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  • The Hiring Hypocrisy of The New York Times

    11/14/2012 4:36:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | November 14, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    Mark Thompson, a former director-general of the British Broadcasting Corporation, began his new job Monday as president and CEO of The New York Times. The lack of embarrassment was remarkable. Thompson claimed he was the worst kind of ignorant buffoon, knowing nothing about the massive sex-abuse scandal -- and then its censorship -- that's rocking the BBC. Scotland Yard has been conducting a criminal investigation into allegations of child sex abuse by the late disc jockey and TV personality Jimmy Savile over six decades, describing him as a "predatory sex offender." In mid-October, the metropolitan police stated they were pursuing...
  • 2014 and Beyond: Containment and Rollback

    11/14/2012 4:24:32 AM PST · by tiger-one · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/13/12 | Ed Lasky
    There were silver linings on Election Day that should not be dismissed. It's time to disband the circular firing squad and focus on the superb opportunities conservatives face in the 2014 midterms and the 2016 general election. More
  • ALG Urges Governor Snyder Not To Implement Obamacare Exchange (Michigan)

    11/14/2012 4:22:38 AM PST · by ShadowDancer · 17 replies
    BroadcastEverywhere,com ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | Press Release
    Nov. 13, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today urged Governor Rick Snyder not to implement a state-run health insurance exchange under Obamacare. In his letter, Wilson wrote that the governor “hold[s] the fate of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, in your hands,” noting that if the exchange is not implemented by Snyder, employers in the state will be protected from the law’s employer mandate. “Without the cost burdens imposed by the state exchange, your employers will enjoy a significant competitive advantage over their competitors in states which have exchanges,” Wilson wrote. The...

    11/14/2012 4:22:17 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 8 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 11/14/42 | Drew Middleton, A.C. Sedgwick, Charles Hurd
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  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 14, 2012-- alexithymia

    11/14/2012 4:16:27 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 58 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 14, 2012-- alexithymia ; In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". alexithymia {ey-lek-suh-thahy-mee-uh} hear it pronounced noun: 1. Inability to describe emotions in a verbal manner. 2. (Psychiatry.) Difficulty in experiencing, expressing, and describing emotional responses. Etymology: Origin: The term alexithymia was coined by psychotherapist Peter Sifneos in 1973. The word comes from the Ancient Greek words λέξις (lexis, "diction", "word") and θυμός (thumos, "soul, as the seat of emotion, feeling, and thought") modified by...
  • Disaster Ignorance

    11/14/2012 4:16:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | November 14, 2012 | Walter E. Williams
    Here's a which-is-better question for you. Suppose a New Jersey motel room rented for $125 a night prior to Hurricane Sandy's devastation. When the hurricane hits, a husband, wife and their two youngsters might seek the comfort of renting two adjoining rooms. However, when they arrive at the motel, they find that rooms now rent for $250. At that price, they might decide to make do with one room. In my book, that would be wonderful. That decision would make a room available for another family who had to evacuate Sandy's wrath. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and others...
  • Look Who's Refusing To Compromise To Avoid The Fiscal Cliff

    11/14/2012 4:13:59 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/13/2012 | IBD Staff
    Budget Talks: If President Obama wants to get a deficit deal done to avoid the fiscal cliff, his biggest challenge won't be Republicans, but his own hard-core left-wing supporters. Two days after the election, Obama's favorite economist, Paul Krugman, set the tone for the intransigent left in a column titled: "Let's not make a deal." Boiled down, his advice to Obama was this: Don't give in to any Republican demands, even if doing so would "inflict damage on a still-shaky economy." After all, Obama would be better positioned to "weather any blowback from economic troubles." Krugman's advice may be disturbingly...
  • Slander me Elmo? Man accusing voice of Elmo...has recanted

    11/14/2012 4:08:33 AM PST · by gridlock · 55 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 11/13/12 | Twitchy
    Via Twitchy Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) The man who accused Kevin Clash (Elmo) of underage sexual conduct has RECANTED. His lawyer now says it was "adult consensual relationship." Kevin Clash statement: "I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further." Now: will every media outlet that wrote long stories about Elmo yesterday write equally long stories today?
  • Is Obamacare too much work for the Obama administration?

