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  • CA: (Boxer) Bill would create new wilderness ("Padlocking the great outdoors", 2.4M acres worth)

    04/23/2007 7:34:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 1,060+ views
    North County Times ^ | 4/23/07 | Dave Downey
    Conservationists say U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer's plan to designate 2.4 million acres of California mountains as wilderness ---- including areas in San Diego and Riverside counties ---- would preserve a back-country treasure for future generations. But off-road enthusiasts say Boxer's new wilderness bill would lock up that treasure forever so that only a privileged few could use it. California already has one of the nation's most extensive wilderness systems, one that covers more than 14 million acres or 13 percent of its sun-splashed lands. Local examples include the 16,000-acre Agua Tibia Wilderness just north of Palomar Mountain along the San...
  • Failing Schools See a Solution in Longer Day

    03/26/2007 5:54:34 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 105 replies · 1,654+ views
    ...The idea of a longer day was first promoted in charter schools — public schools that are tax-supported but independently run. But the surge of interest has been spurred largely by the federal No Child Left Behind law, which requires annual testing of students, with increasingly dire consequences for schools that fall short each year, including possible closing. Pressed by the demands of the law, school officials who support longer days say that much of the regular day must concentrate on test preparation. With extra hours, they say, they can devote more time to test readiness, if needed, and teach...
  • Clinton touts universal health care plan

    03/26/2007 8:34:24 AM PDT · by philsfan24 · 59 replies · 1,188+ views
    AP via Yahoooo ^ | 3/26/2007 | MIKE GLOVER
    DES MOINES, Iowa - Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed Monday to create a universal health care system if elected, saying she "learned a lot" during the failed health care effort of her husband's presidency. "We're going to have universal health care when I'm president ? there's no doubt about that. We're going to get it done," the New York senator and front-runner for the 2008 nomination said.
  • Universal Health Care: Unbiblical Socialism

    03/23/2007 1:58:48 PM PDT · by The_Eaglet · 21 replies · 596+ views
    INTELLECTUAL CONSERVATIVE ^ | 3/23/2007 | Mark H. Creech
    What is inherently immoral about socialistic endeavors is the effort to equalize economic conditions by forcibly redistributing wealth. To get this done, the right to private property, which God gives in the eighth commandment of the Decalogue, is violated. And charity, which according to the Scriptures is supposed to spring willingly from the heart, is instead coerced.
  • Flap Over Jersey Schools Regulating Student Behavior 24-7

    03/22/2007 2:49:21 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 54 replies · 819+ views
    Millennium Radio New Jersey ^ | Thursday, March 22, 2007 | David Matthau
    Is Big Brother coming to a school near you? Last month the Pequannock school board made national headlines when it began to randomly administer a new high-tech test - that determines whether a student consumed any alcohol in the previous 4 days. A few days ago, the Moorestown school board approved a tough new drug and alcohol policy that regulates student behavior 24-7 - even on weekends and over the summer. Some parents are voicing outrage at what's happening, but Mike Yaple, a spokesman with the New Jersey School Boards Association says there is a State regulation that addresses this...
  • Junk Foods Expelled from NJ Schools

    02/23/2007 3:10:30 AM PST · by Cagey · 29 replies · 531+ views
    WPVI NEWS ^ | 2-23-07
    TRENTON, N.J. - Junk foods got expelled from schools today, when Governor Corzine signed a bill implementing new school nutrition standards. The new law bars the sale or distribution of foods with minimal nutritional value in public school cafeterias and vending machines during school hours. Federal law defines such foods as those with less than five percent per serving of eight specified nutrients. Under the law, vending machines will not be allowed to contain foods or soft drinks listing sugar as the first ingredient, or those with excess fat or saturated fat.
  • Population control is critical in warming fight

    02/19/2007 1:34:22 PM PST · by Coleus · 111 replies · 2,058+ views ^ | 02.18.07 | JOHN SEAGER
    Global warming is "unequivocal," according to the just-released report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The most likely culprits are people - all of us. Yet, apart from insightful comments by former Vice President Al Gore, there has never been much public discussion about the role of human population growth in global warming. Professor Tim Dyson of the London School of Economics indicates that a 40 percent cut by 2050 in per capita carbon emissions in the developed world could be completely cancelled by global population growth. It's time to open a "second front" in the battle against global...
  • WSJ: Mental Health Nears 'Parity' -- Bill Would Require Similar Coverage To Physical Illness

