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  • Sewage is turning British fish female, says report

    07/13/2004 3:24:58 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 10 replies · 535+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, July 13, 2004 | Reuters
    LONDON — British fish are changing sex due to sewage in rivers that contains large amounts of female hormones, the U.K.'s Environment Agency said recently. In a report on the latest stage of 20 years of research, it said that in a survey of 1,500 fish at 50 locations, one-third of the males showed female characteristics. The agency which monitors environmental pollution said the sex changes were a result of the fish being exposed to treated sewage which still contained hormones produced naturally by women or as a result of them taking the contraceptive pill. "There is sufficient evidence of...
  • Hurricanes spur growth of plankton in the ocean

    07/07/2004 2:55:54 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 6 replies · 590+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, July 07, 2004 | Randolph E. Schmid
    WASHINGTON — Like a desert bursting into flower after a rare rainstorm, seemingly barren stretches of the ocean bloom with plankton after hurricanes pass by. The bursts of life were measured by satellite studies following 13 hurricanes from 1998 to 2001. "I was pleasantly surprised," said Steven Babin of Johns Hopkins University, who led the research. Babin said sudden blooms of phytoplankton — tiny plants that float in the ocean — have been reported in areas of ocean upwelling where rising water brings nutrients to the surface. He said similar effects from hurricanes had not been widely studied. "Some parts...
  • Bush Backs Condom Use to Prevent Spread of AIDS

    06/24/2004 2:15:03 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 73 replies · 2,170+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 24, 2004 | DAVID E. SANGER and DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    PHILADELPHIA, June 23 - President Bush said on Wednesday for the first time that the United States should "learn from the experience" of countries like Uganda in fighting AIDS and embraced the use of condoms to prevent its spread, a sensitive issue among conservative groups that have fought the adoption of any strategy that does not focus on abstinence. Announcing some modest changes to government financing for antiretroviral drugs in front of a church-affiliated group here, Mr. Bush also argued for sexual abstinence. But in his comments, he appeared to be offering something to both sides in the debate: his...
  • Scientists urge shift to nonfood crops

    06/22/2004 2:17:33 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 46 replies · 330+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, June 22, 2004 | Jeremy Lovell
    LONDON — Farmers of the world must shift quickly to growing plants for industrial uses such as oils and plastics to replace petrochemicals as the climate warms and crude supplies run out, British scientists said Monday. "In the next 20 to 50 years we have to reverse our dependency on fossil fuels," said Alison Smith of Britain's John Innes plant research center. "We must breed for sustainability." At a news conference, she complained that in the past there had been a lack of coherent thinking, but that was now changing in the face of the looming crisis. Ian Crute, director...
  • Western drought beats Dust Bowl, could be worst in 500 years

    06/18/2004 3:49:45 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 60 replies · 764+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Friday, June 18, 2004 | Angie Wagner
    LAS VEGAS — The drought gripping the West could be the biggest in 500 years, with effects in the Colorado River basin considerably worse than during the Dust Bowl years, scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday. "That we can now say with confidence," said Robert Webb, lead author of the new fact sheet. "Now I'm completely convinced." The Colorado River has been in a drought for the entire decade, cutting an important source of water for millions of people across the West, including Southern California. Environmental groups said the report reinforces the need to figure out a better...
  • Democrats and Republicans Agree That U.S. Morals Are Subpar

    05/21/2004 8:21:50 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 49 replies · 277+ views
    GALLUP NEWS SERVICE ^ | May 21, 2004 | Lydia Saad
    PRINCETON, NJ -- In a year filled with partisan bickering, it may come as some solace that Republicans and Democrats agree on at least one thing: the state of moral values in the country. Unfortunately, the consensus is not good. Roughly four in five Republicans and Democrats alike rate moral values in the United States as "only fair" or "poor." Just one in five in either group thinks morals are "excellent" or "good."
  • Climate Change: Plumbing the depths

