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  • Exclusive: Greek power regulator warns of energy meltdown

    06/01/2012 8:10:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 1, 2012 | Harry Papachristou
    Greece's power regulator RAE told Reuters on Friday it was calling an emergency meeting next week to avert a collapse of the debt-stricken country's electricity and natural gas system. "RAE is taking crisis initiatives throughout next week to avert the collapse of the natural gas and electricity system," the regulator's chief Nikos Vasilakos told Reuters.
  • DOW off 220 (or lower) Oil at $83.50

    06/01/2012 8:08:43 AM PDT · by WellyP · 51 replies
    LC Crude Oil Chart and INDU Stock Quote | 1 June 2012 | WellyP
    Dow now off 226 and oil down ot $83.29
  • Case against man ticketed for littering when he tried to hand a homeless person a dollar thrown out

    06/01/2012 8:08:36 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 41 replies
    heraldsun ^ | June 01, 2012
    John Davis of Ohio was fined $344 by a Cleveland police officer who witnessed him dropping a dollar bill on the ground as he tried to pass it through the window of his car to a wheelchair-bound homeless man on May 17, WKYC-TV reported. The judge dismissed the littering case against him on the grounds that money is not trash, the station said.
  • Romney picks up Shultz, Rice, Huckabee and Nancy Reagan Endorsements

    06/01/2012 8:08:28 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 222 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM (Multiple News feeds) ^ | June 1, 2012 | Jeff Head
    Over the last few days, since Romney clinched the GOP nomination for President by going over the 1,144 committed delegates needed with his win in the Texas Primary on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, a number of new endorsements have come in for Romney's bid for the Presidency. These include George Shultz, former Secretary of State; Condoliza Rice, former Secretrary of State and National Security Advisor; Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas and presidential candidate; and Nancy Reagan, wife of President Ronald Reagan. Here's what each of them had to say on the date they endorsed Romney: NANCY REAGAN endorses Mitt...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 22 (Keywords 2) June 1, 2012

    06/01/2012 8:06:36 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 123 replies
    Friday, June 1, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning and happy June to my gardening FRiends and fellow gardeners!You may have noticed that I titled last week's thread "Keywords", and then totally forgot to write the first word about the topic. That illustrates perfectly how frazzled my mind is these days. As I was getting ready to hit the post button, I kept thinking there was something I was forgetting, but finally convinced myself that it probably wasn't *that* important, and I posted the thread. I apologize.There has been more than once that great information has been posted by one of our members, but I can't...
  • Clinton: Let’s stop attacking Romney’s “sterling business career,” mm-kay?

    06/01/2012 8:05:51 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 29,2012 | Ed Morrissey
    I know that Barack Obama wants Bill Clinton to act as a campaign surrogate, but perhaps he should consider hiring him as his campaign manager instead. President #42 gave some good advice and a little bit of political wisdom last night in suggesting that the Obama campaign stop talking about Mitt Romney’s “sterling business career” and, er, move on to what Team Obama’s agenda for a second term might be: So I don’t think that we ought to get in the position where we say this is bad work, this is good work. I think, however, the real issue ought...
  • ‘Fear of the Future’ Keeps Lid on Economic Growth: Greenspan

    06/01/2012 8:03:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    CNBC ^ | 06/01/12 | Jeff Cox
    ‘Fear of the Future’ Keeps Lid on Economic Growth: Greenspan ECONOMY, INFLATION, EMPLOYMENT, UNEMPLOYMENT, MANUFACTURING, CPI, CONSUMER PRICE INDEX, JOBLESS CLAIMS Posted By: Jeff Cox | CNBC.com Senior Writer CNBC.com | 01 Jun 2012 | 07:39 AM ET Investors could revolt at a moment's notice against high government deficit levels, jeopardizing chances at a recovery and potentially sending interest rates soaring, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told CNBC. The former central bank leader — nicknamed "The Maestro" by his supporters — said he worries the current economy could be heading on a path similar to 1979, when the 10-year...
  • Environmental justice: New movement to restrict your movement (ECO-Tyranny Must Read)

