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  • Half the Members of Congress are MillionairesiWatch News / News ReportWednesday 16 November 2011.Half the members of Congress enjoys “1 percent” status as millionaires, according toa new study by the Center for Responsive Politics.While the economy at home and abroad has limped along since 2008, Congress’ estimated median net worth remains robust—up about7.6 percent from 2009 and about 13 percent from 2008.Although members of the Senate boast bigger bank accounts on average over their counter parts in the House of Representatives,Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California bucks the trend. His average net worth of $448 million makes him the wealthiest member of the112th Congress, according to the Centers analysis. Issa owes his fortune in part to his business Directed Electronics, an automobilesecurity company best known for its Viper alarm system. The congressman’s own voice warned potential car thieves who got too close tohis products, “Protected by Viper, stand back.”Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., heads the House Democratic list for personal wealth with an estimated net worth of $143 million.With a $230 million estimated net worth, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., heads the Senate (nearly $40 million more than the next wealthiestsenator, Mark Warner, D-Va.) Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee is the Senate’s wealthiest Republican with an estimated average $59 million.The Center’s report also identified a handful of lawmakers who appear to be in debt. They include Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) andReps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), John Conyers (D-Mich.), Louis Gohmert (R-Texas), Steve Fincher (R-Tenn.) and Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.).
  • Older, Suburban and Struggling, ‘Near Poor’ Startle the CensusThe New York TimesNovember 18, 2011WASHINGTON — They drive cars, but seldom new ones. They earn paychecks, but not big ones. Many own homes. Most pay taxes. Half are married, andnearly half live in the suburbs. None are poor, but many describe themselves as barely scraping by.Down but not quite out, these Americans form a diverse group sometimes called “near poor” and sometimes simply overlooked — and a new countsuggests they are far more numerous than previously understood.When the Census Bureau this month released a new measure of poverty, meant to better count disposable income, it began altering the portrait ofnational need. Perhaps the most startling differences between the old measure and the new involves data the government has not yet published, showing51 million people with incomes less than 50 percent above the poverty line. That number of Americans is 76 percent higher than the official account,published in September. All told, that places 100 million people — one in three Americans — either in poverty or in the fretful zone just above it.After a lost decade of flat wages and the worst downturn since the Great Depression, the findings can be thought of as putting numbers to the bleaknational mood — quantifying the expressions of unease erupting in protests and political swings. They convey levels of economic stress sharply felt butuntil now hard to measure.The Census Bureau, which published the poverty data two weeks ago, produced the analysis of those with somewhat higher income at the request of TheNew York Times. The size of the near-poor population took even the bureau’s number crunchers by surprise.“These numbers are higher than we anticipated,” said Trudi J. Renwick, the bureau’s chief poverty statistician. “There are more people struggling than theofficial numbers show.”Outside the bureau, skeptics of the new measure warned that the phrase “near poor” — a common term, but not one the government officially uses —may suggest more hardship than most families in this income level experience. A family of four can fall into this range, adjusted for regional living costs,with an income of up to $25,500 in rural North Dakota or $51,000 in Silicon Valley.
  • Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 11/18/2011Foreign hackers targeted U.S. water plant in apparent malicious cyber attack, expert saysWashington PostForeign hackers caused a pump at an Illinois water plant to fail last week, according to a preliminary state report. Experts said the cyber-attack, if confirmed, would be the first known to have damaged one of the systems that supply Americans with water, electricity andother essentials of modern life.Companies and government agencies that rely on the Internet have for years been routine targets of hackers, but most incidents haveresulted from attempts to steal information or interrupt the functioning of Web sites. The incident in Springfield, Ill., would mark adeparture because it apparently caused physical destruction.Federal officials confirmed that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security were investigating damage to the water plant butcautioned against concluding that it was necessarily a cyber-attack before all the facts could be learned. “At this time there is no crediblecorroborated data that indicates a risk to critical infrastructure entities or a threat to public safety,” said DHS spokesman Peter Boogaard.News of the incident became public after Joe Weiss, an industry security expert, obtained a report dated Nov. 10 and collected by anIllinois state intelligence center that monitors security threats. The original source of the information was unknown and impossible toimmediately verify.The report, which Weiss read to The Washington Post, describes how a series of minor glitches with a water pump gradually escalated tothe point where the pump motor was being turned on and off frequently. It soon burned out, according to the report.The report blamed the damage on the actions of somebody using a computer registered to an Internet address in Russia. “It is believedthat hackers had acquired unauthorized access to the software company’s database” and used this information to penetrate the controlsystem for the water pump.Experts cautioned that it is difficult to trace the origin of a cyber-attack, and that false addresses often are used to confuse investigations.Yet they also agreed that the incident was a major new development in cyber-security.
