These wacky, yet top-selling products actually became million-dollar inventions.
Match Quality, Search, and the Internet Market for Used Books -- by Glenn Ellison, Sara Fisher Ellison
This paper examines the effect of the Internet on markets in which match-quality is important, including an analysis of the market for used books. A model in which sellers of unusual objects wait for high-value buyers to arrive brings out match quality and competition effects through which improved search technologies may increase both price dispersion and social welfare. A reduced-form empirical analysis finds support for a number of more nuanced predictions of the model in the context of the used book market, exploiting both cross-sectional differences across books and time-series differences in the wake of Amazon's acquisition and incorporation of a large used book marketplace. The paper develops a framework for structural estimation of a model based on the theory. The estimates suggest that the shift to Internet sales substantially increased both seller profits and consumer surplus.
Critics fret some agency leaders are blurring the lines between church and state.
These days, no Instagram post or fashion show is complete without a liberal sprinkling of glitter. But questions surround its environmental impact – and role in child slavery. Is it time to stop?Last year was the best of times and the worst of times for glitter. New York magazine’s fashion title, the Cut, declared: “In 2017, there’s no such thing as too much twinkle.” The managers of one London pub agreed, adding glitter to its Christmas dinner gravy and declaring it the “perfect way to spread festive cheer”. Teen Vogue gave tips on how to be the “new extra-glittery you” for New Year’s Eve, from transforming your hair with sparkly roots to “disco ball” eyelids. At London fashion week, designer Ashish Gupta sent one model down the catwalk in a top that read: “More glitter, less Twitter,” a pointed jab at Donald Trump.In the digital realm, a glitter tongue trend swept Instagram sparking concerns about people swallowing it, while artist Sara Shakeel went viral for Photoshop collages in which she embellished stretch marks with glitter. An app called Kirakira+, which makes Instagram posts look like the insides of snow globes, became a vital accessory for the fashion set, from makeup artist Pat McGrath to model Bella Hadid. It was glitter’s year for letting its hair down. Continue reading...
The Kindergarten Teacher review - brilliantly observed ethical pretzel about a poetically gifted kid
A precociously five-year-old is discovered by pre-school teacher Maggie Gyllenhaal in a wonderfully sensitive American remake of an Israeli originalNadiv Lapid’s Hebrew-language The Kindergarten Teacher was one of the more unshakable films of 2015, with its wonderfully inscrutable nature,. One of the most important things that writer-director Sara Colangelo has done in her American remake is keep the central mystery intact. There is a list of small changes, some tweaks to the characters, a few added jokes, but this is very much the same movie told a second time. Is that necessary? Sure, why the hell not, especially when either version is so great. Moreover, it’s a chance to see Maggie Gyllenhaal give one of the best performances of her career.When we first meet Lisa Spinelli she’s a caring, patient kindergarten teacher in Staten Island who takes a weekly poetry class in Manhattan. (If you are fuzzy on your geography, this means crossing the mighty New York harbor in a huge and highly photogenic orange ferry.) By the end she’s a, well … I don’t want to spoil it, but let’s just call her a social vigilante. One of her young students, Jimmy (Parker Sevak) behaves like a regular five year-old most of the time, but now and again he goes into something of a trance-like state and starts reciting poetry. His syntax and vocabulary are clearly coming from “somewhere else,” and while a lesser film would go down some sort of supernatural possession route, what drives Lisa more than anything else is her desire to archive his work. Continue reading...
