October 12, 2012

The Vice Presidential Debate & Chavez Wins

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After years of being over 8 percent,
We saw a solid drop in unemployment.
Yeah it went to 7.8%,
But we still need more - no time to celebrate.
We saw an attack but we’re a hundred million years late,
A wasp in a spider’s web about to get ate (eaten!).
Trapped in amber and preserved by time
It turned into something pretty cool to find.
A skydiver seems like he’s out of his mind,
And he’s trying to leave the sound barrier behind.
A free fall jump that’s 23 miles up,
And it might go down on Sunday, yup.
In Venezuela, Chavez wins,
That’s another six years
for him as he extends,
His presidential reign with a strong campaign.
But was it unfair?
His opponent complained.
Jerry Sandusky, yup he’s to blame,
For an abuse scandal that’s hard to explain.
The judge gave him at least 30,
And expects him to die in jail. Now have you heard the
Protestants have lost their majority status,
For the first time in history and that is,
Because of more youngins with no affiliation.
Up next are the VP debates and,
Biden versus Ryan the nation was waiting,
For them to square off.
Tune in next week,
Obama and Romney and the town meet.
Last but not least, at the space station,
SpaceX docked, haha congratulations!
It’s Flocab broadcasting to the nation,
Until next week, peace — salutations!

Unemployment lines such as these were common during the Great Depression.

According to a report released this week, the US unemployment rate has dropped to 7.8%. This is the first time the unemployment rate has dropped below 8% in almost four years. Historically, no president has been re-elected when the unemployment rate was 8% or higher. With election day less than a month away, this drop in unemployment may help Obama's chances. Do you think this drop in unemployment is a good sign for the economy? Learn more.

A spider attack, frozen in time.

A snapshot from a hundred million years ago, of the age-old struggle between predator and prey, has been discovered in a fossil. This incredibly rare scene depicts a spider about to attack a wasp stuck in its web. The predator was unable to reach its meal as both were caught in tree sap. This sap later fossilized and became amber. Though many pieces of amber have been found containing animals (think of the fictional mosquito in Jurassic Park ), this is the first discovered fossil record of a spider attacking its prey. Why do you think amber specimens like this are so rare? Learn more.

We're sort of flying!

Though his mission has been delayed twice already, Felix Baumgartner of Austria is determined to attempt the highest-ever skydive. Baumgartner plans to dive from 120,000 feet and free fall for 5.5 minutes. If he succeeds, he will be the first skydiver ever to break the sound barrier. The current record for the highest skydive of 102,800 feet was set by Air Force Capt. Joe Kittinger in 1960. Would you go this far to set a world record? Learn more.

President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela

President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez was first elected to office 1998. This week, he won the election and another 6 year term as president. A former army paratroop commander, Chavez won nearly 55% of the vote. Despite his popularity in Venezuela, he has a strained relationship with the United States. Chavez has a series of policy that anger Washington DC, including support for Iran's nuclear program. Do you think presidents should be able to run for re-election as many times as they want? Learn more.

A Penn State football game

Jerry Sandusky, who was arrested child sexual abuse 11 months ago, has been sentenced. Despite all the evidence and 45 counts of child abuse against him, Sandusky maintains his innocence in a scandal that has tarnished the reputation of Penn State and its football team. On Tuesday, Judge John Cleland sentenced Sandusky to at least 30 years in prison. Since Sandusky is 68 years old, this is more or less a life sentence. Do you think Sandusky's 30 year sentence is right? Learn more.

Protestantism is the largest faith denomination in the US.

A study released Tuesday is suggesting a change in Americans' spiritual identities. According to the study, one fifth of Americans, or 19.6%, do not identify with a religious denomination. This is a major increase from 8% claiming no religious views in 1990. Also differing from previous studies, the report showed that the number of Americans identifying themselves as Protestant has dropped below 50% for the first time. This shift in Americans' faith has far reaching implications in policy-making and voting, especially in such matters as gay marriage and women's reproductive rights. What do you think might be affected by the change in faith of Americans? Learn more.

Joe Biden and Paul Ryan

Thursday was the second round of debates, this time between vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. Many critics believed that Republican candidate Mitt Romney won last week's debate against President Obama. As a result of the first debate, Romney gained in the polls, pulling even with President Obama. With the election less than a month away, this puts added pressure on the Democrats to win the next debate. Who do you think won the vice presidential debate? Learn more.

The International Space Station got a new visitor this week.

Space travel isn't just for the government anymore. NASA has been contracting out space missions to private companies, and one of those companies delivered supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) for the first time this week. The capsule, named Dragon and built by the company SpaceX, had done a test-run to the space station this spring. This week, Dragon docked at ISS to deliver important supplies to restock the station, including a special delivery of ice cream. What kind of space achievements do you think you'll witness in your lifetime? Learn more.
What percentage did the unemployment rate drop to?
What were the spider and wasp fossilized in?
From how high will the skydiver be jumping?
23 miles
Who won the election in Venezuela?
Hugo Chavez
How many years in prison was Sandusky sentenced to?
The number of Americans identifying themselves as Protestant has dropped below what percent?
What are the first names of the vice presidential candidates who debated Thursday night?
Joe and Paul
What is the name of the company that launched a spacecraft?

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