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Hedge Fund Spars With a Nameless Blogger

Hedge Fund Spars With a Nameless Blogger | Earth and it's highest life forms | Scoop.it
The case by David Einhorn’s firm against Seeking Alpha could be a watershed for confidential information being posted anonymously.
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This New York Times article by Andrew Ross Sorkin talks about a case of confidential information being leaked on social media site Twitter. The hedge fund manager, David Einhorn, is attempting to sue the culprit who has hidden behind his/her online alias.

This story highlights an interesting issue: can we get away with illegal acts by being anonymous? The only people that had the information that was disclosed were under legal obligation to keep it under wraps. 

I feel that anonymity allows people to let there dark side out often. When you look at comments posted on websites such as Youtube, you will often see heinously offensive language and threatening words. I hope that the outcome in this case is that the individual who perpetrated the crime is exposed and found guilty. As me move into a digital world, we cannot allow this world to become lawless.

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Why High-Impact Exercise Is Good for Your Bones

Why High-Impact Exercise Is Good for Your Bones | Earth and it's highest life forms | Scoop.it
For stronger bones, sprint. Jump off a box 15 inches or higher at your gym and jump back up. Hop in place.
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This is an article from the New York Times, written by Gretchen Reynolds, which outlines some new findings in the health science field about high impact exercise. Contrary to popular belief, high impact exercise is actually good for your bones. This even applies to older adults. I found this very interesting because I am a proponent of staying active even in one's senior years. It is my observation that elderly people that stay active with more strenuous exercises like running seem to age much better. It is like the physics law "a body in motion stays in motion". The most interesting part of the article was that it endorsed high impact exercises like 15 inch box jumps which seem as though they would have negative effects on your bones. Apparently, these motions cause your bones to strengthen.

I'm getting sick of staring at my computer. I think I'll go do some wind sprints!

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From the Chief - A soldier's life: Aaron Torian

From the Chief - A soldier's life: Aaron Torian | Earth and it's highest life forms | Scoop.it
Monday was President's Day and the American flags were out on State Street.
I like driving down State Street while the flags are out.
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Last Tuesday I received a text message from one of my buddies who I served with in the Marine Corps. It read, "Did you hear about Aaron Torian?" I replied "No". His next text was "He was killed in Afghanastan on Saturday."

Aaron was a Marine that was in my unit. We went to our military specialty training school together and did a deployment to Iraq together. He was killed on his sixth deployment in a combat zone. It was supposed to be his last. Well, I guess it was.

Hearing this news was very sobering for me. Unfortunately, it is not the first time this has happened since I got out, and it was all to common while I was in.

For some reason it hit me harder this time. I think it was partially because I almost forgot there was a war still going on, but the big reason it affected me is because right now in my life I feel so blessed. I live in California, I get to go to college and learn (yes, I really do enjoy it), and I have a wonderful girlfriend and family that is there for me. I sometimes forget for a moment about my brothers who are still fighting. It is easier not to think about it, but I think it's important to remember and never take life or liberty for granted.

Semper Fi and rest in peace brother, you served your country with honor and courage.

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Reality-Show Snake-Handling Pastor Dies -- From Snake Bite - NBC News

Reality-Show Snake-Handling Pastor Dies -- From Snake Bite - NBC News | Earth and it's highest life forms | Scoop.it
A Kentucky pastor who starred in a reality show about handling snakes during church services, died Saturday night after a fatal snake bite, police said.Pasto...
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This is a story from NBC news about someone who's extreme religious beliefs cost him his life. Many people throughout history have died honorably for their conviction, some called martyrs, but this guy was kind of just an idiot, in my humble opinion.

I hate to sound like a callous individual, but after reading this news story about a snake handling pastor who died of a snake bite injury, all I could think was "well, one more parking spot for me." I just don't understand how people come up with some of their beliefs. I am a very open person about religious beliefs. I don't even really believe in one universal truth, but I do think that there is a point when these crazy worship rituals gets ridiculous.

The problem with this type of behavior is not for the adults who make these choices for themselves. It is a detriment to the children that have to grow up in these moronic religions. I really am not an advocate of criticizing someone else's belief systems, but this snake handling crap has got to go.

 

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Country divided over need for stricter gun control: poll

Country divided over need for stricter gun control: poll | Earth and it's highest life forms | Scoop.it
Americans’ attitudes on gun control have evolved significantly since 20 students and six staffers were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in Dec. 2012.
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I am posting this article about gun control because it is a "hot button" issue that I feel is very indicative of the way Americans form their opinions in a very reactionary manner. Their rapidly formed beliefs often are reversed as time passes and tempers fade. An example of this comes from the wake of the tragedy that took place on September 11th, 2001.  Many Americans got behind President Bush and the War on Terror (and let’s not forget Congress). Years later, many supporters had done a complete 180 and detested the war. They were the same people with completely different opinions!

