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  • Khan Academy on Illinois pensions (Khan Academy video)

    11/27/2012 5:31:07 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 14 replies
    dailyherald.com ^ | 5/27/2012 | Mike Riopell
    The free online school of everything has taken on the Illinois pension crisis.Video Link This video is from Khan Academy, the heralded online video series that can teach you about algebra, physics or whatever else you want to learn when you have nothing else to do. Their explanation of pension problems hurting government budgets focuses on Illinois. And it highlights how education funding gets hit when the state has to pay more toward retirement costs.
  • Cat-Friend vs Dog-Friend

    11/27/2012 5:22:02 PM PST · by Altariel · 55 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 21, 2012 | fatawesomefilms
    If your friends acted like your pets, you might not keep them around. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbycvPwr1Wg
  • Freep a poll! (You happy with the GOP leaders' dealings with Obama over fiscal cliff?)

    11/27/2012 5:19:23 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | 11-27-12 | Mark Levin
    Are you happy with the GOP leaders' dealings with Obama re the fiscal cliff? No Hell no Yes
  • UN: Get your blood-soaked, pro-totalitarian hands off the Internet

    11/27/2012 5:19:13 PM PST · by forty_years · 3 replies
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | November 27, 2012 | Gary Gerofsky
    The world now depends on the free flow of information. What is about to happen at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from December 3-14 2012, will surely change the world in ways that most of us cannot imagine. Google is taking a lead in objecting to this massive invasion and grab for control over the now self-controlled Internet; the EU is none too happy either. Some national governments like China, Russia, and Middle Eastern countries, and certain power-hungry agencies such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) want to wrest control of the Internet...
  • Racism? Black leaders fret white person may take Jesse Jackson's House seat

    11/27/2012 5:13:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11/27/12 | Joe Newby
    Racism? Black leaders fret white person may take Jesse Jackson's House seatBy: Joe Newby November 27, 2012 **SNIP** “There’s a great deal of concern that Debbie Halvorson would win because the black vote would be split 18 ways,” Delmarrie Cobb, a longtime Democratic political consultant in Chicago said. “The battle we have is that we can’t afford to lose a black voice in Congress,” she added. “It would be a terrible loss in many ways,” she added. According to Politico, losing the seat to a white person, no matter how qualified, would "be a blow to the black establishment."
  • Gaza's Not the Key, Philadelphi Is

    11/27/2012 5:11:12 PM PST · by forty_years · 8 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 27, 2012 | Daniel Pipes
    The Second Hamas-Israel War of Nov. 10-21 inspired a mighty debate over rights and wrongs, with each side appealing to the large undecided bloc (19 percent of Americans according to CNN/ORC, 38 percent according to Rasmussen). Is Israel a criminal state that has no right to exist, much less to deploy force? Or is it a modern liberal democracy with the rule of law that justifiably protects innocent civilians? Morality drives this debate.To any sentient person, it is obvious that Israelis are 100-percent justified to protect themselves from wanton attacks. A cartoon from the First Hamas-Israel War of 2008-09 symbolically...
  • Want to help someone?

    11/27/2012 4:59:42 PM PST · by Twotone · 3 replies
    Wimp.com ^ | Unknown | Ernesto Sirolli
    A TED talk by Ernesto Sirolli - 17 minute video. A practical talk on why central planning is always doomed to fail. http://www.wimp.com/helpsomeone/
  • The Difference Between A Fine A Tax And Obamacare

    11/27/2012 4:58:46 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 11-27-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • Obama quietly signs bill shielding airlines from carbon fees in Europe

    11/27/2012 4:58:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/27/12 | Keith Laing
    Obama quietly signs bill shielding airlines from carbon fees in EuropeBy Keith Laing - 11/27/12 02:02 PM ET President Obama has signed into law a bill that requires U.S. airlines be excluded from European carbon emissions fees. Environmentalists had framed the bill as the first test of the president's commitment to fighting climate change in his second term and urged him to veto it. Obama quietly signed it Tuesday over their objections. "The Obama administration is firmly committed to reducing harmful carbon pollution from civil aviation both domestically and internationally, but, as we have said on many occasions, the application...
  • Obama Treasury Dept. declares China is not manipulating currency (Schumer ticked off)

