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25 мая, 06:00

Are the Rich Really Less Generous Than the Poor?

A series of academic studies suggest that the wealthy are, to put it bluntly, selfish jerks. It’s an easy narrative to swallow — but is it true? A trio of economists set out to test the theory. All it took was a Dutch postal worker’s uniform, some envelopes stuffed with cash, and a slight sense of the absurd. The post Are the Rich Really Less Generous Than the Poor? appeared first on Freakonomics.

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24 мая, 15:29

‘Peaceful but not to be messed with’ – how the bee came to symbolise Manchester

The insect has been associated with the city since its ‘worker bees’ toiled in the ‘hives’ of the industrial revolution. But this week’s attack has made the Mancunian bee famous around the worldFrom homemade banners and badges to images of mosaics, cartoons and T-shirts posted online, one symbol has come to define Manchester’s togetherness following Monday night’s terror attack: the worker bee. But, as even Mancunians may be asking, why?Officially, bees have been part of the city’s identity since 1842, when a new city coat of arms was unveiled which, in part, depicts bees swarming across the globe. This represented the industriousness of the “worker bees” then toiling in Manchester’s cotton mills, colloquially known as beehives. (There is still a Beehive Mill in Ancoats, formerly home to Sankey’s nightclub.) Continue reading...

23 мая, 17:55

Are Commenters on the Tulipmania Rational?: Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds Weblogging: Hoisted from the Archives

**Hoisted from the Archives**: _Are Commenters on the Tulipmania Rational?: Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds Weblogging_ : Every once in a while someone is impelled to try to claim that one or the other of the more notorious bubbles in history was in fact not a bubble--that the market was in fact functioning efficiently, that asset prices were equal to fundamentals, that traders were behaving rationally given the information they had, and behaving rationally in their decisions to spend resources acquiring information, so that buyers and sellers were making investments that were good and appropriate from a rational _ex ante_ perspective. There is a big problem with this deluded enterprise. Efficient markets are those in which prices move far and fast only when fundamentals change a lot. And fundamentals change a lot only when a lot of information--information that changes rational assessments of fundamentals--arrives in a very short time. With respect to the seventeenth-century rare tulip market, the fundamentals are the patterns made by the tobacco mosaic virus on infected tulips, human aesthetic preferences, and the biology of tulip reproduction. Those are not fundamentals about which much information can arrive quickly. Without any such information arrival, attempts...

19 мая, 17:28

An Anti-Trump Pothole Installation May Be The Perfect Protest Art

A pothole near Trump Tower in Chicago has been fixed, but not by the city: Jim Bachor, an artist known for his pothole installations of whimsical mosaic designs, recently installed a new piece that pointedly reads, “LIAR.” The street art was his small but durable protest against the current president, Bachor told The Chicago Tribune on Wednesday. The artist, a stay-at-home father to 11-year-old twin boys, told HuffPost via email, “If [my sons] asked if I did anything to protest those dark Trump months he was in office ― I didn’t want my answer to be ‘nothing.’” The red, white and blue striped mosaic is bordered by real gold tiles, bringing together the design of Russia’s flag with President Donald Trump’s magpie-like obsession with precious metal. Bachor also pointed out that the piece was installed “near a drain (for that swamp)” and, thanks to being ensconced in the road itself, will be difficult to remove quickly. “I call it a semipermanent ‘visual scream’ that can state what I think 24 hours a day,” he told HuffPost. Plus, it does an undeniable social good: filling in a pothole that had thus far gone unfixed by the government. Bachor actually finished the mosaic in January, around the time of the inauguration, but he was finally able to get it in the street this month; he needs the temperature to be above 60 degrees to set his pothole installations properly. As it turns out, the weather provided impeccable timing, as the stream of concerning news out of the White House has recently escalated to a torrent. Most of Bachor’s past pothole mosaics have been apolitical, featuring stylized popsicles, ice cream cones and other innocent images. This might not be his last protest work, however. He told HuffPost he has “a couple more ready to go,” but said, “I’m gonna probably let this cool down a bit before doing another political piece.” CORRECTION: This article previously misidentified the composition of the mosaic, associating it incorrectly with American colors rather than the Russian design. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=587f7696e4b0cf0ae880ee9e,58caaa7be4b0ec9d29d9575b -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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14 мая, 10:00

How real books have trumped ebooks

The digital revolution was expected to kill traditional publishing. But print books are ever more beautifully designed and lovingly cherishedBooks have always had a fetishistic quality to them, with their dusty secretiveness. Now, though, it feels like we’re living through a special moment in the history of book design and beautiful books are everywhere.Take George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo with its marmoreal endpapers or Peter Frankopan’s The Silk Roads, with its cover inspired by mosaic from the Imam mosque at Isfahan; Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent, its sumptuous jacket inspired by the tiles of William Morris; 4th Estate’s gorgeous repackaging of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s backlist, based on vibrant African headwrap patterns; the glimmering Penguin Hardcover Classics reissue of the works of F Scott Fitzgerald, or its clothbound editions of Austen, Brontë and Dickens. It’s hard to know whether to read these books or caress them. Continue reading...

