Why GMO’s are Good, Safe, and Delicious

Over the years there has been a lot of debate about what is healthy and what we should be eating. Now more than ever, we have access to this information making us responsive consumers. However, it’s possible that with an increased access to information, we focus on teaching people how to navigate content more than we teach them how to qualify it. Either way, some innocent bystanders got dragged into the issue of “healthy food,” and among them are GMOs.

If you’re unfamiliar, GMO’s are organisms, in this case crops, which have been modified by genetic engineering techniques. [More]

Why Target Making Gender Neutral Kids Clothes is Smart

I know some people saw this in the news recently and cringed while others praised their forward thinking. Everyone has been focused on what this means from a societal view, and how this will impact the delicate psyche of children, but let’s be honest for a moment. This gamble should end up making more money, and at the end of the day, isn’t that what we really care about?

The retail business is tricky. You have to be thinking one step ahead because shopping just isn’t like it was 25 years ago. [More]

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Loyal3 Investing For Fun Without Fees

I don’t usually mention products on my blog, but I started using Loyal3 in January and I have to say, it’s a lot of fun. Loyal3 is a great introductory tool for someone who wants to play around with a few stocks. If I was a high school economics teacher I would probably make my students invest in something through Loyal3. It’s very easy to use and the best part, no fees of any kind.

Now, because they do batch buys when you choose to buy and sell the transactions aren’t immediate. That’s okay really. [More]

Chicago is Still Earning it’s Title as The Most Corrupt City in the Nation

The Windy City has a long history of corruption. From gangsters of the 20’s to politicians today, not much seems to have stopped the cities appetite for income. 

Recently, Chicago passed two laws that work together to tax all streaming entertainment as well as the purchase of intangible goods such as cloud storage space. While states like NY and California are getting headlines for pushing taxes that control detrimental social choices (taxing emissions and soda pop) Illinois is allowing Chicago to make a clear and undeniable money grab with their new tax. [More]

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The Circle of Life Within Any Group

It’s interesting the things I remember from college. One of my less-than-favorite classes brought up a concept that has been fairly important to me even years later. The theory was that every group goes through four stages. Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing. They should be pretty obvious by the name, but what I have found interesting is how it’s applied to nearly every grouping of people I have ever known.

Just so that we are all on the same page, the stages refer to a group being put together (by any means) then experiencing conflict. [More]

Do class action lawsuits bring about change?

Class action lawsuits are usually filed when a company has wronged a significant number of it’s customers with it’s business practices. It’s meant to bring justice to victims, but also send a message to the company about their behavior. These cases tend to be in the news, but do we pay enough attention to them?

For example, CapitalOne just lost a class action lawsuit for the third time about their unfair overdraft practices. The THIRD TIME! That’s insane to me. Clearly the punishments here are not harsh enough to deter the behavior. [More]

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The Bastardization of Facebook’s Motto

“Move fast and break things.”

I have heard it time and time again, but always out of context. It’s great to quote though when you want to encourage people to get things done. As long as you can live with the consequences of them well, breaking things. That isn’t exactly what the motto means though. Unlike the catchy phrase, it takes a few more words to explain.

To set the stage for this statement, people should understand the environment of Facebook. Of course, everyone has heard about their “brogramers” and parties, but there is a lot more to their management than that. [More]

Worst Executions of a Termination

Recently, there was some discussion on how to properly terminate an employee. Sometimes people learn best by hearing what not to do. The following are real examples of various employee terminations from a number of companies. Feel free to add more to the comments or describe what you would have done differently.

The False Promise

One employee had been called into the conference room and told that their performance was not where it needed to be. Managers had defined clear goals for this employee to reach by a deadline in order to keep their position and attend an up-coming company retreat. [More]

The Salad Club

Recently at work, I joined a group we call “the Wellness Team.” Our goal is to encourage healthy choices and provide education material to employees.  I would have to say I am a unique team member because my main focus is not remaining active in my golden years or losing weight. I don’t work out at a gym and I don’t count carbohydrates. I aim to stay active by going outdoors on hikes and adventures. I eat right by knowing my personal dietary needs and taking note of portions and ingredients.

One of the interesting things we have developed at work is the “salad club.” [More]

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Interesting Argument Against the Penny

Death to Pennies is s short youtube video making the argument to retire pennies from circulation in the US. We all know the basics of the argument, copper is worth more as scrap than currency, but here it is presented in a humorous way with a little extra information. Defiantly worth a watch. [More]

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