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  • Caltech engineers invent light-focusing device

    12/13/2012 10:22:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Phys.org ^ | December 7, 2012 | NA
    EnlargeEngineers at Caltech have created a device (illustrated here) that can focus light into a point just a few nanometers (billionths of a meter) across -- an achievement they say may lead to next-generation applications in computing, communications, and imaging. Credit: Young-Hee Lee (Phys.org)—As technology advances, it tends to shrink. From cell phones to laptops—powered by increasingly faster and tinier processors—everything is getting thinner and sleeker. And now light beams are getting smaller, too. Engineers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have created a device that can focus light into a point just a few nanometers (billionths of a...
  • Google chairman Schmidt 'proud' of tax avoidance

    12/13/2012 10:20:59 PM PST · by Red Steel · 10 replies
    Computer Business Review ^ | 13 December 2012 | Steve Evans
    Search giant's tax reducing efforts are just 'capitalism' Eric Schmidt, chairman of search giant Google, has said his company's approach to corporation tax is just "capitalism" and that he is "very proud" of the structure in place. The company is one of many big organisations currently embroiled in arguments over what tax it pays. According to reports Google generated sales in the UK in 2011 of $4.1bn, around 11% of its total revenue. However it paid only £6m in corporation tax after using a variety of legal methods to reduce its payments. It was also recently revealed that Google shifted...
  • Andrea Mitchell: Women In Admin. "Very Angry" With Obama Over Susan Rice

    12/13/2012 10:14:22 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 59 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 13, 2012 | Andrea Mitchell
    ANDREA MITCHELL: A lot of Democrats are saying that the president did not show enough loyalty. A lot of women in the administration are very angry tonight, and I'm saying this at a very high level. Angry because they feel that she was not treated with respect, she was not given the support she needed and she was left to twist in the wind. RACHEL MADDOW: They're angry, with whom though? MITCHELL: Angry with the White House. And with the boss, with the president, for not be willing to fight this out. That he's backed down in the face of...
  • Vladimir Putin calls on Russian families to have three children

    12/13/2012 10:04:28 PM PST · by Red Steel · 22 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1:48PM GMT 12 Dec 2012 | Tom Parfitt, Moscow
    President Vladimir Putin has urged Russians to have at least three children as he said a resurgent nation should be a confident and “influential” power on the world stage. In a bullish state-of-the-nation address in Moscow on Wednesday, Mr Putin promised to smite corruption, create millions of new jobs and boost Russia’s military might while warning that foreign meddling in the country’s internal affairs was unacceptable. He claimed the country shared universal democratic values, adding: “Russian democracy is the power of the Russian people with their own traditions of national self-government, and not the realisation of standards foisted on us...
  • THE ARIZONA BILL OF RIGHTS CELEBRATION

    12/13/2012 9:48:22 PM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 6 replies
    Via Email | December 13, 2012 | Alan Korwin
    THE ARIZONA BILL OF RIGHTS CELEBRATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE ARIZONA STATE CAPITAL Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, starting at 10 a.m. [There will be no formal evening event as previously announced] 10:00 a.m. - Dedication of the Bill of Rights Monument at the Arizona State Capital THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE NATION THE BILL OF RIGHTS -- CARVED IN STONE -- UNVEILED THIS SATURDAY The complete Bill Of Rights will be read aloud from Stone Tablets! The monument will be unwrapped and unveiled Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, Bill of Rights Day, at 10 a.m. Do not miss...
  • Gingrich: 'Ambassador Rice misled the entire country'

    12/13/2012 9:47:38 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/13/2012 | Hannity
    Fmr. presidential candidate sounds off
  • UPDATE: Police make arrest following fight with Medal of Honor recipient

    12/13/2012 9:32:50 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 18 replies
    WKYT ^ | 12-12-12 | Phil Pendelton
    State police have made an arrest for a fight that injured a medal of honor recipient. Police arrested 18-year-old Kanissa'a Thompson, of Columbia, late Thursday afternoon. He is being charged with 2nd Degree Assault. Police say Thompson injured Dakota Meyer during a fight at a party in Adair county. Meyer was taken to the hospital, but was not seriously injured. (Original story follows below)
  • Hollywood Leftist Sean Penn Praises Hugo Chavez

    12/13/2012 9:21:37 PM PST · by Mozilla · 15 replies
    Ther Blaze ^ | 12/12/12 | Erica Ritz
    Hollywood leftist Sean Penn’s support of the belligerent socialist leader of Venezuela is well-known. Around this time last December a Venezuelan-raised actress called him out as a “communist a**hole” at an airport for his stance, but Penn has steadfastly supported the man who called President Bush “the devil” at the United Nations headquarters in 2006 and accused the United States of giving him cancer. Saying journalists who refer to Chavez as a “dictator” should be jailed (which should tell you a little something about how he understands freedom), Penn claimed in 2010: “Who do you know here who’s gone through...
  • ‘Shut Up!’ Neil Cavuto and Dem Rep. Battle it Out in Must See Interview

