Archive for May 2020

Illinois vs Indiana: Comparing the two States COVID Response, Reopening Plans

Illinois vs Indiana: Comparing the two States COVID Response, Reopening Plans
Chicagoans, when they cross the border into northwest Indiana, are likely to experience a very visible ad campaign that the state aggressively pushes in that area. The marketing campaign stresses the lower taxes for both individuals and businesses in the Hoosier state, and how the cost of living in Indiana is lower.  However, comparing the Land of Lincoln to the Crossroads of America is sort of like apples and oranges, given how Illinois contains Chicago, the nation's third largest city and the absolute hub and de facto capital city of the Midwest. Having a major metropolis like this means Illinois has had to approach the COVID-19 pandemic in a completely different way than Indiana...

As Sports Move Closer to Return, Labor Issues Take Center Stage

As Sports Move Closer to Return, Labor Issues Take Center Stage
When it comes to the prospect of restarting sports again in this country, the health and public safety issues are at the forefront. That's just as first glance however. Upon further inspection, we're finding that beyond the issues of playing safely amid the world of COVID-19, the sports world of "office politics" take over. The more people involved in the sport, the harder it is to social distance, obviously, but it's also hard to get all the different stakeholders aligned on the same page. For the most part, it's the classic struggle of ownership/management versus labor- the conflict that defines capitalism to its core. And of course, labor issues are all about who gets what slice of the revenue pie. As Notorious B.I.G. famously told us: "it's like the more money we come across, the more problems we see." Let's take a look at where the current sports stand right now, in terms of restarting....

Analyzing the Presidential Election Swing States Polls, Odds, Projections

Analyzing the Presidential Election Swing States Polls, Odds, Projections
The United States Presidential election is certainly no popularity contest. In two of the last five elections, the popular vote winner lost the Electoral College, and thus the presidency. Donald Trump, despite losing the popular vote by about three million, won the 2016 election because he flipped four states that voted for Barack Obama in 2012: Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.  He won the E.C. by the slimmest of margins, a total of about 77,000 votes in the states that made the difference. As we look ahead to November, let's take a look at who's projected to win in the swing states- Trump or presumptive Demorcratic nominee Joe Biden...
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Certain Apps Seeing Big Growth Amid Economic Shutdown

Certain Apps Seeing Big Growth Amid Economic Shutdown
Big tech is bigger than ever and in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, they're only going loom larger. We're more reliant on giant tech companies than ever before these days, and in the era of social distancing, this reliance will only increase. We're currently in a world of working remotely apps, learning at a distance apps and socializing online apps. It's not going away any time soon either. Zoom is a company that we're all now familiar with. It didn't even exist until 2011, and wasn't profitable until just last year. By February, Zoom had gained 2.22 million users in 2020 — more than they amassed for all of 2019. Daily average users rose from about 10 million in December 2019 to about 200 million in March 2020....

Tax Revenue Shortfalls Could Speed Up Legalized Sports Betting

Tax Revenue Shortfalls Could Speed Up Legalized Sports Betting
It may seem counter-intuitive at first, but the lockdown orders currently in place all across the United States might actually provide a major boost of momentum for the sports betting legalization movement. State by state stay-at-home orders were put into place to slow the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, allowing only the essential businesses to remain in operation.  It has led, expectably, to a major decline in tax revenue. With unemployment now already at Great Depression levels and very few people buying much of anything beyond the basic needs these days, we've seen a severe reduction in both income taxes and sales taxes. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, whose states borders the world's coronavirus epicenter in New York City, said last month that revenues “have fallen off a table.”...

Relaxing Music Helps Boost Immunity, Spirits During Trying Times

Relaxing Music Helps Boost Immunity, Spirits During Trying Times
Right now, COVID-19 has gripped the entire world in uncertainty, as the global pandemic has accelerated stress and heightened fear. As you know, stress is the enemy of the immune system, so any which way you can alleviate tension is always a good thing. Think of it as relaxing music for mitigation, and it's a genre that's being talked about much more these days. Streaming of classical music, along with folk and children’s music, has seen a surge in popularity recently. Classical music has always been a staple for accompanying studying or reading, but now more people are finding it can sooth frayed nerves as well...
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