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Noise From Offshore Oil And Gas Surveys Can Affect Whales Up To 3km Away

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Rebecca Dunlop and Michael Noad, The University of Queensland

Air guns used for marine oil and gas exploration are loud enough to affect humpback whales up to 3km away, potentially affecting their migration patterns, according to our new research.

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The Puns That Pay: Highest-Earning U.S. Comedians Of 2017

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Dyfed Loesche

Being funny can pay off. According to Forbes magazine, Jerry Seinfeld is top of the list of best-earning U.S. comedians.

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What We Read Today 19 August 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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Top 10 Prolific Executioners Who Loved Their Job

Being an executioner has to be one of the strangest jobs in history. Who would volunteer? As you'll discover, the most prolific executioners known to us are a diverse group of men. Some took their job seriously, trying to give dignity to the condemned. Others showed no mercy or compassion. Together, they combined to kill thousands of people.

Womenomics Falls Short For Japan

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

The cyclical strength in Japanese GDP is being taken by some as a vindication of Abenomics, which was meant to end years of low growth and deflation through a three-pronged approach: monetary easing, fiscal stimulus,and a series of broad structural reforms. Although its impact on inflation has been fleeting,one aspect of Abenomics - the so-called womenomics - has seen some modest success.

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Net Neutrality Rollback Could Threaten Small Business, Entrepreneurship

from Challenger Gray and Christmas

Both businesses and consumers alike are paying close attention to the debate over whether the current administration will allow net neutrality, the standard operating procedure for Internet usage to date, to stand. How might the elimination of net neutrality impact businesses?

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Why Did The Housing Bust Hit Black And Latino Families Harder?

from the St Louis Fed

While the housing market collapse affected millions of American families, it hit black and Latino families especially hard. This is because so much of their wealth was tied up in housing, according to the latest edition of Housing Market Perspectives.

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Merger Control In The Banking Sector

from the Cleveland Fed

-- this post authored by Jan-Peter Siedlarek

This Commentary discusses the implications of merger control policy on merger activity in the banking sector, drawing on an analysis of the European banking sector during a period in which stricter merger policies were being introduced. It identifies several changes to the bank mergers taking place after the introduction of the stricter policies that are consistent with higher expected returns for shareholders and more procompetitive transactions. The evidence suggests that the new merger policy was successful in preventing mergers that are excessively anticompetitive, while it also led to banks' finding mergers that are expected to deliver greater efficiency.

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This Is Why Cocoa's Crash Was A Perfect Setup

from Elliott Wave International

The other day, I went paddle-boarding for the first time and was struck by a familiar feeling; one that comes from, of all things, speculating in the markets.

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Infographic Of The Day: What Happens To Trading During A Market Crash

It's hard to predict when a stock market crash will occur, so the best defense is to be prepared.

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Early Headlines: Huge Asteroid Fly-by, Bannon Bye Bye, US Regional Inequality, Fat America, Greek Debt Upgrade, India Starts Smart-Meter Use, And More

Written by Econintersect

Early Bird Headlines 19 August 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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Is Retail Sales Foretelling Economic Growth?

Written by Steven Hansen

This week there was a significant improvement in retail sales. Does this mean the economy is starting to gain traction?

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Mythbusting Ancient Rome - Did All Roads Actually Lead There?

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Caillan Davenport, Macquarie University and Shushma Malik, The University of Queensland

We all know the phrase "all roads lead to Rome". Today, it is used proverbially and has come to mean something like "there is more than one way to reach the same goal". But did all roads ever really lead to the eternal city?

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New Study: Pesticides Increase Extinction Risk For Bumblebee Populations

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Mark Brown, Royal Holloway

Bumblebee queens are a common sight on a spring day, their large furry bodies flying industriously from flower to flower. At this point they will have just awoken from a long hibernation - the much smaller worker bees die off each year, leaving the new queens to survive winter alone. Eating nectar and pollen from these flowers is therefore essential for the queens to build up their energy and fat stores.

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The U.S. Department Of State In The World

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Dyfed Loesche

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced recently that the United States needs to reduce its staff by 755 employees.

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What We Read Today 18 August 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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The Number You Find Out Reveals Your IQ

If you didn't solve it you're probably not dumb as intelligence comes in many forms. Some of the highest IQs belong to autistic people that can't solve simple questions.

11 August 2017: ECRI's WLI Growth Index Rate Marginally Declines

ECRI's WLI Growth Index which forecasts economic growth six months forward remains in positive territory for over one year. This is compared to RecessionAlerts similar weekly leading index. ECRI also released their coincident and lagging indicators this week.

