Did the ATM Replace the Bank Teller? No.


The broader point, of course, is that just looking at how technology can substitute for a certain job is only one part of the analysis.

via CONVERSABLE ECONOMIST: ATMs and a Rising Number of Bank Tellers?.


Dark day for sea lions


“The dead sea lions were the third mass marine life death in about a month.”

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Yin, Yang and Yin


“There’s a feeling of a more stable backdrop that executives think will be with us for the foreseeable quarters.”

via Markets Buoyant, Merger Activity Picks Up – NYTimes.com.

In a few short days, however, much of that optimism has evaporated.

via Shivers in the Markets Portend a Freeze in Deal Circles – NYTimes.com.

“The fact that we’re getting all these deals suggests that C.E.O.s are feeling pretty good about things,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.

via Mega-Mergers Popular Again on Wall Street – NYTimes.com.

Dangerous Business


When Mr. Stark left his office at 331 Rutledge Street in Williamsburg at about 11:35 p.m. on Thursday, two men were waiting for him in the darkness, the New York Police Department said Saturday.

via Charred Body of Kidnapped Man Is Found on Long Island – NYTimes.com.

The businessman, identified as Mahuddin Mahmud, 57, was found by a relative around 12:30 a.m. lying on his left side with burns to his face, and was almost certainly murdered, the police said.

via Body of a Brooklyn Landlord Is Discovered in a Basement – NYTimes.com.



The missile’s nine-megaton thermo­nuclear warhead — the most powerful ever deployed by the United States — was found, relatively intact, in a ditch 200 yards away from the silo.

via The Illusion of Nuclear Safety | Foreign Affairs.


First, the bees, then the bats and the frogs and the…


The high death toll from the resurgence of the virus, which killed 700 dolphins in an outbreak 25 years ago, has alarmed marine scientists, who say it remains unclear why the dolphins have succumbed to the disease. The deaths, along with a spate of other unrelated dolphin die-offs along Florida’s east and west coasts, raise new questions about the health of the ocean in this part of the country and what role environmental factors may be playing, scientists said.

via Focus on Ocean’s Health as Dolphin Deaths Soar – NYTimes.com.




Ukraine is only ready for Europe in the sense that a bankrupt company is ready for receivership.

via Kiev Isn’t Ready for Europe – NYTimes.com.

For Turkey to continue its rise as both a regional power and a global player, it must re-embrace the European Union’s liberal democratic values…

via The E.U. Needs Turkey – NYTimes.com.


On career advice


But seeking employment based on any one “hard skill” is an outdated way of thinking.

via You Don’t Need To Learn To Code + Other Truths About the Future of Careers – 99U.

Sooner or later, the great men turn out to be all alike. They never stop working. They never lose a minute. It is very depressing.

via Literary Review – Christopher Hart on the daily rituals of great minds.