    11/14/2012 4:06:32 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 12, 2012 | Sarah Kliff
    By the end of this week, states must decide whether they will build a health-insurance exchange or leave the task to the federal government. The question is, with as many as 17 states expected to leave it to the feds, can the Obama administration handle the workload. “These are systems that typically take two or three years to build,” says Kevin Walsh, managing director of insurance exchange services at Xerox. “The last time I looked at the calendar, that’s not what we’re working with.”When Walsh meets with state officials deciding whether to build a health exchange, he brings a chart. It outlines how...
  • Papa John's faces $250 million spam lawsuit [LOL! Supposedly NOT related to Obamacare]

    11/14/2012 4:03:53 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | November 13, 2012 | Olivia Smith
    - Popular U.S. pizza chain Papa John's faces a $250 million class-action lawsuit for blasting customers with illegal text messages. The plaintiffs allege that Papa John's ( ) franchises sent customers a total of 500,000 unwanted messages in early 2010. The spam texts offered deals for pizza, and some customers complained they were getting 15 or 16 texts in a row, even during the middle of the night, according Donald Heyrich, an attorney representing the class. "After I ordered from Papa John's, my telephone started beeping with text messages advertising pizza specials," Erin Chutich, one of the plaintiffs, said in...
  • Did Freedom Win?

    11/14/2012 4:00:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | November 14, 2012 | John Stossel
    Democrats won big last week. So government will continue to grow. Individual freedom will yield. At least some people with records of supporting liberty were elected: Sen. Jeff Flake in Arizona and U.S. Reps. Justin Amash and Kerry Bentivolio in Michigan and Thomas Massie in Kentucky. Also, Washington and Colorado voted to allow any adult to use marijuana. (But users beware. Your newfound freedom may be short-lived thanks to that extraordinary human being in the White House -- you know, the one who smoked pot when he was in school. Despite promising that he wouldn't, he has cracked down on...
  • Today's Toons 11/14/12

    11/14/2012 3:48:23 AM PST · by pookie18 · 16 replies
    The Right Reasons ^ | 11/14/12 | pookie18
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  • Camp Bastion Families Want Answers About Afghanistan

    11/14/2012 3:48:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | November 14, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    While Secretary of State Hillary Clinton boozes it up in Australia and the Pentagon grapples with more floozy eruptions, outraged military families are still waiting for answers about the forgotten 9/14 attack on Camp Bastion. Muckrakers and distraction engineers are having a front-page field day with the so-called "sex scandal." But for surviving relatives and colleagues of heroic Marine Lt. Col. Christopher Raible and Sgt. Bradley Atwell, it's the national security scandal at Afghanistan's Camp Bastion that deserves headline coverage. There's been a virtual blackout of the alarming story in the national press. As I reported last month, the meticulously...
  • Jill Kelley is an 'honorary consul' of South Korea

    11/14/2012 3:47:50 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 24 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | November 13, 2012 | Josh Rogin
    Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite connected to ISAF Commander John Allen and former CIA Director David Petraeus, is an "honorary consul" of South Korea, a diplomatic official with direct knowledge of the arrangement told The Cable. "She is an ‘honorary consul' of the Republic of Korea," the official said. "She assumed this position last August thanks to her good connections and network." The position of honorary consul is symbolic and has no official responsibilities, the official said. "She does not work as a real consul. They play a role to improve the relationship between the ROK and the U.S.," the...
  • US tops Google's list for government snooping

    11/14/2012 3:40:38 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    TG DAILY ^ | November 14, 2012 | Emma Woollacott
    Google handed over more user data to the US government in the first six months of this year than to all other countries combined. The US made 7,969 requests for user data, of which Google complied with 90 percent. Next most inquisitive was India, with 2,319 requests, Brazil with 1,566, France with 1,546, Germany with 1,533 and the UK with 1,425. The US figure presumably includes the FBI request that uncovered the contents of emails between CIA director David Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
  • Analysis: Why the GOP Should Deal With Immigration (They still wouldn't vote GOP)

