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Celebrities Caught Driving 100+ MPH

Celebrities Caught Driving 100+ MPH | Here is quite an interesting blog that I just happen to run | Scoop.it
When thinking of celebrity fender-benders, you probably imagine Lindsay Lohan or Britney Spears plowing into a parked car in Beverly Hills after a night of drunken partying. But every so often,...
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When thinking of celebrity fender-benders, you probably imagine Lindsay Lohan or Britney Spears plowing into a parked car in Beverly Hills after a night of drunken partying.

 

But every so often, thrill-seeking celebs ditch the familiar byways of Rodeo Drive and head out for the open road—and that’s when the real trouble starts.

 

Remember the film “Red Asphalt” from driver’s training? Here are a few celebrities who obviously never saw it.

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5 Ways to Avoid Swine Flu

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Flu season is always a dangerous time. But this year, there’s an even deadlier concern: swine flu. The H1N1 strain of swine flu can affect people of all ages, including healthy teens and adults. A...
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Flu season is always a dangerous time. But this year, there’s an even deadlier concern: swine flu. 

The H1N1 strain of swine flu can affect people of all ages, including healthy teens and adults. A report from the White House estimates that swine flu may affect as many as 40% of Americans.

Fortunately, the following five steps can help you stave off swine flu.

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America's 10 Most Common Jobs

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So I read today in USA Today an article that gives a list of America's 10 most common jobs. I had a suspicion that the top jobs would be something low-paying and part-time and boy was I right--check...
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So I read today in USA Today an article that gives a list of America's 10 most common jobs.

 

I had a suspicion that the top jobs would be something low-paying and part-time and boy was I right--check out the top 10...

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5 Ways to ‘Green’ Your Vehicle Without Spending a Dime

5 Ways to ‘Green’ Your Vehicle Without Spending a Dime | Here is quite an interesting blog that I just happen to run | Scoop.it
In the recent ‘Grassoline’ post, we explored the alternative fuels and vehicles being researched, developed and debated in national headlines. But in this economy, you can ‘go green’ without...
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In the recent ‘Grassoline’ post, we explored the alternative fuels and vehicles being researched, developed and debated in national headlines. 

But in this economy, you can ‘go green’ without spending an arm and a leg.

Here are five ways to ‘green’ your vehicle and save money at the pump without spending a dime.

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Too Many Americans are Skipping Necessary Prescription Drugs - Report

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The American health care system has been called many things, but cheap isn’t one of them. A report just released by the Center for Studying Health System Change , a nonprofit group, found that one...

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The American health care system has been called many things, but cheap isn’t one of them.

A report just released by the Center for Studying Health System Change, a nonprofit group, found that one in seven Americans under 65 skipped a prescription medication in 2007 due to cost. 

That figure is up dramatically from 2003, when only one in 10 Americans went without prescriptions due to cost. 

Three in 10 low-income Americans said they had been unable to fill a prescription due to cost. And nearly a quarter of adults on Medicaid or state-funded health care programs said they had difficulty affording drugs. 

But it’s not just uninsured citizens who are suffering. Roughly one in 10 Americans with employer-sponsored coverage went without a prescription in 2007. 

Rising drug prices, a tendency for physicians to prescribe medication more frequently, skimpier drug coverage and a slowing economy are attributed to the rise. 

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Many Americans Aren't Buying New Cars Because of the Recession

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Have you put off buying a new car because of the economy? If so, you aren't alone. New research from R.L. Polk & Co. found that nearly two-thirds (64%) of consumers said they were “very or...
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Have you put off buying a new car because of the economy? If so, you aren't alone. 

New research from R.L. Polk & Co. found that nearly two-thirds (64%) of consumers said they were “very or extremely likely” to keep their vehicles longer than usual due to the economic downturn. 

Instead, 81 percent of consumers said they plan to pay closer attention to routine car care and maintenance to keep their current vehicle running longer. 

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Will Stricter Fuel-Efficiency Standards Actually Increase Pollution?

Will Stricter Fuel-Efficiency Standards Actually Increase Pollution? | Here is quite an interesting blog that I just happen to run | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama instituted a new national policy that has already increased fuel efficiency for all new vehicles sold in the U.S. By 2016, a new phase of the program will require cars, small...
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President Barack Obama instituted a new national policy that has already increased fuel efficiency for all new vehicles sold in the U.S. 

By 2016, a new phase of the program will require cars, small trucks and SUVs to achieve at least 35 miles per gallon. 

Some experts, however have slammed the policy on the grounds that it will lead to an increase in pollution. But is it true? 
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A how-to blog with money-saving tips, tricks, ways to save and more
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This is a blog about SEO, a blog about humor and cell phones and technology and funny looks at my life and my writing and my career. It's a pretty off-the-wall blog that, I think, you will find very interesting to read.

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Car Insurance is a Necessary Evil

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Car insurance is one of those things that you know you have to buy but you hope you'll never have to use. (Life insurance is a more extreme example of this--if you use it, you're dead, so you'll...

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Car insurance is one of those things that you know you have to buy but you hope you'll never have to use. 

(Life insurance is a more extreme example of this--if you use it, you're dead, so you'll actually be glad to have "wasted" money on an unused life insurance policy.)

And because most states (48 states) require drivers to carry some level of basic car insurance coverage, the amounts vary by state but it's usually a very low level of liability insurance. 

