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5 Ways to Make Your Workplace More Efficient
By Marcelle Yeager, Aol News
Workdays have become longer than they used to be. Time in the office may extend well into the evening, or you likely bring work home to finish after the kids go to bed. Technology is partly to blame for the ability to do work after the daily grind is over, which is something you need to fight against personally. But how can you make your workday and work environment more efficient to avoid having a lot of work to do in the evening hours? Contrary to what you might think, the culprit is typically not a large workload. Often, your time is taken up by external forces that can be difficult (but not impossible) to control. How often do you complain about being overscheduled in meetings, or about the co-worker who chats with you incessantly about his problems?
The Explosion of the Online Delivery Business
By Linda Bell,FOX Business
Need to buy chicken, rice and peppers to cook for dinner tonight? No need to get off of your couch - filling that grocery list is just a click away. According to a Nielsen survey, one-quarter of global respondents say they are already ordering grocery products online for home delivery and more than half are willing to use it in the future. Sales from the online grocery business are expected to jump more than 16% to $13 billion this year according to market research firm IBIS World. The growth is being powered by the rise in wireless devices and broadband connections, as well as sophisticated and speedy delivery channels. “Place a grocery order by 10 a.m. and get items by dinner, or order by 10 p.m. and get items by breakfast,” says Nell Rona, spokesperson for (AMZN). If you sign up for Amazon’s Prime Fresh membership, you get the benefits of both Amazon Prime and AmazonFresh for an annual fee of $299. The program is being offered in select cities.
When will technology be able to predict crimes like the Oregon shooting?
By Hope King, CNN Money
A few decades from now, experts hope that algorithms and artificial intelligence will get good enough to help law enforcement officials prevent crimes like Thursday's shooting in Oregon. Hitachi announced new technology earlier this week that takes a step in this direction. The company's Visualization platform uses software and hardware to track, collect and analyze data from the Web and local authorities to predict when and where crimes might occur.


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Surviving Success
By Mike Chung
Recently, Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle has pled guilty to offenses against minors punishable with jail time. Fogle, who was once extremely obese, came to fame by losing significant weight while only eating Subway for a period of time. Years and years as spokesperson lead to millions of dollars and international fame but in the end, it looks like the success he has experienced led to his failure. This pattern is not unique to Fogle. The Christian Church has been rocked many times by “star” pastors experiencing significant falling. For example, former Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll stepped down and the church sold due to issues like abusiveness, plagiarism, and using money to make his book a best seller. What Fogle and Driscoll represent is something universal to humankind: Success can lead to demise.
Thin Places
By Doug Gehrman
There existed “thin places,” the early Celtic people believed, where one could experience closer access to God and the divine. You’ve maybe been to such a place, where the veil between our human existence and heaven seemed so “thin” as to be translucent. The Grand Canyon, Michelangelo’s David, St. Peter’s Basilica, The Blue Mosque in Istanbul. Spiritual clarity reaches a higher level and the sacred becomes visible. In the Celtic belief, God was everywhere and there was little separating the secular from the divine; you just had to look for it and experience it. The light at dusk behind a cloud, sun through rain, a moment shared, a hand offered. It could be anything or found anywhere.

The Legal Corner

How the Same-Sex Marriage Case Might Affect the Texas Abortion Law
By Kyle Bryant
By now it is not news: on June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that all states must license same-sex marriages. Many people heralded this decision as an historic win for equality and freedom. While that claim may have philosophical merit, the decision is a radical departure from the Supreme Court’s usual legal analysis. And the underlying reasoning may affect much more than marriage. This ruling may guide the Court to strike down Texas’s new abortion restrictions, effectively keeping open dozens of abortion clinics that would have otherwise shut down.
International Trade and America’s First Freedom
By Sam Webb
Religious liberty is “the condition in which individuals or groups are permitted without restraint to assent to and, within limits, to express and act upon religious convictions and identity free of coercive interference or penalty imposed by outsiders, including the state.” The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta was June 15, 2015, and Magna Carta set forth, for the first time in Western law, the revolutionary idea that all people are subject to the rule of law. Magna Carta propounded 63 distinct liberties, first of which was the freedom of the English Church: “In the first place we grant to God and confirm by this our present charter for ourselves and our heirs in perpetuity that the English Church is to be free and to have all its rights fully and its liberties entirely.”

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