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  • Computer users told to disable Java

    01/12/2013 1:29:28 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    Computer users told to disable Java Press Association – 16 hours ago Press Association - Computer owners in the US have been advised to temporarily disable Java software (AP) The US Department of Homeland Security has advised people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacking attacks. The recommendation came in an advisory which was issued following concerns raised by computer security experts. Experts believe hackers have found a flaw in Java's coding that creates an opening for criminal activity and other hi-tech mischief. Java is a widely used technical language that allows computer programmers...
  • Post Newtown: Time to Just Ban Everything?

    01/12/2013 1:13:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Steve Pauwels
    Perhaps the Christmas 2012 season was bloodier than normal — or perhaps December 14th’s particularly heinous Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in suburban Newtown, Connecticut only makes it seem so. In any case, lots of people died violently over several pre-holiday weeks. And, adding to the awfulness, the widespread reaction has been an exasperatingly predictable exercise in distraction and misdirection. Actually, to clarify: it’s the reaction to the Connecticut atrocity that’s been vocally wrongheaded. December’s other outbreaks of firearms carnage have, by comparison, been forgotten pretty quickly by the national press and commentariat. In case you don’t know, three days...
  • 19-year-old male confesses threat to burn home with Mom and Dad inside

    01/12/2013 12:50:20 PM PST · by qwertyz · 8 replies
    Fitzwilliam Notebook ^ | 1662 | Isaac Newton
    Another bright, young male with time on his hands, another violent fantasy. This time, however, the young man who was "threatning [sic] my father and mother Smith to burne [sic] them and the house over them" was stopped in time. An owner of a crossbow, the teen was a resident of Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth in Lincolnshire, England. Removed from King's School, Grantham, two years prior to the incident, the suspect is son of Hannah Ayscough and stepfather Rev. Barnabus Smith. The incident was recorded in the teen's diary which listed several violent episodes -- including an assault on another student with a...
  • Netanyahu Orders Arab Outpost Taken Down

    01/12/2013 12:48:32 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/1/13 | Gil Ronen
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ordered security forces to immediately evacuate the Arabs who have gathered in the area between Maale Adumim and Jerusalem, known as E1. To this end, the State said it would, on Saturday evening, request that the High Court of Justice rescind the injunction that it had issued, which is delaying the evacuation. Until the High Court responds to the State's motion, the Prime Minister has ordered the closure of access roads to the area in order to prevent gatherings. At this stage, the area has been declared a closed military zone and IDF forces have...
  • Section 8 Housing Voucher Distribution Canceled After Thousands Waiting In Line Get Out Of Control

    01/12/2013 12:47:26 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 32 replies
    Action News - ABC Affiliate WXYZ, Detroit, Michigan ^ | January 12, 2013 | Scripps Media, Inc
    TAYLOR, Mich. (WXYZ) - A chaotic scene erupted at the Taylor Human Services Center when the crowd waiting for a Section 8 housing voucher distribution got out of control. The center is located at Eureka and Lange Roads. That's on Eureka, between Beech Daly and Inkster. Police say thousands of people from all over the area were at the center. Many were homeless, single moms, or disabled. They were hoping to get help paying for their housing from the government. "There was elderly, disabled people, pregnant single women. They were here for help, to get their Section 8 vouchers. It...
  • Request to Drop Charges in Kelly Thomas Case Denied

    01/12/2013 12:45:51 PM PST · by redreno · 10 replies
    http://www.nbclosangeles.com ^ | Friday, Jan 11, 2013 | Updated 4:14 PM PST | By Olsen Ebright
    A judge has denied two Fullerton police officers' request to drop charges against them in the fatal beating of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man, according to court documents obtained by NBC4 on Friday. In a Jan. 4 decision (PDF), Orange County Superior Court Judge William R. Froeberg ruled there was enough "competent evidence to show the commission of a crime or the defendant's connection with it." According to the ruling, the judge didn't want to rule on whether or not reasonable force was used. Instead, that matter should be left to a jury, he wrote.
  • Revolutionary Language

    01/12/2013 12:37:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 11, 2013 | Charles M. Blow
    Listen closely. That sound you hear is the sound of a cultural paranoia by people who have lost their grip on the reins of power, and on reality, and who fear the worst is coming. And they are preparing for it, whatever it may be — a war, a revolution, an apocalypse. These extremists make sensible, reasonable gun control hard to discuss, let alone achieve in this country, because they skew the conversations away from common-sense solutions on which both rational gun owners and non-gun owners can agree. These people, a vocal minority, have extreme fears — gun confiscation, widespread...
  • Will the Air Force of the Future Be Capable of Flying?

