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  • McAuliffe poll shock: Democrat up by only 4 points in Virginia governor’s race

    10/30/2013 4:45:12 AM PDT · by saganite · 48 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 30 Oct 2013 | Staff
    Democrat Terry McAuliffe leads Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II by 4 points in the Virginia governor’s race, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday — a considerably narrower margin than other recent public polling has shown. The businessman and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee leads Mr. Cuccinelli, the state’s attorney general, 45 percent to 41 percent, the poll showed, with 9 percent of likely voters opting for Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis. That lead is down from a 46 percent to 39 percent advantage for Mr. McAuliffe in a Quinnipiac poll last week, when Mr. Sarvis was at 10...

    09/02/2013 4:42:19 PM PDT · by saganite · 63 replies
    Drudge ^ | 2 Sep 2013 | Drudge
    Drudge has a poll up. Do you support giving Obama authority to conduct military operations in Syria.
  • Is immigration reform doomed in the House?

    07/09/2013 7:40:14 AM PDT · by saganite · 14 replies
    Washington post ^ | 9 July 2013 | Staff
    Reform advocates and Democrats on the Hill are not ready to give up just yet, and they are quietly circulating a new memo that details a list of House Republicans they believe may — may — be gettable in support of reform. The list and memo, which you can check out right here, is meant as a very broad, and admittedly optimistic, look at the full range of House Republicans whose support should not be completely ruled out just yet. The idea here is that if Speaker John Boehner does, in the end, allow a vote on the Senate bill,...
  • Northwest Territories oil play big as Bakken

    07/18/2012 6:11:10 PM PDT · by saganite · 6 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | 18 July 2012 | Dina O'Meara
    The Northwest Territories has switched its engine for economic independence to oil from natural gas as majors start exploring a promising shale play in the central Mackenzie region. The Canol shale formation could be as big as the prolific Bakken light oil play which stretches across Montana, North Dakota, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, said David Ramsey, minister of industry and of transportation for the NWT, Wednesday. Major oil and gas producers have invested $628 million in working commitments on 15 parcels in the central Mackenzie region since 2011, establishing a foothold in the promising region, Ramsey said. “It goes to show...
  • Army to end sponsorship of Ryan Newman

    07/12/2012 10:49:00 AM PDT · by saganite · 24 replies ^ | 10 July 2012 | Pete pistone
    The U.S. Army announced it will no longer sponsor Ryan Newman's Sprint Cup entry at Stewart-Haas Racing or continue a presence in NASCAR after this season. The team released a statement Tuesday announcing the U.S. Army made the decision as part of a reallocation of its marketing budget. “The U.S. Army has been a great partner of Stewart-Haas Racing since the team's inception. It has been a mutually beneficial relationship, with the U.S. Army introducing training regimens that improved our pit crews while instilling the mental, physical and emotional strength of the U.S. Army Soldier in all of us. We...
  • Inglorious beginnings: Experts trace humanity's origins to ancient worm

    03/05/2012 1:34:49 PM PST · by saganite · 14 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | 6 March 2012 | Staff
    It seems an inglorious beginning, but some scientists are now convinced humanity's origins can be traced to an ancient, flat, fishlike worm. A team of researchers subjected the 505-million-year-old Burgess shale fossils of Pikaia gracilens to the latest technology and found evidence that could settle a decades-long debate about the primitive species. Notably, that they had the seeds of a spine. "We can see and discern the positive location of the notochord and the nerve chord. This was not obvious at all, you needed these techniques to see it," said Jean-Bernard Caron, the curator of invertebrate paleontology at the Royal...
  • Nature Journal of Science Discredits Man-made Global Warming

    09/06/2011 5:31:32 PM PDT · by saganite · 58 replies ^ | 6 Sep 2011 | Chriss W. Street
    Nature Journal of Science, ranked as the world’s most cited scientific periodical, has just published the definitive study on Global Warming that proves the dominant controller of temperatures in the Earth’s atmosphere is due to galactic cosmic rays and the sun, rather than by man. One of the report’s authors, Professor Jyrki Kauppinen, summed up his conclusions regarding the potential for man-made Global Warming: “I think it is such a blatant falsification.” The research was conducted by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which invented the World Wide Web, built the multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider, and now has...
  • Crew Of Doomed Polish Plane Were Unfit For Job (Presidential plane crash report)

