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  • Study Finds Sea Level Rise was 60 Percent Higher Than UN Projection

    11/28/2012 4:10:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/28/12 | Rachel Bogart | Yahoo! Contributor Network
    According to NBC News, a newly released peer-reviewed study has concluded that sea levels between 1993 and 2011 rose by 3.2 millimeters per year. This number is nearly 60 percent more than the 2-millimeter annual projection made by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change over the same time period. The disparity between the two numbers raises a point that the projections for the upcoming decades could also be too low and that sea level could rise much more than current estimates predict. Here are some facts and details about the new study and what it could mean for...
  • Savage adds two powerhouses WABC and WMAL

    11/28/2012 4:08:53 PM PST · by scott55 · 71 replies
    Michael Savage is finally back in NYC and will be on the air for the first time in the nations capital. As per WND Savage will be on both WABC and WMAL beginning Monday, 9 till 11.
  • UK: NHS [socialized medicine] patients experience 'contempt and cruelty', says Jeremy Hunt

    11/28/2012 4:07:49 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/28/2012 | Stephen Adams
    Patients experience “coldness, resentment, indifference" and "even contempt” in some hospitals, the Health Secretary has claimed in a hard-hitting speech about NHS care. In the worse cases staff have overseen “a kind of normalisation of cruelty”, Jeremy Hunt told an audience of health professionals at The King’s Fund, a London-based think-tank. Managers were so “buried in spreadsheets” that they had become “blind” to the fact that patients were not being treated with dignity or respect, he said. Poor care had become “perhaps the biggest problem of all facing the NHS”, Mr Hunt claimed in his strongest speech yet on the...
  • House stays under Republican control (Just a reminder to the GOP)

    11/28/2012 4:03:10 PM PST · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    reuters ^ | 11/7/2012 | Richard Cowan
    It may have been the most unpopular House of Representatives in modern times, but that did not stop voters on Tuesday from leaving it firmly in Republican hands, according to projections. While more than 18 incumbent House members from both parties were defeated, according to results available early on Wednesday, there was no obvious ideological or partisan pattern. Redrawn districts, as a result of the 2010 census, were responsible for some incumbent losses. The results might disappoint those who had hoped for new and clear marching orders from voters on such issues as the deficit or immigration. Instead, they will...
  • Six anti-nuclear protesters found guilty and fined (oldest is 93 y/o)

    11/28/2012 3:52:10 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    The Barre Montpelier Times Argus/ ^ | November 28,2012 | Susan Smallheer
    BRATTLEBORO — Six anti-nuclear protesters were convicted Tuesday of unlawful trespass at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant by a Windham County jury, after a judge rejected their attempts to turn the trial into a tribunal on nuclear power. After deliberating for more than an hour and a half, the four-man, eight-woman jury returned the unanimous guilty verdict.
  • Morsi decree catches aides off guard

    11/28/2012 3:48:38 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies ^ | 11/29/2012 (Saudi time) | Tom Perry
    The decree that expanded President Mohamed Morsi’s powers and plunged Egypt into crisis came as a shock to some of his team; a step with huge legal ramifications, it appeared to have caught even his justice minister off guard. The surprise move on Nov. 22 has fueled debate on how far the Muslim Brotherhood is dictating policy and ignoring cabinet members and others in an administration that Morsi presents as being inclusive of Egypt’s political forces and not dominated by the Islamist party whose electoral muscle put him in office. Signs that Morsi failed to consult those formally appointed as...
  • John Boehner: No tax cuts for middle class without tax cuts for top two percent

    11/28/2012 3:44:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/28/2012 | Greg Sargent
    As you know, GOP Rep. Tom Cole made waves today by urging Republicans to give in to the Dem demand that they extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone under $250,000. Cole argued this would remove the leverage Dems have and give the GOP more leverage to fight to extend the high-end tax cuts later, since Dems want the fiscal cliff averted and also want a debt ceiling hike. Today John Boehner rejected Cole’s suggestion. But in the process, he said something pretty revealing: ***** “I told Tom earlier in our conference meeting that I disagreed with him,” Boehner told...
  • Is Egypt about to become the new Iran?

