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Pakistan has wrapped up its army offensive against the Taliban in South Waziristan, but now may send its soldiers after militants in another part of the lawless tribal belt along the Afghan border, the prime minister said Saturday.
Photo via: D'Arcy Norman/Flickr
Here's one that motivates me, Miss Wanderlust, to pack away my passport and more seriously consider that staycation.
Recent findings from scientists at the Florida Institute of Technology, UC Santa Cruz and the University of Florida are estimating that airplane passengers and crews traveling through just one thunderstorm of lightening-emitted X-rays, gamma rays and high-energy electrons could be exposed to radiation amounts equal to 400 chest X-rays--the maximum safe radiation exposure over a person's lifetime. Ouch.
The temperature is rising at COP15.
Famous climate change denier and hereditary third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley Lord Christopher Monckton is in the news for calling green protestors "Hitler youth." He followed that up by saying those who want action on global warming have killed more people than Hitler.
Health insurance industry trade groups opposed to President Obama’s health care reform bill are paying Facebook users fake money — called “virtual currency” — to send letters to Congress protesting the bill. [...]
Instead of asking the gamers to try a product the way Netflix would, “Get Health Reform Right” requires gamers to take a survey, which, upon completion, automatically sends the following email to their Congressional Rep:
“I am concerned a new government plan could cause me to lose the employer coverage I have today. More government bureaucracy will only create more problems, not solve the ones we have.”
al shaybah oil field, via heatingoil.com
Sounds crazy, that's what the place is made of. Who would think that Saudi Arabia could be running out of sand? Yet the Kingdom has halted exports of the stuff, a major component of concrete, and it is causing problems in Bahrain and other countries that depend on imports of high quality Saudi sand.
Evidently the stuff is in the wrong place; Stuart Burns in MetalMiner reports that "Saudi Arabia has more sand than oil but unlike it's oil, the sand and gravel are predominantly in rather inaccessible areas and the cost of transport for such a comparatively low value product is uneconomically high." So the Saudis are keeping what they've got to themselves.
Who knows, might they do the same for oil when the time comes?