Sunday, December 26, 2010

Prison population statistics

The United Kingdom prision population is here.

Bureau of Justice Statistics

I have frequent discussion with some friends on the cost of the criminal justice system. You cannot have a factual debate with out consulting the Bureau of Justice Statistics at the US Deparment of Justice.

Bureau of Justice Statistics

DOJ BJS perferred link is Here.

Super informative news release with a summary of prison statistics is here.

The only shred of good news is that the trends is recently down lagging the crime downturn.

What's the value of one year of human life

Time Magazine says it is $129,000. Read the story here.

Forbes story was first. Here.

Editors note: I find the figure rather high.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Schiavone Construction Company admits fraud

A large NYC construction company admitted write fraud and failing to use Minority, women-own and disadvantaged businesses as subcontractors.

The Schiavone Construction Company admits fraud. Here.

Skanska USA and Schiavone evade helping disadvantaged business

Two of the biggest construction contractors are being invetigated by Federal government for evading requirements to use Women, minority or disadvantaged subcontractors.

In the New York Times Here.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

How the enterprises trashed the economy

How the enterprises trashed the economy by Henry Mintzberg


GE: General Electric Stories; GE Closes Last Bulb Factory

I was reading a little about jobs, of course, US manufacturing, when a couple of interesting GR stories popped-up. GE closed the last factory in the US making incandescent bulbs. The complete package gives a nice view of the current economic climate in manufacturing in the US. Really good stuff.

Here is a puff pieces on GE going back to manufacturing after the financial crisis affected GE capital. New York Times.

GE shuts down last incandescent bulb factory in Winchester, VA. Here.

Some stuff on the dangers on CFLs. Here.

An editorial here from the Heritage Foundation tries to simplify a complex issue to support a point of view. Philadelphia Inquirer

Here is an article on innovation using the incandecent bulb(US) and the conpact flourcent bulb (China) as an example.

You can read about Ellis Yan of TCP, Technical Consumer Products, Inc. here.