Monday, August 29, 2011

T&G Business @ Noon

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Business at Noon
Monday, August 29, 2011

Wall Street breathes easy after Irene, markets up
U.S. stocks are rising after Tropical Storm Irene wound up being less severe than many analysts had anticipated. European stocks are also jumping after two Greek banks said they would combine to better weather that country's debt crisis.

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Worcester Celebrates: A City on the Move

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The earthquake and hurricane along the East Coast are reminders to small business owners across the country: You need to buy adequate insurance for your company.

Gasoline prices continue to fall in Mass.
Massachusetts gas prices have fallen for the fourth straight week, with self-serve regular now averaging $3.61 a gallon.

Contracts to buy homes fell in July
The number of people who signed contracts to buy homes fell in July, further evidence that the depressed housing market remains a drag on the economy.

Consumer spending rebounds, rises in July
Consumer spending grew in July by 0.8 percent, the largest amount in five months. That followed a decline in June and helped ease fears that the U.S. economy is on the verge of another recession.

Oil rises on strong consumer spending numbers
Oil is climbing on a rebound in U.S. consumer spending.

Financial chief more dour on EU's prospects
The recent turmoil on financial markets threatens economic recovery in the European Union, the bloc's top economic official said today.


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Saturday, August 27, 2011


Exposing the Ron Paul Progressives Can't Support

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Subject: Exposing the Ron Paul Progressives Can't Support | 10 Best State Economies in U.S. | Marijuana Industry Isn't Green Enough



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5 Reasons Progressives Should Treat Ron Paul with Extreme Caution -- 'Cuddly' Libertarian Has Some Very Dark Politics

He's anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-black, anti-senior-citizen, anti-equality and anti-education, and that's just the start.READ MORE

Adele M. Stan / AlterNet

The 10 States With the Best Economies in America

Not all states have experienced the same kind of economic pain since the Great Recession began. READ MORE

Joshua Holland / AlterNet

As Hurricane Irene Hits the East Coast, Let's Not Forget the Lessons of the Last Big Storm to Shake America

Hurricane Katrina hit nearly 6 years ago. As the Northeast readies for a major storm, who's being left out of the disaster preparation? READ MORE

Sarah Jaffe / AlterNet

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Why the Marijuana Industry Needs to Get a Lot Greener

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Is Thom Hartmann the Progressive Answer to Conservative Dominance of Talk-Radio?

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Believers Think We Need Religion to Behave Like Good, Moral People -- Here's Why They're Wrong

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How Disney Instills Greed and Consumerism -- Starting at Three Months

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Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice

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