Announced tariffs on steel and aluminum are pending, as is renegotiation of NAFTA. President Donald Trump threatens tariffs on other Chinese goods in retaliation for alleged theft of intellectual property. Thus, many email queries from readers about last week’s column on trade and tariffs remain relevant. Let’s look at some. Will U.S. steel and aluminum prices go up? By how much? Will the increases apply to U.S. production also or only to imports?
There was anger in a recent reader email: “Saddam Hussein thought if he lashed U.S. POWs to the front of his T-62s, he could drive to Jerusalem without taking fire. Now Cadet Bone Spurs has lashed U.S. farmers to his tank as he roars into a trade war he thinks will be ‘easy.’”That is a harsh and imperfect metaphor, but farmers should be alarmed. As stewards of one of the U.S. sectors most dependent on exports, they indeed are likely to be hurt if we get into an “easy” trade war.
The Winter Olympics were fun to watch — and they also illustrated some fundamental economic issues. The big medal winners were relatively small countries: Norway, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden. The much larger United States, China and Japan all got fewer medals in absolute terms. In relative terms, it was even starker: On a per capita basis, Norway got 105 times as many medals as our country, Switzerland 25 times and the Netherlands 16 times. Why?
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".