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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...
  • Judge says victim's body can prevent rape

    12/13/2012 10:44:13 PM PST · by Arthurio · 32 replies
    MSN ^ | 12-13-12
    SANTA ANA, Calif. — A Southern California judge is being publicly admonished for saying a rape victim didn't put up a fight during her assault and that if someone doesn't want sexual intercourse, the body "will not permit that to happen." The California Commission on Judicial Performance issued a report Thursday saying Superior Court Judge Derek Johnson's comments were inappropriate and a breach of judicial ethics. Johnson is a former prosecutor in the Orange County district attorney's sex crimes unit. He issued an apology saying he was frustrated with a prosecutor during an argument in 2008 over the sentencing in...
  • Marc Faber: "Paul Krugman Should Go And Live In North Korea"

    12/13/2012 10:42:36 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 8 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 12/13/2012 - 21:18 | Tyler Durden
    If there is one thing better than Marc Faber providing a free, must-watch (and listen) 50 minute lecture on virtually everything that has transpired in the end days of modern capitalism, starting with who caused it, adjustable rate mortgages, leverage, why did the Fed let Lehman fail, why was AIG bailed out, quantitative easing, Operation Twist, where the interest on the debt is going, which bubbles he is most concerned about, a discussion of gold and silver, and culminating with his views on a world reserve currency, is him saying the following: "The views of the Keynesians like Mr. Krugman...
  • Dan Rather On Obama And Susan Rice: "He Made A Lot Of Tough Talk, Didn't Back It Up"

    12/13/2012 10:35:05 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 20 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 13, 2012 | Dan Rather
    On tonight's broadcast of MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow" show, guest Dan Rather was disappointed with President Obama after Susan Rice decided to withdraw herself from Secretary of State considerations. Rather said Obama talked tough, but didn't back it up. "He indicated in his press conference just after the election -- he made a lot of tough talk, didn't back it up," Rather said. "So there are people who say, 'Listen, the kind of leader we want is one who will fight to the finish, never give in.' On the other hand, one could make the case that President Obama has said...
  • Man mistakes hot iron for phone

    12/13/2012 10:32:53 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 42 replies
    upi ^ | Dec. 13, 2012
    ELBLAG, Poland, - A Polish man said he was distracted by boxing on TV and mistook a hot iron for the telephone, burning the side of his head. Tomasz Paczkowski, 32, of Elblag said he was helping his wife with housework while he was off work for a few days when he made the error, the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. "After breakfast I started to work. I turned on the boxing channel on the TV, opened a beer and started ironing," he said. "I was really getting involved in the boxing and was not really thinking about...
  • ‘Dallas’ will lay ‘J.R. Ewing’ to rest in season two: Funeral will air in March

    12/13/2012 10:30:17 PM PST · by Arthurio · 9 replies
    J.R. Ewing will be laid to rest on the TNT “Dallas” reboot of the iconic 1980s show, but the network is keeping quiet on exactly how Ewing, played by the late Larry Hagman, will die Us Weekly reported on Wednesday, Dec. 12. TNT has confirmed that the scenes involving J.R. Ewing’s funeral have not yet been filmed, reportedly Ewing will be laid to rest on the eighth episode of season two slated to air on March 11.
  • Panetta signs order to send Patriot missiles to Turkey

    12/13/2012 10:28:24 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | Dec. 14, 2012
    CBS News has learned Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has signed the order to send two U.S. Patriot missile batteries to Turkey. He delivered the news to CBS News correspondent Cami McCormick in an exclusive interview. Panetta spokesman George Little says Panetta is also sending 400 members of the military to operate the missile batteries. The deployment is part of a NATO effort to help build a shield to protect Turkey from chemical weapons attacks or any incoming missiles from its neighbor, Syria. Under NATO agreement, the U.S., Germany and Netherlands will deploy the batteries and set them up inside...
  • Caltech engineers invent light-focusing device

    12/13/2012 10:22:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Phys.org ^ | December 7, 2012 | NA
    EnlargeEngineers at Caltech have created a device (illustrated here) that can focus light into a point just a few nanometers (billionths of a meter) across -- an achievement they say may lead to next-generation applications in computing, communications, and imaging. Credit: Young-Hee Lee (Phys.org)—As technology advances, it tends to shrink. From cell phones to laptops—powered by increasingly faster and tinier processors—everything is getting thinner and sleeker. And now light beams are getting smaller, too. Engineers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have created a device that can focus light into a point just a few nanometers (billionths of a...
  • Google chairman Schmidt 'proud' of tax avoidance

