January 26th, 2010


Schwarzenegger proposes Mexican jails take US inmates

SOURCE: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8480047.stm

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has suggested the state could reduce prison spending by housing undocumented inmates in Mexican jails.

In comments made during a question and answer session, he seemed to suggest the prisons would be specially built.

Mr Schwarzenegger said the costs of building and running the prisons in Mexico would be half of California's.

The state has one of the most overcrowded and underfunded prison systems in the US.

Last year, after a riot broke out in one prison, authorities were ordered to develop a plan to free 40,000 of the 150,000 inmates being held within two years.

"I think we can do so much better in the prison system alone if we can go and take inmates - for instance, the 20,000 inmates that are illegal immigrants that are here - and get them to Mexico," Mr Schwarzenegger said.

"We pay them to build the prisons down in Mexico. And then we have those undocumented migrants down there in prison. It would half the costs to build the prison and run the prison," he said.

"We could save a billion dollars right there that could go into higher education."

He added that he believed allowing the private sector to become involved in running and managing prisons would also help cut costs.

Earlier this month, the California governor declared a fiscal emergency, announcing that severe cuts would be needed to stem a $19.9bn (£12.3bn) deficit.

No D&D for US prison inmate serving life

Noting that "punishment is a fundamental aspect of imprisonment, and prisons may choose to punish inmates by preventing them from participating in some of their favorite recreations," a 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ban the playing of Dungeons and Dragons by a US prison inmate serving life for first-degree murder:

Singer, 33, has been a devoted player of the fantasy role-playing game since he was a child, according to the court ruling. After the ban went into effect, prison officials confiscated dozens of Dungeons & Dragons books and magazines in his cell as well as a 96-page manuscript he had written detailing a potential scenario for the game that players could act out.

Prison officials enacted the ban in 2004 after an inmate sent an anonymous letter expressing concern about Singer and three other inmates forming a "gang" focused around playing the game.

Singer was told by prison officials that he could not keep the materials because Dungeons & Dragons "promotes fantasy role playing, competitive hostility, violence, addictive escape behaviors, and possible gambling," according to the ruling. The prison later developed a more comprehensive policy against all types of fantasy games, the court said.

Anyone want to play Dungeons and Dragons for the next quadrillion years?

An Equal Rights Reason to Watch the Super Bowl

CBS may be moving forward with plans to run a Super Bowl advertisement from right-wing radical group Focus on the Family. Letters continue to pour into the network, urging them to nix the ad, since Focus on the Family has had a special place in history for calling LGBT people evil, trashing reproductive rights for women, and telling girls that sex education strips them of their modesty.

Hopefully CBS will get their ship in order. Meanwhile, if you needed a pro-LGBT reason to watch the Super Bowl, here's one: One of the NFL's champions for marriage equality will be playing. That would be New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita , who earlier this year went on record saying that people need to stop being so damn homophobic, and start looking at the issue of same-sex marriage through a lens of civil equality. Huh, maybe CBS and Focus on the Family should take a lesson.

"People could look at this issue without blinders on...the blinders imposed by their church, their parents, their friends or, in our case, their coaches and locker rooms," Fujita said last September. "I wish they would realize that it's not a religion issue. It's not a government issue. It's not even a gay/straight issue or a question of your manhood. It's a human issue. And until more people see that, we're stuck arguing with people who don't have an argument."

Somewhere Pat Robertson is dooming the New Orleans Saints to colossal defeat. Meanwhile, Scott Fujita keeps having a pretty stellar year. He was just named New Orleans Saints Man of the Year for his work on the field and in the community, where in addition to supporting marriage equality, he also supports organizations for children with life-threatening illnesses, and organizations that raise awareness for breast cancer.

If only we had more Scott Fujitas in the sports world winning awards. You know, unlike certain other players winning awards for courage after spending time in jail for raising dogs to attack one another.


"Excuse me. Are you the Judean People's Front?" "F*ck off! We're People's Front of Judea!"

Tea Party Disputes Take Toll on Convention

A Tea Party convention billed as the coming together of the grass-roots groups that began sprouting up around the country a year ago is unraveling as sponsors and participants pull out to protest its expense and express concerns about “profiteering.”

The convention’s difficulties highlight the fractiousness of the Tea Party groups, and the considerable suspicions among their members of anything that suggests the establishment.

