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  • Software Glitch Causes F-35 to Incorrectly Detect Targets in Formation

    03/26/2015 6:50:26 AM PDT · by Doogle · 37 replies
    Military.com ^ | 03/24/15 | Kris Osborn
    Engineers are trying to fix the F-35’s software package after it was discovered the sensors for the Joint Strike Fighter malfunction when detecting targets when the aircraft flies in formation. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, Program Executive Officer, F-35, said he didn’t have a date when the correction would be made. However, he said the problem would not delay the declaration of the Marine variant of the aircraft, the F-35B, ready for combat. “When you have two, three or four F-35s looking at the same threat, they don’t all see it exactly the same because of the angles that...
  • US Navy: One Year Delay in Zumwalt Class Destroyers

    03/10/2015 6:10:42 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 5 replies
    Marine Link ^ | March 10, 2015 | Joseph Keefe
    General Dynamics Corp will deliver two Zumwalt-class destroyers a year later than planned, U.S. Navy officials said, blaming complications related to new technology. The Navy is adjusting its official baseline for the $22 billion DDG 1000 ship program to reflect the new delivery dates but the change will not trigger a mandatory review since the resulting cost increase will be under 15 percent, a defense official told Reuters, requesting anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
  • Jeb Bush’s eye-popping event: $100k per ticket

    02/10/2015 5:04:10 PM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | February 10, 2015 | Ben White
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will raise money on Wall Street on Wednesday at an eye-popping $100,000 per-ticket Park Avenue event hosted by private equity mogul Henry Kravis and his wife. The price of admission to the event, which will raise funds for Bush’s “Right to Rise” super PAC, surprised even Wall Street veterans used to high-dollar fundraisers.
  • China Stole Plans For F-35 Fighter To Be Acquired - Report

    01/19/2015 9:04:05 AM PST · by Strategy · 15 replies
    ABS-CBN News ^ | January 19, 2015
    SYDNEY - Chinese spies stole key design information about the F-35 Lightening II multirole fighter, set to join the air force fleets of Australia, Japan and other U.S. allies, according to documents disclosed by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Monday. The report, citing new disclosures published by German magazine Der Spiegel, Chinese cyber spies stole huge volumes of sensitive military information, including "many terabytes of data" about the fighter such as details of its radar systems used to identify and track targets, according to a top secret U.S. National Security Agency presentation.
  • U.S. Navy says renaming LCS ships as "frigates"

    01/15/2015 8:38:13 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 15, 2015 | Andrea Shalal
    Jan 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Thursday said the Navy would rename the modified Littoral Combat Ships it plans to build in coming years as "frigates," given their enhanced capabilities. "One of the requirements of the Small Surface Combatant Task Force was to have a ship with frigate-like capabilities. Well, if it's like a frigate, why don't we call it a frigate?" Mabus told the annual conference of the Surface Navy Association. Mabus said the changed designation would apply primarily to the next 20 ships to be built, but 32 earlier Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) that...
  • Canceling the DDG-1000 Destroyer Program Was a Mistake

    12/12/2014 9:24:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 1 replies
    National Defense ^ | December 12, 2014 | Ben Freeman
    The U.S. Navy’s DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers are extraordinarily expensive. Since 2009, the cost of the ships has increased 34.4 percent, according to the Congressional Research Service. Each of the three Zumwalt’s being built will cost taxpayers around $3.4 billion. And, that’s on top of the more than $9 billion in research and design funding that has gone into this program. Are they worth the price? The Navy didn’t think so in 2009 when Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced the program would end with the procurement of just three ships, down from the 32 ships the Navy had initially planned...
  • Commodore Young takes command of Navy's newest ships (Littoral combat ships in Mayport FL)

    11/08/2014 10:55:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Fremont Tribune ^ | November 8, 2014 | Chris Zavadil
    A Fremont native is playing a key role in a historical transition taking place in the U.S. Navy. Capt. Paul D. Young on Friday became the first commodore of LCS Squadron 2, a new unit created by the Navy to launch a class of ships that is still under construction. Young assumed his leadership post during a command establishment ceremony at the Mayport Naval Station in Florida. The task before him is nothing less than building the new squadron from the ground up, and then overseeing six new Littoral Combat Ships as they are put to sea. His first two...
  • Britain orders more F-35s as part of biggest-ever defence project

    10/28/2014 11:30:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Daily Telegraph, UK ^ | October 28, 2014 | Alan Tovey, Industry Editor
    UK orders four more F-35B stealth jets as partners work to reduce the cost of the controversial fighter-bomber British defence and engineering companies including BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce have been given a boost after the Ministry of Defence struck a deal to order the first production batch of F-35 fighter-bombers. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the MoD had reached an agreement in principle to buy four F-35 Lightning II stealth aircraft. About 15pc of each aircraft is manufactured in Britain and BAE is the only tier one partner in the F-35 programme, which is headed by Lockheed Martin and is...
  • Jacksonville-built Super Tucano — first made in U.S. — rolls off the line

