Trash pickup is one service that could suffer for families on military bases.
Public flogging should be used in this case.
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Faux & Friends is a show that's not exactly known for getting its facts right--but people watch it and confuse the drivel there for actual information. A particularly appalling segment aired yesterday, in which the Friends attacked the White House for allegedly giving up on gathering intelligence on terrorists, and instead using the CIA to study icebergs. They took a report and mangled the facts in order to rile up their viewers--and the bit was literally funded by Exxon.
One Million Sheep May Freeze
You've almost certainly heard about the cold snap that sweeping both the US and Northern Eurasia (while it's uncharacteristically warm in other parts of the world)--record cold temperatures are being set, and many tragedies are unfolding. In Scotland, the victims are the sheep: one million of them, a whole one third of Scotland's sheep, may freeze to death during the current cold spell.
Sometimes there is good news:
The use of Tasers has become increasingly controversial over the last year, following high-profile cases such as the Tasering of a 10-year-old girl who had refused to take a shower and video of a 72-year-old great-grandmother who was Tasered following a driving offense. Now a federal appeals court in San Francisco has set down new rules for when police officers are allowed to use Tasers. In particular, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Tasers can’t be used simply to force a non-violent person to bend to an officer’s will. The court’s reason was that Taser’s X26 stun gun inflicts more pain than other “non-lethal” options.
It would be naive to assume that there will not be any market response to the ruling. We have recently seen a rash of new devices aimed at police forces, including assorted laser dazzlers and pepper ball guns as Taser alternatives. There are also portable pain beams in prospect, both microwave and infrared laser varieties, not to mention various acoustic blasters. The ruling is likely to lead to more experimentation, both technical and in the courts, to find out just what the acceptable level of pain and suffering is and how it can best be delivered.
The ruling is also a potential boost for devices such as the LED Incapacitator, which does not rely on pain but other physiological effects (disorientation, loss of balance and nausea).
Antarctica is warming, but not melting anything like as much as expected.
The apparent contradiction is explained by the seasonal pattern of warming.
Grey squirrels have little impact on woodland bird species in England, a study by the British Trust for Ornithology shows.
An editorial in the medical journal the Lancet has urged China's authorities to do more to prevent scientific fraud.
Britain's wildlife is on "the brink of a crisis" as harsh winter conditions continue to grip the nation, warn conservationists.
Along the Magdalena River in Colombia, there lies a seemingly innocent, yet mysterious collection of Pre-Colombian statues carved out of volcanic rock.
Their piercing gazes across the lush vegetation is a warning, or rather a form of protection for the tombs they guard.
Landlords are more willing than ever to renegotiate as they scramble to keep tenants.
Treacherous conditions persist in the East while the South deals with a prolonged deep freeze.
Many Malay Muslims, who make up 60 percent of the population, are incensed by a recent High Court decision to overturn a ban on Roman Catholics using "Allah" as a translation for God in the Malay-language edition of their main newspaper, the Herald.
Experts at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory on the UC Davis campus told Los Angeles County Veterinary Public Health officials on Dec. 22 that the cat suffered from swine flu.
The cat was sneezing and had developed a nasal discharge and occasional cough, officials said. The cat had spent a considerable time on her owner's lap.
The owner was also confirmed to have H1N1 flu and had been ill a few days prior to the cat becoming sick.
No one is ready to argue that eating pomegranates will keep one free of breast cancer, but recent research at the City of Hope cancer research and treatment center in Duarte, California, suggests that an acid found in pomegranates can block an enzyme that converts androgen to estrogen, a hormone that plays a role in the development of breast cancer. Reuters reports that the researchers' search for phytochemicals with the ability to suppress aromatase and ultimately block cancer growth revealed 10 natural compounds in the fruit may potentially prevent estrogen-related breast cancer.