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[*] posted on 11.30.2015 at 11:36 PM
Following the Supreme Court decisions in favor of....


Obamacare and gay marriage, the justices' approval rating among GOP voters has fallen to a record low of 18 percent, according to Gallup. At the same time, 75 percent of Democrats now view the Supreme Court favorably - the widest approval margin in 15 years.
BusinessInsider.com


Only about 5 percent of Cubans have access to the internet, and just 10 percent have cellphones. Many Cubans still depend on 40 year old household appliances made in the Soviet Union, such as washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, and fans.
The Boston Globe

Of the world's 289 billionaires in 1995, just 126 still have more than $1B. Among those whose fortunes have declined, 24 saw their wealth diluted among family, 66 lost it to death and taxes, and 73 experienced business setbacks. More than 1,000 new global billionaires have been minted since then.
Bloomberg.com


Sales of electric vehicles in China will surpass those in the U.S. for the first time this year. Chinese demand for electric cars nearly tripled in 2015, with an estimated 250,000 of the vehicles sold, compared with about 180,000 in the U.S.
Oz.com


Private equity firms have charged $20 billion in "hidden fees" to nearly 600 companies they've acquired over the past 2 decades. Investors often don't know about these so-called monitoring and transaction fees, and the private equity firms charging the fees control the boards that approve them.
The Wall Street Journal


A record 100.5 million Americans traveled over the Xmas/New Year's holiday season, thanks in part to lower gas prices. More than 91 million people drove to holiday destinations 500 miles or more from home. (That means almost a fourth of all of America was on the move at the end of 2015/beginning of 2016!) :wow:
Bloomberg.com


Students who attend a college that's ranked in the bottom 25% of all universities earn less, on average, than high school graduates, according to new research by Goldman Sachs. :shock:
CNN.com




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[*] posted on 3.5.2016 at 06:31 AM
Flying really is getting more unpleasant.


U.S. flights arriving on time dropped to 76.2% last year to 78.4% in 2013; lost, stolen or delayed luggage rose 13%; passengers getting bumped from oversold flights came to 3%, and complaints to the government shot up 22%.
Associated Press


For the first time in more than a decade, large pension funds hold more bonds than stocks. The trend, which is driving up bond prices and pushing down yields, is being fed by companies with defined-benefit pension plans that are worried they won't be able to fund their obligations o retirees. Underfunded pension plans can also be a drag on corporate profits.
The Wall Street Journal


China's GDP grew 7% in the first 3 months of 2016, the slowest quarterly rise in nearly 6 years. The country's economy continues to be weighed down by a cooling real estate market, a drop in total government spending and a stronger yuan.
Oz.com


The value of the global stock market surpassed $70 trillion for the first time ever last year. The market has expanded by 175% since 2009 when it was worth less than $26 trillion.
BloombergView.com


Tumbling interest rates in Europe, including some that have fallen into negative territory, have led to a once inconceivable situation, banks owing money to borrowers on loans. At least one Spanish bank has been paying customers interest on their mortgages because a key interest rate benchmark fell below zero.




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[*] posted on 4.5.2016 at 10:42 PM
The average age of first-time mothers


in the U.S. is 26.3, an all-time high. The change is mostly due to a drop in teen moms, but more first births to older women are also tugging the number up. When the government began tracking the ages of new mothers in 1970, the average age was 21.
Associated Press


The wealthiest 62 people now own as much as half the world's population - or 3.5 billion people - according to a new study by Oxfam. The wealth of the richest 62 people has risen 44% since 2010, while the wealth of the poorest 3.5 billion has fallen 41% during that time.
Reuters.com


53% of Americans can't name a single CEO, past or present, when asked according to a recent survey by PR firm Edelman. For those who can, the chief executive that most often comes to mind is facebook's 31 year old Mark Zuckerberg.
Oz.com
(Which is why the crooks get away with it - nobody knows their name. :smh: )

The odds of a recession in the U.S. are the highest since 2011, according to a CNBC survey of money managers, economists and strategists. Respondents reported a 29% chance of the U.S. slipping into recession this year.
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[*] posted on 5.29.2016 at 04:05 PM
55% of Americans can't name


....a single CEO, past or present, when asked, according to a recent survey by PR firm Edelman. For those who can, the chief executive that most often comes to mind is Facebook's 31-year-old Mark Zuckerberg.
Oz.com


The rise of robots and artificial intelligence in the workplace will eliminate about 5 million jobs in the world's 15 leading economies over the next 5 years, according to a new report by the World Economic Forum. 2/3 of the losses are expected in office and administrative jobs, as smart machines take over routine tasks.
Reuters.com


The average age of first-time mothers in the U.S. is 26.3, an all-time high. The change is mostly due to a drop in teen moms, but more first births to older women are also tugging the number up. When the government began tracking the ages of new mothers in 1970, the average was 21.
AP


The odds of a recession in the U.S. are the highest since 2011, according to a CNBC survey of money managers, economists, and strategists. Respondents reported a 29% chance of the U.S. slipping into recession this year.
CNBC.com
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The wealthiest 62 people now own as much as half the world's population - or 3.5 billion people - according to a new study by Oxfam. The wealth of the richest 62 people has risen 44% since 2010, while the wealth of the poorest 3.5 billion has fallen 41% during that time.




