Saturday, March 31, 2012

News Nuggets 924

DAYLEE PICTURE: Salt, mud and potash ramparts in the Dallol Crater in Ethiopia.  From National Geographic. 

For Pennsylvania's Doctors, a Gag Order on Fracking Chemicals from the Atlantic
"A new provision could forbid the state's doctors from sharing information with patients exposed to toxic—and proprietary—fracking solutions."

On the Run, Bin Laden Lived in 5 Houses from the Associated Press via ABC News
"Osama bin Laden lived in five safe houses while on the run in Pakistan and fathered four children — two of them born in government hospitals, his youngest widow has told investigators. The details of bin Laden's life as a fugitive in Pakistan are contained in the interrogation report of Amal Ahmed Abdel-Fatah al-Sada, bin Laden's 30-year-old Yemeni widow. They appear to raise fresh questions over how bin Laden was able to remain undetected for so long in Pakistan after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, despite being the subject of a massive international manhunt."
The New York Times has a lot more detail HERE.

Arab States Redraw the Map of Alliances After Revolutions (Jamal Khashoggi) from the National [of the United Arab Emirates in English] 
"While Syria's army cruelly and stupidly shells its own people and storms its cities, the so-called "axis of resistance" stretching from Tehran to Damascus is falling apart. Said axis spent the last decade waging a cold war against the "bloc of moderates" led by Saudi Arabia and Egypt in partnership with Jordan, the UAE and Morocco."

The Revenge of Wen Jiabao (John Garnaut) from Foreign Policy Magazine 
"The ouster of Chongqing boss Bo Xilai was 30 years in the making -- a long, sordid tale of elite families and factions vying for the soul of the Chinese Communist Party."

China Communist Party Scandal Triggered by British Man's Death: Source from Reuters
"The scandal shaking China's ruling Communist Party just as it readies for leadership change was triggered by claims that the wife of one ambitious candidate was involved in the death of a British businessman, said a source with close ties to key individuals involved."

UK is Back in Recession, OECD says from the Guardian [of the UK]
"The OECD says UK output will decline 0.4% in the first three months of 2012 on an annualised basis."
Ah, the wonders of an austerity budget before a recovery takes hold.

Britain on Course for Third Warmest March on Record as Nation Enjoys the EIGHTH Straight Day of Wall-to-Wall Sunshine from the Daily Mail [of the UK]
"Only 1938 and 1957 have seen higher March averages as temperature set to hit 21C today.  Also on course to be the fifth driest March since records began."

Natural Gas, Fueling an Economic Revolution from (Fareed Zakaria) from the Washington Post
"The United States now has, at current consumption rates, at least 75 years’ worth of recoverable natural gas. More important, the United States has become the world’s low-cost producer of natural gas. That fact is already changing the future of U.S. manufacturing. Companies such as Dow Chemical and Westlake Chemical are finding that low U.S. energy costs can mitigate the lower cost of labor in Asia..."

Jobless Rates Fall in 29 States from CNN Money
"Unemployment fell in 29 states in February and rose in only eight, the government reported Friday, in another sign of broad improvement in the U.S. labor market. The improvement means there are only three states with unemployment above the 10% mark -- Nevada with a 12.3% unemployment rate, Rhode Island, which has 11% unemployment, and California, where unemployment stood at 10.9%."

The Court Can’t Stop the Health-Care Revolution (David Ignatius) from the Washington Post
"Listening to the lawyers talking nonstop last week about health care gave me a headache, so I decided to consult one of the nation’s top doctors. He offered a real-world diagnosis of what’s happening in health care — and a reminder of how much it’s changing, regardless of what the Supreme Court decides about Obamacare."

Why Health Care Is a Losing Issue for Republicans (Conor Friedersdorf) from the Atlantic
Win or lose at the Supreme Court, the GOP is likely to suffer at the ballot box as long as health is a central issue in future campaigns.

Will a Tea Party Supreme Court Guarantee Obama a Second Term? (Robert Shrum) from The Week
"The court's conservative wing appears ready to engage in some despicable judicial activism on ObamaCare. Politically, at least, the justices are doing Obama a favor."

On Health Care, Are Republicans Ready for Victory? (Dan Balz) from the Washington Post
"First, a party that has built its health-care message on the phrase “repeal and replace” would immediately come under pressure to reach consensus on how to reform the health-care system. Second, Republicans, who benefited from a sizable enthusiasm gap in the 2010 midterm elections, could face a Democratic opposition deeply angered and newly motivated by its setback in the high court."

Witness Interviewed by CNN's Anderson Cooper Adds to Doubts on George Zimmerman's Claims from Daily Kos
"An anonymous seemingly credible witness raises more doubts in George Zimmerman's claims to have defended himself ...  Combined with the police surveillance video of Zimmerman released Wednesday, the story of self-defense that supposedly resulted in head lacerations and a broken nose seems unlikely. A 6-minute version of that video is here. UPDATE: Zimmerman's lawyer, who was eager to talk to the media previously, changed his tune and had nothing to say about the police video:..."

Trayvon Martin Case: George Zimmerman Was 'Jekyll And Hyde,' Former Co-Worker Says from the Huffington Post
"“Usually he was just a cool guy,” said the former co-worker, who the newspaper didn't name. “But it was like Jekyll and Hyde. When dude snapped, he snapped.” The Daily News said Zimmerman earned $50 to $100 a night for the parties. He was fired for being too aggressive with patrons."

Santorum and Romney Play to Wisconsin Conservatives at their Peril from the Los Angeles Times
"The top GOP presidential hopefuls are emphasizing traditional social positions in a state that has come to symbolize the danger of lurching too far to the right."

Mitt Romney’s Local Panders Generate National Mockery from Talking Points Memo
"Mitt Romney, respectful of this practice, has done his best to win over primary voters by invoking a personal connection to various states. But many of the stories and anecdotes Romney tells to endear him to local constituencies often fall flat — or worse, earn him mockery on the national stage."

The Early Line on Mitt Romney’s ‘Veepstakes’ (Philip Rucker) from the New York Times
"Although they are careful to note that the campaign is far from putting together a short list, key supporters and strategists say they are beginning to see the outlines of the kind of person he might choose as a potential running mate — and the kind he would avoid."

WI-GOV: WI-Gov: Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to Challenge Scott Walker in Recall Election from Daily Kos
"Great news: Democrats have landed their strongest candidate to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett."

The World’s 15 Happiest Countries from the Washington Post
"In 2010, Gallup asked people around the world to rate, on a scale of 0 to 10, their current life situation and what they believe the quality of their lives will be in five years. Survey respondents who rated their lives a 7 or higher and their future lives an 8 or higher were considered to have a thriving well-being, meaning that they had positive views on their current and future lives."

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