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  • Busted: Dan Pfeiffer’s ‘Fact Check’ about Winston Churchill bust is 100% false

    07/28/2012 8:53:29 AM PDT · by epithermal · 17 replies
    Twitchy ^ | July 27, 2012 | Twitchy Staff
    It turns out there were two Churchill busts in the White House. One is still there. The other — the one that used to be in the Oval Office, the one which Charles Krauthammer was referring to — has been returned to the British.
  • Staggering Health Insurance Premiums Right Around the Corner (increase of 50 - 70 percent, WA state)

    07/16/2012 1:13:00 PM PDT · by epithermal · 19 replies
    Washington State Wire ^ | July 12, 2012 | Erik Smith
    OLYMPIA, July 12.—If you think the cost of health insurance is going to go down under health care reform, think again, says the CEO of Washington state’s largest individual-insurance health plan. Many purchasers of individual insurance plans may see premiums rise 50 to 70 percent.
  • China blocks WTO rare earths arbitration as US critical minerals bill goes to a vote

    07/12/2012 9:04:08 AM PDT · by epithermal · 7 replies ^ | July 11, 2012 | Frik Els
    China has officially rejected a request by the US, Europe and Japan to have a special panel of the World Trade Organization arbitrate a dispute over the country's controversial policy of restricting exports of rare earths. China mines roughly 95% of the world's rare earths and is also the globe's top consumer of the 17 elements used in critical components for the automotive, high tech, green energy and defence industries, but the country maintains it only holds 23% of global REE reserves and is actively encouraging others nations to explore and mine REEs. Platts reports under WTO rules, China can...
  • Suspects sought in Laurelhurst Park (Portland, OR) mob attacks (sons of O)

    06/17/2012 10:41:36 AM PDT · by epithermal · 11 replies
    KOIN (Portland) ^ | June 15, 2012 | Faris Tanyos
    Investigators are searching for dozens of teens reportedly involved in mob assaults on two consecutive nights in a Southeast Portland park. The Portland Police Bureau reports that a little after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, responding officers found several groups of teens roaming the park. As they were telling the teens to clear out, a witness directed them to a 14-year-old boy who had sustained facial injuries in an alleged attack. The boy told police that he was with a friend when a group of African American teens approached him, beat him up, and stole his cell phone, iPod, headphones and hat....
  • Canadians pay more in taxes than basic necessities

    04/26/2012 9:17:51 AM PDT · by epithermal · 13 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | April 26, 2012 | QMI Agency
    For the first time, taxes are taking a bigger chunk out of Canadians' budgets than the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter, a new report from the Fraser Institute says. The public policy think-tank calculated that over the past 50 years, an average family's total tax bill has increased 1,738%, the report Canadian Consumer Tax Index 2012 said. Over the same period, the cost of shelter increased by 1,185%, food by 518%, and clothing by 500%.
  • Inslee (D - WA) Makes a Breathtaking Argument as He Exits — Voters Won’t Notice the Difference

    03/21/2012 1:14:25 PM PDT · by epithermal · 12 replies
    Washington State Wire ^ | March 20, 2012 | Erick Smith
    Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Demonstrates Astounding Humility As of today, the voters of the 1st Congressional District no longer have a congressman. For the rest of the year they will be represented by an empty chair. The question is whether they’ll notice the difference. That might sound a little cruel, but the funny thing is that Congressman Jay Inslee himself is arguing that they won’t. When the Democrat announced March 10 that he would resign after seven consecutive terms to focus on his campaign for governor, he said the voters of the north-Seattle suburbs could get along without him. And while...
  • This American Life retracts Apple episode, says Daisey fabricated parts

    03/16/2012 12:31:50 PM PDT · by epithermal · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 16, 2012 | Liz Goodwin
    The public radio show This American Life has retracted an entire storyline told by comedian and self-described Apple fanboy Mike Daisey that aired in early January after Daisey's translator said he made up significant details of the tale. In a press release, the show says the episode was the most popular in its history and was downloaded 888,000 times. The episode also sparked a petition for Apple to improve its working conditions that was signed by a quarter of a million people.
  • Announcing the Matt Ridley Prize for Environmental Heresy

