Band video highlights homeless military veterans and PTSD

By Chad Childers,

Five Finger Death Punch continue to use the video format for maximum impact and their latest clip for ‘Wrong Side of Heaven’ shines a spotlight on the plight of homeless military veterans and the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.  To read the post, go to



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Three whistle blowers receive nearly $1M in compensation staff report

Pontiac, Michigan – One foreman and two truck drivers working for a Michigan asphalt company received nearly $1M in compensation after losing their jobs for whistle blowing about safety violations at the company. The three men raised safety concerns related to rest periods for drivers, exceeding legal overtime and lack of vehicle maintenance.

Asphalt Specialists Inc, headquartered out of Pontiac, Michigan, was found in violation of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act by the U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHEA for wrongfully terminating employees who had raised safety concerns.  The STAA covers private-sector drivers and other employees of commercial motor carriers who resist working in unsafe working conditions and report safety issues to OSHEA.

“It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against employees who report work-related safety concerns or violations of federal transportation regulations, which require drivers to have a minimum 10-hour rest period between shifts,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels.

In a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor, Asphalt Specialists Inc was ordered to reinstate the three employees to their former positions with all pay, benefits and rights.  The company will pay close to $944,000 in damages, $250,000 in back wages and $110,000 in compensatory damages and $600,000 in punitive damages.



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Bank of America to pay nearly $17B in mortgage pact, says CBS News

Are American banks redeeming themselves by paying billions in financial settlements back to the U.S. taxpayers?  CBS News reports on one U.S. Department of Justice investigation led to the largest settlement so far in 2014.



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Is technology replacing the human workforce?

By Sharon Dunten, editor of

If you look forward to the next 50 years you might not like what you see when it comes to the American workforce. The workforce could be robots and not humans. I am not trying to bring up a Dooms Day scenario, but computer technology has grown so rapidly that humans don’t seem to be catching up — but the robots are and so are the corporations that might see the future human workforce as a liability or poor investment in labor.

After watching the video below I became concerned more about the low-wage worker as they might be replaced by a “bot” at a favored fast-food joint or industrial manufacturing job for more efficiency. The initial investment of a bot may be substantial, yet in the long run, it could pay for itself. Through bot technology, corporations don’t have to worry about wages, medical insurance or staff vacations. So where do the low-wage workers go for jobs in the future?

Not only low-wage workers should be concerned about the bots. As computers get smarter and continue to retain more information, computer problem-solving white collar workers could be replaced by hardware and software workers, namely advanced super-computers. So where do the higher salaried white collar workers find jobs in the future?

As Americans we have become more and more dependent on computer technology. We love our smart phones, tablets and laptops. These instruments have made our lives easier and computer technology has infiltrated into every aspect of our lives: cars, refrigerators, maps, education, publishing, supermarkets, advertising, social groups, farming, advanced manufacturing.  Americans are capable of producing more crops, goods and information than in anytime in human history. And we are enjoying the comforts of this technology.

But at what point will computer technology replace the jobs Americans hold today? What will a child born in 2014 need for education and job training to provide for their families – shelter, medical needs and food on the table?  It is something to seriously contemplate, or maybe you should just Google it.



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Two Americans with Ebola arrive today in US to fight for their lives

By Sharon Dunten, editor of

One American citizen, either Dr. Kent Brantley and Nancy Writebol is coming home for treatment to probably get the best chances for survival of the  deadly disease Ebola.  Emory Hospital in Atlanta is preparing for their arrival sometime today. The Ebola patient will be flown into Dobbins Air Force Base, reports the Wall Street Journal.  Both healthcare workers contracted the disease while serving in a hospital where Eloba patients were treated.  Brantly and Writebol are among more than 1300 patients infected with Ebola since February in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, reports WSJ.

The Ebola virus is known to kill up to 90 percent who are infected, but this statistic is only known for Africa and not in other areas of the world. Ebola virus mainly strikes in remote villages of Central and West Africa, states the WebMD website.

