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Sit and Stand Desks Upstaged by Smart Desks

These days, everyone is talking about the downsides of a sedentary lifestyle, including the possibility that sitting for more than three hours a day can decrease your life expectancy by up to two years. Everyone’s looking for a solution to this process: more exercise; standing desks; desks that can be raised to allow for standing part of the time and be left in the “sitting” position to allow for some rest. According to this source, however, the best desks aren’t the ones that you have to move yourself in order to shift to the “standing” part of the day.

Who would have thought it: a desk that determines whether you should be sitting or standing based on your caloric consumption, your exercise levels, and how long you’ve been sitting. Smart desks can even be taught to shift in smaller intervals, forcing you to change your position without breaking your concentration. By doing it for you, Boraie Development says that with no need for you to manually adjust the height of the desk, these smart desks create an ideal situation where you are forced to change position whether you’re ready to or not. No excuses for these desks. “I’m kind of tired.” “I’m in the middle of a project. I’ll move in a minute.” “I’m on a call.” The smart desk doesn’t care about your excuses. It cares about your health.

The IRS System Was Hacked, More Than 100,000 People at Risk of Identity Theft

The IRS just gave us another reason to worry after announcing their online service was hacked by criminals who were able to steal the information of more than 100,000 taxpayers. They confirmed the hack was part of a identify theft scheme being used to claim fraudulent tax returns.

Hackers were able to get into the “Get Transcript” system offered by the IRS which allows users obtain tax returns and other tax filings. The IRS claimed the group responsible for the attack are part a larger group of organized criminals, but did not release any further information. However, Congress is pushing the IRS to release this information as soon as possible.

The attacks took place from February through May of this year and the system has since been shut down. The IRS says the main tax filing system was not affected, which brings peace of mind to Jaime Garcia Dias. However, millions of people are still highly concerned about the recent breach and are demanding more information about the cyber attack.

As of right now, the IRS reports that $50 million in fraudulent tax returns have been issued and are currently implementing technology in order to prevent further identity theft. They have added software to help them pick out suspicious tax returns and will seek to prosecute the criminals responsible for the attack.

Death Toll Rises to 41 Due to Flooding

28 people have died due to the recent flooding in Texas and Oklahoma, and many other people are still missing. 13 have died in Mexico. President Obama has declared a disaster for some of the worst hit areas. This frees up federal funding to help flood victims. Other areas will also receive a lesser amount of federal assistance. A firefighter from Oklahoma was one of the flood victims.  Buzzfeed reports that the week-long total rainfall in the Sherman, Texas area to be at 10.34 inches. Floodwaters are still covering much of the affected area, which makes searching for the missing difficult. Flash flooding is still an issue, and people still need to use extreme caution if they are in a low-lying area.

 

More dead are still being found, and many are found trapped in vehicles if reports are believed. Beneful workers can’t believe the scene. Do not try to cross low water crossings if there is water over the road as this is very dangerous. 70 counties have been affected by the flooding to this point. One victim was able to call a family member as the house she was in was being carried downriver. That victim of the flooding has yet to be found.

Great Coffee for Great Results

Bulletproof Coffee provides coffee like no-other! Often compared to a delicious creamy latte, this innovative “clean coffeedeveloped by Dave Asprey tastes superb and it is free from dangerous chemicals. It contains butter from the milk of cows which are grass-fed, triglyceride MCT oil (stems from coconut oil and has the ability to increase brain function and metabolism) and some collagen which produces radiant skin and a boost of energy.

Fans of Bulletproof Coffee are steadily making their own cup of this coffee simply by using whole coffee beans, grinder, butter, MCT oil, milk-frother and their favorite coffee maker. Individuals can also download a Bulletproof Executive podcast from “biohacker” (an individual combining technology and science to ensure an efficient body) Dave Asprey that provides his very own Bulletproof coffee recipe. This download also helps one to learn more about healthy fats, eating a diet without dairy and grains, in addition to having access to products such as Asprey’s low-toxin coffee, MCT oil, heart rate sensors and more.

