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  • New Coal Technology Harnesses Energy Without Burning, Nears Pilot-Scale Development

    02/06/2013 6:25:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 43 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Feb. 6, 2013 | NA
    COLUMBUS, Ohio—A new form of clean coal technology reached an important milestone recently, with the successful operation of a research-scale combustion system at Ohio State University. The technology is now ready for testing at a larger scale. For 203 continuous hours, the Ohio State combustion unit produced heat from coal while capturing 99 percent of the carbon dioxide produced in the reaction. Liang-Shih Fan, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and director of Ohio State’s Clean Coal Research Laboratory, pioneered the technology called Coal-Direct Chemical Looping (CDCL), which chemically harnesses coal’s energy and efficiently contains the carbon dioxide produced before...
  • Why Far-Right Conservatives Hate Karl Rove

    02/06/2013 6:23:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 53 replies
    The Week ^ | 2/6/2013 | Keith Wagstaff
    The Architect's new creation — the Conservative Victory Project — is drawing howls of protests... from conservativesLast night, Karl Rove found himself in the unusual position of defending himself against fellow Republicans on Fox News. The issue? Whether or not his new initiative, the Conservative Victory Project, is taking direct aim at Tea Party candidates in favor of nominating more electable establishment moderates. The uproar started over the weekend when The New York Times painted the Conservative Victory Project as an attempt "to counter other organizations that have helped defeat establishment Republican candidates over the last two election cycles." The...
  • Will Rep. Paul Broun be Karl Rove's first 'unelectable' target?

    02/06/2013 6:17:26 PM PST · by Hoodat · 32 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 6, 2013 | Liz Marlantes
    Karl Rove may be trying to quell conservative concerns that his new political group is really an effort to crush the tea party. But actions will speak louder than words – and already, Mr. Rove's group may have a test case on its hands. Rove's Conservative Victory Project has a stated goal of making sure only electable candidates emerge victorious from GOP primaries. But he told Fox News Tuesday: "This is not tea party versus the establishment." So what is it? The campaign of Rep. Paul Broun (R) of Georgia, who on Wednesday filed paperwork to run for the seat...
  • Is Chris Christie Too Fat to Be President?

    02/06/2013 6:13:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    The Week ^ | February 6, 2013 | Marc Ambinder
    I think the answer is clear: no. I also think the question deserved to be asked. My own history with obesity is here, in all its gory glory. Fat stigma is an anathema to me, and I wish that we could ignore the issue entirely. We can't. And that means that the fat of Christie's will inevitably bleed over into the zone that perpetuates stigma and stereotypes. We have to find a way to judge Christie's weight in the context of what the job of being presidential entails, and then, at the same time rigorously segregate it from any other...
  • Fort Meade Army Base Shuts AAFES Burger King Due to Uncleanliness and Maggots

    02/06/2013 6:07:45 PM PST · by nckerr · 47 replies
    Fort Meade Official Facebook ^ | 2/6/2013 | Nathan Kerr
    BACKGROUND: Several complaints went viral over the past month when employees reported to the Command that AAFES was not cleaning and inspecting its soda machines properly leading to an infestation of maggots. Finally, some employees took pictures and posted. This prompted the Command to do an impromptu inspection and shut the doors. Here is their official statement earlier in the day: "Regarding the recent post about the AAFES Burger King: I met with AAFES Manager Jonathan Bright this morning. Mr. Bright assured me the area has been cleaned and that Veterinarian Services inspected and cleared the facility. Additionally, Command Sgt....
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ 07 February 2013

    02/06/2013 6:05:15 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 103 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ VEHICLE FIT Army Sgt. Woody, center, backs his M32 Bradley fighting vehicle into the cargo bay aboard a 105th Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster III after receiving instructions from Air Force Master Sgt. Krystopher Schwandt, right, on Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y., Sept. 19, 2012. Woody is assigned to the 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Regiment, and Schwandt, a loadmaster, is assigned to the 137th Airlift Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael OHalloran Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military...
  • Great Sign in Egypt

    02/06/2013 6:03:55 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 7 replies
    New in Tahrir: "Down with the American Democratic Party the ally of Morsi, down with Morsi the infiltrator of America.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 2-6-13

    02/06/2013 5:59:48 PM PST · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 2-6-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Will Deep-sea Mining Yield an Underwater Gold Rush?

