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What we learned this week

  • Renewable energy overtook nuclear power in the US last year, and now accounts for 12% of US energy.
  • 43.4 million prescriptions were written for anti-depressants in the UK last year. In a country of 62 million people, that’s a cause for concern.
  • What happens if you leave a skyscraper half finished for too long? You get a vertical shanty town, as this photo essay from Venezuela demonstrates.

9 comments

  1. BUSH TAX CUT DISTRIBUTION CTJ.ORG
    NUMBER –AVG INCOME—-AVG TAX CUT—SHARE OF ALL INCOME
    1%–1.4m————-$1,370,662———–$66,394—————–19%
    5%–7.1m—————$477,453————$19,855—————–33%
    20%-28.4m————-$12,974————–$107———————4%
    lowest
    Spin by Conservatives it was flat tax cut for all incomes so that is Fair.
    cswinney2@triad.rr.com

    Is it Fair with a Net wealth distribution of (85-15-0)?
    (20%-85%)——(80%-15%)– (-10%-0%) Mexico??????

    Is it Fair with a Financial wealth distribution of 93-7-0
    (20% -93%)—–(80%–7%)—(10%–0%) Congo???????

    What is Fair? 90-10-0 is not! It is Revolution in America.

  2. Net New Jobs Per Year
    Rounded numbers
    Wall Street Journal 1-19-09

    Clinton-2,900,000
    Carter—2,600,000
    Johnson-2,300,000
    Reagan–2,000,000
    Nixon—-1,700,000
    Kennedy-1,200,000
    Truman– 1,100,000
    Ford——- 745,000
    Bush I—– 625,000
    Eisenhower 438,000
    Bush II—- 375,000

    Democrat—10,100,000
    Republican– 5,883,000

    Per Day In Office
    Democrat—10,125 Days
    Republican-13,149 Days

    Jobs per day
    Democrats-997
    Republicans-447

  3. WHY DO PEOPLE VOTE AGAINST THEIR WELFARE?
    GREAT PROGRAMS WERE BY DEMOCRATS
    FEW FOR MIDDLE CLASS BY REPUBLICANS
    Too long for here
    google:clarence swinney + 82 Democrat
    A super list of Accomplishments

    All ALLSafety Nets Were fought by Republicans all 100%

    Republicans can run ONLY on Values issues
    Big 2–Abortion –Gay Marriage

  4. Your US electricity link is broken. I suspect it’s just telling us that US has more hydro generation than we have, but I could be wrong.

    1. Thanks for that, should be fixed now. And it’s not so much about hydro, more about biofuels, which the US has embraced in a big, heavily subsidised way.

      1. Still not woking, I’m surprised, biofuels are mostly convertable into petrol rather than electricity. Corn into Ethanol has an EROI close to 1 so the whole enterprise is almost totally pointless.

    1. I’ve read the article now my brain hurts, all the article proves is if you torture the statistics long enough you can say anything you want about them.

      1. Really, or are you a renewable energy skeptic who doth protest too much?

        It’s not rocket science, it’s just an interesting fact: in the latest bulletin from the Energy Information Administration, the primary energy overview shows that the US produced more energy from renewables than nuclear, 6.944 quadrillion BTUs to 6.173. If you look back at previous years and the growth rate of renewable energy, that’s not unexpected. Neither is it anything to jump up and down about, but you’re making a much bigger deal of it than I am.

        If you don’t like my link, look it up at the source. It’s table 1.1 on page 3:

        Click to access mer.pdf

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