Showing posts from February 13, 2011

Well owners want M3 to go slow with Spring Valley development near Eagle | Meridian, Eagle, Kuna, Star | Idaho Statesman

Tom Sorge isn’t buying the argument by M3 Cos. that its Spring Valley planned community doesn’t pose a threat to the area’s 2,000 existing water wells. Sorge, a retired business executive in the Rocket Bar subdivision north of Eagle, spent about $10,000 in 2002 to sink a new 140-foot well after his original 50-foot well went dry. “So we know the water table is dropping,” Sorge said. Many of the wells are near Ballantyne Lane and Homer Road, about a mile south of where M3 wants to pump most of its water, said David Head, president of the North Ada County Groundwater Association and a resident of the nearby Stillwell Estates subdivision. “We call it ground zero,” Head said. [...] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Joe Estrella: 377-6465 Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Idaho's Mike Crapo among six U.S. senators quietly tackling entitlements | Idaho Politics | Idaho Statesman

WASHINGTON — Is anyone going to fix Social Security? Medicare? Medicaid? Before they overwhelm the federal government? While President Barack Obama and congressional leaders offer vague assurances, six senators - three Republicans and three Democrats whose ideologies cover the liberal-conservative spectrum - are quietly taking up the baton. Those with bigger titles, including the president, are watching, ready to join the discussion if this Gang of Six doesn't trip on the opening lap. Obama did little to address entitlement programs in the 10-year budget he unveiled Monday, and House Republicans aren't touching them as they debate how much and where to cut other, mainly non-benefit programs for the next seven months. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Thursday he plans to work on cutting wasteful spending in entitlement programs this spring, but offered no details. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said House Republicans will address guarant

Should Boise dogs run free in parks? | Pets | Idaho Statesman

City officials are hosting a series of meetings, giving the public the chance to weigh in on a new pilot program that would allow off-leash hours in eight parks across the city during certain hours. If public reaction to the proposed pilot is positive, the program will begin in April. For the last couple of weeks, the city has also been soliciting comments through an online survey, and through 12,000 post cards mailed to residents near the proposed parks. Thursday, five neighborhood residents showed up at Trail Wind Elementary School, which is near Cypress Park, one of the eight proposed for the pilot program. Most attendees were there to ask questions: Will dogs be allowed in playgrounds? No. Will they be allowed off-leash in park parking lots? No. Will people still have to clean up after their dogs? Yes. Two residents, Gordon McGee and Ed Zollinger, are in strong support of off-leash hours for dogs in Cypress Park. "It's a good way to get more use out of our neig

Our View: Is it open season on proper process? | Editorials | Idaho Statesman

Perhaps Western politicians have learned a thing or two from watching their favorite four-legged foil — the wolf. They’re hunting as a pack. On Capitol Hill, Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson is looking to use the budget process to overturn a federal court ruling that returned wolves to the feds’ endangered species list. And that’s a separate animal from the several bills in Congress, endorsed by Simpson and other Western representatives, that seek to delist the wolves. In Montana, Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer is ordering his state’s wildlife agents to stare down the feds and kill problem wolves in areas where the animals have enjoyed sanctuary. [...] Full article at "... Simpson worked some troublesome wording into the mix: The wolf delisting 'shall not be subject to judicial review.'" Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Boise State football coaches traveling south to study Alabama Crimson Tide | Boise State Football | Idaho Statesman

Half of the Boise State football coaches will visit their colleagues at Alabama next week as part of the staff’s annual professional development. Four of the Broncos’ offensive coaches — all but new wide receivers coach Robert Prince — and defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski are making the trip to Alabama. [...] Full article at Roll Tide! :D Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Malaysia police nab 3 for stealing 725,000 condoms

Malaysian police have arrested three suspects involved in the heist of some 725,000 condoms, which have not yet been found. Mohamad Shukri Dahlan, the police chief of Malaysia's northern Perak state, says the heist was "an inside job." He said Friday the suspects work for the firm responsible for transporting the condoms from the factory to the port, where they were to [...] Full article at Condoms are apparently a black-market item in Malaysia? Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Proven: Bears Hibernate (and Soon You Could Too) - TIME

