The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended banning the use of all cell phones while driving, save those used for emergency purposes. This was recommended during a board meeting on December 13th, 2011. This recommendation is for all drivers nationwide, and also calls for the video surveillance of commercial drivers to make sure they are not talking or texting while driving. While it cannot be argued texting or talking while driving is unsafe, the question remains if we need to make a law regulating our activities behind the wheel. The recommendation does not specify what the use of a cell phone is, or what this does or does not include.
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With all the focus on the BP Oil Spill, I have heard next to nothing about the Ixtoc I Oil Spill which occurred in 1979. One would think we would look at a past disaster to determine how best to proceed, and what to expect. The US and World media do not seem to think so, and only wish to focus on the current spill to boost their ratings. Let us look at the Ixtoc I Oil Spill, to determine how things will play out in the next few years.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission released a plan on Monday for the foundation of a National Broadband System. This system aims to have 100 million American households get Internet speeds of 100 megabits per second by 2020. The goals of the plan are to improve speeds and to increase coverage to the nearly 100 million Americans with dial up Internet access. A Connect America Fund would receive up to $15.5 Billion over the next decade to help achieve this goal.
A Special U.S. Court ruled on Friday that vaccines containing a mercury preservative does not cause autism. Thimerosal, a mercury based preservative used in many vaccines, has been blamed by many parents of autistic children to be the cause of autism. The court ruled that thimerosal based vaccines did not cause the autism of William Mead, an Oregon boy diagnosed with autism. This closes the door on many parents who were seeking payment from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
resident Obama warned Wall Street today by saying there are no projected bailouts in the future. This comes from the one year anniversary of the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, which triggered the current economic crisis. President Obama made it clear that government intervention was ‘waining’, and for Wall Street to clean up its act.
President Obama’s speech regarding health care reform was presented to the nation on Wednesday, September 9, 2009. This speech was presented live, and was available on most major networks. The speech, clocking in at less then one hour, focused on Obama’s description of health care reform. Below is my interpertaton of the speech, and includes my personal opinions. I suggest you watch the video yourself and form your own opinion. I am an Independent Conservative, and am rational and can form my own opinion. I have decided to review the speech with an open mind, and see what Obama plans in his health care plan.
According to Mike Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, stated the right for parents to home school their children in Sweden will be revoked. The only exceptions to this will be children with medical exceptions and children of foreign workers with appropriate work visas. Parents wishing to teach their children for religious reasons will be forced to send their children to public school and may face stiff penalties if they refuse. Sweden is adopting the German model, where home schooling is outlawed.
Many people on the right and the left are foaming at the mouth over the current health care bill. Many people get their facts from television news shows, blogs, and talk radio. The simple truth is these sources have agendas, as most pick a side to support. How then, can you be sure you are hearing correct information? I am afraid these is only one solution for you: to read the bill yourself.
Just recently I found a site that allows you to read all the current bills presented to our Congress. The site, opencongress.org, lists all current bills for you to view. You can also make comments on sections of the bill. This is a great way to read what is going on within the US Congress.