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  • GOP Rep Massie: Pressure From Constituents Made Boehner Quitting "Almost Inevitable"

    09/25/2015 3:16:46 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 25, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Representative Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) said that the resignation of House Speaker Representative Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) “was almost inevitable, given the pressure that the American people have put on Washington, DC” on Friday’s “Sean Hannity Show.”
  • New Report: Massive Immigration Surge from Mexico

    08/17/2015 7:00:29 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 28 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 8-17-2015 | Daniel Horowitz
    The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has published another blockbuster report on immigration numbers, and their analysis foreshadows a troubling trend of growing illegal immigration. Using the most up-to-date census data, they have uncovered a trend that has been lost from some of the traditional immigration-related data published by the Department of Homeland Security, which tends to lag behind the most recent trends. To begin with, this report reaffirms the known reality of record high levels of immigration across the board and from Latin America, and the trend is only growing. Among the highlights of the report are the following:...
  • US personnel chief resigns in wake of massive (OPM) data breach

    07/10/2015 9:47:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 75 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/10/15 | Josh Lederman and Jack Gillam - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the government's personnel office has resigned in the wake of a massive data breach on her watch. A White House official says President Barack Obama accepted the resignation of Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta on Friday morning. She'll stay on the job through the end of the day. The official says deputy director Beth Cobert will become acting director starting Saturday.
  • Massive Crowd! Bernie Sanders Rally Fills 10,000-Seat Stadium in Madison (Commies)

    07/02/2015 5:46:35 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/02/15
    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders touted his progressive credentials before his largest crowd to date Wednesday night as he pushed his campaign into Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s backyard. Sanders packed the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, filling its 10,000 seats to show his bid to snatch the Democratic nomination from front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton isn’t a longshot after all.
  • Breakup fears for massive (Larsen C) Antarctic ice shelf: study

    05/12/2015 6:08:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies
    AFP on Yahoo News ^ | 5/12/15 | Richard Ingham
    Paris (AFP) - The largest ice shelf in the Antarctic peninsula is being thinned by warmer seas and air and could catastrophically break up, scientists said on Wednesday. The loss of the Larsen C ice shelf could occur within a century but an earlier collapse cannot be ruled out, with major consequences for global sea levels, they said. "We now know that two different processes are causing Larsen C to thin and become less stable," said Paul Holland from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) who led the new research. "If this vast ice shelf... was to collapse, it would allow...
  • Massive ‘Grand Canyon’ Found Hidden Beneath Greenland’s Ice

    08/29/2013 1:07:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | August 29, 2013 | Nancy Atkinson on
    The canyon, found by airborne radar data, has the same characteristics of a winding river channel like the Grand Canyon in Arizona. It is at least 750 kilometers (460 miles) long, making it longer than the Grand Canyon. In some places, it is as deep as 800 meters (2,600 feet), on scale parts of the Grand Canyon. This immense feature is thought to predate the ice sheet that has covered Greenland for the last few million years.
  • Curfew considered after massive brawl in downtown Greensboro

    07/02/2013 4:37:37 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 36 replies
    Fox ^ | 7/1/2013
    <p>A massive fight in downtown Greensboro Saturday night has some city leaders taking a hard look at bringing back the teen curfew.</p> <p>Nearly 400 people were involved in the several fights that happened along Elm Street.</p> <p>Greensboro police arrested 11 people ranging in age from 16 to 20-years-old. Officers had to use pepper spray and a stun gun to try to get the crowd under control. Greensboro Police Department had to call UNCG Police and Guilford County for extra help. Some officers minor injuries following the fights. As soon as one fight stopped another started.</p>
  • ATF seeks 'massive' online database to log personal information, connections

    04/06/2013 7:51:29 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 49 replies
    rt.com ^ | 4/6/13
    A recent notice from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms reveals that the agency intends to acquire an online database capable of bringing up many of an individual’s personal characteristics and connections with just a few keystrokes. On March 28 the federal law enforcement organization, which is a branch of the US Department of Justice, filed a solicitation notice for a “massive online data repository system” for its Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information. The solicitation is hosted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, where vendors and developers can offer their services to the government in a competitive reverse...
  • DHS Denies Massive Ammunition Purchase

