Government incentives for green energy

President Barack Obama tours the ZBB Energy Corporation with CEO and President Eric Apfelbach and Edward Zanger in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin today in order to tout the government’s incentives to promote green energy in the stimulus bill.

President Barack Obama said government incentives to expand clean-energy industries will help restore jobs, citing a battery maker in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, where he is highlighting the impact of the economic stimulus.

Obama used the example of ZBB Energy Corp., which is using a $1.3 million loan from the legislation to keep 12 workers on staff and eventually hire 80 more as it expands production.

“We expect our commitment to clean energy to lead to more than 800,000 jobs by 2012,” Obama said after a tour of the ZBB factory. “And that’s not just creating work in the short term; that’s going to help lay the foundation for lasting economic growth.”

It’s terribly disappointing that we have not been able to pass a comprehensive energy policy, as Republicans and coal-state Senators block progress.

Facebook, Affiliate Program Connections and Pop Culture

In 2010, the world will see a movie based on the founding of the website Facebook. Our world today could feasibly be called the age of social media, as almost everyone is connected on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or some other type of social site. However, many people fail to realize just how quickly social media platforms exist and the affect they have on our society. One of the biggest indications of this affect is Facebook’s popularity and how intrigued the public is to know everything about it. Facebook has become more than merely a Web site, but a living and evolving model of pop culture.

The move to turn the story of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, into a movie called “The Social Network” shows just how much impact Facebook has on the social media and networking world. The public is not only interested in using Facebook as a platform, but in understanding the story behind it, and the new movie is set to show just how Zuckerberg came up with the idea for Facebook and the trials and tribulations the young mastermind had to go through in the process.

Facebook revolutionized the way people interact with each other, and helped to bring about the age of social media. In particular, it changed how business can find their clients and connect with each other and a broad fan base. Much like affliate programs which help businesses connect with each other, fan pages can also help business find each other on the Web with Facebook’s unique search and recommendation procedure. With all of the information Facebook stores, the site was also able to pinpoint a new way of finding a target audience through Facebook advertisements.

With its huge following and variety of uses, Facebook has become what many see as a founder’s story for all social media programs.

BP Attempts Static Kill To Permanently Plug Damaged Oil Well

The news is good so far in the Gulf . . . . finally!

BP began plugging the damaged oil well today with a “static kill” by pumping mud into it. Early reports are encouraging.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Wednesday he has “high confidence” that no more oil will leak from BP’s Gulf of Mexico well, hours after BP announced that the well had reached “static condition” after pumping heavy drilling mud into it.

BP called the outcome a “significant milestone” in its efforts to permanently seal the well.

The energy giant began the “static kill” procedure at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday and workers stopped pumping mud in after about eight hours after the effort achieved its “desired outcome.”

Let’s hope we’ve seen the end of this nightmare.

Smokeless Cigarettes are the Wave of the Future

After being bombarded by countless anti-smoking campaign commercials, most people probably get the picture that smoking can be hazardous for your health. The news isn’t good for those people that continue to inhale the smoke, tar and other damaging things that cigarettes have to offer.

Countless schools across the United States have banded together to spread their message that smoking isn’t cool. Restaurants and nightclubs across the nation have banned the smoking of cigarettes within their facilities, as the news for those that smoke continues to worsen.

With the healthy segment of the populations saying no to smoking in public places, the need for alternatives to smoking continued to grow until news of smokeless cigarettes came along to fill a need.

The water-vapor dispelled from these new cigarettes is not harmful and doesn’t contain the tar, and carcinogens that make regular cigarettes so unhealthy. Thus, the news for these new and improved smokers delights has been received quite nicely.

No longer does a driver need to air-freshen the car before picking up passengers on the way to work. No longer does the 10:15 smoke break leave an employee reeking of cigarette smoke throughout the day. No longer does the running enthusiast have to cough throughout their morning jog, and no longer do mom and dad have to hide their smoking habit from the kids.

An alternative to regular cigarettes was inevitable, as people across the country continue to smoke despite the warnings, (even on the label) that smoking can be hazardous to one’s health. With hundreds of people addicted to regular cigarettes, the news that a new and improved form or smoking is causing quite the stir. Smokers still receive their desired rush of nicotine, while those around them aren’t affected in nearly the same manner.

And that’s good news for all of us!

Facing the Economic Downturn – Staying Current With a Wall Street Journal Subscription

In October 2008, the U.S. economy went into freefall. Despite talk of a “recovery,” many of us are wondering when that recovery will come. Joblessness is on the rise, home foreclosures are mounting, and American households are coping with mountains of debt.

That’s the big news on the street, but what’s going on at your house? Are you coping with the crisis? If you have a large debt load, the most important decision you can make right now is to face it, and develop a strategy for coping. Debt can be a kind of slavery, and, if not dealt with, it holds the danger of bankruptcy and personal ruin. So let’s look at some real strategies for getting your finances in better shape.

First, get honest with yourself and your family about the realities you are facing. If it seems impossible, talk to a counselor and develop a strategy for getting back on track. If you need counseling for stress, many therapists are available to help for reduced, affordable rates.

Budgeting is critical. Go over all household expenses and take a hard look at where you can cut back. Make a shopping list before going to the grocery story. Compare prices and use coupons and store discount cards.

Using credit cards sparingly, if at all. Pay off cards with the highest interest rates first. Transfer balances from to cards with the lowest interest rates. Work with your creditors. If your accounts are current, many banks will be willing to reduce payments.

Get a Wall Street Journal subscription to stay up on the latest economic trends. Knowledge is power—it really is.

Finally, realize that it all takes time. It may be years before you are debt-free, but if you start coping with it now, you will be well on your way to recovery, and economic freedom, in the near future.

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