Travel By Jetpack?

If more people get their hands on this device, the Police had better get theirs. Can you imagine trying to enforce the rules of the sky? Watch out for those drunk flying jetpackers! See story below:

What traffic? Go to work on a Jetpack

Meet the Martin Jetpack, a contraption unveiled at a US air show yesterday. It is a real-life version of the toy we all fantasised about as children (and some of us as adults)

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She Commits Suicide To Get From Under Bills?

There are no amounts of bills, bankruptcy, bad credit rating or unsympathetic gossiping relatives and friends that is worth taking your life over. You can recover. Your family will pay a big emotional price if you go down this road! Please don’t follow this woman’s example in the story below from “The Boston Globe’s” boston.com:

Woman kills self prior to foreclosed home being auctioned

Balderrama faxed a letter to her mortgage company at 2:30 p.m., telling them that “by the time they foreclosed on the house today she’d be dead.”
The mortgage company notified police, who found her body at 3:30 p.m.
She left a note for her family saying “take the [life] insurance money and pay for the house.” Sadly, I don’t think it is covered…

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The Cancer Causing Cell Phone Controversy Is Back!

Can your cell phone cause cancer?  The experts cannot agree so how are we to know. In light of that, maybe it’s best to err on the side of caution;  give that darn cell phone a rest, especially in public places where people hear your loud personal business! read the money.cnn.com report below:

Cancer center issues warning on cell phone use

The head of a prominent cancer research institute issued an unprecedented warning to his faculty and staff Wednesday: Limit cell phone use because of the possible risk of cancer.The warning from Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, is contrary to numerous studies that don’t find a link between cancer

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Artificial DNA As Software, Can It Be For Real?

I’m not sure how credible the story below is, Nevertheless the possibilities and innovative thinking intrigues me.

Artificial DNA As Software, Artificial Enzymes as Hardware!

Japanese have created artificial DNA that could one day be part of green computers running on little or even no power. Data-monitor’s Ruchi Mallya suggests the University of Toyama’s research could bring to reality a computer that ditches traditional silicon and works on DNA instead.

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Will Americans get Debt Bail Outs From The Government As The Banks Did?

By Paul Ranger

To paraphrase the Feds, it is in the best interest of the country to keep the banks solvent. Therefore, they gave them money to stay open. It was said that these banks were irresponsible in their lending and in addition took advantage of borrowers’ naivety. Nonetheless they were given a reprieve and told to do better next time.

Will this American Government bail out the millions of Americans who are now suffering under mountains of debt including student loans?

Yes, some borrowers were irresponsible and some were not. Some experienced circumstances beyond their control, such as, illnesses, the untimely death of a bread winner, the extended deployment of a soldier spouse abroad. Keeping things in perspective, the banks were irresponsible also weren’t they?

With the help of the Current administration and congress, financial institutions were handed a present in the form of laws making it more difficult for borrowers to file bankruptcy in 2005. Ted Kennedy was one of few senators who spoke up for the American people against the greedy Banks (No, I am not a Democrat. Just Practical). Keep in mind that these institutions are allowed to write off bad debt after a while, but, it’s more profitable for them to keep you in a debt you may never pay off, because of the tremendous mounting interest and fees they have been able to collect from You and I. It has made them very rich indeed. It would be unbalanced sympathy to cry tears for these banks and their high maintenance executives. Even though they are in “trouble” now They have already taken their riches.

What has gotten me all stirred up over this matter? I just read the story below from The New York Times Website

“Given a Shovel, Americans Dig Deeper Into Debt

The collection agencies call at least 20 times a day. For a little quiet, Diane McLeod stashes her phone in the dishwasher.

But right up until she hit the wall financially, Ms. McLeod was a dream customer for lenders. She juggled not one but two mortgages, both with interest rates that rose over time, and a car loan and high-cost credit card debt. Separated and living with her 20-year-old son, she worked two jobs so she could afford her small, two-bedroom ranch house in suburban Philadelphia, the Kia she drove to work, and the handbags and knickknacks she liked.

Then last year, back-to-back medical emergencies helped push her over the edge…” Read the full story at: nytimes.com

Paul Ranger’s Take On “26 Important Comic Books You May Want to Read”

By Paul Ranger

When I was a kid I read Superman, Spiderman and Archie comic books plus Mad Magazine (I’m not sure if “Mad Magazine is considered a comic book). And, of course there was always the cry from others as I got older; why don’t you grow up and stop reading those things. I capitulated, allowed the discarding of my precious comics and at least on the surface, gave my interest in them. When I have the time and I’m by myself, this 48 year old still enjoy watching cartoons on tv. Therefore I’m glad to know I have company as I found out from reading the story below:

“26 Important Comic Books You May Want to Read
Sure, it may seem silly, but, comic books mean something. Soldiers used dog-eared copies of Captain America to keep their spirits up in WWII. The Green Lantern and Green Arrow made kids actually think about issues like racism and heroin. And millions gasped when they heard the news that Superman died. Here are 26 important comic books…”

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