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  • Tancredo demands Christie, RGA ‘come clean’ about helping Beauprez through primary

    08/02/2014 5:51:23 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    kdvr.com ^ | Eli Stokols
    DENVER — Tom Tancredo isn’t trashing Bob Beauprez, but he’s demanding one of his biggest benefactors, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, come clean about the Republican Governors Association’s influence on Colorado’s GOP gubernatorial primary. On Monday, the Denver Post reported that a campaign finance watchdog group discovered that the RGA, which Christie chairs, funneled money to help Beauprez through the Republican Attorney Generals Association despite its public pledge not to attempt to influence GOP primaries. (SNIP) “We already have a situation in Mississippi where grassroots Republicans feel disenfranchised by party elites. We need to avoid a repeat in Colorado. “Governor...
  • Big Brother alert: Cameras in the cable box to monitor TV viewers

    05/24/2014 8:17:57 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 95 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Cheryl K. Chumley
    It hardly gets more Orwellian than this. New technology would allow cable companies to peer directly into television watchers’ homes and monitor viewing habits and reactions to product advertisements. The technology would come via the cable box, and at least one lawmaker on Capitol Hill is standing in opposition.
  • LA County Sheriff Admits Big Brother Is Here "But We Kept It Pretty Hush Hush"

    05/04/2014 4:51:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 5/4/14 | tyler durden
    "This is the future if nothing is done to stop it," is the ominous way The Atlantic describes the recent Big Brother tactics used by LA County Sheriffs to "police" areas such as Compton. Residents were unaware ("A lot of people do have a problem with the eye in the sky, the Big Brother, so to mitigate those kinds of complaints we basically kept it pretty hush hush")that, as the police stated, "we literally watched all of Compton during the times that we were flying, so we could zoom in anywhere within the city of Compton and follow cars and...
  • The Big Conundrum of Small GovernmentOnly way out is a balanced budget amendment.

    04/24/2014 7:08:07 AM PDT · by ReleaseTheHounds · 14 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | April 24, 2014 | Brad Lips
    n Washington, it is never too early to discuss who will next reside in the White House. But the real question is not who; it's what he will do there. Could even a President Paul, Lee, or Cruz accomplish the dramatic downsizing of government that we need? How would he push a Tea Party agenda, given what I call the Big Conundrum? The Big Conundrum is that those of us who believe in limited government abhor how much power has been appropriated to the executive branch. It would seem a type of hypocrisy to use those same powers to radically...
  • Georgia Republican Senate hopeful in ’06: ‘solution’ to uninsured ‘has to be at the federal level’

    03/10/2014 10:33:08 AM PDT · by Reagan is King · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1:42 AM 03/10/2014 | Alexis Levinson
    In 2006, Georgia Republican and Senate hopeful David Perdue said that the way to the large number of unemployed Americans needed to be dealt with at a “federal level” and could not be left to the states. At a meeting of the Retail Industry Leaders Association in 2006, Perdue, then the CEO of Dollar General, lamented the high number of uninsured people, the Dallas Morning News and Retailing Today reported at the time. “It’s a tragedy that so many people are uninsured,” Perdue said of health insurance, according to a Dallas Morning News article from Oct. 17, 2006. Read more:...
  • Big Move Coming for Shep Smith at Fox News

    09/12/2013 12:54:15 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 83 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/12/2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is leaving his 7 p.m. ET timeslot to take on a larger role heading up the network’s new breaking news division. Beginning this fall, the new division, with Smith as the main anchor and its managing editor, will have the capability to break into any Fox News programming, daytime or primetime, with the latest reporting, network spokeswoman Ashley Nerz told TheBlaze.
  • Theoretical physics: The origins of space and time

    08/28/2013 3:33:35 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 50 replies
    Nature ^ | 8/28/13 | Zeeya Merali
    Many researchers believe that physics will not be complete until it can explain not just the behaviour of space and time, but where these entities come from.“Imagine waking up one day and realizing that you actually live inside a computer game,” says Mark Van Raamsdonk, describing what sounds like a pitch for a science-fiction film. But for Van Raamsdonk, a physicist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, this scenario is a way to think about reality. If it is true, he says, “everything around us — the whole three-dimensional physical world — is an illusion born from...
  • Japan unveils new carrier-like warship, largest in navy since WWII