    07/29/2011 7:40:24 AM PDT · by saganite · 19 replies ^ | July 29, 2011 | staff
    The crew of the plane carrying Poland's president that crashed in Russia last year killing all 96 on board were poorly trained and ignored crucial safety regulations, a long-awaited Polish government report into the disaster said on Friday. The 328-page report, which may complicate Prime Minister Donald Tusk's bid for re-election in October, chronicles a long litany of errors and neglect by both the crew and Russian ground staff leading to the crash, which shook Poland to the core. "There were serious shortcomings in the organization of the unit (of the air force responsible for handling VIP flights)," a member...
  • Appeals Court in Ohio Upholds Health Law

    06/29/2011 10:23:01 AM PDT · by saganite · 48 replies
    WSJ ^ | 28 June 11 | staff
    A federal appeals court in Cincinnati on Wednesday upheld the health-care law passed by Congress last year, saying the law's requirement for most Americans to carry insurance or pay a penalty is constitutional. The vote was 2-1 on the three-judge panel on the key question of whether the insurance requirement exceeded Congress's powers under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The majority concluded that it did not. "Congress had a rational basis for concluding that the minimum coverage provision is essential to the Affordable Care Act's larger reforms to the national markets in health care delivery and health insurance,"...
  • Scientists say Japan quake shows US nuclear risk

    03/11/2011 11:09:06 AM PST · by saganite · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 11 2011 | staff
    The massive earthquake that forced the closure of four nuclear power plants in Japan has highlighted the grave risk of inadequate back-up generators at U.S. facilities, a leading U.S. scientist group said on Friday. While the U.S. regulator made clear that the national nuclear fleet is built to withstand the biggest earthquakes in history, scientists said they needed to do more to ensure that future quakes don't risk the kind of reactor impact that Japan is now grappling with. "We do not believe the safety standards for U.S. nuclear reactors are enough to protect the public today," Edwin Lyman, senior...
  • Chesapeake Moves Into Ohio, As State Braces For Oil Shale Boom

    02/28/2011 6:04:31 PM PST · by saganite · 20 replies
    automatedtrader/dow news wire ^ | 28 February 2011 | Ryan Dezember
    For many residents of this northeast Ohio hamlet, the oil bonanza began with a knock at the door. City Hall received a fax. Spit from that machine last summer was a mineral rights lease offer -- just like those being hand-delivered to homeowners -- from oil and gas explorer Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK). In the subsequent months Chesapeake's oil-field leasing agents swarmed the region, laying claim to what the company and others say may be one of the last big unconventional oil discoveries in the U.S. "It was a mad rush," said Mayor Rob Donham. Windham eventually sold Chesapeake the...
  • Ford F-150 Used to Develop 40 MPG Hydraulic Hybrid Powertrain

    02/20/2011 6:08:28 AM PST · by saganite · 70 replies
    Pickup ^ | February 18, 2011 | Mike Levine
    Ford is working with the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power and Folsom Technologies to develop a prototype F-150 light-duty pickup truck propelled by a hydraulic hybrid powertrain. Hydraulic hybrids differ considerably from gas-electric hybrids, like the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid, but the goal is the same: to improve fuel efficiency. “We have the potential to reach 40 miles per gallon or higher with hydraulic power,” said Perry Li, co-deputy director of CCEFP and a mechanical engineering professor. “But we feel like we don’t give up anything versus an electric hybrid, and there are no batteries and nothing to...
  • Ban of NASCAR military sponsors sought

    02/16/2011 10:59:30 AM PST · by saganite · 64 replies
    UPI ^ | 16 Feb 11 | staff
    The U.S. military should not be spending money on sponsoring NASCAR teams, Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., said in a budget bill she sponsored. McCollum's chief of staff, Bill Harper, told The Virginia-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk his boss sponsored the budgetary amendment to address the plight of a growing number of veterans and their families. "There's an amendment on the floor to eliminate all funding for homeless veterans," he said. "On one hand, we're eliminating assistance to men and women who served our country ... and on the other hand, we're paying for race cars."
  • CBS News' Lara Logan Assaulted During Egypt Protests

