NASA – The Petermann Glacier grinds and slides toward the sea along the northwestern coast of Greenland, terminating in a giant floating ice tongue. Like other glaciers that end in the ocean, Petermann periodically calves icebergs. A massive iceberg, or ice island, broke off of the Petermann Glacier in 2010. Now, nearly two years later, another chunk of ice has broken free.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, on NASA’s Aqua satellite observed the new iceberg calving and drifting downstream on July 16–17, 2012. Because Aqua is a polar-orbiting satellite, it makes multiple passes over the polar regions each day.
By John Berlau – At a campaign event Friday (July 13) evening in Roanoke, Va., Obama laid out his contempt for business men and women who somehow thought they earned their wealth. ‘If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that,” he proclaimed to the crowd. “Somebody else made that happen.”
Both Obama and Elizabeth Warren’s attacks on entrepreneurs suffer from the same basic flaws. First, the existence of general government programs that future entrepreneurs may benefit from, such as roads and schools (as opposed to specific aid to entrepreneurs selected by the government, i.e. Solyndra), does not take away from entrepreneurs’ achievements or create any kind of individual debt. This is because –putting aside the question of whether these programs are wise — entrepreneurs already paid for them as taxpaying citizens before their success, and will pay even more afterwards, even without the tax hikes Obama is advocating. more> http://tinyurl.com/8xlajjk
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Tagged Barack Obama, Capital, Elizabeth Warren, Entrepreneur, Government, Jobs, John Berlau, Organization, Solyndra, United States
Sebastian Mallaby – [VIDEO 2:51] Following investigations into Barclays’ manipulation of London Interbank Offered Rates (Libor), CFR’s Sebastian Mallaby highlights three implications from the unfolding scandal:
By Charles Murray – A Consumer Reports survey conducted this year proves that. The magazine didn’t query its respondents about what they would do if gas prices skyrocketed. It merely asked what they would look for in their next vehicle. The responses showed that they are concerned about the future of gasoline-burning cars.
Thirty-seven percent of the survey respondents told Consumer Reports that fuel economy was their most important consideration — more important than quality, safety, value, performance, styling, or technological innovation. more> http://tinyurl.com/c672o4a
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Tagged Business improvement, Consumer Reports, Energy, Fuel, Fuel economy in automobiles, Fuel efficiency, Industrial economy, United States
At the UN level there’s the “Internet Governance Forum,” which co-exists with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) which was established in 1865. It is in these forums that governments and businesses are waging an ongoing battle to regain influence and power online.
In the ITU, for example, authoritarian regimes are gaining ground by ‘buying’ the votes of developing countries. Draft regulations and proposals that aim for centralized control to fight cybercrime or to regulate information services are submitted and discussed. These measures would seriously hamper the online freedom of Internet users. more> http://tinyurl.com/84wmokj