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Reasons why DHS has cut anti-terror funding for New York City:

No Icons, No Monuments Worth Protecting

June 01, 2006 12:18 PM

Richard Esposito Reports:

Nm_skyline_060601_nrNew York has no national monuments or icons, according to the Department of Homeland Security form obtained by ABC News. (Click here for the actual document.) That was a key factor used to determine that New York City should have its anti-terror funds slashed by 40 percent--from $207.5 million in 2005 to $124.4 million in 2006.

The formula did not consider as landmarks or icons: The Empire State Building, The United Nations, The Statue of Liberty and others found on several terror target hit lists. It also left off notable landmarks, such as the New York Public Library, Times Square, City Hall and at least three of the nation's most renowned museums: The Guggenheim, The Metropolitan and The Museum of Natural History.

The form ignored that New York City is the capital of the world financial markets and merely stated the city had four significant bank assets.

New York City is home to Chase, JP Morgan, Citi Group, The New York Stock Exchange, The Commodities Exchange, American Express, George Soros funds, Michael Gabelli's funds, Lazard Frere and Salomon Brothers, to name just a few of the more prominent banking interests located there.

The formula did note a commuter population of more than 16 million around the city twice struck by fundamentalist terrorists and twice more targeted in plots halted in pre-operational stages. It noted the more than eight million residents and the largest rail ridership in the nation - more than five million. It is those commuters and rail riders who are expected to suffer most from the cuts since mass transit is listed on most DHS alerts as the top terror target. (Click here for the Strategic Threat Document obtained by ABC News.)

The report lists as classified "visitors of interest destination city," immigration cases, suspicious incidents and FBI cases. New York City is home to the largest FBI field office in the country, which actively monitors 24/7 the Iranian Mission.  The city has also had the most significant terror trials in the nation and is home to one of the largest air hubs in the nation.

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I think it would be interesting to account for this guys expense receipts after he interviewed prostitutes...

German sex industry expects a boost from World Cup
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EWWWWW

Jan. 24th, 2006 02:01 pm
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Bedbugs are back.
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Diamond Pet Foods contaminated with aflatoxin:  DEADLY IN DOGS

Make sure your puppies, no matter how old they are, aren't eating this!!!

Weird....

Jan. 9th, 2006 01:23 pm
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Burning mouse sets house on fire
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Pat Robertson says God smote Sharon for dividing His Holy Land.

Come on.  Everyone knows that getting smote means having a giant thumb crush you from out of the sky or lightning bolts striking you down.  Not a stroke.  That's just lame.
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Apparently, there is "a spirited debate among space buffs, astronomers and space agencies worldwide over what to do about "near-Earth objects" -- incoming comets and asteroids like the one that many scientists say caused the catastrophic "extinction event" that finished off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

This discussion, for years a sci-fi giggler among fans of movies such as "When Worlds Collide" and "Armageddon," suddenly became serious late last year when astronomers spotted an incoming asteroid whose probability of hitting Earth on April 13, 2029, rose from one chance in 170 to one chance in 38.

By year's end it was clear that the 1,000-foot-wide space rock, originally designated 2004 MN4 but now named 99942 Apophis, will miss -- but by only 22,600 miles. If it gets exactly the right kind of gravity boost from the 2029 encounter, it will smack into Earth seven years later with enough force to obliterate Texas or a couple of European countries."

I didn't know that we were going to get hit with an asteroid in 2036. How come nobody informs me of these things?!?!?
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From msn.com...

Finally, a few ideas you can use and share in the workplace to help stop the spread of flu germs:

If you know you’re sick with the flu, stay home.
Get a flu shot, which not only protects you but helps prevent contagion.
Within a day of becoming ill, ask your doctor about antiviral medications, which can shorten the episode and contain the virus.
Be especially cautious between late December and early March, the peak of flu season.
Sneeze or cough into your elbow, not into your hands.
Clean phones, doorknobs and desktops with alcohol swabs.
Throw used tissues away!
Wash your hands and face often with hot, soapy water.
During flu season, never let anyone lick your keyboard.

My favorite is the last one. As if non-flu season is an acceptable time to let someone LICK YOUR KEYBOARD. Ew.

WHAT?!?!?!

Oct. 25th, 2005 04:13 pm
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from washpost.com:

Eight and a half inches of snow closed schools and downed tree limbs in Garrett County, in far western Maryland, and the first snow of the season was also falling near Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. The National Weather Service says that region could get up to a foot of snow as cold air from the nor'easter bumps up against the remnants of Wilma.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. GO AWAY WINTER. GO. AWAY. >:(
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LOVE this.

James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth, which works to inform young people about sexual health, said one person under age 25 is infected with HIV/AIDS every 14 minutes. The report says that nearly half of the world's population is under 25.

He emphasized that it is important to educate young people about prevention and not just consider them part of the problem.

To educate young people with condoms and sexual instruction doesn't make them want to have sex, Wagoner said. "Using umbrellas doesn't cause rain."
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I know this headline shouldn't be funny, but it is.

"EU Says Deadly Asia Bird Flu Found in Turkey"

That would be Turkey the country. The bird flu has migrated over there.

WHAT?!?!?!

Oct. 13th, 2005 02:51 pm
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WHY would someone do this to their uterus????

Arkansas mom gives birth to SIXTEENTH child.

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Tell me this isn't one of the scariest women you've ever seen.

WHAT?!?!?!

Sep. 13th, 2005 12:23 pm
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HOW DO THESE PEOPLE BECOME FOSTER PARENTS?!?!?!!?!

Couple locks kids in cages
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Failure has its uses. Among other things, it can teach us about the human condition. It took a certain kind of cold arrogance to come up with the evacuation plan that New Orleans devised: Get everyone out of town. But what about those who could not get out of town? What about those with no cars or those already living on the streets? In other words, what about the very poor?

The poor? It's as if the idiots up and down the line never heard of them. It's as if no one at the top of the Federal Emergency Management Agency or at the White House knew they existed. Check that. They knew, but it was theoretical: Oh, they'll manage. The thinking was summed up in the sorry remark of Barbara Bush while she was visiting flood evacuees at a Houston relocation site. Since the refugees sent to Houston were poor to start with, she said, "this is working very well for them." Madam, bite thy tongue.

-Robert Cohen, OpEd for washpost.com
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto gay-marriage bill.

Because it's going to "undermine families."  THAT IS BULL.  Where does it say that a family is a man and a woman raising their own children???  Full House was a family...no women there til Aunt Becky came along.  Family Matters had lots of family.  We see grandparents raise kids, people adopting other people's children, yet we still say that's an acceptable family.  Why?  Why is that any different than two men or two women giving a child so much love.  It's not.

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