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  • GMO tobacco ‘mystery serum’ rescues Ebola virus victims

    08/06/2014 1:57:18 PM PDT · by Valpal1 · 67 replies
    Genetic Literacy Project ^ | 8/6/2014 | Meredith Knight
    When American Ebola patient Dr. Kent Brantly arrived in Atlanta, Georgia, Aug. 2, he had reportedly already had one course of treatment with an experimental drug called ZMAPP made with genetically engineered tobacco. Although it has only been tested previously in animals, the FDA is rumored to have authorized emergency approval for the drug for Brantly and another American who contracted the virus doing medical aid work in Liberia during the ongoing West African Ebola outbreak. MAPP is produced by a small San Diego-based biotech company. The scientists use a common tobacco bacteria, genetically engineered with different components of the...
  • A ban on autos? Major cities consider going carless

    01/28/2014 9:59:34 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 40 replies ^ | January 26, 2014 | Paul A. Eisenstein
    Germany, home of the high-speed autobahn, is perhaps one of the few countries that has had as intense a love affair with the automobile as the U.S. But in an effort to go green, the country's second-largest city is studying ways to eliminate cars by 2034. The northern city of Hamburg has laid out an initial concept, named the Green Network Plan, that would expand public transportation and add more routes for pedestrians and bicyclists. The most controversial aspect of the plan calls for a steady phase-out of automobiles in the center of the city over the next two decades....
  • Europe threatened by power outages this winter (thanks to “renewables”)

    10/14/2013 5:43:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 14 October 2013 | (EurActiv France)
    Renewable energy is blamed for jeopardizing Europe’s energy security this winter, a new study has found. EurActiv France reports. The French multinational company Cap Gemini warned in their European Observatory of Energy Markets that energy security in Europe was under threat and that the region could soon be exposed to massive power outages during the winter, due to a lack of production capacity. They blame wind turbines. …
  • Humanity in ecological deficit for rest of 2013, group says

    08/20/2013 6:07:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 20, 2013 | By ALEXANDER TROWBRIDGE
    As of Tuesday, the Earth's ecological budget for the year has maxed out. For the rest of the year the planet will operate on an ecological deficit. And it's only August. So claims the Global Footprint Network, which calls today "Earth Overshoot Day," its annual estimate of when human consumption exceeds the planet's ability to regenerate its resources for the year. "It's a bit of a gimmick, I admit," said the group's president Mathis Wankernagel,in a phone interview from Switzerland. "It's not that tomorrow I won't be able to eat potatoes anymore." But, he said, it's meant to make a...
  • Monsanto drops GM crop plan in EU

    07/20/2013 1:07:52 PM PDT · by opentalk · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | July 18, 2013
    Biotechnology giant Monsanto is scrapping plans to win approval to grow new types of genetically modified crops in the European Union. It says the move is due to the lack of prospects for cultivation in the EU... It comes just days after the EU began talks with the US on a wide-ranging trade deal, with agriculture likely to be one of the toughest issues. The company said it would now concentrate on growing its conventional seeds business in Europe. It will also look to get EU approval to import its genetically modified crop varieties from the US and South America...
  • GM food off the menu in Parliament's restaurants- ministers telling public to drop their opposition

    06/30/2013 2:03:25 PM PDT · by opentalk · 27 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 21, 2013 | Sean Poulter
    GM foods are banned from restaurants in the Houses of Parliament despite government claims it is ‘probably safer’ than other meals. Government ministers are demanding that ordinary families should abandon their reluctance to eat genetically modified food, however they are banned from MPs’ plates. This week the food and farming secretary, Owen Paterson, launched an extraordinary propaganda campaign to encourage the nation to accept GM crops and farming. He bolstered his campaign with claims that some seven million children in the Far East could have been saved from blindness or death in the last 15 years if only people had...
  • Say NO to GMOs in Your Food

