Tuesday, January 31, 2012

You Stopped SOPA. Now Let?s Startup America

Startup-America-PartnershipIn recent weeks, Americans from all walks of life came together to stop SOPA from advancing through Congress, demonstrating the power of the Internet to rally people around an important cause.?In the weeks ahead, we have reason to rally again. This time, the goal is not stopping something bad, but starting something good. Specifically, ensuring that America builds on its legacy of innovation, and remains the world's most entrepreneurial nation. Earlier today, President Obama unveiled his Startup America legislative agenda and called on Congress to pass it quickly, so he can sign it promptly. It?s a very positive first step.

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Volcanoes may have sparked Little Ice Age

A mysterious, centuries-long cool spell, dubbed the Little Ice Age, appears to have been caused by a series of volcanic eruptions and sustained by sea ice, a new study indicates.

The research, which looked at chemical clues preserved in Arctic vegetation as well as other data, also pinpointed the start of the Little Ice Age to the end of the 13th century.

During the cool spell, which lasted into the late 19th century, advancing glaciers destroyed northern European towns and froze the Thames River in London and canals in the Netherlands, places that are now ice-free. There is also evidence it affected other continents.

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"This is the first time anyone has clearly identified the specific onset of the cold times marking the start of the Little Ice Age," said Gifford Miller, a geological sciences professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the lead study researcher. "We also have provided an understandable climate feedback system that explains how this cold period could be sustained for a long period of time."

The cause appears to have been massive tropical volcanic eruptions, which spewed tiny particles called aerosols into the atmosphere. While suspended in the air, the aerosols reflect solar radiation back into space, cooling the planet below. ?

The cooling was sustained after the aerosols had left the atmosphere by a sea-ice feedback in the North Atlantic Ocean, the researchers believe. Expanding sea ice would have melted into the North Atlantic Ocean, interfering with the normal mixing between surface and deeper waters. This meant the water flowing back to the Arctic was colder, helping to sustain large areas of sea ice, which, in turn, reflect sunlight back into the atmosphere. The result was a self-sustaining feedback loop.

Miller and colleagues came to these conclusions by looking at radiocarbon dates ? based on how much of the radioactive form of carbon they contain ? from dead plants revealed by melting ice on Baffin Island, in the Canadian Arctic. Their analysis found that many plants at both high and low altitudes died between A.D. 1275 and A.D. 1300 ? evidence that Baffin Island froze over suddenly. Many plants also appeared to have died at around A.D. 1450, an indication of a second major cooling.

These periods coincide with two of the most volcanically active half centuries in the past millennium, according to the researchers.

They also found that the annual layers in sediment cores from a glacial lake linked with an ice cap in Iceland suddenly became thicker, indicating increased erosion caused by the expansion of the ice cap in the late 13th century and in the 15th century .

"This gave us a great deal more confidence that there was a major perturbation to the Northern Hemisphere climate near the end of the 13th century," Miller said.?

Simulations using a climate model showed that several large, closely spaced eruptions could have cooled the Northern Hemisphere enough to spark sea-ice growth and the subsequent feedback loop.

It's unlikely decreased solar radiation, a separate theory to explain the Little Ice Age, played a role, according to the researchers.

The research will appear Tuesday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

You can follow LiveSciencesenior writer Wynne Parry on Twitter @Wynne_Parry. Follow LiveScience for the latest in science news and discoveries on Twitter @livescience and on Facebook.

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Trash piling up faster along border with Mexico

Picking her way into the desert brush, Raquel Martinez gathered scores of plastic water bottles tossed in an Arizona desert valley near the Mexico border, often by migrants making a risky trek into the United States across increasingly remote terrain.

"We need more bags ... there's so much trash," said Martinez, one of scores of volunteers helping clean up the dry bed of the Santa Cruz River about 10 miles north of the Mexico border on Saturday.

Trash tossed by thousands of illegal immigrants as they chase the American Dream has been a persistent problem for years in the rugged Arizona borderlands that lie on a main migration and smuggling route from Mexico.

The problem was compounded as immigrants and drug traffickers responded to ramped up vigilance on the U.S.-Mexico border by taking increasingly remote routes, leaving more waste behind in out-of-the way and hard-to-clean areas, authorities say.

"Migants used to follow the washes or follow the roads or utility poles," said Robin Hoover, founder of the Tucson-based non-profit Humane Borders.

"Now they're having to move farther and farther from the middle of the valleys," he added. "They end up making more camp sites and cutting more trails when they do that, and, unfortunately ... leave more trash."

Those making the punishing march carry food, water and often a change of clothes on the trek through remote desert areas that can take several days.

Most is tossed before they pile into vehicles at pickup sites like the one getting attention on the outskirts of Rio Rico, from where they head on to the U.S. interior.

"One of the problems that we are facing is that these sites are becoming more and more remote as law enforcement steps up its efforts," Henry Darwin, director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, said of the flourishing borderland garbage dumps.

"There's probably sites out there that we haven't encountered yet or don't know about because there's a lot of people out in those areas," added Darwin, who gave testimony on the issue to state lawmakers earlier this month.

There are no numbers to show exactly how many would-be migrants or smugglers take the illegal and surreptitious trek across the border into Arizona from Mexico each year.

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But in an indication of the scale of the migration, federal border police made nearly 130,000 arrests last year in Arizona, where hundreds of Border Patrol agents, miles of fencing and several unmanned surveillance drones have been added in recent years to tighten security along the porous border.

