So what happens if we go over the cliff? Well, automatic cuts and taxes go into effect, possibly dipping the American economy into recession, because of lower consumer confidence. Families will see less out of their paychecks, but the United States will still not be financially sound.
As Congress and President Obama head back to Pennsylvania Ave. this week, both only have one thing in mind: the Fiscal Cliff, a combination tax hikes and spending cuts set to go in effect on Jan. 1 of next year. Lawmakers are struggling to push a deal through the Republican controlled House of Representatives and Democratically controlled Senate and White House. Earlier this week, Washington went on Christmas recess without having hammered out a deal, angering the public. This especially affects the middle class because Bush-era tax cuts expire for everybody, including those making over and under $250,000 a year. Republicans have proposed major spending cuts and less tax hikes, and President Obama has proposed the opposite.
So what happens if we go over the cliff? Well, automatic cuts and taxes go into effect, possibly dipping the American economy into recession, because of lower consumer confidence. Families will see less out of their paychecks, but the United States will still not be financially sound.
As the election looms only two days away, many are now seeing the last push by each candidate, as they hastily approve their messages to get out your vote. This year has had the opportunity to be one of the closest, nastiest, largest, and most controversial campaign years in history. Let’s take a look inside. . .
Everyone has to know the candidates by now, with the Democrat incumbent President Barack Obama, facing the Republican challenger Mitt Romney. After Romney emerged from the Republican primary beaten and bruised, he faced yet another onslaught of negative sound bytes and advertisements criticizing his large sums of cash in Swiss banks, shipping jobs to China at Bain Capital, and promises to inhumanely deport non-citizens. Romney, on the contrary, has called out the President on his mishandling of the economic crisis, lack of jobs, and foreign oil dependency.
In the final stretch, things are looking good and bad for both candidates, as each of them holds rallies to fire up voters in key swing states that could define this year’s election. My opinion, after seeing what has happened over these last months, is that it will be a true nail-biter on Nov. 6. Some states to watch include New Hampshire, Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
See you soon, and happy Election Day!
This week, two news pieces have been fighting for the headlines. The Republican National Convention is starting this week in Tampa, FL, and GOP members across the country are tuning in to their party’s “pep rally”. Contesting the convention is Hurricane Isaac, a Category 1 hurricane that brushed by Tampa sometime yesterday and is crashing head on into New Orleans. Both are attracting attention, especially for the fact that, at one point, one was on course to collide with the other. . literally.
The convention was commenced yesterday with the banging of the gavel, but the ceremonies recessed just minutes later. Tonight, Ann Romney will speak, supposedly about and her caring husband Mitt. Throughout the convention, many notable Republicans will make remarks, such as House Speaker John Boehner, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.
Isaac was threatening to crash the party with its 70mph winds, but the Republican Committee made plans for delays and a possible evacuation of the premises if necessary. However, Isaac barely brushed by Tampa, and veered towards New Orleans. It came just in time for the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Category 5 hurricane that took nearly 2000 lives in New Orleans. Though the Crescent City is being hit again, this time, they have come fully equipped with massive pumping stations and hundreds of miles of levee systems. Hopefully, Isaac will be fended off by the innovation of new storm protections systems.
This past Monday, a shocking thing came up on the news as I was flipping through channel. News channels were reporting a shooting at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, outside Milwaukee, and I was watching the TV for more details. A shooter, by the name of Wade Michael Page, entered a Sikh Gurudwara (temple), and shot dozens of people, killing 7 and wounding many more. He tried to escape as he heard police sirens, but took his own life as authorities arrived at the scene.
Sikhism is not related to Islam, which is mistakenly considered to be the religion of terrorists. However, Sikhs and Muslims can be confused because of their turbans and long beards. After 9/11, many Sikhs were targeted because of their similar looks to Muslims, and several hate crimes were committed against such people.
The shooter was thought to be a mentally unstable individual, but after police discovered his ties to white supremacist and Neo-Nazi groups, many assumed the incident was a hate crime. Page was also a member of a hate band called End Apathy, which may have provoked his thought towards such an action.