    12/13/2012 10:20:59 PM PST · by Red Steel · 10 replies
    Computer Business Review ^ | 13 December 2012 | Steve Evans
    Search giant's tax reducing efforts are just 'capitalism' Eric Schmidt, chairman of search giant Google, has said his company's approach to corporation tax is just "capitalism" and that he is "very proud" of the structure in place. The company is one of many big organisations currently embroiled in arguments over what tax it pays. According to reports Google generated sales in the UK in 2011 of $4.1bn, around 11% of its total revenue. However it paid only £6m in corporation tax after using a variety of legal methods to reduce its payments. It was also recently revealed that Google shifted...
  • Andrea Mitchell: Women In Admin. "Very Angry" With Obama Over Susan Rice

    12/13/2012 10:14:22 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 59 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 13, 2012 | Andrea Mitchell
    ANDREA MITCHELL: A lot of Democrats are saying that the president did not show enough loyalty. A lot of women in the administration are very angry tonight, and I'm saying this at a very high level. Angry because they feel that she was not treated with respect, she was not given the support she needed and she was left to twist in the wind. RACHEL MADDOW: They're angry, with whom though? MITCHELL: Angry with the White House. And with the boss, with the president, for not be willing to fight this out. That he's backed down in the face of...
  • Vladimir Putin calls on Russian families to have three children

    12/13/2012 10:04:28 PM PST · by Red Steel · 22 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1:48PM GMT 12 Dec 2012 | Tom Parfitt, Moscow
    President Vladimir Putin has urged Russians to have at least three children as he said a resurgent nation should be a confident and “influential” power on the world stage. In a bullish state-of-the-nation address in Moscow on Wednesday, Mr Putin promised to smite corruption, create millions of new jobs and boost Russia’s military might while warning that foreign meddling in the country’s internal affairs was unacceptable. He claimed the country shared universal democratic values, adding: “Russian democracy is the power of the Russian people with their own traditions of national self-government, and not the realisation of standards foisted on us...
  • THE ARIZONA BILL OF RIGHTS CELEBRATION

    12/13/2012 9:48:22 PM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 6 replies
    Via Email | December 13, 2012 | Alan Korwin
    THE ARIZONA BILL OF RIGHTS CELEBRATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE ARIZONA STATE CAPITAL Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, starting at 10 a.m. [There will be no formal evening event as previously announced] 10:00 a.m. - Dedication of the Bill of Rights Monument at the Arizona State Capital THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE NATION THE BILL OF RIGHTS -- CARVED IN STONE -- UNVEILED THIS SATURDAY The complete Bill Of Rights will be read aloud from Stone Tablets! The monument will be unwrapped and unveiled Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, Bill of Rights Day, at 10 a.m. Do not miss...
  • Gingrich: 'Ambassador Rice misled the entire country'

    12/13/2012 9:47:38 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/13/2012 | Hannity
    Fmr. presidential candidate sounds off
  • UPDATE: Police make arrest following fight with Medal of Honor recipient

    12/13/2012 9:32:50 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 18 replies
    WKYT ^ | 12-12-12 | Phil Pendelton
    State police have made an arrest for a fight that injured a medal of honor recipient. Police arrested 18-year-old Kanissa'a Thompson, of Columbia, late Thursday afternoon. He is being charged with 2nd Degree Assault. Police say Thompson injured Dakota Meyer during a fight at a party in Adair county. Meyer was taken to the hospital, but was not seriously injured. (Original story follows below)
  • Hollywood Leftist Sean Penn Praises Hugo Chavez

    12/13/2012 9:21:37 PM PST · by Mozilla · 15 replies
    Ther Blaze ^ | 12/12/12 | Erica Ritz
    Hollywood leftist Sean Penn’s support of the belligerent socialist leader of Venezuela is well-known. Around this time last December a Venezuelan-raised actress called him out as a “communist a**hole” at an airport for his stance, but Penn has steadfastly supported the man who called President Bush “the devil” at the United Nations headquarters in 2006 and accused the United States of giving him cancer. Saying journalists who refer to Chavez as a “dictator” should be jailed (which should tell you a little something about how he understands freedom), Penn claimed in 2010: “Who do you know here who’s gone through...
  • Why Susan Rice Withdrew Her Name As Candidate For Secretary of State

    12/13/2012 9:21:29 PM PST · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-13-12 | Curt
    While I'm thankful this abhorrent woman won't become Secretary of State I can only wonder the timing of this especially since Hillary Clinton is due to testify about Benghazi next week. Isn't that interesting: U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice withdrew her name Thursday as President Obama’s leading candidate for secretary of state, saying the administration could not afford a “lengthy, disruptive and costly” confirmation fight over statements she made about the extremist attack in Libya that killed four Americans. Rice called Obama on Thursday morning, before sending him a letter officially withdrawing from consideration. Rice said in an interview that...
  • ‘Shut Up!’ Neil Cavuto and Dem Rep. Battle it Out in Must See Interview

