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Humans learned to walk upright in the trees, not on the open land, experts have said.Of course, I have no idea if Dr. Crompton's right or if his research will become widely accepted, but I rather doubt it will, because it will turn out to be too radical and therefore too inconvenient.
The new theory marks a U-turn in scientific thinking. Previously it was assumed humans only began to stand upright after moving out of the forests on to the wide open savannahs of East Africa.
Moving on two legs was thought to have evolved slowly from the all-fours "knuckle-walking" displayed by chimpanzees and gorillas today. But a study of orangutan behaviour, published in the journal Science, suggests this is wrong, according to a British team of scientists from Liverpool and Birmingham universities.
They believe knuckle-walking evolved only recently* as a way of getting around the forest floor.
BERLIN (AP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday she led a congressional delegation to Greenland, where lawmakers saw "firsthand evidence that climate change is a reality," and she hoped the Bush administration would consider a new path on the issue...It's not climate change, it's Climate Progress. We are informed by political pundits* that those who prefer stasis are "conservatives" and that those who work for change are "progressives," the assumption being, of course, that since to progress we must have change, ergo change is synonymous with progress**. And since progress is good, change is good, and those who stand against change by definition are in favor of yeast infections and lead-based paint and segregated lunch counters and putting leeches on people to control their high blood pressure. Or something.
"We hope that we can all assume our responsibilities with great respect and that our administration will be open to listening to why it is important to go forward perhaps in a different way than we have proceeded in the past," she told reporters.
WASHINGTON -- The beleaguered housing industry is sending mixed signals, with sales of new homes surging in April by the biggest amount in 14 years while prices endured a record plunge...So it was not monthly new home sales hitting a 14-year high at all, as raw sales are a good 10% below what they were a year ago. Rather, coming off 3 months of declining sales, sales of new homes jumped by a record amount, mostly due to builders cutting prices (and I might add, losing money that they expected to make when they started building these homes). It's not unlike gasoline sales jumping on a price cut, as all those people who held off because of high prices rush the market. Such is to be expected, but it's nothing you can build a market on because you can't cut prices 10% a month forever.
That was the biggest one-month sales gain since a 16.4 percent surge in April 1993. Even with the increase, however, sales are 10.6 percent below the level of a year ago.
The median price of a new home -- the midway point between the costliest and cheapest -- fell to $229,100, a record 11.1 percent below the March level. The price was 10.9 percent below the level of a year ago, the biggest year-over-year price decline since 1970.
David Seiders, economist for the National Association of Home Builders, said he was looking for sales of new homes to fall by 18 percent for the whole year, matching last year's decline.Sales are expected to be off a total of more than 1/3rd for the 2-year period, meaning the builders will be building only 2/3 of the houses they built the year before last. That also means 33% of the people who worked in the housing industry - from roofers to real estate agents** - can expect to receive their pink slips by year end if they haven't gotten them already, a frightening statistic since in the last 5 years, 60% of all new employment has been directly related to housing.
You should be ashamed, not proud! Why didn't you just put your name on with a majic marker to show you could have killed him but that you were a better person than to take his life? ... How many other animals have you caught or outran and for no reason killed them? Maybe someday someone will outrun you and then guess what I hope?I guess her granddaughter wrote in as well:
Fuck you you fucking idiot!!!!!!! What the fuck is wrong with you?? You little fat ass punk!!! Think your so cool cuz you shot a huge pig! Just because it was different from other pigs doesn't mean it doesn't have a life, a mate, a family!!!! How would U like it if U were killed for no reason other than ur fat!?! I would sure be happy!These are the kind of people who would have denounced Saint George because dragons are endangered species, methinks...
FORT WORTH — Students who had been planning to walk across the stage at graduation ceremonies this weekend were instead walking a picket line Thursday morning.If you click on the pic, you'll get a larger version of it. Then read the sign.
The Trimble Tech High School seniors marched in front of Fort Worth Independent School District headquarters to protest Wednesday's decision by trustees to bar students who failed the TAKS test from commencement exercises.
FOUR people have walked away with nothing more than a few scratches after their plane ditched into the Torres Strait off Cape York in far north Queensland...Whoa! Where's Richard Dawkins when you need him?
All four people on board were able to escape the plane wearing life jackets.
A Customs Coastwatch fixed-wing aircraft located the four, before a helicopter was dispatched to winch them from the water.
Retail food prices are heading for their biggest annual increase in as much as 30 years, raising fears that the world faces an unprecedented period of food price inflation..."We don't have to sit by and watch Costa Rica dictate the price of bananas," John Conyers will be sure to say. Americans have a right to cheap bananas in whatever quantity we wish.
US research firm Bernstein estimates that its Food Commodities index, which tracks a dozen agricultural raw materials used by food companies including wheat, barley, milk, cocoa and edible oils, will show cost inflation of 21 per cent this year – the biggest increase since the index started almost a decade ago.
