It may be time to break out the trained bomb sniffing Gerbils to handle this new terrorist tactic.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
An artist's concept of the heliosphere, a magnetic bubble that partially protects the solar system from cosmic rays.
"In 2009, cosmic ray intensities have increased 19% beyond anything we've seen in the past 50 years," says Richard Mewaldt of Caltech. "The increase is significant, and it could mean we need to re-think how much radiation shielding astronauts take with them on deep-space missions."
The cause of the surge is solar minimum, a deep lull in solar activity that began around 2007 and continues today. Researchers have long known that cosmic rays go up when solar activity goes down.
Natural Compound In Extra-virgin Olive Oil -- Oleocanthal -- May Help Prevent, Treat Alzheimer's
ScienceDaily (Sep. 29, 2009) — Oleocanthal, a naturally-occurring compound found in extra-virgin olive oil, alters the structure of neurotoxic proteins believed to contribute to the debilitating effects of Alzheimer's disease. This structural change impedes the proteins' ability to damage brain nerve cells.
Clara on an email going around showing photos people shopping at Wal-mart. People really do dress poorly. Very poorly. I have never figured out how to copy photos from emails, but in this case it would be cruel
OMG!!! I shop Wal-mart all the time..............Never again!!!!!!!!!
More Weight Equals Longer Hospital Stays
Sociologists Weigh In On Obesity Increasing The Length Of Hospital Stays
January 1, 2009 — Sociologists found a direct relationship between obesity and duration and frequency of hospital stays. Researchers found that, on average, obese persons stayed one and a half days longer than those with normal weight. Sociologists attribute the connection to disease--46 percent of obese adults have high blood pressure. Obesity is also linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other illnesses.
Remembering the good
Who knew that hungry Brits fed starving Germans after the Second World War? Below is a post published by David a year ago.
In his recently published book, The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire, Peter Clarke writes that after the Second World War Britain was involved in the occupation of a large section of northwest Germany and the responsibility of feeding Germany's starving population. As a result Britain could not adequately feed her own people, who faced more rationing and economic hardship in the late 1940s than during the war.
It is fairly unique for a victorious people to feed a conquered enemy who had deliberately and horrifically waged war on them, and to suffer low rations for years in order to do so. This is one of the positive, largely unknown facts about the British.
For a long time it was hardly noted that while nearly everyone else in the world had slaves, the British people ended slavery in their empire.
Historical amnesia means that few recall that the British people established free trade around the world and protected the open seas from pirates at considerable expense and cost in lives to the Royal Navy. And little is said about their eradication of cholera or the establishment of sanitation, railroads and schools in India, but much is said about what they did wrong. The wrong should not be forgotten. Neither should the good.
Good artists are not necessarily good people and bad people are not necessarily bad artists. “When Orwell says that even a reborn Shakespeare couldn’t get away with ‘raping little girls,’ he was either reflecting the mores of the times (1944) — or he forgot about Hollywood.”
President Obama's effort to deny that his mandate to buy insurance is a tax has taken another thumping, this time from fellow Democrats in the Senate Finance Committee.
Chairman Max Baucus's bill includes the so-called individual mandate, along with what he calls a $1,900 "excise tax" if you don't buy health insurance. (It had been as much as $3,800 but Democrats reduced the amount last week to minimize the political sticker shock.) And, lo, it turns out that if you don't pay that tax, the IRS could punish you with a $25,000 fine or up to a year in jail, or both.
Under questioning last week, Tom Barthold, the chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, admitted that the individual mandate would become a part of the Internal Revenue Code and that failing to comply "could be criminal, yes, if it were considered an attempt to defraud." Mr. Barthold noted in a follow-up letter that the willful failure to file would be a simple misdemeanor, punishable by the $25,000 fine or jail time under Section 7203.
So failure to pay the mandate would be enforced like tax evasion, but Mr. Obama still claims it isn't a tax. "You can't just make up that language and decide that that's called a tax increase," Mr. Obama insisted last week to ABC interviewer George Stephanopoulos. Accusing critics of dishonesty is becoming this President's default argument, but is Mr. Barthold also part of the plot?
The Wall Street Journal's reported editorial supplies the story behind Sarkozy's mockery of President Obama at the United Nations last week:
Both [France and Great Britain] wanted to confront Iran...at the United Nations. Mr. Obama was, after all, chairing a Security Council session devoted to nonproliferation. The latest evidence of Iran's illegal moves toward acquiring a nuclear weapon was in hand. With the world's leaders gathered in New York, the timing and venue would be a dramatic way to rally international opinion.
President Sarkozy in particular pushed hard. He had been "frustrated" for months about Mr. Obama's reluctance to confront Iran, a senior French government official told us, and saw an opportunity to change momentum. But the Administration told the French that it didn't want to "spoil the image of success" for Mr. Obama's debut at the U.N. and his homily calling for a world without nuclear weapons, according to the Paris daily Le Monde. So the Iran bombshell was pushed back a day to Pittsburgh, where the G-20 were meeting to discuss economic policy.
Le Monde's diplomatic correspondent, Natalie Nougayrède, reports that a draft of Mr. Sarkozy's speech to the Security Council Thursday included a section on Iran's latest deception. Forced to scrap that bit, the French President let his frustration show with undiplomatic gusto in his formal remarks, laying into what he called the "dream" of disarmament. The address takes on added meaning now that we know the backroom discussions.
"We are right to talk about the future," Mr. Sarkozy said, referring to the U.S. resolution on strengthening arms control treaties. "But the present comes before the future, and the present includes two major nuclear crises," i.e., Iran and North Korea. "We live in the real world, not in a virtual one." No prize for guessing into which world the Frenchman puts Mr. Obama.
Do Your Children Push The Boundaries? It May Be A Sign Of Future Leadership Abilities
ScienceDaily (Sep. 29, 2009) — Children whose parents use a firm parenting style that still allows them to test the rules and learn from it are more likely to assume leadership roles as adults according to a new study published in a recent edition of The Leadership Quarterly.
The Great Depression had a silver lining: during that hard time, US life expectancy actually increased by 6.2 years, according to a new study.
Life expectancy rose from 57.1 in 1929 to 63.3 years in 1932, according to the analysis by U-M researchers José A. Tapia Granados and Ana Diez Roux. The increase occurred for both men and women, and for whites and non-whites.
"The finding is strong and counterintuitive," said Tapia Granados, the lead author of the study and a researcher at the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR). "Most people assume that periods of high unemployment are harmful to health."
In Delivering Care, More Isn't Always Better, Experts Say
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
A dirty word in health-care reform is "rationing," a term that conjures up the image of faceless government bureaucrats denying lifesaving therapies in the name of cutting costs.
A movie recommendation, preview is linked. No American distributor is touching it.
George finds info from London
Barak Obama and the CIA: Why does President Pantywaist hate America so badly? If al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the rest of the Looney Tunes brigade want to
kick America to death, they had better move in quickly and grab a piece of the action before Barack Obama finishes the job himself. Never in the history of the United States has a president worked so actively against the interests of his own people - not even Jimmy Carter. Obama's problem is that he does not know who the enemy is. To him, the enemy does not squat in caves in Waziristan, clutching automatic weapons and reciting the more militant verses from the Koran: instead, it sits around at tea parties in Kentucky quoting from the US Constitution.Obama is not at war with terrorists, but with his Republican fellow citizens. He has never abandoned the campaign trail.
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17 NUCLEAR REACTORS, saved by Germany’s election. That’s good news for the planet!