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Monday, February 15, 2010

Far Right British party allows non-whites

The British National Party today said they would allow non-whites to become members.

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Yeah, Riiiight!

Second-ranking Taliban leader captured

A big time player in the Taliban, who was also close to bin Laden, is now in custody:
The Taliban’s top military commander was captured several days ago in Karachi, Pakistan, in a secret joint operation by Pakistani and American intelligence forces, according to American government officials.

The commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, is an Afghan described by American officials as the most significant Taliban figure to be detained since the American-led war in Afghanistan started more than eight years ago. He ranks second in influence only to Mullah Muhammad Omar, the Taliban’s founder, and was a close associate of Osama bin Laden before the Sept. 11 attacks.

Mullah Baradar has been in Pakistani custody for several days, with American and Pakistani intelligence officials both taking part in interrogations, according to the officials.
What's stupefying is that this guy, like Bin Laden and Mullah Omar, have been on the loose since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan back in October of 2001. The war in Afghanistan will rate as one of the biggest failings of the failed junta of the shrub and the cabal.

The wingnuts who have been pitching a bitch about the Christmas Day bombing suspect never challenged the shrub to find the people who attacked the U.S. on September 11th. If the shrub had followed through in the war against Al Qaeda (instead of getting distracted by the war in Iraq and furthering inciting anti-American feelings), one wonders if there even could have been an attempted bombing on Christmas Day.

Death toll in Toyota recall case surges

Death toll in Toyota recall case surges

The number of deaths allegedly caused by Toyota's gas pedal issue jumps by over 50%.

Hottest temperature ever created

Hottest temperature ever created

Scientists use a 2.4-mile-long collider and gold ions to imitate the ultrahot creation of the universe.

The buzz behind Mardi Gras builds

The buzz behind Mardi Gras builds

We all know what Mardi Gras means — it's party time — but what exactly are we celebrating?

Seven simple dinners

Seven simple dinners

Get a warm and tasty dinner on the table with these easy menus for every day of the week.

Zebra Finches Rock

Ever wondered what kind of song birds would write if they were given access to electric guitars? Well, here's your chance.

French artist and composer Celeste Boursier-Mougenot has created a piece intended to make audiences reconsider how they perceive of sound and the natural world.
He outfitted an aviary compound with electric guitars, stocked it with zebra finches.

World's Biggest Wind Turbine Generates 10 MW And It Floats!

From Treehugger:


Photo courtesy of Trends Updates (this is not a picture of the actual turbine)

In an attempt to make offshore wind farms more profitable, Norway plans to build the world's largest turbine standing 533 feet tall with a rotor diameter of 475 feet. It will also be the most powerful by generating 10-megawatts to power over 2,000 homes, making it three times more powerful than current turbines.

"We are aiming to install it in 2011," said Enova's head of new technology, Kjell Olav Skoelsvik. The prototype will cost $67.5 million to build and Enova's committed to $23 million of it.

The power gain comes from reducing the weight and number of moving parts in the turbine--it uses a gear-less generator system.

Frankincense: Could it be a cure for cancer?

frankincense Frankincense: Could it be a cure for cancer?

But immunologist Mahmoud Suhail is hoping to open a new chapter in the history of frankincense.
Scientists have observed that there is some agent within frankincense which stops cancer spreading, and which induces cancerous cells to close themselves down. He is trying to find out what this is.

“Cancer starts when the DNA code within the cell’s nucleus becomes corrupted,” he says. “It seems frankincense has a re-set function. It can tell the cell what the right DNA code should be.
“Frankincense separates the ‘brain’ of the cancerous cell – the nucleus – from the ‘body’ – the cytoplasm, and closes down the nucleus to stop it reproducing corrupted DNA codes.”
Working with frankincense could revolutionize the treatment of cancer. Currently, with chemotherapy, doctors blast the area around a tumor to kill the cancer, but that also kills healthy cells, and weakens the patient. Treatment with frankincense could eradicate the cancerous cells alone and let the others live.

BBC: Frankincense: Could it be a cure for cancer?

