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The mission of the Volcan Mountain Foundation (VMF) is to strive with intention to conserve and acquire land and practice respectful stewardship through education, public outreach, and resource management to preserve Volcan Mountain in its natural state for future generations.

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Founded in 2001, Kids Without Borders is an all-volunteer international non-governmental organization based in Washington State. Our mission is to “inspire and involve youth in service worldwide”.

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Regain control of your life and practice behaviors that generate good health and happiness with support from our loving and knowledgeable team. Our Tucson, Arizona, organization offers a variety of services that can help you enjoy life again.

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Oakland Kids First programming ensures that high schools are places where youth are empowered to use their civic leadership skills during the school day through academic peer mentoring and youth organizing to create a culture of peer support and mutual accountability that improves learning and achievement for all students. Show Less
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Environment
The largest environmental concerns in the United States are pollutants from industry, agriculture, and transportation. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) oversees and enforces laws and regulations protecting the environment.1 Various legislations have largely improved the quality of air and water sources in the United States.2 Industry and transportation pose the greatest threats to air quality in the United States.3 Reports suggest that the pollutants result in $100 billion in increased health costs per year.4 The United States Federal Emergency Management Agency—FEMA—is the official government branch dedicated to disaster prevention, awareness, and relief work.5 The agency provides educational resources to prepare citizens for natural disasters, organizes the National Preparedness System, and runs the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System.6 After a disaster hits, FEMA acts ...See More in accordance with the National Disaster Recovery Framework, deploys professional emergency responders and employs its certified Community Emergency Response Teams.7 Show Less

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1 http://www.epa.gov
2 Ibid
3 http://www.nrdc.org/health/airpollutionhealthimpacts.asp
4 Ibid
5 http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams
6-7 Ibid
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Stuff.co.nz 
An unusual USA aircraft at Invercargill Airport on Monday is suspected to be for a top-secret Five Eyes intelligence network meeting in Queenstown. The airport's chairman says it is one of the largest private jets to land in Invercargill. At a press ... See more..
Firstpost 
"The situation on the Korean peninsula and in the region has reached an extremely dangerous phase due to the mad-cap nuclear war provocations of the US," the North Korean Foreign Ministry said Friday in a statement reported by state-run news agency ... See more..
Crikey (registration) 
With that caveat clearly in mind, we must accept that the USA has a long history of aggression against its neighbours and others as well as a series of intelligence failures and poor political judgements. Donald Trump's claim to make America great and ... See more..
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The Cerbat Gem 
Several other analysts have also recently commented on X. Axiom Securities restated a “sell” rating on shares of United States Steel in a research note on Tuesday, December 27th. Vetr cut shares of United States Steel from a “hold” rating to a “sell ... See more..
The White House (blog) 
We are privileged to be joined by Israel's Ambassador to the United States, friend of mine -- he's done a great job and said some wonderful words -- Ron Dermer. The State of Israel is an eternal .... God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you very ... See more..
USA TODAY 
The number of undocumented immigrants living in the United States stayed steady for an eighth straight year in 2016 with 11.3 million people, according to a report published Tuesday. The gradual improvement of the Mexican economy, the federal ... See more..
USA TODAY 
“The United States of America will always seek peace but under President Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready,” Vice President Mike Pence told servicemen aboard the carrier USS Ronald Reagan in Japan on Wednesday. See more..
ThinkProgress 
Jared Kushner is a seemingly healthy 36-year-old man with outstanding grooming habits. He seems to otherwise have no particular qualifications for any position in government. Prior to Donald Trump's campaign, Kushner had no experience working in policy ... See more..
Business Insider 
The 46-page letter sets out Dimon's thoughts on a wide range of issues, including JPMorgan's performance and the prospect of changes to regulation. In a section on public policy, Dimon said that the US was "probably stronger than ever before" but that ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
By Gabriel Lesser and Jeanne Batalova Over the past several years, Central American migration to the United States has been the focal point of significant ... See more..
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Geography

