Amazon Plans 55,000 Jobs in Expansion Push

Chief Executive Officer Andy Jassy told Reuters that Amazon plans to hire up to 55,000 people in technology and corporate roles globally. That figure is almost equal to Facebook’s entire staffing and represents one-third of Google’s current workforce.

Jassy released this news during his first press interview after becoming Amazon’s CEO in July 2021. The company’s new bet on launching satellites into orbit, currently called Project Kuiper, is expected to generate even more opportunities.

Since the pandemic has altered or displaced numerous employment opportunities, many people are thinking about pursuing new or different jobs. The new hires will eventually represent a 20% increase in those staffing areas.

What Is It Like to Work for Amazon?

When looking for employee reviews of what it is like to work for Amazon, Indeed has 75,000+ submissions that deliver a 3.5-star rating. 

Amazon receives the highest scores in pay and benefits, while the lowest ones are in management and job security. 

Most people like that Amazon helps them have a clear sense of purpose with their work. They celebrate the ability to meet personal goals while offering a fair compensation package. If you’re not motivated or have some health issues, many of the jobs could be a bit problematic.

The problem with an Amazon job is that the company doesn’t always deliver a sense of belonging. That issue leads to a lack of trust within the ranks, especially since people report that they don’t receive a lot of manager-based support. 

With many jobs offering wages well above the minimum, this growth opportunity could deliver significant economic contributions in the places where jobs get offered. 

7-Day COVID Average Exceeds 2020 Summer Peak

You’ve done everything right when dealing with COVID. When it was time to isolate, you took care of things without complaining. You are wearing your mask, getting vaccinated, and eating right.

You might even be using products from Core Med Science, like Liposomal Vitamin C and Liposomal Glutathione to boost your immune system.

Despite all those efforts, the Delta variant caused a higher 7-day COVID average in 2021 than we experienced during the summer peak in 2020.

Figures Topped 72,790 Cases Per Day in August 2021

At the height of the 2020 pandemic months, the United States averaged about 69,000 new cases per day. In 2021, that number rose to almost 73,000 cases.

Although the daily average quickly dropped from 72,790 to 68,326 in the rolling average, the peak number shows how problematic the Delta variant is for the unvaccinated population. 

Johns Hopkins disagrees with the data, showing that the seven-day average rose to nearly 80,000 in August.

What is even more remarkable about the numbers is that Texas and Florida were responsible for one-third of the new cases. 

High Case Numbers Create Few Open ICU Beds

The United States has about 80,000 staffed ICU beds in hospitals around the country. Although the spikes in COVID cases have caused local or regional shortages, the overall availability has remained relatively consistent since August 2020.

The majority of ICU beds are occupied by non-COVID patients.

Although a spike in January 2021 and another in September altered the ratio, the national availability was still viable.

What does that mean for someone who is sick? They’ll need to go elsewhere if every ICU bed is occupied. In a life-threatening situation, there might not be time to get that individual care.

That’s why it is up to all of us to do our part to stay safe and healthy. 

A $15 Salad: Why Do New Yorkers Pay So Much?

How much would you pay for a salad?

Many Americans can get a gourmet-style salad with all the toppings they went for about $12. Even a gorgeous Caesar salad at Panera with chicken retails for $10.39 in 2021.

Why is it that New Yorkers are willing to shell out $15 for a takeaway salad that you can eat at your desk?

You might have heard about NYC’s bodega culture, but it is the city’s salad culture that can be hit or miss. If you can yell your order at your favorite spot, you can grab a decent meal for $15. When you don’t get that chance, you might be eating a sad bowl of Romaine for the same price. 

Food Trends Often Start in New York City

Before pasta primavera became popular as a go-to home meal, NYC restaurants were serving it left and right in the 1980s.

It wasn’t until the 1990s, when NYC streamlined the idea of sushi, that it became a popular trend in several countries.

Who can forget the cupcake craziness that happened after Sex and the City?

The newest trend for New Yorkers is the takeaway salad place. If you can find the right spot, different chains offer a customized meal that you can pick up for a fair price. Everything from roasted shrimp to quinoa is on the menu. 

Since salads are considered healthy, at least based on what you put into it, choosing one feels like a better option than a massive burger.

If anything, you could say New Yorkers pay $15 to avoid offending their coworkers. With people returning to the office after Covid, that’s not a bad approach to take.

We Eat 46 Million Turkeys Each Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the holiday we see as the kickoff to the winter season. It opens the door to all the December events while celebrating the success of the latest harvest.

Globally, over 46 million turkeys get eaten each Thanksgiving.

The feast doesn’t stop with the turkey. In total, the average American consumes about 3,100 calories when they eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal. That figure includes 150g of fat. 

Those figures don’t even account for the times when you head back to the kitchen to grab seconds!

