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  • HSBC to Pay Record Fine in Money Laundering Case ($1.92bn)

    12/12/2012 5:05:37 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Dec. 12, 2012
    HSBC to Pay Record Fine in Money Laundering Case The U.S. Justice Department has filed court papers alleging felony criminal offenses against one of the world's largest banks, HSBC, in a New York federal court. HSBC announced earlier in the day that it has agreed to pay a record $1.92 billion fine to settle charges connected to a money laundering scheme in the United States. A U.S. Senate investigation published in July said HSBC had poor anti-money laundering controls in place and had shifted billions of dollars for Mexican drug lords, terrorists and governments under sanctions, including Iran and North...
  • Not Enough Liberal Bias in Loony Land

    12/12/2012 5:02:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    How could a liberal actually be upset with the liberal media for their coverage of the 2012 presidential election? Well, Daniel Froomkin of The Huffington Post (formerly of the Washington Post) is furious. His complaint carried the headline "How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign". What would that story be? Namely, the radical right-wing, off-the-rails lurch of the Republican Party, both in terms of its agenda and its relationship to the truth. Head Scratch Time. Who in the media didn't identify the Grand Old Party as burdened, infected and/or poisoned by their conservatives?...
  • Suburban supporters cheer concealed carry ruling; opponents want appeal(IL)

    12/12/2012 5:00:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    dailyherald.com ^ | 11 December, 2012 | Mike Riopell
    With a federal court ruling Tuesday possibly paving the way for those in Illinois to carry concealed weapons, some suburban officials are pushing to overturn the decision while others are now figuring out how a new law would work. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday in a 2-1 opinion that state lawmakers have 180 days to write a new law that legalizes concealed carry in Illinois. State Rep. Ed Sullivan, a Mundelein Republican, called the ruling “historic” and said now the sides have to negotiate what kinds of fees, training and restrictions a concealed carry law in Illinois...
  • The Internet Is a Dud

    12/12/2012 4:54:14 AM PST · by dennisw · 15 replies
    dailyreckoning ^ | Dec 11th | Bill Bonner
    - Daily Reckoning - http://dailyreckoning.com - The Internet Is a DudPosted By Bill Bonner On December 11, 2012 @ 4:38 pm The world today looks almost identical to the world of the 1960s because there have been very few important innovations since then. But you will leap to reply — the internet! Alas, electronic technology does not seem to noticeably increase output of stuff. The Internet affects our quality of life in many ways, but not our standard of living.The Internet was more or less fully built out in the US in the year 2000. All of a sudden, knowledge...
  • Campus Carry Bill Back On Tap For 2013 Session(NV)

    12/12/2012 4:52:35 AM PST · by marktwain
    carsonnow.org ^ | 11 December, 2012 | Sean Whaley
    CARSON CITY – A newly elected Republican state lawmaker plans to push forward with a bill next session to allow students and others with permits to carry concealed weapons on the campuses of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, R- Las Vegas, elected to Assembly District 4 in November, has submitted a bill draft request to prepare a measure for consideration in the 2013 legislative session. The one-line description for the request says: “Authorizes the possession of a concealed firearm on property of the Nevada System of Higher Education under certain circumstances.” Fiore, a lifetime member of...
  • Government Gone Bad

    12/12/2012 4:51:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2012 | John Stossel
    Politicians claim they make our lives better by passing laws. But laws rarely improve life. They go wrong. Unintended consequences are inevitable. Most voters don't pay enough attention to notice. They read headlines. They watch the Rose Garden signing ceremonies and hear the pundits declare that progress was made. Bipartisanship! Something got done. We assume a problem was solved. Intuition tells us that government is in the problem-solving business, and so the more laws passed, the better off we are. The possibility that fewer laws could leave us better off is hard to grasp. Kids visiting Washington don't ask their...
  • Bill & wife speak ‘out’ (Hail her past as lesbian pioneer)

