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Yes, the Federal Government Hoards Raisins - Businessweek

Let’s say you want to become a raisin farmer. This is probably a bad business model if you live in, say, northern Minnesota, but in California’s San Joaquin Valley it makes a lot of sense, since that’s where most U.S. raisins—and half the raisins in the world—come from. You can see the Sun-Maid and Dole Food fields as you drive along the highway, their grapes shriveling in the sun. So you move to Fresno, buy some land, grow some grapes, turn them into raisins and then sell them. Wait, not so fast. Did you give part of your crop to the federal raisin reserve? Last month the Supreme Court ruled on an obscure little case called Horne v. Department of Agriculture, brought by a California raisin farmer who claims that by requiring him to pay into this so-called raisin reserve, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is illegally confiscating his private property. The case didn’t attract much media attention because the unanimous ruling was just a logistical one—it was kicked it back to a lower court—that was dwarfed by the gay-marriage and voting-rights decisions, which, understandably, are much bigger political issues than dried fruit. Still, for most of us the discovery of a governmental raisin hoard will count as a question-raising surprise. Where are they kept? Why are they kept? Is the American economy in danger of being thrust into recession by an avalanche of underpriced raisins? What other piles of fruit are out there, and, more importantly, can we eat them?
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Do You Know These Shocking Super Bowl Consumption Statistics?

Do You Know These Shocking Super Bowl Consumption Statistics? | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
One billion chicken wings, which means 500 million chickens will be killed for us to enjoy the game. Pounds of potato chips consumed; 28 million. Pounds of avocados consumed; 53.5 million. Number of football fields worth of farmland to grow all that ...
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White House: Here’s A Map To Show You How Amnesty Will Help Your State!

White House: Here’s A Map To Show You How Amnesty Will Help Your State! | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The White House is embarking on a public relations pitch to raise awareness about President Obama's executive amnesty, which the administration claims will provide a boost to the economy and have no n...
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The Surprising Role That Social Media Can Play in Healthcare

The Surprising Role That Social Media Can Play in Healthcare | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

For the vast majority of us — more than 80 percent of folks in the United States — social media is an integral part of our daily routine.

Dominated by giants like Facebook, Twitter and Reddit, social media has grown to become a massive, sophisticated driving force in our culture.

They are driven by a complex web of social, political and financial factors and as a result, its is impossible to develop linear, one-size-fits-all solutions.

Social media opens new doors.

To get around this, organizations are bypassing social media’s big box stores, taking the concepts and technology that drive traditional social media to build new platforms that connects their audiences in new ways.

Several health organizations have already launched tailored social platforms that target very specific audiences and are designed to identify and share context-specific solutions.

NCDs are slowly evolving to be the next big public health catastrophe.

The platform also provides health organizations with access to specific patients, giving these organizations insight into how to best serve their patient communities.

Our solutions cannot be one-size-fits-all, so the way we create those solutions must be equally diverse and tailored.

 


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New Anti-ACA bills introduced

New Anti-ACA bills introduced | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Summaries courtesy of Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD @MSingletonMDJD On January 22, 2015, Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH) with 31 cosponsors introduced and referred to the House Ways and Means Committee H.R.
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The incredibly simple story of how the gov’t Googled Ross Ulbricht

The incredibly simple story of how the gov’t Googled Ross Ulbricht | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Meet the IRS special agent who read Ulbricht's Gmail.
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Pakistan plunges into darkness as attack leaves 140mn without power

Pakistan plunges into darkness as attack leaves 140mn without power | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Over 140 million Pakistanis were left without power after militants attacked the national grid with blasts specifically targeting power pylons. Some are still waiting for power to return.
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Millions Of GMO Insects Could Be Released In Florida Keys

Millions Of GMO Insects Could Be Released In Florida Keys | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.
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NOBULL TRAINER: AVAILABLE 1.24.15

NOBULL TRAINER: AVAILABLE 1.24.15 | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
NOBULL TRAINER: AVAILABLE 1.24.15 January 14, 2014 | ALL It's time for a change. This Saturday (January 24, 2015 at
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Carly Fiorina Takes On Hillary: ‘Flying Is An Activity Not An Accomplishment’

