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  • Kepler space telescope finds possible planets

    06/17/2010 5:32:28 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 45 replies · 1,116+ views
    SF Gate ^ | 06/16/10 | David Perlman
    The Kepler space telescope seeking Earth-like planets in a far-off region of the Milky Way has discovered more than 700 planetary "candidates" - some that just might be the right size and in the right places for life to be possible.
  • First Lady's military publicity stunt?

    06/14/2010 11:51:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies · 962+ views
    laura ingraham ^ | 6/14/10 | staff
    After meeting with wounded Marines, first lady Michelle Obama told thousands of troops and their families Sunday that she is launching a national challenge to Americans to find ways to support them. Since her husband took office, Obama has been visiting bases across the country as part of her mission to improve the quality of life for military families. She called Camp Pendleton and the surrounding Southern California cities a model for community support of troops. But California Republicans called the event a publicity stunt to help Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who is running for a fourth term and has...
  • The List, Obama's Seventy First Week in Office

    06/04/2010 9:41:52 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 398+ views ^ | 6/4/10 | Nachum
    Obama's Seventy First Week in Office .Sestak-Gate (updated file)The List" for 6/3/2010 Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) said he and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel discussed how to persuade Rep. Joe Sestak (Pa.) not to challenge Sen. Arlen Specter in the 2010 Democratic primary.Obama's new healthcare law reportedly doesn't allocate nearly enough money to cover the estimated 5.6 million to 7 million Americans with pre-existing medical conditions who will qualify for temporary high-risk insurance pools An analysis by the Center for Studying Health System Change found that the new law “could leave hundreds of thousands of potential participants...
  • UAE unveils world's first gold bar vending machine

    05/13/2010 11:18:55 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 17 replies · 692+ views
    Arabian Business ^ | Thursday, 13 May 2010 | Elsa Baxter
    The world’s first gold bar vending machine has been unveiled at Emirates Palace. The Gold To Go machine, itself covered in 24-carat gold, dispenses one, five and 10 gram bars as well as one ounce bars of gold, the National reported on Thursday. Six gold coins of varied weights and engraved with symbols of gold-producing nations Canada, Australia and South Africa, are also dispensed by the machine. About AED175 will buy a one gram bar, AED760 a five gram bar and AED4,645 an ounce, the paper reports. “It brings gold to the public,” Thomas Geissler, the chief executive of Ex...
  • US files first defense of health care law in court

    05/12/2010 5:11:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies · 670+ views
    google ^ | 5/12/10 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON — Critics who allege that Congress overstepped the U.S. Constitution by requiring Americans to carry health insurance are "flatly wrong," the Obama administration said Wednesday in its first court defense of the landmark health care law. Congress acted well within its power to regulate interstate commerce and to provide for the general welfare, Justice Department lawyers argued in a 46-page brief filed in federal district court in Detroit. For the courts to overturn President Barack Obama's signature domestic legislation would amount to unwarranted interference with the policymaking authority of Congress, they added.
  • First Lady Says Mexico Still Safe for Travel

    04/16/2010 6:50:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 73 replies · 1,414+ views
    abc ^ | 4/16/10 | YUNJI de NIES and KAREN TRAVERS
    Michelle Obama Says U.S., Mexican Governments Can do More to Tackle Drug Issue- On a visit to Mexico, first lady Michelle Obama said today that in despite recent drug-related violence along the U.S. border, Mexico is still a safe country for Americans to travel with their families and said she hopes to bring her daughters south of the border for a visit.
  • Obama's First Pitch and Healthcare

    04/05/2010 12:36:09 PM PDT · by Publius772000 · 9 replies · 457+ views
    The Constitutional Alamo ^ | 04/05/10 | Michael Naragon
    Below is the video of Barack Obama’s ceremonial first pitch. This year, he makes it to the catcher, but, as the president described it, he threw high and outside. Like his healthcare law, Obama’s attempt was weak, outside the strike zone, and far to the Left.
  • The Pharaoh Fantasy