    11/14/2012 3:33:46 AM PST · by tobyhill · 20 replies
    ABC ^ | 11/14/2012 | By JORDAN FABIAN
    The debate within the Republican Party over whether to make a deal regarding immigration has quickly reached full steam. In the wake of a crushing defeat in the presidential election, partly fueled by Latino voters, Republican leaders in Congress have indicated they are ready to return to the negotiating table on a comprehensive immigration reform bill, a proposal that's been dead for five years. But some conservative commentators and lawmakers have held up their hands as if to say, not so fast. Hardline figures such as Iowa Rep. Steve King have outright rejected the idea of an immigration compromise. Other...
  • Airlines Give Up on World's Longest Flights {Singapore-NY, SGP-LA}

    11/14/2012 3:32:36 AM PST · by Cronos · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 25 Oct 2012 | Jeffrey Ng
    <p>The all-business-class flights began in 2004 and will halt by the end of next year. The Newark-Singapore flight covered 9,506 miles and lasted about 18.5 hours, while the Los Angeles-Singapore flight covered 8,746 miles and lasted about 16 hours. A round-trip flight on the Newark route was expected to cost about 12,570 Singapore dollars (US$10,260) in mid-November; while a similar trip to Los Angeles was expected to cost about S$9,000 (US$7,300).</p>
  • Why Asian Airlines Reign Supreme {Over American}

    11/14/2012 3:27:03 AM PST · by Cronos · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 26 Sep 2012 | Jennifer Chen
    ..On a recent trip to New York to see family and friends, I was at first pleased to discover that a U.S. carrier had a direct flight from Beijing to Newark International Airport. The fare was reasonable and the schedule suited me perfectly. Thirteen hours on a plane? Perfect time to catch up on Ben Stiller’s oeuvre. Less than an hour into the flight, I was regretting my choice. Flying coach, I expected uncomfortable seats, lackluster food and surly service, but what I hadn’t counted on was being turned away from the toilet. As I reached out to open the...
  • Broward Finds Nearly 1,000 Ballots Days After Election

    11/14/2012 2:56:33 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    CBS ^ | November 13, 2012
    Florida’s fiasco on Election Day is getting worse. Broward elections workers Monday said they found 963 unaccounted-for ballots a week after the election was over. Members of the Broward County Canvassing Board were told the ballots were put in the wrong place. Election department workers spent the day counting them and adding their results to the final totals.
  • Return of third class:plans to reintroduce another tier of service

    11/14/2012 2:55:38 AM PST · by Cronos · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13 Nov 2012 | Ray Massey
    Rail companies are drawing up controversial plans for officially sanctioned 'third class' travel, a senior Government figure has admitted. Earl Attlee admitted the Department of Transport was considering the proposal, which was ditched in Britain by the former nationalised British Rail in June 1956. ..A Tory peer, the Earl is the grandson of Labour post-war Prime Minister Clement Attlee, elected in 1945, whose government nationalised the railways. The question and answer are recorded in Hansard, the official record of the Houses of Parliament under the heading: 'Railways: Third Class Travel'. Former Labour Minister Lord Myners asked the Government 'whether invitations...
  • 53 percent of Americans would blame GOP for ‘failure to avert crippling fiscal cliff’

    11/14/2012 2:49:15 AM PST · by John W · 58 replies ^ | November 14, 2012 | ANI
    Washington, Nov. 14 (ANI): Americans are prepared to blame Congressional Republicans for failure to avert the fiscal cliff, according to a new poll. According to the Washington Post-Pew Research Center Poll, 53 percent of Americans said the GOP would be at fault, compared with 29 percent who said the same of Barack Obama. The poll found that nearly 10 percent said that both would be to blame. While 51 percent of Americans don’t expect a deal, Democrats have substantially more faith than Republicans in the ability of President Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans to compromise. Two-thirds of Republicans are not...
  • Rubio, McCain, Hatch ready to negotiate on pathway to citizenship

    11/14/2012 2:46:33 AM PST · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 193 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/13/12 | Cameron Joseph
    Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), three key Republican players on immigration, told The Hill they're ready to start working on broad-based reforms next year that could include a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States.
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - November 14, 2012

