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  1. There is a book out based on a true life or should I say out of body experience, called "90 Minutes in Heaven." It is about a man who is involved in a fatal car accident and after being pronounced dead for 90 minutes he starts to breathe again. The book is about what he saw while he was dead for those 90 minutes. It is a heart wrenching story and for those who believe in Heaven will not be able to put the book down.
  2. I have not gotten the chance to get out there and see the movie "Sex and the City." Does anyone know if it is worth the money to go see in theater?!
  3. Last Sundays Church Lesson

    Sunday's Church lesson was about the Crucifiction of Jesus and it was the most touching ceremony. I strongly suggest that every Christian see "Passions of Christ." Although this movie came out a few years ago, it is the best visual description I have ever seen about what Jesus really went through. It is a hard movie to sit through with controlled emotions.
  4. A Sad Roommate Story

    My freshman year in college I fell right into a huge group of friends. We hit it off so well that they are now women that will be in my wedding (whenever that happens). The worst mistake I made the next year was rooming with one of them. Sometimes you think you know someone a lot better than you really do, come close quaters. My friend and I were so much alike but so very different at the same time. She had a very strong, confident personality, where me on the other hand, I was/am always the underdog. Oddly enough, I truly admired that about her. I admired it up until the second semester of my sophomore year. Little did I know and soon I came to find out that she was the biggest liar I had ever met. Freshman year she told me her mother died. I believed her, I mean come on who would lie about that? But later I found out it wasn't her mother but a women close to her. As betrayed as I felt, I let it go and tried to forget about it. As the year started, she began dating this guy who was from the town where our University is located. He was at our house 24/7. I COMPLETELY understand wanting to be with eachother a lot, but EVERYYYYY DAYYYY, get serious. It's not like he just came and hung out, he ate our food, showered (water bill$$$), and he even made a copy of our key. Oh and I think I forgot to mention but the place we were living wasnt an apartment, it was property my parents bought and let us stay, so my family owns it; so the water bill and everything else was paid by my parents. What I thought was going to be a funfilled year turned out to be not only an expensive one, but a left out one too. Because she made enemies with all our other friends we met the previous year, I took her back, and made a few bad relationships as well (not as many as her though). This was all to find out that I would be spending my whole Fall Sophomore year alone and depressed. The only solution I could think of was to join a sorority, and thats exactly what I did. I joined AOII, which was the BEST decision I had ever made. My roommate however, didn't approve, but I decided that this wasn't something I was going to give up. I stuck with it and made so many friends. AOII lifted me from the ground to the sky in about 2 weeks, (I also met my boyfriend about a month later) it felt great to feel like someone appreciated my friendship. Although joining AOII started a barrier between my roommate and I, in the end we were okay. For the meantime however, she was AWFUL to live with. I would come home from work and find her new friends sitting in the kitchen eating my food I Just bought or using things from my room. I would get extremely frustrated but just walk into my room, close my door, and let it out in silence. Just my luck, I started having class with a few of the people that I had become not so good of friends with. Believe it or not, we actually made amends and now one of them is my roommate and we get along perfectly, she is still one of my closest friends. I guess the lesson I learned is that you don't always know someone until you reallly know someone. Living with someone makes the perspective of things completely different, maybe for the good or maybe for the worst. However, you have to experience to learn.
  5. I am a Senior at a University in North Carolina. I am also interning for DC Pages. I landed this great opportunity to intern through my older cousin. I am very fortunate to have such an experience fall right into my hands. Trust me, I know how hard it is to land an internship that is in relation with your degree (or major) on your own. I myself had researched many and applyed to many as well. I received no feedback from any one of those companies. Due to the fact I am a senior left me scarce for time to find an internship. So, when my cousin called me and told me that he found me a place to intern, I was thrilled and very thankful. The next step I took was telling my University advisor. She told me that I would be able to receive class credit if my internship qualified. She handed me a sheet to fill out and turn in to the person in charge of interns. I filled out the form, had my boss at DC Pages fill out his part, and then sent it in. Luckily, my University approved it and I was able to qualify for a course credit. As thrilled as I was, my parents were even more excited to find that as an Out-of-State student I was receiving one free class. (you can only imagine how much tuition is today.) Little did we know, our luck was about to change. A few weeks into my internship, my parents received a bill from my University. We were being charged around $2000 for my internship to count as credit toward my degree. When my mom told me about this, I was completely confused. I called my school to double check because in my mind it made no sense that I was to be paying to work for free (my internship is non-profit for me). Let alone the fact that my intership is 30 miles from my house (given gas prices, you can imagine), but my school didn't even HELP me find my internship. They had nothing to do with it but the fact I qualified for credit. Now, you can picture how irritated my parents were. I felt horrible and questioned if the internship was worth it. I learned later that it was. But how frustrating can this situation be. Not only do I have a full time job, I was taking 2 summer classes, and a free internship; oh, and paying for it. Thank goodness my parents are generous enough to pay the internship bill, or I would be working all summer just to pay to intern. How big of a ripoff is this?!
