The Obama campaign produced a poster of an American flag, with Obama’s “O” symbol replacing the field of stars, as an item of campaign merchandise, selling for $35. The image was tasteless at best. It is hard to imagine any other politician arrogant enough to remake the flag in his own image:
Barack Obama, however, has never been one to be deterred by bad taste. The larger problem was that, as [...]
From Economic Policy Journal:
Yup, the State Department has awarded a $16.5 millioncontract to Amazon to stock designated libraries and U.S.-friendly educationalcenters around the world with 2,500 Kindle e-Readers, procurement databasesshow, according to Nextgov.com. The contract includes 50 titles, a securecentral management system and round-the-clock help desk service.
The purchase works out to a cost of $6,600 per reader.No doubt there may be extra support and software that comes with these Kindles,but [...]
Japan and China will start direct currency trading this week, Tokyo said Tuesday, the first time Beijing has let a major unit other than the dollar swap with the yuan.
The move, which will scrap the greenback as an intermediary unit, comes as China introduces measures as part of a long-term goal of internationalizing its currency to rival the dollar.
The Chinese central bank earlier Tuesday introduced a rate of 7.9480 yuan [...]
President Obama ditched the small group of reporters that accompanied him on a golf outing Saturday at Andrews Air Force Base.
Mr. Obama arrived at Andrews in suburban Maryland at 1:08 p.m. to play golf with a foursome that included Marvin Nicholson, the White House trip director, and two other men. That was the last time the press traveling with the president saw him.
Normally, when the president completes his round [...]
America saved Eduardo Saverin — and he won’t repay the favor.
When he was 13, Saverin was named on a gangster’s list of potential kidnapping targets. His family fled Brazil to Miami for his safety.
Saverin thrived, attending a fancy prep school. He became a citizen in 1998, and made his way to Harvard, where he became pals with Mark Zuckerberg and the other founders of Facebook.
Now he’s shunning the United States [...]
If an economist views the period between World War II and 1970 as “normal” in terms of what to expect in the future, he/she is likely to be misled. The period of rapid energy growth following World War II is not likely to be repeated. The rapid energy growth allowed much manual work to be performed by machine (for example, using a back hoe instead of digging ditches by hand). [...]
How an Economist Might Be Misled
If an economist views the period between World War II and 1970 as “normal” in terms of what to expect in the future, he/she is likely to be misled. The period of rapid energy growth following World War II is not likely to be repeated. The rapid energy growth allowed much manual work to be performed by machine (for example, using a back hoe instead [...]
We are getting that deja vú feeling again. Spain has suddenly been spending 90 billion Euros more than estimated. How they calculate these figures, nobody knows, but this sure is resembling the Greek saga. 90 Billion Euros is the size of the Portugese bail out by the way. On the other hand, when it comes to the property sector, we would really enjoy trying to understand the explanations on out [...]
It all depends on what your definition of “lobbying” is, when it comes to Newt Gingrich’s post-speaker activities on the Hill
January 25, 2012
In Monday’s debate, Mitt Romney charged Gingrich with “influence-peddling.” But Gingrich insists that he was merely working as a historian when he collected $1.6 million from Freddie Mac over a six-year period. Which, in some version of reality, could be true. Broadly speaking, a historian who is hired [...]
How I learned to let my kids be kids.
By Katherine Ozment
All illustrations by Larry Ruppert.
WHEN BOSTON WAS HIT by last winter’s barrage of blizzards, my two oldest kids, then ages eight and five, spent their snow days lounging around the house in their pajamas, occasionally dabbling at the computer. “Mom,” they said, “we’re bored.” Finally, I suggested they go outside — but not too far and not for too long [...]
It seems few consumers want range-extending gas engines in their electric vehicles.
General Motors plans to sell an electric version of the Spark, a mini-car that it currently sells outside the United States. GM will sell the gasoline version of the Spark in the U.S. starting next year, and will follow with the electric version in select U.S. markets and around the world in 2013. The [...]
1) Gold May Climb to $2,500 in the Next Year, Citigroup Says
“This insurance role will likely continue to assist demand while concerns remain about sovereign risk and the longer-term issue of whether the dollar will still be the world’s reserve-currency in 5-10 years time.”
2) Italy’s borrowing costs rise as demand falls
“Italy sold 3.9 billion euros ($5.3 billion) of five-year bonds Tuesday as borrowing [...]
Pascack Hills High School – Montvale, NJ – File / Photo: Pascack Valley Regional High School District
MONTVALE, NJ (WCBS 880) – Times are changing. Technology is everywhere at the Pascack Valley Regional High School District in northern New Jersey. Forget about the chalk and blackboard.
WCBS 880?s Sean Adams in North Jersey
In this district, teachers don’t say “Open your textbook.” They say, “Open your laptop.”
“Basically, in every class, we’re using laptops [...]
Because it highlights a longer term plausible scenario that isn’t all fire and brimstone and does eliminate “capitalism” as we know it. I know there are useful functions to society that I would be willing to do for free (and have in the past), and I know enough people in the same boat that there is vague possibility that a society without money might work. Many people farm for a [...]