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  • The “well funded” climate business – follow the money

    05/19/2012 10:56:50 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    whats Up With That? ^ | May 19, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Flashback, Michael Mann said this on October 5th, 2010: Our efforts to communicate the science are opposed by a well-funded, highly organized disinformation effort that aims to confuse the public about the nature of our scientific understanding. …Scientists are massively out-funded and outmanned in this battle, and will lose if leading scientific institutions and organizations remain on the sidelines. I will discuss this dilemma, drawing upon my own experiences in the public arena of climate change. Next time you get challenged on how much money is involved and whose side gets it, point out Mann is delusional by showing them...
  • Paralyzed Patients Control Robotic Arm With Their Minds

    05/19/2012 10:52:46 AM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 16 May 2012 | Gisela Telis
    Enlarge Image Small wonder. This electrode array, called BrainGate, reads brain waves and sends them to a computer that translates them into commands. The commands have enabled two paralyzed patients to control a robotic arm with their thoughts. Credit: A thought-powered robotic arm could put independence within reach for disabled patients, researchers report. In a new study, two people with almost-complete body paralysis were able to reach and grasp small foam balls and a thermos of coffee with a robotic arm using only their brain signals to direct the motion. The result, a first for human subjects, brings...
  • SEC, Big 12 announce deal to pit football champs

    05/19/2012 10:50:49 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    Sports Xchange ^ | May 18, 2012
    The Big 12 and Southeastern Conference are hedging their BCS bets while borrowing an idea from the Rose Bowl. The two conferences announced Friday their football champions will meet in an undetermined bowl game if they are not chosen for the BCS' anticipated four-team playoff format. It is unclear if it will be a reoccurring site.
  • Heckler to Sebelius at Georgetown: ‘You’re a Murderer, Abortion is Murder!’

    05/19/2012 10:29:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 19, 2012 | Edwin Mora
    ( -- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who supports abortion, was heckled and called a “murderer” by a pro-life activist as she gave a speech to graduating students on Friday at Georgetown University, the nation’s oldest Catholic academic institution. Kathleen Sebelius Commencement Address Video“I got a message for you Kathleen Sebelius: You’re a murderer, abortion is murder!” yelled the heckler as he was being escorted out of the room by campus police. The young activist told that he goes by the name of David Lewis.Alluding to Biblical scripture, Lewis also yelled across the room towards Sebelius, “We...
  • Ohio Catholic University Fights ObamaCare

    05/19/2012 10:12:38 AM PDT · by Kfobbs · 4 replies
    Examiner ^ | May 19, 2012 | Kevin Fobbs
    The metro Cleveland area as well as the state of Ohio will be the linchpin in the 2012 presidential election and Obama Care may well be the key to the dismantling of President Obama’s re-election hopes. This week, Catholic University in the city of Steubenville helped to put one more nail in the Obama election machine when it rejected implementation of Obamacare. Michael Hernon, who is VP of Advancement at the University, suggested that President Obama’s health care program amounted to a “moral and economic injustice, when he appeared on Fox News' Fox and Friends show this week. There is...
  • Reports emerge of third flesh-eating bacteria victim with ties to Georgia

    05/19/2012 9:21:45 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 26 replies ^ | 5/18/12 | foxnews
    A third case of flesh-eating bacteria has emerged with ties to Georgia, myFOXatlanta reported. A landscaper from Cartersville is in critical condition at Doctors Hospital in Augusta battling the potentially deadly disease. That's the same place University of West Georgia graduate student Aimee Copeland is being treated. A Piedmont, S.C. mom is also fighting the infection days after giving birth in Atlanta at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
  • Vicar refused homosexual burial

    05/19/2012 8:57:23 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 12 replies
    A Northern Jutland daughter was stunned but had to accept a decision by a Lutheran vicar in North Jutland, who refused to bury her 74-year-old mother because she had lived in a lesbian relationship. “I thought – can this really be possible that we have to be ashamed? I looked at my mother’s partner and she was silent. I was upset for her. What a terrible situation to put her in,” Kirsten Østergaard told DR1. The mother’s partner was 80 years old and the couple had lived in a registered partnership for some 20 years. The Aalborg diocese vicar has...
  • With one of nation's strictest rules, State Board of Education bans Native American mascots

