Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods Market

Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods Market

Seattle & Austin, TX…Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM) today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire Whole Foods Market for $42 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $13.7 billion, including Whole Foods Market’s net debt. “Millions of people love Whole Foods […]

Sickness Unto Death Part IV: Dollars and Sense – In Sickness and Health ~ By John MacWillie, Ph.D.

Sickness Unto Death Part IV: Dollars and Sense – In Sickness and Health ~ By John MacWillie, Ph.D.

Murphys, CA…We pay more for our health care — in some cases, twice as much as countries like France. Is it worth it? There can be no argument, however you want to analyze health care delivery and the value of outcomes, the American health care system is significantly more expensive than any other comparable system […]

Sickness Unto Death Part III: Why Katsu is Healthier Than Carl? ~ By John MacWillie, Ph.D.

Sickness Unto Death Part III: Why Katsu is Healthier Than Carl? ~ By John MacWillie, Ph.D.

Murphys, CA…Americans like to think of themselves as the wealthiest, healthiest, and luckiest country in the world. I won’t debate the first and last points here, but, the United States is decidedly not the healthiest. How do we know that? Americans like to think of themselves as the wealthiest, healthiest, and luckiest country in the […]

Record Set for Longest DRONE Urban Package Delivery in the U.S.

Record Set for Longest DRONE Urban Package Delivery in the U.S.

Austin, TX…A new record has been set in long-distance drone delivery. On May 5, 2017, a Nevada UAS Consortium (Team Roadrunner) set the record flying a fixed-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) over 97 miles to Austin, Texas using cellular connectivity. Launched from a central Texas urban location, the UAV flew a preplanned route through the […]

U.S. Foreclosure Activity In April 2017 Drops To Lowest Level Since November 2005

U.S. Foreclosure Activity In April 2017 Drops To Lowest Level Since November 2005

Irvine, CA… ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s largest multi-sourced property database, today released its April 2017 U.S. Foreclosure Market data, which shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 77,049 U.S. properties in April, down 7 percent from the previous month and down 23 percent from a […]

Four States Led By Washington AG Ferguson Sue Trump Administration Over Coal Leases

Four States Led By Washington AG Ferguson Sue Trump Administration Over Coal Leases

Olympia, WA…Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management over a program to lease coal mining rights on public land, which contributes to significant coal-train traffic through the state of Washington. The lawsuit challenges Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s decision to restart […]

Sickness Unto Death: An American Dilemma. Part One ~ By John MacWillie, Ph.D.

Sickness Unto Death:  An American Dilemma.  Part One  ~ By John MacWillie, Ph.D.

Murphys, CA…Introduction: The United States is alone among industrialized nations in using wealth as a gatekeeper for access to health care. The wealthier you are, the more and better health care you get. The national debate that is now taking place focuses on whether every individual, irrespective of their income, should have access to great […]

Nonfarm Payrolls Jump 211,000 In April, Unemployment Rate At 4.4%

Nonfarm Payrolls Jump 211,000 In April, Unemployment Rate At 4.4%

Washington, DC…Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 211,000 in April, and the unemployment rate, at 4.4 percent, was little changed. Thus far this year, monthly job gains have averaged 185,000, in line with average monthly job growth in 2016. In April, job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, health care and social assistance, financial activities, and […]

The Fed Holds Rates Steady On Transitory Growth Models

The Fed Holds Rates Steady On Transitory Growth Models

Washington, DC…Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in March indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen even as growth in economic activity slowed. Job gains were solid, on average, in recent months, and the unemployment rate declined. Household spending rose only modestly, but the fundamentals underpinning the continued growth of […]

World Leaders in Politics, Business, Science, the Arts, and More to Speak during 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival

World Leaders in Politics, Business, Science, the Arts, and More to Speak during 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival

Aspen, CO…More than 300 groundbreaking thinkers and leaders will gather at the 13th annual Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss today’s most pressing issues. This year’s Festival will run from June 25-July 1, 2017 in Aspen, CO, preceded by Spotlight Health from June 22-25, 2017. The Festival is presented by the Aspen Institute and co-hosted by […]