Thursday, November 18, 2010

PALIN or TRUMP in 2012! R U KIDDIN' ME?!

Donald Trump: I'll Decide on Presidential Run by June
on ABC's "Good Morning America" today that he'll make a decision about running for president in 2012 by June. Luckily for Trump, a June announcement wouldn't overlap with the upcoming Spring season of his reality show, "Celebrity Apprentice."

"It could be fun because I'd like to see some positive things happen for the country," Trump said of running for the presidency. "I'm going to make a decision probably by June."

Trump said he would consider running for president because "the respect for this country is just not there. I have many people from China that I do business with, they laugh at us. They feel we're fools. And almost being led by fools. And they can't believe what they're getting away with."

He said he would run as a Republican and could "very easily" spend more than $200 million on his campaign.

Trump acknowledged, "Would I rather be in the race or not be in the race? I can tell you, I love what I'm doing. I'm having a great time what I'm doing. I'd rather not be in the race." He said, however, he'd consider it if "the country continues to be taken advantage of by the world."

The reality TV star has speculated before about running for president.

If he were to run, Trump said he would "tax China" and tackle the price of oil.

RACISTS in ARIZONA comes at a cost! $140 MILLION

Arizona real-estate developments aren’t the only places in the state with a huge number of vacancies:

A new study finds that the boycott of Arizona because of its harsh immigration policies has cost the state $140 million.

In the first four months after the bill was signed in April, the state’s hotel industry lost $45 million, and those vanished visitors would have spent an additional $96 million in the state.

State tourism brought in $16.6 billion in 2009. The Center for American Progress paid for the study and it was conducted by Scottsdale-based Elliott D. Pollack & Co.

Bone found in Aruba is that of young woman

An Aruban prosecutor said Thursday that a jawbone found on the island last week belongs to a young woman, signaling a potential link to Natalee Holloway, the US teen who went missing under mysterious circumstances in 2005, WSFA-TV reported.

"I'm happy that it's human. And the initial finding is that it's from a young woman, so maybe we will be able to solve this case. I hope so. But we will wait to see what the findings are," Aruban prosecutor Peter Blanken told CNN.

The bone was reportedly found by tourists near the Phoenix hotel on the Caribbean island and handed over to authorities.

DNA testing is currently being performed on the bone to see if it belongs to Holloway. Aruban authorities made the initial determination that the bone belonged to that of a young woman, but it has been sent to the Netherlands Forensic Institute in the Hague for final forensic analysis.

The jawbone reportedly contains an intact molar. DNA extracted from the bone will then be matched to that of Holloway's biological parents to determine whether or not it belonged to her. It is believed that results of the test should be known within the next few days.

The 18-year-old Alabama teen was last seen leaving a nightclub in Oranjestad, the Aruban capital, on May 30, 2005 while on the final night of a high school graduation trip. The subsequent search and investigation generated headlines around the world. Her body has never been found.

Dutch national Joran van der Sloot, 23, is the prime suspect in the case. Holloway was last seen leaving the Aruban nightclub with van der Sloot and two other males. He was arrested following her disappearance, but was never charged in the case and was later released. He is currently in jail in Peru charged with the first-degree murder and robbery of 21-year-old Stephany Flores in his hotel room in Lima, back in May.

A US grand jury in Alabama indicted van der Sloot on June 30 for wire fraud and extortion after he allegedly asked Holloway's mother, Beth Holloway, for $250,000 to tell her where to find her missing daughter's remains.

Scientists Trap Antimatter! IT MATTERS!!

This sounds like a recipe for a disaster-movie emergency:
For the first time, scientists have trapped antimatter—a breakthrough that will help them learn about the origins of the universe.

It is believed that after the Big Bang, matter and antimatter were created in equal measure; however, antimatter has disappeared from the universe.
American scientist Jeffrey Hangst and a team of international researchers captured 38 anti-hydrogen atoms for one tenth of a second.

Read it at Associated Press

DWTS Eyes New Voting System

Looks like the “cult of self-esteem” is in for a reality check:

Insiders at Dancing With the Stars tell the Chicago Sun-Times that the show is going to adjust its voting system after Bristol Palin made it into the finals, despite consistently receiving low scores from the judges.

“Not only was everyone stunned that Bristol will be in the finals,” the staffer said, “it just made everyone realize the voting system really needs to be changed.

This is going to lead to a reworking of the entire voting system. There definitely will be a restructuring to give the judges’ votes more weight.”

Read it at Chicago Sun-Times

Sen. Ensign Says He Will Seek Re-election R U KIDDIN' ME?!

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Sen. John Ensign says he is preparing to run for a third term, despite an ongoing federal investigation into an extramarital affair with the wife of a former staffer.

The Republican senator told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he remains a productive advocate for Nevada and has more to offer.

Ensign aides did not immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press.

It has been unclear how Ensign's 2009 affair with a former campaign aide will affect his political future. Federal investigators are probing whether he broke ethics rules in an attempt to keep the affair secret.

HOW about McDonald's 7-11 Starbucks being responcible for their litter customers!?

Alberta considers green tax on takeout coffee cups

Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner raised the prospect Wednesday of charging coffee drinkers a small deposit on disposable cups in a bid to keep litter from blowing down the province's streets.

Speaking at a rural municipalities conference in Edmonton, Renner said "there seems to be no shortage of coffee and drink cups around.

