Public pensions: America’s Greece? | The Economist

..."his large Midwestern state, with a population of 13m (Greece has 11m, though a far smaller GDP than Illinois), has the most underfunded retirement system of any state and the largest pension burden relative to state revenue."

Michelle Malkin | » Priorities: Obama admin tasks healthcare facilities with focusing more on … climate change

"In a best-practice guide for healthcare providers and policymakers released on Monday, the administration advises them on how to best improve their “climate readiness.”

The tiny urban island of downtown Detroit: Aerial shots show how skyscrapers give way to deserted scrubland, abandoned homes - and then mansion-filled countryside

"In 1950, with a population of almost two million, the Michigan city was the fifth largest in the United States
  • Almost 55 years on, 1.3 million people have left and the motor industry has crumbled, leaving homes abandoned

  • These aerial photos reveal how the city looks now - a tiny Downtown urban island surrounded by empty lots"

  • Newtown victims' families sue maker of gun used in 2012 attack - Yahoo News

     "BOSTON (Reuters) - The families of nine people killed in a 2012 massacre at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school sued the maker of the gun used in the attack on Monday, saying the weapon should not have been sold because it had no reasonable civilian purpose."

    My Way News - Russia reaches out to Europe's far-right parties

    "VIENNA (AP) — A Russian loan to France's National Front. Invitations to Moscow for leaders of Austria's Freedom Party. Praise for Vladimir Putin from the head of Britain's anti-European Union party."

    Mayor de Blasio wants to change historic City Hall paintings

    "There’s too many founding fathers on the walls in City Hall.
    So Mayor de Blasio is looking to swap some of the historic pictures for more modern ones that reflect multicultural New York, a spokeswoman told the Daily News Friday."

    The PJ Tatler » Make a Liberal Mad, Shop Here

    "From deep in the bowels of Crazytown come these helpful hints for members of the Hive looking for places not to patronize. According to writer Mindy Fischer, the major don’ts include Chick-fil-A, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, Exxon and Cracker Barrel."

    Could Ancient Mars Have Supported Life? Water Isn't the Only Key

    "Ancient Mars featured flowing rivers and sizable lakes — but that doesn't mean the Red Planet definitely could have supported life, one prominent researcher stresses."

    The Economic and Budgetary Effects of Producing Oil and Natural Gas From Shale | Congressional Budget Office

    "Virtually nonexistent a decade ago, the development of shale resources has boomed in the United States, producing about 3.5 million barrels of tight oil per day and about 9.5 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of shale gas per year. Those amounts equal about 30 percent of U.S. production of liquid fuels (which include crude oil, biofuels, and natural gas liquids) and 40 percent of U.S. production of natural gas. Shale development has also affected the federal budget, chiefly by increasing tax revenues."

    Video: US Navy tests $40 million laser weapon in Persian Gulf - Telegraph

    "The video, released by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), shows the LaWS system detonating a rocket propelled grenade and burning out the engine of a rigid hull inflatable boat."

    Republicans seek to cripple IRS - Rachael Bade - POLITICO

    “We need to push back on the regulatory overreach of this administration across the board, whether that’s the IRS, the EPA or any other agency,” said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). “The power of the purse is the greatest lever of power Congress holds.”

    POLITICO is very upset, so we know this is the right thing to do...ed

    Growing Public Support for Gun Rights | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

    "For the first time in more than two decades of Pew Research Center surveys, there is more support for gun rights than gun control. Currently, 52% say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns, while 46% say it is more important to control gun ownership."

    With future uncertain, Colorado shields its water

    "DENVER (AP) — With demand increasing across the West, Colorado is drawing up a strategy to keep some of the trillions of gallons of water that gushes out of the Rocky Mountains every spring — most of which flows downstream to drought-stricken California, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico."

    Did Deadly Gamma-Ray Burst Cause a Mass Extinction on Earth?

    "These deadly outbursts could help explain the so-called Fermi paradox, the seeming contradiction between the high chance of alien life and the lack of evidence for it, scientists added."

    Prestigious Law School Apparently Letting Students Request Exam Reschedules If They’ve Been Traumatized by These Courtroom Decisions |

    "Columbia Law School is reportedly letting students ask to have exams rescheduled if they’ve been “sufficiently impaired” by the “traumatic effects” of the non-indictments handed down by grand juries in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, according to Powerline Blog."

    Predictable CNN Suggests Tea Party Could Destroy GOP

    "On Sunday, CNN’s Inside Politics spent several minutes hyping the supposed headache Tea Partiers could give GOP leadership despite the Republican Party winning their 54th Senate seat following Saturday’s runoff in Louisiana."

    Pluto-bound spacecraft ends hibernation to start mission - Yahoo News

    "CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - After nine years and a journey of 3 billion miles (4.8 billion km), NASA's New Horizons robotic probe awoke from hibernation on Saturday to begin an unprecedented mission to study the icy dwarf planet Pluto and sibling worlds in its Kuiper Belt home."

    The National Impact of a Colorado Court Case | NFIB

    "The truly concerning thing is that, in allowing this lawsuit to move forward, the Tenth Circuit has opened the door for the ideologically motivated activists to advance similar lawsuits against taxpayer protections throughout the country."

    Video: Hypnotist thief puts shopkeeper in trance before robbing him - Telegraph

    "Metropolitan Police have released footage of a bizarre hypnosis raid which took place at an off-licence in north London."

    John Boehner Just Summed Up His Approach To Barack Obama In 2 Incredible Sentences - Yahoo Finance

    "The more the president talks about his ideas, the more unpopular he becomes. Why would I want to deprive him of that opportunity?"