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  • Barack Obama - National security is just a video game

    11/29/2012 6:21:25 PM PST · by dennisw · 7 replies
    FEBRUARY 11, 2012 | TIMOTHY WHITEMAN
    Editorial Obama's video game mentality when it comes to National Security. It's no big secret the the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue always has the glowingest of things to say about our Armed Forces. You know the real 1 percenters the liberal media seems to forget about on a daily basis. But I digress, Barry-O recently heaped faux tele-zombied praise on our Warriors during the most recent State of the Union Address: "At a time when too many of our institutions have let us down they exceed all expectations." Awww... I dunno 'bout you, but I'm feeling all warm...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 11-29-12

    11/29/2012 5:57:45 PM PST · by dynachrome · 22 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 11-29-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Does Nancy Pelosi have any leverage in fiscal cliff talks? (Ah, no.)

    11/29/2012 5:54:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/29/12 | Sargent and Greg Sargent
    Does Nancy Pelosi have any leverage in fiscal cliff talks?By Sargent and Greg Sargent The Washington Post Posted Nov 29, 2012 08:51 PM EST With John Boehner continuing to (publicly) rule out a hike in tax rates for the rich, Nancy Pelosi fired back today by drawing her own hard lines. She told reporters that another round of big spending cuts is unacceptable, and in an interview with NPR, she rebuffed the idea of raising the Medicare eligibility age. Which raises a question: Does Pelosi have any leverage in the talks to begin with? The Beltway chatter holds that she...
  • [Video] Glenn Beck: Rand Paul, the Only Politician With a Spine

    11/29/2012 5:49:44 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 63 replies
    GlennBeck.com ^ | Nov 29, 2012 | Glenn Beck
    Rand Paul – the only one left? Glenn Beck Nov 29, 2012 Glenn interviewed seemingly the only politician with a spine on radio today, Senator Rand Paul. While many Republicans are displaying a readiness to just throw out everything they said they believed in and cave to Obama, Sen. Paul is trying to hold the line. Check out the interview today in the clip above and find out how to get involved.
  • Mitch McConnell On Barack Obama: He Can’t Get Anything He Wants. Those Days Are Over

    11/29/2012 5:40:47 PM PST · by what's up · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | Nov 29, 2012 | Duane Patterson
    MM: Well, it’s certainly true that they could get what they have claimed for years they wanted to do by doing nothing. They could get a big Defense cut, and they could get a massive tax increase. But of course, they don’t want to get a tax increase on everybody, only on the top two rates. Also, do they really think it would be good for the economy for all of this to kick in? I tell you, I think the fundamental observation I would make about all of this right now, whether it’s this totally unserious proposal from the...
  • Al Qaeda battle in Afghanistan to stretch for years: U.S.

    11/29/2012 5:26:07 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 29, 2012 | Phil Stewart
    (Reuters) - Al Qaeda fighters are still trying to make inroads into Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday, cautioning that battling the group would be a core U.S. mission there for years to come. Panetta made the comments as the United States weighs how large a military force to keep in Afghanistan when the NATO combat mission ends in 2014, ending a war that, at that point, will have stretched for over 13 years. There are approximately 66,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but the residual force may number less than 10,000. President Barack Obama could decide in...
  • Memo To The ACLU, Don’t Put Women Into Combat

    11/29/2012 5:21:45 PM PST · by billflax · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/29/2012 | Bill Flax
    Many nights as I stroll into the kitchen after work three little ones come at a gallop. My daughters arrive first, bearing hugs, one on each arm. Then my son with a grin so bright and so big it barely fits his face lands a haymaker in the one spot a three year old can hurt you. As many parents can attest, boys and girls differ. Try as the Left may to thwart reality, adult men and women remain different. It’s impossible to comprehend human interactions without recognizing this undeniable certainty. Nevertheless, the American Civil Liberties Union has launched legal...
  • White House: Obama 'Will Not Sign' a Deal Unless It Increases Taxes

