Global briefing: Museum of fossil fuels opens in Sweden

BusinessGreen Leaders Summit 2019 The BusinessGreen Leaders’ Summit will bring together some of the UK’s top green executives, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, campaigners, and politicians to explore how the pace, reach, and adoption of green business innovation can be accelerated, and the barriers to adoption overcome. Date: 23 Oct 2019 The Crystal One Siemens Brothers Way […]

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Video: Peregrine falcons can fly at more than 200 miles per hour Boing Boing Poland lightning strike kills four, injures 100, in Tatra mountains storm BBC Scientists detect a black hole swallowing a neutron star EarthSky (Chuck L) Are farmers setting the Amazon ablaze in support of Bolsonaro? Grist Evil. Amazon fires an ‘international crisis’, […]

Hiring Is Very Hard for Restaurants These Days. Now They May Have to Fire.

Facing one of the most severe labor shortages in decades, restaurants across the country are trying virtually everything to recruit cooks and dishwashers, from offering quarterly bonuses to providing training programs for ex-convicts. Now, the specter of increased immigration enforcement is putting many of those restaurants in a more fraught situation: let go of trusted […]

Macron tells G7: Amazon rainforest fires are an 'international crisis'

Macron said the Amazon rainforest fires were an ’emergency’ | Credit: Pablo Tupin-Noriega/Wikimedia France Fires currently ravaging the Brazilian rainforest should be top of the agenda at this weekend’s G7 Summit, says French President, as debate over future trade deals intensifies Devastating fires currently ravaging parts of the Amazon rainforest are an “international crisis” that […]

1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider by Scaglietti

What could be more lovely on a summer’s day? A V-12 engine, 2 valves per cylinder, 3 Weber carburetors, mated to a 4-speed manual transmission, making 240HP in a light (2,646 pound) spider equals a fun, fast ride. The design by Pininfarina is one of the most spectacular ever. Gorgeous from every angle, the covered […]

Why IKEA and others are going 'climate positive'

A growing number of companies are claiming that their products lead to negative greenhouse gas emissions Let’s test your sustainability knowledge. What do the following businesses have in common: Max Burger, a major Swedish fast-food outlet; Mevo, a New Zealand car-share company; Briggs Automotive Company,…

Coca-Cola experiments with BYOB (aka bring your own bottle)

After a successful pilot on the Georgia Institute of Technology campus in 2017, DASANI PureFill stations can be found at Ohio State University and the University of Central Florida / Credit: Coca-Cola Alongside innovations in recycled content and renewable plastic, the company’s Dasani brand is expanding pilots of its water dispenser line, PureFill One of […]

Levi's eyes cost savings from global factory water reduction targets

Designer jeans brand unveils new strategy to combat water scarcity across its global supply chain Levi Strauss & Co. has unveiled a new plan to cut water use across its business and supply chain, promising to set more stringent targets for its factories and suppliers operating in water-stressed regions of the world, while exploring less […]

The Fed Thinks the US Economy Is Fine. Do You?

Fed spokescritters are saying the US economy is in decent health. From Bloomberg: The U.S. economy doesn’t appear to be headed toward a recession, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President Mary Daly said. “When I look at the data coming in, I see solid domestic momentum that points to a continued economic expansion,” Daly […]

Cheerleading for Austerity

Yves here. Yet more tired arguments for not just “Why you can’t have nice things,” but “Why you must wear the austerity hairshirt.” Peter Dorman is likely correct in seeing that this scare talk is being revved up for 2020. Can’t have Sanders or Warren, now can we? By Peter Dorman, professor of economics at […]

How to win big, when the economic forecast looks bleak

When people are afraid, it’s often said that they’re scared stiff. That’s because fear has the power to stop us in our tracks. And with good reason. When people lived in caves and the roar of a huge predator scared them into hunkering down, until the threat had passed, it was a life saving strategy […]

Income Share Agreements–The Solution to Paying for Medical School?

I recently learned about Income Share Agreements (ISA). These are sometimes touted as an alternative to student loans and are being used as such. However, in my view, they are something completely different and an option I would like to see expand at medical schools across the country–for the students, for the schools, and for […]

Starbucks monetary policy

Starbucks has around $1.6 billion in stored value card liabilities outstanding. This represents the sum of all physical gift cards held in customer’s wallets as well as the digital value of electronic balances held in the Starbucks Mobile App.* It amounts to ~6% of all of the company’s liabilities. This is a pretty incredible number. Stored value […]

Will a ‘Fashion Pact’ Make Fashion Greener?