    04/02/2010 8:00:41 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 12 replies · 391+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 4/2/'10 | Rabbi Yisroel Miller
    My rabbi explained: One way to gain insight into what the mass of humanity believes and feels is to study its billboard and magazine advertising. Advertising themes which are recycled again and again are those themes which experience has proven successful, messages which strike responsive chords in the hearts of millions of people. And if we consider the tens of millions of dollars spent on advertising religion, one central theme stands out: "Turn to G-d—it will make you feel better." "The family that prays together, stays together"; "Something good is going to happen to you"; Catholic schools— schools with a...
  • "The List", Obama's Sixty First Week in Office

    03/25/2010 7:11:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 311+ views
    Nachumlist ^ | 3/25/10 | Nachum
    Obama's Sixty First Week in Office"The List" for 3/25/2010 Obama yesterday bowed to criticism that his new health-care laws exempt him from buying coverage at the government-run "exchanges" and announced the first family will get its insurance just like everyday folks. Convicted felon Robert Creamer, who wrote the blueprint for the Democrats’ health care reform campaign, attended official health care signing celebrations in Washington, D.C. yesterday. The Obama administration plans to overhaul how it's tackling the foreclosure crisis, in part by requiring lenders to temporarily slash or eliminate monthly mortgage payments for many borrowers who are unemployed, senior officials said...
  • First Lady Michelle Obama escapes health debate by taking daughters to Broadway's 'Memphis'

    03/21/2010 10:54:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies · 1,448+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/21/10 | First Lady Michelle Obama escapes health debate by taking daughters to Broadway's 'Memphis' Read mo
    The First Lady and her daughters escaped to New York to catch a Broadway show while her husband stayed in Washington to fight for health care. Michelle Obama - with Sasha, 8, and Malia, 11, and about a dozen other people in tow - took in the matinee performance of "Memphis" Sunday. Security blocked off 44th Street outside the Shubert Theatre when their motorcade arrived. Obama, the girls and their friends were hussled in through a side door to seats reserved in the first four rows of the theater. "They didn't make an announcement but when they came in, everybody...
  • Help: How Many Freepers Are Considering Buying Their First Home Any Time Soon?

    03/15/2010 11:09:12 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 75 replies · 1,047+ views
    3/15/10 | Reaganesque
    I've been reading in real estate news that first time home buyers are starting to buy homes again. Interest rates are still low, the First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit is still available and houses are affordable but, I'm just curious, how many Freepers are looking to buy their first home? This isn't necessarily a thread to comment on the Obama economy, I'm simply interested in buyer's current attitudes. I'm a real estate investor and I thought I would ask some real people about this.
  • First Transgender Presidential Appointee Fears Being Labeled 'Token'

    01/05/2010 3:34:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 61 replies · 1,731+ views
    abc ^ | 1/5/09 | RUSSELL GOLDMAN
    Amanda Simpson Says It Was Her Merits, Not Gender Identity, That Got Her Commerce Job For Amanda Simpson, believed to be America's first openly transgender presidential appointee, the job she starts Tuesday in the U.S. Commerce Department is an honor and the culmination of a career dedicated to understanding military technology. But what gnaws at her, she says, is the fear of being labeled a token who was hired because of her sexual identity rather than on her merits.
  • AP:Big First Year Leaves Obama Tired

    12/29/2009 4:52:31 AM PST · by IbJensen · 54 replies · 1,356+ views
    CNS News/AP ^ | December 29, 2009 | Julie Pace
    Washington (AP) - After a sleepless, overnight flight to Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this month, President Barack Obama made a not altogether surprising admission. He was tired. Who could blame him? The president was on his ninth foreign trip to his 21st country; he added a 10th trip the following week. The year had been bookended by the two most intense periods of his young presidency -- the early decisions to bail out the nation's banks and automobile industry, steps the president deemed unpopular but necessary, and his December orders to deploy 30,000 additional U.S. troops...
  • Israel's Iron Dome interceptor downs missile in first live fire test

    12/19/2009 2:20:20 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 732+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 12/17/2009 | World Tribune
    Israel's new rocket defense system has proven a hit-to-kill capability. Officials said Israel's Iron Dome has achieved the ability to strike incoming short-range missiles and rockets. They said the Iron Dome demonstrated this during its first live fire test in mid-2009. "They met head on," Defense Minister Ehud Barak said. In a Nov. 17 address to the International Aerospace Conference and Exhibition-Israel, Barak said Iron Dome exceeded all expectations. He said the assessment within the Defense Ministry and military had been that the interceptor would explode 10 meters from the incoming missile.
  • Swine flu may be less deadly than first feared

