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  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Meteor and Moonbow over Wallaman Falls

    11/12/2012 7:49:07 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | November 12, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Which feature takes your breath away first in this encompassing panorama of land and sky? The competition is strong with a waterfall, meteor, starfield, and even a moonbow all vying for attention. It is interesting to first note, though, what can't be seen -- a rising moon on the other side of the camera. The bright moon not only illuminated this beautiful landscape in Queensland, Australia last June, but also created the beautiful moonbow seen in front of Wallaman Falls. Just above the ridge in the above image is the horizontal streak of an airplane. Toward the top of...
  • Cheap Thrillz, homecoming queen and voted the 'most likely to be remembered' [Broadbent]

    11/12/2012 7:45:46 PM PST · by Fractal Trader · 16 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12 November 2012 | By LAURA COLLINS IN NORTH DAKOTA and THOMAS DURANTE
    Before she went 'All In' with David Petraeus, biographer Paula Broadwell was driven to succeed at a North Dakota high school, where she was named student council president and valedictorian. Broadwell, 40, was revealed late last week to be the woman who engaged in an extramarital affair with the disgraced former general, forcing him to resign from his position as CIA director. But in 1991, she was known back then as Paula Kranz, who attended Century High School in Bismarck, where she was voted homecoming queen and 'most likely to be remembered' in the school's yearbook. A former coach at...
  • The Fiscal Cliff Is A Mole Hill Compared TAG Program Expiry

    11/12/2012 7:38:32 PM PST · by blam · 24 replies
    TMO ^ | 11-12-2012 | Shah Gilani - Money Morning
    The Fiscal Cliff Is A Mole Hill Compared TAG Program Expiry Stock-Markets / Credit Crisis 2012Nov 12, 2012 - 07:24 AM By: Money Morning Shah Gilani writes: Everyone is afraid of falling off the "fiscal cliff." But there's another dangerous countdown clock about hit to zero. And no one is talking about it, even though it will spell even more financial problems for us all. At midnight on December 31, 2012, the Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG) program will expire. The TAG program was initiated at the height of the credit crisis when depositors were fleeing banks for fear they would...
  • Racial Film Classic Gets a Revival

    11/12/2012 7:38:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Village Voice ^ | Mon., Nov. 12 2012 | Michael Musto
    Michael Roemer's 1964 drama Nothing But a Man--a classic about a black worker in the South who won't play by the white man's condescending rules--is back at at Film Forum and looking really sturdy. I saw it there on Friday night, where I was impressed all over again by the excellent, unmannered acting by Ivan Dixon and Abbe Lincoln, the crisp black and white photography, and the moody Motown score, all serving the powerful story of a decent man who becomes hardened and almost broken by hate. Afterwards, Roemer fielded questions from the audience, giving insight into the groundbreaking film....
  • Police fatally shoot Marine in California desert

    11/12/2012 7:30:18 PM PST · by Rabin · 40 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Nov 12, 8:21 PM ES | Un-named
    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) -- Police shot a Camp Pendleton Marine who struck an officer with a car in a parking garage in Palm Springs. The Marine ignored orders to stop after being approached by officers on bike patrol. One officers partially climbed into the passenger window. The car accelerated, striking the other officer and continued with the officer hanging out of the window until the car crashed near the garage exit. Both officers discharged their weapons... (shot the unarmed Marine). Both officers were treated for injuries at a hospital and released. The Marine died at the scene.
  • Catholic Caucus: Catholics urge more focus on social justice

    11/12/2012 7:29:12 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 51 replies
    The Catholic Review (Baltimore) ^ | October 30, 2012 | Patricia Zapor
    WASHINGTON - A large national study on faith and political views released Oct. 23 highlighted Catholics' interest in having social justice take a bigger role in the church's policy priorities. The American Values Survey by Public Religion Research Institute queried a cross section of all Americans but zeroed in on the opinions of Catholics, in particular, on topics including contraceptive coverage in insurance and the death penalty as well as on the pending presidential election. In interviews during September, a majority of Catholics told pollsters that they would prefer it if the church would focus its public policy statements "more...
  • On America's So-Called Generous "Patriotic Millionaires" Who Just Can't Wait To Pay Down The US Debt

