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Most Mass Killers Are Men Who Have Also Attacked Family

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Lisa Aronson Fontes, University of Massachusetts Amherst

What do most mass killers have in common?

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Freight Trucks Account For More GHG Emissions Than Airplanes

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Felix Richter

Tesla unveiled its first heavy duty truck, the Semi, on Thursday, ticking another checkbox in its quest to electrify transportation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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How Likely Are You To Die During A Black Friday Sale

Black Friday is an unofficial name for the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November), which has been regarded as the beginning of the country's Christmas shopping season since 1952. Most major retailers open very early, some during overnight hours, and offer promotional sales. Black Friday is not an official holiday, but California and some other states observe "The Day After Thanksgiving" as a holiday for state government employees.

Inflation Cycle Locked Into Downturn

from Lakshman Achuthan, Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of ECRI

In June, when international central bankers were enjoying their "mission accomplished" moment, ECRI warned that the "Fed risk[ed] being blindsided by a cyclical downturn in inflation." That downturn is now amply evident in the inflation data (chart below).

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Improved Employment Outcomes And Opportunities Could Assuage The Need For Subsidized Housing Programs By Increasing Household Incomes

from the Kansas Fed

But at the national level, the relationship between labor market outcomes and subsidized housing use is unclear. State-level data may paint a more detailed picture. Local public housing agencies allocate resources and subsidies based on local priorities. Moreover, employment conditions and demographic factors are state-specific, causing the use of subsidized housing to vary across states in a manner that national indicators do not capture.

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The Wealth Of Veterans

from US Census

Military service may influence the lifelong financial well-being of veterans. Frequent job-related moves or deployments while in service, limited retirement plan options for active duty personnel, the ability or inability of spouses of servicemembers to find gainful employment, and living in base-housing or rental units for lengthy periods could have potentially negative implications for future wealth. Conversely, easy access to banking institutions and credit and benefit programs aimed at education, homeownership, and entrepreneurship for veterans may increase wealth accumulation.

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Roads Or Schools: A Critical Tradeoff

from the International Monetary Fund

-- this post authored by Manoj Atolia, Bin Grace Li, Ricardo Marto, and Giovanni Melina

Roads or schools? It's a question akin to the "guns or butter" choice that governments around the world confronted in the 20th century: How to spend a nation's finite resources to produce the maximum benefit for its people.

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Understanding Permanent And Temporary Income Shocks

from Liberty Street Economics

-- this post authored by Fatih Karahan, Sean Mihaljevich, and Laura Pilossoph

The earnings of 200 million U.S. workers change each year for various reasons. Some of these changes are anticipated while others are more unexpected. Although many of these changes may be due to pleasant surprises - such as receiving salary raises and promotions - others involve disappointments - such as falling into unemployment.

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Infographic Of The Day: Visualizing Household Income Distribution In The U.S. By State

Each state in the U.S. is unique, with different economic prospects and opportunities available to its residents.

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November, 2017 Seasonal Outlook Update - NOAA and JAMSTEC

Written by Sig Silber

Both NOAA and JAMSTEC believe that La Nina Conditions are present and may last through Winter and into Spring. This leads to similar but not identical forecasts for Alaska and CONUS. We compare these two forecasts and also discuss the JAMSTEC forecast for the rest of the World. The JAMSTEC Nino 3.4 forecast raises the possibility that this period of La Nina and near La Nina Conditions may continue for another year into 2019. The details on this are discussed in this report.

Seasonal Outlook Update

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Disinformation And Manipulation Is Rife On Social Media

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Felix Richter

Russia's efforts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election by spreading misinformation via social media have been well documented and widely discussed.

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Earnings And Economic Reports: Week Starting 20 November 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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Millions, Billions, Trillions: How To Make Sense Of Numbers In The News

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Andrew D. Hwang, College of the Holy Cross

National discussions of crucial importance to ordinary citizens - such as funding for scientific and medical research, bailouts of financial institutions and the current Republican tax proposals - inevitably involve dollar figures in the millions, billions and trillions.

