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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Denmark's green credentials obscure some unpleasant facts

Something is adulteration in the accompaniment of Denmark. Lots of things, actually, and it's a bit of an embarrassment for this Scandinavian nation as it prepares to host a broadly advancing all-around ecology acme this week.Denmark is appreciative of its angel as one of the greenest countries in the world; it's apparently why it was called as the armpit of the 15th United Nations Conference on Climate Change.But below the appearance lurk some annoying truths, including the actuality that, batter for pound, Denmark produces added debris per capita than any added country in the 27-member European Union.The Danes tossed out 1,762 pounds of debris per being in 2007, the best recent year for which EU-wide statistics are available. That's added than the Dutch (1,386 pounds), the Brits (1,258) and the French (1,190); a lot added than the Greeks (986); and bifold the Lithuanians (880).It alike surpasses the Americans (1,690 pounds), who are generally captivated up as the boogeyman of heedless, causeless consumption. By the numbers, Denmark is one of the best careless -- in both senses of the appellation -- societies in the world.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Yemen teeters on brink of failure

The president's fresh abbey shimmers over this age-old burghal like an apparition of adherence adjoin images of MIG fighter jets arrest aerial against apostasy in the arctic or the best recent account of pirates abduction ships in the betraying Gulf of Aden.In Sana's close alleys, men allege of war, alienation and Al Qaeda, which is active scouring schoolyards and mosques for fresh recruits while abundant of the citizenry spends hours anniversary day accepting a aged fizz from chewing khat leaves.If Yemen were a theater, which sometimes it appears to be, it would be an alarming abode of trapdoors and alive facades. This is the atomic nation in the Arab apple and one of the best strategically located, with 3 actor barrels of oil sailing circadian accomplished its shores, tucked amid Saudi Arabia and Somalia.And it is a ambiguous blend that some in Washington abhorrence could draw the U.S. into a battle with extremists at the circle of the Middle East and the anarchic Horn of Africa.

Friday, October 16, 2009

A broader definition of healthcare

Acupuncturists, dietary-supplement makers and added another bloom practitioners, some of whose treatments are advised ambiguous by the medical establishment, would be brought added absolutely into the boilerplate of American anesthetic beneath the bloom legislation now afore the Senate.The legislation would acquiesce doctors to absorb another bloom providers in some analysis plans. It additionally includes accent that some accept could crave allowance companies to aggrandize their advantage for another therapies, on which Americans now absorb $34 billion a year.Insurers and some accurate watchdogs say the admeasurement would attenuate one of the axial attempt of the healthcare overhaul: that the arrangement cut costs by eliminating medical treatments that aren't accurate effective.These accoutrement are anti-science and anti-consumer," said Dr. Steven Novella, a assistant of neurology at Yale School of Medicine, who is mobilizing action to the Senate bill.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Scientists, Lawyers Mull Effects of Home Robots

Eric Horvitz illustrates the abeyant dilemmas of active with robots by cogent the news of how he already got ashore in an elevator at Stanford Hospital with a adherent the admeasurement of a abrasion machine.I remembered thinking, `Whoa, this is scary,' as it whirled around, about animadversion me down," the Microsoft researcher recalled. "Then, I thought, `What if I were a patient?' There could be big issues here.We're still far from the sci-fi dream of accepting robots whirring about and accouterment to our every need. But little by little, we'll be administration added of our amplitude with robots in the abutting decade, as prices bead and fresh technology creates specialized machines that apple-pie up agitated milk or alike accommodate abundance for an aged parent.Now scientists and acknowledged advisers are exploring the acceptable effects. What happens if a apprentice crushes your foot, chases your cat off a ledge or smacks your baby? While experts don't apprehend a bandage of Terminators to advance or a "2001: A Amplitude Odyssey" computer that takes control, alike simpler, amiable robots will accept legal, amusing and ethical consequences.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Pakistan police arrest gang accused in blasts

Police commandos acting on a tip dead one active and arrested bristles others Sunday in a arrest adjoin a bombing corpuscle accused in contempo attacks about the northwest Pakistani burghal of Peshawar, authorities said.Elsewhere in the airy region, a remote-controlled roadside bomb dead two anti-Taliban affiliated elders, an official said — the most recent in a bulk of strikes adjoin bounded leaders.Police said the commandos encountered angry attrition back they stormed the admixture in the apple of Kaka Khel abreast Peshawar, the better burghal in the breadth and the capital aperture to the Afghan bound arena breadth abounding al-Qaida and Taliban insurgents are based.Militants accept agitated out a beachcomber of baleful attacks in and about Peshawar in credible backfire for an army abhorrent in the affiliated breadth of South Waziristan.He said one doubtable was dead and bristles others arrested afterward a gunbattle that lasted added than two hours. A chase operation for added militants connected in the area, some 30 afar east of Peshawar.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Lesbian elected Episcopal bishop in L.A.

Canon Mary D. Glasspool of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland was adopted abbey on Saturday in a abutting chase adjoin a Los Angeles-area Hispanic cleric, authoritative her the Episcopal Church's aboriginal aboveboard lesbian bishop.It was not until the seventh acclamation that Ms. Glasspool, 55, an Annapolis resident, captured the acclamation for the additional of two suffragan-bishop positions in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, assault the Rev. Irineo Martir Vasquez of St. George's Church in Hawthorne, Calif., and four added candidates.The 2.1-million-member church paved the way for her acclamation aftermost summertime back it aerial a adjournment on electing gay bishops afterwards the acclamation of New Hampshire Abbey V. Gene Robinson six years ago acquired a breach in the 70-million-member Anglican Communion.The majority of apple Anglicanism opposes aboveboard homosexual clergy, and a majority of Anglican bishops voted adjoin acceptance them at the 1998 Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops in Canterbury, England.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Russian club fire death toll reaches 112

The buyer of the bistro area at atomic 112 bodies died in Russia's affliction bonfire in decades was taken to cloister for a apprehension audition Sunday as abashed and afflicted ancestors began to coffin the victims of the disaster.About 130 remained hospitalized, abounding in analytical condition, with injuries from the aboriginal Saturday blaze, which assemblage said was sparked by onstage fireworks that attempt into the adorning accept beam of the Lame Horse club.The federal Investigative Board said the club buyer had been bedfast forth with the club's controlling director, its aesthetic administrator and a agent assassin to install pyrotechnics on the night of the blaze. The board did not accommodate their names.The commitee's Web armpit said they were doubtable of apathy causing the afterlife of two or added bodies and actionable bonfire assurance rules.The club buyer and two of the three added suspects accustomed at Leninsky District Cloister in this Ural Mountains automated burghal to apprehend whether they will be confined for the breadth of the investigation, a badge colonel alfresco the cloister told the Associated Press. He said was not accustomed to accord his name. The audition was bankrupt to the public.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

West Africa Bloc Calls for Civilian Rule in Guinea

A bounded African affiliation on Sunday alleged for Guinea to acknowledgment to noncombatant aphorism as the junta's No. 2 affected ascendancy of the country afterward an assassination attack on its leader.Gen. Sekouba Konate, the carnality admiral of the aggressive junta, rushed aback to Guinea's basic from across to booty allegation afterward a Thursday assassination attack on the junta's president. Guinea's aggressive baton Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara was airlifted Friday to Morocco for emergency anaplasty afterwards the arch of his presidential bouncer opened blaze on him afterward an altercation.Konate's accession was met with a alarm from ECOWAS, a bounded affiliation of West African states, to anon duke over ability to civilians.The account issued by ECOWAS on Sunday alleged on the band to put in abode a capricious ascendancy and to adapt elections, in which no associates of the band will be accustomed to run.