New Colorado Gun Laws Will Not Reduce Gun Crime

Tragedy surrounds each and every one of us. It’s just the sucky part of life we all face. Some of us were dealt a bad hand, others were in the wrong place at the wrong time, and still others may have been the victim of a violent crime. While nothing can be done about the first two scenarios, some believe they can pass laws preventing the latter from occurring. The new gun laws drafted by democrats in Colorado are trying to do just that; legislate crime from happening. The problem…
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Is the DOW a Good Measure of Stock Market Health?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DOW) is nothing more than an index of carefully picked stocks whose relevancy as to how well the stock market and economy are doing is misleading. Perhaps decades ago, it was a useful tool since it was comprised of the major industrial companies within the United States such as steel companies and auto manufacturers, (hence DOW Jones “Industrial” Average), but that isn’t the case anymore. Within the United States, there are roughly 5,000 companies traded on the stock exchanges. However, the DOW is composed of…
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What is Graupel? Little Balls of Snow or Hail?

Have you ever seen little balls of snow that look like Styrofoam falling from the sky and wondered what they were? They look like hail, but they’re soft. They feel like snow, but they’re round. What exactly is this stuff? It’s called graupel, also referred to as snow pellets, soft hail, small hail, tapioca snow, rimed snow, and ice balls. Simply touching the graupel can cause it to quickly melt, unlike hail which is more durable, heavy and solid. In fact, if you pinch graupel, you can compress it quite…
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Violent Crime in United States Down Sharply – 1992 Through 2010

Despite all the negative attention the mainstream media gives to isolated acts of violence, the facts clearly show violent crime in the United States is down sharply between the years 1992 and 2010. In fact, it’s remarkable. So remarkable, it’s hard to believe no agency, person, or organization wants to claim credit for such a heroic superman feat. Perhaps that’s because no one knows why violent crime is on the decline, but it’s unmistakable that something amazing has happened. And when I say decline, I’m not talking about a highly…
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Fiscal Cliff Deal is a Joke. The Bill Solves Nothing.

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After months of hype and hysteria, we are no better off with this new deal than we were before. In fact, we’re worse off for numerous reasons. The first being, there are only $40 billion in cuts, but $330 billion in new spending. That’s a net increase in borrowing of $290 billion. I thought we were supposed to cut spending, not increase it? Second, there is a 2.5% tax increase on everyone earning an income greater than $50K a year. This is the payroll tax increase that helps contribute to…
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SVT or Anxiety: My Racing Heart.

To all my fellow anxiety sufferers, a racing heart is just part of the package deal. And as annoying as it is, it’s always controllable by relaxing and distraction. At least in my case. I don’t take medication, because it’s not that bad. Yeah, I know. It’s incredibly annoying when people say you can stop anxiety in 3 simple steps. Just relax! Ugh. But what isn’t always controllable is SVT, also called Supra-Ventricular Tachycardia (SVT). This is what I found out I had the hard way. For years, I had…
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How to Ground Solar Panels Correctly

When installing a solar Photo-voltaic system (PV), it is extremely important all the equipment is grounded correctly. Failure to ground the entire system to include all the individual pieces, can be devastating, especially in an area that experiences lightning on a regular basis. Even if you seldom have electrical storms, all it takes is one lightning strike or a single lose wire and all the equipment can be destroyed. Worse yet, it can start a fire and cause even more damage to your home. Electricity follows the path of least…
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