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  • Capri pants bare scourge of summer: ‘cankles’ (Oh, joy. “Cankle Awareness Month”)

    07/01/2009 8:24:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 54 replies · 9,093+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 7/01/09 | Jacqueline Stenson
    Capri pants bare scourge of summer: ‘cankles’Cheeky gym campaign gives us yet another body part to worry about By Jacqueline Stenson updated 9:31 a.m. ET, Wed., July 1, 2009 Still obsessing about how your dimpled thighs, jelly belly or flappy arms look in a swimsuit? That’s so last summer. This year, there’s a new body part to fret over: the cankle. Hmmm, you may be wondering, what’s a cankle? Gold’s Gym, which has designated July as “Cankle Awareness Month,” defines it this way: “The word comes from the combination of ‘calf’ and ‘ankle.’ It occurs when the calf merges with...
  • Summer forces presser inside

    06/23/2009 8:45:03 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 11 replies · 500+ views
    Politico ^ | June 23,2009 | MIKE ALLEN
    President Barack Obama's news conference Tuesday was moved inside because the Rose Garden is too humid. Now, he'll take questions in the James S. Brady Briefing Room. The White House announced the new location for the 12:30 p.m. ET news conference at 9:34 a.m. Aides in the Rose Garden discovered it was already sticky, which would have made for miserable journalists and unflattering video. So will the reporters stand when the president enters the room? By tradition, reporters stand in the more formal setting of the East Room. In the briefing room, sometimes they do and sometimes they don't —...
  • (Vanity) Summer solstice begins on June 21, 2009 at 1:45 A.M. EDT

    06/20/2009 9:20:52 PM PDT · by lilylangtree · 6 replies · 555+ views
    Internet ^ | 6-20-2009 | None
    Summer solstice beings in the UK on June 21, 2009 at 5:45 UT Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning "sun" + "to stand still." As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky. As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Northern Hemisphere celebrates in June, but the people on the Southern half of the earth have their longest summer day in December.
  • Summer means tomatoes

    06/18/2009 10:11:01 AM PDT · by prplhze2000 · 58 replies · 1,228+ views
    Nmisscommentor ^ | June 17, 2009 | NMC
    So today, I had the first serious round of my great grandmother Hale’s sliced tomatoes, a recipe from the Hale House tea room in Glastonbury, CT from– I’m not sure– the twenties? It’s simple but guaranteed if the ingredients are exactly right– garden fresh tomatoes and basil, in particular. I’m posting this in part to taunt a regular reader in Maine, where high Summer has apparently not arrived to this extent....
  • More June Snow for Weary Farmers? ( No summer this summer?)

    06/08/2009 9:28:44 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 32 replies · 1,705+ views
    Accuweather ^ | 6/8/2009 11:59 AM | Meteorologist Andy Mussoline
    It was a raw, even wintry, weekend for residents and travelers in the northern Rockies. The cold air streaming southward from Canada will get cut off this week, and temperatures will begin to rebound over the next few days. Several inches of snow fell in the higher elevations of Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota this past weekend. Snow totals neared a foot near Meeteetse, Wyo. Chilly rain fell elsewhere in the northern Rockies and northern Plains, while violent thunderstorms rocked the central and southern Plains. The recent cold weather has slowed the progress of crops in Montana in comparison to...
  • “Obama promises summer speed up of economic effort”-woohoo!