    02/15/2011 2:18:13 PM PST · by saganite · 10 replies
    CBS ^ | 15 Feb 11 | staff
    On Friday February 11, the day Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a "60 Minutes" story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy. In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the...
  • CHICAGOLAND: Obama Said to Consider William Daley for Top White House Post

    01/03/2011 1:55:08 PM PST · by saganite · 85 replies
    Drudge ^ | 3 Jan 11 | staff
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  • It was US Airways flight 808 ("missile" launch)

    11/10/2010 3:17:14 PM PST · by saganite · 128 replies · 1+ views ^ | 2010-11-09 17:49 | bahneman
    I wonder if I'm the first to call it, the reported unexplained missile launch off the coast of California, was US Airways 808. I did a lot of extrapolation of what flights could be at the right position (off the coast) at the right altitude (for contrail formation) and came down to two possibilities: UPS flight 902 (UPS902) or US Airways flight 808 (AWE808). As I was researching tonight (24 hours later), I realized that today's AWE808 current position (at around 4:50pm) was almost the same as it was the day of the incident. I quickly pulled up a Newport...
  • GOP, Dems both show strength in state's early voting (NC)

    10/26/2010 3:25:05 PM PDT · by saganite · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Sarah Palin and a group backed by Republican strategist Karl Rove moved Tuesday to influence North Carolina's congressional races with a late endorsement and blitz of advertising. snip The heaviest voting has been in the 11th District, covering the western part of the state. In that area, Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler has been facing a tough and increasingly costly challenge from Republican businessman Jeff Miller. snip Another area with heavy balloting is in the 7th District in southeastern North Carolina. In that district, Demoratic Rep. Mike McIntyre has faced a tough challenge from military veteran Ilario Pantano, who received an...
  • Calif. governor's race upended by immigrant maid

    09/30/2010 5:46:15 PM PDT · by saganite · 77 replies · 1+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 30 Sep '10 | JULIET WILLIAMS and MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    Meg Whitman's campaign for governor was thrown into turmoil Thursday as the Republican sought to fend off new evidence that she knowingly had an illegal immigrant housekeeper on her payroll for nearly a decade. Whitman denounced the allegations as a "baseless smear attack" by Democratic challenger Jerry Brown in what has become a dead-heat race five weeks before the election. The central issue is whether Whitman knew about a letter that the Social Security Administration sent her in 2003 that raised discrepancies about the housekeeper's documents — a possible tip-off that she could be illegal. The letter is the foundation...
  • Michigan teen bowhunter takes record 448-pound bear

    09/29/2010 6:02:27 PM PDT · by saganite · 31 replies ^ | Tue Sep 28 2010 | Cameron Smith
    Jessica Olmstead is a 17-year-old senior at Harper Creek (Mich.) High School. In many ways she's like most teens; she worries about classes, gets excited about the next weekend and likes to hang out with friends. But Olmstead has a hobby that isn't shared by many of her peers: She's a big-game bowhunter, a pursuit which recently helped her land big headlines when she bagged a 448-pound black bear on a summer hunt in Canada. According to Aaron Harris of the Battle Creek Enquirer, Olmstead considers herself a hunting natural. She relishes the adrenaline and excitement of a hunt. Despite...
  • Senate repeal of ban on gays in military falters

    09/21/2010 11:38:56 AM PDT · by saganite · 55 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 21 Sep 2010 | staff
    A Senate bill to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy appeared headed for defeat Tuesday, a major setback for gay groups that saw the vote as their last chance this year to overturn the 17-year-old ban. Advocates had been optimistic that the Democratic-controlled White House and Congress could overcome objections to repeal of the law barring gays from serving openly in the military. The move is unpopular among Republicans, military officers and social conservatives.
  • “Pro-business” group buys $712,000 in anti-(Heath) Shuler ads (NC 11th district)

