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China’s Coming Collapse?

China Flag and Skyline

A knowledgeable observer has a dim forecast.

Federal Judge Awards Strippers $10,000,000 In Labor Dispute

Exotic Dancer Shoes

The labor laws apply no matter what business you’re in.

President Obama Urges FCC to Make Internet a Utility

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Obama proposes four ‘net neutrality’ rules.

The Meritocracy Myth

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Why do most people think success if mostly due to merit?

A Good Jobs Report, But We’re Still Waiting For The “Great” One

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Another mostly good, but not great, jobs report.

Alaska Television Station Aired More Than 16,000 Political Ads In 2014

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A television station in Alaska has the distinction of having aired an amazing number of ads this election season: KTUU, the NBC affiliate in Anchorage, Alaska, wins the award for most Senate ads aired in the 2014 election cycle. The station played 13,200 Senate ads in 2014 through Oct. 27, according to data analysis from […]

iPhones and the US-China Trade Gap

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Another example of the silliness of the “trade deficit” concept.

A Veto Proof Majority In Favor Of Keystone XL?

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Politico notes that, with the GOP’s victories last night and the Democrats who are on record supporting it, there is now a veto proof majority in Congress in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that the Obama Administration has spent the last five years delaying time after time: Republicans will command a filibuster-proof Senate […]

Russian University Removes Statue Honoring Steve Jobs Because Tim Cook Is Gay

Russia Steve Jobs Memorial

  In the wake of the announcement by Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledging that, as previous reports had hinted, he is indeed gay, a university in St. Petersburg, Russia has removed a statute that had been erected to honor Apple co-founder Steve Jobs: A Russian monument to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been taken down, […]

One World Trade Center Officially Open For Business As First Tenant Moves In

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One World Trade Center, the 1,776 foot toward built to replace the Twin Towers, officially has its first tenant: More than 13 years after a terrorist attack destroyed the twin towers — symbols of New York City’s might, financially and structurally — the first employees of the first tenant in the building erected to take […]

Cable TV Cord Cutting Won’t Come Quickly, Could Be More Expensive Than Cable

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We are obviously moving toward an era of streaming and other services that don’t rely on Cable/Satellite providers, but it will still take some time to get there and for it to be cost effective.

The End Of Private Industry In Space? Hardly

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A pair of accidents has led some to wonder if we are at the end of commercial ventures in space. Clearly, we are not.

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Crashes During Test Flight

Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two Crash

Another setback for commercial space ventures, the second this week and this time with tragic consequences.

Trick Or Treating Didn’t Always Mean Getting Candy

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Not too long ago, Trick Or Treating didn’t mean getting candy produced by large corporations.

Q3 GDP Growth

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Via the BBC:  US grows at annual rate of 3.5% in third quarter The US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5% in the July-September quarter, the Commerce Department has said. That is a slowdown from the 4.6% growth rate of the April-June quarter, but economists say that was a rebound from the first […]

Oil Prices Have Been Falling For Months, And That’s Likely To Have Wide Repercussions

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Quietly, oil prices have been falling for months now. That’s potentially a very big deal.

Would You Fly On This Airplane?

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If a British aerospace company gets its way, you could one day have a chance to fly in a passenger plane where the windows are replaced by wraparound view screens that show you what’s outside the plane all around you: A British aerospace company released pictures Sunday of its “windowless” plane concept that would make even the […]

Federal Judge Blocks Sports Betting In New Jersey, But It Should Be Legal Everywhere

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Not surprisingly a Federal Judge has blocked New Jersey’s latest effort to legalize sports gaming. As a matter of policy, though, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be legal to place wagers on sporting events.

Are Book Publishers Useless?

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Have digital books rendered the publishing houses obsolete?

Sports Leagues File Suit To Stop Sports Gambling In New Jersey

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All of the major sports leagues are trying to stop New Jersey’s efforts to legalize sports gambling. They should not be allowed to succeed.

U.S. To Route All Travelers From Ebola Stricken Nations To Specific Airports

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A new regulation will require all persons arriving in the U.S. from the nations western Africa dealing with the Ebola crisis, either directly or indirectly, to come through one of five airports: WASHINGTON — Anyone flying to the United States from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa must enter the country through one of five airports […]

Political Pressure Grows For An Ebola Travel Ban, But The Argument For One Remains Weak

Ebola Travel Ban Protester

A travel ban sounds like a simple solution to a complex problem. Like most simple solutions, though, it becomes far less appealing when you think about the details.

CBS Announces Streaming Service, And Cutting The Cord Starts To Become Easier

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One day after HBO, CBS announces its own streaming service. And the future approaches just a little bit faster.

