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  • California bans 'brides,' 'grooms' License rejected for couple seeking traditional marriage

    09/09/2008 10:15:36 AM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 24 replies · 206+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 08, 2008 | Chelsea Schilling
    California bans 'brides,' 'grooms' License rejected for couple seeking traditional marriage Posted: September 08, 2008 9:05 pm Eastern By WorldNetDaily By Chelsea Schilling © 2008 WorldNetDaily ROSEVILLE, Calif. – "Brides" and "grooms" are no longer allowed to marry in the State of California. That privilege is only extended to individuals who allow themselves to be called "Party A" and "Party B" on marriage licenses.
  • (Culture War Rages On): California bans 'brides,' 'grooms'

    09/09/2008 8:35:52 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 42 replies · 413+ views ^ | September 08, 2008 | Chelsea Schilling
    QUEERLY BELOVED California bans 'brides,' 'grooms' License rejected for couple seeking traditional marriage Posted: September 08, 2008 9:05 pm Eastern By Chelsea Schilling © 2008 WorldNetDaily ROSEVILLE, Calif. – "Brides" and "grooms" are no longer allowed to marry in the State of California. That privilege is only extended to individuals who allow themselves to be called "Party A" and "Party B" on marriage licenses. Pastor Doug Bird of Abundant Life Fellowship in Roseville, Calif., was alarmed to find the state now rejects the traditional terms after he officiated his first marriage ceremony last week following the California Supreme Court decision...
  • Student suspended for buying candy in school

    03/12/2008 5:49:22 AM PDT · by Puppage · 52 replies · 1,531+ views
    WTNH Television ^ | 3/12/08 | Puppage
    New Haven (AP) _ An eighth-grade honors student at a New Haven school has been suspended for buying a bag of candy at school. Michael Sheridan, a student at Sheridan Middle School, was suspended from school for one day, barred from attending an honors student dinner and stripped of his title as class vice president. Officials say he was punished because he bought a bag of Skittles from another student. A school spokeswoman says the New Haven school system banned candy sales and fundraisers in 2003 as part of the districtwide school wellness policy. Spokeswoman Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo says there are...
  • Clinton health plan may mean tapping pay

    02/03/2008 8:52:55 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 142 replies · 783+ views
    Associated Press via YahooNews ^ | Associated Press | Charles Babington
    Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday she might be willing to garnish the wages of workers who refuse to buy health insurance to achieve coverage for all Americans. The New York senator has criticized presidential rival Barack Obama for pushing a health plan that would not require universal coverage. Clinton has not always specified the enforcement measures she would embrace, but when pressed on ABC's "This Week," she said: "I think there are a number of mechanisms" that are possible, including "going after people's wages, automatic enrollment."
  • New bill would make it illegal for restaurants to serve the obese

    02/01/2008 4:38:48 PM PST · by freemike · 229 replies · 403+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 2/1/08 | The Smoking Gun
    FEBRUARY 1--Mississippi legislators this week introduced a bill that would make it illegal for state-licensed restaurants to serve obese patrons.

    02/01/2008 8:12:23 PM PST · by Leisler · 110 replies · 269+ views
    MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE ^ | 2008 | Representatives Mayhall, Read, Shows
  • Invisible RFID Ink Safe For Cattle And People, Company Says

    01/23/2008 8:07:51 AM PST · by BGHater · 59 replies · 1,005+ views
    Information Week ^ | 10 Jan 2008 | K.C. Jones
    The process developed by Somark involves a geometric array of micro-needles and an ink capsule, which is used to 'tattoo' an animal. The ink can be detected from 4 feet away. A startup company developing chipless RFID ink has tested its product on cattle and laboratory rats. Somark Innovations announced this week that it successfully tested biocompatible RFID ink, which can be read through animal hairs. The passive RFID technology could be used to identify and track cows to reduce financial losses from Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (mad cow disease) scares. Somark, which formed in 2005, is located at the Center...
  • Time to Fight Back Against"Angry Paranoid" Anti-Vaccinationists