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Attack Of The Clones

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Felix Richter

Following a disappointing earnings report on Tuesday, Snap's shares dropped nearly 15 percent on Wednesday as shareholders appear to be losing faith in the company.

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What Happens To You If You Upload Your Mind To A Computer

Whole brain emulation, mind upload or brain upload (called "mind copying" or "mind transfer") is the hypothetical process of scanning mental state (including long-term memory and "self") of a particular brain substrate and copying it to a computer. The simulated mind could be within a virtual reality or simulated world, supported by an anatomic 3D body simulation model. Alternatively, the simulated mind could reside in a computer that is inside a robot or a biological body in real life.

China Data Disappoints, As Expected

from Lakshman Achuthan, Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of ECRI

Back in September we released a report to ECRI professional members detailing the trends in FAI and, in the context of our Chinese leading indexes, the clear implications for Chinese economic growth prospects.

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The Rise Of A Not-So-New World Order

from STRATFOR

-- this post authored by Sarang Shidore

For decades the United States has sat atop a unipolar world, unrivaled in its influence over the rest of the globe. But now that may be changing as a new, informal alliance takes shape between China and Russia. The two great powers have a mutual interest in overturning an international order that has long advantaged the West at their own expense. And as the Earth's sole superpower turns inward, they will seek to carve out bigger backyards for themselves. Will their marriage of convenience once more give rise to the bipolarity that characterized the Cold War, or will it unravel in the face of a natural rivalry rooted in geopolitics?

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Understanding And Managing Financial Interdependence

from the International Monetary Fund

-- this post authored by Maurice Obstfeld

The 18th Annual Jacques Polak Annual Research Conference opened with Managing Director Christine Lagarde noting the ebb and flow of capital movements into emerging market and developing economies since the turn of the millennium.

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US Single-Family Rents Up 3 Percent Year Over Year In August

from CoreLogic

-- this post authored by Shu Chen

Single-family rents climbed steadily between 2010 and 2016, as measured by the CoreLogic Single-Family Rental Index (SFRI). However, the index shows year-over-year rent growth has decelerated slowly (Figure 1) since it peaked early last year.

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Facebook Traders: Tech Giant PLUS Technical Analysis EQUALS Thumbs Up

from Elliott Wave International

See how two technical indicators, RSI and ZLR, helped anticipate the resumption of FB's uptrend -- back in May.

Some days, the fundamental backdrop of the markets you follow is as peaceful and quiet as a Zen garden. The news cycle is calm and the mainstream predictions about price are clear.

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Infographic Of The Day: The Richest Person On Each Continent

The net worth of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, which fluctuates wildly based on Amazon stock price movements. In fact, the recent jump in price on October 27 helped catapult him past Bill Gates (again) to become the richest person in North America, as well as the entire world.

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The GOP Tax Plan Has The Wrong Real Winners And Losers

Written by Steven Hansen

Whenever a government changes a taxation scheme, there are current winners and current losers. After a new tax scheme goes into effect, most people adjust and then there are a different set of winners and losers.

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How People Perceive Trump's Performance

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Dyfed Loesche

U.S. president Donald Trump's average job approval ratings have dropped from 43.3 percent just after his inauguration in January to 38.7 percent in November, according to poll data aggregated by RealClearPolitics.

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America's Youngest Child Brides And Grooms

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Martin Armstrong

Between 2000 and 2015, at least 207,468 minors were married in the United States.

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Why Meeting The Paris Climate Goals Is An Existential Threat To Fossil Fuel Industries

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Henry Kelly, University of Michigan

Attacks on climate policies are not really about the science. They're about the future of fossil fuels.

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Yemen's Cholera Outbreak Is Out Of Control

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Niall McCarthy

The situation in Yemen is deteriorating with UN officials warning the country is now facing the world's biggest famine in decades.

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November 2017 Kansas City Fed Manufacturing Remains Positive But Declines

Of the three regional manufacturing surveys released for November, all were in expansion.

