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  • So Long to ĎThe Big Eí(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 ¬ĎThe Big E¬í 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, ‚ÄúThe Big ‚ÄėE‚Äô‚ÄĚ 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 ó hundreds of solar panels glinting from residential rooftops ó became symbols of frustration. Despite the popular perception that installing solar panels takes a home ďoff the grid,Ē 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: ďShuidonggou 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.Ē Dr Peng added: ďwe 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 Westís 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¬ís 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) ¬ďRussia, my lords and gentlemen, is the decisive factor in the history of the world at the present time,¬Ē observed Britain¬ís 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 hasnít been a month since Texas lawyer George P. Bush filed to run for state public office, but thereís 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 wouldnít? 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 ó three percent lower at the time than President Obamaís among Texans. Worse yet, the very same poll...
  • Chino Hills Residents Protest Against Neighboring Home Run As ĎMaternity Hotelí[for Chinese mothers]

    12/01/2012 6:31:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | December 1, 2012 2:12 PM
    CHINO HILLS (CBSLA.com) ó Residents protested Saturday against a neighborhood home where women from China stay and have babies. Neighbors call it a ďmaternity hotelĒ. 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. ďWeíre hoping that weíll send the message loud and clear that they cannot conduct this type of business in Chino Hills,Ē 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 Ė and almost dies from venomous bites

    12/01/2012 5:28:22 PM PST · by EinNYC · 59 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | NOVEMBER 30, 2012 | MICHAEL WALSH
    Man's best friend doubles as a doggone good bodyguard. Gudrun Mastriano of Kissimmee, Fla., was walking her daughterís 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 snakeís fangs sunk into Danteís snout and legs. "It could have been me," said Mastriano. "I would have died." Danteís 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 ó 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. ďA Passing Advantage Ė The Kurdish/Iraq ConfrontationĒ 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 DOLPHINSí WORK WILL BE OUTSOURCED Robots to pick up animalsí 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 Navyís marine mammals arenít going away. Military-trained dolphins and sea lions will continue to be used for port security and retrieving objects from the sea floor ó jobs they are still better at than machines. The Navyís $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...
  • Possible Mississippi River Shutdown Threatens Thousands of Jobs

    12/01/2012 5:14:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    KMOX-AM ^ | November 30, 2012 | Justin Wingerter
    Itís an issue that has plagued states along the Mississippi River for months and has now landed squarely on the desk of President Obama: how to prevent the imminent shutdown of commercial traffic along the nationís largest waterway. A nationwide drought, the worst to hit the U.S. in decades, has lowered water levels along the river, threatening barge traffic. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Thursday that the President raised the issue with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at Wednesdayís cabinet meeting, directing his administration to take ďevery step to mitigateĒ the situation. Carney added that there are a number...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE ~ 02 December 2012

    12/01/2012 5:01:16 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 90 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    † † † † ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE Good morning this rainy Sunday! This morning someone asked me, "How do you like the lousy weather, Chaplain?" I thought a moment about the fact that my uniform was wet, my car had trouble starting, and about all those poor people stuck in the wall of traffic that inevitably occurs when 58 gets drenched. Then later I thought, how would we exist without the rain which makes all life on our planet possible? I remembered the old prayer in my prayer book, a blessing to God for the gift of wind and...
  • Random Thoughts while Smells of Rotisserie Chicken Waft in from the Kitchen

    12/01/2012 4:58:30 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 48 replies
    The world is moving along at enormous velocity. For example, as I write this, the murder/suicide by Jovan Belcher of some NFL team is already old news. Even though just 24 hours ago, he and his wife were alive and kicking and had hours yet to live. Hell, the story has even been taking off the Breaking News sidebar of Free Republic and the NFL football games of tomorrow will apparently go on as scheduled. Go Pats and may the Jets lose badly once again! Jovan who? I guess life moves on. I do feel bad for the wife though,...
  • Video: Bloomberg Praises Occupy Sandy, "You Guys Are Great"

