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Cheney Hospitalised

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about 4 years ago

Former vice president Dick Cheney has been hospitalised after experiencing chest pains, having previously had four heart attacks. “An aide to Dick Cheney says the former vice president is in George Washington Hospital after experiencing chest pains. Cheney's assistant, Peter Long, said in a ...

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Monetary Future?

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about 4 years ago

“A simple typo gave Michael Ivey the idea for his company. One day in the fall of 2008, Ivey’s wife, using her pink RAZR phone, sent him a note via Twitter. But instead of typing the letter d at the beginning of the tweet — which would have sent the note as a direct message, a private note just for ...

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Sign of the Times

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A regular system of 26 symbols thought to be the origins of written language crop up in stone carvings throughout the prehistoric world – now experts are trying to decipher their meaning. “Some wonder whether [the symbols] originated with early humans as they migrated across the globe out of Africa ...

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“Rapid Apologies”

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The Independent’s Patrick Cockburn says the “rapid apologies” by Nato forces after the killing of Afghan civilians “show a significant political and military change in the Afghan war”. “Political support for the war is so fragile in the US and other states contributing troops that every misdirected ...

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Snake Surprise

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A Texan mother was startled to find a severed snake's head in a packet of frozen green beans while cooking for her family of four kids in Houston. “Ernestine Jamison said she opened the bag of Pictsweet frozen cut green beans last month to find what she first thought was a rock. ‘I saw something in ...

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Stolen Blood

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Investigation by a tenacious media organisation in Texas has exposed the shady circumstances by which the state gave away samples of hundreds of newborns' blood. “Between 2003 and 2007, the state quietly gave hundreds of newborn blood samples to a U.S. Armed Forces laboratory for use in a forensics ...

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Bomb Plot Thickens

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An Afghan immigrant, Najibullah Zazi, 25, has pleaded guilty in a New York federal court to planning a suicide bomb attack on the city’s subway system. “[He] also admitted in a federal court in New York on Monday that he had received bomb-making and weapons training from al-Qaeda in Pakistan's ...

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Talib Leader “Seized”

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Afghani Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Kabir has been “seized in Pakistan” according to American media reports which say he was picked up in the city of Nowshera. “Mullah Abdul Kabir is widely believed to be a senior member of the Quetta Shura, the Taliban leadership council allegedly based in Pakistan ...

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Pulitzer Outrage!

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The National Enquirer has another piece of scandalous news for its clamouring public – it hopes to win a Pulitzer Prize for its revelations about the private life of John Edwards. “In August 2008, during a brief summer lull between Barack Obama's clinching of the Democratic presidential nomination ...

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Quick update for 2/23/2010

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about 4 years ago

Posts might be a little sparse for the next few days - I'm recovering from a rather nasty bout with a flu-type thing, so I'm fallen behind in pretty much everything. I'll try to get back up to speed here in a few days, but if you run across any fascinating volcano news, feel free to post it here. ...

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The Dangers of Corporate Democracy

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about 4 years ago

"We may have democracy," Justice Louis Brandeis once said, "or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." Justice Brandeis thought that eventually the people who controlled the wealth of the country would come to control the country itself. One way or another ...