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AI and automation are about to implode blue collar jobs

And Trump doesn’t even have the beginnings of a plan.<p>It is difficult not to view Donald Trump’s administration, regardless of its politics, as …

Make, Don’t Take Photos

Dear friend,<p>One of the lessons I’ve learned is that in order to make more beautiful photos, we should seek to “make” (not “take”) photos.<p>I first …

Seven key signs that Donald Trump knows nothing about economics: His vaunted expertise, like most of what he says, is BS

<b>(AP/John Locher/Getty/Salon)</b><p>From “zero GDP” to “42 percent unemployment,” Trump’s economic claims suggest profound and dangerous ignorance<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>February 20, 2017 1:00pm (UTC)<p>Donald Trump lies or talks loosely all the time about virtually everything, for a wide range of reasons. Sometimes, …

Donald Trump

I’m a digital nomad—and my first order of business for 2017 is ditching mainstream banks

Few people think banks are fun, exactly. But banking is often seen as an unavoidable part of modern life—preferable, at the very least, to burying money in your backyard.<p>Still, as a dual-citizen freelancer who often travels in Europe and has bank accounts in both the UK and the US, I’ve found that …

Banking

Vietnam dredges reef disputed with China

Vietnam has begun dredging work on a disputed reef in the South China Sea, satellite imagery shows, the latest move by the communist state to bolster its claims in the strategically important waterway.<p>Activity visible on Ladd Reef in the Spratly Islands could anger Hanoi’s main South China Sea …

China

McDonald's to bring its international tax base to Britain

The British economy has received a post-Brexit vote of confidence from one of America’s best known companies after McDonald’s announced it will move its non-US operations to London, abandoning its base in Luxembourg.<p>The fast-food giant has chosen the UK to establish a new holding company to collect …

Tougher crowdfunding rules proposed by FCA

<b>Tougher rules are needed to protect investors in crowdfunding platforms, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has said.</b><p>It said it was too difficult to assess the risks and returns of investments, and suggested applying "mortgage-lending standards" to loan-based platforms or peer-to-peer lending.<p>It …

US economy predicted to lead global growth

The US is expected to lead global growth higher over the next two years despite the growing threat posed by protectionist policies, Moody’s Investors Service has warned.<p>The rating agency predicted the US would be the fastest growing of the G7 leading industrial countries in 2017 and 2018, with …

Economy

Want to understand how Trump happened? Study quantum physics

The past decade will be remembered as the period when the global underclass revolt snowballed into a movement with political bite. From Occupy Wall Street to Brexit to Donald Trump’s election, these post-financial crisis years have featured many unsynchronized awakenings that are forcing a …

Globalization

You make me want to nuke: The nuclear option may be the best environmental option too

Overblown fears of a meltdown blind us to nuclear reactors’ potential as a clean alternative to fossil-fuel power<p>It’s a giant tea kettle — but unlike a cup of Cozy Chamomile, its contents can melt your flesh or deform your body. The pressure is the same as you’d find half a mile below the surface …

Researchers Think They Know How to Make your Brain Learn Like a Kid Again

Kids have amazing brains. They can pick up two languages in early childhood just as easily as they can learn one. Early childhood also seems to be …

Not All Habits Are Equal. These 3 Habits Outperformed Every Other

Averagely, the human brain is just 2% the mass of the body, but it consumes 20% of the total energy to function optimally. That’s how much our brain …

Self-improvement

Here’s What You Do When Customers Start Abandoning Your Business

<i>This piece originally appeared on AllBusiness.</i><p>There are a number of reasons why customers may decide to abandon your product or service. But if you …

China’s best-kept food secret, revealed by Fuchsia Dunlop

In the fourth century, a Chinese official, Zhang Han, is said to have abandoned his post in the north of the country, unable any longer to endure his craving for the water shield soup and sliced perch of his hometown in Jiangnan, a region to the south; ever since, “thinking of perch and water …

Food & Dining

The big problem with one of the most popular assumptions about the poor

In the late 1960s, Walter Mischel, a researcher at Stanford University, invited several hundred children to participate in a game in which they were given a choice: They could eat one sweet right away, or wait and have two a little later. Initially, the goal was simple: to see how and why people …