    11/27/2012 4:50:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/27/12 | Vicki Needham
    Obama Treasury Dept. declares China is not manipulating currencyBy Vicki Needham - 11/27/12 05:11 PM ET The Obama administration is coming under criticism from Sen. Charles Schumer for declaring that China is not a currency manipulator. Following Tuesday's release of a report that again finds China is not keeping the value of its currency artificially low to cut the price of its exports to the United States, Schumer criticized the administration for avoiding penalties against China. "This report all but admits China’s currency is being manipulated, but stops short of saying so explicitly," Schumer, a close ally of Obama's, said...
  • Forget What The Media Say, Republicans And Minorities Are Made For Each Other

    11/27/2012 4:48:12 PM PST · by billflax · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/27/2012 | Bill Flax
    Despite stagnant markets and tepid approval marks, President Obama cobbled together a coalition of religious and ethnic minorities, single women, government employees and union members to attract 50.6 percent of voters. This prompted many pundits to proclaim there aren’t enough grouchy old white men for Republicans to remain relevant. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz chastised that Republicans, “got whiter and more male.” David Bositis told CNN earlier this year, “Their voters are white, aging and dying off.” The Left becomes increasingly ecstatic as the Caucasian majority shrivels. Minority populations are younger, expanding rapidly and demand action. But several factors are missed....
  • MILLER: Harry Reid goes nuclear

    11/27/2012 4:47:01 PM PST · by jazusamo · 97 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 27, 2012 | Emily Miller
    Democrat’s power grab takes away minority Republicans’ rightsForget about bipartisanship; Harry Reid has decided there’s no option that goes too far if it means diluting the influence of Republicans. The Senate majority leader plans to break with long-standing tradition in January by rewriting the chamber’s rules to silence the Republican minority. It’s a shortsighted maneuver, because it means Democrats will have no input in the legislative process when they find themselves out of power in the future. The hostilities spilled into the open on Monday and Tuesday with a rare, heated series of floor debates between Mr. Reid and Minority...
  • Malaysia Muslims call for 'immoral' Elton John to be banned

    11/27/2012 4:46:53 PM PST · by cricket · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 27 Nov 2012 | David Eimer
    Nasruding Hassan Tantawi, head of the youth wing of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic party (PAS), said the concert "must be cancelled". . .Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia, where almost two-thirds of the 28 million population are Muslim, and is punishable by caning and up to 20 years in prison. full story/link above
  • Battle for Stalingrad: 70 years After

    11/27/2012 4:46:09 PM PST · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    English Russia ^ | 11-21-12 | CJ
    19th of November, 1942. 7:30 a.m. The air over Stalingrad started shaking. Volleys of thousands of artillery shells marked the beginning of the “Uranus” operation – a counter-offensive one, which became a radical turn in the Second World War. Seventy years have passed and last Sunday there was held a reconstruction in Volgograd devoted to that battle.
  • The Mythical 'Cycle of Violence'

    11/27/2012 4:37:04 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 5 replies
    The Omega Letter ^ | November 26, 2012 | Jack Kinsella
    According to the newspaper Al Hayat, Israel offered Hamas and the Islamic Jihad leadership a 90 day cease-fire during which time Israel would gauge Hamas' ability to stop the shelling of Israeli cities and towns prior to discussing Hamas' demands. The offer was simple enough. "If you stop trying to kill Jews, we'll stop retaliating." Hamas rejected the offer only hours after Hillary Clinton promised that she would work out a deal that would benefit both sides, promising from Jerusalem that; "in the days ahead the United States will work with our partners here in Israel and across the region...
  • Addiction counselor charged with murder in DUI

    11/27/2012 4:36:40 PM PST · by Arthurio · 17 replies
    TORRANCE, Calif. — The convertible hit Phillip Moreno so hard it knocked him out of his shoes and lodged him in the windshield. As he lay dying on the hood, police said, Sherri Lynn Wilkins kept going another two miles until other motorists swarmed her car at a traffic light and grabbed her keys. Wilkins, who was charged Tuesday with murder and driving drunk, told police she struck the man after leaving work and panicked. Police said her blood alcohol level was more than double the legal limit. Her arrest on a street corner between home and her job as...
  • Reid: 'Fiscal cliff' deal must raise debt ceiling (Senate budget not mentioned)