    05/09/2004 11:00:59 PM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 29 replies · 215+ views
    The Economist ^ | Apr 22nd 2004 | The Economist
    Ancient plumbing warns that all is not well with rising sea levels FEARS that global warming is causing sea levels to rise are one of the main concerns about climate change. But prior to the 19th century, when measurements began, little was known about trends in sea level. Now Dorit Sivan, of the University of Haifa in Israel, and his colleagues may have changed all that with their study of ancient plumbing. In a paper soon to be published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters the team describe evidence from abandoned wells in the ancient Mediterranean town of...
  • Drought Settles In, Lake Shrinks and West's Worries Grow

    05/02/2004 12:13:44 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 33 replies · 238+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 2, 2004 | KIRK JOHNSON and DEAN E. MURPHY
    AGE, Ariz. — At five years and counting, the drought that has parched much of the West is getting much harder to shrug off as a blip. Those who worry most about the future of the West — politicians, scientists, business leaders, city planners and environmentalists — are increasingly realizing that a world of eternally blue skies and meager mountain snowpacks may not be a passing phenomenon but rather the return of a harsh climatic norm. Continuing research into drought cycles over the last 800 years bears this out, strongly suggesting that the relatively wet weather across much of the...
  • Farming is biggest global environmental threat, says new book

    04/29/2004 1:33:40 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 25 replies · 234+ views
    Thursday, April 29, 2004 | GreenBiz.com
    WASHINGTON — Inefficient farming practices are helping to drive deforestation, pollution, ocean degradation, and species loss and constitute the most serious environmental threat in the world today, according to a new book. According to World Agriculture and the Environment, a global survey by Dr. Jason Clay, head of the Center for Conservation Innovation at World Wildlife Fund (WWF), agriculture contributes to serious environmental, social, and economic problems, particularly in developing countries. Clay offers detailed analysis of the issues and practices of some of the world's biggest crops, from coffee and orange juice to cocoa and tobacco. He concludes that agriculture...
  • WTO cotton move sends shock wave through farm talks

    04/28/2004 1:58:20 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 14 replies · 234+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, April 28, 2004 | Richard Waddington
    GENEVA — Brazil's emphatic win over the United States in a key trade ruling over cotton will send shock waves through world trade talks and embolden those demanding all farm subsidies be slashed, analysts said on Tuesday. The Geneva-based World Trade Organization (WTO), in a confidential decision, told Washington to halt much of the lavish aid it gives the country's some 25,000 cotton farmers, ruling it illegal, sources close to the ruling said. The decision goes to the heart of the debate at troubled WTO negotiations to reform world farm trade, where angry poorer countries argue the massive subsidy schemes...
  • Militants in Europe Openly Call for Jihad and the Rule of Islam

    04/26/2004 7:53:48 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 192 replies · 651+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 26, 2004 | PATRICK E. TYLER and DON VAN NATTA Jr
    LUTON, England, April 24 — The call to jihad is rising in the streets of Europe, and is being answered, counterterrorism officials say. In this former industrial town north of London, a small group of young Britons whose parents emigrated from Pakistan after World War II have turned against their families' new home. They say they would like to see Prime Minister Tony Blair dead or deposed and an Islamic flag hanging outside No. 10 Downing Street. They swear allegiance to Osama bin Laden and his goal of toppling Western democracies to establish an Islamic superstate under Shariah law, like...
  • Lack of females may have done in dinosaurs, says study

    04/23/2004 3:24:47 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 16 replies · 342+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, April 22, 2004 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON — An asteroid may have wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago not simply by changing the world's climate and causing years of dark skies but also by causing too many of them to be born male, U.S. and British researchers said this week. If dinosaurs were like modern-day reptiles such as crocodiles, they change sex based on temperature, said David Miller of the University of Leeds in Britain and colleagues. And even a small skewing of populations toward males would have led to eventual extinction. Most experts agree that one or more asteroid impacts probably triggered a...
  • Warming climate disrupts Alaska natives' lives

