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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

21 April - iGoogle

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The UK is set to miss its renewable energy targets by a wide margin – a failure that could result in billions of pounds being added to energy bills as we rely increasingly on imported gas, according to a new study. Only 3% of the UK's energy currently ...
Or will his own interests actually destroy the campaign against renewables, asks Dani Garavelli THE handful of tickets made available to the public were snapped up in under an hour. Donald Trump's appearance before the economy, energy and tourism ...
UN chief Ban Ki-moon made a call to double global consumption of renewable energy over the next two decades in order to ensure sustainable economic development. UN chief Ban Ki-moon made a call to double global consumption of renewable energy over the ...
PIERRE — Four years ago, the Legislature set an objective that, by 2015, 10 percent of the electricity sold at retail in South Dakota should come from renewable energy and recycled energy sources. It's difficult to say, based on the annual reports ...
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Human Habitat

By Linda Kent Sunday marks the 43rd Earth Day, and folks at the Department of Ecology encourage you to celebrate. There are plenty of simple ways you can show you care about our environment this weekend and also throughout the year: Have your voice ...
Eurasia Review
The study, produced by the Gulf Oil Spill Ecotox Working Group at UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), is published in the May issue of the journal Bioscience. It is titled, “A Tale of Two Spills: Novel ...
Taipei Times
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporter The Guanwu Salamander Ecology Center opened to the public yesterday in the Shei-pa National Park's Guanwu Recreation Area. The guanwu salamander (Hynobius formosanus) is a nocturnal amphibian that inhabits mountainous ...
Science Codex
The study, produced by the Gulf Oil Spill Ecotox Working Group at UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), is published in the May issue of the journal Bioscience. It is titled, "A Tale of Two Spills: Novel ...
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Water Power

Baltimore Sun
More than 200000 county households get their water from Baltimore City, where an error-prone billing system overcharged its customers in both jurisdictions by at least $4.2 million in the past few years. But in Baltimore County, the errors are ...
Penn State may have a new coach, Bill O'Brien, but this is a headline we've had filed away for the better part of the last year. In the first spring game for the football program since 1949 that didn't involve the legendary Joe Paterno, ...
San Francisco Chronicle
The deaths of up to 20000 migrating birds this year in a wildlife refuge near the Oregon border has renewed debate about resource management on the Klamath River, where myriad competing interests are fighting for water rights.
Bangor Daily News
By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff The team of Adam Vedoni and Dan Cassaday runs through low water near the start of the 46th annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe race on Saturday, April 21, 2012. The team of Julia Brown and Erin Thomas (top) collides with a canoe ...

All Things Considered - NPR
Pop Culture's 40-Year Itch
Made In The USA: An Export Boom

 American Water Intelligence

Recife and Goiana

UN votes to boost Syria mission
The Security Council votes to increase the number of UN observers in Syria to 300 for three months, as monitors on the ground visit restive Homs.  
South Sudan oil facility 'bombed' 
  • Badger cull plans to be reviewed
    Government plans to cull badgers in England are to to be reviewed in the High Court following a legal challenge by the Badger Trust.
  • Trick spots CO2 from fossil fuels
    Researchers prove a novel method of determining whether atmospheric CO2 was created by natural sources or by the burning of fossil fuels.
  • Five 'poachers' killed in Kenya
    Wildlife rangers in Kenya shoot dead five suspected ivory poachers during a gun battle and recover 50kg of elephants' tusks.
  • Sharp eye sees crippled Envisat
    Europe's troubled flagship Earth observer, Envisat, is pictured by another spacecraft flying just underneath it.
  • Nasa challenges citizen scientists
    Better ways to spot landing sites on the Moon are part of a Nasa competition to harness "citizen scientists".
  • 'Huge' water resource in Africa
    Scientists say the notoriously dry continent of Africa is sitting on a vast reservoir of groundwater.
Blog of Rights - ACLU
The U.S. Death Penalty — An International Human Rights Wrong?
Racial Profiling Redux 
IBM Fellow Jeff Jonas on the evolution of Big Data
Watergate figure, Christian leader Chuck Colson dies
Chuck Colson, a Watergate-era "hatchet man" for President Richard Nixon who became an influential evangelical leader after serving time in prison...  
Mom of gang-rape victim says system 'failed' daughter 
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
What’s at stake for working seniors? 
Carbon Farmers of Australia
 Center for Climate and Energy