An issue that has come up in light of such massacres is gun control. In recent years, in Tucson, Aurora, and now Oak Creek, all guns purchased by the perpetrators were bought legally. Though some were mentally unfit, they were allowed possession of firearms, under their second amendment rights. This led them to commit an act of violence, and legally they had violated no laws to gain possession of their weapons.
In summary, people should not wait for drastic incidents or changes in society to bring up a certain issue. They should shine light on it before crisis arises, and be sure that their point gets across to take necessary action.
Even though I know it’s summer, I came upon an interesting story that my mom showed me on the LA Times. And yes, it does regard homework. But what I found from the article and from others as well, was very interesting.
The United States is infamously known for its education system. Average SAT scores are dropping and dropouts are on the rise. An easy solution would be to pile on homework, to make sure students are getting the right information and learning it correctly.
However, an article by the LA Times shows that many parents nag school officials with complaints that their kids are overwhelmed with assignment after assignment, and that it gets to the point some parents end up completing their child’s homework. The article originally regarded to point that the LA School District created a new provision, making homework account for no more than 10% of a student’s final grade in a class.
An article published about 6 years ago in TIME Magazine cited information from two books: The Homework Myth, by Alfie Kohn, and The Case Against Homework by Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish.
The article stated that “according to a 2004 University of Michigan survey of 2900 US children . . . the time spent on homework has increased nearly 51% since 1981.” A review by a Duke University “homework scholar”, concluded that homework does not necessarily increase academic achievement.
Teachers in top performing countries, such as Denmark and Japan, tend to go easier on homework loads, but under performers like Thailand are more likely to pile the papers.
A third report by the Maine Sunday Telegram showed yet another conclusion: homework is too light for US students. 37% of fourth graders find their math homework too easy, while 29% of eight graders reported the same. However, looking at the statistics, this is not enough to be called a majority, so this data is only for so many students.
In my opinion, education in general needs to be reformed. School years need to be longer, homework should be in reasonable amounts, give that students balance other activities, and teachers need to make sure that their students are grasping concepts at hand.
Yesterday morning, one of the most historic Supreme Court cases was finally decided. The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was declared constitutional in a 5-4 decision of the High Court’s 9 Justices. Though there was lots of confusion as the results came out, they were later clarified as an upholding of the historic bill.
The Supreme Court heard 3 days of arguments regarding the 2010 passing of the ACA. The most controversial subject was the individual mandate, requiring the uninsured citizens to buy coverage or face a penalty, once the law takes effect in 2014. Republicans argues that forcing people to buy a product is unconstitutional, and therefore appealed their case to the Supreme Court.
After hearing both sides of the case, the Supreme Court took months to decide the outcome, After a possible announcement on Monday, it was delayed to Thursday, the day before the Court left for summer recess.
As the whole nation watched on Thursday morning, sudden news came out that the mandate was struck down. However, after a sooner decision, the court realized that, though the mandate was illegal under a commerce clause of the Constitution, it was constitutional under a tax clause, thus making the near entirety of the law constitutional. The only other part struck down was the fact that Congress cannot force states to expand their Medicaid programs.
The vote inside the court was also an interesting outcome. The 4 liberal justices, Justices Breyer, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan, all supported ACA, and Justices Thomas, Scalia, Kennedy, and Alito all opposed. The decider, Chief Justice John G Roberts, chose to side with the liberal, choosing to break away from his usual conservative ideals.
This week has been an especially hard week for the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Having to rule on three cases on Monday was a tough decision, and all three caused a reaction among the general public. Let me give you the summaries.
The most important case ruled on Monday was the Arizona Immigration law, also known as SB 1070. It allowed only one key provision to stand, which was the “show-me-your-papers” provision. However, if racial profiling of Latinos occurs, the Supreme Court will step in again. The other 3 parts of the law were struck down, and most of the matters were put into the hands of the Federal Government.
