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Transportation

+ - SPAM: Divisive taxes intensify US infrastructure evils

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes: "The basic infrastructure all us depend on every day — including aviation, highway, public transit and rail — is falling apart and needs a proper flushing, if we could find a public water system that worked properly. That pretty much sums up a depressing report issued today by the congressional watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office today on the state of the US infrastructure. Not only are the problems large, but some of the solutions, such as increased taxes, vehicle usage fees, airline passenger levies as well as adding tolls on highways are as controversial and they would be painful. [spam URL stripped]"
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Medicine

+ - SPAM: Our urine shows where we live

Submitted by
Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes: "It's almost logical that our urine contains traces of what we eat and drink. But an international team of researchers decided to learn more and has analyzed frozen urine samples from 4,630 people. These samples have been collected between 1997 and 1999 in China, Japan, the UK and the U.S. According to the researchers, this study shows the diversity of human metabolism across the globe. They can even predict where a person lives according to her or his urine. More importantly, this can lead to new ways to treat a variety of health problems, including obesity, diabetes or high blood pressure. But read more for additional references and a figure showing that people eat very differently in the countries covered by this study."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - D. B. Cooper's Parachute Found?

Submitted by
Pickens
Pickens writes: "Hoping to solve at least part of a 36-year-old mystery, the FBI is analyzing a torn, tangled parachute found in southwest Washington to determine if it belonged to famed plane hijacker D.B. Cooper. Children playing outside their home near Amboy found the chute's fabric sticking up from the ground in an area where their father had been grading a road. There are no obvious markings on the parachute to indicate whether it's the type Cooper used, a Navy Backpack 6 with a 26-foot canopy, Carr said. He's hoping a member of the public who has expertise in the parachutes will come forward and confirm whether it's the right kind before the FBI bothers to excavate the property. Barring that, the agency could turn to scientific analysis of the fabric. If it is Cooper's parachute, that will solve one mystery — where he apparently landed — but it will raise another, Carr said. In 1980, a family on a picnic found $5,880 of Cooper's money in a bag on a Columbia River beach, near Vancouver. "If this is D.B. Cooper's parachute, the money could not have arrived at its discovery location by natural means," FBI agent Larry Carr said. "That whole theory is out the window." Here's a letter from Cooper that explains what really happened."
NASA

+ - SPAM: North America polluted by East Asia?

Submitted by
Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes: "In a recently released study, NASA researchers have confirmed that air pollution travels around the world. They've used new satellite sensor capabilities to measure pollution traveling from East Asia to North America between 2002 and 2005. According to NASA, the amount of pollution arriving in North America is equivalent to about 15 percent of local emissions of the U.S. and Canada. This study is interesting, but seriously biased. First, it doesn't measure pollution coming from Europe. And even more important, where are going the pollutants created in North America? But read more for additional details and a world map showing how the huge amounts of dust generated by the East Asian fires of 2003 have moved over the Pacific Ocean."
United States

SPAM: McCain Ineligible for Presidency? 7

Journal by Jeremiah Cornelius

7 FAM 1116.1-4 Not Included in the Meaning of "In the United States"

([spam URL stripped]; 11-30-95)

a. A U.S.-registered or documented ship on the high seas or in the exclusive economic zone is not considered to be part of the United States. A child born on such a vessel does not acquire U.S. citizenship by reason of the place of birth (Lam Mow v. Nagle, 24 F.2d 316 (9th Cir., 1928)).

United States

SPAM: InfraGuard Prepped for Martial Law: "When" not "If" 2

Journal by Jeremiah Cornelius

Today, more than 23,000 representatives of private industry are working quietly with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The members of this rapidly growing group, called InfraGard, receive secret warnings of terrorist threats before the public does--and, at least on one occasion, before elected officials. In return, they provide information to the government, which alarms the ACLU. But there may be more to it than that. One business executive, who showed me his InfraGard card, t

Privacy

SPAM: University Helps FBI Link P2P with Al Qaeda

Journal by Jeremiah Cornelius

first-they-came-for-the-filesharers dept.
A professor at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon is on paid administrative leave after he says the school accused him and his students of supporting al Qaeda by selling pirated music and videos. "They told us the college had alleged that my students and I were running a piracy ring. We were downloading, cracking and re-selling software, movies and music and were

The Military

+ - SPAM: US Navy's future spyplane takes first steps

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes: "Boeing and Northrop Grumman were this week awarded $1.25 million contracts to begin outlining what the Navy's next intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting aircraft will look like. The contractors are hoping to ultimately win a nearly $1 billion contract to build what the Navy calls its EPX aircraft. The EPX will replace the venerable 4-engine turbo prop EP-3E aircraft, which has been in service since 1969, with a jet aircraft running even more sophisticated electronics than its predecessor. It is expected that the EPX will operate in concert with other maritime patrol and reconnaissance platforms, to include the anti-submarine P-8A Poseidon and the Navy's future Broad Area Maritime Surveillance platform. [spam URL stripped]"
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Idle

Store Stops Selling Lolita Bed

Posted by samzenpus
If the people who run Woolworth's website had ever read the famous Nabokov novel, seen one of the 2 movies based on it or listened to the police in the 80's they might have known that calling a line of beds for little girls, the Lolita line, wasn't the best Idea. "Now this has been brought to our attention, the product has been removed from sale with immediate effect. We will be talking to the supplier with regard to how the branding came about." says the company. Other controversial products like the Cobain trigger lock and Ahmadinejad's big book of fictional atrocities are still on the shelves.
Microsoft

+ - MS is not redoing their website in Silverlight

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Unlike previously stated, Microsoft is not going to redesign microsoft.com in Silverlight. Instead they rewrite in Silverlight just the Download Center. From the article:

The sitewide redesign was actually just an overhaul of the Microsoft Download Center, something that gets a lot of traffic but is a far cry from redoing Microsoft.com in Silverlight.
Biotech

+ - Doctors say placebo use common->

Submitted by The Madd Rapper
The Madd Rapper writes: According to the survey, 45% of respondents have prescribed placebos in actual practice (as opposed to clinical trials). They disclosed this with varying specificity, e.g, this "may help and will not hurt" or is "a medicine with no specific effect." Only 12% said placebos should never be used.

http://www.reuters.com/articlePrint?articleId=USN0323176620080103

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Government

+ - 2008... International Year of the Potato !

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Yes, thats right..the UN has designated 2008 as the International Year of the Potato, to highlight the tasty spuds increasing importance as a food source worldwide. Among the many events planned are an international conference, Potato Science for the Poor: Challenges for the New Millennium to be held in March in Cuzco, Peru, and a series of presentations in European cities entitled the Procession of the Potato.

So, no matter how you like your taters — mashed, boiled, fried, or baked — be sure and celebrate the humble potato throughout this new year, and dont forget that the potato is the most important root and tuber crop in the world and the third most important food crop in the world!

Via Living In Peru

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