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  • Sometimes a Bang, Sometimes a Whimper [How nations die]

    12/03/2012 2:51:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | December 3, 2012 | Janice Fiamengo
    In the Judeo-Christian understanding, God is a being who loves humanity—even sinful and erring humanity—and creates an ordered world that we can know and harness for productive ends. This is a very different conception from the capricious and transcendent God of Islam, who cannot love because such would imply weakness or incompleteness. Muslims can be sure of heavenly reward only through dying to protect Islam from its enemies. Under Islam, human beings submit as a collectivity to Allah’s absolute power; in the Judeo-Christian tradition, in contrast, individuals have inalienable rights granted by a God who limits His own power in...
  • Far from Electrifying: Electric car hopes never die — but electric realities keep intervening.

    12/03/2012 1:55:45 AM PST · by neverdem · 66 replies
    The American ^ | November 26, 2012 | Vaclav Smil
    Exactly two years ago, in November 2010, the Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn assured reporters that his auto alliance would sell half a million electric vehicles a year by the end of 2013. In 2011, it sold just short of 10,000 electrics, but in April 2012 Ghosn still claimed that the 2012 sales would double to 20,000. On November 15, he had to give up and admit that, after selling less than 7,000 vehicles, the 2012 target cannot be reached. That is just the latest in a less than electrifying saga of modern electric vehicles (this qualification is needed because...
  • EU: French bank governor calls for City of London to be sidelined as Europe's financial hub

    12/03/2012 1:51:49 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/2/2012 | Szu Ping Chan
    London should be stripped of its status as Europe's main financial hub and sidelined to allow the eurozone to “control” transactions within the 17-nation bloc, the governor of the Bank of France has said. Christian Noyer, French bank governor, told the Financial Times that there was "no rationale" for allowing the eurozone's financial centre to be "offshore". "Most of the euro business should be done inside the euro area. It's linked to the capacity of the central bank to provide liquidity and ensure oversight of its own currency," he told the Financial Times in an interview. "We're not against some...
  • New Bacteria Raises Concern

    12/03/2012 1:31:48 AM PST · by neverdem · 167 replies
    KDLT ^ | November 29, 2012 | Laura Monteverdi
    A deadly bacteria known as Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, is raising concerns in the medical community. Jennifer Hsu in an Infectious Disease Physician at Sanford Health and has been closely studying this 'super bug' which is best known for it's ability to defy even the strongest of drugs. “What has happened over time with increasing exposure to antibiotics the bacteria have developed ways to evade those antibiotics and they become resist to a certain class of antibiotics,” said Hsu. In the United States, the bacteria have been found primarily in healthcare facilities and hospitals and are known to prey on...
  • British Army shutting down for 3+ weeks

    12/03/2012 12:58:48 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 2, 2012 | Steve Nolan
    The Army has been ordered to take a 25-day Christmas holiday to try to cut its electricity and gas bills. All 110,000 military and civilian personnel must take ‘block leave’ from December 14 until January 7, a leaked memo from a senior officer said. The decision, communicated by Major General David Cullen, means all barracks, Territorial Army buildings and other military sites will be closed for almost a month. General Cullen, the chief of staff for land forces, said it was an ‘opportunity for utility savings’. He added that the measure aimed to ‘fully exploit the utility efficiencies available by...
  • The world's commodity supercycle is far from dead

    12/03/2012 12:40:28 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/2/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Great resource booms usually end abruptly, catching almost everybody by surprise. Studies by the World Bank covering two centuries of data sketch a pattern of 10-year supercycles, followed by a slide for the next 20 years or so as excess investment leads to a flood of supply. The long bear market can be cruel for those hanging onto to resource stocks, convinced that the rebound must be nigh. Mark Ryder, Australian investment chief for UBS, says we are reaching just such an inflexion point as China’s manic construction phase gives way to more sedate growth, and Europe, America, and Japan...
  • AAA SAYS CERTAIN ETHANOL FUEL CAN DAMAGE CARS, ASKS EPA TO REMOVE FROM PUMPS

