Sun

27

Mar

2011

In Oman, a young female editor exemplifies new boldness

Thousands of Omanis of all ages attend a rally earlier this month in support of their leader of 40 years, Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said, in Muscat, Oman.        Jackie Spinne
Thousands of Omanis of all ages attend a rally earlier this month in support of their leader of 40 years, Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said, in Muscat, Oman. Jackie Spinne

THE CHRISTAIN SCIENCE MONITOR 

Kawkab al-Balushi, a bold student newspaper editor, wants to challenge authority – but disagrees with the divergent approach of some of her more rebellious peers who just 'want a Blackberry,' she says.

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Sat

26

Mar

2011

Universal Healthcare Bill Passes VT House: Vermont Takes Step Towards Making Healthcare a Human Right

NEWS ALERT FROM THE HEALTHCARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT CAMPAIGN

BuzzFlash Blog


Montpelier, VT -- Statehouse -- On Wednesday, March 23, members of the grassroots Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign cheered on as the Vermont House of Representatives voted 92 - 49 to pass the universal healthcare bill, H.202.  The House bill passed as a result of thousands of Vermonters speaking out and demanding that healthcare be treated as a human right and provided as a public good.  

"This bill puts Vermont on a path to a system in which every Vermonter can get the healthcare they need when they need it, and the financing of that system is shared equitably by all.  This is a huge step forward," says Peg Franzen, President of the Vermont Workers' Center. 

 

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Sat

26

Mar

2011

Breaking News:Geraldine Ferraro, first woman Vice Presidential candidate, is dead at age 75

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Breaking News Alert: Breaking News:Geraldine Ferraro, first woman Vice Presidential candidate, is dead at age 75 
March 26, 2011 12:15:14 PM
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Geraldine Anne Ferraro Zaccaro, 75, passed away Saturday morning at Massachusetts General Hospital, surrounded by her family. The cause of death was complications from multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that she had battled for 12 years. 

Ms. Ferraro earned a place in history as the first woman and first Italian-American to run on a major party national ticket, serving as Walter Mondale’s Vice Presidential running mate in 1984 on the Democratic Party ticket. 

 

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Sat

26

Mar

2011

Supermoon Pictures

Supermoon River
Supermoon River

Photograph by Emanuel LopesMy Shot

 

On Saturday the moon (pictured over Lisbon, Portugal's Tagus River) made its closest approach to Earth in 18 years—making the so-called supermoon the biggest full moon in years. (Get the full story of the supermoon.)


The monthly full moon always looks like a big disk, but because its orbit is egg-shaped, there are times when the moon is at perigee—its shortest distance from Earth in the roughly monthlong lunar cycle—or at apogee, its farthest distance from Earth.

 

Likewise, because the size of the moon's orbit varies slightly, each perigee is not always the same distance away from Earth.

Saturday's supermoon was just 221,566 miles (356,577 kilometers) away from Earth—making the supermoon about 20 percent brighter and 15 percent bigger than a regular full moon, said Anthony Cook, astronomical observer for theGriffith Observatory in Los Angeles.

 

Before the supermoon, astronomer Geza Gyuk said, "Look for the full moon as it rises above the eastern horizon as the sun sets below the western horizon—it will be a beautiful and inspiring sight."

 

That's advice a lot of photographers, including National Geographic fans, one of whom contributed this picture, apparently took to heart.

 

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Sat

26

Mar

2011

New Tsunami Pictures: Head-on View of Approaching Wave

The Calm before the Tsunami
The Calm before the Tsunami

Photograph by Sadatsugu Tomisawa, AP

 

In the first of a series of newly released pictures showing a Japanese shoreline before and during the recent tsunami, a beach in Fukushima Prefecture appears calm.

 

The tsunami, captured here by a researcher working on the coast, struck northeastern Japan after a magnitude 9 earthquake, nearly wiping away entire towns.

 

A tsunami isn't a tidal wave but a series of waves—or wave train—in which the first isn't necessarily the most dangerous. Seen from on shore, a tsunami may be more like a rapidly rising tide than a series of giant breaking waves.

