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  • Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship 2012 (Application Deadline: December 31, 2012)

    11/28/2012 2:25:28 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 3 replies ^ |
    Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship 2012 is now offering the Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship in 2012. One scholarship recipient will be chosen to receive a $1,000 scholarship Applicants must: • Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application • Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia • Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2018) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education • Submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the topic: Imagine that your high school/college has been overrun with...
  • Parting Company

    11/28/2012 2:23:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 104 replies ^ | November 28, 2012 | Walter Williams
    For decades, it has been obvious that there are irreconcilable differences between Americans who want to control the lives of others and those who wish to be left alone. Which is the more peaceful solution: Americans using the brute force of government to beat liberty-minded people into submission or simply parting company? In a marriage, where vows are ignored and broken, divorce is the most peaceful solution. Similarly, our constitutional and human rights have been increasingly violated by a government instituted to protect them. Americans who support constitutional abrogation have no intention of mending their ways. Since Barack Obama's re-election,...
  • Conference to study father figures in television

    11/28/2012 2:22:54 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | November 28, 2012 | Estefania Aguirre
    Rome, Italy, Nov 28, 2012 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At an upcoming spring conference, the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross will examine father figures and their portrayal in TV, including Lord Grantham from the British series Downton Abbey. Many television series “portray the father as being the family's problem,” observed Professor Enrique Fuster, one of the organizers of the conference scheduled for April 22-23, 2013 at the Roman university. Fuster, who teaches cinema history at Holy Cross, noted that screen writers often depict schizophrenic and dysfunctional families and their solution for these situations is usually “a family rupture.”...
  • Nobel Peace Laureates Call for 'Military Embargo Against Israel'

    11/28/2012 2:20:41 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/11/12 | Rachel Hirschfeld
    A group of Nobel peace-prize winners, prominent artists and activists issued a call for a “comprehensive military embargo against Israel” following the recent hostilities in Gaza. In a letter, the group denounces the United States, European Union and several developing countries for what it describes as their "complicity" through weapons sales and other military support for the Jewish state, The Guardian reported. The 52 signatories include the Nobel peace laureates Mairead Maguire and Adolfo Perez Esquivel; film directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach; author Alice Walker; notorious anti-Israel academic Noam Chomsky; Roger Waters of Pink Floyd; and Stephane Hessel, a...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu: The most dangerous leader in the world today

    11/28/2012 2:19:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Philippine Star ^ | 11/28/2012 | William M. Esposo
    Israel Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu should be considered the world’s most dangerous leader today. It’s not because of what Bibi Netanyahu and Israel are capable of inflicting but because of what Bibi Netanyahu and Israel could ignite - a far greater conflict than just an Israel-Iran War that could extend all the way here. Alone, Israel might not even be able to defeat Iran. The Israelis should remember the heavy price they paid for the 2006 Hezbollah-Israel War that was fought in Lebanon. That was a shocking experience for Israel. A mere neighborhood bully stopped this mighty tiny Jewish...
  • MONSTER QUASAR BLAST blows stunned astro boffins' WIGS OFF

    11/28/2012 2:18:51 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    The Register ^ | 28th November 2012 16:40 GMT | Kelly Fiveash, Networks Correspondent
    Physics boffins have discovered a dying galaxy whose black hole core has emitted the biggest burst of energy ever to be found by scientists. Researchers at Virginia Tech in the US examined the record-breaking quasar, dubbed SDSS J1106+1939, using a colossal telescope in Paranal, Chile to observe what they described as a "monster outflow". They explained that the rate at which energy was carried away by the lusty mass of material ejected was equivalent to two trillion times the power output of the sun. "This is about 100 times higher than the total power output of the Milky Way galaxy,"...
  • One fiscal cliff fix: Raise the gas tax

    11/28/2012 2:17:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    CNN Money ^ | November 28, 2012 | Steve Hargreaves
    As lawmakers race to negotiate a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, some experts say one tax increase should be on the table: a gas tax hike. Currently at 18.4 cents a gallon, the federal gas tax is used primarily to build and repair roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure. The tax raises about $32 billion a year. But that's not enough. The government hands out about $50 billion a year to states and towns to help with road costs. The difference comes out of general funds or has to be borrowed. Meanwhile, the gas tax hasn't been raised since...
  • Drawbridge Inn To Close For Good on Sunday (Fort Mitchell, Kentucky)