    12/03/2012 12:08:34 AM PST · by neverdem · 76 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11/30/2012 | Audrey Hudson
    The recently approved use of E15 fuel made from blending gasoline and ethanol could damage vehicles and void warranties says the American Automobile Association (AAA), which is urging the federal government to ban it from the market. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the fuel earlier this summer, but AAA says only five percent of vehicles on the road are approved by the manufacturers to use the special blend they say causes significant problems such as accelerated engine wear and failure, fuel-system damage and false “check engine” warning lights. The auto club conducted a recent survey it says identifies confusion...
  • Psoriasis drug may halt or reverse Alzheimer's disease

    12/02/2012 10:29:54 PM PST · by jwsea55 · 34 replies
    SmelLASlime ^ | November 27, 2012 | Melissa Healy
    A biological medication already widely used to treat plaque psoriasis may be able to slow the accumulation of amyloid plaques in the brain that are the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, a new study has found. The same study found that in older mice with established Alzheimer's, this treatment approach, which suppresses the brain's immune reaction to beta amyloid, brought a marked improvement in cognitive function and may even halt or reverse early signs of Alzheimer's. The new study was published this week in the journal Nature Medicine. Conducted by researchers in Switzerland and Germany, the study offers a glimmer of...
  • Bob Costas: ‘If Jovan Belcher did not possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive’

    12/02/2012 10:29:29 PM PST · by Alaska Wolf · 160 replies
    SI.com ^ | Dec. 2, 2012 | SI.com Tracking Blog
    NBC sportscaster Bob Costas used his weekly monologue on “Sunday Night Football” to discuss the fallout of the tragedy in Kansas City, urging viewers to move past the cliched coverage of the “perspective” gleaned from the news that linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself Saturday morning. Costas focused much of his monologue on a column by Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock, which argued that “current gun culture simply ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy.” Costas said that although he often doesn’t agree with Whitlock, he found his argument to be spot...
  • Sen. Graham: Obama’s Economic Plan Will Turn US Into Greece

    12/02/2012 10:25:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 02 Dec 2012 01:03 PM | Amy Woods
    Sen. Lindsey Graham said President Barack Obama’s plan to prevent American from going over the fiscal cliff is “a joke.” “I think we’re going over the cliff,” the South Carolina Republican said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “It’s pretty clear to me they’ve made a political calculation. This offer doesn’t remotely deal with entitlement reform in a way to save Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security from imminent bankruptcy.” …
  • Buffett Tax On Rich Will Hurt Average Americans

    12/02/2012 10:21:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Investor’s Business Daily ^ | 11/26/2012 06:47 PM ET | (IBD Editorials)
    Billionaire Warren Buffett, always popular among Democratic redistributionists, says he wants a “minimum tax” on the very rich. Never mind that we already have one, and that what he proposes would hurt both the economy and the middle class. … Last year, according to the Treasury Department, the U.S. deficit was $1.1 trillion. According to a study by Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation, a Buffett-style 30% tax on all millionaires would generate just $5 billion. That’s less than one-half of one percent of our budget. In short, Buffett’s proposal is a fiscal joke. …
  • Sen. DeMint: Washington Is Lost for Now

    12/02/2012 10:08:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 02 Dec 2012 03:23 PM | Ernest Istook
    “We’ve lost the battle in Washington” for now, says Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. The new goals, he says, are for conservatives to prove their principles work in states and to defend against President Obama’s effort “to steamroll what’s left of the Republican Party here in Washington.” As a guest on “Istook Live!,” DeMint agreed that Obama aims to crush his opposition now so they cannot resist his agenda over the next four years. Said the senator, “They smell blood in the water and they’ll keep pushing … they’re not coming our way or coming to the middle to try and...
  • Vatican introduces new security measures after Vatileaks scandal (Microchips)