  • Repent! The End Of Cheap Coffee Is Nigh!11/18/2011FORBESWe may be approaching a day where coffee is both rare and expensive. This threat comes fromtwo sources. The first is the ever-growing demand for coffee all over the world, especially as morecountries develop a strong, robust middle class that requires coffee to function.Second, there have been a number of impacts to the supply of coffee. Weather causes, possibly fueled by overall climate change, have led to lowercrop yields. On top of that, there have been outbreaks of new pests and fungi, as well as some very unstable labor issues in coffee-producingcompanies. The overall effect is that, as Stone notes, “supply has gone down and demand has gone up.”This is particularly the case because the coffee beans that produce the best flavors are also among the hardest to produce, because they requireparticular weather systems to reach a productive peak. Unfortunately, those weather systems are being impacted by the overall changes to the Earth’sclimate:The delicate balance in those ecosystems is being thrown off kilter. In Colombia, the world’s third-biggest coffee producer, agricultural scientist PeterBaker has watched while record rainfall, increased heat, and frequent plagues have devastated farms across the country’s Andean coffee- growingregion.It was 2005 when Baker “started to think seriously that climate change was not just about the future but was already happening.” Today, the signs areplentiful. Average temperatures have risen nearly 2 degrees in some areas over the past 30 years, “especially nighttime minimum temperatures,” saysBaker, “a tell-tale signature of [man-made] climate change.” Hotter, rainier weather nourishes pests and disease, particularly coffee rust, a fungalplague that’s ascended Colombia’s mountain peaks, which were formerly too chilly for the organism.Heavy rains damage Arabica’s delicate blossoms—the same blossoms that eventually turn into coffee cherries, whose seeds are coffee beans. As heatand pests climb Colombia’s mountains, “the lower limit at which coffee is grown is starting to go up,” says Baker. As growers move higher into themountains, they run into another problem: mountains have tops.The results of these climate changes was a decrease in yield. Arabica, the world’s most common bean, has seen diminished yields over the past fewyears, which has led to a rise in the price of coffee overall. Right now, it looks like that trend is going to continue.
  • The Quick 10: 10 Coca-Cola Beverages You Won’t Find on U.S. ShelvesNovember 18, 2011 - 4:16 PMAccording to the Coca-Cola Company’s website, they currently manufacture 3500 different products in over 200 countries. Here are 10 unique Coca-Cola beverages you probably won’t findin your local grocery store.1. Café ZuThis Thailand coffee is not for the lazy. Or the ladies. The official brand statement says CAFÉ ZU is a “ready-to-drink canned coffee with ginseng developed for hard-working males between25 and 35 years old.”2. SamuraiThis carbonated energy drink is sold exclusively in Vietnam, although it is reportedly named after the Japanese warrior. Sorry kids, according to Coke, “Samurai is enjoyed by Vietnameseadults who need an energy boost.” Its sweet ‘Fruit Punch’ flavor is tailored to the Vietnamese palate.3. Jaz ColaCoca-Cola produces many custom beverages for the Philippines, but the cola-flavored Jaz Cola is intended for an even more specific audience. Not only was it created for consumers living inthe Visayan Islands- the main middle island – it has reportedly “fueled Visayan pride among its teen consumers.”4. KuatBrazilians go crazy for the local guarana berry, whose natural caffeine makes it a popular ingredient in many energy drinks. Coca-Cola cashed in on the craze with their soft drink Kuat, namedfor an Amazonian sun god, which comes in plain Guarana or Guarana-Orange. They planted supplementary acres of guarana to supply Kuat production.5. OasisOasis is juice for grown-ups living in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Specifically, Coca-Cola envisions it for “working twenty-somethings who know what theywant out of life.”6. LimcaFrom the corporation that brought you Oasis comes Limca, a lemon-lime soft drink sold in India, Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates and Zambia. It originated in India, but was acquired byCoca-Cola in 1993. According to the company, the beverage “continues to build a loyal following among young adults who love the lighthearted way it complements the best moments oftheir lives.”7. The Wellness from Coca-ColaIn light of recent criticism of sugary drinks, Coca-Cola has developed a whole wing of health-conscious products. One of these is aptly called “The Wellness.” Despite the English name, thisunflavored beverage is only available in Japan and is “designed for women who want to look their best at all times.”8. TikyTiky is a pineapple-flavored soft drink sold only in Guatemala. In addition to quenching your thirst, Tiky will “enhance your positive attitude and release your inner child.”9. SmartDespite the title, this colorful beverage has little to do with brains. Smart was one of the first soft drinks Coca-Cola created just for China and its rapidly expanding consumer market. Gearedtowards Chinese teens and children, Smart was designed to have a “fun, non-conforming personality.” It’s available in flavors such as Apple, Grape, Mandarin Orange, Peach andWatermelon.10. QooWith a blue cartoon mascot who somewhat resembles a cat, Qoo is a very popular light juice drink among children in Asia. It keeps parents happy with its Vitamin C and Calcium content.Along with traditional flavors like Apple and Orange, Qoo is available in a wide variety of unusual flavors such as Acerola Lemon, Blackcurrant, Grape Lemon, Honey Quince, Mango Milk andPeach Plum. It’s currently available in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, the Republic of Korea and Singapore.
