Culture

The Curious Case of $2 Bills in Ecuador

Fifteen years after Ecuador adopted the U.S. dollar as its official currency, the issue still stirs debate. Dollarization was so unpopular when it was first announced that protesters took over the capital and the government collapsed. The replacement government stuck with the plan—there wasn’t much choice. The Sucre, Ecuador’s native currency, was in the midst of a decade of hyper-inflation which was destroying the economy.

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How Burnouts Became Slackers Became Mainstream

What was feared in the 80s was assimilated in 90s.

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Notes On Utterly Unsuitable Yet Nonetheless Appealing Financial Role Models

Well, let’s see.

There is Gertrude Stein, with her fabulous apartment and endless hosting. Lots of langoustines and literary discussions.

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Stories Of Being On The Dole

“Being on public assistance for the first time in my life only taught me that i really never want to be on public assistance again.”

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KonMarie and Me

The first week of 2015, I decided to KonMarie my life. The concept of spring cleaning never made much sense to me. Spring brings flowers, allergies, sunny weather and a sun that doesn’t really set until at least 7 p.m. Spring is made for being enjoyed outdoors with the sun on your shoulders, not in your musty apartment, marveling at moths and finding new and inventive ways to store the scarves you stress-knit or the sweaters you bought when you were sick of everything else. It was decidedly winter out—cold, blustery, with traces of snow still on the ground. I decided that the new year was the best time.

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All the Internet I Need Is on My Smartphone

I didn’t set out to be a super-cord-cutting millennial, but I don’t have a landline, cable, or Internet access at home. I do, however, have an Internet connection through my cellphone’s data plan that manages to get me everything I need (and sometimes things I want). Surprisingly, I’m not alone—”I don’t have the Internet” is the new, “I don’t have cable.”

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Rihanna Vs. L. Ron Hubbard: Battle Of The Role Models

“You don’t get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion.”

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How Other People Do Money: Kids Around The World

“Youth Savings Patterns and Performance in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya and Nepal” will tell you everything you never wanted to know about how poor kids around the world are doing a better job of saving money than you are.

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Domestic Work and Tipping in Tanzania

When I first moved into my current house in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital, my roommate had recently become a godmother to four puppies.

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