Jul 18, 2011

How many Republicans does it take to Screw an Efficient Lightbulb Standard?

By a voice vote on Friday, the House passed a “light bulb ban” amendment to the 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations Act (HR 2354). The amendment, offered by climate denier Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), prohibits spending to enforce the incandescent lighting efficiency standards in the 2007 energy law signed by President George W. Bush.  

These standards have already spurred the lighting industry to create innovative new incandescent bulbs that are dramatically more efficient than the century-old design the Tea Party is bent on defending. This amendment will hurt jobs, hurt manufacturing, and hurt the environment — helping instead coal-powered electricity producers who depend on wasteful use of energy.   More.....


UK media say Rebekah Brooks arrested in London (AP) July 10 2011 photo of Rupert Murdoch and his News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks (right) who has resigned, the company confirmed Friday July 15 2011, as they  battle a series of crises including accusations of phone hacking and police corruption. Only days earlier Murdoch had expressed his strong support for Brooks. (AP Photo/ Ian Nicholson/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVEAP - British police investigating phone hacking and police bribery by the defunct tabloid News of the World arrested a 43-year-old woman Sunday who British media identified as Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch's former British CEO.

The London police chief has resigned and now Assistant Commissioner John Yates has resigned too.  Yates made a decision two years ago to not re-open police inquiries into phone hacking,

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday called for an emergency session of Parliament to brief lawmakers on the political mess, trying to gain control of a crisis that is threatening Rupert Murdoch's media empire, the upper echelons of London's police force and the country's leader himself.


Casey Anthony freed from jail, slips from view (AP) Casey Anthony, center, walks out of the   the Orange County Jail with her attorney Jose Baez, left,  during her release in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday, July 17, 2011.  Anthony was acquitted last week of murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee. (AP Photo/Red Huber, Pool)AP - Casey Anthony walked out of jail a free woman under heavy guard early Sunday, facing shouts of "baby killer" from a heckling crowd only days after a nation in rapt attention watched as she was acquitted of murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.


Debt talks and little else on Washington's agenda (AP)

FILE - In this April 14, 2011, file photo White House Budget Director Jack Lew briefs reporters at the White House in Washington. Lew said Sunday, July 17, 2011, on NBC's Meet the Press that congressional leaders still had time “to get something big done” with President Barack Obama as the deadline for raising the nation’s debt ceiling drew nearer without a solution.  “I think that what is encouraging is that the leaders in Congress seem to have all agreed that we can’t push to a default,” Lew said Sunday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)AP - The debt showdown isn't just the dominant issue in Washington this summer — it's virtually the only one getting any attention in the nation's capital.


Anti-abortion groups push for more restrictive measures in Kansas, even ahead of the 2012 legislative session.

A petition has begun circulating for Gov. Sam Brownback to convene a special session this fall to consider a so-called “heartbeat bill” that would ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Another group plans to introduce a bill calling for a state constitutional amendment guaranteeing the rights of personhood to every human being from the beginning of biological development, including fertilization.

Both measures would defy Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that affirmed a woman’s right to have an abortion until the fetus would be viable outside the womb, usually at 22 to 24 weeks.  -- Wichita Eagle


It turns out people in China are eating with chopsticks that are made in America. Donald Trump, a persistent critic of China and their economic policies, should take note as China is apparently eager to boost America’s exports as they load up on these American-made chopsticks.

Not only is the new Georgia company great for international trade, but it also has significantly benefited the local economy as the company recently provided residents of Georgia with fifty new jobs. And one might guess the future seems bright for this company, since rumor has it China has a lot of people.


In order to create fire easily, English chemist John Walker invented sulfur-friction matches in 1827.

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