President Barack Obama, citing the troop poll, urged the Senate to repeal the ban before adjourning in the next few weeks, but there is still no indication GOP objections can be overcome with just a few weeks left in the postelection lame-duck session. Still, the survey did put new pressure on Republican opponents, led by Sen. John McCain, who say efforts to repeal the law are politically motivated and dangerous at a time of two wars.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
The freeze, which would save $60 billion over 10 years, would make a small dent in the nation's debt problem. The accumulated deficits are currently forecast to exceed $9 trillion over the next decade.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Included in this edition are the books: 2 Esdras, Tobit, Judith, 1 & 4 Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach, The Epistle of Barnabas, and The Shepherd of Hermas. The edition is also hand written and contains numerous notes, corrections, alterations, and insertions.
Scientists studying animal behaviour believe they have growing evidence that species ranging from mice to primates are governed by moral codes of conduct in the same way as humans.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Nasa's Cassini probe has scooped oxygen from the thin atmosphere of Rhea – the first time the gas has been detected directly on another world.
From smearing progressive funder George Soros to visionary Van Jones, Beck reveals his dark impulses and abhorrence for social justice.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people were once again subject to the whims of homophobia and religious and cultural extremism this week, thanks to a United Nations vote that removed “sexual orientation” from a resolution that protects people from arbitrary executions. In other words, the UN General Assembly this week voted to allow LGBT people to be executed without cause.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The sequel trails an American journalist called John, who after watching the original Borat movie, decides to visit Kazakhstan. He goes in search of the character's fictional home village Kusek, but is shocked to find a modern and developed city.
A Catholic priest charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy in 2008 in the rural parish where he worked west of here was rearrested last week in Dallas and charged with trying to hire someone to kill his alleged victim.
Almost half of the public is either misinformed or subject to unanswered right wing narratives. If I believed that there was a chance of Sharia law being imposed in the United States I too would be gravely concerned. If I believed that most Europeans and Canadians had inferior health care to that of average Americans, I too would be against health care reform. If I believed that man-made global warning did not exist or that there were nothing we could do about it and that environmental efforts were responsible for unemployment I'd be against cap and trade. If I believed that prisoner abuse would make my family significantly less likely to be killed by terrorists, my thinking about torture would be different. And if I believed that the problems with the economy had been caused by too much government instead of too little, that my personal freedom was threatened by the government instead of large corporations, I'd probably be in a tea party supporter and a Republican.
The nation’s workers may be struggling, but American companies just had their best quarter ever.
Seattle investigators have identified nine costumed individuals: Buster Doe, Catastrophe, Gemini, Green Reaper, No Name, Penelope, Phoenix Jones the Guardian of Seattle, Thorn, and Thunder 88. Phoenix Jones, a 22-year-old man who patrols the street in a black cape, fedora, white belt, and mask, revealed his real identity to Seattle police in early November. He is normally driven around by woman who, wearing no costume, stays in the car while he performs his superhero duties.
Monday, November 22, 2010
The more he realizes that his target audience isn't buying his act, the more wild and dramatic his antics become.
Billionaire Warren Buffett rebutted claims that the Obama administration is unjustly hurting business orders with high taxes by saying that in fact, the wealthy have never had it so good.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
In a hare-brained move, the new conservative government of the Netherlands said on Wednesday it plans to ban tourists from buying cannabis in its famed "coffee shops," where hash and marijuana are legally sold. The shops have become a very popular attraction for travelers from other countries.
The Winnipeg Humane Society called the "piglet bank" an "in-your-face trivialization of what was once a living being." The Cheeky co-owner Colin Hart, who intended the product as a joke, says he's been getting "hateful emails and death threats." Hart says he's priced the bank so high — $4,000 — that he probably won't get any takers, but that, if a buyer does come forward, he'll use a piglet that died of natural causes.
