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  • 'I want you to leave me alone:' Gennifer Flowers claims Bill Clinton tried contacting her as...

    11/27/2012 1:26:31 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies
    'I want you to leave me alone:' Gennifer Flowers claims Bill Clinton tried contacting her as recently as 2005 The lounge singer also said she spoke with the then-Democratic presidential candidate in 1992 about how he wanted 'name recognition.' She said she helped him become a 'household name overnight.' By Erik Ortiz / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 2:41 PM Gennifer Flowers, who rocked Bill Clinton’s run for the White House 20 years ago by revealing a sexual affair, now suggests she was the one who helped catapult the up-and-coming politician into a “household name.” The sultry...
  • China lands First Fighter Jet on Aircraft Carrier ( Video) (No Signup Required....)

    11/27/2012 1:23:25 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    Marketwatch (WSJ) ^ | 11/25/2012 11:52:42 PM3:49 | Jeremy Page
    The Next Chapter of China's Defense China's military ambitions are now aided by the landing of its first fighter jet on an aircraft carrier. The WSJ's Jeremy Page discusses what this means for the country's defense strategy.
  • Jon Kyl, Kay Bailey Hutchison Unveil Alternative To DREAM Act

    11/27/2012 1:07:35 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    ABC News - Univision ^ | November 27, 2012 | Jordon Fabian
    .....The bill, introduced by Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Jon Kyl (R-Texas) and dubbed the ACHIEVE Act, would offer a pathway to permanent residency to young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents who are seeking a higher education or military service. The bill stops short of providing a separate pathway to citizenship..... Kyl and Hutchison said, however, that they have been working on the bill for about one year, well before the contours of the election took shape in full.To be eligible for legal status under the ACHIEVE Act, an applicant must have lived in the...
  • Spotting silicon in graphene, it's dope

    11/27/2012 1:04:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 26 November 2012 | David Bradley
    Atomic structures for three-fold and four-fold coordinated silicon impurities in monolayer graphene © APSA combination of scanning transmission electron microscopy and atomic-resolution spectroscopic techniques has allowed US researchers to pick out individual silicon atoms in a doped graphene sheet. The technique reveals that the silicon atoms can exist in a planar hybridised ‘sp2d’ like form when bonded to four carbon atoms, as well as the anticipated sp3 form when triply coordinated. The experimental observations mesh with simulations of two-dimensional solids and point the way to a method for exploring single impurities in graphene and related materials.Stephen Pennycook and colleagues at...
  • Markets Just Slipped After Senator Reid's Comments

    11/27/2012 12:59:10 PM PST · by blam · 43 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-27-2012 | Sam Ro
    Markets Just Slipped After Senator Reid's Comments Sam RoNov. 27, 2012, 2:29 PMMarkets have been quiet for most of the day. But in the last few minutes, we've seen stocks lose their legs. Bloomberg is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said little progress has been made regarding fiscal cliff negotiations and that he was "disappointed." If Congress is unable to make a deal, a series of tax cuts and spending programs are set to expire by the end of the year, potentially cutting 2013 GDP by as much as 5%.
  • ACLU sues over policy barring women from ground combat

    11/27/2012 12:55:31 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 83 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/27/12 | Peter Henderson | Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union sued on Tuesday on behalf of four U.S. servicewomen to challenge a longstanding policy barring women from thousands of ground combat positions, citing the changing nature of warfare and fairness for career soldiers. The civil rights group argued in a legal complaint filed in federal court in Northern California that a military policy to bar women from combat roles on the basis of gender was unconstitutional. "Nearly a century after women first earned the right of suffrage, the combat exclusion policy still denies women a core component of full citizenship -...
  • Hard work is pointless, young poor reckon

    11/27/2012 12:51:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 Nov 12 07:09 CET | (DAPD/DPA/The Local/jlb)
    A third of poorer Germans do not think hard work will get them anywhere, while over half of the younger poor said they would never be able to climb the social ladder, a new survey shows. An overwhelming majority of Germans on a low wage under the age of 30 said they believed it would be impossible to move up into the next wage bracket, according to the survey conducted by Allensbach pollsters for Bild der Frau women’s magazine. One third of those questioned—regardless of age or income—said individuals could not get anywhere by trying alone, and that a person’s...
  • The Best- and Worst-Run States in America