    06/04/2013 4:55:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 142 replies ^ | June 4, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    On Memorial Day weekend, 2 million people marched in protests against seed giant Monsanto for the purpose of bringing awareness to hazards from genetically modified food, which it and other companies manufacture. Organizer Tami Canal said protests were held in 436 cities in 52 countries. Genetically modified plants are grown from genetically modified, or engineered, seeds, which are created to resist insecticides and herbicides so that crops can be grown to withstand a weed-killing pesticide or integrate a bacterial toxin that can ward off pests. The Chicago Tribune reported that because genetically modified organisms are not listed on food or...
  • Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto - GMO

    05/26/2013 8:26:53 AM PDT · by opentalk · 144 replies
    Associates Press ^ | May 25, 2013
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces, organizers said. Organizers said "March Against Monsanto" protests were held in 52 countries and 436 cities, including Los Angeles where demonstrators waved signs that read "Real Food 4 Real People" and "Label GMOs, It's Our Right to Know."… The U.S. Senate this week overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.
  • Why Do G.M.O.’s Need Protection?

    04/10/2013 7:20:15 PM PDT · by opentalk · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 2, 2013 | Mark Bittman
    Genetic engineering in agriculture has disappointed many people who once had hopes for it. Excluding, of course, those who’ve made money from it, appropriately represented in the public’s mind by Monsanto. That corporation, or at least its friends, recently managed to have an outrageous rider slipped into the 587-page funding bill Congress sent to President Obama.[1] The rider essentially prohibits the Department of Agriculture from stopping production of any genetically engineered crop once it’s in the ground, even if there is evidence that it is harmful.
  • Proposition 37: Mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food

    10/21/2012 8:06:01 PM PDT · by RushingWater · 385 replies
    KABC TV Los Angelos ^ | 10/05/2012 | Robert Holguin
    GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) -- Proposition 37 is a measure to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food. There are two sides to this contentious issue.
  • Santorum on Obama Pushing College for All Americans: "What a Snob"

    02/25/2012 1:45:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 47 replies ^ | February 25, 2012 | Erica Johnson
    Well said, Santorum -- well said. At a campaign stop in Michigan on Saturday morning: Santorum On Obama 'What A Snob' "Not all folks are gifted in the same way. Some people have incredible gifts with their hands... and want to work out there making things. President Obama once said, he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob. There are good decent men and women, who go out everyday to put their skills to test that aren't taught by some liberal college professor trying to indoctrinate them. Oh, I understand why he wants you to go...
  • Ontario teachers' union calls for classroom Wi-Fi ban

    02/13/2012 12:01:22 PM PST · by RansomOttawa · 13 replies
    CBC News ^ | Feb. 13, 2012 | The Canadian Press
    An Ontario teachers' union is calling for an end to new Wi-Fi setups in the province's 1,400-plus Catholic schools. The Ontario English Catholic Teacher's Association says computers in all new schools should be hardwired instead of setting up wireless networks. It also says Wi-Fi should not be installed in any more classrooms. In a position paper released on Monday, the union — which represents 45,000 teachers — cites research by the World Health Organization. Last year the global health agency warned about a possible link between radiation from wireless devices such as cellphones and cancer. Some believe wireless access to...
  • Back to the Moon — For a Fraction of the Old Price: Gingrich is right...

    02/02/2012 5:06:21 PM PST · by BCrago66 · 38 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/3/12 | CHARLES MILLER
    As a former NASA executive, I am saddened by the media response to Newt Gingrich's proposal that we return to the moon. The mockery and ridicule does America a great disservice. Space exploration and development is an important national issue. It's not only possible and necessary to safeguard our future—it can be a lot cheaper than anybody dreams.
  • Santorum Rejects Reagan Space Legacy - Conservative stumbles in bid to hit Gingrich

    02/07/2012 5:37:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 137 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 7, 2012 | Jeffrey Lord
    [BIG snip] Santorum's ad and his Op-Ed, meant to mock Gingrich, in reality can only distinctly not help Santorum's struggling campaign. Gingrich will surely make the inevitable -- and correct -- connection between Santorum's ad and a serious attack on the Reagan space legacy -- and the dreams of America itself. "We'll continue our quest in space…. Nothing ends here; our hopes and our journeys continue," said President Reagan that tragic January night. Well, no they won't. Not if Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have anything to say about it. "I promise," says Santorum. Worse, whether Santorum's staff understands it...
  • Environmentalism and the Leisure Class