    03/22/2013 6:11:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 77 replies
    US News.com ^ | 3/22/13 | Elizabeth Flock
    The Department of Homeland Security responded Friday to questions from Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., about why the agency was allegedly planning to buy some 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition over the next five years. DHS told Whispers it regularly fills all of its goods and services requirements at one time because it's cheaper for the agency, and that the 1.6 billion number was misleading because the language of DHS's purchase said it would need "up to" a certain amount. One solicitation by the agency—for training centers and law enforcement personnel—was for "up to" 750 million rounds of training ammunition over...
  • LIRR Disability Scam - A $1 Billion Tragedy

    02/21/2013 6:34:52 PM PST · by UnBubba · 3 replies
    www.fbi.gov ^ | 02-21-2013 | FBI
    Hundreds of LIRR employees have allegedly exploited the overlap between the LIRR pension and the RRB disability program by pre-planning the date on which they would falsely declare themselves disabled so that it would coincide with their projected retirement date.These false statements, made under oath in disability applications, allowed LIRR employees to retire as early as age 50 with an LIRR pension, supplemented by the fraudulently obtained RRB disability annuity. From 1995 through 2011, more than 75 percent of LIRR employees stopped working and began receiving RRB disability benefits.
  • Galaxy Grande: Milky Way May Be More Massive Than Thought

    12/03/2012 10:02:45 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 22 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 12/3/12 | Ken Croswell
    Hubble observations of a speedy galaxy weigh on the Milky Way and indicate that our galaxy is at least a trillion times as massive as the sunMilky Way GREAT GALAXY: The Milky Way maintains a fleet of some two dozen satellite galaxies whose motions help reveal its mass. Image: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team Although scientists know the masses of the sun and Earth, it's a different story for the galaxy. Mass estimates range widely: At the low end, some studies find that the galaxy is several hundred billion times as massive as the sun whereas the largest values exceed two trillion...
  • Massive Decrease in Early and Absentee Voting—in Chicago

    11/04/2012 8:43:54 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 10 replies
    The Illinois Republican party claims early and absentee voting has precipitously fallen since the 2008 presidential election. According to the numbers, at this point in 2008, there were 260,376 early voters and 304,290 absentee voters. Now, the party maintains, there are 195,064 early voters and 46,232 absentee voters. That's a loss of 57 percent of voters, since the last election.
  • Texas Rangers Unveil Massive 'Champion Dog' (two footer,one pound frank including toppings $26)

    03/24/2012 11:06:41 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 3/23/12 | The PostGame
    The Fenway Frank and Dodger Dog need to make some room because there is a new champion coming this season. The "Champion Dog" at Rangers Ballpark measures nearly two feet long and weighs a pound, before any toppings are added. The all-beef frank includes a mountain of shredded cheese, chili and sautéed onions. The meal comes with a pile of fries and is designed for four people. At $26, it has a price tag to match too. Shawn Mattox, Sportservice general manager, which handles concessions for the park, was looking for an item that had the "wow" factor. "We just...
  • UPDATE 1-Obama: Massive Blow to Economy if Tax Cuts Lapse

    11/30/2011 6:43:47 PM PST · by Son House · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 30, 2011 | Reuters
    President Barack Obama warned on Wednesday that the U.S. economy would suffer a massive blow if Congress fails to extend expiring payroll tax cuts, saying "we're not fully out of the recession yet." Obama sought to turn up the heat on congressional Republicans at a campaign-style rally at a high school in Scranton, Pennsylvania, a battleground state in the 2012 presidential election in which he is seeking a second term. Obama and his fellow Democrats want to finance the payroll tax break extension by raising taxes on wealthier Americans, an approach Republicans vehemently oppose. He said the issue could come...
  • Massive terror exercise planned for metro area

    09/22/2011 3:52:47 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 17 replies · 2+ views
    FOX31 DENVER KDVR.com ^ | Thursday, September 22, 2011 | KDVR Staff
    Operation Mountain Guardian is a terrorism-based, full-scale emergency exercise scheduled to take place in numerous locations in the Denver metro area on Friday, September 23, 2011. The exercise will involve first responders from 81 different agencies**, will be conducted at ten separate locations and will include loud noises, simulated weapons, smoke, emergency vehicles and other equipment that will be audible and visible throughout the day. The purpose of this advisory is to provide information that can be disseminated to the public ahead of time to avoid confusion or concern on exercise day, as well as to invite media coverage of...
  • Plans for massive oil pipeline opposed by environmentalists