    11/27/2012 12:44:42 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 39 replies
    24/7 Wall St. via Yahoo! News ^ | 11/27/12 | Michael B. Sauter, Alexander E. M. Hess, Samuel Weigley and Ashley C. Allen
    How well run are America’s 50 states? The answer depends a lot on where you live. Every year, 24/7 Wall St. conducts an extensive survey of all fifty states in America. Based on a review of data on financial health, standard of living and government services by state we determine how well each state is managed. For the first time, North Dakota is the best run. California is the worst run for the second year in a row.
  • 'Shut Up, Grandpa'

    11/27/2012 12:43:42 PM PST · by 867V309 · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 26, 2012 | Daren Jonescu
    But history and reason will not be denied. Ridicule, loot, and euthanize the "old white men" at your peril. The progressive path blazed by the leading lights of today's youthful, female, minority majority -- George Soros, Andy Stern, Bill Ayers, Al Gore, Harry Reid -- not to mention the fresh young minority girls who made it all possible -- Marx, Lenin, Dewey, Marcuse, et al -- will indeed lead America to fundamental transformation.
  • Backlash against Big Wind Continues

    11/27/2012 12:35:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 27, 2012 | Robert Bryce
    The Left and the mainstream media ignore a new lawsuit against a wind-energy plant. Last month, 60 residents of New York’s Herkimer County filed a lawsuit in Albany that provides yet another example of the growing backlash against the wind-energy sector. It also exposes the double standard that exists in both the mainstream media and among environmental groups when it comes to “green” energy.The main defendant in the lawsuit is the Spanish electric utility Iberdrola, which is the second-largest wind-energy operator in the U.S. The Herkimer County residents — all of whom live within a mile or so of the...
  • Jeb Bush hammers teachers unions at education summit

    11/27/2012 12:02:00 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 67 replies
    Washington Time ^ | 11/27/12 | Ben Wolfgang
    In the fight to reform American schools, former Florida Gov. and outspoken education advocate Jeb Bush on Tuesday took direct aim at labor groups and joined a growing chorus who believe real change must start by loosening the grip of teachers unions. “We need to have a teacher evaluation system that is based on teachers being professionals, not part of some collective trade union bargaining process,” said Mr. Bush, chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education Reform, which kicked off its national summit in D.C. on Tuesday. “We have a system to reward teachers that’s based on an industrialized,...
  • Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash sued over new underage sex allegation (THIRD accuser)

    11/27/2012 11:58:39 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 46 replies
    MSN.com ^ | November 27, 2012
    "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash has been hit with another lawsuit over allegations he carried out a sex act on an underage boy, according to the New York Daily News. The man behind the beloved character Elmo became embroiled in a sex scandal earlier this month after he was accused of having relations with a 16-year-old male seven years ago, when Clash was 45. The allegations were subsequently recanted, but a second man, Cecil Singleton, claimed he had a sexual phone chat with the star in 1993 when he was only 15, and he sued Clash for $5 million. The...
  • Reversing America's Decline

    11/27/2012 11:56:54 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 30 replies
    AT ^ | 11/27/2012
    The ongoing and not-so-gradual loss of American Civilization is the result of two related phenomena: the invasion of our country from the southern border, and our elites' culture of self-loathing that oozed out of the noxious slime of the 60's. Western Europe is rapidly losing its own civilization for identical reasons (with invaders more poisonous than America's, and its own reproductive decadence, thrown in to expedite the process). The first phenomenon -- the invasions -- wouldn't be happening in either place had they not been preceded by the second -- our elites' descent into cultural self-hatred. All self-respecting civilizations defend...
  • Sandy Victim Says President Didn’t Follow Through on Promise to Help

    11/27/2012 11:53:26 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 49 replies
    After Hurricane Sandy hit along the New Jersey Shore and throughout New York City, President Obama traveled to the affected area and delivered a message to both victims and the federal government, advising the fed to use “no bureaucracy, no red tape … get resources where they’re needed as fast as possible.” To the victims, he promised assistance. “We are standing behind you and we are going to do everything we can to help you get back on your feet.” It was that same day that an emotional embrace between the president and a New Jersey businesswoman, Donna Vanzant, was...
  • U.S. 'planned to blow up Moon' with nuke during Cold War

