Diminishing Voters’ Rights [infographic]

April 8, 2012 |  by  |  Government, Politics  |  10 Comments
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Thousands of voters will find it difficult, if not impossible, to vote in the rapidly-approaching 2012 presidential election thanks to new changes in voters’ rights and voting laws across several states in the U.S.

While younger voters and senior citizens certainly aren’t the only two demographics affected by the new laws, there are 34 states that have introduced legislation that will make their voting experience especially difficult. The laws will require a valid photo ID in order to either vote or register to vote; while this might not seem like an unreasonable law, it will make voting more difficult for 18% of voters age 65+ and 1 out of every 5 voters age 18-29 who do not have either a driver’s license or other government-issued ID.

10% of Latino voters, who made up 22% of the final-Sunday vote, have had their ability to vote hindered in the states that have passed voter ID laws.

The new laws will mean that citizens in 15 states, including Kansas, Alabama, and Tennessee, will find themselves unable to either register or vote if they are unable to present proof of their citizenship, such as a birth certificate. Tens of thousands of potential voters will find themselves having to present their proof of citizenship not just for voter registration, but when they show up to vote at the polls too, which seems excessive.

More details on the restrictive new laws can be found on the infographic below and at craigconnects.org. [via]

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Easter Candy [infographic]

April 7, 2012 |  by  |  Food, Holiday  |  1 Comment
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Not only is Easter a Catholic holiday, it is also another opportunity for corporate America to cash in the sacred day. Valentines was not even over before Easter candy and pastel colored bunnies and chicks lined the aisles. How much do American’s spend on the sweet treats that are being blown up in our faces each Easter?

According to today’s infographic, American’s spent 14.7 billion on Easter candy last year, 70% of that candy being chocolate. Believe it or not, that is more chocolate than what is bought during Valentine’s Day. My absolute favorite Easter candy is Peeps. It’s a love my mom and I share. Each Easter I go crazy and stock up to last me half a year. According to today’s infographic, over 4 million of the fluffy goodies are made each day.  This weekend, don’t feel guilty about buying Easter candy, both you and corporate America gain from your sweet purchases. [via]

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Save Big on Your Mortgage in Three Simple Steps [infographic]

April 6, 2012 |  by  |  Business, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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The real-estate business is serious in America. After the housing bubble burst a few years ago the housing market has been in a lull. Down here in central Texas we haven’t seen near the extent of the housing problems like those in Detroit, but our market is definitely still for the buyer.

Especially in today’s market, buying a house could be a very good investment – if you get the right mortgage. A mortgage shouldn’t be something you pay every month. It is an adjustable note payable depending on how you plan out your payments. Lump sum and rapid bi-weekly payments can help take years off of your mortgage. Lump sum payments are applied directly to your principle, lowering your interest and possibly saving thousands.

Refinance your mortgage, especially if you are quiet a few years into it. Don’t be passive – research ways to better your mortgage situation to make sure you are on the way to owning your home outright. [RateSupermarket]

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The Empire State Building [infographic]

April 5, 2012 |  by  |  Education  |  1 Comment
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I’ve never been to the Empire State Building, but beneath the tons of bricks are a lot of cool facts. The UT Tower in Austin serves as the tall, honorable building in my life. I still hope to get to New York, because I’m sure their skyscrapers are quite mightier. I think it’s a little crazy to have 73 elevators in one building. But I guess that’s better than the time I got stuck at a beach hotel with 20+ floors and 1 elevator.

The English Language School in New York is located in the Empire State Building, and helps non-English speakers learn our tongue. What a cool place to take classes especially if you are just arriving from a foreign country.

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The Top 10 Great Inventions From Ireland [infographic]

April 4, 2012 |  by  |  Mind-Blowing  |  3 Comments
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If I were to tell you one place spawned the creation of color photography, chocolate milk, and soda, I don’t know how likely you would be to guess Ireland. But that’s the place.

Irish inventors have a nice list of things they’ve contributed to mankind. On top of the previously mentioned items, we can add the submarine, modern chemistry, Guiness, the armored tank, aircraft ejection seat, rubber soles, and the atomic bomb. Quite a contribution, but not unexpected from a country nicknamed “the land of saints and scholars”.

Take some time to read over the infographic and make sure to make good use of all the great things given to us by the emerald isle! [Via]

 

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