Politics

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu / Photo: Mary Landrieu, used under Flickr Creative Commons license

Election 2014: Democrat Landrieu at risk in Louisiana Senate race

BATON ROUGE, La., September 6, 2014 — This year’s midterm elections are the best chance Republicans will have to take the Senate until 2018. Of 36 Senate seats being contested this year, 21 are held by Democrats, 15 by Republicans. If Republicans can pick up six seats, they will have a majority in the Senate.

Nancy Pelosi and Elijah Cummings

Nancy Pelosi’s fight to save ‘civilization as we know it’

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2014 — The intellectual powerhouse of the Democratic Party, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, told comedian Bill Maher that traditional Democratic voters are shiftless, ungrateful schmucks. “Nobody comes out to vote to say ‘thank you,’” Pelosi said, “The people who get health care now – they’re the people least likely to vote. The

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Q&A with Betsey Streeter Giammattei: Never missing her keys

NEW YORK, September 3, 2014 —In some ways Betsey Giammattei is a pretty typical twenty year old. She’s in college, she works part times, and she’s got a boyfriend. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find a very driven young woman, studying at Ivy League Barnard College and at Columbia University, majoring in economics, and

The main gate at the former German Nazi death camp of Auschwitz II .

Book Review: Lucy Beckett’s moving novel, ‘The Leaves Are Falling’

CHICAGO, August 28, 2014 − Lucy Beckett may be a retired English literature professor, but she definitely doesn’t write like one. Fresh off of her success with “Postcard from a Volcano,” Beckett has crafted another work of engaging historical fiction sure to capture the admiration of fans of the genre. What is contained within her

Cover art for "Fatal Song" program.

In Series’ ‘Fatal Song’ notable for its talented cast

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2014 – The In Series’ online description of its latest production, Kathleen Cahill’s good natured tragic opera pastiche, “Fatal Song: ” is excerpted from a Salt Lake Tribune review of the piece last autumn when it was performed by the temporarily renovation-exiled Utah Opera: “A bunch of opera heroines start to notice

Cover art for "Fatal Song" program.

In Series’ ‘Fatal Song’ notable for its talented cast

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2014 – The In Series’ online description of its latest production, Kathleen Cahill’s good natured tragic opera pastiche, “Fatal Song: ” is excerpted from a Salt Lake Tribune review of the piece last autumn when it was performed by the temporarily renovation-exiled Utah Opera: “A bunch of opera heroines start to notice

Cover art for "Fatal Song" program.

In Series’ ‘Fatal Song’ notable for its talented cast

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2014 – The In Series’ online description of its latest production, Kathleen Cahill’s good natured tragic opera pastiche, “Fatal Song: ” is excerpted from a Salt Lake Tribune review of the piece last autumn when it was performed by the temporarily renovation-exiled Utah Opera: “A bunch of opera heroines start to notice

Business

Bear Grylls in quicksand.

Alibaba [BABA] creates more IPO shares. Facebook redux?

WASHINGTON, September 15, 2014 – Alibaba’s [BABA’s] incoming IPO really seems to have a head of steam going into its scheduled Thursday evening (September 18) pricing and Friday morning opening trading which will likely start quite late. But the Maven still doesn’t think you and I are going to get any of these shares, whatever

Wile E. Coyote apparently grabbed onto the NASDAQ on the wrong day today. (Warner Brothers cartoon still, altered by the author to illustrate a point.)

Alibaba, Fed, Scotland, Rule 575 send stocks over the cliff

WASHINGTON, September 15, 2014 – It’s another Blue Monday on Wall Street today where last week’s weirdness and uncertainty once again reign supreme. The tech-heavy NASDAQ is down a whopping 50 or so points around noon EDT, which seems weird, as Apple (AAPL), one of the biggest components of the Nazz, is up nicely today

Bear Grylls in quicksand.

Alibaba [BABA] creates more IPO shares. Facebook redux?

WASHINGTON, September 15, 2014 – Alibaba’s [BABA’s] incoming IPO really seems to have a head of steam going into its scheduled Thursday evening (September 18) pricing and Friday morning opening trading which will likely start quite late. But the Maven still doesn’t think you and I are going to get any of these shares, whatever

Cartoon by Branco.

Apple [AAPL] products, Alibaba [BABA] IPO loom

WASHINGTON, September 8, 2014 – We begin another uncertain week on Wall Street today. Numbers are and aren’t what they appear to be and the international forces of violence are having a field day since the good guys’ once reliable general, the United States, has gone on a perpetual golf holiday under figurehead President Duffer

Companies should think about hiring scientists as managers

For a better business, hire more scientific thinkers

WASHINGTON, September 15, 2014 — In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, scientists like mechanical engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor helped develop the basis for business education in an effort to improve commerce with the use of scientific methodologies. Although today this legacy continues with the implementation of techniques like the Six Sigma Protocol in companies such

Canadian factory, circa 1913.

Minimum wage? How much should an employee be paid?

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2014 − Although issues like the Ukraine Crisis and the Islamic State threats are extremely important to the United States, the tendency of America’s political leaders to distract themselves by over-focusing on a handful of issues at the expense of others is clearly on display during this mid-term election cycle. Lurking in

Bear Grylls in quicksand.

Alibaba [BABA] creates more IPO shares. Facebook redux?

WASHINGTON, September 15, 2014 – Alibaba’s [BABA’s] incoming IPO really seems to have a head of steam going into its scheduled Thursday evening (September 18) pricing and Friday morning opening trading which will likely start quite late. But the Maven still doesn’t think you and I are going to get any of these shares, whatever

Travel

Castle of Chillon

The Swiss Golden Pass features castles, vineyards and hot air balloons

SWITZERLAND, September 13, 2014 — Switzerland’s Golden Pass connects three rail journeys into a single trip that combines diverse scenery linking the German region of the country with the French. The first section travels from Lucerne to Interlaken over a rack railroad that glides through forested mountains beside glacial lakes. The middle portion of the Golden

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