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  • Calif. Panel Rejects Quake Study

    11/15/2012 3:33:25 PM PST · by Calpublican · 11 replies
    weather.com ^ | 11/15/2012 | Associated Press Uncredited
    LOS ANGELES -- Citing harm to marine life, California coastal regulators on Wednesday soundly rejected a utility's plan to map offshore earthquake faults near a nuclear power plant by blasting loud air cannons. The unanimous vote by the California Coastal Commission came after an hours-long public hearing attended by environmentalists, fishermen and residents who were overwhelmingly opposed to the seismic testing. The proposed survey by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. involves firing sonic pulses into the ocean. Sensors on the seafloor would pick up the echoes to create 3-D maps of geologic faults that the utility said are needed to...
  • 1930s medicine pushes Europe back into double-dip recession

    11/15/2012 3:27:26 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | November 15, 2012 | By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The Dutch economy shrank by 1.1pc in the third quarter amid a deep housing slump, and even Austria has begun to succumb. Finland’s economy has shrunk by 1pc over the last year. “Recession comes as no surprise and it is going to get worse next year,” said Desmond Supple from Nomura. “Europe has imposed dusted-off policies from the 1930s and they are driving peripheral countries towards depression,” he said. “We are seeing a mix of pro-cyclical fiscal austerity, overly-tight monetary policy, and regulatory overkill under the Basel III bank rules that are forcing lenders to tighten credit. Europe is stuck...
  • Andrew Kohut: Misreading Election 2012

    11/15/2012 3:22:45 PM PST · by lbryce · 18 replies
    WSJ ^ | November 13, 2012 | Andrew Kohut
    Postelection talk of "lessons learned" is often exaggerated and misleading, and so it is in 2012. A week after President Obama won re-election, two themes are dominant. First, that Mr. Obama kept his job because key elements of his base—notably young people, African-Americans, Latinos and Asian-Americans—turned out for him. Second, that the growing size of these voting blocs represents a decisive challenge for the Republican Party. Both points are true, but most observers are overstating the gravity of the GOP's problem. In particular, they are paying too little attention to how weak a candidate Mitt Romney was, and how much...
  • FHA Nears Need for Taxpayer Funds (More Bailouts!)

    11/15/2012 3:22:32 PM PST · by mojito · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11/15/2012 | Nick Timiraos
    The Federal Housing Administration is expected to report this week it could exhaust its reserves because of rising mortgage delinquencies, according to people familiar with the agency's finances, a development that could result in the agency needing to draw on taxpayer funding for the first time in its 78-year history. Such a report would likely set off a political fight over the government's role in housing, as it raises the prospect of billions of dollars being added to the U.S. government's effort to stabilize the hard-hit sector in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, which already includes $137 billion...
  • IMPORTANT!!! IF YOU ARE ACTIVE DUTY AND THINKING OF SIGNING A SECESSION PETITION READ THIS THREAD

    11/15/2012 3:18:31 PM PST · by Repeat Offender · 86 replies
    FR | 15 November 2012 | Repeat Offender
    Sorry for the vanity; especially the vanity in Breaking News; however, I thought this important enough that it should receive high visibility. I have reason to believe that some Staff Judge Advocates and Special Security Officers are looking into the secession petitions at whitehouse.gov From what I have heard if you are on Active Duty and sign a secession petition, you will be pursued as being in violation of your contract. SSOs are screening the lists too; you can potentially say goodbye to your security clearance. Don't do this to be a smart ass, funny, or cute. Understand the gravity...
  • ACLU sues to force elementary (school) libraries to display lesbian advocacy book

    11/15/2012 3:14:38 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 15, 2012 | KIRSTEN ANDERSEN
    The ACLU believes kindergarten-age children deserve access to this book. FARMINGTON, UT, November 15, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The ACLU has filed a lawsuit to force a Utah school district to keep a lesbian advocacy book on elementary school library shelves. In the Davis School District in Utah, children as young as kindergarten age can check out a homosexual propaganda book called In My Mothers’ House, about three adopted kids and their lesbian “mothers,” if their parents sign a permission slip. The book was removed from shelves after another Windridge mother complained to school officials when her kindergartner brought it home....
  • Romney and McCain slam Obama

    11/15/2012 3:11:11 PM PST · by Arthurio · 16 replies
    November 15, 2012 Romney and McCain slam Obama As President Obama spent his first post-election press conference saying that he wanted to reach across the aisle to work with Republicans, he found himself debating two former GOP presidential contenders: Mitt Romney, who blamed his defeat in part on Obama’s “gifts” to supporters, and Sen. John McCain, who pledged to block a possible nomination of Susan Rice as secretary of state. NBC’s Chuck Todd reports.
  • Denmark: How one local decision created a national ‘War on Christmas’

    11/15/2012 3:09:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Copenhagen Post ^ | 11/15/2012 | Justin Cremer
    The Kokkedal housing association decided to forego a Christmas tree, leading to charges of racism and fears of a Muslim takeover. Christmas is typically such a festive time, but for one housing association in the Zealand town of Kokkedal, it has, thus far, been anything but. It all started when the association’s nine-person board, five of whom are Muslim, voted against having a Christmas tree this year. They apparently balked at the estimated 7,000 kroner of the tree, but had earlier had no qualms about spending some 60,000 kroner on a party celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid. Nearly immediately...
  • Russia to Get Kalashnikov Arms Corp

    11/15/2012 3:09:00 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | November 11, 2012
    Mikhail KalashnikovThe creator of the Kalashnikov assault rifle agreed to let his name be used as a brand for a new arms corporation, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Sunday. The new group of companies will unite Izhmekh and Izhmash, two prominent state-owned enterprises in the republic of Udmurtia in Volga federal district. Mikhail Kalashnikov, who turned 93 on Saturday, personally authorized the use of his name for the new group, Rogozin, who oversees military equipment matters at the government, said on his Twitter. The Izhmash was manufacturing Kalashnikovs since the rifle first went into mass production...
  • Obama nominates black homosexual judge to ‘ensure that the judiciary resembles the nation’

    11/15/2012 3:08:54 PM PST · by NYer · 42 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 15, 2012 | BEN JOHNSON
    WASHINGTON, D.C., November 15, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Wednesday, President Obama nominated seven judges, including a black homosexual, to the federal judiciary, saying their appointments “ensure that the judiciary resembles the nation it serves.” Obama appointed Judge William Thomas to the Southern District of Florida. Thomas has served on the Eleventh Judicial Circuit since 2005.  “Today’s announcement…reflects the president’s historic commitment to advancing a diverse judiciary that looks like America,” said Nancy Zirkin of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “If confirmed, these nominees would bring more women, minorities, and openly gay judges to courts to better...
  • Santorum Organizing; Warren Buffet Supporting Hillary in 2016

    11/15/2012 2:47:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/15/2012 | Paul Stanley
    Inside sources close to Rick Santorum are saying the former Pennsylvania senator and 2012 GOP contender is already organizing for a run in 2016. On the other side of the aisle, investor Warren Buffett is already touting his choice to succeed President Obama in the White House. A leading evangelical leader who is close to Santorum and asked not to be identified, told The Christian Post on Wednesday that Santorum is "organizing and making all the necessary preparations" for another run in the 2016 Republican primary. "Rick's getting ready organized and is not going to be behind the eight-ball when...
  • Key Points on Health Insurance Exchanges (Tell your governor to just say no!)

    11/15/2012 2:45:29 PM PST · by inkling · 10 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | Nov. 15, 2012 | Christina Sandefur
    As policymakers in Arizona decide whether or not to establish health insurance exchange, they should keep several key points in mind. The exchange will be Arizona-funded, not Arizona-run. The federal government will be in complete control of the exchange—from who can participate to what plans they can offer and prices they can charge. The federal legislation clearly states, “An Exchange may not establish rules that conflict with or prevent the application of regulations promulgated by the Secretary [of Health and Human Services].” The only part Arizona will play is picking up the tab. While we don’t know exactly how much...
  • Egypt's Morsi says Israel 'aggression' in Gaza unacceptable

    11/15/2012 2:43:11 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | November 15, 2012
    AFP - Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi rejected on Thursday what he called Israel's aggression in Gaza, saying it threatened to destabilise the region, while Cairo called on the US to stop Israel's strikes. "The Israelis must understand that we do not accept this aggression, which could lead to instability in the region," Morsi said in televised remarks, as Israeli air forces pummelled Gaza and militants fired rockets back in a deadly tit for tat. Egypt's Islamist administration, which has close ties with Gaza's ruling Hamas movement, recalled its ambassador on Wednesday in protest at the Israeli operation, which began with...
  • Reuters Opinion: When did America get so pessimistic?

    11/15/2012 2:41:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Reuters Opinion ^ | 11/15/2012 | Zachary Karabell
    Barely had the counting ceased in last week’s presidential election when the news took a somber turn. Two of the next day’s headlines read “Back to Work, Looming Fiscal Crisis Greets Obama” and my favorite, “America has Sown the Seeds of Its Own Demise.” Politicians either celebrated or decried the results, but regardless of party affiliation most warned of formidable challenges and a perilous future. How did it come to pass that even the resolution of a contested election brings almost zero relief from the relentless focus on problems and threats? How did a country that for much of its...
  • "Shirtless FBI agent" unmasked [PHOTO]

    11/15/2012 2:33:43 PM PST · by maggief · 39 replies
    UPI ^ | November 15, 2012 | GABRIELLE LEVY
    One of the stranger aspects of the strangest scandal of the year is a little less murky with the discovery of a photo of FBI Special Agent Frederick W. Humphries, shirtless, with his arms around two shirtless dummies. Humphries reportedly sent the photo to dozens of friends and acquaintances, the Seattle Times reported, including Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, one of the women at the center of the scandal that led to the resignation of Gen. David Petraeus as director of the CIA last week. The photo, also sent to a Seattle Times reporter in 2010, was mean to be "a...
  • Why The U.S. Job Market Remains Terribly Bleak

    11/15/2012 2:33:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/15/2012 | John Goodman
    Full time work is about to get scarcer. The reason? By hiring part-time workers who put in less than 30 hours per week, employers can avoid a mandate dictated by the new health reform law: either provide expensive health insurance or pay a fine equal to $2,000 per worker. Avoiding the mandate becomes even more attractive for low-wage employees, since they can get highly subsidized insurance in the newly created health insurance exchanges. Clearly the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is a major factor holding back economic recovery. But it’s not alone. Other public policies enacted during the Obama administration’s first...
  • Jill Kelley Has Now Shown Up In A Photo With GOP Star Marco Rubio--And People Are Furious

    11/15/2012 2:02:47 PM PST · by RummyChick · 147 replies
    Business INsider ^ | 11/15 | Bhasin & Hickey
    Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite who reported anonymous emails from CIA director David Petraeus' mistress Paula Broadwell, has made her way into some high social circles. Angelette Aviles, a member of the Hispanic Leadership Council of the Florida Republican party, tweeted out this photo of Kelley with freshman Florida Senator Marco Rubio at an undated fundraiser. The fundraiser was likely from the Senator's run in 2010, but could also be from a fundraiser since then. Aviles tweets that Kelley didn't contribute at the fundraiser, and she didn't greet people there. In fact, she wasn't even invited. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/jill-kelley-marco-rubio-2012-11#ixzz2CKaBswek
  • China Looks to Emulate US Shale Success

    11/15/2012 2:00:26 PM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | November 15, 2012 | Jaime Kammerzell|
    In the last couple of years, shale exploration and production has sparked a petrochemical renaissance in the United States which has not gone unnoticed. With over 50 new petrochemical projects planned in the United States, the country is on track to become the world's top gas producer in 2014. According to the U.S. Energy Department, the United States will produce 11.4 million barrels a day of oil and liquid hydrocarbons next year, almost as much as Saudi Arabia. Countries worldwide are looking to the United States and evaluating their potential for shale exploration success. However shale drilling relies on hydraulic...
  • Paula Broadwell’s drive and resilience hit obstacles

    11/15/2012 1:58:54 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 2012 | By Greg Jaffe and Anne Gearan,
    Paula Broadwell was a rising star who seemed destined for a sparkling career in foreign policy. A West Point graduate who excelled in triathlons, she was pursuing a doctorate at Harvard University and had found a mentor in Gen. David H. Petraeus, an iconic U.S. military leader.But in 2007, Broadwell was asked to leave the doctoral program at Harvard, where she had first met Petraeus a year earlier, because her course work didn’t meet its demanding standards, according to people familiar with what happened there.
  • UNC-CH trustees endorse 'gender-neutral' housing option

    11/15/2012 1:58:46 PM PST · by NCjim · 15 replies
    News & Observer ^ | November 15, 2012
    Starting next fall, students at UNC-Chapel Hill will be able to live in dorm suites and apartments with roommates of the opposite gender. The UNC-CH Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed “gender-neutral” housing after a yearlong push by students who said the move was necessary to give gay, lesbian and transgender students a place free of harassment. Chancellor Holden Thorp said the housing option would be implemented next fall. Students will be able to apply for the option of choosing roommates of either gender in campus dorm suites and apartments. The university already has coed dorms but students of the opposite...