    04/23/2004 3:18:26 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 69 replies · 667+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, April 20, 2004 | Yereth Rosen
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anyone who doubts the gravity of global warming should ask Alaska's Eskimo, Indian and Aleut elders about the dramatic changes to their land and the animals on which they depend. Native leaders say that salmon are increasingly susceptible to warm-water parasites and suffer from lesions and strange behavior. Salmon and moose meat have developed odd tastes and the marrow in moose bones is weirdly runny, they say. Arctic pack ice is disappearing, making food scarce for sea animals and causing difficulties for the Natives who hunt them. It is feared that polar bears, to name one species,...
  • Jim Cantalupo, McDonald's Chief, Is Dead at 60

    04/19/2004 5:48:01 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 40 replies · 200+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 19, 2004 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) -- Jim Cantalupo, chairman and CEO of McDonald's Corp., died early Monday at age 60, according to company officials. Jim McKenna, presiding director of the hamburger giant's board of directors, said Cantalupo died of a sudden and unexpected heart attack in Orlando, Fla., where McDonald's was holding its international owner and operator convention. "Our entire McDonald's system mourns this tragic loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with Jim's wife, Joann, and his family. Our deepest sympathies go out to them," McKenna said. "Jim was a brilliant man who brought tremendous leadership, energy and passion to...
  • The Return of the Warrior Jesus

    04/04/2004 6:57:42 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 111 replies · 169+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 4, 2004 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    WRITERS and artists have been imagining the Second Coming of Jesus for 2,000 years, but few have portrayed him wreaking more carnage on the unbelieving world than Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. In their new apocalyptic novel, "Glorious Appearing," based on Dr. LaHaye's interpretation of Biblical prophecies about the Second Coming, their Jesus appears from the clouds on a white horse with a "conviction like a flame of fire" in his eyes. With all the gruesome detail of a Hollywood horror movie, Jesus eviscerates the flesh of millions of unbelievers merely by speaking. "Men and women soldiers and horses...
  • Country living may be hazardous to men's fertility

    04/01/2004 11:09:20 PM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 9 replies · 56+ views
    The Environmental Magazine ^ | April 2, 2004 | Orna Izakson
    When epidemiologist Shanna Swan began comparing fertility in urban versus rural men, she thought she knew what she would find. Just as corn, sorghum, and soybeans grow better in central Missouri's hills and hollers than in a polluted parking lot in urban New York, Los Angeles, or Minneapolis, so too would fertility be higher among men living in the clean, bucolic countryside. She turned out to be completely wrong. In 2002, when the study appeared in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives, Swan reported that men in rural Boone County, Missouri, had a 42 percent lower sperm count than their...
  • U.N. environment summit opens, targets ocean dead zones

    03/30/2004 3:15:58 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 9 replies · 259+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, March 30, 2004 | Hans Greimel
    JEJU, South Korea — The United Nations opened a global environment summit Monday, warning about the growing number of dead zones in the world's oceans but painting a picture of a greener planet with an increase of vegetation in many regions. The three-day conference, hosted by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), will also consider how to tackle water shortages, increasingly frequent dust storms, and overfishing. But so-called dead zones — oxygen-starved stretches of ocean that are devoid of life — topped UNEP's list of emerging environmental challenges. The number of zones has doubled over the last decade, and they...
  • John Kerry, flip-flopper?

