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  • <h1>The Importance of Creating a Family Culture</h1>

    07/04/2016 4:37:57 PM PDT · by vannrox · 11 replies
    The Art of Manliness ^ | July 2013 | Brett & Kate McKay
    Have you ever met one of those families that just seem to have it all together? Maybe you knew such a family growing up and loved hanging out over at their house – there was such a great atmosphere there that you kind of felt like you were coming home whenever you stopped over. The parents were happy. The kids were all well-adjusted and generally did the right thing. Everyone in the family seemed to genuinely love, respect, and care about each other. They all truly enjoyed each other’s company and had a blast doing things together. Sure, they...
  • Uber is now more valuable than Ford, GM, and a bunch of huge public companies

    12/04/2015 9:44:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/04/2015 | Matt Rosoff
    Uber is reportedly shopping itself to investors for another round of funding, and this time it's seeking a valuation of $62.5 billion. As this chart from Statista shows, that means Uber is now more valuable than the major U.S. car companies Ford and GM, more than media giants like Fox and Time-Warner Cable, and almost twice as much as eBay. This is despite the fact that Uber almost certainly loses money, and has a fraction of these companies' revenue. Uber was expected to have net revenue of about $2 billion this year, compared with 2014 revenues of almost $18 billion...
  • Suicide... thinking about it. pros/cons?

    08/14/2015 7:48:39 PM PDT · by proud American in Canada · 226 replies
    August 14, 2015 | self
    Hi, I feel like I have relied on FR so much recently. Everything is breaking down around here. My husband checked himself into a hospital a couple of days ago; he needs heart bypass surgery. My son and daughter are in the Gaspe peninsula visiting their grandmother. They will come back in a week, except my son will be stopping in Montreal to go to college. Our house is falling apart; we have no exterior back wall and the insurance won't pay for it, that will cost $15K Canadian. I am a lawyer in Colorado, but don't really know the...
  • The intangible value of a college education

    06/13/2015 5:32:07 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 28 replies
    Oakland Press ^ | 6-9-15 | Hunter Rawlings
    Pick up any paper or magazine, and youre likely to see a front-page article on college: It costs too much, spawns too much debt is or isnt worth it. I entered academia 52 years ago as a student of Latin and Greek expecting to enter a placid sector of American life, and now find my chosen profession at the center of a media maelstrom. With college replacing high school as the required ticket for a career, what used to be a quiet corner is now a favorite target of policymakers and pundits. Unfortunately, most commentary on the value of college...
  • The Value of Everything: Why the price of things are a mystery ISN'T a mystery

    04/06/2014 7:10:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/06/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Prices are storehouses of knowledge.​ One person whose grammar is impeccable except on the rare occasions when it isn’t is Kevin Williamson. He had a great piece the other day on the mystery of prices. I loved his opening sentence: “Prices are a mystery, and why that is is a mystery.” This reminded me of a great line from this wonderful video essay on Hayek’s “On the Use of Knowledge in Society” over at the Marginal Revolution University. It’s arguably Hayek’s most important contribution — which is saying a lot. It’s like saying Michael Jordan’s best slam dunk or Bill...
  • U.S. agency says Michael Jackson estate owes $702 million in taxes

    08/24/2013 10:29:23 PM PDT · by bkopto · 20 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Aug 23, 2013 | Patrick Temple West
    The estate of pop music legend Michael Jackson owes $702 million in federal taxes and penalties, the Internal Revenue Service charged in U.S. Tax Court, accusing the estate of undervaluing some of the star's assets by hundreds of millions of dollars. At issue is the wide difference between what the estate said Jackson's legacy was worth versus what the IRS determined was its taxable value. An IRS spokesman and lawyers for the estate declined to comment. Jackson died on June 25, 2009, the date of the estate tax return. His estate's beneficiaries are Jackson's mother, Katherine, his three children and...
  • Interactive 3D view of Asteroids and their mining value

    02/13/2013 6:48:29 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 22 replies ^ | 2/13/2013 |
    241 Germania $>100 trillion 164 Eva $>100 trillion 90 Antiope $>100 trillion 253 Mathilde $>100 trillion 132 Aethra $>100 trillion 84 Klio $>100 trillion 2 Pallas $>100 trillion 1 Ceres $67.45 trillion 1910 KU $64.42 trillion Each white dot is an asteroid.
  • The voting group that no one is talking about......

