For myself, I drift between the two camps. White socks are thicker, more comfortable, can be bleached and there is no difficulty finding a match. Black socks are, well. While those feelings of sadness left pretty quickly, I think that next time around we’ll just find out ahead of time. I think knowing ahead of time might have helped me bond a little bit better with the baby while I was pregnant, too. I think waiting until birth can be fun and great surprise, but for us? I think we’ll try the other route next time..

IN THE DRUMBEAT of bad news about global warming, some economists offer a ray of light: people are getting older, and old people use less energy. The economists calibrated a sophisticated model of the economy and emissions with three divergent population growth scenarios, corresponding to different assumptions about fertility, mortality, and immigration. In every scenario, accounting for aging reduced predicted emissions by almost 40 percent in one scenario.

“The settlement was announced just two days before UT had to formally respond to the sweeping sexual assault lawsuit. The school says the nearly $2.5 million payment is not, however, an admission of guilt or negligence on its part. The lawsuit included events dating back more than two decades, including a 1996 complaint filed against Peyton Manning when he played for UT.”.

The threat to unit cohesion should require no elaboration. But let’s leave that obvious point to pedants and cross into enemy territory where somebody’s 18 year old daughter has been captured. No one wants to imagine a son in these circumstances either, obviously, but women face special tortures.

When California voters came together in 2010 to pass the twin reforms of an independent redistricting commission and top two open primaries, our state was reeling from the effects of destructive partisanship stuck with structural deficits, passing budgets months after their deadlines, with few legislators looking for innovative solutions to the real problems our state was facing. A 2005 report from the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Government Performance Project gave California government a C minus, the lowest grade issued to any state in the nation that year. In 2009, Los Angeles’s then Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said California was “ungovernable.” Whenassembly members Joe Canciamilla, a Democrat, and Keith Richman, a Republican, established a bipartisan working group 15 years ago to discuss solutions for pressing problems facing the state, they were initially forced to meet in secret.