It may come as a surprise to those of a certain age group, but millennials are more likely than their elders to say important information is not available on the Internet. Younger folks also are more likely to have read a book in the last year and are just as engaged in their libraries as older individuals.Imagine that.
At least those are conclusions from the latest work of the Pew Research Center Internet Project, which has pulled together years of research on the role of libraries in Americans lives, with a special focus on millennials — generally identified as people ages 16-29.
The results, from three national surveys of Americans 16 years of age and older, found that 62 percent of Americans under 30 years old agree that there is "a lot of useful, important information that is not available on the Internet," say Kathryn Zickhur and Lee Rainie, authors of a Sept. 10 report on the survey. By comparison, 53 percent of older Americans said they believe that.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The Chicago Tribune reports:
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538 has Nate Silver's latest.
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Scott Rasmussen reports:
Currently, insurance companies are protected from losing money during the first three years of the health care law’s implementation. Whatever they lose, the government will cover the cost. That means insurance companies can keep prices low to attract customers secure in the knowledge that the government will bail them out if needed.Just a reminder, someone is going to bear the full cost of ObamaCare.
Starting in 2017, though, the insurance companies will lose their government guarantee. If they keep prices artificially low, they will lose money. That’s not likely to happen, and it’s hard to imagine any public support for an ongoing insurance company bailout. Prices will rise; the only question is how much.
The new pricing, without the government guarantee, will be announced in the summer and fall of 2016 — prime time to damage the Democratic presidential candidate.
President Obama won’t be on the ballot in 2016, but his health care law will still be helping the GOP.
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Monday, September 15, 2014
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The Bond Buyer reports:
Detroit and Syncora Guarantee Inc. said Monday they've reached a final settlement that is expected to accelerate the city's exit from the largest municipal bankruptcy in the U.S.History in the making.
"This is a big day for Syncora and a big day for the city of Detroit," Syncora attorney Ryan Bennett, from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes in court Monday.
The deal leaves bond insurer Financial Guaranty Insurance Co. as the only major holdout creditor in the case. FGIC and Syncora, which together guaranteed payments on $1.5 billion of pension certificates of participation, had aligned much of their legal strategy objecting to the plan.
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Leonardo DiCaprio Vs. Science: Elitist Actor May Be America's Biggest Con Man- vanishing evidence for climate change
The New York Post reports:
In the runup to the Sept. 23 UN Climate Summit in New York, Leonardo DiCaprio is releasing a series of films about the “climate crisis.”There's more:
The first is “Carbon,” which tells us the world is threatened by a “carbon monster.” Coal, oil, natural gas and other carbon-based forms of energy are causing dangerous climate change and must be turned off as soon as possible, DiCaprio says.
But he has identified the wrong monster. It is the climate scare itself that is the real threat to civilization.
DiCaprio is an actor, not a scientist; it’s no real surprise that his film is sensationalistic and error-riddled. Other climate-change fantasists, who do have a scientific background, have far less excuse.
Satellites also show that a greater area of Antarctic sea ice exists now than any time since space-based measurements began in 1979. In other words, the ice caps aren’t melting.Ouch.
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The Chicago Sun-Times reports on boss Mike Madigan:
What does Gov. Pat Quinn suggest we do about the Mike Madigan problem?Mike Madigan is also the man who is Chairman of the Illinois Democrat party.
Of all the questions that have been asked so far in this campaign for governor, that may be the most important, yet it goes unaddressed.
Madigan was first elected speaker of the House in 1983 and, with the exception of two years (1995-96) has served in that position since.
As the leader of the Illinois Democratic Party, he has become the most powerful politician in the state. He tells governors what they can and cannot do.
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The Business Insider reports:
Multiple users of anonymous web browser Tor have reported that Comcast has threatened to cut off their internet service unless they stop using the legal software.No word yet on whether the Obama regime asked its' "friends" as Comcast to issue this policy on Tor.
According to a report on Deepdotweb, Comcast customer representatives have branded Tor "illegal" and told customers that using it is against the company's policies.
Tor is a type of web browser that, in theory, makes all your internet activity private. The software routes traffic through a series of other connected internet users, making it difficult for governments and private companies to monitor your internet usage. Up to 1.2 million people use the browser, which became especially popular after Edward Snowden leaked information showing that the NSA was eavesdropping on ordinary citizens. Prior to that, Tor had been popular among people transacting business on Silk Road, the online market for drugs and hitmen.
The problem is that downloading or using Tor itself isn't illegal. Plenty of people might have legitimate reasons to want to surf the web in private, without letting others know what they were looking at. But Tor has been pretty popular with criminals.
