October, 2012

We air honest ads, black Detroit host gets outraged

Patriots, we are still on the road on the Rebuild America Defeat Obama bus tour. It has been over a month and Mary really misses Sammy, our greyhound and Marilyn her cat. I miss Sammy, but not the cat.

By Lloyd Marcus - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Full Story

How Prepared is Israel for an Earthquake?

On October 21-25, 2012, Israel held its first national exercise to examine how prepared the state and its institutions are for a severe earthquake. This was the country’s sixth home front exercise, held annually as part of the lessons learned from the Second Lebanon War. The annual exercise is also the climax of a series of smaller exercises held throughout the year. Until now, the annual exercises were based on security scenarios, primarily missile and rocket attacks on the civilian front. The decision to devote this year’s scenario to an earthquake is notable, as it implies (a) recognition of the importance of preparing for natural disasters whose damage to life and property are expected to be much higher than those inflicted by war, terrorism, and other man-made conflicts; and (b) the adequate understanding that preparing for an emergency is essentially generic in nature, as many of its components are shared by man-made and natural disasters. Thus, preparedness for natural disasters in general and earthquakes in particular has a direct impact on the preparedness for the more familiar security scenarios.

By INSS Meir Elran and Alex Altshuler- Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Full Story

United States fiscal cliff – think hard about it now and on November 6

An article last Friday says that the tax hikes and spending cuts that will result after December 31 if Congress does not take action to avert those scheduled changes (broadly referred to as the ‘fiscal cliff’) have already in 2012 resulted in one million U.S. jobs being lost – and will result in loss of a further 6 million jobs through 2014 and a reported U.S. unemployment rate of 12%.

By Ian R. Campbell - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Full Story

Holy Days

I am disappointed with the Toronto Eaton Centre decision to remain open on Easter Sunday - the holiest day on the Christian calendar.

By Guest Column Paul Kokoski- Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Full Story

Greece:  New budget to be tabled today

Prompted by World Headlines

The Greek Finance Minister is scheduled to table a revised draft 2013 budget today.  The budget calls for Greek economic contraction of 4.5% in 2013, and is said to potentially result in a 2013 surplus of about 0.5% of Greece’s 2013 forecast GDP.  This revised budget apparently will be voted on by November 11, prior to further bailout advances that are currently still under negotiation.

By Ian R. Campbell - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Full Story

Skewed priorities

pri·or·i·ty (n) 1. the right to precede others in order, rank, privilege, etc.;precedence.(2.) the right to take precedence in obtaining certain supplies, services, facilities etc. 3.) something given special attention

Politics is one of my interests, and politics readily arouses the passions making it virtually impossible to shut down the random observations creating conflict. Maybe that’s why I’m interested; the conflict entices me to ponder why men and their petty decisions have such wide ranging consequences for people they know nothing about.

By Sarge - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Full Story

Energy Minister Signals Wind Farms Are A Dead End

Young families in Britain face the toughest winter since the 1850s, an expert warned yesterday. Millions will be plunged into the kind of fuel poverty last seen in Dickensian times because of the relentless rise in energy bills, it is feared. Financial commentator Jasmine Birtles said: “A quarter of young households will significantly struggle to make ends meet over the coming months.”—Western Daily Press, 30 October 2012

By Guest Column Dr. Benny Peiser- Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Full Story

The controversy over flame retardants in millions of sofas, chairs and other products

Chemical & Engineering News

Flame retardants in the polyurethane foam of millions of upholstered sofas, overstuffed chairs and other products have ignited a heated debate over safety, efficacy and fire-safety standards — and a search for alternative materials. That’s the topic of a cover story package in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of ACS, the world’s largest scientific society.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Full Story

Date palm juice: A potential new “green” anti-corrosion agent for aerospace industry

Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research

The search for a “greener” way to prevent corrosion on the kind of aluminum used in jetliners, cars and other products has led scientists to an unlikely source, according to a report in ACS’ journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. It’s the juice of the date palm — those tall, majestic trees that, until now, were noted mainly as sources of food and traditional medicines.

By American Chemical Society Husnu Gerengi, Ph.D.- Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Full Story

Inspiration from Mother Nature leads to improved wood

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Using the legendary properties of heartwood from the black locust tree as their inspiration, scientists have discovered a way to improve the performance of softwoods widely used in construction. The method, reported in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, involves addition of similar kinds of flavonoid compounds that boost the health of humans.

By American Chemical Society Ingo Burgert, Ph.D.- Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Full Story

New micropumps for hand-held medical labs produce pressures 500 times higher than car tire

Analytical Chemistry

In an advance toward analyzing blood and urine instantly at a patient’s bedside instead of waiting for results from a central laboratory, scientists are reporting development of a new micropump capable of producing pressures almost 500 times higher than the pressure in a car tire. Described in ACS’ journal Analytical Chemistry, the pumps are for futuristic “labs-on-a-chip,” which reduce entire laboratories to the size of a postage stamp.

By American Chemical Society Shaorong Liu, Ph.D.- Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Full Story

A heady discovery for beer fans: The first gene for beer foam could improve froth

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

The yeast used to make beer has yielded what may be the first gene for beer foam, scientists are reporting in a new study. Published in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the discovery opens the door to new possibilities for improving the frothy “head” so critical to the aroma and eye appeal of the world’s favorite alcoholic beverage, they say.

By American Chemical Society Tomás G. Villa, Ph.D.- Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Full Story

You’d have to Be a Fool Not to Vote for Romney

At 6:07 PM on 9-11 the White House was sent this message, “Ansar al-Sharia claims responsibility for Benghazi Attack.”  For two weeks after Obama pretended that the attack was a result of a spontaneous mob’s reaction to a video. He told all his glitterati friends on The View and David Letterman.

By David Lawrence - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Full Story

We’re All Going To Starve

You may have seen this a few days ago:

  • UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013
  • Global grain reserves hit critically low levels
  • Extreme weather means climate ‘is no longer reliable’
  • Rising food prices threaten disaster and unrest
By J.D. Longstreet - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Full Story

Obama attacks Americans’ civil liberties

Warrantless eavesdropping on Americans by federal government agencies has significantly expanded during President Obama’s time in office.

The American Civil liberties Union has reported that there has been a dramatic increase in warrantless electronic surveillance under Obama and that between 2009 and 2011 the number of Americans who were subjected to telephone wiretapping more than doubled.

By Jerry Philipson - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Full Story

Ghosties and ghoulies and a real life scarathon

Happy Halloween! Don’t let the ghosties and ghoulies scare you, but rather the very scary possibility that Barack Obama may be re-elected. If voters grant him another term as president, you can bet that he’ll push forward with his socialist agenda, particularly if he has at least one house in Congress at his beck and call.

By Joan R. Neubauer - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Full Story