    12/13/2012 9:10:01 PM PST · by Mozilla · 27 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/13/12 | Becket Adams
    While discussing the looming “fiscal cliff” on Thursday, Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) had a rather unpleasant exchange of words: Cavuto repeatedly pressed Rep. Johnson for specifics on what Democrats would be willing to cut as part of a budget agreement. For her part, the Texas congresswoman insisted on focusing on “revenue generation.” “No, you told me things you’d do to raise taxes. That’s what you told me. Credits, allowances, that sort of stuff. That’s what you told me,” Cavuto said. “You’ve got to talk about revenue generation,” the congresswoman replied. “I know that, but...
  • Agenda 21 Radio Live Thread Thurs. 12/13/12 (9 - 10PM PT)

    12/13/2012 9:03:50 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 4 replies
    mysytv.com ^ | 12/13/12 | Paul Preston and Chriss Street
    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.comCall in questions and comments at 1-877-211-4525 or locally for Northern Californians in the Marysville, Yuba City, Chico area at 530-742-5555. Or e-mail Paul Preston at paul@edtalkradio.com
  • Old EV Batteries May Power Homes One Day

    12/13/2012 9:03:04 PM PST · by null and void · 20 replies
    Design News ^ | 12/12/2012   | Charles Murray
    Partially depleted Chevy Volt batteries might find new life one day in energy storage applications outside the vehicle, such as parceling out power to homes during blackouts. General Motors has entered a pilot program with the residential energy provider Duke Energy to put lithium-ion batteries to work in grid test demonstrations. To learn more about the concept's viability, Duke plans to use a module incorporating five Chevy Volt batteries. "Duke will look at the cost efficiencies and utility of the system to determine whether they can use it in more applications in the future," Kevin Kelly, a spokeman for GM,...
  • US police foil plot to kill, castrate Justin Bieber

    12/13/2012 9:02:15 PM PST · by Arthurio · 24 replies
    WASHINGTON—US police have foiled a plot to kill teen pop idol Justin Bieber and possibly castrate him with pruning shears, with the alleged killer promised $2,500 per testicle, legal documents revealed Thursday. Mark Staake, 41, and his nephew, Tanner Ruane, were arrested in Vermont and New York last month and face charges in New Mexico of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The pair were allegedly plotting to strangle two victims and castrate them with pruning shears, but a convicted killer who is serving life in prison told police that the “ultimate”...
  • Too fat to fight: Obesity is now leading cause of new recruits being rejected by U.S. Army

    12/13/2012 8:53:52 PM PST · by Mozilla · 14 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/13/12 | By Larisa Brown
    Obesity has become the leading cause of new recruits being rejected from the US Army as they struggle to meet fitness standards. And military officials have warned expanding waistlines in the warrior corps are causing a national security concern as the Army is being forced to dismiss a rising number of overweight soldiers. During the first 10 months of this year, the Army, under pressure to cut the number of troops, kicked out 1,625 soldiers for being out of shape - around 15 times the number discharged for that reason in 2007. Between 1998 and 2010, the number of active-duty...
  • Nicaragua Rewind: Ortega, same as the old boss?

    12/13/2012 8:52:27 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    globalpost.com ^ | December 12, 2012 | Tim Rogers
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Denis Obando’s short-lived rebellion against what he calls Nicaragua’s “totalitarian regime” has been swiftly beaten into submission. Obando, a popular mayor of the battered opposition Liberal Party, thought the Nov. 4 municipal election in his farming town of Nueva Guinea was his to lose. To the mayor’s surprise, and despite claiming he trounced the challenger from President Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista party, he lost. Obando and his followers — many of them former Contra fighters who battled the left-wing Sandinista government in the 1980s — challenged the official results. They pointed to copies of ballot tallies as proof...
  • Vestas may cut local workers' hours ( Under-employment insurance ? )

    12/13/2012 8:49:33 PM PST · by george76 · 1 replies
    Pueblo Chieftain, ^ | December 12, 2012 | DENNIS DARROW
    Vestas workers in Pueblo could face the same cut in work hours as their counterparts in Northern Colorado... Workers in Windsor and Brighton will see their work hours reduced to 32 hours from 40 hours starting in January. Part of the workers' lost wages will be covered by unemployment insurance under a work-share plan announced by the company and the state Department of Labor. ... Vestas and other wind energy companies are in the midst of a sharp slowdown in U.S. due to falling orders and also the scheduled expiration of a federal wind energy tax break. The wind energy...
  • 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...