The convention, to be held in Nashville in early February, made a splash by attracting big-name politicians. (Former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska is scheduled to deliver the keynote speech.) But some groups have criticized the cost — $549 per ticket and a $9.95 fee, plus hotel and airfare — as out of reach for the average tea partier. And they have balked at Ms. Palin’s speaking fee, which news reports have put at $100,000, a figure that organizers will not confirm or deny.

Tea Party events exploded last winter, as increasingly large gatherings protested the federal stimulus bill, government bailouts and proposed health care legislation. While they vary by name, specific tenets and relative embrace of anarchy, such groups tend to unite around fiscal conservatism and a belief that the federal government — whether led by Republicans or Democrats — has overstepped its constitutional powers.

Tea Party Nation, the convention organizer, started as a social networking site for the groups last year, a kind of Facebook for conservatives to “form bonds, network and make plans for action.” But its founders, former sponsors and participants are now trading accusations.

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I wonder if they'll be selling oscelots' noses and wrens' livers as snacks in the stands at the convention.

TWiB! Season 3 - Ep#5 "Whites Only B-Ball? Unlimited Corporate Spending? Both Reasonable."

I'm tired.

And no, it's not because my neighbors think it a GRAND idea to pace right over my bedroom at 3 a.m. in the morning. (Note: If my neighbors happen to be reading this, I do request that you stop. I own a samurai sword. #Truestory) I'm tired because there's only but so much outrage I can have in a 7 day period. I know, I know; I'm a black male and its a well-known fact that we are terribly angry and quite scary. (Grrrrrr! See? You were terrified.) With the myriad of ridiculousness going on in American politics and race, it's at the point that I can't even muster the energy to scare White women on the NYC Subway.

And really, what type of life is that to live?

So far this year I've barely made it to 10 a.m. EST each day before I have a mild conniption. If the morning news shows happen to fail me in causing a daily panic (forget what they're reporting on, just their ineptitude in the actual reporting is enough to raise my blood pressure) I am sure to receive a "Tweet" quoting some idiot in a position of influence that is guaranteed to have me muttering to myself. (Yes, muttering IS an attractive quality in a person...is what I tell myself.) By the time the end of the week occurs I'm in some sort of rageless catatonic state; I'm able to converse with people, but it's probably way more about brunch (I really like brunch) than anything of substance. I'll occasionally have someone email toward the end of my 7 day indignance wear-down cycle with something completely rageworthy and I have little to offer. No snarky commentary. No camaraderie in our FIGHT against the powers that be...stupid. I just gloss over it and hope that I get another chance to see it when I've had my "Oh, Hell naw..." tanks refilled.

There's a saying: "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention." Well, what if you were paying attention. So much so that you've plum run out of that outrage we were just talking about. Is there a Walmart for outrage? Somewhere I can pick up a huge 50-pack of "pissed off" to supplement my own naturally occurring anger? Perhaps I need to see a doctor on the matter. Otherwise I might be seen as someone who enjoys rants on Haiti's pact with the devil simply because I didn't throw a punch at my laptop when i saw the Robertson clip.

Luckily "This Week in Blackness" is written and shot toward the beginning of my cycle. Take a look and enjoy.

GOP Can Haz The Brown Test Now?

After Brown’s Win, G.O.P. Officials Weigh ‘Purity’ Test

One of the top items of business for the Republican National Committee, as it gathers amid lagoons and pools at an ocean-front resort in the heart of this city this week, is to pass a so-called “purity” resolution being put forth by some of its more conservative members.

The resolution, named after former President Reagan, would require that Republican candidates agree on at least eight listed conservative positions – ranging from gun control to gay marriage to financing for abortion – or face a cut-off of party money and support.

The move has stirred opposition from some moderate Republicans, and some officials in the Republican National Committee, concerned that it would have the effect of shrinking the Republican tent at the very moment when Democratic stumbles appear to be creating an opening for the party.

And here is one question that is already percolating among Republicans as they move to debate the resolution: Would Scott Brown – the Republican from Massachusetts who just captured the Senate seat of Edward M. Kennedy, and someone who is a hero these days in the party – have passed the test?

If the resolution had been in place, would the national committee have been barred from doing anything to help Mr. Brown in his campaign against Martha Coakley, the Democratic attorney general?

