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    09/16/2015 4:17:00 PM PDT · by Pikachu_Dad · 38 replies
    email ^ | Sept 16 2015 | Carly Fiorina
    FACES "A MESSAGE FROM CARLY Ladies, Look at this Face ! and look at all of your faces. The face of leadership The face leadership in our party, the party of women's suffrage The face of leadership in your communities ... In your businesses ... In your places of work ... and worship. Ladies, note to Democrat party. We are not a special interest group. We are the majority of the nation. This is the face of a 61 year old woman. I am proud of every year and every wrinkle. Join Us - Carly
  • Obamacare still faces these big (five) challenges

    06/25/2015 12:05:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 6/25/15 | Rick Newman
    The Affordable Care Act “is here to stay,” as President Obama said following the Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell that upheld the law in full. The justices could have ruled that federal subisidies—integral to the functioning of the law—were invalid in 34 states that rely on the federal healthcare exchange rather than running one of their own. Instead, the court ratified the status quo, which means nothing changes. But the controversial law still faces a bumpy future. Here are five challenges the ACA will face during the next several years: Healthcare costs are still too high. As many...
  • Faces LIVE: 'Stay with Me' - 1972

    09/07/2013 4:13:56 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 15 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 07 September 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Faces -sometimes known as The Faces- were an English rock band formed in by residual members of the legendary Small Faces when Steve Marriott left that group to form Humble Pie with Peter Frampton et. al. in 1969..  The name derived from English 'mod' slang of the era, where 'happening' or socially-known people within the mod scene were known as 'faces'- along with the fact that all five band members were somewhat vertically-challenged. After the highly-successful Small Faces broke-up, the remaining band members - Ronnie Lane (bass guitar), Ian McLagan (keyboards) and Kenney Jones (drums) - were joined by two (taller) blokes,...
  • IDF Warning to Hamas: Don't Show Your Faces Above Ground

    11/14/2012 4:10:11 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 11 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 11/14/2012 | Annie Lubin
    IDF spokesman, Brigadier General Yoav (Poly) Mordechai held a press conference Wednesday night and addressed the military operation in Gaza. He said the operation was launched "After a long period of several years of unbearable fire aimed at residents of the south, which has intensified even more in recent weeks, including launches aimed at communities in the South and attacks against IDF forces." Mordechai said that so far, the IDF has attacked dozens of targets, and noted that "the IDF operates with pinpoint accuracy to try to make as clean a hit as possible, but unfortunately some of the weapons...
  • The Faces Of Liberalism In 30 Years

    09/04/2012 9:34:52 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-4-12 | The Looking Spoon
    Over the weekend I was challenged on Twitter to do a graphic of what Debbie Wasserman Shultz and Rachel Maddow would look like in 30 years. I gave it a shot, and added a couple more libs to the mix...    
  • Italy Faces Up to the Evil Within

    11/02/2011 9:35:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Front Page ^ | 11/2/11 | Bruce Bawer
    There is no question that anti-Semitism in Europe has been on the rise during the last few years. The European left, for a range of reasons, has gotten into the habit of viewing Israel, and by extension all Jews, as the foremost challenge to peace on earth and goodwill toward men. As Europe’s Islamic communities have expanded, moreover, and their members grown less and less shy about expressing – and acting upon – their opinions, the articulation of anti-Semitic sentiments and the commission of anti-Semitic acts by young Muslim men has increased accordingly. While all this has been going on,...
  • Standard & Poor's faces investigation over 'possible insider trading' over downgrade of U.S. debt

    08/12/2011 7:21:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/12/11 | Laurie Whitwell
    A shock investigation of possible insider trading at Standard & Poor's has reportedly begun, with the country still reeling from the rating agency's historic downgrade of U.S. debt. Authorities want to know who had prior knowledge of the decision, which sparked a wild week of trading on Wall Street that saw breathtaking losses and rapid rises. The Securities and Exchange Commission, which has oversight of credit rating firms, has started asking preliminary questions, the Financial Times reported. However, the regulator is not aware of a leak from an S&P insider,
  • Screwed up: Hilarious expressions of divers captured moments after they leap from springboard

