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  • EU Budget: Commission is nowhere to be seen

    11/26/2012 1:25:01 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    Coulisses de Bruxelles, Brussels ^ | 11/23/2012 | Jean Quatremer
    <p>Everyone has forgotten that the European executive prepared the budget which is currently being negotiated by European leaders. And there is a simple reason for this: Commission President José Manuel Barroso has become invisible. Libération’s Brussels correspondent deplores what he describes as a political “suicide”.</p>
  • Ex-NATO scientist's toy boat 'Snoopy Sloop' set to sail across Atlantic

    11/26/2012 12:29:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    News Track India ^ | November 26, 2012
    London, Nov. 26 (ANI): A retired NATO scientist is all set to launch his toy boat on its first unmanned trip across the Atlantic. The creator, 65-year-old Robin Lovelock, has spent four years developing a craft he believes can survive the 6,000-mile journey. The boat, named Snoopy Sloop, is 4 feet long, weighs just 30lbs and is held together in parts by bathroom light cord, reports the Telegraph. The boat has already demonstrated its endurance, having completed more than 5,000 miles during seven months of continuous sailing, albeit on the gentler waters of Bray Lake, just off the M4 motorway...
  • Data Published in Nature Biotechnology Show Messenger (m)RNA Prophylactic Vaccines Based on...

    11/26/2012 12:02:38 AM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies
    PRNewswire ^ | November 25, 2012 | NA
    Data Published in Nature Biotechnology Show Messenger (m)RNA Prophylactic Vaccines Based on CureVac's RNActive® Technology Demonstrate Immunogenicity and Protection Against Influenza Virus Infection -- RNActive Vaccine Technology Allows Fast Production in Response to a Pandemic Scenario -- RNActive Vaccines Are Stable at High Temperatures Which Makes Them Suitable for Easy Worldwide Supply -- RNActive Vaccines May Become a Novel, Broadly Applicable and Easy-to-Handle Prophylactic Class of Vaccine Against Infectious Diseases TUEBINGEN, Germany, Nov. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CureVac GmbH, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing a new class of therapies and vaccines based on mRNA, and the German Federal Research...
  • Coulter is a Coward

    11/25/2012 11:47:17 PM PST · by 867V309 · 79 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | November 23rd, 2012 | JenKuznicki
    What is not as easy, is aiming your insults at the person you mean to diminish, especially when you know that by doing so, the blow-back may take you down.
  • Cuba, Venezuela, Russia and China now more free than America in notable ways

    11/25/2012 11:46:20 PM PST · by waus · 4 replies
    Natural News ^ | 11/26/26 | Mike Adams
    In reviewing all the breaking news over the last few months and looking for the "big picture" of where America is headed, one pattern has emerged with striking regularity: America has quietly become less free in many ways than nations like Cuba, China and even Venezuela.
  • Snatched foster children are “traumatized”, say couple branded racist for supporting UKIP

    11/25/2012 11:37:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Mail On Sunday (UK) ^ | 21:34 EST, 25 November 2012 | Ben Spencer, Chris Brooke and Andy Dolan
    The parents in the UKIP fostering row last night appealed for the return of the children they love. The three Eastern European youngsters were taken away after social services discovered the couple were members of the political party. The astonishing decision by Labour-controlled Rotherham Council has been attacked by MPs from all sides, and it has left fostering teams open to claims they are acting like “Thought Police”. Council chiefs will today receive the findings of an internal inquiry into the handling of the case. … Tim Loughton, a former children’s minister, said the decision was guided by “politically-correct mumbo...
  • On Not Cooperating With Obamacare

    11/25/2012 11:33:52 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | November 25, 2012 | Wesley J. Smith
    The Hill has an interesting story reporting on Republican governors refusing to set up state exchanges under Obamacare — which could save the states money since they are on the hook for costs in excess of federal grants. That means the feds will have to do it on a state-by-state basis, a daunting task even for this highly bureaucratic administration. Plus, it is perfectly legal under the law to engage in such passive resistance. Some liberals say that approach isn’t conservative because, in effect, it allows the feds to run state health care. (As if they care!) I’m not buying....
  • EU: Spain's Catalan separatists win election but punish Mas

