Why It’s Time to Ditch New Year’s Resolutions

Why It’s Time to Ditch New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions don’t work. According to US News, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions don’t live to see the light of day by the second week of February. With just eight percent of resolution-makers actually following through, it’s clear that the odds are not in your favor if you choose to join the fad. Year after year, however, people insist on encouraging them. Companies in the fitness and diet industries offer special packages to those determined to lose weight, while regulators urge cigarette smokers to turn their back to nicotine as the new year rolls in. Despite their efforts,...

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Microsoft Saw What a Four-Day Workweek Can Do

Microsoft Saw What a Four-Day Workweek Can Do

One of the most groundbreaking characteristics of a developed economy is the freedom entrepreneurs and firms have to develop their companies as they see fit. It was precisely this freedom that allowed Henry Ford to experiment with the 40-hour workweek in an age when most manufacturing employees worked as many as 100 hours per week. Fast forward to 2019, when a number of companies started to put into effect a new workweek policy, giving their employees the freedom to work four days instead of five. Microsoft is one of the most well-known among them, showing that even large corporations can...

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Only Freedom Will Save the Auto Industry

Only Freedom Will Save the Auto Industry

Nearly 900,000 of the auto accidents that happen yearly on U.S. roadways start with a blind spot. But because most vehicles have a blind spot due to their frame design, there’s little a driver can do that completely eliminates this problem. And while technology has come a long way, automakers are still far from finding a real solution. Recently, however, a 14-year-old girl from Grove, Pennsylvania, designed a solution that might as well be the one that sticks. And perhaps because she did so independently, moved by a need put forth by members of her own family, and in order to participate in...

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Lyft’s Job Access Program Shows How the Market Provides Help Government Can’t

Lyft’s Job Access Program Shows How the Market Provides Help Government Can’t

A new initiative launched by Lyft is helping people in low-income communities find jobs, highlighting the main difference between private and government-backed charity. The Jobs Access Program, a partnership between the ride-share company and other organizations such as the charitable group United Way and the National Down Syndrome Society, a private nonprofit that educates the general public about Down syndrome, is present in 35 states in the United States and Canada. And according to Lyft, it will offer free or discounted rides to job interviews. More than giving the unemployed access to...

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Americans Aren’t Volunteering or Giving to Charity Because They’re Broke

Americans Aren’t Volunteering or Giving to Charity Because They’re Broke

Volunteering rates have been on the decline since 2003, according to a 2018 analysis of Census Bureau data by the Do Good Institute at the University of Maryland. And at the heart of this decline, the study found, is people’s own hardships, as higher levels of economic distress were often mentioned as a reason why people weren’t volunteering their time and money more often. Furthermore, the study found that rural areas, where the rates of volunteering work are historically higher, are also seeing the spirit of giving losing momentum. Researchers believe that as churches no longer play a...

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Israel Winner of the 2003 Iraq Oil War

Israel Winner of the 2003 Iraq Oil War

From the Foreword by Lawrence B. Wilkerson: “[T]he debate over whether oil was a principal reason for the 2003 invasion has waxed and waned, with one camp arguing that it absolutely was, while the other argues the precise opposite.” “Mr. Vogler, himself a former...

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