Evening News Reads: Fukushima Radioactive Warning Sushi Plate…but is it microwave safe?

Good evening everyone…

A Federal Court down in Florida has blocked the Scott Voldemort law that requires anyone getting welfare must pass a drug test

A federal judge temporarily blocked Florida’s new law that requires welfare applicants to pass a drug test before receiving benefits on Monday, saying it may violate the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.

Judge Mary Scriven ruled in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of a 35-year-old Navy veteran and single father who sought the benefits while finishing his college degree, but refused to take the test. The judge said there was a good chance plaintiff Luis Lebron would succeed in his challenge to the law based on the Fourth Amendment, which protects individuals from being unfairly searched.

The drug test can reveal a host of private medical facts about the individual, Scriven wrote, adding that she found it “troubling” that the drug tests are not kept confidential like medical records. The results can also be shared with law enforcement officers and a drug abuse hotline.

“This potential interception of positive drug tests by law enforcement implicates a `far more substantial’ invasion of privacy than in ordinary civil drug testing cases,” said Scriven, who was appointed by President George W. Bush.

The judge also said Florida didn’t show that the drug testing program meets criteria for exceptions to the Fourth Amendment.

The injunction will stay in place until the judge can hold a full hearing on the matter. She didn’t say when that hearing will be scheduled.

Well, that is a relief…at least for now.

Nearly 1,600 applicants have refused to take the test since testing began in mid-July, but they aren’t required to say why. Thirty-two applicants failed the test and more than 7,000 have passed, according to the Department of Children and Families. The majority of positives were for marijuana.

The CDC has come out with a recommendation for boys…to get the HPV vaccine. I can’t wait to see what Michele Bachmann will say about this: CDC committee recommends boys receive HPV vaccine

A federal government advisory committee voted Tuesday to recommend that boys and young men, from ages 11 to 21, be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus, commonly referred to as HPV.

A twelve member panel voted to recommend the vaccine for boys between 11 and 12, only one member abstained from voting. The CDC believes that is the best age for the vaccine to be given for both boys and girls.

In the deepest part of the Atlantic Ocean, there has been a big discovery…Giant amoebas! Yeah, huge single cell creatures…Strange Life Found in Deepest Ocean 

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Xenophyophores were recently photographed 6.6 miles deep in the ocean. Click to enlarge this image.
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Scientists plumbing the depths of the Mariana Trench — the deepest part of the ocean on the planet — have identified gigantic amoebas lurking miles and miles beneath the waters.

The creatures are called xenophyophores, and scientists from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UC San Diego spotted them in the cold, crushing depths 6.6 miles beneath the white caps.

“They are fascinating giants that are highly adapted to extreme conditions but at the same time are very fragile and poorly studied,” said Lisa Levin, a deep-sea biologist and director of the Scripps Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation.

It is like some sort of Jules Vern tale about another world…where everything is abnormally large…and monster size.

Oh, too bad there are so many reality shows on television now a days, maybe some sort of sitcom can be developed tying that storyline in with a new show coming out about the White House.  NBC orders White House sitcom pilot from former Obama speechwriter A show called 1600 Penn that’s about a dysfunctional Presidential First Family. I suggest taking that idea, and adding some form of radioactive exposure that makes the First Family, and their dog, into abnormally large mutants. Yeah, I see an Emmy winner for sure!

Lastly, there is a new must have item if you enjoy sushi. Sushi Plate Detects Radioactivity in Seafood

It sounds like a spoof, but this appears to be for reals: The Fukushima Plate—a sushi platter that comes with a built-in radiation detector:

Image by Nils FerberImage by Nils Ferber

The plate’s designer, Nils Ferber, explains how it works: Before using the plate, you set the level of radiation you’re comfortable with. If the plate isn’t glowing, your food has no detectable radiation. One glowing ring indicates a low level of radiation; two rings signals “significantly increased levels” of radiation. The dreaded red ring “tells you that the measured dose of radiation is beyond the limiting value you set before.”

Too bad there isn’t a plate for politicians to stand on that warns voters if the candidate is “toxic.”