World Trade Center first responders related to cancer

 911Article Summary:

Heidi Evans, New York Daily News editor, reports on the current total of World Trade Center first responders from 9/11 that currently have cancer due to the high level of carcinogens at ground zero. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 1,140 people have been diagnosed to have “World Trade Center-related cancer” and reports have shown that the numbers are expected to grow. Were the possible health risks of being a first responder on ground zero predictable?

Fathers Instilling Confidence in Daughters for Future Decisions


DauughtersDaughters who are treated well and loved by their fathers are able to develop a sense of self worth and value in their own lives.

Fathers who treat their daughters well throughout childhood benefits them for their entire life.  Because of this, they are then more ready and able to look for similar qualities in a potential spouse for their future, who will treat them equally as well or better. It is this significant occurrence, throughout many women’s lives, that causes them to be better suited for searching for a proper husband.

10 Happiest Countries in the world and why the U.S. is not one of them!


SmilesArticle Summary:

The United Nations World Happiness Report shows that while the US has become richer over the last two years, it has become less happy. As expected, countries experiencing hardships like Greece and Egypt showed the biggest drop in happiness. Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden ranked as the happiest countries while many African countries found themselves ranked among the world’s least happy countries.

Syria Crisis: Obama Leans to Diplomacy on Chemical Weapons Impasse


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Following Syria’s agreement to place its chemical weapons under international control, The Guardian reports that President Obama now says the United States will postpone consideration of a military strike against the Syrian government. He emphasized that the US will be working closely with Russia and the United Nations to part the Assad regime from its chemical arsenal, but that military action is still a possibility if a satisfactory diplomatic solution cannot be reached. Syria’s cooperation comes at an auspicious time for the Obama administration, as US involvement in the Syrian civil war is very unpopular (and likely to be voted down) in Congress. Moreover, the American public happens to be behind Congress this time. The President’s shift toward diplomacy is not surprising given the amount of pressure (both domestic and international) being exerted on the US to pursue a peaceful solution.

Are You Being Influenced or Manipulated?

Article Summary:

Dr. Matthew James discusses the difference between manipulation and influence.  An interesting point they make is that children are manipulative in that they understand which behaviors will get attention from their parents.  In these situations, the parent has complete control over their own life.  They can tend to the needs of their child or they can be neglectful.  In contrast to manipulation, influence is given a positive connotation in regards to interaction with others or perception of others.

How to Train the Aging Brain Summary:

Barbara Strauch, editor of the New York Times, seeks to dispel the popular belief that an aging brain cannot learn as well.  Strauch mentions how she certainly tends to forget things now that she is growing older.  However, an old brain can still learn and develop.  The type of learning that works best is not new information, but rather acquisition of different viewpoints in order to challenge current knowledge.

Pennsylvania Taxpayers Will Shell Out Big Bucks To Defend Unpopular Gay Marriage Ban

Leaving_courthouse_on_first_day_of_gay_marriage_in_WashingtonArticle summary:

This article explains how Pennsylvanian taxpayers will soon be paying at least $400/hr for Governor Tom Corbett to hire the William H. Lamb law firm to fight a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s 1996 ban on gay marriage. Additionally, Steve Esack of The Morning Call (a Lehigh Valley newsource) claims that associates from a separate law firm working on the case will earn $325/hr, and neither of these prices covers additional payments for state lawyers also working on the case.The worst part is that all of this money is going to the losing side of an argument; a poll from Franklin & Marshall College found that, by a 52 to 41 percent margin, Pennsylvanians support marriage equality.

Obama and aides confront skeptical Congress on Syria strike

Syria-Civil-WarArticle Summary:

Following the recent chemical weapons attack in Damascus, Syria, President Obama has advocated for United States led military action in Syria for ‘humanitarian purposes.’[1] The Syrian Civil war began more than two years ago and has claimed the lives of over 90,000 people. Although President Obama, as Commander in Chief, has the authority to order military action in Syria, he has chosen to let Congress decide on this issue. Last year, President Obama claimed that the use of chemical weapons in Syria would be a red line for the United States.

Chaos Theory

butterfly_effect_1_by_borisdelac-d5nl1vdArticle Summary:

One premise of IMT is that there is no randomness, that there are “natural laws and initial conditions [that] define all events, and all event outcomes are predictable with all information” (28). The assumption that there exists no randomness is subject to closer examination. There exists a theory called Chaos Theory, also known as the butterfly effect. An article by Margaret Rouse discusses the implications of this theory, which looks to research by Edward Lorenz. Lorenz found that if you set up the exact same initial conditions to predict weather conditions, the outcomes are drastically different and unpredictable. The article states, “the slightest difference in initial conditions-beyond human ability to measure-made prediction of past or future outcomes impossible, an idea that violated the basic conventions of physics” (Rouse, 2008). This article provides an example of the unpredictability of a final outcome based on a set of initial conditions—which refutes a major component of IMT theory.