    06/01/2012 8:02:04 AM PDT · by lward99 · 7 replies
    Times247 ^ | 5/31/2012 | Katherine Timpf
    When most people talk about President Obama's influence on America, they mention reforming health care, repealing "don't ask, don't tell" or ending the war in Iraq. But a nearly unknown executive order could have a greater impact on the future of America than all of those things combined, potentially giving the federal government power to control every project in the country. The obscure memorandum of understanding, based on a long-forgotten executive order signed by President Clinton in 1994, marries the issues of environmentalism and social justice. The federal government can use the laws from one to control the other. Read...
  • Greek radical left leader Tsipras: asking for Greek people’s vote to cancel the bailout

    06/01/2012 7:59:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    AP ^ | June 1, 2012 | Staff
    The head of Greece’s Radical Left Coalition, whose strong gains in last month’s elections deepened concerns over his country’s future in the European single currency, vowed Friday to cancel Greece’s international bailout agreement if he wins an upcoming repeat ballot. Alexis Tsipras, whose Syriza party came second in the inconclusive May 6 polls, said there was no way to partially implement the terms of the bailout that the heavily indebted country has come to rely on to pay its way.
  • Intruder killed in Essex Junction home invasion (Vermont)

    06/01/2012 7:55:07 AM PDT · by lost in the snow · 9 replies
    WCAX News ^ | 06/01/2012 | WCAX News
    ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. - A man is dead following a home invasion early Friday morning. It happened at a residence on Main Street in Essex Junction. Police say the intruder was killed after getting into an altercation inside the building. More details are expected later.
  • Rocks That Burned OC Mother Covered in Phosphate

    06/01/2012 7:55:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    KTLA ^ | 4:05 p.m. PDT, May 31, 2012 | Sarah Welch
    SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (KTLA) -- Beach rocks that seriously burned a 43-year old woman were covered in elevated levels of phosphate, tests show. Lyn Hiner's children collected the seven rocks at Trestles Beach and brought them home. Hours later, Hiner picked them up from the floor of her home and put them in her pocket. "All of a sudden, something hot on my leg just sort of started to bother me, and so I started to think it was a bug bite, and I started slapping it, and the next thing I know my shorts are on fire," she said...
  • Time Bomb? Banks Pressured to Buy Government Debt

    06/01/2012 7:54:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | 05/31/12 | Jeff Cox
    Time Bomb? Banks Pressured to Buy Government Debt CNBC, NETNET, NET NET, EUROPE DEBT, GREEK DEBT, EUROPEAN DEBT CRISIS, ECB, EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK Posted By: Jeff Cox | CNBC.com Senior Writer CNBC.com | 31 May 2012 | 02:42 PM ET US and European regulators are essentially forcing banks to buy up their own government's debt—a move that could end up making the debt crisis even worse, a Citigroup analysis says. Regulators are allowing banks to escape counting their country's debt against capital requirements and loosening other rules to create a steady market for government bonds, the study says. While that...
  • Some of Santa Ana's wild-cat [feral housecat]traps sabotaged

    06/01/2012 7:51:45 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    o c register ^ | May 31, 2012 Updated: 3:47 p.m. | DENISSE SALAZAR /
    SANTA ANA – New traps were set out to catch flea-carrying feral cats on a Santa Ana school campus after the traps were sabotaged. The traps were set Tuesday morning on the campuses of two schools after a Santa Ana resident who lives nearby contracted flea-borne typhus in April. An adult living in Orange was diagnosed in January. Both have recovered. Seven new wire traps provided by Vector Control were set this week at Willard Intermediate School in the 1300 block of North Ross Street, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. One of six traps set at El Sol...
  • Bush White House Visit Makes Unemployment Get Worse

    06/01/2012 7:45:57 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 8 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | June 1, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Unemployment headed back in the wrong direction in May to 8.2%, with only a pathetic 69,000 jobs created. With all the folks that gave up looking for work in the last couple years -as many as 88 million people- some think actual unemployment numbers are in the low-to-mid teens (!) If you care to venture into such forlorn labor markets as -say- Detroit, those seeking the truth need to think in terms of fifty percent unemployed... and a median home value now standing at a mere $6000.But this latest bad news for the Obammunist regime comes on the heels of downgrades...
  • Another School Day, Another Sex Scandal