    08/06/2013 9:52:49 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 48 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 8/6/2013 | AP
    Japan on Tuesday unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a huge flat-top destroyer that has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier. The ship, which has a flight deck that is nearly 820 feet long, is designed to carry up to 14 helicopters. Japanese officials say it will be used in national defense -- particularly in anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions -- and to bolster the nation's ability to transport personnel and supplies in response to large-scale natural disasters, like the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011....
  • CNN Reports: Al-Qaeda 'May Have Something Big Going Down'

    08/03/2013 9:32:10 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 89 replies
    Breitbart via CNN ^ | 3 Aug 2013 | Jake Tapper
    Jake Tapper's "The Lead" reports that Al-Qaeda Arabian Peninsula “may have something big going down” and may be in "final stages” of an attack on the U.S. and other Western targets...
  • 'She didn't affirmatively say no': Silence means consent according to defense in rape trial

    03/12/2013 1:20:13 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12 March 2013 | Associated Press and Daily Mail Reporter
    Full Title - 'She didn't affirmatively say no': Silence means consent according to defense in Ohio high school rape trial where passed out, drunken teenage girl was 'sexually assaulted' by multiple football players' Defense lawyers in the coming trial of two high school football players charged with raping a nearly passed-out-drunk 16-year-old girl are expected to argue on the issue of consent. In the case that has shocked the nation, prosecutors state that the inebriated girl was taken to a number of parties by a group of drunk teenagers, supporting her to walk when she wasn't physically capable. The prosecution...
  • Fedzilla MUST DIE

    02/14/2013 9:41:31 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 18 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 14 February 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Inspired by FReeper Catfish1957: "Simple solution. Totally dismantle the federal government outside Defense, Treasury, and State. Delegate any other service to each individual state. Fedzilla must die." More at Reaganite Republican...
  • 17-foot-long Burmese python caught in Everglades

    08/14/2012 5:39:14 AM PDT · by Doogle · 61 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 08/14/12 | AP via FOX
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The biggest Burmese python ever caught in Florida — 17 feet, 7 inches long and 164˝ pounds — was found in Everglades National Park, the University of Florida announced Monday. The snake was pregnant with 87 eggs, also said to be a record. Scientists said the python's stats show just how pervasive the invasive snakes, which are native to Southeast Asia, have become in South Florida. "It means these snakes are surviving a long time in the wild," said Kenneth Krysko, a snake expert at the Florida Museum of Natural History, where the euthanized snake...
  • How Big is the Entire Universe?

    07/21/2012 12:57:15 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 61 replies
    Starts with a Bang ^ | 7/18/12 | Ethan Siegel
    (25) Millenium simulation from Volker Springel et al., from the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics. “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” -Stephen Hawking The Universe is a vast, seemingly unending marvel of existence. Over the past century, we’ve learned that the Universe stretches out beyond the billions of stars in our Milky Way, out across billions of light years, containing close to a trillion galaxies all told.Image credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF Team. And yet, that’s just the observable Universe! There are good reasons to believe that the...
  • David Axelrod: I Had A ‘Big Cry’ When President’s Health Care Law Was Passed

    06/26/2012 2:06:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Meidaite ^ | 6/26/12 | Alex Alvarez
    David Axelrod, senior adviser for Barack Obama‘s re-election campaign, spoke with New York magazine reporter and frequent Morning Joe panelist John Heilemann at 92Y, telling Heilemann that he had a “big cry” over the passage of President Obama’s health care law. RELATED: Poll: Most Americans Want Health Care Law Declared Unconstitutional “I have a child with a chronic illness,” he shared. “I was one of those people who almost went bankrupt. She was seven months old and she started having seizures. I was making 35, 38 thousand dollars a year and her medications weren’t covered by her insurance and we...
  • (California)State tax increases should be accompanied by reform measures

