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  • The Reality of Ferguson (Vanity)

    03/12/2015 8:32:04 PM PDT · by ferg flute · 50 replies
    My wife and I have been living in Ferguson, MO for over 20 years. We live close enough to the Ferguson Police Station to hear the protestors that have been making their presence known over the past few months. We know many of the police officers, public officials, and private citizens who are movers and shakers in the community. We are close friends to many black and white residents in the city. We have watched the media reporting of the event and are appalled at the overall lack of journalistic ethics, blatant bias and agitative propaganda that is passing as...
  • Are Professional Sports Fixed?

    01/29/2015 1:51:29 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    Would you leave a multi-billion dollar business up to chance? What if all of that time, emotion, and money has been wasted on a lie? What if the action on the field isn’t what it appears to be? What if you, and millions others like you, have been duped – outright lied to – by those franchises you hold so dear to your heart, all in the name of making an easy buck? Well, my friend, it has happened. And although your name might not be “Mark,” you have certainly become one to those running the carnival known as professional...
  • Stripper-turned-hedge funder sues ex-bosses for sexual harassment

    10/06/2011 11:43:41 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:36 PM on 6th October 2011 | By Meghan Keneally
    Strippers with sob stories or hookers with hearts of gold are often the way that Hollywood glamorizes the career paths of exotic dancers. One combination that you don't hear about often is the stripper turned Wall Street trader. Niki Marx, 27, is that case.
  • Meet #OccupyWallSt's @JeffRaae: Professional Rabble Rouser, Agitator, Organizer & Labor Activist

    10/02/2011 2:40:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Big Government ^ | 10/2/11 | LaborUnionReport
    Saturday, marked the second week of the #OccupyWallSt protests. With the endorsements of union bosses now firmly in their back pockets, protesters in New York celebrated the anniversary of their campout in a New York City park by shutting down the Brooklyn Bridge. This, of course, led to the NYPD to arrest many of the—more than 700, according to the New York Times. In a tense showdown above the East River, the police arrested more than 700 demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street protests who took to the roadway as they tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday afternoon....
  • Rise of the Mob: Wisconsin Fairgoers Attacked, Violently Beaten

    08/05/2011 9:27:25 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 33 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 8/5/11 | Mac Slavo
    For the time being these attacks seem to be limited to teenagers, but it won’t be long before we see professional criminal organizations begin to use them to coordinate higher-end robberies or even vendettas against others. As was pointed out in the afforementioned article, researchers suggest that it takes only 5% of a group to influence the actions of the other 95%. When the call goes out, the mob will act without even knowing why – they just will. This is exactly what happened in Wisconsin when they began vandalizing fair storefronts and robbing them, eventually turning their attention to...
  • Sloth nation: America has taken laziness to new lows

    01/30/2011 6:21:25 AM PST · by lowbridge · 125 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 29, 2011 | Leslie Gornstein
    “I’m ready to offer my services for ur project. Contact me at ur earliest convenience 2 arrange for interview. Thanks in advance for ur consideration.” That’s a real cover letter from a real person claiming to be a real professional, who thinks she can get a real job. The letter was fielded by publicist and trend-spotter Richard Laermer, who gets so many of these he collects them and, when asked, forwards them to reporters for fun. The letter “just made me shake my head till it nearly fell off.” But it isn’t rare. In fact, Laermer says, it’s typical. “Lazy...
  • Did Press Sec Robert Gibbs Quit or go on Vacation or something?
  • The Professional Left vs. the Amateur Right

    08/18/2010 7:42:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    pjm ^ | August 18, 2010 | Oleg Atbashian
    Of all the slips of the tongue and unintentional admissions by this administration, Robert Gibbs’ “professional left” comment may well be the one they wish they could squeeze back into their collective windpipe the most: I hear these people saying (Obama) is like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested. … I mean, it’s crazy. … The professional left … will be satisfied when we have Canadian health care and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality. … They wouldn’t be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was president.
  • To Russia, with Love