    01/20/2012 3:52:24 PM PST · by BfloGuy · 10 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1/20/12 | William Tucker
    In turning down Keystone, however, the President has uncovered an ugly little secret that has always lurked beneath the surface of environmentalism. Its basic appeal is to the affluent. Despite all the professions of being "liberal" and "against big business," environmentalism's main appeal is that it promises to slow the progress of industrial progress. People who are already comfortable with the present state of affairs -- who are established in the environment, so to speak -- are happy to go along with this. It is not that they have any greater insight into the mysteries and workings of nature. They...
  • Disgruntled GMO firms start pulling out of EU market

    01/25/2012 4:18:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 25 January 2012
    Monsanto has announced it will scrap plans to sell an insect-resistant maize in France, the second move in a week by biotech company to retreat from the genetically modified foods market in Europe. Monsanto's announcement on Tuesday (24 January) came a week after Germany's BASF said it would suspend the development of GM crops in Europe and move its plant science arm to the United States. BASF's move is a particular blow for Europe, said Carel du Marchie Sarvaas, director of agricultural biotechnology at EuropaBio. "The BASF decision is not good for Europe because I think it is the reaction...
  • Obama still has green energy vote for 2012

    08/29/2011 9:39:56 PM PDT · by martosko · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/30/2011 | Neil Munro
    Environmentalists are staging a two-week oil-pipeline protest outside the White House to boost their importance to President Barack Obama’s political calculations in the 2012 election season. But there’s little evidence so far that progressives’ disappointment with Obama’s environmental policies threatens to reduce their turnout on election day, or that it pressures White House officials to make additional concessions to environmentalists during a political season dominated by the public’s demand for additional jobs. Monday’s colorful, TV-ready protests against the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada’s oil fields to U.S consumers took place in Lafayette Park, in front of the White House. The...
  • Revenge of the Machines? Obama Mocked for Blaming Slow Recovery on ATMs

    06/17/2011 2:52:28 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/17/11
    Merciless mocking from Republicans hasn't put President Obama off his focus on the economy, as the White House insisted Thursday that the president is taking "enormously seriously" the hardships Americans are enduring. "It's patently obvious that the president is focused on the economy, that he takes enormously seriously the hardship that Americans continue to endure," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said. Earlier in the week, at a jobs council meeting, the president was called out for saying that "shovel-ready projects' weren't quite as shovel-ready as he thought. Then later, in an interview with NBC News, Obama suggested that innovation...
  • World energy crunch as nuclear and oil both go wrong

    03/16/2011 1:57:36 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/16/2011 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The existential crisis for the world's nuclear industry could hardly have come at a worse moment. The epicentre of the world's oil supply is disturbingly close to its own systemic crisis as the Gulf erupts in conflict. Libya's civil war has cut global crude supply by 1.1m barrels per day (bpd), eroding Opec's spare capacity to a wafer-thin margin of 2m bpd, if Goldman Sachs is correct. Oil prices have fallen over recent days but it may not be long before the deepening nuclear crisis in Japan and Germany's decision to shut down seven of its oldest reactors starts to...
  • Time to stop nuke hysteria. Media obsessing over reactors that will probably not kill anyone.

