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1 in 10 Adults Worldwide are Obese

Around half a billion adults are overweight. Scientists are warning that the world is facing a wave of obesity as Western junk food gains popularity around the globe. The tiny country of Nauru (pop. near 10,000) has been named the “fattest nation” in the world thanks to their diet of fried chicken and cola. Urbanization and globalization are primarily to blame as immobile, office-centered lifestyles substitute salt and sugar for traditional, healthier diets.

Global Status:

Fast Growing: United States
The US takes the prize with the biggest increase in BMI out of all developed nations.

Slimming Down: Italy
The only country where BMI actually declined in women (and smallest increase in men).

Fattening Up: United Kingdom
They have the sixth highest BMI for women and ninth highest for men.

World’s Thinnest: Bangladesh
Suffering from extreme poverty, more than 9 million children are underweight and suffer from stunted growth.

Fattest on Earth: Nauru
Thanks to the importation of Western foods, this tiny country wins the obesity prize.

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Mexico Helps Power Texas Through Storms

Oh the irony. Wintry storms this week have left Texas scrambling to conserve electricity to prevent widespread blackouts. Power companies are working quickly to restore power, says Gov. Rick Perry, but rolling blackouts swept the state yesterday to help balance the lack of energy. In an ironic turn of events (considering current border conditions), Mexico’s state electricity company began an energy transfer yesterday into Texas through its northern border cities of Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, and Piedras Negras, reports AFP. Regulators even lifted pollution rules to make the transfer possible, notes the Dallas Morning News. The juice is enough to power 56,000 households.

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Horrific video showing the magnitude of the oil leak disaster.

Is this Obama’s “Katrina” situation? Funny how the media has stopped reporting this. Imagine if the former President was in office - he’d be crucified for not doing more to rectify this situation.

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Mosque Being Built at Ground Zero

When does the term “acceptance” cross the line? I think this crosses it.

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A proposal to build a mosque steps from Ground Zero received the support of a downtown committee despite some loved ones of 9/11 victims finding it offensive.

The 13-story mosque and Islamic cultural center was unanimously endorsed by the 12-member Community Board 1’s financial district committee.

The $100 million project, called the Cordoba House, is proposed for the old Burlington Coat Factory building at Park Place and Broadway, just two blocks from the World Trade Center site.

"I think it will be a wonderful asset to the community," said committee Chairman Ro Sheffe.

Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf, who helped found the Cordoba Initiative following the 9/11 attacks, said the project is intended to foster better relations between the West and Muslims.

He said the glass-and-steel building would include a 500-seat performing arts venue, a swimming pool and a basketball court. “There’s nothing like it,” said Rauf, adding that facilities will be open to all New Yorkers.

Daisy Khan, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement and Cordoba Initiative board member, said the project has received little opposition.

"Whatever concerns anybody has, we have to make sure to educate them that we are an asset to the community," Khan said.

Khan said her group hopes construction on the project will begin by the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Once built, 1,000 to 2,000 Muslims are expected to pray at the mosque every Friday, she said.

No one at last night’s meeting protested the project. But some 9/11 families said they found the proposal offensive because the terrorists who launched the attacks were Muslim.

"I realize it’s not all of them, but I don’t want to have to go down to a memorial where my son died on 9/11 and look at a mosque," said retired FDNY Deputy Chief Jim Riches - whose son Jim, a firefighter, was killed on 9/11.

"If you ask me, it’s a religion of hate," said Riches, who did not attend last night’s meeting.

Rosemary Cain of Massapequa, L.I., whose son, Firefighter George Cain, 35, was killed in the 2001 attacks, called the project a “slap in the face.”

"I think it’s despicable. That’s sacred ground," said Cain, who also did not attend the meeting.

"How could anybody give them permission to build a mosque there? It tarnishes the area."

Well at least now with a mosque on Ground Zero, they’ll be less likely to bomb it again. It will become a Muslim tourist attraction as it sits on Muslim terrorist’s most magnificent military victory. Also, our president will now have a place to worship when he visits New York City.

Despicable.