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  • What the Pope Really Said About Christmas

    11/30/2012 3:00:48 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    First Things ^ | November 30, 2012 | Kevin M. Clarke
    The Pope’s new book, Infancy Narratives, was released on November 21. The day’s headline of the Daily Mail? “Killjoy Pope crushes Christmas nativity traditions: New Jesus book reveals there were no donkeys beside crib, no lowing oxen and definitely no carols.” CNN’s online story followed suit. The New York Daily News repeated the claim about the animals, adding not that the pope agreed with some historians on an earlier dating of the birth of Christ but that “the Christian calendar has Jesus’ birth year wrong, Pope Benedict XVI claims in a new book.” But those who have read Pope Benedict...
  • A Reminder by Spurgeon

    11/30/2012 2:59:17 PM PST · by madmominct · 2 replies
    Bible Gateway ^ | 11/28/2012 | madmominct
    "Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels." Revelation 12:7 War always will rage between the two great sovereignties until one or other be crushed. Peace between good and evil is an impossibility; the very pretence of it would, in fact, be the triumph of the powers of darkness. Michael will always fight; his holy soul is vexed with sin, and will not endure it. Jesus will always be the dragon's foe, and that not in a quiet sense, but actively, vigorously, with full determination to exterminate evil. All his servants, whether angels...
  • Gas tanker Ob River attempts first winter Arctic crossing

    11/30/2012 2:55:34 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | November 25, 2012 | Matt McGrath
    A large tanker carrying liquified natural gas (LNG) is set to become the first ship of its type to sail across the Arctic. The carrier, Ob River, left Norway in November and has sailed north of Russia on its way to Japan. The specially equipped tanker is due to arrive in early December and will shave 20 days off the journey. The owners say that changing climate conditions and a volatile gas market make the Arctic transit profitable. Long-term preparationBuilt in 2007 with a strengthened hull, the Ob River can carry up to 150,000 cubic metres of gas. The tanker...
  • The Word of God is a Person Not Merely a Text

    11/30/2012 2:54:44 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 29, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Many people think of the Word of God as an “it” when in fact, the Word of God is a person, Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. Jesus did not come merely to give us information and exhortation. He came to give us his very self. He is the “Word made Flesh.”In the Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Verbum Domini, Pope Benedict writes:[There is a] statement made by the author of the Letter to the Hebrews: “In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us...
  • Introducing the 'Obama-fish'

    11/30/2012 2:47:57 PM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    http://news.mongabay.com ^ | 11-30-2012 | Staff
    Scientists have named five newly discovered fish after former and current U.S. political leaders, including President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, and Teddy Roosevelt, reports the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute and Scientific American. The fish were formerly described earlier this month in the journal the Bulletin of the Alabama Museum of Natural History. The fish are all species of darter, a group that is found widely in the United States. The species were identified after research on the Speckled Darter (Etheostoma stigmaeum) concluded that it could be divided into nine separate species, five of which are now...
  • Son's woes weigh heavily on the Rev. Jesse Jackson

    11/30/2012 2:43:03 PM PST · by South40 · 43 replies
    AP (Yahoo) ^ | 11/30/2012 | SOPHIA TAREEN
    CHICAGO (AP) — At 71, the Rev. Jesse Jackson still keeps a hectic schedule and speaks widely on all kinds of civil rights issues. But he struggles when addressing one thing: the son and political heir who abandoned his congressional seat last week because of mental health problems and two federal investigations. The elder Jackson says his heart "burns" over the woes of his oldest child.
  • On TCM Sunday: Ronald Reagan in "She's Working Her Way Through College"

    11/30/2012 2:39:49 PM PST · by opineapple · 4 replies
    Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 8:00 AM (ET) Starring Ronald Reagan, Virginia Mayo, Gene Nelson A burlesque queen goes to college, charms a professor and livens up the class play. Comedy/Musical 1952 TCM: She's Working Her Way Through College
  • Vatican blasts media coverage of pope’s latest book

