The Conspiracy of Silence-Part I-V
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US & North America News


Mammogram Recommendations Draw Widespread Anger
Doctors, Medical Centers, Former Patients Reject New Guidelines


New guidelines saying women between the ages of 40 and 50 should not receive mammograms to screen for breast cancer have met a groundswell of rejection from many medical centers, breast cancer survivors and numerous doctors some of whom have advised their patients to ignore the recommendation.
Mayo Clinic physicians tell their patients to ignore the new guidelines.The American Cancer Society and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology are among the many groups that supported the old guidelines and have stood firmly by them since the United States Preventive Services Task Force released its new recommendations Monday evening.
The USPSTF, a panel of independent medical experts, said it was recommending against annual mammograms for women between the ages of 40 and 49, saying the risks outweighed the benefits from earlier screening. That announcement, which goes against a trend of recommending increased screening by cancer agencies, has left many confused.
Meanwhile, doctors' offices and hospitals have been fielding calls from women wanting to know what these new guidelines will mean for them. One of these calls came not from a woman concerned about getting breast cancer but one who has already had it. Beth Thompson, 44, a mother of four who lives in the suburbs of Baltimore, Md., was first diagnosed with breast cancer following a mammogram at the age of 40.
"I had no risk factors and no family history," Thompson told ABCNews.com. "Under the new guidelines I wouldn't be screened. That's why I'm so upset about this. I firmly believe I would not be here today if I had not had a screening mammogram at 40."



Washington, DC -: In the recent opinion poll of over sixty ranking historians in this country ranked Abe Lincoln as the highest ranked president in the history of our country
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click here. Our current president, President Barrack Obama was not included in this poll.







GOP: Response to Reid Remark Shows Double Standard


WASHINGTON January 10, 2010:
Republicans on Sunday accused Democrats of a double standard by accepting Sen. Harry Reid's apology for racial remarks about Barack Obama instead of demanding Reid's ouster as majority leader.
In a private conversation reported in a new book, Reid described Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign as a "light-skinned" African-American "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."
Reid, D-Nev., apologized to Obama on Saturday, and the president issued a statement accepting the apology and saying the matter was closed. GOP Chairman Michael Steele, in appearances on two Sunday news programs, compared Reid's predicament with the circumstances that led Senate Republican leader Trent Lott to step down from that post in 2002. Lott had spoken favorably of the 1948 segregationist presidential campaign of Strom Thurmond, and in spite of apologies for those remarks at Thurmond's 100th birthday, Lott was forced out as leader.
There is this standard where the Democrats feel that they can say these things and they can apologize when it comes from the mouths of their own. But if it comes from anyone else, it's racism," said Steele, who is black. "It's either racist or it's not. And it's inappropriate, absolutely."



European News:

Josipovic elected Croatia leader:

Zagreb-Croatiia, January 11, 2010:


The opposition Social Democrat, Ivo Josipovic, has won Croatia's presidential election by a wide margin.
Mr Josipovic won 60.3% of the vote in the second round run-off, beating the mayor of Zagreb, Milan Bandic.
Correspondents say the result was expected, but the margin of victory even larger than polls had predicted.
Ivo Josipovic said "I deeply believe that all of us want to live in a country in which work is rewarded and crime punished, in a country of social security and justice "



Governments in the European Union are exploring what to do after the Irish Republic's rejection of the Lisbon Treaty to reform the expanded EU.
France and Germany have described the No vote in the referendum as a serious blow but have urged the EU to press ahead with the project.
European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso said the treaty was not dead.
But Czech President Vaclav Klaus said the treaty was finished, since any further ratification was impossible. His is a lone voice among EU leaders, but his views will probably resonate with many European voters who did not get a say in a referendum, says the BBC's Oana Lungescu in Brussels.
The third failed referendum on an EU treaty in three years can only be seen as a serious blow to the EU's credibility at home and abroad, our correspondent adds.







Middle-East & IRAN



Tehran, :
Putin warns against Iran attack .

Russian PM Vladimir Putin has warned against military action targeting Iran or imposing new sanctions to curb its nuclear programme.
Iran's latest proposals on its nuclear ambitions have brought diverging views from the US and Russia.
Earlier, a US official told the BBC that Washington was unhappy with the proposals, submitted on Wednesday.
Correspondents say parties involved are making their positions clear ahead of the UN General Assembly this month.
President Barack Obama has given Tehran until the end of September to respond to his friendlier overtures or face new sanctions.
But the US and Israel have never ruled out the option of air strikes on Iran to stop it acquiring an atomic weapon.
In contrast to Washington's negative response on Iran's new proposal, Russia's foreign minister described them as a positive step forward and ruled out sanctions on Iran's oil sector.