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13 мая, 23:40

UofA Hires "Social Justice Advocates" To Police Fellow Students For "Bias Incidents"

Submitted by Ian Miles Cheong via HeatSt.com, Administrators at the University of Arizona are now accepting applications for “social justice advocates,” whose job it is to snitch on other students accused of bias. They’re also expected to hold educational programs about “the mosaic of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusivity” and maintain “social justice bulletin boards” in student residence halls. The job, which officially calls (archived link) for the advocates to “report any bias incidents or claims to appropriate Residence Life staff,” pays the student workers $10 an hour. They’re expected to work 15 hours a week, which means they could be making as much as $600 a month to police their fellow students. Part of the job description reads: “The position also aims to increase understanding of one’s own self through critical reflection of power and privilege, identity and intersectionality, systems of socialization, cultural competency and allyship as they pertain to the acknowledgement, understanding and acceptance of differences. Finally, this position intends to increase a student staff member’s ability to openly lead conversations, discuss differences and confront diversely insensitive behavior.” The core responsibility, however, is to report bias claims. Bias incidents, which in recent years are increasingly being policed on college campuses, can range from outright acts of racism to far more subtle “microaggressions” such as referring to someone as a “guy” or wearing dreadlocks while white. The social justice advocate’s job will also be, according to the job posting, to foster dialogue “related to diversity, multiculturalism and social justice”. Furthermore, the advocates will be tasked with “increasing awareness of diverse identities” and are expected to “promote inclusive communities.” Lastly, these wildcats are expected to “be punctual in all position-related functions and tasks”. The University of Arizona is a public school, and so these positions are funded with taxpayer dollars. At least until the state legislature reads about it.

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11 мая, 03:04

End of an era for Atlético Madrid as curtain falls on Vicente Calderón

Atlético’s famous old stadium witnessed its last-ever European night in familiar company and with a familiar outcome, but with fans unbowed and in full voiceThe first roll of thunder hit with two minutes left on the last-ever European night at the Vicente Calderón. The rain poured off the roof and through it too, swirling in the sky. Soaked, they sang through the storm. They sang high in the north stand, where Real Madrid’s supporters celebrated being in the final, and they sang everywhere else, where Atlético Madrid’s fans celebrated just being. On the touchline, Diego Simone frantically punched the air and conducted the crowd. Out, but not down. Not beaten, either. Not this time, the last time.Before this game, a huge mosaic stretched along the open side of the stadium had declared: “Proud not to be like you [Real]”. After it, Simeone echoed those words. When he eventually appeared, he was beaming. “Why?” he was asked. “I’m happy, proud,” he said. The supporters had been too: for the fourth time in four years, Real had knocked them out of Europe, but the buildup to this game had been about identity, loyalty, emotion, something less tangible, not just results. “Tell me how it feels,” the Bernabéu banner had asked; Atlético had responded by telling them that they wouldn’t understand. They appeared determined to prove as much, the noise deafening. Continue reading...

10 мая, 08:07

What Are We Waiting For?

What Are We Waiting For?

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09 мая, 19:06

Decoupling of surface diffusion and relaxation dynamics of molecular glasses [Physics]

Tobacco mosaic virus is used as a probe to measure surface diffusion of ultrathin films of N,N′-Bis(3-methylphenyl)-N,N′-diphenylbenzidine (TPD) (12 nm

09 мая, 12:00

It Was Cultural Anxiety That Drove White, Working-Class Voters to Trump

A new study finds that fear of societal change, not economic pressure, motivated votes for the president among non-salaried workers without college degrees.

04 мая, 20:30

Trump Just Got Palestinians' Hopes Up

Possibly to a dangerous degree

02 мая, 18:02

Mosaic's (MOS) Q1 Earnings & Revenues Miss Estimates

The Mosaic Company (MOS) posted net loss (on a reported basis) of $1 million in the first quarter of 2017, as against net earnings of $257 million or 73 cents per share recorded a year ago.