The argument is clearly worrying proponents of the so-called purity resolution. James Bopp Jr., the conservative Republican Party leader who introduced the motion, sent an e-mail to committee members saying that Mr. Brown would pass the “Reagan test,” and is an affirmation of his argument that a conservative candidate can win election in competitive states (or in the case of Massachusetts, Democratic states)?
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SourceForge bars 5 nations from open source downloads

Some countries more equal than others

Open-source code repository SourceForge.net has begun automatically blocking the internet addresses of users from countries such as Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Sudan, and Syria in an attempt to enforce a policy forbidding them from downloading free software.

The move infuriated many purists of the free and open-source software movement, who argue such code should be available to anyone willing to uphold the covenants of the licensing agreement. Like Google's open-source code repository, SourceForge terms of service have long barred people from uploading and downloading code if they reside in countries on the US Office of Foreign Assets Control sanction list.

Starting last week, SourceForge started blocking certain IP addresses to enforce that prohibition. In a blog post Monday, SourceForge didn't say what prompted the move, but it did claim the change didn't sit well with the organization's ideals.

"However, in addition to participating in the open source community, we also live in the real world, and are governed by the laws of the country in which we are located," the post stated. "Our need to follow those laws supersedes any wishes we might have to make our community as inclusive as possible."

Critics wasted no time lambasting the restriction. One person commenting on the SourceForge blog argued the restriction is a violation of Section 5 of the open source definition which states licenses must not discriminate "against any person or group of persons." Critics also claimed the restrictions fly in the face of comments made last week by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging internet freedom. ®

Source: El Reg
If it's to do with staying within the law of the country their servers are in then I guess they have to do it, but WTF? SourceForge has servers all over the place, not just the US. Why the hell should (for example) the Kent & Dublin mirrors comply with American law?

Venezuela's telenovela.

Caracas police dispel students, VP resigns amid media crisis

CARACAS — Venezuelan police on Monday used truncheons and tear gas to disperse scores of angry students protesting a government shutdown of six television stations, including one opposed to President Hugo Chavez's government.

As the media crisis heated up, the country's Vice President Ramon Carrizalez, who also holds the title of defense minister, announced his resignation Monday, and while rumors at the weekend alleged he was to resign over his simmering differences with Chavez, the vice president said he was leaving for personal reasons.

The students, who had blocked access to roads near the university, vowed not to be dissuaded from taking to the streets to express their displeasure over the latest move by Chavez to advance his socialist agenda and control of the country since he took office in 1999.

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Argentina's telenovela.

Argentine bank chief shut out

Argentine police have stopped the head of the country's central bank from entering his office, hours after he vowed to stay in the position despite a court ruling that the government said meant he had to resign.

Martin Redrado said he went to the bank on Sunday with his lawyers to see if he would be allowed to enter the building but found his way blocked by officers.

"[This shows] a flagrant violation of the court's order," Redrado said in a statement, adding that he had presented a legal complaint against Anibal Fernandez, the cabinet chief, for "impeding him from carrying out his duties."

Kirchner dismissed Redrado earlier this month because he opposed her bid to use $6.6bn in foreign currency reserves to service debt obligations this year, however, a court ordered his reinstatement a day later.

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BRB, investing my money in Argentina.
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Auschwitz survivor teams up with rap band

65 years after Auschwitz, Jewish survivor performs with immigrant hip-hop band
By Kirsten Grieshaber, The Associated Press

Berlin - Esther Bejarano says music helped keep her alive as a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz and in the years that followed.

Now, 65 years after the liberation of the Nazi death camp, the 85-year-old has teamed up with a hip-hop band to spread her anti-racism message to German youth.

"It's a clash of everything: age, culture, style," Bejarano, a petite lady with an amiable chuckle, told The Associated Press ahead of Auschwitz Liberation Day on Wednesday. "But we all love music and share a common goal: we're fighting against racism and discrimination."

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The View Talks About Gays & Monogamy and Teen Pregnancy

Summary: Joy takes the experiences of one gay man that she knows and uses it to make a blanket statement that gay men do not care if their romantic partners have outside sexual affairs because monogamy for men is ~unnatural~ and gay men understand this. Sherri then projects her insecurities about her ex-husband (who cheated on her, which resulted in a child) onto the situation, while Whoopi and Elisabeth are like, "WTF NO!!!"


Summary: Elisabeth mixes good points and bad points, Sherri manages to say a bunch of nothing while using lots of words, Joy talks about Paris Hilton, and Whoopi is the only one to acknowledge that sexuality in your teen years is normal.