    06/01/2012 7:45:17 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 16 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 1, 2012 | JP
    Erin Sayer is a high school English teacher in Brooklyn. She’s the target of a lawsuit filed this week that accuses her of carrying on a month-long sexual liaison with a 16-year-old student she tutored. The suit was brought by the boy’s parents who say that the 35-year-old Sayer, a wife and mother, plied their son with pot she kept in a file cabinet at school and sexed him up in her SUV. “As parents,” said the Eng’s family attorney, Bruce Baron, “we entrust our teachers with the care of our children, to cultivate and nurture their foundations. Baron is...
  • Rep. Jim Moran joins Eisenhower family’s effort to halt memorial design

    06/01/2012 7:44:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 31, 2012 | Christopher Bedford
    Virginia Democratic Rep. Jim Moran joined the growing chorus of opposition to the proposed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial on Tuesday, just ahead of Friday’s scheduled hearing on the monument’s controversial design. “I have also met with members of the Eisenhower family and share their objections to the current design,” Moran wrote in a letter obtained by The Daily Caller. “While the Eisenhower Memorial is very far along in the process, I have approached several of my colleagues who serve on the commission and encouraged them to rethink their support and allow a new public competition on an alternative design.”
  • The Employment Situation in May [Official White House Attempt To Shine Sunshine Up Your Butt]

    06/01/2012 7:38:40 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    The White House ^ | June 1, 2012 | Alan Krueger, Obama Cult Priest
    Problems in the job market were long in the making and will not be solved overnight. The economy lost jobs for 25 straight months beginning in February 2008, and over 8 million jobs were lost as a result of the Great Recession. We are still fighting back from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Today we learned that the economy has added private sector jobs for 27 straight months, for a total of 4.3 million payroll jobs over that period. The economy is growing but it is not growing fast enough. BLS’s establishment survey shows that private businesses...
  • While Defending Proposed Ban On Super-Sized Sugary Drinks, Bloomberg Celebrates National Donut Day

    06/01/2012 7:38:37 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies
    While Defending Proposed Ban On Super-Sized Sugary Drinks, Bloomberg Celebrates National Donut Day June 1, 2012 9:52 AM NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Super-sized sugary drinks bad, donuts good. That seems to be the message being sent by Mayor Michael Bloomberg as he continues to defend his proposal to ban large, sugar laden drinks while celebrating National Donut Day on Friday. 1010 WINS’ John Montone reports The mayor is expected to share a signed Proclamation Letter honoring the 75th annual National Donut Day at Madison Square Park where the largest box of Entenmann’s Donuts ever created will be unveiled. EXTRA: NYC’s...
  • Oil Down Sharply; Gold Up Sharply (Brent Crude Falls Below $100/bl)

    06/01/2012 7:38:25 AM PDT · by OrangeHoof · 24 replies
    oil-price.net ^ | 06-01-2012 | OrangeHoof
    As of 10 a.m. EDT Friday WTI Crude Oil: $83.90/bl - down $2.83 - down 3.04% Brent Crude Oil: $98.96/bl - down $2.87 - down 2.82% Gold: $1614.02 - up 3.48% Brent Crude (European) oil was over $110/bl just a month or so ago while WTI Crude (West Texas) was above $105/bl not that long ago.
  • Colin Powell Book Signing in McLean, Virginia Thursday night, 5/31

    06/01/2012 7:34:50 AM PDT · by HokieMom · 24 replies
    McLean Patch ^ | May 21, 2012 | Bobbie Bowman
    Former U.S. Secretary of State and McLean resident Colin Powell signs his new book "It Worked for me: In Life and Leadership" at a downtown McLean bookstore this evening. The book signing will occur at 7 p.m. at Books-A-Million on Chain Bridge Road across the street from the McLean Giant. Here's what you need to know. Perkins McDowell, one of the managers at Books-A-Million, has this advice for their customers. 1. What do I need to do to see Colin Powell? You need a ticket and a book. Books-A-Million started handing out tickets last week. They will continue to give...
  • Trampling Freedom of Speech: State Tries Censoring Online Advice Column

    06/01/2012 7:32:13 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 2 replies
    The New American ^ | 31 May 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    As far as diet goes, I believe you should adhere to the old adage “everything in moderation” and avoid extreme regimens of all kinds. I don’t know what you think of this counsel, but North Carolina’s position seems to be the following: I just broke the law. Blogger Steven Cooksey found this out the hard way — when the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition ordered him to take down part of his diet-advice website. The 51-year-old resident of Stanley, North Carolina, became passionate about nutrition after a 2009 hospitalization during which he learned he had Type II diabetes and was...
  • CIA probes publication review board over allegations of selective censorship(Waterboarding good!)

