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  • Greedy Geezers, Reconsidered

    12/03/2012 1:20:24 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 15 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | DECEMBER 3, 2012 | ROBERT KUTTNER
    In the current downturn, the vast majority of the elderly are suffering along with the young. The right cure would help both generations... Since the early 1980s, financier Peter G. Peterson has been predicting that Social Security’s excessive generosity would crash the retirement system and the economy. The late British journalist Henry Fairlie, in 1988, famously wrote a piece in The New Republic with the cover line “Greedy Geezers,” faulting the elderly for living too well at the expense of the young... The government’s general budget went into the black in 1999, and economists were projecting that the national debt...
  • College Demands Construction Crew Remove ‘Sexist’ ‘Men Working’ Sign

    12/03/2012 1:20:11 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 71 replies
    National Review ^ | December 3, 2012 | Eliana Johnson
    A construction crew working on the campus of Ohio’s Sinclair Community College was forced to halt work until it removed a “Men Working” sign that was deemed “sexist” by a college administrator. A spokesman for the college told National Review Online that the incident, which occurred on November 21, stemmed from the school’s “deep commitment to diversity,” and that it takes that commitment “very seriously.”
  • Hamas appeals for talks with EU diplomats

    12/03/2012 1:09:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 03.12.12 @ 09:00 (Dec.3) | Andrew Rettman
    The Prime Minister of Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, has appealed to the EU to take his political and militant group, Hamas, off its terrorist register. Speaking to a delegation of visiting MEPs and MPs from Poland, Portugal and the UK in Gaza on Sunday (2 December), he said: “It is time to remove the Palestinian resistance from the terrorist list. Hamas is a national liberation movement which operates only inside the borders of Palestine.” “We would like you to send a message from under the rubble which you have seen here, that we are not terrorists,” he added. … Haniyeh on...
  • Archdiocese of the Internet

    12/03/2012 1:04:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic Tech Talk ^ | 12/1/12 | Joe Luedtke
    I received an email from the Austin Diocese the other day wondering if this blog operates on the approval of our diocese. In writing back, I responded somewhat flippantly with the question, “Which diocese covers the Internet?” The point I was trying to make was, of course, that there isn’t a diocese that covers this blog nor the Internet as the Internet has a global reach. Later, a crazy idea crossed my mind, should there be a diocese that covers the Internet?Pope Benedict XVI has described the Internet as a “Digital Continent” with our mission to go forth and evangelize...
  • Don’t Let the Language Fool You: Here’s Why Conservatives Are against CRPD (shortened title)

    12/03/2012 1:01:43 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 9 replies
    Who wouldn’t support a treaty with the language in its title that says it is for “Rights of Persons with Disabilities”? Turns out many Republicans oppose the U.N.’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and their reasons are worth taking a look at again, even if the arguments are not necessarily new. The Senate discussed the U.N.’s CRPD, which was completed in 2006, last week. Republicans held to their objection for taking up an international treaty during a lame-duck session of Congress, but debate for it will be on the floor Tuesday. As Betsy Woodruff for National...
  • Don’t Let the Language Fool You: Here’s Why Conservatives Are against CRPD (shortened title)

    12/03/2012 1:00:39 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 3 replies
    Who wouldn’t support a treaty with the language in its title that says it is for “Rights of Persons with Disabilities”? Turns out many Republicans oppose the U.N.’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and their reasons are worth taking a look at again, even if the arguments are not necessarily new. The Senate discussed the U.N.’s CRPD, which was completed in 2006, last week. Republicans held to their objection for taking up an international treaty during a lame-duck session of Congress, but debate for it will be on the floor Tuesday. As Betsy Woodruff for National...
  • Middle Class Net Worth Collapses to 1969 Levels