    05/27/2012 8:54:52 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 10 replies
    The (New, liberal) San Francisco Examiner ^ | May 27, 2012 | Melissa Griffin
    California has a “single-subject rule” limiting ballot propositions to just one issue. This is to reduce confusion and prevent massive proposals from being enacted. Thus, it’s no surprise the tax increases on this November’s ballot do not also contain government-reform measures. But there’s nothing stopping the backers of these proposals from endorsing companion legislation designed to soften the burning revulsion that so many people feel for state government, at least enough to allow one or more of the measures to pass. In fact, I think that’s exactly what voters need to see before they agree to pay more taxes. According...
  • A Big, Big Win for Santorum . . . Errr . . . CPAC

    Mitt Romney had a horrible, horrible night. Early yesterday, Mitt Romney’s campaign called Missouri a “beauty contest” and said to focus on Colorado. We did. Wow. I’ve said since Sunday that yesterday would be the first day of voting that Mitt Romney’s “poor” comment to Soledad O’Brien would have an impact. It typically takes a week for comments like that to be digested by voters. Six days after Romney opened his mouth, Rick Santorum swept the night. From Missouri to Minnesota to Colorado the Republican electorate sent a very clear signal — they want conviction over electability. They do not...
  • Huge Solar Eruption Sparks Strongest Radiation Storm in 7 Years

    01/23/2012 1:46:00 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Space.com ^ | 23 January 2012 | SPACE.com Staff
    A powerful solar eruption is expected to blast a stream of charged particles toward Earth tomorrow (Jan. 24), as the strongest radiation storm since 2005 rages on the sun. Early this morning (0359 GMT Jan. 23, which corresponds to late Sunday, Jan. 22 at 10:59 p.m. EST), NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught an extreme ultraviolet flash from a huge eruption on the sun , according to the skywatching website Spaceweather.com. The solar flare spewed from sunspot 1402, a region of the sun that has become increasingly active lately. Several NASA satellites, including the Solar Dynamics Observatory, the Solar Heliospheric Observatory...
  • Survey USA Florida: Romney 36%, Gingrich 25%, Santorum 17%

    01/09/2012 9:21:47 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 77 replies · 7+ views
    Survey USA ^ | 12-9-2012 | Staff
    Mitt Romney: 36 Newt Gingrich: 25 Rick Santorum: 17 Ron Paul: 7 Other: 5 Undecided 10 Other: 5
  • Something Big Is Coming... and It's Going to Be BAD

    11/18/2011 2:20:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 83 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1/18/11 | Phoenix Capital Research
    Something major is occuring in the markets today. The US economy peaked in 2007. However, throughout much of 2008, the stock market continued to rally despite the economic collapse as well as the financial system imploding. Throughout this period the credit markets jammed up and implied something VERY BAD was in the system. However, stock investors continued to pile into stocks because, well, frankly stocks always are the last to "get it." And when stocks finally did get it... it was quite a thing. This same environment is occurring today. Only this time the collapse is sovereign in nature: entire...
  • New Big Brother fears as CIA's 'vengeful librarian' team pore over the web and report to Obama

    11/06/2011 8:29:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/6/11 | Ap
    In an anonymous industrial park in Virginia, in an unassuming brick building, the CIA is following up to five million tweets a day. At the agency's Open Source Center in McLean, a team known affectionately as the 'vengeful librarians' also pores over Facebook, newspapers, TV news channels, local radio stations, Internet chat rooms – anything overseas that anyone can access and contribute to openly. From Arabic to Mandarin Chinese, from an angry tweet to a thoughtful blog, the analysts gather the information, often in native tongue. Keeping track: The CIA team follow up to five million tweets a day around...
  • U.K. Quakes Likely Caused by Fracking

    11/02/2011 4:03:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 47 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 2 November 2011 | Sara Reardon
    Two small earthquakes that shook the Lancashire coast of northeast England and the nearby city of Blackpool earlier this year were probably caused by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking—a shale gas extraction technique that was being used nearby to explore its shale gas wells—according to a report(PDF) released today. The energy company Cuadrilla Resources had begun an experimental drilling operation half a kilometer from the quakes' epicenter in March. Fracking has caused concerns in some countries over its potential health and environmental impact—critics accuse it of contaminating drinking water with gas and the chemicals used for extraction—and it is banned in...
  • Alabama Immigration Threat: Prove Your Legal Status Or Lose Water Supply