    07/22/2011 5:07:16 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | July 22, 2011 | Anna Edwards
    From the look on these divers' pained faces, it would be easy to think they had just belly-flopped into the water. But their eye-rolling grimaces, which range from the outright hilarious to the frankly frightening, were a common sight at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China. As the athletes leapt off the springboard, these amazing photos show their fierce level of concentration on getting every move right - even if it did mean gurning all the way to the bottom.
  • Flotilla faces serious delays, might sail only next week

    06/28/2011 4:16:05 PM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/29/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Technical difficulties, dwindling participation and possible sabotage sap momentum of Freedom Flotilla 2; 350 people expected to participate, as opposed to 1,500 originally expected by organizers. Withdrawn insurance deeds, alleged sabotage and Greek bureaucracy have dealt a setback to organizers of Freedom Flotilla 2, who said on Tuesday that departure to the Gaza Strip might be postponed until next week. In addition, a mere 350 people are expected to participate in the flotilla, as opposed to the 1,500 originally expected by the organizers. “There have been many obstacles and complaints. Some boats are not ready and it is not clear...
  • State Department Faces Congressional Scrutiny Over Internet Freedom Funding

    04/11/2011 4:43:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies ^ | 4/11/11 | Rob Bluey
    The ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee wants to know why Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is sitting on millions of dollars in taxpayer money rather than shifting it to the Broadcasting Board of Governors for anti-censorship work in China and other repressive regimes. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) wrote to Clinton on Friday after learning the BBG has yet to receive funding from the State Department. The BBG, which oversees government-sponsored international broadcasting, would like to use the money to ensure its content is accessible. The so-called Great Firewall of China, for example, is a hurdle for Voice...
  • This week: AARP faces grilling over reform support

    03/29/2011 10:20:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/29/11 | Healthwatch staff
    House Republicans will adopt a new approach to their investigations of the healthcare reform law this week with a public grilling of a powerful lobby group that supported the overhaul. On Friday, two House Ways and Means subpanels will demand that AARP answer questions about its business practices and political endorsements. Republicans have accused the seniors lobby of endorsing healthcare reform to make more money from its endorsement of Medigap insurance policies. The continuing debate over a spending bill funding the government will also spark more friction on the healthcare front. Lawmakers have less than two weeks to come up...
  • Obama Faces Political Storm Over Libya When Congress Returns

    03/24/2011 11:02:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    fox ^ | 3/24/11 | fox
    President Obama can't hold off Congress much longer. In the form of hearings, media appearances and possibly a vote, Congress is determined to have its say on the Libyan conflict when lawmakers return to Washington next week. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been grumbling ever since the president ordered U.S. missile strikes on Muammar al-Qaddafi's regime in support of a U.N.-authorized no-fly zone Saturday. But the unrest is reaching a boiling point and from the top down, elected officials are pressing for questions about the U.S. role in the assault to get a full airing on Capitol...
  • FCC chairman faces heat from House Republicans

    02/16/2011 4:03:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    washington times ^ | 2/16/11 | David Eldridge
    Facing sharp criticism from Republicans on Capitol Hill, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski defended his agency’s new “net neutrality” rules to regulate traffic on the Internet at a congressional hearing Wednesday morning. “Some people say that our open Internet framework doesn’t go far enough. Some people say it goes too far. I think we got it about right,” the chairman told the panel in his opening statement. Rep. Greg Walden, the Oregon Republican who chairs the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, which oversees communications policy, has called the FCC action adopted late last year a regulatory overreach. Mr. Walden,...
  • Israel faces emboldened Palestinian delegation in the UN

    02/15/2011 5:18:54 PM PST · by Nachum
    Haaretz ^ | 2/15/11 | Shlomo Shamir
    Israel's new UN ambassador, Ron Prosor, will face an atmosphere of support for Palestinian causes in the UN and an uphill battle in generating sympathy for Israeli causes. Palestinians are vigorously working to get the United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement building passed. They are working quickly to get support from the organization's general assembly before Israel's new UN ambassador Ron Prosor, takes up his position. Israel will appoint their new UN ambassador after half a year spent with a temporary representative. Prosor, who has been serving as the ambassador in London will soon send his credentials to...
  • Man faces misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty after his dog kills young raccoon

