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  • 2. Va. lawmaker claims pat-downs part of 'homosexual agenda'December 1, 2010 - 5:57pmWTOP News WASHINGTON - A conservative Loudoun County lawmaker says controversial airport pat-downs by the Transportation Security Administration are part of a "wide-scale homosexual agenda." Eugene Delgaudio, a Republican representing Sterling on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, made the comments in a widely distributed e-mail sent in his capacity as president of the conservative nonprofit Public Advocate of the United States. In the e-mail -- reported by WUSA9 -- Delgaudio also says the TSA's non-discrimination hiring policy is "the federal employee's version of the Gay Bill of Special rights." "That means the next TSA official that gives you an enhanced pat-down could be a practicing homosexual secretly getting pleasure from your submission," he wrote. Delgaudio confirmed the quote to WTOP. He was first elected to the Loudoun board in 1999 and has previously been criticized by his colleagues for anti-gay comments. In a petition urging opposition to The Student Non-Discrimination Act introduced in Congress by Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado, Delgaudio said the bill would turn America's "playgrounds into homosexual breeding grounds." In a fundraising and survey appeal, Delgaudio also reportedly said the homosexual agenda in Congress promotes same-sex marriages and adoptions, which will lead to "men hand-in-hand skipping down to adoption centers to 'pick out' a little boy for themselves." Delgaudio's Public Advocate organization says it supports ending same-sex marriage and promote pro-life initiatives, along with "equality under the law, regardless of one's sexual orientation." The group says it has 100,000 members.
  • 3. Saudi Arabia urges US attack on Iran to stop nuclear program• Embassy cables show Arab allies want strike against Tehran• Israel prepared to attack alone to avoid its own 9/11• Iranian bomb risks 'Middle East proliferation, war or both‘Sunday 28 November 2010 20.54 GMT King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has repeatedly urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear programme, according to leaked US diplomatic cables that describe how other Arab allies have secretly agitated for military action against Tehran.The revelations, in secret memos from US embassies across the Middle East, expose behind-the-scenes pressures in the scramble to contain the Islamic Republic, which the US, Arab states and Israel suspect is close to acquiring nuclear weapons. Bombing Iranian nuclear facilities has hitherto been viewed as a desperate last resort that could ignite a far wider war.The Saudi king was recorded as having "frequently exhorted the US to attack Iran to put an end to its nuclear weapons programme", one cable stated. "He told you [Americans] to cut off the head of the snake," the Saudi ambassador to Washington, Adel al-Jubeir said, according to a report on Abdullah's meeting with the US general David Petraeus in April 2008.
  • 4. Caterpillars Predict Severe Winter Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010, 9:34 AM ESTHAGERSTOWN, Md. - A weather prognosticator for The Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack says the upcoming winter is going to be cold, snowy and severe. How does he know? Caterpillars.Almanack Weather Prognosticator William O'Toole looked at the markings on pictures of wooly bear caterpillars submitted by area residents for an almanac contest in order to make his prediction. The markings on the caterpillar are believed to indicate how severe or mild a coming winter will be.This year, the front and back bands on the caterpillars were darker and thicker than average, indicating a more severe winter from beginning to end.More than 60 entries were submitted for judging on size and cuddliness. The winner got a $100 cash prize.
  • 5. ECOGIZMOBoeing to mass-produce record-breaking 39.2 percent efficiency solar cell17:59 November 24, 2010When it comes to solar cells, everyone is chasing the highest conversion efficiency. Although we’ve seen conversion efficiencies of over 40 percent achieved with multi-junction solar cells in lab environments, Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab is bringing this kind of efficiency to mass production with the announcement of its C3MJ+ solar cells which boast an average conversion efficiency of 39.2 percent.As far back as 2006 Spectrolab was achieving conversion efficiencies of over 40 percent in the lab with its high-efficiency multi-junction concentrator solar cells and it reached a peak of 41.6 percent with a test cell last year, setting a new world record. The company’s newest terrestrial concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) cell, called the C3MJ+, uses essentially the same technology as its record breaking test cell and follows on from its C3MJ solar cell in production since mid-2009 which boasts a conversion efficiency of 38.5 percent. The C3MJ+ solar cells"Given the new cells' close similarity to our existing production cells, we believe that our current C3MJ customers will be able to easily upgrade for more efficiency," said Russ Jones, Spectrolab director of CPV Business Development.Spectrolab claims the title of the world’s leading supplier of solar cells for satellites with its cells supplying power to around 60 percent of satellites currently in orbit, as well as the International Space Station. Boeing hopes to transfer that success to the terrestrial solar cell market with the new high-efficiency solar cells that are expected to be available from January. And it won’t be resting on its laurels. It expects Spectrolab will achieve a 40 percent average production efficiency for terrestrial solar cells in 2011.
