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  • North Korea to build underwater hotel in East Coast city of Wonsan

    07/24/2014 10:32:08 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    NK News ^ | July 21st, 2014 | Hamish Macdonald
    North Korea to build underwater hotel in East Coast city of Wonsan North Korea announces major plan to renovate Wonsan beach area North Korean authorities have announced an expansive development project for the east coast city of Wonsan that will include the construction of an underwater hotel, a Pyongyang Times article said last Tuesday. The ambitious plan, which focuses on the construction and development of infrastructure and buildings primarily related to the leisure sector, will see Wonsan become a “tourist city,” the Pyongyang Times said.
  • Pentagon’s big budget F-35 fighter ‘can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run’

    07/15/2014 9:06:15 PM PDT · by Rabin · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 14, 2014 | David Axe
    The U.S. military has grounded all its new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters following an incident on June 23, when one of the high-tech warplanes caught fire on the runway of a Florida air base. The no-fly order — which affects at least 50 F-35s at training and test bases in Florida, Arizona, California and Maryland. F-35 is on track to become by far the military’s most numerous warplane. It was designed to replace almost all current fighters in the Air Force and Marine Corps and complement the Navy’s existing F/A-18s.
  • Pentagon’s big budget F-35 fighter ‘can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run’

    07/15/2014 12:38:36 PM PDT · by Rodamala · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 14, 2014 | David Axe
    Americans should be worried. The U.S. military has grounded all its new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters following an incident on June 23, when one of the high-tech warplanes caught fire on the runway of a Florida air base. The no-fly order — which affects at least 50 F-35s at training and test bases in Florida, Arizona, California and Maryland — began on the evening of July 3 and continued through July 11. To be fair, the Pentagon routinely grounds warplanes on a temporary basis following accidents and malfunctions to buy investigators time to identify problems and to give engineers time...
  • Pentagon Grounds Entire F-35 Fleet Over Engine Problems

    The military on Thursday said it had grounded the entire fleet of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets until completion of additional inspections of the warplane's single engine built by Pratt & Whitney. The Pentagon's F-35 program office, Air Force and Navy issued directives on Thursday ordering the suspension of all F-35 flights after a June 23 fire on an Air Force F-35A jet at a Florida air base, according to statements by the Pentagon and the F-35 program office. The Pentagon said U.S. and industry officials had not been able to pinpoint the cause of the fire, which occurred...
  • Lockheed Says It Can ‘Easily’ Improve LCS

    06/11/2014 12:26:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | June 10, 2014 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    ARLINGTON: In the race to replace the Navy’s controversial Littoral Combat Ship, the leading contender seems to be…. a better Littoral Combat Ship. That’s the clear implication of what we’ve been hearing from Navy leadership, and it’s clear from press briefings today that LCS contractor Lockheed Martin feels pretty confident it can do the job. (Lockheed builds the Freedom-class LCS; the Independence variant is by Austal and General Dynamics). The incumbent’s advantage here is time. Lockheed VP Joe North told reporters at the companys pre-Farnborough Air Show briefing that he expects “every shipyard across Europe” to take a shot. But...
  • Navy Ordered to Drop LCS Fleet by 20 Ships

    01/16/2014 9:11:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | January 16th | Kris Osborn
    The Office of the Secretary of Defense has instructed the Navy to reduce its planned buy of the new Littoral Combat Ship from 52 to 32 ships, substantially limiting the size and scope of the emerging multi-mission, shallow-water ship program, according to reports. Defense News cites a Jan. 6 memo from Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine Fox account announcing the decision pointing to budget guidance from the White House on some large acquisition decisions. Pentagon and Navy officials would not comment on the memo or the acquisition decision regarding LCS fleet size, citing budget deliberations as pre-decisional. “We continue to...
  • California Bullet Train Project Advances Amid Cries of Boondoggle (Bullet Train To Nowhere Alert)

