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Online Interactions Can Lead to Risky Financial Decision-Making, Study Suggests

People who participate in online communities are more likely to make risky financial decisions, according to a new study from researchers at Rice University, the University of British Columbia and the University of Zurich.

The study, “Does Online Community Participation Foster Risky Financial Behavior?,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Marketing Research. . . . → Read More: Online Interactions Can Lead to Risky Financial Decision-Making, Study Suggests

Petitioned to ban new Monsanto GMO corn

By Carey Gillam

<snip> “Consumers deserve to know what’s in their food, especially when there is a pesticide in every bite,” said Charles Margulis of the Center for Environmental Health. “This whole, unprocessed corn has been spliced with genes that produce a risky, untested insecticide. Parents should be informed when food on supermarket shelves has . . . → Read More: Petitioned to ban new Monsanto GMO corn

‘Occupy Wall Street’: A media blackout?

Has the spirit of the Arab Spring come to Wall Street, or are the protesters just anarchists looking for trouble? It started in Lower Manhattan. A handful of protesters descended on Wall Street calling themselves representatives of ‘the 99 per cent’ – the majority of Americans who feel unfairly treated by an economic system in . . . → Read More: ‘Occupy Wall Street’: A media blackout?

Biofuels, Speculation Blamed for Global Food Market Weirdness

By Brandon Keim

A new analysis of sudden rises in global food prices puts the blame on biofuel policy and mortgage-meltdown-style speculation, which may have fundamentally changed how food markets function.

Many other explanations have been proposed, and the latest analysis — a series of mathematical models and statistical evaluations that seem to match theory . . . → Read More: Biofuels, Speculation Blamed for Global Food Market Weirdness

Nature’s Own Stimulus Package: 7 Ways to Improve Our Lives in Tough Economic Times

By Rick Louv

For many stressed-out families, spending more time in the natural world — a nature stimulus package — may be just what the doctor and the economist ordered. Here are a few of the benefits, updated from an earlier post:

1. With high gas prices, families are rediscovering both the joy and the . . . → Read More: Nature’s Own Stimulus Package: 7 Ways to Improve Our Lives in Tough Economic Times

Money Folk Magic From Around the World

By Patti Wigington

For hundreds of years, people have used magic to bring abundance and wealth of one type or another into their lives. Let’s look at some of the various customs involving money around the world.

In parts of the Ozarks, it is believed that you’ll soon receive a letter with money in it . . . → Read More: Money Folk Magic From Around the World

Supporting Pagan Shops

By Patti Wigington

Many towns and cities are home to Pagan shops, but unfortunately they tend to come and go. It’s a rare Pagan shop indeed that lasts more than a few years – your favorite store may be there one day, and vanish the next. That’s partly because, like any small independent business – . . . → Read More: Supporting Pagan Shops

Pagan Living on a Budget

By Patti Wigington

In tight economic times, people are cutting way back on their spending. Most folks are eliminating the expenses that they consider unnecessary or frivolous. After all, no one wants to have to choose between paying the electric bill or buying food. One of the first places that Pagans and Wiccans tend to . . . → Read More: Pagan Living on a Budget

Opening a Pagan Business

What to Know Before You Start

By Patti Wigington

While a Pagan-based business may be similar to other start-up businesses in many respects, there are also a few key issues that Pagan entrepreneurs have to face which may be non-existent for their non-Pagan counterparts. If you’re thinking of starting up your own Pagan-based business, such . . . → Read More: Opening a Pagan Business

Pagans and Home Selling

By Patti Wigington

A reader writes, “I’ve been trying to sell my house but I’m having some trouble. My realtor is trying to get me to “hide all that witch stuff,” but I don’t think I should have to, because I’m proud to be Wiccan and I don’t hide it. I feel like my realtor . . . → Read More: Pagans and Home Selling