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9/11 Responders To Be Warned They Will Be Screened By FBI’s Terrorism Watch List

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WASHINGTON — A provision in the new 9/11 health bill may be adding insult to injury for people who fell sick after their service in the aftermath of the 2001 Al Qaeda attacks, The Huffington Post has learned.

The tens of thousands of cops, firefighters, construction workers and others who survived the worst terrorist assault in U.S. history and risked their lives in its wake will soon be informed that their names must be run through the FBI’s terrorism watch list, according to a letter obtained by HuffPost.

Any of the responders who are not compared to the database of suspected terrorists would be barred from getting treatment for the numerous, worsening ailments that the James Zadroga 9/11 Health And Compensation Law was passed to address.

It’s a requirement that was tacked onto the law during the bitter debates over it last year.

The letter from Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, informs Read more…

Minnesota to Test for Possible Driver’s Mileage Tax

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Minnesota is looking for people to test technology that could one day be used to collect fees based on driving mileage.

“This research will provide important feedback from motorists about the effectiveness of using technology in a car or truck to gather mileage information,” said Cory Johnson, project manager for the Minnesota Department of Transportation in a statement on Monday.

(Photo: REUTERS / Joshua Lott)
A traffic aide directs vehicles along the 3rd Avenue bridge across the Mississippi River during rush hour in Minneapolis, Minnesota August 2, 2007.

(Photo: REUTERS / Joshua Lott)
A traffic aide directs vehicles along the 3rd Avenue bridge across the Mississippi River during rush hour in Minneapolis, Minnesota August 2, 2007.
  
The department says it anticipates a fee on road use could same day be necessary as people switch to more fuel efficient cars and electric vehicles, reducing tax revenue from gasoline.

“We are researching alternative financing methods today that could be used 10 or 20 years from now when the number of fuel efficient and hybrid cars increase and no longer produce enough revenue from a gas tax to build and repair roads,” he said.

The Department said if implemented, motorists would pay a fee based on miles driven, rather than how much gasoline the vehicle uses, which is now the case in the state.

The department is seeking 500 people for the Minnesota Road Fee Test, which is set to start in July. Volunteers should be from the counties of Hennepin or Wright. They will be given a small stipend for their time, along with smartphones with a GPS application to allow them to submit information. The research will end by December 2012.

Participants needed will be a mix of rural and metro area travelers.

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‘Houston, we have a problem’: $500,000 of high-tech equipment goes missing at NASA in a year

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They might be able to send men into outer space – but it seems NASA can’t stop losing cameras, televisions and computers at its offices on the ground.

The U.S. space agency lost almost $500,000 of high-tech equipment at Kennedy Space Center in Florida last year, including a Vidge digital recorder worth $100,391.

Other items lost since 2008 include 11 Motorola handheld radios worth $35,582, a $18,000 wave reflectometer that checks for breaks in wiring and a $3,379 golf cart.

Lost property: The Space Station Processing Facility is part of the Kennedy Space Center, where 125 electrical items went missing in 2010Lost property: Read more…

Pictures of China’s new submarines, tanks, stealth planes and railgun development

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Terrifying scientific discovery: Strange emissions by sun are suddenly mutating matter…

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The angry sun

This goes with another article that was posted 2 months ago.

For months mounting fear has driven researchers to wring their hands over the approaching solar storms. Some have predicted devastating solar tsunamis that could wipe away our advanced technology, others voiced dire warnings that violent explosions on the surface of the sun could reach out to Earth, breach our magnetic field, and expose billions to high intensity X-rays and other deadly forms of cancer-causing radiation.

Now evidence has surfaced that something potentially more dangerous is happening deep within the hidden core of our life-giving star: never-before-seen particles—or some mysterious force—is being shot out from the sun and it’s hitting Earth.

Whatever it is, the evidence suggests it’s affecting all matter.

Strange and unknown

Alarmed physicists first became aware of this threat over the past several years. Initially dismissed as an anomaly, now frantic scientists are shooting e-mails back and forth to colleagues across the world attempting to grasp exactly Read more…

Nigeria rioting leaves charred bodies in streets, over 200 dead

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The mobs poured into the streets by the thousands in the dusty city of Kaduna, separating Nigeria’s Muslim north and Christian south, armed with machetes and poison-tipped arrows.

Muslim rioters burned homes, churches and police stations in Kaduna after results showed Nigeria’s Christian leader beat his closest Muslim opponent in Sunday’s vote.

Reprisal attacks by Christians began almost immediately, with one mob allegedly tearing a home apart to look for a Koran to prove the occupants were Muslims before setting the building ablaze.

The rioting in Kaduna and elsewhere across Nigeria’s north left charred bodies in the streets and showed the deep divisions in the African nation.

While curfews now stand in many areas, it remains unlikely the unrest will be soothed before the nation’s gubernatorial elections on Wednesday.

“Nigeria has spoiled … there is no peace,” said Rabiu Amadu, a 33-year-old technician in Kaduna. “I don’t think any of Read more…

Solar Storms Season Heating Up

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Sunspots — cooler regions fraught with intense magnetic fields — now regularly dot the surface of the sun, and the star has unleashed several powerful flares in recent months, including...

Sunspots — cooler regions fraught with intense magnetic fields — now regularly dot the surface of the sun, and the star has unleashed several powerful flares in recent months, including a Feb. 14 blast that was the most powerful outburst in more than four years. All signs suggest that the sun has shaken itself out of its slumber, researchers say. After three years in a deep solar sleep of historic proportions, the sun is starting to wake up.

In 2008, the sun plunged into its least active state in nearly a century. Sunspots all but vanished, solar flares subsided and the star was eerily quiet. Quiet spells on the sun are nothing new. They come along every 11 years or so, as part of the sun’s natural activity cycle. But this latest solar minimum lasted longer than usual, prompting some researchers to wonder if it would ever end.

This year has started off with a bang, as sunspots are crackling with activity. Earth-orbiting satellites have detected Read more…