    12/03/2012 12:58:02 PM PST · by lbryce · 49 replies
    Breibart ^ | December1 , 2012 | John Nolte
    The angle of a just-released New York University study is, of course, that ole' left-wing canard known as "income inequality," but the findings are still useful in drawing other conclusions, and not ones that are very pleasant. Is America now a bigger version of Chicago, where Democrats and the media have so expertly rigged the electoral game that, even as their policies fai,l they're able to stay in power? According to the study, we are now back to 1969 levels with respect to median net worth in this country. A large part of this is the housing crisis we've yet...
  • GOP Considers 'Doomsday' Fiscal Cliff Plan ("Becoming The Most Likely Scenario")

    12/03/2012 12:53:06 PM PST · by Red Steel · 47 replies
    Newser ^ | Dec 3, 2012 12:54 PM CST | Kevin Spak, Newser Staff
    (Newser) – With fiscal cliff negotiations going, in John Boehner's words, "nowhere," Republicans are considering what ABC News correspondent Jon Karl calls a "doomsday" contingency plan. Under the plan—which Karl's sources say "is becoming the most likely scenario"—the House would approve extending the middle class Bush tax cuts, but would agree to absolutely nothing else before the holiday recess, leaving President Obama to face massive spending cuts and another debt ceiling showdown as soon as Congress returned. In other fiscal cliff news: Nancy Pelosi is threatening to use a maneuver called the "discharge petition" to bring the Senate's already-passed bill...
  • A ranking of the most influential cats of 2012 [w/pix]

    12/03/2012 12:42:25 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 49 replies
    MSN Now ^ | 12/3/12
    Sure, it's sort of useful for instantly transmitting global news and completing important business transactions, but the Internet is truly about cats. They're the Internet's most enduring draw and always will be. Long after One Direction puts out its 50th year reunion album and Obama is known mostly as the dignified face on the $1,500 bill, there will still be images of cats napping in bedroom slippers. Their appeal is universal, and while we’re sure puppies and baby pandas will always have their place, cats dominate internet consciousness. As we barrel towards 2013, here’s a gallery of the most influential...
  • House GOP makes a $2.2 trillion debt counteroffer to Obama on cliff

    12/03/2012 12:30:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 78 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 3, 2012 | Russell Berman
    House Republican leaders have made a counteroffer to President Obama in the fiscal cliff negotiations, proposing to cut $2.2 trillion with a combination of spending cuts, entitlement reforms and $800 billion in new tax revenue. The leaders delivered the offer to the White House on Monday with a three-page letter signed by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and four other senior Republicans, including Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the party’s just-defeated vice presidential nominee. House Republican leaders have made a counteroffer to President Obama in the fiscal cliff negotiations, proposing to cut $2.2 trillion with a combination...
  • If [you can keep your head when all about you...]

    12/03/2012 12:28:44 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Poem Hunter ^ | 1895 | Rudyard Kipling
    If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too: If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise; If you can dream---and not make dreams your master; If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim, If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    12/03/2012 12:17:20 PM PST · by Faith · 18 replies
    December 3, 2012 | Faith
    But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our Potter; And all we are the work of Your hand. Isaiah 64:8
  • Study: Women Spend More Time Ogling Women

    12/03/2012 12:12:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    UPI ^ | Dec. 1, 2012
    British researchers say women are more likely than men to give women's bodies a visual once-over. Researchers at Bristol University came to their conclusions after asking volunteers to examine a range of different images, including pictures of couples in films, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. They found women spent 61 percent of their time looking at the women in the pictures, and only 39 percent on the men, while men seemed to spend just over half -- 53 percent -- of their time looking at the women. "This is counter-intuitive from a sexual perspective if you are thinking about desire,...
  • Pope joins Twitter; @Pontifex handle is Latin for 'pope'