    01/24/2008 6:05:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 77 replies · 104+ views ^ | January 24, 2008 | Michael Fumento
    Grant the anti-childhood vaccine fanatics this; they are dogged. No amount of data and no number of studies from any array of sources will sway them from their beliefs – or claimed beliefs – that thimerosal, a mercury-containing vaccine preservative once used in many such injections, is causing the so-called “autism epidemic.” Therefore a California Department of Public Health study in the current Archives of General Psychiatry hasn’t either. Nevertheless, for the rest of us there are two valuable lessons. First, the lack of a thimerosal connection to the developmental disorder has once again been reaffirmed. And second, those fanatics...
  • House to Try for Another Veto Override (SCHIP)

    01/23/2008 5:32:35 AM PST · by icwhatudo · 23 replies · 170+ views
    AP ^ | 1-23-08 | KEVIN FREKING
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The struggling economy gives Democratic lawmakers another weapon in their effort to expand a popular children's health insurance program. In the end, however, they appear to have made little headway in overcoming a presidential veto. In December, President Bush for a second time vetoed a bill that would more than double spending on the State Children's Health Program. Bush said the bill would encourage too many families to replace private insurance with government-subsidized health coverage. On Wednesday, the House was voting on whether to override that veto. In recent days, Democratic lawmakers have stressed that more families...
  • Hospitals tagging babies with electronic chips, Privacy advocates protest

    01/20/2008 9:39:53 PM PST · by Coleus · 40 replies · 137+ views
    wnd ^ | January 15, 2008 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Over half the birthing facilities in Ohio are being equipped with an RFID infant protection system placed on infants at birth to prevent them from being abducted from the hospital or from being given to the wrong mother.  "Standard protocol in the hospitals using the VeriChip system is that the baby receives an RFID anklet at birth and the mother receives a matching wristband," VeriChip spokeswoman Allison Tomek told WND. "The mothers are not asked." VeriChip Corp., a publicly listed company headquartered in Delray Beach, Fla., is marketing though its wholly-owned subsidiary, Xmark, a HUGS brand tag-and-bracelet infant security system....
  • Microsoft System May Monitor Workers' Brains, Bodies

    01/16/2008 11:35:37 AM PST · by bamahead · 30 replies · 387+ views
    FOX News ^ | January 16, 2008 | By Alexi Mostrous and David Brown
    Microsoft is developing Big Brother-style software capable of remotely monitoring a worker's productivity, physical well-being and competence. The Times has seen a patent application filed by the company for a computer system that links workers to their computers via wireless sensors that measure their metabolisms. The system would allow managers to monitor employees' performance by measuring their heart rates, body temperatures, movements, facial expressions and blood pressure. Labor unions said they fear that employees could be dismissed on the basis of a computer's assessment of their physiological state. Technology allowing constant monitoring of workers was previously limited to pilots, firefighters...
  • Fred Thompson: Romneycare At A Glance

    01/06/2008 2:30:43 PM PST · by Fred · 236 replies · 290+ views
    Fred Thompson Release: - This is Romney's health care plan of which he claims authorship and credit. - The plan guarantees Planned Parenthood a seat at the decision-making table. - The plan provides taxpayer-funded abortions for a copay of $50. - The plan penalizes individuals not buying health insurance coverage and small businesses not offering health insurance to their employees.Romney Is Quick To Take Credit For Massachusetts' Health Care Plan - "I love it. It's a fabulous program." (GOP Primary Debate, Reagan Library, Simi Valley, CA, MSNBC, 5/3/2007) - "But I helped write it and I knew it well..." (GOP...
  • Baby tax 'to save planet'

    12/09/2007 9:10:09 PM PST · by camerakid400 · 41 replies · 366+ views via Weazlezippers ^ | Dec 10 2007 | Jen Kelly
    <p>A WEST Australian medical expert wants families to pay a $5000-plus "baby levy" at birth and an annual carbon tax of up to $800 a child.</p> <p>Writing in today's Medical Journal of Australia, Associate Professor Barry Walters said every couple with more than two children should be taxed to pay for enough trees to offset the carbon emissions generated over each child's lifetime.</p>
  • 'Get tough' call on public health

    11/14/2007 3:38:48 PM PST · by Leisler · 33 replies · 68+ views ^ | Tuesday, 13 November 2007 | staff
    The government has a duty to look after the health of everyone and sometimes that means guiding or restricting our choices Lord John Krebs, of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics Government ministers should shrug off media accusations that they are running a nanny state and introduce tougher public health measures, experts say. The Nuffield Council on Bioethics said the time had come to consider a whole host of interventions in the UK after the introduction of a smoking ban. Its proposes raising alcohol prices, restricting pub opening hours and better food labelling to fight obesity. The government said it was...

