Current Issues/Events

December 1, 2006

Where will our Money go in 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — by lvambrandrw @ 3:24 pm

Well, according to a new report by Cnn the goods news is a majority of our money will not go towards gas prices in 2007. While they do not predict gas to rise they are skepitcal that it will fall.

Looks, like we will be spending more on meat in the near future. As corn prices are on the rise.

Banking fees are also on the rise in 2007.

Read more about what will affect your pocket come 2007.

I just thought this was interesting.

Last on the list student loans. They are expected to go down in 2007. I hope that will be beneficial to all of us.

November 21, 2006

Re-Instating the Draft

Filed under: Political — by lvambrandrw @ 8:39 pm

Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel of New York wants to propose a measure that would re-instate the draft.  

I can not believe that this man would even think about doing this. How does he think that this would ever pass? With the current American views on the war in Iraq the last thing Americans would do is vote to send more soldiers to Iraq.

I do not believe in this. I think it should be left up for every man and woman to decide. Whether or not you agree with the war is irrelavant. Making young men and women do something because you said they had to is not right.

Incoming

Filed under: Odd News — by lvambrandrw @ 8:30 pm

In case you have not heard NASA is looking for an astronaut to go up into space and push an astroid away from the earth.

While scientist are almost positive the asteroid is going to miss earth in 2029 they feel it will come close enough for us to see in our own backyard.

The size of this asteroid is large enough to completly destroy a small country.

I am not sure what to think about this. The methods discussed in resolving this issue are not very detailed. But I guess if these methods will work then we should go for it. I think it is important to consider the risks and benefits and decide whether it is worth it.

November 10, 2006

Cats

Filed under: Odd News — by lvambrandrw @ 5:11 pm

Yesterday New Hampshire police found 60 cats and a man in a storage facility. The cats all suffered from respitatory infections.

Police are deciding whether or not to press animal abuse charges.

I am undecided on whether or not this man should be charged. On the positive the man was giving them a place to stay and feeding them properly. On the other hand, they were not clean which gave them the infections.

I do not know what I would do in this situation, because I would feel bad if I had to give the animals away or let them live in the wild.

November 1, 2006

What’s the Grossest Place in your Office?

Filed under: Odd News — by lvambrandrw @ 12:50 pm

When you think of the dirtest places in your office what do you think of? What is the most commonly used item in your office? Well many of you may have guessed the toilet seat. According to the article The Filthiest Spot in Your Office Is Where? Prepare to Be Shocked, your phone and desk are the “most bacteria-ridden places in the office.”

A study that was funded by the Clorox Company found that “the phone and desktop have 400 times more germs than the toilet seat.” “Toilet seat ranked the cleanest of the 12 surfaces tested.”

Staphylococcus and E-coli were the most common diseases found on the desk and phone. So whats the reason behind all this?

The Clorox Company found that toilet seats and bathrooms were cleaned regularly. In most cases nightly. Personal desks and phones are not cleaned as often as they should be causing bacteria to build on top of the desk and the phone.

So what is the simple solution to all this? Well, just clean your desks. When I read this it made me want to go clean my house phones.

October 26, 2006

Is Weight Driving Up Your Fuel Costs?

Filed under: current issues — by lvambrandrw @ 7:19 pm

According to a report by Laura A. McLay of VCU heavier drivers consume more gas than petite drivers. “Americans now pump 938 million gallons of fuel more on a yearly basis than they were in 1960 because of their increasing weight.”

“The report’s conclusions are drawn from mathematical computations of weight gain applied to passenger vehicles, including cars and light trucks driven for non-commercial reasons.”

The study will be published in the upcoming edition of The Engineering Economist.

I can not believe Laura A. McLay is saying this. I want to see the formula where this is proven. I know that having more weight in your car can eat up fuel, but honestly how much can weight factor into how much gas you waste?

This just seems like another way to get Americans off the idea of rising fuel costs and place the blame on those Americans who are overweight. I’m not the smallest person in the world, but I can not believe they would go as far as subliminally telling us to lose weight in order to save money on gas.

October 18, 2006

Doing the Right Thing

Filed under: National News — by lvambrandrw @ 5:22 pm

On a lighter note I found a story that warmed my heart. A company that makes fire hoses and products for the military are welcoming employees with disabilities. There are currently over 100 employees working there with some type of disability, in this case blindness.

The company is working to make machines safer. Employee’s are trained to make these products without being able to see what they are doing. The employees interviewed in the piece seem to love their job.

I think this is great. Letting employee’s with disabilities feel welcome and useful is important to the development of their self-esteem. It is also extremely beneficial to society. Like it stated in the video almost 75% of those disabled are currently unemployed.

I do not believe we should judge one another by our disabilities, but give everyone an equal chance to participate.

Animal Abuse

Filed under: National News — by lvambrandrw @ 5:04 pm

Today I’m talking about something heartbreaking. A dog was brutally dragged behind a truck. When a couple witnessed the abuse the truck pulled off to the side of the road untied the dog and left him there to die. Witnesses ran over and rescued the dog. The dog survived and is expected to make a complete recovery.

The reason I am writing is because I can not believe that someone could do this. I love animals and find them extremely loving. Whoever did this should be punished. Animal abuse is a serious issue, and this animal did not do anything to deserve this.

If you witnessed this type of abuse what would you do to help?

October 11, 2006

Cosmetic Counter Germs

Filed under: National News — by lvambrandrw @ 3:32 pm

Ladies listen up. The “Today” Show and Connie Morbach, a microbiologist at Sanit Air  conducted a hidden camera experiment testing the germs found in cosmetics. They found that many women walked right up and stuck there finger into the eye shadow, lip gloss, ect. even when they were provided with an application tool. What they found was staphylococcus.

“While this is a bacterium that is often found on surfaces that people touch, but some samples contained an infectious species of staphylococcus.”

What does this mean for women? Look out, contracting staphylococcus can cause “pink eye” and “staph infections.”

I have never got the urge to try on new makeup. I just wanted to give a heads up to all those women out there tell them to watch out and be careful.

Men Smarter Than Women?

Filed under: National News,Uncategorized — by lvambrandrw @ 3:10 pm

Are men smarter than women? Phil Rushton the professor that conducted this experience says yes. He reviewed 100,000 SAT scores. Those reviewed were 17-18 years old. Does gender have to do with it?

The video interviews a man from the brain institute and he states ” A women’s intelligence is located in the front of the brain. The men’s intelligence is located on the side of the brain, but are equally distributed among the two genders.” 

To sum up the study they found that men are smater than women. But is important to stress by only 4 IQ points.

Personally, being a woman myself I could go either way. It has been my observation throughout the years that women are more common sense smart. I’m going to be honest when it comes to math I’m terrible. Come on 4 IQ points,  not a significant difference to call men smarter than women.

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