Pumpkin Saving Time

todayifoundout-candy-pumpkins-340x340The Reasoning Behind Changing Daylight-Saving

‘The upcoming shift in the daylight-saving time change is designed to help retailers — and is a substitute for a genuine energy policy, says author Michael Downing. Congress moved the time shift up this year. Melissa Block talks with Michael Downing, author of Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time…’

‘…And in 1985, the candy industry made its first attempt to get its desired change enacted with a little bit of bribery — a very little bit. Before the relevant hearing, they took to the Senate chambers with a bag of candy pumpkins in hand, placing some of the treat on each Senator’s chair. But for their treats, Congress returned a trick, keeping the clock rollback date to a time before Halloween. It would be twenty years later, under the 2005 bill, that the candy industry would get their desired outcome…’

What Happened to Iraq‘s Missing Billions?

‘In 2006, billions of dollars of Iraqi reconstruction money was entrusted to the American Coalition but nobody can explain where the money has gone.

‘In just fourteen months, the CPA burned its way through nearly $20 billion. But no one can account for where it all went. Iraq’s infrastructure is worse than ever before. Operating theaters are flooded with sewage. Newborn babies are dying for lack of basic equipment.

‘In this shocking investigation, Iraqi doctor Ali Fadhil goes in search of the missing money. He uncovers a horrific story of fraud, incompetence and corruption…’
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Do You Really Have The Right To Remain Silent?
‘…But didn’t Tom have the right to remain silent — to not ask about the victims? For decades, television shows like Columbo and the Law and Order series have told us: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.”

‘But the truth is, it’s not that simple. Courts have found that suspects don’t have to be read their rights upon arrest, but only right before they are interrogated. And there can be a long lag time between the two.

‘In the case of Richard Tom, for example, he was in custody for two hours before he was read his rights. Earlier this year, the California Supreme Court ruled in Tom’s case, and said his silence at the scene of the accident could be used against him…’


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