On fentanyl, from the comments

I always find it helpful to recall that the US was the not the first country to be hit by fentanyl. Estonia, for instance, had a massive wave of fentanyl deaths that started before the US, without all the US prescription opioid consumption, and peaked sooner. Currently, their opioid supply has moved beyond fentanyl to […]

Study: Regions are leading the way on green energy generation

States and regions such as California are moving faster to cut emissions than the rest of the world New analysis from The Climate Group and CDP highlights how many states and regions are decarbonising far faster than the global average Progressive state and regional governments are moving faster than the rest of the world on […]

Free Internet Is Proposed in Britain. Is It Even Possible?

LONDON — In an election where Britain’s exit from the European Union has loomed over the campaign, a debate about internet speeds would seem unlikely to enter the race. But Britain’s Labour Party injected the topic into the contest last week with a surprise plan to provide high-speed fiber internet service to every household and […]

The Elite Controllers Fear The Individual And Individual Intelligence

Authored by Gary Barnett via LewRockwell.com, This once great country of America has gone through many changes, and these changes, while implemented by the design of its true rulers, are not understood by the huddled masses that have been taught to accept mediocrity as desired normalcy. The ruling class fully understands that the only way […]

Green Flash Beer Quietly Returns To East Coast After Closing VA Beach Brewery And Ending Almost All National Sales

October 2019, San Diego — A dog mascot represents Green Flash’s upcoming release, Saturhaze. Aaron Grossman (GFMarketing) Less than two years after unmanageable debt and a bank foreclosure forced San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing to sell to a holding company, auction off its $20 million expansion brewery in Virginia Beach, close its Southern California barrel-aging […]

Green Flash Beer Quietly Returns To East Coast After Closing VA Beach Brewery And Ending Almost All National Sales

October 2019, San Diego — A dog mascot represents Green Flash’s upcoming release, Saturhaze. Aaron Grossman (GFMarketing) Less than two years after unmanageable debt and a bank foreclosure forced San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing to sell to a holding company, auction off its $20 million expansion brewery in Virginia Beach, close its Southern California barrel-aging […]

Suicide Rates Are Surging Around The World

Yesterday, November 19, was International Men’s Day and in 2019, the theme is “Making a Difference for Men and Boys”. The focus of the day is to “promote the need to value men and boys and help people make practical improvements in men and boy’s health and well-being,” Sadly, as Statista’s Martin Armstrong details in […]

Media Workers Call Out Pay Gaps in Crowdsourced Spreadsheets

ImageHearst Tower in Manhattan. Employees of Hearst Magazines voted last week to join a union.Credit…Karsten Moran for The New York Times With income inequality a focus of the current presidential candidates, workers in journalism, advertising and book publishing have anonymously posted salary information on crowdsourced spreadsheets, many of them hoping their efforts will lead to […]

Escobar: Iran's “Only Crime Is We Decided Not To Fold”

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Asia Times, Just in time to shine a light on what’s behind the latest sanctions from Washington, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a speech at the annual Astana Club meeting in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan delivered a searing account of Iran-US relations to a select audience of high-ranking diplomats, former Presidents and […]

Johnson & Johnson loses pelvic mesh class action in Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – More than 1,350 Australian women won a seven-year-old class action lawsuit on Thursday against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) for misleading patients and surgeons about the risks of the pharmaceutical giant’s pelvic mesh implants. FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Johnson & Johnson’s company logo is pictured in New York, U.S., September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan […]

US-China Exposure Index Signals Next Market Downturn Imminent 

With ‘Not QE’ inflating risk assets and President Trump promoting a non-existent trade deal, something we outlined last week, new evidence is being communicated by various Chinese sources in the previous 24 hours that suggests a deal is unlikely in the coming weeks, and it now might be time for investors to readjust risk-taking behavior.  On Monday […]

Trail Blazers, At 5-10, Are Teetering Into Bad Territory

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 19: Carmelo Anthony #00 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts … [+] after scoring on a three-point basket during a NBA game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on November 19, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by […]

A U.S.-China 'phase one' trade deal may not be inked this year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Completion of a “phase one” U.S.-China trade deal could slide into next year, trade experts and people close to the White House said, as Beijing presses for more extensive tariff rollbacks, and the Trump administration counters with heightened demands of its own. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump meets with China’s President […]

Susan Choi Wins National Book Award for ‘Trust Exercise’