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As the Welfare State gets more expensive: you'll be hearing more of this.
Former Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce (R) resigned his position as first vice chairman of the Arizona Republican Party on Sunday amid criticism by prominent Republican candidates of Pearce's recent comments on sterilization and poor women.
According to the Arizona Republic, the resignation follows the Arizona Democratic party highlighting Pearce saying on his radio talk program that if he were in charge of Arizona's public assistance programs "the first thing I'd do is get Norplant, birth control implants, or tubal ligations…Then we'll test recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want [to reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job."
The Arizona GOP announced that Pearce had stepped down late Sunday, following a number of candidates denouncing Pearce's remarks.
Pearce said the comments were a mistaken that had been twisted by the media. He said that during his radio show on Sept. 9 there was "a discussion about the abuses to our welfare system" and he highlighted "comments written by someone else and failed to attribute them to the author."
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The New York Times reports:
For generations, American Jews, and particularly Jewish New Yorkers, have largely been identified as ardent liberals.Is Chuck Schumer becoming a relic of the past?
Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe formed a substantial core of early 20th-century progressives and socialists. More recently, 70 percent of Jews voted for President Obama in 2012, about the same as Hispanics, and were exceeded in their enthusiasm mainly by African-Americans.
But that liberal image is poised to change.
A 2012 demographic study by UJA-Federation of New York found that 60 percent of Jewish children in the New York City area — the Jewish center of the United States — live in Orthodox homes, which suggests that in a generation a majority of the city’s one million Jews may be classified as Orthodox. A sizable percentage of those children happen to be Hasidim, the group that has fueled Orthodox growth with its astonishing fecundity. (Seven or eight children per family is common and one Hasidic woman, Yitta Schwartz, had about 2,000 living descendants when she died in 2010.)
Given the far more conservative Hasidic and other Orthodox stances on issues like abortion, the role of women and Middle East politics, that population boom is transforming the traditional Jewish profile in New York.
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New Geography reports:
Historically, Southern California, as a lure first for domestic migrants and, later, for foreign immigrants, has been an incubator of families. As recently as 2000, the proportion of population ages 5-14 in Los Angeles and Orange counties stood at 16 percent, the sixth-highest level among the nation’s 52 largest metropolitan areas. Thirteen years later, that proportion had dropped to 12.8 percent, ranking 33rd. The area experienced a 20 percent drop in its share of youngsters, the largest decline among U.S. metro areas.California really doesn't like children.
Of course, not everywhere in Southern California has experienced such a precipitous shift. The Inland Empire, which stands apart in census data, remains a relative bastion of familialism, with 15.3 percent of the population between ages 5-14. Yet even the Inland Empire is slipping somewhat, from having the highest percentage of children to a ranking of fourth, and experiencing a 17 percent decline in children’s share of the population, the fourth-largest percentage drop in the nation.
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The Atlantic reports:
As the 2014 midterm election campaign heats up, all indications are that Democrats are headed for a trouncing at the hands of Republicans.The liberal establishment is preparing for a difficult November.
Most political prognosticators now give the GOP a better-than-even chance of picking up the six seats it needs to win control of the Senate, and the party is expected to expand its majority in the House.
The Republican gains may not match those of the Tea Party wave of 2010 that cost Democrats the House and their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, but it likely will be enough to make President Obama's final two years in office even more of a headache than the last four have been.
There are many factors fueling the GOP's advantage, but the most striking difference between 2014 and 2010 is that the economy is not one of them.
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With the S&P 500 hitting fresh record highs day after day (apart from last week), everything must be great, right? Wrong! As we have noted previously, the leadership in this market is becoming more and more narrowly focused as stunningly 47% of Nasdaq Composite stocks are down at least 20% from their highs with the average stock in the index in a bear market (down 24%). The same is true for the Russell 2000, with over 40% of stocks in bear market and an average drop from recent highs of 22%. By contrast only 31 names in the S&P 500 have seen drops of 20% or more this year.No word yet on whether the Federal Reserve will buy up stocks in the Nasdaq.
Nearly two-thirds of likely voters in battleground races this fall disapprove of President Barack Obama’s handling of immigration, according to a new POLITICO poll — a public rebuke that comes after the White House grappled with the border crisis and reversed on a pledge to take executive action on deportations by the end of the summer.The great moments of the Obama regime.
The poll found that 35 percent of voters in the most competitive House and Senate races this fall said they approved of how Obama has dealt with immigration, compared with 64 percent who said they disapproved of the president’s handling of the issue. And by a narrow margin, more voters said they trust the GOP over Democrats on immigration.
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