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Good news for the US jobless rate

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By the time you read this, some anti-administration spin doctor will have concluded that the improving U.S. unemployment rate of 8.5 percent is all smoke and mirrors.

They will claim that there are people who dropped out of the job market for reasons that range from re-education (true), to retirement (true), to sheer boredom at not finding a job after a year or more (true).

Now’s a good time to really build for the future

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How many times have you told your kids, “Jump to it!” to encourage them with their responsibilities? How many times does the sergeant in the military tell his troop, “Jump to it!” to instill urgency? America is like that right now, we all need to “jump to it!”

Occupy movement is nearing its tipping point

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The term “tipping point” was first used in the mid-1950s to describe the buildup of marital deterioration beyond which there was no hope of reconciliation. Over the years, the expression has proven useful in describing that precipice for everything from financial corporate downfalls, revolutions, medical deterioration, hopeful business growth, all the way to civil unrest.

Global schedule has affected time itself

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In this hustle and bustle world, it is always worth thinking about time and how we continue to change our use of this universal constant.

In case some of you have forgotten the basics, here you go. The Earth revolves around the sun; it takes one year (more or less) to achieve this. Each day during this annual journey, the Earth spins once on its axis. In fact, a day is what we call the period of time for the sun to come up each morning until the next sunrise.

Better ways to handle protesters

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Being American means you have the right to protest and the right of free speech. It is in the Constitution. The Supreme Court has, again and again, affirmed that right, and they have also affirmed your right not to be impeded in public places while you exercise that right. Of course, there are safety and hygiene issues — and, most off all, there are issues with violence at crowded demonstrations.

Uppity, other racial slurs

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Like the man on an iceberg says of the secret of the rising water as the ice melts (“The Great Race” with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon), “When it reaches my bottom lip, then I’ll tell somebody!” I felt it was time to speak out. “Uppity” was defined in 1952 in the Oxford English Dictionary and in 1958 in Merriam Webster – both definitions attached to the “n” word. It has been, for most of 60 years, a deeply-rooted racial slur.

Questions can be more important than answers

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The media is always harping on about the public. They say “the public feels” or “the public wants,” and prove it in survey after survey. And yet, when repeatedly interviewed, 72 percent of this American public cannot tell you when World War II began; multiply 23 times 13; tell you where Greece or Afghanistan are located; name the first president of the United States; remember who wrote the Gettysburg address; tell you what year a man landed on the moon; and on and on.

Internet address switch frustration

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We all have that fear: the Internet connection seems to be working fine, and then nothing works.

You get on the phone and call your Internet service provider; they tell you to turn off your computer, router and modem. Then they tell you to wait 30 seconds, and turn them back on in the reverse order. Sometimes this works, sometimes not. If not, they start saying things like, “the BIOS needs to be updated,” or “your firmware is out of date,” or, worst of all, “our equipment is working fine, something is wrong with your... [fill in the name of anything you bought].”

Nation must regain focus on education

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Historically, America has been at the forefront of education. We have some of the oldest institutions of middle school, high school and higher education. We were among the first nations to construct and finance public education. And ever since the beginning of our nation in 1776, education has been the backbone of America’s security.

With Ivy League colleges and land-grant universities, America has always had an eye to higher education, specialized talents and much needed intellectual ability. But for most Americans, education stops with what was and is provided as a public right.

Tread carefully with cloud storage services

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Decades ago, most small savers kept their money under the mattress, in a cookie jar or hidden on their property. All over New England, metal detectors are being used to find stashes of saved coins in trees, old barn foundations or secret vaults in open fields.