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  • Opinion: Easy way to get rich: Buy the most hated stocks

    01/31/2015 6:16:29 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA
    A portfolio of the stocks most hated by Wall Street analysts beat the overall stock market by a wide margin in 2014. Again. The 10 stocks rated the worst investments on Wall Streets by analysts at the start of 2014 produced an overall return of 19% during the year, including reinvested dividends, according to my analysis using FactSet data. That beat the S&P 500 SPX, -1.30% by a hefty five percentage points — or, to put it another way, it earned you nearly a third as much as again a simple index fund.
  • Liberty Square housing project to be razed, redeveloped [Miami]

    01/31/2015 6:11:03 AM PST · by Maceman
    Miami Herald ^ | January 30, 2015 | David Smiley and Charles Rabin
    Liberty Square, Miami’s oldest and most notorious public housing project, may be coming down. Plans are under way to raze the rows and rows of drab one- and two-story buildings from the New Deal era and rebuild the crime-plagued community in the core of Liberty City. The administration of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is cobbling together $74 million in public funds and pushing to break ground next year on what is expected to be a potentially $200 million public-private partnership.
  • It’s off limits; Fish & Wildlife ANWR plan bans oil development in coastal plain of refuge

    01/31/2015 6:10:10 AM PST · by thackney · 4 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of February 01, 2015 | Alan Bailey
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published a final environmental impact statement for the agency’s conservation plan for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In that EIS the agency has selected a plan alternative that recommends that Congress should designate the entire refuge as wilderness, (see map page 23) including the coastal plain area, sometimes known as the 1002 area. This wilderness designation would place the entire refuge off limits for oil and gas exploration and development. Land in the immediate vicinity of the coastal village of Kaktovik would be excluded from the wilderness designation but would still require Congressional...
  • How German sounds compared to other languages [VIDEO]

    01/31/2015 6:00:23 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 6 replies
    GoogTube ^ | 12FEB2014 | Tasha Kitc
    The German language is super harsh if you compare it to other languages! Watch the full version of How German Sounds Compared To Other Languages! Every video in one big ultimate version!
  • Saudi Preacher .. Released After Raping and Killing Daughter Because he 'Doubted her Virginity'

    01/31/2015 5:59:50 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 8 replies
    ibtimes.co.uk ^ | March 10, 2014 | By Ludovica Iaccino
    Saudi Preacher Fayhan al-Ghamdi Released After Raping and Killing Daughter Because he 'Doubted her Virginity' A Saudi preacher accused of raping, torturing and killing his five-year-old daughter, has reportedly been released from custody after agreeing to pay "blood money". Fayhan al-Ghamdi was sentenced to eight years in prison and 800 lashes in 2013. The court also ordered al-Ghamdi to pay his ex-wife, the girl's mother, one million riyals ($270,000) in "blood money". According to some reports, al-Ghamdi had suspected his daughter had lost her virginity and had tortured her accordingly. Al-Ghamdi's daughter Lama suffered multiple injuries including a crushed skull,...
  • Congress Passes 13th Amendment, 150 Years Ago

    01/31/2015 5:54:39 AM PST · by iowamark · 3 replies
    History Channel ^ | 1/30/2015 | Christopher Klein
    On January 31, 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a constitutional amendment to abolish slavery in the United States. On the 150th anniversary of the vote, look back at the evolution of President Abraham Lincoln’s support for the 13th Amendment and his behind-the-scenes dealings to ensure its continued path to ratification. Although he believed slavery to be immoral, Abraham Lincoln was not an abolitionist when the Civil War broke out in 1861. The president’s stated goal in the early years of the war was strictly the preservation of the Union. Granting freedom from bondage to the nearly 4 million...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(1/31/15)[Prayer]

    01/31/2015 5:47:15 AM PST · by left that other site · 4 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/31/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Moses New International Version (NIV) 5 Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’” 2 Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.” 3 Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into...
  • Capitanich to US Rubio: Argentina accepts no foreign intromission, imperialist visions

    01/31/2015 5:44:57 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Buenos Aires Herald ^ | Friday, January 30, 2015 | Buenos Aires Herald
    A request by US Republican Senator Marco Rubio to create an “independent” committee to investigate the death of Argentine AMIA special prosecutor Alberto Nisman has been described by Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich as an “imperialist” approach to “sovereign” countries' affairs. “The Republic of Argentina is an autonomous, sovereign and independent country. (Marco) Rubio with his imperialist vision fails to recognize the United Nations charter since the intromission in the affairs of other states constitutes an interference of an imperialist vision,” the head of ministers said this morning during his daily message to the press at the government house. Rubio, he...
  • Ohio to delay 7 executions (for one year) while searching for new drugs

    01/31/2015 5:41:16 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | January 30, 2015 | Ralph Ellis
    Ohio will delay the executions of seven death row inmates while searching for an adequate supply of drugs that complies with its new execution protocol, the state's Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Friday. That means the state will not carry out any executions in 2015, the agency said in a press release.
  • What if Hillary DOESN’T run?

