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Friday, June 16, 2006

Quote of the Week

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Freedom is not the right to do what I want but the power to do what I ought.
-Bill Gothard

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Monday, June 12, 2006

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"The same wind blows on us all, it's the set of your sail that makes the difference"

-Jim Rohn

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Friday, June 02, 2006

Million-Year Forecast Shows Disasters Galore


Life, Science

Forecast for the next million years, plenty of meteor impacts, supervolcanic eruptions, megaquakes and worse, says Steven Dutch, a geologist at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay who is taking a novel look at Earth's last million years to forecast the next.

Dutch says that even without major catastrophes, gradual geological change will dramatically alter many landscapes. Some examples Dutch cited are Niagara Falls, San Francisco, Hawaii and New Orleans.

  • Niagara Falls - the water drops over relatively hard dolomite cliffs, which are eroding at a rapid clip. Once worn away, the softer rock upstream will erode even faster until it encounters another layer of hard rock at Tonawanda, NY, and creates another set of falls there in about 14,000 years.
  • San Francisco - the San Andreas fault will set off about 7,000 earthquakes of magnitude eight in the next million years, offsetting the geography of San Francisco more than 15 miles. That will split the San Francisco Peninsula into a fork.
  • Hawaiian Islands - the islands will have moved about 60 miles northwest, Dutch said. The deep undersea volcano called Loihi, to the southwest of the island of Hawaii, will have grown into a new island rivaling today’s Mauna Loa volcano.
  • New Orleans - on the Gulf Coast, the Mississippi River outlet will shift in location many times, leaving today's New Orleans far from the river, but still sinking.


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    We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give

        -Winston Churchill

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    Thursday, June 01, 2006

    Credit Cards That Earn Tuition Dollars


    Life, Money, Personal Finance

    A new group of credit cards is being introduced as of late that generate contributions to college savings plans with every purchase. These cards offer a range of percentage contributions and bonus contributions. This is an easy way to start saving for your child's education without feeling the pinch in your pocket book.

    The article discusses some key points to consider when shopping for one of these cards. Among these points are:

  • Looking to the future - Make sure the program you select will be around when it comes time to cash in.
  • Weighing the perks - See which offer has the right rewards for you. Some give more percentages per purchase, some for certain retailers.
  • Take advantage of online portals - Sign up online for reward bonus programs

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    Elimination of the Penny


    Life, Money,

    This is a follow up to my blog on The cost of making money about an article stating that the cost of making a penny has now risen to around 1.23 cents because of the rising cost of zinc. As a result of this, Representative Jim Kolbe, R-Arizona, says he plans to reintroduce legislation to eliminate the penny in the coming weeks (see article). The Legal Tender Modernization Act did not pass back in 2001, he plans to present this legislation again that would require the rounding of all cash transactions to the nearest 5 cents.

    Mark Weller, Executive Director of the pro-penny organization, Americans for Common Cents, says that "American's want the penny" and "they also hate rounding". Wow, Americans hate rounding. That's tough.

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