    03/07/2012 12:04:49 PM PST · by epithermal
    The Spectator ^ | March 1, 2012 | Fraser Nelson
    Matt Ridley has long deplored the wind farm delusion, and was appalled when a family trust was paid by a wind farm company in compensation for mineral rights on land on which it wanted to build a turbine. The trust would be paid £8,500 a year for it, and Matt couldn’t abide the idea of profiting — even in part — from this. So he is donating £8,500 in an annual prize to be given to the best essay exposing environmental fallacies. Entries open today. The rules are simple. We invite pieces from 1,000 to 2,000 words in length, to...
  • King County GOP warns of calls falsely claiming caucuses delayed (Washington state)

    03/03/2012 12:01:35 PM PST · by epithermal · 5 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | March 3, 2012 | Jim Brunner
    The King County Republican Party says it has received multiple reports of robo calls to voters falsely claiming the Saturday caucuses have been delayed a week. Lisa Shin, executive director of the King County GOP, said the calls came in Friday evening bearing the caller-identification number of the county party headquarters in Bellevue.
  • Montana's Democratic governor slams ‘jackasses’ in DC for Keystone delay

    02/24/2012 10:40:42 AM PST · by epithermal · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2012 | Ben Geman
    Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) is expressing frustration with the debate in Washington over the Keystone XL pipeline, which he strongly supports. “Ninety per cent of these jackasses that are complaining about the Keystone pipeline in Washington, D.C., one year ago wouldn't have even known where the Keystone was. While we were doing the heavy lifting here in Montana and in South Dakota and in Kansas and Oklahoma ... in Washington, D.C. ... all these great defenders had never heard of Keystone before,” Schweitzer said in an interview published Thursday.
  • Spray-On Antenna Unveiled At Google Solve For X Conference

    02/22/2012 4:46:43 PM PST · by epithermal · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb 8, 2012 | Lora Kolodny
    A start-up called Chamtech Enteprises has an answer to the problems of poor cellphone reception and other shortcomings of traditional antennas. The company has developed a spray-on antenna that it says is more lightweight, energy-efficient and effective than the old-school version. (Where was this stuff when the iPhone 4 came out?) The Sandy, Utah-based start-up’s nanotechnology, unveiled last week at Google’s inaugural Solve For X gathering, can be painted onto a tree, a wall, the ground or even the back of a soldier, enabling a more portable, lightweight way to get reception for a variety of uses. The company has...
  • Luxury NOAA undercover boat got more use as pleasure cruiser

    02/18/2012 11:18:53 AM PST · by epithermal · 43 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | February 17, 2012 | Craig Welch
    Federal fish cops in Seattle bought a $300,000 luxury boat to spy on whale-watching tours — but didn't go through an appropriate bidding process, held barbecues onboard, ferried friends and family across Puget Sound to restaurants and resorts, and used the boat for what one visitor called "a pleasure cruise." When confronted, one federal employee in Seattle misled inspectors about how the vessel was used, and one interfered with federal investigators, according to an internal investigation by the Commerce Department. Those documents were released Friday by U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. At issue is a 35-foot, 14-passenger boat purchased by...
  • Right Wing Blogger (Breitbart) Must Face Sherrod Claim

    02/17/2012 4:36:32 PM PST · by epithermal · 24 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | February 17, 2012 | Ryan Abbott
    WASHINGTON (CN) - Former U.S Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod's lawsuit against right-wing blogger Andrew Breitbart survived a motion to dismiss, clearing the way for her to pursue the high-profile defamation suit she filed against him and a colleague last year. Sherrod Sued Breitbart and associate Larry O'Connor in February 2011, charging the two men posted a heavily editor clip of her online that led to accusations of racism and ultimately got her fired. Breitbert filed his motion under the D.C. Anti-SLAPP Act, which provides that if a defendant can show the claim at issue arises from an act...
  • BPA releases plan to reimburse wind energy producers (for unneeded production!)

