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  1. Iranian negotiator Hassan Rowhani had said earlier in Tehran that Iran has agreed to suspend "NEARLY all" of its uranium enrichment-related activities as part of a deal with Britain, France and Germany. In diplomatic terms what the Iranians are really saying is= (To appease the United Nations, Iran will slow down some of it's activities, But if you think that We will Stop, then DREAM ON). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Vienna (AFP) Nov 10, 2004 EU-Iranian nuclear talks to get Iran to suspend uranium enrichment in order to avoid possible UN sanctions have hit a snag, even as deadlines are beginning to fall in the crisis, diplomats told AFP Wednesday. The deadlock, which one diplomat said had Europeans becoming pessimistic about finalizing an agreement, comes as the UN atomic agency is about to issue a report for a meeting that will decide whether to take the Iranian dossier to the United Nations on US charges that Tehran is secretly making nuclear weapons. The Iranians contacted European diplomats in Tehran Wednesday asking for more concessions on a preliminary agreement the two sides had worked out in Paris last week, diplomats in Vienna and another Western capital told AFP. But the European trio conducting talks for the EU - Britain, France and Germany - said "no, take it or leave it and Iran promised to give an answer" later Wednesday or Thursday, a diplomat who asked not to be identified said. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has told Iran it must respond this week in writing to the European deal if it wants its position included in a report for an IAEA meeting in Vienna on November 25. This meeting will decide whether to take the Iranian dossier to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions, a diplomat close to the IAEA said. Iran insists its nuclear program is a strictly peaceful one to generate electricity. "The IAEA is under the obligation to issue its report in a time frame pretty much two weeks before the board meeting," the diplomat said. Thursday marks the two-week deadline before the meeting. "The most important thing is this letter to ask the agency to verify suspension," a diplomat close to the negotiations said. The diplomat said Iran was trying to get more assurances about a European offer to supply Iran with a light-water research reactor - which would produce less fissible material than could be used for making nuclear weapons than a heavy-water reactor Iran wants to build - if Iran cooperated in abandoning the nuclear fuel cycle. "Iran has always said they want concrete incentives and not just promises," the diplomat said. In Tehran, former president and top regime cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was quoted Wednesday saying Iran was at a "crucial point" in its stand-off with the UN atomic watchdog. Another Iranian official, negotiator Sirous Nasseri, warned that Iran could continue pursuing its nuclear drive "underground" and quit the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that empowers the IAEA if it came under too much pressure. A Western diplomat said Wednesday's devopments leave the European trio "increasingly pessimistic that a good deal can still be struck." The main sticking points in the tentative agreement on getting Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment are over the length and extent of any halt, diplomats said. Uranium conversion makes the uranium gas needed for the enrichment process which makes nuclear fuel, but which can also be the raw material for atomic bombs. The 25-nation EU, led by Britain, France and Germany, says Iran must indefinitely and fully suspend uranium enrichment activities, but Iran insists its right to enrichment cannot be called into question. Europe's three major powers are offering Iran nuclear technology, including access to nuclear fuel, increased trade and help with Tehran's regional security concerns if the Islamic republic halts enrichment, in an attempt to keep Iran from being taken to the Security Council. Iran has agreed to suspend the making of the uranium hexafluoride gasthat is the actual feed for the enrichment process but "is not willing to suspend earlier stages," a diplomat said. Over timing, "Iran is pushing for a time-specific duration, namely six months," but the European trio "refused and said the suspension must be maintained until a long-term agreement is reached," the diplomat said. All rights reserved. © 2004 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.
  2. On a side note; http://www.theconservativevoice.com/ap/art...80&apc=9002 Report due on Iran nuclear program ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- http://www.dawn.com/2007/11/27/int3.htm Iran rebukes Saudi Arabia over ME conference TEHRAN, Nov 26: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad chided Saudi Arabia for taking part in a US-hosted Middle East peace meeting, after Arab participation in the event left Tehran isolated, media reported on Monday.Ahmadinejad bluntly told Saudi King Abdullah in a telephone conversation that he wished the kingdom was not attending the conference alongside Israeli and Palestinian leaders starting on Tuesday in Annapolis, Maryland. “I wish the name of Saudi Arabia was not among those attending the Annapolis conference,” Ahmadinejad told the king late on Sunday, according to state news agency IRNA. “Arab countries should be watchful in the face of the plots and deception of the Zionist enemy,” he added. The Islamic republic — which has made non-recognition of Israel one of its main ideological themes — has been left isolated by the attendance at the meeting of Saudi Arabia and its chief regional ally Syria. More than a dozen Arab countries are sending representatives. Iraq’s presence is not confirmed and the Islamist Hamas movement which controls Gaza in defiance of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is one of the few certain Arab absentees. “The US government, which is an accomplice to Zionist crimes, cannot play the role of saviour by hosting the Annapolis conference,” Ahmadinejad told the Saudi king. Saudi Arabia and other Arab states agreed on Friday to attend the conference, meaning the kingdom will sit at the same table with the Jewish state for the first time to discuss Middle East peacemaking. In another landmark move, Israeli foe Syria agreed on Sunday at the last minute to send Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad. Damascus had made its presence conditional on the inclusion of the issue of the Golan Heights, which Israel has occupied since 1967, on the agenda of the conference. Ahmadinejad on Sunday spoke by telephone to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying “only the true representatives of the Palestinian people can take decisions” on their future. Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also reaffirmed his condemnation of the conference, which he predicted was “doomed to failure”. “They hope the conference will help the usurping Zionist regime and save the honour of the Black House,” he said in a speech to militia volunteers, in a sarcastic reference to the White House. Tehran’s anger over the involvement of Riyadh in the conference is the latest hiccup in relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia that have not always been smooth. But the two regional heavyweights have worked to give an impression of unity in recent years, vowing to work together to end the political crisis in Lebanon and bring stability to Iraq. Ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage next month, Iran has also been urging Saudi Arabia to crack down on religious extremism following reports of anti-Shia sermons and pamphlets in the kingdom. In July 1987, 402 people, mostly Iranians, were killed in clashes between Iranians and Saudi security forces during the hajj, an incident that cast a shadow over relations for years.—AFP
  3. In many of these demonstrations we have all seen the Mexican flag flying high. This is not Mexico, it is also not The United States of Mexico. Those who want Illegal Immigration to continue DO NOT WANT A CLOSED BORDER. We in the United States WANT to controll our OWN BORDERS, and not let ANOTHER Country to dictate to us when we can or cannot controll our own borders. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20060329-084824-8472r.htm In 1907, during one of the great immigration waves, President Teddy Roosevelt said that the immigrant who comes here "in good faith ... shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin." However, he added, "We have room but for one flag, the American flag." Words well worth recalling as we noticed what student protesters decided to hoist up their high school flagpole while ostensibly demonstrating against immigration reform. In Spanish this is called reconquista, the reconquering of Mexican land lost during the Mexican-American war (1846-48), and its appearance in Los Angeles this week adds a dark dimension to the entire immigration debate. In contrast to Mexican immigrants, those who emigrated to America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries came mostly from countries -- Ireland, Poland, Italy, Bohemia, Germany and Greece -- that had little if any significant historical dealings with the United States. Nearly all had never had colonial possessions in America, nor had lost territory on the continent in war. Their citizens emigrated because they were inspired by hopes for a new and better life, not redress for past indignities. In time they became Americans. Something entirely different motivates the Hispanic radicals. Their inspiration is anti-Americanism, which they cheerfully articulate in banners proclaiming "This is our continent, not yours!" They claim citizenship, or at least the benefits of citizenship, to be theirs by right, rather than something to be earned. And their ultimate fantasy is no different than the radical Muslim immigrants living in the slums outside Paris: To retake what they think was formerly their ancestors' land, if not in name then in numbers. Tragically, they are able to dupe idealistic students into advancing their cause by masking their true intentions behind the facade of ethnic pride or civil rights. Nothing is more un-American, especially for those requesting American citizenship. We acknowledge that a majority of protesters gathering in Los Angeles and San Diego this week do not believe in the reconquista agenda. Their disagreement is with Congress, not America. But by accepting radicals into their ranks, by allowing students to desecrate the American flag, they have given tacit approval of the reconquista message. If the leaders of the Latino community wish to bring public opinion to their side, they must condemn these verbal and symbolic calls for reconquest.
