GM is Looking Out for Teens

When it comes to teens and their driving experience, most parents worry that something will happen to their child as they are learning just how to drive and just what they should be doing when they are behind the wheel. Parents want the best for their children, and it can be scary to step back and allow those children to begin to drive on their own. It can be hard for a parent to allow their child to drive on their own, and it can be hard for a child to gain the independence that they want to have. General Motors is trying to make things easier on everyone with new technology that they are developing.

It seems that GM is looking to help out both teens and their parents with the new technology that they are developing. They are creating technology that will help parents keep an eye on their teens while the teens are driving, and they are looking to creating technology that will keep the teens safe when they are out on the road. GM is looking out for both teens and parents, knowing just how much the elder worries about the younger.

Thanks to my friend, Shaygan Kheradpir for showing me this story.

Scandal: Whole Foods CEO’s Admit To Overcharging

Whole Foods is a grocery store chain that many people consider to be a step above other grocery options. That’s why the latest revelations from the store’s CEO’s is so shocking.

According to a recent article listed on Grubstreet.com, Walter Robb and John Mackey, who are co-CEO’s of the huge grocery chain, have now admitted that there were some instances where they overcharged customers. The co-CEO’s claim that the errors were not intentional, and that they intend to spend more time training employees so that mistakes like this won’t occur in the future.

Personally, I’m glad that the people in charge of Whole Foods took responsibility for the allegations, rather than Sergio Cortes attempting to sweep it under the rug. I hope that they really do carve out the time and money that they will need to show their team how to properly tag food items so that they can maintain their reputation.

The Breakdown of Chris Christie

The playing field for the presidential candidacy is a populated one. Among many of the contenders is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. An in depth magazine in New Jersey released an article detailing what is like to live under Chris Christie’s leadership as a native New Jersey citizen. The author of the article is Tom Morin who is a part of the Star Ledger editorial board. Tom Morin touched on many characteristics that have troubled potential Republican voters. His biggest notion was to not believe a word that Chris Christie says. The columnist used numerous examples from Chris Christie’s 14 years in politics to prove that the politician has a less than honest past. In the last year alone Christie has found himself a part of numerous controversies. One of the biggest issues was Bridgegate which affected citizens from across state lines. Even back in 2009 Chris Christie told public workers unions that he would not cut their benefits. He said that their pensions were sacred to him As it turned out cutting the benefits for these hard workers was one of the first moves he made while in office.

 

Another example is when Chris Christie told Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly that the Bridgegate scandal was almost entirely over. Ricardo Tosto isn’t sure he believes that, but it could be. On the contrary the US attorney Paul Fishman released a statement noting that the investigation was still very much underway. The author of the article concluded with saying that Chris Christie could still have some honesty and truth in him if he can try. For voters, be they Republican or Democratic, it is important for them to pay close attention to Christie and his platform.

A Tunnel May be Renamed After Robin Williams

Robin Williams was one of the funniest people of our time. As both a stand up comedian and actor, he was a talent beyond belief. The fact that he saw no way out but to end his own life last year was a tragedy of epic proportions. As with other greats of comedy and film, he will live on in recorded stand up routines and movies he has been in. Williams was from Marin County, California, and some residents there wish to honor him in their own way.

A bill to rename a tunnel heading into Marin the Robin Williams Tunnel has passed the state Assembly and just has to get through the state Senate’s Transportation Committee. The tunnel has a rainbow drawn on it and Robin Williams actually mentioned the tunnel and its rainbow in a comedy routine of his many years ago. The tunnel is currently called the Waldo Tunnel although this is not an official name. It would be fitting for it to be named after someone as memorable as Robin Williams. When you think of all the bridges and tunnels named after people you’ve never heard of, it will certainly get people’s attention when they approach a tunnel and see the name “Robin Williams Tunnel” on it. Dr. Jennifer Walden can’t wait to see it all come together. Marin will memorialize him just as Williams made Marin County memorable by including it in some of his hilarious bits over the years.