  • Fairbanks temperatures fall to 41 below zero, breaks record for this time of yearBy Associated PressPublished: November 18FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Alaska’s second-largest city is used to cold weather, but few residents expectedrecord-breaking cold this early in the season.Shawn Ross has lived in Fairbanks his entire life and says few people were prepared for this severe of acold snap in mid-November.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/uxJMlG ) reports that for the second time in threedays, Fairbanks set a new low temperature record on Thursday. A temperature of 41 degrees belowzero — the first 40 below temperature of the season — was recorded at Fairbanks InternationalAirport at 6:29 a.m.The National Weather Service in Fairbanks says that broke the old record of 39 below set in 1969.The last time Fairbanks residents saw 40-below temperatures in November was in 1994.
  • Pentagon successfully tests hypersonic flying bombNovember 17, 2011The Pentagon on Thursday held a successful test flight of a flying bomb that travels faster than the speed of sound and will givemilitary planners the ability to strike targets anywhere in the world in less than a hour.Launched by rocket from Hawaii at 1130 GMT, the "Advanced Hypersonic Weapon," or AHW, glided through the upper atmosphereover the Pacific "at hypersonic speed" before hitting its target on the Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands, a Pentagon statement said.Kwajalein is about 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometers) southwest of Hawaii. The Pentagon did not say what top speeds were reached by thevehicle, which unlike a ballistic missile is maneuverable.Scientists classify hypersonic speeds as those that exceed Mach 5 -- or five times the speed of sound -- 3,728 miles (6,000 kilometers)an hour.The test aimed to gather data on "aerodynamics, navigation, guidance and control, and thermal protection technologies," saidLieutenant Colonel Melinda Morgan, a Pentagon spokeswoman.The US Armys AHW project is part of "Prompt Global Strike" program which seeks to give the US military the means to deliverconventional weapons anywhere in the world within an hour.On August 11, the Pentagon test flew another hypersonic glider dubbed HTV-2, which is capable of flying 27,000 kilometers perhour, but it was a failure.The AHWs range is less than that of the HTV-2, the Congressional Research Service said in a report, without providing specifics.The Pentagon has invested 239.9 million dollars in the Global Strike program this year, including 69 million for the flying bomb testedThursday, CRS said.
  • Fishing Pole Gun?11/20/11--“A pack rifle is a rifle small enough to be carried in a backpack. They are generallychambered in small caliber cartridges, such as the .22 LR or .410 shot shell, and are usedfor hunting, survival and plinking… Another unique feature of the Pack-Rifle is that is canbe converted to a fishing pole! A telescopic pole can be installed on the stock and a reelscrewed into the pistol grip.” w/ photos
  • Twin Jet-Engine Harley-Davidson11/16/11–“By the looks, there is little to describe in words for the sporty, low down chassis. The red color along with the HarleyDavidson branding on the fuel tank, adds to the vintage charm of the bike. The current bidding point on eBay is $25,000 butlooking at the exclusivity, it just might jump higher. Also, bike freaks could take a look at another special Harley, with theEvisu 20th anniversary edition. Somehow, they never seem to leave you without claiming oodles of admiration from autolovers worldwide.” w/ photos
  • 2012 Shelby GTSNov 10th, 2011 at 11:57AMBringing The Shelby Name To The Masses The Shelby name doesnt come cheap. Vintage Shelby Mustangs and Cobrascan command six or sometimes even seven figure sums. The current Shelby offerings are much cheaper – the GT350 ispriced around $70,000 while the Ford-built GT500 is a little less expensive with a base price just short of $50,000 –although we still wouldnt consider them attainable to the average guy with a mortgage and 2.5 kids. Shelby sees thatas a problem. The majority of its customers are the people who craved a GT500 or Cobra back when they were kids inthe... Read More
  • Boy, 6, caught playing doctor, is accused of sex assaultJournal SentinelNov. 