    11/27/2011 3:15:47 PM PST · by goldstategop · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/27/2011 | Adam Nagourney
    he pro-train constituency has not been derailed by a state report this month that found the cost of the bullet train tripling to $98 billion for a project that would not be finished until 2033, by news that Republicans in Congress are close to eliminating federal high-speed rail financing this year, by opposition from California farmers and landowners upset about tracks tearing through their communities or by questions about how much the state or private businesses will be able to contribute. The project has been mocked by editorial boards across the country — “Somebody please stop this train,” The Washington...
  • State of Washington paid $27K for a video poop

    07/20/2011 10:43:47 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 6 replies ^ | 7/20/11 | Ken Schram
    It's said that music hath charms to soothe a savage beast. Okay, but what exactly does that mean to the owner of the beast who is supposed to pick up the poop? With that question on the table, I'd like to ask Ted Sturdevant - Director of the State Department of Ecology - to quit trying to snap his fingers inside a plastic bag, and come on down. Tidy Ted's agency put up $27,000 of taxpayer money to pay for a music video that reminds people that scooping dog poop is a way to improve the water quality of streams...
  • High-speed rail work to start in '11 (BARF alert!)

    11/30/2010 7:45:31 AM PST · by USALiberty · 9 replies
    Post-Tribube ^ | Nov. 30, 2010
    Construction will start next year on the $71.4 million railroad project that the feds authorized for Northwest Indiana in early 2010, state transportation officials said Monday. The project, which is supposed to relieve congestion in a bottleneck from Porter County to the Indiana/Illinois state line, is paid solely by stimulus funding. It's expected to create about 700 jobs each year for two years. "Right now, they're still working on the final details of the agreement between Norfolk Southern, Amtrak and the Federal Railroad Administration. They're meeting every week to two weeks and hope to have it finalized by the end...
  • Michelle Obama to Vacation in Spain

    07/26/2010 11:58:43 AM PDT · by Noob1999 · 196 replies · 13+ views
    Washington/Madrid - US First Lady Michelle Obama and one of her two daughters will take a summer break in Spain, a White House source said Monday. Mother and daughter would come to the southern holiday resort of Marbella on a "private visit in the company of old friends," the source told the German Press Agency dpa. US President Barack Obama will not accompany his wife, the source said. Spanish media reports said Michelle Obama and her younger daughter Sasha, 9, would be on Spain's Costa del Sol between August 4 and 8. There had been speculation that Barack Obama might...
  • Suburban arts centers ... Are they worth it? (More Local Spending in Minnesota...)

    04/21/2010 10:28:51 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 8 replies · 259+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 4/21/10 | Jon Bream - Staff Reporter
    Lorita Powell couldn't erase the smile on her face. It wasn't just comedian Sinbad's performance that made her beam; it was also the new Burnsville Performing Arts Center, where he'd performed. "This is wonderful," said the longtime Burnsville resident as she showed off the town's new $20 million jewel to a friend from St. Paul. "What a great asset to the community. I'm proud to be in Burnsville." Ask anyone who has been to the sparkling new facility and its 1,000-seat main theater, and they will gush like a Twins fans at Target Field. But the bad news has been...
  • For Trek Fans: Scents of the Future-Star Trek Perfumes & Colognes (Vanity)

    03/27/2010 2:39:56 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 18 replies · 429+ views ^ | 3/37/10 | hoagy62
    Taking a break from all the screaming, yelling, and gnashing of teeth that the Obamacare Health Illusion has generated, I chanced upon this while I was looking at an article on another site. It seems some 'enterprising' business (pun very intended) has manufactured not one but THREE perfumes and colognes for fans of the "Star Trek" universe.
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff awarded US high-speed rail contracts

    03/16/2010 7:07:25 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 27 replies · 587+ views
    Balfour Beatty's US subsidiary, Parsons Brinckerhoff, has been awarded three new contracts to manage high-speed and intercity passenger rail projects in Illinois, Ohio and Florida, US. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDoT) has selected Parsons Brinckerhoff as programme manager for the high-speed rail, 284-mile (457 km) "signature route" from Chicago to St. Louis. About US$ 1.1 billion in Federal high-speed rail funding has been allocated to this project. In Ohio the Department of Transport has selected a Parsons Brinckerhoff-led team to provide consultant services for the development of a new 250 miles (400 km) intercity passenger rail service on an...
  • U.S. sending disaster response teams to Haiti