This short news story demonstrates the mutable views of Americans perfectly by showing how many people have flip-flopped on this issue over the course of just one year. It is my opinion that the majority of the population does support the second amendment (the right to bear arms). I also believe that many of the people who take these surveys and indicate that they support gun control laws are mostly in favor of minor adjustments to the legislation, not banning gun ownership completely. Again, forming opinions based on emotion is no way for an intelligent citizen or lawmaker to make decisions.

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FDA Response to the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Facility Incident

FAQs related to the FDA Response to the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Facility Incident
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This report from the Food and Drug Administration tackles the issue of public concern over radiation in fish from Japans nuclear power facility incident. There has been a lot of concern about this radiation entering our food supply. It is the FDAs job to monitor issues like this and put unfounded fears to rest. I, personally, eat a lot of fish and was concerned with this occurrence. This report put my mind at ease for the time being. I feel that it is important to be informed about issues related to our health. I also believed that being irrational with fears or being overzealous can be counterproductive to your health.

Organizations such as the FDA and the CDC (Center of Disease Control) are examples, in my opinion, of government being involved how they should be. These organizations protect U.S. citizens, and they allow for unbiased findings of research. It is good to stay informed, especially in issues that directly affect your life. I think there is a high level of ignorance with nutritional knowledge with Americans. It can be a confusing subject, but what we put in our bodies has both short term and long term effects. Knowledge is power.

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Why am I doing this? - Keith Zeier

Why am I doing this? - Keith Zeier | Earth and it's highest life forms | Scoop.it
I am doing this because it is something that I am truly passionate about and believe in the impact that it can have on others. I have always been a firm believer that nothing is worth doing if you ...
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This is a blog article from a non-profit organization, Ascents of Honor, that gives monetary support for family members of deceased or severely injured Special Ops military members. The organization was founded by the Author of the article, Keith Zeier. Keith was a member of my platoon that deployed in 2006 to Fallujah Iraq. He was wounded in an IED attack, and as a result lost his left leg. He currently is very active with this charity in which he climbs mountains to promote the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Keith always wanted to have a full career in the Marine Corps, but since that is no longer possible, this is his way of giving back. He is an inspiration and a true hero.

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This is a blog article from a non-profit organization, Ascents of Honor, that gives monetary support for family members of deceased or severely injured Special Ops military members. The organization was founded by the Author of the article, Keith Zeier. Keith was a member of my platoon that deployed in 2006 to Fallujah Iraq. He was wounded in an IED attack, and as a result lost his left leg. He currently is very active with this charity in which he climbs mountains to promote the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Keith always wanted to have a full career in the Marine Corps, but since that is no longer possible, this is his way of giving back. He is an inspiration and a true hero.

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Annoying Ways People Use Sources | Writing Spaces

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This is a really informative essay, by Kyle D. Stedman from writing spaces.org, that discusses how to cite sources smoothly in research papers. The essay itself was written in a very interesting manner, as he paralleled choppy writing with bad driving.

There was a lot of good information about how to properly cite sources without leaving the reader confused or losing the flow of the writing. He uses specific examples from some of his students on what to do and what not to do. He also shows how to fix problems when they do occur.

All in all, I would recommend reading this to avoid making the mistakes that he outlines.

 

 

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Lawmakers Press N.F.L. on Name Change for Washington Redskins

Lawmakers Press N.F.L. on Name Change for Washington Redskins | Earth and it's highest life forms | Scoop.it
In a letter to the National Football League commissioner, Senator Maria Cantwell and Representative Tom Cole mentioned the league’s tax-exempt status.
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Articles like this one, taken from the New York Times, always make me laugh a little. It addresses an “issue” that has a few members of congress concerned: the possible racial insensitivity of sports team names, specifically the Washington Redskins.

As if the Redskins didn’t have enough problems (they were the second worst team in the league this past season), there are certain groups that are calling for legislation to force them to change the name their team has carried for over 80 years.

I, personally, think that this kind of sensitivity is ridiculous. I am from predominantly Irish heritage, and I would have no problem with a team called the “Drunk Micks”. We need to get over it America! Words are words. Free speech means that we can say what we want to say, everyone has the right to not like it and not support it.

Besides, no one is going to want to wear a jersey that says “Washington Native American Epidermises’”!

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