    11/28/2012 2:10:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    WKRC-TV ^ | November 28, 2012
    The Fort Mitchell landmark the Drawbridge Hotel and Convention Center is closing for good. Owners announced the closure, which takes effect on Sunday. The Drawbridge has been open on Buttermilk Pike for 42 years and has hosted 4,500 events. Managers say, "The closing of the hotel will allow the new ownership time to clearly focus on future opportunities for the site and weigh the feasibility of remaining in the hospitality industry." The inn was placed under new owners in 2009, and was renovated at that time...
  • What student loans, college financing, and Duff Beer have in common

    11/28/2012 2:09:17 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 1 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | November 28, 2012, 10:55 am | James Pethokoukis
    [Since 2000, tuition at public four-year colleges has risen by an inflation-adjusted 72%, or nearly 6% a year. At the same time, the real average earnings for workers aged 25 to 34 with only a Bachelor’s degree have declined nearly 15%, according to Citigroup.] Outstanding student loan debt now stands at $956 billion, an increase of $42 billion since last quarter.  However, of the $42 billion, $23 billion is new debt while the remaining $19 billion is attributed to previously defaulted student loans that have been updated on credit reports this quarter.1 As a result, the percent of student loan balances...

    11/28/2012 2:07:20 PM PST · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    human events ^ | november 28, 2012 | Audrey Hudson
    The Obama administration is set to reopen a crossing station at the Texas and Mexico border that was closed after the September 11 terrorist attack for security concerns, yet is newly constructed to be monitored by Border agents stationed hundreds of miles away. Federal officials estimate the Boquillas crossing located in the Big Bend National Park will accommodate 20,000 visitors a year, whose entry into the U.S. will by monitored by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers 300 miles away in El Paso through surveillance cameras that will observe kiosks where identification cards are scanned for access. “Remote technology would...
  • Was Angus T. Jones Wrong for Bashing Two and a Half Men?

    11/28/2012 2:07:18 PM PST · by InHisService · 42 replies
    Consequential Commentary ^ | 11-28-2012 | Mary C. Kirchhoff
    I have to admit, I have never watched Two and a Half Men, and never will. I hate sitcoms. I’ve tried to watch other ones and found them to be rather unfunny; as a Christian myself I find the content worldly, over-sexualized and very distasteful, as are most programs on TV. But as an actor on the program, was Jones wrong for speaking out against it?
  • Douthat's excellent critique of American heresies [Bad Religion]

    11/28/2012 2:07:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 28 replies ^ | 11-27-12 | Phil Lawler
    Douthat's excellent critique of American heresies By Phil Lawler  | November 27, 2012 8:27 AM Ross Douthat will forgive me, I hope, for saying that it is remarkable Bad Religion was written by such a young man. I don’t mean to patronize him. A conservative Catholic writer who has established himself as a regular op-ed columnist for the New York Times doesn’t need a condescending pat on the head from me.Still, as I read Douthat’s description of the seismic shifts in American culture during the 1960s and 1970s, I had to remind myself repeatedly that he is too young to...
  • Lincoln - Christian Movie Review

    11/28/2012 2:03:03 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 87 replies
    Steven Spielberg’s film LINCOLN clearly takes the politically correct, Northern view of Lincoln and wraps it up in the shroud of the moral fight against slavery. Thus, it decides mostly to focus on Lincoln’s fight in January 1865 to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery in the United States and its territories. Though the portrayal of this fight has its nuances, it doesn’t include the extensive evidence suggesting that Lincoln could be an ambitious, secretive tyrant. It also excludes such facts that, just before the Civil War began, President Lincoln had actually expressed support for a Thirteenth Amendment to...
  • American Superconductor Plans to Reduce Workforce by 25%; Slashes Third-Quarter View (Wind turbines)

