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Business is Always Better? Consider Health Care, says Amy

John Stossel writes: “I bet my readers $1,000 that they couldn’t name one thing that government does better than the private sector. I am yet to pay. Free enterprise does everything better.”

John Stossel must be blind.

Consider health care, for instance. Professor Douglas Amy of Mount Holyoke College looked into this issue; here’s an [...]

1787 Party Wants To Run The Federal Government For Profit

If the 1787 Party had its way, and the federal government were run like a big corporation, the American way of life would be destroyed. [...]

How To Be Smart

The very smart people at the Harvard Business Review have a new issue out at news stands, with a feature article advising us “How To Make Smarter Decisions”. (Not to be confused with the book Making Smart Decisions published by the Harvard Business Review two years ago – apparently, business leaders didn’t learn to make [...]

Business Engagement Vision

You know how you hear social media experts talking about “user engagement”?

I found this graphic on the web site of a company promising to deliver “inspiring vision, understanding, engagement”.

Is it just me, or are these engaged white collar workers reminiscent of Marvin, the depressed robot from A Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy? “Here [...]

No Labels/Draft Walker/Peterson Clone Corp called The Can Kicks Back is Coming… Track It

Calling itself a “movement” of “millenials,” a website called The Can Kicks Back (TKCB) hasn’t yet made a public launch, but it is already at work behind the scenes to set up its organizational infrastructure.

Oddly enough, in a posting on a jobs board TKCB Communications Director Jake Parent reveals that it is anything but [...]

Florida State Law Mandates Full Citizen Participation in the Business of Americans Elect

Americans Elect wants to elect a President in 2012. You have the right to fully and meaningfully participate in its business.

On May 19 2011 the state of Florida sent Americans Elect a copy of a letter rejecting its application for status as a minor political party because of problems with its corporate bylaws as [...]

728,838 in Fort Worth Raise Their Thumbs in Massive Coordinated Effort

American Family Association’s “One News Now,” December 16 2010:

“Millions of people are good without God,” declare signs on city buses in Ft. Worth, Texas. The signs were purchased by local atheists. In response, two Christian businessmen sponsored ads on vans that follow the buses around the city bearing the message, “I still love [...]

Chan Stickers: Market First, Make Stuff To Sell Later

Chan Stickers engages in a backwards approach to business, marketing before it’s got anything worthwhile to look at, and starting relationships with a stingy attitude. [...]

The Babbling Parkers of the Business World

Parker International, which sells bicycle supplies, is somewhat confused by the existence of another Parker International, which claims to “specialize in beef, pork, poultry, and other food items.” [...]

Water Torture: Bureaucratic or Just Business?

If you want to know whether a practice has become regular within an organization, look for the form:

[Partially Declassified Inspector General Report page 219]

At the sight of a CIA form to document certification and recertification in torture techniques (so qualified under 18 USC 2340), some may be tempted to discuss the banality [...]

CafePress Loses Longtime Lead After Stiffing Customers and Designers

When print-on-demand sticker and shirt shipper CafePress raised prices for customers and cut pay to designers starting June 1, 2009, the manner in which they spoke to designers set the tone for all that would follow. Over the phone, CafePress representatives insisted that their decision to cut pay to designers and raise prices for customers [...]