  4. Vegetarian Society of DC

    http://www.vsdc.org/sitedir.html There use to be another vegen site for D.C., but for some odd reason the folks who use to have it never updated it "Pity! It was a good resource link".
  5. To the Moon and beyond

    http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=4029 Lockheed Martin wins $4 billion USD contract Last week it was announced that the name Orion had been selected for NASA's next generation crew exploration vehicle (CEV). Yesterday it was announced that Lockheed Martin would be responsible for building the vehicle that will be pivotal in once again landing Americans back on the moon. The Orion CEV contract is worth an estimated $4 billion USD. The Orion CEV will not only be responsible for transporting astronauts to the moon, but in earlier missions it will serve as a Space Shuttle successor transporting up to six crew members to and from the International Space Station. Only a crew of four is possible for lunar missions. “We are humbled and excited as we continue our legacy of five decades of partnership with NASA in every aspect of human and robotic space exploration. Work already is underway and we are fully focused on the vital tasks that lie ahead to meet NASA’s requirements for the program. We have a world-class team of highly dedicated, highly experienced women and men who are passionate about the success of NASA’s missions,” Joanne Maguire, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. The Orion CEV is designed to be not only much safer than previous manned space vehicles, but it will also be more efficient, more reliable and more affordable as well. NASA hopes to have the new crew vehicle operational by 2014 with manned missions to the moon taking place before 2020.
  6. Mr. King's dream was MEANT for ALL. Not just one group, or two or even three. Please people!! Let's all work TOGETHER. PLEASE, NO MORE OLD POLITICS. For if you "the General Public" wish to continue OLD POLITICS? Believe you me "We can play this game Till the END OF TIME ITSELF". ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/D/1951-1975/mlk/dream.htm Declaration of Independence This note was a promise that all people, yes, black men as well as white men, and Latino’s, Asians, Arabs, Disabled, Women would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
  7. http://www.sltrib.com/business/ci_6012082 Utah, Colorado rival OPEC oil reserves, lure Chevron, Exxon, Shell The Salt Lake Tribune Article Last Updated: 05/29/2007 08:28:38 AM MDT Posted: 8:25 AM- Colorado and Utah have as much oil as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Venezuela, Nigeria, Kuwait, Libya, Angola, Algeria, Indonesia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates combined. That's not science fiction, according to Bloomberg News. Trapped in limestone up to 200 feet (61 meters) thick in the two Rocky Mountain states is enough so-called shale oil to rival OPEC and supply the U.S. for a century. Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp., the two biggest U.S. energy companies, and Royal Dutch Shell Plc are spending $100 million a year testing new methods to separate the oil from the stone for as little as $30 a barrel. A growing number of industry executives and analysts say new technology and persistently high prices make the idea feasible. "The breakthrough is that now the oil companies have a way of getting this oil out of the ground without the massive energy and manpower costs that killed these projects in the 1970s," said Pete Stark, an analyst at IHS Inc., an Englewood, Colorado, research firm. "All the shale rocks in the world are going to be revisited now to see how much oil they contain." The U.S. imports two-thirds of its oil, spending $300 billion a year, or 40 percent of the record trade deficit. Every $10 increase in a barrel of crude costs an American household $700 a year, according to the Rand Corp., founded in 1946 to provide research for the U.S. military. Oil prices have risen 63 percent since 2004 and higher fuel costs have slowed growth in the world's largest economy to the lowest in four years. The last effort to exploit the Colorado and Utah shale fields foundered in the 1980s after crude prices tumbled 72 percent, resulting in a multibillion dollar loss for Exxon. Techniques developed to coax crude from tar sands in Alberta, 1,600 miles (2,500 kilometers) to the north, may help the U.S. projects' engineers. "The potential for shale is large," said Joseph Stanislaw, senior energy adviser for Deloitte & Touche LLP and co-author with oil analyst Daniel Yergin of "The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy" (Simon & Schuster, 464 pages, $26). "Assuming the technology proves out, the size and scale of the reserves are significant." Energy providers are investing in shale oil production because the reserves are large enough to generate higher returns than smaller fields in Oklahoma and Texas, where output is declining after eight decades. Shale is also a more attractive investment than new U.S. refineries, which Shell and Chevron say may lose money as rising use of crop-based fuels such as ethanol lowers domestic gasoline demand. Exxon says it isn't interested in building new fuel plants in the U.S. because the company expects North American fuel consumption to peak by 2025. "You're going to build refineries where demand is increasing, and that's the developing world," Scott Nauman, Exxon's manager of economics and energy planning, said in a May 18 presentation at a University of Chicago oil conference. In the high desert near Rifle, Colo., Shell engineers are burying hundreds of steel rods 2,000 feet underground that will heat the shale to 700 degrees Fahrenheit (370 degrees Celsius), a temperature at which Teflon melts. The heat will be applied for the next four years to convert the hydrocarbons from dead plants and plankton, once part of a prehistoric lake, into high-quality crude that is equal parts jet fuel, diesel and naphtha, the main ingredient in gasoline. Chevron, which helped build the Saudi Arabian energy industry when it struck oil in the kingdom in 1938, plans to shatter 200- foot thick layers of shale deep underground, said Robert Lestz, the company's oil-shale technology manager. Rather than using heat to transform the shale into crude, Chevron plans to saturate the rubble with chemicals to convert it. The method will reduce power needs and production costs, Lestz said in a May 24 interview. Using chemical reactions to get oil from shale also means fewer byproducts such as ash and fewer greenhouse gases, he said. Chevron scientists are working with researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico to determine which chemicals work best for converting shale to crude oil. Shell's heating technique amounts to "a brute-force approach," said Lestz, who is based in Houston. Raytheon Co., the maker of Tomahawk missiles and the first microwave ovens, is developing a process that would use radio waves to cook the shale. Irving, Texas-based Exxon Mobil plans to shoot particles of petroleum coke, a waste byproduct of oil refining, into cracks in the shale. The coke will be electrically charged to create a subterranean hot plate that will cook the shale until it turns into crude. The company declined to discuss the progress of its oil shale tests. "These are quite remarkable technological approaches," said Jeremy Boak, a geologist at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, who spent 11 years cleaning up radioactive waste and disposing of weapons-grade plutonium at U.S. government sites. "The oil companies don't have the exploration problem of finding resources to drill. We know the oil is here. It's just a matter of getting it out." U.S. oil shale deposits likely hold 1.5 trillion barrels of oil, according to Jack Dyni, a geologist emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey. All 12 OPEC countries combined have proved crude oil reserves of about 911 billion barrels, led by Saudi Arabia, with 264.2 billion barrels, according to statistics compiled by BP Plc. Skeptics of the potential for shale oil include Cathy Kay, an organizer for the environmental group Western Colorado Congress, who says the techniques will drain water supplies, scar the landscape and require so much power the skies will be choked with smoke from