    11/28/2012 3:38:51 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/28/2012 | Con Coughlin
    It is not only the anti-government protesters in Egypt's Tahrir Square who should be concerned about President Mohammed Morsi's audacious power grab. Mr Morsi's claim at the weekend that "God's will and elections made me the captain of this ship" has echoes of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's claim during the 1979 Iranian revolution that his mission to overthrow the Shah enjoyed divine guidance. Since his announcement that he was granting himself sweeping new powers, Mr Morsi has been trying to reassure sceptical Egyptian voters that he has no ambition to become Egypt's new Pharaoh. But you only have to look at...
  • More than $3 million in pay for ousted Penn State president

    11/28/2012 3:36:07 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 6 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 11/28/2012 | Susan Snyder and Jeremy Roebuck
    Pennsylvania State University's ousted president Graham B. Spanier received $3.25 million in taxable compensation for 2011 - including a $1.2 million severance payment given in the wake of his forced resignation that year, the university announced on Wednesday. University officials said the severance payment and $1.24 million in deferred compensation earned over his 16 years as president were required under Spanier's 2010 employment agreement.
  • EU: Germany displaces China as US Treasury's currency villain

    11/28/2012 3:31:16 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/28/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The US Treasury has issued a damning criticism of Germany’s chronic trade surplus in its annual report on worldwide exchange rate abuse, although it stopped short of labelling the country a currency manipulator. Treasury officials told Congress that internal balances within the eurozone are disrupting the global trade structure, with almost nothing being done by north Europeans states to curb their huge surpluses. The report said Germany’s current account surplus is running at 6.3pc of GDP, and Holland is even worse at 9.5pc. Yet the countries still cleave to fiscal austerity policies that constrict internal demand. The EU’s new tool...
  • Allen West thanks supporters, vows to make voice heard after leaving Congress(Monday Night BBQ)

    11/28/2012 3:25:16 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 48 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | 11-26-2012 | George Bennett
    November 26, 2012 Allen West thanks supporters, vows to make voice heard after leaving Congress By George Bennett Palm Beach Post Staff Writer STUART — A defeated but upbeat U.S. Rep. Allen West told hundreds of supporters that he’ll continue to be a “voice” in politics during a gathering Monday night. West, a tea party favorite whose fiery rhetoric brought him national followers and critics, lost by less than 1 percent to Democrat Patrick Murphy in a bitter, expensive race for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast House District 18 seat. With irregularities in St. Lucie County’s vote count leading to partial...
  • Building on a Kernel of Truth

    11/28/2012 3:24:22 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 5, 2012 | Michael Reagan
    This summer, friends and I took a cruise in Alaska where the tourist shops often featured the Russian matryoshka dolls.  The dolls originated in Japan but were made popular in Russia around the time of the Russian Revolution, a century ago.  You've seen them -- you pop open an outer doll, and nested inside is another.  The magic of the art is that you keep opening layer after layer, only to find another even smaller doll, until at last the final incarnation is just a kernel in size.  The successive dolls vary from near exact duplicates with hard-to-identify slight...
  • U.S. Pushes to Keep Entrepreneur Jobs in the Country

    11/28/2012 3:20:15 PM PST · by Rio · 12 replies
    The Obama administration's top immigration official is visiting the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to unveil an online resource intended to help entrepreneurs navigate their immigration options. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Director Alejandro Mayorkas will unveil so-called "Entrepreneur Pathways" on Wednesday.
  • Sen. Collins 'troubled' by Rice comments on Benghazi attack (Also Brings up '98 Embassy Bombings)

    11/28/2012 3:17:48 PM PST · by what's up · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | Nov 28, 2012 | Julian Pecquet
    Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) on Wednesday became the latest GOP senator to raise questions about Susan Rice. After an almost two-hour meeting with the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Collins said she's unconvinced by Rice's explanation of her role after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya. “I continue to be troubled by the fact that the UN ambassador decided to play what was essentially a political role at the height of a contentious presidential election ... by agreeing to go on the Sunday shows to present the administration's position,” the top Republican on the Homeland Security Committee said.
  • What's driving gun sales spike? Federal law, women and zombies

