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$41 Billion in Gift Cards Go Unspent

December 26th, 2011  |  Source: WSJ Blog

$41 Billion: That is the total amount of money on gift cards that went, or is likely to go, unspent from 2005 to 2011.

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On the side of the angels

December 20th, 2011  |  Source: Harvard Gazette

Pinker says the world is becoming more peaceful

Steven Pinker wants you to know that violence has declined.

Despite civil wars in Africa and the Mideast, ongoing strife in Afghanistan, and the barrage of local and national crimes reported on the nightly news, people are living in a much more peaceful era than they might think.


Devaluing a controversial currency

December 16th, 2011  |  Source: Al Jazeera

Fourteen African countries use a currency that hurts their economies and benefits their former colonial master, France.

Three weeks ago, a rumour emerged that the CFA franc - two closely-related currencies used by 14 countries in western and central Africa - would be devalued by 35 per cent on January 1, 2012.


The World's Best Sustainability Idea: The Gold In Human Waste

December 13th, 2011  |  Source: Forbes

Katerva, a new nonprofit set up to recognize and support stand-out sustainability efforts around the world, has just announced the winner of an award competition it hopes will be like a Nobel prize in the broad and somewhat amorphous field of sustainability: Sanergy, a company that builds low-cost toilets in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya and converts the waste into fuel and fertilizer.

For the full story in Forbes go to: 


Closing Wall Street’s casino

November 20th, 2011  |  Source: http://blogs.reuters.com/

 

Not so long ago — before casinos, currency and commodities speculation, and credit default swaps became big business — U.S. courts would not enforce gambling debts.

Restoring this principle offers a simple way to shrink the rampant speculation in derivatives that was central to the 2008 meltdown on Wall Street.

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Does the STOCK Act have legs?

November 18th, 2011  |  Source: citizensforethics.org

 

Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and other good governance groups sent letters to members of Congress urgingpassage of the “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act” (“STOCK Act”).   


Campaign and Lobbying Expenditures Promote Fracking Big Time

November 15th, 2011  |  Source: NPQ

Source: Common Cause | The venerable clean government organization, Common Cause, has an excellent, digestible report available on the politics—or the money in politics—concerning the “fracking” controversy. The report describes the problems with fracking:


Where's the Money, Jon Corzine?

November 14th, 2011  |  Source: The Motley Fool

 

This should be a really easy question for former MF Global (OTC: MFGLQ) CEO Jon Corzine. We should be able to ask, "So, Corzine, where is the money?" and he'd point us in the right direction.

But in the wake of MF Global's whirlwind bankruptcy, that question has been anything but easy.


The End of Borders and the Future of Books

November 13th, 2011  |  Source: Business Week

An inside look at the real reasons for the once-beloved chain's demise

For the past decade and a half, Borders seems to have been in the business of making mistakes. Consider the company’s efforts to develop an online presence. Amazon was launched in 1995, and Barnes & Noble responded with its own website two years later.

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Trouble in Richistan

November 11th, 2011  |  Source: FT.com

The dream – or myth – of mobility was the glue that helped keep America together




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