coal-fed generators. "They are going to do absolutely massive environmental damage," said Kay, a South African native who's been spearheading the Grand Junction, Colorado, group's anti-shale campaign since September. "Why don't these companies invest these giant sums of money developing the cheapest, cleverest solar panel or geothermal process, instead of chasing this elusive oil?" Kay asked. Shell, based in the Hague, estimates it can extract oil from Colorado shale for $30 a barrel, less than half today's price of $66 for benchmark New York futures. Shell's process includes surrounding each shale field with an underground wall of ice. The so-called freeze walls are to prevent groundwater from swamping the heating rods and to protect the local water supply from contamination as the organic material in the rocks turns to oil, according to Terry O'Connor, the Shell vice president in charge of the company's Colorado shale project. "There's a lot of testing to be done," O'Connor said in a May 24 interview. "We're proceeding cautiously." O'Connor declined to say how much oil Shell expects it could produce from shale. Stark at IHS and other analysts said Shell expects to get 500,000 barrels a day from its project, 25 percent more than comes from Alaska's Prudhoe Bay, the largest U.S. oil field. "This is an amazing resource," said James Bartis, an oil analyst at Santa Monica, California-based Rand, whose researchers have included former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and the Nobel Laureate economist Paul Samuelson. Bartis says that success in the Rockies could cut crude prices by 5 percent, saving American consumers $20 billion a year. "It's been raised before as a panacea for impending shortages, but never before has it been shown to be competitive with conventional oil," Bartis said. Drillers, pipe-makers and metal fabricators such as Nabors Industries Ltd. and closely-held UOP LLC will be the first to profit as Shell, Chevron and Exxon drill thousands of wells a half-mile underground by 2011. The oil companies may begin pumping commercial quantities of oil from Colorado shale within a decade, about as long as Chevron will need to develop the 500 million-barrel Jack prospect in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, according to Stark, who is a former Mobil Corp. geologist. "Given the state of the oil market, more and more effort is being put into making shale a viable source," said Stanislaw. He estimated it will take six to eight years before oil companies perfect their extraction methods. "The timeframe is very long," he said. In the 1970s, oil shale efforts involved mile-wide strip mines and factory-sized cookers to boil giant limestone boulders. This time, no company expects to bring in front-loaders, heavy- duty dump trucks or thousands of miners to haul shale from open pits. "The old technique required them to dig the equivalent of a new Panama Canal every month," said former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm, whose tenure from 1975 to 1987 included the last attempt to extract oil from shale. "This new approach is a much more sane process, but that's all relative," Lamm said in an interview. "They're doing this in an immensely fragile area where wagon ruts from the Oregon Trail in the 1840s are still visible. It doesn't excite me because I think they're about to indelibly change our state." Local residents are also leery, recalling the ghost towns and job losses left behind from the last shale boom and bust. Battlement Mesa, Colorado, a town Exxon built to house an expected 25,000 shale workers, was abandoned when the company shut its mine on May 2, 1982, a day locals still refer to as "Black Sunday." The town is now a retirement community. "I don't think this is going to go anywhere," said John Savage, an attorney in Rifle whose father started a shale-oil company in 1956. "It's just too tough to get that oil out of the ground. There's trillions of barrels down there, but there's too much rock on top of it." Oil companies also are exploring shale fields in Jordan, Morocco and Australia, though preliminary assessments indicate none is as oil-rich as the Colorado and Utah deposits. The final approval for full-scale projects in the U.S. won't be made until after 2010. "If we waited a few million years, all this stuff would turn to oil," Rand's Bartis says. "Some people don't want to wait that long."
  8. U.S. Girls are EASY

    I think that they got their research ALL WRONG on this subject. It doesn't matter if the Wimmin are from Europe or the United states or any where else in the World, They are still a Handfull. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ http://www.theregister.com/2006/02/13/us_girls_are_easy/ Official: US girls are easy... ...to date online By Mark Ballard Published Monday 13th February 2006 15:46 GMT Europeans will never do as much online dating as Americans, even as more their internet use ramps up to trans-Atlantic levels. This is the conclusion of Jupiter Research analyst Nate Elliot on the publication of his Valentine's report, "Online Dating in Europe: 2006". And the reason? US dating sites find it easy to get "economies of scale", though not as you would expect from the consolidation of corporate departments like finance and HR, but from the consolidation of people who want a date. This theory has come from the same land that gave us both Fordism and online dating, a juxtaposition that will not be lost on European daters, particularly in southern countries infamous for starting a "slow movement" in reaction to the obsessive clock-watching of the Yank system of production (Ford), cooking (McDonalds), eating (drive-thru) and everything else (is there a drive-thru dating service yet?). It is quite clearly nonsense. Indeed, some will say that online dating will always be more popular in the US because left pondian girls are less discriminating or simply desperate. But we will hear this out. Elliot's theory is based on the web-head version of critical mass: get enough people subscribed to a community site and it supports itself. Elliot, a New Yorker living in London for a year, has theorised that Europeans will never do as much dating as Americans because language differences prevent dating sites working across borders. Boys in Berlin, say, won't be interested in dating girls from Gravesend because they don't speak the same language. So boys in Berlin will use local websites and girls in Gravesend will stick to their own as well. But neither of their sites will be particularly attractive because they will have too few people on, which means a small selection of potential dates. European sites will, therefore, never reach critical mass. The US, Elliot reckons, has a population of 300m people who all speak the same language, so subscribers to dating websites are spoilt for choice - despite most of them living too far apart for convenience dating.. So far, so good. But Jupiter's analysis has been built like a house of cards on the shaky foundations provided by some market share estimates and interviews with experts wheeled out by the dating sites themselves. Sociology, or "human mores", has informed Elliot's thinking, but he refuses to detail how. He does say dating sites in southern European countries will never be as busy as those in Northern European countries. Because hot blooded Italians and Spaniards don't need any help with their romancing perhaps? Unlike us sun-starved, socially-retarded North Europeans. So the British and Germans account for 55 per cent of European online dating (excluding central and eastern countries). With the French, they total 70 per cent. It would be interesting to know whether the French component consists mainly of uptight Celts and Normans in the north. Otherwise, these trends are easy to understand. The Germans have inherited a filthy Saxon culture and no more need be said about them. British reserve, combined with an unhealthy cultural infringement from the US can only lead to more production line romance. European spending on online dating is growing faster than in the US, says Elliot. But at $494m, the Yank dating business is almost double that on the other side of the Atlantic and will always be bigger. Is it something in their jeans? Sadly, Elliot won't be drawn on Americans' promiscuity: "I don't have any data on that."