    02/13/2007 6:10:37 AM PST · by OESY · 21 replies · 421+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 13, 2007 | JANE ZHANG
    A decision by major insurance and business groups to support legislation requiring health insurers to treat mental illnesses the same way as physical ailments could mean better mental-health coverage, at least for many who already receive it. A bill introduced by a bipartisan group of senators -- Pete Domenici (R., N.M.), Edward Kennedy (D., Mass.) and Mike Enzi (R., Wyo.) -- doesn't mandate that group health plans cover mental illness. Instead, it requires that plans, if they cover both mental and physical illnesses, treat both with "parity," or similar benefits, such as deductibles, co-payments and treatment limitations. Employers with fewer...
  • Group presses Congress to extend health coverage (to uninsured)

    01/18/2007 7:07:02 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 14 replies · 453+ views
    Mercury News ^ | Jan. 18, 2007 | Tony Pugh
    A prominent group of 16 national organizations challenged Congress on Thursday to cut quickly through gridlock and pass legislative proposals that would provide health coverage for more than 23 million uninsured Americans. The top proposal by the Health Coverage Coalition for the Uninsured is a five-year, $45 billion effort dubbed the "Kids First Initiative." It calls for expanding funding and eligibility for the State Children's Health Insurance Program and a new tax credit to help struggling families buy job-based child coverage. The group also recommended that Medicaid, the joint federal and state health program for the poor, should be modified...
  • Anti-cancer chicken eggs produced: genetically modified chicken's eggs with cancer fighting proteins

    01/14/2007 9:24:39 PM PST · by SirLinksalot · 7 replies · 1,282+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | 01/14/2007
    Anti-cancer chicken eggs produced GM chickens could be a route to faster, cheaper drugs UK scientists have developed genetically modified chickens capable of laying eggs containing proteins needed to make cancer-fighting drugs. The breakthrough has been announced by the same research centre that created the cloned sheep, Dolly. The Roslin Institute, near Edinburgh, says it has produced five generations of birds that can produce useful levels of life-saving proteins in egg whites. The work could lead to a range of drugs that are cheaper and easier to make. Professor Harry Griffin, director of the institute, told the BBC: "One of...
  • Animal Tags for People?[RFID Chips]

    01/12/2007 9:02:59 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 13 replies · 599+ views
    Business Week ^ | 11 Jan 2007 | David E. Gumpert
    Two cousin companies bet the fast-expanding market for animal RFID chips will extend to humans before long Under the federally supported National Animal Identification System (NAIS), digital tags are expected to be affixed to the U.S.'s 40 million farm animals to enable regulators to track and respond quickly to disease, bioterrorism, and other calamities. Opponents have many fears about this plan, among them that it could be the forerunner of a similar system for humans. The theory, circulated in blogs, goes like this: You test it on the animals first, demonstrating the viability of the radio frequency identification devices (RFIDs)...
  • Mental health bill to face House vote (Wellstone bill)

    12/28/2006 6:55:01 AM PST · by presidio9 · 58 replies · 708+ views
    After years of trying, advocates think they have a good chance of getting Congress to pass legislation next year that would require equal health insurance coverage for mental and physical illnesses, if their policies include both. ADVERTISEMENT The legislation, named for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, a Minnesota Democrat who championed the cause, has strong support in Congress but has run into GOP roadblocks. In the last congressional session, 231 House members — more than half of the chamber — signed on as co-sponsors. The GOP leadership, which in the past had expressed concern that the proposal would drive up...
  • U.S. Urges H.I.V. Tests for Adults and Teenagers

    09/22/2006 7:03:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 51 replies · 1,059+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 22, 2006 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    In a major shift of policy, the federal government recommended yesterday that all teenagers and most adults have H.I.V. tests as part of routine medical care because too many Americans infected with the AIDS virus don’t know it. The recommendation, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urges testing at least once for everyone aged 13 to 64 and annual tests for those with high-risk behavior. The proposal is a sharp break from the early days of the AIDS epidemic, when the stigma of the disease and the fear of social ostracism caused many people to avoid being tested....
  • State derails farm registration program

    08/18/2006 11:22:51 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 1 replies · 245+ views
    Times Argus ^ | august 18, 2006 | Louis Porter
    MONTPELIER — The state's controversial mandatory farm registration program is effectively dead, or at least in a coma. Secretary of Agriculture Steve Kerr told a crowd of nearly 100 at a Montpelier hearing Thursday that the agency would let its proposed rule that would require those keeping livestock to register with the state to expire. His agency likely will begin working on a new program to aid in disease management sometime in the next few months, but that proposal could be different in several key aspects, in part because of objections by small farmers and activists. "The concept was grounded...
  • Farm Premises ID & NAIS Dead in Vermont