Juniors Bildarchiv / Alamy Until very recently, everything we knew about bear hibernation could be fairly well captured in a single sentence: We're pretty sure they do it. They disappear into dens for months at a time, they emerge in the spring looking a whole lot skinnier and we're reasonably sure they didn't send out for any food. Hibernation is the only thing that explains all of that. But whether the long winter nap bears appear to engage in qualifies as true hibernation has always been another matter. The natural seasonal cycles of zoo bears is completely disrupted by the very fact of their captivity and studying them thus yields little. As for non-zoo individuals, well, you know that whole thing about not waking a sleeping bear? Scientists take that seriously. (Watch TIME's video "What Is Killing America's Bears? We Are.") "Metabolism in the large hibernators of the bear family Ursidae have remained unknown because of technical limi

Dispute Over Cancer Tied to Implants

When talking to patients about a rare type of cancer linked to breast implants, plastic surgeons should call it “a condition” and avoid using the words cancer, tumor , disease or malignancy, the president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons advised members during an online seminar on Feb. 3. The comments, by Dr. Phil Haeck, the society president, were made public on Thursday by Public Citizen’s Health Research Group , an advocacy group in Washington. The group also wrote to the Food and Drug Administration , characterizing the advice as part of a misinformation campaign devised to play down the risks of implants, and urging health officials to put a stop to it. Dr. Haeck was traveling and not available for an interview, according to a spokesman for the plastic surgeons’ group, which issued a statement responding to Public Citizen ’s claims. The surgeons’ group said Public Citizen had taken Dr. Haeck’s remarks out of context and misconstrued them. He was discussing

BBC News - Written or unwritten - is there a perfect constitution?

By Michael Goldfarb Writer and broadcaster Should Americans profess a blind devotion to the constitution? Like most folks who end up living across an ocean from where they were born, I find myself occasionally frustrated by the sheer pig-headed, stubbornness by which people in my new country, the UK, cling to the customs that clearly have no value in the modern world. In Britain, these customs often revolve around outmoded political structures traceable to the fact that this country somehow has made it to the 21st Century without a written constitution. When I find myself dissecting some political or legal problem with British colleagues, I have been known to throw up my hands and say: "What this country needs is a new constitution and this time you need to get it in writing." [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

BBC News - Prince Charles launches Cumbria red squirrel campaign

The Prince of Wales is patron of the Red Squirrel Survival Trust The Prince of Wales has launched a conservation project to try to save the UK's dwindling number of native red squirrels. During a visit to Hutton-in-the-Forest in Cumbria he lent his support to the five-year scheme called Red Squirrels Northern England (RSNE). He met some of the 1,500 volunteers involved in red squirrel conservation projects across the north of England. The prince is patron of the Red Squirrel Survival Trust (RSST). [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

BBC News - China drought threatens wheat crops

China's central bank is offering emergency loans for drought-relief projects The Chinese government has said the country's worst drought in decades is likely to continue, putting the winter wheat harvest at risk. The Ministry of Agriculture said the drought had worsened in some wheat-growing regions despite snowfalls. Large swathes of China have had almost no rain since October, affecting millions of hectares of crops and leaving many short of drinking water. Analysts say crop shortages in China could affect prices around the world. [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

BBC News - Who, what, why: What do you put in nine bins?

A council has faced criticism for asking householders to sort their refuse into nine different bins. What goes into them? To supporters, it is an effective way to boost recycling. To critics, it is, well, a load of old rubbish. A UK-wide survey of waste collections found that Newcastle-under-Lyme provided its residents the largest number, offering them no fewer than nine containers. The authority uses separate bins for: [...] Full article at If they've got a system whereby this is actually working, stuff actually being recycled and composted and what-not, yay! The Greens from over at MyZeroWaste can vouch for how quickly these habits become ingrained, and for how nice it is to have almost no landfill waste. Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

BBC News - Will product placement change TV?

By Brigitt Hauck BBC News Product placement has a long history in the US At the cinema we're used to seeing James Bond zip around in his Aston Martin and the Sex and the City women sip branded vodka, but how will television change when advertisers can pay for the same sort of product placement? TV enthusiasts will soon notice a stark logo displayed for three seconds at the beginning and end of television shows which have been paid to include products. The new logo has been mandated by communications watchdog Ofcom and will appear from 28 February. For the 55 years of commercial television in the UK, viewers have been used to seeing advertising mostly only during the commercial break. But on US television there is a long history of product placement. [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

