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  • Airlines Give Up on World's Longest Flights {Singapore-NY, SGP-LA}

    11/14/2012 3:32:36 AM PST · by Cronos · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 25 Oct 2012 | Jeffrey Ng
    <p>The all-business-class flights began in 2004 and will halt by the end of next year. The Newark-Singapore flight covered 9,506 miles and lasted about 18.5 hours, while the Los Angeles-Singapore flight covered 8,746 miles and lasted about 16 hours. A round-trip flight on the Newark route was expected to cost about 12,570 Singapore dollars (US$10,260) in mid-November; while a similar trip to Los Angeles was expected to cost about S$9,000 (US$7,300).</p>
  • Why Asian Airlines Reign Supreme {Over American}

    11/14/2012 3:27:03 AM PST · by Cronos · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 26 Sep 2012 | Jennifer Chen
    ..On a recent trip to New York to see family and friends, I was at first pleased to discover that a U.S. carrier had a direct flight from Beijing to Newark International Airport. The fare was reasonable and the schedule suited me perfectly. Thirteen hours on a plane? Perfect time to catch up on Ben Stiller’s oeuvre. Less than an hour into the flight, I was regretting my choice. Flying coach, I expected uncomfortable seats, lackluster food and surly service, but what I hadn’t counted on was being turned away from the toilet. As I reached out to open the...
  • Broward Finds Nearly 1,000 Ballots Days After Election

    11/14/2012 2:56:33 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    CBS ^ | November 13, 2012
    Florida’s fiasco on Election Day is getting worse. Broward elections workers Monday said they found 963 unaccounted-for ballots a week after the election was over. Members of the Broward County Canvassing Board were told the ballots were put in the wrong place. Election department workers spent the day counting them and adding their results to the final totals.
  • Return of third class:plans to reintroduce another tier of service

    11/14/2012 2:55:38 AM PST · by Cronos · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13 Nov 2012 | Ray Massey
    Rail companies are drawing up controversial plans for officially sanctioned 'third class' travel, a senior Government figure has admitted. Earl Attlee admitted the Department of Transport was considering the proposal, which was ditched in Britain by the former nationalised British Rail in June 1956. ..A Tory peer, the Earl is the grandson of Labour post-war Prime Minister Clement Attlee, elected in 1945, whose government nationalised the railways. The question and answer are recorded in Hansard, the official record of the Houses of Parliament under the heading: 'Railways: Third Class Travel'. Former Labour Minister Lord Myners asked the Government 'whether invitations...
  • 53 percent of Americans would blame GOP for ‘failure to avert crippling fiscal cliff’

    11/14/2012 2:49:15 AM PST · by John W · 58 replies
    truthdive.com ^ | November 14, 2012 | ANI
    Washington, Nov. 14 (ANI): Americans are prepared to blame Congressional Republicans for failure to avert the fiscal cliff, according to a new poll. According to the Washington Post-Pew Research Center Poll, 53 percent of Americans said the GOP would be at fault, compared with 29 percent who said the same of Barack Obama. The poll found that nearly 10 percent said that both would be to blame. While 51 percent of Americans don’t expect a deal, Democrats have substantially more faith than Republicans in the ability of President Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans to compromise. Two-thirds of Republicans are not...
  • Rubio, McCain, Hatch ready to negotiate on pathway to citizenship

    11/14/2012 2:46:33 AM PST · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 193 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/13/12 | Cameron Joseph
    Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), three key Republican players on immigration, told The Hill they're ready to start working on broad-based reforms next year that could include a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States.
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - November 14, 2012

    11/14/2012 2:42:23 AM PST · by sneakers · 20 replies
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  • Obama to hold press conference at 1:30 p.m. EST Wednesday [Media Worship Service]

    11/14/2012 2:26:39 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 13, 2012
    U.S. President Barack Obama will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. EST (1830 GMT) on Wednesday, the White House said on Tuesday. The press conference will be Obama's first since winning re-election last week. The White House had not previously announced the timing of the event.
  • US Conference Board fears BRICS miracle over as world faces decade-long slump

    11/14/2012 2:01:30 AM PST · by Cronos · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 13 Nov 2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The US Conference Board’s global economic outlook calls into question the "BRICs" miracle (Brazil, Russia, India, China), arguing that the low-hanging fruit from cheap labour and imported technology has already been picked. China’s double-digit expansion rates will soon be a romantic memory. Growth will fall to 6.9pc next year, then to 5.5pc from 2014-2018, and 3.7pc from 2019-2025 as the aging crisis hits and investment returns go into "rapid decline". Growth in India - where the reform agenda has been "largely derailed" - will fall to 4.7pc to 2018, and then to 3.9pc. Brazil will slip to 3pc and then...
  • One Graph That Shows Which Party Really Looks Like America

    11/14/2012 1:39:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | November 13, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    “Why is the Republican Party so white?” is the great whine issuing forth from the fat mouths of a thousand media outlets. The Republican Party needs to be a party that “looks more like America” is the big lie of the left. So let’s take a look at the racial composition of Americans and the percent of the racial vote that Democrats and Republicans received to see which party really looks more like America. There’s America in gray. And the Republican Party in red right next to it. And there’s the Democratic Party off to the side looking nothing like...
  • EU: Anti-austerity anger stirs strikes in Europe