PARIS — On Friday, François-Henri Pinault, the chief executive of Kering, plans to unveil details of a Fashion Pact that he is to present to world leaders at the Group of 7 summit this weekend. The agreement outlines group commitments focused on climate, biodiversity and oceans. It defines itself as “a set of guidelines” and […]

Seeking clarity from Fed's Powell? Good luck with that

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (Reuters) – When Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell speaks in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Friday, traders will comb through his remarks for clues on whether the U.S. central bank will deliver more rate cuts this year. FILE PHOTO: Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell holds a news conference following the Federal Reserve’s two-day […]

Those new (old) service sector jobs: personal book curator

From the unusual products flogged on health and wellbeing site Goop to her one-of-a-kind beauty habits, Gwyneth Paltrow never fails to surprise us. Case in point: she once hired a ‘personal book curator’. Back in 2001, the former actress decided to redesign her Los Angeles home and realised that to complete the gram-worthy look, she needed a good five […]

Workers at Big Government Lab Sue Over Exposure to a Toxic Chemical

UPTON, N.Y. — As a technician at Brookhaven National Laboratory, one of the nation’s most prestigious science labs, Joseph Marino’s job in the late 1990s and early 2000s was to clean and maintain the supercomputers that have helped researchers unlock some of the world’s biggest scientific and medical mysteries. He polished copper connectors, he said, […]

Walmart, Tesla look to address issues surrounding solar systems

FILE PHOTO: Walmart signs are displayed inside a Walmart store in Mexico City, Mexico, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido/File Photo (Reuters) – Walmart Inc (WMT.N) and Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) are looking to address all issues surrounding the solar installations at Walmart stores, the companies said late on Thursday, two days after the retailer sued the […]

It’s Raining Plastic, From the Pyrenees to the Rockies to the Arctic

Yves here. In the meantime, the WHO says not to worry about plastic in the form of microplastics, while admitting they don’t know much about the health impact. From European Scientist: So far, there is no proof that microplastics in drinking water pose a risk to human health, according to a new safety review into […]

Asian stocks struggle ahead of Powell's speech; yuan at fresh 11-1/2 year low

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares struggled to make headway on Friday as uncertainty over how much further the U.S. Federal Reserve would cut interest rates added to investors’ worries over slowing global growth. A passerby walks past in front of a stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, May 10, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato […]

CJ Hopkins: Manufacturing Mass Fascism Hysteria

Authored (satirically) by C.J.Hopkins via The Unz Review, If the neoliberal ruling classes expect to keep the American masses worked up into a white-eyed hysteria over “fascism” until November 2020, they’re going to need to get some better Nazis. The current Nazis are just not going to cut it. They are neither scary nor Nazi […]

San Francisco Board Rebrands 'Convicted Felons' As 'Justice-Involved Persons' Or 'Formerly Incarcerated'

Convicted felons in San Francisco may have broken the law, but they’ll get to keep their dignity after the city’s Board of Supervisors adopted new, sanitized language describing them as ‘justice-involved persons’ or ‘formerly incarcerated.’  Under the city’s new “person first” language guidelines, the words “felon,” “convict,” “addict,” “offender,” and “juvenile delinquent” are no-no’s. Instead, those […]

Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Join Fox News as a Contributor

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the former White House press secretary, will join Fox News as a contributor next month, reinforcing the strong ties between the conservative cable network and the Trump administration. Ms. Sanders, who left the administration less than two months ago, will make her debut on Sept. 6 on “Fox & Friends,” the network […]

Christopher Kimball and America’s Test Kitchen Settle Lawsuit

The long legal battle between America’s Test Kitchen and Christopher Kimball, the company’s founder who left and started a similar cooking and media enterprise called Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street, is over. Both sides have resolved their differences, which came to a head in October 2016 when America’s Test Kitchen sued Mr. Kimball and three of […]

Cryptocurrencies Are Used To Buy Illicit Drugs, Warns White House

Cryptos, bad; crypto-users, “drug-using terrorists”; USDollar, good; USDollar-users, patriots. That appears to be the message in a new statement from The White House on the links between America’s opioid epidemic and cryptocurrencies. As CoinTelegraph’s Liam Frost reports, on Aug. 21, the White House issued two advisories regarding illicit drug purchases in the United States that […]

Relocating Your Business? Things to Consider

There can be multiple reasons for relocating your business. For instance, you could be expanding your business. Or you might be facing a hike in rent or increased labor costs. Perhaps you need greater availability of raw materials to keep your business going. You might even have personal reasons for relocating your business. All the […]

To Promote Inclusivity, Stay Away from Personality Assessments

My first experience taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (M.B.T.I.) was at a job where it was mandatory. The company’s chief executive announced that all employees would take the test as part of a quarterly staff retreat. The assessment concluded that I was an I.N.T.J. (Introversion, Intuition, Thinking, Judgment.) At the retreat, we were all encouraged […]

Investors Dilemma: Pavlov's Dogs & The Ringing Of The Bell

Authored by Lance Roberts via, Classical conditioning (also known as Pavlovian or respondent conditioning) refers to a learning procedure in which a potent stimulus (e.g. food) is paired with a previously neutral stimulus (e.g. a bell). What Pavlov discovered is that when the neutral stimulus was introduced, the dogs would begin to salivate in anticipation of the potent stimulus, even though it was […]

