US appeals court nixes Vatican Bank Holocaust suit
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
US appeals court nixes Vatican Bank Holocaust suit
In a sign that the 2010 primary season is beginning to heat up, and is likely to get ugly, a repugican candidate for the Senate has "accused" a rival repugican of being a closeted homosexual.
Iranian security forces intensify crackdown
Hippie Capitalists and Other Rare Wonders of the Modern World
American International Group Inc
is preparing to pay its departing general counsel several million dollars in severance after she resigned over federal pay curbs, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
The insurer determined that Anastasia Kelly was entitled to the money under the company's severance plan, whose terms say certain executives can resign and collect severance if their pay is reduced significantly, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
If a Democrat had done this, the repugicans would make this entire issue about that Democrat.
An attempt to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day would be all-consuming for the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration — if there were one.
The post remains vacant because Sen. Jim DeMint, r-S.C., has held up President Barack Obama's nominee in opposition to the prospect of TSA workers joining a labor union.
Say that again? Speak up, I say. Photo via Moon Battery
Of all the consequences that rising levels of carbon dioxide emissions have wrought, this has to be one of the stranger ones: the world's oceans are getting louder. Yes, seas around the globe are becoming physically noisier. Here's how.
Photo: Cburnett (Wikipedia)
Threatened by habitat destruction and a lucrative black market trade in skins, bones and other body parts, a little bit of justice for tigers everywhere was meted out last week when villagers who killed and ate China's last Indochinese tiger were sentenced up to 12 years in prison and fined.
Photo via HummingLion Designs
As global temperatures rise, species across the world will have to, quite literally, run to stay alive. According to the latest research, 28.8% of the biomes of the earth will need to migrate at a rate greater than 1 kilometer per year to escape the heat, which is intensifying in a gradient band around the earth. Some organisms most sensitive to temperature changes will not be capable of outrunning the wave of climate change, destined to be made unfit for their new climate zone--leading to mass extinctions on a scale not seen since the last ice age.
This year provided plenty of cosmic eye-openers for astronomers and casual stargazers alike. Neighborhood planets such as Mercury and Jupiter received makeovers in both a scientific and literal sense. The discovery of water on the moon and Mars provided clues to the past, not to mention hints for the future of space exploration. A class of newly-detected "Super-Earth" planets around alien stars may ultimately prove more habitable than Earth. And a growing fleet of existing, new and revived space telescopes promises another stellar year ahead.
The missionary's detention could cause a diplomatic headache for the U.S. and the volatile nation.
A simple trick can help you figure out which breads are lower in calories per slice.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Outback discriminated against female employees and denied them equal opportunities for advancement.
The lawsuit, filed by the EEOC in federal court in Colorado in 2006, said female employees couldn't get promoted to the higher-level profit-sharing management positions in the restaurants and were denied favorable job assignments, particularly kitchen management experience, which was required for employees to be considered for the top management job.
"There are still too many glass ceilings left to shatter in workplaces throughout corporate America," said EEOC Acting Chairman Stuart Ishimaru.
"The EEOC will continue to bring class lawsuits like this one against employers who engage in gender discrimination on a systemic scale."
In addition to the money, the settlement requires that Outback launch an online application system for employees interested in managerial and other supervisory positions; hire a human resource executive in the newly created position of vice president of people; employ an outside consultant for at least two years who will determine compliance with the settlement terms and analyze data from the online application system to determine whether women have equal opportunities for promotion.
Blue Moon On New Year's Eve An Aphrodiasiac?
Authorities say they confiscated a teddy bear at a Southern California toy store that was stuffed with marijuana.
Acres of vacant land are eyed for urban agriculture under an ambitious plan that aims to turn the struggling Rust Belt city into a green mecca.
Reporting from Detroit – On the city’s east side, where auto workers once assembled cars by the millions, nature is taking back the land.
Cottonwood trees grow through the collapsed roofs of homes stripped clean for scrap metal. Wild grasses carpet the rusty shells of empty factories, now home to pheasants and wild turkeys.
