Thursday, February 15, 2007

Political Links

This post about how American soldiers drive in Iraq has been around a few weeks now, and is still getting comments. It was linked on a couple of Iraqi sites and passed around by US service folks.

President Bush wants to cut cancer research funding for the second year in a row — this time by $40 million.

Veterans face spending cuts for second year in a row. We desperately need that VA funding.

A society is ultimately judged by how it treats it weakest members. A recent UNICEF report shows the the Unites States and the United Kingdom are at the bottom of the list for child welfare among rich countries.

A bill introduced last week by Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) would require ISPs to record all users' surfing activity, IM conversations and email traffic indefinitely.

A vaccine against HPV sounds like a good idea, right? But you’d have to have way more information than that to know what’s going on.

Profiles in Courage: Zube Girl is in the middle of a high-risk pregnancy. But she still made the effort to testify in front of a Senate Hearing Committee about her experience with rape and unwanted pregnancy years ago, in order to further a bill that would compel hospitals to inform rape victim of their emergency contraception alternatives. It’s sad that the government would have to compel hospitals to provide information, but thats the way it is.

First, take a look at the first prize winner in the World Press photo contest, singles division. Then read the story behind the portrait. More photos here. (via Arbroath)

An Iraqi Interrogator’s Nightmare.

For a little fun, here’s lonelydem07.

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