    01/12/2010 7:19:11 PM PST · by La Lydia · 23 replies · 812+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 12, 2010
    The U.S. Agency for International Development is sending disaster response teams to Haiti to help the impoverished nation after it was hit by a major earthquake on Tuesday. USAID said in a statement it would be sending teams including up to 72 people, six search and rescue dogs and up to 48 tons of rescue equipment. The teams will be accompanied by USAID disaster experts...

    02/15/2009 4:19:35 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 45 replies · 1,820+ views
    NY Post ^ | 2/15/09 | BRENDAN SCOTT and ANA MARIA ALAYA
    After pushing Congress for weeks to hurry up and pass the massive $787 billion stimulus bill, President Obama promptly took off for a three-day holiday getaway. Obama arrived at his home in Chicago on Friday, and treated wife Michelle to a Valentine's Day dinner downtown last night. The couple was spotted leaving upscale Table Fifty-Two, which specializes in Southern cuisine, with the first lady toting what appeared to be a doggie bag.
  • Rock Star: 'The Whole Joke of Live Earth Was How Wasteful It Was'

    05/24/2008 11:53:50 AM PDT · by paltz · 17 replies · 231+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 5/23/08 | Tim Graham
    The May 29 edition of Rolling Stone looks ahead to the summer concert season, and the rock-music mag is praising the Dave Matthews Band for their use of biodiesel for buses and "biodegradable goods for catering." But this exchange was interesting, about Al Gore's "Live Earth" concerts. ROLLING STONE: Some people argue that the live experience is sort of inherently "un-green."DAVE MATTHEWS: ThereÂ’s no doubt that it is. The whole joke of Live Earth was how wasteful it was. But the idea that touring will end is sad. IÂ’d like to think that the traveling minstrel is not a thing...
  • Ideology is no basis for international development

    11/08/2007 3:34:45 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 2 replies · 83+ views ^ | 11/07/2007 | Nima Sanandaji
    Sweden's international development agency, SIDA, relies on left-wing ideology rather than facts and logic, argues Nima Sanandaji, from the Captus think tank. ”Gender inequality is one of the main reasons for poverty in a world where 99 percent of the world’s total wealth is owned by men and where 90 percent of the total incomes globally are earned by men.” Where does the above quote come from? To begin with, it is of course as wrong as it can get. In a country such as the UK women own more wealth than men. And more than two percent of global...
  • Ron Paul's Record Online Haul

    11/05/2007 8:22:09 PM PST · by this is my name not yours · 16 replies · 175+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Nov 5, 2007 | Jose Antonio Vargas
    Sen. Barack Obama has Oprah Winfrey, Sen. Hillary Clinton has Magic Johnson and Rep. Ron Paul, the online star of the primary race, has Sean Morley, aka Val Venis, the popular WWE pro wrestler who pretends to be an adult film star. And like many of the Paulites, the Texas congressman's loyal, Web-savvy supporters, Morley is blogging about Paul on his own site. "I can't really say what my support means. But, you know, I first heard about him two years ago, and I've studied his voting record and I'm convinced that more than any candidate, Republican or Democrat, he's...
  • Photograph of Headquarters

    08/29/2007 1:37:54 PM PDT · by NapkinUser · 130 replies · 3,107+ views
    Ron Paul 2008 ^ | August 29, 2007 | Ron Paul
    Here is a photograph of the Ron Paul 2008 national office in Arlington, Virginia. We have the entire second floor; about 3,000 square feet. The photograph was taken around 6:00 o'clock this morning.
  • Judicial Watch Seeks Access to North American Competitiveness Council Meetings Under Federal

