June 4, 2012

Artist Turns Dead Cat into RC Helicopter

The Remote Control Quadricopter, as shown above, is made out a dead cat named Orville. Yes, this man stuffed his dead cat after it got hit by a car, and turned it into a remote control helicopter. Surprising, I know. Just imagine what all the poor birds are thinking as of now...
This of course, raises many ethical issues, such as, why is this legal? My opinion is that he’s allowed to do whatever he wants with his dead cat’s body, it’s... His dead cat’s body! However, this is completely and absolutely hilarious, and I can see how easily marketable it is. Making millions of dollars off of turning your dead cats’ bodies into remote controlled helicopters, you don’t have to pay for cremation, and your kids will have oh so much fun flying ol’ Mr. Whiskers around!
On the other hand, this is absolutely and completely horrible. He turned his dead cat, into a helicopter. His dead cat. A helicopter. Deadcatcopter. And he’s flying it around. I’m not even going to ask how, I’m going to ask why... I mean seriously, why would you take your dead cat, put four rotors on it, and make it fly around scaring the ghosts out of graves. It’s a dead cat, let it be dead. Do you really think Orville wanted to be turned into a helicopter when he died?
The man who made this Deadcatcopter is an artist, and he calls this art. Art. ART? Seriously, that’s the most interpretive art I’ve seen since that big black dot in the middle of an otherwise blank canvas, if it even qualifies as art... I don’t really understand how this is art, seeing as it’s just a cat with rotors in it that flies around via remote control. That’s not art, that’s engineering, and barely so!
Anarchism isn’t really what you think it is, which is probably a form of society in which there is no government, no rules, no nothing, just bloodshed. No, that is wrong, but partially right. In proper Anarchism, there are rules, laws, and the such, but there is no government. Every citizen gets exactly one vote, and that counts as exactly one vote. Every citizen also has the right to vote on every issue. This makes it the purest form of Democracy.
However, there are many different forms of Anarchism, some of which I will describe:

First off, the basic term, Anarchy. Anarchy isn’t a state in which a country has no rules, no leaders, no nothing. An Anarchy is simply the state of having no government. Many “Anarchist” protesters ruin the name of proper Anarchists, by wanting no rules and the such, like those at the G20 Summit in Toronto during 2010.

Anarcho-collectivism, also known as Collectivist Anarchism, was the theory of Mikhail Bakunin, a Russian revolutionary. The term “collectivism” was first used to separate Anarcho-collectivists from Anarcho-communists, which Bakunin called authoritarian.

You could describe Anarcho-collectivism as Anarchist Capitalism, but it’s  much more complicated than that. Workers wages are decided democratically, based on how hard the job is, and how long they work. These wages are then spent in a market.

Anarcho-communism, first proposed by Karl Marx, is very different from Anarcho-collectivism. In Anarcho-communism, there are no wages, and everybody gets what they need to live. On paper, Anarcho-communism is one of the best forms of society, but cannot be reproduced in the real world due to human nature. Anarcho-communism, and just Communism in general, has had its name tarnished by several countries who did it wrong, such as the Soviet Union and China.

~Mein Identity Keeps Esoteric

May 18, 2012

School Teacher gets fired.


A Catholic school teacher is under fire after he hid a camera in a pen and recorded girls undressing inside a classroom storage closet where his students changed.
He was caught when he lost his iPad at a DeLand Walmart. A women found it and told cops it contained “nude photos of children.” Arrest reports stated that Joshua hid three pin cameras on metal shelves inside the storage closet and recorded 12 and 13 year old girls taking of their clothes. Police said he admitted to downloading the videos onto his computer and viewing them later. Parents are very upset for what happened. Some of them are saying that they went there when they were younger and they know the entire St. Peters Community. School Officials say that he underwent a backround check before his hire. Joshua Waguespack was granted $10,000 bail and ordered to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18.  

Ronaldo better than Messi?

Apparently Cristiano Ronaldo is the best soccer player in the world.  Ronaldo, who is the star Midfielder for Real Madrid, scored a personal best 46 League goals. However, Messi, who plays for Barcelona, is considered by many to be the best player in the world.
In an interview, Ronaldo stated that he was a better player than Messi.  Messi, this year scored a Barcelona team record goals this year, with a total of 50 League goals.
To view a comparison of these players, you can click on the following links.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi

The Top 9 Internet Speeds (Countries)

Have you ever thought that your internet was extremely slow?  Well this article will show the comparison of our country’s internet speed and other countries’ internet speeds!
Akamai, a company that develops business software, websites, and more, recently made a report on global Internet connection speeds.
To get an accurate reading and avoid unfairly comparing countries with population differences, Akamai only studied data from countries that had made requests for more than 25,000 IP addresses (A numerical number assigned to a device, such as a computer).
The report said that the Internet speeds dropped down to an average of 2.3 Megabits per second (Mbps) worldwide, which is a 14% drop from last quarter.  But compared to last year’s report, the global Internet speed increased 19%.
The United State’s average internet connection speed was 5.0 Mbps in 2010, the fastest state being Delaware.  The US’s internet speed is ranked number 26, right behind Hungary.