    12/03/2012 12:08:13 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 25 replies
    abc ^ | Dec 3, 2012 | ap
    (VATICAN CITY) -- Benedict XVI, the pope known for his hefty volumes of theology, is now trying brevity - spreading the faith through his own Twitter account. The pontiff will tweet in eight languages starting Dec. 12 using his personal handle @Pontifex, responding live to questions about faith during his weekly general audience, the Vatican said Monday. Within six hours of the Vatican's announcement, Benedict had already garnered nearly 150,000 followers on the English version of (at)Pontifex alone, with thousands more following him in the eight other language accounts. All that, and he hadn't even sent a single tweet. He...
  • Virginia Man in Wheelchair Bowls 300

    12/03/2012 12:05:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    UPI ^ | http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2012/12/02/Virginia-man-in-wheelchair-bowls-300/UPI-62901354481997/#ixzz
    A wheelchair-bound man from Virginia who says he rarely bowled before he was paralyzed from the waist down, has bowled a perfect game. George Holscher, 48, of Chesapeake, was paralyzed in a car crash when he was 25. "When my doctor told me I'd never walk again, that was the worst 5 minutes of my life. And that's about as long as I let it last," Holscher said. Since his accident, Holscher said he started playing a number of sports -- including wheelchair basketball, tennis and billiards -- The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported. He stuck with bowling, and when he rolled...
  • New Photo Of George Zimmerman From The Night Of Trayvon Martin's Death

    12/03/2012 12:05:32 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 113 replies
    The graphic photo, taken by police the night of Zimmerman and Martin's fatal encounter, was previously released as a blurry black-and-white image. posted about an hour ago
  • Bakken Development Could Be 'Game Changer'

    12/03/2012 12:03:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    UPI ^ | Dec. 3, 2012
    A U.S. oil producer announced developments at the Bakken oil field in North Dakota and Montana could be a "game changer." Continental Resources, a U.S. producer focused on the Northern Plains, said about 1,000 barrels of oil flowed during a one-day test at its Charlotte 3-22H well in western North Dakota. The company said it was able to exploit the reserve using a 30-stage fracture stimulation technique in the northern shale play. Continental said the 1,280-acre suit was the first in the play to yield production from three distinct horizons in the Bakken formation. The company in 2010 said technology...
  • Understanding the President’s fiscal cliff offer

    12/03/2012 12:01:46 PM PST · by PhxRising · 19 replies
    Keith Hennessey blog ^ | 12/03/2012 | Keith Hennessey
    Source: Keith Hennessey BlogUnderstanding the President’s fiscal cliff offer I am going to describe the President’s proposal to Republican Congressional leaders, then react to the most important parts of it. Secretary Geithner offered this proposal last Thursday. Senate Minority Leader McConnell was right to laugh at the President’s proposal, and Speaker Boehner was right to call it “silliness.” This is not a serious offer. This is a post for intermediate to advanced readers. Except where noted, all large numbers are for the next ten years. President Obama’s opening bid Items in bold are being labeled by the Administration as non-negotiable....
  • Computer Question...

    12/03/2012 11:58:23 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 40 replies
    04 Dec 2012 | US Navy Vet
    Ok I was surfing the net on Friday, when my coputer said that there was an Abobe Update available, when I clicked on it(like I have done quite a few times before) about 15 or so sec later my ENTIRE computer FROZE UP. I let it set for maybe 2 or 3 minutes still froze. I reached back and pulled the power cable to do a "kick it in the nuts" Hard Boot. When it started to boot back up the DREEDED Windows Blue Screen of DEATH came up with a "Unmountable Boot Device" Error. Is the ANY hope of...
  • Administration Opposes STEM Act

    12/03/2012 11:55:04 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 2 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    Republican efforts to pave the way for talented immigrants to enter America are being opposed by the Obama Administration. Specifically, President Obama is opposing the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Act. This bill would expedite the issuance of visas to foreign-born graduates with technical degrees from US universities. The President characterized the legislation as “misguided. It would extend the benefits of residency and employment to highly skilled foreigners. This is contrary to my wishes and contradicts America’s promise. The beneficiaries would tend to be the most capable people from foreign countries. We should be encouraging them to return home...