North America, bordering both the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, between Canada and Mexico
Area

Total 9,826,675 sq km
Land 9,161,966 sq km
Water 664,709 sq km

***NOTE*** includes only the 50 states and District of Columbia
Climate

mostly temperate, but tropical in Hawaii and Florida, arctic in Alaska, semiarid in the great plains west of the Mississippi River, and arid in the Great Basin of the southwest; low winter temperatures in the northwest are ameliorated occasionally in January and February by warm chinook winds from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains
Natural Resources

coal, copper, lead, molybdenum, phosphates, rare earth elements, uranium, bauxite, gold, iron, mercury, nickel, potash, silver, tungsten, zinc, petroleum, natural gas, timber ;

***NOTE*** the US has the world's largest coal reserves with 491 billion short tons accounting for 27% of the world's total
Natural Hazards

tsunamis; volcanoes; earthquake activity around Pacific Basin; hurricanes along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts; tornadoes in the Midwest and Southeast; mud slides in California; forest fires in the west; flooding; permafrost in northern Alaska, a major impediment to development

volcanism: volcanic activity in the Hawaiian Islands, Western Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and in the Northern Mariana Islands; both Mauna Loa (elev. 4,170 m) in Hawaii and Mount Rainier (elev. 4,392 m) in Washington have been deemed "Decade Volcanoes" by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to their explosive history and close proximity to human populations; Pavlof (elev. 2,519 m) is the most active volcano in Alaska's Aleutian Arc and poses a significant threat to air travel since the area constitutes a major flight path between North America and East Asia; St. Helens (elev. 2,549 m), famous for the devastating 1980 eruption, remains active today; numerous other historically active volcanoes exist, mostly concentrated in the Aleutian arc and Hawaii; they include: in Alaska: Aniakchak, Augustine, Chiginagak, Fourpeaked, Iliamna, Katmai, Kupreanof, Martin, Novarupta, Redoubt, Spurr, Wrangell; in Hawaii: Trident, Ugashik-Peulik, Ukinrek Maars, Veniaminof; in the Northern Mariana Islands: Anatahan; and in the Pacific Northwest: Mount Baker, Mount Hood volcanic activity in the Hawaiian Islands, Western Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and in the Northern Mariana Islands; both Mauna Loa (elev. 4,170 m) in Hawaii and Mount Rainier (elev. 4,392 m) in Washington have been deemed "Decade Volcanoes" by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to their explosive history and close proximity to human populations; Pavlof (elev. 2,519 m) is the most active volcano in Alaska's Aleutian Arc and poses a significant threat to air travel since the area constitutes a major flight path between North America and East Asia; St. ...See More Helens (elev. 2,549 m), famous for the devastating 1980 eruption, remains active today; numerous other historically active volcanoes exist, mostly concentrated in the Aleutian arc and Hawaii; they include: in Alaska: Aniakchak, Augustine, Chiginagak, Fourpeaked, Iliamna, Katmai, Kupreanof, Martin, Novarupta, Redoubt, Spurr, Wrangell; in Hawaii: Trident, Ugashik-Peulik, Ukinrek Maars, Veniaminof; in the Northern Mariana Islands: Anatahan; and in the Pacific Northwest: Mount Baker, Mount Hood Show Less
Current Environmental Issues

air pollution resulting in acid rain in both the US and Canada; large emitter of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels; water pollution from runoff of pesticides and fertilizers; limited natural freshwater resources in much of the western part of the country require careful management; desertification

Demographics

Nationality
American
Population
316,668,567 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