    12/01/2012 4:58:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Gothamist ^ | December 1, 2012 | Ben Yakas
    Mayor Bloomberg made an impromptu visit to the Rockaways this weekóalthough he was predominantly there to discuss Sandy recovery efforts with local paper The Wave (and declare that the age of the wooden boardwalk is so over), Bloomberg also was confronted by some Occupy Sandy members. And for once, he had nothing but praise for them: "Thank you for everything you've done. You guys are great," Bloomberg told them, as you can see in the video below. "We really do appreciate it, all kidding aside. You really are making a difference. Goodbye," he said. (VIDEO AT LINK) Bloomberg probably would...
  • 70 protest alleged 'maternal hotel' in Chino Hills(So-Calif)

    12/01/2012 4:42:36 PM PST · by Bullish · 32 replies
    Inland Valley daily bulletin ^ | 12-1-12 | Jim Steinberg, staff writer
    CHINO HILLS - Some 70 people picketed a busy intersection on Saturday protesting what they say is an illegal Chinese maternity operation. Brightly colored signs reading "Not in Chino Hills" and "No Birth Tourism" decorated the intersection of Peyton Avenue and Chino Hills Parkway for more than two hours. It was the first protest by the group Not In Chino Hills, which was organized just two weeks ago. "Chino Hills is a nice family oriented town. We don't want a maternal hotel that is a business in a residential area," said Rossana Mitchell, one of the People voice their opinions...
  • The First Four HORRIFIC Trumpet Judgments of the Day of the Lord

    12/01/2012 4:37:43 PM PST · by kindred · 38 replies
    The Ignorant fishermen.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | DJP I.F.
    Following the Seal Judgments of the Lamb of God come Almighty God's "Trumpet Judgments" upon the earthís inhabitants, its vegetation, its water (fresh and salt) and the celestial lights in the first and second heavens (Rev. 8:1-13). As we shall see, the first four of the seven Trumpet Judgments shall strike the earth and its inhabitants with unparalleled EXPONENTIAL global cataclysmic destruction. Let us take a look! The First Trumpet Judgment destroys 1/3 of all trees and grass upon the face of the earth with fire! (Rev.8:7). That comes to roughly 133 billion trees. 7% of all land mass is...
  • San Francisco Woman Apprehends Burglar with Bear Spray [armed citizen]

    12/01/2012 4:30:19 PM PST · by grundle · 41 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Jessica Ferri
    Sick and tired of a burglar stealing packages from homes in her neighborhood, a San Francisco woman took matters into her own hands on Tuesday, according to the Daily Mail. Luring the thief with a dummy package, Sonya Yu sprayed him with bear repellent and threatened him with a wooden sword, chasing him away. Minutes later, the alleged burglar, Andy Anduha, 51, was apprehended by law enforcement. Protect your home from theft this holiday season Yu, a photographer, recounted the entire incident on her Twitter account as events unfolded. Yu informed her followers that several items had been stolen by...
  • Obama pipeline decision may preview energy policy (Keystone XL)

    12/01/2012 4:17:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 1, 2012 11:28 AM EST | Josh Lederman
    Itís a decision President Barack Obama put off during the 2012 campaign, but now that heís won a second term, his next move on a proposed oil pipeline between the U.S. and Canada may signal how he will deal with climate and energy issues in the four years ahead. Obama is facing increasing pressure to determine the fate of the $7 billion Keystone XL project, with environmental activists and oil producers each holding out hope that the president, freed from the political constraints of re-election, will side with them on this and countless other related issues down the road. On...
  • What Do You Expect

    12/01/2012 4:16:20 PM PST · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-01-12 | Skookum
    So They Killed Him Do we, who expect adherence to the principles of our founding, expect too much from our leaders? President Obama has met resistance to the suggestion of Susan Rice as his new Secretary of State and the Left has countered with claims of racism and gender discrimination, moves that are Obama's first lines of defense and as predictable as the tides. Americans should expect a president to offer cabinet positions to people with moral integrity equal to his own; thus we should not be surprised with the Petraeus fiasco and the Fast and Furious felonies of Eric...
  • 4 Hofstra basketball players charged in burglaries

    12/01/2012 4:08:23 PM PST · by re_nortex · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Updated November 30, 2012, 11:44 a.m. ET | Associated Press
    Four Hofstra University basketball players were arrested on burglary charges stemming from dormitory room break-ins, police said Friday. Detectives said the players were charged in six burglaries that occurred between Oct. 4 and Nov. 5, but they suspect there have been numerous other thefts starting at the beginning of the semester.
  • Paphos excavation reveals Bronze Age malting kiln

