Category Archives: Business

Is America About To Stumble Into A Credit Default?

By James George Jatras – Enacted in 2010 by an all-Democratic Congress with almost no legislative review, the “Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act” (FATCA) was slipped into an unrelated jobs bill as a budgetary pay-for provision.  Set to go into effect on July 1, 2014,

FATCA creates an NSA-style information dragnet requiring all non-U.S. financial institutions (banks, credit unions, insurance companies, investment and pension funds, etc.) in every country in the world to report data on all specified U.S. accounts to the IRS. more>

Noses, made in Britain: UK touts lab-grown organs

R&D – In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in a bold attempt to make body parts in the laboratory.

“It’s like making a cake,” said Alexander Seifalian at University College London, the scientist leading the effort. “We just use a different kind of oven.” more>

The Social Media Frequency Guide

By Kevan Lee – Good content can be found in a multitude of places, and once you find it all, the next question you may ask yourself is how often you can share.

Informative versus annoying. That right there is the heart of why any of us care about posting frequency at all. We want to provide value, but we don’t want to go overboard.

Where’s the fine line? more>

The Most Valuable Management Degree Doesn’t Exist

By Adam Grant – Once upon a time, the field of medicine was riddled with danger. Doctors made up cures based on individual experience, inflicting horrors on patients—lobotomy, anyone?

Everything changed with the advent of evidence-based medicine.

With randomized, controlled trials and careful longitudinal studies, we learned about effective treatments and risky behaviors.

Today, the field of management is not far from where doctors were before evidence-based medicine.

We have leaders and managers choosing practices based on their own intuition and experience, when it’s much more reliable and valid to make decisions based on many data points and experiences. more>

Far from messing with our brains, the internet has set our minds free

By Bryony Gordon – .. now we have the internet, a vast, shadowy, invisible mass of… stuff , which serves as a convenient scapegoat for all society’s ills.

Violent behaviour? Blame the internet. A generation of stupid children? That’ll be the internet. Fleeting attention spans? Internet, internet, int- hang on, I’ve just received a tweet. Better check it.

We are derogatory about the accuracy of Wikipedia, without stopping to think about what a minor miracle it is that people actually devote their free time to the altruistic cause of providing information to others. more>