Thursday, October 15, 2009

Global News Feature--‘Extinct’ crow found again

Ornithologists have discovered a critically endangered crow, known to science only by two specimens described in 1900, on a remote, mountainous Indonesian island. Global News Source

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Global News Feature--Precious artifacts found on ancient vessel

Chinese archaeologists have discovered more than 200 precious porcelain artifacts on an 800-year-old merchant ship in the southern province of Guangdong.
The 40-day trial excavation ended Saturday and a massive excavation would start next year, said Wei Jun, an archaeologist leading the excavation.  The Nanhai (South China Sea) No. 1 ship from the Song Dynasty (960-1279) was loaded with an estimated 60,000 to 80,000 pieces of relics.  Global News Source

Friday, October 2, 2009

Global News Feature--Did Early Humans Start Walking for Sex?

The big news in the journal Science tomorrow is the discovery of the oldest human skeleton—a small-brained, 110-pound female of the species Ardipithecus ramidus, nicknamed “Ardi.” She lived in what is now Ethiopia 4.4 million years ago, which makes her over a million years older than the famous “Lucy” fossil, found in the same region thirty-five years ago.

Buried among the slew of papers about the new find is one about the creature’s sex life. It makes fascinating reading, especially if you like learning why human females don’t know when they are ovulating, and men lack the clacker-sized testicles and bristly penises sported by chimpanzees.  Global News Source.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Global News Feature: Obama's Money Man Speaks His Mind

He calls himself a "Jon Stewart Democrat," yet George Will raves about him. Austan Goolsbee, 40, is one of Barack Obama's top economic advisers, but the former University of Chicago professor doesn't suit up as a stodgy number cruncher.

He was once part of an improv comedy tour in college, has held his comedic own with Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and isn't afraid of speaking his mind. Asked about criticisms that the Obama administration is spending too much money, Goolsbee replies, "In the face of the stiffest recession since 1929, that is not when you try to tighten the belt. It is extremely dangerous to do that. That is exactly what Herbert Hoover did that got us into the Depression." Global News Source.


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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Global News OPINION: So Why Another News Site?

The Editor is a news junkie, and, particularly, a "hard news" and a "breaking news" junkie.  His health largely confines him to his apartment, the grocery and drug stores, and the social service agencies.  The Internet is his lifeline and his portal on the world.

In his surfing he has become more and more dissatisfied with how the news is presented on the Web.  Since news is new, search engines alone fail to give him adequate news access.  You have to input search terms that you already know and the new is what you don't know yet.  Global News Continues.

Google Wave to be released to 100,000 testers Wednesday

(CNN) -- Google Wave, a product that promises to revolutionize online communication, will go out to about 100,000 beta testers Wednesday.  Google Wave hopes to replace e-mail as the main way people communicate online.

The Web application from Google Inc. combines elements of e-mail, chat, Wiki documents, blogs and photo-sharing sites to create a form of Internet communication called a "hosted conversation," or a "wave." Global News Source

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Global News Feature--Rethinking Stocks' Starring Role

For at least a generation, financial professionals have urged mutual-fund investors to put more money in stocks than in bonds. The logic: Stocks power a portfolio, while bonds provide some protection.

Now some pros are questioning that conventional wisdom. After last year's stock crash, and ahead of a potentially weak economic recovery, they're arguing that bonds and alternative asset classes such as commodities deserve more weight.  Global News Source


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Monday, September 28, 2009

Global News Feature--Wild Rose Country to bloom in poppies?

OTTAWA–The opium poppy used for painkillers could soon be a cash crop in southern Alberta.  Matching parched prairie farms with Canada's first commercial poppy crop is an idea contained in a briefing note for Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.  Global News Full Source

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Global News Feature: For some families, work is in another city — or hemisphere

Bob Handshy talks with his wife, Rebekah, every day — about the weather, the kids' school projects, the new bathroom floor.

He chats with the kids. He plays Hangman with his son, Jace. He tells the children "Be good" and "I love you" and "Good night."