The countries with the top 9 Internet speeds are:

9. Romania: Averaged 6.4 Mbps

8. Czech Republic: Averaged 6.7 Mbps

7. Ireland: Averaged  6.8 Mbps

6. Switzerland: Averaged 7.3 Mbps

5. Latvia: Averaged 7.8 Mbps

4. Netherlands: Averaged 8.2 Mbps

3. Hong Kong: Averaged 9.1 Mbps

2. Japan: Averaged 9.1 Mbps

1. South Korea: Averaged 17.5 Mbps

Washington Whooping Cough Epidemic

On April 3rd, 2012, Health Secretary Mary Selecky declared a Whooping cough epidemic in the state of Washington.  Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a highly contagious disease that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing, runny nose, fever, and diarrhea.  It can also weaken your body’s immune system, leading to other diseases or infections that could potentially kill you.
This has been the first Whooping cough epidemic since California’s 2010 epidemic, where over 9000 cases and 10 deaths were reported.
Currently, in Washington, about 1,280 cases have been reported and health officials expect the number to rise to 3,000 by the end of the year, even though the vaccine has become available to people for free if they don’t have insurance.
Washington already requires a booster shot for middle school and high school students, adults with newborns at the hospital, and is also urging businesses to get their employees an adult booster shot.
Just last week, Govenor Chris Gregoire announced that the state is putting $90,000 in a public awareness campaign as well as using some federal money to buy 27,000 doses of vaccine.  Washington has also asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to send investigators and an epidemiologist (a person researches public health in a large population) to the state.

Asus Padfone - Best of all three worlds!

No doubt everyone wants a phone and a tablet and some people have both.  Well what if those two devices were the same.  Asus has created the most amazing device ever, the Asus Padfone.  A 4.3 inch smartphone that fits perfectly into a 10.1 inch tablet.  This type of technology has many benefits, such as battery life.  The phone itself already has a pretty good battery life, but since all the major components needed for a functioning tablet are in the phone Asus put a giant battery in the tablet so when you plug the phone into the tablet the battery can last, like forever.  And don't worry, switching between the two screen sizes is pretty much flawless.  Also, having a two in one device like this can actually save you money.  Instead of having to buy two 3G data plans, one for your phone and one for your tablet, you only need one for both devices.

(Warning, this part gets nerdy)

The processor is a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual-Core (which is fast) however it does not support 4G LTE.  It does however support HSPA+ which is like 3G+. On the phone there is a 8 megapixel rear facing camera (same one on the current iPhone) and a .3 megapixel front facing camera.  When you plug the phone into the tablet dock, the front facing camera gets upgraded to a 1.3 megapixel camera, which is only slightly better.  The tablet adds a micro hdmi port to the device.  And of course the new phone will have the latest version of Android, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

(Nerdiness over)

Not only is the Padfone very practical, but it is also a very sleek, and eye-appealing device.  I would feel proud to hold a phone or tablet that looked and felt like that.  A 4.3 inch screen is really the best screen size nowadays and the Padfone boasts a very beautiful one.  There are two major accessories that you can get for your Padfone.  One of them is a Padfone Station Dock.  This dock adds a keyboard to the tablet, thus making one device a phone, tablet and netbook!  The Padfone Dock Station also has a big battery in it that adds to the battery life of the device. The second major accessory is the Stylus Headset.  The name is pretty self-explanatory... What this accessory does is allows you to answer calls in tablet mode by using a stylus.  The stylus works on capacitive screens, so it would be a cool thing to have for any phone.

With the Padfone you get an epic cell phone experience.  With the Padfone Dock you get an awesome tablet experience. With the Padfone Dock Station you get a great netbook experience.  When you have all three, then you truly get the best of all three worlds.