    11/28/2012 2:02:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 28, 2012 | Tess Stynes
    American Superconductor Corp. (AMSC) unveiled plans to reduce the size of its workforce by 25% as weak demand weighs on the wind-energy sector, leading the turbine-systems maker to reduce its fiscal third-quarter outlook. Shares were down 15% at $2.35 in premarket trading. Through Tuesday's close, the stock is down 25% this year. The company cited financing and cash flow issues among customers, which it anticipates will lead to shipment delays for some of its products. American Superconductor now expects a fiscal third-quarter adjusted per-share loss of 31 cents on revenue of more than $20 million, from its prior estimate for...
  • Gold Prices Sink on Global Economic Concerns

    11/28/2012 1:55:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    the street ^ | 11/28/12 - 02:14 PM EST | By Joe Deaux
    Gold prices tumbled Wednesday as uncertainties in the United States and Europe were stoking the biggest selloff since early November. Gold for December delivery dropped $25.80 to settle at $1,716.50 an ounce at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The gold price traded as high as $1,743.10 and as low as $1,705.50 an ounce, while the spot price was slumping $26.20, according to Kitco's gold index. "Due to a lot of the uncertainty just in general of what the tax code will look like next year -- specifically with realized gains, or anything investment-gain related -- that...
  • Gay Mosque to Open in Paris, Address to Be Secret

    11/28/2012 1:54:24 PM PST · by billorites · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 28, 2012 | DRAGANA JOVANOVIC
    Ludovic Mohammed Zahed is braced for controversy, maybe even worse. A gay Muslim and an expert on the Koran, Zahed plans to open Europe's first gay-friendly mosque in Paris at the end of this month. He calls it a place of shelter as well as a place of worship. "We need to have a safe space for people who do not feel comfortable and at ease in normal mosques," Zahed told ABC News. "There are transgender people who fear aggression, women who do not want to wear head scarf or sit in the back of the mosque. This project gives...
  • Hurricane Sandy vs. Hurricane Katrina

    11/28/2012 1:51:07 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 7 replies
    NY Times Blogs ^ | November 27, 2012, 4:17 pm | ANDY NEWMAN
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made headlines and raised eyebrows Monday when he said that while Hurricane Katrina was deadlier than Hurricane Sandy, the latter storm was “more impactful” over all and “affected many, many more people and places than Katrina.” Mr. Cuomo added that Hurricane Sandy had a greater economic impact, destroyed or damaged more units of housing, affected more businesses and caused more customers to lose power. For our part, City Room decided to undertake a little truth-squadding. While apples-to-apples numbers for the two storms are very difficult to come by, especially given that Hurricane Sandy’s costs are still...
  • AMD to Show the First Temash-Based Product Prototypes in CES Timeframe.

    11/28/2012 1:49:13 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | [11/28/2012 09:09 AM] | by Anton Shilov
    AMD Hopes to Demonstrate Next-Generation Ultra Low-Power APUs at CES Chief executive officer of Advanced Micro Devices said that the first prototypes of products based on code-named Temash ultra low-power accelerated processing units will be demonstrated around the consumer electronics show next year. Most likely, the demonstrations will be private and made only for partners as the chip will probably be officially launched later in the year.
  • Few female Marines step forward for infantry

    11/28/2012 1:45:12 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 53 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 25, 2012 | Kristia Wong
    Female Marine officers are unlikely to join the infantry anytime soon, in part because of a lack of volunteers for the Marine Corps' Infantry Officer Course, which was opened to women in September. Only two of about 80 eligible female Marines have volunteered for the course -- a grueling, three-month advanced regimen conducted at Quantico, Va., that was opened to women to research their performance. Of the two female volunteers, one washed out on the first day, along with 26 of the107 men, and the other dropped out two weeks later for medical reasons, a Marine Corps spokesman said.
  • WH: Obama 'Is Not Particularly Concerned' Whether Susan Rice Misled the American People

    11/28/2012 1:44:35 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 22 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 28, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    In response to a question from reporter Major Garrett on whether the Obama administration's mishandling of Benghazi raises "core questions of basic competency," press secretary Jay Carney revealed that Barack Obama "is not particularly concerned" about whether Susan Rice misled the American people: (See Video at link) "What the president is worried about, Major, is what happened and why in Benghazi. He is not particularly concerned about whether the ambassador or I went out and talked about the fact that we believed extremists might have been responsible. And whether we named them as al Qaeda or not does not--no, it...