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In 1784 Benjamin Franklin suggested the idea of Daylight savings time. New Zealand entomologist George Hudson is also credited by many for Daylight Savings Time.
In the northern hemisphere, DST begins between March and ends in November. In November clocks will have to move back again. The United States Energy Policy Act of 2005 says Daylight Saving Time ends on the first Sunday of November. More >
The winter solstice is celebrated around the world as the beginning of the return of the sun, and darkness turning into light. In 2011, the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere will occur on Dec. 22, 2011 at 12:30 a.m. EST. Officially the first day of winter, the winter solstice occurs when the North Pole is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun. This is the longest night of the year, meaning that despite the cold winter, the days get progressively longer after the winter solstice until the summer solstice in 2012. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, it marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year.
The word “solstice” comes from the Latin word “solstitum”, that means the Sun standing still. This is reference to the fact that the Sun no longer appears to be moving either further north or south on the sky and afterward starts to reverse More >
Christopher Hitchens, the author, essayist and polemicist who waged verbal and occasional physical battle on several causes. In his 2007 book “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything,” Hitchens took on major religions with his trenchant atheism.
The 2001 attacks on the United States by Islamic fundamentalists in hijacked passenger planes made Hitchens ever more critical of the role of religion in the world, and led him to appreciate the merits of American democracy. “I am More >
The War in Iraq has officially come to an end, according to the Department of Defense. Secretary of Defense Leona Panetta leads a ceremony in Baghdad marking the formal end of America’s war in Iraq. Almost nine years after the first U.S. tanks crossed the Iraqi border, and approximately eight years and seven months after President George W. Bush declared “Mission More >
Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’, is a masked demonstrator – THE PROTESTER. Shepard Fairey created the TIME Magazine Person of the Year Cover for ‘The Protester’, which seemed like a worthy candidate for a year worth of reporting. From the Arab Spring and Athens to Occupy Wall Street and the more recent rallies in Moscow, protesters have redefined “people power”, said the cover page.
Other finalists this year included Admiral William McRaven, the commander of the US Navy SEALs raid that killed terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden. He was followed by dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who was at the centre of an international outcry over his detention by Chinese authorities. US Republican congressman Paul Ryan More >
According Federal health officials, listeria in cantaloupe may cause more deaths in coming few weeks. Listeria outbreak has caused at 16 deaths along with 72 illnesses in 18 states, making it the deadliest food outbreak in the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed listeriosis linked to whole melons grown by Jensen Farms in Holly, Colo. “If it’s not Jensen Farms, it’s OK to eat. But if you’re in doubt, throw it out,” CDC Director Thomas Frieden said during a Wednesday briefing. The farm, which sells many of its cantaloupes under the Rocky Ford label, has ended its harvest season and is no longer producing melons this year, he said.
“This is the deadliest outbreak of a foodborne disease that we’ve identified in more than a decade,” Frieden said.
Frieden and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said that illnesses are expected for weeks to come because the incubation period for listeria can be a month or even longer. That means that someone who ate contaminated cantaloupe last week may not get sick until next month. Jensen Farms last shipped cantaloupes on Sept. 10. The shelf life is about two weeks.
FDA and Colorado state officials have been investigating the farm for evidence that animals possibly strayed into the fields. They also are examining water quality, growing, harvest and processing practices and how the cantaloupes were stored.
“We will see more cases likely through October,” Hamburg said. More >
The end of DADT is the end of the ban on gays serving in the military. The odious military policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” came to an end today. The armed forces will no longer lose the skills and combat experience of so many gay and lesbian service members.
Here’s tHe Obama’s full statement on this!
Today, the discriminatory law known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is finally and formally repealed. As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love. As of today, our armed forces will no longer lose the extraordinary skills and combat experience of so many gay and lesbian service members. And today, as Commander in Chief, I want those who were discharged under this law to know that your country deeply values your service. More >
Ian Somerhalder, the heartthrob bad Vampire Damon Salvotare of The Vampire Diaries is also famous for his environmental efforts. Previously he raised voice against BP oil spill and now joining celebrities like Mark Ruffalo and Daryl Hannah to speak out against the Keystone XL Pipeline.
The handsome star of TVD has asked President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to stop the proposed pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada through the United States to refineries in Texas.
“The proposed Keystone XL pipeline puts fish and wildlife at risk, threatens the health and livelihood of countless American farmers, and perpetuates the United States’ unhealthy dependence on oil. More >
Constitution Day commemorates the drafting of the U.S Constitution 224 years ago by 39 brave men on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia. This year constitution Day falls on Saturday, September 17 so the holiday is observed on Friday, September 16.
The U.S. Constitution was just four hand-written pages. With a mere 4,543 words, it is the shortest and oldest written constitution of any major government in the world. Much of our nation’s rich history is tied to the Constitution. And much of today’s modern political debate centers around how More >
On listeriosis outbreak Jensen Farms is recalling its whole shipments of Cantaloupe and also working with the State of Colorado and the FDA to inform consumers of this cantaloupe recall. Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can contaminate foods and cause a mild non-invasive illness called listerial gastroenteritis or a severe, sometimes life-threatening, illness called invasive listeriosis. The deadly infection linked to Rocky Ford cantaloupes have raised to at least 17 nationwide. People infected with the disease range in age from 38 to 96, with most over age 60. One person in Colorado has died of the infection.
The Jensen Farms cantaloupes in question were shipped between July 29th, 2011 and September 10th 2011, and distributed to the following states: IL, WY, TN, UT, TX, CO, MN, KS, NM, NC, MO, NE, OK, AZ, NJ, NY, PA. The whole cantaloupes More >