    06/08/2009 12:13:01 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies · 337+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-08-09 | Scott Malensek
    I know, another day, another economic photo op and pledge of hopeychangeyness from The One, but really...this one's gonna make ya laugh (or cry buckets) WASHINGTON (AP) - Eager to show action on the ailing economy, President Barack Obama promised Monday to speed federal money into hundreds of public works projects this summer, vowing that 600,000 jobs will be created or saved. Surrounded by his Cabinet, Obama emphasized what has become a dominant issue of public concern—an economy that keeps bleeding jobs—on the day after returning from a week of diplomacy and sightseeing in the Middle East and Europe. Did...
  • 6 New Flying Toys to Get You Outdoors This Summer

    05/30/2009 6:11:07 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 11 replies · 910+ views
    popularmechanics ^ | May 29, 2009 | Seth Porges
    Getting a toy to maintain flight used to be difficult, with the possible exception of some well-folded pieces of paper. Now, would-be miniature aviators have it a lot easier. A number of consumer robotics and toy companies offer products that take little more than a full charge and a clear line of sight to reach flight. Little assembly, but maybe some batteries, required. Here are six of our favorite new flying toys.
  • Pool Nazis

    05/22/2009 7:11:20 AM PDT · by Mercat · 11 replies · 1,113+ views
    self ^ | self
    Email sent to Overland Park KS pool nazi at Re: finger scans... You have told us that in addition to the photos, you want finger scans for us to be able to use our tax payer supported pools. Please cite to me immediately the city or state regulation which entitles the city of Overland Park to require this invasion of our privacy to allow us to use this facility. If you cannot do so by this coming Wednesday, I must insist on a full refund of the fees I have paid you
  • U.S. Gas Prices To Be Cheap This Summer

    04/14/2009 4:53:21 PM PDT · by kellynla · 27 replies · 697+ views ^ | April 14, 2009 | staff
    WASHINGTON – Gasoline prices are expected to be relatively low this summer, so motorists might want to take to the road despite the dismal economy if the federal government projections hold. The Energy Information Administration said regular-grade gasoline is expected to average $2.23 a gallon during the April-through-September driving season, although it will likely fluctuate and could jump to more than $2.30 a gallon during the peak driving period in late summer. But that's still a bargain compared with last summer, when gasoline cost an average of $3.81 a gallon. Much lower crude oil prices, which are projected to averaged...
  • Education Activity Offers Free Summer Enrichment Program

    04/14/2009 4:54:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 168+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, April 14, 2009 – For military students who can’t squeeze enough learning into the school year, the Department of Defense Education Activity has the perfect solution. For the fifth year, the agency is offering eligible students in kindergarten through 8th grade a free, four-week summer enrichment program with a curriculum emphasizing math and language arts. DoDEA officials expect enrollment of about 10 percent of all the 6,500 students in kindergarten through 8th grade in the activity’s school system, Joel K. Hansen, DoDEA’s special projects coordinator, said. “It’s not a remedial program. It’s not a program to help students...
  • Summer hike in gas prices may not be that bad

    04/13/2009 8:53:43 AM PDT · by prismsinc · 10 replies · 481+ views
    TCPalm News ^ | 04-13-09 | Jim Turner
    Gas prices may not go up as much this spring and summer as expected. Traditionally prices jump in the spring and summer and AAA Auto Club South had offered $2.50 and $3 as potential summer prices. But the increase may not grow as much as previously predicted as U.S. gasoline inventories ended in March higher than normal for this time of year. The auto club pointed to a U.S. Department of Energy report that listed a continued decline in demand for gas, along with the availability of imported gas and the increasing use of ethanol as factors that have reduced...
  • Don't use air conditioners, state told

    01/26/2009 10:56:58 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 44 replies · 1,242+ views ^ | January 27, 2009 | Michael Owen, Russell Emmerson
    THE South Australian Government is urging people not to use their air conditioners as the state swelters in three days of 40C-plus ((104 F). Citing the community's environmental responsibilities, the State Government today put our a press release saying there were many alternatives to using air conditioners, urging South Australians to instead insulate ceilings and use external blinds or a pergola to shade windows, AdelaideNow reports. The Transport, Energy and Infrastructure Department's energy division's press release said residents should close curtains and use portable and ceiling fans instead of air conditioners. "The department ... is advising householders that there are...
  • Up to 30,000 more U.S. troops in Afghanistan by summer