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Did Senator Al Franken Grope A Sleeping Woman

A photo of Sen. Al Franken appearing to grope a sleeping woman is making waves across America, as the former 'Saturday Night Live' cast member is the latest public figure to be accused of sexual misdeeds. The photo was taken in December 2006, two years before Franken was elected senator in Minnesota. At the time, he was a host at Air America radio. The woman in the photo is former Playboy model and sports broadcaster Leeann Tweeden, who now hosts a radio show at KABC in Los Angeles.

10 November 2017: ECRI's WLI Growth Index Rate Down

ECRI's WLI Growth Index which forecasts economic growth six months forward is remains in expansion. This is compared to RecessionAlerts similar weekly leading index.

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October 2017 Residential Building Improves

Written by Steven Hansen

The headline residential building permits improved and construction completions improved. But we keep our eyes on the rolling averages because of the significant monthly fluctuations.

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Rail Week Ending 11 November 2017: Continued Slowing Of Rolling Averages

Week 45 of 2017 shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) expanded according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR) traffic data. The economically intuitive sectors remain in expansion but growth rate continues to slow.

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The Rise Of A Not-So-New World Order

from STRATFOR

-- this post authored by Sarang Shidore

For decades the United States has sat atop a unipolar world, unrivaled in its influence over the rest of the globe. But now that may be changing as a new, informal alliance takes shape between China and Russia. The two great powers have a mutual interest in overturning an international order that has long advantaged the West at their own expense. And as the Earth's sole superpower turns inward, they will seek to carve out bigger backyards for themselves. Will their marriage of convenience once more give rise to the bipolarity that characterized the Cold War, or will it unravel in the face of a natural rivalry rooted in geopolitics?

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Infographic Of The Day: 35 Chinese Cities With Economies As Big As Countries

Of course, cities like Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong are the metro economic powerhouses that most people are familiar with. But have you heard of cities like Shijiazhuang, Wuxi, Changsha, Suzhou, Ningbo, Foshan, or Yantai? There are literally dozens of Chinese cities that most people in Western countries have never heard of - yet they each hold millions of people and have an economic output comparable to nations.

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The Two Obstacles That Are Holding Back Alzheimer's Research

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Todd Golde, University of Florida

Thirty years ago, scientists began to unlock the mysteries regarding the cause of Alzheimer's disease. This knowledge ushered in an era of great enthusiasm that scientists could develop new therapies to either prevent Alzheimer's or significantly slow the symptoms once present.

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We've Found An Exo-planet With An Extraordinarily Eccentric Orbit

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Jonti Horner, Jake Clark, and Rob Wittenmyer, University of Southern Queensland; and Stephen Kane, University of California, Riverside

The discovery of a planet with a highly elliptical orbit around an ancient star could help us understand more about how planetary systems form and evolve over time.

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IPhone Sales Return To Growth After A Brief Respite

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Felix Richter

Despite the fact that Apple pushed the release of the anniversary iPhone X to November and thus to fiscal year 2018, iPhone sales returned to growth in Apple's fiscal 2017 that ended September 30.

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Bill Gates' Wealth Visualized

Gates has topped Forbes list of the richest Americans. Meanwhile, 1 in 5 US households have zero or negative wealth. This is especially true of minority households, nearly a third of black households and more than a quarter of all Latinx households have zero or negative wealth, compared to 14% of white families. 'Such staggering levels of wealth inequality threaten our democracy, compound racial and class divisions, undermine social cohesion and destabilize our economy,' the report says.

October 2017 Headline Industrial Production Significantly Improved

Written by Steven Hansen

The headlines say seasonally adjusted Industrial Production (IP) was up. The manufacturing segment of industrial production also improved.

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November 2017 Philly Fed Manufacturing Survey Declined

Written by Steven Hansen

The Philly Fed Business Outlook Survey declined by remains in expansion. Key elements are in expansion but improved.

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