from MacroScope:

Brazil’s job market hints at more painful downturn

March 19, 2015

A job promoter sits close to list of job offers posted along a main street in downtown Sao Paulo

The rapid erosion of Brazil's job market is taking most economists by surprise, an analysis of Reuters Polls data shows, in a worrying sign that already-grim expectations for Latin America's largest economy have not been pessimistic enough.

from The Great Debate:

Obama’s ultimate indignity: Bush seen as more competent

By Bill Schneider
June 10, 2014


Agreement is not enough.  Performance matters more.

That's why the outlook for Democrats this November looks bleak.  More and more Americans now agree with Democrats on the issues.  But they are increasingly dismayed by President Barack Obama's inability to get results.

from MacroScope:

Forecasts for the euro zone depend more on head office location than analysis

June 27, 2013

Ask an economist a question about the euro zone, and the answer will as much depend on the location of their head office as any analysis of the data.

from India Insight:

Parents to get top marks for voting in UP

February 20, 2012

Students at a Lucknow college will earn extra credit if they can get their mom and dad to vote in the Uttar Pradesh state elections this month.

from MediaFile:

The democratization of market research

By George Terhanian
October 17, 2011

By George Terhanian
The views expressed are his own.

Nearly every product you interact with — from the car you drive, to the TV and movies you see, to the advertising to which you’re exposed — has benefited from market research, a $32-billion-and-growing global industry. Businesses value such research. They demand it. And why shouldn’t they? Good research is vital to innovation and competitive advantage, bringing to light new needs as well as clues on how to satisfy them. Market research has some downsides too. It can be complicated, slow, and expensive — available only to big spenders with plenty of time on their hands.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Laundry puts new spin on voting!

November 6, 2008

Blog Guy, I intended to vote on Tuesday but the lines were really long, and that's my day to do my laundry.

from Global News Journal:

A voting booth is not a phone booth, Italy rules

April 1, 2008

Italians can rarely be seen without their mobile phones, but the government has ruled they will not be allowed to take them into the polling stations on April 13-14.