Bailout Provides Broader Mental Health Coverage

Bailout Provides Broader Mental Health Coverage

Representative Patrick J. Kennedy speaking at a rally in March on Capitol Hill. Mr. Kennedy
and Representative Jim Ramstad, third from left, led the fight in the House for mental health parity.

More than one-third of all Americans will soon receive better insurance coverage for mental health treatments because of a new law that, for the first time, requires equal coverage of mental and physical illnesses.

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Bringing the US Patent & Trademark Office to Colorado

Bringing the US Patent & Trademark Office to Colorado

Understanding the new realities of economic development

Thomas Frey:  The USPTO is hiring. In fact they are doing a lot of hiring, over 1,200 new examiners every year, and they still can’t keep up with the deluge of new patent filings. But while the number of patent filings has grown from 90,544 in 1967 to 484,955 in 2007, a 535% workload increase in 40 years plus an equally growing backlog of patent applications waiting for examiner attention, and no more room to expand in their current offices, the agency is now looking at a different approach to solving their growing pains.

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Road To Somewhere Divides Alaskans

Road To Somewhere Divides Alaskans 

 Alaska wants to build a 17-mile road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge to connect two remote outposts.

Among the many bills Congress is considering before it recesses for the November elections is a proposed land swap between the State of Alaska and the federal government that would allow a gravel road to be built through a remote national wildlife refuge.

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Warren Buffett Sees “Long, Deep” U.S. Recession

 Warren Buffett Sees “Long, Deep” U.S. Recession

Whenever we get in a jam, we turn to Nebraska for advice

The United States is already in a recession and it will be longer as well as deeper than many people expect, U.S. investor Warren Buffett said in an interview published in German magazine Der Spiegel on Saturday.

He said the United States was “already in recession” and added: “Perhaps not in the sense that economists would define it” with two consecutive quarters of negative growth.

“But the people are already feeling the effects,” said Buffett, the world’s richest man. “It will be deeper and last longer than many think.”

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“What in the World is Going On?”

“What in the World is Going On?”

“There are four major transformations that are shaping political, economic and world events”

This is a paper presented several weeks ago by Herb Meyer at a Davos, Switzerland meeting which was attended by most of the CEOs from all the major international corporations — a very good summary of today’s key trends and a perspective one seldom sees. Herbert E. Meyer served during the Reagan Administration as Special Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence and Vice Chairman of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council. In these positions, he managed production of the U.S. National Intelligence Estimates and other top-secret projections for the President and his national security advisers.

Meyer is widely credited with being the first senior U.S.Government official to forecast the Soviet Union ‘s collapse, for which he later was awarded the U.S.National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the intelligence community’s highest honor.

Formerly an associate editor of FORTUNE, he is also the author of several books. After the jump is the entire paper

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Economy Putting a Drag on Silicon Valley

Economy Putting a Drag on Silicon Valley

During the first three months of the year, only five companies backed by venture capital investors went public on Wall Street, the National Venture Capital Association said last week. That is down from 31 in the fourth quarter of last year, and is roughly the same level as at the nadir of the dot-com bust.

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China’s Economy Grows By 65.5% in Past Five Years

 China’s Economy Grows By 65.5% in Past Five Years

China’s economy grew by 65.5 percent over the past five years, or an average annual increase of 10.6 percent, to become the world’s fourth largest economy, Premier Wen Jiabao said at the annual parliament session on Wednesday.

He said the country’s gross domestic product reached 24.66 trillion yuan (US$3.425 trillion) last year, while total government revenue reached 5.13 trillion yuan (US$712 billion), a 171 percent rise in five years.

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