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  • D.A. Won't Alienate Man Over Close Encounters

    10/19/2006 8:17:00 AM PDT · by boris · 11 replies · 491+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10-19-2006 | Steve Chawkins Some attorneys might shy away from using a witness who says he has been abducted by bizarre creatures that repeatedly return at night to poke tiny holes in his chest. But a Santa Barbara County prosecutor said Wednesday that he intends to present testimony from just such a witness next week in a civil case against the owner of the county's largest land-based oil and gas producer. The man's credibility in the county's lawsuit against Greka Energy is "a valid issue to be litigated," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Jerry Lulejian, adding that videos of the strange visitations may be...
  • Petaluma Man Who Kept 1,300 Rats Blames a 'Force Of Nature'

    06/30/2006 6:43:19 AM PDT · by boris · 21 replies · 466+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 06-30-2006 | Associated Press
    Petaluma Man Who Kept 1,300 Rats Blames a 'Force Of Nature' From the Associated Press June 30, 2006 PETALUMA, Calif. — It all started four years ago, when Roger Dier bought a baby rat to feed his pet Indian python. But when he saw the furry little critter squeaking for its life, the lifelong animal lover said he didn't have the heart to let it become just another snake snack. "I couldn't stand it," he told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. "I took the rat out of the cage and got to know it." After that, Dier was hooked on...
  • The Alito testimony you won't hear

    01/11/2006 6:43:42 AM PST · by boris · 25 replies · 1,460+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 1/11/2006 | STEPHEN R. DUJACK
    The Alito testimony you won't hear By Stephen R. Dujack, Writer/editor STEPHEN R. DUJACK graduated from Princeton and covered CAP for the university's alumni magazine from 1976 to 1986. [snip] Late last Thursday, Patrick Leahy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued a list of witnesses to testify for the Democrats on Samuel A. Alito Jr.'s nomination to the Supreme Court. I was on that list — a mere writer with a bachelor's degree — among all the distinguished household names. But by the end of the day Friday, I wasn't on the list anymore. I had been...
  • Lawyer Uses Skills to Zero In on Gun Lobby

    11/07/2005 6:15:45 AM PST · by boris · 28 replies · 1,499+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11-07-2005 | Sandy Banks
    PROFILE | SAYRE WEAVER By Sandy Banks, Times Staff Writer It's hard to imagine Sayre Weaver as the California gun lobby's Public Enemy No. 1. Slight and soft-spoken, the Yale-educated attorney doesn't march or testify or legislate. She litigates. Relentlessly. With a laser-sharp focus that has delivered a series of body blows to an industry long accustomed to beating back efforts at gun control. For 10 years, Weaver has been working to staunch the flow of "Saturday night specials" — cheap handguns that cost less than a good pair of sneakers and are the weapon of choice in the criminal...
  • US Faces 'Extreme' Temperature Changes: Study

    10/18/2005 6:08:43 AM PDT · by boris · 50 replies · 1,002+ views
    AFP | 10-17-2005 | not given
    US Faces 'Extreme' Temperature Changes: Study Washington (AFP) Oct 17, 2005 The continental United States will face more extreme temperatures during the next century and worse rainfall along its Gulf Coast which has been ravaged by hurricanes this year, according to a climate study released Monday. The study, published on the online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, warned that greenhouse gases will likely swell to twice their current levels by the century's end. "Imagine the weather during the hottest two weeks of the year," lead researcher Noah Diffenbaugh said, referring to northeast United States....
  • Bush Pledges Border Control

    08/30/2005 7:08:19 AM PDT · by boris · 32 replies · 907+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 08/30/2005 | Peter Wallsten and Mark Z. Barabak
    Bush Pledges Border Control The president, in a rare Southland visit, treads the middle ground in immigration furor. By Peter Wallsten and Mark Z. Barabak, Times Staff Writers With increasingly fierce debates over border security exposing divisions in the Republican Party, President Bush on Monday endorsed a policy of strict border enforcement. His comments during appearances in California and Arizona were an apparent response to some state officials and conservatives in his own party who say the administration has failed to adequately address human trafficking from Mexico into the United States. Officials in the two states have struggled to balance...
  • NRA, Politicians Share the Blame for Rampage [letter to the editor]

