The recent Great Tohoku earthquake that destroyed so much in Japan on March 11 is providing large amounts of data to scientists, and not just geologists. Thursday’s Physics blog for MIT’s TechnologyReview.com, discusses how scientists at NASA are releasing findings on atmospheric data from Japan’s earthquake and others, with startling results.
Recently, the White House released the financial disclosure forms for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. The form shows that large portion of the President’s wealth is seated in Federal debt. CNN’s White House blog reported, “The President and first lady Michelle Obama had assets valued between $2.8 million and $11.8 million in 2010. And between $2 million and $10 million of their assets are invested in super-safe U.S. Treasury securities, according to the disclosure form. That’s up from $1.5 million to $6 million reported invested in Treasury notes and bills in 2009.”
Billionaire George Soros has spent $48 million funding media properties, including media-industry organizations, journalism schools and investigative journalism. The left-leaning Soros, No. 46 on the Forbes list of The World’s Billionaires, has devoted his life to taking over American media, according to a report from FoxNews.com.
As the debate over raising the Federal debt limit rages, policy groups have suggested selling off Federal assets to pay debts. One Presidential contender, Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas), said the United States should sell the gold in Fort Knox — that is, if Fort Knox has any gold to sell. Paul called for an audit of the Federal government’s gold reserves in August 2010, but was voted down. He said, “If there was no question, you’d think they would be very anxious to prove to us that the gold is there.”
When students in Ann Arbor, Mich. were provided with nutritious food options in the cafeteria, more physical education classes and lessons on making healthy lifestyle choices, they had the added benefits of lowering their cholesterol levels and improving their resting heart rates.
The field of candidates for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination thinned out this past weekend, as former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and business mogul Donald Trump removed themselves from consideration. The two announcements have further opened up a field that was already considered unpredictable.
Two private citizens and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) have filed a Federal lawsuit challenging Illinois’ prohibition of the carrying of firearms for self-defense. According to The Associated Press, Illinois residents Michael Moore of Champaign and Charles Hooks of Percy, along with the SAF, filed the suit on May 12, eight days after a measure that would have allowed residents to carry concealed weapons failed in the State Legislature.
The United States government has officially hit the debt ceiling limit, prompting the Treasury Department to undertake emergency measures in order to avoid the nation’s first-ever default. On May 16, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Congress the Treasury would, among other measures, use Federal pension funds in order to make debt payments until early August.
According to the American Medical Association, “Obesity kills more Americans every year than AIDS, all cancers and all accidents combined.” So why are some doctors refusing to accept otherwise healthy new patients solely because they are overweight? The Sun Sentinel conducted a poll in South Florida and found 15 obstetrics-gynecology practices out of 105 “said they have set weight cutoffs for new patients starting at 200 pounds or based on measures of obesity — and turn down women who are heavier.”
Representative Ron Paul asks, “How much freedom do we have if we can’t even drink unpasteurized milk?” in a statement on his website announcing his introduction of HR 1830 into the House. The bill would allow the shipment and distribution of unpasteurized milk and milk products for human consumption across state lines, a practice currently forbidden by the Food and Drug Administration.