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  • 'Rebuilt' immune system shakes off diabetes

    04/11/2007 8:54:44 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 34 replies · 1,158+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 4/10/07 | Roxanne Khamsi
    Diabetics appear to have been cured with a one-off treatment that rebuilds their immune system, according to a new study. The technique, which uses patients' own bone marrow cells, has freed 14 of 15 patients with type 1 diabetes from their dependence on insulin medication. So far, participants in the trial have gone 18 months without insulin therapy following the procedure, on average. One patient has lasted three years without needing such injections. In patients with type 1 diabetes, which typically strikes in early childhood or adolescence, the immune system appears to erroneously attack cells in the pancreas that produce...
  • Missile-defense system test succeeds

    04/06/2007 9:16:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 452+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/6/07 | Audrey McAvoy
    HONOLULU - The military shot down a Scud-type missile in this year's second successful test of a new technology meant to knock down ballistic missiles in their final minute of flight, the Missile Defense Agency said Friday. A ship off Kauai fired a target missile before 9 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time Thursday. Three minutes later, soldiers with the U.S. Army's 6th Air Defense Artillery Brigade launched an interceptor missile from Kauai that destroyed the target over the Pacific, according to the agency. The military says it already can shoot down missiles in their last stage of flight by using Patriot...
  • Walter Reed Breaks New Ground With 3-D Vision System

    04/03/2007 6:01:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 177+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 3, 2007 – Virtual reality made its way into the operating room last week when an Army doctor performed the military’s first three-dimensional minimally invasive surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here. Armed with a state-of-the-art helmet, Col. (Dr.) Ernest Lockrow, director of the Telerobotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, used the 3-D capabilities to perform a hysterectomy. Minimally invasive surgery, also known as laparoscopy, uses tiny incisions to operate and typically involves a telescopic lens that is connected to a video camera. The operation last week was the first time the military has used the...
  • Officials Test Improved Parachute System (Blood on the Risers)

    03/26/2007 5:01:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 34 replies · 1,117+ views
    TransFormation DoD ^ | Debi Dawson
    Paratroopers, riggers, jumpmasters will make more than 3,200 test jumps. FORT BELVOIR, Va., March 26, 2007 – The Program Executive Office Soldier is testing a new parachute system that the Army plans to use to replace the system in use since the 1950s. The new parachutes address increased weight requirements and provide additional safety benefits. Beginning in 2008, all T-10 parachutes in the Army inventory for more than 50 years will be replaced with the Advanced Tactical Parachute System T-11. Although the T-10 is a proven system, today's paratroopers face increased requirements beyond the T-10's design. Paratroopers are required to...
  • Afghans Launch Security System; Raids Nab Suspects, Weapons

    09/06/2006 6:08:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 285+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 – The Afghan government is implementing a new national security system designed to strengthen the country’s security apparatus, U.S. officials reported. The entire National Security Coordination System is to be fully operational by the end of 2008, officials said. The system will improve coordination among Afghan military and law enforcement agencies and enhance regional stability. The system will consist of a National Coordination Center, five Joint Regional Coordination Centers and 34 Joint Provincial Coordination Centers. The centers will provide Afghan army and police leaders with operational information they can use to better-allocate security forces. Current and...
  • Bagram C-130s Use High-Tech Cargo Delivery System

    09/06/2006 5:54:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 692+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Maj. David Kurle, USAF
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 -- The same global positioning technology that helps fighter and bomber pilots deliver smart bombs with pinpoint accuracy now allows bundles dropped from cargo planes to steer themselves to drop zones. A new GPS-guided “Screamer” bundle from the Joint Precision Air Drop System falls out the back of a C-130 Hercules over Afghanistan Aug. 26. The drop was made from 17,500 feet above mean sea level and was the first joint Air Force-Army operational drop of JPADS in the Central Command area of responsibility. Four bundles were dropped from the Alaska Air National Guard C-130....
  • US Missile Intercepts Ballistic Target in Test

