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  • This Renaissance Painting of Fruit Holds a Modern-Day Science Lesson

    08/09/2015 8:31:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    The Smithsonian ^ | 8-8-15 | Helen Thompson
    Paintings can be a window to more than the outmoded dress and strange customs of the past — sometimes, they have modern-day science lessons to impart, too. That's the case with Giovanni Stanchi’s 17th century still life of fruit, as Phil Edwards points out for Vox — just look for the watermelons. Stanchi’s work, painted between 1645 and 1672 (and now up for auction at Christie’s), includes strange watermelons that look so foreign they could be from outer space in the bottom right corner. If watermelons looked like that in the Renaissance, then why do they look so different today?...
  • Saving The Sweetest Watermelon The South Has Ever Known

    05/19/2015 6:51:40 PM PDT · by Theoria · 65 replies
    NPR ^ | 19 May 2015 | Jill Neimark
    The most luscious watermelon the Deep South has ever produced was once so coveted, 19th-century growers used poison or electrocuting wires to thwart potential thieves, or simply stood guard with guns in the thick of night. The legendary Bradford was delectable — but the melon didn't ship well, and it all but disappeared by the 1920s. Now, eight generations later, a great-great-great-grandson of its creator is bringing it back. The story of the Bradford begins on a prison ship during the American Revolutionary War. It was 1783, and the British had captured an American soldier named John Franklin Lawson and...
  • Obama to spotlight global warming during Earth Day visit to Everglades [Lenin's birthday]

    04/22/2015 4:50:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Mashable ^ | April 22, 2015 | Andrew Freedman
    For the 45th annual Earth Day on Wednesday, President Obama will elevate global warming to the top of the list of environmental threats currently facing Americans, in a speech at the Everglades National Park. The trip, his first to the fragile but vital "river of grass" that, following decades of human interference now occupies a fraction of its former sprawling range in southern Florida, also comes with a heavy dose of politics. Winning the state will be key for any presidential candidate in the 2016 race, and two leading contenders for the Republican nomination, former governor Jeb Bush Senator Marco...
  • Football Coach Fired Because Eating Watermelon Is Racist

    10/23/2014 1:10:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 115 replies
    National Review ^ | October 23, 2014 | Katherine Timpf
    OCTOBER 22, 2014 Football Coach Fired Because Eating Watermelon Is Racist Parents from other schools felt smashing a watermelon and eating it after games was inappropriate. By Katherine Timpf A winning high-school football coach was fired after the team’s tradition of eating watermelon after games was deemed “inappropriate” and “racist.” Bud Walpole had been coaching Academic Magnet Raptors football team, and was in the middle of a very successful season, according to CBS Charlotte. A current Raptors player said the tradition began when players bought watermelons from a man who had been selling them on their route to the game....
  • Connecticut man arrested after stabbing watermelon

    07/15/2014 12:06:56 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 18 replies
    BANTAM, Conn. — A 49-year-old Connecticut man faces threatening charges after a woman told police he stabbed a watermelon in a passive-aggressive manner. The Register Citizen of Torrington reports ( Carmine Cervellino of Thomaston was arraigned Monday on charges of threatening and disorderly conduct. He was released after posting a $500 bond.
  • Thomaston man charged with threatening after stabbing watermelon

    07/15/2014 7:33:31 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    The Register Citizen (CT) ^ | July 14, 2014 | Isaac Avilucea
    BANTAM >> A Thomaston man is accused of stabbing a watermelon with a butcher knife and leaving it in the kitchen for a woman to see, in what police describe as a “passive aggressive” swipe that landed him in custody. She was unnerved by what she perceived to be a menacing gesture directed at her and reported it to police.
  • Poll: Republicans divided on climate change (Dems in virtual lock-step)