  6. This past weekend I enjoyed a nice trip to Ocean City to celebrate my best friend's 21st birthday. To my surprise and my liking, the regular Ocean City crowd didn't take over the approximately 9 mile long island. With easier access to the beach, my friends and I were able to not only find parking, but a nice open area to lay out and enjoy the Ocean City sun. Due to soaring gas prices, many business' aren't enjoying their usual "busy season." After talking not only to 2 bartenders, but a Scopes employee too, I quickly learned how "dead" the beach has been lately. The upside to the downfall is that bars are less crowded which means quicker access to refreshments and food. Now for my friend's birthday celebration we kicked it off by having happy hour at Mackys on 54th street. Happy hour drink specials included: (from 4pm to 7pm) $2.25 domestic cans $2.00 domestic drafts $2.25 rail drinks $3.50 call $3.75 imported cans $3.75 imported drafts $3.25 house wine On Friday when I arrived, I enjoyed a few drinks at "Scottys" right on route 54. It is a nice small town bar with great specials. During my visit I was able to meet and conversate with local bartender Michael Murphy, aka "Murph", and discuss how business has been for him. Since the bar contains mostly regulars who live nearby, his income hasn't hit much of a decline. On Saturday I was a beach bum and enjoyed the nice freezing ocean with my closest friends. Later that night is when we enjoyed Mackys. Sunday was a lazy day so it was nice to be able to relax. When we did decide to drive home, we hit about 4 miles of traffic once we crossed the Bay Bridge. Lucky for us, that is all we hit. Here is the gas prices in Germantown/Damascus MD Murph and my boyfriend My friends Pat and Thomas playing paddle ball.
  7. Gas Prices Effecting the Crowd in Ocean City

    Here is a picture of me and my girls at Mackys in OC for happy hour. This gas station is located in Fenwick Island.
  8. The # for the place of gun registration is (202) 727-9346. I called today and they told me that no one had gone to register their guns. Why is this? Below is information about registering your gun: Firearm Registration in the District of Columbia On July 14, 2008, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, joined by members of the Council of the District of Columbia, Acting Attorney General Peter J. Nickles and Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, unveiled legislation and regulations on the registration and storage of handguns for self-defense in the home. The bill and rulemaking are necessary because of the United States Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller, which invalidated the District’s 32-year ban on handgun ownership. Separately, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) issued emergency rulemaking on firearms registration and the licensing of firearms dealers, to bring the District into compliance with the Heller ruling. * Notice of Emergency and Proposed Rulemaking (Firearms Regulations)** * Firearms Control Emergency Amendment Act* Amnesty Residents registering firearms during this 180-day period are granted amnesty from any gun possession charges that might apply. Amnesty for un-registered firearms begins on July 17, 2008 and will last 180 days. Residents will ONLY be permitted to transport the firearm from one’s residence to MPD Headquarters and back home again during the Firearms Registration Unit’s hours of operation. Firearms Registration Unit Hours * July 17-18, 2008 7 am – 3 pm * Starting July 21, 2008 Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm Location Registration will take place at MPD Headquarters only. You may not register a firearm at any other MPD facility. Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters (Main Entrance) 300 Indiana Avenue, NW, 2nd Floor Washington, DC 20001 Nearest Metro Stop: Judiciary Square (4th Street Exit) What Should You Bring? * Your UNLOADED firearm (do not bring any ammunition) * Payment for registration and ballistics testing Cost The cost to register any firearm is $13 per weapon. Fingerprint processing and ballistics testing — also required — cost $35 and $12 respectively. The registration process may take up to 14 days. Who May Register a Firearm? Only District of Columbia residents with proof of residency may register an approved firearm with the MPD. Ballistics Testing A ballistics test will be conducted on every firearm registered in the District of Columbia. Owners should bring their firearms, but NO AMMNUITION. Ammunition for ballistics testing will be provided by the MPD. Frequently Asked Questions about Registering a Firearm 1. What types of firearms can I register 2. What types of things would cause me to be disqualified from being able to register a firearm? 3. What are the costs and how long does it take to apply to register a firearm? 4. Do I have to be fingerprinted? 5. What caliber weapon can I register? 