Hate Language Use Down in Schools

Small Business Agency Offers Help Writing Business Plans
The Small Business Administration recently posted a tutorial on business plan writing. This free online course is aimed at assisting small business owners with securing financing as they start or expand their businesses. The tutorial only takes 30minutes and may be accessed at https://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/training/how-write-business-plan?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery. To take the tutorial, all you need is Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player, both available for free as a download. Another example of the Federal Government helping small business. Could this be a Trump, smaller government casuality?

Swiss Researcher Finds New Use For Old Drug
Bioengineer Els Torreele recently found a new use for an old drug, fexinidazole, that drug company scientists had given up on. Torreele found that this forgotten drug appears to combat the lethal illness, African trypanosomiasis also known as sleeping sickness. This disease is endemic to 36 African countries which puts 13 million people at risk. Current treatment relies on an arsenic based drug that kills 1 in 20 patients shortly after doctors inject patients with the drug. To read more about this medical breakthrough, click on http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/els-torreele-sleeping-sickness_us_5833698ce4b099512f845007?section=us_impact. To contribute to this research, click on https://www.crowdrise.com/projectzero/.

Education Statistics Reveal Hate Language Use Down in Schools
Data from the School Crime Supplement prove that hate speech heard by students K – 12 fell during the period 2001 to 2013. The percentage of k- 12 students viewing hate graffiti at school fell from 36% in 2001 to 25% in 2013. In addition, only 7 percent of students reported being called a hate-related word in 2013. This percentage was the lowest during the study period. To read more about this issue, surf over to http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2016/2016166.pdf. Some good news to end the year.

Research Reveals That More Money Does Improve Education
Research conducted by Northwestern University and the University of California at Berkeley examined student scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, NAEP, in 26 states that increased education funding in poor districts since 1990. The researchers compared student scores in these states with student scores in 23 states that did not increase funding to poorer school districts. The research comparison revealed a consistent pattern : states that increased funding to the lowest performing districts had significantly higher student performance than states that did not increase funding to poor performing districts. To read more about this research, click on http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-singer/in-education-money-matter_b_13787022.html. In spite of conservative naysayers, money does buy better education. Now you know. Additional data may be accessed at two additional sites http://educationnext.org/boosting-education-attainment-adult-earnings-school-spending and https://rossieronline.usc.edu/u-s-education-versus-the-world-infographic/. This last URL offers a world-view of education spending.

Public Speaking Apps
Most people dread speaking in public. In fact, people would rather do anything than speak in public. So, if you have to deliver a presentation, there are 5 apps that will help you get through the task more easily. The following smartphone apps will make you a public speaking winner. For iPhone users the following will help you calm down and pace your presentation: Azumio monitors your heart rate so you can employ breathing exercises to reduce tension. To time your speech, use Metronome for iPhone and Android to slow down your presentation. Promster for iPhone and Android helps you write your speech and then serves as a teleprompter at various speeds to pace the presentation. To learn more about these useful smartphone apps, click on https://www.ethos3.com/2014/10/5-apps-that-can-make-you-a-better-presenter/. And so it goes. Happy New Year! -30-

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High Performance Batteries From Junk

Healthcare Jobs You May Get Without a Four Year Degree
The Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS, recently posted a report on the number of healthcare jobs available to non four-year-college graduates. For individuals focused on careers in the helping fields such as medicine, many job titles come without degree requirements. The Bureau projects a 6.5 percent increase in healthcare jobs generally from 2014 to 220214. Some job titles require specialized training, but no degree. Careers as Radiologic Techs, MRI Techs and LPNs. To find out more about careers in the medical industry, visit https://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-5/healthcare-jobs-you-can-get-no-bachelors-degree.htm. The Bureau of Labor Statistics newly updated Occupational Outlook Handbook contains more than 300.000 separate job titles and includes work descriptions, educational requirement and employment possibilities. Just so you know.

Why Older Individuals Continue to Work Past Age 55
The BLS posted a report that answers the question posed above: why people continue to work past age 55. One reason is that people are living longer with better overall health. Duh. Another reason is that employer retirement plans have been redefined with less generous benefits. An additional reason is that people stay in the workforce to earn higher Social Security Benefits. To learn more about this topic, surf over to https://blog.dol.gov/2016/11/18/why-more-people-ages-55-are-working/. All this information comes from your federal government taxes at work.

