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  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 4:24 PM ET

The 'Rabbit Conspiracy'

Posted By: Ash Bennington
Singapore Celebrates Chinese New Year
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Singapore Celebrates Chinese New Year

I'm beginning to wonder if the meaning of The Year of The Rabbit isn't something of a secret.

Today, as you likely already know, is the Chinese Lunar New Year: And 2011 is the Year of The Rabbit.

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  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 3:33 PM ET

Life's Not Really That Bad, Dr. Helen

Posted By: Ash Bennington

Dr. Helen Smith is a forensic psychologist in Knoxville, Tennessee "who enjoys commenting on popular culture, politics and psychological issues."

Not long ago, I caught her attention with a short post I wrote for CNBC entitled: College Freshmen: Life Sucks.

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  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 3:15 PM ET

Kenneth Cole's Cairo Gaffe Invites Cyber-Toge

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco

Looks like Kenneth Cole's impolitic tweet about Egypt has become a flashpoint for brand cyber-toge.

A new Twitter account called "KennethColePR" was opened up today, shortly after Cole's Cairo Uproar tweet. It's obviously not an official Kenneth Cole account. In fact, it seems that the main purpose of the account is to mock Kenneth Cole's Cairo gaffe.

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  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 2:42 PM ET

Hofmeister: If Oil Production Shuts Down in Egypt—Oil Will Go up $20 to $30 a Barrel 

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco

The commodities markets are running scared as images of unrest in Egypt dominate tv screens around the world. Just how high can black gold go? I asked that question to John Hofmeister former President and COE of U.S. Operations of Shell Oil and Founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy.

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  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 2:26 PM ET

Biased Study Claims Obamacare Opponents Are Dumb

Posted By: John Carney
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A new study of public beliefs about the health care reform law demonstrates that many Americans have false impressions about some of its provisions.

This won’t come as a shock to anyone who is familiar with the facts of widespread public ignorance and error. We’ve long known that the public substitutes distorted and simplistic stereotypes for knowledge of political facts. Seventy percent of the public doesn’t know the names of either of their state’s senators, for example. During the height of the Cold War, 62 percent of the US public didn’t realize the Soviet Union was not a member of NATO.

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  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 1:51 PM ET

Kenneth Cole Puts Well-Heeled Foot in Mouth

Posted By: John Carney

Famously outspoken shoemaker Kenneth Cole says he writes all the tweets signed "KC" that come from the @KennethCole Twitter account.

Kenneth Cole on Twitter
Kenneth Cole on Twitter

Which means he has no one to blame but himself for the outrage over a tweet sent out earlier today claiming that the "uproar in Cairo" was the result of Egyptians finding out that the new spring shoe collection was available online.

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  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 12:46 PM ET

Give Me More Money! UBS Delays Bonuses Because Senior Execs Say Bonus Pool Is Too Small

Posted By: Cadie Thompson

Looks like the top guys over at UBS are going to bat for their team—fighting management to expand the bonus pool.

UBS has delayed 2010 bonuses because senior executives have deemed the bonus pool "unworkable" and they need time to plea for more money.

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  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 12:12 PM ET

College Kids Are Barbarians

Posted By: Ash Bennington
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College students are barely civilized barbarians who are fundamentally lacking in the basic skills required to succeed as human beings.

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  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 11:39 AM ET

What You Missed at Davos: A Fashion Fix


While black might be the fashion color of choice in New York, the well-heeld group at the World Economic Forum stuck to a more neutral palette of greys, camel and navy.

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  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 11:10 AM ET

The Worst Word in American Journalism: 'Fluid'

Posted By: Ash Bennington
Valerie Everett

Joe Weisenthal, of Business Insider , sent out the following offhand tweet yesterday: "Pro tip: If you're on the ground in a riot zone, be sure to always sign off by describing the situation as 'fluid'"

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