6. Can I carry my firearm outside my home? What types of firearms can I register? Shotguns, rifles, and revolvers. However, a shotgun barrel cannot be less than 20 inches in length, and a rifle barrel cannot be less than 16 inches in length and must have a total overall length of 26 inches or more. No weapon can shoot more than one shot by a single function of the trigger, or semi-automatically shoot more than 12 shots without manual reloading or be readily converted or restored to do so. What types of things would cause me to be disqualified from being able to register a firearm? To qualify for registration of a firearm in the District of Columbia, you must meet all of the following criteria. You: 1. Must not stand convicted of a crime of violence, or have any prior weapons offenses. 2. Must not be under indictment for a crime of violence or weapons offense. 3. Must not stand convicted within the past five years for a narcotics or dangerous drug offense, threats to do bodily harm or for assault. 4. Must not have been acquitted of any criminal charge by reason of insanity or adjudicated as a chronic alcoholic by any court within the past five years. 5. Must not have been voluntarily or involuntarily committed to any mental hospital or institution within the past five years. 6. Must not suffer from a physical defect which would make it unsafe for you to possess and use a firearm safely and responsibly. 7. Must not be found negligent in any firearm mishap causing death or injury to another human being. 8. Must not be convicted of any felony, or prostitution-related offense What are the costs and how long does it take to apply to register a firearm? The cost to register any firearm is $13 per weapon. Fingerprint processing and ballistics testing — also required — cost $35 and $12 respectively. The registration process may take up to 14 days. Do I have to be fingerprinted? Yes. What caliber weapon can I register? Any caliber of weapon may be registered. Can I carry my firearm outside my home? No. source:http://mpd1dpsa102.blogspot.com/2008/07/firearm-registration-in-district-of.html
  9. COMEDY SERIES Curb Your Enthusiasm Entourage The Office 30 Rock Two and a Half Men ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock Steve Carell, The Office Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies Tony Shalhoub, Monk Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES Christina Applegate, Samantha Who? America Ferrera, Ugly Betty Tina Fey, 30 Rock Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men Kevin Dillon, Entourage Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother Jeremy Piven, Entourage Rainn Wilson, The Office SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live Jean Smart, Samantha Who? Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES Will Arnett, 30 Rock Shelley Berman, Curb Your Enthusiasm Steve Buscemi, 30 Rock Tim Conway, 30 Rock Rip Torn, 30 Rock GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES Polly Bergen, Desperate Housewives Edie Falco, 30 Rock Carrie Fisher, 30 Rock Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives Sarah Silverman, Monk Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock DRAMA SERIES Boston Legal Damages Dexter House Lost Mad Men ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Michael C. Hall, Dexter Jon Hamm, Mad Men Hugh Laurie, House James Spader, Boston Legal ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Glenn Close, Damages Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Holly Hunter, Saving Grace Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES Ted Danson, Damages Michael Emerson, Lost Zeljko Ivanek, Damages William Shatner, Boston Legal John Slattery, Mad Men SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Candice Bergen, Boston Legal Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy Dianne Wiest, In Treatment Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES Charles Durning, Rescue Me Robert Morse, Mad Men Oliver Platt, Nip/Tuck Stanley Tucci, ER Glynn Turman, In Treatment Robin Williams, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Ellen Burstyn, Big Love Diahann Carroll, Grey's Anatomy Sharon Gless, Nip/Tuck Anjelica Huston, Medium Cynthia Nixon, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM The Amazing Race American Idol Dancing With The Stars Project Runway Top Chef HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars Heidi Klum, Project Runway Howie Mandel, Deal or No Deal Jeff Probst, Survivor Ryan Seacrest, American Idol REALITY SERIES Antiques Roadshow Dirty Jobs Extreme Makeover Intervention Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES The Colbert Report The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Late Show With David Letterman Real Time With Bill Maher Saturday Night Live VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SPECIAL Bill Maher: The Decider George Carlin: It’s Bad For Ya! James Taylor: One Man Band Kathy Griffin: Straight To Hell The Kennedy Center Honors Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project MINISERIES The Andromeda Strain Cranford John Adams Tin Man MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE Bernard and Doris Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale The Memory Keeper’s Daughter A Raisin In The Sun Recount ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE Ralph Fiennes, Bernard And Doris Ricky Gervais, Extras Paul Giamatti, John Adams Kevin Spacey, Recount Tom Wilkinson, Recount ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE Judi Dench, Cranford Catherine Keener, An American Crime Laura Linney, John Adams Phylicia Rashad, A Raisin in the Sun Susan Sarandon, Bernard And Doris SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE Bob Balaban, Recount Stephen Dillane, John Adams Denis Leary, Recount David Morse, John Adams Tom Wilkinson, John Adams SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE Eileen Atkins, Cranford Laura Dern, Recount Ashley Jensen, Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale Audra McDonald, A Raisin in the Sun Alfre Woodard, Pictures Of Hollis Woods
