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  • Facebook and Personality?

    Posted by Stacy Cole

    Australian Student Studies Facebook's Impact On Personality 

    A PhD student in Australia believes that social networking sites may play a role in who we are as people. According to the "Courier Mail," Theresa Sauter is studying how websites like Facebook help people form their own identities. She explains, quote, "A lot of people see social networking as a new way for people to interact but I'm interested in examining it as a way to form an identity and understand ourselves." The Queensland University of Technology student points out that even early Christians and Puritans kept diaries to "explore and heal themselves." She adds, quote, "People have always felt this way but doing it in the public realm means they are simultaneously surrendering some of their privacy." Facebook user Josh O'Sullivan supports Sauter's study saying, quote, "When I'm frustrated it's pretty nice to have a good 'Facey' rant. It's definitely nice to put it out into the universe."

  • BULLYING--it's a huge problem

    Posted by Stacy Cole

                                bully

    http://www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/kids/

    I was bullied a few times in school...I will remember how it felt for the rest of my life.  The scars last forever.  I was bullied due to my size (4'9").  I was called names and made fun of--called a midget, had people sing that stupid "Short People Ain't Got No Reason to Live" song to me. It was painful and humiliating.  I think it shaped me and turned me into who I am today but it hurt.  

    I want to do something about it locally but I don't know what to do.  We get invitations to judge competitions, read books, etc--at schools.  I want to do something more than that...something that will be more than just reading a book (which is important).  It's time for this to stop.  If we don't kick this into high gear, those bullies grow up to torment people in the workplace.  It's a horrific cycle and it has to stop somewhere.  Where do I start? I'm just one person but maybe that's a good start? email me if you have ideas-I'd love to hear them... stacy.cole@wifc.com 

    What Is The Definition of Bullying?

    A lot of young people have a good idea of what bullying is because they see it every day! Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. Usually, bullying happens over and over. 

    • Punching, shoving, and other acts that hurt people physically
    • Spreading bad rumors about people
    • Keeping certain people out of a "group"
    • Teasing people in a mean way
    • Getting certain people to "gang up" on others
  • FLASH!!!

    Posted by Stacy Cole

    This was in OUR sky last night!!!

    http://www.aos.wisc.edu/fireball/2010_04_14_fireball_loop_1024x768_long.gif

    (you may need to copy and paste the link--it's worth it!)

    MANY REPORTS OF A BRIGHT FIREBALL HAVE BEEN FLOODING COUNTY SHERIFF
    DISPATCH CENTERS ACROSS THE SOUTHERN HALF OF WISCONSIN THROUGH THE NIGHT.
    THE FIREBALL WAS VISIBLE BETWEEN 10 PM AND 1015 PM CDT.

    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES IN LA CROSSE...DAVENPORT AND DES
    MOINES IOWA...AS WELL AS ST LOUIS AND KANSAS CITY MISSOURI HAVE
    RECEIVED NUMEROUS REPORTS OF A FIREBALL FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT
    OFFICIALS AND THE PUBLIC AROUND THE SAME TIME AS THE REPORTS IN
    OUR COUNTY WARNING AREA.

    WHILE NO OFFICIAL DETERMINATION HAS BEEN MADE OF WHAT CAUSED THE
    FIREBALL...SPACE DEBRIS...METEOR ETC...THERE IS A METEOR SHOWER
    CURRENTLY OCCURRING CALLED THE GAMMA VIRGINIDS. IT BEGAN APRIL 4TH
    AND IS EXPECTED TO LAST THROUGH APRIL 21ST...WITH THE PEAK
    ACTIVITY APRIL 14TH AND 15TH. A LARGE METEORITE COULD HAVE CAUSED
    THE BRILLIANT FIREBALL THAT HAS BEEN REPORTED.

  • Whitney...

    Posted by Stacy Cole

    Poor Whitney...I felt terrible listening to her try to sing.  What happened to her voice? WAS it the drugs?  Do drugs harm your voice THAT much? Apparently, they do.  The video takes a nosedive at about 3:07...eek...it's not real great BEFORE that but if you don't want to sit through the whole thing, fast forward to 3:07 to see what I'm talking about...

    whitney

  • Is It Allergies or Puberty

    Posted by Stacy Cole

    This allergy season is the worst I've experienced-I'm certain I'm not alone!  I've heard a lot of people sneezing...this morning, my voice was pulling a Peter Brady! Don't know what that means? Watch this video!  Achooo!

  • WOW?

    Posted by Stacy Cole

    This article is from the New York Post...I am dying to know if any of it's true...aren't you?

    New biography reveals Oprah's 'hidden' life

    Last Updated: 10:58 AM, April 13, 2010

    Posted: 4:08 AM, April 13, 2010

    Oprah Winfrey -- who built a billion-dollar empire persuading everyone from celebs to average Joes to reveal the truth about themselves -- is a big phony when it comes to her own past, an explosive new book charges.

    Winfrey's relationship with longtime "love" Stedman Graham, her reputed dirt-poor upbringing in rural Mississippi, her rumored lesbian crushes on women such as Diane Sawyer -- all are stories she has manipulated for decades in the name of sensational ratings, according to writer Kitty Kelley's latest unauthorized biography "Oprah."

    The much-anticipated book details how:

    * Winfrey concocted stories about sexual abuse she suffered as a child -- and grossly exaggerated the poverty she was brought up in.

    * She went to great lengths to conceal her "lesbian affairs" -- including hefty payoffs -- and publicly attached herself to Graham to appear more normal to her audience of housewives.

    * She lavished romantic gifts -- including a diamond toe ring -- on ABC talking head Diane Sawyer.

    * Winfrey sold her body to earn extra money and has even described herself as a teen "prostitute."

