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  • The Diver And The Turtle

    The hard working diver you see in the video is yours truly, doing my bit for Thailand's oil and gas industry. It's not unusual to encounter turtles whilst diving on oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Thailand but to experience a little intimacy with a turtle and get some superb video footage is probably a once in a lifetime experience
  • Unions Join Forces To Advocate Change In Law (Truncated) School Staff Get Workers Compensation

    12/28/2012 3:48:55 PM PST · by raybbr · 7 replies
    courant.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | Jon Lender
    Deliberations about possible legislation to expand state workers compensation to police who responded to the Newtown school massacre have changed direction: There is now a move to also include school staff members and medical examiners' personnel who were exposed to the horror. Unions for four groups of public employees — state police, Newtown police, staff of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and Newtown educators — have been consulting each other in a unified effort aimed at prompting legislation to obtain workers compensation benefits for anyone they represent who was at Sandy Hook Elementary School Dec. 14. "We will...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #26 December 28, 2012

    12/28/2012 3:43:55 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 21 replies
    Free Republic | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Happy New Year to all! No partying planned for me. It will be an early night drinking a few of my Irish Stouts here. I am trying a Guinness Black Larger for the first time. I am not all that impressed at all. It has a thin/light mouth feel with a quick disappearing head. It has a slightly bitter after taste. Might be good ice cold on a warm summer day. Expensive $ 10.00...
  • WH Petition - Press Charges Against David Gregory for Possession of 30-Round Magazine in D.C. ...

    12/28/2012 3:42:21 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | December 23, 2012 | CREATOR ryan l Boise, ID
    WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Press charges against David Gregory for possession of a 30-round, high capacity assault rifle magazine in Washington D.C David Gregory is not above the law; he is a journalist, and must be held accountable to the same law as every other person. DC High Capacity Ammunition Magazines – D.C. Official Code 7-2506.01 (b) No person in the District shall possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm. For the purposes of this subsection, the term large capacity ammunition feeding device means a...
  • Dow Futures Down 226 After Obama Fiscal Cliff Speech

    12/28/2012 3:27:14 PM PST · by WashingtonSource · 40 replies
    Dow Futures Live ^ | December 28, 2012 6:15 p.m. | Dow Futures Live
    Dow Futures Live As on 28-Dec-2012 18:15:18 EDT 12,777 -226.00 -1.77%
  • Congressional leaders speak after White House fiscal cliff meeting (Mitch McConnell: "Good Meeting")

    12/28/2012 3:24:54 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/28/12 | CNN Political Unit
    Congressional leaders spoke Friday after meeting about the fiscal cliff with President Barack Obama at the White House. -snip- McConnell spoke immediately after Reid, saying, “I share the view of the majority leader. We had a good meeting down at the White House. “We are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the White House, in the hopes that we can come forward as early as Sunday and have a recommendation that I can make to my conference and the majority leader [Reid] can make to his conference and so we’ll be working hard to try and see...
  • How Mrs Thatcher personally paid son Mark's bar tab and the £1,800 cost of his rescue

    12/28/2012 3:21:54 PM PST · by UKrepublican · 12 replies
    After her son Mark got lost in the desert competing in the Paris-Dakar rally, Margaret Thatcher shed a rare tear in public. When it came to paying for his rescue, however, the 'Iron Lady' was firmly back in the driving seat and at pains to ensure she personally, not taxpayers, footed the bill for her hapless off-spring's misadventure.
  • Obama: 'Modestly optimistic' for deal

    12/28/2012 3:20:57 PM PST · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    politico ^ | 12/28/12 | politico staff
    “The American people are watching what we do here. Obviously, their patience is already thin. It’s déjà vu all over again,” Obama added. “The American people are not going to have any patience for a politically self inflicted wound to our economy.”
  • The Keynesian Legacy Unravels

    12/28/2012 3:11:26 PM PST · by zantus · 14 replies
    Monty Pelerin's World ^ | 12/28/2012 | Monty Pelerin's World
    Ideology is powerful, capable of masking unpleasant facts. Whether we recognize it or not, we are all slaves to ideology. Economists are no different in that regard than other people. They hold preconceived ideas which affect the interpretation of data and facts. In the extreme, ideology is capable of blocking the recognition of contradictory information, effectively blinding a person to valuable evidence. Keynesian economists believe, regardless of logic and data, that economies can be managed from the top down. In their world, economies are little different than machines. Change some inputs here, speed them up over there, add some lubrication,...
  • Icicle kills woman in St. Petersburg

    12/28/2012 3:10:52 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | December 28, 2012
    A woman was killed by an icicle that fell from the roof of a building in Russia’s northwestern city of St. Petersburg, a spokeswoman for local emergencies services reported on Thursday.
  • Obama Orders Pay Raise for Biden, Members of Congress, Federal Workers

