In 1991, about 25 babies in every 100,000 in the United States were born with spina bifida, a birth defect that can cause paralysis and brain damage. Fifteen years later, the likelihood had fallen by nearly one-third. That so many babies could be spared such a fate was thanks to the simple discovery that folic […]

The whole gimmick of “Black Mirror” has traditionally been that technology is amazing, but also bad; the title of the show itself literally refers to the black rectangle we all stare at when our phone screen isn’t lit up. From the worst uses of a Google Glass-type tech in “The Entire History of You” to […]

I know that’s a lot to take in, but here’s where things get interesting. If you peruse recent exit polls, you’ll quickly observe that many of the old preclearance states retain exactly the kind of racially polarized voting patterns that, thanks to the Allen ruling, can trigger judicial skepticism. I quoted Alabama’s voting stats above. […]

Just how empty is the Treasury cash coffer? For comparison, $38.8 billion is on par with the gross domestic product of Bahrain and Paraguay and lower than the net worth of more than two dozen of the wealthiest people in the world. Of course, much of the assets of those billionaires are tied up in […]

The second meeting in two months between leaders of Japan and South Korea after years without a formal summit marks another win for the Biden administration, which has sought to unite the allies to cooperate against North Korea and undercut China’s growing power. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is scheduled to arrive in Seoul on Sunday […]

Warren Buffett famously said, ‘Volatility is far from synonymous with risk.’ When we think about how risky a company is, we always like to look at its use of debt, since debt overload can lead to ruin. Importantly, Black Hills Corporation (NYSE:BKH) does carry debt. But the real question is whether this debt is making […]

Time to upgrade your wardrobe for winter or get cracking on those Christmas wish lists? Look no further than this year’s Black Friday sales to get you sorted, all at greatly discounted prices too, of course. For Fitness, tech, clothing and a whole load more, there are unmissable deals to be found from all your […]

David Iben put it well when he said, ‘Volatility is not a risk we care about. What we care about is avoiding the permanent loss of capital.’ It’s only natural to consider a company’s balance sheet when you examine how risky it is, since debt is often involved when a business collapses. We can see […]

WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s judicial nominees appear nowhere on the ballot in Tuesday’s U.S. midterm elections but his ability to keep reshaping the federal judiciary hinges on the results of the voting that will determine whether his fellow Democrats keep control of the Senate. The Senate has the authority to confirm […]

Legendary fund manager Li Lu (who Charlie Munger backed) once said, ‘The biggest investment risk is not the volatility of prices, but whether you will suffer a permanent loss of capital.’ So it might be obvious that you need to consider debt, when you think about how risky any given stock is, because too much […]

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