    03/29/2004 2:01:08 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 26 replies · 369+ views
    The Economist ^ | Mar 25th 2004 | Lexington
    One accusation that ought not to stick THE Bush campaign has begun a 90-day media blitz to define John Kerry as a serial waffler, bet-hedger and panderer. They are having a whale of a time. On the Republican National Committee's website, you can play an interactive boxing match: Kerry v Kerry. Click a glove. Pow! He's for gay marriage (the site gives details of his position). Click again. Zap! He's against gay marriage (contradictory details). And so on for 30 rounds, each an example of Mr Kerry supposedly on both sides of every issue. The assault is having an effect,...
  • Goodbye sunshine

    12/31/2003 4:34:53 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 30 replies · 182+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday December 18, 2003 | David Adam
    Each year less light reaches the surface of the Earth. No one is sure what's causing 'global dimming' - or what it means for the future. In fact most scientists have never heard of it. By David Adam In 1985, a geography researcher called Atsumu Ohmura at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology got the shock of his life. As part of his studies into climate and atmospheric radiation, Ohmura was checking levels of sunlight recorded around Europe when he made an astonishing discovery. It was too dark. Compared to similar measurements recorded by his predecessors in the 1960s, Ohmura's...
  • The Chinese Century? (own title)

    12/17/2003 5:37:44 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 81 replies · 264+ views
    Internation Herald Tribune ^ | Tuesday, December 16, 2003 | Louis Uchitelle
    For decades, the United States was the world's only significant mass market, offering businesses more than enough consumers to buy up ever greater volumes of their merchandise and services. To gain access to these consumers, companies had to operate inside the country. They could do so profitably because they benefited from economies of scale, meaning that each item off an assembly line was less expensive to produce than the one before. The wealth generated, in profits and wages, has made the United States far and away the world's most powerful country for nearly a century. No one else had ever...
  • Republicans Ponder the Center (Or "Who Arnold Schwarzeneger Really Is")

    10/11/2003 9:00:22 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 18 replies · 295+ views
    The New York Times | October 11, 2003 | ADAM NAGOURNEY
    Republicans Ponder the Center By ADAM NAGOURNEY AN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 10 — In Arnold Schwarzenegger, the national Republican Party now has a magnetic movie star in charge of the most populous state in the union, a governor-elect who has already emerged as an articulate, media-savvy and earnest figure who does not play by the conventional rules of politics. But far from simply rejoicing over his election, the party finds itself entangled in a debate over whether it should follow Mr. Schwarzenegger's path by moving to the center on social issues in order to become even more competitive in state...
  • Rush Limbaugh Ponders Legal Drug Market transcript from - March 13, 1998

    10/03/2003 11:37:07 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 25 replies · 245+ views
    On March 12, in response to a caller who asked why the Clinton Administration was not fighting illegal drugs with the same effort being used to fight the tobacco industry, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh responded with some support of a legalized, regulated drug market (The Rush Limbaugh Radio Show, March 12, 1998). Remarks of Rush Limbaugh on the March 12 show transcribed by the Media Awareness Project: "[Drug] interdiction doesn't work and the effort to convince people not to do it really doesn't work. In fact, with young people it may even entice them more ... Based on...
  • Connect the Dots

    09/26/2003 8:15:37 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 6 replies · 183+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Sept. 25, 2003 | Thomas Friedman
    The U.S. war on terrorism suffered a huge blow last week — not in Baghdad or Kabul, but on the beaches of Cancϊn. Cancϊn was the site of the latest world trade talks, which fell apart largely because the U.S., the E.U. and Japan refused to give up the lavish subsidies they bestow on their farmers, making the prices of their cotton and agriculture so cheap that developing countries can't compete. This is a disaster because exporting food and textiles is the only way for most developing countries to grow. The Economist quoted a World Bank study that said a...
  • Israeli Troops Hit Gaza; Palestinian Forces Battle Hamas

    09/19/2003 3:11:55 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 9 replies · 15+ views
    The New York TImes ^ | September 18, 2003 | JAMES BENNET
    JERUSALEM, Sept. 18 — In the Israeli Army's largest raid into the Gaza Strip since its partial withdrawal in June, troops swept into a central Gaza refugee camp early today and killed a Hamas militant in a firefight. But tonight in Gaza City, it was Palestinian security forces that clashed with Hamas gunmen, in a dispute that demonstrated the turbulence in Palestinian politics. Palestinian hospital officials said at least 13 Palestinians had been wounded, all but three of them civilians. Samir al-Mashharawi, a senior Palestinian official, said Hamas members had burned down a police station and thrown grenades. The Palestinian...
  • China's Super Kids