On May 8th, Josh Hamilton made history. Hamilton, a MLB Center Fielder for the Texas Rangers broke one American League record, and tied a MLB record. This all occurred in one MLB game against the Baltimore Orioles on May 8th.
Josh Hamilton, has had to work hard to get to this point though. After being drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (now just the Tampa Bay Rays) in the 1999 MLB Draft. He was drafted out of Athens Drive High School, in Raleigh, NC.
However, his career did not just run smoothly to this point. Hamilton, fell into Drugs and Alcohol, and became addicted. His career was all but over. In 2005, Hamilton got back on track. He stopped drinking, and managed to stop using illegal drugs. He quit, and has managed to stay clean since.
He did not even play a MLB game until 2007 for the Cincinnati Reds. Since then, he has been one of the best players in the MLB.
On May 8th, Josh Hamilton hit 4 Home Runs. He had 5 At Bats during the game, and got extra bases on every At Bat. Hamilton, tied the MLB record for Home Runs in a single game, joining 15 other players who have accomplished the feat. With one double and 4 Home Runs, Hamilton set another record. His total bases for the game, was the most ever seen in a American League game.

May 16, 2012

Autism and iPads: Technology is more than just Angry Birds


In 2010, the first iPad, the iPad 1, was released. Millions flocked to Apple stores worldwide to be the first to get the new technology. However, some people were too busy with problems of their own to get the device.

Sharia Siddiqui was born to a Pakistani family in 2007. Her family was ecstatic, their first child! But as time went on, they began to suspect something was wrong. Sharia would stare at the television set in their house for hours, not responding when called or for any reason. At first, the parents(Ayza Sheikh and Fawad Siddiqui) thought she had a hearing problem. But when her hearing turned out to be fine, they worried. They took Siddiqui to a specialist at an early detection center when she was two years old. They found out she had ASD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sometimes it’s better to be left wondering than to know.. and sometimes knowing hurts.

With therapy, Siddiqui could talk a little bit, but it wasn’t enough.

When Sharia was 3, the iPad came out. They got her one, and everything changed for them. Her father says that before Sharia was brought the iPad, her only method of communication was crying.

"What the iPad has done has given her a sense of control that she never had before," Siddiqui said. "She knows when you touch it, something is supposed to happen. She knows she doesn't need to cry, she needs to point."

Soon, she learned to speak from the iPad. She could say short sentences and use the iPad to point her parents to what she wanted.

Statistically, iPad apps have been more and more for helping than they have been for entertaining. If you search “Autism” in the app store, over 700 hits will pop up. 700 apps for people with mental disabilities, over a course of just three years? Now that’s progress.

NBA Playoffs

In the NBA’s Eastern Conference the first round all went to plan except the for the (1)Bulls and the (8)76ers.  That series was decided by Derrick Rose tearing his ACL in the first game.  That series ended in six games with the (8)76ers winning.
The series in the Eastern Conference was the (2)Heat and the (7)Knicks.  This series was no surprise the favored Heat one it in 5 games.  Most of the games were blowouts.  This year the Heat are probably the favorite to win the NBA title.
The 3 vs 6 match up in the East was again no surprise.  The (3)Pacers easily took out the (6)Magic despite the Magic winning game one.  The magic were playing without their All Star center Dwight Howard.  The series was a quick 5 games.
The fourth and Final matchup in the Eastern Conference was the (4)Hawks and the (5)Celtics.  Despite the Celtics being a lower seed they were the clear favorite in this series because of the experience of their veterans.  The Celtics won the series in 6 games.

This year the Western Conference has two favorites the (1)Spurs and the (2)Thunder.  These teams are expected to meet in the Western Conference Finals.  The Veteran (1)Spurs easily swept the (8)Jazz.
The (2)Thunder swept the defending champion (7)Mavericks.  The (2)Thunder were led by their outstanding Small Forward Kevin Durant.
The next series was a heated battle between the (3)Lakers and the (6)Nuggets.  This series came down to a decisive game seven.  The (3)Lakers pulled out victorious because of their large front line.
The final series of the first round was between (4)Grizzlies and the (5)Clippers.  This series also came down to a game seven.  The high flying (5)Clippers pulled out victorious.

OPINION:  The second round matchup between (8)76ers and the (5)Celtics should be over in 5 or six games with the Celtics winning.  The Celtics seem to always make deep runs in the playoffs and have a knack for hitting shots when it matters.  Also surprisingly the Celtics are becoming healthier as the playoffs progress.
The other Eastern Conference second round series will almost definitely be won by the (2)Heat.  The (3)Pacers just won't be able to beat the heats smothering defense and relentless offense.  Not to mention 2012 NBA MVP LeBron James.

OPINION: The matchups in the Western conference second round both have obvious favorites.  The veteran (1)Spurs should sweep the inconsistent (5)Clippers.  The Spurs ended the season with the NBA’s best record, and it seems they have found the fountain of youth for point guard Tony Parker.
The other Western Conference second round series will also be somewhat of a blowout.  The young (2)Thunder will face the (3)Lakers and their famous shooting Guard Kobe Bryant.  The Thunder will probably win the series in four or five games.  The Thunder are one of a few teams that can match the Lakers big men.