    03/15/2011 1:35:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies · 1+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 03/15/2011 | Andrew Bolt
    IT'S not bad enough that thousands of people may be dead from Japan's earthquake and devastating tsunami. No, the media is instead obsessing over a nuclear reactor that has killed no one and probably never will. This scaremongering over the crippled Fukushima nuclear complex is extraordinary. Already anti-nuclear activists, rebadged as nuclear "experts", are out spreading terror. And what's a nuclear holocaust story without Helen Caldicott, actually a paediatrician and anti-nuke hysteric? So there she was, too, on 3AW, warning that if the reactor blew up, "hundreds of thousands of Japanese will be dying within two weeks of acute radiation...
  • Northwest's Largest Coal-Fired Power Plant In Political Cross Hairs

    02/16/2011 12:31:49 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 30 replies
    Oregon Public Broadcasting ^ | 02/16/2011 | Tom Banse
    Earlier this winter, Oregon regulators sealed a deal to shut down the coal-fired power plant in Boardman by 2020.  Now the one other large coal-fired power plant in the Northwest is in the political cross hairs....posted using frpa
  • Obama is Bummed That Technology Exposes Us to All Kinds of Arguments

    05/09/2010 12:51:20 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 34 replies · 1,118+ views ^ | May 9 2010 | The St. Louis Tea Party (Reporter)
    Mr President, isn't that what America is all about? A free and open exchange of Ideas? Instead The President thinks that "information becomes a distraction" So basically he's bummed that free speech exists. With all this "information" distracting the American people from it's purpose (serving the State). I propose we shut down all this evil technology and create a new government agency. We can call it the "Ministry of Information". That way our all knowing leader will decide what information is distracting and thus detrimental to the State. And all information that is deemed by the Ministry of Information to...
  • Look out! The robots are coming to take your job away

    11/26/2009 8:01:06 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies · 1,160+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 11/26/09 | Leo Lewis and Joseph Hood
    November 26, 2009 Look out! The robots are coming to take your job away For as long as anyone can remember, the Tokyo International Robot Exhibition has been a showcase for Japan at its wackiest: stern industrial machines lurked backstage as waltzing, noodle-making or ping-pong playing humanoids stole the limelight. In recessionary 2009, however, with Japanese industry writhing in pain, the national robot obsession has turned deadly serious. For the first time, the show explains exactly how the machines are going to take over. A new mood is in the air: the downturn, says a Tsukuba University engineer, has honed...
  • Congressman McClintock on Solar Energy

    10/22/2009 3:02:33 PM PDT · by calif_reaganite · 18 replies · 773+ views
    Office of Rep. Tom McClintock ^ | 10/22/09 | Rep. Tom McClintock
    M. Speaker: I rise in opposition to the rule and in opposition to the underlying bill. And to explain why, I’d like to walk through a little history and a little math. Let’s begin with history and two important years: 1978 and 1839. In 1978, the Wall Street Journal carried this headline: “Solar Power Seen Meeting 20 percent of Needs by 2000; Carter May Seek Outlay Boost.” Oddly, the same paper carried a headline in 2006 making the same promise this time for all renewable fuels – only this time by 2025 – but I digress. (view newspaper headlines) Billions...
  • Super Bowl Alert: Could California take away your energy-hogging plasma TV?

    01/31/2009 8:14:17 AM PST · by this is my country · 55 replies · 1,466+ views
    Scientific American ^ | Jan 30, 2009 03:49 PM | Larry Greenemeier
    In preparation for Sunday's Super Bowl showdown between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals, many football fans this weekend will buy or rent the biggest-screen TV they can get their paws on. Most of them, however, will be focusing on the picture quality rather than the impact on their electric bills of having an energy-guzzling mega-screen in their living rooms. But they might have no choice come this time next year: The California Energy Commission this summer is expected to adopt rules that would require retailers by 2011 to sell only TVs that meet federal Energy Star program standards, according...
  • The Proper Role of Science

    01/29/2009 2:04:50 PM PST · by Sopater · 113 replies · 1,067+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 1/29/2009 | Chuck Colson
    Exposing ScientismIn his inaugural address, President Obama said he would “restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality.” By this, many suspect he means to spend taxpayer money on embryonic stem cell research, which destroys humans at the embryonic stage. Evidently, President Obama has been listening to those who want research funded, some because they are driven by greed but many others driven by a dangerous worldview called scientism. As Nancy Pearcey and I write in our book, How Now Shall We Live?, scientism has its roots in Darwinism. Tufts University professor Daniel...
  • Americans' 'SUV eating style' blamed for global warming

