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What the U.S. Government Should Be Doing

Today, the streets are full of every kind of gas and diesel running cars. Coupe, convertible, turbo, raised chassis, all wheel drive, heated seats, backup camera, etc. You can get your sports car in neon green with pink flames on the side.

But one thing is missing: electric cars.

That’s right. America, the most technologically advanced nation in the world has fewer than 10,000 electric cars in use. Meanwhile, gas prices are skyrocketing, with the national average around $3.71 per gallon. Are Americans going to keep relying on gasoline until it runs out? I hope not.

Besides accounting for one-third of all pollution in America, 60% of our gasoline is supplied by other countries, as if we don’t import enough already. Fuel efficiency has become the top criteria for car buyers, and companies have been doing their best to maximize efficiency on their cars and trucks.

The problem: it just isn’t good enough.

The only way for us to make an impact is for the goverment to intervene. I suggest putting a national tax on gasoline. Paying three to five cents extra on gas isn’t breaking the bank. And where would the money go to? A special government fund that would give grants to citizens trying to buy a hybrid or an electric car. Today, hybrids and electric cars are still relatively new to the market. Most Americans don’t even consider them an option because of their high price tag. With this new program, the government could easily amass money to help consumers purchase vehicles that run on clean energy.

The tax would help the U.S. by

  • decreasing oil imports
  • decreasing pollution
  • advancing technology

So yes, this seems like a reasonable tax. Because if the government spent time thinking about our problems instead of arguing over them, we could probably be in a much better country today. Demand progress!

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Codecademy

Codecademy. Catchy. What in the world is it. Well, let me use an analogy to help you get the picture.

Your a teenager. You go to school every day, and learn. But what you really want to learn is computer programming. However, your school doesn’t offer a class on it. So you look on ebay for a book on computer programming. A book on computer programming!! Yeah I know, you’re desperate. So you search. Pop… a book! “This looks good” you think to yourself. You click checkout. You scroll down to click pay, and then you notice the price. $60!!. “Forget it, maybe I’ll be a professional athlete or somethin'”. You decide to check your emails. You’ve got one from your best friend. It reads:

“Hey man,

I found this totally awesome website, that is free and teaches you how to program with Javascript, Ruby, Python, HTML, CSS!!!!

I know your into that stuff so I thought I’d let you know.”

You start dancing, jumping, whatever. Your happy because now you have a great way to learn code. And its free. Now were talking.

So you type in: http://www.codecademy.com/#!/exercises/0

And now you’re the master at Java script, Ruby, Python, jQuery, HTML, and CSS.

So now were done with the analogy. And for most readers you are already gone ’cause your not a teenage kid who wants to learn coding. But if you are, and your still with me, then I totally suggest clicking the link or just searching codecademy on the web. Take it from someone like me, who’s a teenage kid, who loves coding, and has taken courses on Java, on codecademy.

var codecademy = function(){

console.log(“Codecademy is awesome!!);

};

codecademy()

Swagbucks – Search the Web and Win

Okay, so this may sound like an advertisement. It’s not. Swagbucks is an online company that offers different activities to earn “swag bucks”. These swag bucks can be redeemed for gift cards or other prizes. The best way to earn swag bucks is by searching the web. Swag bucks are awarded randomly for searching the web. The search engine they use is completely legit, powered by Google and Ask.com. Another way to earn is by finding swag codes. These are codes that are active for a certain period of time, and give you swag bucks finding and entering them. You can also make friends online, and they can become referrers, meaning for every swag buck they earn, you will earn one too. A few things not to do is watch videos for swag bucks, you’ll just waste your time. And don’t buy stuff to earn swag bucks; it’s counterproductive. But give Swagbucks a try. Earning bucks for just searching the web is awesome.

Why It’s A Good Idea To Have A Google Account

While almost everybody has heard of Google, not everybody has an account with them. I personally think this isn’t a good idea, but I’m not here to make you do anything. However, Google owns an ever-increasing number of services. Gmail, Youtube, Blogger, Google+, AdWords, Feedburner, and of course, their namesake web search service. They even have their own web broswer (which I am currently using) and laptops. While you may not care about Gmail, maybe you want a YouTube account. Or you don’t want either services, but want to log into WikiAnswers. That’s why having a Google account is so nice. You can log into almost every major website with Google. You can do this with Yahoo and Facebook too, but I prefer Google because they have more services. I am always happy to find that I don’t have to make separate accounts for websites, and can just use my Google account. And while using the same username and password for all of your accounts may sound risky, Google has a lot of extra security to make sure your accounts don’t get hacked. You can have security questions that are asked when your account is logged into from a remote location. You can also add your mobile phone number as well. The only other concern that I would have about Google is “Can I get fast, helpful support when I need it?” The answer: yes! When I had problems with Google Images, I started a topic in the help forums, and almost immediately I was helped by a volunteer. Here are a few questions I’ll answer about Google’s and its services:

What is your favorite Google service?

Definitely YouTube. It’s amazingly easy to upload and edit videos. You can even convert them into 3D! Since it’s the largest video uploading site in the world, you’ll almost always find what you are looking for, whether it is a funny home video, or an Allstate commercial.

What service do you wish Google had?

An e-commerce website like eBay or Craigslist where you can buy and sell items online. Or maybe web hosting. That would be helpful.

Is Google the largest presence on the web?
Definitely. When you have the world’s most popular search engine, a wide range of services, and your own web browser, you pretty much have control of the web. Not to mention that Google is worth billions of dollars, having a stock price per share of over $500.

Well, I’ve said enough. If you don’t have one, you should consider getting a Google account. If you do have one, thanks for reading the article (even though I told you stuff you probably already knew). See ya!


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