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Biggest Bubble Of All Time

By Graham Summers – Re-Blogged From

The market is now officially in the largest bubble relative to the economy in history.

Warren Buffett once famously stated that his favorite means of valuing stock was the stock market capitalization to GDP ratio. This was the very metric he used when he decided to avoid investing during the Tech Bubble.

Bill King of The King Report notes that based on this metric, stocks are now valued at 144.15% of US GDP, surpassing their previous peak set at the absolute top of the Tech Bubble in March 2000.

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Spine Repair

By Brad Jones – Re-Blogged From Futurism

Advancements in spine repair could be propelling us into a future where a severed spinal cord is a treatable condition. A team of researchers from Israel’s Technion Institute of Technology and Tel Aviv University have reportedly enabled previously paralyzed rats to walk again. The group used a pioneering surgical procedure to repair the animals’ spinal cords.

This medical feat, published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, was accomplished by placing stem cells taken from the mouth of an adult human onto a biodegradable, sponge-like scaffold. This was inserted at the site of the spinal injury in rats, bridging the gap and allowing instructions to be passed from the brain to the rest of the body.


After two or three weeks, five of the 12 rats (42 percent) that received this treatment were able to start walking and were apparently moving around almost as a non-injured animal would. In addition to improved mobility, there were signs that these rats also regained sensory perception. The spinal cord regenerated to some extent in the other seven, but not enough to qualify as full recovery.

In comparison, none of the animals that did not receive this treatment regained their movement and sensory perception.

Part of the reason why this procedure was successful is because it was performed shortly after the injury took place. If there was a longer wait before the surgery took place, it might not have the same results, as the damaged part of the spinal cord would have time to atrophy.

From Rat to Human

This study was commissioned by Israel’s Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury with the hopes that it could lead scientists to an effective treatment for humans. Spinal injuries affect thousands of people, with around 17,000 cases being recorded in the U.S. annually.

These people could one day be helped by this procedure, the researchers believe. Daniel Offen, who led the team from Tel Aviv University, suggested to Business Insider that, at some point in the future, hospitals could keep a stock of frozen stem cells in order to give immediate treatment to patients who arrive with a spinal lesion. However, there’s a long way to go before that becomes a reality.

To date, no one has been able perform a successful spine repair in a human. However, there have been varying amounts of success in attempts to address spinal cord injuries in other animals.

In 2016, researchers released details of breakthrough procedure to return motor control to rats who had suffered spinal injuries. This effort combined the so-called “wonder material” graphene with polymeric ethylene gycol to restore sensory function.

Another team managed to allow paralyzed monkeys to walk again. This project used a system of electrodes, transmitters, and receivers to restore leg function. But, again, it’s thought that it will be decades before such a treatment could be feasible for humans.

There are still plenty more questions to be answered when it comes to repairing a human spinal cord. However, the multitude of avenues being explored, and their fruitful results, should offer some hope for the future.


The Future of the US Space Program

   By Willard Davis

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is a self-governing agency of the United States government. The vision of NASA is to “Reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the advantage of humankind.” The following are some of the current and future missions of NASA.

Un-Manned Missions

NASA is trying to add to the existing robotic fleet with the Insight Mars lander, aimed at the red planet to learn about the interior of the planet. In2020, Insight will be seeking signs of microbial life and collecting samples for return to earth, to see whether Mars’ resources could support astronauts.

The next premier observatory in space, the James Webb Space Telescope, will study the history of the universe in the infrared, while the Parker Solar Probe will touch the sun, traveling nearer to the surface than any spacecraft before.

By June 2018, NASA will launch the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, TESS, which will research planets outside of our solar system, examining 200,000 bright objects close by other stars.

NASA ‘s first asteroid sample return mission, the OSIRIS-Rex, will appear at the near-Earth asteroid Bennu in August, 2018 and will return a sample for study in 2023.

And an assignment to Jupiter’s ocean-bearing moon Europa is intended to launch in 2020.