Students Need Help Detecting Fake News
Mainstream media is awash with stories about fake news sites that may or may not have adversely affected the presidential election. And nowhere do these outlets hold the news reader or listener responsible to discerning fact from fiction. This is unfortunate because, ultimately, adults must be responsible for holding their own opinions. Such is not the case with students who can be instructed in the skills necessary to question what they read and hear. A recent education post from www.middleweb.com, reports that schools now address the fake news problem by showing students how to protect against fake reports. In 1948, The Chicago Daily Tribune the day after the election, famously carried the headline Dewey Defeats Truman. And the wire services carried a laughing President Truman holding the offending headline. To read more about this effort, click on https://www.middleweb.com/33386/students-need-our-help-detecting-fake-news/.

Vanderbilt University Creates High Performance Batteries From Junk
Have you ever been in a situation where just as you need your cell phone, you find it has a dead battery? If so, help may be on the way. Vanderbilt University recently released a research report that showed scientists constructing a high-performance battery from junkyard trash and common kitchen chemicals. University mechanical engineering professors recently constructed a steel and brass battery that can store energy at levels comparable to lead-acid batteries. In addition to reducing landfill volume, this breakthrough may lead to batteries holding longer, larger charges that happen at present. To learn more about this project, move over to https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2016/11/02/making-high-performance-batteries-from-junkyard-scraps/.

More Research Into Human Migrations
Experts generally believe that human ancestors evolved in Africa, and from there, moved all over the woxczxcrld over the past 1000000 years or so. But migrations did not end a million years ago. Large migrations have occurred in the 20th Century as well: Jews to Palestine, African Americans after WW ll, Romani people since 1400. For students studying world history, reading about these recent migrations will heighten awareness of current issues. To learn more about migrations, click on http://nationalgeographic.org/activity/exploring-modern-human-migrations/.

HPV Vaccine More Effective Than Previously Thought
Public health officials report that the vaccine to prevent Human Papillomavirus that causes most cases of cervical cancer. The vaccine reduces cervical neoplasia, an abnormal growth of cells, by 50 percent. This reduction occurs when patients receive only one or two doses instead of the recommended three doses. Currently both boys and girls are treated before their 13th birthday. To learn more about this progress, click on https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_161227.html.
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MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Christmas Scammers May Ruin Your Holiday

Life Returned To Earth Right After The Asteroid Eliminated The Dinosaurs
The Washington Post recently published a finding of the American Geophysical Union that confirms that life returned to the earth very quickly after the asteroid disaster 66 million years ago. Scientists drilled into the crater created by the asteroid and from the drilling determined that life returned almost immediately to the impact area. To learn more about this story, click on https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/12/13/right-after-an-asteroid-killed-the-dinosaurs-life-returned-to-the-scene-of-the-crime/?utm_term=.8aef6fb83061&wpisrc=nl_science&wpmm=1. Additional information on the excavation in the western Gulf of Mexico near the Yucatan Peninsula may be had at http://www.ecord.org/expedition364/. To understand the importance of the Chicxulub – K-Pg Impact Crater, click on the media release of 11 October 2016 for details.

New Names for Additions To The Periodic Table
A post earlier this year indicated that scientists added 4 new elements to the Periodic Table. The new elements include: Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine and Oganesson.. The new elements have the following symbols: Nh for element 113; Me for element 115; Ts for element 117; and Og for element 118. To find out more about the new elements, surf over to http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/01/science/periodic-table-new-elements.html. As a student whose most noteworthy Chemistry exploit involved accidentally starting a lab fire, the new additions just bring to mind an unhappy school experience.

New Site URLs to Identify Fake News Sites
One way to find out if a news story is really fake news is to click on www.snopes.com. This site debunks and/or fact checks internet stories on a daily basis. Other sites to check include The Washington Post and the Miami Herald and the Tampa Bay Times. All three newspapers scrutinize internet news stories for accuracy.
Some sites to avoid for fake news include: www.nationalreport.com; www.worldnewsdailyreport.com; www.huzlers.com; and www.empirenews.com. Any news item featured on these sites should be considered suspect or completely fake. Read at your own risk.

Satellites Confirm the Sinking of San Francisco’s Millennium Tower
The European Space Agency, ESA, recently released pictures taken by the Sentinel-1 satellite indicate that the building completed in 2009 is sinking a few centimeters a year. The sinking causes the building to tilt as well. This satellite helps municipalities measure soil subsidence and plan for remedial action. To read more about this satellite service, click on http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/Copernicus/Sentinel-1/Satellites_confirm_sinking_of_San_Francisco_tower. Ain’t science wonderful?

