The darker side of solar power

"Solar power is still a marginal energy source, accounting for about 1 per cent of global electricity production. Yet, its environmental impact is already considerable, according to the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition. The San Francisco-based group started out three decades ago tracking the e-waste produced by high-tech industry. It now produces an annual Solar Scorecard on panel manufacturers that depicts an industry that has got worse over time. Most producers refuse to provide any environmental data on their supply chains or manufacturing operations at all."

Brent Budowsky: The coming terror attacks

"As a result of the indecision and incompetence of the world’s response to the mass-murdering butchers who pose a threat to nations across the globe, there will almost certainly be multiple terror attacks during the coming year in the United States, Europe and the Middle East."

The Hillary Clinton Paradox-Peggy Noonan-WSJ

"Her candidacy can’t work because of the deep, daily cascade of scandals that would disqualify anyone else. State Department emails on private servers, stonewalling Congress; the family foundation that appears to function in part as a high-class slush fund and that, this week we learned, paid a significant salary to that beacon of philanthropic spirit Sidney Blumenthal, a political operative and conspiracist whose nickname in the Clinton White House was “G.K.,” for “Grassy Knoll.” 

Have Democrats Pulled Too Far Left? -

"This is not to say the Republican Party hasn’t become a more conservative party. It has. But in the last two decades the Democratic Party has moved substantially further to the left than the Republican Party has shifted to the right. On most major issues the Republican Party hasn’t moved very much from where it was during the Gingrich era in the mid-1990s."

CNET readers' best guesses at explaining those Ceres mystery spots

" For a few months now, we've been hearing all kinds of possible explanations for what the heck is causing those bright, reflective spots on Ceres -- the largest object in the asteroid belt -- as NASA's Dawn spacecraft slowly moves in for a closer look."

CNET readers' best guesses at explaining those Ceres mystery spots

Dawn Probe Gets Closest Look Yet at Ceres' Bright Spots - Yahoo


"NASA's Dawn probe has gotten its closest look yet at the alien lights reflecting from the dwarf planet Ceres.

Taken from a distance of 4,500 miles, the image shows two bright spots on the dwarf planet in new detail, appearing to reflect from inside a crater on Ceres' surface."

Hillary got warning Benghazi attack was premeditated terrorism | New York Post

"Citing sensitive sources, Blumenthal wrote Clinton that the attacks “had been planned for approximately one month” and carried out by “well-trained, hardened killers” from Ansar al-Sharia, the Libyan terrorist group."

Marijuana Intoxication Blamed In More Deaths, Injuries

"Police and witnesses then say Juarez literally ran wild, stripping off most of his clothing and running into his nearby apartment. There, he got a knife and stabbed himself 20 times, one of the stab wounds piercing his heart. Juarez’s autopsy report lists his manner of death as suicide with “marijuana intoxication” as a “significant condition."

ISIS on Killing Spree in Captured Iraqi City

"(NEWSER) – ISIS militants searched door to door for policemen and pro-government fighters and threw bodies in the Euphrates River in a bloody purge yesterday after capturing the strategic city of Ramadi, their biggest victory since overrunning much of northern and western Iraq last year."
"The loss of Ramadi was a stunning defeat for Iraq's security forces and military, which fled as ISIS extremists overwhelmed their last holdout positions despite the support of US-led airstrikes. Online video showed Humvees, trucks, and other vehicles speeding out of Ramadi, with soldiers desperate to reach safety gripping onto their sides."

Homeless react to clich├ęs-Durango Herald

"The city stopped enforcing a blanket ordinance against all begging for purposes of loitering in the fall because it received a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union. Since then, the police, nonprofit leaders and community members have noticed an increase in the visibility of panhandlers."

Colorado invites Medicaid fraud: Pays hundreds of millions in claims without provider ID numbers

"The federal Health and Human Services Inspector General’s Office recently issued a report finding fault with Colorado Medicaid’s internal accounting controls. In 2011, it paid 798,411 Medicaid claims worth $425.4 million even though they were missing legally required National Provider Identification (NPI) numbers."

Facing $1 billion deficit, Arizona sharply limits welfare - Yahoo News

"PHOENIX (AP) — Facing a $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona's
Republican-led Legislature has reduced the lifetime limit for welfare
recipients to the shortest window in the nation."

Legislators pass bill that had been nixed over Islamic law - Yahoo News

"Bob Neugebauer said the bill "is not about child support. It's about extortion by our federal government."

S. Korean Gov’t Requires Teens’ Phones to Have Spy Apps Installed: ‘Oppressing Freedom’ |

"Last month, South Korea’s Korea Communications Commission, which has sweeping powers covering the telecommunications industry, required telecoms companies and parents to ensure Smart Sheriff or one of the other monitoring apps is installed when anyone aged 18 years or under gets a new smartphone."

Can Iraq be saved? - Yahoo News

"After capturing the capital city of a major Iraqi region, ISIS is claiming one of its biggest victories.

According to local officials, Islamic State militants likely killed as many as 500 people in the city of Ramadi, and forced 8,000 to flee their homes."

Million-Year-Old Bubbles Reveal Antarctica's Oldest Climate Snapshot

"In general, the variability is like what we've seen for the last 800,000 years, and this is not unexpected," Higgins told Live Science. "We're seeing a very strong correlation between carbon dioxide and glacial cycles that extends back a million years."

Nigerian restaurant shut down for serving HUMAN flesh

"The priest said: 'The attendant noticed my reaction and told me it was the small piece of meat I had eaten that made the bill scale that high."

Asian groups file complaint over Harvard admission practices - Yahoo News

" WASHINGTON (AP) — An alliance of Asian American groups on Friday filed a federal complaint against Harvard University, saying that school and other Ivy League institutions are using racial quotas to admit students other than high-scoring Asians".

New Claims ‘Murky’ Global Warming Statistics Are ‘Guessed At’ | Watts Up With That?

"Figures from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) use a network of ground-based weather stations to compile their results and recently predicted that this year will outrank 2014 as “the hottest ever”.

However findings from Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) and the University of Alabama (UAH) – which use satellite data – show a strikingly different picture, with neither showing last month as the hottest March on record, nor 2014 as the warmest year yet."

Spiders fall from the sky in Australia leaving what enthusiasts call 'Angel Hair' - New Articles - The Independent

‘Ballooning,’ usually used by baby spiders, sees the arachnoids climb to the top of tall vegetation before releasing a silk balloon and allowing the wind to carry them. Spiders have been recorded travelling up to three kilometres using this method."