    10/07/2011 9:09:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 76 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | October 07, 2011 | Ed Pilkington
    Alabama Immigration Threat: Prove Your Legal Status Or Lose Water Supply Poster put up in town hall illustrates potential impact of new laws which are now subject of appeal by federal government Ed Pilkington 7 October 2011 The warning notice in Allgood, Alabama. Click the magnify icon to see the full poster The poster is mildly worded, but carries a very big punch. "Attention to all water customers," it begins. "To be compliant with new laws concerning immigration you must have an Alabama driver's licence …" And then comes the hit: "… or you may lose water service." The warning,...
  • Pamela Geller, Big Government: Big Media Lauds Imaginary Opening of Ground Zero Mosque

    09/22/2011 5:51:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 9/22/11 | Pamela Geller
    Big Media Lauds Imaginary Opening of Ground Zero Mosque Pamela Geller, Big Government One year ago, Ground Zero Mosque leader Daisy Khan, the wife of stealth Islamic supremacist Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, said that they would be breaking ground on September 11, 2011 for the 15-story monster mosque going up in a building that was destroyed in the Islamic attack on America on 9/11. It was redundant. They had broken ground on September 11, 2001. Well, nonetheless, the jihadist radical Rauf and his third wife (one more, papa, and you are maxed out) have been kicked off the Ground Zero...
  • S&P Downgrade Is Media's Fault Not The Tea Party's

    08/09/2011 7:32:28 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 6 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | August 09, 2011 | 09:22 | Noel Sheppard
    Obama advisers, Democrat senators, and terminally stupid ideologues that for days have blamed Standard and Poor's downgrade of America's debt on the Tea Party are sadly mistaken. Next to the President of the United States and his Party, those really responsible are members of the media. Since the junior senator from Illinois first threw his hat into the presidential ring in February 2007, America's press have refused to hold his feet to the fire concerning any important issue facing the nation. This debt ceiling debate and resulting downgrade were just the most recent examples. When Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) offered...
  • Big push for home births: Too many babies are being born in hospital, say doctors

    07/14/2011 8:47:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/14/11 | Sophie Borland
    Women should no longer assume they will give birth in hospital with a doctor on hand. In a watershed moment, leading medical experts declared that mothers should be given more opportunity to have babies at home because a maternity ward is not necessarily the 'safer option'. A report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists suggests that as many as a third of all women should give birth 'without a doctor going anywhere near them'. It calls for a radical shake-up in the NHS which could lead to thousands more women having babies at home, as was the case
  • 6 Million and Rising, Big Labor Pours Big Bucks into Wisconsin Recalls

    07/12/2011 11:26:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Big Government ^ | 7/12/11 | Brett Healy
    The latest from the Big Labor efforts to strip Republicans of control of the Wisconsin state senate. State labor unions have always been major players in elections here, however, this kind of outside influence on Wisconsin legislative elections is unprecedented. Six million dollars from one interest group for only nine legislative elections? Note thate most of the recalls are not for a month yet, so this totall is sure to increase, perhaps 2-3 times…. [Madison, Wisc…] MNS …In the first eight days of July nearly three million dollars has been sent to Wisconsin by national liberal organizations and individuals, with...
  • Bristol Palin: Michele Bachmann Stole My Mom's Look

    06/29/2011 11:57:45 AM PDT · by ejdrapes · 113 replies · 1+ views
    Glittarazzi ^ | June 29, 2011 | Dave Odegard
    Bristol Palin: Michele Bachmann Stole My Mom's Look Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 11:19AM | Dave Odegard Bristol Palin seems to have no problem speaking her mind while promoting her book. First, she took a shot at Meghan McCain, then she told the press that her mom has already decided on whether she'll run for President or not. Now, she's saying that she thinks Michele Bachmann copped her mom's style. Recently, Bristol told a reporter: "I think she dresses a lot like my mom. But a lot, a lot of women have done that the last few years. I do...
  • Reserve Soldiers Train On New, Big Gun At Camp Ripley (MN)

