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  • A left hook and checkmate — chessboxing hits London

    10/11/2009 4:53:40 PM PDT · by Saije · 1 replies · 368+ views
    London Times ^ | 10/11/2009 | Catherine Nixey
    “Bishop to d3. . . . Black bishop takes White knight . . . Ooh . . .” The commentator draws in his breath: “Black’s probably going to regret that move.” Black probably does for, moments later, White’s fist swings into his nose, covering Black in blood. Black, keen to avenge both knight and nose, starts pummelling White about the ears. A klaxon blares. The crowd roars: “Do it for the bishop!” Chess matches are not usually so lively. Or bloody. Yet this was the scene on Saturday at the Boston Dome, in Tufnell Park, northwest London, where players contested...
  • Public Option

    09/16/2009 12:25:53 PM PDT · by Keli Kilohana · 13 replies · 334+ views
    9/16/09 | Vanity
    If the public option will create competition and lower medical costs, then why does the US Postal Service raise its rates every year? The USPS is the public option. Right? Why does it lose money and FedEx and UPS make money?
  • Obama Hypocrisy on "Competition"

    09/05/2009 4:26:19 PM PDT · by County Agent Hank Kimball · 7 replies · 681+ views
    Longview News-Journal ^ | 9/5/2009 | Longview New-Journal
    This summer's health care debate has centered around the creation of a government-run insurance program to compete with those offered by private insurers. President Barack Obama says "public option" isn't intended to end private health insurance, repeatedly telling us that if we like our private plans, we'll be able to keep them. A government plan, he and congressional Democrats insist, will simply provide needed competition for private insurers. And this will be a good thing, of course, because competition leads to better service, lower costs, and more consumer choice. Now a cynic might question the sincerity of the president's newfound...
  • Competition vs. Monopoly: What's the big confusion?

    07/07/2009 10:16:13 AM PDT · by UberAmericanPatriot1967 · 179+ views
    American Solvent ^ | July 3, 2009 | Zeleke D. Snyder
    There’s a debate about whether a government-mandated health care system would be cheaper for America.‭ ‬I thought this was obvious.‭ It’s understandably becoming hard to get to the bottom of this issue because of the words the administration uses‬.‭ ‬The administration calls it‭ “‬universal health care,‭” ‬veiling what it actually is,‭ ‬a government monopolized health care system.‭ ‬When you’re determining whether or not government ought to take over an industry,‭ ‬think of it this way:‭ ‬Which one is cheaper and provides more value‭? ‬A‭ ‬competitive free market or a monopoly‭? Everything the government has taken over has turned out wrecked,‭...
  • BLOGGERS! Join the The Troopathon BLOGGER SHOOTOUT Competition!

    06/19/2009 7:06:57 PM PDT · by Syncro · 34 replies · 1,059+ views
    FR Blogger Competition ^ | June 19, 2009 | Syncro
    Send me a FR Mail and I will start the process to hook you up to be on the Free Republic Team to send goodies to the Troops fighting for our safety and freedom!Check out this thread: Free Republic Joins The Troopathon BLOGGER SHOOTOUT Competition! Friday, June 19, 2009 6:04:32 PM · by Syncro · 4 replies · 101+ views Troopathon BLOGGER SHOOTOUT ^ | June 19, 2009 | "Captain" Syncro And this one LIVE From Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Thursday, June 11, 2009 10:51:36 PM · by Syncro · 15 replies · 316+ views Move America Forward ^ |...
  • A Twitter-based competition show headed for TV?

    05/25/2009 4:01:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 341+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/25/09 | Frazier Moore - ap
    NEW YORK – Twitter, the Web site that asks what everybody's doing, says it wants to be doing a TV series. The social-networking site has teamed with Reveille productions and Brillstein Entertainment Partners to develop an unscripted series based on the popular site, which invites 140-character postings from members around the world. The show would harness Twitter to put players on the trail of celebrities in an interactive, competitive format, the show's producers announced Monday.
  • Companies See Unlikely Competitors in Changing Market (Nike vs Nintendo?)