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02 мая, 17:29

Квартальные финансовые результаты Mosaic не дотянули до среднерыночных прогнозов

Американский производитель удобрений Mosaic отчитался о не дотянувшей до прогнозов аналитиков скорректированной квартальной прибыли, что частично было связано со снижением цен на фосфаты и поташ. Так, в первом квартале чистый убыток компании составил $900 тыс по сравнению с зафиксированной годом ранее прибылью на уровне $256,8 млн. При этом годом ранее была зафиксирована прибыль в размере 73 центов на акцию, а в первом квартале текущего года была достигнута точка безубыточности. Без учета некоторых статей компания отчиталась о прибыли в 4 цента на бумагу при средних прогнозах аналитиков на уровне 19 центов на бумагу. Чистые продажи в рассматриваемом периоде уменьшились на 5,7% г/г до $1,58 млрд, тогда как аналитики в среднем ожидали $1,67 млрд.

02 мая, 15:48

Mosaic (MOS) Misses Q1 Earnings & Sales Estimates

Mosaic's (MOS) adjusted earnings were 4 cents per share for first quarter 2017, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 19 cents.

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02 мая, 15:38

Квартальные финансовые результаты Mosaic не дотянули до среднерыночных прогнозов

Американский производитель удобрений Mosaic отчитался о не дотянувшей до прогнозов аналитиков скорректированной квартальной прибыли, что частично было связано со снижением цен на фосфаты и поташ. Так, в первом квартале чистый убыток компании составил $900 тыс по сравнению с зафиксированной годом ранее прибылью на уровне $256,8 млн. При этом годом ранее была зафиксирована прибыль в размере 73 центов на акцию, а в первом квартале текущего года была достигнута точка безубыточности. Без учета некоторых статей компания отчиталась о прибыли в 4 цента на бумагу при средних прогнозах аналитиков на уровне 19 центов на бумагу. Чистые продажи в рассматриваемом периоде уменьшились на 5,7% г/г до $1,58 млрд, тогда как аналитики в среднем ожидали $1,67 млрд.

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02 мая, 09:39

Сегодня в США ожидается публикация потока отчетностей

Во вторник, 2 мая, в Соединенных Штатах Америки ожидается публикация лишь второстепенной макроэкономической статистики, а именно индекса сопоставимых продаж крупнейших розничных сетей (Красная книга), индекса деловой активности в Нью-Йорке и апрельских данных по продажам авто. В календаре корпоративных отчетностей значится следующее: - Aetna, Archer Daniels Midland, Coach, ConocoPhillips, Cummins, CVS Health, Eaton, MasterCard, Merck & Co., Mosaic, Pfizer (до открытия торгов); - Anadarko Petroleum, Apple, Caesars Entertainment, Gilead Sciences, Western Union (после закрытия рынка). К 13:35 МСК фьючерсы на индекс S&P 500 торгуются с повышением на 0,04%.

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01 мая, 00:33

Ichiro Suzuki honored with collage showing 1st 3,000 hits

The Miami Marlins paid tribute to Ichiro Suzuki by giving him a mosaic of photographs showing each of his first 3,000 hits. Suzuki reached the milestone last season…

28 апреля, 16:28

Mosaic (MOS) to Report Q1 Earnings: What's in the Cards?

Mosaic (MOS) is set to release first-quarter 2017 results before the opening bell on May 2.

27 апреля, 14:31

Еврокомиссия признала бельгийскую почту монополистом, потребовала открытия рынка за 2 месяца

Европейская комиссия считает положение бельгийского почтового оператора Bpost "излишне доминирующим" и требует от властей Бельгии исправить ситуацию в течение двух месяцев и сделать рынок более открытым.

27 февраля 2013, 21:26

The 5th UN Alliance of Civilizations Global Forum opens at Vienna

Hofburg Palace, Vienna (Austria) - Speakers at the opening of the 5th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations all emphasized conflict resolution using Syria as an example. Under the sparkling chandeliers of the Hofsburg Palace in Vienna, world leaders and other participants are meeting to discuss ways to further the goals of the UNAOC while encouraging more responsible leadership. The foreign minister of Austria Michael Spindelegger opened the session by stressing how his country's tradition of wanting a dialogue matches the goals of the UNAOC. That theme was later elaborated on by the country's Federal President Heinz Fischer. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke about conflict resolution, job creation and specific troubles going on around the globe. "In too many places, anti-Muslim sentiment has become commonplace," Ban Ki-moon said. "Migrants from all backgrounds are vilified instead of embraced. When such attitudes are left unchallenged, racists feel empowered." He spoke at length about Syria, describing it as a 'mosaic of tribes, religion, culture and traditions. Later, during a press conference, he blamed the language of hatred for creating a divide in the world.