What to Do About Europe's Secret Nukes Wednesday, Dec. 02, 2009 Is Italy capable of delivering a thermonuclear strike? Could the Belgians and the Dutch drop hydrogen bombs on enemy targets? And what about Germany — a country where fear of atomkraft is so great that the last government opposed all civilian nuclear power? Germany's air force couldn't possibly be training to deliver bombs 13 times more powerful than the one that destroyed Hiroshima, could it? It is Europe's dirty secret that the list of nuclear-capable countries extends beyond those — Britain and France — who have built their own weapons. Nuclear bombs are stored on air-force bases in Italy, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands — and planes from each of those countries are capable of delivering them. The Federation of American Scientists believes that there are some 200 B61 thermonuclear gravity bombs scattered across these four countries. Under a NATO agreement struck during the Cold War, the bombs, which are technically owned by the U.S., can be transferred to the control of a host nation's air force in times of conflict. Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Dutch, Belgian, Italian and German pilots remain ready to engage in nuclear war. Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1943799,00.html#ixzz0YeCi746v
11/19/2009 Climatologists Baffled by Global Warming Time-Out Global warming appears to have stalled. Climatologists are puzzled as to why average global temperatures have stopped rising over the last 10 years. Some attribute the trend to a lack of sunspots, while others explain it through ocean currents. At least the weather in Copenhagen is likely to be cooperating. The Danish Meteorological Institute predicts that temperatures in December, when the city will host the United Nations Climate Change Conference, will be one degree above the long-term average. Otherwise, however, not much is happening with global warming at the moment. The Earth's average temperatures have stopped climbing since the beginning of the millennium, and it even looks as though global warming could come to a standstill this year. Ironically, climate change appears to have stalled in the run-up to the upcoming world summit in the Danish capital, where thousands of politicians, bureaucrats, scientists, business leaders and environmental activists plan to negotiate a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Billions of euros are at stake in the negotiations.
Champaign-Urbana offers drive-through H1N1 vaccines Drive-through flu vaccinations making parents happy in Champaign-Urbana CHAMPAIGN - -- Elizabeth Lehmann didn't know exactly what to expect when she took her 3-year-old son, Noah, to get his swine flu shot. But as it turned out, it wasn't much different than grabbing a hamburger at the drive-through at McDonald's . Instead of standing in line five or six hours to get the H1N1 vaccine as many people have at clinics in Chicago and suburban Cook County , the process in Champaign took 45 minutes or less and no one had to get out of the car. "It's nice," said Lehmann, 25, of Champaign. "I packed some chocolate cereal in a bag for Noah so he's good to go." The Champaign - Urbana Public Health District has been preparing for a pandemic such as swine flu for five years, perfecting the process with seasonal flu drive-through clinics. The program has been so successful that officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta held it up as a model.
Americans Toss Out 40 Percent of All Food AP – Thu Nov 26, 9:46 am ET U.S. residents are wasting food like never before. While many Americans feast on turkey and all the fixings today, a new study finds food waste per person has shot up 50 percent since 1974. Some 1,400 calories worth of food is discarded per person each day, which adds up to 150 trillion calories a year. The study finds that about 40 percent of all the food produced in the United States is tossed out. Meanwhile, while some have plenty of food to spare, a recent report by the Department of Agriculture finds the number of U.S. homes lacking "food security," meaning their eating habits were disrupted for lack of money, rose from 4.7 million in 2007 to 6.7 million last year. About 1 billion people worldwide don't have enough to eat, according to the World Food Program.
America's economic pain brings hunger pangs USDA report on access to food 'unsettling,' Obama says By Amy Goldstein Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, November 17, 2009 The nation's economic crisis has catapulted the number of Americans who lack enough food to the highest level since the government has been keeping track, according to a new federal report, which shows that nearly 50 million people -- including almost one child in four -- struggled last year to get enough to eat. At a time when rising poverty, widespread unemployment and other effects of the recession have been well documented, the report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides the government's first detailed portrait of the toll that the faltering economy has taken on Americans' access to food. The magnitude of the increase in food shortages -- and, in some cases, outright hunger -- identified in the report startled even the nation's leading anti-poverty advocates, who have grown accustomed to longer lines lately at food banks and soup kitchens. The findings also intensify pressure on the White House to fulfill a pledge to stamp out childhood hunger made by President Obama, who called the report "unsettling." The data show that dependable access to adequate food has especially deteriorated among families with children. In 2008, nearly 17 million children, or 22.5 percent, lived in households in which food at times was scarce -- 4 million children more than the year before. And the number of youngsters who sometimes were outright hungry rose from nearly 700,000 to almost 1.1 million.