WASHINGTON - Decrying near-record high gasoline prices, the House voted Tuesday to allow the government to sue OPEC over oil production quotas...That but 72 voted against it means that 120-something Republicans* voted for it, illustrating that they, like their Democratic "opponents," truly believe that legal pronouncements solve economic problems - they are not unlike the Soviet-era Politburo in that respect. By allowing (encouraging) our government to assign OPEC production decisions to federal judges, Congress seeks to legally appropriate the work of nations including Iraq, Indonesia, Iran, Kuwait, Libya, Angola, Algeria, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela. The arrogance is astonishing**.
"We don't have to stand by and watch OPEC dictate the price of gas," Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., the bill's chief sponsor, declared, reflecting the frustration lawmakers have felt over their inability to address people's worries about high summer fuel costs.
The measure passed 345-72. A similar bill awaits action in the Senate.
By using his affluent position to run a presidential campaign spearheading the issue of poverty, former Sen. John Edwards has donned his green tights, hoping to use the compassion and wealth of our country to help those most in need.Of course, I don't know what John Edwards was hoping to accomplish with his 9-college, $285,000 one-man traveling poverty circus. I'm not in his counsel. But I do know what he did accomplish, and I'm rather proud of him. John Edwards has reduced the number of poor in America by insuring that he, his wife, and his children are never counted among them. What better way to reduce poverty in America than by going out and getting rich?
CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - The White House on Sunday fired back at former President Jimmy Carter...Actually, the deference has traditionally gone completely the other way: ex-presidents have refrained from criticizing current ones*. Think about how many times you heard Nixon or Ford criticizing Carter, Reagan or Bush I criticizing Clinton, or how many times Clinton has criticized Bush II. There may be a time or two. Maybe. But it has been nothing like Carter who, after spending a few quiet years in democratically-imposedf exile building houses for the poor, has recently re-injected himself into the political spotlight, first with a book that resulted in the resignation of more than a dozen of his own aids in protest, and finally with very public harping about this White House's foreign policy**. Bush is wrong when he says the Carter is becoming increasingly more irrelevant; that is actually what he would be if he had any class.
Carter has been an outspoken critic of Bush, but the White House has largely refrained from attacking him in return. Sunday's sharp response marks a departure from the deference that sitting presidents traditionally have shown their predecessors.
Climate change will be considered a joke in five years time, meteorologist Augie Auer told the annual meeting of Mid Canterbury Federated Farmers in Ashburton this week.The biggest problem for the True Believers would be if we had climate change without having man-made climate change, meaning that this ball in the sky does not come with a promise that the thermostat will always be set at a level convenient for us*. And that's a big problem because suddenly we are faced with an evil god who does not accept our propitiation: the earth may warm or cool, it may rumble and shake, and there's no level of granola-eating, ganja-smoking, or birkenstock-wearing that will appease this new angry Gaia.
Man's contribution to the greenhouse gases was so small we couldn't change the climate if we tried, he maintained.
"We're all going to survive this. It's all going to be a joke in five years," he said.
A combination of misinterpreted and misguided science, media hype, and political spin had created the current hysteria and it was time to put a stop to it.
"It is time to attack the myth of global warming," he said.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Gasoline prices soared to levels never seen before as even the inflation-adjusted price for a gallon of unleaded topped the 1981 record spike in price that had stood for 26 years.I, for one, am glad we finally passed it, because that means such outfits as Media Research Center, Newsbusters, and especially Neal Boortz can stop claiming that we are nowhere near record gas prices because adjusted for inflation, they are lower than they were were a quarter century ago.
I have never understood the concept the trying to ban someone from speaking because folks did not like what was said.What he's talking about is the efforts of the Chairman of the Michigan GOP to ban Ron Paul from some GOP debates for saying, “Have you ever read about the reasons they attacked us? They attack us because we’ve been over there. We’ve been bombing Iraq for 10 years.” In other words, Paul is claiming that 9/11 was not simply a provocation, but a reaction to US policy dating back to the Clinton years and probably further, that it was a case of "blowback," an unintended consequence of our own actions.
Ron Paul is a fucken nobody and has no shot whatsoever of getting the Republican nomination.
Yes he is a nut job and a silly bastard. His statement was outrageous and over the top stupid. Hell Rudy does not want him banned from future debates, he personally raised Rudy’s poll numbers, shit I bet Rudy paid him to make the comments.
A popular message circulating the internet claims that "guns don't kill people, doctors do," based on statistics that theoretically show that doctors are responsible for more accidental deaths every year than firearms. Independent research by NewsTarget staff shows that this claim is based on a logical fallacy of comparing apples and oranges...I thought they were going to actually show that guns kill more people than doctors, but other than a few questions about whether doctors intend to kill more people (which I presume they don't), they reach a wierd conclusion: "but according to the hard statistics, doctors do indeed kill more people than guns."
A Pakistani-born US resident detained at Guantanamo Bay has said he was "mentally tortured" there, according to a transcript released by the Pentagon...Yes, I think Gitmo is an affront to justice and a PR disaster, but that doesn't mean it's not good for a few laughs.
Later, Mr Khan produced a list of further examples of psychological torture, which included the provision of "cheap, branded, unscented soap", the prison newsletter, noisy fans and half-inflated balls in the recreation room that "hardly bounce".
