Author: Gerald Arnold

Will Trump’s Trade War Tank World Economy?

Markets have largely ignored President Donald Trump’s continual escalation of a trade war with China. But they may be making a mistake. Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, Chairman of Societe Generale, told CNBC last week financial markets should pay more attention to trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies. According to the network: “I don’t think a trade war is very good, said Bini Smaghi, an Italian economist and former European Central Bank board member. He acknowledged there is a need to “put pressure on China to liberalize.” However, the world’s two largest economies need to find a way to resolve their...

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Conservatives Shocked! Shocked! At Willie Nelson’s Support For Beto O’Rourke

A lifetime of pot-smoking, tree-hugging, liberal-leaning activism apparently escaped the notice of some conservative Willie Nelson (former?) fans—until the iconic country singer/songwriter threw his support to Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic insurgent looking to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Nelson is putting on a concert to support O’Rourke, who is surprisingly close in the polls as he takes on the arch-conservative Republican Cruz in deep-red Texas. “My wife Annie and I have met and spoken with Beto and we share his concern for the direction things are headed,” Nelson said in a press release, according to The Washington Post....

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Quality, Not Quantity, Counts For Health Care

It may be better to get less health care at higher quality than have low quality health care services more available. That’s the conclusion of a study published in The Lancet. The study found that 5 million people in low- and middle-income countries die every year because of poor health care. That’s significantly more than the 3.6 million who die in those countries because of lack of health care. According to the report: Universal health coverage has been proposed as a strategy to improve health in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). However, this is contingent on the provision of...

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Tech’s Trouble With Conservatives

Tech’s titans are under attack from disgruntled conservatives, including President Donald Trump. Last Tuesday, Trump took to Twitter to complain that Google discriminates against conservative content. “This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!” he tweeted. He followed that up with an allusion to the possibility of antitrust action against tech giants. According to Bloomberg: “I won’t comment on the breaking up, of whether it’s that or Amazon or Facebook,” Trump said in an Oval Office interview Thursday with Bloomberg News. “As you know, many people think it is a very antitrust situation, the three of them. But I just,...

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New Evidence Emerges Of Early Human Interbreeding

Analysis of a bone found in a Siberian cave shows that a 90,000-year-old female was half Neanderthal and half Denisovan. The discovery is the first of its kind to find an individual who was a first-generation offspring of different prehistoric groups of humans. “To find a first-generation person of mixed ancestry from these groups is absolutely extraordinary,” population geneticist Pontus Skoglund at the Francis Crick Institute in London, tells Nature. “It’s really great science coupled with a little bit of luck.” The team was led by palaeogeneticists Viviane Slon and Svante Pääbo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology...

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