Thomas Paine

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

Thursday, November 29, 2012

29 November - iGoogle

All Things Considered - NPR
In Wake Of Recession, Immigrant Births Plunge

American Water Intelligence
Los Angelinos WTP (formerly Bucaramanga Dam)

São Lourenço-Alto Juquiá WTP
BBC
UN upgrades Palestinians' status
The UN General Assembly votes to grant the Palestinians non-member observer state status, a move strongly opposed by Israel and the US.  

Strauss-Kahn maid case 'settled'

  • Sea-level rise finally quantified
    An international effort of more than 20 polar research groups finally settles the question of how much polar ice melting has added to global sea levels.
  • Energy Bill for 'cleaner economy'
    Energy minister Ed Davey publishes his much-trailed Energy Bill, setting out the roadmap for the UK's switch to "a low-carbon economy".
  • Bizarrely big black hole baffles
    Astronomers spot the second-largest black hole ever seen, but in a tiny galaxy just a quarter the size of the Milky Way.
  • South Georgia rat cull to resume
    A 25-strong team of conservation scientists, pilots and engineers is gearing up to resume the largest animal eradication effort ever undertaken.
  • Botswana to ban wildlife hunting
    Commercial hunting will be banned in Botswana as wildlife species face a sharp decline in the southern African nation, officials say.
  • Key wheat genetic codes unlocked
    Scientists unlock key parts of the complex genetic code of wheat, one of the world's most important crops, which could help improve food security.
Blog of Rights - ACLU

Arizona's Denial of Licenses for Immigrant Youths Won't Stop the DREAMers
CBC
Palestinian UN statehood bid gets thumbs up

CNET
Sprint tacks $10 charge on to iDEN subscribers not on CDMA

Groupon decides to keep Andrew Mason as CEO
CNN

GOP after Geithner lays out fiscal plan: 'Get serious'
Specifics of the White House "fiscal cliff" plan emerged after the Treasury secretary's Capitol Hill visit, including $1.6 trillion in tax hikes...  

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Taxes: British Columbians are ready to talk

Carbon Farmers of Australia
Look out for Outliers! They prove it!

10 Things You Didn’t Know About The 100 Years Rule
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
November 2012 Newsletter

Circle of Blue - water news
Photo Slideshow: Irrigating Northeastern China’s Breadbasket

The Stream, November 29: Ice Found on Mercury
Commentators
Andrew Grice: 'Man or mouse' reshuffle has not magically created a Tory majority

Grace Dent: Andy dangles from a rope and we all yawn. It's time to downgrade this expensive blowhard
Common Dreams
Annals of Creepiness

Daily Bell
India Fights the Criminalization of Shared Property

Daily Galaxy
"Gravity Doesn't Exist" --Is this Fundamental Phenomenon of the Universe an Illusion?"Gravity Doesn't Exist" --Is this Fundamental Phenomenon of the Universe an Illusion?
Saturn's Hexagon --"One of the Most Bizarre Things Seen in the Solar System"Saturn's Hexagon --"One of the Most Bizarre Things Seen in the Solar System"
Monster Quasar Discovered with Power Outflow 100 Times Milky Way GalaxyMonster Quasar Discovered with Power Outflow 100 Times Milky Way Galaxy
Image of the Day: Titan's Rapidly Morphing AtmosphereImage of the Day: Titan's Rapidly Morphing Atmosphere
From the X Files: "The Search for Alien Microbes on Earth"From the X Files: "The Search for Alien Microbes on Earth"

Democracy Now!
Smoke Signals: Martin Lee on Growing U.S. Movement to Legalize Marijuana

Headlines for November 29, 2012
Discovery
Excellent Idea of the Day: TB Tracker Halts Disease's Spread
A simple fingerprint reader and a netbook is enough to stop this infectious disease in its tracks.  

EPA Radiation News

EPA Releases Plan to Remove Lead at Raritan Bay Superfund Site in Old Bridge and Sayreville, New Jersey; Public Hearing to Take Place Oct. 17 in Old Bridge
Food and Water Watch

Fish Meat: The Movie
food consumer
Methionine, glucosamine fight adjuvant arthritis

Soy milk, your next weapon to fight obesity?
ForceChange
Ban Standardized Testing by 2013-2014 School Year

Thank Australian Supermarkets for Selling Only Cruelty-Free Meat and Eggs
FreakOut Nation
John Boehner wants Democrats to be specific about the ‘entitlement’ cuts that Republicans are not specific about

Guardian UK
UN general assembly makes resounding vote in favour of Palestinian statehood
Overwhelming majority votes to recognise Palestine as non-member state as US and Israel are left to condemn decisionThe United Nations general...  