    11/14/2012 2:42:23 AM PST · by sneakers · 20 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) (Rochester, NY) (Frostburg, MD) (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http (Ashland, OH) :// for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Pierce Manufacturing begins its Bradenton layoffs

    11/14/2012 2:38:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Bradenton Herald ^ | November 14, 2012 | Josh Salman
    BRADENTON -- Workers targeted in the area's largest single round of layoffs in more than a decade have begun this month to hit the unemployment rolls. The first wave of job cuts in what will eventually grow to 325 are now underway at Pierce Manufacturing in Bradenton, an Oshkosh subsidiary that earlier this year announced plans to discontinue its ambulance line just 18 months after the operation was moved to Florida. The maker of emergency response vehicles has let go some of its contracted workers in a process that will continue through early next year with many full-time laborers when...
  • Obama to hold press conference at 1:30 p.m. EST Wednesday [Media Worship Service]

    11/14/2012 2:26:39 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 13, 2012
    U.S. President Barack Obama will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. EST (1830 GMT) on Wednesday, the White House said on Tuesday. The press conference will be Obama's first since winning re-election last week. The White House had not previously announced the timing of the event.
  • US Conference Board fears BRICS miracle over as world faces decade-long slump

    11/14/2012 2:01:30 AM PST · by Cronos · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 13 Nov 2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The US Conference Board’s global economic outlook calls into question the "BRICs" miracle (Brazil, Russia, India, China), arguing that the low-hanging fruit from cheap labour and imported technology has already been picked. China’s double-digit expansion rates will soon be a romantic memory. Growth will fall to 6.9pc next year, then to 5.5pc from 2014-2018, and 3.7pc from 2019-2025 as the aging crisis hits and investment returns go into "rapid decline". Growth in India - where the reform agenda has been "largely derailed" - will fall to 4.7pc to 2018, and then to 3.9pc. Brazil will slip to 3pc and then...
  • Housing vouchers can benefit local economy, federal official says in Cedar Rapids

    11/14/2012 1:52:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | November 8, 2012 | Rick Smith
    The city’s Civil Rights Commission has pushed to bring attention to housing discrimination based on how a tenant pays rent, including low-income tenants who qualify for and use Section 8 housing vouchers to help pay for housing. At the commission’s Fair Housing Conference here on Thursday, the regional fair-housing director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development took time to emphasize the value of the sometimes maligned “Section 8″ housing vouchers to both extremely low-income households and to the overall economy. Betty Bottiger, who works in HUD’s regional office in Kansas City, Kan., noted that the agency’s “housing...
  • One Graph That Shows Which Party Really Looks Like America

    11/14/2012 1:39:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | November 13, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    “Why is the Republican Party so white?” is the great whine issuing forth from the fat mouths of a thousand media outlets. The Republican Party needs to be a party that “looks more like America” is the big lie of the left. So let’s take a look at the racial composition of Americans and the percent of the racial vote that Democrats and Republicans received to see which party really looks more like America. There’s America in gray. And the Republican Party in red right next to it. And there’s the Democratic Party off to the side looking nothing like...
  • EU: Anti-austerity anger stirs strikes in Europe

    11/14/2012 1:39:02 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11/14/2012
    Protesters bristling over austerity cuts launch a Europe-wide string of rallies and strikes Wednesday, pouring into streets, refusing to work and grounding more than 700 flights. General strikes in Spain and Portugal will spearhead the day of action called by European unions and joined by activists as anger over governments' tight-fisted policies boils over. For Spain, the eurozone's fourth-largest economy where one in four workers is unemployed in a deep recession, it is the second general strike in eight months in protest against draconian budget cuts. Spain's main CCOO and UGT unions have urged people to rally under slogans such...
  • Mitt Romney’s legacy: No ‘Romneyists’

    11/14/2012 12:35:08 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 92 replies ^ | 11/13/2012 | Jonathan Capehart
    In a New York magazine piece this week, Benjamin Wallace-Wells eulogizes Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. The headline pretty much sums it up: “So long, Mitt: In love with America, terrified for its future, relegated to its past.” But in the final paragraph, Wallace-Wells made a good observation about Romney’s lasting legacy as the GOP nominee. “[J]ust a week after Romney seemed poised to become president,” he writes, “there is no segment of the Republican Party that could be called Romneyist.” That’s part of the reason why he lost. Many times during the campaign, I slammed Romney for his ideological promiscuity....
  • Obama untouched by Petraeus scandal