Learn About the First Amendment
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education established a library website that educates the public about the first amendment and its importance in the United States Constitution. This library is the only one in existence devoted to a single amendment in our constitution. The founding purpose of the museum is to provide lawyers, professors and lawmakers and others with core information about the amendment and its 5 freedoms: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. To find out about the freedoms this amendment protects and specific instances where the courts have ruled, visit https://www.thefire.org/about-us/about-the-first-amendment-library/. Many individuals do not understand how these protections operate as hate speech and repressive ideas exist unchallenged by authorities.

Christmas Scammers May Ruin Your Holiday
The Federal Trade Commission, FTC, recently posted a reminder that illegal scammers do not take holiday vacations. To protect your Christmas pocketbook, follow the following tips: be careful about how you pay for your Internet ordered items; make sure your holiday gifts go to real charities. To get more information and the comments of scam victims, visit https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/dont-let-scammers-take-away-your-holiday-cheer.
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Super Bugs Cause Concern For Hog Farm Workers

Cnet Offers 10 Useful Cell Phone Apps
Cnet.com recently published a story on 10 apps users will find helpful. Holiday cooks will find a multi timer stopwatch essential for turning out holiday meals where all the dishes wind up cooked at the same time. Cooks with iPhones will find this app helpful. Android users will find choosing the right wine very easy when the Hello Vino app comes up. Cell phone users who want to feast on football should acquire the ESPN app, available for iPhone and Android. To read about all 10 apps, click on https://www.cnet.com/how-to/10-apps-to-be-thankful-for-on-thanksgiving/. These apps work just as well on Christmas and Chanukah as they do on Thanksgiving.

How to Really, Really Get Into the Holiday Spirit
For the affluent wishing to prolong the holiday high, consider spending $700 on a glass menorah bong. That’s right. A menorah bong. The bong works with 8 individual orifices to produce highs on 8 successive days. Or for the more adventurous, light up all 8 burners for an outstanding experience. To read more about this, visit http://forward.com/the-assimilator/324659/make-your-high-last-for-8-days-with-this-bong-menorah. Enjoy, Dudes.

Super Bugs Cause Concern For Hog Farm Workers
The US National Library of Medicine recently released a story about a hog farm bacteria that is immune to most antibiotics. It seems that production workers at some swine production facilities have developed skin infections that prove resistant to commonly used antibiotics. A study of hog farm workers and their families found that nearly one half the workers, 44%, harbored the bacteria as well as more than a third, 39%, of their families also carried the bacteria. To learn more about this medical problem, surf over to https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_162115.html. Something to think about as you prepare your holiday ham.

One Immigrant Myth Debunked
Research by Assistant Professor Stephanie Potochnick at the University of Missouri found that a relatively low number of Mexican immigrants “Mexican Mixed Citizen” households participated in food stamp programs. On average, 17% of households headed by a Mexican non-citizen but with US citizens in the household used SNAP funds. This compares to SNAP program participation of 32% for low-income native US households. To find out more about this issue, click on http://journalistsresource.org/studies/society/public-health/food-stamps-snap-welfare-mexican-immigrants. So now you know. This research was sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. In spite of election rhetoric, immigrants contribute to the country through taxes paid and do not take jobs from legal citizens.

Rodin’s Thinker Not the Original
An archeological dig in Israel recently discovered a 4000-year-old jug that displays a remarkable stopper with a seated figure that resembles Auguste Rodin’s sculpture, The Thinker. To view an image of the ancient jug, click on http://forward.com/culture/355267/move-over-rodin-4-000-year-old-thinker-discovered-in-israel/. According to authorities, it appears that the jug and the figure were created separately. This just proves that something old is new again. Or vise versa.

Construction Tool Causes Many Injuries
The ubiquitous pneumatic nail gun, a staple of the construction industry, proves to be a dangerous tool if users are not careful. Researchers found that unintended nail discharge causes the most injuries. One study argues that 2/3s of workers’ comp nail gun injuries occur when workers do not receive adequate training on nail gun use. To find out more about this issue, surf over to https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2016/11/15/nail-gun2/.