    11/29/2012 5:19:25 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies
    White House: Obama 'Will Not Sign' a Deal Unless It Increases Taxes By Terence P. Jeffrey November 29, 2012 (CNSNews.com) - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today that no matter what else happens President Barack Obama--who is the only modern president other than Franklin Roosevelt to serve in four years when federal spending topped 24 percent of GDP--will not sign a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that will arrive at the end of this year unless that deal increases taxes. "So the President made clear that he is not wedded to every detail of his plan,"...
  • Feds boot Drakes Bay Oyster Co. from Pt. Reyes

    11/29/2012 5:16:32 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 26 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 11/29/12 | Peter Fimrite
    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar rejected a proposal to extend the lease of a popular oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore on Thursday, effectively ending more than a century of shellfish production on the 1,100 acres where Europeans first stepped foot in California. The decision will allow the National Park Service to turn the picturesque bay where Sir Francis Drake landed more than 400 years ago into California's first federally designated marine wilderness area. Salazar made his decision a day before the 40-year lease allowing Drakes Bay Oyster Co., to harvest shellfish in the estuary expires and one week...
  • French court overturns Concorde crash conviction

    11/29/2012 5:15:05 PM PST · by brityank · 5 replies
    Houston Chronicle - Chron.com ^ | November 29, 2012 | AP Staff
    French court overturns Concorde crash conviction By ASSOCIATED PRESS | November 29, 2012 | Updated: November 29, 2012 11:21am VERSAILLES, France - A French appeals court overturned manslaughter convictions against Houston's Continental Airlines and a mechanic for the July 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde that killed 113 people, ruling Thursday that their mistakes did not make them legally responsible for the deaths. The crash hastened the end for the already-faltering supersonic Concorde, synonymous with high-tech luxury but a commercial failure. The program, jointly operated by Air France and British Airways, was taken out of service in 2003....
  • Clinton blasts 'unfortunate and counterproductive' U.N. Palestinian resolution

    11/29/2012 4:48:23 PM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    politico44 ^ | 11/29/12 | BYRON TAU
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blasted the United Nations General Assembly Thursday for voting to recognize Palestine as a nonmember state. "I want to say a few words about the unfortunate and counterproductive resolution at the United Nations General Assembly," Clinton said at an event hosted by Foreign Policy magazine in Washington D.C.
  • Forbes Releases List Of 11 "Death Spiral" States

    11/29/2012 4:41:58 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 30 replies
    FOX News: A writer at Forbes Magazine has identified a phenomenon called the “death spiral states.” The category includes 11 states where private sector workers are outnumbered by people who are dependent on the government. That number would include state workers, and people who are receiving welfare or pension. For example, in California the ratio of “takers versus makers” is bigger than one. If you own a software company that employs 100 people, you’re supporting 139 other people in the state who are on the “takers” list.
  • US sets deadline for Iran to cooperate with IAEA

    11/29/2012 4:32:13 PM PST · by Dave346 · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/29/12
    The United States effectively set a March deadline on Thursday for Iran to start cooperating in substance with a U.N. nuclear agency investigation, saying it would otherwise urge reporting the issue to the U.N. Security Council. The comments by U.S. diplomat Robert Wood to the 35-nation governing board of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency signalled Washington's growing frustration at the lack of results in the IAEA's inquiry into possible military dimensions to Tehran's nuclear programme. Iran denies the charge. "If by March Iran has not begun substantive cooperation with the IAEA, the United States ... would urge the board...
  • Susan Rice In 1986 Book: Make White Students Learn Black History

    11/29/2012 4:27:36 PM PST · by drewh · 168 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8:30 11/29/2012 | Charles C. Johnson
    In a 1986 book by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, the future diplomat argued for the aggressive inclusion of a black history curriculum in American schools, claiming that its omission had “crippling effects” by “providing a child with no more than … a white interpretation of reality.” The 86-page book, “A History Deferred,” served as a guide for secondary and elementary school teachers wanting to teach “Black Studies,” and was published by the Black Student Fund, an advocacy group where Rice had an internship. “Susan’s interest in the study of Black history evolved from her desire to...
  • U.S. birth rate plummets to its lowest level since 1920

