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  • Can you guess the location of these photographs?

    11/22/2012 1:44:53 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 49 replies
    http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/Janjanssen-492529-can-you-guess-the-location-of-these-photographs/
  • Myths and Facts about Global Warming

    11/22/2012 1:40:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | November 20, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    From Friends of Science. Be sure to visit their page and bookmark it. COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, warming to 1941, cooling to 1964, warming to 1998 and cooling through 2011. The warming rate from 1964 to 1998 was the same as the previous warming from 1911 to 1941. Satellites, weather balloons and ground stations all show cooling since 2001. The mild warming of 0.6 to 0.8 C over the 20th century is well within the...
  • Report: Egypt Warned Israel that a Ground Op would End Peace

    11/22/2012 1:39:37 PM PST · by Bobalu · 13 replies
    israelnationalnews ^ | 11/22/2012, 9:54 PM | Gil Ronen
    Israel decided to refrain from a ground invasion of Gaza after it was warned that such a move could spell the end of the peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan, Channel 2 reported Thursday. According to the report, Mossad Head Tamir Pardo, who went to Cairo as Israel's representative in the contacts that preceded the ceasefire, was told in messages from Cairo and from Washington that the peaceful relations between Israel, Jordan and Egypt were at risk.
  • Cambodia's First Lady Gives President Obama a "Sampeah" Greeting - Usually Reserved for Servants

    11/22/2012 1:24:47 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/20/2012 | Investor's Business Daily
    Bun Rany, Cambodia's first lady, gives President Obama a "sampeah" greeting at a tilt usually reserved for servants.
  • 2012 Presidential General Election Results [Unofficial]

    11/22/2012 1:20:09 PM PST · by zeestephen · 33 replies
    Most recent vote count - Obama 64,037,946 (50.8%) - Romney 59,944,056 (47.5%) - Summary and sources in "Comments."
  • Thanksgiving Celebrates Our 'Original Sin,' 'Views Virtually Identical To Nazis,' Prof Preaches

    11/22/2012 1:17:27 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 54 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 11/22/2012
    Forget all that turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, today should be a day of fasting and atonement for American “sin.” That’s according to Robert Jensen, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Jensen, known for his hard-left politics, also calls Thanksgiving a “white-supremacist holiday.” Jensen’s opinion piece “No Thanks for Thanksgiving,” appeared on the far-left, Soros-connected website Alternet on Thanksgiving eve. In it, he wrote how Native Americans suffered because of the “European invasion of the Americas.” He went on to compare the Founding Fathers to Nazi Germany. “How does a country deal with the fact that...
  • Gaza deal seals major role for Egypt's president

    11/22/2012 1:03:04 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 1:30 AM EST | By HAMZA HENDAWI
    CAIRO (AP) -- The Gaza cease-fire deal reached Wednesday marks a startling trajectory for Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi: an Islamist leader who refuses to talk to Israelis or even say the country's name mediated for it and finally turned himself into Israel's de facto protector.The accord inserts Egypt to an unprecedented degree into the conflict between Israel and Hamas, establishing it as the arbiter ensuring that militant rocket fire into Israel stops and that Israel allows the opening of the long-blockaded Gaza Strip and stops its own attacks against Hamas.In return, Morsi emerged as a major regional player. He...
  • Developer reaffirms plan to finish world's tallest building in 90 days (China)

    11/22/2012 1:00:30 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 34 replies
    Cnet ^ | 11/19/1012 | Cnet
    Comparison A 220-story Sky City tower in the Chinese city of Changsha could take the crown as the world's tallest skyscraper next March with an astounding height of 2,749 feet, edging out the mega Burj Khalifa that currently stands 2,722 feet over Duba
  • Cleared for publication: Tel Aviv bus bombing suspects arrested

    11/22/2012 12:56:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    YNet ^ | 11/21/12 | staf
    As part of a joint effort by the Shin Bet, the Police and IDF forces last night members of the group which planned and put into action the bus bombing in central Tel Aviv Wednesday were arrested. Those arrested are affiliated with Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, and admitted to their involvement during the investigation. (Yoav Zitun)
  • Electronic tracking: new constraint for Saudi women

    11/22/2012 12:53:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11/22/12 | AFP
    AFP - Denied the right to travel without consent from their male guardians and banned from driving, women in Saudi Arabia are now monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-border movements. Since last week, Saudi women's male guardians began receiving text messages on their phones informing them when women under their custody leave the country, even if they are travelling together. Manal al-Sherif, who became the symbol of a campaign launched last year urging Saudi women to defy a driving ban, began spreading the information on Twitter, after she was alerted by a couple.
  • Scientists Reveal Single Gene Is the Difference Between Humans and Apes

    11/22/2012 12:40:23 PM PST · by Fractal Trader · 58 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | 21 November 2012 | MAKINI BRICE
    What makes us human? Some say that it is the development of language, though others argue that animals have language as well. Some say that it is our ability to use tools, though many animals are able to use rocks and other objects as primitive tools. Some say that it is our ability to see death coming. Now, researchers believe that they have found the definitive difference between humans and other primates, and they think that the difference all comes down to a single gene. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland attribute the split of humanity from apes...
  • (Meet Egypt's Newest 'Pharaoh') Egypt President Morsi Grants Himself Far-Reaching Powers