The US has the largest and most technologically powerful economy in the world, with a per capita GDP of $49,800. In this market-oriented economy, private individuals and business firms make most of the decisions, and the federal and state governments buy needed goods and services predominantly in the private marketplace. US business firms enjoy greater flexibility than their counterparts in Western Europe and Japan in decisions to expand capital plant, to lay off surplus workers, and to develop new products. At the same time, they face higher barriers to enter their rivals' home markets than foreign firms face entering US ...See More markets. US firms are at or near the forefront in technological advances, especially in computers and in medical, aerospace, and military equipment; their advantage has narrowed since the end of World War II. The onrush of technology largely explains the gradual development of a "two-tier labor market" in which those at the bottom lack the education and the professional/technical skills of those at the top and, more and more, fail to get comparable pay raises, health insurance coverage, and other benefits. Since 1975, practically all the gains in household income have gone to the top 20% of households. Since 1996, dividends and capital gains have grown faster than wages or any other category of after-tax income. Imported oil accounts for nearly 55% of US consumption. Crude oil prices doubled between 2001 and 2006, the year home prices peaked; higher gasoline prices ate into consumers' budgets and many individuals fell behind in their mortgage payments. Oil prices climbed another 50% between 2006 and 2008, and bank foreclosures more than doubled in the same period. Besides dampening the housing market, soaring oil prices caused a drop in the value of the dollar and a deterioration in the US merchandise trade deficit, which peaked at $840 billion in 2008. The sub-prime mortgage crisis, falling home prices, investment bank failures, tight credit, and the global economic downturn pushed the United States into a recession by mid-2008. GDP contracted until the third quarter of 2009, making this the deepest and longest downturn since the Great Depression. To help stabilize financial markets, in October 2008 the US Congress established a $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). The government used some of these funds to purchase equity in US banks and industrial corporations, much of which had been returned to the government by early 2011. In January 2009 the US Congress passed and President Barack OBAMA signed a bill providing an additional $787 billion fiscal stimulus to be used over 10 years - two-thirds on additional spending and one-third on tax cuts - to create jobs and to help the economy recover. In 2010 and 2011, the federal budget deficit reached nearly 9% of GDP. In 2012 the federal government reduced the growth of spending and the deficit shrank to 7.6% of GDP. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan required major shifts in national resources from civilian to military purposes and contributed to the growth of the budget deficit and public debt. Through 2011, the direct costs of the wars totaled nearly $900 billion, according to US government figures. US revenues from taxes and other sources are lower, as a percentage of GDP, than those of most other countries. In March 2010, President OBAMA signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a health insurance reform that will extend coverage to an additional 32 million American citizens by 2016, through private health insurance for the general population and Medicaid for the impoverished. Total spending on health care - public plus private - rose from 9.0% of GDP in 1980 to 17.9% in 2010. In July 2010, the president signed the DODD-FRANK Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a law designed to promote financial stability by protecting consumers from financial abuses, ending taxpayer bailouts of financial firms, dealing with troubled banks that are "too big to fail," and improving accountability and transparency in the financial system - in particular, by requiring certain financial derivatives to be traded in markets that are subject to government regulation and oversight. In December 2012, the Federal Reserve Board announced plans to purchase $85 billion per month of mortgage-backed and Treasury securities in an effort to hold down long-term interest rates, and to keep short term rates near zero until unemployment drops to 6.5% from the December rate of 7.8%, or until inflation rises above 2.5%. Long-term problems include stagnation of wages for lower-income families, inadequate investment in deteriorating infrastructure, rapidly rising medical and pension costs of an aging population, energy shortages, and sizable current account and budget deficits - including significant budget shortages for state governments. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$15.94 trillion (2012 est.); $15.6 trillion (2011 est.); $15.32 trillion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

10.1% of GDP (2012 est.); 9.2% of GDP (2011 est.); 8.9% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

wheat, corn, other grains, fruits, vegetables, cotton; beef, pork, poultry, dairy products; fish; forest products
Industries

highly diversified, world leading, high-technology innovator, second largest industrial output in world; petroleum, steel, motor vehicles, aerospace, telecommunications, chemicals, electronics, food processing, consumer goods, lumber, mining