    12/20/2008 9:26:45 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 566+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/20/08 | Golnar Motevalli
    KABUL (Reuters) – The United States is looking to send 20,000 to 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan by the beginning of next summer, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Saturday. Washington is already sending some 3,000 extra troops in January and another 2,800 by spring, but officials previously have said the number would be made up to 20,000 in the next 12 to 18 months, once approved by the U.S. administration. "Some 20 to 30,000 is the window of overall increase from where we are right now. I don't have an exact number," Admiral Mike...
  • Architecturally Awesome Sand Castles for Summer's End

    08/30/2008 1:11:22 PM PDT · by yankeedame · 8 replies · 171+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | August 28, 2008 | By Harry Sawyers
    Architecturally Awesome Sand Castles for Summer's End The best buildings sculpted from sand require the skills of an architect—sudden structural collapse is a significant risk—and the details depicted by some well-packed granules rival the most ornate towers and palaces you'd find on terra firma. Any of the examples here could be widely regarded as significant structures—if only they hadn't washed away hours after their completion. According to Ted Siebert's 1990 book, The Art of Sandcastling, "Seawater is an ideal bonding agent for a sand castle. As seawater in a sculpture evaporates, salt crystals remain, forming a thin crust over the...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush... (Photos and news) 08-18-08

    08/18/2008 6:37:39 PM PDT · by snugs · 21 replies · 248+ views
    The President is spending a few days at his ranch in Texas and Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council, updated reporters in Crawford today on international events that President Bush in monitoring from his nearby ranch. Vice President Dick Cheney visited the Georgian Embasssy in Washington. Pray for President Bush -- Day 2896
  • Climate of 2008 July in Historical Perspective (NOAA makes up numbers again)

    08/18/2008 8:21:31 AM PDT · by qam1 · 21 replies · 164+ views
    NOAA ^ | 8/18/08 | NOAA
    Major Highlights NOAA: U.S. Temperature Above Normal in July, Fifth Warmest July on Record for Globe July 2008 was the 30th warmest July for the contiguous United States, based on records dating back to 1895, according to an analysis by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. The average July temperature, 74.9°F, was 0.7 degrees above the 20th century mean, based on preliminary data. The combined average global land and ocean surface temperature for July 2008 tied with 2001 and 2003 as the fifth warmest July since worldwide records began in 1880, according to an analysis by NOAA's National...
  • Pope ends vacation in Italian Alps

    08/12/2008 12:09:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 85 replies · 132+ views
    GMA News ^ | August 12, 2008
    <p>BRESSANONE, Italy - Serenaded by an oompah band and chiming church bells, Pope Benedict XVI ended a two-week vacation in the Italian Alps on Monday and returned to his summer residence in the hills outside Rome.</p> <p>The 81-year-old pontiff looked well rested as he said goodbye from the main window of the seminary in the northeastern town of Bressanone where he was staying.</p>
  • Did Harry Reid Recess? Will Bush make appointments?

    08/06/2008 5:11:09 AM PDT · by careyb · 10 replies · 96+ views
    None ^ | Me
    1. Is Harry Reid keeping the Senate open again? It doesn't seem like it.... 2. In that case - is Bush making recess appointments? He ought to. Thanks.
  • White House says no to special session of Congress

    08/04/2008 11:11:49 AM PDT · by BufordP · 101 replies · 448+ views
    The Hill ^ | Aug 4, 2008 | Jackie Kucinich, Jared Allen, Sam Youngman
    The White House has rejected calls from House Republicans that it convene a special session of Congress on energy, saying it wouldn’t make a difference. “We don't have plans to call Congress into session -- it won't make a difference if Democratic leaders are unwilling to bring up a bill for an up-down vote,” said White House spokesman Tony Fratto. Republican Study Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) asked President Bush to convene the special session in an Aug. 1 letter. The same day, House Republicans launched an unusual protest on the House floor urging...
  • Blueberry harvest to begin