    05/21/2009 7:51:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 352+ views
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 05/20/09
    Companies See Unlikely Competitors in Changing Market MAY 20, 2009 03:05 Song Min-cheol, brand manager of Jinro’s Chamiseul soju, a Korean traditional liquor, feels nervous whenever he hears about the introduction of a new TV. He says he closely checks the price of the new model as well as picture quality. “As the picture quality of a TV set, including LCD, improves every day, office workers who used to go drinking together after work return home right away to watch dramas or movies,” he said. “As more LCD TVs are put in households, soju consumption will continue to decline.” Korea’s...
  • ISF, CF Hit Bull’s-eye in Friendly Marksmanship Competition

    04/28/2009 6:10:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 461+ views
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE BERNSTEIN, TUZ — Everyone was shooting, but no one was hurt when the Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police, the Sons of Iraq and Coalition forces fired AK-47s, M4 carbines, and Glock 9mm pistols together in a friendly shooting tournament here, April 19. The event, hosted by Company A, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, helped the four groups strengthen relationships. “This is a lot of fun,” said Pfc. Devin Nehring, a Co. A. “Shooting the AK-47 was really exciting, and they (the IA) have one guy out there who’s cash money – he’s...
  • Palin Bucks the Health Care Establishment

    03/10/2009 7:53:43 PM PDT · by euram · 39 replies · 2,637+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 09-04-08 | David Catron
    A good indicator of how Palin's buck-the-establishment bent informs her approach to family-oriented policy issues can be found in her recent push to open up Alaska's health care market to greater transparency and competition.
  • Australia, Canada and the US are nice brands to live in..

    11/10/2008 8:32:00 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 23 replies · 212+ views
    http://www.countrybrandindex.com ^ | 11/10/2008 | http://www.countrybrandindex.com
    "Countries are ranked across 30 distinct categories providing a rich perspective on strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. The rankings speak to qualities that compel consideration and assets that shape country reputations, perceptions and experiences. New categories to this year's rankings include best country brand for "Standard of Living," "Political Freedom" and "Advanced Technology." World's strongest brands: 1. AUS 2. CAN 3. USA 4. ITA 5. SWI/CHE 6. FRA 7. NZL 8. GBR 9. JPN 10. SWE
  • (Video) Sarah Palin Welcomes Concept & Importance of Independent Conservative 3rd Party (Baldwin)

    09/01/2008 7:13:27 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 99 replies · 887+ views
    http://www.akip.org ^ | 2 September 2008 | Alaskan Independence Party (via Sarah Palin on YouTube)
    Short Streaming Video of VP Sarah Palin recently supporting an independent Third Party (conservative) in Alaska, welcoming the Party and sharing their ideas, also supporting independent parties' to challenge the two established parties.The Party welcomed here on this video did in fact go on to have a successful convention, as Mrs. Palin urged them, and ultimately officially endorsed and affiliated with conservative CHUCK BALDWIN (on the national ticket for Constitution Party) for President of the United States in 2008.
  • McCain Urges Anti-Trust Review of DHL-UPS Deal

    08/07/2008 7:26:05 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies · 112+ views
    New York - White House hopeful Senator John McCain expressed concern on Thursday over DHL's proposal to hire United Parcel Service Inc to fly its packages nationwide, as it violates laws intended to encourage market competition.
  • **India's GDP to Grow at 9.5% in FY 2009**

    06/17/2008 12:43:16 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 35 replies · 1,618+ views
    Financial Express (India) ^ | 17 June 2008 | Financial Express (India)
    'India's GDP to grow at 9.5% in FY 09' Mumbai, June 16: India's real GDP is expected to grow at an impressive 9.5 per cent in FY 09, the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) said in its monthly review in Mumbai. The Indian Economy is heading towards the fourth consecutive year of an over-9 per cent growth and like in the last five years, growth this year too was expected to be driven by capital investments happening in India, CMIE said. As per CMIE CapEx Service, projects worth Rs 3.4 lakh-crore are scheduled for commissioning in FY 09. This...
  • Dog Dancing To "You're The One That I Want". LOL, MUST SEE (I LOVE THIS VIDEO)

