Scientists estimate that smoking a cigarette takes 11 minutes off of your life – A pack of 20 takes 3 hours – A carton takes 1.5 days.
Congress debates if it should really profit so much from student debt http://t.co/FfseqdhMwy– Congressional Democrats have pounced on a nonpartisan government report showing the Department of Education this year is forecast to earn a record $51 billion profit off student borrowers, denouncing the Obama administration and urging for structural reforms.
Members of the House of Representatives including George Miller (D-Calif.), John Tierney (D-Mass.) and John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) cited news reports in The Huffington Post that highlighted the Tuesday estimate by the Congressional Budget Office, which showed that the Education Department was forecast to report higher earnings this year than Exxon Mobil and nearly as high as those of the four biggest U.S. banks by assets combined. “We don’t see students or their parents as profit centers, and we don’t think it’s an appropriate concept to be acting like a market-driven bank here,” Tierney said.
Miller criticized a policy that is leading to “immense profit being extracted from students and families that are struggling.” The critical comments have alarmed policymakers in the Obama administration, who along with lawmakers are racing to avert a scheduled doubling of interest rates on some new federal student loans that is set to occur on July 1.
The ten worst cities for dog attacks, as determined by the U.S. Postal Service, are listed below, along with the accompanying number of attacks in 2012:
Los Angeles, CA (69)
San Antonio, TX & Seattle, WA (42)
Chicago, IL (41)
San Francisco, CA (38)
Philadelphia, PA (34)
Detroit, MI (33)
St. Louis, MO (32)
Baltimore, MD & Sacramento, CA (29)
Houston, TX & Minneapolis, MN (27)
Cleveland and Dayton, OH (26)
Read the full article: @TIME: And the worst city for dog attacks is… | http://t.co/SMk8qr3oY9
We’re getting high on the hog of BB Ranch butcher William von Schneidau, who feeds marijuana to his pigs and sells them at Seattle’s Pike Place Market. SeattleMet reports that Schneidau adds “weed to the feed” — yes, the stems, stalks and seeds — to give his meat a more savory flavor.
In 2013, you get new stuff. You know what I mean: a new calendar, a fresh desk, a new set of books. Label your folders (on line or offline), create more organized to-do lists or assemble a calendaring system you’ll actually use. My resolutions are that I will actually use Evernote (for white papers and in-depth articles) -use Shoeboxed to keep track of my traveling receipts.
Even if you aren’t one of the lucky ducks that received a new phone, computer or tablet this year, you can still take advantage of the new tech 2013 has to offer. In fact, much of it isn’t really new at all. Voice to text apps perfect while on your morning walk or commute to your office. With constant upgrades on software, new consumer and enterprise apps being developed daily and constant must-have lists, there is surely one new tech change you can make to your daily routine… print out and laminate shortcut cheat sheets that have saved a great deal of time. Need some ideas? Check out followup.cc and IFTT to automate like…everything.
Clean, clear desktop. Fresh lines of notebook paper. Even my Facebook timeline somehow seems clearer. Even if you didn’t have a chance to de-clutter before 2012 was over, you can still organize your space and get rid of detritus post haste. The obvious tidying up has to do with “real life” but what about creating a new and organized Dropbox folder or using unroll.me to tidy up your inbox? Is your desktop looking cluttered with screenshots and to-do items? If so, take 15 minutes to de-clutter so that you can start 2013 with a clear mind (and PC). My number one item? Begin syncing my project management tool of choice, Asana with Dropbox folders. They offer the integration now and it’s a no brainer.
I’ll be the first to tell you that the “predictions” lists are kind of “meh” this year. That is, they say the same things as last year, basically. However, there are some gems out there. Jobcast has an interesting one, as do I (yeah like I’m not gonna put mine in here) and Ihrim’s, while long, is good. New ideas are everywhere and as a cutting edge recruiter (which you are right?) you should want to pay attention to these. So call up employee referral vendor Zao or Video Interviewing platform Wowzer or ATS vendor RecruiterBox or RMS provider Skillstream. Don’t get gamification? Call Badgeville. Confused about social sourcing? Check out Entelo. Need CRM tips? Ping Avature; head to Software Advice and Capterra for list after list of HR Tech Products) are interested in educating you.
Read the full article@ theundercoverrecruiter.com(SharonPruitt)
About 81% of black students borrow money to pay for college, compared to 65% of their white peers. http://t.co/24oc9jSVzt- so what!
1. Know your priorities. Mackey-Ross asks candidates to make a three-column list: What they feel they must have in order to take the offer; what is optional; and what they care least about and would be willing to give up in order to get something else. “The items on this list, and which category they fall into, can vary quite a lot from one person to another,” she notes. “But you need to go into the negotiation knowing exactly what you really want, or need, and at what point you’re willing to walk away.”
2. Consider requesting a later increase. If the salary figure the company has in mind is set in stone, ask whether they’d be willing to commit to a raise or a performance bonus in six months or a year, when you’ve had a chance to prove yourself in the new job. This is most likely to work if you also stress how much you want the job. “Saying how excited you are about this opportunity might seem to give you less leverage, not more,” Mackey-Ross notes. “But it doesn’t, because employers really want motivated employees.”
3. Rehearse beforehand. “Lots of people have little or no negotiating experience, so the whole idea makes them nervous,” Mackey-Ross says. If that applies to you (and the way you signed your question suggests it does), get all your facts and priorities together and find a friend to practice with: “Have them shoot responses at you, like, ‘Sorry, this is what we pay people at your level, take it or leave it,’ and practice what you would say in the real discussion. The more you prepare ahead of time, the calmer you’ll be when you get there.”
4. Take the long view. “Think about how this job will affect your whole career,” Mackey-Ross advises. “There are often intangibles — like how great this company and this position will look on your resume, and how it could qualify you for a bigger job later — that might be worth an ‘opportunity cost’ of a lower salary than you’d like in the short term.”
Starting pay is just that, she adds: “Once you’ve proven what you can do for the company, your salary will almost certainly go up. You’ll get other opportunities to negotiate for more money as time goes on. This isn’t your last chance.”