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  • Gas tanker Ob River attempts first winter Arctic crossing

    11/30/2012 2:55:34 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | November 25, 2012 | Matt McGrath
    A large tanker carrying liquified natural gas (LNG) is set to become the first ship of its type to sail across the Arctic. The carrier, Ob River, left Norway in November and has sailed north of Russia on its way to Japan. The specially equipped tanker is due to arrive in early December and will shave 20 days off the journey. The owners say that changing climate conditions and a volatile gas market make the Arctic transit profitable. Long-term preparationBuilt in 2007 with a strengthened hull, the Ob River can carry up to 150,000 cubic metres of gas. The tanker...
  • Introducing the 'Obama-fish'

    11/30/2012 2:47:57 PM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    http://news.mongabay.com ^ | 11-30-2012 | Staff
    Scientists have named five newly discovered fish after former and current U.S. political leaders, including President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, and Teddy Roosevelt, reports the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute and Scientific American. The fish were formerly described earlier this month in the journal the Bulletin of the Alabama Museum of Natural History. The fish are all species of darter, a group that is found widely in the United States. The species were identified after research on the Speckled Darter (Etheostoma stigmaeum) concluded that it could be divided into nine separate species, five of which are now...
  • Son's woes weigh heavily on the Rev. Jesse Jackson

    11/30/2012 2:43:03 PM PST · by South40 · 43 replies
    AP (Yahoo) ^ | 11/30/2012 | SOPHIA TAREEN
    CHICAGO (AP) — At 71, the Rev. Jesse Jackson still keeps a hectic schedule and speaks widely on all kinds of civil rights issues. But he struggles when addressing one thing: the son and political heir who abandoned his congressional seat last week because of mental health problems and two federal investigations. The elder Jackson says his heart "burns" over the woes of his oldest child.
  • Ice Age warmth wiped out lemmings, study finds (other Democratics moved in)

    11/30/2012 2:28:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/26/12 | Michelle Warwicker
    Ice Age warmth wiped out lemmings, study findsBy Michelle Warwicker BBC Nature 26 November 2012 Last updated at 22:07 Lemmings became "regionally extinct" five times due to rapid climate change during the last Ice Age, scientists have found. **SNIP** Instead the tests revealed that genetically distinct populations of lemmings were "present at different points in time" during the Late Pleistocene, 11,700 to around 126,000 years ago, meaning that the lemming population had been wiped out multiple times and then re-colonised some time after, possibly from populations in eastern Europe or Russia. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the...
  • (Cops & Robbers Agree!) California Police Wish Gun Owners Would Just Comply with Robbers

    11/30/2012 2:24:58 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 147 replies
    GUNS.com ^ | 11/27/2012 | dabneybailey
    California Police Wish Gun Owners Would Just Comply with Robbers If a couple of thugs break into your place of business and point a gun in your face, then you would be perfectly justified in opening fire on them, right? Well, maybe not. San Jose police are giving one gun owner a stern tsk-tsk after she defended her property from a pair of armed thieves. According to ABC Local 7 News, a pair of thieves wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts burst into a San Jose jewelry store at 10:15 a.m. on Monday. At least one of the would-be thieves was...
  • Conservatives vs. the GOP - Republicans in Congress are warned that they will lose their base if...

    11/30/2012 2:20:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 54 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 30, 2012 | John Fund
    Republicans in Congress are warned that they will lose their base if they vote for tax hikes.Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica Conservative groups are sending written warnings to both congressional Republicans and the Republican National Committee. If Republicans sign on to a deal that raises taxes, they risk an open break with large portions of their base. “This is a time of testing for you,” more than 70 conservative leaders write in an open letter sent Friday morning to every GOP member of Congress. They warn that if a budget deal that raises taxes is passed with GOP fingerprints on...
  • Huntsman: GOP Should Avoid Social, 'Fringe' Issues (angling for sec of state job?)