    01/08/2009 1:48:16 PM PST · by presidio9 · 53 replies · 826+ views
    ANI ^ | 8 Jan 2009
    An US dietician says that has branded Americans food habits an "SUV eating style", which contributes to global warming more than the cars they drive, in her book. Kate Geagan, registered dietitian in Park City, Utah, refers to a University of Iowa study that has found that food on average travels about 1,500 miles to reach people's tables. "When we choose highly processed packaged foods, we contribute to global warming, so food is a new part of the dialogue about the environment. And this is something that everyone can do now and not wait for politicians to enact changes. An...
  • Law on Flu Vaccinations May Be Tested

    01/04/2009 6:48:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 109 replies · 1,822+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 4, 2009 | DERRICK HENRY
    Evans/Associated Press PROTEST Hundreds objected to the mandated flu vaccinations. THE state’s new law requiring young children attending licensed pre-school and child care centers to get flu vaccinations will be tested this week when thousands of children return to classrooms and playrooms after the long holiday break. New Jersey, the first state in the nation to require flu shots for young schoolchildren, set a Dec. 31 deadline for parents to obtain flu vaccinations for their children. It was part of a new policy requiring a total of four additional immunizations for schoolchildren over the objections of some parents who...
  • Anti-nuclear protesters detained in Turkey: Greenpeace

    09/23/2008 12:33:10 PM PDT · by jmcenanly · 8 replies · 340+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | September 23, 2008
    ANKARA (AFP) - Police detained 40 protesters Tuesday in a demonstration against government plans to build Turkey's first nuclear power plant, a day before the tender process was to open, activists said. Several dozen members of environmental groups, among them Greenpeace, demonstrated outside the energy ministry in central Ankara, brandishing banners that read "No to nuclear." Some of the protesters, dressed in black overalls and their faces painted white, lay on the ground posing as corpses. Police officers detained about 40 people on the grounds that the demonstration was unauthorized, Greenpeace said. Overriding strong opposition from environmentalists, the energy ministry...
  • As Diseases Make Comeback, Why Aren't All Kids Vaccinated?

    07/31/2008 7:22:31 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 69 replies · 144+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | August 2008 | Glenn Harlan Reynolds
    As Diseases Make Comeback, Why Aren't All Kids Vaccinated? The measles, whooping cough and even polio have returned. Why? Because of a new breed of vaccine deniers who are ignoring campaigns for awareness, and ultimately might live shorter—not longer—lives. By Glenn Harlan Reynolds Illustration by Koren Shadmi Published in the August 2008 issue. Progress is easy to take for granted. When I was a child in the ’60s, polio was history, measles was on the way out, and diphtheria and whooping cough were maladies out of old movies. Now these contagious diseases are making a comeback. Take measles, for instance....
  • Plastic airplane parts are an in-flight disaster in the making

    07/09/2008 9:38:43 AM PDT · by XR7 · 52 replies · 301+ views
    Crosscut/The Seattle Times ^ | 7/9/08 | ByLee Gaillard
    AIRLINES are desperate. With jet fuel over $4 per gallon and still climbing, American, United and other major carriers are raising fares, cutting flights, trimming fleets and laying off pilots. They're also ordering fuel-efficient Boeing 787s and Airbus A350XWBs — the new generation of plastic planes. These new aircraft promise 20-percent-lower fuel consumption. Replacing heavier traditional aluminum alloys, 50 percent of their skins, panels and load-bearing structures are comprised of lighter, stiffer carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic (CFRP) composites. Then add the latest, most fuel-efficient engine technology. Sounds good. But beneath these advantages danger lurks — novel maintenance challenges for which neither airlines nor...
  • Mr. Frank's Wild River (Congressman Barney Frank's bill -LNG)

