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- Billionaire’s house arrest sends stocks crashing (Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press, MSN News) Russia appears to be moving further along a path of nationalization of major industries with the arrest of the head of the a conglomerate which owns the largest oil company still in private hands.
- Can you pass the U.S. Citizenship Civics Test? Seven states may soon require it to graduate from high school. (Reid Wilson, The Washington Post) Is there a problem? Econintersect would suggest there is: A 2011 survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found just 15 percent of Americans could correctly identify the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, while 27 percent knew Randy Jackson was a judge on American Idol. Only 13 percent knew the Constitution was signed in 1787. And just 38 percent were able to name all three branches of government. See next article.
- Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools (1911 Study Report) Education level and voting participation are highly correlated.
- Retirement Rich List: 314 Have IRAs Averaging $258 Million Each, GAO Estimates (Janet Novack, Forbes) Tax deferred savings plans were introduced to help Joe Sixpack save for a better retirement. It turns out that Joseph Cognac has made a pretty go of such savings plans. The CBO has estimated that just 314 individuals now have a total of $81 billion in such plans, an average of $258 million each. This number is up more than 3-fold from the estimate made just three years ago. For how Joe Sixpack is doing see the just published article at GEI News: Retirement Savings: Nearly 75% of Potential Wasted.
- Recent articles about Scotland Independence Vote :
Brass Balls or Marshmallows: What’s Beneath a Scottish Kilt? (Doomstead Diner)
Beauty and terror divide Scots (Financial Times)
Scottish independence: Three new polls show narrow lead for No campaign (City A.M.) Hat tip to Ian R. Campbell.
The Economics of Scotland’s Choice (The New York Times)
Ten Things to Know About Scotland’s Independence Referendum (NBC News) Hat tip to Ian R. Campbell.
- Articles about wars elsewhere in the world:
US approves plan to arm Syrian rebels (Financial Times)
Russia Praises Ukraine’s Autonomy Law for Rebel Areas (The Wall Street Journal)
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