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“Pagan statism”: The frightening corporate/Christian alliance that invented “In God We Trust” and “One Nation Under God”

We think of One Nation Under God as a phrase dating back to our founding. The real history is newer — and scarier<p>In 1949, some of the country’s top advertising executives launched a national marketing campaign. They weren’t selling a physical product. They were selling religion. Before long, the …

How to invest your cash if you're convinced the stock market is about to tank

This has raised the hackles of some commenters, with stock market blogger Jesse Felder observing "File this under 'things you don't see at the bottom.'"<p>Meanwhile, a Bank of America Merrill Lynch survey showed that over half of investors are worried that stocks and bonds are overvalued right …

BANK OF AMERICA: We're heading for an earnings recession

The decline in earnings year-on-year is considered an "earnings recession."<p>Dan Suzuki and the equity strategy team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch have trimmed their earnings per share expectations for the S&P 500 to $117.50 from $119.50, implying <b>the first year of negative earnings-per-share</b> …

These 8 narrow chokepoints are critical to the world's oil trade

Over half of the world's oil supply moved through set maritime routes in 2013, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), often aboard massive tanker ships. To minimize costs, tankers transport oil along established paths that are as short as possible. Many pass through a small …

8 Ways To Get Work Done Faster

John Maynard Keynes, a famous economist in the 1930’s, predicted that his grandchildren would have a three-hour workday. Sadly, it did not happen–In fact, we now have the reverse! Organizations are looking for ways to do more with less, the population is aging, and the pace of work is …

Leadership

Apple's new TV service will have the one feature that will scare the heck out of cable companies

The service, featuring "about 25 channels" including ABC, CBS, and Fox, will be available on Apple TV and other Apple devices.<p>While there are already ways to get a minimalist television experience that includes network television without subscribing to a cable service, Apple's new service will have …

Michael Lewis Reflects on His Book Flash Boys, a Year After It Shook Wall Street to Its Core

Flash Boys, the author’s best-selling exposé of high-speed trading, made some of Wall Street’s richest people very angry. Dissecting the reaction, he argues that the furor has obscured his book’s real news.<p>When I sat down to write <i>Flash Boys,</i> in 2013, I didn’t intend to see just how angry I could …

The Week in Review: Benefits of Coffee

Coffee drinkers received some good news this week from new research pointing to the benefits of the popular beverage. A new study from scientists in Korea found drinking between one and five cups of coffee every day is good for arteries.<p>Calcium deposits in arteries, which cause blockage, were at …

Coffee

6 stocks that left the bull market in the dust

If you put money in stocks at just about any point in the past six years, you're probably pretty happy.<p>America is in the midst of the fourth longest stock market expansion in history.<p>Monday marks the six-year anniversary of the day the S&P 500 hit its low point after the financial crisis. Since …

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

Language

How Obama's approval rating compares with other presidents

President Barack Obama's approval rating hit an all-time low recently, and a Pew Research Center chart shows that this is actually fairly common for presidents who have been in the White House for a while.<p>Some presidents represented on the chart saw their approval ratings reach low points before …

Shocking and awful: “Own man” Jeb Bush sounds as ill-informed on foreign policy as his brother

He mixed up Iraq and Iran, got ISIS wrong. Will “I am my own man” be the “I am not a crook” of a new generation?<p>On Tuesday Politico told us about Jeb Bush’s “shock and awe” campaign to woo GOP donors: He rolled up so many so fast, we learned, Mitt Romney was blown out of the 2016 race before it …

How to fix your cracked iPhone or Samsung phone without leaving the house

You can always take it into the store, but if you don't have a warranty or you're feeling lazy, a nifty startup called iCracked will come to you and repair your broken phone on the spot.<p>You can use iCracked if you have an iPhone, iPad, or Samsung smartphone. You can also choose to sell your phone …

Obama's second term is on pace to be the best ever for private sector job growth

NOTE: Several readers have asked if I could add a lag to these graphs (obviously a new President has zero impact on employment for the month they are elected). But that would open a debate on the proper length of the lag, so I'll just stick to the beginning of each term.<p>Important: There are many …

A British company has invented a boiler that generates electricity as well as heat

The Flow boiler provides both hot water and heat for the flats and apartments it is installed in but, on top of that, it also produces electric energy that can power household appliances.<p>It aims at covering several energy needs with one single energy source, potentially allowing customers to …