    07/09/2008 6:54:39 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 9 replies · 233+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 8, 2008 | WSJ-Online
    Behold the Taunton River in Fall River, Massachusetts, pictured nearby. Congressman Barney Frank thinks your family would love to visit this scenic wilderness. Among its attractions are the fuel-storage tanks along the eastern shore. The container ships and piers are always a hit with the children looking for a place to romp. This could be America's next "wild and scenic river," if Mr. Frank gets his way. Last month the powerful Congressman pushed a bill through the House Natural Resources Committee that would give the Taunton River that designation under federal law. The bill could come up for a vote...
  • Taking Us Back To Mud Huts And Loincloths

    07/07/2008 5:48:41 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 44 replies · 1,210+ views
    Investor's Business Daily | 2008-07-08
    A prominent journalist doesn't just want our air conditioners turned down. He wants them off. This is the sort of nonsense we're getting from the anti-energy, global-warming-is-making-us-sick left. Time's Joe Klein probably thought he was being clever when he wrote his late June essay on the evils of cooling headlined "Kill Your Air Conditioner." Instead, he wrote yet another chapter in the left's book of environmental silliness. "The unnecessary refrigeration of America has become a chronic disease," said Klein. "Air conditioning is bad for the planet, and for national security, and for our balance-of-payments deficit."
  • Obama the Luddite: WSJ interview demonstrates Obama’s total ignorance of basic economic forces

    06/18/2008 11:38:33 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 16 replies · 90+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 06/17/08 | Bill Levinson
    The following speaks pretty much for itself, and we have provided the entire statement so there is no chance of taking words out of context. The thought that someone who is so ignorant as to believe that automation and technology harms workers–the exact position of the Luddites two centuries ago–could even conceivably become a Senator, let alone President, is truly frightening. Barack Obama on Economics: ‘We’re Going Through a Big Shift’ [] June 17, 2008 …WSJ: You talked about the last eight years and the question of redistribution goes way back … Sen. Obama: Oh, there’s no doubt about it....
  • Asking a Judge to Save the World (from the Large Hadron Collider)

    03/29/2008 10:57:09 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 36 replies · 976+ views
    New York Times ^ | 3-29-08 | Dennis Overbye
    More fighting in Iraq. Somalia in chaos. People in this country can’t afford their mortgages and in some places now they can’t even afford rice. None of this nor the rest of the grimness on the front page today will matter a bit, though, if two men pursuing a lawsuit in federal court in Hawaii turn out to be right. They think a giant particle accelerator that will begin smashing protons together outside Geneva this summer might produce a black hole or something else that will spell the end of the Earth — and maybe the universe. Scientists say that...
  • Green Party holds presidential debate in San Francisco (comic relief)

    01/16/2008 7:11:36 PM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 23 replies · 122+ views
    SFGATE ^ | 1-16-08 | Delfin Vigil
    Withdraw from Iraq immediately. Eliminate the No Child Left Behind law. Legalize marijuana. Those were just some of the goals stated by candidates at the Green Party presidential debate Sunday in San Francisco. About 800 people of varying ages, economic backgrounds and political parties attended the "Presidential Debate that Matters" at the Herbst Theatre, where the five Green presidential hopefuls spent more time agreeing with one another than actually debating. "We're not so much against each other as we are for each other," said one of the candidates, Kent Mesplay, an environmental engineer who also ran for the Green Party...
  • Science chief: greens hurting climate fight (Global Warming)

    The scientist credited as being the first to convince Tony Blair of the urgency of the climate crisis has accused green activists of being Luddites who risk setting back the fight against global warming. He says: "There is a suspicion, and I have that suspicion myself, that a large number of people who label themselves 'green' are actually keen to take us back to the 18th or even the 17th century."
  • 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...
  • Gunplay blamed for Internet slowdown ( fiber optic cables shot with guns)

