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  • United Technologies laying off 500 workers, including 4 in Charlotte area

    11/16/2012 11:18:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | November 16, 2012 | Kerry Singe
    United Technologies Corp. announced Friday it is laying off 500 salaried and hourly employees worldwide – including some in the Charlotte area – between now and the end of the year. The multinational manufacturing and transportation company, which acquired Charlotte-based Goodrich Corp. this past summer, said it is laying off three workers at its Monroe plant and one in its Charlotte aerospace division headquarters. The company started telling workers Friday, company spokesman Dan Coulom said. The company will continue to notify affected workers through December, Coulom said. He was not aware of additional layoffs planned for the Charlotte area, he...
  • Petraeus Says U.S. Tried to Avoid Tipping Off Terrorists After Libya Attack (Not satire)

    11/16/2012 11:12:38 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 132 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 16, 2012 | By ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — David H. Petraeus, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, told lawmakers on Friday that classified intelligence reports revealed that the deadly assault on the American diplomatic mission in Libya was a terrorist attack, but that the administration refrained from saying it suspected that the perpetrators of the attack were Al Qaeda affiliates and sympathizers to avoid tipping off the groups. Mr. Petraeus, who resigned last week after admitting to an extramarital affair, said the names of groups suspected in the attack — including Al Qaeda’s franchise in North Africa and a local Libyan group, Ansar al-Shariah...
  • UPDATE 1-Five US Republican govs reject state-run health markets: OH, MI & FL willing to work w/DC

    11/16/2012 11:08:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 16, 2012 | David Morgan
    Five Republican governors rejected on Friday a major provision of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law that calls on U.S. states to set up online health insurance markets where consumers can purchase private coverage at federally subsidized rates. That makes it likely that the federal government will establish its own markets, known as healthcare exchanges, in those states and potentially supplant state control of private individual insurance markets. But in what could be a sign of thawing relations between administration officials and some state Republican leaders, three of the five governors -- representing Ohio, Michigan and Florida -- expressed a...
  • EPA rejects governors' requests to waive ethanol mandate

    11/16/2012 10:57:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 39 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 16, 2012 | Jennifer Dlouhy
    The Obama administration on Friday rebuffed requests by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the leaders of several other states to waive a federal renewable fuel mandate that requires ethanol to be blended into the nation's gasoline supply. In rejecting the waiver requests, the Environmental Protection Agency effectively disagreed with the states' concerns that the mandate was spiking corn demand and prices following a drought that devastated crops in the Midwest. The EPA concluded the Renewable Fuel Standard would not cause "severe economic harm" to states and regions. "We recognize that this year's drought has created hardship in some sectors of...
  • Boots on the ground: Obama’s cybersecurity directive could allow military deployment within the US

    11/16/2012 10:16:07 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 15 replies
    Russia Today ^ | Friday, November 16, 2012 | RT TV
    The White House is being asked by attorneys to explain a top-secret presidential policy directive signed last month that may allow for the domestic deployment of the US military for the sake of so-called cybersecurity. Lawyers with the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the office of US President Barack Obama in hopes if hearing more about an elusive order signed in secrecy in mid-October but only made public in an article published this week in the Washington Post. According to persons close to the White House who have seen the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-17-12, M, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

    11/16/2012 10:01:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-17-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 17, 2012   Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, religious   Reading 1 3 Jn 5-8 Beloved, you are faithful in all you do for the brothers and sisters,especially for strangers;they have testified to your love before the Church.Please help them in a way worthy of God to continue their journey.For they have set out for the sake of the Nameand are accepting nothing from the pagans.Therefore, we ought to support such persons,so that we may be co-workers in the truth. Responsorial Psalm Ps 112:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.or:R. Alleluia.Blessed the man who fears...
  • In UK, social media rants land some in jail

    11/16/2012 9:57:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    News24 Capetown ^ | November 15, 2012
    London - One teenager made offensive comments about a murdered child on Twitter. Another young man wrote on Facebook that British soldiers should "go to hell". A third posted a picture of a burning paper poppy, symbol of remembrance of war dead. All were arrested, two convicted, and one jailed - and they're not the only ones. In Britain, hundreds of people are prosecuted each year for posts, tweets, texts and e-mails deemed menacing, indecent, offensive or obscene, and the number is growing as our online lives expand. Lawyers say the mounting tally shows the problems of a legal system...
  • SYSTEM FAILURE: Warren Pollock on Hurricane Sandy

    11/16/2012 9:57:49 PM PST · by Kartographer · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/16/12 | DEMCAD
    I (Reginald Kaigler) speak with financial expert Warren Pollock on his experience in the New York City area dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
  • Still Looking Like the Higgs

    11/16/2012 9:57:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 15 November 2012 | Adrian Cho
    Credit: CERN Still too soon to know. That's the latest word from particle physicists working with the world's largest atom smasher—Europe's Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland—as they try to figure out whether the particle they discovered in July is precisely the long-sought Higgs boson or something a tad different. The key question is whether the new particle decays into combinations of familiar particles at the rates that physicists' standard model predicts. So far, the measured decay rates generally match expectations, but the statistical uncertainties are too large to say anything conclusive, physicists working with the gargantuan particle detectors known...
  • 197 Neat Free Survival Downloads

