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Commercial casino revenues are up

May 6, 2013
If people feel like they've got money to burn, that's a positive economic indicator, right?
Posted In: gambling, casinos

The story of the first email spam message

May 3, 2013
It happened 35 years ago.
Posted In: spam

Would you get a tattoo of your company logo for a raise?

May 2, 2013
If you work for Rapid Realty in New York City, it's a possibility.
Posted In: tattoo

To financial advisory firms: A list of words to avoid on Twitter

May 1, 2013
Putnam Investments says certain words used on social media can trigger regulatory scrutiny.
Posted In: Twitter, social media

Comparing CEO-to-employee pay ratios

Apr 30, 2013
Bloomberg breaks down the CEO-to-worker pay ratios of the top companies in the S&P 500 index.
Posted In: ceo, JCpenney, ceo pay

Respond to emails on the same day? You're probably a negative person

Apr 29, 2013
A study says that negative people are 36 percent more likely to respond to emails within 24 hours.
Posted In: email

Government spends $890,000 on fees for empty bank accounts

Apr 25, 2013
Sequester that, right?
Posted In: fees

Order a Whopper from your couch: Burger King expands delivery

Apr 24, 2013
Burger King franchises in Chicago, San Francisco and here in L.A. will start delivering Whoppers, et al.
Posted In: Burger King, fast food

The companies most popular on expense reports: Delta, Marriott, Starbucks

Apr 23, 2013
Which companies show up the most on business expense reports?
Posted In: business, expenses, marriott, starbucks, Delta

Immigration bill also benefits meat industry, Irish workers, ski instructors

Apr 22, 2013
The pet projects of the immigration bill being worked on in Congress.
Posted In: pork. immigration bill, Congress

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Food stamps turns 50 this year.  Since the program was written in to law, it's become one of those government programs that gets a lot of attention from politicians on both the left and the right -- especially recently.  The program has been growing furiously in the last 15 years -- one in seven Americans is on food stamps today. That's more than twice what the rate was in 2000.  Some of that can be explained by changing eligibility requirements and job-losses during the recession. But the fastest growing group of food stamp participants in the last few decades are people who have jobs and work full year-round.  And that suggests a deeper new reality. Even once the recession is fully behind us, could increased use of food stamps driven by low-wage jobs be a permanent fixture of the American economy?