It's better to love than hate, but there are some things that we dislike. The website 24/7Wall Street researched companies using customer satisfaction polls, feedback from employees, and shareholder reports, and came up with their list - the most hated:
#1.) J.C. Penney.
#2.) Dish Network.
Rounding out the top 10 are Research In Motion, who make BlackBerry phones . . . American Airlines . . . Nokia . . . Sears . . . and Hewlett-Packard.
J.C. Penny - do we really all hate J.C. Penny?
It is probably the most recognizable song in the English language. The origins of "Happy Birthday" aren't quite known, but what is fact is that the song was copyrighted in 1935 and Time Warner now owns the rights to the song. So anytime it's played in a movie, etc. they have to be paid, and licensing that song is not cheap. It's one reason restaurants create their own Happy Birthday song, so they don't have to pay to sing to their customers.
So the Free Music Alliance believes it's time to create a new Happy Birthday song, one that can be used by any and everyone, as "Happy Birthday" remains under copyright until 2030. If you've got an idea for a new birthday song that you'd like to submit, or you want to listen to some of the new song ideas, click through on this link:
Particularly following the shootings in Newtown, it's easy to look back at what a lousy year this has been ... but was it really? In fact, "The Spectator," a British magazine, makes the case for the exact opposite, saying 2012 could be the best year in human history. Here's how they've made their case:
#1.) There's never been less starvation, less disease, or more prosperity than in 2012
#2.) The number of people in extreme poverty worldwide is less than HALF of what it was in 1990.
#3.) Global inequality is also shrinking, with global business helping developing countries move forward economically.
#4.) Advances in fracking are actually leading to an energy ABUNDANCE instead of a shortage
#5.) Fossil fuel consumption is down 4% in the world's biggest countries since 2005.
#6.) The average life expectancy is up worldwide. In
#7.) AIDS deaths are down every year for the last eight years. And malaria deaths are down by a fifth in the past ten years.
#8.) Death tolls from natural disasters are decreasing, because more money and technology worldwide means we can do a better job guarding against the effects of natural disasters.
#9.) There were fewer war deaths in the past 10 years than any time in the last CENTURY.
#10.) Death rates from major types of cancer, like lung and breast cancer, are down by more than a third in the past four decades.