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What’s happening to the movies?

Have you noticed that American movies seem to be long on bullets and increasingly short on words? That despite flop after flop at the box office, the same movies are coming out with sequels? Get used to it because, increasingly, American viewers are a distinct minority when it comes to the box office. read more…

Could Greece upset the applecart?

 

 

This week a parliamentary vote to elect a president failed in Greece. National elections have now been called for late January. The outcome could trigger a revolt against an austerity program that has brought years of suffering and pain to the population. read more…

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Obamacare confounds critics

 

Despite a coordinated and well-financed effort to sabotage and overturn  the Affordable Care Act, the open enrollment numbers this week indicate there is a ground swell of support by Americans for a universal and effective healthcare coverage. read more…

Do women have a choice?

Income inequality between the sexes in this country has always been a problem and it does not appear to be getting any better. Critics argue that much of the blame lies in the choices many women make in pursuing their education and career goals. I beg to differ. read more…

The Faint of Heart

 

It has been at best a bumpy ride for stocks this week. While events in Crimea are partially responsible, there are some underlying factors just below the surface that may have more to do with recent performance than would meet the eye. read more…

What’s wrong with this flight plan?

The next time you board a regional airplane remember this. The co-pilots responsible for your safety are making the minimum wage. That means they are earning about as much as the guy hauling trashcans outside your local supermarket or flipping fast food burgers and working a heck of a lot longer hours as well.  read more…

Hanging in there

Russia’s attempted annexation of the Ukraine, China’s internal economic woes, the less than auspicious enrollment numbers in Obama’s health care initiative are just a few of the difficulties that the stock market has had to overcome this week. Given the news, stocks are hanging in there. read more…

Income Inequality among Women

“Today women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment.” … President Barak Obama, State of the Union Address.

This week the President met with female members of congress to discuss income inequality among the sexes. At the same time, the Democratic Party is making the passage of a minimum wage bill part of their campaign strategy for mid-tem elections this year. It appears that how much a woman makes in this country has suddenly become important. read more…

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Bill Schmick was born in a blue-collar neighborhood of Philadelphia, just a few blocks north of “Rocky Balboa” territory where most of his Catholic schoolmates grew up to be either cops or criminals. He narrowly escaped both professions by volunteering to fight in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine... Read More

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