    11/27/2012 4:35:56 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/27/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Reid: 'Fiscal cliff' deal must raise debt ceilingBy Alexander Bolton - 11/27/12 02:53 PM ET Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday any deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and spending cuts must also raise the debt ceiling, and signaled that President Obama feels the same way. Reid said Democrats would be foolish to agree to a year-end package that raises revenues and cuts spending only to face a Republican ultimatum on the debt ceiling weeks later. “We would be somewhat foolish to work out something on stopping us from going over the cliff and then...
  • White House blasts Republican ‘obsession’ with Rice and Benghazi

    11/27/2012 4:21:20 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 69 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    The White House sharply escalated its attacks Tuesday on Republicans trying to stop Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice from succeeding Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state. Press secretary Jay Carney described GOP lawmakers as being gripped by a politically fueled "obsession" with a series of television appearances Rice made shortly after the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in which she wrongly suggested the attack had stemmed from a demonstration over an anti-Muslim video rather than a terrorist assault. Carney's comments came after Rice met privately on Capitol Hill with Republican...
  • Reid: Republicans Must Turn “Happy Talk” On Revenues Into Action

    11/27/2012 4:20:28 PM PST · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    United States Senate Democrats, ^ | Nov 27,2012 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Washington, D.C. - Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding efforts to reach a balanced, bipartisan agreement to avert the fiscal cliff. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:Too often, it is a challenge finding common ground in Washington.But as we negotiate a path back from the fiscal cliff, we should also recognize when Democrats and Republicans agree.We agree taxes should not go up for anyone making less than $250,000 a year – 97 percent of small businesses and 98 percent of middle-class families.With common ground in sight, we should be able...
  • Stratford [CT] truck driver stole 111 [S&W] guns

    11/27/2012 4:15:30 PM PST · by Daffynition · 18 replies
    CTPost ^ | November 26, 2012 | Daniel Tepfer
    STRATFORD -- A convicted thief, hired to transport a truckload of brand new Smith & Wesson handguns through the state, hijacked the load instead -- turning his Bridgeport home into a weapons superstore. Police said one of the guns ended up in the hands of the so-called "Blackjacket Robber," Kashawn Brown, who is accused of using it in the stick-up of more than a half dozen gas stations, fast food restaurants and convenience stores in Stratford and Bridgeport. And Bridgeport Police Capt. James Viadero said at least 80 guns are still unaccounted for. "Are we concerned that these guns may...
  • US soars up list of climate-impacted countries - report

    11/27/2012 4:13:21 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies
    AlertNet ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Laurie Goering
    LONDON (AlertNet) - Flood-hit countries in Latin America and Asia – particularly Thailand, Cambodia and Pakistan – were the most severely affected by climate change in 2011, according to rankings released Tuesday. But the United States soared up the worst-hit list as a result of a spate of tornados, record-breaking temperatures and intense hurricanes in 2011 - which suggests the country’s recent damage from Hurricane Sandy may be part of a trend toward greater vulnerability to climate impacts. The United States, which has been on the most-affected list previously, including after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, moved from 30th place...
  • Deported Mexican man regains custody of kids

    11/27/2012 4:12:54 PM PST · by Arthurio · 6 replies
    A county magistrate in North Carolina ordered Tuesday that a Mexican man deported two years ago receive custody of his three U.S.-born children. In an unprecedented decision, Alleghany County Judge Michael Duncan ruled that Felipe Montes, 32, be provisionally reunited with his sons Isaias, 5, Adrian, 3, and Angel, 2. "The court cannot find that the father is unfit," Duncan said. "The permanent plan is reunification with the father." Montes was deported in December 2010 after receiving a series of traffic fines and immigration authorities found he was in the country illegally. Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/11/27/deported-mexican-man-regains-custody-kids/#ixzz2DTHdqh3o
  • Senate Dems Hypocritically Embrace Nuclear Option