    02/11/2012 1:24:15 PM PST · by epithermal · 7 replies
    The Daily News ^ | Feb 8, 2012 | Andre Stepankowsky
    The federal agency that sells and transmits most electrical power in the Northwest has proposed a plan to cover half of wind producers' lost revenue when they're forced to shut down wind farms during periods of excess hydropower production. The plan would affect Cowlitz PUD, which owns interests in two Central Washington wind farms, but would not lower or raise rates significantly, PUD officials said. "This is not going to do anything that would appear to be a rate-driver," PUD spokesman Dave Andrew said Wednesday. Over the objections of wind energy producers, the federal Bonneville Power Administration last spring ordered...
  • U.S. Sen. Cantwell helps kill latest Arctic drilling plan

    02/08/2012 3:31:32 PM PST · by epithermal · 8 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | Feb 8, 2012 | Rob Hotakainen
    Sen. Maria Cantwell, a longtime opponent of oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, has helped defeat the latest Republican plan to open up the refuge for new energy exploration. The Washington Democrat and member of the Senate Finance Committee raised objections Tuesday when Utah GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch offered a plan that would have allowed drilling rigs into the refuge and protected waters off the coast of Florida and southern California “We all know that gas prices going up are a very big challenge to us and we need to find alternatives to foreign oil,” Cantwell said. “But...
  • Obama returning $200,000 tied to pardon request for Mexican fugitive

    02/07/2012 9:19:21 AM PST · by epithermal · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | Feb 7, 2012 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is returning more than $200,000 in donations from the family of a fugitive casino magnate linked to violence and corruption in Mexico who has been seeking a pardon, Obama’s campaign confirmed on Tuesday. “More than 1.3 million Americans have donated to the campaign and we constantly review those contributions for any issues,” Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said in an email after a New York Times report on the decision appeared late on Monday. “On the basis of the questions that have been raised, we will return the contributions from these individuals and...
  • Legislature takes up bill to remove hurdles to electing minorities

    01/27/2012 6:13:52 AM PST · by epithermal · 3 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | January 26, 2012 | Stephanie Kim
    OLYMPIA — As immigrant advocates gathered in Olympia on Thursday, state lawmakers took up a bill that could give minorities a better chance at winning election to local government positions. The legislation would make it easier to bring court challenges aimed at pushing cities, counties and school districts to switch from at-large to district elections in areas where large minority groups are present. -snip- The Washington legislation would make it easier to prove that such districts are necessary. If passed into law, a plaintiff could use census data and election results to show that an unsuccessful minority candidate for local...
  • Congress has legal clout on Keystone pipeline: study

    01/21/2012 9:12:09 AM PST · by epithermal · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 20, 2012 | Roberta Rampton
    (Reuters) - The Congress has the constitutional right to legislate permits for cross-border oil pipelines like TransCanada's Keystone XL, according to a new legal analysis released late on Friday. The study by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service could give a boost to Republicans drafting legislation to overturn a decision this week by President Barack Obama to put the $7 billion Alberta-to-Texas project on ice. Historically, U.S. presidents have made executive decisions on pipelines that cross borders. But Congress had the power all along to weigh in on the permits, said the study, done by four legislative attorneys with the CRS....
  • TransCanada considers new plans: Keystone pipeline may be built in stages in U.S. first

    01/20/2012 10:35:08 AM PST · by epithermal · 53 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | January 20, 2012 | Rebecca Penty
    TransCanada Corp. is considering building U.S. portions of its Keystone XL pipeline and later seeking approval of an Alberta link to circumvent the Obama administration's rejection of the $7-billion project. There is no requirement for a presidential permit to lay pipe anywhere in the United States, provided the line doesn't extend across the border into Canada. On the table is a segment between the oversupplied oil storage hub of Cushing, Okla., and Gulf Coast refining centres in Texas, as well as a longer line from Montana to the Gulf Coast, executives said Thursday. "I think that clearly, with yesterday's decision,...
  • Democrats receive more Bain Capital dollars than Republicans