    07/25/2008 10:20:32 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 28 replies · 108+ views
    mainetoday ^ | 7/25/08 | Giselle Goodman
    Summer is half over. Know why? Because Maine's blueberry harvest is underway. And blueberry growers are expecting a pretty good crop this year. University of Maine experts expect an average or slightly above average yield of 80 million to 100 million pounds of berries, thanks to adequate rain in May and June. Blueberry specialist David Yarborough says the hot, humid, but largely dry first few weeks of July stressed crops to some degree. But he says recent showers are refreshing them. Love to head out and pick the little blue bubbles of yummy, juicy goodness? If you are in southern...
  • Expanded Learning Time or Money?

    07/24/2008 11:56:29 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 60+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 24, 2008 | Rachel Paulk
    Expanded Learning Time or Money? by: Rachel Paulk, July 24, 2008 The Center for American Progress recently held a panel pushing for the implementation of and lauding the benefits of expanded learning time (ELT) programs in schools nationwide. Most programs involve either lengthening the actual school day or increasing the number of days in a school year; to date, mostly charter schools and some elementary and middle schools have been able to integrate a functional ELT program into their curriculum. Proponents assert that the added time helps teachers expand and further expound on core classes like reading and math, though...
  • Leggy Lasses in Short Skirts Driving Male Motorists to Distraction!

    07/18/2008 8:10:38 AM PDT · by Coffee200am · 106 replies · 5,276+ views
    Web India 123 ^ | 07.18.2008 | ANI
    Leggy lasses in short skirts are proving to be a biggest threat to road safety of male drivers. A new research has shown that car crashes shoot up in summers as most male drivers get distracted eyeing babes in sexy summer outfits. According to the survey by website, over a quarter admit being distracted after spotting a hot woman walk past or in another car The sexy summer outfits have even made 7pct of male drivers have a crash or a near miss. The study shows accidents shoot up by 50pct on the hottest days of the year. Some...
  • Liberal Welfare Dilemma: "Lunch Can Be Hard to Give Away"

    07/14/2008 7:50:27 AM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 14 replies · 107+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | July 14, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    Maryland can't find any kids to eat free SCHOOL lunches during the SUMMER. One genius said, "We would go into alleys and hand out fliers about the program." Maybe they should check the dumpsters, landfills, and junkyards too. Or maybe the kids are just eating lunch at home. Undaunted, liberals will keep trying like hell to throw our money away.
  • Americans use less gas, hurt highway trust fund: CBO

    07/10/2008 5:22:03 PM PDT · by decimon · 52 replies · 99+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 10, 2008 | Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Georgina Coolidge; Editing by Dan Grebler
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Declining gasoline purchases, due to higher prices, are hurting the federal fund that pays to maintain the nation's highways, the director of the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday. The fund is built on an 18.4 cent tax levied on each gallon of gas. It had been forecast to run out by 2009, but the fund is now shrinking more quickly, Peter Orszag testified to a Senate panel.
  • Black flies surge in Maine's clean rivers

    06/23/2008 8:09:46 AM PDT · by Phlap · 53 replies · 201+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 06/23/2008 | Beth Daley
    Mainers call the black fly the state bird. Residents and tourists have long steeled themselves against the flies' annual warm-weather onslaught, sometimes duct-taping pant legs and wearing screened hoods to keep the deceptively small bugs from delivering bloody bites or crawling into seemingly every body crevice. But there are now more black flies in more places in Maine, and the reason may be surprising: It's the success of the environmental movement.
  • UK: 30,000 gather at Stonehenge to celebrate Summer Solstice [Fair warning: Photos]

    06/21/2008 7:29:26 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 85 replies · 579+ views
    DailyMail ^ | 21st June 2008 | Chris Laker
    <p>As the sun rose at 0458, a cheer went up from the brave crowds who had taken up their positions overnight at the stone circle on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.</p> <p>Clad in ponchos, black cloaks and makeshift waterproof jackets made from bin-bags, revellers gathered at the Heel stone....</p>
  • ****The Official Friday Silliness Thread****