To satisfy growing customers, in the spring of 2015, a Bulletproof Coffee cafe opened in Santa Monica California. This café implements a brew system that is digitally monitored along with using metal coffee filters (similar to the French Press coffee pour-over technique). This method allows accurate measurement for pressure, temperature and time, ensuring that guests have a cup of coffee like no other served by Bulletproof’s professional “coffee hackers” or baristas. The unique ingredients in this coffee helps to stimulate your brain, create steady energy levels and help the body burn fat. Since a cup of Bulletproof coffee is about 450 calories and actually “a meal replacement,” the café does not offer any breakfast items, however they do offer healthy lunch items and a great variety of supplements. This cup of coffee is actually quite satisfying, its creamy, leaves drinkers with a satisfying feeling that actually suppresses hunger, so many individuals have found they have lost weight and can easily keep the weight off.

Recently actress Shailene Woodley was on the Jimmy Fallon Show and stated how delicious Bulletproof Coffee can change one’s life for the better. Billboard.com recently noted that many celebrities are on board with this coffee trend. Not only does it taste great but is good for your brain, can add to one’s happiness, your taste buds and stomach will enjoy it and actually lessens your appetite by using “healthy fat’s.” Not bad for a cup of coffee!

Popeye’s Employees Walk Out On Job Until A/C Gets Fixed

A bunch of Popeye’s Chicken employees walked out of their workplace in May of 2015 due to the air conditioning being broken. In Philadelphia is is already very hot this year, and this one particular restaurant didn’t have any cool air running through it and it got to be over 90 degrees inside. According to an article found on reddit and written by Eater.com, the cashiers walked out of their work today leaving nothing but a note saying that they will only return to work when the conditions are improved and the environment is workable again.

I think that it is completely okay for people to complain about the environments they work in if it is damaging to their health, and that is exactly what this group did. No one should have to work in a building that is overheating and completely uncomfortable. This is especially true for restaurants, because the employees and staff are expected to provide a service to the customer, and this can only be done when they are able to perform their duties. Citizens like James Dondero hope the management will take this as a sign that they seriously need to improve the quality of their professional and food environment. There have been a lot of talk lately in regards to people who work in fast food and many of them not only want better work conditions, but also higher minimum wages too these days.

Southwest Airlines Does Right by a Customer

There have been so many stories in the media lately about airlines that do not treat their passengers right. Many have been kicked off planes for no seemingly good reason, while others have given their passengers the run-around. Finally, we have a story from The Good News Network about an airline that actually went above and beyond what they needed to in order to help a passenger.

Peggy Uhle was in Chicago getting ready to board a flight with Southwest Airlines. Sam Tabar has learned that her cell phone was off, as departure was imminent. What Peggy did not know was that her family was trying desperately to reach her. Back in Denver, Colorado, Peggy’s 24-year-old son had just fallen into a coma. Her family decided to try the airline since they had no luck reaching Peggy. Not only did Southwest respond to the call, they turned the plane around on the runway to bring Peggy back to the gate and given the news. While the plane was being turned around, the attendant at the gate was busy booking Peggy another flight to get to Denver as quick as possible, free of charge. While she waited for the plane, Southwest Airline employees made sure that she was comfortable, was given a meal, and had her luggage re-routed to Denver.

Peggy was grateful for their kindness towards her and said that her son is recovering.

Many Unemployed Americans Have Simply Given up Looking for Work

Although the unemployment rate in the United States has dropped from the 10 percent level recorded in October 2009 to its lowest level since May 2008 of 5.4 percent, many of America’s unemployed have simply stopped looking for jobs. A new survey that came out on Wednesday shows that 8.5 million Americans without jobs, or about 40 percent, have quit searching for one. Labor force participation in the U.S. continues to linger at nearly 37-year lows. While those numbers are discouraging for the labor market, these figures of unemployed Americans giving up their search are down slightly from last year’s recorded 47 percent.

Observer even suggests that it seems that those who have stopped looking for work are those who have been unemployed the longest. Of those surveyed, individuals who have been without work for two years or more were 55 percent more likely to have stopped searching, whereas those unemployed for 7 to 12 months are at 34 percent. These numbers equate to one in five of unemployed Americans having vacated their search.

