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Americans have very little choice over their cable Internet provider. This is largely because of a decision made 12 years ago, when the U.S. went one direction and the rest of the world went another. Radio A study shows that women can be great negotiators, just not when they're asking for themselves. When women negotiate pay on behalf of a friend, they bargain just as hard as the guys. Government

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10 Things You NEED to Splurge On When Money Is Tight I have waltzed with riches more than once in my life. I have tangoed with poverty a time or two as well. Usually I find myself dancing along somewhere in the middle, definitely not rich enough to spend a ton on the finer things, and not poor enough that I can’t enjoy life at all. Modern Monetary Theory … alternative economic thinking The Weekend Quiz – March 5-6, 2016 Welcome to The Weekend Quiz, which used to be known as the Saturday Quiz! The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention over the last seven days. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

Street Sweep - Fortune Finance: Hedge Funds, Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Wall Street, Washington Apparently Bernie Madoff wasn't the only bad apple at Nasdaq. In the latest shining moment for the U.S. stock exchanges, the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday charged Donald Johnson, a former Nasdaq managing director, with ripping off investors to the tune of $755,000 by insider trading ahead of the release of corporate press releases. Johnson, you will be impressed to learn, was in charge through October 2009 of the Nasdaq's "market intelligence" desk, which is surely a misnomer but seems in any case to have afforded him with a lot of info he used to trade profitably on outfits like United Therapeutics (UTHR).

The Zombie Podcast - We're Alive - A Story of Survival Synopsis: A small riot in LA has spread past its containment. Three reserve soldiers are called to their deserted duty station. Believed to be the last remaining armed servicemen in the area, Michael, Angel, and Saul witness the true cause of the riot; people are starting to change and attack each other. Armed with only what they can carry, they set out to secure an apartment building and rescue survivors scattered amongst the shattered remains of civilization. In a world turned upside down, every day is a struggle, as those who have taken refuge in “the tower” find out that their safe haven is under constant threat.

Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod Hugh MacLeod is an genuinely awesome guy. He worked in advertising and marketing for years, but wasn’t satisfied with the lack of opportunities to really express himself. That’s when he started creating his unique form of art, which involves drawings on the back of business cards along with some insightful or funny quote. MacLeod’s personal blog featuring these cards got traction and gradually expanded over the years. His book, Ignore Everybody , helps give you an idea of what it takes to break free from the traditional career route and find your own personal niche to lead to your success.

Side Hustle: Overcome Your Objections to Starting Your Own Business Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a 2 part series by Tyler Tervooren of Advanced Riskology, creator of The Bootstrapper Guild. It’s a rare man that doesn’t—at some juncture of his life—stop to question how things might be different if he worked for himself. Even a man who loves his job occasionally wonders what it might be like to strike out on his own and follow some crazy, half-baked notion.

Blog Today is Equal Pay Day, a reminder that women and men are not always compensated at the same rate. While the widely reported statistic that women, on average, earn 77 cents to every man’s dollar has been is a great indicator that women are put in situations every day that for a variety of reasons mean they earn less, it has been criticized for not measuring individuals of similar characteristics, such as age, occupation, education, or experience. To try to get a better understanding of the gender wage gap among specific age groups, and given that many high school and college seniors are on the brink of graduating and entering the labor force, I thought it would be interesting look at the gender wage gap by age and education, to see how women and men fare as they enter today’s unsteady labor market. To close the gender wage gap, women need to see real wage growth faster than their male counterparts. The best type of narrowing occurs when both women and men see real annual wage growth.

Real Time Economics China’s GDP growth fell in the first quarter to its slowest pace since September of 2012, slipping to 7.4% on-year growth from 7.7% the in the fourth quarter. The increase was slightly higher than economists’ expectations of a 7.3% gain. Authorities released other data that suggested continuing weakness, but not at a quickening pace. Industrial production grew 8.8% on year in March below expectations of 9% but up from an average 8.6% expansion in January and February, combined to limit distortions from the Lunar New Year holidays.

Help with medical bills Get information on resources and assistance programs that can help with medical bills. Learn where to find free or affordable medical or dental care as well as prescription medications. Low income families, seniors and people who either lack health insurance or who are underinsured can explore various assistance programs for their medical needs and health care costs. Many pharmaceutical companies offer patients discounted or free prescription medications. Stumbling and Mumbling Nobody will thank me for saying so, but I have a bit of a mancrush on Ed Smith. Yet again, he has raised a profound point in the social sciences: Nakedly ambitious people rarely achieve their ambitions...Simplistic self-interest is not just bad PR, it is often bad strategy. It suffers from a fatal flaw: it is predictable. This draws our attention to the fact that, in some domains, randomness is the best policy.

The Wealth Report One of the most famous and funny Monty Python skits is the “Four Yorkshiremen.” Four cigar-smoking, tux-wearing swells recount their childhood and try to top each other with stories of hardship. One says he used to live in a single room with 26 others. “Eh, you were lucky to have a room! 10 Raunchy Moments Fiendishly Hidden In Disney Cartoons - Page 2 of 10 In some ways The Hunchback of Notre Dame handed the conspirators some fuel for their fires on a plate, by featuring a religious devout character embroiled in a gripping personal conflict over his sexual desire for a young gypsy girl. It might not be the major focus of the story, but it is the film’s major conflict and the framing for its villain Frollo, whose burning desire for Esmerelda Ignoring for a minute the enormous, and unnecessarily highlighted breasts, the image actually also suggests that Frollo’s vision of Esmeralda is in fact naked for part of her appearance. For the most part, she appears very obviously in clothing, but for one particular moment, those clothes seem to vanish, and as in the image above, you can clearly see a little too much detail around her inner thigh area that wouldn’t be visible were she clothed.

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