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Eton Park Is Shutting Down stay tuned for updates The post Eton Park Is Shutting Down appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Last summer, we wrote about a potentially important case going to the Supreme Court, technically about the copyright design of cheerleading uniforms. As we've discussed, copyright is supposed to apply to artistic expression, and it's been considered not to apply to functional products or industrial design -- sometimes referred to as "useful articles." Along those lines, things like fashion design, have always been considered not subject to copyright. In this case, Star Athletica v. Varsity

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The Ztylus Stinger Car Charger Emergency Tool solves two issues for your car. It is a charger with two USB slots for your devices and it is an emergency escape tool for if you're ever trapped in your car. It has a seat belt cutter and a spring-loaded punch for breaking car windows. Now, you'll always know where your emergency tool is in case of a car wreck. This handy little tool is on sale for $19.95 in the Techdirt Deals Store. Note: The Techdirt Deals Store is powered and curated by

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For this latest installment of our series My Economy, we hear from Martha Rast, a therapeutic art teacher living in Tuscon, Arizona. “My name is Martha Rast, and I teach therapeutic art lessons. It’s way better than cool. It’s the best job in the world — I love it. Any kind of therapeutic experience, really, has to be human-to-human. Because the one thing machines cannot do yet, and I don’t think they ever really will, even if there’s AI, is really truly understand emotional intelligence. “It’s the best job in the world—I love it. Any kind of therapeutic experience, really, has to be human-to-human,” says Martha Rast, a therapeutic art teacher living in Tuscon, Arizona. Robert Garrova/Marketplace I basically made up the job, because I’ve been teaching for 27 years. And I started out in public school. I looked at my take-home pay and thought, "Even if I do this for 32 years, I’m not gonna do this job for money. I’m gonna do this job for spiritual appreciation." In fact, many of the caregivers in the nursing homes that are working around me do not have health care. The irony kills me: That they are taking care of our elderly, and they themselves do not have health care. It’s absolutely unaffordable, there’s no way to slice it. I just want to do my job, but I don’t know how much longer I can do that and remain stable.”

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With so many chains running into serious trouble, here is more about the great collapse in retail... The post More About The Great Collapse In Retail appeared first on King World News.

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Liza Mundy’s cover story in the current issue of The Atlantic, “Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women,” draws on a long history of sexism in high tech and in Silicon Valley in particular. Host Kai Ryssdal spoke with Mundy about why many of the biggest tech companies in Silicon Valley need to do better when it comes to hiring women, why age-old biases against women come into play and what fewer women in tech means in the long run. Below is an edited transcript of their conversation. Kai Ryssdal: The answer you get from tech companies — well, let me be fair, the answer you used to get from tech companies when you said, "Why don't you have more women? They're not in the pipeline. Women aren't studying this stuff. How are we supposed to do that?" Is that still the case? Liza Mundy: Well, you know, it's still the case that women are not represented in computer science at the levels that they are in other sciences. The number of women going into many other areas of study and the science has gone up. It's gone down in computer science. But some of the major computer science programs, like Stanford, like Harvey Mudd College, have significantly upped their number of female computer science majors, so it is changing. And many of the big companies in Silicon Valley that are extremely attractive places to work really should be doing better than they are and really should be able to attract, I would say, a disproportionate percentage of the pipeline, and yet are not. Ryssdal: Are they? Is it trying to change? Do you take them at good faith? Mundy: Well, yes. I mean, I think that companies would like to change. Many of them would and are looking for different kinds of fixes. But I think, obviously, the desire for change varies across the board. Ryssdal: Is tech different then, say, I don't know, law or getting a Ph.D. in ancient European history or something? Mundy: One of the disparities in computer sciences, is there's really interesting social science showing that fields that fetishize genius and brilliance are, that there's this tendency to hang on to the idea that men are more likely to be born brilliant and that fields like computer science and also math and philosophy that sort of fetishized this idea about the importance of genius and brilliance are harder for women and for people of color to make inroads in because of this kind of stubborn idea that, you know, men or white men are more likely to be geniuses. And I think that's really interesting body of research and it's not true. Ryssdal: All right, so the idea you just alluded to there about unconscious bias and the fact also that I interrupted during that question gets me to this, actually. Well, a lot of people are going to hear that they're going to go, "Kai, you moron, you're interrupting the female interviewee." And that's part of this next question, which is the exploration of unconscious bias in Silicon Valley has now been raised to both a profitable but also very necessary art form. Mundy: Exactly. So there's a really interesting and many, many studies now showing that in tech as elsewhere women are more likely to be interrupted in meetings, more likely to have their ideas dismissed as in other fields. You know, when women become parents, they are seen as less committed to their work, whereas men are seen as more committed to their work when they become parents. And just as you said, it's becoming a profitable industry for consultants, diversity consultants to give unconscious bias or implicit bias presentations. And the danger is that if a company has something like that once a year, it sort of looks good and sounds good, but it's not going to change things, and it might actually make things worse. Ryssdal: What happens then, do you suppose, if not that they don't fix it, right, because you have to assume, just in the course of time, that this will get fixed and ameliorated. But what happens if it takes a long time? Mundy: What happens is women get shut out of one of the most exciting, attractive fields to work in. Will tech itself be affected? Will the products be somehow less desirable? Some would make that argument. Ryssdal: Liza, thanks very much.