    06/22/2011 9:15:05 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 31 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 6/22/11 | WCCO Staff
    Minnesota soldiers got a chance to train with the latest and greatest in new weapons on Wednesday at Camp Ripley. It’s the M-777 canon designed to hit a target with near complete accuracy up to 15 miles away. The state of Minnesota now has 12 of the big guns and Minnesota National Guard troops had a chance to fire the weapons up. “Two million dollars for a Howitzer, you can’t put a price on a life. It’s a small price to pay, if we can keep our soldiers alive down range,” said Minnesota National Guard Capt. Steve Hall. The soldiers...
  • US Medicaid drug lists cost more, deliver less

    06/17/2011 11:38:21 AM PDT · by decimon · 8 replies
    The U.S. Medicaid program is likely paying far more than necessary for medications and not offering patients the most effective ones available, by ignoring international evidence-based lists of safe and effective medications, according to a new study by researchers at University of California, San Francisco. The study, which compared the Medicaid program's Preferred Drug Lists in 40 states nationwide against the World Health Organization's 2009 Essential Medicines List, found that the medications that are automatically paid for by the state-run Medicaid programs vary widely from state to state, with few consistent protocols or rationales for their selection, including cost, safety...
  • Deflationary Depression In America: The Double Dip Economic Recession

    06/08/2011 8:24:18 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 1+ views
    TMO ^ | 6-8-2011 | Bob Chapman
    Deflationary Depression In America: The Double Dip Economic Recession Economics / Deflation Jun 08, 2011 - 07:33 AM By: Bob Chapman Wall Street seems to believe the waning recovery in the economy is only temporary and that further recovery is on the way. Such thinking can get you in serious trouble, unless QE3, or its equivalent, is on the way. It is on the way, as we pointed out 13 months ago. The economy cannot live and survive without it otherwise we could be looking at a minus 5% GDP for openers. Incidentally, there are those that believe that unemployment...
  • Big Government Obama’s War on Coal Takes a New Turn

    06/02/2011 11:14:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 1+ views
    big government ^ | 6/2/11 | Capitol Confidential
    Cap-and-trade legislation may have failed in Congress in 2010, but that doesn’t mean that this is the last we will hear from this economically-harmful policy. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Clean Air Act has been busily proposing and finalizing nearly 200 major policy rules aimed at curbing carbon and other particulate emissions. This despite the fact that the Clean Air Act was never intended for this purpose and widespread opposition exists among the business community, citizens and states. One particular regulation that is generating deep concern among the business community is the Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology rule...
  • Big government crushes American standard of living

    04/06/2011 5:01:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4.6.11 | Dr. Milton R. Wolf
    I am happy that Smith-Corona went bankrupt and that Western Union was forced to abandon its old business practices. If the government had bailed out these companies, we’d still be banging out papers on manual typewriters and communicating by telegram. Instead, the typewriter has been relegated to museums (and perhaps a few Birkenstock-wearing, hipster screenwriters’ offices somewhere) and messaging is done over phones that are smarter than the people who keep bailing out failing companies. Actually, I’m indifferent to the success or failure of either of these particular companies, but I champion the free market- a meritocracy - Portugal Seeks...
  • The Great Walls -- Largest Structures in the Universe: "Do They Contradict Big Bang Theory?"

    03/31/2011 11:50:50 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 68 replies
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 3/31/11 | Casey Kazan and the Daily Galaxy staff
    “Just as a fish may be barely aware of the medium in which it lives and swims, so the microstructure of empty space could be far too complex for unaided human brains." -- Sir Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, physicist, Cambridge University Our known Hubble length universe contains hundreds of millions of galaxies that have clumped together, forming super clusters and a series of massive walls of galaxies separated by vast voids of empty space. Great Wall: The most vast structure ever is a collection of superclusters a billion light years away extending for 5% the length of the entire observable...
  • Michael Moore rips Obama over Libya

    03/20/2011 9:44:05 AM PDT · by KevinDavis · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/19/11 | Jordan Fabian
    Anti-war filmmaker Michael Moore tore into President Obama for taking military action in Libya on Saturday.
  • Filmmaker Michael Moore Rips President Obama Over Libya (Leftist speaks out against Obama)

