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Friday, February 12, 2010

Hawaii's the holdout

Forget red and blue — color America white. http://icons-pe.wunderground.com/data/wximagenew/b/BigDaddyT/35.jpg
There was snow on the ground in 49 states Friday. Hawaii was the holdout.
It was the United States of Snow, thanks to an unusual combination of weather patterns that dusted the U.S., including the skyscrapers of Dallas, the peach trees of Atlanta and the Florida Panhandle, where hurricanes are more common than snowflakes.

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Lawyer for Americans in Haiti has no license

Figures ... the criminals have a criminal for a lawyer
(but then again isn't that the definition of a lawyer?)

A Dominican man who has served as legal adviser and spokesman for 10 Americans detained in Haiti on child-kidnapping charges has no license to practice law in his native country, officials said Friday.

Jorge Puello, who has been a high-profile advocate for the jailed Baptists as they navigate the Haitian justice system, is in apparent violation of Dominican law for failing to register with the local bar association or obtain a license, said Jose Parra, vice president of the Dominican Lawyers Association.

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And is anyone really surprised

US Marines, Afghan troops attack Taliban-held town

Helicopter-borne U.S. Marines and Afghan troops swooped down on the Taliban-held town of Marjah before dawn on Saturday, launching a long-expected attack to re-establish government control and undermine support for the militants in their southern heartland.

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More snow than expected

From the "No Shit, Sherlock" Department:
snow
Region getting more snow than expected

Taming the world's biggest party

Taming the world's biggest party

New zero-tolerance rules are in place for Rio de Janeiro's famously free-wheeling Carnival.

Three dead after Alabama college shooting

Three dead after Alabama college shooting

Officials say no students were injured in the University of Alabama campus faculty-meeting attack.

Them Crooked Vultures

Supergroup rocks sold out Fillmore crowd Read more

Is the Bikini Atoll Ready for Resettlement?

From Treehugger:

bikini atoll nuclear explosion photo
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In the 1950s, the United States dropped a total of 76.8 megatons of nuclear bombs onto the Marshall Islands, with most of the detonations centered around the Bikini Atoll. Due to high-altitude winds and other factors, the fallout spread across several islands in the area including the Rongelap and Utrok Atolls.

Now, researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory believe that with a few simple precautions the islands could be resettled—and that residents would experience a lower background radiation level than that present in the United States or Europe.

Intelligence speaks of Palin

Indeed!

Don't be fooled


Don't let the repugicans and other wingnuts fool you into believing their lies.
They ARE the American version of the Nazi party of 1920s - 1945 in Germany.

The tiger's ancient ancestry is revealed

Tiger
As the Chinese Year of the Tiger begins, scientists say the world's biggest cat may be more ancient and unique than we thought.

Liars and Fools

Liars and Fools today are:

Faux's John Stossel appears in chains on TT to falsely claim "America may be on" the "road to serfdom".
Actually we're moving away from serfdom and the cabal doesn't like it so they project their desires as that of others.

Faux's Glen Brick has a guest who advised viewers to 'take up arms".
More Treason.

Virginia Foxx (reptile) lies "We will lose our country" if we don't "take this country back from the leftists".
This is and has always been a left/center country you stupid bitch and we will not let you steal our country from us.

Faux's Glen Brick lies saying "There aren’t enough knives" for "dishonored" climate scientists to kill themselves.
They have not been 'dishonored', you, however ...

Cop News

Five Ways American Workers Found Out Today That They’re Screwed

1. The poor are far more unemployed than the rich.
It’s not enough that they make more money anymore — despite everything that economics might normally predict, those with higher incomes are less likely to be unemployed during this recession. A new study from Northeastern University shows that among the top 20 percent of households — those making more than $100,000 — the unemployment rate is about 3.5 percent. In the poorest 10 percent of American households — those making under $12,800 a year — the unemployment rate is 30.8 percent. No wonder all those AIG bankers were threatening to leave their jobs in the midst of the recession: For them, there never was one.

