Red Bull Doesn’t Give You Wings?

Red Bull Stratos - freefall 30 by Flickr User deoman56, liscenced by Creative Commons

Red Bull Gives You Wings…I mean, he is in space.

Energy drinks are experiencing a lot of backlash for the negative side effects consumers are falling subject to.  The biggest crusade lawmakers are embarking on, is reducing the amount of caffeine these drinks have in them.  Some reports claim that energy drinks related emergency room visits have doubled from 10,068 in 2007 to 20,783 in 2011.  The biggest cause being caffeine overload.  Many of these energy drinks can contain up to 3X as much caffeine as a regular cup of coffee.  According to K. Stephen Whiting Ph.D. of Phoenix Nutritionals, “high levels of caffeine targets the central nervous system and can lead to dehydration and loss of water-soluble nutrients.  These effects cause agitation, sleep disturbance, and possibly long-term anxiety issues”. The main energy drink companies being targeted for more information about their ingredients are Monster, Red Bull and PepsiCo.

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New Mexico 15 Year Old Kills 5 Family Members

Mental Health Month by Flickr user MilitaryHealth, licensed by Creative Commons

Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives

Prosecutors are still deciding whether to charge, 15 year-old Nehemiah Griego, as an adult for the murders of his five family members.  Victims include Greg Griego (Father), Sara Griego (mother), Zephania (9), Jael (5), and Angelina (2).  Nehemiah Griego was charged with two counts of murder and three counts of child abuse ending in death.

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Florida Wants To Stop Drones From Spying

USS Tortuga launches a target drone during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training by Flickr user Official U.S. Navy Imagery, licensed by Creative Commons

         Exactly where drones should be.

Senator Joe Negron, has sponsored a bill that is close to passing in legislation for the ban of drones or UAV surveillance in the state of Florida.  The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is an aircraft that is controlled by computer or by a pilot using remote control.  There is no actual pilot in the drone but it has such technologies that can observe the surface it is covering.  Senator Negron, the Criminal Justice Committee, and its citizens believe drones are an excuse to spy on Floridians.

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Apple and Amazon Urged to Reach Settlement

Fifth Avenue Cube - Apple Store, by flickr user Rob Boudon, licensed by Creative Commons.

                 Think outside the box

Think of this as a teaser for a heavyweight match that will take place in a few months.  A judge has ordered that Apple and Amazon attempt to reach a settlement over use of the word “Appstore” before their big court date in the summer.  Apple, the technology giant, claims that they own rights to the phrase and had already sued the e-commerce site Amazon.com.  A judge had ruled that Apple had no claim to the fictional phrase.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte has urged the two companies to gather this spring in attempts to avoid a later clash over the intellectual property, copyrights, or trademarks.  If no settlement is reached, Apple and Amazon will soon go before a judge in Southern California over using “Appstore”. Read more

Can the President Enact Gun Control Under Executive Order?

Conditions of the Internment Camps by Flickr User spaz_writer999 Licensed Under Creative Commons

Japanese internment camps under Executive Order 9066

The public’s reaction to the Newtown, Connecticut shooting has emboldened politicians on both sides to act.  At the federal level, the House and the Senate are slow and divided.  President Obama is seizing on this opportunity to act by executive fiat in the form of the Executive Order.  What is an Executive Order and is President Obama permitted to use this power to alter the Second Amendment?

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