(CNN)What to do when you’re a single mom with a one-year old and a lot of financial burden? Write a blog about being more savvy about money, of course, and then a book too.
Its true. Nothing shows your ignorant Facebook friends true colors better than a national (or international) tragedy. You go through this every time. An unarmed black teenager is shot, Facebook friend says he deserved it because he was probably a thug, unfriend. A public place full of innocent civilians is shot up and another Facebook friend wants to make statuses arguing how the gunman was misunderstood and doesnt deserve to be called a terrorist or a bad person, unfriend. #AllLivesMatter posts, nuff said, unfriend.
Ill admit, I havent had to go through the Facebook purge of friends who share different opinions (or who state completely false facts) because I did a serious purge of people from my small hometown in Indiana as soon as I dutty wined across my high school graduation stage (Im kidding, I cant dance, but I did do a serious Facebook purge).
But then I went to college and added an entirely new batch of people with views different from my own. While I have let a few go here and there, I always promised myself Id message them first and try to have an open and frank conversation about why they feel the way they feel before I just delete them passive aggressively. This is because a lot of the time, when you have a conversation one on one instead of attacking publicly, you get to root of a persons beliefs a lot faster than you would leaving snarky comments on their posts that you clearly disagree with. Ill admit, Ive let a few rude comments slip through the cracks, but for the most part, this new method of communicating with love (or at least respect) first has worked a lot better for me.
It wasnt until the Colorado Shooting at Planned Parenthood that I felt like there was so much ignorance on my Facebook newsfeed, that I had to do a purge. But, I took a few deep breathes, turned off Adeles new album (which may or may not have had something to do with the way I was feeling) and decided to create the list below instead.
From what Ive seen on social media, a lot of people who arent standing with Planned Parenthood are doing so for three reasons: 1) they consider themselves a Christian, 2) Planned Parenthood only performs abortions for mothers too lazy (seriously someone said that) to take care of their child to be and 3) because supporting Planned Parenthood means supporting that feminist bullshit. Got it.
So apparently because I do stand with Planned Parenthood I am not a Christian (false), Ive probably had an abortion (false) and as a feminist I spew feminist bullshit all day long (okay I talk about feminism A LOT, but none of it is bullshit to me).
Instead of messaging these slew of people one by one, I figured this would be more effective and possibly reach even more people. I want to start by saying that everyone is entitled to their opinion, no matter how much I agree or disagree with it. However, I also believe that there are few things worse than a completely uneducated opinion. So let me help some of you out:
1. The shooting in Colorado Springs is not the only act of violence Planned Parenthood workers and patrons have experienced. One woman shared her experiences of working at Planned Parenthood in Kansas and they are disturbing. While some choose to just write statuses on Facebook and share right wing articles or bible versus, others are taking their hate and lack of knowledge to a new level by attacking Planned Parenthood centers and harming innocent people.
2. Only three percent of Planned Parents services include abortions, however, it is unclear how much revenue abortions bring in for the clinics. I understand why those who do not stand with Planned Parenthood are upset by this statistic, but it is a fact. While we dont know how much revenue Planned Parenthood gets from abortions, we cant assume workers are walking up to pregnant women on the street urging them to get an abortion just to make money.
3. Being pro-choice does not mean pro-abortion. Pro-choice is the belief that it is the womans right, not the mans nor the governments, or the family’s, right to choose what happens to an unborn child. Pro-choice includes the right for a woman to put her baby up for adoption and also the right for her to change her mind on said adoption and keep the baby before it is born.
4. Lastly, just because your cousins boyfriends ex step mom had an abortion and regretted it does not mean that 1) every woman having an abortion will regret it and 2) that you even have the right to share that story with 1,000 of your ~closest~ Facebook friends. Its rude, none of their business and truly none of yours either.
So there you have it. To my Facebook friends and others out there who may disagree with every line of this, I just have one thing left to say to you: knowledge is power and reading is fundamental.Continue reading
That’s one way to make sure you make money.
At least North’s
crying vocals were featured on Ultralight Beam… what did Saint do to get a shout out?
He wasn’t even born when Kanye started the album! LOLz!!!
Would U ever give your hypothetical two-year-old and two-month-old credit for something you worked on??
