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  • Norway wants to ban sale of gas-powered cars

    04/27/2009 8:53:21 AM PDT · by doc30 · 30 replies · 1,418+ views
    The Windsor Star ^ | 4/27/2009 | Alister Doyle
    A proposal to ban sales of new gasoline-powered cars in Norway from 2015 could help spur struggling carmakers to shift to greener models, Finance Minister Kristin Halvorsen said on Saturday. "This is much more realistic than people think when they first hear about this proposal," she told Reuters, defending a plan by her Socialist Left Party to outlaw sales of cars that run solely on fossil fuels in six years' time. "The financial crisis also means that a lot of those car producers that now have big problems ... know that they have to develop their technology because we also...
  • FL - Mandatory dog/cat sterilization bills introduced - Jail time for violators!

    02/16/2009 6:26:45 AM PST · by doc30 · 19 replies · 716+ views
    e-mail ^ | 2/16/2009 | e-mail
    From a local dog club regarding another blow against freedom in FL: February 14, 2009 Dear Members, You've no doubt seen a slew of information on the various legislation over the past few years across the United States and creeping it's way into Florida. Some of it is regarding 'dangerous breeds', some of it pushing mandatory/spay neuter, some regarding the sale of dogs and cats, and so on. There have been pleas to help fight the legislation filling our e-mail boxes for quite some time. Hopefully, many of you have participated. Regardless if the Bills are for our state or...
  • Cthulhu Saves [or Things I learned at Miskatonic University]

    10/31/2008 5:47:35 AM PDT · by doc30 · 10 replies · 6,772+ views
    10/31/2008 | vanity
    Things I learned at Miskatonic University: 1. Non-Euclidian Geometry.2. Keeping a detailed journal is a good idea. It allows future investigators to more accurately determine the cause of your death.3. Those are not rats in the walls.4. Whippoorwills should be on the endangered species list.5. If you are going to dabble in Things Man Was Not Meant To Know, make sure you have a good (and complete) translation from which to work.6. They're called "Things Man Was Not Meant To Know" for a reason.7. Rural Massachusetts is not a good vacation choice.8. Rural Michigan is worse.9. The Providence, R. I.,...
  • U.S. judge orders release of 17 Guantánamo detainees

    10/08/2008 10:20:55 AM PDT · by doc30 · 52 replies · 1,728+ views
    International Heral Tribune ^ | 10/8/2008 | BWilliam Glaberson
    A federal judge has ordered the Bush administration to release 17 detainees at Guantánamo by the end of the week, the first such ruling in nearly seven years of legal disputes over the administration's detention policies. The judge, Ricardo Urbina of U.S. District Court, ordered Tuesday that the 17 men be brought to his courtroom Friday from Guantánamo, where they have been held since 2002. He indicated that he would release the men, members of the restive Uighur Muslim minority of western China, into the care of supporters in the United States, initially in the Washington area. "I think the...
  • U.S. law puts chill on oil sands [trade dispute with Canada?]

    06/24/2008 10:35:43 AM PDT · by doc30 · 17 replies · 110+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 6/24/08 | BARRIE MCKENNA AND DAVID PARKINSON
    WASHINGTON AND TORONTO — It's just one sentence buried in an 800-page U.S. energy bill that passed into law last December. Yet it has morphed into a potential threat to Canada's oil sands boom, a contentious political football in Washington, and an early warning sign of an epic environmental battle over bitumen. Stripped to its bare essentials, Section 526 of the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 bans federal agencies from buying alternative fuels that produce more greenhouse gases than conventional oil. This would include purchases by the military and the postal service - far and away the...
  • Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man [Science and Title IX]

    03/11/2008 6:25:36 AM PDT · by doc30 · 51 replies · 1,210+ views
    The American ^ | March/April 2008 | Christina Hoff Sommers
    Women earn most of America’s Ph.D.’s but lag in the physical sciences. Beware of plans to fix the ‘problem.’ difficult undergraduate math class in the country.” It is leg­endary among high school math prodigies, who hear terrifying stories about it in their computer camps and at the Math Olympiads. Some go to Harvard just to have the opportunity to enroll in it. Its formal title is “Honors Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra,” but it is also known as “math boot camp” and “a cult.” The two-semester fresh­man course meets for three hours a week, but, as the catalog says, homework...
  • Va. Beach Police drop obscenity charges in Abercrombie & Fitch ads case

