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In Today’s Newsletter:

  • The Fed gives us their weather forecast
  • Playstation 5 release date
  • The most violent state in America

In Case You Missed It

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Barbados is ready to ditch the Queen as head of state. The Caribbean island is prepared to end the chapter on colonialism and plans to have full sovereignty by November 2021.

The Big Ten college football season is back on after players, coaches, and politicians freaked out that the league had canceled the season. The 8-game season will start on October 24.

A 100 million-year-old bit of sperm was found preserved in amber in a crustacean. This is exactly like the plot of Jurassic Park! We are a little worried about this!

On Today’s Live Show: Green Party Presidential Candidate Howie Hawkins is joining us. Be sure to tune in live. Subscribe and join us at 9AM EST right here.

Coronavirus Update: Total confirmed U.S. cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 6,630,890 — Total deaths: 196,802 — Total recoveries: 2,525,573

Biden: “I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump”

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The Lead: The Fed is a total zero 

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The Federal Reserve said that interest rates would stay near 0 until at least 2023. Despite this news, the stock market closed down for the day on Wednesday, clearly feeding on the Fed’s despair at having had to make such a drastic move.

The semi-permanent interest rate is meant to fight against inflation and unemployment. The Fed is concerned that no stimulus package has been passed by Congress and has to manipulate the market accordingly.

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Meanwhile, President Trump has indicated that he would like to work with Democrats to come to a deal finally. The Republican Party does not want to spend money while national debt looms higher than ever, but the President has broken with them and said that he’d be open to “the larger numbers.” We take this to mean that he wants his party to come to open their wallets a bit and find a real compromise between the Republicans’ $500 million and the Democrats’ $2.2 trillion proposals.

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And the winner is… 

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According to the FBI, Alaska is the most violent state in the country, and Maine is the least. This is according to the Uniform Crime Reporting Program from 2018.

Violent crime is defined as murder, non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. In 2018, there were approximately 1,206,836 violent crimes, a reduction from 2017 by 3.3%.

When the FBI looks at how likely these crimes are in any given state, they report how many incidents happen per 100,000 people. In Maine, only 112 out of 100,000 people will be a victim of these crimes, whereas, in Alaska, 885 out of 100,000 people will be. After Alaska, New Mexico, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Nevada were the top five most violent states. After Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Connecticut were the least.

News By The Numbers

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105 miles per hour. That was the wind speed when Hurricane Sally made landfall on the Florida-Alabama line as homes flooded and thousands trapped in the Deep South.

1,000. That is how many warehouses Amazon wants to put in cities and suburbs around the country to help reduce delivery times. That number is expected to grow to 1,500 in short order.

$2.5 billion. That is how much hedge-fund manager Steven A Cohen is set to pay for the New York Mets, outbidding J Lo and A-Rod, who put together an investment group to buy the team but ultimately lost in the final bidding wars. The purchase has to be approved by MLB franchise owners.

At least put on some pants

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Tech companies in Silicon Valley offer employees the chance to work from home for good if they agree to take a lower salary and move to a less expensive neighborhood. These companies say that wages will be based on the employee’s home location.

It makes sense. Companies like Facebook, VMWare, and Twitter don’t want to pay for the Bay Area cost of living if their employees don’t live or even have to live in the Bay Area. And why would a family choose to live in a high-tax, high-cost area if they don’t have to report to a job there? They could take a reduction in pay and a decrease in living expenses at the same time and perhaps get a little more room to breathe.

These employees don’t necessarily have to leave California. Just moving outside of the Bay Area could result in an 8% pay reduction, and for many, this would suit them just fine. A poll of New York, Seattle, and Bay Area workers found that 44% would happily take this deal.

Sony gets in the holiday spirit

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Sony has announced a price and release date for the PlayStation 5. We share this just in case you want to nudge Santa to get a head start on getting your console now and head off a fight with a stranger in a Best Buy on Black Friday.

The PS5 will cost $499.00 and launch on November 12, right after the Xbox Series X on November 10. There is also a PlayStation Digital Edition that has no physical disc drive that will cost $399. Pre-orders for both consoles start today.

I’d like to be, under the sea

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Microsoft pulled its underwater data center up from the bottom of the sea this week and said that the experiment was mostly a success.

The company had put 864 servers in a tanker-like tube and dropped it off 117 feet deep into the Scottish ocean. They are testing to see if the temperature and humidity can be controlled in this environment. They reported just one-eighth the failure rate of a land-based data center where corrosion from oxygen and moisture is a bigger problem.

This data center has been submerged since 2018. Microsoft will next work on the logistics of underwater retrieval and recycling. And hopefully, the effect of server farms on marine life!

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