Costs of U.S., wars linger for over 100 years; government still makes payments to relatives of Civil War veterans March 19, 2013OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the nextcentury as service members and their families grapple with the sacrifices of combat.An Associated Press analysis of federal payment records found that the government is still making monthly payments to relatives ofCivil War veterans — 148 years after the conflict ended.At the 10 year anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, more than $40 billion a year are going to compensate veterans and survivorsfrom the Spanish-American War from 1898, World War I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the two Iraq campaigns and theAfghanistan conflict. And those costs are rising rapidly.● So far, the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and the first Persian Gulf conflict in the early 1990s are costing about $12 billion a year tocompensate those who have left military service or family members of those who have died.● Its been 40 years since the U.S. ended its involvement in the Vietnam War, and yet payments for the conflict are still rising.Now above $22 billion annually, Vietnam compensation costs are roughly twice the size of the FBIs annual budget. And while manydisabled Vietnam vets have been compensated for post-traumatic stress disorder, hearing loss or general wounds, other ailments arepositioning the war to have large costs even after veterans die.● World War I, which ended 94 years ago, continues to cost taxpayers about $20 million every year. World War II? $5 billion.● Compensation for WWII veterans and families didnt peak until 1991 — 46 years after the war ended — and annual costs since thenhave only declined by about 25 percent. Korean War costs appear to be leveling off at about $2.8 billion per year.● There are 10 living recipients of benefits tied to the 1898 Spanish-American War at a total cost of about $50,000 per year. The CivilWar payments are going to two children of veterans — one in North Carolina and one in Tennessee— each for $876 per year.
Global internet slows after biggest attack in historyBBC News27 March 2013The internet around the world has been slowed down in what security experts aredescribing as the biggest cyber-attack of its kind in history.A row between a spam-fighting group and hosting firm has sparked retaliation attacksaffecting the wider internet services globally.It is having an impact on popular services like Netflix - and experts worry it couldescalate to affect banking and email systems.Five national cyber-police-forces are investigating the attacks.
Thursday, Mar 28 2013Stone her to death: Tunisian preacher demands protester, 19, isexecuted for posting topless pictures on Facebook• Amina Tyler, 19, posted naked images of herself on her Facebook page• Seen with my body belongs to me written in Arabic across her chest• Salafist preacher wants her quarantined because she is contagious• Naked protest group FEMEN demands Arab Spring for womens rights• Have declared April 4 a day of relentless topless jihad against Islamism•Group issued statement saying: Our tits are deadlier than your stones!‘27 March 2013A Ukrainian womens rights group is calling for a topless revolution in Tunisia after aMuslim preacher demanded a girl who posted naked pictures of herself online bestoned because she is an epidemic.FEMEN, which regularly stages high-profile naked protests, is declaring April 4 the dayof relentless topless jihad against Islamism in a bid to jump-start a new Arab Spring forwomens rights.Amina Tyler, 19, caused outrage in her native Tunisia last week when she posted topless photos of herself on her Facebook page.The teenager, who is an FEMEN activist, can be seen smoking a cigarette with Arabic words written across her chest in black that translates intoEnglish as: My body belongs to me.‘Reports in Europe and the U.S. have stated that Amina has been taken by her parents to a psychiatric hospital in Tunis, which have beenconfirmed by FEMEN leader Inna Shevchenko in Paris.Tunisian media said that if Amina committed the offence in her own country, she could be punished by up to two years in prison and be given afine between £40 and £400 pounds.
Idaho teacher under investigation for sayingvagina in biology lessonMarch 28, 2013 01:46An Idaho high school science teacher has found himself under investigation by the state after parentscomplained that he used the word “vagina” during a lesson on the human reproductive system andexplained the functional aspects of orgasm.According to the Twin Falls Times-News, Tim McDaniel is being subjected to an investigation by a statecommission over his controversial, by local standards, teaching methods.McDaniel received a letter from the Idaho State Department of Education which outlined variousallegations, including having shown a video clip of a genital herpes infection, as well as teachingmultiple methods of birth control. The most serious allegation seemed to include sharing confidentialstudent files with “an individual other than their parents,” though what that may have included, andwith whom it was shared, remains unclear.McDaniel has said he allowed students the option not to attend his tenth grade class if they feltuncomfortable with the material covered in the reproductive system lesson.
