“The impact of sunlight and, more generally, weather conditions on economic activity and the stock market has been documented by several studies. These findings are of interest to financial economists because they are perceived as challenging the classic notion of market efficiency and rational stock market pricing, and they ‘support the view that security markets are systematically influenced by investor psychology.’”

You can read more from ‘O Sole Mio: An Experimental Analysis of Weather and Risk Attitudes in Financial Decisions’ via The Review of Financial Studies.

Image: Sunset in the city. Public domain via Pixabay.

"I represent ‘The Lair Expansions Are Too Damn High Party.’ Sorniethians are working 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week and some a third job. Users can’t afford to take care of their goals, feed their dergs breakfast, lunch and dinner. My main job is to provide a roof over your head, food on the table and money in your pocket. This is politics as usual, playing the silly game, and this is not gonna happen.”

The lair expansions are too damn high.

This is What It’s Like to be A U.S. Guest Worker

The U.S. agriculture system relies on migrant farm workers from Mexico. The H2-A Visa program brings about 66,000 people from Mexico to fill these jobs, although I believe the estimate that I recently read was anywhere from 1 to 3 million farmers from Mexico are here without papers. Without guest workers, we’re lacking a very critical labor force that helps feed American families. For workers who have a good experience, they’re making money for their families while helping feed American families. Without their labor, I’ve read report after report, particularly in agriculture, where farmers cannot find Americans to work for the wage that they’re giving. If we don’t have people out there to process our food, that could have a huge effect on our economy and livelihood in the U.S.

Popular local business review and search site Angie’s List is canceling its expansion plans in response to Indiana’s “religious freedom” law.

I think the free market has spoken pretty god-damn clearly and it’s only been a few days. To be honest, I don’t think it’s possible to be more proud of how quickly the reactions are happening. Time to fix your fucking face, Indiana State Government.

As a residents, we fucking reject you.

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Britain, France, Italy and Germany have agreed to join China in establishing an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. China has already announced it will put up $50 billion in initial capital.It is too early to say what role this bank will play in helping underdeveloped countries modernize their nfrastructure. Negotiations among the principals on the bank’s structure and policies are expected to take place for at least a year. What will emerge cannot be predicted at this time.

Turns out the oil industry is wildly volatile and that when there’s a downturn the effects are severe and far-reaching to the point of incurring immediate homelessness!

The recent economic downturn in the Alberta oil industry has had a local homeless shelter and Food Bank in northeast B.C. scrambling to help oil patch workers who can’t find jobs.

Salvation Army Captain Debbie Vanderheyden said the Northern Centre for Hope in Fort St. John is running at capacity, with its last beds filled up by people who would normally work for oil companies or do support work such as welding. The local food bank has also seen more visitors.

"With the downturn in the oil industry, and the fact that it’s winter, this has just absolutely used up all the space we have," said Vanderheyden in an interview with Daybreak North.

The Northern Centre for Hope opened last year. It has 64 beds, with 36 being used for drop-in residents and the rest for long-term residents.

Vanderheyden expected a trickle-down effect when oil prices began to crash last year.

Fort St. John frequently sees an influx of out-of-town workers seeking employment in the oil fields, and it’s not uncommon for some to stay at the shelter briefly as they wait for work.

"What we’re seeing right now is that they’re not securing the employment, so they’re not able to move forward and get the tickets that they need to go to work," Vanderheyden said.

While the oil and gas industry isn’t expected to bounce back anytime soon, Vanderheyden said she’s hopeful those who wanted to work at the oil patch may find employment elsewhere.


Capitalism is incompatible with women’s liberation- men’s economic systems rely on hundreds of billions of hours of totally-free domestic labor performed by women simply because we’re female, as explained in “Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?”

"…what if one day women all over the world put down their feather dusters? What if we had to start paying for all the free cleaning and childcare? Canada’s national statistical agency has already thought about this: it came to the conclusion that unpaid work contributed between 30.6 and 41.4 per cent of GDP. That is a not insubstantial figure. So, why is such a huge contributor to national wealth being routinely ignored?That is the question Katrine Marçal sets out to answer in Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?. She tells us the story of the emergence of Homo economicus, or Economic Man, the mythical figure around whom our world runs. Economic Man is rational. He is an autonomous individual who makes independent choices calculated to maximise his utility (economics-speak for well-being). Above all, he is a man.

In case you were wondering:”It was Adam Smith’s mother who cooked his dinner: he never married, and lived with her for most of his life. Yet despite his dependence on her care she does not figure in his account of how meals are produced: “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.”