With limited funding for clean up, Arizona environmental authorities draw on volunteers to help in drives like the one near Rio Rico, where an estimated 140 volunteers including residents, community and youth groups took part on Saturday.

Clean up efforts since 2008 by the department of environmental quality have included pulling 42 tons of trash from 160 acres of Cocopah tribal lands in far western Arizona, and clean ups at least seven sites on ranches and public land in areas south of Tucson.

Signs of illegal immigrants and even drug traffickers making the circuitous foot journey abound in the mesquite-studded riverbed near Rio Rico, a vigorous day's walk north of the border.

"I've found about a trillion water bottles," said David Burkett, a lawyer from Scottsdale, who worked up a sweat as he filled his fourth 50-pound trash bag. Nearby are tossed backpacks, food containers, a blanket and a pair of shoes.

He points out that alongside the apparent migrant trash is a large amount of other waste including a couch, kitchen countertops and yard debris, likely tossed by residents and contractors. Still, it is a shock to those living locally.

"We don't realize how bad it is until we come down and see it," said Candy Lamar, a volunteer who lives in sprawling, low density Rio Rico, as she works to pick up trash.

The area getting attention on Saturday lies a few miles from a remote spot where the bodies of three suspected drug traffickers were found shot to death "execution style" last November.

The area is not far from another out-of-the-way spot where Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was shot dead by suspected border bandits in December 2010. Volunteers working on Saturday were aware of the potential hazards.

As she stuffed a blue garbage sack with trash, retiree Sharon Christensen eyed discarded burlap sacking, blankets and cord -- the remains of a makeshift backpack of the type often used by drug traffickers walking marijuana loads up from Mexico.

"It would make me hesitant to come out here on my own, knowing that this kind of activity is going on ... It is a concern, and we need to be mindful," said Christensen, a retiree and hiking enthusiast.

Clean-up organizers liaise with Border Patrol and local police on security, in addition to warning volunteers of potential danger from snakes, scorpions or even bees that can swarm in discarded vehicle tires, and of potential hazards including medical waste and human excrement.

Equipped with gloves, volunteers such as Burkett, the Scottsdale lawyer, were glad to take part on Saturday.

"As an avid outdoors person in Arizona, I spend a lot of time using the desert," he said. "It's important to me personally to take the time to give back."

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Santorum cancels morning events to be with child (The Arizona Republic)

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Experts: US ill-prepared for oil spill off Cuba (AP)

MIAMI ? The U.S. is not ready to handle an oil spill if drilling off the Cuban coast goes awry but can be better prepared with monitoring systems and other basic steps, experts told government officials Monday.

The comments at a congressional subcommittee hearing in the Miami Beach suburb of Sunny Isles come more than a week after a huge oil rig arrived in Cuban waters to begin drilling a deepwater exploratory well.

Similar development is expected off the Bahamas next year, but decades of tense relations between the U.S. and Cuba makes cooperation in protecting the Florida Straits particularly tricky. With memories of the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico still fresh, state and federal officials fear even the perception of oil flowing toward Florida beaches could devastate an economy that claims about $57 billion from tourism.

Florida International University Professor John Proni told officials to be proactive. He is leading a consortium of researchers on U.S. readiness to handle a spill.

"For the last few years, my colleagues and I have been visiting Washington to say the best time to start preparing for an oil spell is before it happens," Proni told leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, in a hotel-turned-hearing room overlooking the turquoise waters the group convened to protect. Proni said he has seen little action from officials in Washington, though they responded positively.

U.S. officials have turned their attention to preventing future spills since the Deepwater Horizon rig leased by BP blew up in April 2010, causing the well to blow out and unleashing millions of gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Crude washed up on pristine shoreline, soiled wildlife and left a region dependent on tourist dollars scrambling to rebuild its image.

Coast Guard officials said Monday they did not know if Cuba had started drilling. Experts testified current estimates have surface oil from a spill moving as quickly as 3 miles an hour due to the Gulfstream, but that the fast-moving current would make it difficult for the oil to quickly cross the Florida Straits.

Rear Adm. William Baumgartner, commander of the Coast Guard region that covers the Florida Straits, said a likely scenario would have the oil spreading and reaching U.S. waters in six to 10 days.

Proni said that lack of specificity is the problem. He wants a system that can monitor changes in underwater sounds to immediately alert U.S. officials to a spill or other unusual activity. He also wants the U.S. to invest in developing better computer models to predict oil movement and to do an assessment of the existing ecosystem and the type of oil Cuba possesses. That way, experts can better pinpoint any damage and find out if it came from Cuban wells.

Proni said the fast-moving water would make it difficult to burn the oil or strain it, as was done to halt the spread of the Deepwater Horizon spill. He added that more research is needed on the risks of using chemicals that break down the oil into tiny droplets.

Baumgartner said his agency has been working to develop a response plan. The Coast Guard and private response teams have been granted the required visas under the U.S. embargo to work with the Cuban government and its partners should a problem arise. Since March 2011, the agency has been working with Repsol RDF, the Spanish company leasing the rig off Cuba, and inspected the rig earlier this month.

The rig was given a good bill of health. Asked Monday about the rig's readiness, though, Baumgartner said inspectors found some minor problems with the safety systems that would have kept the ship from being allowed to drill in U.S. waters. He said it was unclear whether the required repairs had been made.

U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, one of three South Florida Cuban-American lawmakers who attended the hearing, said he hopes the Obama administration will quickly respond to the consortium's concerns. He added that Proni's proposals could be applied to the Gulf of Mexico, where many more rigs are already drilling for oil in U.S. waters.