    11/03/2012 8:21:28 AM PDT · by TMA62 · 27 replies
    November 3, 2012 | Ted Andrews
    Call it the Evangelical vote or Value vote. I heard Rush talk about it a few days ago and an Evangelical in Ohio on FNC this morning. The Evangelical vote stayed home in 2008 but was back in full force in the 2010 mid-terms which were blow out wins for the GOP. Nothing has changed in 2012 and the Evangelicals are going to be deciding factors in many races nationwide. This is what Evangelicals have seen over the last few years. 1. Obama's assault on marriage, life and contraception 2. Obamacare (need I say more) 3. The attack on faith...
  • Solar Panel Project

    07/15/2012 12:29:05 AM PDT · by UnBubba · 34 replies
    Myself ^ | 7-15-12 | Unbubba
    My company is contemplating the installation of a 1.2 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) generation solar panel project on the roof of our facility. We are located on Long Island and are powered by LIPA. LIPA has a new green initiative program called CLEAN. LIPA's CLEAN Solar Initiative will pay customers $0.22/kWh for PV plants between 50 kW and 20 MW under 20-year contracts. LIPA will begin accepting applications under the program on July 16th, 2012. The United States experiments with feed-in tariffs at the local level. A number of U.S utilities, municipalities and states have approved feed-in tariffs, however such...
  • Economic Chaos Ahead

    02/08/2012 4:16:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies ^ | February 8, 2012 | Walter E Williams
    Let's think about the kind of mess that we're in. Federal 2010 Medicare and Medicaid expenditures totaled $800 billion. The projected annual growth of both programs is about 7 percent. Social Security expenditures are more than $700 billion a year. According to the 2009 Social Security and Medicare trustees reports, by 2030, 49 percent of federal revenues will go for Social Security and Medicare payments. The unfunded liability of both programs is already $106 trillion.But not to worry. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that it's possible to sustain today's level of federal spending and even achieve a balanced budget. All...

    12/11/2011 10:11:54 PM PST · by woofie · 6 replies
    anonymous email | ? | ?
    To realize The value of a sister/brother Ask someone Who doesn't have one. To realize The value of ten years: Ask a newly Divorced couple. To realize The value of four years: Ask a graduate. To realize The value of one year: Ask a student who Has failed a final exam. To realize The value of nine months: Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn. To realize The value of one month: Ask a mother Who has given birth to A premature baby. To realize The value of one week: Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper. To...
  • Property values fall, yet taxes go up

    09/25/2011 7:15:52 AM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 9/23/11 | Charles Thomas
    Property values fall, yet taxes go upCharles Thomas Friday, September 23, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Cook County property tax bills will go out next month, and homeowners will be asked to pay more for having less. Even though most property values have dropped over the past three years, most property tax bills will be going up again. Falling property values and rising property taxes have turned the American dream for many into a nightmare in virtually every county in the state. Nowhere in Cook County have home prices fallen more dramatically than in the northern and northwestern suburbs -- anywhere...
  • Debt Default In America

    09/09/2011 8:14:42 AM PDT · by Ohioan · 11 replies
    Truth Based Logic Domain ^ | August 31, 2011 | William Flax
    In recent weeks, there has been some discussion over how to handle the soaring public debt of the United States; how that debt--its extent & the method by which it is managed--affects the credit worthiness of the United States & the likelihood of default on that debt; finally, the effect of such phenomena on the future economic well being of the people of the United States. There was also a hue & cry, when a popular financial rating agency issued a minor downgrade of the quality of that debt. In this essay, we will focus on the question of debt...
  • Backlash brews over medias focus on value of college

    06/18/2011 6:17:16 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 63 replies
    The Lookout ^ | June 17th | Liz Goodwin
    A San Francisco State University instructor writes in Poynter today that the media is misrepresenting some basic features of the debate over the value of a college education. In reviewing recent coverage, Sarah Fidelibus argues that journalists are taking surveys out of context in making the case that a college education isn't worth young people's time and money anymore. The critique comes on the heels of a piece in the New Republic titled "Why the media is always wrong about the value of a college degree." In the latter article, Education Sector's Kevin Carey mocks media stories that profile woeful...
  • Consumers Digest Names Top 100 College Values (For those considering college)