    02/06/2013 5:52:26 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    National Geographic ^ | February 1, 2013 | Meghan Miner
    Will Deep-sea Mining Yield an Underwater Gold Rush? Some environmentalists say the lure of precious minerals threatens ocean life and local cultures. A mile beneath the ocean's waves waits a buried cache beyond any treasure hunter's wildest dreams: gold, copper, zinc, and other valuable minerals. Scientists have known about the bounty for decades, but only recently has rising demand for such commodities sparked interest in actually surfacing it. The treasure doesn't lie in the holds of sunken ships, but in natural mineral deposits that a handful of companies are poised to begin mining sometime in the next one to five...
  • Mitch McConnell Suspects Challenge Will Come From The Right (Will he accept Tokyo Rove's $$$?)

    02/06/2013 5:31:39 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    WFPL ^ | 2/1/13 | PHILLIP M. BAILEY
    In an interview with Yahoo News, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell admits he could face a tough primary challenge from the Tea Party in his home state of Kentucky. Since its inception the Tea Party has been critical of McConnell's leadership despite his efforts to make peace with the movement. The strife has increased in recent weeks, with over a dozen Tea Party groups in Kentucky warning that a primary challenger is forthcoming. McConnell says he doesn't have a sense of entitlement to the senate seat, and expects a vigorous campaign.
  • Obama seeks to reset relationship with Netanyahu

    02/06/2013 5:28:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 6, 2013 8:05 PM EST | Julie Pace
    After a long and chilly four years, Barack Obama hopes to reset his relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he makes his first trip to Israel as president this spring. Obama won’t be carrying any big new Mideast peace plans when he embarks on the trip, which will also include a stop in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, officials say. But repairing the relationship with Netanyahu, a key ally with whom Obama has often been at odds, could itself be a crucial step toward reopening a pathway to peace in the region. … Despite the deep ties between the...
  • Hawaii: Deeply Flawed Mental Health Bill to be Heard Friday

    02/06/2013 5:21:17 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 7 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 6, 2013 | Ammo Land Staff
    Charlotte, NC - Senate Bill 932 is scheduled to be heard THIS FRIDAY 2/at 1:35 p.m. in the State Capitol by the Senate Health (HTH) and Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs (PSM) committees. SB 932, introduced by state Senators Josh Green (D-3), Suzanne Chun Oakland (D-13), Clarence Nishihara (D-17), Russell Ruderman (D-2), and Maile Shimabukuro (D-21) is a terribly flawed mental health bill that must be defeated. Under this proposed legislation, Hawaiians would be subject to warrantless entry into their homes, warrantless seizure of their firearms and other weapons based solely on a mere “report” by a so-called “mental...
  • Seventy-Year-Old Basketball Coach Shoots, Kills Teen After Attempted Robbery Outside School

    02/06/2013 5:16:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    National Post ^ | Feb 6, 2013
    A 70-year-old high school basketball coach shot and killed one teenager and wounded a second as they attempted to rob him outside the school, Detroit police said. Ernest Robinson, an assistant girls’ basketball coach at Martin Luther King Jr. High School, was accosted by two males Friday evening while walking two members of the girls’ team outside King High, said Officer Cassandra Lewis, a police spokeswoman. “They announced a robbery, a struggled ensued and he pulled a weapon and fired,” said Lewis, who added that Robinson is a reserve police officer and licensed to carry a concealed pistol.
  • Immigration Law Enforcement Put On ICE By Obama

    02/06/2013 5:13:54 PM PST · by raptor22 · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 7, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Rule Of Law: A federal judge rules that border agents can proceed with a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of DHS directives ordering the agents to break the law — or have their careers threatened. When those charged with enforcing existing federal law on immigration have to sue their bosses to be allowed to do their jobs, it doesn't say much for the prospects of immigration reform being hammered out in Congress, allegedly a legislative priority of a president who picks when, how and if he'll enforce the law. On Friday, Federal Judge Reed O'Conner ruled that 10 Immigration and Customs...
  • Rove's 'No More Akins' Group Outrages Conservatives (Free Republic Mentioned)

