by John Cook, The Conversation
Science denial has real, societal consequences. Denial of the link between HIV and AIDS led to more than 330,000 premature deaths in South Africa. Denial of the link between smoking and cancer has caused millions of premature deaths. Thanks to vaccination denial, preventable diseases are making a comeback.
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Special Report from ProPublica
by Leticia Miranda
Update, April 24, 2015: This story has been updated to reflect Comcast"s official announcement that the merger has been terminated.
Today, Comcast announced that the company is walking away from its proposed $45.2 billion merger with Time Warner Cable. Comcast had recently met with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission. The deal had been troubled for weeks.
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FOREX NEWS by DailyForex
Last week’s disappointing economic data from the US forced the US Dollar lower where it has finally steadied. The Dollar has now been under pressure for nearly seven weeks as investors ponder the likelihood of a Fed interest rate move, which put an end to the greenback’s long-term buoyancy.
Greece appeared no closer to a reforms-for-aid deal after the country's finance minister met with his euro zone counterparts on Friday.
This week can be expected to be more active than last week, with the primary focus certain to fall upon the US Federal Reserve followed by the Bank of Japan and the Royal Bank of New Zealand the following day, as all will be releasing major policy statements and announcing interest rates.
With focus on a May 6 interest repayment to the International Monetary Fund and the next Eurogroup meeting on May 11 in Brussels, Greece has a number of funding hurdles to clear before then and beyond.
Figures just released show that the government’s borrowing (to meet the deficit between the nation’s receipts and its expenditure) in March fell to £7.4 billion.
by Alan Harvey, Institute for Dynamic Economic Analysis
Appeared originally at Inside, vol. 2, no. 8, 23 April 2015
Austerity has delivered obvious suffering to the Greek people and serious burdens to the Greek state, trials that do not need to be enumerated here. The mechanics of austerity drain money and the goods and services it will buy from the economy. Austerity follows from the rule of the primacy of debt, enforced by misguided, coercive and often bizarre policy programs.
Special Report from StreetTalk Live
by Lance Roberts, StreetTalk Live
I have frequently written about the fallacy of long-term investment objectives and actual investor behaviors. As repeatedly shown by Dalbar studies, despite what investors and advisors say about long-term investing, the reality is that actions clearly speak of much shorter-term realities.
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Econintersect: Average gasoline prices rose 8.6 cents per gallon nationwide this past week following the previous week"s 7.6 cent rise. From the same week one year ago, gas prices have fallen $1.13 a gallon.