    12/13/2012 9:10:01 PM PST · by Mozilla · 27 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/13/12 | Becket Adams
    While discussing the looming “fiscal cliff” on Thursday, Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) had a rather unpleasant exchange of words: Cavuto repeatedly pressed Rep. Johnson for specifics on what Democrats would be willing to cut as part of a budget agreement. For her part, the Texas congresswoman insisted on focusing on “revenue generation.” “No, you told me things you’d do to raise taxes. That’s what you told me. Credits, allowances, that sort of stuff. That’s what you told me,” Cavuto said. “You’ve got to talk about revenue generation,” the congresswoman replied. “I know that, but...
  • Agenda 21 Radio Live Thread Thurs. 12/13/12 (9 - 10PM PT)

    12/13/2012 9:03:50 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 4 replies
    mysytv.com ^ | 12/13/12 | Paul Preston and Chriss Street
    Agenda21Radio is hosted by Paul Preston and Chriss Street and airs Monday thru Friday from 9 to 10 PM Pacific Time on 1410AM Marysville, CA and is simulcast on MySYTV.comCall in questions and comments at 1-877-211-4525 or locally for Northern Californians in the Marysville, Yuba City, Chico area at 530-742-5555. Or e-mail Paul Preston at paul@edtalkradio.com
  • Old EV Batteries May Power Homes One Day

    12/13/2012 9:03:04 PM PST · by null and void · 20 replies
    Design News ^ | 12/12/2012   | Charles Murray
    Partially depleted Chevy Volt batteries might find new life one day in energy storage applications outside the vehicle, such as parceling out power to homes during blackouts. General Motors has entered a pilot program with the residential energy provider Duke Energy to put lithium-ion batteries to work in grid test demonstrations. To learn more about the concept's viability, Duke plans to use a module incorporating five Chevy Volt batteries. "Duke will look at the cost efficiencies and utility of the system to determine whether they can use it in more applications in the future," Kevin Kelly, a spokeman for GM,...
  • US police foil plot to kill, castrate Justin Bieber

    12/13/2012 9:02:15 PM PST · by Arthurio · 24 replies
    WASHINGTON—US police have foiled a plot to kill teen pop idol Justin Bieber and possibly castrate him with pruning shears, with the alleged killer promised $2,500 per testicle, legal documents revealed Thursday. Mark Staake, 41, and his nephew, Tanner Ruane, were arrested in Vermont and New York last month and face charges in New Mexico of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The pair were allegedly plotting to strangle two victims and castrate them with pruning shears, but a convicted killer who is serving life in prison told police that the “ultimate”...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Apollo 17: A Stereo View from Lunar Orbit [3D]

    12/13/2012 8:55:00 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | December 13, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Get out your red/blue glasses and check out this awesome stereo view of another world. The scene was recorded by Apollo 17 mission commander Eugene Cernan on December 11, 1972, one orbit before descending to land on the Moon. The stereo anaglyph was assembled from two photographs (AS17-147-22465, AS17-147-22466) captured from his vantage point on board the Lunar Module Challenger as he and Dr. Harrison Schmitt flew over Apollo 17's landing site in the Taurus-Littrow Valley. The broad, sunlit face of the mountain dubbed South Massif rises near the center of the frame, above the dark floor of Taurus-Littrow...
  • Too fat to fight: Obesity is now leading cause of new recruits being rejected by U.S. Army

    12/13/2012 8:53:52 PM PST · by Mozilla · 14 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/13/12 | By Larisa Brown
    Obesity has become the leading cause of new recruits being rejected from the US Army as they struggle to meet fitness standards. And military officials have warned expanding waistlines in the warrior corps are causing a national security concern as the Army is being forced to dismiss a rising number of overweight soldiers. During the first 10 months of this year, the Army, under pressure to cut the number of troops, kicked out 1,625 soldiers for being out of shape - around 15 times the number discharged for that reason in 2007. Between 1998 and 2010, the number of active-duty...
  • Nicaragua Rewind: Ortega, same as the old boss?

    12/13/2012 8:52:27 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    globalpost.com ^ | December 12, 2012 | Tim Rogers
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Denis Obando’s short-lived rebellion against what he calls Nicaragua’s “totalitarian regime” has been swiftly beaten into submission. Obando, a popular mayor of the battered opposition Liberal Party, thought the Nov. 4 municipal election in his farming town of Nueva Guinea was his to lose. To the mayor’s surprise, and despite claiming he trounced the challenger from President Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista party, he lost. Obando and his followers — many of them former Contra fighters who battled the left-wing Sandinista government in the 1980s — challenged the official results. They pointed to copies of ballot tallies as proof...
  • Vestas may cut local workers' hours ( Under-employment insurance ? )

