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Twitter mobilizes Haiti aid efforts

NEW YORK ( — In the aftermath of a severe earthquake in Haiti late Tuesday, Twitter is playing a critical role in collecting donations to help disaster victims.

Fundraising efforts by the American Red Cross and rapper Wyclef Jean were two of the top 10 trending topics on Twitter early Wednesday. Both organizations asked Twitter users to text a number to make a donation that would be added to their cell phone bills.

The International Federation of the Red Cross estimated that 3 million people were affected by the 7.0-magnitude quake, the center of which was located near capital city Port-au-Prince.

Twitter lit up with posts from around the globe, including some tweets from Haitians who had no other way to communicate amid the chaos. Donation efforts on the site mobilized quickly amid the first natural disaster to strike since the social media site took off.

At about 6:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, the American Cross tweeted that it was pledging an initial $200,000 to assist those affected.

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Posted: January 13th, 2010
at 10:14pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,life,politricks,fo' real?,philanthropy,health,internets

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California Emission Credits Auction

While Congress dithers, California is moving ahead with its cap and trade plan. Today the state’s Economic and Allocation Advisory Committee, which is comprised of economists and environmental experts, made a series of recommendations for the program, including that it auction 100 percent of its emissions allocation allowances. The California Air Resource Board must now decide whether to accept to Committee’s recommendations.>

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Posted: January 12th, 2010
at 2:55pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: green,politricks

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UN marks 2010 as Year of Biodiversity

The United Nations (UN) marked 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity to raise awareness among the public and generate pressure on world’s leaders to curb the unprecedented loss in biodiversity due to human activity.

In a statement, the secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) of the UN Environment Program (UNEP) said "humans are part of the nature’s rich diversity and have the power to protect of destroy it."

"Biodiversity, the variety of life on Earth, is essential to sustaining the living networks and systems that provide us all with health, wealth, food, fuel and the vital services our lives depend on. Human activity is causing the diversity of life on Earth to be lost at a greatly accelerated rate," it explained.

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Posted: January 9th, 2010
at 11:56pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: green,politricks,science

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Swiss gets speed fine record

A Swiss millionaire has been handed down a record speeding fine of $290,000 by a court.

The man was reportedly caught driving a red Ferrari Testarossa at 137km/h (85mph) through a village.

The penalty was calculated based on the unnamed motorist’s wealth - assessed by the court as $22.7m - and because he was a repeat offender.

It is more than double Switzerland’s previous record speeding fine - handed to a Porsche driver in Zurich in 2008.

In the latest case, the motorist was clocked speeding 57km/h (35mph) faster than the limit, according to the cantonal court in St Gallen, eastern Switzerland.

"The accused ignored elementary traffic rules with a powerful vehicle out of a pure desire for speed," the court said in its judgement.

Swiss media reported that the man owns a villa with five luxury cars, including the Ferrari.>

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Posted: January 8th, 2010
at 1:39am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,whips,politricks

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True Men Who Stare At Goats

"More of this is true than you would believe," we’re told, just a few minutes into the movie version of The Men Who Stare At Goats, which opens today. But how many of the film’s outlandish military research projects really happened? Turns out there’s plenty of material in the movie which sticks quite close to the truth though reality is a bit more complicated.

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Posted: January 7th, 2010
at 1:23pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,too good to be true,web,film,politricks,weaponry,et cetera,ninjas are everyehere

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The bailout crashed, and so did democracy

Democracy is not perfect, and one of its many imperfections is that voters tend to be ignorant. I don’t mean to be insulting. There are, after all, perfectly rational reasons for this ignorance. In a republic of 300 million, the chances of an individual vote affecting a national outcome are slim, and it makes little sense for the individual voter to invest scarce resources in learning about complicated issues, like health care or foreign policy or, just to pick another subject at random, the economy.

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Posted: January 6th, 2010
at 8:23pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: politricks

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Japanese Whale Boat Sinks Ship

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Conservationists say a Japenese whaling boat intentionally sunk one of their ships during a "skirmish" in the Southern Ocean Wednesday. The Ady Gil, a boat that bears an uncanny resemblance to a stealth bomber, sank after a collision with a boat that provides security to Japanese whalers. The Japanese Fisheries Agency says the Ady Gil caused the crash; the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which operated the Ady Gil, says the Japanese rammed their boat, which has a history of harassing whalers with lasers, radar, and other space-age annoyances. The six crew members aboard the Ady Gil were rescued by a nearby Sea Shepherd vessel, and they vowed not to be intimidated by the incident. "If they think that our remaining two ships will retreat from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in the face of their extremism, they will be mistaken," a Sea Shepherd captain said. "We now have a real whale war on our hands."

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Posted: January 6th, 2010
at 1:41pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,crime,web,not ninja-worthy,mnp is for the children,politricks,10th dan

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Real Onionz : Honey Bomb

California airport shut down for hours in false alarm after bottles in a man’s luggage were found to contain honey. It is unclear why bottles tested positive for explosives.

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Posted: January 5th, 2010
at 10:55pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,politricks,weaponry,grub,science,real onionz

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Mars Science Labratory Animation

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Animation of entry/descent/landing sequence of the JPL Mars Science Laboratory, which will launch in fall 2011 and arrive at Mars in 2012.

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Posted: January 5th, 2010
at 10:19pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: youtube,robots,politricks,weaponry,science

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