    11/25/2012 11:33:00 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 39 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/26/2012
    <p>Separatists in Spain's Catalonia won regional elections on Sunday but failed to get the resounding mandate they need to push convincingly for a referendum on independence.</p> <p>Catalan President Artur Mas, who has implemented unpopular spending cuts in an economic crisis, had called an early election to test support for his new drive for independence for Catalonia, a wealthy region in northeastern Spain.</p>
  • White House silent as Egypt’s president grabs power, moves toward Shariah law

    11/25/2012 10:45:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/26/12 | Neil Munro
    White House officials remained silent during the extended Thanksgiving weekend, as Egypt’s pro-democracy groups called on President Barack Obama to condemn Thursday’s power grab by their country’s Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi. Morsi decreed Nov. 22 that his pronouncements and edicts were beyond the reach of judicial review. The announcement was met by resistance from the nation’s top judges, who said they would fight Morsi’s unusual self-elevation to near-dictator status. “I am waiting to see, I hope soon, a very strong statement of condemnation by the U.S., by Europe and by everybody who really cares about human dignity,” declared Mohamed ElBaradei,...
  • ObamaCare Faces the Implementation Iceberg

    11/25/2012 10:42:03 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 11 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 26, 2012 | Paul Howard and Stephen Parente
    Some of the recently issued rules, particularly on community rating (charging the same price to everyone regardless of health status) and limiting the premium difference between older and younger applicants are likely to increase prices for young people – and over half (55%) of the uninsured are under age 35. If prices rise sharply for this group, they’re much less likely to buy coverage, since Obamacare lets them buy insurance for the same price even after they become sick. And if young people pass up coverage, the rates will rise for everyone else in the exchange – and for taxpayers...
  • Man Gets Life In Prison After 8th DWI Conviction

    11/25/2012 10:36:04 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 111 replies
    CBS - Houston ^ | 11/21/12
    Comal County, Tex. (CBS HOUSTON) – A Guadalupe County man arrested for his eighth DWI has been sentenced to life in prison after being pulled over last February with a Blood Alcohol level equivalent to consuming 23.5 beers. In late February, authorities say Cornelio Garcia-Mata was driving nearly six times the legal alcohol limit, when he was pulled over around 6 p.m. off Interstate 35 in New Braunfels, WOAI-TV reports. Garcia-Mata got his first DWI in 1990. While on probation, he picked up his second. Since he’s a habitual offender he faced 25 years to life in prison for his...
  • Brother Compatible LC61 Bulk Set of 10 Ink Cartridges

    11/25/2012 10:34:44 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 10 replies
    self | November 26, 2012 | swampsniper
    I ordered LC-51 compatible cartridges for a Brother printer, they sent LC-61. The seller corrected the order and sent the right cartridges. I've got a pack of LC-61 cartridges sitting here that I can't use. If you can use them PM me.These are high quality 3rd party cartridges, I've used them for several years, they are as good as OEM.Black and colors.
  • U.N. envoy to Middle East acknowledges ‘quiet engagements’ with Hamas

    11/25/2012 10:33:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    mcclatchy ^ | 11/25/12 | Sheera Frenkel
    JERUSALEM — The United Nations envoy to the Middle East acknowledged in an interview with McClatchy Sunday that he has maintained quiet contacts with the Islamist group Hamas for “years,” despite the international community’s official policy to isolate the group. Robert Serry described his office’s contacts with Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, as “quiet engagements” and said his office was working now, in the wake of a cease-fire agreement that ended eight days of Israeli bombardment of Gaza, “hoping to help the parties get to a more durable solution.” “Because we are on the ground we...
  • Obama faces huge challenge in setting up (Commiecare™) insurance exchanges

    11/25/2012 10:21:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/25/12 | Elise Viebeck
    Obama faces huge challenge in setting up insurance exchangesBy Elise Viebeck - 11/25/12 02:45 PM ET The Obama administration faces major logistical and financial challenges in creating health insurance exchanges for states that have declined to set up their own systems. The exchanges were designed as the centerpiece of President Obama’s signature law, and are intended to make buying health insurance comparable to booking a flight or finding a compatible partner on Match.com. Sixteen states — most of them governed by Republicans — have said they will not set up their own systems, forcing the federal government to come up...
  • Could a ‘Solar Maximum’ event spark food riots and meltdowns? (One respected scientist says ‘yes!’)