    01/31/2015 5:31:54 AM PST · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 30, 2015 | Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake
    [I]f Hillary stayed out, the result would be a crowded field with a nominal front-runner in Vice President Biden. And that Republicans' chances to win back the White House would immediately improve. There's a different dynamic at work now — particularly if Clinton waits another few months to make clear exactly what she is going to do in 2016. We are rapidly approaching the point of no return for Clinton. That is, if she were to suddenly take herself out of the race in, say, two months' time, there would be a massive sense of doom within the party. The...
  • Please delete my account

    01/31/2015 5:31:12 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 45 replies
    Hi, haven´t been here since a long long time. Please delete my account, I don´t need the data anymore... Thanks and good bye!
  • Michael Moore’s Long Tradition of Defaming Heroes

    01/31/2015 5:25:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    The “military hero as coward” motif has a long tradition with Michael Moore. But his earlier oinkings in this regard--well before the release of American Sniper-- were aimed at much safer targets. “Wimps,” writes Moore in Downsize This. “These Cuban exiles, for all their chest-thumping and terrorism, are really just a bunch of wimps—that’s right: Wimps.”In a manner that would instantly arouse and mobilize the politically–correct police (were it any minority group except overwhelmingly Republican Cuban-Americans) Moore was dissing Cuban-Americans in general but singling out the Bay of Pigs freedom-fighters for special spite and scorn. “Ex-Cubans with a yellow stripe...
  • Plainfield Man Charged With Impersonating Police Officer

    01/31/2015 5:25:40 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | January 30, 2015 8:09 PM | CBS Chicago
    (STMW) – A southwest suburban man was charged with impersonating a police officer after actual law enforcement officials saw him driving a car made to look like a police cruiser.
  • Restoration of Second Amendment on Corps Land Proposed by Senator from Idaho

    01/31/2015 5:18:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has introduced legislation to remove federal infringments on second amendment rights from lands controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). From the press release: The bill seeks to make firearm regulations consistent across federal lands by allowing law-abiding citizens to carry firearms on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) property. Under current law, a person may carry a concealed weapon in a National Park or Refuge as long as individuals comply with the firearm laws of the park’s home state. However, the same rights are not extended to Americans who hunt, camp or...
  • When FDR made gold illegal to own for everyday people – At the point of a gun

    01/31/2015 5:10:04 AM PST · by george76 · 39 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan 31, 2015 | Nick Sorrentino
    FDR, the man who studied Mussolini, who birthed the current intrusive state, who started the drug war in earnest, who put Japanese Americans into concentration camps, who extended the Depression years longer than it needed to be and thereby contributed to the genesis of the Second World War, who tried to pack the Supreme Court, who gave away half of Europe to the Soviets at Yalta, and who confiscated the gold – the real wealth – of the American people. What a guy. And he still has his face on the dime. There is a reason why my grandmother, a...
  • CIA and Mossad killed senior Hezbollah figure in car bombing

    01/31/2015 5:04:16 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 30, 2015 | Adam Goldman and Ellen Nakashima
    On Feb. 12, 2008, Imad Mughniyah, Hezbollah’s international operations chief, walked on a quiet nighttime street in Damascus after dinner at a nearby restaurant. Not far away, a team of CIA spotters in the Syrian capital was tracking his movements. As Mughniyah approached a parked SUV, a bomb planted in a spare tire on the back of the vehicle exploded, sending a burst of shrapnel across a tight radius. He was killed instantly. The device was triggered remotely from Tel Aviv by agents with Mossad, the Israeli foreign intelligence service, who were in communication with the operatives on the ground...
  • GDP: Gross Disappointing Presidency