Different Ways to View the Annual Thanksgiving Meal

When you look at the 3,100 calories that the average American eats at Thanksgiving, that figure can translate into some incredible comparisons. 

Here are some equivalent dishes and food products to consider that would create a similar caloric intake.

  • Six Big Macs from McDonald’s.
  • Ten Caesar salads ordered at Panera.
  • A dozen vanilla ice cream servings from Haagen-Dazs.
  • Fourteen strawberry-iced doughnuts from Krispy Kreme.

If you weigh 160 pounds, it will take 30 miles of walking to burn off that 3,100-calorie meal from Thanksgiving. As an alternative, you could put in about five hours of swimming.

Since the feast includes high-fat products, Thanksgiving is also when hospitals get overrun with gallbladder problems and stomach issues. You can plan ahead by targeting low-fat alternatives and lighter meals in the days after the holiday to support your physical health.

Some people starve themselves on Thanksgiving to “make room” for the meal. It’s better to eat a low-fat, high-protein item at the start of t

J&J Recalls 5 Sunscreens Over Carcinogenic Ingredients

Johnson & Johnson announced in July that it recalled five aerosol sunscreen products. The reason behind this effort involves samples that contained low benzene levels.

Benzene is a chemical that is a known carcinogen. It’s linked to several blood cancers, such as leukemia. 

The recall from J&J involves four Neutrogena products.

  • Beach Defense
  • Cool Dry Sport
  • Invisible Daily Defense
  • Ultra Sheer

Aveeno Protect and Refresh sunscreen is the fifth item on the list. Although the healthcare giant stated that using the products wouldn’t be expected to cause adverse effects, the voluntary recall was happening to be cautious.

As an alternative, you can consider products from brands like Wondercide or MyChelle Dermaceuticals.

Benzene Isn’t Part of the Manufacturing Process

Since benzene isn’t directly added to these sunscreens and sunblocks, Johnson & Johnson immediately evaluated its supply chain after the testing results returned. That process included looking at the raw materials that go into its products.


The investigation into how benzene got into the five products is still ongoing. 

If you’re using a cream from one of those brands, the item is not on the recall list. It only applies to the aerosol containers.

You can find benzene in gasoline. It’s also used as a solvent for waxes and rubber. It’s a highly flammable product that can cause several cancers with repeated and long-term exposure.

Its effects vary based on how it enters the body. You can ingest or inhale it, but the skin can also absorb it. People experience dizziness and an irregular heartbeat most often.

If you have any of the products on the recall list, you’re encouraged to throw the items away. You can call 1 (800) 458-1673 to request a full refund. 

100 Years of Communist Party Leadership Celebrated in China

Although the Chinese Communist Party hasn’t been in charge of the country for a century, it has been in existence for that time. As it celebrates its centenary in 2021, China’s leadership has plenty of statistics that promote its benefits.

In June, Xi Jinping delivered a speech that said China would not have achieved its current power and prosperity without struggles against domestic exploitation and foreign aggression. 

Although the government likes to whitewash history, especially Mao’s cultural revolution, the staging does try to focus on a future image that seems secure and confident.

No Military Parades Were Part of the Celebration

Whether it was to conserve resources or avoid another 1989 Tiananmen Square incident, no military parades were held to commemorate 100 years of party existence.

Instead of a show of force, China used a military flyover while offering a 100-gun salute.

The celebration organizers carefully picked who would get to sit to listen to Xi’s speech. It was primarily workers, students, and party members, all considered loyalists to the cause. 

The Chinese Communist Party has been the sole governing ruler of the government since 1949.

Several celebrations coincided with the event, including one in Hong Kong commemorating the 24th anniversary of Great Britain handing over the colony back to China. A police officer was stabbed in a suicide attack, with officials warning people that laying flowers where the suspect died could result in a terrorism charge. 

The ceremony ended with a couple of performances. Nine commemorative coins from the People’s Bank of China were produced to remember the day.

$850 Million Settlement Reached for Boy Scout Abuse Victims

After years of litigation, the Boy Scouts of America reached an $850 million settlement with thousands of sexual abuse victims.

This settlement is the largest figure to come from a child sexual abuse case in American history. 

Over 84,000 people were part of a class-action lawsuit against the organization. The claims of abuse date to the 1960s against its leaders and volunteers. The threat of the pending settlement was large enough that the BSA filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2020. 

Attorneys say that the settlement is a start, but their clients also deserve more. The majority of clients are people in their 60s or 70s who had the abuse happen to them while they were teenagers.

The Settlement Occurred Out of Court

The BSA said that the settlement marked an important step forward for the organization. It’ll help each local council contribute to the Trust without draining additional assets, allowing them to move forward with the organization as it emerges from bankruptcy.

Leaders in the Boy Scouts of America say that their organization and activities are safer now than at any other time. New policies and procedures limit one-on-one adult-to-child contact to virtually zero.

