Weekly Top Shares, 7-02-12

Work Your Abs Without Getting On The Floor
You may be too mesmerized by the glistening, rock solid abs in the photos accompanying this article, but in case you didn’t notice, there’s some text in there, too. And that text tells you how to get abs similar to the ones in the pictures. Another tidbit: you don’t need to be lying down to do it. Not only are exercises in this position easier to tackle, they’re typically safer, allow you to be more in control and isolate your movements to your abdominals. So instead of hitting the mat next time you want to work on your core, stand tall and give a few of these moves a shot.

President Obama: The Biggest Government Spender In World History
If you weren’t already convinced, this article reminds us that a re-election for Obama certainly won’t be a cakewalk. Whether he will go down in world history as the “biggest government spender” may still be up for debate, but contributor Peter Ferrara, director of entitlement and budget policy for the Heartland Institute, sure seems to think so. Ferrara doesn’t pull any punches, referring to Obama as a “Swedish socialist” and condemning his rhetorical strategy as something he likes to call “Calculated Deception.” It’s no secret that while some look at Obama as a job creator who overhauled the healthcare industry, others see only his faults. Certainly makes for a presidential race that promises the usual drama right until the finish.

89 Business Cliches That Will Get Any MBA Promoted And Make Them Totally Useless
Last week, we talked a little bit about “The Most Annoying, Pretentious And Useless Business Jargon” that workers in corporate environments use to mask the sheer fact that they don’t really know what they’re talking about. This widely shared article is a follow up to the original list of offending phrases, complete with 89 cliches that will help you move into the comfy confines of middle management. Paired with some pretty honest translations from Forbes contributor Eric Jackson, these phrases are guaranteed to ensure that no one around you will really know what you’re getting at, but probably be too confused to say so.

The Weekly Standard
Activists Take Out Frustration on … Ronald Reagan
Not entirely sure why the author of this story in the neoconservative opinion magazine The Weekly Standard bolded the words “Philadelphia,” “gay” and “White House” in his article, but the profanity-laced piece complete with pictures of visitors to the White House giving the middle finger to a portrait of Ronald Reagan certainly makes a bold statement. It seems that the story is trying to highlight the poor manners of some of President Barack Obama’s recent guests – “an attaché of important gay people from Philadelphia” – and their hatred for Reagan. The author makes his point loud and clear.

Eight Ways Goofing Off Can Make You More Productive
Just in time for Friday, this list of distracting activities will help you make the most of your last 20 percent of the work week. Staring at your computer screen through a haze of writer’s block or indecision or whatever roadblock is standing between you and productivity certainly isn’t helping anyone. So instead of wasting time with your rear in your chair and your eyes glazed over, make the most of that time and get some physical or mental stimulation by stepping outside for a brisk walk around the block or quick conversation with an employee about something non-work-related. It will refresh your mind, lift your spirits and pull you out of the auto-pilot mode we can fall into at the computer screen.

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