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  • Arkansas Dem uses McCain to aid reelection bid

    08/11/2014 2:23:06 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    When a far left Democrat such as Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor uses his campaign advertising to offer quotes from John McCain to distinguish himself from U.S. Rep Tom Cotton, his conservative Republican opponent, it’s clear there is a trouble in Liberalville. Pryor ‘s latest ad features McCain’s quote that “anyone who calls it amnesty is not being intellectually honest,” fires back at a recent Cotton campaign ad, saying Pryor “voted for amnesty and citizenship for illegals.” “Mark Pryor voted the same way as John McCain and many other Republican senators,” Pryor’s ad defends. “Secure the border first.” Very McCainesque, indeed.
  • Arkansas Senate race still a toss up

    08/09/2014 2:33:50 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | August 5, 2014
    PPP's newest Arkansas poll continues to find an incredibly tight race for the Senate. Republican Tom Cotton is at 41% to 39% for Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor, 4% for Green Party candidate Mark Swaney, and 3% for Libertarian Nathan LaFrance. All four PPP surveys of this race in the last year have found the candidates within 3 points of each other one way or another. When supporters of the third party hopefuls are asked who they would choose between the two major party candidates, Cotton's lead remains 2 points at 43/41, suggesting this may be a race where their presence...
  • What's Wrong With Tom Cotton?

    07/10/2014 9:24:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | July 8, 2014 | Lauren Fox and David Catanese
    Republicans from Washington to Little Rock are privately distressed that Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., – a candidate once hailed as their most talented U.S. Senate recruit of the cycle – has lost his luster in his challenge to second-term Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor. The overarching problem: While Cotton’s resume is sparkling, his persona is flat. He speaks with authority, but lacks warmth. His wooden delivery is more often academic, lacking an everyday, common touch that’s still essential in a place with slightly less than 3 million people, the smallest state in the south. His slender frame and boyish haircut makes...
  • Pryor Turns to Seniors in Ark. Senate Resurgence

    05/14/2014 8:15:44 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 6 replies
    At the start of the 2014 election cycle, Mark Pryor's future in the Senate was widely considered as dead as the raccoons at the Gillett Coon Supper, an annual fundraiser and gathering spot for Arkansas pols. ....... A series of Pryor television ads focus on Medicare and Social Security, hitting his opponent for supporting Paul Ryan’s budget proposal, which would alter the structure of the programs and increase the eligibility age. It’s a well-worn strategy used by Democrats in states and districts across the country and designed to portray their adversaries as extreme. But there are a couple of particular...
  • Rep. Cotton: Where Was President Obama During Benghazi Attack?

    05/12/2014 1:34:38 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 45 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 12 May 2014 | Wanda Carruthers
    While some lawmakers have questions about what happened before or after the 2012 bombing of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Rep. Tom Cotton said he wants to know what President Barack Obama was doing during the attack. "As a former soldier myself, I particularly want to know what happened during the attacks. Why didn't the president send reinforcements from Tripoli, or from our fleet in the Mediterranean Sea, or even from Italy?" the Arkansas Republican said Monday on "Fox & Friends." While conceding that support forces "might not have reached Benghazi in time," Cotton said, "You just don't know...
  • Tom Cotton’s Campaign Mger Puts Ben Sasse’s Daughters in an Ad. To Attack Ben Sasse (NE Senate race)

    05/06/2014 4:35:41 PM PDT · by Kolath · 6 replies
    RedState ^ | May 6th, 2014 | Erik Erickson
    Tom Cotton’s campaign manager just placed a hit job on Nebraska airwaves against Ben Sasse. Cotton, who is running for the U.S. Senate from Arkansas as a Republican, apparently has no problem with his campaign manager moonlighting to attack another Republican. Cotton’s campaign manager, however, is using video of Ben Sasse’s daughters in an attack ad against Sasse. Even more bizarre, the clip of his daughters is just so random. It makes no sense in the advertisement. Cotton’s campaign manager, by the way, used to run Mitch McConnell’s campaign and his Super PAC that bought the ad is also managed...
  • Washington mother upset her daughter was asked to pick cotton in class