    09/20/2010 10:08:18 AM PDT · by saganite · 19 replies
    mountain Xpress ^ | 20 Sep '10 | David Forbes
    Rep. Heath Shuler is facing a new challenge, as news emerged in the Washington Examiner that Americans for Job Security, a conservative, “pro-business” non-profit, is putting $712,000 into advertising opposing the two-term Democratic congressman. The Examiner report, on three Democratic representatives the group is targeting with ad buys, notes that they’re spending “$712,000 against Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., a two-term Democrat in Asheville (NC-11) whom most people do not believe is terribly vulnerable this year. But with that kind of money-tide flowing against him, who knows? Just a few cycles ago, that was enough to fund a winning House campaign....
  • “Firearms in Commerce: Assessing the Need for Reform in the Federal Regulatory Process”

    09/08/2010 7:48:48 AM PDT · by saganite · 20 replies ^ | September 8, 2010 | staff
    Full Committee DATE: September 14, 2010 TIME: 10:00 AM ROOM: Dirksen-226 OFFICIAL HEARING NOTICE / WITNESS LIST: September 7, 2010 NOTICE OF COMMITTEE HEARING The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing entitled "Firearms in Commerce: Assessing the Need for Reform in the Federal Regulatory Process" for Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. By order of the Chairman.
  • Huge Oil and Gas Discovery (Israel)

    09/03/2010 4:11:12 AM PDT · by saganite · 30 replies ^ | Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 | Ian Cooper
    While the Middle East may have a reputation for instability and occasional violence, there's no denying the vast riches it has to offer patient investors. Just months after the announcement of $1 trillion worth of minerals in Afghanistan comes word of oil discoveries in Israel... Israel may finally be able to tell its Middle Eastern neighbors where they can stick their oil — something the United States has wanted to do for years. In one of the most sought-after parts of the world, 4.3 billion barrels of oil could be sitting in the Leviathan project beneath the Mediterranean, according to...
  • Report: Olbermann Cut from NBC’s ‘Football’ Line Up

    08/09/2010 3:34:55 PM PDT · by saganite · 42 replies ^ | 9 august 2010 | Tracy Phillips
    Game over for Keith Olbermann. The cable news anchor reportedly will no longer be a part of NBC’s ‘Football Night in America,’ where he has contributed segments for the Sunday Night Football broadcasts for the last three years. Sources confirm to Sports by Brooks that Olbermann will not return this NFL season. According to the report, NBC News officials were behind the decision, because they want the MSNBC host to focus on his program ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann.’
  • NOAA trims hurricane outlook, still seen very active

    08/05/2010 9:42:58 AM PDT · by saganite · 16 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 5 August 2010 | staff
    U.S. government scientists on Thursday reduced their forecast for the 2010 Atlantic-Caribbean hurricane season, saying that while it will still be active, there were fewer storms in June and July than expected. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it now expects 14 to 20 tropical storms, with eight to 12 of those strengthening into hurricanes, during the six-month season that began on June 1. It forecast that four to six of these would become major hurricanes. Before the season began, NOAA had forecast 14 to 23 tropical storms, with eight to 14 developing into hurricanes, and three to seven...
  • NC-11: If Blue Dog Shuler Is in Trouble, the Democratic Majority Is in Trouble (poll, 45-44)

    08/03/2010 11:14:01 AM PDT · by saganite · 19 replies · 8+ views
    firedog lake ^ | Tuesday August 3 | Jon Walker
    According to a new SurveyUSA poll of North Carolina’s 11th district for the Civitas Institute, Rep. Heath Shuler is effectively tied with his Republican opponent, Jeff Miller. While the district is Republican leaning, the race so far has been ranked “Likely Democratic” by the Cook Political Report. Shuler first won in 2006 and was re-elected in 2008, both times by substantial margins. If Shuler is in real danger of losing his seat, this means Democrats are in real danger of losing their majority in the House. The 11th District is the kind of seat Republicans need to win to overcome...
  • Stock futures plummet, market set for lower open

