March 17th, 2009

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"Biden, Fire fighters, and Mom-Mom".



From the Vice President's speech to the International Association of Fire Fighters at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington, DC:

So I -- and I was in Philadelphia this morning. I'm there a lot. This morning my mom was operated on. She's 92 years old, and God love her, she came through. She broke her hip, and she came through the operation incredibly well. I told her that -- (applause) -- those of you who've met my mom, you know she's fairly politically astute -- (laughter) -- and she still runs the show. And so I said, "don't worry, Mom -- last night I went up to see her, and with, obviously, my brothers and my sister and my wife and my brother-in-law and sister-in-law and my daughter and my -- everybody is up, because Mom-Mom runs the show. You think I'm joking -- I'm not. (Laughter.)


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'the Ayaan Hirsi Ali of development aid'

'Stop giving aid to Africa. It's just not working'

Development aid does more harm than good in Africa, says Zambian economist and author Dambisa Moyo, so we should stop it. She has the ear of at least one African president, Paul Kagame of Rwanda. 'Why should Bono be the one to determine economic policy in Africa?



It was during her studies at Harvard that she first started wondering why Africa is the only continent that is forever struggling. Later, as she was working on her thesis at Oxford, she tried to figure out why poor Asian countries like South Korea or Thailand managed to join the world of emerging nations when no African country did. For the next eight years, she worked for the US investment bank Goldman Sachs. Gradually her conviction grew stronger: Africa will never get on its feet unless it makes a clean break with the system of development aid.

It is aid itself that is keeping Africa poor. This in a nutshell, is the argument Moyo develops in the first half of her book, Dead Aid, which came out last month. She is referring only to government aid, not to emergency humanitarian aid or charity. "Development aid simply doesn't work," she says. "It was supposed to lead to sustainable economic growth and a reduction of poverty. Name one African country where this has happened."

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Union Unleashes Brutal Video Tying Anti-EFCA Blue Dog Dem To Dead Worker

This is some rough stuff. The SEIU has just launched a hard-hitting Web video that ties Blue Dog Democrat Dan Boren to the horrific death of a worker in his home state, yet another sign that the battle over the Employee Free Choice Act is shaping up as a no-holds-barred free-for-all.
The video — an effort to make Boren pay a political price in his home state for his recent declaration that he’ll vote against EFCA — dramatizes the plight of a father of four who, according to the video, worked at an industrial laundry and was dragged into a heavy duty dryer, where he was violently tossed around for 20 minutes and eventually died:

The video, which was made with Brave New Films and will be blasted to the media later this morning, argues that if the facility been unionized — which would be easier under EFCA — the workers would have had better safety and health protections, perhaps preventing the worker’s death.

The vid accuses Boren of supporting companies like the one employing the dead workers in its efforts to prevent unionization. “Tell Dan Boren to stop risking workers’ lives, and to support Employee Free Choice,” it concludes.

The video targeting Boren, the only Dem to declare that he’ll vote against EFCA this year, is designed to demonstrate the sort of political price those who oppose EFCA might pay. It’s also an effort to humanize the stakes of the EFCA fight and shift the debate away from an argument over the “secret ballot” provision and towards a more fundamental one over worker safety and quality of life.
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Conservatives Suggest Torture Tactics For AIG Execs: ‘Exemplary Hanging,’ Guillotine Party, ‘Boiling

Politicians and pundits from both sides of the aisle have expressed outrage at the recent news that bailed-out insurance giant AIG will be paying $165 million in bonuses to the same executives who “brought the company to the brink of collapse.” President Obama and members of Congress are trying to figure out a way to revoke the bonuses while others have called for top executives to be fired.

While conservatives have joined in the mass discontent with AIG, some are taking their anger a bit too far. Yesterday on a local Iowa radio show, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) suggested that AIG executives consider committing suicide. And last night on Fox News, far right pundit Charles Krauthammer and his milder counterpart Mort Kondracke argued that some should be put to death:

KRAUTHAMMER: I’m all in favor of keeping this heaping opprobrium. I would deny them the bonuses if possible. I would be for an exemplary hanging or two. Have it in Times Square, invite Madame DuFarge. You borrow a guillotine from the French and we could have a party. If that’s what it takes to maintain popular support, let’s do it. But it’s not going to change anything economically. […]

KONDRACKE: I was going to recommend boiling in oil in Times Square, but look, because these are the people who invented these crazy credit default swaps that are leading to the whole disaster.