    02/06/2013 5:13:47 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 142 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 2/4/13 | ELSPETH REEVE
    Karl Rove's American Crossroads has started a new group to make sure the 2014 Senate races produce zero Todd Akins. But it turns out some conservatives like Rove less than Akin. -snip- The Senate Conservatives Fund's Matt Hoskins told Politico the Crossroads group was the "Conservative Defeat Project." Free Republic posters mocked "Tokyo Rove." On Breitbart.com, Ben Shapiro called Rove and his cohorts, "The Bush insider team that helped lead to the rise of Barack Obama." RedState editor Erick Erickson said the Conservative Victory Project was sure to pick losers. "I dare say any candidate who gets this group’s support...
  • BREAKING: Obama to hand over drone documents ahead of Brennan hearing

    02/06/2013 5:11:09 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | 2-6-2013 | Lesa Jamsen
    BREAKING: Obama to hand over drone documents ahead of Hagel hearing Posted by CNN White House Producer Lesa Jansen Washington (CNN) - Amid new controversy over his administration's targeted killing of American citizens, President Barack Obama has yielded to demands from Congress to turn over to them classified Justice Department legal advice justifying the policy. The president's move comes on the eve of confirmation hearings Thursday for his CIA director-nominee John Brennan, and complaints from senators - including several Democrats - about secrecy surrounding the drone policy.
  • PSA: The guy at Broad and Vine dressed in a KKK robe is not in the KKK (Philly)

    02/06/2013 5:10:30 PM PST · by dirtboy · 20 replies
    Philly Metro ^ | 2/6/2013
    Those who may have noticed during their morning commute a man standing on the median of North Broad and Vine streets decked out in a white robe and pointed hood can rest assured – he's in no way a member of the Ku Klux Klan. "I'm protesting black-on-black murder," said Sixx King, who is himself black. [snip] "I'm making a stance that the number of African Americans killed have surpassed the number of victims in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars," he said. "And African Americans have killed more of their own people than the KKK." He waved a sign emblazoned...
  • White House OKs Drone Strikes On American Suspects Abroad

    02/06/2013 5:08:21 PM PST · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 6, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Drone Wars: A government memo concludes the U.S. can order the killing of American citizens believed to be tied to al-Qaida, with the White House acting as judge, jury and executioner. Gee, what about due process? Those of us who remember the condemnation and scorn heaped on President George W. Bush by liberals and civil libertarians for his post-9/11 security measures are bemused by the Obama administration's official declaration of the right to kill Americans abroad through the use of drone strikes. And it's based on the idea that a single White House official can decide whether the individual in...
  • North Korea Video Shows US City in Flames After Missile Attack

    02/06/2013 5:03:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Guardian ^ | Tuesday 5 February 2013 | Justin McCurry
    YouTube video shows city ablaze in scenes reminiscent of 9/11, as South Korea claims nuclear test imminent in PyongyangIt begins benignly enough, with an image of a sleeping young North Korean man, and a genteel piano version of the US feel-good pop anthem We Are the World providing the musical backdrop. But the YouTube video recently posted by Uriminzokkiri, North Korea's official website, quickly takes a more sinister turn as the man's dream continues into the realms of Stalinist fantasy. Within seconds he is aboard a space shuttle, launched into orbit by the same type of rocket the North successfully...
  • Op-Ed: Europe, Stop Supporting Israeli Extremists!

    02/06/2013 5:01:35 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/2/13 | Ron Torossian
    When the world isn’t killing the Jews, it spends way too much time worrying about the State of Israel. The latest news comes courtesy of a new report by NGO Monitor which published a report titled "NGO Reports to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits in 2012". It is simply flabbergasting to read and discover that European foreign governments are so involved in funding the far-left in Israel. At least thirteen political advocacy non-governmental organizations were funded by Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, and the Netherlands at a total tune of 21,671,115 NIS! The money was received primarily by organizations who are very...