    06/01/2012 7:31:52 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp
    Washington Post ^ | May 31, 2012 | Greg Miller and Julie Tate
    The CIA has begun an internal investigation into whether a process designed to screen books by former employees and protect national security secrets is being used in part to censor agency critics, U.S. officials said. The investigation coincides with the publication of a flurry of books from CIA veterans, and it is largely aimed at determining whether some redactions have been politically motivated. Among the publications expected to get particular scrutiny is a memoir by the former head of the CIA’s clandestine service, Jose A. Rodriguez Jr., who used his book, “Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved...
  • Obama’s ‘Polish Death Camp’ Comment ‘Infuriates’ Polish Americans

    06/01/2012 7:29:14 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 25 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 31, 2012 | Pete Winn
    Obama’s ‘Polish Death Camp’ Comment ‘Infuriates’ Polish Americans By Pete Winn May 31, 2012 (CNSNews.com) – President Obama not only angered the people of Poland with a comment he made on Tuesday referring to “Polish death camps” -- he also “infuriated” Polish Americans, many of whom live in Obama’s home town of Chicago. The Polish-American Congress, based in Chicago, has sent a letter to Obama saying as much and demanding an apology. “Our community in the United States and abroad was deeply hurt by your reference to the “Polish death camps,” Polish-American Congress President Frank J. Spula wrote. “This is...
  • Komen Foundation; laying down dogs coming up with fleas, but probably doesn’t care

    06/01/2012 7:29:07 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 14 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | June 1, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    We are winning; defeating the evil that is liberalism in large and small battles ways every day. What is happening to the Susan B. Komen for the Cure Foundation governing board is a good example of our victories. Last January when the Komen board was confronted with the fact that secretly produced videos proved Planned Parenthood would knowingly arrange an abortion for a supposed under aged prostitute, it did the right thing and stopped funding the death mills. They listened to their donors who demanded they stop giving their money to a group devoted to killing babies. Nevertheless, within days...
  • Combative Romney team hits Obama coast-to-coast

    06/01/2012 7:26:34 AM PDT · by pistolpackinpapa · 17 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 31, 2012 | Byron York
    In the course of a couple of hours Thursday, the Romney campaign sent out unmistakable signals that it intends to fight the guerilla warfare of a presidential campaign with a new aggressiveness and combativeness. The first signal came in Boston, where top Obama adviser David Axelrod organized an anti-Romney event on the steps of the Massachusetts state house. The event, which Team Obama wanted to keep under wraps until shortly before it happened, was to feature remarks from Axelrod and Democratic state officeholders who would attack Romney's record as governor from 2003 to 2007. But it didn't work out as...
  • Pistol Says, "Listen Up"

    06/01/2012 7:23:47 AM PDT · by Revski
    Revski's Youtube Classics ^ | 6-1-2012 | Revski
    A Revski o7jimmy classic child voice is from 4 year old grand son Eli! Pistol’s age is 4 months. Piano instrumental, “Jesus love Me”.
  • End of the manual transmission?

    06/01/2012 7:23:21 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 213 replies
    High Gear Media via Foxnews ^ | May 02, 2012 | By Thomas Bey
    Go to any given dealership with 100 new cars. On average, just four of the 2012 models will have manual gearboxes. The trend of the vanishing third pedal is nothing new, notes The Detroit News. Even a decade ago, just 8.5 percent of 2002 models were manuals. The paper’s own automotive reporter even confesses she never learned to drive a stick shift until it essentially became a job requirement. It’s more than a little contradictory to automotive reviews (including many you’ll read here) extolling the pleasure of enthusiastic driving with a true manual gearbox. Likewise, purists gravitate to manuals for...
  • Obama administration says jobless rate rise unacceptable

    06/01/2012 7:21:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's administration called on Congress to do more to help the economy create jobs, with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis saying May's rise in the unemployment rate was unacceptable. "Congress has to take some action because while we see the unemployment rate where it is, it's not acceptable," Solis told the CNBC network on Friday.
  • Free-Roaming N.M. Dog Has a Lawyer

