Week 32 of 2017 shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR) traffic data. The economically intuitive sectors insignificantly declined and the intuitive rolling averages remain in contraction.
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-- this post authored by Scott Stewart
Shortly after midnight on Aug. 12, Jerry Varnell slid behind the wheel of a stolen van and headed for his chosen target, the BancFirst building in Oklahoma City. As he drove toward the bank, he nervously watched for police along his route, fearing that the 1,000-pound bomb in the back of the van would be discovered and his attack thwarted. However, Varnell's drive went without incident and he was able to park the van at a loading dock next to the bank and leave the area on foot without detection.
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Written by Sig Silber
Re the Monsoon: Break - Surge - Break: Re 6 to 14 Day Outlook: Don't Count on it.
NOAA is assigning a low probability to the 6 - 14 Day Forecast due to "FORECAST CONFIDENCE FOR THE 6-10 DAY PERIOD: BELOW AVERAGE, 2 OUT OF 5, DUE TO A PREDICTED LOW AMPLITUDE PATTERN AND CONFLICTING / WEAK SIGNALS AMONG THE SURFACE TOOLS." Another way of putting that is that it is hard to predict weather when there is none. But we believe the real problem is the inability of the models to deal with a confusing situation most likely related to the time of year and the rapid change in conditions along the Equator. The Southwest Monsoon has been going through rapid changes. Earlier this past week, we had a Break (reduction in activity) and we may now be in the final days of a Surge and the forecast is for another probably short Break. it is a bit unusual to have these rapid swings. It may be that the Monsoon this summer requires favorable conditions to overcome certain negative factors.
from The Conversation
- this post authored Sophie Lewis, Australian National University
I've wanted to be a scientist since I was five years old.
My idea of a scientist was someone in a lab, making hypotheses and testing theories. We often think of science only as a linear, objective process. This is also the way that science is presented in peer reviewed journal articles - a study begins with a research question or hypothesis, followed by methods, results and conclusions.
Written by Jeff Miller, A Dash of Insight
Our last article took a deep dive into the earnings season. If you missed it, a glance at your news will show that the key points remain relevant.This Week - Consumer Discretionary Spending Heats Up
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Written by Steven Hansen
The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S again improved this month - and the authors suggest that the "U.S. economy may experience further improvements in economic activity in the second half of the year".