BBC News - Svalbard seed vault to take Peruvian potato samples

By Mark Kinver Science and environment reporter, BBC News Farmers feared that some potato varieties could have been lost forever if they were not protected Farmers in Peru are sending 1,500 varieties of potatoes to a "doomsday vault" in the Arctic Circle in order to safeguard the tubers' future. Potatoes are regarded as the world's most important non-cereal crop, and have been eaten for about 8,000 years. But native species from the highlands of South America appear to be at risk. [...] via   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Psychotherapy Eases Chronic Fatigue, Researchers Say

A new study suggests that psychotherapy and a gradual increase in  exercise  can significantly benefit patients with  chronic fatigue syndrome . While this may sound like good news, the findings — published Thursday in The Lancet — are certain to displease many patients and to intensify a fierce, long-running debate about what causes the illness and how to treat it. Many patients, citing two recent high-profile studies , believe the syndrome may be caused by viruses related to mouse leukemia viruses, and they are clamoring for access to antiretroviral drugs used to treat the virus that causes AIDS . That treatment is very expensive and would be expected to continue indefinitely, and health insurers are not generally willing to pay for untested drug regimens. The new study, conducted at clinics in Britain and financed by that country’s government, is expected to lend ammunition to those who think the disease is primarily psychological or related to stress. The authors note

BBC News - China warns US over Clinton's web freedom call

Twitter is blocked in China but similar local services have tens of millions of users China has warned the US not to use calls for internet freedom as an excuse to meddle in other countries' affairs. The foreign ministry comments came after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced an initiative to help dissidents around the world get past government internet controls. Since Mrs Clinton's speech, comments about it have been removed from China's popular Twitter-like microblog sites. The US ambassador to China said online embassy comments had also been deleted. [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

BBC - Earth News - Carnivorous underwater plant sucks in prey

High-speed cameras and computer simulations show how the trap works Mechanical engineers could learn something from the carnivorous bladderwort it seems. This underwater plant uses a suction trap to gobble up passing prey in an instant, which it slowly digests. Using high-speed cameras and computer simulations, a team of scientists in France has shown exactly how this suction trap works. They report their findings in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

BBC News - Frog hunt ends: Most still absent

By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News The Rio Pescado stubfoot toad was the only one on the "top-10 wanted" list to be rediscovered A mission to discover whether any of 100 amphibian species believed to be extinct are still alive has ended with few successes to report. The five-month project took researchers to 21 countries; but only four of the targeted 100 were found. Researchers describe these as "glimmers of hope" in a group of animals severely threatened by changing land use, disease, pollution and climate change. [...] Full article at "'This is a reminder that we are in the midst of what is being called the "Sixth Great Extinction", with species disappearing at 100 to 1,000 times the historic rate - and amphibians are really at the forefront of this extinction wave.'"   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

From Rocky Butler

"so this is to all the moto people. if i sign up for the idaho city trail race, who will join me in trying to win that? or at least finish in the top 15 in the pro class? i have never done a trail race so i figure a race through my home town is an order." "‎2011 Idaho City 100 June 4-5. and for the record each rider will need a pit crew." If any of y'all do this, please, someone, get one of these  and share your footage! :D Rocky, you will *kick* *ass*. :)   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

BBC News - High blood pressure patients 'benefit' from therapy

More people took their medication after one-to-one sessions Patients with high blood pressure would benefit from a series of personal advice sessions on their medication, say UK researchers. Writing in the Journal of Human Hypertension, they said many of the 10 million people with the condition in the UK fail to take their medication. The study showed a 14% reduction in blood pressure when people took part in "adherence therapy". The British Heart Foundation said the findings should not be ignored. [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

YouTube "Ghost Rider" Was Just An Apparition | The Smoking Gun

FEBRUARY 16--For a few days at least, Tim Wehage appeared to be the country’s most reckless driver, a 20-year-old knucklehead who climbed out the driver’s window of a Ford Bronco and stood atop its roof as the vehicle sped down a Florida interstate. Wehage’s dangerous stunt, known as “ghost riding the whip,” was, of course, filmed last month by a buddy driving behind him. The clip was then uploaded to YouTube, where it was discovered last Friday by Gawker and, in short order, went viral thanks to stories on other blogs, local TV stations, and British tabloids. The Daily Mail gasped that Wehage’s “terrifying highway trip” was done for “cheap YouTube thrills,” while Gawker declared that he “might just be the most dangerous driver in Florida.” Nobody, though, thought to ask Wehage, pictured above, and his cohorts if the stunt actually occurred as depicted on the YouTube clip. [...] Full article at   Posted via email from

