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Nature in the News contains interesting, entertaining and educational articles about wildlife, nature and ecology issues. This news page contains information on everything from Yosemite rock slides and mountain lion legislation, to global warming, climate change and tiny little hummingbirds.

If you aren't sure where you stand on the issues, don't feel alone. The world we live in becomes more complex every single day. Is the earth as fragile as some would have us believe or has it endured because it's quite resilient? You decide. These issues are not going away and will continue to plague us with complex problems that will require us all to make hard decisions.

You will find plenty of food for thought and information to contemplate. Be sure to check back often.

      
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News With Views

by Devvy Kidd

December 13, 2004

"Those who are willing to allow the government to establish a Soviet-style internal passport system because they think it will make us safer are terribly mistaken."

The only question remains is how many Americans will stand up and say no' If you want to stop this before it can be implemented, then you must act at once - Bush hasn't signed this bill yet, but he will. Don't send an e-mail, call your member of Congress. They millions of e-mails every year. Forget it. Call them. It's not too late.

Daily Times (Pakistan)

by Miguel Loureiro

December 12, 2004

Europe isn't sure. It's recommending trials, more research and caution. Japanese consumer groups sent a petition with more than a million signatures to the Canadian minister of agriculture to ban genetically modified wheat in Canada. Even poorer nations a

The bulk of research and lobbying on biotechnology is being done by a handful of multinationals: Monsanto, DuPont, Dow Chemicals, Advanta, Bayer AG, BASF, and Singenta (formerly Novartis and AstraZeneca). All these giants were, at one time or another, involved in the creation of some of the most harmful products in our life on Earth: heroin, the atom bomb, napalm, agent orange, and other chemical weapons.

MSN Computer Active (UK)

by Iain Thomson

December 10, 2004

As Santa does his annual Christmas Eve visits to homes around the globe he will be tracked by a billion dollar US defence radar system.

For the past seven years the North American Aerospace Defence Command (Norad), based under Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado, has been following Santa's sleigh and broadcasting his progress on its website.

CNN

by Lou Dobbs

December 6, 2004

Congressional authority to peek into citizens' tax returns wasn't the only clause hidden in the omnibus spending bill that recently passed. There's also a more welcome surprise for the American worker: a grant for a comprehensive study of the effects of o

So far, the government has simply lacked the data to determine offshore outsourcing's impact on the U.S. work force, said Republican Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia. Wolf initiated the measure to grant $2 million to the independent, nonpartisan National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) for the study.

Washington Post

by Albert B. Crenshaw

October 4, 2004

For the third time in less than a month, the government this week lost a multimillion-dollar case in which a federal judge concluded that a deal that saved a company large sums of taxes had a legitimate business purpose and thus was not an illegal tax she

In two of the cases, the judges specifically told the Internal Revenue Service that if it has a problem with the outcomes, the solution lies with Congress, not the courts. In the most recent case, a U.S. district judge in Connecticut determined Monday that an arrangement by which General Electric Co., through subsidiaries and partnerships, shifted $310 million in income to two Dutch banks that don't pay U.S. taxes was not a sham and, as a result, GE was entitled to a $62 million tax refund.

telegraph.co.uk

by Marcus Warren

January 27, 2004

A white teenager who moved from South Africa to America six years ago was suspended from school after nominating himself for a "Distinguished African-American Student of the Year" prize.

Trevor Richards, 16, was accused of "showing disrespect" to black pupils at Westside High School in Omaha, Nebraska. It is thought he is the only pupil to have lived in Africa. He and two friends put up campaign posters showing him making a thumbs-up sign and all three were suspended. "The posters were intended to be satire on the term 'African-American'," said one of his campaign managers, Scott Rambo. The phrase is the current politically correct label for black Americans.

November 29, 2003

The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $2.64 billion per day since September 30, 2003!

The Honolulu Advertiser (HI)

by Jim Dooley

November 26, 2003

Two companies that have received a half-billion dollars in federal construction contracts here over the past eight years are now the subjects of a federal grand jury criminal investigation into how some of those contracts were awarded.

One of the companies, Nan Inc., has gone from a small business in 1995 to the single largest locally owned federal contractor in Hawai'i today, landing 56 contracts worth a maximum of $463 million, according to an Advertiser analysis of federal procurement records.

Providence Journal (RI)

by Neil Downing

November 19, 2003

Changes to the program are likely to result in a big increase in taxpayers who file their returns electronically.

More than 4 million taxpayers will take advantage of the Internal Revenue Service's free electronic tax-filing program next year, up more than 43 percent from this year's filing season, a top federal tax official estimated yesterday.

Stock World (Germany)

October 30, 2003

Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB locations in Southern California will donate $300,000 to area American Red Cross chapters this week.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., operates more than 138 discount stores, 32 SAM'S CLUBS and five distribution centers -- employing more than 56,700 associates -- in California. Last year, area Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB locations donated more than $9.4 million to support California communities and local non-profit organizations. Since 2000, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., has donated more than $4 million to aid communities through the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and other relief organizations during times of disaster.

      
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