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  • Norway's Statoil buys US shale gas land

    12/19/2012 7:20:38 PM PST · by chessplayer · 24 replies
    OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian energy company Statoil ASA says it has bought 70,000 acres of land rich in gas and liquid gas in West Virginia and Ohio.
  • Sentiment: Deja Cliff

    12/19/2012 7:15:21 PM PST · by SteelToe · 3 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 12/19/2012 | "Tyler Durden"
    Blah blah Fiscal Cliff blah. Blah blah blahdy blah Cliff. Cliff blah blah republicans blah democrats blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah, blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah, blah blah, Cliff. Blah blah blah blah, blah blahdy blah.... Blah. Meanwhile in Europe: The only data point confirms what everyone knows - reality sucks, hope surges. As usual. German Ifo business confidence rises to 102.4 from 101.4, on expected rise of 102. Why the rise? Because forward expectations spike from 96.4 to 97.9. As for the "current assessment"? Why down of course from 108.1 to 107.1, on expectations...
  • Libyan fighter jets hit suspected smugglers in southern military zone

    12/19/2012 7:12:30 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    Libyan Herald ^ | 18 Dec 2012 | anon
    Libyan airforce jets hit a camp being used by suspected smugglers on Tuesday morning, less than 48 hours after large swathes of the south were declared closed military zones. According to Al-Jazeera, the strike took place close to the border with Chad and Sudan, not far from Kufra. It is not reported if there have been any casualties. Last week, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan announced that any caravan or group crossing the border other than at official frontier posts would “dealt with” by aircraft or by land forces. On Sunday evening, the National Congress passed a resolution declaring the south...
  • Hobbit has ring of a darker journey

    12/19/2012 7:09:06 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 8 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 19 Dec 2012 | EILEEN BATTERSBY
    JRR Tolkien’s debut prose fiction The Hobbit (1937) may at first glance appear simple, particularly when compared with the epic grandeur and gravity of what was to follow in The Lord of the Rings (published in three volumes between 1954 and 1955), yet it should not be underestimated. The Hobbit is an exciting, fast-moving and witty novel, featuring an unlikely, quintessentially English middle-class hero none too keen on adventures: “Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in them.” ...Tolkien wrote The Hobbit for his children. It defers broadly to the conventional fairy...
  • The Disaster That Is "Plan B"

    12/19/2012 7:07:13 PM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 40 replies
    So why exactly did this get pushed forward, without consultation with the Senate leadership and without any chance for the GOP base to weigh in? At what point does GOP leadership figure out the "representative" part of their job? This is a huge, indeed potentially catastrophic mistake, and the Speaker ought to withdraw the plan and send everyone home with a vow to make any tax cuts in the new year retroactive. We will go over the president's cliff, but the GOP will have some credibility left and may yet remember that the party of Reagan defends the military that...
  • ‘Citizen Drone Warfare’: Hobbyist explores a frightening scenario

    12/19/2012 7:03:56 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 65 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 17, 2012 | Patrick Hruby
    Less than a month ago, rumors that celebrity news and gossip website TMZ was interested in obtaining a paparazzi drone prompted privacy concerns and public debate about the appropriate personal and commercial uses of unmanned aerial vehicles. Now, a new online video poses a more troubling question: What if civilian drones are equipped to shoot more than just pictures? Titled “Citizen Drone Warfare” and posted to YouTube last week by an anonymous man calling himself “Milo Danger,” the video shows a hobbyist drone equipped with a custom-mounted paintball pistol flying over a grassy field and peppering human-shaped shooting-range targets with...
  • The Paris of the West and the Vast Wasteland That Remains

