Archive for February, 2009

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Feb
09

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26
Feb
09

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26
Feb
09

“Bobby” Jindal in More Trouble

So Bobby Jindal’s bid for the Republican ticket in 2012 is not off to such a good start.

Gary Collins explains…

Louisiana has gotten $130 billion in post-Katrina aid. How is it that the stars of the Republican austerity movement come from the states that suck up the most federal money? Taxpayers in New York send way more to Washington than they get back so more can go to places like Alaska and Louisiana. Which is fine, as long as we don’t have to hear their governors bragging about how the folks who elected them want to keep their tax money to themselves. Of course they do! That’s because they’re living off ours.

Um…NAILED ITTTT!

26
Feb
09

Johnny Damon Can’t Pay His Bills…How?!

How is that possible? As a Yankee slugger, you make $20 million a year and you can’t pay your bills allegedly because your money is frozen in the alleged ponzi scheme Stanford Bank?! You’re trying to tell me that you (1) put all your money in one place, (2) don’t have any liquid cash anywhere else, (3) don’t have enough money coming in on a bi-weekly basis to cover your expenses, (4) have many bills anyway?! I just don’t get it.

If you make $20 mil a year, that’s about a mil every two weeks. You’re telling me that JD can’t get by on that?! That’s scary. That’s just weird and scary and I would like someone to explain to me how this could possibly be logical because I find it a little bit offensive.

26
Feb
09

Lent has arrived…Time to Give Something Up

I like the idea of Lent. It’s not just for Christians either. It’s a great time a couple months after the New Year to renew your intentions, and to check yourself on the luxuries of life. In honor of “Lent” this year, I’ve taken a look at what I can do as an individual to be more friendly to my earth. It may sound cliche, but I sincerely believe that I have a responsibility to the earth around me, and I should have to answer to the conditions that I create. So here are some ideas for things that you can “give up” during Lent or any other time to be an environmental angel.

1. Plastic and Paper Bags – come on people! Get on the bandwagon and BYOB! It’s not only good for the environment to use those eco-friendly canvas bags, it’s also a very cool way to express your individuality and style! There are so many different types of canvas bags out there for you to choose from to let everyone know that you care about the environment and that you know what’s up!

2. Bottled Water – this one is tough to give up because bottled water is so convenient. But those bottles are just piling and piling in our landfills and they are NOT biodegradeable. It’s horrible for our environment, and when I think of all the bottles that have piled up in my car, I can’t imagine the negative footprint I’m leaving on the earth. So enough with the bottled water, I’m buying myself a couple cute metal containers and filling up my water bottles with the Brita. If you just can’t give up the plastic, check this – Plastics numbered 3, 6 and 7 could pose a health threat to you, so look for plastics numbered 1, 2, 4 or 5.

3. Unwanted junk mail and catalogs – Each year, 19 billion catalogs are mailed to American consumers. All those catalogs require more than 53 million trees and 56 billion gallons of wastewater to produce — and many of us don’t even know how we got on so many mailing lists! So grab that stack of catalogs piling up on your coffee table and clear out the clutter. Visit CatalogChoice.org to put a stop to unwanted catalogs. Within 10 weeks, your mailbox will be empty of unwanted catalogs. A less cluttered mailbox means less pollution, less waste and less of the pollution that cause global warming.

4. Conventional Detergents – Many natural detergents today are made to clean clothes just as effectively in cooler water temperatures. Choose detergents and other laundry products that are plant-based, concentrated and biodegradable. Also, those conventional detergents can give you nasty rashes with those fragrances and chemicals. Yuck!

5. The Dryer – The second biggest household energy user, after the refrigerator, is the clothes dryer. Overdrying your clothes can end up costing you money as well. (As much as $70,000 over your lifetime, according to the Green Cheapskate. An electric dryer operating an extra 15 minutes a load can cost you up to $34 a year in wasted energy.

