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Future of (Obama) Healthcare
Posted 5 days ago
The Future of (Obama) Healthcare: Enrollment Numbers and Penalties

The final hours of tax day are upon us. And, last week, the final days of the open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act came to…

Eastern Ukraine’s New Reality
Posted 6 days ago
Eastern Ukraine’s New Reality

Will President Vladimir Putin stop at Crimea? While it appeared that the Russian leader was ready to accept a diplomatic solution to the situation in Ukraine, with civil unrest still…

Women’s Rights
Posted 2 weeks ago
Women’s Rights Around the World

Women’s rights, as understood by American women, are often limited to what impacts us immediately. At times, we have a narrowed point of view that unintentionally excludes the experiences of…

Combat Climate Change
Posted 3 weeks ago
How Your Business Can Combat Climate Change

From the outside looking in, it’s difficult to imagine that humanity’s collective treatment of the environment could substantially change overnight. After all, even if we in America got our acts…

We Say This

Obamacare and taxes

The Future of (Obama) Healthcare: Enrollment Numbers and Penalties

The final hours of tax day are upon us. And, last week, the final days of the open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act came to a close. Enrollment exceeded the 7 million figure the government hoped for, but various surveys suggest that information about healthcare coverage, costs, and enrollment still isn’t as clear to the public as most people would like.… [Read more]

Power lines

How Your Business Can Combat Climate Change

From the outside looking in, it’s difficult to imagine that humanity’s collective treatment of the environment could substantially change overnight. After all, even if we in America got our acts together, could we really offset the damage that China is doing to the environment on a daily basis?

Whatever the case may be, my mantra remains: You can’t control anything but yourself and your actions.… [Read more]

Global Drought

Doomsday Drought: Is the World Running Out of Water?

It’s a difficult prospect to think about, but all environmental signs point toward an ever-decreasing water supply. With drought-like conditions extending from coast to coast and water shortages plaguing the entire globe, the world has to practice water responsibility or else the thought of a doomsday drought will become a reality. With H2O consciousness in mind, here are some causes of water shortages as well as a few ways Americans can address the planet’s water problem. [Read more]

Identity Theft

Tips To Protect Patients From Medical Identity Theft

A high-profile medical identity theft case in Florida finally came to a close on January 24. Michael Ali Bryant pleaded guilty to selling an FBI informant stolen medical records which were supposed to be used to file fraudulent tax returns. The stolen data resulted in over $775,000 in false claims being filed with the IRS, according to the Florida Sun Sentinel.… [Read more]

Social Change

Women's Rights Worldwide

Women’s Rights Around the World

Women’s rights, as understood by American women, are often limited to what impacts us immediately. At times, we have a narrowed point of view that unintentionally excludes the experiences of women in other parts of the world. In truth, women’s rights are a global  fight, impacting women of various ethnic groups, religions and economic standings.

As a woman traveling around the world, it may only then become clear how different the status of women is from region to region.… [Read more]

Immigration

How to Work Out Immigration Removal of Conditions

Despite some economic and political setbacks, the U.S. remains a land of opportunities.  For that reason, it attracts immigrants from across the world. Your immigration lawyer will tell you in detail how the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have provisions to help various categories of immigrant aspirants to gain citizenship in the U.S. In case, a citizen or a permanent resident of U.S.… [Read more]

The BK Dame Says

Veterans Day

Veterans Day 2013

Today marks the federal observance of the nation’s veterans. It’s the day each year when across the nation somber reflection and celebrations are held to remember the sacrifices made by armed forces veterans in their service to this country.

There will be parades, marches and quiet ceremonies in which wreaths will be placed at the graves of fallen heroes.… [Read more]

Quick News Bites

Environmentally Friendly

The World’s Most Environmentally Friendly Businesses

Many of us would like to believe that businesses wouldn't exist solely to reap profits. Often, businesses are instituted to make a lasting impact on the society to which they … [Read More...]

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Finance

Workers Compensation

Top 5 Tips to lodging a successful workers compensation claim

If you are injured at work, you may find you are entitled to a certain amount of compensation. However, it is never as easy as simply claiming this and it then being awarded to you. You will have to go through a procedure to prove that not only were you injured, but also that it was the fault of your employer.… [Read more]

Retirement Piggy Bank

The Crisis in Pensions and Retirement Plans

Despite being considered the financial centre of the world, it’s still very possible for the United States to learn from other countries. See the infographic below; it presents a brief history of retirement plans in the U.S. including state and local government pensions and Social Security. Now let’s put things in perspective: Countries with strongest pension programs (based on 2013 pensions, both public and private) rank the U.S.… [Read more]

Technology

Solar Power Panel

Seven Reasons Why You Should Use Solar Energy for Your Office

There’s no doubt about it – traditional energy sources like oil and coal are facing a number of challenges. And alternative sources such as solar power, once viewed as a thing of the future, today pose as the only ethical, long-term option for many. Through eliminating the need to rely on large amounts of costly fossil fuels – and contributing to the deterioration of our planet as a result of using them – alternative sources of energy is a responsible way to generate power.… [Read more]

WTLF*?!?

USA wealth as land

Distribution of wealth in the USA

The United States has a significantly unequal distribution of weallth when held in comparison with other developed countries across the globe. So much so that recent figures state reveal that in the US 75.4% of all wealth is owned by the richest 10% of the population. This means that the US has the most extreme wealth concentration of any of the top 20 developed nations in the world.[Read more]

Lifestyle

Mrs. Vera with Doll House

Ask Mrs. Vera: Do you find last week’s election results encouraging?

Dear Mrs. Vera,

Do you find last week’s election results encouraging?

Yours not convinced truly,
Ken…Cloacanellie?
Canolismelly?
Cootchycootchycoo-new-hell-pee?

Dear Mr. Cucinelli,

Not knowing the spelling of one’s last name can lead to some confusion at the ballot box and that may have been a factor in your defeat you could have anticipated, but it’s too late, now.… [Read more]

Wrap-Up

Eastern Ukraine, Russia and how things stand today

Eastern Ukraine’s New Reality

Will President Vladimir Putin stop at Crimea? While it appeared that the Russian leader was ready to accept a diplomatic solution to the situation in Ukraine, with civil unrest still pervasive in the country coupled with knowledge of Russian history and Putin himself, it appears that the answer to that question is a resounding “no.”

Some Background

After centuries of being ruled and divided by a variety of different entities, it wasn’t until 1991 that Ukraine became an independent country.… [Read more]

Say It In Song

All by myself

All By Myself

It’s a challenge to feel ‘musical’ when surrounded by so much negativity. The “Say It In Song” space has always been used to connect songs of any era and genre to current political events but, given that songs often evoke powerful emotions, it has been difficult to post songs when political tensions are already running so high (or low, if one is taking the disgust factor into consideration).… [Read more]