    12/12/2012 4:22:44 AM PST · by Liz · 36 replies
    NY POST ^ | 12/11/12 | LAUREL BABCOCK and CARL CAMPANILE
    Chirlane McCray and husband, NY Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, a mayoral candidate, respond to her declaration in 1979 Essence magazine, “I am a lesbian.” McCray said, “I’m going to use this as a platform to go out and do a lot of good.” Asked if she was no longer a lesbian, McCray said, “Sexuality is a fluid thing and it’s personal. I don’t even understand the question, quite frankly.” A top aide to Mayor Bloomberg applauded the couple. De Blasio insisted he wasn’t exploiting the issue for political gain. “We’re very proud of who we are. We want to...
  • Let’s Just Call the Bush Tax Rates a Subsidy

    12/12/2012 4:12:05 AM PST · by IbJensen · 10 replies
    Red State ^ | 12/11/2012 | Daniel Horowitz
    Listening to the self-righteous protestations of the class warriors, one would come away with the impression that the rich don’t pay any taxes. In fact, the top 1% of tax filers paid 37.4% of all federal income taxes in 2010; the top 2% paid almost 50%. Unfortunately, when it comes to real handouts for the rich, liberals are silent. In their dyslexic worldview, a tax cut is a handout and a handout is a tax cut. That is why both Democrats and Republicans are plotting to surreptitiously slip in a farm bill to the final negotiations over the tax rates....
  • Senate Democrats: Um, Let's "Postpone" Obamacare's Medical Device Tax

    12/12/2012 4:04:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Guy Benson
    What a pity.  If only someone had demonstrated the foresight to warn against the destructive consequences of Obamacare's medical device tax, they might have helped turn public sentiment sharply against the law prior to passage.  Oh, that's right, conservatives did -- and the American people rose up in opposition.  Now, the very actors who are most responsible for ignoring public demands and jamming through Obamacare are trying to "delay" or repeal a major element of their law, warning that it could stifle medical innovation and kill jobs.  Welcome to the party, guys.  You're about two years too late:   U.S....
  • "There Will Be Blood": Union Violence in the Age of Obama

    12/12/2012 3:54:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Not so many moons ago, President Obama urged us all to "make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds." He Who Heals advocated "a more civil and honest public discourse" in the wake of the January 2011 Tucson massacre. As usual, though, the White House has granted Big Labor bullies a permanent waiver from the lofty edicts it issues to everyone else. This week, menacing union goons unleashed threats, profanity and punches in Michigan, which is now poised to become a "right-to-work" state. Obama met the initial outbreak of...
  • Judge says crooked pol Monserrate is like Nixon — except he gets jail

    12/12/2012 3:47:02 AM PST · by Liz · 14 replies
    NY POST ^ | 12/12/12 | BRUCE GOLDING
    Federal Judge McMahon rejected Hiram Monserrate’s tearful plea to stay free so he could care for sick relatives. “You should have thought about them before (looting city tax dollars to finance his campaign).” Montserrate has to repay $79,000 tax dollars he connived while serving on the NY City Council w/ the rest to be paid by co-conspirator Javier Cardenas, who ratted out Monserrate. Monserrate steered $100,000 to Cardenas’ non-profit "Latino Initiative for Better Resources and Empowerment" which took a cut and laundered the rest for Monserrate’s failed 2006 state Senate bid. After sentencing, the convicted Democrat embraced the ex-girlfriend he...
  • Weekly job hours slashed below 30 as Obamacare kicks in

    12/12/2012 3:27:00 AM PST · by Jack023 · 35 replies
    NaturalNews.com ^ | 12/12/2012 | Mike Adams
    (NaturalNews) It is the ultimate example of how you reap what you sow: Huge numbers of American workers who voted for Obama are now seeing their own jobs slashed below 30 hours a week as employers desperately try to avoid "Obamacare bankruptcy." Obamacare mandates for businesses only apply to those working 30 hours a week or more, and while many businesses do not want to cut workers' hours, they are being forced to in order to stay afloat. This necessary action is causing businesses to lose money and become less competitive while at the same time destroying American jobs. Some...
  • Americans at risk from anti-terrorism law