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Whether it’s terrorism, international crises, domestic crime or, in this case, excessive corporate greed, some conservatives seem unable to see problems as anything other than a nail for which the only solution is a hammer.

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I ♥ the Rooney's: Best Ownership in the NFL

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A Democratic congressional staffer confirms to Mother Jones that Pittsburgh Steelers owner and Obama supporter Dan Rooney will be named the United States Ambassador to Ireland today.

Rooney became president of the Steelers in 1975 and owner in 1988, continuing a line of family ownership that began when Rooney's father, Art Rooney, known as "the Chief," bought the team in 1933 for roughly $2,500 in horserace winnings. In addition to being involved in the Steelers' league-leading six Super Bowl championships, Dan Rooney is known for guiding the creation and implementation of what is commonly called the Rooney Rule, which requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate when filling a head coaching vacancy. The rule is widely credited for adding to the diversity of the NFL's coaching ranks. When the Steelers won the Super Bowl last February, their head coach, Mike Tomlin, was only the second African-American head coach to pilot a team to the championship. Rooney was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

Rooney has long ties to Ireland. He created the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and founded the American Ireland Fund. Despite being a lifelong Republican, Rooney supported the candidacy of Barack Obama, going so far as to campaign for him in important swing states.

Currently, Pittsburgh area papers are reporting that Rooney "may" be named to the ambassadorship. The congressional staffer who confirmed the move to Mother Jones said that his member received a courtesy call from the administration informing his office of the appointment.

Update: The White House emailed reporters announcing Rooney's appointment at 10:04 am. Beat 'em by about 25 minutes. Obama had this to say: "I am honored and grateful that such a dedicated and accomplished individual has agreed to serve as the representative of the United States to the Irish people. Dan Rooney is an unwavering supporter of Irish peace, culture, and education, and I have every confidence that he and Secretary Clinton will ensure America’s continued close and unique partnership with Ireland in the years ahead."
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Grassley clarifies his call for AIG execs to commit suicide

Angered over the AIG’s decision to dole out bonuses to its top employees, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) yesterday caused a stir when he suggested the company’s executives should follow “the Japanese example” and resign or kill themselves. Grassley appeared this morning on Bloomberg TV, where he was given a chance to clarify his views. “Of course I don’t want anyone to go commit suicide,” he said. “But I do want some contrition. I want showing of remorse. I have not heard a single apology from a single Wall Street CEO.” He continued:

In the case of the Japanese, you know, they do one of two things. They either go commit suicide or they take a deep bow and say apologies and then sometimes resign. But they take full responsibility. And we’re not hearing that.

And obviously, I don’t want anyone to kill themselves because I don’t believe in that sort of thing. But I do believe that when you have done bad for your company, for your stockholders, and eventually for the taxpayer…you ought to say I’m sorry.

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Responding to Grassley’s comments from yesterday, AIG spokesman Nick Ashoosh told MSNBC, “The remark is very disappointing. But AIG’s employees continue to work with poise and professionalism to take care of policyholders and repay taxes.”
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Pope: Condoms not the answer in AIDS fight

On flight to Africa, pontiff addresses issue that divides many Catholics

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Benedict XVI said on his way to Africa on Tuesday that condoms were not the answer in the continent's fight against HIV, his first explicit statement on an issue that has divided even clergy working with AIDS patients.

Benedict had never directly addressed condom use. He has said that the Roman Catholic Church is in the forefront of the battle against AIDS. The Vatican encourages sexual abstinence to fight the spread of the disease.

"You can't resolve it with the distribution of condoms," the pope told reporters aboard the Alitalia plane headed to Yaounde, Cameroon, where he will begin a seven-day pilgrimage on the continent. "On the contrary, it increases the problem."

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Papa Bear is watching you masturbate

Bill O'Reilly seduces your pants off.



The Village Voice blog has excerpts from the audiobook of Bill O'Reilly's literary masterpiece, "Those Who Trespass".

