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  • Egypt's Descent [Mark Steyn]

    12/03/2011 9:45:09 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/3/2011 | Mark Steyn
    <p>I’ve been alarmed by the latest polls. No, not from Iowa and New Hampshire, although they’re unnerving enough. It’s the polls from Egypt. Foreign policy has not played a part in the U.S. presidential campaign, mainly because we’re so broke that the electorate seems minded to take the view that if government is going to throw trillions of dollars down the toilet they’d rather it was an Al Gore–compliant Kohler model in Des Moines or Poughkeepsie than an outhouse in Waziristan. Alas, reality does not arrange its affairs quite so neatly, and the world that is arising in the second decade of the 21st century is increasingly inimical to American interests, and likely to prove even more expensive to boot.</p>
  • An American Descent Into Hell

    06/12/2011 11:32:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 114 replies
    Trevor Loudon ^ | 6/12/11 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    It’s hard not to see the signs all around us that America has begun a cataclysmic downward spiral in finances and morality. It’s like watching a slow motion murderous wreck, all the while denying that it is actually occurring. I assure you, what is unfolding in the US now is all too real. It’s a reality that is about to smack Americans full frontal in the face and many will never even see it coming until it is way too late. It is hard for me to imagine how people cannot see what is happening in finances and in politics...
  • CA: A disastrous decade - State descent began with CalPERS push for pension spike

    06/16/2009 9:17:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 739+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 6/16/09 | Editorial
    Ten years ago today, California's march toward its present fiscal chaos began. On June 16, 1999, the board of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) – its investment portfolio bulging after several years of large gains – voted to ask Gov. Gray Davis and the Legislature to broadly increase benefits for more than 800,000 government employees and retirees. There was some skepticism. An aide to Davis, who was then cultivating an image as a pragmatic, can-do centrist, said the governor worried about the prudence of such a broad benefit boost. Assemblyman Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, questioned how CalPERS could...
  • Watched a VERY SCARE film on SciFi last - The Descent, best movie I have seen since Alien

    05/11/2009 6:57:08 AM PDT · by Scythian · 56 replies · 3,218+ views
    The DescentThey are making a sequel this year, 2009, honestly, I was breaking a sweat 15 minutes into it and just a complete freakin' wreck during the whole film, very well done, no humor, like the scifi movies of old. This is a must see in my opinion ... My wife was yelling "Fast Forward it, Fast Forward it !!!!"
  • Mars rover to make risky crater descent (Opportunity ready to descend into Victoria Crater)

    06/28/2007 5:22:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 55 replies · 1,437+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/28/07 | Jon Antczak - ap
    LOS ANGELES - NASA's aging but durable Mars rover Opportunity will make what could be a trip of no return into a deep impact crater as it tries to peer further back than ever into the Red Planet's geologic history. The descent into Victoria Crater received the go-ahead because the potential scientific returns are worth the risk that the solar-powered, six-wheel rover might not be able to climb out, NASA officials and scientists said Thursday. The vehicle has been roaming Mars for nearly 3 1/2 Earth years. Scientists and engineers want to send it in while it still appears healthy....
  • Indian said to be first in line to lost French throne

    03/05/2007 5:22:41 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 44 replies · 840+ views
    ZeeNews ^ | 04 March 2007 | ZeeNews
    Balthazar Napolean de Bourbon, a jovial Indian lawyer and part-time farmer settled in Bhopal, has been told that he is the first in line to the lost French throne. According to media reports, "Bourbon may soon make his first trip to Paris, after he was visited by a relative of Prince Philip, who told him that he is the first in line to the lost French throne." This Indian father of three is being feted as the long-lost descendant of the Bourbon kings who ruled France from the 16th century to the French revolution. A distant cousin of Louis XVI...
  • Cherokees eject slave descendants

    03/04/2007 5:53:01 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 126 replies · 2,988+ views
    BBC ^ | Sunday, March 4, 2007
    Descendancy stems from the 19th Century Dawes Commission lists Members of the Cherokee Nation of native Americans have voted to revoke tribal citizenship for descendants of black slaves the Cherokees once owned.A total of 76.6% voted to amend the tribal constitution to limit citizenship to "blood" tribe members. Supporters said only the Cherokees had the right to determine tribal members. Opponents said the amendment was racist and aimed at preventing those with African-American heritage from gaining tribal revenue and government funding. The Cherokee Nation has 250,000 to 270,000 members, second only to the Navajo. 'Right to vote' The list...
  • The Problem With Evolution

    09/26/2005 5:44:09 AM PDT · by DARCPRYNCE · 340 replies · 6,041+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | 09/25/05 | Edward L. Daley
    Charles Darwin, the 19th century geologist who wrote the treatise 'The Origin of Species, by means of Natural Selection' defined evolution as "descent with modification". Darwin hypothesized that all forms of life descended from a common ancestor, branching out over time into various unique life forms, due primarily to a process called natural selection. However, the fossil record shows that all of the major animal groups (phyla) appeared fully formed about 540 million years ago, and virtually no transitional life forms have been discovered which suggest that they evolved from earlier forms. This sudden eruption of multiple, complex organisms is...
  • New four-winged feathered dinosaur?

    01/28/2003 1:54:40 PM PST · by ZGuy · 17 replies · 1,528+ views
    AIG ^ | 1/28/03 | Jonathan Sarfati
    Papers have been flapping with new headlines about the latest in a long line of alleged dinosaur ancestors of birds. This one is claimed to be a sensational dinosaur with feathers on its hind legs, thus four ‘wings’.1 This was named Microraptor gui—the name is derived from words meaning ‘little plunderer of Gu’ after the paleontologist Gu Zhiwei. Like so many of the alleged feathered dinosaurs, it comes from Liaoning province of northeastern China. It was about 3 feet (1 meter) long from its head to the tip of its long tail, but its body was only about the size...
  • Moon Probe Set For White-Knuckle Descent (Saturn Moon)

    02/15/2004 8:31:39 AM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 245+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-15-2004
    Moon probe set for white-knuckle descent By Richard Black BBC science correspondent, in Seattle Scientists have been giving details of the Huygens space probe, which is due to land on Saturn's moon Titan in just under a year's time. The probe, a joint mission between the US and European space agencies, will focus on the oily oceans which researchers believe cover much of the surface. Huygens marks a new stage in man's quest to explore the Solar System. It will be the first time that a craft has landed on a moon other than our own. Depending on where it...
  • Do Privacy Fears Allow Terrorism?

    04/03/2003 12:38:17 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 18 replies · 318+ views
    wired news ^ | 4.2.03 | Michelle Delio
    NEW YORK -- Privacy advocates: Quit picking on the U.S. government. If you don't want the government to do what it must to protect you from terrorists, you should butt out, said Heather MacDonald, a lawyer at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank. She made her remarks Wednesday at the 13th annual Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference. And, she urged, stop all the panic-stricken screaming, because it's endangering human lives.