What should I be doing instead of this?
September 14th, 2011 By Danny Cross | News |

Morning News and Stuff


Cue Waylon Jennings' Dukes of Hazzard narrator voice: “Them daggone Republicans gone and done it again, redistrictin' the whole state in their favor. Ain't that somethin'.”

For real though, they'll likely hold 12 out of the state's 16 districts going forward, with Cincinnati's two (Chabot & Schmidt) being restrengthened with GOP-rich areas. Except in Cleveland, where Dennis Kucinich's district was generally left alone. Now he's going to stay in Ohio instead of moving to Washington where he'd be appreciated.

Also, a Republican won a House seat representing the Brooklyn and Queens-area of New York City, which is not really good news for Obama.

President Obama was in Columbus yesterday preaching school upgrades and modernization as crucial parts of the $447 billion proposal Republicans laughed at last week. The White House says Cincinnati Public Schools would get $61 million.

Fresh off being burned by the likes of Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin for his mandatory HPV vaccinations, Rick Perry is now getting grief from people who want to know whether such a policy is connected to the many campaign contributions he has received from drug company Merck & Co. These doctors say the vaccine is good anyway, though.

Aren't volcanoes scary enough? Do we really need to create an artificial volcano?

Scientists will attempt to pump water up a hose suspended one kilometre off the ground beneath a helium-filled balloon.

The test will provide valuable data that could pave the way to a giant geoengineering project in decades to come.

The long-term vision is to tether 20 kilometre-long pipes to balloons the size of Wembley stadium.

Light-scattering particles would be pumped high into the atmosphere to reflect the sun's rays and cool the earth.

The effect would be similar to that of a volcanic eruption spewing out clouds of sulphate droplets which can have an impact on the climate.

Google yesterday introduced its new flight searching tool (this story about it was found using Google, so believe what you want). Google also bought Motorola, if you care about such things.

Apparently U.S. retail sales are flat as consumer confidence is down. Here you go, consumers, feel better about yourselves. Have this, too. You're welcome!

Consumers at Target yesterday were feeling so confident about the new Missoni for Target Collection that they bought everything in the stores and then crashed the company's website trying to get the rest of it. Don't worry, the site is back up and there's more Missoni stuff. This is Target's website: www.target.com.

Chad Ochocinco had a quiet first game for the New England Patriots, then got ripped on by a former Patriot for talking about how good Patriot quarterback Tom Brady played.

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