    08/18/2011 2:30:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 8/1/8/11 | Dana Hull
    A controversial proposal to build a massive underground pipeline to carry 700,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Texas has become the environmental issue of the summer, pitting developers and labor unions desperate for construction jobs against environmentalists and Native American tribes who fear the pipeline will spell environmental disaster. TransCanada Corp.'s proposed Keystone XL project would consist of more than 1,700 miles of 36-inch-diameter pipe, about 327 miles of which would be in Canada while the rest would snake southward through the central United States. Because the pipeline would...
  • Organized Left Plan Massive Protests for April 4th

    03/23/2011 2:00:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Big Government ^ | 3/23/11 | Brett Healy
    In the wake of changes to government employee unions’ power in Wisconsin and elsewhere, The Communist Party USA is working in conjunction with national labor unions and other left wing political groups to organize protests in Madison, Wisconsin and across the nation on April 4th. Scott Marshall, Vice Chair of The Communist Party USA said his organization is working with the likes of MoveOn.org, the SEIU, the AFL-CIO and others to make April 4th, the anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., a national day of action. “Support is beginning to grow,” said Marshall in an...
  • House Democrats push through massive budget bill

    12/08/2010 5:08:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/8/10 | Andrew Taylor - ap
    <p>WASHINGTON – Democrats controlling the House muscled through legislation Wednesday night that would freeze the budgets of most Cabinet departments and fund the war in Afghanistan for another year.</p> <p>The bill would cap the agencies' annual operating budgets at the $1.2 trillion approved for the recently finished budget year — a $46 billion cut of more than 3 percent from President Barack Obama's request.</p>
  • Foreign crews help Israel battle massive forest fire

    12/03/2010 4:42:54 AM PST · by decimon · 18 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | December 3, 2010 | Unknown
    Foreign firefighting crews have begun to arrive in Israel to help battle a massive forest fire out of control in the north of the country.Further global assistance is due to arrive later on Friday, as fire crews battled high winds driving the blaze towards the city of Haifa. > Aircraft from Bulgaria, Jordan, Greece and the UK have arrived, after Israel issued a rare request for foreign assistance. Planes from Cyprus, Turkey and Russia were on their way, while flame-retardant materials were being flown in from France, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said. "The Russians are sending and we are waiting...
  • King Tut suffered 'massive' chest injury, new research reveals

    11/12/2010 8:50:37 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 93 replies · 1+ views
    Heritage Key ^ | Friday, November 5, 2010 | Owen Jarus
    One possibility that Dr. Harer ruled out is that of a chariot accident. "If he fell from a speeding chariot going at top speed you would have what we call a tumbling injury -- he'd go head over heels. He would break his neck. His back. His arms, legs. It wouldn't gouge a chunk out of his chest." Instead, at his Toronto lecture, Harer brought up another, more exotic possibility -- that Tut was killed by a hippo. It's not as far out an idea as it sounds, hippos are aggressive, quick and territorial animals, and there is an artefact...
  • Massive gamma ray bubbles discovered in galaxy center

    11/09/2010 5:57:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/9/10 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Two huge, unexplained gamma ray emitting bubbles have been discovered at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, US astronomers said Tuesday. Masked by a fog of gamma rays that appears throughout the sky, the bubbles form a feature spanning 50,000 light-years and could be the remnant of a supersized black hole eruption or the outflows from a burst of star formation, the astronomers said. The structure spans more than half of the visible sky, from the constellation Virgo to the constellation Grus, and it may be millions of years old, the astronomers said in a paper...
  • A Black Hole With the Mass of a Galaxy (as massive as 18 billion Suns)

    09/08/2010 3:05:04 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies
    Black-hole Located in the Cancer constellation about 3.5 billion light years away, an object dubbed OJ287 is part of a binary black hole system and produces a huge amount of light, fact that is usually associated with the formation of a new galaxy. Quasars mostly consist of a massive black hole, surrounded by a large accretion disk spinning around it, and are powered by the massive amounts of matter falling towards the black hole at its center. Although compacted into objects with a small size, during the feeding process quasars release enough energy to outshine an entire galaxy. OJ 287...
  • Amnesty Means Massive Medicaid Costs