    04/30/2014 2:43:58 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 169 replies
    upi ^ | April 30, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    REDMOND , Wash. A mother in Washington is upset after a teacher at her daughter’s middle school allegedly gave students an assignment that required them to pick cotton so that they could "see what it was like to be a slave." Carolyn Walker called Redmond Middle School to inform them that her daughter would not be doing the assignment and later found out the teacher gave her daughter an F. "My daughter is African American and for her to pick cotton when her grandparents were raised on a plantation to pick cotton, is not OK, it's not OK at all,"...
  • Nailed It: Tom Cotton's New Ad Introduces His Drill Sergeant

    04/22/2014 5:04:12 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 16 replies ^ | 4/21/2014 | Daniel Doherty
    While maybe not the political “gaffe of the year,” Sen. Mark Pryor’s (D-AR) remark that his Republican challenger's military service gives him a “sense of entitlement” is certainly up there. Hence why Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) -- who is indeed running to unseat Sen. Pryor -- is now actively campaigning off his opponent’s verbal missteps. If for no other reason, this spot is effective because (as Matt Lewis also notes) it reminds voters that Pryor actually said that. And that’s important to emphasize. I’ve never served in the armed services, of course, but I’m fairly certain one does not return...
  • Bill Kristol: Bush-Clinton Presidential Race Not Likely

    04/08/2014 3:22:35 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wanda Carruthers
    It's not likely the race for president in 2016 will pit former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush and former Democratic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol predicted. "I'm willing to go out on a limb," Kristol told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday. "I think there's no way there will be a Bush-Clinton race in 2016."
  • Is This 36-Year-Old Veteran the Future of the GOP?

    12/12/2013 11:19:24 AM PST · by Baynative · 70 replies
    National Journal ^ | 12/6/13 | Marin Cogan
    HOT SPRINGS, Ark.—On a recent late-fall Saturday, Barbara Deuschle, a local restaurant owner, was recounting her first impression of her congressman, Tom Cotton, who is now running for the Senate. It was back in August 2011, just before the young Republican lawmaker formally announced his first campaign for the House, and Cotton and his dad came to a party meeting to get to know the faithful. Cotton was a 34-year-old political unknown who had recently lived in Washington. "When he just parachuted down into this district, nobody ever heard of him," she recalls. "I said, 'Who are you? We'd never...
  • Arkansas Voters Still Blame President Obama for Government Shutdown

    10/23/2013 11:47:20 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 8 replies ^ | October 23, 2013 5:48 PM | By Patrick Brennan
    Senator Mark Pryor has tried to tar his likely opponent in next fall’s Senate election, Tom Cotton, as part of an intransigent group of Republican party that shut the federal government down and nearly forced the nation into default. Meanwhile, Arkansas voters disapprove of Senator Pryor more strongly than they ever did Democrat Blanche Lincoln, whom they voted out of the world’s greatest deliberative body in 2010. Cotton has avoided taking a strong stand on the issue, but regardless, the strategy doesn’t look like it will work for Pryor anyway: 39 percent of Arkansas likely voters, according to a new...
  • Corn Prices To Soar As Chinese Imports Increase Ninefold Compared To Official Projections

    02/06/2011 9:39:48 PM PST · by FromLori · 125 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 2/6/2011 | Tyler Durden
    Cotton, wheat, rice, and now corn. If revised Chinese import estimates by the US Grain Council are even remotely correct, look for corn prices of $6.80 a bushel at last check to jump by at least 15% in a very short amount of time. As the FT reports, "Corn prices – and with them, the price of meat – are set to explode if the latest import estimates from China are correct. The US Grain Council, the industry body, said late on Thursday that it has received information pointing to Chinese imports as high as 9m tonnes in 2011-12, up...
  • Picking Tom Cotton

