Canadian Scientists Investigate Declining Salmon Numbers – Science News – redOrbit

The Fraser river collapse will change the landscape of salmon fishing in the Pacific.

Posted on: Saturday, 7 November 2009, 06:25 CST

Canada is looking into why less sockeye salmon swam back to the Fraser River on the Pacific Coast this summer than the number that was predicted by scientists.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper revealed the inquiry Thursday, noting that the federal government was worried about the shrinking numbers.

Scientists had envisaged that about 13 million sockeye salmon would return for mating season, but only about 1.4 million fish actually came back.

The decline was detrimental to the commercial Fraser sockeye fishing season, and encouraged the government to figure out if federal officials have botched salmon stocks.

Specifics over the inquiry were presented on Friday in Vancouver.

Salmon has long been a touchy subject between Canada and the United States, with Canadian fishermen often blaming the U.S. of fishing greedily.

Allotment of the declining salmon is the focus of a resentful debate in Canada concerning aboriginal, recreational and non-aboriginal fishermen.

Several environmentalists feel that the aquaculture farms located on Canada's Pacific Coast are harmful to wild fish stocks, which fish farm operators refute.

Source: RedOrbit Staff & Wire Reports

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H1N1 vaccine a tough sell to pregnant women —

The key here is the 26% miscarriage rate.  Why would someone even risk it?


H1N1 vaccine a tough sell to pregnant womenBecause of the risks from flu, they should be among the first in line to get both the H1N1 and seasonal influenza shots, medical experts say. Yet many are averse to vaccinations or medication.



As the H1N1 influenza vaccine trickles into clinics and pharmacies over the next few weeks, public health officials and doctors desperately hope that pregnant women will be at the front of the line for the shot. Past influenza pandemics have proved that theyre at increased risk for severe complications — and they appear to be even more vulnerable to this new flu strain.On Thursday, a consortium of major medical groups, including the American Medical Assn., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, released a statement pleading with pregnant women to get both the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines.


via H1N1 vaccine a tough sell to pregnant women —

237 Millionaires in Congress – Political Hotsheet – CBS News



I have the feeling that these guys don’t give a shit about Health Care for the poor.


237 Millionaires in Congress


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Even in tough times, it’s good to be a lawmaker: According to a report released this week by the Center for Responsive Politics, there are 237 millionaires serving in Congress, according to 2008 figures.

That’s a slight decline from the previous year, when there were 239 millionaires in the House and Senate. But it still reflects the fact that the average lawmaker is far wealthier than his or her typical constituent. While about one percent of Americans are millionaires, 44 percent of those serving in Congress can claim as much.

“The biggest takeaway from all of this is that even thought the collective wealth of members of congress appears to have declined, members of Congress are still so much more wealthy than the average American – and even more wealthy than a lot of wealthy Americans,” CRP spokesman Dave Levinthal told Hotsheet.

via 237 Millionaires in Congress – Political Hotsheet – CBS News.

SitNews – Stories In The News – Ketchikan, Alaska

The Ring of Fire…


3.87 Quake centered 54 miles west southwest of Ketchikan – An earthquake was reported by the Alaska Earthquake Information Center (AEIC) 54 miles west southwest of Ketchikan on Sunday, November 8th, at 11:54 a.m.

Graphic courtesy AEIC

The magnitude of the quake was 3.87 ML and the depth was 6 miles. The center was 16 miles south of Hydaburg, Alaska.

via SitNews – Stories In The News – Ketchikan, Alaska.

10 Suicides a Month at Ft. Hood — War Stress Is Taking Soldiers to the Brink | World | AlterNet





10 Suicides a Month at Ft. Hood — War Stress Is Taking Soldiers to the Brink


By Dahr Jamail, Asia Times. Posted November 10, 2009.

The shooting tragedy at Fort Hood on Friday points to a much larger problem of combat stress and overdeployment in Iraq and Afghanistan.

via 10 Suicides a Month at Ft. Hood — War Stress Is Taking Soldiers to the Brink | World | AlterNet.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – Alaska gold production highest since 1916

Come on, Juneau!  It could be here next…

Alaska gold production highest since 1916!

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Another gold rush seems to be under way in Alaska.

The state’s gold production last year – 800,000 ounces – was the highest since 1916. Alaska accounts for nearly 10 percent of U.S. production.

The Anchorage Daily News reports record prices for gold have led out-of-state investors to bankroll drilling projects all over the state. But most of the gold is still coming from two mines – the open pit Fort Knox mine near Fairbanks, and the underground Pogo mine near Delta Junction. Together, they produced 84 percent of the state’s gold last year.

“We now have two large gold mines operating. We’ve never had that before,” said Steve Borell, executive director of the Alaska Miners Association.

A big gold mine near Juneau, the Kensington mine, is scheduled to begin production late next year. It would be the state’s third-largest. Two smaller gold mines – the Rock Creek mine in Nome, and the Nixon Fork mine in McGrath – hope to reopen sometime soon.

Alaska’s smaller placer gold mines, which excavate gold-bearing rock from ancient stream beds, increased production 5 percent to 53,849 ounces last year.

via Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – Alaska gold production highest since 1916 .

Apple Sued Over iPhone ‘Free Ride’ by Nokia – PC World

More Nokia news…  It sounds like they actually have something on Apple with this one.  Is it time to take a bite out of the Apple?

Apple Sued Over iPhone ‘Free Ride’ by Nokia

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Oct 22, 2009 9:12 am

Nokia today said it has sued Apple in federal court, charging that the iPhone infringes on 10 patents owned by the Finnish mobile phone maker.

The patents have been used by the iPhone since it was introduced in June 2007, Nokia said, and relate to several technologies “fundamental to making devices which are compatible with one or more of the GSM, UMTS (3G WCDMA) and wireless LAN standards.” According to a statement from Nokia, the patents cover wireless data, speed encoding and decoding, security and encryption.

Nokia, the world’s largest mobile handset maker by a wide margin, said it has invested about [euro]40 billion, or nearly $60 billion, in research and development over the last 20 years to acquire its patents. Approximately 40 companies, including “virtually all the leading mobile device vendors,” have licensed those patents, Nokia added, but Apple has not played ball.

“The basic principle in the mobile industry is that those companies who contribute in technology development to establish standards create intellectual property, which others then need to compensate for,” said Ilkka Rahnasto

via Apple Sued Over iPhone ‘Free Ride’ by Nokia – PC World.