An estimated 7 million Americans use snuff or chewing tobacco today. More than one million of those are thought to be under age 17. Many teens, like Bender (that guy -->) in his youth, have no idea that smokeless tobacco can cause one of the most deadly types of cancer known: oral cancer.I ran across the above article today when I was looking for that magic number, 7 million, in checking the numbers of another article, this one by two MDs who argue that for smokers, Smokeless Tobacco* Is A Lifesaver. How can they both be right? As is often the case when one is reading numbers in the paper, each side has half the numbers and uses them to tell the half of the story they want to tell**.
Those who use snuff -- also known as spit tobacco --are up to 11 times more likely to develop cancer of the mouth, cheek, gums, tongue, lips, or throat than nonusers. Oral cancer is diagnosed in about 30,000 people every year, and nearly 9,000 die from it annually. Only half of all oral cancer patients are alive five years after diagnosis.
CINCINNATI - Gasoline prices and oil companies' profits are soaring this spring. Now come the other rituals associated with high prices at the pump.Nor will they in the future. Markets are real, talk is not. And those who cannot differentiate them probably boycotted yesterday.
Members of Congress and state attorneys general are vowing scrutiny of Big Oil and gasoline retailers. And consumers are boycotting. Both have become rites of passage in recent years as consumers fume over gas prices. Neither, historically, has amounted to much change...
My mother always told me that no matter how much you dislike a person, when you meet them face to face you will find characteristics about them that you like. Jerry Falwell was a perfect example of that.I read "Listen, America," Falwell's most influental book, back in college, and he made a lot of sense to me at the time. And while he was on the wrong side of a lot of battles, he was also on the right side of quite a few. But I think he was sincere, and I truly think his heart was in the right place. Falwell fought a good fight.
I hated everything he stood for, but after meeting him in person, years after the trial, Jerry Falwell and I became good friends. He would visit me in California and we would debate together on college campuses. I always appreciated his sincerity even though I knew what he was selling and he knew what I was selling.
-- Larry Flynt
[A]n article has appeared in a recent issue of Geophysical Research Letters showing a stunning relationship between the solar output, Neptune’s brightness, and heaven forbid, the temperature of the Earth...It's amazing how given the documented increase in solar activity and intensity in the past quarter century and the documented warming on Mars, Pluto, and now Jupiter, people still insist that the same effects that are obviously not caused by mankind there are caused by mankind here.
Neptune has been getting brighter since around 1980; furthermore, infrared measurements of the planet since 1980 show that the planet has been warming steadily from 1980 to 2004.
Martha Bachert is sick of the question: How do your children meet anyone if they’re home-schooled? ...One of the questions that proponents of the "Homeschoolers are hermits whose children don't realize that other people their age exist" myth never seem to ask is, "are those children who attend public schools adequately socialized?" And asking them that question most often results in the answer that socialization is assured by being placed in an age-segrated environment - in fact, that is the very definition of socialization.
Many home schooling families say a lack of socialization is the biggest myth they face when talking about their practice. There are plenty of options for their children to meet peers, they contend, and their children can avoid bullying and peer pressure by not being at a brick-and-mortar school.
But public school advocates and some psychologists say interactions that take place in schools — even the negative kind — can help children learn to negotiate a diverse and sometimes unfriendly world.
House Democrats are suddenly balking at the tough lobbying reforms they touted to voters last fall as a reason for putting them in charge of Congress.Color me so surprised.
Now that they are running things, many Democrats want to keep the big campaign donations and lavish parties that lobbyists put together for them...
[N]o Republican can win the presidency next year*. If one accepts this premise, then if follows that it is in the interest of conservatives to support the most conservative Democrat running for that party's nomination. I went on to say why I think Hillary Clinton may be the most conservative Democrat...Rather than being a nice way to hedge bets, trying to pick the most conservative Democrat just illustrates that there is no significant difference between the candidates at all. Bartlett thinks Hillary "may" be the most conservative, but that "Sen. Obama may be acceptable because of his deeply conservative temperament, and some point to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's excellent record of tax-cutting." In other words, just about any leading Democrat but Edwards is the best he thinks Republicans can expect.
The point is that there are better and worse Democrats from a conservative point of view. Those who prefer to go down with the sinking Republican ship may come to regret that they didn't try to exercise influence on the Democratic nomination before the nomination was sewn up.
if the Republican Party loses everyone except religious zealots, gun nuts, anti-tax extremists and pro-life absolutists, then it is not going to win any national elections. That's not a comment on the rightness or wrongness of the views of those I just listed -- it's simple math. There just aren't enough of such people to put together a winning coalition. The price of purity is political powerlessness.The price of purity may** be political powerlessness as Bartlett asserts. But the cost of pragmatism is even higher because the political power you do win avails you nothing. When you try to buy your opponents you give away the very victories for which your supporters have struggled. And no one understands that more than conservatives who believed Republican politicians.
"The necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude and perseverance."
-- Samuel Adams