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  • Jeb Bush's campaign takes on new urgency in South Carolina

    02/18/2016 6:54:05 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    The State ^ | 2/18/16 | PATRICIA MAZZEI
    For Jeb Bush, the crushing phone call came Wednesday afternoon. It was Nikki Haley, South Carolina's wildly popular governor and Republican Party darling. She had decided to endorse a candidate ahead of Saturday's GOP presidential primary. Not Bush - even though his brother, former President George W. Bush, paid her a deferential visit Monday. Instead, Haley backed Jeb Bush's fiercest primary rival, Marco Rubio. Moments later, Bush was due at a campaign event at the Summerville Country Club, northwest of Charleston. He showed up in shirtsleeves, no tie - and, now that he's realized they aged him, no glasses -...
  • ALJAZEERA: France to recognise Palestine if talks fail

    01/29/2016 7:21:44 PM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    ALJAZEERA REUTERS ^ | 1/29/2016 | REUTERSunknown
    "We see that unfortunately colonisation continues and that recently, the Israeli Prime Minister went so far as to reproach the UN Secretary General for encouraging terrorism on the basis that he had reminded of colonisation's illegality and asked that it cease," Fabius said.
  • Fire frogs' and eel-like amphibians: The Field Museum's Brazilian fossil discovery

    11/08/2015 1:14:06 PM PST · by JimSEA · 15 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11/05/2016 | Field Museum
    Two hundred and seventy-eight million years ago, the world was a different place. Not only were the landmasses merged into the supercontinent of Pangaea, but the land was home to ancient animals unlike anything alive today. But until now, very little information was available about what animals were present in the southern tropics. In a study published in Nature Communications, scientists from The Field Museum and colleagues from around the world describe several new amphibian species and a reptile from northeastern Brazil that help fill this key geographic gap and reveal how animals moved among regions in the supercontinent. "Almost...
  • FrogTV (video)

    09/23/2014 9:46:54 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 17, 2014 | Uploaded by Joe Myers
    This is how frogs are entertained by watching their favorite channel :-)
  • Slippery stuff: California bill would enshrine state amphibian

    04/04/2014 4:54:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | April 4, 2014 | by Jeremy B. White
    A motto, a flag...and a frog? California has established an array of official state symbols, from its widely recognizable ursine flag to some state foods enshrined by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Now Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez, D-Coachella, is hopping on the state emblem game with a bill to name the red-legged frog California's state amphibian.
  • Hannibal Crosses The Carpathians

    01/08/2014 12:16:33 AM PST · by lbryce · 25 replies
    Hannibal Crosses The CarpathiansWhen did Hannibal cross the alps? According to it was in 218 B.C. Why did Hannibal take elephants to cross the alps? Hannibal took elephants across the Alps as weapons of war against the Romans. How many men crossed the alps with Hannibal? 50,000 infantry, 9,000 cavalry, and about 30 elephants when he first began the ascent. How many elephants did Hannibal have before he crossed the alps? Fifty
  • So you’ve decided to run away and join the French Foreign Legion? Here’s how.

    12/08/2012 1:18:07 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    IO9 ^ | Dec 7, 2012 | Keith Veronese
    So you’ve decided to run away and join the French Foreign Legion? Here’s how. It's Earth's version of taking the Black and heading for the Wall, the way Jon Snow does in Game of Thrones. Joining the French Foreign Legion granted men a safe haven for many for decades. But what does it actually take to join the French Foreign Legion? • Joining the Legion The Foreign Legion, unfortunately, is portrayed in pop culture as packed mercenaries and vagrants — even Jean-Claude Van Damme takes up the cause in one film. A safe haven for men looking for a new...
  • Feds to set critical habitat for endangered frog