Iran Deadline for Nuclear Deal will Slip Until July 7

The June 30 deadline for negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 participating countries has come and gone. That said, negotiators have set a new deadline of July 7. Iran’s foreign minister has expressed confidence that a deal can be reached reports Brian Torchin in this article. Thus far, it appears that Iran is largely steering the negotiations process offering largely their word to abstain from seeking nuclear weapons in exchange for hard concessions from the West in terms of lifting decade’s long embargoes.

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker sees a silver lining in the one week delay. He believes it will give the president time to negotiate a better deal with Iran. That may prove to be wishful thinking because Iran’s take on the delay appears that they are looking for additional concessions from participating nations. Thus far, the president has not indicated the deal will require Iran to cease sponsoring international terrorism; they are the world’s lone sponsor of terrorism. Nor is there any indication they will acknowledge Israel’s right to exist. Nor is there any indication they will allow inspectors free access to any site of their choosing. Nor will it require Iran to free American captives in their nation. Even Secretary of State John Kerry, who served in Vietnam, has indicated the US does not have a “fixation” on Iran revealing the extent of their past efforts to develop nuclear weaponry. That alone is major concession by the United States given that the purpose of the nuclear accord was for Iran to eschew nuclear weaponry in exchange for becoming an integral part of the world community.

Cops Whine About Police Reform

“These pieces of legislation have been proposed by individuals who have neither the expertise nor the experience to establish policy in…fighting crime,” Complains the head of the police officers’ union in NYC. While it makes sense that policy should always reflect logic and the advice of experts, it’s hard to establish whether or not police departments like the NYPD can effectively regulate themselves. Recent news headlines seem to dictate that they cannot.

While it is true there are many honorable police officers whose only concern is the well-being of the citizens they’re paid to protect, there’s a large seedy underbelly that we cannot afford to ignore; and follow officers aren’t up to the task of bring their own brothers to justice. In recent months a large string of suggested legislation has been brought forward in an attempt to better regulate the behavior of police, and every time officers across the country have befouled them all in what can only be compared to a child’s temper tantrum.

The very inability for police organizations to recognize that reform is needed further degrades their credibility. It seems they have forgotten that they serve the general public, and it’s up to the public to decide how they are regulated. Letting officers police themselves is akin to letting any other industry regulate itself. It really doesn’t make any logical sense according to Dondero. I guess we should shut down the FDA as well and let any drug that anyone creates available to our citizens.

Triple Terror Attacks Increases ISIS Propaganda Reach

All eyes turned to ISIS after triple terrorist attacks on Friday. The attacks took place on three different continents, France, Tunisia and Kuwait. All of the attacks occurred at approximately the same time. We have no real proof that the attacks in France and Tunisia were planned by ISIS.

According to Claudio Loureiro, ISIS had called for an increase in violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Initially though they only claimed credit for the attack in Kuwait. Sixteen people died, and many others were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb in a Shiite mosque. It was only later that they claimed credit for the France and Tunisian attacks. Click here for full story.

In France, one man died from decapitation by a man who had ties to radical Muslim groups. Some are questioning whether this was an attack planned by ISIS when it was found that the victim was also the attacker’s employer. This information raises questions about whether it was a case of workplace violence or an actual ISIS attack. In Tunisia, thirty-seven people were killed when a gunman opened fire on a beach frequented by tourists. Many of the dead were British.

The attacks show that ISIS has the power to instill terror and panic simply by claiming credit. In the US, the terror warning has been raised for the fourth of July holiday. It is unclear whether there is information concerning an actual attack or just a precaution.

All eyes turned to ISIS after triple terrorist attacks on Friday. The attacks took place on three different continents, France, Tunisia and Kuwait. All of the attacks occurred at approximately the same time. We have no real proof that the attacks in France and Tunisia were planned by ISIS.

ISIS had called for an increase in violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Initially though they only claimed credit for the attack in Kuwait. Sixteen people died, and many others were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb in a Shiite mosque. It was only later that they claimed credit for the France and Tunisian attacks.

