Posted on April 23, 2012
It’s late, you’ve been working and studying for hours. Caffeine is pumping in your veins because you’ve drunk 2 Red Bulls and three cups of coffee in the last 6 hours.
If you drink a red bull now, what are the chances that you’ll die?
Lucky for you, the crazy people at energyfiend developed a tool that can solve problems just like this one.
Just enter your weight and type of beverage you are consuming and boom-bam it spits out a death dosage.
The reality is that this figure would instead result in a fatality due to water intoxication since 149.30 cans is far greater than the amount of water your body can consume. And of course, you would wish you were dead long before you actually became dead.
What is the most caffeine or energy drinks you’ve consumed in one day? What did it feel like?
Posted on April 22, 2012
The college class of 2012 is in for a rude welcome to the world of work.
A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don’t fully use their skills and knowledge.
Newly grads with bachelor’s degrees are increasingly scraping by in lower-wage jobs — waiter or waitress, bartender, retail clerk or receptionist, for example — and that’s confounding their hopes a degree would pay off despite higher tuition and mounting student loans.
But All Degrees Are Not Created Equal
While there’s strong demand in science, education and health fields, arts and humanities flounder. Median wages for those with bachelor’s degrees are down from 2000, hit by technological changes that are eliminating midlevel jobs such as bank tellers. Most future job openings are projected to be in lower-skilled positions such as home health aides, who can provide personalized attention as the U.S. population ages.
Taking underemployment into consideration, the job prospects for bachelor’s degree holders fell last year to the lowest level in more than a decade.
“I don’t even know what I’m looking for,” says Michael Bledsoe, who described months of fruitless job searches as he served customers at a Seattle coffeehouse. The 23-year-old graduated in 2010 with a creative writing degree.
Initially hopeful that his college education would create opportunities, Bledsoe languished for three months before finally taking a job as a barista, a position he has held for the last two years. In the beginning he sent three or four resumes daily. But, Bledsoe said, employers questioned his lack of experience or the practical worth of his major. Now he sends a resume once every two weeks or so.
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Bledsoe is now mulling whether to go to graduate school, seeing few other options to advance his career. “There is not much out there, it seems,” he said.
His situation highlights a widening but little-discussed labor problem. Perhaps more than ever, the choices that young adults make earlier in life — level of schooling, academic field and training, where to attend college, how to pay for it — are having long-lasting financial impact.
“You can make more money on average if you go to college, but it’s not true for everybody,” says Harvard economist Richard Freeman, noting the growing risk of a debt bubble with total U.S. student loan debt surpassing $1 trillion.
“If you’re not sure what you’re going to be doing, it probably bodes well to take some job, if you can get one, and get a sense first of what you want from college.”- Harvard economist Richard Freeman
Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University who analyzed the numbers, said “We’re going to need a lot better job growth and connections to the labor market, otherwise college debt will grow.”
Areas with highest out of college jobless or underemployed
By region, the Mountain West was most likely to have young college graduates jobless or underemployed — roughly 3 in 5. It was followed by the more rural southeastern U.S., including Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. The Pacific region, including Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington, also was high on the list.
On the other end of the scale, the southern U.S., anchored by Texas, was most likely to have young college graduates in higher-skill jobs.
What are the numbers
About 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed, the highest share in at least 11 years. In 2000, the share was at a low of 41 percent, before the dot-com bust erased job gains for college graduates in the telecommunications and IT fields. (The figures are based on an analysis of 2011 Current Population Survey data by Northeastern University researchers and supplemented with material from Paul Harrington)
Broken down by occupation, young college graduates were heavily represented in jobs that require a high school diploma or less.
Bleak projected openings
According to government projections released last month, only three of the 30 occupations with the largest projected number of job openings by 2020 will require a bachelor’s degree or higher to fill the position — teachers, college professors and accountants.
Most job openings are in professions such as retail sales, fast food and truck driving, jobs which aren’t easily replaced by computers.
Degrees That Are Least Likely To Find You A Job
College graduates who majored in zoology, anthropology, philosophy, art history and humanities were among the least likely to find jobs appropriate to their education level; those with nursing, teaching, accounting or computer science degrees were among the most likely.
But Even Science Degree Aren’t Guaranteeing Work
That future may be now for Kelman Edwards Jr., 24, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., who is waiting to see the returns on his college education.
After earning a biology degree last May, the only job he could find was as a construction worker for five months before he quit to focus on finding a job in his academic field. He applied for positions in laboratories but was told they were looking for people with specialized certifications.
