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  • More Babies, Please

    12/13/2012 8:44:42 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 1, 2012 | ROSS DOUTHAT
    IN the eternally recurring debates about whether some rival great power will knock the United States off its global perch, there has always been one excellent reason to bet on a second American century: We have more babies than the competition. It’s a near-universal law that modernity reduces fertility. But compared with the swiftly aging nations of East Asia and Western Europe, the American birthrate has proved consistently resilient, hovering around the level required to keep a population stable or growing over the long run. America’s demographic edge has a variety of sources: our famous religiosity, our vast interior and...
  • Did Fried Brain Cells Bag John McAfee?

    12/13/2012 8:44:36 PM PST · by null and void · 2 replies
    Dice ^ | Dec 7, 2012 | Dawn Kawamoto
    How is it possible that John McAfee–John McAfee, the pioneer in protection against hacking, for goodness sake–was tracked down in Guatemala by a hack so simple it doesn’t really deserve to be called a hack? First, Vice magazine posted a picture of McAfee snapped by an iPhone-bearing staffer who was visiting the fugitive. Then, the enterprising Twitter user Simple Nomad downloaded the photo and extracted the metadata from special headers, EXIF tags, embedded in most digital images. Based on longitude and latitude, the type of device used, and sometimes even the name of its owner, the metadata can reveal precisely...
  • Lawmakers Say Military Suicides are Reason to Look at Gun Ownership

    12/13/2012 8:39:42 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-13-2012 | Bridget Johnson
    December 13, 2013 Lawmakers Say Military Suicides are Reason to Look at Gun Ownership Bridget Johnson The Army today released its updated suicide data through the end of November: 177 potential active-duty suicides; 113 of these confirmed as suicides and 64 under investigation. In 2011, there were 165 Army suicides. With other branches of the Armed Forces, the Army has multiple programs under way in an effort to reduce these statistics, from crisis counseling to suicide prevention training for families. But some lawmakers see this tragic trend as reason to pinpoint gun ownership in the defense authorization bill that headed...
  • GOP Lawyer: Republicans Must End Cronyism of 'Little White Boy Consultants'

    12/13/2012 8:36:49 PM PST · by chessplayer · 16 replies
    “Until Chairman Priebus and other GOP leaders focus on rooting out the greed, cronyism, and corruption of the ‘little white boy’ consultants who make millions of dollars, year in and year out, and yet lose elections—and until there is real accountability and transparency to donors to ensure that integrity is restored to GOP circles—none of these initiatives will matter,” said Cleta Mitchell.
  • Russia Nears a Milestone

    12/13/2012 8:36:12 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5 December 2012 | LUKAS I. ALPERT
    MOSCOW—Russia is on target to register its first natural population growth since the fall of the Soviet Union, with a slightly higher number of births than deaths being recorded so far this year, the labor minister said Wednesday. Through the end of October, Russia had recorded 790 more births than deaths—a minute advance, but one that could mark a potential turning point in a troubling demographic trend that has seen the country's population on the decline since the early 1990s. "Cumulative natural growth was recorded from the start of the year for the first time in many years," Labor Minister...
  • Gambling With Kurdistan And Checking Baghdad

    12/13/2012 8:34:50 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe
    aina.org ^ | December 14, 2012 | Denise Natali
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's deployment of special Tigris Forces to Iraq's disputed territories has renewed concerns about armed conflict between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). For many, Maliki's actions have violated the constitution, provoked Erbil and further threatened Iraqi state stability. Yet, the source of the problem is not entirely in Baghdad. Since 2003, KRG officials have engaged in what Arab Iraqis consider as their own "Illegal, unconstitutional and provocative" actions: unilaterally moving the Kurdish militia (Peshmerga) into disputed lands, signing oil contracts in contentious areas and bringing the Kurdish north into regional power struggles. These actions...
  • Thank you for flying Soviet airline

