Tacobutt Photobomb!

Intrepid Chihuahua mix Chuckie Tacobutt is cagily eyeing his next

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snack. If Chuckie goes for the food, it will not end well, one imagines.
“This hopeful ‘Cat Food Bandit’ is waiting patiently for his hoomin to turn around and look the other way so he can steal his 19 year-old cat/brother’s breakfast.” -Erin C.
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New Apple Ipad Thinner, Lighter But Still $499

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The most popular non-monetary rewards: Comp time off Free food or meals Event tickets (to shows, sporting events and concerts) While these do cost money, they cost less than offering raises since they’re given on an occasional, not ongoing, basis. That said, tangible rewards like raises, bonuses and promotions still matter to Gen Y. In fact, possibly more than they do to other age groups. While 31 percent of respondents overall say they’d start job-hunting if an expected raise, bonus or promotion didn’t materialize, among Gen Y that figure jumps to 48 percent. It Depends on the Life Stage of the Employee Other key motivators for employees vary depending on their ages and life-stages, too. For example: Gen Y and Boomer respondents are more motivated by interesting work. Gen X was more motivated by good benefits and good pay/salary. This may reflect on life stage: Gen X: Typically married and raising a family with lots of financial obligations.
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Apple is focusing on this customer experience idea too. In a statement from an official release announcing the new tablet, senior vice president of worldwide marketing Peter Schiller said : iPad created an entirely new mobile computing experience, and the new iPad Air is another big leap ahead. It is so thin, light and powerful, once you hold one in your hand you will understand what a tremendous advancement this is. The iPad Air features a 9.7-inch retina display, will come in silver or “space gray” and will be available starting November 1. Here’s a quick hands on review of the device from Engadget: Does Your Business Need an iPad? Though die hard Apple fans will likely love the new device, businesses may not take to it so quickly. After all, Apple has kept its price on the new iPad about the same as on previous models. Meanwhile, other tablet makers are offering a Windows operating system likely to be more popular with some small businesses — and at the same price or lower.
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No End In Sight For Gas-price Free Fall

The largest weekly price drops occurred in the Midwest and central U.S., led by discounts of more than a dime in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio; that’s compared with South Carolina and Washington, D.C., where prices fell less than a penny. Those same Midwestern and central states also enjoyed the greatest month-over-month relief, with 10 states seeing 30-cent dips. The smallest monthly declines — less than a dime — have occurred west of the Rockies in Alaska, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada and California. Still, year-over-year, California’s gas prices have dropped by a whopping 80 cents since last year, a 30-cent better discount compared with the Midwest’s year-over-year figure.
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Ford’s adding a new engine to its Fusion lineup in the hopes of increasing fuel economy. Turns out, the turbocharged 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder is slightly less efficient than the current 1.6-liter EcoBoost.
The 178-horsepower 1.5-liter, which is optional on SE models, is rated at 23/36/28 mpg city/highway/combined with the six-speed automatic transmission, according to the EPA. For 2014, the 178-hp 1.6-liter can only be equipped with a manual transmission and is rated slightly higher at 25/37/29 mpg.
Like the 1.6-liter, the new 1.5-liter will be available with stop-start engine technology. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder (22/34/26 mpg) remains standard on the S and SE models, and the Titanium retains a standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 22/33/26 mpg (front-wheel-drive versions.)

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How (and Why) B2b Buyers Begin The Purchase Process


The top five areas of marketing spend, according to the survey’s respondents are: website development, online marketing, tradeshows and events, email marketing and advertising. When it comes to top lead sources for B2B marketers, Sagefrog found that referrals, tradeshows and events, and email marketing produced the most leads while telemarketing and direct mail produced the least. Budget is being directed to the areas that producing leads, which make sense since lead generation in general is big focus for B2B businesses and not just their marketing teams. Driving ROI with Digital Marketing Digital channels provide the highest ROI, according to survey respondents. Online marketing and email marketing are two of the top contenders while advertising, direct mail and telemarketing resulted in the lowest ROI. The popularity of marketing tactic may vary by company, but there are some commonalities amongst modern marketers. The areas that drive the greatest ROI, according to the 85% have a business website 72% use email marketing to reach their customers 67% use social media to connect with buyers 56% have a focus on SEO 51% incorporate press releases into their marketing strategies Related: Connect with your audience through content marketing and whitepaper distribution.
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What This Means for Your Business: Keep tabs on your current clients or similar businesses within the same industry. If a particular industry that your business services is expected to grow or on an upward swing, reach out to them directly, touch on possible expansion and provide a solution as to how your business can make the growth and purchase an easier process. Want: To Leverage New Technology Businesses want to be able to outshine competitors. In many instances, it’s the technology they utilize that enables this to happen. Businesses want to leverage new technology and over a third of buyers scored this as an 8 or above in terms of importance in instigating a new business purchase. What This Means for Your Business: Have a new feature, service or product offering that will enable your buyers to get their hands on and make the most of the latest technology?
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The Meaning Of Lehman (take 3)

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FIVE years ago the world was stumbling into a chasm. Of course the signal fact about the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers and the financial and political chaos that followed was that it led to the most significant real-economy disaster of the postwar era. Panic on Wall Street was a wrenching spectacle. Yet the goal of saving the banks and stemming the panic was not, for the most part, preservation of any particular quarter of the finance industry for its own sake. It was to prevent a Depression. In that policymakers enjoyed success only by the miserable comparison of the Great Contraction of the 1930s. Output and employment fell by much less than they did from 1929-1933. For all the economic pain of the global recession things never got bad enough to unravel the institutions of liberalism, to make tyranny and war attractive options. Yet things were bad enough. Global trade collapsed. America lost 5.4m jobs from September of 2008 to April of 2009.
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Campbell Soup Heiress Sells Mansion As Newport Regains Shine

Newport may be regaining its real estate shine. The estate known as Wildacre sold for $14 million, making it the third most expensive home ever sold in town.Newport may be regaining its real estate shine. The estate known as Wildacre sold for $14 million, making it the third most expensive home ever sold in town.The Wildacre estate, sold by Campbell Soup heiress Dorrance Hamilton, has a 14-room mansion built in 1902 for Albert Olmsted, the brother of Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park.The Wildacre estate, sold by Campbell Soup heiress Dorrance Hamilton, has a 14-room mansion built in 1902 for Albert Olmsted, the brother of Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park.The Wildacre mansion sits on 2.5 acres overlooking Price’s Neck Cove and the Atlantic.The Wildacre mansion sits on 2.5 acres overlooking Price’s Neck Cove and the Atlantic.


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Sleek, cool but also confusing: The Opel Monza concept vehicle surprised some at the Frankfurt Motor Show.Sleek, cool but also confusing: The Opel Monza concept vehicle surprised some at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Returning To Sicily

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I like what I am doing for them. I like that I am able to create recipes using my favorite foods. In these two past issues (August 2013; October 2013), the food column tells you about arugula, and beets. Green and red. Both amazing colors and ingredients to style and photograph, I thought.
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The foods we cooked, styled, and ate. The walks and excursions we took. I hope you’ll understand the good time we had. Everything happened at Case Vecchie in Vallelunga, the home of Fabrizia’s Sicilian cooking school. There you learn about how much love people have for homegrown and seasonal foods. About how quality ingredients make splendid dishes that warm the heart. Case Vecchie, Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking School , Sicily Sicily in Spring is gorgeous.
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