    08/21/2007 9:14:34 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 84 replies · 2,276+ views
    Network World ^ | August 20, 2007 | Robert McMillan, IDG News Service
    ISPs in the U.S. experienced a service slowdown Monday after fiber-optic cables near Cleveland were apparently sabotaged by gunfire. TeliaSonera, which lost the northern leg of its U.S. network to the cut, said that the outage began around 7 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday night. When technicians pulled up the affected cable, it appeared to have been shot. "Somebody had been shooting with a gun or a shotgun into the cable," said Anders Olausson, a TeliaSonera spokesman. The damage affected a large span of cable, more than two-thirds of a mile [1.1 km] long, near Cleveland, TeliaSonera said. The company...
  • Picker puts steel in immigration debate[Mechanical Grape Harvester]

    07/17/2007 7:15:21 AM PDT · by BGHater · 40 replies · 1,044+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | 16 July 2007 | ANGIE CHUANG
    Labor - A mechanical grape harvester could be the answer to a shortage of farmworkers in Oregon's vineyards Surrounded by shiny new tractors, Carl Capps spends most days talking about horsepower, hydraulics and transmissions. He paid little attention to anti- and pro-immigrant-legalization activists who marched at the state Capitol. Then the immigration debate came to him last fall, after he sold a quarter-million-dollar machine that harvests wine grapes -- the first in the Willamette Valley. The New Holland Braud grape harvester can do the work of 40 handpickers in a fraction of the time. Suddenly, vineyard owners were calling Capps...
  • A Mysterious Killer of Honeybees Threatens Our Food Supply

    05/08/2007 4:25:15 PM PDT · by dvan · 161 replies · 3,483+ views
    Second Opinion Newsletter ^ | NA | Dr. robert Rowen M.D
    Albert Einstein once said, “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left.” Why? Because without bees, plants don’t get pollinated. Without pollination, say goodbye to fruit, nuts, and some vegetables. We also won’t have natural oils (such as olive oil, sunflower oil, hemp oil, etc.). And we don’t have many natural fibers, such as cotton. You can see how important the bee is to our livelihood and existence. Some economists say the bee is worth about $14 billion to our economy. That’s why I was so alarmed to...
  • Singing in the name of science ( A musical in honor of Evolution )

    04/30/2007 7:45:35 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 11 replies · 400+ views
    The Scientist ^ | 04/27/2007 | Ishani Ganguli
    Minutes before curtain call, a five-year-old in an over-sized T-shirt sits on a bench outside a Massachusetts Institute of Technology auditorium as his identically dressed parents prep him on their upcoming performance: What do you do on stage? Sing, smile, face the audience. And remember, no hands in your pants, and no fingers in your nose. These three took the stage last Saturday (April 21) in the U.S. premiere of Lifetime: Songs of Life & Evolution at the Cambridge Science Festival, along with dozens of other families, with a mission to spread the good word on evolution. These families, members...
  • The March Of The New Luddites

    04/25/2007 8:14:13 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 27 replies · 758+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 25 April 2007 | Staff
    Environmentalism: So global-warming alarmists now want to limit our use of toilet paper. What's next, one-room shacks with bamboo fences? Don't laugh. That's also on their list of recommendations. Singer Sheryl Crow says she's spent most of her save-the-planet tour of campuses "trying to come up with easy ways for us all to become a part of the solution to global warming." Eureka! She's found a really practical idea. "I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting," Crow said.
  • Creationist Kurt Wise critiques secular science on program

    03/10/2007 11:07:03 AM PST · by balch3 · 112 replies · 2,168+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | march 7, 2008 | David Roach
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Secular scientists who fear allowing the conclusions of creationism into secular universities have good reason to be afraid because they are accountable to the creator, Kurt Wise, professor of theology and science at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said on the Albert Mohler Radio Program in February. “If it’s true that there was a creation, then you realize that means there’s someone in control,” Wise said on the broadcast hosted daily by Southern Seminary’s president. “And if there was a flood -- in other words, a creator who actually judged this creation -- that means we’re in big trouble....
  • Peer into future after car ban -- it isn't pretty

