Thursday, December 31, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

USA pictures, thousand photos of USA

USA pictures, thousand photos of USAFor the travelers, photographers, moms teaching "50 States" amongst us... See USA Pictures at, a great place to find USA scenics, or to contribute your own images of your favorite American places...... I just won their Summer Contest and wanted to celebrate!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Okinawa Links

My oldest son just completed USMC combat engineer training and has been stationed in Okinawa. Some links of interest to us follow:

Okinawa Prefecture - Wikipedia
Okinawa Prefecture
Contemporary Okinawa
The Contemporary Okinawa Website: History, Politics, Economy, and Society. Established in 1995 by John Purves.
Okinawan Newspapers-TV-Radio
Okinawa Digital Archives "Wonder Okinawa"
For Military Stationed in Okinawa
Military in Okinawa, Japan is the leading source for reliable military news and military information, directed by John Pike
沖縄県 Aerial Photographs of US Military Bases in Okinawa
Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler - Wikipedia
MCB Camp Smedley D. Butler, Okinawa
沖縄県 Camp Schwab
Camp Schwab - Wikipedia
CIA - The World Factbook -- Japan

Friday, June 12, 2009

ACLU Challenges Patents On Breast Cancer Genes

American Civil Liberties Union : ACLU Challenges Patents On Breast Cancer Genes:
"The American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Patent Foundation, a not-for-profit organization affiliated with Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (PUBPAT), filed a lawsuit today [May 12, 2009] charging that patents on two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer stifle research that could lead to cures and limit women's options regarding their medical care.

...The patents granted to Myriad give the company the exclusive right to perform diagnostic tests on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes and to prevent any researcher from even looking at the genes without first getting permission from Myriad.

...Approximately 20 percent of all human genes are patented, including genes associated with Alzheimer's disease, muscular dystrophy, colon cancer, asthma and many other illnesses.

...'Patenting human genes is counter to common sense, patent law and the Constitution,' said Daniel B. Ravicher, Executive Director of PUBPAT and co-counsel in the lawsuit. 'Genes are identified, not invented, and patenting genetic sequences is like patenting blood, air or e=mc2.'