    11/02/2013 1:29:28 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 1, 2013 | Zack Colman
    The GOP is divided on global warming, as seven in 10 Tea Party Republicans believe there's no solid evidence of a warming planet compared with three in 10 non-Tea Partiers, according to a Pew Research poll released Friday. Overall, 46 percent of Republicans said there is no solid evidence of global warming, compared with 11 percent of Democrats. Of those who see solid evidence of global warming, Republicans were nearly three times less likely (23 percent) to attribute it to human activity than Democrats (64 percent). That difference was more pronounced among Tea Partiers, 9 percent of whom said humans...
  • The Tide is Turning: Truth About Climate on TV in San Diego

    10/20/2013 1:18:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Ricochet ^ | October 19, 2013 | Jim Lakey
    Thanks to the wonder that is the Internet, you don’t have to actually live in San Diego to watch a 30-minute special that aired in that city last Sunday that gives a thorough debunking of the climate scare. At this link you will see what the lucky residents of San Diego enjoyed via the great KUSI-TV and the Founding Father of The Weather Channel, John Coleman … without the other benefits of living in one of the most pleasant cities on the planet. You’ll just have to count all your other blessings. Coleman interviewed two of the lead authors of...
  • Russia dismisses Dutch legal action as Greenpeace protests continue

    10/06/2013 7:04:00 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    NZTV New Zealand ^ | October 6, 2013 | Staff Rooters
    Russia has shrugged off Dutch legal action over its detention and prosecution of Greenpeace activists for piracy as protesters took to the streets internationally to call for the 30 detainees to be freed. The Netherlands launched legal proceedings against Russia on Friday, saying it had unlawfully detained activists and others on the Dutch-registered ship last month as it protested against drilling in the Arctic. Two Dutch citizens were among 30 people on board the Arctic Sunrise, which was seized by Russian authorities near the Prirazlomnaya offshore oil platform. Also onboard were Kiwis David Haussmann and Jonathan Beauchamp.
  • Watermelon Juice Prevents Aching Muscles

    07/28/2013 9:59:38 AM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies
    Chemical & Engineering News ^ | July 25, 2013 | Erika Gebel
    Food Chemistry: The amino acid L-citrulline found in the fruit could help athletes avoid muscle soreness after a hard workoutBefore taking a long bike ride on a hot summer day, have some watermelon: The juicy fruit may ward off muscle pains. Researchers report that people who drank watermelon juice before exercising felt less sore the next day than those who drank a pink placebo beverage (J. Agric. Food Chem. 2013, DOI: 10.1021/jf400964r). They also found that cells absorb the presumed active ingredient, L-citrulline, more readily from unpasteurized watermelon juice than from plain water spiked with the compound, suggesting the natural...
  • Watermelon Oreos dip into controversy (new flavor apparently racist)

    06/20/2013 2:43:58 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 104 replies
    MSN Money ^ | June 20, 2013 | Aimee Picchi
    Mix a favorite summer fruit with an iconic American cookie, and what do you get? Apparently a mouthful of controversy. Mondelez International's (MDLZ -4.03%) Nabisco has rolled out a limited-edition Oreo flavor for the summer, picking watermelon as its fruit of choice. It's not even the cookie maker's first fruit-flavored version, with previous spin-offs including banana split and chocolate with strawberry creme. Some are saying the new flavor opens up jokes or insults that could veer into racism, given that the fruit is sometimes stereotyped as a favorite of blacks. The portrayal has its roots in American slavery, with defenders...
  • Watermelon Oreos: The Latest Twist on an Iconic Cookie

    06/18/2013 6:21:11 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 37 replies ^ | june 18, 2013 | Lisa Scherzer
    Watermelon in cookie form. The perfect summer food? Nabisco hopes Oreo purists and non-fans alike will be taking a bag of the new, limited edition fruit-flavored cookies to their next picnic. The Watermelon Oreos, available only at Target (TGT) for $3 a package, feature a bright pink and green creme filling between two vanilla-flavored cookies; the creme bears a strong resemblance to Play-Doh. Two cookies contain 150 calories, 7 grams of fat and 21 grams of carbohydrates. Food bloggers had plenty to say about the new summer flavor. JunkFoodGuy wrote that he was expecting an “awful fake watermelon smell to...
  • A Great Animated Demonstration Of What America Did To Itself When It Reelected Obama

    03/19/2013 4:37:35 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 11 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-19-13 | The Looking Spoon
    There's something about people being stupid enough to vote for leftist presidents and then becoming extremely dissatisfied with them very quickly. Frances Socialist president is at an all time low and he's only been in office 10 months!It happened to Obama in his first term...and it's happening again now.By the way, I'm sure some liberal will accuse me a racism because of the watermelons...
  • Google being racists?

