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  • Here's What An American High Speed Rail Network Could Look Like (See the map)

    02/06/2013 8:05:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/06/2013 | Alex Davis
    High speed rail is moving forward in California, but progress is pretty stagnant around the rest of the country. Still, there are a lot of proposals out there, and when placed on one map, they form an impressive rail network. This map was put together by California Rail Map, led by Alfred Twu, which combined existing proposals from high speed rail advocacy groups around the US. The US High Speed Rail Association, a nonprofit trade association, predicts a network similar to this one could be in place by 2030. Transporation Secretary Ray LaHood has called for a large HSR network,...
  • Boy Scouts delay vote

    02/06/2013 8:04:47 AM PST · by mikemoose · 63 replies
    Boy Scouts of America website ^ | 02/06/2013 | Boy Scouts of America
    ...To that end, the National Executive Board directed its committees to further engage representatives of Scouting’s membership and listen to their perspectives and concerns. This will assist the officers’ work on a resolution on membership standards....
  • Bill Threatens Homeschool Freedom

    02/06/2013 7:56:23 AM PST · by Sopater · 66 replies
    Proposed Bill 374 filed in the Connecticut General Assembly would require all homeschooled children ages 12, 14, and 17 to undergo a behavioral health assessment. These assessments would be conducted by an unspecified health care provider and would be conducted even though there was no indication whatsoever that these children had a behavioral problem. The bill states that the results of the assessments are to be disclosed only to the child’s parent or guardian, but that the health care provider must submit a form to the State Board of Education verifying that the child has received the assessment. According to...
  • German Catholic Church May Back Some "Morning-After Pills"

    02/06/2013 7:55:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 2/5/13 | Tom Heneghan
    PARIS (Reuters) - Germany's Catholic Church may approve some so-called morning-after pills for rape victims after a leading cardinal unexpectedly announced they did not induce abortions and could be used in Catholic hospitals. Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne, an ally of German-born Pope Benedict, changed his policy after two Catholic hospitals refused to treat a rape victim because they could not prescribe the pill, which is taken after sex to avoid pregnancy. The Catholic Church firmly opposes abortion and artificial birth control. Many Catholics see all emergency contraceptives as abortion-inducing drugs banned by this policy, but Meisner said some prevent...
  • Shrinking U.S. labor unions see relief in marijuana industry - (Not surprising, really)

    02/06/2013 7:54:05 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 6, 2013 | Samuel P. Jacobs and Alex Dobuzinskis
    Except for one thing: On the glass door - under a green cross signaling that cannabis can be bought there for medical purposes - is a sticker for the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW), the nation's largest retail union. The dispensary, the Venice Beach Care Center, is one of three medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles that are staffed by dues-paying union members. Another 49 in the city plan to enter into labor agreements with the UFCW this year, the union says. Together, the dispensaries are a symbol of the growing bond between the nascent medical marijuana industry...
  • City of Baltimore is on a path to financial ruin, report says

    02/06/2013 7:52:45 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 6, 2013
    WASHINGTON – The Baltimore city government is on a path to financial ruin and must enact major reforms to stave off bankruptcy, according to a 10-year forecast the city commissioned from an outside firm. The forecast, obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its release to the public and the City Council on Wednesday, shows that the city will accumulate $745 million in budget deficits over the next decade because of a widening gap between projected revenues and expenditures. If the city's infrastructure needs and its liability for retiree health care benefits are included, the total shortfall reaches $2 billion...
  • Same-Sex Couples Cannot Adopt Russian Children

    02/06/2013 7:51:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/5/13
    Moscow, February 5, Interfax - Same-sex couples are prohibited to adopt Russian orphans, Presidential Children's Rights Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said in an interview published by Rossiyskaya Gazeta on Tuesday. "Our fundamental laws - the Constitution and the Family Code - have already declared that position. They define a marriage as a union of a man and a woman. Nothing else. Period," Astakhov said. There have been public protests in countries pondering same-sex marriage laws, such as France, the ombudsman said. Many people think they need a law banning homosexuality propaganda, just like Russia has endorsed, he said. "They say that...
  • Postal Service to Cut Saturday Mail