    12/13/2012 8:26:18 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 13 December 2012 | Leon Watson
    The CCCP on this plane's tail refers to Russia's former regime, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Sat rusting away in a field 555 miles east of Moscow, these relics are all that's left of a bygone era of Soviet innovation in military and civilian aircraft. Among them are some of the former Communist regime's greatest achievements in air travel, that have since been superseded many times and rendered redundant. Nine thousand of the hulking Cold War wrecks can be seen at the vast plane and helicopter graveyard at Russia's largest aviation museum in Ulyanovsk, in the Middle Volga region.
  • Repair damaged eyes with stem cell discs

    12/13/2012 8:25:58 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Futurity ^ | December 11, 2012 | Amy Stone-Sheffield
    U. SHEFFIELD (UK) — Engineers have developed a new technique to graft a biodegradable disc loaded with stem cells onto damaged eyes.The team at the University of Sheffield describes the method, which involves producing membranes to assist with grafting, in the journal Acta Biomaterialia. The goal is to treat damage to the cornea, the transparent layer on the front of the eye, which is one of the major causes of blindness in the world.Using a combination of techniques known as microstereolithography and electrospinning, the researchers made a disc of biodegradable material that can be fixed over the cornea. The disc...
  • High tides bring S.F. Bay Area flooding

    12/13/2012 8:25:20 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 13, 2012 | Will Kane
    Susan Schwartz already drives a Prius and has solar panels on her home. But the 69-year-old Berkeley woman still doesn't think she's doing enough to stop global warming. On Thursday and Friday, Schwartz will join hundreds of other Bay Area residents to document the spectacularly high tides lapping at shores and seawalls across the region. The tides aren't new - they happen every year - but this week a coalition of government and nonprofit advocates hopes the photos will draw attention to the rising seas. The photos of the king tides will be collected online on Twitter, Facebook and Flickr...
  • Amtrak to replace high-speed Acela trains

    12/13/2012 8:23:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    CNN Money ^ | December 13, 2012: 3:21 PM ET | James O’Toole
    Amtrak announced plans Thursday to replace its fleet of high-speed trains on the East Coast. The railroad said that early next year, it would begin the process of replacing its 20 existing Acela Express train sets, which run on the Northeast Corridor rail line between Boston and Washington, DC. … Amtrak said Thursday that it had scrapped a previous plan to add 40 new passenger cars to the existing fleet, deeming it too expensive and “insufficient to handle new ridership growth projections.” …
  • Former Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger: 'I love paying my taxes!'

    12/13/2012 8:13:41 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 16 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Dec 13 2012 | Sacramento Bee
    Don't expect to hear much grumbling from former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger when his post-Proposition 30 tax bill arrives. "I always tell my accountant, If you're in doubt about taxes, pay more," Schwarzenegger told Esquire magazine. "No Cayman Island offshore investments. No gimmicks. I love paying my taxes!"
  • Republicans must get real on foreign policy

    12/13/2012 7:46:55 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 28 replies
    The Week ^ | Dec 12 2012 | Daniel Lareson
    Republicans are slowly recovering from their crushing defeat in the presidential election, and are now weighing possible changes that the party clearly needs to make to regain the public's trust after losing their third national election in the last six years. (2010 was the lone bright spot.) But despite the broad soul-searching, most of the GOP's high-profile national leaders have so far failed to address the party's continued weakness on foreign policy and national security, which remains a major liability. The exceptions to this have been Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who have both hinted...
  • Texas teaching 'Allah is the Almighty God'

    12/13/2012 7:46:25 PM PST · by wesagain · 84 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 13, 2012 | John Griffing
    In the 70 percent of Texas public schools where a private curriculum has been installed, students are learning the “fact” that “Allah is the Almighty God,” charge critics of a new online curriculum that already is facing condemnation for its secrecy and restrictions on oversight. The program, called CSCOPE, is a private venture operating under the umbrella of the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, whose incorporation documents state its independence from the State Board of Education of the Texas Education Agency. Other reports previously have raised alarm over the curriculum’s depiction of the Boston Tea Party as a terrorist...
  • Details of Oregon mall shooter paint a mixed picture