    05/29/2008 6:34:59 AM PDT · by fings · 27 replies · 129+ views
    Bo (woof) In Commentary: That is one hot dancer, and I ain’t talkin’ about the 50+ year old Olivia Newton John wanna be in this video, but I don’t see what all the excitement is about. C’mon I dance with my mother too. Admittedly she only knows how to do the Chicken Dance but we nail the routine every time.......http://boknowsonline.com/2008/01/11/this-is-not-what-i-want/
  • Wisconsin remains tops in cheese competition with California

    05/11/2008 11:57:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 106+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/11/08 | M. L. Johnson - ap
    Cheeseheads don't need to be bleu: Experts say predictions that California will soon overtake Wisconsin as the nation's top cheese producer are unlikely to come true. The Golden State and its happy cows gained quickly on Wisconsin in the past decade, but plants in California are maxing out, while efforts to boost production in Wisconsin are paying off, said Dick Groves, longtime owner of the Madison-based trade publication, Cheese Reporter. Groves helped spark the friendly competition between the states 10 years ago with an editorial predicting California would overtake Wisconsin in cheese production by 2005. He later amended it to...
  • Octopi get leg up on sexual competition

    04/01/2008 8:10:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 106+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/1/08 | Paul Elias - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO - Marine biologists studying wild octopuses have found a kinky and violent society of jealous murders, gender subterfuge and once-in-a-lifetime sex. The new study by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, who journeyed off the coast of Indonesia found that wild octopuses are far from the shy, unromantic loners their captive brethren appear to be. The scientists watched the Abdopus aculeatus octopus, which are the size of an orange, for several weeks and published their findings recently in the journal Marine Biology. They witnessed picky, macho males carefully select a mate, then guard their newly domesticated digs...
  • Menopause Is An Adaptation To Minimize Reproductive Competition Between Females...

    04/01/2008 1:36:49 PM PDT · by blam · 48 replies · 145+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-1-2008 | University of Cambridge
    Menopause Is An Adaptation To Minimize Reproductive Competition Between Females In A Family, Research Suggests Three generations of women. New research suggests that menopause is an adaptation to minimize reproductive competition between generations of females in the same family unit. (Credit: iStockphoto/John Prescott)ScienceDaily (Apr. 1, 2008) — Insight into why females of some species undergo menopause while others do not has proven elusive despite an understanding of the biological mechanisms behind the change. However, new research by scientists at the Universities of Cambridge and Exeter suggests that menopause is an adaptation to minimize reproductive competition between generations of females in...
  • Foreign Dental Work Put To Test

    02/27/2008 5:42:59 PM PST · by Patriotic Thunder · 92 replies · 1,175+ views
    WBNS-10TV ^ | 27 Feb, 2008 | 10tv investigative team
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Chris Collier has been a patient of Dr. Dave Rummel for 30 years. When it comes to teeth, Collier is more concerned about his health than his smile. "The reason I come here is because I know I can trust the dentist I have," Collier said. "I know I can get good workmanship." SLIDESHOW: Images From Report Rummel is one of the few dentists in central Ohio who makes his own crowns, bridges and dentures, but most other dentists rely on outside dental labs, 10 Investigates' Lindsey Seavert reported. The labs can be down the street or...
  • Navarrette Just Doesn’t Get It

    02/27/2008 7:06:18 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 2 replies · 99+ views
    The Minority Report ^ | 27 Feb 2008 | .cnI redruM
    Rueban Navarrette shows mendacious dexterity in appropriating the language of competitive economics to support an agenda that has nothing to do with improving the economy of the United States. He understands well that competition fosters excellence, but seems to deliberately elide the fact that it also reveals hard truths about the people who lose. Anyone who lays into the Democrats with a quarterstaff for being anti-competitive will usually get my seal of approval. In Navarrette’s case, I withhold my utterly unimportant benediction. He got one or two points correct, but failed to tell the whole story. I’ll do my best...
  • New Football League?