Three Trader FAQs Ahead Of The Jackson Hole Meeting

On the eve of the Jackson Hole meeting, this week’s big event, investors are watching closely, as prices for the various types of risk assets are expected to rush sharply up or down depending on what comes out of the meeting. Considering these event-driven risks, Nomura’s quant team led by Masanati Takada lays out its […]

VMware Announces 2 Deals to Bulk Up Its Cloud Offerings

VMware said on Thursday that it had bought two companies offering cloud security and cloud developer services in separate deals valued together at about $5 billion, as it looks to expand the range of products and services it offers to its corporate clients. VMware bought Pivotal Software in a $2.7 billion deal. Dell Technologies is […]

Ocasio-Cortez Claims Electoral College a Racist Scam to Benefit Middle America

Authored by Rusty Weiss via The Mental Recession New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims the Electoral College is a racist scam meant to benefit middle America according to an Instagram video posted earlier this week. Demonstrating a breathtaking lack of intelligence regarding history and government, the Democrat communist took a video of sprawling fields and, […]

Jeffrey Epstein Donations to M.I.T. Will Be Focus of University Inquiry

A week after Joichi Ito, the director of the M.I.T. Media Lab, apologized for his ties to the disgraced New York financier Jeffrey Epstein, the president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced that the university would investigate its dealings with Mr. Epstein. In an email sent Thursday evening to the M.I.T. community that was […]

7 Marketing Tactics to Boost Traffic to Your Site

For any online business, traffic is paramount. No traffic equals no money. No matter how good your service or product might be, you must have a flow of people coming to your site. If you want to drive traffic, then starting a blog is a must. Once that’s up and running, here are seven more […]

Comey FBI Willfully Ignored “Highly Classified” Hillary Clinton Emails; Barr Radio Silent

President Obama’s FBI, ran by disgraced former director James Comey, knew about – but purposefully ignored – “highly classified” evidence in the Hillary Clinton email investigation before they downgraded their initial assessment of her crime from a felony to a “grossly negligent” mistake.  As The Hill‘s John Solomon reports, a Senate staff memo updating an ongoing inquiry by Sens. […]

For U.S. housing, trade war set to blunt some of Fed stimulus: Reuters poll

BENGALURU (Reuters) – The U.S.-China trade war may blunt some of the stimulus on the U.S. housing market from expected further interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve, with only a modest outlook for price rises, a Reuters poll of property market experts found. FILE PHOTO: Development and construction continues on a large scale housing […]

FAA says it will invite global Boeing 737 MAX pilots to simulator tests

CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday it would invite Boeing 737 MAX pilots from across the world to participate in simulator tests as part of the process to recertify the aircraft for flight following two fatal crashes. FILE PHOTO: A worker walks past unpainted Boeing 737 MAX aircraft seen parked […]

Prediction Markets on Recession by January 2021

PredictIt, accessed 4pm Pacific today: Why the recent movement? One piece of information, the Manufacturing PMI: Source: Below 50 indicates contraction. In addition, despite the assurances of the administration, markets do not seem to believe in an incipient turnaround: Figure 1: 10 year-3 month Treasury spread, (blue), 10 year-2 year (red) and 5 year-3 […]

Hasbro takes home Peppa Pig, PJ Masks in $4 billion eOne deal

(Reuters) – Hasbro Inc will buy Entertainment One Ltd for about $4 billion (3.27 billion pounds) in cash, expanding into the lucrative infant and preschool market by gaining access to popular TV shows like Peppa Pig and PJ Masks. FILE PHOTO: A Monopoly board game by Hasbro Gaming is seen in this illustration photo August […]

FAA says invites global Boeing 737 MAX pilots to simulator tests

FILE PHOTO: Unpainted Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are seen parked in an aerial photo at Renton Municipal Airport near the Boeing Renton facility in Renton, Washington, U.S. July 1, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday it has invited a cross-section of line pilots from global carriers […]

U.S. plans in-person China trade talks next month: White House adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration is still planning for a round of in-person talks between U.S. and Chinese officials in September after a constructive exchange this week between deputy-level negotiators, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: White House chief economic advisor Larry Kudlow speaks with reporters on the driveway […]

LUSH confirms cork packaging has secured 'carbon positive' status

Natural beauty retailer reveals its Cork Pot sequesters more than 33 times its weight in carbon dioxide Lush has confirmed its Cork Pots are officially ‘carbon positive’, allowing customers to directly support the planting of new trees in Portugal with each purchase. Cork is harvested from the bark of cork oak trees once a decade […]

'World first': Aldershot railway track powered by solar

Demonstrator project will explore whether solar can directly supply power to railways’ traction systems Travellers journeying by rail between London Waterloo and Weymouth will get a solar powered surprise on the tracks from today, after a solar array in Aldershot becomes the first in the world to directly supply a railway line with green power. […]