    05/12/2011 9:43:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    DEERFIELD, Ill., May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- One hundred colleges and universities out of some 2,000 U.S. schools that offer four-year degrees have been ranked as the top values by Consumers Digest. The rankings are based on attributes that validate or define the institutions' academic prowess factored against annual cost of tuition, fees and room and board. Among 50 public institutions cited, Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo., ranked No. 1. Among 25 private institutions, Yale University took top honors. Among 25 private liberal-arts schools, Grove City College, Grove City, Pa., held the first slot. The rankings, published in CD's June...
  • Chinas Central Bank Recommends Gold For Value Preservation

    03/27/2011 8:11:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 26, 2011 | Robert Lenzner
    Believe it or not Ripley! The Peoples Bank of China(PBOC) recommended yesterday that 1 billion Chinese consider buying gold as a hedge against inflation and to preserve values in a world where currencies can fall. The PBOC Financial Markets Review came out just as several major currencies were indeed declining in value against gold; the dollar,1%, the Swiss franc,2.5%, t he British pound, 2%, and the Japanese yen, 2%. Wow! Be like the Fed telling you to buy oil stocks or crude oil futures due to expectation higher gasoline prices this summer. So, add the PBOC to other secular influences...
  • Gold hits 10th annual gain; silver surges in 2010 (Will the metals upward trend continue in 2011?)

    12/31/2010 2:42:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/31/2010 | Carole Vaporean and Amanda Cooper
    Gold rose to within $10 of a record high on Friday, closing out an unprecedented tenth annual gain as the combination of a weaker dollar and global economic uncertainty seemed to pave the way higher next year. The entire precious metals complex had a stellar run in 2010, led by palladium's 97 percent rise, in a broad commodities rally that pushed the 19-commodity Reuters-Jefferies CRB index up 15 percent. Spot silver, too, swept higher for an 83 percent gain on the year, as investors sought the white metal as an alternative to gold. It was the best-performing assets in the...
  • Dollar Falls to 15-Year Low Against Yen

    10/25/2010 7:37:43 AM PDT · by jpl · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | Monday, October 25, 2010 | BBC
    The US dollar has hit a 15-year low against the yen after the G20 nations agreed to avoid a currency war. The weekend talks, in South Korea, saw the group of 20 major advanced and developing nations, agree to avoid competing to lower their currencies.
  • Analyst Places $2.7 Billion Value on Michelle Obamas Public Wardrobe Choices

    10/20/2010 10:21:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 87 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 10/20/10 | Amy Odell
    In their latest Business Review, Harvard, that fashion-obsessed place a quick private plane ride north of us, had an analyst assess the monetary value Michelle Obama has on fashion labels she wears publicly. Apparently when Michelle wears something, that company's stock spikes upward. If it's not the label seeing a gain, stores that carry the labels, like Saks, stand to benefit. From November 2008 to December 2009, David Yermack counted that Michelle made 189 public appearances, and wore items by or sold at 29 publicly traded companies, including J.Crew, the Gap, Dillard's, and DSW.
  • U.S. housing value down at least $4 trillion

    09/05/2010 10:12:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 9/5/10 | Alan J. Heavens
    If you've recently had your house reappraised for sale or refinancing, and wonder where the equity went, consider this:Since the real estate boom ground to a painful close about 31/2 years ago, the nation's housing stock has shed from about $4 trillion to $7.1 trillion in value.The amount depends on who's counting. A study by Equifax Inc. and Moody's Analytics Inc. says the downturn began in early 2007 and cost $4 trillion through March. The Federal Reserve says the downturn began in the fourth quarter of 2006 and cost $7.1 trillion through March.
  • Let's Get the Dollar's Value Under Control

    07/31/2010 6:54:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 07/31/2010 | Henry Meers Jr.
    The United States is headed into a very important election in November of 2010, if the political pollsters are to be believed. Americans, besieged by a weak dollar and an even weaker economy, are reassessing some of their most basic assumptions about how the country works. RealClearMarkets has recently published columns on the mistakes of the Bush Administration along with others calling for higher taxes to pay down the national debt. Important as these subjects may be, they are only symptoms of a much larger malady. The public is really scratching its head as long held assumptions prove to be...
  • College: Big Investment, Paltry Return (Research shows value is far less than previously thought)

    06/28/2010 12:29:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Business Week ^ | 06/27/2010 | Francesca Di Meglio
    If there's one truism that goes virtually unchallenged these days, it's that a college degree has great value. Beyond the great books, beyond the critical reasoning skills, and beyond the experience itself, there's another way that a college degree has value: Over the course of a working life, college graduates earn more than high school graduates. Over the past decade, research estimates have pegged that figure at $900,00, $1.2 million, and $1.6 million. But new research suggests that the monetary value of a college degree may be vastly overblown. According to a study conducted by PayScale for Bloomberg Businessweek, the...
  • Democrats weigh value of an Obama endorsement (not much worth, apparently.)