    02/10/2011 8:55:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 54 replies
    mlive ^ | 2/10/11 | Danielle Salisbury | Jackson Citizen Patriot
    Seth Foster, 23, said he found his family garage in disarray last summer and sent his dog in the building to investigate. Grizz, a blue heeler, returned with the culprit, a young raccoon. As two teenage boys watched, one of them filming its actions with a cell phone, Grizz killed the coon, Foster said. Now, Foster is facing a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty resulting in death, which is punishable by a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $500 fine. A jury trial is scheduled for Feb. 25 in Jackson County District Court.
  • Take Several Hundred Photos of Faces: You Get The Average Man and Woman.

    02/06/2011 9:15:41 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Post National Monitor ^ | 2/5/2011 | Post National Monitor
    Women What feature makes a face attractive? Is it the average proportions of that face? We examined this popular theory ("averageness hypothesis") by conducting an experiment: We asked subjects to rate the attractiveness of all original faces and composites, which were calculated from 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, or 64 original faces. The results are: The attractiveness ratings of the transformed faces depend on the number of original faces that have been used to create them. The more original images were used to create the composite, the more attractive it was rated. (r = 0.57 ** for female faces,...
  • Wish you were here? President spends $1.5m on his holiday in Hawaii... while the rest of

    12/30/2010 2:29:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies · 107+ views
    daily mail ^ | 12/30/10 | David Gardner
    Return trip on Air Force One costs up to $1million £63,000 to fly Michelle and daughters to Hawaii $134,000 for 24 White House staff to stay at hotel President Obama has splashed out more than $1.5million on a sunshine break in Hawaii while many Americans are still struggling in the aftermath of the economic meltdown. With Washington in a deep freeze, Mr Obama yesterday extended his stay on Oahu until next Monday. But he is facing claims on the island that he could have been more frugal in his two-week getaway with wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha at...
  • Faces of the Tea Party - 'We are not the KKK' (“We are patriots.”)

    10/20/2010 8:07:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 10/16/10
    Faces of the Tea Party - 'We are not the KKK'Kari Huus says: Emery McClendon is a husband, father, Air Force retiree, Christian, a FedEx driver, amateur radio guy and photographer. In general, his race is beside the point. But this series is about the Tea Party, a movement that struggles to persuade some observers that it is not merely a racist reaction to a black president. The 59-year-old McClendon, as can clearly be seen in James Cheng’s photo, is a black man. He is also a prominent voice in the Tea Party movement. McClendon was among the highlighted speakers...
  • At 52, Sharon Stone is still smoking hot in a bikini

    10/18/2010 7:46:19 PM PDT · by TSgt · 83 replies · 1+ views
    / ^ | 11:22 PM on 18th October 2010 | Jody Thompson
    She's best known for that scene in Basic Instinct - and it appears that Sharon Stone still lives by the maxim if you've got it, flaunt it, on the set of a recent movie. The star stripped down to a tiny bikini in low-budget comedy Five Bucks A Day, directed by Calendar Girls and Made In Dagenham British film maker Nigel Cole. In fact, the budget seems to have been so low that the props department couldn't afford to loan Sharon a handbag.
  • Opinion: Potentially, Israel Faces a Second Holocaust

    10/04/2010 7:28:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    inn ^ | 10/4/10 | Prof. Phyllis Chesler
    A mass rally-demonstration entitled “For the truth, for Israel” will be held in Rome this Thursday. It is being organized by Fiamma Nirenstein – journalist, MP, and vice president of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Italian Chamber of Deputies –and other leading European personalities. Information at, This article was commissioned for it. Potentially, Israel faces a Second Holocaust. Indeed, many Europeans continue Hitler’s war against the Jews by supporting fifty seven Islamic apartheid nation states against the single Jewish democratic state. The worldwide media has become totally “Palestinianized” and Stalinized. Palestinians—even the haters, terrorists, and torturers,...
  • Palestinian Authority faces cash crunch as Arab states cut aid