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[*] posted on 6.21.2016 at 10:49 PM
Of the 5,053,647....


articles published on Wikipedia over the past 15 years of its existence, the most edited article of all time was the entry on George W. Bush which has received a total of 45,862 edits since 2001, as people fought over how to define his presidency. Other controversial topics in the to 10 most edited list include Jesus (28,084 edits, the Catholic Church (26,421 edits) and Barack Obama (24,708 edits).
Digg.com


At least 40% of college admissions officers report they check applicants' Facebook pages and other social media when weighing who should get an acceptance letter, according to a new survey. A third say they Google applicants.
New York Post


Airlines may be piling on fees, but service is becoming a little more reliable. About 80% of U.S. flights arrived on time in 2015, up from 76% in 2014. Airlines also canceled about 100 fewer flights a day than in 2014 and mishandled 9% fewer bags with 1.5 million lost or delivered late.
The Wall Street Journal


The roughly 4,500 men and women who serve on the boards of companies in the S&P 500 have a median age of 63 up from 61 a decade ago. There are 71 directors who are at least 80 years old and just 28 who are younger than 40.
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[*] posted on 8.6.2016 at 04:06 PM
Despite sevveral high profile police and mass shootings,


Americans are living in one of the safest periods in recent history. Since 1991, the murder rate has plummeted to a record low of 4.5 murders per 100,000 people, down from a high of 10.2 in 1980. There is about half as much violent crime in the U.S. today as there was 25 years ago. :shock:
Vox.com


Just 2 out of 5 Americans say they spent less than what they earned in 2015, according to a survey of more than 27,000 people by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.
WSJ.com


In the 17 states with a medical marijuana law in place by 2013, prescriptions for painkillers and other classes of drugs fell sharply. In medical-marijuana states, the average doctor prescribed 264 fewer doses of antidepressants each year, 486 fewer doses of seizure medication, 541 fewer anti-nausea doses, and 562 fewer doses of anti-anxiety medication - and 1,826 fewer doses of painkillers in a given year. :faint:
The Washington Post


It doesn't always pay to stay put. Median wages grew 4.3 percent for "job switchers" in May from a year earlier - the biggest gain since November 2007 - but only 3 percent for "job stayers," according to a report form the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
The Orange Country Register




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[*] posted on 9.5.2016 at 01:15 AM
National spending on healthcare....


is expected to increase faster than overall economic growth over the next decade at an average rate of 5.8%/year according to a new estimate published in the journal Health Affairs. By 2025, health care spending is expected to make up 1/5 of the economy. (Not really. By 2025, they will invent "soylent green" to take care of the problem :whistle: ).
The Washington Post


The median compensation for corporate board members hit $263,500 in 2016 for the largest 500 U.S. companies by revenue, up by 3% from the year before according to global professional services firm, Willis Towers Watson. On average, corporate directors attend about EIGHT board meetings per year. (go to work 8 days per year and get a salary of $263,500.... nice work if you can get it)
USA Today


Despite the stock market's post-Brexit rebound, nervous investors are keeping more cash in their portfolios than they have in 16 years. Cash levels are now at 5.8% of portfolios, according to the most recent Bank of America Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey, the highest level since November, 2001.
CNBC.com

About 1/2 of Americans who work 50 plus hours a week say they don't take all or most of the vacation they've earned, a new poll found. Of those who do take vacations, 30% say they do a significant amount of work while on holiday.
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[*] posted on 9.14.2016 at 01:25 AM


Burkini: is a type of swimsuit for women, designed in Australia by Aheda Zanetti.[1] The suit covers the whole body except the face, the hands and the feet, while being light enough for swimming:

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Over 40% of burkinis sold by Ahilda, the originator and leading maker of the swimwear in Europe, are sold to non-Muslims. Among the buyers are Jewish Orthodox women, Buddhist nuns, women who've had skin cancer, and those who are not comfortable exposing their bodies.
(Interesting that they don't say how MANY burkinis are sold, as in 100/1,000/10,000 a year. etc. Oh, and btw, who goes to a PUBLIC beach with the EXPRESS purpose of NOT showing some 'skin'?) :ummm:
Politico.com

The peace treaty signed last week between the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, effectively means there are currently no wars being waged in the entire Western Hemisphere. :wow:
The New York Times