OPINION:  If I have predicted the winners of the Eastern Semifinals correctly then the hated (2)Miami Heat will face off with the storied (5)Boston Celtics.  The series will be a fight to the death.  Both teams have terrifying defenses and physical players.  The (2)Heat will most likely win in seven games because of their home court advantage, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the (5)Celtics came out victorious.  Honestly, I despise both of these teams and just want them to cripple each other for the NBA Finals.
The Western Conference Finals will most likely be played between the (1)San Antonio Spurs and the (2)Oklahoma City Thunder.  The Spurs got into a winning rhythm near the end of the season and are still getting hotter.  The (2)Thunder have a defensive front court and a skillful back court.  This series could easily go either way, but the younger (2)Thunder may be able to tire out the (1)Spurs and win the series in six or seven games.

OPINION:  I will look at all four scenarios I have thought of for the NBA Finals.  I’m going to start with the least likely matchup between the resilient (5)Boston Celtics and the aging (1)San Antonio Spurs.  This series would likely end in five or six games.  The (1)Spurs would likely win after running the (5)Celtics into the ground with their high powered offense.  This would give the (1)Spurs their fifth NBA Title.
The next least likely matchup is the clutch (2)Oklahoma City Thunder and the defensive minded (5)Boston Celtics.  Saying the (2)Thunder play like them normal selves they will win the series in five or six games.  The rising stars on the (2)Thunder’s backcourt will be just too much for the slower (5)Celtics to handle.
The next possible Finals match up would be a brutal battle between the stacked (2)Miami Heat and the intelligent (1)San Antonio Spurs.  This series would likely end in seven games with the (1)Spurs winning on their home court.  The relentless offence of the (1)Spurs will just give the (2)Heat too much foul trouble.

OPINION:  Now for the most likely series the expensive (2)Miami Heat and the powerful (2)Oklahoma City Thunder.  This series would be a interesting in many ways.  One way is that the (2)Heat are one of the most expensive NBA teams with a team payroll of just over $80 million while the (2)Thunder are one of the cheapest with their team payroll totaling about $57 million.  Also the small forward matchup features the MVP and the runner up MVP.  Thirdly both teams show a different model for how to build a successful team.  The (2)Thunder built theirs with well thought draft picks while the (2)Heat signed All Star players.
The point guard matchup will be between the (2)Thunders All Star Russell Westbrook and the (2)Heat’s Mario Chalmers.  The (2)Thunder easily win this match up due to Westbrook’s athleticism and scoring ability while Chalmers isn’t known for anything other than his three point shooting ability.  
The shooting guard matchup is a very interesting one.  From the outside it looks like the (2)Heat’s Dwyane Wade is the obvious favorite over the (2)Thunder’s defensive minded Thabo Sefolosha, but the Thunders real shooting guard was six man of the year James Harden.  Harden is a skilled offensive player.  In the end the Heat still win the shooting guard matchup, but just hardly.  
Now comes the small forward battle.  The (2)Heat’s LeBron James was the league's MVP and is dominate in every aspect of the game other then in the clutch.  James seems to fade when the spotlight shines the brightest.  The (2)Thunder match LeBron with MVP runner up Kevin Durant.  Kevin Durant won his third scoring title this season and he is only 24 years old.  Also Durant led the league in game winning or tying shots this season.  Most people would pick James in that matchup, but but being the (2)Thunder fan I am I’m going to pick the (2)Thunder’s Kevin Durant.  
The power forward matchup is between the (2)Thunder’s Serge Ibaka and the (2)Heat’s Chris Bosh.  Both of these players have very colorful nicknames.  Bosh has been named The Dinosaur, The Ostrich, or even The Gazelle (well the last one might just be my family).  Ibaka’s nicknames all reflect his superhuman shot blocking ability.  He has been called the Serge Protector, Iblocka, and also Serge I-Block-Ya.  Despite Bosh’s funnier nicknames he wins the matchup due to his scoring ability, but they will likely cancel each other out.
The Center matchup is between the (2)Heat’s undersized Joel Anthony and the (2)Thunder’s Kendrick Perkins.  Both of these players do almost nothing on the offensive end of the court.  They are both primarily defenders.  Perkins wins this matchup due to his larger size.
After that analysis of each match up the (2)Thunder are winning three match up  and the (2)Heat only two.
This series will likely end in game seven with the (2)Thunder denying LeBron James his first ring.  The (2)Thunder’s offence will be just too much for the (2)Heat.  This will give the (2)Oklahoma City Thunder their first ever NBA Title.