    12/02/2012 10:06:33 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 12 replies
    Much tighter controls have already been introduced for anyone seeking access or photocopies of the Holy See's archives, dossiers and documents.
  • States increase school hours: 300 hours added for some students in 2013

    12/02/2012 9:59:17 PM PST · by bgill · 22 replies
    examiner.com ^ | Dec. 2, 2012 | Heather Tooley
    Participating states include New York, Massachusetts, Colorado, Tennessee, and Connecticut. The decision is all part of an initiative to be more competitive with other nations on a global level... Federal, state, and district funds will afford the increase in school hours along with the Ford Foundation and the National Center on Time and Learning.
  • Putin Cracks Down on Russian Internet

    12/02/2012 9:50:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 1, 2012 | Kim Zigfeld
    Russia’s Vladimir Putin has declared war on the Internet, and not just within his country’s own borders. Putin’s war may be coming soon to a laptop or smart phone near you. For years we’ve been told by Putin’s apologists that his moves against traditional media didn’t matter because it was impossible to strangle Russia’s feisty Internet. But for a KGB dictator, “impossible” is a meaningless term. Putin’s campaign consists of a three-part pincer movement, and now that he has essentially been made “president for life”, he is pursuing it with greatly renewed vigor. … Throughout Putin’s first twelve years in...
  • Anger at California 'maternity mansion' where Chinese pregnant woman [sic] pay to give birth so ...

    12/02/2012 9:24:11 PM PST · by filbert00 · 14 replies
    Mail Online ^ | Dec. 2, 2012 | -----
    Dozens of Chinese mothers are giving birth to their babies in a house atop a hill in a wealthy neighborhood of Chino Hills, California - and they're paying thousands of dollars for the privilege. Neighbors say the home is a 'maternity mansion,' a hotel where Chinese women stay for the last few months of their pregnancy so their children are born on American soil - and are therefore American citizens. Experts say the practice is widespread and that authorities are nearly powerless to stop it. The 14th Amendment guarantees that any person born in the United States is an American...
  • Koontz case to protect property rights (at Supreme Court; Bureaucrats unfairly charge for permits)

    12/02/2012 8:49:58 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dec 2 2012 | Ilya Shapiro and Timothy Sandefu
    The right to build a home or a business on your own land is basic to the very concept of property rights. Of course, government can impose reasonable conditions for health and safety, but too often, officials misuse land-use permitting to enrich the public sector rather than for legitimate regulation. In fact, many bureaucrats view the right to develop one’s property as a privilege landowners must purchase, sometimes at the cost of their constitutional freedoms. Thankfully, the U.S. Supreme Court recently accepted a Florida case that could force an attitude change on regulators across the country. Koontz v. St. Johns...
  • Prosecutors: Girlfriend stabs man found watching TV with another woman

    12/02/2012 8:32:46 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 45 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 2, 2012 | Mitch Smith
    Lakeshia R. Hall came back to her West Town home Saturday to find her boyfriend watching television with another woman, leading her to believe he had been unfaithful, prosecutors said today. That sight launched Hall, 28, into a violent rage that earned her an attempted murder charge and sent her boyfriend to the hospital, prosecutors said.
  • Where George W. Bush succeeded, Mitt Romney fell short

    12/02/2012 8:32:38 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    Tribune Media Services ^ | November 16, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    I think I owe an apology to George W. Bush. William F. Buckley once noted that he was 19 when the Cold War began at the Yalta conference. The year the Berlin Wall came down, he became a senior citizen. In other words, he explained, anti-communism was a defining feature of conservatism his entire adult life. Domestically, meanwhile, the right was largely a “leave me alone coalition”: Religious and traditional conservatives, overtaxed businessmen, Western libertarians, and others fed up with government social engineering and economic folly. The battle against tyrannical statism abroad only buttressed the domestic antagonism toward well-intentioned and...
  • (Hardline Islamic) Protests Flare in Bahrain for Kim Kardashian Visit