Another case was a case about campaign finance. A previous ruling, Citizens United vs. US, ruled that limited contributions were unconstitutional from the 1st Amendment, and that corporations could donate as much as they like to so called Super-PACs. The Supreme Court upheld this decision, despite protest from the public, and major influence in elections.
The final case was a case of child life imprisonment. After two teens were convicted of murder, police decided to put them in life imprisonment without parole. The Supreme Court overturned this ruling, saying that it violates the 8th Amendment of cruel and unusual punishment.
The Healthcare Act, known as Obamacare, will be decided on Thursday after expectations that it would have come out 2 days ago.
Because these decisions could decide the election, predictions say that the Supreme Court could head off for summer recess a day after the most awaited decision for this year.
That’s everything from my blog today. Hope you’re having a great summer!
On the front page of the New York Times today was an article about one of the largest, most popular companies in the nation, and quite possibly the world. You guessed it; it was on Apple Inc., the creator of the Macs, iPhones, iPads, and iPods alike, and the company I have always wanted to work for in the future.
But the article wasn’t exactly praising Apple. It showed how Apple retailers are among the lesser paid compared to other top retailers. A graph in the article showed that Apple employees are paid more than some top stores (like Gamestop and Best Buy) but their percentage of what they earn to what they sell is near .21%, compared to those of Tiffany and Co. (.51%) and Costco (1.51%). Not only have low wages hit employees hard, but the hectic work environment also disappoints workers. In a store crowded with buyers (like my family) of the popular iPhones and iPads, many former Apple employees have quit because of work related stress.
In my opinion, Apple needs to show more for their workers.Without them, any company would fall and lose profits in the double digit percents. Executives also need to understand that the retailers at Apple show extreme dedication to their work. Apple should raise salaries as a form of their appreciation for retailers, but they also need to show that they care about their work force and not their profit margins. Not only is this a problem for current Apple workers, but my dreams of working at Apple Inc. may be crushed as well.
In the New York Times Op-ed section today, there was an article (and a picture) that really caught my eye. The column, titled “Evolution’s Sweet Tooth,” shined light on NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to prohibit 16 oz. soft drinks from restaurants and food stands in the Big Apple. The issue has brought mixed responses; some say it will help reduce the obesity rate, others say it infringes on the rights of soda consumers and hurts soda businesses. But this article brought a new reason for the human addiction to sugary drinks and foods.
When the hominid population was just on the rise, millions and millions of years ago, sugar was more of an energy source than a fatty substance. It gave the first early humans more energy to hunt, and tend to the rest of their society. It was once very rare. so whatever sugar these early humans got their hands on, it would be gone quickly. But being fat for hominids was a survival mechanism. Now, being fat is unhealthy, as it leads to obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and many other diseases.
In conclusion, this soda ban is a good start, but it is nowhere near the end. And on a last note, if you are in New York, don’t get the big soda, rather, get the Big Apple.
After a long awaited vacation, school is finally out. Summer is here, and for me, it’s kind of relaxing. I do get to do some camps: I have a soccer camp and the University of Memphis, a music camp also at U of M, some drumline camps and possibly an art camp at Seize the Clay, a clay making store. Lots of my friends also have their Barmitzvahs, so I won’t be missing them, and of course, there is always Skype.
The downside of all of this is that we don’t get to go anywhere for vacation, because the rest of the family is so busy. Both of my sisters are doing 2-month research courses or internship, one of whom is in Boston. This leaves me at home, stuck doing preparatory work for next year. Though it might help me in the long run, I’m not so excited about this right now. It’s really taking away the fun from my summer and sapping my happiness. It’s not that I’m depressed, it’s just that we don’t get to see many family members.
Luckily, after August comes around, everyone’s time frees up, so we can see my uncles and their family in Chicago. My uncle from England is also coming around that time, so I will be able to see everyone at least once this summer.
Well, that’s about it from me here. Hope to see some of you soon, and have a happy summer!
