Hannah Blog

December 19, 2014

Is “finance” a euphemism for scam and slight of hand?

Filed under: Economy — hannah @ 5:45 am

So, we’re all learning to be leery of Wall Street where the banksters and speculators hang out. But, is that peculiar or is the world of finance, like a cesspool, the natural habitat for parasites and predatory organics?
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December 6, 2014

The ACA as an instrument of economic revival

Charles Gaba, who’s made a career for himself tracking the American Care Act (ACA) through its implementation in the several states, has generated a graph to demonstrate the relationship of the ACA to the resuscitation of the American Economy.
Obamacare___Jobs_-_Monthly_Averages_(Nov_2014)
Well, Gaba doesn’t go that far in his analysis. I do and the explanation follows.
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December 5, 2014

Krugman says the obvious in rebuking Schumer.

Filed under: another perspective,Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 9:31 am

Today’s column in the Times.

My take?
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December 3, 2014

Thoughts on Executive Pay

Filed under: Down the drain,Economy,Hannah's views — hannah @ 6:47 am

Quantity is not related to quality when it comes to compensation; it is, however, related to power. That is, the ability to coerce is positively related to executive pay.
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December 1, 2014

Public Administration

Filed under: Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 7:03 pm

While it has been pretty obvious for some time that business administration isn’t focused on running a business, as much as it is on manipulating the employees of an enterprise, I wasn’t aware that public administration is also focused on managing the public, rather than the material assets entrusted to their stewardship and care. It seems sort of strange that in a supposedly “materialistic society,” material assets are increasingly shunned, even as people are treated as if they were just things. How did that happen, or was it always the case?

Walmart, the Waystation

Filed under: Cost/benefit,Economy — hannah @ 9:04 am

In the beginning, Walmart was a merchandizing enterprise which took advantage of the fact that the mark-up on products was typically 100% of the wholesale price. Moreover, other large merchandizers, such as Sears Roebuck and J.C. Penny and Montgomery Ward had accustomed manufacturers to being paid when orders were delivered and sold, rather than when they were placed. American manufacturing was squeezed and that promoted moving production, first to the lower wage southern states and then overseas, where any wage was seen as an improvement over a hand-to-mouth existence.
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November 30, 2014

Abstract Finance

Filed under: Cost/benefit,Economy — hannah @ 7:38 am

Your dollar or your word? Which would you rather give or receive to satisfy an obligation? A dollar isn’t just tangible and guaranteed, it’s definite and final in the sense that there’s no reconsidering, waffling or fudging down the line. When you hand over a dollar, the deed is as good as done. The national currency introduces an element of certainty into relationships that might otherwise be fraught with ambiguity. Dollars let people, who don’t know each other very well, get along.
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November 28, 2014

More on the “benefits” of municipal incorporation.

Filed under: Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 7:28 am

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/09/03/how-st-louis-county-missouri-profits-from-poverty/
There’s no need to raise property taxes when the citizens can be nickel and dimed to death with fees and fines.
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November 27, 2014

Lord of Little Rock giving up on propaganda?

Filed under: Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 8:45 am

Warren Stephens, the Lord of Little Rock, is ditching his recent venture into the local news business, selling Halifax Media, as well as some of the Stephens Media holdings. One is tempted to suspect a mid-life crisis, especially considering the purchase of another mansion overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Or perhaps, these are the signs of political ambition.

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November 22, 2014

St. Simons Incorporation Introduction

Filed under: Economy,hannah news — hannah @ 1:31 am


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