May 15, 2012

Shawn Johnson

   Shawn Johnson, Olympic gold medalist, has had recent issues battling her body weight. Three silver medal and one gold medal winner in the gymnastics competition in Beijing, she has been having fluctuating weights since then. Shawn gained weight after winning 2009's Dancing With the Stars, after tearing her ACL in a skiing freak accident. She opened up to USA Today, saying that she looked up herself up on the Internet, and becoming horrified at what came up. She has lost 25 pounds since then- how? "I've just been eating healthy, working out, and getting stronger for the 2012 Olympics." She's not a sure cut for the American team, but she's working towards said achievement. "I'm getting stronger, and working harder. I'm excited to compete for a spot on the American Team."


Texting While Walking is Banned!

   In the town of Fort Lee, New Jersey, you don't want to be caught texting on the side-walk. Multi-tasking with a cell-phone has always been frowned upon, but no real action has been taken in most states until now. Texting while driving has already been banned in most states, but texting while walking? That's new!
   A fine of $85 is issued to any pedestrian texting who is spotted by policemen. While some citizens are appalled by the new law, others are thankful for it. Texting while walking is a huge distraction, and you've probably been jostled by a few indifferent multi-taskers. So you can imagine those in Fort Lee, New Jersey who are more sensitive to this issue are jumping for joy.
   Personally, I think that texting while walking is necessary... sometimes. If you are on your way to meeting someone and they don't pick up their phone, then you will have to text them. However, if it is important and you must continue texting someone, then move to the side and out of everybody's way.
   Who knows? Maybe other states will follow Fort Lee, New Jersey in example. Texting and driving is still an issue that has yet to be solved in a majority of states, however, you can check off texting and walking in Fort Lee!

A Georgia college student, Aimee Copeland, is fighting a flesh-eating disease. She was canoeing in a nearby river with a group of friends. She went on a homemade zip-line ride, that broke and caused her to fall into the river. She cut her leg onto a stick and was taken to the hospital. At the hospital, she was given 22 stitches and sent home. A few nights later, she felt very sick and was rushed to the hospital. They diagnosed her with a flesh-eating bacteria, that is usually found in warm water. Sometimes this bacteria does not affect people but the  events that happened to Copeland triggered an infection. She fell into the water, cut her leg, and therefore the bacteria went in an infected her. The disease has caused her to have her leg and part of her abdomen amputated and she most likely will have her fingers taken off as well.  She is still awake and alert but, is surviving off of oxygen. She is taking medicine to relieve her stress so she doesn't remember what happened and why she is in her condition. Her family is praying for the best, telling her to stay positive and strong and to keep her spirits high. Although she is awake and alert she is still in critical condition. Her father, Andy Copeland, has been posting the stories on his blog. He is the one person trying to stay and keep everyone as calm as possible.

this is her fathers blog, reporting on Aimee's condition.

Apple! I- I mean, Mountain Lion OS.

A’ight, guys. I’m here to write about Apple..

Not the fruit, cause ya know- who cares about the fruit anyway?

So they’re sprouting a new OS for mac- called Mountain Lion. I don’t know what it is with Apple and naming things after big cats, but they’re obviously running out because last year’s OS was named Lion, the one before Snow Leopard and the one before Leopard. Get it? Leopard-Snow Leopard, Lion-Mountain Lion. Hah! They’re unoriginal.

Anywho, you may be wondering when it will come out and how much it will cost. Well, it’ll come out sometime this summer and chances are it’ll either be free or cost 30 dollars. We don’t know yet- Apple don’t tell us nothin’!

Now, I’m not really being paid to tell you this but I think you should upgrade. Why?

Simple: It’s becoming iPad-esque.

New features include A notification center(like the ones you get on iPads when you’re playing games and stuff? They pop up on the top?) , Airplay Mirroring - which is when you broadcast your mac screen onto a TV with AppleTV, wirelessly! It IS really cool, no stupid chords and stuff.. A cross-console reminder list that shows you what you need to do on your iPhone, your iPad, your iMac and your AppleTV! It stays consistent with iCloud, that one program that basically stores your data on the big hard drive in the sky and lets you access it with your AppleID anywhere, anytime! This includes apps, notes, music, videos and etc! And last, but not least... messages! You know, that nifty little program on your iPad that lets you message other iPads and email people and such? It’s now on the iMac, and with iCloud you can start a conversation with your mom on your computer, go out with your iPod, keep talking to her, come home and chill on the couch with your iPad while talking to her, saying you’re doing your homework but you’re really watching the Die Hard trilogy.

