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+ - Fraudster admits to deception in Heartland case->

Submitted by XavierItzmann
XavierItzmann (687234) writes "Turns out that the fake Heartland Institute "Strategy Paper" has been circulated by Peter Gleick, director and founder of the Pacific Institute, in what Andy Revkin of the NYT calls "an act that leaves his reputation in ruins and threatens to undercut the cause he spent so much time pursuing.""
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+ - Russian Scientists Revive Plant From 30,000-Year-Old Seeds->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It was an Ice Age squirrel’s treasure chamber, a burrow containing fruit and seeds that had been stuck in the Siberian permafrost for over 30,000 years. From the fruit tissues, a team of Russian scientists managed to resurrect an entire plant in a pioneering experiment that paves the way for the revival of other species. The Silene stenophylla is the oldest plant ever to be regenerated, the researchers said, and it is fertile, producing white flowers and viable seeds. ... 'The squirrels dug the frozen ground to build their burrows, which are about the size of a soccer ball, putting in hay first and then animal fur for a perfect storage chamber,' said Stanislav Gubin, one of the authors of the study, who spent years rummaging through the area for squirrel burrows. 'It’s a natural cryobank.'"
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Comment: Time for gubm't to step aside and let others lead (Score 0, Troll) 182

by XavierItzmann (#28256917) Attached to: US Manned Space Flight Taking a Budget Hit
It is time for the government to step aside from manned space flight and let private enterprise lead, if there is a market.

If there is no market for manned space flight, then using your taxpayer dollars for it is simple misallocation and waste of resources. Ask the Soviets what the ultimate outcome of such State resource management is.

Comment: Re:Greed (Score 1) 499

by XavierItzmann (#28163367) Attached to: Why Our "Amazing" Science Fiction Future Fizzled

To ignore that it was not murderous Mao who increased life expectancy in China, but the simple spread of Western-greed-invented technologies such as vaccines, antibiotics, motor engines, and fertilizers.

It is not what the genocidal regime introduced that is its crime; it is how it delayed its adoption.

Comment: Re:Entries for English children arrested for racis (Score 1) 296

by XavierItzmann (#28003695) Attached to: Database of All UK Children Launched
Alright, then: what about Manchester's very own "The Salford Advertiser":

A police spokesperson confirmed that they had questioned Codie with regard to a Section Five Racial Public Order offence and that she had been kept in a juvenile unit, not a police cell. "The unit is not particularly threatening, it has picture windows and comfy furniture and she would have been checked on regularly by trained staff. "She was definitely not locked up for over six hours."

You know, one might call it the Four Seasons or the Shangri-Lah, but if one is there arrested, deprived of freedom, fingerprinted, DNAd and now apparently on a "children" database accessible to only 390,000 people, perhaps one can insist on calling it a "cell".

Comment: Re:Entries for English children arrested for racis (Score 1) 296

by XavierItzmann (#27999183) Attached to: Database of All UK Children Launched
The BBC reports:

[..] A complaint was made and she was taken to a police station.

[...] her fingerprints and DNA samples were taken and she was put in a cell.

[...] Greater Manchester Police said it took hate crime reports very seriously and its treatment of the teenager was in line with normal procedure.

Comment: Entries for English children arrested for racism (Score 3, Interesting) 296

by XavierItzmann (#27992811) Attached to: Database of All UK Children Launched
So, will they include in the database the 14-yr old Greater Manchester girl arrested for telling her teacher "can I change groups because I can't understand them?"

The others where speaking Urdu and the the assignment was "discuss."

I'd like to see the database entry for the arrested girl.

Comment: How to get free government PR for your religion (Score 5, Insightful) 469

by XavierItzmann (#27554339) Attached to: UK To Train Pro-West Islamic Groups To Game Google
So, when will a 200-strong unit UK government office flood the internet with 'positive' interpretations of Buddhism?

After all, don't we want young Buddhists to be much less likely to be directed to extremist material online?

Oh, sorry, forgot the UK government only sponsors your religion when you are violent. If you are peaceful, you are on your own. Do your own damn PR!

"it wants to 'flood the internet' with 'positive' interpretations of Islam and plans to train government-approved groups in search engine optimization techniques"

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes. -- Dr. Warren Jackson, Director, UTCS