    06/12/2012 5:21:40 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 33 replies ^ | 11 June 2012 | JANET McCONNAUGHEY
    NEW ORLEANS -- NEW ORLEANS (AP) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating nearly 6,500 acres in Mississippi and Louisiana as critical habitat for the endangered Mississippi gopher frog the only endangered or threatened frog in the Southeast. About 100 live in the wild, and nearly 900 in zoos. The land includes about 1,540 acres in St. Tammany Parish, La., and in Mississippi, about 3,500 acres of federal land, 264 acres owned by the state and the rest private. Edward Poitevent, whose family owns most of the Louisiana land, has been fighting the designation. He says he cannot comment...
  • Europe Is Baffled by the U.S. Supreme Court

    04/05/2012 6:24:07 PM PDT · by TexasNative2000 · 84 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 4.5.2012 | John Hudson
    Europe is scratching its head over possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down President Obama's signature legislative achievement. As the judiciary and the Obama administration trade legal barbs over the high court's authority, the idea that health care coverage, largely considered a universal right in Europe, could be deemed an affront to liberty is baffling. "The Supreme Court can legitimately return Obamacare?" asks a headline on the French news site 9 POK . The article slowly walks through the legal rationale behind the court's right to wipe away Congress's legislation. "Sans précédent, extraordinaires" reads the article. In the...
  • Five-Legged Frog Shows Up in Southeast Loveland

    09/21/2011 2:02:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Reporter-Herald ^ | 09/19/2011
    Linda Nussbaum: 'This is the second time I've seen one.'Frogs that migrate across the front lawn of Linda Nussbaum's little house southeast of Loveland usually don't garner much attention. But on Sunday, something caught her eye. A bright green frog about the size of a dollar bill was making its way toward the ditch that flows by her home. One, two, three, four ... five legs? "This is the second time I've seen one," Nussbaum said. "One in Minnesota, and now here." By Monday, she had named it Kermit, fed it crickets and called Colorado State University's College of Natural...
  • Want to Hunt a Frog? It's Time in Missouri

    06/28/2011 9:58:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    St. Louis Today ^ | Tuesday, June 28, 2011
    The Department of Conservation says the season for bullfrogs and green frogs runs from sunset Thursday through Oct. 31. Missourians can capture frogs using a hand net, gig, and throw line. They also can snag, snare, grab or use a pole and line if they have a fishing permit. People who have a hunting permit can use a .22 caliber rifle, pellet gun or bow. Artificial lights can be used, and children under 16 and adults older than 65 do not need a permit. The daily limit is eight frogs, and the possession limit is 16.
  • Red-legged frogs get 48-acre preserve in Sierra

    11/24/2010 1:28:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies ^ | 11/24/10 | David Perlman
    The California red-legged frog, threatened for decades by spreading subdivisions, pesticides and logging, has found a sanctuary in the Sierra Nevada. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife has approved an agreement between two conservation organizations permanently protecting a 48-acre site known as the Big Gun Preserve near Foresthill in Placer County. The wildlife service listed the frogs as threatened in 1966 under the Endangered Species Act. The land is owned by a unique nonprofit company called Westervelt Ecological Services, the conservation arm of a century-old Alabama lumber company, which buys up properties to preserve wildlife habitats and endangered natural environments. The...
  • French launch bid to rewrite history books w/claim that Lindbergh was NOT first to fly/the Atlantic

    11/13/2010 5:17:28 AM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 70 replies ^ | 11-13=10 | "reporter"
    Charles Lindbergh is renowned as the first person to fly across the Atlantic, but according to new research, he was beaten to the achievement ten days earlier. According to French aviation enthusiast Bernard Decré, Lindbergh was only the first to complete the crossing and survive, with two French pilots believed to have reached the coast of Canada ten days before Lindbergh's Spirit of St Louis touched down in Paris in May 1927. New documentary evidence found in the U.S. national archives may prove that Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli completed a transatlantic crossing and were the first men to do...
  • Kittens that drink tea and toads that play leapfrog: - Victorian taxidermist Potter exhibition