    08/19/2010 12:12:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/19/10 | Staff
    Arab states have cut financial aid to the Palestinian Authority so far this year, according to PA figures seen by Reuters, and the United Nations has warned of a looming Palestinian cash crisis. "The Arabs are not paying. We urge them to meet their financial pledges," said Saleh Rafat, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee (Snip) The failure of some wealthy Arab states to pay up is frustrating Western governments, which are big contributors to the Palestinian territories
  • Ian McLagan Talks Reuniting the Faces Without Rod Stewart

    06/02/2010 11:07:32 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies · 343+ views
    Rolling Stone ^ | May 27, 2010 2:58 PM EDT | Andy Greene
    After playing a one-off show with Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall last year, The Faces are gearing up for their first tour since breaking up in 1975. Their only gig on the books now is for August 18th in England, but Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan tells Rolling Stone many more are coming that month followed by a longer run from December to March. "And then we should play the world for f---s sake," he says. "I’ve been trying to make this happen since 1975!" The main reason the reunion has taken so long was Rod Stewart’s reluctance to take a...
  • British man faces six months in Dubai jail for making offensive gesture at Iraqi student

    03/29/2010 5:41:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 372+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/29/10 | Mail Foreign Service
    A British man is facing six months in a Dubai jail for making an offensive gesture towards an Iraqi. Simon Andrews, 56, is said to have lost his temper during an argument with aviation student Mahmud Rasheed and 'flicked his finger' at him. Mr Rasheed complained to police and the Briton was arrested for outraging public decency and has been banned from leaving the country as he awaits trial.
  • Koreans Don't Have Big Faces, Study Finds

    03/26/2010 11:48:13 AM PDT · by FReepaholic · 17 replies · 694+ views
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 3/26/2010 | Unknown
    A study by the Korea Food and Drug Administration seems to contradict the stereotype that Koreans have bigger faces than Caucasians. The KFDA measured the facial dimensions of 387 adults and 304 children and adolescents between 2007 and 2009 and found that the average Korean male's face was 419 sq. cm in area or about 92 percent the size of Caucasian males' 453 sq. cm. The face of the average Korean woman measured 371 sq. cm, a little smaller than the average Caucasian woman's 380 sq. cm. Experts say the faces of Koreans appear to be bigger due to a kind...
  • Islam Online faces collapse after Cairo staff revolt over ‘religious pressure’

    03/17/2010 8:55:53 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 276+ views
    times on line ^ | 3/17/10 | Ashraf Khalil, Cairo
    The widely read and influential Islamic news website Islam Online was on the brink of collapse yesterday after a mass walkout and strike in its Cairo-based newsroom. More than 300 employees of the site, which is run by a Qatar-based religious non-governmental organisation, were negotiating a severance deal that could gut the website’s staff. “By Sunday there probably won’t be an Islam Online. It will be an empty building,” a striking employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.
  • CNN Shows Faces Obama Was Making During Healthcare Summit

    02/28/2010 7:30:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 65 replies · 3,902+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 2/28/10 | Noel Sheppard
    To emphasize Barack Obama's frustration with what Republicans were saying at Thursday's healthcare summit, CNN aired a montage of the faces the President was making as prominent members of the GOP spoke. Candy Crowley introduced the segment on Sunday's "State of the Union": As we mentioned earlier, President Obama's face said a lot last week. I was in the studio where you can watch what which call an ISO, that's the camera focused only on the president as Republicans made their points. We wanted to share.
  • GOP and Dems faceoff

    02/21/2010 3:46:42 AM PST · by Scanian · 16 replies · 795+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 21, 2010 | February 21, 2010
    A new study gives new meaning to being blue — or red — in the face. People can pretty accurately discern whether someone is a Democrat or Republican just by looking at their mugs, according to research by two Tufts University social psychologists. In a series of experiments, college students were shown headshots of people and asked to guess their party affiliation. The students were correct 60% of the time, according to the study, greater than random chance would indicate. The researchers said students made their decisions based on their stereotypes of what Republicans and Democrats looked like.
  • Facial expressions 'not global'

