Public Interests

Dude, FreedomPop wants you to have the cheapest internet possible

Growing in popularity as a solution to expensive services of network giants, FreedomPop, a free wireless internet and mobile phone service provider is making headway as a leading alternative. FreedomPop currently has 10 million hotspots across the country with the goal of reaching 20 million with coverage in 200 major US cities by the end of 2015. While CEO and founder Stephen Stokols isn’t saying that FreedomPop is a replacement to Verizon Wireless, or AT&T network services he does state that “We actually think this could become a pretty big alternative, especially in prepaid,” going on to elaborate that users without cellular minutes can still use their phones to access the internet with FreedomPop. Plus, it’s available for both iPhone and Android users. Out of the estimated 75 million users of a prepaid service Stokols emphasizes that 30 million would benefit from their network of hotspots.

By sourcing the hotspots of vendors and larger organizations across the country FreedomPop has built a large infrastructure of WiFi connections. While the exact locations of these hotspots are unknown the company’s website does offer an interactive map to find if your area is covered by the service. Stokols also stated that FreedomPop will branch out from contracting the hotspots of metro markets and initiate crowdsourcing of WiFi routers by their customers; this will help bring service to more rural areas and further incentivize customers to join.

The popularity of FreedomPop is not attributed to just hotspot sourcing and free WiFi, a whole product line is offered with the latest smart phones, tablets, “MiFi” mobile hotspots devices, home modems, and USB stick modems. Free phone services that offer 500MB of data, 500 text messages, and 200 minutes every month keep FreedomPop in the spotlight. To sign up and take advantage of free communications services you can visit the FreedomPop website to view coverage areas, or browse one of their retail partner’s websites like Amazon.

Hanukkah, Chanukah, Pass the Beer: New “Lite” for the Festival of Lights

Just when you thought the joyous holiday of Chanukah couldn’t get any better, suddenly appears Hanukkah, Chanukah, Pass the Beer. Released by the Shmaltz Brewing Company this is the perfect brewski to compliment eight crazy nights of candle lighting, dreidel spinning, doughnut and latke munching.

An appropriate combination of eight malts and eight hops, the aroma and flavor is a robust holiday warmer. A toasted nuttiness with a suggestion of sweet chocolate, the hearty beverage boasts blends of old school European Noble and classic Beneful American hops. The result is an eight percent dark charmer that pours a luminous chestnut to ruby red with a light creamy head.

Established in 5757 (1996) Shmaltz or He’Brew, The Chosen Beer has produced unique offerings that celebrate a traditional heritage of five thousand years of beer brewing with zest. (Who was is that said the pyramids were built on beer on onions?) Besides Hanukkah, Chanukah, Pass the Beer other ales include Jewbelation 18, “a black session barley wine”, Hop Manna IPA, and their Origin Pomegranate an “Imperial Amber Ale” brewed from pomegranate juice and the winner of the silver medal at the World Beer Championships.

Hanukkah or Chanukah? No matter how you spell it this holiday means the same thing: friends and family, festive ceremony and tradition, great food and now a spectacular beer.

Male Birth Control Pills on the Horizon

Birth control pills have been available for women for decades, but that availability also placed the responsibility of pregnancy prevention squarely on the narrow shoulders of females. That is about to changes as a new birth control pill for males is being tested in Indonesia and if successful, the pregnancy prevention may shift to the broader shoulders of the male.
Men in Indonesia make tea from the leaves of a common plant called Justica Gendarussa, or the leaves are simply chewed, and the naturally occurring chemicals of the plant weaken the enzymes of the males sperm and render them too weak to swim their way to the female egg. My friend John Textor has traveled around that region quite a bit and said they have been doing this for years. That chemical is being synthesized and placed into a male birth control pill for a trial study.
The lead scientist of the Indonesian study, Bambang Prajogo, reports the synthetic version of the chemicals in the Justica Gendarussa leaf has proven to be 99% effective in preventing birth control when it’s ingested by a man. the side effects are minimal, since the chemicals don’t impinge on hormonal balances as do the female birth control pills.
The only reported side effects thus far in the study of male birth control pills have been slight weight gain and increased sexual desire. The male contraceptive may be ready for sale in the Indonesian market in 2016, but will take more research time before it’s available in the U.S. market.

Hoppier Enhances Hops Flavors

There is some great news for all of the beer enthusiasts out there, as work from the engineers at Cambridge Consultants has actually come up with something that is known as a Hoppier.

This is actually running a jet of pressurized beer using a chamber that is tamped-down and filled with barista style and fresh hops. This result actually permits anybody to make rather complex espressos of a beer along with the inclusion of some extra hops in a timely manner of just a few seconds.

This device is actually has not hit the market yet. In spite of the fact that it’s hotly anticipated by bar owners who would like adding flavours to these drinks which are fair enough as they appear.

Although the apparatus is made in such a way to grab the benefits of the great varieties of the hops and just leading to almost all varieties of the drinks which are new and ultra hoppy, it’s the creators who say that it can also be used with flavours like cinnamon or even fruit.

Fans of hops beers like Gianfrancesco Genoso are stoked to try the new beer enhancer. Of course, they simply mean that the pumpkin-spice beer can no longer be restricted to anyone. Hence it is really that someone would bring out some works with a way to bring the bottom-shelf whiskey to a sophisticated drink just in a matter of hours.

The Keystone XL Extension Bill Fails in the Senate

A vote in the Senate to approve the construction of the Keystone XL extension through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas was defeated in the Senate. Even though the bill, S.2280 received 59 favorable votes, including 45 Republicans and 14 Democrats, the bill needed 60 votes to survive and be sent to the President.

The surprising part is the bill’s biggest backer in the Senate is a Democrat, Sen. Mary Landrieu, from Louisiana. Most Democrats vote with the environmentalists, who oppose the construction of the extension. Senator Landrieu is involved in a run-off vote for her seat on December 6th and hoped the bill would pass, because a lot of voters believe it will create more jobs in Louisiana’s refineries. This is according to an article by Alex Seitz-Wald and David Taintor at MSNBC.

Most believe this is not the last time the Senate will consider this measure. The next session of Congress will see the Republicans take a majority in the Senate, when it is assumed they will revisit the bill.

Environmentalists who oppose the extension hope that if the Senate approves the bill then, the President will veto the bill. If the President vetoes the bill it will take a two-thirds majority vote in both houses to get it passed. Many believe that will not happen.

People still believe this pipeline will lower gas prices in the US, which is most likely not true. Economists with no interest in the project say the extension will not reduce prices. It is believed most of the oil in that pipeline won’t stay in the US, but will be shipped overseas. The truth is the pipeline extension will create less than 50 new permanent jobs and approximately 3900 temporary positions, mostly construction jobs.

Given the blow back by the media, economist Darius Fisher tweeted, do the possible financial gains outweigh the risks? After hearing this, I’m starting to agree with him.