June 26, 2017

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The ultimate symbol of the pre-recession boom is back

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2017/06/26/the-ultimate-symbol-of-the-pre-recession-boom-is-back/ If there’s anything that typifies the boom times before the Great Recession, it is the McMansion. These sprawling houses proliferated around the country in the 2000s, as banks shelled out easy credit to fuel a housing bacchanalia they thought would never die. McMansions became the ultimate symbol of living beyond one’s means. Unlike your […]

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June 25, 2017

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In Towns Already Hit by Factory Closings, a New Casualty: Retail Jobs

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/25/business/economy/amazon-retail-jobs-pennsylvania.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Thousands of workers face unemployment as retailers struggle to adapt to online shopping. But even as e-commerce grows, it isn’t absorbing these workers.

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June 13, 2017

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In Growth of Jail Populations, Rural Areas Outpace Big Cities

https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-growth-of-jail-populations-rural-areas-outpace-big-cities-1497383232?mod=rss_US_News Rural jails are growing faster than urban jails despite lower crime rates in more sparsely populated areas, according to new research by two nonpartisan groups that support reducing incarceration.

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June 11, 2017

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Discontented voters make their voices heard, in Britain, U.S. and elsewhere

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/discontented-voters-make-their-voices-heard-in-britain-us-and-elsewhere/2017/06/10/317da2f2-4d62-11e7-bc1b-fddbd8359dee_story.html There may not be ideological consistency, but recent election results show continuing displeasure with political leaders and governments.

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June 10, 2017

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Prozac Nation Is Now the United States of Xanax

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/10/style/anxiety-is-the-new-depression-xanax.html?partner=rss&emc=rss How we went from depressive flannel and fog to anxiously monitoring our heart rates, twirling fidget spinners and streaming into meditation studios.

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June 9, 2017

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Report looks at liver cancer, fastest-growing cause of cancer deaths in US

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170608123643.htm A new report provides an overview of incidence, mortality, and survival rates and trends for liver cancer, a cancer for which death rates have doubled in the United States since the mid-1980s

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June 9, 2017

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The drug crisis is now pushing up death rates for almost all groups of Americans

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-drug-crisis-is-now-pushing-up-death-rates-for-almost-all-groups-of-americans/2017/06/09/971d8424-4aa1-11e7-a186-60c031eab644_story.html Opioids and alcohol are killing whites, blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans in the prime of life.

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May 26, 2017

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U.S. death rate from Alzheimer’s rose dramatically over 15 years. Why?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/05/26/u-s-death-rate-for-alzheimers-rose-dramatically-over-15-years-why/ The CDC report estimates that 13.8 million Americans could be living with Alzheimer’s by 2050.

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May 19, 2017

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Dramatic Rise in U.S. Intermarriage Rates Since 1967 Ruling

https://www.wsj.com/articles/dramatic-rise-seen-in-u-s-intermarriage-rates-since-landmark-court-ruling-1495123281?mod=rss_US_News One in six American newlyweds married someone of a different race or ethnicity in 2015, a fivefold increase in the 50 years since the Supreme Court recognized a nationwide right to intermarriage, according to new data.

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May 17, 2017

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Household Debt Makes a Comeback in the U.S.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/business/dealbook/household-debt-united-states.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Nearly a decade after the 2008 credit bubble, Americans have accumulated a total of $12.7 trillion in debt — a new peak.

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May 10, 2017

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How authoritarianism is shaping American politics (and it’s not just about Trump)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/05/10/how-authoritarianism-is-shaping-american-politics-and-its-not-just-about-trump/ Partisanship and authoritarianism are increasingly intertwined. This started well before 2016.

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May 10, 2017

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What a new report reveals about white economic hardship and Trump’s big win

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/05/10/what-a-new-report-reveals-about-white-economic-hardship-and-trumps-big-win/ The results reveal the lives of white working-class Americans at a rare level of detail.

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May 10, 2017

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State of the Art: Tech’s Frightful Five: They’ve Got Us

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/technology/techs-frightful-five-theyve-got-us.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google dominate our day-to-day activities. Imagining being forced to give up some of them could lead to hard choices.

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May 5, 2017

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Prevalence of visual impairment among preschool children projected to increase

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170504110557.htm The number of preschool children in the US with visual impairment is projected to increase by more than 25 percent in the coming decades, with the majority of visual impairment resulting from simple uncorrected refractive error, according to a new study.

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May 4, 2017

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Op-Ed Contributor: Companies Compete but Won’t Let Their Workers Do the Same

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/04/opinion/noncompete-agreements-workers.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Once reserved for upper management, noncompetes now cover one-sixth of the nation’s workers, restricting choice and suppressing wages.

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May 1, 2017

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One in three American adults may have had a warning stroke

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170501102252.htm About one in three American adults experienced a symptom consistent with a warning or ‘mini’ stroke, but almost none — 3 percent — took the recommended action.