    08/18/2006 10:52:50 AM PDT · by pubwvj · 6 replies · 489+ views ^ | 8/18/2006 | Walter Jeffries
    Mandatory Premises ID registration and the USDA's proposed National Animal Identification System (NAIS) are dead in Vermont! See this article for more details: In a nutshell, which is where these programs belongs, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture (AoA) has finally heard the enormous protest against the program and said they are letting the proposal for mandatory Premises ID expire and will not share information with the feds thus killing NAIS at the same time. Secretary of Agriculture Steve Kerr told a crowd of nearly 100 at a Montpelier hearing Thursday that the agency would let its proposed rule that...
  • Deployed Airmen register for marrow program

    08/16/2006 4:40:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 214+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Celena Wilson
    8/16/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- The faces on posters that call attention to a number of worthwhile volunteer causes are often lost in the hustle of accomplishing the daily mission. However, the association of one poster to a deployed Airman at a recent drive in Southwest Asia put a face on the critical need for all to register as bone marrow donors. The base-wide campaign drew 685 new registrants to the C.W. Bill Young Department of Defense Marrow Donor Program. It was held in memory of Cavion Holloway, the son of Staff Sgt. Danielle and Billy Holloway, who passed...
  • Is Congress spending your money in secret? [EARMARKS]

    08/15/2006 8:34:29 PM PDT · by upchuck · 53 replies · 858+ views ^ | August 15, 2006
    Is Congress spending your money in secret? Congress is considering a bill — the Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations measure — that presently contains 1,867 earmarks worth more than a half-billion tax dollars and averaging nearly $268,000 each. Many are for things that sound like worthy causes such as "hospital facilities and equipment," yet none of the sponsoring congressmen put their names on their earmarks. That's why The Examiner newspapers have joined with the Sunlight Foundation,, and Citizens Against Government Waste in posting the database of earmarks in the Labor-HHS appropriations and inviting readers to help identify the...
  • Computer hackers get lesson on cloning passport, cash card tags

    08/06/2006 6:29:12 PM PDT · by diverteach · 16 replies · 823+ views
    AFP ^ | Sun Aug 6, 9:54 AM ET | Glenn Chapman
    LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AFP) - High-tech passports touted as advances in national security can be spied on remotely and their identifying radio signals cloned, computers hackers were shown at a conference. ADVERTISEMENT Radio frequency identification technology, referred to as RFID, used in cash cards and passports, can be copied, blocked or imitated, said Melanie Rieback, a privacy researcher at Vrije University in the Netherlands. Rieback demonstrated a device she and colleagues at Vrije built to hijack the RFID signals that manufacturers have touted as unreadable by anything other than proprietary scanners. "I spend most of my time making the RFID...
  • Wading into another debacle (nanny state to the rescue)

    08/05/2006 5:11:22 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 86 replies · 1,188+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | 08/05/06 | Editorial
    Coming to every school in Connecticut: a state-mandated swimming pool? The idea is not that far-fetched if you follow the thinking of people alarmed by the recent spate of drownings in Connecticut. Here's the road map: Several young people, mostly minorities who were non-swimmers, drowned this summer. In Connecticut, this constitutes a moral crisis requiring -- what else? -- a government solution. An analysis of selectively culled and tortured data from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control reveals America has a "swimming gap," with racist origins, of course. Minority children 10 to 14 are more than four times...
  • Farmers Vow Defiance Of State's Registration Rule (Vermont)

    07/27/2006 6:06:45 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 84 replies · 1,157+ views
    The Caledonian Record ^ | Wednesday July 26, 2006 | BY ROBIN SMITH And JACOB L. GRANT, Staff Writers
    NEWPORT CITY -- Farmers vowed Tuesday afternoon to defy any effort by the state to make them register their farms as part of the preparations for bird flu or other diseases that could jump from animal to human. Calling the Vermont Agency of Agriculture's livestock premises registration rule a fascist or Nazi plan, the three dozen livestock owners at a hearing at the state office building in Newport City said they would destroy their animals, or pay fines rather than put their names and addresses on a state registry. "I'm not going to comply," said Jack Lazur of Butterworth...