A Maryland company is working on a steam-powered robot which can burn biomass from the field of battle (wood, furniture, grass, dead bodies) to keep it going. Or as the news site says:
The advantages to the military are that the robot would be extremely flexible in fuel sources and could roam on its own for months, even years, without having to be refueled or serviced.
just got this from Healthcare-NOW!:
Healthcare-NOW! has received confirmation that, in a display of Congressional leadership, Congressman Anthony Weiner [NY 14], will introduce a single-payer amendment similar to HR 676 to the House Energy and Commerce Committee's portion of the tri-committee healthcare legislation.
We need your help in telling members of the Energy and Commerce Committee that the people want single-payer now. It's crucial for them to hear from you on this historic vote. Please call today.
First, see if your Rep. is in the Energy and Commerce Committee here. (If not, call Chairman Henry Waxman at 202-225-3976).
God: the General Synod of the United Church of Christ (the President's denomination) has passed a resolution "Calling for the Support of H.R. 676 – Single Payer National Health Care Reform to Advance Health Equity for All and to Eliminate Health Disparities."
Guns: John Murtha (an opponent of gun control who represents one of those "redneck" rural Pennsylvania districts) has just agreed to cosponsor HR676!
Local single-payer activists are justly proud: Read more about God and guns for single-payer health care
So, when your career liberal or overly trusting friends are expounding on the excellence of the public option, just ask them: "Is public option 'Everybody in, nobody out'?" And after they hem and haw, introduce this face into the conversation. From a letter to Senator Gregg from the CBO: Read more about CBO scoring for so-called "universal" Senate HELP bill assumes 15-20 million left without coverage
Say, since Obama wants a partnership between the White House and the churches, would it be too much to ask that he take the views of his own denomination into account?
Citing both specificity and urgency, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC) passed without amendment a resolution titled “Calling for the Support of H.R. 676 — Single Payer National Health Care Reform to Advance Health Equity for All and to Eliminate Health Disparities” on June 30.
For those with a deep suspicion of cats and their motivations, this may well be the scientific proof they have been waiting for. New research has finally laid bare the degree to which cats exploit humans.
Instead of loud miaowing when they want food, behaviour likely to have them ejected from the bedroom, some cats disguise their cries for attention within an otherwise pleasant purr. The result, according to a study published tonight in the journal Current Biology, is a complex "solicitation" purr with a high-frequency element that triggers a sense of urgency in the human brain. Owners find it irritating, but not irritating enough to kick the cat out, and feel driven to respond.
I'm sure you all recall the early days of the NSA
Hoovering up all domestic data warrantless wiretapping scandal, when they referred to it as the "Terrorist Surveillance Program" and assured us that they were only targeting Al-Qaeda operatives.
Naturally, this turned out to be a
lie enhanced duplicity technique, because it turns out they were spying on all of us everyday American citizens. Nobody was off the target list, and we were all potential Al-Qaeda operatives. Read more about Connecting the Dots
July 14 (Bloomberg) -- Steven Rattner stepped down as head of the U.S. panel that forced General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC into bankruptcy, signaling the government was easing into a new role as a passive investor in the automakers.
Rattner, the Wall Street investor named by President Barack Obama to lead the task force in February, pushed through the reorganizations by demanding concessions from the union, the carmakers and bondholders, and firing GM Chief Executive Officer Rick Wagoner.