    09/01/2006 9:23:01 PM PDT · by familyop · 19 replies · 526+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 01SEP06 | Al Pessin
    Pessin report (Real Media) - Download 212k Listen to Pessin report (Real Media) The U.S. Defense Department says it conducted a successful test of its land-based ballistic missile defense system on Friday.Officials say a missile launched from California intercepted a target missile from Alaska 23 minutes after it was launched on Friday, in outer space somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. Before the test, officials said the goal was not necessarily to intercept the Alaska missile, but rather was to gather data about the system's performance. The director of the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, Lieutenant General Henry Obering, says the exercise...
  • Tamir: Public Schools Take Precedence Over Hareidi System (Israeli Religious Schools)

    08/28/2006 9:25:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 225+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Aug 28, '06 | Hana Levi Julian
    Education Minister (Labor) Yuli Tamir announced her decision on Monday to fund long school days at kindergartens in public schools – but not in the hareidi preschool system. Tamir told the Knesset Education Committee that the public school system would take priority over non-governmental education associations, most of which are hareidi Orthodox schools. United Torah Judaism (UTJ) Knesset member Rabbi Moshe Gafne responded angrily to the decision, accusing Tamir of declaring “war against the hareidi Orthodox education system.” “The former education minister didn’t do this, [Meretz education ministers Shulamit] Aloni and [Yossi] Sarid didn’t do this,” noted Gafne. He asked...
  • Military justice on trial: More protections for accused than in civilian system

    08/21/2006 4:31:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 474+ views
    AP on North County Times ^ | 8/21/06 | David Wallace
    The military justice system is largely unknown to the American public. Other than an occasional, and usually inaccurate, depiction of a court-martial or other military proceeding on a TV show or movie, most people do not have an understanding of or appreciation for the military justice system. This is not surprising, since relatively few Americans have contact with the military, let alone the military justice system. By any measure, the military justice system compares very favorably to any civilian justice system. The cornerstone of the military justice system is the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Congressionally enacted after World War...
  • AFSO 21 breathes new life into old system

    08/14/2006 5:29:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 259+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Senior Airman Clark Staehle
    8/14/2006 - ROYAL AIR FORCE MILDENHALL, England (AFPN) -- The 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron here has streamlined the way its receiving shop conducts business using the Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century concept. The material maintenance flight began by assembling a team from the traffic management, vehicle operations and supply offices here. The flight is responsible for receiving cargo from commercial shippers, processing and inventorying the cargo, and distributing it to customers on base. The first step for the team was to draft a value-stream map. Senior Master Sgt. Jude Hebert, the flight superintendent, said a value-stream map...
  • Mirror system successfully demonstrated (A Little Star-Trek Stuff)

    08/11/2006 7:26:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 605+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Eva Blaylock
    8/11/2006 - KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFPN) -- A dual-mirror system, designed to extend the range of high-energy lasers by receiving and redirecting laser energy, is being tested here. The system, a prototype called the Aerospace Relay Mirror System, or ARMS, is being developed at the Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate. The operational version might be suspended from a high-altitude airship at an altitude of 70,000 feet, where atmospheric turbulence, or jitter, is less of a problem for beam quality. For testing, the dual-mirror prototype is suspended 100 feet above the ground using a mechanical crane, to...
  • America's new Alamo -- we must not lose again

    08/09/2006 12:29:33 PM PDT · by KevinNuPac · 12 replies · 981+ views
    Renew America ^ | August 8, 2006 | Kevin Fobbs
    Almost two centuries ago, a small band of national patriots joined Texans to launch a battle for freedom and sent a unifying rallying cry through out our nation "Remember The Alamo!" Our nation is being threatened by a new Alamo, and the army is between 12 million and 20 million strong. The army is one that is creeping, walking, swimming and being driven in shadowy caravans across our nation's state borders. Instead of being armed with weapons of violence, this army is simply overwhelming American health care, education, and justice systems by refusing to enter our country legally. But the...
  • Deployed Soldiers test Body Ventilation System

    08/08/2006 6:17:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 632+ views
    FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, Aug. 8, 2006) – The Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF) delivered 500 Body Ventilation Systems to heat-stressed Soldiers in Iraq and Kuwait last month. The portable, lightweight ventilation system will help reduce heat-related injuries, and will undergo one of year assessments by such Soldiers as drivers, military police and machine gunners. Another 1,700 vests will be shipped and issued to Soldiers in similar units and duty positions in upcoming months. “The BVS project is another example of how the Army culture is changing in order to provide warfighter solutions in a timely manner,” said...
  • UF professors create system to help during hurricanes [power, water & refrigeration from one system]

