Go out around 4 p.m. local time on Monday, and position yourself so that the sun is behind a chimney or rooftop to your right. Blocking the sun is always essential if you’re looking anywhere close to the sun. WARNING:Never look directly at the sun with your unaided eye or through binoculars or telescopes without special light filters. Severe eye damage can result.
Then face due south, and look two-thirds of the way up the sky towards overhead. If the sky is clear, you should be able to clearly see the crescent moon. Look just above the moon, and you should be able to see Venus as a tiny brilliant pinpoint of light.
This is so stupid on so many levels for employers to require job applicants and employees to give them access to their accounts!
Facebook is a huge company. Once they get word of what you’re doing, I doubt you’ll be prepared to go up against them.
It obviously is a turnoff and the worst way to attract quality employees. The only ones you’ll get are the ones dumb enough to not turn around and walk out that door. And even if you get a good one, they’ll see you’re an obvious control freak.
Thought of the Day: (More of a Pet Peeve of the Day) Why is it that some people still spell an Apple product with a capital "I" — as if Apple forgot to capitalize it?
Friends spelling it wrong in a chat convo or a status is one thing, I’ll forgive you… once… but it’s when businesses do it that really get me going. Really? You’re not smart enough to do a quick search and find the real spelling of things? I feel it reflects more than grammar or knowledge of how it’s spelled — it reflects their effort to premium quality.
“Some people live by a philosophy that says ‘if you always expect the worst, you’ll never be disappointed.’ I think that’s a sad way to live. We have the capacity to commit to a higher level of thinking that allows us to expect the best and simultaneously accept the rest. To live everyday with unwavering faith and optimism in ourselves and our ability to always create an even better tomorrow.”—Hal Elrod
Your level of success will always be determined by how much value you add to the lives of others. True leaders don’t focus on what they can get; they focus on what they can give. Whether a parent, teacher, manager, or CEO – leadership is about focusing on how you can add more value. More valued added = more influence, more income, and more opportunities.
For an assignment tomorrow in my Critical Thinking class we had to write a paper about our thoughts on minimum wage. At first I didn’t have any opinion, but after doing some research things changed. Here are my thoughts:
In all honesty, I had never considered pros and cons of minimum wage until this assignment and overall, I saw it as a good thing. That said, as I started to do some research, I realized my opinion may have changed from seeing it as a positive thing and I will explain why.
Those who support minimum wage claim that it promotes greater efficiency in a business. They also argue that it increases the living standards of employees and reduces poverty. However, how can minimum wage really reduce poverty or increase the standard of living? I truly believe it isn’t necessarily how much you make, but what you do with what you make. It is possible for “Jim”, who makes $40,000 a year, to be in the same financial position as “Mark”, who makes $15,000 a year. Depending on how Jim and Mark save their money, Mark might do very well for his level of income by saving his money and following his budgets, and Jim might not do well at all due to his spending habits. However, if Mark doesn’t have very good saving habits, he might be in a dire financial situation. Should that be the employer’s responsibility? What about the government’s? I tend to think not. Minimum wage is just another example of how we rely on the government to make our life for us, instead of going out and doing it ourselves. Professor Milton Friedman of Standford University said:
“If you look at the real problems of poverty and denial of freedom to people in this country, almost every single one of them is a result of government action…”
He mentioned the high unemployment rate of black teenagers calling it a “disgrace and a scandal.” He expands on this reasoning saying that they receive “lousy schooling through governmental schools,” making them unqualified to hold decent jobs. By having a minimum wage, employers are practically required to discriminate against them by not hiring them unless their productivity is enough to justify minimum wage. He also states that governmental welfare is a “machine for producing poor people.” These governmental practices are actually conducive to poverty instead of being the answer.