    11/29/2012 4:21:03 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, November 29, 2012 | Tara Bahrampour
    The U.S. birth rate plunged last year to a record low, with the decline being led by immigrant women hit hard by the recession, according to a study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. The overall birth rate declined by 8 percent between 2007 and 2010, with a decrease of 6 percent among U.S.-born women and 14 percent among foreign-born women. The decline for Mexican immigrant women was more extreme, at 23 percent. The overall birth rate is now at its lowest since 1920, the earliest year with reliable records.
  • US Birth Rate Plummets To Lowest Level Since 1920 (earliest year with reliable records)

    11/29/2012 4:15:35 PM PST · by drewh · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday, November 29, 1:01 PM | by Tara Bahrampour
    The U.S. birth rate plunged last year to a record low, with the decline being led by immigrant women hit hard by the recession, according to a study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. The overall birth rate declined by 8 percent between 2007 and 2010, with a decrease of 6 percent among U.S.-born women and 14 percent among foreign-born women. The decline for Mexican immigrant women was more extreme, at 23 percent. The overall birth rate is now at its lowest since 1920, the earliest year with reliable records. The decline could have far-reaching implications for U.S. economic...
  • School Removes God From First-Grader's Poem (for a Veterans Day Assembly)

    11/29/2012 4:06:21 PM PST · by drewh · 30 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | November 29, 2012 | 16:41 | By Noel Sheppard
    When the word "God" becomes inappropriate in public schools, America really has ceased to exist. Consider the story of a first-grade girl in West Marion, North Carolina, who had the word "God" stripped from a poem she wrote and was going to read at her school's Veterans Day assembly earlier this month. The poem honored her two grandfathers who served during the Vietnam War. “He prayed to God for peace," she wrote of one of them. "He prayed to God for strength.” Unfortunately, a parent found out about this, and complained to the school district. At a McDowell County Board...
  • Failure Romney Style

    11/29/2012 4:03:54 PM PST · by Thad Lost · 14 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 11/29/12 | Judson Phillips
    We are used to Democrats who use campaigns and government jobs as their private piggy banks. A Republican campaign would be the last place you would expect to see wild spending on questionable projects. Yet in the Romney campaign that seems to have happened and this might have cost him the election. What is going on?
  • Let's Put This Baby To Bed!! Less than $2.7k to go!! [FReepathon Thread XLVI]

    11/29/2012 4:00:14 PM PST · by RedMDer · 426 replies
    270 FReepers with $10 or 27 FReepers with a $100 and we are over the top. How about it FReepers. Any takers? Let's Put This Baby To Bed!
  • What Empty Nest? Weak Economy Means Living at Home ( Failure to Launch )

    11/29/2012 3:42:21 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    nbc ^ | 29 Nov 2012
    You raise them, you educate them and you expect them to go out into the world. But they keep coming back. ... between 2007 and 2011 there was a steady increase in the percentage of adults living in someone else’s house – and that increase has mostly been driven by adult children moving in with mom and dad. In 2011, Census Bureau researchers found that 17.9 percent of people 18 and older, or 41.2 million people, lived in a house in which they weren’t the head of the household or that person’s spouse or significant other. That’s up from 16...
  • RUSH: Republicans must walk away from any deal with Obama and the Democrats on the fiscal cliff

    11/29/2012 3:18:58 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 22 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 11-29-2012 | The Right Scoop
    Yesterday Charles Krauthammer said that Republicans have leverage right now with the president on this fiscal cliff deal because if tax rates go up on all Americans, Obama’s second term will begin in a recession as the higher tax rates will slow growth even more, and Krauthammer contends that Obama doesn’t want that. But Rush passionately disagrees noting that analysis disregards Obama’s entire first term. Rush believes that Obama doesn’t care about having a successful economy in his second term, that it’s all part of his push to transform this country into a welfare state because that’s what is fair...
  • As Supersymmetry Fails Tests, Physicists Seek New Ideas

    11/29/2012 3:10:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies
    Simons Science News ^ | November 20, 2012 | Natalie Wolchover
    No hints of “new physics” beyond the predictions of the Standard Model have turned up in experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, a 17-mile circular tunnel at CERN Laboratory in Switzerland that slams protons together at high energies. (Photo: CERN) As a young theorist in Moscow in 1982, Mikhail Shifman became enthralled with an elegant new theory called supersymmetry that attempted to incorporate the known elementary particles into a more complete inventory of the universe.“My papers from that time really radiate enthusiasm,” said Shifman, now a 63-year-old professor at the University of Minnesota. Over the decades, he and thousands of...
  • White House Offers New Fiscal Plan, Prodding G.O.P.