    06/03/2005 6:13:40 AM PDT · by boris · 40 replies · 1,007+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 06-03-2005 | David Rosen,0,2195082.story?coll=la-news-comment-letters NRA, Politicians Share the Blame for Rampage Re "Two-Day Rampage Leaves Trail of Death and Questions," June 1: Would the horrific and bloody rampage by Toby Whelchel have been possible had he not possessed a handgun? [snip] I think not.... [snip] It is time for California to lead the nation and outlaw the possession of all handguns by private citizens. David Rosen Long Beach
  • Vanity: Who said this and when?

    05/26/2005 6:48:18 AM PDT · by boris · 10 replies · 455+ views
    unknown | 05-26-2005 | Boris
    Some professor being challenged on tolerance of political views other than hers yelled "We completely forbid anyone to say we're intolerant!" or words to that effect. Can anyone source and date this for me? Thanks.
  • Boris Amends the Constitution

    03/16/2005 1:06:21 AM PST · by boris · 7 replies · 498+ views
    Boris | 03-16-05 | Boris
    The Liberty Amendment AMENDMENT 28 1. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution is hereby altered to read in its entirety, “The right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed.” 2. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms is abolished. The regulatory duties of the Bureau relating to Alcohol will be transferred to the FDA. 3. The Fourteenth Amendment to this Constitution is hereby repealed. Citizenship shall depend upon parentage; if one parent is a citizen, the child is a citizen; if neither is, then the child is not. Naturalization is still open as...
  • Anybody have problems installing Norton System Works on AMD sysstem?

    02/28/2005 8:09:59 AM PST · by boris · 59 replies · 1,739+ views
    Boris | 02-28-2005 | Boris
    Tried for a weekend to install NSW on an AMD system running XP Pro. No go. Spent hours on the phone with Symantec. No good. Installed Ghost. Installs fine; errors out when run. I thought by now AMD systems would be fully compatible; evidently I was wrong. "Fully contemptible" might be more appropriate. Any suggestions? I am thinking of pitching it and going back to intel. --Boris
  • [VANITY] Where can I find a list of states with most liberal gun laws

    02/27/2005 6:32:53 AM PST · by boris · 19 replies · 943+ views
    Boris | 02/25/2005 | Boris
    Looking for a ranking of states with liberal gun laws. Ideally, I would like to cross-reference them with states having excellent medical care (a la U.S. News). Alas, it seems the states with good hospitals/doctors tend to have the most restrictive gun laws. Yeah, thinking about retirment. I'd like to move to New Hampshire, but it is not famous for medical excellence. Thanks--
  • Animal Rights Advocacy Is a Growing Field

    02/25/2005 6:35:36 AM PST · by boris · 15 replies · 310+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 02-25-2005 | Rachana Rathi
    ON THE LAW Animal Rights Advocacy Is a Growing Field More legal programs are offering classes for students interested in issues of pet cruelty, cosmetics testing and veterinary malpractice. By Rachana Rathi, Times Staff Writer Marissa Nuncio is passionate about your pet. "Fighting for animal rights is as important as fighting for other social justice issues," said Nuncio, a second-year student at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. "It's literally fighting for the underdog." Nuncio and two of her like-minded classmates were preparing for a trip to Boston this weekend, where they will debate animal rights issues in a national...
  • Teenager Kills Teacher at Elementary School (When Sushi is Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Sushi )

    02/15/2005 7:30:16 AM PST · by boris · 25 replies · 1,051+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 01-15-2005
    Teenager Kills Teacher at Elementary School From Times Wire Reports A 17-year-old boy armed with a sashimi knife stabbed a teacher to death and wounded two other adults at his former elementary school, then stood in the faculty lounge and smoked a cigarette with the bloody blade still in his hand. [snip]
  • NASA: 2004 saw record warming

