It's hard to believe that it's the first week of February but, somehow, our favorite celebrities have already managed to create what feels like a year's worth of drama. Feeling out of the loop? Here's a recap of some of the hottest stories right now. Justin Bieber Had an Affair with Rihanna? Justin Bieber's relationship with Selena Gomez has been rocky (at best) for the past couple months but most of us have been left wondering what went wrong. Is it possible that one of the reasons ... Continue Reading
Check out the latest in Hollywood gossip this February.
Is drug testing by pharmaceutical companies overseas ethical and relevant?
With profits reaching into the billions, the United States pharmaceutical industry is one that continues to try to grow and expand. Pharmaceutical companies rely on doctors, the medical community, the FDA, and CDC to promote the safety of their drugs as well as encourage the use of their products. How do they do this? The answer is through drug trials. These drug manufacturers must prove that their solutions are both safe and effective before they can hit the marketplace and reap big profits. ... Continue Reading
A guide to tax increases resulting from the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.
With the Bush Era tax rates expiring at the end of 2012, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. What exactly does this act mean to the taxpayer? Will you see tax increases this year? If so, how much and for whom? Here is a rundown of the changes that you will see in 2013 payroll and income taxes. Please note that income in headlines are quoted for individual earners, you will find married, and head of household, amounts in the summary. For All Income Earners Regardless of ... Continue Reading
Genetically engineered salmon may soon be available at restaurants and markets.
On December 21, the US Food and Drug Administration released a draft environmental assessment finding that genetically engineered (GE) AquaAdvantage salmon pose no risk to the environment. This takes GE Salmon one step closer to ending up on your dinner table. So is it safe? The document claimed that the salmon "will not have any significant impacts on the quality of the human environment of the United States." It also claimed that the GE salmon, the first ever intended for human consumption ... Continue Reading
Do you find the Elf on the Shelf tradition to be a cute addition to your household – or a creepy one?
I have many friends and family who have adopted the new tradition of Elf on the Shelf®. For those of you who have not heard of this latest Christmas craze, it is pretty much an elf doll that you adopt and keep in your home to let Santa know who to put on the Naughty and Nice list. You purchase the doll, name it, register it, and then the elf "receives its Christmas magic and become a part of the family’s Christmas each and every year." The elf takes in the activities throughout the day, ... Continue Reading
Holiday shopping can help indicate the state of the economy. Where are we at this year?
If you turn on the television or walk into a store, you are inundated with all the glittery packages, discounts, and holiday sales. The spirit of “giving” seems to be the one that most stores focus on for the holidays and rightfully so for their pocketbooks. In fact, you may be surprised at exactly how much Americans spend, on average, for the Christmas gift shopping. In a recent Gallup poll, they found that the average American will spend $770 on Christmas presents this year. For ... Continue Reading
Check out our choices for top DVD releases in December.
The weather outside might be frightful but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a wonderful time huddled up on the couch watching a great movie. There are some great dvd releases coming out this month - ranging from epic super hero tales to an animated tale from the ice age two million years ago. Take a look at these upcoming DVD releases: The Dark Knight Rises (December 4) The latest installment in the Batman series picks up eight years after the last one left off when, in an instant, ... Continue Reading
A look at upcoming movie sequels and prequels – and the fans’ reactions.
When movies turn into franchises, fans can become pretty invested. Fortunately, the latest James Bond flick, Skyfall, has done very well at the box-office and has been well-received by both critics and audiences. Unfortunately there have also been times when production teams have made decisions that caused widespread disdain and panic. Along those lines, we decided to look at some of the sequels scheduled in the next year - and discuss how they might affect the franchise. Weigh ... Continue Reading
Learn where Republican candidate Mitt Romney stands on important issues.
We have talked about where the 3rd party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein stand on the key isues as well as were current President of the United States, Barack Obama stands. Now we will discuss the key stance issues of the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney. Here is where Republican candidate Mitt Romney stands on some of the key platform issues: The Economy and Taxes: Romney wants to bring the marginal rates down to stimulate entrepreneurship, investment, and job creation. He plans to ... Continue Reading
Learn where Democratic candidate Barack Obama stands on important issues.
The Democratic presidential candidate and current President of the United States is Barack Obama. Many of you are probably already familiar with his stance on many of the issues, but may not know where he stands on some of the main platform issues. So where does President Barack Obama stand? The Economy and Taxes: President Obama has a plan to bring jobs back to the U.S. by eliminating tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, and creating incentives for businesses to bring jobs ... Continue Reading