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on 26 April 2012 01:00:00 AM. © They gave us a republic... - Front Page
By BG & YD
- Connecticut abolishes death penalty. Henceforth the harshest penalty that can be handed down in the Nutmeg State is life in prison without the possibility of parole. Howevern the Governor doesn't have the power to commute the sentence of the eleven men sitting on the state's death row so they seem to be left in some sort of a weird legal limbo.
- Are there no workhouses? Are there no orphan trains? The House tea-publican majority would rather kick 280,000 children off the school lunch program than risk asking millionaires to pony over even a cent more in taxes. Which makes us wonder if they realize that the beginnings of the school lunch program are rooted in national security...so many young men who showed up to volunteer for service in WW II were malnourished and had to be turned away that Truman signed the School Lunch Act immediately following WW II, calling it a matter of national security.
- Priceless! It hasn't been all that long ago that Marco Rubio was sneering that the President is "the most talented teleprompter reader in America." Today, he was caught flat-footed during a speech at Brookings when his last page was missing and he flipped out about it -- "I left my last page of the speech, does anyone have my last page? Did I Ieave it with you?"
- Not going to die on that hill. Bradley Manning is going to spend a long, long time in military prison, all because he had a hissy fit over Don't Ask, Don't Tell (everyone seems to leave off that part, we've noticed) and downloaded a bunch of classified date and gave it to Wikileaks because he didn't think repeal was happening fast enough. Today a judge rejected his request for a dismissal of the charges against him. We're sure the judge was laughing, but was the laughter so vigorous that a tiny bit of pee was produced? Magic 8-Ball says "yes."
- Possible drug for autism "The prospect of a drug to treat autism has been raised after symptoms of the condition were reduced in experiments on mice that were performed by the US National Institutes of Health. There is no cure for the condition. The results published in Science Translational Medicine showed increased social skills and less repetitive behaviour in animals taking a drug. However, treatments which work in mice frequently fail in humans and potential medication would be years away. Autism spectrum disorder is thought to affect around 1% of children. It ranges from mild to severe and symptoms include social problems, delayed language and repetitive movements such as hand tapping. Autism is mainly treated with specialist education, speech and behavioural therapies."
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