Grading President Obama’s Job Speech – What He Said Vs. What He Should Have Said

Last week the nation tuned into President’s Obama’s much hyped job creation speech to see if there would be any worthy ideas to try and break the constant high unemployment rate int he country. Would he be bold and innovative or would it be the same basic, tired political tactics that have been tried and have usually failed to live up to expectations?

The following discussion will compare what the President should have said and what he actually said. Unfortunately, the bottom line is that from a boldness, innovation, and courage perspective, the President came up well short of the goal line.

1) Infrastructure

As expected, the President did state that he wanted money and funding for infrastructure jobs to fix roads, bridges, dams, schools, etc. that were in need of repair, something many Americans expected and were supportive of. However, the President’s proposal came up short in two areas.

First, infrastructure spending and work done via the economic stimulus bill was woefully inefficient. According to various Associated Press investigations, thousands and thousands of government contracts were granted without competitive bidding. Half of the bridges that were repaired under the stimulus program were not in need of repairs. Powerful individual politicians in Congress snatched their share of the stimulus money and directed it to their voters regardless of whether of not the spending was actually fixing a real problem.

Millions of dollars from the stimulus plan were granted to companies that owed hundreds of millions of dollars in back taxes. No where in the President’s jobs speech do we get firm assurances that these atrocities have been recognized and will not happen again. He states that the money will be properly spent but we were promised that in the economic stimulus bill. The only way to insure that this potential pot of money is well spent is to give the decision on what projects are done to the states via a block grant of money, taking Congress out of the decision process altogether.

Second, the President does not show any detail on how to pay for this increment Federal spending. He says he will unveil a plan within a week or so. Thus, his performance on this topic is an incomplete. He gave no indication of specifics like reducing the Federal payroll back to 2008 levels, terminating unwanted and unneeded military projects such as the Osprey, terminating corporate welfare programs, ending agriculture subsidies, and directing high speed rail line funding to shorter term infrastructure needs.

Grade: Incomplete given the unnamed ways to fund this infrastructure spending that will be forth coming. However, worries about whether this will be another waste of money spent on things that do not need to be fixed, given the economic stimulus program, and the fact that the President has not taken Congress out of the decision making loop, continue to exist.

2) Obama Care

According to many credible opinion polls, the majority of Americans realize that Obama Care is an unfolding disaster. It will screw …

Statistics on Adults Returning to College

Due to the economy these days, and the huge number of newly graduated youngsters, the job market is a fierce competitive monster to be reckoned with. Many older, more experienced, adults are using a return to school to add extra armor to their resume in an attempt to come out on top. But the process of making that return can be a long arduous fight all on its own.

Most employees over 35 have disadvantages they must tote along with them through their returning education years. They have families to care for, financial instability due to unemployment, or they contend with their unsatisfying job that they must cling to for dear life until they are able to earn that certification that will allow them to advance onto something greater. Battling all of these added troubles can be tiresome, but if you want something better for yourself, you have to make sacrifices.

Now, it seems that many older adults are returning to college and deciding to make those sacrifices. Some find ways to squeeze schooling into their already hectic lifestyle by waking up before dawn to study, or attending weekend, or online classes. Some other adults returning to college will take on a full workload during the day and then attend classes afterward for some nighttime college schooling.

Student admissions over the age of 35 have climbed in numbers, especially in the last 10 years. Adults returning to college now make up almost 20% of enrollment these days, which is double what it used to be when they were the young 18-year-old demographic. These days two in every five college students are older than 25.

Online colleges have become the best ally to older adults who wish to progress in the competitive workforce. About 75% of colleges offer online courses in the U.S. alone. The University of Phoenix Online boasts 63,000 students attending already with numbers rising. Adults returning to college to finish a bachelor’s degree or earn some type of certification tend to gravitate towards these types of methods because it allows them to attend a class at home while watching over their children, or allot their time given for school in a more convenient way.

The numbers on adults returning to college is on the rise, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Soon, the income gap between college graduates and non-grads will grow even larger and education will be more important than ever.…

Top Law Schools

There is some debate as to which schools should compose the list of top law schools. There are a few schools that traditionally top the flags, but whether or not these universities are really worth the cost is quite debatable. For those wishing to pursue a legal career path, though, it is important to know what these rankings actually mean.