    05/25/2010 5:18:57 AM PDT · by saganite · 22 replies · 643+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 25 May '10 | staff
    Stock futures plummeted Tuesday as fears of a global economic slowdown grow and tensions rise on the Korean peninsula. Dow Jones industrial average futures fell more than 2 percent. The euro approached a four-year low, which it set last week. The euro dropped to $1.2192, bringing it within a penny of the low of $1.2146 it touched last week. snip Ahead of the opening bell, Dow futures fell 221, or 2.2 percent, to 9,822. Standard & Poor's 500 index futures fell 27.90, or 2.6 percent, to 1,043.10, while Nasdaq 100 index futures fell 42.00, or 2.3 percent, to 1,770.50. Tuesday's...
  • Vikings rookie free agent overcomes darn near everything (feel good story of the day)

    05/08/2010 1:39:47 PM PDT · by saganite · 6 replies · 518+ views
    Yahoo sports ^ | 8 May '10 | MJD
    A lot of hopeful rookies have overcome a lot of hardships to earn a crack at an NFL roster over the past couple of weeks, either through the draft or as undrafted free agents. I'm sure there are a lot of rough stories out there. There probably aren't many rougher than the story of Bill Noethlich, though. Judd Zulgad of tells the story of Noethlich, a 6-7, 308-pound offensive lineman who just signed a contract with the Minnesota Vikings. He went undrafted but was invited to try out at the Vikings rookie camp. He ended up walking away with...
  • Would-be replacements raise for Harry Reid (money from Wall Street)

    04/27/2010 4:59:40 AM PDT · by saganite · 10 replies · 311+ views
    Politico ^ | 4/27/10 | MANU RAJU & JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Insiders say any potential successor to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who appeared to be anything less than loyal to him would risk turning off the senators whose votes they'd need if Reid were to lose. Chuck Schumer invited Harry Reid to spend Monday morning with him in Brooklyn, where some of Schumer’s well-heeled friends opened their checkbooks to help the Senate majority leader’s struggling reelection bid. Democratic Whip Dick Durbin has invited Reid to join him next week in Chicago, where he’ll connect the Nevada Democrat with Windy City business leaders who’ll pour even more money into Reid’s campaign....
  • Link Between Solar Activity and the UK's Cold Winters

    04/20/2010 1:03:18 AM PDT · by saganite · 13 replies · 539+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 20 April '10 | staff
    A link between low solar activity and jet streams over the Atlantic could explain why, despite global warming trends, people in regions North East of the Atlantic Ocean might need to brace themselves for more frequent cold winters in years to come. A new report published on April 15, in IOP Publishing's Environmental Research Letters, describes how we are moving into an era of lower solar activity which is likely to result in UK winter temperatures more like those seen at the end of the seventeenth century. Lead author Mike Lockwood of the University of Reading said: "This year's winter...
  • KLM pushes to resume passenger flights after tests

    04/18/2010 1:16:57 AM PDT · by saganite · 33 replies · 1,014+ views
    AP? Yahoo ^ | 18 April '10 | staff
    KLM, the Dutch subsidiary of Air France, says it has flown a plane through the cloud of volcanic ash covering Europe without suffering any damage. KLM carried out a test flight above Dutch air space Saturday. It says initial inspections afterward showed no damage or irregularities from the ash in the air that has led to a ban on air travel over much of Europe since Friday.
  • Corpse Was Still Alive At Airport, Wife Says

    04/09/2010 5:44:44 PM PDT · by saganite · 16 replies · 526+ views
    Airwise News ^ | April 9, 2010 | staff
    A German woman arrested on suspicion of trying to smuggle a corpse onto a plane says her husband was still alive when they reached Liverpool airport. Gitta Jarant told Bild newspaper on Friday she hopes to get the remains of her husband Willi from Britain as soon as possible to have him cremated -- and then return to Berlin. Jarant and her daughter were arrested at Liverpool's John Lennon airport on Saturday suspected of failing to give notice of Willi's death. She told the paper the 91-year-old former pilot had died at the airport just before the flight. "I'm not...
  • Another year, another jersey FAIL: Eugenio Velez's San 'Francicso'

