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Confronting the Approaching Demographic Explosion in Africa - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Miss: Shipyard doesnít meet investment target, incentive deal ends

>didn't I read

China: No Permit, No Trip to Everest Base Camp

TL;DR: Nasty Hobbitses

Water Cooler / Re: What bankruptcy looks like in Google Trends
« on: February 15, 2019, 04:27:40 PM »

Water Cooler / Re: "deepfakes for text"
« on: February 15, 2019, 03:12:54 PM »
The next 5 or 6 years are going to be interesting.

Climate disasters cost $650 billion over 3 years: Morgan Stanley

North America absorbed two-thirds of the global cost of climate disasters over the last three years, Morgan Stanley says. At $415 billion, the price of the disasters is equal to 0.66 percent of North America's GDP


Amazon cancels HQ2 in New York after backlash - The Verge

Buzz in my feeds is that some govs are waking up to the concept that these massively incentive packages can't be trusted to perform as promised.

Marketing / Re: Monsanto shills program to parry negative online comments
« on: February 14, 2019, 04:44:33 PM »
University of Washington study: Exposure to chemical in Roundup increases risk for cancer by more than 40 percent

Water Cooler / Re: Welp, my house has become sentient.
« on: February 14, 2019, 04:04:33 PM »
Dras, if you're getting into VC for devices around the house, AMZ has the Echo Input for $20 (on sale?).  They're Dots without speakers, so no annoying chatter.  Great for places where you just want to control TV, lights, etc.

To see the A/B tests running on any given website you visit, you can download a Chrome browser extension called Pessimizely that will reveal everything that Optimizely is facilitating, from advertisers experimenting with which ads to show you to the New York Times testing out different headlines.

A/B testing rules the web. That could be a serious problem

We're blowing through a couple of bad tipping points lately.... climate, budget.

By 2020, interest will cost the federal government more than Medicaid. In 2023, the federal government will spend more on interest than defense. In 2025, interest spending will outpace spending on all discretionary programs, excluding defense. Those estimates come from the Congressional Budget Office.

Thatís a best-case scenario. The CBO projections donít include the ramifications from an economic downturn in the next 10 years, which is a virtual certainty. Expenses, such as food stamps and unemployment benefits, would increase. Revenues, especially income taxes, would drop. That would explode the debt at a greater rate, as the government relies on even more deficit spending to make up difference.

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