    11/16/2012 9:44:39 PM PST · by Kartographer · 33 replies
    Ferfal Blogspot ^ | 11/15/12 | Ferfal
    Hey guys, here's a few nice downloads to put in a thumb drive or maybe print some of the more relevant ones. Its all free doc.google stuff, lots of good reading. Enjoy!
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Like a Diamond in the Sky

    11/16/2012 9:40:40 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    NASA ^ | November 17, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A dark Sun hung over Queensland, Australia on Wednesday morning during a much anticipated total solar eclipse. Storm clouds threatened to spoil the view along the northern coast, but minutes before totality the clouds parted. Streaming past the Moon's edge, the last direct rays of sunlight produced a gorgeous diamond ring effect in this scene from Ellis Beach between Cairns and Port Douglas. Winking out in a moment, the diamond didn't last forever though. The area was plunged into darkness for nearly 2 minutes as the Moon's shadow swept off shore toward Australia's Great Barrier Reef and out into...
  • EU: Economist 'time-bomb' cover sparks French ire

    11/16/2012 9:34:18 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/16/2012 | Telegraph Staff, and agencies
    French officials angrily rejected a charge by The Economist on Friday that France was the "time-bomb at the heart of Europe", accusing the magazine of sensationalist journalism. The Economist's front cover showed seven loaves of "baguette" bread held together by a French tricolour with a lit fuse protruding from the centre. Its main article raised concerns that President Francois Hollande's economic reforms are not ambitious enough and so could jeopardise the future of the euro currency. "Unless Mr Hollande shows that he is genuinely committed to changing the path his country has been on for the past 30 years, France...
  • Man bites off brother-in-law's finger, police say

    11/16/2012 9:05:16 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | November 16, 2012 | Ed Komenda
    It appears Jean Saintilus bit off more than he could chew. After chanting and smashing a coconut in the middle of a dead-end road, police say, the 27-year-old man opened his hand and showed baffled officers his brother-in-law's severed pinky finger.
  • Glenn Beck on David Petreaus sex scandal

    11/16/2012 8:58:13 PM PST · by advance_copy · 27 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/12/12 | Glenn Beck
    Glenn Beck's take on the sex scandal surrounding David Petraeus and his mistress on his program (11/12/12).
  • Why GOP won't challenge Voter Fraud

    11/16/2012 8:43:43 PM PST · by chrisnj · 100 replies
    Fellowship of the Minds ^ | 11/16/2013 | Chrisnj
    Why GOP won't challenge Voter Fraud. The Republican Party made an agreement 30 years ago with the Democrat Party NOT to ensure voting integrity and NOT to pursue suspected vote fraud. ......... more in the link http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/why-the-gop-will-not-do-anything-about-vote-fraud/
  • Union Sticks It to Hostess and Leaves Workers Jobless

    11/16/2012 8:39:19 PM PST · by SquarePants · 86 replies
    Realville, USA ^ | Nov 16, 2012 | Ombud
    I guess there was a time when unions did some good. I know my great grandfather was a big supporter of them, but frankly I can't see where they do anything good at all anymore. From the time I was a kid, all I've ever understood about them was that they're associated with organized crime, and they're physically violent and proud of it. But over the last couple of years I've learned a little bit more, and I have to say I'm not at all enthusiastic about what I've seen. First it was SEIU union thugs tossing beatdowns at...
  • This Grandma And Her Cat Are The Cutest Best Friends Ever

    11/16/2012 8:31:14 PM PST · by Altariel · 39 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | Unknown | Matt Bellassai
    Thirteen years ago, photographer Miyoko Ihara began snapping pictures of the budding relationship between her now 88-year-old grandmother, Misa, and her odd-eyed kitten, Fukumaru. Since Misa found the cat abandoned in a shed, the pair have barely ever been apart. Their beautiful friendship is documented in a photo book, Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat.
  • Flasher Runs Away After Woman Whips Out Gun

    11/16/2012 8:27:15 PM PST · by JT Hatter · 22 replies
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  • Lawmakers: Video shows tarp hid 2 killed by DPS sniper

    11/16/2012 8:00:32 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | November 16, 2012 | Lynn Brezosky
    BROWNSVILLE — A Department of Public Safety video of an airborne sniper shooting that left two Guatemalan immigrants dead backs up DPS statements that the immigrants were not visible to troopers, according to state lawmakers granted requests to view the footage. State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, said the clip, which he viewed in his capitol office on Thursday, contradicts reports by the Guatemalan consulate that a covering concealing the immigrants in the back of the truck had blown off, exposing them to the trooper firing from a DPS helicopter.
  • Report: Rockets Fired from Egypt Hit Israel

    11/16/2012 7:52:43 PM PST · by upchuck · 124 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Friday, November 16, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    Two major Israeli newspapers are reporting that rockets fired from Egypt have hit Israel. "Terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula launched rockets into Israel Friday night," reports the Jerusalem Post. "The rockets fell near an Israeli village on the southern border, causing some damage, but no injuries." The Israeli daily Haaretz reports, "Rockets fired from direction of Egypt toward Eshkol Regional Council." It appears no damage was reported in connection with the rocket fire from Egypt. Earlier today, the Egyptian prime minister visited Gaza to express solidarity with the Palestinians there. This new front comes a day after a rocket landed...