    01/31/2015 5:02:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | John Ransom
    GDP growth cooled to 2.6% for the fourth quarter according to the Commerce Department's preliminary report. Economists were expecting growth of around 3 to 3 1/2%. GDP should be known now as Gross Disappointing Presidency. While consumer spending was a bright spot thanks to falling oil prices, as we foretold here and on TV and radio, government spending on defense related items plunged 12 1/2% in the quarter. That doesn't come as a surprise as government spending on defense items increased 16% in the third quarter. This is the kind of government arithmetic that typically comes in an election year....
  • ZOMBIE CAT: Cat claws out of own grave after being buried

    01/31/2015 5:02:31 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    KSHB 41 ^ | 3:09 AM, Jan 28, 2015 | Diedra Rodriguez, WFTS
    Bart is back from the grave, and people are calling him "Zombie Cat." The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is currently caring for a cat, Bart, whose owner thought he was dead. Bart was found lifeless after being hit by a car on January 16. His owner buried him a couple of blocks away from his home. The owner's neighbor found a weak Bart in front of her yard on January 21 and returned him to his owner.
  • Ancient underwater forest discovered off Norfolk coast

    01/31/2015 4:49:37 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 January 2015 Last updated at 00:28 GMT | Credit: The underwater diving footage is copyright and courtesy of Rob Spray and Dawn Watson
    Nature experts have discovered a remarkable submerged forest thousands of years old under the sea close to the Norfolk coast. The trees were part of an area known as 'Doggerland' which formed part of a much bigger area before it was flooded by the North Sea. It was once so vast that hunter-gatherers who lived in the vicinity could have walked to Germany across its land mass.
  • Labor pushes 'union beers' at Super Bowl (Budweiser, Miller, Coors, Blue Moon, PBR, Shock Top)

    01/31/2015 4:43:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/30/15 | Tim Devaney
    Football fans will be discouraged from drinking “non-union” beers like Guinness and Heineken while they’re at Super Bowl parties. During Sunday’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, labor groups are hoping to raise awareness about beer companies that are unionized and pay their employees good wages. Labor 411’s list of approved beers for the Super Bowl includes companies like Stella Artois, which boasts strong union membership. But Guinness, Heineken, Corona, Flying Dog, and many other beermakers did not make the list, said Robert Fulton, the editorial director of Labor 411. "If you’re out making your choice...
  • Prince Charles' household likened to Wolf Hall, biographer claims

    01/31/2015 4:28:43 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 31 January 2015 Last updated at 06:58 ET | BBC
    Clarence House's internal rivalries have led to a former staffer calling the Prince of Wales's base "Wolf Hall", says a new biography of the prince. The Times reports that the book documents "common and bloody" turf wars between Prince Charles' staff. Author Catherine Mayer claims in Charles: Heart of a King that in-fighting thwarted a deal to streamline his charity operations.
  • Obama to Dems: 'Get informed, not by reading the Huffington Post'

    01/31/2015 4:27:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/29/15 | Mike Lillis
    PHILADELPHIA – President Obama on Thursday asked wary House Democrats to hold their fire, while the administration negotiates several trade deals opposed by scores of liberal lawmakers. “Keep your powder a little dry,” he told the Democrats assembled here for an annual retreat, according to a source in the closed-door session. "Get informed," Obama also advised, "not by reading The Huffington Post." The president has long sought pacts expanding trade with both Asian and European nations, as well as trade promotion authority, known as "fast-track," from Congress. The issue has sharply divided the Democrats, as centrists tend to support the...
  • SOVIET PUSH UNCHECKED 73 MILES FROM BERLIN; AMERICANS LAND NORTH OF BATAAN UNOPPOSED (1/31/45)

    01/31/2015 4:26:28 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 4 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 1/31/45 | George Axelsson, Clifton Daniel, Gene Currivan, Richard J.H. Johnston, Lindesay Parrott
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  • Senate Democrats are $15M in debt

    01/31/2015 4:18:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/30/15 | Cameron Joseph
    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee begins their quest to retake the Senate in 2016 with $15 million in operational debt and $1 million in the bank, according to new numbers through the end of December. That's down from the $16.3 million in debt the DSCC carried shortly after the 2014 elections, and is slightly lower than the $15.8 million it started out with after the 2012 elections, though it's still one of the largest burdens the party has carried in decades. That operational debt doesn't include a $5 million loan the organization took out to buy a house adjacent to...
  • U.S. troops battle both Taliban and their own rules [Did the Left worry and obsess over this?]