    11/30/2012 2:38:42 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 29, 2012 | Alessandro Speciale
    VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Thursday (Nov. 29) blasted the press for focusing too narrowly on whether animals were present when Jesus was born, saying media coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s new book on Jesus’ childhood missed the book’s key message.Writing on the front page of L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper, Spanish theologian Jose Maria Gil Tamayo labeled the “media confusion” as another “symptom” of the “widespread and silent marginalization of God” in contemporary society.Benedict’s third book on the life of Jesus, “Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives,” hit bookstores worldwide on Nov. 21 with an initial print...
  • Russia reports 12% rise in HIV - 200 new cases a day

    11/30/2012 2:37:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 11.30.2012 | BBC
    The number of HIV cases in Russia was 12% higher in the first six months of 2012 than in the same period last year, government health experts say. Official data shows that in the first 10 months, 703,781 Russians had the virus, of whom 90,396 died. In nearly 60% of new cases, drug injection using dirty needles was the cause of infection. Meanwhile, worldwide, the number of new infections in adults has stayed broadly stable for the past four years. The executive director of the UN's HIV/Aids agency, Michel Sidibe, told BBC News last week that Russia was among a...
  • Ice Age warmth wiped out lemmings, study finds (other Democratics moved in)

    11/30/2012 2:28:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/26/12 | Michelle Warwicker
    Ice Age warmth wiped out lemmings, study findsBy Michelle Warwicker BBC Nature 26 November 2012 Last updated at 22:07 Lemmings became "regionally extinct" five times due to rapid climate change during the last Ice Age, scientists have found. **SNIP** Instead the tests revealed that genetically distinct populations of lemmings were "present at different points in time" during the Late Pleistocene, 11,700 to around 126,000 years ago, meaning that the lemming population had been wiped out multiple times and then re-colonised some time after, possibly from populations in eastern Europe or Russia. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the...
  • San Francisco Woman Live Tweets As She Hits Alleged Thief With Bear Spray, Chases Him

    11/30/2012 2:25:41 PM PST · by FreedomPoster · 35 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov. 30, 2012 | COLLEEN CURRY
    A San Francisco woman took crime fighting into her own hands this week when she doused a potential thief with bear spray and delivered him into the handcuffs of police while live-tweeting the whole incident. Photographer Sonya Yu began tweeting about the intruder Tuesday morning, saying that the suspect had been plaguing the neighborhood with thefts of deliveries. "He's the one that's been rampantly stealing packages in our neighborhood. I put out a bait package today & will be quietly working," she tweeted. "My bear spray, bokken, & I are still not intimidated," Yu tweeted. "He's back & strong apparently....
  • (Cops & Robbers Agree!) California Police Wish Gun Owners Would Just Comply with Robbers

    11/30/2012 2:24:58 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 147 replies
    GUNS.com ^ | 11/27/2012 | dabneybailey
    California Police Wish Gun Owners Would Just Comply with Robbers If a couple of thugs break into your place of business and point a gun in your face, then you would be perfectly justified in opening fire on them, right? Well, maybe not. San Jose police are giving one gun owner a stern tsk-tsk after she defended her property from a pair of armed thieves. According to ABC Local 7 News, a pair of thieves wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts burst into a San Jose jewelry store at 10:15 a.m. on Monday. At least one of the would-be thieves was...
  • Conservatives vs. the GOP - Republicans in Congress are warned that they will lose their base if...

    11/30/2012 2:20:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 54 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 30, 2012 | John Fund
    Republicans in Congress are warned that they will lose their base if they vote for tax hikes.Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica Conservative groups are sending written warnings to both congressional Republicans and the Republican National Committee. If Republicans sign on to a deal that raises taxes, they risk an open break with large portions of their base. “This is a time of testing for you,” more than 70 conservative leaders write in an open letter sent Friday morning to every GOP member of Congress. They warn that if a budget deal that raises taxes is passed with GOP fingerprints on...
  • Huntsman: GOP Should Avoid Social, 'Fringe' Issues (angling for sec of state job?)