    01/12/2013 12:10:30 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 43 replies
    The Foundry ^ | 11 Jan 12 | Michaela Bendikova
    “Among the most difficult challenges facing the Air Force is the need to modernize,” writes Michael Donley, the Secretary of the Air Force. Despite major engagements in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, and Libya since the end of the Cold War, the Air Force currently operates the oldest fleet it has ever had. Sadly, sequestration threatens the future of modernization plans, drives up operations and maintenance costs, and prevents the United States from building the Air Force that the country needs in the future. The Air Force fleet is often described as “geriatric” or “decrepit.” It is becoming inadequate to support U.S....
  • Conservatives Take Aim at Pork-laden $50 Billion Sandy Aid Bill

    01/12/2013 12:01:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 12 Jan 2013 10:24 AM | (Newsmax Wires)
    Conservatives are taking aim at the pork-laden $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package that Northeastern governors and lawmakers hope to push through the House this coming week. Too much of the aid will go to recovery efforts for past disasters and other projects unrelated to the late-October storm, they say. The bill includes $150 million for what the Commerce Department described as fisheries disasters in places as far afield as Alaska and Mississippi, and $50 million in subsidies for replanting trees on private land damaged by wildfires. … The objections have led senior House Republicans to assemble a $17 billion...
  • Hoekstra: Obama’s Afghan Drawdown Opens Door to Taliban, Al-Qaida

    01/12/2013 11:56:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 12 Jan 2013 11:29 AM | Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter
    President Barack Obama’s decision on Friday to speed up the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan “reopens the possibility of the Taliban to emerge as a major player,” former Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra tells Newsmax. “It is a signal to the Afghan people—he signaled to the Taliban, and he signaled to the American people—that the U.S. role, the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, is done,” Hoekstra, the former GOP chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee, tells Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview. “It may not be completed, but it is finished. The US will no longer be there primarily to...
  • Yet Another Scandal for Harry Reid?

    01/12/2013 11:44:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | Carol Platt Liebau
    New questions are being asked about the ethics of Sen. Harry Reid; a Utah businessman is alleging that his state's attorney general demanded $600,000 as a bribe to Reid in exchange for dismissal of a federal investigation. Certainly the allegations could be false, but it's worth noting this isn't the first time Reid's name has come up in connection with some pretty shady propositions.  Remember the shady, underpriced land deal?  Or the green energy conflict? There's so much there, pithily summed up by Investors Business Daily as follows: . . .shadowy years he ran the Nevada Gaming Commission, through his...
  • Teams from a US Army brigade heading to 35 African nations to beef up anti-terror training

    01/12/2013 11:39:32 AM PST · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Fox/AP ^ | 24 December 2012 (convenient time to report this)
    A U.S. Army brigade will begin sending small teams into as many as 35 African nations early next year, part of an intensifying Pentagon effort to train countries to battle extremists. The teams will be limited to training and equipping efforts, and won't be permitted to conduct military operations without specific, additional approval from the secretary of defense. The sharper focus on Africa by the U.S. comes against a backdrop of widespread insurgent violence across North Africa, and as the African Union and other nations discuss military intervention in northern Mali.
  • Sales of Guns Soar in U.S. as Nation Weighs Tougher Limits

    01/12/2013 11:33:59 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 61 replies
    As Washington focuses on what Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will propose next week to curb gun violence, gun and ammunition sales are spiking in the rest of the country as people rush to expand their arsenals in advance of any restrictions that might be imposed. People were crowded five deep at the tiny counter of a gun shop near Atlanta, where a pastor from Knoxville, Tenn., was among the customers who showed up in person after the store’s Web site halted sales because of low inventory. Emptying gun cases and bare shelves gave a picked-over feel to gun...
  • Eric Holder: Gun Owners Should ‘Cower’ in Shame Like Smokers

