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Gas Prices Around the World: Cheaper Than Water and $10 a Gallon

May 8th, 2011  |  Source: The Atlantic


Americans consider cheap gas a birthright. No wonder we blame Congress when the price of petro creeps toward $4. But compared to most of the developed world, the only thing amazing about $4 gas is that we think $4 gas is amazing. 

In most of Europe, four dollars is what you pay for half a gallon of gas or less. Denmark is flirting with $10/gallon thanks to high taxes and expensive fuel transportation. Meanwhile in Venezuela, gas is said to be cheaper than water.


The dollar falls to its lowest value yet

May 4th, 2011  |  Source: Economist.com


Forty years of hurt


Is America spending too much on homeland security?

May 3rd, 2011  |  Source: Economist.com

AMERICA has increased homeland security spending by more than $1 trillion in the decade since the 9/11 attacks. A new academic paper [ PDF] from John Mueller (of Ohio State University) and Mark Stewart (of the University of Newcastle in Australia) attempts to determine whether the return on investment justified those huge expenditures. They also ask whether policymakers ever considered anything remotely resembling a cost-benefit analysis before they spent all that money. The answer in both cases, it seems, is no:


The Growth in Concierge Medical Care

May 1st, 2011  |  Source: NYT.com


FIVE years ago, Steven L. Glazer, an internal medicine doctor in Norwalk, Conn., told his thousand patients that he would no longer be able to care for them because he was going to focus on only a dozen, wealthy patients who could pay his annual fee.


The $300 House Open Innovation Challenge

April 28th, 2011  |  Source: Christian Sarkar

Applying the world’s business brains to housing the poor

The Death of Reputation on Wall Street

April 28th, 2011  |  Source: FierceFinance.co

New York Times columnist weighs in with a provocative thesis about Wall Street firms and personal accountability. He suggests "reputation is dead on Wall Street." With that passing, the traditional source of personal accountability has also passed.


Fracking Hell

April 18th, 2011  |  Source: NYT.com

Oil and gas companies injected hundreds of millions of gallons of hazardous or carcinogenic chemicals into wells in more than 13 states from 2005 to 2009, according to an investigation by Congressional Democrats.

GE shareholders not laughing

April 14th, 2011  |  Source: MarketWatch.com

Prank knocks $3.5 billion off GE’s market cap

As far as hoaxes go, it was hilarious. Unless you got caught on the wrong side of the trade.

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