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Small Town America Makes A Comback

The Lede:    The new numbers, scheduled to be released Tuesday by the Metropolitan Policy Program at the center-left Brookings Institution, show that job growth in 2017 remained heavily concentrated in the largest cities benefiting the most from the transition to the information-age digital economy.
But smaller communities, lifted by higher prices for oil, gas and other commodities and some gains in manufacturing, last year clawed back a significantly larger share of new job creation than in the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency, the analysis found. While this economic revival in Trump country so far has been driven mostly by cyclical changes in global markets, particularly for energy, Trump can plausibly argue that his agenda of promoting domestic manufacturing and oil and gas production can help sustain those gains in the non-metropolitan places that disproportionately house those industries. And that could create another electoral obstacle for Democrats in smaller communities, where the President has also connected far better culturally and stylistically than in urbanized areas.
Rollbacks matter…
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Leaving In Droves, Part 2, California Edition


From  Census Bureau data show California lost just over 138,000 people to domestic migration in the 12 months ended in July 2017. Lower-cost states such as Arizona, Texas, and Nevada are popular destinations for relocating Californians.

Housing costs and the tax burden is far less impactful in pretty much any place outside of California, whose socialist policies drive up poverty and continuously erode the middle class leaving only the extremely wealthy and those in abject poverty.

USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll of Californians last fall found that the high cost of living, including housing, was the most important issue facing the state. It also found more than half of Californians wanted to repeal the state’s new gas tax, which raised fees by a whopping 40 percent further burdening those already living paycheck to paycheck.

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Here’s the link to Part 1, Leaving In Droves:


The 3D Printed Home


Fascinating stuff.  The lede:   ICON has built the first permitted 3D printed home in America. ICON is one of the first new businesses to launch from the Saturn Five startup studio, based in Austin, TX.

The home was unveiled in March 2018 in Austin, TX and was built using a prototype of the mobile printer ICON is creating for New Story and the developing world.

More:   The production version of the printer will have the ability to print a single story, 600-800 square foot home in under 24 hours for less than $4,000. As a part of this effort, ICON has developed cutting-edge materials tested to the most recognized standards of safety, comfort and resiliency and is designed to function with nearly zero waste production methods and work under unpredictable constraints (limited water, power, and labor infrastructure) to tackle housing shortages.

Cool video here:

Working Hard or Hardly Working

Blockchain Explained, Part 2


Back in late January we posted a video from Goldman Sachs on the stunning emergence of Blockchain technology:

This week we’ve found an even better article on the subject.  Everything you need to know, A Beginner’s Guide:   What Is Blockchain Technology?

Hat tip Alex Marsh of


We Where Told These Jobs Would Never Come Back

From Bespoke Research:  Four consecutive months of adding 25k+ manufacturing jobs for the first time in 20 years:


Obama Says Manufacturing Jobs Just Aren’t Coming Back:

Rollbacks matter…

Hat tip Bespoke Research.

The Scenic Route


An Air Force pararescueman conducts a high-altitude, high-opening free fall jump working during training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 4, 2018. The airman is assigned to the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron. Air Force courtesy photo.

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Quite A List


This may have helped Mr. Bezos(we should all be this lucky): 

Amazon, possibly on its way to becoming America’s first trillion-dollar company, paid zero dollars in federal taxes for 2017, despite earning $5.6 billion in income.

SFGate reports that $724 million of Amazon’s $769 million tax bill for the year are foreign taxes, according to an analysis drawn from the company’s 2017 10-K form.


Amazon also will receive a tax break of about $789 million for 2018, thanks to the Republicans’ new tax plan.

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Hat tip Kae Huynh

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