25 Sep 2018
Millennials Are Causing the U.S. Divorce Rate to Plummet – Bloomberg Quint, 2018/09/25
New data show younger couples are approaching relationships very differently from baby boomers, who married young, divorced, remarried and so on. Generation X and especially millennials are being pickier about who they marry, tying the knot at older ages when education, careers and finances are on track. The result is a U.S. divorce rate that dropped 18 percent from 2008 to 2016, according to an analysis by University of Maryland sociology professor Philip Cohen.
“One of the reasons for the decline is that the married population is getting older and more highly educated,” Cohen said. Fewer people are getting married, and those who do are the sort of people who are least likely to get divorced, he said. “Marriage is more and more an achievement of status, rather than something that people do regardless of how they’re doing.”
Many poorer and less educated Americans are opting not to get married at all. They’re living together, and often raising kids together, but deciding not to tie the knot. And studies have shown these cohabiting relationships are less stable than they used to be.
That’s good news. Marriage should not be taken lightly. It’s part of the structure of our culture.
14 Aug 2018
To Fix That Pain In Your Back, You Might Have To Change The Way You Sit – NPR, 2018/08/13
Maybe the problem, when it comes to back pain, isn’t how much Americans are sitting, but the way we’re sitting.
“Most of us do not sit well, and we’ve certainly been putting a lot more stress on our spines,” says Khan, who operates on spines at Sutters Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
If we change the way we sit, Khan says, it will help to decrease back problems.
A good article for the increasing number of us who spend more and more time sitting.
19 Apr 2018
BET founder: Trump’s economy is bringing black workers back into the labor force – CNBC, 2018/04/06
The growing U.S. economy and improving business environment is bringing black workers back into the labor force, BET founder Robert Johnson told CNBC on Friday.
In January, the Labor Department reported the unemployment rate among black workers was at its lowest since at least the early 1970s, when the government began tracking the data. The unemployment rate for black Americans spiked in January and then fell in February. The rate was unchanged in March at 6.9 percent.
“When you look at that [January report], you have to say something is going right,” said Johnson, a Democrat and founder and chairman of The RLJ Cos.
“You have to take encouragement from what’s happening in the labor force and the job market,” Johnson told “Squawk Box.” “When you look at African-American unemployment, … you’ve never had African-American unemployment this low and the spread between African-Americans and whites narrowing.”
3 Jul 2017
2017/07/03 – ‘How many hot dogs do Americans eat on the 4th of July?’ and other Independence Day numbers – Washington Examiner
Hot dogs – 150 million
Fireworks consumed – 268 million pounds
Countries the celebrate July 4th – 3
Check the link for more numbers…
6 Mar 2017
Silicon Valley high school makes $24million in the Snapchat IPO five years after a parent convinced it to invest $15,000 in seed money – UK Daily Mail
A California high school has made millions of dollars from the initial public offering of shares in Snap Inc., the company behind the Snapchat photo messaging application.
The board of the Saint Francis high school in Mountain View agreed to invest $15,000 in seed money in Snap Inc. in 2012, when the company was just getting started.
The school says they sold two-thirds of their 2.1million Class A shares at $17 each, to raise $24 million. The remaining 700,000 shares that they held onto are now worth more than $17million, after the stock closed at $24.48 a share on Thursday.
This is a private Roman Catholic school that decided to do this. The results are extreme, but modest investments could be methods to lower tuition costs for some who may not have the money to attend private schools.
2 Mar 2017
U.S. oil exports are blowing past expectations – Axios
U.S. crude oil exports have exceeded 1.2 million barrels a day, per the Financial Times. That follows the lifting of a 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports in 2015, and far exceeds baseline projections.
The situation poses a threat to Saudi Arabia and other key OPEC members, which have historically had control over the oil industry and the power to gauge pricing.
2 Mar 2017
Donald Trump made me great again: Former Miss USA – USA Today
I became famous as “Mess USA” when my boss — now the president of the United States — tossed me into rehab after I tested positive for cocaine. Rather than strip me of my crown or add to the negative press with a humiliation campaign, Donald Trump surprised me, and shocked the world, when he held a news conference and declared: “Tara is going to be given a second chance.”
It was 10 years ago that I got out of treatment, and I thank him for my 10 years of recovery. I will always be profoundly grateful. He saved my life and, essentially, made me great again.
This young lady had the perfect toxic mix in her life to be a long time drug abuser.
A good story of redemption. Not a lot about Trump in it, but obviously he was the turning point.
Hopefully with the opiod addictions ramping up, hopefully he can help turn that around also.