This is one of many reasons we don’t fight for ‘equality’, but liberation. All of men’s systems must be torn down- subjugation of women has been built into their foundations.

See what all you young radical left wing activists don’t get is, exactly what you’re campaigning for: you’ve never lived in a communist country; you live in a country that gains its money from capitalism, use its socialist side to gain benefits that ensure your standard of life is higher than most other countries in the world, and still naively push the whole ‘communism is good in theory but has never worked in practise’… well actually, its the practice that counts. Human nature is what counts. People are power hungry, people want more - you will never have a completely selfness system where everyone shares and is equal. People are not equal, people do not think the same, they do not want the same things. An actual political system with someone in power can never be equal and selfless, and its the practical applications of Communism that prove it.
Basically, economy-wise - if everyone is equal, than a doctor will earn the same wages as a janitor right? (Keep in mind a communist economy is doomed to collapse, so those aren’t high or stable wages) - hence, nobody will bother to get an expensive education and specialise as something like a doctor, because basically - whats the point? Taking that a step further - if nobody’s going to pay you, are you going to work? No! So basically, production decreases dramatically because workers aren’t being paid, the economy collapses, people starve etc. 
This isn’t theoretical - my parents and grandparents lived through this. My great-grandfather (the one who wasn’t locked in a work camp for 6 years by Communists for opposing them) use to say “I’ll pretend to work as long as they pretend to pay me”’ my mother  who is only in her 40′s still is amazed how the supermarket shelves aren’t empty; how she doesn’t have to wait in line since 3am on a freezing winter’s night, until mornings light, just to get that few kgs month’s ration of meat.
Communism doesn’t work, no matter how you apply it. Equality sounds nice, but not everybody is equal, and not everyone is the same. Equality should to a degree exist in a political system - wages should be equal to everyone performing the same job; discrimination on the basis of gender/religion/political affiliation etc, in the workplace should not be allowed; but that isn’t communism, or even really left-wing politics… I think its just fair/normal? 
For the economy to work it needs work, it needs production; output - profit; in a communist economy there is no profit, and hence the economy cannot grow. When the economy cannot grow, you will eventually end up like my family - rationed food, black market meat, buying shoes on ration cards, empty supermarkets - in extreme cases (when the system desperate needs to keep itself from collapse, which will occur inevitably) - People being imprisoned/detained for opposing it. And this isn’t some 100 year old example from some ~extremist~ soviet country etc. My great-grandfather did not live 100 years ago. He lived in a free EUROPEAN country (with soviet influences yet not  under soviet rule), and yet he was imprisoned for 6 whole years, in a work camp in a desert - an educated officer who was degraded every single day of those 6 years. His opposition didn’t even include being an outright activist - he was a pilot, but for the Tsar (King/Emperor) and not the communists. That was it. 
The reason this is relevant is because: A communist state cannot sustain itself economically, this causes a dramatic decline in the quality of life for its citizens - this causes them to oppose this system - BUT those in power have a LOT of power, and they want to hold on to it.. so what do they do - increase propaganda, punish anyone who speaks out against them, punish anyone suspected of being against them.. You get a restricted and paranoid state. 
You like those “left wing” views of ‘equality’ such as gay rights? Those are not left wing/socialist/communist views, they are the views of anyone who believes in freedom - freedom to live your life however you wish as long as it does not harm others (pretty much libertarianism there).
The Conservatives aren’t right, neither are the Communists. We need a system that honours the right of every human being to make their own choices over what affects their life; a system that does not discriminate on grounds of gender/beliefs/etc in the work system and wage system. A system that can provide a sustainable and stable economy for its citizens - no financial crises, no rationing, no suppression, no ersatz food. 

If you are a young “liberal” living in a first world country = most likely upper middle class - think about what you decide to be an activist for.
Really think about it.
If your parents/grandparents are migrant - ask them why they moved. If not - perhaps read Lavanya Sankaran’s ‘Alphabet Soup’ (its only a short story, and well written).
Just think - and think holistically - the government shouldn’t have control over social aspects of life (example: gay rights; gays, as human beings/taxpayers/workers/etc. should have the right to be treated equally despite any political system; a political system should have no say whatsoever) - the government is responsible for the economy - the taxpayers money, and how it chooses to make the taxpayer’s quality of life better.

The key isn’t to think along party lines, its to just think for yourself - don’t agree with any party? Great - make your own. Seriously. Its the 21st century, we need some new thinkers who can reflect what the current citizens of this time period are experiencing psychologically/economically/socially/.