Sunday, February 28, 2010

PLN 14

Chile Toll at 700 - 2 Million Are Displaced After Earthquake by New York Times

In this article it talks about how over 700 people have been killed by the earthquake in Chile. Millions of Chile citizens have been displaced from their homes. Also, American citizens who have vacationed in Chile are stuck, in potential danger, and have no way to get back home. Probably one of the greatest earthquakes Chile has ever seen, with a magnitude of 8.8 enough for Brazil to feel it. This is important to the world because natural disasters are happening all around the world which destroys buildings and homes which leaves citizens unemployed and homeless. This is important to America because it could potentially hurt the United States economy. With the American economy hurt, that leaves other nations with an injured economy as well. This is also important to people because it could affect everyone's lives.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

PLN 13

"Space Junk Mess Getting Messier in Orbit" from Yahoo!

This article talks about how a Chinese rocket and a European Space Agency's spacecraft nearly collided with each other last month (January 2010). Both of the objects were only 160 feet apart, and nearly crashed into one another. If the two space objects had impacted, then there would be more problems and clutter in the orbit area around Earth in space. To avoid such collisions, NASA plans on putting Tracking and Data Relay Satellites into space. This is important to our society today because as technology grows, so does the demand for satellites to put service into radios, televisions, and even phones which are used widely on a day-to-day basis. This is important to people because as space collisions occur, more problems are being made. Space collisions costs money, time, and create a disaster in our solar system which can come back to haunt us long term.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

PLN 12

Obama to urge oversight of insurers' rate increases from the New York Times

In this article it talks about how President Obama wants to pass a bill that allows the government to control the increase of rates for private insurance companies. Obama wants to regulate the health market in an attempt to make a long term impact on the nation's health care system. Controlling the rates of private insurers would require a rate board, which Obama wants to prepare with doctors, consumer representatives, and other experts who would monitor the rates and whether they should be approved. Congress Republicans disagree with Obama's act to interfere and change the health care system. I think this is important to know about because this could affect American citizens nation wide. With insurance rates being controlled by the government this can interfere with the economy and with the health market because the companies can't do what they have the power to do.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

PLN 11

"Marines in Afghan Assault Grapple With Civilian Deaths" from The New York Times.

Described in this article is how a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System has killed Afghan civilians in Afghanistan. This defensive system was found non-defective even though it missed its target by 300 meters. The suspension of the machine was lifted after it was found non-defective. Some would disagree with allowing a defensive gun to be allowed back on the battlefield when it is putting Afghan citizens lives in danger. The machine has killed a total of 12 people; five women, five children, and two men. This could be a potential problem in Afghan areas where Americans are stationed because it puts Afghan citizens in danger.

PLN 10

"Judge Releases Eight Americans jailed in Haiti" by Simon Romero and Ian Urbina from the New York Times.

In this article it explains how a judge in Haiti has ordered the release of eight of the ten Americans who have been in jail; charged with child abduction. The other two remaining American prisoners were kept in jail for further questioning. This is proving some Americans are taking matters, in Haiti, into their own hands. Some of the American people are going about the Haiti chaos in the wrong perspective. This is important to know about because Haiti is recovering slowly from the disastrous earthquakes and children are being relocated by few American citizens in an attempt to be heroes. Haiti needs more awareness from the American people, but the people also should not be taking matters into their own hands and making an attempt to "rescue" the Haitian children.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Students Helping Students

The program, K-State Proud, at Kansas State University is making a huge impact on students because they are providing money and time to keep students college education alive. Students are running dry of college money and are in need of cash to stay around campus, without K-State Proud, students would be out of an education. This program is raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for students textbooks and education; and it is a huge success at Kansas State University.The K-State Proud program is not all about donating money, it is also about donating time for a fellow classmate. They help students in every little way to just give back to the college they belong to. This is why K-State Proud is making a huge impact on the university.

Monday, February 8, 2010


Action Plan

High profile professional athlete's salaries should be reduced because of how much money they are making. I plan to take action for my position on this subject by writing a letter to the NBA and MLB about putting salary caps on teams. Having salary caps would make the professional sport more fair for all teams and players because all teams would have the same amount of money to spend on their team. Even though this won't fix the sport entirely or reduce all professional athlete's paychecks, but it would be a great start.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Should the NFL threaten businesses and websites with lawsuits just because the National Football League thinks someone is using NFL related logos and/or phrases?

The NFL should not sue everytime someone creates a website or opens a business that appears to be using NFL trademarks. “The letters demanded they stop selling shirts featuring the phrase that's part of a popular cheer by Saints fans, citing trademark infringement.” States the Associated Press. The National Football League threatens to sue Louisiana merchants who are making t-shirts that are, supposedly, containing New Orlean Saints trademarks and other NFL trademarks. Not only that but the NFL sues anyone who seems to be using their trademarks, "We've gone after everyone that we know of who has infringed on our rights." David Proper says, NFL attorney. The NFL sends letters to people and businesses who are suspicious to the NFL of using their trademarks, then if no action is taken by the victim, the NFL prepares for a lawsuit. "We're promoting the game. That's how the area's economy benefits. I'm totally baffled by this." Yardy, a Re/Max real estate broker, says. The NFL is being harsh on small businesses and websites for no apparent reason other than they are copyright infringementing the NFL. The case between Louisiana merchants and the NFL is the most ridiculous case the NFL has put together so far. The NFL is sueing over the fact that these merchants are putting the “who dat” phrase and the fleur-de-lis, a symbol the New Orleans Saints happens to use, onto shirts. Clearly, they should not sue everytime someone creates a website or opens a business that appears to be using NFL trademarks.

Monday, February 1, 2010


Are sporting event ticket prices increasing because of the new stadiums being built?

“$1.5 billion stadium filled with all the hallmarks of 21st-century sports extravagance” The Wall Street Journal describing the new New York Yankees stadium. The New York Yankees weren’t the only ones who have spent over a billion on their new stadium; the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL have spent a total of $1.1 billion. With new stadiums costing over a billion dollars, ticket pricing increase to make a profit for the teams. Teams with these mammoth stadiums aren’t even selling every seat in their stadium which can cause a huge problem with profits, “Yankees, re-designating seven unsold suites as party suites, sold on a game-by-game basis” states The Wall Street Journal. Overall, ticket prices for sporting events are increasing because of new extravagant stadiums.


No salary cap for the Major League Baseball, is that making the sport unfair to a certain extent?

"At the rate the Yankees are going, I'm not sure anyone can compete with them," Attanasio said, from the MLB website, Milwaukee Brewers owner. Other teams in the MLB feel that without team salary caps then the sport will be unfair. Salary caps prevent teams from spending outrageous amounts of money on an owner’s team. With salary caps, the sport will be leveled on a more even playing field. Most of the other sports in the professional league have salary caps such as the NFL, and the NBA. There is still an issue with the National Basketball Association is that their salary cap is known as a ‘soft cap’, which means teams can spend over the salary cap in order to maintain a player on the team. A professional sport with salary caps helps even the chances of each team of winning, making the sport more fair; although salary caps are just the start to evening sports out it can still have lasting benefits.