    02/05/2008 9:33:12 AM PST · by doc30 · 26 replies · 173+ views
    WVEC ^ | 2/5/2008 | By 13News
    VIRGINIA BEACH -- Monday, Virginia Beach Police dropped obscenity charges stemming from two poster advertisements for Abercrombie & Fitch at Lynnhaven Mall. Police confiscated the ads Saturday, saying they violated the city's obscenity law because some of the models were partially nude. One showed a group of shirtless male models and one has his jeans low enough to show a part of his buttocks. Police say they received several complaints about the ads and had met with local store officials, in which police informed them they were in violation of the code. The window displays went up in 363 stores...
  • Teen tried to leave strict family [Canada, ROP]

    12/12/2007 9:14:43 AM PST · by doc30 · 36 replies · 123+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 12/12/2007 | OMAR EL AKKAD AND KENYON WALLACE
    16-year-old's love of dancing, fashion and photography brought her into conflict; father now faces murder charge Aqsa Parvez was largely estranged from her family and sleeping away from home in recent days. The 16-year-old's friends said she returned to her home in Mississauga on Monday only to collect her belongings. Shortly afterward, she was taken to hospital, where she died early Tuesday morning – leaving friends grief-stricken and igniting a public debate on religious extremism in Canada. Her father, 57-year-old taxi driver Muhammad Parvez, is charged with murder. Her brother, 26-year-old Waqas Parvez, is charged with obstructing police. Ms. Parvez's...
  • Legislator loses fight in Gingrich ethics tape [McDermott, D-Wash]

    12/04/2007 11:20:01 AM PST · by doc30 · 20 replies · 32+ views
    The St. Petersburg Times ^ | Dec 4, 2007 | By Times Wires
    U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., faces fines and penalties topping $800,000 for leaking an illegally taped phone call after the Supreme Court refused to review the case. The decision, made without comment, ends a nearly 10-year legal fight. The court left in place a U.S. appeals court ruling that McDermott had acted improperly in giving reporters access to a recording of a 1996 telephone call in which Republican leaders discussed the House ethics case against former Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.
  • Feds' budget tricks hide trillions in debt

    11/26/2007 7:32:25 AM PST · by doc30 · 27 replies · 90+ views
    MSN ^ | 11/21/2007 | Scott Burns
    Every year, tens or even hundreds of billions of dollars are quietly added to the national debt -- on top of the deficits that we hear about. What's going on here? Consider the proud trumpeting that came from Washington at the close of fiscal 2007. The deficit for the unified budget was, politicians crowed, down to a mere $162.8 billion. In fact, our government is overspending at a far greater rate. The total federal debt actually increased by $497.1 billion over the same period. [snip] Federal deficits versus increases in the federal debt Fiscal year Reported surplus/deficit Debt increase Debt...
  • Muslim girl's story at odds with police report

    11/13/2007 11:28:28 AM PST · by doc30 · 27 replies · 38+ views
    The St. Petersburg Times ^ | 11/13/2007 | Donna Winchester and Thomas C. Tobin, Times education reporters
    Muslim girl's story at odds with police report A police report in the case of the Muslim girl who says she was threatened at Azalea Middle School in St. Petersburg is at odds with the girl’s story. The report filed Monday by Officer William Stone states that an assistant principal at Azalea interviewed the girl after she reported that a boy in her science class threatened to bring a gun to school and shoot her. The assistant principal told Stone he asked the girl if she was threatened in any way and she said no. The administrator also said he...
  • Senate rejects Bush veto [water projects]

    11/09/2007 10:27:30 AM PST · by doc30 · 11 replies · 262+ views
    The St. Pete Times ^ | 11/9/2007 | By WES ALLISON and CRAIG PITTMAN
    WASHINGTON - Congress sent President George W. Bush its most forceful rebuke Thursday by overriding his veto of a water projects bill that directs billions of dollars toward restoration of the Everglades and recovery programs for Hurricane Katrina. The Senate voted Thursday to override Bush's veto, 79-14, far more than the two-thirds majority needed to overturn Bush's veto of the $23.2-billion Water Resources Development Act. Among the senators voting for the override were 34 Republicans, including Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla. The Senate vote followed a resounding 361-54 vote in the House on Wednesday. Together the two votes turned the bill...
  • Iraq vets say Pentagon is denying benefits

