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Secretary LaHood Should Focus on Real Driving Dangers Secretary LaHood Should Focus on Real Driving Dangers
While DOT Secretary LaHood obsesses over cell-phone use, a new report from the Society of Automotive Engineers details how improper use of turn signals causes twice as many accidents as distracted driving. (Cell-phone usage is one aspect of distracted driving.) According to Autoblog: A total of 12,000 turning and lane-changing vehicles were observed with visible turn signal usage (or neglect) data recorded. The study shows that the neglect rate for lane changing vehicles is 48% and the neglect rate...
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Author: baruch.feigenbaum@reason.org (Baruch Feigenbaum)
208313 Hits, 25 Comments, Added On 5/3/2012 2:00:00 PM

Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing
Enlarge image i Heather Strange/Courtesy of the artist Parquet Courts. Heather Strange/Courtesy of the artist Earlier this month, we welcomed two new music channels to the public radio family — KUTX in Austin and XPN2: Singer-Songwriter Radio in Philadelphia — so for this installment of Heavy Rotation, we asked them to share their favorite songs of their first two weeks on the planet. We've also got picks from WNYC's Soundcheck program, KUNM's excellent gospel show Train to Glory and KMHD in...
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For Rick Santorum, a Pregnancy That Is the Result of Rape Is a ‘Broken Gift’ - Bentley Owen - Friendly Atheist For Rick Santorum, a Pregnancy That Is the Result of Rape Is a ‘Broken Gift’ - Bentley Owen - Friendly Atheist
By BENTLEY OWEN - FRIENDLY ATHEISTAdded: Tue, 24 Jan 2012 02:33:27 UTC Rick Santorum attempted to justify one of his most bizarre stances in an interview with Piers Morgan on Friday, and the results were predictably scary: Morgan: Do you really believe, in every case, [abortion] should be totally wrong, [including] cases of rape and incest? You’ve got two daughters… If you had a daughter that came to you who had been raped, and was pregnant, and was begging you to let her have an abortion, would you...
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Five Uncomfortable Facts About the Wonderful, Horrible Debt-Limit Debate Five Uncomfortable Facts About the Wonderful, Horrible Debt-Limit Debate
It's all debt limit, all the time, it seems. Everyone's talking about what may or may not happen when the U.S. government finally butts up against its legal borrowing limit on August 2. That's the date that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the feds will max out the credit lines that account for about 40 percent of all current spending. A quick explanation for the uninitiated: The debt limit or debt ceiling concept dates back to 1917. Prior to that date, Congress had to specifically approve...
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Author: gillespie@reason.com (Nick Gillespie)
30720 Hits, 855 Comments, Added On 7/8/2011 12:00:00 PM

Asbestos, a Hidden Killer! Asbestos Death Asbestos, a Hidden Killer! Asbestos Death
10,000 people a year die from asbestos-caused diseases in the United States, including one out of every 125 American men who die over the age of 50. For the last 150 years, asbestos was considered an ideal material for use in the construction industry. It's an excellent fire retardant, has high electrical resistance, and was inexpensive and easy to use. This has led to it's widespread use. The problem with asbestos arises when the fibers become airborne and are inhaled.
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Insurance Company Sues Montana Over Libby Asbestos-Related Claims Insurance Company Sues Montana Over Libby Asbestos-Related Claims
Pat Guth contributes news and insightful content for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. Bio » February 28, 2012 Libby, Montana - The National Indemnity Company hopes to recover about $16 million that was part of a financial settlement for victims of asbestos exposure from the W.R. Grace and Company Libby, Montana Superfund site, it announced late last week. According to an Associated Press article, the Omaha, Nebraska-based insurance company paid into the settlement under “a 2005 agreement that...
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22947 Hits, 532 Comments, Added On 2/27/2012 10:00:00 PM

Romney, Santorum Head for Super Tuesday Showdown Romney, Santorum Head for Super Tuesday Showdown
Tuesday looms as an important day in U.S. presidential politics with 10 states holding presidential primary or caucus votes with a total of 419 Republican delegates at stake.  The so-called Super Tuesday voting could determine whether former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney takes a major step toward securing the Republican Party’s presidential nomination or if the battle will go on indefinitely. VOA-E. Pfotzer U.S. states participating in Super Tuesday primaries include Vermont , Virginia, Oklahoma,...
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Book News: Chick-Lit Icon Bridget Jones Returns Book News: Chick-Lit Icon Bridget Jones Returns
Enlarge image i Renee Zellweger in a scene from Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Universal Studios Renee Zellweger in a scene from Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Universal Studios The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly. Alfred A. Knopf announced in a press release Tuesday that Helen Fielding's third Bridget Jones book will be published in November. Fielding told the BBC last year that the new Bridget has changed with the times and will be more...
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Genetic link to mesothelioma discovered Genetic link to mesothelioma discovered
ScienceDaily (Aug. 28, 2011) — Scientists have found that individuals who carry a mutation in a gene called BAP1 are susceptible to developing two forms of cancer -- mesothelioma, and melanoma of the eye. Additionally, when these individuals are exposed to asbestos or similar mineral fibers, their risk of developing mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer of the lining of the chest and abdomen, may be markedly increased. See Also: Mesothelioma Diseases and Conditions Breast Cancer Skin...
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Biden Makes Obama Campaign Appeal to Working-Class Voters Biden Makes Obama Campaign Appeal to Working-Class Voters
WHITE HOUSE — As the U.S. presidential campaign moves into its final months, Vice President Joe Biden is assuming a prominent role in working for President Barack Obama’s reelection. The president is relying on his vice president to deepen their appeal to a very important group of voters.Many political analysts agree that persistent high unemployment and a stagnant economic recovery will make it more difficult for President Obama to win reelection in November.To counter the economic challenges, the...
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