U.S. weapons exports from 1950 to 2017. Data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s Arms Transfers Database. Units are expressed in trend indicator values (TIV). Each dot on the map = one TIV. Visualization by Will Geary.
The United States of Arms


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TED TALKS: The dirty secret of capitalism — and a new way forward | Nick Hanauer

Visit to get our entire library of TED Talks, subtitles, translations, neoliberalism econpersonalized Talk recommendations and more. Rising inequality and growing political instability are the direct result of decades of bad economic theory, says entrepreneur Nick Hanauer. In a visionary talk, he dismantles the mantra that “greed is good” — an idea he describes as not only morally corrosive, but also scientifically wrong — and lays out a new theory of economics powered by reciprocity and cooperation. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You’re welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know.

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Russian President Putin thanks US President Trump for a “tip” Russia says foiled attacks 2 days ago on Russian soil

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VIDEO REPORT: Huawei is a pawn of the Chinese government



Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is a Chinese multinational technology company that provides telecommunications equipment and sells consumer electronics including smartphones, headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London


(April 11, 2019)-The Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is in custody tonight after being arrested for allegedly breaching his bail conditions.

His seven-year self-imposed exile in London’s Ecuadorean embassy ended dramatically this morning after his asylum was revoked. Mr Assange also faces possible extradition to the United States in connection with the release of tens of thousands of secret government documents. His supporters are calling it a ‘dark day for journalism.’


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on this day in History (April 1st)…

on this day in history

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Today’s American Prodigy is poised to change the world

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Millenium Tower SF

Millennium Tower  San Francisco, Ca

The “leaning tower” of San Francisco

The situation at San Francisco’s sinking skyscraper is so dire, residents are selling their condos at a loss of millions.


The well-heeled residents of San Francisco’s leaning, sinking skyscraper are scrambling to sell their condos, taking losses of millions of dollars.

A two-bedroom, three-bathroom unit at Millennium Tower sold earlier this month for $2.99 million, but sold for $4.25 million in 2013.

The new owners, Rohita and Vijay Caveripakkam, both work in tech. Vijay is the founder and CEO of InFor500, a small cloud-computing company based in Silicon Valley.

Millennium Tower is a luxury residential high-rise that has sunk 17 inches and tilted 14 inches since it was completed in 2008. Though an inspection by the city showed it’s safe to occupy, the situation has sparked an exodus from the building.

The unit that most recently closed at Millennium Tower previously belonged to Robert Darby, Jr., president of Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies, according to property records.

“The seller took about a 30% loss over a period where the market appreciated rapidly,” Patrick Carlisle, chief market analyst at brokerage Paragon, who wasn’t involved in the deal, told the San Francisco Business Times. “That’s got to be pretty painful.”

Carlisle estimated that the 1,664-square-foot condo would sell for between $5 million and $6 million, “if it was in any other building,” he told the Business Times. Home prices elsewhere in San Francisco continue to soar.

A year ago, a penthouse unit at Millennium Tower, previously owned by late venture capitalist Tom Perkins, sold for $13 million. Perkins bought the two-bedroom condo unfinished for $9.4 million and spent $9 million on renovations, which should have bumped it sales price higher.

In May, a second penthouse apartment sold for 29% less than what it sold for two years ago, the Business Times reported. The seller shaved 36% off the asking price.

The situation at Millennium Tower is likely to get worse before it gets better. Engineers have estimated the building will continue to sink at a rate of about one-inch per year.

There may be a fix in the works. A pair of engineering firms hired by developer Millennium Partners and other parties have recommended drilling 50 to 100 new piles (a type of foundation in the shape of a pillar) 200 feet down to bedrock from the building’s basement.



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Historical Social Security Payroll Tax Rates

Historical Social Security Payroll Tax Rates from 1937 to today…



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The 40,000 mile volcano

ring of fire

Oceanographers have inaugurated a deep-sea observatory to study the volcanoes and hydrothermal vents of the Juan de Fuca mid ocean ridge, a dark ecosystem where the Earth’s tectonic plates are spreading apart.




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