Nessie: It?s big, it?s heavy, it?s wood

The local nature conservancy group has proposed that runoff into the Loch Ness may spark reports of the mythical monster because people mistake logs as the creature. Has the mystery of the ?Log Ness Monster? been solved? ? Environment ? The Independent. After an unprecedented 18 months without a ?confirmed sighting?, several people have come forward in the past few weeks with reports of … [Read more...]

Republicans and Big Business Are Already Losing Their Minds Over This New EPA Rule

Any day now, the Environmental Protection Agency will decide whether to lower the maximum legal level for ozone, a pollutant that?s the main component of smog. The EPA rarely issues a new rule without controversy, but this one is already setting records for hyperbole from furious Republicans and industry groups. On Friday, Senators David Vitter and James Inhofe wrote to the White House that the … [Read more...]

Get Ready for a Government Shutdown Over Obama’s Immigration Order

Conservatives have reacted to Barack Obama?s executive action on immigration exactly as expected, bestowing an array of new titles on the president: tyrant, monarch, king, and so on. But name-calling may only be the beginning of it. Republicans are weighing whether to use a government funding bill to block Obama?s action. It?s looking increasingly clear that they will?and that an ensuing … [Read more...]

This Student Took on University of Alabama’s Segregated Sororities. It Didn’t Turn Out As She’d Hoped.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama On the first day of sorority rush last September, Melody Twilley woke up and could not find her lavender nail polish. This constituted a bit of an emergency. The night before, Twilley, an 18-year-old student at the University of Alabama, had borrowed a blue and purple slip dress with spaghetti straps from one of her roommates; the lavender nail polish, in her opinion, was … [Read more...]

Girls and Boys Don’t Need Separate Books

My youngest son adores his Ladybird Well Loved Tales collection. It?s the same collection I had as a child, including all the old classics: The Princess and the Pea, Rumpelstiltskin, Beauty and the Beast, The Princess and the Frog. Over the last year they have become an essential part of the bedtime routine. While the books themselves are not labelled as ?for boys? or ?for girls,? some of the … [Read more...]

US Supports EU Cooperation with Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan

November 21st, 2014 3:23pm Posted In: Energy Security & Supply, Recent News, News By Country, More Countries, Azerbaijan, United States, Trans-Caspian Pipeline, Turkmenistan, Caspian Focus The United States supports stronger cooperation between the European Union and two Caspian countries - Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan - in order to fast-track the construction of the Trans-Caspian gas … [Read more...]

Republika Srpska Opposition Claim New Support

Elvira M. Jukic The Alliance for Changes, the opposition bloc in Republika Srpska, said a non-Serbian party coalition, Homeland, had agreed to support them in forming a majority government in the mainly Serbian entity.However, the governing Alliance of Independent Social Democrats, SNSD, and two other smaller parties, which were their partners in the previous term, have already said they would be … [Read more...]

TASS: South Stream project is of interest to whole Europe ? Serbia, Hungary foreign ministers

November 21st, 2014 8:54pm Posted In: Press Notes The whole Europe has a common interest in building the South Stream gas pipeline, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto said after talks on Friday. ?We are going to implement this project because we are convinced that it will considerably improve the safety of gas supplies to Central Europe. That is why … [Read more...]

The ?New? Arrangements in Russian-Chinese Energy Cooperation

November 22nd, 2014 12:00am Posted In: Recent News, News By Country, More Countries, Russia, China, Expert Views On 9 November, during President Vladimir Putin?s visit to Beijing (one day ahead of the APEC summit), another package of Russian-Chinese agreements regarding the energy sector was signed. This included: agreements envisaging the annual supplies of 30 billion m3 of natural gas from … [Read more...]

Did Obama Literally Shred the Constitution? A TNR Investigation.

Now that President Barack Obama has instituted a new deferred action policy that will protect millions of immigrants from deportation, you might be worried about the health of the Constitution. Not in a hackneyed, metaphorical sense, where someone exceeds his constitutional authority and swift repercussions await, but the literal health of the Constitution?the document itself. "We can't just stand … [Read more...]