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  • Washington Turns Science to Science Fiction

    02/16/2013 12:34:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Rich Tucker
    “If you build it,” an Iowa corn farmer was told in the movie Field of Dreams, “they will come.” That worked out so well for all concerned that the federal government is reviving the approach, with some slight edits. “If we mandate it, the science will come,” seems to be Washington’s motto. Instead, government has ended up replacing science with, well, fiction. Consider the push for renewable fuels. It’s easy to see why lawmakers would want to encourage Americans to grow energy rather than dig it out of the ground. But in their eagerness to create an industry, lawmakers...
  • Opportunity for All

    02/16/2013 12:16:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Ed Feulner
    Is America in decline? An honest review of the state of the union would show spiraling budget deficits, uncontrolled growth in government spending, and persistently high unemployment levels. The impression of a once-great nation in eclipse is all too plain. But it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s not that these problems aren’t real, or don’t pose serious challenges. They do. But those who insist that our best days are behind us don’t have history on their side. Though all kinds of setbacks, from civil wars to great depressions, the United States has always waged a valiant struggle and...
  • Air Force confirms Russian jets circled US territory of Guam

    02/16/2013 12:07:17 PM PST · by topher · 33 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2-16-2013 | FoxNews.com [author]
    <p>The Air Force confirms that two Russian bombers on Tuesday circled the U.S. island territory of Guam, prompting U.S. jets to scramble and respond.</p> <p>Two U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter aircraft, operating out of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, intercepted the Russian Tu-95 bomber aircrafts, which left in a northbound direction, said military spokeswoman Capt. Kim Bender.</p>
  • WNY suffering from loss of doctors

    02/16/2013 11:47:27 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Buffalo Business ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | Tracey Drury
    New York needs more than 1,200 physicians across the state, especially in rural areas, and the shortage is only expected to get worse if the state is to meet the federal health reform requirements. That’s the gist of a new report by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), which Wednesday released the results of its 2012 physician advocacy survey, Doctor Shortage: Condition Critical. Not including New York City, the state will need 1,200 new physicians, with nearly a third of the demand coming for primary care doctors. That’s up from 2011, when the report said 18 percent the...
  • Russian meteorite blast explained: Fireball explosion, not meteor shower (maps)

    02/16/2013 11:40:13 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 80 replies
    rt.com/news ^ | Edited: 16 February, 2013, 18:34
    A Russian policeman works near an ice hole, said by the Interior Ministry department for Chelyabinsk region to be the point of impact of a meteor seen earlier in the Urals region, at lake Chebarkul some 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Chelyabinsk February 15, 2013 (Reuters / Chelyabinsk region Interior Ministry) Russian scientists investigating the meteorite explosion in the Urals explained the nature of the event that caused havoc in the region. NASA said the shockwave force was equal to a 500-kiloton explosion – 30 times the Hiroshima blast.­The object was identified as a solitary 10-ton bolide by...
  • SNAP Judgments: College Graduates Dependent On Food Stamps Are On the Rise

    02/16/2013 11:16:40 AM PST · by Lorianne · 39 replies
    Texas Observer ^ | 12 February 2013 | Sarah Angle
    <p>Two thousand dollars a month. That’s the income cap to qualify for food stamps in Texas. Two thousand dollars a month for a family of three.</p> <p>My parents were teachers, no big paychecks or buyouts, but they were smart with their money and paid for everything with cash. I don’t think they started using credit cards until I was an adult. They instilled their zero-debt policy in me as well, and the Discover card my mother put in my name when I graduated from high school still gets paid off every month.</p>
  • Nancy Pelosi begs us not to ruin her dignity by cutting her paycheck

    02/16/2013 11:14:32 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 83 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 2/15/2013 | MSNBC
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is speaking out against a cut in congressional pay because she says it will undermine the dignity of their positions. "I think we should respect the work we do," Pelosi said. "I think it's necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded."
  • Facebook paid no taxes despite record profits

