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5 QUESTIONS for Alexis Baile

CUBS (Cool Usable Belongings Sustainable) are an award winning Boulder company that is changing the face of conventional manufacturing. CUBS sources remaindered designer materials out to locals to create chic handbags and accessories that are sold at substantially lower prices than traditional department stores. The Camera spoke with co founder and president of Diversified Imagi oakley sale ng Supply, Inc., Alexis Baile, to talk about the approach they are taking to selling designer bags.

1. How have you been affected by the recession?

Well, we started when the economy was already in the recession, so we started at a time when it can only go up. We have a price point, as most of our bags are under $100. The material we are ge oakley sale tting is so expensive and high end, so you (customers) are being green because we are keeping the material out of the landfill. It’s our labor and design time that you are paying for.

2. Since your award in 5280 Magazine (Entrepreneur of the Year for 2009), how has this affected your business?

It was a oakley sale great selling point to get into some new stores. People are looking to get our bags and don’t want to drive all over town. We got people to take a look at what we’re doing because we got the recognition.

3. How do you feel your bags are more eco friendly than your competitors?

Most importantly, we are getting the samples from the sold out fabrics out of the landfill and we are employing the labor in Boulder. We have sellers that match up say 30 different bags, sew them and bring them back. We have four main products that we are producing. We are green because we are paying local wages to people that have home studios.

4. What is your main market?

I think th oakley sale at people who love unique stylish accent pieces to an outfit and people who will see the quality of the fabric. It’s the young chic professional that loves a great accent piece to an outfit that is under $100.

5. What are your plans for the future?

We definitely realize that boutiques are our niche. We won’t be in regular department stores. We see us going into the major boutique stores in cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City and Dallas.

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5 Psychological Experiments That Prove Humanity is Doomed

. and then passing a test proving good health and high quality mental stability, which are very important factors in deciding who goes to prison. These volunteers were all male college students who were then divided arbitrarily into 12 guards and 12 prisoners. Zimbardo himself decided that he wanted to play too, and elected himself Prison Superintendent. The simulation was planned to run for two weeks.

Yep, nothing at all can go wrong with this.

It took about one day for every subject to suddenly go as insane as a shit house rat. On only the second day, prisoners staged a riot in the faux detention center, with prisoners barricading their cells with their beds and taunting the guards. The guards saw this as a pretty good excuse to start squirting fire extinguishers at the insurgents because, hey, why the hell not?

From that point on, the Stanford Prison that had already gone to hell, just continued to ricochet around in hell for day after day. Some guards began forcing inmates to sleep naked on the concrete, restricting the bathroom as a privilege (one that was often denied). They forced prisoners to do humiliating exercises and had them clean toilets with their bare hands.

Incredibly, when “prisoners” were told they had a chance at parole, and then the parole was denied, it didn’t occur to them to simply a oakley sale sk out of the damned experiment. Remember they had absolutely no legal reason to be imprisoned, it was just a damned role playing exercise. This fact continued to escape them as they sat naked in their own filth, with bags on their heads.

Over 50 outsiders had stopped to observe the prison, but the morality of the trial was never questioned until Zimbardo’s girlfriend, Christina Maslach, strongly objected. After only six days, Zimbardo put a halt to the experiment (several of the “guards” expressed disappointment at this). If you were about to applaud Maslach as the only sane person involved in this clusterfuck, you should know that she went on to marry Zimbardo, the guy who orchestrated the whole thing.

Ever been harassed by a cop who acted like a major douchebag, pushing you around for no reason? Science says that if the roles were reversed, you’d likely act the same way.

As it turns out, it’s usually fear of repercussion that keeps us from torturing our fellow human beings. Give us absolute power over somebody and a blank check from our superiors, and Abu Ghraib esque naked pyramids are sure to follow. Hey, if it can happen to a bunch of Vietnam era hippie college students, it sure as hell could happen to you. Maybe he could just, you know, ask people? Oh, hell no. That would not be nearly horrifying enough.

Instead he ran an experiment where the subject was told he was a “teacher” and that his job was to give a memory test to another subject, located in another room. The whole thing was fake and the other subject was an actor.

The subject was told that whenever the other guy gave an incorrect answer, he was to press a button that would give him an electric shock. A guy in a lab coat was there to make sure he did it (again oakley sale no real shock was being delivered, but the subject of course did not know this).

The subject was told that the shocks started at 45 volts and would increase with every wrong answer. Each time they pushed the button, the actor on the other end would scream and beg for the subject to stop.

So, can you guess how this went?

