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  • Reproduction without sex, a liberating future

    12/21/2012 1:14:01 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 42 replies
    Special to CNN ^ | December 20, 2012 | Aarathi Prasad
    Last year on the 50th anniversary of the creation of the contraceptive pill its inventor Carl Djerassi spoke of the coming dramatic changes to reproductive options -- of the technologies that will have just as big an impact on society in the 50 years to come. After sex without reproduction, reproduction without sex. In an article in the UK's "traditional values" tabloid, the Daily Mail, titled "A Terrifying Future for Female Fertility," Djerassi said, "There are an enormous number of well-educated, proficient women who, when facing the biological clock, first pay attention to their professional ambitions...in the next 20...
  • ZERVOS: The Fed Is Risking An Inflation Disaster, And There Will Only Be One Place To Hide

    12/21/2012 1:13:31 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-21-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    ZERVOS: The Fed Is Risking An Inflation Disaster, And There Will Only Be One Place To Hide Joe WeisenthalDecember 21,2012 Jefferies' economist David Zervos is back in a new note, which takes stock of developments at the Fed and the Bank of Japan. The Fed, of course, recently adopted Evans Rule, which indicates that tightening won't occur until unemployment gets to around 6.5%, or inflation expectations are around 2.5%. The Bank of Japan is expected to see a new round of aggressive policy, thanks to the wishes of incoming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. While markets seem to be pretty happy...
  • Aptostichus barackobamai: US President gets a trapdoor spider named after him as researchers

    12/21/2012 1:11:08 PM PST · by ColdOne · 20 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/21/12 | Mark Prigg
    full title....Aptostichus barackobamai: US President gets a trapdoor spider named after him as researchers reveal 33 terrifying new speciesResearchers in America has revealed 33 new species of trapdoor spider, including Aptostichus barackobamai, named for Barack Obama. The President is believed to be a fan of Spiderman, and was earlier this week pictured in the Whitehouse playing with a young fan. The new creatures were all found in the American Southwest, and is the largest ever find in the secretive family which hides underground in specially built burrows with a silk trapdoor.
  • I can see it in the sky!

    12/21/2012 1:06:07 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 67 replies
    December 21, 2012 | Momaw Nadon
    It's incredible!
  • They’re Running TV Spots For Matt Damon’s Anti-Fracking Movie Now…

    12/21/2012 1:03:03 PM PST · by LSUfan · 34 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 18 Dec 12 | MacAoidh
    …it opens next month. It’s a propaganda film, and it’s pure BS. There is no evidence that hydraulic fracturing causes farmland to become unproductive the way it’s depicted in Promised Land. We’ve been fracking for 60 years in this country and if fracking destroyed farmland we would know about it. We don’t know that. But what we do know is that the financing of Damon’s anti-fracking propaganda film comes from the United Arab Emirates. As in, an Arab OPEC nation. Whose interests are significantly damaged by the kind of full-scale domestic U.S. oil and gas production fracking holds the key...
  • Fiscal cliff: Why Boehner’s Plan B vote failure helps Republicans

    12/21/2012 12:56:35 PM PST · by conservativeforpalin · 43 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 21 | Henry D'Andrea
    House Speaker John Boehner’s Plan B to avert the fiscal cliff was shelved last night. Boehner cited failure to garner enough Republican votes for passage in the House. This was good news for the Republican Party and conservative movement, as Plan B included a major tax hike on those earning more than $1 million per year and would have shown GOP to be party of sellouts. Boehner’s allies have mislead Americans all week, claiming that Plan B would not raise taxes, rather extend the tax cuts set to expire at the start of next year. That really isn’t true at...
  • Night by Elie Wiesel

    12/21/2012 12:53:41 PM PST · by ConservativeDude · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 19 2009 | Phil Mongredien
    Elie Wiesel was 15 when the Nazis came for the 15,000 Jews of his hometown of Sighet, Transylvania, in May 1944. Upon arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau, his mother and sister were murdered within hours, while he was put to work as a slave labourer. Eight months later, the Germans evacuated the camp and forced the survivors on a death march that ended at Buchenwald. Wiesel was one of the few still alive when the Americans arrived in April 1945.
  • Christmas Pageant Frustrates Kid

    12/21/2012 12:53:06 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 3 replies
    I thought this was hilarious, and I wanted to share it. No matter what is going on in your life, laughter is the best medicine. Merry Christmas!
  • Watch This Fearless Pup Drive Through San Francisco (Video)

    12/21/2012 12:52:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wed., Dec. 19 2012 | Erin Sherbert
    In the same way we enjoyed the smoking scrub jay in Bernal Heights not too long ago, here's another amusing image of an animal acting like a destructive human. In this video, posted by YouTube user thedrivingdogs, you will see Porter the pup speeding across the Bay Bridge and through the streets of San Francisco. He's not just trying to teach Californians how to drive; rather the homeless dog wanted to show you how damn smart he is, giving you a good reason to head to your local SPCA and adopt homeless pups like him.
  • White House weighs smaller fiscal cliff package

    12/21/2012 12:50:52 PM PST · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    politico ^ | 12/21/12 | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN and JAKE SHERMAN
    So the White House is turning its focus to a smaller package that would extend the Bush-era tax rates on income below $250,000, pause the across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester and renew unemployment insurance benefits, according to senior administration officials. It would hold off a significant portion of the fiscal cliff, minimizing any economic shock in the new year. But it means a host of tax provisions would likely expire, little would be done to address the debt and deficit, and no process would be set up for overhauling the tax code next year. There would be no...
  • Middle East Forum bankrolls free speech defenses for critics of ‘Islamist threat’