  • 6. Saudi women sue male guardians who stop marriage Associated Press – Sat Nov 27, 11:17 am ETCAIRO – Year after year, the 42-year-old Saudi surgeon remains single, against her will. Her father keeps turning down marriage proposals, and her hefty salary keeps going directly to his bank account.The surgeon in the holy city of Medina knows her father, also her male guardian, is violating Islamic law by forcibly keeping her single, a practice known as "adhl." So she has sued him in court, with questionable success.Adhl cases reflect the many challenges facing single women in Saudi Arabia. But what has changed is that more women are now coming forward with their cases to the media and the law. Dozens of women have challenged their guardians in court over adhl, and one has even set up a Facebook group for victims of the practice.The backlash comes as Saudi Arabia has just secured a seat on the governing board of the new United Nations Women's Rights Council — a move many activists have decried because of the desert kingdom's poor record on treatment of women. Saudi feminist Wajeha al-Hawaidar describes male guardianship as "a form of slavery.“"A Saudi woman can't even buy a phone without the guardian's permission," said al-Hawaidar, who has been banned from writing or appearing on Saudi television networks because of her vocal support of women's rights. "This law deals with women as juveniles who can't be in charge of themselves at the same time it gives all powers to men.“In a recent report by the pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper, the National Society for Human Rights received 30 cases of adhl this year — almost certainly an undercount. A Facebook group called "enough adhl," set up by a university professor and adhl victim, estimates the number at closer to 800,000 cases. The group, with 421 members, aims at rallying support for harsher penalties against men who misuse their guardianship.………. "He wants me to go to death," she told The Associated Press over the phone from Medina, speaking on condition of anonymity because she feared family retaliation. "Until when I am going to wait? ... The Prophet Muhammad himself wouldn't have allowed adhl to take place." The surgeon lives in a "protection house," one of dozens scattered around the kingdom for victims of adhl and domestic violence. Under a fake name, she gets escorted to courts accompanied by guards, fearing retaliation from her father. She recalled her last encounter with her father inside the court: "I kissed his feet. I begged him to set me free, for the sake of God." She turns 43 next month.
  • 7. More than 1 in 3 S. African men admit to rape: studyAssociated Press – Fri Nov 26, 4:47 pm ETJOHANNESBURG – A new survey says more than one in three South African men admit to having committed rape.A 2010 study led by the government-funded Medical Research Foundation says that in Gauteng province, home to South Africa's most populous city of Johannesburg, more than 37 percent of men said they had raped a woman. Nearly 7 percent of the 487 men surveyed said they had participated in a gang rape.More than 51 percent of the 511 women interviewed said they'd experienced violence from men, and 78 percent of men said they'd committed violence against women.A quarter of the women interviewed said they'd been raped, but the study says only one in 25 rapes are reported to police.A survey by the same organization in 2008 found that 28 percent of men in Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces said they had raped a woman or girl. Of the men who had committed rape, one third did not feel guilty, said Rachel Jewkes, a lead researcher on both studies.