If you’ve caught up with the news lately, you may have heard about a man named Chen Guangcheng. A blind Chinese self-taught lawyer, Cheng exploited the facts about the Chinese government’s forced abortion in compliance with the strict one-child law.
His escape from house arrest and refuge at the US embassy in recent weeks was a diplomatic crisis, and it came just as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was visiting Beijing for a diplomacy meeting. Both the US and China agreed to free Cheng from the US Embassy, and secure his and his family’s safety in their small Chinese village.
Just this past Friday, Chen was told by a supporter to pack his bags, and hours later, he was driven to the Beijing airport. There, waiting for him, was his family’s passports, and a ticket to the United States.
During the dissident drama, Chen spoke to Secretary Clinton by telephone and stated that he wanted to ride back with her to the US. After deciding to stay in China, Chen Guangcheng changed his mind for a final time, and hopped aboard a US-bound flight.
This evening, he hobbled out of Newark Liberty Airport with a “heavy heart.” Secretary Clinton also stated that Chen could apply to study here in the United States for the time being. But Cheng has left lots of extended family behind in China, many of whom could face persecution. In fact, his nephew has already been sentenced to death and has been refused access to his lawyer.
For the Chinese and US governments, Chen’s arrival in the United States has been a sigh of relief. But for Chen himself, it could be a long, winding road: leaving lots behind and possible major consequences.
Last night, at around 9:00PM my family was glued to the television. Every time the Grizzlies were taking a free throw, I held up my growl towel and chanted, “All heart, grit, and grind.” They made almost every foul shot, but I’m not sure whether it was my chanting or their free throw percentage that contributed.
The Grizzlies were just about to slip off of the ledge of elimination last night, during game six of the Memphis-LA Clippers series. The Clippers led the series 3-2 in a best-of-seven series, but last night, the grizzlies dominated the 4th quarter and emerged as winners. For Game Seven, it is win-or-stay-home, for both teams, and the Grizzlies can move to the second round just as they did last year.
This past Easter weekend, our family took a trip to the capital of our country, Washington DC. Though it was mostly for my dad’s meetings, and some sightseeing, we also stood on the White House South Lawn, for the Easter Celebration. (And yes, I did see the President). Let me tell you about it some. .
We were required to get in early, because the doors opened at 6:45 and the time slot started at 7:30 am. There was lots to do, some of which included yoga, tennis, basketball, music concerts, tumblers (the people who jump around like crazy) and even the White House chefs came to the lawn. The sad thing was, the President didn’t come out of the White house, and we stood waiting for a good half hour. That was until the White House volunteers told us to exit the South Lawn. Instead of following directions, we decided to loiter around, and we eventually stayed as the second flood of 6,000 people came running towards the White House. By that time, the president had come out, and he was already starting the Easter Egg Roll and basketball. However, when we began to leave, there was a enormous crowd of people in front of a gate. We wondered why they blocked us from exiting, but realized that the White House Lawn was on lockdown because the first family was there. After they let us leave, we got souvenirs with autographs from both Barack and Michelle Obama (which we still have today) and we kept almost everything we got from there as well.
Personally, my favorite part was meeting the President. It was even cooler that I was standing nearly 20 feet (6 meters) from the steps of the White House! Anyways, I hope you enjoyed a great Easter weekend. Happy Easter!
Since this week is our spring break, my dad and I decided to repaint the wall on which we painted a whiteboard. Since there were marks that were impossible to get off, we decided that we would paint over them, giving a fresh new look to our game room.
Our first step was to get the white latex primer. It all got off to a good start. We had some problems with taping over the ends of the wall (since we did not have painters tape) but we got the primer on. The media room was a mess: paint cans on the table tennis table, newspapers on the floor and the fall, and tape was dispersed everywhere. After priming the wall, our hands were dried with paint, and even three days after the project, there are still small bits on my hand, though the vast majority of was washed off. Unfortunately, we wasted lots of water cleaning the paint bucket and brush, as the primer is still stuck to the items, and the water didn’t do us much good.