    05/11/2010 1:15:58 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 1 replies · 180+ views
    Associated Content ^ | Published April 01, 2010 by | Alice Winters
    Given Russia's reputation for excessive bureaucracy, it's only right that a company would exist to help businesspeople to set up, find the right translators, and also provide the right legal guidance to navigate the Byzantine direction of Russia's business bureaucracy. Center of Economic Planning consists of a professional team of skilled translators, auditors and IT specialists who will also not just help foreign businesses, but also help native Russians build their businesses.
  • The 10 Most Overrated Teams in All of Sports

    02/11/2010 8:03:24 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 87 replies · 1,853+ views
    bleacherreport ^ | 11 Feb 2010 | Ben Aikey
    10. Philadelphia Eagles - inability to win the big game 9. Virginia Tech Football - won five of their last ten bowl games 8. Carolina Panthers - 3 winning seasons in last 10 years 7. Kentucky Men's Basketball - start strong, but don't finish strong 6. Cleveland Cavaliers - can't play together like a team 5. New York Mets - 2007: 17 games left to go and you can’t hold a seven game lead 4. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. - 363 career races, No. 88 has only won 18 3. Gonzaga Men's Basketball - mid conference, no major NBA players 2....
  • FBI plans large hiring blitz of agents, experts

    01/05/2009 3:37:31 PM PST · by An Old Man · 33 replies · 1,019+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 5, 2009 | James Vicini
    Since the Sept 11, 2001, attacks, the FBI has been criticized for not having enough employees fluent in foreign languages and for not moving fast enough to upgrade its computer system. FBI Assistant Director John Raucci of the Human Resources division said the federal law enforcement agency is seeking to bring more people on board with skills in critical areas, especially language fluency and computer science. "We're also looking for professionals in a wide variety of fields who have a deep desire to help protect our nation from terrorists, spies, and others who wish us harm," Raucci said. He said...
  • Any Pro Wrestling Fans here?

    09/28/2008 12:11:28 PM PDT · by KentuckianaHeadhunter · 16 replies · 769+ views
    Vanity ^ | 9/28/08 | Vanity;f=17 If there are any pro wrestling fans here, come on by the political message board.
  • Japan's new professional seducers

    09/03/2008 10:23:18 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 18 replies · 376+ views ^ | 8/31/08 | Lesley Downer
    This woman leads a double life. Her boyfriend thinks she’s a secretary. In fact she is one of Japan’s new breed of professional seducers, hired by embittered spouses to entrap their straying partners. And she’ll stop at nothing to get the desired results.Case 1: Mr A and Kyoko 3.30pm. Mr A is outside a bank in a busy part of Ikebukuro, a faintly seedy area of Tokyo, waiting for his date. He beams as she teeters across the road on high heels. Kyoko, 20, is half his age. She has a mane of black hair, sloe eyes, a fetching smile...
  • The Best Places To Launch A Career

    09/11/2006 8:58:30 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 7 replies · 872+ views
    yahoo! ^ | Sep 8, 2006 | Lindsey Gerdes
    Like many other baseball fans, Joe Kosa, 28, is spending his Sunday glued to a TV. But relaxed he's not. Instead, the ESPN (NYSE:DIS - News) production assistant is stationed in front of dozens of flat-screen TVs tuned to global sporting events at the headquarters of the Disney-owned network. He's furiously jotting down notes to weave into a storyline that will be read in 60 seconds flat on tonight's 6 p.m. SportsCenter broadcast. With the San Diego Padres leading the Chicago Cubs 9-0, the outcome is hardly in doubt, and writing the highlights should be easy. Then, Clay Hensley, who...
  • Who wants to listen to Bush when you can hear what Kyra thinks of her control freak sister-in-law?

