Never one to ignore new social networks, U.S. President Barack Obama will participate Jan. 30 in his first Google+ Hangout in which he’ll respond to questions from YouTube users. Obama — who in 2011 took part in town halls for Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter audiences — will speak live at 5:…
In its annual assessment of the outlook for the global economy, the WEF set the scene for its meeting in Davos later this month by warning that the “seeds of dystopia” were being sown.
The growing number of young people with little chance of finding a job, the increasing number of elderly people dependent on states deeply in debt and the expanding gap between rich and poor were all fuelling resentment worldwide, the forum said in its Global Risks 2012 report on Wednesday.
“For the first time in generations, many people no longer believe that their children will grow up to enjoy a higher standard of living than theirs,” said Lee Howell, the WEF managing director responsible for the report. “This new malaise is particularly acute in the industrialised countries that historically have been a source of great confidence and bold ideas.”
The survey of 469 global experts identified chronic problems with government finances and severe income inequality as the most prevalent risks over the next decade.
“My personal view is that domestic partners and same sex [couples] ought to enjoy all of the rights – the legal rights to inherit, to visit each other in the hospital, that whole panoply of rights – but my view of marriage is based on my religious faith. And so, I have a hard time getting there. I mean, this is all fairly new still, our society is still moving - as our president said, evolving.”—Rob McKenna, voicing his reservations about marriage equality to The Olympian. McKenna does not favor legislation to make marriage equality the law of the land in Washington State. (via npi)
The Church of Kopimism, a religion whose central tenet is the free sharing of information, has been formally recognized by the Swedish government. Kopimists believe all information sharing is “holy” and that the value of information multiplies when it’s shared. They hold CTRL+C and CTRL+V, key…