The FBI made up terrorism emergencies to collect more than 2,000 U.S. call records.
These common parental mistakes can seriously hinder a child's ability to make friends.
"An Asian Bighead carp swims in the Great Lakes Invasive Species tank at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium." Image credit:Nancy Stone/ Chicago Tribune.
I hate it when lawyers end up managing shared environmental resources. So, it is with some pleasure that I share this breaking news, from the Chicago Tribune: "The Supreme Court turned back the Asian carp issue today, rejecting a request from Michigan and other Great Lakes states to force Illinois to stop the flow of water from its rivers into Lake Michigan."
Actually, the Trib wrote about this in a confusing way. The
Illinois Chicago River naturally flowed into Lake Michigan until, in the early 1900's, a series of man-made flow control structures were built to prevent storm water and sewerage from the City of Chicago from discharging into the lake and getting into Lake Michigan drinking water intakes. The diversion also provided for barge traffic connecting to the Mississippi River. (Chicago River waters were thus diverted into the Illinois River and on down to the Mississippi, via the Sanitary and Ship canal.) What Michigan wanted in requesting the lock-closing court injunction was to keep river locks permanently closed to impede the migration of Big Head carp toward Lake Michigan - which would eliminate one of the major benefits of the Federal project, as managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Nagasaki before and after 1945 bombing. Photo: Public domain image.
Regional Nuclear War Could Trigger a 10-Year Nuclear Winter
Nuclear weapons are the gift that keeps on giving. We knew they were horrible from the very start (Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- historical trivia: Nagasaki's nuke was supposed to be dropped on Kokura, where the founder of Toyota was on that day), but over the following decades we kept discovering new reasons why they are bad: In the early 1980s, more and more studies showed that a nuclear winter was probable, and this probably helped cool down the cold war. More recently, a study showed that even a small regional nuclear war could create the mother of all ozone holes. But now we learn that even a small regional nuclear war could create our worst nightmare, a nuclear winter lasting about 10 years (!).
Originally WCS, which co-manages two of Congo's national parks with the Congolese government, had hoped to leave the Goualougo Triangle completely untouched as a kind of preserve within the preserve, off-limits even to the corrupting influence of science. But that calculation changed during Congo's 1997 civil war, when Congolaise Industrielle des Bois (CIB), the forestry company with logging rights in the neighboring Kabo concession, built a levee for transporting lumber across the Ndoki River a few miles south of its confluence with the Goualougo. Since CIB would soon be brushing up against the triangle's natural borders, WCS felt that it was critical to put some boots on the ground. "We had to beat the logging companies in here," says Morgan. In 1999 he hiked out to the Goualougo with a single Congolese assistant and set up one of the most remote great ape research sites in the world.
That Morgan was able to persevere out in the middle of nowhere, with spartan accommodations and minimal logistical support, had a lot to do with Sanz, who came out to the Goualougo in 2001 and has been his partner in both science and life ever since.
When I visited the triangle in 2008, I wanted to see what had become of this Eden and its supposedly guileless inhabitants. The Goualougo remains a primate wonderland, with an astounding density of both gorillas and chimps. Things that haven't been observed anywhere else in Africa happen here--and often. Morgan and Sanz have watched chimps and gorillas nibble on fruit in the very same tree. (Not quite the lion lying down with the lamb, but for primatologists, just as bizarre.) They've seen chimps cup their hands and beat their chests, as if mimicking their gorilla neighbors. But the most spectacular finding to come out of the Goualougo over the past several years is an expanded view of what can only be called chimp culture, a tradition of using complex "tool kits." After a decade of determined study by Morgan and Sanz, the story of the Goualougo is no longer how little the chimps know of us, but rather how much we now know of them.
Here's a plate that chides you when you eat too fast.
The idea behind the Mandometer is to train overweight people to eat more slowly so that they will feel satiated sooner and eat less, thereby losing weight.
An 18 month study conducted by researchers at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children in Britain has indicated that the Mandometer is an effective tool to combat obesity in children and teens. The team tested 106 clinically obese patients ranging in age from nine to 17 years old. Some of the patients had to use the Mandometer while the others received standard anti-obesity treatment. All of them were urged to practice some form of physical exercise for 60 minutes a day and to follow a healthy diet.
The results of the study were published in an article in the British Medical Journal. When participants were assessed a year into the study, the Body Mass Index (BMI) of the group who had used the Mandometer had fallen by an average of 2.1%, which is about three times more than the group who had received the standard treatment. At the end of the study 18 months later, those results still held steady.
"Let me see if i have this straight. You need to replace perhaps the most beloved liberal in the history of the senate with a candidate that believes curt schilling is a yankee fan. Because if this lady loses, the health care reform bill that the beloved late senator considered his legacy will die....and the reason it will die is because if Coakley loses, Democrats will only have then an 18-vote majority in the senate. Which is more than George W. Bush ever had in the senate when he did whenever the fuck he wanted to do."
A 2,000-year-old temple found in Egypt surprises experts and may point to a long-sought set of ruins.
A strange ritual that draws fans to Edgar Allan Poe's grave fails to happen for the first time since 1949.
U.S. reinforcements arrive to help in the struggle for security and earthquake disaster relief.
Sallie Sanders holds the keys to a new house today because of a battle that began in the '60s.
Ten thousand immigrant rights advocates marched in front of a county jail in Phoenix Saturday in a protest that was aimed at Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration efforts...Arpaio has been described by The New York Times as the "worst sheriff in America":
Organizers say the protest was meant to show officials in Washington that Arpaio shouldn't handle immigration enforcement, and that Congress and the Obama administration need to come up with a way for immigrant workers to come to the country legally.
Sheriff Arpaio is armed and dangerous. He is a genuine public menace with a long and well-documented trail of inmate abuses, unjustified arrests, racial profiling, brutal and inept policing and wasteful spending.A web site, barriozona.com even tracks the sheriff’s terrorizing sweeps through Latino neighborhoods. You may remember his penchant for dressing jailed immigrants in pink underwear, pink handcuffs and a stripped jumpsuit. But, Arpaio might have to pay for some of his abusive treatment.
Ten months ago, Arpaio learned he was under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for alleged discrimination and unconstitutional searches. He says the investigation was prompted by his immigration efforts, although federal authorities haven't provided details.The sheriff claims none of this bothers him and the protesters should be directing their frustrations at Congress because it has the power to change America's immigration laws:
Since early 2008, Arpaio has run 13 immigration and crimes sweeps involving officers who flood a section of a city - in some cases heavily Latino areas - to seek out traffic violators and arrest other violators.
Arpaio's power to make federal immigration arrests was stripped away three months ago by officials in Washington, but he continues his immigration efforts through the enforcement of two state laws.
"They are zeroing in on the wrong guy," Arpaio said. "They ought to be zeroing in on the president."This time, I'm with the feds. Seems they are looking at just the right guy.