Archive for the ‘General’ Category

What’s in a name . . . One country wants to change its name.

Posted By Levi

February 10th, 2014 6:37pm

Category: General

Kazakhstan was part of the former Soviet Union. When that country fell apart some years ago, Kazakhstan became an independent country. Now, the authoritarian president of that nation wants to change its name; it wants to drop the last four letters,“stan,’ in favor of just ‘Kazakh.’ What’s up with ‘stan?’ In an interesting article, The Atlantic points out that it is not unusual for a country to change its name. Rhodesia was originally named for the British man who colonized it, but became Zimbabwe when white-minority rule ended in the 1980s. The military junta in Burma renamed the country Myanmar in 1989 after seizing power. There are seven countries in Central Asia with the suffix “-stan”: Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The suffix comes from the Persian root istan, or “land”—hence the “land of the Uzbeks,” “land of the Kazakhs,” and so forth. Pakistan bu Read More

Oh boy, We are no longer one of the top coffee drinkers in the world!

Posted By Levi

January 16th, 2014 7:52pm

Category: General

Sometime ago I read somewhere that the United States is one of the top drinkers of coffee in the world. And to keep it that way, I personally encouraged at least three people over the past two years to become coffee drinkers. But apparently my valiant effort did not pay off. Today, I learned that despite the fact that we Americans are famous for running on coffee, we are not really running too far. We are now not even in the top 15 countries of top coffee drinkers. The top honor now belongs to the Netherlands. The Dutch people drink an average of 2.4 cups of coffee per day compared to America’s less than one cup. Twitter: @Levianthony123 FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

A Walmart Thanksgiving Message!

Posted By Levi

November 18th, 2013 8:12pm

Category: General

Walmart is running a in house charity food drives for their own hungry workers. Collectively, the Walton family is worth a combined total of $150 billion, valuing them as the wealthiest family in the world. In 2011, six members of the Walton family had the same net worth as the bottom 30% of American families combined. FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

Texting Is Now The Leading Cause of Death For Teenage Drivers

Posted By Levi

October 27th, 2013 3:11pm

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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. Meanwhile, some states don’t allow cops to pull drivers over for texting, but can impose a texting fine on top of another penalty, like speeding. Confused yet? Keep on reading here. FollowShare Share this Read More

Wow! Robots are becoming Humanlike.

Posted By Levi

October 6th, 2013 5:40pm

Category: General

I had no idea that the technology behind the development of robots have reached this far. Pretty shortly, they might be competing for our jobs. You have to watch this to believe it. Here are  just two demonstrations. Others are here. FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

I am now using Twitter

Posted By Levi

August 27th, 2013 6:00pm

Category: General

After a very long time I am now convinced that Twitter is an important tool for those of us who want to keep abreast of current news locally and internationally. If you don’t have an account, I encouraged you to get one; it’s very easy to use. I will be doing some tweeting from time to time in addition to writing on this blog. So if you wish, you can follow me. My account is @Levianthony12. FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

Watch This and You Will Never Again Text While Driving!

Posted By Levi

August 17th, 2013 12:39pm

Category: General

According to one study, texting while driving is now the leading cause of death among teenage drivers. “Texting while driving has become a greater hazard than drinking and driving among teenagers who openly acknowledge sending and reading text messages while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. The number of teens who are dying or being injured as a result of texting while driving has skyrocketed as mobile device technology has advanced. Researchers at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park estimate more than 3,000 annual teen deaths nationwide from texting and 300,000 injuries.’ FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

An Inspiring Video by Two Young Men – Please watch

Posted By Levi

June 2nd, 2013 12:15pm

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Farewell, Zach Sobiech: See You Again

Posted By Levi

May 22nd, 2013 7:31pm

Category: General

Courtesy of  Jonathan Turley: This week we lost Zach Sobiech, who left the world much poorer with his passing. However, he left us a wonderful gift. The Minnesota teen wrote a wonderful song called “Clouds” after learning he had terminal bone cancer. He sang of his hope that “maybe someday I’ll see you again . . . We’ll fly up in the clouds and we’ll never see the end.” The physical end came for Zach this week but his grace and his gift has lifted the hearts of millions. His beautiful song has raised more than $100,000 to fund research into osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer which typically occurs in teens and adolescents. He wrote the song as a farewell to his family and friends. He had just turned 18 on May 3. His short life was a life well lived. This extraordinary gift to his family and friends was one of the most profound statements of strength and optimism that I have had the privilege of witnessing. Thank you Zach. Here are his extraordinary lyrics: ” Well Read More

Their Instruments May Be Garbage, but the Music Will Bring Tears to Your Eyes

Posted By Levi

May 13th, 2013 7:36pm

Once in a while you come across an inspiring and heart-warming story. I heard this one a few mornings ago listening to the BBC when a member of the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra was interviewed. Now Mother Jones picked up the story as well. It’s the story about a group of kids living in one of the slums of Asunción, the capital of Paraguay. Together, they created an orchestra with their musical instruments made from scraps they found in one of the landfills in the city, hence their name. “Close your eyes and listen to Juan Manuel Chavez launch into the Prelude of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1, and you would never guess that, instead of spruce and maple, his instrument is crafted from an old oil can, a beef tenderizing tool, and a discarded pasta making device—all of it scavenged from the landfill that surrounds his home in Paraguay.’ The group is now so famous that a documentary about them is being made. The orchestra has already traveled to Brazil and Colombia, and has been i Read More