BTW, we hear Tyga is already trying to get North to produce his next single…[Image via Kanye West/Instagram.] Continue reading
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How to use OfferVault and Affiliate Marketing to Your Advantage
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Popular blogger and founder of ShoutMeLoud, Harsh Agrawal, publishes each month how much his blog makes. He reported earnings of $52,434 USD for the month of July 2017. Out of this amount, affiliate income brought in $39,787. This translates into 75% …
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Live practice updates from Dallas Cowboys training camp: August 17, 2017
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Join us for our world famous live Twitter feed and our magnificent comments section as we keep track of what's going on at practice today. by One.Cool.Customer@OCC44 Aug 17, 2017, 12:30pm CDT. tweet · share · pin · Rec. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.
From our curbsides, theyre launched into an odyssey of tumbles and churns along miles of conveyor belt.
In the end, they emerge anew, transformed from crushed empty vessel to resilient post-consumer material. (A smart choice for the eco-conscious manufacturer!)
It’s magical, I know.
Two-thirds of our recyclables here in the U.S. never make that final turn in the loop. Instead, they meet early graves in earth, sea, and even air if theyre incinerated.
Big companies … hoping to burnish their environmental credentials, cant get their hands on enough of it, wrote The New York Times.
The problem is we’re not equipped to feed the beast. We need more advanced recycling infrastructure, but how do we pay for it?
Enter: Corporate America.
In 2014, Ron Gonen, New York’s former deputy recycling czar, started the Closed Loop Fund, a $100 million venture capital sorry, social impact fund with its eyes on the green. Two greens, actually: sustainability and money.
The investors are a roster of companies we wouldn’t usually deem friends of the Earth, including, among others, Walmart, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Keurig, and Goldman Sachs.
The answer is yes. Yes they do. (That’s capitalism for ya.)
But it doesn’t appear to be as vulturous an endeavor as we might imagine.
Gross. Image by J.J./Wikimedia Commons (altered).
Their game plan includes zero interest loans to cities and below market loans to private companies that want to build and modernize recycling facilities. That doesn’t sound so bad assuming they’re not playing gotcha! with the fine print.
Their goal is simple: They want to prove recycling can be profitable.
Their pilot investment was in a Baltimore-based facility that’s getting harder-to-recycle plastics ready to sell in post-consumer plastics markets.
Photo by Kristian Bjornard/Flickr.
They’re also funding upgrades to dated recycling plants in Ohio and Iowa, converting them into more efficient single-stream systems.
Gonen told The New York Times they’re also looking to invest in a company that would turn mixed glass into paving and building materials.
Yup. And we needn’t look any further than the largest investor of all: the government.
If private companies want to invest in recycling, they should be our guests. But protecting the environment is really all our responsibility. As voters and taxpayers, we should expect more public investments, too.
And it should start with a national recycling mandate which, believe it or not, does not currently exist.
Recycling rates have stagnated in recent years. But we can change that by making it a national priority and giving everyone the means to do it.
It might cost us on the front end, but hey consider it an investment.Continue reading
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9 clever ways to save money on books
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Use these tips to save money as you cobble together your summer reading list. … If you're a book blogger, you may want to consider signing up for a blog tour â when authors go from blog to blog to promote their books or organize a mass posting by …
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Live practice updates from Dallas Cowboys training camp: August 16, 2017
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Join us for our world famous live Twitter feed and our magnificent comments section as we keep track of what's going on at practice today. by One.Cool.Customer@OCC44 Aug 16, 2017, 5:30pm CDT. tweet · share · pin · Rec. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.
Scientists describe cultural loss of unprecedented magnitude as global atlas reveals extent of light pollution in the worlds skies
It has inspired astronomers, artists, musicians and poets but the Milky Way could become a distant memory for much of humanity, a new global atlas of light pollution suggests.
The study reveals that 60% of Europeans and almost 80% of North Americans cannot see the glowing band of our galaxy because of the effects of artificial lighting, while it is imperceptible to the entire populations of Singapore, Kuwait and Malta.
Overall, the Milky Way is no longer visible to more than one third of the worlds population.
Lead author Fabio Falchi from the Light Pollution Science and Technology Institute in Italy said the situation was a cultural loss of unprecedented magnitude.
Chris Elvidge of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a co-author of the study, added that the times he has seen the Milky Way have been magical experiences.
Through our technology weve cut off that possibility for large numbers of people for multiple generations now, he said. Weve lost something – but how do we place value on it?
Described by John Milton as a broad and ample road whose dust is gold, and pavement stars, the Milky Way is so obscured by the effects of modern lighting that it is no longer visible to 77% of the UK population, with the galaxy masked from view across nearly 14% of the country, including regions stretching from London to Liverpool and Leeds.