"Dubai model" was the vision of one man Fri Nov 27, 2009 3:00pm EST DUBAI (Reuters) - The "Dubai vision," which has suffered a crushing blow from the freewheeling Gulf emirate's sudden debt crisis, is the creation of one man who failed to apply the rules of open governance. The city state's rapid growth revolved around the ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who outlined his ideas in a book, "My Vision," where he suggested other Arab countries could replicate Dubai's success. Now the model -- always controversial among Gulf Arabs since it involved building shining cities in the desert at breakneck speed through the import of foreign residents, finance and labor -- is on the ropes. Questions will surface over what went wrong. This week Dubai said it wanted to delay payment on billions of dollars of its total $80 billion debt, sending global markets plummeting as investors feared defaults could hit the global economy just as it was recovering from the financial crisis.
Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist Monday, November 30, 2009 Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured him are now facing criminal charges, sources told FoxNews.com. The three, all members of the Navy's elite commando unit, have refused non-judicial punishment — called a captain's mast — and have requested a trial by court-martial. Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named "Objective Amber," told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it. Now, instead of being lauded for bringing to justice a high-value target, three of the SEAL commandos, all enlisted, face assault charges and have retained lawyers. FOX news
Woman wins $327m from tobacco giant Philip Morris From correspondents in Los Angeles Reuters November 20, 2009 01:47pm A FLORIDA jury today ordered cigarette maker Philip Morris USA to pay $US300 million ($327m) in damages to a 61-year-old ex-smoker named Cindy Naugle who is wheelchair-bound by emphysema. The Broward Circuit Court jury assessed $US56.6m ($61m) in past and future medical expenses against the company, part of Altria Group Inc, as well as $US244 ($266m) in punitive damages. The verdict is the largest of the so-called Engle progeny cases that have been tried so far, both sides said. Philip Morris will seek further review of the verdict because of "numerous erroneous rulings by the trial judge," Philip Morris spokesman Murray Garnick. "We believe that the punitive damages award is grossly excessive and a clear violation of constitutional and state law," Mr Garnick said. Ms Naugle's lawsuit was among about 8000 cases filed in the wake of a 2006 Florida Supreme Court decision that tossed out a massive class action against the tobacco companies.
Outrageous fortune: penniless cave dwellers suddenly $7b richer December 3, 2009 Zsolt and Geza Peladi ... suddenly found themselves very rich. PARIS: Two penniless brothers who live in a cave outside Budapest are to inherit most of a reported £4 billion ($7 billion) after an astonishing twist in their family fortunes. Zsolt and Geza Peladi have no fixed address and eke out an existence by selling junk they find in the street. But their scavenging days are about to be over. The brothers have been informed they are entitled to their long-lost grandmother's fortune, along with a sister who lives in America. Charity workers in Hungary broke the news to them after being contacted by lawyers handling the estate of their maternal grandmother who died recently in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. ''We knew our mother came from a wealthy family but she was a difficult person and severed ties with them, and then later abandoned us and we lost touch with her and our father until she eventually died,'' Geza Peladi, 43, told ATV television. Under German law, direct descendants are entitled to a share of any estate. As the grandmother's daughter is dead the money goes to her grandchildren. ''If this all works out it will certainly make up for the life we have had until now - all we really had was each other - no women would look at us living in a cave,'' Geza said. The Sydney Morning Herald
iPhone 3GS Supreme - World's most expensive mobile phone The iPhone 3GS Supreme is the world's most expensive mobile phone, designed and crafted by Stuart Hughes. " This extraordinary handset was commissioned by an anonymous Australian businessman from the gold mining industry. Designed by Stuart Hughes of Liverpool, England, it was 10 months in the making. The case was created from 271 grams (9.7 ounces) of 22k gold. The front bezel houses 136 flawless color F diamonds, which total 68 carats. The rear logo has 53 flawless diamonds totaling 1 carat. The front navigation button is home to one rare 7.1 carat diamond. The chest which houses this unique handset is made from a single 7kg (15.4 lb.) block of Kashmir gold granite whose inside is lined with top grain leather. ...Bonus: it's unlocked. Price: $3,164,000 | BUY | Source
2009-12-01 - Weird News The Media Line Staff Saudis Clamp Down On 'Cross Dressers' (TML) -- The Saudi religious police arrested several cross-dressers over this week's Islamic holiday Eid Al-Adha. The Saudi commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, also known as Saudi Arabia's religious police, enhanced patrols of the market in A-Dammam, the capital of the eastern province of Saudi Arabia. The vice police claim to have spotted seven or eight cross dressers a day throughout the three-day festival, which ended on Monday. The cross dressers were seen wearing women's clothing, such as skirts and heeled shoes, and had feminine hairdos and makeup, the London-based Al-Hayyat reported. Police say these men are dressing up as women in public commercial spaces so as to enter areas off limits to unmarried men. "Their general look appeared to onlookers to be inappropriate, socially, religiously and morally," the police said of the people detained, adding that they were also on the lookout for men harassing women. "The cross dressers doubled in number during the eid," Sheikh Ali Al-Qarni, a spokesman for the commission, told Al-Hayyat. "If, on a normal day, we see about two a day, during the holiday we saw about four or five a day, because they are exploiting the congestion of holiday-goers. That's why the commission beefed up its patrols during this time." Officials in the police department pointed to what they called inappropriate pants worn by one of the cross dressers, in addition to hairdos which resemble afro style. The police said this hairstyle was "unacceptable", adding that "Western" accessories, including jewelry, had been confiscated from the young men. Saudi judges have previously imposed sentences on men accused of behaving like women, ranging from imprisonment to flogging.
