Tide Detergent Thieves

In what is probably one of weirdest news headlines so far into 2012, are reports about an absurd number of tide detergent thefts occurring. Several reports are stating that the increase is happening because people are stealing them to sell on the black market for drugs.  At the moment, there have been no reports of what types of drugs are using detergent to be created, so this may just be propaganda.

Brian Todd from CNN reported more accurate and really concerning facts. One man, Patrick Costanzo from Michigan, stole up to $6,000 in the detergent. Authorities have listed some reasons for the increase in thefts as being the detergent, which can sell for between $8 and $20, can be found cheaper on the black market.  It was also said that some people are actually trading Tide for drugs.

Those reasons actually make sense. People trading detergent for drugs seems a little more realistic than it being used to create drugs. Even though drugs, such as methamphetamine, use all kinds of house hold products, detergent was not one of those used on last check.

Michael Garry, technology and operations editor for Supermarket News, said that higher prices can lead to more products being sold illegally.  He also mentioned that there is a huge illegal market for items found in supermarkets, and it has been steadily increasing in the past five years.

A few retailers are taking the extra precaution of placing a security device on the detergent and other retail items. It might be good idea for other businesses to do also, but there is also the option of not having to have name brand items.  There are other detergents available that work just as good. The only difference being there is an unknown name on the label.

U.S. to File Trade Case against China

On Tuesday the United States will bring a trade case against China over the matter of rare earth materials. The Obama administration officials have said that they plan to ask the World Trade Organization to help facilitate talks with China over the exports of the rare materials.

Right now China has over 17 rare Earth materials that are needed in the development for new technologies such as car batteries, smartphones, weapons, camera lenses, and flat-screen televisions. The Obama administration is referring to this as unfair trading practices.

China has restricted its exports in the past couple of years. They have stated their reasons for doing so are to help with their own technological demands and environmental concerns.

China has 10 days under the WTO guidelines to make some sort of communication with the U.S. and the EU. After 60 days if an agreement has not been reached, the U.S. can ask the WTO to make a full investigation into China’s practices.

One of the concerns that was listed according to CNN is how these materials are needed in order to make “top-of-the-line weapons.” Another is that some of these materials, such as cerium, neodymium, and dysprosium, are needed in wind turbines that can make solar energy more affordable.

Sprinkles’ Cupcake ATM

Imagine a world where fresh food is delivered straight from an ATM-vending machine. Well, that is not the case quite yet, but Sprinkles Cupcakes has taken a step in that direction. On Tuesday, the store opened a 24-hour vending machine in front of its Beverly Hills store. Fresh cupcakes are placed into the machine daily, and people can just order from the screen, swipe, and voila… cupcakes.

The chain plans to place these ATMs at all of their stores across the United States. Each machine will contain around 600 freshly baked cupcakes. Each nicely boxed cupcake will cost $4 compared to the $3.25 unboxed price from the actual store.

The point of the machines was that the stores had to largely increase their hours to keep up with the demand. This helps to make the cupcakes available at all hours for their customers. The idea came to the owner, Candace Nelson, while she was pregnant. “I was pregnant with my second child, and I thought, ‘I’m the owner of a cupcake bakery, and even I can’t get a cupcake in the middle of the night.”

Best Buy Wi-Fi Hacked

A Best Buy in Greenville, South Carolina had a risqué set of minutes to deal with in their electronics department.  According to the local CBS station, two individuals were able to hack into the store’s Wi-Fi system and air porn on the televisions in the building.

For several minutes pornography was airing on all the store’s televisions including a 55 inch screen. Several people were in the store at the time families.  What store managers are saying was a prank was not taken in a laughing manner unfortunately.

“It was extremely, extremely pornographic image,” customer Gloria Berg says.  “I think even the word ‘pornographic’ doesn’t cover it.  I have never watched pornography, so I don’t know what else you can see there, but to me, I really felt extremely violated.”

Berg told the news station that the manager was able to take it down after several minutes but acted as if it was no big deal.  She said by the time the images were taken down several families had already seen it.

Apparently someone had done the same thing the night before.  Realistically it was the same people who did it that day; however, no names were being released.  The corporate office had this to say:

Two individuals accessed our store’s wireless signal to broadcast inappropriate content on a smart television display.  In both cases, we worked immediately to disable the inappropriate content.  We greatly apologize for this unfortunate incident and we are working to ensure that it does not happen again.

While this is unfortunate for the families who were in the store at the time, it seems absurd to file a complaint against Best Buy like Berg did.  The company was probably just as embarrassed as the parents covering their kid’s eyes that day.

Police are looking into it, but without saved images they will not know what kind of charges will be necessary.  They were also trying to figure out why Best Buy’s Wi-Fi was so easy to access.

The Good and Bad of Liposuction

Imagine walking down the street in a body that has just gone through liposuction. Will you be happy and more confident? Or will you feel terrible about your body? The pros and cons of liposuction are a debate between a large number of people. One group feels as though the benefits of liposuction completely outweigh the downs of it while the other group feels that the body will go through more damage with it. Before we get to that, what is liposuction? Liposuction is a popular way to get rid of excess fat from different areas of the body. Parts of the body liposuction can be performed on range from the arms, thighs, abdomen, and parts of the face. It can also be used for breast reduction on females.

