Plastic Bans Make Bottled Water Hard to Swallow

Thirsty people have been turning to bottled water by the millions to refresh and rehydrate themselves during work and play. This consumption leads to lots of plastic trash that will last for years in a landfill if it’s not otherwise recycled.

A recent article on Glamour Magazine’s website looked at the topic of drinking water versus sugary beverages delivered in plastic bottles. How would removing bottled water from a lively college campus affect water consumption and plastic pollution? Thanks to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, there’s now data on the effect of banning bottled water.

The study took place at the University of Vermont, which enjoys the vibrant food and music scene of nearby Burlington. College students found themselves on the receiving end of a ban on bottled water during part of the study. 

Once that ban took place, students didn’t opt to quench their thirst from water fountains or a tap. They chose from other bottled beverages for sale of the sugary and non-sugary variety. The increase in sugary beverage consumption rose 25 percent. 

One might have hoped the ban would result in less plastic entering the environment. Nope, said the study’s findings. The number of plastic bottles entering the waste stream rose by 8.5 percent as students clicked on alternative bottled beverages.

Hopes that students would go for other sources of water resulted in disappointment. While the study’s researchers urged the development of easier ways to recycle, other options for drinking water without the disposable bottle are available.

Companies like S’well make stylish reusable bottles that keep water cold and refreshing through the day. The company claims one S’well bottle means 3,000 plastic bottles aren’t being used in a year. That sounds like a number the University of Vermont researchers would drink to in satisfaction.

Decade-Old Gay Pride Tribute Photo Sparks Outrage

Yesterday, July 1, a gay pride photo, a tribute to a military photo from 1945 that was shot over a decade ago has caused outrage after re-surfacing this last week as a celebration of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision. The photo recreates the iconic image of Marines raising the American flag at Iwo Jima with gay men raising the LGBT+ Pride flag on a mountaintop.

A lot of military groups and individuals have threatened the photographer, Ed Freeman, after re-discovering the photo. Many believe he should have never compared the struggles of gay Americans to the bloody conflict the marines faced long ago.

Yet, there are those who believe the photo is fitting.

Folks at Amen Clinic know that people have a short memory. Homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals, et cetera were not merely ignored or slightly bullied throughout history. Many men and women were treated brutally during the thousands of years that they have struggled for recognition.

Some lost their lives to religious fanatics who, even to this day, proclaim any sexuality that isn’t heterosexuality as an affront to God and normalcy. As a minority, their struggle has not been bloodless. In World War II, they were taken to the Nazi camps along with Jews and other minorities. Many died from experimentation after being institutionalized by force for “mental health problems.” Large numbers were harmed during the height of the AIDS epidemic because they were seen as disease carriers.

Villagers Build Bridge After the Government Ignores Their Requests

The people of nine different villages in the Haryana’s Sirsa district of India needed a bridge to help them get their produce into town faster. But when they requested that the government give them aid and build them a bridge, they were met with a wall of red tape and bureaucrats who didn’t care enough to pay attention to them.

After realizing that the government wasn’t going to give them any help, the people decided to simply do it themselves. Using the power of crowdfunding, they collected enough money to build their own bridge.

The bridge is nearly finished, and will be 250 feet long and 14 feet wide. Work on it was begun in April of last year. The idea was hatched after one man by the name of Hardev Singh encountered an engineer who was working on a government-funded bridge. He asked about the cost, then started discussing the idea of raising the money themselves with other locals.

The bridge will reduce the trek to town by more than 18 miles, and will also give them easier access to markets reports Igor Cornelsen. It will be inaugurated in a ceremony which politicians and government officials have not been invited to witness, as they haven’t even bothered to visit the site.

“We have no place for politicians or bureaucrats in our list of invitees for the bridge’s inauguration,” Singh stated. He went on to add that those who had contributed financially to the project were “more important than those who fooled us for more than three decades.”

