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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: 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.”

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.

Why Big Pharma’s Argument for Its High Drug Prices Doesn’t Make Sense

August 24th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

America is only middle-of-the-road when it comes to innovation for dollar spent.

Drug pricing in America has gained a lot of attention recently, with the price tags of everything from new cancer medicines to EpiPens skyrocketing. Many have wondered: Is it fair to make life-saving drugs so costly?

N.H. Hits Resistance in Investigation of Pharma's Opioid Marketing Practices

August 9th, 2016  |  Source: NHPR

It’s no secret drugs like OxyContin and hydromorphone are highly addictive.

The real question is this: do drug companies downplay how addictive they are while marketing the medicine to doctors?

New Hampshire’s Attorney General Joe Foster suspects false marketing of legal pills has led to abuse of illicit drugs like heroin. That’s why he subpoenaed the nation’s largest manufacturers of prescription painkillers.

For Climate Scientists, the Siberian Anthrax Outbreak Is a Sign of What’s to Come

August 4th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

We don’t yet know what else lies buried within the Earth’s permafrostwhich is scary, because warming in the Arctic is accelerating.

If you’re a climate scientist, what happens when your dire predictions start coming true? The ongoing anthrax outbreak in Siberia is offering us a preview: What was once considered a future theoretical possibility — a re-animated deadly bacterium emerging from the permafrost — is now a reality.

With cannabis on the ballot, can Clinton and Trump cash in on the pot vote?

August 2nd, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

A record number of legal marijuana measures is likely to increase the election turnout, but which candidate will it help the most? The answer is complex

The unprecedented number of cannabis measures on the ballot in November, including in two swing states, could complicate turnout in the 2016 presidential election, bringing out more voters, but not reliably for any candidate.

The Dark Side of Privacy: How ISIS Communications Go Undetected

August 1st, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

A trove of communications from ISIS plots and activity in Europe reveals a mix of direct control and improvisation and shows the crucial importance of encrypted tools. “Detonate your belt in the crowds,” one message declared.

After assembling suicide bomb vests for the attacks that slaughtered 130 people in Paris last November, Najim Laachroui went underground in his native Brussels.

US and Mexico's mass deportations fueled humanitarian crisis

July 28th, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

Tide of vulnerable people fleeing violence in Central America preyed upon by criminals and corrupt officials in part due to inadequate asylum procedures

Mass deportations and inadequate asylum procedures in Mexico and the US have fueled a humanitarian crisis where desperate Central Americans seeking refuge from rampant violence are routinely preyed upon by criminal gangs and corrupt officials, according to a new report by the International Crisis Group (ICG).

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