INDIA: Indian-The New World Chess Champion

NEW DELHI:
The simplicity of Viswanathan Anand is far from simple to understand. Most celebrity sportspersons either do not remain grounded as they probably were before attaining success or choose to be different to suit the worldly ways. Meet Anand even for a moment and he charms you with his ways and leaves you wondering why not all celebrities cannot be like him.

Humility is an integral part of Anand's nature and it is hard to miss. Whether he is obliging his fans at the airport, photographers at the hotel lobby, playing chess with select school children or answering questions from the media that just cannot get enough of him, the 38-year-old is surely a Grand master in handling all kinds of situations.

Increasingly, people have come to believe that Anand is indeed the greatest Indian sportsperson ever. But that does not affect the champion. "Honestly, I don't think about it. I still have the hunger and feel that I am still in that enjoying stage. I cannot look for a big picture every while. I don't need to. It seems I can just go to the next tournament and get excited about that. That's good enough, somehow," says Anand.

Sitting for lunch at a South Indian speciality restaurant, Anand enjoys everything from piping hot rasam, to curd-rice to one-yard coffee. "It's pretty good here," says Anand as he reaches for a second helping of curd-rice. A smiling Aruna gives her approval and says, "every time we have some guests at home (the Anands live at Collado Mediano, near Madrid), by the fifth day you can find them relishing curd-rice."

Having regained the World title late last month and played a few club games in Istanbul, Anand is on a vacation in India till mid-November. "The people (in India) make it very special for me. It is time to be with family, meet my friends and just chill. Of course, the next four or five days (in Chennai) will be busy (with a number of felicitation functions lined up). Keeping with his simple ways, Anand has been working with several Indian players, including K. Sasikiran, Sandipan Chanda, P. Konguvel, V. Saravanan and M.R. Venkatesh. In fact, young player R. Ashwath was part of the group that shared ideas with Anand before the World Championship in Mexico City. Chanda comes up with interesting ideas. They were very useful and I used one against Boris Gelfand (in Mexico City). It is always great to look for new ideas. It is good to surprise your opponents at the right moment, you know. I have been collaborating for a while with some of our players", is his simple explanation. Interesting take.

Suggest the idea of a possible Challenge Match against Garry Kasparov, the former world No.1 who retired from the sport in 2005 to pursue a career in Russian politics, and Anand has an interesting take.
"It will be interesting if he returns. I am open to it. I can assure that it will be less physically damaging to him than his present occupation," said Anand with a smile, hinting at the assault on Kasparov in 2005 and arrest following anti-Putin protests in Moscow this April.

Anand is one of the few sportspersons who can speak on the impact of growing economy and the rising Sensex on Indian sports. "Generally, a stronger economy means everyone will have more resources. But beyond that I really don't see any correlation. You have countries which don't do well in some sports but do exceptionally well in other disciplines. Everything else being equal, you'll prefer to be born in a country with more resources. That's clear." For sure, Anand knows how to keep things simple and remain simple.




First Indian moon mission blasts off

Chennai-:
India has sent its first unmanned space mission to the moon, becoming the third Asian country to have put a satellite into orbit. Chandrayaan-1, which means ‘moon craft’, blasted off from the southern city of Sriharikota. India has sent its first unmanned space mission to the moon, becoming the third Asian country to have put a satellite into orbit. Chandrayaan-1, which means ‘moon craft’, blasted off from the southern city of Sriharikota.
The main aim of the mission, which is supposed to last two years, is to explore the moon's south pole, which has not been done before. Chandrayaan-1 will orbit the moon at a distance of 100 km from the planet's surface. It will map a three-dimensional atlas and conduct a mineralogical mapping.
Apart from its scientific value to the country, the mission is meant to send a message to the world that India has the will and expertise to explore space. The mission is positioning itself as part of a future global space programme and is looking to put an Indian on the moon.
“There are going to be collaborations, and this particular mission is going to improve our credibility and announce to the world that we have arrived,” Indian astronaught Rakesh Sharma said.
In 1984 Sharma created history by descending back to Earth in a Soviet-made module. Today, just hours before the blast-off of the first moon mission, the excitement in India is also running high.
The main aim of the mission, which is supposed to last two years, is to explore the moon's south pole, which has not been done before. Chandrayaan-1 will orbit the moon at a distance of 100 km from the planet's surface. It will map a three-dimensional atlas and conduct a mineralogical mapping.
Apart from its scientific value to the country, the mission is meant to send a message to the world that India has the will and expertise to explore space. The mission is positioning itself as part of a future global space programme and is looking to put an Indian on the moon.
“There are going to be collaborations, and this particular mission is going to improve our credibility and announce to the world that we have arrived,” Indian astronaught Rakesh Sharma said.
In 1984 Sharma created history by descending back to Earth in a Soviet-made module. Today, just hours before the blast-off of the first moon mission, the excitement in India is also running high.