17, 2011Three young children caught playing doctor last year have unintentionally landed themselves, their families and some Grant County officials in a federal civil rights case sure to raisequestions and outrage.The parents of a 6-year-old boy who faced charges of first-degree sexual assault have sued Grant County officials who investigated and filed the juvenile petition. The charges cameafter a 5-year-old girls mother suspected that play had gone too far.The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Madison, contends that officials violated the civil rights of the boy and his parents, and seeks damages and an injunction against Grant CountyDistrict Attorney Lisa Riniker. The suit also names a sheriffs deputy and social worker as defendants. None of them could be reached for comment late Thursday.The plaintiffs are identified only as D, who is now 7, and his parents as Jennifer and Kurt D.According to the lawsuit, in the fall of last year the boy was playing with the girl and her 5-year-old brother when the mother arrived. The children said they had been playing doctor.Their mother told investigators she suspected D had put his finger in the girls anus.The lawsuit states that prior to the play date, D had medical conditions that required rectal examinations.Riniker wound up accusing D of first-degree sexual assault, as part of a juvenile court petition for protective services filed last November.In the spring, according to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal, which was granted access to the juvenile records, a judge declined to dismiss the petitions, which a criminalattorney for the boy called "crazy." The report stated that the girl said that D had only touched the outside of her buttocks.The boys parents said they provided evidence their son did not act out with other children and had gotten appropriate services. The girls parents told the paper that they tried towork things out privately but that Ds parents did not provide that opportunity.The new federal lawsuit contends the whole investigation was biased because the girls father is a "well-known political figure in Grant County," and her aunt a regional social servicessupervisor. It claims now-retired Grant County Sheriffs Sgt. James Kopp "waged a relentless campaign to discredit and embarrass and humiliate 6-year-old D," and that the entireprocess was unreasonable and unconscionable.More recently, Riniker has tried to coerce Ds parents into signing a consent decree by implying she will seek to remove the couples children from their custody, the suit says.The plaintiffs contend the guardian appointed in the case thinks they are fit parents.The lawsuit says the boy, who had ADHD, now also suffers from anxiety, depression, vomiting, crying and lack of sleep because of the investigation and prosecution.The boys mother did decline to let him be interviewed without an attorney present but says in the lawsuit that the boy denies the acts that would constitute first-degree sexualassault. That led to implications from social worker Jan Moravits that the parents were witness tampering, according to the lawsuit.Christopher Cooper, an Illinois attorney representing D and his parents, said his clients oppose any kind of consent agreement because they believe it implies some guilt orresponsibility for a wrongful act that the 6-year-old boy could not have understood.
  • November 21, 2011Cops Summoned To Florida Elementary School After Girl Kisses Boy In Phys Ed ClassA sheriff’s deputy was dispatched last week to a Florida elementary school after a girl kissed a boyduring a physical education class.School brass actually reported the impromptu buss as a possible sex crime, according to the LeeCounty Sheriff’s Office.The assistant principal of Orange River Elementary School called in the cops after a teacher spotted thesmooch Wednesday at the Fort Myers school. In fact, Margaret Ann Haring, 56, initially called childwelfare officials, who directed her to contact the sheriff, according to a report.The kiss apparently occurred after two girls debated over whom the boy liked more. That’s when oneof the girls “went over and kissed” the boy. The redacted sheriff’s report notes that Haring “statedthere were no new allegations of sexual abuse as far as she knew.”Deputies do not appear to be further probing the preteen kiss.
  • Kmart pulls disgusting, sleazy girls underwear off shelvesNovember 22, 2011 - 3:37PMThe retail chain Kmart has been forced to withdraw a line of underwear for young girls that carries slogans such as "call me" and "I ♥ rich boys" after the store was accused of sexualisingteenagers.Kmart has confirmed that it will remove the underwear, which is part of its popular Girl Xpress range, after it was the target of a Twittercampaign led by outraged parents, who described the slogans as "disgusting" and "sleazy".Melinda Tankard Reist, a spokeswoman for the group Collective Shout, which campaigns against the sexual exploitation of woman, saidthe slogans were "completely inappropriate" and Kmart should know better."Why else would you put this sort of thing, such as call me on underwear if you were not encouraging young women to flaunt theirsexuality?" Ms Tankard Reist said."A company that wants to pride itself on being a family company should not want to be involved in this.“A spokeswoman for Kmart told Fairfax Media that it had received one complaint about the underwear."Due to the fact that it has been brought to our attention that there may be some concerns with the item, we have decided to remove itfrom our stores," the spokeswoman said.She said Girl Xpress was aimed at the "female youth market" but did not define what age that market was.
