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  • So Long to The Big E(inactivated today)

    12/01/2012 7:09:10 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 76 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-1-2012 | Rick Moran
    December 1, 2012 So Long to ‘The Big E’ Rick Moran For five decades, the nuclear powered aircraft carrier Enterprise plowed the seven seas to protect the freedoms of American citizens and guarantee freedom of the seas for all. From the Cuban missile crisis through its participation in conflicts arising out of the 9/11 attacks, “The Big ‘E’” was the tip of the spear of American foreign policy.Today, in front of 12,000 former crew, their families, and friends, the United States Navy formally retired Enterprise from active service. Reuters: The 1,123-foot (342-metres) long Enterprise was commissioned in 1961 with eight...
  • David and Victoria Beckham: Was America won over?

    12/01/2012 7:03:52 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 1, 2012 | Jon Kelly
    David Beckham's move to Los Angeles was supposed to transform the status of American soccer. He and his wife Victoria arrived as the UK's biggest celebrities. Now he has played his last US game, did Americans really fall for the allure of Brand Beckham? As he sat on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport one evening in July 2007, David Beckham knew what was expected of him. His new employers, the LA Galaxy, had committed a huge sum - reportedly $32.5m (20m) over the next five years - for the benefits of his footballing services. But it wasn't just...
  • Archaeologists discover shipwrecks, ancient harbor on coast of Israel

    12/01/2012 6:50:33 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    PhyOrg ^ | November 28, 2012 | University of Rhode Island
    Although shipwrecks from the 1800s are not the highest priorities in a region where civilization goes back thousands of years, Buxton is excited by the discovery for what it tells her about where much older ships may be found. "Like many underwater archaeologists I'm very interested in finding a well-preserved example of an ancient multi-decked warship from the Hellenistic age," said Buxton. "These ships were incredible pieces of technology, but we don't know much about their design because no hulls have been found. However, a combination of unusual environmental and historical factors leads us to believe we have a chance...
  • Solar Companies Seek Ways to Build an Oasis of Electricity (panels a FAIL after Sandy)

    12/01/2012 6:49:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/19/12 | DIANE CARDWELL
    Solar Companies Seek Ways to Build an Oasis of ElectricityBy DIANE CARDWELL Published: November 19, 2012 When Hurricane Sandy wiped out the power in areas like coastal Long Island and the Jersey Shore, what should have been beacons of hope hundreds of solar panels glinting from residential rooftops became symbols of frustration. Despite the popular perception that installing solar panels takes a home off the grid, most of those systems are actually part of it, sending excess power to the utility grid during the day and pulling electricity back to run the house at night. So when the...
  • Rick Majerus dies: Legendary basketball coach passes away at age of 64

    12/01/2012 6:44:48 PM PST · by Perdogg · 25 replies
    Rick Majerus, one of the best minds in basketball, died on Saturday after a long battle with a heart condition. He was 64. One of his former assistant coaches, Porter Moser, broke the news on Twitter Saturday night.
  • CNN Barely Covered MarchforLife,Gives Whole Interview to Protesters WhoStrippedIn Boehner Office

    12/01/2012 6:44:31 PM PST · by Coleus · 11 replies
    News Busters ^ | November 28, 2012 | Matt Hadro
    When tens of thousands of pro-life advocates peacefully marched in Washington D.C., CNN gave the rally two brief mentions. Contrast that with seven naked protesters who stripped in House Speaker Boehner's office on Tuesday, who received an almost five minute-long interview on Wednesday's Starting Point. "So how did you get naked into the Speaker's office?" host Soledad O'Brien obliged the group with an ice-breaker for her first question. Yes, those who engage in public indecency in a House office building and demean the dignity of Congress will get quality air-time on CNN, apparently. "So what's the connection between being naked...
  • Engraved Stone Dating Back 30,000 Years Found in China

    12/01/2012 6:42:09 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 45 replies
    Sci-news ^ | Saturday, December 1, 2012 | Sergio Prostak
    Prof Xing Gao of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing, co-author of the paper, said: Shuidonggou site includes 12 localities, ranging in date from Early Late to Late Paleolithic. The engraved stone artifact was found at Locality 1, which is about 30,000 years old. Dr Peng added: we used a digital microscope to observe all the incisions, obtaining many 3D images. After excluding the possibility of natural cracking, trampling and animal-induced damage, and unintentional human by-products, we believe that the incisions were made by intentional behavior. Although we cannot be sure of the function of these incisions,...
  • The Tragedy of Inaction - Robert Service chronicles the Wests early failure to take action...

