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How America became an Oligarchy

According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists. Using data from over 1,800 policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page concluded that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now … Read the rest




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Formula One chief proposes F1 for women

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has proposed a controversial world championship for women drivers as part of grand prix weekends.

Ecclestone, who has two daughters but once infamously compared women to kitchen appliances, suggested they could race before the main … Read the rest


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Merc to launch bakkie

Mercedes-Benz plans to enter the mid-sized bakkie, or pick-up, market as South Africa is regarded as one of its key markets, along with Latin America, Australia and Europe.

Mercedes-Benz sees strong sales potential in this one-ton segment and the new … Read the rest



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The browning of America

A review of Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics Are Remaking America, by William H. Frey. By Christopher Caldwell

“We believe our diversity, our differences, when joined together by a common set of ideals, makes us stronger, makes us more … Read the rest


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Outsourcing in America

You’ve spent twenty plus years loyally working in Information Technology (IT) for Southern California Edison, and eighteen months ago your boss tells you that they are going to study outsourcing but not to worry, “your position is safe.” On the … Read the rest



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Will Russia remonetize in gold?

The “perfect-storm” of geopolitical instability, diplomatic isolation, severe currency depreciation, and economic decline now confronting Russia has profoundly damaged Moscow’s international standing, and possibly for the long-term.

Yet, it is precisely such conditions that may push the country’s leadership into … Read the rest