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It is clearly a much better picture, and appears to be mostly genuine. It shows employers have come back so much and are starting to rehire.

You create this class of people who essentially become permanently unemployed and can’t get back in. You have people who have lost contact with the labor market, whose skills are not relevant for jobs for the future, who employers regard with skepticism because they have been out of work for so long.

Nigel Gault, IHS

With firms seeing profits improving we’re starting to see a much brighter labor market. Confidence has been restored and firms now have started to redeploy their cash.

Stefane Marion, chief economist at National Bank Financial in Montreal

Why is it that here in the United States we have such difficulty even imagining a different sort of society from the one whose dysfunctions and inequalities trouble us so? We appear to have lost the capacity to question the present, much less offer alternatives to it. Why is it so beyond us to conceive of a different set of arrangements to our common advantage?

Tony Judt, What is Living and What is Dead in Social Democracy: NYRB

But I’m betting that things are going to get ugly. We’re heading into a war for control of the web. And in the end, it’s more than that, it’s a war against the web as an interoperable platform.


I’ve outlined a few of the ways that big players like Facebook, Apple, and News Corp are potentially breaking the “small pieces loosely joined” model of the Internet. But perhaps most threatening of all are the natural monopolies created by Web 2.0 network effects.

One of the points I’ve made repeatedly about Web 2.0 is that it is the design of systems that get better the more people use them, and that over time, such systems have a natural tendency towards monopoly.


This is an important turnaround after the free fall in world trade, industrial production, asset prices, and global credit availability which threatened to push the global economy into the abyss of a new Great Depression in early 2009.

Preview of UN Report on the world economy

Even though he kind of plays with the facts, it’s more about the overall message.

Erin Power, 21, of Long Island, N.Y., on Oliver Stone, during a class [HIST-288: Oliver Stone’s America] dedicated to his work at American University by Peter Kuznik.

The gravy train continues to roll without impediment for select groups of employees on the public payroll…Startling amounts of taxpayer-funded booty continue to be dispensed across New Jersey without regard for the common good.

State of New Jersey Commission of Investigation: The Beat Goes on, waste and abuse in local government employee compensation and benefits

Counties are often political fiefdoms. County freeholders or executive boards get to pad the ranks of public employees with political supporters.

Brigid Harrison, Montclair State University – breaking new ground in homework for hire and plagiarism. Now, for $110, provide answers of 225 to 300 words each to sixteen questions on business ethics!


225 – 300 words to each question COURSE TEXTBOOK: Ferrell, O.C., Fraedrich, J., & Ferrell, L. (2008). Business ethics: Ethical decision making and cases (7th ed.) Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company Unit 1: The Importance of Business Ethics

U1-Q11: List three business problems, situations, or opportunities that you believe are ethical issues. Please give possible solutions and explain your responses in some detail.

U1-Q12: Describe why it is important that business people study business ethics? What are possible benefits to companies, individuals, society and the world of business? Please explain. Unit 2: Emerging Ethical Issues and the Institutionalization of Business Ethics

U2-Q11: Describe the three criteria that must be met in order to define a hostile work environment. What is the key ethical issue within sexual harassment?


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I am seeking to get out because of what’s happening. Not that I see a crisis, but people seem to be loving it too much.

Paul Krugman on selling assets in Brazil

The future, which is not a bad deal if you ignore all the collateral gore.

David Carr

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