Why are we still pretending ‘trickle-down’ economics work?

Art Laffer’s career has been heavy on punditry, light in academic rigor, and absolutely destructive for the average American and the long-term health and sustainability of our economy. Photograph: AP Next Wednesday, Donald Trump will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the arch-conservative economist Art Laffer. Sadly, Laffer’s career has been heavy on punditry, light in academic rigor, and absolutely destructive for the average American and the long-term health and sustainability of our economy. A number of economists have already dismissed Laffer’s signature supply-side economics theory as pure nonsense. For his…

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The world’s biggest economies are moving deeper into a slowdown: Report

Momentum is easing across the world’s major economies, according to a gauge the OECD uses to predict turning points. The Composite Leading Indicator is the latest sign of a synchronized slowdown in global growth, adding to recession warnings sparked by industrial figures in Germany last week and and slumping trade figures for China earlier on Monday. The indicator, which is designed to anticipate turning points six-to-nine months ahead, has been ticking down since the start of 2018 and fell again in November. The OECD singled out the US and Germany,…

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Finally, varsities are addressing some of the hurdles to distance education

Being a distance education student in India, particularly with a government-run university, is not as easy as it should be. Communication is sporadic; multiple campus visits are required; admission dates, exam schedules and results can be shrouded in mystery, confusion and delays. In the absence of something as simple as a WhatsApp group, students are forced to depend on informal networks of their own. “We talk to each other on the phone regularly and compare notes on things like study material, results and admissions dates,” says Nilesh Samant, 23, a…

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Inside Project Athena: How Intel and PC makers are creating the ultra-responsive laptops of tomorrow

A little less than eight years ago Intel helped usher in the era of thin-and-light notebook PCs, then called ultrabooks. Now, Intel and a number of its partners are ready to take the ultrabook to the next level with “Project Athena,” in a multi-year roadmap they’re unveiling here at CES. Intel executives say the have the support of partners including Acer, Asus, Dell, Google, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Samsung and Sharp. Yes, Google. You’ll eventually see “Athena”-specced Chromebooks, too. What Project Athena notebooks will eventually be branded as hasn’t been formally decided yet,…

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Inside Project Athena: How Intel and PC makers are creating the ultra-responsive laptops of tomorrow

A little less than eight years ago Intel helped usher in the era of thin-and-light notebook PCs, then called ultrabooks. Now, Intel and a number of its partners are ready to take the ultrabook to the next level with “Project Athena,” in a multi-year roadmap they’re unveiling here at CES. Intel executives say the have the support of partners including Acer, Asus, Dell, Google, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Samsung and Sharp. Yes, Google. You’ll eventually see “Athena”-specced Chromebooks, too. What Project Athena notebooks will eventually be branded as hasn’t been formally decided yet,…

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7 All-Natural Makeup Brands With Products That Are Actually Amazing

It’s no secret that natural beauty has blown up in recent years. Consumers care about ingredients and are making a conscious effort to pay close attention to harmful chemicals commonly found in makeup products that could be wreaking havoc on their skin. But let’s be really really real: What does “natural beauty” even mean anymore? Increased demand for clean ingredients has, sadly, caused brands to use suspicious marketing tactics, slapping “natural” and “organic” labels on their products without legitimate certifications, which is problematic. It also makes it difficult to decipher if “natural” makeup brands…

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Did we get financially wise in 2018? Here are a few money habits that can make 2019 better

Mrin Agarwal A new year has started and no doubt resolutions are being made and things are being planned. A new year, a new start and way to go! But hold on! Is something being planned for your finances? For that matter, what changed in your finances in 2018? The assessment from my sessions is that only a small percentage of people have actually made a change in their money habits. Here is what I observed in 2018: [“source-ndtv”]

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