“I thought that me having a biology degree was a gold ticket for me getting into places, but every other job wants you to have previous history in the field,” he said. Edwards, who has about $5,500 in student debt, recently met with a career counselor at Middle Tennessee State University. The counselor’s main advice: Pursue further education.
“Everyone is always telling you, ‘Go to college,’” Edwards said. “But when you graduate, it’s kind of an empty cliff.”
Why is this happening
Job gains are going mostly to workers at the top and bottom of the wage scale, at the expense of middle-income jobs commonly held by bachelor’s degree holders. By some studies, up to 95 percent of positions lost during the economic recovery occurred in middle-income occupations such as bank tellers, the type of job not expected to return in a more high-tech age.
In addition, U.S. workers increasingly may need to consider their position in a global economy, where they must compete with educated foreign-born residents for jobs. Longer-term government projections also may fail to consider “degree inflation,” a growing ubiquity of bachelor’s degrees that could make them more commonplace in lower-wage jobs but inadequate for higher-wage ones.
Find full unabridged article at finance.yahoo.com
Posted on March 16, 2012
A jury found Dharun Ravi guilty of invasion of privacy for spying on his Rutgers University roommate Tyler Clementi and other charges.
The jury deliberated for 12 hours for more than two days and also convicted him of tampering with physical evidence.
The 15-count indictment included several bias intimidation charges, because prosecutors claimed Ravi bullied Clementi for being gay. The jury of seven women and five men agreed, finding him guilty of hate crimes, The New York Times reports.
In all Ravi was convicted of bias, invasion of privacy, hindering apprehension and witness tampering, according to the Star-Ledger. The newspaper reported he could be deported to India, his country of birth.
What the verdict means
The verdict carries a possible sentence of five to 10 years, according to ABC News. Sentencing is set for May 21.
The case became known as the “Rutgers Webcam Spy” trial because Ravi, 20, was accused of using a computer camera to watch his freshman roommate Clementi in a romantic embrace with another man in their Rutgers University dorm room. Clementi committed suicide days later in September 2010. Ravi wasn’t charged as a factor in the death, but he became inextricably linked with the end of Clementi’s life.
“It appears the jury thought long and hard, particularly about bias intimidation and hate crimes,” said HuffPost Gay Voices Editor-At-Large Michelangelo Signorile. “It’s a just verdict that will send a message about the seriousness of bias-motivated crimes.”
What Ravi allegedly did?
Prosecutors alleged that Ravi spied on Clementi by going to a friend’s room where he tapped into a webcam to watch his roommate in a romantic moment with another man. Clementi found out that Ravi had seen him in an intimate encounter and that he had written about it on his Twitter account.
What the webcamming caused?
Clementi, then 18, asked dormitory officials to change his room, but committed suicide by jumping from the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22, 2010.
The case was followed across the country because it centered on the chain of events that led up to Clementi’s death.
Ravi was charged with bias intimidation — essentially a hate crime — for writing on Twitter about seeing him “kissing a dude” and inviting friends to watch a second tryst between Clementi and a man known only as “M.B.”
The witness and evidence tampering charges stem from allegations that Ravi altered his Twitter posts to cover his tracks after Clementi died. They also said he tried to coordinate statements made to police by Molly Wei, a friend who also saw Clementi via the webcam.
The jurors could only find Ravi guilty of the anti-gay bias charge if they first decided he was guilty of invasion of privacy.
But Ravi’s defense tried instead to portray him as an immature college student who used poor judgment for a college prank, not as someone who hated gay people. Instead, they said Ravi was suspicious of “M.B.” because he was older — in his mid- to late-20s — and had a disheveled appearance.
Molly Wei testimony
More than 30 witnesses took the stand in the 13-day trial. Wei, who was also indicted but avoided prison time by agreeing to testify against Ravi, said “it felt wrong” to watch Clementi and his date.
What witnesses said about Ravi
A former player on Ravi’s ultimate frisbee team testified that he seemed uncomfortable with having a gay roommate. But several other witnesses said they didn’t think Ravi had a problem with gay people.
What the Roommates sexual partner said
There was a great degree of anticipation over whether Clementi’s date, “M.B.” would be called to the stand. In the end, he did testify, but his identity was concealed, because he was also considered a victim of the alleged crimes.
“I noticed there was a webcam faced over in the direction of the bed. I just thought it was strange. Being in a compromising position,” M.B. said according to the New York Post. “It just caught my eye that there was a camera lens looking right at me.”
Defense used character witnesses
The defense began its case by calling a series of character witnesses — mostly business partners of Ravi’s father and other family friends — who said Ravi was not prejudiced. Speculation mounted that Ravi would opt to speak, but on Monday the defense rested its case without his testimony.