Cities that adopted mandatory paid sick leave from 2003 to 2015 saw flue cases drop by about 5% after their laws took effect, according to the nonprofit National Bureau of Economic Research. That means an estimate 1200 fewer infections per week for a city of 100,000 people.
Bloomberg.com

Companies can legally fly drones for their business as of this week, thanks to new federal rules. Commercial drones can fly to an altitude of 400 feet, at speeds of up to 100 miles/hour, but must stay within sight of the operator, ruling out drone deliveries for now.
The Washington Post

Uber lost $1.2 billion in the first six months of this year after losing some $2 billion in 2015. The ride-hailing giant, which is valued by investors at $69 billion, blames most of the losses on the heavy subsidies it offers drivers to attract them to the service.
Businessinsider.com

Americans drank less orange juice in 2015 than in any year Nielsen began collecting data in 2002, as beverages like tropical smoothies and energy drinks grew in popularity and fewer people sat down for breakfast.
The Wall Street Journal




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[*] posted on 10.16.2016 at 05:06 PM
More Millennials recognize Pikachu than they do Joe Biden


, according to a new survey. When shown an image, 98 percent of Millennials polled were able to identify the yellow Pokémon character; only 61 percent recognized the vice president.
Vox.com

On average, children now get their first smartphones at around age 10, down from age 12 in 2012, according to the research firm Influence Central.
The New York Times

Workers who found their job through a personal or professional friend earn 6 per­cent more on average than those who did not have a referral, according to new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
WSJ.com

About 32 million American TV viewers watched some or all of Donald Trump’s 75-minute acceptance speech at the Republican National ­Convention—1.9 million more than watched Mitt Romney’s address four years ago. Overall, viewership throughout the GOP convention week was about the same as in 2012.
The New York Times

Two-thirds of households in 25 advanced economies, including the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy, Sweden, and the Netherlands, earned the same—or less—in real income in 2014 as they did in 2005, according to a study by the McKinsey Global Institute.
BuzzFeed.com

Audiobooks are the fastest-growing format in the book business today, with sales in the U.S. and Canada jumping 21 percent in 2015 from the previous year, according to the Audio Publishers Association. Revenue from audiobook downloads in the U.S. grew 38 percent last year from 2014, while revenue from e-books actually declined by 11 percent.
The Wall Street Journal

Applications to the Dallas Police Department have more than tripled since the July 7 shooting that killed five officers and injured another nine. In the aftermath of that tragedy, Police Chief David Brown challenged protesters to “get off the protest line and put an application in.” The department is currently receiving an average of 40 applications per day.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Middle East had the hottest temperatures ever recorded in the Eastern Hemisphere last week. In Mitribah, Kuwait, the thermometer soared to 129.2 degrees, while in Basra, Iraq, it hit 129.0 degrees.
WashingtonPost.com

Out of the 17 Muslim-majority nations in the Middle East and North Africa, only Tunisia is rated as a “free” democracy by the organization Freedom House. That’s the worst record on democracy for any region.
The Wall Street Journal
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Job satisfaction hit a 10-year high in 2015, according to the Conference Board. Even so, just under half of U.S. workers (49.6 percent) said they felt satisfied with their jobs.
Fortune.com

Higher-paid CEOs underperform compared with their lower-paid counterparts, :whistle: according to a study of 429 public companies by research firm MSCI. The average shareholder returns for firms with the lowest-paid CEOs were 39 percent higher over a 10-year period than those for firms with the highest-paid CEOs.
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[*] posted on 10.22.2016 at 08:55 PM
With gas prices down 40 percent from two years ago


....Americans took to the roads in record numbers this summer. In June, drivers burned more than 405 million gallons of gas a day—the highest amount in U.S. history.
NPR.com

Donald Trump’s campaign has seven policy proposals listed on his website, totaling 9,000 words. Hillary Clinton’s campaign has 65 policy fact sheets, with detailed proposals totaling 112,735 words.
Associated Press

Over the past 12 years, the number of Americans who say they use marijuana on a daily or near-daily basis has jumped from 3.9 million to 8.4 million, or from 1.9 percent of the U.S. population to 3.5 percent, according to a new study in Lancet Psychiatry.
TheGuardian.com (ciggie smoking goes down; weed smoking goes up. Guess Americans just like smoking. :dunno: )

Eight years after the housing crash drove an estimated 30 percent of construction workers into new industries, homebuilders are struggling to find workers to serve a newly resurgent housing market. There are some 200,000 unfilled construction jobs in the U.S., the highest ratio of job openings to hiring since 2007.
Reuters.com (Stop hiring illegals and pay REAL wages and trust, they'll come flocking back :sarcastic: )

African-Americans owned just 2.1 percent of the nation’s companies in 2014, despite making up 12 percent of the population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But nearly half of those black-owned firms were launched in the past five years.
The Wall Street Journal :(

