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Wall Street is expanding, and the economy is worse off for it.

December 17th, 2014  |  Source: Washington Post

A black hole for our best and brightest

The thing Deborah Jackson remembers from her first interviews at Goldman Sachs is the slogan. It was stamped on the glass doors of the offices in the investment bank’s headquarters just off Wall Street, the lure of the place in two words, eight syllables: “Uncommon capability.”


The Great Game is heading to the Arctic

December 15th, 2014  |  Source: FT


Newtown two years on: More guns, more school shootings

December 15th, 2014  |  Source: CS Monitor.com

Two years after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., school shootings in the US continue at the rate of nearly one a week. Most Americans think the main problem is mental illness, not lack of gun control.


Halving of malaria deaths 'tremendous achievement'

December 9th, 2014  |  Source: BBC

Global efforts have halved the number of people dying from malaria - a tremendous achievement, the World Health Organization says.

It says between 2001 and 2013, 4.3 million deaths were averted, 3.9 million of which were children under the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa.

Each year, more people are being reached with life-saving malaria interventions, the WHO says.

In 2004, 3% of those at risk had access to mosquito nets, but now 50% do.

Winning the fight


REBRANDING NASA FOR A NEW SPACE AGE

December 4th, 2014  |  Source: Fast Company

On the eve of the first test launch -- just delayed -- of the Orion spacecraft that may one day take humans to Mars, NASA is re-thinking how it engages the public and disseminates information, by focusing on explaining each mission instead of a more generalized approach. In the process, it's modeling how businesses can better interact with customers.


ALEC is Back and Ready to Resume its Conservative Agenda

December 3rd, 2014  |  Source: Bloomberg

About 500 state legislators from across the country will pour themselves cups of coffee and file into conference rooms of the Hyatt Regency hotel in Washington on Wednesday to talk about cutting taxes and killing regulations. This is Legislating 101, brought to you by corporate America. 


Fewer people expected to shop Cyber Monday

December 1st, 2014  |  Source: USA Today

Taking advantage of earlier and longer promotions this season, fewer shoppers were in stores or purchasing online over the holiday weekend compared with last year, a trend that's expected to continue into Cyber Monday.

The National Retail Federation expects about 127 million people to shop online Monday, down from about 131 million who planned to shop online last year on Cyber Monday.

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Iran nuclear talks, in home stretch, still face obstacles

November 21st, 2014  |  Source: CS Monitor.com

Iranian distrusts US intentions – and fears that it will make irreversible decisions in exchange for only temporary sanctions relief.

VIENNA — More than 30 months of Iran nuclear talks are coming to a frenetic diplomatic climax before a Monday deadline.

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Seven of the 30 largest corporations in US paid more to their CEOs than they did in taxes

November 19th, 2014  |  Source: The Guardian

Taxes?    No problem.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally earned $23.2m last year while Ford got a tax refund of $19m.

This most recent gap between executive pay and taxes is part of an alarming trend reflecting a generous corporate tax code


Drone ‘Shortage’ Hampers ISIS War

November 18th, 2014  |  Source: Daily Beast

The American campaign against the Islamic State is being largely fought from the sky. And even that aerial effort is being shortchanged, military insiders tell The Daily Beast.




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