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Monopolies cost Americans $300 a month. We’re no longer the land of free markets | Thomas Philippon

In a reversal from a few decades ago, American consumers are facing oligopolies while Europeans benefit from competition When I landed in Boston in 1999, the United States was the land of free markets. Many goods and services were cheaper here than in Europe. Twenty years later, American free markets are becoming a myth. Internet service, cellphone plans, and plane tickets are now cheaper in Europe and Asia than in the US. In 2018, the twice as much on cellphone services as households in France or the UK. This is…

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Twitter Is Dragging Pete Buttigieg & Beto O’Rourke Over Their Exchange On Gun Control

Win McNamee/Getty Images News/Getty Images These Tweets About Pete Buttigieg & Beto O’Rourke’s Gun Control Debate Exchange Drag Everyone By Shelby Black Oct 16, 2019 After nearly one month, the Oct. 15 Democratic debate is here. It feels just like yesterday when 20 candidates took the stage to explain why they’re the best fit for the White House, but now the numbers have dwindled to just 12. The news cycle has been recently to say the least, but these tweets about Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke’s debate exchange on gun…

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Alleged rapist ‘hid in tree to evade police’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRape accused captured on CCTV at a petrol station A man accused of a series of rapes stole a bike and climbed a tree in a bid to evade police after being caught with two 14-year-old girls in a car, a jury has heard. A manhunt was launched after a string of women and children were abducted and sexually assaulted over a two-week period, the Old Bailey was told. Joseph McCann, of Harrow, is accused of 37 offences against 11 alleged victims…

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John Legend is PEOPLE’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’… and he’s perplexed

(CNN)He’s one of the youngest EGOT winners in history. He and his wife are one of Hollywood’s iconic couples. And now, John Legend is PEOPLE’s 2019 “Sexiest Man Alive.” As could be expected, she had a lot to say about it on her Twitter. The social(media)ite — who now calls herself on her Twitter bio a “de-motivational speaker currently sleeping with people’s sexiest man alive” — tweeted in response to the Elba comparison. “Yeah but let’s see an @idriselba pic from 1995 (prob still very hot),” she said. Legend, who…

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NASA Wishes Happy Halloween With Cosmic Pumpkin Photo of the Sun

Credit: NASA/GSFC/SDO NASA recently wished a Happy Halloween to their fans on Instagram and Facebook with a photo of the sun looking like a cosmic jack-o’-lantern. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this ultraviolet image in October 2014, showing active regions on our home star. The active regions in this image appear brighter because those are areas that emit more light and energy. They are markers of an intense and complex set of magnetic fields hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona. ⣠You can find more images as well as…

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New taxes on guns, ammunition OKd by Tacoma City Council

Tacoma’s new taxes call for a $25 charge on firearms purchases and 2 cents to 5 cents for each round of ammunition. Gun parts and accessories are excluded, according to a report. (Getty Images) But Second Amendment advocates questioned the council’s action, saying it amounted to punishing law-abiding gun owners for the actions of a relatively small number of criminals. They proposed instead more vigorous enforcement of existing laws, the News Tribune reported. “Everyday firearms protect life,” Jane Milhans, a local certified firearm instructor, told the council during the public-comment portion…

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Observation of the Development of a Chick Embryo by Shell-Less Hatching

In this astonishing video by the Mihama Veterinary Clinic in Fukui, Japan, we observe the development of a chick embryo by shell-less hatching method. This demonstration is practiced mainly based on the scientific article written by Tahara et. al. The eggs sold in-store are usually unfertilized egg and never develop into chicks, so you don’t have to worry about an eating embryo or baby chick. However, fertilized egg may be sold in organic or natural health stores, family poultry farms, etc. where chicks can grow just same as a normal…

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Woman Posts A Warning For People After Realizing Apple Employee Stole Her Nudes

Upon arriving at the store in Bakersfield, California, she handed over her phone to an employee. However, he began “messing around with it for quite a while,” the woman wrote on Facebook the next day. “I didn’t really pay any mind to it because I just figured he’s doing his job, looking into my insurance info or whatever.” told The Washington Post “we are grateful to the customer for bringing this deeply concerning situation to our attention. Apple immediately launched an internal investigation and determined that the employee acted far…

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How to stream Packers vs. Chiefs on Sunday Night Football

This should have been the game of the year. But, unfortunately, it wont be. Even the most optimistic estimates around Patrick Mahomes knee injury have him missing about three weeks of action. Though he could come back sooner, he certainly wont be ready to go as his Kansas City Chiefs face off against the Green Bay Packers. Backup quarterback Matt Moore did alright against the Denver Broncos last week, giving the Chiefs enough offensive spark to win. But, with Moore facing off against Aaron Rodgers, dont expect a repeat here.…

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CCTV ‘shows accused wheeling body in suitcase’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe court was shown CCTV of the suspect taking a suitcase out of his hotel A jury has been shown CCTV of a man accused of murdering a British backpacker pushing a suitcase said to contain her body. Grace Millane, of Wickford, Essex, died on the night before her 22nd birthday while travelling in New Zealand. The suspect, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies murder. He had been on a date with Ms Millane the day before he left his…

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