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North Korea Allows New Civil Liberties –


Astonishing news out of North Korea was recently announced. Kim Jong-Un has loosened up policies in the country to create more civil liberties. The North Korean leader has announced that pizza, women’s pants, and cell phones are now legal. Now all they have to work on are those pesky human rights issues, crippling poverty levels, and nationwide famine outbreaks. One step at a time, though…

Before Kim Jong-Un took power, his father Kim Jong-Il was in control of the nation. Jong-Il was very much a status quo leader, rarely instituting any reform or granting any civil liberties. His son, wants to create a nation centered around the younger generation. So, I guess he is starting with passing legislation on pizza, cell phones, and pants. A true visionary leads North Korea further into the new millennium.


http://wgrd.com/north-korea-allows-new-civil-liberties-kim-jong-un-legalizes-pizza-and-pants/
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Aug 17, 2012, 05:53 PM (6 replies)

Obama offers Romney a deal on tax releases- just give voters 5 years

President Obama's campaign is offering Mitt Romney a deal: Release five years of tax returns, and we'll stop demanding more.

"Governor Romney apparently fears that the more he offers, the more our campaign will demand that he provide," wrote Obama campaign manager Jim Messina in a letter today Romney counterpart Matt Rhoades.

"So," Messina added, "I am prepared to provide assurances on just that point: if the Governor will release five years of returns, I commit in turn that we will not criticize him for not releasing more -- neither in ads nor in other public communications or commentary for the rest of the campaign."

The offer comes a day after Romney said he has paid a tax rate of at 13% per year over the past decade, as reported by Catalina Camia on our OnPolitics blog.

In his letter, Messina wrote that other candidates have released more that five years of returns. He said a Romney release would "help answer outstanding questions raised by the one return he has released to date, such as the range in the effective rates paid, the foreign accounts maintained, the foreign investments made, and the types of tax shelters used."


http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2012/08/obama-offers-romney-a-deal-on-tax-releases/1#.UC44JI7v3bw


Good move on team obama.
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Aug 17, 2012, 08:27 AM (31 replies)

I'd vote for Amy Carter over Clinton's kid anyday

Since DU is having some kind of fantasy football crap.

Amy Carter later became known for her political activism, participating in a number of sit-ins and protests during the 1980s and early 1990s, aimed at changing U.S. foreign policy towards South African apartheid and Central America. Along with activist Abbie Hoffman and 13 others, she was arrested during a 1986 demonstration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for protesting CIA recruitment there.

She was acquitted of all charges in a well-publicized trial in Northampton, Massachusetts. Attorney Leonard Weinglass, who defended Abbie Hoffman in the Chicago Seven trial in the 1960s, utilized the necessity defense, successfully arguing that CIA involvement in Central America and other hotspots were equivalent to trespassing in a burning building. This occurred during Carter's sophomore year at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She was eventually dismissed from Brown for academic reasons and declined an opportunity to return.

She is a member of the board of counselors of the Carter Center that advocates human rights and diplomacy as established by her father.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Carter
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Aug 17, 2012, 08:07 AM (86 replies)

Mothra is real - Photo of the Fukushima radiation mutation.




Radiation from Japan's leaking Fukushima nuclear plant has caused mutations in some butterflies and damaged the local environment, though humans seem relatively unaffected, researchers say.
The mutations - including dented eyes and stunted wings - are the first evidence the radiation following last year's tsunami has caused genetic changes in living organisms.

The catastrophic meltdowns in three reactors of Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant after it was damaged by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 prompted a public backlash against nuclear power, and forced the government to reassess resource-scarce Japan's entire energy strategy.


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/fukushima-radiation-causes-insect-mutations-researchers-20120817-24cy2.html#ixzz23nqzTQGY


I'm sure humans will not be affected.... cough, cough, wink, wink.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Aug 17, 2012, 07:47 AM (8 replies)

The 'Ice Man' Ötzi has a higher % of Neanderthal genes

Another example is the proportion of Neandertal ancestry. Initially, the proportion of ancestry from Neandertals in living people was argued to be between 1 and 4 percent . That was a model-based estimate that was the best possible under the assumption that Africans have no Neandertal ancestry. We now have a lot more human comparisons, which would make possible a more precise estimate of the mean. I hesitate to provide a new estimate, because we have shown that some Africans have substantial evidence of Neandertal similarity, which throws the baseline for any estimate into question. How much Neandertal ancestry is present in living people must depend on a more complex model of mixture among later populations. The result will still be small (probably less than 6 percent) but understanding this proportion will help us to evaluate when and where Neandertal genes flowed into our populations.



Here's a third example. I haven't written about here yet, but I have been lecturing about it quite widely over the past few months. Earlier this year, the genome of Ötzi the Tyrolean Iceman was reported by Andreas Keller and colleagues . Aaron Sams and I downloaded the data and have been carrying out several different kinds of comparisons. A picture:



http://johnhawks.net/weblog/reviews/neandertals/neandertal_dna/neandertal-ancestry-iced-2012.html
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Aug 17, 2012, 04:07 AM (8 replies)

Mars Curiosity Team is not impressed- not photoshopped ...LOL




Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Aug 17, 2012, 03:52 AM (15 replies)

Neil Young1971 ...Old Man .. BBC live ...good quality audio/ visual



Now we are like you are

We are still here
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Aug 10, 2012, 06:22 PM (15 replies)

Richard Dawkins on Romney's Sheik blunder

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Thu Aug 9, 2012, 06:48 AM (0 replies)

I'm a Romney Girl....Look out Obama girl..LOL

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Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Wed Aug 8, 2012, 10:24 AM (18 replies)

American Family Association: Kidnap children to save them from gay parents

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer has sunk to a new, disturbing low with his anti-gay statements. In two separate tweets last night, he called for an “Underground Railroad to deliver innocent children from same-sex households.” In one tweet he was referring to the sad story of Lisa Miller, who, after declaring herself ex-gay, kidnapped her daughter away to Central America to prevent her former partner from having any custody. (She is still being tracked by federal agents as a fugitive of the law.)

In the other tweet, Fischer referred to the testimony of a individual named Robert Oscar Lopez, who blames all of his social problems on being raised by his mom and her lesbian partner. Here’s a sampling:
Inside, however, I was confused. When your home life is so drastically different from everyone around you, in a fundamental way striking at basic physical relations, you grow up weird. I have no mental health disorders or biological conditions. I just grew up in a house so unusual that I was destined to exist as a social outcast.

http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/08/08/655951/bryan-fischer-children-of-same-sex-couples-must-be-saved-through-underground-railroad-kidnapping/
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Wed Aug 8, 2012, 09:26 AM (3 replies)
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