  9. Have the States EVER thought of living with in their means? For example; California has 764 State Agencies "Plus or minus 10". Do they really need that many agencies? Virginia has 153 State Agencies. Then their budgets, health plans, pensions "You get the idea". To what level is enough enough? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- http://www.csmonitor...01s05-usec.html New York - The nation's economic downturn is now squeezing state and city budgets – a financial turn of events that is forcing many mayors and governors to join the growing group of people on their knees asking Congress for help. The sense of urgency has increased because states have seen their revenue fall sharply over the past two weeks. One early estimate puts the states' mid-year budget gap at $24 billion, double the estimate from the end of last month. If Congress does not act soon on a fiscal stimulus package, states are warning of plans to lay off librarians, cut healthcare services, and ask unions to forgo raises. Some mayors are cutting recreational basketball leagues and mothballing housing projects. It's gotten so tough, the mayor of Trenton, N.J., Douglas Palmer, has had to demote firemen. "There are problems everywhere," says Iris Lav, deputy director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington. "The Feds need to step in because it's extremely difficult." Ms. Lav's group estimates 41 states have faced or are facing budget shortfalls. By 2010, she estimates state deficits could ultimately hit $100 billion, or 13 percent to 14 percent of state budgets. "The Feds must help before there is devastation of those budgets," she says. However, mayors and governors are aware the politics of federal fiscal stimulus might prevent them from getting help right away. "Waiting for fiscal stimulus from Washington is an iffy prospect," said Gov. David Paterson (D) of New York at a press conference Wednesday. "It may not happen this year, it may take a while for it to happen in the new administration." Washington observers say Governor Paterson is wise not to expect a check in the mail to solve his budget gap, which amounts to $47 billion over the next four years. "I may be wrong, but just writing a check is unlikely," says Stanley Collender, a budget expert and managing director at Qorvis Communications in Washington. "But, there will be some assistance for states in some form whether it be a loan guarantee or the government buying their paper." If the states had their way, they would like Congress to give them help in four areas: help with the growing number of people applying for Medicaid, more funding for the rising unemployed, help with the growing number on food stamps, and an injection of funds to jump-start infrastructure projects that are ready to go. "We're not asking for a stimulus package because it will fill budget gaps," says Michael Bird, federal affairs counsel of the National Conference of State Legislatures in Washington. "We think it will provide additional benefits for those most disadvantaged by the downturn and create economic activity through the infrastructure package." The cities also have their wish lists for a $89.9 billion package geared towards jobs and infrastructure projects. "We are focused on the lame duck session of Congress next week," says Tom Cochran, executive director of the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington. "We are urging a down payment on a Main Street stimulus package." Mr. Cochran argues that money should go directly to metro areas. "We know how to use the money immediately, we don't want it to get stuck in the state capitals," he says. Mr. Bird counters that the projects may "be done by the state but they are done in localities." The mayor of Trenton, Douglas Palmer, ticks off projects he has had to mothball to help close a $20 million shortfall. He says he has a 46-unit housing project that just needs $500,000 for street engineering. There are new schools that could be jump-started. And, the city has blueprints to repair miles of roads. "Money should go directly to the cities on a project by project basis," he says. He could also use money for salaries. He plans to lay off 70 municipal employees and won't fill 40 vacancies. "I've even had to demote firefighters," he says. Public servants around the nation are beginning to feel the heat. Gov. Donald Carcieri ® of Rhode Island, facing a $372 million gap in fiscal year 2009, has negotiated no pay raises for this year and changes in healthcare benefits, including higher co-pays. The governor meets with legislative leaders next week to look at more belt-tightening, says Amy Kempe, a spokeswoman. Some states are beginning to look at tax hikes to fill the gap. According to news reports, they include Nevada, California, and Oregon. However, governors are mostly trying to avoid raising taxes in a recession. "The governor does not believe it's smart policy to raise broad-based taxes in an economic downturn and does not believe in making the state more uncompetitive," says Ms. Kempe. New York's Paterson, facing a $1.5 billion deficit this year, talked spending cuts instead. The governor pointed out New York increased spending between 1990 and 2007 by 130 percent. With Wall Street cutting jobs, state tax revenues are fading quickly. "We can't get around the fact we have to cut spending," he said.
  10. You know what I find so interesting about this Sarah Palin Story? It is that My sources are telling me that your group "The Democrats" ARE ACTIVELY TRYING TO DESTROY HER POLITICALLY. Perfect timing for me to leave ALL message boards by January 1st. For from that point on I WILL BE ACTIVELY INVESTIGATING THE Democrats. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- http://www.dailyadvance.com/news/nation/el...ain-233209.html Palin says she might run for high office again By GENE JOHNSON The Associated Press Monday, November 10, 2008 WASILLA, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she wouldn't hesitate to run for the presidency in four years if it's God's will, even though she never thought Campaign 2008 would be "as brutal a ride as it turned out tobe." In a series of interviews in the wake of last Tuesday's elections, Palin said she had no problem with Republican presidential nominee John McCain, but that she resents rumors she said were spread about her and her family by the Arizona Republican's aides. She emphatically denied that she was a drag on the GOP ticket. "I think the economic collapse had a heckuva lot more to do with the campaign's collapse than me personally," the governor said in an interview broadcast Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show. Palin also said "There were a lot of times I wanted to shout out, 'Hey, wait a minute, it's not true.' It's pretty brutal." Nevertheless, the relatively obscure governor of Alaska, whose selection for the ticket by McCain last August brought excitement — and controversy — to the 2008 campaign, said she would be eager to do it all again under the right circumstances. "I'm like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open door," Palin said in an interview with Fox News on Monday. "And if there is an open door in '12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I'll plow through that door." In the wide-ranging interview, Palin said she neither wanted nor asked for the $150,000-plus wardrobe the Republican Party bankrolled, and thought the issue was an odd one at the end of the campaign, considering "what is going on in the world today." "I did not order the clothes. Did not ask for the clothes," Palin said. "I would have been happy to have worn my own clothes from Day One. But that is kind of an odd issue, an odd campaign issue as things were wrapping up there as to who ordered what and who demanded what." "It's amazing that we did as well as we did," the governor said of the election in a separate interview with the Anchorage Daily News. "I think the Republican ticket represented too much of the status quo, too much of what had gone on in these last eight years, that Americans were kind of shaking their heads like going, wait a minute, how did we run up a $10 trillion debt in a Republican administration? How have there been blunders with war strategy under a Republican administration? If we're talking change, we want to get far away from what it was that the present administration represented and that is to a great degree what the Republican Party at the time had been representing," Palin said in a story published Sunday. Palin has scheduled a series of national interviews this week with Fox, NBC's "Today" show and CNN. She also plans to attend the Republican Governors Association conference in Florida this week. Palin has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2012. She also could seek re-election in 2010 or challenge Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Still uncertain is the fate of Sen. Ted Stevens, who is leading in his bid for another term but could be ousted by the Senate for his conviction on seven felony counts of failing to report more than $250,000 in gifts, mostly renovations on his home. If Stevens loses his seat, Palin could run for it in a special election. Palin and McCain's campaign faced a storm of criticism over the tens of thousands of dollars spent at such high-end stores as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus to dress the nominee. Republican National Committee lawyers are still trying to determine exactly what clothing was bought for Palin, what was returned and what has become of the rest.