    07/15/2013 6:15:33 PM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | July 15, 2013 4:00 AM | Robert Costa
    HC-5, a drab, wood-paneled conference room in the Capitol basement, was quiet last Wednesday as Paul Ryan pushed for immigration reform. All eyes were on the Wisconsin Republican as he touted the economic benefits of bringing illegal immigrants into the work force. He assured his colleagues, who were clustered in cliques — moderates here, old bulls there — that stronger border security remains the leadership’s priority. As Ryan spoke, freshman Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who was behind him in line, listened carefully. He was calm and upright, and unlike a handful of conservative rabble-rousers in the back, he didn’t sigh...
  • Congressman: "Five Jihadists Have Reached Their Targets In The United States Under Barack Obama"

    04/24/2013 5:00:10 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies ^ | April 24, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    Congressman Tom Cotton took to the House floor "to express grave doubts about the Obama Administration’s counterterrorism policies and programs":"I rise today to express grave doubts about the Obama Administration’s counterterrorism policies and programs," said the freshman congressman from Arkansas.
  • Squash grown 10,000 years ago in Peru

    06/28/2007 6:39:04 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 29 replies · 599+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Thu Jun 28, 6:09 PM ET | By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, AP Science Writer
    Squash grown 10,000 years ago in Peru By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, AP Science Writer Thu Jun 28, 6:09 PM ET WASHINGTON - Agriculture was taking root in South America almost as early as the first farmers were breaking ground in the Middle East, new research indicates. Evidence that squash was being grown nearly 10,000 years ago, in what is now Peru, is reported in Friday's edition of the journal Science. A team led by anthropologist Tom D. Dillehay of Vanderbilt University also uncovered remains of peanuts from 7,600 years ago and cotton dated to 5,500 years ago in the floors...
  • 9-Year-Old Boy at Michelle Obama Rally: ‘If Mitt Romney Win, We’ll Be Going Back to the Crop Fields’

    11/02/2012 9:37:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 77 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11-02-2012 | Jason Howerton
    Kids say the darndest things. But sometimes they say shocking things. On Thursday, 9-year-old Brandon did the latter when he was asked why he wanted President Barack Obama to win a second term outside a campaign rally featuring First Lady Michelle Obama in Daytona, Fla. “Because if Mitt Romney win, we’ll be going back to the crop fields,” Brandon said, referring to the days of slavery. “We’ll be picking crops.” The father can be heard off-camera laughing. Obviously, no 9-year-old child would determine through their own reasoning that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney would send African-Americans “back to the crop...
  • Chinese deal could herald new era for African cotton

    01/13/2012 9:13:49 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Just-Style ^ | Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | Wang Fangqing
    A recent Chinese-African cotton agreement could usher in a new era for the African cotton industry -- but not in the short-term, say industry experts. Under the agreement, signed in December with four key cotton-producing African countries -- Benin, Mali, Chad and Burkina Faso (known as the C4) - China stated it would provide machinery, expertise and materials in a bid to increase and improve the quality of local production. At the signing ceremony in Geneva, Chinese commerce minister Chen Deming suggested this was a step towards outsourcing production to Africa. "In [the] longer term, we may relocate some of...
  • Soaring Cotton Prices

    05/23/2011 9:05:10 PM PDT · by orsonwb · 29 replies
    Technorati ^ | May 23, 2011 | Rick Bickling
    You may soon feel the financial sting as soaring cotton costs work their way from the cotton fields, to the textile mill, to the apparel manufacturer, to the retailer, and finally to that new pair of pants or dress you’ve had your eye on...
  • The Coming Great Inflation

    05/20/2011 9:37:47 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 12 replies
    Market Oracle ^ | 5/18/11 | Michael_J_Kosares
    The table displayed immediately below is likely to surprise even our most-jaded readers. It shows the astronomical increase in cash prices for well-known food commodities over the past 12 months. With inarguable exactness, it contradicts the nearly constant prattle in the mainstream press that inflation is under control, or that it is peaking and likely to come under control sometime soon. Some items on the list have doubled -- even tripled -- in price over the past year. Others have risen at mere double-digit rates.
  • Guess what? Dollar bills are made of cotton