    10/04/2007 9:15:19 AM PDT · by doc30 · 23 replies · 1,062+ views
    KARE 11 News ^ | 10/4/2007 | Scott Goldberg,
    Iraq vets say Pentagon is denying benefits When they came home from Iraq, 2,600 members of the Minnesota National Guard had been deployed longer than any other ground combat unit. The tour lasted 22 months and had been extended as part of President Bush's surge. And 1st Lt. Jon Anderson says he never expected to come home to this: A government refusing to pay education benefits he says he should have earned under the GI bill. "It's pretty much a slap in the face," Anderson said. "I think it was a scheme to save money, personally. I think it was...
  • Researchers question school in high-tech age

    08/30/2007 10:24:41 AM PDT · by doc30 · 14 replies · 476+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 8/30/2007 | DEAN BENNETT
    EDMONTON — As students across Canada head back to classrooms in this high-tech Information Age, there's a question in the front row that demands to be heard: Why, in the Information Age, are students heading back to classrooms? Researchers say students weaned on collaborative learning with high-tech devices are suffering in classrooms ruled by defenders of lecture-based orthodoxy wielding overhead projectors and reciting from dog-eared history textbooks that climax with Paul Martin's run for 24 Sussex Drive. "It's not about using technology for technology's sake. It's allowing students to access the right information because of the information explosion," says Mohamed...
  • Foreclosure reign in sight

    07/13/2007 7:21:34 AM PDT · by doc30 · 48 replies · 1,057+ views
    The Saint Petersburg times ^ | 7/13/2007 | James Thorner
    California still leads in raw home numbers, but Florida is quickly closing the gap. When it comes to home foreclosures, California, land of the million-dollar Silicon Valley shoeboxes, tends to dominate the list. But in foreclosure statistics released this week by, Florida is making a run on California's dominance. With less than half of California's population, Florida had 78,408 homes entering the foreclosure process in the second quarter of 2007. California was slightly ahead with 83,210 homes. Trends suggest that while California foreclosures might have peaked, Florida is poised for more pain. Compared with the first quarter of the...
  • Surprise Immigration Changes: Green Card processing backlog disappears? [Vanity]

    06/18/2007 12:42:57 PM PDT · by doc30 · 30 replies · 3,114+ views
    USCIS ^ | 6/18/2007 | me
    Is the U.S. set to grant employment based green cards to everyone who has been waiting to apply for the passt several years? As some of you may know, I'm in the middle of the legal immigration process to the U.S. for the past several years. Everything has been going properly and I've been very patient, paying the expensive fees and making sure everything is done properly. At, the case processing times can be monitored. Every month, the application dates currently being processed were advancing and for some of my paperwork (the permission to travel documents and the work...
  • 'Very active' hurricane season predicted

    04/03/2007 8:11:43 AM PDT · by doc30 · 68 replies · 1,355+ views
    The St. Petersburg Times | 4/3/2007 | By DAN ELLIOTT
    The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season should be "very active," with nine hurricanes and a good chance that at least one major hurricane will hit the U.S. coast, a top researcher said Tuesday. Forecaster William Gray said he expects 17 named storms in all this year, five of them major hurricanes with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater. The probability of a major hurricane making landfall on the U.S. coast this year: 74 percent, compared with the average of 52 percent over the past century, he said. [snip] The Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30,...
  • Bill Allows Non-Drinkers to Keep Bar Seats

    03/14/2007 7:44:25 AM PDT · by doc30 · 80 replies · 1,509+ views
    The Lakeland Ledger ^ | 03/07/2007 | Lloyd Dunkelberger / Joe Follick
    Two drink minimum? Think again. Under a bill endorsed by a Florida Senate committee Wednesday, bars could no longer kick out patrons just because they aren't spending money on alcoholic drinks. The bill is inspired by a case in Pinellas Park, where a man was booted from his favorite bar for drinking a soda. He reportedly told the bar owners he was the designated driver for his friends, but he was kicked out anyway and got into a scuffle in the process. Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, who is sponsoring the bill, said the bar's policy encourages people to...
  • Insurance savings shrink [Florida property insurance]

