Coal – What’s it Worth?

Every year people die in the most dangerous job in the world.  Coal mining is considering one of, if not the most dangerous.  Even in the “Western” world, with our “Modern” mining techniques, it’s still quite a dangerous job.  So, why are we still mining for coal?

One of the obvious reasons is Coal is cheap compared to other resources such as gas and oil.  The other reason is that many power plants that we have run off Coal and it’s a necessity pretty much to have power.  If you didn’t have power, you’d have no iPad 2, no iPhone 4S, no Computers, no Internet, etc.  Many of these things we use on a Daily basis.

Maybe it’s time that we started looking for other methods of producing power such as: wind, solar, water, there are other options, we just need to be more creative and make them not so expensive.  That’s another reason why we haven’t moved on to other power sources, the cost.  Below are a couple of images related to the Coal mining.  Click on them to see more.  Both take you to the same article.

Think Americans Pay Less Taxes Than Europe? Think Again

Think you pay fewer taxes than Europeans?  Think again, with all the hidden taxes, and cost that Europeans get from paying their taxes, most Americans might actually pay more than Europeans.  At least most Americans get less for the same amount of money that they spend.  If Americans wanted to provide the same quality of life that Europeans did, we could theoretically do it for less, if certain people weren’t so greedy.

The only ones that get the true European Life Style are the Politicians in America.  They get better Healthcare for less money, better retirement plans, and pay less taxes than we do.  How is that possible?  Most Americans think Europeans are unhappy with their high taxes, but why is it that Americans are unhappy with the quality of life they are receiving?  Most Europeans are actually quite happy with their lifestyle.

If you think you’ve got it tough, then perhaps you’ll want to consider moving to France or England.  Much better lifestyles over there, fewer work hours during the week and less stress.  Staying healthier has never been easier in Europe where they have huge Organic Food movements.  They are much smarter than us too, Americans healthcare and education systems are in turmoil.  Maybe it’s time for change?

Read this article to find out more.  America vs Europe

Perhaps it’s time we started looking at not “If we should raise taxes,” but how the government is spending our taxes?

For example, if we took all that money that the government was giving to corporations just to encourage corporations to have Healthcare Insurance, and instead paid for everyone’s Doctor visit to the Doctors Office, then more people would go see their Doctor.

So, it’s not if the taxes should be raised, it’s more or less how you look at it.  If you look at it from different perspectives, you’ll find out just how much BS really goes on in the Government.  You’ll find out just how much you’re being lied to.

If you’re wondering if you should be afraid on technology, you should read this post. Another thing you’ll want to know is that you should back up your stuff on a regular basis.

Inspiration Files

These days, nerds are everywhere. Twitter profiles proclaiming oneself as a nerd abound. Ironic nerd eyeglasses have been popularized by celebrities and adopted by the masses. There’s even a nerd dating website, and I swear at least one of your colleagues is on it. I wouldn’t even be surprised if Nerd candy made a comeback. Blue tongues for everyone!

No longer confined to dusty basement computer labs and all-night LAN parties, one would imagine that the great 21st century nerd outage would result in all of us getting a little smarter when it comes to all things techy. Right? Wrong. Here are 10 things I’ve learned from having my very own live-in nerd. These may sound basic, but they’ve eliminated 90% of my tech problems over the past seven years.

  1. When there’s an update, do it. It sounds silly, but I used to think that those little updates…

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Futuristic James Bond Style Underwater Car a Reality

If you’ve ever dreamed of having a car that can drive itself, as well as merge underwater, then you might want to check out this car.  Made by Rinspeed, the sQuba is an aquatic car with automatic driving capability.  Heck, why am I explaining it?  Just watch the video.

 

Cleaning Out Your Ears With Peroxide

If you’re like me, you get clogged ears from time to time and you need to clean out the wax in them.  I just got done cleaning them with Peroxide.  It works rather well for that purpose.

You probably shouldn’t use Peroxide if you have a ear infection.  It might make it burn a little.  Here is a good ehow article on how to clean out your ears.  Just click on the image to take you straight to the article.

Although the article is a good one, I think they over dramatized the whole process a little bit.  Yeah, sure, you get a little bit of bubbling and what not, but if you won’t get no where near the uncomfortableness that the article appears to perceive.  Enjoy.