    12/02/2012 8:07:00 PM PST · by drewh · 12 replies
    By REEM KHALIFA Associated Press MANAMA, Bahrain Just hours after reality TV star Kim Kardashian gushed about her impressions of Bahrain, riot police fired tear gas to disperse more than 50 hardline Islamic protesters denouncing her presence in the Gulf kingdom. The clashes took place just before Kardashian opened the Bahrain branch of her Millions of Milkshakes shop. An Associated Press journalist saw protesters chanting "God is Great" near the shopping complex in Riffa, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the capital Manama. The demonstrators were cleared before Kardashian appeared late Saturday. Earlier, she posted glowing remarks about Bahrain...
  • Michelle Obama’s Next Move (President? Supreme Court Justice?)

    12/02/2012 7:42:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    Newsweek ^ | December 3, 2012 | Allison Samuels
    Chatting with a group backstage on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in October, Michelle Obama made it clear that she wasn’t thinking about what she might do in the future. “I’m just looking ahead to getting Barack back in office and continuing the work he’s been doing,” she said. “Supporting him is my focus.” But others think the first lady—who spent the past four years seeking to better the lives of military families and fighting to end childhood obesity before becoming one of the stars of her husband’s reelection effort this fall—could have bigger things ahead of her, if...
  • Lock Your Doors And Prepare To Defend Your Family

    12/02/2012 7:41:40 PM PST · by blam · 108 replies
    TEC ^ | 12-2-2012 | Michael Snyder
    Lock Your Doors And Prepare To Defend Your Family By Michael Snyder December 2nd, 2012 Do you think that is an alarmist headline? Well, I am not the one saying this. Law enforcement authorities all over the country are telling citizens that they can no longer deal with all the crime and that people need to lock their doors and prepare to defend their families. Just recently, the city attorney of San Bernardino, California told citizens to "lock their doors and load their guns" because there is not enough money to pay for adequate police protection any longer. The murder...
  • School Replaces Baby Jesus with Frosty the Snowman

    12/02/2012 7:40:55 PM PST · by massmike · 24 replies
    http://radio.foxnews.com ^ | 12/02/2012 | Todd Starnes
    Frosty the Snowman is there — and so is Santa Claus. But the Baby Jesus is stuffed inside a closet at Cottondale Elementary School — leaving many residents of this small town in the Florida panhandle outraged. The Nativity scene had been a part of the school’s holiday lawn decorations for years. But this year the yuletide display is strictly secular. Principal Brenda Jones told television station WJHG the decision to keep Baby Jesus in the closet came after an official with the Dept. of Education dropped by to discuss the separation of church and state. “The Dept. of Education...
  • Alarm In Tehran & Moscow Over Bushehr Nuclear Reactor’s Near-Explosion

    12/02/2012 7:38:52 PM PST · by drewh · 39 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 1, 2012, 13:13
    Iran’s nuclear reactor at Bushehr was shut down for fear of an explosion. Saturday Dec. 1, an authoritative Russian nuclear industry source revealed the cause of its malfunction: “Indicators showed that some small external parts were… in the [Bushehr] reactor vessel….” They were identified as “bolts beneath the fuel cells.” Moscow sources report this information came from a source in the office of Sergei Kiriyenko, head of the Russian nuclear energy authority Rosatom, which supervised the construction of Iran’s first atomic reactor at Bushehr. According to our intelligence sources, Russian scientists and engineers were rushed from Moscow to Bushehr when...
  • The Pigeon Movement – A rallying cry for French startups