    10/12/2010 9:58:54 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 25 replies ^ | 12 Oct 2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    They look perfectly civilised, carefully passing cups and plates around a large table while enjoying afternoon tea. But these guests are in fact stuffed kittens in an odd piece of artwork which will make up part of a special one-off exhibition. It is just one piece of a bizarre Victorian collection of stuffed animals which was broken up and sold around the world seven years ago. The eccentric world of taxidermist Walter Potter, where stuffed animals mimic human life including toads playing leapfrog and rat police raiding a drinking den, was sold for more than £500,000 in 2003.
  • Save the Frogs Founder to Speak at UCSC About Importance of Amphibians

    10/03/2010 11:46:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 09/29/2010 | Jory John
    Kerry M. Kriger wants to make Santa Cruz County the most frog-friendly county on the planet. The county is home to three endangered amphibians, including the California red-legged frog. "I definitely want our community to understand the importance of amphibians," he said. "We have some important Santa Cruz-based projects that we're working on, and we'll need a lot of community participation." Kriger - founder and executive director of Save the Frogs, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting amphibian populations and "promoting a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife" - will speak at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum today, as...
  • Worms race daily at county fair

    07/03/2010 7:16:09 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 6 replies
    The racers are on the track at 2 p.m. each day. As the crowd cheers, the competitors are squirted with water to help them move, and they begin their slow crawl toward the finish line. This unconventional race, which takes place every day at the San Diego County Fair, features worms instead of horses, and it takes some contestants 10 minutes to cover the short distance. "I think it's slow, but funny because the little kids cheer on their worms," Landry Urbanowicz, who runs the worm race, said Thursday. The activity takes place in the farm area at the San...
  • What’s in your pool?

    06/09/2010 11:42:26 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 25 replies · 53+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | June 9th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Would you swim with frogs?
  • Frogs shuts down major Greek highway

    05/26/2010 12:29:25 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 25 replies · 549+ views
    WLUK ^ | 26 MAY 2010 | AP
    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) - Greek officials say a horde of frogs has forced the closure of a key northern highway for two hours. Thessaloniki traffic police chief Giorgos Thanoglou says "millions" of the amphibians covered the tarmac Wednesday near the town of Langadas, some 12 miles east of Thessaloniki. "There was a carpet of frogs," he said. Authorities closed the highway after three car drivers skidded off the road trying to dodge the frogs. No human injuries were reported. Thanoglou said the amphibians probably left a nearby lake to look for food.
  • Flood of frogs shuts down major Greek highway

    05/26/2010 10:48:58 AM PDT · by Ellendra · 26 replies · 731+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | 5-26-2010 | AP
    THESSALONIKI, Greece – Greek officials say a horde of frogs has forced the closure of a key northern highway for two hours. Thessaloniki traffic police chief Giorgos Thanoglou says "millions" of the amphibians covered the tarmac Wednesday near the town of Langadas, some 12 miles east of Thessaloniki. "There was a carpet of frogs," he said. Authorities closed the highway after three car drivers skidded off the road trying to dodge the frogs. No human injuries were reported. Thanoglou said the amphibians probably left a nearby lake to look for food.
  • Tap water contaminant 'castrates' frogs

    03/02/2010 9:28:28 AM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies · 735+ views
    abc ^ | 3/2/10 | Liz Szabo
    An herbicide that contaminates the tap water consumed by millions of Americans has been found to produce gender-bending effects in male frogs, "chemically castrating" some and turning others into females, a study shows. Frogs in the experiment were exposed to amounts of the weedkiller atrazine that are comparable to the levels allowed in drinking water by the Environmental Protection Agency, says lead researcher Tyrone Hayes of the University of California-Berkeley. The study was released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In Hayes' earlier studies, atrazine caused male frogs to begin growing eggs in their testes. In...
  • French group urges road crossings for toads, frogs

