June 22, 2011
Man Robs Bank for $1 To Get Health Care in Jail

[James] Varone, 59, is unemployed and is facing several health problems which he could not afford to address by himself. So, according to his interview with WCNC-TV, he came up with a scheme to become a part of the only population that actually receives free universal health care: the incarcerated.

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Filed under: Health Healthcare Jail Odd News 
April 21, 2011
Attractive women who attach photo to CV 'less likely to be employed'

Attractive women who attach a photo to their CV are less likely to get an interview than their plainer rivals or those who do not send in a picture, research reveals today.

It blames young, single and ‘jealous’ women in personnel departments who screen which jobseekers should be invited in.

But in an example of the ‘double standards’ that the researchers said these staff employed, attractive men who attach a photograph are more likely to get an interview than plain ones.

Staff in personnel departments are overwhelmingly female, typically single and aged 29 on average, the researchers found.

Their report concludes: ‘The evidence points to female jealousy of attractive women in the workplace as a primary reason for their penalisation in recruitment.’

April 14, 2011
Making TV Safer: Chinese Censors Crack Down on Time Travel

In a bizarre move, China’s television censors have issued new guidelines that all but ban TV dramas featuring time travel.

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April 7, 2011
Rep. Anthony Weiner Calls Out GOP for Breaking Their Own Rules - Twice…

From Examiner.com:

During the 2010 election the Republican literally pledged to change the way Washington works by citing the constitutional authority for every piece of legislation within the bill itself.  To their credit, the Republicans then passed a set of rules which requires the House to cite the constitutional authority for every bill they pass within the bill.  However, H.R. 358 is now the second bill which has arguably not met the Republicans’ own pledge.

From Politifact (Link):

To check on the promise, PolitiFact staffers examined dozens of constitutional justifications. We found that the statements vary in content, largely because Republican leaders did not specify a standardized format when they enacted the rule.

Some are brief, such as the rationale of Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., for H.R. 666, a bill that would provide states with funding to update their systems for producing birth and death certificates and reporting on fetal deaths. Cohen simply wrote that “Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant to the following: Article I, Section 8, Clauses 1, 3, and 18 of the Constitution.”

Others provide more detail, such as the statement by Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., for H.R. 24, which proposes that the Department of the Navy be renamed the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps. Jones wrote that “the constitutional authority of Congress to enact this legislation is provided by Article 1, section 8 of the United States Constitution (clauses 12, 13, 14, and 16), which grants Congress the power to raise and support an Army; to provide and maintain a Navy; to make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces; and to provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the militia.”


Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., objected to Pitts’ bill during a Feb. 11, 2011, hearing by the Energy and Commerce Committee, arguing that Pitts’ statement doesn’t point to a specific article, section or clause of the Constitution.

Yet another house rule violation the Rep. Weiner points out.

March 17, 2011
This was actually posted up by good.is about 2 weeks before the earthquake that hit Japan.

A year after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, people everywhere have been speculating about when and where the next cataclysmic one will hit our shores. If major quakes occur approximately 15 times a year around the world, where will the next one hit?

This was actually posted up by good.is about 2 weeks before the earthquake that hit Japan.

A year after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, people everywhere have been speculating about when and where the next cataclysmic one will hit our shores. If major quakes occur approximately 15 times a year around the world, where will the next one hit?

March 5, 2011
Global obesity : An expanding world

RISING levels of obesity are bad news for people and health-care budgets, but they also correlate with good things such as rising economic wealth. The three maps below, which are drawn from a new global study led by Professor Majid Ezzati of Imperial College, London, and published in the Lancet, show that, Polynesia aside, obesity was a rich-world phenomenon in 1980. By 2008 the rich world had itself expanded, bringing obesity to groups within countries that were previously considered poor, such as Brazil and South Africa. During that period, the prevalence rate of obesity among men doubled to nearly 10%. One country has stubbornly resisted this trend. For all its dynamism since India opened up its economy in 1990, its men have on average become even thinner. The study suggests that Congo is the thinnest country in the world, and Nauru the fattest. Imperial College’s own map is here.

March 5, 2011

The world’s farmers planted 148m hectares of genetically modified crops  in 29 countries last year, according to the International Service for  the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, an industry body. America  is by far the biggest GM farmer, with 66.8m hectares under cultivation,  2.8m more than in 2009.

The world’s farmers planted 148m hectares of genetically modified crops in 29 countries last year, according to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, an industry body. America is by far the biggest GM farmer, with 66.8m hectares under cultivation, 2.8m more than in 2009.

March 4, 2011

Born in a tree, Almond the Cat now makes it her home. To find out if the cat will ever come down, Jorge Ribas talks to an expert in animal behavior.

(Source: news.discovery.com)

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March 4, 2011
blech:

Record Melting in Greenland during 2010, from the NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day.

blech:

Record Melting in Greenland during 2010, from the NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day.

March 3, 2011
CNNMoney Tech Tumblr: Texas gov blocks reporters from Twitter, forgets about 35,000+ other followers

cnnmoneytech:

Mediabistro’s All Twitter blog has a post up about Texas Governor Rick Perry blocking certain reporters from following him on Twitter. Tom Benning of DallasNews.com attempted to follow the governor, and received a message saying

Could not follow user: You have been blocked from…

March 3, 2011
Governor Perry Calls Juarez Most Dangerous City in America

"How many more American citizens are going to have to die? … Juarez is reported to be the most dangerous city in America.”

