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Rescuing the global economy: what next?

Rescuing the global economy: what next? | News Insights | Scoop.it
Nik Gowing hosts the BBC World Debate from Tokyo about what it will take to get the global economic recovery back on track.

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Divided States of America: Notes on the Decline of a Great Nation - SPIEGEL ONLINE (Part 4)

Divided States of America: Notes on the Decline of a Great Nation - SPIEGEL ONLINE (Part 4) | News Insights | Scoop.it
The United States is frittering away its role as a model for the rest of the world. The political system is plagued by an absurd level of hatred, the economy is stagnating and the infrastructure is falling into a miserable state of disrepair.
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Step Aboard The Navy's $2.4 Billion Virginia-Class Nuclear Submarine

Step Aboard The Navy's $2.4 Billion Virginia-Class Nuclear Submarine | News Insights | Scoop.it

America's newest fast attack sub...."

 

You might be interested in these pictures of the Virginia Class subs. If you remember the movie "The Hunt For Red October" you'll remember that the reason for our Navy's concern for that new Russian sub was that she apparently had water jet propulsion drive thus making her almost silent. (I think Tom Clancy knew something.)

The USS Virginia-class submarines are the United State's newest and most advanced submarine.

The first Virginia slipped beneath the waves just eight years ago and only nine vessels have been completed.

They take more than five years to build and run about $2.4 billion apiece.

Here, we look at the Virginia class of submarines from stern to bow, finding out what makes these ships unique.

We'll start in the engine room, move our way over the reactor, through the barracks to the command center and down into the torpedo room.

 

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World's oldest undeciphered writing

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The world's oldest undeciphered writing system, which has so far defied attempts to uncover its 5,000-year-old secrets, could be about to be decoded by Oxford University academics.

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Manvotional: Theodore Roosevelt on Integrity in Private and Public Life | The Art of Manliness

Manvotional: Theodore Roosevelt on Integrity in Private and Public Life | The Art of Manliness | News Insights | Scoop.it
From the speech, Citizenship in a Republic, 1910 By Theodore Roosevelt The very last thing that an intelligent and self-respecting member of a democratic community should do is to reward any public man because that public man says he will...
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The 10 Percent: Gap Between Rich and Poor Grows in Germany - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The 10 Percent: Gap Between Rich and Poor Grows in Germany - SPIEGEL ONLINE | News Insights | Scoop.it
More than half of Germany's privately-owned assets are held by the country's richest 10 percent.
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5 Tips to Improve Your Concentration

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Sam Horn, author of ConZentrate (St. Martin's Press) gives you five FOCUS tips to help you concentrate better.

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8 Amazing Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

8 Amazing Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar | News Insights | Scoop.it
1. Beat workout exhaustionExercise and sometimes extreme stress cause lactic acid to build up in the body, causing fatigue. Interestingly, the amino acids contained in apple cider vinegar act as an antidote.
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George Friedman - The Israeli Crisis

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Crises are normally short, sharp and intense affairs. Israel's predicament has developed on a different time frame, is more diffuse than most crises and has not reached a decisive and intense moment. But it is still a crisis. It is not a crisis solely about Iran, although the Israeli government focuses on that issue. Rather, it is over Israel's strategic reality since 1978, when it signed the Camp David accords with Egypt
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From Vision Publisher David Hulme: Technological Disconnect

From Vision Publisher David Hulme: Technological Disconnect | News Insights | Scoop.it
Life has sped up of late. Many of us are connected all the time, constantly attentive, always replying, never quiet. But is this helpful?
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Churchill and the Power of Words — The American Magazine

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Had Winston Churchill never set foot in the House of Commons, he would still be remembered today as one of the major writers of his time.
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Taking a break is secret to success

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Taking a break is secret to success. Sydney scientists have found learning improves when students take a rest from continuous study or training.

 

''It seems intuitive that every minute of study should make you better, but, actually, if you do too much it might backfire and you end up wasting time,'' said the study's lead researcher, Joel Pearson.

 


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Financial Markets, Politics and the New Reality | Stratfor

Financial Markets, Politics and the New Reality | Stratfor | News Insights | Scoop.it

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Louis M. Bacon is the head of Moore Capital Management, one of the largest and most influential hedge funds in the world. Last week, he announced that he was returning one quarter of his largest fund, about $2 billion, to his investors. The reason he gave to The New York Times was that he had found it difficult to invest given the impossibility of predicting the European situation.

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New euro notes to show tragic princess

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A Phoenician princess who was raped by Zeus is to be the new face of the EU's single currency.
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GM Cow Brings Biotech to a New Level of Creepy

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Would you drink genetically modified (GM) milk from a cloned cow?

 

In 1996, Dolly the sheep was born. She was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell, a Scottish creation of science “born” to three mothers (one that provided the egg, the other the DNA, and a third that carried the cloned embryo until birth). 