    08/04/2006 10:57:45 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 8 replies · 469+ views
    Gainesville Sun ^ | 8/3/06 | Katie Burns
    A system that provides electricity, refrigeration and water - the three vital elements of emergency situations such as hurricanes and war - has been created by two University of Florida professors. William Lear, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and S.A. Sherif, a mechanical engineering professor, combined a gas turbine power plant with a heat-operated refrigeration system. The cool air from the refrigerator makes the turbine more efficient and powerful, Lear said, while waste heat from the turbine then powers the refrigeration. The engine, which runs on conventional fossil fuels, biomass-produced fuels or hydrogen, also forms about one...
  • CA: Audit finds wasteful spending in California prison health system

    08/02/2006 5:50:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 345+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/2/06 | Don Thompson - ap
    A urologist charged California's prison system $2,036 an hour to treat inmates. An orthopedic surgeon billed the state for 30 hours' work - for a single day. The examples are contained in an audit released Tuesday that found rampant waste in how California's prison health care system spends money on outside doctors, nurses and laboratories. The lax spending practices have cost California taxpayers millions, according to the audit by the state controller's office. Prison health care spending soared from $153 million in 2001 to $821 million this year - an increase of $668 million, or 437 percent. "Waste, abuse and...
  • Self-Cooling Soda Bottles? [thin-film technology may make conventional A/C obsolete]

    07/11/2006 3:21:09 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 41 replies · 1,383+ views
    Researchers work to shrink technology that harnesses sun's energy to both heat and coolEvery day, the sun bathes the planet in energy--free of charge--yet few systems can take advantage of that source for both heating and cooling. Now, researchers are making progress on a thin-film technology that adheres both solar cells and heat pumps onto surfaces, ultimately turning walls, windows, and maybe even soda bottles into climate control systems. On July 12, 2006, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) researcher Steven Van Dessel and his colleagues will announce their most recent progress--including a computer model to help them simulate the climate within...
  • Asia Tsunami Warning System Ready

    06/29/2006 1:41:37 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 167+ views
    BBC ^ | 6-29-2006
    Asia tsunami warning system ready Most had no warning of the 2004 tsunami until giant waves appeared A tsunami warning system covering the Indian Ocean region is now "up and running", Unesco has said. The UN organisation, which has overseen the project, says the whole region can now receive and distribute warnings of possible tsunamis. The system is in place 18 months after the devastating tsunami of December 2004 that killed more than 200,000. The Pacific region has had a system for 40 years and others are planned for the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Caribbean. Work unfinished Koichiro Matsuura, director-general of...
  • Buckeye System Brings New Digital Capability to Warfighters

    06/13/2006 5:49:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 305+ views
    FORT BELVOIR, Va., June 13, 2006 – A system initially adopted to help the Army Corps of Engineers detect invasive vegetation growing in coastal waterways is giving warfighters an edge in the global war on terror. "Buckeye," a digital imaging system that's installed on an aircraft, gives ground commanders a bird's-eye view of the area in which they're operating, Army Capt. Jed Richards, research and development coordinator for the Army's Topographic Engineering Center here, told American Forces Press Service. Featuring a high-quality digital camera with an extra-large focal frame, Buckeye "looks" nearly straight down from an aircraft and captures images...
  • Stennis' New Missile System Right on Target [USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)]

    06/12/2006 6:41:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 1,171+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Journalist 2nd Class Christopher Gethings
    USS JOHN C. STENNIS, At Sea (NNS) -- As part of a weapons testing phase, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) fired both of its new Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) systems at a remote-controlled drone for the first time, June 8. The ship’s two RAM launchers each fired one missile at a BQM-34 Firebee drone, which was about four miles out and incoming and had been launched from Point Mugu, Calif. Both missiles successfully hit the infrared beacons the drone was carrying from its wings. “They gave us a green light on both RAM missiles,” said Stennis’ Commanding Officer Capt....
  • Employee verification system would affect all workers, privacy experts say/'No-work list' predicted