    02/16/2013 11:11:49 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 30 replies
    Fox ^ | February 16, 2013 | Fox News
    Despite earning more than $1 billion in profits last year, social media juggernaut Facebook paid zilch when it came to federal and state taxes in 2012. In fact, the website will actually be getting a refund totaling $429 million thanks to a tax reduction for executive stock options. In the coming years, Facebook will continue to get monster tax breaks, totaling about $3 billion.
  • SEC Freezes Swiss Account Over Heinz Trades

    02/16/2013 11:02:42 AM PST · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 16 February 2013 | Chad Bray, Jean Eaglesham
    <p>The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has frozen the assets of a Swiss trading account that allegedly made a series of "highly suspicious" trades reaping about $1.7 million ahead of the blockbuster sale of H.J. Heinz Co.</p> <p>The regulator's move came one day after Heinz said it was selling itself for $23 billion to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and Brazilian private-equity firm 3G Capital in one of the biggest food-industry acquisitions ever.</p>
  • Woo hoo!! Now less than $20k to go!! We can do this!! [FReepathon thread XXII]

    02/16/2013 10:47:08 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 736 replies
    Making progress!! Lagging a bit behind the pace from last quarter, but we're getting there. Please keep those donations coming in, folks, so we can end this thing soon. If we can raise a minimum of $10k per week, we can be done within the next two weeks. We can do this!! FR is funded solely by contributions made by like-minded liberty loving patriots who enjoy and use it and think it's a worthwhile endeavor to support. We are self-funded, fiercely independent and enjoy our freedom to speak plainly in defense of our God-given Liberty, free of any outside influences....
  • Huge Defense Sector Cuts, What This Means for Your Investments

    02/16/2013 10:46:26 AM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    TMO - InvestmentContrarian ^ | 2-13-2013 | Sasha Cekerevac
    Huge Defense Sector Cuts, What This Means For Your Investments Companies / Sector AnalysisFebruary 16, 2013 - 11:44 AM GMT By: InvestmentContrarian Sasha Cekerevac writes: March 1 is a very big day for many people. Unless Obama and the Republicans make a deal prior to that date, billions of dollars in spending cuts will be enacted. Of all the areas that will be hit, I think the defense market sector will bear the brunt of the cutbacks and the future viability of corporate earnings in this sector is certainly in doubt. At this point, Pentagon officials are now planning for...
  • GM antibiotic resistance in China’s rivers

    02/16/2013 10:42:16 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 13 replies
    Climate Connections ^ | February 13, 2013.
    Source: Institute of Science in Society A new study conducted in China finds 6 out of 6 major rivers tested positive for ampicillin antibiotic resistant bacteria [1]. Sequencing of the gene responsible, the blá gene, shows it is a synthetic version derived from a lab and different from the wild type. This suggests to the researchers that synthetic plasmid vectors from genetic engineering applications may be the source of the ampicillin resistance, which is affecting the human population. The blá gene confers resistance to a wide range of therapeutic antibiotics and the widespread environment pollution with blá resistant bacteria is...
  • Obama to hang out with buddies for a little golf vacation

    02/16/2013 10:38:38 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 16, 2013 | Darlene Superville
    PALM CITY, Fla. -- Faced with a long weekend in an empty White House, President Barack Obama figured he needed a getaway, too, so he put together a golf outing with some buddies. Not at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland or at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, two Washington-area military posts where he's a regular on their courses. Instead, he went south, to Florida, to spend the long Presidents Day weekend staying and playing at the Floridian, an exclusive and secluded yacht and golf club on the state's Treasure Coast. He arrived Friday night after a speech in Chicago and wasn't...
  • A Most Peculiar Test Drive

    02/16/2013 10:33:20 AM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 93 replies
    Tesla ^ | Feb 13, 2013 | Elon Musk
    You may have heard recently about an article written by John Broder from The New York Times that makes numerous claims about the performance of the Model S. We are upset by this article because it does not factually represent Tesla technology, which is designed and tested to operate well in both hot and cold climates. Indeed, our highest per capita sales are in Norway, where customers drive our cars during Arctic winters in permanent midnight, and in Switzerland, high among the snowy Alps. About half of all Tesla Roadster and Model S customers drive in temperatures well below freezing...
  • The Real Reason the Economy Is Broken (And Will Stay That Way)

