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Website Tracks Government Spending

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet,

Investment BubbleWant to track what the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act means to you? Recovery.gov is now available and you can see exactly which states, congressional districts and Federal contractors will be receiving the funds. There will be maps, charts and graphics to make it even simpler, but for now there is only general information as well as daily updates. There is also a link to a full copy of the Act online in case you want to read all about it and a place to leave comments.

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Google Flu Trends Tracks by State

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Google, Internet, Science,

Google Flu Trends

Worried about the flu? Google Flu Trends uses several search terms to figure out where the next outbreak may occur. Launched Tuesday, they collaborated with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get tracking data from a 5 year period. Hit the site, move your mouse over the state, and get the current status of outbreak.

Dr. Joseph Bresee, chief of the epidemiology and prevention branch in the CDC’s influenza division, claims, “In theory at least, this idea can be used for any disease and any health problem.”


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New HBO Series Offering a Grim Future?

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Drama, Prime Time, HBO, Gossip,

Old Glory

U.S. homeowners are facing crisis. The American economy is failing. The time-honored tradition of the Presidential debates has become little more than a clever PR tactic, and we’re in the middle of one of the most intense election years the States have ever known. If you’re among those who think the world is going to hell in a hand basket, or even if you’re not, ’s new futuristic series may just appeal to you. It could also offer a not-so far-fetched look at our potential future.

In Americatown, the world has advanced 25 to 40 years into the future (the exact year remains unclear), and the great country of America has weathered at least one too many massive catastrophes. In the series, the decline of the country has sparked massive immigration that gives rise to Americatowns all over the world. Think Chinatown, with buffalo wings and beer.

“By presenting Americans as immigrants in the near future, as both underdog and hero in the drama of global dislocation, we substitute a mirror for the rancor that informs much of the partisan debates on immigration,” said series writer Bradford Winters.

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The Springfield of Choice

Springfield Simpsons MovieSpringfield, Vermont has beaten out thirteen other Springfields across the nation for the hosting honors of The Simpsons Movie world premiere. The small Vermont town won a competition, where Springfields around the U.S. submitted videos displaying why their town would be the best to host the movie. The smallest Springfield to enter with only 9,300 residents, Vermont’s town beat out contenders in Florida, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, New Jersey, and Tennessee. The winning video was voted on through the USA Today web site, and depicted a life-sized Homer Simpson chasing a huge, pink glazed donut through the town. Vermont Governor Jim Douglas said the win was exhilarating, and says to all the other Springfields out there, “Don’t have a cow, man.” More than one hundred thousand votes were cast for the fourteen competing towns, and each entrant will get to host a smaller screening of the film on July 26, just before the nationwide film release.

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