    10/29/2007 5:50:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 85 replies · 302+ views
    Daily Express ^ | October 28, 2007
    EIGHT deaths have been linked to the cervical cancer jab which will be given to every 12-year-old girl in Britain under Government plans announced last week. Doctors suspect the jab, which protects against a sexually transmitted human papilloma virus that causes the cancer, may be implicated in 3,461 adverse reactions, including paralysis and seizures. Last week Health Secretary Alan Johnson revealed plans to vaccinate all girls aged between 12 and 13 to cut Britain’s death rate from the disease. He said: “Prevention is better than cure and this vaccine will prevent many women from catching the virus in the first...
  • Big Pharma and Big Brother join forces to drug children (April 2007)

    10/27/2007 6:18:43 PM PDT · by ddtorquee · 67 replies · 164+ views
    Douglas Report ^ | April 17, 2007 | Dr. Douglas
    Launched by an Executive Order in April of 2002 under the guise of expanding the scope of 1990's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health has since received the official sanction of the U.S. Congress... This commission is the driving force behind a massive policy shift that will literally turn public schools into mental health screening centers...all parents of public school children are supposed to be receiving written notice of these new federally mandated mental health screening policies. Some will also get permission slips to sign that will allow school counselors or other non-medically-educated bureaucrats...
  • OPEN LETTER III By: FReeper David Osborne 25 October 2007

    10/25/2007 1:07:33 AM PDT · by davidosborne · 51 replies · 128+ views
    CLICK HERE....FOR PDF of this letter. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PRESIDENTIAL RACE 2008 & HSLDA PAC RE: (Home School Legal Defense Association Political Action Committee) By: FReeper David C. Osborne 25 October 2007 Greetings ! The purpose of this open letter is to respond to the recent news that HSLDA has come out early this primary season and has publicly endorsed Gov. Mike Huckabee. As a home schooling parent I am asking HSLDA to reconsider this decision at endorse Duncan Hunter instead, or maybe even consider a DUAL endorsement. I admire Gov. Huckabee for his Christian values, and I acknowledge his...
  • College Admins: If You Favor Second Amendment Rights, You Must Be Crazy

    10/17/2007 9:07:36 PM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 41 replies · 98+ views ^ | October `7, 2007 | Jon Sanders
    A Minnesota college student was suspended and ordered to undergo "mental health evaluation" for his response to campuswide e-mails from school officials concerning the Virginia Tech massacre. The college, Hamline University, a private, liberal-arts institution affiliated with the Methodist Church, has a policy on "Freedom of Expression and Inquiry" that guarantees that Hamline students will be "free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly or privately." With such a strong guarantee on students' "freedom from censorship and control" by the university, student Troy Scheffler's e-mail must have been horrifically bad to warrant...
  • When Agriculture Inspectors Work Saturdays, Watch Out

    10/16/2007 7:58:08 PM PDT · by davidgumpert · 1 replies · 140+ views
    The Complete Patient ^ | Oct. 16, 2007 | David E. Gumpert
    When agriculture inspectors come calling at 7 on a Saturday evening, watch out. That's what Barbara and Steve Smith learned last Saturday evening.
  • More Doctors in Texas After Malpractice Caps

    10/04/2007 7:59:44 PM PDT · by milestogo · 25 replies · 506+ views
    More Doctors in Texas After Malpractice Caps By RALPH BLUMENTHAL HOUSTON, Oct. 4 — In Texas, it can be a long wait for a doctor: up to six months. That is not for an appointment. That is the time it can take the Texas Medical Board to process applications to practice. Four years after Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment limiting awards in medical malpractice lawsuits, doctors are responding as supporters predicted, arriving from all parts of the country to swell the ranks of specialists at Texas hospitals and bring professional health care to some long-underserved rural areas. The influx,...
  • SCHIP Charade

    09/26/2007 5:46:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 114+ views
    IBD ^ | September 26, 2007
    Health Care: "What about the children?" Whenever Democrats drag out that perennial question, you know Republicans are about to get rolled. That's the case with the children's health care bill the House just passed. The bill that would more than double current spending on children's health care to $60 billion over the next five years passed by a surprising 265 to 159 vote late Tuesday, with 45 GOP representatives in favor. Just a month ago, the bill could only muster support from a lonely five Republicans. What happened? Did the GOP suddenly realize the merit of the bill, and have...
  • House Passes Children's Health Care Expansion