Clinton unveils plan to end Aids
Hayride
Quote Of The Day, November 29, 2012

Inside Facebook
Microsoft Live, Candy Crush Saga, Amazon, ABC.com and more on this week’s top 20 growing Facebook apps by DAU

Lifehacker

Best Android Tablet?
LobeLog

Israel, UK and US fail to get Palestinians to Withdraw or Blunt UN Resolution
memeorandum
Strauss-Kahn Said to Reach Deal to Settle With Hotel Housekeeper (William K. Rashbaum/New York Times)

Steve Munro
TTC November 2012 Meeting Wrapup

Jerry Waese Street Scenes
NPR
WikiLeaks Suspect Bradley Manning: 'I Thought I Was Going To Die In That Cage'

Obama And Romney Have Lunch, Agree To 'Stay In Touch'
NRC
I-12-046: NRC to Hold Public Meeting, Open House on Dec. 11 to Update Public on Reviews of Concrete Degradation at Seabrook Nuclear Plant

II-12-067: NRC Schedules Meeting with FPL to Discuss Application for New Nuclear Units at the Turkey Point Site
New Scientist
Projections of sea level rise are vast underestimates

News 24
Calculating' members disrupt conferences - analyst
Calculated moves by ANC members to disrupt branch meetings and the implementation of slates have led to disarray in the party's provincial...  

Obama Conspiracy Theories

Life in the emergency lane
Open Secrets
Possible Secretary of State Candidate Has Millions Invested in Banks, Energy Companies

Outlook
AnonOpsIndia Hack Kapil Sibal's Website

The Sexiest Man Alive
PECAN Group
‘Bigfoot’ DNA Sequenced In Upcoming Genetics Study

paper.li
Is Your Blog Ready for 2013?
We have some fun and really exciting news! Paper.li is the official sponsor this December for Mack Collier’s #BlogChat  -- and we can’t...  

Paper.li: 2012 Monaco Media Forum Partner
Payvand Iran News
Iranian stage and screen stars to raise money for quake victims

Pesticide Action Network
Illegal on pets & seeds, but in kids' shampoo? No problem.

Turns out, women come home from work with breast cancer
Phipippines News
Philippines bucks global trend to post 7.1 per cent growth in Q3

Political MoJo | Mother Jones
Lindsay Graham Wants the Government to Be Able to Lock You Up Forever Without a Trial

Politics Security Secrecy
Trans Pacific Partnership Secrecy Raises Concerns | Stuff.co.nz

Psychology Today
Brain Porn and Pop Neuroscience

Science
A chilling message: Ice sheets melting three times faster than 20 years ago

Science Daily
Scientists identify key biological mechanism in multiple sclerosis

Scientific American
Raging Polar Storm on Saturn Caught by Cassini Spacecraft

Shaleshock Media
Gas Lease signing advise from a person speaking at the June Widnsor NY “Fleeced” meeting.

Star Online
Manager gets 12 years jail for raping 15-year-old girl

TED
Foreign Policy releases its list of the 100 Top Global Thinkers, including 17 TED speakers

Techdirt
DailyDirt: 3D Printing Gone Wild

Syria Cut Off From The Internet Again
Texas Politics

Ethics Commission drops plan to take over criminal ethics enforcement
Facing a fast-brewing storm of opposition, the Texas Ethics Commission on Thursday quickly abandoned its ...  

Radioactive waste site fees push Texas users out-of-state
This Week in Science
Warming and Melting

Glow from the Past
Trend.Az
Egypt to apply protective tariffs on imported steel rebars
Egypt to apply protective tariffs on imported steel rebars  

Russia pressuring Assad for end to violence – Syrian opposition group
USA Today
Palestinian 'state' wins U.N. recognition

Unexplained Mysteries

Web MD
Age and Dry Skin Care
Help your skin stay smooth and healthy as you get older. Start with these dermatologist-recommended tips.  

