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Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Daily Drift

The Daily Drift
Today's horoscope says:
Anxiety may be the topping on your current emotional sundae, but you can refuse to partake in this dish even when it's served to you on a platter.
Postpone any definitive decisions for a few days, or you could make some rash decisions that you'll live to regret.
Instead, ground yourself with yoga, meditation or physical activity of some kind.
Not only will it take the edge off your anxiety, it'll give you more energy to deal with this situation.

Some of our readers today have been in:
Paris Ile-De-France France
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Edithvale, Victoria, Australia
Seoul, Kyonggi-Do, Korea
Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia
London, England, United Kingdom
Swindon, England, United Kingdom
Coffs Harbor, New South Wales, Australia

as well as Italy, Scotland, Sweden and in cities across the United States such as Brockaway, Shippensburg, Rockford, Joliet and more.

Today is:
Today is Saturday, October 2, the 275th day of 2010.
There are 90 days left in the year.

Today's unusual holiday or celebration is:
World Card Making Day

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President Obama's Weekly Address

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
October 2, 2010
Over the past twenty months, we’ve been fighting not just to create more jobs today, but to rebuild our economy on a stronger foundation.  Our future as a nation depends on making sure that the jobs and industries of the 21st century take root here in America.  And there is perhaps no industry with more potential to create jobs now – and growth in the coming years – than clean energy.

For decades, we’ve talked about the importance of ending our dependence on foreign oil and pursuing new kinds of energy, like wind and solar power.  But for just as long, progress had been prevented at every turn by the special interests and their allies in Washington.

So, year after year, our dependence on foreign oil grew.  Families have been held hostage to spikes in gas prices.  Good manufacturing jobs have gone overseas.  And we’ve seen companies produce new energy technologies and high-skilled jobs not in America, but in countries like China, India and Germany.

It was essential – for our economy, our security, and our planet – that we finally tackle this challenge.  That is why, since we took office, my administration has made an historic commitment to promote clean energy technology.  This will mean hundreds of thousands of new American jobs by 2012.  Jobs for contractors to install energy-saving windows and insulation.  Jobs for factory workers to build high-tech vehicle batteries, electric cars, and hybrid trucks.  Jobs for engineers and construction crews to create wind farms and solar plants that are going to double the renewable energy we can generate in this country.  These are jobs building the future.

For example, I want share with you one new development, made possible by the clean energy incentives we have launched.  This month, in the Mojave Desert, a company called BrightSource plans to break ground on a revolutionary new type of solar power plant.  It’s going to put about a thousand people to work building a state-of-the-art facility.  And when it’s complete, it will turn sunlight into the energy that will power up to 140,000 homes – the largest such plant in the world.  Not in China.  Not in India.  But in California.

With projects like this one, and others across this country, we are staking our claim to continued leadership in the new global economy.  And we’re putting Americans to work producing clean, home-grown American energy that will help lower our reliance on foreign oil and protect our planet for future generations.

Now there are some in Washington who want to shut them down.  In fact, in the Pledge they recently released, the Republican leadership is promising to scrap all the incentives for clean energy projects, including those currently underway – even with all the jobs and potential that they hold.

This doesn’t make sense for our economy.  It doesn’t make sense for Americans who are looking for jobs. And it doesn’t make sense for our future.  To go backwards and scrap these plans means handing the competitive edge to China and other nations.  It means that we’ll grow even more dependent on foreign oil.  And, at a time of economic hardship, it means forgoing jobs we desperately need. In fact, shutting down just this one project would cost about a thousand jobs.

That’s what’s at stake in this debate.  We can go back to the failed energy policies that profited the oil companies but weakened our country.  We can go back to the days when promising industries got set up overseas.  Or we can go after new jobs in growing industries. And we can spur innovation and help make our economy more competitive.  We know the choice that’s right for America.  We need to do what we’ve always done – put our ingenuity and can do spirit to work to fight for a brighter future.


Dead Teen's Classmates Discover His Brain in Jar

Kids Came Across a Jar with a Brain Floating Inside and Their Dead Friend's Name on Label During Field Trip at Morgue A Staten Island couple is suing New York City after the shocking discovery that their dead son's brain was on display in a jar at a city morgue.

Which brings us to ...

A Staten Island couple are suing New York City after learning that their dead son's brain was on display at a city morgue.

Dean accused of using students as servants

Cecilia Chang allegedly threatened to revoke scholarships over housework, investigators say.  

Was there ever any doubt ...

BP's new CEO finds a clever way to block regulatory retaliation, and fires schmuck who was arguably, technically responsible for Deepwater Horizon fiasco ...

Bedbugs make their way into federal office in D.C.

The federal building that houses the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington is heavily secured - but officials couldn't keep the bedbugs out.

Farmer: 600 pounds of trout scooped from pond

A North Carolina trout farmer thought something was fishy when one of her ponds wasn't fishy enough.

Non Sequitur


Druids are official

The religion with practices that predate Christianity is formally recognized by the government.  

Saudi father says daughter kidnapped by genie

Saudi police backed by a civil defense aircraft and hundreds of town residents have launched an extensive operation in search of a teenage girl whose father says she has been kidnapped by a jinn (genie). The 16-year-old Saudi girl disappeared from her house in the central town of Alkharj a month ago but was found later in Riyadh. She vanished again three days ago, triggering a massive search campaign by the police, civil defense and residents of the town.

