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DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Tuesday, December 30th 2008, 10:33 AM
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What would you do without your cell phone?! Well, you might be a bit healthier sans phone, according to a new study.
The European Research Institute for Electronic Components in Bucharest found that cell phones may lead to heart disease and kidney stones, according to Switched.com.
How is this possible? The study found that cell phones emit radiation, which causes red blood cells to leak hemoglobin, according to Softpedia.com. The hemoglobin then accumulates in the body, which can lead to health complications including heart disease or kidney stones.
This new study is just one in a series of studies about the ills of cell phone use. Researchers at Sweden's Lund University found that exposure to cell phone radiation could cause proteins and toxins to leak into the brain, according to Softpedia.com. This can lead to Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's.
And here's something even more disturbing: average cell phone ownership is up to two per person, according to Switched.com. That's a lot of extra radiation!
* * * * * If this research is accurate the news could be especially worrisome for users like kids who keep their phone up to their ear all day. Will you reduce your cell phone time if this data proves to be true? Do you think most people won't heed these warnings because they're addicted to their cell phones?DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Tuesday, December 30th 2008, 10:33 AM
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A French warship nabbed a boat full of pirates in the Gulf of Aden today, responding to a distress call from a Panamanian vessel, Reuters reports. The pirates fled when they saw the French ship approach, but they later returned to try their luck with the ship again, and the frigate captured them. “Resistance was impossible when faced by a well-armed warship,” said a French armed forces spokesman.
Inside the vessel, the French found a rocket launcher, assault rifles, and boarding ladders. The pirates will be taken to Somalia for trial. France has been a particularly active anti-piracy force in Somalia, having nabbed 29 of the sea bandits since last April.
* * * * * Thank you French Navy for a job well done.A French warship nabbed a boat full of pirates in the Gulf of Aden today, responding... more
The piles of freebies drug companies lavish on doctors will go the way of the VHS tape as of tomorrow, the New York Times reports. The industry, facing criticism that it is trying to unduly influence doctors' decisions, has voluntarily decided to stop handing out pens, stethoscope holders, bandages, T-shirts, mugs, and the many other branded giveaways that surround physicians.
Proponents of the ban say the race car-like branding of just about everything to be found in a doctor's office had gotten out of hand and may have been subliminally influencing physicians. Doctors, however—some of whom have built up vast collections of freebies—are rolling their eyes. "It seems goofy to us," one obstetrician said. "We like getting our pens." Skeptics say the ban does nothing to curb the billions of dollars spent by drug firms to influence doctors in more substantial ways
* * * * * This is disastrous news. Your doctor can't write your prescription without a pen, can't cover your paper cut without a band aid, can't remember your diagnosis without a note pad, can't get woke up before your appointment without a coffee mug, and will have to go back to hanging his stethoscope around his neck. Maybe you should send him a sympathy card with your payment.The piles of freebies drug companies lavish on doctors will go the way of the VHS tape... more
President-elect Barack Obama is trying to build bipartisan support for a massive economic stimulus package as he issues dire warnings about the consequences of inaction in the run-up to Inauguration Day.
Obama continued his meetings Monday with lawmakers on Capitol Hill looking to restore an economy that Obama describes as "bad. And the situation is getting worse."
"We have to act and act now," in order to break what he called the "momentum of this recession," Obama said before meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He met with key Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but also reached out to Republicans.
The talks are a sign that Obama is taking extra care to ensure his top agenda item sails through Congress, as Democrats aim for passage within weeks of Obama taking office.
"This is not a Republican problem or a Democratic problem at this stage," Obama said. "It is an American problem and we're going to all have to chip in and do what the American people expect."
At his meeting with bipartisan leaders of Congress, Obama said he would make his stimulus proposal available on the Internet, with a Google-like search function to show each proposed project or program, by congressional district, according to three people who attended.
* * * * * Obama has hit the ground running as he said he would. His openness in detailing his economic and other policies is a refreshing "change" in our government's communication and response to the American people. We need give him time and opportunity to develop and execute his plans and policies.President-elect Barack Obama is trying to build bipartisan support for a massive... more
Twitter: essential new medium or inane social networking tool? Well, consider Colleen Graffy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, a fan.
