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RT @Khanoisseur: If Japanese people want to own a gun, they must attend a class, pass a written test, and achieve at least 95% accuracy dur…
RT @Khanoisseur: @NKozarsky # of years to record same number of gun fatalities as US records in one year: UK: 204 Japan:1,100 South Korea:…
Gun background checks should also flag financial troubles and substance abuse. Yes, all this may sound invasive but if we don’t issue a credit card to someone with financial problems, we certainly shouldn’t be issuing them a killing machine.
Needs to go further: * Raise min age to buy guns to 25. * Require background check that involves interviews with family, friends and mandatory training before license is issued. * Require gunmakers to install safety features like fingerprint/secure ID before a gun can be fired.
Remember, Americans, not Russians, are putting out divisive rhetoric like this 👇. Will only get worse over the next 440 days to election. Why we need both shorter election cycles and better tools from social media platforms to fact check such rhetoric.
4. Opioids abuse and suicide rates spiked in the US in the aftermath of the Great Recession and life expectancy continued to fall several years after the recession ended - grim data that isn't captured in rosy employment outlooks/economic projections.
3. The last Recession was especially hard on lower-income Americans - working-age adults in the bottom 10% of earners suffered a relative loss of income 2.5X larger than the richest 10%—a relative difference much bigger than the three previous recessions.
2. Some point to the spurt in startups (Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, Instagram, Snap) during the last recession as proof that recessions help rebalance the economy, assist promising industries to develop, but that’s a fallacy - those startups benefited from wider adoption of smartphones.
Soon we’ll hear why a recession is actually a good thing and why low/slow growth is healthy and leads to a more efficient economy and consumers with a better world view due to economic hardships they had to encounter.
Simple fix to overcrowded trains: Subway train cars that have overhead grab handles that stretch the length of the car can reduce overcrowding by the doors, where standing passengers tend to cluster to grab on to vertical poles, which results in inefficient load carrying/car.
Exporting energy because of falling consumption and shift to renewables dosn’t necessarily mean a robust economy - it could mean that more of the energy intensive work (manufacturing, for example) is being outsourced or companies are investing less in energy-intensive activities.
US became a net exporter of petroleum products in 2011 (due to falling consumption because of Great Recession and increased domestic shale production) and is expected to become a net importer again by 2030 (ie if US/EU don’t experience another recession/falling consumption).
RT @BruceAHeyman: As a former US Ambassador I swore loyalty to the Constitution of The United States of America of which I continue to upho…
Replaced my beloved 2010 MacBook 💻 Air with a 13” Pro, which feels like it was hewn from a single piece of unobtanium…beats everything in its category in terms of fit/finish/feel (the Touch Bar-equipped version is now $100 cheaper at Best Buy vs Apple Store).
My favorite bit is the shirtless dude at the 25 second mark who attempts a flying body slam at an oncoming mattress only to wipe out.
RT @ReutersZengerle: First plague, now this?
My favorite bit is the shirtless dude at the 25 second mark who attempts a flying body slam at an oncoming mattress only to wipe out.
Flight of the Mattresses: Airbeds laid out for movie goers in Denver, Colorado on Saturday, took advantage of a strong wind to flee from their would-be occupants. According to @robbmanes, who shot the video, the beds were on the loose for nearly 30 minutes.
Some economists argue that increasing payroll taxes (particularly on higher income workers) will strengthen social safety nets (Social Security and Medicare). The federal government increased the Social Security cap significantly for 2019, from $128,400 in 2018 to $132,900.
Not the first time a sitting president has used a payroll tax cut (which adds to the deficit in the short term). Obama, seeking reelection in 2012, extended a payroll tax cut for workers, putting an extra $83 a month in the pockets of American workers making $50,000.
2. Brazil already registers among the highest per-capita homicide rates in the world and features the largest absolute number of gun deaths on the planet 🌎. A 2018 study put the economic toll (medical bills, lost productivity etc) due to firearm deaths at $77 billion.
Bolsonaro’s solution to reducing violent crime in Brazil - arming even more citizens (and lifting cap on number of guns a person can own) has been compared to pouring gasoline on a raging fire. Brazilian households with firearms had 44% higher risk of homicide than those without.
This hostage taker (killed by police) in Brazil apparently had a toy gun. Despite comprehensive gun legislation (min age 25, background checks), Brazil experiences 2-3X gun homicides that US does. Recently elected Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro ran on reducing gun violence.
OSHA worker safety regulations play a role in driving the shift to automations. Employer liability increases when workers are exposed to dangerous environments (chemicals, radiation etc) so it’s not a surprise that companies will opt for more automation where possible.
This is why companies like Amazon and Apple are spending billions on automation R&D - many Americans no longer want to work on factory floors, doing dangerous or boring work, a trend that will likely not be reversed. US industrial dominance hinges on leading in automation.
2. Employers are constantly on the lookout to save labor costs which boosts their profits which boosts their stock prices, so any efforts to "help" the metals industry via tariffs or other measures will result in employers reinvesting any short-term gains into more automation.
