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    Merchant Category Codes (MCC Codes) Who, What, When, Where, Why

    Merchant Category Codes (MCC Codes) Who, What, When, Where, Why

    Visa Commercial Solutions Merchant Category Codes for IRS Form 1099-MISC Reporting Check this document to confirm that your business is receiving Visa credit card rewards points back for the appropriate categories of spending. The document contains frequently asked questions and a list of all Merchant Category Codes. View PDF Document Here Author’s Site

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    Liberal vs. Conservative – Freedom vs. Equality – interesting Graphic Representation of Left vs. Right thinking

    Liberal vs. Conservative – Freedom vs. Equality – interesting Graphic Representation of Left vs. Right thinking

    Left vs Right NEW: Limited edition signed prints of this image now available the Left vs Right political spectrum. A collaboration between David McCandless and information artist Stefanie Posavec, taken from my book The Visual Miscellaneum (out Nov 10th).   Of course, the political spectrum is not quite so polarised. Actually, it’s more of a […]

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    America moves Left while most First World countries move Right

    America moves Left while most First World countries move Right

    A Left-Wing America Stands Alone American progressives like to think of their country as backward and reactionary compared to Europe. And they have never been more right than now when Europe and the rest of the First World have gone right while America under Obama has been left back. In America Alone, Mark Steyn envisioned […]

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    2014 worst company in america

    2014 Worst Companys in America

    Congratulations To Comcast, Your 2014 Worst Company In America! Source: Consumerist Four years since winning its first Worst Company tournament, Comcast’s doubted that the Kabletown Krusher could ever regain that 2010 form. But after a few years of letting others hold the title, Comcast was fiercely intent on bringing a second Golden Poo to its Philadelphia […]

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    Customer Retention

    Advice You Should Be Giving Your Sales Managers

    Customer Retention   Your business is nothing without its clients. Whether you provide products or services, you won’t survive unless individuals or other businesses keep interested in your offerings and want to pay for them. In a difficult economy, your sales personnel fight a constant battle with competitors for new customers and to retain current clients – […]

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    Truth in Caller ID Act, FCC Rules re Spoofing and Blocking

    Truth in Caller ID Act, FCC Rules re Spoofing and Blocking

    Federal Communications Commission FCC 11-100 Full PDF Version Is Available to view/download here In this Report and Order, the Commission adopts rules implementing the Truth in Caller ID Act. The Truth in Caller ID Act and the implementing rules prohibit any person or entity from knowingly altering or manipulating caller identification information with intent to […]

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    Largest Retailers in the World – US companies (with Research Indexes)

    Largest Retailers in the World – US companies (with Research Indexes)

    Top 100 U.S. Based Retail Companies on World’s Largest Retail List The U.S. maintains it dominance in global retailing on the 2014 list of all world’s largest U.S. retail chains.  With seven new American retail chains joining the world’s largest retailer list, now 33% of the 250 largest retail companies in the world are based […]

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    Reference - Comparison Table of Survey Methods and Possible Outcomes

    Reference – Comparison Table of Survey Methods and Possible Outcomes

    Marketing Surveys / Data Collection Methods – Compare / Pros and Cons With customer surveys and market research, the more information you collect, the better. But, different markets, methods, times, and demographics penetrate differently. The more channels you use, the more customers will respond; but, at what expense and with what certainty? Here is a […]

New Antibiotics – UK commission to study antibiotic resistance

New Antibiotics – UK commission to study antibiotic resistance

U.K.’s Cameron Forms Review Into Antibiotic Resistance Source: Bloomberg Author: Makiko Kitamura U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is forming a panel of experts to review the threat of antibiotic resistance and why so few drug makers are developing new medicines to address the problem. The panel will be led by economist Jim O’Neill and include […]

Justice Statistics re prison rape Win Survey Award

Justice Statistics re prison rape Win Survey Award

Bureau Of Justice Statistics Receives Policy Impact Award Source:Digital Journal The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and its data collection agents will receive the 2014 Policy Impact Award from the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) for their innovative and salient efforts to measure sexual victimization in correctional facilities under the Prison Rape Elimination […]

Another Example HIPAA violation – Failure to deactivate a personal computer on the server

Another Example HIPAA violation – Failure to deactivate a personal computer on the server

$4.8 million – largest HIPAA settlement to date Source: Lexology Author: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP On May 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a press release announcing that two health care organizations—New York and Presbyterian Hospital (“NYP”) and Columbia University (“CU”)—agreed to resolve charges that they potentially […]

Holy See's bank troubles? Or are audits working?

Holy See’s bank troubles? Or are audits working?

