Daily Archives: December 19, 2012

Views from the Solar System (88)


Expedition 34 at Launch
NASA – Expedition 34 Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), top, NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn and Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko wave farewell from the bottom of the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Their Soyuz TMA-07M rocket launched at 7:12 a.m. EST. Image Credit: NASA/Carla Cioffi

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Why the Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Will Fail Even If They “Succeed”


By Charles Kadlec – The false premise championed by President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats is higher tax rates on “the rich” are the key to fiscal balance.

The false premise championed by House Speaker John Boehner is that the number one driver of future deficits is entitlement spending in the form of Social Security and Medicare.

False premises are dangerous because they lead to bad policies.

Currently, the negotiations over the budget are based on the CBO’s assumption that real economic growth will average a paltry 2.8% over the next 10-years. Just getting back to the average of 3.1% would reduce projected deficits by more than $900 billion. more> http://tinyurl.com/cdbw6xp

Danish House Prices Decline as Euro Crisis Undermines Confidence


English: Various Euro bills.

English: Various Euro bills. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Peter Levring – Danish apartment prices have plunged 25 percent since their 2007 peak, while house prices are down 20 percent over the past five years. The real estate slump left a regional banking crisis in its wake, wiping out at least 12 lenders since 2008.

The nation, which pegs the krone to the euro, has emerged as a haven from Europe’s debt crisis thanks to a public debt load that’s less than half the euro-zone average. That’s pushed policy rates to record lows and helped drag down borrowing costs on mortgages. Banks have partly offset the declines by charging higher fees in response to stricter capital requirements. more> http://tinyurl.com/cfm2akz

Rockwell Offers New Bundle of Machine Control Design Tools


By Elizabeth Montalbano – Rockwell Automation has released an integrated bundle of machine control tools that offers an all-in-one solution for designers of machine control applications.

The Connected Components Accelerator Toolkit (CCAT) includes an entire set of automation engineering design tools for machine control application development, expediting the process of development by eliminating the need to add components and tools to the controller, according to Rockwell. more> http://tinyurl.com/cgngtq9

5 Powerful Things Happen When A Leader Is Transparent


By Glenn Llopis – The days of utopia are over in the traditional workplace. Most people now realize they need to look out for themselves if their employers are unwilling to do so.

Being transparent is a powerful thing, if you can trust yourself and be trusted by others. The reason most leaders are not transparent is because they believe they will be viewed as less authoritative; that the credentials they worked so hard to attain will lose their power, leverage and gravitas. This is the problem with most leaders, they are not aware of the reality that exists around them.

Here are five powerful things that happen when a leader can be transparent:

  1. Problems Are Solved Faster
  2. Teams Are Built Easier
  3. Relationships Grow Authentically
  4. People Begin to Promote Trust in Their Leader
  5. Higher-Levels of Performance Emerge

more> http://tinyurl.com/99tcs7r

THOMAS Top Ten – compiled on Dec 16, 2012


Congress watchLibrary of Congress –

  1. H.R. 4310 [112th]
    National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013
  2. S. 3637 [112th]
    A bill to temporarily extend the transaction account guarantee program, and for other purposes
  3. S. 3254 [112th]
    National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013
  4. H.R. 6156 [112th]
    Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal Act of 2012
  5. H.R. 3200 [111th]
    America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009
  6. H.R. 6429 [112th]
    STEM Jobs Act of 2012
  7. S. 2367 [112th]
    21st Century Language Act of 2012
  8. H.R. 3590 [111th]
    Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  9. H.R. 2838 [112th]
    Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012
  10. H.R. 6063 [112th]
    Child Protection Act of 2012
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