    03/08/2011 7:09:52 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 40 replies
    CNN Money ^ | Mar 8, 2011 | Parija Kavilanz,
    Guess what? Dollar bills are made of cotton The record run-up in cotton prices is making it more expensive to make T-shirts, socks and -- get this -- even dollar bills. By Parija Kavilanz, senior writerMarch 8, 2011: 9:26 AM ET NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Sure, packs of T-shirts and socks are getting expensive because of skyrocketing cotton prices. Guess what else is made of cotton? The dollar bill in your wallet. In 2010, the cost of making one note jumped 50% from what it cost the government in 2008. The government produced 6.4 billion new currency notes last year....
  • Plant owner: 81 jobs at risk (Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing selling assets, will likely close)

    02/23/2011 12:25:19 AM PST · by Nickname · 9 replies
    The McDowell News ^ | January 20, 2011 | Mike Conley
    Within the next few months, Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing will effectively shut down its operations in Old Fort. Jack Lonon Jr., president of the family-owned company, told The McDowell News on Thursday that the company’s assets will be sold to Spinrite Yarns of Canada. The sale will become final on Feb. 25. After that, the future of the business will be uncertain.
  • Cotton Shortage Could Drive Up Clothing Prices

    01/06/2011 8:26:46 PM PST · by FromLori · 40 replies · 1+ views
    CBS ^ | 1/5/11
    Anyone who has been out holiday shopping knows there are some great deals on clothing. “I’m amazed at the sales right now,” one enthusiastic shopper said. However, experts say once the holidays are over, so are the deals. The problem is the price of cotton. Bad weather last year in India, Pakistan and China destroyed thousands of acres of cotton fields which slashed the global cotton supply. “Cotton is up 70 percent in the last year, which is phenomenal,” explained Babson College Professor Peter Cohan. Cotton is a staple in the fashion industry. Think about it, jeans, T-shirts and many...
  • What to Buy Before Cotton Prices Rise

    11/12/2010 5:32:04 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    yaoo ^ | November 4, 2010 | Kelli B. Grant
    Consumers itching for new jeans, pricey dress shirts or other cotton-heavy goods might want to pay especially close attention to this year’s holiday sales. Although the rising cost of cotton hasn’t hit shoppers yet, clothing companies have said prices will start climbing as early as January. Bad weather in cotton-producing regions of India and China, and flooding in Pakistan, resulted in poor harvests this season, driving cotton prices up nearly 80% since the summer. So far, most clothing makers haven’t passed that cost increase along to consumers. But in recent weeks, the parent companies of a variety of brands –...
  • ITMF expresses concern over soaring cotton prices

    11/08/2010 3:14:45 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 9 replies ^ | November 08, 2010 | N/A
    At its Annual Meeting in Sao Paulo/Brazil the International Textile Manufacturing Federation (ITMF) expressed its concern about the soaring cotton prices and their negative implications for the international cotton textile value chain from fiber to retail. The ITMF stated that the textile industry all over the world is not in the position to absorb any longer cotton price increases of unprecedented dimensions recorded during the past months without risking its own existence. The ITMF calls upon the retail industry to change its business model to this new business environment of higher raw material prices. During the past 20 years the...
  • Flashback to 1870 as Cotton Hits Peak .

    10/17/2010 10:50:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    wsj ^ | OCTOBER 16, 2010. | ADAM CANCRYN and CAROLYN CUI
    Cotton prices touched their highest level since Reconstruction on Friday, as a string of bad harvests and demand from China spark worries of a global shortfall. The sudden surge in prices—cotton has risen as much as 56% in three months—has alarmed manufacturers and retailers, who worry they may be forced to pass on higher costs to recession-weary consumers. The December cotton contract hit $1.1980 a pound minutes after the opening of trading on the IntercontinentalExchange on Friday. It is officially the highest price since records began back in 1870 with the creation of the New York Cotton Exchange.
  • Researchers hope cotton might be oil spill answer

