Money Worries? Try Stress Relief

As the economy continues to stagnate, stress stands as the leading cause of long-term sickness absence, according to an article on the Cambridge News website. Much of the economy-induced stress relates to job security. Unfortunately, job security continues to elude many recent graduates.

There are many ways to reduce this stress, including the following video.

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Rockefeller Christmas Tree Arrives in New York

Nancy Keller’s 74-foot Norway Spruce arrived at Rockefeller Center Plaza on Nov. 11. The 210-ton tree will become the 79th Christmas tree to stand over the skating plaza.

In March, the head gardener for the plaza spotted the spruce on Keller’s property in Mifflinville, PA. The tree travelled overnight by tractor trailer and a crane was used to lift into its stand.

On Nov. 30, thousands of lights and a Swarovski-made crystal star will be lit at the annual lighting ceremony in the plaza.

Song: Last Christmas by the Eaters

Last Christmas (Eaters) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Death of a Postman

Legislation to help the United States Postal Service overcome budget shortfalls was introduced to the Senate on Wednesday.

In an era of rapidly advancing technology, the post office remains a relic of a past generation. Today, communication often travels at the speed of light through the bevy of mobile devices available.

However, a staunch group of supporters still back the need for the post office in American life.

Below are four audio pieces taken from one-on-one interviews, street interviews, and sound bites courtesy of the USPS.

-John E. Potter, the Postmaster General, speaks about the need for change at the post office.
John E. Potter by kevinjreilly

-Steve Hutkins founded savethepostoffice.com in an effort to stop post office closings.

Steve Hutkins by kevinjreilly

-New Yorker’s express explain how often and when they use the post office.

New York’s Postal Opinions by kevinjreilly

-Sounds of typing. Email and other electronic communication has taken the place of the hand-written letter.

Ambient typing by kevinjreilly

Thousands March to Save Ta-Tas

The 2011 American Cancer Society Making Strides walk kicked off its Central Park event this morning. Thousands of people, including cancer survivors and supporters, walked a five-mile route to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research.

“I walked for all of the survivors in support of them and how brave these women are,” said Lauren Penza, 31, one of more than 400 participants from the Lenox Hill Radiology team. “Five miles is nothing compared to what these people have gone through.”

According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women. This year alone, doctors diagnosed more than 230,000 new cases, including 2140 men.

As part of several walks throughout the country, the Central park walk began at 930a.m. Participants, many clad in pink, the official color of breast cancer awareness movement, strolled along a winding route starting at the 72nd Street band shell. So far, the Central Park Making Strides raised more than $1.6 million.

Volunteers manned direction posts, shouting words of encouragement as walkers passed. Bottles of water, donated by food-retailer Stop and Shop, were distributed along the route, as well as a snack bag, filled with pretzels, granola bars, and natural juice at the finish line.

Cancer survivors wore pink sashes, with “Survivor” printed on it, that were handed out at before the start of the race.

“I conquered it,” said Ernesta Coleman, 48, who is still undergoing treatment.

Ginger Love Dampened by Tough Economy

On the eve of President Barack Obama’s jobs speech, many Americans face grim prospects in the employment market. Last month’s labor statistics showed an unchanged unemployment rate of 9.1%. A poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal indicated the current recession left a greater impact than the 9/11 terrorist attacks or America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Minorities, in particular, suffer more so through the current economic conditions. One particular group, gingers, make up approximately 1% – 2% of the population, leaving them an even smaller minority than the unemployed. A study confirmed that redheads feel more pain, thus leaving them more debilitated in today’s climate.

Normally, the beacon of color atop a redhead, mixed with a pale, glowing complexion, would stand out from a crowd. But, a report from Orange County, CA (no pun intended) characterized one young man’s desperate attempt to get employers to notice his redheadedness.

The Twitterverse highlights the exponential problems faced by the UV-sensitive group over other hair colors.

Celebrity gingers failed to escape the wrath their average brethren burden. Iconic mascots, Ronald McDonald and Wendy, capture the economic trends against redheads. The Wendy’s brand features its auburn star prominently in its logo, while McDonald’s does not. Over the past five years, Wendy’s stock price lost 72%, while McDonald’s gained 112%, displaying a positive correlation between his absence and stock price gain. Ronald McDonald suffered more setbacks when a group of health professionals called for his retirement.

In media, not even magic can save the most famous redheaded wizard. Despite being part of a billion dollar film project, Ron Weasley joins the unemployed ranks, as the end of the Harry Potter series arrived. Recently Sirius Satellite Radio launched Redheaded Radio: 100 Years of Lucile Ball, leaving, by some estimates, 2,999,999 to 5,999,999 redheads in America without a broadcast featuring them.

One bright spot surround the rehiring of talk show host Conan O’Brien. However, considering his departure from the Tonight Show the year before, O’Brien’s net job growth over the past two years remained a defeated zero percent.