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Front Page: Cancer Director Warns of Cell Phones, House Passes Housing Relief, Libya Cuts Off Swiss Oil

  • Cancer Director Warns of Cell Phones:
    The director of a leading US cancer research institute just sent a memo to thousands of his staff cautioning of possible higher risks from cell phone use. He said waiting for definitive studies was folly and that action should be taken now. Children should use cell phones only in emergencies, and adults need to keep the phone away from the head. The warning is based on early findings from not yet published data.
  • House Passes Housing Relief:
    The House approved help for the US housing market, including protection for two of the largest mortgage finance companies. It includes a bold plan to help hundreds of thousands of struggling consumers avoid foreclosure by refinancing their mortgages with more affordable government-insured loans. Bush has said he will sign the bill once it passes the Senate, perhaps by Saturday.
  • Libya Cuts Off Swiss Oil:
    Libya says it has stopped oil shipments to Switzerland to protest the brief arrest of leader Muammar Gaddafi's son. The country has threatened further punishment if the Swiss don't apologize. The Swiss police held Hannibal Gaddafi for two days after he and his pregnant wife allegedly assaulted Swiss officers. The move could prove costly for both parties as Switzerland gets half of its oil from Libya, and Libya has a huge oil refinery in Switzerland.


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Eilonwy Eilonwy 8 years
ummm,I once asked a native of Boston if they were great fans of an athlete I had vaguely heard of called Thomas who, I believed, played center on the, not so much into football lol :D
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
That would be great for you. It would stink having to see the Patriots play every Sunday, but if you don't like football, that's OK. (I'm from Indianapolis.)
Eilonwy Eilonwy 8 years
I actually just graduated from a liberal arts school in Massachusetts, and so I don't know quite yet. *Fingers crossed* I can return to the greater Boston area (where I went to school)...I would be so happy if I could!!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Where are you going to law school?
Eilonwy Eilonwy 8 years
Awww (not the beating part, the smiling part ;-) I'm still young, but when I go to law school I will really miss my family!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
It is. We beat them till they smile. ;)
Eilonwy Eilonwy 8 years
exactly what I mean. I agree 100% undave! Also, I'm curious, is that your family undave in your avatar? they all look so happy :)
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
It's one thing to be cautious. It's another to be alarmist. If cell phones are dangerous, then shouldn't the signal the towers broadcast be just as dangerous? If cell phones are so bad, shouldn't we eliminate them? The research doesn't support the conclusion.
Eilonwy Eilonwy 8 years
I suppose one can be cautious, so I understand that...
Eilonwy Eilonwy 8 years
Torgleson - perhaps he feels that the longer one uses cell phones, the greater the risk, thus children should resist using cell phones for as long as possible in order to minimize their exposure.
Eilonwy Eilonwy 8 years
How alarmist. Perhaps one day they will find minimal to negligible effects, if any, with prolonged and incessant use of cell phones. But honestly, were there to be such harmful outcomes with cell phone use - warranting Herberman's warning - they would have been manifest in the countless studies already conducted. Replicated over and over, no negative outcomes have been conclusively found. I suppose I take issue with such a blanket statement when made by an expert. Their opinion is taken as gospel by many when in reality the situation remains all but equivocal.
misslilad misslilad 8 years
you know i overextended myself a few years ago and ran up a lot of debt. i have very slowly been paying it off by living within my means and operating from a cash only world - meaning if i don't have the money for something, then i don't buy it until i do. i am finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel and look forward to being completely debtfree soon. you know i didn't have any help from anyone else to clean up the mess that i created so it's nice to know that the taxes that i pay are going to bail other people out
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Why is it most important to keep them away from kids? Does it affect them more?
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I agree with you all about this loan thing - crazy! Maybe mandatory budgeting and living within your means lessons should accompany that bail-out! I support wiping out your studen loans, mymellowman and bellaressa. :-)
janneth janneth 8 years
This cell phone risk is the real deal. If you don't want to save yourself by using technology to keep the phone away from your head, AT LEAST keep cell phones completely away from your children.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
My wife and I have loans through only one lender. Can we still get help? We could really use that money for something else, like a trip to Bermuda, or Hawaii.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
H*ll yea!
mymellowman mymellowman 8 years
My request is based on need, so I deserve it, right?
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
mymellowman ---if you find out you let me know.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
so this bill will help those who have loans only with those 2 lenders? Does that mean that only those with loand with those lenders will be taxed? I'm confused. If what I asked above is true then how long before other loan companies are involved? personally I think it's un freaking believable... I agree with Dave, those of us who have worked hard and have owned homes for years and have owned homes within our price range now have to pay for others poor choices? How about we tax the realtors and lenders themselves for a)convincing the people they can afford the house and b) actually giving them the loan when it was clear that it would be a struggle to pay it?
mymellowman mymellowman 8 years
I have six figures in private, variable rate school loans that I took out while I was doing my undergrad. Since this seems very similar to a high rate mortgage, does anyone know if it's possible to get the Fed to tax others to pay for my school loans too?
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
I completely agree UnDave! :oy: It's ridiculous.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"House Passes Housing Relief" Great, let's bail everyone out. Meanwhile, those of us who have tried to do the right thing and not overextended get to pick up the tab. Thanks Congress.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
One of many reasons i dont own a cell phone.
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