Many subjects began to feel uncomfortable after a certain point, and questioned continuing the experiment. However, each time the guy in the lab coat encouraged them to continue. Most of them did, upping the voltage, delivering shock after shock while the victim screamed. Many subjects would laugh nervously, because laughter is the best medicine when pumping electrical currents through another person’s body.

Eventually the actor would start banging on the wall th oakley sale at separated him from the subject, pleading about his heart condition. After further shocks, all sounds from victim’s room would cease, indicating he was dead or unconscious. If you had to guess, what percentage of the subjects kept delivering shocks after that point?

Between 61 and 66 percent of subjects would continue the experiment until it reached the maximum voltage of 450, continuing to deliver shocks after the victim had been zapped into unconsciousness or the afterlife. Repeated studies have shown the same result: Subjects will mindlessly deliver pain to an innocent stranger as long as a dude in a lab coat says it’s OK.

Most subjects wouldn’t begin to object until after 300 volt shocks. Zero of them asked to stop the experiment before that point (keep in mind 100 volts is enough to kill a man, in some cases).

You might like to think of yourself as a free thinking marauder, but when it comes down to it, odds are you won’t stick it to The Man because of the fear The Man will stick it right back up your ass. And this was just a guy in a lab coat imagine if he’d had a uniform, or a badge.

Charles Sheridan and Richard King took this experiment one step further, but asked subjects to shock a puppy for every incorrect action it made. Unlike Milgram’s experiment, this shock was real. Exactly 20 out of 26 subjects went to the highest voltage.

Almost 80 percent. Think about that when you’re walking around the mall: Eight out of ten of those people you see would torture the shit out of a oakley sale puppy if a dude in a lab coat asked them to.

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5 Profitable Large Caps Flush With Cash

It’s understandable that some investors prefer to steer clear of large cap stocks because of the perception that the glory days of fast growth have come and gone. However, with the right analysis it is possible to find opportunities with these more established companies. Today we focused on profit and liquidity. All of the large cap stocks profiled below are strong in both categories. Take a look to see if any spark your curiosity.

The Operating Profit Margin is a profitability ratio that measures the effectiveness of the company’s operating efficiency. This metric allows investors to see how much profit is left after all variable costs are covered. If the company’s margin is increasing over time this means that it’s earning more per dollar of sales. Finding trends in the Operating Profit Margin helps investors identify companies that are improving profitability over time and managing the economic landscape better than compet oakley sale itors.

Return on Equity [ROE] is one way to identify great potential names relative to profitability. This ratio illustrates the percentage return on shareholder equity. As well, this metric segments the company int oakley sale o operational efficiency, asset use efficiency, and financial leverage. Why does this matter? Simply put, it allows investors to get a real picture of how the company is generating these returns and helps identify parts of the company that may be underperforming.

The Current ratio is a liquidity ratio used to determine a company’s financial health. The metric illustrates how easily a firm can pay back its short obligations all at once through current assets. A company that has a current ratio of one or less is generally a liquidity red flag. Now this doesn’t mean the company will go bankrupt tomorrow, but it also doesn’t bode well for the company, and may indicate that it could have an issue paying back upcoming obligations.

The Quick ratio measures a company’s ability to use its cash or assets to extinguish its current liabilities immediately. Quick assets include assets that presu oakley sale mably can be converted to cash at close to their book values. A company with a Quick Ratio of less than 1 cannot currently pay back its current liabilities. The quick ratio is more conservative than the Current Ratio because it excludes inventory from current assets, since some companies have difficulty turning their inventory into cash. If short term obligations need to be paid off immediately, sometimes the current ratio would overestimate a company’s short term financial strength.

We first looked for large cap stocks. From here, we then looked for companies with strong profit margins (1 year operating margin>15%)(ROE [TTM]>30%). We then looked for businesses that have strong liquidity (Current Ratio>2)(Quick Ratio>2). We did not screen out any sectors.

Do you think these large cap stocks offer both value and grow oakley sale th? Use our screened list as a starting point for your own analysis.

1) Monster Beverage Corporation (MNST)

Sector:Consumer Goods Industry:Beverages Soft Drinks Market Cap:$11.77B Beta:0.53Monster Beverage Corporation has a Operating Profit Margin of 27.44%, a Return on Equity of 31.99%, a Current Ratio of 4.46, and a Quick Ratio of 3.84. The short interest was 1.22% as of 08/03/2012. Monster Beverage Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, markets, sells, and distributes alternative beverage category beverages in the United States and internationally. The company’s Direct Store Delivery segment offers carbonated energy drinks, non carbonated dairy based coffee plus energy drinks, carbonated energy drinks containing nitrous oxide, non carbonated dairy based espresso plus energy drinks, non carbonated rehydration energy drinks, energy supplements, and ready to drink iced teas. This segment sells its products through a distributor network.

