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AS IT STANDS My name is Dave Stancliff. This is my personal blog. I'm a retired newspaper editor/publisher; husband/father & Vietnam vet, Laker fan for 60 years. All opinions are mine unless otherwise noted.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Do you know about the man whose work has saved millions of lives? If not, you should!
Do you know this man? If you don't, then you join millions of other Americans who aren't aware of one of the greatest life-saver ever. He saved untold millions.
Yet, you've probably never heard of him. There have been no profiles about this amazing man -who is one of two living Nobel Laureates in America today - by any of the major networks. I ran across this great article by Gregg Easterbrook that was written in July of 2007.
Oh yeah. His name is Norman Borlaug. He was born in 1914 in Cresco, Iowa. He won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in 1970. He has been called the "Father of the Green Revolution" because of his ground-breaking work in developing high-yield wheat. Nations across the world owe this man who has helped feed the planet.
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California state workers face layoffs as budget bill fails
I don't know about you, but I'm sick and tired of these politicians arguing about their ideals and being unmoved by what's happening to the workers because of their hard-headedness!
All of California's politicians involved in this financial crisis should be locked up in a room and not allowed to come out until they do theur job and pass the budget!
Until that happens the not-so-merry game goes on. Here's today's article ,via the Associated Press, discussing all of the issues involved.
AP Photo – State Senator Jeff Dunham, R- Merced, lifts up a stack of paperwork concerning the stalled state budget …
Monday, February 16, 2009
Ever been Curious about America's 1st Comic and it's Creators?
This is the whole lowdown on America's 1st comic book and it's creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster via Wikipedia.
Action Comics 1 is a comic book that was published in April 1938 (cover-dated June) by National Allied Publications, a corporate predecessor of DC Comics. Featuring the first appearance of the Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster creation Superman, it is considered the first true superhero comic, and though today Action Comics is a monthly title devoted to Superman, it began, like many early comics, as an anthology.
Action Comics was started by publisher Jack Liebowitz. The first issue had a print run of 200,000 copies, although sales of the series would soon approach 1,000,000 a month. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were paid $10 per page, for a total of $130 for their work on this issue. They effectively signed away millions in future rights and royalties payments.
Starting in 1978 Siegel and Shuster were provided with a $20,000 a month annuity which was later raised to $30,000. Liebowitz would later say that selecting Superman to run in Action Comics #1 was "pure accident" based on deadline pressure. He also selected the "thrilling" cover, depicting Superman lifting a car over his head. Christopher Knowles, author of Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes, compared the cover to Hercules Clubs the Hydra by Antonio del Pollaiolo.
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Not a UFO or flying space junk: Texas fireball is a meteor
It's not space junk. It's not a UFO. And it's sure not Superman!
USA TODAY has more information regarding this once-juicy tidbit: Read the whole story here.
Recent pot busts unrelated to house party attended by Olympian Phelps
The arrests triggered by the publication of the Michael Phelps bong photo have had nothing to do with the November house party attended by the Olympic champion, court documents show.
Instead, the Phelps photo clearly spurred South Carolina cops to target several young men who lived at two residences that allegedly were "identified as a location where marihuana is frequently stored and consumed."
Click here for the whole story at The Smoking Gun.
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Sunday, February 15, 2009
How your looks betray your personality:Are you Trusty-Worthy?
THE history of science could have been so different. When Charles Darwin applied to be the "energetic young man" that Robert Fitzroy, the Beagle's captain, sought as his gentleman companion, he was almost let down by a woeful shortcoming that was as plain as the nose on his face. Fitzroy believed in physiognomy - the idea that you can tell a person's character from their appearance. As Darwin's daughter Henrietta later recalled, Fitzroy had "made up his mind that no man with such a nose could have energy". Fortunately, the rest of Darwin's visage compensated for his sluggardly proboscis: "His brow saved him."
For the whole article click here which will also lead you to a video on the subject.
For related article: Fearful expressions evolved to mimic babies' faces
Did Roland Burris commit perjury to become Senator? State lawmakers are looking into the possibility after reading Chicago Sun-Times exclusive
Okay. Is anyone surprised? Roland Burris allegedly told some lies to the Blago state impeachment panel. I was suspicious the way he managed to get his way when Obama changed his mind about him as an appointee and did a reversal and told House Majority Leader Sen. Reid to "let him in" despite the controversy surrounding Burris.
Is it any wonder the average American has complete disgust for politicians?
February 14, 2009
BY NATASHA KORECKI AND DAVE MCKINNEY
Chicago Sun-Times Staff Reporters
State lawmakers are calling for a criminal investigation into whether U.S. Sen. Roland Burris committed perjury before a state impeachment panel, in the wake of a Sun-Times exclusive story published online today.
The development comes after the Chicago Democrat failed to initially disclose under oath to a House panel that he was hit up for campaign cash by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother.
State Rep. James Durkin (R-Western Springs) said Saturday that the Sangamon County state prosecutor‚s office will be asked to review Burris‚ Jan. 8 sworn testimony before the House panel to determine whether Burris (D-Ill.) perjured himself.
To read the entire article click here.
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Psilocybin study shows promise in treating multiple psychological disorders
TODAY IN THE SUNDAY TIMES-STANDARD (Feb.15th) - As It Stands shares a study that has been helping people with the use of Magic Mushrooms - or to be more accurate: entheogen psilocybin -a psychoactive substance found in mushrooms.
More psychedelic research is being conducted using other hallucinogens, like LSD, to treat a host of other disorders including PTSD.
To read the whole column click here
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Batter Up! Baseball Season Underway
America's game is back. A new season starts today with 15 MLB games on tap. All 30 teams will be engaged in this annual rite of Sprin...
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