    05/19/2012 8:55:47 AM PDT · by MovementConservative · 45 replies
    Oregonlive ^ | Thursday, May 17, 2012, 6:36 PM | Ryan Kost
    Under a new rule that may be the toughest in the nation, at least 15 Oregon schools must get rid of their Native American-themed mascots by 2017 or risk losing state funding. The State Board of Education passed the new policy in a 5-1 vote Thursday afternoon. "I'm overwhelmed, but I'm holding back on my emotions -- I have a meeting to finish," said board Chairwoman Brenda Frank, a member of the Klamath Tribes. "It's been a long time coming." The decision, in the works for six years, requires schools to eliminate names like "Indians," "Chiefs" and "Braves." "Warriors" may...
  • Palm Beach County creating job to tackle climate change

    05/19/2012 7:45:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Palm Beach Sun Sentinel ^ | May 19, 2012 | By Andy Reid
    HELP WANTED: Seeking a go-getter able to thwart sea level rise, reduce polluting fossil fuel emissions and protect strained drinking water supplies. Must have lobbying skills to convince local government and residents to invest in preparing for climate change. Al Gore-style PowerPoint abilities a plus. Palm Beach County is in the market for a climate change czar. While the actual job title and day-to-day duties for this new county post remain in flux, the far-reaching goal is to get a county with more than one million people ready for climate change. That includes promoting "environmental sustainability" efforts such as recycling...
  • Las Vegas shooting range instructor shows Rihanna the Navy way in ‘Battleship’

    05/19/2012 7:45:16 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 38 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 19 may 2012 | Ron Sylvester
    Beyond 'Battleship' Jacqueline Carrizosa can say she's doubled for the sexiest woman alive. The 22-year-old U.S. Navy veteran and Las Vegas resident was a stunt double for Rihanna and taught the singer, model and now movie star how to act like a weapon-wielding sailor for the movie "Battleship," which opens nationwide this weekend. "She really wanted to learn everything she could and asked a lot of questions," Carrizosa said. "I gave her some lessons on how we deal with deadly force in the Navy. I wanted to instill some professionalism behind her character."
  • Barack Obama, Elizabeth Warren And The Shifting Sands Of Identity

    05/19/2012 7:32:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 18, 2012 | MARK STEYN
    It used to be a lot simpler. As E.C. Bentley, British journalist and man of letters, deftly summarized it in 1905: "Geography is about maps. But biography is about chaps." But that was then, and now biography is also about maps. For example, have you ever thought it would be way cooler to have been born in colonial Kenya? Whoa, that sounds like crazy Birther talk; don't go there! But Breitbart News did, and it turns out that the earliest recorded example of Birtherism is from the president's own literary agent, way back in 1991, in the official bio of...
  • Mitt Romney holds fundraiser with manufacturer of the Morning After Pill

    05/19/2012 7:15:24 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 415 replies ^ | May 18, 2012 | Ben Johnson
    MIAMI, FLORIDA – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney scheduled a $50,000-a-plate fundraiser at the home of Phil Frost, the executive of the company that makes the Morning After Pill, on Wednesday night. Plan B One-Step is produced by Teva Pharmaceuticals, Frost’s company.
  • The teachers union that's failing California

    05/19/2012 7:11:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 18, 2012 | OP-ED
    California's education tailspin has been blamed on class sizes, on the property tax restrictions enforced by Proposition 13, on an influx of Spanish-speaking students. But no portrait of the schools' downfall would be complete without mention of the California Teachers Assn., or CTA, arguably the state's most powerful union and a political behemoth that has blocked meaningful education reform, protected failing and even criminal educators, and pushed for pay raises and benefits that have reached unsustainable levels. The CTA's power dates back to September 1975, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Rodda Act, which allowed teachers to bargain collectively. Within...
  • Drunken man breaks in apartment, residents hold him at gunpoint(IN)