    12/01/2012 3:41:09 PM PST · by Renfield · 95 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | 11-29-2012
    Between 2007 and 2012 a team led by Dr Lindy Crewe from the University of Manchester have been excavating a Cypriot Bronze Age site at the south-western settlement of Kissonerga-Skalia near Paphos.Excavation of a malting kiln The team excavated a two by two metre domed mud-plastered structure and have now demonstrated by means of experimental archaeology and various other evidence that it was used as a kiln to dry malt for beer making three-and-a half-thousand years ago.The form of this construction suggests that the most likely function was as a drying-kiln, and that one of the primary uses of this...
  • Palau is Set to Get Lashed By A ďOne in A MillionĒ Typhoon

    12/01/2012 3:28:19 PM PST · by dirtboy · 176 replies
    Oceania TV ^ | 12/2/2012 (yeah, it's already Sunday there) | Kassi Berg
    The air that now blankets Palau is warm, dry, still, and disturbingly ominous. Palauís sky has reason to brood for in less than 24 hours Typhoon Bopha is predicted to make landfall on the tiny nation of the Republic of Palau with a near direct hit. This typhoon has been securing strength and intensity while at sea and is expected to be a monster typhoon with a violent entry. As of 4am on December 2, 2012, this typhoon is predicted to sustain 150-mph winds and 180-mph gusts when it reaches Palau on early morning Monday. If that were not enough,...
  • NC realtor smacks down Stop Rush bullies

    12/01/2012 3:22:37 PM PST · by CTGOPPER · 32 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 12/1/2012 | Twitchy Staff
    Leigh Brown is a Charlotte, N.C., area RE/MAX franchisee who calls herself the ďno BS realtor,Ē and she more than lives up to that tagline on Twitter. This week, Brown was targeted by the Stop Rush bully brigade after her business was entered into their database of Rush Limbaugh sponsors. Behold the Twitter thuggery:
  • Will Smithmas return this year? [Merry Smithmas!? Lds' Joseph Smith b'day usurps Christ's birth?]

    12/01/2012 3:10:48 PM PST · by Colofornian · 55 replies
    Mormon Discussions.com ^ | Nov. 30, 2012 | Aristotle Smith
    I just realized that Christmas falls on a Tuesday this year, so December 23 is on a Sunday. This of course provides a great opportunity for the LDS church to prove its Christian roots by using that day to talk about Joseph Smith, it is his birthday after all. So, will the average LDS ward celebrate Smithmas or Christmas on December 23 this year? I'm guessing my wife's ward will split the difference and dedicate part to Joseph Smith and part to Jesus. I may even have to show up and pay attention to see what happens, it could be...
  • Kim Kardashian brings out fans, Islamists and police in Bahrain

    12/01/2012 3:08:22 PM PST · by Gamecock · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1 December 2012 | Hamad Mohammed
    Television celebrity Kim Kardashian brought out screaming fans, angry Muslim hardliners and police throwing stun grenades on Saturday when she visited Bahrain to launch a milkshake franchise, witnesses said. About 100 Sunni Salafists demonstrated with banners outside The Walk Bahrain, an upmarket mall in the capital Manama, after some MPs tried to block the visit over what they called her "bad reputation", according to a local newspaper. Thousands of fans, who had paid up to 500 Bahraini dinars ($1,360) a ticket, broke into hysterical screams as the 32-year-old celebrity launched the Millions of Milkshakes franchise inside the mall.
  • Egypt: Mass Protests After Constitution Draft Approved

    12/01/2012 2:59:12 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/11/12 | Elad Benari
    An Egyptian panel rushed through a draft constitution seen as undermining basic freedoms on Friday, resulting in mass protests in Cairo. AFP reported that tens of thousands of protesters rallied as the opposition piled pressure on President Mohammed Morsi. "Down with the constitutional assembly," vast crowds armed with megaphones chanted as they filed into Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the uprising that overthrew Hosni Mubarak in early 2011. Banners condemned "dictatorial Morsi" while protesters shouted "down with the rule of the Guide," a reference to the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, through whose ranks Morsi rose before becoming president....
  • Japan Manufacturing Contracts at Sharpest Rate for 19 Months