    11/27/2012 4:12:42 PM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 27, 2012
    Congress: Changing the filibuster rule come January has suddenly become a top priority for Senate Democrats who want to help their re-elected president complete his fundamental transformation of America. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday blasted Democratic-led efforts to reform the filibuster, something the Democrats once vehemently opposed but which Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised to bring up in the next Congress, fearing the Republicans will dig in to block President Obama's agenda. What Reid and the Democrats will come up with is unknown at this point. Among the options is to ban filibusters that block the start of...
  • THE IMPOSSIBLE GOSPEL OF MORMONISM: PLAN OF SALVATION

    11/27/2012 4:05:51 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 263 replies
    Mormon Infographics ^ | November 27, 2012
  • Sixth-grader's turns tables on bullying

    11/27/2012 4:02:52 PM PST · by rawhide · 65 replies
    ajc.com ^ | By MACKENZIE RYAN
    PALM BAY, Fla. — For most of Acacia Woodley's 10 years, she has noticed people staring at her and, at times, whispering about her. The sixth-grader at Palm Bay Elementary School has learned to stand up for herself. Born without a right hand and a deformed left one, she has embraced what she calls her "difference." It's part of what makes Acacia, Acacia. "Some people say they feel sorry for me. I tell them not to be," she said. "I don't care that I'm different. I like that I'm different." Moving from the Caribbean to South Carolina, then to Arizona,...
  • EU: Debt deal secures Greece's place in eurozone, says PM Antonis Samaras

    11/27/2012 3:58:01 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/27/2012 | Emma Rowley
    Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has said that the debt-laden country had secured its place in the eurozone after a major debt deal with its international creditors. "We have laid the foundations to ensure that Greek debt, the most tortuous and destabilising problem facing the country, has become manageable," Mr Samaras said in a television address, adding that Greece has "ensured its place in the euro." It came after eurozone finance ministers finally reached a deal over Greece's debt burden, enabling the release of its latest tranche of rescue funds. Markets breathed a sigh of relief as eurozone finance ministers...
  • A Ray of Hope?

    11/27/2012 3:51:32 PM PST · by Behind the Blue Wall · 8 replies
    Pew ^ | 11-27-12 | Behind the Blue Wall
    In the wake of the 2012 election, it is clear that the demographic challenges facing the Republican Party are serious. The populations that tend to vote Democrat are increasing their share of the electorate, while the share of the electorate that tends to vote Republican is decreasing. With the GOP now falling all over themselves to promote amnesty, this trend threatens to only intensify. On the other hand, the Democrats will for the foreseeable future be reliant on a vote split in minority communities that is basically tribal in nature. There is no way in hell that 100% of blacks...
  • “Where Are The Catholics?”

    11/27/2012 3:44:22 PM PST · by NYer · 55 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 27, 2012 | James V. Schall, S.J.
    On the morning after Thanksgiving, I was driving over to Frederick, Maryland with one of my nephews. On the car radio, he was listening to a talk radio program from WMAL in Washington. The host of the program was a man who described himself as a conservative Jew. He was talking of the increasing religious persecution within the United States. Several times throughout the program he pointed out that it was the Catholics who are more and more being singled out and discriminated against. The First Amendment on religious freedom seems almost a dead letter when it comes to...
  • Wreckers of the Arab Spring

    11/27/2012 3:39:44 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | November 26,2012 | John Batchelor
    The reversal of fortune in the Arab Spring appears to be a surprise to the Obama administration as Cairo now reveals the wolf in wolf's togs of the Moslem Brotherhood. Spoke Eric Trager, Malcolm Hoenlein, Sebastian Gorka in re the Morsi declaration that the judiciary in Egypt is illegitimate because it is dominated by "Mubarak loyalists. This is the same charge that fledgling dictators routinely make when justifying a grab. Stalin called his make-believe threat "wreckers." Washington is acting shocked. There is noise that Morsi is walking back his fiery language of last Friday. Eric Trager tells me that the...
  • [Vanity] Time for the House to Cut Up the Credit Card