In a Washington Post op-ed, Graffy (pictured here on a trip to Estonia) explains how she is using Twitter to advance U.S. public diplomacy:
"Simply put, Twitter is just one more tool through which we can connect, and by linking my messages to video and photos, I can inform whole new audiences about U.S. views and ideas in a format with which they feel comfortable. Twitter blends the personal with the professional: To get your message across, you have to show there's a real person doing the posting. Ideally, you attract curiosity by noting the personal (like my reference to plunging into Iceland's Blue Lagoon), and the audience will read the rest (such as my interview with Pro TV in Moldova and A1+ in Armenia to show our support for free and independent media)."Twitter: essential new medium or inane social networking tool? Well, consider Colleen... more
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Again, we see this administration that thinks it is above the law..even the Supreme Court. Why? They have much to hide..here is the article, and the rest at the link
This week could see a remarkable moment in American legal history, as 17 Guantanamo detainees are on the verge of being let out of prison. On Tuesday, a federal judge ordered the men released into the U.S. and told the Bush administration to produce the men in his courtroom Friday morning.
The detainees are 17 Chinese Muslims, known as Uighurs, who have been held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for nearly seven years. In past decades, the U.S. government has treated the group as Chinese nationalists. But in 2003, in an effort to accommodate the Communist Chinese government, the Bush administration listed one of the Uighur groups as a terrorist organization, using the designation as a rationale for the Uighurs' continued detention at Guantanamo.
However, a largely conservative panel of the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled in June that the group is not hostile to the U.S. and that the administration had produced no reliable information to justify holding the Uighurs. The case was then sent back to a lower court for further action, including the possibility of release.
Federal Judge Ricardo Urbina said Tuesday that, in essence, enough is enough. Whatever authority the government may have had for detaining the Uighurs has ceased, he said.
The government now concedes these men are not enemy combatants, Urbina noted, and has provided no other justification for detention.
Uighurs living in the United States have arranged for 17 families to take the men until more permanent arrangements can be made. Urbina said he would hear from the Department of Homeland Security as to any conditions it would like imposed on the men after release — conditions that could include a ban on travel and requirements that the men report to authorities on a regular basis. The judge reacted angrily, however, when Bush administration lawyers suggested they could imprison the men in the U.S. once the Uighurs are transferred here. It is expected he will forbid that.
As luck would have it, one of the lawyers for the Uighurs was in Guantanamo on Tuesday and told the men of their court victory. The lawyer is not permitted to talk about the men's reaction by phone under classification rules.
The Chinese government on Tuesday again demanded that the men be returned, but the U.S. has refused because it concedes they would be tortured and possibly killed. The Chinese government sees the Uighurs as a threat because many of them want greater autonomy from Beijing.Again, we see this administration that thinks it is above the law..even the Supreme... more
SAN DIEGO -- A former top CIA official pleaded guilty today to one count of defrauding the U.S. government for using his influence to steer intelligence contracts to a friend and former college roommate.
Kyle Dustin "Dusty" Foggo, who once held the third-highest position in the CIA, entered his plea in a Virginia federal courtroom, related to his dealings with defense contract Brent Wilkes. He was accused of helping steer agency contracts to companies run by Wilkes.
Foggo resigned in 2006 as executive director of the intelligence agency, and was charged in February 2007 with fraud and other offenses in the bribery case of convicted U.S. Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham.
Foggo was then indicted in May 2007 on charges involving Wilkes, who is serving time in prison for his involvement in the Cunningham scandal.
Foggo faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine, prosecutors said.
"Foggo admitted he allowed Wilkes to conceal their close relationship by adopting false cover stories to hide their relationship and using straw men and shell companies," said U.S. Atty. Karen Hewitt, who prosecuted the case.
Foggo and Wilkes are longtime friends. They attended school together in Chula Vista and roomed together at San Diego State University. Prosecutors say Foggo had been promised a lucrative job by Wilkes once he retired from the CIA.
SAN DIEGO -- A former top CIA official pleaded guilty today to one count of defrauding... more
U.S. soldiers have come forward to admit that they shot and killed Iraqi soldiers that were handcuffed. The soldiers say that they then dumped the bodies into a canal, to hide them. They also said that, " at that time. we thought that we were doing our country a favor".U.S. soldiers have come forward to admit that they shot and killed Iraqi soldiers that... more