    01/31/2015 4:17:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November16, 2009
    *****November 16, 2009*****".....The [Washington] Times compiled an informal list of the new rules from interviews with U.S. forces. Among them: • No night or surprise searches. • Villagers have to be warned prior to searches. • ANA or ANP must accompany U.S. units on searches. • U.S. soldiers may not fire at the enemy unless the enemy is preparing to fire first. • U.S. forces cannot engage the enemy if civilians are present. • Only women can search women. • Troops can fire at an insurgent if they catch him placing an IED but not if insurgents are walking away...
  • Racism at Rush game....

    01/31/2015 4:13:38 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 7 minutes ago [2015-01-31] | Seth Tupper Journal staff
    The investigation into Saturday night’s alleged harassment of a Native American school group at a Rapid City hockey game is focused on a man from Philip, according to a source who was near the incident when it occurred. Meanwhile, that same person says the incident was ignited when some members of the school group reportedly did not stand for the National Anthem prior to the start of the Rapid City Rush game. That claim, however, was flatly denied by several of the adults who were with the school group and say the children from the Pine Ridge school did stand...
  • If You Received a Higher Obamacare Subsidy Than You Were Eligible For, You Don’t Have to Pay...

    01/31/2015 3:59:48 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 1/30/15 | Andrew Kloster
    If You Received a Higher Obamacare Subsidy Than You Were Eligible For, You Don’t Have to Pay It Back This Year **SNIP** However, the IRS will waive the 2014 late payment penalty for those who received an excessive premium tax credit. The IRS has now granted these recipients of excessive federal benefits a one-year holiday. Even though they clearly owe the overpayment for 2014, they will effectively not have to, and no doubt won’t, pay the money back because they will not face any penalty if they do not pay it immediately. If the Obama administration delays the payment again,...
  • Balloon crew nearing North America surpasses duration record

    01/31/2015 3:49:09 AM PST · by WhiskeyX
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 5 hours ago 2015-01-30 | Associated Press (AP)
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. | The pilots of a helium-filled balloon flying across the Pacific Ocean surpassed a duration record Friday by spending more than 138 hours in the air, marking a historic day for the team that already has eclipsed a distance milestone as they approach North America. Pilots Troy Bradley of Albuquerque and Leonid Tiukhtyaev (too-kh-TY'-yev) of Russia were headed south along the California coast when they surpassed the duration record of 137 hours, 5 minutes and 50 seconds aloft in a traditional gas balloon. The pair launched from Saga, Japan, shortly before 6:30 a.m. Sunday Japan time, eclipsed the...
  • More customers report Comcast is changing their names on bills

    01/31/2015 3:26:33 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 44 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 30, 2015, 9:24 PM | CBS News
    [VIDEO] After a Comcast employee changed a customer's first name to "A**hole," more customers are now coming forward with similar stories, including one whose bills were addressed to "Whore Julia."
  • FCC Redefines Broadband Internet To At Least 25 Mbps, Faster Than National Average

    01/31/2015 3:22:34 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 17 replies
    CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area ^ | January 30, 2015 12:05 PM | CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area
    WASHINGTON (CBS SF) – The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to change the definition of what constitutes high-speed internet, adopting a standard 2.5 times the current national average.
  • Jeffrey Epstein: The Sex Offender Who Mixes With Princes and Premiers (& Bill Clinton)

    01/31/2015 3:22:06 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 1/29/15 | Catherine Ostler
    **SNIP** An American woman called Virginia Roberts – now a married, 31-year-old mother of three – has filed an affidavit in a Florida federal court in which she swears in gruesome detail that the late press baron and pension fiddler Robert Maxwell’s daughter Ghislaine recruited her to satisfy the sexual needs of billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein and his friends. Those friends, according to Roberts, included the Duke of York, now fifth in line to the throne, and celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz (best known for getting Claus von Bulow’s conviction for murdering his wife overturned). Buckingham Palace have denied everything more...
  • PG&E Releases Thousands Of Emails With CPUC Amid State Investigation

    01/31/2015 3:13:20 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area ^ | January 30, 2015 6:15 PM | CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The California Public Utilities Commission Friday released roughly 65,000 email messages exchanged between PG&E Co. and agency officials between 2010 and 2014 as ordered because of a “judge shopping” scandal with PG&E, CPUC officials said.
  • City Settles For $3.9 Million In Case Of Ramarley Graham, Bronx Teen Killed By Cop In 2012

