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Decline of America, One in a Continuing Series

Cosmic VarianceBy Sean CarrollJul 6, 2011 3:59 PM

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Tidbits of news, depressing enough on their own and adding up to a bigger picture.

  • The James Webb Space Telescope, having gone so far over budget that large swathes of NASA's science program has been shelved to make room for it, is now in danger of being cancelled.

  • Everyone knows that education is of paramount importance, especially for economically disadvantaged kids. Therefore, communities across the country are -- cutting back on school time, especially for economically disadvantaged kids.

  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon -- the climactic conclusion to auteur Michael Bay's explosive trilogy of awesome explodyness -- grossed over $116 million over the holiday weekend.

On the other hand, Google+ was launched. So it's not all bad.

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