    04/09/2010 3:53:25 AM PDT · by saganite · 2 replies · 203+ views
    Yahoo Sports ^ | April 9, 2010 | David Brown
    ou can take the Giants out of San Francisco for a road trip, the saying goes, but you're not allowed to misspell the city's name on the team's uniform tops. That's right, a Majestic jersey failure — figuratively and literally — has happened for a second straight season in Major League Baseball. When Giants reserve Eugenio Velez(notes) took the field for a double switch in the seventh inning at Houston on Wednesday night, he apparently had no idea his road grays read: "San Francicso." San F-R-A-N-C-I-C-S ... uh-oh. That's not where Tony Bennett left his heart. That's not where hippies...
  • Police shoot 12 dead at Kyrgyz opposition rally

    04/07/2010 5:33:00 AM PDT · by saganite · 37 replies · 1,608+ views
    AP/Google ^ | 07 April, 2010 | PETER LEONARD
    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — Witnesses saw police in Kyrgyzstan shoot dead at least 12 people and wound another dozen after opening fire on thousands of angry protesters who tried to seize the Central Asian nation's main government building. An AP reporter saw 12 bodies as the crowd retreated. Opposition activist Toktoim Umetalieva, who was in the crowd, says 17 people have died. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below. BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Police in Kyrgyzstan opened fire Wednesday on thousands of angry protesters who tried to seize the Central Asian...
  • Jaw Bone Grown from Adult Stem Cells

    03/31/2010 2:02:48 PM PDT · by saganite · 11 replies · 447+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Mar. 31, 2010 | staff
    A Columbia scientist has become the first to grow a complex, full-size bone from human adult stem cells. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, a professor of biomedical engineering at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, reports that her team grew a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) from stem cells derived from bone marrow. Her work is reported in the online Early Edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this month. "The TMJ has been widely studied as a tissue-engineering model because it cannot be generated easily, if at all, by current methods," says Vunjak-Novakovic, whose co-authors include Warren...
  • Harold Ford: Democrats are 'scared'

    03/02/2010 8:44:14 AM PST · by saganite · 41 replies · 1,356+ views
    Politico ^ | 3/2/10 | ANDY BARR
    Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. said Tuesday that Democrats are “scared” heading into this fall’s election and that he decided not to run for the Senate from New York because he feared his party would lose the seat after a tough primary. “The fall is going to be a tough, tough fall for whatever Democrat emerges,” Ford said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” his first since announcing Monday night that he is not running. “It would have been a tough brutal fight.” snip Ford also indicated that Republican Sen. Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts made a Republican win...
  • P-51 Mustang video

    02/26/2010 7:12:13 AM PST · by saganite · 20 replies · 772+ views
    Grey Eagles Films ^ | 09/02/2009 | Chris Woods
    This is a video about a reunion of P-51 pilots and over 100 P-51 Mustangs in 2007. It's about 30 minutes long but if you love these old planes and the pilots who flew them you will enjoy the video.
  • NASA could be rocketing to United Launch Alliance’s sweet spot

    02/13/2010 5:05:52 AM PST · by saganite · 24 replies · 588+ views
    Denver business journal ^ | February 12, 2010, | staff
    It’s an interesting time in aerospace, and perhaps nowhere is it more interesting than at United Launch Alliance. NASA proposes scrapping its existing plans for human space flight and instead looking to industry to develop the next rockets and spacecraft to get U.S. astronauts into orbit and beyond. A hard fight over the strategy shift is ahead in Congress, but the future of space flight seems destined to change no matter the outcome. And all this comes at a time when Centennial-based ULA, the primary contractor for government satellite missions, completes the melding of the rival rocket divisions of Lockheed...
  • Economy likely grew faster in 4Q, but fears remain