    02/25/2008 2:01:52 PM PST · by TBP · 34 replies · 678+ views
    Sports Illustrated ^ | Monday February 25, 2008 | Peter King
    Sounds like the United Football League is going to happen in 2009. Prospective UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue told agents the other day it will be an eight-team league (he said six owners, including Mark Cuban, are already in place), beginning in August 2009. The details were sketchy from there, but some agents reported that the minimum salary would be $75,000, the league would go after existing NFL personnel people and assistant coaches to be the league's GMs and head coaches, and the league would try to sign some of the 30th through 43rd players on NFL rosters for slightly more...
  • China copies Su-27 fighter, may compete with Russia - paper

    02/21/2008 2:50:50 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 713+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | 02/21/08
    China copies Su-27 fighter, may compete with Russia - paper 21/02/2008 12:35 MOSCOW, February 21 (RIA Novosti) - China has built a domestic copy of the famed Su-27 Flanker fighter and may compete with Russia on third-party markets if it sets up the full-scale production of the plane, a Russian daily said on Thursday. China has acquired 76 Su-27SK fighters from Russia since 1992, and bought a license for production of another 200 planes in 1995, in a deal worth $2.5 billion. "Since 1996, the domestic version of the Su-27 aircraft, dubbed J-11, has been produced at the Shenyang Aircraft...
  • India not stealing Western jobs: Premji

    01/30/2008 10:07:42 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 45 replies · 17,047+ views
    Rediff ^ | January 30, 2008 12:47 IST | Rediff
    Countering the rancour in the West against outsourcing of jobs, the chairman of IT major Wipro [Get Quote] has said India was not stealing their jobs and its businesses were moving into developed countries, which did not have enough skilled graduates to compete in the global economy. "What is of concern is how serious a shortage of technical talent is building up in the western world. Global companies are going to where not enough young boys and girls are getting into math, science and engineering. That trend is not being reversed," Azim Premji said. Premji said that as Wipro expands...
  • Flex-fuel cars can break OPEC

    01/29/2008 11:09:15 AM PST · by ddtorquee · 74 replies · 144+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | January 25, 2008 | Robert Zubrin
    Much of the money we are spending on oil is being used to fund [jihad]..We are financing a war against ourselves, and the way things are going, we will soon be paying the enemy more than we are paying our own military. In light of this, a top priority of U.S. national security policy should be to break the oil cartel... What is needed is for the Congress to pass a law requiring that all new cars sold in the United States be flex-fueled - able to run on any combination of alcohol or gasoline fuel. Such cars are existing...
  • BATTLING FOR BOYS

    01/27/2008 7:20:41 AM PST · by Harrius Magnus · 45 replies · 796+ views
    The New York Post ^ | 01/24/2008 | MARTY NEMKO
    New York Post BATTLING FOR BOYS By MARTY NEMKO January 24, 2008 -- IN the early 1980s, men and women earned an equal proportion of college degrees. Today, however, women attain 135 degrees for every 100 that men do, the National Center for Education Statistics recently reported. By 2016, it'll be 162 to 100. Since good jobs increasingly require a degree, that disparity portends disaster for men. And a disaster for half our population is a disaster for everyone. Why the lack of male college graduates? One main reason is that K-12 education has been made girl-friendly at the expense...
  • I'm the chimpion! Ape trounces the best of the human world in memory competition

    01/25/2008 1:12:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies · 148+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 25th January 2008 | FIONA MACRAE
    When scientists found out that chimps had better memories than students, there were unkind comments about the calibre of the human competition they faced. But now an ape has gone one better, trouncing British memory champion Ben Pridmore. Ayumu, a seven-year-old male brought up in captivity in Japan, did three times as well as Mr Pridmore at a computer game which involved remembering the position of numbers on a screen. And that's no mean feat - the 30-year-old accountant from Derby is capable of memorising the order of a shuffled pack of cards in under 30 seconds.
  • Afghan Army Corps Holds Best Commando Competition