    12/02/2012 7:24:31 PM PST · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    The Rude Baguette ^ | 01 October 2012 | LiamBoogar
    60% Capital Gains tax – the real innovation killer Forget taxing the wealthy, forget big government, the French government is eliminating the one tangible reward for building new companies, creating innovation, and providing the French government with a few hundred new employees. This come at a time where France’s big companies are beginning to show their anti-global competitiveness roots - Peugeot is laying off thousands, Bouygues is laying off thousands, and this is just the beginning. For the record, the current Capital Gains tax is set at 32.5%, an 84.6% tax hike. The Pigeon Movement – France’s Last Hope for...
  • Timeline appears to conflict with agent’s testimony in Reese case

    12/02/2012 7:23:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/2.12 | David Codrea
    Revelations by the Albuquerque Journal that ties existed between a Columbus, N.M., gun trafficking conspiracy and the Fast and Furious gunwalking operation highlight a disconnect with pretrial testimony given by an ATF agent in yet a third case, that of the Reese family, a tip received this morning by Gun Rights Examiner from a source close to the case suggests. “Federal prosecutors have sought to distance the Columbus gun smuggling case,” reporter Mike Gallagher revealed in a story filed last Thursday. “But reports obtained by the Journal show that in April 2010, federal agents were aware that the leader of...
  • BOEHNER: I Looked At Geithner And I Said, 'You Can't Be Serious?'

    12/02/2012 7:11:56 PM PST · by Red Steel · 66 replies
    business insider ^ | Dec. 2, 2012, 10:27 AM | Brett LoGiurato
    House Speaker John Boehner told host Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" that President Barack Obama is "not being serious" about proposing a deal to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," slamming the president and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's initial offer. "It was not a serious offer," Boehner said. "I looked at [Geithner] and I said, 'You can't be serious?' "You know, we've got several weeks between Election Day and the end of the year. And three of those weeks have been wasted with this nonsense."
  • NBC Announces Anti-Gun Message During Football Game

    12/02/2012 7:09:41 PM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 91 replies
    Trying to watch Dallas vs Philadelphia football game. Just watched announcer gave an anti-gun rant. Why is this allowed? Turned off TV.
  • Democrat pulls ahead to win Southern California Assembly seat

    12/02/2012 6:52:38 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 20 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Dec 2 2012 | Torey Van Oot
    The final vote update from Los Angeles County has given Democrat Steve Fox a slight lead over the presumed Republican victor in the 36th Assembly District, putting the seat in Democrats' column by a margin of just 145 votes. Fox trailed Republican Ron Smith by about 2,000 votes the day after the Nov. 6 election, according to local reports, but the gap has narrowed in recent weeks as remaining absentee and provisional ballots were counted. The final count by Los Angeles County, which is one of three counties in the district, put Fox ahead with just over 50 percent of...
  • Michael Bloomberg Puts Anti-Gun Plans Into Action

    12/02/2012 6:45:45 PM PST · by grcuster · 26 replies
    TownHall.com ^ | December 2, 2012 | Kevin Klass
    America's Most Dangerous Mayor has long advocated stricter gun control laws - not just in his own mayoral jurisdiction, but in other places around the country. Not content to merely govern New Yorkers, Bloomberg has begun to put his personal fortune on the line to oust Second Amendment advocates around the country. The Sacramento Bee reports that Bloomberg spent millions in opposition of a pro-gun Democrat Congressman in California. His efforts were rewarded, as the NRA-supported Democrat lost to a more liberal candidate. No doubt the strongest gun control advocate on Forbes' list
  • New fish species named after Obama

    12/02/2012 6:36:13 PM PST · by Red Steel · 49 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | Sun, Dec 02 2012 at 5:24 PM EST | Russell McClendon
    The species, formally known as 'Etheostoma obama,' is one of five newly discovered fish that scientists have named after a U.S. president or VP. President Obama may not have won many Southeastern states in his recent re-election, but he did make waves across the Republican-leaning region. And thanks to two scientists from Georgia and Missouri, his Southern profile is still growing — although some of his flashiest new acolytes don't have a clue who he is. That's because they're fish, one of five new species found by ecologist Steve Layman of Geosyntec Consultants and biologist Rick Mayden of Saint Louis...
  • UPDATED: Iraqi refugee arrested for bombing Arizona Social Security office with IED