    08/14/2009 9:50:02 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 21 replies · 580+ views
    .bbc ^ | 14 August 2009 | Judith Burns
    A new study suggests that people from different cultures read facial expressions differently. East Asian participants in the study focused mostly on the eyes, but those from the West scanned the whole face. In the research carried out by a team from Glasgow University, East Asian observers found it more difficult to distinguish some facial expressions. The work published in Current Biology journal challenges the idea facial expressions are universally understood. In the study, East Asians were more likely than Westerners to read the expression for "fear" as "surprise", and "disgust" as "anger". The researchers say the confusion arises because...
  • Barack Obama faces 30 death threats a day, stretching US Secret Service

    08/03/2009 8:49:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 124 replies · 3,930+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 8/3/09 | Toby Harnden
    Since Mr Obama took office, the rate of threats against the president has increased 400 per cent from the 3,000 a year or so under President George W. Bush, according to Ronald Kessler, author of In the President's Secret Service. Some threats to Mr Obama, whose Secret Service codename is Renegade, have been publicised, including an alleged plot by white supremacists in Tennessee late last year to rob a gun store, shoot 88 black people, decapitate another 14 and then assassinate the first black president in American history.
  • Reporter faces death for pro-Israel view

    07/19/2009 9:07:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 430+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/19/09 | HAVIV RETTIG GUR
    Since 2003, Bangladeshi journalist and peace activist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury has been investigated by Bangladeshi authorities on charges of sedition, treason and insulting religious belief. Choudhury, 44, has spent years opposing Muslim extremism through his writings, especially the Weekly Blitz which he started in 2003. He has called for interfaith dialogue and for normalizing relations between Muslim countries and Israel. On Wednesday, Choudhury returns to court. He is accused of insulting Islam and harming the state's reputation abroad, charges which, when couched as "sedition," carry a possible death penalty.
  • Ron Wood Says Faces Reunion Tour Is “Ready to Go”

    12/03/2008 11:06:12 AM PST · by weegee · 23 replies · 800+ views
    Rolling Stone ^ | 12/1/08, 2:38 pm EST | no byline
    Ron Wood has confirmed long-standing reports that the Faces are gearing up for a reunion tour next year. “We had a few fantastic rehearsals last week and we’re ready to go,” Wood tells Rolling Stone. “It’s like no time has passed by.” Rod Stewart’s touring bassist Conrad Korsch sat in on bass, replacing original Faces bassist Ronnie Lane who died in 1997. “There’s a lot of guest bass players that want to do it — including Flea,” says Wood. They plan on hitting the road sometime in 2009, though no dates have been set. “We just have to sort out...
  • Kennewick reservist faces threats over landscaping

    10/07/2008 5:14:12 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 38 replies · 1,419+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 10/6/08 | John Trumbo
    Lt. Burke Jensen was called five months ago to serve his country in Kuwait. Now he is being told to get an irrigation system and landscaping on his property as soon as possible or face legal action from the Oak Hill Country Estates Homeowners' Association.KENNEWICK — Burke Jensen moved to Kennewick about a year ago, bought a nice house in the country south of the city and began to settle into a new job at Energy Northwest. Then came the call five months ago to serve his country in Kuwait. So Jensen, who says he is an involuntarily mobilized reservist,...
  • Berlusconi Faces Muslim Clash

    05/04/2008 6:54:21 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies · 163+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-4-2008 | Malcolm Moore
    Berlusconi faces Muslim clash By Malcolm Moore in Rome Last Updated: 11:38PM BST 04/05/2008 Silvio Berlusconi is facing a row with the Muslim world over his plans to appoint a member of the far-Right to his cabinet. Roberto Calderoli, 52, a senior member of the Northern League, enraged Muslims two years ago during the row over a set of Danish cartoons featuring the Prophet Mohammed. He appeared on television wearing a T-shirt printed with one of the cartoons. The Italian consulate in Libya was set on fire and 11 people died in riots. Mr Calderoli has also threatened to...
  • Puerto Rican governor faces 19 counts (campaign finance probe, pledged as Obama superdelegate)