Man found only in neighbor's underwear waits for plea Nov 29, 2009 at 10:49 AM PST By KATU News and KATU.com Staff SALEM, Ore. - The man up on charges stemming from an August incident where a neighbor said she caught him in her garage, rifling through her dirty laundry and wearing only her bra and underwear will wait another month to make his plea. Randall Giesbers’ plea hearing was to be Wednesday, Nov. 18. Instead it has been “set over” until 1:30 p.m., Dec. 16, in Marion County court. That means those involved in the case will have to wait another month before they hear from Giesbers as to whether he's pleading guilty or not guilty in this case. The Salem man was arrested after the tip from his neighbor, who said she left her garage door open and she and her boyfriend caught Giesbers inside. Detectives then searched Giesbers home and his own garage. They said they confiscated enough stolen women's clothing, shoes, and underwear to fill seven trash bags. The 47 year old now faces a number of theft charges. Marion County detectives said a lot of the stolen items came from his neighbor's home. After searching the house, Deputies charged Giesbers with burglary, theft, criminal trespass and possession of illegal fireworks.
Answer to booze problems may lie in cannabis December 2009 Putting cannabis in place of more harmful drugs may help in winning the fight against substance abuse, say researchers. Amanda Reiman, University of California, Berkeley, USA, carried out the study at Berkeley Patient’s Group, and found that 40 per cent of the 350 cannabis users quizzed resorted to the drug to control their alcohol cravings. The poll further discovered that 66 users consumed cannabis as a replacement for prescription drugs and 26 per cent for other, more potent, illegal drugs. Amanda said: "Substituting cannabis for alcohol has been described as a radical alcohol treatment protocol. This approach could be used to address heavy alcohol use in the British Isles - people might substitute cannabis, a potentially safer drug than alcohol with less negative side-effects, if it were socially acceptable and available". She added: "This brings up two important points. First, self-determination, the right of an individual to decide which treatment or substance is most effective and least harmful for them. “Secondly, the recognition that substitution might be a viable alternative to abstinence for those who can’t or won’t completely stop using psychoactive substances". The study was published in BioMed Central ’ open access Harm Reduction Journal. The Times of India
Ex-Miss Argentina dies after cosmetic surgery Monday, November 30, 2009 (11-30) 17:37 PST BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- A 38-year-old former Miss Argentina has died from complications after undergoing cosmetic surgery on her buttocks . Solange Magnano, a mother of twins who won the crown in 1994, died of a pulmonary embolism Sunday after three days in critical condition following a gluteoplasty in Buenos Aires. Close friend Roberto Piazza said the procedure involved injections and the liquid "went to her lungs and brain." "A woman who had everything lost her life to have a slightly firmer behind," he said. Magnano's burial Monday was shown on Argentine television. Dr. Gonzalo Cortes y Tristan said she arrived at his hospital with an acute respiratory deficiency. Her condition deteriorated until she suffered the embolism.
