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Does Marijuana Affect Your Sleep?

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Deirdre Conroy, University of Michigan

If you speak to someone who has suffered from insomnia at all as an adult, chances are good that person has either tried using marijuana, or cannabis, for sleep or has thought about it.

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Just How Scared Are Americans Of North Korea

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Niall McCarthy

Growing tensions between Washington and Pyongyang escalated dramatically with North Korea laying out plans to target the American island territory of Guam in a missile strike.

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What We Read Today 24 September 2017

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary "reading list" which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for "reading list" items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

This feature is published every day late afternoon New York time. For early morning review of headlines see "The Early Bird" published every day in the early am at GEI News (membership not required for access to "The Early Bird".).

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Ten Foods You Eat That Are A Lie

How can we be expected to eat healthily and with an environmental conscience, when we're literally being fed lies! Lies about how food is made, what foods are called and how healthy these foods really are. Keep watching as we point out 10 foods that are a lie!

Spotlight: Cross-Border Pipelines Link U.S. Natural Gas Producers, Mexican Electricity Users

from the Dallas Fed

-- this post authored by Rachel Brasier and Jesse Thompson

Mexican energy reforms have opened the door to shale gas from the United States - and imports are booming. U.S. natural gas production reached a record high in July 2015, largely due to increased shale drilling dating back to 2010 in the Marcellus field in the Northeastern U.S. and the Permian and Eagle Ford basins in Texas.

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Productivity Growth: Learn From Other Countries Or Innovate Yourself?

from the St Louis Fed

Economists have argued that productivity growth - that is, using labor and capital more efficiently - is the main driver of economic growth, rather than simply adding more labor or capital. Furthermore, they believe that the main driver of productivity growth is innovation. But as a recent Economic Synopses essay explored, it's not just simply about putting more resources into research and development(R&D).

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When It Comes To Wage Growth, The Measure Matters

from the Chicago Fed

-- this post authored by by Ross Cole, Luojia Hu, and Sam Schulhofer-Wohl

Average wages are a closely watched economic indicator. The growth rate of average wages can help tell us, for example, how workers' living standards are changing, whether employers face rising costs that they might pass through to consumer price inflation, and whether the labor market is tight or has room to improve further. In the realm of monetary policy, the last two applications are particularly important because they can help people assess the outlook for the Federal Reserve's "dual mandate" of price stability and maximum employment.

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Creating Markets

from the International Monetary Fund

-- this post authored by Morten Lykke Lauridsen and Florian Molders

Developing new markets is essential to increasing private investment and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Congested and crumbling roads have stunted Colombia's economic growth for decades. Following the 2016 peace deal that ended half a century of armed conflict, the Colombian government had high hopes for infrastructure - and new roads in particular - to build a strong foundation for the country's future.

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An Analysis Of Corporate Inversions

from the Congressional Budget Office

How much do companies benefit from corporate inversions? In this report, CBO analyzes the reasons for and effects of inversions. CBO also projects how inversions and certain other strategies will affect future U.S. corporate tax revenues.

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Infographic Of The Day: What Can We Learn From The Desks Of Elon Musk And Mark Zuckerberg

The structure of a person's work environment, along with the routines they use for enhancing productivity while at the office, can help give us insight on how they work best - and this becomes especially interesting when we look at the strategies and tactics used by some of the world's most extraordinary people.

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Early Headlines: Gay Wedding Cake To SCOTUS, Tourism To US Down, Big Tweet Day For Pres, Americans Unaware Mfg Has Grown, New Iran Missile, China Enforces NoKo Sanctions, And More

Written by Econintersect

Early Bird Headlines 24 September 2017

Econintersect: Here are some of the headlines we found to help you start your day. For more headlines see our afternoon feature for GEI members, What We Read Today, which has many more headlines and a number of article discussions to keep you abreast of what we have found interesting.

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NOAA Seasonal Outlook Update and Comparison of NOAA and JAMSTEC Forecasts

Written by Sig Silber

Both NOAA and JAMSTEC are factoring in the development of a La Nina or near La Nina. NOAA is more aggressive with this. The differences in the forecasts for Fall and Winter largely, but not totally, relate to the slight differences in the ENSO forecast for each Agency. For NOAA, it is a dramatic change from the forecast they issued last month. Their maps, through an abundance of caution, may still only go halfway towards incorporating La Nina into their forecast for the winter of 2017/2018.

