March 2009

Information Deformation

by Joshua on March 30, 2009 · 2 comments

The US has Twice as many shopping centers as high schools A blog that I frequent, Make Wealth History, posted this video and I feel that I must post it as well. We live in a society full of information that produces little knowledge. Why? Because we are inundated with advertisement, spin, and false information. […]

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Newest Steady Stater

by Joshua on March 26, 2009 · 3 comments

I couldn’t be happier to write that this weekend my partner and I welcomed our son Liam Thomas into the world! We made it home yesterday from the hospital and are adjusting to our new life together. I will likely be out of the posting arena for a short bit, but fear not! I have […]

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New Scientist this week features an article casting money as a psychologically-rooted instrument. It may be a tool in the market to trade for goods, but it can be perceived by our minds as something with deeper significance and even activate the same centers of the brain as addictive drugs like cocaine and nicotine. We […]

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Say No to Bonuses

by Joshua on March 19, 2009 · 4 comments

AIG paid more than 20 times the average US yearly income to executives in bonuses. We own a substantial amount of companies that were on the brink of going under not to long ago. Now they are trying to defend what they call “retaining” bonuses: extra money to keep on executives. These are not the […]

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Any day now I will be changed in one of the most dramatic ways a person can be; changed by the birth of my first child. While we were at our midwife’s clinic yesterday I found myself flipping through a copy of Pregnancy magazine. While it is fair to say this periodical is not in […]

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Accountability in Media?

by Joshua on March 15, 2009 · 1 comment

The financial crisis is largely attributed to the collapse of the housing market and reckless leveraging of bad securities. Recently Jon Stewart began a campaign on The Daily Show to expose the effects of our corporate-owned media’s influence on this crisis, namely CNN (no link to them for a reason). Our media should be a […]

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Tax cuts in 2006 gave 70 percent of their benefits to the top 5 percent of Americans The growth-centered nature of our world economy is relatively new. For most of human history, growth has been slow and almost stagnant. Over the last 200 years (essentially since the invention of fossil-fuel driven machines) that has changed […]

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I can’t help but think that it is an oddly ironic slogan to appear in an economic crisis. Is the Quaker Oatmeal guy trying to give us some socioeconomic encouragement? Is he trying to tell us to “get back into the game” and buy/consume more? We all could use a cheerleader from time to time, […]

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