Some choice quotes:

"I would like you to unhook your bra and let it slide down your arms. You can keep your shirt on."

"Cup your hands under your breasts and hold them for ten seconds."

"He then dropped to the floor, kneeling before Ashley, pushing her skirt up to her waist. Using a fair amount of pressure, he kissed her inner thighs, using his lips and tongue. His hands reached the waistband of her hose. Shannon gently gave a tug and Ashley lifted her hips. He slipped the hose down to her ankles, all the while continuing to knead her skin with his tongue. Ashley climaxed twice before the two got up from the couch and climbed the stairs to the master bedroom."

"I wish I were a lesbian."

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Design Barbara's Campaign Poster!

Barbara's first campaign poster from 1972

Ready? Set? Photoshop! Now is your chance to put your stamp on Barbara's 2010 campaign with a poster that represents the energy, commitment, and leadership Barbara brings as California's voice in the Senate!

We're going to be debuting our new poster at the California Democratic Party Convention next month in Sacramento, so we've put together this site for you to make your submissions and, once we've narrowed the field to the top contenders, vote on the design you like best.

The winner will receive recognition here on our website and a phone call from Senator Boxer, along with the satisfaction of having their design be the most recognized campaign poster in the state of California!

If you're interested in making a submission, please submit your design by April 3rd using the form below. Your image file can be a maximum of 1MB and in a .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .pdf or .png format. You can click here to download a .zip file containing the new campaign logos to use in creating your design.

As for the technical requirements, when creating your design, you'll want to know that the gold color used in the logos is #FFD200 in RGB format, has values of C:0 M:16 Y:100 K:0 for CMYK format, or is Pantone 116C. The typeface used is also Rotis Serif Bold, but a good close approximation would be Baskerville.

If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to email questions to posters@barbaraboxer.com!

Once we've received all the submissions, we'll be posting the top submissions here for our entire community to vote on because who knows Barbara better than you, her committed grassroots supporters? No one! So get to work on your designs and thanks for your participation!

Don't forget to download the new logos to help you with your design.

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University of California system increases tuition by nearly 10 percent

Rising unemployment and plummeting consumer spending in California has taken its toll on the state's university system. Since California now faces a $42 billion deficit, state funding toward public universities has been cut by $115 million dollars. In an effort to close the budget gap, the University of California Board of Regents has decided to raise tuition by another 9.3 percent. Students can expect to pay higher tuition fees beginning in May.

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Fox News apologizes for dishonest splicing of Biden clip.

Yesterday, ThinkProgress noted that Fox News spliced a six-month old clip of Vice President Biden to misleadingly imply that he recently said the “fundamentals of the economy are strong.” Today, Fox News’s Martha MacCallum apologized to viewers and said it was an “inadvertent” error:

MacCALLUM: Yesterday during a segment on the recent change in tone from President Obama’s economic team, we inadvertently used a piece of video of Vice President Biden saying “the fundamentals of the economy are strong.” This video was from the campaign trail when the vice president was a candidate and was actually quoting Sen. John McCain. When we get something wrong we admit it. We did so yesterday, and for that we apologize.

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If Fox News weren’t so hungry to make a partisan point, maybe these errors wouldn’t occur.

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Having been told "NO!" already, Sanford decides to try again

Sanford's still trying to get around the rather explicit instructions on how to use the federal government's funding. He had another letter for President Obama today, still whining about the Democratic Nation Congress' TV ad, and asking approval to use the money to repay school bonds as well as other debt.

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AIG paid bonuses to people who no longer work for the company

Not just little bonuses, either. According to Breaking News on CNN.com, "AIG paid 73 employees bonuses of $1 million or more; 11 of whom are no longer there, according to NY Atty."

All this is starting to piss off New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who said "he's been investigating AIG compensation arrangements since last fall and would issue subpoenas at 4 p.m. EST Monday if he didn't get the names of employees scheduled for bonuses plus information about their work and contracts."

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Recession F-Bombs: Why Cursing Feels Great

Recession F-bombs: Why swearing feels great
It’s cathartic — unless you can’t get through a sentence without cussing
Duane Hoffmann / msnbc.com

The economy may be making it worse, but cursing has been more ubiquitous in recent years, with the rates of vulgar ranting rising right along with our stress levels.