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Out to Sea but is the Track Forecast Reliable? - 24Sep2017

Written by Sig Silber

5:30 PM EDT Sept 24, 2017: LATEST FROM NHC: "...HURRICANE MARIA MOVING NORTHWARD WITH 115 MPH WINDS... ...INTERESTS ALONG THE CAROLINA AND MID-ATLANTIC COASTS SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF MARIA..." "At this time and with the current guidance, the core of Maria should turn northeast well east of the Outer Banks. However, Maria is a large cyclone and the tropical storm force winds extend outward a great distance."

Special Landing Graphic for Possible Hurricane Maria - Will Maria Stay on track?

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Earnings And Economic Reports: Week Starting 25 September 2017

Written by Econintersect

Econintersect: Here is a day-by-day rundown of the global economic calendar events for the coming week and the important earnings announcements each day, as well. The presentation is by Merlin Rothfeld from Online Trading Academy and Power Trading Radio.

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A Game Of Drones: Why Some Bees Kill Their Queens

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by James Gilbert, University of Hull

In a palace intrigue worthy of George R R Martin, a new study has shown that some bee workers are queenslayers who will rise up and kill their queen if she produces the wrong sort of male offspring. The throne can then be seized by one of her daughters, who will produce the right kind of male heirs - ensuring the survival of the bloodline.

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How Often Do U.S. Workers Experience Abuse And Harassment

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Niall McCarthy

A new report from the RAND Corporation has examined the physical and emotional impact of the modern U.S. workplace.

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What We Read Today 23 September 2017

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary "reading list" which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for "reading list" items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

This feature is published every day late afternoon New York time. For early morning review of headlines see "The Early Bird" published every day in the early am at GEI News (membership not required for access to "The Early Bird".).

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Chuck Berry Performing In A French TV Show Live

Chuck Berry performing in a French TV show Live 03-18-2017 - Chuck Berry, a music pioneer often called "the Father of Rock 'n' Roll," was found dead Saturday at a residence outside St. Louis, police in St. Charles County said. He was 90. R.I.P.

How To Protect Yourself From Simple Terrorist Attacks

from STRATFOR

-- this post authored by Scott Stewart

Simple attacks by grassroots jihadists have become a fact of life in the West. Indeed, we saw three such incidents on Sept. 15: the bombing attempt against a subway train in London, a knife attack against a French soldier at a Paris subway station and a hammer attack against two women in Chalon-sur-Saone, France. These incidents are among the latest in a long string of incidents across the globe that featured attackers armed with simple weapons such as knives, vehicles and crude bombs.

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Banking On Women - A Case For More

from the International Monetary Fund

The "glass ceiling" in finance has barely cracked. Compared to the available talent pool, there is still a large gap between the representation of men and women in leadership positions in banks and bank supervision agencies worldwide.

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Will Retailers Ramp Up Hiring For The Holidays?

from Challenger Gray and Christmas

While pivoting in the retail sector has caused thousands of store closures, price cuts on merchandise, and consolidation within the industry, retailers are signaling that there might be high demand for seasonal jobs.

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Mexico's Growing Role In The Auto Industry Under NAFTA: Who Makes What And What Goes Where

from the Chicago Fed

-- this post authored by Thomas H. Klier and James M. Rubenstein

Mexico has become one of the world's leading producers and exporters of motor vehicles, although it has no automakers of its own. During the more than two decades under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA, entered into by the United States, Canada, and Mexico),

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Is Poor Health Hindering Economic Growth?

from the Atlanta Fed

It is well known that poor health is bad for an individual's income, partially because it can lower the propensity to participate in the labor market. In fact, 5.4 percent of prime-age individuals (those 25 - 54 years old) reported being too sick or disabled to work in the second quarter of 2017.

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Stock Market's "Proper Value" Is Nonsense - Here's Why

from Elliott Wave International

See why there is no reliable standard of value for the stock market. Should investors rely on traditional ways of evaluating the stock market's "proper value"? You might be surprised at what these four charts show.

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Infographic Of The Day: LNG Markets Unleashed - How Texas Stands To Benefit

LNG (liquefied natural gas) is becoming a global commodity, approaching a more unified price. Liquefying natural gas allows it to be shipped to multiple destinations all over the world

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Early Headlines: McCain 'No' On Health Care, Trump Wants To Fire Kneelers, New Travel Ban, German Election, China Tells Banks To Stop Business With N. Korea, Canadian Inflation, And More

Written by Econintersect

Early Bird Headlines 23 September 2017

Econintersect: Here are some of the headlines we found to help you start your day. For more headlines see our afternoon feature for GEI members, What We Read Today, which has many more headlines and a number of article discussions to keep you abreast of what we have found interesting.