    11/27/2012 11:51:54 AM PST · by the scotsman · 30 replies
    ANI ^ | 27th November 2012 | ANI
    'The U.S. had planned to blow up the moon with a nuclear bomb in the 1950s. At the height of the space race, the U.S. considered detonating an atom bomb on the moon as a display of America's Cold War muscle. The secret project, named 'A Study of Lunar Research Flights' and nicknamed 'Project A119,' however was never carried out. America's planning included calculations by astronomer Carl Sagan, then a young graduate student, of the behavior of dust and gas generated by the blast, the Daily Mail reports.'
  • ´National security risk´: Far-right leader pushes Hungary to draw up list of Jews

    11/27/2012 11:46:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/27/2012 | Staff
    BUDAPEST, Hungary -- A Hungarian far-right politician urged the government to draw up a list of Jews who pose a "national security risk", stirring outrage among Jewish leaders who saw echoes of fascist policies that led to the Holocaust. Marton Gyongyosi, a leader of Hungary´s third-strongest political party Jobbik, said the list was necessary because of heightened tensions following the brief conflict in Gaza and should include members of parliament.
  • Female military members sue to serve in combat

    11/27/2012 11:40:56 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | PAUL ELIAS
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Four female military service members have filed a lawsuit challenging the Pentagon's ban on women serving in combat. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Francisco Tuesday and is the second such federal challenge filed by female service members this year.
  • Even A Stopped Clock . . .[Paul Krugman, Making Sense!]

    11/27/2012 11:39:40 AM PST · by zeestephen · 40 replies
    Center For Immigration Studies ^ | 26 November 2012 | Mark Krikorian
    "Whenever you see some business person complaining how he can’t find workers with the necessary skills, ask what wage they’re offering."
  • Watch What Warren Buffett Does, Not What He Says

    11/27/2012 11:39:29 AM PST · by STARWISE · 9 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/26/12 | Adam J. White
    Warren Buffett is by now no stranger to the national debate over federal tax policy. In 2009, he penned a New York Times op-ed calling for "truly major changes in both taxes and outlays." Two years later, he returned to the Times with a widely publicized call for large tax increases on the "super-rich," noting that his own effective federal tax rate (17 percent) was far less than his employees' rates (ranging from 33 to 41 percent). President Obama liked the idea so much, he called for Congress to pass "the Buffett Rule" in his 2012 state of the union...
  • White House: 'There Are No Unanswered Questions' On Rice's Involvement With Benghazi Misinformation

    11/27/2012 11:36:30 AM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/27/2012 | staff
    Jay Carney told the White House press pool that the focus on Ambassador Rice is "misplaced" when investigating Benghazi. Carney said that "there are no unanswered questions" when it concerns Ambassador Rice, what she knew, and who gave her the information that was the basis of her comments on the Sunday shows the weekend after the attack on the US consulate in Libya.
  • Anger as Hungary far-right leader demands lists of Jews (Jobbik)

    11/27/2012 11:35:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:26pm EST | Marton Dunai
    A Hungarian far-right politician urged the government to draw up lists of Jews who pose a “national security risk”, stirring outrage among Jewish leaders who saw echoes of fascist policies that led to the Holocaust. Marton Gyongyosi, a leader of Hungary’s third-strongest political party Jobbik, said the list was necessary because of heightened tensions following the brief conflict in Gaza and should include members of parliament. Opponents have condemned frequent anti-Semitic slurs and tough rhetoric against the Roma minority by Gyongyosi’s party as populist point scoring ahead of elections in 2014. …
  • Can You Trust the President, Congress or the Courts to Protect Your Privacy Rights?

