Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The UK is no longer a top 5 economy

It’s slid into sixth place, according to Chancellor Philip Hammond, who acknowledged the decline during a recent budget speech. France, rounding out the top 5 behind the US, China, Japan, and Germany, is expected to edge out Britain for the first time since 2013. The ranking is based on IMF GDP forecasts, which also predict that India will jump past the UK and France in 2019. Britain’s “sharp deceleration” comes after the nation’s decision to exit the European Union — a move that has seen the pound weaken and spending stall. (CNN)


Older Millennials aren’t leaving the nest

Despite a strengthening economy, roughly 20% of older Millennials (26 to 34) are living with relatives — a jump from 17% in 2012, according to Census Bureau data. Much of this trend can be attributed to the Great Recession: This cohort was hit hardest because it aligned with college and high school graduations. Just over 38% of those aged 18 to 34 live with family, up from 28.7% in 1962. (USA Today)


Elon Musk just won a $50 million bet for building the world’s largest lithium battery in 100 days

The Tesla chief bet Atlassian’s Mike Cannon-Brookes over Twitter, saying he could build the battery in that time frame or it was free. The battery, which is about to undergo regulatory testing, is part of South Australia’s plan to secure energy supply following a blackout last year. Tesla’s Powerpack is expected to carry power for 8,000 homes for 24 hours, or more than 30,000 houses for an hour. ( Business Insider)


Goals aren’t helping you

Much of the conventional wisdom on the benefits of setting goals is counterproductive. Focusing on goals can blind us from alternate, more beneficial paths; it can drive workers to unethical behavior; and it can encourage people to prematurely quit if they fall short along the way. What should you do instead? Focus on the process, not the outcome. Paying attention to the journey itself may also help you enjoy the process, rather than suffering all the way to the finish line. (BBC)


Taking a deep breath is good for your brain

While most animals breathe involuntarily, humans are uniquely capable of controlling their breath. And that control gives us some impressive brain power. Researchers from Northwestern and North Shore University Hospital found that controlling your air intake, and even just focusing on breathing, gives extra access to parts of your brain and even increases the interaction between different regions. In other words: Something as simple as changing the way you breathe can change your brain, which may in turn allow you to help you focus and improve your emotional state. (Quartzy)


‘Secret Santa’ Pays For Layaway Orders At New Jersey Toys“R”Us

An anonymous man in New Jersey embodied the Christmas spirit when he went to shop for his child at a Toys R Us on Friday (11/24). A man who identified himself as “Charlie K” went to his local Toys R Us in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, to shop for his son. While at the store, Charlie decided to spend $10,780 to payoff 62 layaway orders for complete strangers. But his kindness didn’t end there. He had everyone in the store pick out three items each for him to donate to Toys for Tots, the Marine Corps’ annual toy drive, which cost him an additional $2,000. When asked why he did all this, Charlie replied that he simply wanted to give back to a community that has given him so much. “I’m trying to bring some happiness to people, to the community that brought happiness to me and my family. I love this community and I am trying to provide back to it,” he said. (CBS Philadelphia)


Church of Sweden votes to stop using ‘He’ or ‘The Lord’ to refer to God

The Church of Sweden has voted to stop its leaders from referring to God as “He” or “The Lord.” The reason? To be more gender-inclusive. The church’s 251-member decision-making body decided last Thursday (11/23) to update its 31-year-old handbook that directs leaders how to conduct a service. The manual instructs leaders the proper language to use during services, the liturgy to be used, hymnals to sing, among other aspects of a service. Now, for instance, the church will refer to the Trinity — which consists of God the Father, Jesus Christ the son and the Holy Spirit — as “God and the Holy Trinity.” Typically, the Trinity is referred to as “the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” The decision will officially take effect on May 20, during Pentecost, a Christian holiday. The church first discussed gender-neutral language as early as 1986. (The Telegraph)


Tubular Tuesday Gives Us:

*Giving Tuesday  (The day after Cyber Monday)
*National French Toast Day

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