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Fed raises benchmark interest rate for first time in nearly 10 years

The<p>Federal Reserveon Wednesday raised its benchmark short-term interest rate for the first time in 9 1/2 years, providing a long-awaited vote of confidence for the recovery from the Great Recession by beginning to remove the last of the central bank’s extraordinary steps to boost economic …

If you own stocks right now you're risking dollars to make pennies

The Fed has released its latest Z.1 report and, though it's not the timeliest of data, there are a few interesting data points to go over. First, the "Buffett Yardstick," market cap-to-GDP, shows some erosion from very elevated levels as stock prices fell during Q3.<p>The selloff in stocks also …

Stock Markets

Protests Continue In Russia And Turkey As Hopes For An ISIS Coalition Fade

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was burned in effigy Friday during a protest as tensions continue to mount between Ankara and Moscow, AFP …

How Long Can Florida's Citrus Industry Survive?

While others are thinking about the holidays, in Florida November is the beginning of citrus season. Grower Jeff Schorner sells citrus fruit gift boxes by mail order and at his store, Al's Family Farm in Fort Pierce.<p>"We began our harvest about three weeks ago," he says. "And we'll harvest all the …

Forestry

Why Would Turkey Shoot Down A Russian Plane?

Let's start with one thing that's clear and simple in Syria's messy war: Many foreign powers are engaged in the battle, and all share the goal of beating back the Islamic State.<p>This very loose grouping includes Turkey and Russia, who aren't best friends, but at least have this common interest in …

Middle East

Here's the dirty secret that's inflating the tech bubble

There are over 100 private companies valued at $1 billion or more.<p>This is leading a lot of people to say that we're in the middle of a big tech bubble.<p>But while those companies are richly valued, the public markets are being fairly rational — arguably even cruel — to technology companies.<p>As Sam …

Venture Capital

This free online encyclopedia has achieved what Wikipedia can only dream of

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy may be the most interesting website on the internet. Not because of the content—which includes fascinating entries on everything from ambiguity to zombies—but because of the site itself.<p>Its creators have solved one of the internet’s fundamental problems: How …

Humanities

Credit Suisse note on the sharing economy

Kids with money.Flickr / joeduty<p>Uber and AirBnB aren't the only companies that stand to benefit from the growing sharing economy.<p>Credit Suisse published a report Friday listing 16 companies that will benefit, directly or indirectly, from the burgeoning sector.<p>Venture capital investors say sharing …

Carsharing

Why Isis fights

Jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria reveal the apocalyptic motivations of the militant movement that has hijacked the Syrian uprising – and transformed the Middle East<p>اقرأ التقرير باللغة العربية<p>For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast …

Middle East

Obama’s General Just Set an ISIS War Plan on Fire

Even the Pentagon was wincing as a top general fumbled the most basic questions about the Obama administration’s strategy to combat ISIS.<p>In the span …

Visions of the Future by Some of Science Fiction's Most Exciting Writers

This map shows the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures

In his fourth book, "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures in North America," award-winning author Colin Woodard identifies 11 distinct cultures that have historically divided the US.<p>"The country has been arguing about a lot of fundamental things lately including state …

New Jersey

Musk, Hawking warn of 'inevitable' killer robot arms race

A global robotic arms race "is virtually inevitable" unless a ban is imposed on autonomous weapons, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and 1,000 academics, …

Singularity

Chris Bourassa (Darkest Dungeons)

Darkest Dungeon has been one of our most anticipated games ever since we first saw it back at PAX East 2014. We've marched our parties into the …

Gameplay
Privacy

Washington state has brought in $70 milion in tax revenue from legal marijuana sales

And who knows — the industry might even start making some money.<p>Washington pot farmers, processors and retailers have complained all year that heavy state and federal tax burdens, along with competition from an unregulated medical marijuana market, have made it difficult for them to do business.<p>But …

Cannabis

Funfetti Sugar Cookie Bars Are Pure Happiness

Funfetti Sugar Cookie Bars will make you happy. SO happy. You know, because sprinkles!<p>Funfetti sugar cookie bars are one of those desserts that make their appearance over and over again in my kitchen. They’re pretty darn tasty, but they also feed a crowd, which makes them a perfect dessert for …

Dessert

16 charts that illustrate America's global dominance

To celebrate America's Independence Day, we've put together several charts that show why, despite all of its problems, this US is the most dominant country on this planet.<p><i>Rob Wile contributed to an earlier version of this post.</i>

Markets

Ancient Greek Economics Being Proved In Modern Greece: Gresham's Law

What fun to see a medieval, possibly even Ancient Greek, economic law being demonstrated here in front of us in our 21st century economy. I refer to the manner in which Gresham’s Law is already being proven in Greece. The banks have only been closed for a week and already we’re seeing the bad money …

Economics

Dune, 50 years on: how a science fiction novel changed the world

It has sold millions of copies, is perhaps the greatest novel in the science-fiction canon and Star Wars wouldn’t have existed without it. Frank Herbert’s Dune should endure as a politically relevant fantasy from the Age of Aquarius<p>In 1959, if you were walking the sand dunes near Florence, Oregon, …

Science Fiction

Meet the man building a stock exchange that doesn’t screw people over

<i>Welcome to our new series — How did you get that job? — where we’ll run interviews with interesting people about their work and how they came to be doing it.</i><p>When Brad Katsuyama came to the US in 2002 to run the trading desk for the Royal Bank of Canada, he thought he understood the game. If he …

High-Frequency Trading

It’s worse than gerrymandering: This is the reform we need to restore democracy, competitive elections

The Supreme Court saved citizen redistricting. Trouble is that’s not solution enough for fair, democratic elections<p>Political reformers breathed a big sigh of relief on Monday as the Supreme Court backed away – just barely – from gutting the power of voters to reform congressional elections through …

Government

Discovery Brightens Solar’s Future, Energy Costs to Be Cut

Scientists in Switzerland announced a clean-energy breakthrough on Wednesday; a cheaper, solar technology that splits water molecules to create clean-burning hydrogen fuel.<p>The solar panel design will make it cheaper to produce hydrogen, but a simple version won't be available for average citizens …

Clean Energy

China is building the most extensive global commercial-military empire in history

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the sun famously never set on the British empire. A commanding navy enforced its will, yet all would have been lost if it were not for ports, roads, and railroads. The infrastructure that the British built everywhere they went embedded and enabled their power like …

China

The Common Retirement Assumption That's Flat Wrong

When do you plan to retire? Before 60? At 65? When you’re 70 or older? Or never?<p>In order to make up for retirement savings shortfalls, workers of all ages appear to be planning to retire later, on average, than similarly aged workers were in years past. But it’s not a solid strategy for retirement …

Retirement
World Economy

Capitalism Isn't Corporatism or Cronyism

Capitalism is the greatest socio-economic system in human history, because it’s so moral and so productive – the two features so essential to human survival and flourishing. It’s moral because it enshrines and fosters rationality and self-interest – “enlightened greed,” if you will – the two key …

China's Great Green Wall Helps Pull CO2 Out of Atmosphere

HONG KONG—After improving energy efficiency, piloting emissions trading and ramping up renewable energy expansion, China has also been moving on …

Ecology

Does A Victory For Gay Marriage Lead To Polygamy? Depends On The Reasoning.

In oral arguments two years ago over California’s ban on gay marriage, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked how the court could strike down Proposition 8 without also striking down state laws banning incest and polygamy.<p>“If you say that marriage is a fundamental right,” she asked …

LGBTQI

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