Lockheed Martin Says It Made A Breakthrough On Nuclear Fusion

The magnetic coils inside the compact fusion (CF) experiment are critical to plasma containment, as pictured in this undated handout photo

Lockheed Martin says that it has made a promising breakthrough that could lead to the development of reactors based on nuclear fusion, the same process that powers the Sun: (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first […]

HBO To Launch Stand-Alone Streaming Service In 2015

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The start of a trend? Probably.

Sandwich Shop Workers Forced To Sign Non-Compete Agreements

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A national sandwich chain makes its employees sign a very restrictive covenant not to compete. It’s probably not enforceable.

Why Top Students Are Being Rejected by In-State Colleges

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Their places are being filled by students who pay higher tuition rates.

Is Amazon a Monopoly?

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Frank Foer proclaims, “Amazon Must Be Stopped. It’s too big. It’s cannibalizing the economy.”

NBC Courted Jon Stewart For Meet The Press

Jon Stewart

A desperation move by NBC News?

U.S. To Begin Ebola Screenings For Travelers From West Africa

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Starting as early as this weekend, the U.S. will be screening arriving passengers from West Africa for signs of the Ebola virus: ATLANTA — Federal officials said Wednesday that they would begin temperature screenings of passengers arriving from West Africa at five American airports, beginning with Kennedy International in New York as early as this […]

Farewell To Lotus 1-2-3

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The program that helped bring IBM PC’s into offices across America will soon be no more: Thirty-one years is a good run for any product and that is how long we have lived with the spreadsheet that defined the PC generation, Lotus 1-2-3. Earlier this week IBM Lotus 1-2-3. Millennium Edition, IBM Lotus SmartSuite 9.x, […]

Google Being Targeted Over Leaked Celebrity Nude Photos

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Attorneys for celebrities caught up in the leak of nude photographs are targeting Google.

Why Costco Gives Free Samples

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People possess a strong reciprocity instinct and are much more likely to purchase a product if they’ve taken a free sample.

Today Was The First Saturday Without Saturday Morning Cartoons

Saturday Morning Cartoons

The end of an era.

Amazon Employees Demand Pay for Waiting in Line

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Amazon warehouse workers want to be paid for time going through security checks to leave work.

Common Sense On The N.F.L.’s Tax Exempt Status

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The idea that the N.F.L. “doesn’t pay taxes” is largely false.

September Jobs Report Bounces Back From August Doldrums

Now Hiring Sign

After a disappointing August, the jobs report for September showed the same good numbers we’ve seen for much of 2014.

Banning Air Travel Is The Wrong Response To The Ebola Outbreak

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Closing down international air travel won’t stop Ebola from becoming a bigger public health threat.

F.C.C. Set To Ban The Word “Redskins” From The Airwaves?

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The F.C.C. will be considering a petition to ban the word “Redskins” from the airwaves.

F.C.C. Eliminates Sports Blackout Rule Over N.F.L Objections

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A long standing rule is finally repealed, but it’s not likely to change your viewing choices.

Mind-Blowing Maps

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Trending on Twitter this morning is a collection of infographics compiled by Ezra Klein under the heading “22 maps and charts that will surprise you.”

Law Enforcement Claims New Apple And Google Encryption Policies Will Hurt Investigations

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The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are pushing back against Apple and Google’s efforts to provide greater privacy to users.. They’re wrong.

Economy Grew At 4.6% In Second Quarter

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A strong rebound for the economy from the downturn at the start of the year.

Who’s Going To Pay For The President’s War Against ISIS?

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As we head into a new conflict, perhaps we ought to give more thought to fiscal issues than the President is to overall strategy.

Fixing Comments Sections with Financial Incentives

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Jess Zimmerman offers “An ingenious way to save the comments section,” if she does say so herself.

Apple Sells 10 Million iPhones In Three Days

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Apple sold ten million new iPhones in three days: Early sales of Apple’s new iPhones have lived up to high expectations. The company on Monday said it sold more than 10 million of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in the first three days they were available in stores. That is higher than the […]

Apple Strikes A Blow For Privacy

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A recent change by Apple is good news for advocates of privacy and civil liberties in the Internet Age.

Compact Discs Still Rule The Japanese Music Business

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A nation known for adopting new technology is behind the rest of the world in one interesting way.

Chinese Airlines Rebrand ‘First Class’ as ‘Business Class’

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A scandal erupted when the Chinese people learned their leaders were flying first class and staying in five-star hotels. Problem solved!

August Jobs Report Disappoints

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After several months of good news, the August Jobs Report was quite a disappointment.

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