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Understanding the Debt Limit

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After an extremely brief pause for the inauguration and some celebration, the United States Debt Limit is back in the news. Yet again, a Washington showdown looms in which Congress battles the President over...what? Something about money, clearly. But are we talking about a Fiscal Cliff, a Debtpocalypse, or a Taxmageddon here? Actually, it's just a detail of fiscal policy that makes for great TV.

In this brief (and admirably nonpartisan) video, C. G. P. Grey explains: What is the Debt Limit? And related sub-questions I'll add in, like "Why does this crazy situation exist?" and "Why is the nightly news so depressing and enraging?" Learn, and then write your Congressperson requesting that we stop hitting ourselves:

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Hummingbirds have more feathers per inch than nearly any other bird, but it’s hard to fully appreciate their luminescent colors when they beat their wings between 70 to 200 times per second.

For the enjoyment of birders everywhere, National Geographic photographer Anand Varma teamed up with bird biologists and used a high-speed, high-resolution camera to capture the tiny creatures in slow motion as they flew through wind tunnels, drank artificial nectar from a glass vessel, and shook water from their magnificent plumage.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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