    12/12/2012 3:08:15 AM PST · by Shane · 5 replies
    Renew America ^ | December 12, 2012 | Alan Caruba
    While Americans were going about their lives Wednesday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives voted for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), said to provide the government with great means to fight terrorism. One of its provisions would permit government law enforcement authorities to detain terror suspects without trial and thus eviscerate the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution that protect citizens "against unreasonable searches and seizures" and to ensure that "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on presentment or indictment of a grand jury..." with some exceptions. On December...
  • Fed set to expand its monetary stimulus

    12/12/2012 3:03:22 AM PST · by EBH · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/12/12 | Pedro Nicolaci da Costa
    Policymakers are also likely to repeat a pledge to keep buying bonds until the labor market outlook improves substantially. A drop in the jobless rate to 7.7 percent in November from 7.9 percent in October was driven by workers exiting the labor force, a fact certain to disappoint the Fed. "The economic environment seems ripe for those at the Fed who support continued accommodation," said Victor Li, professor at the Villanova School of Business and a former St. Louis Fed economist. As its last program of Treasury purchases, known as Operation Twist, draws to a close, officials look set to...
  • 7 Northeast states to sue EPA over methane

    12/12/2012 2:48:40 AM PST · by raybbr · 33 replies
    Seven Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states, including Connecticut, announced plans Tuesday to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying it is violating the Clean Air Act by failing to address methane emissions from oil and gas drilling, which has boomed in states such as Pennsylvania and West Virginia. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said in a news release Tuesday that the EPA is violating the Clean Air Act by failing to address the emissions. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, and the oil and gas industry is the largest source of emissions in this country. Other major sources come...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 12, 2012

    12/12/2012 2:48:19 AM PST · by sneakers · 12 replies
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  • Object seen in orbit after North Korea carries out controversial rocket launch

    12/12/2012 1:37:35 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | December 12, 2012 | Jethro Mullen
    Object seen in orbit after North Korea carries out controversial rocket launch By Jethro Mullen, CNN December 12, 2012 -- Updated 0907 GMT (1707 HKT) Hong Kong (CNN) -- North Korea surprised and angered the international community Wednesday by launching a long-range rocket that appeared to put a satellite in orbit, a breakthrough for the reclusive, nuclear-armed state. The North Korean regime said the rocket had successfully blasted off from a space center on its west coast and delivered a satellite into its intended orbit. The launch followed a botched attempt in April and came just days after Pyongyang suggested...
  • Gay weddings not the answer, David Cameron told

    12/12/2012 1:33:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:29PM GMT 11 Dec 2012 | Tim Ross
    David Cameron is imperilling the “entire political credibility” of the Conservative Party by supporting same-sex marriage, a Tory MP has said. Brian Binley accused the Prime Minister of chasing headlines instead of making responsible policies. …
  • Big Labor targets only non-union resort/casino in Las Vegas

    12/12/2012 1:28:50 AM PST · by Ron C. · 22 replies
    http://michellemalkin.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    These are pictures of the amazing Salute Our Troops event from the Venetian/Palazzo last weekend. I’ll tell you more about it in a moment. But first, a little about the place. The workforce at Sheldon Adelson’s Venetian/Palazzo resort and casino in Las Vegas is non-union. It’s the only right-to-work sanctuary amidst the Big Labor-locked hotel complexes on the Vegas strip. As such, the Venetian/Palazzo has been a perennial target for disruptive union goons who can’t stand to see a successfully run mega-business with happy employees — not one of whom is forced to work there or forced to fork over...
  • Privacy leaks are still rampant in kids’ apps, FTC reports

    12/12/2012 1:27:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    PC World ^ | Dec 10, 2012 11:50 AM | Jared Newman
    Parents beware: Many iPhone and Android apps designed for children are playing fast and loose with privacy, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC just released a survey on kids’ apps in Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store for Android. Of the 400 apps surveyed, 60 percent sent out the device ID, mainly to third-parties such as ad networks or analytics companies. …
  • Code for America unites techies, government

