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Why are car prices so high?



Why are new cars getting expensive in the U.S.? And what is this leading to? The higher prices of cars means more Americans are getting themselves into more debt

A new report by Experian says new vehicle loans have reached a new high, standing at $40,290 dollars.

That means on average- payment to that loan would be more than $650 dollars a month.

That is 15% higher from the same period last year.

Another indication of these high loans is that- it now takes an average of almost 70 months to pay off the entirety of these loans.

But it’s not only new car buyers who are in debt.

Used car buyers are also taking out loans, and the average loan for them increased by nearly 19% to $28,534 dollars.

That means paying around $515 dollars a month.

The federal Reserve has been raising interest rates to lower inflation- but according to Reuters “prices of new vehicles in the United States have been rising faster than the overall inflation rate.

Further adding, that Automakers say they still cannot keep pace with demand because of shortages of semiconductors and other supply chain problems.

A separate report from J.D. Power observes that the average price of a new car hit a record high of $46,259.

And more data from Experian demonstrates an increased number of Americans are looking to buy second hand vehicles due to the high prices, with more than 60 percent of buyers getting a loan for a used car.

With supply chain problems and a post-pandemic recovery period, there are others too around the world complaining of high car prices.

But only time will show whether getting a new car will become harder or easier.


Did the Simpsons predict Musk’s Twitter takeover?



New Twitter boss Elon Musk claims The Simpsons predicted his takeover years ago

Elon Musk has alluded to the fact that The Simpsons predicted his takeover of Twitter in a 2015 episode.

The episode titled “The Musk who fell to Earth” showcases Lisa Simpson feeding birds in a letter box with the label “Home Tweet Home.”

During the episode, Musk flies in on his rocket ship before meeting the Simpsons family.

Before Musk leaves, the show throws to the bird house. Lisa Simpson then says “I guess humanity wants its change one bird house at a time.”

Fans of the series have been quick to jump on its so-called prediction capabilities. They often draw parallels between the episodes and monumental events in history.

Lovers of the show are convinced it predicted Donald Trump’s Presidential run, Disney’s purchase of Fox and the 9/11 attacks.

More recently, they’re certain the show predicted England and America’s 2022 World Cup match in an 1997 episode.

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British lawmakers want to fine social media



Social media companies could be fined if they don’t remove harmful content, according to a new plan from the UK Government

Lawmakers want to make it illegal to encourage users to harm themselves online.

It’s part of a crackdown on online behaviour on content that leads to self harm.

In a statement, Digital Secretary Michelle Donelan said these firms “can no longer remain silent bystanders”.

She says they’ll face fines for allowing this abusive and destructive behaviour to continue on their platforms.”

It follows the death of Molly Russell in 20-17, which sparked concern for harmful content online.

A coroner ruled social media platforms fed her content that “romanticised acts of self-harm”.

Sexually explicit materials will also be banned under the new policy.

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Twitter adds millions of users after cutting staff



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Twitter boss Elon Musk says new user signups to the social media platform are at an “all-time high”.

That’s despite his recent struggles with a mass exodus of advertisers and users fleeing to other platforms.

Musk says signups to Twitter are averaging over two million per day over the past week.

Reported impersonations on the platform spiked earlier this month, before and in wake of the Twitter Blue launch.

Musk says buying Twitter will speed up his ambition to create an “everything app” called X.

Musk’s “Twitter 2.0 The Everything App” will have features like encrypted DMs, longform tweets and payments.

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