    02/10/2005 6:29:48 AM PST · by boris · 24 replies · 962+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 02-10-2005 | Andrew Revkin
    NASA: 2004 saw record warming By Andrew Revkin Last year was the fourth warmest since systematic temperature measurements began around the world in the 19th century, NASA scientists said Wednesday. Particularly high temperatures were measured over Alaska, the Caspian Sea region of Europe and the Antarctic Peninsula, while the United States was unusually cool. But the global average continued a 30-year rise that is "due primarily to increasing green-house gases in the atmosphere," said Dr. James E. Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, in New York. The main source of such gases is smokestack and tailpipe emissions...
  • Poverty, Climate on Davos Agenda

    01/27/2005 7:24:42 AM PST · by boris · 4 replies · 290+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 01-27-2005 | Sebastian Rotella
    Poverty, Climate on Davos Agenda At annual Alpine event, France's Chirac urges international taxes to fund Third World aid. By Sebastian Rotella, Times Staff Writer DAVOS, Switzerland — British Prime Minister Tony Blair and French President Jacques Chirac urged political and economic leaders Wednesday to take drastic action against poverty and global warming as the World Economic Forum began its annual meeting here. Blair and Chirac used the gathering of major world figures at this Alpine resort to speak for a European Union that was trying to forge an assertive foreign policy targeting social and environmental causes. In contrast to...
  • U.S. Immigration Could Spell Big Business

    01/22/2005 7:57:43 PM PST · by boris · 50 replies · 1,061+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1-22-2005 | Reshma Kapadia
    U.S. Immigration Could Spell Big Business Saturday January 22, 4:01 PM EST By Reshma Kapadia NEW YORK (Reuters) - The largest immigration boom in U.S. history is expected to lift earnings at companies from discount retailers to telecommunications providers, putting dollar signs in the eyes of investors looking to cash in on the wave of newcomers, mostly from Latin America and Asia. Demographics is "one of the top five tools any macro analyst and investment manager should be following," said Robert Justich, senior managing director at Bear Stearns Asset Management. "And there has been no bigger demographic change than today's...
  • [Vanity] Was a thread just pulled ("CBS forbids cut-and-paste")

    01/17/2005 3:54:11 PM PST · by boris · 8 replies · 826+ views
    Boris | 01-17-2005 | Boris
    Did the mods pull this thread? I can't find it...
  • Supreme Court won't toss local gun-liability lawsuit

    01/11/2005 6:57:23 AM PST · by boris · 25 replies · 774+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 01-11-2005 | Hope Yen
    Supreme Court won't toss local gun-liability lawsuit By Hope Yen, Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court declined Monday to consider dismissing a lawsuit seeking to hold gun manufacturers responsible for the 1999 shooting of a letter carrier by a white supremacist. Without comment, justices let stand a ruling of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that reinstated a lawsuit against gun manufacturers and distributors. The companies' weapons were used by Buford Furrow to kill Filipino-American postal carrier Joseph Ileto and wound five people at a Jewish day care center in a San Fernando Valley rampage. The high court's...
  • Wal-Mart Settles Gun Sales Lawsuit

    01/06/2005 7:40:04 AM PST · by boris · 16 replies · 764+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 01-06-05 | Julie Tamaki
    Wal-Mart Settles Gun Sales Lawsuit The retailer will pay $14.5 million in its deal with California over alleged violations. By Julie Tamaki, Times Staff Writer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $14.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the California attorney general that accuses the nation's largest retailer of a host of gun law violations, state officials said Wednesday. The settlement, the largest of its kind since Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer's office established a firearms division in 1999, requires Wal-Mart to pay $5 million in fines. Lockyer said the deal also called for Wal-Mart, which agreed last year to halt...
  • Why Academia Shuns Republicans

