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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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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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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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While many managers are aware that there are risks associated with focusing on short-term profitability, very few can identify those risks. As this article makes clear, one of the most worrisome is companies and nations no longer being able to compete with let alone dominate their competitors from years gone by.
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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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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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Haven't tried this yet, but I certainly like the concept...
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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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Call me crazy, but the more I think about this, and the more I read, the more convinced I am that the current recession is the structural outcome of insufficiently progressive (and in some cases regressive) taxation. If so, the solution is not more government spending (e.g., QE3). Instead, the solution is for those with more to take home less and those with less to take home more. The result? Increasing consumption, more jobs, and a return to economic growth.
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  • Athabasca University
    Professor, 2004 - present
  • University of Alberta
    Associate Professor, 1997 - 2004
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My life revolves around two wonderful (and mischievous) preschoolers. I fund their candy and toy addictions by studying, advising, and teaching others about organizations and, more specifically, their strategies. When my kids grant me some time to myself, I usually spend it outside mountain biking, road riding, x-country skiing, snowboarding, running, or some other activity.   
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    Ph.D., Organizational Analysis, 1990 - 1997
  • University of Manitoba
    B.Comm. (Hons.), Finance, 1983 - 1989
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Canmore Real Estate | Canmore Real Estate Agent | Canmore Real Estate |...
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These are the sales statistics for Canmore Real Estate in July 2011. Canmore homes and Canmore properties sold well in July.

Valliere: Thank You, Tea Party Know-Nothings
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As a long-time bond bull, my gratitude to the know-nothings in the Tea Party is profound. So what if they played a major role in taking a th

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Canmore Homes for sale on the Canmore real estate market for August 2011

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See the world and experience other cultures and ways of life, volunteer abroad for free in Canada, Australia and Costa Rica. Find a travel c

Complaints mount over Google+ account deletions
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An issue that had simmered for several weeks boiled over this weekend, as Google apparently accelerated deletions of Google+ accounts over t

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Steve Jobs, a co-founder and former chief executive officer of Apple Inc., died today, the company said in a statement. He was 56.

Balls Out: A Column On Being Transgendered: Column 19: Voices.
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In my late teens, specifically the end of high school and my first year of college, I was singing all the time. I don’t mean I sang in choi

Balls Out: A Column On Being Transgendered: Column 17: Mike.
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Dear Mike, Thanks for saying hello when I was cashing out at the bar last night. You were nice in a way I really needed. I was leaving be

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For a few minutes Tuesday afternoon, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) reigned as the most valuable company in the U.S., briefly edging past Exxon as its

Groupon In Major Trouble as Q2 Results Show Plunging Revenue Growth
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Given that the daily deals firm has said it's pursuing growth at the expense of profits, it's now hard to see Groupon turning itself around.

The Debt Ceiling Deal: The Case for Caving - BusinessWeek
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Washington’s deal satisfied no one. Game theory explains why it couldn't have turned out any other way

15 Ways iPad Goes to Work
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Apple's iconic iPad reports for work in all sorts of strange places, from archaeological digs in Pompei to movie sets in Hollywood to cockpi

Is the Apple iPad Unbeatable?
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With all the drama of a spaghetti Western, the iPad has taken dead aim at tablet rivals. Android tablets? Stampeding toward oblivion. RIM Pl

Why the Debt Crisis Is Even Worse Than You Think - BusinessWeek
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If Washington is deadlocked now, how will it deal with the much bigger debt problems that lurk in the decades to come?

Richard recently assisted me in selling my home in Canmore. I would certainly recommend Richard to others, albeit with a few caveats. On the plus side, Richard is extremely friendly and courteous. He also has a good handle on the Canmore market and, indeed, was influential in me selling my home for considerably more than another realtor wanted me to list it at. Moreover, he in no way pressured me to accept the first offer I received and, if anything, encouraged me to wait for a better price which I eventually did get. On the minus side, I would first note that Richard went out of town quite often while we were working together and didn't always notify me that someone else would be looking after me. I would also note that I previously listed the house with Richard while it was rented out and I was living out of town. I received no offers during that time and, once the tenants were out, I could see/smell why. When I told Richard the tenants were leaving, he did mention to me at that time that the place needed some attention, but I really wish he would have said something earlier. On a slightly different subject, I'd also note that Richard publishes on his web site an informative summary of each month's sales activity so, if you're looking to get up to speed on the Canmore market, I'd strongly encourage you to bookmark his blog.
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Ordered a bouquet of fresh cut flowers from these folks over the phone. I needed them delivered within four hours and, to their credit, they were able to get the bouquet together and delivered on time. However, given what I paid, I was quite disappointed with the flowers themselves, both the quantity and variety. Expected something much nicer for $75.
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These guys have been taking care of my borrowing needs for years. This includes both my residences and revenue properties. They have a wider of variety of borrowing solutions than most people would imagine. Most importantly, the service has always been outstanding. Over the years, I've had a few "problems" with the banks who provide the loans and, in every case, First Foundation has had my back. So in my opinion, if you need a mortgage, you'd be foolish to talk to anyone else.
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