RUSSIA & FAR EAST News:

Russia's Putin, Medvedev to declare their wealth :


MOSCOW, March 24, 2009
Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will fully declare their income and property holdings as part of an anti-corruption drive, government spokesmen said on Tuesday.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) speaks with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at a meeting of the Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in Sochi March 23, 2009.
Medvedev, who made fighting graft a campaign pledge when running for election last year, will be the first Russian president to make his full property declaration public.
Senior officials in his administration, including Putin and members of his government, will also be obliged to report property by an April 1 deadline.
"Declarations of the president and his wife will be posted on the Kremlin website," spokeswoman Natalya Timakova said.
"Members of the cabinet -- the deputy prime ministers and ministers -- will be led by the prime minister in declaring their 2008 incomes as well as the property they own by April 1," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, Interfax reported.
Corruption is deeply embedded in Russian society and successive leaders have tried, unsuccessfully, to stamp it out. In its 2008 index ranking countries from the cleanest to the most corrupt, Transparency International placed Russia equal 147th, alongside Kenya, Syria and Bangladesh.
Legislation proposed by Medvedev and passed in December bars officials from accepting gifts worth more than 3,000 roubles ($90) and force bureaucrats to inform state bodies if they plan to join commercial firms in which they may have vested interests.
Last year Medvedev complained that official jobs were often simply put up for sale to the highest bidder.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin earns 11% more than President Medvedev
Dmitry Medvedev, statements released as part of an anti-corruption
drive show. Mr Putin earned 4.6m roubles ($137,000; £93,000) in 2008.
(Editor's Comment: Every one knows, but no one utters the simple fact that Corruption is the prime cause for the financial collapse in the US. When Asian relatively New Democracies like India can whiz by at 9% GDP we are chugging along close to the negative territory.

Mr. Obama who spoke so eloquently about corruption and the influence of money in US Government has not even started looking into the corruption, fraud and insider swindling within the institutions we are bailing out with trillions of Dollars of Tax payers’ funds .
Few billion dollars of these funds have already vanished without any trace. It will be a good idea to investigate and see whether at the same time there have been sudden increases in the Account Balances of the DNC (Democratic National Committee) and the RNC (Republican National Committee.) We can follow the Russian example and have our democratically elected Present President and the Immediate past president, annually declare their net worth for the last five years.)



The Seven Wonders of Russia :


