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economy

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Started 9 hours ago

Petition to Nepal Government

BLOCK FACEBOOK.COM in NEPAL

Hello, Lets BLOCK Facebook in Nepal. A Detriment to Work and/or School: Enables cheating on school assignments.While grades did improve for light users, the grades of students who are heavy users of social media tend to suffer. One study shows that student users have an average GPA of 3.06 while non-users have an average GPA of 3.82.For every 93 minutes over the average 106 minutes spent on Facebook daily, college students’ grades dropped .12 points.Another study showed that students who went online while studying scored 20% lower on tests.Possible negative effects on college admission: 35% of admissions officers scan prospective students' social media and report discovering information that affects their admissions decision.Social networking sites harm employees' productivity. 51% of users aged 25-34 checked social media at work.Using social media can harm employment and prospects. Job recruiters check a prospective employee's social media accounts, and things like profanity, poor spelling or grammar, racism, sexism, poor health, references to alcohol or drugs, and sexual and religious content can all count against you. Lack of Privacy: People, especially the young, are often too open and public with personal information when online. Most don't read privacy policies and may be unaware that their information may be used by third parties, like advertisers, insurance companies, and the IRS. 21% of teens believe it is safe and harmless to post personal information, including photos.Exposure to corporate and governmental intrusions. The US Justice Department intercepts thousands of pieces of information from email and social networking activity per year.The IRS trains agents to scan social media for information that can help them resolve taxpayer cases.Insurance companies use information gleaned from social media, as well. If you have "liked" a medical-related page or a post about a health condition, that information is sometimes used by insurance companies to determine eligibility and raise rates.Online advertising policies are an invasion of privacy. If you "like" a brand, you’re giving that company access to your personal information. Users Vulnerable to Crime: Social networking sites allow hate groups to recruit and distribute propaganda online.Unauthorized sharing and copyright infringement threatens intellectual property and causes loss of income.Security attacks such as hacking, identity theft, phishing scams, and viruses are common online. 68% of users share their real birth date, 63% share the name of their high school, 18% share their phone number, 12% share a pet's name: This information might be used in identity theft. Criminals use social media to commit crimes. Robbers know when you're away from your home on vacation and stalkers get information about your whereabouts via social media.Sexual predators find, stalk, and assault victims through social media.Sexting (texting sexual content) can be a big problem. When teens post sexy photos or comments online, it can lead to criminal charges and child pornography. 88% of "private" sexual images posted to social media are stolen and publicly posted on porn sites without the subject's knowledge.Security attacks such as hacking, identity theft, and viruses and exposure to phishing scams are common via social media. Social Detriments: Cyber-bullying (the use of electronic communication to bully someone, usually by sending intimidating or threatening messages) is commonplace online, causes emotional trauma, and sometimes even leads to suicide. 49.5% of students reported victimization by bullying online and 33.7% admitted to online bullying. A 2012 study found that at least 800,000 minors had been harassed on Facebook. Middle school children who experienced cyber bullying were almost twice as likely to try to kill themselves.According to one report, 15% of adult users said that something that happened online caused a friendship to end. 12% of adult users said something that happened online caused a face-to-face argument, and for 3% of adults it turned into a physical confrontation.Extensive online engagement is correlated with personality and brain disorders like poor social skills, ADHD, narcissistic tendencies, a need for instant gratification, and addictive behaviors and other emotional distress like depression, anxiety, and loneliness.Less time for face-to-face interaction with loved ones. 47% of 18-34-year-old users reported using social media or texting during meals. 10% of people younger than 25 reported checking their phones and social media during sex.Children at higher risk for depression, low self-esteem, and eating disorders and more prone to feeling isolated and disconnected (especially youth with disabilities). Misinformation: Enables the spread of false rumors and unreliable information: 49.1% of users have read false news on social media.Encourages amateur medical advice and self-diagnosis of health problems, which can be dangerous and life-threatening. Advertising: Studies have shown that sites such as Facebook influence you, via advertisements, to spend more money. Advertisers gain all kinds of personal information about you via your social media, information they use to persuade you to buy their product. A Waste of Time: When alerted to a new post or tweet, it takes about 20 to 25 minutes for the average user to return to their original task. 30% of the time it takes two hours for the user to return to their original task.

Dhananjay Kumar Karn
6 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Governor Phil Murphy, Richard Anderson

Build Gateway Now

I am writing to ask for your help in ensuring that the Gateway Program gets built without further delay.  Each day hundreds of thousands of Amtrak and NJ Transit passengers travel across a century-old Federally owned rail bridge and through a 108-year-old, one-track-in, one-track-out tunnel beneath the Hudson River. The bridge and the tunnels are in big trouble. In addition to its age, the tunnel was flooded during Superstorm Sandy, causing long-term damage. The tunnel is already beginning to fail, as seen by frequent signal problems or the recent incident when pieces of metal that were meant to hold Amtrak wires came dislodged inside the tunnel, striking NJ Transit trains and suspending train traffic in and out of Penn Station New York for hours. These failures will only increase with time, harming riders up and down the Eastern Seabord who depend on these trains, gridlocking the highways as passengers switch to cars and buses, and overwhelming our airports as travelers between New York, Washington and Boston switch to planes. These disruptions threaten the economy of entire Northeast and have ripple effects across the nation. Every year we delay adds hundreds of millions of dollars to the cost of the project. Gateway is ready to go now, and the Federal Government, New York, New Jersey and Amtrak must work together without delay to fund and build the project. Building Gateway will create a safe, reliable, modern connection across the Hudson River, making transit a more attractive option for more riders, decongesting our region’s highways for those who need to drive, including trucks moving freight up and down the eastern seaboard. These improvements would also benefit Amtrak passengers in the Northeast Corridor as well, providing more reliability and potentially additional service. Building Gateway will create hundreds of thousands of good construction jobs now, and help unlock more economic potential when it is complete. Gateway is ready to go. The regulatory reviews have been completed.  The designs are in place.  There is early construction work already moving, paid for by local funds. Governor Cuomo in New York, Governor Murphy in New Jersey, along with NJ Transit and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, have committed to $5.5 billion in local money to construct a new Hudson Tunnel, 100% of the local share. And Governor Murphy recently stepped up with the $600 million in local matching funds needed for Portal North Bridge, a critical part of Gateway. Now all of the partners who are responsible for ensuring safe, reliable transportation and keeping economic activity flowing must do their part to make it a reality.  I am asking for your help to get Gateway funded and built. We cannot afford to wait.

Regional Plan Association
255 supporters