say it is time to get tough with Israeli premier Netanyahu. 

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Interview with Iceland's Economy Minister: 'We Reacted Immediately to Symptoms of Crisis' - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Interview with Iceland's Economy Minister: 'We Reacted Immediately to Symptoms of Crisis' - SPIEGEL ONLINE | News Insights | Scoop.it

In late 2008 and early 2009, all three of Iceland's major banks collapsed amid the financial crisis. Now, the country is experiencing economic growth once again and unemployment is falling.

 

Four years after Iceland's banks collapsed, the country has managed to overcome its financial crisis. How did you do it?

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Old battles, new Middle East

Old battles, new Middle East | News Insights | Scoop.it
CAN there ever be a lasting peace between Arabs and Jews in the Middle East? Another round of bloodshed (see article) suggests that any such hope is vain. Amid the...

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