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Real Median Income Increase Makes No Sense

Written by Steven Hansen

The U.S. Census says "that real median household income increased by 3.2 percent between 2015 and 2016". That is significantly higher than real GDP which grew at 1.5%. This increase does not make sense.

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Out to Sea but is the Track Forecast Reliable? - 23Sep2017

Written by Sig Silber

1:15 AM EDT Sept 23, 2017: LATEST FROM NHC: "...DANGEROUS HURRICANE MARIA FORECAST TO MOVE NORTHWARD OVER THE WESTERN ATLANTIC WATERS... ...HIGH SWELLS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE ALONG PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES COAST..." "The ridge is forecast to amplify westward during the next few days, but it is not expected to be strong enough to block the northward motion of the hurricane."

Special Landing Graphic for Possible Hurricane Maria - Will Maria Stay on track?

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The More Years Spent In A Classroom The Lower Your Risk Of Heart Disease

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by David Evans, The University of Queensland

A new study out recently has found increasing education by 3.6 years - similar to the length of a university undergraduate degree - could reduce the risk of heart disease by a third. A decrease of this magnitude is similar to short-term use of a cholesterol-lowering medication.

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How Big Are The "Next Big Things in Tech"?

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Felix Richter

Over the past few years, many things have been touted as "the next big thing" in the tech industry.

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Bahamas Next But Reduced - Puerto Rico Impacts Continue - 22Sep2017

Written by Sig Silber

5:20 PM EDT Sept 22, 2017: LATEST FROM NHC: "...MARIA PASSING TO THE EAST OF THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS..."THE GOVERNMENT OF THE BAHAMAS HAS CHANGED THE HURRICANE WARNING FOR THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS AND THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS TO A TROPICAL STORM WARNING."

Special Landing Graphic for Possible Hurricane Maria - Bahamas Next

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What We Read Today 22 September 2017

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary "reading list" which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for "reading list" items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

This feature is published every day late afternoon New York time. For early morning review of headlines see "The Early Bird" published every day in the early am at GEI News (membership not required for access to "The Early Bird".).

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15 September 2017: ECRI's WLI Growth Index Rate Is Now Zero

ECRI's WLI Growth Index which forecasts economic growth six months forward is now showing no growth. This is compared to RecessionAlerts similar weekly leading index. ECRI also released their coincident and lagging this week.

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Luxury SUV Test: Audi Q5, Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5

Is the best luxury SUV a Porsche, BMW, or Audi? Bloomberg Pursuits' Hannah Elliott test-drove three popular models to find out which car blends the very finest in convenience, comfort, and performance.

Joe Sixpack's Situation in 2Q2017: The Average Joe Is Better Off

Written by Steven Hansen

The Federal Reserve data release (Z.1 Flow of Funds) - which provides insight into the finances of the average household - shows improvement in average household net worth. Our modeled "Joe Sixpack" - who owns a house and has a job, and essentially no other asset - is better off than he was last quarter (and his growth rate of improvement improved).

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Rail Week Ending 16 September 2017: Intuitive Sector Decline Continues

Week 36 of 2017 shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) declined according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR) traffic data. The economically intuitive sectors are in contraction.

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Estimating Chinese GDP Using Night-Lights Data - Part 3 Of 3

from the St Louis Fed

The previous posts in this series covered the challenges in measuring Chinese gross domestic product (GDP) and some alternative methods used in an attempt to obtain better estimates, such as energy consumption and the Li index.

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Infographic Of The Day: 9 Effective Habits Of Millionaires You Need To Adopt Today

Becoming a millionaire is more possible today. This inforgraphic shows what famous millionaires do.

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Early Headlines: Asia Stocks And Dollar Down, Oil Mixed, Gold Flat, Opponents Speak Out On GOP Health Care Bill, Flint Water Crushed Conception, May's Brexit Reboot, China Credit Rating Cut, And More

Written by Econintersect

Early Bird Headlines 22 September 2017

Econintersect: Here are some of the headlines we found to help you start your day. For more headlines see our afternoon feature for GEI members, What We Read Today, which has many more headlines and a number of article discussions to keep you abreast of what we have found interesting.

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