Tuesday, January 31, 2006

"Bush to Say 'America Is Addicted to Oil' in Talk"

"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."

"Cameras keeping an eye on city"

"Federal borrowing raised to record level"

Monday, January 30, 2006

Friday, January 27, 2006

"Pollution Limits Sun in China"

--" The study also said haze appears to have masked the impact of global warming by reflecting sunlight back into space and cooling the Earth's surface."--
Yellow Stone Mtn.

mm fruit!

I want to go to China!

Pamir Mtn, Kashgar

"Colombia Busts Ring Linked to al-Qaida"

"Documents Show Army Seized Wives As Tactic"

This is not good, but no comment on the way that every woman would be treated if the men they were trying to lure got their way!

"City pays big for bottled water"

ah, government

"Iran wants direct civilian flights to United States"

"This bad boy was big," said Joe Williams, solid-waste director.

60 lb beaver?

Good critiques of the 2 big ones

"Republican skirts of fire"
--"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 Distortions
--"...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."

"McCain, Coburn to force votes on pork spending" thank God!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

China to 'strike hard' against rising unrest

My dad always told me that this guy is the man of the century.

** 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.**

Mexico Halts Border Maps Hand-Out

Last hostage released in bank standoff

haha cigarette addiction!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

FEMA for kids

Herman, the spokescrab

Thursday, January 19, 2006

I just heard this amazing man speak and play djembe on the radio...Kokomon Clottey. He made neat music, and he was also thorough, loving, and quite intelligent in imploring the audience to help others with time and love instead of vague ideas.

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.

other things

"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

"Report: Iran lifts ban on CNN"


Chinese govt. killing citizens protesting stolen land, lovely

Monday, January 16, 2006

Wise comments from Mayor Nagin

"New Orleans Mayor Says God Mad at U.S."

Africa's first woman president

"In the post 9-11 world, the US has developed new and effective tools for tracking the finances of international terrorists. These tools could also be used to locate and return the ill- gotten gains of those who have terrorized and robbed their own people. Returning the funds the Taylor regime stashed in US bank accounts would help Liberia get back on its feet, while deterring future corruption."

"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."

"Outraged Shia Muslims torched cars and shops"

Aljazeera: "A crowd outraged by the attack went on a rampage afterwards, torching cars and shops nearby. Eight people were injured in the violence."

"Four children were among the 18 villagers who died in the brutally sudden attack on their homes."

stupid, stupid carelessness

"'Divine mission' driving Iran's new leader"

"In November, the country was startled by a video showing Mr Ahmadinejad telling a cleric that he had felt the hand of God entrancing world leaders as he delivered a speech to the UN General Assembly last September."

"Public to look for dust grains in Stardust detectors"

"'Twenty or 30 years ago, we would have hired a small army of microscopists who would be hunched over microscopes focusing up and down through the aerogel looking for the tracks of these dust grains,' said Westphal. '""Instead, we developed an automated microscope to scan the aerogel and hope to use volunteers we have trained and tested to search for these tracks.'

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

Stardust capsule returns

I shouldn't miss seeing things of this nature that I really care about...

Friday, January 13, 2006

Bear bile farming

"U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan to get new side armor"

"The forensic study of 401 Marines who died in combat in Iraq from March 2003 to June 2005 showed that 21 had died primarily from injuries to the side of their torsos. The study, completed in August 2005 by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner, concluded those Marines might have benefited from improved protection, such as that offered by the side plates."


"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"

"Low-cost lamps brighten the future of rural India"

"An entrepreneur who made his money in plastics, Chaddha has poured his own money into the project, providing the initial installations free of charge. As he looks to make the project self-sustainable, he recognizes that it's only urban markets - which have also shown an avid interest in LED lighting - that can pay. The rural markets in India can't afford it, he says, until the prices are brought down.

The rural markets would be able to afford it...if they had access to micro-credit."

can't believe this is from IRS website

"I.R.S. Move Said to Hurt the Poor"

Thomas Sowell: "Education: Then and Now"

"Let's make sure we do better with Iran than we did with Iraq"

"Oil myths keep corrupt regimes in power"

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

"Saddam's Terror Training Camps"


Saturday, January 07, 2006

Double standards

--"The Spanish drive around with cars full of Heineken ... and the English laugh at us when they show up at our campfire drunk," another Dutch soldier said.--

Cow Escapes Meat Plant, Dodges SUV, Train

Your phone records are for sale

Thursday, January 05, 2006

what would you do for art?

the miner

survival of the fittest, anyone?

well isn't this a bunch of horse manure!

"'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.'

Sunday, January 01, 2006

"That's one of the headscratchers, I guess,"

slow eruption

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