Amazon’s HQ2 Announced

Amazon’s HQ2 Announced

Posted by on Nov 26, 2018 in Current Events, Economics | No Comments

The coming holiday season means, among other things, Amazon boxes on doorsteps and Amazon trucks on the highway. For many of us, it can be hard to remember a time before the online shopping giant. Ever since Amazon announced that they would be building a second U.S. headquarters–known as HQ2–cities large and small have been […]

Stock Market Plummets: Crisis or Capitalism?

Stock Market Plummets: Crisis or Capitalism?

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Economics | No Comments

On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost more than 1,500 points (more than 6%). This was the worst fall in six years, and at one point, the biggest one-day drop in history. So should we panic? What Caused the Plunge? The drop wasn’t caused by any one fundamental thing. Instead, there were a number […]

Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline (Again)

Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline (Again)

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Economics, United States | No Comments

Last year, btw wanted to know your thoughts about the Keystone XL Pipeline. Earlier this month, President Obama formally rejected the permit that would allow its completion. Let’s take a closer look about what has happened and what it means. Pipeline Timeline It begins with TransCanada, the company that wants to build a 1,179-mile pipeline […]

Recalling Recalls

Recalling Recalls

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Economics, Top Stories | No Comments

Pretty much any product you can purchase–food, a car seat, or medicine, for example–can be subject to a recall. This means that a significant and hazardous defect in the product has been identified and and action is taken by the company to alert the public that a particular product might cause injury or damage. Last […]

The Economics of Terrorist Groups

The Economics of Terrorist Groups

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Economics, Top Stories, World, World History | No Comments

Last month, btw published news of “cultural vandalism” committed by the Islamic State (which is variously referred to as IS, ISIS, and ISIL). The extremist group appeared to have destroyed ancient artifacts in the Middle East because the objects were viewed as religiously offensive. However, there is growing evidence to suggest that ISIS has been […]

Shored Up: West Coast Labor Dispute

Shored Up: West Coast Labor Dispute

It is easy to take for granted how our goods make their way to us. That is, until something happens that grinds the process to a halt. This happened all along the West Coast as a nine-month old dispute involving dockworkers and shipping companies caused a major disruption in international trade. The ordeal recently ended […]

Examining the European Debt Crisis

Examining the European Debt Crisis

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Economics, Understanding Economics, World | No Comments

The overall economy of Europe is in big trouble. For the past three years, the European countries bound together by economics have been engaged in ongoing talks over the best way to solve current problems and devise solutions for the future. To understand what is happening, btw brings you a big-picture view. The Brief History […]

A Turkey of a Day

A Turkey of a Day

Dedicated btw fans know that we have posted about the history of the presidential turkey pardon in the past. But this year, let’s switch it up a bit and examine a different Thanksgiving history angle. (And no, it’s NOT going to be about Pilgrims, Native Americans, and what they might or might not have agreed […]

To Frack or Not to Frack: A Complicated Question

To Frack or Not to Frack: A Complicated Question

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Current Events, Economics, United States | No Comments

Negotiation over ownership of the world’s natural resources has long caused tensions between nations and lead to ongoing, major disputes, including war. One of the major issues of the 2012 presidential election centered around the United States becoming less depending on foreign oil (mostly the Middle East) and more self-reliant in producing its own energy […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

 Tom Hanks Has an App? Best Actor Winner. Movie star. Former sitcom star. All-around nice guy. Technology developer? Tom Hanks, known to many as that guy in Forrest Gump and Castaway, decided to take his love for vintage typewriters to a whole new level. Launched last month, Hanx Writer emulates the clacks and dings of […]