Employers close door on smokers
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Working and smoking
Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have laws that protect smokers’ rights (in blue).

Source: American Lung Association

More job-seekers are facing an added requirement: no smoking — at work or anytime.

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Netflix Is Not HBO And It Never Will Be
News from Seekingalpha.com:

I have two childhood stories to relay to you.

When I was a kid, growing up on Weston Avenue in Niagara Falls, New York, we had cable, but my mother refused to pay for HBO. Back then, our cable company scrambled the signal of channels you did not subscribe to. I vividly recall peering through static and multi-colored, wavering bars to catch some glimpse of something during feature films ranging from Dangerous Liaisons to Meatballs.

From time to time, the cable guy would appear in our neighborhood to do work for somebody else. When he came down from the telephone pole, lo and behold, he had often made a mistake. Bingo. I felt like the luckiest guy in the world – we were getting free HBO! But, sooner or later, the cable company set things straight and we would get cut off.

There was, and still is, something truly “premium” about HBO, though I did not use that word to define the network back then. Comp…………… continues on Seekingalpha.com

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