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, has authored a bill that would sanction those who help Cuba develop its oil reserves.

"We can't stop Repsol from drilling now, but we can act to deter future leaders to avoid the Castro brothers becoming the oil tycoons of the Caribbean," she told the committee.

Fellow South Floridian U.S. Rep. David Rivera is proposing to expand the 1990 Oil Pollution Act to fully cover companies operating outside U.S. waters, in the event oil reaches U.S. territory. The 1990 law requires oil companies to repay government agencies for any cleanup costs for spills; it also requires that companies have plans for preventing and cleaning up spills.

But Chairman John Micah, R-Fla., questioned whether the U.S. could enforce any law outside its own waters.

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In a 60 Minutes profile to be aired on Sunday night on CBS, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ties the recent explosion in TV viewership of pro football to the ongoing economic challenges in America.

?People want to feel part of a group, feel like they?re connected, and right now during these difficult times, they can turn on free television and watch the greatest entertainment that?s out there,? Goodell said.? ?They can forget their worries for just a few hours.?

The problem, of course, is that if too many people choose free television over paid attendance, the games won?t look as compelling because they?ll be played before stadiums with large patches of empty seats.

?Our biggest challenge going forward is how do we get people to come to our stadiums because the experience is so great at home,? Goodell says.? ?When you turn on [a football game], you want to see a full stadium.?

For the NFL, it?s a conundrum that could become a crisis.? People love watching the game on TV in part because the background of a full stadium makes it feel like a big event.? But with ticket prices and parking costs and weather and $8 beer and fans who have no problem drinking too many $8 beers and the inability to efficiently multitask and/or to use a clean, non-crowded bathroom, folks who already are feeling a financial pinch would rather gather with family and friends and watch the game at home.

Given the explosion in broadcast revenue, the NFL has two choices:? (1) make the in-stadium experience better; or (2) in those cities where sellouts are a struggle, dramatically drop the prices of the tickets.

With fans serving essentially as extras in a big-budget TV extravaganza, the idea of soaking them for every last dollar in order to enhance the atmosphere for the home audience seems fundamentally unfair.? If the league can?t make it better to attend the games in person, the league needs to make it cheaper.

The third option, of course, would be to use digital technology to make the seats look like they contain paying customers, even if they don?t.? If it was once good enough for CBS to enhance golf telecasts with faux chirping, why not hire Industrial Light & Magic to cover up the red seats at Raymond James fans not with tarps but Tampa fans?

Let?s hope it doesn?t come to that.? Regardless, all options will be on the table if the ongoing growth of in-home viewing of NFL football eventually makes in-home viewing less interesting because of the lack of in-person fans with painted faces, fat guys wearing only a barrel, middle fingers in the Astrodome, and other, um, creative displays of enthusiasm.

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Dolphins Might Want Broward Out Of Super Bowl Bid

As the Miami Dolphins pursue another Super Bowl for South Florida, Broward County might get left off the team.

Dolphins CEO Mike Dee raised the possibility of Miami-Dade going it alone in pursuit of the 2016 Super Bowl, citing Broward commissioners? 2011 vote against raising taxes to fund a $225 million renovation of SunLife Stadium.

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Caltrans wants to abandon cliff-hanging Highway 39

In a standoff with federal forest officials, Caltrans is proposing to abandon a popular, cliff-hanging highway in the San Gabriel Mountains because it is too expensive to maintain.

Caltrans' proposal to walk away from California Highway 39, enjoyed by an estimated 3 million people a year, comes as the state struggles to close a $9.2-billion budget shortfall.

To avoid closure, Caltrans is trying to persuade the U.S. Forest Service or Los Angeles County to take over the roadway, which runs 27 miles from the city of Azusa nearly to the crest of the San Gabriels. Neither agency wants it.

"So far, they have gracefully declined to take on this responsibility, and Caltrans is stuck with the costs," said Ronald J. Kosinski, Caltrans' deputy district director for environmental planning. "I hope people don't start digging in their heels over this matter."

L.A. County needs the highway to access three dams critical to flood control. But Tony Bell, spokesman for county Supervisor Michael Antonovich, whose district includes the San Gabriels, said the county has no desire to assume responsibility. "Why would it?" he asked.

The Forest Service's interest is access to Angeles National Forest by the public and, at times, by firefighters. The agency spent $6 million improving a spacious campground at Crystal Lake, where the highway now ends after winding along the San Gabriel River past the Morris and San Gabriel reservoirs.

"We met with Caltrans and told them we do not have the resources or funds to maintain that state highway," said Forest Service engineer Sonja Bergeahl.

The issue led to a bout of brinkmanship in recent days.

Kosinski told The Times that Caltrans is operating the road under a special permit dating to the 1920s, when the highway was built. "According to the agreement, the only way we can extricate ourselves from it is to abandon the highway," he said.

The Forest Service says it has a different interpretation, one that would cost Caltrans dearly. "The permit does say that if Caltrans abandons the highway, they have to remove their improvements ? meaning the road ? and return the area to the natural landscape," Bergeahl said.

Caltrans spends $1.5 million a year maintaining the two-lane paved roadway, which is damaged regularly by landslides, flooding, falling rocks and forest fires. The agency said that abandonment is a rare step, possibly unprecedented. Caltrans could not immediately cite another instance in which it walked away from a state route.

