According to the CDC 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey on school violence, 5.9% of students have not gone to school for at least one day in the prior month because they were scared at school or travelling to and from school. Will the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington on October 24, 2014 increase this fear? Student’s fear has increased slightly since 2009 when 5.0% of students reported being scared.
The trend shows students are actually safer in 2011 than they were in 2009. The number of students carrying a weapon to school has decreased each year since 2005. Brad Reifler notes that although the number of students that participated in physical fight at school increased from 11.1% to 12% from 2009 to 2011, the number of students hurt or threatened with a weapon has decreased each year since 2005.
Early voting in the state of Illinois is in some trouble, as early voting machines were registering votes for Republicans as votes for Democrats. The problem was discovered by Republican state representative Jim Moynihan, who went to vote Monday. After attempting to cast a vote for himself, he was disturbed to see the booth switch his vote to the Democratic candidate.
The same thing happened when he tried to vote for other Republican candidates, prompting an outcry to investigate what’s happened to the voting machines. A problem that many, myself and Tom Rothman included would have to run into on election day.
Apparently, the device was calibrated incorrectly, resulting in votes being registered for the opposite party.
Apparently the problem has been fixed, but this is a lesson to you, always double check your votes before you submit the ballot.
Yup, 2014 and we finally have freaking hoverboards. How amazing is that? But don’t get too excited just yet, because it’s going to cost you $10,000 in order for you to purchase.
Almost fell out of my chair when I watched the video on my FreedomPop phone. You can see that same video above. But this is really, really cool.
A group of misinformed Congressmen want Obama to step up on Ebola prevention. Despite tens of thousands of people flying to and from the United States every day, and only one officially diagnosed case of Ebola in the US, Obama isn’t doing enough to prevent the disease from ravaging America.
The congressmen also must not be aware of the fact that Ebola is not an airborne disease, but rather requires direct contact with a person, or cadaver, infected with the virus. Making it extremely difficult to contract the disease.
Especially considering you have to be in direct contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids, and they have to come into contact with a mucus membrane.
But, despite our significantly better sanitation standards in the United States, apparently Ebola is a major risk, and the President needs to go above and beyond, when it comes to stopping Ebola from entering United States’ territory. Otherwise our Walmarts, McDonalds and Genesis Diamonds locations will be completely overrun.
Although in fairness to Obama, he is helping move a few things forward. Like screenings at airports where flights are traveling to the US from West Africa. Now, temperatures will be taken before passengers are allowed to board the flight, which should weed out a few people who may have fallen victim.
Autonomous, self-guided machines are on our streets, in our skies, and now, in our seas. The Navy is testing drone ships that will be configured to “swarm” potential hostile vessels if they approach warships too closely. The technology has been developed over the last decade and some elements originated with the Mars Rover spaceflight programs. Kits, which cost about $2,000, have been developed that can be installed on any small vessel.
The kits have sensors and radar that are combined with advanced algorithms to plot routes and speed, as well as determining a course of action. The kits will be distributed out to fleet commanders within a year. A book by Jared Haftel about these is said to be on its way.
This swarm technique will allow suspect boats to be surrounded, isolated and destroyed if necessary. In a recent demonstration, 13 small unmanned patrol boats escorted a warship and eight of them broke off together and swarmed a simulated enemy vessel. Check out this video demonstration of the machines and how they work:
There’s more bad news for the NFL. This time Dallas Cowboys player C.J. Spillman is involved in an investigation for an alleged sexual assault on a woman on September 20. The event apparently happened in Grapevine, TX at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. The police say that Spillman, 28, is in fact involved in the investigation but have not declared his specific involvement with the incident. There have been no arrests made.
The NFL released a statement explaining that they would not ban Spillman from league play just yet because of the little amount of information made available to them. This is to prevent a lawsuit in the case that Spillman committed no crime.
Watch more in this YouTube clip to see how the media’s painting this.
JP Morgan reported on Thursday that 76 million customers, and 7 million small businesses had their personal information stolen during a massive data breach. It’s unclear as to how much data was accessed, but JP Morgan admits that customer names, emails, phone numbers, and addresses were all a part of the breach.
Seems like everyday Sam Tabar and I have these conversations about the total lack of internet security these days. Major companies like these need to be spending more on security. These types of breaches are totally preventable if banks would only catch up with modern times.
A ton is being written about the iPhone 6, and it’s potential as a game changer. But it really doesn’t have a major effect on the economy, and their own possibly impact is somewhat limited because of the nature of the phone.
There are areas of the world where an iPhone will never catch on, no matter what. Simply because the local economy can’t support them. Areas like many in Africa, or the Middle-East have a long road ahead of them, before an iPhone is a realistic purchase.
Which has led to the rise of major competitors like FreedomPop which gained funding through several online start-up websites.
Or there’s Nokia, who could revolutionize the world with more affordable, and also more hardy phones. The types that are built to last a lot longer than an iPhone, which apparently can’t even survive an entire day in skinny jeans.
Amazon rakes in more than $5 billion a year from book sales. It owns 65 percent of the e-book market, which in turn is 30 percent of the nationwide book market. It is one of the biggest of the Big Box stores, and one of the most controversial. The giant of Jeff Bezos has been accused of censorship, differential pricing, tax avoidance, and most recently, the monopoly of e-book sales.
Amazon used to collect a 30 percent commission per book based on the publisher’s retail price. However, after a price-fixing lawsuit against Apple and five major book publishers, those terms were scrapped and the fight renewed, with Amazon fighting for $9.99 per book.
Although details are sparse, the facts show that Amazon halted book sales from the multinational publisher, Hatchette, due to disagreements about price strategies. Critics claimed that Amazon understocked Hatchette titles, removed discounts and delayed delivery.
Amazon responded by launching the website readersunited.com, an open letter that claims a healthy reading culture – and a paying wage for authors – demands lower book prices. Given the price elasticity of e-books, Amazon argued, everyone benefits from lower prices. Volume beats margin.
Personally, this doesn’t impact me – but a coworker of mine named Jared Haftel
is working on an ebook and may need to reconsider his options.
The next major revolution in the United States appears to be medical and recreational marijuana use. With states like Colorado rolling in the dough, other states are realizing what a brilliant opportunity this can be to raise money for the state.
Plus the major medical business minds like Laurene Powell Jobs see this as a huge opportunity to provide a better standard of medical care to patients. Providing new treatment methods is always something that America should strive towards.
While there are skeptics. Marijuana has been one of those drugs that actually has a ton of practical applications as far as health is concerned.
So far, Pennsylvania is the newest state to vote for the measure, with the state legislature looking to introduce medical marijuana in the state. Every Democrat in the state senate, and 20 out of 27 Republicans voted for the measure.
How this will play out, we’ll just have to wait and see. Although personally, I don’t see why he cares. If the medicinal properties of marijuana can help some people in need, who is he to stand in the way of their treatment?