What Ravi had to say
The only time jurors heard from Ravi was in a taped interview with police that was played in court. In that interview,
Ravi admitted to violating Clementi’s privacy, but says he was not expecting to see a romantic moment.
“I didn’t realize it was something so private,” he said.
Posted on March 7, 2012
A 27 minute video has suddenly gone viral, and you should know how it’s changing the world in less than 27 minutes (video below).
The purpose of the video:
The purpose of the video is to stop the rebel group the LRA’s (Lord’s Resistance Army) leader Joseph Kony. By making people aware of Joseph Kony, they hope to turn your awareness into action.
What You Need to be Aware of:
Joseph Kony is the leader of the LRA, and fights to keep himself in power. His soldiers: kids, half your age.
These kids are abducted and forced to join his army. For 26 years he has been abducting kids into his rebel group. BOYS are turned into child soldiers, and GIRLS become sex slaves. He makes them mutilate people’s faces and even forces them to kill their own parents. And it’s not just a few kids.
It’s not 100 kids. Not 300. Not even 1,000.
Be aware: Joseph Kony has an army of child soldiers that need to be rescued.
Jason, the director, is good friends with Jacob who was one of those children. Jacob had managed to escape, but his brother was killed in the process. Jason promised Jacob he would do everything in his power to help.
This is his promise at work.
^^ Director Jason Russel and Jacob^^
Jacob and other free child soldiers now work with Invisible Children to provide awareness about the plight of these children. They have been active for a number of years. They have built schools, they have created jobs and even built an early warning radio network. The building of these structures did not come from help from the government, but from donations from people who cared; people like you and I.
After 8 years of activism, the United States government has heard the voices of 100,000 young people and committed 100 military advisors to Africa to assist in the removal of Joseph Kony from the battlefield. Joseph Kony has since gone deeper into hiding and in order to increase support and keep up the military effort this video has gone viral.
^This video will expire on December 31st 212^
- In order for Joseph Kony to be arrested The Ugandan Military has to find him.
- In order to find him they need technology and training to find him in the jungles.
- In order to get that, they need the U.S. advisers.
- In order for the U.S. advisers to be there, the U.S. must deploy them.
- In order to get the US to deploy them, the U.S. must here from US
What you can do:
Make him famous!
Make him visible! Tweet about him! Spread this video! Put him in your Facebook status! Write, call, email, tweet, facebook, facetime, skype, pigeon mail one of the 20 law makers and Media Personalities, on their website that you intend to:
MAKE KONY FAMOUS
COVER THE NIGHT
On April 20th 2012, there will a world wide effort at sundown, by Make Kony Famous activist to blanket their town with Kony 2012 posters, stickers and tags. When people wake up that morning, their streets will be littered with Kony 2012 information.
So use Facebook for something else than just promoting yourself, don’t just tweet today’s funny quote, don’t just comment “lol” on a Youtube video. Use today’s technology to make a difference, save lives, and make a man famous.
Leon Langford | Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on March 2, 2012
If you think your roommate is having to much sex you aren’t the only one. Recently a former student at a Roman Catholic college filed a lawsuit against the school, claiming administrators didn’t do enough to help her when she complained that her roommate was having too much sex in their dorm room.
Lindsay Blankmeyer said in a federal lawsuit that she suffered from depression and attention deficit disorder before she enrolled at Stonehill College, but was driven into a suicidal depression after school officials wouldn’t give her reasonable housing alternatives to get her away from her roommate at the school in Easton, Mass.
What She Is Suing Over
Blankmeyer said her roommate had sex with her boyfriend while she was trying to sleep just feet away and also participated in “sexually inappropriate video chatting” while Blankmeyer was in the dorm room.
After trying unsuccessfully to persuade school officials to force her roommate to move out or to give her an acceptable private room, Blankmeyer ended up living at a hotel, according to the lawsuit filed earlier this week.
“Stonehill refused Lindsay’s request for a single room and in the following weeks and months Lindsay fell into a dark and suicidal depression requiring her to take a leave of absence from school and undergo extensive psychiatric and medical treatment,” the lawsuit states.
Blankmeyer eventually completed her final semester of school at her home in New York and received a bachelor’s of arts degree in Sept 2011. Blankmeyer enrolled as a freshman in 2007 but the lawsuit said problems began her senior year.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Boston earlier this week, seeks unspecified damages.
What The university claims:
Stonehill spokeswoman Kristen Magda said the college responded “swiftly and professionally” to Blackmeyer’s complaints about her roommate, first trying to resolve the dispute through mediation with a residence director, then by giving Blankmeyer “multiple options” for campus housing, including a private room.
