Archive for June, 2010

Panera’s Pay-What-You-Want Restaurant

Last month, Panera opened a nonprofit restaurant in St. Louis. Instead of being charged normally for the food, customers are told to pay what they want. Essentially, the cashiers tell customers their orders’ suggested price based on the menu, and then they can spend as much, or as little, on the food as they want. […]

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The Hidden Cost of “Free”

I’m a sucker for free stuff, as much as I hate to admit it. Being on a college campus, I tend to go back to my dorm with a lot of free stuff I don’t really need or even like. Over the year I’ve accumulated t-shirts, water bottles, posters, and various other items. It’s not […]

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Tax Breaks for Hollywood

A Parade article this past Sunday titled Tax Breaks for Films Gets Mixed Reviews, discusses the argument of whether states should offer tax breaks and other incentives in order to get production companies to shoot movies and TV shows within their borders. In 2002, just five states offered such discounts; today, that number has grown […]

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BP’s (un)Safety Record

The Center for Public Integrity posted an article a couple weeks back detailing how in the past three years BP has accounted for 97% of all flagrant violations found in the refining industry, most of them being “willful citations.” The chart below, also found in the article, has it all laid out:

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Prisoner’s Dilemma in Comic Form

The Prisoner’s Dilemma concept, tied with the game theory, is something I find really interesting. I found the following comic to not only overview the Prisoner’s Dilemma concept very well, but it also shows Jeremy Bentham, one of the people I am considering writing my upcoming research paper about! (found via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal)

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