    09/26/2007 1:30:44 PM PDT · by lilylangtree · 21 replies · 139+ views
    Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | 9-26-2007 | Herman Wang
    WASHINGTON--the House late Tuesday passed--by a less-than-veto-proof 265-159 margin--an expansion of a children's health insurance program over the objections of area Republican members, who voted against the bill. President Bush has threatened to veto the Democratic-backed bill, which would add coverage for several million children and families under the State Children's Health Isurance Program by increasing cigarette taxes by 61 cents a pack. "This is a crummy bill," Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., said. "We created this program 10 years ago to help working families, but this goes way beyond the original intent of the bill."
  • Tryphorgeting: The new wonder drug Hillary is pushing.

    09/18/2007 8:39:45 PM PDT · by V.Foster · 6 replies · 512+ views
    YouTube ^ | YouTube
    Amazing new Drug: "Tryphorgeting" Hillary hopes to introduce to all Americans! Tryphorgeting
  • AP Interview: Clinton on health care (On Drudge)

    09/18/2007 3:50:41 PM PDT · by Canticle_of_Deborah · 67 replies · 1,729+ views Press ^ | September 18, 2007 | Beth Fouhy
    <p>WASHINGTON - Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that a mandate requiring every American to purchase health insurance was the only way to achieve universal health care but she rejected the notion of punitive measures to force individuals into the health care system.</p>
  • Health Reform; Now Or Later?

    09/18/2007 7:57:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 261+ views
    IBD ^ | September 18, 2007
    Medicine: Sen. Hillary Clinton has fired the first shot in the war between socialized health care and consumer-friendly reform. The Bush administration sees less danger in acting now, before a new president takes office. Once the former first lady — who in 1993 failed spectacularly in her attempt to nationalize the massive health care sector of the economy — unveiled a new plan, the issue was bound to zoom to the front of public discourse. What has been unexpected, however, is Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt announcing President Bush's desire to establish universal coverage. Leavitt told USA Today...
  • NCLB Welcomes Children to 1984 and the Village

    09/18/2007 5:02:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 305+ views
    EdWatch ^ | September 11, 2007 | Karen R. Effrem, MD
    Democrat and Republican liberals on the US House Education and Labor Committee have released their discussion draft for the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).  Both Hillary Clinton, as the "mayor" of the government "village" which wants to raise our children, and the ghost of George Orwell, author of 1984, are well represented in this draft.  What began in 1965, ostensibly as an effort to help poor children improve academic achievement has grown and spread like a monstrous cancer that is destroying academic achievement and freedom, parental autonomy, privacy, and the ability to maintain our republic for ALL public...
  • Why Zeke Can't Take Shorty To The Fair

    09/17/2007 3:58:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies · 157+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | September 17, 2007 | Henry Lamb
    Zeke lived with an FFA teacher because he had no other home. He worked for his room and board; he fed the pigs and chickens, and helped with the milking. The summer between the 8th and 9th grades, Jasper, the FFA teacher, took Zeke to a neighbor's ranch and let him pick out a day-old Hereford bull for his first FFA project. The deal was that Jasper would pay for the calf, and for the feed, and Zeke could repay Jasper when the calf grew to become the Grand Champion Steer at the state fair, and sold at the fair's...
  • This Dad Is Paid If His Kids Go See The Dentist

    09/13/2007 10:45:43 PM PDT · by Coleus · 16 replies · 697+ views
    nypost ^ | September 13, 2007 | DAVID SEIFMAN
    For Wayne Logan, a single father of two, being selected for the city's experimental cash-rewards program for the poor was like hitting the lottery. "I'm happy. I'm grateful," he declared, sounding somewhat amazed at his good fortune. "To get paid to do things I'm doing anyway is a welcome feeling." Logan, 49, was among the first enrollees in a daring $50 million pilot project launched by Mayor Bloomberg with private funds to pay poor families as much as $5,000 a year simply to do the right thing. A child getting a library card is worth $50. A student who passes...
  • Chip Implants Linked To Animal Tumors

