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Here's a handy news quiz, just as a reminder that there are more things going on in the world than just the U.S. presidential race. Hint: One of these questions is fake. See if you can guess which one it is.

1. Alternative energy sources for which the technology is ready, just in case our "leaders" ever get their minds (and fingers) out of oil wells.

A. Geothermal power and heating.

B. Harnessing of wind and wave power.

C. Solar energy collected in, and transmitted from, space. *

D. Biofuels other than corn (which depletes food supply and causes high food prices).

E. All of the above and more.

2. Amount of money taxpayers in Mecklenburg County will pay for Iraq war funding approved so far, according to the National Priorities Project.

A. $500 million.

B. $250 million.

C. $1 billion.

D. $1.5 billion.

E. $2 billion.

3. What Mecklenburg County taxpayers' share of Iraq war costs could have paid for instead.

A. 4,107 elementary school teachers for 10 years.

B. Health care for 424,177 people for one year.

C. 2,535 police offices for 20 years.

D. 18,745 affordable housing units.

E. Any of the above.

4. What happened just three weeks before Blackwater Worldwide, based in North Carolina, announced it was getting out of the security business?

A. CEO Erik Prince attended a yoga retreat during which his conscience started bothering him about his way of earning a living.

B. Gov. Mike Easley told Blackwater, "you have until sundown to clear out of town."

C. Prince found out there's more money to be made in the health insurance racket, er, business.

D. N.C. residents showed up outside the Blackwater compound with torches and pitchforks, shouting, "Kill the monsters!"

E. Federal agents raided the compound after reports revealed that the company had weaseled out of federal laws prohibiting the private purchase of automatic assault rifles, including 17 Romanian AK-47s and 17 Bushmasters.

5. Foods you won't be able to enjoy if you buy into the "local foods only" movement.

A. Bananas, mangoes, avocados, pineapples, oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, papayas, kiwi fruit, Brazil nuts, coconut, cranberries, and dates.

B. Most spices, seasonings and flavorings, including salt, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, saffron, coriander and more.

C. Coffee and chocolate.

D. Any wines from France, Italy, Australia, Chile, or California.

E. All of the above.

6. Scariest thing about this year's North Carolina elections.

A. Possible voting machine manipulation.

B. Cherie "Not Chuck" Berry gets another term as labor commissioner.

C. Jesse Helms: It's alive!!!

D. Sen. Liddy Dole's plastic surgery.

E. Gov. Pat McCrory.

7. Events at which President Bush has described the people attending, or the person speaking, as "awesome."

A. Memorial Day tribute to the troops and their families at Arlington National Cemetery.

B. A speech by Pope Benedict XVI at the White House.

C. College graduation ceremonies.

D. Turkey "pardon" before Thanksgiving.

E. All of the above

8. Worst ideas for new magazines.

A. Parolees & Their Pets.

B. Wiretapping for Fun & Profit.

C. Home Meth Lab, featuring advice column "Ask Crystal."

D. Taser Tots.

E. SubPrime!

9. According to the National Priorities Project, how much of the federal budget last year was spent on the military versus education, social services, the environment, energy and science programs?

A. Military: 20 percent, Others: 70 percent.

B. Military: 13 percent, Others: 70 percent.

C. Military: 25 percent, Others: 55 percent.

D. Military: 10 percent, Others: 80 percent.

E. The feds spent 42.2 percent of every income tax dollar on military spending, which included 28.7 percent for current military and war spending, 10 percent for interest on military debt and 3.5 percent for veterans' benefits. At the same time, 8.7 percent went towards anti-poverty programs, 4.4 percent towards education, training and social services, and 2.6 percent towards the environment, energy and science programs.

Answers: The correct answer for all questions is E.

*http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/23/opinion/23smith.html?ref=opinionnote on space energy

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