"Some have suggested that some form of deposit might be something that we should pursue."

Renner said measures would not be the same as the system for bottle recycling, where the containers are registered and consumers pay a deposit up front.

"That would be far too administratively cumbersome," the environment minister said.

"That's not to say we shouldn't look at ways we could perhaps encourage and incent people to discard their cups less frequently or, as the alternative, create some incentive for people to pick up the ones that are carelessly discarded. I think it's worth pursuing. I don't know how realistic it would be, but one never knows until you look."

But it might be a tall order, as the plastic-coated cups that keep hot beverages from leaking are difficult to recycle.

Paula Magdich, the City of Calgary's program director for recycling, said the blue cart program doesn't currently accept disposable paper or Styrofoam cups.

"Drinking cups are tricky," Magdich explained.

Some are recyclable in the city, she said. But most are not.

Travel agency manager and busy mom Jennifer Hodgins said nine times out of 10, she uses a travel mug when she buys a hot beverage. But outside of the Bridgeland Starbucks on Wednesday, she said she forgot her reusable container in a rush to take her son and his friend tobogganing.

"I'm actually all for it. You can't put this in recycling," Hodgins said of the minister's idea while holding up her disposable cup.

Recycling Council of Alberta executive director Christina Seidel said the goal is to stop using single-use cups in the first place.

"It's kind of like the plastic bag issue," she said. Both plastic bags and disposable cups "are all things that are unnecessary. That's the point."

Seidel added coffee companies lead the way when it comes to reducing disposable cup use. For instance, at both Starbucks and Tim Hortons, customers get 10 cents off their drink when they bring their own tumbler.

She said the Alberta government -- once a leader -- is falling behind when it comes to diverting waste from landfills, in general. For instance, it hasn't moved on recycling construction and demolition waste.

"It's sort of like we stagnated." Last year, Toronto delayed a controversial ban on disposable coffee cups. Before Toronto council decided to hold off on forbidding the cups and lids, major coffee chains vigorously opposed the scheme.

Tim Hortons Inc. corporate affairs senior vice-president Nick Javor said the company is still against any kind of cup tax or surcharge.

"Customers have told us that they want great coffee at a competitive price," Javor said in an e-mail.

"Collecting cups at our stores for a deposit return would have its challenges as we could not handle all these cups in store due to health and sanitary issues, of course. Our approach is to encourage our customers to consider alternatives and to reduce, reuse and recycle whenever possible."

Javor added the company plans to expand an in-store cup recycling and composting program, now at some stores out East, to Alberta.

Wildrose Alliance MLA Guy Boutilier, a former environment minister in the Klein government, said he doesn't favour placing a deposit on coffee cups and other paper beverage containers. He said the government should instead focus on making it easier for Albertans to recycle bottles, cans and cups.

"There is a lost opportunity within gas stations right now," Boutilier noted. "I'm more inclined to think of how do we have (Albertans) learn the habit of recycling when they fill up the car."


Sarah Palin says she is seriously considering a run
for the White House, and she believes she could beat
President Obama in 2012, the former Alaska governor
told ABC News' Barbara Walters.

"I'm looking at the lay of the land now, and ... trying
to figure that out, if it's a good thing for the country,
for the discourse, for my family, if it's a good thing,"
Palin said in an interview scheduled to air in full Dec.
9 on ABC as part of Walters' "10 Most Fascinating
People" of 2010.

Asked Walters: "If you ran for president, could you
beat Barack Obama?"

"I believe so," Palin said.

Although Palin remains undecided about whether to
run, the 2008 vice presidential nominee has now
made clear in two interviews this week that she is
seriously considering it.

In a profile to be published in the upcoming New
York Times Magazine, Palin told reporter Robert
Draper "I am," when asked if she was weighing a 2012
run. "I'm engaged in the internal deliberations
candidly, and having that discussion with my family,
because my family is the most important
consideration here."

Palin said her decision would involve "evaluating
whether she could bring unique qualities to the
table," admitting the biggest challenge would be
proving her record.

"I know that a hurdle I would have to cross, that some
other potential candidates wouldn't have to cross
right out of the chute, is proving my record," the
former Alaska governor told Draper. "That's the most
frustrating thing for me -- the warped and perverted
description of my record and what I've accomplished
over the last two decades.

"It's been much more perplexing to me than where the
lamestream media has wanted to go about my
personal life. And other candidates haven't faced
these criticisms the way I have."

Palin also addressed criticisms that, by avoiding the
media, she is partially responsible for the public's
perception of her. "I'm on television nearly every
single day with reporters. ... Now granted, that's
mainly through my job at Fox News, and I'm very
proud to be associated with them, but I'm not
avoiding anything or anybody.

"I'm on Facebook and Twitter. I'm out there. I want to
talk about my record, though."

The 2008 vice presidential nominee also recognized
that, "yes, the organization would have to change. …
I'd have to bring in more people -- more people who
are trustworthy."

Draper's story, "The Palin Network," details the inner
workings of the Palin political machine, which Draper
described as a "guerrilla organization."

"The issue of trust informs Sarah Palin's every dealing
with the world beyond Wasilla since her circular-
firing-squad experience at the close of the 2008
presidential campaign," Draper wrote. "Her inner
circle shuns the media and would speak to me only
after Palin authorized it, a process that took months.
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