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Focusing on the weaknesses

I'm looking for new ways to address my pupils' weaknesses. [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Jan 19, 2014 - 5 answers

Deficit? We don't need no steenking deficit!

Why can't the US Government just mint 17 of the trillion dollar coins and be done with it, and just pay off the whole deficit in one go? [more inside]
posted by humpy on Jun 22, 2013 - 21 answers

How should I invest if I believe the US debt limit debate won't be settled on time?

The debt limit will be reached August 2nd. Moody's said they may downgrade the US credit rating as soon as mid July if the debt limit isn't raised. What are the scenarios that might play out, and how can I invest for each scenario? Investing goals would be preserve value and seek growth. [more inside]
posted by gearspring on Jun 15, 2011 - 6 answers

Brazilian state budget blowout?

I was reading an article about fiscal responsibility legislation and the author referred to passing to (what I infer) was a spectacular budget blowout or deficit condition in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo. The article was dated 1996 so whatever it was, it would have been before that. Googling turns up nothing useful. Does anyone know anything about this, or have any pointers to any further resources (in English please)? Thanks in advance.
posted by Logophiliac on Oct 28, 2010 - 4 answers

How to create a caloric deficit without going into starvation mode?

According to the nutritional guidelines in my p90x program, my required calories per day (resting metabolic rate+daily activity burn+600 calories of exercise calories/day) equals 3000. I'm looking to drop fat, and gain muscle. Should I create a caloric deficit? And, if so, how can I keep my body from going into starvation mode where it will hold onto fat? [more inside]
posted by ranunculus on Jan 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Spend or Save?

With hundreds of years of accumulated data on how economies 'work' available for analysis, how is it possible that it is still unclear (it seems) whether or not - and to what extent - a government should boost an economy that is in a slowdown? [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 on Dec 27, 2009 - 23 answers

Protection in a weakening economy

Our deficit and our debt are at record levels, even compared to WWII. Then, the debt was financed internally, not by other countries, so the interest we could pay was lower and the money was recycled in the U.S. Now, the debt and deficit are mostly financed by other countries through bond offerings and the like. And as they grow, those debtor countries will want higher interest rates on repayments, which drains money out of the U.S. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Oct 5, 2009 - 4 answers

The interweb killed my attention span.

I have the attention span of a gnat. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Feb 28, 2009 - 20 answers

Neither a borrower nor a lender be...

Speak to me of deficits. If a country goes into deficit by selling bonds to other countries' foreign banks, is that debt ever used as a geopolitical bargaining chip? Why/why not? [more inside]
posted by [ixia] on Feb 5, 2009 - 11 answers

If most/all governments try to go into deficit all at once, where would the money come from?

Keynesian economics calls for running deficits when times are bad and surpluses when times are good so as to smooth out the business cycle. Since the current economic downturn is worldwide, many governments are talking about running deficits so as to stimulate their economies. Here's what I'm wondering: who's going to be lending to all these would-be borrowers? [more inside]
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow on Nov 28, 2008 - 8 answers

Help me find info showing both sides where they need to compromise

I seem to remember reading about a study which showed a correlation between higher taxes and lower spending, can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by Reverend John on Oct 3, 2008 - 6 answers

Chess and ADD

I'm kind of interested in learning to play chess. I have ADD. How's that gonna go? [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Apr 19, 2008 - 11 answers

Coping with ADD?

I have ADD. What are some specific steps that can help me focus on getting a task done? [more inside]
posted by fogster on Jan 26, 2008 - 16 answers

Books on the economy

Can the hive recommend books on the global economy? I'm pretty clueless so I'm looking for stuff that's easy to read, a la The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. [more inside]
posted by mooza on Nov 26, 2007 - 17 answers

My son has ADD - what next?

My 6 Year Old has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. We are not going to drug him. How can I help him? [more inside]
posted by greedo on Jan 16, 2007 - 63 answers

Dollars on sale, what should we do?

There have been numerous articles lately that the US dollar will lose its value a big time pretty soon, given the fact of our huge trade deficit and over spending. check this article If the US dollar will be on sale soon, I'm wondering if I should still contribute $ to my 401K for retirement. I'm no where near retirement age. But what's the point of saving for retirement, while the value of the saving is going down, faster than inflation? What would you do otherwise for your retirement?
posted by dy on May 9, 2006 - 19 answers

Where does the money for the budget come from in times of deficit?

This may seem profoundly easy to some of you, but I'm perplexed. [more inside]
posted by heartquake on Feb 6, 2006 - 20 answers

Economic Depression: Survival?

Surviving the Depression Years: what strategies worked during the last depression? Would they work with the next depression? What adaptations would be required? Are there new avenues for successfully surviving a depression? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Sep 25, 2005 - 14 answers

Attention Deficit Disor... what?

I've got a kid 'round here recently diagnosed as very likely ADD. What now? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Mar 15, 2005 - 22 answers

Should I communicate to other that I have ADHD? If so, how?

I've just been diagnosed with Adult ADHD. (No, this isn't the person who inquired earlier, although it inspired me to get it checked.) I'm going to be getting therapy to get better, but I wanted to know how you would view a person who admitted he had ADHD to you? It's apparent to me now that I've messed up a lot of things in my life because of it (Failing out of college, frequent job changes, crappy social life). I want to be able to say, "Hey, I messed up because of this, but I'm changing for the better." If you were an employer or even a guy/girl I was asking out, would you accept this as an excuse for my prior mistakes? Should I even mention it at all?
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2004 - 23 answers

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