    11/14/2012 12:17:39 AM PST · by Arthurio · 35 replies
    For President Obama, a politician of famous good fortune, even scandals within his administration seem well-timed. The president has been untouched by the unfolding investigation involving former CIA director David H. Petraeus and Marine Gen. John R. Allen, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Obama just won a not-so-close reelection battle and will never face another, leaving him less encumbered by the politics of the moment. The scandal hinges on a personal relationship beyond the White House and has not implicated the president or his closest advisers. And the person at the center of it — Petraeus, one of the most...
  • Denmark scraps its infamous fat tax after only one year

    11/14/2012 12:09:33 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 11/14/2012
    Denmark has decided to abolish its fat tax after barely a year, citing too many negative side effects hitting businesses. A proposed sugar tax that was meant to be introduced in 2013 has also been scrapped. In October 2011, Denmark became the first country in the world to introduce a fat tax on meat, dairy products and cooking oil. The centre-left government now plans to abolish the tax in January 2013. The previous right-wing government introduced the fat tax to limit the population's intake of fatty foods. The Danish National Health and Medicines Authority says 13% of the Danes are...
  • Citigroup: 100 layoffs at Uniondale office (Five thousand altogether)

    11/14/2012 12:07:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    New York Newsday ^ | November 13, 2012 | Carrie Mason-Draffen
    Citigroup Inc. plans to lay off 100 employees in its Reckson Plaza office in Uniondale, the bank said in a regulatory filing Tuesday. The bank cited "economic" reasons for the layoff, which is part of a larger plan to cut about 5,000 employees because of volatile financial markets and declining trading and investment fees. "These actions were part of a restructuring plan previously announced at the end of 2011," the bank said in a statement Tuesday. The Uniondale workers are part of a unit that focuses on consumer operations, such as processing statements. The office will remain open, staffed with...

    11/14/2012 12:02:38 AM PST · by damonw · 1 replies
    THE WORD on the Word Of Faith BLOG ^ | 11-14-12 | Damon Whitsell
    From Damon Whitsell – Do you guys and gals like my new song I wrote today for my dear freind and very brave Anti-Islam Counter-Jihadist named VeraVera? I first wrote the music and need to record and produce soon. You like? (Your comments are open and requested below). You, being subscribers and visitors to one of my sites, are one of the first ones to see this online except for her. The song is really hers but I am sure she will let me record and distribute it soon. So if you like it, or if you don’t, please comment...
  • Fox News Exit Poll Results for the 2008 General Election

    11/13/2012 11:55:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | NA | NA
    Go to the source for percentages, sample sizes and demographic data.
  • So-Called “Vegetative” Patient Communicates With Doctors

    11/13/2012 11:53:01 PM PST · by kathsua · 29 replies ^ | 11/13/12 | Steven Ertelt
    The battle to protect patients in a so-called vegetative state from euthanasia took a positive turn today with the news that doctors have been able to communicate with one patient. A Canadian man who was believed to have been in a persistent vegetative state for more than a decade has been able to communicate with scientists that he is not in any pain. It’s the first time an uncommunicative brain-injured patient has been able to communicate. The news could change the way doctors and society views such patients. From the story: Scott Routley, 39, was asked questions while having his...
  • Russia: All the President’s Men - Putin Reshuffles the Top Brass

    11/13/2012 11:45:15 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 11/13/2012 | Roger McDermott
    To the relief and near jubilation of the Russian officer corps, President Vladimir Putin finally sacked his controversial Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov on November 6, replacing him with Sergei Shoigu. However, the initial Russian media frenzy that ensued masked the deeper reasons for Serdyukov’s dismissal and the early efforts to sweep the defense ministry and top brass of the former minister’s loyalists. Putin’s changes to the top brass, including the appointment of a new Chief of the General Staff, indicate that more than a change of furniture is underway in the defense ministry’s leadership (Ekho Moskvy, November 9). Sergei Shoigu...
  • Fight begins for control of House GOP