    02/26/2010 7:22:35 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 279+ views
    AFP ^ | Feb. 25, 2010
    An animal protection group is urging French authorities to build special crossings to save millions of frogs and toads from being squashed on the country's roads. "For frogs, toads and newts, the most visible cause of death is undoubtedly road traffic: the animals try to reach the damp areas they need to reproduce and are flattened by the million," the Association for the Protection of Wild Animals said on its website.
  • Salmonella outbreak linked to pet frogs

    01/08/2010 3:09:32 AM PST · by Daffynition · 13 replies · 600+ views
    SaltLakeTribune ^ | 01/07/2010 | Ellen Gibson
    A 31-state salmonella outbreak first detected in Utah was linked to pet frogs, U.S. health officials said Thursday, suggesting that public-health efforts to educate children about the proper handling of reptiles should be expanded to amphibians. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta started a national investigation to find the source of the outbreak this summer, after five Utahns were sickened by the Typhimurium strain of salmonella. In all, 85 people across several states became ill and nearly two-thirds had had some contact with frogs, according to a report released Thursday by the CDC. Most of the...
  • Fatal frog fungal disease figured out - Electrolyte imbalance stops amphibians' hearts.

    10/23/2009 9:00:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1,246+ views
    Nature News ^ | 22 October 2009 | Emma Marris
    Frogs are suffering from a fatal fungal infection.Vance T. Vredenburg/SFSU A fungal infection that is killing amphibians around the world acts by disrupting the flow of electrolytes across their skin, ultimately causing heart failure. The discovery is helping to raise hopes that a treatment for the infection could one day be given to amphibians in the wild.Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, a kind of chytrid fungus that causes the skin disease chytridiomycosis in amphibians, was likely spread around the world by the South African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) in the 1930s and 1940s, when the frog was widely used as a pregnancy test....
  • Bush jokes as protesters burn his effigy outside downtown Montreal hotel

    10/22/2009 3:42:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 63 replies · 2,607+ views
    google ^ | 10/22/09 | cp
    MONTREAL — As George W. Bush joked with a business crowd inside a historic hotel ballroom Thursday, hundreds of people outside the room cheered while he was being burned in effigy. Police in riot gear and others on horseback held back a crowd of hundreds, including several people who tossed shoes at the Queen Elizabeth hotel in a demonstration of disdain for the man speaking inside. Two protesters tried forcing their way through the line of shield-and baton-carrying police, were wrestled to the ground, and arrested. Ironically, this anti-war protest took place outside the same hotel where the ultimate anti-war...
  • Paris Crazy Horse strips through global financial crisis

    09/17/2009 1:08:33 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 6 replies · 2,498+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 17 September 2009 | Rory Mulholland
    CRAZY Horse, the upmarket Paris cabaret that insists its strip show is art, is revamping its decades-old revue to include a number that presents clothes removal as a solution to economic crisis. The cabaret off the Champs Elysees, which has seen stars like Madonna, U2 and Gerard Depardieu sip champagne in its red velvet seats as they watch women undress, has hired star choreographer Philippe Decoufle to update its show. Decoufle, who staged the 2007 Rugby World Cup and the Albertville Winter Olympics ceremonies in 1992, will launch the new revue next Monday after months of rehearsals. "We work with...
  • Lost world of fanged frogs and giant rats discovered in Papua New Guinea

    09/08/2009 5:21:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies · 1,449+ views ^ | 9-7-2009 | Robert Booth
    A lost world populated by fanged frogs, grunting fish and tiny bear-like creatures has been discovered in a remote volcanic crater on the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea. 'A giant woolly rat never before seen by science' Link to this audio A team of scientists from Britain, the United States and Papua New Guinea found more than 40 previously unidentified species when they climbed into the kilometre-deep crater of Mount Bosavi and explored a pristine jungle habitat teeming with life that has evolved in isolation since the volcano last erupted 200,000 years ago. In a remarkably rich haul from...
  • French agent kills captors, escapes in Somalia