    12/10/2004 6:42:34 AM PST · by boris · 75 replies · 2,023+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12-17-04 | Jonathan Chait
    JONATHAN CHAIT: Why Academia Shuns Republicans A few weeks ago, a pair of studies found that Democrats vastly outnumbered Republicans among professors at leading universities. Conservatives gleefully seized upon this to once again flagellate academia for its liberal bias. Am I the only person who fails to understand why conservatives see this finding as vindication? After all, these studies show that some of the best-educated, most-informed people in the country overwhelmingly reject the GOP. Why is this seen as an indictment of academia, rather than as an indictment of the Republican Party? Conservatives have a ready answer. The only reason...
  • Computer vanity--Uber Nerd help needed (HW)

    11/26/2004 10:59:07 AM PST · by boris · 37 replies · 24,096+ views
    Boris | 11-26-2004 | Boris
    Wondering if any freeper can help. I've tried Fry's, HP, and Radio Shack: no joy. I gave a friend's daughter an HP laptop last year as a college-entrance present. It lasted 6 months and someone gave it a big cup of coke. We managed to save the HD. Now I am trying to put the drive in a standard desktop PC. I bought a kit which provides spacers and a special header to bring power in thru the HD pinouts. Then the big surprise. THE PINS ON THE LAPTOP PC DRIVE (and the adapter) DO NOT MATCH a STANDARD IDE...
  • Is California Ahead or Falling Behind?

    11/17/2004 6:43:29 AM PST · by boris · 15 replies · 510+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 11-17-2004 | Peter Schrag
    It would be an exaggeration to say that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom cost John Kerry the election. You don't have to read the dozens of post-mortems of the past week to know that defeat, like victory, has a thousand fathers. Still, Newsom, the impresario last February of the nation's largest, most flamboyant and most photogenic round of gay weddings, didn't help. No one was struck dead by the pictures of 4,000 couples hugging and kissing on the City Hall steps, but it sure made for great political ammunition in the Bible Belt. Maybe Ohio would have voted for President...
  • How long till Israel strikes?

    11/03/2004 6:14:10 PM PST · by boris · 31 replies · 845+ views
    Boris | 11-03-2004 | Boris
    A vanity thread. I've been saying the Israelis have been restrained by Washington from taking out the Iranian reactors until 'after the elections.' Now I am willing to call (two) shots: Boris says (a) 25% probability that they will hit the Iranian sites within a week; (b) 90% chance before 2004 comes to an end. Right now I think 50/50 that it will be a joint attack with the U.S. versus going alone. Any other freepers with crystal balls welcome to participate. --Boris
  • VANITY: Who said this? ("Time to grab your six-gun")

    10/22/2004 6:23:00 PM PDT · by boris · 21 replies · 461+ views
    Boris | 10-22-2004 | Boris
    "When you hear someone say 'X' it is time to reach for your sixgun" or words to that effect. Or perhaps, "When you see someone do 'X' it is time to reach for your gun," You get the idea. It sounds a bit like Ayn Rand but I think not her. The folks at do not seem to come up with anything...
  • Lawmaker's Offer Rubs Some the Wrong Way

    10/20/2004 8:37:54 AM PDT · by boris · 2 replies · 263+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10-20-2004
    A deputy in Mexico's Congress stirred up a fuss by offering fellow lawmakers a 10% discount on chocolate massages at a posh salon, even as proposed legislation went unfinished...
  • Lockheed Martin Profits to Pay for NOAA N-Prime Repairs

    10/20/2004 8:32:31 AM PDT · by boris · 16 replies · 481+ views
    Space News | 10-11-2004 | Jason Bates
    Lockheed Martin will forfeit all profits associated with a U.S. government weather satellite that was severely damaged in a mishap that NASA attributed to a lack of procedural discipline throughout the company's Sunnyvale, Calif., manufacturing facility. Under an agreement with NASA and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Lockheed Martin will help cover the cost of repairing the NOAA N-Prime satellite out of the profits it had earned, or was to earn, on the pro-gram. The government will foot the rest of the $135 million repair bill, according to NASA spokesman Dave Steitz. NASA buys and launches weather...
  • Vote Fraud Found, Official Says [Riverside County, CA]