    03/20/2011 7:40:29 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 39 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 20 Mar 11 | Unknown
    Filmmaker Michael Moore slammed President Obama in a string of tweets for taking military action in Libya. Moore, who frequently criticized President George Bush for launching the Iraq War, compared the U.S. military’s mission in Libya to Iraq and Afghanistan in several Twitter messages sent Saturday. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/03/20/filmmaker-michael-moore-rips-president-obama-libya/#ixzz1H9NxSrUi
  • Big Government Top Six Planned Parenthood Deceptions: In Order of Increasing Absurdity

    02/09/2011 10:00:45 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    big government ^ | 2/9/11 | Lila Rose
    Deception 6) “We reported this to the FBI” Planned Parenthood wrote the FBI a letter a week after our investigation, only after they realized that Live Action had conducted the sting.They say this themselves. As much as they may pretend, Planned Parenthood was not attempting to help send human traffickers to jail; they were attempting to pre-empt the release of Live Action’s footage. If Planned Parenthood really cared about reporting potential sex traffickers to authorities, they would have called police while the pimp was in the clinic, or immediately after. Not wasting a minute. Planned Parenthood, where are the reports...
  • Big U.S. companies take tax gripes to Geithner

    01/14/2011 11:55:27 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/14/11 | Kim Dixon
    Chief financial officers from multinational companies meet with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Friday to air gripes about the tax code under which they pay the steepest rate in the industrialized world. Companies want the rate slashed, arguing that it handicaps them competitively against their foreign-based peers. "The current tax code with its punitive corporate rates and complex maze of deductions and credits highly distorts economic decision-making," said Dean Garfield, president of the Information Technology Industry Council, whose members Cisco Systems and Microsoft Corp will attend the meeting.
  • Big unions treat workers like credit cards

    12/01/2010 6:31:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/1/10 | J. Justin Wilson
    Never take investment advice from a union leader. As usual, organized labor emptied its pockets for Democrats in the recent midterm elections, spending at least $171.5 million in an attempt to keep the electoral map blue. Ninety-three percent of that astonishing figure went to elect Democratic politicians. Half of those union donations came from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), which represents government workers. Unsurprisingly, 99.5 percent of their contributions went to Democratic candidates. That money didn't come from the wallets of union leaders. It came from their
  • Have we found the universe that existed before the Big Bang?

    11/20/2010 10:05:12 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 136 replies · 1+ views
    io9 ^ | 11/19/10
    Have we found the universe that existed before the Big Bang? The current cosmological consensus is that the universe began 13.7 billion years ago with the Big Bang. But a legendary physicist says he's found the first evidence of an eternal, cyclic cosmos. The Big Bang model holds that everything that now comprises the universe was once concentrated in a single point of near-infinite density. Before this singularity exploded and the universe began, there was absolutely nothing - indeed, it's not clear whether one can even use the term "before" in reference to a pre-Big-Bang cosmos, as time itself may...
  • BIG PARTY WEEK FOR THE OBAMAS

    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have a packed social schedule this week, with two major galas and a reception for college athletes. On Monday evening, the President will welcome collegiate star athletes to the White House for a reception at 5:45 p.m. The annual event, first held by former President George W. Bush, recognizes outstanding student athletes in more than a dozen sports, including field-hockey, lacrosse, and volleyball. Neither of Obama's alma maters, Columbia University and Harvard University, made the grade. On Wednesday the First Couple will don black tie for the annual Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute...
  • Big party week for the Obamas (Two major galas and reception - Let them eat cake!)