  • 8. Finger length predicts prostate cancer risk: studyDecember 1, 2010PARIS — Men whose index fingers are longer than their ring, or fourth, fingers run a significantly lower risk of prostate cancer, according to a study published Wednesday in the British Journal of Cancer.The chances of developing the disease drop by a third, and even more in younger men, the study found."Our results show that relative finger length could be used as a simple test for prostate cancer risk, particularly in men aged under 60," said RosEeles, a professor at the Institute of Cancer Research in Britain and co-author of the study.Finger pattern could help identify which men should undergo regular screening, especially in combination with genetic testing or other risk factors such as a family history of the disease, she said.From 1994 to 2009, Eeles and colleagues questioned more than 1,500 prostate cancer patients in Britain, along with 3,000 healthy control cases.For more than half the men, the index was shorter than the ring finger. Compared to this group, men whose index and ring fingers were the same length -- 19 percent of the cohort -- had a similar prostate cancer risk.But when the index finger was longer, the risk of developing the disease dropped by 33 percent.Men under 60 were 87 percent less likely to be in the cancer group.The relative length of the two fingers in question -- set before birth -- appears to be a marker of different levels of sex hormones to which a baby is exposed in the womb, with less testosterone correlating with a longer index finger.Earlier research has shown that testosterone promotes the growth of prostate cancer.Underlying the unexpected connection between digits and cancer are two genes, HOXA and HOXD, that control both finger length and the development of sex organs.Other studies have found a link between exposure to hormones before birth and the development of other diseases, including breast cancer and osteoarthritis.
  • 9. Staggering Picasso trove turns up in FranceNov.29, 2010 PARIS – A retired French electrician and his wife have come forward with 271 undocumented, never-before-seen works by Pablo Picasso estimated to be worth at least euro60 million ($79.35 million), an administrator of the artist's estate said Monday.The electrician, who once worked for Picasso, and his wife for years squirreled away the staggering trove — which is believed to be authentic — inside a trunk in the garage of their home on the French Riviera.The cache, dating from the artist's most creative period from 1900 to 1932, includes lithographs, portraits, watercolors, and sketches — plus nine Cubist collages said to be worth euro40 million alone, according to French daily Liberation, which first reported Monday on the discovery.Pierre Le Guennec, a 71-year-old former electrician, and his wife showed many of the works to Picasso's son Claude and other estate administrators in Paris in September, seeking to have the works authenticated, Picasso Administration lawyer Jean-Jacques Neuer.Shortly after that meeting, Neuer filed suit on behalf of Picasso's heirs for alleged illegal receipt of the works. Police investigators are looking into how Le Guennec and his wife, Danielle, came by the pictures.
  • 10. Coordination of Special Resources (CORE) policemen escort arrested alleged drug dealers and carry a marijuana plant seized during the raid in the Morro do Alemão shantytown on November 28, 2010 in Rio de Janeiro.
  • 11. Crowds laugh, sing and cheer as they wait for the music to start November 19, 2010 in LashkarGah, Afghanistan. Thousands of fans flocked to the city of LashkarGah for one of the biggest musical events ever known in Afghanistan. The city's Karzai Stadium played host to a concert by world-famous Afghan musician Farhad Darya, dubbed the 'Afghan Elvis', an event that could never have taken place under the regime of the music-hating Taliban.
  • 12. Graffiti reading "The Few, The Proud," by a previous deployment of the U.S Marine Corps's, adorns the walls at Musa Qala in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, November 10, 2010. (
  • 13. A soldier aims a new XM25 weapon system at Aberdeen Test Center in Maryland. The XM25 is an airburst grenade launcher equipped with a laser rangefinder and programmable grenade that can be set to detonate at a precise distance, for example, directly above an enemy hidden behind a wall. After years of development, the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System has now been deployed to US units on the battlefields of Afghanistan, where the Army expects it to be a "game-changer" in its counterinsurgency operations.
  • 14. The bodies of five Taliban fighters killed by Afghan National Police are piled in the back of a vehicle at Musa Qala in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, November 13, 2010.
  • 15. A young Afghan girl applies lipstick as she sits on a gravestone in the old part of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010
  • 16. A child receives medical attention during a Medevac mission in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province November 13, 2010. The child was injured in an explosion.
  • 17. Tiny Houses Popular in Aftermath Of Housing CrashWednesday, 01 Dec 2010Some say bigger may be better, but in the wake of the real estate bust, a small but growing number of Americans are now buying or building tiny houses.Ranging from sixty-five to one-thousand square-feet, and with a price tag of $40 - $50,000, miniature homes have become a cost-effective way to live. And a lot of people who live small are just interested in the economic benefits of not having to pay a lot for a lot of extra space that they're not using," says Shafer, co-owner of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.