    03/27/2008 11:21:56 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 595+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/27/08 | Manuel Ernesto Rivera - ap
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila was charged Thursday with 19 counts in a campaign finance probe, including conspiracy to violate U.S. federal campaign laws and giving false testimony to the FBI. The indictment also charged 12 others associated with Acevedo's Popular Democratic Party as a result of a two-year grand jury investigation, acting U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez said. Acevedo, a superdelegate for the Democratic Party who has pledged to support Sen. Barack Obama, served in Washington as the island's nonvoting delegate to Congress and was elected governor in 2004 after campaigning on an anti-corruption platform....
  • USO Tour Brings Smiles to Soldiers’ Faces

    12/24/2007 8:50:33 AM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 299+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Ricardo Branch
    Kid Rock performs some of his most popular songs for the gathered troops during the 2007 USO Christmas show, Dec. 19, at Camp Ramadi. Photo by Spc. Ricardo Branch, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs. CAMP RAMADI — The United Service Organization brought its Holiday Troop Visit Tour to the service members and civilians here with a special show at the Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) center, Dec. 19. Adm. Michael G. Mullen, the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, opened the show to an excited crowd of more than 600 attendees.“You all do a...
  • Close Relations Exhibit Greater Agreement On The Attractiveness Of Faces

    12/13/2007 3:36:30 PM PST · by blam · 47 replies · 54+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 12-13-2007 | Harvard University
    Close Relations Exhibit Greater Agreement On The Attractiveness Of Faces ScienceDaily (Dec. 13, 2007) — A new study from researchers at Harvard University shows that friends, siblings and spouses are more likely than strangers to agree on the attractiveness of faces. Recent research regarding facial attractiveness has emphasized the universality of attractiveness preferences, and in this study there was some agreement among the strangers - but the close relations were in even greater agreement regarding facial attractiveness. The study appears in the current issue of the journal Perception, and was led by Richard Russell, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department...
  • No Child Left Behind Act faces overhaul, political donnybrook

    09/09/2007 1:38:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 469+ views ^ | 9/9/07 | Zachary Coile
    In 2002, two of Congress' liberal Democratic lions - Rep. George Miller of Martinez and Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy - stood behind President Bush as he signed the No Child Left Behind Act, a law they promised would shine a bright light on the failures in America's public schools and kick-start reforms. Five years later, Miller, now chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, is still a believer. But after traveling the country - listening to complaints from parents, teachers, school administrators and governors about the law's testing regime and stiff sanctions - he now admits it needs fixing....
  • Why We Are Unable To Distinguish Faces Of Other Races (And Sometimes Our Own)

    08/16/2007 3:17:20 PM PDT · by blam · 50 replies · 1,888+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 8-16-2007 | Association Of Psychological Science
    Source: Association for Psychological Science Date: August 16, 2007 Why We Are Unable To Distinguish Faces Of Other Races (and Sometimes Our Own) Science Daily — There's a troubling psychological phenomenon that just about everyone has experienced but few will admit to; having difficulty distinguishing between people of different racial groups. This isn't merely a nod to the denigrating expression "they all look the same." Indeed, the "cross-race effect" is one of the most well replicated findings in psychological research and can lead to embarrassment, social castigation, or the disturbingly common occurrence of eye-witness misidentifications. Although a potentially charged experience,...
  • CA: Former city commissioner faces added felony charge (Leland Wong, bribery, conflict of interest)

    06/01/2007 6:46:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 226+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 6/1/07 | Rick Orlov
    Former Los Angeles city commissioner Leland Wong, scheduled to be arraigned today on bribery and conflict-of-interest charges, was charged Thursday with a new felony. Wong, a private consultant who was once an airport commissioner, has been charged with conflict of interest in connection with allegedly voting on a concession contract at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said. His vote as a commissioner came at the same time he also was seeking a business deal with the concession owner, officials said. Deputy District Attorney Max Huntsman said the new charges came out of a continuing investigation into Wong's activities while he...
  • Inferences of Competence from Faces Predict Election Outcomes

