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    Is our Country on a Collision Course?

    Is our Country on a Collision Course?
    As an accountant and auditor I have been trained to make assessments on the health of organizations. In fact, we even have a special model we use called the Altman Z-Score. This mathematical formula determines the probability that an organization will go into bankruptcy. As I read Lawrence Kadish’s article titled, Taking the National Debt Seriously in the Wall Street Journal, ...
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    Showcase Marketable Skills in Your Resume

    Showcase Marketable Skills in Your Resume
    Have you thought about the skills you're listing in your resume's Skills section? If you treat this section as an afterthought, you could be missing an opportunity to show employers you've got the right skills for the job. When completing the Skills section, consider the skills that would be important to the job you're seeking. The best way to get started ...
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    US House Passes Tax Breaks for New Hires

    US House Passes Tax Breaks for New Hires
    Despite doubts among many US lawmakers that it will create many jobs, the House on Thursday passed legislation giving companies that hire the jobless a temporary payroll tax break. The measure passed 217-201 on a mostly party-line vote. The bill also extends federal highway programs through the end of the year. Some Democrats feel the approximately $35 billion jobs bill is ...
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    BP Robots Place Cap Over Well Leak

    BP Robots Place Cap Over Well Leak
    After last week's disappointing endeavor with the top kill procedure, BP has placed a containment cap over the leaking well pipe on Thursday with intentions of ceasing at least 90 percent of the flow of oil into the ocean.  With the use of robot submarines, BP was able to cut the remains of the damaged riser pipe and lower the containment cap over the leaking ...
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    Overqualified? 6 Job Hunting Strategies

    You've sent out 800 resumes, done one interview, received zero offers. You find yourself looking lower and lower on the totem pole and occasionally eyeing openings for line managers at the competitor that killed your former employer. It sounds ridiculous, but we all know it's true. You can be overqualified for a job. Why some employers think this way, we'll ...
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    So Long Privacy: Apple Bans Apps, Music for Customers Who Opt Out of Tracking

    So Long Privacy: Apple Bans Apps, Music for Customers Who Opt Out of Tracking
    Apple recently has come under fire for engaging in a campaign of moralistic censorship when it comes to the applications it allows on its mobile devices.  That campaign is perhaps made more ironic by Apple's iconic 1984 commercial, in which it depicted itself as the face of freedom, taking down Big Brother.  Now with a new announcement that it will be ...
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    How a CIO Positions IT for Growth in the Economic Recovery

    How a CIO Positions IT for Growth in the Economic Recovery
    While survival is the paramount concern these days, how you survive will determine your true legacy. Today, IT groups must prepare for the inevitable rebound by investing in change. It’s not just about “keeping the lights on;” it’s about tuning the engine that makes innovation possible. If it doesn’t positively affect the bottom line, the top line and/or increase efficiencies, then ...
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    Taking 'Office' Lessons from the World's Greatest (Inept) Boss

    Taking 'Office' Lessons from the World's Greatest (Inept) Boss
    Supervisors, middle managers and corporate executives — suits, if you will — tonight will be going to a frightening source for leadership lessons. Many will put down their copy of The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker and tune into the one-hour season premiere of NBC's (GE) comedy The Office. This borders on disturbing. After all, the show centers on a bumbling ...
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    Health Care Reform: What Will Change?

    Health Care Reform: What Will Change?
    After all that time, effort and debate, we have health care reform. What does it mean for you? First up is this CCH briefing that highlights the tax changes made by the bill. This CBS News summary examines further provisions in the bill, including expanded coverage, insurance reforms, individual and employer mandates, and how Congress plans to pay for the bill. ...
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    How Does a Falling Dollar Impact You?

