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More Healthcare Hustles as Companies Try to Scam Workers and Government

New Orleans   We are on a countdown to the open window for enrollment and renewals under the Affordable Care Act, so now the employer hustles and scams are getting more and more scary and sketchy.   The Wall Street Journal dryly reported the other day in an article about companies scrambling to avoid penalties that [...]

Insurers are Running from Climate Change

New Orleans      Fair enough, I call New Orleans home and in the wake of Hurricane Katrina nine years ago, I still pay way more attention to climate change than the average Joe, partially because I’ve been there, done that, and think it’s coming again someday both here and to an area near you.  So, when Ceres, [...]

Philanthropy’s Desertion: You Just Can’t Count on the Rich

New Orleans      As Lilliputians living in the land of the giant rich 1%, it is hard to avoid the heavy helpings of bad news coming in daily about how their habits and highly selective generosity imperils us everywhere, especially because we also live in a world dominated by neo-liberalism that has too often ceded the [...]

New and Better Mortgage Lending Standards Maybe

New Orleans               The press is making a big deal of Mel Watt’s comments as the chief housing regulator at the Federal Housing Finance Agency to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s convention in Vegas.  He claims he has a new plan to loosen up the rules so that banks finally lend some money to first-time buyers and [...]

Bosses Intimidating Their Workers at the Ballot Box

New Orleans      A lot of this is an old story, but there are enough new twists and turns that it settles disturbingly, especially if you care about democracy and understand the subtle things that can become significant in razor close elections with huge consequences. I know the freelance reporter and investigator, Spencer Woodman, who often [...]

Buc-ee’s versus QuikTrip: Business Model Wars

Little Rock       Ok, a lot of you don’t drive at all. I’m starting to get that. Living in the USA, I often forget that until I’m out about the bigger world and regularly encounter people whose idea of a fast ride on the roads is a 2-wheel bicycle or who are trying to master driver’s [...]