    06/12/2006 10:24:20 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1,535+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 6/12/06 | Lisa Friedman
    WASHINGTON - Remember the Department of Homeland Security's "no-fly'' lists that erratically flagged 3-year-old children and dozens of men named David Nelson as terrorists seeking to board commercial airplanes? Well, now privacy experts are warning America to prepare for the "no-work'' list. As Congress debates immigration reform, experts say a little-discussed aspect of the bill, mandatory employee eligibility verification, is likely to have a colossal impact on the lives of every person in the U.S. labor market -- citizen and foreigner alike. "Everyone who wants to work will feel this provision,'' said Tim Sparapani, legal counsel for the American Civil...
  • GOP takes aim at PBS funding

    06/08/2006 5:28:10 AM PDT · by cloud8 · 64 replies · 1,069+ views
    boston.com ^ | June 8, 2006 | Rick Klein
    --House panel backs budget reductions-- WASHINGTON -- House Republicans yesterday revived their efforts to slash funding for public broadcasting, as a key committee approved a $115 million reduction in the budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that could force the elimination of some popular PBS and NPR programs. On a party-line vote, the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees health and education funding approved the cut to the budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which distributes money to the Public Broadcasting Service and National Public Radio. It would reduce the corporation's budget by 23 percent next year, to $380...
  • Slain Detective Helped My Son When the System Wouldn’t

    05/16/2006 5:43:31 PM PDT · by maine-iac7 · 4 replies · 483+ views
    cantonrep.com, Bangor Daily News ^ | Saturday, May 13, 2006 | Pete Earley Special to The Washington Post
    WASHINGTON — Fairfax County, Va., Police Detective Vicky Armel, who was murdered Monday during a shooting rampage by a troubled teen-ager, had helped people with severe mental illnesses. I know because she helped my son. Four years ago, I rushed my college-age son to a Fairfax Hospital emergency room only to be turned away. Although Mike was delusional and had been hospitalized twice before for treatment of bipolar disorder, a doctor said he was not sick enough — yet. (snip) I was told to bring my son back after he hurt himself or me. Forty-eight hours later... (snip) I have...
  • Space-Age Drinking Water System Tested

    05/02/2006 5:56:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 439+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Dennis Gravelle
    Space-Age Drinking Water System Tested The system, originally designed for NASA, may provide a short-term solution to provide residents with clean drinking water. By U.S. Army Sgt. Dennis Gravelle 138th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment DAHUK, Iraq, May 2, 2006 — U.S. soldiers assigned to the 401st Civil Affairs Battalion in Dahuk, Iraq, have found an alternative way for residents to drink clean water in the village of Bendaway. A creek running through a small village in northern Iraq is the only natural source of drinking water for the residents who live there.“We are surrounded by agriculture here,” said John...
  • CA: Illegal immigrants or not, homeowners say the day laborer system works

    04/29/2006 10:26:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 861+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 4/29/06 | Peter Prengaman - ap
    BURBANK – Chris James needed help moving a piano and three dozen boxes of records from his music studio, but instead of corralling some buddies he rented a truck and hired day laborers outside the local Home Depot. The two Guatemalan men finished the job in an hour and a half, hauling a piano and wedging a sofa into his condo, then stacking the boxes in a back room, for less than $40. It was first time James hired day laborers but it won't be his last. “Absolutely satisfied,” said James, 31. The No. 1 employers of day laborers, many...
  • Tracking the troops

    04/25/2006 2:04:45 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 8 replies · 353+ views
    4/24/06
    A vision system that helps soldiers plan a route through the chaos of the battlefield will undergo tests on both sides of the Atlantic. The system, called Primordial Soldier, will provide soldiers with a real-time picture of where troops are in relation to each other and a digital rendering of the route they should follow. It is about to undergo trials with US special forces and has been bought by the UK arm of MBDA Missiles. MBDA plans to carry out conceptual research on the system to learn how using such technology affects a soldier's decision-making capability in the field....
  • Faster on the draw [cameras to spot individuals carrying concealed firearms]