    08/16/2010 10:43:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    human events ^ | 8/16/10 | James R. Edwards, Jr.
    If Congress pushes through amnesty, hold onto your wallets. Taxpayers will get robbed and illegal aliens rewarded. The 11 million illegal aliens who get legalized will then qualify for many taxpayer-funded government programs, including health premium subsidies, the Earned Income Tax Credit and Medicaid. This redistribution of wealth will add billions to the government’s red ink—not to mention deprive productive Americans of their own money. To get a handle on the size of amnesty’s fiscal consequences, consider the impact on a single program: Medicaid.
  • Astronomers discover most massive stars to date (300 times more massive than the sun)

    07/21/2010 2:04:57 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 3 replies
    GeoJunk ^ | 7/21/10
    Using a combination of instruments on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers have discovered the most massive stars to date, one weighing at birth more than 300 times the mass of the Sun, or twice as much as the currently accepted limit of 150 solar masses. The existence of these monsters — millions of times more luminous than the Sun, losing weight through very powerful winds — may provide an answer to the question “how massive can stars be?” A team of astronomers led by Paul Crowther, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Sheffield, has used ESO’s Very Large Telescope...
  • Massive Gulf oil spill drifts toward Obama administration, Democrats

    05/27/2010 9:42:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 533+ views
    The Hill ^ | 5/26/10 | Russell Berman
    The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is fast becoming a political liability for Democrats, threatening the image of competence that the Obama administration has used as a trump card over its predecessor. While Democratic leaders direct blame at BP, the administration has begun taking heat from friends and foes alike. And recent polls show voters dissatisfied with the government’s response, as well as with BP. The White House clearly recognizes the threat. President Barack Obama will travel to the Gulf for the second time on Friday, after first holding a press conference Thursday to discuss the administration’s...
  • Senate passes massive Wall Street regulation bill

    05/20/2010 7:04:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 82 replies · 1,856+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/20/10 | Jim Kuhnhenn - ap
    WASHINGTON – Prodded by national anger at Wall Street, the Senate on Thursday passed the most far-reaching restraints on big banks since the Great Depression. In its broad sweep, the massive bill would touch Wall Street CEOs and first-time homebuyers, high-flying traders and small town lenders. The 59-39 vote represents an important achievement for President Barack Obama, and comes just two months after his health care overhaul became law. The bill must now be reconciled with a House version that passed in December. A key House negotiator predicted the legislation would reach Obama's desk before the Fourth of July. The...
  • Left Plans Massive In-Your-Face Anti-Capitalism Rally on DC's K Street

    05/14/2010 4:39:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 442+ views
    big government ^ | 5/14/10 | Matthew Vadum
    The left-wing militants of SEIU and the National People’s Action group plan to shut down K Street, the heart of the lobbying industry in the nation’s capital, at a massive in-your-face rally and march planned for Monday. The goal of the “action” –in organizing parlance— is a show of force calculated to intimidate bank lobbyists and show support for sweeping anti-bank legislation pending in Congress. The action, called The Showdown on K Street, is listed at the website of Jobs With Justice. JwJ works closely with ACORN, other community organizing groups, and the labor movement.
  • Obama 'amused' by massive nationwide protests against him

    04/16/2010 9:03:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 66 replies · 1,969+ views
    american thinker ^ | 4/16/10 | Rick George
    Addressing a DNC fundraiser in Florida, President Obama said that Tea partiers should be "grateful" to him for lowering their taxes. And AP reports that the president says, "he's been a little amused over the past couple of days when people at the rallies complained about taxes." Amused? Amused at trillion dollar deficits? Amused that his health care plan is one of the most unpopular pieces of major legislation in American history? Amused that our enemies in Iran and North Korea continually mock and laugh at the United States under his leadership? Amused at the utter, complete, and total failure...
  • Massive storm buries central US in snow (They say it's Global varming, Don'tcha know.)