    06/20/2008 5:20:26 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 204 replies · 375+ views
    It's Being from Arizona, I have to pass these along (they can apply to other "hot" states as well)...It's so hot in Arizona that... the birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground. the potatoes cook underground, and all you have to do to have lunch is to pull one out and add butter, salt and pepper. farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying hard-boiled eggs. the cows are giving evaporated milk. the trees are whistling for the dogs. you no longer associate bridges (or rivers) with water. you can say...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread ---- From June 2007

    06/19/2008 9:01:34 AM PDT · by Gabz · 43 replies · 401+ views
    Garden Girl | June 2007 | Garden Girl
    June 2007 May was just about as demented weather-wise as a month can be! First—the cold, reinforced by drought, then wind and more wind. Rain, more cold, and some more wind from a different direction! It sort of felt like maybe we were actually in Auntie Em’s house, spinning round and round, being pelted by rain and buffeted by wind coming from every direction and wondering what in the world was going to happen to us. What few plants survived the frost, and didn’t succumb to the drought, gave up in the face of an extremely long and miserable nor’easter....
  • Get A Little Sun This Summer -- It Could Help Save Your Life, Researcher Suggests

    06/17/2008 8:12:04 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 89+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 6-18-2008 | Oregon State University.
    Get A Little Sun This Summer -- It Could Help Save Your Life, Researcher SuggestsExperts still agree that a fairly modest amount of sun is enough -- perhaps 10-15 minutes of exposure on your arms and face about three times a week. Sunburn should of course be avoided and a tan clearly isn't necessary -- but some real sun exposure probably is. (Credit: iStockphoto/Robert Churchill) ScienceDaily (Jun. 18, 2008) — As summer comes and people across America get ready to start slathering on the sunscreen, a note of caution is in order – a little sunshine is good for you....
  • Utah City to Allow Bikinis After Short-Lived Ban

    06/12/2008 10:21:28 PM PDT · by Westlander · 33 replies · 21,602+ views
    FOXNEWS ^ | 6-12-2008 | FOXNEWS
    A ban on bikinis at the city pool is expected to be revised, ending a short-lived prohibition on the popular two-piece pool attire. The restrictions were not popular, even in the community where the council passed a resolution in 2006 to favor the "natural family" consisting of a working husband, a stay-at-home wife and a "full quiver of children."
  • California Wildfire Thread

    06/12/2008 4:28:13 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 40 replies · 239+ views
    SF Gate and others ^ | 6/12/08 | me
    Firefighters cleared space around houses and nervously hoped the weather would hold out as they struggled today to contain a 700-acre wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains that has chased 1,500 people from their homes. The Martin Fire has destroyed several structures since it broke out Wednesday afternoon near the community of Bonny Doon, about 12 miles north of Santa Cruz, and is threatening 1,000 to 1,200 homes. Fire officials said they did not know exactly how many houses had already burned. "We have a lot of homes in the area that have been impacted either directly or indirectly,"...
  • Dude, where’s my summer job?

    06/11/2008 5:47:15 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 42 replies · 78+ views ^ | June 9, 2008 | Kristen Lopez Eastlick
    Finals week is over; summer is here. And thanks to misguided politicians, your teenager is more likely to be sitting in front of the television than waiting tables or scooping ice cream. This year, it’s harder than ever for teens to find a summer job. Researchers at Northeastern University described summer 2007 as “the worst in post-World War II history” for teen summer employment, and those same researchers say that 2008 is poised to be “even worse.” According to their data, only about one-third of Americans 16 to 19 years old will have a job this summer, and vulnerable low-income...
  • While East Bakes, West Gets Record Cold and Snow (Ski Trails Re-Open in Aspen in June)

