1. Present -Day Decline of the USA?
http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/ is-america-in-decline-24-statistics -about-the-united-states-economy-that -are-almost-too-embarrassing-to-admit
#1 Ten years ago [ca. 2001], the United States was ranked number one in average
wealth per adult. In 2010, the United States has fallen to seventh.
#2 The United States once had the highest proportion of young adults with
post-secondary degrees in the world. Today, the U.S. has fallen to 12th.
#3 In the 2009 "prosperity index" published by the Legatum Institute, the United
States was ranked as just the ninth most prosperous country in the world. That
was down five places from 2008.
#4 In 2001, the United States ranked fourth in the world in per capita broadband
Internet use. Today it ranks 15th.
#5 The economy of India is projected to become larger than the U.S. economy by
the year 2050.
#6 One prominent economist now says that the Chinese economy will be three times
larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040.
#9 The United States has lost a staggering 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs
since the year 2000.
#10 Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is actually lower in
2010 than it was in 1975.
#11 In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of all U.S. economic output.
In 2008, it represented only 11.5 percent.
#14 Back in 1980, the United States imported approximately 37 percent of the oil
that we use. Now we import nearly 60 percent of the oil that we use.
#17 Today, the United States spends approximately $3.90 on Chinese goods for
every $1 that China spends on goods from the United States.
#18 According to a new study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute, if the
U.S. trade deficit with China continues to increase at its current rate, the
U.S. economy will lose over half a million jobs this year alone.
#19 American 15-year-olds do not even rank in the top half of all advanced
nations when it comes to math or science literacy.
2. Book Shows Ancient Links Between
Ancient Anatolia (Turkey) and Scandinavia? The Nordic Scimitar: External relations
and the creation of elite ideology.
Based on the author's thesis, this short study looks at social stratification, `elitization'
and ideology in the Scandinavian Bronze Age. Engedal's study focuses on a
particular artefact type, a curved bronze sword known as the scimitar that is
thought to have originated in Anatolia. Engedal explores the diffusion of
knowledge and ideas from Anatolia to Scandinavia, and discusses what the
scimitar represents in terms of elite ideology and the possible relationships
that existed between the two regions in the 17th century BC. 86p, 35 b/w figs.
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