The Three Tiers of Law School

Universities that offer a legal education are traditionally grouped into three "tiers" of fifty. The best schools are in the Tier One, followed by those in Tier Two and Tier 3. Traditional wisdom states that the best jobs to go Tier One students, while those in Tier 3 will have the most trouble finding employment. The most competitive bracket is Tier 2, with a number of public universities vying for prestige with some of the larger-name American private colleges.

What Are the Top Law Schools?

As one might expect, the Ivy League is exceptionally well represented in the annual ranking of top law schools. Harvard, Stanford and Yale are traditionally near the top of the list. Columbia, the University of Chicago, and Berkeley usually follow not far behind, with schools like Cornell Law School, Duke, and Georgetown typically bringing up the reminder of the pack. These schools tend to have the best faculty, the most active donors, and some of the most competitive acceptance rates. Whether or not these schools are worth the price, however, is worth questioning.

A Realistic Look

Realistically speaking, the annual report of top law schools is incredibly skewed. Certain schools will always be in the top ten, and certain schools will never rise above the second tier. The quality of education at the top-tier schools is not necessarily better than that in the lower tiers, but the names certainly carry a certain cache with employers. Unless you wish to chase the top one percent of jobs, though, the top ten to fifteen law schools may not be worth the price of admission.

The Top Schools for Your Needs

For the majority of law students, the highest education value can be found in the lower top tier through the second tier of law schools. Most of these schools are reasonably priced, have stellar faculty, and can help a student land a job. While they may not have the name appeal of a Harvard or Stanford, most schools in the second tier also cost only a fraction of those schools' overall price. If you wish to get a legal job in a given area, it is better to seek out a local school than to look at the annual rankings.

The list of the top law schools for one student may not be the same as that for another. The best law school will be one that is affordable for a student's income, yet can still offer a competitive advantage. There is rarely a point in pursuing an education at an incredibly expensive institution if a student is not aiming for …

Important Things You Can Learn From FDM Rapid Prototyping

Using additive processes 3D printing assists in the creation of three-dimensional objects. The object is created using the fused deposition modeling technique. In this technique, materials are laid down in successive layers until the object is created eventually. FDM rapid prototyping process was developed in the 1980s. It consists of layers of melted plastic laid down by extrusion nozzle. The computer aided software assists the whole process till the product is complete.

Applications in all aspects

Rapid prototyping helps in producing very beautiful and accurate objects. They can be used for a variety of purposes. It is a technology which has an impact on every aspect of our lives, from manufacturing, medicine, architecture, education and art. FDM uses the same thermoplastics found in manufacturing industries.

Benefits of rapid prototyping

Rapid prototyping is used for rapid manufacturing. It is a cheaper alternative. It helps in iterative testing. FDM rapid prototyping uses thermoplastics and polycarbonate among other materials. These materials are suited for their heat resistance properties. They are suitable for aviation and aerospace industries. They are also used in medical applications.

Medical industry

The specialists in the medical field have started to use 3D printing as part of advanced medical techniques. In the field of medical science, 3D printing is used to help in the saving of lives and overall improvement of health. The patients in different parts of the world are getting a feel of improved quality of health care. 3D printing has started to evolve in the field of medical science at a very fast pace. More and more hospitals and clinics all around the globe are making use of 3D printing for prosthetics development.

Aviation industries

The manufacturing sectors have started using 3D printing in the aviation and aerospace industries. 3D printing has been utilized by NASA on several occasions. NASA has printed using laser melting technology. Significant developments are achieved in this field through the use of this technology.

Automotive industry

The automotive industry had adopted 3D printing long time back. However, its use was restricted. It did not apply to high volume prototyping applications. Now, 3D printing is used in automotive industries a bit extensively. From a wide range of verification of design to building models for checking their finishing, it has extended to other functional aspects of the specified industry.

Industrial 3D printing

In the last few years, 3D printing has grown more popular. This technology has reached a broad customer base. Many people are yet to hear about the some of the benefits of 3D printing. Manufacturers were using these printers for traditional research processes. They have now started the use of 3D printers for these purposes. This is known as rapid prototyping.

