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Thursday, March 17, 2011

It's Good to Be Irish

Pee Power

From a student:

This is serious science...generating electricity using urine.

What will they think of next?

Less Stress, More Fufilling

To:Lynch, Arthur
Subject:Article- Classical music reduces stress

Our brains have more connections than there are stars in the Universe when you optimize your brain you become the best you can be at any task. Optimization is achieved in a number of way but especially avoiding stress. This is one of the restrictions to good brain function and the hormones created through stress are very toxic to memory centers. Surprisingly, brain cells actually die with stress .
For a happy healthy life, play some classical music and reduce your stress levels!

House Slashes NPR Station Funds

228 to 119 was the vote to end funding to local NPR Stations. This will leave smaller local stations without the funds to stay on the air, and major stations, including KCRW in LA and KNPR in Las Vegas, falling far short on their budgets.

The vote came as an "emergency bill" despite having very little financial impact, actually elminating jobs, and the only priority for the bill being political pay-back for being balanced and open to all view points.

The Senate short term finance bill cuts fifty million dollars from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting but allows NPR to make the cuts instead of dictating it falls on local affiliates.

Student Debt

Article - Loan Study on Students Goes Beyond Default Rates
Lynch, Arthur

I found this article in the New York Times March 15th 2011 about the student credit crisis.
Some of the key points raised are that for each student who defaults on a loan, at least two more fall behind in payments on their student debt. Also, that two out of five student loan borrowers were delinquent at some point in the first five years they started repaying their loans.
Only 37% of student borrowers who started repaying their loans in 2005 were able to fully pay them back on time and college seniors who graduated in 2009 had an average of $24,000.00 in student loan debt. Up 6% from 2008.
Total student debt is estimated at about $896 billion, more than the nation's credit card debt.

Japan Disaster Footage without Talking Heads (from a friend in Japan)

I want to show everyone the news media we are being presented with here in Japan. I think it's quite different from what you see on CNN and other Western news outlets. Due to the popularity of this video, I have started a new page to collect my personal ...experiences as well as release Japanese news reports about the Tsunami. Please like it to keep up to date! Note: This video was not shot by me. Although I am a cameraman, I live in Tokyo 180 miles from the disaster zone. I recorded this video from TV to pass on. It is copyrighted by Asahi TV and can't be posted on YouTube or other sites. I technically shouldn't be able to post it here, but I'll leave it up as long as I get away with it! Google streets view of where this video was shot: More

Reality TV on College SAT's

Now watching "Jersey Shore" is homework. As if learning all that math and grammar wasn't hard enough, the latest version of the SAT test includes an essay question on reality TV. Now kids can tell mom they have to study Snookie if they want to get into a good college. More on this disturbing piece of news from the New York Times.

Source: LA Times Company Town

Breaking: New York Times to Launch Online Paywall on March 28