    12/12/2012 1:19:08 AM PST · by thecodont · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 8:29 p.m., Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | Ellen Lee
    A little more than a year ago, Prashant Singh was an engineer at Microsoft's Mountain View campus working on projects including Internet-connected televisions and the Xbox. But for the past year, his career has taken a civil service turn. The 31-year-old engineer spent 2012 designing a public transit tool and other technology for the city of Detroit. Through the San Francisco nonprofit Code for America, Singh took a sabbatical of sorts. As fellows of the effort nicknamed the "Peace Corps for geeks," Singh and 25 other techies fanned out for a year across the United States to help municipalities develop...
  • Number of jailed journalists sets global record

    12/12/2012 12:59:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Committee to Protect Journalists ^ | December 11, 2012 | (CPJ Staff/Sumit Galhotra)
    Imprisonment of journalists worldwide reached a record high in 2012, driven in part by the widespread use of charges of terrorism and other anti-state offenses against critical reporters and editors, the Committee to Protect Journalists has found. In its annual census of imprisoned journalists, CPJ identified 232 individuals behind bars on December 1, an increase of 53 over its 2011 tally. Large-scale imprisonments in Turkey, Iran, and China helped lift the global tally to its highest point since CPJ began conducting worldwide surveys in 1990, surpassing the previous record of 185 in 1996. The three nations, the world’s worst jailers...
  • Mali names new prime minister after 'quasi-coup'

    12/12/2012 12:58:52 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    France 24 ^ | 12/12/2012 | Charlène Pelé
    Mali’s interim president has named longtime public servant Django Cissoko as the country’s new prime minister, hours after the former prime minister was arrested and forced to resign by the soldiers who staged the March coup. Mali’s interim president Diouncounda Traore has appointed Django Cissoko, a former Secretary General of the West African nation’s presidency, as prime minister, Mali state television said on Tuesday. Cissoko will replace Cheick Modibo Diarra, who was forced to resign earlier in the day after he was arrested by soldiers who staged a coup in the Sahel nation in March. The presidential decree read on...
  • As census reveals over a million Britons were born to inter-racial relationships

    12/12/2012 12:37:12 AM PST · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11.12.2012 | Tanith Carey
    Whenever the moment comes when I have to choose the box on the Census that asks me to describe my national identity, my hand hovers over which one to tick. With my fair hair, pale skin and green eyes, I certainly look like I should be picking the category that says ‘White/British’. But by putting my mark in that square, I would not be doing justice to all that I am. Like more than one million people in Britain, according to data from the 2011 Census released yesterday, I am a member of the fastest-growing population group in this country:...
  • [Red] CHINA AIDS NORTH KOREA'S MISSILE GAINS

    12/12/2012 12:34:08 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    AFPC Missile Defense Briefing Report ^ | 12/7/2012 | Richard Harrison and Nicholas Grothaus, eds.
    The United Nations is looking into how North Korea managed to acquire large mobile launch platforms despite the international sanctions that have been levied against the Stalinist regime. The transporter vehicles have several uses, but can most notably be utilized as a mobile platform for launching ballistic missiles. Pyongyang formally unveiled the launchers at a military parade back in April. Illicit transfers from China, the DPRK's largest source of missile technology, are suspected; in late October, China admitted that one of its state-affiliated companies sold such platforms to Pyongyang for use in logging operations, under condition they not be used...
  • Decade that changed the face of the UK: in London less than half of the population is white British

    12/12/2012 12:19:01 AM PST · by Cronos · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11.12.2012 | Steve Doughty
    Nearly four million immigrants swelled the population of England and Wales over just ten years, the results of the national census revealed yesterday. The figures show 7.5million people who were born abroad were living here last year – of whom more than half have arrived since 2001. Census officials said they mean that more than 70 per cent of the record rise in the overall population over the past decade is produced by people who migrated into Britain. It said 13 per cent of people in the country, 7.5million, were born outside Britain. Of these, 3.8million arrived after 2001, including...
  • Privacy vs. Security: EU Eyes Massive Collection of Air Passenger Data