    11/25/2012 10:18:27 PM PST · by cruise_missile · 73 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 25, 2012 | Mike Opelka
    If Earth is struck by a large solar flare, some in the scientific community believe: The planet will be hit with a widespread loss of power. Air travel would be grounded. Nuclear plants would be crippled and without sufficient back-up power, dozens could meltdown. Satellites would be disabled, causing a serious loss of communication in all areas (military and civilian). Food and medicine would be in short supply, setting up the potential for food riots within days of an outage. The same scientists who believe that a large solar strike could lead to a very rapid societal breakdown say that...
  • Spain to get EU bank aid in exchange for job cuts

    11/25/2012 10:09:20 PM PST · by Arthurio · 1 replies
    Reuters in Madrid guardian.co.uk, Sunday 25 November 2012 10.29 EST European authorities will transfer €35bn (£28bn) to Spain's state bank rescue fund on 15 December in exchange for massive layoffs at the country's four nationalised banks, including the state-rescued Bankia, according to reports. The cash injection from European bailout funds will be disbursed to troubled Spanish banks two weeks after it is paid into Spain's orderly bank restructuring fund, according to El País. Bankia, which sought a €23.5bn bailout from the state in May, is expected to be forced to axe up to 6,000 of its 20,000 staff, while Novagalicia...
  • Check Out Israel’s Newest Missile Defense System: ‘David’s Sling’

    11/25/2012 10:06:22 PM PST · by cruise_missile · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 25, 2012 | Erica Ritz
    (TheBlaze/AP) — Israel successfully tested its newest missile defense system Sunday, the military said, a step toward making the third leg of what Israel calls its “multilayer missile defense” operational. The “David’s Sling” system is designed to stop mid-range missiles. It successfully passed its test, shooting down its first missile in a drill Sunday in southern Israel, the military said. The system is designed to intercept projectiles with ranges of up to 300 kilometers (180 miles). Israel has also deployed Arrow systems for longer-range threats from Iran. The Iron Dome protects against short-range rockets fired by militants in the Gaza...
  • The GOP Dream Act is a Nightmare

    11/25/2012 9:31:59 PM PST · by InspCallahan · 36 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 25, 2012 | Charles Martel
    "The proposed path to citizenship would begin in college, which is where young people go to stop thinking....Conservatives don't do well among college students, or among minorities. So the open borders Republicans' answer is to incentivize the creation of a larger pool of minority college students through an amnesty pipeline. This approach is shockingly mindless."
  • Hong Kong parking space prices zoom to record

    11/25/2012 9:29:46 PM PST · by aquila48 · 3 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 26 November, 2012 | Ray Chan
    The soaring price of a parking space in Hong Kong is raising fresh concerns that money flowing into the city could further inflate the red-hot property market. Despite a subdued economy and a new 15 per cent stamp duty on non-resident and corporate buyers, prices paid for parking spots in Tai Wai have reached over HK$1.3 million - topping the heights reached by the market before the 1997 property bubble. Some owners of parking slots are reselling newly acquired spaces for profits of up to HK$300,000.
  • Jamie Foxx Gives Honor and Praise to Barack Obama (GOD) on the BET Soul Train Awards

    11/25/2012 9:11:50 PM PST · by AmbassadorForChrist · 55 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2012-11-25 | Loonie Tune
    2012-11-25 - YouTube - Jamie Foxx (Actor) - Soul Train Awards - "let's give honor to God - our LORD and Savior Barak Obama, Barak Obama, Barak Obama..."
  • China mourns death of engineer of Liaoning aircraft(after watching landing,51 yr old had hrt attack)

    11/25/2012 9:03:49 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 31 replies
    Associated Press via South China Morning Post ^ | Monday, 26 November, 2012, 11:33am
  • Why you should buy Greg Gutfeld’s new book

