June 2 Obscure news

Volunteering opportunities – For volunteer opportunities in your community, check out www.volunteermatch.org or www.americorps.gov

Hacked public bicycle kiosk shows porn movie, extra benefits of public transport – A photo snapped as proof that a computer kiosk used to control public bicycle lending in Zamora, Spain wasn’t displaying the usual touch screen software, but rather, a full screen porn [read it at gizmodo.com]

‘New GM’ unveiled in breaking advert — A ‘New GM’ aims to educate the public about its reorganisation in the wake of filing for bankruptcy with 60-second advert to begin airing on Wednesday (June 3, 2009) . The ad has already appeared on Facebook and YouTube [read it at UTalkMarketing.com]

 State leads nation in confirmed swine flu cases – Unlike seasonal influenza, which affects large numbers of elderly people, only 1 percent of the swine flu cases have occurred in people 65 years and older. Approximately 75 percent of the confirmed cases are in persons age 19 and younger [read it at the Fond du Lac Reporter]

RFID (radio frequency identification) raises profits at plant nursery — After developing and deploying an RFID system to track trays of seedlings at its own greenhouse, Knox Nursery plans to market the solution to other plant growers as well [read it at RFIDjournal.com]

New rules to quiz blood donors over sex habits — tests showed that a large quantity of unused blood supply was contaminated by HIV and other infectious diseases in Thailand [read it at the BangkokPost.com]

Global body lifts age limit on beef trade with respect to BSE+ (mad cow) – The World Organization for Animal Health resolved to lift the 30 month cattle age limits for beef exports and imports with regard to mad cow disease [read the AP story at Product Design and Development]

New travel rules kick in June 1 amid concerns over RFID-tagged passport cards — Critics of the passport card maintain that those features that makes the card convenient to use also pose security and privacy risks [read it at computerworld.com]

World even closer to H1N1 pandemic, says WHO Chief — “Now we are not in phase 6 yet. But we are closer to phase 6 today than we were last week,” World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Margaret Chan said on Thursday, referring to the highest level of the WHO’s pandemic alert scale [read it at xinhuanet.com]

Chinese economists deem huge holding of US bonds “risky,” split on way out — On the first day of U.S. treasury secretary Timothy Geithner’s visit to China, the Beijing-based Global Times published a survey of 23 famous Chinese economists on Sunday, saying that the majority of them deemed the vast holding of U.S. bonds “risky.” [read it at xinhuanet.com]

US gives Vietnam protective bird flu equipment — The US will provide Vietnam with 4,000 sets of personal protective equipment and 100 boxes of biodegradable disinfectant powder to help cope with future bird flu threats [read it at Thanh Nien News]

Ariz. Official Says Politics Are Behind Federal Investigations of His Department — Driscoll wrote in his letter, referring to the sheriff’s office, “When one law enforcement agency becomes subject to three federal investigations in a matter of weeks immediately after a shift of political control in Washington, it is difficult not to speculate that politics played a role in the decision or that policy differences related to hot-button topics such as local law enforcement’s vigorous enforcement of immigration related crimes are being litigated through enforcement actions.” [read it at The Washington Post]

From Willnevergiveup archives: Editorial — Russian view of Obama

Fun fact: The US birth rate is 13.82 births/1,000 population (2009 est.)

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