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A ‘rigged’ game of Monopoly reveals how feeling wealthy changes our behavior

The dramatic changes observed in these Monopoly experiments corroborated well with other research onducted on wealth and what’s known as prosociality (our tendency to cooperate with others and generally concern ourselves with others’ well-being). These previous studies sought to answer a basic question: of two groups — rich and poor…

Steve Jobs to be deposed in iTunes antitrust suit

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – A federal judge has cleared the way for Apple’s ailing leader Steve Jobs to be deposed in a class-action lawsuit charging the iPod maker turned iTunes into a digital music monopoly. US Magistrate Judge Howard Lloyd ruled on Monday that attorneys for the plaintiffs may question…

ACLU: DEA’s politics are keeping cannabis-based medicines off shelves

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) does not commonly take an active role in matters pertaining to the drug war, but in the case of Dr. Lyle E. Craker, a professor at the University of Massachusetts, outspoken is certainly one way to describe their position. Craker’s name might sound familiar…

Dem who called for Fla. governor to be shot now pleads for ‘civility’

Republicans do not hold a monopoly on violent political rhetoric. A former Democratic congressman, who recently called for Florida’s new Republican Governor Rick Scott to be “shot,” now wants to restore “civility” in public discourse. “We all lose an element of freedom when security considerations distance public officials from the…

Ron Paul: Fed ‘monopoly’ could be broken if Americans use gold, silver as currency

As the incoming chairman of the House monetary policy subcommittee, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) will hold the bully pulpit when it comes to the nation’s money woes. He’s not wasting any time getting right to the heart of the matter. The libertarian-leaning conservative has long been a critic of the…

Monopoly makers tell Senate hopeful Sharron Angle to ‘cease and desist’

Do not pass go, do not collect $200. The makers of Monopoly, known the world over for its top-hatted moneyman, filed a cease-and-desist letter with Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle Monday, accusing her of breaching the game’s copyright by using a likeness of the game board on one of…

Limbaugh unwittingly praises socialized medicine, again

Right-wing radio talker Rush Limbaugh must be confused. During a recent broadcast, he vowed to “go to Costa Rica” if President Obama is successful in passing his health reform legislation. Most assumed he meant the statement in the vein of his promise to leave New York City over its tax…

MSNBC host berates Democratic lawmaker over soaring insurance stocks

MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan shouted down Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) after she couldn’t answer why insurance stocks have increased since major reforms have been stripped from health care legislation. The health care reform bill “does very little to bring real choice and competition to the insurance market place,” explained Ratigan.…

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