Carly Fiorina Takes On Hillary: ‘Flying Is An Activity Not An Accomplishment’ | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina sharply criticized Hillary Clinton's record as secretary of state on Saturday, saying that unlike Clinton, “I have actually accomplished
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Minnesota man accused of taking mother’s dead body to bank to withdraw money

Minnesota man accused of taking mother’s dead body to bank to withdraw money | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
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17,600 Canadian employees ready to eat former Target exec alive over severance pay

17,600 Canadian employees ready to eat former Target exec alive over severance pay | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Social media users have come down heavily on the former CEO of Target after it turned out he reportedly received a walk-away package worth about the same as what was offered to all 17,600 employees of the chain, which is closing its stores in Canada.
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Congress alarmed by plans to use Russian system to route 911 calls

Congress alarmed by plans to use Russian system to route 911 calls | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Plans to route 911 location calls via Russia’s GLONASS satellite system have sparked national security concerns among some members of Congress, despite assurances that its use will be limited and it will help save lives in emergencies.
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U.S. journalists, the clock is ticking: January 31 is the deadline to apply for a Nieman Fellowship

U.S. journalists, the clock is ticking: January 31 is the deadline to apply for a Nieman Fellowship | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
It's a chance to spend a year at Harvard and change the shape of your career.
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10 Free Business Card Mockup PSDs

10 Free Business Card Mockup PSDs | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Ever need a simple template to rework your business card idea? Look no further than this set of 10 free business card mockup templates made for digital and print design! The cards are split into separate PSD files which have a front and back design. All of the fonts are open source and free to download with font links included for each card. And they’re super easy to update using any version of Adobe Photoshop.

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4 Vehicles That Have Crashed at the White House and Are Still Legal

4 Vehicles That Have Crashed at the White House and Are Still Legal | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Dear reckless pilots: Please stop doing your best to get drones banned.
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What This City Did With An Abandoned Walmart Is Absolutely Brilliant. You'll Love It

What This City Did With An Abandoned Walmart Is Absolutely Brilliant. You'll Love It | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
It's true what they say: everything is bigger in Texas.
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Who’s knocking? Why don't you ask your smartphone

Who’s knocking? Why don't you ask your smartphone | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things is taking more of an interest in your home security. Meet Peeple and other devices that aim to keep you protected.
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Financial Crimes Against the Elderly 2013 Legislation

Financial Crimes Against the Elderly 2013 Legislation | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Summarizes the 2013 legislation on Financial Crimes Against the Elderly and Vulnerable Adults.
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New painkiller found in coffee – stronger than morphine

New painkiller found in coffee – stronger than morphine | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Coffee contains a protein that has an effect similar to morphine, specialists at the University of Brasilia and Brazilian agriculture research company Embrapa have discovered. Moreover, the new substance’s effect lasts longer.
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Instagram Takes A Step Towards Embracing Women's Body Hair

Instagram Takes A Step Towards Embracing Women's Body Hair | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Instagram just got a little bit safer for female body hair.
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Eight South Florida hospitals face Medicare fines for patient safety

Eight South Florida hospitals face Medicare fines for patient safety | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Eight South Florida hospitals are feeling the financial pinch after being penalized by the federal government when their patients suffered from medical conditions acquired at the very places they went to for care.
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#JeSuisAbdullah? Critics slam glowing Western eulogies for ‘reformer’ Saudi king

#JeSuisAbdullah? Critics slam glowing Western eulogies for ‘reformer’ Saudi king | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Critics are taking Western leaders to task for singing the praises of King Abdullah, the recently deceased 90-year-old monarch of Saudi Arabia, whose regime they claim was marred by countless human rights abuses, warmongering and corruption.
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Former Top FBI Official: Police Live In Fear Due To Obama Administration’s Ferguson Response

Former Top FBI Official: Police Live In Fear Due To Obama Administration’s Ferguson Response | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
A former Federal Bureau of Investigation official said that the Obama administration exploited the Michael Brown shooting case for political purposes despite knowing all along that no civil rights law...
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UNDER REVIEW: Congress Looking Into Why IRS Has BIG MONEY Contract With Botched Healthcare.gov Company

UNDER REVIEW: Congress Looking Into Why IRS Has BIG MONEY Contract With Botched Healthcare.gov Company | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Congress may conduct an investigation into the surprising report that the Internal Revenue Service awarded a $4.5 million IT contract to CGI Federal, the discredited designer of the botched Obamacare
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