Abandoning the highway to save $1.5 million a year is not significant for an agency that spends $13 billion a year to manage 50,000 miles of road statewide. But Caltrans said the proposal is consistent with its efforts to cut costs wherever it can ? and Highway 39 presents a unique situation.

A landslide swept away the highest part of the road in 1978, cutting it off from Angeles Crest Highway. Since then, that last stretch of asphalt has been roamed by Nelson's bighorn sheep, creatures fully protected under state law. Caltrans concluded that it would be cost-prohibitive to re-engineer that 4.4-mile gap and legally risky to try because it cannot guarantee that the sheep would not be killed in the process.

As a result, the highway has become what Caltrans spokesman Patrick Chandler described as "essentially a 27-mile-long cul-de-sac."

Kosinski said he was waiting for more guidance from agency attorneys. Caltrans might be able to sweeten the offer to the county or Forest Service by providing money to cover several years of maintenance, he said. "Putting up a gate at the southern end of the highway and simply handing over the keys to the Forest Service is another option."

About 500 people rely on the highway to reach their homes, said Barret Wetherby, former president of the San Gabriel Canyon Homeowners Assn. Wetherby said he does not believe the road will ever be abandoned.

"I think Caltrans is bluffing, and it's not going to work," he said. "It's the gateway to the San Gabriel Mountains and we need it open every day and night so that flatlanders can recreate up there, and folks can evacuate in the event of an emergency."

Adam Samrah, 54, bought the Crystal Lake Snack Bar Trading Post in 2002, shortly before the area was closed for nine years because of damage from a forest fire. He finally opened for business in March after spending about $107,000 in renovations.

Closing California 39, the only road that accesses the store, "would destroy me," Samrah said. "I'm sick over this. It doesn't make sense."

Caltrans spokesman Chandler visited the rustic cafe this week and tried to reassure Samrah. "All we want to do is abandon the highway," Chandler said. But that doesn't necessarily mean the highway will be closed, he said.

Samrah, a Turkish immigrant who speaks broken English, had trouble understanding the difference.

"What if nobody else wants the highway?" Samrah asked. "What if you shut it down? I'm not a rich guy. I can't afford to sue a giant like Caltrans."

"We'll be in touch," Chandler said before heading down the mountain.


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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Power 25: January 28, 2012

WWE.com, in conjunction with the Academy of Wrestling Arts & Sciences (AWAS), ranks the Top 25 Superstars in?WWE each week with Power 25. The rankings are based on victories, quality of opponents, momentum and overall in-ring dominance, as well as intangibles. Be sure to check back every Saturday for the latest Power 25.?Here are the rankings for January 28.

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Video: Romney leads in NBC News-Marist poll in FL

A Second Take on Meeting the Press: From an up-close look at Rachel Maddow's sneakers to an in-depth look at Jon Krakauer's latest book ? it's all fair game in our "Meet the Press: Take Two" web extra. Log on Sundays to see David Gregory's post-show conversations with leading newsmakers, authors and roundtable guests. Videos are available on-demand by 12 p.m. ET on Sundays.

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Chinese workers held by Sudan rebels

By msnbc.com news services

Rebels in Sudan's oil-producing border state of South Kordofan said on Sunday they were holding Chinese workers for their own safety after a battle with the Sudanese army.

The army has been fighting rebels of the SPLM-N in South Kordofan bordering newly independent South Sudan since June. Fighting spread to the northern Blue Nile state in September.

"We are holding 29 Chinese workers after a battle with the army yesterday," a spokesman for the SPLM-N said. "They are in good health. We are holding them for their own safety because the army was trying to strike again."

The army said rebels had attacked the compound of a Chinese construction company operating in the area between the towns of Abbasiya and Rashad in the north of the state and captured 70 civilians.

"Most of them are Chinese. They (the rebels) are targeting civilians," said army spokesman Sawarmi Khalid Saad.

He said there had been no battle in the area and the army was now trying to rescue the civilians.

China's foreign ministry urged Sudan to guarantee the safety of Chinese personnel during the search and rescue process, according to a statement released in Beijing.

South Kordofan is the main oil-producing state in Sudan, while Blue Nile is rich in minerals such as chrome.

The fighting in both states has forced about 417,000 people to flee their homes, more than 80,000 of them to South Sudan, according to the United Nations.

Both states contain large groups who sided with the south in a decades-long civil war, and who say they continue to face persecution inside Sudan since South Sudan seceded in July.

The SPLM is now the ruling party in the independent south and denies supporting SPLM-North rebels across the border.

Events in South Kordofan and Blue Nile are difficult to verify because aid groups and diplomats are banned from areas where fighting takes place.

SPLM-North is one of a number of rebel movements in underdeveloped border areas who say they are fighting to overthrow Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and end what they see as the dominance of the Khartoum political elite.

Sudan and South Sudan, which still have to resolve a range of issues including the sharing of oil revenues, regularly trade accusations of supporting insurgencies on each other's territory.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Senegalese pop star Ndour tussles with police (AP)

DAKAR, Senegal ? An Associated Press reporter saw police tussle with international pop star Youssou Ndour, who was pushed back by police when he tried to enter a police station where a leading opposition figure is being detained.

Ndour had come on Saturday to the Criminal Investigation Division as part of a large crowd of opposition supporters who wanted to show their solidarity with Alioune Tine, a well-known human rights activist who is being questioned by police.

Tine was the organizer of a demonstration Friday that turned violent following the decision of Senegal's constitutional court to allow the country's leader to run for a third term. The legal body approved President Abdoulaye Wade's third term bid, even though critics say the constitution allows a maximum of two.

