The Swedish JAK bank
(site in Swedish) is, in effect, a strongly ethics-driven co-operative bank which has declined to have any external commercial interests. It lends money to its approx 30,000 members free of charge, and has managed to stay in business doing so since 1965. Wikipedia has more
Also; Documentary about JAK on YouTube
, part 3
, part 4
posted by SharQ
on Mar 11, 2009 -
They are known as “quants” because they do quantitative finance. Seduced by a vision of mathematical elegance underlying some of the messiest of human activities, they apply skills they once hoped to use to untangle string theory or the nervous system to making money.
"They Tried to Outsmart Wall Street
." [spoiler inside] [more inside]
posted by dersins
on Mar 10, 2009 -
Ecstasy's long-term effects revealed.
"Enough time has finally elapsed to start asking if ecstasy damages health in the long term. According to the biggest review ever undertaken
, it causes slight memory difficulties and mild depression, but these rarely translate into problems in the real world. While smaller studies show that some individuals have bigger problems, including weakened immunity and larger memory deficits, so far, for most people, ecstasy seems to be nowhere near as harmful over time as you may have been led to believe." [Via]
posted by homunculus
on Feb 12, 2009 -
-- thoroughly cataloging each day's depressing layoff news, from the very small
companies to the very large
, and updated several times a day. (But there's also a small section of the site devoted to news of companies and government org's that are hiring.)
posted by Asparagirl
on Feb 2, 2009 -
"Civilization is Just a Thin Veneer. In the absence of law and order, men quickly revert to savagery. As was illustrated by the rioting and looting that accompanied disasters in the past three decades, the transition from tranquility to absolute barbarism can occur overnight. People expect tomorrow to be just like today, and they act accordingly. But then comes a unpredictable disaster that catches the vast majority unprepared. The average American family has four days worth of food on hand. When that food is gone, we'll soon see the thin veneer stripped away
." [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Jan 28, 2009 -
TARP, SSFIP, EESA, CPP, TALF, MMIFF... Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the new acronyms coming out of the US Treasury Department lately? Here's a handy PDF reference guide
to untangling the US government efforts to rescue banks, financial corporations, and other companies.
posted by Asparagirl
on Dec 29, 2008 -
Polly wants a Prozac. Fred the Parrot
tries to bite his neck off after his owner dies, vets prescribe bird-friendly anti-depressants.
posted by BrnP84
on Nov 20, 2008 -
Suppose you have a problem with your thinking, your mood, or your relationships. Come in, sit down, and let the internet help. Meet MoodGym
and its newer sister site, e-couch
. [more inside]
posted by sondrialiac
on Jun 15, 2008 -
How depressing is your job?
The Office of Applied Studies, a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, released a report ranking various occupations in order of the number of depressive episodes experienced by workers. "Personal Care & Service" occupations (defined by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics here
) top the list. One wonders if these are the occupations contributing to the growth of the so-called "service economy," and if so, are we heading for a deepening national malaise?
posted by univac
on Oct 13, 2007 -
Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton
was coaxed by her sister at the age of 68 to take a blind contour drawing
class in Ottawa, Kansas, in order to possibly help alleviate her 35-year bout with clinical depression. By the time of her death in 1993, her work (article includes quicktime link of Elizabeth discussing her work and photo gallery)
had been shown in several museums, including the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art, and celebrated as an honest depiction of aging, mental health, and feminist issues (google book link)
in the US. [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete
on Oct 4, 2007 -
Positive self-deception is a normal
In 1988, psychologists Shelly Taylor and Jonathon Brown published an article making the somewhat disturbing claim that positive self-deception is a normal and beneficial part of most people’s everyday outlook.
posted by punkfloyd
on Jun 19, 2007 -
Anti-depressants increase suicide risk in young adults, FDA warns.
"When results are analyzed by age, it becomes clear that there is an elevated risk for suicidality and suicidal behavior among adults younger than 25 years of age that approaches that seen in the pediatric population." More here
This follows the FDA finding that anti-depressants increased the risk of suicide in young children. The FDA now requires manufacturers of anti-depressants to include warnings, and plans to meet on Dec 13 to discuss the findings further.
posted by shivohum
on Dec 12, 2006 -