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UNICEF Study Show US Kids Way Down on Happiness Scale — Dave’s Diary

What’s going on with our kids? The United States ranked at the bottom of a UNICEF study for child well-being. That’s us!  USA! USA?  Apparently n

ot so much!

Across 21 industrial countries, Americans beat only the British for well being

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Nymi Uses Your Heartbeat to Log on to Your Electronic Devices — Dave’s Diary

Passwords—who needs passwords as long as the old ticker is ticking. The Nymi is a new silicone bracelet designed as a "wearable authentication device." The wristband relies on authenticating identity by matching the overall shape of the user’s heart wave .”

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Young Women and Alcohol an Unhealthy Mix — Dave’s Diary

All you have to do is a quick cruise through Facebook and you will be shocked by the level of alcohol consumption on display by today’s late teen and young twenty something women.  Medical problem alert!

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With a Cat Onboard–There’s No Monopoly on Misery! — Dave’s Diary

This is just adding insult to injury.  I have written before about my thoughts on indoor cats--or at least my wife Sara's long haired house cat Tanja.  I grew up on a farm and my experience leads me to believe cats are happier and better off outdoors ---I know I'm happier and better off when they're outdoors! (allergies)

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Serving Others Also Serves Yourself — Dave’s Diary

Most of us were taught that it is better to give than receive. Good advice when you consider that giving of yourself to help others out could actually keep you alive, according to new research.

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For Students to Make Big Bucks They Must Pick the Proper Major –Dave’s Diary

What’s the magic number for you?  How much money do you need to make to consider yourself a success?  Back in the day the goal was to earn your age but we have moved past that by a decimal or two.  As you wave good bye to your college bound offspring, pass them a note that says ENGINEERING

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Choke on This–Smokers Earn Less Money — Dave’s Diary

The Yakima City Council is considering some kind of partial ban on smoking in parks and around playgrounds—which got us to thinking about money and cigarettes.

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250 Million Tons of Trash–Break it Down! — Dave’s Diary

 

The City of Yakima is considering implementing a new curbside recycling program.  The citizen’s survey says there is quite a bit of interest…and why not when you consider Americans throw away 251 million tons of trash each year, before recycling:

  • 34% paper
  • 13% yard trimmings
  • 12% food scraps
  • 12% plastics
  • 9% wood and other
  • 8% metals
  • 7% rubber, leather, and textiles
  • 5% glass

 

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Too Thin is More Dangerous to Your Health Than Too Heavy — Dave’s Diary

The person who said 'a woman can't be too rich or too thin' was in fact a thin woman and a woman who was rich.…with a man’s name!  Her real full name was Bessie Wallis Warfield  but was know by Wallis Simpson and later as the Duchess of Windsor after marrying Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor in 1937.

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Maybe We’re Not What We Eat? — Dave’s Diary [video]

We are heading to the Olympia area this weekend.  My wife Sara, the new fitness fanatic, is going to participate in a Run for your Life-Zombie Race  on Saturday.

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