    11/30/2012 2:16:36 PM PST · by drewh · 68 replies
    The Hill.com ^ | - 11/30/12 09:54 ET | By Justin Sink
    Former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said Friday that the Republican Party should stress its "libertarian roots" rather than "fringe" social issues as it evaluates its election losses. “I think the deliberation about the Republican Party that we’re having is a very healthy thing," Huntsman told CNN. "And if we don’t wind up at the end of the exercise with a mission statement that is one sentence long, then we’re toast. That one statement ought to be, ‘Balance the budgets and get out of people’s lives.’ And you ought to build the party around that because we have strong libertarian...
  • PolitiFact: A foreclosure ‘cliff’ could be looming

    11/30/2012 2:13:34 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 30 November 2012 | Eric Stirgus
    A “foreclosure tax” that would take effect in 2013 could mean a high tax bill for those facing foreclosure and millions of families who modified their mortgage or had a short sale through their lender. National Association of Realtors in a blog on its website —- In Washington, much of the political conversation these days surrounds a “fiscal cliff” of tax increases and drastic budget cuts that could ignite another economic recession if lawmakers don’t reach a compromise on such issues before this year ends. One organization, though, recently raised its concerns about another piece of federal legislation and its...
  • Ignore GDP and the Fiscal Cliff, U.S. Is Already in Recession

    11/30/2012 2:10:50 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 29 November 2012 | Aaron Task
    The U.S. economy grew 2.7% in the third quarter, up from a previously reported 2% the government reported Thursday. But the guts of the report raised some concern, notably a big increase in inventories and a big downward revision to consumer spending. For most economists, the GDP report provides further evidence of a U.S. economy that's growing modestly, but far from robustly. For Lakshman Achuthan, co-founder of the Economic Cycle Research Institute, the report is a distraction from the real story: the U.S. economy is already in recession. "The evidence is starting to mount a recession is already underway, and...
  • U.S. Household Debt Is Totally Out Of Control

    11/30/2012 2:08:22 PM PST · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Decline of the Empire ^ | 30 November 2012
    We have a stunning chart today which illustrates why taking on boatloads of student debt is not a good "investment" for most young people. (chart) JFC! (See here if this acronym is new to you). The New York Fed has updated the household debt numbers for Q3:2012. Read it and weep. In its latest Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced that in the third quarter, non-real estate household debt jumped 2.3 percent to $2.7 trillion. The increase was due to a boost in student loans ($42 billion), auto loans ($18 billion)...
  • Newt: Fiscal Cliff 'Artificial Invention'

    11/30/2012 1:53:15 PM PST · by GVnana · 25 replies
    Newt Gingrich: "Well, I think there are a lot worse things than going over a man-made cliff that I think is entirely artificial. And I think the reality is, the President of the United States has not come forward with any serious spending cuts. What the Democrats are proposing is to take the tax increase now, and then sometime next year, eventually, possibly, we might have some kind of entitlement reform. That's a really bad deal for the American people." Greta Van Sustern: "Well, I don't know if it's also a deal that anyone expects could be realistically kept. I...
  • Strauss-Kahn Said to Reach Deal to Settle With Hotel Housekeeper

    11/30/2012 1:45:37 PM PST · by Cincinna · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 29,2012 | WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the hotel housekeeper who accused him of sexually assaulting her last year have quietly reached an agreement to settle a lawsuit she brought against him stemming from the case, which made international headlines.  French media reported Friday that Strauss-Kahn, 63, former head of the International Monetary Fund, would pay $6 million to Nafissatou Diallo, who accused him of attacking her at a Manhattan hotel.   The parties are scheduled to appear next week before Justice Douglas E. McKeon in State Supreme Court in the Bronx. Mr. Strauss-Kahn, was arrested in May 2011 after Ms. Diallo, an immigrant from...
  • Direct US-Iran Talks December 1: Too Late to Stop a Nuclear-Armed Iran (3 month deadline)

    11/30/2012 1:45:06 PM PST · by drewh · 6 replies
    DEBKAfiles ^ | Fri November 30, 2012
    Tehran given a three-month deadline to halt its nuclear bomb program. President Obama has taken some tough steps to weaken the Iranian front ahead of direct US-Iranian nuclear talks beginning December 1. The latest is a March deadline for results but US military strength has also been lined up just in case.
  • Vanity--Spin off of Another Thread--What Is Your Fav Christmas Music?