    12/10/2009 2:06:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies · 632+ views
    MS DNC ^ | 12/10/09 | ap
    LONDON - Swine flu is far less dangerous than originally feared, British officials said Thursday — about 100 times less lethal than the 1918 Spanish flu. To determine how deadly the virus is, the British health department tracked all reported swine flu patients hospitalized between July and November. In a paper published online in the British journal, BMJ, experts estimated that out of every 100,000 infected people in Britain, about 26 died.

    11/25/2009 4:16:15 PM PST · by TheFreedomPoster · 5 replies · 469+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | November 25, 2009 | George Washington
    "Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor--and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a DAY of PUBLIC THANKSGIVING and PRAYER to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness....
  • The List, for Obama's Forty First Week in Office

    11/07/2009 9:29:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies · 431+ views
    Nachumlist ^ | 11/7/09 | Nachum
     Obama's Forty First Week in OfficeLatest Additions to "The List""The List" for 11/7/2009 Obamacare passes in the house of representatives VIDEO of President Barack Obama (Saturday after Fort Hood shooting) visiting the U.S. Capitol to personally lobby Democrats to support the Democrats' Health Care Bill.Former President Bush and his wife visit the wounded at Fort HoodFormer presidnet Bush visits Fort Hood This weekend.  Obama goes to Camp David.VIDEO: Fort Hood terrorist Nidal Malik Hasan was apparently an invited guest to a public address in Washington by the Israeli Ambassador to the US, Sallai Meridor.  Hasan took a seat in the...
  • First Daughters Not Vaccinated Against H1N1

    10/19/2009 5:37:57 AM PDT · by WaterBoard · 70 replies · 4,862+ views
    Fox New's White House View ^ | 8 October 2009 | Fox
    First Daughters Not Vaccinated Against H1N1 President Obama's school age daughters have not been vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says the vaccine is not available to them based on their risk. The Centers for Disease Control recommend that children ages 6 months through 18 years of age receive a vaccination against the H1N1 flu virus. At this time only children with chronic medical conditions are receiving the vaccination because their immune system is not strong enough to fight off the strain. The CDC also says a regular seasonal flu shot does not protect...
  • Obama makes first trip to New Orleans as president

    10/15/2009 9:20:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies · 1,000+ views
    AP ^ | 10/15/09 | EILEEN SULLIVAN
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama, who accused former President George W. Bush of leading a government "that sits on its hands while a major American city drowns," is hearing directly from New Orleans residents who have struggled to rebuild their city since the 2005 hurricane season. Obama arrives in New Orleans Thursday on his first presidential trip to the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast. About 1,600 people were killed in Louisiana and Mississippi by Hurricane Katrina, which caused $40 billion in damages and displaced 1 million people from their homes.
  • First Daughters Not Vaccinated Against H1N1

    10/08/2009 8:01:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies · 3,316+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 8, 2009 | Anne Marie Riha
    President Obama's school age daughters have not been vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says the vaccine is not available to them based on their risk. The Centers for Disease Control recommend that children ages 6 months through 18 years of age receive a vaccination against the H1N1 flu virus.(continued)

    09/27/2009 12:35:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 151 replies · 7,685+ views ^ | 9/27/09 | Laura Clout
    SHE may have snared her man 20-odd years ago, but Michelle Obama can still fall foul of the ­green-eyed monster. The First Lady certainly looked a little uncomfortable this week when husband Barack moved in for a smooch with Carla Bruni, the supermodel wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy. If every picture tells a story, this one seems to be saying “Hands off”.
  • Obama has first success in health care overhaul

    07/15/2009 9:14:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies · 711+ views
    breitbart ^ | 7/15/09 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama achieved a milestone Wednesday when a Senate committee approved a plan to revamp the U.S. health care system. The Senate panel's action, which attracted no Republican votes, came as the president's campaign organization rolled out television ads to build support for his top domestic priority. Obama met with Republicans at the White House in search of an elusive bipartisan compromise on his call to expand coverage to the nearly 50 million uninsured Americans as well as restrain spending increases in health care. But the 13-10 party-line vote in the Senate health committee signaled a...
  • Obama's first meeting with Jewish leaders includes more left-wing groups

