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Yes, Mr. Bush, Climate Change is Caused by Human Activities

Posted By Levi

June 1st, 2015 7:41pm

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Former Governor of Florida and possible Republican presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, is disputing the scientific consensus on climate change. He says the science behind climate change is “convoluted.” “I don’t think the science is clear of what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It’s convoluted.” He went on “For the people to say the science is decided on this is really arrogant, to be honest with you.” But Mr. Bush’s view is wrong. The science is clear; climate change is caused by human activities. Of the climate scientists who actively publish research, 97 percent agree that humans cause climate change. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — which draws on the knowledge of almost 800 climate experts across the globe — says it is at least 95 percent likely that human activities are the main cause of atmospheric and ocean warming since the 1950s. In the scientific world, a 97 percent rate of agreement doe Read More

Muslims Love Jesus, Too; Many Muslims Celebrate Christmas.

Posted By Levi

December 25th, 2014 11:58am

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Dean Obeidallah, in his regular column for the Daily Beast yesterday, writes that more and more Muslims are joining Christians in celebrating Christmas. As many of you may be aware, Jesus is an important figure for Muslims as well. Here is the Koran: ‘The angels said, ‘O Mary, indeed God gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name shall be the Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary, who will be a man of honor in this life and the life to come, and who will be one of the ones nearest to God.” Muslims considered Jesus to be a great prophet. In Arabic, Jesus is known as Isa. Muslims considered the birth of Jesus to be an important event worthy of celebration. Jesus’ mother, Mary, is highly revered by Muslims; she is called ‘Miriam” in the Koran. Like Christians, Muslims believe that Jesus will return to earth on Judgment Day Of course, as Obeidallah points out  (he is Muslim and his wife a Christian) there are important theological differences  between Muslims and Christia Read More

Frustrated When Your Child Ignores Your Call? You Need This App: “Ignore No More.”

Posted By Levi

August 21st, 2014 2:15pm

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As parents, we all know what it’s like when you call your children on the phone and when they see it is from mom or dad, they simply ignored the call. Now you can do something about it. Children will not love this but a mom has developed an app that simply shuts down the child’s phone – no calls, no text, no internet – until you call home. To inlock the phone, the child will need a password which can only be supplied by the parent. The app is appropriately named Ignore No More. For now the app is only available for Android phones. By the way, there is also an app that tells you if your teenager is driving too fast. Twitter: @Levianthony123 FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

Bottled Water Comes From the Most Drought-Ridden Places in the Country

Posted By Levi

August 11th, 2014 3:43pm

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Bottled-water drinkers, we have a problem: There’s a good chance that your water comes from California, a state experiencing the third-driest year on record. The details of where and how bottling companies get their water are often quite murky, but generally speaking, bottled water falls into two categories. The first is “spring water,” or groundwater that’s collected, according to the EPA, “at the point where water flows naturally to the earth’s surface or from a borehole that taps into the underground source.” About 55 percent of bottled water in the United States is spring water, including Crystal Geyser and Arrowhead. The other 45 percent comes from the municipal water supply, meaning that companies, including Aquafina and Dasani, simply treat tap water—the same stuff that comes out of your faucet at home—and bottle it up. (Weird, right?) But regardless of whether companies bottle from springs or the tap, lots of them are using wat Read More

How Work Email Has Taken Over Our Personal Lives

Posted By Levi

May 15th, 2014 8:02pm

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Mother Jones has this interesting article about how emails have taken over our personal lives and how many of us have become slaves to our smartphones. He points to research that shows that • 60 percent of smartphone-using professionals kept in touch with work for a full 13.5 hours per day, and then spent another 5 hours juggling work email each weekend. That’s 72 hours a week of job-related contact. • 68 percent checked work email before 8 a.m., 50 percent checked it while in bed, and 38 percent “routinely” did so at the dinner table. • People who make more than $75,000 per year are more likely to fret that their phone makes it impossible for them to stop thinking about work. Over time, the creep of off-hours messages from our bosses and colleagues has led us to tolerate these intrusions as an inevitable part of the job, which is why it’s so startling when an employer is actually straightforward with his lunatic demands, as with the notorious email a Quin Read More

Texting while driving now leading cause of death for teen drivers

Posted By Levi

May 12th, 2014 7:11pm

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The good news: fatal car crashes are on the decline. The bad news: fatal car crashes involving cell phone use—anything from texting to talking to reaching for a ringing phone—are on the rise. In fact, the leading cause of death for teenage drivers is now texting, not drinking, with nearly a dozen teens dying each day in a texting-related car crash. Stark figures like this have driven 46 states to pass legislation banning texting and driving. But texting fines vary wildly across the country, and you’ll end up paying a little or a lot depending on where you got caught. In California, the maximum penalty for a first-time offender is just $20, the lowest in the country, while Alaska will slap you with a whopping $10,000 fine and a year in prison. Twitter: @Levianthony123 FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

Americans Who Can’t Find Ukraine On A Map Want To Bomb It

Posted By Levi

April 8th, 2014 7:03pm

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Recently, a team of researchers asked Americans to locate Ukraine on a map. The researchers then asked what the United States should do in Ukraine. About one in six (16 percent) Americans correctly located Ukraine. Most thought that Ukraine was located somewhere in Europe or Asia. Some even thought it was somewhere in South America or Africa. Every dot on the map indicates where individuals in the research thought Ukraine is. But here is the key finding from the research: “The further our respondents thought that Ukraine was from its actual location, the more they wanted the U.S. to intervene militarily.” In other words, Americans who can’t correctly find Ukraine on the map want to drop bombs on it. It’s amazing how some people are ready to drop bombs but they don’t know exactly where to drop them. And this is very important because if you know that Ukraine is next to Russia then you realize how dangerous and foolish it would be to bomb the country. Here is the actual locati Read More

See All the Large Planes That Have Disappeared Since 1948 in One Chart

Posted By Levi

March 13th, 2014 7:03pm

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Bloomberg News has this great chart that shows all the large planes that have disappeared since 1948. The yellow dots indicate planes that have never been found. The red dots indicate those that were found after extensive searches. Twitter:@Levianthony123 FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

Where Does Your Food Come From?

Posted By Levi

February 26th, 2014 8:03pm

Category: Food, Uncategorized

California, supplier of nearly half of all US fruits, veggies, and nuts, is on track to experience the driest year in the past half millennium. Farms use about 80 percent of the state’s “developed water,” or water that’s moved from its natural source to other areas via pipes and aqueducts. As this map  shows, much of California’s agriculture is concentrated in the parts of the state that the drought has hit the hardest. For example: Monterey County, which is currently enduring an “exceptional drought,” according to the US Drought Monitor, grew nearly half of America’s lettuce and broccoli in 2012. Continue reading . .  Twitter: Levianthony123 FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

All The Facts You Need To Know About Gay Marriages – In one Infographic

Posted By Levi

July 28th, 2013 1:12pm

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Recently, the United States Supreme Court gave two victories to gay and lesbian couples. It struck down DOMA saying the law violated the Constitution by discriminated against gay and lesbians. The Court also said it was legal for gays to be married in California. I wrote about the decisions here. Here is an interesting infographic on the subject. Image compliments of Best Counseling Degrees FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More