It’s hard to escape news about the bombing economy these days. It's also getting harder to escape another type of explosion — the verbal kind.

“I’ve been dropping the F-bomb every time I look at the Dow or my 401(k) statement,” says April Thomas, a 35-year-old freelance writer from Watkinsville, Ga. “You open the statement and see that number in black and white and the reality hits and you say a few choice words.”
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My response? Fuckin' a!
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Lead is feared in children's books

Lead is feared in children's books

Could a vintage, dog-eared copy of "The Cat in the Hat" or "Where the Wild Things Are" be hazardous to your children?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has raised that possibility in urging the nation's libraries to take children's books printed before 1986 off their shelves while the federal agency investigates whether the ink contains unsafe levels of lead.

Few, if any, libraries are complying, and many librarians are ridiculing the recommendation as alarmist. Even the nation's premier medical sleuths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, say any danger from lead in children's books is slight.

"We're talking about tens of millions of copies of children's books that are perfectly safe. I wish a reasonable, rational person would just say, `This is stupid. What are we doing?'" said Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association's Washington office.

Lead poisoning has been linked to irreversible learning disabilities and behavioral problems.
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GOP PAC Director Tells Reporter: "Shut Up And Listen"

Here's an amusing item from the special election for Kirsten Gillibrand's old House seat.
Yesterday, the Albany Times-Union reported that an attack ad from the National Republican Trust PAC was pulled from the local NBC station. The station's general manager said the PAC didn't provide documentation of its claims against Democratic candidate Scott Murphy.
Now today, the Times-Union reporter Irene Jay Liu has posted an mp3 of a rather interesting phone call from last night with the PAC's executive director Scott Wheeler, insisting that the ad was never pulled -- that he did provide backup to NBC and it was accepted with almost no modification -- and defending the accuracy of the claims:

Wheeler repeatedly accused Liu of printing talking points from the Murphy campaign. "I'm sorry, you're speaking so loudly that I actually can't understand a word you're saying," said Liu. "I'm sorry, could you--"
Wheeler replied: "Well shut up and listen, and then you can hear."
The NBC general manager later reiterated to Liu that they haven't received documentation, and that they were told to pull the ad and a new version would be coming.
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Race may be factor in police shooting of unarmed elderly man

March 13, 2009
By Howard Witt
HOMER, La.—On the last afternoon of his life, Bernard Monroe was hosting a cookout for family and friends in front of his dilapidated home on Adams Street in this small northern Louisiana town.

Throat cancer had robbed the 73-year-old retired electric utility worker of his voice years ago, but family members said Monroe was clearly enjoying the commotion of a dozen of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren cavorting around him in the dusty, grassless yard.

Then the Homer police showed up, two white officers whose arrival caused the participants at the black family gathering to quickly fall silent.

Within moments, Monroe lay dead, shot by one of the officers as his family looked on.

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Canadian supplier of American goods accused at US border of "stealing American jobs"

Canadian accused at U.S. border of 'stealing American jobs'
Sales representative from B.C. denied entry to U.S. to meet with suppliers
Kathy Tomlinson CBC News

A B.C. sales representative who markets equestrian products in Canada was barred from crossing the U.S. border to attend a trade show last month by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer who accused him of trying to steal American jobs.

"He looked at me, and in a yelling voice he said, 'You're friggin' stealing jobs away from American citizens,' and I tried telling him that I wasn't," Joel Borsteinas told CBC News.

In addition to the fact he was travelling for a trade show and not moving to the USA for work, the wtf factor is that he is flogging American products in Canada, which kind of makes him a supporter of American jobs

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Perino Defends AIG Bonuses: They Are ‘Middle Class People’ Who ‘Are Expecting To Get This Bonus’

Reports over the weekend that bailed-out insurance giant AIG will be paying $165 million in bonuses to executives “in the same business unit that brought the company to the brink of collapse last year” have sparked bipartisan outrage. Even ultra-conservative Bill Kristol expressed his anger in a column yesterday, asking rhetorically, “[I]f capitalism is to survive, shouldn’t the Republican party, the party that defends democratic capitalism, be particularly vehement in denouncing its excesses? Isn’t this a pretty spectacular one?”

