A liberal Washington, D.C. think tank released a study that claims global warming can be slowed if people worked less. The liberal Center for Economic Policy and Research suggests a worldwide switch to a "more European work schedule, which includes working fewer hours and more vacation time." The Center´s study claims a more European schedule "could prevent as much as half of the expected global temperature rise by 2100." The study claims the less people work, the less carbon gets emitted. "The relationship between [shorter work and lower emissions] is complex and clearly understood, but it is understandable
Britain could face the risk of power cuts due to solar storms as the Sun enters an 11-year peak in activity, a new report claims. Lloyds of London warned that bursts of charged particles given off by the Sun could disrupt GPS networks and interfere with rail signals and aeroplane autopilot systems. Solar storms occur often but are more frequent when the sun is at the most active phase of its cycle, meaning the greatest risk of a major storm is within the coming years. Tom Bolt, of Lloyd´s, said: "Space storms are not science fiction--they can affect everything
A colleague sent me this Buzzfeed list of interesting items on Speaker of the House John Boehner’s desk, which, in my humble opinion, happens to miss all the interesting items on his desk in the highlighted photo:(Snip for photos)Like the daily devotional:And the St. Peter statue: And the mini-book by a Dominican priest on the Holy Name of Jesus:D.C.’s Donald Cardinal Wuerl’s book on The Mass:And peaking out from behind his desk lamp, by St. Peter, is St. Thomas More, about whom the speaker recently had a few words to say, mentioning his image in the Capitol building.
Hector Timerman claimed the United Nations only acknowledges two parties in the territorial disputet--the UK and Argentina. Speaking at a press conference in central London today, Mr Timerman said: "The Falklands islanders do not exist. What exists is British citizens who live in the Islas Malvinas. "The United Nations does not recognise a third party in the conflict. It says there are just two parts--the UK and Argentina." Argentine diplomats organised a conference of activists based in Europe to plan future acts of agitation over the islands. Mr Timerman said that "everybody" in Argentina still felt the "effects of
Hillary Clinton has launched a new home page just days after stepping down as Secretary of State - further fueling speculation that she is positioning herself to run for president in 2016. Clinton´s 2008 presidential campaign now links to the new page, www.hillaryclintonoffice.com. Clinton has been coyly answering questions about her ambitions for high office ever since President Barack Obama was reelected in November. Her new site went live on January 31, the same day she finally disbanded her 2008
If you only tuned in for former Sen. Chuck Hagel´s opening statement in the Senate confirmation hearing last week on his nomination for secretary of defense, you might have thought, what´s all the fuss? Hagel hit all the right notes in a sweeping, forceful endorsement of the muscular use of American military power around the world to defend the nation´s security. He voiced strong support for Israel and said he would maintain pressure on terrorist groups in Yemen, Somalia and North Africa. "I believe, and always have, that America must engage — not retreat — in the world," Hagel declared,
The only known poem by an adult Winston Churchill, written as a young cavalry officer and describing marines on the eve of a naval battle, has come to light. The wartime leader was an unrivalled speechwriter, prolific author and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, but despite being a lover of poetry, he was only known to have written one poem, as a schoolboy at Harrow. Now a 10-verse poem penned over two pages in blue crayon by Churchill while he was serving in the army has emerged for sale at auction in London. The poem is a
You take sixteen billion, and what do you get? Another day shorter and lighter in debt — or so the Post Office hopes. The USPS went into the red in 2012 by an astounding $16 billion, and needs to find ways to cut costs. CBS News reports this morning that they will trim one-sixth of their deliveries by ending 150 years of Saturday service for first-class mail: Get ready for some big changes in your mail service. After losing $16 billion last year, the postmaster general will make announce Wednesday that
No longer content with preaching Sharia in the mosque, some British Muslims are now attempting to impose Islamic law on the streets. In videos posted on YouTube, self-described “Muslim patrols” have filmed themselves berating young women for being inappropriately dressed, seizing cans of beer from men, and burning posters advertising women’s underwear. In another video, a mob pursues a man they suspect of being gay down a street, calling him a “fag” and telling him to get out of their “Muslim area.” The videos are the latest example of how many Muslims — particularly young men —
