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January 7, 2010

Artfully maneuvering among interviews of banking officials and culprits of credit card debt, The Wizards of Consumer Lending, a PBS documentary, shows some of the most subtle - and not so subtle - tricks that have earned the credit industry billions over the past half-century, at the expense of the consumer. And Shailesh Mehta, former CEO of the ill-reputed Providian, talks about the "credit protection" services Providian offered to compete in the industry.

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December 7, 2009

A little theory should go a long way in providing a “beware” sign for investors and workers who lined up to take part in the UAE’s economic boom in 2007. And one of the surest signs should have been: be cautious of a modern Government without an income tax.Only last year 20 MBA students went with the international experience to Dubai and Abu Dhabi for two weeks in January.

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December 4, 2009

To understand the educational experience at the London School of Economics one need only consider the school’s motto: to know the causes of things. Not surprisingly, knowing the causes of things predicates an understanding of theory – often in too short supply these days. Far from simply justifying events from the past, the true value in theory lies in its ability to predict and understand future events.

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August 30, 2009

Accross the street from my office in Vancouver lies the oldest motorcycle dealership in Canada, Trev Deeley motorcycles. Unable to fight another impulse not to look at the beckoning showroom, I stopped by one day last week. There is an attached museum at the shop, which for the past six months has brought over 250 classic bikes together for an exhibition on the history of the Bristish motorcycle industry (including T.E Lawrence's - of Arabia - 1928 Brough Superior).

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June 29, 2009

It’s been four weeks, and already I feel a keens sense of the common enthusiasm that’s been building towards Canada Day, with an inaugural fireworks display over the Vancouver bay – best to be watched by slow boat cruise with friends, of course. This summer holiday holds something special for British Columbia, as the northern province is also marking 8 months until the 2010 Olympics.

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April 30, 2009

Who knew Connecticut had so many trails? Surely not myself, a California transplant who only bought a road bike for the first time 10 months prior. Had you asked me two years ago I would have made a twelfth grader blush with my knowledge of New England geography, oblivious to the forested countryside that lay within minutes of the post-industrial potholes of New Haven. Sleeping Giant? Tyler Mill Run? Regicide Trail?

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April 9, 2009

With the rise of wordpress and similar blogging software, SOM is enabling student clubs to run and manage interactive Web 2.0 domains. One of the first to appear is the portal to the School of Management's volunteer, student-run café, better known as Food For Thought - or FFT in the acronym-loving world of business short-cuts (ALWBSC).The new site offers students an easy way to sign up for volunteer shifts, comment and upload photos of musical events and other activities.

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April 3, 2009

Coming from the comfortable anonymity offered by some thirty thousand students during my undergrad, I knew the tight community of SOM would present a radically different class bonding experience. And one of the most rewarding features of a small school is not only do you get to meet the dean personally, but the dean knows you. I say this in all seriousness, because Sharon Oster is renowned for her near perfect memory of names and faces, never lacking a lively personal story about any student, faculty member or alumni.

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