Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Troubled Syria Sparks Regional Unrest

BBC news reports, "Did inaction over Syria foment regional chaos?" The answer seems to be of course.  The terrorist groups in the region did thrive without peacekeepers, making it easy for other groups to rally.  The children are the ones suffering and in turn those women and elderly who have no geopolitical bone to pick, and just want to live a peaceful life.  What can we do?  We can encourage the United Nations to be more aggressive in their approach to helping these refugees and POWs. The world will become a place of refugee camps and once beautiful cities, reduced to piles of rubble.
BBC story on Syria

Monday, January 27, 2014

Location Location Location


Take a look at this short video which gives a snapshot around economics and location.  How do you think, as a consumer, you are profiled by your current location. 

 Respond: Explain your reasoning.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Russia, the Olympics and Money

Read, "The Waste and Corruption of Vladimir Putin's 2014 Winter Olympics"  from Business Week.  One quote, "Among Russians, the project is famous for a different reason: its price tag. At $8.7 billion, it eclipses the total cost for preparations for the last Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010",  demonstrates the cost of the competitive event.  You should ask yourself, would this even be a story if the same event happened here.  If we build stadiums, it is heralded as a wonderful event that creates jobs, and creates sustainable economies both at the micro level and the macro.  

Respond:

What do you see as wasteful here?  Where is the corruption and how does this trickle down to the average Russian person? 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Government Taxes and Spending

"The $3.67 trillion the government is planning to spend in fiscal year 2013 is your tax dollars. A budget is as much about spending as it is about raising revenue, and individuals like you fund the federal government through income taxes and payroll taxes. That means we're all stakeholders in how that money is spent."Read Article

Respond:

What are you willing to do about this ?  The truth is in California, most people pay 51% of their income in taxes.  How confident are you, that after a few years, this percentage won't increase exponentially? Explain why.