    12/01/2012 2:56:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    In Japan things have gone from Grim to Grimmer. The Markit/JMMA Japan Manufacturing PMI‚ĄĘ shows Japanese manufacturing sector contracts at sharpest rate in 19 months. Key points: Output and new orders both continue to declineCapital goods producers register sharpest falls in production and salesInventories and employment cut amid subdued economic outlook Summary: Operating conditions in the Japanese manufacturing sector continued to worsen in November. The deterioration was driven by falls in output, new orders and employment as the economic climate remained difficult. Amid an uncertain outlook, manufacturers also cut inventory levels and lowered purchasing activity. Investment goods producers also recorded...
  • Student-Athlete with Down Syndrome, Originally Denied Chance to Play, Becomes State Champion

    12/01/2012 2:54:29 PM PST · by lyby · 48 replies
    HLI World Watch ^ | NOVEMBER 28, 2012 | ADAM CASSANDRA
    Student-athlete Eric Dompierre is a state champion football player, winner of Sports Illustratedís ďUnderdogsĒ contest and an all-around inspirational young man. And he has Down syndrome. ----- Eric and his father, Dean, fought for two years trying to convince the MHSAA to create a waiver policy allowing student-athletes with disabilities to play one year past the current maximum age. ----- ďIím very excited,Ē Eric said after learning that he would be allowed to play football. ----- His football team, the Hematites, went on to win the MHSAA Division 7 state football championship last Friday with a near flawless season record....
  • ICC Examining 'Legal Implications' of PA Statehood Bid

    12/01/2012 2:49:54 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/11/12 | Elad Benari
    The International Criminal Court's (ICC) prosecutor's office said on Friday it was considering the legal implications after the UN General Assembly's overwhelming vote to recognize the Palestinian Authority as a non-member state. "The Office of the Prosecutor takes note of the decision" and will now "consider the legal implications of this resolution," it said in a statement sent to AFP but declined to elaborate. In 2009, the PA asked the ICC prosecutor's office to investigate alleged war crimes committed by the IDF during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. However, only a state can launch such a request under international law,...
  • The No-Tax-Hike Pledge Is an IQ Test for Republicans

    12/01/2012 2:49:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Eugene Robinson is one of the group-think columnists at the Washington Post. Like E.J. Dionne, he is an utterly predictable proponent of big government. So it wonít surprise you to know that he wants taxes to go up and heís a big fan of Obamaís class-warfare agenda. Heís also a very partisan Democrat and wants the GOP to lose. Again, thatís not exactly a stunning revelation.So when someone like Eugene Robinson starts offering advice to the Republican Party about tax policy, a logical person instantly should be suspicious that heís actually trying to advance his own ideological and partisan agenda.An...
  • Internal Row in Labor over Platform, Talk of Split

    12/01/2012 2:43:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    Amir Peretz, who occupies the Number Three spot in the Labor party's list for the Knesset, mounted an attack on party leader Shelly Yechimovich on Channel 2's Meet the Press Saturday. He demanded that Yechimovich state clearly that she will never sit in the Netanyahu government, and insisted that she spell out a detailed plan for peace with the Palestinian Authority. The presenter, political reporter Rina Matzliah, asked him if it was true that he was considering splitting off from Labor after the election along with six other MKs. He did not confirm or deny this, but said that at...
  • This picture perfectly captures significance of today's anniversary (Obama on Parks' bus)

    12/01/2012 2:42:18 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 49 replies
    MSN ^ | December 1, 2012
    Today is the anniversary of Rosa Parksí refusal to sit in the back of the bus in Montgomery, Ala. And this photograph of President Obama sitting on that exact same bus 57 years later is a poignant reminder of just how much America has changed in half a century.
  • Source: Belcher murder-suicide followed argument over Trey Songz concert

    12/01/2012 2:41:42 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    KC Star ^ | 12/1/12 | GLENN RICE
    According to a friend of Kasandra Perkins, the woman killed today by Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, the couple argued in the early morning hours after the woman was out late attending Fridayís Trey Songz concert at The Midland. The friend, who asked not to be identified, said Belcher confronted Perkins when she returned home about 1 a.m.
  • Obama Administration Silent After Egyptian Constitution Restores Slavery