The House Republicans, in serious trouble with public opinion as they blinked facing the "fiscal cliff" over New Year´s, seem suddenly to be playing a more successful game -- or, rather, games, an inside game and an outside game. The inside game can be described by the Washington phrase "regular order." What that means in ordinary American English is that you proceed according to the rules. Bills are written in subcommittee and committee and then go to the floor. When the House and Senate pass different versions -- likely when Republicans control the House
An incensed defense team complained at Guantanamo today that, while being transported from his cell to the courtroom, accused USS Cole bombing mastermind Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri got red marks on his wrist. The forgotten victims of the October 2000 attack in the port of Aden, though, had a message for the al-Qaeda suspect: “Stop hiding like a little girl behind the skirts of Lady Liberty,” in the words of Sharon Pelly, wife of USS Cole sailor Joe Pelly. And to the media: remember who the real victims are. Al-Nashiri’s lawyers alleged the abuse of their client
In January, a unanimous Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit held that the president violated the Constitution by making "recess appointments" when the Senate was not, in fact, in recess. If you think this is just another one of those dry, lawyerly technicalities, think again. One of the Constitution’s essential checks and balances is the requirement of Senate "advice and consent" for presidential appointments. The Recess Appointments Clause of Article II provides a narrow exception to that requirement: Headline split by staff
Karl Rove’s appearance on Fox News’ Hannity was a straightforward and well-intentioned attempt to walk back damage done to American Crossroads by Saturday’s New York Times article, which placed Rove in direct opposition to the Tea Party. “This is not Tea Party versus establishment,” Rove stated. “I don’t want a fight.” When Sean Hannity confronted Rove about the New York Times article, Rove immediately responded incredulously that the article was from the New York Times – of course it was biased! But it was apparently Rove and American Crossroads that leaked their plan to the
In 2009, President Barack Obama promised Americans that Obamacare would not threaten citizens’ individual healthcare plans. “No matter what you’ve heard, if you like your doctor or healthcare plan you can keep it,” said Obama in 2009. “And everyone will have the stability and security that’s missing today.” But according to new figures released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), seven million Americans will soon be forced out of their employer-based insurance coverage, as businesses opt to simply pay the federal government’s penalty and forgo continuing to offer workers private
Hours after an FBI raid freed him from the underground bunker where he had been held hostage for six days, 5-year-old Alabama boy Ethan told reporters that he already misses his fun, super-cool Bunker Grandpa. “Bunker Grandpa let me stay up all night and do whatever I want!” Ethan said Monday night, adding that he couldn’t wait to tell all his friends at school about getting to spend a week playing in an “awesome underground playhouse with [his] new best friend.” Headline split by staff
The lives of four-year-old Sophie and Sarah, aged two, are well documented by their parents who post pictures of their everyday lives, playing chess, reading books and behaving at the dinner table. However, Sophie and Sarah are not children, but a pair of shaggy Old English sheepdogs. Owners Cees Bol and Hanneke van de Watering record the adventures of their dogs and their furry friends throughout the year in picturesque locations near their small Dutch village of Sibculo. Scroll down for video
You know the story: frog carries scorpion across river. Frog tells scorpion, "Don´t sting me or we both drown." Scorpion stings frog. Frog asks scorpion why. Scorpion says, "It´s my nature." Senator Marco Rubio sits down with Ben Smith of BuzzFeed Politics Tuesday evening for an exclusive video interview streaming live online. Rubio draws viewers—much more than "watch BuzzFeed reporters talk to each other" would, at least. BuzzFeed offers beer. Rubio talks; BuzzFeed stings Rubio. No, really. This was the primary takeaway from the interview, the big featured headline at the top of their Politics page:
One Fairfield, Conn., couple is receiving an early Valentine´s Day gift: recognition as the “longest-married” couple in the United States. John and Ann Betar have been married since Nov. 25, 1932, and this year will mark their 81st wedding anniversary. The award does not mean the couple is the longest married in the country; it means they have been together longer than all others nominated in the past year. John is 101 years old, and Ann is 97. The couple have five children, 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Today would have been "The Gipper´s" 102nd birthday. Here are some facts about President Reagan you may not know. 1. Reagan really did enjoy jelly beans. According to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, his favorite flavor was licorice. Reagan started eating jelly beans in 1967 as he was trying to quit a pipe-smoking habit. He switched to Jelly Bellies a decade later. 2. One food that Reagan didn’t like was brussels sprouts. This is according to the Reagan Library website. In her autobiography, Nancy Reagan said her husband wasn’t a fussy eater since he traveled
Piers Morgan and former GOP presidential primary candidate Herman Cain got into a bit of a Twitter battle this afternoon, with the CNN host repeatedly challenging the Republican to a public debate. The squabble began this morning when Cain linked to his website’s write-up of Morgan’s explosive debate with gun advocate and musician Ted Nugent. “Piers loses another gun debate as his ratings falter,” Cain wrote. Morgan responded by demanding that Cain “stop mocking me from your keyboard” and challenged Cain, “if you’ve got the guts,”
FBI agents probing the murder of a Staten Island mom in Turkey said they don’t believe she was there just to take pictures — and said she hung out with a “criminal element” during the solo trip abroad. “There are a lot of open questions that need to be answered,” a source familiar with the ongoing case told The Post. Mother of two Sarai Sierra, 33, was found dead from a ferocious blow to the skull in a seedy area of Istanbul last Saturday after failing to show up for a Jan. 21 flight home to New York.
The House meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday and will immediately start work on legislation that would require President Obama to estimate when the federal budget will balance again. Members approved the rule for this bill Tuesday, and then debated the bill for 30 minutes before adjourning for the day. The bill was hotly opposed by Democrats and led two Democrats to call the bill "stupid." The House will start Wednesday by having another 30 minutes of debate.
President Obama on Wednesday will nominate Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) chief executive Sally Jewell to head the Interior Department, according to a White House official who asked not to be identified because the public announcement has not yet been made. The choice of Jewell — who began her career as an engineer for Mobil Oil Corp. and worked as a commercial banker before heading a nearly $2 billion outdoors equipment company — represents an unconventional choice for a post usually reserved for career politicians from the West.
MIDLAND CITY — The Alabama man who held a 5-year-old boy captive for nearly a week engaged in a firefight with SWAT agents storming his underground bunker before he was killed during the rescue operation, the FBI said Tuesday night. Also, bomb technicians scouring his rural property found two explosive devices, one in the bunker, one in a plastic pipe that negotiators used to communicate with the man. (Snip)Dykes “reinforced the bunker against any attempted entry by law enforcement,” FBI Special Agent Jason Pack said in an email.
President Goodluck Jonathan last night left Abuja for a three nation visit that will take him to Britain and France after a stopover in Cairo, Egypt.(Snip)He said the two leaders would also discuss issues on enhancement of cooperation between both countries on the war against terrorism. “In Paris, President Jonathan will confer with President Hollande and French Government officials on the ongoing deployment of Nigerian and ECOWAS troops to Mali. “It is to support the current military action against insurgents and terrorists in Northern Mali,’’ he said. Abati said that the president would, on his way to London,
Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee received the results of a national poll last week that indicates support for Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense collapses when voters are aware his positions on the issues, Breitbart News has learned. The poll was conducted prior to the hearing on Jan. 31, when the former Republican senator struggled to answer questions about his positions on a range of defense-related issues. The poll was leaked to Breitbart News, which confirmed its authenticity with the poll’s sponsor, SecureAmericaNow.org, a national security PAC.