With obvious public outcries against forced abortions in China and forced sterilizations of mentally handicapped individuals in Nazi Germany, one might assume the United States knows better.
However, today, in Nevada, the life of an 11-week-old unborn baby and the future of his or her 32-year-old mother hang in the balance as a judge considers whether or not to order the woman to undergo an abortion and sterilization against her will.
Elisa Bauer, who suffers from severe mental and physical disabilities attributed to fetal alcohol syndrome, is currently in the final weeks of her first trimester. The second-oldest of six children adopted by William and Amy Bauer in 1992, Elisa has epilepsy and is said to have the mental and social capacity of a 6-year-old.
The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly removing its X-ray body scanners from major airports over the last few weeks and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer.
The TSA says it made the decision not because of safety concerns but to speed up checkpoints at busier airports. It means, though, that far fewer passengers will be exposed to radiation because the X-ray scanners are being moved to smaller airports.
The backscatters, as the X-ray scanners are known, were swapped out at Boston Logan International Airport in early October. Similar replacements have occurred at Los Angeles International Airport, Chicago O’Hare, Orlando and John F. Kennedy in New York, the TSA confirmed Thursday.
Texans can breathe easier: the radioactive waste Halliburton fracking surveyors lost last month has finally been found.
The United Arab Emirates-based oil services company told reporters this weekend that an oilfield worker found the rod of americium-241/beryllium alongside a highway near Pecos, Texas.
Halliburton reported it missing on September 11, and members of the Texas National Guard were ultimately called up to aid their search. Halliburton said it even deployed vehicles fitted with radiation detection equipment, but found nothing on three sweeps of the area.
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Nine people who put up bail sureties for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange have been ordered by a judge to pay thousands of pounds each.
Westminster Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle said they must pay a total of £93,500 by 6 November.
Mr Assange’s supporters offered the sureties before he took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden.
He faces arrest if he leaves the embassy after breaking bail conditions.
Mr Assange has been granted political asylum by Ecuador and has been in the embassy since June.
He fears that if he is extradited to Sweden he will be sent to the US to be questioned about the whistle-blowing Wikileaks website – but this has been denied by Swedish prosecutors.
Mr Assange was arrested on an extradition warrant and is wanted for questioning in Sweden over rape and sexual assault allegations, which he denies.
This is just out, $181 million raised in September alone by just Obama! Between the 2 presidential candidates, Obama and Romney, we probably saw over $350 million in that month with many more hundreds of millions already raised and spent and many more to come this month. In this economy that is just obscene to me!
We have over 50 million people on food stamps, many millions of American live from paycheck to paycheck. The middle class in our country has all but been destroyed by this economic ‘slowdown’, yet these jokers spend hundreds of millions to get elected!
In my experience when that much money is changing hands there are promises being made to the special interests that have that kind of money to give. Many of these promises are most likely not in the best interests of the majority of people.
There are just so many things wrong with this picture on so many different levels! I am sad that we now have only 2 parties that can compete in this money game…in the end neither candidate will begin to live up to the many promises made and will most likely perpetuate the status quo, or in a worst case scenario, make things much worse.
Just think if we could somehow take all the money that these politicians raise and spend to get elected to any office and create a slush fund for all Americans that would be managed with openness and oversight by these same Americans what we could get done. Yes very optimistic and unrealistic. That much money would attract flies…and then we would have more of the same just a different tune!
As oil prices decline the price of gas in California continues to set new highs, record highs! You would be wise to ask why.
The reason for this is the ‘outages’ in several refineries in the state. One outage was a power failure that caused the Exxon refinery in Torrence to shut down. With this and other outages at other refineries happening the supply of gas has all but dried up with many gas stations closing as they can’t pay more for their product than customers can pay. This phenomena is not limited to ‘mom and pop’ shops but extends all the way to Costco…
This is yet another example of just how fragile our entire supply chain is in this country and how there are many things that one can do to better prepare for these type events, something that not everyone is prepared to do. After all, preparing for these events is just plain crazy right?
WRONG, it is just good common sense to put up a few extra groceries, water and other items one might need to exist without unnecessary hardship should something come to pass. Here in the mountains of Colorado the occasional snow storm can all but prevent the food trucks from resupplying the stores and believe me those stores empty out in just a couple of days. Almost everyone I know stocks up on basic food items just in case!
A supply chain disruption can be caused by so many things as evidenced by this recent event in CA. Add to that natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and the like that can destroy roads, refineries, dams and nuclear plants that generate power and can also generate huge swaths of destruction should something happen to them.
Once the chain is disrupted expect shortages in just about anything you can imagine as most everything we consume comes from somewhere else! Higher prices will just be a natural consequence of these shortages.
In short, be rational and be prepared.
A NATO airstrike killed eight women and girls in eastern Afghanistan, local officials reported. The alliance said the strike targeted 45 armed insurgents but admitted some civilians may have been killed.
The women were gathering firewood when they were killed by the strike, spokesperson for the Laghman provincial government Sarhadi Zewak said. Several women were also injured during the NATO strike, he added.
Villagers brought the victims’ bodies to the local governor’s office on Sunday in the wake of the attack, amid cries of “Death to America!” said Zewak.
Seven females are now in nearby hospitals receiving treatment, some of whom are as young as ten years old, AP reports.
Initial reports claimed that as many as 45 armed insurgents were killed in a “precision air strike,” NATO spokesperson Jamie Graybeal said. However, Major Adam Wojack, a spokesman for the Isaf later told the BBC that between five and eight civilians may have been caught in the crossfire in a “tragic loss of life.”