    12/19/2012 6:53:25 PM PST · by GreenEyedGal · 10 replies
    TheBrennerBrief.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Amanda K. Melson
    Michigan has been in the headlines recently with right-to work legislation and an omnibus abortion bill. What didn’t cause much stir is Michigan’s 2011 eighth grade education report card. The state as a whole is able to claim to be on par with the nation in reading, with 32 percent of eighth graders rating as “proficient” or better; in math, 31 percent of students ranked as “proficient” or better. Compared with national averages of 32 and 34 percent of eighth graders at or above grade-level in reading and math, respectively, Michigan’s public education system appears to be as mediocre as...
  • Unions blast state on plans for underfunded (by $95 BILLION) pensions

    12/19/2012 6:51:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/19/12 | Rick Pearson
    Unions blast state on plans for underfunded pensionsBy Rick Pearson Tribune reporter 1:26 p.m. CST, December 19, 2012 A coalition of public employee unions issued a report today blasting state legislation to address their vastly underfunded pension systems and offering instead to make increased worker contributions if lawmakers raised $2 billion by ending tax benefits to corporations and imposing new taxes. Appearing at the James R. Thompson Center, members of the We Are One coalition said plans backed by Gov. Pat Quinn and another proposal supported by a bipartisan group of lawmakers would violate the state constitution by reducing pension...
  • Joe Biden Was Behind The Robert Bork Nomination Smear

    12/19/2012 6:42:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 12/19/12 | Staff
    Law: A quarter of a century ago, a good and great man was slandered to maintain liberal judicial power. It was Vice President Joe Biden, who as a senator, led the injustices committed against Judge Robert Bork. The Wednesday morning death of Bork, Ronald Reagan´s failed 1987 Supreme Court nominee, should make us think how much freer and better this country would be if Bork´s intellectual power and constitutional integrity had been present within the justices´ deliberations over the past 25 years. Had Reagan nominated Bork to replace retiring Chief Justice Warren Burger in 1986, when Republicans
  • NRA Memberships Are Surging Since Sandy Hook Massacre (Video)

    12/19/2012 6:40:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 19, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    NRA membership is surging since the Sandy Hook massacre according to an internal document that was made known to James Rosen of FOX News. They are gaining roughly 8,000 new members a day which is unlike anything they saw even in the wake of Columbine. Via The O’Reilly Factor:(VIDEO AT LINK)It should also be noted - Following the Sandy Hook shooting most Americans (86%) want more action to identify and treat mental illness. Only 27% agree with Obama and Democrats that stricter gun laws are needed...
  • Numerous school massacres stopped by gun owners who wielded their weapons in defense of children

    12/19/2012 6:40:47 PM PST · by Kartographer · 10 replies
    naturalnews.com ^ | 12/19/12 | J. D. Heyes
    Pearl High School, Mississippi: This incident began the morning of Oct. 1, 1997 Appalachia Law School, Virginia: On Jan. 16, 2002, Muskegon, Michigan: From the Aug. 23, 1995, Colorado Springs, Colo.: On Dec. 9, 2007
  • Salazar announces Alaska Petroleum Reserve plan

    12/19/2012 6:37:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 12/19/12 | DAN JOLING — Associated Press
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Interior Department's plan for managing a vast petroleum reserve on Alaska's North Slope calls for a roughly 50-50 split between conservation and oil development plus accommodation for a pipeline that could carry offshore Arctic Ocean oil to the trans-Alaska pipeline. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Wednesday announced that the plan will allow for development of nearly 12 million acres within the 23 million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, an area roughly the size of Indiana. Salazar said in his announcement that the plan will guide the transition from leasing and exploration to responsible production and transport of the...
  • CTA Passenger Attacked With Sock Filled With Human Feces

    12/19/2012 6:34:35 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 59 replies
    nbc ^ | Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012 | Updated 6:00 PM CST
    A woman riding the Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line in Oak Park told police she was last week attacked by another passenger wielding a sock filled with human feces. "He had a sock full of his poop on me," the 21-year-old college student told the Pioneer Press. "It was everywhere; on my face, my hair, my clothes." The victim, requesting anonymity, said she screamed and tried to follow her attacker, but he escaped up the Austin Boulevard exit and ran northbound on Austin. The college student, who came to Oak Park six weeks ago to live with a family and...
  • Hypothetical Scenario in the Near Future