Man Smokes 115,000th Joint 11/20/09 - “ When you think of the world’s most prolific pot smokers, certain names come to mind: Snoop, Cheech and Chong, Willie Nelson. How about Irvin Rosenfeld? The 56-year-old Fort Lauderdale stockbroker will put his name among the greats when he sets a world record tomorrow for weed consumption while lighting up his 115,000th joint. The best part is that it’s all legal… Rosenfeld suffers from a rare bone disorder called multiple congenital cartilaginous exostoses, which causes severe pain, alleviated by a healthy dose of ganja. He’s been getting 300 joints every 25 days for the past 27 years, and said he smokes between 10 and 12 per day . “The first thing I do every morning is smoke two joints as I watch my business shows,” Rosenfeld said. “Then another on my drive to work.” Rosenfeld said he’s never gotten high on the sticky icky, and he’s allowed to smoke while operating heavy machinery.” w/ photo
From The Times November 20, 2009 Worried pimp 'called off Rabbi Baruch Chalomish's three-day drug-fuelled orgy' An eminent rabbi was so exhausted after three days of constant cocaine-fuelled partying with escorts that his pimp grew worried and cancelled that day’s supply of girls, a jury was told. Rabbi Baruch Chalomish, 55, who has a £6 million fortune, was a scholarly academic, an accomplished businessman, a charity giver and a dutiful family man until his first wife died of cancer and his world fell apart. He turned to alcohol in his depression, then took refuge in cocaine, spending up to £1,000 a week. He lived in squalor, seeking comfort from prostitutes, Manchester Crown Court was told. The prosecution said that Chalomish was the financier in a commercial cocaine supply business while Nasir Abbas, 54, a convicted drug dealer, provided the drugs and the customers. The pair rented a luxury flat in Manchester and for ten days over the new year enjoyed a non-stop party. Mr Abbas admitted to police that he procured a supply of girls from an agency called Pure Class. They were also offered cocaine. The court was told that on the ninth day, and after the rabbi had stayed up for three straight days, Mr Abbas was so concerned about his health that he scrapped that day’s supply of prostitutes. In a text message to a woman called Clio he wrote: “Hi Clio, I have tried to wake Shel up but I don’t want to wake him. He was very tired because he had no sleep for three days, needed to rest, because he is going to his office to work on Monday at 8. Please cancel the party today.”
Customs Agents Seize 316,000 Bongs Disguised as Christmas Ornaments Thursday, November 19, 2009 LOS ANGELES — Customs officials say they got a surprise when they found 316,000 glass bongs disguised as Christmas ornaments at the Los Angeles harbor. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday that agents found the highly decorated drug pipes in 860 boxes shipped from China. The cargo, estimated to be worth more than $2.6 million, had been described as glass figures and Christmas ornaments. The bongs were seized Tuesday at the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex. Customs spokeswoman Cristina Gamez says the importer remains under investigation and there have been no arrests.
Tata To Introduce Hybrid Version of Nano Published on December 2nd, 2009 The producer of the “world’s cheapest car,” the Tata Group , has announced its plans to produce a hybrid Nano. According to the company, the hybrid Nano will allow them to join the dozens of automakers that are producing hybrid vehicles. The company is India’s largest auto maker and Americans may be most familiar with its Jaguar Land Rover brand. However, this is not the company’s first foray into the new green car sector, as earlier this year, the company announced that it may begin selling its Indica Vista EV , all-electric vehicle in Europe as soon as the end of this year.
Man dug up wife's corpse and slept beside it for five years 'for hugs' 26 November 2009 A Vietnamese man dug up his wife's corpse and slept beside it for five years because he wanted to hug her in bed, an online newspaper says. The 55-year-old man from a small town in the central province of Quang Nam opened up his wife's grave in 2004, moulded clay around the remains to give the figure of a woman, put clothes on her and then placed her in his bed, Vietnamnet.vn said. The man, Le Van, told the website that after his wife died in 2003 he slept ontop of her grave, but about 20 months later he worried about rain, wind and cold, so he decided to dig a tunnel into the grave "to sleep with her". His children found out, though, and prevented him from going to the grave. So one night in November 2004 he dug up his wife's remains and took them home, Vietnamnet reported. The website carried a photo of Van with the figure of his wife, which is still in his home. The father of seven said neighbours did not dare visit the house for several years. "I'm a person that does things differently. I'm not like normal people," he was quoted as saying.
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Illicit sex: 12 couples arrested for partner swapping November 24, 2009 Iran's moral police have arrested a dozen couples for engaging in illicit sexual acts, including swapping partners, the conservative Jomhuri Eslami reported on Monday. The report said the couples and another individual were running a website, Iran Multiplication, which was aimed at promoting illicit sexual relations. The couples were said to have carried out sexual acts in the presence of each other and several times with multiple partners, the report added. Those arrested held university degrees, while some were government employees and had children. The newspaper gave no further details about their identities or when or where they were arrested. Extra-marital sex is illegal in Iran where Islamic sharia law is the principal source of legislation. If found guilty of adultery, those arrested in the crackdown face being stoned to death.