Anywho, that’s all from me! If you wanna learn more, Apple released this nifty video to teach ya’ll kiddies.

May 14, 2012

Narco Canadiense is captured en Nayarit Mexico

The police captured Canadiense in Nuevo Vallarta. The police say that Canadiense is one of the most wanted drug dealers of cocaine. The police finally caught up with him on Tuesday finding him in Bahia de Banderas. The police say that they have been looking for Canadiense since 1983 when he began selling cocaine. His new identity was Corry Corbett, is forty four and is married. Canadiense is accused of robbery, selling illegal weapons and narcotrafficking.  Today he is in jail with many other wanted drug dealers including  Chapo, Barbie, Jota Jota and many more.

Tan Mom

63 New York area tanning salons have banned a 44 year old mom from entering their stores. They say she is giving their industry a bad name. She was accused of taking her 5 year old daughter to a tanning session. The woman says that her daughter got sunburned while gardening on a hot day. A rash on the little girl was noticed by a school nurse, who notified child services. It resulted in the little girl being placed in her father's care, while the woman was taken into custody. Her picture has been posted behind the counter in eight local tanning salons to help employees identify her to immediately prevent her from using the facility. City Tropics Tanning Salon where she took her daughter, has not banned her yet. Patricia Krentcil “Tan Mom” could face up to 10 years in prison if she's convicted of child endangerment.

May 11, 2012

Opinion Piece on Amendment One

So, Amendment One passed... Just because a priest says “Vote for this, for it is good”, does not mean it’s right. Leviticus says “Not to lay with a man as you lay with a woman, for that is an abomination” in the bible, which simply means not to treat men as inferiors, as they did back then with women. And anyways, marriage wasn’t between a man and a woman, it was between a man and twenty or so women. The bible also says that you have to marry the woman(en) you rape, and it supports slavery...
However, the bible also says that you must not wear clothes made of two fabrics, you must not mark upon your skin, or do a variety of other things that modern day humans do on a daily basis. I don’t see many people respecting all of these... I’m not criticising Christianity, I’m criticising its followers. Christianity has been taken out of context and bent to the Catholic church’s will since way back in the medieval times, when bibles were written in Latin so that only educated priests could read them, and not the peasants, so that they could twist the bible’s words to their own needs.
Speaking of the state constitution, the last time it was amended was in 1875, in which interracial marriage was banned. This state has been plagued by constant battles over human rights because we’re surrounded by hicks and Christians. I’m not saying that all Christians are bad, seeing as the Episcopal church allows gay ministers, just the majority of them in this state.

~Mein Identity Keeps Esoteric

A View of Amendment One

  1. North Carolina voters decided to pass the amendment banning same-sex marriage 61% to 39%.  Many people saw this coming due to previous polls, so it is not that much of a surprise.  The constitutional amendment states that the only legal domestic form of union is between one man and one woman.  Many people think it is crazy that they would have to defend the obvious single form of marriage, while others think that the amendment will also hurt heterosexual families.

  1. I don’t see what the problem is with amendment one.  I personally was reading many articles about it as well as the comments after the articles.  Many people described the amendment as hateful and hurtful, however I don’t think it’s purpose is to discriminate and insult the people, but to tear down the practice. 

  1. Many journalists, supporters and opposers are using the Bible to either credit or discredit the amendment.  The Bible obviously states that marriage should only be between a man and a women.  However any avid Bible reader would know from Jeremiah 10:23 that men do not have the ability to direct their step (govern themselves) but rather humans should look forward to the time when God’s kingdom will bring to ruin all the badness in today’s government. (Daniel 2:44)  

  1. Another problem I have with the opposers is the fact that they are saying the amendment will also affect heterosexual couples.  If a man and a woman are together then they should have no problem registering for a legal marriage licence.

The Drink Machine of the Future.

Have you ever dreamed of drinking any combination of soda combined? Coca-Cola has started sending the Coca-Cola Freestyle out to restaurants. It is controlled by a computer and has a touch screen. With the touch of your finger you have the ability to mix over 100 different sodas. In the old soda machines, there are typically 7-10 different drinks. There are sodas, water, teas, and energy drinks.
this is the website for the product. I think this is actually the coolest thing ever. You have the ability to create a drink to the perfection of your own taste buds! Is your favorite flavor cherry? You can combine: 
Cherry Coke, 
Cherry Vanilla Coke,
 Diet Cherry Coke, 
Cherry Coke Zero,
Caffeine-Free Diet Cherry Coke, 
Sprite with Cherry,
Sprite Zero with Cherry
Fanta Cherry
Minute Maid Light Cherry Lemonade
Dasani with Cherry

There you have a perfect cherry drink! 