Susan Choi won the National Book Award for fiction on Wednesday night for “Trust Exercise,” a novel set in the 1980s at a competitive performing arts school, where two students fall in love. The judges praised the novel for blending “the intellectual rigor of post-modern technique with a story that is timely, mesmerizing, and in […]

Medicare For All Study: 2/3 Of Households Would Be Worse Off

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com, If Democrats get their way and jack up taxes to attempt to cover a “Medicare for All” plan, not only would jobs be lost, but 2/3 of American households would be worse off. A majority of households would end up worse off financially with less disposable income. That’s bad […]

No, That Mac Factory in Texas Is Not New

President Trump on Wednesday toured a Texas plant that makes high-end Apple computers, chatting with Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, and accepting a plate with the words “Assembled in USA.” It was a pretty typical publicity event, until the end. Mr. Trump walked in front of the news cameras and took credit for the […]

Trump says he doesn't think China is 'stepping up' in trade talks

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he has not made a trade deal with China yet because Beijing is not “stepping up” in negotiations. “I don’t think they’re stepping up to the level that I want,” Trump told reporters after touring a plant in Austin that assembles Apple Inc (AAPL.O) […]

Saks Manhattan Flagship Store Crashes 60% In Value

The value of Hudson’s Bay’s Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store in Midtown Manhattan has more than halved in five years, that is according to a new Bloomberg report.  Filings show the building at 611 Fifth Ave. was assessed for $1.6 billion in 2H19, has plunged by 60% in value since it was last appraised at $3.7 […]

AEW Dynamite Results: News And Notes After Jon Moxley Defeats Darby Allin

Jon Moxley defeated Darby Allin in the AEW Dynamite main event. Credit: Schuyler Easterling Jon Moxley picked up another AEW victory after defeating Darby Allin with an insane top-rope double-arm DDT (Paradigm Shift) as Moxley prepares for what appears to be an inevitable rematch against Kenny Omega down the line. Chris Jericho was tricked into […]

GM sues Fiat Chrysler, alleging union bribes cost it billions

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co on Wednesday filed a racketeering lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, alleging that its rival bribed United Auto Workers (UAW) union officials over many years to corrupt the bargaining process and gain advantages, costing GM billions of dollars. GM also alleged that Fiat Chrysler’s former chief executive, the late […]

Shares stumble as China-U.S. row over Hong Kong clouds trade deal outlook

TOKYO (Reuters) – Global shares slid on Thursday as a fresh row between Washington and Beijing over U.S. bills on Hong Kong could complicate their trade negotiation and delay a “phase one” deal that investors had initially hoped to be inked by now. FILE PHOTO: A man (R) cleans electronic boards showing Japan’s Nikkei average, […]

Google bars elections ads from using political leanings, voter data

(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google will stop giving advertisers the ability to target election ads using data such as public voter records and general political affiliations, the company said in a blog post on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: The Google logo is displayed outside the company offices in New York, U.S., June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File […]

Factbox: How social media services handle political ads

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Online platforms including Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s Google face growing pressure to stop carrying political ads that contain false or misleading claims ahead of the U.S. presidential election. FILE PHOTO: Facebook, Google and Twitter logos are seen in this combination photo from Reuters files. REUTERS/File Photo In the United States, the […]

Charity to pay $4 million to resolve U.S. pharma kickback probe

BOSTON (Reuters) – A Florida-based charity will pay $4 million to resolve claims that it acted as a conduit for companies including Biogen Inc and Novartis AG to pay kickbacks to Medicare patients using their high-priced multiple sclerosis drugs, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: A person holds pharmaceutical tablets and capsules […]

Scooter maker Superpedestrian raises $20 million, promises fewer breakdowns

Scooter technology firm Superpedestrian founder and CEO Assaf Biderman shows the company’s new scooter born in an MIT lab and that uses software to detect failures remotely, in San Francisco, California, U.S. November 14, 2019. REUTERS/Jane Lanhee Lee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Electric scooter company Superpedestrian on Wednesday said it had raised $20 million for […]

Bleg: Examples of Bad Econometrics to Teach

I’ve been tapped to teach the second course in the statistics/econometrics sequence at the La Follette School. I need examples of excruciatingly bad econometrics to discuss. Please post your suggestions as comments. In 2016, I assigned students to examine the empirical content of “business conditions” indices, like Stephen Moore’s/ALEC Economic Outlook rankings. Some dissections here: […]

Rail Recession: U.S. Carloads Continue Collapse As Manufacturing Slows

Nowhere is the slowdown in the U.S. economy more obvious than in places like Class 8 Heavy Duty Truck orders and rail traffic. We already wrote about how Class 8 orders continued to fall in October and new data the American Association of Railroads (AAR) now shows that last week’s rail traffic and intermodal container […]