    11/29/2012 3:03:40 PM PST · by tobyhill · 36 replies
    ny times ^ | 11/29/2012 | By JONATHAN WEISMAN
    House Republicans said on Thursday that Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner presented the House speaker, John A. Boehner, a detailed proposal to avert the year-end fiscal crisis with $1.6 trillion in tax increases over 10 years, an immediate new round of stimulus spending, home mortgage refinancing and a permanent end to Congressional control over statutory borrowing limits. The proposal, loaded with Democratic priorities and short on detailed spending cuts, was likely to meet strong Republican resistance. In exchange for locking in the $1.6 trillion in added revenues, President Obama embraced $400 billion in savings from Medicare and other entitlements, to...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Thursday, November-29-2012

    11/29/2012 2:30:38 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 81 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • [San Francisco] MTC building price soars to $218 million

    11/29/2012 2:09:40 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 4 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | Thursday, November 29, 2012 | Michael Cabanatuan and John Coté
    (11-29) 12:56 PST San Francisco -- Things are looking up for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's controversial plan to transform the old tank factory and postal facility at 390 Main St. into a suitable place for regional agencies to cohabit - particularly the price tag. The estimated cost now stands at $218 million, which is $38 million higher than the original estimate from July 2011 but $51 million more than the most recent estimate, adopted in November 2011. (The projected cost fell after the agency bought the building at a lower price.)
  • Petraeus: ‘I Screwed Up Royally’

    11/29/2012 2:07:41 PM PST · by GalaxyAB · 45 replies
    CBS DC ^ | November 29 2012
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Former CIA Director David Petraeus reveals that he “screwed up royally” in having an affair with his biographer.
  • Feds boot Drakes Bay Oyster Co. from Pt. Reyes [California, Ken Salazar]

    11/29/2012 1:58:00 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 20 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | Thursday, November 29, 2012 | Peter Fimrite
    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar rejected a proposal to extend the lease of a popular oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore on Thursday, effectively ending more than a century of shellfish production on the 1,100 acres where Europeans first stepped foot in California. The decision will allow the National Park Service to turn the picturesque bay where Sir Francis Drake landed more than 400 years ago into California's first federally designated marine wilderness area.
  • State Senator Proposes Dissolving City Of Detroit

    11/29/2012 1:53:23 PM PST · by jwsea55 · 43 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | November 28, 2012
    LANSING (CBS Detroit) - It would no doubt be controversial, but the idea of dissolving the fiscally struggling city of Detroit and absorbing it into Wayne County is being tossed around in Lansing. WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick reports some state Republicans are talking about giving the city the option to vote itself into bankruptcy. And mid-Michigan Senator Rick Jones said all options should be considered — including dissolving the city. “If we have to, that is one idea we have to look at. We really have to look at everything that is on the table,” Jones said. “Again,...
  • Romney lunches with Obama at White House

    11/29/2012 1:52:56 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 66 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/29/12 | Associated Press
    President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talks in the Oval Office following their lunch. Bitter campaign foes just weeks ago, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met for lunch at the White House on Thursday, sitting down with an eye on overlapping interests rather than the sharp differences that defined their presidential contest. In their first meeting since the election, Obama and the Republican nominee met in the White House's private dining room, fulfilling a promise Obama made in his victory speech the night of Nov. 6. Romney arrived at the White House early Thursday afternoon in...
  • Will the Supreme Court Let Citizens Answer, What Is Marriage?

