Extreme Productivity Is Extremely Useful: Book Review of author Robert Pozen [Huffington Post]

By James Grundvig

‘Death by PowerPoint’ has been an old adage batted about by managers who have seen too many flat presentations jammed with too much information, while falling short on clarity of theme or message. Today, the same lament can be said about email.

‘Death by Email’ describes the ailment of what professionals are losing today: Time and productivity.

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Gingrich’s Social Security plan:
Privatize gains, socialize losses
[Huffington Post]

Last week, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich unveiled details of his plan to partially privatize Social Security. His plan would allow younger workers to contribute a portion of their payroll tax obligation to a private investment account. Roughly speaking, Gingrich is signing on to the legislation from 2004 sponsored by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and former Senator John Sununu (R-NH).

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Stop the Federal Guarantees [Huffington Post]

The administration could give the big banks a choice — replace your guaranteed debt with newly issued non-guaranteed bonds, or pay the US Treasury $6 billion representing the remaining value of this federal guarantee over the next two years. This would not be a punishment; it would be the fair thing to do for US taxpayers.