    03/13/2007 12:03:10 PM PDT · by doc30 · 2 replies · 313+ views
    The S. Petersburg Times ^ | 3/13/2007 | TOM ZUCCO
    Those property insurance rate cuts state regulators promised beleaguered homeowners two weeks ago are flowing in, but they're far short of the amounts that were forecast. Officials for Allstate Floridian and its sister company, Allstate Floridian Indemnity, on Monday proposed lowering their premiums a statewide average 14 percent starting June 1 as part of the state's efforts to reduce the cost of property insurance. While that may seem like good news for Allstate's 350,000 policyholders, it is far less than the average 24 percent industry decrease state officials said homeowners should expect.
  • Plan would end tax on homestead property [Florida]

    02/20/2007 7:13:00 AM PST · by doc30 · 21 replies · 888+ views
    The St. Petersburg Times ^ | 2/20/2007 | ALEX LEARY
    TALLAHASSEE - House Republicans are developing a proposal to eliminate property taxes for all homesteads while increasing the sales tax by a few pennies to make up the difference. The plan, which has quietly gained favor among House leaders in recent days but lacks detail and has yet to be announced, also calls for capping property taxes on businesses, second homes and other nonhomestead property. The cap would likely be tied to population growth and inflation.
  • Insurers told: All or none [Homeowners Insurance in FL]

    01/18/2007 9:00:06 AM PST · by doc30 · 244 replies · 3,243+ views
    The St. Petersburg Times ^ | 1/18/2007 | Jennifer Liberto and Joni James
    TALLAHASSEE - Florida lawmakers appear ready to deliver on one of Gov. Charlie Crist's campaign promises to punish insurers who have retreated from the state's property market while still writing other insurance in the Sunshine State, such as auto. In a surprise voice vote Wednesday, the Florida Senate agreed to force Florida insurance companies who write property insurance in other states to offer it here if they want to continue writing any insurance in this state. The House has a similar proposal. "The 'cherry-picking' in this state has got to stop," said Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, as he...
  • Swift Raids Unacceptable [Iowa upset that illegal aliens were arrested]

    12/21/2006 6:30:27 AM PST · by doc30 · 26 replies · 1,650+ views
    Immigration Daily ^ | 12/20/2006 | JENNIFER JACOBS
    According to a Des Moines Register news story, "In a blunt and stinging letter, the governor and the top officer of the Iowa National Guard on Tuesday called federal immigration officials' actions in the Swift raids "completely unacceptable," saying agents undermined the public's trust in government, potentially jeopardized the safety of law enforcement personnel in Iowa and could have compromised undercover operations." For the full story, see here.
  • Reality check: 95 percent of Americans had premarital sex

    12/19/2006 6:04:03 PM PST · by doc30 · 109 replies · 2,885+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/19/2006
    NEW YORK (AP) -- More than nine out of 10 Americans, men and women alike, have had premarital sex, according to a new study. The high rates extend even to women born in the 1940s, challenging perceptions that people were more chaste in the past.
  • Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (H.R. 4239) - Opinions Sought

    10/04/2006 8:15:22 AM PDT · by doc30 · 14 replies · 583+ views
    GovTrack.US ^ | 10/4/06 | ASPCA
    Here is a mass e-mailing I got from the ASPCA with regards to this bill. It's passed the Senate, now it's the House's turn. The link above goes to the text of the bill. My comments are after that.H.R. 4239, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), is a bill that could make it a crime punishable by imprisonment to cause any business classified as an "animal enterprise" to suffer a loss of profit—even if the company's financial decline is the result of legal activities, such as peaceful protests, consumer boycotts or media campaigns. The term “animal enterprise” would include manufacturers,...
  • DNC Survey

    09/13/2006 6:33:08 PM PDT · by doc30 · 42 replies · 1,112+ views
    9/13/06 | doc30
    I don't normally post vanities, but here is a story about how the DNC tried to touch my life. And it also shows how, euphimistically, inept they are. My mailbox held an interesting surprise for me yesterday. It was a letter from the DNC! This was the last thing I ever expected to receive in the mail. My curiosity got the better of me so I opened it. The salutation was to me, with the title Democratic Party Member. Imagine that! A Freeper getting mail saying he's a member of the DNC. I didn't know if someone was playing a...
  • There may be a dinosaur waiting for you