    11/25/2012 8:57:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 19, 2012 | David Cohen, Former Deputy Asst. Sec. of the Interior
    Fox News host Greg Gutfeld is out with a new book entitled “The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph Over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage.” In full and fair disclosure, I haven’t actually read it. But I’m not going to let that stop me from weighing in. Gutfeld is the host of “Red Eye,” Fox News’ rambunctious late night (actually overnight) talk show. “Red Eye” premiered in February 2007 to zero fanfare. There was a great deal of fanfare, however, for another show that debuted on Fox News that same month: “The ½ Hour News Hour,” which was...
  • Egypt Riots Rage, US Embassy Praises As 'Incredibly Positive'

    11/25/2012 8:47:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/25/12 | Ben Shapiro
    As clashes between Egyptian police forces led by Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi and Egyptian protesters angry at Morsi’s power grab escalated, the US embassy in Cairo weighed in. You may remember the embassy’s last embarrassing tweeting escapade on 9/11, when embassy staff tweeted apologies for a YouTube video even as the embassy was stormed. Today, as the embassy fell under assault, they tweeted:
  • Paraglider Killed After Striking Power Lines

    11/25/2012 8:39:23 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | November 25, 2012 6:39 PM
    SAN JACINTO (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say a paraglider was killed Sunday after striking some live power lines in San Jacinto. The accident occurred Sunday afternoon before 1:40 p.m., according to officials. The unidentified paraglider was in a remote mountainside area of Riverside County — near Soboba Road — at the time of the accident. Riverside County Fire spokeswoman Jody Hagemann said a rescue helicopter flew to the paraglider’s rescue but he died of his injuries.
  • 9 Reasons a Coffee Can Should be in Your Survival Kit

    11/25/2012 8:29:12 PM PST · by Kartographer · 154 replies
    Daily Survival ^ | 11/25/12 | Bax
    The Many Uses of a Coffee Can That’s how a 1-pound coffee can can earn its way into your 72-hour pack. Consider the following uses for this light-weight and versatile survival instrument.
  • Cheating scandal: Feds say teachers hired stand-in to take their certification tests

    11/25/2012 8:18:34 PM PST · by Calamari · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 11/25/2012 | Adrian Sainz
    It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms. For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade and began their careers...
  • A Wet Way to Better Burning?

    11/25/2012 8:13:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 8 November 2012 | Robert F. Service
    Enlarge Image Transformer. After nanocrystals use sunlight’s energy to split water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen, a nickel catalyst snags electrons from the oxygen and uses them to knit hydrogen molecules together—making hydrogen fuel. Credit: Ted Pawlicki/University of Rochester Technology is always looking for ways to make it easier to be green. Now, researchers in New York state report creating a new long-lived catalyst that uses the energy in sunlight to generate hydrogen gas, a carbon-free fuel. With further improvements, the advance could lead to systems that use sunlight to split water molecules, generating a fuel that can power...
  • NRSC Prepares to Interfere in Primaries (To forestall any "Tea Party" candidates)

    11/25/2012 8:05:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 25, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    The National Republican Senatorial Committee had a rotten track record in 2012. But now they’re looking to get more deeply involved in picking candidates at the state level, hoping to foreclose Tea Party primary challengers like Richard Mourdock (R-IN). “There’s always going to be fundamental dislike of the national party coming to a local or a state race and saying, ‘This is who we want to pick,” Keli Carender of Tea Party Patriots told The Hill. The NRSC pulled out of several races this cycle, dooming several candidates to less-than-full financial support...
  • Obama's Soviet Mistake

    11/25/2012 7:46:46 PM PST · by Astronaut · 22 replies
    Pravda ^ | 11/19/2012 | Xavier Lerma
    President Vladimir Putin could never have imagined anyone so ignorant or so willing to destroy their people like Obama much less seeing millions vote for someone like Obama. They read history in America don't they? Alas, the schools in the U.S. were conquered by the Communists long ago and history was revised thus paving the way for their Communist presidents. Obama has bailed out those businesses that voted for him and increased the debt to over 16 trillion with an ever increasing unemployment rate especially among blacks and other minorities. All the while promoting his agenda.
  • Why did Obama broker a victory for Hamas?

