Thursday, October 23, 2014

In Mexico, an Embattled Governor Resigns - NYTimes.com

In Mexico, an Embattled Governor Resigns - NYTimes.com:



 "MEXICO CITY — The governor of the southern Mexico state where 43 college students have gone missing in a case that the authorities say has exposed the deep ties among local politicians, the police and organized crime stepped down on Thursday under pressure from his own party."



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Plutocrats Against Democracy - NYTimes.com

Plutocrats Against Democracy - NYTimes.com:



"It’s always good when leaders tell the truth, especially if that wasn’t their intention. So we should be grateful to Leung Chun-ying, the Beijing-backed leader of Hong Kong, for blurting out the real reason pro-democracy demonstrators can’t get what they want: With open voting, “You would be talking to half of the people in Hong Kong who earn less than $1,800 a month. Then you would end up with that kind of politics and policies” — policies, presumably, that would make the rich less rich and provide more aid to those with lower incomes."



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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mexican Official Links a Mayor to Missing College Students - NYTimes.com

Mexican Official Links a Mayor to Missing College Students - NYTimes.com:



 "MEXICO CITY — The authorities on Wednesday provided a broad account of the apparent abduction of 43 college students last month in southern Mexico, saying that the police in a small city attacked them on orders of the mayor and his wife out of fear they were going to disrupt a speech she was giving."



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Reconstructed Genome of 45,000-Year-Old Man Offers Clues on Modern Humans - NYTimes.com

Reconstructed Genome of 45,000-Year-Old Man Offers Clues on Modern Humans - NYTimes.com:



"Scientists have reconstructed the genome of a man who lived 45,000 years ago, by far the oldest genetic record ever obtained from modern humans. The research, published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, provided new clues to the expansion of modern humans from Africa about 60,000 years ago, when they moved into Europe and Asia."



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The U.S. Will Collaborate With Cuba ... on Ebola - NYTimes.com

The U.S. Will Collaborate With Cuba ... on Ebola - NYTimes.com:



 "After wrestling for days with the diplomatically awkward reality that Cuba could turn out to be America’s best ally on the effort to stem the Ebola epidemic, the Obama Administration has belatedly come around to a sensible conclusion: It’s willing to coordinate with the Cuban medics dispatched to treat patients in West Africa."



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Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Comet’s Brush With Mars - NYTimes.com

A Comet’s Brush With Mars - NYTimes.com:



 "WASHINGTON — A comet the size of a small mountain whizzed past Mars on Sunday, dazzling space enthusiasts with the once-in-a-million-years encounter."



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Amazon’s Monopsony Is Not O.K. - NYTimes.com

Amazon’s Monopsony Is Not O.K. - NYTimes.com:



 "Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America."



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Friday, October 17, 2014

Amid Assurances on Ebola, Obama Is Said to Seethe - NYTimes.com

Amid Assurances on Ebola, Obama Is Said to Seethe - NYTimes.com:



WASHINGTON — Beneath the calming reassurance that President Obama has repeatedly offered during the Ebola crisis, there is a deepening frustration, even anger, with how the government has handled key elements of the response."



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Regulators Are Gauging Health of Europe's Banks, and the Remedy May Sting a Little - NYTimes.com

Regulators Are Gauging Health of Europe's Banks, and the Remedy May Sting a Little - NYTimes.com:



"FRANKFURT — The global market turmoil is a vivid reminder that the European crisis didn’t go away — it has just been lying dormant."



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[1410.4194] Cholla : A New Massively-Parallel Hydrodynamics Code For Astrophysical Simulation

[1410.4194] Cholla : A New Massively-Parallel Hydrodynamics Code For Astrophysical Simulation:



