You must watch the previews

A bill before Congress now might make it illegal to fast forward through the previews on a DVD! If this bill passed, DVD players would not allow you to fast forward just like they don’t allow you to fast forward through the legal statements. Shouldn’t you get to decide whether or not you want to watch them? You already paid for the DVD player and the DVD. Why should you have to play through the commercials? Wired News: Senate May Ram Copyright Bill.

Get your sleep

Once again, researchers are saying that if you don’t get enough sleep, you are more likely to be obese.  In this study, people who got 6 hours of sleep a night were 23% more likely to be obese than those who got the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep a night.  For those that only get 4 hours of sleep a night, the chances of being obese go up 73%! 


Study Links Sleep Deprivation, Obesity

So get your sleep!

Election Results

Some folks from the University of Michigan have been playing around with different election result maps. 

This cartogram shows the results with the states sizes scaled to population:

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This cartogram shows the states sizes scaled to population AND additional colors to show percentages of voters per county.

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Which just goes to show that there aren’t just two sides.  The states aren’t black and white and neither are people!

These maps are from this website, http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/ and are licensed under the Creative Commons License.

Track Federal Legisltion

I found a way cool site to find out what is going on in Congress around any subject you are interested in.  Look up legislation, in a very readable way, by subject or by representative.

GovTrack.us

Companies & Health Care

Personally, I don’t think an American citizen should have to be employed by a company in order to get good health insurance. But at the moment, that’s the way the system works. And I believe we give adequate tax benefits and incentives to large companies so that they are able to provide good health insurance options to their employees. Many large companies in the US do offer good health insurance options to employees.

Walmart not only pays dismally, but it is also rather stingy on the health insurance. From

Vote!

Vote!

I don’t care whether you like the candidates or not. I don’t care whether you are Republican, Democrat or Independent. Just vote!

Vote!