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Submitted by A_linux_covert
A_linux_covert (615046) writes "A whitehouse.gov petition, http://wh.gov/DDz , has been submitted for the 30 day signature countdown. I am the petitioner. On the return trip home from Thanksgiving, the TSA decided to confiscate a micro tool kit used most often to disassemble laptops;it was no great loss, but it had made several trips across the country before it did not, they changed the script. The real screw up was on my part, take off was at 6:00AM, boarding at 5:40AM. I had risen at 3:30AM to make it to the airport with time too spare. After standing in line for ~40min I get up to the unload you pockets,shoes and belt off, and laptop in the bin. As I slid my hand into my left pant pocket I felt the cool surface of my trusty Buck 110, did I mention my Grandfather gave me the knife 30 years ago. FUCK!!! is what I am thinking. No way will it get through, but what the hell. I laid it down in between my shoes. I thought that perhaps I might get lucky and the TSA agent might miss it... It happens right? Well to say the least it did not work. Now at this point it is 5:25AM, the plane boards in 00:15 minutes. It would be physically impossible to navigate security again and make the flight. So I had to toss a knife I never intended to carry with me and I gave a damn about the knife. The solution is simple, http://wh.gov/DDz , and there is zero chance of getting rid of the TSA or HSA, so maybe we can force them to adapt the theater to us plebes a little bit."
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Biotech

Lizard Previously Unknown To Science Found On Vietnam Menu 133

Posted by samzenpus
from the try-the-bigfoot-burger dept.
eldavojohn writes "A lizard long served on the menu in the Mekong Delta has recently caught the attention of scientists when it was noted that all animals in the species appeared identical as well as female. The species appears to be a hybrid of two other species (like a mule or liger). But the curious thing is that this hybrid isn't sterile — it reproduces asexually. The species, known for some time in Vietnam, has now officially been named Leiolepis ngovantrii."
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Amazon Reviewers Take on the Classics 272

Posted by samzenpus
from the eye-of-the-beholder dept.
Not everyone is a fan of great literature. In particular, reviewers on Amazon can be quite critical of some of the best loved classics. Jeanette DeMain takes a look at some of the most hated famous books according to some short tempered reviewers. One of my favorites is the review of Charlotte's Web which reads in part, "Absolutely pointless book to read. I felt no feelings towards any of the characters. I really didn't care that Wilbur won first prize. And how in the world does a pig and a spider become friends? It's beyond me. The back of a cereal box has more excitement than this book. I was forced to read it at least five times and have found it grueling. Even as a child I found the plot very far-fetched. It is because of this horrid book that I eat sausage every morning and tell my dad to kill every spider I see ..."
Crime

Killer Convicted, Using Dog DNA Database 97

Posted by timothy
from the what-about-concealed-dog-licenses? dept.
lee1 writes "It turns out that the UK has a DNA database — for dogs. And this database was recently used to apprehend a South London gang member who used his dog to catch a 16-year-old rival and hold him while he stabbed him to death. The dog was also accidentally stabbed, and left blood at the scene. The creation of human DNA databases has led to widespread debates on privacy; but what about the collation of DNA from dogs or other animals?"
Earth

Minnesota Introduces World's First Carbon Tariff 303

Posted by timothy
from the hey-cut-that-crap-out dept.
hollywoodb writes "The first carbon tax to reduce the greenhouse gases from imports comes not between two nations, but between two states. Minnesota has passed a measure to stop carbon at its border with North Dakota. To encourage the switch to clean, renewable energy, Minnesota plans to add a carbon fee of between $4 and $34 per ton of carbon dioxide emissions to the cost of coal-fired electricity, to begin in 2012 ... Minnesota has been generally pushing for cleaner power within its borders, but the utility companies that operate in MN have, over the past decades, sited a lot of coal power plants on the relatively cheap and open land of North Dakota, which is preparing a legal battle against Minnesota over the tariff."
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Living In Tokyo's Capsule Hotels 269

Posted by samzenpus
from the living-in-the-hive dept.
afabbro writes "Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510 once offered a night’s refuge to salarymen who had missed the last train home. Now with Japan enduring its worst recession since World War II, it is becoming an affordable option for people with nowhere else to go. The Hotel 510’s capsules are only 6 1/2 feet long by 5 feet wide. Guests must keep possessions, like shirts and shaving cream, in lockers outside of the capsules. Atsushi Nakanishi, jobless since Christmas says, 'It’s just a place to crawl into and sleep. You get used to it.'”
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Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight 140

Posted by samzenpus
from the a-jetwing-and-a-prayer dept.
Last year we ran the story of Yves Rossy and his DIY jetwings. Yves spent $190,000 and countless hours building a set of jet-powered wings which he used to cross the English Channel. Rossy's next goal is to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, from Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. From the article: "Using a four-cylinder jet pack and carbon fibre wings spanning over 8ft, he will jump out of a plane at 6,500 ft and cruise at 130 mph until he reaches the Spanish coast, when he will parachute to earth." Update 18:57 GMT: mytrip writes: "Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters."
PlayStation (Games)

US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s 144

Posted by Soulskill
from the quick-who-knows-a-good-ps3-flight-sim dept.
bleedingpegasus sends word that the US Air Force will be grabbing up 2,200 new PlayStation 3 consoles for research into supercomputing. They already have a cluster made from 336 of the old-style (non-Slim) consoles, which they've used for a variety of purposes, including "processing multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images (known as synthetic aperture radar image formation), high-def video processing, and 'neuromorphic computing.'" According to the Justification Review Document (DOC), "Once the hardware configuration is implemented, software code will be developed in-house for cluster implementation utilizing a Linux-based operating software."
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Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Posted by samzenpus
from the snack-is-going-to-be-on-the-floor-today dept.
Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

Comment: Re:You're stupid! (Score 3, Insightful) 301

by A_linux_covert (#28889813) Attached to: Arizona Considers Selling Capitol Buildings
Then riddle me this, from the New Deal until Reagan and the tax cutters at all costs, we were the envy of most of the world. I know you are going to hit back with the stagflation of the '70's, but that was more a product of the oil shock and paying for Vietnam. Until Reagan screwed up CA's higher ed, college was free and most of the country was headed down the same road. I live in CA, what we are experiencing now is a direct result of prop 13. If it were repealed tomorrow, a year from now we would be ok, not great but ok. The other half of the equation is the insane trade policies we(the upper class) have forced upon most of the world that is eating we (the middle and lower classes) alive. A protectionist trade policy was put into place by Hamilton and it worked for over 200 years. A progressive tax system forces a more egalitarian society to arise. It also tends to encourage reinvestment in the company, rather than exorbitant CEO salaries. Why pay someone $50 million when 49 of it is going to be taxed at %90, better to put it back into the company. Everything the Right wing GOP has done to this country has been nothing but deleterious to it. I arrive at this conclusion by simply looking at history. I remember when this country was full of hope and a chance to have a better life than your forebears. Now I fear for my grandchildren, at best they will be wage slaves to some faceless corporation.

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