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April 28, 2017

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Op-Ed Contributor: America, From Exceptionalism to Nihilism

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/28/opinion/america-from-exceptionalism-to-nihilism.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The U.S. leads the free world in its helplessness before the dissolution of its most cherished values.

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April 26, 2017

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Youth violence on decline, new study shows

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170426092404.htm Contrary to popular perception, a new study finds that youth violence is declining — and at noteworthy rates. Between 2002 and 2014, researchers found a 29 percent decrease in the relative proportion of young people involved in violence in the United States. The study also reveals a persistent pattern of racial and ethnic disparities […]

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April 26, 2017

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Road Rage Cases With Guns More Than Double in 3 Years, Report Says

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/us/road-rage-guns.html?partner=rss&emc=rss An analysis suggests that states with large numbers of concealed-carry permit holders and relaxed gun laws had more cases of road rage with firearms.

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April 25, 2017

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How Harvard Business School Has Reshaped American Capitalism

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/24/books/review/golden-passport-duff-mcdonald.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Duff McDonald’s “The Golden Passport” questions whether Harvard Business School is responsible for the global financial crash.

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April 25, 2017

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Populism, Far From Turned Back, May Be Just Getting Started

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/world/europe/populism-far-from-turned-back-may-be-just-getting-started.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Populism has been growing since the 1960s, and research suggests it’s not slowing down. Four recent elections show how this dynamic can play out.

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April 25, 2017

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Middle Class Contracted in U.S. Over 2 Decades, Study Finds

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/24/business/economy/middle-class-united-states-europe-pew.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The United States had fewer middle-income earners and more at the extremes than any of 11 Western European countries in a Pew Research Center report.

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April 20, 2017

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The Climate Issue: Why the Menace of Mosquitoes Will Only Get Worse

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/20/magazine/why-the-menace-of-mosquitoes-will-only-get-worse.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Climate change is altering the environment in ways that increase the potential for viruses like Zika.

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April 18, 2017

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The Great Decoupling: An Interview with Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

https://hbr.org/2015/06/the-great-decoupling Technological progress makes the world better but also brings new challenges, say Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, faculty members at the MIT Sloan School of Management, who have studied the impact of technology on economies for years. Their most recent book, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant […]

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April 17, 2017

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Healthcare for Americans with mental illnesses worsened after recession

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/17/mental-health-care-access-affordable-care-act-recession Study finds people still had limited access to mental healthcare from 2008-2014 as Affordable Care Act and other laws unable to overcome financial downturnSix years after the recession, Americans with mental illness still had limited access to treatment, according to researchers.US laws meant to improve that access, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), were […]

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April 15, 2017

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ATV-related injuries in children remain large public health problem

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170415182157.htm All-terrain vehicle-related injuries remain a large public health problem in this country, with children more adversely affected than adults. According to researchers, the major risk factors for young riders also are entirely preventable.

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April 15, 2017

Comments Off on First large-scale survey of Chagas disease in the United States confirms that the ‘silent killer’ is a major public health challenge for the country

First large-scale survey of Chagas disease in the United States confirms that the ‘silent killer’ is a major public health challenge for the country

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170413120042.htm A study of almost 5,000 Latin American-born residents of Los Angeles County found that 1.24 percent tested positive for Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that can cause life-threatening heart damage if not treated early. Chagas disease is one of the leading causes of heart failure in Latin America.

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April 15, 2017

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Stroke rates appear to be rising steadily in young adults

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/04/15/stroke-rates-appear-to-be-rising-steadily-in-young-adults/ Hospitalizations rates for stroke almost doubled among men age 18 to 44 between 1995 and 2012.

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April 14, 2017

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The Evangelical Roots of Our Post-Truth Society

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/13/opinion/sunday/the-evangelical-roots-of-our-post-truth-society.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The deep distrust of media and scientific elites has its origin in old-time religion.

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April 14, 2017

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Obesity in Hispanic adolescents linked to nearly sixfold increase in high blood pressure

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170411085822.htm Obesity raises the prevalence of high blood pressure among adolescents but the increase is particularly pronounced among Hispanics compared to white, African-American or Asian ethnic groups, according to a study by researchers.

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April 14, 2017

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Rates of new diagnosed cases of type 1 and 2 diabetes on the rise among children, teens

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170414105821.htm Rates of new diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are increasing among youth in the United States, according to a report.

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April 14, 2017

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Editorials: The Gig Economy’s False Promise

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/10/opinion/the-gig-economys-false-promise.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Instead of freedom, workers at companies like Uber have encountered low wages and coercion.