    01/19/2012 6:01:30 AM PST · by epithermal · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jan 19, 2012 | Alexander Bolton
    Democrats have accepted more political donations than Republicans from executives at Bain Capital, complicating the left’s plan to attack Mitt Romney for his record at the private equity firm. During the last three election cycles, Bain employees have given Democratic candidates and party committees more than $1.2 million. The vast majority of that sum came from senior executives. Republican candidates and party committees raised over $480,000 from senior Bain executives during that time period.
  • A Fine for Not Using a Biofuel That Doesn’t Exist

    01/10/2012 8:49:41 AM PST · by epithermal · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan 9, 2012 | Matthew L Wald
    WASHINGTON — When the companies that supply motor fuel close the books on 2011, they will pay about $6.8 million in penalties to the Treasury because they failed to mix a special type of biofuel into their gasoline and diesel as required by law. But there was none to be had. Outside a handful of laboratories and workshops, the ingredient, cellulosic biofuel, does not exist. In 2012, the oil companies expect to pay even higher penalties for failing to blend in the fuel, which is made from wood chips or the inedible parts of plants like corncobs. Refiners were required...
  • Supreme Court appears sympathetic to Idaho couple in 4-year battle with EPA

    01/10/2012 8:24:22 AM PST · by epithermal · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan 10, 2012 | Robert Barnes
    Conservative members of the Supreme Court seemed outraged Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency’s actions in a four-year battle with an Idaho couple who want to build a house on land the EPA says contains sensitive wetlands.
  • Venezuela Is Ordered to Pay $900 Million to Exxon Mobil

    01/05/2012 12:24:42 PM PST · by epithermal · 20 replies
    NYT ^ | Jan 1, 2012 | Simon Romero
    An international arbitration panel has ruled that Venezuela must pay Exxon Mobil more than $900 million in a long-simmering dispute over the nationalization of Exxon’s assets in Venezuela’s Orinoco Belt, one of the most coveted oil reserves outside the Middle East.
  • Did Obama's election kill the antiwar movement?

    04/08/2011 4:14:18 PM PDT · by epithermal · 23 replies
    University of Michigan ^ | April 5, 2011 | Bernie DeGroat
    ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Since 2003, the antiwar movement in the United States has had much to protest with Americans fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya, but the movement—which has dropped off sharply the past two years—may be more anti-Republican than antiwar, says a University of Michigan researcher. A new study by U-M's Michael Heaney and colleague Fabio Rojas of Indiana University shows that the antiwar movement in the United States demobilized as Democrats, who had been motivated to participate by anti-Republican sentiments, withdrew from antiwar protests when the Democratic Party achieved electoral success, first with Congress in 2006 and then...
  • DARPA Video Game Lets You Teach Military Software How to Hunt Submarines

    04/08/2011 1:47:05 PM PDT · by epithermal · 4 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 7 Apr 2011 | Clay Dillow
    Fancy yourself a suave military gaming tactician? Is prestige level 24 starting to bore you on Black Ops? DARPA wants to put your strategic savviness to real military use by integrating its Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) configurations into the sub-hunting simulator game Dangerous Waters. Download and play the game, and your tactical prowess may just be implemented into ACTUV’s prototype software. DARPA’s ACTUV program aims to develop new tools for anti-submarine warfare that include unmanned autonomous ocean-going vessels that can track quiet submarines hiding in the depths. But in order to figure out what tactics work...
  • 13 arrests as rowdy protesters block governor's office (WA)

    04/07/2011 4:14:27 PM PDT · by epithermal · 13 replies
    KOMO ^ | 7 Apr 2011 | Bryan Johnson
    OLYMPIA, Wash. - Thirteen people were arrested Thursday afternoon outside the governor's office as protests over statewide budget cuts grew noisier and more boisterous, witnesses said. The arrests came as labor groups converged on the Washington state Capitol for a third day of demonstrations to call attention to budget cuts they called "immoral." The 13 protesters were arrested following a pushing and shoving match between protesters and Washington State Patrol troopers.
  • Examining How Quickly US Market Can Access Commercial Crude Oil Inventories