    08/26/2009 5:52:42 AM PDT · by decimon · 27 replies · 2,467+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 26, 2009 | Unknown
    MOGADISHU, Somalia - A French security agent kidnapped by insurgents in Somalia has escaped, reportedly by killing three of his captors, Somali officials said Wednesday.
  • Legless frogs mystery solved

    06/29/2009 5:22:29 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 28 replies · 1,601+ views
    bbc ^ | 25 June 2009 | Matt Walker
    Scientists think they have resolved one of the most controversial environmental issues of the past decade: the curious case of the missing frogs' legs. Around the world, frogs are found with missing or misshaped limbs, a striking deformity that many researchers believe is caused by chemical pollution. However, tests on frogs and toads have revealed a more natural, benign cause. The deformed frogs are actually victims of the predatory habits of dragonfly nymphs, which eat the legs of tadpoles.
  • Legless frogs mystery solved

    06/26/2009 9:38:55 AM PDT · by BoneHead · 33 replies · 1,355+ views ^ | 06/25/2009 | matt walker
    Scientists think they have resolved one of the most controversial environmental issues of the past decade: the curious case of the missing frogs' legs. Around the world, frogs are found with missing or misshaped limbs, a striking deformity that many researchers believe is caused by chemical pollution. However, tests on frogs and toads have revealed a more natural, benign cause. The deformed frogs are actually victims of the predatory habits of dragonfly nymphs, which eat the legs of tadpoles.
  • Tina Brown: Liberal Ad Elevates 'Blow Hard Bullfrog' Rush Limbaugh

    02/27/2009 10:18:40 AM PST · by lewisglad · 33 replies · 3,591+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | February 27, 2009 - 11:49 | Scott Whitlock
    Tina Brown: Liberal Ad Elevates 'Blow-hard Bullfrog' Rush Limbaugh By Scott Whitlock | February 27, 2009 - 11:49 Former Vanity Fair and New Yorker editor Tina Brown appeared on Friday's "Morning Joe" to lament that a new liberal ad featuring Rush Limbaugh would only elevate the status of the "blow-hard bullfrog" conservative host. The liberal group Americans United for Change has a spot running that slams Republicans as a party of no and features a clip of Limbaugh's now famous comment that he wants Obama's liberal policies to fail. After "Morning Joe" co-host Willie Geist played the ad, Brown asserted...
  • Are frogs being 'eaten to extinction'?

    01/25/2009 2:36:43 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 25 replies · 1,334+ views
    Are frogs being 'eaten to extinction'? Some researchers say yes Could the global market for frog legs be pushing the little guys toward extinction? Some scientists and conservationists fear it's possible, and they're calling for tighter regulations and increased monitoring on the world's consumption of frog meat to avoid it. From the New Scientist: According to U.N. figures, global trade has increased in the past 20 years. France -- not surprisingly -- and the U.S. are the two largest importers, with France importing between 2,500 and 4,000 tons of frog meat each year since 1995.
  • Two Minor Girls Married Off To Frogs

    01/17/2009 4:52:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies · 1,204+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 17 Jan 2009
    In a bizarre ritual, two minor girls, both seven, from the remote Pallipudupet village in Tamil Nadu's Villupuram district were married off to frogs on Friday night. The ceremony, an annual feature during the Pongal (harvest) festival, is conducted "to prevent the outbreak of mysterious diseases in the village''. The girls, Vigneswari and Masiakanni, dressed up in traditional bridal finery -- gilded sarees and gold jewellery -- married the frog 'princes' in separate, elaborate ceremonies at two different temples in the presence of hundreds of villagers. Amidst chanting of vedic hymns, the temple priests garlanded the brides and tied the...
  • Group Tells SF Golfers To Stop Killing Endangered Frogs (Red-Leg Frogs/San Francisco Garter Snakes)