If longer clips get uploaded, I'll update the post. I wish I could find the Superbowl commercial discussion because Whoopi kicked ass.

Full episodes of The View can be seen here. The full episode of this morning's show hasn't been posted yet but it'll be worth the wait.

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~big journalism~ lol

ACORN gotcha man among four arrested for attempting to bug Mary Landrieu's office

The FBI, alleging a plot to wiretap Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in downtown New Orleans, arrested four people Monday, including James O'Keefe, a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the the advocacy group's credibility.

FBI Special Agent Steven Rayes alleges that O'Keefe aided and abbetted two others, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, who dressed up as employees of a telephone company and attempted to interfere with the office's telephone system.

A witness from Landrieu's staff said O'Keefe was present in the office and claimed to be "waiting for someone to arrive."

O'Keefe on Thursday gave a speech to Libertarian Pelican Institute in New Orleans.


I'm sure he can find a way to blame poor people black people LIBERALS for this.

As Obama Seeks Freeze, Deficit Seen Shrinking Slightly

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Budget Office is projecting a $1.3 trillion deficit for the current fiscal year, slightly smaller than last year, because of early signs of economic growth. But additional stimulus spending and tax cuts that the White House and Congress are considering could leave the shortfall greater than last year’s level.

In its annual report on the 10-year fiscal outlook, the nonpartisan budget office said that a $1.3 trillion deficit for fiscal 2010, which ends Sept. 30, would equal about 9.2 percent of gross domestic product.

That is an improvement from a $1.4 trillion deficit in fiscal 2009, representing nearly 10 percent of G.D.P. and the largest deficit measured against the size of the economy since World War II. The projected deficit for this year would be the second-largest, though additional spending or tax cuts could drive it into first place.

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Raped Teenager Receives 101 Lashes For Becoming Pregnant

A 16-year-old Bangladeshi girl was who raped 8 months ago was given 101 lashes as punishment for having conceived during the assault, Bangladesh's Daily Star reports. Meanwhile, the paper notes, the alleged rapist received no punishment.

The village elders who issued the fatwa against the girl also fined the girl's father and warned him that his family would be forced into isolation if they didn't pay.

According to the Telegraph, the girl was so ashamed that she did not lodge a complaint about her attack. Human rights activists say that she married quickly after the attack, but was divorced not long after when it was revealed she was pregnant. She told the Daily Star that the rapist had "spoiled" her life.

"I want justice," she said.


There is not enough D: in the world for this. I hope she gets all the counseling she needs.
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This is so, so wrong...

I understand what Whole Foods is trying to do, but BMI is a faulty indicator of health--athletes, for example, will have higher BMIs even though their weight is due to muscle and not fat

Whole Foods is sending a clear message to employees: you weigh less, you pay less.

The grocery store chain known for organic, local and sometimes exotic food options announced it will offer steeper discounts to employees with lower BMI’s (Body Mass Index). The initiative, called the Team Member Healthy Discount Incentive Program, would offer an additional 10% off to employees who meet certain health standards.

Whole Foods workers already receive a 20% discount on goods in the store. This voluntary program would allow them to get up to 30% off as long as they maintain healthy “biometric criteria for blood pressure, total cholesterol (or LDL), levels and Body Mass Index (BMI)," reports PerishableNews.com via a press release from the company.

And what exactly are those levels? According to a poster released by the company, employees who want to receive the steepest discount - the “Platinum” level - need to have a BMI of 23.99 or less, blood pressure of 110/70 and less than 150 Total Cholesterol (or less than 80 LDL). A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal and anything above 30 is considered obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods, says via a company letter that the program is designed to reduce health care costs to the company. In the letter, Mackey writes, “Whole Foods spent more than $150 million in 2009 on health care … and that amount is projected to rise each year.”

Health screenings for employees began on January 21 and Team Member Healthy Discount cards will be issued in March.

Read more: source

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Get ready.