RUSSIA-MOSCOW: Russia has summed up the results of the national contest devoted to most beautiful places in the country. Seven Wonders of Russia were announced on June 12, during the celebration of Russia’s Day on Moscow’s Red Square.
Seven Wonders of Russia include: The Valley of Geysers in the Kamchatka region, Lake Baikal, the complex of palaces in Peterhof, Columns of Erosion in the Komi Republic, Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, Statue of Motherland in Volgograd and Mount Elbrus.
The Seven Wonders of Russia contest was organized in the autumn of 2007 by several media outlets of Russia to attract the public attention to the need of recreating and preserving unique historical, cultural and natural objects in Russia. Russia has summed up the results of the national contest devoted to most beautiful places in the country. Seven Wonders of Russia were announced on June 12, during the celebration of Russia’s Day on Moscow’s Red Square. Seven Wonders of Russia include: The Valley of Geysers in the Kamchatka region, Lake Baikal, the complex of palaces in Peterhof, Columns of Erosion in the Komi Republic, Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, Statue of Motherland in Volgograd and Mount Elbrus.
The Seven Wonders of Russia contest was organized in the autumn of 2007 by several media outlets of Russia to attract the public attention to the need of recreating and preserving unique historical, cultural and natural objects in Russia.
More than 25 million people took part in the online voting to select the winners. The first stage of the voting ended with the selection of 49 biggest places of interest in the country. Fourteen of them were left on the list after the second stage of the contest.
The Valley of Geysers is the only geyser field in Eurasia (apart from the Mutnovsky geyser field) and the second largest concentration of geysers in the world. This 6 km long basin with approximately ninety geysers and many hot springs is situated on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East, predominantly on the left bank of the ever-deepening Geysernaya River, into which geothermal waters flow from a relatively young strato-volcano, Kikhpinych. It is part of the Kronotsky Nature Reserve, which, in turn, is incorporated into the World Heritage Site "Volcanoes of Kamchatka". The valley is difficult to reach, with helicopters providing the only feasible means of transport.
Peterhof, originally named Peterhof, the Dutch for "Peter's Court," is a municipal town within Petrodvortsovy District of the federal city of Saint Petersburg on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland (population 64,791 (2002 census)). It hosts one of two campuses of Saint Petersburg State University. A series of palaces and gardens, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great, and sometimes called the "Russian Versailles", is also situated there. The palace-ensemble along with the city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lake Baikal is located in Southern Siberia in Russia, near the city of Irkutsk. It is also known as the "Blue Eye of Siberia". It's famous for holding a volume of water larger than that of all the North American Great Lakes combined
More than 25 million people took part in the online voting to select the winners. The first stage of the voting ended with the selection of 49 biggest places of interest in the country. Fourteen of them were left on the list after the second stage of the contest.
The Valley of Geysers is the only geyser field in Eurasia (apart from the Mutnovsky geyser field) and the second largest concentration of geysers in the world. This 6 km long basin with approximately ninety geysers and many hot springs is situated on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East, predominantly on the left bank of the ever-deepening Geysernaya River, into which geothermal waters flow from a relatively young strato-volcano, Kikhpinych. It is part of the Kronotsky Nature Reserve, which, in turn, is incorporated into the World Heritage Site "Volcanoes of Kamchatka". The valley is difficult to reach, with helicopters providing the only feasible means of transport.
Peterhof, originally named Peterhof, the Dutch for "Peter's Court," is a municipal town within Petrodvortsovy District of the federal city of Saint Petersburg on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland (population 64,791 (2002 census)). It hosts one of two campuses of Saint Petersburg State University. A series of palaces and gardens, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great, and sometimes called the "Russian Versailles", is also situated there. The palace-ensemble along with the city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lake Baikal is located in Southern Siberia in Russia, near the city of Irkutsk. It is also known as the "Blue Eye of Siberia". It's famous for holding a volume of water larger than that of all the North American Great Lakes combined
At 1,637 meters (5,371 ft), Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world, and the largest freshwater lake in the world by volume, holding approximately twenty percent of the world's total surface fresh water. Like Lake Tanganyika, Lake Baikal was formed in an ancient rift valley and therefore is long and crescent-shaped with a surface area (31,500 km²) less than half that of Lake Superior or Lake Victoria. Baikal is home to more than 1,700 species of plants and animals, two thirds of which can be found nowhere else in the world and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. More than 25 million years old, it is the oldest lake in the world. At 1,637 meters (5,371 ft), Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world, and the largest freshwater lake in the world by volume, holding approximately twenty percent of the world's total surface fresh water. Like Lake Tanganyika, Lake Baikal was formed in an ancient rift valley and therefore is long and crescent-shaped with a surface area (31,500 km²) less than half that of Lake Superior or Lake Victoria. Baikal is home to more than 1,700 species of plants and animals, two thirds of which can be found nowhere else in the world and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. More than 25 million years old, it is the oldest lake in the world. The Cathedral of Intercession of the Virgin on the Moat, better known as the Cathedral of Saint Basil the Blessed, or Saint Basil's Cathedral is a multi-tented church on the Red Square in Moscow that also features distinctive onion domes. The cathedral is traditionally perceived as symbolic of the unique position of Russia between Europe and Asia.
The cathedral was commissioned by Ivan IV (also known as Ivan the Terrible) Moscow to commemorate the capture of the Khanate of Kazan. In 1588 Tsar Fedor Ivanovich had a chapel added on the eastern side above the grave of Basil Fool for Christ (yurodivy Vassily Blazhenny), a Russian Orthodox saint after whom the cathedral was popularly named.
Saint Basil's is located at the southeast end of Red Square, just across from the Spasskaya Tower of the Kremlin. Not particularly large, it consists of nine chapels built on a single foundation. The cathedral's design follows that of contemporary tented churches, notably those of Ascension in Kolomenskoye (1530) and of St John the Baptist's Decapitation in Dyakovo (1547).
The interior of the cathedral is a collection of separate chapels, each filled with beautiful icons, medieval painted walls, and varying artwork on the top inside of the domes. The feeling is intimate and varied, in contrast to Western cathedrals which usually consist of a massive nave with one artistic style.
Mamayev Kurgan is a dominant height overlooking the city of Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) in southern Russia. The name in Russian means "tumulus of Mamai".
The Mamayev Kurgan features a memorial complex commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad (August 1942 to February 1943). The battle was a decisive Soviet victory over Axis forces on the Eastern front of World War II and arguably the bloodiest battle in human history. At the time of its installation in 1967 the statue of the Mother Motherland formed the largest free-standing sculpture in the world.
Mount Elbrus is a mountain located in the western Caucasus mountain range, in Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia, Russia, near the border of Georgia, in the northern Iranian plateau. A strato-volcano that has lain dormant for about 2,000 years, it is the highest mountain in the Caucasus. Mt. Elbrus (west summit) stands at 5,642 meters (18,510 ft) and can be considered to be the highest mountain in Europe; it is also the highest point of Russia. The east summit is slightly lower: 5,621 meters (18,442 ft).
The Cathedral of Intercession of the Virgin on the Moat, better known as the Cathedral of Saint Basil the Blessed, or Saint Basil's Cathedral is a multi-tented church on the Red Square in Moscow that also features distinctive onion domes. The cathedral is traditionally perceived as symbolic of the unique position of Russia between Europe and Asia. The cathedral was commissioned by Ivan IV (also known as Ivan the Terrible) Moscow to commemorate the capture of the Khanate of Kazan. In 1588 Tsar Fedor Ivanovich had a chapel added on the eastern side above the grave of Basil Fool for Christ (yurodivy Vassily Blazhenny), a Russian Orthodox saint after whom the cathedral was popularly named. Saint Basil's is located at the southeast end of Red Square, just across from the Spasskaya Tower of the Kremlin. Not particularly large, it consists of nine chapels built on a single foundation. The cathedral's design follows that of contemporary tented churches, notably those of Ascension in Kolomenskoye (1530) and of St John the Baptist's Decapitation in Dyakovo (1547). The interior of the cathedral is a collection of separate chapels, each filled with beautiful icons, medieval painted walls, and varying artwork on the top inside of the domes. The feeling is intimate and varied, in contrast to Western cathedrals which usually consist of a massive nave with one artistic style.
Mamayev Kurgan is a dominant height overlooking the city of Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) in southern Russia. The name in Russian means "tumulus of Mamai".
The Mamayev Kurgan features a memorial complex commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad (August 1942 to February 1943). The battle was a decisive Soviet victory over Axis forces on the Eastern front of World War II and arguably the bloodiest battle in human history. At the time of its installation in 1967 the statue of the Mother Motherland formed the largest free-standing sculpture in the world.
Mount Elbrus is a mountain located in the western Caucasus mountain range, in Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia, Russia, near the border of Georgia, in the northern Iranian plateau. A strato-volcano that has lain dormant for about 2,000 years, it is the highest mountain in the Caucasus. Mt. Elbrus (west summit) stands at 5,642 meters (18,510 ft) and can be considered to be the highest mountain in Europe; it is also the highest point of Russia. The east summit is slightly lower: 5,621 meters (18,442 ft).