    11/14/2012 1:39:02 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11/14/2012
    Protesters bristling over austerity cuts launch a Europe-wide string of rallies and strikes Wednesday, pouring into streets, refusing to work and grounding more than 700 flights. General strikes in Spain and Portugal will spearhead the day of action called by European unions and joined by activists as anger over governments' tight-fisted policies boils over. For Spain, the eurozone's fourth-largest economy where one in four workers is unemployed in a deep recession, it is the second general strike in eight months in protest against draconian budget cuts. Spain's main CCOO and UGT unions have urged people to rally under slogans such...
  • Mitt Romney’s legacy: No ‘Romneyists’

    11/14/2012 12:35:08 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 92 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 11/13/2012 | Jonathan Capehart
    In a New York magazine piece this week, Benjamin Wallace-Wells eulogizes Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. The headline pretty much sums it up: “So long, Mitt: In love with America, terrified for its future, relegated to its past.” But in the final paragraph, Wallace-Wells made a good observation about Romney’s lasting legacy as the GOP nominee. “[J]ust a week after Romney seemed poised to become president,” he writes, “there is no segment of the Republican Party that could be called Romneyist.” That’s part of the reason why he lost. Many times during the campaign, I slammed Romney for his ideological promiscuity....
  • Obama untouched by Petraeus scandal

    11/14/2012 12:17:39 AM PST · by Arthurio · 35 replies
    For President Obama, a politician of famous good fortune, even scandals within his administration seem well-timed. The president has been untouched by the unfolding investigation involving former CIA director David H. Petraeus and Marine Gen. John R. Allen, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Obama just won a not-so-close reelection battle and will never face another, leaving him less encumbered by the politics of the moment. The scandal hinges on a personal relationship beyond the White House and has not implicated the president or his closest advisers. And the person at the center of it — Petraeus, one of the most...
  • Denmark scraps its infamous fat tax after only one year

    11/14/2012 12:09:33 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 11/14/2012
    Denmark has decided to abolish its fat tax after barely a year, citing too many negative side effects hitting businesses. A proposed sugar tax that was meant to be introduced in 2013 has also been scrapped. In October 2011, Denmark became the first country in the world to introduce a fat tax on meat, dairy products and cooking oil. The centre-left government now plans to abolish the tax in January 2013. The previous right-wing government introduced the fat tax to limit the population's intake of fatty foods. The Danish National Health and Medicines Authority says 13% of the Danes are...
  • Fox News Exit Poll Results for the 2008 General Election

    11/13/2012 11:55:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
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    Go to the source for percentages, sample sizes and demographic data.
  • So-Called “Vegetative” Patient Communicates With Doctors

    11/13/2012 11:53:01 PM PST · by kathsua · 29 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 11/13/12 | Steven Ertelt
    The battle to protect patients in a so-called vegetative state from euthanasia took a positive turn today with the news that doctors have been able to communicate with one patient. A Canadian man who was believed to have been in a persistent vegetative state for more than a decade has been able to communicate with scientists that he is not in any pain. It’s the first time an uncommunicative brain-injured patient has been able to communicate. The news could change the way doctors and society views such patients. From the story: Scott Routley, 39, was asked questions while having his...
  • Russia: All the President’s Men - Putin Reshuffles the Top Brass

    11/13/2012 11:45:15 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 11/13/2012 | Roger McDermott
    To the relief and near jubilation of the Russian officer corps, President Vladimir Putin finally sacked his controversial Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov on November 6, replacing him with Sergei Shoigu. However, the initial Russian media frenzy that ensued masked the deeper reasons for Serdyukov’s dismissal and the early efforts to sweep the defense ministry and top brass of the former minister’s loyalists. Putin’s changes to the top brass, including the appointment of a new Chief of the General Staff, indicate that more than a change of furniture is underway in the defense ministry’s leadership (Ekho Moskvy, November 9). Sergei Shoigu...
  • Fight begins for control of House GOP

    11/13/2012 11:44:17 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 13, 2012 | New York Times
    WASHINGTON - The battle to shape the Republican Party's direction after its electoral losses will see its first skirmish in the Capitol on Wednesday in a House leadership fight in which the profile might be low but the symbolism is high. The House's Republican leaders would dearly like to elevate Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington to lead the House Republican Conference, putting a female face into the pantheon of the white male Republican leaders. But standing in their way is Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, one of the most conservative members of the House who has lined up some...
  • Russia Considering Restoring Soviet-Era Law on Psychiatry, Opening Door to Political Abuse

    11/13/2012 11:02:01 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 22 replies
    Russian psychiatrists are pressing the Duma to return the Soviet-era law on psychiatric assistance that allowed doctors at Moscow’s Serbsky Institute and elsewhere to indefinitely detain and treat people whose only “symptoms” were opposition to Soviet leaders and their policies. For more than 40 years, the Communist Party used the provisions of this law against a wide range of dissidents. That tragic history sparked protests by psychiatrists, human rights activists and governments around the world and ultimately prompted Russian parliamentarians to replace that legislation with laws more in conformity with international practice. On Monday (November 12), the Nakanune.ru news portal...
  • Ann Coulter Uninvited to Speak at Fordham

    11/13/2012 10:55:39 PM PST · by publius1 · 34 replies
    The Observer ^ | 11/09/12 | IAN MCKENNA
    On Nov. 10 at 12:46pm, Fordham President Joseph M. McShane, S.J., released a new statement regarding the College Republicans decision to cancel the Ann Coulter event scheduled for Nov. 29 in light of recent student reactions. Below is the entirety of McShane’s message: University Statement | Ann Coulter Appearance Cancelled November 10, 2012Late yesterday, Fordham received word that the College Republicans, a student club at the University, has rescinded its lecture invitation to Ann Coulter. Allow me to give credit where it is due: the leadership of the College Republicans acted quickly, took responsibility for their decisions, and expressed their...