Sites of the Week: May 10, 2014

“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”

– Stephen Colbert

I’m not sure which is more surprising—the following factoid itself or the source. Could this be a case of “lies, damned lies and statistics” or is it true?

Factoid: Over the past 64 years and 16 presidential terms, the U.S. economy has grown at an average rate of 4.35 percent when a Democrat was president, according to research by economists from Princeton University. When a Republican held the office, the growth rate was just 2.54 percent.

The Wall Street Journal

Now on to this week’s sites. This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.

Look Up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7dLU6fk9QY

This brief “online generation” video comes to you via my sister, Cathy. I doubt it will result in any lasting change in anyone’s behavior, but perhaps it will make you think.
 

Pronounce Names
http://www.pronouncenames.com/

We live in a global economy. Many of us have co-workers, partners and customers from other countries. If you’re like me, you may struggle with how to correctly pronounce some names. If that’s the case, then this site is for you. Simply enter the person’s first or last name in the textbox. If a match is found, the site not only displays the phonetic spelling, but also includes an audio file that can be replayed.
 

Funniest Misspelled Tattoos
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/29/tattoo-parlor-sign-_n_5234841.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular#slide=start

The title says it all. This Huffington Post includes a dozen misspelled tattoos. The lesson is if you’re considering a tattoo and want to avoid a “tradgedy” be sure to consult a dictionary first.
 

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

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