|—||Retiree Ella Johnson worked for the city of Detroit for 33 years. She faces a 34% cut to her pension check under Detroit’s bankruptcy proposal. (via nprontheroad)|
“About 80 percent of Russian gas exports to Europe pass through Ukraine. Europe, in turn, depends on Russia for 40 percent of its imported fuel. According to Mikhail Korchemkin, head of East European Gas Analysis, a consulting firm in Pennsylvania, the most important pipelines that run through Ukraine are the ones leading to Slovakia. They will eventually take gas to Germany, Austria and Italy.”
I hope my latest post will startle you. If you survey our planet, the situation is remarkably unsettled, confusing, and often violent, yet at least two things stand out, and whatever you make of them, they could be the real news of the first decades of this century. Both are right before our eyes, yet largely uncommented upon. First, the imperial principle, which has ruled for half a millennium, and the great power competition to which it has been wedded are visibly on the wane. Second and no less startling, war of the traditional sort (global, intrastate, anti-insurgent), which convulsed the twentieth century, seems to be waning as well. This is genuine news, I think, and I explore both of these phenomena carefully. The question is: as 2014 starts, just how deep are we into uncharted territory in the history of the planet. Tom
An all-too-common sight on the streets of Bombay, a destitute woman and child make a squalid living by begging. Fully half of the booming city’s 13 million people were living on the streets or in tin-and-cardboard shacks. Perhaps 600,000 of them were crammed into a one-square-mile slum called Dharavi — the biggest slum in Asia. The city is now called Mumbai.
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Antarctic Heritage Trust conservators recently made a stunning discovery: a box of 22 exposed but unprocessed negatives, frozen in a block of ice for nearly one hundred years. Take a look at some of the processed pieces of history