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Monday, December 14, 2009

Obama presses bank chiefs to lend more

President Obama reiterated his call Monday for the nation's banks to increase lending, saying that he was getting too many letters from small businesses unable to borrow money.

"America's banks received extraordinary assistance" from the government, Obama said at a press conference following a meeting with the heads of the largest banks. "Now that they're back on their feet, we expect an extraordinary commitment from them to help rebuild our economy."

Polar ice may vanish in 5-7 years

New computer modeling suggests the Arctic Ocean may be nearly ice-free in the summertime as early as 2014, Al Gore said Monday at the UN climate conference.

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Butt out! North Face takes South Butt to court

The North Face Apparel Corp. is suing a small suburban St. Louis-area company called The South Butt and the teenager who started it.

Butt out! North Face takes South Butt to court

Pigs potty-trained to curb pollution

Farmers in southern Taiwan have started to potty-train their pigs in response to a planned water pollution fee, breeders and officials say.

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A record-setting kidney swap

A record-setting kidney swap

An unlikely chain reaction turns into a 13-way transplant during six marathon days of surgery.

Holiday shipping deadlines loom

Holiday shipping deadlines loom

If you haven't mailed your Christmas packages, take note of these important dates.

The tricky business of office gifts

The tricky business of office gifts

Giving the wrong holiday present to a co-worker or your boss could get you in some trouble.

Ways to become happier at work

16 ways to become happier at work

Simple things, like a good desk chair and short walks, can make life more pleasant.

Millions of missing shrub emails found

Millions of missing shrub emails found

Technicians locate the lost messages, but their contents won't be released for some time.

Boy's selfless act saves brother

Boy's selfless act saves brother

Adrian Zavala was walking with Jesse Barrera when a nearby driver was blinded by the sun.


'Monster' iceberg splitting apart

'Monster' iceberg splitting apart

Hundreds of smaller slabs are breaking off a huge mass of ice as it makes its way toward Australia.

Seven simple dinners

Seven simple dinners

Make dinnertime a stress-free event with these easy menus for every day of the week.

High-calorie restaurant appetizers

High-calorie restaurant appetizers

Choosing the wrong starter can equal 1,000 calories before the entrée arrives.

Behaviors of manipulative people

5 behaviors of manipulative people

Flattery, repetition, and forgetfulness are three ways pushy people attempt to get their way.

Strangers set off 'magical' chain reaction

Strangers set off 'magical' chain reaction

Waitresses at a diner are stunned by what happened after a random act of generosity.

The three best pre-holiday deals

The three best pre-holiday deals

You may be ill-advised to wait for the after-Christmas sales on these popular items.

The high cost of softness

Toilet paper: The high cost of softness

Americans are reluctant to give up plush toilet paper, but some say "soft enough" should be good enough.


Octopuses use coconut shells as portable shelters

Remarkable footage of veined octopuses collecting coconut halves for use when under threat could be the first example of tool use in invertebrates.

Warning: This video contains footage of an octopus hiding under a coconut shell that it has carried around just in case it needed to hide from something. Watching this footage may contradict your previous assumptions about animal tool use, and may be too adorable for some viewers.

National Geographic: Octopuses Carry Coconut Shells as Instant Shelters

Fake blood cells so agile they can carry drugs

Copycat red blood cells can squeeze through the smallest spaces to deliver drugs and imaging agents anywhere in the body.

Fake blood cells so agile they can carry drugs

Liars and Fools

Liars and Fools for today:

Rob Wittman (refuse - Virginia) says "Good point" as constituent says Americans will soon "have no recourse but to take things into their own hands".
Nothing like telling a deranged fruitcake to go ahead and kill someone now is there.

Obama death threats are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors at wingnut website.
Boy, someone has way too much time on there hands and not enough brains to fill a pin-head.

The problem with the repugican party ...

The problem with the repugican party, explains Jim DeMint (retard - South Carolina), is that the party's leadership has drifted too far to the Left.

Yeah, and Alice really does follow that white rabbit down its hole, for real, really.

More repugican idiocies

The Repugicans' obstructionism in Congress is really something to see.
They're lining up manually to vote on bills instead of using their electronic voting devices, just because it's slower and keeps the works gummed up a little longer.

Seriously Unhinged

Steve King (reptile - Iowa), is furious that the White House served acorn-shaped cookies at a party.

Seriously unhinged, indeed.

The dumbing of America

Virtually everywhere in the world people tend to be more educated than their parents.

This is no longer true in the United States.

