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  • Syria warns rebels may use chemical weapons

    12/08/2012 11:15:23 PM PST · by null and void · 27 replies
    France24 ^ | 08 December 2012 - 17H08
    <p>AFP - Syria warned on Saturday that rebels could use chemical weapons in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad's forces, and insisted that the regime will never unleash such arms on its own people.</p> <p>British Foreign Secretary William Hague, however, said there was evidence the Damascus government could actually employ chemical weapons stocks in the conflict which a rights group says has killed at least 42,000 people in nearly 21 months.</p>
  • Striped nanoparticle controversy blows up

    12/08/2012 11:14:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 7 December 2012 | Simon Hadlington
    Some scientists question the existence of self-assembling stripes on nanoparticles © NPGA prickly controversy has erupted in the rarefied world of nanoscience revolving around the strength of the evidence that molecules can assemble themselves into discrete stripes around gold nanoparticles. The issue highlights the difficulty of interpreting images of nanoscale objects.For many years researchers have been decorating gold nanoparticles with thiolated ligands to imbue the nanoparticles with a range of properties. In 2004, a group led by Francesco Stellacci, then at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, published a paper in Nature Materials demonstrating that if two different...
  • Reid: Iíd Have a ďSerious ConversationĒ with Bernanke Before Considering Fed Audit

    12/08/2012 11:07:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 6, 2012 | Christopher Goins
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he would have to have a ďreal serious conversationĒ with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke before he considers bringing the Federal Reserve Transparency Act to the Senate Floor. On July 25, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2012 (HR 459), also commonly known as the ďAudit the FedĒ bill sponsored by retiring Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), in a 327-98 vote and has been received in the Senate. The Senate version of the bill, S.202, is stuck in the Senate. Ö As CNSNews.com previously reported, Reid was once a...
  • PBS NewsHour Fails To Press Left-Wing Activist on Entitlement Inaccuracies

    12/08/2012 10:59:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 07, 2012 | 18:47 | Matt Vespa
    The PBS NewsHour has yet to invite a strong conservative on the program to talk about the fiscal cliff. Tuesday night they had New York Times columnist, left-wing economist, and Obama cheerleader Paul Krugman to detail his view. Wednesday night they had moderately-conservative Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn), but last night was the most interesting. PBS invited the Norquist of the left, Max Richtman, of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, who insisted we shouldnít be in a rush to reform our entitlement spending. After all, when the unfunded liability of both programs is around $100 trillion, whatís...
  • Marquez knocks out Pacquiao in 6th round

    12/08/2012 10:43:05 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 9, 2012 | TIM DAHLBERG
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Juan Manuel Marquez knocked Manny Pacquiao out cold with a vicious right hand at the end of the sixth round Saturday night, putting a ferocious end to the fourth fight between the two boxers. Pacquiao had been down in the third round but knocked Marquez down in the fifth and the two were exchanging heavy blows in the sixth round before Marquez threw a right hand that flattened Pacquiao face down on the canvas at 2:59 of the sixth round.
  • Senate passes a bill allowing movie extras to use their pets without filing paperwork

    12/08/2012 10:35:27 PM PST · by null and void · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/07/12 03:35 PM ET | Ramsey Cox
    The Senate passed a bill Thursday night that would exempt animals used as ďextrasĒ in movies and television from protections in the Animal Welfare Act. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) introduced the bill, which amends the Animal Welfare Act so that actors appearing as extras who use their own pets in a scene donít have to submit paperwork proving they are humanely caring for their pet. ďCurrently, if youíre a movie extra and have your dog with you ó youíre subject to burdensome paperwork and approval from a [United States Department of Agriculture] bureaucrat,Ē Vitterís press secretary Luke Bolar said. ďSen....
  • Washington Post ďObama is Morsiís Main EnablerĒ

    12/08/2012 10:15:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Front Page Mag. ^ | 12/8/12 | Daniel Greenfield
    Remember that distant time so long ago when Obama promised that he would end our old backward policy of supporting tyrants in order to win over the Arab Street. And here we are, four years later, and Obama is supporting a tyrant in Cairo, a problem that has even broken into the normally supportive pages of the Washington Post. How did Washington become the best friend of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, even as President Mohamed Morsi was asserting dictatorial powers and his followers were beating up secular liberals in the streets of Cairo? Itís a question many Arabs ask...
  • TV technical union strikes against Pac-12 Networks