    08/07/2012 7:32:25 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 28 replies
    Google Start page ^ | 07/07/2012 | freeatlanta
    Maybe it's an accident, or maybe some insensitive punk slipped one by the honchos, but the Google start page today looks like a black man standing on a watermelon. Blacks and watermelons is a very old stereotype.Even worse, it is animated. Google Those wacky lefties at Google (90%plus donation to Democrats).
  • $26 a gallon?! Navy's 'Green Fleet' meets stiff headwinds

    07/03/2012 8:47:48 AM PDT · by kingattax · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/2/2012 | David Alexander
    A U.S. Navy oiler slipped away from a fuel depot on the Puget Sound in Washington state one recent day, headed toward the central Pacific and into the storm over the Pentagon's controversial green fuels initiative. In its tanks, the USNS Henry J. Kaiser carried nearly 900,000 gallons of biofuel blended with petroleum to power the cruisers, destroyers and fighter jets of what the Navy has taken to calling the "Great Green Fleet," the first carrier strike group to be powered largely by alternative fuels. Conventionally powered ships and aircraft in the strike group will burn the blend in an...
  • Lying climate scientists lie again – about death threats, this time

    05/04/2012 1:57:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | May 3, 2012 | James Delingpole
    There's a great scoop in The Australian today about more lying climate scientists making stuff up. "CLAIMS that some of Australia's leading climate change scientists were subjected to death threats as part of a vicious and unrelenting email campaign have been debunked by the Privacy Commissioner. Timothy Pilgrim was called in to adjudicate on a Freedom of Information application in relation to Fairfax and ABC reports last June alleging that Australian National University climate change researchers were facing the ongoing campaign and had been moved to "more secure buildings" following explicit threats." Needless to say the University did everything it...
  • Comedian Gallagher to retire from live performances

    03/23/2012 9:02:04 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 16 replies · 2+ views
    KOMO News ^ | 3/23/12 | AP
    MARION, Ohio (AP) - The comedian Gallagher says he's had his fill of performing live onstage and is retiring after 32 years. The Los Angeles-based comedian, whose full name is Leo Anthony Gallagher, told an Ohio radio station on Thursday that his retirement plans include posting his writings online and possibly appearing at private parties.
  • (Playing The Race Card) Commentary: You’re Going to Celebrate BHM With Fried Chicken, Really?

    02/19/2012 7:45:45 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 94 replies
    BET ^ | Feb 16, 2012 | Danielle Wright
    Commentary: You’re Going to Celebrate BHM With Fried Chicken, Really? Is Black History Month turning into a stereotypical holiday? I love Black History Month because it serves as a time to acknowledge the contributions of little-known Black inventors, learn the struggles of Black ancestors and celebrate the victories of how far Black people have come as a whole. Companies, schools, churches and organizations across the country organize events to pay tribute, but is there an appropriate way to honor Black History Month? After recent reports in the news, I’m thinking the answer to that question may be "yes." In a...
  • Tesla asks for another loan from the Feds

    09/27/2011 6:06:52 AM PDT · by frankenMonkey · 29 replies
    Autoblog ^ | Sep 26th 2011 | Chris Shunk
    We haven't heard much from Tesla of late, but that may be because the upstart electric car maker is hard at work getting the Model S to market, as promised, before the end of 2012. The Model S itself is the product of a $465 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy, but that's not the last round of loans Tesla has its sights set on. SF Gate reports that Tesla has asked the DoE for another loan. Tesla spokeswoman Khobi Brooklyn reportedly confirmed that the loan application was completed, adding that the money would be used "in our...
  • When watermelons attack: Chinese farmers caught off guard by exploding crop