Not to say that liability insurance isn't important, because it is, but you won't be protected against a wide array of dangers if you only opt for liability coverage. 

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Driving Without Car Insurance is Stupid, and Illegal, and Dangerous -- Oh, and Costly, Too

Driving Without Car Insurance is Stupid, and Illegal, and Dangerous -- Oh, and Costly, Too | Here is quite an interesting blog that I just happen to run | Scoop.it
Car insurance is required by law in 48 states. The penalty for driving without car insurance can be very steep depending on the jurisdiction. The minimum amount of liability coverage required by law...
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All across America it's absolutely necessary that you have a car insurance policy before you put your butt behind the wheel and drive.

 

Why is car insurance required? Because accidents happen, and when they do there has to be someone there to mop up the financial mess, so to speak.

 

That's where your insurer comes in.

 

When you have an accident, your car insurance company makes sure that you don't lose money out-of-pocket and does its best to get you back on the road again.

 

That's the point of car insurance: you pay a premium and, in the event of an accident, the insurer helps you get "made whole" again, as if the accident never happened.

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Dumping Syndrome after Gastric Bypass Surgery -- My Personal Experience

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I had gastric bypass surgery in August 2010 in Sacramento. I was just 25 years old, and I lost 220 pounds after the procedure--it truly was a life-changing ordeal for me, and I would do it over again...
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For me, the biggest struggle post-op was forcing myself NOT to eat sugar, especially liquid sugar, because of the dreaded "dumping syndrome" that gastric bypass patients suffer from.

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Hi Robert Lewis, Happy Birthday from Metro PCS! Or Not...

Hi Robert Lewis, Happy Birthday from Metro PCS! Or Not... | Here is quite an interesting blog that I just happen to run | Scoop.it
So today is May 9, my 29th birthday , and even Google has taken the trouble to wish me a happy birthday. On my homepage today there's a birthday cake logo that says "Google." That's beautiful, and of...
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Me -- my not-so-happy birthday

So today is May 9, my 29th birthday, and even Google has taken the trouble to wish me a happy birthday. On my homepage today there's a birthday cake logo that says "Google." 

That's beautiful, and of course family and friends have been calling and texting and emailing and Facebooking and Google+ing all over the place wishing me the best on my final birthday before the big THREE, ZERO, thirty. 

My cell phone company, Metro PCS in Sacramento, wasn't so nice, however, and felt the need to start my birthday morning off this way...
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If You Drop Dead, What Happens to Your Computer Passwords?

If You Drop Dead, What Happens to Your Computer Passwords? | Here is quite an interesting blog that I just happen to run | Scoop.it
It’s a typical Tuesday night. You’re surfing the web on your new iPhone, checking out the American Idol highlights on YouTube.  You finish your bowl of chips, gulp down the rest of your soda...
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It’s a typical Tuesday night. You’re surfing the web on your new iPhone, checking out the American Idol highlights on YouTube.  

You finish your bowl of chips, gulp down the rest of your soda when suddenly…wham.

Pain shoots through your chest, you feel a shortness of breath and your entire body grinds to a halt—you’re having a heart attack. 

You grasp your chest, lose your balance and drop to the floor, dead as a doornail.

After the dust settles (literally), your loved ones may be stunned to discover the tragedy behind the tragedy: they don’t have access to your computer passwords.

But don’t worry: Legacy Locker’s one-of-a-kind “life insurance policy” for computer passwords is looking to change that. 

The idea is simple. With Legacy Locker (now called "Password Box"), your computer passwords are accessible even after you’re six feet under.  You store passwords in the system and, in the event of your demise, it provides those passwords to those you designate as “beneficiaries.”   
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3 Types of Weight Loss Surgery

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Modern bariatric surgery programs offer the latest weight loss surgery options: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, LAP-BAND, and vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Let’s take a closer look at each type. Roux-en-Y...
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Modern bariatric surgery programs offer the latest weight loss surgery options: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, LAP-BAND, and vertical sleeve gastrectomy. 

Let’s take a closer look at each type. 

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery is the most common form of weight loss surgery performed in the United States. 

Sometimes referred to as “stomach stapling,” you might be asking what is gastric bypass surgery? Well, gastric bypass promotes weight loss in two ways: 

It reduces the size of the stomach to 2-3 ounces, restricting food intake

It bypasses a portion of the small intestine, causing the body to absorb fewer calories from food  

Gastric bypass surgery is considered the gold standard for severely obese patients seeking considerable weight loss of 100 pounds or more. 

Patients with a BMI (body mass index) greater than 40 are usually encouraged to consider gastric bypass surgery.

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Is Being a Germophobe Really Such a Bad Thing? 

Is Being a Germophobe Really Such a Bad Thing?  | Here is quite an interesting blog that I just happen to run | Scoop.it

Do you carry a bottle of rubbing alcohol in your purse? Do you own a hospital-strength surgical mask? Do you cry yourself to sleep when the grocery store runs out of hand sanitizer? If you answered...

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Do you carry a bottle of rubbing alcohol in your purse? 

Do you own a hospital-strength surgical mask?

Do you cry yourself to sleep when the grocery store runs out of hand sanitizer? 

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you may be a germophobe, also spelled germaphobe. 

But as I’ll explain, that’s not really such a horrible thing. 
 

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