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Jacqueline Leo

Entries by Jacqueline Leo

The Infuriating, Inexcusable AIG Tax Deal

(8) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 8:33 AM

If you believe that the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street would only join forces "when hell freezes over," then start building your ark. American International Group, the infamous insurance company that got $85 billion in government bailout money in 2008, and promptly spent...

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How America Is Dumbing Down the Next Generation

(24) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 2:27 PM

My house and my car are getting smarter. After replacing a furnace, a water heater, a dishwasher, a car, and a coffee maker, I would give my house a B- on an IQ test. The problem is, the smarter our houses become, the more incompetent we become --...

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BP Using Google To Manipulate Public Opinion

(119) Comments | Posted June 3, 2010 | 7:11 AM

Now there's another reason to hate the company that America hates most--British Petroleum. BP has not only created the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, it's trying to manipulate and control the news. According to the news blog Powering a Nation, BP had workers sign a contract...

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The Census Goes Postal

(222) Comments | Posted March 10, 2010 | 8:17 AM

In spite of a gargantuan federal deficit weighing in at $1.5 trillion, one agency clearly didn't get the belt-tightening memo. The Department of Commerce, which is responsible for the U.S. Census, has just mailed 120 million letters telling people like me that we will receive a Census questionnaire...

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Digital Dieting

(9) Comments | Posted December 14, 2009 | 9:36 AM

Why do we group so many things in sevens? Seven is more than a lucky number or a famous baseball player's uniform. It's the brain's natural shepherd, herding vast amounts of information into manageable chunks. It's also a special tool that can help you make smart decisions and sift through...

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Attention Economics: 7 Ways The Number 7 Can Keep You Sane

(6) Comments | Posted November 30, 2009 | 9:55 AM

In April 2008, New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote about "The Great Forgetting." He said that the 21st century will probably be known as the Bad Memory Century. It's not just aging baby boomers who are suffering from memory lapses and "where did I put my keys?"...

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Mavericks Don't Lead

(8) Comments | Posted October 13, 2008 | 11:13 AM

The reason John McCain is ten points behind Barack Obama is, ironically, one of the main reasons people want to vote for him -- he's a maverick. A Senate maverick who has played that role for more than 25 years becomes a self-anointed critic of other people's ideas. McCain's greatest...

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Sex and the Swedish Censor

(2) Comments | Posted September 8, 2008 | 11:07 AM

The European Union is flexing its politically correct muscles again, this time taking straight aim at what they deem to be advertisements that portray women as sex objects. The woman behind this initiative is Eva-Britt Svensson, a 62-year old member of the European Parliament (MEP) who has never...

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Food, Fuel and Farming: the Sky's the Limit

(3) Comments | Posted May 29, 2008 | 6:13 PM

Sometimes, the answer to a complex problem is so simple, so elegant that you wonder why you didn't think of it yourself. That was my reaction yesterday as I sat at the World Science Festival Summit and listened to Columbia University professor Dickson Despommier describe an ingenious idea...

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Brut Forces

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2008 | 4:39 PM

Finally, someone in grape valley climbed out of the wine cellar to figure out what wine drinkers really want aside from great taste: peel-off wine labels. According to Trend Central, an Australian wine producer, Oxford Landing, is offering this consumer-friendly perk on their Shiraz. It's no wonder since there are...

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Just Spank The Monkey, Don't Kill It

(7) Comments | Posted April 19, 2008 | 5:52 PM

Can monkeys form gangs and terrorize people? Just ask the residents of Gibraltar where a pack of 25 macaques have broken into hotels through open windows, vandalized rooms, and have been seen rummaging through garbage in the center of town. When I first read about this, I thought Judd Apatow...

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Fruit Flies -- Gotta Love 'Em

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2008 | 11:39 AM

You might think mice and rats are the answer to solving mankind's medical afflictions. I thought so too until I read that the lowly fruit fly may hold the key to restoring memory in humans. Turns out we have a lot in common, genetically speaking, with the common fruit fly,...

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The Self-Hating Shrew

(3) Comments | Posted March 5, 2008 | 4:59 PM

At first glance Charlotte Allen's misogynistic Op-Ed piece in The Washington Post looks like post-feminism on hyperbolic steroids from China--an over the top rant with a dose of heavy-metal poison thrown in for effect. She takes on those adoring Obama fans--mostly women--although I've seen a few guys melt...

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Stupid and Sinful: How America Can Be Number One Again

(4) Comments | Posted February 29, 2008 | 1:48 PM

Maybe we should rethink our "No Child Left Behind" program. If we eliminate all expectations for achievement and behavior, we may actually be able to recapture our economic and moral supremacy, and be number one in the world. Sounds counterintuitive, I know, but there is a precedent for this kind...

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The OTB of Magazines

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2008 | 10:40 AM

Finally, there's a light at the end of the tunnel for print magazines. A new strategy has emerged thanks to The Industry Standard, the high priest of the Internet that folded after that bubble burst. Now, the magazine is back on line, but this time people are betting on...
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