  10. Offshore Oil Drilling Ban

    To drill on OCS is a harmful idea. There is no possible way to drill oil and not harm habitat. I also heard about Bush's idea to drill on the 800-mile-long Trans-Alaska Pipeline. "Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), a pristine wilderness area in northern Alaska, to oil exploration and drilling will have adverse environmental impacts and will not solve the problem of U.S. dependence on foreign oil. The section of ANWR presumed to hold oil reserves is a critical habitat for the Porcupine caribou herd; the industrial blight that accompanies oil exploration, such as toxic spills and chemical waste, may destroy the herd's habitat. Using existing technology to increase automobile fuel economy will prove much more effective at reducing dependence on foreign oil than domestic drilling, which will only reduce foreign oil dependence from 56 percent in 2001 to 50 percent in 2011. One of the most magnificent wildlife reserves [Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)] in America has been targeted for oil and gas development. It is threatened as never before, and will lose its wild, untrammeled character forever if we do not organize to fight this threat. Today, Representative Nancy Johnson (CT-R) and I are introducing the Morris K. Udall Arctic Wilderness Act of 2001,1 with more than 120 cosponsors, Republican and Democrat, all united in their goal to preserve this precious wilderness in its current pristine, roadless condition for future generations of Americans.2 Protecting a bipartisan legacy We have a bipartisan legacy to protect, and we take it very seriously. It is a legacy of Republican President [Dwight] Eisenhower, who set aside the core of the Refuge in 1960. It is a legacy of Democratic President [Jimmy] Carter, who expanded it in 1980. It is the legacy of Republican Senator Bill Roth [Delaware] Democratic Representative Bruce Vento [Minnesota], and especially Morris Udall [Arizona-Democrat], who fought so hard to achieve what we propose today, and twice succeeded in shepherding this wilderness proposal through the House of Representatives. Now is the time to finish the job they began. Now is the time to say "Yes" to setting aside the coastal plain as a fully protected unit of the Wilderness Preservation System. Every summer, the Arctic coastal plain becomes the focus of one of the last great migratory miracles of nature when 130,000 caribou, the Porcupine caribou herd, start their ancient annual trek, first east away from the plain into Canada, then south and west back into interior Alaska, and finally north in a final push over the mountains and down the river valleys back to the coastal plain, their traditional birthing grounds. This herd, migrating thousands of miles each year and yet funneling into a relatively limited area of tundra, contrasts sharply with the nonmigratory Central Arctic herd living near the Prudhoe Bay oil fields. The coastal plain of the Refuge is the biological heart of the Refuge ecosystem and critical to the survival of a one-of-a-kind migratory species. When you drill in the heart, every other part of the biological system suffers. The oil industry has placed a bull's eye on the heart of the Refuge and says hold still. This won't hurt. It will only affect a small surface area of your vital organs. Nevertheless, the oil industry has placed a bull's eye on the very same piece of land that Congress set aside as critical habitat for the caribou. The industry wants to spread the industrial footprint of Prudhoe Bay into a pristine area. Let's take a look at the industrial footprints that have already been left on the North Slope. Look at Deadhorse and Prudhoe Bay. They are part of a vast industrial complex that generates, on average, one toxic spill a day of oil, or chemicals, or industrial waste of some kind that seeps into the tundra or sits in toxic drilling mud pits. It is one big energy sacrifice zone that already spews more nitrogen oxide pollution into the Arctic air each year than the city of Washington, D.C. Allowing this industrial blight to ooze into the Refuge would be an unmitigated disaster. It would be as if we had opened up a bottle of black ink and thrown it on the face of the Mona Lisa. An unnecessary invasion But why invade this critical habitat for oil if we don't have to? The fact is, it would not only be bad environmental policy, it is totally unnecessary. Here's why. Fuel economy: According to EPA [u.S. Environmental Protection Agency] scientists, if cars, mini-vans, and SUVs improved their average fuel economy just three miles per gallon, we would save more oil within 10 years than would ever be produced from the Refuge. Can we do that? We already did it once. In 1987, the fleetwide average fuel economy topped 26 miles per gallon [mpg], but in the last 13 years [as of February 2001], we have slipped back to 24 mpg on average, a level we first reached in 1981. Simply using existing technology will allow us to dramatically increase fuel economy, not just by 3 mpg, but by 15 mpg or more--five times the amount the industry wants to drill out of the Refuge. Natural gas: The fossil fuel of the future is gas, not gasoline, because it can be used for transportation, heating, and, most importantly, electricity, and it pollutes less than the alternatives. The new economy needs electricity, and it isn't looking to Alaskan oil to generate it. California gets only 1 percent of its electricity from oil; the Nation gets less than 3 percent, while 15 percent already comes from natural gas and it's growing. Alaska has huge potential reserves of natural gas on the North Slope, particularly around Prudhoe Bay and to the west, in an area that has already been set aside for oil and gas drilling called the National Petroleum Reserve. Moreover, we have significant gas reserves in the lower 48 [states] and the Caribbean. The coastal plain of the Refuge has virtually none. Oil not in the Refuge: The National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska has been specifically set aside for the production of oil and gas. It is a vast area, 15 times the size of the coastal plain, and relatively under-explored by the industry. Anything found there is just as close to Prudhoe Bay as the Refuge, but can be developed without invading a critical habitat in a national refuge. In fact, just last October [2000], BP [british Petroleum] announced the discovery of a field in this Reserve that appears to be as large as Kuparuk, the second largest field on the North Slope. While the potential for oil in the Refuge still appears larger than in the Reserve, the Reserve holds much greater promise for natural gas, so that every exploratory well has a greater chance of finding recoverable quantities of one fuel or the other. Our dependence on foreign oil is real, but we cannot escape it by drilling for oil in the United States. Energy legislation introduced in Congress [in 2001] attempts to set ambitious new goals for independence yet it would only reduce our foreign oil dependence from 56 percent today to 50 percent 10 years from now, which simply underlines the futility of trying to drill our way to independence. We consume 25 percent of the world's oil but control only 3 percent of the world's reserves. Seventy-six percent of those reserves are in OPEC [Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries], so we will continue to look to foreign suppliers as long as we continue to ignore the fuel economy of our cars and as long as we continue to fuel them with gasoline. Sensible fuel economy should preclude domestic drilling The public senses that a drill-in-the-Refuge energy strategy is a loser. Why sacrifice something that can never be recreated, this one-of-a-kind wilderness, simply to avoid something relatively painless--sensible fuel economy? A 2001 poll, done by Democratic pollster Mark Mellman and Republican pollster Christine Matthews, shows a margin of 52 to 3S percent opposed to drilling for oil in the Refuge. The public is making clear to Congress that other options should be pursued--not just because the Refuge is so special, but because the other options will succeed where continuing to put a polluting fuel in gas-guzzling automobiles is a recipe for failure. Sending in the oilrigs to scatter the caribou and shatter the wilderness is what I call "UNIMOG energy policy." You may have heard about the UNIMOG. It is a proposed new SUV that will be 9 feet tall, 71/2 feet long, 3_ inches wider than a Humvee [a type of SUV], weigh 6 tons, and get 10 miles per gallon. That's the kind of thinking that leads not just to this Refuge, but to every other pristine wilderness area, in a desperate search for yet another drop of oil. And it perpetuates a head-inthe- haze attitude towards polluting our atmosphere with greenhouse gases and continuing our reliance on OPEC oil for the foreseeable future. Now that our energy woes have forced us to think about the interaction of energy and environmental policy, it is a good time to say "NO" to a UNIMOG energy policy and "YES" to a policy that moves us away from gas-guzzling automobiles to clean-burning fuels, hybrid engines, and much higher efficiency in our energy consumption. If we adopt the UNIMOG energy policy, we will have failed twice. We will remain just as dependent on oil for our energy future, and we will have hastened the demise of the ancient rhythms of a unique migratory caribou herd in America's last frontier. We have many choices to make regarding our energy future, but we have very few choices when it comes to industrial pressures on incomparable natural wonders. Let us be clear with the American people that there are places that are so special for their environmental, wilderness, or recreational value that we simply will not drill there as long as alternatives exist. The Arctic Refuge is Federal land that was set aside for all the people of the United States. It does not belong to the oil companies, it does not belong to one State. It is a public wilderness treasure; we are the trustees. We do not dam Yosemite Valley [in Central California] for hydropower. We do not stripmine Yellowstone [National Park] for coal. We do not string wind turbines along the edge of the Grand Canyon. And we should not drill for oil and gas in the Arctic Refuge. We should preserve it, instead, as the magnificent wilderness it has always been, and must always be." Source: http://s29c.montgomerycollege.edu/cp/group...rgyreadings.pdf
