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Headline Tuesday

Here are some headlines making their way through the news stations on this 1st of November.

CNN:

Stocks fall hard on Greece surprise. / In giving life, women face deadly risks.

MSNBC:

How a reformed skin head got a makeover. / Sales rise at Detroit’s big 3. 

 

FOX:

Obama, Exec too close for comfort? / Major surge in prescription drug deaths.

Are You Suffering From Popcorn Brain?

It’s time for a distraction from the political scandals and debt arguments.  CNN.com has posted an article which questions our addiction to technology, most notably, our time spent online.

The main concept of the piece is that we are too wired with our technology that our brains are unable to process all that we are doing.  Our constant use can basically fry the brain and reduce the size of the thinking part of the brain.

Do you think we spend too much time online?  What is the average amount of time that you spend online every day?

Click here for the full CNN article.

Easter Learning

Happy Easter to all!  The staff at Desperate America Report extends their well wishes to everyone and hopes for a safe and enjoyable weekend.  As is the usual case with holidays, we have decided to share some facts with the readers here.  Some are well-known while others may be entirely new.  Either way, enjoy these little eggs of knowledge!

Happy Easter!

  1. Easter is a Christian Festival which celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  On the third day after Good Friday, the day of his crucifixion, he rose from the dead.
  2. Eggs symbolize the new life which arrives in the Spring to nature.  Eggs were first traded prior to the existence of Easter.  Egyptians and Persians exchanged eggs colored in Spring tones.
  3. Early Christians used the color Red to decorate their eggs to symbolize the Resurrection.
  4. The bunny symbolized new life and rebirth to early Egyptians.
  5. The Easter Bunny is based on a German legend: A woman hid colored eggs for her children to find during a famine.  As the children hurried to find the eggs, they saw a large bunny hopping away.
Those tidbits were provided by SunnieBunniezz.com

News Around the Internet!

Here is a brief look at some of the news stories flying around the web!

Government Shutdown Looms as Congressional Democrats and Republicans Battle

Radioactive Leak Contained

2 Americans Killed in Mexico

We’ll have a special comment coming Thursday on the possible government shutdown.

Presidents’ Day or President’s Day?

Many people welcome the arrival of the third Monday in February.  Hawaii has their Kaiser Permanente Great Aloha Run every year on the date and countless of Americans have the day off.  However, do we really know anything about this holiday?  Today we take a brief look at the significance of this day and figure out how to spell it!

George Washington was the first Washington's Birthday is the official holiday we celebrate every third Monday of February. (PHOTO CREDIT: http://www.commons.wikimedia.org)

The actual name for the holiday is Washington’s Birthday.  It was established by Congress in the 1880 for government offices in Washington D.C.  By 1885, the holiday expanded to all federal offices.  Initially the holiday fell on the date of George Washington’s birthday, February 22nd.  But in 1971, the holiday was moved to the third Monday in February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.  The Congressional act meant that the holiday would now fall between February 15-21 and miss Washington’s actual birthday.  There have been several attempts to officially rename the holiday, however all have failed.

The term President’s/Presidents’ Day was created by the business sector looking for an extra holiday time to run large sales.  The reason for the variation of spelling is because there is a discrepancy as to who is being celebrated.  President‘s Day signifies the honoring of George Washington.  Presidents’ Day honors the office of the President.

That was the brief history lesson behind the holiday!  Hope everyone enjoys the extended weekend.

FYI:

During Washington’s time, his birth date changed from February 11 to February 22.  Initially the Julian Calendar was used by the English Colonies.  However, the Gregorian Calendar was adopted in 1752 and Washington chose to observe the translated date of February 22.

New Pentagon Reports/Ron Reagan Jr. Stirs the Pot/Nebraska Wins!

Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend.  Here are some stories making the rounds:

Pentagon report says put women in front lines.

Reagan brothers fight

Miss Nebraska wins Miss America Pageant

 

 

2010 in review

Here is a review of 2010 for this site.  First of all, thank you to everyone who made 2010 such an amazing experience.  I started this blog back in March of 2010 in order to push people to get involved with government and politics.  All the comments, emails, and messages really push this site forward.  Once again, thank from the bottom of my heart!

-Ryan Adverderada

Founder, Desperate America Report

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 8,900 times in 2010. That’s about 21 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 131 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 26 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 2nd with 194 views. The most popular post that day was Two Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot for Hawaii.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were digg.com, en.wordpress.com, twitter.com, facebook.com, and healthfitnesstherapy.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for slovenia, desperate america, honolulu hale, adeja johnson, and dan inouye.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Two Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot for Hawaii October 2010

2

Honolulu City Council District 1 Candidate Websites November 2010
2 comments

3

Special Comment: Hawaii’s Public School System is Flunking! April 2010
1 comment

4

Hawaii Office of Elections Releases Complete List of Candidates July 2010

5

Who will be Hawaii’s next Governor? July 2010

Merry Christmas!

On behalf of Desperate America Report, Merry Christmas everyone!

Enjoy your day with friends and family and remember to thank all of them for being part of your life!

Weekend News

Happy 4th of July weekend everyone!  Enjoy the fireworks, burgers, hot dogs, beer, and the company of loved ones.  Don’t get too crazy this weekend.  Here are some interesting stories to check out as we celebrate our nation’s birth:

Two headed calf born in Egypt

-An Egyptian farmer declared the recent birth of a two headed calf, a “divine miracle.”

“Meathead” 4th of July tips

-Huffington Post quick tips to enjoying the long weekend!

Enjoy the weekend everyone!  Monday’s Best returns with a special look at a great cause.

Weekend News

It’s Father’s Day weekend.  Have you gotten dad his gift already?  Enjoy some light-hearted news stories while relaxing this weekend where ever you may be.  Don’t forget to thank dad tomorrow!

Hotel chain bans vuvuzelas! Looks like the World Cup’s breakout star is making some waves.

Ron Artest credits Championship win to…his psychiatrist?  Talk about free advertisements!

Enjoy the weekend everyone!