    06/10/2008 2:34:36 PM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 17 replies · 118+ views ^ | 06-10-2008 | Joseph D’Aleo, CCM
    From's website: The Aspen Skiing Company said Monday that it will open up Aspen Mountain from June 13 to 15 for skiers and snowboarders. The company says record winter snowfall has left the mountain covered with snow, leaving behind an average of more than 3 feet of snow on the upper slopes. So, for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aspen will open seven runs and about 45 acres of mostly intermediate terrain that is accessible by the Ajax Express chairlift. And Missoula, Montana’s water park is closing due to cold weather ‘to protect children from hypothermia’. In the Seattle...
  • Man's best friend this summer might be the mosquito fish

    06/06/2008 5:49:27 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 29 replies · 84+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | June 6, 2008 | blog
    About 4,000 foreclosed homes in Los Angeles County have backyard pools. Health officials fear that many of these pools will turn into perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes -- and the dreaded West Nile virus -- if they go unmaintained.
  • Beach bonfires may be banned (Seattle fights global warming)

    06/06/2008 6:55:02 AM PDT · by Junior_G · 58 replies · 188+ views
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | June 6, 2008 | Kery Murakami
    Even with the skies overcast and threatening rain, Khang Nguyen, 18, and Joel Juan, 19, kicked back after school at Alki Beach."It's just a relaxing way to hang out with friends," Nguyen said of the bonfire crackling in front of them one evening earlier this week.But Seattle Parks and Recreation might do what even this week's chilly weather couldn't -- douse the long tradition of beach bonfires at Alki and at Golden Gardens.Park department staff is recommending reducing bonfires at the two beaches this summer and possibly banning them altogether next year.The park board will hear the recommendation Thursday, and...
  • Summer camp caters to 'freethinking' children

    05/25/2008 5:11:27 PM PDT · by inflorida · 52 replies · 163+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2008 | Valerie Bauman
    ALBANY, N.Y. - When Joe Fox sends his daughters away to summer camp, he's confident they will be surrounded by kids who share his family's beliefs and values. Caitlin, 16, and Elizabeth, 10, go to Camp Quest, which in 1996 created a niche getaway for children who are agnostic, atheist, or just not sure what to believe yet. American parents have plenty of summer-camp options, from Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to the YMCA, and soccer, dance, music and drama camps. The Camp Quest concept started in 1996 with 20 kids at a site in Ohio with the slogan "Beyond...
  • A Growing Crop of Gardeners

    05/24/2008 6:07:44 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 26 replies · 214+ views
    JSOnline ^ | May 24, 2008 | Karen Herzog
    (With food costs rising, many are expecting green thumb boom) A perfect storm is brewing over Wisconsin garden centers, and if the forecast is correct, it will rain Early Girls, Beefy Boys, Mr. Stripeys and other colorfully named vegetables - assuming the weather finally warms up. The buzz at the start of Memorial Day weekend, traditionally prime time for planting gardens, is that sales of herb and vegetable plants and seeds might outpace last year by as much as 40% to 50%, according to the nation's largest mail-order seed company. A storm front of high food and gas prices -...
  • As weather warms, let's remember the unsung inventor of the window air conditioner

    05/24/2008 1:44:19 PM PDT · by pabianice · 27 replies · 129+ views
    The Nav Log ^ | 5/24/08
    In 1945, Robert Sherman invented the modern portable, in-window air conditioner (Patent # 2,433,960 granted January 6, 1948). It was subsequently "appropriated" by a large manufacturer who made hundreds of millions of dollars on it. Sherman did not have the resources to fight the big corporation in court (they reportedly promised to "break him" if he tried) and thus never received a dime. He died in 1962. Recognition of his contribution to heating/air conditioning is long overdue. Click
  • Eight Ways to Cut Summer Energy Bills

