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A brief history of how it took almost 300 years to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act

Fast Company – “By now you’ve probably heard that the pandemic has hit certain groups more than others. Women, particularly women of color, have lost a historic number of jobs, which has a ripple effect on the wage gap and the global economy overall. What’s less well known is that between March and August 2020… Continue Reading

Why lawmakers are so interested in Apple’s and Google’s “rents”

Ars Technica:  You can’t understand the app store debate without some grasp of antitrust jargon. [Note: Primary reference is Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights, hearing held April 21, 2021] “In economics, the concept of rent refers to money that a business makes in excess of what it would get… Continue Reading

Inside the Future 50: Why these companies thrived in the pandemic—and could grow even faster coming out of it

“As we move past the one-year mark since the COVID-19 crisis first spread to businesses and markets around the globe, it’s clear that the competitive landscape has been significantly reshaped. New winners and new losers emerged in many industries, with the difference often explained by their responses to the pandemic and the new needs it… Continue Reading

Non-Fungible Tokens Force a Copyright Reckoning

IP Watchdog: “NFTs may actually mark the new era in online content; an era where we eventually see every digital copy tagged with a serial number to trace and prosecute counterfeiting….From the advent of the internet, digital commodities and technologies have ceaselessly presented new hurdles for intellectual property (IP) owners and protectors. The cycle of… Continue Reading

Climate Change Risk Disclosures and the Securities and Exchange Commission

CRS report – Climate Change Risk Disclosures and the Securities and Exchange Commission, April 20 2021: “Potential risks to the U.S. financial system from climate change have attracted growing attention in government, academia, and media, raising questions about the roles of financial regulators in addressing such risks. Scientific assessments have concluded that human activities—and particularly… Continue Reading

King Cotton, the Munificent Slavery and (Under)development in the United States, 1789-1865

King Cotton, the Munificent Slavery and (Under)development in the United States, 1789-1865. Joseph A. Francis. Working Paper. April 2021. “Slavery made an important contribution to the development of the United States up to the Civil War. Slaves were were necessary for the country’s cotton boom because cotton was not sufficiently remunerative to attract yeoman farmers.… Continue Reading

IMF Launches Climate Change Indicators Dashboard

“The International Monetary Fund (IMF) launched a new Climate Change Indicators Dashboard—an international statistical initiative to address the growing need for data in macroeconomic and financial policy analysis to facilitate climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Dashboard is a single platform that brings together experimental climate change indicators that allows comparison across countries. The indicators… Continue Reading

Where Millennials Are Moving – 2021 Edition

Smart Asset: “Young professionals have long looked to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other bustling cities as places of opportunity. But in the last few years, migration patterns have shifted to show that a smaller share of Americans are moving to these cities. And after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, another study also… Continue Reading

How to keep your retirement investments gun-free

Mashable: “Despite a year-long pandemic in which Americans were asked to stay indoors, gun violence is on the rise in the United States. In 2020, almost 20,000 Americans died by gun violence, according to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive (this number doesn’t include self-inflicted gun violence). The organization has already reported more than a hundred… Continue Reading

2021: Office Re-Entry Index

“Throughout the extent of the Coronavirus pandemic, many companies across America halted in-office operations and transitioned workforces to operate remotely. As companies worked year-round to develop strategies for office re-entry, planning efforts continued to shift as new information was presented daily. One year later, now with vaccine in distribution and decreasing positivity rates, companies have… Continue Reading

5 Sites Like Rotten Tomatoes to Find Average Ratings and Reviews for Anything

Make Use Of: “Track reviews from top critics to find the best-reviewed books, music, gadgets, games, and cryptocurrencies. Rotten Tomatoes is great for movies, but what about the rest? These sites track reviews from top critics to find the best-reviewed books, music, gadgets, games, and cryptocurrencies. With so many newspapers, magazines, websites, and YouTube channels,… Continue Reading