    08/04/2007 10:03:33 PM PDT · by processing please hold · 9 replies · 535+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | Jul 31, 2007
    Commerce Secretary Gutierrez Urged to Comply With Federal Open Meetings Law During August 20 and 21 Security & Prosperity Partnership Meetings in Montebello, Quebec Highlighted Links WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - July 31, 2007) - Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today filed a notice with Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez that it is seeking access to the meetings and records of the North American Competitiveness Council (NACC) under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) -- the federal open meetings law (5 U.S.C App. 2 §3(2)). Specifically, Judicial Watch seeks to attend and/or participate...
  • Need large screen TV advice and opinions. (Need videophile advice)

    07/18/2007 7:55:12 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 213 replies · 4,674+ views
    7/18/07 | Self
    Okay, I am going to spend some of my mad money for a large screen HDTV. I want either a LCD or Plasma TV, no projection tv's. I want 1080p resolution. I'll have around $2000 to spend. What I need is advice on what is good, what sucks, what breaks, what keeps on working, plasma tv life expectancy, etc. Hit me!
  • Washington should leave potheads alone

    02/04/2007 6:03:12 AM PST · by billorites · 41 replies · 721+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | February 4, 2007 | John Stossel
    TWO WEEKS AGO, U.S. drug agents launched raids on 11 medical-marijuana centers in Los Angeles County. The U.S. attorney's office says they violated the laws against cultivation and distribution of marijuana.Whatever happened to America's federal system, which recognized the states as "laboratories of democracy"?According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 11 states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington) have eliminated the penalties for physician-approved possession of marijuana by seriously ill patients. In those states people with AIDS and other catastrophic diseases may either grow their own marijuana or get...
  • NY Hospital Moves to Offer First Uterus Transplant in U.S. History

    01/15/2007 5:42:31 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 16 replies · 436+ views
    Fox News ^ | January 15, 2007 | AP Staff Writer
    A New York hospital is taking steps to offer the nation's first uterus transplant, a radical experiment that might allow women whose wombs were removed or are defective to bear children. The wombs would come from dead donors, just as most other organs do, and would be removed after the recipient gives birth so she would not need anti-rejection drugs her whole life. The hospital's ethics board has conditionally approved the plans, although the hospital's president warned women not to get false hopes because a transplant is not expected "any time in the near future." Several experts cautioned that much...
  • Gas Guzzlers (Obesity and Fuel Use)

    10/25/2006 11:43:27 AM PDT · by Southside_Chicago_Republican · 61 replies · 1,197+ views
    Chicago-Sun Times ^ | October 25, 2006 | Monifa Thomas
    Fatter drivers cause increase in gasoline consumption, says study Being overweight isn't just bad for your health. New research suggests that America's obesity epidemic is also feeding the growth in U.S. fuel consumption. Americans are pumping almost 940 million more gallons of gas into their vehicles than they did in 1960 because the average American is roughly two dozen pounds heavier. That amounts to $2.8 billion more spent on gas each year, if gas is selling for $3 a gallon. So says a new study from researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Virginia Commonwealth University. Researchers used...
  • Listening for E.T.'S call

    09/23/2006 5:47:17 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 1 replies · 279+ views
    Chicago Suntimes ^ | 09/20/06 | ANDREW HERRMANN
    Jill Tarter favors her flying-saucer/Martian salt-and-pepper set. But don't mistake her for one of those kookie types who live in desert trailers prepping for the aliens to arrive. Tarter, with a Ph.D. in astronomy, is director of the Center for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Research, a northern California group of some 120 scientists and technicians who are listening for signs from outer space.
  • CA: Poochigian Promises Ferocious Anti-Jerry Brown Campaign