2. The jobs that used to exist aren’t coming back.
Economists predict that at least 25 percent of the 8.4 million jobs that have disappeared thus far won’t be coming back no matter how good the economy gets. In fact, with job creation expected to be, at best, 133,000 new jobs per month over the next year — and 100,000 new people entering the work force every month — it will take more than 20 years at this rate to replace all the jobs that were lost in the last two years.

3. Corporations now know exactly how much money they save by firing workers.
And although the employment figures show that the rich stayed employed and the lowest-wage workers — who do most of the productive work in the economy — did not, companies laid off so many lower-paid workers that they are more flush with cash than Scrooge McDuck — to the tune of $1.19 trillion. But since people who kept their jobs have been busting their humps to keep them, productivity rates went up during the recession — which means your corporate overlords know exactly how hard they can work you for how little pay without reducing output. Get used to busting that hump.

4. Job growth is already not meeting economists’ predictions anyway.
Despite economists’ already-less-than-rosy predictions about job growth, only 95,000 jobs were created last month. So, we’re already 38,000 jobs — or more than a month — behind the growth we’d need to make back the 8.4 million lost jobs in 20 years.

5. Even Republicans don’t pretend that living wages exist for many Americans.
Nearly one in eight Americans currently depends on food stamps, and many of those people are working Americans (including some members of the military). Half of the families enrolled in food stamps are working, though fully 90 percent of those receiving benefits are below the federal poverty line. Everyone from Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) to George W. Bush and his food stamp administrator Eric Bost to former Wisconsin governor and presidential candidate Tommy Thompson is a food stamp booster for the working poor — the people who make minimum wage but can’t make ends meet. But you can have a job in this country and still go hungry — and some people who acknowledge that think the best solution is just to give companies more tax breaks.

Tea Party Movement Racist

In a case of the pot calling the kettle black ...

Strange results from a Faux News poll, as their core audience is undeniably to the right.
However, a Faux News poll indicates that even those viewers / readers feel that the Tea Party movement is racist.

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SC teens charged with lynching

Horry County Police have arrested 15 young people and are searching for five others in connection with a lynching.

SC teens charged with lynching

South Carolina police said it is a real-life fight club. Fifteen people are under arrest, most of them teenagers.

TSA employees to get secret intelligence

Knowing their competence and track record "leaks" are the least of the worries ...

10,000 airport staff to get secret intelligence

Nearly 20% of airport security officers will receive classified info on terrorist plans.

Where home prices are overvalued

Where home prices are overvalued

In the most-inflated metro area, expect to pay 30% more than the fair market price for a home.

Foods you may not know are heart-healthy

Foods you may not know are heart-healthy

Hot cocoa has twice the antioxidants of red wine and three times as many as green tea.

Americans line up to own a piece of Buffett

Americans line up to own a piece of Buffett

Starting today, millions will finally get a stake in the legendary investor's $178 billion enterprise.

How to justify a 79.9% interest rate

There's no way in Hell to justify a 79.9% interest rate!

How to justify a 79.9% interest rate

The company that issues a credit card with a shocking APR defends itself.

Old Nintendo system sells for $13,105

Old Nintendo system sells for $13,105

It isn't gold plated, but something even rarer made one 1980s Nintendo system a hot commodity.

Olympic Luger Dies

Olympic luger dies after training crash

Nodar Kumaritashvili of Georgia is killed when he loses control of his sled on a high-speed run.

And:

Did fast track lead to luger's death?

Nodar Kumaritashvili of Georgia was going almost 90 mph before his sled flipped.

Lucky timing for world's most livable city

Lucky timing for world's most livable city

An annual ranking of the most well- rounded cities has special significance this year.

Crabzilla

From Treehugger:

crabzilla.jpg
Photo via Buzzfeed

Hail Crabzilla! The Japanese Spider Crab is the biggest arthropod on Earth--their legs are believed to grow up to 12 feet long. But since they live at such great depths (typically 1,000 feet down or so) a full grown spider crab has yet to be caught. So for now, we'll have to make due with the 5 foot long Crabzilla (that's what it's called--I didn't make it up!), one of the largest known crabs in the planet.