4. Conventional Toilet Paper – Believe it or not, switching to recycled toilet paper can change the world. If every household in the United States bought just one four-pack of 260-sheet recycled bath tissue, instead of the typical tissue made from virgin fiber, it would eliminate 60,600 pounds of chlorine pollution, preserve 356 million gallons (1.35 billion liters) of fresh water and save nearly 1 million trees. And the best news is that a four-pack of recycled toilet paper costs about the same as a four-pack of conventional toilet paper.

5. Paper Towels – Waste. Waste. Waste! During your next trip to the grocery store, buy some reusable microfiber towels, which grip dirt and dust like a magnet, even when they get wet.

6. The Thermostat – Electric power plants are the country’s largest industrial source of the pollutants that cause global warming. By snuggling under a blanket on the couch on a snowy winter night instead of turning up the heat, or enjoying the breeze from a fan in the height of summer instead of turning up the air conditioning, you can save pounds of pollution, as well as some money off your utility bills. Set your thermostat in winter to 68 degrees F (20° C) or less during the daytime and 55 degrees F (13° C) before going to sleep or when you are away for the day. And during the summer, set thermostats to 78 degrees F (26° C) or more.

7. Dry Cleaning – Until recently, dry cleaners used some toxic, cancer-causing agents on their clothes. Yikes! If you HAVE to use a dry cleaner, make sure to take your clothes out of the plastic AS SOON AS POSSIBLE or ask your dry cleaner not to wrap your clothes in plastic at all!

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26
Feb
09

Bartering…an idea for the New Economy

You have skills, talents, insights, and other assets that someone else needs or wants. We all do. It’s just a matter of figuring out what those things are and then tapping into them to provide goods and services that can make us money. When I go apply for a job somewhere, I am marketing my skills and talents to the company that I am applying to. But what if we could make an economic model out of these skills and talents and start swapping them for something other than green bucks?

What if we started thinking out of the box a little bit more and tried to ease our ecoomic woes by bartering with our neighbors and our local community companies. What if I offered legal services to a number of small businesses that I use on a regular basis. I’ll be their “in-house counsel” of sorts in exchange for their goods and services – I’ll draft up contracts and work orders for a local clothing store in exchange for jeans, tshirts, and shoes. I’ll be the legal representation for an ad agency for free space in a couple of their publications each year. This works for me, and it can work in a number of other professional settings.
With the economy dwindling, the dollar facing serious challenges to its value, and the jobless rate skyrocketing, it’s high time to tap into our creative resources and look into ourselves to find our best assets and put them on the market. This system will also foster good-will and relationships among neighbors and communities as people rely more on the exchange of goods and services rather than the exchange of dollars and cents. The barter system can work in a limited sense to ease financial woes and also give people a sense of purpose and committment. Try it. It could work wonders.

26
Feb
09

Everyone Cheats!

Ok, you know it’s bad when the apparent winner of an ice fishing contest allegedly cheated his way to victory.

Lee Shehow claimed to have won Saturday’s ice fishing contest on Bass Lake in Somerset after pulling up a northern pike weighing 2.42 pounds.

TV cameras were rolling when he was asked what he would do with the grand prize, a $27,000 Dodge pickup truck. He replied: “Drive it like it’s stolen.”

But private investigators working for the tournament suspected the winning fish was smuggled in.

SMUGGLED IN?! Ok, seriously, who does that? Who is so desperate to win an ice fishing contest that they smuggle in a 2 pound fish? That’s just ridiculous. He must REALLY have wanted that Dodge truck and couldn’t afford the employee pricing that is being offered right now on those stupid trucks.

Under contest rules, the winner was offered the chance Sunday to take a lie detector test and refused, organizer John Montpetit said, and that meant the prize had to go Tuesday to the runner-up, Monica Slimmer, of La Crosse, who caught a northern pike weighing 1.72 pounds.

Sounds FISHY to me.




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