Talking Points: U-Haul, Amazon, Snapchat

U-Haul, Amazon, Snapchat

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Due to soaring housing prices, many people are moving away from the San Francisco Bay area. Because of this, a one-way U-Haul rental from San Jose to Las Vegas now costs roughly $2,000, compared to just $100 for a truck going in the other direction. Newsweek.com, February 2, 2018

Even though Amazon made a recorded $5.6 billion in profits in 2017, the company paid $0 in federal taxes, thanks to a number of tax credits and breaks for stock options. FiveThirtyEight, Friday, March 9, 2018

“Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.” George Bernard Shaw

On average, every day, we generate 230 million tweets, 300 billion emails, and load about 100 terabytes of data onto Facebook. Abundance 360, March 11, 2018

Smoking-related diseases killed 492,438 Americans last year and 7 million globally. For each death, the tobacco industry makes a profit of $9,730. The Week, March 23, 2018

Nearly 1 in 3 Medicare patients undergo surgery in the last year of their life, and 18% are operated on the last month, even though studies show the elderly are more likely to be harmed than helped by the ordeal of surgery. Tampa Bay Times, March 2, 2018

“Snapchat is laying off 100 employees. A spokesperson for the company said, “It’s weird, it’s like they were here a second ago and then they just disappeared.” Conan O’Brien

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