    05/31/2011 11:34:14 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 30 replies
    news.nationalpost ^ | Erin Valois
    It was supposed to be a typical watermelon crop, or at least that’s what 20 Chinese farmers were expecting. Instead, they watched in horror as their fields of fruit began exploding like “landmines,” according to The Guardian. This is why it is important to read the instructions while working with plant biotechnology. The group of farmers decided to use a chemical spray known as forchlorfenuron, a plant growth accelerator that is normally used on grapes and kiwi fruit in the United States. To put it simply — the plant compound stimulates lateral growth within the fruit, and can also make...
  • Exploding watermelons put spotlight on Chinese farming practices

    05/17/2011 9:14:50 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 76 replies · 2+ views
    The Guardian ^ | May 17, 2011 | Jonathan Watts
    The flying pips, shattered shells and wet shrapnel still haunt farmer Liu Mingsuo after an effort to chemically boost his fruit crop went spectacularly wrong. Fields of watermelons exploded when he and other agricultural workers in eastern China mistakenly applied forchlorfenuron, a growth accelerator....The report said the farmers sprayed the fruit too late in the season and during wet conditions, which caused the melons to explode like "landmines". After losing three hectares (eight acres), Liu said he was unable to sleep because he could not shake the image of the fruit bursting.
  • Ban Ki-Moon: "We need Revolution"

    02/10/2011 7:03:24 AM PST · by wheresmyusa · 18 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/28/2011 | United Nations
    "It may sound strange to speak of Revolution, but that is what we need at this time. We need a Revolution; revolutionary thinking, revolutionary action. It is easy to mouth the words "sustainable development", but to make it happen, we have to be prepared to make major changes." Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Davos World Economic Forum 2011
  • Woman Gets Smashed In Face By Watermelon, Video

    01/14/2011 9:11:58 PM PST · by OneVike · 26 replies
    In this video, you will see a woman who competed in the 17th season of the reality television show, "The Amazing Race", get smashed by a watermelon. "The Amazing Race" is a show that pits teams of two people against each other in a series of challenges that take place all over the world. The race takes the contestants on planes, balloons, helicopters, trucks, bicycles, taxicabs, rental cars, trains, buses, boats, and by foot as they attempt to beat the members of the other teams to "pit stops". All in an attempt win prizes and avoid the possibility of...
  • Watermelon Launch Fail (Vanity - it was beyond my control)

    12/21/2010 2:30:30 PM PST · by Danae · 32 replies · 4+ views
    Fail Blog ^ | ?? | Unknown
    Grab the box of kleenex, because this one is gonna hurt. Alternative title, Attack of the Killer Watermelon. And yes, the watermelon won.
  • Is Green Socialism EPA's Real Goal?

    10/29/2010 5:16:21 PM PDT · by goldendays · 23 replies ^ | 10/27/2010 |
    s Green Socialism EPA's Real Goal? Posted 10/27/2010 07:22 PM ET EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has made "environmental justice" a priority. AP View Enlarged Image Government: While it destroys jobs with its regulations, the EPA has an opening for an "environmental protection specialist" whose job it is to help the agency meet its "environmental justice goals." Meet its what? If socialism and environmentalism had a child, it would be called the Environmental Protection Agency. Established under President Nixon to ensure the quality of our air and water, it has become a tool of social engineering to implement President Obama's promised...
  • Oregon’s First Environmental Literacy Plan Completed

    10/29/2010 8:39:12 AM PDT · by epithermal · 10 replies
    BusinessWire ^ | Oct 7, 2010 | Unknown
    The plan articulates that environmentally literate students, upon graduation, will demonstrate proficiency in each of the following areas: * Understand the physical and biological world and our interdependent relationship with it * Understand and apply systems thinking concepts and tools * Understand one’s relationship to the local, regional, national and global community * Investigate options for, plan and create a sustainable future * Understand and achieve personal and civic responsibility Oregon’s Environmental Literacy Plan will be submitted to the Oregon legislature and considered for full adoption by the State Board of Education later this year. To implement the plan, Oregon...
  • Watermelons: What happened to the seeds?

