What We’re Reading: Dec 6-12

Down-payment help not well-known, opportunity cost, and a Paleo Media Diet

70% of U.S. adults are unaware of down-payment assistance programs available for middle-income homebuyers in their community, according to findings from the second annual America at Home survey commissioned by NeighborWorks America.

We’ve all heard stories of those living “under the radar” in downtown warehouses not yet zoned for residential. But, have you heard stories of those living “under the radar” in underground bomb shelters? This is Beijing’s new housing market.

0312-nofiDo you really have to check your email constantly and catch up with online news and gossip all day?  Sometimes, it is best to take a break.  The head of O’Reilly’s Radar recommends a ”Paleo Media Diet.”  Daydream, think about things, or just zone out to be in the moment and give your brain and your iPhone a rest.

Student loan debt has been in the news recently as a leading factor in keeping Millennials out of the housing market. And while debts are high, sometimes it’s just how you view them that impacts your ability to cope. One former student says that the best way to get rich is to just pay the minimum on your student loans. It’s all about opportunity cost.

Iowa is set to launch a smartphone version of the state’s driver’s license, the first in the nation.

TIME Person of the Year—The Ebola Fighters. ”For tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving, the Ebola fighters are TIME’s 2014 Person of the Year.”

I don’t want this much help, thanks: The world’s first vending machine with facial recognition technology has been unveiled, and it could refuse to vend a certain product based on a shopper’s age, medical record or dietary requirements.

I think I’m too Grinch-y for this German supermarket’s rendition of Jingle Bells on checkout equipment. I’d be the guy in line saying ‘I NEED TO GO HOME!’


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