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Crime and Drug Cartels Top Concerns in Mexico

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011 in Featured, World News | 0 comments

Crime and Drug Cartels Top Concerns in Mexico | Pew Global Attitudes Project. Drug War: As the death toll continues to rise in Mexico’s drug war, now claiming more than 35,000 lives since President Felipe Calderón took office in December 2006, fewer than half (45%) of Mexicans say their government is making progress in its campaign against drug cartels; 29% say the government is losing ground and 25% say things are about the same as they have been in the past. [Graphic]   The survey of Mexico conducted by the Pew Research Center’s...

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Pentagon Triples No Bid Contracts in 10 Years of War

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011 in U.S. News | 0 comments

Since defense spending is the second largest component of the federal budget, it should come as no surprise that there is some waste in military spending.  Since the late 1990′s there has been a steady increase in the number of military contracts awarded to companies without any competing bids.  The reasons and results of this are varied and worth a closer look. IED attacks have been one of the most common and deadly weapons used against the US military.  Insurgents planted 14,661 IEDs in 2010.  The no compete bids for equipment to...

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China Faces Upgrade-or-Die Deadline as Labor Supply Dwindles

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011 in Featured, World News | 0 comments

China Faces Upgrade-or-Die Deadline as Labor Supply Dwindles – Businessweek. China’s three-decade-old, one-child policy will accelerate declines in the workforce, forcing companies to upgrade to higher-value products in the way Japan did in the 1960s and 70s.   The pool of 15 to 24-year-olds, a mainstay for factories making cheap clothes, toys and electronic products, will fall by almost 62 million people to a total of 164 million in the 15 years through 2025, United Nations projections show. The demographic shift is a result of...

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Appellate Court Affirms the Right to Film Police in Public

Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 in Featured, U.S. News | 0 comments

A 1st Amendment victory for video | ZDNet. Citizen Simon Glik was walking in nation’s oldest public park, the Boston Common, and stopped to video 3 police officers arresting a young man. After the arrest one of the officers turned to Glik, confirmed that he was recording audio, and arrested him for violating the state’s wiretap statute.   Glik was charged with wiretapping, disturbing the peace and aiding the escape of a prisoner.   The Boston Municipal Court found Glik not guilty of the other charges, noting the audio recording...

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CEOs Earned More Than Companies’ Tax Bills

Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 in Economics, Featured | 0 comments

CEOs Earned More Than Companies’ Tax Bills – Bloomberg. Twenty-five of the best-paid chief executive officers in the U.S. earned more in salary and other compensation in 2010 than their companies’ federal income tax expenses as disclosed in public filings, according to a report by the Institute for Policy Studies.   Companies in this group, according to the report, included EBay Inc., General Electric Co., Verizon Communications Inc., Boeing Co. and Dow Chemical Co.   The group said its findings underscore the need for...

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Self Healing with Positive Thinking

Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 in Featured, Health & Wellness | 0 comments

Heal thyself: Think positive – health – 29 August 2011 – New Scientist. Optimists recover better from medical procedures such as coronary bypass surgery, have healthier immune systems and live longer, both in general and when suffering from conditions such as cancer, heart disease and kidney failure (Annals of Behavioral Medicine).   It is well accepted that negative thoughts and anxiety can make us ill.   What researchers are now realising is that positive beliefs don’t just work by quelling stress. They have...

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Panel condemns US syphilis study in Guatemala

Posted by on Aug 30, 2011 in Featured, Health & Wellness | 0 comments

Panel condemns US syphilis study in Guatemala – Americas – Al Jazeera English. BBC News – US scientists ‘knew Guatemala syphilis tests unethical’. The US research project in which government researchers deliberately infected Guatemalan prison inmates and mental patients with syphilis in the 1940s has been described as an “institutional failure” by a US presidential commission.   Nearly 5,500 people were subjected to diagnostic testing and more than 1,300 were exposed to venereal diseases by...

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Thawing Permafrost Could Release Vast Amounts of Carbon and Accelerate Climate Change

Posted by on Aug 30, 2011 in Facts and Stats, Featured, World News | 0 comments

Thawing Permafrost Could Release Vast Amounts of Carbon and Accelerate Climate Change by the end of this Century « Berkeley Lab News Center. Billions of tons of carbon trapped in high-latitude permafrost may be released into the atmosphere by the end of this century as the Earth’s climate changes, further accelerating global warming, a new computer modeling study indicates.   Their findings counter results from a comparison of models that was included in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2007 fourth assessment report....

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Startling Wikipedia Results on United States Health Care

Posted by on Aug 30, 2011 in Featured, Health & Wellness | 0 comments

I think there is scarcely a United States citizen that believes that we have a functioning health care system any more.  Of course, individuals may differ vastly on the methodology for fixing health care, but the statistics on poor performance in the industry are indisputable.  Here is a list of facts that were simply taken from a Wikipedia search on “Health Care in the United States.” General Facts: Health insurance is now primarily provided by the government in the public sector, with 60-65% of healthcare provision and...

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Anna Hazare: Indian Democracy and Corruption

Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Featured, World News | 0 comments

Anna Hazare, a 74 year old Indian social activist and leader of the Indian anti-corruption movement, ended his 12 day hunger strike on Sunday after the country’s parliament tentatively passed resolutions demanded by the fasting Hazare and his followers.  As described by the Christian Science Monitor: On a stage before tens of thousands, Mr. Hazare drank from a metal cup of coconut water and honey held by two children. The crowd at Delhi’s Ramlila grounds erupted in cheers, music played, and victory marches touched off across the...

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Failing at Innovation? Bank on It

Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Economics, Featured | 0 comments

Failing at Innovation? Bank on It – BusinessWeek. Shifting Bank Mindsets: At the turn of the 20th century, the board of directors of the Cleveland Trust Co. met weekly to go over the bank’s loans. The minutes show the directors carefully scrutinizing loan applications, especially from local entrepreneurs. Yet toward the end of the 1920s, the minutes start reflecting a board less interested in local business lending and more absorbed with sending money to New York to play the stock market.   For all the buzz in business...

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How the West Was Drilled: Where is the Oil in the Western Hemisphere?

Posted by on Aug 28, 2011 in World News | 0 comments

How the West Was Drilled As the Middle East struggles to find itself politically and prices at the pump remain high, the questions about oil production in other parts of the world become more important.  What happens if Saudi Arabia spirals out of control?  Where will the oil to fill that gap come from?  Who has the oil, and what are the risks in obtaining it?  Well here is a list that answers some of those questions.   Canadian Oil Sands Canada provides the largest portion of our oil imports at almost 19% in 2007.  The hugely rich...

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