    12/12/2012 12:12:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 12/10/2012 | (acb)
    European parliamentarians next week are to debate a controversial draft law that would create massive national police databases of flight passengers entering or leaving the 27-nation European Union, including everything from addresses to meal preferences. The proposal for a “passenger name record” (PNR) would require airlines and booking agencies to hand over passenger data to national authorities, which would then routinely search for anything conspicuous. The data would be saved for five years and would include names, seat assignments, travel destinations, phone numbers, hired travel agencies and potential re-bookings, among other details. …
  • For the first time, fewer than half of us are married {UK}

    12/12/2012 12:08:12 AM PST · by Cronos · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11.12.2012 | Steve Doughty
    Fewer than half the population are now married, the census found for the first time It showed that the number of those over 16 who declare themselves to be married has dropped to 46.6 per cent. In the 2001 census the majority were still husbands or wives, at 50.9 per cent. The 46.6 per cent who were married compared with more than two thirds, 67 per cent, in 1971. Just over a third of the adult population, 34.6 per cent, was single, up from 30.1 per cent in 2001. The singles in the census include those in cohabiting relationships. Numbers...
  • Dems Ask For Delay To Obamacare Med Device Tax They Voted For In The First Place

    12/12/2012 12:04:59 AM PST · by Lmo56 · 18 replies
    Americans For Tax Reform ^ | 12/11 | John Kartch
    In a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid, 18 Democrat senators and senators-elect have asked for “a delay in the implementation” of the Obamacare medical device tax. Like most of the significant tax increases in Obamacare, the medical device tax is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2013, conveniently after the 2012 presidential election. Each of the 18 Democrat signatories voted for or supported Obamacare in the first place. And now they want a sweetheart exemption from one of its most onerous provisions. Even in Washington DC, that shows a lot of gall.
  • 'Khartoum allowing Iran to establish Red Sea base'

    12/11/2012 11:16:42 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 12/11/2012 04:43 | By JOANNA PARASZCZUK
    Sudanese rebel groups say Khartoum reaching secret agreement with Tehran to establish an Iranian military base. Photo: Davoud Poorsehat/Reuters Sudanese opposition groups accused Khartoum this week of reaching a secret agreement with Tehran to establish an Iranian military base on the Red Sea.Anti-government newspaper Hurriyat Sudan cited an unnamed opposition source on Monday as saying that the Sudanese government had struck a deal with Iran for building a base on the Sudanese coast. Related: IRGC leaders opposed to bilateral talks with US Egypt's Morsi imposes martial law for referendum Meanwhile, Sudanese rebel group The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said...
  • MCCARTHYISM? GOP SOURCE SAYS MAJORITY WHIP DRAFTED BOEHNER PURGE LIST

    12/11/2012 10:53:59 PM PST · by Fred · 80 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 121212 | Matthew Boyle
    A House GOP source has confirmed to Breitbart News that House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy was the one who drafted the secret criteria list House Speaker John Boehner used in his purge of conservatives from House committees. The source, someone with inside knowledge of how Boehner conducted the purge, told Breitbart News that McCarthy crafted the list, which included a scorecard of where several conservative members stood on certain votes. According to the source, it’s unclear at this time whether McCarthy made the list of his own accord or if he did so at the request of somebody else in...
  • Inside the Boehner-Ryan Alliance

    12/11/2012 10:24:31 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 12-12-2012 | Robert Costa
    December 12, 2012 Inside the Boehner-Ryan Alliance Robert Costa Paul Ryan spent the summer and fall in the national spotlight, but this winter he’s a subdued presence. He’s rarely granting interviews, and his public appearances have been scattered, with the most high profile a speech at the Kemp Foundation dinner. His closest friends say that he wants to return to his work quietly, and that he’s uninterested in playing a prominent role in the fiscal-cliff debate, even though he’s the GOP’s reigning budget expert. “His speech at the Kemp dinner, where he spoke with Marco Rubio, showed a willingness to...
  • Dutch Jews Slam Sale of Debris From Nazi Camps

