Coal mining has been the backbone of many communities in rural America – often shaping the economies of entire town based around it – but has faced hardship in recent decades due to a lessening reliance on the combustible sedimentary rock a and tightening of environmental regulations pertaining to its procurement and disposal of its waste. To date, coal mining has been seen as something of an anachronism; a practice that is falling by the wayside as newer, cleaner, safer, and more efficient energy sources are being cultivated, such as wind, solar, and biofuel. However, many of the towns that have embraced the coal trade as the defining characteristic of their lives have been refusing to change or evolve; clinging to the hope that, one day, their wares will once again reach the same level of desirability they once had, coal miners continue to toil away amid diminishing profits in a field that is already essentially obsolete. The world is moving on, but instead of joining it, many coal miners are hoping for a reversal of progress. A light at the end of the tunnel came for many coal mining communities when Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States; a large part of Trump’s campaign centered on disenfranchised working-class Americans who, one way or another, felt passed by or abandoned by their leaders. With the promise of loosening regulations relating to coal mining, such as those governing the disposal of waste materials, many
Throughout the internet, the latest and greatest craze if the whole “Do It Yourself” phenomena, otherwise known as DIY. An artistic movement fueled by instructional YouTube videos that encourages the layman – and laywoman – to seek out clever and homespun solutions to numerous challenges ranging from plumbing to house maintenance to auto repair and more, DIY has siphoned off a segment of the population that has traditionally been the first to call for professional help to overcome simple household issues. However, leave it to the French version of the Yellow Pages to pave a pathway that is drawing the DIY crown back into the fold, so to speak, and it’s something that their American counterparts should seriously consider emulating. PagesJaunes – the French Yellow Pages – has been turning heads with a new ad campaign called “Don’t Do It Yourself.” Ironically structured much like your standard DIY video, the Don’t Do It Yourself (DDIY) ads take the form of a series of instructional videos that seek to turn the consumer away from threat of trying – and failing – to complete repairs and the like on their own, instead encouraging them to pamper themselves and leave the hard stuff to a trained professional who can get the job done right. Using well-known French media personalities from fields such as the fashion, culinary and home decor worlds, the DDIY ads extol the virtues of their catchphrase: “It’s always better to call a pro.” Showing how effective professional help
Robocalls- no one likes them. I think that’s one thing that everyone, regardless of background, race, creed, or political affiliation can agree on these days. Non-stop automated phone calls that are the cell phone equivalent of spam/junk mail, robocalls often attempt to masquerade themselves as legitimate callers, but it doesn’t take long for even an unwary recipient to deduce their true nature. But until the victim takes the necessary steps to rid themselves of this malady, robocalls – whether they’re out to sell you services you don’t need or scam you out of your hard-earned money – will continue to be a burden…but one easily kicked to the sidelines with just a few simple steps. First of all, if you ever receive a call and the number on the Caller ID isn’t one you instantly recognize, your first step should be to keep the White Pages website bookmarked on either your home computer or smartphone browser of choice. Not only do the White Pages allow you to check to see who this mysterious caller is – or isn’t, as the case may be – but they can also help you track down the source of the interloping distraction, and in turn contact them about getting your phone number off their call directory. A little legal threat in cases like these doesn’t hurt, either. But regardless of how you want to proceed, always start with some detective work with the White Pages; it’s invaluable, comprehensive, and best of all, free.
Donald J. Trump has certainly been rocking the boat ever since he’s moved into the Oval Office, and whether you love or hate him, one thing is for sure- Washington D.C. was sorely in need of an overhaul, and he’s certainly giving it one. There are few areas where this overhaul is more apparent than his proposed changes to the Environmental Protection Agency. First, Trump nominated Edward Scott Pruitt an American lawyer and Republican politician from the state of Oklahoma, to become the new agency head. Pruitt, who was confirmed to his position by the U.S. Senate on February 17, 2017, has long been at odds with the EPA and environmentalists in general, leading many to question why the President would appoint him at all. Next, Trump has, in preliminary budget drafts, proposed numerous cuts to government agencies; but nowhere have those cuts been steeper than for the EPA. Trump has proposed a 31 percent cut to the agency’s budget, which would essentially lay off 25 per cent of its employees and do away with over 50 programs that cover environmental safety and conservation on a federal level. Environmentalists are up in arms over what that could mean for the fragile ecosystems of the country, and while on paper such cuts can appear to be catastrophic, there’s one other way to look at things- the Republican way. That is, the Republican mantra has always been “less government.” By slashing funding the overall reach of the EPA, the
Online white page search sites can be an invaluable resource for people looking to get in touch with friends and loved ones, but like anything on the internet, illicit people search sites can take a good thing and turn it inside-out for their own ill-gotten gains. As illustrated by numerous court cases filtering into the legal system within the last year or so, advertisers have developed techniques aimed at siphoning money out of unsuspecting individuals who attempt to use the internet to look up friends or acquaintances via so-called people search sites masquerading as legitimate white page sites. When someone types in the name of a person they are looking for – or their own, for that matter – into a search engine, web-based advertising programs gathers that information and utilizes it to automatically craft internet advertisements directly targeting the individual in question. For example, if you were to type the name of an old college friend into Google – say, “John Smith” or something – you might suddenly find yourself beset with ads proclaiming “WE HAVE FOUND JOHN SMITH – CLICK HERE.” And, of course, once someone with a bit of naiveté does just that, they will most likely find themselves taken to a site requesting payment before the alleged information that they possess on John Smith is relinquished. Once they make the payment, it instantly becomes clear that the unfortunate user has been scammed, but by then it’s too late…their money is gone, and (of course)