We Could Call it “Black Cyber Friday”
Were you one of the early birds that got up on Friday
morning to go out and get some Black Friday deals? Or did you get your deals online? Today is Cyber Monday, but a lot folks didn’t
wait for that – as online sales on Black Friday topped one-billion dollars for
the first time ever. That represents a
26-percent jump in online sales compared with last year, led by
Amazon.com. ShopperTrak says foot
traffic in stores was down about 2-percent, and a Gallup poll says most people plan to spend
about 770-dollars on Christmas this year.
Archeologists Find 1608 Jamestown Church
Archaeologists say they’ve discovered a major piece of America’s Christian heritage - The original
church building that was built at James Fort in Jamestown, Virginia
in 1608. It is believed to be the first
ever Protestant church in America
- The same church where Pocohontas was married and where Pastor Robert Hunt
planted a cross and claimed the New World for
Larry Hagman Has Died
The guy that personified evil on TV’s “Dallas” back in the 1980s has died. Actor Larry Hagman is best known for his role
as J.R. Ewing. The episode where we
found out “Who Shot J.R.?” remains the second most watched TV episode
ever. Hagman also had a 5 year run as
Major Tony Nelson on “I Dream Of Jeannie.”
He died at a Dallas
hospital on Friday. Larry Hagman was 81.
Laundry Soap Packet Warning
If you use those little single-load liquid laundry packets,
make sure you keep them stored away from little kids. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says
they’ve received 500 reports of incidents involving young kids being hurt by
these packets, because their soft, chewable, and can look a lot like candy,
toys, or teething rings. More tips at www.CPSC.gov.
Some No-Tax Pledge Signers Wavering
As Congress returns from its Thanksgiving break, they’ll get
back to work on avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff. And more congressional Republicans are
showing signs of breaking with a twenty year old no tax pledge in order to get
a deal done. 238 House members and 41
Senators have signed the pledge from the Americans for Tax Reform group, but NY
Congressman Peter King and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham both said this
weekend that they would accept some tax changes to generate more revenue.
Church Around the World
Church of England Votes “No” to Women Bishops
The Church of England has narrowly voted against the
appointment of women as Bishops. Leaders
in the Anglican church voted 324-122 in favor of allowing women to serve in
that capacity, but it was six votes shy of the required majority. It could be another five years before a vote
is held again.
Parts of Family Life Nation had their first snowfall this
past weekend, and if gearing up for winter means hitting the slopes for you,
you can still take your Bible with you – just make sure it’s waterproof. Bobby Bardin came up with the idea because of
his love for nature and the outdoors, but says it can come in handy for all
kinds of folks, such as a hunter, or outdoorsman, or hiker, or just for use
around the “spill zone” of the kitchen table. All you need to know at www.WaterProofBible.com.
Family & Relationships
New Study Ties Marriage to Longer Life and Happiness
Want to live longer and make more money? Get married.
A new study shows that married people outlive their single, widowed, and
divorced friends. And the Census Bureau
shows married men and women make more than single men and women. Maybe that’s what Proverbs 18:22 meant when
it said “He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the
Study: Team Sports Help Kids Emotional State
So you’re worried about little Johnny getting hurt if he
plays sports. I can’t promise he won’t
get bumps and bruises, but new research does say he’s less likely to be
depressed. A study out of Boston College
suggests that kids involved in an after-school team activity are less likely to
be depressed than someone who might take up art, for example. Their rationale is that more introverted
people enjoy the arts, and tend to be more prone to depression.
Careers for Loners
If you’re a self-proclaimed loner, have we got a job for
you. Business Coach Pamela Slim says you
may want to think about becoming an accountant, because they’re often left by
themselves to crunch numbers and generate reports. A few other suggestions: Software Developer
or a Paralegal.
Want Better Grades? Get More Sleep
As the kids head back to school to finish up the term before
Christmas break, that’s probably going to mean some pageants, concerts, and
parties at school. It’ll also mean more
exams. What’s the best way to study for
those? Sleep. New research out of Baylor tells students to
make sure they study a lot throughout the semester, especially in the early
evening because that’s the optimal time of alertness – but don’t stay up
late. Getting eight hours of sleep the
night before the exam is the best for memory recall. That’s especially true for college students,
but works for high schoolers too.
Finances & Economy
New Push to Collect Online Sales Taxes
Enjoy this Cyber Monday while you can. Brick-and-mortar stores are asking Congress
to step in and start collecting sales taxes on online purchases. People are supposed to pay taxes on those
purchases anyway but realistically, one of the big reasons Cyber Monday has
been so popular is there are great deals - and only online retailers with a
physical presence in a given state are required to collect the tax. Trying to police the 1.25 billion dollars in
purchases expected today isn’t going to be easy.
Number on Food Stamp Rolls Rising
More than 42 million Americans are now on food stamps. That’s a 70-percent increase over just five
years ago, and to give you some perspective would be like adding everyone in California and Connecticut. Last year that program spent 72-billion
Breast Cancer Over-Diagnoses?
More scrutiny for just how good mammogram screenings are at
saving lives. A new study by doctors in
Oregon and New Hampshire suggests that 1.3 million women have been
over-diagnosed with breast cancer in the last 30 years, and been given
unnecessary surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. They say nearly one-third of all of the newly
diagnosed cases of breast cancer fall into this “over-diagnosis” category,
meaning that these are not the types of cancers that typically cause death.
Push for More Birth Control Access
The country’s largest group of OB-GYNs is pushing to make
birth-control pills available over the counter without a prescription. The American College
of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say half the nation’s pregnancies remain
unplanned, a rate that hasn’t changed in twenty years. They say the remedy is making it more
available, although that would certainly lead to fewer insurance companies paying
Archeologists Find 1608 Jamestown Church; We Could Call it “Black
Breast Cancer Over-Diagnoses?; Want Better Grades? Get More
Sleep; Some No-Tax Pledge Signers Wavering; New Push to Collect Online Sales
Taxes; Larry Hagman Has Died; Waterproof Bible; Careers for Loners; Study: Team
Sports Help Kids Emotional State; New Study Ties Marriage to Longer Life and
Happiness; Laundry Soap Packet Warning; Church of England Votes “No” to Women
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