    03/17/2011 8:42:29 AM PDT · by epithermal · 4 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | March 17, 2011 | Eurasia Review
    (EIA) — Amid rising concerns about the risk of a prolonged disruption in Libyan oil exports, crude oil inventories in Europe and elsewhere warrant close scrutiny from market participants. The loss of Libyan crude oil supply will likely be partly offset by two factors: on the supply side, higher exports from Saudi Arabia and other producers; on the demand front, a temporary reduction in Asian consumption following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
  • Union-backed bill passes House without public hearing (WA)

    03/08/2011 9:49:48 AM PST · by epithermal · 3 replies · 1+ views
    SeattlePI Blog ^ | March 7, 2011 | Chris Grygiel
    A measure that changes collective bargaining rules for Department of Corrections employees passed the state House late Monday, despite never having a public hearing and being introduced at the last minute. House Bill 2011 was approved by 59 to 36 vote. It now heads to the Senate. Proponents said the measure was necessary to ensure the safety of workers in the state’s prisons, but opponents said the process by which the bill came before them was shoddy. The legislation sponsored by Rep. Mike Sells, D-Everett, was introduced on Saturday. There were no committee hearings or opportunities for public comment. “This...
  • Immigration, license bill voted down in state Senate (WA)

    03/08/2011 9:31:32 AM PST · by epithermal · 9 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | March 7, 2011 | Manuel Valdes
    OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Republican-led motion to bring a vote on a bill that would have restricted driver's licenses access to illegal immigrants and attempted to stop other identification fraud was defeated Monday in the Washington state Senate, dealing proponents of the measure a major defeat. In a procedural motion, Republicans asked the Senate to consider the bill, which had not been brought to the floor by Democrats, who hold the majority and control of which bills get a vote. But the motion failed 23-25 in the waning minutes of a deadline to vote on bills in their chambers of...
  • Union Controlled NRLB Suddenly Pulls Google Ads on 'How to Start a Union'

    03/06/2011 9:54:21 AM PST · by epithermal · 11 replies
    Redstate ^ | March 6th, 2011 | LaborUnionReport
    A day later, on Friday, the National Labor Relations Board posted what appears to be its first-ever “Fact Check” that stated the following: Fact Check This feature encourages accuracy in the media by correcting common misperceptions and errors of fact when they are brought to our attention. Google Ads It has been reported that the NLRB spent Agency funds on Google ads. An initial review indicates that the ads were provided at no charge beginning in 2008 by Google. The Agency has decided to discontinue them. Now that the NLRB has taken it upon itself to correct the record by...
  • Clinton's media criticism buoys Al-Jazeera

    03/06/2011 9:16:29 AM PST · by epithermal · 3 replies
    AP ^ | Mar 5, 2011 | DAVID BAUDER
    NEW YORK (AP) — A decade ago the U.S. government attacked Al-Jazeera as a propagator of anti-American propaganda. Now Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is citing the network for fine news coverage — and tweaking the U.S. media in the process. The Arab broadcaster says it's ready to take advantage of what it considers a major boost in its acceptance in the United States. Clinton, on the week many U.S. television outlets were preoccupied by the spectacle of actor Charlie Sheen, suggested during testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that American networks were falling behind in the competition...
  • Interior Dept. challenges drilling permit ruling, warns of delayed development

    03/06/2011 7:26:03 AM PST · by epithermal · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/05/11 | Ben Geman
    The Obama administration delivered a warning late Friday to a federal judge who’s demanding Interior Department action on deepwater drilling permit applications: Be careful what you wish for. The Interior Department challenged a Louisiana judge’s orders that require decisions on several industry applications later this month, warning that the court's mandate could force Interior to “deny the applications outright” and divert resources from review of other permit requests. Interior appealed the orders late Friday and asked for a stay. In their filing, Justice Department lawyers say that Judge Martin Feldman’s orders could thwart the “efficient development of oil and gas...
  • Fast laser could revolutionize data communications