    08/31/2006 2:08:32 AM PDT · by familyop · 45 replies · 2,670+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 31AUG06 | Tim Reid
    IT SOUNDS like the television anchorwoman’s ultimate nightmare. Take lavatory break. Leave personal microphone on. Have cloakroom gossip — including how much you hate your sister-in-law — broadcast live in excruciating detail during a nationally televised speech by President Bush. CNN was forced to apologise yesterday after such a fate befell Kyra Phillips, whose trenchant views on her brother’s wife, mixed with the sound of zips and running water, drowned out Mr Bush as he spoke live from New Orleans to mark the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Her inadvertent comments gave the name of her show, Live From, a...
  • Professional Reading

    07/06/2006 6:06:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 223+ views
    U.S. Army Professional Writting Collection | Multiple
    The Long Small War: Indigenous Forces for Counterinsurgency "The [11] September attacks can be understood as the first battle in this new [epochal] war. If, as some historians argue, the twentieth century began in August 1914, it may be that the twenty-first century will be said to have begun in September 2001. . . . The alliance of which the United States is a part faces a long and bitter struggle." --snip-- Massing Effects in the Information Domain: A Case Study in Aggressive Information Operations ...I say to you: that we are in a battle, and that more than...
  • Don’t panic – or our culture of caution will be the death of us

    06/11/2006 10:22:55 AM PDT · by proxy_user · 5 replies · 445+ views
    The Times of London ^ | June 11, 2006 | Simon Jenkins
    Better safe than sorry is the official response to the collapse of the Forest Gate anti-terrorism operation. Better safe than sorry is apparently the inquiry conclusion on the police killing last year of Jean de Menezes in a London Tube train. Better safe than sorry is justifying the erection of concrete anti-bomb slabs round Waterloo and Victoria stations. In each case we are told that you cannot be “too safe” when it comes to public security. These responses may or may not be justified. They seem wholly disproportionate, but then none of us knows the extent of the secretly perceived...
  • NATO Striving to Build Professional NCO Corps

    05/09/2006 6:37:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 223+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 9, 2006 – Just as noncommissioned officers and petty officers are the backbone of the U.S. military, they also are increasingly becoming the backbone of NATO, a top U.S. NCO said here today. Marine Sgt. Maj. Alford L. McMichael, senior noncommissioned officer for NATO's Allied Command for Operations, is at the forefront of that effort. He spoke during a conference of service senior enlisted advisors and combatant command senior enlisted leaders meeting at the Pentagon this week. McMichael is a former sergeant major of the Marine Corps. He assumed his current position in September 2003 and is the...
  • Relations With Iran on High Seas 'Courteous, Professional'

    04/30/2006 11:53:38 AM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 651+ views
    ABOARD THE USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN, April 30, 2006 – Despite political tensions among Iran and other countries, exchanges between the Iranian navy and coalition forces in the northern Arabian Gulf are "fully courteous and professional," said U.S. Navy Capt. Christopher Noble, during an interview here. Noble, the commander of Coalition Task Group 58.1, is charged with protecting Iraq's oil terminals, located in Iraqi territorial waters. However, exchanges with ships manned by Iranian Revolutionary Guardsmen are not as professional, and the Iranian ships test the coalition on occasion. "But it's still a crisp relationship, and they know why we're here," said...
  • Is Politics Like Professional Wrestling?

    01/05/2006 1:09:25 PM PST · by JBroadwa · 15 replies · 334+ views
    1-5-06 | JBroadwa
    Most people know that professional wrestling is just a show, and, as one professional wrestler put it, it's just a soap opera with a little wrestling mixed in. The outcomes -- the winners and losers -- are determined before the matches even take place, yet each event and even each match is hyped as if either opponent or either team has an actual chance of winning. Wrestlers act like they're mad at each other when in real life they're best friends. And when one of the "bad guys" happens to die in real life, everyone honors him, because, after all,...
  • Deadly Pet Food - Diamond Pet Foods

    12/22/2005 5:53:34 AM PST · by Calpernia · 93 replies · 2,593+ views
    13 WHAM ^ | 12/22/05 | Mike Doria
    (Rochester, NY) 12/22/05 -- Some pet food contaminated with a toxic fungus is having deadly consequences. Several dogs in the Rochester area have died from the toxin and others could be sick without their owners knowing. Stores in 23 states have been notified to pull Diamond Pet Food products off their shelves. The contaminant, aflatoxin, grows on corn put in the products. The food is sold under the brand names Diamond, Country Value, and Professional. The recalled batches have date codes of March-07 through June-07 and were made at the company's plant in Gaston, South Carolina. Products from other facilities...
  • Jackson Says New Code is Racially Motivated

