Sunday, May 27, 2012

New York, Obama, and college stats

Some New York City teenagers have begun playing a game they call “subway chicken,” in which they jump onto the tracks and stay there as long as possible as a train pulls into the station. The track-jumping teens depicted in a new YouTube video “should have their heads examined,” said transit officials, noting that 146 people were hit by subway trains last year, 47 fatally.

The big Democratic donors who helped fuel Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign aren’t as enthusiastic this year. Contributions from financial firms are down 68 percent; from lawyers and law firms, down 47 percent; and from the entertainment industry, down 49 percent. The campaign is relying more heavily on small donors, with 58 percent of total fund-raising coming in checks of less than $200.
The New York Times

About 54 percent of college graduates under the age of 25 were jobless or underemployed in low-paying, unskilled positions last year.
Associated Press

The largest porn site on the Web gets 4.4 billion page views per month, or about triple the traffic of CNN or ESPN. The average time spent on a porn site, according to Google’s DoubleClick, is between 15 and 20 minutes, compared with three to six for a nonporn site.

Need some new sunglasses?

A Chinese eyewear company has introduced a range of sunglasses named after Helen Keller. Keller is a national hero in China, for both her triumph over blindness and deafness and her socialist politics, and the company says its “Helen Keller” sunglasses are a tribute to Keller’s heroic spirit. Nevertheless, some have questioned the taste of naming glasses after Keller, especially in light of the firm’s slogan: “You see the world, the world sees you.”

Some news you didn't hear about....

A 12-year-old Little Leaguer last week achieved a feat unmatched by any major league pitcher—throwing a perfect game by striking out every single batter he faced. Jacob Terao, of West Seattle, threw 54 strikes and 27 balls during the regulation six-inning game, striking out 18 batters in a row and leading his team, the Rays, to a 4–0 victory over the rival Braves. The major league record for consecutive strikeouts is 10, set by Tom Seaver of the New York Mets in 1970. “It was a real special experience because I know it doesn’t happen very often,” Terao said.

When Trish Vickers lost her sight, she poured her energies into writing a novel in longhand. But at the end of a 26-page writing session, she was devastated to discover that her pen had been dry and all the pages were blank. In desperation, Vickers, of Lyme Regis in the U.K., turned to her local police force’s fingerprinting department for help. To her relief, the officers were able to use special lighting techniques to recover the writing from impressions on the pages. “It was nice to do something for somebody,” said forensic specialist Kerry Savage, who completed the task during her lunch hours.

Friday, May 25, 2012

My blog is #1 on a google search!

In case you haven't heard, if you type in "Don't want a hangover in Vegas" to google- my blog is at the top of the list.  Over 6 million websites, and mine is number one.  :)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Tip of the week... How to keep your brain sharp

Tip of the week... How to keep your brain sharp

Keep learning. Each time you try something new, you lay new connections between neurons and fend off neurological decline. Study a new language or just attempt a new recipe. If crosswords are old hat, time yourself; racing against the clock “forces your brain to think flexibly.”

Exercise. Aerobic workouts promote brain activity, but even “slow-and-steady” strength training seems to help, by boosting a neuron-nourishing protein.

Avoid pesticides. Heavy exposure to pesticides may increase the risk of dementia. To limit your pesticide intake, buy organic produce or visit to learn which veggies are riskiest.

Talk more. There’s “a silver lining” to getting in political arguments. All conversation is brain exercise, and the most beneficial forces you to grasp another viewpoint.
Source: Martha Stewart Living

Talking points 4/20/12

Craft brewers such as Sierra Nevada and Samuel Adams sold 13 percent more beer last year, while the top 10 major brewers continued to see their sales decline. There are now more than 2,000 craft brewers in the U.S.
The Daily

The U.S. just experienced the warmest start to a year since records began, in 1895. Temperatures in the lower 48 states were a record-shattering 8.6 degrees above normal for March, and 6 degrees higher than average for the first three months.
Associated Press

The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers such as OxyContin has soared 400 percent in the past decade, leading to growing abuse and addiction. “If doctors understood how hard it is to get patients off of these drugs,” said pain specialist Dr. Jane Ballantyne, “they would not prescribe them to begin with.”
The New York Times

Foreign security agencies from such countries as Iran and China are using students from their nations who are studying in the U.S. to obtain cutting-edge research on information technology, lasers, and aeronautics, the FBI says. About 41 percent of the students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology are foreigners on visas.

Over 110,000 active-duty Army troops were taking prescribed antidepressants, narcotics, sedatives, antipsychotics, and anti-anxiety drugs last year. More than 6 percent of the Army’s active troops are currently on antidepressants.
Los Angeles Times