    09/25/2014 12:05:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Jacksonville Business Journal ^ | Sep 25, 2014 | Jensen Werley
    The first A29 Super Tucano manufactured in the United States made its debut today in a ceremony at the Embraer facility at Jacksonville International Airport. The light air support defense plane, contracted by the U.S. Air Force from Sierra Nevada Corp. and built by Brazilian-based Embraer, has passed its military certifications and was officially approved for use by the Air Force. The Afghan National Army for light air support will eventually use the plane. "The capability speaks for itself," said Taco Gilbert, vice president of the Sierra Nevada Corp. "It's gotten its air worthiness approval, which is a stamp of...
  • Navy used 47 Tomahawks last night, Already used up 47% of planned 2015 purchases

    09/23/2014 6:37:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/23/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    <p>Weapons procurement showed striking reductions from last year’s plans. Then, the Navy planned to buy 980 Tactical Tomahawks, the primary cruise missile in use throughout the fleet. The new plan shows only 100 missiles in 2015 and none thereafter.</p> <p>The reduction reflects shifting investment to a new next-generation land attack weapon, said Lt. Caroline Hutcheson, a Navy spokeswoman at the Pentagon, who also noted that the current inventory of Block IV Tactical Tomahawks exceeds combat requirements. A recertification line for existing missiles will be established to retain effectiveness of current TacToms, she added.</p>
  • Navy to Conduct Strike Missile Demonstration Aboard LCS 4

    09/18/2014 11:33:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Sea Power Magazine ^ | September 18, 2014
    WASHINGTON — The Navy is scheduled to conduct a live-fire demonstration of a Kongsberg-built Naval Strike Missile (NSM) aboard the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) while underway in the Pacific Ocean Sept. 24, a Naval Sea Systems Command spokesman announced in a Sept. 18 release. The Kongsberg NSM is a long-range precision-strike missile designed to be launched from a variety of ships against a variety of targets. This demonstration is intended to test the capabilities of the Norwegian-made missile from a sea-based platform against a Mobile Ship Target (MST) and provide insights into the weapon’s stated capabilities of...
  • Army announces new camouflage uniform pattern (again!)

    08/02/2014 7:57:33 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 107 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | August 1, 2014 | Chris Carroll
    The Army has selected a new camouflage pattern to begin fielding next year, an unidentified senior Army spokesperson announced in a statement late Thursday. “The Army has confirmed through testing that the pattern would offer exceptional concealment, which directly enhances force protection and survivability for Soldiers,” according to the statement from the Army. The pattern will be used in all combatant commands, including Afghanistan, the Army said. Uniforms and equipment with the existing pattern won’t be discarded, but replaced only as they wear out. The pattern was developed by the Army under the name Scorpion W2 to replace the much-maligned...
  • Navy begins weighing future of littoral combat ship; or whether to replace it

    08/01/2014 11:08:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    AL.com ^ | August 01, 2014 | By Michael Finch II
    MOBILE, Alabama -- It's judgment day for the littoral combat ship. The July 31 deadline has passed for a task force of U.S. Navy officials to collect information for a new or improved small surface combatant. In a released statement the Navy said it will begin reviewing the preliminary findings that will decide the future of the littoral combat ship, or whether to replace it. "Because the task force alternatives will be considered as part of (the fiscal year 2016 budget) deliberations, the Navy will not comment publicly on the report's findings until budget decisions within the defense department are...
  • Analyst: F-35C to Cost $337 Million Apiece in FY15

    07/30/2014 6:27:11 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 49 replies
    A longtime defense analyst and critic of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program says taxpayers next year will pay between $148 million and $337 million per jet, depending on the model. Winslow Wheeler, a staff member at the Project On Government Oversight who has worked on national-security issues for the Senate and the Government Accountability Office, detailed his cost estimates for the Lockheed Martin Corp.-made fifth-generation stealth fighter in a recent article on Medium​.com. Wheeler puts the per-plane production price tag at $148 million for the Air Force’s F-35A, which can take off and land on conventional runways; $251 million...
  • (Non-existent) Stealth destroyers, (broken) littoral combat ships headed to Pacific

    07/29/2014 7:20:54 AM PDT · by pabianice · 25 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 7/29/14 | Robson
    Stealth destroyers, littoral combat ships headed to Pacific, Mabus says With $3.3 billion Zumwalt, Navy trying for smallest blip on radar Sometime next year, the USS Zumwalt will begin testing the Tomahawk missiles, GPS-guided munitions and "total ship" computing systems that will make the $3.3 billion vessel the most advanced destroyer in Navy history. Scope of Navy's LCS program uncertain, despite no clear replacement The lighter, faster surface fleet of the future may get heavier than Navy leaders have planned, as high-ranking skeptics at the Pentagon try to convince lawmakers that the service is relying too much on a new...
  • North Korea to build underwater hotel in East Coast city of Wonsan

    07/24/2014 10:32:08 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 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 · 34 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 about...dog poop

    07/20/2011 10:43:47 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 6 replies
    KOMO.com/YouTube ^ | 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
    Amazon.com ^ | 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...
  • WHAT'S THE RUSH? 'URGENT' $TIMULUS ON HOLD FOR BAM'S WEEKEND OFF

    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
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 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
    wwltv.com ^ | 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
    SFGate.com ^ | 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.