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Donald Trump’s problem with impulse control

October 3rd, 2016  |  Source:

The Republican candidate will win no new fans with his late-night Twitter rants

Here is how Republicans hoped it would go. Donald Trump would be sticking to his message, projecting a calm temperament and steering clear of his Twitter feed. This would enable him to press home his “Make America Great Again” theme: politics is broken, Washington needs a ruthless dealmaker, and the US can no longer afford political correctness.


A Call for Facebook Metrics to Be Audited and Accredited

October 3rd, 2016  |  Source: Ad Age

The Association of National Advertisers is calling for Facebook's metrics to be audited and accredited by the Media Rating Council in light of the social media network's disclosure that it has been giving marketers an inflated number for the average time spent viewing online clips.

Fed Up

September 26th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

Aerial views of industrial feedlots illuminate their toxic impact on the land.

Once upon a time, pigs and cows grazed on the same land where crops grew, moving from field to field with each new season. The livestock feasted on the cover crops; the soil, on the livestock’s enriching manure.

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.


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

September 6th, 2016  |  Source:

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.”

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