    09/05/2006 1:51:25 PM PDT · by doc30 · 17 replies · 518+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 9/5/06 | Globe and Mail
    Good news for dinosaur fans: There are probably a lot more of them waiting to be discovered. At least, their fossils are. Peter Dodson of the University of Pennsylvania and Steve Wang of Swarthmore College estimate that 71 per cent of all dinosaur genera — groups of dinosaur species — have yet to be discovered. “It's a safe bet that a child born today could expect a very fruitful career in dinosaur paleontology,” Dr. Dodson said in a statement. The estimate appears in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Dodson — a professor of anatomy...
  • Sunday School Teacher Let Go For Being Female

    08/27/2006 4:21:52 PM PDT · by doc30 · 13 replies · 568+ views
    Channel 8 - KCCI.COM ^ | 8/27/06 |
    Woman Taught Sunday School For 54 Years WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- The pastor of a church that has stopped letting women teach Sunday school said that won't affect his decisions as a city councilman in upstate New York. The First Baptist Church in Watertown dismissed Mary Lambert Aug. 9 after adopting what it called a literal interpretation of the Bible. The reverend recently dismissed Lambert, who had taught Sunday school for 54 years, citing the biblical advice of the apostle Paul: "I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent." Lambert...
  • Project plans map of Neanderthal genome

    07/24/2006 11:41:28 AM PDT · by doc30 · 161 replies · 2,372+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 7/24/06 | GEIR MOULSON
    BERLIN — U.S. and German scientists have launched a two-year project to decipher the genetic code of the Neanderthal, a feat they hope will help deepen understanding of how modern humans' brains evolved. Neanderthals were a species that lived in Europe and western Asia from more than 200,000 years ago to about 30,000 years ago. Scientists from Germany's Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology are teaming up a company in Connecticut to map the genome, or humans' DNA code. “The Neanderthal is the closest relative to the modern human, and we believe that by sequencing the Neanderthal we can learn...
  • Chase Ends in Bystander's Death [Lakeland FL]

    07/17/2006 6:44:15 AM PDT · by doc30 · 5 replies · 375+ views
    The Ledger ^ | 7/17/06
    LAKELAND -- A person died on State Road 33 north of I-4 early today when the vehicle he or she was in was hit by a stolen pickup truck, according to police reports. After receiving reports that a woman stole a pickup from a man in Lakeland, officers spotted the truck and chased it. Police cruisers ended up driving into stop sticks that had been placed on the road to stop the pickup. The incident resulted in the closing of State Road 33 this morning from I-4 to Tomkow Road.
  • Mollusk fossils push back evolution, ROM scientists say

    07/13/2006 6:12:42 AM PDT · by doc30 · 136 replies · 2,220+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 7/13/06 | UNNATI GANDHI
    Mollusk fossils push back evolution, ROM scientists say Life 560 million years ago more advanced than previously believed, article says. Two Canadian paleontologists have discovered dozens of fossils of a soft-bodied, deep-sea dweller that lived more than half a billion years ago, adding one more piece to the enigmatic puzzle that is the history of life on Earth. The 189 well-preserved fossil specimens of Odontogriphus omalus have been interpreted as the world's oldest known soft-bodied mollusk, and were found in British Columbia's mountains in the Burgess Shale, one of the most important fossil sites in the world. The newly discovered...
  • What Birds See [evolution of the eye]

    07/03/2006 10:05:56 AM PDT · by doc30 · 363 replies · 4,956+ views
    Scientific American ^ | July 2006 | Timothy H. Goldsmith
    We humans customarily assume that our visual system sits atop a pinnacle of evolutionary success. It enables us to appreciate space in three dimensions, to detect objects from a distance and to move about safely. We are exquisitely able to recognize other individuals and to read their emotions from mere glimpses of their faces. In fact, we are such visual animals that we have difficulty imagining the sensory worlds of creatures whose capacities extend to other realms--a night-hunting bat, for example, that finds small insects by listening to the echoes of its own high-pitched call. Our knowledge of color vision...
  • The other insurance crisis [Property Insurance for Busniesses in FL]

