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No. 1 cause of bad work-life balance? Bad bosses
By Jeanne Sahadi, CNN Money
Be honest. How many times have you said this to your 5-year-old: "Hold on a sec, honey, I just have to answer this email from work." Ever missed an anniversary dinner or spent a day or two of your vacation fielding calls from the office? While a majority of people say they have at least a somewhat good work-life balance, 89% say it's important for employers and clients not to contact them outside of work.
6 Ways For Smart Thinking
By Marc Forster-Pert, CNN
(CNN)Forgotten why you went to the refrigerator? Struggling to concentrate on work and multitask at the same time? Join the club. Experts cite that eating well, reducing stress and physical activity are all ways to keep our brains sharp and functioning at top-notch speed. But in the same way you workout out to keep your body in shape, your mind also needs exercising. According to neuroscientists, learning and practicing any challenging skill can change the structure of your brain for the better and help growth and survival of the 86 billion neurons constantly active in your brain.
Smartwatches: The death of the smartphone?
By John R. Quain, FOXNews
As the Apple Watch joins the march toward wearable computing, does it augur the ultimate end of the very device — the smartphone — that the company popularized? Smartwatches, such as the Moto 360, Samsung Gear S, Pebble, and Apple Watch, are far from perfect, but one can already see the outlines of a product that could displace its predecessor. For many people, laptops replaced desktops and then tablets replaced laptops. Could our addiction to smartphones be just as vulnerable?

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Identity Theft Began in the Garden of Eden
By Gary L. Selman
We are bombarded with the headlines almost daily. News reports tell us about the latest assault or breach of security for yet another retail chain, major banking or healthcare institution, or governmental agency, and the loss of sensitive, personal data for millions of people. Firewalls are hacked, passwords are stolen and confidential data and information is downloaded and passed into the hands of criminals. Hackers now have your digital picture or identity (name, address, social security number, employer, bank accounts, and passwords). Suddenly your personal financial details, medical history, employee benefits and services, checking, savings, credit card accounts, and credit rating are at risk.
To Buy or Not to Buy - The Stewardship of Consumption
By Ernest P. Liang
“The world’s largest economy grew faster in the third quarter than first estimated, capping its strongest six months in a decade, as consumers went shopping…” flashed the headline from The Bloomberg News (Nov. 26, 2014). For the U.S. economy, it is hard to under-emphasize the importance of consumer spending which accounts for fully 70 percent of the national output. For the uninitiated and the pundit alike, consumption expenditure is good recipe for arresting economic stagnation, if not a sure prescription for sustainable economic growth (and by implication, the standard of living).
The Goodness of Business
By Patrick Layhee
Most business professionals of all spiritual orientations understand the many blessings that come from a thriving business community. And a large business community it is—the Census Bureau recently published their Statistics of U.S. Businesses which reports a total count of 7.4 million U.S. business firms employing about 116 million people. [i] These businesses are contributing to an improved quality of life for their tens of millions of employees and their employees’ families. When ethical businesses thrive, everyone wins. Jobs are created, paychecks flow, and communities prosper. Wages are spent, taxes are paid, and society advances. It’s a beautiful thing.

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Results-Based Reasoning
By Kyle Bryant
I want to follow up with a few thoughts related to my earlier post on King v. Burwell, the rule of law, and original sin. There, I dealt with certain legal nuances in the King v. Burwell case and extrapolated those into the broader culture. Eventually we ended up, like many times before, at the Garden of Eden. But there is more to this case—and the underlying principles—that warrants investigation. First, let's start with a question. Why was King v. Burwell so highly politicized? Statutory construction isn't one of the hot-button wedge issues between the Left and Right. Yet this case made front-page news for days. What did the media focus on? Was it methods for determining the meaning of a sentence in a statute? "Republicans are strongly committed to the historical-grammatical approach, but Democrats have been calling to use the narrative context approach." No, that didn't happen. What happened was that the media—and the political narratives—focused on the results of both possible outcomes of the case.
The Rule of Law and Original Sin
By Kyle Bryant
On March 4, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the case that will determine whether subsidies provided for under the Affordable Care Act will be available to plans purchased on the federal health care exchange. The outcome of the case could have sweeping consequences for people who relied on federal-exchange funded subsidies to pay their healthcare premiums under the ACA. Aside from the pragmatic implications on everyday citizens, the underlying issue in this case illuminates a much deeper problem in the way our country (and culture) relates to the “the law.”

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