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  • New York Times Offers Newsroom Buyouts; About 30 jobs will be eliminated

    12/03/2012 2:42:48 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Adweek ^ | 12/3/12 | Emma Bazilian
    The New York Times is attempting to save costs by implementing another round of newsroom staff cuts. According to a memo sent by executive editor Jill Abramson this morning, the newspaper is looking for 30 buyouts among newsroom staff. Over the next few days, Abramson wrote, certain employees will be asked to accept voluntary severance packages. (Newspaper Guild members also have the option to apply for a buyout even if they’re not among those contacted by the NYT.) If the quota isn’t met through buyouts, Abramson will be “forced to go to layoffs,” she said.
  • Toxic effect of China environmental nondisclosure

    12/03/2012 2:42:42 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 3 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 8:03 PM ET Nov 28, 2012 | Caixin Online
    <p>High-profile talk emphasizing environmental action at the Communist Party’s 18th national congress attracted a lot of attention...</p> <p>China’s soil contamination problem is among the worst the world has ever seen, according to data released in 2006 by the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The study found toxins affecting some 10 million hectares of the country’s 120 million hectares of arable land, and that another 2.1 million hectares of crops were being irrigated with polluted water. Some 133,000 hectares were being used for waste dumps nationwide.</p>
  • THE ANSWER - Hello, Republican "leaders"?

    12/03/2012 2:35:38 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 10 replies
    My brain. | December 3, 2012 | Lancey Howard
    The Republicans can end the ludicrous "fiscal cliff" debate today by making the following offer: "We, the House majority and Senate minority Republicans, agree to CUT NOT EVEN ONE SINGLE DOLLAR in federal government spending for the next 5 years in return for the Democrats agreeing to make the Bush tax cuts permanent. We also promise that these two legislative initiatives, holding spending at exactly the current level and making the Bush tax cuts permanent, will result in a balanced budget in 10 years or less. Our proposal is that the federal government will spend EXACTLY the same number of...
  • {snip} UN’s costly Congo peacekeepers charged with making a bad situation even worse

    12/03/2012 2:32:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published December 03, 2012 | George Russell
    A United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has so far spent $12.8 billion, has been charged by critics with ineptitude and unwillingness to protect civilians from murder, rape and other atrocities. Skepticism about the 19,000-strong U.N. force, known since 2010 as MONUSCO, has swelled to the point that some critics are questioning the wisdom of using the U.N. to prop up Congo, which is engaged in a bloody struggle with a rebel group known as the March 23 Movement (M23). Meantime, the U.N. continues to spend roughly $1.4 billion a year on MONUSCO, with the...
  • Pope Benedict Joins Twitter; Greeted by Profane, Hateful Tweets

    12/03/2012 2:31:40 PM PST · by NYer · 43 replies
    Life News ^ | December 3, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    Pope Benedict joined Twitter today and was greeted by hateful tweets from Catholic bashers laced with profanity. Pope Benedict XVI ’s new Twitter account has been revealed, @Pontifex, and it already has more than 100,000 followers and is expected to be eventually followed by millions.The Vatican revealed the new personal Twitter account for Pope Benedict XVI, and said the leader of the Catholic Church would answer one question about his faith every week — with the first coming next Wednesday. Users of Twitter can send questions using the hashtag #askpontifex or #B16 and church officials said the first tweets from...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Monday, December-3-2012

    12/03/2012 2:29:45 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 57 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • New experiments challenge fundamental understanding of electromagnetism

    12/03/2012 2:29:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 45 replies
    Phys.org ^ | November 28, 2012 | NA
    A cornerstone of physics may require a rethink if findings at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are confirmed. Recent experiments suggest that the most rigorous predictions based on the fundamental theory of electromagnetism—one of the four fundamental forces in the universe, and harnessed in all electronic devices—may not accurately account for the behavior of atoms in exotic, highly charged states. The theory in question is known as quantum electrodynamics, or QED, which physicists have held in high regard for decades because of its excellent track record describing electromagnetism's effects on matter. In particular, QED has been especially...
  • Israel revives plan for 1,600 settler homes