  11. Black Friday Sales

    http://www.theblackfriday.com Nice web site. I'm going thru it like there was no tomorrow.
  12. I never knew that the Universities played this game. Or the better question is, am I the last one to find this out? You know, this does raise questions as to what the Universities are up to. I am starting to get very curious as to what Georgetown University is up to though, as well as others out there. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- http://www.thehoya.com/comment/reply/12346 Jan 12 2007 Like Doha’s ever-expanding skyline, Georgetown’s growing campus in this tiny, wealthy oil state is still, literally and figuratively, under construction. As enrollment at the School of Foreign Service’s Qatar campus doubled to more than 40 students this year (sophomores now have a rowdy class of freshmen to pick on), administrators began drafting plans to replace its current, freakishly modern quarters with a giant Georgetown-specific building. And the Washington campus continued to ship over top faculty and staff — people like SFS dean Brendan Hill. Along with the four other American universities in Qatar, Georgetown has made a deep, ostensibly permanent, commitment to Qatar and the Middle East. Yet the main campus community’s response to its Qatari counterpart has been tepid and uncritical. I think SFS-Qatar is a good thing, an interesting and unprecedented experiment that deserves time to work itself out. And it’s full of good, caring administrators that want it to succeed. I love the place. But it’s time we started thinking about the tough questions it raises. *** How did Qatar convince Georgetown to set up a smaller version of itself nearly 7,000 miles away? Money talks. Georgetown gets paid to be there. Working through something called the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, Qatar’s government is investing billions of dollars — yes, billions — in a place called Education City, the giant complex housing the emirate’s American universities. In addition to covering the entire budget for Georgetown’s Qatar operations, the Qatar Foundation gave the main campus more than $1 million extra last year, a number expected to rise annually, and it’s paying to build Georgetown’s new Doha building. SFS Dean Robert Gallucci told me last fall that the cash is compensation for the human cost the main campus incurs (losing top professors to Doha, and all the time D.C.-based administrators spend on the phone, for instance). But it begs the question: Are we OK with being bribed? And if we are, are there better ways Georgetown could use its money in Qatar? Disturbingly, the Qatar Foundation won’t release its annual budget, nor will it reveal the details of its agreements with American universities (neither will Georgetown). But unlike the main campus, SFS-Qatar seems to have a lot of money. And it sometimes uses it in, well, interesting ways. For instance, it recently spent thousands of dollars flying out some main campus students helping out with a Model United Nations conference to Doha. SFS-Q housed them in a five-star hotel and let them pig out on all the room service they wanted (in the interest of full disclosure, I was one of those students). And the cost of the annual Model United Nations conference, for which SFS-Q is subsidizing the expenses of elite high schools throughout the Middle East? Administrators declined to comment on the record, but a conference I attended last year included free hotel rooms and ornate dinners. Thousands and thousands of dollars. *** Here are more questions: Is SFS-Q only a thin reflection of Georgetown? If so, can we fix that? Although administrators are trying hard, students at SFS-Q have an extremely limited schedule of classes with little access to provocative electives taken for granted on the main campus. And in a country where homosexuality is illegal, there is no Qatar version of GU Pride, nor is there likely ever to be. There is no Georgetown-Israel Alliance, no Corp, no Saxatones. The Hoya barely ever shows up, and the SFS-Q newspaper, The DoHoya, has basically died. Several students visited the main campus last year, but now SFS-Q has inexplicably slashed its budget to fly students to the mother campus. In short, there are a lot of things missing from the Qatar experience. There always will be, and the students know it. Many classes are the same as in Washington, but it’s not the same education, no matter what administrators say. On a satellite campus thousands of miles away, however, there’s just no easy way to fix this. There are other giant elephants administrators must see but haven’t publicly confronted. SFS-Q is theoretically open to anyone, but in practice mostly elites make it to Education City, and about 10 percent of SFS-Q is made up of members of Qatar’s ruling family. Yet most of Qatar is filled with desperately poor laborers who are often treated poorly and will never have the chance to go to college. And while Qatar’s current emir has gradually liberalized the country’s laws, opened Qatar to investment and seems like a good guy, he took power in a coup and is far from a democrat. Amnesty International says 39 political prisoners remain jailed in the tiny emirate. The country sponsors women’s conferences, but the constitution says women can’t accede to the throne. Two final questions: Is Georgetown talking to Qatar about all this? Does it have a responsibility to do so? *** SFS-Qatar is a grand experiment and nobody really knows where it is headed. While there are many unanswered questions — some quite troubling — the campus also has great potential and we should be proud of it. We should want it to succeed. I know I do. It could one day be our window to the real Middle East and Qatar’s window into American culture and thought. Maybe it can even change attitudes there and simultaneously change the way we think. The hard work Georgetown administrators have put into SFS-Q is impressive and the attitude of Doha’s Hoyas even more so. Despite all the challenges, they want to feel like they’re a part of Georgetown and they ought to feel that way. But first, you have some questions to ask. And Georgetown has a duty to answer. Moises D. Mendoza is a senior in the School of Foreign Service and is a former editor in chief of The Hoya. Days On The Hilltop will appear every Tuesday.
  13. CHAVEZ Part 2

    Columbia needs our help. To the Democrats; SHOW SOME BACK BONE. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7112424.stm Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he has frozen his country's bilateral ties with neighbouring Colombia. The move follows the decision by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe to end Mr Chavez's role as a hostage negotiator with Colombia's Farc rebels. Mr Chavez said that the decision to end his mediation role was "a spit in the face" and denounced Mr Uribe as a liar. He also said he had frozen relations with Spain over a remark made by King Juan Carlos earlier this month. The king told Mr Chavez to "shut up" after the Venezuelan leader repeatedly interrupted the Spanish Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, during the final session of Ibero-American summit in Santiago. Mr Chavez later said the matter would be settled only if he received an apology from the king, whom he accused of "arrogance" and "impotence". But Venezuela's ambassador to Spain, Alfredo Toro, played down the spat after meeting Spain's top foreign ministry official for Latin America, Trinidad Jimenez, on Monday. "The two countries have a common future beyond ups and downs," Mr Toro said. Ms Jimenez said Mr Toro assured her there was no change in the countries' bilateral relations. 'Lamentable' The harsh exchange of words between Venezuela and Colombia began on Saturday, when President Uribe insisted he had ended Mr Chavez's involvement in the negotiations for speaking directly to Colombia's army chief despite being told not to do so. "They issued a statement yesterday filled with lies, and that is serious, very serious," Mr Chavez responded - in marked contrast to his reluctant acceptance of the initial announcement on Wednesday. "President Uribe is lying, and he's lying in a shameless way," he said. The Venezuelan leader said Mr Uribe had lied about the reason for the failure of the talks in order to avoid seeking a peaceful solution to the 40-year-long armed conflict with the Farc. "They have spat brutally in our face when we worked heart and soul to try to get them on the road to peace," he said. Mr Chavez said he had therefore decided to freeze Venezuela's relations with its neighbour and second-largest trading partner. "I declare before the world that I'm putting relations with Colombia in the freezer because I've completely lost confidence with everyone in the Colombian government," he said. "Everyone should be on alert with respect to Colombia," he added. "The companies that Colombians have here, the companies we have over there, commercial relations - all of that will be damaged. It's lamentable. "It's like the case of Spain - until the king of Spain apologises, I'm freezing relations with Spain." 'Expansionist project' The BBC's Jeremy McDermott in Bogota says President Uribe wasted no time in responding to the onslaught from his Venezuelan counterpart. His attack on Mr Chavez was less personal but equally devastating, our correspondent says. Mr Uribe accused the Venezuelan leader of not being interested in promoting peace in Colombia and insisted that Venezuela had expansionist plans that Colombia would resist. "The truth is, President Chavez, we need mediation against terrorism, not one that legitimises terrorism," he said. "Your words, your attitudes, give the impression that you are not interested in peace in Colombia, but rather that Colombia be a victim of a Farc terrorist government," he added. "If you are spreading an expansionist project in the continent, in Colombia this project will make no headway." The Colombian president said Mr Chavez had attempted to "set the continent on fire" by attacking Spain and the US, and by "mistreating" Mexico, Peru and Bolivia. "You can not mistreat the continent, set it on fire as you do, speaking about imperialism when you, on the basis of your budget, want to set up an empire."