90% of the claims against the BSA happened more than 30 years ago.

Although it will take time to move forward, the BSA is using background checks, youth protection training, and other opportunities to protect youth and adults from harm. Several steps still need to be taken to finalize everything, but the goal is to continue carrying out the mission for many years. 

COVID Vaccination Rate Falls Short of July 4th Goal

In the opening days of President Joe Biden’s administration, he set a goal of having a 70% vaccination rate for eligible people before the Independence Day holiday in the United States. The country ended up falling just short of that goal, reaching 67% by July 4th.

Although the three percentage points aren’t that far off the desired number, they could have been reached or exceeded. The U.S. South has staggering low vaccination statistics, even with the Delta variant surge that happened during the summer.

Alabama had only 34% of its population fully vaccinated by the end of July. Arkansas wasn’t much better at 36%, while Louisiana had its figures at 37%.

The Delta Variant Caused a Surge of Vaccination Requests

When the Delta variant surges through the U.S. South, it became apparent that the most vulnerable people were those who hadn’t been vaccinated.

Over 90% of the registered infections came from those who hadn’t gotten a COVID shot or hadn’t completed their series. The percentage of hospitalizations was even higher.

Getting the word out about how transmissible the Delta variant is compared to the original coronavirus infections helped to push vaccination rates above 100% over the previous month. 

When all Americans are accounted for in every age group, about 50% were fully vaccinated by the end of July. 

Biden’s goal could have been reached if states like Wyoming, Idaho, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama had hit 50% instead of being under 40%. For now, the best option we have is to wear a mask, stay socially distant, and stay healthy.

For some people, products like Neurobiologix and Quicksilver Scientific can work to potentially give their immune systems an extra boost to reach that goal. 

Child Border Separations Identify 3,900 Kids

In 2018, the Trump administration initiated a zero-tolerance policy for families illegally crossing the border. Although this policy was part of Obama’s plan for border control, it was not implemented to the extent that it was from April to June 2018.

The number of kids separated from parents or guardians during those three months was over 4,300. After taking office in 2021, the Biden administration has worked to identify over 3,900 children who were taken away.

In July 2019, another 700 children were reportedly removed from their parents or guardians, with about five kids per day having this experience occur.

Care Problems Abound for Child Separations

A group of attorneys representing clients involved with fighting the Trump Administration’s border policy visited a center in Clint, Texas, in 2019.

The children told the attorneys that their meals were usually instant oatmeal for breakfast, instant noodles for lunch, and a frozen burrito for dinner. They also reported not having a bath or a change of clothing in weeks.

There were no adult caretakers available for the separated children. The attorneys reported that girls as young as ten were taking care of infants and toddlers.

Out of the 3,900 children identified by the Biden administration, about 1,800 were reunified with a parent by July 2021. Another 1,695 kids have had their parents contacted about their current status.

Many of those who have been contacted were released to the care of other family members.

The ACLU wants the reunifications to happen faster, but the organization praises the efforts of the Biden team to get the job done. Reunited families are being allowed to remain in the country temporarily.

What are the Average Costs of Moving?

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Moving can be a lot of things… expensive being one of them. In order to reduce the financial constraints of moving, it is advised that you do proper research and get the average cost of moving so you can properly plan and make your budget when you want to move. You may need to get a moving company to help you, and depending on who you hire, this could increase or decrease your cost of moving.

Average Cost of Moving 

The average moving cost depends on a number of factors. Using a moving calculator could help you greatly; several moving companies have moving calculators (we have one recommended below).

The average cost of moving locally often ranges from $500 to $2000. It depends on a number of factors like the size of your house, the distance of the move, the number of properties you have, total belongings, and the extra services you require from the moving company. This could add up to substantial costs. For example the average cost of moving 1000 miles could be up to $5000 if you have a two or three-bedroom apartment and your property does not weigh more than 7500 pounds.

Calculating Moving Cost 

It is easy to wonder how much moving would cost. The best way to get the best estimation of the cost of moving is by getting the moving service you want to use and having them visually inspect your properties and give you an estimate of what it would cost to move your belongings to your desired location. Using a moving calculator is also an option, and it could save you the hassle of booking an appointment and getting the movers to visually inspect your property and give you an estimate. Try a moving calculator to get a general idea of what your moving costs might be, though I still recommend getting estimates from moving companies as well.

TL/DR version is as follows:

Factors to consider

  • Cost of labor. 
  • Extra services like climbing a lot of stairs and packing; 
  • Furniture assembling. 

Factors that affect interstate moving costs

  • Packing service, if used 
  • Size of property. 
  • Storage fees where applicable. 
  • Moving date. 
  • Coverage for liability. 

Ways of reducing the cost of moving 

  • Dispose of your excess property. 
  • Get the help of family and friends when packing. 
  • Choose a cheaper moving date. 
  • Do not be in a hurry.