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Comment: Ok we have defined the problem (Score 1) 211 211

Now let us put all of the best minds together and develop a solution. Oh wait... this is America. We only respond to money so there will be no solution.

But on another gambit... I'd suggest that all incoming H1-B visa tech workers be required to donate some time to solving this problem. For they claim to be the best and the brightest. (Of which the USA corporations claim they simply cannot do without.)

Comment: No surprise here (Score 1) 622 622

I am moving out of the country and I was trying to sell my smart ForTwo. Then I realized there was no market for a gas efficient commuter car.

CarMax offered me a whopping $3700 under Edmonds trade in price and $6200 under dealer retail price. Obviously CarMax thought this car would be hard to sell.

Comment: Re:Another explanation (Score 2) 283 283

I tend to believe this is true about the global economy. It seems to me the simple way to say it is: A lot of the money has been sucked out of the global economy and hidden away. Thus the money is no longer useful.

Here is another leading economic indicator:

Comment: What global economy are we referring to? (Score 1) 283 283

I'm not sure there is really an absolute correllation between economic growth and greenhouse gas emmissions. An increase in stock value does not increase global emmissions per se.

If the shadow banking, quantitative easing, and other shennagins are counted in the global economy there surely is no correllation.

Comment: Re:I think (Score 2) 136 136

Yes this is the global stage. The US is but one actor in the global stage.

Unfortunately, the global framework of laws being developed are not political laws between countries but rather laws with roots in capitalism and finance. Humanity is being left out of the equation. Look at the TPP ... well from what you can find to read considering the negotiations are secret.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955