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On Flipboard. Four Considerations on the Chinese Economy. China is not as unequal as some think.

Four Considerations on the Chinese Economy

It has become commonly accepted that China has not only been catching up with the non-Communist West in terms of wealth gaps, but has actually surpassed it. In 2014, a much-trumpeted research paper from the University of Michigan concluded that “income inequality has been rising rapidly in China and now surpasses that of the U.S. by a large margin,” with a Gini coefficient of 0.55 vs 0.45 in the U.S. This is backed by empirical evidence of the disparities that exist side-by-side in large cities such as Shanghai and Beijing. 10 Ways Manipulators Use Emotional Intelligence for Evil (and How to Fight Back)

Emotional intelligence is nothing new.

10 Ways Manipulators Use Emotional Intelligence for Evil (and How to Fight Back)

Sure, the term was coined in the 1960's, and popularized by psychologists in recent decades. But the concept of emotional intelligence--which I define as a person's ability to recognize and understand emotions and use that information to guide decision making--has been around as long as we have. This skill we refer to as emotional intelligence (also known as EI or EQ) is like any other ability: You can cultivate it, work to enhance it, sharpen it. And it's important to know that just like other skills, emotional intelligence can be used both ethically and unethically.

How the first liberal Supreme Court in a generation could reshape America. Odds are that very soon, the Supreme Court will become something it hasn’t been in nearly 50 years: made up of a majority of Democratic-appointed justices.

How the first liberal Supreme Court in a generation could reshape America

Ever since Abe Fortas’s resignation in 1969, the Court has either been split down the middle or, more often, made up primarily of Republican appointees. Some of those Republican appointees nonetheless turned out to be liberals, but even taking that into account, the Court hasn’t been majority liberal since 1971, when William Rehnquist and Lewis Powell joined. That hasn’t stopped the Court from evolving in a progressive direction at times. Uk.businessinsider. Ray Dalio, Bridgewater's founder, chairman, and co-CIO.

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Bridgewater Associates Applying for a position at Bridgewater Associates can feel more like a psychological assessment than a job interview. If someone wants to be part of the world's largest hedge fund, they will typically go through around five hours of personality surveys, a verbal logic assessment, and a thorough personal interview. Bridgewater, which has $150 billion in assets under management, is based in the woods of Westport, Connecticut, and recruits some of the most talented people in the industry — but most important to the firm is whether a candidate can thrive in a world based on founder Ray Dalio's intricately detailed "Principles," his manifesto of 210 management insights that all employees must read.

Dalio founded Bridgewater in 1975 out of his apartment, and throughout the '80s he laid the foundation of a corporate culture based on "radical transparency. " Five Myths About the Constitution's War Powers Propagated by the New York Times and the Washington Post. The Constitution’s architects unanimously agreed on the allocation of war powers.

Five Myths About the Constitution's War Powers Propagated by the New York Times and the Washington Post

They unanimously agreed that only Congress should be entrusted with decisions to initiate war under Article I, section 8, clause 11. (The President would retain authority to “repel sudden attacks”). Clever cartoon sums up the difference between Clinton and Trump. 3 Ultimate Dividend Stocks for Retirement-Kiplinger. You can’t beat big blue-chip dividend stocks with a long history of uninterrupted and rising payouts for a safe income stream in a retirement portfolio.

3 Ultimate Dividend Stocks for Retirement-Kiplinger

Sure, there are plenty of high-quality corporate bonds with higher yields, but dividend stocks are less exposed to interest rate risk than fixed income. If you’re really starved for yield, there’s no shortage of junk bonds and MLPs with fat percentages attached to their market prices — but only because they come with much higher risk.

Mega-capitalization stocks that have reliably raised and paid dividends for decades — in some cases since the 19th century — aren’t likely to let you down. Prices might change, but the income stream won’t. If anything, dividend hikes will amplify those streams and raise the yields on the original cost bases. Calling 911 from a phone to obtain its number does not ‘search’ it, court rules. A few weeks ago, I had a long post on the Fourth Amendment implications of the police calling 911 from a phone to identify its owner.

Calling 911 from a phone to obtain its number does not ‘search’ it, court rules

As I explained then, my view is that calling 911 generally is a search but that searching an abandoned phone will be constitutional. The day after my post, the judge in the case that prompted it ruled from the bench that the Fourth Amendment was not violated but did not address whether calling 911 is ordinarily a search. A new case, State v. Find The Mistake Puzzle - Brain Puzzles. The internet loves a good brainteaser.

Find The Mistake Puzzle - Brain Puzzles

Whether it's an optical illusion or those "can you find" puzzles, mental exercises are challenging and oh-so-satisfying when you finally figure them out. Not to mention, puzzles and riddles have been shown to benefit mental health. How California's new copyright bill could chill public debate. Source: Fotolia A bill now being considered by California lawmakers is calling attention to the uneasy balance between copyright principles and public-records law.

How California's new copyright bill could chill public debate

AB 2880, introduced by the Judiciary Committee and revised May 31, would allow state agencies to claim copyright protections in government works, while at the same time attempting to restrict agency efforts to use their copyrights to circumvent the state Public Records Act. Uk.businessinsider. Skye Gould/Tech Insider Albert Einstein was one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, and his contributions to human knowledge are unparalleled.

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The physicist conducted groundbreaking research on how our universe functions, including the Theory of Relativity, and predicted the existence of gravitational waves a century before we ever observed them. But there's a reason the name "Einstein" is synonymous with "genius. " This is probably the biggest tax you pay. No one talks about it. The political debate over taxes often centers on income tax — a tax that gets increasingly larger for Americans who earn more money.

For example, every dollar you make under $9,275 is taxed at 10 percent — but every dollar you make over $415,050 is taxed at 39.6 percent. For obvious reasons, this type of tax is less popular with higher-income Americans. But there are other federal taxes that Americans pay, too, the biggest of which are payroll taxes. Whether you earn $5,000 or $100,000, Americans pay up to 15.3 percent of their income to the government — largely to support Social Security and Medicare. The 7 books every entrepreneur MUST read! - KnowStartup.

“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” –Henry David Thoreau Entrepreneurs and business leaders know that they need to be reading. 23 Contemporary Writers You Should Have Read by Now