He just does it from 1,900 miles away.  Global News Source


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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Global News Feature--Africa: Great Leap Forward on Free Healthcare

Providing free healthcare to millions of women and children in some of the world's poorest countries has come a step closer, with the unveiling on 23 September of a US$5.3 billion financing package by British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.  Global News Full Source

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Global News Feature: The coyote-wolf hybrid has made its way to the Northeast

Bigger than coyotes but smaller than wolves, their howl is high-pitched and their diet includes deer and small rodents. They are coywolves (pronounced "coy," as in playful, "wolves"), and they are flourishing in the northeastern United States, according to a study published today in Biology LettersGlobal News Full Story

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Global News Feature: Chess legends Kasparov, Karpov face off

MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- Chess legends Garry Kasparov and Anatoli Karpov faced off again in Spain on Tuesday, 25 years after their epic first world championship battle in Moscow, in what organizers are calling a "historic revenge match.  Global News Full Source:

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Global News Feature: The 50 best things to eat in the world, and where to eat them

From cake, steak and tapas, to oysters, chicken and burgers, Killian Fox roamed the world to find the 50 best things to eat and the best places to eat them in, with a little help from professionals like Raymond Blanc, Michel Roux, Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray  Global News Full Source:

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Global News Feature: For President, Five Programs, One Message

No one shifted an armchair, moved a flower arrangement or asked an unexpected question. President Obama gave five back-to-back television interviews broadcast on Sunday that were as tightly choreographed — and eerily similar — as the multiple Magritte bowler-hatted men milling in the remake of “The Thomas Crown Affair.” Global News: Full Source

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Global News Feature: Report: More troops needed for Afghan war success

By ANNE GEARAN
AP National Security Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The situation in Afghanistan is growing worse, and without more boots on the ground the U.S. risks failure in a war it's been waging since September 2001, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan says in a confidential report...Global News Full Source:

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Global News Opinion: Getting Acquainted I

For several years after the 2004 election The Editor ran a Left-leaning political blog under his own name, the one at the bottom of all these posts. Sheer writer's fatigue, and worsening illness, resulting in his total disability put a stop to it. You will see his opinions here, but only once a week.

He can no longer sustain the pace of daily blogging, and has come to believe that the besetting curse of the politics of our time is the disconnection of political opinions from the realm of evidence, genuine news, and fact. Hence the focus of this blog is on news, not opinion; fact, not free-floating political fantasy; evidence and not argument. And he seeks a like-minded readership--of whatever political views--who wish to ground their thinking in evidence, genuine news, and fact.
But for the sake of truth in packaging, The Editor will take the next several weeks or so giving a broad outline of his opinions, which are still Left-leaning. He does not believe they will matter very much to the functioning of this blog, but he wants anyone who wishes to apply a discount of his political biases to the coinage offered here to be free to do so.

All such things must start with the last Presidential administration and George W. Bush. The events of the past 10 years have made the 20th Century not only history, but ancient history.

Global News Feature: Naked man, 91, holds drunken intruder at gunpoint

LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities said a naked 91-year-old man was able to hold a drunken intruder at gunpoint until deputies arrived. Robert E. Thompson jumped out of bed early Saturday when his dog starting growling and attacking the intruder. He said he got his revolver and went out back to let the guy know how he felt about Global News Full Source:

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Global News Opinion: The Beginning

Good morning. This is the beginning. The Editor visits blogs and comments on them. One such blog is The Anchoress at First Things, one of the powerhouses of political blogging. Over there, in the midst of a commentor's tussle, The Editor asked another poster in the media business if he knew of any independent source providing the sort of comprehensive world coverage that The Editor himself was able to build with RSS and careful bookmarking of major news organization sites. The poster essentially evaded the question.

Giving the matter some thought, The Editor decided to make the kind of site he wanted, since he couldn't find it. There are news sources all over the net. There are also operations that claim to be news sources but are actually mere aggregations of bloggers writing political opinion read largely by commentors of the same political opinion. There are also a very few true independent news analysis sites that have real news. But no site that gives you the news as you can get the news for yourself on the Net, with hard work and clear thought.

There is now.