The draft Radio Equipment Directive outlines a range of harmonized rules for bringing “radio equipment,” which includes mobile phones and modems, on the market. The rules aim to make sure that the increasing range of devices don’t interfere with each other and respect health and safety requirements. Part of the directive focused on reducing waste.
MEPs called for a renewed effort to develop a common charger for certain categories of radio equipment—particularly mobile phones. They amended the draft law to stipulate that the ability to work with common chargers will be an essential requirement for radio equipment. It will be up to the European Commission to decide which specific types of radio equipment will have to meet the requirement.
Rapporteur Barbara Weiler said that the directive is “an efficient tool to prevent interference between different ratio equipment devices.”
“I am especially pleased that we agreed on the introduction of a common charger. This serves the interests both of consumers and the environment. It will put an end to charger clutter and 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste annually,” she said.
The proposed design for a universal charger uses a Micro USB connector—already used by many mobile manufacturers, including Samsung and Nokia.
LONDON: A tequila shot or two can bring alive even a dying party. And it now seems that it can also do wonders for your blood sugar.
A sweetener created from the plant used to make tequila has been found to be highly effective in lowering blood glucose levels in those who have type 2 diabetes and also help them and the obese lose weight.
The secret is in what is called agavins, a natural form of sugar found in the agave plant which are non-digestible and can act as a dietary fibre, so they would not raise blood glucose.
Scientists fed a group of mice a standard diet and added agavins to their daily water.
They weighed the mice daily and checked their glucose blood levels weekly.
Most mice that drank agavins ate less, lost weight and their blood glucose levels decreased when compared to other sweeteners such glucose, fructose, sucrose, agave syrup and aspartame.
“We have found that since agavins reduce glucose levels and increase GLP-1, they also increase the amount of insulin,” said researcher Mercedes G Lopez.
A newly apportioned state Republican representative in Wyoming is standing by claims he made at the height of the AIDS panic in a book entitled The Death Sentence of AIDS: Vital Information For You and Your Family’s Health and Safety.
Among the more outlandish claims in the book, which was self-published by Rep. Troy Mader (R-Gillette) in 1984, are that “[h]omosexuals…purposely infected women to pass AIDS infection into the straight population,” and that “[m]any homosexuals demand the right to have sexual acts with children of any age, including infants.”
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Let’s just take a look at who joined the Tallahassee protest. On hand was Floyd Eric Meadows of Acworth, Ga., who was once in the Klan and had a picture on his Facebook page wearing an SS bolt patch and a 1488 patch. Gina Brashear of Fort Myers, Fla., who likes to “like” pictures posted on the LOS Facebook page, was there, too. Brashear has a long history in white supremacist circles, having posted in 2008 that she has been “a member of several white websites, and an active member in my community for defending our race” on Vanguard News Network, whose motto is “No Jews. Just Right.” For years, Brashear’s avatar on VNN was an image of a pistol pointed at President Obama with what appears to be a bullet wound in the president’s forehead with the text: “Get it over already.”
Although there are several photographs of a woman said to be Gina Brashear holding a banner in Tallahassee last weekend, Brashear refused to confirm her attendance at the rally, but she did tell Hatewatch she is “against amnesty, period.” Brashear, 51, was arrested for felony aggravated stalking last September.
The extremist hit parade didn’t stop there. William Flowers, whose Facebook page warns of white genocide, appeared to be the photographer last Saturday. The Uvalda protest’s main organizer, Michael O. Cushman of Aiken, S.C., who is a former member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, also showed.
Nearly two thirds of food stamp expenditures go to children, the elderly, and the disabled. The other third goes mostly to the working poor, many of whom are people trapped in jobs that don’t provide a liveable wage.
Tens of millions of American children are among the recipients of food stamps, according to a new report that casts light on who benefits from the program that has been the subject of heated political debate.
The annual report from the United States Department of Agriculture showed that about 45 percent of food stamp benefits went to children under 18, totaling about 20 million youngsters. Nine percent of recipients were age 60 or older, and nearly 10 percent were disabled adults who were under 60, according to the analysis of food stamp usage for the fiscal year that ended in September 2012.
Mercury - the solar system’s most spectacular planet, known to be closest to the sun, is shrinking in size far more than believed till now.
New evidence by NASA’s messenger aircraft has confirmed that the planet has shrunk up to seven kilometres in radius over the past four billion years - much more than earlier estimates.
The new finding solves an apparent enigma about Mercury’s evolution.
Older images of surface features indicated that, despite cooling over its lifetime, the rocky planet had barely shrunk at all.
With thousands of heavily armed Russian troops occupying this perennially embattled peninsula, an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voted on Sunday to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, resolutely carrying out a public referendum that Western leaders had declared illegal and vowed to punish with economic sanctions.
The outcome, in a region that shares a language and centuries of history with Russia, was a foregone conclusion even before exit polls showed more than 93 percent of voters favoring secession. Still, the result deepened the conflict over Ukraine, forcing the United States and its European allies to decide how swiftly and forcefully to levy threatened sanctions against Russian officials including top aides to President Vladimir V. Putin
One of the few bands that truly rocked hard and consistently. They were a train wreck waiting to happen from the beginning, but man could they shred, and drummer Scott Asheton, along with his brother, guitarist Ron Ashton two reasons why.
RIP Scott Asheton
Scott Asheton, founding member and longtime drummer of The Stooges, has died. He was 64 years old.
News of Asheton’s death was revealed by Stooges frontman Iggy Pop. He wrote on Facebook:
My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night.
Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Asheton’s have always been and continue to be a second family to me.
My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life.
It’s unclear what caused Asheton’s passing, though in 2011 he suffered a health scare, which caused him to temporarily retire from touring.
Born August 16th, 1949, Asheton lived with his family in Washington, D.C. until moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan at the age of 14. It was there, in 1967, that Asheton, his brother Ron, and childhood friend Dave Alexander joined forces with Iggy Pop to form The Stooges. The band released two albums (1969’s The Stooges and 1970’s Funhouse) before Alexander and Pop’s respective substance abuse problems left the band’s future uncertain. Alexander was eventually fired from the band, and with the addition of James Williamson in late 1970, The Stooges rebounded to write and record 1973’s Raw Power, heralded as one of the defining albums of the then-burgeoning punk scene. When Pop and The Stooges broke up the following year, Scott Asheton spent time pursuing other projects, most notably drumming for the likes of Sonny Vincent, Scott Morgan, and an incarnation of Destroy All Monsters, among others. He also participated in Pop’s various solo projects.
There are three videos embedded in the link, but this live version of “The Passenger” is perhaps the best ever.
And here is some rare Stooges footage from a documentary (the name of which I don’t know).
God damn, the Stooges ROCKED!!!
Answering Allah: Former Gitmo Guard Gives Lecture at ISU - Answering Allah: Former Gitmo Guard Gives Lecture at ISU: Members
“One of the torture methods was to tie a prisoner in a stress position and then play the same song over and over again for eight hours, until eventually, the prisoner urinated on themselves,” Holdbrooks said. “Then they would humiliate them, say ‘You’re not a man, you urinated on yourself, give us your intelligence.’”
This particular detainee had a plan, he memorized the tune and then sang it to his torturer.
“It worked. It really upset the guy,” Holdbrooks said.
Holdbrooks said other torture methods included showing prisoners graphic photos of beheaded women and children and telling them that their families were dead and they might as well give up any information that they had.