    04/25/2006 1:59:00 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies · 904+ views
    The Engineer ^ | 4/24/06
    In an attempt to tackle gun crime in the UK, researchers from Loughborough University are developing an innovative identification system that will use CCTV cameras to spot individuals carrying concealed firearms. Starting in June, the three-year multi-environment deployable universal software application (Medusa) project aims to develop intelligent software that can detect a person carrying a concealed weapon in real time. While it is difficult to predict if someone is carrying a gun before crime occurs, Professor Alastair Gale, head of Loughborough University's Applied Vision Research Centre and leader of Medusa, said there are a number of cues the CCTV operator...
  • Schwarzenegger wants market-based system to combat global warming

    04/11/2006 5:31:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 546+ views
    AP - Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/11/06 | Terence Chea - ap
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday called for a market-based approach to reducing industrial emissions of "greenhouse" gases, endorsing a plan to combat global warming that faces opposition from business and Republican leaders. Schwarzenegger said he supported requiring companies to report their carbon emissions and creating financial incentives to limit the release of greenhouse gases. "Let's work together to create the world's best market-based system to limit and slash emissions," he said. The governor voiced his support for a plan to curb carbon dioxide emissions and other gases blamed for climate change from power plants, oil refineries and factories operating in...
  • Flying Nightmares target terrorism with new munitions system

    04/10/2006 6:24:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 30 replies · 1,198+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Apr 9, 2006 | Lance Cpl. Brian J. Holloran
    AL ASAD, Iraq (April 9, 2006) -- Sweat slowly drips off of the Marines as they carefully raise the 500- and 1000-pound munitions to the weapons carriage on the AV-8B Harrier - the Flying Nightmares are readying for action. Marine Attack Squadron 513, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, is the first Harrier squadron to employ the Joint Direct Attack Munitions in a combat zone. "With this new feature on our jets, we will be able to hit targets more accurately, therefore making us a more effective squadron," said Lt. Col. Willis E. Price, commanding officer, VMA-513. The...
  • DoD Official: Rudimentary Missile Defense System in Place

    04/06/2006 5:40:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 472+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 6, 2006 – The United States now has a rudimentary missile defense system in place, a senior defense official told the Senate's strategic forces subcommittee here April 4. "The United States today has all the pieces in place needed to intercept an incoming long-range ballistic missile: ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California; a network of ground-, sea- and space-based sensors; a command-and-control network; and, most importantly, trained servicemen and women ready to operate the system, Peter C.W. Flory, assistant defense secretary for international security policy, said in prepared testimony. The system is still aimed primarily at development and...
  • Automated security system to go 'on duty' in Iraq -- again

    04/05/2006 6:19:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 360+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Monica Morales
    4/5/2006 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. (AFPN) -- One year after answering a call by the Marine Corps' that met an urgent need, the Force Protection Systems Squadron here is preparing to do it again. It is planning to deploy a Tactical Automated Security System, or TASS, to Al Taqaddum Air Base, Iraq. "The Marine Corps came to us saying, 'We want to make this our system of choice for expeditionary electronic security systems,'" said 1st Lt. Ted Boender, tactical systems program manager. With one system already deployed at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, they wanted to install a...
  • Missile Defense System Ties Many Elements Together

    03/23/2006 3:21:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 311+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Mar 22, 2006 | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, March 22, 2006 – The proposed U.S. ballistic missile defense system is intended to tie numerous independent elements into a sophisticated web of protection, U.S. military officials said. Integrated ballistic missile defense system. Image courtesy of the Missile Defense Agency  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The stated mission of the Missile Defense Agency is to field a layered missile defense system that integrates land-, sea-, and air-based missile defenses to protect the U.S. homeland, deployed troops, and America's friends and allies against all types of ballistic missiles in all phases of flight. Basically, that means the United...
  • General: Missile system ready