Psychology

Your Resume Is Never Enough to Get the Job You Really Want

If you haven't started a business yet and there's a job you really want, relying on a resume is little better than wishing and hoping.<p>Maybe you haven't started a business yet. Maybe you're a serial entrepreneur in between startups. Or maybe you're trying to gain additional skills while you launch …

The new normal

ON THE streets of Brussels they had been dreading the next attack. But when Islamic State (IS) eventually struck, on March 22nd at Zaventem airport …

Time to go

DILMA ROUSSEFF’S difficulties have been deepening for months. The massive scandal surrounding Petrobras, the state-controlled oil giant of which she …

The problem with profits

AMERICA used to be the land of opportunity and optimism. Now opportunity is seen as the preserve of the elite: two-thirds of Americans believe the …

9 Toxic Behaviors Holding Good People Back

<i>The quality of your behavior drives the quality of your life.</i>When you spend a decade working with and coaching thousands of people from around the …

Self-help

If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Happy?

What you can do to bring happiness into your life<p>That is a neat title for a piece, isn't it?<p>I wish I could claim credit for it, but it is actually the title of a new book that will hit the shelves next month.<p>Raj Raghunathan, a professor of business at the University of Texas at Austin, has a …

You British can be hard work, but please don’t leave the EU

<i>Dear British people,</i><p>You are difficult partners in Europe, but we love you and admire you all the same. We also need you – immensely – but we don’t think that gives your government a free pass to extract more and more concessions in its renegotiation with Brussels.<p>You also need us – us …

Europe

Astonishing, rare images of the Vietnam War from the winning side

Another Vietnam<p>Unseen images of the war from the winning side<p>1972<p><b>UPDATE, Feb. 10, 2016, 9:30 a.m.:</b> <i>Based on serial numbers visible on the tail fins,</i> …

Zen Rock Gardens

The Zen gardens of Japan are known internationally for their enigmatic beauty. After the passage of centuries, that beauty is still vibrant -- and still enigmatic.<p>The first Zen rock gardens appeared in Kyoto in the fifteenth century. Several of the era's leading Zen masters also happened to be …

China is trying to conquer 'The Impossible Trinity': an economic puzzle no-one has ever solved

In economics, you can't have it all. A country must choose two out of the following:<p>control of a fixed and stable exchange rate<br>• independent monetary policy<br>• free and open international capital flows<p>The theory is that a country that attempts to get all three at once will be broken by the international …

Economics

Here's how investment bank analysts expect ISIS' new strategy to affect stocks and the economy

The authors, led by chief global political analyst Tina Fordham, see the attacks on Paris as part of a recent and concerning change of strategy from the group.<p>Referencing the attacks on Beirut, the downing of a Russian passenger jet and the Paris attacks together, here's what the note says :<p>Such a …

21 lifestyle changes to make if you want to save more money

When it comes to getting rich, the formula is simple: Spend less and save more.<p>That's easier said than done. To save a considerable amount of money, you have to make more than an intermittent effort. You have to make a lifestyle change.<p>What kind? We rounded up 21 lifestyle changes anyone can make …

16 psychological tricks that will help you ace a job interview

That means they're susceptible to the same psychological preferences and cognitive biases that affect the rest of us.<p>To help you get into your interviewer's head and learn what they want to see in a candidate, we rounded up a list of science-backed strategies to make yourself seem more likable, …

Zen no more: Japan shuns its Buddhist traditions as temples close

Perched on a hilltop and surrounded by mountain forests ablaze in autumn reds and yellows, Kaigenji is a picture postcard image of old Japan. The stone steps leading to the entrance of the 300-year-old Zen Buddhist temple take visitors past a lovingly tended landscape of rocks, trees and pale …

Japan

Wage Theft Comes to America: The Facts That Drive the Sanders Revolt

<i>(From Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice, Labor Institute Press, 2015)</i><p>In Denmark, companies like McDonald's and Burger King pay workers $20 an hour plus benefits, and don't bat an eye. These same companies, which are actually based in the U.S., pay American workers less …