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Windmills Tilted, Scared Cows Butchered, Lies Skewered on the Lance of Reality ... or something to that effect.

Monday, February 1, 2010

'Orphan Rescue' bid raises thorny question

They are guilty of kidnapping ... plain and simple!

'Orphan Rescue' bid raises thorny question

The arrest of 10 Americans for trying to take children out of Haiti sheds light on a deeper struggle.

Most common mistakes on your taxes

Most common mistakes on your taxes

Some of the most obvious tax return errors could be the costliest, says one expert.

Expect repugican 'outrage' over budget because Wealthy and Banks lose

We're going to hear a lot of whining and complaining from the repugicans over Obama's budget.

They're really upset because two of their most important constituencies, the wealthy and the banks, are considered losers in Obama's budget, according to an analyis by Reuters:

* The wealthy - If your household earns more than $250,000 a year, start saying goodbye to the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003. Obama's budget lets those cuts expire seeks to raise $678 billion over 10 years to set against the deficit.

* Banks - In case there was any doubt about Obama's threat to make banks pay taxpayers back for the bailout program, the goal is now enshrined in the budget. The administration expects to earn $90 billion over 10 years from a fee it plans to levy on big financial institutions.

Health Care Hell in America

Decades of progress in the United States on cutting cholesterol, blood pressure and smoking are being stalled by rising obesity rates, and heart disease will kill around 400,000 Americans this year, experts said on Monday.

Heart disease "will kill 400,000 Americans in 2010"

Foreigners fighting with Taliban turning Afghans away from insurgency

An influx of foreign fighters into southern Afghanistan to fight alongside the Taliban is backfiring on the insurgents by alienating the region's biggest ethnic group, says the top commander in Kandahar.

Foreigners fighting with Taliban turning Afghans away from insurgency

9 Year-Old Girl Gives Birth in China

Peru no longer holds the world record for "youngest mother," as a nine-year old in northeast China has given birth to a healthy child.

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Barefoot runners' gait protects them from hard heel-strikes

A Harvard study published in this week's Nature confirms what barefooters have been saying for years: shoes teach you bad walking and running habits, while barefooters have a different gait that protects them from shocks when they run, even without the padding.
"People who don't wear shoes when they run have an astonishingly different strike," says Daniel E. Lieberman, professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and co-author of a paper appearing this week in the journal Nature. "By landing on the middle or front of the foot, barefoot runners have almost no impact collision, much less than most shod runners generate when they heel-strike. Most people today think barefoot running is dangerous and hurts, but actually you can run barefoot on the world's hardest surfaces without the slightest discomfort and pain. All you need is a few calluses to avoid roughing up the skin of the foot. Further, it might be less injurious than the way some people run in shoes."

Science News

Why do some gags leave us rolling in the aisles, while others have us rolling our eyes? Neuroscientists finally think they know how to make us laugh

The comedy circuit: When your brain gets the joke

The songs of whales and dolphins can be beautiful to the ear – now see them transformed into patterns equally pleasing on the eye.

Seeing the sounds of the sea

Science can get smelly

By watching fish rot, scientists discover patterns that could help interpret some of the most important fossils in the record.

Cop News

Liars and Fools

The Liar and Fool today is ...

Faux's Glen Brick who 'thinks' President Obama is going to rule just like Hugo Chavez.
No way possible there Brick ol'boy different forms of governmental functions.

Murray Hill Inc. is running for Congress

Murray Hill Inc. is running for Congress, because corporations are people too.
It's a public relations firm with a progressive track record, and they're doing this stunt for the right reasons.

(Might it be that the court decision will backfire on the wingnuts and their handlers?)

Fake repugican outrage

Just one of the fake outrages of the repugicans this week is:

repugicans are furious because Obama dared to criticize the Supreme Court's decision on free speech for corporations.

Boy, we can't wait to see what next week's fake repugican outrage will be about.

It's always something.

Vote on pot

An initiative that would legalize marijuana will be on the ballot in California this autumn.

Bark Shingles: If it Works For Trees, Why Not Houses?

From Treehugger:

materials_monday bark singles photo

Humans only invented vinyl siding a few decades ago, but tree bark has been protecting trees for quite a while longer. Bark shingles were often used on Craftsman style houses in the early 1900s, but they were made from chestnut, which was almost wiped out in a blight. A century later, they still look good. Chris and Marty McCurry started looking at bark shingles in the early nineties and reinvented them, reintroducing them as a product in 1996.

Man Caught Smuggling Lizards in Underwear is Sentenced

From Treehugger:

lizard smuggler sentenced photo

A few weeks back, we told you about a man who was caught at a New Zealand airport trying to smuggle rare lizards out of the country--in his underwear. Well, it seems that the courts will be making an example out of Hans Kurt Kubus, who hails from Germany, for attempting to sneak out of the country with not one, not two...but 44 endangered lizards stuffed in his skivvies.

What's old is new again

To save the environment, we’re told to grow our own organic vegetables, shop locally, use clotheslines instead of dryers, take public transit, recycle and don’t waste.

Been there, done that, say survivors of the great depression of the 1930s.

Depression-era habits help the environment

"Mythical" Temple Found in Peru

From National Geographic:

 Female skeletons lie in a Peru tomb in a digital picture

A thousand-year-old temple complex (including a tomb with human sacrifice victims, shown in a digital illustration) has been found under the windswept dunes of northwestern Peru, archaeologists say.

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February is ...

As our readers know we here at Carolina Naturally post the unusual holidays and celebrations that we humans have devised for ourselves daily, but on the first day of the month we like to post some of the monthly observances.

So without further ado here are some of the unusual observances for the month of February:

American Heart Month,
Grapefruit Month,
National Cherry Month,
Sweet Potato Month,


National Condom Month
(more on this one over at The Naked, The Nude and The Nekkid)

Today is ...

Today is Monday, February 1, the 32nd day of 2010.

There are 333 days left in the year.

Today In History February 1

Today's unusual holidays and celebrations are:

Freedom Day,
G.I. Joe Day,
Hula In The Coola Day,
Robinson Crusoe Day


World Naked Day.

Our Readers

Some of our readers today have been in:

Groningen. Groningen, Netherlands
Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
London, England, United Kingdom
Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Nottingham, England, Untied Kingdom
Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
Basidon, England, United Kingdom
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Daily Horoscope

Today's horoscope says:

To say the past couple of days have been tricky isn't really quite capturing the spirit of the times.
In fact, you've had it with just about everyone and everything.
Fortunately, you have a respite at your disposal.
You can separate yourself from whomever and whatever has just pushed your buttons for the very last time.
Make the most of it.
And don't be afraid to take a friend along to enjoy the ride.

Road Trip!