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Is a Stock Market Crash Coming?

Is a Stock Market Crash Coming?

Saturday was the anniversary of the October 19, 1987 stock market crash. I spent the day at an investment conference in L.A., where a group of extraordinary minds asked: Could it happen again? Could it happen anytime soon? These are important questions, and I want to share what I learned with you. The man who...

A Data Disease in Public Education

Not long ago, I warned you about the Common Core State Standards plan to collect and track student data. The plan would ostensibly use the data to improve the readiness of graduates so they can succeed in college and the workplace. But with all of the fears surrounding privacy and information abuse, is there any...

Scientists Use Sound to Restore Sight to the Blind

Scientists Use Vision Impairment Research to Restore Sight to the Blind

We’ve seen some startling achievements over the past couple of years when it comes to restoring sight for the blind. Back in August 2012, researchers at the University of California-Berkeley were using injections of a chemical called AAQ to help people with vision impairments. And in February 2013, California-based Second Sight was testing a retinal...

How IBM’s Emerging Technologies Are Moving Us Closer to “Smart Cities”

Cities simply can’t thrive by working harder for longer periods of time or by throwing more money at a decaying system. As demands increase and budgets tighten, cities have to work smarter. In the future, smarter cities will drive sustainable economic growth by leveraging data and optimizing all functioning components. Their leaders will use smarter...

The Surrender to Obama is Complete

The Surrender to Obama is Complete

If John Boehner was the leader of America in 1776, we’d all be singing “God Save the Queen” to this day. After a 16-day standoff with Obama, Boehner and the rest of the House leadership capitulated without so much as a fig leaf to allow them any cover. The white flag now proudly flies on...

Should the Punishment Fit the Crime?

Should the Punishment Fit the Crime?

Alabama’s 2014 legislative session may still be months away, but a controversial bill pre-filed by Representative Steve Hurst is already gaining national attention. Hurst is pushing a bill that would require surgical castration for sex offenders aged 21 and older with victims younger than 12. If the bill becomes law, the surgery would be performed...

Saudi Arabia Just Ranked Dead Last

Saudi Arabia Just Ranked Dead Last

Saudi Arabia boasts the second-largest reserves of oil and the most easily accessible fields in the world. And it’s the lowest-cost producer – setting the tone for oil prices through its leadership of OPEC. As a result, you’d probably think that Saudi Arabia would rank at the top of any oil-related study. Not so much!...

Ex-Dividend Wars (Revisited): Home Loan Servicing vs. Hickory Tech

Almost a year ago to the day, we pitted two high-yielders – Home Loan Servicing Solutions (HLSS) and Hickory Tech Corp. (HTCO) – against one another in a good old-fashioned stock war. What’s that, you say? It’s when we pick two companies that share a common fundamental – in this case, an attractive yield. Then,...