 

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Tue

22

Mar

2011

Power restored at Fukushima plant

23-03-2011

Engineers racing to cool a stricken nuclear plant in Japan have partially restored power to one of the control rooms, as radioactivity in the sea fuelled anxiety over food safety.

 

An external electricity supply has now been linked up to all six reactors at the Fukushima power station, 11 days after a massive earthquake and tsunami crippled the ageing facility.

 

In another small step towards regaining control of the plant, the lights came back on in the control centre of the number three reactor, making it easier for workers toiling to get the vital cooling systems working again. The number three reactor is a particular concern because it contains a potentially volatile mixture of uranium and plutonium.

 

The progress on the electrical lines at the plant was a welcome and significant advance after days of setbacks. With the power lines connected, officials hope to start up the overheated plant's crucial cooling system that was knocked out during the March 11th tsunami and earthquake that devastated Japan's northeast coast.

 

However, the operator, Tokyo Electric Power, warned that workers still need to check all equipment for damage first before switching the cooling system on to all the reactor units - a process that could take days or even weeks.

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Mon

21

Mar

2011

Discussion of Origins of English Language March, 21, 2011

Earlier today I was privy to a discussion about the origins of the English language - a subject about which I am relatively ignorant.  Of course I had to voice an opinion, one based on no research or knowledge.

 

On argument was that English rose from Latin, and the other opinion wat that it is a Germanic language.

 

So I thought it would be fun to look around a little and see what information is on the net about this subject.

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Sat

19

Mar

2011

Yemeni Protesters Under Heavy Fire

A medic helped an injured anti-government protester in Sana on Friday.
A medic helped an injured anti-government protester in Sana on Friday.

The New York TImes

 

SANA, Yemen — Security forces and government supporters opened fire on demonstrators on Friday, killing at least 30, as the largest protest so far in Yemen came under violent and sustained attack in the center of the capital, Sana.

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Fri

18

Mar

2011

Timeline: How Japan's nuclear crisis unfolded

Japan's quake and tsunami sparked a major emergency at one of the country's nuclear power stations, amid meltdown fears
Japan's quake and tsunami sparked a major emergency at one of the country's nuclear power stations, amid meltdown fears

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tsunami resulting from magnitude 9.0 earthquake damages nuclear power plant in north-east Japan
  • The plants has suffered three explosions and two fires since the crisis began Friday March 11
  • IAEA says two workers are missing at the site and at least 20 have fallen ill due to possible radiation contamination

A timeline through March 17, 2011:  Click Here to see the article

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Tue

15

Mar

2011

THE TRUTH WEARS OFF

The New Yorker

 

Is there something wrong with the scientific method?

by Jonah Lehrer

December 13, 2010

 

On September 18, 2007, a few dozen neuroscientists, psychiatrists, and drug-company executives gathered in a hotel conference room in Brussels to hear some startling news. It had to do with a class of drugs known as atypical or second-generation antipsychotics, which came on the market in the early nineties. The drugs, sold under brand names such as Abilify, Seroquel, and Zyprexa, had been tested on schizophrenics in several large clinical trials, all of which had demonstrated a dramatic decrease in the subjects psychiatric symptoms. As a result, second-generation antipsychotics had become one of the fastest-growing and most profitable pharmaceutical classes. By 2001, Eli Lilly’s Zyprexa was generating more revenue than Prozac. It remains the company’s top-selling drug.

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Mon

14

Mar

2011

Arab feminism In light of the revolutions across the Arab world

What challenges are women facing in this new political era?

 Riz Khan Last Modified: 02 Mar 2011 15:18 GMT

 

 

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Mon

14

Mar

2011

The Middle East feminist revolution

Women supporting women inevitably leads to women supporting revolution. In Tunisia and Tahrir Square, women were at the front and centre of organising and leading protests, demanding social change [GALLO/GETTY]
Women supporting women inevitably leads to women supporting revolution. In Tunisia and Tahrir Square, women were at the front and centre of organising and leading protests, demanding social change [GALLO/GETTY]

 

Al Jarezza

 

Women are not merely joining protests to topple dictators, 

 they are at the centre of demanding social change.