    01/12/2013 11:33:58 AM PST · by yoe · 77 replies
    Vision To America ^ | January 12, 2013
    The hot new video at MRCTV.org is 1995 footage of Attorney General Eric Holder, when he was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In his remarks before the Woman’s National Democratic Club, broadcast by CSPAN 2, Holder said people should be ashamed to own guns, just the way that cigarette smokes now “cower outside of buildings” to smoke. “What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way...
  • The latest U.S. foreclosure horror story: Curse of the zombie title

    01/12/2013 11:17:35 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 18 replies
    Financial Post ^ | Jan 10, 2013 10:22 AM ET | Michelle Conlin
    <p>COLUMBUS — Joseph Keller doesn’t expect he’ll live to see the end of 2013. He blames the house at 190 Avondale Avenue.</p> <p>Five years ago, Keller, 10 months behind on his mortgage payments, received notice of a foreclosure judgment from JP Morgan Chase. In a few weeks, the bank said, his three-story house with gray vinyl siding in Columbus, Ohio, would be put up for auction at a sheriff’s sale.</p>
  • Annals of the Art World, Division of Academic Foolishness (the art world is beyond satire)

    01/12/2013 11:17:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/12/2013 | Roger Kimball
    Years ago I read an amusing piece in the London Telegraph about an exhibition of Damien Hirst’s, er, art work at some glitzy Cork Street gallery. The man with the formaldehyde sharks had lots of exciting new bijoux to offer his public. One immortal opus consisted of a tray full of dirty coffee cups, overflowing ash trays, and the like. After the opening party, a diligent janitor, who I hope has gone on to a post as an art critic, tidied up the tray.Yep, out went the master’s work, all those carefully arranged cigarette butts and lipstick-smeared napkins, valued,...
  • It Looks Like Europe Is Going Off The Solar Energy Demand Cliff

    01/12/2013 11:14:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/12/2013 | Lisa Mahapatra
    Ever since the German government started subsidizing solar energy, demand for solar installations went up like clockwork, towards the end of each year.But recently released data from German regulators shows that number of solar installations in December 2012 was down 88% from the previous year.In fact, 2012 saw the lowest number of installations since 2008.And it still wasn't as low as the German government would have liked. The German government wants to cut back on solar energy installations because their whole drive to switch to renewable energy has ended being far more expensive that they thought it would be. Which...
  • Latest Ed Schultz Whopper: 'We've Never Had a Civilian Stop a Shooting'

    01/12/2013 11:07:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 01/12/2013 | Jack Coleman
    The hits keep coming from libtalker Ed Schultz, who's kicking off the new year on a roll. First week into 2013, Schultz insisted that Bill Clinton was never tried in the Senate after he was impeached by the House. Schultz followed with the laughable claim that gun laws in Chicago, a city with some of the nation's toughest restrictions on firearms, "don't even exist." (audio clip after page break) Schultz is tripling down on his ignorance, making an egregiously false claim on his radio show yesterday while talking about whether schools should allow teachers to arm themselves (h/t for embedded...
  • Philly newspaper union: Company threatens ‘liquidation’

    01/12/2013 11:05:40 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    Philly.com ^ | Thursday, January 10, 2013, 7:52 PM | DAVID GAMBACORTA
    WELL, THIS IS getting ugly. Interstate General Media, the parent company of the Daily News, the Inquirer and Philly.com, has threatened to "liquidate" the newspapers and their website if tentative contract agreements aren't reached with the company's 11 unions by next Friday. The grim ultimatum was delivered Thursday by Michael Lorenca, the media company's chief operating officer, according to Dan Gross, president of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia. Meanwhile, the company on Thursday simultaneously offered buyouts and an option for employees to switch to reduced work weeks. The Guild, which represents newsroom staffers, advertising-sales representatives and circulation-customer-service representatives, has...
  • Central Texas ammunition shortage hits record high

    01/12/2013 11:05:04 AM PST · by bgill · 26 replies
    KVUE ^ | Jan. 10, 2013 | Kris Betts
    For instance hollow-point bullets which used to sell at Central Texas Gun Works for $15 dollars a box 30 days ago -- now costs more than $30... "Anyone that's coming in, taking a concealed handgun class, we'll sell ammo to them. But we're not selling any ammo to any outside people," Cargill said.