    01/18/2008 3:48:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 27+ views
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Jan. 18, 2008 – More than 190 Afghan National Army commandos from 203rd Corps vied for the right to be crowned the "best of the best" during a competition Jan. 10-11 at a combined military outpost in Khowst province. Afghan National Army commandos apply makeshift tourniquets using cravats and a weapons magazine to demonstrate medical self aid during a Best Commando Competition on Jan. 10, 2008, at a combined military outpost in Khowst province, Afghanistan. The friendly competition pitted more than 190 commandos from the Afghan National Army’s 203rd Corps against each other. U.S. Army...
  • The Lost Art of Cooperation

    01/09/2008 1:22:13 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 55+ views
    The Wilson Quarterly ^ | Autumn 2007 | Benjamin R. Barber
    Competition is as American as apple pie. It announces American individualism and marks the American market economy with its characteristic rivalries. Not just for neoliberals such as Milton Friedman and ­quasi-­anarchists such as philosopher Robert Nozick, but for Americans of all political stripes, it reflects a distrust of the “government and co-operation” dear to cultural critic John Ruskin. We are a nation of winners (and, yes, losers) where, in the wonderfully perverse turn of phrase often attributed to one of America’s “winningest” coaches, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” Yet we need not be readers of Ruskin to know...
  • CNN to Repeat Last Night's ABC Debates Tonight Starting at 7 p.m. EST (Vanity)

    01/06/2008 7:59:26 AM PST · by be-baw · 34 replies · 391+ views
    CNN | 1/6/08 | be-baw
    Starting at 7:00 p.m. tonight CNN is re-playing both of last night's debates that were produced and broadcast by ABC. Meanwhile, Fox's Republican Presidential Forum is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m.
  • Shift may loom in toll road debate

    01/01/2008 6:08:01 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 225+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | January 1, 2008 | Michael A. Lindenberger
    Push for higher gas tax could follow chief's death The death of Ric Williamson, the fiery, whip-smart chairman of the state transportation commission, could upend the still-roiling debate over toll roads in Texas in the new year. Mr. Williamson died Saturday of a heart attack at age 55, sending shock waves through the nearly 15,000-employee department he led as well as the political and policy circles where his combative style and pro-toll-road agenda had engendered enormous change – and criticism. Always careful to credit Gov. Rick Perry, a close friend and former roommate, Mr. Williamson emerged as a lightning rod...
  • GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS OF AMERICA

    12/20/2007 9:21:57 PM PST · by bs9021 · 5 replies · 91+ views
    Campus Report ^ | December 21, 2007 | Heyecan Veziroglu
    GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS OF AMERICA by: Heyecan Veziroglu, December 20, 2007 At the Independent Women’s Forum at the Marriot on December 5, 2007, panelists from business and academic circles identified the most significant challenges facing America and suggested rational, free-market policies to enhance U.S. competitiveness in the global economy. “Government shouldn’t keep its old-fashioned forms,” said Dr. Elaine Kamarck from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. “In our era, governments talk about citizens as customers.” “Today, we’ve reinvented government. Social security system is an example of reinvented efficient bureaucracy,” she argued. “Productivity is brought to government services.” “The old-fashioned bureaucracy...
  • Squad Competition Tests Iraqi Army Soldiers’ Skills

    12/05/2007 4:28:15 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 134+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Ricardo Branch
    CAMP RAMADI — Practice makes perfect, and the Iraqi Army (IA) Soldiers are moving along the right path towards perfecting their Soldiering skills. The Soldiers of the 1st Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division, competed in a “Best Squads Competition”, Nov. 28, at Camp Ramadi. The competition, held quarterly, pitted five teams of Soldiers against one another in common Soldiers tasks and skills. Staff Sgt. Johnathan Lloyd, 1-7 IA Bde., military transition team (MiTT), said that Iraqi Soldiers used to be taught by the MiTT troops, but now the Iraqi troops are training themselves. “When we got here ten months ago,...
  • Winning the rat race by quitting it