Sending Humans Out into our Solar System and Beyond

Building on rising scientific knowledge of the solar system, NASA is developing more advanced spacecraft and rockets, leading to the next steps of human exploration into space than we ever have traveled before. Launching from a re-invigorated NASA Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, a powerful Space Launch System (SLS) will carry the astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft to the Moon, where astronauts will begin testing the systems which are needed for the demanding operations to other destinations, such as Mars and deeper into space.

NASA will test the exploration systems for deep space starting with an un-crewed flight of Orion and SLS, called the Exploration Mission-1. During subsequent flights, NASA will create new techniques and technologies and will apply inventive approaches for solving the issues in preparing for the longer duration operations far from the earth. NASA will develop its deep space capacities before finally sending humans to Mars.

International Space Station

Humans already are working and living off Earth in one research laboratory in micro-gravity. The International Space Station provides a blueprint for scientific advancements and global cooperation, a way for raising the commercial marketplace into low earth orbit, and as a test bed for representing the latest technologies and sending humans into deep space.

Spacecraft Launch Into Space. Elements of this image furnished by NASA.

A latest generation of commercial US spacecraft and rockets, which are supplying cargo to the space station, later will launch astronauts again from American soil.

By having space explorers living in space for a half year or more – including two who were there for about a year – NASA is figuring out how future teams can flourish with longer missions more remotely into our solar system. The space station likewise is a proving ground for investigation of advances, like self-governing refueling of rockets, emotionally supportive networks, and human/automated interfaces.

A bit of the space on board the space station has been assigned for national laboratory investigations that may give ways to enhance life on Earth, and NASA is focused on utilizing this interesting asset for far reaching logical research.


NASA is assisting the transformation of aviation by creating advanced technologies for propulsion, innovative aircraft shapes, and for the airspace in which they can fly, that radically increase the efficiency, decrease the noise, and maintain the safety in more of the crowded skies.

NASA is designing and flying the new experiment aircraft known as the X-planes, which should provide dramatically advanced technologies for piloted flights, such as the Low (Sonic) Boom Flight demonstrator, which could give information to open the door to the supersonic flights over land.


On Space and in Earth, NASA is making, testing and flying cutting edge technologies for the coming future of the human robotic examination. Technology development of NASA gives an on ramp for new space technologies, making a pipeline which matures them from the beginning stage via flight.

They will continue to develop technologies such as advanced solar electric propulsion, new green propellants, deep space navigation, and in-space assembly and manufacturing. These kinds of new space technologies will advance the capabilities of NASA for helping people to reach deep space destinations in the future.


Current and future earth missions of NASA provide the vantage point for understanding and exploring our home planet, increasing the safeguards and lives of our future.

NASA will bring together the technologies, unique global observations, and science to societal advantage, aiming to strengthen nature. Critical to the understanding of how climate and natural resources are changing on our planet, the observations make the base work for significant environmental planning and the decisions taken by people all over the world.

In 2018, NASA will ready to launch the next generation of two missions: ICESat-2 and GRACE Follow On – for continuing to record the long term record of ice sheets, underground water reserves, and how sea levels are changing.

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Rig For Stormy Weather

By Gary Christenson – Re-Blogged From Deviant Investor

What storm? The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DOW) reached another all-time high. Interest rates in the U.S. are yielding multi-decade lows, some say multi-century lows. Trillions of dollars in global sovereign debt have negative yield and European junk bonds yield less than 10 year U.S. treasuries. “Official” unemployment is low. Borrowing is inexpensive. Things are good, so they say!

I Doubt It!

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Steel Buildings: Purchase Do’s and Don’ts

   By David Lieberman

Steps to follow when planning a steel building purchase

When planning a steel building purchase – whether it be for residential or commercial purposes, there are a few steps which you must follow and areas which need to be addressed.

Firstly, you will require a check list to ensure that you have everything covered. There are certain basic guidelines which are strongly recommended that you follow. Have you done your homework and found out the difference in costs if you DIY versus a contractor?

Basic Guidelines

There are certain things which you must know if you are planning steel building purchase.

