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  • Americans Don’t Know China—and That’s a Huge Problem

    08/17/2018 6:32:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Fortune ^ | 08/16/2018 | By BEN HARBURG
    President Trump has accused China of intellectual property theft, forced technology transfer, protectionism, and driving a trade deficit. But these disputes obscure an embarrassing reality: America has voluntarily ceded its intellectual arbitrage to China by opening the U.S. up for total download without even attempting to return the favor. Information flows abundantly and freely eastward. Little returns west. Chinese investors, students, government officials, and corporations have mapped every inch of America. The same cannot be said for Americans. But this situation is not actually due to protectionism by the Chinese state. Rather, Americans have voluntarily chosen isolation. The flood of...
  • Illinois manufacturer to lay off 150 workers, move to Mexico

    08/16/2018 5:54:13 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 60 replies
    08/15/2018 Illinois manufacturer to lay off 150 workers, move to Mexico By Associated Press A storage safe manufacturer is closing two factories in northern Illinois and moving operations to Mexico to counteract the effects of metal tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump’s administration. Stack-on Products will lay off about 150 people at its Wauconda and McHenry plants when they close Oct. 12, the Chicago Tribune reports. Human resources director Al Fletcher said Tuesday the decision to relocate operations to Juarez, Mexico, was made about two months ago. That’s when Trump announced tariffs on numerous goods and materials from China as...
  • Why McDonald's, Coke And General Mills Made African-Americans Their Lead Consumer

    08/14/2018 11:29:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 17, 2018 | Sonia Thompson
    Many companies take the approach of designing products, services and experiences that are targeted at the majority. And occasionally if there are resources and a strong business case, they turn their attention to serving niche audiences. But there are increasingly more anecdotes that support leaning into a different approach moving forward. Design for the niche, win the masses. A few weeks ago while I was in New York, I ate at a restaurant that was entirely gluten-free. I am gluten-free for health reasons, and it was a rare treat to go to a restaurant knowing I could eat everything on...
  • Payrolls rise 157,000 missing expectations, but overall picture still strong (Overall good report)

    08/03/2018 5:48:33 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 31 replies
    CNBC ^ | 3 August 2018 | Jeff Cox
    Payroll growth turned sluggish in July after two robust months, though the unemployment rate edged lower and the overall jobs picture continued to look solid, according to Labor Department numbers released Friday. Total nonfarm payrolls increased by 157,000 for the month, below the 190,000 expected in a survey of Reuters economists and the lowest gain since March. The unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.9 percent, as expected, and is around its lowest level in nearly 50 years. In the key wages category, average hourly earnings also met expectations, increasing 2.7 percent over the same period a...
  • Business students more likely to have a brain parasite spread by cats

    07/29/2018 5:30:16 AM PDT · by vannrox · 29 replies
    newscientist ^ | 25JUL18 | Editorial staff
    An analysis of students in the US has found that those who have a certain type of brain parasite are more likely to be majoring in business studies. Toxoplasma gondii is a protozoan parasite carried by cats. It can infect people through contact with cat faeces, poorly cooked meat, or contaminated water, and as many as one-third of the world’s population may be infected. The parasite doesn’t make us feel sick, but it forms cysts in the brain where it can remain for the rest of a person’s life. Some studies have linked infection with the parasite to slower reaction...
  • Business students more likely to have a brain parasite spread by cats

    07/27/2018 12:34:25 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 31 replies
    New Scientist ^ | Jul 25, 2018 | By New Scientist staff and Press Association
    An analysis of students in the US has found that those who have a certain type of brain parasite are more likely to be majoring in business studies. Toxoplasma gondii is a protozoan parasite carried by cats. It can infect people through contact with cat faeces, poorly cooked meat, or contaminated water, and as many as one-third of the world’s population may be infected. The parasite doesn’t make us feel sick, but it forms cysts in the brain where it can remain for the rest of a person’s life. Some studies have linked infection with the parasite to slower reaction...
  • Stocks Rocket Into Close on Report of U.S. Trade Deal With Europe

    07/25/2018 1:47:42 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    www.thestreet.com ^ | Updated Jul 25, 2018 4:05 PM EDT | staff
    Here Are Three Hot Things to Know About Stocks Right Now The Dow Jones Industrial Average shot higher at the close on reports of a U.S. deal with the EU to avoid a trade war. Facebook (FB) slides in after-hours trading after revenue miss. General Motors Co. (GM) slumped 4.3% after the automaker issued an outlook for 2018 that was below analysts' estimates. Wall Street Overview Stocks surged in late trading on Wednesday, July 25, to end sharply higher on reports the U.S. and Europe have reaced an agreement to avoid a trade war The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose...
  • U.S. Businesses Are Bullish Amid Worldwide Instability

