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  • Syrian Rebels Split: New Islamic State Declared in Aleppo

    11/21/2012 2:08:28 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/11/12 | Chana Yaar
    Syria's fractured opposition forces, which have spent nearly 20 months trying to topple the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, declared independence this week from Damascus – and from each other. The powerful radical Islamist rebel factions on Monday declared an independent Islamic state in the city of Aleppo, the country's northern commercial hub. The announcement came in a video statement posted on the Internet that denounced the new opposition Syrian National Coalition as a foreign creation. "We are the representatives of the fighting formations in Aleppo and we declare our rejection of the conspiratorial project, the so-called national alliance,” said...
  • Store mannequins 'spy' on you while you shop

    11/21/2012 1:42:41 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | November 20, 2012 | Leigh Goessl
    Benetton is one of the few stores in the world that are using facial recognition in a unique way. The company has installed mannequins that have a camera in the eye sockets that can watch your every move while you shop. Smile, you're on camera. This is a phrase that is becoming the norm in today's tech-centric society. From general surveillance to collecting data through facial recognition, cameras are everywhere. Now Benetton has set up mannequins in its stores that can "see" you. What is "EyeSee"? According to Mashable, Benetton stores have installed $5,000 bionic mannequins from Almax, an Italian...
  • Russia: [Defense Minister] Shoigu Suspends the “Serdyukov” Military Reform

    11/21/2012 12:12:26 AM PST · by bruinbirdman
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 11/20/2012 | Roger McDermott
    A near catatonic trance descended upon the Russian media in the aftermath of President Vladimir Putin sacking his controversial Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov on November 6, with a preoccupation on issues of corruption and speculation on the fallen minister’s private life. However, a number of critical decisions taken by the new defense ministry leadership appear to signal that the “new look” is effectively dead. Following the removal of Serdyukov, media rumors concerning his fate have concentrated on a possible advisory role in the state-owned high-tech company Rostekhnologii, though it is clear that the president has no immediate wish to revive...
  • Vanity......I now need a good chainsaw blade sharpener after Sandy.

    11/20/2012 11:59:15 PM PST · by onona · 52 replies
    me | today | me
    Can anyone recommend a good chainsaw blade sharpener ? Thank you.
  • Grinnell Guard Erupts For Record 138

    11/20/2012 11:48:40 PM PST · by Stonewall Jackson · 10 replies
    ESPN ^ | Nov 21, 2012 | Myron Medcalf
    Grinnell's Jack Taylor didn't just amend the NCAA's record books when he scored 138 points -- a new collegiate high mark -- in his team's 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible Tuesday night. The Division III star wrote a new chapter.
  • Latinos Spending 3 Times as Much as the Average Shopper

    11/20/2012 11:40:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 82 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 | Diana Guevara
    They are not only the fastest growing population in the country, but Latinos are also spending 3 times more at the super market than everyone else. With more than $1 trillion in purchasing power, Latino consumers like Arlette Mendoza are gaining the attention of big name brands. “I personally like it," said the mother of two. "I think it's good that everyone else is discovering just how good our food is." Cereal companies, including General Mills are using flavors like Dulce de Leche with the hope of appealing to the growing Latino consumer. Richie Matthews is President of DIÁLOGO, a...
  • Dave Says Avoid Fix and Flip Fever

    11/20/2012 11:36:41 PM PST · by Altariel · 18 replies ^ | October 20, 2012 | Dave Ramsey
    Dear Dave, I’m in a very fortunate position when it comes to my finances. I’m 25, and I make $50,000 a year. I’m also completely debt-free. In your opinion, when is it appropriate to let someone you’re dating know about your financial situation? Anonymous Dear Anonymous, Wow, you are in a great position for someone so young. I’m not sure how you got there, but it certainly wasn’t by being dumb or immature. I think it’s only natural in a dating situation to reveal more about oneself as time passes and the relationship gets deeper and more serious. In my...
  • Elizabeth Taylor would not approve!