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Designers of Exotic Materials Learn New Tricks from Animals (preview)

Feature Articles | More Science Cover Image: February 2012 Scientific American MagazineSee Inside

Chemist Joanna Aizenberg mines the deep sea and the forest wetlands for nature's design secrets and uses them to fashion new materials that may change the world

Image: Photograph by Jared Leeds

In Brief

  • Who: Joanna Aizenberg
  • Vocation|Avocation: Runs a biomimetics lab
  • Where: Harvard University
  • Research Focus: Takes inspiration from nature for designing new types of materials.
  • Big Picture: ?What we do, then, is study interesting biological systems, but with the eyes of a physical scientist.?

Among the first things you notice when you step into the corner office of Harvard University professor Joanna Aizenberg are the playthings. Behind her desk sit a sand dollar, an azure butterfly mounted in a box, a plastic stand with long fibers that erupt in color when a switch is pulled, and haphazard rows of toys. Especially numerous are the Rubik?s cubes?the classic three-by-three, of course, but also ones with four, five, six and even seven mini cubes along each edge. An eight-year-old would be in heaven.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

How a typo led to a marriage

By Rosa Golijan

Courtesy of the Salazars

The next time you make a particularly strange typo, don't throw your keyboard out the window ? instead just smile. Smile, because it's possible for a simple typo to lead to a marriage.

After all, it was a typo that brought together?Rachel P. Salazar and Ruben P. Salazar despite the fact that they lived?about 9,000 miles apart and were "completely unaware of each other's existence."

Apparently an email intended for Rachel accidentally went to Ruben ??thanks to their similar email addresses and some sloppy typing skills?? in Jan. 2007. Ruben politely forwarded that email along to its intended recipient and began an email chain that led to a marriage proposal.

You can hear Ruben and Rachel share the details of their love story in the video below.?It is an animated clip?created by the folks behind StoryCorps,?a non-profit organization with a mission of providing "Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories" of their lives. (I strongly recommend checking out the organization's YouTube page after you're done watching the video. There are many more gems to be found there.)

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Texas to execute man whose DNA tied him to cold case (Reuters)

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) ? A man who had been paroled for an assault in Michigan when his DNA linked him to a years-old murder in San Antonio is scheduled to be executed in Texas on Thursday.

Rodrigo Hernandez faces lethal injection for sexually assaulting and strangling Susan Verstegen, 38, before leaving her body in a San Antonio trash can. Verstegen, a Frito-Lay worker, was stocking snacks at a grocery store when she was attacked in 1994, according to the Texas Attorney General's Office.

Hernandez's DNA wasn't matched to the crime until 2002, when Michigan officials took a sample from him as he was paroled and put it into a national database.

He was due to die by lethal injection at a prison in Huntsville some time after 6 p.m. local (7 p.m. EST).

If Hernandez's execution is carried out, he would be the second person executed in the United States this year following Gary Welch in Oklahoma in January, according to the National Death Penalty Information Center.

Hernandez would be the first person executed this year in Texas, which executed 13 people in 2011 and has put to death more than four times as many people as any other state since the United States reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to the center.

Hernandez, 38, told the San Antonio Express-News in an interview published this month he didn't kill Verstegen and will "take that to the grave."

But Verstegen's mother, Anna Verstegen of San Antonio, said this week she hopes Hernandez will, before he dies, feel sorry for what he did to her daughter, who left behind a 15-year-old son.

"It's never too late," she told Reuters. "We're just praying for him. The kind of God I believe in can forgive."

In 2010, Michigan investigators said DNA evidence linked Hernandez to the 1991 murder of Muriel Stoepker, 77, of Grand Rapids, but that he would not be tried since he was on death row in Texas.

Nationwide, the number of executions fell for the second year in a row in 2011, with 43 inmates put to death compared with 46 in 2010 and 52 in 2009, Death Penalty Information Center figures show. In 1999, a record 98 prisoners were executed.

(Editing by Daniel Trotta)

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Better Understanding, Improving Climate Communications | The ...

Goal of U. of Michigan Erb Institute/UCS Workshop

Some 100 social scientists, communications experts, and climate scientists convene at University of Michigan?s Erb Institute/Union of Concerned Scientists session to better understand, improve climate communication dialogue.

ANN ARBOR, MI. ? Here?s the formula:

Convene nearly 100 of the nation?s foremost climate change social scientists and communicators (you can call them ?practitioners? here) ?

Throw in two group dinners in a storied, albeit wintry, academic environment ?

Open with a top-name documentary film producer highlighting footage from one of the nation?s most respected climate scientists ? who also happens to be one of the field?s leading science communicators. (Hint, hint: Richard Alley and Earth: The Operator?s Manual.

Include a Friday evening public y?all-come ?Town Hall? meeting.

And, and this is important ?

Flat-out prohibit the use of Powerpoints once the opening plenary talk is finished, and limit subsequent formal presentations to only five or seven minutes each, keeping the ball rolling and the invited participants actively engaged.

There you have it. And what exactly you do have is the January 19-21 University of Michigan Erb Institute/Union of Concerned Scientists seminar on ?Increasing Public Understanding of Climate Risks and Choices: What We Can Learn from Social Science Research and Practice.?