  11. Debate & Critic of Solutions

    According to “The Economist” there is a debate as to why oil prices keep increasing. “speculators are responsible for a big part of the commodity price increases” is one out look and the other side argues that “the price is bound to keep rising indefinitely, since supplies of oil are running short.” After reading all of these posts on this message board I have found that many people believe that “oil running short” is bogus and just a way to get people to invest in the oil market. I had over-viewed many hypothetical solutions to decreasing gas prices and find some of them to be far fetched. I for one am a strong believer in low gas prices because I drive a car just like everyone else, but I am also a believer of being realistic in our ideas for solutions. Take this idea for example, “We need to immediately stop putting oil underground into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and start addressing the fundamental issue of these sky-high prices by cracking down on the rampant speculation that’s driving up the price of energy.” Sure it sounds like an easy way out, but if you really think about it, what happens when we need that reserved oil. I know you cannot tell me specifically how much oil is reserved so you can’t really make an assumption off of nothing. What if a national attack happens and we need that oil? Its solutions like this that makes gas prices remain at an increase. I think a more realistic solution would be to limit the amount of barrels or people allowed for speculation. The less investors we have piling into oil markets, the lower gas prices will be. Congressman Maurice Hinchey has already passed the Prevent Unfair Manipulation of Prices Act (PUMP) as at least a step in the right direction.
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  13. I Need To Lose Weight

    Losing weight for me is a rollercoaster. It's an up, down feeling of motivation that can either make or break you and your dietary goals. I have read pretty much every article in health magazines, cosmo, fitness, etc. and even looked online for some exercises and tips for eating right. Like everyone has mentioned a hundred times before, exercising is a MUST. You don't understand the impact it really does have on your body and mind. Pills are the easy way out and just a psychological way of making yourself believe your losing weight, that you're actually doing something to better yourself. The truth is, most of them are dangerous and taking a pill to make your lazy self feel better is a waste of your money. I'm not saying you have to get out and run miles everyday and lift weights and do 1000 crunches. You can easily start by walking a little bit everyday. For those of you who are heavy, I know it’s difficult due to shortness of breath, but it IS worth it. If you convince yourself that it wont help, then you're not going to do what you need to do to lose weight. How about when you shop, parking your car in a further parking spot, this gives you a few more steps and helps you more than you think. Or how about taking the steps instead of the elevator. Eventually your short-winded self will begin to lessen and you will start to feel a little more in shape. When losing weight you pretty much are your own best friend or your own worst enemy. To be completely honest, I go through periods where I absolutely cannot stand the way I look and I'm not a heavy girl either. My BIGGEST motivation to eat healthy and exercise is looking at pictures of other girls I know who look GREAT in my eyes. I look at these pictures everyday to remind myself that I too can look that good. My next step is to make a log of everything I eat/drink everyday and record my exercises as well. This may sound a little OCD but it really is nice to reflect upon and maybe push yourself a little harder. As for meals.. In the morning I switch it up between Oatmeal (Quaker of course) or Eggs (2 scrambled) As a snack I eat a grapefruit, apple, Yoplait yogurt. (any of these, sometimes I combine the two) For lunch I have a sandwich on wheat (with light mayo & cheese) OR I have a salad As a snack before lunch I enjoy a Special K bar (THEY ARE GOOD, I PROMISE!) For dinner I usually eat a grilled chicken breast but I top it with green onions, balsamic vinegarette, and bleu cheese crumbles (you would be amazed with the flavor that beholds!) I eat that with one vegetable (green beans or limas or corn) and maybe a side of BROWN whole grain noodles or rice. For drinks, I ALWAYS have a water bottle at my side and for those who hate water, I also drink apple juice, gatorade, cranberry juice, white grape juice, etc. Pretty much any juice thats 100% juice, no sugars. Lastly, for those of you who are self concious, let me tell you that I am the most insecure person I know and I am working on it for sure, so I know how it feels and trust me you are not alone.