  14. http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=54975...ionid=351020706 Lula: Brazil wants OPEC membership Sat, 10 May 2008 05:06:51 Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says his nation wants to join OPEC to help bring down oil prices, a German magazine says. Lula said in the interview published in Der Spiegel news magazine that his nation plans to exploit massive deep-water oil reserves discovered near Rio de Janeiro. "Then Brazil will become a major oil exporter," Silva said in an advance copy of the interview to be published Saturday. "We want to join OPEC and to try to make oil cheaper." Brazil's proven oil reserves are 11.8 billion barrels, according to the U.S. Energy Department. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is a group of nations headquartered in Vienna that meets regularly to try to ensure stability of prices in international oil markets.
  15. http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/op_ed/...-headlines-oped Nuclear Power's Comeback June 10, 2007 MARC FISHER There's an empty pit about a hundred miles southwest of Washington, D.C., where two nuclear power plants were planned but never built. The pit became a symbol of the success of the antinuclear movement, the activists who a quarter-century ago forced utilities to scrap plans for dozens of reactors across the country. But today, the hill above that pit at Dominion Virginia Power's North Anna station offers a great view of Virginia's nuclear future. Here, you can see the two (out of four originally planned) reactors that were built in the 1970s, and you can see the spot where Dominion wants to build the first new reactor in the country in 30 years. This time, power companies are positioning nuclear power as a boon to the environment, a clean alternative to the carbon-emitting power plants that contribute so mightily to global warming. The green movement that coalesced in the battle against nukes in the 1970s and '80s is not exactly embracing nuclear this time but is very much split on the question. "The problem of global warming is so serious that we must thoroughly consider every low-carbon option for generating power," says a statement from Environmental Defense, a green group that remains concerned about the security of nuclear plants but calls the industry's safety record "impressive." "The potential for disaster scares the pants off me," says Scott Howson, chairman of the Rappahannock Group of the Sierra Club, whose national organization still strongly opposes building nuclear plants. "But speaking just for myself, I see a solution ultimately in nuclear energy. It's non-polluting, and that's what we're all looking for." About 70 percent of U.S. energy sources - oil, natural gas and coal plants - burn carbon. To merely maintain a 30 percent level of sources that do not emit carbon, and even assuming a big increase in the use of wind and solar power, the country would need to build more than 40 nuclear plants by 2020, says Dominion's vice president for nuclear support services, Gene Grecheck. He's the first to say that's not going to happen. But the rest of the world is leaping into nuclear expansion, with 30 reactors planned in China alone. And the U.S. government has made it easier for utilities to seek new plants, compressing the permitting timetable, providing tax credits for companies that apply for a license by the end of next year and insuring utilities against delays caused by lawsuits. Still, opening a new reactor remains a decade-long process. Dominion started moving back toward nuclear in 2002. This spring, federal regulators held a public hearing on the proposal, which drew surprisingly little opposition. The feds are expected to issue a final decision on a new reactor this year. A new plant could be built by 2015. Dug in the 1970s out of thousands of acres of farmland to provide the water needed to cool the nuclear plant, Lake Anna has blossomed into a retirement and vacation community where some waterfront lots sell for a half-million dollars. After some Lake Anna residents bristled at a possible increase in the lake's temperature, Dominion redesigned the new facility to pump hot water into $200 million, 150-foot-high cooling towers before the water is returned to the lake. "The nuclear issue has hardly even come up" in the local debate over expanding North Anna, says the Dominion executive who runs the plant, Dan Stoddard. "The only real issue was the impact on the lake. People who live here often say, `We're not opposed to the plant as long as we can't see it, hear it or smell it.'" There is still great concern about the nation's failure to figure out what to do with the spent fuel rods that emerge from nuclear plants. But the path toward the new reactors seems relatively smooth. For now, all of the spent fuel produced at Lake Anna sits in rows of 14-foot-high concrete and steel canisters on an open-air concrete pad behind barbed wire near the power plant. That's just too obvious an environmental problem - and too easy a terrorism target - for many people. But as I walk through the North Anna facility with Dominion executives, watched constantly by black-clad men toting machine guns, I hear something the nuclear power industry has been short on for decades: confidence. "If you're going to do something about CO{-2}," Grecheck says, "and it's pretty clear that the politics of the situation are heading in that direction, you're going to have to look at nuclear." Marc Fisher is a columnist at The Washington Post, where this first appeared.
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  17. Middle East

    For all of us not to look at the Middle East as a Great Opportunity for Business would be a disadvantage that NONE of us can afford. I propose that we as a Country Increase Trade Relations with the Middle East. We can't limit ourselves to our own preconceived conceptions of the Middle East. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- http://export.gov/middleeast/
  18. Credit Crisis

    To ALL Politicians, STOP your Games and PASS A BILL NOW. Or suffer at Election Day. To my group "The Republicans", This Aint no game and suck it up.................................... To the Democrats; DON'T EVEN THINK OF PLAYING WITH IT ANYMORE.
  19. Global Recession Is at Hand

    Wall Street is losing its grasp on what's going on out there. Even in the Hemisphere that I am familiar with I know where the money is going [Remember? Follow the Money]. Wall Street isn't following the money to well. Hey Folks!!! We are all on the net because of the volumes of information out there. A google search will only give you 2% of what's actually out there. Me Being Old Net [Anyone before 1984] I got to honestly tell you that you have no idea what you are missing out on. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/081024/wall_street.html
  20. Shrek 3

    http://www.dreamworksanimation.com/dwa/ope...vies/index.html In Production 2007: Shrek the Third, Bee Movie Shrek the Third finds Shrek and Fiona reluctantly reigning over Far, Far Away. But if they can find the heir to the throne and bring him back, they can return to their swamp. While Shrek, Donkey and Puss in Boots are in search of the heir, Fiona holds off a coup d’etat by Prince Charming. Bee Movie is the comedic tale of Barry B. Benson, a bee who decides to sue the human race for stealing the bees' honey. Things get pretty sticky between the bees and humans, and Barry gets caught in the middle with some very unusual problems to solve.