    09/08/2007 12:43:37 PM PDT · by John W · 61 replies · 1,609+ views
    Ap via Yahoo ^ | Todd Lewan
    When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved implanting microchips in humans, the manufacturer said it would save lives, letting doctors scan the tiny transponders to access patients' medical records almost instantly. The FDA found "reasonable assurance" the device was safe, and a sub-agency even called it one of 2005's top "innovative technologies." But neither the company nor the regulators publicly mentioned this: A series of veterinary and toxicology studies, dating to the mid-1990s, stated that chip implants had "induced" malignant tumors in some lab mice and rats. "The transponders were the cause of the tumors," said Keith Johnson, a...
  • John Edwards to Require <b>Mandatory Mental Evaluations</b> for ALL

    09/03/2007 10:48:02 AM PDT · by Bob Leibowitz · 38 replies · 713+ views
    Leibowitz's Canticle ^ | September 3, 2007 | Leibowtiz
    In a speech in Tipton, Iowa yesterday, Senator John Edwards described his health care program "It requires that everybody be covered. It requires that everybody get preventive care," he told a crowd sitting in lawn chairs in front of the Cedar County Courthouse. "If you are going to be in the system, you can't choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years. You have to go in and be checked and make sure that you are OK. *** Edwards said his mandatory health care plan would cover preventive, chronic and long-term health care. The plan would include mental...
  • Another Federal Gun Law Planned ("law is expected to add at least 21 million records to the NICS")

    08/14/2007 6:03:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies · 1,111+ views ^ | June 15, 2007 | Alan Korwin
    Another Federal Gun Law Planned This one expands the rights-denial list in NICS HR 2640 motivated by psychopathic murderer Calls for more "gun control" grow louder No calls for gun-safety training or expanded carry rights can be heardDept. of Homeland Security to contribute to NICS database GUN LAW UPDATE June 15, 2007 NEW FEDERAL GUN LAW COMING NEW FEDERAL GUN LAW COMING NEW FEDERAL GUN LAW COMING Dept. of Homeland Security to join in NICS database Dept. of Homeland Security to join in NICS database Rights restorations promised but fuzzy by Alan Korwin, AuthorGun Laws of AmericaPermission to circulate granted The House of Representatives, with...
  • Civil Disobedience in Pennsylvania, and Cops Arrive at Raw Milk Dairy

    08/10/2007 8:27:04 PM PDT · by davidgumpert · 33 replies · 1,112+ views
    The Complete Patient ^ | August 10, 2007 | David E. Gumpert
    The latest battle in the raw milk wars broke out today in south-central Pennsylvania. A group of ten state police and agents from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) descended on the 100-acre Nature’s Sunlight Farm in Newville, and confiscated about $25,000 worth of raw milk products, along with packaging and equipment. Though Pennsylvania is supposedly one of the more liberal states with regard to raw milk distribution, allowing farmers with permits to sell it not only from their farms and in farmers markets, but also in retail establishments, farmers say the...
  • New Study Finds Overweight Kids Face Fat Stigma

    07/13/2007 5:41:18 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 27 replies · 481+ views
    Millennium Radio New Jersey ^ | Friday, July 13, 2007 | By: David Matthau
    A new study finds overweight kids are stigmatized by other children at a very early age, and they may even face bias from their own caregivers. Rebecca Puhl, a clinical psychologist at the Center for Food Policy and Obesity says overweight children may become vulnerable targets of weight bias as early as age 3, "so it can be verbal teasing, it can be physical aggression and social rejection, and this is not something that is happening just from peers -it's also happening from parents and teachers." She says "kids who are overweight and who are teased or victimized because of...
  • Mark of the beast?? (Must read!-spooky! vanity)

    07/06/2007 8:24:06 AM PDT · by Bladerunnuh · 350 replies · 5,315+ views
    Welcome to Xmark, the new corporate identity for our healthcare security products. Our new name emphasizes our focus on healthcare security. You may have known us under the eXI or VeriChip brand, but we are now bringing all our products under the Xmark name.
  • Cheney probed over salmon die off

    06/28/2007 1:50:22 PM PDT · by ElkGroveDan · 218 replies · 4,260+ views
    Sacramento Bee Washington Bureau ^ | 11:46 am PDT Thursday, June 28, 2007 | David Whitney
    WASHINGTON - The House Natural Resources Committee announced Thursday that it will hold hearings into Vice President Dick Cheney's involvement in Klamath River water management that many think led to the die-off of more than 70,000 salmon four years ago. [clip]... Three dozen House Democrats from Oregon and California asked for the hearing in a letter to Rahall after the Washington Post reported on details of Cheney's intervention.
  • Your doctor could put you on no-gun list

