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Microsoft Reveals Another Major Limitation On User Control Over Windows 10 Updates

22-05-2019

The new user controls over the Windows 10 update process are very limited. The controls already present in Windows 10 are not.Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinmurnane/2019/05/22/microsoft-reveals-another-major-limitation-on-user-control-over-windows-10-updates/

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TransferWise Reaches $3.5 Billion Valuation After Secondary Stock Sale

21-05-2019

BlackRock and other large investment funds have acquired a $292 million stake in TransferWise, a cross-border money transfer service that has grown rapidly since launching in 2011, and is a star of Europe’s startup scene. In an announcement on Wednesday, London-based TransferWise said the stock purchase...

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Brainstorm Health: Verily Pharma Partners, ‘Conscience’ Clause Lawsuits, Merck’s Mulligan

21-05-2019

Good afternoon, readers. I read something pretty troubling (if not surprising) this morning. And, yes, it has to do with my generation, AKA the millennial folk. You may have heard that American health care is an unadulterated mess, and that messiness forces millions of people to make...

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Huawei: Winners And Losers

21-05-2019

Nothing happens in isolation. If Huawei is taken out of the equation, on the back of a Trump/China trade war there will be consequences.Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/simonrockman1/2019/05/21/huawei-winners-and-losers/

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USPS Is Testing Self-Driving Trucks to Move Mail and Packages Between Cities

21-05-2019

The United States Postal Service is going to put mail on self-driving trucks. Starting on Tuesday morning, letters and packages moving between Phoenix and Dallas will travel on customized Peterbilt trucks run by TuSimple, an autonomous startup based in San Diego. There will be five round...

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Sen. Bernie Sanders to Crash Walmart Annual Meeting

21-05-2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to crash Walmart Inc.'s annual shareholder meeting next month, but he won't get the VIP treatment the retailer usually extends to famous guests. Sanders, a longtime critic of labor practices at the nation's biggest private employer, will introduce a shareholder proposal at...

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TheOpinionPoll.com: 2019 Important Issues

 

When it comes to the efficient delivery of goods and services, capitalism is the proven economic model that puts people to work and products on the shelves. Whether those jobs end up paying enough money to purchase the items on those shelves is another matter, however. 

The truth is that while capitalism is an excellent vehicle to promote consumption and opportunities for expression of economic freedom of choice, it is not ideally suited to ensuring that everyone has the wherewithal to avail themselves of those opportunities. With the myriad of threats facing our nation, perhaps the most dangerous is the growth of income inequality between the top one percent of the nation and the remaining 99%.

Importance of a Middle Class

As a nation we celebrate the presence of a once robust middle class, and while politicians are quick to give lip service to this critical economic segment of society, their tax and monetary policies are eating into the savings and importance of this group. This fact can be seen in the erosion of the middle class purchasing power as their influence is siphoned off in favor of upper income and corporate tax breaks.

Regrettably, the"idea" of a middle class requires more than lip service during the occasional electoral cycle to make it a viable social, political, and economic entity. The fact of the matter is, a vibrant middle class only arises when nations make the decision to foster that development.

The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.

People working minimum wage jobs, especially in the fast food industry, started a movement a year and a half ago to educate people about fast food working conditions, how little they're paid and how they can't pay their living expenses for themselves and their families. The problem they claim is that too many people still believe that high school and college aged young people mostly hold fast food jobs. These jobs don't need to be high paying because it's just extra income for kids to buy things they want. The reality is quite different. The majority of people working in fast food are adults who often rely on that minimum wage job to pay for rent, utilities and to support families. Most families working low-paying jobs like those in fast food often supplement their income with food stamps, Medicaid and cash assistance. This shifts the burden of supporting these people onto the taxpayers.

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