Austin, Texas November 17, 2014 — Since the US Mid-Term Elections, the Global Language Monitor have compiled a list of the major global trends that were not specifically addressed by either party.
In 2014 to better understand these issues, GLM has structured these topics as “Answers to Unasked questions”.
“Since 2004, GLM has analyzed the top political buzzwords leading up the the Presidential- and Mid-term Elections,” said Paul JJ Payack, president and Chief Word Analyst for GLM. “This year we are highlighting the trends that were little addressed by either party.”
The Answers to Unasked Questions From the 2014 Mid-Terms follow.
Answer No. 1. In the Islamic state, women and young girls (10 and older) are stolen and then sold into sexual slavery or forced into involuntary marriages. And this after watching the beheading of their husbands, sons and brothers.
Question No. 1 How do you best describe a War on Women?
Answer No. 2. A horrific pandemic is raging in West Africa, threatening to escape to other countries and continents. The CDC estimates that it could reach a half million deaths or more — by January. The World Health Organization admits that it failed to see the outbreak for what it is.
As of Nov. 4th, WHO says there were 13,227 cases and 5,285 deaths. Doctors Without Borders warns if the number breaks 20,000, there will be little that can be done. The CDC believes the numbers of current cases should be doubled or tripled to between thirty and forty thousand as of now.
Question No. 2 Why are concerned citizens being ridiculed as panic-stricken and hysterical?
Answer No. 3 Since the first oil shock in 1973, the US has been in an upside down position regarding energy usage vs production. Estimates of harm done to individual consumers (and the economy at large) range up to a trillion dollars, or more. We re-tuned the entire economy, had wars, at least partially for oil, and spent billions in new exploration technologies. By some measures the US has finally regained the title of the World’s Top Energy producer. This has has all turned around in the last 18 months, yet few celebrate this remarkable achievement.
Question No. 3 The ‘Oil Crisis’ no longer serves a political purpose for either side. It’s much easier to argue over fracking, the Keystone pipeline and Global Warming.
Answer No. 4 According to the Purchasing Power Parity measurement of global economies, China has surpassed the US as the World’s largest economy earlier in 2014. (China will take another year of two of torrid economic growth to surpass the US employing the other scale, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This is a momentous occasion. The Last time this happened was in 1857 when the the United States surpassed the United Kingdom as the world’s economic leader. Though there are those who dispute this exact date, all agreee that is was a long, long time ago.
Question No. 4 An important, even world shaking, event occurred during this election cycle; can you name it?
Answer No. 5 The Great Recession (Or Global Economic Re-structuring). In 2008 the then-current administration never ceased to maintain that the country was not in a by-the-books definition of a recession (even though the global economy was in a freefall). This was because the economy did not yet hit two consecutive quarters of decline in GDP. Six years later we are in the opposite position with successive quarters of growth, but the citizens believe that something is wrong structurally with the economy, with wages stagnant, and millions dropping out of the workforce or taking part-time positions at greatly reduced salaries.
Question No. 5 Why do some economists think that we need a new way to measure economic expansions, contractions, underemployment, and the like.
Answer No. 6: US Industrial production is currently at ‘normal’ levels, normal for a post-Industrial Economy, that is. For the last fifty years industrial output has fallen as a percentage of the overall economy, an inexorable decline.
Question No. 6: When is the manufacturing side of the US economy ever coming back to normal levels?
Answer No. 7: 2114. At this writing, most of the current conflicts in the Middle East can, at least partially, trace their beginnings to World War One, currently commemorating its centennial in 2014, and its immediate aftermath. These conflicts are intransigent, and deeply rooted — another hundred years, say two or three more generations, is as good a guess as any.
Question No. 7: When will the conflicts in the Middle East be settled?
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