Social Sciences: MIA (Missing in Action) from Climate Dialogue

For climate science/social science/communications wonks from across the country, it was a smorgasbord of provocative presentations and group interactions, topped off by commitments to build on the lessons learned and shared. Organized by Erb Institute Director Andrew Hoffman of the University of Michigan and UCS Climate Campaign Chief Scientist Peter C. Frumhoff, the meeting was built around the shared concern that ?

The public dialog concerning human-induced global warming/climate change has been dominated by the physical sciences in defining the problem and by economics in determining suitable policy responses. Missing from the equation are important contributions to be made by the social and psychological sciences, in part because the latter have been inadequately ?incentivized? to join the discourse.

The full-day Friday session opened with a presentation seeking to explain, at least in part, reasons for declines in public concern over climate change in the face of mounting scientific evidence. Among key factors identified: the sagging economy coupled with high unemployment; drop-offs in media coverage; unusual cold weather spells (?snowpocalypse? and ?snowmageddon?) leading to public confusion; efforts by an effective ?denial industry?; and public perceptions of controversies surrounding the hacked e-mail and mistaken melting Himalayan glaciers experiences.

A Host of Key Insights on Communications

Among key messages shared by expert presenters throughout the session, and seemingly accepted in large part by many of those in attendance:

  • Climate change ?engagement? strategies and messages need to be specifically targeted to different audiences, including those across a spectrum of acceptance or denial of established climate science evidence;
  • As important as the message to be delivered is the specific messenger delivering that message: An ideal message or speaker for one audience may fall flat before other audiences, notwithstanding possible similarities in the message being delivered;
  • Providing climate science ?knowledge? to specific audiences is necessary, but ultimately insufficient if that audience?s emotions, values, ideology, and overall belief systems are not accounted for and addressed. In addressing an audience, speak directly to their aspirations and values, one participant advised, and avoid confounding facts and values. ?You?ll otherwise lose the battle for attention ?. The ?should? claims provide an excuse for the audience to run away.? Basing your views primarily on the much-ballyhooed ?knowledge deficit,? ?science illiteracy,? ?knowledge gap? assumptions leads only to a fool?s errand.
  • Three critical steps in devising a climate communications strategy: A clear sense of ?present realities?; a clear sense of where we want to go; and a roadmap to get there.
  • Avoid an attitude of ?We?re right. They?re wrong. How can we change them??
  • Try to avoid the audience?s conflating a policy response, for instance ?cap-and-trade,? with the foundational scientific evidence. They can understand and support the latter while objecting to the former. ?Embed sustainability into the DNA of civilization itself,? one expert suggested, so citizens ?would almost have to make a conscious decision NOT to be sustainable.? Adopt an attitude of ?amnesty,? another suggested, for those who, for instance, have put people at high risks by building in flood plains and vulnerable areas.
  • People conform to information processing consistent with their cultures, one expert social scientist said. ?Your processing is motivated to affirm the dominant view of your group; you search for affirming information, and you best remember affirming information.? Another: ?Open communications by reaffirming the listener?s worth ? come as a friend, a friendly communicator. Find connections, and tap into cultural values that speak to that audience ? People will defend their sense of self before they will change their behavior.? In a hero-oriented society, make it heroic ?to act to protect the environment,? and give people ?a reason to become heroes in a climate protection culture.? Another suggestion: ?Start with where they [the audience] are, not with where you are.?
  • Consider focusing on climate change risks to motivate particular audiences to take concrete actions. The insurance example ? home owners annually buy fire insurance not because we think our home will burn down, but rather because we don?t know that it won?t ? is one example of effective risk story-telling.
  • In the case of those who might be considered to be ?conspiracy theorists? (for instance, suspicious of an agenda they see as seeking to deprive rights and freedoms) providing more information may well be counterproductive: the more information provided a conspiracy theorist ? the bigger the conspiracy they perceive.
  • The public at large cannot be expected to ?study? and absorb or substantially understand climate science. Instead, they will ?take their cues? from the political leaders and activists or spokespersons they most admire, whether it be an Al Gore or Bill McKibben or a Rush Limbaugh.
  • Public understanding and acceptance that there is a strong consensus on climate science across the scientific community is crucial, but for now too large a segment of the public is unaware that such a consensus indeed exists.
  • Constructive policy action on an issue like climate change can be driven by a majority of public opinion, and consensus does not mean ?unanimity.? The ?let me persuade you? model is flawed in addressing the general public. Better to think of the model of a jury trial: ?We don?t have to convince the opposing lawyer, but rather the jury,? one speaker emphasized.
  • The public is unrealistic in thinking the scientific community can substantially reduce or eliminate legitimate uncertainty, but uncertainty (which cuts both ways) is not an excuse for inaction in the face of overwhelming evidence.
  • Repetition of key points by respected messengers is crucial. For instance: Climate change is real; it?s the result of human activities this time; the scientific community agrees; and there are things that can be done to mitigate its worst impacts.
  • In addressing faith communities, several speakers said that notwithstanding strong scientific evidence, an effective message can be that ?You should care because God cares.? ?God cares for those suffering from desertification,? a speaker emphasized. ?Think about it theologically ?. God will hold us accountable.? Another speaker: ?Love God and love your neighbors as yourself,? and if we love our neighbors ? defined to include future generations ? we do not pollute or foul their space.
  • A positive attitude, and the very word ?solutions? can be invaluable. ?Industry loves focusing on ?solutions,?? an industry representative advised. Another approach discussed as being helpful in capturing corporate interests: engage them on notions of emerging technologies and long-term business and employment opportunities.
  • A question raised: Should there be a climate social sciences ?extension service? analogous to the agricultural extension service?
  • Consider the notion not of ?global warming? but rather of ?local warming.? How would your community look in a four-degrees warmer climate? What impacts on water supply, on local farming? What would be involved in adapting to it? How would it be financed? What winners, what losers? Etc.
  • Just as climate scientists are not ?monolithic,? neither are social scientists. Each field has its own prestigious journals, its own institutional pressures (e.g., tenure pressures), its own culture.