    11/30/2012 1:43:38 PM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 100 replies
    Ok, What is your fav Christmas music to get you in the spirit? And to get your mind off of four more years of Satan.
  • Climate Change Alarmists Are Cult-like

    11/30/2012 1:39:48 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 4 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 30, 2012 | JP
    I was in Kyoto, Japan in 1997 for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It was there that I first observed for myself the almost religious fervor of those who subscribe to the global warming orthodoxy; who accept, as an article of faith, that Earth’s 6.9 billion human inhabitants are dangerously overheating the planet. The Kyoto summit wasn’t about drafting an international treaty based on science. It was about promoting theology based on radical environmentalism. So it continues to this very week with a new study, published in the journal “Science,” reported uncritically in the mainstream media, warning...
  • Buffett: Raise tax cutoff point to $500K

    11/30/2012 1:36:13 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 41 replies
    UPI ^ | Nov 26 2012 | UPI
    Warren Buffett called Monday for the cutoff point in U.S. President Barack Obama's proposal to end the Bush-era tax cuts to increase to $500,000 from $250,000. "I support President Obama's proposal to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for high-income taxpayers," the business magnate, investor and philanthropist wrote in an op-ed piece published in The New York Times Monday. "However, I prefer a cutoff point somewhat above $250,000 -- maybe $500,000 or so." He also called on Congress, "right now, to enact a minimum tax on high incomes. "I would suggest 30 percent of taxable income between $1 million and $10...
  • Congress should dive headlong off fiscal cliff

    11/30/2012 1:34:48 PM PST · by GVnana · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/30/2012 | Tucker Carlson, Neil Patel
    Everyone in Washington fears the fiscal cliff. The White House has no interest in going over. Democrats understand they’ll never have more power than they do now. Delaying a budget deal until after January means getting less of what they want. Republican leaders, meanwhile, live in fear of another 1995 government shutdown. When two sides fail to reach a deal, the media blame Republicans. That’s the lesson Republicans learned 17 years ago. They shudder imagining the headlines if negotiations were to break down next month: “Norquist-controlled GOP forces America off cliff.” Nothing terrifies them more than that. They’ll do anything...
  • The East/West College Bowl Line-Up, presented by CSEN

    11/30/2012 1:29:34 PM PST · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9/20/2012 | Key & Peele
    Meet the flamboyant players of the East/West Collegiate Bowl.
  • The AMT, Bush Tax Cuts, and my CPA Meeting (must read Vanity)

    11/30/2012 1:27:37 PM PST · by taildragger · 18 replies
    taildragger | 11/30/2012 | taildragger
    Folks, Spent more than an hour with my favorite CPA to run through some tax planning scenarios of what will happen to my family w/ the what ifs. She tweaked or found out how to do so, i.e. turn off "The Patch" with her tax planning software. Many clients are coming in to find out what the news is.... If the AMT is fixed this year we are up 600 Fed, minus 300 ish for the State so net ahead... If the AMT isn't fixed for 2012 we owe $2,800 ish.... If the Bush cuts lapse and AMT fixed for...
  • CA Union Shuts Down America's Largest Ports

    11/30/2012 1:26:45 PM PST · by ColdOne · 45 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/29/12 | Breitbart News
    California may find itself in a disastrous fiscal situation, but that won’t stop California’s newly-empowered unions from flexing their muscle. In the aftermath of the failure of Proposition 32, which would have prevented public sector unions from funding politicians, the unions are celebrating their confirmed power by striking. The latest strikes started today with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63, which shut down the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the busiest ports in the United States. Even though November traffic remains slow at the ports, that doesn’t...
  • Uh-oh: The economy might be hitting a rough patch

    11/30/2012 1:23:52 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Neil Irwin
    The bottom is falling out of economic forecasters’ expectations for U.S. economic growth in the final months of 2012. And if some of the more bearish estimates prove accurate, it will be the weakest rate of growth since the start of 2011. Macroeconomic Advisers had been projecting a 1.4 percent annual rate of GDP growth in the fourth quarter. On Friday it revised that estimate down to 1.1 percent Friday morning–and then again to 0.8 percent Friday afternoon. J.P. Morgan slashed its number to 1.5 percent from 2 percent. Tom Porcelli of RBC cut his estimate all the way from...
  • Pelosi: Give Obama Power to Personally Lift Debt Limit to Infinity