    12/11/2012 10:11:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | December 11, 2012
    The Dutch Central Jewish Board condemned two recent incidents involving the sale by museums of debris from Nazi concentration camps. On Sunday, the board issued a statement slamming the sale of debris from Camp Vught, which was a transit camp for Jews located in the southern Netherlands. “It is wholly inappropriate to abuse signs of horror and inhumanity for commercial purposes,” the board said in a statement. Camp Vught, a national memorial monument and museum, reportedly offered visitors the chance to buy wooden figures prepared from wood recovered from the camp’s barrack 1B. Omroep Brabant, a local television station, reported...
  • Welcome to the Salazar Wilderness

    12/11/2012 10:10:21 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 10, 2012 | MICHAEL MORITZ
    Shame on the Interior Department for trying to drum a family-owned enterprise out of business. After a seaside area has been designated as wilderness, when is it considered pristine enough by Washington's standards? Is it after airplanes have been banned from flying over it? After electricity pylons and telephone cables have been removed, cars and bikers prohibited, the roads torn up? When hikers are forbidden access to trails, and kayakers, sailors and snorkelers banished from the water? When eucalyptus trees and other foreign species are eradicated? Or only after Miwok Indians' arrowheads have been excavated and placed in a museum?...
  • America now recognizes Syria’s opposition as the legitimate representative of the Syria people

    12/11/2012 10:06:13 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9:21 pm on December 11, 2012 | Allahpundit
    This is being sold as a morale booster for Syria’s rebels as they press in to Damascus, but it’s really O’s way of justifying deeper U.S. intervention going forward as the country falls to pieces. See, it’s okay to get involved because there are now pro-western moderate Syrian leaders running the show n’ stuff: “We’ve made a decision that the Syrian Opposition Coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the Syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the Syrian people in opposition to the Assad regime,” Obama said… “Obviously, with that recognition...
  • POLL to FREEP: Illinois’ ban on carrying concealed weapons was struck down. Agree or disagree

    12/11/2012 9:55:27 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 17 replies
    State Journal Register ^ | December 11, 2012 | steelers6
    The poll is about 1/3 page down on the right column. A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down Illinois’ ban on carrying concealed weapons. Do you agree or disagree with the court’s decision paving the way for legalized concealed carry in the state? Thank you for your vote. Agree 100% Disagree 0% Total votes: 4
  • Goodbye, fluorescent light bulbs: New lighting technology won't flicker, shatter or burn out

    12/11/2012 9:51:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies
    Phys.org ^ | December 3, 2012 | NA
    EnlargeWake Forest University physics professor David Carroll works with graduate student Greg Smith on new FIPEL lighting technology. Credit: Ken Bennett, Wake Forest University photographer Say goodbye to that annoying buzz created by overhead fluorescent light bulbs in your office. Scientists at Wake Forest University have developed a flicker-free, shatterproof alternative for large-scale lighting. The lighting, based on field-induced polymer electroluminescent (FIPEL) technology, also gives off soft, white light – not the yellowish glint from fluorescents or bluish tinge from LEDs."People often complain that fluorescent lights bother their eyes, and the hum from the fluorescent tubes irritates anyone sitting at...
  • Ravi Shankar, Indian Sitarist, Dies at 92

    12/11/2012 9:43:55 PM PST · by Borges · 39 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/11/12 | y ALLAN KOZINN
    Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitarist and composer whose collaborations with Western classical musicians as well as rock stars helped foster a worldwide appreciation of India’s traditional music, died Tuesday in a hospital near his home in Southern California. He was 92. Mr. Shankar had suffered from upper respiratory and heart ailments in the last year and underwent heart-valve replacement surgery last Thursday, his family said in a statement. Mr. Shankar, a soft-spoken, eloquent man whose performance style embodied a virtuosity that transcended musical languages, was trained in both Eastern and Western musical traditions. Although Western audiences were often mystified by...
  • Mexico: Rivera's plane hit with 'terrible' impact

