Monday, 4 February 2008

Saturday, 2nd February, 2008


Rolf Buettiker, president of an association whose members include 1,500 butchers, said the 7.5 million Swiss consumed an estimated 160 million cervelas a year, more than 27,000 tons, or almost 25 sausages per person. It has been estimated that the annual production of the stubby little pink sausages requeires more than 20,000 kilometers of zebu intestine...
The use of zebu intestine [the Brazilian zebu, a humped-back ox of Asian origin] as a casing derives from mass retailing and supermarkets' needs for cervelas that were alike in color, size an flavor. But it was the also the result of the rising cost of cattle intestines in Switzerland, where farmers were increasingly unwilling to clean the innards of their slaughtered cattle for the sausage industy.


As Congress and the American public focus on more than $600 billion already approved in supplemental budgets to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other counterterrorism operations, the Bush administration has with little notice reached a landmark in military spending.
When the Pentagon unveils its proposed 2009 budget of $515.4 billion Monday, annual military spending when adjusted for inflation will have reached its highest level since World War II.
That Defense Department budget proposal, which is to pay for the standard operations of the Pentagon and the military but does not include supplemental spending on the war efforts or on nuclear weapons, is an increase in real terms of about 5 percent over last year.

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island

A television station and a cameraman accused of getting in the way of people fleeing a nightclub fire that killed 100 people in February 2003 have reached a tentative $30 million settlement with the survivors and relatives of the victims, officials at WPRI-TV said.

NEWS ANALYSIS (Michael Oreskes)

"I don't know that we have seen in the last 50 years two candidates who have so openly tried to move beyond their party base before the nomination as Obama and McCain," said Meenekshi Bose, professor of presidential studies at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

About 20 family members and friends witnessed the ceremony, which Lebel described in an interview as "intimate, warm and familial."...
The twice-divorced Sarkozy is only the second president to be married in office. Gaston Doumergue, a lawyer, Protestant and the son of a winemaker, was single when he was elected the 12th president of the Third Republic, in 1924. He married his childhood sweetheart in 1931, 12 days before he left office.

Dubbed "Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far," the exhibition and accompanying book - or wittily boxed booklets, to be precise - celebrate a seven-year project in which Sagmeister dreamed up unorthodox ways of spelling out slogans in public places around the world. One set of letters was made by floating plastic piping in an Arizona swimming pool, another by sticking leaves into a chain-link fence in Berlin, and a third by twisting some 60,000 wire coat hangers into shape in the Austrian city of Linz.

"There are more people availing themselves of free intellectual property than at any time in history," said Eric Garland, chief executive of BigChampagne Online Media Measurement, which tracks digital traffic. "The content providers could knock out ten of Pirate Bays, and they will still face the same problem."

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