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April 14, 2017

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Domestic violence and guns: the hidden American crisis ending women’s lives

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/11/domestic-violence-shooting-deaths-women-husbands-boyfriends The shooting death of a teacher in San Bernardino, California, by her estranged husband was hardly an outlier – an estimated 50 women a month are shot to death in the US by former or current partnersIn one mass shooting after another, some gun control advocates and journalists see a common thread: when domestic […]

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April 14, 2017

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The coded language of the alt-right is helping to power its rise – The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-coded-language-of-the-alt-right-is-helping-to-power-its-rise/2017/04/07/5f269a82-1ba4-11e7-bcc2-7d1a0973e7b2_story.html?utm_term=.3d892296160e Apparently, tried-and-true insults such as “fag,” “fairy,” “kike” and “hebe” (yes, I’m Jewish) are old-school, especially among the alt-right. That small, far-right movement that seeks a whites-only state is developing new coded language, much as the Nazis once did, says noted linguist George Lakoff, a professor emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley.

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April 14, 2017

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Why aren’t more 25- to 54-year-old men working? Because there aren’t enough jobs.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/04/12/why-arent-more-25-to-54-year-old-men-working-because-there-arent-enough-jobs/ You don’t have to resort to cultural stories to explain a good part of what’s hurting prime-age workers.

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April 14, 2017

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Large, high-intensity forest fires will increase

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170410085510.htm Wildfire experts predict that by 2041, there will be four large, high-intensity forest fires for every three that occur now, with the number of days when conditions are conducive to fires increasing.

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April 14, 2017

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The Senate may be developing an electoral college issue

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/04/10/the-senate-may-be-developing-an-electoral-college-issue/ By one metric, senators representing less than half the country are passing measures in the Senate.

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April 14, 2017

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The San Bernardino attack is the 12th school shooting of 2017 — and the second in a week

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/04/10/the-san-bernardino-attack-is-the-12th-school-shooting-of-2017-and-the-second-in-a-week/ Since 2013, there have been about 200 school shootings in America, according to a count by one group advocating gun regulations.

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April 14, 2017

Comments Off on Bigger, Faster, More Lavish: Americans Crave S.U.V.s, and Carmakers Oblige

Bigger, Faster, More Lavish: Americans Crave S.U.V.s, and Carmakers Oblige

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/business/suv-automakers-fuel-economy-new-york.html?partner=rss&emc=rss At the New York International Auto Show, powerful sport-utility vehicles are at center stage, a sign of the continuing shift away from traditional passenger cars.

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April 14, 2017

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The New Health Care: How Many Pills Are Too Many?

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/10/upshot/how-many-pills-are-too-many.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Evidence has mounted about the dangers of taking multiple, perhaps unnecessary, medications.

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April 8, 2017

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Oscars Error Won’t Cost Accounting Firm Its Job

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/29/movies/academy-oscars-pwc-stays-on-job.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Despite the spectacular mix-up over the award for best picture, PwC will stay on the job after a vote by the Hollywood organization.

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April 8, 2017

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CO2 levels heading back to days of dinosaurs

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/co2-levels-days-dinosaurs/ Scientists predict that continued burning of fossil fuels could return CO2 levels and temperatures to heights not seen in hundreds of millions of years. LONDON, 8 April, 2017 – If humans burn all the fossil fuels at their disposal – and this could happen in the next two centuries – researchers predict that the […]

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April 7, 2017

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Retail Payrolls Sustain a New Blow as Shopping Habits Shift

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/business/economy/jobs-report-retail-employment.html?partner=rss&emc=rss General merchandise stores shed 34,700 jobs in March, a new sign of the challenges facing brick-and-mortar merchants with the rise of online commerce.

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April 7, 2017

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Op-Ed Contributor: Offshore Money, Bane of Democracy

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/opinion/offshore-money-bane-of-democracy.html?partner=rss&emc=rss When London bankers created the Eurobond in the 1960s, control over capital was doomed.

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April 7, 2017

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Behind the Problem of Student Homelessness

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/education/edlife/college-student-homelessness.html?partner=rss&emc=rss New research finds that 14 percent of community college students don’t have a place to live. Why is the situation so widespread?

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April 5, 2017

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Muslim Babies Likely to Outnumber Others by 2035, Report Says

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/world/muslim-christian-babies-pew-report.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The turnaround will be driven in part by the fact that the world’s Christian population is relatively old, while the Muslim population is younger and concentrated in regions with high fertility rates.

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April 5, 2017

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The unexpected ways our lives will change when cars drive themselves

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2017/04/05/the-unexpected-ways-our-lives-will-change-when-cars-drive-themselves/ Andreessen Horowitz investor Benedict Evans outlines bold predictions for the future of electric, autonomous vehicles.

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April 5, 2017

Comments Off on The troubles at the American mall are coming to a boil

The troubles at the American mall are coming to a boil

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2017/04/05/the-troubles-at-the-american-mall-are-coming-to-a-boil/ Are we in the middle of a retail apocalypse?

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