    09/12/2010 4:11:56 PM PDT · by maggief · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 12, 2010 | Christina Wilkie
    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have a packed social schedule this week, with two major galas and a reception for college athletes. On Monday evening, the President will welcome collegiate star athletes to the White House for a reception at 5:45 p.m. The annual event, first held by former President George W. Bush, recognizes outstanding student athletes in more than a dozen sports, including field-hockey, lacrosse, and volleyball. Neither of Obama's alma maters, Columbia University and Harvard University, made the grade. On Wednesday the First Couple will don black tie for the annual Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute...
  • World's Largest Skateboard (Video & Pics)

    07/10/2010 6:27:43 AM PDT · by OneVike · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Skateboarding on streets or a marketplace may look an effortless and entertaining task, but when it comes to riding, rather controlling the world's largest skateboard, the fun factor just takes form of a thrilling experience, taking the breath out of the rider. This is exactly what happened when the California Skateparks brought the world's largest skateboard to the Camp Woodward in Pennsylvania, and took it out for a breathtaking ride with campers. Check out the video, to see the enormous skateboard on a suicidal ride, after the jump. Follow this link if you wish to see a short video...
  • UPS vs. FEDEX: Ultimate Whiteboard Remix (UPS unions can't win in busines so they clear the field)

    You may have heard the UPS is in quite the political fight with FEDEX. Though both are package-delivery companies, they're governed by totally different federal labor rules. As a result, UPS's workforce is much more heavily unionized than FEDEX's—and more than twice as expensive. So now UPS is trying to get FEDEX reclassified under federal law as a way of screwing a competitor. That's horrendous, but it also makes a sick kind of business sense. And it also reveals the real villain: A government that is big enough to absolutely, positively guarantee it can screw any business. Overnight. "UPS Vs....
  • Big Government Lawmakers Deserve Criticism-Even If They Are Republican

    06/28/2010 10:44:50 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    big government ^ | 6/28/10 | Veronique de Rugy
    The debate agitating many in New Jersey right is whether or not the state’s Governor, Chris Christie, is actually doing much to reform the state as it needs to be. I have to say that I wasn’t impressed with him during his campaign for the Republican nomination against Steve Lonagan. Having no interest in the politics of politic, he sounded like a big government Republican to me. With that in mind, I was nicely surprised by the turn that Christie’s campaign against Corzine took and by some of his policies. He talked about small government, the need for reforming New...
  • Big Pharma's stalled R&D machine

    06/16/2010 12:20:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies · 485+ views
    reuters ^ | 6/16/10 | Ben Hirschler and Kate Kelland
    * No more new drugs today than 60 years ago * Diversification push as blockbusters stumble * 200,000 jobs could go across the industry * Can biotech and contract research pick up the pieces? LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) - At just 28, Duncan Casey has already been from the university science bench to the world of Big Pharma research and back again. Now working in an Imperial College lab tucked behind London's famous Science Museum, he has no illusions about the prospects for researchers in the pharmaceutical industry. "The unit I used to work in -- GlaxoSmithKline's place in Harlow...
  • Academia-Gate: As Big Labor and Media Push ‘Researchprop’ on Our Kids, Who’s Really Paying

    06/09/2010 9:03:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 54+ views
    big journalism ^ | 6/9/10 | Liberty Chick
    Yesterday’s story on the “Cry Wolf” project has exposed a dangerous pretense that has been prevalent, yet well disguised, for some time in our institutions of higher learning. It’s an important post. A small committee of professors and academic professionals, normally held in high regard, have blatantly betrayed the trust of the public and quite possibly smeared the reputations of all colleges and universities nationwide. By soliciting “paid activists” to create research papers that are intentionally designed to silence opposing viewpoints, they have undermined the political system and manipulated the governmental policy making process. And in the meantime, they’ve also...
  • Labels Urged for Food That Can Choke

    05/26/2010 11:02:06 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 63 replies · 1,006+ views
    NY TIMES ^ | 5-25-10 | LAURIE TARKAN
    On a July afternoon in 2006, Patrick Hale microwaved a bag of popcorn for his two young children and sat down with them to watch television. When he got up to change the channel, he heard a strange noise behind him, and turned to see his 23-month-old daughter, Allison, turning purple and unable to breathe.
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    05/03/2010 3:46:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 205+ views
    salonsky ^ | 5/3/10 | Mark Benjamin
    In response to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is asking the Interior Department's inspector general to review “the extent to which the oil and natural gas industry exercised influence” over the development of drilling safety regulations.
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    05/03/2010 8:50:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 281+ views
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    04/30/2010 1:17:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 599+ views
    wsj ^ | 4/30/10 | Peggy Noonan
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