On The Listening Post this week: Will Facebook's news feed reforms deal with hate speech, fake news and the need for moderation? Plus, a uniquely South Korean media phenomenon: "Defector TV". Less news in the news feed: Behind the Facebook reform Having transformed the way billions of people consume and share news stories online, Facebook has announced it is taking a big chunk of the news out of its news feed and, in doing so, retreating from a crucial part of its business. CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he's doing right by the people who matter most to him, his users, but many in the media are not buying it. So what will the social media giant's new policy mean for news organisations and news consumers? Contributors: Sara Fischer, media reporter, Axios Sue Halpern, writer and scholar-in-residence, Middlebury College Surya Mattu, engineer and data reporter, Gizmodo Alan Wolk, author of Over The Top. How The Internet Is (Slowly But Surely) Changing The Television Industry On our radar Two Reuters journalists are facing up to 14 years in jail in Myanmar for supposedly breaching an obscure, colonial-era law. A legal battle looms in the Philippines where the authorities want to take down an online news site, Rappler. South Korea's 'Defector TV' Despite sharing the same peninsula, the citizens of South Korea don't know as much about their northern neighbours as you might think. Most of what they do know comes from the testimonies of those who have sought asylum in the south. The Listening Post explores a uniquely South Korean phenomenon: 'Defector TV'. Contributors: Kim A-ra, defector and broadcaster, Channel A Christopher Green, co-editor, Sino-NK Park Hyun-sun, sociology professor, Ewha Womans University Kim Ji-young, defector and broadcaster, TV Chosun - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
All hell is breaking loose in Washington D.C. after a four-page memo detailing extensive FISA court abuse was made available to the entire House of Representatives Thursday. The contents of the memo are so explosive, says Journalist Sara Carter, that it could lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and the Department of Justice and the end of Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation. These sources say the report is “explosive,” stating they would not be surprised if it leads to the end of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation into President Trump and his associates. -Sara Carter Photo source: daggernews.com A source close to the matter tells Fox News that "the memo details the Intelligence Committee's oversight work for the FBI and Justice, including the controversy over unmasking and FISA surveillance." An educated guess by anyone who's been paying attention for the last year leads to the obvious conclusion that the report reveals extensive abuse of power and highly illegal collusion between the Obama administration, the FBI, the DOJ and the Clinton Campaign against Donald Trump and his team during and after the 2016 presidential election. Lawmakers who have seen the memo are calling for its immediate release, while the phrases "explosive," "shocking," "troubling," and "alarming" have all been used in all sincerity. One congressman even likened the report's details to KGB activity in Russia. “It is so alarming the American people have to see this,” Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan told Fox News. “It's troubling. It is shocking,” North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows said. “Part of me wishes that I didn't read it because I don’t want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much.” Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., offered the motion on Thursday to make the Republican majority-authored report available to the members. “The document shows a troubling course of conduct and we need to make the document available, so the public can see it,” said a senior government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the document. “Once the public sees it, we can hold the people involved accountable in a number of ways.” The government official said that after reading the document “some of these people should no longer be in the government.” -Sara Carter Immediately #ReleaseTheMemo #FISAMemo & ALL relevant material sourced in it. Every American needs to know the truth! We wouldn't be revealing any sources & methods that we shouldn't; only feds' reliance on bad sources & methods. — Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) January 19, 2018 Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) nods his head *Yes* before conceding he can't talk specifics when Sean Hannity asks if Comey knew about FISA abuses. #ReleaseTheMemo pic.twitter.com/CyldDY4CuZ — Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) January 19, 2018 Releasing this classified info doesn't compromise good sources & methods. It reveals the feds' reliance on bad sources & methods. — Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) January 18, 2018 The classified report compiled by House Intelligence is deeply troubling and raises serious questions about the upper echelon of the Obama DOJ and Comey FBI as it relates to the so-called collusion investigation. — Ron DeSantis (@RepDeSantis) January 18, 2018 While the report is classified as Top Secret, I believe the select committee should, pursuant to House rules, vote to make the report publicly available as soon as possible. This is a matter of national significance and the American people deserve the truth. — Ron DeSantis (@RepDeSantis) January 18, 2018 Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) echoed Sara Carter's sentiment that people might lose their job if the memo is released: Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein“I believe the consequence of its release will be major changes in people currently working at the FBI and the Department of Justice,” he said, referencing DOJ officials Rod Rosenstein and Bruce Ohr. Meanwhile, Rep. Matt Gatetz (R-FL) said not only will the release of this memo result in DOJ firing, but "people will go to jail." Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) on FISA memo: "I think this will not just end with firings, I believe there are people who will go to jail!" #ReleaseTheMemo pic.twitter.com/7pxs2mEBQ5 — Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) January 19, 2018 Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino says "Take it to the bank, the FBI/FISA docs are devastating for the Dems." Take it to the bank, the FBI/FISA docs are devastating for the Dems. The whole image of a benevolent Barack Obama they’ve disingenuously tried to portray is about to be destroyed. The real Obama, the vengeful narcissist, is going to be exposed for all to see. — Dan Bongino (@dbongino) January 18, 2018 My sincere apologies for the expletive but SHIT IS ABOUT TO HIT THE FAN. The former Obama administration’s going to have a lot of explaining to do. #Obamagate — Dan Bongino (@dbongino) January 19, 2018 The dossier was used in part as evidence for a warrant to surveil members of the Trump campaign, according to a story published this month. Former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled the dossier in 2016, was hired by embattled research firm Fusion GPS. The firm’s founder is Glenn Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal reporter who has already testified before Congress in relation to the dossier. In October, The Washington Post revealed for the first time that it was the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC that financed Fusion GPS. Congressional members are hopeful that the classified information will be declassified and released to the public. “We probably will get this stuff released by the end of the month,” stated a congressional member, who asked not to be named. -Sara Carter Releasing the memo to the public would require a committee vote, a source told Fox, adding that if approved, it could be released as long as there are no objections from the White House within five days. Reactions from the citizenry have been on point: Obama's FBI colluded with the Clinton campaign to destroy a Presidential candidate - and then an elected POTUS & his family. It's the greatest scandal in American history & the public need to know the truth. https://t.co/PYafr0AqLq — Imperator_Rex (@Imperator_Rex3) January 18, 2018 All of this is good to know. And it's perfectly understandable that the members of the House committee are outraged. But if the end results is not a series of indictments and prosecutions for flagrant criminal sedition, the Obama/Hillary corruption will be enshrined as law. — Christopher G. Adamo (@CGAdamo) January 18, 2018 The swamp runs deep and it is about to be EXPOSED. #ReleasetheMemo #Obamagate pic.twitter.com/Ylc67MiZKE — Mike Tokes (@MikeTokes) January 19, 2018 When you have congressmen getting on National Television stating the Intelligence memo they just read could threaten our Democracy, you damn well better #ReleaseTheMemo. This DC swamp scum game needs end. — Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) January 18, 2018 #ReleaseTheMemo #ReleaseTheMemo #ReleaseTheMemo #ReleaseTheMemo#ReleaseTheMemo #ReleaseTheMemo #ReleaseTheMemo #ReleaseTheMemo#ReleaseTheMemo #ReleaseTheMemo #ReleaseTheMemo #ReleaseTheMemo — PHIL🇺🇸🇧🇪4TRUMP✝️ (@PinkBelgium) January 19, 2018 [email protected] is it possible for you to get a bladder infection long enough to leak 💦 the FISA Memo? America is asking. #ReleaseTheMemo #MAGA pic.twitter.com/uKwSmvkKSV — Carrie❤️America🇺🇸 (@carrieksada) January 19, 2018 Obama: what wires?#ObamaGate #ReleaseTheMemo pic.twitter.com/ZmGIUISz4l — thebradfordfile (@thebradfordfile) January 19, 2018 Even WikiLeaks has joined the fray, offering a reward in Bitcoin to anyone who will share the memo: #ReleaseTheMemo: Do you know someone who has access to the FISA abuse memo? Send them here: https://t.co/cLRcuIiQXz WikiLeaks will match reward funds up to $1m sent to this unique Bitcoin address: 3Q2KXS8WYT6dvr91bM2RjvBHqMyx9CbPMN or marked 'memo2018': https://t.co/lmsmphuH2N pic.twitter.com/j1YEkXqi2S — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 19, 2018 Of all the recent developments in the ongoing investigation(s), this one is on the cusp of turning into a genuine happening.
“Explosive”, “Shocking” And “Alarming” FISA Memo Set To Rock DC, “End Mueller Investigation” All hell is breaking loose in Washington D.C. after a four-page memo detailing extensive FISA court abuse was made available to the entire House of Representatives Thursday. The contents of the memo are so explosive, says Journalist Sara Carter, that it could… The post Explosive Finding of Corruption at Top Level of FBI and DOJ appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.
Sara CarterA review of a classified document outlining what is described as extensive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse was made available to all House members Thursday and the revelations could lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice, several sources with knowledge of the document stated. These sources say the report is “explosive,” stating they would not be surprised if it leads to the end of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation into President Trump and his associates.
Season 14 of the ABC hit 'Grey's Anatomy' is underway. But could this be the last year we see Meredith and company on screen?
