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The War on Cow Farts

Cow farts are a major contributor to greenhouse gas levels.  A recent news story says:

More than a third of all methane emissions, around 900 billion tonnes every year, are produced by methanogen bacteria that live in the digestive systems of cattle, sheep and goats. By volume, methane is 20 times more powerful at trapping [...]

Armed Attackers Storm Police Station in Pakistan

Gun battle in Lahore, Pakistan between gunmen and police:

Pakistani authorities remained locked in a fierce gun battle with armed attackers who threw grenades inside a police training center Monday and then stormed the facility, firing at officers who were taking part in their morning drill. The attack in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore [...]

President Obama Pink Slips CEO of GM

Very rarely do Presidents asks CEOs of major corporations to quit.  But, that’s what Obama did, and Obama got his way:

General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner announced his resignation early Monday — the latest change for the troubled automaker. White House and GM sources had told CNN Sunday that Wagoner would resign as part of [...]

Getting a Hummer and The Laser Light Show of Baghdad

If you want a Hummer, you can go to Baghdad.  Everyone is getting Hummers in Baghdad.  Baghdad is, like, Hummer-ville of the Middle East.  Hummers are all about power.

Ali al-Hilli is a happy man. He has a wife and three kids, a prosperous business and — this is the important part — a Hummer.  [...]

The Science of Parenting

Here are a few scientific findings that explain how children think:

How do babies learn words?

Though they are learning words at 10 months old, infants tend to grasp the names of objects that interest them rather than whatever the speaker thinks is important.  “The baby naturally assumes that the word you’re speaking goes with [...]

A Heartwarming Rescue Story: Parrot Saves the Day!

What a nice parrot!

A parrot whose cries of alarm alerted his owner when a little girl choked on her breakfast has been honored as a hero.

Willie, a Quaker parrot, has been given the local Red Cross chapter’s Animal Lifesaver Award.

In November, Willie’s owner, Megan Howard, was baby-sitting for [...]

A Heartwarming Rescue Story: Thai Spiderman Saves the Day!

Hurray for the Thai Spiderman!

BANGKOK (AFP) – A Thai fireman turned superhero when he dressed up as comic-book character Spider-Man to coax a frightened eight-year-old from a balcony, police said Tuesday.

Teachers at a special needs school in Bangkok alerted authorities on Monday when an autistic pupil, scared of attending his first day at [...]

Hee hee, hee!

After making jokes about the disabled, President Obamessiah also finds our current financial crisis a laff riot:

President Barack Obama said he believes the global financial system remains at risk of implosion with the failure of Citigroup or AIG, which could touch off “an even more destructive recession and potentially depression.”

His remarks came in [...]

Obama’s New Iranian Deal

President Obama sends a video message to Iranian leaders and people that wishes them a happy new year.  It also is intended to signal a policy change.  Obama has repeatedly said he wants to engage Iran in diplomacy.  He must feel that the internet is a way to prepare the grounds for talking.  Through the [...]

President Obama: “It was like Special Olympics or something”

President Obama apparently still has difficulty in balancing the casual with the formalities of being President of the United States.  After the painfully awful Nacncy Regan joke, this new ”joke” was an incredibly stupid thing for a President to say:

In a lighthearted conversation, President Obama told Jay Leno that he recently bowled a 129 at [...]

Bitching Is Easy; Actually Getting Your Hands Dirty Is Hard

President Obamessiah “slow” to implement certain bits of hopeychangitude:

The change sweeping Washington has been slow to show up in President Barack Obama’s legal stances on issues such as terrorism and racial preferences.

The new administration’s court filings so far have been marked less by repudiation of former President George W. Bush than by nuance [...]

Iraqi Poll 2009: Improvement over Hell

A BBC poll suggests that for Iraqis, life is appoximating something less than Hell.  Security concerns are down, more people report having access to cooking fuel and a growing number are more positive about their future prospects.  Among the most important trends:

–  There is a sharp rift between Shia and Sunni Iraqis.  Sunnis are [...]

Ron Silver, R.I.P.

One of Hollywood’s few non-liberals has died of cancer.

Actor and longtime political activist Ron Silver died this morning, succumbing to a long battle with cancer, friends of the liberal Democrat-turned-GOP stalwart told The Post.

“Ron Silver died peacefully in his sleep with his family around him this morning,” said Robin Bronk, executive director [...]


VP Biden speaks:

At an event at Union Station today where Vice President Joe Biden was heralding the $1.3 billion in investments in rebuilding train stations and passenger rails, a microphone picked up one of the former senator’s myriad Senate colleagues addressing him, formally, as “Mr. Vice President.”

That met with Vice President Biden’s standard [...]

Violence with Guns in Germany and America in the Past Week

There have been a lot shootings in the news in the past week.  Here is a mix of headlines about the violence using guns:

German gunman singles out women as 15 die (see also:  Despite gun laws, Germany not immune to school shootings)

Alabama town pulls together after killing rampage

Pastor Shot In Church