Trading Hybrids for SUVs – A Surprising Consumer Trend

For a brief time, it seemed electric an hybrid cars were going to be the wave of the future. Such a future may come to pass. Right now, this does not seem to be the case at all. A huge number of hybrid vehicles are, ironically, being traded in for SUVs. Yes, cars that are touted for their fuel efficiency are being “upgraded” to vehicles known for their very high fuel consumption. How could such an outcome occur?

A drastic lowered of gasoline prices in recent months definitely factors into the outcome.

Gasoline prices have dropped off quite a bit since Saudi Arabia greatly increased supple. Hydraulic fracturing in the United States also boosted supplies and dropped price demands. So, it is no longer as expensive as it once was to drive a SUV. While a great many people did purchase hybrid cars as a means of helping out the environment, a significant volume opted to buy these cars solely because they could save money on gas. Now that fuel is cheaper, all of those hybrid trade-ins are going towards the down payment on a gas guzzler.

Purchasing and consumer trends are never stagnant, and Jaime Garcia Dias knows that well. Things changed based on market factors. In time, the odds are great that fuel prices will chart upwards once again. The minute this happens, sales on hybrid cars are going to increase. Such is the nature of the ebb and flow of the market.

New York City Outlaws Checking Of Job Applicants Credit Records

Credit card history is slowly but surely becoming the sole determinant of whether an applicant gets a job or not, replacing the traditional first impressions that applicants would aim to strike by dressing smartly for example. Nowadays an applicant’s fate could be determined without them having to show their faces.

New York City may have just corrected this anomaly. The New York city council has just voted to pass a legislation that outlaws the common practice among employers, to prejudge possible employees based on their credit card records.

The legislation was unanimously passed on Thursday, after rigorous campaigns from labor groups both locally and nationally according to Bruce Karatz. It is now illegal for any Boss or any employer to use a person’s credit card information, to make any employment decisions.

The whole reasoning behind the ban is that it is unfair to the poor and that it is racially biased. This is because, according to think tank Demos, negative credit history is usually associated with the poor, black or those in poor health.

It is also true that while 59% of whites record a score of 700 and above in their credit records, only 24% of African Americans can get the same score.

Chocolate Statue of Benedict Cumberbatch

It isn’t unheard of when actors and celebrities get sculptures made of them into wax figures, stone, or even ice, but one place has decided to turn actor Benedict Cumberbatch into a life-size chocolate bar. According to an article found on reddit and written by Telegraph.co.uk, it over over 9 people made up of sculptors and chocolate experts to recreate that actor into 40kg of milk chocolate.

It took them a long time to get him just right and this version of him is supposed to represent his character from the film “The Imitation Game.”  FlavioDomenico said that it wasn’t mentioned whether or not the actor knew that this was happening, but I think most people would agree that it would be both flattering and funny to have a chocolate version of yourself. There has been no official comment from the actor himself yet, but it would be hard to understand why he wouldn’t be amused as well.

I wonder what will happen to the sculpture after it is finished being on display. Will it be eaten? Or melted down into its liquid form so that something else can be made from it?

Other Celebrities May Want to Follow Robin Williams Estate Planning Example

The death of Robin Williams last year was a loss for the world. He was a remarkably talented man who made millions laugh and will be missed. He was also a farsighted person as far as his estate after his death was concerned. Williams learned from the aftermath of the death of Michael Jackson when he did his own estate planning. Legal battles ensued over Jackson’s estate, and one of the battles was the IRS claiming extra taxes owed due to the value of the estates control over Jackson’s image and publicity rights. For this reason, and perhaps so that his heirs could not fight over these rights, Williams restricted the use of his image for 25 years after his death.

Most people have not heard of this particular aspect of his estate given the news focusing on all the bickering between the family members over how they will divide up his stuff.  I will never forget a digital image of John Wayne inserted into some beer commercial over a decade ago. It did seem to cheapen his image, and celebrities may want to keep that from happening to them to protect their legacy. I never saw an image of him like that again in an ad for anything on television, so hopefully such brash exploitation of a beloved star’s image angered people and created a negative backlash.