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Struggling Towns Printing Their Own Cash


February 17th, 2010

Last year, two Detroit tavern owners were sitting at the bar, sampling their beverages and bemoaning the local economy -- no one in the city had cash, and when they did, they spent it in the suburbs. Then the pair hit on a solution: Print their own money.


It is, after all, perfectly legal for anyone to issue currency, as long as it doesn't look too much like a U.S. dollar. Thus was born the Detroit cheer, a local scrip accepted by a handful of city businesses, including a pizzeria, an electrician and a doggy day care center.

 

Another Case of TSA Overkill


Written By Daniel Rubin
February 13th, 2010

Just when I thought I was out of the Transportation Security Administration business for a few columns, they pull me back in.
Did you hear about the Camden cop whose disabled son wasn't allowed to pass through airport security unless he took off his leg braces?

 

New 9/11 Photos 'Prove WTC Exploded From Inside'

 

February 13th, 2010

New picture releases are shedding light on September 11th, some say they prove that the assault on America proves a homegrown attack. The new photos are provided by US national institute of standards and technology. There are over 2,000 new photos that have been made public. Manny Badillo says that you see an explosion from the inside, not what it has seemed to be, he says there has never been a building taken down by a plane.

 

Beware - Aspartame Has Been Renamed 'AminoSweet'


Written By Ethan Huff
February 13th, 2010

In response to growing awareness about the dangers of artificial sweeteners, what does the manufacturer of one of the world's most notable artificial sweeteners do? Why, rename it and begin marketing it as natural, of course. This is precisely the strategy of Ajinomoto, maker of aspartame, which hopes to pull the wool over the eyes of the public with its rebranded version of aspartame, called "AminoSweet".

 

USDA Drops Plans to Trace Livestock


Written By Jane Akre
February 13th, 2010

In a major compromise to the livestock industry, the Obama administration plans to start over in developing a way to trace communicable disease in livestock after resistance from ranchers and farmers. In doing so, it is abandoning the National Animal Identification System, developed by the Bush administration in 2004 after identification of mad cow disease in 2003.

 

Top Drug Lobbyist Resigns, Clouds Health Reform



February 13th, 2010

The resignation of big pharma's top lobbyist could deal a setback to President Barack Obama's ability to overhaul the nation's $2.5 trillion healthcare system as Democrats struggle to pass their health reform plan.

 

2 Ex-Workers Accuse Blackwater Security Company of Defrauding the U.S. for Years


Written By Mark Mazzetti
February 13th, 2010

Two former employees of Blackwater Worldwide have accused the private security company of defrauding the government for years by filing bogus receipts, double billing for the same services and charging government agencies for strippers and prostitutes, according to court documents unsealed this week.

 

Counties Seek Long-Term Solution to Declining Tax Revenue


Written By Judy D.J. Ellich
February 13th, 2010

Gov. Ed Rendell, state legislators and county officials are all wrestling with the same question: How do they balance the budget with declining revenue from tax collections.

In 2009 all 50 states revealed the sharpest revenue drop in 46 years, according to a state finances report by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government in New York.

 

Credit Suisse: THIS Is the Real List Of Countries Verging On A Sovereign Crisis (And, Yes, The US Is On It)


Written By Gregory White
February 13th, 2010

Credit Suisse has come up with its own list of the riskiest countries using such measures as credit rating, CDS spreads, potential for GDP growth, government debt, private sector credit, and the budget balance.

 

Cold Weather Splits 1,200-Year-Old Oak Near Wrexham


February 13th, 2010

Cold weather is believed to have caused one of Britain's oldest trees - known as the Great Oak at the Gates of the Dead - to split down the middle. The 1,200-year-old oak, near Chirk, Wrexham, has a 34ft (10m) circumference trunk and is thought to date back to the reign of King Egbert in 802.

 
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