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Saying Goodbye to Mom and Pop
Posted 3 days ago
Saying Goodbye to Mom and Pop: What’s Changing in America’s Family Business Scen…

According to a recent University of Vermont article, there are almost 6 million family owned businesses in the U.S. that employ roughly 60 percent of the workforce. While family businesses…

Math, Psychology, & Economic Policy
Posted 5 days ago
Human Nature and Economics

Economic policy doesn’t have much to do with ideology.

At least, not in the way it has become popular habit to pretend.

There are (who can keep track? 30 or so?) different…

Tips for Surviving an IRS Audit
Posted 6 days ago
Tips for Surviving an IRS Audit: It’s Never Too Early to Plan

They are the words that no tax-paying American wants to hear: “You’re being audited.” Paying taxes and preparing your tax return every year can be frustrating enough. However, if the…

Stuff Happens!
Posted 1 week ago
Accidents Happen: Protect Yourself

Life will occasionally throw you curveballs that you are forced to deal with, whether you like it or not. These curveballs can come in many forms. Some are much more…

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Saying Goodbye to Mom and Pop What's Changing in America's Family Business Scene

Saying Goodbye to Mom and Pop: What’s Changing in America’s Family Business Scene

According to a recent University of Vermont article, there are almost 6 million family owned businesses in the U.S. that employ roughly 60 percent of the workforce. While family businesses have traditionally been the backbone of the economy, times are changing, and many are struggling to survive. Below explains both positive and negative changes in America’s family business scene today.… [Read more]

US Economy, Fiscal Cliff and Taxes + Grover Norquist

Human Nature and Economics

Economic policy doesn’t have much to do with ideology.

At least, not in the way it has become popular habit to pretend.

There are (who can keep track? 30 or so?) different presidential candidates announced so far, and with more than a year to go before the primaries are over (to say nothing of the actual election), plenty of time left for more brilliant minds to enter the field.… [Read more]

Auto Technology

Accidents Happen: Protect Yourself

Life will occasionally throw you curveballs that you are forced to deal with, whether you like it or not. These curveballs can come in many forms. Some are much more serious than others. How you choose to deal with them will have a huge impact on the rest of your life. A car accident is something that every person hopes they are never involved in.… [Read more]

'Murica!

The Origins of “Murica!”: Satire or Just Sad?

It’s a guy with a mullet and a beer. It’s a bald eagle draped in stars and stripes perched on a machine gun. It’s chicken fried bacon. It’s “Murica!”

These days, you can’t surf the Web without seeing the word “Murica” printed at the top of funny and often ridiculous memes, and you can’t have a conversation about the U.S.… [Read more]

Social Change

Americana Family Trends in Childbirth and Rearing for Millennials

Americana Family: Trends in Childbirth and Rearing for Millennials

When it comes to Millennials, those between the ages of 23 and 34, ideas about child birthing and rearing tend to deviate from earlier generations. Trends in these aspects of having and raising children will inevitably tend to change with prevailing attitudes. Since Millennials place different values on what is important, as concerns their children, it is understandable that they will endeavor to indulge a new generation of children with these values.… [Read more]

The Story of Aaron Swartz and What Entrepreneurs Should Learn From Him

The Story of Aaron Swartz and What Entrepreneurs Should Learn From Him

Aaron Swartz was, in addition to being a young man of conscience, a poster child for the terms “computer whiz” and “child prodigy”. He was still just a child of 12 when he created the Info Network, a forerunner of Wikipedia, and by the age of 13, he’d already become a co-founder of Reddit and one of the authors of Creative Commons(1).… [Read more]

The BK Dame Says

Reduce The Risk of Getting Fixed Solving Unsustainable Social Security Trends

Reduce The Risk of Getting Fixed: Solving Unsustainable Social Security Trends

It’s not secret that Social Security isn’t and won’t be around forever unless major change takes place. In fact, more than one-third of retirees rely on their social security for 90 percent of their income, reports AARP. The Social Security scare doesn’t only apply to your beloved parents and grandparents, it applies to people who are receiving Social Security disability (SSD) benefits.… [Read more]

Quick News Bites

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3 Ways to Go Earth-Friendly in Your Backyard

When it comes to preserving the environment, we usually start inside of our homes. But going green and practicing sustainable habits extends beyond the front door. Here are … [Read More...]

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Tips for Surviving an IRS Audit: It’s Never Too Early to Plan

They are the words that no tax-paying American wants to hear: “You’re being audited.” Paying taxes and preparing your tax return every year can be frustrating enough. However, if the IRS chooses to audit you, it can be a dreadful experience.

Even if you feel confident that you covered every detail and all of your deductions are accurate and legitimate, it’s still very easy to second guess yourself and worry about what an audit might uncover.… [Read more]

Student financial gap

Financial Literacy Gap among U.S. Students

American students have been found to be way too behind in the financial literacy arena. According to a recently conducted study, U.S. students’ financial literacy scores were below average. Although this study was for high school students, the findings among students beyond high school was the same. While students are pushed to towards higher education, in spite of them being unable to afford it, they make some very basic mistakes due to their lack of understanding regarding finances – and this ends up costing them even later on in life.… [Read more]

Technology

Andres Carrascos Findings Soy Today Hunger Tomorrow

Andres Carrasco’s Findings: “Soy Today, Hunger Tomorrow”

Genetically modified crops have always been a source of heated debate. Many people and organizations are actively trying to ban these crops from being grown. You, too, may have some strong views on it. Studies have revealed that there IS something wrong with GMO (genetically modified organism) crops. A major study has revealed the herbicide used for it should be a major cause of concern.… [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

Plastic Surgery Five Growing Trends in Today's Beauty Industry

Plastic Surgery: Five Growing Trends in Today’s Beauty Industry

The aesthetic surgery and beauty industry depend on a good economy for growth. Right now there is an increase, but in past years of recessions in 2001 and 2007-09, the stagnation of the economy led to less procedures and products bought. The products supplied and bought are some of the most profitable since they can change and move with a flexible economy.… [Read more]

Wrap-Up

Carls Jr Hardees Hot Dog Chip Burger

Ironic Nationalism at the Drive-Thru

What kind of message appeals to both the intellectual progressive and the intransigent conservative with equal zeal?

Getting both self-serious parties to buy such a concept is a precarious prospect—one that even the most experienced politicians have tapped a formula to exploit. It is only fitting, then, that the answer comes in the form of America’s most important export: fast food.… [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]