    03/20/2006 3:13:50 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 6 replies · 394+ views
    News-Miner ^ | 3/16/06 | Matt Volz
    JUNEAU--The national missile defense system could stop an attack from North Korea today, despite consecutive test failures in recent months, the head of the ground-based missile defense program said Tuesday. But with just eight interceptor missiles in place in Alaska and California, it would have to be a pretty small attack, said Major Gen. John Holly, who heads the program for the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency. While the system has not officially been declared active by the Bush administration, it has an emergency capability that can be switched on at any time, Holly said. "If directed, we could provide a...
  • Conventional Missile System to Provide Diverse, Rapid Capabilities

    03/09/2006 4:30:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 286+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, March 9, 2006 – The conventional "Trident" missile program the Pentagon will ask Congress to fund is part of a larger strategy to better address diverse threats facing the United States and will further the country's defense goals, a Defense Department spokesman said here today. The Conventional Trident Modification program, which will cost about $503 million, was developed based on a 2001 comprehensive review of America's deterrence policy, the spokesman said, speaking on background. The study, he said, recognized that a deterrence strategy that relies primarily on nuclear weapons does not address the diverse threats the United States faces,...
  • NASA Satellite Technology Helps Fight Invasive Plant Species

    02/16/2006 3:49:03 PM PST · by george76 · 1 replies · 779+ views
    PRNewswire ^ | Feb. 15 | PRNewswire
    Products based on NASA Earth observations and a new Internet-based decision tool are providing information to help land and water managers combat tamarisk (saltcedar), an invasive plant species damaging precious water supplies in the western United States. This decision tool, called the Invasive Species Forecasting System (ISFS), is being used at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Institute of Invasive Species Science in Fort Collins, Colo. It is the result of combining USGS science and NASA Earth observations, software engineering and high- performance computing expertise. "The ISFS combines NASA satellite data with tens of thousands of field sampling measurements, which...
  • Hawaii residents paid highest taxes in the nation in 2004

    02/08/2006 6:19:46 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies · 965+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 8, 2006 | Associated Press
    Hawaii residents paid more state taxes in 2004 than residents of any other state in the country... Hawaii residents paid an average of $3,050 per person in 2004, while Texans paid the least — an average of $1,368. Every state but one collected more taxes per person in 2004 than it did a decade earlier... State taxpayer burdens increased by an average of 41 percent from 1994 to 2004. Only Alaska saw the amount it collects per person decline. Even when the numbers are adjusted for inflation, the individual tax burdens increased in 43 states. Rising education and Medicaid costs...
  • Burden of taxes up over 10 years

    02/09/2006 11:22:15 AM PST · by JZelle · 6 replies · 433+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2-9-06 | Tarron Lively
    Taxes were up in the past 10 years for Maryland and Virginia residents, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, disappointing both lawmakers and anti-tax advocates. The tax burden in Virginia increased by 55 percent in that period, with a per capita amount of $1,903 in 2004. In Maryland, the tax burden increased by 46 percent, with an individual tax burden of $2,214 in 2004. The District's tax statistics are computed with cities' and local governments' financial data, which won't be available until April, the Census Bureau said.
  • Air Force Medical Evacuation System Makes Miracles Happen, General Says

    02/01/2006 4:35:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 250+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 1, 2006 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2006 – The Air Force's aeromedical evacuation system is unlike any system that's ever been fielded and has contributed greatly to the joint service team, the Air Force surgeon general said here today. Since the war on terror began, the Air Force has moved more than 31,000 patients back to the U.S. for treatment and has saved countless lives, Air Force Lt. Gen. (Dr.) George Peach Taylor Jr. said at the State of the Military Health System 2006 Annual Conference. "When you couple an expeditionary medical team with a great air evacuation system, miracles can happen," he...
  • News distribution system makes its MEU debut (22nd MEU)

    01/13/2006 4:37:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 282+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 13, 2005 | Gunnery Sgt. Keith A. Milks
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HIT, Iraq (Jan. 13, 2006) -- Perched high atop one of the buildings that is currently home to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), a small satellite transmitter dish is the first step in a process used to keep the American public informed of the unit’s role in Operation Iraqi Freedom. As part of a network dubbed the Digital Video Imagery Distribution System, or DVIDS, the satellite transmitter enables the MEU to send video footage, photographs, and stories to media outlets in the United States without tying up tactical communications networks. A small group of...
  • MotoMail System Helps Link Deployed Marines, Loved Ones

