Target registers not on target

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According to the Washington Post, cash registers at Target stores are working again after an hours-long outage on Saturday afternoon that brought checkout lines across the country to a standstill. Questions What problem does Target say caused the outage? Has this ever happened before at Target and if so when? Do you see any possible… Read more »

Where dogs wear pollution masks

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According to the BBC, one country’s pollution is so bad, that dogs must wear pollution masks. Questions: Which country is this? What is the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and what do they do? What type of future costs will this pollution cause? Source: BBC staff. (2019) Where dogs wear masks. The BBC, June… Read more »

Rural wireless service threatened

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According to the New York Times, many small U.S. wireless carriers depend on inexpensive equipment from the Chinese company, Huawei, but must soon rethink expansion plans and other replacements of existing gear. Questions: Why did President Trump ban Huawei’s sale of equipment in the U.S.? How extensively is Huawei’s equipment used across the globe? Do… Read more »

Another Walmart PR disaster

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Walmart’s disabled greeters are being replaced by “customer hosts,” with growing responsibilities. Questions: 1. Why has this been such a PR disaster for the company? 2. How many days were the greeters given to find new jobs? 3. What is the new job of “customer hosts” meant to do? 4. What are your thoughts about… Read more »

A Story That will Tug at your Heart Strings!

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In Germany, a family owing a debt had the family dog seized by the city of Ahlen. The City then sold the dog on EBay in order to pay for the debt. Questions: 1. What were the other assets that they considered seizing? 2. Who bought the dog and what was the new owner skeptical… Read more »

Are you one of them?

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When millions of Americans began filling out their 2018 taxes, they were surprised to learn that their refunds will be less than expected or that they owe money to the Internal Revenue Service after years of receiving refunds. Questions: 1. How are some people protesting via social media? 2. Why have refunds decreased? 3. How… Read more »

Under Trump Administration, CFPB scraps requirements to ensure that borrowers can cover basic expenses before loans

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According to the Guardian, the Trump administration plans to abolish key parts of an Obama-era rule that was aimed at protecting vulnerable borrowers from amassing untenable debts from payday loans. Questions: 1. How high can the interest rate be from some payday lenders? 2. What is the Trump administration argument for scrapping the basic expense… Read more »

What is More Important? Jobs or Happiness?

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A Finnish nationwide experiment with basic income has not increased employment among those participating in the two-year trial, but their general well-being seems to have increased. Questions: 1. How much did randomly selected, unemployed people aged 25-58 get in tax-free income each month? (U.S. dollars) 2. What were most people worried about related to any… Read more »

Resignation of another CEO

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Herbalife’s chief executive has resigned over unspecified comments he made before taking leadership of the Los Angeles supplement maker. Questions: 1. What did his previous remarks relate to? 2. Who is CEO Goudis’ replacement and what is the replacement’s background? 3. Why has Herbalife been in the news since 2015? Source: Pazzanghera, J. (2019). Herbalife… Read more »

A Failed Deal and its Irreversible Consequences

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According to the New Yorker, Wisconsin won’t see Foxconn’s first U.S. manufacturing facility and the prospect of significant prosperity that stirred the hopes of a region still with dreams of clawing back the middle-class factory jobs from the middle of the twentieth century. Questions: 1. How long ago was the deal signed? 2. What were… Read more »