    12/09/2009 9:27:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 1,780+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/9/09 | AFP
    CHICAGO (AFP) – A massive storm buried much of the central United States in dangerous ice and snow Wednesday, stranding scores of motorists with massive drifts that shut down major roads and defeated plows. Strong winds created drifts as high as 15 feet (4.6 meters) as the storm dropped as much as four feet of snow (1.2 meters) in some areas, said Pat Slattery, a spokesman for the National Weather Service. "This has been a really big season opening storm," Slattery said. Hundreds of flights were cancelled, schools were closed and the freezing rain that preceded the snow in many...
  • Obama Signs Massive Stimulus Bill(February 17)

    10/26/2009 7:30:54 PM PDT · by Son House · 7 replies · 426+ views
    Washington Times ^ | February 17, 2009 | By Stephen Dinan
    Calling it "the beginning of the end" of the nation's economic travails, President Obama signed the $787 billion stimulus spending bill into law Tuesday afternoon in Denver. Mr. Obama said he used 10 different pens to sign the bill -- essentially writing little more than one letter per pen. Pens used for major bills are keepsakes given to key aides and lawmakers involved in the process, and the high number of pens showed just how many people had a hand in delivering Mr. Obama's first major piece of legislation in his young administration. But passing the bill may have been...
  • Priceless. Protest Breaks Out at Massive Wisconsin Flu Shot Line

    10/23/2009 4:23:00 PM PDT · by Justaham · 88 replies · 2,839+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-23-09
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel posted this photo essay showing the HUGE lines of people being forced to wait outside in the rain for flu shots.
  • NASA to begin massive climate survey of Antarctica

    10/08/2009 2:30:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 881+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/8/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – NASA next week begins the most extensive aerial survey of Earth's surface to chart the impact of global warming, with six years of flights over Antarctica to understand the frozen continent's glaciers and ice sheets. The US space agency said the massive aerial survey, part of a program dubbed Operation Ice Bridge, will get underway on October 15. ... Space officials said the plane, crew and scientists depart October 12 from NASA's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, California, and fly to Punta Arenas, Chile, where they will be based through mid-November. Some 50 scientists and support...
  • 9/12 mania: Massive tea party storms D.C.

    07/14/2009 1:36:37 PM PDT · by mikelets456 · 7 replies · 975+ views
    WND ^ | 7/14/2009 | WND
    Thousands of taxpayers from across the nation are planning to descend on Washington, D.C., to take their fight against excessive spending, bailouts, growth of big government and soaring deficits to the front door of the U.S. Capitol – and they say lawmakers can't hide from their loud and clear message. "The day after America was attacked we were not obsessed with Red States, Blue States or political parties," the 9-12 Project website states. "We were united as Americans, standing together to protect the values and principles of the greatest nation ever created." On his show, Beck called Americans to forget...
  • Report: Bush surveillance program was massive

    07/10/2009 5:12:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 101 replies · 2,883+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/10/09 | Pamela Hess - ap
    WASHINGTON – The Bush administration built an unprecedented surveillance operation to pull in mountains of information far beyond the warrantless wiretapping previously acknowledged, a team of federal inspectors general reported Friday, questioning the legal basis for the effort but shielding almost all details on grounds they're still too secret to reveal. The report, compiled by five inspectors general, refers to "unprecedented collection activities" by U.S. intelligence agencies under an executive order signed by President George W. Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Just what those activities involved remains classified, but the IGs pointedly say that any continued use...
  • A Real Whopper: Black Hole Is Most Massive Known (M87 - HUGHer by 2 or 3 times than speculated)

    06/08/2009 4:34:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 1,205+ views
    Space.com ^ | 6/8/09 | Andrea Thompson
    PASADENA, CALIF. — The most massive black hole yet weighed lurks at the heart of the relatively nearby giant galaxy M87. The supermassive black hole is two to three times heftier than previously thought, a new model showed, weighing in at a whopping 6.4 billion times the mass of the sun. The new measure suggests that other black holes in nearby large galaxies could also be much heftier than current measurements suggest, and it could help astronomers solve a longstanding puzzle about galaxy development. "We did not expect it at all," said team member Karl Gebhardt of the University of...
  • Massive emissions cuts can save Arctic ice: study (up to 70% cuts could ease the pain and losses)

    04/14/2009 6:27:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 716+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/14/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Cutting greenhouse gases by 70 percent this century would spare the planet the most traumatic effects of climate change, including the massive loss of Arctic sea ice, a study said Tuesday. Warming in the Arctic would be almost halved, helping preserve fisheries, as well as sea birds and Arctic mammals like polar bears in some regions, including the northern Bering Sea, according to scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). But the massive cuts of greenhouse gas emissions advocated by the researchers would only "stabilize the threat of climate change and avoid catastrophe," said NCAR...
  • Massive Antarctic ice shelf set to break loose (finally... Wilkins Ice Shelf)