    11/24/2007 9:50:02 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 73 replies · 132+ views
    LA Times ^ | Ezra Klein
    ...We are a country obsessed with consumption, which would be fine if we seemed to be fulfilled getting bigger TVs but having less time to watch them. But, in the aggregate, that's not the case. "The things that we get used to most easily and then take for granted are our material possessions -- our car, our house," writes Layard. "But there is lots of evidence that people underestimate the process of habituation." The amount of happiness we think we'll get from a new house, and the amount of happiness we actually get from a new house, are not the...
  • Blood findings bring malaria hope

    10/30/2007 6:00:23 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 19 replies · 355+ views
    BBC ^ | October 30, 2007 | BBC
    Tuesday, 30 October 2007, 11:55 GMT Blood findings bring malaria hope Researchers could be a step closer to a cure for malaria after discovering people with blood group O are naturally protected from its most severe forms. Edinburgh University has found blood type O people are significantly less likely to experience the most life-threatening effects of malaria. It is hoped the discovery will help develop drugs which mimic the properties of red cells. Red cells in O group blood prevent malaria worsening. "We may be able to reduce the number of children dying from severe malaria in sub-Saharan Africa"Dr...
  • Nasty effects of China syndrome

    09/12/2007 2:10:08 PM PDT · by greenhorn · 12 replies · 410+ views
    Times Online ^ | 9/7/07 | Mick Hume
    Nasty effects of China syndromeMick Hume: Notebook Did somebody declare war on the Chinese without telling us? To judge by the news it would appear they are now to blame for everything, as revived fears of the “yellow peril” spread faster than Made in China labels. If we believe what we are told, the Chinese are sending over lead-painted toys to poison our children, hacking into top-level military computers on both sides of the Atlantic and burning coal to destroy the planet. It is enough to make you wonder why that Terracotta Army is really coming to London. Obviously, we...
  • Army cooks take the cake in Iron Chef Competition

    08/21/2007 6:26:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 745+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Natalie Rostek
    Judges grade food prepared for the Iron Chef competition Aug. 16 at Forward Operating Base Hammer. Photo by Sgt. Natalie Rostek, 3rd HBCT Public Affairs. FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER — Food service personnel of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team took part in the Sledgehammer version of the Iron Chef competition Aug. 16 at FOB Hammer. The idea came from the 3rd HBCT Food Service officer-in-charge, Chief Warrant Officer Ellen Magras, a Virgin Islands native, to honor the food service personnel with an Appreciation Day. “I wanted to honor all the food service professionals, past, present, and future,” she said....
  • Mexican Trio Wins Junior Water Prize

    08/15/2007 5:24:26 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 2 replies · 437+ views
    www.sr.se ^ | 08/15/2007 | www.sr.se
    A group from Mexico has won the Stockholm Junior Water Prize at World Water Week, which is being held here for the 17th year. Adriana Alcántara Ruiz, Dalia Graciela Díaz Gómez and Carlos Hernández Mejía received the prize from Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria. The Mexican team has found a way to absorb lead in industrial waste water with the help of eggshells.
  • Army combative training: Fort Huachuca looks forward to Friday competition

    08/07/2007 5:37:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 219+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — On television one can watch ultimate fighting, a competition of mixed martial arts. The Army has its combative training, also a combination of mixed martial arts. While the TV fights are designed to entertain, the Army’s goal is different. The Army system involves training for a life-or-death situation between two people, said Oscar Moore, the combative instructor for the 304th Military Intelligence Battalion. “I can detain someone, or I can kill that person,” Moore said Monday. As he spoke, some soldiers were practicing the various fighting techniques — a collage of boxing, Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling, judo,...
  • Chrysler Offers Lifetime Powertrain Warranty