    10/20/2005 6:41:50 AM PDT · by WmCraven_Wk · 118 replies · 2,960+ views
    ComcastSportsnet ^ | Wednesday, October 19, 2005 | AP Wire
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana guard Stephen Jackson believes the NBA's new ban on bling-bling is racially motivated, but says he will abide by the rules. The NBA has announced that a dress code will go into effect at the start of the season. Players will be required to wear business-casual attire when involved in team or league business. They can't wear visible chains, pendants or medallions over their clothes. Jackson, who is black, said the NBA's new rule about jewelry targets young black males because chains are associated with hip-hop culture, and he said the league is afraid of becoming...
  • STEROIDS: Sports Officials Back On Capitol Hill

    09/28/2005 7:29:21 AM PDT · by jscottdavis_for_48th_district · 30 replies · 676+ views
    AP, WRAL.COM ^ | 28 SEPTEMBER 2005 | Ronald Blum, Jennifer Talhelm
    The sports world needs to take illegal steroid use serious. Sports officials are again on Capitol Hill since sports are not taking the problem seriously. The ill effects of steroid use can be fatal. Unfortunately, athletes are being pressured to use steroids to remain competitive. Senator John McCain has sponsored the "Clean Sports Act," which is companion to a House Bill presented by Tom Davis. Both call for a 2 year suspension for first time offenders of steroid use and a lifetime ban for a second offense. It's time to put these measures into law before more athletes destroy themselves...
  • Limbaugh! Rather & Kalb Credit Free Republic (or for breaking the FORGED documents

    09/27/2005 4:03:25 PM PDT · by freedrudge · 140 replies · 5,416+ views
    Limbaugh ^ | 09/27/05 | Rush
    RUSH: I want to now go to these Dan Rather sound bites. Dan Rather was interviewed last night at the National Press Club in Washington by former CBS News employee-reporter Marvin Kalb. Marvin Kalb now runs the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Shorenstein Center at Harvard, and you know something? When you hear these bites you're going to understand what I'm saying here. This is one of the problems of the mainstream media today. When these reporters that get long in the tooth get laid off or retired, they farm them out to these think tanks and these journalism...
  • Emotional Rather blasts 'new journalism order'

    09/19/2005 8:36:17 PM PDT · by aculeus · 273 replies · 5,360+ views ^ | September 19, 2005 | By Paul J. Gough, Reuters/Hollywood Reporter
    NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather said Monday that there is a climate of fear running through newsrooms stronger than he has ever seen in his more than four-decade career. Rather famously tangled with President Nixon and his aides during the Watergate years while Rather was a hard-charging White House correspondent. Addressing the Fordham University School of Law in Manhattan, occasionally forcing back tears, he said that in the intervening years, politicians "of every persuasion" had gotten better at applying pressure on the conglomerates that own the broadcast networks. He called it a "new journalism...
  • Vince Neil Breaks Leg During Crue Concert

    09/19/2005 12:18:35 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 6 replies · 338+ views
    ABC NEWS ^ | 09-19-2005 | AP
    ATLANTA Sep 18, 2005 — Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil is recovering from a leg injury after slipping off stage during a performance. The band was about five songs into the concert Friday night when Neil leaned over to sing along with the audience and slipped off stage, said police spokeswoman Sylvia Abernathy. "I just felt something snap in my leg," Neil wrote on the band's Web site. "I just couldn't go on." The band was forced to end the concert early. Neil was treated at Piedmont Hospital and released Saturday, hospital spokeswoman Diana Lewis said. The band said...
  • Suspect in carjacking a molester (killed by passerby)