Used in bioprinting

Layers of cells of living beings are put on a gel and three-dimensional structures are created by biotech firms. The use of 3D printing technology has started growing in this sector.

Bright future of 3D printers

Industry gurus all over the world have predicted that 3D printing will …

Why You Need a Career Mentor

Mentors are an important resource for success on the job. Finding one can be a task, positioning you to be selected as a mentee is another. Here are some helpful tips.

Mentoring used to be an informal and difficult process. Managers would identify potential success stories. You had to be likeable or someone who reminded the mentor of his or her early years. The golf course or a game of billiards would open opportunities to be groomed. Relationships would develop over cold beers. You guessed it, the "good old boy" network. If you did not hang out you were left out.

Companies today realize the organizational benefit of supporting and developing talent and are establishing formal mentor programs that ensure growth from the bottom to the top lasts from within. Will employees stay longer if they feel like they are being groomed for success? Are you the best option for a new opportunity if your career is being guided by manager, supervisor, coach, or a specialist?

Having a mentor allows access to information that may not otherwise be available to you. Mentors show you the ropes, they lend you a hand, and they provide insight into a world that continues to change as you navigate through it. Mentors provide quality information because more than likely they have made the same mistakes you are asking, so you benefit from the secret weapon. Think about your co-workers, everyone wants to get promoted all at the same time. You better believe if you have a strong mentor and you are following his or her advice you should have an edge. I have seen too many times one position opens and 3 employees want that new title. Read below for tips on why you need a career mentor.

Motivation – A good mentor has the rare ability to explain to you what you need to do and why, in a way that makes sense. An encounter with a mentor often becomes a turning point in your career or business.

Success – A mentor who shares their experience with you helps you to avoid mistakes that you would otherwise make. Achieving success faster and with less effort, would you consider that to be efficient and effective?

Honesty – A mentor is a person who is not emotionally involved in your situation, your friends, family, barber, or hairstylist love to give advice. These people either, do not know, are emotional involved, or tell you exactly what you want to here. A mentor's advice should be free and straight to the point.

Positive Attitude – When "Murphy's Law" kicks in to your life a good mentor knows you are bleeding internally, but they have a plan to get you patched up, in a step by step approach. Mentors always have a story to make you feel good and to give the necessary encouragement to move forward.

Improvement – Your mentor will expect some improve. You should expect to grow with knowledge. Mentors will advise homework, such as …

Thessaloniki Student Housing

A brief Thessaloniki student housing guide

Based on the Greek Ministry of Education, there are approximately 330.000 students at Greek public universities at any one time. Thessaloniki accounts for nearly 1/3 of the total number of students in Greece with an estimated 100.000 students (including those attending private colleges and other higher education establishments).

For a city of 800.000 people (city population 2011) this means a particularly high proportion of students, which is evident from the lively atmosphere and nightlife. The majority of the students are coming from other Greek cities, from Europe via exchange programs and from the Balkan countries in order to study at high quality private colleges. Estimating that on average a full-time student spends about 4 years in Thessaloniki (excluding exchange students), this means that there are approximately 25.000 new students in the city every year. And they all need a place to stay…

This article will provide a brief guide to the types of available student housing, the areas, prices, and things to be aware of regarding student accommodation in Thessaloniki.

1. Types of student accommodation

1a. University public dorms.

The University of Thessaloniki offers dorms to students, based on need and mainly on financial criteria. They are provided free of charge. In practice this means that it is pretty difficult to get a dorm room even if you are eligible to get one. The dorms are mostly located close to the university campus, but their quality is very low and maintenance is a big issue, along with issues about safety etc.

1b. University Student Hostels.

These are private properties (entire buildings) which are subleased by the University and are provided mainly to exchange students requiring accommodation for a few weeks or months. These are usually ERASMUS students. As of 2011 there are two student hostels, “Matsi Street 7” and “Kassandrou Street 134”, both very close to the university. They offer fully furnished “dorm-style” rooms with ensuite private bathroom and kitchenette (Kassandrou 134) single and double rooms, a laundry area and wireless internet access.

1c. Private hostels.