A Conservative?s ?Conservative Solution? on Climate, Energy

Along with one-and-a-half days of intense information-sharing among the invitees, the Erb Institute/UCS program included a Friday evening ?town hall? open to the public. University security officials, cognizant of the fracas sometimes accompanying discussions of climate change, insisted on having uniformed campus security personnel in the crowded business school theater for the event. That proved unnecessary. View the town hall session as it was live-streamed.

Among the workshop participants addressing that town hall session, former South Carolina Republican Congressman Bob Inglis, who describes himself as staunchly politically conservative, explained how two visits to Antarctica had prompted him to abandon his climate science skepticism and accept the consensus science.

?Who here is a conservative, raise your hand,? Inglis teased in his opening remarks. ?Anyone know a conservative? Anyone seen one in a zoo??

Inglis, defeated in 2010 in the Republican primary, pointed to connections between science and religion and said he advocates a ?conservative solution? to energy and climate issues.

?End all subsidies for all fuels,? Inglis said. ?Attach all costs to all fuels. Make them accountable for all of their costs. Fix the market distortion, internalize the negative externalities. Make it so the market place can properly judge petroleum vis-?-vis other competing transportation fuels; coal-fired electricity vs. other ways of making electricity.?

Inglis, in Q&A with an audience member, acknowledged that zeroing-out all subsidies would initially hurt solar and some other energy supplies, but he said that by reflecting ?all? costs of fossil fuels, that distortion would in time be eliminated. The suggestion prompted some concerns about how ?all costs? would be defined ? would it include military costs involved, for instance, with keeping the Straits of Hormuz open to oil shipments?

Program sponsors pledged toward the end of the Saturday, January 21, session to develop ways to continue the dialogue and foster collaborations among and beyond those invited to participate in the workshop.

UCS?s Frumhoff acknowledged that the climate change challenges amount to ?a marathon and not a sprint? and said that in the end, ?none of us knows exactly how it?s all going to work? in terms of best informing the public and encouraging sustainability in the long run.

A broadcast report by Rebecca Williams of Michigan Public Radio?s ?The Environment Report? highlights some aspects of the meeting.

Source: http://www.yaleclimatemediaforum.org/2012/01/better-understanding-improving-climate-communications/

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How to deal with higher bank fees in 2012

?I think we?re going to see them try to impose fees wherever they can do it,? says Greg Daugherty, executive editor at Consumer Reports. ?We?re already seeing fees for paper statements and higher safe deposit box costs. Some banks, like Chase and PNC, are even charging customers a $25 fee to close accounts in certain circumstances.??

Higher fees are likely on various one-time services: Certified checks, money-orders and wire transfers. There may be a charge to use a teller, pay by phone, or cash a check from another bank.?

Greg McBride, senior financial analyst at Bankrate.com, expects banks to boost their monthly maintenance fee and make it harder for you to avoid that fee.?

?It?s what you might call a stealth fee increase,? McBride says. ?The fee itself may not go up, but if the balance requirement goes up to get free checking, it amounts to a fee increase for the people who didn?t used to have to pay the fee and now do.??

You should also expect higher ATM fees for non-customers and higher penalties for overdrawing your checking account.?

Overdraft fees are already in record territory. According to a study released last week by Moebs Services, an economic research firm, the median overdraft fee jumped from $27.50 at the end of 2010 to $30 last year.?

?That?s the largest increase we?ve seen in 30 years,? says CEO Mike Moebs.?

Customers will pay if the fee makes sense
Mark Schwanhausser is a senior analyst at Javelin Strategy and Research, a consulting firm for the banking industry. He says customers won?t fight all fees, just the ones that don?t make sense.?

?You want to charge me because I want to pay my bill with my debit card? That isn?t something I want to pay. In fact, I?m going to be mad about it,? he says.?

Schwanhausser believes bankers have learned their lesson: Customers are more likely to accept a fee if it?s for a premium service that provides real benefits.?

?We?ve encouraged banks to rethink things from a consumer point-of-view and not just from a punitive fee point-of-view,? he says. ?What?s the added value for them? If there?s added value, then charge for it. If there?s not, then think hard about it.??

For example, Schwanhausser says people see the benefit of an expedited payment if it will prevent a late fee.?

Make it easier to understand fees
Many people pick a financial institution based on the location of ATMs and branch offices. The smart way to make that decision is to compare fees, terms and conditions. But that?s not easy to do.?

According to a study by the Pew Health Group?s Safe Checking in the Electronic Age Project, the median length of the disclosure forms for checking accounts at the 10 largest banks in the U.S. is 111 pages. These banks have 54 separate fees.?

(Read: Hidden Risks: The Case for Safe and Transparent Checking Accounts)?

?These fees have an impact, so consumers need to know what they are getting themselves into,? says Susan Weinstock, director of the Safe Checking Project.?

Food products are required to have nutrition information labels. Pew wants banks to use a standardized disclosure box to make it easy to see the fees and compare them.?