Next came the whiteboard paint. It had been sitting in our laundry room cabinet for two to three years since we moved in, but that didn’t really come to mind when we opened up the can. As we stuck the paint stirrer in the can, we realized that there was a good inch of solidified paint, which was a nuisance trying to break apart. After about half an hour mixing, we painted it on, but we were forced to use a scraper to remove the large clumps of paint. Before we opened the second can for a re-coat, we brought it to the local Home Depot, where we inserted it into the paint shaker. Apparently, the solidified paint refused to budge, and after opening the can at home, the same scenario occurred. We began to wonder whether all of the paint cans at the store were like this.
The next morning, my grandfather and I went to the Home Depot and bought another can, this time, with more hope that it would work. We asked the staff to spin the paint before taking it home. After testing the paint, we finally got the right consistency, and as soon as we got home, we began to paint.
Once we finished the painting, and left it to dry, it was time to clean up and remove the tape. However, as we were removing the tape, some newspaper was stuck to the paint, leaving a horrible streak of black and beige marks across the top of our whiteboard. I was forced to scour the trash bag for the last bits of paint that we had, lucky for me, it ended up on top, and my dad applied final touches of paint to the tarnished area. The rest all went smoothly: though some paint started to peel off, we simply “glued” it back on by putting pressure on it.
All in all, it turned out to be a fun 3 days. and my dad and I are looking for another project to tackle. For now, it seems that we need to overhaul our computer room, because it is a major discombobulation.
As you may remember, I wrote about the revolutionary educational website Khan Academy last August. Created by MIT Graduate Salman Khan, the website uses a variety of videos and practice exercises to teach students, without actually being lectured. It is being piloted in multiple schools around the country as they attempt to “flip the classroom”, that is, doing schoolwork at home and homework at school.
Khan Academy and Sal Khan himself recently appeared on CBS 60 Minutes. The story was hosted by Sanjay Gupta, a regular CNN correspondent. Khan himself explained how a simple video tutoring system for his cousin turned into a 3000 video site. He also explains when he first found out about Bill Gates using the site for his own children.
The website has been featured many times and has received many different awards and honors, including the Google Award, and a $15 million grant from the Gates foundation.
The coolest part about it (to me) is that all of it is non-profit AND free. Since he was so dedicated to his video-tutoring, Khan quit his job as a Boston hedge fund analyst and worked full time as an internet educator.
The site is just mind blowing. There are so many places to start, and once you start, you will never stop. In fact, right as soon as I publish this, I’ll watch a few Khan Academy videos. Some of my favorites include logarithms, World War 2, and some science evolution
Today is a very important day in America. No, it’s not independence day or election day, but today is Super Bowl Sunday.
Now for those of you who live outside the USA, the Super Bowl is a game of American Football, and it is the championship game of the NFL. Not only is it just football, but advertisers also get into the rough-and-tumble to place a spot on the channels, in which they pay nearly $3.5 MILLION dollars for an abrupt but amusing advertisement.
This year’s teams are the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. In the Jain household, a line has been drawn, since my dad, both sister and I like the Patriots, and my mom is a Giants fan. This is also another matchup of Super Bowl XLII, in which the Patriots were on game short of an undefeated season, when they lost 17-14 in the Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl represents the culture of America. Even though the national pastime of America is baseball, the Super Bowl shows the American culture, all in just 1 hour of gameplay.
I hope you have a good Super Bowl Sunday. See you later, and Go Patriots!!!!
I am proud to say that I have won the 2012 Lausanne Collegiate School Spelling Bee! After going up against 7 others, from 1st to 8th grade, and a rigorous 21 rounds, I correctly spelled veterinarian and am now going on to the Shelby County Bee on February 4th.
I feel happy that I have won, but I know that I have many more challenges ahead. To study, my dad and I have adopted a system for the many lists I have to know, when familiarizing myself with the words for the first time. When I miss a word, he puts a dot by it. When I get it correct, but am unsure of it, he puts a dash by it, and when I confidently get a word correct, he puts a check by it. By doing this, I realize my strengths and weaknesses.
