July 21, 2014
People who regularly use social media sites like Facebook are more likely to divorce, new research suggests. A study produced by researchers from Boston University claims to have found “a correlation between using social network sites (like Facebook), spousal troubles, and the divorce rate.” Researchers surveyed 43 US states between 2008 and 2010, comparing the number of Facebook accounts in a state and dividing it by the total population to find ‘Facebook penetration’. The divorce rate for each state was then compared to Facebook penetration to see if any patterns emerged. The results showed a 2.18 per cent rise in the divorce rate of states which had a 20 per cent increase in the number of Facebook accounts. Google data provides support.
July 21, 2014
When most people hear the word “drone,” they probably think of killing machines that patrol war zones.Now a new kind of commercial drone phenomenon has taken off in the United States. People now use small quadcopter drones to even shoot photos and videos for their weddings.What seems like a stranger-than-fiction phenomenon is actually a new craze across the country. A congressman last month used a drone to record his own wedding and now is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the government agency that regulates the nation’s airspace, because the agency still has an explicit ban on drone flights for commercial purposes. An Iowa wedding photography company, Picture Perfect Portrait and Design, last week added aerial drone photography to its services to brides and grooms. It charges $400 for a 30-minute drone shoot. Shooting wedding photos and video using a drone has to date been very expensive, but new companies are jumping in to try to broaden the market. Aerial wedding photographs taken to the next level.
July 20, 2014
The First Lady wants to change the way you buy groceries. The goal is to steer consumers toward fruits and vegetables – and away from sugar- and fat-laden items. The plan is in line with “Michelle Obama’s stated second term agenda to ‘impact the nature of food in grocery stores. The feds now want to provide food-stamp shoppers with “incentives” for making healthy food choices – such as discounts or free movie tickets – and even talking shopping carts that will notify them when they’ve selected enough healthy items.The high-tech carts – which would cost every grocery store about $30,000 to provide – would be physically divided and color coded to help consumers select approved food items. It would also “have a system installed so that when the shopping cart reaches its healthy ‘threshold’ it would congratulate the customer.The feds want grocery store employees to serve as government “ambassadors” who can “redirect” food stampers toward healthy items by explaining the various incentive programs and nutritional information.
Michelle Obama wants to steer food stamp shoppers toward healthy eating with high tech shopping carts meeting healthy thresholds with the usual outcome.
July 20, 2014
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) said that the Obama administration asked whether his state had facilities to house up to 1,000 illegal immigrant children at military bases or unused shopping malls. Mayors from surrounding communities, though, raised concerns about the strain on their budgets, while officials at the military bases complained that they had not even been informed that their facilities, which do not have room to house extra people on the weekends, were being considered. Mall security strained.
July 18, 2014
A Southern California couple who scaled back watering their lawn amid the state’s drought received a warning from the suburb where they live that they might be fined for creating an eyesore – despite emergency statewide orders to conserve. Michael Korte and Laura Whitney, who live near Los Angeles in Glendora, said on Thursday they received a letter from the city warning they had 60 days to green up their partially brown lawn or pay a fine ranging from $100 to $500. The letter, bearing the official symbols of Glendora and its police department, came the same week that statewide water regulators passed emergency drought restrictions for outdoor water use. Those regulations, to take effect this August, require cities to demand cutbacks in water use, and empower them to fine residents up to $500 for overwatering their lawns.”I don’t think it’s right for us to start pouring water into our lawn in the middle of July during a drought,” said Whitney. “We’re kind of in a quandary about what to do.
July 18, 2014
On Thursday, a week after former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates argued for amnesty and for an unlimited number of high-tech guest-worker visas, Microsoft announced it would slash 18,000 jobs. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella promised his employees that “we will go through this process in the most thoughtful and transparent way possible.” Analysts told USA Today that the number being let go was “larger than expected.”The “vast majority” of employees will reportedly be notified “within the next six months” and “earn severance and job transition help in many locations.” Microsoft employs 125,000 people.However, numerous nonpartisan scholars and studies have determined that there is a surplus – not a shortage – of American high-tech workers. Microsoft lays off 18,000 workers any ideas?
July 18, 2014
On Tuesday, the California State Water Resources Control Board voted to approve fines of up to $500 a day for overuse of water, in an effort to penalize those who do not conserve amidst the state’s crippling drought. Now, Santa Cruz residents with hefty water fines can attend the Santa Cruz Water School, a free, one-time class that, if completed successfully, eliminates all water penalties outright. “We don’t want to penalize people,” Santa Cruz Water District spokeswoman Eileen Cross told KSBW. “We want to educate people, because water is so precious and we all need to do everything we can to conserve, and so it’s an opportunity for us to educate the public.”According to the San Francisco Chronicle, areas of focus include instruction on finding water meters, the severity of California’s drought, and “Basics of Municipal Utilities Services.” State of California approves a water school detention.
July 16, 2014
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has convened with nonprofit groups to shelter undocumented immigrant children in L.A. while they await court hearings on whether they can remain in the United States. KCAL9′s Bobby Kaple reports Garcetti said at a forum Tuesday the Department of Health and Human Services reached out to him about the possibility as federal authorities grapple with where to place undocumented children, fueling an ongoing debate about the nation’s immigration policies, which have led to rallies in Murrieta and across the Southland this month. Homeless activist Ted Hayes, who has lived in L.A. for three decades, opposes the idea, insisting there are American kids on city streets who need help first.“It’s kind of a slap in the face to U.S. citizens,” Hayes said. “It’s embarrassing. It’s hurtful. Because it’s like a father saying that he loves children outside of the family more than he loves his own.” LA homeless activist thinks US like dysfunctional father.
July 15, 2014
The Los Angeles city attorney is seeking an injunction to stop what’s being dubbed as the city’s first-ever cannabis-centric farmers market, which opened for business over the Fourth of July weekend. The medical marijuana market opened July 4-6 inside a Boyle Heights warehouse and continued to operate this past weekend, following its successful start. But City Atty. Mike Feuer says his office will request a temporary restraining order to stop operations. “We’re fighting to stop this end-run around the will of the voters who enacted Proposition D,” Feuer said in a statement. “We allege these events also violate city land-use law and are causing a public nuisance. We will do everything we can to put a halt to them. LA attorney fighting the good fight against public nuisance.
July 15, 2014
California has now passed legislation that eliminates the words “husband” and “wife” from state laws. As reported in The Huffington Post, “California’s same-sex couples may now be pronounced spouse and spouse after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill [last] Monday eliminating outdated ‘husband and wife’ references from state laws.” The Post also explained that, “Senate Bill 1306 was introduced by state Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) to eliminate confusion and correct discriminatory phrasing in the California Constitution that contradicts state law.” Jerry Brown bans the discriminatory terms husband and wife from state law. CBS is now really archaic and discriminatory .