Hard Numbers: They Made $300,000 While You Were Reading Signal!

64: A record high 64 percent of Americans say they support free trade, according to a new NBC/WSJ poll. That level is up 7 points over the past two years.

10,242: After a white nationalist murdered 51 Muslims in New Zealand in March, the government banned most military-style rifles and set aside money to buy back those already in circulation. Since mid-July, 10,242 of these weapons have been brought in for cash, and more than a thousand more were turned in with no questions asked.

1: Thailand leads the world in motorcycle deaths and income inequality, and observers say those two stats are related. On the country's slick highways, elites speed along in fast cars or SUVs among the motorcycles and scooters used by poorer Thais. More than 85% of all traffic fatalities involve moto-riders.

$4 million: The world's wealthiest family, the Waltons, the owners of Walmart, keep getting richer, and fast. According to Bloomberg, their wealth rises $4 million every hour. To put this in perspective, the Walton's made more than $300,000 in the time it took you to read today's edition of Signal.

In the southern Italian region of Basilicata, home to the Val d'Agri Oil Centre known as COVA, hydrocarbon processing has undergone a radical digital transformation. COVA boasts one of the world's first fully digitized hydrocarbon plants, but why? Two primary reasons: infrastructure and information. Val d'Agri has the largest onshore hydrocarbon deposit in mainland Europe. The site is expansive and highly advanced, and the plant features a sophisticated sensor system built to capture massive amounts of data. Maintenance checks, equipment monitoring, inspections and measurements are tracked in a fully integrated digital system designed to prevent corrosion and ensure cleaner, more sustainable natural gas processing.

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Well, we still don't know who exactly launched the spectacular aerial attack on Saudi Arabia's main oil processing facility over the weekend, which knocked 5% of the world's oil offline and sent crude prices into their biggest one day jump in decades.

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The attack on Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq oil facility knocked out about 5 percent of total global oil supplies in one go. Saudi Arabia accounts for about 12 percent of global crude output in total, and has been at that level for years now. Here's a look at how today's other top producers, the US, Russia, Canada, and Iraq have fared over the past thirty years.

Israeli Elections 2.0 — Israelis go to the polls again today for the second time in five months. Back in April, Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu's Likud party (just barely) won the most votes, but failed to form a governing coalition, paving the way for new elections. The big question today is: how many Israelis have actually changed their minds in such a short timeframe? Last time, Likud and the centrist Blue and White coalition each won 35 Knesset seats, and polls show the two parties are still neck and neck, while secular right-winger Avigdor Lieberman — whose dissent in May left Bibi one seat short of a majority — is gaining steam. If this holds, Bibi would not have a majority again, and a complicated rotating premiership, national-unity government, or even a third election, could result. We are watching for results shortly...

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1 billion: West African leaders have pledged $1 billion to combat the growing threat of Islamic extremism in the region. Mali-based insurgent groups with links to the Islamic State and al Qaeda have since spilled over into neighboring countries, hitting Burkina Faso particularly hard in recent months.

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