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Make America Great Again—Invest in High-Skilled Immigrants

September 21st, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

What Donald Trump and the GOP get wrong about STEM guest workers.

Are foreign workers coming to United States to steal the best jobs from hard-working Americans? Absolutely — and new research shows it’s quite good for the country.


Irrigation Nation

September 19th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

How an esoteric piece of farm equipment created America’s breadbasket—and threatens to destroy it.

Rick Hammond turned a yellow dial until it locked into place with a hollow clank, and a high-pressure hum filled the air. Across the windswept field, a light started blinking atop a metal contraption that stretched a quarter mile from end to end, adorned with an array of dangling hoses and sprinkler heads. With a humped metal spine and rib-like trusses, it looked like the skeleton of some sort of robotic brontosaurus.


FBI to reveal likely murder spike on same day as first presidential debate

September 13th, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

The FBI’s national crime data for 2015 – which is expected to show a substantial overall increase in murders – will be released on the morning of the first presidential debate, likely providing a dramatic new talking point for Donald Trump.

For months, Trump has been pointing, ominously, to rising violence in Chicago and other cities, and arguing that Americans are at risk and that Democrats have failed black Americans in particular.


The Instant Test That Can Tell Whether Users’ Drugs Are Cut With a Deadly Chemical

September 8th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

Vancouver has begun offering users instant test strips to verify whether their illegal drugs contain fentanyl.


It’s Time to Think Seriously About Our Democracy

September 7th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

Recent developments, like the rise of Donald Trump, suggest that we shouldn’t take our beloved democratic systems for granted.

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Economist calls the S&P 500’s new 11th sector a boondoggle

September 6th, 2016  |  Source: Marketwatch.com

Real estate will become the S&P 500’s 11th sector next month. Market historian and money manager Laszlo Birinyi isn’t applauding.

Birinyi, in a Monday note, characterized the move as aimed more “to the benefit of the vendor and not the customer.”


THE RIGHT TO GROW MY OWN TOMATOES: BEWARE THE MARIJUANA-INDUSTRIAL-COMPLEX

August 30th, 2016  |  Source: Cloudponics.com

The marijuana industry has clearly reached a new level of mass commercialism and I fear we’re in danger of creating a “Marijuana Industrial Complex” that involves venture capitalists, Wall Street traders, pharmaceutical companies, celebrity branding, government regulation and even mainstream media catering to the marijuana industry.


How the Money Bail System Perpetuates America’s Mass Incarceration Problem

August 26th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

If there was ever an example of how economic incentives can warp the institutions of justice, local jails are it.

At this very moment, nearly 450,000 Americans are sitting in county jails not because they’ve been charged with a crime, but because they simply don’t have enough money to post bail. And according to a new study, America’s money bail system isn’t just unconstitutional—it’s a fundamental engine of injustice in the United States.


Mylan offers discounts on EpiPen after Clinton criticism

August 25th, 2016  |  Source: Reuters

Mylan NV (MYL.O) said on Thursday it would reduce the out-of-pocket cost of its severe allergy treatment EpiPen through a discount program, a day after Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton joined lawmakers in criticizing the drug's high price.

The company, which did not lower the drug's list price, said it would reduce the patient cost of EpiPen through the use of a savings card, which will cover up to $300 of EpiPen 2-Pak.

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