    12/01/2012 2:38:07 PM PST · by george76 · 57 replies
    gateway ^ | December 1, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Itís no secret that Egyptian slavery is as old as the pyramids. Itís also common knowledge that Barack Obamaís ancestors owned slaves... So itís really no surprise that he helped usher in a radical Egpytian regime that is restoring slavery. ... The Obama administration declined to criticize Egyptís constitution despite its slavery clause.
  • Pot Peddlers 'Forced Teens to Become Muslim'

    12/01/2012 2:38:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Local ^ | 29 Nov 2012
    Police have arrested members of a gang of Eastern European immigrants who used violence, intimidation and the promotion of Islam to control marijuana trafficking operations in the Neuch‚tel mountains, cantonal justice authorities said on Thursday. Three members were detained for questioning following the arrest of another ringleader in March, who remains in jail, the public prosecutorís office said, while issuing an appeal to the public for more information to help permanently disband the group. The gang, which calls itself the Jamahat, forced other young people to become Muslims as part of its operations, said officials. The group peddled pot to...
  • Students failing algebra rarely recover

    12/01/2012 2:31:36 PM PST · by thecodont · 160 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Published 10:22 p.m., Friday, November 30, 2012 | Jill Tucker
    California students who fail algebra and repeat the course are pretty much doomed to fail again, a vicious cycle that wastes limited resources and precious learning time, according to a report released Friday. Just over a third of students in the 24 school districts studied had to repeat Algebra I either in ninth or 10th grade, yet even after a second year of study, relatively few were proficient in the subject. Of those who took the class in eighth grade and repeated it as freshmen, just 1 in 5 scored at a proficient level on standardized tests. And of those...
  • Ikea Can't Get the Meatball Rolling in India

    12/01/2012 2:28:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Swedish retailer Ikea said Friday it was reviewing sweeping curbs imposed on what it can sell at its planned new stores in India. One will reportedly prevent it offering its famed meatballs.India's foreign investment panel has rejected 15 of Ikea's 30 product lines, a report said on Friday, underscoring the regulatory hurdles faced by foreign stores who are eyeing the Indian market with renewed interest. "We are now internally reviewing the details (of the investment board's decision)," an Ikea spokeswoman told AFP, adding that she could not confirm the curbs as reported by The Economic Times on Friday. Among the...
  • Indian Priest's Altruism Starts Chain of Kidney Donation

    12/01/2012 2:21:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, December 01, 2012 | Joseph George
    Indian priest's altruism starts chain of kidney donation Under the newly-set up kidney federation, a family member of a patient who receives a kidney ought to offer an organ in return An Indian who donated his kidney to help a dying patient and started the Kidney Federation in the country is calling upon non-resident Indians to join a movement to sign up as volunteers for posthumous organ donation. About 100,000 people die every year in India due to non-availability of organs, whereas the number of available donors in the country today stands at just 1 per cent of what is...
  • (Take My Wives, Please) 1,000-Year-Old Muslim Joke Book Found

    12/01/2012 2:17:28 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies
    Discovery News ^ | November 27, 2012 | Jennifer Viegas
    1,000-Year-Old Muslim Joke Book Found An 11th-century book by a revered Baghdad Muslim scholar turns out to be a tongue-in-cheek guide for party crashers, according to the researcher who translated the book into English. The tome was originally authored by al-Khatib al-Baghdadi, a well known scholar of the Prophet Mohammed's teachings. According to Emily Selove of the University of Manchester, who did the translation, he wrote the book to remind readers "that every serious minded person needs to take a break." She continued, "This book, which contains flirtation, profanity, and even a little drunkenness, is a lot of fun and...
  • AutoZone Fires Employee Who Prevented Robbery

    12/01/2012 2:17:23 PM PST · by John Semmens · 28 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    A clerk working in a Virginia AutoZone store thwarted an armed robber who is believed to have committed more than 30 hold-ups in retail establishments throughout the state. Bringing the thief to justice, however, has cost that clerk, Devin McClean, his job. Though the store manager credits McClean with saving his life, the clerk ran afoul of AutoZone's ďzero toleranceĒ policy on guns in its stores. AutoZone spokesman Curt Chretin explained that ďIt's a matter of corporate policy that the company feels very strongly about. Zero tolerance is simple and efficient. Rather than having corporate time and energy tied up...