    05/26/2010 11:57:37 AM PDT · by slag · 15 replies · 443+ views
    FOX 34 NEWS ^ | 5/25/2010 | Lindsey Ashcraft
    As the Gulf Coast continues to experience a "crude awakening" a Texas Tech scientist burns the midnight oil to turn West Texas cotton into the fabric that saves lives. "My lab focuses on cotton for industrial products where the margin will be higher," says Ramkumar. Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar has developed a nonwoven cotton-carbon product called fibertect that can absorb 15 grams of oil per one gram of material. This invention aimed at intervention features a layer of carbon sandwiched between two layers of low-microneer cotton. While the cotton soaks up liquid the carbon traps carcinogenic vapors produced by oil which...
  • Obama's Payoff To Brazilian Cotton Growers

    04/29/2010 6:43:06 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 6 replies · 342+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 29, 2010 | Editorial staff
    As a candidate for president, Barack Obama talked a lot about "fair trade." Unlike free trade, which is an objective concept, fair trade is vague and provides wiggle room to adjust to the political interests of individual politicians. President Obama's interpretation of fair trade is shaking out, and it entails paying hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars every year to subsidize the Brazilian cotton industry. Sending big bucks to Latin American competitors probably isn't what most Americans consider fair. The genesis of this example of stupid government rests with a Brazilian protest against farm support and export-credit guarantees that U.S....
  • Question about Texas

    12/26/2009 6:33:27 PM PST · by DGHoodini · 83 replies · 2,543+ views
    TV program prop anomaly | 12/26/09 | DGHoodini
    Just a quick question, that I am pretty sure I already know the answer to, but have a nagging doubt about: Was cotton ever a cash crop in Texas? I keep thinking 'No', but as I said, I'm getting a little voice in my head saying:"it might'a been...". Anyone know the answer?
  • Fall Harvest's Way Behind Schedule; Could Have Impact on Prices

    10/27/2009 1:54:05 PM PDT · by dopplerdale · 6 replies · 560+ views
    Doppler Dale's Weather Posts ^ | 10/27/09 | Dale Bader
    Crops such as Corn, Cotton and Soybeans Affected If it has seemed like it has been raining unusually often and by quite a bit, you are right. The months during harvest time (August/September/October) are traditionally the driest of year for most locations east of the Rockies, especially across the corn and cotton belts. This season, though, has been an exception. Here is a slide show that shows how the precipitation of these months has compared to normal.
  • Phantom killer was a myth: Police track DNA of a cotton bud maker for two years

    03/26/2009 11:53:26 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 98 replies · 2,301+ views
    Bild ^ | 3/26/09
    Police in Germany hunted a sinister phantom killer for two years after finding the same DNA at 39 different crime scenes - only to discover that the source was a woman who made the cotton buds used to collect the sample! The case was one of the most puzzling in recent times. Hundreds of detectives in six specialist committees were set to work hunting the ominous female serial killer. But there was no progress, despite investigators finding her DNA at so many crime scenes. The police were stumped. They eventually offered a 300,000 euro reward to find the killer. It's...
  • Sheryl Crow To Release New Western-Style Jeans Line

    08/10/2008 7:00:44 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 48 replies · 3,953+ views
    All Headline News ^ | August 7, 2008 | Anne Lu
    New York, NY (CNS) - Singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow will be releasing her own very "Americana" line of denim jeans and shirts in Dillard's department stores on August 15. The multi-Grammy Award winning artist's clothing line, Bootheel Trading Company, is inspired by western and vintage style. The jeans are designed to be eco-friendly, using only fair-trade cotton and denim. Crow has partnered with Western Glove Works for the affordable fashion line. The most expensive jeans is retailed at $69, and the shirts start at $29. The complete Fall '08 collection will be available nationwide at Dillard's branches and some boutique stores...
  • The end of cheap clothes is near

    04/23/2008 10:08:13 PM PDT · by fishhound · 37 replies · 86+ views
    BBC ^ | 23 April 2008 | Jorn Madslien
    ood prices have shot up in response to a surge in crop prices. Now consumers should get ready for clothes prices to follow suit. Garment makers are seeing demand shrink as consumers in the US and Europe are cutting back on spending. US cotton consumption is set to fall 6.5% from last year to less than a million tonnes whilst EU consumption is expected to fall 11% to about 460,000 tonnes, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) predicts. At the same time, they are hit by more expensive raw materials and by soaring oil prices, which make their factories more expensive...
  • China's Exploitative Cotton Factory