For students wishing to stay only a few days/weeks, these hostels are more appropriate and a better solution than a hotel. However, these are hard to find as private hostels that rent rooms/beds by the day/week are not legal in Greece unless they are Non-Profit Organizations.

1d. Private rental flats.

These are standalone flats (studio, 1 or 2 bedrooms) located all over the city that students can rent from private owners. You can usually find them through real estate agents (beware) or online ads. You will need to find the appropriate one to suit your needs. Most of them are unfurnished or partly furnished and are more suited to students who plan to stay in Thessaloniki for a few years (as you’d have to buy electrical appliances, fridge, cooker, etc).

When you move in you will need to enter into a contract with the electricity company DEI, the water and sewage company EYATH and the gas company for …

How Do I Apply To An Online Accounting Degree Program?

Earning a degree online has many benefits. It is convenient, popular and affordable. It allows an adult the opportunity to earn a college degree while continuing to work, spend time with family and friends, or take care of important commitments. It also allows a worker to advance in the job, often before the degree is even completed.

An accounting degree is one degree that can be earned online that has all of these advantages. An associate degree in accounting is available for those who are just beginning their academic or workplace careers. Those with an accounting background and some college experience can choose to earn their bachelor’s degree in accounting. Professionals can choose to further their careers by earning an MBA in accounting.

Before earning any degree in accounting, you need to apply and be accepted into a program. Like traditional degree programs, there is an application process that prospective students must go through before becoming a matriculated student.

While each online institution will have its own application process, there are common procedures that need to be followed when applying for an online accounting degree program.

Choosing the right degree program is often the most difficult part of the application process. Fortunately, all of the research can be done from your computer. Use a reliable search engine to find the type of program you are interested in, e.g. “associate degree in accounting” or “MBA in Accounting.”

Once you have found some programs that interest you, spend time reading the information that the programs offer. Pay close attention to the details each gives about the application process.

Choose the school that best fits your needs, both academically and economically. Make a checklist for yourself of all of the requirements for applying to the school. Usually there will be an online application, a required essay, and a list of documents (such as past transcripts, test scores, etc.) that need to be sent.

As you complete each application step, check it off on your list. Complete the entire application process carefully and meticulously. Incomplete or careless applications can be rejected.

Once you have applied, the program will contact you regarding your application’s status. If any additional information is requested, submit it to the program as soon as possible.

By carefully providing all of the requested information in the application process, you have started on the path to earning an online degree in accounting.…

4 Ways Of Managing Your Career Successfully Starting Now

Managing your career means dedicating your life to a boring
job that you hate, right? This is the farthest from the
truth. The fact is, you need to carefully and successful
manage your career now so that you can have the job that you
want then. Think it is too hard or impossible to get
anywhere? Here are some ways that you can successfully
manage your career.

Become an expert. Sure, you know your job, but doing your
job does not deserve any rewards. In fact, that is what you
are paid for. If you want to move up in the world, then
you'll need to know more, do more and be more. Become an
expert at your job and work on learning the next step up
too. Do not flaunt it, of course, but demonstrate it to
individuals when they need the help.

Talk to the boss. If you sit there and do your job day in
and day out, to the boss, it looks like you are happy and
content. But, if you want to be noticed and want to move
up, you'll need to present that information to your boss.
How is he supposed to know if you do not tell him?

Be a team player. No one likes the guy that is two steps
from polishing the boss's shoes. Instead, show that you are
a team player, willing to work with everyone and not one
that sticks there personal business out. You do not have to
like the people you are with but you do need to do what you
can to get along with them.

Always strive for improvement. If your job can be improved
it is only going to happen through you. Take the initiative
and learn more. Go back to school if necessary and show
your dedication to your company by looking for ways for it
to work better. No flaunting, of course.