    12/08/2012 10:14:50 PM PST · by quantim · 5 replies
    AP/WORLDmag ^ | Dec 8, 11:50 PM EST | Staff
    <p>AFP - Syria warned on Saturday that rebels could use chemical weapons in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad's forces, and insisted that the regime will never unleash such arms on its own people.</p> <p>British Foreign Secretary William Hague, however, said there was evidence the Damascus government could actually employ chemical weapons stocks in the conflict which a rights group says has killed at least 42,000 people in nearly 21 months.</p>
  • GAO Report Confirms Pigford Designed for Undetectable Fraud

    12/08/2012 10:10:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/8/12 | Lee Stranahan
    An official government report released Friday admits that the Pigford ďBlack FarmersĒ Settlement was designed with no mechanism for objectively determining fraud but hid that shocking conclusion under pages of bureaucratic doublespeak. ďBurying the ledeĒ is a journalistic term used to describe the act of hiding essential information by putting non-essentials in front of it. On December 7, 2012, the United States Government Accountability Office released report number GAO-13-69R, also known as "Civil Rights: Additional Actions in Pigford II Claims Process Could Reduce Risk of Improper Determinations." Just based on the title, you can already tell the report is needlessly...
  • O-kayÖMike Papantonio Compares Tea Party to Invasive Fish That Feasts on Blood

    12/08/2012 10:09:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 07, 2012 | 20:50 | Jack Coleman
    How can you tell when conservatives really annoy a liberal? When his hyperbole exceeds even the broad parameters of absurdity embraced on the left. Case in pointóattorney and ďRing of FireĒ radio show co-host Mike Papantonioís appearance on fellow libtalker Thom Hartmannís show on Wednesday. While talking with Hartmann about post-election backbiting within the GOP and Senate Republicans voting against the UN treaty on disabilities, allegedly out of fear of backlash from the tea party, Papantonio likened tea partiers to a bloodthirsty snakehead fish. Ö
  • Scientists Discover Childrenís Cells Living in Mothersí Brains

    12/08/2012 10:05:37 PM PST · by dangus · 23 replies
    Scientific American ^ | Week of 12.4.12 | By Robert Martone
    The connection between mother and child is ever deeper than thought Scientists Discover Children¬ís Cells Living in Mothers¬í Brains The connection between mother and child is ever deeper than thought By Robert Martone | Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | 37 A living connection Image: ock / –ź–Ĺ–į—Ā—ā–į—Ā–ł—Ź –ü–ĺ–Ņ–ĺ–≤–į ADVERTISEMENT The link between a mother and child is profound, and new research suggests a physical connection even deeper than anyone thought. The profound psychological and physical bonds shared by the mother and her child begin during gestation when the mother is everything for the developing fetus, supplying warmth and sustenance, while...
  • A free-trade agreement with Europe? [David Ignatius]

    12/08/2012 10:00:38 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday December 6, 2012 | David Ignatius
    At a recent meeting of German business and foreign-policy leaders, one participant summed up an anxiety thatís almost palpable here: ďEuropeans have a sense of being left alone. You Americans donít understand how much we need you.Ē Europeans seem relieved that Barack Obama won reelection. (One German official wrote in an informal paper that his victory was ďthe best thing that could have happened to the U.S.Ē) But Europeans remain worried that the Obama administrationís famous ďpivotĒ toward Asia will leave them abandoned at a time of severe internal economic and political trouble. But a big idea is taking shape...
  • Vietnam Breaks Up Anti-China Protests

    12/08/2012 9:59:18 PM PST · by tsowellfan · 1 replies
    Protesters in Hanoi had been trying to march to the Chinese embassy Rare protests have taken place in Vietnam over maritime territorial disputes with neighbouring China. The protests in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi were quickly dispersed by police. Tensions are high after an incident last month in which Hanoi accused Beijing of cutting the cables of a Vietnamese oil exploration ship. Vietnam is also unhappy at a map in new Chinese passports that shows disputed areas of the South China Sea as Chinese territory. Hundreds of people are reported to have taken part in the protests on Sunday...
  • Boehner: ďThis Isnít a Progress Report Because Thereís No Progress to ReportĒ