For those joining this program already in progress (i.e. new to ontd_political):
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[*] This year's SOTU rebuttal will be given by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.
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Another Pregnant Man Goes Public with His Story

Scott and Thomas, both transgender men, are expecting an addition to their family. Scott is carrying it, the Daily Mail reports:
"Scott Moore – thought to be only the second ‘pregnant man’ to go public – is due to give birth to a boy in February, with husband Thomas by his side. The couple were both born girls and have undergone surgery to transform their sex. Scott, 30, who is legally married to Thomas because he still has a female birth certificate, says he eagerly looking forward to giving birth. They have decided to call the child ‘Miles’. ‘We know some people will criticise us but we are blissfully happy and not ashamed,’ Scott said. The couple, from California, already have two children - Gregg, 12, and Logan, 10 - who Thomas had with a previous female partner who died."

The NYDN reports: "Moore and Thomas, who are planning a natural birth at their local hospital, are confident that their son will be able to cope with any teasing he might get about his two dads. 'We've been through it already,' Thomas told the paper. 'My son Logan was bullied, but now he just says to teasers: 'You may have a problem with my two dads, but I don't, so you're not hurting me.'"



I think this is very sweet.
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The Scales Can Lie: Hidden Fat

The Scales Can Lie: Hidden Fat

New Study Argues Even Thin People Can Face Health Risks From Fat; It's 'Normal Weight Obesity'


Can you be normal weight and fat at the same time?
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The research suggests that body mass index, or BMI, the tool doctors and researchers often use to determine whether a person is obese, may fall short in some cases as an indicator of good health.

Well ONTD_P, colour me shocked! In any case, I think this is a good observation on science's part. Exercise is really key to life longevity and good health.

EDIT: Sorry mods for forgetting the source -_-;

Republican Death Match: Florida Edition

Charlie Crist, Marco Rubio Tied In Florida GOP Senate Primary

Bogged down by Florida's high unemployment and a string of political missteps that alienated the Republican core, Gov. Charlie Crist finds himself in a tight primary against a former state lawmaker in the race for U.S. Senate, new polls show.

Marco Rubio, a lawyer who served as Speaker of the House, was initially considered a long shot against Crist, who has widespread name recognition and a significant fundraising lead.

But with Florida's primary less than seven months away, Rubio has rocketed into contention, favored by 47 percent compared with 44 percent who preferred Crist among registered Republican voters – a gap that put the candidates roughly even in the poll released Tuesday.

The random telephone survey by Quinnipiac (Conn.) University included 673 registered GOP voters. It was conducted Jan. 20-24 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

"The horse race numbers are not a fluke," said Peter Brown, assistant polling director for Quinnipiac in Connecticut. "Rubio's grass roots campaigning among Republican activists around the state clearly has paid off."

The latest survey marks a stunning turnaround for the 38-year-old Rubio, a conservative who trailed Crist by 31 points in a Quinnipiac survey taken last June and by 15 points in another in October.

"Marco Rubio has caught the wave," pollster Brown said Tuesday.

"It's not a good thing to be an incumbent in a lot of places this year and Gov. Crist is a virtual incumbent in this race," Brown said.
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Worst year 'since Holocaust' for antisemitism

Antisemitic incidents last year were the highest since the Holocaust, the Jewish Agency has reported.

During the first half of 2009, antisemitic incidents were as many as for the entire of 2008, following Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. These included two murders, both in the US, including the shooting of a non-Jewish guard at the Holocaust Memorial museum.

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HILARIOUS... except not.

Bill O'Reilly: Kidnap Harry Reid And Nancy Pelosi, And Waterboard Pelosi

Bill O'Reilly suggested that the CIA should kidnap Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and perhaps even waterboard Pelosi, at a stop on his "Bold & Fresh" speaking tour on Saturday.
From Media Matters' exclusive audio of the Fox News pundit's comments:
If [President Obama] did hire me... Don't tell anybody, okay, I said this please? But I'd get Leon [Panetta] in... And I'd say, Leon, look... You gotta kidnap Pelosi and Reid. Don't hurt them. Don't hurt them, okay? But take them to an undisclosed location. No waterboarding, well maybe with Nancy.
O'Reilly's banter was received with laughs by an audience that paid to see him and Glenn Beck on stage together on their nationwide tour.
"You gotta get [Pelosi and Reid] out of here, okay?" O'Reilly quipped. "So that's what I would do, I'd kidnap Reid and Pelosi. Do you think that would be impeachment, do you think?"

LISTEN: Bill O'Reilly Suggests The CIA Should Kidnap Harry Reid And Nancy Pelosi, And Waterboard Pelosi


"Angels In America" Playwright Tony Kushner Says We Should Be Patient With Obama on Gay Rights

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner is inclined to give Obama the benefit of the doubt on gay rights because he has a lot on his plate.

