MINNEAPOLIS – The first officer of the Northwest Airlines jet that missed its destination by 150 miles says there was no fight in the cockpit, neither he nor the captain had fallen asleep and the passengers were never in any danger.
Friends and associates are encouraging Fox News chief Roger Ailes to jump into the political arena for real by running for president in 2012, top sources tell POLITICO.
You can't buy a toaster in America that has a one in five chance of exploding. But you can buy a mortgage that has a one in five chance of exploding, and they don't even have to tell you about it... We have consumer protection for everything you touch, taste, smell, feel... But there is no equivalent for credit cards, for mortgages; there's nothing.
Much more, with video, at the link.
WASHINGTON — Men who voted for Republican John McCain in last year's US presidential election saw their testosterone levels fall significantly when they learned he had lost to Barack Obama, a study showed Thursday.
Blah blah. I've seen references to similar results after sporting events: winners up, losers down. But with, in this case, only 163 subjects involved and, apparently, no long-term history on any of them it all sounds like a Freshman project to me.
Anyway, it was probably Palin's fault.
The pilots of a Northwest Airlines jet failed to make radio contact with ground controllers for more than an hour and overflew their Minneapolis destination by 150 miles before discovering the mistake and turning around.
Unemployment in Massachusetts has reached its highest level since the 1970s, officials said yesterday as they also disclosed that the state will exhaust a fund that helps laid-off workers pay for health insurance by the end of next month.
link: Unemployment at 33-year high; insurance fund running dry - The Boston Globe
...this is the plan, the Romney plan (and yes, it was backed by Kennedy too) that's often cited as a model for some federal "public option" which is, of course, no public option at all but rather state-mandated health insurance which, don't worry, if you can't afford it the state will help you pay for it except, of course, it turns out, when it does not.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – Pakistan's army, in the midst of a major new offensive against Taliban militants, has struck deals to keep two powerful, anti-U.S. tribal chiefs from joining the battle against the government, officials said Monday.
A $4.4-billion cleanup transformed Fernald [Ohio] from a dangerously contaminated factory complex into an environmental showcase. But it is "clean" only by the terms of a legal agreement. Its soils contain many times the natural amounts of radioactivity, and a plume of tainted water extends underground about a mile.
Nobody can ever safely live here, federal scientists say, and the site will have to be closely monitored essentially forever.
That's been happening, recently, too often. When I came here in the early 90's Columbus Day weekend was the traditional peak of the autumn color season but in recent years, not so much. Here we are, a week after Columbus Day, and there's not much peak around.
Partly that's because we've had a couple of very windy days and there are quite a few colored leaves on the ground. But look how much green's still there.
No doubt there's more color in the countryside than there is here in town, and certainly there's more color up on the hill than down here in the valley. But still. There's not much to get excited about this year yet, and I'm guessing if there ever is, it won't last long.
...this makes me giggle:
American and Afghan scholars and diplomats say it is worth recalling four decades in the country’s recent history, from the 1930s to the 1970s, when there was a semblance of a national government and Kabul was known as “the Paris of Central Asia.”
Also it makes me wonder, what would be the Paris of Iowa?
(The quote is from the NYTimes piece,Remembering Afghanistan's Golden Age.)
Jonathan Turley - President Barack Obama, the world's newest Nobel peace laureate, is again expanding on the policies of former President George Bush and fighting to conceal evidence of U.S. torture and abuse. As did the Bush Administration, the Obama Administration is seeking to change the law after courts rejected its absurd argument that the President can withhold photos of detainee abuse simply because they are embarrassing to the United States. Democrats in Congress are assisting in the effort...
Had Bush done such a thing...Democrats would have been in the streets.