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  • Chinese survival pods to defend against 'apocalypse'

    12/14/2012 3:37:36 AM PST · by Kartographer · 21 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 12/14/12
    As believers across the globe prepare for the forecast Mayan apocalypse, a Chinese villager says he’s going to save humanity with his giant tsunami proof survival pods. The pods are made using a fiberglass casing over a steel frame, cost $48,000 each to make and are equipped with oxygen tanks, food and water supplies. They also come with seat belts – essential for surviving in storms. “The pod won’t have any problems even if there are 1,000 meter high waves, its like a ping pong ball, its skin may be thin but it can withstand a lot of pressure,” the...
  • Dual 6+ Earthquakes off San Diego

    12/14/2012 3:15:25 AM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 37 replies
    USGS ^ | 12/14/12 | USGS
    No TSUNAMI detected.
  • Dual quakes off S CA coast - 6.1, 6.4

    12/14/2012 3:14:35 AM PST · by djf · 16 replies
    Just showed up on USGS charts...
  • United States to send troops and Patriot missiles to Turkey

    12/14/2012 3:13:07 AM PST · by John W · 49 replies
    cnn.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | CNN Staff
    (CNN) -- The United States is to deploy 400 troops and two Patriot air-defense missile batteries to Turkey in the coming weeks to defend against potential threats from Syria, defense officials said Friday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed the order en route to Turkey, where he is visiting Incirlik Air Base, Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters.
  • Today's Toons 12/14/12

    12/14/2012 3:11:02 AM PST · by pookie18 · 17 replies
    The Right Reasons ^ | 12/14/12 | pookie18
    Click on link.
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 14, 2012

    12/14/2012 2:57:44 AM PST · by sneakers · 11 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Fledgling actor dies after fall down chimney of Michigan Avenue hotel

    12/14/2012 2:49:35 AM PST · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    http://www.chicagotribune.com ^ | december 14, 2012 | ellen jean hirst
    Nicholas Wieme loved making short films when he was growing up in a small town in Minnesota, a theatrical passion that would lead him to Chicago. On Wednesday evening, the 23-year-old climbed onto the roof of the InterContinental Chicago hotel, with its famed onion-shaped dome, to take photographs when the night went terribly wrong. Wieme fell into a smokestack and became wedged, beginning an elaborate, hourslong rescue attempt by firefighters that ultimately proved futile.
  • University of Michigan protest over tuition held on behalf of undocumented students

    12/14/2012 2:21:43 AM PST · by equaviator · 13 replies
    Ann Arbor News ^ | Dec 13 2013 | Kellie Woodhouse
    With red tape over their mouths, roughly 100 University of Michigan students wearing maize T-shirts pushed their chairs aside and sat on the ground during a Board of Regents meeting Thursday. The students were silently protesting against current tuition practices at the university, which don't offer illegal immigrants who attended Michigan high schools in-state tuition. [ University Students, Faculty and Staff Receive 5% off purchases of $25 or more. ] For more than a year, a large group of students have petitioned U-M for tuition equality. "What's happening isn't right. Undocumented students unfairly have a barrier," said John D'Adamo, a...
  • Michigan House, Senate OK phasing out tax on business equipment; final votes expected soon

    12/14/2012 2:10:23 AM PST · by equaviator · 20 replies
    MLive ^ | Dec 14, 2012 | Tim Martin
    LANSING, MI - A proposal aimed at eliminating taxes that Michigan manufacturers and some other businesses pay on equipment won final approval from the Legislature early Friday morning. The plan does not guarantee 100 percent replacement of all revenue for the cities and schools that rely on money from the personal property tax – frustrating Democrats and organizations such as the Michigan Municipal League. Key bills in the package passed the Republican-led House by 57-52 and 56-53 votes late Thursday. The Senate voted early Friday, after which they were sent to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature. Phasing out the...
  • I CHOOSE, Therefore I Am...

    12/14/2012 1:19:21 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 1 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 14 December 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    OptimismRevolution   h/t Vince
  • Wedding on the twelves

    12/14/2012 12:51:03 AM PST · by Category Four · 3 replies
    Quad-City Times ^ | 12/13/2012 | Brian Wellner
    “I love you” works for most couples, but it was just too long to type at the end of messages Dana Landis would send to her new spouse, Tamara Landis-Waldridge. So they shorted the note of affection to “Italy,” which they say stands for “I’ll truly always love you.” There were plenty of shouts of “Italy” on Wednesday at Davenport’s Vander Veer Botanical Park conservatory. The two wanted to get married on Dec. 12, 2012, and their wish came true. Dana Landis and Tamara Landis-Waldridge, both 42, made the four-hour trek from their home in South Bend, Ind., to get...
  • Inaugural Speech by the New Speaker of the House

    12/14/2012 12:48:21 AM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 14, 2012 | J.T. Hatter
    Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, fellow congressmen and women, and my fellow citizens. I'm pleased to take up the gavel as your new Majority Leader and Speaker of the House of Representatives. I wish my predecessor all the best as he resumes his duties as a member of the House from Ohio. We have a new beginning today and I want the American people to know that everything is on the table. And I do mean everything. We have an ambitious term planned. I promise you we will work diligently to accomplish the following: First, the House Committee on Oversight...
  • Alexander Litvinenko: Russian State 'Involved in the Murder' of Former Spy