Martanova Maria Nel cantone di Afrin, nel nord della provincia siriana di Aleppo, i militanti filo-turchi delle forze armate "dell'Esercito Siriano Libero" hanno sparato contro il villaggio curdo di Sharanli. Non c'è informazione su dei gravi danneggiamenti e delle vittime, ma questo è stato un altro bombardamento delle case di civili che si verificano regolarmente nell'area. Abbiamo riportato il 23 dicembre, l'artiglieria turca ha sparato contro le posizioni delle unità di autodifesa curde ad ovest di Azaz, in Maranaz e Milkih vicino alla base militare di Menah. I soldati della Milizia Popolare della Repubblica Popolare di Lugansk hanno abbattuto il drone senza pilota delle forze speciali di Kiev che era stato usato nelle missioni di ricognizione degli obiettivi dell'artiglieria. Lo ha riferito oggi l'ufficcio stampa del Ministero della Difesa della Repubblica. Negli ultimi 24 ore le forze speciali ucraine hanno violato tre volte il regime del cessate il fuoco ottenuto in occasione del Capodanno sparando 20 diversi tipi di munizione contro i territori di prima linea della Repubblica popolare di Donetsk. I distretti di tre insediamenti della Repubblica sono stati sottoposti ai bombardamenti delle forze armate ucraine. Durante i bombardamenti, il nemico ha usato dei mortai di vario calibro, delle lanciagranate e delle armi leggere. Ieri sera il villaggio di Staromikhaylovka nella zona ovest di Donetsk è stato l'oggetto dei bombardamenti effettuati dalle lanciagranate. Lo scambio di prigionieri tra Kiev, la Repubblica Popolare di Donetsk e la Repubblica Popolare di Lugansk è stato finalmente concordato e si terrà il 27 dicembre, ha detto il capo della Repubblica Popolare di Donetsk Alexander Zakharchenko. Zakharchenko ha aggiunto sottolineando l'importanza dell'evento svoltosi oggi che le ultime condizioni erano state discusse e il 27 dicembre lo scambio sarebbe effettuato secondo la formula "306 per 74". Gli Stati Uniti hanno intenzione di fornire all'Ucraina "le armi avanzate" per rafforzare la capacità di difesa del paese. Lo ha affermato la portavoce del Dipartimento di Stato americano Heather Nauert. Washington vuole consegnare all'Ucraina le armi anticarro di $ 47 milioni. È probabile che tra queste armi ci siano i missili anticarro dei complessi Javelin. Se il piano sara' approvato da Trump, il piano sara' inviato al Congresso degli Stati Uniti, dove verra' esaminato durante 30 giorni. Oggi di pomeriggio a Mosca l'autobus si è schiantato contro il sottopassaggio pedonale. Secondo le informazioni preliminari, l'autista dell'autobus ha perso il controllo ed è risultato nella sezione pedonale. A seguito dell'incidente, decine di persone sono rimaste ferite, cinque persone - uccise. ___________________________________________________ Агентство ANNA-News это волонтерский проект. Волонтеры ANNA-News ведут свои репортажи с мест событий, снимают видеоролики и публикуют аналитические статьи по проблеме национальной безопасности России и ее союзников в современных военно-политических условиях. ANNA-News это самые последние и актуальные новости из районов боевых действий Более подробно на сайте http://anna-news.info Помочь материально: http://anna-news.info/помощь-агентству-anna-news/ Мы в соцсетях: Вконтакте https://vk.com/anna_news Facebooke https://www.facebook.com/newsanna/ Twitter https://twitter.com/annanews_info Instagram https://www.instagram.com/anna_news.info/
AT least 37 people, including call center staff from an American firm, are believed to have perished in a fire that tore through a shopping mall in the southern Philippine city of Davao, local authorities
Earlier this year, we reported that in its 52-years of operation sandwich chain Subway - for the first time ever - contracted in 2016, closing 359 U.S. locations. Bloomberg described the situation as the “biggest retrenchment in the history of the restaurant chain” whose total store count dropped 1.3% from 27,103 in 2015 to 26,744, while the company failed to keep up with the latest fast-food eatery trends. “Subway is in the midst of a massive transformation, and change of this size takes time,” a representative for the company told Business Insider. “Our goal is to strengthen the Subway brand in every market around the world to give Subway franchisees the greatest opportunity to successfully grow their businesses.” Confirming that Subway has indeed peaked in its 5 decades-long business cycle, even as management desperately attempts to engineer a soft landing, a Subway representative said that another 909 locations have been closed in 2017, representing more than 3% of the chain’s 2016 U.S. stores. This is the second consecutive year that subway has closed hundreds of locations. The company is currently operating 25,835 shops in the U.S., compared with 26,744 at the end of 2016. Sales in 2016 have also declined -1.70% after 359 locations were dropped. It’s evident that a domestic sales slowdown has rippled its way through the company in 2017, and will most likely persist through 2018. There is more bad news: the company’s international business has stalled with the decline of 471 