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One-third of British people born in 2015 'will develop dementia'

One in three people born this year will develop dementia, according to new figures.

The Alzheimer’s Research UK charity warned of a “looming national health crisis” as the population ages.

It called for greater efforts across the globe to help develop new treatments.
Dementia affects 850,000 people in the UK, resulting in the loss of brain cells. The most common type is Alzheimer’s disease.

Early symptoms include problems with memory and thinking. As the disease progresses, people can experience difficulty with walking, balance and swallowing.

Alzheimer’s Research UK said age was the biggest risk factor for developing dementia.


Japan Dumbs Down Its Universities

By Noah Smith
Most people who follow news from Japan will be paying attention to the economy, or possibly to the fist-fight that broke out in the Diet over security policy. But there was a huge and very worrying change in Japanese education policy that somehow hasn't received much public notice.

Essentially, Japan’s government just ordered all of the country’s public universities to end education in the social sciences, the humanities and law.

The order, issued in the form of a letter from Hakubun Shimomura, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, is non-binding. The country’s two top public universities have refused to comply. But dozens of public schools are doing as the government has urged. At most of these universities, there will be no more economics majors, no more law students, no more literature or sociology or political science students. It’s a stunning, dramatic shift, and it deserves more attention than it’s receiving.

It is also a very bad sign for Japan, for a number of reasons.


Pope Francis, Bernie Sanders and the moral imperative of systemic change

Both men agree that the system is broken and radical transformation is necessary
September 21, 2015 2:00AM ET
by Gar Alperovitz

Two men in their 70s have been addressing massive crowds and sparking the imagination and passions of American progressives. Both have been featured on the cover of Time magazine.

On a first look, however, they couldn’t be more different. One is a Jewish-American self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” politician from Vermont; the other, a Catholic religious leader from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bernie Sanders and Pope Francis, however, share a moral vision of the limitations and real-life repercussions of our current political-economic system as well as a sincere desire to change it.

This surprising intersection of political-economic ideas rooted in morality also reminds us that many people of the sixties generation not only have a history in common, but have become highly successful and moved into positions of considerable influence. Moreover, the huge response in America, to the Sanders campaign in particular, tells us something important not only about the state of this country, but also about what people with conviction can accomplish, despite their age. The moral courage in the face of systemic challenges demonstrated by both leaders recalls the sixties generation they are both a product of; Sanders as a civil rights activist amidst intense social turmoil and the Pope as a young religious leader during a time of military dictatorship and right-wing death squads.


George W. Bush to Lecture Intelligence Professionals. Really?

And he won't say if he's being paid for this.
—By David Corn |

Why would hundreds of the leading minds in the fields of national security, intelligence, and information technology want to be lectured to by former President George W. Bush, who, after all, misused intelligence to launch a war with little preparation for what would come afterward? And why would the US division of one of the world's largest software companies arrange—and perhaps pay—for Bush to address such an audience?

These are questions that this firm, SAP National Security Services, doesn't want to answer.

Next month, SAP National Security Services—a subsidiary of SAP, the German-based software behemoth—will hold its fourth annual Solutions Summit, where Bush will be a keynote speaker and will take part in a Q&A with Frances Townsend, his onetime homeland security adviser. The event is titled, "Human Critical: Empowering People to Drive US Security." The one-day session—which is cosponsored by Intel, Amazon, CACI, Deloitte, Hewlett-Packard, and other tech and security companies—will, according to its website, highlight several topics, including "closing the human vulnerability gap around cyber," "empowering the analyst to exploit and integrate multi-source intelligence at the speed of the mission," and "extending insight from the analyst workstation to the tactical edge via the cloud."

Now what does Bush—whose White House nurtured a deep distrust of professional analysts within the intelligence community and at times discounted or dismissed their work—have to do with any of that?

Though the summit is open to the press, the Bush-Townsend chat will not be, according to Kristen Sanchez, director of marketing at SAP National Security Services, which also goes by the name SAP NS2. (According to its website, SAP NS2 offers "a full suite of world-class enterprise applications, analytics, database, cyber security, cloud, and mobile software solutions...with specialized levels of security and support to meet the unique mission requirements of US national security and critical infrastructure customers.")



Scott Walker 2016 presidential campaign in crisis after plunge in polls

The sputtering presidential campaign of Scott Walker, who just weeks ago was hailed as a heavyweight contender for the White House, was plunged deeper into crisis on Sunday as a new national poll placed the Wisconsin governor’s support at less than half a percentage point.

At the end of a week in which a second lacklustre TV debate performance was followed by major fundraisers openly airing their fears to the media, Walker found himself abruptly relegated to the bottom tier of Republican candidates in the CNN survey.

So dramatic has been Walker’s demise that “no one” registered more support than him for 2016 among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in the CNN poll.

“Walker’s collapse is especially stark,” said the network’s report on the survey. “Celebrated by conservatives – in the party’s base and its donor class alike – for his union-busting efforts in Wisconsin, Walker at one point led the field in the key early voting state of Iowa.”

Walker now enjoys just 1.8% of support among Republicans, according to a polling average by RealClearPolitics. A separate NBC survey on Sunday found his support had dropped from 7% to 3% since last month and that only 1% now believed he would ultimately be the Republican nominee.



Welcome to the marijuana election, where Colorado is the star

By John Frank
The Denver Post

The 2016 campaign is spawning a new axiom in presidential politics: You can't spell POTUS without pot.

For the first time, marijuana is becoming a significant policy issue for Republican and Democratic candidates — thanks in part to softening public attitudes toward the drug and Colorado's prominent place on the political map.

"(Marijuana) is a topic that 2016 presidential candidates will not be able to avoid or dismiss with a pithy talking point," said John Hudak, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, a think tank whose research has focused on the legalization push. "It is one that candidates will have to think about and engage."

In the Republican primary, the candidates are making marijuana an issue on their own. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he would enforce federal laws to crack down on pot use in states such as Colorado. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul became the first major candidate to attend a fundraiser with the weed industry in his recent Denver visit.

But pot politics hit prime time with an extended exchange in last week's GOP debate on CNN, which drew an audience of 23 million.



Paul Krugman: The Rage of the Bankers

Last week the Federal Reserve chose not to raise interest rates. It was the right decision. In fact, I’m among the economists wondering why we’re even thinking about raising rates right now.

But the financial industry’s response may explain what’s going on. You see, the Fed talks a lot to bankers — and bankers reacted to its decision with sheer, unadulterated rage. For those trying to understand the political economy of monetary policy, it was an “Aha!” moment. Suddenly, a lot of what has been puzzling about the discussion makes sense: just follow the money.

The basic principles of interest rate policy are fairly simple, and go back more than a century to the Swedish economist Knut Wicksell. He argued that central banks like the Fed or the European Central Bank should set rates at their “natural” level, defined in terms of what happens to inflation. If rates are too low, inflation will accelerate; if rates are too high, inflation will fall and perhaps turn into deflation.

By this criterion, it’s hard to argue that current rates are too low. Inflation has been low for years. In particular, the Fed’s preferred inflation measure, which strips out volatile food and energy prices, has consistently fallen short of its own target of 2 percent, and shows no sign of rising.



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