    05/19/2012 6:59:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 18 May, 2012 | NA
    PORTAGE, Ind. (WLS) - Carlos Rodriquez thought he was home, he later told police, but the apartment door wouldn’t open. So he kicked it in. He was greeted by a woman with a gun, and he obeyed her order to lie on the ground until police arrived. The 28-year-old woman and her 31-year-old husband, who live in an apartment with the same number as Rodriguez’s but in a different building in the same block, the 5900 block of Old Porter Road, told police they woke at about 3:30 a.m. Monday to banging on the door. When the door crashed open,...
  • Boy, 14, fatally shot, 12 others wounded across city

    05/19/2012 6:53:17 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 19, 2012
    A 14-year-old boy was shot and killed Friday night and 12 others were wounded in shootings that stretched into the early morning hours across the city, Chicago police said.
  • First Amendment Right to Record the Police Performing Their Duties in Public

    05/19/2012 6:26:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 17 May , 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    The U.S. Justice Department opined May 14 that the First Amendment does secure such a right, reaffirming a January letter that I had missed. “Recording governmental officers engaged in public duties,” the letter reasons, “is a form of speech through which private individuals may gather and disseminate information of public concern, including the conduct of law enforcement officers.” The letter, addressed to the Baltimore Police Department based on the Department’s past interference with such recording, is consistent with the Seventh Circuit’s May 8 decision in ACLU v. Alvarez (which it doesn’t cite) and the First Circuit’s decision in Glik v....
  • Police chief: Man who killed Gil acted in self-defense(CA)

    05/19/2012 6:15:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 17 May , 2012 | Tom Dunlap
    WATSONVILLE — Charges won’t be filed in the stabbing death of Brandon Gil in March, because investigators have determined that the suspect acted in self-defense. Watsonville Police Chief Manny Solano said Thursday that investigators determined that on March 31, after words were exchanged, Gil and another man, Ricardo Flores, attacked Frank Garcia first, outside El Miramar Restaurant and Bar on Main Street. Gil allegedly stabbed Frank Garcia in the upper body, and Garcia defended himself. “(Garcia) responded in fear of his life,” Solano said, adding that “this was a beef within the gang.” The three men are all associated with...
  • Demographic Tipping Point: Whites Now Less than Half of US Births

    05/19/2012 6:13:21 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 93 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 19, 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    Bill Clinton once said that he looked forward to the day when whites were a minority in America. While he won't live to see such a time, a demographic milestone that should send a tingle up Slick Willie's leg was just reached. Writes The New York Times: After years of speculation, estimates and projections, the Census Bureau has made it official: White births are no longer a majority in the United States. Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 49.6 percent of all births in the 12-month period that ended last July, according to Census Bureau data made public on Thursday, while minorities...
  • Russia Today 'American Spring' Documentary Features OWS Forger

    05/19/2012 6:04:12 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 2 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 19, 2012 | P.J. Gladnick
    It is ironic that one of the two guys who founded Google was originally from Russia because the Russia Today news channel producers should have checked that search engine before featuring a certain Justin Wedes in their "American Spring" documentary about the Occupy Wall Street protests. Had they done their homework they would have discovered that Wedes, described in their documentary as an "OWS Organizer, School Teacher" is in reality a FORMER school teacher. And why is Justin Wedes a former school teacher? Because he was forced to quit his job last year as a Brooklyn school teacher when he...
  • Out of Ideas

    05/19/2012 5:14:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | May 19, 2012 | John C. Goodman
    "Out of ideas; out of excuses." That’s Mitt Romney’s critique of Barack Obama. I’d like to second that indictment. It’s not just the president who is out of ideas. It’s the entire political left. And that’s not a new development. I can’t think of an interesting, left-of-center public policy idea that has gained currency in decades. How to get the economy moving and create jobs? The liberal answer is more government spending. Yet the "stimulus" package was basically wasted on pork barrel projects of little lasting economic value. One of every two people hired with stimulus money actually had another...