    05/10/2008 7:58:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies · 42+ views
    smartmoney ^ | Friday, May 9, 2008 | Stephanie AuWerter
    With summer finally kicking into gear across the country, you can almost hear the gentle hum of air conditioners ratcheting up. And with it, climbs home energy bills. These days, the average household spends $1,900 annually on energy (based on electricity and gas usage), according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But much of that, say energy conservationists, is money wasted. The good news: Cutting back doesn't mean you need to be a tree-hugging naturalist, suffering stoically as you read by candlelight. These days, you can do right by the environment and your pocketbook—without any major lifestyle sacrifices. In fact,...
  • Black Teens Feel the 'Bilingual Preferred' Summer Job Blues

    05/06/2008 7:36:40 AM PDT · by Technoman · 81 replies · 201+ views
    New American Media ^ | 5-3-08 | Chris Levister
    'Don't speak Spanish…can't get the job?' When San Bernardino High School teens Jazanique Jackson, Ashanae Brown and Kimyen Hawkins decided they wanted to work this summer, they left nothing to chance. They knew the rules: plan ahead; role play; be positive; adapt; relate and encourage. So when they hit the streets to start their summer job search they were prepared for virtually every eventuality except one. ¿No habla ingles? Can't speak Spanish.
  • Park the mower: climate change to kill off lawns

    05/03/2008 4:58:38 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies · 72+ views
    Park the mower: climate change to kill off lawns Jonathan Leake, Environment Editor THE Met Office is to warn gardeners to plan for a warmer climate by cultivating drought-tolerant plants such as palms, olives and Mediterranean herbs and to resign themselves to the death of the traditional lawn. It believes this year will be one of the hottest on record. The Met Office will issue the warning at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Hampton Court Palace flower show this July. “If you are planting long-lived plants like trees then you might want to choose a species that can cope with...
  • The trendiest sunglasses of the season (for the stylish Freepers)

    04/28/2008 9:15:35 AM PDT · by Mister Ghost · 11 replies · 51+ views
    The Fashion Time Magazine ^ | Apr 28th, 2008 | The Fashion Time Magazine
    What are the trendiest sunglasses of the season? From enormous-sized shades, aviators (and their variations), Jackie O styled mute-toned-to-round lens ala 70s - all are worth mentioning. Seen on many celebs these days, Ray-Ban Wayfarers are still popular in S/S 08.
  • McCain calls for summer-long suspension of gas tax

    04/15/2008 4:20:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies · 53+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 15, 2008 | Liz Sidoti
    PITTSBURGH - Republican Sen. John McCain on Tuesday called for a summer-long suspension of the federal gasoline tax and several tax cuts as the likely presidential nominee sought to stem the public's pain from a troubled economy. Timed for the day millions of Americans filed their tax returns, McCain offered some immediate steps as well as long-term proposals in a broad economic speech. The nation's financial woes have replaced the Iraq war as the top concern for voters, and McCain, who has said economics is not his strongest suit, felt compelled to address the problems as he looks ahead to...
  • HOW TO avoid and treat heat stroke for your English bulldog shared by Bullie Pups R Us

    03/07/2008 8:06:25 AM PST · by bulliepupsrus · 4 replies · 113+ views
    AOLJournals ^ | 03/06/08 | Bullie Pups R Us
    IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE SUMMER TIME During hot weather make sure you follow these simple rules - it could save your bulldog's life DON'T take your dog outside during the day. Shut him in a room with a cool floor and draw the curtains to keep the sunlight out, if you do this early enough it will prevent the room from becoming warm as the sun comes into the room. Have an electric fan running in the room to keep the air circulating and make sure there is fresh water available at all times, put a dribble of apple cider...
  • Summer jobs available at Air Force bases worldwide