    07/28/2007 5:40:56 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 77 replies · 1,877+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 26, 2007 | JOHN D. STOLL
    DETROIT --- DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group on Thursday launched a lifetime warranty on major "powertrain" vehicle components, such as engines and transmissions, as it seeks to give consumers another reason to visit its showrooms. Chrysler Sales Chief Steven Landry said during a conference call that the warranty is an "unprecedented" offer in the industry and it promises to "raise the consideration" of Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles in the marketplace. Mr. Landry said the offer could eventually allow Chrysler to lessen its reliance on high-dollar discounts and rebates as a way to lure new buyers. "We don't want to match...
  • Class War: MySpace Vs. Facebook

    07/23/2007 11:46:59 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies · 1,952+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | 07.23.07 | Claire Cain Miller
    Social Networking Class War: MySpace Vs. Facebook Claire Cain Miller 07.23.07, 6:00 AM ET A flurry of recent articles have observed that young people are leaving MySpace for Facebook in droves, setting off speculation that MySpace is becoming the latest victim of fickle teens following the hot new thing. Not so, says University of California, Berkeley, researcher Danah Boyd. Not all teens are leaving MySpace, she wrote in a recent essay--instead, they're splitting up along class lines. Boyd confirms what teens in any high school across the country already know: Affluent kids from educated, well-to-do families have been fleeing MySpace...
  • Let Airbus Fly Solo

    07/10/2007 5:49:56 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 26 replies · 922+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 10 July 2007 | Staff
    Competition: After Boeing unveiled its new 787 Dreamliner, rival Airbus did the noble thing: It congratulated the U.S. jet maker. If Airbus really wants to be noble, however, it should give up its government subsidies.
  • Competition or Monopoly

    06/12/2007 10:41:32 PM PDT · by gpapa · 2 replies · 469+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 13, 2007 | Walter Williams
    Are consumers better off with a competitive or monopolistic provision of goods and services? Let's apply that question to a few areas of our lives. Prior to deregulation, when there was a monopoly and restricted entry in the provision of telephone services, were consumers better off or worse off than they are with today's ruthless competition to get our business? Anyone over 40 will recognize the differences. Competition has provided consumers with a vast array of choices, lower and lower prices and more courteous customer care than when government had its heavy hand on the provision of telephone services.
  • Why teens have a tough time finding summer work(Will teens join anti-immigration wave?)

    06/12/2007 8:00:52 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 39 replies · 1,143+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 06/12/07 | Mark Trumbull
    Why teens have a tough time finding summer work Many are enrolling in summer classes or doing community service while others are squeezed out by adults competing for the same entry-level jobs. By Mark Trumbull | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor Boston - This summer is shaping up as a tough one for many of America's youngest job seekers. Camps still need counselors. Ice cream shops still need young arms with a knack for alternating between a scoop and a cash register. And the nation's job market is strong. Yet teen employment rates haven't rebounded from the recession...
  • The Big Shake Up! The race is on to catch up with the US

    05/11/2007 7:12:48 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 24 replies · 1,162+ views
    International Institute for Management Development ^ | 05/10/2007 | International Institute for Management Development
    The results of the 2007 edition of IMD’s World Competitiveness Yearbook highlight a big shake-up in economic and business power. Emerging nations are quickly catching up in competitiveness. New companies and new brands are appearing all over the world. They now contest the long-standing competitive supremacy of industrialized nations. “This could lead to an increase in protectionist measures in Europe and the US”, says Professor Stéphane Garelli, Director of IMD’s World Competitiveness Center. Of the 55 economies ranked by IMD, the US still ranks No. 1 in 2007, closely followed by Singapore and Hong Kong. However, 40 economies are now...
  • The Big Business of Blocking Entry

    04/05/2007 8:56:34 AM PDT · by em2vn · 7 replies · 467+ views
    tech central station ^ | 04-03-07 | B Craig S. Marxsen
    Panelists on the program Fox News Sunday recently discussed Al Gore's March 21 global warming "planetary emergency" address to Congress, in which Gore urged a freeze on carbon dioxide emissions. At the end of the news summary, a discussion ensued in which Fortune Magazine's Nina Easton explained that several firms in the business community are getting greener and perceive these proposals to be cost saving. She emphasized that Fortune was coming out with material elaborating that theme. Ms. Easton, and most viewers, likely fail to perceive that businesses are illustrating Nobel Prize winning economist George Stigler's 1971 theory of government...
  • Certificate of need bill to start journey