    12/03/2012 2:28:31 PM PST · by ColdOne · 2 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/3/12 | afp
    Israel has revived a plan to construct 1,600 new settler homes in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ramat Shlomo that raised US objections when it was first announced in 2010, an official said on Monday. "In the next two weeks the interior ministry's district committee for Jerusalem will convene to discuss the objections to the programme that was approved for deposit over two years ago," interior ministry spokeswoman Efrat Orbach told AFP.
  • Fail Safe

    12/03/2012 2:26:29 PM PST · by Happy Rain · 8 replies
    Happy Rain | Happyt Rain
    Fail Safe: Capable of compensating automatically and safely for a failure.
  • The New York Times' latest cutbacks: Proof its digital strategy is failing?

    12/03/2012 2:23:13 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 5 replies
    The Week ^ | 12/3/2012 | Ryu Spaeth
    he New York Times on Monday announced that it would offer buyout packages to 30 newsroom employees, and that layoffs would ensue if the 30 spots were not voluntarily filled. Citing a difficult "economic environment" that has led in recent years to a 60 percent staff reduction on the paper's business side, Executive Editor Jill Abramson said, "There is no getting around the hard news that the size of the newsroom staff must be reduced." While the loss of 30 jobs pales in comparison to the ousting of roughly 100 newsroom staffers in 2008, it is the latest evidence that...
  • FBI will not prosecute bombing of government building bombing with IED as terrorism

    12/03/2012 2:14:51 PM PST · by combat_boots · 33 replies
    Atlast Shrugs ^ | 12/3/2012 | various FR mention!
    FBI will not prosecute bombing of government building bombing with IED as terrorism due to "political sensitivities" This is as bad as the actual bombing. Afraid of violating the sharia and offending the feelings of jihadists, the FBI will not be prosecuting the bombing of a government building with an IED as terror due to "political sensitivities." It just gets worse and worse. Muslim bombs government office in Arizona Iraqi refugee arrested for bombing Arizona Social Security office with IED PJ Media, Patrick Poole via Free Republic UPDATED (8:25p EDT): I just spoke again with my contact in the FBI...
  • Ndamukong Suh: Another Belcher Waiting to Happen?

    12/03/2012 2:07:19 PM PST · by publius321 · 109 replies
    Instead of blaming guns, Why not address the clear warning signs of the mentally disturbed - BEFORE they snap. Here is at least one who is a walking portent...
  • Pope calls on bishops to run charities better

    12/03/2012 2:06:43 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | December 3, 2012 | Estefania Aguirre
    Pope Benedict XVI. (Credit: Anne Hartney) Vatican City, Dec 2, 2012 / 01:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has released an apostolic letter on charitable activities that asks bishops to improve their supervision of local charities and ensure that these groups’ work does not contradict Catholic teaching. The Pope’s six-page letter, released Dec. 1, notes the duty of the diocesan bishops and parish priests to see that in charitable service the faithful “are not led into error or misunderstanding.” Bishops and parish priests “are to prevent publicity being given through parish or diocesan structures to initiatives which, while...
  • Wolf Pack 103: Sole Mates

    12/03/2012 2:03:54 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Michael Yon Online Magazine ^ | 03 December 2012 | Michael Yon
    REMEMBER THIS PRINT. The terrain in Afghanistan is great for tracking: prints are often sharp and clear, and quarry is frequently channelized. During a mission with British forces, this print pinged my senses so I made the photograph in the morning light. Soldiers found many bombs nearby, and we were ambushed by machine gun. A smartphone app could compare this image to others in a database. Moments like this offer an opportunity to track down the wearer of this shoe. STUDY THIS PRINT and REMEMBER. There are countless types of footwear around the world. If you sit down with a...
  • (D'OH!) Turkey Fines 'Blasphemous' Simpsons for Poking Fun at God