    09/17/2005 6:12:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies · 2,504+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | September 17, 2005 | CHANDLER BROWN, DON PLUMMER
    The carjacker-kidnapper shot dead Monday by a passer-by in Cobb County had a conviction for sex crimes and has been tentatively connected to a rape last week in Acworth, police said Tuesday. Despite his conviction for child molestation and statutory rape, Brian O'Neil Clark, 25, does not appear in the state's database for sexual offenders, and state officials were at a lost to explain why. As details came out about her abductor Tuesday, so too did a picture of the victim. Kimberly Boyd, 30, was kidnapped at gunpoint shortly after leaving her office Monday morning, police said. She died when...
  • Neighbors Say Man Was Shot, Killed During Break-In

    09/16/2005 2:53:24 AM PDT · by Jim Noble · 25 replies · 981+ views
    Union Leader ^ | September 16, 2005 | Brian DeKoning
    ROCHESTER — A Fremont man was shot to death about 1:45 a.m. yesterday at a home at 80 Pine St. in a case that neighbors say may be connected to a string of break-ins. Bryan J. Gaedtke, 21, was carried in a body bag from the single-family house a block from the Rochester Fairgrounds. State Attorney General Kelly Ayotte's office is investigating the case with Rochester police; they disclosed few details yesterday. But neighbors said they believed a resident of the home shot Gaedtke because he broke into the house in the middle of the night. A second-story window screen...
  • Reuters Photo Is A Fraud? (Vanity with pics)

    09/15/2005 2:26:16 PM PDT · by antaresequity · 194 replies · 6,928+ views
    091505 | Me
    <p>First off the handwriting isn't Bush's...</p>
  • Katrina Kills PravdABDNC (Braying)

    09/07/2005 10:42:22 AM PDT · by bray · 23 replies · 721+ views
    self | 9/7/05 | bray
    The Stone Age Press is facing a disaster of historic proportions and do they strengthen their levies of credibility? Of course not, they report this natural disaster as if it were Abu Grabass or their George Bush club of the Month. This was by far the worst case of news reporting in the history of this country. Within 24 hours of the breaking of the levy the Samestream press were reporting this as President Bush was willingly killing New Orleans. They are like skydivers w/o parachutes who rather than flap their arms they have decided to do a delta tuck...
  • Katrina/PBS/Liberal Contempt

    09/03/2005 5:08:18 AM PDT · by beyond the sea · 89 replies · 1,651+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 9/3/05 | self
    I just happened to come across and watch the last half hour of a replay of 'Washington Week' on PBS. NEVER have I seen so much bias, distortions, and pure sly, and (poorly) disguised hatred for this president.Gloria Bolger and the "moderator" Gwenn Eiffel were bathing in hatred and the sheer joy that they are going to make the administration's reaction to Katrina a major dark spot on the president and Republicans in general. It was despicable! Rather than being a news roundup show, this was a lynching of this president, and they assured the viewer that it would continue...
  • Home invasion attempt foiled by homeowner with shotgun (TX)

    08/20/2005 9:21:00 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 76 replies · 2,395+ views
    ABC13 Eyewitness News ^ | 8/19/05 | Christine Dobbyn
    The attackers barged into the victim's apartment, leading to a deadly gun battle.(8/19/05 - HOUSTON) — A southeast Houston furniture store owner says some suspects wanted his cash. But police say those suspects didn't get very far because the owner grabbed his gun and fired. The owner of the store asked us not to identify him for his own safety. On Thursday night, a woman who has been following him around a lot on deliveries came to his apartment on 75th near Harrisburg. Through a translator, the store owner told us, "She's been in five times, asking questions about how...
  • S. Korea: Is an Artist a Professional or a Day Laborer? (pinko artist's legacy)