    03/27/2007 3:21:50 PM PDT · by Ragnar54 · 4 replies · 252+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | Feb. 23, 2007 | Travis Fain
    Certificate of need bill to start journey By Travis Fain TELEGRAPH STAFF WRITER ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue waded deep into one of the most contentious issues of this General Assembly session Thursday - what to do about the state's certificate of need program, which governs hospital expansions. Perdue is backing a bill that would reform the process and ease requirements for surgery centers looking to offer one or a few specific types of surgery as opposed to a full range of procedures available from a hospital. Most legislators said Thursday that they haven't yet read House Bill 568, some...
  • Wal-Mart banking bullies

    03/19/2007 4:57:46 PM PDT · by rdb3 · 10 replies · 525+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 19 MARCH 2007 | EDITORIAL
    EDITORIAL Wal-Mart banking bullies The retail giant has been foiled yet again by its enemies, this time in trying to open a bank. March 19, 2007 THE ANTI-WAL-MART lynch mob has prevailed again, forcing the retailer to forgo plans to establish a bank. The mob has become a powerful force, bringing together the company's usual big-labor antagonists, mom-and-pop Main Street merchants and the formidable American Bankers Assn. Recognizing that the company's bid to create a so-called industrial loan company faced a hostile regulatory environment, Wal-Mart on Friday withdrew its 2-year-old application before the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. That's a shame....
  • N. Korea: Defense Sports Competition (photo)

    03/17/2007 11:45:03 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 689+ views
    Daily NK ^ | 03/18/07
    Commemorating "The Sports Day", seniors from middle schools in Pyongyang participates in "Defense Sports Competition" on Mar. 15 at Kim Il-sung Stadium.
  • European research goes for gold

    02/27/2007 3:27:45 PM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 7 replies · 354+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, February 27, 2007 | Jonathan Amos
    The ERC should give a sharper focus to European research Europe has a new flagship agency to fund the brightest ideas in science. The European Research Council (ERC) has been given a budget of 7.5bn euros (Ł5bn) to 2013, and will focus solely on fundamental, or "blue skies", study. It is hoped the initiative can find the breakthrough thinking - and eventually new products and services - to keep the EU's economy globally competitive. The ERC was formally inaugurated at a meeting in Berlin attended by the German Chancellor, Dr Angela Merkel. She said the Council would become "a...
  • How to Keep America Competitive (Bill Gates Op-Ed)

    02/25/2007 1:58:30 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 39 replies · 880+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Februrary 25, 2007 | Bill Gates
    For centuries people assumed that economic growth resulted from the interplay between capital and labor. Today we know that these elements are outweighed by a single critical factor: innovation. Innovation is the source of U.S. economic leadership and the foundation for our competitiveness in the global economy. Government investment in research, strong intellectual property laws and efficient capital markets are among the reasons that America has for decades been best at transforming new ideas into successful businesses. The most important factor is our workforce. Scientists and engineers trained in U.S. universities -- the world's best -- have pioneered key technologies...
  • Women Are ChokersStudies show they cave under pressure. Why?

    02/18/2007 4:58:40 PM PST · by johnmark7 · 59 replies · 1,951+ views
    Slate ^ | Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, at 1:06 PM ET | Steven E. Landsburg
    Among the highest paid corporate executives, only 2.5 percent are women. Among the most elite scientists (those who have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences), fully 9 percent are women. Depending on your biases, you can read that as evidence that women are better at science than business, that corporations discriminate against women, or (if you believe that profit-maximizing corporations get everything just right) that the National Academy discriminates against men. If you have access to the World Wide Web, you'll have no problem finding theories, evidence, counterevidence, and polemics galore on this subject. Here I just want...