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Saturday, February 22, 2020

How People View Economic Fairness in Their Nation

From the New York Times: Percent of respondents who agree that economic differences between rich and poor are unfair in their country:

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Japan
30%
Czech Republic
39%
Indonesia
39%
Philippines
42%
Cambodia
53%
Peru
53%
Australia
56%
Venezuela
56%
Sri Lanka
57%
Rwanda
57%
United States
57%
Canada
58%
Mexico
59%
Switzerland
60%
Norway
61%
Colombia
61%
South Korea
63%
Tanzania
63%
Ecuador
63%
Vietnam
63%
Netherlands
64%
Malawi
64%
China
65%
Estonia
65%
Bangladesh
65%
Cameroon
66%
Germany
66%
Kazakhstan
66%
Algeria
67%
Bolivia
68%
France
70%
Kenya
70%
Britain
71%
Iran
72%
Israel
72%
South Africa
72%
Croatia
73%
Zambia
75%
Italy
75%
Spain
76%
India
77%
Portugal
77%
Thailand
77%
Brazil
78%
Zimbabwe
78%
Uganda
78%
Pakistan
80%
Nigeria
81%
Hungary
81%
Russia
81%
Argentina
83%
Ukraine
83%
Chile
84%
Greece
84%
Turkey
85%
Morocco
87%
Ethiopia
87%
Jordan
88%
Egypt
95%
Afghanistan
97%

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Monday, December 16, 2019

New Breed of Banks

New Breed of Banks; a segment by the exceptional folks at Nightly Business Report (NBR.) "Tech companies, big and small, are getting into the banking business...":




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Monday, October 28, 2019

New Home Prices Lowest In Three Years

New Home Prices Lowest In Three Years; report produced by the good folks at Nightly Business Report (NBR):


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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Romance Scams

Romance Scams
Romance Scams
How can a woman willingly drain her life saving down to nothing, and send huge sums of cash to someone she has never met in real life?

It's easy to just dismiss these women as stupid, but it's not that simple.

Loneliness is a very negative and very powerful force.   It's a lot like alcohol, in that too much of it can make a smart and reasonable person do very stupid things.

It's nice to come across a story in the news about a romance scammer getting caught and punished.  But catching these predators is the exception, not the rule.  I think the global law enforcement community can do a lot better...

From this Federal Trade Commission article:

"...People looking for romance are hoping to be swept off their feet, not caught up in a scam. But tens of thousands of reports in Consumer Sentinel show that a scam is what many people find. In 2018, Sentinel had more than 21,000 reports about romance scams, and people reported losing a total of $143 million – that’s more than any other consumer fraud type identified in Sentinel.1 These reports are rising steadily. In 2015, by comparison, people filed 8,500 Sentinel reports with dollar losses of $33 million...

...Once these fraudsters have people by the heartstrings, they say they need money, often for a medical emergency or some other misfortune. They often claim to be in the military and stationed abroad, which explains why they can’t meet in person. Pretending to need help with travel costs for a long-awaited visit is another common ruse...

Scammers can reap large rewards for time spent courting their targets. The median individual loss to a romance scam reported in 2018 was $2,600, about seven times higher than the median loss across all other fraud types.2 People often reported sending money repeatedly for one supposed crisis after another...


...Help stop these scammers by reporting suspicious profiles or messages to the dating or social media site. Then, tell the FTC at www.FTCComplaintAssistant.gov..."

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Income Sharing: An Excellent Alternative To Student Loans

As a person who suffered with extremely oppressive student loan debt for many years, I found this NBR segment out of Purdue University very cool:




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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Amazon Is Raising Its Minimum Wage To $15 Per Hour For All Its U.S. Employees

What Amazon's new minimum wage means for inflation and the future; a segment from MSNBC:


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Monday, August 13, 2018

Rental Scams On The Rise

Rental Scams On The Rise; clip from Nightly Business Report:




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