Daily Archives: Thursday, October 9, 2008


Blog Action Day 2008

Just got this from my cousin over at Chill Yo, Islam Yo about “Blog Action Day” .

Blog Action Day is an annual nonprofit event that aims to unite the world’s bloggers, podcasters and videocasters, to post about the same issue on the same day. Our aim is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion.

  • Almost half the world — over 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.
  • The GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the 41 Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (567 million people) is less than the wealth of the world’s 7 richest people combined.
  • Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
  • Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen.
  • 1 billion children live in poverty (1 in 2 children in the world). 640 million live without adequate shelter, 400 million have no access to safe water, 270 million have no access to health services. 10.6 million died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5 (or roughly 29,000 children per day).



What Financial Crisis?

I wrote a little while ago about UpDown.com the virtual stock market website that allows you to invest and track your progress, compete in contests and win prizes/money. Well in my second contest, I won a funny t-shirt (pictured below) and for those that it is hard to see, it says “What Financial Crisis?”. Also, my current portfolio progress is displayed after the break.

I finished 180th out of 5,232 people with 23.8% gains in roughly a month. In an on-going contest right now, I am currently 38th out 4,988 people with actual money (min. $100) being awarded to the top 50. This contest goes on until mid-December and anyone can join at anytime. If you are interested in joining, click here.

Also, if any of the students from the Middlesex County Academy are reading it and want to participate in a contest being conducted at school during the spring, contact Ms. Winant.

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