?It would be on bank websites and in bank branches and consumers could go online and they could look at different financial institutions and decide which one best meets their financial needs,? Weinstock says.?

How to fight back
?You need to have both eyes wide open,? advises Bankrate.com?s McBride. ?Read any correspondence you get from your bank, whether it?s by snail mail or e-mail.??

Look at the fee schedule. Watch for changes in the account terms. Odds are they?re not in your favor.?

Don?t simply accept a new or higher fee ? especially if you have more than one account with the same financial institution. Customers with multiple accounts are the most profitable. Try to negotiate. See if they?ll waive the fee. Ask if there?s a different type of account that?s better for you, one with no fees or lower fees.?

If that doesn?t work, you may want to move your money.?

?We?ve found that credit unions, online banks and local community banks tend to be cheaper than the big banks,? says Daugherty, at Consumer Reports. ?That?s where we?d suggest people look next.?


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Comments from meeting of EU finance ministers (Reuters)

BRUSSELS (Reuters) ? EU finance ministers and officials met on Tuesday to discuss a new treaty which aims to tighten fiscal discipline in the euro zone.

Following are comments after the end of the meeting:


"Greece must implement the agreed measures and reforms. And of course all Greek parties must agree to the measures and a new program, independently of the upcoming election.

"The contribution of private creditors is about reaching debt sustainability defined as 120 percent of GDP by 2020 as the heads of state and governments decided last year. In the current negotiations with private creditors we are still some way from that.

"Of course it is clear the IMF has to be part of a second package for Greece and so the talks will be continued in the next days on that basis.

"The (EU-IMF) troika sometimes has the impression that not everything agreed in the first program has been implemented. We told Greece clearly that what has not been implemented yet must be implemented. It strengthens the confidence that what is agreed is implemented.

"Without the commitment of all (parties) and without assurance that independently of the outcome of elections the commitment is valid, it would be irresponsible for me as finance minister to sign."


"As long as we do not have debt sustainability, we do not have a new program.

"That (people saying this is my last offer) happens in every bazaar. You do not need to be impressed by that. At least I do not. I am a good negotiator but that does not intimidate me."


"(EFSF CEO) Klaus Regling said that the EFSF was fully able to act and anyway, the low reaction on capital markets show that we reacted properly with certain calmness. The most important was that we decided to get the ESM into place as quickly as possible."


"It will be a lot more trustworthy because of course nothing convinces investors as much as when the euro zone member states have paid capital into a stabilization mechanism.

"We have the option in the treaty to pay in tranches more quickly but the head of the Eurogroup said it is clear all countries would have to agree to it. That may be a topic at the meeting of heads of state and government. In any case, we are ready to do it and we would welcome it if payments would be made more quickly.

"The upper limit has been set at 500 billion euros, that is no surprise. You know the heads of state and government will check that again in March but the EFSF is fully capable of acting and so is the ESM."

Two tranches of the five that were initially planned would be useful this year.


"We are very confident that we will decide the fiscal compact much quicker than the summit in December had planned, when it set March as a timeline.

"There must be a tight link between the fiscal compact and the ESM treaty as that is exactly where solidity and solidarity come together, two sides of the same coin... That is sorted. In terms of national debt brakes, it is about a very concrete design, anchoring them in the national legal systems and a control of that by the European Court of Justice, also with the possibility of imposing fines.

"The agreement should be transposed into EU law as quickly as possible. I use every opportunity to convince my British colleague."


"We are not over the hill but we have reason to feel confirmed in the path we have taken. Reason to be confident we are...solving the problems step by step, just like the chancellor keeps saying.

"The more the rest of the world... sees that we are implementing what is agreed and not just announcing things, the more we win back trust."

Following are comments from earlier in Tuesday, before the talks began:


"We made good progress but it's decisive we finished negotiations on the ESM yesterday."


"We're not over the hill but the auctions in the first weeks of the year of Italian, Spanish and other countries' debt show that we have reason to be confident that we're not just on the right path but that we'll be continuing on this path successfully this year."


"The goal remains that one day in the not too far future we can put it into treaty law."


"We have the green light from the Eurogroup to close the deal with the private sector in the next few days."


"We have to wait. Obviously Greece and the banks have to do more in order to reach a sustainable debt level. A sustainable debt level is a precondition for the next program."


"We will only be able to finalize (the bailout plan) positively when the governing party and the other parties agree."


"They have agreed on measures but expenditure has not really decreased. We are not satisfied ... The political level in Greece must know that we expect them to do more."


"I am skeptical, however, with regards to the implementation of reforms that should bring growth in Greece."


"I expect the private sector will certainly make a significant contribution."


"I think it would be possible to reach consensus on that."

(Reporting by Annika Breidthardt, John O'Donnell and and Robin Emmott)

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

ASUS sneak attacks the business world with 12.5-inch B23E laptop

ASUS was plenty busy at CES last week, but it held back at least one product on us -- the B23E. This 12.5-inch business laptop packs a Core i5 or i7, up to 8GB of RAM and a maximum 750GB hard drive in a magnesium-aluminum alloy case. Other expected Pro-series niceties are also in tow, including a fingerprint reader, spill-proof keyboard and an anti-shock mounted hard disk. Looking at the spec sheet though, it's not all gravy for this 3.4-pound PC. For one ASUS doesn't state how long it will last on a charge, but we can't imagine the three-cell 4,400mAh battery is going to impress with its longevity. We're also sad to see resolution top out at a pedestrian 1366 x 768. For more details hit up the product page at the source link.

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