Rank: Sergeant Organization: U.S. Army Company: Company A Division: 105th Infantry, 27th Infantry Division Born: Troy, N.Y. Departed: Yes Entered Service At: Troy, N.Y. G.O. Number: 35 Date of Issue: 05/09/1945 Accredited To: Place / Date: Saipan, Mariana Islands, 19 June to 7 July 1944 (2) Medal of Honor CitationsFor conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty at Saipan, Mariana Islands, 19 June to 7July 1944. When his entire company was held up by fire from automatic weapons and small-arms fire from strongly fortified enemypositions that commanded the view of the company, Sgt. (then Pvt.) Thomas Baker voluntarily took a bazooka and dashed alone to within100 yards of the enemy. Through heavy rifle and machinegun fire that was directed at him by the enemy, he knocked out the strongpoint, enabling his company to assault the ridge.Some days later while his company advanced across the open field flanked with obstructions and places of concealment for the enemy,Sgt. Baker again voluntarily took up a position in the rear to protect the company against surprise attack and came upon 2 heavilyfortified enemy pockets manned by 2 officers and 10 enlisted men which had been bypassed. Without regard for such superior numbers,he unhesitatingly attacked and killed all of them. Five hundred yards farther, he discovered 6 men of the enemy who had concealedthemselves behind our lines and destroyed all of them.On 7 July 1944, the perimeter of which Sgt. Baker was a part was attacked from 3 sides by from 3,000 to 5,000 Japanese. During the earlystages of this attack, Sgt. Baker was seriously wounded but he insisted on remaining in the line and fired at the enemy at rangessometimes as close as 5 yards until his ammunition ran out. Without ammunition and with his own weapon battered to uselessness fromhand-to-hand combat, he was carried about 50 yards to the rear by a comrade, who was then himself wounded. At this point Sgt. Bakerrefused to be moved any farther stating that he preferred to be left to die rather than risk the lives of any more of his friends.A short time later, at his request, he was placed in a sitting position against a small tree . Another comrade, withdrawing, offeredassistance. Sgt. Baker refused, insisting that he be left alone and be given a soldiers pistol with its remaining 8 rounds of ammunition.When last seen alive, Sgt. Baker was propped against a tree, pistol in hand, calmly facing the foe. Later Sgt. Bakers body was found in thesame position, gun empty, with 8 Japanese lying dead before him. His deeds were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.
Salt led to nearly 2.3M deaths worldwideMarch. 21, 2013 at 11:51 PMNEW ORLEANS, March 21 (UPI) -- Too much salt led to nearly 2.3 million heart-relateddeaths worldwide in 2010, U.S. researchers calculated.Lead author Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian of Brigham and Womens Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Healthsaid the research team analyzed 247 surveys of adult sodium intake, from 1990-2010 as part of the 2010 Global Burden of Diseases Study.The researchers said the amount of sodium people consumed was affecting their risk of cardiovascular disease.The researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 107 randomized, prospective trials that measured how sodium affects blood pressure and ameta-analysis of how these differences in blood pressure related to the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. This data was comparedwith consuming no more than 1,000 milligrams per day of sodium, which the researchers defined as an optimal amount of sodium foradults.Nearly 1 million of these deaths -- 40 percent of the total -- were premature, occurring in people age 69 and younger. Sixty percent of thedeaths occurred in men and 40 percent were in women.Among the 30 largest countries in the world, those with the highest death rates per million adults due to over consuming sodium were:Ukraine, Russia and Egypt.The United States ranked 19th out of the 30 largest countries, with 429 deaths per million adults due to eating too much sodium.Average daily U.S. intake of sodium is more than 3,400 mg -- about 1.5 teaspoons of salt.