    09/24/2008 2:55:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 501+ views
    NBC11 ^ | September 24, 2008
    A conservation group officially notified the city of San Francisco Wednesday intends to sue over alleged harm to two federally protected species on a city-owned golf course in Pacifica. The Center for Biological Diversity claims activities at San Francisco's Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica are harming and killing California red-legged frogs and San Francisco garter snakes in violation of the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The California red-legged frog is listed as a threatened species and the San Francisco garter snake is classified as an endangered species under the law. The law requires submission of a 60-day notice of intent...
  • France's most famous WWII museum holds a "inside job" conference on 911

    09/20/2008 12:14:46 PM PDT · by drzz · 18 replies · 917+ views
    The well-known WII museum of Normandy, France, authorized within its walls a conference organized by the extremists who pretend 911 was an inside job. Held on September 16, 2008, the conference features several commentators, from the one attributing the 911 attacks to the neocons to the one saying it was the jews. The "Memorial de Caen" was built to commemorate the millions of Allies who landed in France in 1944 to liberate the country.
  • John McCain's "ugly frog" routine

    09/13/2008 4:21:15 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 14 replies · 313+ views
    Telegraph ^ | September 13, 2008 | Toby Harnden
    There's a great post from CQ's Craig Crawford here. I'd been trying to think of the right analogy for what John McCain is doing to Barack Obama and the GOP consultant who talked to Craig nails it: the ugly frog (not to be confused with fish or pigs wearing lipstick). The "ugly frog", Craig explains, "can be anything that opposing candidates do or say that, out of context, puts them on the defence". The Republican consultant said: "Stick that frog right in their face, shake it all around, and say, 'Here, look at this BIG UGLY FROG'. Then, as they...
  • French restaurants fail on hygiene

    08/14/2008 12:44:10 PM PDT · by pissant · 19 replies · 3,209+ views ^ | 8/14/08 | Staff
    ONE in four cafes, snack bars and seafront restaurants in tourist hotspots across France are breaking hygiene rules or serving food unfit for consumption, the agriculture ministry said today. French health inspectors visiting 9,400 food establishments found more than 2,600 to be in breach of at least one hygiene rule, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Michel Barnier told Le Parisien daily. Warnings were issued for dirty toilets and kitchens and for poor hygiene among staff. As well, inspection teams carted away 30 tonnes of food unfit to serve from 550 food shacks and restaurants. Thirty-seven establishments were shut down altogether, for...
  • Predator Extraordinaire

    07/29/2008 5:05:06 PM PDT · by pharmamom · 9 replies · 254+ views
    WhenWeAreQueen ^ | July 29, 2008 | pharmamom
    I think Tiger may be the fastest cat on earth, at least of the domestic variety. The unhappily confined feline has made two jail-breaks in the past three days. Neither outing lasted more than 20 minutes (still, clearly enough time to go applaud in Mr. Lee’s frowel bed), but both yielded rather astonishing treasures. At least Tiger saw them as valuable, and he is the Go-To guy for yardpolice duty. Left eviscerated on the back deck on Sunday afternoon was a bullfrog. The slain amphibian must have had dementia and gone missing from home, because we live nowhere near water....
  • French Marines Shoot Children In Bungled Hostage Display

    06/29/2008 6:21:58 PM PDT · by blam · 45 replies · 794+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-29-2008 | Foreign Staff
    French marines shoot children in bungled hostage display By Our Foreign Staff Last Updated: 11:39PM BST 29/06/2008 Seventeen people have been injured, including a child left in a critical condition, after French soldiers fired live bullets instead of blanks during an open day display. Troops stand outside the barracks near Carcassone Fifteen civilians and two soldiers were injured in the incident which involved a demonstration by members of a marines parachute regiment of hostage liberation exercises. Four of the 17 were seriously injured, with two described as critical, following "incomprehensible" scenes at the barracks near Carcassone, in the country's south-west....
  • Brigitte Bardot fined for racism [inciting hatred against Muslims.......]