    12/01/2012 6:35:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    City Journal ^ | 30 November 2012 | Guy F. Burnett
    Robert Service chronicles the West’s early failure to take action against Bolshevism. Spies and Commissars: The Early Years of the Russian Revolution, by Robert Service (PublicAffairs, 480 pp., $32.99) “Russia, my lords and gentlemen, is the decisive factor in the history of the world at the present time,” observed Britain’s then-Secretary of State for War Winston Churchill in 1919. In his new book, Spies and Commissars: The Early Years of the Russian Revolution, Oxford historian Robert Service shows that not only Churchill, but also most of the West, were aware of the emerging Soviet presence. For a crucial five years,...
  • Could George P. Bush unseat Rick Perry in 2014?

    12/01/2012 6:34:11 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 103 replies
    Death and Taxes ^ | November 27, 2012 | Brian Adams
    It hasnt been a month since Texas lawyer George P. Bush filed to run for state public office, but theres already speculation that, come 2014, the Dubya kinfolk might run against Rick Perry for governor. And he might have a fair shot. Then again, who wouldnt? Perry, gaffe champ, embarrassed his deep red state during the 2011-12 Republican presidential primaries. At one point this year, his job approval rating in the Lone Star State dropped to an all-time low at 40 percent three percent lower at the time than President Obamas among Texans. Worse yet, the very same poll...
  • Chino Hills Residents Protest Against Neighboring Home Run As Maternity Hotel[for Chinese mothers]

    12/01/2012 6:31:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies ^ | December 1, 2012 2:12 PM
    CHINO HILLS ( Residents protested Saturday against a neighborhood home where women from China stay and have babies. Neighbors call it a maternity hotel. A website shows the hilltop mansion, along with other houses, targeting pregnant women in China. It spells out the benefits of having a child born in the United States and what the government will provide. Were hoping that well send the message loud and clear that they cannot conduct this type of business in Chino Hills, neighborhood advocate Rossana Mitchell said. Chinese women reportedly obtain tourist visas and pay up to $15,000 to stay in...
  • The Best Horror Movies?

    12/01/2012 6:31:00 PM PST · by MNDude · 135 replies
    What are your three favorite horror movies?
  • Cottondale Community Fights to Keep CHRISTmas in Schools

    12/01/2012 6:22:09 PM PST · by Coleus · 12 replies
    WJHG ^ | 11.28.12 | Bergen Baucom
    Cottondale- Santa Clause, Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman were all accounted for Wednesday on the lawn of Cottondale Elementary School. But for many in the community, key Christmas characters were missing. "The department of Education came in and talked to us about the legalities of religion in the school systems and the separation of the two" explained Cottondale Elementary School Principal, Brenda Jones. "So, I came back and talked to the faculty about the law and way it's written. Trying to be fair to all people decided that we would just not put the nativity scene out on campus." The...
  • Half of those on Liverpool Care Pathway never told.. [ Death by NHS]

    12/01/2012 5:40:07 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 42 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 01 Dec 2012 | Laura Donnelly
    Each year around 130,000 patients are placed on the Lierpool Care Pathway, which can involve the withdrawal of drugs, fluids and food, and the administration of powerful pain relief. A national audit by the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool and the Royal College of Physicians ... demonstrated that in total, around 57,000 patients a year are dying in NHS hospitals without being told that efforts to keep them alive have been stopped. It also reveals that thousands of dying patients have been left to suffer in pain, with no attempt to keep them comfortable while drugs were administered....
  • Disabled System