    11/25/2012 7:46:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    PowerLine ^ | November 25, 2012 | Paul Mirengoff
    With unusual candor, the Washington Post declares in its top headline that “Hamas’ tactics garner support” and that “Palestinians see path to victory through fighting.” This strengthening of Hamas is the entirely predictable consequence of the cease fire that the Obama administration worked to impose on Israel. Because Hamas waged war against Israel and the Israelis backed down, it is (to quote) the Post “the commonly held view in both territories (the West Bank and Gaza) that the Islamist militants of Hamas — who refuse to recognize Israel — defeated their enemy, and that they did it with weapons, not...
  • Detecting cancer cells and parasites

    11/25/2012 7:36:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 13 November 2012 | Rachel Cooper
    Scientists in Denmark have designed a new sensor to detect cells that over-express folate receptors, including cancer cells. Jaime Castillo-León from the Technical University of Denmark and colleagues' sensor consists of an electrochemical platform composed of graphene and peptide nanotubes with folic acid.Cancer cells have a high requirement for folic acid as it is necessary for their metabolism, so the cells have 500 times more folate receptors compared with a healthy cell, explains Castillo-León. The receptors are like antennas on the surface of the cell membrane that seek out folic acid. The cancer cells interact with the electrochemical platform,...
  • Prayers for FReeper Basil's 2 grandaughters

    11/25/2012 7:33:35 PM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 117 replies
    11/25/2012
    Posting this at the request of FReeper "basil" I have a request to make of those of you who are praying folks. We've had a horrible accident involving 6 or our grandchildren out at our ranch. They were all piled on the 4 wheeler (as they've done many times before), tooling around off road, and somehow, the thing flipped. Thanks be to God no one was killed, and we actually only had one of them seriously injured. She was in surgery over 7 hours today. She suffered a severe compound fracture of her lower left leg l, and they had...
  • Capito Plans 2014 Senate Run (WV)

    11/25/2012 7:25:38 PM PST · by yellowdoghunter · 32 replies
    MetroNews ^ | 11/25/2012 | Hoppy Kercheval
    West Virginia Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito will announce Monday morning that she is running in 2014 for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Jay Rockefeller. Capito has long considered a run for the Senate, and passed on the most recent opportunity following the death of long-time Senator Robert Byrd. She's expected to say, among other things, that the timing is now right for her run. The announcement sets up a potential race between two West Virginia political heavyweights.
  • US Cancels Middle East Nuclear Conference

    11/25/2012 7:12:56 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Voice of America ^ | November 24, 2012 | unattributed
    The United States says a conference on banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East will not be held because of current conditions in the region. The announcement comes amid a flare up in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza, civil war in Syria and an unsettled political situation in Egypt. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Friday "a deep conceptual gap persists in the region" on how to handle regional security and arms control. Nuland said the U.S. would not support a conference in which any regional state would be subjected to "pressure or isolation," a reference to U.S. concerns that...
  • Egypt's Top Judges Resist Morsi Decrees

    11/25/2012 7:09:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Voice of America ^ | November 24, 2012 | Edward Yeranian
    Egypt's highest judicial body, the Supreme Judicial Council, is condemning the decrees granting President Mohamed Morsi sweeping powers, branding them an unprecedented attack on the independence of the judiciary. And a broad spectrum of Egypt's judiciary is expressing support for the country's outgoing judicial head, Abdel Mejid Mahmoud, who was fired by the president Thursday. Mahmoud received a standing ovation by members of Egypt's Judge's Club, after telling them that he will appeal the president's decision to the judiciary. Mahmoud said he will insist on the application of all legal articles, including those that deal with the powers of the...
  • Syrian Rebels Claim Capture of Helicopter Base Near Damascus

    11/25/2012 7:04:41 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Voice of America ^ | November 25, 2012 | unattributed
    Syrian rebels say they have captured a government helicopter base near Damascus as they try to close in on President Bashar al-Assad's seat of power in the capital. A video released by Syrian activists on Sunday appears to show anti-Assad rebels roaming around the Marj al-Sultan air base, about 15 kilometers east of Damascus, after they launched an assault the previous day. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rebels killed at least eight soldiers and destroyed two helicopters at the base, while at least 15 rebel fighters also were killed. There was no government confirmation of the...
  • Religious Minorities Find Sanctuary in Kurdistan