Are You Sure You’re Getting the Lowest Amazon Price? Maybe Not
ProPublica.org recently published a report that asserts Amazon Algorithms do not always produce the lowest prices. The report highlights a purchase of lotite glue where the two lowest retailers were omitted by the algorithms in favor of an Amazon sale product at twice the cost of two other retailers. Since this time of year finds the greatest retail sales, be careful about placing too much trust on Amazon. You may find better deals elsewhere. To learn more about Amazon pricing, click on https://www.propublica.org/article/amazon-says-it-puts-customers-first-but-its-pricing-algorithm-doesnt. And so it goes. -30-

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Hell Freezes Over

Cyber Threats As Severe As Terrorism Threats?
According to government security advisor, Ron Ross, cyber threats are as dangerous as terrorist threats. Untrustworthy and insecure technology concerns Ross the most since many legacy computer systems control US utilities, dams, traffic cameras and refrigerators et al. The increase of criminal hackers prompted the NIST, The National Institute of Standards and Technology, to develop a “holistic” approach to Internet protection. To read more about this issue, click on http://www.nextgov.com/security/2016/11/cyber-threats-severe-terrorism-threats-nist-official-says/133189/.

Good News. Teen Pregnancies Declined 2007 to 2015
The Center for Disease Control, CDC, recently reported a drop in teen pregnancies from 2007 to 2015. The largest decrease occurred in large urban counties and the smallest drop occurred in rural counties. In both cases, however, the decline is significant. To lean more about teen pregnancies, visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db264.htm#fig1. In two states, Colorado and Connecticut, the rural teen pregnancy rate decrease totaled 50%. Another report from your government taxes at work. Will President Trump eliminate this agency as unnecessary?

Microsoft Scores Big Boost From ‘Creatives’ That Love the Surface
According to zdnet.com, Microsoft’s Surface Studio scored big when engineers and creative types assessed the hardware and its approach to PCs. It is no secret that Apple technology dominates this market at the moment. Microsoft hopes to poach users from Apple customers. To read more about this, click on http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-surface-studios-big-question-can-it-poach-creatives-from-apple, Of course, adopters will have to invest in software as well as the hardware, and this may serve to dampen the enthusiasm for this technology.

University of California, Irvine May Have Found the Fifth Force of Nature
UCI physicists confirm the possible discovery of a fifth force of nature. Basing their research on work done by Hungarian physicists, the Irvine group announced the possible discovery of a previously unknown subatomic particle. Should this discovery prove true, the entire understanding of the universe may be turned upside down. To learn more about this discovery,
click on https://news.uci.edu/research/uci-physicists-confirm-possible-discovery-of-fifth-force-of-nature/. This may be another example of what we learn presents more questions than answers.

Another Example of Hell Freezing Over
The website ExtremeTech reports that after years of opposition, Microsoft has joined the Linux Foundation. The writer says that market considerations prompted the move since Linux has made inroads into the corporate market. For whatever reason, this reapproachment signals Micarosoft’s willingness to play nice with Linux. To read more, visit https://www.extremetech.com/computing/239616-hell-freezes-microsoft-joins-linux-foundation. This is a case of following the market (money) or anything to make a buck.

Education Funding Not Up to 2008 Levels in Many States
The recession of 2008-2009 produced massive deficits in state budgets across the nation. To address this problem, many states resorted to drastic budget cuts, cuts that included state support for education. Even though the US economy has rebounded, state support for education has lagged in a majority of states. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities recently released data that indicate 37 states where current funding, corrected for inflation, remains below the 2008 spending amounts. If interested, click on http://www.cbpp.org/research/state-budget-and-tax/most-states-have-cut-school-funding-and-some-continue-cutting. Cuts in education funding is highest in Arizona at 23.3 % and falls to level funding in Iowa at 0.04 % increase. Thirteen states have increased education funding. North Dakota leads with a 90 % increase in education funding. Illinois ranks second with a 10..4 % increase. Where is New York, you ask? In spite of Governor Cuomo’s assertion of increased spending, New York still faces a 3 % deficit education spending from the 2008 baseline . And so it goes.

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Infected Cell Phones

Infected Cell Phones
Kim Komando recently reported that some Chinese produced cell phones contain malware that automatically transmits personal data to China every 72 hours. Chinese manufacturers intended that this code monitor cell phone use in China, but some phones containing this software were exported to the US. Some of the following phones may be contaminated by this software: Studio Touch, Neo XL and Energy Diamond. To learn more about this threat, click onhttp://www.komando.com/happening-now/380008/top-story-is-your-phone-one-of-700-million-phones-sending-users-data-to-china. Komando reports that approximately 120,000 cell phones may be affected.