    06/01/2012 7:15:22 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 9 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 31, 2012 | Jeri Clausing/AP
    Blue the dog doesn’t have a home. But the blue-eyed Australian cattle dog has $1,800 in savings, a Facebook page and an air-conditioned dog house. He also has a lawyer, who is working to get him an exemption from local leash laws so he can continue his free-wheeling lifestyle in southern New Mexico’s lakeside community of Elephant Butte, where he was abandoned as a puppy a decade ago.
  • Jealous God Obama Attacks Rival Religions

    06/01/2012 7:15:22 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 1, 2012 | Stella Paul
    Thou shall have no other gods before Obama. For Obama is a jealous god who demands total obeisance. In 2008, Americans voted to deify a unique man of history. Obama is much more than the first president to be raised by a transsexual nanny in Indonesia. He's also the very first commander-in-chief to thank his drug dealer in his high school yearbook, instead of his mom. In the last election, public schoolteachers forced their students to sing hymns of praise to their puppy-eating Obama-god, and proudly placed their devotionals on YouTube.... "...A light will shine through that window, a beam...
  • Local Child Molester Slain in L.A. Prison (Convict Code of Justice)

    06/01/2012 7:15:17 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    San Diego U-T ^ | May 31, 2012 | Kristina Davis
    Local child molester slain in L.A. prison An inmate serving a life sentence stemming from the sexual assault of a child in Oceanside was killed Tuesday in his prison cell in Los Angeles County. Francisco Javier Aguilar, 36, was found dead in his cell at the California State Prison in Lancaster after 1 a.m., authorities said. He had a cable wrapped around his neck, The Los Angeles Times reported. The cause of death has not been released. An autopsy was set for Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Aguilar’s cellmate, Aaron Alvarez, 42, has been arrested in...
  • Jobs report: Only 69,000 jobs added, jobless rate rises to 8.2%

    06/01/2012 7:14:53 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | JUNE 1, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Jim Pethokoukis called this a “huge miss” on Twitter, and he’s right. Analysts expected the US economy to add 150,000 jobs in May. Instead, we saw only a net gain of 69,000 jobs, and the jobless rate went up slightly to 8.2%: Nonfarm payroll employment changed little in May (+69,000), and the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 8.2 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in health care, transportation and warehousing, and wholesale trade but declined in construction. Employment was little changed in most other major industries. The long-term unemployed jumped up by 300,000 as...
  • Feds to Florida: halt non-citizen voter purge

    06/01/2012 7:13:51 AM PDT · by Innovative · 46 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | May 31, 2012 | Marc Caputo
    The Justice Department told Florida election officials that they must stop their non-citizen voters purge. Florida argues it is not violating any law. The Justice Department ordered Florida’s elections division to halt a systematic effort to find and purge the state’s voter rolls of noncitizen voters. Florida’s effort appears to violate both the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which protects minorities, and the 1993 National Voter Registration Act – which governs voter purges – T. Christian Herren Jr., the Justice Department’s lead civil rights lawyer, wrote in a detailed two-page letter sent late Thursday night. State officials said they were reviewing...
  • Idaho says 'Five Wives' Vodka offensive to church

    06/01/2012 7:13:33 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 14 replies
    KLEW-TV ^ | 30 May 2012 | Paul Foy & John Miller
    Five Wives Vodka was named in bad taste and won't be stocked or special ordered at stores operated by the state of Idaho, regulators said. The middle-shelf vodka is made by Ogden's Own Distillery in Utah, where the Mormon church is based. Its label carries the name and an image of five women, an apparent reference to polygamy, a practice abandoned by the church more than a century ago. Idaho State Liquor Division administrator Jeff Anderson said the brand is offensive to Mormons who make up over a quarter of Idaho's population. Regulators in Idaho notified Elite Spirits Distributor that...
  • Holder's Racial Incitement

    06/01/2012 7:12:54 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 1, 2012
    The United States of America has a black President whose chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Eric Holder, is also black. They have a lot of political power. So how are they using it? Well, one way is to assert to black audiences that voter ID laws are really attempts to disenfranchise black Americans. And liberals think Donald Trump's birther fantasies are offensive? "In my travels across this country, I've heard a consistent drumbeat of concern from citizens, who—often for the first time in their lives—now have reason to believe that we are failing to live up to one of...
  • Dr. Gloom Mellows But Dr. Doom Does Not (Schiff & Faber)

