Sunday, March 18, 2012

A cashless society

Cashless Society

Here in Salon Magazine.

Rate you political views with the Nolan Chart

David Nolan, was a politician and found of the libertarian party of the United States. He devised the Nolan chart which give a wider view of political ideas that just a left-right line. Mr. Nolan added a plane that shows political views on two axis. One for economic views and one for views of personal freedom. He then devised a 10 question survey to determine your politcal view. You can take the sruvey here and see your Nolan rating.

His chart is used widely to rate politicians.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Affirmative action in India for Muslims

We try not to quote or refer to the New York Times too much. But the quality of the reporting and writing always forces the issue. Here is a incredible piece on Affirmative Action in India excluding Muslims: Here.

You can read the Sachar report here or here.

Here is the Wikipedia entry for the Sachar Committee. Here.

I have to think the NYT for a subtle and nuanced discussion of Affirmative Action over the years.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

True cost of Katrina

Good piece from SF Post. Here. On the true cost of Katrina and how hard making good economic decision in our current polorized environment really is.

Good for reference and discussion.

Government Productivity

Here is a link to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report on state and local government productivity. Here.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Suit Alleges Under Funding of Maryland HBCU

There is an interesting suit going on in Maryland which alleges the under funding of Historical Black Colleges and Universities in Maryland. The court brief is here.

You can also read more from the law firm, Kirkland and Ellis, which is handling the case

"Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" -- Mitt Romney

"Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" -- Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney's famous editorial against government help for the auto industry. His analysis has far more common sense then his opening headline grab. Oops.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Penn World Tables

A link to the Penn World Tables at the University of Pennsylvania. PWT 7.

The Penn World Tables are comparison tables of country economic data for all countries on earth.

TIECON - Entrepreneurs conference


TIECON 2012 is a large entrepreneurs conference in Silicon Valley. A lot of the events and discussions are around applying a software app to a business process and calling it a service.

There does not seem to be a lot of really new, innovation. There does seem to be a lot of drinking the other guys milkshake. (Film Reference: There will be blood, 2007)

A demographic analysis of the 123 speakers, breaks down as follows: 13 Women (10%), 4 Asian (3%) and 38 east Asian (30%) and 2 Spanish surname (2%).

The sponsor list is top notch: IBM, HP, SAP, Emirates airline.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Friday, March 2, 2012

Firm used fraud to win Minority Contracts

A federal criminal complaint was unsealed against McHugh construction company in Chicago charging they committed fraud. The company pretendrf to be a women ownef company to win government contracts.

The Chicago Trubine has the story here.