Eric Justian

Eric Justian is a professional writer living near the natural sugar sand beaches and singing sand dunes of Lake Michigan in Muskegon, Michigan. When he's not wrangling his kids or tapping at his computer, he likes to putter in his garden, catch king salmon from the Big Lake, or go pan fishing with his boys.As a successful blogger his main focus has been energy, Great Lakes issues and local food.Eric is a founding member of the West Michgian Jobs Group, a non-profit organization that evolved from a Facebook page called Yest to West Michigan Wind Power which now has over 8000 followers. West Michigan Jobs Group promotes independent businesses and sustainable industries in the West Michigan area. As the Executive Director of that organization he has advocated renewable energy as both a clean energy alternative for Michigan and a new industry with which to diversify our economy and spark Michigan innovation and jobs.

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New Study Shows Record-Setting Wealth Gap

Post recession, most American families are in about the same place they were over 20 years ago wealth-wise, a Pew Research Center survey of consumer finances shows.

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Has the Global Trade Engine Stalled?

Global trade may have reached its peak, and some economist are suggesting peak trade is why we’ve had a sluggish economic recovery.

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Global Internship Program Combats Youth Unemployment

“This isn’t just about getting these kids a job” says Scott Hudson Principal Manager of Social Responsibility and Community Outreach with the Alcoa Foundation , “It’s about giving them a leg up with real workforce skills. And maybe they’ll move on to study engineering or computer aided design later.”

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Baker Hughes Fights Breast Cancer With Pink Fracking Drill Bits

Paint it pink. Why not? The pink-ification of just about everything to raise breast cancer awareness may have run up against its limits with pink oil drill bits. In a world with pink AR-15s, pink trash bins, pink soup cans, and pink everything else now Baker Hughes, a leader in hydraulic fracturing equipment, is painting pink 1000 drill … Continued

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Retailers Cite Low Wages as Major Threat to Business

The horrible irony is that many of these retailers, acknowledging that stagnant incomes hurt their sales, are part of their own problem. They pay low wages while lobbying aggressively to keep the minimum wage low.

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Swaddle Baby’s Bottom with Jellyfish!

Based on research from Tel Aviv University on the super-absorbancy of jellyfish flesh, the Israeli nanotechnology company Cine’al Ltd. is developing a diaper that’s more absorbent and decomposes in just 30 days. And by the way, this new green product is made of jellyfish.

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Walmart Sees Gold in Small Neighborhood Grocery Stores

Walmart has announced it will nearly double its number of “small format” stores in unconventional locations — to the benefit of walkable communities and of those in food deserts where lower-income people suffer limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Shocker: 89 Percent of Fast Food Workers are Victims of Wage Theft

As if it’s not enough that so many minimum wage workers can’t make ends meet on an honest day’s work, many also find themselves performing work for free or less than they’re due. A new poll conducted by Hart Research Associates shows an overwhelming majority of fast food workers, 89 percent, have experienced wage theft.