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Preliminary August 2017 Michigan Consumer Sentiment Highest Since January

by Jill Mislinski, Advisor Perspectives/dshort.com

The University of Michigan Preliminary Consumer Sentiment for August came in at 97.6, up from the July Final reading of 93.4 and its highest since January. Investing.com had forecast 94.0.

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Rail Week Ending 12 August 2017: Intuitive Sectors Slight Contraction Continues

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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The Wary Eye Of The FBI Watches For Homegrown Terrorism

from STRATFOR

-- 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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Work And The Total Solar Eclipse

from Challenger Gray and Christmas

For the first time since 1979, the United States will have a front-row seat to a total solar eclipse stretching 70 miles wide and following a path from Oregon to South Carolina. While this event is exciting, much to many employers' dismay, it is taking place right in the middle of the Monday workday, potentially disrupting productivity.

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Infographic Of The Day: Accidental Medical Discoveries

Many medicines that we take for granted today are actually the result of accidents, with scientists often researching cures for completely different ailments. We look at 8 accidental discoveries that revolutionised medicine.

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Early Headlines: Asia Stocks Down, Dollar And Gold Steady, Oil Up, Growing Global Distrust, Trump Seeks Afghan Policy, Irish Deflation, Trump Wants To Kill Iran Deal, China Housing Moderates, And More

Written by Econintersect

Early Bird Headlines 18 August 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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The Price Of Oil Dependency

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Dyfed Loesche

The oil price has slumped by some 50 percent since 2014.

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The Reformation In Economics

Written by John Lounsbury

GEI contributor Philip Pilkington had a book published late last year: The Reformation in Economics, A Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Economic Theory. The book was launched in March in the Clement Attlee room in the House of Lords. Philip and the book were introduced by Robert Skidelsky. Videos of the launch recently became available. More below.

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Prof. Robert Skidelsky introducing Philip Pilkington

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The New York Times Passes 2 Million Digital Subscriptions

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Felix Richter

When The New York Times announced its digital subscription model in March 2011, it was considered a bold move by many industry experts.

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Gulf Of Mexico 'Dead Zone' Is Already A Disaster - But It Could Get Worse

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Ian Hendy, University of Portsmouth

Each summer, a large part of the Gulf of Mexico "dies". This year, the Gulf's "dead zone" is the largest on record, stretching from the mouth of the Mississippi, along the coast of Louisiana to waters off Texas, hundreds of miles away. Around 8,776 square miles of ocean, an area the size of New Jersey or Wales, is almost lifeless.

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The Global Top 10 Android Apps

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Martin Armstrong

The top ten Android apps in the world last month had a combined download figure of over 354 million.

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What We Read Today 17 August 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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This Might Shock You: Downed Power Line

If you come across a downed power line, stay as far away from it as you can and call 911. Assume it is live. Never touch a downed power line or anything near it. Do not drive over down power lines. Should a power line fall on your car when you're driving, slowly continue to move completely clear of it. If your car can't move away from the power line, stay in the car until help arrives.

July 2017 Leading Economic Index: Suggests Improvement In Economic Growth

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".

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July 2017 Headline Industrial Production Improves

Written by Steven Hansen

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

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August 2017 Philly Fed Manufacturing Survey Marginally Declined But Remains In Expansion

Written by Steven Hansen

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

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17 August 2017 Initial Unemployment Claims Rolling Average Continues Marginal Improvement

The market expectations for weekly initial unemployment claims (from Bloomberg / Econoday) were 238 K to 245 K (consensus 241,000), and the Department of Labor reported 232,000 new claims. The more important (because of the volatility in the weekly reported claims and seasonality errors in adjusting the data) 4 week moving average moved from 241,000 (reported last week as 241,000) to 240,500. The rolling averages generally have been equal to or under 300,000 since August 2014.

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Infographic Of The Day: Which Companies Make The Most Revenue Per Employee

On average, companies in the energy sector make at least 2x per employee than others.

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Early Headlines: Asia Stocks Mixed, Dollar Flat, Oil And Gold Up, Global Growth Looks Up, Trump Travails Continue, Bannon Calls Alt-Right 'Losers', Europe Hates Tourists, Oz Spews Mercury, And More

Written by Econintersect

Early Bird Headlines 17 August 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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Documentary Of The Week: Why The West Rules - For Now

Written by John Lounsbury

Econintersect: For 90% of human history the West has been more advanced than the East. Ian Morris, Professor of History at Stanford University, presents this 2013 lecture at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago. The title is "Why the West Rules -- For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future."

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The Cost Of Light Through The Ages

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Guido Mingels

Could all historians please just turn their attention away for a short moment?! Let's talk straight: All man had achieved before 1800 isn't really worth mentioning. Easy peasy stuff.

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