“Her father believes she is possessed by a jinn, who threatened to take her to Riyadh last month and carried out his threat. He says this jinn speaks out through her and told them that he would take her to Riyadh…and that is what happened as they later found her in Batiha neighborhood in Riyadh…he then threatened that he would take her away and make her disappear forever…he said he would take her outside the country.”

The unidentified father’s theory has been refuted by Moslem scholars on the grounds jinns can not transport humans. Sheikh Ahmed al Aseeri, preacher at Alkharj state prison, as said the girl could be suffering from mental problems. “This story about a jinn taking the girl away can not be believed because jinns are not able to carry humans or make them disappear…they can control minds but not bodies so this theory is not correct,” he said.

The girl is short and lean and was wearing a white shirt when she disappeared from her house before dawn three days ago. “She was in her room at around 2.00 am before she vanished…..her mother said her daughter cheated her when she gave her the wrong key for her room…the next day, they found out that she was not in her room.”

Five Dumbest Things You Can Do On Facebook

If Facebook is to be believed, then 98 percent of the people you went to high school with have rock solid abs, earn a six-figure salary, have completed several iron man triathlons , have a time share in Maui, and still have equity in their home.

Unearthing a war's lost Pacific wrecks

A Web-based mission searches for thousands missing in action after World War II.  

The Oldest, The Largest, The Ugliest Hotels

Would you believe the oldest hotel in the world is the Hoshi hotel in Komatsu, Japan? It was founded in 718 and for 46 generations the hotel has been run by the same family. It has 100 Japanese-style guest rooms, a private guest residence, as well as outdoor hot spring baths, and the guest are always welcomed with the traditional tea ceremony.

The Oldest, The Largest, The Ugliest Hotels.

Thirteen Of The Weirdest Things Found In Lost Luggage

Lost luggage has become a global phenomenon. Here are the weirdest and most peculiar examples of lost luggage out there, from precious jewellery to unborn babies!

Awesome Pictures


How your brain improves as you get older

In most areas of cognitive skill, we’re at the top of our game in midlife, not in our 20s.  

The biggest hurdle to an early retirement

Raising a family puts a crimp on most folks' dreams of quitting work at a young age.  

How long it would take to make $1 billion

There are 1,011 billionaires in the world, but joining that exclusive club is nearly impossible.

Printing snafu delays new $100 bills

The government says the planned February release of the new high-tech $100 bill has been postponed because of printing troubles.

So, the government is printing 'funny money' now, eh?

How much does it cost to make a penny?

Face value for U.S. pennies and nickels is lower than the price to manufacture them.  

Ten steps to reduce your utility bills

Changes around the house can yield dramatic savings for water, heating, and cooling.

The Mother-in-Law

Two guys were talking at work.
"I've got a problem," said the first one.
"What is it?"
"My wife has done it to me again. I'm supposed to buy my mother-in-law a present for her birthday, from the two of us. And I am fresh out of ideas. I mean it's HER mother, why can't she buy it?"
"What did you buy her last year?" the other one asked.
"Last year I bought her a VERY EXPENSIVE cemetery plot."
"Hmmmm, hard to top that one," said the other.
The two guys couldn't come up with anything. So the son-in-law didn't buy his mother-in-law anything for her birthday.
When the big day arrived the next weekend, she was a bit upset. At the family gathering for her birthday, she announced out loud to everyone, "Thank you all for the wonderful gifts. Too bad my daughter and son-in-law weren't so thoughtful!"
Thinking quickly, the son-in-law responded, "Well, you haven't used the gift I gave you last year!"

'Grease rustlers' plague US restaurants

US restaurants say they're experiencing increasing incidents of "grease theft" as thieves steal used cooking oil to sell for conversion to biofuel. In some areas, the restaurant owners might be happy to have their used oil taken away without having to pay someone to do it, but in urban areas where there's competition between companies seeking to pick up and resell the oil, the companies pay the restaurants, so theft affects them both.

The National Renderers Association is conducting an industry-wide survey to determine the amount of loss, an official said. "Virtually all of our members who are in the business of picking up used cooking oils are experiencing grease theft to some degree or another, in some cases, pretty significantly," association President Tom Cook said.

David Miller, owner of the Kickin' Chicken restaurants in Mount Pleasant, S.C., doesn't know who made off with several thousand dollars worth of day-old vegetable oil from his seven stores.

He started noticing significant drop-offs in the monthly payment from the grease buyers and knew something was going on, he said. "With all the different uses of grease and biodiesel, we've gotten some backyard grease chemists," he said. "And it's a commodity that is not normally protected. It's easily accessible, and therefore, people have been siphoning off grease."



Healthy kitchen gadgets worth buying

Whether it's cold or hot outside, a blender can help you start off your day on the right foot.

How liquid calories are ruining your diet

That delicious pumpkin latte can top 400 calories, while fruit juice often has empty sugars.  



What's your body trying to tell you?

Pay attention to those aches, pops, and pains in your joints, hands, eyes, and other areas.  

Five ways to de-stress in less than five minutes


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Brooke Burke