    06/20/2006 8:11:00 AM PDT · by doc30 · 19 replies · 476+ views
    St. Pete Times ^ | 6/19/2006 | TOM ZUCCO
    The same shockwaves that have homeowners reeling are striking business owners who must now confront premiums that have increased since last year by as much as 400 percent -- when they can get insurance. Florida homeowners have railed for months about the skyrocketing cost of residential property insurance and the suffering it is causing. They're about to have a lot of company. Business owners looking for commercial property insurance are increasingly finding themselves in the same rickety boat as homeowners. And should the crisis get out of hand, the effects could reach throughout Florida's economy. "The commercial insurance market is...
  • Quebec unveils carbon tax

    06/16/2006 5:45:09 AM PDT · by doc30 · 27 replies · 677+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 6/16/06 | RHÉAL SÉGUIN
    Quebec unveils carbon tax Province hopes levy on oil and gas firms will put $1.2-billion toward its Kyoto goals RHÉAL SÉGUIN From Friday's Globe and Mail QUEBEC — Quebec plans to adopt tough vehicle emissions standards and will become the first province to levy a "carbon tax" on oil and gas companies as part of an ambitious plan to fight global warming. The tax will raise about $200-million a year over six years, provincial government officials said yesterday, and will finance a $1.2-billion Green Fund to make reductions in greenhouse gas emissions called for under the international Kyoto accord. Environmental...
  • Two mothers should be allowed on birth document, judge says [Ontario, Canada]

    06/07/2006 1:12:57 PM PDT · by doc30 · 36 replies · 728+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 6/7/06 | KIRK MAKIN
    Two mothers should be allowed on birth document, judge says Found in breach of Charter, Ontario told to alter rules to include lesbian parents KIRK MAKIN From Wednesday's Globe and Mail An Ontario judge struck down a birth registry provision yesterday that prevents lesbian couples from being registered as parents of babies conceived through artificial insemination, saying that the regulation causes them unjustified "pain and hardship." Mr. Justice Paul Rivard of the Ontario Superior Court ruled that the province violated the litigants' right to equality by stopping them from adding their names to the Statement of Live Births after their...
  • N.S. teachers furious over survey on sexual orientation

    05/31/2006 7:00:41 AM PDT · by doc30 · 9 replies · 718+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 5/30/06 | SCOTT ROBERTS
    survey asking Halifax teachers their sexual orientation drew fierce criticism yesterday, just weeks after the Halifax Regional School Board was singled out in a human rights case against a gay teacher. The “employee identification survey” is being handed out this week to all 8,000 employees of the school board, most of whom are teachers. They are being asked to list their names and employee numbers, and answer questions on their race and sexual orientation. The survey, the school board maintains, will help it to better understand the diversity of its work force and therefore allow the board to foster a...
  • Toxic shock [Canada set to ban flame retardants - and gets Darwin Award Nomination]

    05/30/2006 9:27:50 AM PDT · by doc30 · 13 replies · 903+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 5/30/06 | MARTIN MITTELSTAEDT
    For the past 30 years, flame retardants have been found in every Canadian home, added liberally as a safety precaution to everything from mattresses and carpets to stereos, televisions and computers. Now Canada is poised to add flame retardants — or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) — to its toxic-substances list. If a draft proposal it is circulating is any guide, the federal government is expected to virtually eliminate some varieties of the chemical and place tight controls on others. Regulators are considering drastic action because laboratory studies using animals have linked the chemicals to behaviour changes that bear an uncanny...
  • Greenspan says US housing boom is over

    05/18/2006 7:34:39 PM PDT · by doc30 · 78 replies · 1,735+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/18/06 | Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said on Thursday that the "extraordinary" boom in the U.S. housing market in recent years is over. "This has been quite an extraordinary boom," Greenspan told a Bond Market Association dinner in New York. "The boom is over. I think we can safely say that with a strong degree of confidence." Greenspan said there was a "high degree of froth in the system," and that it was clear that home equity extraction and the turnover of home sales was waning.
  • Dog Breeder Licencing in Florida

    03/20/2006 1:01:21 PM PST · by doc30 · 180 replies · 1,663+ views
    vanity | 3/19/06 | me
    Normally, I don't post requests for help on issues, but there are a fair number of more knowlegeable animal lover Freepers than I. They may be interested and/or could offer some insight into 2 bills pending in FL. Here are the Senate Summaries of these 2 bills coming before the Senate Agriculture Committee in FL and are to be voted on the 21st. Has anyone heard of these bills and does anyone have any idea what their impact will be? Some have said that this will cripple the dog/cat breeders in FL and will include private, non-profit animal rescue groups...
  • Senator changes mind on Schiavo [Martinez - FL]

