Why You Should Buy Disney When Miley Cyrus Shows Some Skin

Photo:Mike Schmid, Creative Commons, Flickr It really cracks me up to hear talking heads on TV proclaiming that Miley Cyrus threatens Disney’s "wholesome image." On the surface Disney (DIS – Last trade $32.43) might seem wholesome, but don’t be fooled. Everyone knows that ol’ Uncle Walt was a probably a right-wing bigot, and don’t forget…

Recommended Reading: April 30, 2008

What excessive pay package? CEO compensation gone wild… The notion that two consecutive quarters of negative growth spell the descent into economic recession is a big myth, says Gerard Barker at The London Times. Only 18% of the world’s population have access to a free press according to Freedom House, an American think-tank. Climate change…

10 Cheap Stocks Under $10

I collaborated with David Neubert to come up with a list of the best stocks under $10, but the first thing he said was, “Most stocks under $10 are ones that have problems.” All of the stocks on his list are speculative. “Just buying stocks with low prices is not a very smart strategy. There…

Recommended Reading: April 29, 2008

How to win the war on global warming, according to Time Magazine. An excellent list of statistics: What’s happening in the world right now? Energy experts have dismissed the presidential candidates’ plans for lowering gas prices, and say it’ll be a decade before we can exert downward pressure on the price of gas. Come on…

Will the Food Crisis End When Credit Markets Recover?

The G7 economic ministers recently said that shortages and skyrocketing food prices posed a potentially greater threat to economic and political stability than the turmoil in capital markets. But are they making a mistake by assuming that the credit crunch and food crisis are unrelated? What if there is a connection between soaring agricultural commodities…

On Superpowers and Climate Change

Since the dawn of the second half of the 20th century the United States has largely maintained its position as the world’s dominant superpower. America has successfully led the charge against the spread of communism, built the most advanced military, put a man on the moon, and accelerated global commerce. We have stood up to…

The 2008 Proxy Voting Preview

Photo:NacRonin47, Creative Commons, Flickr There are many different types of socially conscious investing, but a particularly effective method is proxy voting, where shareholders instigate change from within. Individual investors have the power to influence the way a company or a fund does business. And foundations, especially, can leverage their influence to ensure that the companies…

What is Proxy Voting?

One of the items that is getting increasing play right now is proxy voting. Indeed, spring is considered a proxy voting "season" of sorts, since this is when shareholder meetings are held and decisions regarding corporate governance and social responsibility are made. But what is proxy voting and why does it matter?

North American Union and Rampant Poverty: One Step Closer

Photo:~Hypatia~, Creative Commons, Flickr Last Tuesday, for the umpteenth time – though this time publicly – the leaders of Canada, Mexico and the U.S. met to try to prevail over more sensible heads (including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) who want to amend, and possibly abrogate, NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Recommended Reading: April 24, 2008

European and Japanese leaders at their annual summit in Tokyo have called for "ambitious and binding" targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. At a time when the world’s top climate experts agree that carbon emissions must be rapidly reduced to hold down global warming, Italy’s major electricity producer, Enel, is converting its massive power plant…

Recommended Reading: April 23, 2008

Oil prices rose above $116 a barrel last week, setting another record for the world’s most indispensable energy commodity. What was striking about this latest milestone was what didn’t happen: there was no shortage of oil, no sudden embargo, no exporter turning off its spigot. The subprime mortgage crisis in technicolor. An innovative website using…

Recommended Reading: April 22, 2008

If you have 30 minutes to spare, watch Al Gore’s brand-new slideshow. He presents evidence that the pace of climate change may be even worse than scientists were recently predicting, and challenges us to act with a sense of "generational mission" – the kind of feeling that brought forth the civil rights movement – to…

The Energies of Earth Day

While much has changed since Earth Day was founded, unfortunately much has remained the same. The US is once again engaged in war, people still drive gas guzzling vehicles, and we all waste far too much of the Earth’s resources.

Recommended Reading: April 21, 2008

What happens when one of the world’s largest banks reports a multi-billion dollar loss? The stock shoots up, of course. The "Citi applause was premature," says Antony Currie at BreakingViews.com. Click here to read another brilliant piece written by Anatole Kaletsky at The London Times. "There is, however, another apparent consequence of the credit crunch…