  • 18. Confederate C3 X132 Hellcat MotorcycleTough. Lean. Fast. True. Before you stop reading for fear that this is going to turn into an online dating description, hear us out. Those four little words are actually the perfect description for the new Confederate C3 X132 Hellcat Motorcycle. Let’s get mathematical on the specs: 132 cubic inch 56 degree square-twin; 4.4 inch bore; 4.4 inch stroke; 145 foot pounds of torque; 5-speed close ratio transmission; dual load path fusion design powertrain; sufficient horsepower. That’s right, the horsepower is listed simply as sufficient, but sufficient for what? Looking like a badass who rode straight out of the big screen on the love child of a Tron bike and a Harley? Works for us. If there weren’t only 150 – and they cost $45k – we’d take two. $45k
  • 19. The Ultimate Nail Clipper11/25/10 – “Why re-design something so mundane? Average nail clippers just don’t get the job done. They’re ugly. And tear the nail instead of cutting it. So you’re left with jagged nails and clippings that fly across the room. Even worse, standard clippers are controlled from the wrong end. Your fingers slide downhill or off to the side and clipping your nails becomes difficult. Enter the patent-pending Klhip. The most advanced, precise clipper available. It brings creativity, ingenuity and quality to everyday life. And lets you actually enjoy the experience of clipping your nails.” w/ photos$50.00
  • 20. *one stone = 14 pounds
    Under CRACKERS! World’s biggest knickers revealed   Wednesday, December 1st, 2010A company which makes the world’s biggest knickers has been forced to make even larger underwear – for women who are a size 74 with 105 INCH waistlines.The Big Bloomers Company was set up by mother and daughter Dianne and Laura Mannering earlier this year making underwear up to XXXXXXXXL for 35 stone women.But they have been inundated with calls from obese women around the world claiming they are too SMALL.So the pair have developed their latest range – which are a staggering XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXL – to fit 45 stone women who have a 8.75ft waistline and a dress size of 74.Women from New Zealand, France and Australia have already been clamouring for the items, which have been flying off the shelves since going on sale last week.
  • 21. Get Your Very Own Street-Legal Tron Light CycleNovember 30, 2010  Just in time for Tron: Legacy, a Florida bike shop put together 10 custom-built, street-legal Tron Light Cycle lookalikes. For a cool $55,000, you could be riding one to the Dec. 17 premier.According to Jeff Halverson of Parker Brothers Choppers, each bike features a steel frame, fiberglass bodywork and a V-twin engine from a Suzuki TLR1000. Stopping power comes from a custom made friction drum that keeps the bike true to the look of Daniel Simon’s latest Light Cycle design. Customers have a choice between actual gauges and an iPad dock that displays vital statistics on the iPad’stouchscreen.Though the bike looks like it drove straight off the movie screen, it’s not a replica or recreation since the Light Cycles in both Tron films were virtual. “We basically used the images we could get off the web in order to make the bike,” said Halverson. “Keep in mind, no one ever made this bike before.”The bike weighs 474 pounds and is just over 100 inches long and 23 inches wide. The rider sits (lies?) 28.5 inches off the ground. Halverson said that it rides like any sportbike, though we’ve gotta wonder with that huge front tire. Still, we’d welcome the chance to ride one to find out.Four Light Cycles are still available just in case anyone has us on their shopping list.
  • 22. Police say Framingham teen swallowed bag of cocaine The MetroWest Daily NewsDec 02, 2010 @ 12:22 AMFRAMINGHAM — A Framingham teenager fought with officers Tuesday as they tried to prevent him from swallowing a bag of what appeared to be cocaine, police said.Art Taylor, 18, swallowed the small bag but was arrested on several other charges after police pulled him over on Union Avenue at 8:35 p.m., police spokesman Lt. Ron Brandolini said.Members of the street crimes unit patrolling Franklin Street saw a car turn onto Pearl Street without signaling. They stopped the car on nearby Union Avenue, but when they spoke to Taylor, he refused to give them his license or registration, Brandolini said."He made a quick movement to the center console, and there was small baggie with a white powder in it," Brandolini said. "He immediately made a movement to put it in his mouth.“An officer tried to stop him, but Taylor kept pushing his arm away. The officers dragged Taylor from the car, and he started fighting with them in the middle of the road.By the time officers handcuffed him, Taylor had swallowed the bag, Brandolini said.Taylor, of 624 Hollis St., was arrested and charged with assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and refusing to give police his license and registration. He was also cited for not using a turn signal.
