The Securities and Exchange Commission unceremoniously dropped a proposal to require corporations to disclose contributions to political and nonprofit groups to their shareholders from its list of regulatory priorities for 2014.
The assertion: That an aging population is primarily to blame for soaring health care costs.
Reality: The overwhelming share of increased health expenditures can be traced to the higher prices that hospitals, medical professionals and drug companies charge to treat a wide swath of illnesses, from cancer to depression.
“People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children.”—WaPo columnist Richard Cohen
The VA has released data on military sexual trauma claims that show a pattern. Veterans whose PTSD is caused by military sexual trauma are much more likely to be denied disability compensation than other veterans diagnosed with PTSD.
Amazon strikes again. In a deal with the beleaguered U.S. Postal Service, customers in the Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas will be able to have packages delivered on Sunday at no extra charge. The deal is a major boon for Amazon, as other delivery companies don’t really deliver on Sundays. UPS doesn’t deliver on Sunday at all, and FedEx has limited and expensive options to do so. The U.S. Postal Service may look at the deal with Amazon as a way to grow the one strong part of its business—packages. Amazon plans to expand the deal to Dallas, New Orleans, and other cities next year.
Simon & Schuster posted a sales increase of 7%, to $224 million, while operating profits increased about 8% to $41 million for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013. Sales of e-books and digital downloads led the gains, with total digital sales up 39% over the third quarter of 2012. At the end of the quarter, digital sales accounted for 27% of all S&S revenue compared to 21% at the end of last year’s third period. Print sales were also up in the third quarter.
“E-books are in the later stages of the innovation curve and have settled into reasonably predictable consumption patterns. The likelihood of future growth will, in part, depend on improving the value perception of e-books among less committed users.”—Study: E-books Settle In
14% agree with the statement that “Jews have too much power in the U.S. today.”
More specifically, 19% believe that Jews have too much power in the business world, 17% say that Jews have too much control on Wall Street, 18% think that Jews have too much influence over the media, and 24% are of the opinion that the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews.
Also, 30% of Americans think that American Jews are “more loyal to Israel” than they are to America.
Almost one-quarter of respondents believe that “Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust.”
From the 9th Century to the 11th Century, marauding Viking warriors laid waste to a broad swath of Europe, and in the process often took slaves for physical labor and sex. Now researchers from the University of Oslo in Norway say they’ve found new evidence suggesting that when their Viking masters died, slaves were beheaded and buried along with them.
More Amazon news: The company launched program called Kindle First today, offering users access to Kindle books a month before their official release. Editors select the titles that will be available in advance along with a note of recommendation.
Barnes & Noble is set to release a new black-and-white e-reader with a glowing backlit screen on Wednesday, as the bookseller enters the holiday season with declining sales and a cloudy digital future.