    07/14/2007 3:02:40 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 20 replies · 814+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | July 14, 2007 | The Epoch Times
    In the wake of the heartbreaking story of underground brick factories involving scores of child slaves found in China's Shanxi province, a similar exploitation has emerged: a corrupt cotton factory in Wuhan City, Hubei Province. In a darkened factory chamber several dark-skinned workers surrounded a large pile of contaminated cotton. Some workers lay exhaustedly on the factory's grimy floor, their bodies covered with dark mosquitoes and flies. One of the workers raised his hand, which was dyed black from his labor, and revealed a damaged finger that had been cut off by a machine. Photos of Exploited Workers On July...
  • The Cotton Club

    10/15/2007 5:36:57 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 3 replies · 126+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 15 October 2007 | Staff
    It is believed, with some cause, that partisanship is the reason "nothing gets done" in Washington. So what if there was an issue, involving the poorest of the poor, on which there was bipartisan agreement, and still nothing got done? Our most battle-scarred readers will guess immediately what is at issue -- farm subsidies! At the moment, the sun and moon have aligned to form a left-right coalition to raise the lot of some of Africa's farmers. Arguably the greatest misfortune to befall these farmers is their crop: cotton. In the U.S., the lords of King Cotton still have the...
  • Uproar Over Texas Teen's Imprisonment (Mother Claims Racism)

    03/28/2007 3:42:24 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 73 replies · 1,335+ views
    My Way News ^ | 27 March 07 | PAUL J. WEBER
    DALLAS (AP) - A teenager has been jailed for more than a year for shoving a teacher's aide at her high school, a case that has sparked anger and heightened racial tensions in rural East Texas. Shaquandra Cotton, who is black, claims the teacher's aide pushed her first and would not let her enter school before the morning bell in 2005. A jury convicted the 15-year-old girl in March 2006 on a felony count of shoving a public servant, who was not seriously injured. The girl is in the Ron Jackson Correctional Complex in Brownwood, about 300 miles from her...
  • Working In A Cotton Mill Has A Bright Side

    03/30/2007 3:38:40 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 173+ views
    Science News ^ | 3-30-2007 | Nathan Seppa
    Working in a cotton mill has bright side Nathan Seppa People who work amid bales of raw cotton are less likely to get lung cancer than are people in the general population, a study of Chinese women indicates. While past research has shown that workers in a cotton mill tend to develop shortness of breath, chronic cough, and other health problems, some scientists also noted less lung cancer than they had expected. In the first long-term study to quantify such anticancer effects, researchers tapped into a huge database of Shanghai women who worked in various textile mills. They identified 628...
  • The Legend Of The Lamb Plant (Scythian Lamb)

    03/22/2007 8:30:07 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 725+ views
    USDA ^ | 3-23-2007 | Judith J Ho
    Legend of the Lamb-Plant Judith J. Ho Library Technician Special Collections National Agricultural Library, USDA Beltsville, MD Through history, science has crystallized from many divergent paths. From Roger Bacon (1214-94) until well into the present century, discoveries were made and lost and made again.1 The word "biology" was not even coined until 1802. It has been said that if there is a moment at which biology began, it must have been 1615, when William Harvey, then the Court physician of Charles I of England, conceived of the heart as a pump, circulating the blood. The idea that a living body...
  • Texas A&M genetically modifies cotton to make it edible

    11/20/2006 12:35:22 PM PST · by Zakeet · 59 replies · 1,223+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 20, 2006 | Randolph E. Schmid
    WASHINGTON — Cotton, for thousands of years one of the most important crops for clothing and shelter, might also become a source of food. A chemical called gossypol makes cottonseed inedible for humans, though some of it is used in feed for cattle, which are less affected by the toxin. Now, researchers at Texas A&M University have genetically modified cotton to produce seeds with little or no gossypol. It's a step they say could help provide valuable protein to millions of people. Their findings are reported in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Keerti Rathore of...
  • Cotton and Oil

