I'll just leave this here: lolz.
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The nation of Cyprus woke up this morning to an emergency banking holiday while the Cypriot government and the EU sort out the details of a $10B bailout package that includes levies on bank deposits.
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Union organizers and other miscreants attempted to organize mass walk-offs by Walmart employees on Black Friday. One observer noted,
Protesters here included unionized workers, street activists from the Occupy movement, a roller-skating woman in a Marie-Antoinette mini-dress, a faux pastor known for his anti-capitalist campaigns, and a lively brass band. The protesters, however, did not appear to include any employees from the Walmart outlet, where the doors were open to a steady stream of shoppers, many re-emerging with shopping carts piled high.
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Two stories that came out over the last week auger a major change in world energy economics. In the first, the International Energy Agency says the USA will overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's leading oil producer by 2017, thanks to increased local production and improved energy efficiency. Meanwhile, drillers in Utah and Colorado now believe that they have found Shale oil deposits that hold more petroleum than all of OPEC. What are the implications of this sudden windfall?
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It is completely predictable that when the government causes something to be more expensive that we will get less of that thing.
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This strip club (2001 Odyssey) is right down the road from where the GOP will hold their convention next week. Therefore, it was obviously important for the journalists at CNN to do an indepth story about how the upcoming presidential nomination ceremony will impact the titty business.
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When Britain's Conservative-led coalition took over two years ago, deficit-reduction and "austerity" topped its agenda. And austerity has delivered, just as Keynesians would have predicted: Britain's GDP has dropped again for another quarter (three, now), and by even more than anticipated (0.7% instead of 0.2%).
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Canadians can be cute with the way they eventually follow the same trends as their neighbors to the south, trying to be just as cool as the Americans were 5 years ago, but seriously people, have we learned nothing? While housing prices up across most of Canada's larget cities, Vancouver, with its balmy 9 months of freezing rain every year keeping away the polar bears and making igloos impractical, has seen the greatest increase in million dollar crackhouses.
But fear not, Canada - you do not have to go down this trail alone: Norway will help you demonstrate that house prices always go up.
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The European Central Bank wants all the good little boys and girls of Europe to know that it is still fighting the good fight against the Inflation Monster.
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Vanity fair has a teaser for an upcoming story about the "downfall" of Microsoft over the last decade that has piqued quite a bit of interest in tech circles.
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The results of MSN Money's annual customer service survey are in. The ten worst are five banks, three television providers, a cell phone company, and . . . AOL? Wow, I guess they're still relevant in an odd way. Anyway, submit your nominees/recent horror stories.
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A $99 android based game console has raised over $3 million on kickstarter in 2 days. That sound you heard was traditional venture capitalists everywhere pooping their pants.
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A valued member of the Best Buy computer repair team defamed a customer as a homosexual on face book and was subsequently terminated. This obviously brings up the tangentially related at best question: When will Best Buy go out of business and how can a company with such obnoxiously poor customer service control such a large segment of the market (link goes to source, in addition to a picture of a semi-comely lass). Here's more ranting internet people.
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Shareholders of Citigroup rejected a board-approved pay package for CEO Vikram Pandit and other top executives, sending a loud and clear message that executive compensation needs to be tied to performance, or else.
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Ok, so, my wife and I have moved into a new place that is a corner unit in a modernish high rise with big floor to ceiling windows in said corner. She brought her motley assortment of plants that used to live on the patio (which we currently lack), some of which have done extremely well with the extra sun and greenhouse environment, while others have spent the last thre months dying a slow painful death.
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