    11/27/2012 3:38:24 PM PST · by ez · 26 replies
    11/27/12 | ez
    Blam just posted that Dems are now seeking to extend the debt ceiling now as part of any fiscal cliff deal. Hell to the NO!! It's put up or shut up time Republicans. You give lip service to smaller government...PROVE IT. The debt ceiling is the line in the sand. No debt ceiling increase, no tax raises, NO MORE SPENDING. You will lose this PR battle anyway, do something that will mean something. Shut it down. Live bold, reset the game, subvert the dominant paradigm. You have the power to make the government live within it's means in one, fell...
  • Occupy And Labor Argue That Higher Wages Can Solve Fiscal Cliff (Spew-worthy)

    11/27/2012 3:37:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    NYU Local ^ | November 27, 2012 | Brett Chamberlin
    With the fiscal cliff looming, the deficit ballooning and the economy far from booming, the ongoing debate over how best to address the nation’s economic woes remains unsettled. Now, labor leaders and Occupy networks are agitating for what may be the fix: higher wages. This Black Friday, workers at Walmart and other big box stores in 47 states began unprecedented demonstrations calling for higher wages and benefits. Although widespread and formally organized strikes have yet to be seen, the growing movement is likely to drive a larger national conversation about the way tens of millions of American workers are compensated....
  • Owner Of Palm Beach Post To Launch Conservative Website (by the liberals at Cox Media Group)

    11/27/2012 3:26:34 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Boca News Now ^ | 11/24/12 | BocaNewsNow.com Staff
    In another example of how hyperlocal websites like BocaNewsNow.com are making an impact on major newspapers like the Palm Beach Post, the company that owns the Post is launching a “news” website that targets a conservative audience. Cox Media Group is looking for an editor who will serve as a very vocal and conservative face of the organization. The ad is below. We are seeking experienced editor to help lead the launch of a national news website for conservative audiences that is independent, anti-propaganda and rooted in the South away from the right and left coasts. Responsibilities This editor will...
  • Iran Building Powerful Nuclear Device

    11/27/2012 3:25:16 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 58 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 11/27/2012 | David Lev
    Iran is planning to build a nuclear bomb with at least triple the force of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in World War II, diagrams obtained by the Associated Press indicates. According to AP, the diagrams were first discovered by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) scientists after an inspection of an Iranian nuclear facility. The document was published by the AP Tuesday after, the news agency said, it was leaked by officials critical of the way the West has been handling the Iran issue. The diagrams discovered by the IAEA show Iranian scientists calculating the desired "nuclear explosive yield" in...
  • Jamie Foxx makes bad BET with his Lord and Savior. Barack Obama

    11/27/2012 3:12:13 PM PST · by Marketfly1 · 20 replies
    Bayoubuzz.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | Jeff Crouere
    Nonetheless, many of the President’s most ardent supporters are so delusional that they are ready to ascribe supernatural powers to him. For example, entertainer Jamie Foxx used his role at the Soul Train Awards to praise President Obama as “our Lord and Savior.” He implored the crowd to show their support for the President by standing up for him. Foxx’s comments were included in a 30 second spot by BET to promote the awards broadcast and draw viewers to the program. Obviously, BET found Foxx’s comments to be both provocative and worthy of publicity.
  • Black Standard Poodle

    11/27/2012 3:10:13 PM PST · by VA Voter · 61 replies
    We just lost our 11.5 year old female Black Standard Poodle to complications from gastric torsion surgery: pneumonia and cardiac arrest. This was our second standard and are committed to the breed. We would like to replace her but there are having trouble finding litters here in VA or in the neighboring states of MD, WV or NC. We would appreciate it if anyone knows of a breeder or a home breeder within 300-400 miles of Richmond, VA. We are not interested in showing and would prefer a black female puppy that would probably top out around 65-70 lbs which...
  • We Will Get To The Bottom Of What Happened In Benghazi

    11/27/2012 3:06:58 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | 14/11/12 | Greta Van Susteran
    Senator Lindsey Graham went 'On the Record' with Greta van Susteren where he discussed the importance of creating a joint-select committee to investigate the Benghazi, Libya attack.....
  • 'Please spare my little girl': How Mexico's fearless female mayor sacrificed herself...

