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    • Science NewsNew map charts a 'leaky' EarthPublished: Feb. 11, 2011 at 9:16 PMVANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Canadian researchers have made the first-ever global survey of Earth's permeability -- essentially, they say, how "leaky" our planet is.Their world map of permeability shows how easily water passes through surface rocks in all parts of the world, information that could provide understanding of the planet's water cycle and the sustainability of underground water sources, NewScientist.com reported Friday.SEE MAP: Global survey of Earth's permeability Crucially, the researchers at the University of British Columbia say, it could help unravel the hidden underground movements of most of the planet's fresh water -- water that is not taken into account in computer models used to predict climate. "Groundwater makes up 99 percent of the fresh unfrozen water on Earth," says UBC researcher Tom Gleeson. "That huge store could somehow modulate the climate. There may be really complex interactions that we don't appreciate.“The map should help hydrologists work out how much groundwater moves from one basin or aquifer to another, which is important if the water is to be managed sustainably, researchers say.Read more: http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2011/02/11/New-map-charts-a-leaky-Earth/UPI-40671297476986/#ixzz1E94LZjJG
    • 11 February 2011 Last updated at 22:28 ET Is California the most miserable US state to live in?The Golden State has often been seen as an aspirational place to live A new survey of the "most miserable cities" in the US suggests that five of the 10 worst are in California. The BBC's Peter Bowes considers whether life in the Golden State has really got that bad.As I jog along the beach, under wall-to-wall blue sky, with the winter sunshine beating down, I often remind myself that "it doesn't get any better than this".It has been a glorious week in Los Angeles and much of California. The balmy February weather is proof enough that life in the Golden State can be very good.For many, the sunshine epitomises the "California dream", although wealth and property ownership usually play a role in the romantic depiction of America's most populous state. And that's where my argument falls down. For many people, life should be much better than it is, and a new survey by Forbes magazine concludes that "the Golden State has never looked less golden".The region is at the epicentre of the foreclosure - or repossession - crisis, unemployment is way above the national average and high taxes are crippling business. If they can divorce themselves emotionally and psychologically from their problems, everyone seems pretty happy”As a result, eight out of 20 spots on the publication's annual list of America's Most Miserable Cities are in California.The ranking takes into account a range of factors - including the economy, crime levels, the climate and social factors, such as how the local sports teams are doing.
    • 15 February 2011 Last updated at 07:07 ET Silvio Berlusconi faces Ruby sex charge trial in AprilMr Berlusconi denies paying for sex with Karima El Mahroug when she was 17 Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi has been indicted to stand trial on charges of paying for sex with an under-age prostitute and abuse of power.Examining judge Cristina Di Censo said the process would start on 6 April, after prosecutors in Milan asked for an immediate trial.Mr Berlusconi denies paying for sex with Karima El Mahroug when she was 17.He also rejects claims that he abused his power by seeking her release when she was detained in another case.He has called the accusations "groundless" and dismissed the case as a farce. Mr Berlusconi does, however, acknowledge that he called the police while she was being held on suspicion of theft.He said he was doing a favour for the then-Egyptian leader, Hosni Mubarak, because Mr Berlusconi was told the girl was Mr Mubarak's granddaughter.Ms Mahroug, widely known as Ruby and now aged 18, has denied sleeping with the prime minister but has said she received 7,000 euros (£5,900, $9,400) from him as a gift after one of his parties.
    • We Spent Half a Million Dollars to Fly Planes Over the Super Bowl February 8, 2011 • 3:30 pm PSTThat's according to an article today from Sally Jenkins, a sports columnist for the Washington Post. Many Americans won't make $450,000 for a decade of full-time work. But that's how much taxpayer money the Navy was willing to spend in order to fly four F-18 jets over the Super Bowl on Sunday for less than five seconds:For absurdity, how about those four Navy F-18s flying over the stadium – with its retractable roof closed? Everybody inside could only see the planes on the stadium's video screens. It was strictly a two-second beauty shot. Know what it cost taxpayers? I'll tell you: $450,000. (The Navy justifies the expense by saying it's good for recruiting.)Jenkins goes on to argue that the jets were just the tip of the iceberg in a Super Bowl that typified "fiscal insanity" more than any before it. Held in Dallas' Cowboys Stadium, where the cost to attend a game for a family of four is nearly $800, the game, says Jenkins, celebrated drunken excess in a time of unprecedented economic austerity for many Americans.