    09/01/2010 2:59:47 PM PDT · by Borges · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/31/10 | Jane Black
    In 1995, Jason Schayot set the world record for spitting a watermelon seed when he shot his tiny black bullet a whopping 75 feet, 2 inches, almost a quarter of a football field. It's a record that would be hard to beat. But Schayot might not have much competition anyway. Within a generation, most Americans won't even know that watermelons have seeds, let alone how to spit them. According to the National Watermelon Promotion Board, only 16 percent of watermelons sold in grocery stores have seeds, down from 42 percent in 2003. In California and the mid-South, home to the...
  • Skits You Will Never See on Saturday Night Live

    06/29/2010 6:13:29 PM PDT · by Dawebman · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Skits You Will Never See on Saturday Night Live God sends Ronaldus Magnus and William F. Buckley to knight Rush Limbaugh and touch the finger of Sarah Palin, because Charlton Heston and William F. Buckley are busy playing cards with Maggie Thatcher and Pope John Paul II. House Budget Committee on Jan. 15, 2011 Democrat minority is sitting in Russian hats and Green ChiCom Caps with red star. Paul Ryan with the gavel Every time Ryan strikes the gavel, lightning flashes and thunder booms, and Ryan bellows, “Another Victory for Americans.” Cut all funding for the National Endowment for...
  • Dan Rather: 'Articulate' Obama Couldn't Even 'Sell Watermelons'

    03/08/2010 11:47:21 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 174 replies · 1,167+ views
    Dan Rather: 'Articulate' Obama Couldn't Even 'Sell Watermelons' By Geoffrey Dickens Created 03/08/2010 - 14:41 HDNet's Dan Rather stepped on one mine after another in the racial minefield that exists when talking about the nation's first black President as the former CBS anchor, on the syndicated Chris Matthews Show on March 8th, uttered the following take on the President's ability to get health care passed and how the GOP and independents would view it. DAN RATHER: Part of the undertow in the coming election is going to be President Obama's leadership. And the Republicans will make a case and a...
  • U.S. says wind could power 20 percent of eastern grid

    01/21/2010 11:31:01 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 36 replies · 993+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 21, 2010 | Tom Doggett
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wind energy could generate 20 percent of the electricity needed by households and businesses in the eastern half of the United States by 2024, but it would require up to $90 billion in investment, according to a government report released on Wednesday. For the 20 percent wind scenario to work, billions must be spent on installing wind towers on land and sea and about 22,000 miles of new high-tech power lines to carry the electricity to cities, according to the study from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. "Twenty percent wind is an ambitious goal," said...
  • Alabama Army National Guard soldier is taking a small part of Decatur to Baghdad (I made the news)

    12/26/2009 8:29:11 AM PST · by Arkansas Tider · 10 replies · 504+ views
    Huntsville Times ^ | December 26, 2009 | Shelby G. Spires
    Sgt. 1st Class Cliff Knight plans to take part of Alabama to Baghdad when he leaves for a yearlong tour of duty early next year. He's going to take watermelon seeds and see if they will sprout in the Iraqi soil. "I've already got my seeds picked out and look forward to getting them to grow," said Knight, a member of the 441st Ordnance Battalion with the Alabama Army National Guard. He lives in Decatur. Knight, 42, grows prize-winning watermelons, with some coming in at more than 130 pounds. An explosive ordnance disposal technician by trade, Knight will "mostly be...
  • Maurice Strong's authoritarian saviour

    11/30/2009 6:09:15 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 6 replies · 915+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | November 18th | Neil Reynolds
    Hollywood isn't alone in its anticipation of Armageddon. Writing in the summer issue of World Policy Journal, Maurice Strong - Canada's very own prophet of doom - unequivocally embraces the apocalypse. Straight-forwardly entitled "Facing Down Armageddon: Environment at a Crossroads," Mr. Strong's essay ends with a dire warning. "Human existence is at risk," he says. "We face an Armageddon that is both real and imminent." Yet he implicitly grasps for hope - choosing at any rate not to specify (as the new film 2012 does) the precise day, month and year of the catastrophe. More so than most people who...
  • Senator plans to gatecrash global warming conference