    06/03/2008 6:48:16 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies · 1,661+ views
    Brigitte Bardot fined for racism From correspondents in Paris June 03, 2008 11:19pm Article from: Agence France-Presse FRANCE'S 1960s screen icon Brigitte Bardot has received a 15,000 euros ($24,440) fine today for inciting hatred against Muslims. In December 2006, the film star-turned-animal rights activist wrote a letter to France's then interior minister, current President Nicolas Sarkozy, arguing that Muslims should stun animals before slaughtering them during the Aid al-Kabir holiday. She outraged anti-racist groups by saying: "I've had enough of being led by the nose by this whole population which is destroying us, (and) destroying our country by imposing their...
  • Brigitte Bardot on trial for Muslim slur

    04/15/2008 10:45:29 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 158 replies · 20,981+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04/15/2008 | Thierry Leveque
    PARIS (Reuters) - French former film star Brigitte Bardot went on trial on Tuesday for insulting Muslims, the fifth time she has faced the charge of "inciting racial hatred" over her controversial remarks about Islam and its followers. Prosecutors asked that the Paris court hand the 73-year-old former sex symbol a two-month suspended prison sentence and fine her 15,000 euros ($23,760) for saying the Muslim community was "destroying our country and imposing its acts." Since retiring from the film industry in the 1970s, Bardot has become a prominent animal rights activist but she has also courted controversy by denouncing Muslim...
  • Sarkozy party trails in Frence election

    03/09/2008 8:52:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 544+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/9/08 | Emmanuel Georges-Picot
    PARIS - Partial results showed President Nicolas Sarkozy's backers losing in Paris and other key French cities Sunday in the first round of municipal elections seen as a referendum on the increasingly unpopular conservative. Official results of the total vote nationwide showed candidates from Sarkozy's UMP party and its allies with 45.5 percent and the Socialists and their allies with 47 percent. The total was not broken down by city, but projections based on partial results by the polling agencies Ipsos and TNS-Sofres showed Socialists on track to take over key cities previously held by the right, including Strasbourg, Reims,...
  • Rare frogs bred in New Zealand

    03/03/2008 4:40:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 397+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/3/08 | Ray Lilley - ap
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A rare and threatened species of tiny frog has been found breeding in a New Zealand animal park, meaning its future may now be more secure, researchers said Monday. The 13 finger nail-sized Maud Island froglets were discovered clinging to the backs of full-grown male frogs at the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary in the capital Wellington, said researcher Kerri Lukis. The frogs are normally found only on two islands in the Malborough Sounds region of New Zealand's South Island. "Maud Island frogs have never been found breeding" before, even on their home island, said Lukis, a masters...
  • Giraffes And Frogs Provide More Evidence Of New Species Hidden In Plain Sight

    01/02/2008 7:36:33 PM PST · by blam · 122 replies · 217+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-2-2008 | BioMed Central.
    Giraffes And Frogs Provide More Evidence Of New Species Hidden In Plain SightGenetic subdivision in the giraffe based on microsatellites alleles. (Credit: David M Brown et al., Courtesy BMC Biology) ScienceDaily (Jan. 2, 2008) — Two new articles provide further evidence that we have hugely underestimated the number of species with which we share our planet. Today sophisticated genetic techniques mean that superficially identical animals previously classed as members of a single species, including the frogs and giraffes in these studies, could in fact come from several distinct 'cryptic' species. In the Upper Amazon, Kathryn Elmer and Stephen Lougheed working...
  • Smaller Food Portions May Explain The 'French Paradox' Of Rich Foods And A Svelte Population

    09/11/2007 6:50:54 AM PDT · by RockinRight · 25 replies · 451+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2003 | University of Pennsylvania
    Science Daily — PHILADELPHIA -- The "French paradox" -- the perplexing disconnect between France's rich cuisine and slender population -- can be explained in part by portions that are significantly smaller in French restaurants and supermarkets than in their American counterparts. So say researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and CNRS in Paris, who compared the size of restaurant meals, single-serve foods and cookbook portions on both sides of the Atlantic. "The French paradox is only a paradox if one assumes that dietary fat is the major cause of obesity and cardiovascular disease," said Paul Rozin, professor of psychology at...
  • A rendez-vous in France with the Wild West (French C&W Festival)