Guess what ...

We're expecting MORE snow this afternoon.

Rare snowstorm sends South reeling

It took two blizzards to paralyze D.C., but in the Deep South it takes only a couple inches.

What workers hate about management

What workers hate about management

Pitting employees against each other probably isn't the best way to inspire them.

Glenn Beck's radio show has had zero ads for the past three days in the UK, following boycott

Treating the brick like he deserves ...

From StopBeck.com:
During the last week and a half, Glenn Beck lost his 100th, 101st and 102nd sponsors. A full list of all 102 sponsors that dropped Mr. Beck (or Fox News as a whole) can be found here. Please note that this total includes sponsors that have dropped him both United States and/or in the United Kingdom.

It seems like our efforts are having an effect…

Glenn Beck’s show in the United Kingdom has not run any commercials during the past three days (Tues-Thurs). Glenn Beck’s show in the UK used to run commercials. The shows that come on before and after Glenn Beck still run commercials. But, for the past three days, Mr. Beck hasn’t had any sponsors in the U.K. During the commercial break, instead of running ads, they cut away to Sky News updates or the weather. Perhaps they’re having trouble finding sponsors willing to subsidize Glenn Beck’s misinformation, vitriol, sexism and race-baiting?

Iceland aims to become an offshore haven for journalists

Iceland Iceland aims to become an offshore haven for journalists and leakers

On Tuesday, the Icelandic parliament is expected to introduce a measure aimed at making the country an international center for investigative journalism publishing, by passing the strongest combination of source protection, freedom of speech, and libel-tourism prevention laws in the world.

Supporters of the proposal say the move would make Iceland an “offshore publishing center” for free speech, analogous to the offshore financial havens that allow corporations to hide capital from authorities. Could global news organizations with a home office in Reykjav√≠k soon be as common as Delaware corporations or Cayman Islands assets?

Iceland aims to become an offshore haven for journalists

Martian sheen: Life on the rocks

The "desert varnish" that blackens Earthly rocks may be made by bacteria.
So what about similarly shiny rocks on Mars?

Martian sheen: Life on the rocks

Best moves for a flat stomach

Best moves for a flat stomach

These strengthening exercises set you up for amazing posture and a pain-free lower back.

16th-century murder mystery unraveled

16th-century murder mystery unraveled

The death of an Italian baroness and her lover had stumped analysts for centuries.

Guards watch a 15-yr old get beaten

A 15-year-old girl who was badly beaten in a Seattle bus tunnel as three unarmed security guards looked on told investigators that she thought the men would protect her.

The statements were revealed in court papers filed Wednesday against the teen girl who attacked her and three young men accused of stealing her purse, phone and iPod. The four were all charged with robbery.

The girl told a detective that the group followed her from a nearby department store into the bus tunnel, and she stood next to the three guards thinking they’d protect her.

The guards didn’t intervene, though, because they have standing orders to “observe and report,” but not to try to stop fights or criminal activity. That protocol is now under review after the guards’ response was caught on surveillance video. (I should say so!)

Today is ...

Today is Friday, February 12, the 43rd day of 2010.

There are 322 days left in the year.

The moon is waning.

Today In History February 12

Today's unusual holidays and celebrations are:

Darwin Day,
Oglethorpe Day
and
Safety Pup Day

Did you know ...

That today, February 12th in 1795, the University of North Carolina became the first US state university to admit students with the arrival of Hinton James, who was the only student on campus for two weeks.

Our Readers

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Kharkiv, Kharkivs'ka Oblast, Ukraine
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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Daily Horoscope

Today's horoscope says:

It might not be fun, and it probably won't go down in your mental scrapbook as the best on record, but once you've made it through this day, you'll feel really good about yourself -- as if you've accomplished something.
So when it seems as if the universe is throwing everything but the kitchen sink between you and where you need to be, don't give up.
Ever heard about testing what you're made of?
That's what's going on -- and this is one test you're guaranteed to pass.

Another test?!