  • Butt Injections Lead To Arrest11/20/11–“A Miami Gardens transgender woman is facingcharges of practicing medicine without a license afterpolice say she injected a patient’s rear with everythingbut the kitchen sink in an illegal cosmetic surgeryprocedure.Oneal Ron Morris, 30, was arrested Friday after aninvestigation by Miami Gardens Police and the FloridaDepartment of Health. According to police, the victimsaw Morris in May and was injected in her buttockswith a substance consisting of cement, “Fix a Flat,”mineral oil and super glue.The amateur incision was then sealed with super glue,police said. The victim was later hospitalized with aserious medical condition as a result of the injections.Morris, who police say is a man but appears to look likea woman and sports an apparently enhanced rearherself in arrest photos, was being held on $7,500bond.” w/ photos
  • I’ve stopped having sex three times a night now I’m a dad— says 95-year-old Ramjeet RaghavPublished: 19 Nov 2011The SunLIKE many tired new dads, Ramjeet Raghav has discovered he now finds less time for love.Then again, the bloke is 95 years old.Indian farmer Ramjeet became the worlds oldest father at 94 last year when wifeShakuntala, gave birth, aged 58, to their son Vikramjeet.Ramjeet famously boasted of his all-night sex romps with the missus. But their lad is nowone year old — and they are having to adjust.Ex-wrestler Ramjeet said: "I used to be able to go on through the night, sometimes two tothree times a night, and if I got the chance during the day then I would. But now we haveour son its not always possible. Were so tired all the time and there isnt the opportunity."
  • My six-times-a-daysex with 52st womanEx-hubby tells of joy after being reunited with worlds fattest femaleWhat Pauline eats in a dayBreakfast: 4-5 servings of Fruit Loops cereal, buttered toast.Snack: A box of crackers with creamy peanut butter spread, half carton of Oreos with large glass ofmilk and half a watermelon.Lunch: Frozen burrito (in bedroom with fridge and microwave next to bed). Or (with son) Big Mac, ten pieces of chicken nuggets, large fries and a drink.Afternoon snack: Bag of tortilla chips and queso cheese, pint of coffee-flavoured ice cream.Dinner: Two to three helpings of spaghetti and meatballs and bag of French bread.Dessert: (In front of computer) cookies, cake, liquorice, sweets and another pint of ice cream.WEIGHING a gut-busting 52st, Pauline Potter had given up hope that she would ever find love.After getting divorced three years ago, she gorged away and gained a whopping 20st.Pauline, 47, became so fat that she was unable to move. Her son Dillon, 19 — who is four stone overweight himself at 18st — became her carer, doing everything from cookingmeals to bathing his mum.But when she won the Guinness World Record as the heaviest woman on the planet earlier this year, ex-husband Alex could not resist her and they have rekindled their romance.Alex, 46, just 10st, said: "She cant walk, dress herself or even go to the toilet on her own — but Im desperate to be her lover and caretaker again."Plus I miss our sex life. Pauline could be 70st and wed still have sex every single day because its that good."It was the biggest mistake of my life letting Pauline go and its taken her gaining weight and becoming the worlds heaviest woman to realise how much I still love her.“He is certainly not disappointed in the bedroom. He added: "Despite what some may think, Pauline is great in bed. Shes better than any other woman Ive ever slept with."Within the first day of being back together we had sex six times in 24 hours."Even though one of Paulines legs weighs more than I do, were able to position her body to make sex enjoyable for both of us."Its really dangerous for us to have sex because at any moment the bed could collapse and one or both of us could be seriously injured or even killed from the impact.“Pauline, who admits Alex does most of the work in the bedroom, said: "It also helps that I did gymnastics until I was 12 so Im very limber."
  • Saudi Women with Sexy Eyes May Be Forced to Cover Them UpThursday, 17 Nov 2011, 3:04 PM ESTNewsCoreRIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi women with attractive eyes maybe forced to cover them up, the news website Bikya Masrreported, in a move that could mark the latest repressivemeasure taken against women by the Islamic state.A spokesperson for Saudi Arabias Committee for the Promotionof Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV), Sheikh Motlab alNabet, said the committee had the right to stop womenrevealing "tempting" eyes in public.Women in Saudi Arabia already have to cover their hair, and, insome regions, their faces while in public. If they do not, theyface punishments including fines and public floggings.The CPVPV has repeatedly been accused of human rightsviolations. Founded in 1940, its function is to ensure Islamiclaws are not broken in public in Saudi Arabia.In 2002 the committee refused to allow female students out of aburning school in Mecca because they were not wearing correcthead cover, report said. The decision contributed to the highdeath toll of 15 people who were killed in the fire.
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