    08/02/2006 1:28:02 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 12 replies · 266+ views
    LA Weekly - New West Notes ^ | August 2, 2006 | Bill Bradley
    In the wake of strong news for former Governor Jerry Brown’s campaign for state attorney general in the Field Poll and in fundraising figures, the campaign of his trailing Republican challenger, Fresno state Senator Chuck Poochigian, sent out a volcanic missive. Poochigian chief strategist Ken Khachigian, a former Reagan speechwriter, attacked the Field Poll as pro-Democrat and promised a campaign to expose Brown’s “exceptionally erratic conduct of public affairs” and “bizarre political views.” In a Poochigian campaign statement entitled, “Poll's Snapshot Blurs Brown's Fringe Extremism,” Khachigian claimed “evidence that the Field Poll today is once again skewed in favor of...
  • FBI fails to find Hoffa's remains

    05/30/2006 8:24:00 PM PDT · by traumer · 26 replies · 473+ views
    An exhaustive two-week search of a Michigan horse farm for the body of influential union boss Jimmy Hoffa has ended without result, the FBI says. Agents tore down a barn and dug up several sites on Hidden Dreams Farm 32km (20 miles) from the restaurant where he was last seen in 1975. They had acted on a tip-off from a convict who lived there at the time. The former leader of the powerful Teamsters union apparently disappeared after meeting a mafia boss. Rumours have persisted that Hoffa was murdered by the mafia to prevent him regaining control of the union....
  • New Orleans East sinking faster than anywhere else in the state, says geologist

    04/18/2006 12:36:04 PM PDT · by Ellesu · 58 replies · 1,528+ views ^ | 04/18/06 | Ben Lemoine
    Sinking land ultimately reduces effectiveness of levee protection: The Army Corps of Engineers discovered a $4 billion surprise by underestimating the cost of repairing the levees because south Louisiana is sinking. One geologist has said the sinking will continue, especially in New Orleans East, because that part of town rests on a fault line. Bad roadways have become a common complaint over the years for some New Orleans residents, but to LSU Geologist Dr. Roy Dokka, they’re scientific evidence which demonstrate that the ultimate problem goes much deeper. Dokka suggests that Louisiana is not only sinking, but was sliding out...
  • Historian looks at fruitless quest for intelligent extraterrestrial life (Barf Alert!)

    04/03/2006 5:10:47 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 191 replies · 1,595+ views ^ | 04/02/06 | George Basalla
    The year 2010 will mark the 50th anniversary of humanity's strangest scientific quest: the use of giant radiotelescope dishes to listen for radio messages from alien beings in space. So far, the search has been a complete bust. The radioastronomers keep listening, but the stars aren't talking to us -- not yet, anyway. Oddly, the failure of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, has been largely ignored by the general public, journalists and Hollywood filmmakers. They continue to be enchanted by (and, in Hollywood's case, to commercially exploit) the hope that intelligent life is sprinkled across the galaxy like...
  • U.S. Planning Base on Moon To Prepare for Trip to Mars

    03/25/2006 10:58:20 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 36 replies · 1,036+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 26, 2006 | Guy Gugliotta
    For the first time since 1972, the United States is planning to fly to the moon, but instead of a quick, Apollo-like visit, astronauts intend to build a permanent base and live there while they prepare what may be the most ambitious undertaking in history -- putting human beings on Mars. President Bush in 2004 announced to great fanfare plans to build a new spaceship, get back to the moon by 2020 and travel on to Mars after that. But, with NASA focused on designing a new spaceship and spending about 40 percent of its budget on the troubled space...
  • Spending on special election campaigns tops $300 million - $304 million

    02/01/2006 7:21:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 222+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/1/06 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Campaign committees battling over the eight propositions on last November's special election ballot spent a record $303.9 million, according to campaign reports filed this week. All eight of the initiatives, including four promoted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, went down to defeat despite, or perhaps because of, the spending barrage. "It shows that if you have enough money you certainly can have your issue presented to voters," said Robert Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies, a Los Angeles-based campaign think tank. "But it also shows if you have enough money you can defeat almost any issue."...
  • Virgin Territory: U.S. Women Seek A Second First Time

