Monthly Archives: July 2012

88% have creeped an ex’s Facebook | Life | Niagara Advance

“I wanted to see how breakup distress is related to Facebook use,” said Veronika Lukacs, who next week will defend her Masters thesis, called, It’s Complicated: Romantic breakups and their aftermath on Facebook.

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Weekly Economic Report | LAEDC

THIS WEEK’S HEADLINES:

How a $140 bill snowballed into foreclosure – Economy Watch

Vulpis didn’t know he had a big problem with the four-year-old bill until last December, he said, when he was served with papers notifying him that he had lost his Middletown, N.J., home to foreclosure. Neither he nor his wife were notified of the foreclosure process until the final judgment was granted last December, he said.

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Meanwhile, In China | Cryptome

While we’re watching the Olympics, several hundred thousand workers from Qidong protest an open ended waste water pipe being routed to the sea…

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Don’t Allow Loopholes for Genetically Modified Crops | ForceChange.com

Target: U.S. legislators

Goal: Do not allow temporary permits for untested genetically engineered crops.

Congressmen have silently introduced what are called “Monsanto riders” to a major agricultural bill, requiring the Secretary of

Agriculture to allow genetically modified crops before an Environmental Impact Statement is complete. Tell Congress these loopholes for unsafe crops are unacceptable.

Representatives of the House and Senate have been crafting the multi-billion dollar FY 2013 Agricultural Appropriations bill for so long that when congressmen quietly slipped in the Monsanto riders, neither the media nor the public stirred. Thankfully, alert citizens have raised awareness of these new additions to the bill. These dangerous riders would require–not allow, but require–the Secretary of Agriculture to grant a temporary permit for the planting or cultivation of a genetically engineered crop, even if a federal court has ordered to halt the planting or cultivation until an Environmental Impact Statement has been completed.

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The real reason you’re broke | Squawkfox.com

If you’re broke, please don’t email me to whine about it. I know money sucks when you’re stretched to the limit. I know buying a house is expensive. I know credit cards can be devices of torture masquerading as shiny pieces of plastic pleasure. I know buying quality foods can cost more than buying processed crap. I know that digging oneself out of a pit of dark debt seems insurmountable. I know that school is expensive and paying back that massive student loan is difficult, especially when your degree pays peanuts. I know life is hard. I know being single is expensive. I know being married is expensive. And there’s no doubt that getting divorced can be a drain too. I don’t have kids, but I hear they ain’t cheap either. Yes, working two (maybe even three) jobs is exhausting. I haven’t been all of these things. Maybe you have. But on the surface all these reasons for being broke are just the result of a much bigger problem. So if you’re ready to stop complaining about life’s circumstance, then here’s the remedy — the real reason why you’re broke.

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Waste Bottles Turn Into Building Material for EcoARK | GreenPacks.org

Taipei’s EcoARK pavilion isn’t just a good looking structure, it is an environmentally friendly and intriguing design as well. The building material used for the construction of the pavilion is Polli Bricks, which is somewhat of a fancy word for discarded PET bottles.

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Stop Doing These Right Now | Toilet Paper Entrepreneur

Every once in a while we need to evaluate our actions and decide what to continue doing or stop doing. Here are some tips on what to stop doing right now to better your business and your morale.

Whatever is Not Working. Yes, this may sound obvious, but year after year I see countless entrepreneurs who continue to invest time and money in things that didn’t work during the prior year. Maybe it was the service you offered that wasn’t taking off, or maybe the advertising that isn’t bringing in clients. Whatever “it” is that has not been working, stop doing it in 2012. Instead, focus on what is working, and do more of that!.

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American manufacturers importing workers | money.cnn.com

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — U.S. manufacturers, frustrated by a shortage of skilled American factory workers, are going abroad to find them.

Business for factories has surged recently, creating a huge demand for machinists, tool and die makers, computer-controlled machine programmers and operators.

“These jobs are the backbone of manufacturing,” said Gardner Carrick, senior director with the Manufacturing Institute. “These are good quality middle-class jobs that Americans should be training for.”

The United States is experiencing a shrinking pipeline of manufacturing talent, said James Wall, deputy director of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.

“It’s been in the making for years,” he said. Factories didn’t feel the labor pinch as much when manufacturing was in a slump. But the latest “Made in USA” resurgence has them scrambling.

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Time to Incorporate? | Getentrepreneurial.com

January 2005 was a turning point in my business. It was the month I incorporated my business.

Before then, I had operated as a sole proprietor. I started my business in 1998 as a freelance copywriter.

However, in 2003 I started getting that restless feeling. I knew I was destined for bigger and better things. I started researching how to take my freelance copywriting business to the next level. And part of that research included me looking into how my business was structured.

Even though my local CPA thought it was a waste of time and money for me to incorporate, the rest of my research told me otherwise, so I went ahead with it.

That was the year I finally broke 6 figures. Once I did that I never looked back.

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