    07/10/2005 6:41:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 448+ views
    Hanguk Ilbo ^ | 2005/07/10 | Lee Sung-hee
    /begin my translationArtist is a Professional or a Day Laborer?Court battle between the late 'Koo Bonju' and Samsung Fire Insurance still ragingEscalating controversy over occupation, career history, retirement ageIs an artist a creative professional or a day laborer?The controversy over the legal status of artists is heating up now that the entire art community has formed the committee to address this issue and are staging protests. It was triggered when Samsung Fire Insurance Co., the insurance carrier of  a sculptor Koo Bonju, killed in an freak traffic accident in 2003, appealed the court verdict on the damage compensation suit by...
  • Professional Sports: A Rebuilding Year Again? ***VANITY***

    06/08/2005 11:36:49 AM PDT · by mukraker · 41 replies · 612+ views
    Is your favorite professional sports team in another "rebuilding year?" I know the members of FR are a diverse group. I would suspect we have someone with connections to at least one pro team. So I'd like to post a pet theory of mine, and see if anyone has the ability/guts/determination to implement it. If you take a close look at a championship high school or college team, you'll often find that the team has been a team, working together as a team, for the past 4 years. The players are teammates. They've been working together for 4 years, and...
  • NY: NY Raise Smoking Age?

    05/09/2005 5:21:35 AM PDT · by SheLion · 94 replies · 2,670+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Rights ^ | 5-9-05 | MEGHAN CLYNE
    In a move opponents are labeling an invasion by the nanny state, the state Senate's Health Committee expects to take up, and probably approve, legislation this week that would raise New York's smoking age to 19. The bill, sponsored by Charles Fuschillo Jr., a Republican of Long Island, was introduced April 18. The chairman of the Senate committee, Kemp Hannon, another Long Island Republican, confirmed that the legislation is on tomorrow's agenda and said he thought the bill would be approved by the committee, at which point it could be brought to the Senate floor. Mr. Fuschillo's legislation would...
  • Breast cancer risk less when pregnant mom smoked

    05/08/2005 6:20:17 AM PDT · by SheLion · 113 replies · 1,730+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Rights ^ | 5-5-05 | Michelle Rizzo
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women whose mothers smoked while they were pregnant have a reduced likelihood of developing breast cancer, according to a new study. However, "This observation certainly does not suggest that smoking is beneficial," Dr. William C. Strohsnitter told Reuters Health. "The very small reduction in breast cancer would be offset by the large number of other diseases caused by cigarette smoking."The reason for the finding may be connected to estrogen, which is linked to breast cancer risk. "Clinical studies show that maternal cigarette smoking reduces pregnancy estrogen levels," Strohsnitter, of Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, and...
  • Michigan: States hunt down online cigarette buyers

    05/05/2005 6:20:00 AM PDT · by SheLion · 96 replies · 1,775+ views ^ | 5-3-05 | Kathleen Hunter
    Michigan resident Julia Sidebottom inhaled sharply when she opened her mailbox earlier this year and was greeted with an unexpected and unwelcome bill from the state for $4,753.89 in unpaid cigarette and sales taxes.For several years, Sidebottom's boyfriend purchased cigarettes online at, one of 13 online cigarette retailers from which Michigan recently subpoenaed customer lists. She said the bill caught her completely off guard."It never even crossed our minds," said Sidebottom, whose 57-year-old boyfriend suffers from Alzheimer's and has granted her power of attorney. "I search the Web all the time for the best deals on everything. Never in...
  • New York City: Silk's not just blowing smoke

    05/04/2005 9:12:46 AM PDT · by SheLion · 15 replies · 654+ views
    United Pro Choice ^ | 5-3-05 | Dennis Duggan
     Silk's not just blowing smokeDennis Duggan  May 3, 2005 Retired cop Audrey Silk puffed on a Parliament in her Cape Cod-style home in Marine Park and said she is running for mayor because Michael Bloomberg is a "Puritan who has taken the gusto out of New York City." "How many of those do you smoke every day?" I ask.  "I hate that question," she said in a mind-your-own-business voice. Silk knows she's the longest of long shots as the candidate of the Libertarian Party, which was burned in 1994 when it chose radio talk show host Howard Stern to run...
  • China:Beijing Finds Anti-Japan Propaganda a 2-Edged Sword(urban professionals upset)

