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Danger, Will Robinson!

Danger, Will Robinson!

By | March 5, 2015 at 2:20 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby Which city is the safest in the desert? According to data compiled by location.com for use by real estate agents nationwide, Twentynine Palms comes in as the safest place to live in the desert. With one property crime per 72 residents, they were the only...

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Happy Shiny People and their Unhappy Cousins

Happy Shiny People and their Unhappy Cousins

By | February 26, 2015 at 12:50 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby The Gallup Organization recently compiled 2.1 million surveys in order to capture how people feel about their daily lives. Termed the Well-Being Index, the data collected was split into five categories: Purpose, Social, Financial, Community and...

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Franchising in America

Franchising in America

By | February 18, 2015 at 4:55 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby What business type is expected to outperform the overall economy this year? Franchises. Franchises can be in any business - food, accounting, cleaning, etc. On the whole, business owners of franchises can expect business to increase 5% this year, a full 2%...

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Conflate-gate

Conflate-gate

By | February 11, 2015 at 9:35 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby The state of news reporting in America has yet again reached an all-time low thanks to Brian Williams, NBC News anchor and head of their entire news division. For over ten years, Williams has said that, his “bird” or helicopter was hit by enemy fire...

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Loonies, Orcas & Snowmen

Loonies, Orcas & Snowmen

By | February 5, 2015 at 3:34 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby In recent years, the Coachella Valley has benefitted from the free flow of Loonies to our community. I am not talking about that guy who inexplicably stops for green lights, argues with ghosts at Wal-Mart or spouts endless conspiracy theories. I am taking...

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How Safe Is Your Hospital?

How Safe Is Your Hospital?

By | January 29, 2015 at 1:06 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby One out of 25 people who go to the hospital will contract a new infection during their stay. Even worse, 440,000 people will die in the United States this year because of hospital errors. Nonprofit The Leapfrog Group, grades 2,500 hospitals based on 28...

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COEXIST

COEXIST

By | January 22, 2015 at 3:50 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby Religion. Napoleon Bonaparte once said it is, “…what keeps the poor from murdering the rich” while Helen Keller said, “It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving…the...

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Ignorance and Conscientious Stupidity

Ignorance and Conscientious Stupidity

By | January 15, 2015 at 11:00 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby Martin Luther King Jr. best summarized the challenges faced in ending racism when he said, “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” As the terrorist attacks against Jews in Paris proved yet again,...

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THE DOW

THE DOW

By | January 8, 2015 at 3:03 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby Every day as part of nearly every newscast on radio or television, we are updated as to whether “the Dow” is up or down by some number of points. At present, the Dow is at an all-time high. This stock market index, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, has...

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Lower Oil Prices = Prosperity and Peace?

Lower Oil Prices = Prosperity and Peace?

By | January 1, 2015 at 1:29 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby As we start the New Year with the hope and promise of a better tomorrow, we have some very good news on the economic and political fronts - the drop in oil prices has helped to improve the economy here in the United States while causing havoc on the economies...

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HOW THE WORLD CELEBRATES NEW YEAR’S EVE

HOW THE WORLD CELEBRATES NEW YEAR’S EVE

By | December 23, 2014 at 7:53 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby Here in the United States, it seems that the most popular way to ring in the New Year is with a flute of champagne while amongst friends and family and sharing a kiss with that special someone. As with many around the world, Americans often watch fireworks...

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Going Postal

Going Postal

By | December 18, 2014 at 5:20 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby The busiest days for the post office all year are December 18th and 19th.  Package shipments which are up 12% from last year are some welcomed relief to the US Postal Service as they recently reported a $5.5 BILLION loss for their fiscal year-end September...

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Exchange Traded Funds vs. Mutual Funds

Exchange Traded Funds vs. Mutual Funds

By | December 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby After eighteen years in existence, exchange traded funds (aka ETFs) just passed the $2 trillion mark in total monies invested. Given that it took fourteen years for ETFs to reach $1 trillion, the rapid doubling is quite an accomplishment. Nevertheless, ETF...

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THE BEST CREDIT CARDS

THE BEST CREDIT CARDS

By | December 3, 2014 at 9:30 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby With the holidays upon us, more people are using their credit cards than any other time of the year. Which is the best credit card for you? While I’m not a fan of the cash back cards that rotate from category to category and require the user to sign-up...

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE: BUY LOCAL

MAKE A DIFFERENCE: BUY LOCAL

By | November 27, 2014 at 11:13 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby If you could, would you help create more local jobs and improve our local economy? Guess what? You can by simply shopping at local businesses instead of national chain businesses. The reasoning behind this is fairly straight forward. Local businesses...

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The Official Inflation Rate Excludes Inflation

The Official Inflation Rate Excludes Inflation

By | November 13, 2014 at 11:15 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby The Social Security Administration recently announced a 1.7% increase in payments to social security recipients for the next year. This increase is supposed to take into account the increased cost of living that has occurred over the last year. Since 2009, the...

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ON THE CUSP

ON THE CUSP

By | November 6, 2014 at 12:47 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby Edgar Fiedler, economist for Presidents Nixon and Ford once said, “Ask five economists and you’ll get five different answers - six if one went to Harvard.” Last week, economist John Husing of Economics & Politics, Inc. spoke at the Coachella...

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VOTER APATHY

VOTER APATHY

By | October 30, 2014 at 3:14 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby Voter turnout on Tuesday, November 4th, is expected to be at the lowest levels in over a decade with fewer than two in five registered voters participating. One of the key reasons cited by many Americans as the reason that they do not vote is because...

