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Michael Hiltzik
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Wholesome sport, or maimer?
This is the week that our national fascination with pro football reaches its annual climax. The run-up tp the Super Bowl is also a good time to ponder the effects of the game on its youngest participants, some of whom start tackling each other as early as age 5.
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Everything else is an also-ran
For all its faults, the National Football League does some things very well. Most of them are associated with marketing, at which it's brilliant. And perhaps its most brilliant marketing stunt is to convince people that they should watch the Super Bowl telecast for the commercials.
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What the Lord brings together
Every so often, nature brings together two prospective partners who truly deserve each other. Such a match made in heaven is the alliance of Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson and the National Football League .
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The futility of flapdoodle, on the stock market
There was plenty of stock market news to chew over last week, but the item that drew the largest volume of chatter on the celebrity pages involved Oprah Winfrey and the diet company Weight Watchers International.
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What will drive apple higher?
Apple on Tuesday announced its best quarterly results ever, with a record profit of $18.4 billion on record sales of $75.9 billion, fueled by record sales of 74.8 million iPhones. CEO Tim Cook declared the numbers for the quarter ended Dec. 26 "our strongest financial results ever" and "incredible."
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The well has become shallow.
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A look back at the whole story:
Courtroom testimony has just ended and a Delaware bankruptcy judge will have the last word, but it's beginning to look as if the curtain soon will fall on the saga of Dov Charney and his brash clothing retailer, American Apparel.
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Easy to upbraid a bad boy, harder to actually pass a law
Members of the House Oversight Committee were probably giving each other high fives Thursday for making Martin Shkreli look like a smug jerk under their questioning about the high drug prices at his former company, Turing Pharmaceuticals.
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..and keeps trying to deflect blame
United Health Group is the nation's biggest private health insurer, so when its executives started whining last year about how it was losing millions on Affordable Care Act exchange plans and threatened to leave the ACA market as early as 2017, people took notice.
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Not as easy as you think
The worst aspect of the "Uberization" of our economy may not be the transformation of workers who could once earn a living wage into "independent contractors" who can barely make ends meet; it's the spreading of the myth that any economic function can be shoehorned into the Uber format of service-on-demand at a rock-bottom price.
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A big bonus for lousy performance
"Ginni Rometty! You've led IBM to 15 straight quarters of declining revenue ! Your profit was down 15% last year! Your stock price has plummeted by 36% from its peak! What are you going to do next?"
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Another part of her legacy is a dramatic decrease in the US-based workforce due to layoffs (called "resource actions" by IBM) as jobs were moved overseas. Thomas Watson must be rolling over in his grave.
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It makes the inequities worse
As part of its effort to keep the public apprised of the facts underlying policy prescriptions, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has issued a new primer deconstructing one of the oft-heard ideas to improve Social Security's finances: raise the retirement age.
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A look back at the whole story:
Courtroom testimony has just ended and a Delaware bankruptcy judge will have the last word, but it's beginning to look as if the curtain soon will fall on the saga of Dov Charney and his brash clothing retailer, American Apparel.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning business columnist, author/historian of science, tech, & The New Deal.
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I write and blog about business, economics, and public policy at latimes.com/hiltzik
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  • Columbia University
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