    11/25/2012 7:00:29 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Voice of America ^ | November 14, 2012 | Henry Ridgwell
    Long unfairly stigmatized as "devil worshippers" by their Muslim and Christian neighbors, Iraq's half-million strong Yezidi minority suffered some of the worst sectarian attacks after the fall of President Saddam Hussein in 2003. Now under the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government, the pilgrims are returning. The Yezidis have their own minister in government. Before we were not free to pray and could not visit here easily," said Lokman Suleiman, a local Yezidi teacher. "Now we can. The Kurdistan government is not only good for us, it is good for all people. The sun now rises over a Kurdistan of many colors,...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Nation

    11/25/2012 6:54:46 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 18 replies
    11-24-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Exodus 14:13 Fear not; Stand still (Firm, Confident, Undismayed) And See the Salvation of the Lord which He will Work for you Today.
  • Review: Kathryn Bigelow “Zero Dark Thirty” Exposes Bin Laden Hunt and Kill

    11/25/2012 6:51:57 PM PST · by njslim · 27 replies
    ShowBiz411 ^ | Roger Friedman Sho
    If anyone worried that Kathryn Bigelow’s movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden would be a political statement promoting Barack Obama they can relax. Bigelow and Mark Boal have made a very focused and harrowing thriller that centers on the real life female CIA agent who was obsessed with catching and killing bin Laden.
  • Black Friday sales online top $1 billion for first time: comScore

    11/25/2012 6:44:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:44pm EST | Alistair Barr
    Black Friday retail sales online this year topped $1 billion for the first time ever as more consumers used the Internet do their early holiday shopping, comScore Inc said on Sunday. Online sales jumped 26 percent on Black Friday to $1.04 billion from sales of $816 million on the corresponding day last year, according to comScore data. … E-commerce accounts for less than 10 percent of consumer spending in the United States. However, it is growing much faster than bricks-and-mortar retail as shoppers are lured by low prices, convenience, faster shipping and wide selection. …
  • Machine Gun Jetpack

    11/25/2012 6:38:56 PM PST · by andyk · 14 replies
    xkcd.com ^ | Unknown | xkcd
    "Is it possible to build a jetpack using downward firing machine guns?” —Rob B I was sort of surprised to find that the answer was yes! But to really do it right, you’ll want to talk to the Russians. The principle here is pretty simple. If you fire a bullet forward, the recoil pushes you back. So if you fire downward, the recoil should push you up. The first question we have to answer is “can a gun even lift its own weight?” If a machine gun weighs ten pounds but only produces eight pounds of recoil when firing, it...
  • Turkey's PM, President Maneuver for Power

    11/25/2012 6:35:26 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Voice of America ^ | November 23, 2012 | Dorian Jones
    Although both are founding members of Turkey's ruling party, increasingly the two men appear to be at odds with one another on a variety of political issues. The rivalry could have far-reaching consequences for the country. The Turkish president, Abdullah Gul, has in the past few months been challenging what is perceived as the increasingly tough positions of the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whether on the treatment of the country’s Kurdish minority, imprisoned journalists or advocating membership in the European Union. Last month Erdogan voiced his frustration. He said Turkey is not ruled by double-headed governance and he said...
  • Obama fires 20,000 Marines, promises billions to Muslim green energy

    11/25/2012 6:35:19 PM PST · by massmike · 64 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 11/25/2012 | Timothy Whiteman
    Is Obama Always Faithful to our Marines? The current political winds in Washington, DC, have dictated that less will be spent on the various Branches of the Armed Forces of the Unites States. Case in point: the Commander-in-Chief has decided to fire 20,000 of our U.S. Marines. In an article published by San Diego, California's North County Times, ironically on Thanksgiving Day, Military Affairs reporter Gretel C. Kovach cites; "The Corps is shrinking by 20,000 Marines, to 182,100." The North County Times also cited that America's premier fighting force is; "scraping to repair or replace battle-worn equipment." In spite of...
  • (Vanity) Demographics Are Not Destiny, Part II: The Wages of Sin is Debt, or, The Horny of Plenty