    04/03/2007 5:04:27 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 2 replies · 339+ views
    Science ^ | 10 June 2005 | Alexander Todorov,1,2* Anesu N. Mandisodza, Amir Goren, Crystal C. Hall
    We show that inferences of competence based solely on facial appearance predicted the outcomes of U.S. congressional elections better than chance (e.g., 68.8% of the Senate races in 2004) and also were linearly related to the margin of victory. These inferences were specific to competence and occurred within a 1-second exposure to the faces of the candidates. The findings suggest that rapid, unreflective trait inferences can contribute to voting choices, which are widely assumed to be based primarily on rational and deliberative considerations
  • Did A Giant Impact Create The Two Faces Of Mars?

    03/15/2007 2:14:24 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 855+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3-15-2007 | David Shiga
    Did a giant impact create the two faces of Mars? 16:29 15 March 2007 news service David Shiga, Houston Mars's northern hemisphere is lower in elevation – by about 5 kilometres – than its southern hemisphere (see image below). This coloured topographical map shows low elevations in blue and high elevations in yellow and red. The map is centred on a latitude of 55° north (Illustration: Mike Caplinger/MSSS) Mars's southern hemisphere is higher and more heavily cratered than the northern hemisphere, suggesting it is older terrain. The two low elevations (blue) in this map, which is centred on the...
  • Science Unravels Why We See Faces Everywhere

    02/13/2007 4:41:28 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 623+ views
    IHT ^ | 2-13-2007 | Elizabeth Svoboda
    A cloud formation that some have interpreted as the face of God. (Dave Watkins)Science unravels why we see faces everywhere By Elizabeth Svoboda Published: February 13, 2007 More than a decade ago, Diana Duyser of Hollywood, Florida, received a religious message through an unlikely medium — a grilled cheese sandwich she had made herself. As she gazed at the brown skillet marks on the surface of the bread, a familiar visage snapped into focus. "I saw a face looking up at me; it was the Virgin Mary staring back," she told reporters in 2004. "I was in total shock." After...
  • California Faces Uphill Battle On Car Emissions (Lawsuit)

    09/22/2006 10:09:23 AM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 618+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 9-22-2006 | Roxanne Khamsi
    California faces uphill battle on car emissions 11:12 22 September 2006 news service Roxanne Khamsi California is unlikely to win its lawsuit against six of the world’s largest car manufacturers, which it filed earlier this week, say legal experts. The state is suing the automakers for the costs it says are associated with the vehicles’ greenhouse gas emissions. Even with a small chance of success, environmental advocates say the new legal action is useful and necessary because of threats to the state’s existing plans to reduce car emissions. The government of California has made many headlines by promoting laws...
  • Left Faces Poll Shock In Tax-Weary Sweden

    09/16/2006 7:50:20 PM PDT · by blam · 58 replies · 1,815+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-17-2006 | James Langton
    Left faces poll shock in tax-weary Sweden By James Langton in Stockholm (Filed: 17/09/2006) Young, blonde and with sparkling blue eyes behind designer sunglasses, Josephine Soederlund is a prize catch for any ambitious politician. Voting for the first time today, the 20-year-old receptionist is part of a political revolution that could result in Sweden's Left-wing Social Democrats being thrown out of office for the first time in over a decade. A Swede voting in advance Asked why she will be supporting the conservative coalition that opinion polls suggest is on the brink of power, the office worker smiled: "Taxes. They're...
  • Rocked By AIDS, Zulu Kingdom Now Faces Even Worse Foe: Incurable TB

