Monthly Archives: April 2011

Billboard Houses |

Got the flu? Call a doctor. Can’t pay your mortgage? Call

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A Brief History of The War on Drugs |

It’s a war without a clear enemy. Anything waged against a shapeless, intangible noun can never truly be won — President Clinton’s drug czar Gen. Barry McCaffrey said as much in 1996. And yet, within the past 40 years, the U.S. government has spent over $2.5 trillion dollars fighting the War on Drugs.

A Brief History.

Paul Ryan’s Budget Arithmetic Makes No Sense | zero hedge

How is lowering the corporate tax rate going to change that exactly? Uh, it’s not. What it would do, is create a wider budget gap and send more politicians scratching their heads over why. So, it’s really just a super-bad and dumb idea.

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Art That Can Save Your Life | design

During his childhood in Afghanistan, Massoud Hassani would make miniature models to be blown by the wind. Sometimes they would end up in a minefield, where he could not retrieve them. Now Massoud’s wind-powered creations are designed specifically for minefields.

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China Proposes To Cut Two Thirds Of Its $3 Trillion In USD Holdings | zero hedge

Anyone who thinks that China would never pull out of U.S. Treasuries MUST read this article.

China should reduce its excessive foreign exchange reserves and further diversify its holdings, Tang Shuangning, chairman of China Everbright Group, said on Saturday.

The amount of foreign exchange reserves should be restricted to between 800 billion to 1.3 trillion U.S. dollars, Tang told a forum in Beijing, saying that the current reserve amount is too high.

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Social Media Demystified | Remarx Media

Cara Stewart and Theresa Drieke of Remarx Media made a killer presentation about what social media is and also what it isn’t to our bi-monthly brown bag group. While this presentation isn’t quite as powerful without the voice over, it does give you some good grounding in the basics.

One of the things the presenters said that stuck with me was this: “With the speed that the social networking environment is changing, anyone who tells you there are an expert in field doesn’t get it, or is not being truthful.” With my experience with so called experts, all I can say is ‘Amen’.

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Two More Free and Almost Free Marketing Ideas | Barry Davis

Which small business wouldn’t like to increase their client base? The question is how do I do it and how much will it cost me? Below you will find two great marketing ideas…one that will cost you nothing but time and the second is almost free.

We’ve all received e-mails that contain jokes or political opinions. We may or may not know the senders, but that doesn’t matter. In the ‘send to’ header there are usually a lot of people’s e-mail addresses (in fact, if the message has been forwarded, there may be hundreds of them). These people may be your next clients!

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Weekly Economic Update | LAEDC


Dilbert Creator Pretends to Be His Own Biggest Fan on Message Boards | Gawker

Scott Adams, creator of the great comic strip Dilbert, is sort of a prick. He is a horrible boss, and recently penned a charming misogynist rant comparing women to children begging for candy. Now we learn he likes to bash critics on message boards under a pseudonym.

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Anyone who could conceive of a character as soulless as Wally must have some nastiness tucked away somewhere.  – Ed

THIS JUST IN – Results from the Dilbert Quote Contest | Happy Wednesday

My buddy Mona Ismail ran this in her ‘Happy Wednesday’ column:

‘As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access the building using individual security cards. Pictures will be taken next Wednesday, and employees will receive their cards in two weeks.’

Fred Dales, Microsoft Corp in Redmond WA

‘What I need is an exact list of specific unknown problems we might encounter.’

Lykes Lines Shipping

‘E-mail is not to be used to pass on information or data. It should be used only for company business.’

Accounting manager, Electric Boat Company

‘This project is so important we can’t let things that are more important interfere with it.’

Advertising/ Marketing manager, United Parcel Service

‘Doing it right is no excuse for not meeting the schedule.’

Plant Manager, Delco Corporation
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