"We present Cholla (Computational Hydrodynamics On ParaLLel Architectures), a new three-dimensional hydrodynamics code that harnesses the power of graphics processing units (GPUs) to accelerate astrophysical simulations. Cholla models the Euler equations on a static mesh using state-of-the-art techniques, including the unsplit Corner Transport Upwind (CTU) algorithm, a variety of exact and approximate Riemann solvers, and multiple spatial reconstruction techniques including the piecewise parabolic method (PPM). Cholla performs all hydrodynamical calculations in a massively-parallel manner, using GPUs to evolve the fluid properties of thousands of cells simultaneously while leaving the power of central processing units (CPUs) available for modeling additional physics. On current hardware, Cholla can update more than ten million cells per GPU-second while using an exact Riemann solver and PPM reconstruction with the CTU algorithm. Owing to the massively-parallel architecture of GPUs and the design of the Cholla code, astrophysical simulations with physically interesting grid resolutions (> 256^3) can easily be computed on a single device. Cholla utilizes the Message Passing Interface library to extend calculations onto multiple devices, and exhibits nearly ideal scaling beyond 100,000 GPU cores. The excellent performance of Cholla is demonstrated on a suite of test problems that highlights the physical accuracy of our modeling and provides a useful comparison to other codes. We also provide a set of Appendices that uniformly documents all of the reconstruction methods and Riemann solvers implemented in Cholla, and discusses strengths and weakness of the various methods."



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Thursday, October 16, 2014

As Ebola Fears Spread, Ohio and Texas Close Some Schools - NYTimes.com

As Ebola Fears Spread, Ohio and Texas Close Some Schools - NYTimes.com:



 "DALLAS — Officials at school districts in Texas and Ohio shut schools on Thursday after they learned that two students traveled on the Cleveland-to-Dallas flight with Amber Joy Vinson, a nurse infected with Ebola, and that an employee may have later flown on the same plane."



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The World of Today

Republicans will advance in these midterm elections. Oil is a weapon against US's and Saudi Arabia's enemies. The risky investments in Wall Street are over for now. In Mexico authoritarian regimes are loosing some battles, but the fundamentals remain. Earth is warming.

I expect suffering on a mass scale.

Nevertheless resilience is written into our genome, and nature's design.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

James Risen’s ‘Pay Any Price’ - NYTimes.com

James Risen’s ‘Pay Any Price’ - NYTimes.com:



"In “Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War,” James Risen holds up a mirror to the United States in the 13 years since 9/11, and what it reveals is not a pretty sight. Risen, a Pulitzer Prize-­winning reporter at The New York Times, documents the emergence of a “homeland ­security-industrial complex” more pervasive and more pernicious than the “military-industrial complex” Dwight Eisenhower warned against. With the power and passion of Zola’s “J’Accuse,” he chronicles the abandonment of America’s cherished open society in a never-satiated search for security from an ill-defined threat."



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Inequality Explained

Wall Street Roller Coaster

We cannot continue like this!

I just bought Scorsese's movie "The Wolf of Wall Street". It seems to me that the movie is more than a cautionary tale, and more the result of direct knowledge of the people involved. I believe somebody at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, gave some kind of "direction", so that that great movie did not receive the recognition it deserved.

Today's Wall Street Gyrations, tell  me that we have to get out of this roller coaster!

“It was a roller coaster, and I think you will have these wild price movements for a few more weeks,” said Peter P. Costa, a top executive at Empire Executions, a trading firm on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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Steep Sell-Off Spreads Fear to Wall Street - NYTimes.com

Steep Sell-Off Spreads Fear to Wall Street - NYTimes.com:



"Waves of nervous selling buffeted the stock market in the United States on Wednesday, after a steep sell-off in Europe. At one point, the Dow Jones industrial average had plunged 460 points, or 2.8 percent, though it later swung higher to close down 1.1 percent, or 173.45 points. The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index fell 0.8 percent, or 15.21 points. Since their peak a month ago, American stocks have lost over $2 trillion in value, losses that may ripple through the wider economy."



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The Depressing Signals the Markets Are Sending About the Global Economy

It wasn’t very long ago that the dread hovering over global financial markets was that things were getting too calm. Just this summer, Federal Reserve officials were fretting over markets being so stable that it might create complacency, and we were writing about a global boom in asset prices.

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Dow Tumbles 450 Points - NYTimes.com

Dow Tumbles 450 Points - NYTimes.com:



"Markets were down sharply on Wednesday, with the Dow falling more than 450 point by early afternoon. Traders fled risky assets and piled into bonds. The slide came amid lingering fears of a global economic slowdown, and as the market sized up a batch of discouraging data on retail sales and manufacturing."



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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mexico Bodies Do Not Match Lost Students - NYTimes.com

Mexico Bodies Do Not Match Lost Students - NYTimes.com:



 "MEXICO CITY — The mystery of the whereabouts of 43 college students reported missing after an outbreak of violence in southern Mexico deepened Tuesday after the authorities reported that initial testing had shown that none of the students were among the 28 bodies found in mass graves."



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