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today’s news … Saturday, February 11

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2012 at 6:00 am

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there! 

Quote for today… “”Freedom is never given; it is won.” – A. Phillip Randolph

The intriguing beauty of rooftop sculptures enveloped by a grey sky as the snow began. Looking west from the 400 block of Locust Street.

  • Federal assistance may be available to help Pennsylvania communities rebuild infrastructure to higher, more disaster-resistant standards and commonwealth officials are encouraging local governments to take advantage of that funding. – FEMA Press Release
  • POLICE LOG:MOUNT JOY: Shane F. O’Brien, 22, of 551 E. Market St., Marietta, has been charged in a Jan. 1 incident in the 200 block of West Main Street. He also was charged with possession of a controlled substance after police found amphetamines in his vehicle, they said.” Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era
  • Hospital Compare: The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Website that provides comparison information about America’s hospitals.
  • From U.S. Representative Joe Pitts’ e-newsletter to constituents: “Yesterday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the STOCK Act, 417-2. This bill would make it clear that Member of Congress and Congressional employees are prohibited from using nonpublic information for private profit. The bill we passed this week is slightly amended from the Senate’s bill to add executive and judicial branch employees. No one who is working in the Read the rest of this entry »

“The States With the Most Homes in Foreclosure” – 24/7 Wall St.

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2012 at 4:52 am

“Five major U.S. banks accused of foreclosure abuses have agreed to a $26 billion settlement with the government, the largest payout from banks arising from the financial crisis. The amount, which will include aid from banks in the form of loan forgiveness and refinancing, is intended to help homeowners avoid mortgage default and foreclosure. Most economists believe this is a step in the right direction, albeit only a small one.

“Homeowners in at least 49 states represented in the agreement will benefit, though some states have more homes in trouble than others. California, one the hardest-hit states in the foreclosure crisis, will reportedly receive mortgage relief of up to $18 billion. Based on Corelogic’s national foreclosure report released yesterday, 24/7 Wall St. identified the states with the highest foreclosure rates.

“Many of the states with the highest foreclosure rates experienced the worst of the housing crisis. However, analysis by 24/7 reveals that the primary driver of higher foreclosure rates is a lengthy foreclosure process.

“Nearly all of the states with the highest rates also have the longest foreclosure periods. The average foreclosure process for the nation is 140 days. The average foreclosure process for the eleven states with the highest foreclosure rates is 220. As a result, many homes foreclosed in 2011 in these states were actually at the end of a process that began more than a year ago. New York, one of the states with the worst foreclosure rates, has an average processing period of 445 days.

“The reasons why the foreclosure processing period is longer in these states is because it usually involves the court system. Judicial foreclosures are handled by the court and usual include filing motions and seeking a final judgement from a judge. Nonjudicial foreclosures, which tend to take less time to process, are governed by state law and do not require court intervention. Nine of the 11 states with the highest foreclosure rates have a judicial-only foreclosure process.

Click here to see the list and read the entire article at 24/7 Wall St.

“I nd to spk 2 U mum: why texting won’t make you feel the love”

In Everyday Living on February 11, 2012 at 4:42 am

Sending an SMS might be easy, but catching up in person feels better. Jhaymesiviphotography

Things have changed. Much of the time we used to spend chatting with friends or strangers in person is now spent tweeting, texting or updating our Facebook status.

Although technology allows us to rapidly communicate, how these indirect interactions affect our bodies and minds is not yet known. A new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin – Madison suggests that not all human interactions are created equal – at least not biochemically.

Hormonally yours

Hormones govern everything about our lives – from fetal development and the uncomfortable coming-of-age we all experience during puberty, to our susceptibility to foods high in sugars, and the inevitable crumbling of our reproductive systems.

Of all the hormones coursing through our bodies, it’s the effect of oxytocin we’re perhaps most familiar with. That’s because oxytocin is the hormone responsible for delivering the euphoric feeling we associate with love.

Among its myriad roles, oxytocin is critical for strengthening bonds between people and reducing stress and anxiety. Without it, we drift towards a more narcissistic, manipulative, reclusive and sociopathic lifestyle. One could easily imagine an Orwellian dystopia should this simple molecule not exist.

Apart from the daily doses of oxytocin our body automatically produces, direct social interactions with people close to us trigger further releases. This is especially helpful after stressful events and explains why we share such personal experiences with close friends and relatives.

The words of support we hear from those close to us trigger a welcome release of oxytocin that reduces our feelings of stress.

But is it the words themselves or the tonal sounds conveying the meaning of those words that provides this comfort?

Want to read more? Click here to read the entire article from The Conversation.