    11/25/2002 5:57:07 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 26 replies · 2+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 22, 2002 | NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
    SHANGHAI Quick, what's 6 + 8 - 7 + 6 + 5? If you knew instantaneously that the answer is 18, without having to pause even a second, then congratulations! You're as bright as a Shanghai kindergarten student — calculating in his or her third language. I've met the future, and it is these kids. Americans who come to China tend to be most dazzled by glittering new skyscrapers like the 1,380-foot Jin Mao Tower, but the most awesome aspect of China's modernization is the education that children are getting in the big cities. And the long-run competitive challenge we...
  • From NATO to Nasty

    11/21/2002 12:50:00 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 11 replies · 92+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 17, 2002 | Thomas Friedman
    If you want to get a feel for how far ahead the U.S. military is from any of its allies, let alone its enemies, read the fascinating article in the November issue of The Atlantic Monthly by Mark Bowden about the U.S. air war over Afghanistan. There is one scene that really sums it up. It involves a U.S. F-15 jet fighter that is ordered to take out a Taliban truck caravan. The F-15's co-pilot bombardier is a woman. Mr. Bowden, who had access to the communications between pilots, describes how the bombardier locates the truck caravan, and with her...
  • A Call to Honor

    11/12/2002 7:47:34 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 8 replies · 163+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 11, 2002 | LUCIAN K. TRUSCOTT IV
    LOS ANGELES My father died two years ago. He was a veteran of two wars, in Korea and Vietnam, and for reasons of his own, he didn't want the military funeral he was entitled to. But Veterans Day seems like a good time to honor his service to his country with a story about his lifelong love of the bugle call, taps. As a boy, my father learned to play the bugle from the bugler in my grandfather's horse cavalry squadron. Today his bugle rests on its tarnished, dented bell atop my son's bedroom dresser; on the wall of the...
  • The American Idol

    11/08/2002 2:07:21 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 33 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Nov. 6, 2002 | Thomas Friedman
    BERLIN If you think Germany is turning anti-American, pay attention to what happened here last month when the president visited Berlin. No, not President Bush — President Clinton. Mr. Clinton, who helped unveil the refurbished Brandenburg Gate, was swarmed as Germans clamored to see, hear or shake hands with him. Elvis was in the house. If Mr. Bush visited Germany today there would also be street riots — the sort they use tear gas to control. Why the difference? In fairness to Mr. Bush, it's partly because he had to order the bombing of Afghanistan, and may do the same...
  • Opening the door - the case for managed immigraion

    11/03/2002 10:46:37 PM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 3 replies · 131+ views
    The Economist ^ | October 31, 2002 | The Economist
    Whom to let in to the richer countries and why Get article background A POSSIBLE conflict in Iraq; deteriorating economies in South America; famine in sub-Saharan Africa; turmoil in Indonesia; political instability in the Balkans. And in many developing countries, persistent crime, lousy education and a lack of opportunities for energetic people to prosper without graft and political connections. No wonder so many people want the chance of a better life in the stable, meritocratic economies of the rich world. No wonder they risk their life savings, or even their lives, to buy the hope of higher earnings, fairer treatment...
  • Did physists just mathematicall prove the existence of God?

    10/30/2002 8:05:24 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 128 replies · 2,312+ views
    The New York Times | Oct. 29, 2002 | DENNIS OVERBYE
    stronomers have gazed out at the universe for centuries, asking why it is the way it is. But lately a growing number of them are dreaming of universes that never were and asking, why not? Why, they ask, do we live in 3 dimensions of space and not 2, 10 or 25? Why is a light ray so fast and a whisper so slow? Why are atoms so tiny and stars so big? Why is the universe so old? Does it have to be that way, or are there places, other universes, where things are different? Once upon a time...