    06/22/2007 8:03:29 PM PDT · by freemike · 101 replies · 1,694+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 21, 2007 | Naomi Laine
    The House of Representatives has fast-tracked new legislation to "improve" the National Instant Criminal Background Check System by allowing doctors to now decide who can own firearms.
  • DO NOT SOCIALIZE HEALTH CARE (Duncan Hunter archives -1994)

    06/21/2007 8:00:04 AM PDT · by pissant · 21 replies · 452+ views
    Library of Congress ^ | August 10, 1994 | Duncan Hunter
    Mr. HUNTER. Mr. Speaker, I listened with interest to my colleagues who talked about what they saw as the benefits of universal coverage and, I think, a very eloquent closing by the gentlewoman from Georgia [Ms. McKinney], who spoke of the necessity of this House doing the people's business, and the people not being special interests, not being necessarily corporations or industries, but people. And I think what America has heard, Mr. Speaker I want to speak very strongly against the first President Clinton plan that came out that now apparently is dead, not because of Republican opposition, but because...
  • States rebel against Real ID Act

    06/12/2007 9:38:20 AM PDT · by George W. Bush · 38 replies · 1,337+ views ^ | 6/11/2007 | staff
    Four states have passed laws that reject federal rules regarding a national identification system. This casts serious doubt on the future of the 2005 Real ID Act that goes into effect in December 2009. New Hampshire and Oklahoma joined Montana and Washington state in the passage of statutes that refute guidelines set forth in the Act. However, these actions could eventually lead to drivers licenses issued in these states to not be accepted as official identification when boarding airplanes or accessing federal buildings. In addition to these four states, members of the Idaho legislature intentionally left out money in...
  • PETA pushes for excise tax on meat

    06/11/2007 8:13:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 68 replies · 1,407+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | June 11, 2007 | NA
    Should hunters -- or anyone who enjoys a steak or a hamburger -- have to pay extra for that little indulgence? People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals thinks so. One of the nation's largest anti-hunting organizations, the group has kicked off a "Tax Meat" Campaign, proposing a 10-cent-per-pound excise tax on meat. Animal activists have also asked federal lawmakers to give tax breaks to those who have sworn off the consumption of animals.
  • Up to 900 species of land bird at risk by 2050

    06/09/2007 9:57:05 AM PDT · by ricks_place · 41 replies · 762+ views
    New Scientist magazine ^ | 6/9/07 | NewScientist
    As G8 countries try to hatch a plan to tackle rising CO2 emissions (see "Climate wrangles"), a global analysis of the effects that human activities will have on land birds is ruffling conservationists' feathers. By 2050, up to 900 species of land birds could be threatened by climate change and habitat destruction through activities such as logging. By 2100, the number of bird species on the World Conservation Union's Red List of threatened species may more than double. Walter Jetz from the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues mapped the distributions of all 8750 known land bird species against...
  • Fish shuts Delta water pumps [Enviro whackos shut down water in California]

    05/31/2007 4:10:17 PM PDT · by ElkGroveDan · 35 replies · 778+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 31, 2007 | Matt Weiser
    State water officials Thursday morning stopped exporting water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect the threatened Delta smelt, a tiny native fish that appears to be on the brink of extinction. The action, announced in a press release by the California Department of Water Resources, could mean water shortages for some cities and farms served by the California Aqueduct, ....
  • The Meat Tax

    04/13/2007 5:05:31 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 32 replies · 823+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 13 April 2007 | Staff
    Energy Policy: Those who want to end global warming and our reliance on foreign oil often propose a massive "carbon tax" to make crude less appealing. Don't look now, but you're already paying it. By heavily subsidizing the use of ethanol, a fuel additive less efficient than gasoline and costlier to produce, Congress has, in effect, enacted a tax hike. No, it's not the kind you see at the pump each time you fill up — like the current 18.4-cents-a-gallon federal levy on gasoline. Rather, it's the kind of tax you pay quietly, without even realizing it.
  • U.S., Canada, begin trauma experiments

    05/28/2007 2:21:08 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 5 replies · 181+ views
    UPI ^ | 05/27/07
    WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. government is undertaking a set of controversial studies that allows some medical experiments without getting patients' permission. The $50 million project aims to improve treatment after car accidents, shootings, heart attack and other emergencies, the Washington Post reported Sunday. The five-year project will involve more than 20,000 patients at 11 sites in the United States and Canada. The experiments aim to find better ways to resuscitate people whose hearts suddenly stop, to stabilize patients in shock and to limit damage from head injuries, the Post reported. The patients often are unconscious at a...
  • Court Ruling Could Have Chilling Effect On Organ Donations (Govt OWNS you!)

