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It’s Time to Go Grocery Shopping at . . . Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN)?

September 15th, 2015 by

Dallas Farmer's MarketWe all have our regular habits when it comes to the flow of our daily lives. Of course, there are times when this flow can be disrupted and, for some of us, the rest of our day is wrecked.

Who hasn’t been caught in the epic battle of the self in which we have to decide whether to return to a cramped grocery store with mobs of starved customers pouncing on the last package of Oreo cookies or staying home and missing a daily essential until the next time we return to that gaping hole of hungry and almost desperate strangers that is the neighborhood grocery store?

While I may be exaggerating (although, if you’re as socially awkward as I am, you may understand my dilemma a bit more), it can be a chore for some to perform their regular grocery shopping. Shopping doesn’t only take effort for those with social anxiety, but also for those without transportation and for those with disabilities which limit their movement. Some may not agree that grocery shopping itself is a burden, but to those of us with social anxiety or some other legitimate explanation for not being able to do our own grocery shopping, it is. But, a new solution has emerged: Online grocery shopping and home delivery.

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Forget the Trojan Horse, Heed the Russian Nesting Doll

September 14th, 2015 by

These Russian nesting dolls have been separated and lined in descending order.

These Russian nesting dolls have been separated and lined in descending order.

If you’re familiar with any spy movie of the 21st century, you’ll likely imagine spies as secret agents dressed in black who attempt to retrieve something without being recognized. Whether they’re one of the “good guys” or the “bad guys,” spies are pictured handling near-impossible physical tasks in order to obtain certain information. However, spies have actually taken a different approach to their covert affairs: hacking.

As of late, hacking has become an expansive phenomena, especially in the United States. The latest businesses and organizations which have been hacked over the last two years include Target, Home Depot, Premera Blue Cross, the USPS, and many more. So, what’s the deal with hacking, you ask?

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This is a reconstruction of Australopithecus afarensis, an early ancestor of modern humans.

I Love Lucy, But H. naledi Is The New Prize

September 10th, 2015 by

This is a reconstruction of Australopithecus afarensis, an early ancestor of modern humans.

This is a reconstruction of Australopithecus afarensis, an early ancestor of modern humans.

Arguably, the most famous hominid fossil found is that of “Lucy,” who is classified as Australopithecus afarensis. Lucy is the most complete A. afarensis fossil to be found and the oldest (3.2 million years old). While Lucy remains the oldest A. afarensis in record, a new species of hominin has been discovered near Johannesburg, South Africa which could be the proverbial “missing link.”

 

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Chevron (NYSE:CVX) vs. Ecuador (and Canada)

September 8th, 2015 by

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Ecuador is home to one of the most biodiverse areas in the world. Not only is it a top destination for nature-lovers, but it is also rich with indigenous cultures. The country is known for its tourist destinations, particularly those which are associated with ecotourism.

Ecuador’s ecotourism industry has been growing and will likely continue to do so and become a more important part of the state’s economic policies. However, the sanctity of Ecuador’s pristine environment may have been compromised in the 1970s and 1980s when Texaco/Chevron (NYSE:CVX) partnered with Ecuador’s national oil company.

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Newcomer Fiorina Advances in Polls

September 2nd, 2015 by

Carly Fiorina, former HP CEO, is currently a leading GOP candidate.

Carly Fiorina, former HP CEO, is currently a leading GOP candidate.

While many are familiar with the Democratic field’s current top contender, Hillary R. Clinton, fewer know about the GOP’s so-called “undercard,” Carly Fiorina. Fiorina didn’t start as one of the GOP’s leading contenders. While she may not be leading the Republican field, Carly Fiorina is gaining momentum.

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Do You Hear the Candidates Sing?