    11/29/2012 1:51:44 PM PST · by fwdude · 6 replies
    The Heritage Foundation - Culture Watch e-mail ^ | November 29, 2012 | Ryan T. Anderson, William E. Simon
    As Sherif Girgis, Robert P. George, and I argue in The Wall Street Journal, the future of marriage is the future of humanity. Conservatives rightly uphold the institution of marriage between a man and a woman because marriage is the seedbed of society, the necessary precondition for limited self-government. But not everyone sees it this way. With the United States Supreme Court expected to decide this week whether to hear challenges to traditional marriage laws, now is the time for citizens to think deeply about the nature and purpose of marriage. Marriage unites a man and woman holistically—emotionally and bodily,...
  • One to go for 20.000 acts of terrorism carried out since 9/11 by islamic terrorists

    11/29/2012 1:45:53 PM PST · by knighthawk · 10 replies
    The Religion of Peace ^ | November 29 2012
    The counter reached 19999 after today terrorists committed these acts: 2012.11.29 (Dih Rawud, Afghanistan) - A woman and five children are among ten civilians torn to shreds by a Taliban roadside bomb. 2012.11.29 (Karbala, Iraq) - Two bomb blasts at a restaurant packed with Shia pilgirms, obliterating nearly thirty. 2012.11.29 (Wana, Pakistan) - A 13-year-old suicide bomber kills three other people at a market. 2012.11.29 (Karbala, Iraq) - An Islamic Army of Iraq car bomb kills eight at the entrance of Shia Shrine. 2012.11.29 (Karachi, Pakistan) - A 60-year-old caretaker at a Shia mosque is picked off by Sipah-e-Sahaba gunmen.
  • Accused eco-saboteur Rebecca Rubin surrenders at Canadian border

    11/29/2012 1:27:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | November 29, 2012 | Noelle Crombie
    Rebecca Rubin A 39-year-old woman accused of eco-sabotage in three Western states turned herself in to U.S. authorities at the Canadian border on Thursday morning. Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, a Canadian, had been on the run for a decade before surrendering in Blaine, Wash. She is accused of multiple counts of arson as part of a conspiracy with 12 other people from 1996 to 2001 in five Western states. The charges against Rubin include a Nov. 30, 1997, arson at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Facility in Harney county near Burns and the Dec. 22,...
  • Harvard provides official recognition to BDSM sex-club

    11/29/2012 1:25:27 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 26 replies
    Harvard University granted a controversial BDSM sex-club official school recognition on Wednesday, Campus Reform has confirmed. The student club, Harvard College Munch, is a group of roughly 20 members that meets weekly to explicitly discuss matters related to BDSM and other forms of kinky sex.
  • Residents Alerted to Obamas' Hawaiian Holiday Plans (Drudge:Obamas-20-day, $4 million)

    11/29/2012 1:23:48 PM PST · by STARWISE · 37 replies
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | 11-29-12 | Malia Zimmerman
    Residents living near the beachfront homes where President Barack Obama and First Family vacation with their friends every year since 2008 were alerted on Monday to some specifics of the Obamas' holiday vacation plans. The report delivered to residents living along the ocean and canal that surrounds the multi-million dollar homes at Kailuana Place where the President stays, informed them of restrictions that will be implemented for 20 days beginning December 17 and running through January 6. In a matter of weeks, Kailua residents will see the familiar street barricades fronted by U.S. Secret Service agents and Navy Seals and...
  • Police Grab PLO Flag as MKs were About to Light It

    11/29/2012 1:06:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/11/12 | Hezki Ezra & Gil Ronen
    Police pushed MKs Eldad and Ben Ari and stopped them from burning PLO flags in protest of UN statehood bid. Video .....
  • Body of man who hunted legendary 'Lost Dutchman's' gold mine believed found in Arizona mountains

    11/29/2012 12:58:04 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-29-12 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Three years ago, a Denver bellhop ventured into Arizona’s Superstition Mountains determined to find the Lost Dutchman’s Mine, an elusive, vast gold reserve that has lured prospectors since the 19th century. Jesse Capen, 35, had made finding the hidden treasure an “obsession” fueled by more than 100 books and maps on the legendary — and perhaps nonexistent — mine named for German immigrant Jacob "The Dutchman" Waltz. On Saturday, years after Capen’s Jeep, wallet, backpack and cellphone were found by hikers, volunteers from the Superstition Search and Rescue finally located what they believe is Capen’s body. “We call ‘em Dutch...
  • Protein's destructive journey in brain may cause Parkinson's