    02/12/2006 6:25:57 AM PST · by doc30 · 37 replies · 1,157+ views
    The St. Petersburg Times ^ | 2/12/06 | ADAM C. SMITH
    Sen. Mel Martinez, nearly a year after leading the charge for federal intervention in the Terri Schiavo case, now says he may have been off-base. "Perhaps this was not in the realm of federal concern. It may have been better left to state courts to deal with it," Martinez said in a taped interview for Political Connections that airs today on Bay News 9. In a wide-ranging interview in which the Orlando Republican for the first time also publicly embraced the Senate candidacy of Katherine Harris, he alluded to the Schiavo controversy as providing a lesson "with a whack across...
  • Homeowners Seek Relief From Citizens' High Rates [Florida]

    02/03/2006 7:30:39 AM PST · by doc30 · 83 replies · 1,914+ views
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | Feb 3, 2006 | RANDY DIAMOND
    CLEARWATER - Policyholders covered by Citizens Property Insurance Corp. pleaded with state regulators Thursday night to reject the company's proposed rate increase, saying it will force them to sell their homes. "I'm sick to my stomach," Pasco County resident Meghan Hulbert told officials of the state Office of Insurance Regulation at a public hearing on the rate increase. "I'm a single mom, and I may have to give up my home." Officials of Citizens, the state's insurer of last resort, said they are concerned about the rising rates. But they said it was a reality that Florida residents may have...
  • To Banish a Cancer

    01/24/2006 11:23:15 AM PST · by doc30 · 12 replies · 737+ views
    Scientific American ^ | February 2006 | Editors of Scientific American
    Medicine usually progresses in incremental steps. One antidepressant or cholesterol-lowering drug follows another with only marginally improved therapeutic benefit. Vaccines are different. Disease prevention through immunization, whether for polio or mumps, has the potential to transform medical practice, sometimes eliminating illness altogether. Smallpox is now (we hope) confined to heavily protected freezers in Russia and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Vaccine developers appear to be on the verge of another remarkable achievement. Two vaccines that are nearing approval by the Food and Drug Administration in the U.S.--one from Merck, the other from Glaxo­SmithKline--have demonstrated in...
  • The Bottom Of The Pay Scale: Wages For H-1B Computer Programmers [long read]

    01/23/2006 7:39:54 AM PST · by doc30 · 38 replies · 1,139+ views
    Immigration Daily ^ | 1/23/06 | John Miano for the Center for Immigration Studies
    Executive Summary The temporary visa program known as H-1B enables U.S. employers to hire professional-level foreign workers for a period of up to six years. According to the law (8 U.S.C. § 1182(n)), employers must pay H-1B workers either the same rate as other employees with similar skills and qualifications or the "prevailing wage" for that occupation and location, whichever is higher. This is to prevent the hiring of foreign workers from depressing U.S. wages and to protect foreign workers from exploitation. This report examines the wage data in Labor Department records for Fiscal Year 2004. It compares wages in...
  • Tell-tale parrot exposes cheating girlfriend

    01/17/2006 8:32:11 AM PST · by doc30 · 53 replies · 2,750+ views
    LONDON - Chris Taylor, a 30-year-old British computer programmer, grew suspicious of his live-in girlfriend when his pet parrot began to imitate her saying, “I love you, Gary.” Ziggy, an 8-year-old African gray parrot, would also make kissing noises whenever the name Gary was mentioned on TV and would mimic Suzy Collins saying, “Hiya, Gary,” every time she answered her mobile phone.
  • Barking up the right tree [Seniors prefer dog visits without the handlers]

    01/05/2006 7:27:12 AM PST · by doc30 · 20 replies · 588+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 1/4/06 | TERRY WEBER
    Going to the dogs may not be such a bad thing after all, a U.S. researcher has found. In a study released Wednesday, Saint Louis University professor Dr. William Banks found that lonely seniors responded better when they received visits from dogs alone than when the animals were accompanied by a human. “It was a strange finding,” said Dr. Banks, a professor of geriatrics in the school's department of internal medicine. “We had thought that the dog acts as a social lubricant and increases the interaction between residents. The residents found a little quiet time with the pooch is a...
  • Perplexed man gets the point [Man now discovers needles embedded in brain from childhood]

