Congressional Seats Sell for Record Four Billion Dollars | The New Yorker


“With all of the uncertainty in the world today, the United States Congress is considered a very safe place for the rich to invest their money,” said Charles Michollot, of the auction house Sotheby’s.

“Congressional seats are like Manhattan real estate—they aren’t making any more of them.”

via Congressional Seats Sell for Record Four Billion Dollars – The New Yorker.

Exit Polls Indicate Nation Suffering from Severe Memory Loss | The New Yorker


The national exit polls revealed an electorate deeply fearful of a number of threats, including ISIS, Ebola, and, oh, what was that other thing?

via Exit Polls Indicate Nation Suffering from Severe Memory Loss – The New Yorker.

THOMAS Top Ten for 11/2/2014 | THOMAS (Library of Congress)

  • H.R. 2 [113th]
    American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act
  • H.R. 4 [113th]
    Jobs for America Act
  • H.R. 1821 [113th]
    Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2013
  • S. 744 [113th]
    Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act
  • H.Res. 727 [113th]
    Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2) to remove Federal Government obstacles to the production of more domestic energy; to ensure transport of that energy reliably to businesses, consumers, and other end users; to lower the cost of energy to consumers; to enable manufacturers and other businesses to access domestically produced energy affordably and reliably in order to create and sustain more secure and well-paying American jobs; and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4) to make revisions to Federal law to improve the conditions necessary for economic growth and job creation, and for other purposes; and providing for proceedings during the period from September 22, 2014, through November 11, 2014
  • H.R. 3547 [113th]
    Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014
  • S. 150 [113th]
    Assault Weapons Ban of 2013
  • S. 1347 [113th]
    Conference Accountability Act of 2014
  • S. 649 [113th]
    Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013
  • S. 2410 [113th]
    Carl Levin National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015

via THOMAS Top Ten for 11/2/2014 – THOMAS (Library of Congress).

The Dawn of the Age of McConnell | The New Yorker


Unfortunately, my money is on the darker scenario, which holds that we are entering a period of paralysis that will be the functional equivalent of turning down the radiators and draining the pipes in the Capitol until the 2016 election.

via The Dawn of the Age of McConnell – The New Yorker.

Gross Says Deflation a ‘Growing Possibility’ Threatening Wealth | Bloomberg


Stimulus is “not working like it used to,” and “the trillions seem to seep through the sandy loam of investment and innovation straight into the cement mixer of the marketplace.”

Even as prices rise, “wages simply sit there for years on end. One economy (the financial one) thrives while the other economy (the real one) withers.”

via Gross Says Deflation a ‘Growing Possibility’ Threatening Wealth – Bloomberg.

New way to make batteries safer


About 5 billion button batteries are produced every year, and these batteries have become more and more powerful, making them even more dangerous if swallowed.

via New way to make batteries safer.

String field theory: The foundation of quantum mechanics?

Rather than use quantum mechanics to validate string field theory, the researchers worked backwards and used string field theory to try to validate quantum mechanics.

“The essential ingredient is the assumption that all matter is made up of strings and that the only possible interaction is joining/splitting as specified in their version of string field theory.”

via String field theory: The foundation of quantum mechanics?.

The New Cycle of Future Cities

SMARTER CITY


By 2050, around three out of every four people on earth will live in cities. Some will look more like Amsterdam and others more like Singapore

via The New Cycle of Future Cities.

Cell Phones, Social Media and Campaign 2014


As political behavior on social media has grown more prevalent, the reasons voters give for following political figures in these spaces have also shifted

via Cell Phones, Social Media and Campaign 2014 | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.

Republicans take control of Senate; Obama relegated to lame duck | Washington Times

“For too long, this administration has tried to tell the American people what’s good for them and then blame somebody else when their policies didn’t work out. Tonight, Kentucky rejected that approach,” Mr. McConnell said at his victory party.

Still to be seen is the fate of Sen. Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who has been majority leader for the last eight years, and whose orchestration of the Senate floor left Democrats tied closely to President Obama with little chance to show independence.

via Republicans take control of Senate; Obama relegated to lame duck – Washington Times.