A 6000 Year Old Amulet Exhibits Technology Still in Use Today
The Washington Post recently reported that a 6000 year old metal object found in Pakistan in the ruins of a neolithic village contains elements of modern technology. This find rolls back the timetable that early peoples’ possessed modern metalworking technology. To read more about this find, surf over to https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/11/15/this-6000-year-old-amulet-is-the-oldest-example-of-a-technology-. The more we learn, the less we seem to know.

Prescription Drugs Found in Some Supplements
Consumer Reports issued a warning about the presence of prescription drugs that sample testing found in some supplements. These supplements included products sold for weight loss and body building which contained banned pharmaceuticals as well as prescription medications. To find out more about this health threat visit, http://www.consumerreports.org/body-fat-scales/prescription-drugs-in-some-supplements/. Just because a product claims to be “natural” does not mean it is safe. Be careful.

Another Health Threat
The Center for Disease Control, CDC, recently opened a new website to alert consumers to the threat of antibiotic tolerant diseases caused by indiscriminate antibiotic use. Clicking on the website below brings up a homepage that lists links to topics such as: Antibiotic Use and Resistance, For Patients, For Healthcare Professionals, Improving Prescribing and Materials and References. To access this page, visit http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/community/index.html. Remember, you are responsible for your own well-being.

How to Recycle Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs
A recent post by the Sierra Club answered a reader’s question about recycling compact fluorescent lightbulbs. The Sierra Club suggests that people find a licensed recycler to dispose of these bulbs rather than putting them in landfills. To learn more, visit http://sierraclub.org/sierra/green-life/what-s-best-way-recycle-compact-fluorescent-lightbulbs?suppress=true&utm_source=greenlife&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter. And now you know.

New Web Tool to Aid School Districts Wishing to Achieve Savings on Telecom Expenses
As a retired school business official, I can attest to the high prices school districts pay to connect to the web. Education Week recently posted an article concerning a free app that allows school district leaders to compare their broadband costs with costs paid by neighboring school districts. The free website Compare & Connect K-12 compares broadband costs of 13,500 school districts served by 6.600 service providers. School budget development time approaches. Every savings is important to contain costs. To find out more about this, click on https://marketbrief.edweek.org/marketplace-k-12/k-12-districts-get-price-transparency-broadband-rates-new-tool/. As bandwidth requirements increase, so do school district costs. This app will allow school districts to negotiate more bandwidth for possibly slightly higher costs.

Zinio App Allows Readers to Download Magazines From Local Libraries
Cnet.com recently posted an article about using the Zinio app at the local library to download magazines for free. Although not every library uses Zinio, a quick call will tell whether your library offers this service. To find out more about free reading, click on https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zinio.mobile.android.libraries. This app works on Android products as well as Apple products. The preferred hardware device is a tablet. Just so you know.

Fake News. Did Fake News Affect the Election?
The Los Angeles Times recently identified fake news websites that may have affected the vote in the 2016 presidential election. The story identifies websites compiled by Merrimack College Professor Melissa Zimdars which provided “false, misleading, clickbait-y and satirical ‘news sources.’” Purely political sites include Breitbart News and Liberal America. Satiric sites include The Onion and the Borowitz Report. To access the entire list, visit http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-trailguide-updates-want-to-keep-fake-news-out-of-your-1479260297-htmlstory.html. Gullibility protection cannot be provided. Readers must be responsible for their own analysis of Internet news reports. And so it goes. -30-

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How to Organize a Small Kitchen

Learn About Clean Air and Where to Find It
With last Tuesday’s election results, the future of the EPA may be in jeopardy. But unless Trump and friends abolish the agency completely, a visit to a new website may prove enlightening., EPA recently released its annual Air Trends Report 2016. The report tracks air quality and data through 2015. The good news is that aggregate air emissions are down 70% even though gross domestic products are up 250 percent. This information comes from the EPAs new interactive web application which can be accessed at https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2016/08/ej-airtrends/. The site also provides to links to 9 other blogs related to air quality. Happy reading.