    07/25/2018 8:02:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/25/2018 | Patricia Cohen
    Potential perils are in plain sight: An intense and unpredictable tariff battle is alarming businesses across the country. The annual federal deficit is heading toward $1 trillion. Credit card debt is soaring. And the synchronous wave that lifted every world economy at the year’s start has dissipated. So what? Such risks have done little to puncture the exuberant optimism that is encouraging American businesses to ramp up hiring and consider new investment. The confidence is rooted only partly in hard-nosed data, like the rapid pace of growth expected for the second quarter and record low jobless rates. It is also...
  • Firearms-related firms set up shop at port incubator (Idaho)

    07/22/2018 9:08:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Lewiston Tribune ^ | July 22, 2018 | Elaine Williams
    Two new tenants at the Port of Lewiston’s Incubator Building recently tripled the facility’s occupancy — from one business to three. Aluminum firearms parts, such as scope bases and rings, are manufactured on computer numerically controlled machines at Pure-Precision, a company owned by Charlie Bell. Pure-Precision joins Hells Canyon Armory, which specializes in gun barrels, at the incubator at 1708 Sixth Ave N. in Lewiston. Bell’s business employs his wife and another staff member, subcontracting with other companies that do similar work for smaller runs on parts for agricultural, automotive and aerospace businesses. “I make pretty much what anybody wants...
  • There’s a reason restaurants everywhere are failing: Red Hen Syndrome

    07/22/2018 6:15:31 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 150 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 07/22/2018 | Rod Liddle
    It may be that we’ve had all we can take, especially when these outlets are suffused with such self-importance. -------------------------------------------------------- The Red Hen is where the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, took her family for a bite to eat, and from which she was evicted when the homosexual staff recognised who she was. Her rude defenestration was supported by the restaurant’s owner, citing Donald Trump’s reluctance to allow transgender people to serve in the US military. It is, clearly, a liberals-only restaurant. They should write that on the front door, so that everything is clear, but as a...
  • You Can Buy Your Own Shanzhai 'Lamborghini' From China For Just $65,000

    07/20/2018 11:20:33 PM PDT · by vannrox · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jun. 25, 2012, 8:46 AM | editorial staff
    I believe, you only need to spend less than 300 yuan to own a smartphone that looks like an IPhone on the outside, but have you heard of spending 420,000 yuan for a "Lamborghini"? Recently, a report on the Internet with pictures and videos once again stirs up waves with the word "Shanzhai" in the Chinese auto market. A home automaker has made a Shanzhai version of the "Lamborghini Murcielago LP64" model. Different than the earlier Shanzhai cars, the car maker said this Shanzhai Lamborghini's exterior is 99% identical to the genuine mode, interior is up to 70% similar. The...
  • Minnesota Designer Wants to Make Unisex Skirts Popular Again

    07/20/2018 11:15:36 PM PDT · by vannrox · 59 replies
    Oddity Central ^ | 18JUL18 | Spooky
    A Minnesota man felt so comfortable the first time he put on a skirt that he started thinking about why there weren’t more people making skirts for men. In the end, he started making them himself. Joe Quarion first put on a skirt in 2013, for an ultimate Frisbee match. Team captains would occasionally come up with silly dress-up themes for the players, and this time it was skirts or dresses. Joe put on a skirt he had bought from second-hand store Savers and headed on to the field. It was suppose to be a goofy experience, but he realized...
  • How are Black-owned Businesses Doing in the Trump Economy

    07/19/2018 12:38:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Los Angeles Sentinel ^ | July 19, 2018 | By Marisol Beas, California Black Media
    Leo Hickman, the founder of Classy Hippie Tea Company, has been in business for seven years. Hickman said under the current economy, “there is monetary value, even if you are losing” because Trump “just put in tax breaks for owners,” the American Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, that can be written off. The American Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December and will have some benefits to small business owners. The National Federation of Independent Business  says small business owners will be able to file as “pass through entities,” which allows owners to file and pay as an individual. In addition,...
  • Subsidies Galore: Corporate Welfare For The Politically-Connected Businesses Is Bipartisan

