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San Francisco-based photographer Beth Moon has spent the last 14 years in search of the world’s oldest trees. In the most remote and obscure locations she has uncovered the most spectacular trees, many of which appear old enough to hold long buried secrets of the world.
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Stocking up at the grocery store is only half the battle when prepping for a winter storm. The other half is safely conserving everything you’ve stocked up on. Hank Lambert, CEO of PURE Bioscience, a company dedicated to health for food and consumer safety, shares his best tips on safely storing and preserving food if the power goes out during a winter storm:
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Coffee drinkers consistently value cleanliness, convenience, and friendliness of staff just as much as they do things like freshness and consistency. Creativity of menu, atmosphere, and watching someone prepare their drink—just for them—aren’t too far behind. Sourcing practices, a commitment to sustainability, and company ethics register strongly too. There are over a dozen significant drivers that come into play when a coffee drinker chooses where to go which don’t involve how the coffee actually tastes.
Already the richest country in the world, the United States reached its highest cumulative wealth ever in 2013. It ranked fourth in the world in wealth per person, with $348,000 for every American adult.
But the average American wouldn’t know it. Thanks to economic policies that favor the super-rich and fuel inequality, the typical US adult’s total wealth is $31,688 — not even close to $348,000. And things aren’t poised to change: The median household brought in $51,939 in 2013, a real dollar increase of just $180 from 2012. This recent income stagnation came in the wake of a steep drop from 2007-2011 (mouse over the graph to see data):
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Presidential aspirants in both parties are talking about saving the middle class. But the middle class can’t be saved unless Wall Street is tamed.
The Street’s excesses pose a continuing danger to average Americans. And its ongoing use of confidential corporate information is defrauding millions of middle-class investors.
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You get the good news that your office is closed due to the big (if not as big as expected) blizzard and you don't need to cross country ski your way in. While it's great to have a snow day, it's tough if you're living from paycheck to paycheck. Do you get paid if the office is closed due to snow?
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Throughout the course of the financial and debt crises in Europe, politicians played a supporting role to financial markets and financial technocrats – that is, the economists, academics, central bankers, finance ministers and heads of international organizations who articulate the interests of powerful financial and social groups in the technocratic language of "expertise," and who enact policies, create and shape major institutions, and whose decisions affect the lives of hundreds of millions, even billions, of people.
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Spanish is a beautiful language that more than 500 million people around the world speak. And although is the second most commonly spoken language in the United States, there are some words that are too much for non-Spanish speakers.
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