Tuesday, January 31, 2006
"This nine foot-long syringe by sculptor Edie Brown incorporates a 55 gallon oil drum and is called, Oil Addiction. The U.S. uses 178 of these drums every second."
Monday, January 30, 2006
Friday, January 27, 2006
Yellow Stone Mtn.
I want to go to China!
Pamir Mtn, Kashgar
Good critiques of the 2 big ones
--"Aside from tax reform, what were the Republican majority's domestic accomplishments during 2005? 2004? 2003? In 2002, retreating from the reformist agriculture bill of 1996, Congress passed and the president signed the largest federal agriculture bill in history. Ditto with education spending. The execrable 2003 Medicare prescription drug bill has saddled the nation with a new entitlement that will dwarf even the crushing liability of Social Security. According to the Government Accountability Office, the government's unfunded promises to retirees under Medicare will be $27.7 trillion over 75 years, with the new prescription drug benefit comprising $8.1 trillion of that obligation."
--"...Democratic leaders do not have sufficient confidence in the popularity of their ideas to sustain a consistent position on Iraq or to present the truth to the people on a host of other issues. Until they reacquire that confidence, we can expect more negativity, hyperbole and scandal mongering, which is hardly a formula to win elections."
Thursday, January 26, 2006
** China was suffering many "major sudden incidents" -- a term Chinese officials use to cover riots, protests and accidents -- the official added.
"Unpredictable factors affecting social stability will increase, and trends in protecting social stability don't allow for optimism," said the official.**
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Thursday, January 19, 2006
he said that the biggest problem with the American educational system and child-rearing in society is that parents "divorce themselves from their children" when they enter school, allowing the govt free rein in deciding curriculum and customs. Not so in his native Ghana, where a parent or other representative community member attended to his studies. There, also, all the elders in society discipline all the children.
Anyway, American parents are lazy. He said it so nicely and concisely.
"Dead whale left outside embassy"
"FBI Missed Internal Signs of Espionage"
"Official US agency paints dire picture of 'out-of-control' Iraq"
"Feds after Google data"
"American Islamic group heads to Middle East to plead for journalist's release"
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Monday, January 16, 2006
"US officials should also use their clout to get US corporations that operate in Liberia to stop exploiting the Liberian people. For example, recent court cases filed in Liberia and in California have charged Bridgestone/Firestone with employing forced labor, child labor, and destructive environmental practices on the company's vast Liberian rubber plantation. According to the International Labor Rights Fund, the company imposes such a high daily quota that workers have no choice but to bring wives and children to help them tap rubber trees if they are to earn the measly daily wage of $3.19."
Aljazeera: "A crowd outraged by the attack went on a rampage afterwards, torching cars and shops nearby. Eight people were injured in the violence."
The Web-based virtual microscope will be made available to the public in mid-March, even before all the scans have been completed in a cleanroom at Houston's Johnson Space Center. In all, Westphal expects to need some 30,000 person hours to look through the scanned images at least four times." another nonofficial Stardust site
Friday, January 13, 2006
"On Sunday morning, Jan. 15th, between 1:56 and 1:59 a.m. PST (0956 - 0959 UT), a brilliant fireball will streak over northern California and Nevada. It's NASA's Stardust capsule, returning to Earth with samples of dust from Comet Wild 2. The best observing sites are near Carlin and Elko, Nevada, where the man-made meteor is expected to shine some 60 times brighter than Venus...When the Stardust capsule rips through the atmosphere, it will create an electrically ionized wake that reflects radio waves. You could suddenly pick up stations hundreds to thousands of miles away reflected in your direction from the fireball's tail"
The rural markets would be able to afford it...if they had access to micro-credit."
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Saturday, January 07, 2006
Thursday, January 05, 2006
"'We've been accused of facilitating alcohol abuse, but we feel this is a very useful tool in combating a serious societal problem. Just because someone has failed an abstinence-based program doesn't mean they should have to die in the street,' Turnbull said.
'We agree that abstinence is the best approach to alcohol addiction; however, when abstinence programs have failed, we still have to care for the individuals,' he said.
'By giving them alcohol in modest and controlled amounts, we've been able to minimize the harm they do to themselves and work on their bad behavior.'