On the website you can search the different flavors, and where the closest Freestyles are!!!!

My favorite thing is combining the Lemonades, Sprites, and a little bit of sweet tea together! But the coolest part is having the ability to create a drink that makes your taste buds tingle with delight!
So go to the website and check it out! Maybe your favorite restaurant has just added a Coca-Cola Freestyle.

North Carolina approved Amendment One on Tuesday- and not just approved it, overwhelmingly approved it. The overwhelming comments on The Raleigh News and Observer’s Facebook and Twitter pages were chock full of hateful comments and harsh sayings- positive comments, if any, were scarce. Former American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken, from NC who is gay, supported his state on a phone interview, saying, “I saw a lot of folks on Facebok and Twitter that were embarrassed to be from North Carolina or that people from North Carolina should be ashamed or embarrassed. And I think to myself, you know, you can be as mad as you want and think that all you want to, but you have to remember that 30 states did that before we did it and California was one of them. So you can kiss my foot if you want to talk bad about my state.” Other than Clay Aiken, not many people are aiming for the positive view about NC at this point. North Carolina’s recently expanded tourist income is going to see a negative impact. Countless negative Facebook posts were saying such things, including “No more North Carolina visits from me, until Amendment One is revoked,” and “Boycotting NC goods for now.” Hopefully, Amendment One will be revoked, and North Carolina’s booming tourist industry will be restored.


New, Healthy Vending Machines?

   We've all gotten something from a vending machine before. It's always conveniently there when you're hungry. In the back of your mind you tell yourself that the snacks aren't healthy, but you try to ignore that thought.
   Yeah, that guilty feeling of eating crappy food stays with you for a long time, so it's no surprise that vending machine companies are beginning to make changes to their snack options. Now-a-days, most people are growing increasingly more aware of the foods they eat. In order to keep business going and "promote a healthy diet", vending machines might start making some amends to their standard snacks. Per say, instead of a snickers bar, a pack of almonds. Or instead of a candy bar, organic yogurt. As long as it's conveniently there, people will buy it. It's nutritional value is a bonus.
   On the Huffington Post, there was a poll asking about who would invest in a "healthy vending machine". The response was huge. Many people got hyped up by the idea of it. I mean, most changes are exciting, and surprisingly enough, junk food to healthy food is one of them. It's a good swap that advocates the recovery of Americans' healthiness. You know the deal: fast food restaurants, obesity rates higher than any other country, etc.
  So the fact that the idea of healthy vending machines was proposed shows a more promising future for America. It's one small step to a healthier country!

May 10, 2012

Teddy Bear Troubles

So.. You’re excited to go on a plane, you’re off to France for spring break! You even brought your favorite stuffed animals with you: Bear bear the.. well, bear, Lopsy the Bunny and a Mickey Mouse toy, too! You put them onto the Checkpoint X-ray machine and gawp as the siren flashes.. beeep, beeep. The security guards pull Mickey out first.. and find a part of a gun in there.

The same is for Lopsy and Bear bear, they both have gun parts in them.

You didn’t put them there, why are they there? Your daddy says he doesn’t know where they came from, either.


Yeah, this is a true story. Unfortunately, someone tried to smuggle guns onto a plane with their little kid’s toys. Poor kid, I bet he’s devastated. This just proves that people will do anything to get guns somewhere..

May 9, 2012

Really NC? REALLY?

May 7th, 2012.

Amendment one passed.

This takes the law against Gay marriage in North Carolina one step further by saying, “No. This is a marriage: A man and a woman. Not two men, not two women, not one man and two women or vice versa.” It bans polygamy and any other forms of domestic relationships. It’s gone a step further by only legally recognizing a marriage if it’s a man and a woman. I took a look at the statistics for who wanted the amendment to pass and who didn’t: this is surprising. Only 39 percent of people were against Amendment one. “Tonight’s results are an unfortunate reminder that the fight for Civil Rights in our state is not yet over. Writing discrimination into our Constitution is wrong. The State Constitution exists to protect the rights of our citizens- not to take them away. Despite this setback, north Carolina Democrats will continue to fight for all of our citizens.” Said the Democratic Party of North Carolina.
Same-sex marriage is only legal in 6 states now, and of course, the District of Columbia. These states include Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

It doesn't only affect gay couples, oh no. It affects all of us. We lost our Health Benefits with this, and same-sex couples won't get insurance anymore.

