“Don’t Taze me Bro!” Watch video of University of Florida student journalist, Andrew Meyer, being Tasered for asking US Senator John Kerry the wrong question at a school Q and A session.

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Mr. Andrew Meyer, a University of Florida student journalist, was handcuffed and tasered after asking Senator John Kerry some questions during a structured Q and A session following Kerry’s speech in Gainesville on September 17, 2007.Wire Services report that Senator Kerry released a statement about the event on Tuesday, saying:

“In 37 years of public appearances, through wars, protests and highly emotional events, I have never had a dialogue end this way.” Kerry said. “I hope that neither the student nor any of the police were injured. I regret enormously that a good healthy discussion was interrupted.”

Only Privately held copy of Magna Carta to be auctioned off in New York.

UK paper, The Independent, reports today that the only privately held original copy of the Magna Carta, dated to 1297, is to be auctioned in New York this December. Auction experts conservatively estimate the document will sell for at least 15 Million British Pounds. –That’s $30,268,481.9700 US Dollars. (over 30 million dollars.), by the 26 Sep. 2007 exchange rate.

The article points out that 1297 is the year that the final versions of King John’s ground breaking charter were ratified and that all but one of the other 16 surviving original versions of the manuscript are held by public trusts in England -with one original copy also existing in Australia.

“Magna Carta” is latin for “Great Charter,” it is also known as “Magna Carta Libertatum,” “Great Charter of Freedoms,” because, as Wikipedia puts it, it is commonly regarded as having had,”…the most significant early influence on the extensive historical process that led to the rule of constitutional law today. Magna Carta influenced many common law and other documents, such as the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights, and is considered one of the most important legal documents in the history of democracy.”

Meet the Eurasian collared-dove.

I hope you like the looks of this bird, because soon it may be the only one you see at your feeders in the United States. It’s called the “Eurasian collared-dove” and experts say it is “conquering America.” A dove-like bird that first entered the United States via Florida in the 1980’s, it is now the most prevalent bird in Florida and in more than thirty other states, according to National Audubon Society bird expert, Greg Butcher. A study released by the National Audubon Society on Thursday, reports that the populations of 20 common American birds from the fence-sitting meadowlark to the whippoorwill are half what they were 40 years ago.

The study’s author, Greg Butcher of the National Audubon Society, says Suburban sprawl, climate change and other invasive species are largely to blame. If you’d like to learn more about America’s quickly disappearing native bird population, visit Project Feeder Watch at Cornell University. It’s a great site where you can enjoy learning about Native birds while watching numerous videos of increasingly rare birds at feeders around the country.

Project Feeder Watch at Cornell University