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  • Quote: "Initial claims for state unemployment benefits climbed 9,000 to 429,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

    Economists had expected claims to come in at 415,000.

    // Seriously, who are these economists? I can be just as wrong as them, give me a job.

  • Quote:"Dr Jens Pruessner of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Quebec, who helped carry out the study, said: ‘Previous findings have shown that the risk for anxiety disorders is 21 per cent higher for people from the city, who also have a 39 per cent increase for mood disorders.
    ‘In addition, the incidence of schizophrenia is almost doubled for individuals born and brought up in cities. These values are a cause for concern.’

    Dr Pruessner and colleagues from the Univerity of Heidleberg in Germany monitored the brain activity of adult volunteers while they carried out mental arithmetic puzzles under time pressure.

    The functional magnetic resonance imaging scans revealed that the brains of those living in cities reacted differently to stress, the researchers report in the journal Nature.

    // Specifically, the amygdala is the problem area for urbanites.

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