Weird
Branching out: Tallest treehouse in Britain is luxury penthouse suite

 White House
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 11/29/2012

WhoWhatWhy
The Post-Election Project: Should America Have a National Popular Vote?

Kickstarter: SUCCESS!
Canadians wait an average of four hours for emergency room care, and one in 10 patients waits at least eight hours, a report says. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, wait times persist throughout the patient journey, beginning with ...
The world can control the AIDS epidemic in four or five years and set it on a trajectory to become a small, if permanent, problem, according to a State Department document made public Thursday. An “AIDS-free generation” — a goal that Secretary of State ...
A three-month-old Winnipeg girl has become the first patient in Canada to receive an experimental and potentially life-saving therapy. Physicians at Alberta Children's Hospital, led by medical geneticist Dr. Aneal Khan, completed a series of liver cell ...
In October of this year three of Surrey's best known and most well respected charities formed a unique partnership to put the spotlight on local giving. The Surrey Fire Fighters' Charitable Society, Surrey Food Bank and Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation ...
Shot cat Panda is seen in an undated photo. The feral cat was discovered Tuesday in an alleyway in obvious pain, suffering from severe pellet wounds. (photo courtesy of Stewart Montgomery). Tweet. Change text size for the story; Print this story. Report an ...
(November 29, 2012 - Insidermedicine) From Boston - Men with excess belly fat are at raised risk of osteoporosis, according to a report presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. Researchers conducted CT scans on 35 ...
Dozens of non-urgent surgeries were postponed or cancelled across Quebec on Thursday after the provincial blood bank revealed concerns about the possible contamination of up to half its stock. Héma-Québec initially said it may have to quarantine up to 70 ...
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Business Insider
JM: Renewables are very competitive with oil-fired power, but not with gas or natural gas-burning plants. Gas sets the marginal price for power and affects the prices for a new project that developers are trying to build. This doesn't affect existing ...
ThomasNet Industrial News Room
November 29, 2012 - EPA announced that it has not found evidence to support a finding of severe "economic harm" that would warrant granting a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard. Economic analyses of impacts in the agricultural sector, conducted...
Deutsche Welle
Deutsche Welle: Frank Wouters, IRENA was founded in 2009 as an international organization dedicated to advancing renewableenergies around the world. What are IRENA's tasks? Frank Wouters: We basically have three functions. We are the worldwide...
San Jose Mercury News
"From a regional perspective, we could all work together to reachrenewable portfolio objectives more quickly," said Commission chair Ross Clark, who also serves as the city of Santa Cruz' climate action coordinator. IN OPERATION. So-called community ...
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HUMAN HABITAT

Access Washington
The program is being created under a 2010 legislative directive and complements Ecology's"Lean" campaign to streamline the process for water right permit holders seeking final water right certificates. The Water Resources Program at Ecology has been ...
NASDAQ
Ecology and Environment, Inc. ( EEI ) has announced an ex-dividend date of December 03, 2012 and a cash dividend payment of $0.24 per share scheduled for December 20, 2012. Shareholders who purchased EEI stock prior to the ex-dividend date are ...
Access Washington
OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) will conduct two hearings in Lacey on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, to gather public comment on a draft rule that would provide more flexibility for local governments to exempt minor new construction ...
Niagara Gazette
Niagara Gazette — Coming out of Scranton, Pa., and on page 8A of Monday's Gazette was the story “Natural gas drillers target the truck and bus market.” The very interesting article included information concerning not only drilling, but also on the ...
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WATER POWER

Washington Post
SAN DIEGO — A regional wateragency approved a contract Thursday to buy the entire output of what would be the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant, clearing the way for construction to begin early next year. The San Diego County ...
Wired
For the first time, scientists have confirmed that the planet Mercury holds at least 100 billion tons of water ice as well as organic material in permanently shadowed craters at its north pole. The findings come from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft, which ...
Businessweek
WAUBAY, S.D. (AP) — Standing along a South Dakota waterfront shored up with boulders, Kevin Jens peered at the placid lake and reminisced about a road that led to a popular place to fish and picnic nearby but now lies underwater after being swallowed...
New York Daily News
"We are not in a position to release any more water to Tamil Nadu, as the present combined storage in our reservoirs is 58 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet). With an additional 52 tmcft expected from regeneration and inflows, we will have 110 tmcft ...
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