    03/04/2011 4:34:13 PM PST · by epithermal · 16 replies
    innovations report ^ | 3/4/2011 | Christian Borg
    Researchers at Chalmers in Sweden have shown that a surface emitting laser – a cheaper and more energy-efficient type of laser for fiber optics than conventional lasers – can deliver error-free data at a record speed of 40 Gbit/s. The break-through could lead to faster Internet traffic, computers and mobile phones. Today's commercial lasers can send up to 10 Gb of data per second (Gbit/s) through optical fibers. This applies to both conventional lasers and to surface emitting lasers. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have managed to increase the speed of the surface emitting laser four times, and see...
  • Federal jury in Utah convicts environmentalist

    03/04/2011 11:07:16 AM PST · by epithermal · 10 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | March 3, 2011 | Kirk Johnson
    SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man who infiltrated a sale of federal energy leases in December 2008 to protest U.S. policies about climate change was found guilty by a jury Thursday of disrupting a government auction and faces up to 10 years in prison. The defendant, Tim DeChristopher, 29, became a folk hero to some in the environmentalist movement for taking action against the leases, which provoked protests and demonstrations in the closing days of the administration of President George W. Bush because of the perceived risk to sensitive lands in southern Utah. In his four-day trial in federal...
  • It's time for Labor Secretary Solis to go

    03/04/2011 7:53:04 AM PST · by epithermal · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/03/11 | Examiner Editorial
    Solis labors under the flawed assumption that she represents only the steadily dwindling sliver of the American work force that is still unionized. As a result, Solis is leaving the other 90 percent of American workers high and dry. Here's the key passage from Solis' remarks at the DNC on public employee protests in Wisconsin and Ohio that points to her fractured understanding of whom she represents: "The fight is on. We work together. We help those embattled states right now where public employees are under assault." She called members of the protesting public employee unions "our brothers and sisters"...
  • Salazar tells House Gulf oil production at 'all-time high;(300,000 fewer barrels produced per day)

    03/04/2011 7:12:55 AM PST · by epithermal · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/03/11 | Mark Tapscott
    Sometimes the stuff politicians say in this town just blows my mind. Check out the video below of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar telling the House Natural Resources Committee a whopper earlier today. Salazar claims oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has remained at "an all-time high" despite the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the federal moratorium and permatorium that have stopped all deepwater drilling activity, put thousands of people in Texas, Lousiana, Mississippi and Alabama out of work, and kept the region's energy economy mired in a deep recession. But according to the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration, Gulf...
  • Meet the three most powerful Big Labor bosses you never heard of

    03/03/2011 4:24:17 PM PST · by epithermal · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/03/11 | Ron Arnold
    On Election Day last year, Big Labor's bosses were aghast at spending some $200 million on political campaigns only to see voters elect a Tea Party inspired GOP majority, toss out the Democrats' supermajority in the Senate, and elect a wave of new Republican governors across the country. That's a lot of money to come out of donations from Big Labor's 14.7 million members - with some of it allegedly taken from their dues, which is illegal, and some rumored to come off-the-books from undocumented workers. Most of Big Labor's political campaign money comes from payroll deductions and checkoff donations...
  • The Left Turns Embarrassment to its Advantage in the Legislature (WA)

    02/28/2011 2:10:17 PM PST · by epithermal · 8 replies
    WashingtonStateWire ^ | Feb. 26, 2011 | Erik Smith
    A Guilty Plea in SEIU Initiative Signature-Forging Case – But the Left Turns Embarrassment to its Advantage in the Legislature OLYMPIA, Feb. 26.—Union officials and left-wing activist groups are saying that an embarrassing signature fraud case involving the Service Employees International Union last summer is a terrific reason to regulate everyone else. They’re pushing a bill that would impose tight new restrictions on signature-gathering companies. It’s the same basic idea they’ve been backing for years, and it’s looking like it is picking up support in the Democrat-controlled Legislature. But here’s the funny thing about it. Not only is the SEIU...
  • Gordon Hintz (Wis - D): "You are f'n dead"

