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Skyscraper Construction: Nobody Comes Close To China In 2018

With 143 buildings 200 meters tall (660 feet) or higher constructed across the globe, 2018 was another hugely impressive year for skyscraper construction. As Statista’s Niall McCarthy notes, according to The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the total height of those buildings comes to 35,246 meters – exceeding the length of Manhattan Island if they were laid end-to-end. China is at the forefront of the boom in skyscraper construction, building 88 in total this year. You will find more infographics at Statista The Citic Tower in Beijing was the tallest building completed anywhere in the world in 2018. At 528 meters tall (1,732 feet), with 108 floors above ground, it’s now the eighth-tallest building worldwide and the fourth the tallest in China. The second-tallest skyscraper of 2018 was the 469.5-meter-tall (1,540 feet) Vincom Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minth City, Vietnam while another Chinese building comes third. The 452 meter high (1,483 feet) Changsha IFS Tower T1 was built in the city of Changsha. After China, the U.S. comes a distant second in the 2018 skyscraper league with 13 completions while the UAE comes third with 10. Due to China’s skyward ambitions, Asia is the global hub of skyscraper construction, accounting for 76.2 percent of all completions this year. North America had an 11.2 percent share of the total while the Middle East and Africa had 9.1...

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Scientists Will Begin Geoengineering Experiment And Try To Block The Sun

Authored by Mac Slavo via, Scientists have decided to publicly attempt a geoengineering experiment. The researchers from Harvard University are going to attempt to use particles to block out the sun in an attempt to save humanity from global warming, and cool the planet. According to Popular Mechanics, this incredibly bad-sounding idea seems like it stemmed from an actual event.  In 1991, the volcano Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines, sending millions of tons of ash and sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere. This layer of particulates actually lowered global temperatures by almost a full degree Fahrenheit for the following two years. Researchers speculated that by filling the atmosphere with a similar level of particulates that were shot into the sky during the 1991 eruption, while skipping the lava and explosions, they might be able to reduce global temperatures enough to halt or delay some of the more severe consequences of “climate change.” But even the most left-leaning of human beings are not on board with attempting to alter the global climate artificially. After all, isn’t that what the tyrants and political elitists the peons continue to vote for keep telling us was the problem in the first place?  Any small mistake could radically and permanently destroy the delicate ecosystems and global climates for centuries. In particular, one study published last year found that spraying particulates into the atmosphere around the Gulf of Mexico could trigger droughts in sub-Saharan...

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“Sellers Have Gotten Greedy”: Metro NY Leads Nationwide Trend Of Tumbling Housing Prices

The signs of a housing slowdown are starting to reach across New York City and the metro area. For instance, a new Bloomberg article talks about a home in Long Island that recently sat idly on the market until its taxes and its price were both moved lower. As we have already written about earlier this year, buyers in places like Connecticut are looking to rent houses – sometimes even for $10,000 a month – before buying them. Real estate brokers in the metro area and places like Hoboken are noticing business slow down. Greg Heym, chief economist of Terra Holdings, told Bloomberg:  “Brokers ask me, ‘When is it going to get better? ‘Better’ for this market, in this area, is lower prices.” It doesn’t matter whether it’s high-rises in the city or homes in the suburbs: years of price appreciation, combined with caps on property tax deductions and rising rates are all guiding prices lower and slowing the market down. And this is indicative of a broader slowdown that’s occurring across the country. While home prices in other parts of the country haven’t slowed down tremendously, the rate of appreciation is starting to slip, especially in the metro New York area. Prices in the 12 counties including and surrounding New York City grew at only 4% in the third quarter compared to an overall price increase of 4.8% across the United States....

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Continetti: Investigations Into Trump ‘Reaching a Critical Mass’

Washington Free Beacon editor in chief Matthew Continetti said Friday that the various investigations into President Donald Trump are reaching “a critical mass” as Democrats prepare to assume control of the House of Representatives in January. “You have to separate the legal matters from the political matters. And the truth is, you have that Justice Department guidance that’s been there for 40 years that says a sitting president can’t be indicted. That is shielding him, I think, if the Justice Department continues to obey that guidance,” Continetti said on MSNBC’s “MTP Daily.” “On the other hand, there’s the politics of it. And the truth is, the Democratic House could find anything to impeach him on. And they might have a grab bag of Mueller and Stormy Daniels and whatever else—the inauguration. Things are kind of reaching a critical mass in terms of investigations.” Last week, special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors released court filings concerning investigations into Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, and former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. In the filings, prosecutors allege that Trump, referred to as Individual-1 in the court documents, directed Cohen to pay two women—porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal—to keep them silent about alleged affairs with the president. Democrats have indicated that the filings implicate Trump in possible crimes that are impeachable offenses. In the past, Trump has denied any knowledge of...

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Trump: Mulvaney Will Be Acting White House Chief of Staff

President Donald Trump announced Friday thatDirector of the Office of Management & Budget Mick Mulvaney will be acting White House Chief of Staff after John Kelly leaves the position at the end of this year. A White House official said he would step down from his current position to take the job, CNN reported. He will in turn be replaced by OMB deputy Russell Vought. “I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction. Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! John will be staying until the end of the year. He is a GREAT PATRIOT and I want to personally thank him for his service! ….I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! John will be staying until the end of the year. He is a GREAT PATRIOT and I want to personally thank him for his service! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2018 The president has been in search for a new chief of staff after his reported first choice,...

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