Vatican bank reforms lead to rise in reports of suspicious transactions Vatican body attributes rise to keener vigilance prompted by reforms at scandal-ridden Institute for Works of Religion Source: The Guardian The number of reports of suspicious financial transactions at the Vatican leapt to 202 in 2013 from six the previous year, its Financial Information […]

Ranking is a Core Value of Education

Ranking is a Core Value of Education

Why we need to rank professional educational institute Source: BusinessToday Author: Abhishek Agrawal Students should be at the heart of any education system. The education system should be build not only to award degrees and diplomas, but also to help students excel in their lives, especially in their professional pursuits. If taken holistically, this process […]

OCC, FDIC and Federal Reserve Regulation and Policy Changes (May 2014)

OCC, FDIC and Federal Reserve Regulation and Policy Changes (May 2014)

Financial services update June 2 2014 banking agency developments OCC to Rotate Examiners On May 28th, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) announced it will establish a formal rotation program for all examiners and formalize an enterprise risk management framework that will involve developing a risk appetite statement, creating a decision-tree process, […]

Los Angeles sues Big Banks over Real Estate Tax losses

Los Angeles sues Big Banks over Real Estate Tax losses

City attorney takes aim at big banks Source: latimes.com Author: Michael Hiltzik Much of what Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer alleges in his lawsuits against four big banks for their mortgage and foreclosure practices isn’t debatable. In his latest lawsuit filed May 30 against JP Morgan Chase, Feuer alleges that mortgage lenders swarmed into […]

Department of Energy corporation violates Atomic Energy Act

Department of Energy corporation violates Atomic Energy Act

Report: Government violated laws to prop up struggling U.S. uranium enrichment firm USEC Source: washingtonpost.com Author: Steven Mufson The Energy Department, in an effort to prop up a troubled uranium enrichment company, arranged for uranium transfers that failed to comply with laws about fair pricing, national security determinations and limits to prevent the department from […]

Prosecuting Leaks – An in-depth discussion of the Pros and Cons

Prosecuting Leaks – An in-depth discussion of the Pros and Cons

Why It Shouldn’t Be Criminal to Report Government Secrets Source: theatlantic.com Author: Conor Friedersdorf Prosecuting journalists imposes huge costs, yields scant benefits, and is mostly pointless in an era when anyone can reach a mass audience. Should the government be permitted to prosecute journalists for revealing classified information? Damon Linker of The Week has joined […]

The Impacts of Corruption - Correlation Data and Policy Considerations

The Impacts of Corruption – Correlation Data and Policy Considerations

Working Group on Security and Corruption Source: http://carnegieendowment.org Systemic corruption has an unrecognized bearing on international security. Policymakers and private companies often pay insufficient attention to corruption when deciding what foreign and defense policies to pursue or where to invest. Greater understanding of the nature of acute corruption and its impact on global security would […]

Example TCPA Violation – LA Clippers, $600k in attorney fees

Example TCPA Violation – LA Clippers, $600k in attorney fees

TCPA settlement: Clippers fans want tickets, not texts Source: lexology.com Author: Barry M. Benjamin and Jeremy A. Schachter The Los Angeles Clippers are in the news again: this time for an ill-advised promotional text message marketing campaign. Fans filed a class action suit against the pro basketball team in February 2013, after the team sent […]

Report on Bevilles Jewelry - Insight into Retail Operations and Restructuring

Report on Bevilles Jewelry – Insight into Retail Operations and Restructuring

Valuable lessons from the Bevilles collapse   Source: jewellermagazine.com Author: Coleby Nicholson When Bevilles collapsed owing $14 million, and being the first major jewellery retailer to fail in 18 years, the chance to dissect a disaster was too good to pass up. The recent collapse of the 27-store jewellery chain Bevilles caught many by surprise, […]

What countries supply critical raw materials? – Producers and Importers to the EU

What countries supply critical raw materials? – Producers and Importers to the EU

The European Critical Raw Materials review Source: europa.eu Author: European Commission – MEMO/14/377   26/05/2014 Raw materials are fundamental to Europe’s economy, and they are essential for maintaining and improving our quality of life. Recent years have seen a rapid growth in the number of materials used across products. Securing reliable and undistorted access of […]

Common Franchising Mistakes – A checklist of things for Franchisees to think about

Common Franchising Mistakes – A checklist of things for Franchisees to think about

13 Mistakes New Franchisees Make — And How To Avoid Them Source: Forbes Author: Karsten Strauss On its face, opening a franchise may seem like a simple way to run your own business. But beware, rarely is business simple and in the franchise world the business is never really yours. Recently I had the chance to […]

What is a common-crime charge? Or, How to lock people up without International pressure

What is a common-crime charge? Or, How to lock people up without International pressure

China hits activists with common-crime charges Source: DIDI TANG Author: Associated Press In prosecuting the country’s political and social activists, an image-conscious Beijing is shifting its tactics. Beijing is increasingly using public disorder charges to lock up those it considers as nuisances or threats to its rule, rather than filing charges of inciting state subversion […]

Current ACSI score declines - Cable, TV, ISP; Mobile Satisfaction increases

Current ACSI score declines – Cable, TV, ISP; Mobile Satisfaction increases

Comcast, TWC haunt bottom of ACSI’s customer satisfaction index Source: Fierce Cable Author: Jim Barthold Potential partners Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) were cellar dwellers in both the pay-TV service provider and ISP category of the recent American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) of communications industries. Comcast nailed a pay-TV score of […]