Bob Parks- What's New

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by RangeBar, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 2 Apr 10 Washington, DC

    1. CHECK-IN: NEW PROTOCOL FOR FLIGHTS TO THE U.S.
    When I see a photo of Richard Reid, the "shoe bomber," I try to imagine an
    airline ticket agent that could not recognize that this is a person with a
    serious problem. Because of Richard, 100 million shoes are removed for
    examination in the US every year while their owners pad along the check-in
    lines in their socks. Has it helped? Well, no one has tried to detonate
    a shoe bomb since. However, the Christmas Day bomber wore explosive
    underwear instead. Would people have to remove their underwear for
    inspection? To avoid that, President Obama signed off on a new security-
    check system. "This is not a system that can be called profiling in the
    traditional sense," an official told a White House press briefing. "It's
    intelligence based." Nice distinction.

    2. CELL PHONES: CANCER IN MAINE IS MAINLY IN THE BRAIN.
    The Maine House of Representatives has voted to reject a law that would
    require cell phone makers to affix labels warning consumers of possible
    brain cancer risk due to electromagnetic radiation. There is no credible
    evidence whatever of a link between cell phone radiation and cancer. It
    is not clear why some people are so anxious to believe there is.

    3. NASA: CLIMATE RESEARCH IS NOW A MAJOR FOCUS.
    There has always been two NASAs: Adventure-NASA that caters to a public
    weaned on Star Trek, and Science-NASA that gathers real information about
    our universe. Support for the two NASAs has been in almost inverse
    proportion to their value. That is changing. On Wednesday, NASA laid out
    plans to boost spending on climate research over the next five years to
    make up for cuts by the Bush administration. NASA’s Earth Science budget
    will increase 62 percent. Although NASA has 13 climate research
    satellites in orbit, most are far beyond their design lifetimes. Ten
    replacement satellites are scheduled for launch. DSCOVR, the Deep Space
    Climate Observatory, put in storage during the Bush years, is also
    scheduled for launch.

    4. CLIMATEGATE: CLIMATE RESEARCH UNIT IS CLEARED – SORT OF.
    A U.K. government investigation of the Climate Research Unit at East
    Anglia University, confirmed the "scientific consensus" that global
    warming is taking place. However, it was highly critical on questions of
    openness – as it should be.

    THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND.
    Opinions are the author's and not necessarily shared by the
    University of Maryland, but they should be.
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