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Peace Corps Worldwide

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  • Peace Corps Worldwide is an online community and resource for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), their friends and families, and all who share a desire for international understanding. Peace Corps Worldwide is in no way associated with the Peace Corps or the National Peace Corps Association.

Bob Shacochis (Eastern Caribbean 1975-76) Wins Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction - Posted 2 hours ago to Peace Corps Writers

Bob Shacochis wins Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction By Ron Charles September 24                                                                                                                          .. (Read More)

Existing-Home Sales Highest in Year - Posted 1 day ago to Your Money: Popular Freakonomics

The Mortgage Corner The National Association of Realtors reports total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 2.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.17 million in September from 5.05 million in August. Sales are now at their highest pace of 2014, but still remain 1.7 percent below the 5.26 million-unit level from last September. (Read More)

Deflation Is Now Major Concern - Posted 2 days ago to Your Money: Popular Freakonomics

Popular Economics Weekly We wrote recently about the Eurozone in danger of becoming Japan, which has suffered through some 2 decades of a deflationary spiral, before Prime Minister Abe opened the stimulus spigots. Why is deflation (or disinflation, which is lower inflation but not falling prices) such a bad thing? Because it deflates everything, including profits, incomes and so job creation.   This starts a vicious circle of more job cuts and.. (Read More)

Climate Change Basics - Posted 4 days ago to Your Money: In the New Economy

I am sitting in my home in Mallorca surrounded by green, green everywhere.   Everyone is amazed, we have never seen the island so green, not even in spring.  My roses continue to bloom, the bushes are sending out blossoms and new shoots, ditto the trees.  The temperature ranges from 68-72 degrees F.  I  read and am told that it is the result of global warming or climate change.  Well if this be the case,.. (Read More)

Why Do We Need Wars for Great Recoveries? - Posted 6 days ago to Your Money: Popular Freakonomics

Financial FAQs Nobelist Paul Krugman has said history tells us it could take another world war, or similar mobilization effort to put everyone back to work and economic growth to return to historical levels from the Great Recession—even an Alien Invasion would do it, he once quipped In fact, the Great Recession was the equivalent of the Great Depression, which took more than 10 years of massive infrastructure building, retooling of whole.. (Read More)

Statistical Profile of Peace Corps Response Volunteers as of 9.30.13 - Posted 1 week ago to Peace Corps: Public Records

In 2010, Peace Corps opened up the Peace Corps Volunteer Response Program to professionals who had never served in the Peace Corps.  Previously, the program had been designed to allow  only RPCVs to accept short term assignments with the Peace Corps to utilize the expertise they had gained through their Peace Corps service. Facts to note in this profile about the Peace Corps Response Program: (Read More)

Peace Corps vs Posh Corps - Posted 1 week ago to John Coyne Babbles

In the mail the other day I received a CD documentary film about the Peace Corps entitled, Posh Corps. The video was new to me, but it turned out that the documentary has been around for a year, and there have been several showings in California. I was out of the loop. The video focuses on Peace Corps Volunteers serving in South Africa in recent years. The disk also contains interviews with RPCVs who were in.. (Read More)

"Double Irish" Is Not A Bet - Posted 1 week ago to Your Money: In the New Economy

Big news from Ireland, the Irish Government will do away with the special tax rules allowed foreign companies operating there, e.g. Google and Apple.  Specifically the so-called "Double Irish" tax break will be eliminated.  Lots of lauditory comment about Ireland joining the frantic search by several major economic powers to capture taxes from their companies using foreign bases to not pay these. The "Double Irish" is a bit complex but essentially it involves one US or.. (Read More)

Ruskies To Obama's Rescue - Again - Posted 1 week ago to Your Money: In the New Economy

Last year Russia's nimble Foreign Minister Serge Lavrov, who I am given to calling the "Russian Paganini," since he plays the foreign affairs fiddle as well as the great Italian played his Stradivarius, guided by President Putin, saved President Obama from painting himself in a corner in Syria.   Once again Lavrov offers to save Obama's bacon.  He met with our less talented Secretary of State, John Kerry,  to cut a deal involving Ukraine and.. (Read More)

Fannie/Freddie, Home Prices Growing - Posted 1 week ago to Your Money: Popular Freakonomics

The Mortgage Corner Government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac brought in a combined second-quarter net income of $5 billion, nearly half of the $9.3 billion the two made in the first quarter of 2014, the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Quarterly Performance Report of the Housing GSEs stated.   But the decline is attributed mainly to lower income from private-label mortgage-related securities settlements. (Read More)