We’re not taking vacations

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We’re not taking vacations, at least according to a study by Project.  The Associated Press reports that over the last 15 years Americans are taking less and less vacation time.  More than half of Americans are leaving vacation time on the table.   The story offers tips on why you should take a vacation.

According to the report, 658 million vacation days went unused by Americans last year alone.  More than a third of those days cannot be “rolled over” into another year.  The survey notes many employees don’t want to go on vacation because they fear a high work load, when they return.  Others feel no one else can do their job.

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Americans feel more alienated than ever from political class

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As the presidential campaign swings into high gear – some might argue it has been in high gear for more than a year – Americans feel more alienated than ever from the USA’s political class, according to a new Harris Poll.  Harris has conducted a survey of this kind since 1966.  A combination of factors leads to an index score in the poll.  The index is listed at 70, tying the all-time high for that alienated feeling.

Among the key findings in the survey:

  • 82% believe that the people running the country don’t really care what happens to you
  • 78% of all adults believe the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer
  • 70% believe that most people in power try to take advantage of people like them

The poll was conducted between May 31 and June 2, but was not released until July 28.

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Assange: ‘No Proof’ Russians behind email hack

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Julian Assange
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Julian Assange says there is ‘no proof whatsoever’ that the Russians hacked the email server of the Democratic National Party.  As the media continues to play up the Russian hacked aspect of the story, rather than the contents of the emails, Assange sought to defuse the Russian angle, claiming the Democratic Party’s servers have been “riddled with security holes for years.”

Assange also took the media to task for playing up the Russian aspect of the story:

“The real story is what these emails contain, and they show collusion at the very top of the Democratic Party” to derail Sanders’ campaign, he told NBC.

Click here for link to NBC story

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