    12/14/2012 12:23:53 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Mirror ^ | 14 Dec 2012
    The 43-year-old died in November 2006 after he was poisoned with polonium-210 while drinking tea at a meeting in LondonAnd at the time of his death he was about to reveal details of links between the Kremlin and Russian organised crime, a pre-inquest hearing was told. The former KGB man, 43, was poisoned with polonium-210 after allegedly drinking tea at a meeting with former Russian colleagues Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair, central London. Files submitted by the Government were yesterday said to indicate Russia had a “prima facie” case to answer over his 2006...
  • How I fell for a con artist: The bizarre true story of a husband who tricked the world

    12/14/2012 12:17:39 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13 December 2012 | RICHARD BARBER
    How I fell for a con artist: The bizarre true story of a husband who tricked the world into thinking his wife was a virtuoso pianist - and one woman's obsession with itWhen Joyce Hatto succumbed to cancer in 2006, aged 77, the obituaries spoke as one. The world had lost one of the most gifted British pianists ever — the breadth of her repertoire as prolific as it was prodigious. Yet, within a year, that shining reputation was not only tarnished, it had been trashed out of all recognition. Her husband and agent, William Barrington- Coupe, had perpetrated a...
  • Why Obama blinked on Susan Rice nomination

    12/14/2012 12:03:28 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 38 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | christian whiton
    On Thursday, President Obama took the unusual step of issuing a statement saying Susan Rice, the embattled US ambassador to the UN, had withdrawn herself from consideration to be secretary of state. This was highly odd conduct for a White House because Rice was never nominated. In instances like this, presidents usually just nominate someone else and decline to discuss discarded possibilities for appointments. This tells us that the White House remains deeply worried about the Libya scandal. That Rice deliberately used her position to mislead the American people is no longer disputed by serious journalists. She went on every...
  • Knife attack at Chinese school wounds 22 children

    12/13/2012 11:44:08 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 12-14-12 | CNN Staff
    Twenty-two primary school children have been wounded in a knife attack in central China, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported Friday. The attack took place Friday morning at the entrance to the Chenpeng Village Primary School in Henan province, Xinhua said, citing local authorities. A local resident was also wounded in the attack, it said. Police say they have detained a suspect, a 36-year-old village resident, the agency reported.
  • The Exit Interview

    12/13/2012 11:33:32 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 6 replies
    Pacific Sun ^ | December 13, 2012 | Greg Cahill
    ON THE EVE OF HER DEPARTURE FROM CONGRESS, WE ASK LYNN WOOLSEY ABOUT HER 20 YEARS AS ONE OF THE MOST LIBERAL MEMBERS OF THE U.S. CONGRESS, AND HER ROLE AS LIGHTNING ROD FOR RIGHT-WING CRITICS... "My colleagues say, 'You know Lynn Woolsey--she believes in a perfect world!' I say, if we don't believe in a perfect world, and don't strive to attain it, we won't get close to a world that's safe for our children and our grandchildren," Lynn Woolsey says incredulously. She's sitting in an unused conference room at the Marin Civic Center, lit only by the dim...
  • Govt Scientist Threatens “Murderous Rampage”- Massive Spending @Secret Junk Science Lab

    12/13/2012 11:24:51 PM PST · by STARWISE · 40 replies
    Gateway Pundit/Watchdog.org ^ | 12-12-12 | Jim Hoft
    COMPLETE TITLE: Government Scientist Threatens “Murderous Rampage” After Watchdog.org Exposes Massive Spending at Secret Junk Science Lab ~ ~ ~ ~ Nutty Professor Kerrilee Ann Crosby threatened a “murderous rampage” after a conservative group exposed massive spending at a secret green junk science lab.Watchdog.org reported: A woman angered by a Watchdog investigation into the government lab where she works retaliated by threatening mass murder against this news organization in several Twitter posts. “Have you ever felt like going on a murderous rampage? Start at @WatchdogCO ‘s offices. They perpetuate lies like this,” Kerrilee Ann Crosby tweeted last month while working...
  • Threat of mass cyberattacks on U.S. banks is real, McAfee warns

    12/13/2012 11:13:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    cnet.com ^ | December 13, 2012 7:28 PM PST | Dara Kerr
    The wave of distributed denial of service attacks that hit U.S. banks in October was next to nothing compared to what could happen if cybercriminals actually carry through with their plans for next year. According to a report released today by McAfee Labs, an impending attack on U.S. financial institutions—dubbed Project Blitzkrieg—isn’t only a possibility, it’s a “credible threat.” “McAfee Labs believes that Project Blitzkrieg is a credible threat to the financial industry and appears to be moving forward as planned,” the report reads. “Although Project Blitzkrieg hasn’t yet infected thousands of victims and we cannot directly confirm any cases...
  • Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt Explore Gay Adoption in Film ‘Any Day Now’

    12/13/2012 11:09:46 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 8 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Dec 13, 2012
    Any Day Now opens in a bar where Alan Cumming as Rudy, a drag queen, is singing the ’70s disco hit “Come to Me.” Across the room, Rudy spots the handsome man of his dreams and seduces him with his performance. The dreamboat is a closeted district attorney named Paul, played by Garret Dillahunt of Raising Hope. Yet Any Day Now is about so much more. Although it’s a period piece, the inspiring story couldn’t be more contemporary as Rudy and Paul fight to adopt a special needs child severely neglected by his drug-addicted mother while they have to hide...