A Sarasota, Florida, artist plans to burn 13 Confederate flags simultaneously across the U.S. on Memorial Day. John Sims said the conceptual art project is being undertaken to retire the flag's meaning as a "symbol of terror." He told Fox News he hopes it will inspire people to "reflect upon and critique the complex nature of the Confederate flag as a lasting symbol of terror." "This is not only terribly offensive, but astonishingly idiotic," said Ben Jones, a former Democratic congressman from Georgia who is now a spokesman for the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Remember Woodstock? Remember the Woodstock album cover?
"That frozen moment of eternal innocence? Well here they are today, still together after 46 years. Nick and Bobbi Ercoline married two years after Woodstock, have two sons and live not far from the concert site.
Marriage must have something going for it."
Maps of the most distinctive or characteristic value of some variable at the state or country level became popular on social media in 2014. Among the most widely shared examples have been maps of state-level birth name preferences, music-listening preferences, and mortality from among the top 10 causes of death (1). This form of data presentation has a long history in economic geography, where the mapped values are known as location quotients (2). We use the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10), List of 113 Selected Causes of Death file published by the National Center for Health Statistics (3) to present a more nuanced view of mortality variation within the United States than what can be seen by using only the 10 most common causes of death.
Lawmakers in the United States Senate have thrown a wrench in a plan that would have given President Barack Obama "fast track" authority to advance a 12-nation trade deal between the US and Pacific Ring partners.
In a 52-45 vote on Tuesday afternoon, the Senate opposed moving forward for now on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. A procedural vote required at least 60 "ayes" in order to let the Senate host discussions on whether or not to give the president so-called "fast track" authority on the matter. Failure to reach that threshold puts the future of the trade agreement in jeopardy.
Global carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector stalled in 2014 for the first time in 40 years, the International Energy Agency said on Friday. Unexpectedly the CO2 plateau came during a period of economic growth. By far the main culprit in global warming, carbon dioxide emissions, stood at 32.3 billion tonnes in 2014, unchanged from the previous year, the IEA said. The slowdown came thanks to "changing patterns of energy consumption in China and OECD countries," said the statement. read more