    11/20/2012 11:34:08 PM PST · by Huntress · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 11/21/2012 | Jade Watkins
    Her name is synonymous with beauty, grace and elegance. But Lindsay Lohan's attempts to channel stylish Elizabeth Taylor for a private dinner to celebrate the Lifetime premiere of Liz & Dick on Tuesday evening can only be described as a failure. The 26-year-old actress, who has already been given terrible reviews surrounding her performance playing the Hollywood legend in her new Lifetime biopic, stepped out in a trashy gold dress as she graced the red-carpet at the Beverly Hills hotel. At first glance Lindsay's gold gown could have passed as tasteful, but on closer inspection the red dangling gems strategically...
  • 10 Reasons Why Romney Lost And Obama Won -- A Two Part Series [Part One]

    11/20/2012 11:30:54 PM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 96 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 11/19/12 | Richard A. Viguerie
    In the aftermath of establishment Republican Mitt Romney’s defeat in the 2012 presidential election, Governor Romney said he lost because he couldn’t overcome the effect of Obama’s “gifts” to key demographics; student loan modifications for young voters and amnesty for young and predominantly Hispanic illegal aliens. We think Romney missed the mark with that analysis because conservative ideas have successfully countered the Democrats’ attempts to bribe voters in the past. However, the comment is a good place for conservatives to start analyzing the failures of the Romney campaign – and learning from the successes of the Obama campaign. Here are...
  • Federal Workers to Congress: Leave Us Out of Deficit Deal

    11/20/2012 11:25:03 PM PST · by Abiotic · 108 replies
    The National Journal ^ | November 20th, 2012 | Eric Katz
    The Federal-Postal Coalition -- a group representing more than two dozen federal employee unions -- pleaded with Congress on Monday to spare their members in any deal related to the "fiscal cliff." Federal workers, the coalition wrote in a letter, have contributed more than their fair share toward reducing the debt and are the only group that has been targeted so heavily. “Federal and postal employees and their families are hardworking, middle-class Americans who are struggling during these tough times just like other Americans,” the group wrote. “No other group has been asked to financially contribute the way they have,...

    11/20/2012 11:06:30 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    AFPC South Asia Security Monitor ^ | 11/19/2012 | Jeff Smith & Amanda Sawit. eds.
    Ismail Khan, the governor of Heart province and one of the most powerful mujahedeen commanders in Afghanistan, has announced a call to arms to defend the country against the Taliban. The order has unsettled Afghan officials, who fear the resurgence of regional warlords and their independent militias, preferring instead to organize anti-Taliban fighters under the Afghan National Army and regional police forces. Khan, currently the minister of energy and water, was brought into the Karzai government as a symbol of unity. Speaking at a news conference, Khan said “There are parts of the country where the government forces cannot operate...
  • Obama Won Florida Because of the Gay Vote

    11/20/2012 10:55:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | Kyle Munzenrieder | Thu., Nov. 15 2012
    Barack Obama might have gay voters to thank for his reelection, especially right here in Florida. A new analysis suggests that if only straight people went to the polls here, Romney would have pulled off a win by something like two percentage points. "Similarly, analysis of preliminary returns from Florida show that the 420,000 total LGBT votes cast in the state may be a deciding factor in President Obama's projected lead in Florida," reads a new analysis by the Williams Institue. "Though final results aren't yet known, an estimated 300,000 LGBT Floridians voted for the president -- a margin many...
  • 'Britain's Worst Dad' Keith McDonald Jailed After Headbutting Partner Over Toastie Row

    11/20/2012 10:41:53 PM PST · by Sicvee · 14 replies
    Sky News ^ | Nov.20, 2012 | Hugh Macknight
    Keith Macdonald, who has fathered nine children by eight different women, attacked Stephanie Jubb when she scolded him for scattering crumbs at her home in Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland. The 27-year-old, of General Graham Street, Millfield, Sunderland, went on the run after being convicted of criminal damage, theft, and the assault which left Ms Jubb with a bloody nose and two black eyes.
  • Mexico facing a diabetes ‘disaster’ as obesity levels soar