    05/19/2010 7:26:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 559+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/19/10 | Charles Babington - ap
    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama may end up playing a rather hands-off role in this fall's elections, a surprising turn for a political phenomenon who excited millions of voters just two years ago. Recent elections have tarnished Obama's luster a bit, and Democratic candidates are likely to be selective in seeking his help. Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania became the fourth Democrat in seven months to lose a high-profile race despite the president's active involvement. Specter's career-ending loss raises questions of whether Obama can transfer even small portions of the political charm that catapulted him to the White House. Campaign...
  • Pentagon rethinking value of major counterinsurgencies

    05/16/2010 9:56:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies · 536+ views ^ | 5/16/10 | NANCY A. YOUSSEF
    Nearly a decade after the United States began to focus its military training and equipment purchases almost exclusively on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. military strategists are quietly shifting gears, saying that large-scale counterinsurgency efforts cost too much and last too long. The domestic economic crisis and the Obama administration's commitment to withdraw from Iraq and begin drawing down in Afghanistan next year are factors in the change. The biggest spur, however, is a growing recognition that large-scale counterinsurgency battles have high casualty rates for troops and civilians, eat up equipment that must be replaced and rarely end...
  • Top 10 Most Expensive Antique Roadshow Items Including the Million Dollar Appraisal (VIDEO)

    05/05/2010 12:17:12 PM PDT · by wrrock · 10 replies · 1,317+ views
    Video ^ | Antique Secretary Desk
    Here is the current top ten list of the most expensive items to ever appear on the show Antique Roadshow. These 'national treasures' are in the hands of some very lucky people. SEE TOP 10...
  • Evaluating the value of social media

    02/25/2010 12:31:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 172+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 2/25/10 | Dean Calbreath
    Over the past several years, companies have increasingly spent their advertising and marketing dollars on search engines such as Google or Yahoo and social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. But how much business do they actually bring into a company? And how can companies improve their online presence to generate more sales? Those questions have dominated the Online Marketing Summit, a four-day conference concluding today at Paradise Point Resort in Mission Bay. Whats working in social media is that its a great way to engage your customers and have a real dialogue with them, said Thad Kahlow,...
  • Geithner says AIG investments may gain value (as the economy improves)

    01/26/2010 8:41:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 290+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/26/10 | Glenn Somerville
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner held out hope to Congress that a hefty investment to bail out insurer AIG (AIG.N) and avert its catastrophic failure will gain value as the economy improves. In prepared remarks for delivery on Wednesday to the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Geithner defended the controversial 2008 rescue and said it was done solely to protect U.S. taxpayers' interests. ... The committee will question both Geithner and his predecessor as Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson, about the AIG bailout that has stirred widespread anger and raised questions about Geithner's role in...
  • Shoppers, beware the present peril

    11/27/2009 2:56:24 AM PST · by Scanian · 46 replies · 1,444+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 27, 2009 | George F. Will
    Another huge value-de stroying hurricane is about to slam America, destroying billions of dollars of value. Another Katrina? No, another Christmas. This voluntary December calamity is explained in a darkly amusing little book about the size of an iPhone. "Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents for the Holidays" comes from a distinguished publisher, Princeton University Press, and an eminent author, Joel Waldfogel of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton business school. He says that the crux of Yuletide economics, which common sense suggests and research confirms, is:
  • What Do You Value What Almighty God Values?