    11/12/2012 7:23:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/12/2012 | Tyler Durden
    Several months ago, an ad hoc consortium of self-proclaimed millionaires, sent a letter to Obama, Reid and Boehner, demanding that "for the fiscal health of our nation and the well-being of our fellow citizens, we ask that you increase taxes on incomes over $1,000,000." This grass roots initiative was formed in the aftermath of Warren Buffett's, since defunct, proposal to impose a "millionaire tax" rule. Of course, back then, as now, someone actually did the math and realized what the impact of such as tax would be in the grand scheme of the next decade of deficits, as we...
  • America Isn't The Greatest Country Anymore (Here are the numbers)

    11/12/2012 7:17:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/12/2012 | Tyler Durden
    Via Lance Roberts of Street Talk Live,This weekend I had my first opportunity to watch "Newsroom," an HBO series, and I was struck by the opening sequence of the show as Jeff Daniels, aka Will McAvoy, discusses why America WAS the greatest country in the world - but no longer is.   Here are the stats as he breaks them down:The U.S. is: 7th in literacy27th in math 22nd in science49th in life expectancy178th in infant mortality3rd in median household income4th in labor force4th in exports But here are some other stats where the U.S. ranks as well: 19th is...
  • FBI agents inside home of Charlotte author investigated in Petraeus scandal

    11/12/2012 7:15:10 PM PST · by Arthurio · 254 replies
    Federal agents are inside the home of the Charlotte author at the center of a scandal involving CIA Director David Petraeus, who resigned on Friday. The Federal Bureau of Investigations confirms that it has agents inside Paula Broadwell's Dilworth home. While agents on scene would not confirm what they were looking for, nearly a dozen agents were seen carrying boxes and taking photographs inside the home. Paula Broadwell, the biographer who wrote a book about retired four-star general David Petraeus, 60, has not been seen at her Dilworth home since the news connecting her to an extramarital affair with Petraeus.
  • Petraeus hoped affair would stay secret and he could keep his job as CIA director

    11/12/2012 7:12:29 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 12, 2012 | Sari Horwitz, Kimberly Kindy and Scott Wilson
    CIA Director David H. Petraeus did not intend to resign from his position until it became clear that his extramarital affair with his biographer would become public after a federal investigation of his e-mail accounts, according to two longtime military aides who admire the retired general. “Obviously, he knew about the relationship for months, he knew about the affair, he was in it, so yes, he was not going to resign,” said Peter Mansoor, a retired Army colonel and Petraeus’s executive officer during the Iraq “surge,” who spoke Monday with the former general for about half an hour. “But once...
  • Michael Steele floats running for RNC chairman again

    11/12/2012 7:10:44 PM PST · by Arthurio · 97 replies
    Former Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele is floating the idea of running for his old post again. In an interview on C-SPAN on Sunday, Steele was first asked if he thought current RNC Chairman Reince Priebus should run for another term. Priebus has suggested that he is leaning toward running for reelection.
  • Why Are Gun Control Advocates So Racist and Sexist?

    11/12/2012 7:09:46 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    pagunblog.com ^ | 12 November, 2012 | Sebastian
    I guess it’s not just violent too. Recently a Brady Board member opined “Angry white men are losing their influence,” and then proceeds to go on a racist and sexist diatribe the likes of which is hard to be believed. Is Tam an “angry white man?” Is Jennifer? Is my co-blogger? The cornered cat? Are the large percentage of my fellow NRA Election Volunteer Coordinators who are women? Is Pastor Ken? On the academic side of the Second Amendment, is Professor Johnson? Professor Cottrol? And let’s not forget about our women who toiled tireless on behalf of the outcome in...
  • BREAKING: FBI Is Busting into Paula Broadwell’s Home!