    • Hitler's desk set for sale in San Diego CountyBy The Associated Press Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 8:29 a.m.SOLANA BEACH, Calif. — A San Diego County man is selling what he believes to be the desk set that Adolph Hitler used to sign the historic 1938 Munich Pact.The 50-pound brass inkwell bears the initials "AH" and the Nazi eagle and swastika.Memorabilia dealer Craig Gottlieb of Solana Beach estimates it will bring up to $1 million.He says newsreel footage shows the set as Hitler signs the agreement with Mussolini, the French prime minister and Britain's Neville Chamberlain, who famously said the appeasement deal heralded "peace in our time.“Gottlieb tells the North County Times that he got the set on consignment from a Houston man, who claims he took it as a souvenir while serving in Munich in the final days of World War II.The Associated Press
    • 2/15/2011Virginia House Makes Rolling Right Turn Reckless DrivingVirginia passes bill imposing up to $2500 fine and possible jail time for boulevard stops.The Virginia House of Delegates and a state Senate committee approved legislation that would make a rolling right-hand turn on a red light a reckless driving offense. On Thursday the Senate Transportation Committee unanimously approved a bill introduced by Delegate Bill Janis (R-Glen Allen) which the lower chamber had approved by a 67 to 31 margin on February 4."Any person who drives a motor vehicle in violation of Section 46.2-833 is guilty of reckless driving," House Bill 1993 states.Under current law, Section 46.2-833, as referenced above, makes it an infraction either to turn right without stopping on a red light or to enter an intersection a fraction of a second after the light changes to red. The effect of the bill would be to change the penalty for a California stop into a class one misdemeanor carrying six license points, a fine of up to $2500, up to one year in jail and a six-month driver's license suspension. US Department of Transportation statistics show that rolling stops rarely cause accidents (view report).This outcome is clearly contemplated by the House Courts of Justice Committee which amended the original version of the bill which only sought to impose the reckless penalty on anyone who "unintentionally causes the serious bodily injury or death of another" through red light running. The committee also struck a provision ensuring that the reckless penalty is not applied to infractions detected by a red light camera. theNewspaper.com
    • Pot May Be Instrumental in Combatting Cancer, MS and Other Diseases February 10, 2011  |     It was nearly two years ago when the Obama White House issued it’s ‘Scientific Integrity’ memorandum stating, “Science and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of my Administration.” Those of us involved in marijuana law reform welcomed the memo — which came just months after the American Medical Association called for “facilitating … clinical research and [the] development of cannabinoid-based medicines” — and we hoped that it would stimulate the commencement of long-overdue human studies into the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis.Those hopes were snuffed, however, when a representative from the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the agency that oversees 85 percent of the world’s research on controlled substances, reaffirmed their longstanding ‘no medi-pot’ policy to The New York Times. “As the National Institute on Drug Abuse, our focus is primarily on the negative consequences of marijuana use,” a spokesperson declared in 2010. “We generally do not fund research focused on the potential beneficial medical effects of marijuana.”A review of the U.S. National Institutes of Health website clinicaltrials.gov shows that NIDA’s kibosh on medical marijuana trials continues unabated. Though a search of ongoing FDA-approved clinical trials using the keyword ‘cannabinoids’ (the active components in marijuana) yields 65 worldwide hits, only six involve subjects’ use of actual cannabis. (The others involve the use of synthetic cannabinoid agonists like dronabinol or nabilone, the commercially marketed marijuana extract Sativex, or the cannabinoid receptor blocking agent Rimonabant.)Of the six, two of the studies are already completed: ‘Opioid and Cannabinoid Pharmacokinetic Interactions‘ and ‘Vaporization as a Smokeless Cannabis Delivery System,’ both of which were spearheaded by researchers (primarily Dr. Donald Abrams) at the University of California at San Francisco.The four remaining studies are still in the ‘recruitment’ phase. Of these, only two pertain to the potential medical use of cannabis: ‘Cannabis for Spasticity of Multiple Sclerosis,’ which is taking place at the University of California at Davis and is likely the final clinical trial associated with the soon-to-be-defunct/defunded California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, and ‘Cannabis for Inflammatory Bowel Disease,’ led by researchers at the Meir Medical Center in Israel.Of the remaining studies, one focuses on the detection of cannabinoids and their metabolites on drug screens, while the other, entitled ‘Effects of Smoked Marijuana on Risk Taking and Decision Making Tasks,’ seeks to establish pot-related harms — hypothesizing that subjects “demonstrate poorer decision-making abilities and increased risk-taking behaviors” after smoking marijuana.By contrast, preclinical (animal) trials assessing the therapeutic efficacy of cannabinoids are occurring at a record pace. A keyword search on the search engine ‘PubMed’ using the term ‘cannabinoids’ yields over 1,300 published papers in 2008, some 1,700 papers in 2009, and another 1,200 last year.While many of these studies highlight the ability of cannabinoids to manage a wide range of symptoms, even more intriguing are the results indicating the potential of cannabinoid intervention to halt the development of serious diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. Nevertheless, without abrupt changes at the highest levels of government — changes that do not appear to be forthcoming despite this administration’s public demand for ’scientific integrity’ — scientists will indefinitely lack the human follow up data necessary to adequately answer societal questions regarding cannabis safety, efficacy, and proper dosage.