    09/17/2006 11:10:31 AM PDT · by humint · 7 replies · 681+ views
    humintel ^ | Dr. Then And Now
    THEN ...there can be no doubt that opponents of slavery had come to view the South's "peculiar institution," as an obstacle to economic growth. Despite clear evidence that slavery was profitable, abolitionists--and many people who were not abolitionists--felt strongly that slavery degraded labor, inhibited urbanization and mechanization, thwarted industrialization, and stifled progress, and associated slavery with economic backwardness, inefficiency, indebtedness, and economic and social stagnation. When the North waged war on slavery, it was not because it had overcome racism; rather, it was because Northerners in increasing numbers identified their society with progress and viewed slavery as an intolerable obstacle...
  • First 'Waltz' conviction made

    02/18/2006 9:24:58 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 327+ views
    AP ^ | 2/19/6 | BILL POOVEY
    CHATTANOOGA - A federal court jury convicted the first public official to face trial on corruption charges from the Tennessee Waltz undercover sting. Hamilton County Commissioner William Cotton, 58, was convicted Saturday on one count of conspiring with lobbyist Charles Love to obtain $4,750 in bribes in return for the commissioner supporting a resolution to benefit E-Cycle, a phony company created by the FBI for the undercover investigation. Cotton also was convicted on one count of attempted extortion, but was acquitted on a second attempted extortion charge. Both charges carry up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine....
  • College Football Bowl Games - Live Thread - 2 January 2005

    01/02/2006 7:26:09 AM PST · by MikefromOhio · 633 replies · 4,892+ views
    Here is the day we have all been waiting for. The "New Year's Day" bowl games are on the day after, but there are some great matchups today. Look at at least 2 upsets....
  • NAACP And Parents Object To Song About Slavery

    11/14/2005 4:02:40 AM PST · by prisoner6 · 14 replies · 588+ views
    MetroSOurce News | 11/14/05 | Rod Kackley
    NAACP And Parents Object To Song About Slavery (Oak Park, MI) -- A song that many feel glorifies slavery in the United States is causing quite a stir in one Michigan community. North Oakland County NAACP President Dr. Eugene Rogers told the "Detroit News" that he can't believe Anderson Middle School students in Oak Park are going to perform the song "Pick A Bale Of Cotton." The student choir is scheduled to perform the song on Wednesday. The parents of an African-American child in the choir have pulled their daughter out of the show in protest.
  • A clothes call for NBA whiners

    10/26/2005 12:23:47 PM PDT · by JZelle · 13 replies · 1,028+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-26-05 | Clarence Page
    You can't say that National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern does not enjoy a challenge. Players will have to observe a dress code beginning this season, he has announced. The idea is going over big with the players -- like flood insurance in the Sahara. The code, delivered in a short memo last week, boils down to this: No bling. "Bling," for those of you who are not fortunate enough to have a teenager in your home, is short for "bling bling," a hip-hop term for gaudy jewelry and other forms of showy, ostentatious style. In 2002, "bling bling" joined...
  • The Great Brazilian Land Grab (The future of farming?)

    07/27/2005 2:30:37 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 5 replies · 427+ views ^ | 7-25-05 | Richard C. Morais
    When Walter Horita, a second-generation Japanese-Brazilian, staked his first claim in the raw savannah of Brazil's interior, back in 1984, there were no roads, telephones or running water in this stretch of the state of Bahia. Bandits had just murdered his neighbors and taken their land. Undeterred, the 20-year-old lived under a black plastic tarp as he cleared the first 420 acres of armadillos and anacondas for modest crops of soy and rice. Twenty years later Walter Horita's pilot is flying him in his twin-engine Beechcraft over his 74,000-acre estate, tidy homesteads and blindingly white, high quality cotton fields that...
  • VANITY--Laundry Question

