House Democrats Approve New Ethics Rules, Form Climate Committee

The House also voted to create a new select committee on climate change, to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and to allow lawmakers to wear religious headwear on the House floor. That change will impact Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American Democrat from Minnesota who wears a hijab. Meanwhile, Washington state Democratic Congressmember Pramila Jayapal said Thursday she’s …

What will be the most miserable economies in 2018?

As Steve Hanke put it, the human condition inhibits a vast continuum between “happy” and “miserable.” When it comes to economics, misery tends to stem from high inflation and high unemployment. The best way to ensure happiness is to grow economically, but that is not easy with high inflation and unemployment.The vast majority of countries report on economic indicators on …

Economic cost of land degradation in India

The cost of land degradation and land use change ate up to 2.54% of India’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014-15, as per TERI’s Study on Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought in India. Land degradation is evident across all terrestrial biomes and has far-reaching consequences. Following the range of services that land provides, its degradation can be direct (e.g. …

IPCC 1.5°C Report: Planet Nearing Tipping Point

On Oct. 8, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the much anticipated Special Report on 1.5°C in Incheon, South Korea. The release follows an intense week of editing in which scientists responded to government comments. [climatenexus.org] About the report: World governments party to the Paris Agreement requested a comprehensive report on the impacts of 1.5°C of global warming, and how best to …

A definitive ranking of 7 Christmas episodes of The Simpsons

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the town, not a creature was stirring – not even Krusty the Clown. So gather round children, and with joy in our heart, let’s rate the festive adventures of Homer, Marge, Lisa, Maggie and Bart. For the purpose of this exercise, a Christmas episode will be one in which the plot revolves around …

The secret history of Ctrl+Alt+Del

Ctrl+Alt+Del will go down in history as that one confoundingly difficult way to restart your PC when everything else has failed. But as its creator, David Bradley, tells Great Big Story, it was a pain by design. [FastCompany] The tool was first developed because Bradley and the 11 other engineers building the first IBM PC needed a quicker way to restart …

The Soaring Cost of Textbooks

[Good.is] According to College Board estimates, in the current school year the average higher education student will shell out about $1,300 for books and supplies, regardless of school type. That cost is shocking. But even more alarming is the rapid rise in textbook prices over recent years. As illustrated in the above video, between 1998 and 2014 the cost of new …