    02/19/2008 4:35:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 224+ views
    2/19/2008 - RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) -- Students and certain other eligible persons can gain marketable skills and earn money while enjoying their summer vacations with the Air Force Summer Hire Program, Air Force Personnel Center officials here said Feb. 19. Job vacancies will be posted on the USAJobs Web site and may be advertised locally by a base's civilian personnel flight via bulletin boards, services squadron newsletters or base newspapers. Also, many civilian personnel flights interact with local community colleges and high schools and have already identified eligible and interested students. In either case, the job request...
  • How a Volcano Eruption Wiped Away Summer (Tambora)

    10/26/2007 11:07:21 AM PDT · by blam · 38 replies · 232+ views
    NPR ^ | 10-22-2007 | Michael Sullivan
    How a Volcano Eruption Wiped Away Summer by Michael Sullivan Jessica Goldstein, NPRFor more than two decades, volcanologist Haraldur Sigurdsson has been researching the volcanic eruption of Tambora. By studying layers of soil, he can decipher the history of the explosion. The biggest volcanic eruption ever recorded in human history took place nearly 200 years ago on Sumbawa, an island in the middle of the Indonesian archipelago. The volcano is called Tambora, and according to University of Rhode Island volcanologist Haraldur Sigurdsson, the eruption is one of the most overlooked in recorded history. Tambora's explosion was 10 times bigger than...
  • Arctic Heat Wave Stuns Climate Change Researchers

    09/27/2007 3:24:33 PM PDT · by cogitator · 13 replies · 73+ views
    Terra Daily ^ | 09/27/2007 | Staff Writers
    Unprecedented warm temperatures in the High Arctic this past summer were so extreme that researchers with a Queen's University-led climate change project have begun revising their forecasts. "Everything has changed dramatically in the watershed we observed," reports Geography professor Scott Lamoureux, the leader of an International Polar Year project announced yesterday in Nunavut by Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl. "It's something we'd envisioned for the future - but to see it happening now is quite remarkable." One of 44 Canadian research initiatives to receive a total of $100 million (IPY) research funding from the federal government, Dr. Lamoureux's...
  • *** The OFFICIAL Weekend Singles Thread *** August 24-26 2007 - Summer Fund and Food

    08/24/2007 5:18:32 PM PDT · by snugs · 100 replies · 786+ views
    24th August 2007 | Snugs
    Well summer is in full swing or coming to an end depending upon where you live. How has this summer been for you? Do you like summer? What are your favourite summer food? Do you think that summer emphasis or eases the problems or joys of being single.? Did you go away this year if so was it fun? Did you meet some interesting people? Did anything or fun or embarrassing happen? As summer draws to an end and autumn beckons does this make you sad or do you like autumn? The wonderful colours and wonders of nature as the...
  • Summer's Fall: NYC Faces Record-Breaking Cold

    08/21/2007 1:25:40 PM PDT · by edzo4 · 93 replies · 1,870+ views
    cbs ^ | 8/21/2007 | wcbs
    (CBS) NEW YORK Don't forget to bundle up if you're headed out in New York City today. After all, it is August 21. The city along with the rest of the tri-state region is feeling the chilly effect of a cold front sweeping through the region, accompanied by cool rain showers. As of 4 p.m., the high temperature for the day in Central Park was just 59 degrees. The normal high for today is 82 degrees. The normal low is 67, still well above what the city is expected to see today. Forecasters say temperatures could warm up to only...
  • { Mississippi } High court was right to vacate heat ban

    08/13/2007 10:34:47 AM PDT · by SmithL · 33 replies · 1,033+ views
    Delta Democrat Times ^ | 8/12/7 | Editor
    Grenada County chancellor had overstepped his boundaries -- The Mississippi Supreme Court was correct when it vacated a judge's order on Friday that banned schools in several counties from holding outdoor activities during certain hours because of extreme heat. Five school districts had asked the high court to overturn the order that would have restricted activities outside schools from 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. There's no questioning that Chancery Court Judge Mitchell Lundy has his heart in the right place. But he was severely overstepping his authority - and acting a bit like Big Brother - in deciding he knew...