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Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Given the rising costs of synthetic fertilizers and organic foods, the collection of bird droppings (for use as organic fertilizer) has intensified on 20 islands off the coast of Peru, where 12-inch-thick seabird guano coats the land. In the 19th century, China fought with Peru on the high seas for the right to mine the guano...
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Perhaps the most frustrating part of aging is mental decay, or those “senior moments” during which what you want to say or remember vanishes in an instant. Cognitive degeneration can be categorized as cruel, since the very substance of the human experience evaporates, and the dignity of acquired wisdom seems...
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Grilled Lobster Special

Everybody likes a good deal. How about a Maine lobster dinner for $12.95? This is the Wednesday evening special at Karen Jean’s Oyster Bar and Grill, which is located in the Milwaukee Public Market next to the St. Paul Fish Co. Seating is casual—just a stainless steel counter with a few seats.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Asian fusion with a twist

In 2007, Michael Polaski purchased two restaurants that went by the name Monsoon and featured Asian fusion cuisine. He planned to close them both and reopen the restaurants under different names. The first to reopen became Mi-Key’s, located along Cathedral Square.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Wizard of Waukesha Returns

In 1954 at a meeting of the Audio Engineering Society in New York, Les Paul proposed the ideal device for music listeners. He recalls his words as if the meeting had been held last week: “Ideally, it would be something you could carry in your pocket that had no moving parts and held every song you ever wanted to hear.”
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Money Illusion

When people are misled by inflation into thinking that they are getting richer, when in fact the value of their money is declining. Whether, and how much, people are fooled by inflation is much debated by economists. (Source: Economist.com)
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
If millions of people are truly outraged over sexism in politics following the defeat of Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, it’s obvious what the next target should be: the brazen denigration of another accomplished woman in public life—Michelle Obama.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

He’d have advantage in town halls with McCain

To his credit, John McCain has invited Barack Obama to join him in a national “town hall” tour over the coming months, without the unneeded intrusion of celebrity journalists, network extravaganzas and all of their irrelevant impertinence. The Republican senator insists that he wants a serious debate over the competing...
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Insurers can deny coverage and hurt consumers

“WE HAVE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS THAT PROTECT US FROM DISCRIMINATION— UNTIL YOU GET SICK,” KAGAN SAID. “IF YOU GET SICK, THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST YOU BASED ON A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION.”
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Mark Weisbrot on the U.S. media’s misleading reporting on

Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C., is considered to be one of the leading experts on the Venezuelan economy and the reforms of President Hugo Chavez. Weisbrot was in Milwaukee last week to discuss American media’s coverage of progressive changes in Latin America, coverage that Weisbrot claims is misleading.

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