    • If You’re Too Busy For A Real Wife, Choose A Virtual Wife02/15/2011 – If you are a single geek guy, and you work a lot, you might think you don’t have time for a wife. You might wish you weren’t single, but at the same time, relationships take work, commitment and dedication. I can see from one point of view, it might not be worth all the hassle. After all, who needs a nagging wife telling you to get off your computer, right?According to The Next Web, an Indian website now offers virtual wives. Once you choose one of these four wives (or all four, although that’s not recommended), you will feel like you fit in more with your married friends. Just like them, your wife will call you throughout the day to leave you loving messages or bitch at you. The only difference is, your friends’ wives will be real people, yours will be computer generated. Close enough, right?The website is called Biwi Ho TohAisi which means “A Wife Worth Having” (roughly translated). They have apparently decided that all women fall into one of their four categories of stereotypical descriptions. I suppose, as a woman, I could take offense to that, but I really just think it’s funny. I put the four personality types below. Although this isn’t a representation of a real marriage, it’s a cute idea. I visited the site today, and surprisingly, it was kinda fun. If you want to give it a shot, just click on over to Biwi Ho TohAisi and choose a wife!
    • Poll: Americans say legalize marijuana2/16/2011 Fifty-eight percent of  Americans say marijuana should legalized, regulated and taxed, according to a new poll.The Economist/YouGovsurvey of 1,000 was taken Feb. 5-8. The margin of error was 4.2 percent.Last month people want to make pot legal in Washington announced they will try to get a statewide initiative before voters.  A similar effort last year sputtered when organizers failed to get enough signatures. This year’s attempt includes a new provision that would require the state Legislature to adopt civil regulations on marijuana use, sales and possibly taxation.To qualify for the November ballot, initiative sponsors need to get the signatures of more than 241,000 registered voters by July 8. Last year they fell short by about 50,000 signatures.Last year California voters rejected Proposition 19, which would’ve legalized marijuana in the Golden State, by a 54 percent to 46 percent vote.
    • Irina Shayk the Russian-born, 25-year-old learned Monday at a taping of David Letterman's show that she won the coveted spot from a photo shoot months ago in Hawaii.
    • Marijuana arrests in New York City skyrocketFebruary 11, 2011 2:22 PM EST More than 50,000 people were arrested last year in New York City for possessing small amounts of marijuana , according to the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services. Subscribe to The Economic Monitor to get the day's most relevant news, data and anlaysis .SampleThose 50,383 arrests represented 15 percent of all arrests by the New York Police Department (NYPD)On average, nearly 140 people are arrested every day for marijuana possession in New York City, making it the "Marijuana Arrest Capital of the World," said the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA).The 50,000-oplus figure is more marijuana arrests in one year than the number of similar arrests made by the New York Police Department (NYPD) over the entire period from 1978 to 1996, according to an analysis for the alliance done by Harry Levine, a sociology professor at Queens College. DPA said that this dramatic rise in marijuana arrests is not the result of increased marijuana use, which peaked nationally around 1980 according to data collected by the U.S. government.“Over the last twenty years, NYPD has quietly made arrests for marijuana their top enforcement priority, without public acknowledgement or debate,” DPA stated. “This is the sixth year in a row with an increase in marijuana possession arrests.”
    • Witness describes accused's genitals as a 'bubble' Last updated 08:53 11/02/2011 A Hamilton woman who alleges she was "flashed" by a driver offering her a ride and cigarettes gave an unflattering account of the man's anatomy, describing it as a small "bubble". The 22-year-old woman, whose identity is suppressed, yesterday told the High Court in Hamilton she was walking into Hamilton's central city in July, 2009, when she was approached by a van driven by Jason Jones. The woman said Jones asked her four or five times to get into his van before exposing himself. Jones, 38, and his partner Maureen Samantha Iti, 33, are on trial jointly charged with raping three young women in Hamilton. Jones is also charged with doing an indecent act in public. The complainant told jurors she quickly turned away after Jones exposed himself but recalled seeing a 2cm "bubble" in his hand. "I looked away but it wasn't much of a penis."
    • GolfballLauncherIt’s a known fact that the best part of a driving range is the few precious minutes when the guy in the ball collecting truck comes out.  You can hear the collective shuffling of feet as each guy gears up to tee off at him.  The only real explanation for this is that we simply like shooting at things.  Up your game with this Golfball Launcher which attaches to most AR-15, M4 and M16 rifles.  Okay, we should probably state right off the bat:  Don’t fire this at anyone (we hope that goes without saying).  Connect it by replacing your muzzle or flash hider and start rocketing golfballs over 250 yards.  The launcher is machined out of solid-stock steel (yeah, it’s got some weight to it) and is obviously not for use with live rounds.  We’d also recommend not carrying it to any driving ranges otherwise there may be police involved. $20
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