Official Diplomatic Ties With Cuba Being Resumed

The U.S. embargo against Cuba that has been going on since the 1950s is coming to an end. It clearly never achieved its aims as one of the Castro brothers is still in charge on this island and Fidel was in charge until ill health, not our embargo, forced him out. The Obama Administration has already lifted certain travel restrictions to the island nation, and CNN is reporting that it will be announced on Wednesday, July 1 that embassies will be reopened in our respective countries for the first time in over 50 years.

It is about time a normalization of relations is occurring between our two nations. There has always been a bizarre contrast between how we in the U.S. have dealt with Cuba versus how we have dealt with China. For some reason, with China the correct solution was economic engagement and with Cuba it was supposedly economic isolation. Folks at Amen Clinic have found that the biggest reason for this would have to be the large Cuban expatriate community living in South Florida. For decades, this political block forced politicians to come out in favor of the blockade against Cuba, or they risked losing one of the biggest swing states in U.S. presidential politics. As the Bob Dylan songs says, however, “times they are a changin’.” The grown grandchildren of Cuban immigrants living in Florida today don’t see the sense of this decades long boycott anymore and fortunately neither does the Obama Administration.

Walmart Sold ISIS Flag Cake After Refusing To Allow One Displaying Confederate Flag

A Louisiana man whose request for a cake displaying a Confederate Flag was denied requested one showing the ISIS Battle Flag and received it. Chuck Netzhammer posted a video on YouTube showing the cake with the ISIS flag demanding to know why anyone could order one and yet could not get one showing the Confederate flag.

Netzhammer was upset when his request for the Confederate Flag cake with the words “Heritage Not Hate” was denied. He then decided to order one with an ISIS Battle Flag design to see what would happen. The store is located in Slidell, Louisiana. Click here for more.

According to Walmart the person who was decorating the cake didn’t understand what the design meant. It should be noted that the words and letters on the cake were written in the Arabic language, the cake designer apparently couldn’t read it. A spokesperson for Walmart told ABC that the cake was a mistake. “The cake should not have been made and we apologize.”

Walmart had earlier promised to remove all items displaying the Confederate Flag from both their physical and online stores. The removal was ordered after the June 17th church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. The move has upset some people who see the Confederate flag as a symbol of Southern American culture and not one of repression.

A Louisiana man whose request for a cake displaying a Confederate Flag was denied requested one showing the ISIS Battle Flag and received it. Chuck Netzhammer posted a video on YouTube showing the cake with the ISIS flag demanding to know why anyone could order one and yet could not get one showing the Confederate flag.

Netzhammer was upset when his request for the Confederate Flag cake with the words “Heritage Not Hate” was denied. He then decided to order one with an ISIS Battle Flag design to see what would happen. The store is located in Slidell, Louisiana.

According to Walmart the person who was decorating the cake didn’t understand what the design meant. It should be noted that the words and letters on the cake were written in the Arabic language, the cake designer apparently couldn’t read it. According to Brian Torchin, A spokesperson for Walmart told ABC that the cake was a mistake. “The cake should not have been made and we apologize.”

Walmart had earlier promised to remove all items displaying the Confederate Flag from both their physical and online stores. The removal was ordered after the June 17th church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. The move has upset some people who see the Confederate flag as a symbol of Southern American culture and not one of repression.

Find the Best Quality Products With Visual Search Technology

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US manufacturing costs fall to levels as low as China

Estimates produced by a Boston based company suggest the cost of manufacturing goods in the US has fallen to levels that put them on a par with the giant economy of China. Fortune reports the estimated come from the consultancy company BCG, which places the accolades for the falling manufacturing prices in the US firmly on the shoulders of the controversial energy production method of fracking. The production of shale gas has been a major source of controversy across the world and has recently been halted in certain areas of the UK over environmental concerns, but the widespread use of the practice in the US has seen energy costs fall and production levels rise.

BCG claims the Chinese manufacturing costs are just five percent lower than those seen in the US and the gap will continue to draw closer in the coming years. According to Igor Cornelsen, Chinese manufacturing costs have recently been rising as the workers of the country call for higher wages to close the gap between the top earners and manufacturing workers as the US economy sees cheaper energy costs prompt a fall in overall costs for producing goods within the US. Across the European Union the use of fracking has been a controversial issue that has seen energy prices stay high and manufacturing costs continue to rise.

