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Powers of Ten, Brought to You by the Modernists of the 1700s

Never say that the late 1700s were anything but modern. People then were fascinated with science, and the new. One result of this is our tendency to count things off in tens.

The Constitution of the United States, ratified in 1788, made this nation the first in the world to…

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Inflation Remains Low, Says the Government

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

Over the last 12 months, the all items index rose 1.6 percent.

The energy index declined again in June, falling 1.6…

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The Pessimism of Generation X

America had high hopes for Generation X. After all, they got a much cooler name than the precious “Baby Boomer” or the marketing-speak “Millennial.” So why are the Xers so pessimistic?

According to a new survey from FICO, only 32 percent of Gen X say they are confident they…

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Our Beloved Infrastructure

These days there’s a lot of talk about infrastructure in the U.S. Mainly we talk about how it’s all crumbling, and in desperate need of maintenance. But as the U.S. Census Bureau reminds us, we were once the infrastructure champions of the world.

Let’s just…

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Wage Gains Continue to Lag

Job gains have been strong this year, but wages continue to grow at a painfully slow rate.

Real average hourly earnings for all employees increased 0.2 percent from May to June, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

This result stems from a 0.2-percent…

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Home, Sweet Investment

Eighty four percent of Americans see homeownership as a good investment, according to new research from the National Association of Realtors. That’s the highest number since 2007. However, many feel that this investment is falling out of reach.

The NAR found that concerns over housing affordability show clear demographic…

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Full-Time Employed, with a Side Hustle

Over 44 million American adults have a side hustle – that is, a way to earn extra money other than a main source of income, according to a new report from Bankrate.com.

This includes 28% of younger millennials (ages 18-26), who are the most likely age group to have…

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Healthcare Bullies Are a Threat to Patient Safety, Report Finds

Bullying or aggressive behaviors between healthcare providers can seriously impact safe patient care, a report from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority finds.

“Facility-reported events between healthcare providers in Pennsylvania included descriptions of verbal abuse, intimidating behaviors, and work interference,” said Dr. Ellen S. Deutsch, medical director for the Authority…

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Where The Jobs Are

The economy turned in a good performance last month, at least in terms of jobs. A big 222,000 new jobs were in June. This exceeded expectations by a lot. But which sectors of the economy were hiring the most?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment…

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