    12/19/2012 6:31:14 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 38 replies
    Me | 19 December 2012 | Me
    July 18, 2013 -- It was the worst of times for the American gun-owners throughout the nation. The Firearms Safety and Registration Act of 2013 required all Americans to register their firearms and explosives by July 1, 2013. Failure to do so, violators will be punished with up to ten years of prison and up to $10,000 charge for each infraction. Only 1/3 of the estimated weapons held by Americans have been registered thus far. As a result, Federal Agents were everywhere, and they were bent on keeping the unruly citizens in line. The prominent Federal higher-ups in Washington D.C....
  • If anyone asks, THIS is why we need AR's (vanity)

    12/19/2012 6:25:48 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 37 replies
    Red in Blue PA
    The fact of the matter is that nobody can show me even a single instance of a school shooting in the 1800's when: -there were no background checks -there were no age limits -there were no waiting periods -there were no arbitrary gun restrictions -guns were much more easily accessible to kids -gun safes practically did not even exist -gun locks did not exist at all -lever action guns in skilled hands can fire almost as fast as a semi auto AR With all of this, still nobody can show me even a single instance of a school shooting during...
  • South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act

    12/19/2012 6:11:02 PM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Spartanburg Tea Party ^ | 11 December 2012
    Here is the raw text copied in from Bill Chumley’s “South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act” that was prefiled today. I know there will be a bill # attached, I just don’t have it now. I’m going to put up a few posts about this today. We’ll need your help as we move forward. Please read, study, and ask questions about this bill so you can give a quick explanation of it, and why our legislators need to now only vote for it but ADVOCATE for it and CO-SPONSOR it. There will be a companion bill in the...
  • The Mayan End of the World Prediction and Climate Catastrophe

    12/19/2012 6:10:27 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | December 18, 2012 | Guest post by Steve Goreham
    Guest post by Steve GorehamOriginally published in The Washington TimesThe Mayan calendar is about to end, and with it, the world.People love nothing more than an apocalypse. Meteor collisions, alien invasions, super volcanoes, nuclear winter, and global warming all provide great material for mass entertainment and breathless news reporting.The latest apocalypse to capture our imagination is the idea that, along with the Mayan calendar, the world will end on the 21st day of this month. The Mayan “Long Count” calendar, which began in 3114 BC, ends on December 21, 2012. The calendar is supposedly the measure of days from...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops! ~ 20 December 2012

    12/19/2012 6:02:47 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 72 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ SUNSET TAPS Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Shelby Tucci plays Taps during a sunset ceremony at the USS Utah Memorial, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Dec. 6, 2012. The Utah was sunk during the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Tucci is assigned to the Pacific Fleet Band. U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Quinlan Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. HONORED...
  • Israel approves new settlement between Jerusalem and Bethlehem

    12/19/2012 6:02:24 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 19 December 2012 | Harriet Sherwood
    Israel's spate of settlement expansion around Jerusalem has increased again with the approval of 2,612 homes in a move likely to further inflame international criticism of Binyamin Netanyahu's government. Givat Hamatos, across the pre-1967 Green Line between southern Jerusalem and Bethlehem, will be the first new discrete settlement created since 1997. Critics say it will become part of a chain of settlements in the area, further impeding access between the two biblical cities. European diplomats in Jerusalem have warned that the construction of Givat Hamatos is a "game-changer" which could destroy the chance of a viable Palestinian state with East...
  • Carry weapon question. Looking for a CC with the following....

    12/19/2012 6:00:17 PM PST · by jdsteel · 90 replies
    www.freerepublic.com ^ | 12/19/12 | jdsteel
    I'm interested in a 9mm or slightly smaller quality handgun that has a stock laser pointer. Comfortable carry and the laser are equally important.