Bill Gates Will Grant You $100,000 to Invent a Next-Gen Condom3/21Say what you will about techies and charitable giving, but Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates has established himselfas one of the most important philanthropists in the world, even nabbing a spot on Businessweek’s list of mostgenerous people. Through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Gates and his wife work to eradicatepoverty and increase access to healthcare.Now, with a $100,00 grant offered through the Grand Challenges in Global Health Program, the Gateses arehoping to find “anyone — students, scientists or entrepreneurs” to reinvent the condom.The contest, spotted by Gothamist, is looking for one genius inventor to develop “the next generation ofcondom.” Though condoms are the most reliable contraceptive method to protect against pregnancy and STIs, itdoesn’t take your ex-boyfriend to tell you how much they kind of suck (oh, and will he tell you). So the foundationis requesting proposals for a next-gen condom that “significantly preserves or enhances pleasure, in order toimprove uptake and regular use.”
3/19/2013Modified Cold Sore Virus Shrinks Melanoma Tumors, Amgen SaysRick Wagner After suffering from cold sores for most of my life. I’mvery please that something possibly good could come out of thevirus. Since there are no cures, it [...]A genetically modified version of herpes simplex virus type 1, the same virus that causes cold sores,shrank tumors of the deadly skin cancer melanoma in a clinical trial, according to Amgen, which isdeveloping the experimental cancer treatment.Patients in the trial were in the late stages of the disease, and were either being treated with a drugcalled GM-CSF or the new virus. Sixteen percent of the patients in the group that got the virus, knownas talimogene laherparepvec, saw their tumors shrink completely or partially for at least six months.That compares to two percent of the control group.There was a trend toward the virus helping patients live longer, but the difference is not yet statisticallysignificant. Amgen says that it may become so later this year, and those results are likely to be far moreimportant in determining the future of the treatment.
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Beautiful booze-trailer for saleFrom the Neiman-Marcus gift catalog, a trailerthat converts into an elaborate, beautiful bar, andcomes with a years supply of Bulleit bourbon andrye. There are two for sale at $150K each, with 10percent going to an HIV/AIDS charity.A chorus of cheers rings out the minute you pullup. Tailgating will never be the same now thatyour Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Woody-TailgateTrailer is on the scene. Designed by interiordesigner Brad Ford, its impressive on the outside,but whats on the inside truly astounds: sleekleather furnishings and details from Moore &Giles, rich wood finishings (handcrafted fromreclaimed Bulleit Bourbon casks), elegantglassware, and a top-notch entertainment system,including a flat-screen TV, Blu-ray Disc™ player,and a state-of-the-art sound system, plus a one-year supply of Bulleit Bourbon and Bulleit Rye*.You park, open the hatch, and slide out the bar—cocktails anyone?
Why Do Coins Have Ridges?03/25/13–“Ever wonder why some coins have those little ridges along their sides? The answer goes back to 1792, when the Coinage Act established the U.S.Mint. That same act of legislation also specified that $10, $5 and $2.50 coins were to be made of their face value in gold, while dollar, half-dollar,quarter-dollar, dime and half-dime coins were to be made of their value in silver. But a problem soon arose, after would-be criminals saw they couldmake a good profit by filing shavings from the sides of gold and silver coins and selling the precious metal. Before the 18th-century was out, the U.S.Mint began adding ridges to the coins’ edges, a process called ‘reeding,’ in order to make it impossible to shave them down without the result beingobvious. As a side benefit, the reeded edges also made coin design more intricate and counterfeiting more difficult.”
Big Face Baby Orangutan T-Shirt03/26/13—“Whether starring alongside Clint Eastwood, or simply existing as evolutionary evidence, we’re proud to be pals withthese primates. Just don’t call him a monkey. Representing a high point for the entire clothing industry; these t-shirtsare the perfect union of high-quality, pre-shrunk garments and oversized images of animal’s faces.”
