We’ve been watching as the Republican Party has been losing its collective mind. With the merger of the Tea Party and the GOP, we’re seeing more and more of the nuts getting the GOP nomination in prominent Senate, House and Governor races.
That’s emboldening the nuts in the GOP who already hold office. The latest case is GOP Representative Louie Gohmert and his “terror baby” allegations. Watch as Anderson Cooper gives him a forum and helps him make a fool of himself.
This summer is one of the hottest on record — especially on the East Coast. Washington D.C. had the hottest June on record since 1871 with 18 days of temperatures above 90 degrees. The temperatures in New York City have been about 5 degrees higher than normal during the month of July. While the East Coast has borne the brunt of this heat wave, other parts of the country have been baking during the month of August. While excessive heat can be dangerous for anyone who is not careful, the heat can be more risky for some groups of people like those with diabetes, the elderly, and the young.
People with diabetes can have extra difficulties during the oppressive heat. The Joslin Diabetes Center suggests that these people drink plenty of fluids, exercise in a cool place, and continue to monitor blood glucose levels at least four times a day. Heat can cause fluctuation in glucose levels, so it is important to keep a close eye on the levels during this heat wave.
Elderly people do not adapt to stress caused by extreme heat as well as younger people. Older people are also more likely to be on a medication that can affect the way the body regulates itself during exposure to extreme heat. Elderly people should stay hydrated, rest, and avoid being in the heat if at all possible.
Babies and children are also at risk during this heat wave; children generally rely on someone else’s judgment and management of their surroundings. Infants and children also have to wait for someone else to provide fluids which can put them at risk for heat-related health problems. Keeping the children hydrated and cool is key; swimming pools are as popular for children and adults who can swim as a sportsbook reviews site would be to a gambler during this incredible heat.
It’s been a long summer of bad news across the globe. The summer started with the massive oil-spill in the Gulf of Mexico. While the news of oil giant, British Petroleum’s struggle to contain the immense spill was never very good, the news to the tourism industry along the Gulf was even worse. With summertime tourists staying away, 2010 was not a good year for residents still recovering from Hurricane woes of the past few seasons, and in particular the recent memory of Hurricane Katrina.
News from the White House this summer wasn’t particularly encouraging either, as current events enthusiasts from across the world watched as unemployment rates reached double-figures for the first time in recent memory. Even though not all the news was good, comparing mortgage refinance rates continued to be a hot topic among consumers as the summer drew to a close.
In the early stages of 2010, news from the South American country, Chile, was not good. The earth-quake ravaged country in South America was shaken by a series of massive earthquakes, only to have their shell-shocked population tremble as the aftershocks continued to cause a stir several months after the Tsunamis had subsided.
Some of the news from the sporting world this summer was stellar. The United States soccer team making the round of 16 at the 2010 world cup was atop all of the current events highlight lists in June and July. The news surrounding Brett Favre’s return to the Minnesota Vikings was bad then good (depending on how you view his often retired and unretired self). The Minneapolis Star Tribune first reported, Favre was retiring, only to retract that news statement one day later, as Farve continued to ponder his options heading into August.
The summer concluded with the not-so-good news of the massive destruction and flooding in the country of Pakistan.
With the increase in online blogs and other sources to obtain news about current events, traditional print media has been undergoing a metamorphosis. Newspapers that used to be looked at as leaders in news reporting and opinion have been losing subscribers; local papers have been supplanted as a source for news. In order to remain competitive in this tough market, newspapers have had to adapt to the changing times.
Merging two or more smaller city or community papers into one is one way to remain competitive. Three county newspapers are merging into one in the Green Bay area; in the DC area, the Loudoun Times-Mirror and the Loudoun Independent are merging into one paper as well. Merging the papers keeps the vast majority of employees engaged while continuing to inform the local populations.
Traditional print media has also begun to embrace online concepts. Most traditional papers now have an online presence where customers can gain access to current issues and archived features. Some online options offer additional features that may not be available in the printed version. For the price of a Wall Street Journal subscription, you can receive daily delivery of the print edition and access to the online property for reading on the go. The New York Times has an online presence which the organization may start charging readers to access next year. Even smaller papers have online versions that readers can access.
Newspapers have been also reaching into the ranks of well-known bloggers and employing them as columnists at traditional media outlets. Economics blogger Ezra Klein has an online column on WashingtonPost.com while Ross Douthat has a column in the New York Times. The hope is that many of the online fans of popular bloggers may follow them to their new traditional media gigs.
Embracing the changing times and the online culture may allow traditional print media to continue into the future.