    06/23/2005 6:19:03 AM PDT · by grellis · 45 replies · 643+ views
    me | June 23 2005 | grellis
    Just a simple question for my FReepin' frineds: What is the best way to intentionally shrink 100% cotton? I was given two summer dresses for my birthday, both of which are about 1/2 size too large. They are 100% cotton with a pretty tight weave--almost denim to the touch. The directions say to wash cold, tumble dry warm. Help!
  • Bolled over by alums, Texas Tech backs off on new seal (would've removed cotton bolls)

    05/06/2005 4:23:14 AM PDT · by hispanarepublicana · 234 replies · 2,797+ views
    Lubbock Avalanche Journal ^ | 5/6/05 | Elliot Blackburn
    Bolled over by alums, Tech backs off on new seal BY ELLIOTT BLACKBURN AVALANCHE-JOURNAL The Texas Tech University System will return cotton's likeness to new designs of the school seal, an administrator said Thursday. Associate Vice Chancellor Lynn Denton, the system's head of marketing, said the school will develop new designs of the school seal that include symbols representing cotton. "We've decided that we are going to put cotton plants back into the seal," Denton said. Alumni became alarmed earlier this week after speculation circulated the Internet that the school was downplaying the Double T logo and removing cotton from...
  • Cotton Stripped from Texas Tech Seal (attempt to politically correct the South out of culture?)

    05/05/2005 4:57:02 AM PDT · by hispanarepublicana · 229 replies · 5,495+ views
    The Lubbock Avalanche Journal ^ | 5/5/05 | Elliot Blackburn
    Cotton stripped from Tech seal BY ELLIOTT BLACKBURN AVALANCHE-JOURNAL Texas Tech may face a fight from cotton farming alumni after the school announced Wednesday it would pluck the symbolic tufts of the West Texas crop from the school seal. The changes are part of a broader marketing campaign to be launched early next year that Tech officials hope will improve the university's national reputation. Chancellor David Smith refuted rumors Wednesday that the school was abandoning its past for the marketing effort. A-J File Photo "It is not undoing tradition, it is not undoing pride," Smith said of the changes. "We...
  • WTO Upholds Complaint Over Cotton Aid

    03/03/2005 9:16:38 PM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 4 replies · 202+ views
    AP ^ | Mar 3, 2005 | Vivian Sequera
    The World Trade Organization (news - web sites) on Thursday upheld a ruling condemning government help for cotton producers in the United States, saying that many U.S. programs include illegal export subsidies or domestic payments that are higher than WTO rules allow. The WTO appeals body rejected a U.S. attempt to overturn a September 2004 ruling by an independent panel of trade experts, which acted on a complaint from Brazil. Richard Mills, spokesman for Acting U.S. Trade Representative Peter Allgeier, called the decision disappointing. "Negotiation, not litigation, is the most effective way to address distortions in global agriculture," Mills said...
  • US loses cotton fight with Brazil

    03/03/2005 6:15:11 PM PST · by nypokerface · 16 replies · 1,168+ views
    BBC ^ | 03/03/05
    The United States has lost the final round of a high-profile dispute with Brazil over US cotton subsidies. A World Trade Organisation (WTO) appeals body on Thursday upheld an earlier ruling ordering the US to stop the payments to its farmers. The organisation had found in its initial September ruling that the subsidies violated global trade rules. Brazil said the US practice depressed world prices and hurt cotton producers both in Brazil and other countries. The US will now have to bring its cotton subsidies, which wrongly include export credits for producers, in line with global trade rules. Trade talks...
  • So much for Bush's honeymoon.

    02/17/2005 7:08:01 AM PST · by thebiggestdog · 2 replies · 160+ views ^ | 2-17-05 |
    Well, it didn't last long. With the innaguration less than a month behind us, Washington is back to its pork barrel ways. But what might surprise you is who is attacking the President. Ray LaHood, (R-Ill) is none to happy that Bush has decided to scale back farm subsidies and close loopholes that would allow large scale farms to make claims above which are allowed. I am not a farmer, nor have I ever been one, so I don't know the difficulties of making a buck growing crops. But what I do know is that the American people are subsidizing...