    08/24/2007 2:13:12 PM PDT · by mojito · 24 replies · 595+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 8/8/2007 | Ruth Ellen Gruber
    On a recent sunny weekend in the usually sleepy town of Craponne-sur-Arzon, American flags festooned the streets, country music blared amid the sidewalk cafés, and hundreds of people milled about in cowboy hats or even top-to-toe Wild West get-ups. Dozens of folks turned local squares in this town in the Haute-Loire region of southern France into impromptu, western-style dance floors. The catalyst for all this was the annual Country Rendez-Vous, a three-day festival of country-western music and bluegrass that takes place here each summer in late July. Over the past two decades, country and western festivals have sprung up in...
  • French official suggested Bush was behind September 11

    07/07/2007 5:15:46 AM PDT · by Wiz · 48 replies · 1,258+ views
    PARIS (Reuters) - A senior French politician, now a minister in President Nicolas Sarkozy's government, suggested last year that U.S. President George W. Bush might have been behind the September 11, 2001 attacks, according to a website. The website, which promotes September 11 conspiracy theories, has posted a video clip of French Housing Minister Christine Boutin appearing to question that Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda group orchestrated the attacks. Boutin's office sought to play down the remarks. Asked in an interview last November, before she became minister, whether she thought Bush might be behind the attacks, Boutin says: "I...
  • Percentage of frogs in food jumps (MILESTONE: This is the 2,000 thread I've posted ;~ ))

    04/01/2007 9:59:29 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 31 replies · 1,128+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Dave Barry
    Percentage of frogs in food jumps BY DAVE BARRY (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published Dec. 17, 1995.) It's getting worse. When I say ''it,'' I am referring to the worldwide epidemic of frogs showing up in food, which I documented recently, describing two worldwide incidents, one involving a frog baked onto a pretzel, and the other involving a frog in a frozen Chicken Cantonese dinner. When I say ''is getting worse,'' I'm referring to a shocking new development that occurred recently in Orange, Calif., according to a superb story in the Orange County Register, written by Lori...
  • France's Villepin calls for 2008 Iraq troop exit

    03/16/2007 6:45:12 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 25 replies · 748+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/16/07 | Scott Malone
    French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin on Friday urged the United States and other foreign nations to withdraw from Iraq in 2008 and said the war had "shattered" America's image abroad. The Iraqi conflict, which has killed tens of thousands of Iraqis and some 3,200 U.S. troops in the past four years, is sapping the power of the United States to peacefully influence other players in the troubled Middle East, he said. "The war with Iraq marked a turning point. It shattered America's image," said Villepin, who opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq, at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "It...
  • Study: pollutants make male frogs female

    03/01/2007 2:08:36 PM PST · by dynachrome · 13 replies · 424+ views ^ | 3-1-07 | Gareth Dodd (ed.)
    One reason up to a third of the world's frog species are in danger of extinction may be estrogen-like pollutants in the environment that turn male tadpoles into females, according to a new study.
  • French PM attacks Iraq troop 'surge'

    02/07/2007 7:37:57 AM PST · by pissant · 29 replies · 536+ views
    PMSNBC ^ | Martin Arnold and John Thornhill
    Violence in Iraq will continue to worsen until all foreign troops are pulled out, Dominique de Villepin has warned, dismissing as "absurd" the idea that an enlarged US force could bring stability and peace to the country. In an interview with the Financial Times, France's prime minister indirectly criticised the decision by US President George W. Bush to boost his country's military presence in Iraq. Mr de Villepin, who has just three months left in office, said an occupying force was itself the "founding stone of the crisis" and a clear timetable had to be set for its withdrawal. "The...