    * She doesn't know the true identity of her biological father.

    * Her relationship with her own mother is so cold that Winfrey won't even let the older woman have her phone number.

    Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Miss., in 1954, and, the way she likes to tell it, she was so impoverished that she never had any new dresses or dolls and had to adopt two cockroaches as pets, naming them Melinda and Sandy.

    But her family says that's nonsense.

    She may not have been well off, but Oprah was relatively "spoiled" as a little girl, her cousin said.

    "Where Oprah got that nonsense about growing up in filth and roaches I have no idea," said the relative, Katherine Carr Esters. "I've confronted her and asked, 'Why do you tell such lies?' Oprah told me, 'That's what people want to hear. The truth is boring.' "

    A friend of Esters added that the manipulation of her past is a key to her success.

    "Every move is calculated to further her brand and lift her image, which is why she does good works," Jewette Battles said.

    As a teen, Winfrey was a wild child, promiscuous to the point of prostitution, her relatives said.

    The future star would steal from her mother's purse, pawn her jewelry and even turn tricks. She was eventually sent to live in Nashville with Vernon Winfrey, who was her mother's former lover and who is listed on her birth certificate as her father. He has been described as the domineering disciplinarian who set her straight.

    Later, determined to become rich and famous, Winfrey was ready to change her story to her advantage, making sure she cultivated her image as an everywoman, the book alleges.

    That meant she had to quell rumors about her sexuality.

    At one point, the rumors included seamy talk at ABC about a relationship between Winfrey and Sawyer when Oprah worked there.

    Employees there described "giggly late-night phone calls" and a series of lavish gifts from Winfrey -- including gigantic sprays of orchids and a 1-carat diamond toe ring -- to Sawyer.

    Despite such rumors, Kelley concludes Winfrey is "asexual."

    Still, she quotes sources describing how, in 1989, Winfrey was insistent on paying Tim Watts, an ex-boyfriend, $50,000 to keep quiet about her lesbian affairs and the fact that her brother, who died of AIDS, was gay.

    "He said she did not want him to talk about her brother being gay," said Judy Lee Colteryahn, who also dated Watts.

    "It's no big deal to have a brother who is homosexual, but apparently it was to Oprah. Tim also said he knew about some lesbian affairs."

    As for Winfrey's very public relationship with Graham, the pair do not even share a bedroom, according to the book.

    Landscape architect James van Sweden of Oehme, who spent years working for the couple, said he planned to design a space for a wedding in front of their new estate but knew immediately after watching them together that there would never be a wedding.

    "Oprah keeps Stedman around because she wants her audience to accept her as a normal woman with a man in her life, but from what I saw during those four years, I can tell you there's nothing there with Stedman. Nothing at all," he said.

    "He's simply a fixture in her life," van Sweden added. "Window-dressing."

    According to her father, Vernon, Oprah admitted that she was not in love with Stedman.

    "I'm in like . . . not in love," she told him, according to the book.

    She did reportedly have one affair with a man -- "Entertainment Tonight's" John Tesh, while the two were working in Nashville.

    According to Tesh's ex, he broke things off because he couldn't deal with the stigma of being an interracial couple.

    "He said one night he looked down and saw his white body next to her black body and couldn't take it any more," the ex said. "He walked out in the middle of the night."

    Winfrey has played coy on Tesh.

    Vernon Winfrey says he's been dismayed by how Oprah plays fast and loose with the truth.

    "She may be admired by the world, but I know the truth," he says. "So does God and so does Oprah. Two of us remain ashamed."

    Vernon reserves his harshest words for Winfrey's best friend, Gayle King, who put the kibosh on a biography he was working on.

    Calling her a "dirt hog" and "street heifer," he blames King for a rift in his relationship with Oprah.

    "She's become too close to that woman Gayle," he says.

    King and others in Oprah's entourage worked hard to keep a tight grip on employees in order to keep her out of the tabloids.

    "I thought I would be working for the warm and fuzzy person I saw on television," a former employee at Winfrey's Harpo production company said. "But, God, I was conned. It's a cult at Harpo. So oppressive it's frightening."

    Perhaps the biggest secret of the book is left a secret.

    Oprah allegedly does not know the true identity of her father.

    Esters told Kelley who he is, on the condition she not publish the information until Winfrey's mother comes clean to her daughter.

    "And you'll know when that happens because Oprah will probably have a show on finding your real father," Esters said. "As I said, the girl wastes nothing."

    jeremy.olshan@nypost.com

  • Does Money REALLY Matter?

    Posted by Stacy Cole
    • Handling money reduces the amount of pain people feel.
    • In separate experiments, negative experiences, both physical and emotional, were blunted by cash.
    • If real-world poverty follows this principle, those with less money may feel pain more acutely.

                          money

    Money can't buy you love, happiness or even respect. Cash, however, might provide some relief from pain.

    In a series of experiments, people who counted money felt less pain when their hands were dipped into scalding water. The soothing power of cash also helped them shrug off the emotional pain of social exclusion.

    The findings might offer an easy way to ease life's stings and hurts, from painful medical treatments to social ostracism: Simply flip through a bulging wallet before enduring a painful experience.

    "When people are reminded of money in a subtle manner by counting out hard currency, they experience painful situations as being not very painful," said lead author Kathleen Vohs, a consumer psychologist at the University of Minnesota's Carleton School of Management in the Twin Cities.

    If you'd like to see the rest of this article, you can find it here: http://news.discovery.com/human/cash-money-pain-relief.html

     

  • Need Some Nature?

    Posted by Stacy Cole

    turkey

    As I was posting this link, there were six turkeys in the camera view...This is somewhere in Pennsylvania...I am becoming addicted to these live nature cams...enjoy!

    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/pix-wpa-01