However, it seems that Dana Perino, former President Bush’s press secretary, didn’t receive the memo. On C-Span’s Washington Journal on Sunday, Perino defended the bonuses:

PERINO: And the people who are working there that are middle-class people, are expecting to get this bonus. If they do not get it, maybe they won’t be motivated enough to try to help the company turn around and getting the company to turn around and be more profitable is important for all of us.

Perino then chastised the “rhetoric in Washington” that “can try to make things so black and white, and make things sound so easy — demonize people when I don’t think that that’s fair.” Watch it:

It appears that Perino either doesn’t know who is set to receive the bonuses or is unaware what it means to be “middle class” (i.e. those American households that generally make between $40,000 and $70,000 per year). In fact, while as of Sunday, it was unclear what the salary range is for the executives who are set to get the bonuses, as The New York Times reported at the time, some of them will receive more than $3 million in bonuses alone.

A new Wonk Room analysis notes that under Bush’s tax system, these AIG executives will collectively take home $7.5 million more dollars more than they would have in the 1990s. But President Obama’s budget would effectively eliminate the Bush tax bonuses, allow middle class families to save as much as $800 per year, and invest in health care, renewable energy and education.

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School Bans Rainbow Wristbands

 

The ACLU is on the case, defending a 14 year-old Peoria, Arizona student whose principal won't let him wear a rainbow wristband. Via press release:
"When I asked my son's principal why he wouldn't be allowed to wear his wristband to school anymore, he said some teachers found it offensive," said Natali Quintanilla, mother of the eighth grader whose wristband was banned. "My son is honest and happy about who he is, and I love him and support his right to be himself. There are a lot of things teachers should be more concerned about than one little wristband - like educating our children." Quintanilla contacted the ACLU last month after her son Chris's principal told her he wouldn't allow her son to wear his cloth wristband with words "Rainbows are gay" to school anymore. When her son was harassed for being gay earlier this school year, Quintanilla said the same principal told her, "If he didn't put it out there the way he does, he wouldn't have much of a problem."
The ACLU is giving the school ten days to respond to their letter before they file a court challenge.

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I'm no legal expert but doesn't this have parallels with Tinker v. Des Moines?

Protests greet Bush's first speech as ex-President


Protests greet Bush's first speech as ex-president
By Jeffrey Jones Jeffrey Jones 57 mins ago

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – More than 100 protesters chanted "war criminal" and flung shoes in Calgary on Tuesday, angry that former U.S. President George W. Bush was in the Canadian city to give his first speech since leaving the White House.

At least two demonstrators were hauled away by police after brief skirmishes, as 1,500 business people in the oil patch city waited outside a convention center for an hour to pass through tight security and enter the C$400-a-plate ($315) luncheon.

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Madagascar president forced out

Madagascar's President Marc Ravalomanana has said he is standing down and handing power to the military.

Meanwhile military leaders said they were conferring full powers on 34-year-old opposition leader Andry Rajoelina.

Mr Rajoelina has installed himself in the president's offices, seized on Monday by pro-opposition troops.

The BBC's Jonah Fisher in Madagascar says that while it seems clear Mr Ravalomanana is ceding power, there is confusion about who is now in charge.

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China flexes, and the US catches a chilly reminder

 

Peter Hartcher
March 17, 2009

In the old days countries threatened each other by sabre-rattling - moving armies, positioning navies, making physical threats. In the past few days we have seen the modern way to intimidate another power.

The Chinese premier, Wen Jiabao, expressed concern about his country's $US1 trillion ($1.5 trillion) holdings of US government bonds.

"We've lent a huge amount of capital to the US, and of course we're concerned about the security of our assets. And to speak truthfully, I am a little bit worried."

That was all it took.

It marked a threshold moment in relations between the current superpower and the potential one - Beijing demonstrated that it is prepared to use its financial power over the US as an instrument of pressure.

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Pornstar Laura Perego Does A Striptease At The Milan Exchange

MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 17: Porn Star Laura Perego does a striptease at the Milan Exchange on March 17, 2009 in Milan, Italy. Perego was taking part in a protest to highlight poverty in Italy in the current economic climate, with the slogan 'Italy In It's Pants' written on her body. (Photo by Luca Ghidoni/Getty Images)

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Russia announces rearmament plan



Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said Moscow will begin a comprehensive military rearmament from 2011.

