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U.S. Rejects G8 Climate Proposals

Ahead of the G8 Summit, Germany has proposed some tough measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions that the U.S. has squarely rejected.

China Continues To Ramp Up Military Spending, Nuclear Arsenal

The Chinese have been increasing their defense spending by double digit percentages for more than a decade (and that's the spending we can see.) They have been building an arsenal of modern weapons and forces with plans that western militaries are having a difficult time ascertaining.

Congress Passes Minimum Wage Increase In War Bill

Buried in the Iraq War Funding Bill, a practice I strongly disagree with, was a measure to raise the Federal Minimum Wage.

Democrats Dragging Out Fight To End War

After approving the latest spending bill, Democrats vowed to continue fighting the president over funding for the war in Iraq.

Too Little, Too Late For al-Sadr?

Muqtada al-Sadr has resurfaced in Iraq after months of speculation that he had left and has ordered his forces to cease fighting other Iraqis.

North Korea Tests Missiles

In response to South Korea launching a new Aegis equipped destroyer, North Korea test fired some guided short-range missiles.

U.S. Puts Two Carrier Groups In Range Of Iran

The USS Nimitz and the USS John C Stennis and their support ships have entered the Persian Gulf following the expiration of a UN deadline for Iran to cease uranium enrichment.

Ban On Tax For Net Access Up For Renewal

Established in 1998, the Federal ban on taxes on Internet access is again up for renewal. Without renewal, it will expire on November 1st, opening up a window for state and local authorities to levy taxes on access to the everything from email to twitter.

Ethanol Driving Sharp Rise In Food Prices

The price of food globally rose 10 percent in 2006 as a result of the demand for corn as a source for ethanol according to a study by the International Monetary Fund.

Headlines (5/22/2007)

Relief for the most needy among us. This past week, Congressman Tim Ryan participated in the Food Stamp Challenge. The Challenge is to live on $3 a day for a week. That amount is what the average food stamp recipient receives.

NYPD surveillance prior to the 2004 GOP convention: a list. In NYC during the GOP convention and wonder whether the police were spying on you. Chances are, they were. Just disclosed documents detail who they where keeping an eye on.

Mental Health Problems Among Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. Casualty statistics should be more than a body count. Consider the lives ruined by mental illness as a result of combat.

Iran's secret plan for summer offensive to force US out of Iraq.

Headlines (5/21/2007)

Inside the Digital Dump. Poor Chinese are poisoning themselves trying to strike it rich mining discard electronics for copper and gold.

New process generates hydrogen from aluminum alloy to run engines, fuel cells. If I read this right, we could be looking at using water to fuel hydrogen powered vehicles.

For 2008, Who Isn't a Flip-Flopper?. The Washington Post calls the '08 candidates onto the carpet for Flip-Flopping on both sides of the aisle.

Prewar intelligence foretold Iraq upheaval. Still believe Cheney when he says that we could not have foretold the situation that has developed in Iraq. Our own intelligence people did.

Senators to debate immigration policy.

Headlines (5/18/2007)

Today's headlines are a mixed bag of political, business, and environmental news. Some good, some bad, some just more of the same:

Google wins part of nude-photo suit. This is a victory for search engines and fair use. It's not all great news however, as the court is still deciding whether Google can link to a website without permission.

Scientists cast doubt on Kennedy bullet analysis. A new look at old evidence debunks the single-shooter theory of the assassination. Please, please, no one tell Oliver Stone.

Deal May Legalize Millions of Immigrants. Much to the chagrin of the border-control crowd I suspect. If you're wondering whether it's a good plan, consider that people at both ends of the spectrum hate it. That's a victory for the silent majority.

Headlines (5/17/2007)

Big area of Antarctica melted in 2005. It was thought that melting in Antarctica was limited to the peninsula. Now scientists think it could be a lot worse.

For ’08 Resumes, Don’t Ask Them to Fill in Blanks Candidates on both sides are dodging questions about questionable episodes in their past. Can the American people get an attention span long enough to demand answers.

Senators Renew Call for Gonzales' Ouster. Two more Republicans have crossed over to asking him to step down.

Book Excerpt: The Assault on Reason. This is Al Gore's latest book and hopefully his platform to a Presidential bid.

Headlines (5/15/2007)

Bloody Monday. Paul McNulty wasn't the only resignation to hit the Bush Administration Monday: Lanny Davis, the only Democrat on the so-called "civil liberties watchdog board", resigned from the board over allegations of White House tampering with the board's agenda and statements.

Lieberman Helps Collect Cash for Collins. In case you're wondering why this is news, Collins is a Republican.

Tenet Agrees To Cooperate With Congressional Investigation Into Niger Fraud. Of particular interest to the committee is how the "evidence" made it into the State of the Union over CIA protests.

Atomic Agency Concludes Iran Is Stepping Up Nuclear Work.

Headlines (5/14/2007)

Starting something new today. The news goes by faster than I can comment. So, to help apathy.net readers keep up, here are the stories I'm reading today:

Microsoft takes on the free world. Fortune magazine digs into Microsoft's plans to seek patent royalties from users of FOSS software like linux.

Iran warns U.S. over strike threat. Following Dick Cheney's remarks that the U.S. will stop Iran from building Nuclear weapons, Iran's president, Ahmadinejad, threatens retaliation for any American strikes and asks whether the U.S. has overstayed its welcome in the region.

Size matters, so does shape under new postal rates. New postal rates begin today in the U.S. The rates, available at the U.S. Post Office bring some confusion to mailing. No longer will first class mail only be rejected for weight, but also size. While normal sized first-class mail is going up a meager 2 cents, large letters go to 80 cents. A large letter is anything that exceeds any one of these dimensions: 11 1/2" long, 6 1/8" high, 1/4" thick.

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