    12/02/2012 6:34:37 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 2 | Patrick Poole
    UPDATED (8:25p EDT): I just spoke again with my contact in the FBI Phoenix field office (who is not authorized to speak on behalf of the FBI office) that it is highly unlikely that Aldosary will be charged with any terrorism offense. While they are internally treating it like a domestic terrorism investigation, including looking at if he had any help constructing the explosive device, the FBI is saying very little and and will prosecute this as a simple explosives and arson case because of “the political sensitivities involved”. Original Post: The typically quiet town of Casa Grande, Arizona was...
  • Young Immigrant Activists Cast a Wider Net

    12/02/2012 6:29:53 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 2, 2012 | JULIA PRESTON
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After a boisterous three-day congress here, more than 600 leaders of a national movement of young immigrants living in the country without legal papers voted to expand beyond their past demands for citizenship for young people, and to mobilize in support of a bill to legalize 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.The leaders of the United We Dream network, the largest organization of youths here illegally, decided to push President Obama and Congress next year for legislation to open a path to citizenship for them and their families. The move will increase pressure on...
  • Should the United Nations be Given the Power to Control the Internet?

    12/02/2012 6:28:25 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 24 replies
    Youtube ^ | Dec 2, 2012 | Youtube
    Exposing the UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Youtube:Should the United Nations be Given the Power to Control the Internet? Related Articles: UN to Seek Internet Kill Switch Next Month, Documents Show 15 November 2012 - The United Nations is drafting a plan to give a little-known UN agency control over the online world, including an Internet "kill switch."Secret UN Document Lays Out Plan to Seize Control of Internet16 November 2012 - A draft proposal of a document by the International Telecommunications Union lays out a plan for greater government control of the Internet.U.S. Reps. Introduce Resolution to Bar UN...
  • Man hit by vandals after helping Sandy cleanup [Okie gets New York welcome]

    12/02/2012 6:13:09 PM PST · by Incorrigible · 27 replies
    Local ABC News ^ | 12/2/2012 | Art McFarland
    Man hit by vandals after helping Sandy cleanup Art McFarland, 1202/2012HUNTINGTON (WABC) -- Paul Nosak, a tree-servicer owner says he had always dreamed of bringing his company to New York and making a difference. Nosak was part of a clean-up outside the Huntington Baptist Church, where several huge trees had fallen on the roof. A local tree service originally said that the removal of the trees would have to wait until January...Nosak then saw the damage as he passed through the neighborhood by chance. He then walked into the church to offer his immediate services...A team of eight workers joined...
  • Drug Bust Deadly for Coast Guard Crew near Santa Cruz Island

    12/02/2012 6:08:48 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 10 replies
    Noozhawk ^ | 12.02.2012 | Tom Bolton
    A U.S. Coast Guard crewman was killed and another was injured early Sunday when their boat was rammed as they attempted to apprehend suspected drug smugglers near Santa Cruz Island. The incident occurred as a small boat launched from the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut, based in Marina del Rey, was approaching a panga-type vessel suspected of illicit activities, said Coast Guard spokesman Adam Eggers. “When the Coast Guard small boat approached with its blue law enforcement light energized, the suspect vessel, identified to be a profile Mexican-style panga, maneuvered at a high rate of speed directly towards the Coast Guard...
  • Super Typhoon Bopha/Pablo Bears Down on Philippines (Now Cat 5)

    12/02/2012 6:06:21 PM PST · by SueRae · 55 replies
    Weather channel ^ | 12/02/12 | N/a
    Link only...can't get my gosh darned iPad to cooperate. The good news is that much of Palau was spared! Last minute turn indeed, thank you, God.
  • UK doctor testifies that under socialized medicine, sick babies are sent home to die