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``In a series of texts reviewed by Business Insider that appear to have been sent by Andrea to her sister, Jessica, in March 2015, Andrea said their father had "no moral or legal compass." "Don't fool yourself," Andrea wrote to her sister, according to the texts. "That money we have is blood money."...In a later exchange with a man who appeared to be Andrea's cousin -- and one of her father's former employees -- Collin Bond, Andrea appears to have said her mother and father couldn't go through a "public divorce" because Manafort had "too many skeletons" and "his work and payment in Ukraine
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For almost 130 years, the existing theory of dinosaur evolution has gone unchallenged. But a new study published in the journal Nature seeks to shake-up the entire dinosaur family tree. We may soon have to unlearn a lot of things we […] The post Dinosaurs Originated In Modern Day United Kingdom, Claim Scientists appeared first on ValueWalk.

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The latest carrot that House leadership and the White House are using to win conservative Republican votes for the health care bill is repealing an Obamacare provision that standardized insurance policies. Under Obamacare, virtually all insurance policies cover things like hospitalization, mental health, prescription drugs and pregnancies – known as essential health benefits. But guaranteeing those benefits cost money, while doing away with them would drop the price of premiums. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

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Tighter borders were supposed to mean more jobs for native-born Americans. That's the theory anyway, but California farmers aren't living in that world. Instead, they're competing for a workforce where nine out of 10 people are immigrants, and many are undocumented. While some farmers are raising wages well above the minimum to attract workers, many others can't afford to. Los Angeles Times economy writer Natalie Kitroeff visited several California farmers to see how they're coping with a smaller workforce. Host Kai Ryssdal spoke with Kitroeff about what she learned. Below is an edited transcript of their conversation. Kai Ryssdal: Tell me about this guy you met, Trump voter Jeff Klein. Used to farm grapes. Natalie Kitroeff: So Jeff Klein is a farmer in Stockton. He is still farming grapes, but he used to farm more of them. Last fall after the harvest, he ripped out hundreds of acres of chardonnay grapes that his father had planted years ago, so this wasn't an easy decision. But he's facing a ton of competition for laborers, and that's something that a lot of farmers are saying is going on. For Jeff, the result was that he is getting out of the grape business. Essentially, he's being priced out of the market. His solution is to switch from grapes to almonds, which require a fraction of the human labor. Ryssdal: They're just easier to farm, right? You shake the tree, and the almonds fall, and you call it a day, right? Kitroeff: Yeah. Basically, what farmers told me is three workers per 500 acres. Ryssdal: You point out a disparity between Jeff Klein's farm in Stockton, which is in the Central Valley of California, and grape growers in the Napa Valley, where farmworker wages are at, like, $41,000 a year with benefits and the whole deal. Kitroeff: You know, the grapes grown in Napa, as any wine enthusiast will know, they go into bottles that sell for hundreds of dollars. In Stockton, the grapes don't produce wine that sells for that much. So there's a natural limit to what Stockton grape growers can pay their workers. Ryssdal: But the point being: Native-born Americans don't seem to want these jobs. Kitroeff: Right. Even in Napa, $16-an-hour wages are not bringing in native-born Americans yet. That's been the experience. Ryssdal: Has to be said that this immigration tightening started under Obama. I mean, it's Trump's big thesis here. But they did start under President Obama. Kitroeff: Obama tightened the border. He ratcheted up deportations. He made it a lot more expensive for Mexicans to cross over. And that slowed the flow of immigrants into this country. Ryssdal: Given that we're just now seeing the payoff from the Obama era, a tightening of immigration, it will be a number of years, right, before we see the full effect of whatever it is that Mr. Trump is going to do. Kitroeff: You would think, although farmers that I talk to are telling me that they're already seeing workers scared to come to the fields, and they've seen a tightening of their own labor force within these first few months. Ryssdal: Which is unrelated to market forces, right? That's a political forces kind of conversation. Kristoeff: Yeah. That is a by-design political result. You know, word travels fast in these communities, and even if a policy hasn't even been put into place yet and is really just at the conversation level, you can see a kind of economic effect on the ground almost immediately, because what we're talking about is, you know, humans who get in their car every day and have to drive sometimes long distances to get to work. So imagine if you're undocumented what the risks are. So that's a decision that people are making right now. And farmers say the effect is is already underway. Ryssdal: Thanks a lot for coming in.