    02/12/2007 11:12:33 AM PST · by Sopater · 7 replies · 529+ views
    SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER ^ | Monday, February 12, 2007 | JOEL CONNELLY
    SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER Peer into future after car ban -- it isn't prettyMonday, February 12, 2007By JOEL CONNELLYP-I COLUMNISTA longtime friend came up at a party last week, asking what it would take to get me on board the campaign that seeks to tear down the Alaskan Way Viaduct and not replace it.I cited a prediction by Department of Transportation boss Doug MacDonald that the "street option" would mean 12 hours of daily congestion on Interstate 5. "Good!" said my friend, once on the Seattle School Board. "Cars suck," added a woman chiming in on our exchange.Inspired by her persuasive depth,...
  • Tighter controls needed for nanotechnology, says UN report

    02/06/2007 10:03:25 AM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies · 515+ views ^ | 02/05/2007 | AP (Almost Pravda) Staff
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The U.N. called Monday for tighter regulation on technology to change or create materials at the atomic and molecular level, a process being used to develop new drugs, foods and other commercial products. In its annual report of the global environment, the U.N.'s Environment Program said ''swift action'' was needed by policy makers to properly evaluate the new science of nanotechnology. Although nanotechnology could transform electronics, energy industries and medicine, more research is needed to identify environmental, health and socio-economic hazards, Achim Steiner, who heads UNEP, said in the 87-page report. The report was released on...
  • Archaeology trumps oil, gas

    02/04/2007 4:50:17 PM PST · by xcamel · 15 replies · 649+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 02/02/2007 | Joe Baird
    ** Board shoots down BLM leasing of 14,000 acres on sensitive lands Environmentalists have won another round in challenging a series of Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease sales in Utah. The Interior Department's Board of Land Appeals this week reversed the BLM's leasing of roughly 14,000 acres for energy development north of Nine Mile Canyon and just south of the Book Cliffs in central Utah. The leases, covering 16 parcels, have been suspended, effective immediately. The agency, the board ruled, failed to adequately identify sensitive archaeological sites before offering the lease parcels for sale in October 2003....
  • "Dodos" debate evolution ('Film' examines the issue more palpably)

    08/12/2006 8:42:32 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 213 replies · 3,112+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | Friday, August 11, 2006 | David Postman
    A leading group of scientists says "antievolutionism" remains active in part because academics are seen as "lost in a pampered world of irrelevancies, unwilling or unable to come out of the ivory tower." Randy Olson has left the tower behind. A Harvard-trained evolutionary biologist, Olson left academia for Hollywood. He's made a documentary, "Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus," not to take on intelligent design — which he clearly thinks is a ridiculous theory — but to prod scientists to find a way to talk about evolution that doesn't make them sound like "arrogant jerks." His tack is to...
  • Rep. Cynthia McKinney: Blacks Must Oppose Electronic Voting

    08/16/2006 5:39:23 AM PDT · by Arcy · 100 replies · 2,424+ views
    WSBTV news Atlanta ^ | August 16, 2006 | WSBTV news Atlanta
    Rep. Cynthia McKinney, in her first public appearance since losing her re-election bid last week, said Tuesday that the black community needs to oppose electronic voting machines, which she warned can be used to steal elections. McKinney also said the state of Georgia should prohibit crossover voting among political parties in primary elections and end its system of runoff elections. You won't know who won as long as we have those electronic voting machines, with the problems that have been manifested by them,'' she said, criticizing Georgia officials for not requiring that paper records be kept of all votes. She...
  • Light Pollution (If you think it's a joke, think again. The movement seeks to change laws)

    08/05/2006 2:32:45 PM PDT · by sully777 · 294 replies · 3,590+ views
    Light Pollution At the beginning of the 21st century, humanity is losing a valuable and beautiful part of its heritage. For the first time in history, poorly designed and badly aimed lighting is denying vast numbers of humanity a view of the night sky. Urban sky glow now pollutes nearly all of Britain's night skies. As amateur astronomers we have a responsibility to guard our night time environment against light pollution. What is light pollution?  Light pollution is the popular name for sky glow - a brightening of the night sky caused by the scattering of artificial light by aerosol...