    11/20/2012 10:39:04 PM PST · by traumer · 15 replies
    MEXICO CITY — With each bite into a greasy taco and slurp of a sugary drink, Mexico hurtles toward what health experts predict will be a public health crisis from diabetes-related disease. A fifth of all Mexican women and more than a quarter of men are believed to be at risk for diabetes now. It’s already the nation’s No. 1 killer, taking some 70,000 lives a year, far more than gangster violence. Public health experts blame changes in lifestyle that have made Mexicans more obese than anywhere else on Earth except the United States. They attribute changes to powerful snack...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-21-12, M, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    11/20/2012 10:35:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies ^ | 11-21-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 21, 2012 Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary   Reading 1 Rv 4:1-11 I, John, had a vision of an open door to heaven,and I heard the trumpetlike voicethat had spoken to me before, saying,"Come up here and I will show you what must happen afterwards."At once I was caught up in spirit.A throne was there in heaven, and on the throne sat onewhose appearance sparkled like jasper and carnelian.Around the throne was a halo as brilliant as an emerald.Surrounding the throne I saw twenty-four other throneson which twenty-four elders sat,dressed in white garments and with...
  • What About The White Vote?

    11/20/2012 10:30:21 PM PST · by Williams · 30 replies
    Are we really so beaten down by the left that we are going to accept their blatant racist attacks? Barack Obama received near 100% of the black vote to win the last election. Yet we actually are being made to feel guilty because we got "too many" white voters. And, the DNC chair is bragging that they have a House caucus dominated by minorities and women. Meanwhile, Susan Rice lied to the whole country, and for mentioning this we are being called racists. They WON the election and they still are attacking us as racists. Even though they got lots...
  • Green farming agenda faces EU budget axe

    11/20/2012 10:28:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 20 November 2012 | Timothy Spence
    Some EU national governments and lawmakers are pushing to weaken proposals intended to create natural defenses against pesticides and fertilizers in crop fields. But they should reconsider their opposition to buffer strips and other natural areas, green advocates say. … EU leaders gathering this week in Brussels are to discuss financing for what has traditionally been Europe’s largest single program, amid growing calls for putting the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on a diet. Meanwhile, the agricultural ministerial council is scheduled to consider CAP reform on 17-18 December. It is almost certain that the CAP’s “greening” proposals will be weakened, with...
  • 9 reasons why America might go over the fiscal cliff

    11/20/2012 10:22:19 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 10 replies
    Amrican Enterprise Institute ^ | November 20, 2012 | James Pethokoukis
    Veteran political analyst Pete Davis offers up a list of possible impediments to a deal on avoiding the fiscal cliff: 1. President Obama insists on a tax rate increase on those earning $250,000 or more, and House Republicans balk; 2. President Obama and Democrats refuse to accept revenue increases that won’t be scored by CBO, i.e. that depend upon tax reform and/or upon an assumed increase in economic growth; 3. President Obama insists on a Making Work Pay tax credit to replace the lost 2% payroll tax cut for working Americans that Republicans won’t accept; 4. House Republicans insist on...
  • Eurozone is overcoming crisis: Monti

    11/20/2012 10:21:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Business News ^ | 20 November 2012, 12:56 CET | (AFP)
    Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti insisted Tuesday that the eurozone was overcoming its debt crisis and that member states were determined to preserve the common currency. … “More than a currency, the euro is a symbol of European integration that European governments are determined to preserve and strengthen,” said Monti, few days after Eurostat data showed that the 17-nation eurozone tipped into recession in the third quarter of 2012. …
  • India executes Terrorist convicted of 26/11 Massacre

    11/20/2012 10:08:48 PM PST · by coldphoenix · 35 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | 21 Nov 2012 | HT Correspondent
    Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving terrorist from the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was hanged to death on Wednesday at Yerwada Jail in Pune. Kasab was executed at 7:30am at Yerwada jail in Pune in Maharashtra after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy plea earlier this month. Pakistan had been informed about the hanging of Kasab, home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Wednesday. He told reporters that President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected Kasab's mercy petition. "Pakistan has been informed but there is no demand for Kasab's body. The president rejected Kasab's mercy petition Nov 5. I had further forwarded it to the...