    12/13/2012 8:49:33 PM PST · by george76 · 1 replies
    Pueblo Chieftain, ^ | December 12, 2012 | DENNIS DARROW
    Vestas workers in Pueblo could face the same cut in work hours as their counterparts in Northern Colorado... Workers in Windsor and Brighton will see their work hours reduced to 32 hours from 40 hours starting in January. Part of the workers' lost wages will be covered by unemployment insurance under a work-share plan announced by the company and the state Department of Labor. ... Vestas and other wind energy companies are in the midst of a sharp slowdown in U.S. due to falling orders and also the scheduled expiration of a federal wind energy tax break. The wind energy...
  • More Babies, Please

    12/13/2012 8:44:42 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 1, 2012 | ROSS DOUTHAT
    IN the eternally recurring debates about whether some rival great power will knock the United States off its global perch, there has always been one excellent reason to bet on a second American century: We have more babies than the competition. It’s a near-universal law that modernity reduces fertility. But compared with the swiftly aging nations of East Asia and Western Europe, the American birthrate has proved consistently resilient, hovering around the level required to keep a population stable or growing over the long run. America’s demographic edge has a variety of sources: our famous religiosity, our vast interior and...
  • Did Fried Brain Cells Bag John McAfee?

    12/13/2012 8:44:36 PM PST · by null and void · 2 replies
    Dice ^ | Dec 7, 2012 | Dawn Kawamoto
    How is it possible that John McAfee–John McAfee, the pioneer in protection against hacking, for goodness sake–was tracked down in Guatemala by a hack so simple it doesn’t really deserve to be called a hack? First, Vice magazine posted a picture of McAfee snapped by an iPhone-bearing staffer who was visiting the fugitive. Then, the enterprising Twitter user Simple Nomad downloaded the photo and extracted the metadata from special headers, EXIF tags, embedded in most digital images. Based on longitude and latitude, the type of device used, and sometimes even the name of its owner, the metadata can reveal precisely...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-14-12, M, St. John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor/Church

    12/13/2012 8:40:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-14-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 14, 2012   Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church   Reading 1 Is 48:17-19 Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,the Holy One of Israel:I, the LORD, your God,teach you what is for your good,and lead you on the way you should go.If you would hearken to my commandments,your prosperity would be like a river,and your vindication like the waves of the sea;Your descendants would be like the sand,and those born of your stock like its grains,Their name never cut offor blotted out from my presence. Responsorial Psalm Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6...
  • Lawmakers Say Military Suicides are Reason to Look at Gun Ownership

    12/13/2012 8:39:42 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-13-2012 | Bridget Johnson
    December 13, 2013 Lawmakers Say Military Suicides are Reason to Look at Gun Ownership Bridget Johnson The Army today released its updated suicide data through the end of November: 177 potential active-duty suicides; 113 of these confirmed as suicides and 64 under investigation. In 2011, there were 165 Army suicides. With other branches of the Armed Forces, the Army has multiple programs under way in an effort to reduce these statistics, from crisis counseling to suicide prevention training for families. But some lawmakers see this tragic trend as reason to pinpoint gun ownership in the defense authorization bill that headed...
  • GOP Lawyer: Republicans Must End Cronyism of 'Little White Boy Consultants'

    12/13/2012 8:36:49 PM PST · by chessplayer · 16 replies
    “Until Chairman Priebus and other GOP leaders focus on rooting out the greed, cronyism, and corruption of the ‘little white boy’ consultants who make millions of dollars, year in and year out, and yet lose elections—and until there is real accountability and transparency to donors to ensure that integrity is restored to GOP circles—none of these initiatives will matter,” said Cleta Mitchell.
  • Russia Nears a Milestone

    12/13/2012 8:36:12 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5 December 2012 | LUKAS I. ALPERT
    MOSCOW—Russia is on target to register its first natural population growth since the fall of the Soviet Union, with a slightly higher number of births than deaths being recorded so far this year, the labor minister said Wednesday. Through the end of October, Russia had recorded 790 more births than deaths—a minute advance, but one that could mark a potential turning point in a troubling demographic trend that has seen the country's population on the decline since the early 1990s. "Cumulative natural growth was recorded from the start of the year for the first time in many years," Labor Minister...
  • Gambling With Kurdistan And Checking Baghdad

    12/13/2012 8:34:50 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe
    aina.org ^ | December 14, 2012 | Denise Natali
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's deployment of special Tigris Forces to Iraq's disputed territories has renewed concerns about armed conflict between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). For many, Maliki's actions have violated the constitution, provoked Erbil and further threatened Iraqi state stability. Yet, the source of the problem is not entirely in Baghdad. Since 2003, KRG officials have engaged in what Arab Iraqis consider as their own "Illegal, unconstitutional and provocative" actions: unilaterally moving the Kurdish militia (Peshmerga) into disputed lands, signing oil contracts in contentious areas and bringing the Kurdish north into regional power struggles. These actions...