    12/02/2012 6:02:45 PM PST · by CaptainKrunch · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/30/2012 | Jessica Stanton
    A British physician’s disturbing testimony is shedding light on the increasingly common practice of National Health Service (NHS) hospitals sending sick or severely disabled newborn babies home or to hospices to die of starvation or dehydration.Newborn babies are being being placed on the Liverpool Care Pathway for end-of-life care, a system originally allotted and designed for elderly or terminally ill adults. That end-of-life care involves the removal of food and fluid tubes, a method which can take an average of ten days to result in death.The Daily Mail reports an investigation is being launched to determine “whether cash payments...
  • Emanuel Slams Netanyahu Over Support for Romney President Obama is not willing to accept

    12/02/2012 5:45:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    INN ^ | 12/2.12 | Elad Benari
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu over what is perceived as his public support of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the last election, Channel 2 News reported on Sunday. According to the report, Emanuel, a former White House Chief of Staff, said during a closed session at the Saban Forum in Washington that "Netanyahu supported the wrong candidate in the U.S. elections and lost." Emanuel also said that the White House expects that Netanyahu’s treatment of President Barack Obama will be different, especially at this time. He said the President was not willing to accept...
  • Muslim Brotherhood 'paying gangs to go out and rape women and beat men protesting in Egypt'

    12/02/2012 5:42:14 PM PST · by traumer · 26 replies
    Egypt's ruling party is paying gangs of thugs to sexually assault women protesting in Cairo's Tahrir Square against President Mohamed Morsi, activists said. They also said the Muslim Brotherhood is paying gangs to beat up men who are taking part in the latest round of protests, which followed a decree by President Morsi to give himself sweeping new powers. It comes as the Muslim Brotherhood co-ordinated a demonstration today in support of President Mohamed Morsi, who is rushing through a constitution to try to defuse opposition fury over his newly expanded powers. Just 24 hours earlier around 200,000 people gathered...
  • US Coast Guard member killed after drug boat rams ship

    12/02/2012 5:15:43 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 39 replies
    PORT OF HUENEME, Calif. (KABC) -- A member of the U.S. Coast Guard was killed in the line of duty when his boat was rammed by a drug smuggler's craft. Law enforcement sources told ABC News that the Coast Guard intercepted two boats - a pleasure craft and a small panga boat - near San Clemente Island in Santa Barbara County at about 1 a.m. Sunday. The panga, which was operated by Mexican Nationals, was carrying marijuana. According to initial reports, the Coast Guard took the pleasure craft into custody and detained two people on board. Then, the Coast Guard...
  • Starbucks says may pay more UK tax

    12/02/2012 5:11:57 PM PST · by granada · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Dec 2, 2012 | Tom Bergin
    Coffee chain Starbucks said it was considering changes to its UK tax practices, which allowed it to make billions in revenue while paying little in income taxes, following criticism from lawmakers, tax campaigners and the media. A Reuters examination of Starbucks accounts published in October showed the company had reported 13 years of losses at its UK unit, even as it told investors the operation was profitable and among the best performing of its overseas markets. The chain's UK unit paid no corporation tax - a tax on a company's income - in the last three years for which figures...
  • How Susan Rice Covered Up the Kenya Embassy Bombings 14 Years Before Benghazigate

    12/02/2012 5:05:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 12/2.12 | Daniel Greenfield
    Before you read this, keep in mind that all this is just unjustified racism because Susan Rice had nothing to do with any of it. Except for the parts that she had to do with. In the spring of 1998, Prudence Bushnell, the U.S. ambassador to Kenya, sent an emotional letter to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright begging for a more secure embassy in the face of mounting terrorist threats and a warning that she was the target of an assassination plot. The State Department had repeatedly denied her request, citing a lack of money. But that kind of response,...
  • Gun Talk Radio 12/2/12

