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californiaNo Excuses, California Has the Money to Get Forests Under Control in 2019

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On January 10, 2019, California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a $144 billion general fund budget on Thursday that’s up 4 percent from the current year and predicts a $21.4 billion surplus from robust tax collections and slower growth of state …

antiagingSupport for Human Gene Editing to Fix Diseases in Latest Poll

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There is about 70% support among Americans to use human gene editing to cure or correct diseases. The support among people in China for using human gene editing to cure disease was similar in a recent poll. The US support …

crisprScientist He JianKu Made a Validly Ethical Choice to Gene Edit the Twins

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I have covered the technical aspects of the gene editing of the human twin babies, but I have not had a focused look at only the ethics, compassion and noble intentions involved in this situation. I He primary motivatation for …

austriaAustria will let electric cars drive faster, use bus lanes and get free parking

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Austria is allowing electric cars to drive at 130 kilometers per hour (80 mph) instead of 100 kilometers per hour (60 mph) on the IG-L highway. This affects 440 kilometers of highway. The next step is to open bus lanes …

europeFree medical fertility and bribes could boost Japan’s population in 2100 by 50%

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In 2006, Japan had predicted its total fertility could fall to 1.16 in 2020 but pro-child policies increased total fertility to 1.46 in 2015. Japan’s fertility reached a record low at 1.26-lifetime births per woman in 2005. A comprehensive free …

chinaMore tariffs and more tax cuts for China

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The U.S. is preparing new tariffs against all remaining Chinese imports if talks between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping fail. New tariffs against all goods from China might be announced in December. They would target the $257 billion in …

economic impact5% US budget cut includes military so total cut could be $100 billion

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The Pentagon’s budget is going to fall from $716 billion in 2019 to $700 billion (2.3 percent) in 2020. The US military had been planning on a $733 billion budget in 2020 but Trump has ordered a 5% budget cut. …

economic impactUS Third Quarter GDP grew 3.5% to $20.66 trillion

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Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 3.5 percent in the third quarter of 2018, according to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter of 2018, real GDP increased 4.2 percent. The Bureau emphasized …

canadaCanada federal election in 2019 could be a referendum on carbon tax

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning to create a carbon pricing plan for four of the provinces in Canada. Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and New Brunswick do have carbon pricing plans. Those provinces have nearly half the population of Canada. Trudeau …

educationRace Discrimination reduces Asian American top college entrance by half

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Ivy Leagues Universities and other selective schools discriminate against Asian-Americans in the college admissions process. Ivy league schools have 15-22% Asian enrollment versus 40-50% at top universities without race discrimination. The UC (University of California) system picks students based predominantly …