Big Time Food Stamp Fraud

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Sheriff Mike Williams of Jacksonville, Florida, announced Tuesday the results of a multi-agency, undercover investigation into the exchange of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for cash and, in at least one case, cocaine. Questions: 1. From 2012 to 2017, how many food stamp transactions were fraudulent in Jacksonville and what was the dollar amount?… Read more »

Bitcoin Investment Fads

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According to Bloomberg.com, Bitcoin began the week on a down note, declining as much as 8.7 percent and pushing the biggest cryptocurrency’s decline for March to about 25 percent. Questions: 1. Who has confirmed that it will ban Bitcoin offering advertisements? 2. How is the SEC involved with Bitcoin in recent weeks? 3. Why have… Read more »

Rise up and REBEL!

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According to the New York Times, after many employee complaints, United Airlines said it was “pressing the pause button” on a plan to replace its modest monthly bonuses with a lottery system that would have offered large rewards to a few workers at random. Questions: Why were the employees furious and what did they do… Read more »

Hidden Blacklist

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According to Politico, the new tax law includes a little-noticed blacklist barring people working in certain fields, and earning more than $157,500, from claiming a new 20 percent deduction for unincorporated businesses called pass-throughs. Questions: Why did the Congressmen decide that pass-throughs should be limited? Who ultimately gets to make the decision? According to Acting IRS… Read more »

Massive Fraud Femme Fitale

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  According to Masunaga and Peterson, four years ago, the Silicon Valley firm Theranos Inc. was valued at $9 billion and its founder and Chief Executive Elizabeth Holmes was hailed as a potentially revolutionary force in the blood-testing industry. Today, she is deemed a fraudster. Questions: Theranos’ proprietary analyzer could only perform __________ of the… Read more »

Branson

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In a ballroom of a mountain lodge, diversity coach Miguel Joey Aviles, asked whether anyone knew how to merengue. Only two replied: Yes. These were Branson Missouri managers, who said they’re desperate for employees and are paying $50 each for the workshop. They came from hotels, hospitals, hardware stores and banks. The goal of “Hispanics… Read more »

Johnson & Johnson

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According to Douglas House, a new analysis has been released that shows patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) that are treated with Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals’ INVOKANA (canagliflozin) experienced significantly less risk of cardiovascular (CV) death or hospitalization for heart failure (HHF). Questions: Based on the data, what is the reduction of… Read more »

Trickle Down Tax Cuts from 2017

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Berkshire recorded a hefty windfall from the tax bill that Congress passed at the end of last year. Questions: 1. According to the article, the 2017 tax cut was 2/3 of Berkshire Hathaway’s 2017 Earnings. How much were the earnings and how much (in dollars) was the tax cut? 2. In the past, how did… Read more »

Sitting or Standing at Work?

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According to the Washington Post, a new research study (recently published in the journal Ergonomics) reported that the new standing desks may be bad for your health, since standing at a desk for a prolonged period of time will create “discomfort and deteriorating mental reactiveness.” Questions: 1. What did the Newsweek article about a 12-year… Read more »

What was your past salary?

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According to the New York Times, laws prohibiting employers from asking job candidates about their past compensation before making a salary offer are gaining momentum, aimed at reducing pay disparities and other obstacles confronting women and minorities. Questions: 1. What does the article say about the way some researchers see it? 2. What does some… Read more »