I know that my streak could end with one word, but so far, the experiences have been great. G-R-E-A-T, great.
Congress has had a plummet in its approval rating with its handling of the job market and fiscal debt recently. After the debt ceiling arguments between House Speaker John Boehner, of the 8th district of Ohio,and President Obama as well as their parties, Congress decided to create a new committee.The Debt Reduction Committee, more commonly known as the Congressional Super-committee, was packed with senators and representatives who were known on how to strike a deal. During the life of the committee, many praises and criticisms were given. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-New Jersey), agreed to the idea of creating a council for debt reduction, because he said it would help to “avoid a default”. Many other Republicans despised Obama’s decision, such as former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who called the idea “dumb”, and said that Congress should be able to vote on their own. On November 21, 2011, just 48 hours before the debt deal deadline, the 12 senators and representatives stated to the people that they had failed.
This now brings up Grover Norquist. Grover Norquist is a lobbyist who once created a pledge called, “The Taxpayer Protection Pledge”. Any member of Congress who signed this pledge (many Republicans and 3 democrats), has vowed to never vote for a bill that includes tax hikes for some or all citizens of the USA. If they break the pledge, as Norquist said, “They will be challenged next election in the primaries by a better funded candidate, who will be backed by me.” He is known as one of the most powerful leaders in the USA, but was condemned for the failure of the Super- committee because the six Republican members had signed his pledge and only wanted to try to make the Bush Tax Cuts permanent.
In my opinion, Congress needs to put people over party and be willing to be a one-term politician in order to help the country. Congress was made not to keep party lines separate, but to come together to help lead this great nation of ours.
On Halloween of this year, our world reached a major milestone; our population reached seven billion people, with the seven billionth baby being born in the Philippines. But now that our world is growing, here are some fun facts to know.
-If all 7 billion of us stood shoulder to shoulder, we could stand in a space about the size of Los Angeles
-1/7 of us will go to bed hungry tonight
-13% of us do not have access to clean water
-by 2030, the most typical face will be Indian
-38% of us lack adequate sanitation
-1.2 billion people live in China, the would’s most populous country
-The most typical human does not have a bank account, is right handed, and works in a service industry. They also make less than 12,000 dollars a year.
-Even though the USA is the third most populous country in the world, it only has a population of about 312,641,796.
-At the present growth rate of 1.1% per year, the United States' population will double to about 560 million in about the next 60 years, if current immigration and related trends continue
-Each year over 3 million people are added to the U.S. population
-7 billion steps would take you around the world 133 times
-5% of us consume 23% of the world’s energy supply
-It would take more that 200 years to count to 7 billion out loud
Looking at the news recently in the past week, there is one thing that is everywhere: the occupy protests.It all started in New York City in Zucotti Park and it spread virally around the nation. Now, in a matter of weeks, there is occupy LA, Boston, Philadelphia, but one that caught my eye was occupy Memphis. The picture above is one of the flyers, and it has been going on for a while. I just went there earlier today and it was not as large as the Wall St Protests, but much more organized. It was about a hundred people, with a planned schedule, sitting on the concrete of the Civic Center Plaza in Downtown Memphis. They all had plans to demonstrate, to coordinate in a gay pride parade, and many other activities. But a major idea was to do it all in a non-violent way. Rather than clashing with the police, they had befriended them and neither disturbed the other. The occupy Memphis team had a well-planned protest for everyone to participate.
Most of these protests are denouncing the direction of the government as well as corporate greed with big banks and their CEO’s. These protests are trying to get these CEO’s to get rid of their bonuses to create jobs “for the 99%” of US Citizens. With unemployment numbers booming, Americans are really exercising their right for freedom of assembly to get together to make a change in their democracy. Many are asking Congressmen to reduce the amount of terms they take and be willing to sacrifice politics for the people.