This green veil is proof of how far this city has fallen from its industrial heyday and, to a small group of investors, a clear sign. Detroit, they say, needs to get back to what it was before Henry Ford moved to town: farmland. [...]
It is the size and scope of Hantz Farms that makes the project unique. Although company officials declined to pinpoint how many acres they might use, they have been quoted as saying that they plan to farm up to 5,000 acres within the Motor City’s limits in the coming years, raising organic lettuces, trees for biofuel and a variety of other things.
Van Wedeen, a Harvard radiology professor, is awestruck: “We’ve never really seen the brain – it’s been hiding in plain sight.” Conventional scanning has offered us a crude glimpse, but scientists such as Wedeen aim to produce the first ever three-dimensional map of all its neurons. They call this circuit diagram the “connectome”, and it could help us better understand everything from imagination and language to the miswirings that cause mental illness. But with 100 billion neurons hooked together by more connections than there are stars in the MilkyWay, the brain is a challenge that represents petabyte-level data.
Contract disputes statewide in 2009 are projected to be up 9 percent from the year before. Statewide home foreclosure filings increased 17 percent, to 48,127 filings. Cases involving charges like assault by family members were up 18 percent statewide. While serious crime remains low, misdemeanor charges in New York City were up 7 percent and lesser violations were up 18 percent in 2009.
Judges and lawyers say the tales behind any number of cases, including low-level offenses like turnstile jumping and petty theft, are often a barometer of bad times. And they said that the data showed that courts nationally would be working through the recession’s consequences for years, much as they did with the flood of cases stemming from the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s, even after the epidemic had slowed.
The Gitmo detainees were sent to Saudi Arabia in 2007, where they underwent "art therapy," and then were set free.
But now the repugicans have a problem with President Obama wanting to try suspected terrorists in US courts.
Maybe if we promise the maximum sentence will be "art therapy," the repugicans will shut up.
Every repugican in the House and nearly every repugican Senator voted against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (also known as the stimulus).
Although the Congressional Budget Office has credited the stimulus with creating up to 1.6 million jobs, the same lying politicians who opposed the stimulus have attempted to justify their opposition to the policy by smearing it as a failure.
But as ThinkProgress has documented, the same lying politicians are returning to their districts to take credit for the economic success of the stimulus.
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If you are resolving to cut back on take-out foods, but really aren't sure how taking over at the stovetop will go, there's a cool website that will help out. NoTakeOut plans your meal from each ingredient and tool needed down to every last step of preparation so you can take the kitchen by storm. And while the website doesn't purport to be a "green" option, it has a whole lot of potential for being just that.
Layoffs are a fact of life in this economy, but there are humane ways to do it. Then there’s the Arrow Trucking Arrow Trucking method.
The Tulsa, Okla., trucking company stopped payment on the gas cards of its drivers, leaving some of them stranded Tuesday around the United States, miles from home. No explanation on the website. No one at the company answering phones.
The 200 or so employees at Arrow Trucking’s headquarters were told to pack up their belongings and go home Tuesday morning, according to the Tulsa World.
The only acknowledgment was a brief recorded message on the company’s main phone number, asking drivers of its Freightliner and Kenworth trucks to turn their rigs in to the nearest dealer and to call a special hotline to arrange for a bus ticket home. Drivers of the company’s Navistar trucks were told to call back for more information.
Akmal Shaikh, 53, was put to death at 10.30am local time (2.30am British time) after frantic last-minute pleas for clemency by the Foreign Office failed.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Gorzow Wielkopolskie, Lubuskie, Poland
Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium
London, England, United Kingdom
Manila, Manila, Philippines
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Durgapur, West Bengal, India
Ringsted, Vestsjalland, Denmark
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Veldhoven, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Bandung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
Ready for the pace of life to change?
To pick up considerably?
Good, because that's what's happening.
Don't worry -- it will be fun, mostly because it's going to be your doing, and also because you've really been itching for a change for a long time.
So if a higher-up comes to you with what seems like a totally unexpected schedule shift, think for a second.
Weren't you really begging for this?
Wait a minute the pace picking up!?