    12/01/2012 5:34:52 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 1, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Americans are very generous to people with disabilities. Since passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, millions of public and private dollars have been spent on curb cuts, bus lifts, and special elevators. The idea has been to enable people with disabilities to live and work with the same ease as others as they make their way forward in life. I feel sure the large majority of Americans are pleased that we are doing this. But there is another federal program for people with disabilities that has had an unhappier effect. This is the disability-insurance (DI) program, which...
  • Fearless dog saves woman from deadly cottonmouth snake and almost dies from venomous bites

    12/01/2012 5:28:22 PM PST · by EinNYC · 59 replies
    Man's best friend doubles as a doggone good bodyguard. Gudrun Mastriano of Kissimmee, Fla., was walking her daughters black lab Dante home when a venomous cottonmouth snake, mere inches away, attacked her. The protective canine lunged in front of Mastriano, captured the serpent in his mouth and dragged it away. But during the fight, the snakes fangs sunk into Dantes snout and legs. "It could have been me," said Mastriano. "I would have died." Dantes snout swelled up to about 17 inches as the deadly venom settled in his body, according to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to...
  • Resolution Copper cutting 400 jobs, citing uncertainty of long-pending proposal for land swap

    12/01/2012 5:27:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    SUPERIOR, Arizona An Arizona mining company announced Friday it will suspend shaft and drilling work at its Superior operation and eliminate about 400 jobs, saying the moves are the result of continued uncertainty around a proposed land exchange. Resolution Copper Mining officials said they will try to place affected workers in other jobs within the company. Some workers could be placed in positions with one of Resolution's owners, London-based Rio Tinto...
  • Japan tunnel collapse 'traps cars'

    12/01/2012 5:22:34 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 34 replies
    BBC ^ | 1 December 2012
    A road tunnel has collapsed in Japan, trapping a number of vehicles, Japanese media reports say. The incident happened at about 08:00 local time (23:00 GMT Saturday) in the Sasago tunnel, about 80km (50 miles) west of the capital Tokyo.
  • Iraqi Security Force Update December 2012

    12/01/2012 5:15:15 PM PST · by DJ Elliott · 6 replies
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 1 December 2012 | DJ Elliott
    This Iraqi Security Force (ISF) update provides a summary of changes to the ISF during November 2012. The Iraqi Security Force Order of Battle is updated as of 30 November 2012. A Passing Advantage The Kurdish/Iraq Confrontation was published separately and will not be addressed here. Highlights in this update include: * KRG forming 2 Joint Corps; KRG ATGW claim. * RaOC assumes control of Wasit; Russian deal cancelled and to be renegotiated; Additional T72s to be acquired; first M113s for 8th Division; 17th Division to be re-equipped in 2013. * New Aviation Brigade formed?; ADC completes refurbishment of...
  • Navy Dolphins' Work Will Be Outsourced

    12/01/2012 5:15:08 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | December 1, 2012 | Jeanette Steele
    NAVY DOLPHINS WORK WILL BE OUTSOURCED Robots to pick up animals tasks, like some detection of mines Like the factory worker and travel agent before them, some Navy dolphins trained to hunt down mines are scheduled to be replaced by computers in five years. However, the Navys marine mammals arent going away. Military-trained dolphins and sea lions will continue to be used for port security and retrieving objects from the sea floor jobs they are still better at than machines. The Navys $28 million marine mammal program, headquartered in San Diego, uses 80 bottlenose dolphins and 40 California sea...
  • Alabama Wins SEC Title, Will Face Notre Dame Next (Beat Georgia 32-28)

    12/01/2012 5:15:03 PM PST · by blam · 169 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12-1-2012 | Brian Hamilton
    Alabama Wins SEC Title, Will Face Notre Dame Next (Beat Georgia 32-28) Alabama running back Eddie Lacy scores on a 41-yard touchdown run as he is chased by Georgia's Shawn Williams during the second quarter. (John David Mercer-USA TODAY Photo / December 1, 2012) Brian Hamilton Tribune reporter6:53 p.m. CST, December 1, 2012 ATLANTA -- Notre Dame, the Tide rolls for thee.Alabama rallied twice in the second half to down Georgia 32-28 in the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on Saturday, all but assuredly earning a shot at the No. 1 Irish in the BCS title tilt on...