    11/30/2012 1:19:29 PM PST · by jazusamo · 195 replies
    CNSNews ^ | November 30, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Video at link (CNSNews.com) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that Congress should hand over to President Barack Obama personal, unilateral authority to increase the limit on the U.S. government's debt. At a Friday press conference, a reporter asked Pelosi if she agreed with a proposal made by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that Congress give Obama the power to unilaterally increase the debt limit. "Yes," she said. When he met with members of Congress on Thursday to discuss a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that is set to occur at the end of this year,...
  • Boehner on 'Cliff' Talks: 'We're Almost Nowhere'

    11/30/2012 1:15:30 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 30,2012
    House Speaker John Boehner lashed out Friday at President Barack Obama, saying negotiations to avoid the "fiscal cliff" are "almost nowhere." Boehner spoke after Republicans disclosed that the White House was $1.6 trillion in tax increases up front, as well as $50 billion in additional stimulus spending. (Read More: Speaker Boehner Discusses 'Fiscal Cliff.') Boehner said the plan would be a "crippling blow" to an economy that is still struggling to find its footing. "There's a stalemate. Let's not kid ourselves," the Ohio Republican told reporters. "Right now, we're almost nowhere," Even so, he added, he was determined to continue...
  • Russian Fishing With Grenades Backfires

    11/30/2012 1:09:52 PM PST · by navysealdad · 17 replies
    Video of Russian's Fishing With Grenades Backfires
  • Explosive device rocks Social Security office in Casa Grande

    11/30/2012 1:03:18 PM PST · by exbrit · 17 replies
    CBS5 ^ | 11/30/12 | Steve Stout
    CASA GRANDE, AZ (CBS5) - An explosion violently shook the Social Security Administration building in Casa Grande but didn't injure anyone Friday morning.
  • Obama Warns Congress: "I've Been Keeping My Own Naughty And Nice List"

    11/30/2012 12:59:36 PM PST · by Hoodat · 69 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 30, 2012 | Ian Schwartz
    "Joe Biden was in Costco and he wanted to buy some of this stuff, but I told him he had too much work to do. I wasn't going to have him building roller coasters all day long. Now, of course, Santa delivers everywhere. I've been keeping my own naughty and nice list for Washington, so you should keep your eye on who gets some K'NEX this year. There are going to be some members of Congress who get them, and some who don't," President Obama said Friday at a rally where he pushed Congress to avoid the fiscal cliff.
  • OK All enough "Fiscal Cliff", what is your favorite Christmas Movie and why...

    11/30/2012 12:57:43 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 119 replies
    30 Nov 2012 | US Navy Vet
    I'll start: A Christmas Story and Miracle on 34th Street
  • Congress members call storms like Sandy 'the new normal'

    11/30/2012 12:53:59 PM PST · by matt04 · 19 replies
    In the first congressional hearing on Hurricane Sandy Thursday, lawmakers from storm-hit states made appeals for billions of dollars in additional aid and said massive, destructive storms are "the new normal." Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., testified at a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that "the path towards enlightened protection and preparation" must include infrastructure improvements such as flood gate repairs in Stamford, steps to stop flooding along the Housatonic River, and the establishment of microgrids for electricity and increased use of generators, especially at facilities for the elderly. "The sweep and depth of destruction in human...
  • Ban on gay change therapy faces first legal test

    11/30/2012 12:49:34 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 30, 2012 | LISA LEFF
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A federal judge is considering whether to block a first-of-its kind California law that prohibits licensed therapists from counseling gay minors on how to become straight. U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller in Sacramento held a 50-minute hearing on the issue Friday and said she intended to issue a written ruling next week.
  • ‘Thriller’ and the Lessons of the Mega-Super-Album (30th Anniversary Today)