From The OGeeZ

"The OGeeZ new song The Walking Dead will be featured on a track of an upcoming segment of The Unsigned Show on both Radio Basingstoke, & Radio UK International at the same time, on Tuesday 22nd Feb at 3am, 11am & 7 pm repeated Thursday 24th Feb at midnight all British time. The URL for this event is:  Many thanks to our fan base!!! Peace... The OGeeZ" Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

East Coast Spirit Festival with Steve Ross

From: Maha Yoga < > Date: Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 3:41 PM Forward email Maha Yoga | Maha Yoga | 13050 San Vicente Blvd | Suite 202 | Los Angeles | CA | 90049 Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Phys Ed: What Really Causes Runner's High?

Jordan Siemens/Getty Images For decades, endorphins have hogged the credit for producing “runner’s high,” that fleeting sense of euphoria and calm that many people report experiencing after prolonged exercise. Who among us, after an especially satisfying workout, hasn’t thought, “ah, my endorphins are kicking in.” Endorphins are the world’s sole celebrity peptide. Endorphins first gained notoriety in exercise back in the 1980s when researchers discovered increased blood levels of the substance after prolonged workouts. (Endorphins, for those who know the word but not the molecules’ actual function, are the body’s home-brewed opiates, with receptors and actions much like those of pain-relieving morphine.) Endorphins, however, are composed of relatively large molecules, “which are unable to pass the blood-brain barrier,” said Matthew Hill, a postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University in New York. Finding endorphins in the bloodstream after exercise could not, in othe

Webisode 28 "Guess Who's Hung Over?" A Calabrese Adventure

Pure silliness. Gotta love it. :) Webisode 28 "Guess Who's Hung Over?" A Calabrese Adventure via PeaceJaway's YouTube Activity on 2/17/11 I liked a YouTube video: Guess who's been partying way too much and then when he needs to do a Webisode he can't do it? I'll give you a hint, his name starts with a B and ends with a Obby. http://w ... Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Somewhere in the Middle studio update

Gave me a chuckle. :) Somewhere in the Middle studio update via PeaceJaway's YouTube Activity on 2/17/11 I liked a YouTube video: SITM @ Sound of Light Recording Studio workng on the new album Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Tarkan - Dudu

Tarkan - Dudu via PeaceJaway's YouTube Activity on 2/17/11 I liked a YouTube video: Lyrics: Dudu / Woman There's no parting without tears Memories can't be controlled Those left keep those gone in their hears Love's no burden to those who love These truths are what we live by Ooo she knows it too Ooo she's in love too ... Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Several Important Announcements

Several Important Announcements via PeaceJaway's YouTube Activity on 2/17/11 I liked a YouTube video: Will there be more Jesse Thunderwake videos? When can we see more of the movie? Where can we hear Jesse Thunderwake's album? Will you be doing more stand up comedy? What happened to all the old videos? Get off the internet, asshole. All of... Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Iraq War

Iraq War via PeaceJaway's YouTube Activity on 2/17/11 I liked a YouTube video: Iraq War subscribe to all of the No Cure For That YouTube Channels: Acronym, with Dennis Trainor, Jr: Snarkipedia, with Cassandra Bang: Heidi Horoscope: > Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Union Busters: The War on the Middle Class

Union Busters: The War on the Middle Class via PeaceJaway's YouTube Activity on 2/17/11 I liked a YouTube video: Make no mistake about it. Wisconsin's recently elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker's threat to call in the national guard if Union Members respond to his proposed bill that would strip collective bargaining rights away from Union Members, is not ... Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

To increase physical activity, focus on how, not why | Science Blog

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Most people know that exercise is important to maintain and improve health; however, sedentary lifestyles and obesity rates are at all-time highs and have become major national issues. In a new study, University of Missouri researchers found that healthy adults who received interventions focused on behavior-changing strategies significantly increased their physical activity levels. Conversely, interventions based on cognitive approaches, which try to change knowledge and attitudes, did not improve physical activity. “The focus needs to shift from increasing knowledge about the benefits of exercise to discussing strategies to change behaviors and increase activity levels,” said Vicki Conn, associate dean for research and Potter-Brinton professor in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing. “The common approach is to try and change people’s attitudes or beliefs about exercise and why it’s important, but that information isn’t motivating. We can’t ‘think’ ourselves into

OCTO/Gully Washer

   Download now or listen on posterous Gully_Washer_Stereo.mp3 (5450 KB) OCTO Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Brother Dan/Dying Bed & Rigor Mortis The Portable Tortoise

   Download now or listen on posterous 07_Dying_Bed.wma (7723 KB)    Download now or listen on posterous 08_Rigor_Mortis_The_Portable_Tortoise.wma (1519 KB) Brother Dan Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Actual Depiction at Knitting Factory Tonight!