Red Sox Legend Manny Ramirez: PED Bans ‘Made Me Grow Up’

Boston Red Sox legend Manny Ramirez believes that someday voters will overlook his PED bans and … [+] induct him in the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Photo by Jim Rogash/WireImage) WireImage The 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot came out earlier this week, and for the fourth year Manny Ramirez’s name was on it. The […]

Trump Floats Tariff Exclusions for Apple at Texas Manufacturing Plant

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday that China had not yet made enough concessions to secure a trade deal with the United States and suggested that he might exempt Apple from an upcoming round of tariffs as he toured a Texas plant that assembles Mac Pro computers. Mr. Trump, who was joined in Austin […]

A Huge Red Flag? India Shutters Power Plants Citing Lack Of Demand

Authored by Irina Slav via OilPrice.com, Half of India’s power generation capacity using coal and nuclear power is being shut down because of lackluster demand, the Indian Express reports, adding that some of the shutdowns have been temporary, lasting just a few days, but other power plants have been closed for months. Some 65.13 GW in generation capacity […]

U.S. Bill Supporting Hong Kong Rights Heads to Trump’s Desk

A bill compelling the United States to support pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong could arrive on President Trump’s desk as soon as Thursday morning, potentially complicating the administration’s talks with China to end the trade war. The bill, passed by the Senate on Tuesday, would require the government to impose sanctions on Chinese officials responsible […]

Apple Pulls Samuel L. Jackson Movie From Festival, Citing ‘Concerns’

Apple canceled the premiere of “The Banker,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, on Wednesday, yanking the movie from its prestigious closing-night Thursday slot at the American Film Institute’s annual festival in Los Angeles. Apple, a newcomer to the entertainment business, acquired the movie in July and planned to put it in theaters nationwide Dec. 6 before […]

Do These 5 Things If You Want A Career As An Executive Coach

Getty Many of you express an interest in learning about executive coaching. You are asking about what kind of work coaches actually do. You are asking whether you can benefit from hiring and working with one, and you are asking what exactly it takes to become an executive coach. I know this because you have […]

NFL Week 12 Picks: Schedule, Odds And Expert Predictions Against The Spread

DETROIT, MI – NOVEMBER 17: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) looks for a receiver during … [+] a regular season game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions on November 17, 2019 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Week […]

Victoria’s Secret Still Has A Ways To Go To Prove It Can Be Sexy Again

Victoria’s Secret parent L Brands reported a sharply-wider third-quarter loss, thanks to troubles at … [+] the lingerie label. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images The woes of Victoria’s Secret, and the reality of how far it has lost its hip quotient, showed few signs of easing on […]

Trail Blazers Waive Pau Gasol, But The Veteran May Stick Around

SAN ANTONIO,TX – OCTOBER 28: Pau Gasol #16 of the Portland Trailblazers greets LaMarcus Aldridge #12 … [+] of the San Antonio Spurs before the start of their game at AT&T Center on October 28, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using […]

G.M. Sues Rival Over Bribery Scheme as Union Scandal Expands

General Motors sued its rival Fiat Chrysler on Wednesday, asserting that it bribed United Auto Workers officials in contract negotiations to get a leg up on G.M. over the course of a decade. Hours after G.M. filed the lawsuit, in federal court, the union’s president resigned as the U.A.W. took steps to oust him. The […]

Vogue publisher promises to become beacon of green fashion

Condé Nast has promised to use all its magazine brands to promote a more sustainable approach to fashion | Credit: Marina Burity Condé Nast signs UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, as it pledges to promote sustainable fashion and clothing re-use to readers Influential fashion magazine Vogue will soon be trying to convince its […]

#953: Three Sides Of A Car Loan

Enlarge this image Joe Raedle/Getty Images A record seven million Americans are at least three months behind on car payments. That’s when the lender starts thinking about car repossession. Numbers haven’t been this high since the worst of the financial crisis and there are a lot of macroeconomic explanations about why they’re at these levels. […]

Silicon Valley firm helps keep track of $1.7 trillion of assets

The ultra-secret world of ultra-wealthy investors is becoming slightly more transparent. Addepar Inc., whose investors include billionaire Peter Thiel and Palantir Technologies co-founder Joe Lonsdale, is working with hundreds of money managers to give a better sense of where their clients invest. Assets linked to the firm’s technology are growing at an average of $10 […]