    01/05/2006 6:34:23 AM PST · by doc30 · 49 replies · 1,923+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 1/5/06 | GRAEME SMITH
    YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA — Gennady Varlamov, 67, never wondered much about his childhood during the Second World War. He assumed he grew up in a happy family, living with his mother in a three-room wooden house in a village near the Ural Mountains. It was a modest place, with no electricity or running water, but Mr. Varlamov remembers it as a pleasant home with a garden and farm animals. His questions started in October of 1993, when he suffered a bad headache. In retrospect, he says, it was probably just a flu symptom. But he went to the doctor anyway, and...
  • Mixed chicks sing song of a different species [Frankenstein Chicken Alert!]

    01/03/2006 12:18:02 PM PST · by doc30 · 53 replies · 1,473+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 12/30/01 | ANNE MCILROY
    Mixed chicks sing song of a different species Bird brains hardwired to learn own songs By ANNE MCILROY McGill University researcher Evan Balaban performs brain transplants on chickens to make them sing like quails. He takes bits of brain from quail embryos and attaches them to the brains of embryonic chickens still snug in their eggs. When they hatch, the chickens look normal, except for the dark, quail-coloured feathers sprouting out of their heads. But they do not sound normal. Instead of crowing the classic cock-a-doodle-doo, they sing the two introductory notes and the long trill of a quail song....
  • They'd take Halifax (then we'd kill Kenny) [U.S. invasion plans for Canada]

    12/31/2005 11:02:13 AM PST · by doc30 · 90 replies · 2,278+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 12/31/05 | SHAWN MCCARTHY
    They'd take Halifax (then we'd kill Kenny) By SHAWN MCCARTHY Saturday, December 31, 2005 Posted at 10:00 AM EST From Saturday's Globe and Mail NEW YORK — We called their President a moron, and they called us the "retarded cousin." Their ambassador warned about the repercussions of aggressive rhetoric, and our Prime Minister aggressively asserted we will not be "dictated to." In another age -- or in a Marx Brothers movie -- the escalation of insults and diplomatic contretemps could lead to only one thing: "Of course you know," Groucho famously intoned, "this means war." It was one of a...
  • Bird flu grows resistant to Tamiflu

    12/22/2005 11:36:48 AM PST · by doc30 · 6 replies · 300+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 12/22/05 | HELEN BRANSWELL
    Toronto — Researchers in Vietnam have reported two additional cases of H5N1 avian flu infection in which the virus developed resistance to the antiviral drug Tamiflu. While the findings will likely lead to concern over the future efficacy of the drug — the main weapon in the limited arsenal against pandemic flu — influenza experts were quick to caution against over-interpreting the results. But they said the findings raise serious concerns about whether the current dosing regime — which is based on experience with regular human flu strains — is adequate to combat the infection caused by this virulent avian...
  • Creating first synthetic life form

    12/19/2005 1:28:07 PM PST · by doc30 · 121 replies · 2,174+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 12/19/05 | CAROLYN ABRAHAM
    Work on the world's first human-made species is well under way at a research complex in Rockville, Md., and scientists in Canada have been quietly conducting experiments to help bring such a creature to life. Robert Holt, head of sequencing for the Genome Science Centre at the University of British Columbia, is leading efforts at his Vancouver lab to play a key role in the production of the first synthetic life form -- a microbe made from scratch. The project is being spearheaded by U.S. scientist Craig Venter, who gained fame in his former job as head of Celera Genomics,...
  • Georgia court to hear evolution disclaimer arguments

    12/14/2005 12:02:42 PM PST · by doc30 · 189 replies · 1,871+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 12/14/05 | DOUG GROSS
    Atlanta — Nearly seven months after schools in a suburban Atlanta county were forced to peel off textbook stickers that called evolution a theory rather than fact, a federal appeals court is set to consider whether the disclaimers were unconstitutional. In January, a federal judge ordered Cobb County school officials to remove the stickers immediately, saying they were an endorsement of religion. The ruling was appealed to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which will hear arguments on Thursday. Advocates on both sides say the appeals court's decision will go a long way toward shaping a debate between science...