Happy New Year 2016!

سنة  جديدة  سعيدة

Xīnnián kuàilè .. heureuse nouvelle année ..

glückliches neues Jahr .. hau’oli makahiki hou

Happy New Year 2016 

שנה טובה ומבורכת.. Boldog új évet.. bahagia tahun baru

felice anno nuovo .. Akemashite omedetōgozaimasu

saehae bog manh-i .. feliz año nuevo

heri. ya .mwaka .mpya

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14 thoughts on “Happy New Year 2016!

  1. WH

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

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  2. Obama’s ‘job-killing agenda’ continues to impress

    12/29/15 08:40 AM—UPDATED 12/29/15 09:26 AM By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    The New York Times’ Paul Krugman posted a nice chart over the weekend, mocking Republican rhetoric about President Obama being a “job-killer.” It struck me as a little hard to read, so I recreated the image using the same data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    It’s a pretty straightforward exercise: compare President Obama’s record on private-sector employment (the blue line) to private-sector employment during the Bush/Cheney era (red line). The x axis shows the months in office, and since President George W. Bush was in office for eight years, while Obama still has a year to go, the red line is longer.

    Keep in mind, during the Bush/Cheney era, congressional Republicans – who eagerly approved two massive tax-cut packages – were certain the GOP economic agenda would work wonders. These same Republicans have spent the last seven years insisting that the Obama agenda would push the nation into economic ruin.

    And yet, here we are. How do Republicans explain images like this one? How do GOP officials account for strong job growth in an era of “Obamacare,” higher taxes, and environmental protections? In general, the party prefers to either change the subject or throw around wild-eyed conspiracy theories.

    But let’s not stop here. Mother Jones’ Kevin Drum added yesterday that Obama’s performance “is even better than it looks.” Kevin posted a related chart showing government expenditures during both administrations, making clear that in the Bush/Cheney era, the economy benefited from a steady increase in government spending, while in the Obama era, government spending declined, creating a kind of austerity that serves as a drag on economic growth.

    For more: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/obamas-job-killing-agenda-continues-impress

  3. Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year CR. Thanks for all of your hard work posting such interesting topics and keeping us up to date. It is appreciated.

  4. Consumer Comfort in U.S. Brightens on Year-End Shopping Moods

    December 31, 2015 Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Consumer confidence climbed last week to a more than two-month high as holiday-happy Americans registered their most upbeat assessments of the buying climate since April.

    The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose to 43.6 in the week ended Dec. 27 from 42.2 the prior period. All three components, which also include attitudes about the national economy and personal finances, improved, boosting the year’s final full-week reading above the 2015 average of 42.9.

    The measure of whether respondents viewed now as a good time to shop increased to 40.6, the highest since the week ended April 26, from 38.6 in the prior period.

    “This rapid improvement aligns with a strong early estimate of holiday shopping sales,” Gary Langer, president of the New York-based Langer Research Associates LLC, which conducts the survey for Bloomberg, said in a statement.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-31/consumer-comfort-in-u-s-brightens-on-year-end-shopping-moods

    • Happy and HOPEful New Year 2016 Kat! A Democratic President in 2016 and Democratic Senate and Democratic House Majority!

  5. Science News’ Top 25 of 2015

    Science News  Magazine issue: Vol. 188, No. 13, December 26, 2015, p. 16

    It probably comes as no surprise that the New Horizons mission to Pluto takes the top spot in Science News’ list of 2015’s most important stories.

    Since New Horizons awoke last December, we’ve devoted more than two dozen stories in the magazine and on the website — upwards of 10,000 words — to this first-ever visit. No other science news this year garnered so many headlines.

    But it’s not headlines alone that won this story, or the others, a spot on our list. What’s important is how they launched our thinking in a new direction. The outer solar system is no longer seen as a vast area of indistinguishable specks, but instead as a new frontier. Advances in gene editing made us reconsider how far we’ll go to rid our bodies of disease. A newly proposed species, Homo naledi, challenged our vision of the earliest members of our genus.

    For more: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/top-stories-2015-pluto-gene-editing-new-hominid-and-more

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