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  Cooperative Conservation Listening SessionsAugust 30, 2006 10:36 The Bush Administration is holding a series of hearing on their Cooperative Conservation road tour. Sound a bit like Compassionate Conservatism? How about Camoflauged Crap?

Attend one of the meetings and give them a piece of your mind.
  Death as a StatisticAugust 28, 2006 20:55 The quote "Death of one man is a tragedy; death of a million is a statistic" is generally attributed to Joseph Stalin. It sure seems like the Bush administration and the rest of us have fallen prey to this simple observation. We can't conceive of hundreds, thousands, or millions of individuals like ourselves suddenly ceasing life within a small amount of time. Yet it happens every day in Iraq. Right now, approximately 100 people a day are received, dead, in the Baghdad morgue.

Can you imagine that? Think about your neighborhood or the company where you work. How far would you have to walk to find another person if suddenly the nearest 100 people to you disappeared? I'd have to walk at least a block in my neighborhood, or go to another floor or two in my building.

100 people are dying a day in Baghdad, the seat of our floundering US occupation in Iraq, yet there is barely any outcry in our country or in theirs (that we hear about).

Perhaps it's time for us to recognize that the depth of this ongoing tragedy in Iraq is not simply a statistic.

  American Workers Afraid to Take VacationAugust 21, 2006 15:47 Now this is a pathetic take on the state of the American worker and the worker's general feeling of security about his job...

Americans, who are already the hardest workers in the Western world, are taking fewer holidays than they have done for almost 30 years, a new survey finds.
In a country where most employees only get two weeks off a year plus 10 public holidays, many people are now so ambitious or so terrified of losing their jobs that they have to be forced to take their meager allowance.

According to the Conference Board, a private research group, 40 percent of American workers are taking no summer holiday at all this year, the lowest percentage recorded for 28 years.

Even President George W Bush, celebrated in previous years for taking most of August off at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, spent only 10 days there earlier this month.

About a quarter of American workers in the private sector do not get any paid holiday at all, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A third of all American workers only take one week-long holiday a year. The longest summer trip for the average American lasts only six nights.
  Obesity Now An Issue For BabiesAugust 10, 2006 11:17 Sick of hearing that unhealthy eating and low-exercise habits during pregnancy are ok? Check this out...

WITH the constant warnings about growing obesity in children and adults alike, it is alarming to find that even babies are getting fatter.

A Harvard University study is the first to document the spread of the obesity epidemic in infants. It has reported that in the US state of Massachusetts, children under the age of six have become heavier since 1980, but the risk of being overweight has jumped most for babies under six months.

The findings, published in the journal Obesity, add to concerns that the growing number of children who are born heavy or gain weight quickly in early life are likelier to face future health problems, including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and possibly asthma.