    11/29/2012 12:56:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | November 16, 2012 | Laura Sanders
    Clumps of alpha-synuclein move through dopamine-producing cells, mouse study finds The insidious spread of an abnormal protein may be behind Parkinson’s disease, a study in mice suggests. A harmful version of the protein crawls through the brains of healthy mice, killing brain cells and damaging the animals’ balance and coordination, researchers report in the Nov. 16 Science. If a similar process happens in humans, the results could eventually point to ways to stop Parkinson’s destruction in the brain. “I really think that this model will increase our ability to come up with Parkinson’s disease therapies,” says study coauthor Virginia Lee...
  • New Cuban Tax Just Same Old Communist Expropriation

    11/29/2012 12:45:02 PM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 28 Nov 2012 | Editorial
    Tyranny: The media praised Cuba for slapping taxes on its impoverished citizens for the first time, calling the move "market-oriented" and "modern." In reality, it's just a new kind of theft from the same old dictatorship. To hear Reuters tell it, you'd think that Cuba, a brutal communist dictatorship for 53 years, has been a tax-free haven for all its lucky citizens. "Most Cubans have not paid taxes for half a century, but that will change under a new code starting Jan. 1," the newswire chirped, noting that the new taxes on private profits begin in the 35% vicinity. They're...
  • MESSENGER Finds New Evidence for Water Ice at Mercury's Poles

    11/29/2012 12:16:16 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 24 replies
    NASA ^ | 11.29.12 | NASA Press Release
    New observations by the MESSENGER spacecraft provide compelling support for the long-held hypothesis that Mercury harbors abundant water ice and other frozen volatile materials in its permanently shadowed polar craters. Three independent lines of evidence support this conclusion: the first measurements of excess hydrogen at Mercury's north pole with MESSENGER's Neutron Spectrometer, the first measurements of the reflectance of Mercury's polar deposits at near-infrared wavelengths with the Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA), and the first detailed models of the surface and near-surface temperatures of Mercury's north polar regions that utilize the actual topography of Mercury's surface measured by the MLA. These...
  • Now sick babies go on death pathway: Doctor's haunting testimony reveals how children are put on end

    11/29/2012 12:08:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 11/29/12 | Sue Reid and Simon Caldwell
    Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on controversial ‘death pathways’. Until now, end of life regime the Liverpool Care Pathway was thought to have involved only elderly and terminally-ill adults. But the Mail can reveal the practice of withdrawing food and fluid by tube is being used on young patients as well as severely disabled newborn babies.
  • Harvard approves BDSM club

    11/29/2012 11:38:18 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    College Insurrection ^ | 11-29-12 | W. A. Jacobson
    “The Harvard Munch” Because Orgasm Seminars are not enough. And Incest Fest is so yesterday. The logical next step was official recognition of a BDSM Club: It started last October with a meal in Currier dining hall with a handful of friends who shared something in common: an affinity for kinky sex. More than a year after the group first began informally meeting over meals to discuss issues and topics relating to kinky sex, Harvard College Munch has grown from seven to about 20 members and is one of 15 student organization that will be approved by the Committee on...
  • Why Is The US Building A Secret $100 Million Underground Facility Outside Tel Aviv?

    11/29/2012 11:28:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/29/12 | Robert Johnson
    Leave it to legendary Walter Pincus from the Washington Post to flesh out a Request for Proposal construction project planned for Israel called Site 911. The oddly named project will cost up to $100 million, take more than two years to complete, and can only be built by workers from specific countries with proper security clearances. Palestinians need not apply. When complete the well-guarded compound will have five levels buried underground and six additional outbuildings on the above grounds, within the perimeter. At about 127,000 square feet, the first three floors will house classrooms, an auditorium, and a laboratory —...
  • Fiscal Cliff: Why Congress Might Have to Mess with the 401(k)

    11/29/2012 11:20:58 AM PST · by Perdogg · 196 replies
    Time ^ | 11/29/12 | Dan Kadlec
    One of the earliest fears about tax-favored savings accounts like IRAs and 401(k) plans was that when this pool of savings grew large enough Congress would not be able to resist tapping it to help solve the nation’s debt problems. We’re about to find out if those fears—persistent for decades—have been justified. Everything including the sacred mortgage deduction is on the table as lawmakers wrestle with the fiscal cliff, a year-end avalanche of scheduled spending cuts and tax increases. With a combined $10 trillion sitting in IRAs and 401(k) plans, retirement accounts make a juicy target. Some of this money...
  • Susan Rice has six-figure investment in controversial Canadian oil pipeline company