Low-Carbon Innovation Forum
Circle of Blue Water News
Photo Slideshow: Australia’s Coal and Gas Boom Boosted By Asian Demand
Global Energy Demand Driving Australia’s Coal and Gas Export Boom 
Joan Smith: Ask politicians about FGM, and lo, they are against it
Tom Hodgkinson: The bohemian spirit is alive and well 
Common Dreams
Zimmerman Bail Set 
Daily Bell
Spain Bans Cash 
Free-Market Analysis: They are not even making a pretense anymore that the West is run via market economies. As we have long predicted, the phony "sovereign debt" crisis in Europe is being used to justify all sorts of authoritarian measures.
It is government pols that gladly borrowed what European banks threw at them. And somehow the upshot earlier this week is that Spanish citizens now lose the right to conduct many transactions in cash.
Spectactularly, the reports such as this one, excerpted above, don't even both to hide the real point. The Spanish government wants to ensure that it can "track transactions and make sure that people and businesses are paying taxes."
Of course, anyone who has visited Spain of late knows that the tax burden in Spain is onerous indeed, and is one reason that the truculent tribes that have co-existed uneasily with Madrid are again beginning to beat the drums of secession.
The taxes that the central government levies on small businesses especially are verging on punitive. But there are no apologies. The official position is one of unflinching demands.
It is surely part of a larger meme having to do with a "cashless" society. Just recently the UK Telegraph asked "Is mobile the way we'll all be paying?" The answer, as can be expected, was a qualified yes, but issued in the predictable upbeat way.
The cashless society has been a much-mooted concept ever since consumer credit cards were widely introduced in the 1950s. Now it seems that “mobile money” is the new gold rush. The term – used to describe the way the mobile phone is used to pay for goods – yields no fewer than 126 million results on a Google search ... 
Market research firm Yankee Group believes that global mobile transactions will become a $1trillion market by 2015. While Berg Insight says there will be 894m worldwide users of mobile banking by the same year. Peter Ayliffe, chief executive of Visa Europe, who sits on the Monitise board, believes 50pc of all Visa transactions in Europe will be on a mobile device by 2020.
The top men are beginning to issue their predictions. The march to a cashless society has begun. Perhaps we owe Spain a debt of gratitude for revealing the REAL reason for a cashless society. It makes tax collecting so much easier.
But this is only part of the story. Taxes are certainly to be paid ... but the RESULTS of tax payments and the government expenditures they give rise to are seemingly more questionable every day.
In Spain this is certainly evident. The REAL problem that Spain faces as its depression spirals out of control is the infrastructure that politicos built over the past decade. Every small town has bike paths, outdoor parks and other unnecessary public venues that will soon prove, well ... unsupportable.

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The Secret Media War of 2012
Democracy Now!
Whistleblower: The NSA is Lying - U.S. Government Has Copies of Most of Your Emails
Discovery News
Ready to Blow? Mexico Volcano Rumbles
Concerns grow for Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano that has been spewing molten rock up to a mile from its crater.  
Brain Implant Helps Paralyzed Hand Move 
Daily News -Egypt
Pan-Muslim body may participate in UN Syria observer mission
EPA Radiation News
EPA to Help Citizen Scientists Learn More about Air and Water Pollution in the U.S. Virgin Islands
EPA Water Science
2012 Beach Grants
Notice of Final 2010 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan; Re-Opening Public Comment Period 

Food and Water Watch
Trials and Tribulations of a Tea Drinker
Food Consumer
Marine n-3 Fatty Acids Cut Risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis
By David Liu, PHD It's been known that rheumatoid arthritis is linked to cardiovascular disease.  Taking dietary supplements like marine n-3...  
You barely notice it in processed food, but it can boost your cancer risk 

On Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed two new draft guidelines for the evaluation and use of nanomaterials in food and cosmetics The documents are available for public comment for 90 days. The agency said in a Consumer Update ...
A Field Notes column last Sunday (“Bridal Hunger Games”) reported on some diets that brides use to drop 15 or 20 pounds before their weddings: Weight Watchers and a personal fitness trainer, juice cleanses, the Dukan diet, diet pills, hormone shots and ...
Vietnam has asked international health experts to help investigate a mystery illness that has killed 19 people and sickened 171 others in Quang Ngai Province, an official said Friday. The infection has mostly affected children and young people.
By Janice Lloyd, USA TODAY Cleaning house and doing yardwork are taking on new importance. A higher level of physical activity — not just exercising — is linked to a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease even in people over 80, ...
Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center and colleagues at the University of South Florida and University of Kentucky have found that breast cancer survivors who have had chemotherapy, radiation or both do not perform as well on some cognitive tests as ...
By Rebecca Cheung Bioengineered follicles can grow hair (as seen on the mouse's head) when transplanted into normally hairless mice, a new study shows. Takashi Tsuji/Tokyo University of Science A hair-raising trick may lead to better hair transplants.
Experts predict that unseasonably warm weather in the Northeast may trigger a rise in Lyme disease. NBC's Mara Schiavocampo reports. >>> warning about a health menace at that could be worse this year. with all the warm weather this spring, ...
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stands on the North Lawn of the White House before making remarks to the ne