    05/03/2005 5:12:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 775+ views
    NYT ^ | 05/03/05 | JOSEPH KAHN
    May 3, 2005 Beijing Finds Anti-Japan Propaganda a 2-Edged Sword By JOSEPH KAHN Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press An anti-Japanese protest in Shanghai on April 16. Such sentiment is rife in China's urban middle class. Doug Kanter for The New York Times Li Bin, head of a chain of health clubs, say the Chinese government takes too soft a line against Japan's playing down of its wartime Doug Kanter for The New York Times Wang Liqun the founder of a paper company. EIJING, May 2 - Of all the customers his paper company has worldwide, Wang Liqun appreciates Japanese the most. Unfailingly...
  • Maine: Tourist dollars up as visits drop off

    04/30/2005 9:26:46 AM PDT · by SheLion · 210 replies · 2,951+ views
    PORTLAND - Overnight visits by tourists to and within Maine were down last year, but revenues were up - and that spells trouble, Maine's top tourism official told a statewide meeting Friday. Dann Lewis, director of the state tourism office, warned the Governor's Conference on Tourism that the broad perception of Maine as a good buy for the travel dollar has collapsed. "The perception that Maine is a travel bargain has disappeared over the last five years," he said.What the tourism industry calls the price-value ratio has been "out of balance" in recent years as innkeepers have raised rates, Lewis...
  • Maine: Baldacci to put own plan on list of tax overhaul proposals ~ Look Out!

    04/29/2005 5:03:28 AM PDT · by SheLion · 57 replies · 996+ views ^ | 4-29-05 | Francis X. Quinn
    Rep. Sean Faircloth, D-Bangor, suggests hiking taxes on beer, wine, bar drinks and cigarettes, boosting the meals and lodging tax during the months of May through October, establishing a soft drinks tax and raising the income level at which the highest marginal rate would apply.
  • Denver: Senate tentatively approves statewide smoking ban for restaurants

    04/28/2005 5:33:55 AM PDT · by SheLion · 14 replies · 475+ views ^ | 4-27-05 | Paola Farer
    DENVER - A statewide smoking ban got preliminary approval in the state Senate Wednesday but the measure still faces some stiff opposition before it becomes law. It is also less restrictive than its proponents might like. The proposal would ban smoking in most restaurants. But when it was originally proposed it would have banned smoking in bars and office buildings as well.Supporters like Sen. Dan Grossman, D-Denver, say the measure that passed is a step in the right direction. He said he wants all restaurants in the state to compete under the same rules, pointing out that smoking is already...
  • Italy's new health minister wants more smoking areas

    04/27/2005 7:21:27 AM PDT · by SheLion · 14 replies · 384+ views
    Italy's new health minister said he wants more public smoking areas, sharply reduced under a new ban, and slammed what he called a trend towards obsessive health policies, in published comments."There is a real threat that we are heading towards a therapeutic society ... a medical tyranny of doctors and a minister who are the only ones allowed to say what constitues 'good living'," said Francesco Storace in an interview with Corriere della Sera.A smoker himself who is "trying to quit", Storace said he would examine whether it was possible to boost the number of smoking areas, which were slashed...
  • Towns could get more control over smoking

    04/19/2005 4:54:44 AM PDT · by SheLion · 21 replies · 1,075+ views
    Chicago-Sun Times ^ | April 12, 2005 | DAVE MCKINNEY
    SPRINGFIELD -- Health groups won a key battle in the state Senate Monday as lawmakers voted to allow all Illinois towns, rather than a select few, to decide where to allow smoking. Since 1989, when the state approved the Clean Indoor Air Act that permitted smoking only in designated areas, 20 municipalities were allowed to keep their stricter no-smoking laws that were enacted previously. The rest of the state functioned under the milder state law written partly by the tobacco industry. Though opposed by retailers, restaurants and gas station operators, the measure backed on Monday in the Senate vote would...
  • This Bad Bargain Must Go Up in Smoke

