Bankrate company, Insurance Quotes, conducted a yearlong study throughout 2013 that determined which month rendered the cheapest car insurance quotes (December) and which month produced the most expensive ones (March). The fact that significant differences in rates from one month to the next existed in the first place came as a shock to professional analysts and experts alike.
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The American dream, shifting economic inequality and sustaining the Affordable Care Act were some of the most ambitious topics that President Obama discussed during his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. While these were all different subjects that garnered unique attention and told separate stories, they all shared a part in the overall theme of Obama’s SOTU message for 2014: That actions speak louder than words.
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The “connected home” is a concept that power company Google has been pursuing for the past three years. In 2011, it introduced Android@Home — an innovative, convenience-focused platform that aimed to connect most home appliances/electronic devices to Android-powered phones via Google. The idea was to be able to control apparatuses, such as house lights, cars and TVs, right from the comfort of your own phone. Android@Home, in particular, never quite caught on the way Google intended, but the idea still lives. On Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, Google announced that a similar project was in the making — this time, it involves a $3.2 billion deal with device-developing company, Nest Labs.
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In a CNN exclusive Monday, reporters found that federal auditors will be examining New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s use of $25 million in Super Storm Sandy relief funds.
Officials have reason to believe that the Republican governor may have improperly allotted some of the money towards personal tourism ads as opposed to recovery from the destructive hurricane in October 2012.
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On Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, the House of Representatives passed a new bill involving Obamacare. Bill 291-122 is the first bill passed by the Republican-led House for the new year, and its main focus is rectifying controversial security issues with healthcare.gov, the Affordable Care Act’s newest website.
With the passing of Bill 291-122, Administration will have to notify the proper persons, within two days, of any individual that’s been affected by the security breach, according to an article on CNN.
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Most sensible people recognize that material things are inferior to the animate and ethereal, but only to an extent. After all, we work jobs to have money for food and shelter, but when we can afford it (and sometimes when we can’t) we also like to buy “nice things.” We take pride in those things — often times more than we should — but it’s hard not to; when we work hard and for long hours it feels justifiable to treat ourselves to something we want rather than need. I think in the grand scheme of things, it’s only because that’s what society says is normal. If there were never any “fancy” material things to buy for us to get used to, what would we do then? Walk around in dismay? I’m convinced that we’d find something else to satisfy that part of our appetite. Cheer and song sound good to me. It also sounds very primitive, but the proverbial ‘simpler time’ is usually more welcoming anyway.
My meaning: Regardless of whatever curveball life throws your way, it’s the reality of the world you live in. Even if it’s not a sporadic turn of events but instead the result of a choice/decision you deliberately made, it still is what it is whether it’s a harsh reality or an appealing one. No matter what’s happening, it’s happening: respond accordingly.
Alternatively, no matter where you are physically, that’s where your literal presence lies. You could be millions of miles away mentally, you’ll still be wherever you are physically, no matter how you got there.