    11/27/2012 11:34:16 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://us4.campaign-archive1.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | John Whitehead
    “The game is rigged, the network is bugged, the government talks double-speak, the courts are complicit and there’s nothing you can do about it.”—David Kravets, reporting for Wired Nothing you write, say, text, tweet or share via phone or computer is private anymore. This is the reality of the internet-dependent, plugged-in life of most Americans today. A process which started shortly after 9/11 with programs like National Security Agency (NSA) wiretapping and Total Information Awareness has grown into a full-fledged network of warrantless surveillance, electronic tracking and data mining, thanks to federal agents having been granted carte blanche access to...
  • Painting Depicts Obama as Crucified Christ

    11/27/2012 11:33:40 AM PST · by Mrs. Frogjerk · 36 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | 11/26/2012 | Todd Starnes
    A painting that features President Obama posed as Jesus Christ crucified on is on display at a community college art gallery in Boston. The painting by Michael D’Antuono is part of a larger exhibit called “Artists on the Stump – the Road to the White House 2012.” It’s on display at the Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery until Dec. 15th.
  • [American] Group [in Israel] sues US, Clinton, for 'funding terror'

    11/27/2012 11:31:34 AM PST · by topher · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11-27-2012 | By YONAH JEREMY BOB
    Shurat Hadin files lawsuit on behalf of Americans living in Israel over alleged funding of Palestinian terror in West Bank, Gaza. A group of 24 Americans living in Israel, including victims of terrorism, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and the US government over allegations of funding Palestinian terrorism in the West Bank and Gaza. The civil action, filed in the district court of Washington DC, alleges that the US Department of State, including Clinton, has ignored congressional safeguards and transparency requirements attached to US aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) under the Palestinian...
  • Vitamin D deficiency linked to Type 1 diabetes

    11/27/2012 11:24:52 AM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies
    Science Codex ^ | November 15, 2012 | NA
    A study led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has found a correlation between vitamin D3 serum levels and subsequent incidence of Type 1 diabetes. The six-year study of blood levels of nearly 2,000 individuals suggests a preventive role for vitamin D3 in this disease. The research appears the December issue of Diabetologia, a publication of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). "Previous studies proposed the existence of an association between vitamin D deficiency and risk of and Type 1 diabetes, but this is the first time that the theory has...
  • Fox News Ends Interview after left-wing journalist calls Benghazi"small firefight"

    11/27/2012 11:02:51 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 48 replies
    http://tv.yahoo.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | Sadie Gennis
    Fox News abruptly ended an interview Monday after author Thomas Ricks accused the network of bias. During an interview with Jon Scott, Ricks, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Generals, accused Fox of hyping up the recent attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. "When you have four people dead for the first time in more than 30 years, how do you call that hype?" Scott demanded. "How many security contractors died in Iraq? Do you know?" Ricks responded. "Nobody does, because nobody cared." Ricks went on to describe the attack as a "small firefight" before adding: "I...
  • Efforts to Curb Social Spending Face Resistance

    11/27/2012 10:59:20 AM PST · by mojito · 21 replies
    NYSlimes ^ | 11/26/2012 | Robert Pear
    President Obama’s re-election and Democratic gains in Congress were supposed to make it easier for the party to strike a deal with Republicans to resolve the year-end fiscal crisis by providing new leverage. But they could also make it harder as empowered Democrats, including some elected on liberal platforms, resist significant changes in entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. As Congress returned Monday, the debate over those programs, which many Democrats see as the core of the party’s identity, was shaping up as the Democratic version of the higher-profile struggle among Republicans over taxes. [....] Republicans insist that changes...
  • GOP lawmakers float immigration reform plan

    11/27/2012 10:40:15 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Saying they want to get the conversation on immigration reform started, top Senate Republicans on Tuesday introduced a version of the so-called “Dream Act” to grant young illegal immigrants legal status in the US, though not giving them a special path to citizenship. GOP Sens. Jon Kyl and Kay Bailey Hutchison said they have introduced a bill that would reward those who take college classes or join the military. “We have got to get this ball rolling,” said Mr. Kyl, an Arizona Republican who is retiring this year. “We have to have a discussion that is sensible, that is calm.”...
  • The RAF pilot who dropped the Tricolor on occupied Paris

