TiteBot #17 – Peapod in your pants

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Zero S – affordable, street-legal electric supermoto hits the freeways

Zero Motorcycles was a surprise hit in 2008, selling out its stock of ‘X’ battery-electric motocross bikes much faster than expected and proving in the process that customers are well and truly ready to slap down the dollars for a quality electric off-roader. Now the company has announced the Zero S – a street-legal electric supermotard capable of 60mph and with a 60-mile range off a full 4-hour battery charge. At under USD$10,000 – before you get your 10% Federal plug-in vehicle credit – the Zero S joins the Vectrix electric maxi-scooter in the list of truly practical electric bikes capable of freeway speeds. And with a power-to-weight ratio almost identical to Suzuki’s DR-Z400SM, it should be a bag of laughs to ride. If consumers liked the X, we reckon they’ll go crazy to be the first on the block to ride this street-legal, lean, green giggle machine…
http://www.gizmag.com/zero-s-motorcycles-supermoto-supermotard-electric/11423/ (cache)

Too many people on the planet ruin sex for us all
BBC- Oral sex linked to throat cancer -A virus contracted through oral sex is the cause of some throat cancers, say US scientists.
HPV infection was found to be a much stronger risk factor than tobacco or alcohol use, the Johns Hopkins University study of 300 people found.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6639461.stm (cache)

Israel ‘received arms shipment’
Dubai: More than 300 containers loaded with US-made arms and munitions were delivered to Israel last month, according to a human rights activist.
“A Pentagon spokesperson confirmed to Amnesty International that “the unloading of the entire US munitions shipment was successfully completed at Ashdod on March 22,” Wood pointed out.
The spokesperson had said the shipment was destined for a US pre-positioned munitions stockpile in Israel, he said. Under a US-Israel agreement, munitions from this stockpile may be transferred for Israeli use if necessary.
ur<x>l: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m53230&hd=&size=1&l=e (cache)

Monsanto’s Roundup Residues in GM Food Cause Cell Damage
Residues of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide found in GM food and feed can cause cell damage and even death, even at very low levels. The authors of a study on the subject say their research “… points to undesirable effects which are currently masked or hidden from scientific scrutiny.”
ur<x>l: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/04/07/Monsantos-Roundup-Residues-in-GM-Food-Cause-Cell-Damage.aspx (cache)

Ian Tomlinson death: Guardian video reveals police attack on man who died at G20 protest
Ian Tomlinson, the man who died at last week’s G20 protests in London, was attacked from behind and thrown to the ground by a baton-wielding police officer in riot gear, dramatic footage obtained by the -Guardian shows.
ur<x>l: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/07/ian-tomlinson-g20-death-video (cache)

Paralyzed Brooklyn man pushed off of building by cops awarded $4.6 million by jury
The jury found Officer Jason Boreman shoved Lewis in the chest causing him to tumble backward over the two-foot-high parapet of the Pennsylvania Ave. building in 2005.
ur<x>l: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2009/04/07/2009-04-07_paralyzed_brooklyn_man_pushed_off_of_bui.html (cache)

Chimpanzees exchange meat for sex
Chimpanzees enter into “deals” whereby they exchange meat for sex, according to researchers.
ur<x>l: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7988169.stm (cache)

Décès lors du G-20: la brutalité policière prise sur vidéo
Qu’est-ce qui a vraiment causé la mort de Ian Tomlinson, ce vendeur de journaux qui a été…
ur<x>l: http://www.cyberpresse.ca/international/europe/200904/08/01-844885-deces-lors-dug-20-la-brutalite-policiere-prise-sur-video.php (cache)

Army: No plan to move sea-dumped munitions
The U.S. military dumped some 2,500 tons of weapons containing lethal mustard, cyanide, lewisite, cyanogens and chloride at three deep-sea sites several miles off Oahu. More than 16,000 individual bombs were dumped there.
ur<x>l: http://www.armytimes.com/news/2009/04/ap_hawaii_dumped_weapons_040609/ (cache)

Neuroscientists in Brooklyn successfully erase memories with drugs
Researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center have apparently been tinkering with selectively erasing the memories of rats with a mysterious drug they call ZIP. In the trial, mice who had learned to avoid an electrified area of their cage, once injected with ZIP, appeared to have forgotten about the electrification, and ceased to avoid the area. They have also successfully made the rats forgot about their distaste for a substance that had previously made them sick. Dr. Todd Sacktor, head of the project, believes that the drug may be used in humans one day, and that it may also help enhance memories as well. We don’t really have any specific info about the drug itself, or how it works, so until then… we’ll just have to keep hoping that the lyrics to Use Your Illusion II fade on their own.
ur<x>l: http://www.engadget.com/2009/04/08/neuroscientists-in-brooklyn-successfully-erase-memories-with-dru/ (cache)

Nuking Yellowstone National Park to Halt Global Warming
John Holdren, the new science advisor to President Obama, is actively considering radical geoengineering ideas in order to halt global warming. One such idea now being discussed with the Obama administration involves — get this — launching enormous amounts of pollution particles into Earth’s upper atmosphere to block the sun’s rays and “chill” the planet.
ur<x>l: http://www.naturalnews.com/026021.html (cache)

Americans Denounced As Terrorists While Criminals Embraced
Obama to push for estimated 20 million illegal immigrants who have already broken the law to be legalized, while federal fusion centers across the country label the most patriotic Americans as terrorists and criminals.
ur<x>l: http://www.prisonplanet.com/americans-denounced-as-terrorists-while-criminals-embraced.html (cache)

Pentagon budget envisions a series of Iraq-style wars
At a formal press announcement Monday and in media appearances over the next day, US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates unveiled the biggest military budget in world history, in anticipation of an endless series of Iraq and Afghanistan-style wars by American imperialism.
ur<x>l: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m53273&hd=&size=1&l=e (cache)

NASA: Clean-air regs, not CO2, are melting the ice cap
New research from NASA suggests that the Arctic warming trend seen in recent decades has indeed resulted from human activities: but not, as is widely assumed at present, those leading to carbon dioxide emissions. Rather, Arctic warming has been caused in large part by laws introduced to improve air quality and fight acid rain.
ur<x>l: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/04/09/arctic_aerosols_goddard_institute/ (cache)

Peapod the friendly Neighborhood Electric Vehicle in the flesh
We just got an exclusive first look at the Peapod from Chrysler’s Global Eco Mobility unit. Like its cousin the GEM, Peapod is a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle, which means it’s limited by law to 25 mph and can’t go on the highways. Peapod gets about 30 miles on a charge, and adds in all the “car” goodies that GEM was lacking. The vehicle seats four in lightweight Arion-inspired seats, has suicide doors for easy entry, a windowed roof that can be removed for some open-air driving, and even a nice amount of trunk space. On the dash there’s an iPod dock and the instruments panel is a colorful collection of informations. We couldn’t drive it around just yet — it was stuck in a building lobby — but we’ll get a shot at taking this onto the city streets shortly. The Peapod should hit the streets in October, for the quite dramatic estimated pricetag of around $12,000. That’s a pretty penny for something that can’t top 25 mph, but at least this thing is a lot more likely than the P.U.M.A. to land in your driveway in the near future.
ur<x>l: http://www.engadget.com/2009/04/09/peapod-the-friendly-neighborhood-electric-vehicle-in-the-flesh/ (cache)

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