Catch a preview of AD's 'Temptin' Me' here, then get to the Knitting Factory tonight before 9:30 and break the decibel meter for 'em! Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

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Background Videos

Wish you could've heard (or seen) an MOA background without our shenanigans gettin' in the way? They'll be posted shenanigan-free at Dude's YouTube channel for your listening enjoyment. Websites for bands played are listed in the sidebar here at MOA (or until they're all moved over, at Peace's Posterous ). Here's one to get you started, and don't forget to support your local artisans and musicians. :) Posted via email from Moments of Awareness -- News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids

COMET FLYBY GALLERY: NASA has just released a gallery of images from last night's Stardust-NExT flyby of Comet Tempel 1. Start browsing here . FIRST X-FLARE OF THE NEW SOLAR CYCLE: Sunspot 1158 has unleashed the strongest solar flare in more than four years. The eruption, which peaked at 0156 UT on Feb. 15th, registered X2 on the Richter scale of solar flares. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded an intense flash of extreme ultraviolet radiation, circled below: movie formats: 5 MB gif , 1.3 MB iPad , 0.6 MB iPhone [...] SWEET AURORAS: Last night, as predicted,

Josh Ritter/New EP hits iTunes, Web and Stores Today, New 'Galahad' Video, and More

From: Josh Ritter Date: Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 7:20 AM Howdy, folks! Philly, Boston, NYC, and DC: Wow!!!  What amazing, memorable nights.  If this is any indication for the rest of this tour, everyone - onstage and off - are in for a treat they won't forget.  But these shows are starting to sell out, so we encourage you to get your tickets in advance.  And be sure to arrive early for Scott Hutchison (of Frightened Rabbit) - he's killin' it! Now, onto some great news....      • EP To The Yet Unknowing World on iTunes, in Stores Today      • New Animated Video for "Galahad" Debuts on      • Tour Starting with a Bang (Rainn Wilson & John Krasinski Introduce Josh in NYC - see video)      • Josh on Twitter Let's jump into it! * * * * * New EP To The Yet Unknowing World on iTunes, in Stores Today Announced last week, this 6 song (and 2 videos) EP includes b-sides from So Runs the World Away, demos, and remixes you just have to hear -- and they

MS Walk

My niece will be participating in Walk MS 2011 , and it would be fantastic if y'all could support her or her team (or for that matter any of the MS Society's efforts). If giving isn't possible for you at the moment, please pray for her to get lots of pledges. It's a cause near to her heart, and I know she'll be deeply grateful for every dollar she can bring in. Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Liquor division turns over record amount to state | Idaho | Idaho Statesman

BOISE, Idaho — The director of the Idaho state liquor division says the agency turned over a record $47.2 million in net proceeds to the state in fiscal 2010. Jeff Anderson says most of that money went into the state general fund and to cities and counties. He says some also went into courts, community colleges and substance abuse programs. [...] Full article at Wouldn't it be nice to add the revenue from herbal dispensaries to that? :) Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

RobotRollCall comments on Why exactly can nothing go faster than the speed of light?

There are a lot of simple, intuitive explanations of this to be had out there … but I kind of hate them all. You might google around a bit and find discussion of something called "relativistic mass," and how it requires more force to accelerate an object that's already moving at a high velocity, stuff like that. That's a venerable way of interpreting the mathematics of special relativity, but I find it unnecessarily misleading, and confusing to the student who's just dipping her first toe into the ocean of modern physics. It makes the universe sound like a much different, and much less wonderful, place than it really is, and for that I kind of resent it. When I talk about this subject, I do it in terms of the geometric interpretation that's consistent with general relativity. It's less straightforward, but it doesn't involve anything fundamentally more difficult than arrows on pieces of paper, and I think it offers a much better understanding o -- News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids

Turn your cell phone into a field-tested satellite tracker. Works for Android and iPhone.   COMET ENCOUNTER-TONIGHT! NASA's Stardust-NExT probe is plunging toward Comet Tempel 1 for a Valentine's Day encounter designed to reveal how solar heat devours the icy cores of comets. Closest approach happens at 8:37 p.m. PST (11:37 p.m. EST) on Feb. 14th. Stay tuned for fantastic images. EARTH-DIRECTED SOLAR FLARE: On Feb. 13th at 1738 UT, sunspot 1158 unleashed the strongest solar flare of the year so far, an M6.6 -category blast. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded an intense flash of extreme ultraviolet radiation,

Artificial retina helps some blind people - Yahoo! News

LONDON – For two decades, Eric Selby had been completely blind and dependent on a guide dog to get around. But after having an artificial retina put into his right eye, he can detect ordinary things like the curb and pavement when he's walking outside. "It's basically flashes of light that you have to translate in your brain, but it's amazing I can see anything at all," said Selby, a retired engineer in Coventry, central England. More than a year ago, the 68-year-old had an artificial implant called the Argus II, made by U.S.-based company Second Sight, surgically inserted into his right eye. Dutch regulators are expected to decide within weeks on the company's request to market the device in the EU. If greenlighted, it would be the first artificial retina available for sale. The implant works with a tiny video camera and transmitter in a pair of glasses and a small wireless computer. The computer processes scenes captured by the camera and conve

From Idaho Business Women's Network/2011 Empowering Women Conference

From: Kim Lewis, CEO/Founder < > Date: Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 3:40 PM    2011 will be our best year yet, which is why we are so excited about the upcoming conference.  Join us as we deliver exciting workshops, keynotes, food, fun, prizes and opportunities to connect with other women from throughout the Treasure Valley.  This powerful event will be life changing as you prepare to soar in 2011.       Sincerely,   Kim Lewis, Founder Empowering Women Conference   Empowering Women Conference Empower A Woman & Miracles Happen Event Info   Date:         March 4 & 5, 2011 Time:         8 - 5 both days, prize drawings Saturday at end of event Address:  Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd Street South, Nampa ID Cost:         $89 for both days                  $59 for one day                  First 100 to sign up get a FREE padfolio Register at    Event Emcee  Natalie Hurst, KBOI Channel

Clothing prices to rise 10 pct starting in spring - Yahoo! News

NEW YORK – The era of falling clothing prices is ending. Clothing prices have dropped for a decade as tame inflation and cheap overseas labor helped hold down costs. Retailers and clothing makers cut frills and experimented with fabric blends to cut prices during the recession. But as the world economy recovers and demand for goods rises, a surge in labor and raw materials costs is squeezing retailers and manufacturers who have run out of ways to pare costs. Cotton has more than doubled in price over the past year, hitting all-time highs. The price of other synthetic fabrics has jumped roughly 50 percent as demand for alternatives and blends has risen. Clothing prices are expected to rise about 10 percent in coming months, with the biggest increases coming in the second half of the year, said Burt Flickinger III president of Strategic Resource Group. [...] Full article at Just an aside, cotton has always been a fragile crop requiring tremendou

Who truly loves you on Valentine’s Day? | Global Institute for Awakening

Another Valentine’s Day, another day of chocolates, roses, and love, love, love! Whether you already have all the attention, respect, and unconditional love you want, or you think there’s nobody on the planet that has what you’re looking for, I assure you:  there is ONE person in the world who will always be there for you, always… well, if you can find them. (I’ll tell you how in a sec.)  • This person loves you from the moment of your birth to the moment you leave the planet.  • They support whatever you do with loud applause (no matter how mediocre YOU thought the results were).  Whatever you do is just peachy with them, because YOU did it. [...] Full article at Thanks, Daria! :) Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Love yourself first and the rest falls into place.

I can say with certainty that I NEVER thought I’d title a blog post after a Whitney Houston song. But on this day, when the world scrambles about in often-contrived attempts to display affection for romantic partners, a quick reminder: Whether you’re married, engaged, committed, dating, single, celibate, or a nun, always remember that the person most deserving of your love is YOU. The love you may choose to give to others must start within you, and your love for others will be more rich and fulfilling if you learn to love yourself first. And since loving yourself is challenging and complex, take some time today – a day dedicated to love – to shower yourself with affection. Look in the mirror and say, “Damn, I’m hot.” Book a massage. [...] Full article at Thanks, Julie! :) Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

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The Buddy Walk ® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. click here to read more via Posted via email from Moments of Awareness