    12/11/2012 9:34:36 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 62 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | Associated Press – 3 hrs ago | By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and PORFIRIO IBARRA RAMIREZ
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The plane carrying Mexican-American music superstar Jenni Rivera plunged almost vertically from more than 28,000 feet and hit the ground in a nose-dive at a speed that may have exceeded 600 miles per hour, Mexico's top transportation official said Tuesday. In the first detailed account of the moments leading up to the crash that killed Rivera and six other people, Secretary of Communications and Transportation Gerardo Ruiz Esparza told Radio Formula that the twin-engine turbojet hit the ground 1.2 miles from where it began falling. "The plane practically nose-dived," he said. "The impact must have been...
  • This Video Of Barney Frank In Bed With Arianna Huffington And Al Franken Is Completely Bananas

    12/11/2012 9:20:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 11, 2012 | Grace Wyler
    When Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank retires from Congress this month, the House of Representatives loses its first openly gay member and one of Washington's fiercest defenders of same-sex marriage. To give you a sense of how long Frank has been fighting the battle for gay rights, we found this old video of the 16-term Congressman's 1996 appearance on "Strange Bedfellows," a short-lived comedy sketch hosted by Al Franken and Arianna Huffington, back when she was still a Republican and he was just a liberal comedian.
  • Are Unions Completely Overrun by Radicals?

    12/11/2012 9:18:18 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 27 replies
    The New American ^ | 09 June 2010 | Raven Clabough
    The behavior of large unions like the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), indicate the power of the radicals and Marxists in the unions. Are Unions Completely Overrun by Radicals? The New American 09 June 2010 On yesterday’s episode of the O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly asked, “Is corruption seeping into America’s big unions?” Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer claimed, “The labor movement has always had its radicals and Marxists, but in America we’ve never had them take over the unions and become the dominating force.” However, in consideration of the behavior of large unions like the Service Employees International Union...
  • Agenda 21 Radio Live Thread Tue. 12/11/12 (9 - 10PM PT)

    12/11/2012 9:07:00 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 5 replies
    edtalkradio.com ^ | 12/11/12 | Paul Preston
    Agenda21Radio is hosted by Paul Preston and Chriss Street and airs Monday thru Friday from 9 to 10 PM Pacific Time on 1410AM Marysville, CA and is simulcast on MySYTV.com
  • We risk being like Norway if we quit EU, says Cameron: Britain will be “unable to influence laws”

    12/11/2012 8:49:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 02:56 EST, 11 December 2012 | Jason Groves
    Britain faces being “governed by fax” from Brussels and reduced to the standing of Norway if it leaves the European Union but stays in the single market, the Prime Minister said yesterday. At a lunch in Westminster, David Cameron insisted he did not want Britain to leave the EU. … He said: “I don’t want Britain to leave the EU. I think that we benefit crucially from the single market and I think it is worth understanding what leaving would involve. You can be like Norway, and you can have full access to the single market, but you have absolutely...
  • Report: Obama to Talk to Iran, Leave Israel in the Cold

    12/11/2012 8:49:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    INN ^ | 12/12/12 | Elad Benari
    U.S. President Barack Obama plans to soon propose to Iran that it negotiate directly with the Americans about its nuclear program, Channel 10 News reported on Tuesday. The report, which cited a senior American official, said that Obama's move was made without any coordination or consultation with Israel. According to the report, the Americans probably will allow a period of four to five months for negotiations with Tehran. If the talks fail, they may then resort to the military option. As well, Obama is planning to set preconditions for contacts with the Islamic Republic, including that it halt its uranium...
  • France's Jean-Marc Ayrault slams flight of the 'greedy rich' (Another liberal great idea fails!)

