2012-05-16 / Features

Internet In Bloom For The Layperson

BY TED J. BLOOM

With summer approaching, many are concerned about how they look in a swimsuit. I could easily devote a series of columns to fitness resources online. However, with U.S. troops in Afghanistan longer than the Vietnam War, Occupy Wall Street protesters still being arrested, the worst economy since the Great Depression, U.S. and Israel on the brink of invading Iran over nuclear weapon development, which could involve retaliation by Iran’s allies China and Russia triggering World War III, Korea testing long-range weapons, France changing presidents, Syria killing its own people, China making the news again for the human rights violation of a blind lawyer seeking political asylum here, Greek corruption destroying the Euro, justifiable gun homicides tripling since the controversial Stand Your Ground law began—courtesy of NRA lobbyists, the nation and the media glued to the outcome of the heated Martin/Zimmerman case in Florida, and the commander-inchief position of the world’s greatest superpower up for grabs in a presidential election this November, there truly are more important issues to focus on at present. As a former fitness director, I will leave you with this much: Calories consumed have to equal calories expended or else one typically gets a surplus stored as fat. Exercise daily and look in the mirror often before you jump in the shower.

Moreover, you are entitled to your opinions but not your facts. The movie The Avengers broke U.S. box office records for the biggest opening weekend, raking in over $200.3 million. Apparently, American escapism is alive and well amidst all the political and international turmoil. This is not surprising, considering only about half the United States votes. A great site to catch up on events here and abroad is www.bbc.co.uk/news with its constantly updated, One Minute World News video along with a large selection of clips in a variety of eclectic topics, such as: U.S., Canada, World, Business, Science, Technology and of course the U.K. Speaking of accurate sources, FOX News aired a colossal blooper with new Republican candidate Mitt Romney stating that since the Obama administration began, 92 percent of the resulting unemployed have been women. Even FOX News diplomatically rebuked Mr. Romney saying the statistic he mentioned was impossible. For more lively coverage of the presidential race with record mudslinging expected from both sides, see Attorneys Mike Papantonio and Robert Kennedy Jr., along with journalist Sam Seder’s video coverage on www.ringoffireradio.com.

Lastly, Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov indicate during the first 13 months of the Obama administration the U.S. lost 4.3 million jobs. Furthermore, since the Obama presidency began our country has lost 600,000 public service employees, such as teachers, firefighters and police officers. The New York Times, www.NYTimes.com reports we lost 2.6 million jobs in 2008 alone. Hence it is no wonder that people are going abroad to find work at www.goabroad.com. Discover nationalized healthcare at www.workopolis.com, Canada’s biggest job Web site. Aloha.

Ted J. Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL., has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A college librarian in Downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for atrisk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a SUNY Communications Instructor and a YMCA Director.

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