  • 23. Women arrested in Clearwater Fla. prostitution sweepAccording to jail records, those arrested in Tuesday's sweep, and the charges against them, include: Tammy Hale, 41, of Clearwater, solicitation for prostitution Judith Hersick, 50, of Clearwater, solicitation for prostitution Teresa Smith, 42, Palm Harbor, prostitution and possession of drug paraphernalia Lynn Sweeney, 52, of Clearwater, exposure of sexual organs Heather Billings, 26, of Clearwater, prostitution Tiffany Smith, 29, of Clearwater, soliciting for prostitution Kevie Byrd, 43, of Clearwater, soliciting for prostitution, possession of drug paraphernalia Lisa Hopper, 37, of Clearwater, prostitution Darla Stephen, 39, of Clearwater, solicitation for prostitution Crystal Hyde, 26, of Clearwater, prostitution
  • 24. Women accused of hiding merchandise in body fat7:49 p.m. EST, November 29, 2010EDMOND, OK -- Two women are arrested for shoplifting and police say they used their bodies to conceal the goods. Edmond police authorities say it was at the Edmond TJ Maxx that loss prevention officers found the duo stuffing items under their belly fat and breasts.They say they took four pair of boots, three pair of jeans, a wallet and gloves; $2,600 worth of store merchandise.Ailene Brown, 28, and 37-year-old Shmeco Thomas were arrested for shoplifting and are facing felony charges.Officer James Hamm said, "These two were actually concealing them in areas of their body where excess skin was, under their chest area and armpits.Police say Brown also had a knife in her purse they say she used to cut security tags in the store.  Orlando Sentinal
  • 25. Walmart Pleasure Seeker Barred From Retail GiantDECEMBER 1--The Florida man arrested after he was caught masturbating in the toy aisle of a Walmart with the aid of a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue has cut a plea deal that bars him from future visits to the retail giant “or any store where children’s toys are sold,” court records show.As part of a plea deal to indecent exposure and battery charges, William Tyler Black was sentenced to two years of community control, a more severe version of probation that often includes a curfew. Black, 28, will also be subjected to GPS monitoring, according to a Sarasota Circuit Court documentthat stipulates “no contact w/ Walmart.”The deal spares Black, who spent a month in custody following his September 14 arrest, further jail time. The conviction, though, will likely have a negative impact on Black’s career as a substitute teacher. When confronted by cops, Black admitted that he had been masturbating in the store’s toy aisle, claiming that he was driven to the lewd act after he spotted “some pretty girls which made him aroused.” He told officers that he “grabbed a magazine and then found a back aisle and began to masturbate until he relieved himself on the floor,” according to a probable cause affidavit.A Walmart worker told investigators that Black “ejaculated onto the floor and wiped his hand on a toy along with rubbing his foot in the suspected semen on the floor.” He then “discarded the magazine behind some toys and proceeded to the front of the store,” employees reported. The defiled toy was a lightsaber (apparently of the "Star Wars" variety), according to a law enforcement source.Though Black--who claimed he was shopping for a toy for his daughter--assured arresting officers that, “I swear I’m not a pervert,” and offered to clean up his mess, he was nonetheless charged with a felony and a misdemeanor. One charge, battery on a child, was filed since a “reasonable person would believe that a child would come in contact with the fluid on the toy being that it was left in the toy aisle of the store.”
  • 26. Man Arrested For Pleasuring Self During New "Harry Potter" MovieWhat kind of a guy exposes himself and touches his genitals during a screening of the new Harry Potter movie?Meet Alexander Ofner.The South Carolina man, 39, was arrested yesterday afternoon at Sea Turtle Cinemas after Bluffton Police Department officers responded to a 911 call about Ofner’s alleged indecent exposure. Using the projection booth as an observation post (as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” unspooled nearby), cops spotted Ofner in the act, according to police.Ofner, seated in the theater’s back row, was then arrested for his alleged X-rated behavior during the PG-13 movie. He was booked into the Beaufort County Detention Center, where he posed for the mug shot at right.Smoking Gun