Further afield, areas around the cities of Hong Kong, Beijing and a large stretch of the East Coast of America are among those where a glimpse of the galactic band is out of the question – a situation also found across much of Qatar, the Netherlands and Israel. In Belgium, it cannot be seen in 51% of the country.
Humanity has enveloped our planet in a luminous fog that prevents most of Earths population from having the opportunity to observe our galaxy, the authors write.Continue reading
The short answer for why Snap lowballed its initial valuation for its initial public offeringis that it probably wont be that low for long.
Normally these prices are set by expectations the underwriters and executives can divine from their conversations with Wall Street. Its essentially a matching game how does Snap and its underwriters figure out where to price the stock in such a way that it doesnt leave too much money on the table for those involved in the IPO, and also ensures the stock has a healthy pop on its first day of trading. Price it too low, and you wont get paid as much as you might. Too high, and its an optics issue and the IPO ends up looking unsuccessful.
A price range for Snaps IPO leaked late last night, which could settle its valuation close to its previous financing round. In the scope of the financials it released (and demonstrating its very large burn rate) in its public IPO filing, it would make sense to keep things conservative. But in the end this is a calculated decisionto leak a lowballed number to gauge broader interest, and these numbers inevitably go up. This, for the most part, is just the way things are played on Wall Street headed into an IPO.
Some quick mechanical points: One range would value the company between $16.2 billion and $18.5 billion based on the total outstanding shares after the offering. Another calculation, including options and stock conversions, places the range between $19.5 billion and $22.5 billion. Either way, both of these place the company within close shooting distance to its previous valuation, with the company raising up to $3.2 billion at the higher end of the price range. Snaps underwriters also have an option to purchase an additional 30 million shares.
A lot of people are going to draw similarities between Snaps upcoming IPO next month and the Facebook IPO. As the last major ad-driven social IPO and one of the biggest Snap is going to be compared to Facebooks business. Snap has huge costs of revenue, though its business is very young. And to make things more direct, Facebook is increasingly copying its tactics and products in order to head off Snap potentially locking in an audience that would otherwise grow into using Facebook.
(Another note from Axios Dan Primack: The Facebook IPO was also hit with a glitch on the Nasdaq, which could further complicate the comparison)
Snap does need a successful IPO. It does need the price to go up people want to make money, and it doesnt want to be seen as a failure like the Facebook IPO. Thats going to woo additional interest in the company as a longbet, with potentially a similar outcome to Facebook as it grows its otherwise young business into an advertising juggernaut with additional revenue streams beyond advertising. For now, Facebook is a mainstay advertising, and while Snap is growing very quickly, its young business needs to be proven as a consistent ad buy that would go next to Facebook and traditional media.
But in reality, this is not whollyabout being trendy or making some kind of public statement about betting on thelong term for its business. Snap made it very clear that it is playing the long game beyond just an ad-driven business. It says its a camera company, and its trying to diversify with things like Spectacles and gunning for content and areas that it thinks Facebook just might not be able to access.
Part of the reason the Facebook IPO was so rocky was that it was also an introduction to investing for a lot of first-time investorsinterested in consumer tech. Facebooks IPO in some ways on its own was unprecedented it was one of the biggest well-known names that seemed to have a good business and good user growth going public.Things, obviously, did not go well, and the lessons have likely been learned.
Like Facebook, Snaps IPO is unprecedented in some ways. This IPO is also for non-voting stock, which makes this a special case. It will be a completely different class of demand for the shares when you buy in, you basically get nothing except the hope and prayer of a dividend and some long-term yield. Evanmay have beenstrong-armed into being conservative, but because the nature of this IPO is so unusual, it would be a very bold (and borderline irresponsible) move tostart at the top end under assumptions of what investors are seeking. That would be in relation towhether doing direct comparables, next year revenue projection multiples or similar effects.
Another possibility of the price being lower could be related totherisk and uncertainty associated with it being an offering of non-voting shares, and not necessarilybecause of actual demand for the stock. There have not been any major techIPOs in a long time (Snaps is the largest since Alibaba in 2014, which was an entirely different story). So theres probablya lot of money sitting around,waiting to be allocated.
At the end of the daythis is just how the game is played.Snap is going on its road show, where it will make its pitch to investors as to why they should buy the stock. As these meetings continue, expectations get closer and closer to reality, and Snap will continue to tweak that price range until it lands on what they think is going to yield the optimal outcome. Basically, expect this to change in the near future.Continue reading