The Marvelous and Mysterious Monarch

By Kip Hansen – Re-Blogged From WUWT

 

marvelous_monarchs-featuredThe marvelous Monarch Butterfly is an icon of biological mystery.  When I was born, circa 1950, monarchs were known to fly north into southern Texas every spring by the millions.  In the Fall, tourists would go to Cape May, New Jersey, timing their visits to watch the beauty and pageantry of the Monarch Migration south again as they are funneled down the southern New Jersey peninsula from New England and points north, headed south to an unknown destination, believed to be somewhere in Mexico.

It wasn’t until 1975, long after I had passed through university, that the location of the monarch overwintering site in the central mountains of Mexico was discovered.  For 40 years, Dr. Fred Urquhart had searched for the monarch’s overwintering site…finally discovering the location in the fall of 1975.  Urquhart wrote of his discovery in National Geographic magazine, which had funded his search, in the August 1976 issue.  He did not, however, reveal the actual location of the butterfly colonies at that time, not even to other scientists.

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Public Sector Pensions: The Parasite Devours Its Host

By John Rubino – Re-Blogged From Dollar Collapse

The Wall Street Journal recently highlighted a better method of analysing the impact of public sector pensions on state and local budgets. The results are ominous for government finances, the bond markets, and pretty much everything else:

Why Your Pension Is Doomed

A new study shows that benefits are rising faster than GDP in most states.

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The New York – New Jersey Bombings Illustrate Why Donald Trump Will Win

By Onan Coca – Re-Bloggd From http://www.Constitution.com

In 2004 President George W. Bush ran a hard-fought reelection campaign against a popular, if doofy, Democrat opponent John Kerry. For all of his faults, Kerry was far more well-liked and far less scandal plagued than today’s Democrat candidate. Bush was able to eke out a reelection victory mostly on the shoulders of his decisive reaction to the 9/11 tragedy.

In fact, the 2004 election made the phrase “security moms” famous, as the once known “soccer mom” had suddenly awakened to our dangerous new world where Islamic terrorism was the reality and her “mama bear” instincts had taken over. The “security mom” knew she had to do all she could to care for her loved ones, and that now meant using her vote to keep them safe.

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Here Comes The Next Trillion-Dollar Bailout

By John Rubino – Re-Blogged From http://www.Silver-Phoenix500.com

As boxers like to say, it’s the punch you don’t see that knocks you out.

In a world where a growing part of the financial system is hidden from view and excluded from official statistics, those are words to remember. A couple of examples from the 2008-2009 crisis:

  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were private companies through which the federal government funneled a lot of mortgage debt and to which it granted a kind of de facto backing, though it asserted confidently that this would never be needed. When the real estate bubble (inflated in large part by Fannie and Freddie) popped, government — read taxpayers — had to assume responsibility for pretty much the whole $10 trillion US housing sector.
  • Over-the-counter derivatives are largely hidden by bank and hedge fund accounting tricks, but when that market blew up in 2008 it turned out that AIG, the world’s biggest insurance company, had enough of the instruments to bring down the whole financial system. The result was another huge bailout with taxpayer cash.

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Job Growth Twice as High in Red States

Re-Blogged From http://www.Newsmax.com

Each day between 2003 and 2013, an average of 830 Americans relocated to one of the nine U.S. states with no state income tax, while 944 people moved out of the nine states with the highest personal income tax rates.

That’s one of the findings disclosed in a new report from The Heritage Foundation, “1,000 People a Day: Why Red States Are Getting Richer and Blue States Poorer.”

States in recent years have divided into two camps, which the report’s authors call the “red state model” and the “blue state model.”

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