    02/16/2013 10:27:57 AM PST · by blam · 29 replies
    Peak Prosperity ^ | 2-16-2013 | Chris Martenson
    The Real Reason the Economy Is Broken (And Will Stay That Way) More and more economic sinkholes by Chris Martenson Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 8:54 PM We are far enough and deep enough into the most heroic monetary and fiscal efforts ever undertaken to finally ask, why aren't these measures working? Or at least we should be. Oddly, many in DC, on Wall Street, and the Federal Reserve continue to steadfastly refuse to include anything in their approaches and frameworks other than "more of the same." So we are treated to an endless parade of news items that seek to...
  • Brian Mulroney regales Rotman crowd with tales of free trade agreement (25th anniversary)

    02/16/2013 10:23:07 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 12 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | February 16, 2013 | Jim Coyle
    The buzz of anticipation rose as the hall filled. The reserved ringside seats were duly claimed by those of appropriate rank, usually sleek of dress and grey of head. More fans were expected — 700 or so — than there were seats to accommodate them, and ushers worked diligently, as the moment approached, to get all comers settled. Then, right on time, a small entourage arrived. Applause erupted at the sight of the old warrior framed in the doorway, his profile as instantly recognizable as any in Canada. And, as ever, the cheers lit him up. His always stiff...
  • No One is Coming to Take Your Guns (bozo editor alert)

    02/16/2013 10:10:42 AM PST · by freeandfreezing · 76 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | 2/16/2013 | Sam Pollak
    I have some very disappointing news for some of the more-virulent foes of sane gun-control legislation. If you’re what the National Rifle Association loves to call a “law-abiding American citizen,” no one is going to take away your guns.
  • Sam Tanenhaus’s Fevered Historical Imagination About the Racist GOP

    02/16/2013 9:57:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Mary Grabar
    Where to begin with the screed in The New Republic, “Original Sin: Why the GOP is and will continue to be the party of white people,” mislabeled “an historical investigation”? In his claim that racism is the original and irredeemable sin of Republicans, Tanenhaus sets up the contrast to “the civil rights pageantry of the [Obama second] inauguration—Abraham Lincoln’s Bible and Martin Luther King’s, Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s swearing in of Joe Biden, Beyoncé’s slinky glamor [sic], the verses read by the gay Cuban poet Richard Blanco.” In his enthusiasm, Tanenhaus missed the irony of using the word “pageantry,” which the...
  • Heritage Middle School in lockdown - Thursday

    02/16/2013 9:51:07 AM PST · by Idaho_Cowboy · 21 replies
    Idaho Press Tribune ^ | Februrary 15, 2013 | Nick Groff
    MERIDIAN — Heritage Middle School went into lockdown Thursday morning after a report of an armed suspect inside the school. A few hours later, police confirmed that the suspect did not have a weapon, but rather a military-style folding shovel. The report of an armed individual came in to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office around 9 a.m. The weapon was initially believed to be a type of ax. The lockdown at Heritage, in Joint School District No. 2, and surrounding schools, lasted almost two hours. There were no injuries. The shovel was brought into the school from a car in...
  • Obama's Quiet Ally: Who's Behind Gun Control Bill No One Is Talking About - Sen. Mark Kirk (R), IL

    02/16/2013 9:39:58 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | February 15, 2013 | Mark Guarino
    Obama's quiet ally: Who's behind gun control bill no one is talking about As President Obama comes to Chicago to talk gun control, Illinois' Republican senator, Mark Kirk, is pushing a bill to target gun trafficking. It's under the radar, but could have a greater impact than other bills. As President Obama pushes for gun control in Chicago Friday, an unexpected ally from his home state, Sen. Mark Kirk (R) of Illinois, is crossing party lines to propose legislation that could have a greater impact than higher-profile proposals to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, experts say. Senator Kirk and...