Doug Fieger has died

Doug Fieger best known for The Knack's 'My Sharona' has passed following several bouts with cancer.
Though he was more than a 'one hit wonder' the rock anthem he co-wrote and sang at the height of the so called disco era which proved that rock was not going anywhere despite what some were saying at the time, in that disco would replace it was seminal.R.I.P. Doug

Imik Smik (live)

Hindi Zahra

Science News

From BBC-Science:
Scientists confirm that a meteorite that crashed to Earth 40 years ago contains millions of different organic compounds.

A picture is worth a thousand words ...


Teabaggers finally Google "Teabag"

"I was wondering why every time I told people I was a Teabagger they kind of started giggling," said Tracy Klugian, a Teabagger from Elyria, Ohio. "I should use the Google and see what this is all about."

After Mr. Klugian Googled the word "teabag," he was shocked by what he discovered and shared his info with the Teabaggers' leadership, who are now actively looking for a new name for the group.

As the comedian Bill Engvall says ... "Here's your sign."

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And I Quote

How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of goodwill! In such a place even I would be an ardent patriot.

~ Albert Einstein

Bill Maher on the Tea Baggers Pining for the 1950s

From Crooks and Liars:
Bill Maher from his comedy special ...But I'm Not Wrong on the Tea Bag protesters longing for the return of the 1950s in America when they say "they want their country back".

Bill Kristol Claims That repugicans Haven't Politicized National Security

In yet another case of self delusion:

Bill Kristol isn't happy that John Brennan accussed (accused nothing, he told the truth - and we all know how repugicans hate the truth) the repugicans of playing politics with national security so of course his response is to claim it's actually the Democrats playing politics and claim that the repugicans would never do that. His proof, they support the president on Iraq and Afghanistan. If I had a dollar for every time the Republicans played the terrorist fear mongering card for political gain I'd be a rich person. As David noted they've been playing this game since 9-11 and don't like that they're finally being called out for it.


Thanks to the folks over at Crooks and Liars for bringing this to our attention.

The baptist child traffickers in Haiti get their tribalistic support

Right on cue ...

The arrest of ten baptists in Haiti for attempting to kidnap and deal in child trafficking brings out the usual wingnut defenders.

Glenn Greenwald documents the hypocrisy.

Alabama Shooter

Grieving relatives of three professors gunned down at a university faculty meeting questioned why their accused colleague was hired despite a dispute with a former boss who received a pipe bomb and the shooting death of her brother.

Amy Bishop is charged in the three deaths and the wounding of three other professors at a meeting Friday at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She was vocal in her resentment over being denied tenure and the looming loss of her teaching post, though relatives and students said she had never suggested she might become violent.

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Squirrel banned from riding rollercoaster

The rodent was said to be causing headaches for operators at Alton Towers by getting in the way of improvement work on an attraction at the resort.

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Death Row Inmate Dies Of Natural Causes At Age 94

Deaf, nearly blind, confined to a wheelchair and suffering from dementia and mental illness, the oldest death row inmate in the United States has died of natural causes at age 94.

Death Row Inmate Dies Of Natural Causes At Age 94

Global Warming Could Lead to More Lightning Deaths

From Treehugger:

lightning increase photo

In the last ten years, Brazil has been the target of an estimated 57 million lightning strikes--the most in the world. This astonishing natural record is not without a human toll, however. During that same period, 1,321 people have been fallen victim to lightning in Brazil alone, and scientists fear that incidents will only increase in the coming years. As if the long term threats of climate change were not enough to arouse concern, new research reveals that rising temperatures may increase the frequency of the sometimes fatal lightning strikes.

Greenland's glaciers disappearing from the bottom up

Water warmed by climate change is taking giant bites out of the underbellies of Greenland's glaciers.

Greenland's glaciers disappearing from the bottom up

The star that time forgot

The colossal explosion of an "impossible" star may open a window onto the earliest days of the cosmos.

Primordial Giant

A gene for Alzheimer's makes you smarter

Paradoxically, young people with a gene variant that increases the risk of Alzheimer's have better memories than their peers.

A gene for Alzheimer's makes you smarter

Science News

From BBC-Science:
Aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef (Image: BBC)
Fossilised coral in the Great Barrier Reef could help scientists understand how sea levels have changed since the last Ice Age.

Male great bustards point their tail feathers towards the Sun during elaborate mating displays, scientists find.

Sick ants abandon their nests to die in seclusion, reducing the risk of transmitting disease to the relatives, researchers say.

