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America and its Blood Pressure

America and its Blood Pressure

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The American Heart Association (AHA) just recently published new guidelines on when a blood pressure is defined as too high – with the purpose to prevent the population from suffering more damage. However, more people are now classified as diseased. This results in conflicts and discussions.

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Texan Beaches

Texan Beaches

When you think of the Gulf of Mexico, the first things that usually come to mind are blue waters, soft white sand, palm trees. Perhaps you are imagining Florida and the old 1980s show Miami Vice with its pastel-colored scenery and its endless highway that goes down to Key West.

In Texas, no, that’s a whole different story.

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Save the Manuals

Save the Manuals

Bad news, everyone. The stick shifts are dying out.

Of course, this is not the novelty of some recent events but rather a chronic ongoing process since many years and decades. While this trend has only surged in Europe in the past 5-10 years, the United States has had a predominant affinity towards the automatic gear lever since the last century. Growing up in Germany back in the 90s and 2000s, manual-transmission cars were making up maybe 70-90% of all automobiles on the road. An automatic transmission was a sign of wealth and comfort as these were only available in luxury vehicles and for a significant price upgrade. The saying always went that automatics are slower, less fuel-efficient and more prone for technical failure and damage.

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A Growing City

A Growing City

Texas Medical Center: Gentrification of the largest Texan City.

Soon even this little house will be gone after the property tax has done enough damage to the owner.