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Michael Mauws
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Further evidence that The Great Recession is an income distribution problem. Companies (in the aggregate) can't expect to make more money if employees/consumers (in the aggregate) have less money to spend. Can't see the economy staging a major turnaround until wages and tax rates start to reflect this.

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Anyone renewing their mortgage these days needs to think seriously about a ten year mortgage as opposed to the usual five years. Lots of issues to consider and these folks have captured a lot of them in one place.

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It's taking some time, but people are finally figuring it out: the rich won't get any richer if consumers don't have any money to spend.

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Monbiot beautifully illustrates Richard Rorty's sense of "contingency" when he states, "if you have psychopathic tendencies and are born to a poor family, you're likely to go to prison. If you have psychopathic tendencies and are born to a rich family, you're likely to go to business school." He also provides more data to support my increasing conviction that the current state of the economy is largely the result of increasingly regressive taxation.

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Steve Jobs' last words and the years that led up to them as recounted by his sister. Make sure you have a tissue nearby...

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Some sober (and more positive) second thoughts on the launch of the iPhone 4S.

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I'm a big believer that all organizations -- and I do mean ALL (including non-profits) -- need a value proposition that is truly distinctive, at least within their chosen markets. Many organizations fail to achieve this, but it's not for the reason you might think. Their managers KNOW this is important, but they stop working at it because they mistakenly believe they've achieved it. To wit: roughly 80% of companies surveyed by Bain & Co think their value proposition is distinct whereas only 8% of companies have customers who would say the same thing. Room for improvement, perhaps?

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Haven't tried this yet, but I certainly like the concept...
If This Then That!
A new website with the somewhat strange name ifttt.com launched recently and has become very popular. IFTT stands for If This Then That. The site basically allows you to automate all kinds of tasks by setting up a "recipe" that says : if X happens then do Y. For example you can setup a task that says if someone mentions you on Twitter send you a SMS or to call you.

The real power of the site comes from allowing users to share their "recipes" - so you can simply use an existing recipe and modify it for your needs.
The following are some examples of user-created recipes :

- Send Google Plus updates to Twitter
- Send your starred items in Google Reader to Instapaper
- Tweet my Facebook status updates
- Post starred tweets (containing links) to Instapaper
- Get an #invite to a brand new #beta #startup instantly!

See many more at
http://workfortheinternet.com/2011/09/24/ifttt-recipes-megapost/

and at http://ifttt.com/recipes
Or sign up at http://iftt.com

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Customer appreciation party in progress!
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