    11/12/2012 7:09:41 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 77 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 12,2012 | Jim Hoft
    Jeff Smith from WSOC TV is reporting that the FBI is busting into Paula Broadwell’s home.
  • Kyrsten Sinema Becomes First Openly Bisexual Member of Congress

    11/12/2012 7:09:20 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 66 replies
    ABC news ^ | 12 Nov 2012 | Alyssa Newcomb
    After a hard-fought race in a newly formed Arizona congressional district, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema was declared the winner today, becoming the first openly bisexual member of Congress. Sinema, a former state senator, joins at least five openly gay Democrats who were elected to House seats, and Tammy Baldwin, who became the first openly gay candidate elected to the Senate. When asked by ABCNews.com how it felt to be the first openly bisexual member of Congress, Sinema said, “We’ve made history, and we’re proud of that, but what I am interested in is making history by making things better for the...
  • Urine-powered generator unveiled at international exhibition

    11/12/2012 6:56:29 PM PST · by jakerobins · 63 replies
    Four African girls have created a generator that produces electricity for six hours using a single liter of urine as fuel. The generator was unveiled at last week's Maker Faire in Lagos, Nigeria, by the four teens Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, and Faleke Oluwatoyin, all age 14, and Bello Eniola, 15. So how exactly does the urine-powered generator work? •Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which separates out the hydrogen. •The hydrogen goes into a water filter for purification, which then gets pushed into the gas cylinder. •The gas cylinder pushes hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which...
  • 17 Afghans beheaded by the Taliban because they danced at a party

    11/12/2012 6:54:58 PM PST · by haffast · 37 replies
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | Monday, August 27, 2012, 8:51 AM | unknown
    KABUL, Afghanistan - Insurgents beheaded 17 civilians in a Taliban-controlled area of southern Afghanistan, apparently because they attended a dance party that flouted the extreme brand of Islam embraced by the militants, officials said Monday. The killings, in a district where U.S. Marines have battled the Taliban for years, were a reminder of how much power the insurgent group still wields in the south - particularly as international forces draw down and hand areas over to Afghan forces. The victims were part of a large group that had gathered late Sunday in Helmand province's Musa Qala district for a celebration...
  • Dramatic Unseen Footage Of Japanese Tsunami

    11/12/2012 6:53:15 PM PST · by navysealdad · 15 replies
    Previously unseen footage taken from a car's onboard camera has been recovered, and shows the moment the Japanese tsunami hits a busy highway and the ensuing chaos that follows.
  • CBS journalist: Pro-lifers are just 'trying to build up the' white race

    11/12/2012 6:48:50 PM PST · by massmike · 23 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 11/12/2012 | BEN JOHNSON
    A commentator on MSNBC has said white people want to end abortion, because “they’re trying to build up the” white race. On Saturday, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry reviewed the declining portion of the electorate made up by white people and asked her panel about “ the demise of the white man.” “It’s been weird to watch white people report on this,” said CBS contributor Nancy Giles. “When you just showed that graph of the decline of the numbers, I thought maybe that’s why they’re trying to eliminate all these abortions and stuff. They’re trying to build up the race.” The...
  • Romney FAIL: His Four Worst Strategic Mistakes

    11/12/2012 6:45:11 PM PST · by SquarePants · 37 replies
    Realville, USA ^ | Nov 12, 2012 | Ombud
    Romney probably used a lot more than these, but here are a few of his biggest losing strategies I came up with: 1. Nominate a candidate who doesn't represent the core values of your party. Mitt Romney is not now, nor has he ever been, a conservative. Of course, next to Barack Obama, Mitt Romney looks like a conservative, but then next to Obama, Francois Hollande would look like a conservative. 2. Suppress your own vote. The Romney team invested millions of dollars, and gambled election day success, on a program called ORCA, which was designed to centralize (centralize?) the...
  • The GOP Signed An Agreement With the DNC To NEVER Stop Vote Fraud (No Joke)

    11/12/2012 6:45:02 PM PST · by rightjb · 29 replies
    PolitiJim.com ^ | 11-12-12 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    font face="Verdana">My good friend Alan Vera of True the Vote told me long ago that we have a two party system.  The Corrupt Party and the Stupid Party.  To that fact, during the weekly True the Vote webcast, Catherine Engelbrecht related a meeting she had with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, asking what the GOP would do about voter integrity.  The answer?Nothing.  They aren’t legally able to.  (I’m not joking.)Continued at: No Joke: The GOP Can Not Legally Help Stop Vote Fraud