    09/14/2009 4:53:22 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 20 replies · 481+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 9/15/09 | MBC I.F.
    In our American society, what a person finds important, of value, is vitally connected to what ones society finds important. The safety of a nation is surely related to what it values. Good and healthy values maintain the existence of a nation. Our UNALIENABLE RIGHTS. . . Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness are in jeopardy. They are not to be transferred to a new owner. Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14:34). As our nation abandons its historic healthy foundation, it will be unable to survive the tests of rightness and...
  • 4 Signs Your Home Is About to Lose Value

    08/12/2009 8:08:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies · 1,398+ views
    ugoldmine via Yahoo Finance ^ | 8/12/2009 | AnnaMaria Andriotis
    Despite signs that the real estate market is bottoming out, millions of homeowners are likely to find themselves in worse shape within the next two years. Nearly half of the nations 52 million mortgage borrowers will have negative equity by the end of the first quarter of 2011, up from the 14 million at the end of this years first quarter, according to estimates in an Aug. 5 report by Deutsche Bank (DB). With so many borrowers underwater or owing more on their home than its worth the risk is high that theyll default and their homes will...
  • VAT Is No Answer

    05/27/2009 7:11:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies · 1,015+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 27, 2009
    Fiscal Policy: Given the number of new tax ideas making the rounds, you'd think we were in a rip-roaring expansion. But we're not, and new taxes are exactly the wrong thing to be proposing.In addition to kicking up taxes on the so-called wealthy, various members of the current administration seem to have lots of new ideas for separating Americans from their money. Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's top aide, is health care adviser to Obama's budget director, Peter Orszag. He wants a 10% value-added tax (VAT), similar to the European Union's, to "pay" for health care reform....
  • National Sales Tax Gets Fresh Look; Rahm Emanuel's brother advises 10% VAT...

    05/27/2009 5:38:44 AM PDT · by GreaterSwiss · 359 replies · 14,432+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5/27/2009 | Lori Montgomery
    With budget deficits soaring and President Obama pushing a trillion-dollar-plus expansion of health coverage, some Washington policymakers are taking a fresh look at a money-making idea long considered politically taboo: a national sales tax. Common around the world, including in Europe, such a tax -- called a value-added tax, or VAT -- has not been seriously considered in the United States. But advocates say few other options can generate the kind of money the nation will need to avert fiscal calamity. At a White House conference earlier this year on the government's budget problems, a roomful of tax experts pleaded...
  • Revival of the Fittest: The Reestablishment of Man

    11/25/2008 3:22:35 PM PST · by thinkingIsPresuppositional · 3 replies · 236+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | November 25, 2008 | Gina L. Diorio
    by Gina L. DiorioNote: Yesterday marked the 149th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life – more commonly known as The Origin of Species. I wrote the following piece several years ago but believe this week in particular merits its reprint here. ***Revival of the Fittest: The Reestablishment of ManHumanity is in danger of extinction. Earth’s physical environment does not seek to destroy the human race; neither does any non-human species attempt to extinguish it. Rather, humanity presents...
  • Bun appetit! The best, and worst, fast food values

    11/20/2008 5:10:10 PM PST · by Coleus · 38 replies · 3,413+ views
    nydailynews ^ | 11.16.08 | ELOISE PARKER
    Steak or salmon? Try Big Mac or Gordita. The high-end restaurant business is bracing itself for a slowdown as customers opt to save instead of spend. Thats good news for fast-food chains like McDonalds. In October, sales at the Golden Arches jumped 8.2% globally, thanks in part to their budget-friendly dollar menu. But how far can your dollar go when it comes to taste? We asked Zach Brooks, editor of and founder of, to taste-test the best deals at five fast-food chains with outlets throughout the five boroughs, and dish on his findings. KFCI love fried chicken. The...
  • Joint Staff Ops Director Cites Value of America Supports You

    01/25/2008 3:07:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 51+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2008 The Joint Staffs operations director told participants in the third annual America Supports You National Summit here today it would be impossible to put a price tag on what they give the countrys men and women in uniform. Army Lt. Gen. Carter F. Ham told more than 180 representatives of 122 troop-support groups at the Pentagon for the all-day summit that the work they do and the support of the American people provide the center of gravity for our operations. Troops rely on equipment, supplies, food and other resources to carry out their mission. But...
  • Marriage deserves more because it gives more

    09/02/2007 8:20:25 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 299+ views ^ | Friday, 31 August 2007 | Chris Meney
    Chris Meney | Friday, 31 August 2007 Marriage deserves more because it gives more The continued provision of preferential support for parents and children over other types of unions is vital for society. The ongoing debate in Australia over the access of same-sex couples to social benefits and so-called entitlements is a distraction from the real issue at hand. The real issue is not one concerning any infringement of rights. Rather, it is about what heterosexual marriage can offer society that other forms of relationships cannot. Married heterosexual unions are not simply a legal invention with an associated bunch...
  • America Supports You: Gates Extols Value of Troop-Support Efforts

    05/03/2007 9:42:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 184+ views
    DALLAS, May 3, 2007 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today expressed thanks to Americans who support the troops and urged people to check out the Defense Departments America Supports You program. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates delivers a luncheon speech to the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, May 3, 2007. U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Tolzmann (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Gates told several hundred members of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce here that hes grateful for the support many are providing their employees serving in the National Guard and reserves. You value these...
  • Your Home Sweet Home: What Is It Worth In A Shifting Market?