    12/03/2012 1:58:27 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    ANSAmed ^ | Monday, 3 December 2012 | ANSAmed
    Turkey fines 'blasphemous' Simpsons for poking fun at God • God offers coffee to the devil in one of the cartoon's episodes (ANSAmed) - ANKARA - Just about everything that could be said and written about the super-popular cartoon 'The Simpsons' had been, except that it was blasphemous. Now even that ''milestone'' has been reached, thanks to the watchdogs of Turkey's television stations under the Islamic-leaning government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to the newspaper Hurriyet, Ankara's Council of Radio and Television (RTUK) has handed down a TRY 52,951 fine (about 23,000 euros) to the private broadcaster CNBC-E...
  • J.C. Watts mulls bid for RNC chair

    12/03/2012 1:57:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 119 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/03/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    After the shocking loss in the November election, Republicans are once again considering whether to change leadership at the top. Reince Priebus wants a second term as RNC chair and still has considerable support for another go, but apparently some committee members have begun recruiting alternative candidates, among them former Congressman J.C. Watts. Watts tells Politico that he's not sure he'll run, but he's interested: Watts, an African-American conservative who served in the House from 1994-2002, said the GOP defeat on Election Day demonstrates that Republicans need to broaden their appeal to minority voters, and cannot continue on their current...
  • Pope Benedict will make Twitter debut with @pontifex

    12/03/2012 1:55:55 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | December 3, 2012 | Estefania Aguirre
    Greg Burke speaks to the media about the Pope's new Twitter account at a Dec. 3, 2012 press conference. Credit: Estefania Aguirre-CNA. Vatican City, Dec 3, 2012 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope's Twitter account will be @pontifex and will start on Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Vatican representatives announced. The news of the 85-year-old tweeting came out weeks ago, but officials finally revealed the account's name and that it will be launched on the Marian feast day, which they said was a coincidence. But instead of informing people of his favorite band and...
  • Booming Economic Growth Can Be Broken Down To Four Easy Words

    12/03/2012 1:54:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/03/2012 | Nathan Lewis
    I sometimes refer to the Magic Formula for economic prosperity. Here it is: Low Taxes, Stable Money. It’s only four words. That’s so it is easy to remember. The United States was founded on the principles of the Magic Formula. Until the introduction of the income tax in 1913, taxation was almost nonexistent. The principle of a gold-based currency was defined in the Constitution. The result was magical: the United States was the most successful country of the 19th and 20th centuries. We seem to have forgotten the Magic Formula today. Despite Republicans’ staunch efforts, we are drifting towards “austerity”...
  • Child Exploitation in Propaganda War in Syria: Boy Digs Own Grave in Expectation of Martyrdom

    12/03/2012 1:53:27 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 5 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 11-18-12
    Following is an excerpt from a clip depicting a Syrian child digging his own grave, part of the Syrian propaganda war. The clip was posted on the Internet on November 18, 2012. Youth: Prayers upon our Prophet Muhammad. The children of freedom desire martyrdom for the sake of Allah. Assalam Alykum, brother. Child: Alykum Assalam. Youth: I see that you are digging something. What are you digging there? Child: I'm digging my own grave. Allah willing, I will become a martyr. Youth: Are you asking Allah to grant you martyrdom? Child: Allah willing. Youth: May Allah grant you success. Take...
  • Ken Cuccinelli: Conservatives' New 'It' Candidate

    12/03/2012 1:51:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/03/2012 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    This past week Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling announced that he was dropping out of the race for Virginia's governor, but left open the door to his running as an independent. He issued a disappointingly divisive statement that Richard Viguerie called Bolling's Charlie Crist moment. Bolling took an unfortunate and cheap shot against his primary opponent and now-presumptive Republican nominee, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Bolling's statement was a dénouement of betrayal to his conservative voters and supporters. We have come to expect that from establishment Republicans who somehow feel entitled to support from principled conservatives -- right up to the...