Minimum wage affects employers a lot too. To make a profit, they must raise prices. I don’t feel that employers should underpay employees by any means and with high living expenses it does make it difficult to make a living off so little. But maybe living expenses are high because we have such high demands for accommodations. These high demands are a result of little appreciation for what we work for. If we had to work harder for our money, we might spend and budget it wiser. Once again, it’s not the government’s role to do this for us. We have to. We must take accountability for our actions. So is minimum wage fair? No. Not for businesses as it inhibits them from keeping lower prices that consumers are willing to pay. What about the people? No, not us either. It cripples us from striving to accomplish something greater. Instead we settle for less because we’ll get paid enough or we may not even have the skills to justify being paid minimum wage in the first place.
Minimum wage shouldn’t be higher, but I doubt it will go lower. At best it should stay where it’s at. We’re in an age of “more, more, more,” not “less, less, less”. The argument could be made that the higher minimum wage is, the more employers have to raise their prices, thus the consumer having to pay more for products or services. Because the consumer must pay more, he or she must make more and because he or she must make more, the employer must raise the price of a product or service. It is a vicious circle. This proves that minimum wage is not the answer to financial problems. Instead parents, society, the department of education, etc. must teach children how to manage money, otherwise the financial woes of this country will continue to spiral down into an abyss.
Earlier this week I said to watch out for my thoughts on this topic… I never posted it that day. But here it is:
Capitalism: An economic system in which investment in and ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange of wealth is made and maintained chiefly by private individuals or corporations, especially as contrasted to cooperatively or state-owned means of wealth
Socialism: A theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole. In Marxist theory, the stage following capitalism in transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.
Personally, the economic system I prefer to be in is capitalism. I feel this way because it has proven its effectiveness much more in the United States and other countries that have adopted it versus socialism. Socialism is founded on principles that inhibit individualism, growth, entrepreneurship and even critical thinking of the people. In socialism the government tells the people what they want to do, how they want to live their lives and what to teach our children. A politically active blogger, Justen Charters, said it well:
You’re telling me that a rich guy who makes 500 trillion dollars a year shouldn’t share his 500 trillion dollars with everybody else?
He continued on to “defend” this socialistic thinking playing the part of someone justifying that they should receive part of the money because they paved the road that the rich guy drives his Bentley on. It was refreshing to see that someone else of my demographic had common sense, however, this socialistic attitude is very common in Americans today. Simply put, socialism is an example of “we the government-dependence” (entitlements and privileges over principles), while capitalism represents “we the people” (accountability and responsibility). Unfortunately socialism is being taught today to kids by their parents and the department of education. For example, valuing your privileges over your principles and to be politically correct instead of telling the truth, are what is being taught by society, parents and schools.
Capitalism ensures that the only thing we get a “cut” for is what we work for and we don’t get “free lunches”, but that what we do get are opportunities, if we strive for them.
Rape. That’s a word that probably shouldn’t be at the beginning of a blog post. Why? Similar to word suicide or pedophile. People really don’t want to talk about these unconventional topics. They want to avoid them and pretend there’s no such thing. Part of it is the idealistic thinking (where everything is happy and no one is wrong) that is so prevalent in this era.
Another part, however, is that we don’t think it’s all that common. I think otherwise. I believe that it is much more common than we’d like to know. Part of the reason is the association in which we believe the word “rape” means. Most would describe rape as a girl who is forced against her will to have sex. The dictionary defines rape as “any act of sexual intercourse that is forced upon a person.” Most would also define “forced” as physical action. But I feel it could easily be replaced with “manipulate”. What am I getting at? Rape doesn’t just mean to physically force someone to have sex, nor does it only apply to women. Yet men are rarely, if ever, considered in the equation. In fact, it’s often said that men can’t be raped.
So why the dark, random topic? I’m taking a Critical Thinking class this semester and it has really caused me to think outside the normal stereotypical ways of thinking and to elaborate my thought process beyond the norm.
I’d really like to also get your thoughts on this topic. I personally have known people that this applies to. You don’t have to publicly say that you have been a victim if you are, but what are your thoughts are on this topic?