    10/08/2004 6:41:03 AM PDT · by boris · 28 replies · 922+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10-08-2004 | Seema Mehta
    CALIFORNIA ELECTIONS Vote Fraud Found, Official Says Riverside County and the state are studying whether some people have been registered more than once, as a candidate alleges. By Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer The secretary of state's office is looking into allegations by Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia that voters are being fraudulently registered in a race to represent eastern Riverside County and Imperial County, a district with one of the few competitive legislative contests this year. After conducting spot-checks, Garcia (R-Cathedral City) said she found what she believed to be more than 2,000 fraudulent voter registrations in the counties, with some...
  • Fixing the Vote

    10/02/2004 10:47:47 PM PDT · by boris · 9 replies · 414+ views
    Scientific American ^ | October 1, 2004 | Ted Selker
    Fixing the Vote Electronic voting machines promise to make elections more accurate than ever before, but only if certain problems--with the machines and the wider electoral process--are rectified By Ted Selker Voting may seem like a simple activity--cast ballots, then count them. Complexity arises, however, because voters must be registered and votes must be recorded in secrecy, transferred securely and counted accurately. We vote rarely, so the procedure never becomes a well-practiced routine. One race between two candidates is easy. Half a dozen races, each between several candidates, and ballot measures besides--that's harder. This complex process is so vital to...
  • Gun Control Still One of the Great Divides Between GOP and Democrats

    09/16/2004 7:00:26 AM PDT · by boris · 56 replies · 910+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 09-16-2004 | George Skelton
    Want to control guns? Elect Democrats. Want to keep military-style assault weapons off the streets and out of schoolyards? Remove President Bush from the Oval Office. Replace U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco). Think Americans in other states should be free to buy practically any firearm that intrigues them, with a jumbo clip so they can squeeze off 50 rounds without having to reload? Then reelect the Republican president and return Republicans to power in Congress. But if you prefer California's toughest-in-the-nation state gun laws? Then you'd better keep Democrats in control of...
  • VANITY: Music theory expert wanted

    09/11/2004 9:29:51 AM PDT · by boris · 20 replies · 595+ views
    boris | 09/11/2004 | Boris
    If there is a freeper who is a musicologist or accomplished music theorist, I have a question. Please freepmail me. I do not wish to fill up the public board with my crackpot questions. I'm an engineer; neither read nor play; thus I need schooling. Thanks-- Boris
  • Clams: They're Not Just For Chowder Anymore

    08/30/2004 7:18:03 AM PDT · by boris · 50 replies · 1,056+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 08-30-2004
    Clams: They're Not Just For Chowder Anymore Source: Marine Biological Laboratory Date: 2004-08-27 New England's favorite summertime delicacy, the chowder clam, has just been elevated to a whole new status. An international team of scientists-who credit studying surf clam (Spisula solidissima) cells with important research breakthroughs in the study of diseases such as cancer, premature aging, and muscular dystrophy-has just convened at the Marine Biological Laboratory to begin sequencing some of the clam's active genes. The effort, called the Clam Project, is the first step toward sequencing the entire clam genome, and its goal is to provide scientists with better...
  • Rights Groups Take On Deportation Program

    08/30/2004 7:05:03 AM PDT · by boris · 4 replies · 175+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 08-30-2004 | Ann M. Simmons
    August 30, 2004 Rights Groups Take On Deportation Program Action deprives illegal immigrants of a hearing and fails to address why they come, activists say. By Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer A growing protest over a voluntary repatriation program for Mexicans has spurred immigrant rights groups in Southern California to launch a campaign aimed at thwarting the initiative. The $12-million program, which started in July and is a collaboration between the United States and Mexico, targets Mexicans caught illegally crossing America's southwestern border, many of whom trek across the Sonoran Desert. The migrants are picked up and subsequently offered...
  • Uranus alert