    02/28/2011 9:12:17 AM PST · by epithermal · 32 replies
    Newsradio 620 ^ | 2/28/2011 | Charlie Sykes
    Last week, we heard that State Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) had been busted in a prostitution sting. State Rep. Gordon Hintz was issued a municipal citation in Appleton earlier this month for violating a city sexual misconduct ordinance. Appleton police said the citation was issued Feb. 10 in conjunction with an ongoing investigation of Heavenly Touch Massage Parlor, 342 W. Wisconsin Ave., in Appleton. Police searched the business and a nearby residence in the 1300 block of North Division Street Jan. 28, after investigators had staked out the properties for several days after receiving a tip. ** Last Friday.... after...
  • Fraud Scandal Rocks Seattle’s School District

    02/27/2011 10:37:00 AM PST · by epithermal · 38 replies
    Seattle Education 2010 ^ | 2/25/2011 | Seattle Education 2010
    It’s hard to keep up with all the headlines that are flying fast and furious in the wake of the revelation earlier this week of a $1.8 million fraud scandal that has rocked the Seattle Public School District. But the latest news is that the Seattle Times and School Board President Steve Sundquist, historically two of the biggest apologists and fans of controversial School Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson, are both saying the superintendent needs to go — either fired by the school board, or should resign. (Sundquist also mentions the option of buying out the remainder of Goodloe-Johnson’s roughly $300,000/year contract....
  • Firebombs fly in Athens in clashes over austerity measures

    02/23/2011 2:17:30 PM PST · by epithermal · 11 replies
    The National ^ | Feb 24, 2011 | AP
    ATHENS // Young demonstrators hurled rocks and fire bombs at riot police as clashes broke out today in Athens during a mass rally against austerity measures, part of a general strike that crippled services and public transportation around the country. Police fired tear gas and flash grenades at protesters, blanketing parts of the city centre in choking smoke. Thousands of peaceful demonstrators ran to side streets to take cover. A police officer was attacked and his uniform caught fire in the city's main Syntagma Square, and his motorcycle was burned. At least two people were injured and another three arrested....
  • Green economy needs 2% of every nation's income, says UN

    02/23/2011 8:07:47 AM PST · by epithermal · 16 replies ^ | 21 February 2011 | Fiona Harvey
    The United Nations will call on Monday for 2% of worldwide income to be invested in the green economy, a move it says would boost jobs and economic growth. The call is expected to be matched by statements of support for low-carbon investment from heads of state including President Barack Obama of the US and Hu Jintao of China, and several chiefs of multinational companies. An investment of 2% of global GDP would more than pay for itself in the form of millions of new jobs, the development of new industries, health benefits from cleaner air, energy efficiency savings and...
  • Media Must Demand Answers About “Mystery Missile”

    02/22/2011 8:07:02 AM PST · by epithermal · 32 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | January 25, 2011 | "Senator Bob" Smith
    On November 8, 2010, while conducting normal news coverage in the skies of Los Angeles, California, a helicopter from a local station (KCBS-TV) filmed the trajectory of a “mystery missile.” What was this mysterious object flying through the sky? Nearly three months later, the public has still not been informed. Officially, the projectile remains a mystery. There was a brief flurry of requests for information from the local CBS affiliate and for three or four days a few stories were seen in the national news. Then came the black hole. -SNIP- President Obama, who promised us an “open and transparent”...
  • Obama Administration's Forest Rule May End Up Back in Court

    02/22/2011 7:37:17 AM PST · by epithermal · 8 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | February 18, 2011 | SONYA ANGELICA DIEHN
    (CN) - Environmentalists say the federal government's new forest planning rules fail to protect species and habitat and put too much power in the hands of forest managers who have abused their discretion. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, citing a need for efficiency and flexibility, unveiled new rules intended to replace regulations established in the 1980s for nearly 200 million federal acres. The proposal, which the U.S. Forest Service released last week, would cover 193 million acres in 155 forests and 20 grasslands in the National Forest system. The Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture....
  • 'America's Great Outdoors' unveiled (Fed land grab)