    11/27/2012 10:36:15 AM PST · by Winniesboy · 33 replies
    Daily Telegraph (London) ^ | 27th November 2012 | anon
    The audacious story of how a RAF pilot flew down the Champs-Elysees to drop a French Tricolor over Nazi-occupied Paris has emerged after his medals were put up for sale. In a daring raid intended to boost the morale of the French, Wing Commander Ken Gatward flew just feet off the ground to put the wind up the Germans. After dropping a huge French flag on top of the Arc de Triomphe, the British pilot headed towards the Gestapo headquarters which he raked with 20mm shells. The attack sent the German SS troops running for their lives, to the delight...
  • Rice: We didn't intend to mislead on Benghazi

    11/27/2012 10:32:24 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | BYRON TAU
    Under fire from congressional critics, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice stressed in a Tuesday statement that she did not intend to mislead the public about the September 11th attacks on the Benghazi consulate. "Neither I nor anyone else in the administration intended to mislead the American people at any stage in this process, and the administration updated Congress and the American people as our assessments evolved," Rice said. Rice has emerged as a high-profile administration for congressional critics who claim that the Obama administration tried to cover up a terrorist link to the attacks. Rice and acting...
  • Laura Ingraham leaves Talk Radio Network

    11/27/2012 10:17:37 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 53 replies
    radioinsight ^ | Lance Venta
    Story at link (am on my phone)...Laura may sign with ClearChannel/iHeart radio...bigger markets?
  • GOP Senators More Troubled About Benghazi After Talking With Amb. Rice

    11/27/2012 10:17:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    WBUR-FM ^ | November 27, 2012 | Mark Memmott
    After meeting with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice this morning, three key Republican senators emerged to say they're more troubled — not less — by what they say were intelligence failures and misleading information concerning the September attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, which left four Americans dead. One, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said it's too soon to even be speculating about promoting Rice to be secretary of state. Congress needs to see "FBI interviews of survivors ... and what was said the night of the attack" about who might be responsible, Graham said, before considering the...
  • Who is Mohamed Morsi?

    11/27/2012 10:13:16 AM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 9 replies
    Al Jizzeer0 ^ | 11/26/2012
    Egypt has elected as its president a member of the Muslim Brotherhood who was never prominent within the organisation. Mohamed Morsi was sworn in as Egypt's first civilian head of state in June 2011 and the first Islamist to lead the Arab world's most populous nation. Born in Sharqiya, in the Nile Delta, Morsi was a high-ranking figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, but he was not widely known among the Egyptian public. An engineer by trade, he studied in the US before returning to Egypt to head the engineering department at Zagazig University. He was a member of the Committee...
  • Black Friday gun sales highest ever despite system glitch, FBI spokesman says

    11/27/2012 10:05:19 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 25 replies
    TMCNET ^ | 11/27/12
    GRAY, Maine, Nov 27, 2012 (Bangor Daily News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- So many gun dealers called the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, on Black Friday that the system went down twice and was slowed for those who did get through, Maine gun dealers said Monday. Even with the glitches, a record number of guns were sold on Black Friday all across the country, Stephen G. Fischer Jr., director of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division, said Monday. "We had an awful time getting through all day, and sometimes we couldn't get...
  • France Surrenders Again!(Agrees to Recognize Palestinian State)

    11/27/2012 10:03:15 AM PST · by muleskinner · 4 replies
    Mike Huckabee Show/J.D. Hayworth
    France to U.N.: I'm shocked, shocked to find the nonsense going on in here! [ a member of Hamas hands France a pile of money] Abdul: Your winnings, sir.
  • Germany to ban sex with animals: report

    11/27/2012 9:59:25 AM PST · by null and void · 62 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | November 26, 2012 11:36PM
    Germany is about to ban sex with animals, including the 'pimping' of farm animals for sex. Source: Herald Sun THE German government is about to reintroduce a ban on bestiality, after pressure from animal welfare groups. Newspaper die Tageszeitung reports that the governing coalition are soon to amend the country's Animal Welfare Act to make sex with animals punishable with a fine of up to 25,000 euros ($31,000). Bestiality was legalised in Germany in 1969, the same year that gay sex was also removed from the criminal code. After that, sex with animals was only punishable if the animal was...
  • JFK and the Diem Coup

