Working More + Earning Less = Burnout; DIY Projects; Teaching at the Library of Congress; Budget Cuts Hurt NOAA Programs

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Employee Burnout Becoming a Huge Problem

While corporations book record profits and unemployment continues to decline, employers face a tangible problem: employee burnout. According to a recent study, employees find themselves working more hours and receiving fewer pay increases. These conditions lead to burnout which then leads to new job searches. To learn more about this problem, click on  http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2017/03/employee-burnout-becoming-huge-problem-american-workforce/136314/.

A related study completed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that in 2016 substantially more individuals quit their jobs as opposed to employees who were fired or laid off. A generally robust economy now allows employees to find other work instead of unhappily staying put. To read about this research, surf over to  https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/quits-rise-while-layoffs-and-discharges-fall-in-2016.htm

This data indicate that under the Obama administration, economic indices improved greatly so President Trump did not inherit   'a mess' when he took office.

A second related document from the BLS indicates that salaries year over year,   2016 to 2017, actually declined by more than one percent. To access this information, visit  https://stats.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/real-earnings-unchanged-over-the-year-ending-february-2017.htm.   No wonder employees burnout: work more, earn less. As Bill Bendix observed in the 1940s sitcom 'The Life of Riley', 'What a revoltin' development this is.'

DIY Projects For All

Even if you are not handy, some DIY projects are so easy that anyone can complete them. And I don't mean putting Christmas toys together late at night on Christmas Eve. For even the modestly adventurous,  www.hometalk.com  provides a plethora of projects to choose from. At my visit, I found pillows with tassels, driftwood art, and a number of DIY dining room projects from which to choose. Even if doing- it- yourself does not appeal to you, looking at these projects may give you decorating ideas you can pursue at your leisure. To learn more, click on  http://www.hometalk.com/search/posts?filter=diy%20ideas.   Good luck to all.

Teacher-in-Residence Positions Available for Geography and History Teachers

The Library of Congress recently advertised for applications from world history and world geography teachers for a residency at the Library of Congress for the 2017-2018 school year in Washington, D.C. By clicking on the link, readers will find a description of the position and by clicking on a page link, bring up an online application.   The application deadline is  April 17, 2017. If interested, click on  http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2017/03/call-for-applications-world-history-or-world-geography-teacher-in-residence-position-at-the-library-of-congress/.

Staying Safe Using Plastic Money

'Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean people aren't out to get you.'   For those of you who use plastic frequently, the new credit cards with embedded security chips don't seem to lower credit card fraud. It seems that most merchants have not invested in new credit card readers. Customers must swipe their cards the old way and leave themselves vulnerable to identity theft. To learn more about this issue, surf over to  http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2017/problems-with-the-new-chip-cards.htm   You don't have to be 55 to get help from the AARP.   For those readers 55 and over who qualify for membership, AARP offers a monthly money newsletter that carries news items of financial interest. And when you visit the site, AARP will show you where you can receive tax help for free in your area. A big bonus.

Trump Budget Cuts Hurt NOAA Earth Monitoring Satellite Program

President Trump's proposed budget cuts 22 percent from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration budget for the next fiscal year. At risk is a new satellite, JPSS-1 satellite, designed to complete 14 polar orbits daily. The satellite will provide NOAA scientists with an unprecedented amount of infrared and atmospheric data that will improve weather forecasting and agricultural outlooks. This technology does not come cheap: $800 million for this year alone as well as a nine-digit price tag through the mid-2020s. NOAA administrators indicate that such a cut will imperil the agency's ability to protect Americans from weather emergencies. To learn more, click on http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2017/0304/Budget-cuts-at-NOAA-threaten-climate-monitoring-satellite-program. And so it goes.