Apple became the world’s first trillion-dollar company this week after another impressive quarterly earnings performance pushed its market cap over $1 trillion US. The company previously said it planned to buy back $100 billion of its own shares this year, and has been doing so with aplomb in recent weeks.
China, the world’s most populous country, is facing a land shortage as it struggles to bury 9 million bodies each year. State news agency Xinhua reported on this problem as early as April 2016, noting that in Beijing, the capital, many had taken to burying loved ones in neighboring cities and provinces when most cemeteries in Beijing had been filled.
This was just one moment in a typical Trumpian rant, but it highlighted two developments that haven’t gotten nearly enough attention from the media: the dramatic growth of the country’s temporary work program for farm laborers in recent years, and a push from politicians and the mainstream media to expand this and other guest worker programs in the near future.
“Our goal is to change the status quo and impose crushing sanctions and other measures against [President Vladimir] Putin’s Russia until he ceases and desists meddling in the US electoral process, halts cyber-attacks on US infrastructure, removes Russia from Ukraine, and ceases efforts to create chaos in Syria,” he said in a statement. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) added that the bill is “the next step in tightening the screws on the Kremlin.”
The government announced its plan last month to raise the retirement age for men to 65 from 60 and for women to 63 from 55 to ease pressure on state coffers from an aging population and weak economic growth made worse by the impact of sanctions.
In a lot of ways, though, this question about how fast the recovery is going is less important than how far it can go. And the answer is that we have no idea. Economists used to think that joblessness couldn’t get much below 5 or 6 percent — what they called the “natural rate of unemployment” — before inflation started to rise. The idea was that lower unemployment would give workers the bargaining power to demand higher wages, and that higher wages would eat into corporate profits enough that they had to respond with higher prices. But that hasn’t happened at all so far.
All Good Gadgets Go to Waste (Sparky1)
The TV came with access to the internet. It’s “smart,” as they say, not merely because it is Wi-Fi-enabled, but also due to a circular button in the middle of the remote control. This button activated the “VIZIO Internet Apps” (VIA) dock, which scrolls along the bottom of the screen, allowing users one-click access to stream Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or surf the web with its built-in browser. A “Widget Gallery” was also there to let us download future apps; the manual urged us to check often, as “this gallery is constantly being updated.”
“By working with GSK, we believe we will accelerate the development of breakthroughs,” 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki wrote in a blog post.
23andMe patrons are asked if they want to participate in scientific research. The new agreement moves this consent firmly into the field of active drug discovery research.
A groundbreaking new analysis of the 25 cremated remains buried at the prehistoric monument in Wiltshire has revealed that 10 of them lived nowhere near the bluestones.
Instead they came from western Britain, and half of those 10 possibly came from 140 miles away in Southwest Wales (where the earliest Stonehenge monoliths have also been traced back to).
While Apple CEO Tim Cook said it’s “not the most important measure” of the company’s success, the tech giant is now in a league of its own, standing tall above its Silicon Valley neighbors worth a measly few hundred billion.
That is a problem whether you personally feel it or not. People don’t like pain. They change their behavior to avoid or relieve it. People in pain will vote for politicians who say they can help, regardless of whether they actually can. And if those who suffer see you don’t share their pain, they will wonder why not and want whatever advantage you possess. Then it gets ugly. That’s not a moral statement but simply a fact-based observation of human nature.
Reached while throwing together his gear to head out on his research boat to get breath samples from the whale, wildlife biologist Brad Hanson of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle said J50 has lost about 20 percent of her body weight, and getting fish into her is as much about rehydrating the whale as feeding her.
The Aviationist’s Tom Demerly, who reported on the incident, wrote in an analysis that it’s concerning because there was no public warning from the U.S. government about the meteor blast. “Had it entered at a more perpendicular angle, it would have struck the earth with significantly greater force,” he wrote.
Climate Change and the Next US Revolution (from 2012, blackeagle)
But working people have finally made up their mind. A recent poll showed that 70 percent of Americans now believe that climate change is real, up from 52 percent in 2010. And a growing number of people are recognizing that the warming of the planet is caused by human activity.
“This is way, way high,” Heather Barron, the head of the Center for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife veterinarian hospital on Sanibel Island, told the Fort Myers News-Press of the sea turtle deaths. “Normally red tide season is over in April. But now sea turtle nesting is at its peak, and you have adults in nearshore waters. And because of that, they’re being affected.”
Low-density polyethylene (LPDE) plastics used to make frozen food bags, shrink wrap, and coatings for milk cartons were found in the ocean and can increase over time. Once sunlight starts to decompose the plastic – a process called photo-degradation – emissions can continue even as the Sun starts to fade. When these plastics are further broken down or cracked, the study authors say the rate of gas production can further accelerate. Microplastics – smaller pieces of plastic particles found to move up the food chain and in nearly every corner of the world, including Antarctica – may further accelerate GHG production.
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