    11/27/2012 3:04:15 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 74 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 11/26/2012 | Sam Webb
    The woman mayor who was kidnapped and murdered by a Mexican drug gang pleaded with her attackers for her young daughter’s life, it emerged today. Maria Santos Gorrostieta, who had already survived two assassination attempts, was driving the child to school at around 8.30am when she was ambushed by a car in the city of Morelia. The 36-year-old was hauled from her vehicle and physically assaulted as horrified witnesses watched, according to newspaper El Universal. They described how she begged for her child to be left alone and then appeared to get into her abductors’ car willingly. The little girl...
  • Willow Lake Mine to remain closed; 400 layoffs to result (Illinois coal mine)

    11/27/2012 3:00:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The State Journal-Register ^ | November 27, 2012 | Tim Landis
    EQUALITY - The southern Illinois coal mine where a worker died earlier this month will not reopen. Peabody Energy announced Tuesday the company has decided to permanently close the Willow Lake Mine and layoff notices have been sent to 400 employees. The mine was closed after the Nov. 17 death of Chad Wayne Meyers, 30, of Goreville. Meyers was pinned between a piece of machinery and the mine wall, according to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,November 27,2012

    11/27/2012 3:00:03 PM PST · by Biggirl · 67 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | November 27,2012 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • GE Hopes the Industrial Internet will Mean the End of Downtime

    11/27/2012 2:58:35 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    WSJ ^ | November 26, 2012, 6:12 PM ET | Rachael King
    In GE’s vision of the future, the company will be able to fix or replace its products before they ever break. In that world, airlines will receive notices from GE many miles before a jet engine part is likely to fail, railroads will be able to avoid derailments, appliance repair people will be able to diagnose problems remotely, and hospital administrators will be better able to allocate sparse resources to patients. That future hinges on the ability of those devices to communicate status updates collected from sophisticated sensors over an industrial Internet that connects people to machines and machines to...
  • Utah Voter Turnout One Of Lowest In Country [Utah in bottom 10 of eligible voters staying home]

    11/27/2012 2:56:31 PM PST · by Colofornian · 69 replies
    MidUtahRadio.com ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Duke Dance
    The number of Utah citizens going to the polls continues to drop. The “Salt Lake Tribune” reports that while election officials point to 80 percent voter turnout across the state, that number only reflects registered voters, and doesn’t include more than half-a-million Utahns who are eligible to vote but not registered. Overall, the number of people in the state who cast ballots in the presidential election was 57 percent. That’s basically the same number as the 2008 election, when Utah placed 9th lowest in the country in voter turnout.
  • Gardening could help long space missions

    11/27/2012 2:50:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    UPI) ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 at 5:08 PM
    Using plants to provide a food source and to recycle carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen may prove critical for astronauts who will live in space for months at a time, the space agency said in a release Tuesday. Several plant-growing experiments have been conducted to help scientists understand the impact of zero gravity conditions on plant growth, NASA said. Plants can provide a sense of well-being, scientists said, noting that at the McMurdo Station for research in Antarctica -- a site that in the dead of winter mirrors the space station in its isolation, cramped quarters, and hostile environment --...
  • This day in 1095 (Catholic Caucus)

    11/27/2012 2:49:57 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | November 27, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    On this day in 1095 Pope Urban II made a speech.The setting was the Council of Clermont in France.Urban, indeed all of Europe, was alarmed at the aggression of the Turks in the East, who had taken the Holy Land and were invading the Eastern Roman Empire. Urban therefore addressed the Council asking them to help their Christian brethren in the East. As Robert the Monk recorded, Urban put it, apparently, this way: “Deus vult!… God wills it!”Thus began the First Crusade.In another version of Urban’s history-shaping speech recorded by one Fulcher of Chartres, Urban also addressed corruption in the...
  • EU: [French president] Francois Hollande shows true colours with threat to nationalise ArcelorMittal

    11/27/2012 2:48:19 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/27/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Thirty years have passed since French president François Mitterrand launched Europe’s last great wave of nationalisation, seizing the banks, insurance groups, arms makers and steel industry in the culminating debacle of the Collectivist era. The whole world has been living in an era of privatisation ever since. So it seems like a strange step back in time to hear France’s minister of industrial renewal, Arnaud Montebourg, threatening a “temporary public takeover” of ArcelorMittal’s steel operations in the Lorraine plateau – purportedly to save the blast furnaces of Florange and their 2,500 workers, so sacred in the Socialist Party catechism. It...
  • At the Associated Press, Benghazi Is Just a 'PR Disaster'