 

Among the most prevalent Western stereotypes about Muslim countries are those concerning Muslim women: doe-eyed, veiled, and submissive, exotically silent, gauzy inhabitants of imagined harems, closeted behind rigid gender roles. So where were these women in Tunisia and Egypt?

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Mon

14

Mar

2011

P.J. Crowley Resigns As State Department Spokesman

First Posted: 03/13/11 02:35 PM Updated: 03/13/11 02:35 PM
First Posted: 03/13/11 02:35 PM Updated: 03/13/11 02:35 PM

The Huffington Post

P.J. Crowley resigned as spokesman for the State Department Sunday. According to CNN, Crowleycame under pressure from the Obama administration to step down in the wake of makingcontroversial comments about the Pentagon's treatment of Army private Bradley Manning, who is currently detained over suspicion he was complicit in leaking classified government documents to WikiLeaks.

 

"It is with regret that I have accepted the resignation of Philip J. Crowley as assistant secretary of state for public affairs," said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a statement Sunday. "P.J. has served our nation with distinction for more than three decades, in uniform and as a civilian. His service to country is motivated by a deep devotion to public policy and public diplomacy, and I wish him the very best."


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Sun

13

Mar

2011

Death Toll Estimate in Japan Soars as Relief Efforts Intensify

Parents look at the body of their daughter they found in the vehicle of a driving school in Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture
Parents look at the body of their daughter they found in the vehicle of a driving school in Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture

The New York Times

 

SENDAI, Japan — Japan faced mounting humanitarian and nuclear emergencies Sunday as the death toll from Friday’s earthquake and tsunami climbed astronomically, partial meltdowns occurred at two crippled plants and cooling problems struck four more reactors.

 

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Sun

13

Mar

2011

Japan Earthquake Shifted Coastline Maximum Of 8 Feet, Scientists Say

First Posted: 03/13/11 06:00 AM Updated: 03/13/11 01:15 PM
First Posted: 03/13/11 06:00 AM Updated: 03/13/11 01:15 PM

The Huffington Post

NEW YORK -- The massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake that shook Japan and triggered a powerful tsunami on Friday has had a profound effect on both the surrounding terrain and the planet as a whole.

 

Dr. Daniel McNamara, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, told The Huffington Post that the disaster left a gigantic rupture in the sea floor, 217-miles long and 50 miles wide. It also shifted Japan's coast by eight feet in some parts, though McNamara was quick to explain much of the coast likely didn't move as far.

 

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Fri

11

Mar

2011

The Birds and the Foxes

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ONCE UPON A TIME there was a bird sanctuary in which hundreds of Baltimore orioles lived together happily.

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Fri

11

Mar

2011

China’s Money and Migrants Pour Into Tibet

Adrian Bradshaw/European Pressphoto Agency At the Po    tala Palace in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, images of the exiled Dalai Lama have been banned.
Adrian Bradshaw/European Pressphoto Agency At the Po tala Palace in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, images of the exiled Dalai Lama have been banned.

 

LHASA, Tibet — They come by new high-altitude trains, four a day, cruising 1,200 miles past snow-capped mountains. And they come by military truck convoy, lumbering across the roof of the world.

 

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Fri

11

Mar

2011

Tibet Riots Due To Failed Chinese Government Policies: Report First Posted: 05-26-09 09:43 AM | Updated: 06-26-09 05:12 AM

Time:

A new report from a group of Chinese scholars has for the first time challenged China's official explanation that the deadly riots that broke out across Tibet in March, 2008, were inspired by "overseas forces" -- namely the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile. (Read "One Year After Protests, an Enforced Silence on Tibet.")

Read the whole story: Time

 

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Wed

02

Mar

2011

Yemen President Says U.S., Israel Behind Unrest

AHMED AL-HAJ   03/ 1/11 06:36 PM
AHMED AL-HAJ 03/ 1/11 06:36 PM

The Huffington Post

SANAA, Yemen — Yemen's embattled president on Tuesday accused the U.S., his closest ally, of instigating the mounting protests against him, but the gambit failed to slow the momentum for his ouster. Hundreds of thousands rallied in cities across Yemen against the government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in the largest of the protests of the past month, including one addressed by an influential firebrand cleric, a former ally of Saleh, whom the U.S. has linked to al-Qaida.

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