    08/30/2004 6:26:51 AM PDT · by boris · 34 replies · 2,213+ views
    Boris ^ | 08-30-2004 | Boris
    TITLE: Release of methane from a volcanic basin as a mechanism for initial Eocene global warming AUTHOR(S): Svensen, Henrik; Planke, Sverre; Malthe-Sorenssen, Anders; Jamtveit, Bjorn; Myklebust, Reidun; Rasmussen Eidem, Torfinn; Rey, Sebastian S. CORPORATE SOURCE: Physics of Geological Processes, University of Oslo, Oslo, 0316, Norway SOURCE: Nature (London, United Kingdom) (2004), 429(6991), 542-545 CODEN: NATUAS; ISSN: 0028-0836 PUBLISHER: Nature Publishing Group DOCUMENT TYPE: Journal LANGUAGE: English AB A 200,000-yr interval of extreme global warming marked the start of the Eocene epoch about 55 million years ago. Neg. carbon- and oxygen-isotope excursions in marine and terrestrial sediments show that this event...
  • Smart Housing Will Result in Less Traffic (L.A. barf)

    08/20/2004 7:12:10 AM PDT · by boris · 12 replies · 376+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News | 08-20-2004 | Jim Hahn and Steve Soboroff
    IMAGINE transferring the population of Chicago to Southern California over the next two decades. That's the magnitude of the projected growth our region will experience, yet unlike in the past, most of that growth is expected to be home grown. For decades, the prevailing wisdom for solving traffic has focused on increasing capacity. Build more free-ways. Widen streets. Expand bus and rail service. And we're doing so. But years ago we recognized that Los Angeles needed a new, comprehensive approach to solving the traffic problem. We recognize that when someone is stuck in traffic, they want real solutions and they...
  • Illegal Immigrant Licensing Backed

    08/20/2004 6:46:29 AM PDT · by boris · 7 replies · 362+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News | 08-20-2004
    Los Angeles City Council members voted 12-1 to support state legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to receive California driver's licenses. Council members said granting driver's licenses would encourage more immigrants to get insurance and would allow authorities to identify them more readily, reducing concerns about terrorism. In addition, drivers with licenses would be less likely to flee the scene of an accident, council members said. Councilman Greg Smith dissented. He said he opposes measures that confer legitimacy upon illegal immigration.
  • Group says Jesus Christ would vote Democrat

    08/19/2004 6:36:22 AM PDT · by boris · 94 replies · 1,519+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 08-19-2004 | Associated Press
    Group says Jesus Christ would vote Democrat By Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas -- Just a few miles from George W. Bush's former office at the state Capitol, a panel of religious experts weighed a question with relevance to many people of faith: How would Jesus vote? It's a complex topic that can't be boiled down to simple political terms, said religious leaders who attended a Texas Faith Network conference in Austin on Tuesday. James C. Moore, renowned anti-Bush co-author of "Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George Bush Presidential," drew laughter and applause when he offered his view to the...
  • Climate disruptions predicted

    08/19/2004 6:29:57 AM PDT · by boris · 22 replies · 544+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 08-20-2004 | Jan M. Olsen
    Climate disruptions predicted By Jan M. Olsen Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Rising sea levels, disappearing glaciers in the Alps and more deadly heat waves are coming for Europeans because of global warming, Europe's environmental agency warned Wednesday. The European Environment Agency said much more needs to be done -- and fast. Climate change "will considerably affect our societies and environments for decades and centuries to come," its 107-page report said. It said rising temperatures could eliminate three-quarters of the Alpine glaciers by 2050 and bring repeats of Europe's mammoth floods two years ago and the heat wave that killed...
  • Heat spike warned for L.A.