    11/28/2012 3:07:31 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 52 replies ^ | November 27, 2012 | CHRIS DANIELS
    What's driving gun sales spike? Federal law, women and zombies. BELLEVUE – Karen Manley stood strong in the range Tuesday afternoon, her right hand firmly gripping a handgun. “There had been a rash of home invasions,” said Manley, of Brier. “If anything happens, I could defend myself, my kids, and my home.’ Women are just one factor behind a recent spree of gun sales, locally, and across the nation, according to gun lobbyists. The FBI reported Tuesday that it received 154,873 buyer background check requests on Black Friday, up roughly 20 percent over the same day last year. The requests...
  • Saudi King Abdullah, the great reformist?

    11/28/2012 3:05:46 PM PST · by bayouranger · 16 replies ^ | 27NOV12 | By Katerina Nikolas
    Saudi King Abdullah is rumoured to be clinically dead. If the rumours are true then the death of a great reformist will bring sycophantic tributes from weapon-selling oil-guzzling nations. But by whose standards is the Guardian of the Kingdom a reformist? Perhaps in comparison to the Taliban King Abdullah could be considered reformist, but not by any standards in the west. Digital Journal reported the Saudi monarch has been acclaimed as topping the list of the 500 most influential personalities in the Muslim world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center (RISSC). The RISSC proclaimed the King's assurance of women’s...
  • Pushing Conservatives Off the Fiscal Cliff

    11/28/2012 2:55:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | November 28, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    The conventional wisdom has emerged that in order to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff," politicians in Washington must agree to some method of tax increases ("revenue") -- which will be real, even if low taxes are not the cause of our ills -- alongside some kind of promise of spending restraint on entitlement programs, which is our problem, and which no one believes Washington will restrain. The American left and our "objective" journalists -- same thing, I know -- are not helping the nation balance its budget. As usual, these partisan hacks are obsessed with tearing the Republican coalition apart,...
  • Grover Norquist is the problem with Washington DC, not the solution

    11/28/2012 2:49:58 PM PST · by LSUfan · 32 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 28 Nov 12 | Patrick Poole
    One of the bigger political stories of the past few days has been the backlash by some members of the GOP to the manner in which Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform wields some legislators’ tax pledges as a bludgeon to Grover’s own agenda. Some of the criticism of these lawmakers is on target as they lose their nerve following Obama’s reelection and are contemplating various “revenue enhancements” or “tax reform” schemes as mechanisms to raise taxes on American citizens. Fair enough. But that in no way makes Grover Norquist the guy in the white hat as a review...
  • Next Rice critic to emerge not exactly a sexist conservative cavedweller

    11/28/2012 2:44:36 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10:31 am on November 28, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    So far, defenders of Susan Rice’s attempts to flack a false narrative on behalf of the White House have tried smearing her critics as either racist or sexist conservative troglodytes. After Kelly Ayotte took the lead among the Senate Republican caucus in opposing Rice’s rumored nomination to State, at least temporarily, the same defenders dismissed her as window dressing.  However, the next potential critic won’t be so easily dismissed.  Maureen Dowd checked in with Susan Collins, one of the GOP’s moderates, who will meet with Rice today to get answers to a few questions on her mind as well: Collins...
  • It's Not Just Taxes: Benefit Cuts Divide Democrats (No cuts, no deal!)

    11/28/2012 2:42:21 PM PST · by tobyhill · 10 replies
    ABC ^ | 11/28/2012 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press
    It's not just about taxes. There's another big obstacle to overcome as Congress and President Barack Obama work to skirt the fiscal cliff: deep divisions among Senate Democrats over whether to consider cuts to popular benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid. Much of the focus during negotiations seeking an alternative to $671 billion in automatic tax increases and spending cuts beginning in January has centered on whether Republicans would agree to raising taxes on the wealthy. Obama insists that tax increases on the wealthy must be part of any deal, even as White House officials concede that government benefit programs...