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Global Economic Imbalances



In today's Globe and Mail, an article entitled "Dodge warns of global imbalances" discusses comments by Bank of Canada Governor David Dodge where he states:
...global imbalances, such as the record U.S. current account deficit and the ballooning surpluses in some Asian countries, are persisting and if not corrected could result in "periods of outright recession."

...An increase in domestic savings in the U.S. could slow the global economy "sharply" unless there's corresponding growth in demand outside the U.S., he told Caribbean central bankers in Bridgetown, Barbados.

"Such a slowdown in growth, in turn, raises the risk that policy-makers might resort to protectionism," he said. "In that event, a period of very slow growth could, perhaps, be punctuated by periods of outright recession."

...a sudden disruption in the economy will be especially hard on those countries with very open economies, Mr. Dodge said — includi…

Space Travel Goes Mainstream



Last year, The Ansari X-Prize $10,000,000 purse was awarded to the SpaceShipOne team for being the first commercial enterprise to put a man in space and bring him back to earth safely, twice in quick succession.

Since then, a new enterprise has been born, the Rocket Racing League. From Wired.com's article:
Launched last October by Whitelaw and Peter Diamandis, whose Ansari X Prize awarded $10 million for the first privately built manned spaceship in 2004, the Rocket Racing League, or RRL, has already flown a prototype rocket plane and is now building the first of 10 planned X-Racers. Three-time space shuttle astronaut and former Air Force test pilot Rick Searfoss, who serves as RRL's chief test pilot, called the rocket racers "a real kick in the pants" after a test flight in October. Searfoss compared their performance characteristics to those of fighter planes because of their high thrust-to-weight ratio.

The promise of that kind of flying excitement is…