In France, one man died from decapitation by a man who had ties to radical Muslim groups. Some are questioning whether this was an attack planned by ISIS when it was found that the victim was also the attacker’s employer. This information raises questions about whether it was a case of workplace violence or an actual ISIS attack. In Tunisia, thirty-seven people were killed when a gunman opened fire on a beach frequented by tourists. Many of the dead were British.

The attacks show that ISIS has the power to instill terror and panic simply by claiming credit. In the US, the terror warning has been raised for the fourth of July holiday. It is unclear whether there is information concerning an actual attack or just a precaution.

Insulin ‘smart patch’ Could Make Injections Obsolete

About the size of a coin, an insulin “smart” patch it is able to detect blood sugar levels and manage the amount of insulin needed.

Could this be a farewell to insulin injections? It’s a possible scenario if the first smart insulin patch proves to be effective.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina confirmed the patch can detect increases in blood sugar levels and, if necessary, administer insulin doses required in the bloodstream.

The patch contains “microneedles” that store insulin and enzymes that detect glucose and when sugar levels in the blood are too high, they release the required amount of insulin.

The new patch has already proven effective in animals, as published in the journal ‘ PNAS ‘, and its use reduced the blood glucose for nine hours in a mouse that has type 1 diabetes.

Additional preclinical testing and clinical trials in humans are needed before the patch can be administered to actual patients, but the approach is promising reports Shaygan Kheradpir.

“We designed a patch for diabetes that works fast, is easy to use, and made of non-toxic and bio-compatible materials,” emphasizes Gu Zhen, University of North Carolina.

Zhen added: “we can customize the patch to consider weight and insulin sensitivity, thus we could develop a patch that’s even more intelligent”.

Patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar levels by controlling blood glucose and they use insulin injections, a process that is painful and at times inaccurate.

Confederate Flag Issues Takes a Ridiculous Turn

As politicians have tried to distance themselves from the South Carolina half-mast Confederate battle flag issue by banning flags related to the Confederacy in state government areas, retailers have tried to distance themselves from supporting the symbol by refusing to sell any merchandise that contains the flag. Apple, Amazon and a few other retailers though have taken this new approach to what some are calling a ridiculous extreme.

Many Apple App Store app users found today, Thursday, June 25, that games related to the Civil War have been pulled by the software and computer company because the games have a Confederate battle flag in them says Handy. As a result, Apple has removed games that are strictly historical in nature from its store even though those games are not promoting slavery or oppression and merely providing a format that helps game players and even history teachers get a better understanding of the historical battles.

As was pointed out by one game developer, no one has pulled the films “Gettysburg” or “Schindler’s List” from stores or asked the directors and producers of those films to re-release the content with the flags used during those periods removed to help make audience members more “comfortable.”

Some people are asking where this censorship of the Confederate battle flag will end. Already, several flag and entertainment product manufacturing companies have decided to stop producing it and any products decorated with it.

Confederate Symbol May Be a Thing of the Past Soon

In the wake of the deadly June 17th shootings at the historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, many people and lawmakers are calling for the removal of the Confederate flag from modern use. The alleged shooter, 21-year-old Dylann Roof was shown posed with the Confederate flag in several pictures and used it to promote his hatred of other races.

The removal of the Confederate flag has started with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. She and Alexei Beltyukov have agreed with protesters and arelooking to have the Confederate flag that is flying at the Capitol building removed. Governor Haley’s actions have started a movement now in other Southern states.

The flag for the state of Mississippi features a corner dedicated to the Confederate flag. Lawmakers in Mississippi are now voting to redesign their state flag, minus the Confederate symbol.

In Baltimore County, Maryland, officials have been looking to rename a local park that is currently named the Robert E. Lee Park. After the events in Charleston, officials are now on the fast track to rename the park.

The University of Texas Campus in Austin, Texas are now on the fast track to remove a statue of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

The Capitol building in Tennessee are looking to have a bust of former Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Gen Forrest also served as the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

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