    09/26/2009 9:58:44 AM PDT · by freepersunite · 11 replies · 676+ views
    NRO ^ | 26th Sep | Robert Costa
    Sen. James Inhofe (R., Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), tells NRO that he plans to “lead a truth squad” at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December. The Oklahoman predicts that he probably will not be welcomed with open arms. Inhofe, as you may remember, led a similar group of conservative legislators in 2003, during the U.N.’s climate-change negotiations in Milan, Italy. “I was the outcast at that time,” recalls Inhofe. “Now, I want to make sure that those attending the Copenhagen conference know what is really happening in...

    09/06/2009 5:20:49 AM PDT · by headsonpikes · 16 replies · 1,224+ views
    Youtube ^ | December, 2008 | Stefan
  • Obama’s latest “In Your Face”: “Green Czar” admits he’s a Communist with arrest record

    07/14/2009 3:47:22 PM PDT · by cycle of discernment · 53 replies · 2,918+ views
    Obama’s latest “In Your Face”: “Green Czar” admits he’s a Communist with arrest record 07/14/2009 By Kevin “Coach” Collins This is really frightening. We warned Americans Barack Obama is a Marxist who would govern through dangerous people. Obama’s new Czar, for “Green Jobs” Anthony “Van” Jones freely admits he’s a proud San Francisco Communist with an arrest record. Because the media has no integrity and works against us, except for Fox News, we have heard little or nothing about this. The amount of damage this confirmed member of Obama’s secret “cabinet” will do as “Green Czar” is frightening to the...
  • Prince Charles: next generation faces 'living hell' unless climate change tackled(Watermelon?)

    07/09/2009 1:13:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 45 replies · 1,077+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 07/09/09 | Urmee Khan
    Prince Charles: next generation faces 'living hell' unless climate change tackled The Prince of Wales has warned the next generation face a "living hell" unless governments tackle climate change urgently. By Urmee Khan, Digital and Media Correspondent Published: 7:00AM BST 09 Jul 2009 Delivering this year's Richard Dimbleby Lecture, the Prince said: "In failing the Earth, we are failing humanity." Drawing parallels with the global financial crisis, he said Nature was the "biggest bank of all", warning the Earth is on ethe bring of environmental disaster. "Just as our banking sector is struggling with its debts... so Nature's life-support systems...
  • Obama's Climate Czar Will Rule Like a Despot

    02/24/2009 7:14:08 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 11 replies · 601+ views
    IBD/Yidwithlid ^ | 2/24/09 | Yidwithlid
    Czar is perhaps the perfect title for Carol Browner, the person President Obama chose to rule over his climate policy. The woman will run her kingdom like an autocrat, she will take no prisoners and she will hide all the "bodies" For Example: Until early January Carol M. Browner, was listed as one of 14 leaders of a socialist group's Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which calls for "global governance" and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change. Then Mrs. Browner's name and biography had been removed from Socialist International's Web page, though a photo...
  • Obama Czar Has Socialist Ties

    01/13/2009 12:13:30 PM PST · by chuck_the_tv_out · 15 replies · 1,290+ views
    Fox News ^ | Jan 12 2009 | Brit Hume
    Incoming Global Warming Czar Carol Browner was — until last week — listed as one of 14 leaders of a socialist group that advocates what's called "global governance" and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change. The Washington Times reports Browner's name and biography were listed on the Web page for Socialist International . Mr. Obama's transition team says Browner's membership in the organization is not a problem and that it brings experience in policymaking to her new role. But House Minority Leader John Boehner’s spokeswoman Antonia Ferrier asks, “Does she agree with the group's positions...
  • Obama Climate Czarina Was Member of Socialist Group's Environmental Commission

