Kansas Policy Institute and the Wichita Independent Business Association are hosting a breakfast event featuring Jonathan Williams, one of the authors of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index.
This annual publication looks at each of the 50 states and evaluates them on several areas of economic competitiveness. Last year, Kansas ranked 40th for “Economic Performance Rank” and 25th for “Economic Outlook Rank.” It is feared that Kansas may fare even worse this year.
The report is a source of much useful information. For example, did you know that Kansas has 696.3 public employees for each 10,000 people? That ranks us 48th among the states. That’s good news if you’re a public employee union organizer, but bad for everyone else.
The event is at 7:30 am on Friday June 24th at Pioneer Balloon (5000 E. 29th St. N., across from the WSU Metro Complex). The cost is $10. Click here to RSVP by email, or call 316-201-3264.
Sunspots Predicted to go on “Hibernation”
“Earlier today, US scientists announced that the recent sunspot cycle that has been making the rounds in news for the past week has offered a conclusion. It seems the cycle will be entering into a hibernation period, not seen since the early 17th century. This pattern of hibernation could have a cooling effect on the earth and could very well lower the temperatures of the entire globe.”
Gee, what will the climatologists do now? Should we burn more fossil fuels so we can keep the overall temperature up?
Oh you gotta love the certainty of scientific predictions!!
“For years, scientists that have been studying the sun and its sunspots had speculated that it would evolve into a period of a solar maximum, wherein there would be a period of intense flares and an increase in temperatures throughout the globe. But recent findings have shown that the exact opposite might happen with the sunspots going into hibernation.”
Baby, break out the parkas!
“This is highly unusual and unexpected,” said Frank Hill, the Associate Director of the National Solar Observatory and its Solar Synoptic Network, “But the fact that three completely different views of the Sun point in the same direction is a powerful indicator that the sunspot cycle may be going into hibernation.” he added.
Solar activity rises and falls in a cycle of 11 years or so. The solar maximum and the solar minimum each marks the half the interval of the magnetic pole reversal on the sun. This reversal happens every 22 years. Experts are now studying on whether or not this period of inactivity could be a second Maunder Minimum Age. The Maunder Minimum was a 70-year time period in which there were hardly any sunspots. This occurred from 1645 to 1715, and was known as the “Little Ice Age”.