    07/13/2009 10:20:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 505+ views
    The organized Jewish community's first official meeting with US President Barack Obama late Monday was set to include more liberal organizations than in years past, which groups on both sides saw as indicative of the White House's interest in magnifying their voices. The new J Street lobby and Americans for Peace Now made the final cut of a pared-down list that kept off traditional participants Zionist Organization of America, the Lubavitch movement and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, all of which are on the more conservative part of the spectrum. "They're looking to legitimize the more progressive parts...
  • Obama's Science Czar: Forced abortions and mass sterilization needed to save the planet

    07/10/2009 9:34:37 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 33 replies · 1,496+ views
    Forced abortions. Mass sterilization. A "Planetary Regime" with the power of life and death over American citizens. The tyrannical fantasies of a madman? Or merely the opinions of the person now in control of science policy in the United States? These ideas (among many other equally horrifying recommendations) were put forth by John Holdren, whom Barack Obama has recently appointed Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology -- informally known as the United States' Science Czar....
  • First UK swine flu death confirmed in Scotland

    06/14/2009 1:49:51 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 18 replies · 665+ views
    Telegrahph ^ | June 14, 2009
    A patient being treated in a Scottish hospital for swine flu has become the first in Britain to die from virus, the government has confirmed.
  • Meet America’s first Muslim: It’s a real scream

    06/09/2009 2:51:43 PM PDT · by givemELL · 14 replies · 1,194+ views
    canadafreepress ^ | June 8, 2009 | Paul Williams
    Timothy Drew is not a subject of black history month. He has not been the subject of a PBS documentary nor a critical biography. Most history professors, even at prestigious black universities, know little about him. But few African American leaders have cast a larger shadow. Without Drew, there would be no black leaders such as Elijah Mohammed, Malcolm X, Mukasa Dada, Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, or Louis Farrakhan; no organizations such as the Black Power Movement, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Death Angels, or the New Black Panthers; no rap and hip-hop artists such as Public Enemy,...
  • First United Defends Community Banks[Tremendous Amount of Misinformation Spread by Media, Congress]

    05/16/2009 5:14:56 AM PDT · by Son House · 6 replies · 598+ views ^ | May 15, 2009 | by SONYA HUBBARD
    However, at Maryland-based First United Corp.'s annual meeting of shareholders yesterday, one banker spent a considerable amount of time trying to set the record straight about who's responsible for the nation's economic woes, and -- more to the point -- who's not. (A slideshow of the presentation may be found here in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.) For those keeping track, the government gave First United a $30 million infusion of capital on Jan. 30. The bank got the money through the Treasury Department's Capital Purchase Program -- part of TARP -- in exchange for 30,000 shares...
  • Obama's First 100 Days In Office - Plus Rubin's Song

    05/08/2009 9:33:07 AM PDT · by DARCPRYNCE · 2 replies · 356+ views
    Edward L. Daley's YouTube Channel ^ | May 5, 2009 | Edward L. Daley
    Check out my latest video regarding Barack Obama's first 100 days in office, done in a comedic vain.
  • Should we be banning this US 'shock jock'?

    05/06/2009 4:07:22 AM PDT · by Technoman · 40 replies · 1,604+ views ^ | 5-6-09 | Philip Johnston
    The Home Office has issued the latest list of people it believes should not come to the country because they hold extremist opinions. It is a state's prerogative to decide who it wants to come to its country. That is, after all, what a visa system is for. But those banned from entry used to be people who were likely to cause public disorder or who had criminal records. In the 1960s there was a row when George Raft, the Hollywood actor, was refused entry because of his alleged links to organised crime. Now we are more likely than not...
  • Obama's First 100 Days: Abortion Promotion, Attacking Pro-Lifers

    04/29/2009 9:11:34 AM PDT · by julieee · 4 replies · 358+ views ^ | April 29, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC -- President Barack Obama marks his first 100 days in the White House today and his record is replete with aggressive promotion of abortion and attacks on pro-life advocates. Obama has used tax dollars to pay for abortion and embryonic stem cell research and stacked his administration with abortion advocates. Full story at
  • Auto Sales: The First Quarter Was Awful, What's Next?

