By David B. McLennan – These ads matter — but not in the ways that the candidates and their campaign consultants hope they do. When the negative barrage of ads is over, the winner will likely emerge with an approval rating well under 50 percent.
Majority of winning candidates take office without the majority support of the citizens they represent. They can no longer legitimately cite the “will of the people” in proposing legislation — because they are not in a position of strength when it comes to public support. Elected officials now often have little or no honeymoon period – even with the voters who supported them. more> http://tinyurl.com/l6vox44
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[ SMARTER WORKPLACE ]
By Steve Denning – “The key message from our work is that workers of all types and in all locations have the potential to be passionate – it’s not limited to a privileged few,” concludes John Hagel, c0-chairman Deloitte Center For The Edge.
“Rather than just focusing on recruiting more passionate workers, the big opportunity is to look at the existing workforce and create environments that can tap into, nurture and amplify the passion of every worker already on the job.
“Without the right work environments, efforts to recruit additional passionate workers will likely be undermined as those new workers become frustrated in environments that do not support passion.” more> http://tinyurl.com/kucd5km
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Tagged Business improvement, Capital, Industrial economy, Jobs, Leadership, Organization, Productivity, United States
By Ben Protess and Jessica Silver-Greenberg – With evidence mounting that a number of foreign and American banks colluded to alter the price of foreign currencies, the largest and least regulated financial market, prosecutors are aiming to file charges against at least one bank by the end of the year.
Yet the breadth of the suspected wrongdoing in the currency inquiry — Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays and UBS are among the dozen or so banks under investigation — might distinguish it from the piecemeal nature of the crisis-era investigations. more> http://tinyurl.com/msouwc6
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Tagged Banking reform, Business, Capital, Financial crisis, Government, Industrial economy, Leadership, Organization, Regulations, United States
R&D – OLEDs (organic light emitting diodes) are the latest and greatest in television technology, allowing screens to be extremely thin and even curved, with little blurring of moving objects and a wider range of viewing angles. In these “RGB” displays, each pixel contains red, green and blue modules that shine at different relative brightness to produce any color desired.
But not all OLEDs are created equal.
Phosphorescent OLEDs, also known as PHOLEDs, produce light through a mechanism that is four times more efficient than fluorescent OLEDs. Green and red PHOLEDs are already used in these new TVs—as well as in Samsung and LG smartphones—but the blues are fluorescent. more> http://tinyurl.com/ng4l8uk
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Tagged Business improvement, Electronics, Manufacturing, OLED, organic light emitting diode, PHOLED, Technology, United States
Bloomberg – Money and payment systems, the underpinnings of all financial activity, are still traditional in one respect: They rely on central third parties — banks — to record and vouch for transactions.
Digital currencies dispense with this. They create a decentralized record — a “distributed ledger” — which allows buyers and sellers to interact directly. more> http://tinyurl.com/mx4unrg
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Tagged Banking reform, Business improvement, Capital, Credit, Currency, Government, Internet, Regulations, Technology, United States
Wealth of Nations, Author: Adam Smith.
Money, Gold, and History, Author: Lewis E. Lehrman.
The Economic Consequences of the Peace, Author: John Maynard Keynes.
By Ralph Benko – The mechanics of the reserve currency system preempt these funds’ ready availability for “the maintenance of industry.”
The mechanics of the dollar as a reserve asset, therefore, finance bigger government while insidiously preempting productivity, jobs, and equitable prosperity.
As Steve Forbes pithily puts it, “You’ve got to get the money right.”
Time to lift the reserve currency curse. Time to fix the dollar. more> http://tinyurl.com/men5vk7
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Tagged Business, Capital, Currency, Dollar, Financial crisis, Government, Monetary policy, Regulations, United States
By Noah Smith – These days, essentially all of the pre-2008 models have fallen out of favor, replaced by models where finance is the key. Most people would agree that’s a good thing.
But those models are going to have just as hard a time getting conclusive support from the data, because there just isn’t much data.
So again, conclusions about whether the Fed should print money and buy bonds to fight recessions will come down to intuition. As Robert Waldmann says, “The models change but the policy proposals remain the same.” more> http://tinyurl.com/k2vkost
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