Cannabis Has Been Around for Millennia
Recent archeology in northwest China reveals that cannabis has been appreciated for nearly 3000 years. Chinese archeologist, Hongen Jiang, recently published an article in Economic Botany that reports finding cannabis in a tomb located in northwestern China which was used as a shroud for a man estimated to be 35 years old at the time of his death. Researchers say that this find along with other recent discoveries proves that ancient people used pot for a variety of reasons. To learn more about pot in the ages, click on http://www.techtimes.com/articles/181310/20161007/cannabis-plants-found-in-ancient-tomb-in-china.htm. To toke or to quaff. That is the question.

New Tools for Science Teachers
Life science teachers may access primary sources from the Library of Congress as part of a lesson on Dimensions of Water Quality. Students examining primary source documents will find that water quality has been a popular topic for many centuries. As a part of this study, students will grapple with local, global, social, political and scientific dimensions of water study. For teachers interested in pursuing this topic, study guides as well as primary source material may be accessed at http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2016/03/primary-sources-in-science-classrooms-dimensions-of-water-quality/. Using the Library of Congress provides teachers with a free resource to use to motivate their students.

How to Organize a Small Kitchen
Many of us do not have the commodious kitchens featured in magazines. We have to make do with small spaces and inconvenient appliance arrangements and limited counter space. For ideas to help cope with the reality of a small kitchen, visit http://www.foodandwine.com/fwx/slideshow/8-smart-ways-organize-small-kitchen#slide-1. The slide show presents a number of novel ways to make a small space seem bigger and more efficient.

The After Effects of FBI Election Meddling Only Part of the Problem
The website ProPublica recently released a report written by The Innocence Project that alleges that prosecutors across the county rarely face punishment when they knowingly withhold evidence or commit other forms of misconduct that land innocent people in jail. Researchers examined court records in Arizona, California, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania and interviews a wide range of defense lawyers, prosecutors and legal experts. The report finds that in 660 findings of prosecutorial misconduct, judges upheld convictions in 527 cases. This poses the question: which is worse, a dishonest judge or a dishonest prosecutor? To read more about this sorry tale of judicial injustice, click on https://www.propublica.org/article/report-says-prosecutors-rarely-pay-price-for-mistakes-and-misconduct. With the election results, one has to wonder if anything will change in judicial practice.

NASA Pictures of Melting Arctic Ice
Even though President-elect Donald Trump believes that global warming is a hoax, scientific evidence of global warming continues to prove otherwise. To view some striking photos of Greenland glaciers, visit http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/getting-to-know-the-getz-ice-shelf. We may face a long 4 years. And so it goes

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Which Political Party Grew the Most Jobs?

Are These People the Original Arabs?
In an isolated mountain area on the Arab peninsula live a reclusive people called the Shihuh, the “hill” people. These people have no language or cultural connection with the Arab peoples who now populate the Arab peninsula. Some researchers speculate that this tribe are direct descendants of the original inhabitants of the area who arrived 150,000 years ago. As is the case of other isolated groups, the Shihuh exhibit hostility toward visitors. To read more about this reclusive ethnic group of people, surf over to http://www.ancient-origins.net/history-ancient-traditions/are-reclusive-shihuh-people-musandam-original-arabians-004399.

Which Political Party Grew the Most Jobs?
According to the website, www.politicsthatwork.com. Democratic administrations have grown more than twice as many private sector jobs than Republican administrations. During the period 1939 to 2011 Democratic administrations created 58 million private sector jobs to the Republican administrations’ creation of 26 million private sector jobs. To learn which Democrats created the most jobs and which Republicans created the least number of jobs, click on http://politicsthatwork.com/democrats-create-more-jobs.php.

Business Managers Take Note: The Workers’ Compensation Rates To Change Jan. 1st.
The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board released the 2017 Workers’ Comp rates. To find out how much the contribution rate will be for the people you employ, click on http://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/SubjectNos/sn046_896.jsp. Now you know. For more complete information concerning Workers’ Comp requirements click on http://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/Employers/Employers.jsp. The latter site offers a complete explanation of workers’ comp benefits and employer responsibilities.

