Quote: We developed a living wage calculator to estimate the cost of living in your community or region based on typical expenses. The tool helps individuals, communities, and employers determine a local wage rate that allows residents to meet minimum standards of living.
I'm posting this because I fell pretty hard for WA. I'm not saying that SBI is better, just stating the fact that WA isn't the way to go about things.
Art Ritchie and Dan Jones have cornered the market on wooden carousels. As the founders of Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio, their marvelous creations have found homes all around the world. But these days, wooden carousels are becoming increasingly rare, and Ritchie and Jones, who have been partners for three decades, are some of the last craftsmen who make a living designing them.
Prison phones are a predatory monopoly. One family fought back — and won.
To prisoners and their relations, calls are a vital connection to home. For facility operators, they’ve long been considered security holes, a means for inmates to coordinate crimes with the outside. And for inmate phone companies, along with state and local governments, the system is a lucrative business opportunity.
For decades, critics called for greater regulation of the companies, arguing that inmates and their families had effectively been priced out of staying in touch. Today, some of those regulations have been put in place...but a recent legal challenge may once again roll them back.
Since Facebook doesn't ask people to self-identify as a particular race, a campaign like Universal's uses what are called "affinity" groups. To construct an "African-American affinity segment," Facebook would look at indicators like whether someone was a member of an African American Chamber of Commerce Facebook group. When many of these indicators are taken into account simultaneously, it allows Facebook to define the "affinity" segment.
“This is one of the greatest discoveries in the history of our hobby,” Orlando said.
cc: hobbies & diversions
"Clarity wins arguments but it may not be where salvation or truth can be found. Good judgement in a cloudy reality is a better compass than a clear road map to a fantasy world."
An insightful assessment of Apple, business in general, and everything else in 21st century life.
A world-class business education in a single volume. Learn the universal principles behind every successful business, then use these ideas to make more money, get more done, and have more fun in your life and work.
I've been slowly working on going through the Reading List for the past year myself. If you've dabbled with the idea of starting a business, it's a good resource.
Facing an unprecedented shake up in their industries and a dire need for evolution, cable and broadband companies are ringing in the new year the only way they know how: rampant tone deafness and major across the board price hikes starting in January. AT&T, Verizon, Dish, DirecTV, Comcast and Time Warner Cable are pummeling customers with $2 to $10 rate hikes for cable TV service in the new year. Not only are base channel bundles seeing a hike, but all providers are jacking up regional sports fees and so-called "Broadcast TV" fees.
Call it memeufacturing. It starts when a (typically) Western company, eager to cash in on a product made popular by the social internet, contracts a Chinese factory to make it. From here, the idea spreads throughout the elaborate social networks of Chinese electronics manufacturing until the item in question is being produced by hundreds and hundreds of competitors, who subcontract and sell components to each other, even as they all make the same thing. It reaches its saturation point quickly. It moves from product to product without sentiment. And it is proof that our never-ending digital output, our tweets and Vines and Instagrams and Facebook posts, has the power to shape the lives of people on the other side of the world.
By Joseph Bernstein.
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Information designers eloquently explain startups and entrepreneurship through the use of visually impressive infographics.
Grain, a research group that supports small farmers, says pension funds - often managed by private companies on behalf of unions, governments, individuals and employers - are investing US$100bn (£62.4bn) in commodities, with some $5bn-$15bn reportedly going into farmland acquisitions.
"We usually read about Gulf states or China investing in farmland, but some of the biggest investors are much closer to home," said Henk Hobbelink, one of Grain's co-founders. "As a percentage of the total funds they manage it is not large, but in terms of their impact on small farmers it has a tremendous impact."
International investment in farmland in developing countries, such as Sudan and Ethiopia, has sparked accusations from Grain and other NGOs of "land grabs" that often fail to deliver the promised benefits of jobs and economic development, while contributing to environmental and social problems in the poorest countries in the world. Grain also says the new surge of money will push up global food prices that will hit the poor and rural communities the hardest.
Getting a song on the pop charts takes big money.
Def Jam started paying for Rihanna's recent single, "Man Down," more than a year ago. In March of 2010, the label held a writing camp in L.A. to create the songs for Rihanna's album, Loud.
At a writing camp, a record label hires the best music writers in the country and drops them into the nicest recording studios in town for about two weeks. It's a temporary version of the old music-industry hit factories, where writers and producers cranked out pop songs.
"It's like an all-star game," says Ray Daniels, who was at the writing camp for Rihanna.
Republican presidential contender Tim Pawlenty has put forth a plan in which he hopes the US economy will grow at 5% a year for decades.
Such growth, Pawlenty suggests, will solve all of our problems. (And in the meantime, in Pawlenty's plan, we'll get to enjoy lower taxes to boot!)
Over the short-term, economies certainly can grow 5% a year, or even faster. And Pawlenty's projected growth rate seems achievable in part because, in 2006 and 2007, the global economy grew at 4.5% a year. Thanks to that happy growth spurt, in fact, economic growth of 5% a year seems not just achievable but normal.
But lest we all become too enamored of the idea that we can grow at 5% a year forever, it's worth pointing out that we can't. Over the long term, this growth rate is not just unlikely--it's impossible.
Nothing can grow at 5% a year for long without eventually overwhelming everything else.
It struck me one day, as I was searching, that even in the largest technical bookshops in some of the largest industrialized cities in the world, such as Tokyo or Singapore, we are hard-pressed to find an aisle for operations. Sure, there is no shortage of advice on strategy, but there is a very real dearth on the tactics that are needed to put the strategy into place. And, honestly, if we don’t know the tactics, then how on earth can we really know the strategy that goes with the tactics? Strategy and tactics are interrelated.
I find this very strange, there is no shortage of advice on the thinking/talking part of business, but there is a very apparent shortage on the people and doing part of business. Nevertheless, the information does exist, it is pragmatic, and it is very successful. We just need to know where it is, and we just need to know how to make use of it.
This website is about the Theory of Constraints – how to substantially improve an organization, any organization, by moving a group of people towards a common shared goal. It is an application-based view of Theory of Constraints. The intent is to make much of the available background and practice more readily accessible while presenting it within the broader context of other parts of the general management literature and also my personal experience.