    05/24/2007 10:50:43 PM PDT · by RedQuill · 35 replies · 1,224+ views
    Court Ruling Could Have Chilling Effect On Organ Donations SEATTLE -- If you marked "organ donation" on your driver's license, you may have given consent for something you can't imagine. Over the past year, KIRO Team 7 Investigators have repeatedly exposed how the King County Medical Examiner’s Office traded hundreds of human brains to a research lab, collecting $1.5 million along the way. Dozens of families say King County failed to get proper consent. Four sued. Now, Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne discovers a resulting court ruling might make everyone's donated body parts up for grabs. I, along with 2.6 million...
  • Taking a bite out of victimless crime

    05/11/2007 11:04:15 AM PDT · by Wuli · 35 replies · 1,180+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | May 11, 2007 | J.H. Huebert
    What secret activity went on in the garage of a seemingly friendly, well-liked, balding 60-year-old West Palm Beach man before police surrounded his house and arrested him on two felony charges? The sheriff's department, the man's neighbors and the man himself - Roger Bean - all agree: The "crime" was making dentures and temporary bridges for grateful customers at a mere fraction of the price. Instead of $2,000 dentures from a dentist, Mr. Bean's clients got their dentures from him, fitted, for as little as $200. An anonymous tip supposedly made police aware of Mr. Bean's "crimes." But news reports...
  • Weight Grade on Report Cards Angers Parents (Wyoming School District Uses BMI to Grade)

    05/10/2007 3:00:54 PM PDT · by Baladas · 208 replies · 2,700+ views
    ABC News ^ | May 8, 2007 | JOHN DONVAN and KATIE HINMAN
    Four times during the school year in Campbell County, Wyo., the school sends report cards home. Anxious parents and worried students are provided with the typical grading categories -- academic performance, attendance and a work ethic score. But here in Gillette, there's an additional grade that has some families up in arms. It's called the body mass index, or BMI, a calculation based on height and weight that indicates whether your kid is too fat. The school chooses the word "overweight." If your child scores too high, it's the fitness equivalent of a bad grade. When Taylor Barbour came home...
  • Pet food probe turns to possibility of fraud

    04/19/2007 4:58:56 PM PDT · by Arizona Carolyn · 161 replies · 3,310+ views
    Baltimore Sun.Com ^ | April 19, 2007 | By Jonathan D. Rockoff
    WASHINGTON // Federal investigators are probing whether Chinese producers laced a key ingredient in pet food with an industrial chemical in order to boost the price of their shipments snip Referring to the contamination that has prompted the recall of more than 100 brands of pet food, investigators are trying to determine whether Chinese producers purposely added melamine to their wheat gluten shipments to Menu Foods. more.....
  • Not registering

    05/05/2007 1:02:19 AM PDT · by quietolong · 50 replies · 1,223+ views
    The Country Today ^ | May 2nd, 2007 | Jim Massey
    Not registering By Jim Massey Editor MADISON — The May 1 deadline for Wisconsin dairy farmers to register their premises under threat of not having their milk-shipping licenses renewed is on hold. A standing-room-only crowd of about 75 people on April 25 voiced their discontent and heard an update about the premises registration issue. A group of Wisconsin farmers — mostly dairy producers — have expressed concerns about the mandatory premises program and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's plan to not renew dairy farm licenses for unregistered farms. Concerns expressed at the March DATCP board meeting prompted...
  • 2010 Census Goes High Tech With Data-Only HTC'Census' GPS Smartphone (Geek&Re-Districting Alert)

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  • Barcelona clubbers get chipped-(RFID chips for every patron)

    04/29/2007 7:03:26 PM PDT · by Flavius · 15 replies · 916+ views
    bbc ^ | 9/24/04 | bbs
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