Writing Competition Open to All Residents of US and Canada 25 and Younger
The Sejong Cultural Society recently announced its 2017 Sejong Writing Competition. The writing contest is open to all residents of the US and Canada 25 years old and younger. The contest comprises 4 categories. The essay writing category includes the adult division, 25 years old and younger; senior division, grade 12 and younger; and junior division, grade 8 and younger. The contest is open to students in public and private schools as well as individuals not presently enrolled in school. In addition to the essay divisions, the contest includes a poetry division open to all ages. The society will award cash prizes for the top 3 winners in each category. Prizes range from $1000 for first place winners in the adult category to $300 for third place winners in each category.
Teachers and prospective competitors may access contest rules and guidelines at www.sejongculturalsociety.org/writing. Or, interested individuals may email Sejong Cultural Society at writing@sejongculturalsociety.org.
The Korea Institute, Harvard University and The Literature Translation Institute of Korea co-sponsor the contest. The contest aim is to introduce young adults to Korean culture through literature and poetry. All contest submissions must be made via an online submission system. All submissions must be made by 11:59 pm February 28, 2017. Good luck to those who enter.

The Library of Congress Launches a New Home Page
The new home page features a top carousel that contains topical content visitors may want to learn about. The carousel includes newly updated or digitized material that are free to use by visitors. A “trending” section features a set of topics users most frequently visit.
A “your library” section focuses on the Library’s research centers and directions on how to use them. All visitors may freely use all materials found on the site. To access the new home page, click on https://www.loc.gov/. Additional information about library services appear at http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2016/11/a-new-homepage-for-loc-gov/?loclr=eanotw-new. Another example of your taxes at work.

An Unexpected Public Health Risk
The National Institute of Health recently released statistics that project a troubling trend. It seems that nearly 25% of all public health employees plan to retire by 2020. An additional 18% announced their intention to leave their current organization within one year. Factors such as current pay schedules and job satisfaction contribute to this trend. Such an exodus of health workers will adversely affect the mission of public health agencies. To learn more about this issue, surf over to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26422498. And so it goes.

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Take a Virtual Walk in the Woods
The Sierra Club has created live web cams that allow visitors to view Orcas in the ocean, honey bees in the hive, deer in the woods and other wildlife in their natural habitat. All these views can be seen live in real time on the Internet. To view these animals in their environments, click on http://sierraclub.org/sierra/2016-5-september-october/green-life/fall-s-5-best-wildlife-webcams, You too can experience Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom on the Internet without leaving your couch.

Is Cursive Writing Becoming a Lost Skill?
Education Week recently posted a story about why cursive writing is not part of the Common Core, a concept initially adopted b y 46 states. Keyboarding has replaced cursive writing in many elementary schools. If students do not learn to write cursively, how will students be able to read historical documents written in cursive script? Technology supporters argue that technology trumps cursive writing instruction. To read more about this issue, click on http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2016/10/why_dont_the_common-core_standards_include_cursive_writing.html?cmp=eml-eb-popweek+10142016. The new education mantra may become “Reading and Writing and Computer Clicks.”

Computer Scams Abound
The website www.consumer-action.org recently posted a consumer alert on its Scam Gram monthly newsletter. People who want to keep informed about current Internet scams, should surf over to http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50872/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1358594.
Accurate information is essential to safely traverse the minefield of modern life.

Slang Accurately Depicts Life
Www.yesemails.com recently published a factoid about language. To wit, a slang word in Norway that means ‘crazy’ is the word ‘Texas.’ Sign up for daily entertaining emails at yesemails. You will have a chuckle every day in your inbox. A second picture in this post illustrates two houses that share a backyard fence. However, to drive from one house to the other takes takes 20 minutes and 7 miles. Enjoy.

You Know It’s the Christmas Season When the First Black Friday Ads Appear
Two weeks ago, www.blackfriday.com published the Harbor Freight Christmas ads to begin the Christmas holiday buying season. The ad says you will be able to purchase a power miter saw for $129.99, and a heavy duty floor jack for only $67.88. To peruse the complete ad, click on https://www.theblackfriday.com/harborfreight-blackfriday.shtml. Of course, we have yet to get through Halloween before we get to Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving more than a month from now. You may also access the ‘Sears Holiday Event’ and the ‘Toy Catalogue’. Good Luck.

A Fourteenth Century Dinner Party Included Roasted Swan
In 1387 English King Richard ll commissioned the publication of the first English Language cookbook. Sometime in September 1387, King Richard hosted a feast that included quite a long list of dishes. The feast included 14 salted oxen, 140 pigs, 240 geese and 12 dozen pullets to name just a few. The dishes also included a surprising list of spices and condiments that included: nutmeg, cardamom, pepper and caraway seeds. These spices indicate that the English food palate depended on extensive foreign trade. To read more about this dinner, visit http://www.ancient-origins.net/artifacts-ancient-writings/roasted-swan-dinner-oldest-english-cookbook-reveals-200-meals-fit-king-021017. Reading this article will not produce heartburn. Promise. You may read the original cookbook by visiting http://www.bl.uk/learning/langlit/texts/cook/medieval/pygghome/pygg.html.