Power is a large concept. You can have physical power, mental power, philosophical power, governmental power, and so on. Those who have power are usually favored by the people. But there’s one problem: once people have power, they like to keep it. And there are many examples of that in history. For instance, Adolf Hitler was a dictator of Germany, but then he wanted Poland. And then Czechoslovakia. And then France, where he failed to conquer. It eventually led to taking his own life, which is what happens a lot of the time. The same thing, I predict, will happen to Moummar Gaddafi, but now his wealth and power were taken from him, but he will either keep running or someone will hunt him down before anything.
But power can be for the better as well, when used in moderation and with others in check. For example, Barack Obama has enough power to reject a bill for revision, but he can’t tell everyone what to have for dinner. Both Congress and the Supreme Court would denote him of that right, and the people would force him to step down. So when power is used by everyone for the better of everyone, it makes sense to keep your power for when you need it.
As some of you can see, hirings and job opportunities in the USA are slowing to a halt. The economy is in awful shape, and a lot of people are blaming the White House and Congress for majority of the problem. Even though with the debt ceiling crisis over, not much has changed in the job market. I don’t see much in the future unless President Obama’s jobs proposal gets to the people, once they stop arguing about the date of the speech. The Republican Primary Debate is Sept. 7, while the opening night of NFL is the 8th. So they decided to put it on the 8th. I feel pretty disappointed, because now I have to watch the jobs speech rather than the game.
State unemployment rates are rising as well, along with the national average. But there are some major outliers in the data. As of Jul/Aug 2011, Nevada’s unemployment rate is standing at an shocking 12.9%, while North Dakota is at a simple 3.3%. The US average is looking at about 9.1%, which to me seems expectedly high because of the debt crisis and economic standing of the USA.
If I were to solve this crisis, I would invest in alternative energy sources to create jobs. Not only would this create jobs, but would also give us a new commodity and solve our energy crisis.
If you have any questions or other solutions to this problem, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Well, in less than 365 days, London is getting ready to host the 2012 Olympics. I was pretty disappointed when New York City lost, but they are such a big city anyways. I have to give credit to London, because they have hosted 2 Olympiads already, and they would be the only city to ever host three Olympic Games.
London has a lot on their hands to prepare too. Transportation is a big problem, because even though they have a great cab system and rail system, millions of people will be coming to the Olympics. So London is starting to Olympic Javelin Service, a train that runs from every venue, and will increase the number of cabs everywhere. London is a great city, so I am expecting a lot.
A couple of days ago, I was surfing the web when my dad showed me this website with educational videos. It was call khanacademy.org. When I looked at it, I wasn’t expecting much, just about 100 videos and a couple of practice exercises, but I saw a lot more: over 2000 videos covering topics from the US-China Debt Loop to Advanced Calculus.
Khan Academy was started by Salman Khan, who is a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School. He originally put these videos up to tutor his cousin Nadia. Khan now has put 2000 videos and over 200 mathematics exercises.
As I went though the videos I found them to be very interesting, because each video has handwriting, voice and pictures in it, so your attention won’t lapse. I would really recommend this for people struggling to study a topic, or for people who just want to learn something new.
I really think this would be a very useful website for you, and you should look at it.
If you have noticed recently, the United Nations, World Food Programme and governments around have diverted their attention to the drought and famine in the horn of Africa, which includes the countries of Somalia and Ethiopia. These countries have not seen rainfall in years and all of the crops have been destroyed, leaving these countries to rely on foreign aid or go hungry for many days on end, which eventually leads to death.
Many countries send in aid to the horn of Africa, but barely any of it gets across the borders. Why? Because the Islamist group Al- Shabab is blocking any aid going into the country. This will eventually bring the unstable government down, and Al- Shabab will attempt to rule the whole country, using this major famine as a threat.
However, we have the power to stop hunger in others countries too. Look at the video below to find out how you can just donate 25 cents to help fight hunger. Another way is to play freerice.com, an online question game that donates 10 grains of rice every time you answer a question correctly. I have donated 44000 grains since June, so you can help too. Check out the Archive page for the direct advertisement. Together we can fight and win the battle against world hunger!
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