    11/27/2012 2:45:50 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 17 replies
    News Busters ^ | 11-27-2012 | Tom Blumer
    November 27, 2012 At the Associated Press, Benghazi Is Just a 'PR Disaster' Tom Blumer Well, if the President himself can call it "a bump in the road," why not? Monday morning at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, presented a story in advance of United Nations ambassador Susan Rice's meeting today with certain Republican senators -- a meeting from which Rice, who engaged in serial falsehood peddling during the weekend after the September 11 Benghazi attack, apparently falsehood-peddling Rice emerged today even worse-off than before. In that story, both the headline and first paragraph of Anne Flaherty's coverage...
  • A Master of Tax Avoidance

    11/27/2012 2:44:39 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 14 replies
    Greg Mankiw's Blog ^ | November 26, 2012 | Greg Mankiw
    Warren Buffett has an op-ed in today's NY Times on one of his most popular themes: The rich should pay more in taxes.  At first blush, his position seems noble: A rich guy says that people like him should pay more to support the commonwealth.  But on closer examination, one realizes that Mr Buffett never mentions doing anything to eliminate the tax-avoidance strategies that he uses most aggressively.  In particular: 1. His company Berkshire Hathaway never pays a dividend but instead retains all earnings.  So the return on this investment is entirely in the form of capital gains.  By not paying dividends, he saves his investors (including...
  • GOP Lawmakers Float Immigration Reform Plan

    11/27/2012 2:42:23 PM PST · by oldbill · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Nov 27, 2012 | Steven Dinan
    Saying they want to get the conversation on immigration reform started, top Senate Republicans on Tuesday introduced a version of the so-called “Dream Act” to grant young illegal immigrants legal status in the US, though not giving them a special path to citizenship. Read more: GOP lawmakers float immigration reform plan - Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/nov/27/gop-lawmakers-float-immigration-reform-plan/#ixzz2DSu7D9wy Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • Democrats Oppose Nomination of Rice to Secretary of State

    11/27/2012 2:33:25 PM PST · by Starman417 · 15 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-27-12 | Wordsmith
    WaPo has run an editorial conspiratorially half-baked suggesting that Democratic opposition to Rice's nomination are racially motivated: Rice’s nomination, noted the Washington Post, garnered “the most negative votes cast against a nominee for that post in 180 years.” As the Senate debated her nomination, Senator Barbara Boxer charged that Rice “frightened the American people” into supporting the Iraq War; Senator Jim Jeffords accused her of being part of an effort to “distort information” in the service of “political objectives”; and Senator Pat Leahy, who voted in her favor, endorsed her by saying that her tenure as national-security adviser lacked “strong...
  • Gazans Crossing Fence "into IDF Positions"

    11/27/2012 2:32:40 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 13 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 11/27/2012
    IDF soldiers stationed along the border fence with Gaza say they have received new orders on opening fire, which allow Arabs in Gaza to endanger soldiers and Israeli civilians in nearby communities. "Between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. there are hundreds and possibly thousands of people roaming near the fence, including uniformed Hamas men," a soldier told Channel 2. His identity was disguised to avoid trouble from the IDF. "They crossed the fence several times and went into our forces' positions and destroyed IDF property. The forces cannot push them away from the fence because they may not even fire...
  • Saint Maxmilian Kolbe: The Immaculata's Perfect Knight [Catholic Caucus]

    11/27/2012 2:25:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    RFPStudentAction.org ^ | 11-2012 | Michael Gore
    Saint Maxmilian Kolbe: The Immaculata's Perfect Knight By Michael Gorre    St. Maximilian Kolbe Having selected ten prisoners to die in the starvation bunker to serve as a lesson for an escaped prisoner, Nazi SS Captain Karl Fritsch was about to leave Auschwitz concentration camp’s Block 13 when the unimaginable happened. Prisoner 16670 stepped out of formation. A murmur spread through the line of prisoners. Facing the 47 year old prisoner, Fritsch demanded, “What do you want, you Polish dog?”The prisoner, Father Maximilian Kolbe, OFM Conv., removed his cap and said, “I want to die in the place of...