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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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    Steve Jobs Promises World "Freedom From Porn" in Email Flame War

    Steve Jobs Promises World "Freedom From Porn" in Email Flame War
    Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Gawker Media aren't exactly on the warmest terms.  After all, Gawker's blog Gizmodo bought a lost iPhone prototype tore it apart, damaging it in the process, and spilled its secrets to competitors and the general public alike.  And at Jobs' request police raided the house of Gizmodo blogger Jason Chen, who is suspect of buying the lost/stolen prototype.On Saturday night, Gawker blogger Ryan ...
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    Electric Cars to Get Noisy to Protect Blind Pedestrians

    Electric Cars to Get Noisy to Protect Blind Pedestrians
    There are many good things about hybrids and electric vehicles. They save fuel costs for the drivers and produce less pollution. However, for some people hybrids and electric cars pose a big problem, particularly for the visually impaired.A bill was proposed in April of 2009 in the Senate that would force automakers producing electric and hybrid vehicles to integrate a system ...
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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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    Banks Shut in Fla., Mo., NM, Ore., Wash.

    Banks Shut in Fla., Mo., NM, Ore., Wash.
    WASHINGTON - Regulators shut down banks Friday in Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington, bringing to nine the number of bank failures so far in 2010, following 140 closures last year in the toughest economic environment since the Great Depression. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over the five banks: Charter Bank, based in Santa Fe, N.M., with $1.2 billion ...
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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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    Federal Deficit Projected at $1.35T

    Federal Deficit Projected at $1.35T
    Jan. 27--The economic stimulus bill's price tag has risen to $862 billion, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday -- a $75 billion jump that's a result in part to the fact that, despite the spending, joblessness has risen and the government is paying out more than expected on unemployment benefits. The CBO, in a new report, also said spending in fiscal ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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