What happens is they, first, administer an anesthetic. Once that takes effect, surgeons create small incisions into the desired areas and insert a suction device in areas between the skin and the muscle to remove excess fat. The length of the procedure can vary from how much fat that needs to be removed.

Now that it’s known what liposuction is and how it’s done, we can get down to the pros and cons of this “get skinny fast” scheme.

Liposuction makes it much easier to exercise because of the mobility it can give. When a body is too bulky, more energy is exerted trying to perform vigorous activities compared to one with a smaller body that contains less fat. In addition to that, liposuction can also regulate cholesterol levels. Too much cholesterol leads to dangerous problems like heart disease. Removing all this fat will help keep the body from having too much of it, resulting in a healthier body. Liposuction will also give the person who received it a “motivational boost” meaning that they will be more inclined to stick to a long-term plan of working out and eating right.

Although less fat is good, liposuction may make it a bad thing to remove too much. When too much is removed, it can make cellulite appear a lot worst. Another con is that the person who has received it cannot gain weight again, as gaining weight will cause the fat to store in untreated parts of the body. When a part of the body has fat removed from it, the fat will not return to the same spot that was treated. Liposuction, during the treatment, will also give a risk of burn. Add that with the risk of puncture wounds and it is possible to have the result of grotesque skin.

Looking at the pros and cons of liposuction, it is best not to view this surgery as a way to lose weight fast without taking any risks. The ultimate decision is up to the client to decide whether or not it is easier creating a workout plan or just having the fat taken out of them. The decision of having liposuction done to various parts of the body can be difficult but, with enough research, the choice can easily be made.

Scientists Confirm that Time Travel is Impossible

Physicist at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology demonstrated that a single photon cannot be accelerated beyond the speed of light. This means that faster than light time is impossible. So I guess we can scratch that off the list?

The team of researchers were led by Professor Du Shengwang, on one mission, to measure the speed of a photon. Professor Du used Einstein’s theory of relativity to break up the time travel party. According to the theory, nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. However, many scientist and millions of people thought that if you could travel faster than the speed of light, you would effectively be traveling forwards in time. But, thanks to Professor Du’s experiment, we learned that the theory actually holds up and nothing CAN travel faster than the speed of light. So there goes that idea.

Now, this research might have broken one theory, but remember that there are many more theories at traveling in time. Wormholes, for example are one of them, then there is the whole “black hole theory” and many more. So there is still a chance! The video below has a couple of time traveling theories that are still alive now that this one died.

Via:Discovery News

Job Growth Stunted, Halts all hope for nations Economic Recovery

For the second month consecutively, employers have cut back on their hiring, and are tightening their belt when it comes to the act of hiring those in need of a job.

So, how small is stunted job hiring in the home of the brave, land of the unemployed? The answer to that dear friends would be 18,000.

Only 18,000 jobs were filled last month. That, in one word, is disappointingly SMALL when looked at in terms of numbers compared to what is needed to shift an economic upturn into second first gear.

By studying how many were actually looking for jobs in June, unemployment rose from 9.1 percent in May to 9.2 as of this writing. Why all the hoop-la over this sad event? Well, economists apparently were expecting a better turn of the tides.

Oil prices are hurting American’s wallets a bit less these days, and the halting of supplies from Japan due to the Tsunami have lessened; all pointing the way to what was expected to be a positive outlook for the month of June when it came to employment.

But really, why is anyone surprised? In an age when the entire planet is connected by an intricate web pertaining to every facet of life, Europe is in a financial crisis and the great churning financial machine that is China has seen slowed growth; not halted, just slower.

And while one of the aspects to maintaining a healthy economy is the adding and filling of 150,000 jobs a month to keep up with an ever increasing population, we are not seeing that kind of job growth in this economic climate. When you look at it, everything is bound to effect everything in today’s world.

In the big scheme of things, governmental stimulus projects have somewhat not turned out to be what was hoped for, people are tightening their belts and aren’t spending to boost/jumpstart the economy,and you’re reading this making an epic face-palm.

So, today is Friday July 8, 2011. What are you plans for this weekend? Lets hope it doesn’t involve the spending of money; heaven knows you’ll need it, especially if you don’t have a job to go to come Monday.’

Source, The New York Times, Via WidgetToad

A House to build a Dream on

20 minutes outside of San Jose, Costa Rica happily sits a home made from the forgotten and disregarded husks belonging to once-in-use shipping containers.

Now, ‘why live in a shipping container’ you ask? Well, LOOK AT THIS THING! Not only does it look quite cool and dandy, it also is very cheap to set-up for habitation. The final costs for this very comfortable home were $40,000; less than it costs to provide the very poor with housing in Costa Rica through their social housing program.

That roof? Get this; the scrap metal from making the windows.

It gets better. The cross ventilation that the shipping containers windows create means that the A/C is hardly, if ever, turned on to provide cooling for the home in Costa Roca, which experiences a very intense tropical climate.

Source, ArchDaily, Via WidgetToad