    12/11/2012 8:42:01 PM PST · by Route395 · 30 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/11/12 | Henry Samuel
    Jean-Marc Ayrault's outburst came after France's best-known actor, Gerard Dépardieu, took up legal residence in a small village just over the border in Belgium, alongside hundreds of other wealthy French nationals seeking lower taxes. "Those who are seeking exile abroad are not those who are scared of becoming poor," the prime minister declared after unveiling sweeping anti-poverty measures to help those hit by the economic crisis. These individuals are leaving "because they want to get even richer," he said. "We cannot fight poverty if those with the most, and sometimes with a lot, do not show solidarity and a bit...
  • White House declines to condemn union violence in Michigan

    12/11/2012 8:37:01 PM PST · by Qbert · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/11/2012 | Neil Munro
    White House spokesman Jay Carney declined to condemn the increasing violence and threats by union members in Michigan, merely telling reporters Tuesday that “the president believes in debate that’s civil.” When asked by a reporter about a claim by Michigan state Democrat that “there will be blood” should Republicans pass a union-choice law in Michigan, Carney professed ignorance and then downplayed the comment. “I haven’t see those comments, and I’m not sure they mean what someone interprets them to mean,” he said. The union violence, which included at least one televised assault on a journalist, followed an Obama rally in...
  • GAO hits Medicaid on waste

    12/11/2012 8:34:43 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/11/12 5:06 AM EST | By JENNIFER HABERKORN
    The Medicaid program has government employees and contractors doing some of the exact same work, which is wasting government time and money, according to a new Government Accountability Office report released Monday. Medicare, meanwhile, could better use data programmed into claims processing systems to stop fraud, GAO said in a separate report. GAO made the recommendations in reports requested by Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and others. The reports come as lawmakers are likely to look to both programs for potential savings in the fiscal cliff negotiations and are part of the constant effort on Capitol Hill to...
  • HHS Tells States It Will Not Fund Partial Medicaid Expansion

    12/11/2012 8:24:22 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    Kaiser health news ^ | Dec 10, 2012 | By Phil Galewitz and Mary Agnes Carey
    The Obama administration answered a key question from governors on Monday with a clear "no": States may not expand Medicaid only part of the way and still get the additional federal funding provided in the Affordable Care Act. The decision, announced by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a letter sent to governors, is significant because after the Supreme Court ruling in June made the Medicaid expansion optional, several states have floated the idea of a less generous expansion than called for in the federal health law. In a letter to governors, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, shown here...
  • Kurdistan leader vows to defend claims over disputed city

    12/11/2012 8:23:57 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe
    reuters.com ^ | December 10, 2012
    Iraqi Kurdistan's president vowed to protect Kurdish interests during a visit to the city of Kirkuk on Monday, in a show of defiance of Iraq's central government over disputed territory and oil. Tensions are running high between autonomous Kurdistan and Baghdad after both sent troops to reinforce areas along their disputed internal border, bringing them close to confrontation in their long-running feud. Dressed in military uniform and flanked by troops, Kurdistan's President Masoud Barzani visited Kurdish-controlled areas of Kirkuk, a city long seen as a flashpoint for Arab-Kurdish tensions after the U.S. military withdrawal a year ago. "Kurds, throughout history,...
  • Churches Face Challenge on Same-Sex Unions

    12/11/2012 8:21:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11 Dec 2012 | Tim Ross
    Churches could be sued by homosexual rights activists who want same-sex marriage, the Government has admitted.The Coalition yesterday announced new proposals to legalise same-sex weddings in churches, synagogues and other faith organisations that choose to opt in. The Church of England and the Church in Wales are to be explicitly banned by law from holding same-sex weddings under the Bill. Maria Miller, the equalities minister, promised that “watertight” protections would prevent religious organisations from being forced to conduct same-sex weddings against their wishes. However, she admitted that the Government was powerless to prevent campaigners bringing legal action against churches in...