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2007 October 30 — Why Now?
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Looking For A Hand

CBS News reports that Safety Board Head Under Fire Over Recalls

(CBS/AP) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday called for the resignation of the head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission following the recall of millions of Chinese-made toys.

Pelosi says it’s clear that Nancy Nord, the acting chairwoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, doesn’t understand the gravity of the situation, because she opposes legislation now before Congress that would double the agency’s budget over the next seven years to more than $141 million a year, reports CBS News correspondent Chip Reid.

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October 30, 2007   23 Comments

Dam Nuisance

The BBC reports that an Iraqi dam ‘at risk of collapse’

The largest dam in Iraq is at risk of an imminent collapse that could unleash a 20m (65ft) wave of water on Mosul, a city of 1.7m people, the US has warned.

In May, the US told Iraqi authorities to make Mosul Dam a national priority, as a catastrophic failure would result in a “significant loss of life”.

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October 30, 2007   4 Comments

Internet In The News

Joining the Senate, the House Approves Internet Tax Ban:

(AP) A bill to extend a moratorium on Internet access taxes for seven years was approved 402-0 by the House Tuesday, less than two days before it was set to expire.

The House initially approved a four-year ban, but last week the Senate passed a seven-year prohibition, despite considerable support for a permanent ban.

So if I’m in Florida buying a memory upgrade from a company in California to be delivered to my brother in New York, who would get the sales tax?

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October 30, 2007   6 Comments

Who Do They Call

when FEMA has a disaster?

Weston Kosova at Newsweek covers The Real Fake News. [Not Maru or TBogg, but not bad.]

October 30, 2007   2 Comments

Tropical Storm Noel – 3

NoelPosition: 21.4 N 78.1 W. [10PM CDT]
Movement: Northwest [315°] near 5 mph.
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph.
Wind Gusts: 50 mph.
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 175 miles.
Minimum central pressure: 1002 mb.

TS Noel is inland near Camaguey, Cuba and about 255 miles South of Nassau in the Bahamas.

[Note: I post one new item per day if the status remains the same, but update it throughout the day.]

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