Women ask for raises about as often as men, according to new study of Australian workplaces that upends conventional wisdom that female employees are less aggressive about seeking pay increases. But men in the study were 25 percent more likely to receive a raise when they asked for one. :whistle:
Qz.com

Embattled medical testing startup Theranos withdrew its bid for approval of a new Zika blood test after the Food and Drug Administration found the company collected data without proper patient safeguards. Earlier this year, regulators barred founder Elizabeth Holmes from operating a blood-testing lab for at least two years.
BusinessInsider.com

Walmart is eliminating about 7,000 back-office jobs in its stores over the next several months, most of them invoicing and accounting positions that are some of the best-paying roles in the company. The retailer hopes to shift its spending to hiring more employees who work directly with customers on the store floor.
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[*] posted on 12.3.2016 at 03:52 AM
Slovenian native Melania Trump will be the second foreign-born first lady in U.S. history.


The first was English-born Louisa Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams, who served as first lady from 1825 to 1829.
CNN.com

Hate crimes against Muslims in the U.S. rose 67 percent in 2015, according to a new FBI report. The bureau’s Uniform Crime Report, which catalogs data about assaults, vandalism, and other crimes motivated by race, religion, and other factors, documented 257 anti-Muslim hate crimes—up from 154 in 2014.
Politico.com

More people in their 40s and older are moving in with their aging parents for financial reasons. In California, adults ages 50 to 65 living with their parents rose 68 percent between 2006 and 2012, and national data shows a similar trend.
The Wall Street Journal

Republicans now have a governing trifecta—where they hold control over the governor’s office and both chambers of the state legislature—in 24 states. Democrats have a trifecta in just six.
The New York Times

Roughly 3.1 million Americans quit their jobs in September, the highest monthly number this year and a sign that workers are gaining more leverage in the job market. There were 1.4 unemployed workers per job opening in September, down from a high of 6.7 in 2009. (Dayum! :shock:
USA Today

Android captured a record 88 percent of the global smartphone market during the third quarter, according to Strategy Analytics, with more than 328 million devices shipped worldwide. Apple, however, still commands more than 60 percent of global smartphone profits.
Qz.com

While many corporations assume that younger workers have more energy, and are therefore more productive, more people under the age of 45 (43 percent) say they are exhausted at work than those over 45 (35 percent). The least exhausted workers are those over 60.
Harvard Business Review

Veterans made up 44 percent of the nearly 120,000 full-time hires the federal government made in 2015. The share of veterans among new government hires has stayed relatively constant since the Obama administration pledged in 2009 to give former service members preferential consideration for job openings.
The Washington Post

China’s online retail giant Alibaba sold a record $17.7 billion worth of goods during last week’s “Singles’ Day,” the annual Chinese shopping holiday that now dwarfs the U.S.’s post-Thanksgiving Black Friday and Cyber Monday spending sprees. Alibaba topped last year’s record-­setting sales of $14.3 billion by about 3:20 p.m. local time.
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[*] posted on 1.4.2017 at 08:34 AM
After five years of drought,


Cali­for­nia now has 102 million dead trees in its forests, an unprecedented die-off that heightens the danger of massive wildfires. The U.S. Forest Service said 62 million trees died this year alone.
Los Angeles Times

At least 73 people around the world died while taking “extreme selfies” in the first eight months of 2016, up from 39 selfie deaths in the whole of 2015, and 15 in 2014. The majority fell from buildings or mountains; others tried to take selfies on train tracks or while posing with firearms. Men accounted for 76 percent of the deaths.
NYPost.com

Licensed firearms dealers filed a record 185,713 background checks on prospective gun buyers on Black Friday—roughly 400 more than the FBI processed on Black Friday last year.
New York Daily News

Anticipating a crackdown on immigration, growing numbers of Hondurans, Guatemalans, and Salvadorans are fleeing their violence- and poverty-plagued homes and heading north, hoping to reach the U.S. before Donald Trump takes office on Jan. 20. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says its immigration detention facilities are holding about 10,000 more people than usual following the surge.
Reuters.com

An American Airlines flight out of Miami touched down this week in Havana, the first commercial flight operated by a major U.S. airline to make the journey since Cold War tensions shut down regular air service between the U.S. and Cuba in 1961.
The Miami Herald

The American Beverage Association spent $38 million during the fall election cycle to fight several local ballot proposals to tax soft drinks. It lost every one. Voters in Boulder, San Fran­cisco, Oak­land, and Albany, Calif., all approved soda taxes on Election Day. The votes brought to seven the number of U.S. communities with soda taxes.
The New York Times

Amazon added 120,000 temporary workers at its U.S. warehouses for the holiday season, expanding its workforce by about 40 percent. While conventional warehouse jobs usually require up to six weeks of training, the company has been using technology such as touch screens and robots to get new hires up to speed in as little as two days.
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