    12/15/2005 6:35:07 AM PST · by John Conlin · 27 replies · 1,004+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/15/05 | AMY CHOZICK
    For her 17th wedding anniversary, Jeanette Yarborough wanted to do something special for her husband. In addition to planning a hotel getaway for the weekend, Ms. Yarborough paid a surgeon $5,000 to reattach her hymen, making her appear to be a virgin again. "It's the ultimate gift for the man who has everything," says Ms. Yarborough, 40 years old, a medical assistant from San Antonio. Hymenoplasty, a controversial medical procedure known mostly for its prevalence in the Middle East and Latin America, is becoming popular in the U.S.
  • Busy N.M. Governor Relies on Police Copter

    12/13/2005 5:44:01 PM PST · by 2dogjoe · 20 replies · 599+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 13, 2005 | AP
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Richardson found a surefire way to bypass traffic while heading to a bill-signing ceremony in Albuquerque last spring: Instead of driving the 60 miles south, he hopped aboard a speedy state police helicopter. The New Mexico governor has taken 40 trips on the sleek state-of-the-art chopper since December 2003, when the state bought it for $3.8 million to make search-and-rescue missions easier. There's nothing illegal about the governor's flights -- which take place, according to his administration, only if the aircraft is not needed by police. But some Republicans accused Richardson, who is...
  • SETI and the Cosmic Quarantine Hypothesis (Where is Everybody?)

    10/19/2005 5:46:05 PM PDT · by kanawa · 126 replies · 2,155+ views
    Astrobiology Magazine ^ | October 17/05 | Steven Soter
    If civilizations exist in our galaxy with levels of technology at least equal to our own, we might be able to detect some of them using radio telescopes. And if civilizations exist with technologies far in advance of our own, we might expect them to have colonized millions of habitable worlds in the Milky Way, and even to have visited our own planet. Yet there is no evidence in the astronomical, geological, archaeological, or historical records that extraterrestrial civilizations exist or that visitors from other worlds have ever been to Earth. Does that mean, as some have concluded, that ours...
  • Milosevic trial nears fourth year

    10/19/2005 4:35:16 PM PDT · by joan · 44 replies · 946+ views
    Pittsburgh post-gazette ^ | October 19, 2005
    Complexity of war crimes case against ex-Yugoslav president convinced Iraqi prosecutors to condense Saddam charges THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Three years and eight months into the war crimes trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, the courtroom still crackles with explosive outbursts. ...The prosecution of Mr. Milosevic and 125 other people by the 12-year-old tribunal is creating a body of law that many legal experts say will serve as a guide for future war crimes tribunals worldwide. Iraqi judges and officials from war crimes tribunals newly established in Africa and the Balkans have consulted court officials recently.
  • Making The Move From CD to iPod

    09/18/2005 7:44:51 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 278 replies · 5,677+ views
    New ^ | September 18, 2005 | Allan Hoffman
    I am giving up CDs. Within the next several months, I expect most of my family's CDs will be converted for playing on our iPods and personal computers. The actual CDs will either be sold or given away. As more people connect their digital music players to their home stereos and car stereos, they realize they have no use for the racks of CDs taking up space in their homes. If you no longer play CDs, why keep them? That is the conclusion my wife and I reached, and that is why I am completing the arduous process of moving...
  • NASA to offer $100 billion moon program

    09/18/2005 4:50:22 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 109 replies · 1,759+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 18, 2005
    With the shuttle fleet grounded and the International Space Station staffed by a skeleton crew, NASA is set to unveil plans on Monday to take people and cargo to the moon.Even before the official announcement, there is criticism from Capitol Hill over the reported $100 billion cost of the lunar program, given U.S. government commitments to the Iraq war and the recovery from Hurricane Katrina. "This plan is coming out at a time when the nation is facing significant budgetary challenges," Rep. Bart Gordon, a Tennessee Democrat on the House Science Committee, said in a statement. "Getting agreement to move...
  • Crackdown on 'illegals' is a puzzle (ICE gang arrests)

