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Increasing the Minimum Wage Can Actually Create Jobs -- If It's Enforced

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

Big low-wage employers squeeze employees by deliberately staying understaffed, relying on mandatory overtime as needed. A forced wage increase creates jobs by taking away the gain from under-staffing. Holy cow! Talk about turning Econ 101 on its head!

Lebanese Media and Elections Coverage in UNESCO Book

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.11.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Lebanese-Iraqi Sharro's scathing comments and biting humor came to mind when I wrote about the media's mixed bag coverage of Lebanon's presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections for a just-released UNESCO publication.

Innovation in the Government Industry

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 03.29.2014 | Technology
Michael B. Fishbein

Government may be susceptible to the same forces that are currently changing many major industries. Software is eating government, too. Therefore go...

Giving Thanks

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

It seems fitting that this year Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coincide as both are celebrations of survival. The Jews had survived the destruction of the Temple and the Pilgrims survived the almost certain destruction of their very lives.

Big Pharma Could Win International Price Monopoly, Unlimited Profits in 'Free Trade' Deal

Ethan Rome | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Big Pharma has a new tool to make turbo-charged profits and insulate itself from efforts to rein in skyrocketing health costs.

On November 5th, Local Power Is on the Line

John Farrell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Denver
John Farrell

Will it be another example of how a corporate monopoly buries its political and economic opponents? Or will it be Boulder's shot heard 'round the world of locals taking charge of their energy future?

PHOTOS: Here Are The Monopoly Properties In Real Life

Posted 09.28.2013 | Arts

It's always nice to know where your money's going, even if that money is fictional paper bills used in the beloved board game, Monopoly. A photogra...

Consumers Stand to Lose as CBS Battles Time Warner Cable

Michael J. Copps | Posted 10.20.2013 | Media
Michael J. Copps

Imagine how broadband customers who pay separately for satellite television feel being swept up into this spat. CBS is perpetrating an audacious violation of the FCC Open Internet ("net neutrality") rules.

Time Warner Cable Tone Deaf to Customers During Media Blackout

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 10.11.2013 | Media
Lorraine Devon Wilke

I don't care whose fault it is. When two multi-billion dollar companies get into a hissy fit about money, then take their punitive actions out against their customers, they are severely tone deaf to the principles of the marketplace. Customers don't like to be the vessels for vitriol between parties who exist in a vaunted state of wealthy corporate cluelessness.

Warning: Time Warner-CBS Clash Points Up Big Trouble Ahead

Sandy Goodman | Posted 10.05.2013 | Media
Sandy Goodman

It's a dispute over dollars, a battle one consumer advocate called "a food fight between two haves at our expense."

Monopoly Gets Rid Of Jail?!

The Huffington Post | David Winograd | Posted 07.26.2013 | Business

UPDATE: 7:23 p.m. -- The Huffington Post was contacted Thursday night by Nicole Agnello, senior brand manager at Hasbro, who disputed the Wall Street ...

An Economy Working Only for a Few

Mike Lux | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Detroit's bondholder-friendly, worker/retiree-unfriendly bankruptcy tells the story of an economy -- and a society -- where the priorities are completely screwed up. This is not how you build a healthy sustainable economy.

Book Review: The Economics Anti-Textbook: A Critical Thinker's Guide to Microeconomics, by Rod Hill and Tony Myatt

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 09.20.2013 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

In their entertaining and readable Anti-Textbook, Canadian economists Rod Hill and Tony Myatt first present the conventional models of introductory microeconomics textbooks and then skewer them, drawing on a wide range of resources.

You're Playing Monopoly All Wrong

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.31.2013 | Business

A typical Monopoly game is meant to last around 60 to 90 minutes. So why does it always take so freakin' long? Because we don’t actually read the...

Civilization Shift

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 07.06.2013 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Large landowners and agribusinesses in the West have been corrupting the county, state, and federal governments. They siphon off billions of dollars of public subsidies while they cannibalize the family farmers and wreck the communities and ecology of rural America.

Is New Technology Destroying Jobs?

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 06.07.2013 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

Big corporations, especially big monopolistic corporations, tend to carry labor-saving technology too far. They automate too soon and too much. The reasons are pretty obvious once you think about it.

Digital Grab: Corporate Power Has Seized the Internet

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.28.2013 | Media
Norman Solomon

We have a profound, far-reaching fight on our hands, at a crossroads leading toward democracy or corporate monopoly. The future of humanity is at stake.

The Monopolists in My Back Yard

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 05.18.2013 | New York
Mary Manning Cleveland

One would think New York City officials would at least require detailed safety studies before allowing the new 30-inch line. Nope!

Jon Stewart Hates Cats

Posted 02.08.2013 | Comedy

Dear Internet, are you sitting down? We have something to tell you that you will not like, but it's best that you heard it from us. Ready? Here goe...

Monopoly: Cat Got Your Iron?

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 04.09.2013 | Weird News
Andrew J. Lederer

Okay, so now there's a cat instead of an iron. This isn't the first time they've changed the game pieces, though doing so flies in the face of the benefits of a monopoly. On Monopoly. One of the foundation board games of human experience. Seems desperate to me.

Catherine New

Iron Industry To Monopoly: We Are Still Hot

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 02.07.2013 | Small Business

At least one iron maker insisted the industry was still hot on Wednesday after Hasbro announced its plan to drop the iron piece from the Monopoly boar...

Monopoly Piece Faces Death

AP | RODRIQUE NGOWI | Posted 04.07.2013 | Business

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The end is near for the shoe, wheelbarrow or iron in the classic Monopoly game as fans vote Tuesday in the final hours of a co...

The Prophetic Work of Barry Lynn

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 04.05.2013 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

Here's a mystery: What connects the following two stories, a column on legal implications of the lithium-ion battery whose failure has grounded Boeing's 787 Dreamliners and a story on how a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson concealed critical data on a design flaw in a metal hip implant?

The FCC Chief Is Awesome at His Job if You Own a Big Cable Company

Christopher Mitchell | Posted 03.24.2013 | Technology
Christopher Mitchell

Local businesses get it. Mayors get it. City councils get it. And unlike Chairman Genachowski, they know what the problem is: little incentive for massive, established cable monopolies to invest in networks when they are harvesting record profits and subscribers have no other choices.

LOOK: Monopoly To Change Forever

AP | MAE ANDERSON | Posted 03.11.2013 | Business

NEW YORK — The gig is almost up for one of the eight Monopoly tokens. But which will it be? Iron? Thimble? Top Hat? Or another of their board g...