    01/31/2015 3:09:51 AM PST · by SMGFan · 1 replies
    CBS Local ^ | January 31, 2015
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The City of New York on Friday agreed to pay $3.9 million to the family of Ramarley Graham, a black Bronx teenager shot to death by a white police officer in 2012. The deal settled a federal lawsuit brought by the family of the 18-year-old Graham.
  • 7 Percent Of LGBT Community Opposes Same-Sex Marriage, Survey Finds

    01/31/2015 3:07:42 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area ^ | January 29, 2015 12:29 PM | CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender aren’t universal in their support of their own right to marry, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center. The survey found that, while support is overwhelming in all segments of the community, seven percent of a nationally-representative sample said they oppose same-sex marriage.
  • SF Police Detain Person Of Interest For Questioning In Case Of Human Body Found In Suitcase

    01/31/2015 2:56:07 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area ^ | January 30, 2015 10:32 PM | CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco police detained a person of interest Friday night in a case involving a dismembered body found stuffed into a suitcase Wednesday in the South of Market neighborhood.
  • Bill Cosby's Performance in Ohio Draws a Few Protesters

    01/31/2015 2:45:57 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    NBC 6 South Florida ^ | Updated at 12:13 AM EST on Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 | Associated Press (AP)
    Bill Cosby's stand-up tour has stopped in northern Ohio, where it drew several protesters before the show. Police in Sandusky had extra officers at the theater while Cosby performed Friday night.
  • Record low temperatures in the North [NORWAY]

    01/31/2015 2:25:18 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 22 replies
    The Norway Post ^ | Tuesday, 13 January 2015 07:22 | Rolleiv Solholm
    the town of Karasjok, in Finnmark County, temperatures dropped to minus 45.2 degrees Celcius on Sunday. On Monday it was still minus 42 in the morning. Although all school buses stopped running, schools were still open for those who were able to get there. - Outside temperatures will have to be much lower before we close the schools, says school administrator Petter Asbjřrn Balto to NRK. - If it is 50 below or colder, the students may choose whether or not they want to go to school, Balto says
  • 1 of 4 remaining World War II Doolittle Raiders dies at 94

    01/31/2015 2:18:26 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Jan. 30, 2015 - 11:12AM JST | PHUONG LE
    SEATTLE — Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with lifting American morale during World War II, has died. He was 94. Rod Saylor said his father died of natural causes on Wednesday in Sumner, Washington.
  • Polish troops spark war of words

    01/31/2015 2:10:18 AM PST · by WhiskeyX
    New Poland Express ^ | 23rd January 2015 | New Poland Express
    PM Ewa Kopacz has been threatened with legal action after comments she made regarding Law and Justice’s (PiS) presidential candidate Andrzej Duda who allegedly claimed that Poland could provide support for Ukraine and deploying troops there “should be considered”.
Ms Kopacz told reporters “It’s frightening that PiS wish to send in troops ... PiS is always looking for ways to start a war.”
  • Security ‘farce’ at Auschwitz

    01/31/2015 2:06:17 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    New Poland Express ^ | Saturday 31st January 2015 | New Poland Express
    The Head of Rome’s Jewish community and a television film crew made international headlines this week after finding themselves locked in Auschwitz and then interrogated by police after attempting to escape.
  • Ukraine: The volunteer war?

    01/31/2015 1:59:38 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 28, 2015 | NATO
    [VIDEO] How does the director of a zoo with a weekend hobby flying remote-controlled planes become enemy number one of the pro-Russian forces in Ukraine?
  • Fr. Joseph Illo Explains Altar Boys-Only Policy at San Francisco Parish {Catholic Caucus}

    01/31/2015 1:57:22 AM PST · by Morgana
    catholicworldreport.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Jim Graves
    Current Issue: Interview Interview 8 Fr. Joseph Illo Explains Altar Boys-Only Policy at San Francisco Parish January 29, 2015 The pastor of Star of the Sea Church notes that “altar service is intrinsically tied to the priesthood"; says media furor over decision is "biased" Jim Graves Fr. Joseph Illo, pictured celebrating Mass in an undated photo, has been pastor of Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco since last year. (Photo courtesy of Fr. Illo) Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco made national news recently when its priests announced that female altar servers were being phased out...
  • NATO Secretary General statement on the attack on Mariupol