    11/27/2012 9:59:23 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    National Security Archive ^ | Nov. 5, 2003 | by John Prados
    A White House tape of President Kennedy and his advisers, published this week in a new book-and-CD collection and excerpted on the Web, confirms that top U.S. officials sought the November 1, 1963 coup against then-South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem without apparently considering the physical consequences for Diem personally (he was murdered the following day). The taped meeting and related documents show that U.S. officials, including JFK, vastly overestimated their ability to control the South Vietnamese generals who ran the coup 40 years ago this week. . . ". . .Supporting the Diem coup made the U.S. responsible for...
  • Joe Klein defends Susan Rice, says security fine for dead ambassador

    11/27/2012 9:54:10 AM PST · by chessplayer · 22 replies
    Defending United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice even more than the White House, Time's Joe Klein Monday declared on MSNBC that not only was terrorism not part of the initial attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, but that slain Ambassador Chris Stevens had enough security despite reports he had begged for more. "The talking points were accurate," he said of Rice's initial claim that the attack and slaying were sparked by an an anti-Muslim movie, not terrorism, a claim later revised by the administration. On the issue of more security, Klein said of Stevens, "he wasn't requesting -- the...
  • DOD Wastes Billions on Non Military Projects

    11/27/2012 9:44:54 AM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 27, 2012
    The Department of Defense (DOD) is responsible for protecting national security and providing military forces to deter war, yet it blows tens of billions of dollars on preposterous things unrelated to its mission. A variety of unimaginable examples are featured in a baffling report (“Department of Everything” ) published this month by a Republican U.S. Senator, who asserts the Pentagon could easily save around $70 billion over ten years without cutting any Army brigade combat teams, Navy combat ships or Air Force fighter squadrons. It could be done simply by getting rid of the waste, according to the findings. That’s...
  • Researchers genetically alter wheat to make it nearly free of gluten

    11/27/2012 9:39:28 AM PST · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 11-27-2012 | Staff
    —An international team of researchers has succeeded in genetically altering wheat seeds to prevent the production of gluten in subsequent plants. The effort focused, the team writes in their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, on disabling the enzyme responsible for activating genes responsible for the development of gluten protein. The research team is part of an effort by many groups to solve the problem of celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten. The current treatment for patients with the disorder is to instruct them to avoid foods with gluten in it....
  • No War On Christmas Here! On Fox & Friends, Gun Club Defends Toddlers Posing With Santa… And Guns

    11/27/2012 9:35:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | 26 November, 2012 | Matt Wilstein
    “Everybody wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas, so why not get a real gun when you’re an adult?” If there was one place in America where you could expect to see photos of people posing with Santa Claus and their AK-47′s, it would be Scottsdale, Arizona, home of the country’s largest indoor gun range. This morning, Fox & Friends invited Scottsdale Gun Club general manager Ron Kennedy to defend the organization’s controversial practice of having members pose with Santa and their guns. Gretchen Carlson questioned the appropriateness of these types of images in Arizona in light of last...
  • Consumer Confidence Hits Highest Level Since February '08

    11/27/2012 9:25:58 AM PST · by mykroar · 37 replies
    Foxbusiness.com ^ | 11/27/2012 | Reuters
    Consumer confidence rose to a four-and-a-half-year high in November as consumers became more optimistic about the outlook for the economy, according to a private sector report released on Tuesday. The Conference Board, an industry group, said its index of consumer attitudes rose to 73.7 up from an upwardly revised 73.1 the month before, its highest since February 2008. Economists had expected a reading of 73.0, according to a Reuters poll. Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/2012/11/27/consumer-confidence-hits-highest-level-since-february-08/#ixzz2DRcxDlqn
  • Republican senators say Rice meeting just leaves more questions unanswered

    11/27/2012 9:24:45 AM PST · by RichBruer
    FOX NEWS ^ | 11/27/2012 | FoxNews.com
    Three Republican senators who met Tuesday with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice say they left the meeting with more unanswered questions about her comments after the deadly September 11,,
  • Neighbor pulls gun on angry armed man at 23rd and Alder Thanksgiving morning (WA)