- Gov. Rick Perry of Texas (Source: Politico)

The problem is Juarez is in Mexico, not America. Oopsie.

KTSM: Give anyone in Texas a map, and they’ll show you where El Paso and Juarez are. Tonight, we’re not sure that includes Governor Rick Perry.

For the second time, he’s confused the two cities, even calling Juarez the most dangerous city in America.

"I think it’s projecting a very negative image, I think he’s misleading a lot of people who aren’t familiar with El Paso," said Roni Cordova.

And it’s not the first time. Back in August the governor misspoke, once again while addressing the issue of border security. He claimed there were car bombs going off in El Paso, referring to one that had recently exploded in Juarez.

March 3, 2011

We’re very proud and excited to be partnering with 350.org on their  new campaign: “The U.S. Chamber  Doesn’t Speak for Me.” The message is simple: when it comes to  climate and energy, the US Chamber of Commerce represents the  interests of big polluters, not everyday American business.
Over the next couple of months, we’re going to be asking you, GOOD  people, to personally add your voice and stand with small business owners, local chambers of commerce, and  concerned citizens around the country to declare that the “U.S. Chamber  doesn’t speak for me.”
Then, even more importantly, we will join  the ranks of 350.org’s volunteers and fan out across the country to  canvass local businesses—all those bakeries and beauty salons, colleges  and chiropractors, pharmacies and fitness centers that belong to local  chambers of commerce. We’ve be asking for signatures and taking photos  and videos, all making that same proud declaration: “The U.S. Chamber  doesn’t speak for me.”
If you’re a business owner, go here to get involved  directly.

We’re very proud and excited to be partnering with 350.org on their new campaign: “The U.S. Chamber Doesn’t Speak for Me.” The message is simple: when it comes to climate and energy, the US Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of big polluters, not everyday American business.

Over the next couple of months, we’re going to be asking you, GOOD people, to personally add your voice and stand with small business owners, local chambers of commerce, and concerned citizens around the country to declare that the “U.S. Chamber doesn’t speak for me.”

Then, even more importantly, we will join the ranks of 350.org’s volunteers and fan out across the country to canvass local businesses—all those bakeries and beauty salons, colleges and chiropractors, pharmacies and fitness centers that belong to local chambers of commerce. We’ve be asking for signatures and taking photos and videos, all making that same proud declaration: “The U.S. Chamber doesn’t speak for me.”

If you’re a business owner, go here to get involved directly.

(via askjerves)

March 3, 2011
What Obama and Congress Should Do for Science

Amid much wrangling over how to allocate funds out of an increasingly out-of-control federal budget, the editors and writers at eight of the TechMediaNetwork’s sites sought the advice of dozens of researchers, technologists, futurists, analysts and business owners in fields ranging from space and Earth science to health and technological innovation.

We asked one simple question:

If you could ask President Obama and Congress to do one thing related to your field that would be for the good economy and the country, what would it be and why?

The insightful answers are presented in six linked articles on SPACE.com, LiveScience, TechNewsDaily, MyHealthNewsDaily, SecurityNewsDaily, and BusinessNewsDaily, with reporting also provided by the staffs of OurAmazingPlanet and InnovationNewsDaily.

The respondents, ranging from actor Wayne Rogers to tech entrepreneur and philanthropist Esther Dyson, called for investment in science and technology and responsible regulation, but also asked the government to give researchers and businesses the freedom they need to do their work.

At LiveScience, we asked respondents to focus their answers on science. Here are their replies:

Very interesting responses.

March 2, 2011
China tells living Buddhas to obtain permission before they reincarnate

Tibet’s living Buddhas have been banned from reincarnation without permission from China’s atheist leaders. The ban is included in new rules intended to assert Beijing’s authority over Tibet’s restive and deeply Buddhist people.

“The so-called reincarnated living Buddha without government approval is illegal and invalid,” according to the order, which comes into effect on September 1.

The 14-part regulation issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs is aimed at limiting the influence of Tibet’s exiled god-king, the Dalai Lama, and at preventing the re-incarnation of the 72-year-old monk without approval from Beijing.

Read more @ Huffington Post.

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March 2, 2011

The correlation between income level and economic ideology is  weak (we  have graphs in Red State, Blue State making this point), but  it’s not  zero.

As interesting as this is, a non-zero correlation doesn’t mean a  statistically significant correlation.   Besides, it’s next to impossible to find any  two measurable things that don’t have a non-zero correlation.  And even then, correlation  doesn’t imply causation.  It can be used in conjunction with  other evidence to provide a reason to believe in causation.

The correlation between income level and economic ideology is weak (we have graphs in Red State, Blue State making this point), but it’s not zero.

As interesting as this is, a non-zero correlation doesn’t mean a statistically significant correlation.  Besides, it’s next to impossible to find any two measurable things that don’t have a non-zero correlation.  And even then, correlation doesn’t imply causation.  It can be used in conjunction with other evidence to provide a reason to believe in causation.