    02/06/2013 7:47:33 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 33 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 6, 2013 | ABC OTUS
    Apparently trying an end-run around an unaccommodating Congress, the financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to disburse packages six days a week. In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August and could save $2 billion annually. The move accentuates one of the agency's strong points — package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials say, while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet services. Under...
  • Feds reject AK refuge road pitched to aid patients

    02/06/2013 7:45:19 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    AP via Anchorage Daily News ^ | February 5, 2013 | DAN JOLING
    The federal government said Tuesday it rejected a plan to build a road through a wildlife refuge that would have given a small Aleut village in Alaska better access to medical care. Villagers in remote King Cove had sought the one-lane gravel road for transporting emergency medical patients to an all-weather airport in Cold Bay, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it will choose the "no action" alternative to a proposed land swap for a road corridor bisecting Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. The decision is a victory for environmental groups that submitted thousands of public comments protesting the...
  • Fox News Dumps Dick Morris, Renews Karl Rove

    02/06/2013 7:42:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/06/2013 | J. Robert Smith
    Dick Morris is gone from Fox News. Meanwhile, Karl Rove has been given a new multiyear contract. But why? A Fox News spokesman said only that the network chose not to renew Morris' contract. It's not hard to figure out why. Morris was glaringly wrong on the outcome of the 2012 presidential contest, predicting often and loudly that Mitt Romney would win in a romp. Funny thing is that Karl Rove was conspicuously wrong about the presidential results, too. Rove just wasn't as vociferous as Morris, except on Election Night. Even respected conservative elections analyst and commentator Michael Barone called...
  • Alexandria Cops Bust 10-year-old For Bringing Toy Gun to School

    02/06/2013 7:42:40 AM PST · by lbryce · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 5 ,2013 | Naomi Jagoda
    The boy, a fifth-grader at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School whose name is not being released, was charged as a juvenile with brandishing a weapon, police said. He was also suspended from school, and Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Morton Sherman said further action is being considered, including expulsion. On Monday, the boy showed the plastic gun to at least one other student during a bus ride home from the school. The 10-year-old did not point it at anyone or threaten to shoot it, but he neglected to mention that the weapon was fake, said Alexandria police spokeswoman Ashley Hildebrandt. School...
  • How To Profit From A Potential Doubling In Copper Prices (Dr Copper)

    02/06/2013 7:42:32 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-6-2013 | Daily Wealth
    How To Profit From A Potential Doubling In Copper Prices Commodities / CopperFebruary 06, 2013 - 08:30 AM GMT By: Daily Wealth "I think copper has at least 50% upside from today's price..." legendary analyst Adrian Day told me recently. "I wouldn't be surprised to see the price double by the end of the decade." When Adrian talks commodities, I listen... He's written his Global Analyst newsletter for over 25 years. At one time, it was one of the most popular investment letters in America, with over 60,000 subscribers. And for a decade now, he has focused on commodities for...
  • Top Ten Problems with that Obama Skeet Shooting Picture

    02/06/2013 7:39:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/06/2013 | Marion DS Dreyfus
    It was a picture dredged up to prove the assertion the President had made in January to the breezy effect that the President is indeed acquainted with firearms, since, as he stated (roughly paraphrased), We've often shot skeet when we're at Camp David. It took a few days, where conservative media baited the press secretary Jay Carney, for proof, any proof, and where the Democrats either pooh-poohed the need for proof, since the President rarely turns out to have accuracy as his first arrow out of the quiver, or they prayed-uncharacteristically -- that there were, somewhere, please Heaven, something to...
  • Poll Finds a Boost for Obama on Handling Immigration (Path to Citizenship favored by majority)

    02/06/2013 7:35:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | 02/06/2013 | Greg Holyk
    Public approval of Barack Obama’s handling of immigration has jumped to a career high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, buttressed by majority support for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and, much more broadly, endorsement of stricter border control. While the president lacks majority approval on the issue overall, slightly more Americans now approve than disapprove of his approach, by 49 vs. 43 percent. Obama was underwater on the issue – just 38 percent approved, while 52 percent disapproved – as recently as last July. See PDF with full results, charts and tables here. In terms of...
  • Here's The GOP's First Counteroffer To Delay The Sequester