2) Chemical Mining Co. of Chile Inc. (SQM)

Sector:Basic Materials Industry:Chemicals Major Diversified Market Cap:$15.77B Beta:0.74Chemical Mining Co. of Chile Inc. has a Operating Profit Margin of 35.87%, a Return on Equity of 31.65%, a Current Ratio of 3.23, and a Quick Ratio of 2.00. The short interest was 0.47% as of 08/03/2012. Chemical and Mining Company of Chile Inc. engages in the production and sale of fertilizers and specialty chemicals in Chile and internationally. The company’s specialty plant nutrients include potassium nitrate, sodium nitrate, sodium potassium nitrate, and specialty blends for crops, such as vegetables, fruits, flowers, potatoes, and cotton, as well as Ultrasol for application via fertigation; Qrop for field application; Speedfol for foliar application; Allganic for organic farming; and Nutrilake for aquaculture. It also produces iodine and iodine derivatives, which are used in a range of medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and industrial applications, including X ray contrast media, polarizing films for liquid crystal displays (LCDs), antiseptics, biocides, and disinfectants; and in the synthesis of pharmaceuticals, herbicides, electronics, pigments, dye components, and heat stabilizers. In addition, the company provides lithium carbonate for use in various applications comprising batteries, frits for the ceramic and enamel industries, heat resistant glass, primary aluminum, lithium bromine for use in air conditioner equipment, and continuous casting powder for steel extrusion, pharmaceuticals, and lithium derivatives; and lithium hydroxide, which is used as a raw material in the lubricating grease industry.

3) Coach, Inc. (COH)

Sector:Consumer Goods Industry:Textile Apparel Footwear Accessories Market Cap:$15.13B Beta:1.58Coach, Inc. has a Operating Profit Margin of 31.74%, a Return on Equity of 53.78%, a Current Ratio of 2.82, and a Quick Ratio of 2.06. The short interest was 4.92% as of 08/03/2012. Coach, Inc. designs and markets accessories and gifts for women and men in the United States and internationally. It primarily offers handbags, women’s and men’s bag, accessories, business cases, footwear, wearables, jewelry, sunwear, travel bags, watches, and fragrance products. The company’s accessories, include money pieces, wristlets, cosmetic cases, wallets, card cases, time management and electronic accessories, key rings, charms, and women’s and men’s belts; business cases, such as computer bags, messenger style bags, and totes; wearables comprise jackets, sweaters, gloves, hats, and scarves; jewelry consisting of bangle bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings; and luggage and related accessories, such as travel kits and valet trays.

4) Southern Copper Corp. (SCCO)

Sector:Basic Materials Industry:Copper Market Cap:$27.57B Beta:1.65Southern Copper Corp. has a Operating Profit Margin of 54.64%, a Return on Equity of 58.93%, a Current Ratio of 3.56, and a Quick Ratio of 2.92. The short interest was 6.55% as of 08/03/2012. Southern Copper Corporation engages in mining, exploring, producing, smelting, and refining copper and other minerals in Peru, Mexico, and Chile. It is involved in the mining, milling, and flotation of copper ore to produce copper and molybdenum concentrates; smelting of copper concentrates to produce anode copper; and refining of anode copper to produce copper cathodes, as well as refined silver. The company operates Toquepala and Cuajone mines in the Andes Mountains located to the southeast of the city of Lima, Peru, as well as a smelter and refinery in the coastal city of Ilo, Peru. It also operates La Caridad and Buenavista copper mines, and smelting and refining plants in Mexico.

5) Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (VRTX)

Sector:Healthcare Industry:Biotechnology Market Cap:$10.41B Beta:0.35Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated has a Operating Profit Margin of 20.58%, a Return on Equity of 44.78%, a Current Ratio of 4.02, and a Quick Ratio of 3.66. The short interest was 3.31% as of 08/03/2012. Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated engages in discovering, developing, manufacturing, and commercializing small molecule drugs for the treatment of serious diseases worldwide. Its products include telaprevir, a prescription medicine used for the treatment of patients with genotype 1 hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection; and Ivacaftor, a prescription medicine used for the treatment of cystic fibrosis. The company markets its products under the INCIVEK brand name in the United States and Canada; INCIVO brand in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Sweden, Austria, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, and Norway; KALYDECO brand in the United States; and TELAVIC brand in Japan.