    11/22/2012 12:38:39 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2012 | Fox News
    Egypt President Morsi grants himself far-reaching powers CAIRO – Egypt's president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments that placed him above judicial oversight and ordered the retrial of Hosni Mubarak for the killing of protesters in last year's uprising. Mohammed Morsi also decreed immunity for the Islamist-dominated panel drafting a new constitution from any possible court decisions to dissolve it, a threat that had been hanging over the controversial assembly. Liberal and Christian members withdrew from the assembly during the past week to protest what they say is the hijacking of the process by Morsi's allies, who they saw are trying...
  • San Francisco Workers May Be Reimbursed On Same-Sex Couple Benefits

    11/22/2012 11:58:02 AM PST · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 22, 2012
    San Francisco Workers May Be Reimbursed On Same-Sex Couple Benefits November 22, 2012 San Francisco public employees who add their same-sex spouses or domestic partners to their health insurance have always faced a raw deal compared to their straight married counterparts: the premiums are considered taxable income and the employer takes additional federal tax out of the worker’s paycheck. But a San Francisco supervisor has now proposed to end the “discriminatory” practice and “reimburse those same sex domestic partners to make them whole.” Supervisor Mark Farrell, who introduced the proposed legislation this week, said it was crafted over the past...
  • Internal Emails Reveal Details of Bin Laden Burial

    11/22/2012 11:49:29 AM PST · by Positive · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/22/2012 | Self
    With all of the Dims hoopla about Usama is dead - GM is alive, I thought back to my suspension of belief of the US Government and all of it's transparency. Today I find this AP article on Yahoo! news. Here is my excerpt the whole article is available at the link above:Although the Obama administration has pledged to be the most transparent in American history, it is keeping a tight hold on materials related to the bin Laden raid. In a response to separate requests from the AP for information about the mission, the Defense Department said in March...
  • Woo hoo!! Working on the last $7k!! [FReepathon thread XLIII]

    11/22/2012 11:33:15 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 201 replies
    Woo hoo!! Working on the last $7k!! We can do this, baby!! And I_be_tc's "300 FReepers with $100 for FR Challenge" is still going strong!! We now have 147 FReepers who have met that challenge!! Way to go, "$100 Challenge" FReepers!! Almost half way there!! Thank you all very much!! Great job, everyone!! Let's keep it moving. If you enjoy reading and participating on FR, if you think it's a worthwhile endeavor and would like to help us keep it going, please click the link above and donate via secure server. Make it a monthly if you can. Or mail...
  • Susan Rice defends initial comments on Benghazi

    11/22/2012 11:12:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 57 replies
    CBS ^ | 11/21/12 | Sara Dover
    The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, defended her early account the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, responding to critics who say she gave misleading information about the nature of the attack and the motive behind it. Rice said Wednesday she "relied solely and squarely" in preliminary information given to her by the intelligence committee shortly after the assault that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. Asked about her initial comments by CBS News foreign affairs analyst Pamela Falk at the U.N., Rice said she "made clear that the information was preliminary, and...
  • So What If Taxing Rich Hurts the Economy? (And creates more poor?)

    11/22/2012 11:09:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/22/2012 | Larry Elder
    Consider this headline from a Reuters article in The Huffington Post: "Raising Taxes on Rich Won't Hurt Economic Growth, CBO Says." But the first paragraph refutes the headline: "Allowing income tax rates to rise for wealthy Americans would not hurt U.S. economic growth much (emphasis added) in 2013 ..." The CBO did not say, as the headline suggests, that raising taxes on the rich has no negative economic effect. In fact, the CBO actually said that extending the Bush-era rates for all would increase economic growth by 1.5 percent. If, however, the Bush era rates expired for the rich --...
  • Kasab execution: Survivors and kin welcome justice

    11/22/2012 11:01:03 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 6 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Nov 22, 2012 | The Times of India
    Tukaram Omble, Girgaum martyr "A terrorist like him should have been hanged in public, but I know our laws don't permit this,'' said Eknath, younger brother of Tukaram Omble, who helped capture Ajmal Kasab alive. "I am proud that my brother's efforts have paid off. We have been waiting for this for four long years. My family is happy,'' he added. At Girgaum Chowpatty, unarmed assistant sub-inspector Omble had helped stop the Skoda hijacked by Kasab and Ismail Khan, and held on to Kasab despite the latter spraying him with bullets from his AK-47. Omble's youngest daughter Bharati has joined...
  • US Navy to Briefly Reduce Carriers in Persian Gulf

    11/22/2012 10:53:10 AM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    inn ^ | 11/21/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The U.S. aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf will temporarily decline due to unexpected repairs and unusual maintenance problems, the Navy said on Wednesday. The USS Nimitz was expected to be deployed to the Gulf early next year to relieve the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which is now stationed in the region, but will be delayed due to the need for extensive repairs on a failed propulsion pump. The USS Eisenhower is being sent back to the U.S for repairs to its flight deck. It will remain in Norfolk, Virginia, for two months and then return to the Middle...
  • One Look At This Chart, And You'll Instantly Get Why We Can't Fix The Tax Code

    11/22/2012 10:52:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/22/2012 | Joe Wiesenthal
    Hey, let's just simplify the tax code and eliminate loopholes.It's hard to think of any statement that on its surface sounds less controversial. Eliminating loopholes means more revenue. Everyone likes simplification. Efficiency!So why doesn't it happen?This fantastic chart from Credit Suisse's Neal Soss is the answer. It shows the top 20 biggest "Tax Expenditures" which cost the government over $900 billion in the 2012 fiscal year. Credit SuisseSo you want to simplify the tax code, what are you going to get rid of?Are you going to eliminate the incentive to provide employers health insurance? Are you going to get rid...