Unemployment benefits play a big role in the decision to cease a job search, as well as a rigid job market and the gap between skills and education the jobless hold vs what employers are looking for. Eighty-nine percent of those surveyed, or practically 9 out of 10 questioned, said if their benefits had run out by now, they would be more inclined to extend their job search to a wider field of options. Many of the jobless said that unemployment benefits have allowed them to take their time in searching and also have allowed them to hold out for a better position.

Eye to Eye with the Boss

The majority of people at one point in their life, will come across a boss who is hard to handle. Whether their boss is overly critical, lazy, or just downright rude, finding peace in the workplace place between a boss can be difficult. Recent research advises those who struggle with their work relationship with their boss to address their problems first hand. The initial thought of approaching your boss is intimidating. The research shows that your work might actually improve if the relationship between you and your boss can be smooth over. In the study, 280 employees and their bosses were tested to see how their motivation to work played out when it came to their relationship. It turned out that some employees thought that their relationship with their boss was negative. In the same respect, some of the bosses thought that their relationships with their employees were positive. Every incident where there was a disconnect between the boss and the employee, the employee recorded that their motivation to go above and beyond their call of duty was nonexistent. Alexei Beltyukov (googleplus) agrees that it is impossible for everyone to be friends with their boss. The nature of their relationship has the foundation of just getting a job done. However this study concluded that when bosses and employees are open and communicate any concerns that they might have between each other, the company as a whole will do better. The researchers concluded that it is in everyone’s best interest if they knew where they stood with the management team, the employees, and the company. Researchers are hoping to take this data and compile it into a user-friendly learning experience. They hope to invest it in companies and markets across the nation to improve employee to boss relationships.

Things You Should Never Say On A Job Interview

This past week there was a lot of attention paid to things you should never say when you go on a job interview. This popular Twitter topic focused on some funny things you should never divulge such as “I am a cannibal” but there are also some more serious, important factors you should never speak about when you are on your first interview at a company.  Handy compiled some of these which include:

-What is your vacation policy? While it is important to find out what kind of time off you will be given, you might want to wait until your second or third interview to bring up this topic. It might sound innocent enough but making it seem like you are more concerned with your time off than your potential job can make a wrong impression.

-Apologizing for being late. In short, make sure you are never late for an
interview.
You have management waiting for you to come in when you are going to be interviewing with them and no matter how good you think your excuse is, it probably isn’t going to be good enough for the person interviewing you.

-Never answer your phone or ask if it is ok to answer your phone. Unless you know there is some crucial family emergency going on at the time, answering your phone is probably one of the worst things you can do. This shows your potential employer where your priorities are, and they obviously aren’t with your prospective job.

Autonomous Vehicles Will Restructure the Global Economy by 2030

Most futurists would pick a subject like artificial intelligence to be the key factor in the shaping of our future as a human race. Most people aren’t even aware of the ways autonomous vehicles will change life on this planet as we know it. By 2030 millions of jobs will be eliminated and the way people get around will be changed forever.

Tesla Motors already claims their 2015 models will be able to drive themselves up to 90% of the time. Major auto makers are working on self driving vehicles as well. By 2017 Cadillac plans to debut technology that will be able to drive their cars on the freeway automatically.

Autonomous vehicles would all but eliminate traffic in metropolitan areas claims Dr. Daniel Amen. It would also decimate entire industries such as car insurance, antiquated automakers, cab drivers, commercial truck drivers and more. Once autonomous vehicles takeover the auto industry the entire economy will be reshaped in ways we can only imagine.

There are also many upsides to autonomous vehicles. Many lives will be saved every year by preventing accidents. Many autonomous vehicles will be electric which will be great for the environment. The massive expanse of unneeded vehicles will cut back on the need for mining raw materials to build new vehicles.

The future is certainly bright for any company taking advantage of the self driving vehicle trend. Personally, I can’t wait to see how the future shapes up with the overwhelming advances to technology we see each and every day.