    12/08/2012 9:56:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 7, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) said no progress has been made with the White House in talks to avert the so-called fiscal cliff: across-the-board tax-rate hikes and automatic spending cuts (sequestration) at the beginning of the new year. ďThis isnít a progress report because thereís no progress to report,Ē Boehner said during a Capitol Hill press conference on Friday. ďWhen it comes to the fiscal cliff that is threatening our economy and threatening jobs, the White House has wasted another week.Ē Ö
  • US-led coalition: US doctor rescued from Taliban

    12/08/2012 9:49:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 8, 2012 8:33 PM EST | Deb Riechmann
    An American doctor abducted by the Taliban five days ago was rescued Sunday in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S.-led military coalition said. Dr. Dilip Joseph was captured by Taliban insurgents Wednesday outside the Afghan capital, in the Sarobi district of Kabul province. He was rescued in an early morning operation ordered after intelligence showed that the doctor was in imminent danger of injury or possible death, according to a statement. Ö
  • Stem-Cell Cures Without the Controversy

    12/08/2012 9:49:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 7, 2012 | Matt Ridley
    The chief medical ambition of those who study stem cells has always been that the cells would be used to repair and regenerate damaged tissue. That's still a long way off, despite rapid progress exemplified by the presentation of the Nobel Prize next week to Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University for a key stem-cell breakthrough. But there's another, less well known application of stem cells that is already delivering results: disease modeling. Dr. Yamanaka used a retrovirus to insert four genes into a mouse cell to return it to a "pluripotent" stateócapable of turning into almost any kind of cell....
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Astronaut Who Captured a Satellite [from 1984]

    12/08/2012 9:19:40 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    NASA ^ | December 09, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: In 1984, high above the Earth's surface, an astronaut captured a satellite. It was the second satellite captured that mission. Pictured above, astronaut Dale A. Gardner flies free using the Manned Maneuvering Unit and begins to attach a control device dubbed the Stinger to the rotating Westar 6 satellite. Communications satellite Westar 6 had suffered a rocket malfunction that left it unable to reach its intended high geosynchronous orbit. Both the previously caught Palapa B-2 satellite and the Westar 6 satellite were guided into the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle Discovery and returned to Earth. Westar 6 was...
  • Michigan Town Woos Hollywood, but Ends Up With a Bit Part (Ganholm)

    12/08/2012 9:14:47 PM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03 December 2012 | Louise Story
    PONTIAC, Mich. ó Even the great and powerful Oz could not save the film studio that was supposed to save this town. The studio, a state-of-the-art facility fit for Hollywood blockbusters, had risen from the ruins of a General Motors complex here. It was the brainchild of a small group of investors with big plans: the studio would attract prestigious filmmakers, and the movie productions would create jobs and pump money into the local economy. A glamorous sheen would rub off on this down-on-its-luck town. But in Pontiac, happy endings do not usually come Hollywood-style. The tale behind the studio,...
  • Nanoparticle blast caught on film - Combustion could help to make minuscule matter.

    12/08/2012 9:09:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 05 December 2012 | Eugenie Samuel Reich
    Explosive debut A droplet of xylene containing a tin compound is ignited, and then explodes to produce uniform nanoparticles (courtesy: Ch. Rosebrock & L. Mšdler, Univ. Bremen). It was a pretty explosive premiere for a movie about a chemical reaction. A microscopic droplet drifted across the screen ó almost in homage to the panning gun barrel of the James Bond movies ó and then: bang! Scientists watching the scene last week at a meeting of the Materials Research Society (MRS) in Boston, Massachusetts, were gripped, because the death of the droplet was also an act of creation. Lutz Mšdler, a...
  • Keiser Report: Hollywood Accounting (Granholm film studio scam0

    12/08/2012 9:08:57 PM PST · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    You Tube ^ | 08 December 2012
    Video 25:46 First half: discussion about Governor Jennifer Granholm and her connection to tax funded Hollywood film studio scam in Pontiac MI Second half: Matt Taibbi