    01/29/2010 5:30:20 AM PST · by saganite · 12 replies · 409+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Friday January 29, 2010 | Jeannine Aversa
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- At the end of last year, the economy likely grew for the second straight quarter -- possibly at the fastest pace in nearly four years. So the recession has ended, right? Yes, say most economists. But a panel of academics who officially decide such matters has offered a different response: silence. snip But many analysts worry that growth could slow or even stop in coming months. They point to temporary factors that propped up the economy in the fourth quarter but will eventually fade. Much of the fourth-quarter expansion was due to government stimulus and to companies...
  • Obama to meddle with your retirement account? (Forcing 401K's into buying treasury notes)

    01/19/2010 6:58:35 AM PST · by saganite · 40 replies · 2,889+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 14, 2010 | Jerome R. Corsi
    The Obama administration appears to have come up with a novel way of financing trillion-dollar budget deficits – demanding IRA and 401(k) holders buy trillions of dollars in Treasury bonds. With the Treasury needing this year to see another $1 trillion in debt to finance the anticipated federal budget deficit, and the Federal Reserve about to discontinue its 2009 program of buying Treasury bonds for the Fed's asset portfolio, the Obama administration is scrambling to find ways to sell government debt without having to raise interest rates. Bloomberg reported Friday that Assistant Labor Secretary Phyllis C. Borzi and Deputy Assistant...
  • Port-au-Prince airport `chaos' slows relief from Miami

    01/16/2010 8:54:02 AM PST · by saganite · 38 replies · 1,164+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 16 Jan 10 | DOUGLAS HANKS
    The Port-au-Prince airport remained the main roadblock between tons of relief supplies in South Florida warehouses and desperate Haitians. After a two-hour delay, a chartered cargo plane left idling on the runway at Miami International Airport Friday morning finally got permission to take off for the Haitian capital. It left at 10:05 a.m. for the two-hour flight, though getting permission to land can be a challenge, too. ``We've got reports [from air traffic control] that flights are being held for three hours,'' Alfredo Gumbs Jr., ramp manager for cargo carrier Amerijet, said Friday minutes after the departure of the plane...
  • No Rise of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Fraction in Past 160 Years, New Research Finds

    12/31/2009 5:45:00 AM PST · by saganite · 66 replies · 2,325+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Dec. 31, 2009 | staff
    Most of the carbon dioxide emitted by human activity does not remain in the atmosphere, but is instead absorbed by the oceans and terrestrial ecosystems. In fact, only about 45 percent of emitted carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere. However, some studies have suggested that the ability of oceans and plants to absorb carbon dioxide recently may have begun to decline and that the airborne fraction of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions is therefore beginning to increase. snip To assess whether the airborne fraction is indeed increasing, Wolfgang Knorr of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol reanalyzed...
  • Natural Variability Led to Extra-Cold 2008, Research Finds (paging Al Gore)

    12/31/2009 4:45:43 AM PST · by saganite · 27 replies · 830+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Dec. 31, 2009 | staff
    An especially cold year in North America in 2008 led some members of the public and the media to question the scientific consensus on human-induced global warming. In addition, the cool global temperatures during the past decade may appear to contrast with the warming expected due to human influence. To clarify the roles of human influence and natural climate variability, Perlwitz et al. used observed temperature data and a suite of climate model simulations to analyze factors contributing to the 2008 North American temperature conditions.
  • Jim Traficant, Convicted Felon, Running for Congress Again (Dems have no shame)

    12/30/2009 5:26:39 PM PST · by saganite · 80 replies · 1,864+ views
    politics daily ^ | Dec 30 2009 | staff
    Jim Traficant, the weave-wearing, bold talking, convicted felon and former congressman who once called Congress "a big whore house," told a Youngstown, Ohio, business group Tuesday that he wants his old job back and will run in 2010. According to the Youngstown Business Journal, Traficant declared to 35 members of the local Biz Society "I'm going to run for Congress somewhere." He said he has not decided which Ohio district he'll run in, nor which political party he would affiliate with, but the former Democrat did say he has nominating petitions in three congressional districts. Traficant had hinted several months...
  • Keep the Big Tent big (A Dem calls for a pullback)