The Period Store Will Deliver All Of Your Menstrual Needs To Your DoorThe Huffington Post | 03/23/2013Tea, dessert, ibuprofen and tampons. What do these four products have in common? Theyre all included in ThePeriod Stores monthly packages sent to menstruating women. Yes, this is a real thing.The Period Store is a New York-based startup and the brainchild of friends Ashley and Rubi. According to thewebsite, they first thought of the idea for a menstrual care package service in 2010, "but for the first year [they]only managed to work on it during [their] periods."The online store, which officially launched on March 1st, lets women customize a monthly package which is sentto their door each month right as their period starts. Customers fill out information about their cycles on thewebsite and can customize packages to include their favorite menstrual products -- everything from sponges andDiva Cups to tampons and panty liners is available. Each package also comes along with some painkillers, two teabags, a 5x7 piece of art and a gourmet treat, and prices range from $15 to $30 per month.
2014 SRT Viper TAMar 19 2013SRT in collaboration with professional road racers is making the 2014 SRT Viper TA(Time Attack).Based on the SRT Viper model, the new 2014 SRT Viper TA features Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires,Bilstein suspension, upgraded Brembo brakes, and an advanced aerodynamics packages withcarbon fiber front splitters and rear spoiler. Powered by a handcrafted, all-aluminum 8.4-liter,mid-front V-10 overhead-valve engine. Performance ratings are 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. oftorque. Only 33 units of the 2014 SRT Viper TA in Crusher Orange will be built at the ConnerAvenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, beginning in third quarter 2013.
How much money did the guy who invented the "pet rock" make?Gary Dahl, inventor of the pet rock, earned over $15,000,000 during a 6 monthperiod, or about $56,166,419.02 today.
Hedge fund billionaire buys Picassos LeRêve for $155m - $16m MORE than theprice he agreed on before previousowner tore a hole in it with his elbow26 March 2013A billionaire hedge fund manager boughtPicassos Le Rêve for $155million -t$16million more than he first agreed topay right before its previous owner torea hole in it with his elbow.Steven A. Cohen, whose SAC Capital justsettled two insider-trading lawsuits withthe government for $616 million, boughthimself the belated gift after firstagreeing to but it for $139milllion in2006 from Vegas mogul Steve Wynn.The price is estimated to be the highestever paid for an artwork by a U.S.collector
Cascade Township massage therapist accusedof inappropriate touching of clientMarch 22, 2013CASCADE TOWNSHIP, MI -- A 49-year-old massagetherapist is accused of inappropriately touching a clientat a Cascade Township massage center, Kent County sheriffs investigators said.Kent County prosecutors issued a warrant for fourth-degreecriminal sexual conduct against Lawrence Howard Urban.Detectives began investigating Urban after a customer at Therapeutic Stress Free Massage Center,6701 Old 28th St. SE, reported that she had been touched inappropriately during a massage.Urban is free from custody while awaiting arraignment.
Crystal Frantzen Allegedly Gives Gary Tipton Oral Sex For Better Deal On Car03/27/2013Crystal Frantzen, 28, has been charged with prostitution.Shes a sucker for a good deal.Crystal Frantzen, 28, was spotted performing oral sex on 58-year-old Gary Tipton in public "in exchange for a better deal"on a Cadillac she wanted to buy from him, according to a Sullivan County, Tenn. Sheriffs report obtained by the SmokingGun.Dispatchers received complaints of indecent exposure at a gas station parking lot in Blountville around noon on March 20,WCYB reported.The act was allegedly taking place inside the very car that Tipton was trying to sell, according to the Times News.When Frantzen allegedly confessed, she never specified exactly what price she was hoping to get out of the oralagreement.Frantzen was charged with prostitution, while Tipton was charged with patronizing a prostitute and drug possession. Bothhave been released on bond.
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