  21. Now this worries me cause I take 1.5mgs of folic acid a day. Never a dull moment. lol ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/sto...eandHealth/home LESLIE BECK From Wednesday's Globe and Mail Read Bio | Latest Columns August 20, 2008 at 9:55 AM EDT If you take vitamin B supplements to guard against heart disease you are wasting your money, research published in today's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests. A clinical trial involving 3,096 patients with established heart disease revealed the vitamins were ineffective against heart attack, death from heart disease and stroke. The notion that B vitamins ward off heart disease stems from the fact that three B vitamins - folic acid, B6 and B12 - lower blood homocysteine, an amino acid made by the body during normal metabolism. High homocysteine is thought to damage the lining of the arteries. Studies have demonstrated the ability of homocysteine to cause oxidative stress and inflammation, as well as to impair blood clotting and blood vessel function. The level of homocysteine in your bloodstream is influenced by diet and genetics. Folic acid, B6 and B12 break down homocysteine and prevent it from accumulating in the bloodstream. Numerous studies have shown that taking folic acid supplements, either alone or in combination with B6 and B12, lowers homocysteine levels. In today's study, researchers from Norway set out to determine whether lowering homocysteine could prevent further heart attacks and heart problems in people with coronary heart disease. Patients were assigned to receive a daily supplement of either folic acid plus vitamins B6 and B12; folic acid plus vitamin B12; vitamin B6 alone; or a placebo. The doses of vitamins used were 0.8 milligrams of folic acid, 0.4 milligrams of B12 and 40 milligrams of B6. Patients were monitored to determine the rates of all-cause death, stroke, heart attack and hospitalization for unstable angina among the four groups. (Unstable angina is severe chest pain that occurs when the heart becomes starved for oxygen.) After three years of follow-up, none of the B vitamin combinations lowered the risk of heart attack, stroke or death despite an overall 30-per-cent reduction in blood homocysteine levels. This isn't the first time the value of B vitamins for preventing or delaying heart problems has been challenged. Earlier this year, the women's antioxidant and folic acid cardiovascular study, a randomized controlled trial involving 5,442 women at high risk for heart disease, found that B vitamins did not lower the risk of cardiovascular events (such as heart attack, stroke and coronary artery bypass surgery) even though the women's homocysteine levels dropped significantly. The findings suggest that lowering homocysteine does not change the course of heart disease. Instead, elevated homocysteine may signal an increased risk of problems in people who already have heart disease. The effect of long-term folic acid supplementation on the risk of heart disease in healthy people is unknown. It is possible, however, that B vitamins help prevent stroke. In the study, there was a lower risk of suffering a stroke among B vitamin users, but this finding was not statistically significant, which means it could have been a chance finding. There is other evidence that folic acid guards against stroke. The mandatory addition of folic acid to certain foods (white flour, enriched pasta, enriched corn meal), implemented in Canada and the United States in 1998, has been linked with a pronounced decline in death from stroke in both countries. Fortification of food with folic acid was introduced to reduce the risk of neural tube birth defects in infants (when the brain and spinal cord fail to close properly during the early weeks of pregnancy.) Since it began, the rate of these defects has dropped 46 per cent in Canada. There are concerns that large doses of folic acid could do more harm than good. Last year, a trial of 1,021 men and women who had had precancerous polyps removed from the colon found that those who took a folic acid supplement (one milligram) got just as many new polyps as those who took placebo pills. People in the folic acid group also had higher rates of advanced tumours, although this finding was not statistically significant. In today's study, the risk of cancer was slightly higher in the group receiving folic acid, but again it was not statistically significant. Together, these findings raise the possibility folic acid may prevent early stages of cancer but could enhance the growth of established cancer cells. For this reason, if you have a history of colon cancer, or precancerous colon polyps, avoid taking high-dose folic acid supplements. While there's little evidence to warrant taking folic acid to protect from heart disease, it is important to increase your intake of folate from foods to help meet your recommended daily intake. (Folate refers to the B vitamin found naturally in foods; folic acid is the synthetic version added to vitamin pills and fortified foods.). Folate is needed to make DNA and red blood cells, support cell division and growth, and prevent neural tube defects. Women of childbearing age should take a multivitamin with folic acid. Adults and teenagers need 400 micrograms (0.4 mg) of folate each day. The recommended intake for children aged 1 to 3 is 150 micrograms; from 4 to 8 years, 200 micrograms; and 9 to 13 years, 300 micrograms. Good food sources include legumes, Brussels sprouts, cooked spinach, asparagus, artichokes, avocados, orange juice and enriched pasta. The safe upper limit for supplemental folic acid is 1,000 micrograms (one milligram) a day, unless directed otherwise by your physician. Taking high doses of folic acid can sometimes mask the presence of a vitamin B12 deficiency. If this condition isn't properly diagnosed, it may lead to irreversible nerve damage. Leslie Beck, a Toronto-based dietitian at the Medcan Clinic,
  22. Even though the presidential elections over shadows stories like this, it does bring up a very serious security issue as to how will Countries in the future deal with tech based space attacks? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/art...irus-Earth.html Last updated at 9:58 AM on 28th August 2008 A computer virus has made the leap from Earth to outer space after hitching a ride on an astronaut's laptop. The worm known as Gammima.AG was carried on board the International Space Station in July, according to NASA. It works by stealing passwords and login names for popular online games, then sends them back to a central server. However, NASA were quick to point out that the malicious program did not put any essential systems of the ISS at risk and described it as a mere 'nuisance'. The virus had infected laptops used to run nutritional programs and let the astronauts send e-mails back to Earth. The space agency is now working to track down the culprit for the embarassing error. They believe it may have infected the laptop via a flash or USB drive owned by an astronaut. The virus travelled 215 miles to the research facility which is in a low Earth orbit and surprisingly was not a one-off event. 'It's not a frequent occurrence, but this isn't the first time,' Nasa spokesman Kelly Humphries admitted.
  23. Okay!!! To the Democrats; ARE you Sure that you are not WORKING for the other side "As in chavez and his group trying to bring down this economy"? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- http://www.bucksright.com/barney-frank-bla...-is-racist-1620 Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 10:42 am Democrat Congressman Barney Frank, responsible for oversight of the banking industry during the greatest financial sector collapse in modern history, says it’s racist to blame Democrats for the collapse caused by Democrat mandates that loans be given to people who could not pay them back. Ironically, in using the race card to explain away his responsibility for the current economic crisis, he shows exactly how the Democrats were able to derail numerous attempts by Republicans to reform and reign in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. “They get to take things out on poor people,” Frank said at a mortgage foreclosure symposium in Boston. “Let’s be honest: The fact that some of the poor people are black doesn’t hurt them either, from their standpoint. This is an effort, I believe, to appeal to a kind of anger in people.” That’s exactly the tactic Democrats used to derail any attempt at sub-prime mortgage reform. When President Bush tried to reform the system in 2003, when Congressional Republicans tried to beef up the role of the regulator in 2004, and when John McCain proposed greater regulation in 2005 they were beaten back by false claims of “racism” by Democrats. Frank said Republicans controlled Congress for 12 years and passed no regulation, while Democrats passed a Bush administration Fannie and Freddie regulation package since gaining control of the House and Senate in January 1997. “If I could have stopped a Republican bill during the Bush years, I would have started with the war in Iraq. Then I would have gone to the Patriot Act. Then I would have gone on to the hundreds of millions in tax cuts,” said Frank, to applause from the audience. Republicans were stymied in their attempts to pass regulations by Democrats consistently calling attempts to do so “racist.”