    01/15/2009 12:40:19 PM PST · by lewisglad · 10 replies · 771+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1/15/09
    WASHINGTON -- Carol Browner, President-elect Barack Obama's choice to be his climate czarina, served until last summer as a member of a socialist organization whose mission is to enact progressive government policies, including toward environmental concerns like climate change. Browner's name and biography have been scrubbed from the Web site of Socialist International, the umbrella group for 170 "social democratic, socialist and labor parties" in 55 countries. But a photo of Browner speaking in Greece to the group's Congress on June 30 remained in the site's archives. Browner, formerly the longest serving administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, having served...
  • Green activists find new ally in US unions

    12/14/2008 8:31:40 PM PST · by hattend · 7 replies · 487+ views
    AP ^ | Sun Dec 14, 12:09 pm ET | VANESSA GERA
    POZNAN, Poland – Some U.S. labor groups that have long feared environmental campaigns as a threat to American jobs are starting to see advantages in going green. This evolution was clear at this week's U.N. climate talks in Poland, where several American labor groups and environmental activists made joint appeals for policies that would promote high-tech renewable energy as the answer to both climate change and job losses.... snip ....Foster said unions and green groups have waged joint lobbying efforts nationwide for laws increasing energy efficiency and promoting renewable energies, and they have teamed up for numerous court battles against...
  • Researcher Retreats on Sexual Enhancement Claim for Watermelon

    07/07/2008 3:12:18 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 33 replies · 385+ views
    Med Page Today ^ | 7/3/08 | John Gever
    COLLEGE STATION, Tex., July 3 -- Chalk up the widely publicized report that watermelons can enhance erections, much like a certain PDE-5 inhibitor, to a stretched version of the truth by a university PR officer seeking a good story for the Fourth of July. A somewhat red-faced plant scientist, who was quoted extensively in a Texas A&M press release, backed away from claims that the summer picnic staple actually can promote erections. But he didn't abandon the notion entirely. Bhimu Patil, Ph.D., director of the Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center at Texas A&M, said he was sorry that a press...
  • Freezing the Sun

    07/01/2008 5:30:46 AM PDT · by P.O.E. · 42 replies · 75+ views
    Economist ^ | June 26, 2008 | Staff
    A double blow for solar energy EPAIT SEEMED so promising—mirrors sprawled across desert land in the scorching south-west delivering clean electricity and helping to wean Americans off imported fossil fuels. Some scientists and industry developers claim that Nevada’s empty and sun-drenched expanses alone could supply enough terawatts to power the entire country. Now even the optimists fear this wonderful prospect may be a mirage. Congress has been dithering over extending a valuable investment tax credit for solar-energy projects, which solar advocates say is critical to the future of their industry but which is due to expire at the end of...
  • Watermelon May Have Viagra-effect

    06/30/2008 10:11:53 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 688+ views
    Science Digest ^ | 7-1-2008 | Texas A&M
    Watermelon May Have Viagra-effectDr. Bhimu Patil, director of Texas A&M's Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center, says watermelon may have Viagra-like effects. (Credit: Image courtesy of Texas A&M University ScienceDaily (July 1, 2008) — A cold slice of watermelon has long been a Fourth of July holiday staple. But according to recent studies, the juicy fruit may be better suited for Valentine’s Day. That’s because scientists say watermelon has ingredients that deliver Viagra-like effects to the body’s blood vessels and may even increase libido. “The more we study watermelons, the more we realize just how amazing a fruit it is in...
  • Vatican Announces Seven New Deadly Sins

    03/10/2008 10:55:06 AM PDT · by Reeses · 174 replies · 3,680+ views
    All Headline News ^ | March 10, 2008 | Isabelle Duerme - AHN News Writer
    Vatican City (AHN) - In an attempt to give moral and ethical behavior more significance to current times, the Vatican has recently announced seven new deadly sins, published in an issue of the L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's official newspaper. The revision of the list comes after 1,500 years, with Vatican officials explaining that the new items address a global "secular" society bent on the concerns in the age of globalization. The sins are said to be an address to the "decreasing sense of sin" in the modern world. "The sins of today have a social resonance as well as an...
  • Embracing Earth Charter key to environmental salvation