Now, I don’t understand how it passed but I’ll tell you that I’m pretty sure I don’t like whatever happens next. And also, I’m pretty ashamed of NC for this. Even the suggestion of the law is blasphemous, but when it passes.. no. That’s too far.

..Just a message from your friendly neighborhood Egyptian.

May 3, 2012

Pregnant mothers abusing of pain killers affects their baby

  The number of babies born addicted to the class of drugs that includes prescription painkillers has nearly tripled in the past decade, according to the first national study of its kind. About 3.4 of every 1,000 infants born in a hospital in 2009 suffered from a type of drug because of mothers abusing pain medicine while pregnant. The number of newborns with withdrawal symptoms increased from a little more than 1 per 1,000 babies sent home from the hospital in 2000 to more than 3 per 1,000 in 2009. Researchers estimated that more than 13,000 U.S infants were affected in 2009. Infants from these drugs often require lengthy stay in intensive care units. Hospital charges for treating these newborns went from $190 million to $720 million between 2000 and 2009, the studies found.

May 2, 2012

Google Glass

If you don't live under a rock then you probably have heard of Google's Project Glass.  If you haven't, then this is what it is.  Project Glass is Google's attempt to make Augmented Reality glasses.  The device would allow to you read emails or text message without pulling out your phone.  You could be on facebook or browsing the web while the teacher is talking.  You can even take a picture without using a camera!  You might look like a complete dork but it is worth it.

Or is it...

Google is infamous for flooding your web browser with advertisements, so will they do the same with your vision.  Having a screen between you and reality could also cause some safety issues.  What if Google decided to block the car that is speeding toward you?  There is also the risk that the screen on the glasses might not work in the night.  The glasses could also end up costing a bunch of money, so only the rich can get it.

The time is coming.... For a graduation dress!

  It's almost the end of the year... Surprising eh? You don't really notice until you start thinking about graduation, and most importantly, the dress you're going to wear. It's a big deal for girls, but if you're a guy, you might want to stop reading, unless you're interested in where to buy dresses, and what an ideal graduation dress is.
 When buying a graduation dress, you want it to be nice and classy, but it shouldn't be like a ball gown. Don't sweat about getting an expensive, really elegant dress. Simple and cute will do just fine for this occasion.

  One of a girl's biggest worry with graduation dresses is that someone will have the same one. It's true, you can get cute dresses from Nordstrom and Forever 21, but the chances of someone having the same dress as you is really high. Especially because we all have the same general taste in clothes. To prevent this potentially embarrassing thing from happening, don't mill around at your local mall and buy a dress there. Try shopping at a boutique or online.
  Boutiques are a bit more expensive, but you know that the dresses there are unique. A majority of girls don't even think of stopping by a boutique to look for a dress because it's just not a common idea. However, boutiques are a great place to look for a dress.

  The other option, shopping online, is often over-looked as well. Shopping online is extremely risky (an extra small online is different than an extra small at the store?!), but it can pay off. There are often dresses exclusive to the online store, so chances are no one will have your dress.
   Here are some good sites to get dresses that range from semi-expensive to not exactly cheap, but they are all still great for graduation:
*Check out the clearance section. There are sometimes good finds there for a good price.

Delia's: $$

Nordstrom: $$

H&M: $

XXI: $

Happy graduating!


A Man's Best Friend!!!!!

A man's best friend. They wag their tail to comfort you, run and play with you,  and always are loyal to you. Any dog owner could tell you all the amazing things about their dog. Here is the list of top 20 cutest dogs.
I can honestly say, that as I was scrolling through this list, I wanted to cuddle with every, single one of them. A pug made it on the top of the list. Have you ever heard of a Shar Pei? It made number 2 on the list for its wrinkled and adorable face.
Cutest Dog Breeds
Almost all of the dogs are smaller breeds, but Huskies, Dalmatians, Golden Retrievers,  Black and Yellow Labs, and Poodles all made it on this list..
Many of these bigger dogs are not only adorable and beautiful, they are also some of the sweetest and most loyal dogs. Although all dogs are better than cats, bigger dogs are more obedient, playful, and much less yappy. Bigger dogs are better family dogs while littler dogs are more apartment or city pooches. These dogs don't mind being confined into city buildings or not having long walks, some little dogs don't like walking! Big dogs get jumpy and angry when they don't have room to run and play. My Golden Retriever will go run and chase the ball, but then he won't give it back!
 I was inspired to tell people about my favorite animal, when I  read an article about a dog who was found in a cactus, with 100's of pricks. When he was all cleaned up, 50 people tried adopting him. 
There are tons of dogs who need homes! And every dog will become your new best friend!