    How Does a Falling Dollar Impact You?
    Massive spending, large fiscal deficits, and huge debt accumulation (currently $12 trillion, having doubled in past 8 years)…this is the story of our Government. Throw in a loose monetary policy and it is no wonder other countries continue to talk of moving off the dollar as the world’s chief currency reserve. This past week President Obama was in Asia and they ...
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    What's Wrong -- and Right -- About Our Financial System

    What's Wrong -- and Right -- About Our Financial System
    This financial crisis has been one long headache brought on by deception, confusion and incomprehension. Unless you have a Ph.D. in economics, your eyes probably glazed over long ago at long-winded descriptions of credit default swaps, collateralized debt obligations, mortgage-backed securities and the like. What we need is a good sound bite, an easy-to-remember phrase that helps the masses understand what ...
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    Fool-Proof Pranks for the Office

    [photo:541725] April Fools is just around the corner, and that means you've either got a nefarious prank up your sleeve, or are planning to take some PTO to avoid being pranked. Whatever type of funny business you choose for April Fools' Day, make sure that you don't cross the line and get yourself fired or involved in a lawsuit! Follow these ...
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    Stronger Retail Sales and Sentiment Boost Stocks

    Stronger Retail Sales and Sentiment Boost Stocks
    NEW YORK - Stocks mostly rose Friday on signs that consumers and businesses are feeling more confident about the economy. The Commerce Department said retail sales rose 1.3 percent in November, more than double the increase analysts had expected and better than the 1.1 percent rise in October. The report boosted hopes that consumers are starting to feel more comfortable opening ...
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    Apple's App Police Ban Pulitzer Prize Winning Cartoonist for Being Satirical

    Apple's App Police Ban Pulitzer Prize Winning Cartoonist for Being Satirical
    There's no denying that Apple's iTunes and App Store revolutionized the fields of online media sales and smartphone application delivery, respectively.  However, for all the company's success, of late it has a baffling track record of trying to  police the morality  of the apps that go into its app store.Initially Apple rejected any apps that overlapped with its functionality, any mature ...
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    Windows Phone 7 Architecture Leaks

    Windows Phone 7 Architecture Leaks
    This week, details about both the Windows Phone 7 architecture and low-end phone hardware for developing nations was aired.Microsoft faces much the same position as Palm does in the smartphone market - it's losing marketshare to a charging Google and is falling farther away from entrenched market leaders Apple and Research in Motion.Microsoft's answer is a complete reboot of its smartphone franchise, however, ...
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    Why Entrepreneurs Benefit from the Weak Dollar

    Why Entrepreneurs Benefit from the Weak Dollar
    I just read that more than 5 million people watch iCarly every week. And that more than 22 million Kid Rock albums have been sold in this country alone. But I'm not going to take that as evidence that we're a country on the way down. I understand that Allen Iverson made $29 million last year, which is $28,923,000 more than ...
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    Upcoming iPhone Leaked, Gizmodo Gadget Blog Gets Hands On

    Upcoming iPhone Leaked, Gizmodo Gadget Blog Gets Hands On
    "Is you is or is you ain't my baby?" Over the weekend, Engadget posted pictures of what it claimed to be the next generation iPhone 4G. The pictures sparked quite a debate over their authenticity and many flatly rejected the design saying that it was too ugly to be an iPhone. Detractors noted the blocky shape and seams along the edge ...
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    Stocks Rise Ahead of Fed Decision

    Stocks Rise Ahead of Fed Decision
    Stocks are higher in early trading after the government said consumer prices rose in November, led by higher energy costs. A separate government report on housing showed construction rebounded last month with all areas of country showing strength. The data is likely being discussed by Federal Reserve policymakers who finish a two-day meeting on interest rate policy Wednesday afternoon. Investors expect ...
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    Economic Reports Point to Gradual Recovery

    Economic Reports Point to Gradual Recovery
    WASHINGTON - A report on unemployment claims and a forecast of U.S. economic activity pointed Thursday to an economy mending slowly, without the job growth needed to fuel a vigorous recovery. The number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week. But the four-week average for jobless claims, which smooths out fluctuations, fell. That was an ...
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    What Your Work Dreams Really Mean

    Most of us at some point have woken up in a cold sweat after a horrific nightmare about work. Whether about showing up naked at the office or missing a career-changing deadline, each of these dreams could have a deeper meaning about how you feel about your job. Wonder what your work dreams are telling you about your relationship with ...
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