Lights On

November 13, 2012 04:32 by Ozzie
      

These past couple of weeks, after the crazy weather we had, a lot of people have been without heat, hot water and electricity. Unfortunately, the extent of damage from both a Hurricane and a Nor'easter, back to back within 10 days, made it quite difficult for the electric companies to work on and get the electricity back to their customers. Most people had to do with candles and promotional flashlights for light, fireplaces (if they had one) for heat and NO hot water for quite some time. It brought back a lot of people to a more primitive lifestyle and made them appreciate what we all take for granted every day.

Even though most people were initially understanding of the power outages, the amount of time it took the utility companies to get back the electricity to most places was absurd. And believe it or not, after 2 weeks, there are some places that are not expected to get their lights back on until at least Thanksgiving! Furious customers came out this past weekend, at various locations in Long Island, to protest LIPA and the outages. Hopefully with the current pressure on them to get their act together, it will force them to re-organize internally to make sure this will never happen again!

 

A Look Back at 2011

December 30, 2011 05:15 by Nicholas
      

Another year has come and gone. Like any new year, it's met with optimism for the coming year and a feeling of reminiscence as we look back on the year. When I look back, there are often history-making events that I overlook. Here's a small look at what defined 2011. 

The year of the protester.
Those living in New York and in any major city across the United States are all too familiar with the length and intensity of these protests. For a few months, it was common people from all walks of life that got the attention of the nation and across the globe. The push for economic reform is still alive and well, despite the steady dwindle in protests.
But the United States came late to the party. Protests started earlier in the year in the Middle East. Several countries, starting with Egypt, protested for an end to political unrest. To those unsure of why Time magazine named the protester Person of the Year, check out the maps below show just how many regions of the US and Middle East were affected by humankind.

Not the year of the tyrant political leader.
It seemed that every political tyrant that has gained notoriety during my generation has either passed away, been forced to step down or been killed in 2011. Who could remember the cell phone video just moments after Moammar Gadhafi was shot and killed or the secrecy behind the Osama Bin Laden mission. Kim Jong-Il passed away suddenly this month too.

Celebrity Google searches.
It's very hard to say which single celebrity was the Celebrity of the Year but the top 10 Google searches can give us a pretty good idea of the big names of the year. The list is as followed.
10. Madonna
9. Kim Kardashian
8. Shakira
7. Katy Perry
6. Britney Spears
5. Nicki Minaj
4. Cher
3. Rihanna
2. Justin Bieber
1. Lady Gaga
To give you an idea of how popular these people are, the 10 names combine for 3,335,000,000 searches nationwide.

There's literally hundreds of major events that have shaped the year and world history that I left out. If you want to keep together a running list of everything that happens for 2012, Motivators has a wide array of promotional calendars and promotional planners

What's With All This #OccupyWallStreet Stuff?

October 11, 2011 03:17 by Brandon
      

If you've watched the news, read the paper, or even browsed the Internet over the past few weeks, you've no doubt seen coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement.  And if you're anything like me, you're a bit confused as to what it's all about.  Let's take a look at what exactly all the protestors are, well, protesting.

Alan Grayson, a former economist and Congressman from Florida, was interviewed by Crooks and Liars, a self-proclaimed 'politically left blog.'  Grayson explained, in a nutshell, that protestors are "complaining about the fact the Wall Street wrecked the economy three years ago and nobody’s held responsible for that."  Those on Wall Street, Grayson claimed, have "iron control over economic policies of this country."  But in what ways are the actions of those on Wall Street affecting me?

Grayson attributed most of our economic and societal problems to the greedy people on Wall Street.  "...We should not have twenty four million people in this country who can’t find a full time job...we should not have fifty million people who can’t see a doctor when they’re sick...we shouldn’t have forty seven million people of this country who need government help to feed themselves. And we shouldn’t have fifteen million families who owe more on their mortgage than the value of home," Grayson said.

Protestors believe that Wall Street's control over our nation's economy is resulting in America's high levels of unemployment, its citizens' dependency on national programs, and extreme mortgage rates.  Corporate greed, demonstrators assert, is slowly killing the "99 percent."

The movement is becoming so widespread that CBS News correspondent Bigad Shaban said, "...this isn't your average protest."  Indeed, some protestors have lived on the streets out of their custom backpacks for over three weeks at this point.  Shaban gave viewers a look at a "makeshift village" in New York's Zuccotti Park at which activists have lived over the past few weeks, complete with yoga lessons, a temporary library, a medical tent, and even a newspaper, The Occupy Wall Street Journal.

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Are the people's protests as a result of their frustrations enough to make a difference?  Naomi Smith, a principal from Central Park East II who encouraged her students to participate in the protests on Columbus Day, a public holiday, told The New York Times that this is what democracy is all about.  "I thought it would be great for the children to see what's happening here," Smith said, according to the Huffington Post.  "This is what democracy looks like."