    12/28/2012 3:01:46 PM PST · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden. According to disclosure forms, Biden made a cool $225,521 last year. After the pay increase, he'll now make $231,900 per year. Members of Congress, from the House and Senate, also will receive a little bump, as their annual salary will go from $174,000 to 174,900. Leadership in Congress, including the speaker of the House, will likewise get an increase.
  • The "NO" Mark Levin Show,Tom Marr,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,December 28,2012

    12/28/2012 3:00:18 PM PST · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | December 28,2012 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Obama, top lawmakers meet over fiscal cliff

    12/28/2012 2:51:44 PM PST · by what's up · 10 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | David Espo
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The end game at hand, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders made a final stab at compromise Friday to prevent a toxic blend of middle-class tax increases and spending cuts from taking effect at the turn of the new year. Success was far from guaranteed in an atmosphere of political mistrust — even on a slimmed-down deal that postponed hard decisions about spending cuts into 2013, and pessimism vied with optimism in a Capitol where lawmakers grumbled about the likelihood of spending the new year holiday in the Capitol.
  • Breaking: Obama to make a statement at 5:45 PM EST following fiscal cliff meeting-Live Thread[12-28]

    12/28/2012 2:45:39 PM PST · by John W · 167 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | NBC News and wire services
    The highly-anticipated meeting came and went without any immediate clue from congressional lawmakers as to whether they had made any progress toward resolving the impending onset of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect on Jan. 1. But the president is scheduled to deliver a statement from the White House at 5:45 p.m. ET. A protracted stalemate between Obama-led Democrats and congressional Republicans had prompted Friday's last-ditch meeting.
  • My Daughters Cat Just Died.

    12/28/2012 2:44:04 PM PST · by Little Bill · 117 replies
    12/28/2012 | Self
    My Daughters cat just died. Expired from Natural causes as near as I can deturmine, I went to pet him and he was starting to stiffen up. He was a good cat, black as Satan with a propencity to open closed doors. She is heart broken.
  • So, Is This The End Of ECRI's Lakshman Achuthan? (Recession Forecast)

    12/28/2012 2:36:39 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-28-2012 | Sam Ro
    So, Is This The End Of ECRI's Lakshman Achuthan? Sam RoDec. 28, 2012, 2:42 PMWall Street analysts put their reputations at risk everytime they publish a forecast. And that risk rises exponentially when those forecasts go against the consensus. Few analysts have been more aggressive about their non-consensus calls than ECRI's Lakshman Achuthan, who predicted in September 30, 2011 that the U.S. was heading for a recession and that it was "inescapable." Many have criticized him for being ambiguous with his timeline for that call. But during a November 29 appearance on Bloomberg Surveillance with Tom Keene, Achuthan made it...
  • Delhi gang-rape victim dies in hospital in Singapore

    12/28/2012 2:31:46 PM PST · by lump in the melting pot · 51 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/28/2012 | BBC
    A female student gang-raped on a bus in India's capital Delhi has died at a Singapore hospital, doctors say.
  • Union Leaders On Right-to-Work Law: 'There Is Going To Be Retribution'

    12/28/2012 2:25:43 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 34 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/22/2012 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan's unions will devote all their resources to fight the recently passed right-to-work law by trying to overturn it in court, doing recalls of politicians, holding rallies and trying to get it put on the ballot, according to a top union leader’s comments during a recent teleconference. Al Garrett, president of Michigan AFSCME Council 25, and Larry Roehrig, secretary treasurer, laid out their plans about how to “attack” the law. The conference call was recorded and Michigan Capitol Confidential obtained the audio file. "There is going to be retribution," Garrett said. Garrett predicted that right-to-work law would be repealed in...
  • Signs of Light? Climate Change Caucus Forms in Senate (Can they be brought up on fraud charges?)

    12/28/2012 2:25:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    "I think you are going to see a lot of bills on climate change," said Senator Barbara Boxer as she took the lead in forming a climate change caucus in the Senate. That's music to our ears, along with this: "There will be a lot of different bills on climate change. I have already spoken to three colleagues that have bills in the works." Boxer (D-CA) says it's finally time to bring the discussion of climate change out of the shadows, and that superstorm Sandy "changed a lot of minds" on the topic.
  • Binyamin Residents' Council Head Plays Down New Intifada

    12/28/2012 2:24:50 PM PST · by haffast · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 12/28/2012, 2:13 AM | Elad Benari
    Chairman Itzik Shadmi of the Binyamin Residents' Council played down on Thursday suggestions that Palestinian Authority Arabs have launched a new terror war (intifada) in Judea and Samaria. "We don't have to bother ourselves excessively with it too much at the moment, but the IDF should prepare for such an option," Shadmi told Arutz Sheva. Shadmi noted he is not worried by a possible takeover of Judea and Samaria by Hamas, similar to the terror group's bloody takeover of Gaza in 2007, saying, "At least this way we will recognize the enemy we already know. I'm more concerned by the...