    01/06/2006 5:33:14 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 625+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 6, 2006 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2006 – In the age of e-mail, podcasts and blogs, it's easier than ever before for deployed troops to stay in contact with their friends and loved ones at home. MotoMail is a free, Internet-based letter writing and delivery service that puts letters in the hands of deployed Marines and sailors much faster than traditional mail, often within 24 hours. Courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps   But many say none of these high-tech communications can compete with an old-fashioned card or letter they can tuck away in a pocket or backpack and reread anytime, anywhere, until it's...
  • DoD Orders Review of Anti-Threat Intel-Gathering System

    12/15/2005 4:19:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 219+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 15, 2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2005 – The Defense Department has ordered a review of an intelligence system that compiles information on possible worldwide threats to U.S. military personnel and installations, a senior DoD official said here today. Some recent news reports allege that the Threat and Local Observation Notice system, known by the acronym TALON, had improperly stored information about some civilian individuals and non-government-affiliated groups on its database. "It appears as if there may have been things that were left in the database that shouldn't have been left there," DoD spokesman Bryan Whitman told Pentagon reporters. The TALON system collects...
  • Under-funded Public Schools Hire More Unprepared "Emergency Teachers"

    12/02/2005 12:41:12 PM PST · by FreeRepublic76 · 19 replies · 918+ views
    Education News ^ | 12/2/05 | Brian Greenley
    An Interview with Christina Asquith: About “The Emergency Teacher” Tuesday, November 8, 2005 EducationNews.org Suzi Cottrell Michael F. Shaughnessy Eastern New Mexico University Portales, New Mexico 1) You have recently written a book about “The Emergency Teachers” What prompted you to write this book? Literature is a powerful teaching tool. When I started my first year teaching in a low-income, urban school, I searched for books by other new teachers to use as a model for myself. But I couldn’t find anything that was realistic and written by a teacher. So, when my year ended, and I had learned so...
  • Lockheed Martin's THAAD Missile Successful in Developmental Flight Test

    11/28/2005 9:00:08 AM PST · by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 · 25 replies · 2,341+ views
    Lockheed Martin ^ | 11/22/2005 | Lockheed Martin
    DALLAS, TX, November 22, 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] successfully conducted a developmental flight test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile today at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), NM. This was the first flight of the Block ’04 missile that is being tested under an Engineering and Manufacturing contract awarded to Lockheed Martin in 2000. The test completed today starts a new round of THAAD developmental testing that builds on the investment from earlier THAAD tests, which included two consecutive target intercepts in 1999. Today’s test was designed to evaluate the missile during fly-out, as well...
  • Bird Flu May Over-Stimulate Immune System

    11/11/2005 4:29:40 PM PST · by blam · 149 replies · 4,018+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 11-11-2005
    Bird flu may over-stimulate immune system HONG KONG, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Researchers in Hong Kong say the H5N1 bird flu virus may provoke an excessive immune reaction, explaining why it is deadly even to the young and healthy. Laboratory tests on human cells showed that the virus caused the immune system to send proteins called cytokines to infected lung cells, a reaction that would end up damaging or destroying the tissues the immune system is meant to defend. The tests were carried out by scientists at the University of Hong Kong, working with samples from patients who died in...
  • Tenth Planet Has a Moon!

    10/22/2005 9:33:39 PM PDT · by vannrox · 23 replies · 1,049+ views
    Space and Earth science ^ | October 03, 2005 | E-Mail Newsletter
    Scientists are over the moon at the W.M. Keck Observatory and the California Institute of Technology over a new discovery of a satellite orbiting the Solar System's 10th planet (2003 UB313). The newly discovered moon orbits the farthest object ever seen in the Solar System. The existence of the moon will help astronomers resolve the question of whether 2003 UB313, temporarily nicknamed "Xena," is more massive than Pluto and hence the 10th planet. A paper describing the discovery was submitted to the Astrophysical Journal Letters on October 3, 2005. "We were surprised because this is a completely different type of...
  • New Orleans criminal justice system facing severe money woes - Nagin seeks gambling to rebuild city

