Employment: Pick a Number, Any Number (richcabot)
If you lose your job you count as unemployed only if you keep looking for a new one; otherwise, you never get counted again. That is why when trying to get closer to the “real” unemployment rate you must look at the labor force participation rate, which has recently been in decline. In early 2007, the U.S. labor force participation rate for people 16 years and over was 66.4 percent; by the end of 2008, a few months into the world’s largest economic downturn since World War II, it was still at 65.8 percent. Its subsequent slide bottomed out in September 2015 at 62.4 percent, and by early 2017 the rate was marginally higher, at 62.9 percent. Nearly 95 million U.S. citizens above the age of 16 were not part of the labor force—a historic record.
Mnuchin’s statement put those questions to bed — and drew the ire of Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, who argued that anything called “Glass-Steagall” needed to include separating risky trading activities from old-fashioned banking.
Mnuchin said he had not reversed himself or the administration’s position, instead saying that a “21st Century Glass-Steagall” was always going to be different from the original rules, introduced in the wake of the Great Depression.
Education officials are in the middle of issuing new contracts to student loan servicing companies responsible for placing borrowers in affordable repayment plans and keeping them from defaulting on their loans. The previous administration included contract requirements to shore up the quality of servicing in response to consumer complaints over poor communication, mismanaged paperwork and delays in processing payments. But servicing companies said the demands would be unnecessarily time-consuming, not to mention expensive.
Ford picked up 400 engineers—300 in Canada and 100 in the United States—to work on connected and autonomous cars. It doesn’t need to find these engineers in the wild, however, its picking them up from Blackberry.
In the study, 61 students had MRI scans taken of their brains after filling out a survey designed to measure their ability to tolerate the uncertainty of future negative events. Kim and his colleagues analyzed the MRIs and compared them with the intolerance of uncertainty scores. They found the volume of the striatum was significantly associated with intolerance of uncertainty.
Silver: Train Leaving Station Soon! (GE Christenson)
Silver prices for the next decade are dependent upon many unknowns. However, a conservative chart interpretation is shown below.
New French Science Minister Appointed (Cornelius999)
Many French researchers had come to view the outgoing conservative government as hostile to basic science. During the tenure of the outgoing science minister, François d’Aubert, research was demoted to a subministry, for example. Researchers hope that Allegre will restore it to full ministerial status and shore up France’s flagging research effort–especially by stepping up recruitment of young researchers to replace senior scientists facing retirement. “This is a real crisis,” said one leading French scientist who asked not to be identified. “We are in danger of losing a whole generation of researchers.” Allegre, a scientist at the Institute of the Physics of the Globe in Paris, himself has also recently stressed the importance of beefing up research at universities.
The Painful Truth About Teeth (jdargis)
As the distance between rich and poor grows in the United States, few consequences are so overlooked as the humiliating divide in dental care. High-end cosmetic dentistry is soaring, and better-off Americans spend well over $1 billion each year just to make their teeth a few shades whiter.
Millions of others rely on charity clinics and hospital emergency rooms to treat painful and neglected teeth. Unable to afford expensive root canals and crowns, many simply have them pulled. Nearly 1 in 5 Americans older than 65 do not have a single real tooth left.
Due to the spraying of this herbicide on crops as a drying agent and on GMO crops for weed control, glyphosate is now found in the majority of our food, streams, rain, tapwater and even our urine. It’s also been detected in breast milk, vaccines and pregnant mothers.
The Secret Life Of Urban Crows (jdargis)
“When I came to Seattle, it was pretty obvious that the corvid of the day here was the crow,” John Marzluff, the Avian Conservation Lab head, told me recently. He was hired away from Boise State by the University of Washington in 1997 to teach and to study corvids, the family to which crows belong. (Jays, ravens, and magpies are also corvids.) Marzluff narrowed his focus once he observed just how many American crows lived and thrived in the city. Seattle’s rapid growth and unique geography, essentially a forest squeezed between two bodies of water, are key to that large crow population. Forests aren’t ideal for crow life, but over the past century we’ve carved and opened up these areas for our suburbs and provided a constant food source—namely, abundant edible trash. We’ve created what Marzluff calls “a mecca for crows.”
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