The study, found that for 55 percent of women, their No. 1 priority is paying off debt, followed by saving (48 percent) and then vacations (35 percent). As shoppers, 8 out of 10 are simplifying how they take care of their homes and are making easier meals, seven out of 10 are adopting simpler beauty routines, and six out of 10 are spending less time shopping. Two-thirds of those surveyed are staying home more.
Public Servants: Who is Serving Whom? (reflector)
The study says Federal workers with a professional or doctoral degree make up 7 percent of the Federal workforce. Therefore, 93 percent of Federal workers earn higher salaries plus benefits than comparable workers in the private sector. I'm still waiting for the "extraordinary sacrifice" we keep hearing about.
Debt: When the debt pyramid crashes, when bonds and currencies are marked down to near intrinsic value, when central banks create massively more currency units to “paper over” the coming crisis, will gold substantially increase in value? Trick question! Gold will always be valuable, but the dollars, pounds, yen, and euros will continue to devalue and, from a dollar-centric world it will appear that gold is becoming more expensive. No – the apparent increase in gold price is largely caused by the devaluation of currencies.
The construction jobs once fueled by the housing bubble that burst so violently in 2008 are unlikely to return anytime soon. The jobs picking up the slack today are in retail sales or cleaning buildings, paying little more than $26,000 a year; they are cashier positions paying $21,000, or food-prep jobs paying less than $20,000.
Some growing occupations pay a decent wage: registered nurses earn $71,000 a year, on average. But these examples are the exception, not the norm.
In his first statement as Saudi Oil minister, Khalid al-Falih implied that Saudi oil policy will continues along the lines of his predecessor
April experienced record high temperatures throughout the entire Pacific Northwest, causing much of the remaining snowpack to melt and runoff. Over 80 percent of all SNOTEL sites with at least 15 years of data set all new melt rate records for April. During two separate high-pressure weather systems in April, Snowpack Telemetry (SNOTEL) experienced minimum daily temperatures exceeding 20 degrees above normal. Due to the rapid snowmelt, runoff was above normal and Washington State’s rivers and streams were able to contain it without flooding.
Sheet mulching also traps moisture in the soil. Every farmer and gardener knows that mulching is a must to cut down on irrigation, but the cardboard used in sheet mulching is much more effective at trapping moisture than typical wood chips or straw. When I used the sheet mulching technique in the parched landscape of California, I found the moisture in the soil lasted at least five to 10 times longer than a thick layer of mulch on its own.
Climate change is currently a smaller factor – 4% – but is likely to grow. “I suspect we won’t actually see the full impact until 30 years down the line as it takes so long for plants, especially trees, to produce their offspring,” said Willis. One important crop that is already suffering is coffee, as rising temperatures make the beans impossible to grow and increase diseases in key countries such as Ethiopia.
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