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Decision Time: Why Do Some Leaders Leave A Mark? : NPR

Decision Time: Why Do Some Leaders Leave A Mark? : NPR | News Insights | Scoop.it
Why do some leaders make little difference to organizations and countries while others turn out to be indispensable?

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Bear Bryant Quotes | The Art of Manliness

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Bear Bryant was one of the greatest football coaches and motivators of all time. Here are his best quotes.
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Martin D. Weiss' Blog | Money and Markets Blogs

Martin D. Weiss' Blog | Money and Markets Blogs | News Insights | Scoop.it

Martin D. Weiss, a leading advocate for investor safety, is the founder and president of Weiss Research, Inc. He is an expert on domestic and international financial markets.

 

The vast majority of our readers — a whopping 75% — believe that the fallout from the fiscal cliff will be WORSE than the "Great Recession" of 2007-2009.

 

70% say unemployment will jump at least 50%; more than 70% say the average S&P 500 stock will lose at least 57% of its value.

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8 Interesting Facts About the Dead Sea Scrolls

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There are many important and fascinating facts about the Dead Sea Scrolls. Check out our list of the top eight Facts About the Dead Sea Scrolls.

 

Measuring approximately 18 by 3 inches (46.5 x 7.7 cm), this sacred document was discovered in 1952 in a cave near Khirbet, Qumran, and is one of hundreds of texts that were found hidden within 11 caves in that area along the Dead Sea. The texts are comprised of a variety of religious documents written in Aramaic, Greek and Hebrew and date from 250 BCE to 68 AD.

 

The significance of finding and preserving the Ten Commandments Scroll -- and similar texts -- is multifaceted. Obviously, it has incredible religious and spiritual significance among many people around the globe. But it also has historical importance from a preservation standpoint and is part of a larger concern regarding how we care for and treat ancient texts and the written word. And finally, a discussion of this ancient document would not be complete without considering its relevance to modern society in general. The Ten Commandments are perhaps the oldest "laws" of the land, providing a broad-reaching moral compass regardless of religious ties or affiliations.

 

Read on to learn some interesting facts about the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit, the scrolls themselves, their importance in today's world, and what some of today's greatest thinkers have to say about it all.


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We'll make a killing out of food crisis, Glencore trading boss Chris Mahoney boasts

We'll make a killing out of food crisis, Glencore trading boss Chris Mahoney boasts | News Insights | Scoop.it
The United Nations, aid agencies and the British Government have lined up to attack the world's largest commodities trading company, Glencore, after it described the current global food crisis and soaring world prices as a "good" business...
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Digital Bible pops up in more pews, pulpits

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Some e-versions of the Bible offer opportunities to explore the book in ways printed versions cannot.

 

Not too long ago, the sight of someone using an electronic device during a worship service might lead an observer to assume that person was not fully engaged. But not anymore. Reading the Bible used to mean reading a book, but increasingly, people are getting the Word on smartphones, iPads and other electronic devices.

 

Reading the Bible used to mean reading a book, but increasingly, people are getting the Word on smartphones, iPads and other electronic devices.

 

Reading the Bible used to mean reading a book, but increasingly, people are getting the Word on smartphones, iPads and other electronic devices.

 

So then, what will happen to the printed Bible? The last word has not been written on that, but experts speculate that its unchallenged reign is over.

 

"The Bible is sort of the flagship of the printed book culture," said Timothy Beal, author of "The Rise and Fall of the Bible" (Mariner, 2011, $15.95). "The printed word is losing its place as the dominant medium for reading."


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How I Turn Vague Ideas Into Tangible Goals

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Here is something a lot of people struggle with: given a vague idea or project, how do you move towards shaping something concrete out of it? For Vivek Haldar, a software developer at Google, the solution comes in four parts.
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10 Ways to Get More Done with Less Stress

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getting things done, time management strategies, time management for creative people, how to be more productive, how to get things done...

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June 9 - Withholding from your paycheck began

June 9 - Withholding from your paycheck began | News Insights | Scoop.it

Called the "Pay-As-You-God" tax, the Federal Government forgave people for not paying their annual lump sum taxes at the end of 1941 if they signed up to have all future taxes withheld from each paycheck.
It was part of the patriotic war enthusiasm which included slogans such as: "Uncle Sam Needs You," "Buy War Bonds," and "Smash the Axis-Pay your Taxes."

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Bear Bryant Quotes | The Art of Manliness

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Bear Bryant was one of the greatest football coaches and motivators of all time. Here are his best quotes.

Paul “Bear” Bryant was a coaching legend. During his 25 year tenure at the University of Alabama, he was college football’s winningest coach, leading his team to six national championships. As a young man he was tough-he earned his famous nickname by volunteering to wrestle a bear at age 13 and played in a game with a partially broken leg during his time as a college player. He carried this toughness over to his coaching where he demanded excellence of his men on and off the field, and looked dapper while doing it. Losing was not an option, and sweat equity made sure of it. The inspiration he doled out applies not just to football but to the grand game of life.

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