    04/19/2009 3:55:41 PM PDT · by Son House · 51 replies · 1,992+ views
    Gerson Lehrman Group ^ | April 17, 2009 | by: Jack Sayer
    Was there anything good about the quarter? Since we're grasping at straws, lets note that February's sales were better than January and March's was better than February's. But, that's happened every year since 1991. Aside from that, the quarter was awful. Sales declined 38.4%, and that followed a 8% dip in the first quarter of 2008. The Detroit 3's domestic sales fell an astounding 46.2%. Import brand sales were down 30.6%--not as bad as Detroit's but not good. GM was the sickest of the sick in the first quarter, down 48.8%. Toyota led the Japanese in futility with a loss...
  • Obama dog's breeder fears puppy mills will cash in

    04/13/2009 10:00:52 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 23 replies · 903+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04-13-2009 | AP
    Stern worries that puppy mills will try to capitalize on the first family's dog choice and start churning out PWDs for an eager public.
  • Glamour First

    04/12/2009 12:30:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies · 1,716+ views
    NY Post ^ | 4/12/09 | ANNIE KARNI
    She's America's top "model." Michelle Obama is the nation's first first lady to add a full-time makeup artist to her traveling entourage, according to stylists who have worked with presidential wives over the past 16 years. Makeup artist Ingrid Grimes-Miles, 49, helped create Obama's signature look on her inaugural trip to Europe last week.

    02/14/2009 12:54:12 AM PST · by Gargantua · 12 replies · 1,559+ views
    Vanity | February 14, 2009 | Gargantua
    ZEROBAMA, AMERICA’S FIRST BASTARD PRESIDENT By Gargantua Just reading this headline might give one the misimpression that the author is referring only to the idea that every other president of the United States had sprung forth from a legally sanctioned, morally upright union between two married (man and woman) parents. Underlying that easy assumption, however, is a cretin so cynical, so wicked, so smug and heinous that he could actually place his hand upon a bible and swear an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America even as he pays princely sums to a...
  • The First Affirmative Action President?

    10/23/2008 4:36:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies · 841+ views
    Marktwain | 23 October, 2008 | Marktwain
    We have all seen it before. A candidate with a thin resume actively sought out, feted and promoted, not because of impressive accomplishments, not because they are the best that can be found, but because of the color of their skin. A candidate that meets the minimum standards, but more importantly, meets the "politically correct" standards. Will Barrack Obama be the first Affirmative Action President?

    09/16/2008 10:49:03 PM PDT · by andrew roman · 23 replies · 359+ views ^ | 17 September 2008 | Andrew Roman
    As talk show host Dennis Prager often says about ABC’s daily liberal mah-jongg circle “The View,” if the program didn’t already exist, someone would have to create it. Save for one well-meaning, but often overmatched (if only by sheer volume), token conservative (Elizabeth Hasselbeck), the program’s panel is a hyper-caffeinated gaggle of cackling leftist yentas. It’s almost amusing. When Senator John McCain, much to his credit, appeared on the program last week, Whoopie Goldberg – comedienne, actress and constitutional academic - asked him to clarify his viewpoint on the separation between church and state. Her concerns, presumably, of a state-mandated...
  • Corker Signs Letter Urging End To Ban On Offshore Oil (Preparation for Battle Begins)

    09/13/2008 9:23:52 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 21 replies · 254+ views ^ | 09/13/2008 | The Greeneville Sun
    U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., joined a group of senators Thursday in a letter asking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to allow the Oct. 1, 2008, expiration of current bans on American energy exploration and production. The letter was authored by U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. In addition to DeMint and Corker, the letter is signed by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and 36 other Republican senators. "We need a balanced approach that will allow us to produce more energy here at home and use less, with a strong emphasis on conservation as we move...
  • What was YOUR first car? Your favorite car? (VANITY)

