Fusion Power Is a Bit Closer, Claims Mysterious Energy Startup | Motherboard

August 26, 2015 at 12:49 (2015, physics) ()

Fusion Power Is a Bit Closer, Claims Mysterious Energy Startup | Motherboard.

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Black Monday: Wall Street plummets 1000 points at opening bell

August 24, 2015 at 14:41 (Uncategorized)

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The Impossible Co-Bubbles: Stocks and Bonds | Zero Hedge

August 22, 2015 at 08:45 (BIGbusinessbullshit, centralbanksters) (, )

The Impossible Co-Bubbles: Stocks and Bonds | Zero Hedge.

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Riot City: A Remembrance

August 13, 2015 at 12:07 (america, oppression) ()

Riot City: A Remembrance.

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Driving Your Car Will Soon Be Illegal

August 12, 2015 at 14:56 (Uncategorized)

TechCrunch

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Driving a car will be illegal by 2030. Our economy will be severely impacted as millions of truck drivers, cabbies and delivery people are put out of work. In this era of endless innovation, man’s century-long relationship with the automobile is about to be permanently disrupted.

The reason has nothing to do with millennials, Uber, climate change or improvements in mass transportation. Driving should and will be made illegal because we now have the technology to prevent deadly traffic accidents; one of the greatest causes of premature deaths around the globe. More than 1.2 million people are killed in car accidents globally each year (which is more than the total casualties suffered by both sides in the Korean War).

Last year, more than 275,000 Chinese, 238,000 Indians and 33,000 Americans died in preventable traffic accidents. Since Ralph Nader first took on the auto industry by publishing Unsafe at Any Speed in 1965, automobile manufacturers have radically improved…

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Stocks have broken with bonds — and history shows that rarely ends well

August 10, 2015 at 13:25 (Uncategorized)

Financial Post

As far as credit markets are concerned, U.S. stock investors have lost touch with reality.

That’s seen in the extra yield bond investors demand over Treasuries. The spread has expanded by 0.48 percentage point from a year ago, the most since 2012, even as the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rallied.

While not without precedent, instances when anxiety in bonds didn’t seep into equities are rare. More than 70 per cent of the time since 1996, as spreads widened as much as they have since April, the S&P 500 has fallen, with the average decline exceeding 10 per cent, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

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“This is something that sooner or later is going to impact the stock market,” said Russ Koesterich, global chief investment strategist at New York-based BlackRock Inc., which oversees US$4.7 trillion. “Credit market conditions have not been benign and easy as were they were last…

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USA Watered Down Human Trafficking Report

August 6, 2015 at 12:50 (Uncategorized)

Malaysia is getting scrubbed and cleaned for inclusion in Trans-Pacific-Partnership…

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Special Report: State Department watered down human trafficking report | Reuters.

It’s good business to keep your trading partners out of trouble.

“In the weeks leading up to a critical annual U.S. report on human trafficking that publicly shames the world’s worst offenders, human rights experts at the State Department concluded that trafficking conditions hadn’t improved in Malaysia and Cuba. And in China, they found, things had grown worse.

The State Department’s senior political staff saw it differently — and they prevailed.

A Reuters examination, based on interviews with more than a dozen sources in Washington and foreign capitals, shows that the government office set up to independently grade global efforts to fight human trafficking was repeatedly overruled by senior American diplomats and pressured into inflating assessments of 14 strategically important countries in this year’s Trafficking in Persons report.”

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How blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin, could turn traditional banking on its head

August 5, 2015 at 11:41 (Uncategorized)

Financial Post

Banks were supposed to be frightened of Bitcoin. Last year, in a commentary for Fortune called “Why banks fear Bitcoin,” MIT business professor Trond Undheim wrote that “banks are afraid of Bitcoin because it would force them to innovate.”

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As banks aim to stake their ground in the burgeoning mobile payments market, a U.K.-based software company says its efforts in Canada are being stymied by the hazards of innovation.

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The mysterious inventor of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, specifically challenged the idea of trusting banks as one of his justifications for creating the currency. “Banks must be trusted to hold our money and transfer it electronically, but they lend it out in waves of credit bubbles with barely a fraction in reserve,” he wrote in 2009. “We have to trust them with our…

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