October 15th, 2010

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Town Scraps Unlocked Car Fines Proposal

Police Chief Says Idea Got Residents' Attention

UPPER MORELAND, Pa. - A proposal to fine the owners of cars found unlocked in public areas of one suburban community has been junked by the local police chief, Fox 29 News has learned.

Upper Moreland Police Chief Tom Nestel said he notified the township manager around noon Thursday that he's withdrawing the proposed ordinance.

Earlier, police estimated that at least three-quarters of reported thefts in the township were from cars left unlocked.

Police said if the ordinance passed they would perform spot checks in neighborhoods where thefts were occurring, and citations could carry a $25 fine.

But Nestel told Fox 29's Dave Schratwieser on Thursday that discussion the proposal generated accomplished widespread attention that he has been trying to get for three years about this issue.

The police chief said he believes residents have gotten the message.

Nestel admitted to getting many e-mails and messages opposed to his idea, including one in which he was called a "fascist."

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Obama to speak at USC next Friday!

This is the best news I've heard since they rescued the Chilean miners!

The best part, I work next to the quad where the rally will be. It's going to be so exciting!  I promise to take lots of pictures. I was lucky enough to hear him speak 4 years ago when he was at a rally for Gubanatorial candidate Phil Angelides.  This is going to be epic.

Obama to visit campus, speak at public rally

University officials have confirmed that President Barack Obama will speak at USC, after rumors of his visit circulated around campus this week.

Commander in chief · President Barack Obama will speak on campus next week while he is in Los Angeles to campaign and fundraise for California Sen. Barbara Boxer.
The president will give a speech open to the general public at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 at McCarthy Quad, said James Grant, assistant vice president of media relations.

Jason Duong, director of the USC Political Student Assembly — the group hosting the event — said he was contacted by university officials after Obama’s staff asked to come to USC.

“I was in disbelief when I got the call,” Duong said.

Though specifics of the event are still being worked out, Duong said, such as whether or not classes will be cancelled, PSA will be reaching out to several campus groups to help with organization.

His major focus now is to get as many students as possible to attend, regardless of their political inclinations.

“Whether they like him or not, this is definitely something that’s great for the university,” Duong said. “I’d encourage all students to come see what he has to say.”

Obama has spent significant time on the campaign trail recently, lobbying on behalf of incumbent Democrats who have found their re-election bids too close for party comfort.

One of those politicians includes California Sen. Barbara Boxer, who will also make an appearance on campus on Oct. 22.

The Democratic National Committee has rented space within the Ronald Tutor Campus Center to host a fundraiser for Boxer, a third-term incumbent who is locked in a tight race with former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Obama is expected to campaign with Boxer while in Los Angeles.

Grant stressed the Boxer fundraiser was separate from the president’s rally and said that USC rented space out to the DNC as it would any other outside organization looking to use university facilities. The DNC is paying for the space, he said.

The Boxer campaign could not be reached for comment, but Patrick Bailey, associate dean and executive director of student life and involvement, said the campus center Grand Ballroom had been booked for the lunch-time event.

Though the president attended a fundraiser in Exposition Park last spring, next week marks the second time Obama has come to USC’s campus. The president spoke to students in October 2006 as a U.S. senator.

Obama will join the ranks of several prominent politicians who have come to USC either as president or a presidential hopeful, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Dwight D. Eisenhower. The most recent sitting president to speak on campus was Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Students said they are excited to have the opportunity to hear the president speak and hope he can motivate students to vote by talking about issues that matter to them.

“He’s faced a lot of voter apathy in our generation, and it’s very important for people to vote — whether they are Democrats or Republicans — and be involved politically,” said Mason Flink, a graduate student studying motion picture production. “If he can inspire students to get involved by coming to campus, it’s a good thing.”

Nelson Brooks, a junior majoring in business administration, said although he probably won’t attend the speech and doesn’t share the same political beliefs as Obama, he still thought the visit was important for the university.

“It’s definitely a privilege for our school to host him,” Brooks said. “Regardless of political party, he’s the president of the most powerful country in the world, and that is a huge honor for our school.”

Duong agreed.

“Having such a crucial figure not only for California but for the nation really is a testament to what we’ve been doing as a university and how our students are engaging the public,” he said. “I mean, if the president of the United States wants to come to our university, that’s a huge deal.”


How the BBC reported a Migration Watch study

On Wednesday night BBC online ran a news story on the hard-right lobby group Migration Watch’s latest report.

It says that half a million extra school places would be needed in the UK over the next five years as a result of immigration.

The news story simply regurgitated the MigrationWatch press release and didn’t bother offering additional information or a counter-balance. By yesterday morning the story had been updated with a comment by Tim Finch of think-tank ippr.

What struck me afterwards is how rubbish the BBC news story was in giving any context to the report.

