What’s more, rather than 2022 being the first year where more is paid out in benefits than is generated in revenue by the program, as predicted by the Trustees in the 2017 report, the newest annual analysis expects this net cash outflow to begin this year! Even though the intermediate-cost model only expects $1.7 billion more to be paid out in benefits than is generated in revenue, it’ll nonetheless be the first time Social Security has been on track to be cash-flow negative since 1982.
The SIM Hijackers (Sparky1)
The couple didn’t know it yet, but they had just become the latest victims of hackers who hijack phone numbers in order to steal valuable Instagram usernames and sell them for Bitcoin. That late summer night in 2017, the Ostlunds were talking to a pair of these hackers who’d commandeered Rachel’s Instagram, which had the handle @Rainbow. They were now asking Rachel and Adam to give up her @Rainbow Twitter account.
Boosted by the Republican tax cut and the strong economy, corporate executives authorized $436.6 billion of stock buybacks during the second quarter, according to TrimTabs. That nearly doubled the previous record of $242.1 billion, which was set during the first three months of 2018.
It’s tempting to make teens swear off non-essential use of digital devices after that, but it’s not nearly as clear-cut as it seems at first blush. To start, the researchers noted that this doesn’t establish a causal link between device use and ADHD. It’s hard to tell how many already had ADHD-like symptoms and simply funneled that into device use. And when the symptoms were self-reported, it’s possible that some withheld the truth about their habits to avoid feelings of guilt and shame. The scientists themselves also took care to contextualize the results — that twice-as-likely figure was “statistically significant,” but the connection was ultimately “modest.”
Another argument for more people is to point to falling birthrates among the native-born. In fact, the United States remains near the top of birthrates in the developed world. Regardless, consider that immigration not only lowers wages but also raises housing prices by increasing demand and stresses public schools by adding non-English-speaking students. And as such factors worsen, research suggests that people are putting off marriage — which reduces birthrates.
If you’re like me, you hung onto partials across the space just to maintain a certain level of exposure amid a trade war with China. We all know that many of the most highly exposed U.S. corporates to China-based revenue streams are indeed semiconductor stocks. The banks seem to have gotten “earnings season” off to pretty solid start. They say that this sets the tone for the entire season. I say that they talk too much. Let’s focus here. In truth, I have been trying to add to several of my holdings in the semiconductor industry group while maintaining technical discipline. If you read me often, then you know that I’ve never chased anything. Except for my pretty wife.
The FDA announced the voluntary recall of several drugs containing the active ingredient valsartan. The FDA said the recall was due to an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which was found in the products and is classified as a probable human carcinogen.
War On Americans (GE Christenson)
Make borrowing painless and raise tuition costs. Total student debt per the St. Louis Federal Reserve was $1.49 trillion (12/31/2017). Not only is this debt more likely to default, it increases 10% per year. These debts can’t be discharged, except in rare cases, by bankruptcy. Student loan debt is a government guaranteed train-wreck in progress that doubles every seven years.
“Millennials and Gen Xers seem to be particularly optimistic, in many cases, in terms of the age at which they would reach their financial goals — especially when it came to retirement,” Bankrate.com analyst Amanda Dixon told Moneyish. “It’s great to have a goal to want to retire early, but I think people need to think carefully about the steps they should take to make that happen.”
For instance, she said, “people need to start aggressively saving for retirement if their goal is to retire early.”
The Fed’s large scale interventions in stocks are now essentially over, which is exactly why stocks are no longer hitting new historic highs every month as they used to. The massive bull market rally of the post credit crash world of 2008 has stalled, and here are the reasons why.
The announcement follows three others declared by Google this year, per PC Mag. Two of them, the Havfrue cable connecting the US to Denmark and Ireland and the Hong-Kong-Guam cable, are part of consortium deals. The third, the Curie cable connecting the US to Chile, will be privately operated by Google. The cables are generally intended to improve the performance of the company’s cloud computing infrastructure, with Curie being the first subsea cable commissioned by a major non-telecommunications company, PC Mag wrote. Google says Curie will be Chile’s “largest single data pipe.”
The Great Quickening — Pompey (Jesper A.)
I myself have pinpointed why and how (cf. The Big Cycle-part 2) Carsian games can trade places, ending up in cosmic war (cf. Juergensmeyer). The firm pillars of Western civilisation is a back-story, and I assure you no pillars as far as the eye can see… Are we the prisoners of our own prison?
Breed’s findings are a part of a broader issue affecting the city by the Bay in which a lack of affordable housing has spawned a homelessness crisis, leading to copious amounts of drug needles, garbage and feces being found in the streets.
He added that the next step was to mount cameras on the robots and scale them down to a 15-milimeter size. De Rivaz said that once the robots had performed their duty they could be programed to leave the engine or could simply be “flushed out” by the engine itself.
Who Actually Benefits From Sanctions On Iran? (Michael S.)
In 2017, Turkey imported 24.9 million tons of crude oil in total, mainly from Iran (almost 50 percent) and the rest from Iraq, Russia, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Considering the fact that Iraq, the other potential oil supplier that can substitute Iranian oil, represents a more volatile and risky choice. If Turkey goes ahead and implements the restrictions demanded by the U.S., Russia will ultimately supply more than 60 percent of Turkey’s oil, in addition to already supplying the majority of its natural gas.
But those are just the rough outlines of what happens. Within both glacial and interglacial periods, there are changes in volcanic activity, aerosols, and ocean currents that can alter the timing and extent of any temperature changes. To better understand our current interglacial period and whether recent temperature changes are truly anomalous, it would be helpful to have a complete picture of what the globe’s been up to. That’s precisely what the authors have done, using dozens of records spread around the globe that record the temperature history for thousands of years.
But in 2014, another study showed that this pattern didn’t quite fit climate model simulations. Instead, the 2014 study showed a very gradual warming of about 0.5 degrees Celsius over the last 11,000 years. But a new study published this week compiled a separate climate record for the Northern Hemisphere—with slightly different results that look more like that model simulation.
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