"I'm very much inclined to be extremely patient right now...I feel that given what he's up against, the reality of what his administration has to address is so overwhelming and quite possibly, impossible...I have no problem whatsoever with extending a tremendous amount of good faith in his direction."


This man is my professional idol and my personal Jesus. Please be kind (, rewind).

Capitalist Rejoice! The Era of Free Internet Content Will Be Over Soon!! The Market Haz Spoken!

After Three Months, Only 35 Subscriptions for Newsday's Web Site

In late October, Newsday, the Long Island daily that the Dolans bought for $650 million, put its web site, newsday.com, behind a pay wall. The paper was one of the first non-business newspapers to take the plunge by putting up a pay wall, so in media circles it has been followed with interest. Could its fate be a sign of what others, including The New York Times, might expect?

So, three months later, how many people have signed up to pay $5 a week, or $260 a year, to get unfettered access to newsday.com?

The answer: 35 people. As in fewer than three dozen. As in a decent-sized elementary-school class.

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Female teachers transmit math anxiety to female students

Female teachers transmit math anxiety to female students

Girls often believe themselves to be bad at math, in accordance with gender stereotyping, and often experience high levels of anxiety about the subject. That anxiety appears to be driven by social influences, and may be vanishing in early education. Still, identifying its causes could help eliminate it at later stages of education, and prevent it from making a reappearance in young girls.

A new study suggests that elementary school may be a breeding ground for this anxiety. The study found that when elementary school teachers, who are primarily female, displayed a high level of anxiety about math, that skittishness was transmitted to their female students. Those students who spent a year with a math-phobic teacher displayed lower math achievement and an increased belief in stereotypes about female mathematical ability.

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This kind of reminded me of a story about another study I read, where mothers were more likely to stop their infant daughters from exploring sooner and set lower expectations for how much their infant girls could do on a baby obstacle course than mothers did for their sons. :/
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Toyota halts sales/production of 8 models b/c they can't figure out why they are going Christine.

Toyota Halts Sales Over Safety Issue


In a stunning and unprecedented move, Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday halted sales of most of its popular models in the U.S. in response to growing concerns that possible defects may cause the vehicles to accelerate unintentionally.

The Japanese car maker, which long has been viewed as the leader in automotive quality, said it told its dealers to stop selling eight models, including the Camry and Corolla sedans, two of the biggest sellers in the U.S. market. Other models affected by the move include the RAV4 and Highlander sport-utility vehicles and the Tundra pickup truck.

The eight models represented 57% of Toyota's 2009 U.S. sales. Toyota also said it will stop producing the affected vehicles at several North American plants for one week starting Feb. 1.
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I'm surprised I'm the first one to post about this. So, ontd_p'ers are you driving a recalled vehicle? And what do you think about what Toyota has done to try to solve this issue? Also, do you have any ideas as to what might be causing it? My money is on short in the computer that controls cruise control.

Or it could be the fuel injectors. I forgot to mention that my 2001 Oldsmobile Alero took off on me and my mom a couple of times. Mainly when you are in park or going really slow. It kicked up the RPM to 2. Mechanic had to take apart my engine block to find out that three of the fuel injectors were broken. He replaced all six of them and since no runaway car or gas smell.

Tips for surviving the Toyota Christine:
Shift the vehicle into NEUTRAL, SLAM ON YOUR BRAKES, and Pull the EMERGENCY BRAKE

This is what ALL the experts are saying to do if you find yourself in this position. The car in neutral cannot accelerate and it will lose speed. Slamming on your brake and pulling the emergency brake will increase the friction and cause the vehicle to slow down further. When the car has come to a complete stop then you can turn it off.

I do not know if you should restart it or not. I suggest calling the cops/insurance company.
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North and South Korea exchange fire near sea border

North Korea has fired artillery shots near the disputed sea border with South Korea and the South has returned fire, according to Yonhap news agency.

It said the North fired several shells into the sea near the South Korean-controlled Baengnyeong Island off the countries' western coast.

On Tuesday, North Korea declared a no-sail zone in waters off its coast, media reports say.

South Korea officials said the exchange caused no casualties or damage.

The North fired into waters near the border just after 0900 local time (0000 GMT), a spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff told AFP.

"Our military immediately fired back in response," a Seoul presidential official told the news agency on condition of anonymity.

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