  24. Star Wars 3d

    http://www.physorg.com/news147454178.html Starwars style holographic 3DTV could be a reality by 2018, experts say Led by Professor John Watson from the University's School of Engineering, experts from the institution were partners in a four year European Commission (EC) funded project to investigate the underlying principles, technologies and practicalities of introducing 3D TV systems to the mass market. The findings of the project suggest that a stereoscopic 3D TV with the viewer wearing 3D glasses is near market and may only be a few months away. More advanced systems based on autostereoscopic technology, which do not require the wearing of glasses, are being piloted by several TV manufacturers and are only two or three year away from market. Whilst the ultimate 3D experience, using fully interactive floating holographic images - similar to that which is seen when Princess Leia appears in front of Luke Skywalker as a hologram in Star Wars - could be on the market by 2018. The University is one of 19 institutions across Europe, brought together under an EC Network of Excellence in the €6 million research project coordinated by Bilkent University in Turkey. which concluded this month. The team of experts from the University undertook detailed analysis into the technologies of 3D visual displays the applications which would be spawned from such systems and the laser technology required to record programmes to be broadcast on this type of system. The research coordinated by Professor Watson, drew upon expertise from key institutions from countries including Finland, Bulgaria, Turkey and Germany as well as the UK. Professor Watson said: "The aspect of the work in which we were involved aimed to further investigate the crucial progress needed in the development and implementation of TV's which would receive and display programmes incorporating 3D images. "Our research also looked at how 3D imagery may be used in various areas of technology including medicine, air traffic control, underwater measurement, computer graphics and gaming in order to gain a better understanding of what is needed from this technology and what applications would make best use of it. "Our findings into how 3D TV systems would be packaged as a product suggested that either a small table with an imaging hovering above it, or a wall mounted television with an image coming out of it, would be the most feasible options. "In order for 3DTV to become a reality, a number of significant technological developments need to be made. Importantly this includes the development of technology to allow programmes to be created which can be televised in this format and the ability to transmit the vast amount of information needed to realise a fully 3D image. If 3DTV is holographic then this would involve the use of cutting edge laser technology during the programme filming process. "It's likely that within three years we will see a TV on the market which will use autostereo systems to create 3D images, so that viewers do not need to wear traditional 3D glasses. However, in ten years time it is highly probable that TV using holographic images which would appear to float as if in mid air will be available for consumers to purchase." Provided by University of Aberdeen
  25. If I am reading Obama Correctly? His next pick for the Top State Department Official for Latin America might be? Frank Sanchez, and Dan Restrepo at NSA. Either way It's going to be interesting to see who goes where? Why? Simple; It will telegraph as to which direction Barack Obama IS going to go in Latin America. Both WILL be in the Obama Administration, and that's for SURE. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HTTP://WWW.MIAMIHERALD.COM/NEWS/COLUMNISTS...ORY/768818.HTML THE OPPENHEIMER REPORT Obama's top Latin American advisors are mostly centrists BY ANDRES OPPENHEIMER AOPPENHEIMER@MIAMIHERALD.COM The big question in Washington's Latin American diplomatic circles is who will be the Obama administration's top policymakers for Latin America and the Caribbean. At least half a dozen names are being mentioned. The first name that comes up is that of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Mexican American with an impressive diplomatic résumé whose early support for Barack Obama was critical to help the president-elect win the Hispanic vote. Richardson and former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry are leading contenders for secretary of state in the Obama administration, several sources close to the transition team told me this week. Sen. Richard Lugar, a Republican who earlier this week was also cited as a leading contender, is now more likely to be appointed as special envoy for Russian affairs or special envoy for energy security issues. Supporters of Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and secretary of energy during the Clinton administration, cite his extraordinary credentials and the fact that it's time for the United States to have its first Hispanic in that job. Kerry supporters, in turn, cite his strong congressional ties and the fact that -- according to them -- he would be more of a team player, a key quality considering the Obama team's near obsession with discipline and team work. SECURITY ADVISOR One well-placed Washington insider tells me that Obama is likely to strengthen the job of White House national security advisor, who would work with Vice President-elect Joe Biden and play a larger-than-usual role in the next administration. If that happens, former Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke or former NATO commander Gen. James L. Jones might get the White House job and Richardson might be appointed secretary of state. Regarding Obama's Latin America advisors, the top two are Frank Sanchez, a former Clinton White House Latin American aide, and Dan Restrepo, a young attorney and former congressional staffer who headed the Obama campaign's Latin American advisory group. Sanchez, from Tampa, graduated from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and served in the office of the special envoy to the Americas and later as assistant secretary of transportation during the Clinton administration. He was one of the early members of the Obama campaign -- he was already at Obama's side in February 2007 -- and was a key figure in Obama's national Hispanic outreach campaign. Sanchez, who speaks fluent Spanish, is being mentioned as a possible special envoy to the Americas or as an assistant secretary at the State Department. Restrepo, an attorney who before heading Obama's Latin American advisory group worked for Obama transition team co-director John Podesta's Center for American Progress, is being mentioned for a senior State Department or National Security Council job. The son of a Colombian father and a Spanish mother, he is also fluent in Spanish. EXPERIENCED AIDES The second tier of Obama's Latin American advisors includes Robert S. Gelbard, former top State Department anti-drug chief and ambassador to Bolivia; Jeffrey Davidow, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico; Arturo Valenzuela, a former NSC Latin American chief and campaign advisor to Sen. Hillary Clinton; and Vicki Huddleston, former chief of the U.S Interest Section in Cuba. Other Obama advisors include former State Department Latin American affairs chief Pete Romero, former Ambassador to the Organization of American States Luis Lauredo and former Ambassador to Chile Gabriel Guerra-Mondragón. My opinion: While Latin America will rank far behind the economy, the Middle East and Iraq among Obama's top priorities once he takes office Jan. 20, he will have little choice but to map out a Latin American policy in the first weeks of his administration: On April 17, Obama is scheduled to attend the 34-country Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago, where he will be expected to lay out his regional agenda. Richardson would be a great choice for secretary of state. (In the interest of full disclosure, he wrote a blurb for my book, Saving the Americas, but I would have rooted for him anyway.) And both Sanchez and Restrepo are fresh faces that could help re-energize U.S.-Latin American relations. The good news is that most of Obama's Latin American advisors are centrists, and most of them know the turf. That's good news for the United States -- and for Latin America.
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