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ELECTION 2014: THE JUSTICES

ELECTION 2014: THE JUSTICES

By | October 22, 2014 at 7:20 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby One of the items on this year’s election ballot where many people have very little information relates to the election of justices. This year we have thirteen justices up for election, three for the California Supreme Court and ten for the Courts of Appeal....

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Coachella Valley Radio Ratings

Coachella Valley Radio Ratings

By | October 15, 2014 at 8:40 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby Which radio station is the most popular in the Coachella Valley? Nielsen Audio is currently in the middle of its fall survey of the Palm Springs radio market. Each spring and fall, they contact about 100 people a week over twelve weeks and have those people...

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Was Russia Behind JPMorgan Cyberattack?

Was Russia Behind JPMorgan Cyberattack?

By | October 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby Last week, JP Morgan aka Chase Bank disclosed that the August data breach of their computer systems by hackers affected more than the 1 million customer accounts previously announced. The actual number was 83 million - 76 million consumers and 7 million small...

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The Slippery Slope

The Slippery Slope

By | October 1, 2014 at 4:40 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby Should the police be able to go through your house, including your sock drawer, whenever they want? Should they be able to read your personal communications without your knowledge? Hopefully, you said ‘no’ as this one of your basic personal freedoms...

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2014 Elections

2014 Elections

By | September 24, 2014 at 7:20 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby Early voting for the upcoming election that will be held on November 4th starts on October 6th via mail-in ballots. Over the next few weeks, we will try to help you get to know many of the people running for office here in the Coachella Valley. Riverside...

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Is College Still Worth It?

Is College Still Worth It?

By | September 17, 2014 at 9:23 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby Is a four-year college degree worth the time and money it takes to get one? According to a study by the Economic Policy Institute, the discrepancy between those with college degrees and those without has never been higher. An American with a four-year degree...

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FELONS and DUST – Call ISIS “DAESH”

FELONS and DUST – Call ISIS “DAESH”

By | September 10, 2014 at 8:50 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby ISIS, a jihadist group headquartered in the Syria and Iraq area of the Middle East, has been garnering a lot of well-founded attention recently for its brutal combat tactics. For those of us against this extremist group, rather than calling them ISIS (the...

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REDUCE YOUR CANCER RISK

REDUCE YOUR CANCER RISK

By | September 3, 2014 at 6:10 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby The National Institute of Health estimates that the “C” word, cancer, costs the United States one-quarter of a TRILLION dollars annually. Nearly 600,000 or 25% of all American deaths will be attributable to cancer this year. In addition to the foods you...

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Un-American American Companies

Un-American American Companies

By | August 27, 2014 at 9:27 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby Increasingly, American companies have been reincorporating abroad in order to reduce their taxes. Over the last decade, approximately 50 of Americans largest companies have done this. Burger King is the most recent company looking to do this by potentially...

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Removing the Stigma

Removing the Stigma

By | August 20, 2014 at 3:35 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby The loss of Robin Williams last week brought a new spotlight to the issue of mental health. It is estimated that 30,000 Americans take their lives in this manner annually with more than half occurring amongst men between the ages of 25 and 65. Nearly 4.5...

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FOLLOW THE MONEY

FOLLOW THE MONEY

By | August 13, 2014 at 10:59 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby FICO Score Changes Starting this fall, your FICO score will not be hurt by unpaid or discounted medical debts to the degree that it was in the past. This change was negotiated by the Obama Administration’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Fair...

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TOP SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES

TOP SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES

By | August 6, 2014 at 9:30 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby Forbes recently completed a survey ranking 650 of the best colleges and universities in the country for 2014. The ranking considered a mix of factors that go into a student’s success while learning as well as their post-educational success at their chosen...

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THE VEGANIZATION OF MEAT

THE VEGANIZATION OF MEAT

By | July 30, 2014 at 6:25 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby Did you know that 80% of the world’s farmland is used to support the meat and poultry industries? According to Popular Science, a single pound of beef requires 298 square feet of land, 27 pounds of feed and 211 gallons of water. The creation and delivery of...

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SOUR GRAPES

SOUR GRAPES

By | July 23, 2014 at 4:45 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby The Grand ‘Ol Party does not like President Obama very much. As they cannot beat him in the election booth, they are doing things like suing him and threatening impeachment. Why? Speaker of the House, John Boehner, plans on suing the President for failing...

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FORBES’ CELEBRITY 100

FORBES’ CELEBRITY 100

By | July 16, 2014 at 8:25 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby Forbes recently released their annual Celebrity 100 list for the twelve months ending June 1st.  The list ranks “celebrity” via a mix of earnings and presence over more than twelve types of media platforms. Topping the list with earnings of...

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GET SMART

GET SMART

By | July 9, 2014 at 8:52 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby ‘Coal Rollers’, Open Carry Texas, the Anti-Vaccination Movement and participants in the Gluten-free Living fad have more in common than any of them think. Before sharing their common thread, let’s look at each singularly. Coal Rollers are men who...

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Banks Posting Record Profits

Banks Posting Record Profits

By | July 2, 2014 at 7:35 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby Six years ago, the economies of the world and particularly the United States faced the real risk of a depression that could have been worse than the Great Depression of 1929.  While the subsequent recovery has stripped our economy of large swathes of middle...

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