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``Expected tax cuts were a major reason for the market's 10% post-election "Trump reflation" trade. But as we reported over a week ago, Trump can't get his tax plan through until Congress addresses health care... Defeat for health care tomorrow could delay Trump's tax cuts well into fiscal year 2018 -- or later. Hence yesterday's sell-off. ''

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Short answer: Not very much! This table, from Ben Carlson, is quite revealing:   Source: Bloomberg View The post How Much Does the President Matter to the Stock Market? appeared first on The Big Picture.

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There has been an effort underway these past few years to make tax season less stressful, less complicated, and less expensive for a large swath of Americans. These efforts have produced plans to make tax season "return free" for many, with pre-populated tax forms prepared by the government that can either be signed if accurate, or ignored if not with a separate filing then being produced by the person in question. That is, since the IRS already should have most of the details on how much you

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Hidden within the last PS4 update along with all the goodies and anticipation was something nasty. Something that has since March 9th left some users with a PlayStation 4 WiFi Issue. What is that issue? It’s preventing the WiFi on […] The post PlayStation 4 Wifi Issue Caused By An Update Leaves Users Waiting For A Fix appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Important shift now underway in global coal trade. With a completely new export route opening up for U.S. producers over the last few weeks. To South Korea. U.S. Coal Platts reported yesterday that coal buyers in Korea have seen a […] The post These Brand New Buyers Just Booked Their First Shipments Of U.S. Coal appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Multiple U.S. companies are pulling their ads from YouTube over offensive material. AT&T, Verizon and Johnson & Johnson’s decision follows other companies here and abroad that will stop advertising until Google can guarantee their ads won’t run before videos containing hate speech. Google says it's committed to working on a resolution, but there are technological challenges, among others. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

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Accenture (ACN) reported second quarter results that caused its stock to drop 3-4% this morning.   Accenture’s organic sales grew 6%, and adjusted earnings per share were roughly flat compared to the prior-year period. The company’s sales and earnings were roughly […] The post Accenture (ACN) Dips 4% on Earnings: What Dividend Investors Need to Know appeared first on ValueWalk.

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There’s no argument from the financial community that diversification is needed in your long term investment strategy. The degree of diversification and how much diversification, however, is very much up for debate. We don’t think there will ever be a […] The post The Alternative Callan Periodic Table Of Investment Returns appeared first on ValueWalk.

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A unit of Brookfield Asset Management foreclosed on a $60 million mezzanine loan after owners of the former music industry mecca [The Brill Building] failed to make a $5.6 million payment in November. The owners -- including Allied Partners, Brickman & Associates, Israeli pension fund Halman-Aldubi and New York's Conway Capital -- got steamrolled by the weak retail leasing market. They'd hoped to cash in, or out, on the 180,000-square-foot landmark's 40,000 square feet of store space. But a possible deal with Jimmy Buffett's theme restaurant, Margaritaville, fell through.'' The
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