    11/25/2012 6:21:36 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies
    grey_whiskers | 11-25-2012 | grey_whiskers
    This is a brief follow-on piece to the original, (Vanity) Demographics Are Not Destiny, or, It's Just How We Roll In that piece I considered the GOP-e's analysis of the 2012 Presidential Election loss as due to unsurmountable demographic shifts in the electorate, and showed that the changes in the electorate were not due solely to demographics, but to changes in the labor market and the attitudes instilled into the historical blue-collar voting bloc (across sexual and racial lines) in an attempt to gain political power. I then showed the financial dangers of such an approach and compared them to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-26-12

    11/25/2012 6:19:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-26-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 26, 2012   Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Rv 14:1-3, 4b-5 I, John, looked and there was the Lamb standing on Mount Zion,and with him a hundred and forty-four thousandwho had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads.I heard a sound from heavenlike the sound of rushing water or a loud peal of thunder.The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.They were singing what seemed to be a new hymn before the throne,before the four living creatures and the elders.No one could learn this hymn except...
  • Ugandan president repents of personal, national sins

    11/25/2012 5:52:16 PM PST · by BwanaNdege · 42 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 11/24/2012 | Michael Carl
    Ugandan president repents of personal, national sins 'We confess idolatry, witchcraft, political hypocrisy, dishonesty, intrigue' "The Ugandan newssite New Vision reports President Yoweri Museveni celebrated Uganda’s 50th anniversary of independence from Britain at the National Jubilee Prayers event by publicly repenting of his personal sin and the sins of the nation. “I stand here today to close the evil past, and especially in the last 50 years of our national leadership history and at the threshold of a new dispensation in the life of this nation. I stand here on my own behalf and on behalf of my predecessors to...
  • Frank Lautenberg says after Hurricane Sandy much of the boardwalk in Atlantic City no longer exists

    11/25/2012 5:50:46 PM PST · by SMGFan · 39 replies
    Says because of Hurricane Sandy in Atlantic City "much of that boardwalk no longer exists -- just the pillars where boardwalk used to be." Hurricane Sandy washed iconic Jersey Shore landmarks into the sea, but despite what you may have heard -- from social media, television or maybe even a United States senator -- the historic boardwalk fronting Atlantic City's casinos survived. Two weeks after the monstrous storm swept through New Jersey, devastating large swaths of the state’s coastline, Frank Lautenberg, a Democrat, took to the Senate floor to describe the destruction and push for funding for recovery efforts. In...
  • Come All Ye FReepers, Patriots, FRiends & New Members [FReepathon Thread XLV]

    11/25/2012 5:31:15 PM PST · by onyx · 794 replies
    Free Republic | Sunday, November 25, 2012 | onyx
    Please Mail checks to Free Republic, LLC - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794. Click here to pledge your support via secure server! ^ Come on, everyone! How long is this one going to take? Our 4th Quarter FReepathon is now into its 56th day, which I think, is both a heartbreaking shame and also outrageous. Free Republic is the premier online gathering place for independent, grass-roots conservatism on the whole on the Internet! You all love Free Republic or you wouldn't be here. You all know that we hold FReepathons every quarter to finance Free Republic. What you...
  • Migrants set fire to Greek detention centre

    11/25/2012 5:25:51 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 12 replies
    euobserver.com ^ | 24.11.12 @ 22:01 | By Nikolaj Nielsen
    Komotini, Greece - Over 500 undocumented migrants detained for the past three months at the Komotini police academy in eastern Greece have rioted and set fire to the premises. "The riots have stopped. It is not the first but it is the largest. It is inhumane," a ranking officer told Euobserver on Saturday (November 24) evening. The entire site is on lockdown. Outside the gates, a police officer in riot gear stands guard armed with a machine gun in near complete silence. Behind him, a parking lot and the nearby buildings are obscured in darkness. The lights turned off. The...
  • ‘Kill List’ rule book may be coming soon to the White House Situation Room

    11/25/2012 5:25:19 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Nov. 25, 2012
    The White House "kill list"--a regularly updated chart showing the world's most wanted terrorists used by President Barack Obama during kill or capture debates--may soon be getting a rule book to go with it. Until now, President Obama has had the "final moral calculation" overseeing the "kill list," the existence of which was first revealed in May in the wake of a drone strike that killed an al-Qaida leader. But according to the paper, administration officials are looking to curb the power of the commander in chief with the rule book: