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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
    Fox News ^ | NA | NA
    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...
  • The Auto Bailout Didn’t Decide Ohio ("historic black turnout " did)

    11/13/2012 10:52:48 PM PST · by Arthurio · 26 replies
    TNR ^ | Nate Cohn
    -snip- While many believed that the auto bailout and attacks on Romney as an out-of-touch plutocrat would allow the president to win the state with the support of white working class voters, the exit polls show that Obama did worse among Ohio’s white voters than John Kerry. This was not true, however, in the other Midwestern battleground states like Wisconsin and Iowa. Moreover, if there was anywhere that the president should have excelled due to the auto bailout, it would have been northeast Ohio. But the president lost northeastern Ohio’s two classic white middle class bellwethers: Lake County, home to...
  • QATAR, UAE REQUEST U.S. MISSLE DEFENSE SYSTEMS

    11/13/2012 10:45:33 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    AFPC Eurasia Security Watch ^ | 11/12/2012 | Jeff Smith and Joshua Truman, eds.
    Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are requesting the sale of $7.6 billion worth of Lockheed Martin missile-defense systems from the Pentagon. The two Gulf States are interested in the defense contractor’s Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon systems as well as Lockheed’s Aegis weapons system. Qatar requested two THAAD fire units, 12 launchers, and 150 interceptors while the UAE requested 48 THAAD missiles and nine launchers. The current THAAD systems, designed to intercept short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, are specifically optimized to deter missile attacks from Iran and North Korea. The proposed sale, which is almost certainly to...
  • Germany gets on UN Human Rights Council

    11/13/2012 10:44:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Nov 12 08:28 CET | (AFP/bk)
    The United States and Germany won a closely contested race Monday among western nations for UN Human Rights Council seats, while the likes of Venezuela and Pakistan secured places without a competitive vote. Rights groups condemned the “pre-cooked” arrangements by most continental groups at the 193-member UN General Assembly which gave council seats to countries whose records have been widely questioned. The United States, Germany and Ireland won the only open election among western nations. …
  • Human Eye Gives Researchers Visionary Design for New, More Natural Lens Technology

    11/13/2012 10:42:36 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | NA
    Drawing heavily upon nature for inspiration, a team of researchers has created a new artificial lens that is nearly identical to the natural lens of the human eye. This innovative lens, which is made up of thousands of nanoscale polymer layers, may one day provide a more natural performance in implantable lenses to replace damaged or diseased human eye lenses, as well as consumer vision products; it also may lead to superior ground and aerial surveillance technology. This work, which the Case Western Reserve University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, and PolymerPlus team describes in the Optical...
  • Angus King Will Choose Sides Soon

    11/13/2012 10:35:10 PM PST · by Arthurio · 9 replies
    Sen.-elect Angus King said Tuesday that he could announce a decision on which caucus to join in time for Wednesday’s party leadership elections. The Maine independent said he would try to make a decision before the leadership teams are finalized on Wednesday. He told reporters Tuesday morning that he would “probably have some comment for you sometime tomorrow.” While King is widely expected to caucus with the Democratic majority, he still has not ruled out joining the GOP. “Whichever decision I make, I am not declaring opposition or inability to work with or unwillingness to work with the members of...
  • SAUDI ARABIAN JUDGES FIGHT AGAINST KING ABDULLAH’S REFORMS

    11/13/2012 10:31:09 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    AFPC Eurasia Security Watch ^ | 10/12/2012 | Jeff Smith and Joshua Truman, eds.
    Saudi judges continue to resist King Abdullah’s efforts to reform the Sunni kingdom’s judicial system. In a letter sent to the country’s Minister of Justice, Mohammad al-Issa, conservative judges objected to foreign influence sweeping through Saudi’s sharia courts. The letter criticized foreign consultants with shaven faces, plans to let woman practice law, and the minister’s meetings with “infidels.” Saudi Arabia holds no formal legal code or system of precedent and judges determine cases by their own interpretation of sharia law. A U.S. embassy cable released by Wikileaks in 2010 suggested the Saudi legal system’s inability to hand down consistent decisions...
  • U.S., LIBYA FORMING COMMANDO FORCE TO ROOT OUT JIHADISTS?

    11/13/2012 10:29:09 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    AFPC Eurasia Security Watch ^ | 11/12/2012 | Jeff Smith and Joshua Truman, eds.
    In an effort to push against the growing militant presence in Benghazi, the United States is forming a commando force compromised of Libyan recruits. U.S. officials toured a parliamentary base in Benghazi searching for potential members this month. Leading the Americans was Laurence Pope, U.S charge d’affairs in Libya after the death of Ambassador Stevens. The group was accompanied by Fathi al-Obeidi, commander of Libya’s Shield, the umbrella group containing militias which were not absorbed into the country’s military after Gaddafi’s demise. The commander has become a trusted source within Benghazi, having helped orchestrate a mission in which U.S. marines...
  • Hormone Combination Effective and Safe for Treating Obesity in Mice

    11/13/2012 10:07:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | NA
    Scientists at Indiana University and international collaborators have found a way to link two hormones into a single molecule, producing a more effective therapy with fewer side effects for potential use as treatment for obesity and related medical conditions. The studies were carried out in the laboratories of Richard DiMarchi, the Standiford H. Cox Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and the Linda & Jack Gill Chair in Biomolecular Sciences in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences, and of Matthias Tschöp, professor of medicine and director of the Institute of Diabetes and Obesity, Helmholtz Center Munich, Germany. Results were published...
  • Allen won't seek office again

    11/13/2012 10:03:27 PM PST · by Coronal · 21 replies
    Daily Progress ^ | 11/13/12 | Coronal
    ALEXANDRIA -- Defeated Republican U.S.Senate candidate George Allen said Monday he will not seek elective office again. "I'm grateful for the support, generosity and the votes of over 1.7 million people, but I have no intention of running for office again,'' Allen said during a 45-minute interview in his Alexandria office.
  • Death penalty sought [for] US soldier in Afghan massacre case

    11/13/2012 9:53:03 PM PST · by olcurmudgeon · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | Nov. 14, 2012 | n/a
    A US soldier accused of killing 16 civilians - nine of them children - in southern Afghanistan in March should face the death penalty, military prosecutors say. Several soldiers told the preliminary hearing that Sgt Robert Bales returned to their base covered in blood. Sgt Bales' lawyer says there is not enough evidence for him to stand trial. The lead investigator in the case will make a recommendation on whether a full court martial ought to proceed. Col Lee Deneke will make his recommendation to a senior general by the end of this week, who will then make a decision...
  • DON’T BLAME SOCIAL ISSUES FOR ROMNEY LOSS

    11/13/2012 9:29:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 42 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11/12/2012 | Gary Bauer
    Republicans’ post-election loss ritual of scapegoating and finger pointing has begun, and, as is almost always the case, conservatism, and in particular values issues, is getting the bulk of the blame. Republican elites will soon join liberal commentators in declaring that the party must moderate on social issues or risk consigning itself to permanent minority status. But while the GOP would benefit from a period of reflection and self-examination, and while the party does need to adjust how it communicates with voters on social issues, its core values cannot change. It would be difficult to argue that November 6th was...
  • California's Uncounted Mail-In Ballots Reach Thousands

    11/13/2012 9:12:39 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    KABC-TV ^ | November 13, 2012
    California's Uncounted Mail-In Ballots Reach Thousands November 13, 2012 SACRAMENTO (KABC) -- There are plenty of vote-by-mail ballots in California that won't count in the final November tally, largely because of postmarks and signatures. There's a group out to change some of those ballot rules, hoping to boost voter turnout. Thousands of vote-by-mail ballots throughout California are sitting in county registrar offices right now and will never be counted. Some signatures on ballot envelopes don't match the one on the voter registration card. Other ballots are from previous elections. But the most common reason a ballot doesn't get counted: it...
  • US Conference Board fears BRICS miracle over as world faces decade-long slump

    11/13/2012 9:10:21 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/13/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The catch-up boom in China, India, Brazil is largely over and will be followed by a drastic slowdown over the next decade, according to a grim report by America’s top forecasting body. Europe's prognosis is even worse, with France trapped in depression with near zero growth as far as 2025 and Britain struggling to raise its speed limit to 1pc over the next three Parliaments. 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...
  • General Petraeus on leadership (His views on truth)

    11/13/2012 9:05:24 PM PST · by haffast · 12 replies
    Fortune Magazine ^ | March 5, 2010: 4:55 AM ET | Interview by Brian O'Keefe
    (snip) When you’re evaluating yourself, what qualities do you try to focus on? Petraeus: On every bit of guidance I give, the last instruction is: Learn and adapt. We also work very hard on [being] **first with the truth**. That’s a powerful admonition: First of all, we’re going to **tell the truth**. We’re not going to put lipstick on pigs. We’re going to be absolutely **100% forthright** and **brutally honest** with — not just with ourselves and with our subordinates and our superiors — but **with the press**. The credibility of leaders is of enormous importance. How do you identify...
  • Putin: Obama Plans to Visit Russia

    11/13/2012 8:59:30 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 43 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    Russian president Vladimir Putin claims President Barack Obama is planning to visit Russia, the outlet RIA Novosti reports. "US President Barack Obama has confirmed plans to visit Russia at the invitation of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the Russian president’s spokesman said on Tuesday," the Russian outlet reports. "Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Obama made the statement when Putin called a second time to congratulate the US president on his reelection."
  • Beware China's 'honeytrap' spies

    According to intelligence agencies, China is enlisting beautiful women for corporate espionage in the West. How does the dreaded "honeytrap" method work?
  • Guns, Gold And Four More Years

    11/13/2012 8:42:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | November 12, 2012 | Sam Rolley
    Most conservatives believe that the re-election of President Barack Obama is going to bring dire economic circumstances over the next four years, which could possibly drive the Nation into total collapse.The belief is likely not far-fetched considering the current state of affairs in American economics as the United States hurls toward a “fiscal cliff” which will combine rising tax rates and government shutdowns, the government prepares to raise its debt limit again to the tune of $2.4 trillion and the number of Americans out of work continues to trend at dismal levels.All of the ominous headlines about the shape of...
  • Petraeus Personally Investigated Benghazi Attack

    11/13/2012 8:41:14 PM PST · by forty_years · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | JONATHAN KARL
    In late October, Petraeus traveled to Libya to conduct his own review of the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. While in Tripoli, he personally questioned the CIA station chief and other CIA personnel who were in Benghazi on Sept. 11 when the attack occurred. The Libya stop was part of a six nation trip to the region. Petraeus intended the review as a way to prepare for his upcoming testimony before Congress on Benghazi. "He was looking forward to testifying," a Petraeus friend told ABC News. "He wanted to be fully prepared." Petraeus' friend...
  • Week later, more than 300,000 Ohio votes remain uncounted

    11/13/2012 8:37:22 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 36 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 11-13-12 | Byron York
    The presidential election results in Ohio were close: According to still-unofficial figures from the Secretary of State, Barack Obama won the state with 2,690,841 votes to Mitt Romney’s 2,583,582 votes — a winning margin of 107,259 votes for the president. In percentage terms, that is 50.18 percent of the vote for Obama, and 48.18 percent for Romney.
  • Programmer Testifies About Rigging Elections With Vote Counting Machines [Video]

    11/13/2012 8:31:04 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 18 replies
    The Right Planet ^ | 11-08-12 | Sard
    Clinton Eugene Curtis testified under oath, before the Ohio State legislature, that he wrote a program to rig elections. This program would flip the total vote from the real winner to the candidate who had been pre-selected to win by the electronic vote counting machines….
  • Sir Walter Scott Foresees Obama Reelection, End of U.S. (Vanity)

    11/13/2012 8:28:56 PM PST · by kreitzer · 4 replies
    "It has been thrown away like a child's broken toy. Well, transeat, the good sense of the people is much trusted to; we shall see what it will do for us. The curse of Cromwell on those whose conceit brough us to this pass. Sed transeat. It is vain to mourn what cannot be mended."
  • Ohio food stamps for low income families will be reduced in January 2013(told after election)

    11/13/2012 8:24:57 PM PST · by sickoflibs · 38 replies
    examiner ^ | November 12, 2012 | TOMICA BONNER
    The Toledo Blade reported on Monday that the state Department of Jobs and Family Services will begin reducing food stamps for Ohio residents beginning in 2013. Reduction estimates should total $50 per family which is about $520 million worth of yearly groceries from a total of 869,000 households. ..... This amount was determined by the federal department and Ohio can do nothing to change the outcome. ... “This is a federal issue,” said Joel Potts, executive director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Directors’ Association. “It is what it is. They have a formula. ... We just...
  • EU: Greek debt auction averts imminent default

    11/13/2012 8:19:19 PM PST · by bruinbirdman
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/13/2012 | Louise Armitstead
    Greece managed to raise €4bn (£3.2bn) of short-term debt that is likely to avert imminent default, but fears over the country’s future persisted amid infighting among its creditors. Athens’ successful bond auction cheered traders, despite warnings that Greece may have to hold another emergency auction to raise the final €1bn needed to redeem the €5bn bond due on Friday. Greece’s finance minister, Yannis Stournaras, admitted there was still a “very high” risk of default, even if Athens meets its obligations this week. Speaking to the EU Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee, Mr Stournaras said fears over Greece - or “drachmaphobia”...
  • Unconfirmed reports of McAfee laying off 2000 workers (TX)

    11/13/2012 8:15:24 PM PST · by praytell · 33 replies
    I umpire for a softball association in North Texas and I happened to be umpiring a game in which a sponsored team with all employees from McAfee were playing. I happened to be talking to one of the players who mentioned that he was looking for new work. I said " You work for Mcafee right?" His reply: "Negative. They just laid off close to 2000 workers and most of my team were part of the layoffs." I seemed partially skeptical due to the fact that news similar to this is popping up everday on layoffs and I figured 2000...
  • General William 'Kip' Ward demoted for lavish travel, spending

    11/13/2012 8:01:26 PM PST · by haffast · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Published: 02:09 PM, Tue Nov 13, 2012 | AP
    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted the former head of U.S. Africa Command who was accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized expenses, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday. Panetta stripped Gen. William "Kip" Ward of a star, which means that he will now retire as a three-star lieutenant general despite arguments from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff against the demotion. Ward also has been ordered also repay the government $82,000. (snip) The demotion comes as retired Army Gen. David Petraeus resigned as CIA director because of an extramarital affair...
  • Wealthy Dump Assets Amid Worries About Going Over 'Cliff'

    11/13/2012 7:54:41 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 23 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | November 12, 2012 | Robert Frank
    For many of the wealthy, 2012 is becoming a good year to sell. They're worried about the "fiscal cliff," which is when tax cuts expire and spending cuts are set to go into effect at the end of the year. Fearing an increase in capital gains and dividend taxes, many of the rich are unloading stocks, businesses and homes before the end of the year. Wealth advisors say that with capital-gains taxes potentially going to 25 percent from 15 percent, and other possible increases in the dividend tax, estate tax and other taxes, many clients are selling now to save...
  • West-Murphy Day 8: Al Sharpton's office getting involved

    11/13/2012 7:49:31 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 13 replies
    A release issued by the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network late Tuesday afternoon indicated that representatives from his local office will speak at a press conference Wednesday "to call for a mechanical and hand re-count of the ballots in ... the West/Murphy race."
  • Wannabe mothers line up for 12/12/12 babies

    11/13/2012 7:46:14 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | Santosh Andhale
    Mumbai - It’s the last chance of the decade to have a unique, memorable birth date — 12/12/12. And expectant parents are lining up for that moment. Ahead of December 12, 2012, couples are preparing to fix this unique birth date for their newborns. This trend of having muhurat babies – or planned caesarean section on special dates – is getting fashionable among parents, say city gynaecologists who get requests from patients wanting babies on their ‘auspicious’ day. Over the last few years, dates with repetitive numbers all through the the ‘DD-MM-YY’ format are becoming a craze, says doctors. Last...
  • Pain, not concern. (retread concern troll zot)

    11/13/2012 7:42:56 PM PST · by HannibalHamlinJr · 157 replies
    confusion | 11/13 | hhjr
    Help. I'm not on suicide watch ... I'm not depressed. But I've never been so tired in my life. I've never fought as hard, been so careful, been so rational. I made a rational life my foundation, and I just had it shoved into my heart and head. I really, really, really really really don't get it. This is crazy. ... not just the election ... it was already crazy. I'm the first to say this doesn't belong. I'd be surprised if this get's posted, and I'll probably be on watch for a month. Does anyone out there just sometimes...
  • Energy Boom Could Make U.S. Largest Oil Producer by 2020

    11/13/2012 7:40:07 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | 13 November 2012 | Brian Koenig
    Energy Boom Could Make U.S. Largest Oil Producer by 2020 The New American 13 November 2012 The growing energy boom in the United States will make it the largest global oil producer by the end of the decade, temporarily exceeding Saudi Arabia, and a top exporter of natural gas, according to a new report. Released Monday, the International Energy Agency (IEA), a French research group for oil-importing nations, published data showing that by 2030, the United States will be energy self-sufficient on net and North America will become a net oil exporter. ... Related Articles: 2011 - Natural Gas —...