Legal drug teen ripped his scrotum off The Sun 11/30/09 A LEGAL drug known as 'meow meow' led one lad to rip off his own SCROTUM, police said today. The lad hallucinated for 18 hours and mutilated himself because he believed centipedes were crawling over his body and biting him. Cops warned people to stay away from the drug Mephedrone which is sold legally on the internet as PLANT FERTILISER . Its chemical formula is one molecule different to ecstasy and as such dealers are claiming is not a controlled substance. It is more commonly known on the streets as "drone", "bubble", "meow meow" or "legal high". Durham Police are warning that its use can result in severe nose bleeds, nose burns, hallucinations, blood circulation problems, rashes, anxiety and paranoia, fits, delusions and can lead to a heart attack. But a police report - some of which was based on online forums about the drug - revealed a lad in Durham had tried to rip off his testicles after taking it. The Durham Police report states: "A large number of contributors state how addictive mephedrone is and they are constantly topping up as one individual states that after using it for 18 hours his hallucinations led him to believe that centipedes were crawling over him and biting him. "This led him to receive hospital treatment after he ripped his scrotum off." Cops warned the drug can also become addictive and taken with alcohol or cut with other drugs it could result in death. Police said five young people had been admitted to hospital in County Durham in recent weeks after taking mephedrone. In Sweden an 18-year-old died from taking the drug and it has now been banned there, as well as Israel, Norway and Finland.
Green House Sweeps the Cup Friday, 27 November 2009 02:5 Super Lemon Haze repeated as the favorite Dutch coffeeshop strain at the 22nd Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. It won last year as well, and is the first strain to repeat since the Green House's Super Silver Haze in 1999. Vanilla Kush from Barney's placed second in the competition for the top prize. Headband Kush from Green Place finished third. The Green House and Barney's continued to dominate the Cup as the two powerhouses have throughout the decade. The last shop to win the Cup other than the Green House or Barney's was The Noon with Blueberry in 2000. Here are the winners: Cannabis Cup 1. Super Lemon Haze - Green House 2. Vanilla Kush - Barney's 3. Headband Kush - Green Place Indica Cup 1. Starbud - Hortilab Seed Company 2. OG18 - Reserva Privada 3. Kush D - Allstar Genetics Imported Hash Cup 1. Rif Cream - Green House 2. Triple Zero - Barney's 3. Azilla - Amnesia Sativa Cup 1. Saris Hilton - Harvestman Seed Company 2. Super Lemon Haze - Green House Seed Co. 3. The Purps - BC Bud Depot Dutch Hash Cup 1. Royal Jelly - Barney's 2. Green House Ice - Green House 3. Grey Area Chrystal - Grey Area
CR&S DUU Concept Motorcycle About the only good thing that came out of the suck-fest that was Terminator Salvation were the awesome motorcycles. Not the same bike from the film, but pretty close, the CR&S DUU Concept Motorcycle has a similar intimidating stance and metallic ferocity. But it doesn’t just talk a tough talk—it’s got the muscle to back continue reading…
Eko Stoplight by Damjan Stankovic I love this idea, design by Damjan Stankovic. Called Eko stoplight, which includes the progress bar around the light to indicate amount of time you’ll be stationary.
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Nov. 12 2009 - Narcotecture: A Photo Tour of Kabul’s Poppy Palaces Here in Kabul, the poor live in unimaginably squalid conditions and the rich live like kings. Kings in very ugly castles. We call them Poppy Palaces or Narcotecture, because much of the money that went into building them came from Afghanistan’s biggest crop. I also suspect that some UN/NGO/USAID dollars are paying for these insults to taste and design. You can see these monstrosities all over town and I’ve photographed a few of the worst for your viewing pleasure. Note the really high walls and metal armor on some of them. I apologize for the hurried nature of these photos—I took most of them from a moving car—but the AK-47 toting guards who stand watch at these palaces become a bit, um, grumpy when you take pictures around them. My favorite one is pictured below. It’s still in the process of being constructed, but it clearly is meant to look like a certain residence in Washington, D.C.
21 U.S. soldier PV2 John MacIntosh takes cover in farm field and scans the ridge line as Taliban fighters ambush U.S soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division during a patrol in the Pech Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar province on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009.
An Afghan police investigator kneels next to the bloody, shredded body of a Taliban militant inside the international guest house after an attack on October 28, 2009 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Taliban militants killed six U.N. foreign staff in the early morning assault raising serious issues about security before the Presidential run-off election in less tham two weeks time.