    02/06/2013 7:35:19 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 22 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 16 minutes ago (2/6/2013) | Brett LoGiurato
    Congressional Republicans are preparing their first counteroffer to President Barack Obama to avert the across-the-board cuts of the looming sequester, a House GOP aide confirmed this morning. Politico, which first reported the news, said that top Republican members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees are formulating a proposal that would delay the sequester for a year by slashing the federal workforce by 10 percent. The House GOP aide said this would be done solely through attrition, a gradual reduction in the federal workforce.
  • Obama to Visit Israel as Netanyahu Attempts to Form Coalition

    02/06/2013 7:33:39 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/5/13 | William Bigelow
    After Benjamin Netanyahu won the Israeli election for Prime Minister in January, he and Obama spoke by phone and discussed the possibility of Obama visiting. Obama will travel to Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) before travelling to Jordan during his time in the region. National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor said: The start of the president's second term and the formation of a new Israeli government offer the opportunity to reaffirm the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel and to discuss the way forward on a broad range of issues of mutual concern, including Iran...
  • No F-16s For Bloodthirsty Anti-Semites

    02/06/2013 7:30:41 AM PST · by yoe · 11 replies
    IBD ^ | February 5, 2013 | Editor
    Mideast: With the discovery of a video of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi condemning Jews and Israel, Obama should immediately halt shipment of F-16s and tanks to the new regime. We know that Morsi is the Mideast darling of this administration. The Muslim Brotherhood honcho was groomed by the State Department to replace longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. But his viciously anti-Semitic remarks, recorded on Egyptian TV not long before he took power, should instantly disqualify him from such military aid. During the 2010 broadcast, an English translation of which surfaced last month thanks to the Middle East Media Research Institute,...
  • The effort to dehumanize gun owners

    02/06/2013 7:26:38 AM PST · by JohnPierce · 26 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | February 6, 2013 | John Pierce
    --IMAGE HERE-- The latest tactic being employed against gun owners is to dehumanize them; to portray them as something less than a full-fledged member of society. Some have even called for the deaths of gun owners and advocates. The most recent bigot to jump on the bandwagon is comedian Jim Carrey who tweeted that “Any[one] who would run out to buy an assault rifle after the Newtown massacre has very little left in their body or soul worth protecting.” Let’s look at how many Americans he just insulted. Extrapolating from already released ATF data, the number of new guns purchased...
  • Study: Earthworms May Contribute to Global Warming [Invasion of the Worms]

    02/06/2013 7:26:28 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 36 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | 02/06/2013 | Michael Bastasch
    As environmentalists and politicians fret about man-made Global Warming, they may be ignoring another culprit: earthworms. According to a new study by an international team of researchers, earthworms could be contributing to global warming. The study looked at results from 237 separate experiments from published stories to explore earthworms’ role in affecting global warming. “Our results suggest that although earthworms are largely beneficial to soil fertility, they increase net soil greenhouse-gas emissions,” according to the study’s abstract. Worms affect how much carbon dioxide is produced in the soil and how much escapes into the atmosphere...
  • Some Trader Has Made A Very Big Bet That Something Very Bad Will Happen Within The Next 60 Days

    02/06/2013 7:21:55 AM PST · by blam · 80 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-6-2013 | Sam Ro
    Some Trader Has Made A Very Big Bet That Something Very Bad Will Happen Within The Next 60 Days Sam RoFebruary 6,2013 CNBC Stocks have been rallying relentlessly to post-crisis highs. Meanwhile, the volatility index (aka the VIX, aka the "fear index") is near historic lows. But according to UBS's Art Cashin, some options trader has made an enormous $11.25 million bet that the VIX will explode higher very soon. And a rally in the VIX is usually accompanied by a drop in the stock markets. From this morning's Cashin's Comments (emphasis ours): A Very Big Bet In A...