    09/12/2006 6:50:19 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 635+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9-13-2006 | Chris McGreal
    Rocked by Aids, Zulu kingdom now faces even worse foe: incurable TB Doctors fear fresh fight with South African health chiefs for cash to battle new strain Chris McGreal and Tugela Ferry Wednesday September 13, 2006 The Guardian (UK) The first clue to the hidden killer stalking villages in the Zulu kingdom revealed itself at a small rural hospital long besieged by epidemics. Doctors at the Church of Scotland hospital in Tugela Ferry were already grappling with the onslaught of Aids and its partner in death, tuberculosis. But some relief appeared to be in sight when, after years of criticism...
  • CA: Marine faces hearing in Iraqi's slaying - Pendleton 8

    09/12/2006 7:41:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 326+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/12/06 | Thomas Watkins - ap
    OCEANSIDE, Calif. - Eager to see the world and looking for adventure, Jerry E. Shumate Jr. joined the Marine Corps straight out of high school. Now the 21-year-old lance corporal is in the brig. Shumate is accused, with eight others, of kidnapping and murdering an Iraqi man in Hamdania, west of Baghdad. His preliminary hearing was scheduled to begin Tuesday. Shumate, along with six other Marines and a Navy Corpsman are accused of entering 52-year-old Hashim Ibrahim Awad's house on April 26, kidnapping him and taking him to a roadside hole. There, prosecutors say, several troops shot him. Shumate fired...
  • Youth football coach faces lesser charge, court sanction

    09/07/2006 7:42:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 518+ views
    STOCKTON An assistant youth football coach who rushed onto the field and tackled a boy on the opposing team was charged with misdemeanor child abuse on Thursday and had a bench warrant issued for his arrest after he showed up late for his arraignment. Cory Petero was initially arrested on a felony charge, but prosecutors decided to pursue a less serious misdemeanor charge because the youth wasn't seriously injured and Petero doesn't have a prior criminal record, Deputy District Attorney Xapuri Villapudua said. "The injuries to the child were very minor," said Villapudua, noting that the boy suffered sore ribs...
  • Musharraf Faces Bitter Clash Over Rape Law Reforms

    08/24/2006 7:27:17 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 642+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-25-2006 | Isambard Wilkinson
    Musharraf faces bitter clash over rape law reforms By Isambard Wilkinson in Peshawar (Filed: 25/08/2006) President Pervez Musharraf has opened a new and especially bitter confrontation with radical Islam by trying to rewrite Pakistan's controversial rape laws. These place an almost impossible burden of proof on women by compelling them to produce four "pious" male witnesses to prove rape or risk being convicted of adultery and face 100 lashes or death by stoning. This law, known as the Hudood Ordinance, has been regarded as untouchable since its passage 27 years ago. It also sets no minimum age for sex...
  • Terror Raid Victim Faces Arrest Over Child Porn Images

    07/30/2006 6:26:37 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 25,487+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-31-2006 | John Steele
    Terror raid victim faces arrest over child porn images By John Steele, Crime Correspondent (Filed: 31/07/2006) A man shot in an anti-terrorist raid faces questioning over the alleged discovery of child pornography images on a computer seized by police. Mohammed Abul Kahar, 23, was wounded when police officers looking for a chemical bomb entered his home in Forest Gate, east London. It is believed that he could be arrested this week. He is expected to be asked about what are said to be "extremely disturbing" images of children. The move follows forensic tests on the computer. The Crown Prosecution Service...
  • Red Faces After Putin Jibe Over Peerages (Tony Blair)

    07/16/2006 5:10:42 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 1,063+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-17-2006 | Graeme Wilson - Alec Russell
    Red faces after Putin jibe over peerages By Graeme Wilson and Alec Russell in St Petersburg (Filed: 17/07/2006) Tony Blair and Vladimir Putin tried to present a united front yesterday after the Russian president publicly mocked the Prime Minister's difficulties over the "cash for peerages" scandal. The men exchanged diplomatic pleasantries following talks yesterday afternoon, but struggled to disguise the strained relations after Mr Putin's barbed intervention. The Russian president used a televised press conference yesterday morning to take a swipe at Britain's increasingly beleaguered premier. Asked by Alec Russell, The Daily Telegraph's Washington correspondent, about British criticism of Russia's...