    06/01/2012 7:12:18 AM PDT · by blam · 3 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 6-1-2012 | Howard Gold
    Dr. Gloom Mellows But Dr. Doom Does Not By Howard Gold June 1, 2012Commentary: Dire warnings on inflation, dollar don’t pan out NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — They are this era’s Dr. Doom and Dr. Gloom, two Cassandras who warned long ago about the housing bust, financial crash and debt explosion that almost wrecked global markets. Marc Faber, the Zurich-born investor and editor of The Gloom Boom & Doom Report, and Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, were lonely voices in the mid-2000s when they predicted the debt-induced party would soon end very badly. Reuters Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul...
  • Investments in the future have dried up

    06/01/2012 7:07:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | June 1, 2012 | Rex Nutting
    When I was growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, the legacy of the Great Depression was everywhere: Dams, bridges, roads, airports, courthouses and even picnic areas and hiking trails. Leaders of that dire time — Democrats and Republicans — took advantage of the Depression to put millions of Americans back to work, building the infrastructure that we still rely on today. They had lemons, and they made lemonade.
  • Depleted uranium: could this reduce our dependency on crude oil?

    06/01/2012 7:03:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | June 1, 2012 | Lindsay Brooke
    A simple three-step chemical reaction which could herald the introduction of new sustainable feedstocks for the chemical industry has been developed by scientists at The University of Nottingham. Scientists in the School of Chemistry have developed a recyclable system for converting carbon monoxide (CO) directly into more complicated organic molecules using depleted uranium. The research, funded by the Royal Society and European Research Council, was led by Dr. Stephen Liddle, an expert in inorganic chemistry. Details of the new procedure — which can return the molecule that performs the transformation back to its start point — have been published in...
  • Portman's bipartisan reputation could hurt chance of joining GOP ticket

    06/01/2012 6:52:16 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/01/12 | Niall Stanage and Molly Hooper
    One mark against Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) being Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential choice may be that Portman’s not sufficiently polarized. If the speculation Portman will become Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential pick proves true, he could complicate the presidential race in an unexpected way: he has a legitimate record of bipartisanship and is well-regarded even by a number of Democrats on Capitol Hill. Portman is currently stirring more vice-presidential talk among Beltway insiders by taking a trip to Israel, where he held a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday. The Ohioan has faced criticism for his supposed grayness but he...
  • MLB Draft Hits and Misses

    06/01/2012 6:47:14 AM PDT · by thurmant · 20 replies
    FixMLB.org ^ | 06/01/12 | FixMLB
    With the Major League Draft just days away (June 4-6), I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the draft booms, busts, and never-were’s.
  • EPA has concerns for Keystone pipeline near coast(Obama Lied, Jobs Died)

    06/01/2012 6:45:06 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 9 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 31, 2012 | AP: Matthew Daly
    HOUSTON – A Canadian company seeking to build a pipeline to transport crude oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries has submitted a new application for the southern segment of the project that avoids sensitive wetlands in Texas. TransCanada submitted its new application in April, after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency raised concerns about the effect the original plan would have on wetlands along the Texas Gulf Coast and called for a more rigorous review process. Under the new plan, the company will drill under the wetlands rather than run across them, eliminating the need for EPA involvement, said Vicki...
  • Job growth seen stepping up in May (probably)

    06/01/2012 6:42:45 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 26 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | May 31, 2012 | Lucia Mutikani
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jobs growth probably snapped back in May from weather-related distortions that had slowed hiring, suggesting the economy was still expanding moderately despite strong headwinds from Europe. Employers probably created 150,000 jobs last month, according to a Reuters survey of economists, after generating a paltry 115,000 positions in April - the fewest in six months. That would bring nonfarm employment growth closer to its 176,000 a month average of the past three months and temper fears that economic activity could be stagnating. "The labor market is getting better, but the glass is still half empty. I think a...
  • Discovered: The 128million-year-old grandfather of the modern squid..