    11/13/2012 11:44:17 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 13, 2012 | New York Times
    WASHINGTON - The battle to shape the Republican Party's direction after its electoral losses will see its first skirmish in the Capitol on Wednesday in a House leadership fight in which the profile might be low but the symbolism is high. The House's Republican leaders would dearly like to elevate Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington to lead the House Republican Conference, putting a female face into the pantheon of the white male Republican leaders. But standing in their way is Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, one of the most conservative members of the House who has lined up some...
  • How Mitt Romney Finally Killed Reaganomics

    11/13/2012 11:19:28 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 37 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Nov 13, 2012 | Michael Tomasky
    Trickle-down economics died last Tuesday. The post-election chatter has been dominated by demographics, Latinos, women, and the culture war. But economics played a strong and even pivotal role in this election too, and Reaganomics came out a huge loser, while the Democrats have started to wrap their arms around a simple, winning alternative: the idea that government must invest in the middle class and not the rich. It’s middle-out economics instead of trickle-down, and it won last week and will keep on winning. Supply side was rejected. And in its place, voters went for an economic vision that says: don’t...
  • Russia Considering Restoring Soviet-Era Law on Psychiatry, Opening Door to Political Abuse

    11/13/2012 11:02:01 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 22 replies
    Russian psychiatrists are pressing the Duma to return the Soviet-era law on psychiatric assistance that allowed doctors at Moscow’s Serbsky Institute and elsewhere to indefinitely detain and treat people whose only “symptoms” were opposition to Soviet leaders and their policies. For more than 40 years, the Communist Party used the provisions of this law against a wide range of dissidents. That tragic history sparked protests by psychiatrists, human rights activists and governments around the world and ultimately prompted Russian parliamentarians to replace that legislation with laws more in conformity with international practice. On Monday (November 12), the news portal...
  • Ann Coulter Uninvited to Speak at Fordham

    11/13/2012 10:55:39 PM PST · by publius1 · 34 replies
    The Observer ^ | 11/09/12 | IAN MCKENNA
    On Nov. 10 at 12:46pm, Fordham President Joseph M. McShane, S.J., released a new statement regarding the College Republicans decision to cancel the Ann Coulter event scheduled for Nov. 29 in light of recent student reactions. Below is the entirety of McShane’s message: University Statement | Ann Coulter Appearance Cancelled November 10, 2012Late yesterday, Fordham received word that the College Republicans, a student club at the University, has rescinded its lecture invitation to Ann Coulter. Allow me to give credit where it is due: the leadership of the College Republicans acted quickly, took responsibility for their decisions, and expressed their...
  • The Auto Bailout Didn’t Decide Ohio ("historic black turnout " did)

    11/13/2012 10:52:48 PM PST · by Arthurio · 26 replies
    TNR ^ | Nate Cohn
    -snip- While many believed that the auto bailout and attacks on Romney as an out-of-touch plutocrat would allow the president to win the state with the support of white working class voters, the exit polls show that Obama did worse among Ohio’s white voters than John Kerry. This was not true, however, in the other Midwestern battleground states like Wisconsin and Iowa. Moreover, if there was anywhere that the president should have excelled due to the auto bailout, it would have been northeast Ohio. But the president lost northeastern Ohio’s two classic white middle class bellwethers: Lake County, home to...

    11/13/2012 10:45:33 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    AFPC Eurasia Security Watch ^ | 11/12/2012 | Jeff Smith and Joshua Truman, eds.
    Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are requesting the sale of $7.6 billion worth of Lockheed Martin missile-defense systems from the Pentagon. The two Gulf States are interested in the defense contractor’s Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon systems as well as Lockheed’s Aegis weapons system. Qatar requested two THAAD fire units, 12 launchers, and 150 interceptors while the UAE requested 48 THAAD missiles and nine launchers. The current THAAD systems, designed to intercept short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, are specifically optimized to deter missile attacks from Iran and North Korea. The proposed sale, which is almost certainly to...
  • Germany gets on UN Human Rights Council