    12/13/2012 7:40:57 PM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    csmonitor.com ^ | 13 December, 2012 | Rachel La Corte, Associated Press, Steven Dubois, Associated Press
    Court documents show Tami Roberts misappropriated $18,000 that Jacob Roberts received in an inheritance from his grandmother when he was a young teen. She said that was not the reason for the estrangement.
  • CAIR-Michigan Goes After the U.S. Constitution

    12/13/2012 7:32:54 PM PST · by wesagain · 8 replies
    RadicalIslam.org ^ | December 13, 2012 | Clare Lopez
    There they go again. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has just put out an Action Alert that takes direct aim at the Constitution of the United States. At issue is the Michigan state legislature’s House Bill No. 4769, which looks likely to pass in coming days. Quite simply, that bill states that no foreign law may take precedence over American law or Michigan state law in a Michigan court room. The key provision of the bill is Section 2, which says: “A court, arbitrator, administrative agency, or other adjudicative, mediation, or enforcement authority shall not enforce a foreign law...
  • Missing 12 year old implicated in purse snatch, car theft (Video at link, elderly victim)

    12/13/2012 7:08:58 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 21 replies
    WRCB TV ^ | Dec 13, 2012 | Paul Shahen
    ROSSVILLE, GA (WRCB) -- A Rossville grandmother says someone swiped her purse and stole her car as she shopped at a local Bi-Lo grocery store. Her car has been returned, and police say the suspect is a 12-year-old runaway. "When they got my purse, I just thought my purse was gone, I went out to get my car and my car was gone," said 86-year-old Tiny Alice Cox. Cox, a working woman, turned her back for a split second while shopping at the Rossville Bi-Lo. That's all it took for the suspect to snatch her purse right out of her...
  • ABC News Zimmerman Video Re-Visited ... Agenda Become More Clear

    12/13/2012 7:07:59 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 37 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 13, 2012 | Sundance
    As you may remember, on March 29th we were reviewing another “exclusive” ABC release of George Zimmerman at Sanford Police Dept, when we noticed something odd, the video was/is actually a recording of a monitor. Initially we thought that meant it was not an official release. We were wrong. ABC was given a digital Hi-def copy from the outset.We now know that ABC was the first to possess a digital copy of the actual CCTV recording. But they chose instead to use a lesser quality, and far lower definition, video. (This is what they aired) Here’s the story: On March...
  • Stem cell 'sticky spots' recreated by scientists

    12/13/2012 6:51:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 1 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | December 13, 2012 | NA
    Randomly distributed sticky spots which are integral to the development of stem cells by maximising adhesion and acting as internal scaffolding have been artificially recreated by experts from the University of Sheffield for the first time. Using synthetic foam type materials to mimic the natural process – known as the extracellular matrix or ECM – scientists, from the University of Sheffield and University of California San Diego, created the random stickiness required for stem cells to properly adhere. The findings will better inform researchers across the world of how to make their biomaterials appropriately sticky for stem cells to grow....
  • NBC's Chuck Todd: Susan Rice 'victim' of conservative 'advocacy media'

    12/13/2012 6:44:59 PM PST · by kristinn · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Dylan Byers
    NBC News White House correspondent Chuck Todd today called U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice a "victim" of conservative "advocacy media" while addressing her decision to withdraw from consideration for secretary of state. "She became victim of the attacks. ... and it was all driven, in many cases, by conservative outlets who were making her the center of the Benghazi story," Todd told MSNBC's Martin Bashir. "There were legitimate questions to ask about the Benghazi story, but the idea that she belonged in the center of those attacks never made a lot of sense. She sort of became a victim of this....
  • State Dept: Clinton may not testify on Benghazi next week

    12/13/2012 6:33:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 12/13/12 | Josh Rogin
    The House and Senate foreign relations committees have already announced that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on Benghazi next week, but the State Department said today that´s not a done deal. Moreover, the State Department may not even share the report of its own internal review on Benghazi with Congress, a top State Department official said today. Congress expects Clinton to testify Dec. 20 about the results of the Accountability Review Board, State´s internal review on the events leading up to and during the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi