April 28, 2009
Posted: 11:26 PM ET
As many of you know, we've had Ambassador-to-the-Animal Kingdom Jungle Jack Hanna on the show numerous times over the years. Every time he comes to our LA studio, he brings some of the most amazing animals with him (my son Chance can vouch for the leaping frogs!).
Jack has worked with an organization called "Zoo to You" that bring all these amazing animals to the studio. Unfortunately, "Zoo to You" suffered a tremendous setback this past weekend when a fire ripped through one of its buildings, killing nearly 40 animals. If you want to help them out, you can visit HERE
Lisa Lulu, a Royal Thai macaque, was one of the animals that died in the fire – and HERE's a clip of Lisa on the show with us.
You can also check out some behind-the-scenes pictures of Jack's last visit HERE
Posted: 07:43 AM ET
By conservative radio host and blogger Hugh Hewitt
The sudden and deadly outbreak of swine flu in Mexico City and its near simultaneous spread to places as far flung as New York and New Zealand presents President Obama with his first very public crisis.
The early non-response by Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano to the prospect of Mexicans and Americans entering the country from our neighbor to the south (as well as third country travelers transiting Mexico en route to America) puts an enormous responsibility on the Administration's shoulders. From Friday afternoon forward tens of thousands of people have come from Mexico into the United States –legally– and the U.S. government has done nothing to impede or delay their arrival and their melting into the U.S. population. Obviously the flu had already arrived in many places before anyone could reasonably be expected to know its advance, but from Friday forward the president and his team have been on notice that a pandemic could be developing, and did nothing about the only realistic way of limiting the spread of a contagious illness –quarantining those with the bug.
If the new flu turns out to be nothing but a standard cycle of misery with a standard number of deaths associated with it, then the non-response of the president and his team will fade away as an issue. But as President Bush discovered after Katrina leveled New Orleans, the public expects the president to manage every crisis and to do so at breakneck speed. W's delay while first Mayor Nagin and then Governor Blanco fumbled many balls and his tolerance for FEMA's incompetence was seen by the public as a decisive moment of presidential failure, and no amount of extra effort after the military arrived could repair the damage done.
Posted: 12:46 AM ET
By Bret Stephens/Wall Street Journal
Nancy Pelosi is "pushing back" against charges that she was aware of - and acquiesced in - the CIA's harsh interrogations of terrorist detainees nearly from the moment the practice began, reports the Politico Web site. Maybe she's suffering from amnesia.
Maybe, for instance, the speaker doesn't remember that in September 2002, as ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, she was one of four members of Congress who were briefed by the CIA about the interrogation methods the agency was using on leading detainees. "For more than an hour," the Washington Post reported in 2007, "the bipartisan group . . . was given a virtual tour of the CIA's overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.
"Among the techniques described," the story continued, "was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder."
Posted: 12:26 AM ET
Scrawnier people are more likely to perceive an approaching sound as closer than it actually is. This connection between physical fitness and the brain's auditory system may have evolved to help the weak get out of the way of approaching danger.
That's the latest finding of evolutionary psychologist John Neuhoff and colleagues at The College of Wooster in Ohio, who study "looming" sounds. Participants in their study listened to a tone moving toward them and pressed a button when they thought the sound had arrived directly in front of them. Nearly everyone pushed the button too early, which Neuhoff interprets as an adaptation that helps human beings to anticipate and avoid danger.
The team also tested the fitness levels of the listeners and found that those better equipped to handle danger allowed the sound get closer. Individuals with greater upper body strength and/or stronger cardiovascular systems waited longer to push the button, while subjects in poorer physical shape gave themselves a greater "margin of safety."
American Institute of Physics
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Posted: 12:14 AM ET
by Eric Beech
LOS ANGELES – A mutant superhero is no match for the swine flu that has killed up to 149 people in Mexico.
Hollywood movie studio 20th Century Fox said on Monday it was scrapping plans to release "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," the first big movie of the summer, in Mexico this weekend.
A spokesman for the News Corp-owned studio said the Hugh Jackman action movie would probably be delayed by a couple of weeks.
The outbreak has forced Mexico's top movie-theater chains to shut down dozens of cinemas throughout the nation's capital, part of a push by authorities to limit large public gatherings that could facilitate the spread of the disease.
April 27, 2009
Posted: 11:27 PM ET
By Lee Cary/The American Thinker
Unfortunately, there isn't a litmus test we can administer to identify the hypocrites and subject them to the ridicule and distain they deserve. (I put several of the retired generals who are now commentators for the networks into this category, especially those who served in Vietnam. They've seen the ugliness of a war where waterboarding is dunking for apples on Halloween.)
Some others, both inside and outside the Beltway, politicians and ordinary citizens alike, are unquestionably shocked to learn what the CIA did to 28 detainees, three of whom were repeatedly waterboarded.
These are the people suffering a genuine shock to their conscience. They also buy the notion that we lost our moral bearings by using rough treatment on terrorist detainees after 9/11. It makes Americans, some of them say, as bad as our enemies.
One wonders about their understanding and expectation of war? How much do they grasp, at least by imagination, about what it takes to defend a nation? What personal pain would they tolerate being inflicted on their families without doing whatever it took to defend those they love?
Posted: 11:14 PM ET
By Mark Gendreau, M.D./NY Times Blog
The novel infectious agent implicated in the current swine flu outbreak — comprised of genetic material from pigs, birds and humans — has shown the world once again the role air travel plays in rapidly spreading infectious outbreaks. The reported swine flu cases outside of Mexico likely came from infected tourists traveling home from Mexico on commercial aircraft or their close contacts. As Nobel Laureate Joshua Lederberg once wrote: “The microbe that felled one child in a distant continent yesterday can reach yours today and seed a global pandemic tomorrow.”
Are there ways to protect oneself against the spread of swine flu when flying?
Because the passenger cabin airflow is compartmentalized into several sections, risk of on-board transmission of infection is mainly restricted to individuals with either close personal contact with an infected and contagious passenger or seated within two rows of a contagious passenger. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the opportunity to select who we are going to be seated next to, so exposure is pure chance.
Here are some measures you can take to help protect yourself during air travel during this outbreak:
Postpone travel if you are sick. Although it is recommended you postpone travel until you are no longer infectious, in reality this recommendation is not commonly followed by passengers, especially since few travelers purchase travel insurance. In fact, it’s a good idea for all passengers to postpone any nonessential air travel during times of a national or international health emergency, such as the current swine flu outbreak, especially to countries where the outbreak is large.
Posted: 08:23 PM ET
NASCAR's Carl Edwards in a Prime time Exclusive! He lived to tell about the incredible crash that could have killed him – and bystanders! Now he's talking to Larry about how he survived this miracle on the racetrack!
Have you seen the crash? Check it out HERE!
Plus, 45 confirmed cases of Swine Flu in NYC and now "many more" are suspected! Is the virus running rampant? Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Mehmet Oz join Larry with the information you need to know!
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Posted: 07:44 PM ET
Swine flu! The president says it's a cause for concern, but not a cause for alarm!? Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Dr. Mehmet Oz and the acting director of the CDC join Larry to tell you what you need to know to keep you and your family safe.
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Plus, Betty White and Rue McClanahan join Larry to remember "Golden Girl" Bea Arthur tonight.
Also tonight, Mia Farrow on her hunger strike "in solidarity with the people of Darfur and as a personal expression of outrage... ." Read Mia's LKL Web Exclusive on her fast and hopes for Darfur HERE!
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Posted: 12:55 PM ET
Mia Farrow will be a guest on tonight's "Larry King Live." Her commentary is an LKL Web Exclusive.
Today is the first day of my hunger strike. I have never undertaken anything remotely like this and so I have little sense of what to expect, and although I have set a goal of three weeks, I really don’t know how long I will be able to continue. I will be drinking lots of water.
People have asked me why I am doing this and what I hope to accomplish. I am fasting in solidarity with the people of Darfur and as a personal expression of outrage at a world that is somehow able to stand by and watch innocent men, women and children needlessly die of starvation, thirst and disease.
Last March, when the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir for his role in the murder, rape, torture and displacement of millions, al-Bashir retaliated by expelling sixteen key international aid agencies from Darfur. They include Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, CARE, Oxfam and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
Despite the fact that for six years the world has taken no effective action to protect Darfur’s people, it seemed that this abominable act, the severance of the lifeline to more than 4 million people would surely trigger a response. But while the US Envoy Scott Gration said, "We need to come up with creative ways immediately, and when I say immediately I mean in the next weeks, to be able to compensate (for the expelled aid agencies),” the weeks are passing and word from the camps is that people are already suffering. The water pumps at well sites are breaking down because there is no one to repair them, latrines are overflowing, food stockpiles are dwindling and there is no medical assistance.
Hussein Abu Sharati, spokesman for a network of refugee-camps leaders sent a letter to President Obama. "Mr. President," Abu Sharati wrote, "We need quick and immediate intervention to save us from the imminent death...(the expulsion of international humanitarian organizations ) is the regime's final goal and the deadly blow to accelerate our death by slow motion through starvation, malnutrition and diseases."
I am undertaking this fast in the heartfelt hope that world leaders will call upon the Government of Sudan to urgently readmit all of the expelled agencies or otherwise insure that the gap is filled, giving aid workers unimpeded access to the populations before they die in numbers that could dwarf the Rwandan genocide. Non-action is an act of acquiescence.
I invite citizens of conscience around the world to join me some form of fasting, even if for one day. And when I can no longer continue, I pray another will take my place, and another– until finally there is justice and peace for Darfur’s people.
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