Reading Time: 2 minutes Are you good with 100 percent of the money you give for disease research being kept by the telemarketer who called you? Didn’t think so.
Reading Time: 3 minutes More evidence that Osama bin Laden was an excuse for perpetual war, and grabbing mineral resources.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Tony Hayward, the former BP chief whose push for ever greater profits led to lowering safety standards and the destruction of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, is back with a new, smaller venture, and some interesting partners.
Reading Time: 4 minutes We would be well advised to pay more attention to figures departing the Obama circle—and to figure out why, really, they left.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Are Romney and Obama essentially the same? Not on everything, that’s for sure.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Former American Airlines chairman Bob Crandall with some ideas on taxes, the economy, and more. Not what you’d expect….
Reading Time: 7 minutes Boy, do we have smart readers. Here’s another good one—reflecting on Nick Hanauer’s TED talk about job creation, the rich, myths, propaganda, and much more.
Reading Time: < 1 minute This 12-year-old Canadian girl may or may not have had help with her ideas. But then, don’t we all? Is her speech any less hers than, say, one by Mitt Romney?
Reading Time: < 1 minute In this presentation, rich guy Nick Hanauer makes some simple yet profound points about whether keeping taxes low on rich people produce jobs.
Reading Time: < 1 minute Tired of those whining 99 percenters? Meet the two twenty-something sisters who just spent $150 million on homes. Nice, no?
Reading Time: 4 minutes The celebrations of Japan’s decision to turn off its last nuclear reactor may have been premature. Few have noticed this development: a key uranium deal with Kazakhstan, the world’s largest current supplier of nuclear fuel. Japan’s “nuclear recess” could prove a short one.
Reading Time: < 1 minute WhoWhatWhy’s Lori Harfenist with another breakthrough: calling foul on all those startup maniacs looking for angel investors and cheap vodka. LOL alert!
Reading Time: 2 minutes Fewer Americans are committing serious crimes than ever. But more Americans are getting locked up. Why? Ask our friends in the rapidly growing and very lucrative private prison industry.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Everyone’s pointing fingers about the failure to anticipate that spectacular surprise attack on Kabul by the newest flavor of Afghan threat. Could there be some deeper intrigue going on? You can bet your business on it.
Reading Time: 4 minutes A court decision says that public broadcasting outlets need not avoid political ads and the related sludgefest. Defenders of the sanctity of those outlets say they need to remain pure. But how pure, really, are they?
Reading Time: 5 minutes Reformers have had a victory over the corruption-spreading business group ALEC by pivoting off anger from the Trayvon Martin case—but the deeper rot perpetrated by ALEC remains the big issue.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Two big stories in Oakland, California, on a single day. In one, the Obama administration is doing something about nothing. In another, it is doing nothing about a very big something. Bang!
Reading Time: < 1 minute How about all those ads exhorting us, “drill, baby drill”? We’re told that gas pump prices will come down as a result. But are we being told the truth? Hmm….
Reading Time: < 1 minute This pie chart really tells us a lot. As sympathetic to Wall Street as the Obama administration has been, the money managers and handlers still consider the GOP a much better bet.
Reading Time: 2 minutes What happened to the guys who ruined our economy, making a huge profit by betting mortgages would tank? They’re making another huge profit, betting mortgages soar. But only other investors are supposed to be interested in this little non-morality play?