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A primer on Social Security - The Fact Checker. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) This is an updated version of The Fact Checker’s guide to Social Security and how it is financed. The details of Social Security are often misunderstood, making it a frequent subject of political hyperbole and misinformation. This primer is intended to answer basic questions about the program. What is Social Security? Social Security was created in response to the pervasive poverty during the Great Depression. It is designed to provide workers with a basic level of income in retirement, as well as disability pay and life insurance while they work. About 70 percent of the 57 million beneficiaries are retired workers; the rest are disabled workers, dependents or survivors. The benefits are inflation-adjusted after initial receipt, a feature that is almost impossible to find in the U.S. annuity market. How is Social Security financed? Social Security is a pay-as-you-go system, which means that payments collected today are immediately used to pay benefits.
What teachers really want to tell parents. Teacher Ron Clark is pictured with his students. Ron Clark is an award-winning teacher who started his own academy in AtlantaHe wants parents to trust teachers and their advice about their students Clark says some teachers hand out A grades so parents won't bother themIt's OK for kids to get in trouble sometimes; it teaches life lessons, Clark says Editor's note: Ron Clark, author of "The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck -- 101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers," has been named "American Teacher of the Year" by Disney and was Oprah Winfrey's pick as her "Phenomenal Man.
" He founded The Ron Clark Academy, which educators from around the world have visited to learn. This article's massive social media response inspired CNN to follow up with Facebook users. Some of the best comments were featured in a gallery. (CNN) -- This summer, I met a principal who was recently named as the administrator of the year in her state. So, what can we do to stem the tide? Wow. A primer on Social Security - The Fact Checker. Those persistent myths about the Sept. 11 attacks - The Fact Checker. (Michael Lutzky/THE WASHINGTON POST) Somehow, there are still people who don’t believe that on Sept. 11, 2001, a group of terrorists seized four commercial jetliners and piloted them toward New York and Washington, killing thousands of people.
Never mind the reams of sober and professional reports that have explored what actually happened and why. Instead, a cottage industry of myths has sprung up about that terrible day, such as: * that a missile struck the Pentagon, not a Boeing 757 * that U.S. air defenses were ordered to “stand down” on 9/11 * that government agents gathered all of the passengers from the four jets on Flight 93, and then brought it down * that World Trade Center 7 was professionally demolished.
A team of journalists from Popular Mechanics has done a remarkable job exploring 25 of the most prominent conspiracy theories. The book completely demolishes all of the most outlandish assertions, using actual facts and information provided by an impressive array of experts. Multitasking Bad! What You Don't Know About Copyright, but Should - Technology. By Jennifer Howard If Nancy Sims had to pick one word to describe how researchers, students, and librarians feel about copyright, it would probably be "confused.
" A lawyer and a librarian, Ms. Sims is copyright-program librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries. She's there to help people on campus and beyond—both users and owners of protected material—understand their rights. "I'm not sure anybody has a very good knowledge" of copyright, she says. For instance, in a recent informal survey she conducted at the university, only 30 percent or so of the faculty respondents knew the answers to basic questions such as how one gets a copyright and how long it lasts. For the multitudes out there who are copyright-confused, here are some pointers Ms.
If you think you don't own any copyrights, think again. At the rights sessions she holds for small groups of faculty members, she asks them if they own any copyrights. Don't be ruled by fear. Ask for help. Compiled Ben Wieder. 15 Fascinating TED Talks for Physics Students | Online Universities - StumbleUpon. Wimp Video. Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas. March 2012 One of the more surprising things I've noticed while working on Y Combinator is how frightening the most ambitious startup ideas are. In this essay I'm going to demonstrate this phenomenon by describing some. Any one of them could make you a billionaire. That might sound like an attractive prospect, and yet when I describe these ideas you may notice you find yourself shrinking away from them. Don't worry, it's not a sign of weakness.
Arguably it's a sign of sanity. There's a scene in Being John Malkovich where the nerdy hero encounters a very attractive, sophisticated woman. Here's the thing: If you ever got me, you wouldn't have a clue what to do with me. That's what these ideas say to us. This phenomenon is one of the most important things you can understand about startups.  You'd expect big startup ideas to be attractive, but actually they tend to repel you. 1. The best ideas are just on the right side of impossible. Microsoft : Google :: Google : Facebook. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
By Eran B.Y. RADIFIED: Hard Drive Partitioning Strategies. Information Is Beautiful | Ideas, issues, knowledge, data - visualized! Energy. Business and Entrepreneur. Thought. Lucid Dreaming. "Fun" Interesting.