China:



Beijing, China :
New media rules reflect open policy
China issued new rules on reporting activities by foreign correspondents on its territory on Friday, allowing them to interview without application to foreign affairs departments.China issued new rules on reporting activities by foreign correspondents on its territory on Friday, allowing them to interview without application to foreign affairs departments.
"The new rules follow the major principles and spirits of the media regulations introduced for the Beijing Olympics," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said at a late night press conference.
The conference began 15 minutes before the expiry of the temporary Olympic rules, which were introduced on January 1, 2007 and removed media restrictions on foreign reporters during the Beijing Games.
"In the form of a long-lasting law, the 23-item new rules make that temporary arrangement a standard practice," Liu said.
"The new regulations are significantly different from those issued in 1990," spokesman said.
Foreign reporters wishing to interview organizations or individuals in China no longer need to be received and accompanied by the Chinese organizations, Liu said.
It canceled an item in the old version that asked foreign reporters to get approval from the local government's foreign affairs department when they wanted to do reporting in the regions open to them.
The new rules also lifted an item asking them to get approval from the Foreign Ministry when they wanted to visit the regions not open to them and register at the police.
"Foreign reporters still need to ask for permission to do reporting in Tibet and other areas that are off-limits to foreign reporters, like some military facilities," Liu said.
The 17th item of the new rules said foreign reporters need to gain agreement from the person or organization to be interviewed while they are working in China.
"The new rules follow the major principles and spirits of the media regulations introduced for the Beijing Olympics," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said at a late night press conference.