  • Do NOT fall for the “offering a special pricing if you buy NOW” gimmick. Take your time.
  • Be certain that your building conforms to the local building inspectors requirements BEFORE signing the contract.
  • Once the contract is signed, obtain all of the permits required. All of the following questions need to be checked off PRIOR to starting:
  • “What is the building code?
  • What are the design loads?
  • Will you need to submit Engineer stamped structural drawings?
  • Will you need to submit Engineer stamped foundation drawings?
  • Will you need to submit design calculations?
  • Will you need to obtain approval from zoning or community planning commission?” (
  • “The items described on your contract are what you are buying. Please be sure to carefully review all contract documents before you sign off. If a contract does not describe an item in specific terms, you should not expect the item to be the best product available. And just as important – is what a contract does not say. Specifically if your contract does not indicate that you are getting framed openings and garage doors – then you are NOT going to get framed openings and garage doors.
  • Understand that making changes after the sale will cost you money. Once the design is completed it will cost money to make changes. If an order is in fabrication – and requires modifications due to customer demands – the entire process has to be stopped, pulled off-line and inventoried. Once the inventory of completed items is confirmed, it’s back to the drawing board. You will be responsible for extra time required to re-design the project and all other associated expenses.
  • Do NOT get creative. Follow the building plans as specified in the manufacturer’s plans. “An erection manual offers important general guidelines and the proper procedures for erecting a steel building safely.


When you are planning to purchase a steel building, nothing is more important than your budget. Your budget will let you know exactly what you can and cannot do. “When preparing your budget, it is essential to reflect on the overall cost of the project. Even on small jobs, the cost of the building materials usually represents less than half of the total cost…The entire cost of your project will depend on how much additional work is required to complete it as planned. Adding “build-out” items such as sheetrock, plumbing and electrical are only a small part of the total cost.


Though not the average modus operandi, some steel building companies will request that you put down an initial deposit. Do not be confused thinking that this goes towards the purchase price. Normally, these “deposits” are to pay for the engineered plans that come with the kit.

Benefits of Building it Yourself

Currently, there is state-of-the-art software which will assist you in designing and planning the prospective steel building you are going to purchase. Another plus of doing this project yourself is that you get to choose the accessories and options versus having them chosen for you in a kit.

The Foundation

Steel building foundations is what will support your steel building. When planning the steel building purchase, “Most manufacturers of steel buildings recommend that the foundation be designed by an experienced foundation engineer. This will insure proper design, make the actual erection of the steel building go a lot smoother and reduce costs. Proven construction techniques and adherence to OSHA and other local codes are highly recommended.


Another aspect which must be decided during the planning of the steel building purchase is access to the site. “…Obviously, the vehicle transporting your steel building must be able to access the site from the adjacent highway or road. This access must be prepared in advance of the truck arriving!

Any overhead obstructions or anything in the way needs to be removed, including trees, boulders, debris. A landscaping contractor might need to be hired for this purpose.

Put down gravel or lay planks on the access route if the soil cannot sustain the heavy wheel loads.

Check the planned building site to make sure there is enough space to physically perform the tasks required to erect the steel building. The proximity of adjacent buildings and other obstructions can severely hinder the construction process. “ (

The importance of accurate foundation construction and anchor bolt settings cannot be overemphasized! The anchor bolts must be in the exact locations as specified in the Anchor Bolt drawing provided by your steel building manufacturer. There is an extremely small tolerance for the placing of the anchor bolts, only +-1/16″ to +-1/18″.

The foundation must meet local design/load conditions.

Foundation errors and improper location of anchor bolts are the most frequent and troublesome errors made in steel building construction. Errors can wind up costing you a lot of money!

NOTE: DO NOT, repeat, DO NOT start the erection process on “green” or uncured concrete. Anchor bolts may pull loose, concrete spall (chip out along edges) may occur and equipment may crash or crack the slab! Normal “Portland” cement should cure in at least seven days and high-early-strength concrete in at least three days. Special circumstances may require even longer curing periods.


Author: My name is David Lieberman. I am a blogger and also have my own site Bestforacar. I am a graduate of Psychology from the Columbia University in the City of New York, where I edited the literary journal.