    06/01/2012 6:42:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 1, 2012 | Eddie Wrenn
    Scientists have managed to re-create the appearance of a previously unknown fossil - a spiky creature thought to be the ultimate ancestor of the modern-day squid and octopus. The Austria National History Museum team used 3D scanning technology to unearth the fossil of 'Dissimilites intermedius' a layer at a time, and then created a video of how the creature lived and moved. The ammonite was discovered in sediment which formed at the bottom of the ocean during the Cretaceous period - on a surface which, 128 million years, later would lie at the top of the Dolomite mountains in the...
  • Bill Clinton predicts strong Obama victory

    06/01/2012 6:42:31 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 33 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 6 1 12
    Former US president Bill Clinton said he thought that fellow Democrat Barack Obama would be easily re-elected to the White House, even though polls currently show a close race. "I still think the president will win by five or six points," Clinton told CNN, in an interview with movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Obama faces presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the November 6 election. Romney has surged ahead of Obama in the southern battleground state of Florida, holding a 47-41 percent lead, according to a recent Quinnipiac University Polling Institute...
  • Clinton: Romeny Is Qualified For Presidency [video] (Any Doubt Bill Still Hates Barack?)

    06/01/2012 6:33:54 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 29 replies
    President Bill Clinton ditched his Democratic talking points Thursday night, telling his TV interviewer that Gov. Mitt Romney’s investment capital work qualifies him for the presidency. “This is good work… There’s no question that a man who has been a governor and has a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold,” he said on CNN. Republicans hope that statement could deeply damage Obama’s effort to paint Romney as unqualified and irresponsible, and a short portion of the interview was showcased Friday morning by emails from the Republican National Committee. Clinton and Obama have been rivals since 2007, when Obama challenged...
  • Obama touts his economic plans — regionally

    06/01/2012 6:32:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 1, 2012 | By Amy Gardner
    In Ohio, President Obama has sold his programs to bolster workforce training and bring jobs back from China. In Michigan, he has promoted the bailout of the automakers. In Nevada, he talked up his proposals to help underwater homeowners stay afloat. Against a gloomy economic backdrop and a Republican opponent blaming him for it, Obama is selling his stewardship of the economy one state at a time, tailoring his message to regional conditions. He has little choice: New unemployment numbers released Friday, with a tiny shift for the worse, show the same persistently sluggish pace of much of the past...
  • U.S. economy adds a disappointing 69,000 jobs in May

    06/01/2012 6:23:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 1, 2012
    U.S. employers created 69,000 jobs in May, the fewest in a year, and the unemployment rate ticked up. The dismal jobs figures could fan fears that the economy is sputtering. The unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent in April, the first increase in 11 months. The Labor Department also says the economy created far fewer jobs in the previous two months than first thought. It revised those figures down to show 49,000 fewer jobs created. Weak job growth could damage President Barack Obama's reelection prospects.
  • Prisoners under pressure to convert to Muslim 'gang' [forced conversians Eurabia - Londonistan]

    06/01/2012 6:22:05 AM PDT · by Milagros · 2 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 30 May 2012 | Martin Beckford
    Prisoners under pressure to convert to Muslim 'gang' Prisoners are under pressure to convert to an Islamic “gang” at a high-security jail, with non-Muslims in fear of violence just for cooking bacon, according to an official report. By Martin Beckford, Home Affairs Editor 7:00AM BST 30 May 2012 Inmates at HMP Whitemoor told researchers commissioned by the Ministry of Justice that they changed their faith for protection or because they were bullied into it. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9298578/Prisoners-under-pressure-to-convert-to-Muslim-gang.html
  • Exclusive: Greek power regulator warns of energy meltdown

    06/01/2012 6:22:02 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 6/1/12 | Harry Papachristou
    Greece's power regulator RAE told Reuters on Friday it was calling an emergency meeting next week to avert a collapse of the debt-stricken country's electricity and natural gas system.
  • At Canadian Embassy, global warming protester nears starvation

    06/01/2012 6:21:34 AM PDT · by PROCON · 44 replies
    laslimes ^ | May 30, 2012 | Ian Duncan
    WASHINGTON -- On a patch of pavement outside the Canadian Embassy, Jay McGinley is trying to starve himself to death. After drinking nothing but water for more than 30 days, he appears close to achieving his goal. When he stands up, his dark blue sweater hangs from a wasted frame.