This week: All eyes on Ryan as debt fight looms | TheHill


Amid the ongoing GOP drama, Congress has just 10 legislative days to raise the debt ceiling

Source: This week: All eyes on Ryan as debt fight looms | TheHill

Political Cartoons – The economy is always better when there’s a Democrat in the White House. | Washington Times


Illustration by Dana Summers of the Tribune Media Services)

Source: Political Cartoons – Campaigns and Elections – The economy is always better when there’s a Democrat in the White House. – Washington Times

Strong Debate Ratings Make CNN Consider Introducing Substance into Programming | The New Yorker


“Just to be clear, we’re not suddenly going to flood our programming with substance,” Zucker said.

“We know that would be jarring for our viewers.”

Source: Strong Debate Ratings Make CNN Consider Introducing Substance into Programming – The New Yorker

Drink in History at the World’s Oldest Court | Smithsonian

New Software Makes Cyberbullies Think Twice | Smithsonian


ReThink works on the principle that the adolescent brain is like a “car with no brakes,” Trisha Prabhu says.

“It’s all too well-known that adolescents make impulsive, rash decisions.”

Source: New Software Makes Cyberbullies Think Twice | Innovation | Smithsonian

What the Government’s Dietary Guidelines May Get Wrong | The New Yorker


Depressing though it may be, the United States in 2015 no longer has the luxury of dietary advice aimed only at the metabolically healthy.

More than two-thirds of adults in this country are overweight or obese, as are about a third of children and adolescents.

What’s more, approximately half of all adults—and a rapidly growing number of adolescents—are now estimated to have Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.

 

Source: What the Government’s Dietary Guidelines May Get Wrong – The New Yorker

This Is What a 50-Lane Traffic Jam Looks Like | Smithsonian


This isn’t the worst traffic jam in China’s history — far from it.

In 2010, thousands of cars and trucks were stuck in bumper-to-bumper congestion for 10 days. The gridlock was so intense, it spawned a microeconomy and its own Wikipedia page.

Source: This Is What a 50-Lane Traffic Jam Looks Like | Smart News | Smithsonian

The Military Is Creating Vampire Drones That Die in the Sun | Nextgov.com


.. DARPA is funding a new research initiative to develop aircraft that can “fully vanish within within four hours of payload delivery or within 30 minutes of morning civil twilight (assuming a night drop), whichever is earlier,” the agency posted today.

Source: The Military Is Creating Vampire Drones That Die in the Sun – Nextgov.com

Fed Rate Decision: QE Didn’t Quite Cut It, So Now What? | Bloomberg Business


While QE succeeded in bringing down long-term rates, lending didn’t increase as much as anticipated.

The Fed hit its interest rate target square on. It’s hard to measure how much easing has benefited Main Street.

Some economists are skeptical. “We no longer believe that QE can fix everything,” says Michala Marcussen, global head of economics at Société Générale.

Source: Fed Rate Decision: QE Didn’t Quite Cut It, So Now What? – Bloomberg Business

Another US Nuke Bites the Dust


The plummeting prices of green power are fast undercutting the economics of America’s aging reactor fleet.

They are also chopping into the use of coal and gas, whose costs are rising.

Renewables are essentially free at the margin. So green power voids the “baseline” function of both nuke and fossil fuel generators.

Source: Another US Nuke Bites the Dust