    04/03/2009 12:02:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 2,139+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/09 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) – A Jamaica-sized ice shelf is close to wrenching itself away from Antarctica, following dramatic weakening of an ice "bridge" linking it to the continent, the European Space Agency (ESA) reported Friday. The icy umbilical cord tying the Wilkins Ice Shelf to two islands on the Antarctic peninsula "looks set to collapse," ESA said. The evidence comes from radar pictures taken on Thursday by its Envisat Earth-monitoring satellite, the Paris-based agency said in a press release. Scientists have been keeping a worried eye on this ice shelf for years. For many, it is a barometer of global warming,...
  • Congress approves massive $410B spending bill

    03/10/2009 7:09:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 1,187+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/10/09 | Andrew Taylor - ap
    WASHINGTON – Congress on Tuesday sent President Barack Obama a once-bipartisan bill to fund the domestic Cabinet agencies that evolved instead into a symbol of lawmakers' free-spending ways and penchant for back-home pet projects. The Senate approved the measure by voice after it cleared a key procedural hurdle by a 62-35 vote. Sixty votes were required to shut down debate. Obama is expected to sign the measure Wednesday to avoid a partial shutdown of the government. But the White House has kept the bill at arm's length, calling it last year's business. Obama is also set to announce steps aimed...
  • Swiss banks to announce massive losses: report

    02/08/2009 1:57:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 669+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/8/09 | AFP
    ZURICH (AFP) – Two of Switzerland's largest banks, UBS and Credit Suisse, are set to announce combined losses for 2008 of 29 billion Swiss francs later this week, the Sonntag newspaper reported Sunday. According to the report, UBS will announce an annual loss of 21 billion Swiss francs (14 billion euros, 18 billion dollars) on Tuesday, the largest in Swiss history and reflecting the fact the company was one of the banks hardest hit by the US subprime loan crisis. Last November, UBS posted a net profit of 296 million Swiss francs for the third quarter following a year of...
  • Milky Way a Swifter Spinner, More Massive, New Measurements Show

    01/05/2009 2:41:26 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 604+ views
    Long Beach, CA - Fasten your seat belts -- we're faster, heavier, and more likely to collide than we thought. Astronomers making high-precision measurements of the Milky Way say our Galaxy is rotating about 100,000 miles per hour faster than previously understood. That increase in speed, said Mark Reid of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, increases the Milky Way's mass by 50 percent, bringing it even with the Andromeda Galaxy. "No longer will we think of the Milky Way as the little sister of the Andromeda Galaxy in our Local Group family." The larger mass, in turn, means a greater...
  • Congress balks at massive US financial bailout plan

    09/23/2008 4:53:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 234+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/23/08 | Veronica Smith
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – A battle over the US government's financial rescue package heated up in Congress Tuesday, with top finance officials urging its swift passage and lawmakers digging in their heels. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, in their first testimony to Congress after the 700-billion-dollar bailout was proposed just days ago, argued that lawmakers should pass the emergency measure quickly or put the entire US economy at risk. Bernanke told lawmakers that despite unprecedented steps already taken by the Republican administration to confront the crisis, global financial markets "remain under extraordinary stress." --snip-- Paulson, echoing...
  • "World Market Meltdowns": Could THIS Have Been a Factor ?

    01/24/2008 8:13:02 AM PST · by genefromjersey · 13 replies · 118+ views
    Finneran Lane ^ | 01/24/08 | vanity
    There has been a great deal published about how the "Evil Americans" have caused foreign markets to stumble. I suggest we look in a different direction
  • Citizen Tip Leads to Massive EFP, Explosives Cache

    10/26/2007 4:58:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 119+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2007 – A concerned citizen led coalition forces to the largest cache of explosively formed penetrators ever found in a single location Oct. 23 in a home in Saada village, Iraq, officials reported. Soldiers from Troop B, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, from Fort Lewis, Wash., and the 717th Ordnance Company explosive ordnance disposal team, 184th Ordnance Battalion, Combined Joint Task Force Troy, Fort Campbell, Ky., empty a massive weapons cache that was discovered at Saada village, Iraq, Oct. 23, 2007. The cache marks the largest discovery of explosively formed penetrators...
  • Massive black hole enters the record books (Messier 33)