    08/17/2004 7:23:27 AM PDT · by boris · 21 replies · 543+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 08-17-2004 | Harrison Sheppard
    Heat spike warned for L.A. Scientists issue global warming report By Harrison Sheppard Sacramento Bureau If the world's population continues burning fossil fuels at the current rate, global warming could lead to more heat-related deaths in Los Angeles by the end of the century, plus severe water shortages and summers comparable to those in Death Valley, according to a study released Monday. The study by 19 leading environmental scientists, published by the National Academy of Sciences, examined the impact of global warming on California. It found that even in a best-case scenario, with a concerted effort to reduce the use...
  • Pennies From Heaven for Latin America

    08/16/2004 7:08:52 AM PDT · by boris · 1 replies · 272+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 08-16-2004 | Maria Elena Salinas
    By Maria Elena Salinas WITH very few exceptions, most Latin American heads of state come from wealthy families and have Ivy League educations. But not Tony Saca. The newly elected president of El Salvador went from rags to riches, then to power. In the 1970s, his family survived on $200 a month, sent by his older brother who lived as an undocumented immigrant in California. Ricardo Eduardo Saca still remembers every detail of the night he crossed the border from Tijuana into San Ysidro with six other men, walking six long hours through cold, arid mountainous terrain, dropping to the...
  • We Eat; Therefore, They Are

    08/10/2004 6:52:35 AM PDT · by boris · 4 replies · 417+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 08-10-2004 | Rosie Mestel
    We Eat; Therefore, They Are A panel of nutrition experts has heard about sugar and salt and fatty acids ad nauseam. Now they have to rewrite the federal dietary guide. By Rosie Mestel, Times Staff Writer BETHESDA, Md. — Inside a packed ballroom at the local Holiday Inn, 13 government-appointed scientists sat regally around a table, debating servings of fish. "What do we want to recommend for children? Fish twice a week?" asked chairwoman Janet King. "Small fish," another panel member said. "Children are advised to eat smaller portions of fish than adults?" "Can we defer a vote on that?"...
  • Fringefolk (barf alert)

    08/08/2004 11:40:03 AM PDT · by boris · 15 replies · 384+ views ^ | unknown | fringefolk
    The mainstream media and their poster-child, George W. Bush, would have us believe that only "the fringe" believe that Bush is an illegitimate President. They present us as "the fringe" in order to marginalize us and attempt to silence us. Rather than arguing with this characterization, we have chosen to embrace it proudly. When a piece of fabric - or a government - begins to unravel, you get fringe. When it unravels completely, you're left with nothing but fringe. We the People are "the Fringe". We're NOT going to go away, and we're NOT going to shut up. Get used...
  • Freeper help/advice for my brother--Reiter's Syndrome

    08/08/2004 9:36:22 AM PDT · by boris · 16 replies · 441+ views
    Boris ^ | 06-08-2004 | Boris
    My brother (a flaming liberal but I can't help my choice of relatives) is at 52 exhibiting the symptoms of Reiter's syndrome (painful urination, conjunctivitis, arthritis flare-up). The doctors tell him it could be something else but I think it is Reiter's. The references say he's a bit old for Reiters: it strikes white men in their 20's and 30's mostly. A gene has been linked to susceptibility to Reiter's but it is not infallible: some who have the gene do not get the syndrome. Evidently there is no cure; they treat the symptoms with NSAIDs, corticosteroids and a few...
  • More Legal Help for Migrants

    08/02/2004 6:51:34 AM PDT · by boris · 13 replies · 381+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 08-02-2004 | Hector Becerra
    More Legal Help for Migrants A cottage industry of lawyers is rising to represent illegal immigrants arrested in raids and help them avoid deportation. By Hector Becerra , Times Staff Writer The rise in human smuggling across Southern California is creating a cottage industry of lawyers who represent immigrants captured in police raids, legal help that federal authorities said has ultimately allowed some illegal immigrants to avoid deportation. Until recently, immigrants arrested in law enforcement busts of "safe houses" rarely sought or received legal representation and either were detained while waiting to testify against smugglers or, more likely, simply deported...
  • Airbus Rebuts Boeing's Complaints Over Subsidies

