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Why are Americans so sad?

Suicide rates in the US have increased nearly 30% in less than 20 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported June 7. These mind-numbing statistics were released the same week two very famous, successful and beloved people committed suicide—Kate Spade, a tremendous entrepreneur, …

Mental Health

The barriers that have sprung up as part of the uprising against Daniel Ortega’s government present an image rich in associations<p>Nicaragua has become a country of barricades as what began as a protest against pension cuts has quickly spiralled into a wide-ranging civic uprising against what many …

Nicaragua

Nicaragua on the brink of calamity

As a mass of unarmed protesters filed past Dennis Martínez Stadium in Managua, Nicaragua, on May 30, snipers inside the stadium began firing at them. …

Venezuela

Its democracy at risk, Nicaragua can’t become the region’s next Venezuela

Nicaragua’s people have risen up in spontaneous and peaceful protests against the dynastic dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and his wife, Rosario …

Venezuela

Nicaragua’s Political Crisis Descends Into ‘Dark Days’

A surge of violence has snuffed out economic activity and dimmed prospects to resolve a revolt against longtime leader Daniel Ortega<p>MANAGUA, Nicaragua—A surge of violence has snuffed out economic activity and dimmed prospects to peacefully resolve a political crisis here that began as a protest …

Venezuela

California Utilities to Spend $768M on Electric-Car Infrastructure

The Golden State already has more electric cars than any other.<p>via Getty Images<p>Stephen EdelsteinView Stephen Edelstein's …

Electric Vehicles

Parking Is Sexy Now. Thank Donald Shoup.

In an interview, the guru of progressive parking policy reflects on his decades of research and writing, which transformed how cities look at the curb.<p>What’s the most emotional topic in transportation? According to Donald Shoup, it’s parking.<p>“Thinking about parking seems to take place in the …

Urban Design

‘Diamonds Are Forever,’ and Made by Machine

OXFORDSHIRE, England — In a white industrial building in the rolling hills of the English countryside 16 miles from Oxford, silver machines shaped like spaceships hum inside vast laboratories. They are replicating the extreme pressure and temperatures found deep in the earth’s crust and producing, …

Jewelry

Trump Probe Began With Russian Messages Intercepted By NSA

As Trump and his minions poured out mesmerizing disinformation last weekend about the origins of the Russia probe, a bracing slap of reality was …

Surveillance

California’s rooftop decree may be hasty. Don’t let the sun shine in just yet

The California Energy Commission, more or less on the fly, has decreed that beginning in 2020 all new single-family homes and low-rise multi-family …

Solar Power

Stockton's young mayor has bold turnaround plan: Basic income and stipends for potential shooters

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs says that for way too long, his city has been known for headlines about bankruptcy, violent crime and the housing collapse.<p>In the future, he wants it to be known as a place willing to test bold solutions.<p>Bold, and a little controversial.<p>Tubbs, a Stockton native and …

Housing Market

The best 'hippie towns' in the Bay Area and Northern California

Everybody knows about San Francisco's "flowers in her hair" hippie past.<p>But with today's SF streets full of tech shuttles, adults on hover boards and restaurants serving outrageously priced food, it doesn't feel like much of the Summer of Love is left in the Bay Area's soul.<p>The greater Bay Area and …

Northern California

What is GDPR? Everything you need to know about Europe's new data law

A revolution in how companies handle your personal information is happening.<p>The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect across the European Union on May 25, introducing much tougher rules on data privacy.<p>Here is what you need to know:<p>What is it?<p>GDPR is the European Union's new …

Privacy

How Russia sold its oil jewel: without saying who bought it | Reuters

MOSCOW/LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) - More than a month after Russia announced one of its biggest privatizations since the 1990s, selling a 19.5 percent stake in its giant oil company Rosneft, it still isn’t possible to determine from public records the full identities of those who bought it.<p>Russian …

Cleantech Investors Should Put Their Money in Transportation, Says Village Capital

A report from investment firm Village Capital has suggested cleantech investors should focus more on the transportation sector in the struggle to cut …

Bring the Rule of Law to Nicaragua

Washington — For more than a week at the end of last month, Nicaragua was shaken by widespread, youth-led demonstrations calling for an end to the corrupt rule of President Daniel Ortega. With his regime under pressure, Mr. Ortega’s security forces detained hundreds, and dozens were killed.<p>The …

Nicaragua protests threaten an authoritarian regime that looked like it might never fall

More than a month of protests in Nicaragua have now left at least 60 people dead. President Daniel Ortega, whose government once seemed unshakable, …

Here Are The Profit Margins For Every Sector In The S&P 500

Are historically high corporate profit margins sustainable?<p>Some say yes. Some say no.<p>The debate rages on.<p>Here's a table from RBC Capital Markets' Myles Zyblock breaking down S&P 500 net profit margins by sector.

S&P 500

Why Target and Amazon like onsite solar power

Now large companies are adding batteries, too.

The Miseducation of Kanye West

Kanye West wants to develop cities. Don’t let him do this.<p>The last 15 minutes of Kanye West’s world-pausing interview with Charlemagne Tha God finds the two perambulating across the rapper/designer’s 300-acre property he recently purchased. West explained that he’ll use the land to build five …

The World is being Forced to Rethink Recycling

Maybe not since Plato wrote about the value of reusing waste in the fourth century BC has recycling undergone the wide fluctuation, good and bad, …

Nicaragua and the Irony behind its Orthodox Economic Policies

Nicaragua is in flames as the 11-year-old kleptocracy of Daniel Ortega is rocked by massive protests that threaten its continuity. The unrest began …

The Fighting Has Begun Over Who Owns Land Drowned by Climate Change

One April morning in 2016, Daryl Carpenter, a charter boat captain out of Grand Isle, La., took some clients to catch redfish on a marsh pond that …

Blame the Computer | Corey Pein

Evidence mounts that the forces of digital civilization have produced a technological dystopia run by artificially unintelligent algorithms designed …

“Live Work Work Work Die” paints a portrait of Silicon Valley hypocrisy

<b>Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey Into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley by Corey Pein (Getty/Josh Edelson)</b><p>Author Corey Pein’s new book shines a light on the coder class and post-gentrified San Francisco<p>Keith A. Spencer<p>April 22, 2018 10:30pm (UTC)<p>I have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for …

Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos

Half a century ago, the pioneers of chaos theory discovered that the “butterfly effect” makes long-term prediction impossible. Even the smallest …

Ex-British PM: West needs its 'democratic mojo' back

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron says the West needs to rediscover its “democratic mojo,” but that it also must address the root causes of the populism that has emboldened authoritarians around the world.<p>Cameron, who oversaw the holding of the 2016 Brexit referendum that led the U.K. to …

The End of Scale: Blockchains, Community, & Crypto Governance

<b>By Lawrence Lundy-Bryan, Head of Research</b><p><b>With Contributions from Joel John, Harry McLaverty, Shaquille Noor</b><p><b>The Convergence Ecosystem is open-source,</b> …

Neither Precise Nor Proportionate

Trump’s attack on Syria was unserious but intended to relieve emotional pressure—and in many ways, worse than doing nothing at all.<p>“Precise and proportionate” is how Secretary of Defense James Mattis described the recent shower of missiles that fell on three targets in Syria. Precise, possibly, …

Middle East

Seattle City Council passes suite of parking reforms

The legislation aims for more flexibility around parking—including the flexibility to not build any at all in some cases<p>In a seven-one vote today, the Seattle City Council passed a large package of parking reforms. Among the proposed changes: Residential and commercial spaces above a certain size …

Housing