    10/17/2007 7:42:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 207+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/17/07 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) - Astronomers have found the biggest stellar black hole so far, a monster with a mass 15.65 times that of our Sun, lurking in a nearby spiral-shaped galaxy. The find, located in a galaxy called Messier 33, has an even bigger companion -- a close-orbiting star that is 70 times the mass of the Sun, according to an investigation led by Jerome Orosz of San Diego University, California. Black holes are among the most powerful forces in the Universe. They are believed to be concentrated fields of gravity which are so powerful that nothing, not even light, can...
  • Massive Egyptian Fort Discovered

    07/23/2007 2:51:56 PM PDT · by blam · 37 replies · 1,491+ views
    iAfrica ^ | 7-23-2007
    Massive Egyptian fort discovered Mon, 23 Jul 2007 Egypt announced on Sunday the discovery of the largest-ever military city from the Pharaonic period on the edge of the Sinai desert, part of a series of forts that stretched to the Gaza border. "The three forts are part of a string of 11 castles that made up the Horus military road that went from Suez all the way to the city of Rafah on the Egyptian-Palestinian border and dates to the 18th and 19th dynasties (1560-1081 BC)," antiquities supreme Zahi Hawwas said in a statement. Teams have been digging in the...
  • Super-Eruption: No Problem (Toba)

    07/06/2007 9:02:21 AM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 1,327+ views
    Nature ^ | 7-6-2007 | Katherine Sanderson
    Super-eruption: no problem?Tools found before and after a massive eruption hint at a hardy population. Katharine Sanderson Massive eruptions make it tough for life living under the ash cloud. A stash of ancient tools in India hints that life carried on as usual for humans living in the fall-out of a massive volcanic eruption 74,000 years ago. Michael Petraglia, from the University of Cambridge, UK, and his colleagues found the stone tools at a site called Jwalapuram, in Andhra Pradesh, southern India, above and below a thick layer of ash from the eruption of the Toba volcano in Indonesia —...
  • Two Heftiest Stars Found in Milky Way

    06/08/2007 12:35:40 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 33 replies · 1,032+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 6/7/07 | Larry O'Hanlon
    June 7, 2007 — The two heaviest stars ever have been discovered in the southern Milky Way galaxy. The double super heavyweights are actually in orbit around each other, and both break the record — 83 times the sun’s mass — for the most massive stars found to date. The heavier of the two weighs in at a whopping 114 "solar masses," while its little brother is 84 solar masses. The discovery was presented June 7 at the meeting of the Canadian Astronomical Society at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. The two big bruiser stars, which...
  • Massive California contracts database riddled with errors, omissions

    04/12/2007 10:00:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 446+ views
    AP on North County Times ^ | 4/12/07 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    LOS ANGELES -- The state Mental Health Department agreed to pay a Los Angeles hotel $877 million in 2005 to hold a two-day training conference, according to state records. $877 million? For a two-day conference? It's wrong -- not even close. The actual contract was $36,200 and the agency spent only about $21,000, invoices show. Inclusion of the dramatically higher amount in a vast computerized index of state contracts was an honest mistake, the result of a worker typing a billing code where the contract's value should have been listed, officials say. An attempted fix created a duplicate listing, leading...
  • Massive Ordnance Penetrator (30,000lb bomb)

    03/29/2007 3:09:55 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 47 replies · 2,455+ views
    Boeing's Phantom Works is leading the effort to demonstrate the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). The three-phase technology demonstration builds on design studies that Boeing had conducted for the laboratory. Flight testing is envisaged around 2006. The 6 m [20 feet] long MOP features short-span wings and trellis-type tails. The 13,600 kg [30,000 lb] weapon contains a 2,700 kg [6,000 lb] explosive charge. MOP is designed to go deeper than any nuclear bunker buster and take out 25 percent of the underground and deeply buried targets. It is expected to penetrate as much as 60 meters [200 feet] through 5,000 psi...
  • Bush signs massive tax and trade bill

    12/20/2006 10:31:18 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 1,383+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/20/06 | AP
    WASHINGTON - President Bush on Wednesday revived some 20 tax breaks, extended trade benefits for developing countries and protected doctors from a big cut in Medicare payments by signing sweeping tax and trade legislation. The bill is a patchwork of must-do items that were left for the lame duck Congress. It was bundled together and passed by the House and Senate just before adjourning earlier this month. "This is a good piece of pro-growth legislation," said Bush, just before putting his signature to the legislation at a White House ceremony. Republican budget hawks bridled at the measure's approximately $40 billion...