    08/01/2005 11:06:04 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 11 replies · 677+ views
    Greeley Tribune ^ | July 28, 2005 | Greeley Tribune
    Subtitle: Operation's secrecy is a concern; Greeley's gangs are not the problem The heritage of open court proceedings and the belief that the accused do not disappear down a legal black hole never to be heard from again are important parts of our democratic culture. They allow the amorphous threat of terrorism to justify secrecy whenever it fits the government's needs is to forfeit much of what makes this country great. -- Harry Hammitt, editor, Access Reports Right here in little ol' Greeley, we never suspected we'd be writing about terrorism and its effect on secrecy in government. But today...
  • Ashcroft Gone, Justice Statues Disrobe

    06/24/2005 4:00:24 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 75 replies · 3,007+ views
    AP ^ | 6/24/05 | Mark Sherman
    With barely a word about it, workers at the Justice Department Friday removed the blue drapes that have famously covered two scantily clad statues for the past 3 1/2 years. Spirit of Justice, with her one breast exposed and her arms raised, and the bare-chested male Majesty of Law basked in the late afternoon light of Justice's ceremonial Great Hall. The drapes, installed in 2002 at a cost of $8,000, allowed then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to speak in the Great Hall without fear of a breast showing up behind him in television or newspaper pictures. They also provoked jokes about...
  • Anchorage gets $1.5 million for bus stop (your tax dollars at work)

    05/09/2005 8:01:12 PM PDT · by velyrorenry · 19 replies · 806+ views - ap ^ | 05/06/2005 | MARY PEMBERTON
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Tom Wilson is faced with a problem many city administrators would envy. How to spend $1.5 million on a bus stop? When done, the bus stop next to the Anchorage Museum of History and Art will be like no other in the city, said Anchorage's director of public transportation.
  • College does not prepare for real life

    05/04/2005 8:15:16 AM PDT · by qam1 · 117 replies · 5,386+ views
    Bowling Green News ^ | 5/2/05 | Amanda Hooper
    As I watch my classmates graduate it seems many of them are less sure of their purpose then when they began college. College used to be where young adults went to find themselves and then pursue their passion. It was a luxury for the crem de la crem of society. It wasn't long ago that most children knew their place in society by adolescence and were resigned to that fate. Now with the plethora of choice, instead of college opening amazing new opportunities and fulfilling our wildest dreams, it has left us unprepared for the real world and paralyzed by...
  • Your Employee Watch #1

    04/22/2005 10:59:05 AM PDT · by conservativerevolution · 4 replies · 324+ views
    This is a new section to the site that will allow you to take a little peak at your employees. Also known as Government employees. Our first offering: H.Res. 228 Observing the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Republic of Vietnam to the Communist forces of North Vietnam.
  • DOJ admits FBI is in possession of additional Flight 77 surveillance video

    03/24/2005 4:31:32 PM PST · by Nexus · 81 replies · 5,749+ views ^ | DOJ response to appeal
    The gentleman who runs the above website had filed a Freedom of Information Act request for surveillance videos that have long been rumored to exist from a Citgo and Sheratan Hotel near the Pentagon. After the FBI initially responded that they couldn't locatate such material, an appeal was filed. The DOJ's response to the appeal says they have since searched harder, and found such material, but will not release them because the vids are protected by FOIA, specifically: -The release of which could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings- To be clear, personally I don't buy into any...
  • Artist hopes to boost peace by towing iceberg to Titanic birthplace

    02/25/2005 8:48:43 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 27 replies · 910+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Wed Feb 23, 2:40 PM ET
    Artist hopes to boost peace by towing iceberg to Titanic birthplace Wed Feb 23, 2:40 PM ET BELFAST (AFP) - An artist said she hoped to jolt Northern Ireland into resurrecting its peace process and self-confidence by towing an iceberg to Belfast, the birthplace of the iceberg-doomed Titanic ocean liner. Artist Rita Duffy said the iceberg would be a symbol of regeneration for Belfast, cooling the simmering anger among Protestants and Catholics who are trying to put 30 years of sectarian violence behind them. "Technically, it is feasible," Duffy told AFP. "The plan is to take an iceberg from off...
  • Christo’s Gates: A Transcendent Experience