August 26th, 2015 by

The angry rhetoric of Canadian candidates resembles a musical scene from Les Miserables. Taken from NewYorkTheater.me

The angry rhetoric of Canadian candidates resembles a musical scene from Les Miserables. Taken from NewYorkTheater.me

Once again, it’s time for people to listen to the Conservative and Liberal candidates and cast their votes . . . in Canada, that is. Canadians are ready to vote for their members of parliament and subsequently, the prime minister. The upcoming October election is a close race and polls split support for the top three parties almost evenly. The equal split in support in the Conservative party, New Democratic party, and the Liberal party have brought about some disharmonious proclamations between some of the party nominees. First, let us look at how parliament works and some of its similarities to the better understood republican democracy in the U.S.

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Alexander Hamilton has appeared on $10 notes and gold certificates since at least 1928. His portrait has appeared on various denominations of paper money since 1861.

Sorry, Mrs. Roosevelt. You Aren’t Your Husband

August 25th, 2015 by

Alexander Hamilton has appeared on $10 notes and gold certificates since at least 1928. His portrait has appeared on various denominations of paper money since 1861.

Alexander Hamilton has appeared on $10 notes and gold certificates since at least 1928. His portrait has appeared on various denominations of paper money since 1861.

There has been a recent move to add a prominent woman to U.S. currency. The famous Women On $20s (W20s) campaign has petitioned the U.S. Treasury to add a historically significant woman onto the $20 bill to celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. However, as of late, the U.S. Treasury Department has mentioned redesigning the $10 note instead of the $20 note, as was originally suggested by the Women on 20s campaign.

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Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime are the three best-known video streamers. (Source: Flickr)

Cable is Becoming “Lost” to Streaming Services

August 13th, 2015 by

Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime are the three best-known video streamers. (Source: Flickr)

Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime are the three best-known video streamers. (Source: Flickr)

Netflix is the great and powerful Oz in the land of video streamers. The booming demand for video streaming services has been giving cable TV a run for its money.

More people are cutting cable out of their lives and out of their budget. Consumers are deciding that pricey cable subscriptions just aren’t worth the money that goes into them, especially when there are cheaper alternatives out there to choose from.

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“So Long, Farewell” to Columbia House Records

August 11th, 2015 by

An early ad for Columbia House Records. (Taken from Flickr)

An early ad for Columbia House Records. (Taken from Flickr)

Columbia House Records filed for bankruptcy yesterday after more than nineteen years of decline. The company started as a mail-order music company in 1955. In 1982, the CBS video library club became a part of Columbia House records and Columbia House began to offer VHS videos in addition to music albums. Later, the company expanded to include DVDs as well and phased out the sale of albums in 2010. Continue Reading  

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Rebound for Silver Price on the Horizon?

August 7th, 2015 by

bull-marketThe spot price for silver hit a six-year low this week amid a large sell-off in the precious metals generally. Silver prices had remained fairly insulated during the past five weeks before breaking lower. One prominent reason silver spot prices have remained flat is because of the steady supply of silver which has been produced for industrial purposes.

Silver is sometimes called a “hybrid metal” because it is both a precious metal and widely used in industry. This means that silver prices aren’t only affected by the precious metals market, but also by industrial demand for medical equipment, electronics, radiography, and the manufacture of electrical systems.

Spot silver had been stuck near $14.55/oz before rallying some 2% back to nearly $14.90/oz by week’s end. So what are market analysts saying about the future of silver prices?

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The Adventures of Tin, Tin, Tin

July 30th, 2015 by

The industrial metals have been mired in a downward cycle over the past year. For much—if not all—of 2015, the market for industrial metals has been rather unfavorable and analyst expectations haven’t provided much hope for their improvement, either. However, the one outlier in July has been tin.

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Currently, tin is used for a variety of purposes. These uses are mostly limited to home construction, outdoor home decor, and electronics. In particular, tin is used in sheet metal, roofing materials, gutters, lighting devices, and as fire protection on wooden doors. The metal’s high resistance to corrosion from moisture and oxygen means that it is typically used as a coating for other metals or as an alloy with other metals.

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