    08/10/2008 5:57:25 PM PDT · by Number57 · 174 replies · 1,505+ views
    Was talking to a friend about old cars & old times today (for me, that means the early 80s, when I got my license). I've had a LOT of cars. Most clunkers, as I was usually broke, but a few gems. I've had better cars, and I've had worse. But here's my 1st & fav picks. My very first car, purchased in 1980 for the Princely sum of $150, was a true tank: the 1969 Chrysler Town & Country station wagon. Weighing in at an impressive 3,700 lbs (IIRC), it had a wheezing 383 CI, after-market manual choke sticking out...
  • First Farmers Made 'Lucky Beads'

    06/16/2008 7:54:59 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 108+ views
    BBC ^ | 6-16-2008
    First farmers made 'lucky beads'The green beads were prized by early agriculturalists Some of the first farmers in the Near East probably used green beads as amulets to protect themselves and their crops, a study suggests. The authors of the research suggest that early agriculturalists attached special importance to this colour. Beads they recovered from dig sites in Israel had been made from a variety of green minerals and the farmers went to great efforts to obtain them. Details appear in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal. Daniella Bar-Yosef Mayer, from Israel's University of Haifa, and Naomi Porat,...
  • Nevada Imaging Centers Installs The First Toshiba Aquilion ONE dynamic volume CT system

    06/13/2008 6:34:54 PM PDT · by PeaceBeWithYou · 13 replies · 765+ views
    The FINANCIAL -- As a testament to the growing demand to improve patient care while reducing healthcare costs, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. has installed the first Aquilion ONE dynamic volume CT system in the Western U.S. at Nevada Imaging Centers in Las Vegas. "As the only dynamic volume CT system in the world, the Aquilion ONE's ability to image an entire organ and show function means faster, more accurate diagnosis, better patient outcomes and ultimately lower healthcare costs," explained Dr. William W. Orrison, chief of Neuroradiology, Nevada Imaging Centers. "Nevada Imaging Centers is committed to best-in-class solutions for...
  • First Americans Thrived On Seaweed

    05/08/2008 2:07:20 PM PDT · by blam · 34 replies · 76+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 5-8-2008 | Jeff Hecht
    First Americans thrived on seaweed 19:00 08 May 2008 news service Jeff Hecht How times have changed. Instead of large amounts of meat and spuds, some of the first Americans enjoyed healthy doses of seaweed. The evidence comes from 27 litres of material collected from the Monte Verde site in southern Chile, widely accepted as the oldest settlement in the Americas. Nine species of seaweed, carbon dated at 13,980 to 14,220 years old, played a major role in a diet that included land plants and animals. Tom Dillehay of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, argues that the seaweeds were...
  • PA Ambassador: "First Jerusalem, Then We'll Take All Palestine"

    04/14/2008 8:14:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 79+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 4-14-08 | Hillel Fendel
    ( "When Israel's ideology will collapse, and after we take Jerusalem, Israel's ideology will collapse altogether, and then we will proceed with our own ideology, inshallah [if Allah wills], and we will throw them out of all of Palestine." So said Abbas Zaki, the Palestinian Authority's ambassador to Lebanon on Lebanese television last week, according to a translation by MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute). Expressing strong support for terror attacks against Israel, Zaki said, "We believe wholeheartedly that the Right of Return [of millions of Arabs and their descendants who left Israel in 1948 and 1967 -ed.] is guaranteed...
  • America Supports You: Operation Homefront Village Welcomes First Families

    03/20/2008 5:25:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 199+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, March 20, 2008 – Wounded warriors in need in San Antonio now have a place to call home as they transition from military to civilian life. The new facility is Operation Homefront’s first of four planned transitional housing facilities across the United States. Jody Brothers from the PGA Tour and representatives from local Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores were on hand to cut the ribbons on the apartments the Wal-Mart Foundation sponsored. “Thanks to these and other sponsors, wounded warriors and their families can live at Operation Homefront Village rent-free so they can rebuild their financial foundation as...
  • Face of Defense: ‘Active First’ Grad Continues Family Tradition

    02/28/2008 4:36:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 72+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, USA
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2008 – Pvt. Raymond Loree has become the first Army National Guard soldier to graduate directly into the active Army’s ranks through a new program called “Active First,” in which recruits commit to service in the active-duty Army followed by service in the National Guard. Army Pvt. Raymond Loree is the first soldier to graduate from the Army National Guard’s “Active First” program. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Loree, who enlisted Oct. 18, graduated from one-station unit training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., on Feb. 22. Active First recruits enlist in the...
  • First stars 'may have been dark'