    07/17/2018 7:33:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    IBD ^ | 07/17/2018
    Congress created the usual special interest frenzy with its latest iteration of the Farm Bill. Agricultural subsidies are one of the most important examples of corporate welfare, money handed out to businesses based on political connections. Business plays a vital role in a free market. In real capitalism there are no guaranteed profits. But corporate welfare eliminates this handicap for the well-connected. Business subsidies that allow politicians to channel economic resources toward their preferred ends distort investment and trade. Moreover, turning government into an engine of illicit profit encourages what economists call rent-seeking. Well-organized special interests usually triumph over the...
  • 'Papa John' Schnatter evicted from company headquarters in Louisville

    07/16/2018 7:48:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 110 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 16, 2018 | Michael Bartiromo
    “With respect to John H. Schnatter," the board of directors at Papa John’s says “Papa John” Schnatter will no longer have a work space at the company headquarters in the wake of his latest controversy. On Sunday, Papa John’s International, Inc. issued a press release stating that the company will be terminating a sublease agreement with Schnatter, which had allowed him the use of office space within the building. The decision came following the board’s previous actions toward terminating Schnatter’s “founders agreement,” and removing his likeness from marketing materials after he admitted to using the N-word during a conference call...
  • The Complete 35-Step Guide For Entrepreneurs Starting A Business

    07/15/2018 4:04:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 15, 2018 | Richard Harroch
    Starting a business entails understanding and dealing with many issues—legal, financing, sales and marketing, intellectual property protection, liability protection, human resources, and more. But interest in entrepreneurship is at an all-time high. And there have been spectacular success stories of early stage startups growing to be multi-billion-dollar companies, such as Uber, Facebook, WhatsApp, Airbnb, and many others. In this article, I give an overview of 35 key steps for entrepreneurs who are starting a business, with links to additional articles addressing some of the topics in more depth. 1. Understand the Commitment and Challenges Involved in Starting a Business Starting...
  • Yes, open office plans are the worst

    07/14/2018 4:58:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | Sarah Wells
    While the concept behind open office spaces is to drive informal interaction and collaboration among employees, the study found that for both groups of employees monitored (52 for one company and 100 for the other company) face-to-face interactions dropped, the number of emails sent increased between 20 and 50 percent and company executives reported a qualitative drop in productivity. “[Organizations] transform their office architectures into open spaces with the intention of creating more [face-to-face] interaction and thus a more vibrant work environment,” the study’s authors, Ethan Bernstein and Stephen Turban, wrote. “[But] what they often get—as captured by a steady...
  • What Work was Like in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

    07/13/2018 7:45:15 PM PDT · by vannrox · 74 replies
    Metallicman ^ | June 2018 | editorial staff
    Today, Americans have taken so much for granted. We look at our life and think that it is as it has always been. Indeed, it is assumed that the way things are today have always been that way. Yet, the simple and plain truth is that America has changed. Over the last few decades there has been tremendous changes at all levels of American society and culture. For instance, it is a recent phenomenon that restaurants can charge $8 for a cup of coffee. Or, that we have to take a urine sample to get employed. Casual day on Friday,...
  • What Employers Want From Cities; What Factors Do Companies Consider When They Relocate?

    07/10/2018 10:48:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Manhattan Institute ^ | 07/10/2018 | Aaron M. Renn
    There are various dueling popular narratives about what drives economic growth in a city or region. One narrative focuses on business climate factors such as taxes and regulation. Others stress the importance of locally available talent or affordable housing and commercial property. But the reality is that economic growth is multi-factorial. There’s no single component that drives every outcome. Places have to pay attention to many things, not just one. Consider, for example, the recent announcement that the investment management firm AllianceBernstein will relocate its headquarters and more than 1,000 jobs from New York City to Nashville. If talent were...
  • The Pit Bull Problem. A Few Root Causes

    07/06/2018 7:09:14 PM PDT · by Norski · 93 replies
    Charles Danten Blogspot ^ | July 6, 2018 | Charles Danten, former veterinarian
    The Humanization of Animals From the beginning of domestication, our ancestors in their great wisdom worked hard to erect a barrier between animals and humans in order to avoid falling into the trap of animal humanization and the very damaging sentimentality that accompanies it, as much for animals as for humans. Since animals are not inert objects that can be exploited at will without any risk of illness, injury, and environmental damage, it was necessary for reasons of common sense to take precautions to avoid the worst. PETER SINGER But for the past fifty years or so, animal advocates, such...