Dr. Brantly was serving as medical director for the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia’s ELWA hospital when he tested positive for Ebola, reports the Samaritan’s Purse organization.  Writebol is a SIM hygientist who decontaminated health care workers entering and leaving the isolation ward at the hospital.

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has aided victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine with the purpose of sharing Samaritan’s message of God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The SIM ELWA Hospital is a health facility SIM founded in 1965. SIM is an international mission organization with more than 1600 active missionaries representing more than 30 nationalities who serve in more than 60 countries.


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Milennials. Try moving away from home to find your first job

More and more post graduates are finding it hard to find their first job. Photo by

The state of Georgia is just one example of where the Millennial generation is having a hard time finding employment.  As covered by CEO Columbus’ Michael E. Kanell and Nicholas Fouriezos, Milennials: Big Numbers — And Jobless,  acquiring post-graduate employment is tough.  Many Milennials might have to literally to move away from their comfort zone to find their first job out of college.  This may include moving to a different part of the country.

Moving away from family and friends will probably be stressful and costly, but a Milennial might have to consider this option to gain experience and then later reexamine coming back to their hometown. Erin Kennedy, an international certified resume writer, has five points to consider if a Milennial is looking beyond Georgia for employment.

  1. Some states have better economies than others, some have not seen the tremendous job loss and mass exodus that states like California have seen–or my home state of Michigan at 10.5% as of June 2011– and other states have a robust economy with opportunity for job growth. With unemployment averaging over 9.0%, finding the right job can be frustrating and time consuming, but one thing you might consider is looking out of state for employment options. You could find a job that suits your skill set, while allowing you or your family to branch out into a new area.
  2. Yes, it can be scary to pick up and move to a completely new place, but you’ll meet new people and have a new experience that changes your life in a positive way. So how do you know if you should move out of state for employment? Well there are a lot of different things to think about before you decide to move. Take your time when considering the move and try to follow some of the following ideas.
  3. Before you decide exactly where you’re going to move send out some resumes to different business in that area. Pick at least 5 different locales that would suit your job needs and start sending out resumes to them. If you have a degree that’s more popular in one area, you might consider moving to that area to take advantage of higher job growth. If you have a degree in engineering and can not find anything but a servers position, then look at what areas around the country have a high need for engineers. There is a lot of opportunity out there, but you may need to look high and low for it.
  4. Consider contacting a headhunter. If you’re serious about finding employment in a new area, then find a headhunter who knows the city and can find you a position that would match your work experience. A temp agency might be one option but you want to find full time employment and most of these only offer contract work. They can be a good stop-gap option for you while you’re getting your feet wet in the new town, but a lot of people are wary of moving without full time employment.
  5. How do you move when you have a family? One option is to pack early and get all that out of the way. You might want to have your spouse or significant other stay with the children before your start your new job. You should go and get settled before moving the family to you. This allows them to step into their new situation with the house in order and avoids any culture shocks. Make sure you do a lot of research on your new location – read the newspaper online, listen to local radio shows online or just Google your new city. There’s so much information to be found online and you should take advantage of that.

Good luck Milennials!

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New film to help students take action on global water crisis

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We take it for granted when we turn on the faucet and clean drinking water  appears and is plentiful.  Yet, throughout the world more than 1 billion people do not have clean drinking water.  The Thirst Project, an proactive student organization hitting the clean water problem head on, says  80 percent of global diseases are water-borne and result from drinking contaminated water.  These diseases kill more than 2.2 million people per year.

In a new movie, “Earth to Echo,” the stars of the film receive “distress signals” on their phones from someone who needs their help.

Students can join The Thirst Project and “Earth to Echo” to take action against the global water crisis without having to give, donate, or raise any of their own money. All you have to do is TEXT the keyword ECHO (in all caps) followed by your message for hope and encouragement to someone in a developing community without safe, clean drinking water to 51555. For every message we receive, the movie “Earth to Echo” will donate to The Thirst Project to build wells to give clean water to those who need it most. Not only that, but we will capture the actual messages we receive and install them on murals on the wells funded by this campaign. Then, go see the movie “Earth to Echo” in theaters everywhere July 2014. Visit to learn how you can get involved today!


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