This Is The Most Brilliantly Simple Idea To Spur Economic Growth Aired At Davos So Far

But Sir Christopher Pissarides, a Nobel laureate economist at the London School of Economics (who taught Thomas Piketty as a student!) told Business Insider about a wonderfully simple idea that creates or sustains three jobs for each single job subsidised by government spending.<p>Conservatives ought …

Democrats pitch middle class tax cut — paid for with higher taxes on Wall Street and one percent

Proposal stands no chance of passage, but draws line in the sand ahead of 2016<p>Following a midterm drubbing that many observers blamed on the party's lack of a coherent economic message, Democrats on Monday are set to unveil a bold proposal for broad-based tax relief, to be paid for by a financial …

10 Awesome Gmail Hacks That Make Life Easier

These top-secret ninja moves will help you take control of your inbox and become a Gmail expert. I'll show you how to save time, avoid mistakes, and add a bit of style to your inbox. Read on, grasshopper.<p><b>GMAIL HACK #1 UNSEND</b><p>Have you ever pressed send only to regret it moments later because of a …

Paul Ryan’s “reality” problem: Why his justification of ruinous supply-side tax policies is warped

Ryan and Sam Brownback see the future of tax policy in “dynamic scoring” — and that should worry the rest of us<p>There are two basic truths about Republican devotees of supply-side economics: they love cutting taxes for rich people, and they’re also enthusiastic deficit scolds. There’s a seemingly …

The 20 Must-Read Fitness, Health, and Happiness Books of 2014

Book nerds, unite! We admit that while we love surfing the net and audibly groan whenever the WiFi goes down, our joy in curling up with a great book …

The Republican Party’s electoral philosophy: Cheating wins

The explosion and enforcement of restrictive voter ID laws make this one thing very clear<p>Last week, the Supreme Court upheld a law that could disenfranchise 600,000 Texans. But the effects of the law won’t fall equally: African-Americans and Latinos are 305 percent and 195 percent less likely …

7 facts that show the American dream is dead

A living wage, retirement security and a life free of debt are now only accessible to the country’s wealthiest<p>A recent poll showed that more than half of all people in this country don’t believe that the American dream is real. Fifty-nine percent of those polled in June agreed that “the American …

The New Habit Challenge: Create A Better To-Do List

Making a simple list isn’t the best way to get things done. Next week we’ll test more effective approaches to organizing our days.<p>Tons of successful leaders laud the to-do list as the key to more organized, productive, and focused days, but is there a right way and a wrong way to do your to-do?<p>The …

The inside story of how Netflix came to pay Comcast for internet traffic

Netflix hand-delivered 256 pages (pdf) to the US government this week arguing that Comcast shouldn’t be allowed to acquire Time Warner Cable. “The proposed merger puts at risk the end-to-end principle that has characterized the internet and been a key driver in the creation of the most important …

Net Neutrality

Feds Announce Record Settlement With Bank Of America, Creating Tax Fund And Potential Tax Deductions

Bank of America Corporation (BoAC) will pay $16.65 billion to settle claims against Bank of America and its related parties (including including Countrywide Financial Corporation and Merrill Lynch). That was the word today from Attorney General Eric Holder and Associate Attorney General Tony West. …

Conservatives get their Obamacare wish — and now condemn their own sabotage

Gov. Rick Scott bemoans premium hikes in Florida — which were caused by his anti-Obamacare minions<p>There was once a time – five months ago, to be precise – when the big fear surrounding the Affordable Care Act was that it would cause health insurance premiums to “skyrocket.” That, at least, was the …

Darrell Issa’s dicey Reagan shtick: What’s really behind the buffoon’s antics

Conventional wisdom says the GOP congressman is a failure. But the latest IRS news reveals his true motives<p>If you dig a little beyond the surface, you’ll find that within the world of liberals ridiculing conservative’s #Benghazi obsession, there is a sub-genre devoted to singling out Republican …

We’re in the third biggest stock bubble in U.S. history

Here’s a quick question for you. What do the following years have in common:<p>1853, 1906, 1929, 1969, 1999<p>Pass the question around your office. Call …

Stock Markets

The Ultimate List of Online Resources for Being a Better Photographer

We thought it would be helpful to put together a list of resources that photographers generally use and how they use them. This is a bit of a “living …

Photography