    01/31/2015 1:49:31 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    NATO ^ | 24 Jan. 2015 | NATO
    Fighting in eastern Ukraine has sharply escalated, with indications of a large-scale offensive by Russian-backed separatists at multiple locations in the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts as well as against the city of Mariupol. This is in utter disregard of the ceasefire. The shelling of residential areas in the city of Mariupol from separatist-controlled territory has cost the lives of at least 20 civilians, and injured many more. For several months we have seen the presence of Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, as well as a substantial increase in Russian heavy equipment such as tanks, artillery and advanced air defence systems....
  • The Feature Film That Blew Everyone Away at Sundance Was Shot on an iPhone 5s

    01/31/2015 1:47:34 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    NoFilmSchool.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | V Renée
    What does it take for a film to be a huge hit at Sundance, nab a distribution deal, and get a nationwide theatrical release? Big Hollywood stars? Mass appeal? Expensive professional equipment? Short answer -- no! Director Sean Baker's feature film Tangerine, which got picked up by Magnolia Pictures, is one of the most talked-about films at the Festival this year even though it doesn't exactly fit the profile of a buzzworthy entry. Firstly, it features unknown actors; no Kristen Wiigs, no Ethan Hawkes. Secondly, it's a story about two transgender women on a Christmas Eve odyssey through the many...
  • Nuclear Power Turns To Salt

    01/31/2015 1:05:27 AM PST · by ckilmer · 18 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 1/07/2015 @ 11:32AM | James Conca
    Today, it was announced that the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory  (ORNL) in Tennessee is partnering with Canadian nuclear company Terrestrial Energy Inc. (TEI) to assist with TEI’s new Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR). The engineering blueprint stage for this GenIV reactor should be reached in two years. The reactor should come online in less than ten.
  • An Odd Hypothesis About Bubbles Could Finally Lead to Nuclear Fusion

    01/31/2015 12:59:03 AM PST · by ckilmer · 5 replies
    gizmodo.com ^ | Yesterday 5:45am | Jamie Condliffe
    Nuclear fusion is the dream of energy scientists the world over, because it promises limitless, clean electricity. Most efforts to kickstart the process use high-intensity lasers, insane magnetic field and super-hot hydrogen plasmas. But there may be a more humble alternative. It's called sonofusion, and it involves bubbles.Nuclear fusion is the process through which the cores of atoms, called nuclei, collide to form a new, larger atomic nucleus. When the two nuclei are of a lower mass than iron, the reaction creates energy—lots and lots of energy. For instance, when two hydrogen nuclei smash into each other, they creating...
  • Congressional Democrats May Boycott Netanyahu Speech [semi-satire]

    01/31/2015 12:58:57 AM PST · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    While a number of key Democrats were still wondering whether attending Netanyahu's speech to Congress in February would be proper, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) was adamant that "it sends the wrong signal. Congress acting in contradiction to the wishes of the President undermines his authority. If his Congressional subordinates can defy him without consequence, what will foreign leaders think?" A second consideration weighing on Pelosi's mind was "the unfairness of the United States appearing to endorse Netanyahu in his upcoming March election campaign. For Congress to interfere with another country's electoral process is just not right." As for...
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal to rename PAC, ramp up cash quest

    01/31/2015 12:55:16 AM PST · by entropy12 · 2 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/30/15 | Katie Glueck
    The Louisiana Republican governor will change the name of his federal political action committee, currently called Stand Up to Washington, to match that of a super PAC that’s already in place to back his potential 2016 run. Both entities will soon be called Believe Again, according to an adviser. Former Rep. Bob Livingston chairs the super PAC.
  • France Sending Tanks To Poland

    01/30/2015 11:53:01 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 29 replies
    Atlantic Council ^ | January 30, 2015 | Lorne Cook, AP
    France is pledging tanks and armored vehicles to bolster NATO forces in Poland, where leaders are increasingly uneasy about Russia.
  • Dead 'Bear Lady' may have been killed by the animals she was famous for feeding (trunc)

    01/30/2015 11:48:10 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 42 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 01/30/15 | MIA DE GRAAF
    A woman known as North Carolina's 'Bear Lady' may have been killed by a bear. The remains of Kay Grayson, 67, were found in a well-known bear path just 100 yards from her isolated home in Tyrrell County on Monday. Authorities could only find bones, hair and ripped clothing, which had likely been there for two weeks after she was reported missing.