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Volunteerism: Still Robust

Volunteerism: Still Robust

Ever since Harvard professor Robert Putnam wrote the book Bowling Alone, there has been much debate and angst over the perceived lack of "social capital" in America. That term is shorthand for volunteerism and involvement. Putnam pointed to declining membership in...

“I’ll Have a Pint of Bitter and 1 Calculator” | Wakefield

“I’ll Have a Pint of Bitter and 1 Calculator” | Wakefield

Political reforms and electoral campaigns can sail or fail based largely on how they are marketed. In the 1994 election, Newt Gingrich and his fellow Republicans in Congress successfully rallied behind the Contract With America. This year, German Chancellor Angela...

Halloween Survey: Would You Play Host to a Ghost?

Halloween Survey: Would You Play Host to a Ghost?

The New York Post "Ain't Afraid of No Ghost" As covered recently in The New York Post, more than one in 10 renters (11%) say they've rented a home inhabited by a ghost. While sharing space with a specter sounds scary, it's no worse than looking for the perfect pad in...

Kids Poll: Hoops More Likely Than Honor Roll | Wakefield

Kids Poll: Hoops More Likely Than Honor Roll | Wakefield

Have you wept for the future yet today? No? Then read this: AMERICAN KIDS THINK THEY'RE MORE LIKELY TO BECOME FAMOUS THAN TO USE MATH AS ADULTS. A study that Wakefield conducted on behalf of Nintendo's Personal Trainer: Math found that more than one in five (21%) kids...

Too Timid for Touchdowns?

Too Timid for Touchdowns?

Like most professional sports, football is a game that produces a plethora of statistics.  For example, there is a quarterback's passer rating, as well as this stat that tracks how many yards every receiver gains after catching a pass. However, the National Football...

Supermarket Sweep

Supermarket Sweep

Price cuts are in the news.  The Washington Post says that supermarket prices are falling, and price cuts for popular video game systems such as Nintendo's Wii are above-the-fold news fodder this month. Price cutting is a tactic that nearly every brand from canned...

The H1N1 Vaccine: Who Receives Priority?

The H1N1 Vaccine: Who Receives Priority?

The federal government has issued these guidelines for who should be "first in line" to receive vaccinations for H1N1 influenza, also known as swine flu. But a George Mason University researcher is questioning the priority status that has been given to certain...

Reading, ‘Riting and Recession

Reading, ‘Riting and Recession

Children are back in school and feeling care-free, leaving their parents to stress over the tough decisions they face coping with a job loss or other effects of this recession. If only that image were true. Actually, the kids who re-entered k-12 schools in August and...

A Humorous Take on Drawing the Line on Videogame Realism

The Onion recently featured a humorous satire - World of World of Warcraft - which allows gamers to play an RPG videogame of a videogamer playing a video game. The clip is good for a laugh - no doubt.  But it also touches on an interesting trend regarding gamers...

A Recession That’s Surprising the Experts

A Recession That’s Surprising the Experts

In a typical U.S. recession, those who hold onto their jobs experience virtually no wage growth. And some of them even suffer wage cuts. But the stats show that this recession is doing a dance of its own. According to the N.Y. Times: Last winter, stories of companies...

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