    11/30/2012 2:16:36 PM PST · by drewh · 68 replies
    The Hill.com ^ | - 11/30/12 09:54 ET | By Justin Sink
    Former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said Friday that the Republican Party should stress its "libertarian roots" rather than "fringe" social issues as it evaluates its election losses. “I think the deliberation about the Republican Party that we’re having is a very healthy thing," Huntsman told CNN. "And if we don’t wind up at the end of the exercise with a mission statement that is one sentence long, then we’re toast. That one statement ought to be, ‘Balance the budgets and get out of people’s lives.’ And you ought to build the party around that because we have strong libertarian...
  • PolitiFact: A foreclosure ‘cliff’ could be looming

    11/30/2012 2:13:34 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 30 November 2012 | Eric Stirgus
    A “foreclosure tax” that would take effect in 2013 could mean a high tax bill for those facing foreclosure and millions of families who modified their mortgage or had a short sale through their lender. National Association of Realtors in a blog on its website —- In Washington, much of the political conversation these days surrounds a “fiscal cliff” of tax increases and drastic budget cuts that could ignite another economic recession if lawmakers don’t reach a compromise on such issues before this year ends. One organization, though, recently raised its concerns about another piece of federal legislation and its...
  • Ignore GDP and the Fiscal Cliff, U.S. Is Already in Recession

    11/30/2012 2:10:50 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 29 November 2012 | Aaron Task
    The U.S. economy grew 2.7% in the third quarter, up from a previously reported 2% the government reported Thursday. But the guts of the report raised some concern, notably a big increase in inventories and a big downward revision to consumer spending. For most economists, the GDP report provides further evidence of a U.S. economy that's growing modestly, but far from robustly. For Lakshman Achuthan, co-founder of the Economic Cycle Research Institute, the report is a distraction from the real story: the U.S. economy is already in recession. "The evidence is starting to mount a recession is already underway, and...
  • Newt: Fiscal Cliff 'Artificial Invention'

    11/30/2012 1:53:15 PM PST · by GVnana · 25 replies
    Newt Gingrich: "Well, I think there are a lot worse things than going over a man-made cliff that I think is entirely artificial. And I think the reality is, the President of the United States has not come forward with any serious spending cuts. What the Democrats are proposing is to take the tax increase now, and then sometime next year, eventually, possibly, we might have some kind of entitlement reform. That's a really bad deal for the American people." Greta Van Sustern: "Well, I don't know if it's also a deal that anyone expects could be realistically kept. I...
  • Strauss-Kahn Said to Reach Deal to Settle With Hotel Housekeeper

    11/30/2012 1:45:37 PM PST · by Cincinna · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 29,2012 | WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the hotel housekeeper who accused him of sexually assaulting her last year have quietly reached an agreement to settle a lawsuit she brought against him stemming from the case, which made international headlines.  French media reported Friday that Strauss-Kahn, 63, former head of the International Monetary Fund, would pay $6 million to Nafissatou Diallo, who accused him of attacking her at a Manhattan hotel.   The parties are scheduled to appear next week before Justice Douglas E. McKeon in State Supreme Court in the Bronx. Mr. Strauss-Kahn, was arrested in May 2011 after Ms. Diallo, an immigrant from...
  • Direct US-Iran Talks December 1: Too Late to Stop a Nuclear-Armed Iran (3 month deadline)

    11/30/2012 1:45:06 PM PST · by drewh · 6 replies
    DEBKAfiles ^ | Fri November 30, 2012
    Tehran given a three-month deadline to halt its nuclear bomb program. President Obama has taken some tough steps to weaken the Iranian front ahead of direct US-Iranian nuclear talks beginning December 1. The latest is a March deadline for results but US military strength has also been lined up just in case.
  • Buffett: Raise tax cutoff point to $500K

    11/30/2012 1:36:13 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 41 replies
    UPI ^ | Nov 26 2012 | UPI
    Warren Buffett called Monday for the cutoff point in U.S. President Barack Obama's proposal to end the Bush-era tax cuts to increase to $500,000 from $250,000. "I support President Obama's proposal to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for high-income taxpayers," the business magnate, investor and philanthropist wrote in an op-ed piece published in The New York Times Monday. "However, I prefer a cutoff point somewhat above $250,000 -- maybe $500,000 or so." He also called on Congress, "right now, to enact a minimum tax on high incomes. "I would suggest 30 percent of taxable income between $1 million and $10...
  • Congress should dive headlong off fiscal cliff