    11/27/2012 9:23:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    centraldistrictnews.com ^ | 26 November, 2012 | Tom Fucoloro
    A convicted felon was found with a stolen revolver and was arrested early Thursday after a heated dispute at 23rd and Alder. A woman told police the suspect, who she had never seen before, started pounding on her door shortly before 2:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. She looked out the window and saw the suspect and the woman's neighbor arguing, according to police. She then saw the suspect pull a gun on her neighbor. She then went and got her legal handgun and went outside to confront the suspect. The man tried to leave, but was stopped by another person, who...
  • Walmart Workers Say Protest was a Success

    11/27/2012 9:19:55 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 47 replies
    Industry Week ^ | 26 November 2012 | Agence France-Presse
    The protest, supported by the UAW, was for 'decent pay, regular hours, affordable healthcare and respect.' Saying their walkout on 'Black Friday' had shown the world's largest retailer their determination to fight against all odds, Walmart workers hailed their wage protest Saturday. Hundreds of protesters targeted Walmart stores across the United States on Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, accusing the bargain superstore of ripping off its own employees. The protests were designed to disrupt the Black Friday shopping frenzy, after Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday, when deep discounts pull in waves of customers. "Today's protests at Walmart stores across...
  • For 2016, Bush vs. Clinton

    11/27/2012 9:16:01 AM PST · by Arthurio · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | 11-27 | LZ Granderson
    (CNN) -- For all of our post-2012 election talk about the changing culture, the changing demographics and, perhaps, a changing party, preliminary thoughts out of D.C. about the 2016 election have us headed toward not much change at all: Clinton vs Bush...again. I am as intrigued by the prospects of these two juggernauts, Jeb and Hillary, locking ideological horns as I am repulsed by the thought of half of my life being dominated by two family names. One, Clinton, has risen from the ashes after the White House. The other name, Bush, is so toxic that the past two Republican...
  • Brown-Forman Declares $4 Special Dividend Ahead of Cliff Deadline

    11/27/2012 9:02:35 AM PST · by mykroar
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 11/27/2012 | Jennifer Booten
    Two weeks after raising its regular quarterly dividend, Brown-Forman (BFB n.a.) declared a special cash dividend of $4.00 a share on Tuesday as it looks to return money to shareholders ahead of the fiscal cliff deadline that could significantly raise dividend taxes. The maker of alcoholic beverages like Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Korbel and Woodford Reserve said the special dividend will be paid on Dec. 27 to shareholders of record on Dec. 12. A slew of companies, including Wal-Mart (WMT), have been moving up the date of their dividend to save shareholders a bundle of money on taxes...
  • Gay men sue conversion therapy counselors

    11/27/2012 8:56:25 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | November 27, 2012 | Alan Duke
    Before Sheldon Bruck told his orthodox Jewish parents he was gay, the teenager looked for a way out of homosexuality. His search led him to JONAH -- Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing -- which claimed on its website to help people "struggling with unwanted same-sex sexual attractions." JONAH co-director Arthur Goldberg promised Bruck, then 17, that "JONAH could help him change his orientation from gay to straight," according to a consumer fraud lawsuit filed Tuesday against JONAH, Goldberg and a JONAH counselor.
  • Autism: Traffic pollution linked, study suggests

    11/27/2012 8:54:50 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/27/12 | BBC
    The possibility that autism is linked to traffic pollution has been raised by researchers in California. Their study of more than 500 children said those exposed to high levels of pollution were three times more likely to have autism than children who grew up with cleaner air. However, other researchers said traffic was a "very unlikely" and unconvincing explanation for autism. The findings were presented in the Archives of General Psychiatry journal. Data from the US Environmental Protection Agency were used to work out levels of pollution for addresses in California. This was used to compare exposure to pollution, in...
  • When the Nerds Go Marching In - Practice for Game Day was Oct-21 (not Nov-6)

    11/27/2012 8:52:35 AM PST · by GangnamNerd · 4 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Nov 16 2012 | Alexis C. Madrigal
    The Obama campaign's technologists were tense and tired. It was game day and everything was going wrong. Josh Thayer, the lead engineer of Narwhal, had just been informed that they'd lost another one of the services powering their software. That was bad: Narwhal was the code name for the data platform that underpinned the campaign and let it track voters and volunteers. If it broke, so would everything else. They were talking with people at Amazon Web Services, but all they knew was that they had packet loss. Earlier that day, they lost their databases, their East Coast servers, and...