    11/30/2012 12:45:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | ROB HOERBURGER
    Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” turns 30 this year. It is still the biggest-selling album ever, worldwide, by a lot. As is the case with most biggest-evers, actual or perceived (“I Love Lucy,” say, or “Star Wars”), it’s hard to imagine a world in which “Thriller” didn’t exist. And who would want to SNIP How Hall and Oates Saved PopOf course, in the end, “Thriller” had several money tracks. There were four solid cornerposts: a blistering rock song (“Beat It”); a sublime ballad (“Human Nature”); an R&B dance sizzler (“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ ”); and a video-friendly story song (“Thriller”). And at...
  • USS Wasp veteran remembers wartime raids

    11/30/2012 12:44:27 PM PST · by pabianice · 4 replies
    “Raid on Marcus Island, May 19, 1944. Shell exploded above us, blew-in escape hatch. I had my finger on the trigger and fired several rounds when I flinched. Pilot Ensign Morrison, radio operator Wydeen, turret gunner Such.” So reads a routine entry in the Navy Flight Logbook of Edward Such, of South Grafton, who flew as the turret gunner aboard the TBF-1 Aircraft of Torpedo Bombing Squadron ONE FOUR (VT-14), embarked aboard aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-18) in the Pacific from 1944 to 1945. Daughter Janet Such, formerly a planner at Jamesbury Corporation while she lived in Shrewsbury from 1975...
  • Obama's Playing a Game of Chicken With the Economy

    11/30/2012 12:42:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Donald Lambro
    It is clear by now that President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are not going to work out a full blown deal on taxes, spending and entitlements by the end of this month. The task before them and Congress is so fraught with fiendishly complicated and politically-charged issues that the idea that a couple of people behind closed doors can come up with a broadly acceptable solution is laughable. In fact, I'm going to go out on a cliff on this one (no pun intended) and say that there will be no final disposition of these thorny issues, known...
  • Highest-ever HIV diagnoses in gay men (UK)

    11/30/2012 12:40:50 PM PST · by Morgana · 47 replies
    bbc ^ | 11.30.2012 | James Gallagher
    The number of gay and bisexual men being diagnosed with HIV in the UK reached an "all-time high" in 2011, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA). It said there had been a "worrying" trend since 2007, with more and more new cases each year. Nearly half of the 6,280 people diagnosed last year were men who had sex with other men (MSM). Overall, one in 20 MSM are infected with HIV. Of those diagnosed in 2011, nearly two-thirds had not been to a sexual health clinic in the previous three years.
  • There'd Be No Thanksgiving Without the Profit Motive

    11/30/2012 12:39:27 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/23/2012 | Larry Reed
    "The worst crime against working people," so said Samuel Gompers, "is a company which fails to operate at a profit." Gompers, of course, is known by the history books as the father of the labor union movement in America. He was founder of the American Federation of Labor. It may seem incongruous for such an important labor figure to say such a thing about profit, but Gompers appreciated something back then that perhaps a few of today's labor leaders don't. An economy without profit is an economy in deep, deep depression. Profit and the self-interest motive behind it were under...
  • EDITORIAL - HIV on the rise (Philippines)

    11/30/2012 12:33:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    yahoo ^ | 11.30.2012 | Philstar
    erhaps the reporting system has improved. Or perhaps HIV cases are truly on the rise in the Philippines, as public health officials have reported. In the latest UNAIDS Report on Global AIDS Epidemic, the Philippines was one of just nine countries reporting a 25 percent increase in HIV/AIDS cases from 2001 to 2011. The other countries are Bangladesh, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Sri Lanka, according to the report prepared by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS. While the actual numbers are much lower in the Philippines, some African countries that have been hit hard by HIV/AIDS...
  • An American Problem

    11/30/2012 12:31:47 PM PST · by Thad Lost · 26 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 11/30/12 | Judson Phillips
    In America, we have a huge problem. A mind is a terrible thing to waste, we are told. Yet we are wasting untold minds in America. America has a huge problem in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). A solution has been proposed to help America but the solution idiotically misses the real problem. What is this non-solution and what is the real problem America will not address?
  • People with HIV hits all time high: Nearly 100,000 have virus [UK]