    03/09/2008 9:36:26 PM PDT · by M203M4 · 13 replies · 597+ views
    Express News ^ | March 7, 2008 | Geoff McMaster
    Embracing Earth Charter key to environmental salvation Author and U of A professor Colin Soskolne says humans need to smarten up. March 7, 2008 - Edmonton -- Human beings, laments Colin Soskolne, are a "seriously dumb species." Just what kind of defect drives us to destroy the very ecosystems that provide us with sustenance? Why do we turn away from mounting, irrefutable evidence that we are sabotaging our very existence?Such questions are asked in a new collection of essays, called Sustaining Life on Earth: Environmental and Human Health through Global Governance, edited by Soskolne, on the environment and human health."Our...
  • Bill's (Racist) Postcard To Forget (Clinton haunted by "Watermelon" Postcard)

    10/14/2007 8:15:46 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 80 replies · 1,926+ views
    New York Post ^ | 10/14/027 | Richard Johnson
    A RACIALLY insensitive moment from Bill Clinton's boyhood is coming back to haunt him. It's a postcard the future president sent his grandma Edith Cassidy in 1966 showing a black youth eagerly polishing a gigantic watermelon, titled "Hope, Arkansas - Home of the World's Largest Watermelon." Clinton, 19 at the time and a sophomore at Georgetown University, wrote: "Dear Mammaw, Thought I would send you one of your cards just to prove I'm using them! My tests are over and I'm just starting the second term. Hope you are well and happy . . . Love, Bill." Online auction house...
  • Plans to ban plasma TV's (Energy Inefficient)

    09/10/2007 6:57:31 AM PDT · by Crazieman · 61 replies · 2,610+ views
    The Sun Online ^ | 9/9/2007
    THE Conservatives will propose banning plasma screens and other energy-guzzling electrical goods in a report to be unveiled next week. The proposals target white goods like fridges and freezers, as well as TVs, personal computers and DVD players that use too much energy or operate on stand-by. The ideas come from a Conservative group set up by David Cameron to develop policies to protect the environment and although the measures to make household electrical appliances more energy efficient are not binding on Mr Cameron, they are thought likely to be warmly received by the Tory leader. The group will also...
  • Watermelon Declared [Oklahoma] State Vegetable

    04/18/2007 6:33:59 AM PDT · by bedolido · 36 replies · 1,597+ views ^ | Updated 4/18/2007 6:09 AM | staff writer
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma already has a state fruit, so legislation given final approval by the state Senate on Tuesday declares the watermelon as the official state vegetable. The measure was introduced in the state House by Democratic Representative Joe Dorman of Rush Springs, site of an annual watermelon festival in August. State Senator Don Barrington, R-Lawton, sponsored the bill in the state Senate.
  • Radical Environmentalism Revealed: Ending Sovereignty and Private Property

    04/16/2007 4:38:01 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 44 replies · 1,223+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Scratch a radical environmentalist, find a radical, full stop. Case in point: Boston Globe columnist James Carroll. In his New thinking to save the earth [is that all?], Carroll calls for nothing less than the end of the United States as we know it, and a yours-is-mine socialism. Carroll claims that "if the earth is to survive as a human habitat," the meaning of four subjects "must be transformed." Among the things Carroll wants to redefine are "nation" and "property." Ominous enough, but getting down into the details is even more chilling. Nation: A 19th-century notion of national sovereignty...
  • Climate action must carry social cost

    03/25/2007 8:12:50 AM PDT · by Ellesu · 21 replies · 508+ views ^ | 03/26/07 | age
    Climate response has barely scratched the surface on social inequity, according to James Norman. THE new millennium has seen unprecedented shifts in world politics and economics, and increasingly climate change is taking centre stage. Yet there are many aspects of global warming that we have barely begun to understand — such as its potential to exacerbate already existing social inequity on both the local and international level. The Equity in Response to Climate Change Roundtable has brought about a unique partnership between Australia's peak environment and welfare groups — the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Australian Conservation Foundation, National Welfare Rights...