    11/13/2012 10:44:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies ^ | 13 Nov 12 08:28 CET | (AFP/bk)
    The United States and Germany won a closely contested race Monday among western nations for UN Human Rights Council seats, while the likes of Venezuela and Pakistan secured places without a competitive vote. Rights groups condemned the “pre-cooked” arrangements by most continental groups at the 193-member UN General Assembly which gave council seats to countries whose records have been widely questioned. The United States, Germany and Ireland won the only open election among western nations. …
  • Human Eye Gives Researchers Visionary Design for New, More Natural Lens Technology

    11/13/2012 10:42:36 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | NA
    Drawing heavily upon nature for inspiration, a team of researchers has created a new artificial lens that is nearly identical to the natural lens of the human eye. This innovative lens, which is made up of thousands of nanoscale polymer layers, may one day provide a more natural performance in implantable lenses to replace damaged or diseased human eye lenses, as well as consumer vision products; it also may lead to superior ground and aerial surveillance technology. This work, which the Case Western Reserve University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, and PolymerPlus team describes in the Optical...
  • Angus King Will Choose Sides Soon

    11/13/2012 10:35:10 PM PST · by Arthurio · 9 replies
    Sen.-elect Angus King said Tuesday that he could announce a decision on which caucus to join in time for Wednesday’s party leadership elections. The Maine independent said he would try to make a decision before the leadership teams are finalized on Wednesday. He told reporters Tuesday morning that he would “probably have some comment for you sometime tomorrow.” While King is widely expected to caucus with the Democratic majority, he still has not ruled out joining the GOP. “Whichever decision I make, I am not declaring opposition or inability to work with or unwillingness to work with the members of...

    11/13/2012 10:31:09 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    AFPC Eurasia Security Watch ^ | 10/12/2012 | Jeff Smith and Joshua Truman, eds.
    Saudi judges continue to resist King Abdullah’s efforts to reform the Sunni kingdom’s judicial system. In a letter sent to the country’s Minister of Justice, Mohammad al-Issa, conservative judges objected to foreign influence sweeping through Saudi’s sharia courts. The letter criticized foreign consultants with shaven faces, plans to let woman practice law, and the minister’s meetings with “infidels.” Saudi Arabia holds no formal legal code or system of precedent and judges determine cases by their own interpretation of sharia law. A U.S. embassy cable released by Wikileaks in 2010 suggested the Saudi legal system’s inability to hand down consistent decisions...

    11/13/2012 10:29:09 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    AFPC Eurasia Security Watch ^ | 11/12/2012 | Jeff Smith and Joshua Truman, eds.
    In an effort to push against the growing militant presence in Benghazi, the United States is forming a commando force compromised of Libyan recruits. U.S. officials toured a parliamentary base in Benghazi searching for potential members this month. Leading the Americans was Laurence Pope, U.S charge d’affairs in Libya after the death of Ambassador Stevens. The group was accompanied by Fathi al-Obeidi, commander of Libya’s Shield, the umbrella group containing militias which were not absorbed into the country’s military after Gaddafi’s demise. The commander has become a trusted source within Benghazi, having helped orchestrate a mission in which U.S. marines...
  • Hormone Combination Effective and Safe for Treating Obesity in Mice

    11/13/2012 10:07:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | NA
    Scientists at Indiana University and international collaborators have found a way to link two hormones into a single molecule, producing a more effective therapy with fewer side effects for potential use as treatment for obesity and related medical conditions. The studies were carried out in the laboratories of Richard DiMarchi, the Standiford H. Cox Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and the Linda & Jack Gill Chair in Biomolecular Sciences in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences, and of Matthias Tschöp, professor of medicine and director of the Institute of Diabetes and Obesity, Helmholtz Center Munich, Germany. Results were published...
  • Allen won't seek office again

    11/13/2012 10:03:27 PM PST · by Coronal · 22 replies
    Daily Progress ^ | 11/13/12 | Coronal
    ALEXANDRIA -- Defeated Republican U.S.Senate candidate George Allen said Monday he will not seek elective office again. "I'm grateful for the support, generosity and the votes of over 1.7 million people, but I have no intention of running for office again,'' Allen said during a 45-minute interview in his Alexandria office.