FreedomPop: The New Way Of Doing Wireless

FreedomPop is a new way of doing wireless internet and mobile phone service. Based out of California, this new comber to the data and communications market provides wireless services such as text and voice for cell phone companies. Similar to how other cell phone companies work, FreedomPop also sells phones, and wireless devices such as tablets that can be used with their service. They are currently providing service through Sprint and Clearwire

FreedomPop was founded in Los Angeles in 2011 by Steven Sesar and Stephen Stokols. Basically FreedomPop sells wireless hotspot devices with free mobile data and cellular, voice and text services for free. They began to offer wireless internet services and mobile services in the United States with the primary usage of Clearwire’s 4G network. FreedomPop then partnered with Sprint for an expansion that included 3G and 4G with Sprint only compatible phones or devices.

As FreedomPop began to expand they were able to support not only the iPhone but LTE Android smartphones in not only the United States but in other countries as well. Finally, after having a few years under their belt, FreedomPop was able to begin offering free data, voice and text plans to tablet users. Account holders are able to purchase a device directly through FreedomPop or they may bring their own device to the company providing it is compatible with either Sprint or Clearwire. Recently, FreedomPop has been able to offer its own brand of tablets and smartphones which come with free voice and text messaging. They have also created a new nationwide wireless plan which through a monthly plan you are able to access and utilize millions of wireless hotspots throughout the country for one low monthly fee.

Currently, FreedomPop has a very large group of satisfied subscribers primarily based in the United States, however they have begun to expand in Europe, mainly the United Kingdom. Services in the United Kingdom will be as they are in the United States, primarily free but able to make revenue through additional services. FreedomPop has also decided to create a new product for frequent travelers called “Jetsetter” which will give users access to high speed data on the go.

While many companies have been in discussions with FreedomPop about the acquisition of this growing company, FreedomPop has so far neither confirmed nor denied that they may sell. At this point in time FreedomPop continues to be a growing alternative company setting the pace and raising the bar for other cellular companies to follow suit.

Dan Newlin’s Brand Strategy

For most people, the hashtag is intended for amusement and to share various ideas on Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook. Occasionally hashtags are used just to make a Tweet sound silly. Dynamic attorney Dan Newlin‘s has now implemented the eccentric squared sign (also known as the pound sign #) with senseless aiming bulges into his law practice.

Realizing the difficulty of the human’s ability to memorize phone numbers, Newlin decided to make it easier to reach his law practice by simply dialing #Dan, rather than the old-school 10 digit phone number. By incorporating the hashtag into his business, he effectively used new technology as an effective brand strategy.

Never one to take a break, Newlin recently opened the Law Offices of Dan Newlin in Chicago, in addition to his law practice which has served the Central and South Florida regions for many years. Obviously since his service area is enormous, he desired a way for clients to easily reach his offices, so his use of the eager hashtag was brilliant. Dan Newlin’s innovative idea to adopt the hashtag will now allow individuals who suffered misfortune due to the unjust acts of others to get their due justice.

Giant Python Freed From Hole

A giant python in Phuket, Thailand had managed to get itself stuck inside of a drain cover on a busy road. Passing drivers on the road had alerted officials that the nine foot python had managed to get half its body into the drain before becoming stuck.

According to Mikal Watts, animal rescue workers arrived on the scene to help the python out of the sticky situation it was in. Rescue workers had to work carefully to free the snake. Some made sure that the back end was under control while others worked from the front to free it. Working together they managed to free the large reptile from its trap. They then brought it to a Wildlife Sanctuary where it would be able to slither around in peace. They were grateful that the public called in for the rescue instead of ignoring the snake or trying to free it themselves. Although pythons are not poisonous, their bite is still dangerous and can lead to infections.

Thailand is known for the large, native pythons that live on the land. Just last year an enormous python that measured 18 feet in length was found in Phuket. I think I’m just going to go ahead and scratch Thailand off of my places to eventually visit.

For the full story, along with pictures, check it out on The Daily Mail.