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Gas Strike?

Posted: March 10, 2011 by meganberrian in Uncategorized

I’m not sure if this is the case for everyone else, but today my news feed on Facebook is being overrun by a gas strike that’s supposed to be happening today. I’ve seen so many status updates and events pertaining to it. People think that by boycotting gas just for today, there will be an impact on oil companies. I think this is kind of ridiculous. Even if people participate in this “strike”, they probably filled their tank yesterday in preparation or they will just get gas tomorrow. Everyone is still buying the same amount of gas. We are dependent on gas no matter how much we hate the prices.

Officer John Falcone

Posted: February 24, 2011 by meganberrian in Uncategorized

Last Friday ( the 18th), there was a shooting in Poughkeepsie. Lee Welch shot and killed his wife in front of their three-year-old daughter, then tried to take off with his daughter. Officer John Falcone stepped up to stop him and Welch shot and killed him. As a lifelong resident of Poughkeepsie, I thought it was sad to hear that an officer was killed trying to protect the public. Today was declared a Day of Remembrance in Poughkeepsie, as his funeral was today. CBS reported on the funeral, including video and audio footage, and quotes from people who knew Falcone. He has posthumously been promoted to detective, and awarded a medal of honor for him actions.

Albert Pujols and the Cardinals

Posted: February 16, 2011 by meganberrian in Uncategorized

Albert Pujols is the face of the St. Louis Cardinals, but he may not be a Cardinal forever. Pujols’ contract ends after this season and according to an article on espn.com, Pujols and the Cardinals are not close to a contact extension agreement and Pujols does not want any contract negotiations to take place during the season so he can focus on playing. If a deal is made Pujols will most likely be one of the highest players in baseball. A lot of people are saying he deserves it, because he is younger than A-Rod was when he made his ten year, $275 million contract, and his statistics are comparable to A-Rod’s. Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa said Pujols may be pushing for this big deal to “set the bar”. He also said that he will be focusing on preparing the team and not worrying about the Pujols situation. Pujols has said he wants to be a Cardinal for his whole career, but we will see where he ends up.

Texting and Driving

Posted: February 2, 2011 by meganberrian in Uncategorized

This is a problem that was unheard of about ten years ago, but now it’s a growing concern. It’s a terrible habit, but almost everyone with a cell phone does it. In the past couple years, there has been a lot of research done on the effects that texting has on driving, and it’s no surprise that driving skills are negatively impacted by texting. I used to text and drive, but I noticed that it really distracted me so I forced myself to stop doing it. My brother does not think that he gets distracted from driving when he texts, so I wanted to prove him wrong. I came across AT&T’s website. They now have an anti-texting while driving campaign going and in December they posted a video up called “The Last Text.” Before I saw this video I knew texting and driving was obviously a bad habit, but all the stories in the video make much more of an impact.  I think this video could be useful to anyone, because even if you don’t text and drive, it’s almost guaranteed you know someone who does.

Jersey Shore

Posted: January 24, 2011 by meganberrian in Uncategorized

Everyone has heard of “Jersey Shore,” of course. Most people call it trashy, and they are basically right. The show is all about sex and drinking. In every episode someone brings home a random person and Snooki is always drunk; in one of the most recent episodes she was arrested for public intoxication. The stars of the show are the type of people that mostly everyone considers obnoxious. But even with the bad reputation the show has, it stays on the air. It’s actually MTV’s most popular show ever. Maybe people are interested in the drama of the show; there’s always something happening on the show. Better yet, maybe “Jersey Shore” just makes everyone feel better about themselves. Even after this show is over, which should be soon because some of the cast are getting a little old, people will still look for the next ridiculously pointless show to watch.