Guardian UK
Bahrain protester found dead on eve of F1 race
Bahrain to investigate death of Salah Abbas Habib, who was allegedly beaten by riot police on eve of grand prixAn investigation has been launched...  
10,000kg explosives found in Kabul 
Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico Core-exit
Disease-ridden Fish, Eyeless Shrimp, Mutated Sea Life – Welcome ...
Dirty Politics Already With CATS Tax On Today’s Ballot
Obama’s Re-Election Bid Is Already In Deep Trouble 
In-Mind : Psychology for You
When the thought of yourself nags you: How failure to attain cultural standards brings suicide on the fringe of consciousness 
Inside Facebook
Hawks on Iran
The Times and Taqiyya: Newspaper of Record Thin on Sourcing For Islamic Scholarship 
Charles W. Colson, Watergate Felon Who Became Evangelical Leader, Dies at 80 (Tim Weiner/New York Times)
Steve Munro
The Challenge of the Eastern Waterfront
Service Changes for May 2012 (Updated)
 NPR -News
White Sox's Humber Throws Perfect Game
New Scientist - online news
Sound waves help quantum computers scale up
news 24

Le Clos continues fine form
Chad le Clos spearheaded another superb night at the South African National Swimming Championships in Durban.  
Costa Concordia to be salvaged in 1 piece 
Obama Conspiracy Theories
How we insure our presidents are eligible
Orly Taitz: And for my next trick… 
One World Scam
Economic Hitmen: The Truth About Globalization (SHORT VIDEO)
US gives Israel 680 million dollars for Iron Dome 
Open Channel
More Secret Service resignations expected to be announced
New details are surfacing about the prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia as investigators attempt to locate the 11 women who allegedly...  

Inside the foreclosure factory, they're working overtime
Open Secrets
ATF Preparing to Outlaw Shotguns
Join Paper.li for #FollowFriday Fun
If you've been using Twitter for even the shortest amount of time, you're probably already familiar with Follow Friday, aka #FollowFriday or...  
Paper.li's a Red Herring Europe Top 100 Finalist! 
Payvand Iran News
Photos: Dust storms hit Iran's western provinces
Pesticide Action Network
GE corn & sick honey bees - what's the link?
Philippines News
Tensions rise between Beijing and Manila over South China Sea
Labour Minister Meets Philippine Counterpart 
Political MoJo | Mother Jones
ALEC to Right-Wing Bloggers: We Need Your Help! 
Takash The Spineless Politics Talk - National Security Secrecy and ...
Psychology Today
The Dark Side of Personality 
Stockholm Subway System, The Craziest Underground Art Gallery
Rescuing the frog
Your oilsands royalty primer 
Satellite News

NASA's THEMIS Satellite Sees a Great Electron Escape
When scientists discovered two great swaths of radiation encircling Earth in the 1950s, it spawned over-the-top fears about "killer electrons" and...  
Polar bears are 450,000 years older than we thought 
Science Daily
Marine scientists urge government to reassess oil spill response
Mild winters are detrimental to butterflies 
Scientific American
Patent Watch
Reflections On The Gulf Oil Spill: Conversations With My Grandpa | Observations 
Shaleshock Media

DEP Public Hearing– Herkey Compressor Station– part 3
Star Online
Killeen man killed in early morning collision
The kids will be alright: Q&A with translator and TEDx organizer Kristine Sargsyan
Scenes and learnings from TEDxSummit workshops 
Too Much Copyright: This Generation's Prohibition
The Difference Between Nuanced Discussion And The Evil Underbelly Of The Internet Is Apparently A Fine Line Indeed 
Ten Percent
This Week in Science
Tic-Toc Segmentation Clock
Unnatural Bases 

Real Madrid win in Barcelona, virtual champions
Real Madrid stunned Barcelona on Saturday with a 2-1 win in the Camp Nou, a victory that virtually guarantees the whites the Spanish Liga title.  
USA Today
Watergate figure Charles Colson has died at age 80
Pa. priest-abuse trial painful, poignant for Catholics 
Unexplained Mysteries
Are two heads really better than one ? 
Web MD

New Warnings for MS Drug Gilenya After FDA Review
Novartis, the maker of the drug Gilenya (fingolimod), a once-daily oral capsule taken for multiple sclerosis, has added stronger warnings to labels...  
Extra Vitamin C May Help Lower Blood Pressure 
Chicken without an egg born in Sri Lanka
White House
Remarks by the President at Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride 
RadioWhoWhatWhy: Russ Baker on WBAI radio, New York, talks about Syria with host Felipe Luciano and fellow guest Prof. Stuart Schaar. April 5, 2012
Will Political Ads Destroy Public Broadcasting’s “Uniqueness”?
Zoe - It's our Nature
Mickey Rourke to Set Up Sanctuary in Romania
Climate Change – Looking Back to See Ahead
Daily Galaxy
New Space Venture the Next Google? --"Could Add Trillions of Dollars to the Global GDP Mining Asteroids"
Today's Hot Tech News Video from IDG--Top Right of Page
"The Great Switch" --Sun's Magnetic Field Does a Complete Reverse Every 11 Years
The Mars' "Methane Mystery" --A Sign of Life or an Earth-Based Illusion? We'll Know Soon

Friday's 'Comment of the Day' --Emergence of the Human 'SuperBrain' 75,000 Years Ago --"AI Could Blur Differences between Humans and Computers in Coming Centuries"

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