First, author Phillipe Legrain did a quick rebuttal explaining its assumptions:
1) By using cumulative figures. If you add up spending on anything over a long period of time, it looks much bigger than it really is. Using a single year’s statistics, 2009, and MW’s deeply flawed methodology, the cost of schooling the children of migrants who have arrived since 1998 is £4.6 billion, out of an education budget of £88 billion.

2) By counting children who have one parent who was born abroad as half due to migration. Since Nick Clegg has a Spanish wife, they include half the cost of educating their kids as being due to migration. Excluding that dodogy use of statistics, the cost in 2009 falls to £3.6bn.

3) By ignoring the taxes that migrants pay. Research by the Home Office, IPPR, Christian Dustmann at UCL and others show that migrants pay more in taxes than they take out in benefits and public services. Allowing for that, it is not UK-born taxpayers who are paying to educate migrants’ children, it is migrants who are subsidising the education of the children of people born in the UK.
Read that second point again. Even if one of the parents of a child born in the UK had been born abroad, Migration Watch count the child as an ‘immigrant’.

Further analysis by the website Full Fact exposed more issues.

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Source: Liberal Conspiracy

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Housework cuts breast cancer risk

Women who exercise by doing the housework can reduce their risk of breast cancer, a study suggests.

The research on more than 200,000 women from nine European countries found doing household chores was far more cancer protective than playing sport.

Dusting, mopping and vacuuming was also better than having a physical job.

The women in the Cancer Research UK-funded study spent an average of 16 to 17 hours a week cooking, cleaning and doing the washing.

Experts have long known that physical exercise can reduce the risk of breast cancer, probably through hormonal and metabolic changes.

But it has been less clear how much and what types of exercise are necessary for this risk reduction.

And much of past work has examined the link between exercise and breast cancer in post-menopausal women only.

The latest study looked at both pre- and post-menopausal women and a range of activities, including work, leisure and housework.

All forms of physical activity combined reduced the breast cancer risk in post-menopausal women, but had no obvious effect in pre-menopausal women.

Chores protected

Out of all of the activities, only housework significantly reduced the risk of both pre- and post-menopausal women getting the disease.

Housework cut breast cancer risk by 30% among the pre-menopausal women and 20% among the post-menopausal women.

The women were studied over an average of 6.4 years, during which time there were 3,423 cases of breast cancer.

The international authors said their results suggested that moderate forms of physical activity, such as housework, may be more important than less frequent but more intense recreational physical activity in reducing breast cancer risk.

Dr Lesley Walker of Cancer Research UK said: "We already know that women who keep a healthy weight are less likely to develop breast cancer.

"This study suggests that being physically active may also help reduce the risk and that something as simple and cheap as doing the housework can help."

He recommend that men and women take regular exercise and maintain a healthy body weight to help prevent cancer.

The research is published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention.



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Streaker at Obama rally won't get full million dollar prize

A New York City man who ran naked through President Obama's campaign rally in a bid to win a $1 million Internet challenge will not receive the full prize.

British billionaire Alki David, who initiated the publicity stunt, said 24-year-old Juan J. Rodriguez didn't meet the requirements for the full prize because he didn't get within eyesight or earshot of the president.

Instead, David will pay the Staten Island man's rent for a year, his sister's medical bills and an undisclosed cash settlement, David said in a statement. Rodriguez has vowed to try it again, David said, this time with another "undisclosed head of state."

Rodriquez was arrested after streaking at the Philadelphia rally on Sunday. Police charged him with indecent exposure, public lewdness and disorderly conduct. He was released Monday night on a $10,000 bond.

David offered the $1 million to anyone who could streak in front of Obama with the name of David's video Website on his chest.

Rodriguez said he thought that he'd met the requirements.


On the one hand, it's kind of a stupid way to try to get money, but it sounds like he was desperate for it. At least he wasn't robbing a bank or something worse and the billionare is going pay for the man's rent, his sister's medical bills and the guy will still get some cash in the end which the billionare didn't have to do. Still, dude, quite while you're ahead.

*Submitted because we need something that doesn't make us want to punch somebody through the Internet*
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A Guide to Paying for University

How are they allowed to suggest this mad scheme where they charge £36,000 for student fees? If you've got three kids heading towards university age it's like hearing on the news there's a report recommending that for the good of the nation your family is bankrupted for three generations. Or that the government is considering easing the pressure on higher-education spending, by forcing all parents of students to spend a year on the game.

And then the pundits and politicians sit around discussing it, saying, "For a place at an average university, such as Leicester or Bristol, if a parent turns two tricks a night with maybe some extra on a weekend, the revenue raised could cover 80 per cent of the costs so some ministers are very keen on this approach. However some backbenchers have pointed out that for more prestigious places such as Edinburgh or Oxford the amount of action required could result in a good deal of physical pain, with high rates of infection, and that may lose support with some middle-income voters."

From now on parents will check whether their kids are revising, and if they are they'll scream, "Stop that for Christ's sake! If you get any better than an F and you're offered a place somewhere I'm stuffed!"

