Saturday, July 14, 2012

Peachy Paterno

A huge downtown mural shows many figures in Penn State history. The artist, Michael Pilato, said he had no immediate plans to remove Paterno or Spanier. He already painted over Sandusky, replacing him with a Penn State grad who is an advocate for abuse victims and issues.

The Paterno family is well known in the State College community for philanthropic efforts, including millions of dollars to the university to help build a library and fund endowments and scholarships. Even Penn State's creamery has a famous flavor named after the coach, Peachy Paterno.

Obama Leads Romney on Handling the Economy

July 13 -- President Barack Obama has gained an advantage over Republican Mitt Romney in a Pew Research Center poll of public confidence in handling of the economy. Obama leads Romney by 50 percent to 43 percent among registered voters surveyed, Pew reports, with Romney losing 3 percentage points since its previous poll in early June.

Forrest Gump For Secretary of Defense?

If elected president, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney should add some star power by seating Gary Sinise on his cabinet, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Human Events this week in an interview.

Gingrich suggested that Romney could make the CSI: NY star, best known for his 1994 breakout role as Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump, his Secretary of Veterans Affairs, saying Sinise cares deeply for military veterans and could bring fresh eyes to the job.

Spanish Protesters Shot With Rubber Bullets

Madrid (AP) -- Riot police fired rubber bullets Wednesday at Spanish coal miners protesting in the streets of Madrid over subsidy cuts they fear will jeopardize their meager livelihood. Miners who walked 18 days from northern and eastern mining regions were received as heroes on Tuesday night as they entered the Puerta del Sol, one of the city's main plazas.

At least one volley of rubber bullets was fired directly a miners, relatives and sympathizers Wednesday as they gathered outside Spain's Industry Ministry after marching up Madrid's bullet hit. "We were walking peacefully to get to where the union leaders were speaking and they started to fire indiscriminately. There was no warning," Gonzalez said.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


July 10 (Washington Post) -- GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. –
Mitt Romney responded aggressively to President Obama's attacks on his career in private equity here Tuesday by trying to turn Obama's lines against him and saying it was not he but the President who is the "Outsourcer-In-Chief."
"If there's an outsourcer in chief, it's the president of the United States, not the guy who's running to replace him," Romney said.


"He has a plan, he said, to lower taxes," Romney said. "Now, we were all excited when we heard that.


Romney took a wide assortment of questions from supporters here, over second amendment gun rights (he said he supports them), abortion rights (he said he opposes them) and criminal justice (he said he favors the death penalty).
Romney told another questioner that he believes he faces a biased national media, saying, "I realize now and then I'm fighting an uphill battle in some organs of the national media."

That's Commitment

July 10 (UPI) - Connecticut Man Donates 18 Gallons of Blood

Friday, July 06, 2012

Gov. Christie Addresses Image of Jersey Shore as Loud Obnoxious Jerks

July 6 (New York Times) -- Here is a video of Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey in a verbal altercation with a constituent, apparently filmed on Thursday night at the Jersey Shore and posted on Friday by, the celebrity gossip Web site.
Christie, who clutches an ice cream cone during the video, was with his family on the boardwalk, TMZ reported. The Governor, 49, at one point marches toward the critic as an entourage follows him.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Citizens May Not Portray Police in Negative Way or Be Labeled Public Agitators

“Be aware that above subjects are known professional agitators,” read the flyer, warning cops that the “subjects’ MO” is to videotape officers “performing routine stops and post on YouTube.”

“Subjects’ purpose is to portray officers in a negative way,” the poster reads.

This is What Global Warming Looks Like

"What we're seeing really is a window into what global warming really looks like," said Princeton University geosciences and international affairs professor Michael Oppenheimer. "It looks like heat. It looks like fires. It looks like this kind of environmental disasters."

Since Jan. 1, the United States has set more than 40,000 hot temperature records, but fewer than 6,000 cold temperature records, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

While at least 15 climate scientists told The Associated Press that this long hot U.S. summer is consistent with what is to be expected in global warming, history is full of such extremes, said John Christy at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He's a global warming skeptic who says, "The guilty party in my view is Mother Nature."

But the vast majority of mainstream climate scientists, such as Meehl, disagree: "This is what global warming is like, and we'll see more of this as we go into the future."

I Can Haz Higgs Boson?

Fabiola Gianotti, of CERN and spokeswoman for the Atlas team, said one on point, “Why are you applauding, I’m not done yet. This is just beginning, there is more to come.” She noted that the mass of the putative Higgs made it easy to study its many behaviors and channels, “So,” she said, “thanks, nature.”

Gerald Guralnik, one of the founders of the Higgs theory, said he was glad to be at a physics meeting “where there is applause like a football game.”

Asked to comment after the announcements, Dr. Higgs seemed overwhelmed, saying, “For me, its really an incredible thing that’s happened in my lifetime.”

Fairy Wasp is Smaller Than an Amoeba

It’s pictured next to a Paramecium and an amoeba at the same scale. Even though both these creatures are made up of a single cell, the wasp – complete with eyes, brain, wings, muscles, guts and genitals – is actually smaller. At just 200 micrometres (a fifth of a millimetre), this wasp is the third smallest insect alive and a miracle of miniaturisation.

It has no heart, neurons without a nucleus, and only lives an action-packed 5 days. Enough to lay its eggs and move on.