    11/30/2012 12:30:40 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 8 replies
    standard.co.uk ^ | 29 November 2012 | standard
    A record number of people in the UK are living with HIV, with the number of people with the virus reaching nearly 100,000, new figures show. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said there were about 96,000 people who have the virus - an all-time high. But health officials warned a quarter of people who have the human immunodeficiency virus are not aware they have been infected. There were 6,280 people diagnosed with HIV in 2011, the HPA said. Nearly half of all diagnoses in 2011 were acquired heterosexually. Of these, more than half were probably acquired in the UK, compared...
  • Fewer Babies Born is Bad News for America

    11/30/2012 12:29:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    The old adage "be careful what you wish for" is an apt reminder in light of this week's news that the U.S. birthrate has dropped to its lowest level on record. For years, population hysterics have tried to convince Americans to aim not just for zero population growth in the U.S. but its complete reversal. Many of the groups pushing this view have also been in the forefront of the anti-immigration movement -- NumbersUSA, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and Negative Population Growth (NPG). They don't like immigrants -- even legal ones -- because immigrants, especially Hispanic immigrants, traditionally...
  • 'HIV cases on rise among gays, transgenders' (India)

    11/30/2012 12:29:19 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    TIMESOFINDIA ^ | 11.30.2012 | Ashish Gaur
    INDORE: Lack of awareness, feeling to spread virus in others and multiple sex partners are making the city's younger population contracting HIV infection at much faster rate. The incidence is higher in men who have sex with men (MSM group or gays) and transgenders. While the incidences of HIV among gays have shot up by nearly 36% in Mumbai in the past two years, the figures in the city are equally disturbing. As per the estimates of the organization working for the people living with HIV, there is a rise of at least 10 per cent in figures in comparison...
  • Lair of King Tongmyong's Unicorn Reconfirmed in DPRK (North Korea Discovers Secret Unicorn Den)

    11/30/2012 12:28:05 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies
    Korean Central News Agency ^ | November 29 2012 Juch 101 | Korean Central News Agency
    Pyongyang, November 29 (KCNA) -- Archaeologists of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom (B.C. 277-A.D. 668). The lair is located 200 meters from the Yongmyong Temple in Moran Hill in Pyongyang City. A rectangular rock carved with words "Unicorn Lair" stands in front of the lair. The carved words are believed to date back to the period of Koryo Kingdom (918-1392). Jo Hui Sung, director of the Institute, told KCNA: "Korea's history books deal with the unicorn, considered to...
  • Springfield NAACP President Talbert Swan calls for national search for next fire commissioner

    11/30/2012 12:26:37 PM PST · by matt04 · 2 replies
    Local NAACP chapter president Rev. Talbert W. Swan II has called on the city to conduct a national search for a new fire commissioner, rather than lowering hiring qualifications to allow acting Fire Commissioner Joseph A. Conant to keep the job. One day after winning re-election as president of the Springfield NAACP chapter, Swan said the handling of the fire commissioner’s vacancy suggests that politics, rather than professional credentials and experience, is the prime concern of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and other city officials. “Watering down the requirements for the sake of a single preferred candidate sends a questionable message...
  • HIV on the rise in Tasmania

    11/30/2012 12:25:53 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    7news ^ | 11.30.2012 | ABC
    HIV and Aids support groups in Tasmania are concerned about an increase in infection rates. The average number of Tasmanians being diagnosed with HIV has more than doubled over the past four years to 13. Shaun Staunton from the Council on AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases says up until 2008 the average was five cases a year. "So for example last year there were 15 people diagnosed so there has been quite a big jump in the last four years or so." Mr Staunton says men as young as 18 are contracting HIV and he's worried they don't understand how...
  • Homosexuals leading to rise in HIV cases, says China

    11/30/2012 12:23:42 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    yahoo ^ | 11.30.2012 | Indo Asian News Service
    Beijing, Nov 30 (IANS) Sex between men is on the rise in China, and was a major factor leading to the rise in new HIV/AIDS infections in the country, the health ministry has said. In the first 10 months of this year, 21 percent of all new HIV infections recorded in China came from male homosexuals, Xinhua reported. This represented a sharp rise compared to 15 percent cases attributable to homosexuals in the same period last year, the ministry said. The report also showed that the number of new infections among young people between 15 and 24 as well as...