    11/29/2012 11:20:34 AM PST · by maggief · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 29, 2012 | David Martosko
    Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations whose name has been floated as a possible secretary of state nominee, may soon face opposition from the environmental lobby over what the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) called a potential financial conflict of interest on Wednesday. According to her May 2012 financial disclosure, Rice has an investment in TransCanada Corporation worth between $300,000 and $600,000. TransCanada is angling for the State Department’s permission to build the final portion of the Keystone XL pipeline — a 1,700-mile conduit for crude oil between Canadian deposits and Texas refineries. If she were confirmed...
  • Good News for a Change: Two More States Move Against ObamaCare

    11/29/2012 11:19:37 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 35 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | 11/29/2012 | Joshua Withrow
    Some good news today, as Michigan and Arizona have both made decisions that they will not be setting up a health care exchange under ObamaCare. In Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer declared yesterday that she will not direct the state government to set up an exchange. In Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder has been trying to set up an exchange, but Speaker of the House Jase Bolger has declared that he will not bring the bill to establish exchanges to the floor. 3,500 people have already sent messages urging Michigan's top state officials to stand against ObamaCare, and the Speaker is listening....
  • Arizona governor sued over her order denying driver's licenses for young immigrants

    11/29/2012 11:10:00 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 34 replies
    The StarTribune ^ | November 29, 2012 | JACQUES BILLEAUD , Associated Press
    PHOENIX — Immigrant rights advocates filed a lawsuit Thursday that seeks to overturn Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s order denying driver’s licenses for young immigrants who have gotten work permits and avoided deportation under a new Obama administration policy.
  • 1,200 Days and $5 Trillion in New Debt Since Senate Dems Passed a Budget [Update: 1,310 days]

    11/29/2012 11:08:27 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 8/10/12 | Daniel Halper
    Tomorrow will mark a milestone: It will be 1,200 days since Senate Democrats passed a budget, during which time Congress amassed $4.8 trillion in new debt. Later today, the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee will release this chart, detailing these startling numbers:
  • Are ‘isolation rooms’ in some school districts going too far?

    11/29/2012 11:02:54 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 49 replies
    q13Fox ^ | 11/28/2012 | Dana Rebik
    As the director of the Washington Autism Alliance, Arzu Forough hears a lot of bad stories about special needs students being mistreated in school. When behavior becomes violent and a student is at risk of hurting themselves or others, Forough said, a teacher can put a child in what’s known as a quiet or isolation room if they have the parents’ permission. “The rooms I’ve seen are either three-quarter doors or have large windows where the child is visible to the staff member,” Forough said. “There are either bean bags in there or something comfortable for the student to sit...
  • Ewart: Oilsands success, pipeline failures prove costly

    11/29/2012 10:47:21 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | NOVEMBER 29, 2012 | STEPHEN EWART
    The Alberta government is paying the price for the success of efforts to develop the oilsands and the failure to develop pipelines to get that oil to market. The price - as measured by what is known as the differential, or discount, from global benchmark crudes - is currently about $29 on each of the 2.5 million barrels of oil pumped every day in Canada's biggest oil-producing province. That works out to $72.5 million a day. Over a year, that's $26.5 billion of potential revenue not circulating in the provincial economy. Finance Minister Doug Horner cited widening differentials as the...
  • Reid: I don’t understand Boehner’s brain

    11/29/2012 10:38:45 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 49 replies
    Reid: I don’t understand Boehner’s brain By Alexander Bolton - 11/29/12 12:54 PM ET Democrats and Republicans are so far off in their expectations for the next steps of fiscal talks that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) claimed he cannot understand the Republican Speaker’s brain. Senate Democratic leaders are growing frustrated by what they say is the lack of a specific plan from House Republicans to raise tax revenues or cut entitlement spending. Democrats say the onus is on Republicans to provide a counteroffer to their plan to let the Bush-era tax rates on families earning above $250,000 expire....