And yet the justification for these cuts, we're told again and again, is that we can't leave the next generation "saddled with debt". Collapse )

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Dutch court urged to acquit Wilders

Prosecutors want anti-immigration politician cleared of charges of inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims.

Wilders faced a year in jail or a fine on charges that included comparing the Quran to Hitler's Mein Kampf [AFP]

The trial of Geert Wilders, the controversial Dutch politician who has referred to Islam as a "retarded culture", may come to an abrupt end after prosecutors called for all charges against him to be dropped.

Prosecutors asked a Dutch court on Friday to acquit Wilders on charges of inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims, the Reuters news agency said.

DutchNews.nl reported that the prosecutors had initially declined to take up the case against Wilders, but were compelled to do so by the high court after anti-racism activists protested.

The prosecutors had asked the court on Tuesday to drop a charge that Wilders insulted Muslims by comparing Islam to Nazism, saying that his comments targeted Islam and not Muslims as a group.

They said he had the right as a politician to make statements about perceived problems in society.

Wilders, who belongs to the anti-immigration Freedom Party (PVV), has maintained that his trial represented the fight for freedom of expression and what he terms the Dutch "way of life".


In Yale Fraternity Pledging, Rape Is Laughing Matter

Frat antics aren’t particularly known for their sensitivity.

This week, a YouTube clip of a Yale University Delta Kappa Epsilon pledging ritual went viral on campus. Posted Wednesday night, immediately after the events took place, the video documents the DKE pledges marching blindfolded on Old Campus—home to the majority of Yale’s freshman women—shouting chants such as “No means yes, yes means anal” and “Fucking sluts.”

The Yale Women’s Center responded in a statement to the Yale Daily News:
This action by DKE has made public that they see rape as a joke or, worse, something they support. That these calls may have been made in jest should not distract from the fact that they incite violence.

On Thursday, DKE president Jordan Forney made a public apology, calling the chants “inappropriate, disrespectful, and very hurtful to others.” He said the stunt was “a lapse in judgment” and “in poor taste.”

Is this statement enough? Broad Recognition, a Yale feminist publication, urged students Thursday to demand administrative action against the fraternity, whose actions it called “fear-mongering” and “a call to violence.”

“Yale women are not new to fraternity misogyny, nor are we a stranger to our administration sitting on their hands and doing absolutely nothing about it,” the writer of the article, Hannah Zeavin, told the Good Men Project.

Other students think the reaction is overblown. “These chants are not dangerous,” said a comment on theDaily News story.

Do the frat’s actions merit university discipline? More importantly, will a slap on the wrist—which is more likely to occur—do anything to prevent future demonstrations of frat-sanctioned misogyny?


A decade later the Mel Carnahan plane crash still resonates

It's been 10 years since the campaign-trail plane crash that killed popular Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, his oldest son and a trusted aide. For Joe Bednar, the memories are still fresh.

Some are whimsical, like the time Jean Carnahan asked her husband's top legal adviser to dress up as the Easter bunny at the Governor's Mansion. Others are tinged with tragedy, like when Bednar had to put his own grief on hold after the Oct. 16, 2000 crash while poring through the state Constitution to determine a succession plan.

One constant remains: the image of Carnahan _ a lawyer, Air Force veteran, congressman's son and child of the Ozarks _ as a self-effacing lawmaker more interested in helping others than basking in the spotlight.

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The plane crash was a huge deal here. He was the first dead person to be elected to the US Senate.
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Russia to help Venezuela build nuclear power plant

Russia and Venezuela on Friday signed an agreement involving the construction of a nuclear power plant in the South American country, officials said.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met in Moscow, discussing bilateral relations in trade and economic relations but also topics on the international and regional agenda.

The meeting was part of Chevez’s international tour which includes official visits to Ukraine, Belarus, Iran, Syria and Portugal.

“We are moving on to new agreements on a wide range of projects,” Medvedev said in a joint press conference after the meeting. “We have a strategic partnership and we are close friends.”

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Paladino: Cuomo Isn't Showing Enough Support For Gay Rights

Just days after Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino attacked his Democratic opponent Andrew Cuomo for attending a gay pride parade, his campaign sent out a campaign e-mail that that calls into question Cuomo's own support for gay rights.

Paladino's e-mail references other New York Democrats recently speaking out in support of gay rights, but quotes a recent New York Times article that said "the state's most popular Democrat, Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, was all but invisible" when the same sex marriage bill was faltering in Albany.

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Girl subjected to taunts gets shopping spree

(Oct. 15) -- A terminally ill little girl has been given a toy store shopping spree after being taunted on the Internet and in person by a woman who lives across the street from her grandmother.

A beaming Kathleen Edward, age 7, wandered the aisles to her heart's content Thursday in Tree Town Toys in Ann Arbor, Mich., hugging stuffed dogs and pandas to her chest. She arrived in a white limousine, courtesy of donations that have poured in since the story of harassment went viral on the Web, The Detroit News reported.

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