Don’t assume that Americans want to work in factories producing metals - increasingly Americans want to get off factory floors or rely on automation to reduce mundane work. Aside from the knowledge/R&D aspects of producing metals, the factory floor work isn’t terribly exciting.
Politicians assume that if they create the conditions to “level the playing field” for US metals industry by imposing tariffs etc, jobs will “come back” - but since since 1990, production of metals in US has held roughly constant, even as the number of people employed has fallen.
“Prices of hot-rolled coil are down 37% from 2018 peak. US Steel's stock price has plunged 73% since March 1, 2018, when Trump announced decision to crack down on imports.” As economists note, biggest “threat” to US steel jobs isn’t foreign competition but increasing automation.
Reporters often skip context: The Western-backed Sunni Muslim alliance led by Saudi Arabia began its intervention in Yemen in 2015 to try to restore the internationally recognized government ousted from power in the Yemeni capital Sanaa by the Iran-aligned Houthis in late 2014.
An American, a Canadian, an Australian and a German go vanning through the Bolivian Salt Flats: some YouTubers are seriously upping their game with high quality videos like this - whose opening alone is better than so many "professionally produced" shows:
Accused of suppressing certain content which the accusers claim changed voters’ minds - a specious claim, at best. But we do need a way to ensure that if a bunch of conspiracy theorists spread rumors via their blogs, tweets, articles, etc, that content is flagged or ranked low.
By this logic, Breitbart, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Mark Levin, WikiLeaks etc cost Hillary Clinton millions of votes.
A boycott movement started by European Jews spread to US and helped raise awareness of the hostility that Jews were experiencing under the Nazi regime, which fearing an economic collapse from the boycotts signed the Ha’avara Agreement allowing German Jews to migrate to Palestine.
China’s Geely now owns Volvo and Lotus (a 71-year old British brand): The 2020 Lotus Evija is a $2.1 Million, 1,972-HP “Hypercar”. Only 130 will ever be made and it’s a tad quicker from 0-60 than a Tesla (the 2008-2012 Tesla Roadster used a Lotus chasis).
Oil prices jumped 2.4% after a “Houthi drone attack” on a Saudi oil field - a $50,000 kamikaze drone can cost the global economy billions of dollars.
Afghanistan was never a part of the British empire so it cannot be said to have earned independence from the British. Afghanistan did defeat the mighty British army (twice!), first in 1842 then again in 1880. Then after a third war, the British finally gave up in 1921.
And Amazon’s R&D budget is 50% larger than Apple’s…Amazon spends more on R&D than any other company in the US.
Without PHP, no Facebook today.
2. Kafka, now used by Apple, Citibank, Huawei, Netflix, New York Times, Nokia, Oracle, Pinterest, Spotify, Uber, Yelp, and many others began as an internal project at LinkedIn, which subsequently donated Kafka to the Apache foundation for open-source use.
Cisco, Grubhub, Reddit, SoundCloud and many major US banks have now switched over to Cassandra - quite a stunning adoption for something that began as an internal project at Facebook.
Carbon footprint of military vehicles and fighter jets: Remember this next time you take in an air show or attend a military parade
The squeezable Marmite bottle solved this problem. And it comes with this splendid bit of advice on the label on the back: "The fridge makes me chilly not soft & squeezy. This way up or I get dizzy not squeezy."
Imagine a country where a weapon of knowledge (MacBook Air, iPhone) was $395 and a weapon of war (AR-15) was $1395.
20. Truman supported the migration of 100,000 Jews to Palestine (though not other recommendations), which would have caused an Arab revolt, which would have required 300,000 US troops to quell. Fed up, Britain terminated the Palestine Mandate, punting Question of Palestine to UN.
18. The Committee approved the American recommendation of the immediate acceptance of 100,000 Jewish refugees from Europe into Palestine. It also recommended that there be no Arab, and no Jewish State.
19. The Committee stated that "in order to dispose once and for all of the exclusive claims of Jews and Arabs to Palestine, we regard it as essential that a clear statement of principle should be made that Jew shall not dominate Arab and Arab shall not dominate Jew in Palestine."
17. The Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry in 1946 was a joint attempt by Britain and the United States to agree on a policy regarding the admission of Jews to Palestine. In April, the Committee reported that its members had arrived at a unanimous decision.
14. After the War, the Jewish Resistance Movement carried out several attacks and bombings against the British administration. In 1946, the militant group Irgun blew up the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, the headquarters of the British administration, killing 92 people.
15. Following the King David Hotel bombing, the British Government began interning illegal Jewish immigrants in Cyprus. In 1948 the Lehi assassinated UN mediator Count Bernadotte in Jerusalem. Yitzak Shamir, a future prime minister of Israel, was one of the conspirators.
16. After the spate of British deaths, the Palestinian Mandate became widely unpopular in Britain, even caused US Congress to delay granting the British vital loans for reconstruction. Anti-British Jewish militancy drew 100,000 British troops in the country, straining the budget.
13. In 1939, the British reduced the number of Jewish immigrants allowed into Palestine. World War II and the Holocaust started shortly thereafter and once the 15,000 annual quota was exceeded, Jews were interned in detention camps or deported to places such as Mauritius.
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