Forget You – Vazquez Sounds + Rolling In The Deep

This young talented group is gaining in popularity.  With there Forget You cover by Cee Lo Green, they’ve amassed over 4 million views and counting.  This video has gone viral.  If you haven’t heard them yet, you should.  Despite them being young, I’m always on the look out for new young talents.  This is definitely a group you’ll want to keep an eye out for over the years.

If you thought that was good, you’ll want to check out the next video.  It’s even better and has even more views.  With a whopping 33 million+ views, this one really went viral and for a good reason.  This song is Rolling in the Deep by Adele.  Check out the talent below.

Twitter Hashtag Tools

When browsing Twitter, you may have noticed hashtags.  What are hashtags?  They’re easy ways to spread your message out to a larger following.

You can also follow hashtags and have conversations with them.  Hashtags always have a # symbol in front of their name.  That’s how Twitter determines it’s a hashtag.

Hashtags are also a great way to increase your Tweet count.  If you’re not sure what to Tweet about today, just look up a hashtag.  For example; if I wanted to learn something about a random person today, I might use the hashtag #30thingsaboutme.

When I search for #30thingsaboutme, it brings up everyone who is using that hashtag.  You can see what people are saying about themselves and it can give you an idea of what you might say yourself.  You might even use the #30thingsaboutme hashtag to let others know more about you.

Using hashtags is a great way to meet more people on Twitter and increase your following.  Not only that, if you have a Klout, then having conversations with people will increase your reach, which overall increases your Klout score.  Therefor, using hashtags can increase your overall reach in Social Media.

Some people say don’t over-use hashtags.  I say that one should use hashtags accordingly.  Forexample, if I was posting a post about #Dogs, I would not use a #Cats hashtag in my post.  But, perhaps I would use the hashtag #Knine.  The hashtag needs to be relative to the post at hand.

There are some Hashtag Tools that you can use to your advantage.  For example, by clicking on the image below, it will take you to an article that goes over 6 of those tools.  Included in this article is the Trendsmap site, which allows you to see trends by location on a map.

Trendsmap

Hopefully, armed with these tools and the knowledge of hashtags, you’ll be able to get your Twitter off the ground.  If you’re already on Twitter, what are some of the popular hashtags that you use or have seen?

Making Great Tea

Often times when people make tea, they tend to make it the wrong way.  Ever notice how some people’s tea is just strong and others are kind of so so?  There are things you want to watch out for when making tea.

– Never ever boil your Tea.  Tea is not meant to be cooked, it’s meant to be Steeped or Brewed.  You’ll want the temperature of your water to be just before the Boiling put.  For me, this is often the number 4 on my stove nob.  Turn it on high, then turn it down once the bubbles start to appear in the bottom of the pot.

– Don’t cook your Tea too long.  A lot of people cook their Tea way too long.  This causes bitterness in the Tea and makes it unbearably strong.  We don’t want this.  We want a full flavored Tea and not have the bitterness.  Set your timer on the stove and turn over the tea bags half way through the cooking time.  I recommend 6-8 minutes.  For a full flavored Tea that’s not overpowering, go for the 6 minute mark.  If you like your Tea a little stronger, go for the 8 minute mark.

– Never add sugar to Cold Tea.  It just doesn’t work.  Maybe a little, but Sugar best dissolves when the water is still warm.  Therefor, you’ll want to add the Sugar to your Tea when the water is still hot.  Right after you take the Tea bags out and turn off the stove.  This ensures that the Sugar gets mixed into the Tea and you get the most out of your sugar.

I like to use 1 Family size Lipton Black Tea bag to make a Gallon and the Tea turns out just fine with this Method.  I also add 1cup of sugar to my Tea, often times, this is plenty for most people.  You can adjust the sugar according to how much Tea you’re making, 1qt, 1/2 gallon, etc.

Keep to these simple tips and you’ll be making great Tea every single time.

Optional: (Lemon or Lime)

Enjoy the “19 New Ways to Enjoy Sweet Tea” article from Southern Living by clicking on the image below.

Sweet Tea

20 Great Fitness Tips

If you think that moving slower is better, then think about this.  While you want to have a controlled effort on the way down during a pushup, you’ll want a faster more aggressive motion on the way up.  This helps to get the body into fat burning mode by getting the fast twitch muscles working.  Just one of the many awesome tips you can find in the article below.

20 Great Fitness Tips