    02/21/2011 2:23:20 PM PST · by epithermal · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/16/11 | Patrick Reis
    President Barack Obama is trumpeting a conservation plan that he hopes will get an indoor nation out of the house. In an address from the White House on Wednesday, Obama is rolling out his “America’s Great Outdoors” initiative, a plan to coordinate several federal conservation programs in order to connect Americans to the natural world. The plan would seek to protect wild places near urban centers and promote recreational access on public lands, as well as create a youth conservation corps dedicated to hiring young people to work outside. With four out of five Americans living in or near cities,...
  • Toshiba claims massive energy savings on flip-flop circuits (Might be good for politicians )

    02/21/2011 9:16:09 AM PST · by epithermal · 9 replies
    the Inquirer ^ | Feb 21 2011 | Rob Coppinger
    A WHOPPING 77 PER CENT less power is needed for Toshiba's 40nm scale CMOS flip-flop circuit compared to earlier flip-flops, the Japanese company claims.
  • Ferrioli to European wolf advocates: Go away, morons!

    02/16/2011 10:13:47 AM PST · by epithermal · 10 replies
    Oregonian ^ | February 09, 2011 | Jeff Mapes
    Oregon Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli doesn't cotton to foreigners offering legislative advice. When Louise du Toit, a singer from South Africa living in Greece, wrote the John Day Republican asking him to oppose a bill sponsored by Sen. Doug Whitsett, R-Klamath Falls, that would remove wolves from Oregon's endangered species list, Ferrioli whipped out this reply: "Are you kidding? Why do you expect that input from [European Union] residents make any difference at all to me? I'll be supporting Dr. Whitsett's bill (he is a VETERINARIAN). By the way, perhaps I should be writing to EU ministers to stop...
  • Threat in Montana forces evacuation of Amtrak train bound for Oregon

    02/16/2011 9:33:29 AM PST · by epithermal · 34 replies
    Oregonian ^ | February 15, 2011 | AP
    HELENA, Mont. -- An unruly passenger who was removed from an Amtrak train later made a threat that led to the train’s evacuation, an Amtrak official said Tuesday. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said Hussein Abdi Hassan, 24, was removed from the train in Browning shortly before 8:30 p.m. Monday. While being interviewed by authorities, the Minnesota man “somehow threatened the safety of the train," he said. Nothing dangerous was found. The train was stopped between Browning and East Glacier. Passengers were taken to a middle school in Browning, where they were set up with sleeping bags and air mattresses.
  • Guilty plea in hate crime attack on West Seattle teen

    02/12/2011 10:10:16 AM PST · by epithermal · 16 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | February 11, 2011 | Jennifer Sullilvan
    Jonathan Baquiring, a 21-year-old man who attacked a West Seattle teen last year because he was white, pleaded guilty Friday morning to first-degree robbery with a deadly weapon and malicious harassment, the state's hate crime statute. Baquiring could face up to six years in prison when he is sentenced on March 11. Baquiring and Ahmed Mohamed attacked Shane McClellan on May 25. Mohamed, 22, pleaded guilty in December to first-degree robbery with a deadly weapon and malicious harassment. He was sentenced last month to nearly six years in prison. According to court documents, McClellan was walking home from a friend's...
  • The $242 Million Software Error

    02/11/2011 9:45:13 AM PST · by epithermal · 9 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | February 10, 2011 | Robert Charette
    In April of 2010, AXA Rosenberg, a privately owned investment management company, sent a letter (see PDF here) to its clients stating that it had discovered a "coding error that affected the flow of information between the risk model and our portfolio optimization process." As a result, "common-factor risks were significantly underrepresented." The error, which was discovered in later June 2009 wasn't corrected until between September and mid-November 2009. The error actually was introduced into the company's risk model in early 2007, and led to investors losing a total of $217 million. However, according to the US Security and Exchange...