A report by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities indicates that the U.S. is one of only two nations on Earth in which people aged 25 to 34 have lower educational attainment than their parents.

All hail the repugican vision of Amerikkka.

Nice racket in Indianapolis.

If you contest your traffic ticket you're hit with a huge fee.


Although, since 99% of cops, jailers, and legislators are opposed to it ... what we the people think really doesn't matter at all.

And I Quote

I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.

~ Albert Einstein

How Monsanto owns and manipulates the world's food supply

Steve Silberman sends us "A major AP expose of how Monsanto uses secret licensing agreements for its genetically manipulated crops to squeeze smaller seed companies, lock out competition, and keep food prices high.".
Monsanto's methods are spelled out in a series of confidential commercial licensing agreements obtained by the AP. The contracts, as long as 30 pages, include basic terms for the selling of engineered crops resistant to Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, along with shorter supplementary agreements that address new Monsanto traits or other contract amendments...

For example, one contract provision bans independent companies from breeding plants that contain both Monsanto's genes and the genes of any of its competitors, unless Monsanto gives prior written permission -- giving Monsanto the ability to effectively lock out competitors from inserting their patented traits into the vast share of U.S. crops that already contain Monsanto's genes...

"We now believe that Monsanto has control over as much as 90 percent of (seed genetics). This level of control is almost unbelievable," said Neil Harl, agricultural economist at Iowa State University who has studied the seed industry for decades. "The upshot of that is that it's tightening Monsanto's control, and makes it possible for them to increase their prices long term. And we've seen this happening the last five years, and the end is not in sight."

Flexible solar cell implant could restore vision

Some forms of blindness occur because photoreceptors in the retina degrade. The first flexible implant could help.

Flexible solar cell implant could restore vision

Our atmosphere came from outer space

Comets may have given birth to Earth's atmosphere, rather than volcanoes spewing gases from deep within the planet.

Pregnant women develop emotion-reading superpowers

Being pregnant seems to make women better at reading threatening facial expressions – perhaps because it makes mothers-to-be hyper-vigilant.

Pregnant women develop emotion-reading superpowers

Cute Overload

Watching how Meerkats grow old in the Kalahari.

Now, who said science wasn't cute!?

'Favorite species' at risk of extinction

'Favorite species' at risk of extinction

Penguins and koalas are among the well-known animals "whose fate is at stake."

Cities on the rebound from foreclosures

Cities on the rebound from foreclosures

The towns making a strong comeback from the foreclosure crisis have some factors in common.

Detained Americans to be tried in Iran

Three U.S. citizens detained in Iran and charged with espionage will stand trial, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Monday, a step certain to aggravate the U.S. at a time when Tehran is locked in a standoff with the West over its nuclear program.

The three Americans - Josh Fattal, Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd - were on an alleged adventure hike in northern Iraq and accidentally crossed into Iran, where they were arrested on July 31.

Detained Americans to be tried in Iran

Foo Fighter Flying Foo

This is a 'real' UFO folks.
But before you dismiss it you have to realize UFO stands for 'Unidentified Flying Object' not 'Alien Spacecraft'.
And you can not identify what is flying alongside the F-18 in this video.

Woman charged with burgling MySpace date

From the "Looking for love in all the wrong places" Department:

A Michigan man who decided to look for romance on MySpace got burglarized instead, police say.

Yes, you can become a great chef

Cooking is simple, really.
You buy food , cut it up , combine a few flavors and apply heat.

Yes, you can become a great chef

Women back from combat face cold reality

Women back from combat face cold reality

Even near military bases, female vets from Iraq and Afghanistan get a chilly reception.

Debt-ridden Dubai gets 6bn from Abu Dhabi

Dubai's government said today it had received 6bn in emergency funds from oil-rich neighbour Abu Dhabi to pay debts owed by its struggling conglomerate.

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But wait there's more ...

Dubai gets surprise $10 billion lifeline

A last-minute infusion of cash keeps the glitzy city-state from plunging deeper into crisis.

Who came to the rescue


Unusual Holidays and Celebrations

No Holidays or Celebrations today.

There is however only ...

10 More Shopping Days Until Xmas!

Daily Almanac

Today is Monday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2009.

There are 17 days left in the year.

Today In History December 14

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Daily Horoscope

Today's horoscope says:

If anyone can meet a goal at this time, it's you.
An expert in making plans and following them to the letter, you are ready to go all out with your engines revving.
You have your eyes on the finish line already.
If you can keep them there, you'll outstrip the competition before you know it.
Don't waste any time on self-doubt or second-guessing.
You can do this.

Yes, I can.