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  • Taiwan develops own “carrier-killer” missile

    12/03/2012 5:40:49 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 20 replies
    AFPC China Reform Monitor ^ | 11/29/2012 | Joshua Eisenman, ed.
    Taiwan’s Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology has completed a series of tests of its Hsiung Feng III (HF-3) ‘carrier killer’ anti-ship missile. The missile, first showcased at the Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition in August 2011, is a ramjet-powered, 120kg payload supersonic anti-ship missile with an estimated range of 130km to 150km and a maximum speed of Mach 2 – about twice the speed of sound. The Taipei Times reports that the HF-3 could be deployed on the west coast across from the mainland. That positioning would use mountains for cover against mainland missiles while bringing targets...
  • Text of Divisive Psychiatric Manual Finalized

    12/03/2012 5:40:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 38 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 3 December 2012 | Greg Miller
    Enlarge Image On Saturday, the board of trustees of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) voted to approve the final text of the DSM-5, the next revision to the leading manual for diagnosing mental illness. The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which originated in 1952, will be released next May at the APA's annual meeting in San Francisco. The revision process leading to DSM-5 began in 1999, and APA says it consulted more than 1500 experts in 39 countries in updating the criteria for diagnosing hundreds of psychiatric conditions. It has been a bumpy...
  • Raging Against Self-Defense: A Psychiatrist Examines the Anti-Gun Mentality

    12/03/2012 5:34:47 PM PST · by Mozilla · 19 replies
    http://www.therightplanet.com/ ^ | 03 Dec 2012 | By Sarah Thompson, M.D.
    “You don’t need to have a gun; the police will protect you.” “If people carry guns, there will be murders over parking spaces and neighborhood basketball games.” “I’m a pacifist. Enlightened, spiritually aware people shouldn’t own guns.” “I’d rather be raped than have some redneck militia type try to rescue me.” How often have you heard these statements from misguided advocates of victim disarmament, or even woefully uninformed relatives and neighbors? Why do people cling so tightly to these beliefs, in the face of incontrovertible evidence that they are wrong? Why do they get so furiously angry when gun owners...
  • The Deepest Source of Our Troubles

    12/03/2012 5:34:08 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 57 replies
    Ricochet.com ^ | Dec 2, 2012 | Paul Rahe
    On Saturday, I touched on some of the sources of Mitt Romney's failure on 6 November, noting his almost willful alienation of Hispanic voters and his incompetence in executing a get-out-the-vote effort, but emphasizing, above all else, his decision -- most evident in his contentless acceptance speech at the Republican convention -- to eschew an appeal to first principles, to treat Barack Obama as a decent fellow with decent principles who is merely out of his depth, and to present himself to the voters as a more competent manager. Of necessity, in that post, I ignored aspects of the situation...
  • Voyager 1 enters new region of solar system, on verge of crossing over to interstellar space

    12/03/2012 5:31:45 PM PST · by John W · 33 replies
    AP via Washington Post ^ | December 3, 2012 | Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES — The unstoppable Voyager 1 spacecraft has sailed into a new realm of the solar system that scientists did not know existed. Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, have been speeding away from the sun toward interstellar space, or the space between stars. Over the summer, Voyager 1, which is farther along in its journey, crossed into this new region where the effects from the outside can be felt. “We do believe this may be the very last layer between us and interstellar space,” said chief scientist Ed Stone of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which manages...
  • Home invader with knife stopped by homeowner with gun(TX)

    12/03/2012 5:31:35 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    12newsnow.com ^ | 2 December, 2012 | David Ingram
    Nederland police say a homeowner with a gun was able to stop an intruder who was armed with a knife late Saturday evening. Officers say it happened in the 100 block of Avenue D just before midnight. A man, woman and child were at home when they heard someone breaking into the house through a glass French door. The homeowner confronted the intruder and fired one shot. Police say the intruder was not hit by the bullet. Officers arrived shortly after the confrontation and arrested the intruder. Assistant Chief of Police Gary Porter tells 12 News the man's name is...
  • EU: French economy buckles as car sales collapse

