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Budget conspiracies: take your pick

BEHIND every leaf, runs an old Indian proverb, lies another leaf. Deep, huh? Actually, all it means is that, as we say in this part of the world, you should always look for the wheels within wheels. Take the Budget last week. On the face of it, the so-called granny tax (actually merely the phasing out of a differential between pensioners and the rest of us that will leave no-one worse off in cash terms) was a terrible howler, with George Osborne's attempts to present it as a 'simplification' measure merely compounding the blunder.
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HOW TO STOP BEING A HAMSTER

Business & Finance : Huffington Post: Business Blog (1 hour ago)

Last week I asked if you were a hamster and if you always wanted to be a hamster - someone stuck on the wheel of work with no prospect of doing exactly what you want to do with your life while you are still full of energy. This week... Read Post

There's A Staggering Conspiracy Behind The Rise Of Consumer Culture

Business & Finance : Business Insider: Clusterstock (last year)

Americans weren't always addicted to buying things. Long before U.S. consumers racked up $11.3 trillion in aggregate debt, people used to save money for things they actually needed. But in the age of plenty that followed World War I... Read Post

The Quest to Make a Studio-Quality Star Trek Movie on a Kickstarter Budget

Entertainment : The Underwire (2 hours ago)

It's scheduled to wrap production in the fall, stars well-known actors, and boasts a deep bench of design and production talent. But this one won't be co-starring Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana. Read Post


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