    12/24/2009 6:40:14 AM PST · by saganite · 35 replies · 1,026+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday, December 24, 2009 | William M. Daley
    The announcement by Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith that he is switching to the Republican Party is just the latest warning sign that the Democratic Party -- my lifelong political home -- has a critical decision to make: Either we plot a more moderate, centrist course or risk electoral disaster not just in the upcoming midterms but in many elections to come. Rep. Griffith's decision makes him the fifth centrist Democrat to either switch parties or announce plans to retire rather than stand for reelection in 2010. These announcements are a sharp reversal from the progress the Democratic Party made starting...
  • BOMBSHELL - Russian IEA Claims CRU (Thus NOAA/NASA) Probably Tampered With Their Data

    12/17/2009 5:46:51 AM PST · by saganite · 27 replies · 956+ views
    Rionovosta ^ | 14 Dec 09 | staff
    Climategate has already affected Russia. On Tuesday, the Moscow-based Institute of Economic Analysis (IEA) issued a report claiming that the Hadley Center for Climate Change based at the headquarters of the British Meteorological Office in Exeter (Devon, England) had probably tampered with Russian-climate data. The IEA believes that Russian meteorological-station data did not substantiate the anthropogenic global-warming theory. Analysts say Russian meteorological stations cover most of the country's territory, and that the Hadley Center had used data submitted by only 25% of such stations in its reports. Over 40% of Russian territory was not included in global-temperature calculations for some...
  • Star Trek-like Replicator? Electron Beam Device Makes Metal Parts, One Layer At A Time

    11/11/2009 6:10:26 PM PST · by saganite · 28 replies · 1,116+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 11 Nov 09 | staff
    A group of engineers working on a novel manufacturing technique at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., have come up with a new twist on the popular old saying about dreaming and doing: "If you can slice it, we can build it." That's because layers mean everything to the environmentally-friendly construction process called Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication, or EBF3, and its operation sounds like something straight out of science fiction. "You start with a drawing of the part you want to build, you push a button, and out comes the part," said Karen Taminger, the technology lead for the...
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll(29 Oct)Still -11

    10/29/2009 6:55:31 AM PDT · by saganite · 8 replies · 514+ views
    Rasmussen ^ | staff
    Thursday, October 29, 2009 Email to a Friend ShareThisAdvertisement The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 29% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11 (see trends). Thirty-three percent (33%) believe the nation is generally heading in the right direction. Just 28% believe that some banks are “too-big-to-fail.” Sixty-four percent (64%) say it’s better for the economy to let such banks fail. Fifty-six percent (56%) expect this flu season to be worse...
  • Report: ND is now 4th biggest oil-producing state (Bakken Shale)

    10/28/2009 3:48:41 PM PDT · by saganite · 29 replies · 1,054+ views
    Google/AP ^ | 28 Oct. 09 | JAMES MacPHERSON
    BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota has surpassed Louisiana as the fourth-largest oil-producing state in the nation, the U.S. Energy Department says. The agency's Energy Information Administration said North Dakota produced 6.38 million barrels of crude in May, edging Louisiana, which had 6.34 million barrels for the month. Oklahoma was ranked fifth, at 5.7 million barrels for that month, according to the most recent figures. Oil production data typically lags at least two months. Steven G. Grape, an Energy Department petroleum engineer, said Wednesday that North Dakota averaged 206,000 barrels daily in May, compared with 205,000 barrels for Louisiana. North Dakota's...
  • Burt Rutan Joins The Ranks Of Active AGW Skeptics

    08/22/2009 5:23:01 AM PDT · by saganite · 30 replies · 1,677+ views
    Aero News ^ | Fri, 21 Aug '09 | staff
    Rutan's Oshkosh Presentation Observes "CO2 Is Not A Pollutant" Aviation pioneer and long-time flight test engineer Burt Rutan has begun making a public case against Anthropological Global Warming, or AGW, saying the data does not support a case for global warming, or climate change of any kind, caused by human activity. In the presentation Rutan made twice at Oshkosh, he says man can measure the past, but cannot create a reliable computer model that will predict global temperatures in the future, and that warm periods are brief, not the natural state of the planet. If anything, he says "Warm periods...