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The Death Of Retail Employment Growth

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Written by Steven Hansen

Retail sales are running at record levels - this week November retail sales surged to around 6% annual growth.

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What We Read Today 15 December 2017

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary 'reading list' which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for 'reading list' items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

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Documentary Of The Week: The Role Of Energy In Production

Written by John Lounsbury

Steve Keen proposes that a fundamental defect in economics starting with Adam Smith is the absence of energy as a required element of production.

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Infographic Of The Day: Inventions That Were Discovered By Accident

One day in 1928, Sir Alexander Fleming returned to his lab in London after a two-week vacation to find that mold had developed on a contaminated staphylococcus culture plate.

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Video of the Day:

Is Nike really more successful than Adidas? How did both companies start? Which one is popular nowadays?


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Current Weather Outlook

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Is it good forecasting or Hopium? It is too soon to tell or even assess what the impacts might be. But we discuss the topic in a lot of detail and also take a look at the temperature and precipitation results from November. I started working on this article late last week when NOAA was focusing on possible fluctuations in the "Wave Number". As of today (Monday) it looks like the Pattern Change they were seeing in the model results was perhaps less dramatic than they thought late last week.  But the Hawaiian High is returning to where it belongs and the Northern Tier is now forecast to be cooler and wetter than in recent forecasts. 

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With FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling, The US Could Lose Its Lead In Online Consumer Protection

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Sascha Meinrath, Pennsylvania State University and Nathalia Foditsch, American University

The internet may be an international system of interconnecting networks sharing a rough global consensus about the technical details of communicating through them - but each country manages its own internet environment independently. As the U.S. debate about the role of government in overseeing and regulating the internet continues, it's worth looking at how other countries handle the issue.

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08 December 2017: ECRI's WLI Growth Index Rate Improves

ECRI's WLI Growth Index which forecasts economic growth six months forward remains in expansion. This is compared to RecessionAlerts similar weekly leading index.

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