What do we think? — tanya b.
Dowling Duncan and redesigning the American Dollar:
Why the size?
We have kept the width the same as the existing dollars. However we have changed the size of the note so that the one dollar is shorter and the 100 dollar is the longest. When stacked on top of each other it is easy to see how much money you have. It also makes it easier for the visually impaired to distinguish between notes.
Why a vertical format?
When we researched how notes are used we realized people tend to handle and deal with money vertically rather than horizontally. You tend to hold a wallet or purse vertically when searching for notes. The majority of people hand over notes vertically when making purchases. All machines accept notes vertically. Therefore a vertical note makes more sense.
Why different colors?
It’s one of the strongest ways graphically to distinguish one note from another.
Why these designs?
We wanted a concept behind the imagery so that the image directly relates to the value of each note. We also wanted the notes to be educational, not only for those living in America but visitors as well. Each note uses a black and white image depicting a particular aspect of American history and culture. They are then overprinted with informational graphics or a pattern relating to that particular image.
$1 – The first African American president
$5 – The five biggest native American tribes
$10 – The bill of rights, the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution
$20 – 20th Century America
$50 – The 50 States of America
$100 – The first 100 days of President Franklin Roosevelt. During this time he led the congress to pass more important legislations than most presidents pass in their entire term. This helped fight the economic crises at the time of the great depression. Ever since, every new president has been judged on how well they have done during the first 100 days of their term.
Please do this, except replace the $1 note with a coin and get rid of the penny.
Haha! — Tanya Ballard Brown
I know. That makes me old.
Some good satire on a Friday night.
The next global trade war
The U.S. is already up in arms over the EU plan to charge all airlines for carbon emissions
Full Story: Global Post
US business and government is more than happy to set up unbalanced trade “agreements” around the world merely for the sake of increasing their own profits. But now that the EU is establishing a plan that actually has a legitimate reason behind it, US business and government throws a fit. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
Stop Coddling the Super-Rich
Paul Higgins: Warren Buffet in the New York Times : Finally someone who will lose from being taxed at a higher rate advocating that it should be done and puncturing the myth about that resulting in poorer investment and job creation:
“OUR leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.” But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. They, too, were left untouched.
While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks. Some of us are investment managers who earn billions from our daily labors but are allowed to classify our income as “carried interest,” thereby getting a bargain 15 percent tax rate. Others own stock index futures for 10 minutes and have 60 percent of their gain taxed at 15 percent, as if they’d been long-term investors.
These and other blessings are showered upon us by legislators in Washington who feel compelled to protect us, much as if we were spotted owls or some other endangered species. It’s nice to have friends in high places.
Last year my federal tax bill — the income tax I paid, as well as payroll taxes paid by me and on my behalf — was $6,938,744. That sounds like a lot of money. But what I paid was only 17.4 percent of my taxable income — and that’s actually a lower percentage than was paid by any of the other 20 people in our office. Their tax burdens ranged from 33 percent to 41 percent and averaged 36 percent……………”
Full Story: New York Times
This is why I love Warren Buffet, a man who knows his success is due to a system, and who feels the only right thing to do is to pay back into that system. Warren Buffet is one if my heroes, not for his wealth or business sense, but for his sense of responsibility and heart of gratitude.
I got this email once from some lawyer in Nigeria and when I opened it and clicked the link, the same email was sent it to everyone in my contact list. I thought, hey, this is a pretty smart and simple marketing technique. When I send out this email to the 4,000 people, I want it to automatically forward to everyone in their contact list. Can you have this done for me by tomorrow?
Clients from hell is always entertaining, but this one is mind-blowing.
chinchillsterswigger asked: what kind of stuff?
I think I made that quite clear, but I am looking of more descriptions of stuff if you have any suggestions.
Photo with 2 notes
Soundgarden was great on Tuesday night. This was taken during the encore performance of Like Suicide. I never got to see them live back in the day, although I did see Chris Cornell on a solo tour four years ago. Glad they are back together so I could finally see Soundgarden Proper.
Now you can buy groceries using augmented reality, in South Korean subway stations
Called E-Marts, these virtual stores are stocked by supermarkets like European grocery store giant Tesco and Home Plus - but they sell their goods via glowing pictures on subway platforms. Shoppers waiting for a train can simply look at the walls to view potential groceries, scan the respective QR codes with their smartphone, and then have their groceries delivered by the time they reach their homes.
Paul Higgins: a great example of how technology can change a market. They have replicated the real life store - all the products are the same. For the time poor use of 5 minutes on the train station could be a godsend and change behaviour. Another example of reducing the time between stimulus and action (not always a good thing)
Full Story: io9
Whole Foods: Do this now. Or if you are another supermarket that wants to steal me away from Whole Foods, you can do this now. DC Metro is waiting for your call.
The Woman With The Pink Gun of the Day: In a recent report filed by Arizona Republic reporter Richard Ruelas, a claim is made that Arizona state Sen. Lori Klein (R-LD6) — a staunch gun rights advocate noted for carrying a loaded handgun into the state Capitol two days after the Tucson shooting — pointed her raspberry-pink .380 Ruger at Ruelas to “[show] off the laser sighting.”
According to Ruelas, Klein told him the gun has no safety but there was no need to worry because she doesn’t have her hand on the trigger.
Klein has since released a statement claiming it was Ruelas who put himself “in the line of the laser sight” during the demonstration by “[sitting] down in the sofa in front of me.”
Ruelas disputes this, as do his notes and recordings: “[A]t one point [on the recordings], Klein tells the photographer that she had pointed the gun at Ruelas, and Ruelas said the same thing as the two talked over each other on the tape recording.”
[azcentral: 1,2 / npr.]
It’s OK because it was pink.
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