    12/21/2012 12:48:05 PM PST · by bayouranger · 1 replies
    americanindependent.com ^ | 20DEC12 | Eli Clifton
    When the people sounding alarms over the ‘Islamist threat’ run into trouble with the law, the Middle East Forum’s Legal Project is increasingly the go-to funder tapped to mount defenses here and abroad. In September, Reuters revealed that the Legal Project paid legal bills for Dutch anti-Muslim politician Geert Wilders. Wilders faced charges in the Netherlands for inciting hatred against Muslims in interviews, articles, and his short film, “Fitna,” which compared “Islamic ideology” to Nazism and Communism. Wilders was acquitted on all charges in June 2011. The Legal Project’s work on the case is part of its focus on what...
  • John Kerry's Nomination Means Barney Frank May Be Back In D.C. Sooner Than Anyone Thought

    12/21/2012 12:45:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/21/2012 | Linette Lopez
    Today, Barack Obama nominated Massachusetts Democratic Senator John Kerry for Secretary of State, and if he's confirmed, that will leave a Massachusetts Senate seat open next year. At the same time, there just happens to be a Massachusetts Democrat going into retirement next year — former head of the Banking Committee, Barney Frank. Governor Deval Patrick has got to nominate someone to fill the seat until a special election is held next year, and Frank may be the experienced pick. Politico reports that Frank said he wouldn't rule out accepting the nomination either. “The governor ought to be free to...
  • BOOMTOWN: D.C. house inspires 168 bids in red-hot real estate market

    12/21/2012 12:44:48 PM PST · by Poundstone · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 21, 2012 | Annys Shin
    While much of the nation is still struggling to emerge from a historic housing-market meltdown, the District is reliving its boom days. High rents, low interest rates, low inventory, and a flood of new residents in their 20s and 30s are making parts of the city feel like it’s 2005 again. The median home sale price in the District is up 14 percent from last year, according to RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI). And the average number of days houses spend on the market has fallen by nearly 30 percent, to 53 days.
  • Obama Unveils Online Information Sharing Strategy To Fight Cyberterrorism

    12/21/2012 12:37:37 PM PST · by aimhigh · 5 replies
    ReadWrite ^ | 12/21/2012 | Adam Popescu
    On Wednesday the President issued a 16-page game plan aimed at strengthening the process and protection of online sharing to fight cyber attacks. It's called the the National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding. The NSISS is a guideline aimed at creating a "balance between sharing information with those who need it to keep our country safe and safeguarding it from those who would do us harm," the President wrote. "Sharing and safeguarding are often seen as mutually exclusive, in reality they are mutually reinforcing. This Strategy, therefore, emphasizes how strengthening the protection of classified and sensitive information can help...
  • Eric Cantor plays loyal lieutenant to Boehner

    12/21/2012 12:36:49 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 80 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/18/12 | Rosalind S. Helderman,
    In a breach of bedrock conservative principles, House Speaker John A. Boehner laid out a proposal Tuesday to allow tax rates to rise for Americans making more than $1 million a year. And standing side by side with Boehner as he outlined what many Republicans consider an apostasy — but what Boehner argues is the only way to spare most people from a tax increase — was House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who has worked hard in recent months to play the loyal lieutenant.
  • Plan B, Boehner, Betrayal and bloated budgets

    12/21/2012 12:30:24 PM PST · by Marketfly1 · 2 replies
    Bayoubuzz.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Jeff Crouere
    After House Speaker John Boehner was unable to muster enough support for his “Plan B” proposal, the Congress has adjourned for the holidays. At this point, Republicans should stay home until the new Congress convenes in 2013. A deal like “Plan B” that raises taxes on those making over $1 million per year and offers limited spending cuts over 10 years will do nothing to solve our underlying fiscal problems.
  • Student’s plan to come to school as Santa goes awry

    12/21/2012 12:30:02 PM PST · by bgill · 13 replies
    yahoo! news ^ | Dec. 21, 2012 | Claudinezap
    the teen’s mother confirmed that George had bought a Santa costume, and that he had told police that he and his friends planned to dress up as Santa and his elves–and hand out candy canes. He had even alerted a teacher to his idea. Police investigated and found no cause for concern. But Crawford High School principal Mike Campbell was not convinced, saying he found the post disturbing. He had George suspended while the school investigates.
  • Sandy Hook massacre: Official story spins out of control

    12/21/2012 12:27:24 PM PST · by gitmo · 43 replies
    Sott Net ^ | Tue, 18 Dec 2012 | Niall Bradley
    The massacre of 20 children and 7 adults at the Sandy Hook elementary school last Friday was one more in a long line of atrocious mass murders committed in the USA. By now, four days later, an official version of events has more or less solidified to explain the chain of events. The familiar 'lone gunman' narrative has once more stoked the hot-button issue of gun control and left the general population as clueless as ever as to why people suddenly 'go postal' and target the most vulnerable members of society. Teddy bears left at a memorial for the child...
  • Why The Manufacturing Jobs Are Not Coming Back

    12/21/2012 12:26:52 PM PST · by Perdogg · 36 replies
    There are a plethora of reasons underpinning the fact that manufacturing jobs are not coming back to the USA. Perhaps the simplest is purely economic. As McKinsey notes in a recent report, manufacturings' role in job creation shifts over time as manufacturing's share of output falls and as companies invest in technologies and process improvements that raise productivity. A critical finding is that as manufacturing's share of national output falls, so does its share of employment - following the inverted 'U' curve below. Manufacturing job losses in advanced economies have been concentrated in labor-intensive and highly tradable (read globalizable) industries...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    12/21/2012 12:24:39 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    12-21-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 89:13 Thou hast a Mighty Arm: Strong is Thy Hand, and High is Thy Right Hand.