    03/16/2007 3:45:38 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 8 replies · 809+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 16 March 2007 | KATHLEEN DOLER
    What price tag would you put on your house: a real estate agent's suggested price, the price a nearby home recently sold at, an appraiser's estimate, or another number? ...Location, location, location" still applies now more than ever, agents and appraisers say. Home values can vary by whether the neighborhood's clean and quiet, in a good school district or even by its proximity to an upscale supermarket. So factor area amenities into the pricing equation ...Great kitchens and baths, with new fixtures, help sell homes. But buyers are getting more energy-conscious and real estate agents say efficient heating and...
  • A short history of self-esteem

    02/14/2007 2:04:54 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 26 replies · 3,035+ views
    Cener for Confidence UK ^ | 2006 | Carol Craig
    The rise of the self-esteem movement From the late 1960s on self-esteem became a fashionable and influential idea. One of the first exponents was a young psychology professor called Stanley Coopersmith from California. A more influential figure was Nathaniel Branden. Branden was a psychtherapist and devotee of the philosopher Ayn Rand. He has written countless books on self-esteem and is considered the intellectual father of the self-esteem movement. As we shall see in another section, Brandens work is sophisticated and his definition of self-esteem, and notions of how it can be boosted, is a far cry from the exhortations to...
  • Arguments against the Labor Theory of Value

    12/30/2006 6:06:12 PM PST · by G. Stolyarov II · 21 replies · 1,159+ views ^ | December 21, 2006 | G. Stolyarov II
    I shall refute here the proposition that the economic value of all goods and services is derived from the cost of their production and ultimately from the labor expended on their creationbe it measured in terms of the time, effort, or disutility required to produce the goods or services in questionand the labor expended on the creation of goods necessarily endows them with economic value. This proposition is the essence of the labor theory of value, a false view nonetheless embraced by such notable thinkers as Thomas Aquinas and Adam Smith and used by Karl Marx to justify socialism. I...
  • Worth the Mission?

    06/29/2006 6:26:10 PM PDT · by NonZeroSum · 3 replies · 325+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 29th, 2006 | Rand Simberg
    Almost a year after its last flight, NASA has begun the countdown to attempt a flight of the space shuttle this coming weekend (weather permitting — a tropical disturbance currently in the Caribbean threatens Cape Canaveral and central Florida with rain, clouds, and lightning, which could potentially result in repeated daily postponements until the system moves on). If they do launch, it will be only the second flight in the almost three and a half years since the loss of Columbia over the skies of Texas on February 1, 2003, and the first since last summer’s return to flight, in...
  • Housing starts rise 5 percent

    06/20/2006 8:15:43 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 25 replies · 568+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 6-20-06 | David Lawder
    Workers pour a concrete foundation in front of an unfinished housing development in a Denver, Colorado suburb April 19, 2005. The pace of U.S. housing construction rose more than expected in May after three months of declines as groundbreaking on both single-family and multifamily units jumped, a government report showed on Tuesday. (Rick Wilking/Reuters) The pace of U.S. housing construction rose more than expected in May after three months of declines as groundbreaking on both single-family and multifamily units jumped but permits for future projects fell, a government report showed on Tuesday. The Commerce Department said May housing starts...
  • Afghan Police Recognize Equal Value of Female Officers

    05/12/2006 4:52:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 319+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan, May 11, 2006 The Afghan National Police recently took major strides toward recognizing the equal rights of men and women, as well as the important contributions made by its female officers. Gen. Aziza Nazeri (center), the Afghan National Police''s most senior female officer, presides over the Gender Awareness Day conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 8, as Gen. Ahmad Madadzai and Jerilyn Glick Holsapple look on. Madadzai is head of the Human Rights Department of the Ministry of Interior, and Holsapple is a special agent with the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Photo by Staff...
  • De-prioritizing people

    03/28/2006 6:43:10 AM PST · by serendipity_kate · 1 replies · 471+ views ^ | 28 March 2006 | Jennifer Biddison
    Part of the problem is that the people who decide national policy are headquartered in Washington, D.C., where large plots of private property are rare. Those of us who live in urban or suburban areas imagine endangered species protection to be as simple as being kind to blue whales, grizzly bears and bald eagles. We dont stop to consider the dilemmas facing people thousands of miles away from us. Bill Snape, Chairman of the Endangered Species Coalition, is an example of one who lives in either ignorance or denial. There just arent private landowners that I can identify where the...
  • Tiger Poo the New Black Gold [new meaning for not worth s...]