    12/03/2012 5:24:29 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 25 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/3/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    France’s industrial woes deepened last month as car sales crashed 19pc and French brands lost market share at an dramatic pace, raising fears of a serious economic crisis next year once austerity hits. Markit’s purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for French manufacturing remained stuck in slump in November at 44.5 and is now the weakest in the eurozone after Greece. "The figures are shocking," said sovereign debt strategist Nicholas Spiro. "France has been sailing dangerously close to the wind for some time but is now tipping into outright contraction." The Committee of French Automobile Producers said this has been the worst...
  • MILLER: Obama is left of liberals

    12/03/2012 5:23:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 3, 2012 | Emily Miller
    Geithner’s fiscal cliff offer might not even be able to pass Democratic SenateTreasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner did what Washingtonians call the “full Ginsburg” on Sunday. The term refers to Monica Lewinsky’s lawyer, William H. Ginsburg, who was the first to appear on all five network Sunday interview shows in one day. Mr. Geithner’s whirlwind tour revealed more of the White House’s endgame for the fiscal cliff negotiations, and it’s evident President Obama is positioning himself to the left of his own party. For the first time, Mr. Geithner revealed to Fox News’ Chris Wallace the White House determination to...
  • Man applied for pistol permit before deadly stabbings in Wyoming

    12/03/2012 5:22:23 PM PST · by matt04 · 24 replies
    The Vernon Police Department said a 25-year-old man from the town, who is believed to be responsible for killing his father and another woman in Wyoming, applied for a pistol permit before the murder. Police said Christopher Krumm stabbed his father, Jim Krumm, 56, a computer science teacher and his father's girlfriend Heidi Arnold, 42, who was also a professor at Casper College, a Wyoming community college, on Friday morning. According to police, Christopher Krumm first stabbed Arnold, who was his father's girlfriend, at the home he lived at with his father before going to the college. Investigators said the...
  • Making a Flu Vaccine Without the Virus

    12/03/2012 5:21:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 26 November 2012 | Kai Kupferschmidt
    Enlarge Image New approach. The new vaccine does not use the two proteins on the flu virus's surface, shown here as blue and red spikes, but mRNA encoding one of them. Credit: CDC A new vaccine strategy could make flu shots cheaper, safer, and easier to produce. Using synthetic messenger RNA (mRNA) instead of proteins purified from viruses, German scientists have shown they can protect mice, ferrets, and pigs against influenza. "This is a very interesting new approach," says Hans-Dieter Klenk, a virologist at the University of Marburg in Germany who was not involved in the work. Now, most...
  • Ithaca Sees 27% Hike in Robberies, Ending 3-Year Decline

    12/03/2012 5:20:22 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies
    ITHACA — Robberies in the city increased 27 percent during the first half of 2012, ending a three-year decline, according to the latest figures released by the Ithaca Police Department.... In another unsettling statistic, the number of burglaries committed in the first half of 2012 are already 71 percent of the level committed in all of 2011....
  • Pro-Life Activist: Human Rights in China “Getting Worse”

    12/03/2012 5:19:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 3, 2012 | Penny Starr
    hen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese activist who escaped house arrest in May and came with his family to live in the United States, has released a video condemning the human rights violations he claims are perpetrated by China’s Communist government, including the disappearance of dissidents and a one-child per family policy that includes forcing women to have abortions. “Unfortunately, the human rights in China is in fact getting worse,” Chen said in the video filmed in New York City with the Freedom Tower shining in the night skyline behind him. “This has to garner more attention from the world. And...
  • Schnitt Show Caller Claims Family Brutalized By Jovan Belcher

    12/03/2012 5:14:57 PM PST · by izzatzo · 11 replies
    SchnittShow ^ | 12/03/2012 | Schnitt
    TAMPA, Fla. (SchnittShow.com) Monday, a caller on the nationally syndicated “Schnitt Show” claimed his family was terrorized by Jovan Belcher, the Kansas City Chiefs star who killed his girlfriend before taking his own life Saturday. The caller, who raised his family on Long Island, says his son attended school with Jovan, who regularly bullied and beat up his son. “We went to the police, we went to the Department of Education. We couldn’t do nothing about this kid. Around adults, he always acted like he was such a sweet little guy.”
  • Egyptian Feminist Activist: Hillary Clinton, U.S. Worked With Muslim Brotherhood... (TWINS?)