    11/30/2012 1:34:48 PM PST · by GVnana · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/30/2012 | Tucker Carlson, Neil Patel
    Everyone in Washington fears the fiscal cliff. The White House has no interest in going over. Democrats understand they’ll never have more power than they do now. Delaying a budget deal until after January means getting less of what they want. Republican leaders, meanwhile, live in fear of another 1995 government shutdown. When two sides fail to reach a deal, the media blame Republicans. That’s the lesson Republicans learned 17 years ago. They shudder imagining the headlines if negotiations were to break down next month: “Norquist-controlled GOP forces America off cliff.” Nothing terrifies them more than that. They’ll do anything...
  • CA Union Shuts Down America's Largest Ports

    11/30/2012 1:26:45 PM PST · by ColdOne · 45 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/29/12 | Breitbart News
    California may find itself in a disastrous fiscal situation, but that won’t stop California’s newly-empowered unions from flexing their muscle. In the aftermath of the failure of Proposition 32, which would have prevented public sector unions from funding politicians, the unions are celebrating their confirmed power by striking. The latest strikes started today with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63, which shut down the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the busiest ports in the United States. Even though November traffic remains slow at the ports, that doesn’t...
  • Uh-oh: The economy might be hitting a rough patch

    11/30/2012 1:23:52 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Neil Irwin
    The bottom is falling out of economic forecasters’ expectations for U.S. economic growth in the final months of 2012. And if some of the more bearish estimates prove accurate, it will be the weakest rate of growth since the start of 2011. Macroeconomic Advisers had been projecting a 1.4 percent annual rate of GDP growth in the fourth quarter. On Friday it revised that estimate down to 1.1 percent Friday morning–and then again to 0.8 percent Friday afternoon. J.P. Morgan slashed its number to 1.5 percent from 2 percent. Tom Porcelli of RBC cut his estimate all the way from...
  • Pelosi: Give Obama Power to Personally Lift Debt Limit to Infinity

    11/30/2012 1:19:29 PM PST · by jazusamo · 195 replies
    CNSNews ^ | November 30, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Video at link (CNSNews.com) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that Congress should hand over to President Barack Obama personal, unilateral authority to increase the limit on the U.S. government's debt. At a Friday press conference, a reporter asked Pelosi if she agreed with a proposal made by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that Congress give Obama the power to unilaterally increase the debt limit. "Yes," she said. When he met with members of Congress on Thursday to discuss a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that is set to occur at the end of this year,...
  • Boehner on 'Cliff' Talks: 'We're Almost Nowhere'

    11/30/2012 1:15:30 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 30,2012
    House Speaker John Boehner lashed out Friday at President Barack Obama, saying negotiations to avoid the "fiscal cliff" are "almost nowhere." Boehner spoke after Republicans disclosed that the White House was $1.6 trillion in tax increases up front, as well as $50 billion in additional stimulus spending. (Read More: Speaker Boehner Discusses 'Fiscal Cliff.') Boehner said the plan would be a "crippling blow" to an economy that is still struggling to find its footing. "There's a stalemate. Let's not kid ourselves," the Ohio Republican told reporters. "Right now, we're almost nowhere," Even so, he added, he was determined to continue...
  • Explosive device rocks Social Security office in Casa Grande

    11/30/2012 1:03:18 PM PST · by exbrit · 17 replies
    CBS5 ^ | 11/30/12 | Steve Stout
    CASA GRANDE, AZ (CBS5) - An explosion violently shook the Social Security Administration building in Casa Grande but didn't injure anyone Friday morning.
  • Obama Warns Congress: "I've Been Keeping My Own Naughty And Nice List"

    11/30/2012 12:59:36 PM PST · by Hoodat · 69 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 30, 2012 | Ian Schwartz
    "Joe Biden was in Costco and he wanted to buy some of this stuff, but I told him he had too much work to do. I wasn't going to have him building roller coasters all day long. Now, of course, Santa delivers everywhere. I've been keeping my own naughty and nice list for Washington, so you should keep your eye on who gets some K'NEX this year. There are going to be some members of Congress who get them, and some who don't," President Obama said Friday at a rally where he pushed Congress to avoid the fiscal cliff.