Want To Find a Job With DEC?
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently posted a list of job vacancies in many areas of the state. Positions range from Office Assistant (keyboarding) in Allegany, region 9 to Environment Engineer in Long Island City. To find more position particulars, click on http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/27863.html. And so it goes. -30-

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Engineering Jobs To Rise Through 2024

Five States Account for 50 Percent of R & D Expenditures
The National Science Foundation recently released 2013 data of private industry expenditures on research and development using corporate funds. Five states accounted for half of the total U.S. R & D spending: California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas and Washington. The total 2013 R & D expenditures of companies in each state were then compared to the gross domestic product of each state. The data indicate that companies in New York State failed to reach the top five in research and development spending or even come close to it. With all the state economic initiatives to spur development, why didn’t New York companies score higher? To read more about corporate research, click on https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2016/nsf16317/. New York companies spent less than companies in Indiana, Iowa and Kansas. Too bad, Governor Cuomo.

Pull-ups, Squats and Walking
According to the Center for Disease Control, regular physical activity insures a healthy aging. Physical activity may prevent chronic disease and reduce the chances of premature death. To access more about healthy activity, surf over to https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/inactivity-among-adults-50plus/adults-need-more-physical-activity-factsheet.pdf. Reading the fact sheet reveals that over $860 billion is spent by non institutionalized adults on health care. And four of five of the most costly medical conditions may be managed or prevented by exercise. Seniors 50 and over are healthiest in Utah and Colorado. To find out where New Yorkers place, visit the site.

New SNAP Pilot Provides Grocery Delivery for Homebound Disabled and Elderly
The USDA’s new pilot program seeks to make getting groceries easier for handicapped and elderly people who lack the ability and the means to shop at supermarkets, even if the stores are nearby..The one-year pilot is taking place in Denver, Los Vegas, Nevada and Alexandria, Virginia to name three sites. To find out more about this novel program, click on http://blogs.usda.gov/2016/09/30/new-snap-pilot-provides-grocery-delivery-for-homebound-disabled-elderly/. Another example of big government helping little folks.

What 3000 Square Feet Costs in All 50 States
Www.purewow.com recently posted a list of 50 three thousand square foot houses and their costs, one house per state. The prices ranged from $159,500 in Indiana to more than $5,950,000 in New York. To view the other 48 houses and their prices, surf over to http://www.purewow.com/home/3000-square-feet-in-every-state. Of course, buying the $160 K crib in Indiana comes with its own baggage: living in Indiana. That might prove more costly to one’s mental health than a more expensive abode in another state.

Another Reason Black Activists Feel Betrayed By the Government
The Economic Policy Institute recently posted data that show that African American workers make less money than whites in every education level. The study titled “Wages by Education” 2016 reveals that Black workers with less than a high school education earned 17% less than white workers having similar educations: $11.25 per hour for blacks compared to $13.57 per hour for whites. Blacks with a college degree earned 19% less than whites: $25.77 per hour compared to $31.83 per hour for whites To read more about racial wage discrimination, click on http://www.epi.org/publication/african-americans-are-paid-less-than-whites-at-every-education-level/. No wonder folks shout “Black Lives Matter!”

Bureau of Labor Statistics Projects a 4% Per Year Increase For Engineers 2014 to 2024
The BLS projects an overall 4% increase for engineers from 2014 to 2024. The chart indicates that some engineering specialities will increase at much faster rates during the same period. For example, the expected growth rate for biomedical engineers exceeds 20% over the same period. In contrast, electronics engineers except computer engineers growth rate is projected to decline 1..4%.Nuclear engineering positions contracted 4% , over the same decade. The BLS projected average wages for engineering professions during the same period. Chemical engineers topped the list at an average salary of $129,900 and a nearly 10% increase in jobs.. To view the entire graphic, visit http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/employment-outlook-for-engineering-occupations-to-2024.htm. Engineering professions fare like everything else on supply and demand for jobs and salaries. And so it goes.

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