December 5, 2018

This past Tuesday, the French government  agreed to go back on their plans to hike up fuel taxes in efforts to calm the heated protesting citizens of France. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced rollbacks on fuel taxes and electricity price increases in televised address. 

The streets of Paris were vandalized over the weekend, due to the planned tax hikes for January 1st. 

Now the hikes will be suspended for six months, and hikes in electricity and gas prices will be frozen during the winter. 

There has been an increase in tension between citizens and the French government after protests degenerated into a violent and chaotic protest in central Paris, the worst that has been seen in Paris in decades. 

Leading up to the protest, Macron held his ground on the fuel taxes, which according to the French government are to finance anti-pollution policies. Critics say unfairly weigh s on drivers in rural and small-town France. 

The January increase that has been canceled, the raises on fu...

November 28, 2018

While Amazon sales were at an all time high over the Thanksgiving break, and well into Cyber Monday, Amazon warehouse workers in Europe were protesting during Black Friday.

Amazon warehouse workers in Italy, Germany, Spain, and the UK organized a mass walkout, protesting poor work conditions and pay. 

In the UK, workers in England protested outside of five major Amazon warehouses, on Black Friday Morning. The protestors were shouting chants like "Next-day Delivery should not mean a lifetime of pain for Amazon workers,"

Germany saw upwards of 600 workers outside of the two major Amazon warehouses. 

Managers at warehouses in Italy had to pack boxes due to the mass walk outs. Spain was reported to have only two staff workers loading and trucks. 

Amazon responded to these reports stating; "Friday, the majority of our associates at Amazon's Fulfillment Center in Madrid were working and processing our customers' orders, as they do everyday."

The protest were spurred due to the claims of poor work...

November 14, 2018

Online retailer, Amazon chooses Long Island, New York, and National Landing in Arlington, Virginia as the newest location for their second and third head quarters, as reported by the Wall Street Journal this past Monday. 

The online retail giant announced in a press release on Tuesday, that the company will invest $5 billion dollars in the two new locations. Each location will reach 4 million square feet, and the development of these two new head quarters are predicted to create 50,000 jobs for the individual cities. 

Workers in both locations are projected to make an average of $150,000 annually. This average salary is $126,000 more than the average tech salary in New York. 

Both locations are expected to elevate the competitive field of the tech industry. New York is home to the headquarters of Google, Facebook, and Uber. Virginias tech job market is expected to become more competitive, the average pay for tech workers in Virginia is significantly lower than the wages Amazon h...

October 31, 2018

Campbells soup's vice president of government affairs, has stepped down from his position prematurely due to a tweet that claims Jewish-American philanthropist and owner of Open Society Foundations is behind the migrant caravan headed for north from Central America. 

Kelly Johnston, the soup company executive, was set to retire from the company in early November. He has held his position with Campbells Soup for the past 16 years, and prior to his retirement said on twitter last week that a foundation led by George Soros, organized a caravan of thousands of migrants headed towards the Mexico border. 

George Soros is a billionaire and philanthropist who is an active participant in the liberal movement. In recent years Soros's activism has made him a target of criticism among conservatives and right-wing activists. He was also a one of the recipients of the series of pipe bombs delivered last week

 In a statement provided to MarketWatch on Monday from Campbell soup...

October 17, 2018

Luxury electric car manufacturer, Tesla, secures 210 acres of land in Shanghai, China for a planned factory. In the past, American business looking for opportunity to produce in China, have to go into a 50-50 joint venture with a local factory to start production in their country. 

Though recently, Chinese president Xi Jinping has announced that they will be phasing out the requirements of a joint partnership for foreign manufactures looking to produce on their land. 

Tesla will be one of the first beneficiaries of this ruling. The company has expressed that this new factory will be able to produce up to 500,00 electric vehicles a year. They have stated that the factory will be ready to produce vehicles in the next two years, and it will take another two to three years to reach full production standards reaching 500,000 vehicles.

Trade tensions between the US and China have caused a significant increase in tariffs for the car manufacturing company, reaching up to 40% for one car. Unlike o...

October 10, 2018

Shares of luxury brands are taking a hit due to the "trade war" between the US and China. The plunge in shares takes an apparent hit on Wednesday when LVMH shares drop 7.1%. The largest drop in shares since 2009 for the corporation that owns brands like Louis Vouitton and Dom Pérignon champagne.

Despite the 10% increase in Vuitton and Dior make up in the third business quarter, skittish investors are selling their socks.

Chinese officials are cracking down on travelers returning from places like Paris, London, and Tokyo where luxury products are at a significantly lower rate because of the duty free allowances. In the past 24 hours that travelers returning home to Hong Kong or Beijing are paying custom levy of up to 60%. 

LVMH is only an isolated case of this decrease in shares. Rivals including Kering SA, the brand that owns Gucci, Tiffany and Co., Michael Kors holdings, and Tapestry Inc followed suit. 

October 3, 2018

Thom Yorke teases songs for the anticipated remake of 1977 film Suspiria, this is the first time Thom Yorke, front man of Radiohead has scored a film; and the songs that have been teased are worth listening to. 

In a radio interview last year, Yorke stated that the inspiration and sound of Suspiria can be attributed to Vangelis's score of the original Blade Runner movie. In regards to the writing method Yorke pursued, he said that writing the music for this film was like "making spells". That comment complements the witchy vibe the movie's cinematography. 

Bellow is a side by side comparison of shots from the original film compared to Luca Guadagnino’s reboot of the 1977 cult classic. Guadagnino's will be hitting select theaters on October 26, 2018. The film has already premiered at a Venice Film Festival, where Yorke spoke to his involvement on composing the movies soundtrack. 

The film is about an American dancer who is admitted into a prestigious german ballet school, on...

September 12, 2018

In the catholic religion the common ritual at the end of mass is to receive sacrament. The priest breaks the bread and blesses the wine and it is then distributed to the patrons of the church. What if instead of a bitter dry cracker, and some watered down wine, you were passed a joint?

Thats just what some religious groups are claiming as their sacrament in their religious practices. Recently we have seen a trend in some religious groups claiming cannibis as their sacrament. Stating that using the plants can have spiritual and divine properties that bring them closer to a higher power. 

Earlier this year a documentary called, Breaking the Habit was released, depicting a group of nuns that live on farmland in Manchester England who cultivate and distribute cannabis plant product. 

In California a group called the Association of Sacramental Ministries unifies several different religious organizations in the state of California that claim cannabis as their...

September 5, 2018

Up to 20 million pieces of precious artifacts and scientific findings have been destroyed in a fire that has taken one of Brazils oldest museums. Otherwise known as Museu Nacional, the 200-year old building was home to artifacts that served as reference for scientist and historians alike. 

The cause of the fire is not yet know, although in the heat of the turmoil, locals are ready to point the finger at their own government for underfunding the museums livelihood. 

It has been reported that upon arrival to the fire, two of the fire extinguishers on sight were empty. The limited resources of fire retardants left fire fighters struggling to extinguish the flames, turning to alternate sources like water trucks and lakes. 

There have been some artifacts and pieces that were salvaged, like the largest meteor found in Brazil. Although some artifacts that will not be so easy to recover, such as the 11,500 year-old  skull of a woman, one of the American bone preservatives disc...

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