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What’s Going On, On Mars

fafff7027ff0d95851f3bdcaadac6942Leonard David of LiveScience.com seems to be on the uppity regarding some “buzz” about what’s going on off-world, namely on the world of Mars.  He reports that the buzz is related to some “provocative new news” regarding life on the planet.

Provocative enough to warrant alerting the White House to new evidence for the “potential for life,” as reported by Craig Covault AW&ST, and noted by David.

The potential for the life definition that is floating around the various mission control and analysis centers seems to be two-fold.

    • Are the basic building blocks of life existent, in a usable capacity, by some known organisms operating is such similar harsh conditions on Earth?

– Or –

  • Can we simply skip the building blocks all together and provide evidence that life did exist or does exist on Mars? The former being
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On Planet Earth people will go into the poverty category of humanity. Why?

Apparently, there isn’t enough food to go around and about 100,000,000 (that’s 100 million) people will go into the poverty/starving category of humanity in the following months/year on top of an already 1 billion to 1.5 billion who are already in that category.  Of course, that’s what the UN is telling us and they couldn’t count any number of “things” if they tried really hard.

We can assume that at least 50 million more people are going into the impoverished category, where they won’t be able to afford gas and foods as there is no doubt, even by the UN’s always outlandish estimates, a consensus on the fact that these two staples of life are increasing in price, in some places by as much as 25%, without inflation which in America is at 4%.

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Transportation Mess

Reminiscing… The summer before my Senior year I went on a trip to Washington D.C. with one of “those” groups (Presidential Classroom, to be exact).  We spent the entire time in Washington attending various gigs around town, exploring the sites, meeting with Congresspeople, and having town hall-like meetings with important people in and out of the Administration (trust me it’s not as exciting as it sounds).

minetaOn one occasion, the then Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, now retired, graced us with his presence.  He talked about, among other things, where he was and what he did on 9/11.  After his brief yap, we were allowed to ask questions.

Being that I was, at the time, extremely interested in becoming an Aerospace Engineering, I thought it would be neat to ask the Secretary of Transportation a question.

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Everybody needs gas.

paulfoley-gasstation-600x300In America, everybody needs gas. Around the world, humans pay a higher price for gas than Americans, so there’s no surprise that the Europeans, who pay the highest, aren’t very sympathetic to our plight here in the States.

But the fact is, the geographical and societal dynamics are hugely different, there can be no comparison between the needs of the Europeans and us Americans.

Some would argue that it should be America’s goal to decrease its needs and therein the prices won’t hurt the pockets as much. This is a good long-term goal, however, it may be achieved, but solutions need to be found in the short term because in the short term gas prices are rising quicker then the citizen’s finance’s will allow.

They, rightly so, may not be able to afford a car that has above 50 mpg … Read the rest

Economy today

I think what we are seeing in the economy today is a case of localized depressions again, whilst keeping in mind a depression is a severe recession.  There are many factors that influence the entire economy on a whole like higher prices on staple items of the American household, of which are felt by all Americans, but there are localized factors that specifically affect a community or neighborhood whose residents are tied together by either their personal wealth or ‘area of work,’ and these localized factors expound the problems of said localities.

On a whole Americans may, in the interim at least, be able to deal with the increased economic hardships but if one were to look specifically community by community they would see a great difference in each communities ability to deal with those economic hardships. … Read the rest

Hug a Friend Day

002-300x188Today is Hug a Friend Day. If you have school-aged children that aren’t pupils of a school that has banned hugging, your children might hug their friends every day. How often do you hug your friends?

The hugging itself isn’t the most important thing, obviously, but the act of treating our friendships and our children’s friendships with value and respect are important.
Parents and teachers worry a lot about peer pressure, and with good reason. Around middle school, our children tend to view what their friends think with more and more value, and we want those friendships to be “good influences.” Still, any parent who has referred to another child as an “influence,” good or bad, has most likely been met with an eye roll from their own child.… Read the rest

Increase your Productivity Tenfold with Three Energy Management Tips

I believe you can increase your productivity tenfold (yes, 10 times) if you can master your energy.

Do you think there’s enough time in the day?  My guess is that most of you would say no.  We must learn how to make the best use of our time and, more importantly, our energy.  In the Power of Full Engagement, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz say that “energy, not time, is the most important resource.”  I completely agree.

The goal of this post is to give you a couple easy ways to increase your productivity by managing your energy the right way.

These three tips will help you rock your day:

1 – Manage your distractions

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Are You Seizing the Moment? Positive Thinking Tips

Opportunities, I mean the once in a lifetime opportunities, don’t come around very often. When that moment arises, you have to take it and run with it.  You can’t look back.

To seize your opportunity, you must:

  • Focus on one game at a time – You can’t get ahead of yourself.  You can’t look five steps, or five games, down the line.  Focus on the task at hand.  Then, execute like there’s nothing to lose.
  • Believe in yourself – You’re here for a reason.  This opportunity has come your way for a reason.  Believe that you deserve it.  It’s easy to second-guess yourself.  Stay determined and keep the faith.  Fake it if you must.
  • Be resilient – You’ll experience setbacks along the way and you just have to push through.  Take failures as learning experiences.  When you get knocked down,
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How to Execute Like a World-Class Athlete

I’m a sports nerd.  I love watching athletes execute, especially under pressure.  Whether it’s the Packers executing a crucial play in the Super Bowl or an individual doing something magical (Did you see Wayne Rooney’s bicycle kick – 78th minute to win 2-1).

Jordan hitting unconscious shots in key moments, or Tiger Woods draining a 20-foot putt on one leg at the 2008 US Open to send it to a playoff.  I’m always intrigued about what they’re thinking at this time.  Does time stand still?  Have they visualized this same play or putt?  How many times have they practiced this same shot?

When you break it down, it’s simply extreme preparation in action. These athletes aren’t renting their skills.  They own them.  A lot of times they make it look effortless. I watched Tiger Woods hit balls for about an … Read the rest