    02/21/2005 4:01:06 PM PST · by Republicanprofessor · 55 replies · 6,933+ views
    Feb. 21, 2005 | Republican Professor
    We caught our first glimpse of the Gates from our taxi up Central Park West. Already I was drawn in and fascinated. At each opening into Central Park, Christo has extended his initial gates, already welcoming you in. On roads into the park, there are sometimes city police or other vehicles. But on the quieter paths, only a trail of orange draws you in. The orange, or saffron color, is wonderful: like the warm light of the beginning or end of the day, it glows in light or in dusk. It shimmers through the woods in the distance, winding around...
  • Smokers asked to cough up taxes for Web buys

    02/21/2005 6:46:21 AM PST · by Zon · 299 replies · 3,573+ views
    CNET ^ | February 18, 2005, 3:31 PM PST | Alorie Gilbert
    Hundreds of Michigan residents are getting a big surprise this tax season--hefty tax bills for cigarettes they bought online over the past four years. The state sent the bills to 553 residents last week after subpoenaing 13 online tobacco shops for names of Michigan customers and their order histories, a Michigan Treasury Department spokesman Caleb Buhs said on Friday. The tax bills are based on information from just one store, and the state expects to collect more names from the others. Collectively, the people receiving this first round of bills owe the state $1.4 million, an average of $2,500 per...
  • ENEMY PROFESSOR (No. 16) - Carolie Coffey

    02/13/2005 7:51:30 AM PST · by doug from upland · 18 replies · 1,178+ views
    No. 16 in our series from Parents need to read this before spending their money on what they believe is an education for their offspring. ========================================================= PREVIOUS ENEMIES -- 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 ========================================================= Warning: Postings are only opinions. (See Terms of Service)Record for entry #195.   Cabrillo College Mar. 20, 2003 CA     Course: Soc 2: Modern Social Problems   Course Catalog Description: Examines major modern social problems and alternative solutions. Problems considered may include race, sex, age discrimination, drug abuse, poverty, deviance, sexual behavior, crime and such...
  • Universal Translator Might be Needed to Understand ET

    01/27/2005 8:03:58 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 185 replies · 2,053+ views ^ | 01/27/05 | Douglas Vakoch
    Will we ever find a primer for decoding messages from extraterrestrials? Last month, anthropologists who gathered for a major conference in Atlanta, Georgia heard some news that will be sobering for SETI enthusiasts: it may be much more difficult to understand extraterrestrials than many scientists have thought before. Among the sessions held during December’s annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association was one called "Anthropology, Archaeology, and Interstellar Communication: Science and the Knowledge of Distant Worlds." The session included papers by scholars from such diverse fields as astronomy, archaeology, anthropology, and psychology. Is there a Cosmic Rosetta Stone, they asked,...
  • Cops use plane to nab apple-eating driver

    01/24/2005 9:33:54 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 27 replies · 1,177+ views
    UK Reuters ^ | Mon, Jan 24, 2005 | UK Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - Police called in a spotter plane, helicopter and video-equipped patrol car to help convict a woman who ate an apple while driving to work, newspapers have reported. After nine court hearings and a trial lasting more than two hours, nursery nurse Sarah McCaffery was fined 60 pounds on Monday when a court upheld a police decision to give her a penalty ticket. Police used the plane, helicopter and car to film road conditions on the route she took in Tyneside, northeast England, after officers pulled her over in December 2003. "It is a joke they put so...
  • White House Scraps Hubble Servicing Mission

    01/21/2005 2:25:17 PM PST · by purple haze · 40 replies · 1,012+ views ^ | 1/21/05 | Brian Berger
    WASHINGTON – The White House has eliminated funding for a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope from its 2006 budget request and directed NASA to focus solely on de-orbiting the popular spacecraft at the end of its life, according to government and industry sources. NASA is debating when and how to announce the change of plans. Sources told Space News that outgoing NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe likely will make the announcement Feb. 7 during the public presentation of the U.S. space agency’s 2006 budget request. That budget request, according to government and industry sources, will not include any money...