Monday, November 15, 2010
She's coming off a successful midterm election season, is on the heels of releasing a second book, and about to star in an adventure-packed reality television show, but Sarah Palin's poll numbers are going in the wrong direction.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Claude Jones always claimed that he wasn’t the man who walked into an East Texas liquor store in 1989 and shot the owner. He professed his innocence right up until the moment he was strapped to a gurney in the Texas execution chamber and put to death on Dec. 7, 2000. His murder conviction was based on a single piece of forensic evidence recovered from the crime scene—a strand of hair—that prosecutors claimed belonged to Jones.
But DNA tests completed this week at the request of the Observer and the New York-based Innocence Project show the hair didn’t belong to Jones after all. The day before his death in December 2000, Jones asked for a stay of execution so the strand of hair could be submitted for DNA testing. He was denied by then-Gov. George W. Bush.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Mary Poppins star feared death after apparently falling asleep on his surfboard but friendly sea creatures pushed him to shore.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
In his first in-depth interview since leaving office, President George W. Bush spoke with NBC's Matt Lauer in an hour-long program Monday night. From 9/11 to the invasion of Iraq to Hurricane Katrina to the Wall Street meltdown, Bush reflected on the major decisions of his presidency, as discussed in his new memoir "Decision Points." Though he expressed remorse about a number of moments during his reign, he stood behind his most controversial actions.
How Republicans and Their Big Business Allies Duped Tens of Millions of Evangelicals into Voting for a Corporate Agenda
The bible-thumping white underclass have given a big boost to the corporate bottom line.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
An odd light was filmed hovering near the nation's capital last week. Are aliens preparing to land on the White House lawn — or was a prankster just having some fun?,
We can award change with the word "time," but that doesn't mean that there's an invisible matrix in which changes occur.
Arnold Schwarzenegger today claimed no one cares if people smoke a joint.
In an iPad, iPhone, Android world the future of many companies lies in geo/local. Google is no exception.
Monday, November 8, 2010
The popularity growth of things like websites or gadgets is often described as being similar to an epidemic: a network with a lot of connections between people increases exposure and then adoption, as do links stretching between dissimilar groups. When the trend in question spreads to a node with a lot of connections (like a celebrity), its popularity explodes. While this is fitting for some cases, in others it's an oversimplification—a person's exposure to a trend doesn't always guarantee they will adopt it and pass it on.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
You know that tan that John Boehner has? It's costing America $200 million a day! Yes, I knew that such a distinctive orange hue doesn't come cheap. But never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would be that high -- or that it was being billed directly to the taxpayers!
I know this, because I heard it from this guy. And he said it in ALL CAPS to emphasize how truthy it was. Because if it is in all caps, large fonts, or kreativly spelt, it must be especially truthy!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
The House Energy Committee is seeing an intense leadership fight, as four different Republicans are vying to take over the influential post from Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman (Calif.), who shepherded progressive climate legislation through the House in 2009, before it foundered in the U.S. Senate. The four candidates -- Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), John Shimkus (R-Ill.), Joe Barton (R-Texas), and Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) -- all want to reopen the floodgates for a deregulated fossil fuel industry. But precisely how reactionary the committee will become -- whether investigations will be launched against climate scientists and all clean-energy efforts killed -- could depend on which fossil-fueled Republican wins the intraparty fight.
The frontrunner Upton is the only candidate who doesn't explicitly question the science of man-made global warming, though he is opposed to any policy action. It remains to be seen if the new GOP caucus -- dominated by climate deniers -- will accept Upton's marginally realist stance, or if denial of science will be a litmus test.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Let the crazy begin.
The reality is that Congress is going to be even more dysfunctional, and thanks to the incoming Tea Party candidates, Fox News and the rest of the right-wing noise machine, we’re going to be subjected to endless investigations into pseudo-scandals involving everyone down to the White House gardener’s second cousin. Maybe we’ll even be treated to an impeachment hearing or two.
In the new book Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century, Columbia neuroscience PhD student Carl Schoonover curates and comments on a selection of images of neuroscience data generated in laboratories all over the world -- many of which have never been seen outside of the research community.