The religious are racist

From the "Tell us something we didn't know" Department:

Studies show there’s significantly less racism among people who don’t have strong religious beliefs, while highly devout religious communities exhibit more prejudice against people of other races (with seminaries showing the highest degree of racism).

Tea baggers a few slices shy of a loaf

Newsweek sent a right-wing writer to the big Tea Bagger shindig in Nashville, who turned in a fairly honest piece (which was a surprise) complaining quite accurately that most of the event's speakers and attendees were a few slices shy of a loaf.

Sounds like any typical repugican meeting.

The author also notes that "few media observers bothered to catalog these bizarre, conspiracist outbursts, and instead fixated on Sarah Palin's Saturday night keynote address".

Newsweek being Newsweek though, the article appeared only on-line.

Politico cannot 'own' "politico"

Anyone with a functioning brain has long despised Politico because it's nothing more than a repugican rumor-megaphone.
But now there's a new reason to despise them, as they're trying to claim worldwide ownership of the word "politico".


Note to Politico: The word "politico" has been in the common vernacular for over three centuries and as such cannot be copyrighted locally much less worldwide.

USCorp ... brought to you by SCOTUS

It was just three weeks ago that the United States Supreme Court screwed the American citizens over without even a kiss beforehand by ending a ban on corporate spending in political elections, drawing intense criticism for the ruling's potential (potential, hell - outright gutting) to erode the democratic process.

This week, a group that includes some of the wealthiest repugican CEOs on Wall Street have formed a group to take advantage of new fundraising possibilities for the repugican party.


We're surprised it took them so long - three weeks, sheeesh!

Fake repugican outrage

The latest fake repugican outrage, saw the wingnuts take great phony umbrage over President Obama's habit of using the word "I" in reference to himself.

So, as you can see proper use of the English language is abhorrent to repugicans - stupidity and ignorance is exalted above all as usual.

We here at Carolina Naturally can not wait to see what the next fake repugican outrage will be about.

Maybe the fact that ketchup isn't a vegetable????

The 'Whore' - Hannah Giles

Hannah Giles, the preacher's daughter who played the prostitute in the infamous ACORN "sting" videos, is begging for money to pay her legal bills as ACORN defends itself.

From the excerpts of her fundraising letter, we are not surprised to learn that she's stupid and a liar.

Though, with the way wingnuts operate, she'll promptly find her money problems solved.

Weather leaves ticket holders high and dry

Weather leaves ticket holders high and dry

Eight-thousand spectators are told not to show up at an Olympic venue plagued by melting snow.

Under Obama, US opts for more killings, not captures, of terrorists

Hey all you repugicans out there ... just who is a 'friend to the military' and 'tough on terrorism' again?

When a window of opportunity opened to strike the head of Al Qaeda in East Africa last September, US special operations forces prepared several options.

Under Obama, US opts for more killings, not captures, of terrorists

Man Seeks Shelter For Flock Of Wild NYC Chickens

Ramon Lopez says he cares for a flock of mostly wild roosters and some hens in the Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx.

Wild NYC Chickens

Secretive leopard filmed for first time

Secretive leopard filmed for first time

Because of its nocturnal behavior, the newly identified Sundaland clouded leopard has remained elusive.


Detroit suburb banks on bungalow-for-a-buck offer

A buck is all it will take to buy a bungalow in one Detroit suburb. That's what Taylor officials are asking for a two-story Arts and Crafts-Style home built in 1926 that features four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

There is a catch.

In many ways, people improve with age

If you think that getting older is the beginning of the end, think again.
Sure, skin loses some elasticity and joints get creaky, and maybe you can't keep your eyes open past 9:30 p.m.
But even people well into their 80s are going to yoga and Pilates classes, volunteering, having sex and taking college courses.

In many ways, people improve with age

Today is ...

Today is Monday, February 15, the 46th day of 2010.

There are 319 days left in the year.

Today In History February 15

Today's unusual holidays and celebrations are:



National Gum Drop Day

Our Readers

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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Daily Horoscope

Today's horoscope says:

You're not used to this -- to being so emotional, that is.
So when your eyes start welling up with tears (again), and everyone who knows you tells you to take a nap, don't argue with them.
They're genuinely concerned, and you really can't blame them.
It's not as if you act like this every day, now is it?
Be as patient and understanding as you possibly can.
Your loved ones certainly are.

A nap would be nice.