November 3, 2013 |
Creativity is one of the most mysterious processes undertaken by the human brain. Despite its having been studied by everyone from philosophers to neuroscientists, we are still not much closer to understanding what it is or how it works. Businesses are constantly looking to hire creative people, not just for activities such as research and development and innovation, but as thinkers and problem solvers who can unravel the complexities of everyday management. But as a consequence of this lack of understanding of what creativity is, businesses then struggle to manage creative people effectively.
October 29, 2013 |
Developments in the rollout of Obamacare are coming with dizzying speed, though not as fast as the pileup of fiction and misunderstanding created by politicians, pundits and the news media. So here's a list of the latest themes you're hearing on America's healthcare reform, and what they mean. 1. Obama "knew" that people would lose their health insurance. This story, chiefly promoted by NBC News , reflects the Washington media's eternal search for scandal, abetted by every politician's instinct to reduce even the most complicated ideas to a sound byte.
October 22, 2013 |
Tuesday's tepid brew of jobs data , delayed more than two weeks by the government shutdown, wasn't worth waiting for. It shows an increase in total nonfarm employment by 148,000 in September over August, which is consistent with economic growth crawling along in second gear. The report's most notable nugget is the change in part-time work. Over the last month the number of workers in part-time jobs for economic reasons--slack demand, cutbacks in hours--has remained stable. Over the last year, however, it has fallen by 681,000.
October 21, 2013 |
JPMorgan Chase, one of our nation's ethically-challenged financial institutions, is facing another big fine. That means that once again you'll be hearing the right wing's go-to defense of the bank: President Obama's out to get JPMorgan Chairman Jamie Dimon. The leading purveyor of this line is the Wall Street Journal editorial page, which wrote last month that Dimon is "the Obama Administration's favorite Wall Street target" because he "keeps deviating from the Obama script. " The claim is that Dimon ticked off the White House by objecting to Dodd-Frank financial reforms, grousing about Obama's "anti-business rhetoric," and even hinting that "he preferred a change in the White House.
October 18, 2013 |
Over the course of nine novels, Scott Turow's Kindle County has become one the best-known settings in American literature. While fictional locations are not uncommon in the crime genre - the city of Santa Teresa in Ross Macdonald's and, later, Sue Grafton's mysteries comes most readily to mind - Turow's character-driven legal thrillers are more aligned with the artistic vision of William Faulkner, whose novels and short stories are set in Yoknapatawpha County,...
October 16, 2013 |
The glittering new deal to end the government shutdown/debt ceiling crisis has one tiny sop to the Republicans. Let's hope they don't break their arms patting themselves on the back about it. The sop is a provision to tighten "income verification" for people applying for federal subsidies for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We reported on this provision earlier this week. Here's a little more background. Bottom line: The problem that the new "tightening" is supposed to resolve doesn't even exist.
September 14, 2013 |
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Late one night, in the woods on the outskirts of this low-key coastal town, a "burn" is being prepared. To enact the burn - an elaborate, fiery TV stunt - a twentysomething actress, caked in black witch makeup that took six hours to layer on, is making cat-like movements on the hood of an SUV, rehearsing and scaring the actor inside in equal measure. Pipes are laid alongside a dirt path and soon begin to spew smoke. And a fire truck sits at the ready, waiting for the moment when the cameras roll and the witch departs the hood just before the car goes up in flames.
August 23, 2013 |
This is a good time to be an entrepreneur. As the global economy has teetered on the edge of collapse, and former pillars of society from bankers to politicians have become mired in scandal, business founders have been lionized across the world as the saviors of capitalism and a source of hope for the future. The general interest in the subject means that it is also a good time to be writing a book about entrepreneurship. Daniel Isenberg is the latest to do this with what he regards as an alternative look at the subject.
July 24, 2013 |
Carlos Danger was the youngest candidate in history to be elected to the New York City Council, then won seven campaigns for a congressional seat until a sexting scandal forced him into an early and unwanted retirement. Now he wants your vote for mayor of New York City because he is the candidate of contrition and advocate of middle-class values. Oh wait, that isn't Carlos Danger at all. That is the biography of his avatar in the real world, Anthony Weiner. And as the movie “The Matrix” long ago showed, the line between the real world and what is perceived to be the real world may be nothing more than a blur or a wish.
July 15, 2013 |
There is no denying that beer is delicious, but many craft beer fans will deny (or choose to overlook) the implications that a few pints may have on their waistline. While the "beer belly" is now considered a myth , beer is still a calorically-dense beverage that can add up quickly. Thankfully, the craft beer fan has plenty of options for brews that manage to be lower in calories but still full of flavor. Alcohol is the source of nearly all of the calories in beer, and the more potent the brew, the more calories in the can. Light beer has about 110 calories in a 12-ounce serving and that is simply because it is less alcoholic than its non-light counterparts.