Mr Medvedev said the primary task would be to "increase the combat readiness of [Russia's] forces, first of all our strategic nuclear forces".

Explaining the move, he cited concerns over Nato expansion near Russia's borders and regional conflicts.

Last year, the Kremlin set out plans to increase spending on Russia's armed forces over the next two years.

Russia will spend nearly $140bn (£94.5bn) on buying arms up until 2011.

Higher oil revenues in recent years have allowed the Kremlin to increase the military budget, analysts say. But prices have averaged $40 a barrel in 2009 compared with $100 last year.

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Obama Rebuffs Israeli Hawk

There are very worrying signs about Israel and Iran, amid new threats from Israeli officials that they won't long tolerate Iran's nuclear program before they strike militarily. But, at the same time, there are reports that President Obama's national security team isn't buying the Israeli line that time is running out.

For instance, a top Israeli military official, in Washington, was not exactly given the red carpet treatment by Obama's top officials -- yet even so, he met Jim Jones, Obama's national security adviser, Hillary Clinton, and Dennis Ross.

The Israeli armed forces chief of staff, Gabi Ashkenazi, met yesterday with top US officials in Washington, including General James Jones, the national security adviser, and Dennis Ross, the State Department's special adviser on "the Gulf and Southwest Asia," and he warned that Israel is preparing for a military strike on Iran. According to Haaretz, the Israeli daily:

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Family who are 'too fat to work' say £22,000 worth of benefits is not enough

A family of four with a combined weight of 83 stone say they are "too fat to work" and need more than the £22,000 they currently receive in benefits.

By Urmee Khan
Last Updated: 4:12PM GMT 17 Mar 2009

The Chawners, haven't worked in 11 years, claim their weight is a hereditary condition and the money they receive is insufficient to live on.

Mr Chawner said: "What we get barely covers the bills and puts food on the table. It's not our fault we can't work. We deserve more."

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"We have cereal for breakfast, bacon butties for lunch and microwave pies with mashed potato or chips for dinner," Mrs Chawner told Closer magazine.

....article with picture of the family
Warning: Might trigger death by anorexia.

If people can get addicted to gambling, gaming, and shopping, I think they can get addicted to an a lifestyle like the Chawners, they don't need more money to indulge their habit, they need intervention help. Vegetables and fruits are indeed expensive, but one can save up for it by giving up bacon and unhealthy and pricey microwave food, and stick to a staple of rice and potatoes and beans and frozen veggies.
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Canadian minister's comments bring questions, concerns

Science minister's coyness on evolution worries researchers
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Federal Science Minister Gary Goodyear's refusal to say whether he believes in evolution has left scientists questioning what that means for Canadian research.

Dolph Schluter, a professor at the University of British Columbia, told CBCNews.ca in an email that he was "first flabbergasted and then embarrassed" when he heard Goodyear's response to a reporter's question about whether he believed in evolution.

"I'm not going to answer that question," Goodyear, federal minister of state for science and technology, told the Globe and Mail in an article published Tuesday. "I am a Christian, and I don't think anybody asking a question about my religion is appropriate."

Goodyear, a former chiropractor and member of Parliament for the Ontario riding of Cambridge, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

However, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's spokesman, Kory Teneycke, alleged in an interview with the Canadian Press Tuesday that Goodyear made the remarks after he was ambushed by a reporter who began questioning his religious beliefs during an interview about federal science policy. He added that creationism was not on the government's science agenda.

Schluter, who holds a Canada research chair in evolutionary biology, expressed concern that Goodyear's job as minister of state is to guide the development and administration of science policy in Canada.

He said evolution is the foundation of modern biology, used every day by scientists, and answers about it have nothing to do with religion.

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I just can't help but laugh when he responded with "My religious views are personal" to whether he accepts evolution or not.

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Goodyear clarified that yes, he does believe in evolution. He then said the question was irrelevant and went off on a tangent.

The article also criticizes the government for putting more funds into applied than basic research.