    10/07/2005 7:27:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies · 674+ views
    NOLA ^ | 10/07/05 | MELINDA DESLATTE
    New Orleans criminal justice system facing severe money woes 10/7/2005, 5:34 p.m. CT By MELINDA DESLATTE The Associated Press ST. GABRIEL, La. (AP) — Struggling to restart New Orleans' crippled criminal justice system, the parish district attorney and chief criminal judge said money problems from Hurricane Katrina have forced layoffs and threaten to stymie court proceedings. The cash shortage compounds problems for a system that already was troubled with prosecutors trying to track down witnesses who scattered as evacuees, a clerk of court's office assessing whether flooding and mold damaged evidence and a criminal court temporarily holding limited proceedings at...
  • Judicial Conference Supports Citing Unpublished Opinions

    09/21/2005 3:32:20 AM PDT · by alessandrofiaschi · 6 replies · 296+ views
    Yahoo News & Law.com ^ | September 21, 2005 | Tony Mauro, Legal Times
    The policy-making body of the federal judiciary on Tuesday endorsed a sweeping rule change that will allow lawyers to cite unpublished opinions in federal appeals courts nationwide beginning in 2007. The Judicial Conference also voted not to take a position on the controversial question of whether the sprawling 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals should be split in two. Members did, however, agree that they would oppose any circuit-splitting bill that does not provide adequate funding for the costs involved. The issue has been debated by Congress for years without resolution. The citation rule change, if ratified by the Supreme...
  • Peacekeeper officially deactivated, marks end of Reagan's missile system

    09/19/2005 9:20:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 767+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | 9/19/05 | AP
    CHEYENNE - The Peacekeeper nuclear missile, credited by some with helping with the demise of the Soviet Union and winning the Cold War, is to be officially deactivated. F.E. Warren Air Force Base here oversaw the only squadron of 50 Peacekeepers deployed in the United States. Each 71-foot-tall, 8-foot-diameter missile, deployed in the 1980s, carried 10 warheads. Almost 15 years after the end of the Soviet Union and the Cold War, the last Peacekeeper, also known as the MX, has been removed from its hardened silo. A ceremony was scheduled Monday at F.E. Warren to mark the deactivation of the...
  • Worms to help combat allergies

    09/05/2005 2:12:29 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies · 237+ views
    BBC ^ | 9/5/05 | Jonathan Amos
    Irish scientists are investigating parasitic worms to try to find new ways to prevent asthma and reduce allergies.Dr Padraic Fallon, from Trinity College Dublin, and colleagues have already managed to cure asthma in lab mice by infecting them with the tiny creatures. The team now has to explain how the parasites achieve this feat at a molecular level. If they can do that, they should then be able to synthesise a new drug compound to treat asthma in people. On the riseAsthma and other allergies have increased almost threefold over the last 30 years in many developed countries, including...
  • It is Not Over for the Bush Administration

    09/03/2005 4:37:24 PM PDT · by forty_years · 9 replies · 793+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | September 3, 2005 | Andrew Jaffee
    With all due deference to my colleague, Donnel Jones, it is not “over for the Bush Administration.” Maybe it is natural during a national crisis for emotions to run so high, but this blame-game has gotten out of hand. Granted, Donnel is not blaming Hurricane Katrina on Bush as so many wacky leftists are, but to conclude that this is the conclusion of Bush’s efficacy, or that this spells a certain change in who holds the House and Senate; this is just over the top. Katrina is the “worst natural disaster in modern American history”. Could anyone have been fully...
  • No-fly list part of Canada's security plan

    08/05/2005 5:56:54 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 4 replies · 459+ views
    canada.com ^ | Friday, August 05, 2005 | Alison Auld
    HALIFAX -- Canada will create its own version of a no-fly list as part of a security program critics say is coming far too late and will do little to shield it from terrorist attacks like those last month in London. Federal Transport Minister Jean Lapierre said Friday that officials will begin devising criteria that would identify people who pose "an immediate threat to aviation security," and will work with airlines to stop those people from flying. Lapierre insisted the new program, called Passenger Protect, will not violate the Charter of Rights or the Constitution. But he wouldn't spell out...