Economists Say We Should Tax The Rich At 90 Percent America has been doing income taxes wrong for more than 50 years. All Americans, including the rich, would be better off if top tax rates went back to Eisenhower-era levels when the top federal income tax rate was 91 percent, according to a new working paper by Fabian Kindermann from the University of Bonn and Dirk Krueger from the University of Pennsylvania. The top tax rate that makes all citizens, including the highest 1 percent of earners, the best off is “somewhere between 85 and 90 percent,” Krueger told The Huffington Post. Currently, the top rate of 39.6 percent is paid on income above $406,750 for individuals and $457,600 for couples. Fewer than 1 percent of Americans, or about 1.3 million people, reach that top bracket. Here is the conclusion from the report, charted:
The road to Rio +20: women and the green economy What will Rio+20 mean for the many millions of poor women across the world, struggling with the effects of poverty, climate change, and environmental degradation? Nidhi Tandon, Gender & Development Editorial Advisor and author of the forthcoming UN Women's paper on Rio+20 and the Green Economy, gives her view. The concept of the 'green economy' is a complex one, and the international community has yet to come to a political consensus on its meaning, use, usefulness, ensuing policy implications, or what actually constitutes a green economy. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) believes that to achieve equitable and sustainable development there needs to be a balance between the economy, society, and the environment. Looked at that way, a 'green economy' must embody the concept of sustainability and offer scope to debate the limits to growth-a debate which is now taking place in both the industrialised and emerging economies.
List of common misconceptions From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This incomplete list is not intended to be exhaustive. This list corrects erroneous beliefs that are currently widely held about notable topics. Each misconception and the corresponding facts have been discussed in published literature. Note that each entry is formatted as a correction; the misconceptions themselves are implied rather than stated. Arts and culture
Search Engine Basics We Recommend These Resources Receive the question of "how search works ?" couple times recently so try to document the whole process. This is intended to highlight the key concepts but not specific implementation details, which will be much more complicated and sophisticated than this one. Dirty Laundry 2: Hung Out to Dry Publication - August 23, 2011 Research commissioned by Greenpeace International has revealed that clothing and certain fabric-based shoes sold internationally by major clothing brands are manufactured using nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs). NPEs -- which are used as surfactants in textile production -- subsequently break down to form toxic nonylphenol (NP). Nonylphenol is a persistent chemical with hormone-disrupting properties that builds up in the food chain, and is hazardous even at very low levels.
How I Became a Keynesian Until last September, when the banking industry came crashing down and depression loomed for the first time in my lifetime, I had never thought to read The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, despite my interest in economics. I knew that John Maynard Keynes was widely considered the greatest economist of the twentieth century, and I knew of his book's extraordinary reputation. But it was a work of macroeconomics--the study of economy-wide phenomena such as inflation, the business cycle, and economic growth. Law, and hence the economics of law--my academic field--did not figure largely in the regulation of those phenomena. We have learned since September that the present generation of economists has not figured out how the economy works.
Dirty Laundry Publication - July 13, 2011 A new investigative report from Greenpeace, 'Dirty Laundry', profiles the problem of toxic water pollution resulting from the release of hazardous chemicals by the textile industry in China. The investigations focuses on two facilities that were found to be discharging a range of hazardous and persistent chemicals with hormone-disrupting properties. These results are indicative of a much wider problem that is posing serious and immediate threats to both our precious ecosystems and to human health. Urgent and transparent action is needed in order to eliminate the use and release of these hazardous chemicals.
Climate Debt Denial Climate Debt Denial Art by Roger Peet At the height of the Washington feeding frenzy about the fiscal cliff, the debt ceiling, and sequestration, austerity hawks coined a new label to denigrate lawmakers who were opposed to cutbacks brought on by the cynical manipulation of national debt: “debt deniers.” Green economy The green economy is one that results in reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. Green economy is an economy or economic development model based on sustainable development and a knowledge of ecological economics. A feature distinguishing it from prior economic regimes is the direct valuation of natural capital and ecological services as having economic value (see The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity and Bank of Natural Capital) and a full cost accounting regime in which costs externalized onto society via ecosystems are reliably traced back to, and accounted for as liabilities of, the entity that does the harm or neglects an asset. For an overview of the developments in international environment policy that led up to the UNEP Green Economy Report, see Runnals (2011). Green Sticker and ecolabel practices have emerged as consumer facing measurements of sustainability.
100 Essential Green Internet Resources The green web is growing faster than over-fertilized bamboo and many websites have cropped up to fill the ever-growing green movement. This guide will help you navigate the vast array of environmental websites starting with the best green blogs, tools, applications and resources and ending with forums, social media sites, environmental agencies and organizations. The former will provide a window to green information and ways to go green and the latter will help connect you with others interested and involved in today’s top environmental issues as well as green design, sustainable living and environmental oddities of the world. 25 of the Best Green Blogs and News Websiites: How does one begin to sort through the overwhelming 6,000 environmental blogs listed on Technorati, particularly with new sites cropping up daily?
Survey: Plenty To Worry About When It Comes To Security More IT managers worry about cyber attacks than they do about traditional crime, natural disasters, or terrorism, according to a State of Enterprise Security report released by Symantec last month. Nearly half of them cited cyber attacks as their biggest concern, and three quarters reported their companies suffered attacks -- some of them highly effective -- in the last year. As a result, they said, they lost personally identifiable information about customers, credit card information, and intellectual property. In addition, their systems were down. They also complained of being understaffed and said they were learning 19 separate compliance efforts aimed at meeting various federal and state security regulations. These include HIPAA for health care, Sarbanes-Oxley for financial information, ISO, PCI-DSS and several others.