    04/14/2005 5:41:40 AM PDT · by SheLion · 31 replies · 887+ views
    Forbes ^ | March 14, 2005 | Steve Forbes, Editor-In-Chief
    This Bad Bargain Must Go Up in SmokeRecently a federal appeals court finally brought some sanity to the issue of the U.S. government's being able to sue tobacco companies for allegedly burying the truth about cigarettes being harmful. Forgotten in all of this, of course, is the fact that cigarette packs have carried health-warning labels on them for 40 years. The judges ruled that the federal government cannot force the tobacco companies to hand over $280 billion of profits they earned while allegedly misleading us about their products' impact on people's health. The suit was born of Washington's envy over...
  • Maine: Bill closes loophole in smoking law

    04/05/2005 4:05:33 PM PDT · by SheLion · 107 replies · 2,693+ views
    kennebeck journal ^ | 4-5-05 | CHRIS CHURCHILL
    State health officials and several lawmakers are pushing to close loopholes that allow smoking in clubs and workplaces. The proposed legislation pleases many bar owners, who say they've lost customers to private clubs since Maine took the smoke out of taverns in 2004. It also suits groups such as the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society, who claim many Mainers are exposed to secondhand smoke at work despite groundbreaking legislation passed by the Legislature 20 years ago. "Even here in Maine, workplace smoking remains an issue," said Dr. Dora Mills, director of the Maine Bureau of Health. "Our...
  • RI:Bar, Restaurant Owners Sue Over Smoking Ban Exemptions

    03/29/2005 4:35:45 AM PST · by SheLion · 34 replies · 1,070+ views ^ | March 28, 2005
    NEWPORT, R.I. -- Bar and restaurant owners upset over the newly enacted smoking ban sued the state Wednesday, saying exemptions to the law make it unconstitutional.The law temporarily exempts small bars with fewer than 10 employees and nonprofit groups that meet certain requirements. The state's two gambling facilities are permanently exempted, meaning smokers will be able to light up there, but not in most bars and restaurants.The suit was filed in Newport Superior Court by five businesses who said they have been hurt by the ban, according to the Web site of the Providence Journal. The suit claims the exemptions...
  • RI: Trial to begin in smoke shop lawsuit

    03/23/2005 6:59:33 AM PST · by SheLion · 24 replies · 656+ views
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The federal trial begins today in the lawsuit brought by members of the Narragansett Indian tribe, who say their civil rights were violated when state troopers closed the tribe's tax-free smoke shop in 2003.Narragansett Tribal Council member Paulla Dove Jennings, her son, Adam Jennings and Keith Huertas, manager of the shop, are suing.They say several state troopers did not identify themselves or show a warrant when they raided the smoke shop on July 14th, 2003 -- two days after it was opened. They also say the troopers assaulted and injured them.A federal judge has since ruled...
  • CO: Smoking ban may be snuffed

    03/23/2005 4:32:08 AM PST · by SheLion · 36 replies · 1,033+ views ^ | 3-23-05 | Mark P. Couch
    Republicans in the Colorado Senate have stalled - at least temporarily - the effort to ban smoking in public places statewide.Senate Minority Leader Mark Hillman of Burlington said all 17 Republican senators are opposing the bill because it infringes on personal freedom and property rights."I don't smoke, and I think it's disgusting," Hillman said. "But I'm sick and tired of all these nannies running around telling people what to do."The bill's sponsor, Sen. Dan Grossman, D-Denver, said he has delayed his plan to introduce the bill."I don't want to paint myself into a corner by introducing it in the...
  • Maine:Bill To Ban Tobacco Ads Goes Up In Smoke

    03/20/2005 12:58:25 PM PST · by SheLion · 146 replies · 1,791+ views
    AUGUSTA, Maine -- A bill to ban tobacco ads in stores where children could see them does not appear to be making progress in Augusta. State Rep. Stephen Bowen’s bill would have banned any tobacco ad a child could see.Testimony before the Health and Human Services Committee Thursday showed the law was unlikely to pass constitutional muster. Bowen said people should be able to take their children into a store and not have to pass the ads. He said he’ll find another way to get the ads out of view.