Science & Technology:

Space shuttle lifts off amid tons of tweets
Atlantis 11-day mission to deliver spare parts to space station


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. November 17, 2009:With 100 Internet-savvy NASA fans cheering on the shuttle and churning out constant Twitter updates, Atlantis sailed smoothly into orbit Monday with six astronauts and a full load of spare parts for the International Space Station. The supply run should keep the space station humming for years to come, and the shuttle astronauts in space through Thanksgiving.
Atlantis was clearly visible as it shot through thin afternoon clouds, to the delight of Twittering space enthusiasts who won front-row seats to the launch. The contest winners splashed news mostly tweeting wow and amazing about the liftoff over countless cell phones and computers in 140 characters or less.
What's exciting to me is that they've captured the spirit and the excitement that we all feel, and they were able to capture it in a very few number of characters, NASA space operations chief Bill Gerstenmaier said with a chuckle. "They're amazing, little, short statements about what they felt." Atlantis will reach the space station Wednesday. As the shuttle blasted off, the station was soaring 220 miles above the South Pacific. Launch director Mike Leinbach wished the astronauts good luck and said, "We'll see you back here just after Thanksgiving."
NASA wants to stockpile as many pumps, tanks, gyroscopes and other oversize equipment as possible at the space station, before the three remaining shuttles retire next fall. None of the other visiting spacecraft is big enough to carry so many large pieces. The space agency expects to keep the space station flying until 2015, possibly 2020 if President Barack Obama gives the go-ahead.
Obama has yet to chart a course for American astronauts, beyond the shuttle and station. A moon rocket under development is supposed to replace the shuttle, but the lunar exploration program is in jeopardy. This is NASA's last shuttle flight of the year and one of only six remaining. "Five to go ... it's starting to hit home, I have to admit," Leinbach said.




HEALTH TALK:

Experts Update Food Pyramid for Older Adults

- A nearly decade-old food guide pyramid for older adults has gotten a makeover to make it more user-friendly and to emphasize the special dietary needs of people older than 70.
Published in the January issue of the Journal of Nutrition, the Modified MyPyramid for Older Adults stresses that older people should be careful to get enough fiber, calcium and vitamins D and B-12.It also emphasizes the importance of regular exercise and adequate fluid intake.
Since older Americans are typically not as Web-savvy as younger generations, the Tufts researchers created a new version of their food pyramid that contains more graphics and underscores the importance of certain nutrients for older adults.
For example, a flag at the top of the pyramid reminds older people that they may need to take supplements of calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B-12 in addition to what they get from food.
"Adults over the age of 70 have unique dietary needs," Dr. Alice H. Lichtenstein, the lead author of the report, said in a statement.
Older adults' calorie needs usually decline because they are less physically active than they once were, Lichtenstein explained. As they eat less food, it becomes even more important to choose nutrient-rich fare, like fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and high-fiber whole grains.
The new pyramid points out that packaged versions of fruits and vegetables -- frozen vegetables and canned or dried fruit, for instance -- might be good alternatives to fresh varieties for some older adults.
"These choices are easier to prepare and have a longer shelf life, minimizing waste," Lichtenstein explained. "Such factors are important to consider when arthritis kicks in or dark, cold days mean it is less likely someone will go out to replenish their refrigerator stores."






NOTABLE QUOTES:


The Bigot's Quatrain:

"I do not like thee, Dr. Fell,
The reason why I cannot tell;
But this alone, I know full well,
I do not like thee, Dr. Fell".........Oxford University, UK, with some editorial license




Dr.Fell's Response:

"You may not like me Dr.Mutt,
But if you act like a bigot,
And turn my American Rights to naught,
Then I and the many an American patriot
Will send you back in a boat
To the land your ancestors were begot."
.................... Author Unknown.





A Court which is final and unreviewable, needs more careful scrutiny than any other. Unreviewable power is the most likely to self-indulge and least likely to engage in dispassionate self analysis.......In a country like ours, no public institution, or the people who operate it, can be above public debate."
Warren E. Burger, (past) Chief Justice, US Supreme Court.





To suceed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone......Reba Mcentire








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