  14. I believe a few are Goldman Sachs or Morgan Stanley. To specify, these banks are Oil Trading Banks.
  15. According to “The Economist” there is a debate as to why oil prices keep increasing. “speculators are responsible for a big part of the commodity price increases” is one out look and the other side argues that “the price is bound to keep rising indefinitely, since supplies of oil are running short.” After reading all of these posts on this message board I have found that many people believe that “oil running short” is bogus and just a way to get people to invest in the oil market. I had over-viewed many hypothetical solutions to decreasing gas prices and find some of them to be far fetched. I for one am a strong believer in low gas prices because I drive a car just like everyone else, but I am also a believer of being realistic in our ideas for solutions. Take this idea for example, “We need to immediately stop putting oil underground into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and start addressing the fundamental issue of these sky-high prices by cracking down on the rampant speculation that’s driving up the price of energy.” Sure it sounds like an easy way out, but if you really think about it, what happens when we need that reserved oil. I know you cannot tell me specifically how much oil is reserved so you can’t really make an assumption off of nothing. What if a national attack happens and we need that oil? Its solutions like this that makes gas prices remain at an increase. I think a more realistic solution would be to limit the amount of barrels or people allowed for speculation. The less investors we have piling into oil markets, the lower gas prices will be. Congressman Maurice Hinchey has already passed the Prevent Unfair Manipulation of Prices Act (PUMP) as at least a step in the right direction.
  16. DEEP DISCOUNTS!

    Deep Discount is what showed up for me and it was all electronics. Is there any clothing coupons that you know of?????!
  17. I completely agree with you. Why isn't BUSH doing something to stop this? I cannot WAIT until his term ends!
  18. Big Waves

    This past weekend I got to enjoy a day at the Fenwick Island beach, right outside of Ocean City. I have never seen waves as large and rough as they were last weekend. Two people were actually injured by the crashing waves; one had a broken neck and the other a broken back. I assume that these massive waves are coming from the Hurricane that just recently hit. So, for those of you headed to the beach any time soon, be careful.
  19. I completely agree with how crooked this whole system is. For us to not know exactly who is purchasing from these banks makes us vulnerable to many other things. I think the monitoring needs to increase and more strict.
  20. Oceans warm 50% faster than suspected

    Warming in the Ocean is extremely bad for the living organisms.It could kill them and increase the Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD). This allows bacterial to grow better. Due to the warmer water, nutrients is entering the water and the plankton population is going crazy. Since there is less oxygen in the water, the plankton (fish) die and sink to the bottom of the water and bacteria eats it. This makes the bottom of that Ocean a dead zone.
  21. SHAMROCKFEST 2008

    I LOVE SHAMROCK FEST! I go every year and have a blast. I usually go with a group of about 8 and arrive around 10 AM. The food is good, the music is great, the atmosphere is even better. I can't wait to go next March :)
  22. The Extreme Home Makeover show is taking place in Poolesville, MD this week, ending on Sunday, June 29th. The story line is a mother of 14 is left homeless after a death in the family and ABC is here to help. The family is on vacation right now in Disney World while their home is being built. You should go out and volunteer your assistance to what ever needs to be done. It is a great way to bring the community together.
  23. Acid Rain is sulfur and water, nitrogen and water, and carbon and water. It damages leaves on plants which causes less growth. It also depletes micro-nutrients in soil. For the aquatic ecosystem it kills plankton/fish, and lowers the diversity. Most acidic areas are in the North Eastern part of the United States. It is also found in parts of Canada because of the US. To measure the Acidic levels, a pH scale is used. pH scale is between the numbers 1-14. If the level falls lower than 7 it is a very acidic area. If the falls higher than 7 it is a basic level of acid.
  24. my mom fell down the stirs and hurt her self

    hey joe! I'm so sorry about what happened to your mom. I hope everything is getting better and I will keep her in my prayers
  25. Sporting Good Store: DICKS

    If you need great sporting goods visit DICKS. They have an abundance of sport goods from athletic clothing to fishing rods. One location is in Rockville @ the RIO shopping center.
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