Hip Hop Meets Ping-Pong

October 28, 2007

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The New York Times has a new multimedia project which explores the many faces of China. The first part of the series, Shocking on Growth, shows us how the rapid economic growth of the country has resulted in an environmental crisis.

Facts mentioned in the piece:

  • In China, the number of deaths from pollution related diseases, such as cancer, comes second only to smoking.
  • Sixteen of the 25 most polluted cities in the world are in China. (Click here for a list of the 10 most polluted places in the world)
  • When you take into consideration the cost of environmental pollution, China’s economic growth is not was great as it appears.

The article is divided into four different parts: print, photo slide show, video, and an interactive map.

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NBC has a new interactive feature where you can compare candidates opinions on key issues such as Energy, Health Care and the Iraq War.

You can watch videos of each candidate speaking on the different subjects, and also read a brief explanation. There’s also links to news articles related to the specific topics and candidates.

But most importantly, the feature lets you weigh in on their opinion. You can rate each candidates proposal and compare your views to others like you.

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Of political polls

October 15, 2007

If it were left for world voters (including Americans) to decide our fate on the 2008 election, our next president would be a Republican.

According to Who Would the World Elect, Ron Paul would win with almost double the votes of his closest Democratic contender, Barack Obama.

It should be noted, however, that even though Ron Paul is a favorite of the American cybernetic world (American votes account for over 30 percent of the votes in the site), most international pollsters would actually elect Barack Obama.

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An independent contractor hired by the town of Barceloneta to clear three housing projects of animals, allegedly disposed of them by throwing them off a bridge in a nearby town, the Associated Press reports.

“This is an irresponsible, inhumane and shameful act,” the mayor of Barceloneta, Sol Luis Fontañez, told the AP.

Because of a no-pet policy, residents of the housing projects were force give up their pets in order to avoid eviction, residents of the Antonio Dávila Freytes Houses told El Nuevo Dia.

Animal Control Solutions were paid $60 for every animal recovered and $100 for each trip to the shelter. Instead, the recovered pets and strays were thrown off a 50-feet-high bridge in the town of Vega Baja, witnesses said.

Eighty dogs and cats were killed.

“I saw my cats in the cage they put them. And then I saw them on TV, after they threw them off the bridge. They killed my cats and I saw them, those were my cats,” 10-year old Thalía Pérez told El Nuevo Día.

A representative for Animal Control Solutions denied the allegations, but as early as tomorrow the Administration for Public Housing is expected to press charges against the contractor.

 

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Select a candidate quiz

October 14, 2007

Here’s a link to a quiz that will help you find the 2008 Presidential candidate who is most in tune with your views.

I took it and, to my surprise, discovered that Bill Richardson should be my candidate. Who knew?

(Thanks to Catherine Blogs for the link to the quiz site. If you are interested on women’s views on politics, you should check out the list of blogs Catherine is putting together.)

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For all the expecting New Yorkers out there, here’s a list that should help you decide what not to name your newborn child.

New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released the city’s most popular baby names for 2006. Here are the top three girls and boys names both citywide and by ethnicity.

Citywide

Girls Boys
Ashley Michael
Emily Daniel
Isabella Matthew

By Ethnicity

Girls

Hispanic Black White Asian & Pacific Islander
Ashley Kayla Sarah Emily
Emily Madison Rachel Sophia
Isabella Jada Ava Chloe

Boys

Hispanic Black White Asian & Pacific Islander
Angel Joshua Michael Ryan
Christopher Jayden Joseph Jason
Justin Justin Daniel & Matthew Kevin

There seems to be a trend here: Are Hispanics having more baby girls than any other ethnicity, and are Whites having more boys? Hmmm.

Update:

The Times went a bit further in their investigation (as they should) and discovered that the most popular boy name in New York City is, in fact, Jayden.

It fails to reach the No.1 spot because of the different ways it’s spelled: Jayden, Jaden, Jaiden, Jaydin, Jaeden, Jaydon and Jadyn.

I’m sure this has nothing to do with Will Smith’s kid.

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