EVERY Target shopper NEEDS to know this: If the price ends in 8, it will be marked down again. If it ends in a 4, its the lowest it will be.
Targets mark down schedule. –
MONDAY: Kids Clothing, Stationery (office supplies, gift wrap), Electronics. TUESDAY: Womens Clothing and Domestics.
WEDNESDAY: Mens Clothing, Toys, Health and Beauty.
THURSDAY: Lingerie, Shoes, Housewares.
On Sept. 10, 1897, 19 mineworkers were killed and dozens were wounded in the Lattimer massacre. A strike began weeks prior as miners from eastern Penn. protested extremely dangerous working conditions, unpaid overtime, and the company store. On this day, about 400 miners, most immigrants, began an unarmed peaceful march to Lattimer to support the newly formed UMW there. When they arrived, the sheriff and his deputies opened fire on the men and boys. Learn more: http://bit.ly/w0pUzk and here: http://bit.ly/185GEQk For more stories on coal mining and labor throughout U.S. history, see this collection of lessons, readings, and films on the Zinn Education Project website: http://zinnedproject.org/tag/coal/
Distressed property sales reached a new cyclical low in the past two months. Only 15 percent of all transactions were classified as being due to a foreclosure or needing a short-sale approval from a bank. This is a marked change from nearly one-third of all sales being distressed from 2008 to 2011. Last year, the figure decreased to 26 percent. This year, it is likely to hit 17 percent for the entire year.
Better news yet – distressed sales will hit 11 to 13 percent in 2014, and then fall to a single-digit percentage in 2015. Why? The number of seriously delinquent mortgages in the pipeline has been steadily falling. With fewer in the pipeline, fewer distressed properties will show up as for-sale. Fewer distressed home sales also mean higher home prices. Higher prices in turn mean more people getting lifted out of the underwater status and hence will not face a distressed situation.
For many fitness junkies, the solution for multitasking their way toward a better body and mind means “reading” audio books while putting in miles on the treadmill. But for those who still believe that actually reading the text of their favorite novel beats any audio version, the options have been pretty limited—until now. Weartrons, a group of New York-based developers, has come up with a solution called Run-n-Read that lets you read text on your tablet while running.
Consisting of a tiny clip-on device that can be attached to a headband or the collar of your shirt, the system works with an e-reader app on your tablet to track the movements of your head and shoulders. Keeping the text bouncing in sync with your eyes, the system essentially makes reading while running in a stationary position as easy as reading while standing motionless.
In order to turn pages, users simply tap the device once for a forward page turn and twice to page backwards. In addition to its reader features, the system also doubles as a fitness tracker. The software, which works on Android and iOS devices, is offered as a free tool to be used with the clip-on component, which is currently available to early adopters for $55 on the company’s fundraising website.
“New jobs are not created by small businesses but by new businesses, many of which have a technological component,” Schmidt told economists gathered at the National Association of Business Economics conference. “Technology will create opportunities for new types of jobs tomorrow.”
Just what kind of jobs? Healthcare, transportation, education, and creative industries like movies and music are all sectors that stand to benefit from rapid advances in technology and data analysis, he said.
Here are seven life lessons from one of Tolstoy’s classics, “Anna Karenina”:
1. All that glitters is not gold. When confronted with a choice between two suitors, Levin and Vronsky, 18-year-old Kitty believed that she prefered the latter, who is more objectively handsome and charming. Although he overtly flirted with Kitty, Vronsky quickly falls for Anna, but in the end, he leaves them both heartbroken. Levin, on the other hand, appears eccentric to the general public, but proves to be a reliable partner.
2. Divorce should be a socially acceptable option. Divorce rate statistics are often discussed as if they’re a death knell for romantic happiness, and indeed, many young people have adopted the “why even bother?” mentality. Of course, divorce can have negative short-term consequences on children, but recent studies have shown that most adjust well in the long run. We believe Tolstoy (or at least a few of his characters) would have been thankful for the option. Imagine if Anna and Karenin could have divorced without the act being considered a life-ruining scandal! Well, we’d have a much less interesting literary classic on our hands.
3. Rushing into marriage is probably unwise. Marriage is being put off more and more these days, with the average marrying age rising to 27 for women, and 29 for men (up from 23 for women, 26 for men in 1990), arguably a smart move, both emotionally and financially. Tolstoy may not have predicted this trend, but he did allude to the difficulties of operating within a rigid system of courtship. Levin, age 32 in the novel, marries the latest, and the most happily.
4. “What is, is.” Joshua Rothman writes in The New Yorker of his obsession with “Anna Karenina.” Originally, he interpreted it as a love story, but later he accepted discovered the novel’s grimmer realities, germanely summarized by the epigraph quote: “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” Writes Rothman, “From Tolstoy’s point of view, [it’s] a statement of fact about the universe. It doesn’t budge. What is, is.”
Sure, the arbitrary laws that seal Anna’s fate are unfair, but they still exist. Fretting over “fair” and “unfair” is often tempting, but can be less productive than deciding a positive way to cope with unfair situations.
5. Romance and true love do exist! “Anna Karenina” is, obviously, a tragedy. A woman risks everything she has, including her own life, in pursuit of true love, and the pursuit is ultimately fatal. But there is a good deal of happiness amid the traumatic happenings of this book.
Levin is fixated with Kitty from the moment he lays eyes on her (although he admittedly had crushes on her sisters, too), and continues to pursue her even after he’s rejected. The couple struggles through the beginning of their marriage, but in the end, create a pleasant life together.
6. Routine isn’t dull… Levin (who, in case you can’t tell by now, is the character we admire most) is often heckled for his lifestyle by his bourgeoisie peers. A landowner, he takes pride in waking up early to mow and do physical work. He doesn’t enjoy frequenting the opera, or partaking in gossip.
7. …and neither is living simply. Levin often works alongside the peasants he employs, and Tolstoy was known to have done the same. The author also opened schools for the children of his serfs, and loudly sung the praises of their lifestyles.