“At no time did the student notify college staff that her concerns involved her roommate’s sexual activity,” Magda said Friday.
Blankmeyer’s lawyers did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
In the lawsuit, Blankmeyer says the college offered her two options, one was moving to another dorm where she would live in a room that was previously used as a study lounge and was a “small cubicle-like space.” The other option was to move to a dorm with a reputation as a “party dorm” to live with a girl Blankmeyer did not know.
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Posted on March 2, 2012
Sandra Fluke said she was furious over Limbaugh’s disparaging comments and that his language was an attack on all women.
Fluke told NBC’s “Today” that her initial reaction was “to be stunned but then to quickly feel outraged and very upset” that on the first day of women’s history month the host would make the remarks in attempt to silence her.
The composed but discouraged third-year law student added that this type of language was still “evidently still acceptable that’s just very problematic.”
Fluke was initially barred from testifying on an all-male panel on women’s access to contraception after being deemed “unqualified” by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif).
During Flukes Testimony
She said birth control would cost her up to $3,000 a year.
But during an unofficial hearing in front of Democrats on Feb. 23, she described her experience of being a student at a religiously-affiliated school whose insurance coverage did not provide contraception coverage. She said birth control would cost her up to $3,000 a year.
Limbaugh lashed out at Fluke on his radio show on Wednesday.
“What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her?” he asked his listeners.
“It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute,”
Limbaugh continued. “She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.”
When asked to apologize for his remarks
He suggested women who use insurance-covered birth control should post their sex tapes online.
When livid Democrats asked Limbaugh to apologize, he double-downed and went even further on Thursday, suggesting women who use insurance-covered birth control should post their sex tapes online.
Limbaugh’s went on to say
“So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex. We want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”
Fluke told “Today” it wasn’t just Limbaugh, but many conservative commentators who made similar comments.
In a statement on Thursday, the student said she would not stop advocating for government access to contraception.
Fluke’s response to his comments
“The millions of American women who have and will continue to speak out in support of women’s health care and access to contraception prove that we will not be silenced,” she said.
Limbaugh’s fiery rhetoric on Thursday came the same day the Senate voted to shoot down a GOP-led effort to allow employers and health insurance companies deny coverage for contraception on religious and moral objections.
Obama reached out to Ms. Fluke
Obama reportedly Fluke for supporting his administration’s policy of requiring health insurance coverage of contraceptives for women.
According to White House spokesman Jay Carney, the president called Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke on Friday and expressed his disappointment that she was the target of Limbaugh’s personal attacks. Obama reportedly thanked Fluke for supporting his administration’s policy of requiring health insurance coverage of contraceptives for women. (the guardian)
Is Limbaugh’s right or wrong? Leave your comments below.
Posted on February 20, 2012
It seems as soon as college began sleep and I went our separate ways. What makes me most sad is when I occasionally see someone else enjoying sleep and think that could be me. Break ups are so hard.
This crazy love hate relationship between hard-working college students like you and I got someone at AeroShot thinking. And thus the pocket-sized breathable caffeine tube was born.
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And it is hard as a student to not be curious about a product that has a slogan like this
”Breathable Energy. Anytime. Anyplace.”
AeroShot is a plastic inhaler, roughly the size of a lipstick tube, filled with a powdery, calorie-free mix of caffeine, B vitamins, and citrus flavors. The product went on the market late last month in Massachusetts and New York, and is also available in France. A single unit costs $2.99 at convenience, mom-and-pop, liquor and online stores.
But some aren’t so sure selling caffeine in pocket-sized tubes — and marketing it to young people — is a great idea.
Currently the FDA is reviewing Aeroshot because of officials concerns over consumers safety.
So before you go inhaling any of these bad boys find do your research.
Maximillian Garland | Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on February 9, 2012
The state of student debt is downright horrifying. I know a lot of us simple avoid the idea of paying off our debts like the plague.
So how scary is it?
According the stats below
- 76% of young people surveyed believe it has gotten harder to afford college in the last five years.
- Only 21% of young people surveyed believe students graduate with a manageable amount of college loan debt.
- The average student debt of new college graduates in 2010 was $22,900 as compared to only $7,000 in 2000.
- The average student debt in 2010 is 47% more than in 2000, even when adjusted for inflation.
This infographic from Top Colleges Online takes a look at student loans.
Also, try to say the title of this post 10 times fast!
Posted on February 8, 2012
Temple University in Pennsylvania is struggling to understand a shocking suicide that took place in the middle of their campus Thursday night, when a 25-year-old former student fatally shot himself in the head.
Posted on February 2, 2012