    02/23/2008 9:47:44 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 34 replies · 224+ views
    BBC ^ | 2/19/08 | Roland Pease
    The first stars to appear in the Universe may have been powered by dark matter, according to US scientists. Normal stars are powered by nuclear fusion reactions, where hydrogen atoms meld to form heavier helium. But when the Universe was still young, there would have been abundant dark matter, made of particles called Wimps: Weakly Interacting Massive Particles. These would have fused together and obliterated each other long before nuclear fusion had the chance to start. As a result, the first stars would have looked quite different from the ones we see today, and they may have changed the course...
  • Manifesto: NATO Must Strike to Stop Spread of Nukes

    01/22/2008 1:41:30 PM PST · by cougar_mccxxi · 7 replies · 578+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, January 22, 2008 |
    The West must be prepared to carry out pre-emptive nuclear strikes to halt the spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, according to a radical manifesto for a new NATO by five of the West's most senior military officers and strategists. Calling for reform of NATO and a new pact drawing the U.S., NATO and the European Union together in a "grand strategy" to tackle the challenges of an increasingly brutal world, the former armed forces chiefs from the U.S., Britain, Germany, France and The Netherlands insist a "first strike" nuclear option remains an "indispensable instrument" since there...
  • Face of Defense: Combat Medic Places Mission First

    01/02/2008 3:35:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 91+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Pfc. Samantha Schutz, USA
    CAMP STRIKER, Iraq, Jan. 2, 2008 – Today’s Army is an interdependent network of soldiers who are as unique as the jobs they do, with more than 150 military occupational specialties available to choose from. When a unit deploys to a combat zone, the soldiers within it depend on each other more than ever, along with their occupational knowledge, to keep operations running smoothly. Army Staff Sgt. Craig Sotebeer, an emergency care medic with the Medical Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 2nd Stryker Regiment, inspects the contents of his combat lifesaver bag at Camp Striker, Iraq, in preparation for a...
  • Classroom Incident Sparks First Amendment Debate (Bible ripped up, "stupid little minds")

    12/27/2007 3:15:12 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 93 replies · 307+ views
    Channel 3000 ^ | 12/24/07
    Incident Occurred Two Weeks AgoJANESVILLE, Wis. -- A classroom incident at a Janesville high school two weeks ago is raising some concerns about freedom of speech and school safety. Some Janesville parents said that they're concerned that in this incident, in which a student allegedly tore pages from a Bible, the balance between the two was tipped toward the First Amendment, WISC-TV reported. As many Parker High School students get ready for Christmas break, junior Elle Jacobson is at home and will not be returning like her friends. "I have never felt threatened like that in a classroom before,"...
  • Vanity: Holiday letter from a liberal(grab a bucket)

    12/17/2007 4:59:13 PM PST · by BillyBonebrake · 13 replies · 107+ views
    personal letter | December 2007 | "Booty"
    The first graders names have been omitted. This is an excerpt from a holiday letter of American family of academic liberals currently living off the government (of Australia, for now). ...other breakthroughs included the training wheels coming off the bike and an early grasp of American politics ... During the APEC meetings in Sydney, the father of his friend XXXXX, who was commander of the Australian troops in Iraq, had lunch with President Bush. XXXXX brought to the daily class 'news time' the official White House atlas given his dad. The teacher said "How special it was for your father...
  • First Farmers Wanted Clothes, Not Food

    10/18/2007 8:47:45 PM PDT · by blam · 40 replies · 62+ views
    The Discovery Channel ^ | 10-15-2007 | Anna Sellah
    First Farmers Wanted Clothes, Not Food Anna Sellah, ABC Science Online Oct. 15, 2007 — People turned to farming to grow fiber for clothing, and not to provide food, says one researcher who challenges conventional ideas about the origins of agriculture.The Original Crop Ian Gilligan, a postgraduate researcher from the Australian National University, says his theory also explains why Aboriginal Australians were not generally farmers. Gilligan says they did not need fiber for clothing, so had no reason to grow crops like cotton. He argues his case in the current issue of the Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association. "Conventional...