international shops. In 2017, the chain had 44,014 worldwide, down from its 44,485 stores in 2016. Subway has failed to keep pace with fast-casual competitors: Panera, Starbucks, and Sweetgreen, as the company, is not deemed cool by millennials. "Today, people are ever more educated on nutrition, food sourcing, and ethical holistic business models," Sara Bamossy, the chief strategy officer at ad agency Pitch, told Business Insider. “To create (or to rekindle) loyalty and sales, it is not enough to label something as ‘natural’ and it’s not enough to be affordably priced.” On top of Subway’s troubles, the overall restaurant industry is waning and could fry the dreams of a smooth transition by management. The private company has been pressured not only by a sharp recent decline in US restaurant traffic and sales – an industry which as we reported recently suffered its worst collapse since 2009 – but by the industry’s heavy reliance on discounts and promotions. Subway also has lost some of its luster as a healthier-food option, Bloomberg notes as it has been working to restore its status by eliminating antibiotics from its chicken and switching to cage-free eggs. Mitesh Raval, a Virginia franchise owner, said “the national promotional focus over the past five years … has decimated [us] and left many franchisees unprofitable and even insolvent.” More than 400 franchise owners have banded together and signed a petition, which “protests chain’s plans to roll out its famous $5 footlong deal in January." The deal officially starts on Jan 1, 2018, while the appetite for a more larger crisis with franchisees could be evident in 2018. And of course, no one can forget Subway’s former spokesman Jared Fogle, who turned out to be a creep, charged with having sex with minors and possessing child pornography. Subway bet the farm on branding with Fogle and cut ties with him in 2015, just around the time when store closures started. In summary, the compounding effect of store closures, eatery trends, waning restaurant industry, and poor advertisement choices, have ultimately dethroned Subway, and now forced the company into a contraction phase for the second year in a row.
Tax bill protects vague language that critics say helps nonprofit hospitals maintain exempt status while reducing free care.
Maya MacGuineas, Committee for a Responsible Budget, and Sara Fagen, DDC Advocacy Partners, discuss the potential economic cost of the GOP tax bill.
Аналитическое управление ГК "ФИНАМ" начало вести мониторинг динамики акций компании "Tyson Foods" - одного из крупнейших мировых производителей свинины, говядины и курятины. Акциям компании присваивается рекомендация "покупать" с целевой ценой в 93,50 долларов США и потенциалом роста в 15%. Компания Tyson Foods является лидером в пищевой промышленности США и крупнейшим поставщиком мяса птицы и говядины, потребление которого растет из года в год. Примечательно, что на долю говядины приходится порядка 38% от общего объема продаж компании, а на долю курятины – около 30%. Благодаря приобретению в середине 2014 года фирмы Hillshire Brands компания Tyson Foods существенно расширила свою деятельность в области производства полуфабрикатов и заняла позицию лидирующего в США поставщика готовой продукции, пополнив свой портфель такими брендами, как Jimmy Dean, Ball Park, Hillshire Farm, State Fair, Sara Lee и Aidells.
An academic’s attempt to shoehorn Dylan into the pantheon of literary greats misunderstands the singer’s appealIn June 1970, a reluctant Bob Dylan turned up at Princeton University to receive an honorary degree. He had been persuaded to attend by his then-wife, Sara, and his friend and fellow musician David Crosby, but the ceremony so rattled him that he referred to it subsequently in a scathing song called Day of the Locusts. It included the line, “sure was glad to get out of there alive”.What annoyed Dylan most was the introductory speech in which he was referred to as “the disturbed and concerned conscience of young America”. Over three decades later, as the following passage from his 2004 memoir, Chronicles Volume One, illustrates, that description still rankled. “Oh sweet Jesus! It was like a jolt. I shuddered and trembled but remained expressionless. The disturbed conscience of young America. There it was again. I couldn’t believe it! The speaker could have said many things, he could have emphasised a few things about my music.” Continue reading...
Пентагон обнародовал видео, на котором американские военные ведут слежку за неопознанным летающим объектом. Об этом сообщает издание The Independent. На записи показана операция, которую в 2004 году осуществили два истребителя F/A-18 Super Hornets у берегов Сан-Диего. На ролике заметен неизвестный вращающийся объект, парящий на высоте 24 километра над землей, говорится в статье. Как сообщает издание, командир Дэвид Фрэвор и капитан-лейтенант Джим Слейт находились на обычной тренировочной миссии в 160 километрах от Тихого океана, когда им приказали перехватить некий летательный аппарат. Фрэвор был поражен скоростью, которую удалось развить неизвестному воздушному судну.