    12/03/2012 5:14:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/01/12
    Egyptian Feminist Activist: Hillary Clinton, U.S. Worked With Muslim Brotherhood to 'Abort' Revolution Egyptian feminist activist Nawal El Saadawi joined the "Smiley and West Show" on December 1st to talk about the Arab spring and the United States' involvement in bringing it to an end. Saadawi, who was actively involved in the revolution, tells progressives Tavis Smiley & Cornel West that the Obama administration and, specifically Hillary Clinton, worked with military and the Muslim Brotherhood to "abort" Egypt's revolution. Saadawi went on to say that Hillary Clinton and the Muslim Brotherhood are now "twins" for their involvement in prematurely ending...
  • Merry Christmas, You're Fired...Love, President Obama

    12/03/2012 5:14:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/03/2012 | Chad Stafko
    Thanks to the 62,615,406 individuals who took off their thinking caps and re-elected President Barack Obama, thousands upon thousands of folks are receiving their pink slips now or soon will over the next several weeks or months. These lost jobs are often high-paying and are disappearing by the hour. The culprit? It's none other than Obama's landmark legislation, The Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare. Re-electing Barack Obama guaranteed that the 2.3% medical device tax, a key funding source for ObamaCare, will go into effect on January 1, 2013. This transfer of money from these companies to the federal government, which...
  • Chris Matthews Says 'Mr. Boehner, You Lost' - He Was Re-elected With 99.9% of the Votes

    12/03/2012 5:11:38 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 10 replies
    Chris Matthews Says 'Mr. Boehner, You Lost' - He Was Re-elected With 99.9% of the Votes By Noel Sheppard Created 12/03/2012 - 6:51pm Despite Chris Matthews having worked for former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill, his grasp of how the United States government works is tenuous at best. On Monday's Hardball, the host repeatedly said current Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh.) "lost" on Election Day despite the Congressman winning 99.9 percent of the votes in his district while his Party retained control of the House (video follows with transcript and commentary): CHRIS MATTHEWS: Let me start tonight with this. So...
  • Susan Rice: U.N. Vote ‘Does Not Establish that Palestine Is a State’

    12/03/2012 5:11:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 3, 2012 | Matt Cover
    U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said that a vote elevating the status of the Palestinians at the United Nations did not establish that Palestine is its own separate country, a serious issue of contention between Israel and the Palestinians. “This resolution does not establish that Palestine is a state,” Rice said Wednesday at the U.N. in New York. “Progress toward a just and lasting two-state solution cannot be made by pressing a green voting button here in this hall. Nor does passing any resolution create a state where none indeed exists or change the reality on the ground.” …
  • Jackson Lee: “Who Wants to Make a Fuss About Social Security When It’s Solvent?”

    12/03/2012 5:08:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 3, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D.-Texas) said last week that Republicans are being “frivolous” when they talking about reforming Social Security as a means toward fixing the federal government’s fiscal problems because Social Security is “solvent.” According to Social Security’s trustees, the program has operated in the red each of the last two years. “Who wants to make a fuss about Social Security when it's solvent?” she asked on Friday. “And then who wants to make a fuss about Medicare when it's solvent until 2024?” …
  • New Details Emerge In Designer Handbag Heist At Ross Park Mall

    12/03/2012 5:07:45 PM PST · by traumer · 6 replies
    ROSS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — There are new details to go along with the surveillance video police released of a brazen group of thieves that hit a local Louis Vuitton store and made off with thousands of dollars in merchandise. Police say the heist took less than 30 seconds. There are also indications the group may be behind similar thefts in other parts of the country. The high-end heist occurred Thursday around 8 p.m. when police say a group of five people entered the store. The suspects are visible in a short section of surveillance video, which Ross Township Police released...
  • Business owners approach open carry law differently, many wait and see (OK)

    12/03/2012 5:07:19 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    newsok.com ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Jennifer Palmer
    A handful of local businesses have posted signs banning, or welcoming, firearms since the state's open carry law went into effect Nov. 1. But many, possibly apprehensive to offend customers, have decided to wait and see if open carry becomes an issue first. Business owners have the right to control the presence of guns on their premises and it appears many are treading carefully since the open carry law went into effect Nov. 1. Signs banning, or welcoming, legal firearms are not widespread. Business owners face a difficult decision: if they ban firearms, will they alienate pro-gun customers? But if...