    02/19/2006 11:25:40 AM PST · by ex-snook · 4 replies · 361+ views
    CNN ^ | 2 17 06 | CNN
    CANBERRA, Australia (Reuters) -- A tiger's roar might be scary, but Australian researchers have found that the predator's poo is just as potent. Researchers at the University of Queensland said on Friday they had successfully trailed a tiger poo repellant, warding off wild goats for at least three days.
  • Selfishness Has Its Value to the Economy

    02/14/2006 9:44:14 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 8 replies · 433+ views ^ | 02/13/2006 | Peter Brown
    Selfishness Has Its Value to the EconomyBy Peter Brown Self-interest gets a bad rap these days. It is both the driving principle of capitalism and a fact of human nature. And, it explains so much about many Americans' ambivalence toward Wal-Mart. A survey of attitudes toward the nation's largest retailer among New Yorkers, who might be expected to be among the least supportive of the firm and its practices, explains much about that love/hate relationship. They don't like the company and wish it were operated differently. But in a New York minute they are on their way to shop there....
  • What's your home worth? Amazing new site --

    02/08/2006 11:37:33 PM PST · by Kay · 167 replies · 4,890+ views
    CNN ^ | February 8, 2006: 1:29 PM EST | By Stephen Gandel, MONEY Magazine staff writer
    A new site promises sophisticated home valuations and -- one day -- an end to 6% commissions. NEW YORK (MONEY) - Say "goodbye" to appraisers -- and possibly real estate agents. At least that's the promise of, launched Wednesday, which is headed by the founder of Internet travel company Expedia........... Plug in an address and you get a price. You can even pull back to a satellite photo of a particular street, complete with price estimates for every house on the block. Those price guesses, which the branding-savvy Zillow folks call a "Zestimate," take into account the size of...
  • Baghdad's Palestine Hotel Targeted for Media Value, General Says

    10/27/2005 11:25:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 328+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 27, 2005 | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2005 Insurgents targeted the Baghdad's Palestine Hotel for its inherent media value, a senior U.S. military official said today during a news conference in Baghdad. "Half the battle is in the battlefield of the media," Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, a spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq, said. "The terrorists will use the media as a combat multiplier to hide their limited capabilities." The general said terrorists recognize the value of the media. Al Qaeda's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, expressed this sentiment in a letter to Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, believed to be leading insurgent...
  • Full Service Lingers In A Self-Service World (Some Motorists Demand Real Auto Service Alert)

    10/09/2005 1:04:46 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 27 replies · 749+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/09/05 | Elizabeth Douglass
    Like many motorists, Albert Menaster has watched with alarm as gasoline prices zoomed past $3 a gallon. But when he drives his 1998 Ford Windstar into Silverlake 76, Menaster stops at the lone full-serve nozzle, where customers can bark a command heard mostly in old movies: Fill 'er up! ADVERTISEMENT In a world gone self-serve, Menaster belongs to a pool of full-serve holdouts who pay as much as 50 cents more per gallon than their self-serve brethren. If he pumped his own gas, Menaster could save $4.50 with each fill-up. But he and others say not even the unrelenting rise...
  • Equity Is Altering Spending Habits and View of Debt

    08/28/2005 8:39:10 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 52 replies · 1,009+ views ^ | August 28, 2005 | David Streitfeld, Times Staff Writer
    As they happily watch their houses swell in value, Americans are changing their attitudes toward mortgage debt. Increasingly, a home is no longer a nest egg whose equity should never be touched, but a seemingly magical ATM enabling the owner to live it up or just live. Homeowners took $59 billion in cash out of their houses in the second quarter, double the amount in the 2004 quarter and 16 times the average rate of the mid-1990s, according to data released this month by mortgage giant Freddie Mac. People are cashing out so quickly that the term "homeowner" may soon...