When you want to manage your career successfully, you'll
need to see it from all aspects and become the perfect
employee, really. …

Auburn University (AU) Tigers Football Players Taken in the 2010 NFL Draft – Two Selected

There were two Auburn University (AU) Tigers football players taken in the 2010 NFL Draft that was held in New York City in April. The two men from the Alabama based campus selected by National Football League (NFL) Teams are:

• Ben Tate (running back) who was picked by the Houston Texans in the second round with the 58th overall pick

• Walter McFadden (cornerback), selected with the 138th overall pick in the 5th round by the Oakland Raiders

Ben Tate hopes to follow in the footsteps of other successfully Auburn running backs that have entered the NFL in the last few seasons. Most recently that list includes impact players Ronnie Brown of the Miami Dolphins and Carnell “Cadilac” Williams of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. When football fans go further back in time they notice that the great Bo Jackson was actually a running back product of the Auburn football program.

Ben Tate, born is 1988, is listed as a 5’11” 218 pound back that has a desirable combination of power and speed. Originally from Woodbridge, Virginia Ben grew up in Maryland and attended Stephen Decatur High School where he set a high water mark for the state in terms of rushing yards for a single season with 2,886.

After earning all-state honors his junior season Tate transferred to Snow Hill High School (also in Maryland) for his senior year of high school. As the tailback for the Snow Hill Eagles he led the squad to a second place in the state finish for the football team. Tate chose to follow up his impressive prep football career with the Auburn Tigers after declining athletic scholarship offers from powerhouse football programs the University of Florida and Penn State just to name a couple.

Walter McFadden was selected by the Oakland Raiders to play cornerback and while Walter has no relation to Raiders running back Darren McFadden (a 2008 first round draft pick by Oakland) Walter does have an older brother in the NFL. The older brother of Walter also plays cornerback.

Walter is the younger sibling of Bryant McFadden who played his college football at Florida State University before being selected in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft to play cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bryant was on both Steelers teams that won Super Bowls after the 2005 and 2008 seasons.

The younger McFadden is a 6’0″ 177 corner with quick feet and an upside that the Oakland Raiders are excited about. The Raiders expect to find some versatility in Walter as an asset both on defense and on special teams during his rookie season.…

Core Subjects: English, Maths and Science – Computing?

Nobody can argue against the importance of learning the intricacies of the English language. It teaches us to effectively articulate our ideas, opinions, needs and wants. Mathematics is equally critical, without addition and subtraction everyday mundane tasks like managing a weekly budget and the hours you have left at work becomes impossible challenges. And Science, as a study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world is an agglomeration of both. So where does the argument for teaching computing as a core subject stand?

With the dawn of the digital age it quickly became clear that commonplace software and technologies like MS Office, the internet and GIs were here to stay, and that we had better start education our younger generation so as not to be left behind in the global race for IT education. ICT courses are now ubiquitous through UK's secondary education and Europe's equivalent institutions.

Today silicon is as popular as ever and practitioners in programming have one of the highest growth and salary rates in the world. Financial Analyst, Business Analyst, Investor, Network Engineer and Systems Administrator are all examples of jobs that require an employee to work closely with complex software applications.

But there are many counter-arguments to this, one being that much of computing science is too difficult to teach. And, then again, if a child is capable of grasping algebra, then they're only a virtual hop, skip and jump away from programming. Programming is an aspect of computing that can not be spoon-fed, it forces engagement from teacher and student alike and imparts larger, highly transferrable, about life. Writing a program is the closest a child can come to thinking about thinking.

Population over-qualification is another unfounded concern as job markets throughout Europe are forcing university graduates to take on entry-level retail, administration and services positions. The computing industry by comparison is a veritable goldmine with 1.4 million computer intense positions expected by 2020 in the US alone (1). As reported by Forbes, some European countries like Romania are already adopting solutions for the IT expert scarcity.

Another problem is the lack of creativity when integrating technology with other subjects and this is largely down to insufficient teacher training and inadequate equipment. Governments need to recognize that raising an army of expert programmers is an economic investment, not an economic hit. Until then we can only dream of a world where art teachers show students how to manipulate photo editing software and Math teachers demonstrate mathematical concepts while teaching how to program calculator functions. Those institutions that do make an effort to introduce IT curriculums tend to focus on teaching how to use software with little to no insight into how that software functions under the bonnet. Eric Schmidt, Chairman Google and British Prime Minister David Cameron are just two advocates behind the scheme to teach children more on this subject . (2)

And finally, beyond the economic feasibility of teaching computer science lies a moral dilemma. English, Maths and …