Wind, Wisconsin, and Weed

Technology: Wind-Powered Cell Phone Charger

This concept invention combines wind power with the newer cell phone charging pad technology. If developed, you could mount this device on your window. The outer portion catches wind to generate electricity, which is transferred wirelessly to a cell phone charging pad on the inside of the window. Not sure how long it’d actually take to charge something… But it still looks cool.

News: Wisconsin

In an effort to decrease the anticipated budget shortfall of $3.6 billion in Wisconsin, a new budget bill has been introduced that includes measures to decrease the collective bargaining rights of most public workers. If passed, the bill will require most public workers to pay for half of their pensions, and at least 12.6 percent of their health care coverage. The measure would save $300 million over the next two years. However, union workers are obviously not fans of this measure, and neither are Democrats. In fact, 14 Democratic senators in Wisconsin have fled the state in order to stall the senate so the bill can’t be passed. Also, there have been huge protests and sit-ins of up to 70,000 at the state capitol. Other much smaller rallies have been held in support of the governor, but for now we’ll just have to wait and see where this goes.

Random: James Franco

He was definitely high as a kite at the Oscars.

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