    12/02/2012 5:05:24 PM PST · by mylife · 119 replies
    GunTalk Radio ^ | 12/2/12 | Tom Gresham
    ~~Come on in and shoot the breeze~~ Gun Talk Radio 12/2/12~~07:00 CST Listen to the podcast Here Or the KIDO 580 stream Here
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Berlin Airlift: Part 1 ~ December 3, 2012

    12/02/2012 5:01:15 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 86 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC
    Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do!   For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.   Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ~ Hall of Heroes ~ The Berlin Airlift Part 1:  The Beginning All info and photos from this website.             For the next four weeks, on Mondays, the Hall of the Heroes threads will be about the Berlin Airlift and its heroes.  I hope the story inspires you like it does me!  Thank you...
  • Web access battles brew before UN conference

    12/02/2012 4:58:02 PM PST · by Ron C. · 13 replies
    Google ^ | 11/27/12 | AP
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An upcoming U.N. gathering about Internet oversight is raising alarms from a broad coalition of critics, including the U.S., tech giants such as Google and rights groups, concerned that changes could lead to greater efforts to censor Web content and stifle innovation in cyberspace. Among the issues on the agenda at next month's meeting in Dubai are ideas to battle Internet spam and fraud. But also tucked into more than 1,300 proposals are potential hot-button items that opponents believe could be used by in places such as Iran and China to justify their crackdowns...
  • PICKET:(VIDEO) Amb. Rice and Sec. Clinton cat fight continues

    12/02/2012 4:50:34 PM PST · by paltz · 18 replies
    Washington Times Water Cooler ^ | 12/2/12 | Kerry Picket
    The Chicago Sun Times's report on Friday saying that if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to choose between U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and Senator John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, to succeed her, Clinton would likely opt for Senator Kerry: “Hillary is not close to Rice, who is tough — but is not the friendliest person,” said a top White House source. “And Hillary’s brief comment recently that Rice had done ‘a great job’ was considered underwhelming and tepid,” the source added. Apparently, if this report is accurate, Clinton and Rice have not mended fences since Clinton ran for the White...
  • (Tax-cheat Timmy) Geithner presses GOP, says no deficit deal unless tax rates rise on wealthy

    12/02/2012 4:45:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/02/12 | Meghashyam Mali
    Geithner presses GOP, says no deficit deal unless tax rates rise on wealthyBy Meghashyam Mali - 12/02/12 09:50 AM ET Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner sought to raise pressure on Republicans amid “fiscal cliff” talks, insisting Sunday that any deficit deal would need to raise tax rates on the wealthiest. “There's not going to be an agreement without rates going up,” said Geithner, who appeared on all Sunday morning shows, during an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union.” “If they are going to force higher rates on virtually all Americans because they're unwilling to let tax rates go up on...
  • Chicago library custodians (54) laid off

    12/02/2012 4:12:38 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/01/12 | Tim Sallinger
    Chicago library custodians laid offTim Sallinger WGN News 7:24 a.m. CST, December 1, 2012 CHICAGO— 54 custodians who clean Chicago libraries turned in their city ID's Friday. The city gave them pink slips earlier this month. Leaders of SEIU, which represents the workers, say they knew for a long time that the custodians would be laid off -- but they expected 90 days advance notice, and only found out this past week.
  • Japanese scientists develop humanoid to keep astronauts company

    12/02/2012 4:10:02 PM PST · by null and void · 40 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/2/12 | Julian Ryall
    Astronaut Koichi Wakata and an artist's impression of the robot Photo: EPA The 13-inch android is scheduled to be completed by next summer and will be sent to the orbiting ISS shortly before astronaut Koichi Wakata arrives, according to officials of the Kibo Robot Project. Currently being developed by a consortium of companies, including Toyota, Robo Garage Co. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the robot will weigh around 2.2lbs and be able to recognise Wakata's facial features. It will then have the ability to communicate with the astronaut in Japanese and take photographs during their stay on the...