    07/19/2004 6:25:49 AM PDT · by boris · 7 replies · 346+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07-19-2004 | Bloomberg News
    From Bloomberg News Airbus, the world's biggest plane maker, said state aid to the company was worth no more than "a hundred thousand bucks" an aircraft, rejecting criticism from Boeing Co. that subsidies gave Airbus an unfair advantage. On May 19, Boeing Chief Executive Harry Stonecipher said he would "raise the rhetoric" on the loans Airbus received to develop planes because Boeing was "sick and tired of it." Chicago-based Boeing gets U.S. government help in the form of indirect subsidies through research money granted from defense projects and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Toulouse, France-based Airbus, majority-owned by European...
  • Two Men Convicted of Eating Tiger, Paper Says

    07/09/2004 7:14:00 AM PDT · by boris · 13 replies · 504+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07-09-2004 | Times Wire Reports
    Two farmers have been sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years for eating a rare Manchurian tiger after leaving it to die in a trap, the Beijing Evening News Reported...
  • Two letters to the Editor (pure Vanity)

    07/07/2004 7:22:38 AM PDT · by boris · 1 replies · 360+ views
    Boris | 07-07-2004 | Boris
    Editor Daily News Sir: So now we have John Manyjohns and John Smallberries on the Democratic ticket. I hear that John YaYa is their campaign advisor. Somebody call Buckaroo Bonzai quick! ============================== Editor Los Angeles Times Sir: It seems to me that there is an unwritten rule of politics: never pick a second banana who outshines the "star". In particular, one who is better-looking, better-spoken, and smarter than the guy in the #1 slot. I think this originated in Vaudeville but am not sure. I'm pretty sure, though, that it applies equally to politics, which--come to think of it--frequently resembles...
  • Looking for a Clinton political cartoon (vanity)

    06/17/2004 6:18:56 AM PDT · by boris · 6 replies · 215+ views
    Boris | 06-17-2004 | Boris
    I am looking for a political cartoon showing a mother shielding her eyes from the statue of Bill Clinton...seated, possibly with intern. Any leads? Thanks. --Boris
  • Alien Nation Redux

    06/14/2004 3:27:37 AM PDT · by boris · 7 replies · 186+ views
    Heterodoxy ^ | 1993 | K.L. Billingsley
    Alien Nation Crime/Corruption Opinion (Published) Keywords: ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION Source: Heterodoxy> Published: 1993 Author: K. L. Billingsley Posted on 01/05/2000 19:31:50 PST by boris In 1986 Los Angeles police officer David Sossaman injured his back in a high-speed chase, which ended his police career. Still eager to work, however, Sossaman found a job on a special Gang and Immigration Project within the Department of Justice. In 1988 that position led to a job as a welfare fraud investigator in San Diego County. Before long the ex-cop was wondering what was his biggest problem--the gangs, criminals and drug smugglers, or the politically...
  • Classified Disk Is Missing at Arms Lab

    05/21/2004 6:42:48 AM PDT · by boris · 5 replies · 147+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5-21-04 | Peter Hong and Rebecca Trounson
    May 21, 2004 THE STATE Classified Disk Is Missing at Arms Lab By Peter Hong and Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writers Officials at the federal nuclear weapons research lab in Los Alamos, N.M., confirmed Thursday that a computer disk containing classified information was missing from the lab, but said the loss posed no threat to national security. Los Alamos National Laboratory spokesman Kevin Roark said he could not comment on the nature of the lost material, nor would he specify what was missing beyond a "classified removable electronic media," which could mean a CD or floppy disk. "I don't want...
  • It's a Fight for Survival -- Pull Out All Stops

    05/12/2004 7:47:03 AM PDT · by boris · 60 replies · 134+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 05-12-2004 | Bruce Herschensohn
    It's a Fight for Survival -- Pull Out All Stops By Bruce Herschensohn, Bruce Herschensohn teaches foreign policy at the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy and is the author of "Passport" (Simon & Schuster, 2003 ). It may seem to be a radical idea, but why not use every means possible — without politically correct detours — to win the war against terrorism? Our victory in World War II was not achieved by trying to win the hearts and minds of Germans and Japanese. We did not dominate the newsreels with pictures of those things a few American troops...