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  • Arm The Teachers: Gun Control Petition Finds Its Political Opposite

    12/18/2012 6:48:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 62 replies
    inquisitr.com ^ | 15 December, 2012 | Patrick Frye
    <p>The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has led the nation to launch into an increasingly bitter argument over gun control laws. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, this has led to a White House petition that demands lawmakers meet “for a bipartisan discussion resulting in a set of laws that regulates how a citizen obtains a gun.” Some have suggested moderate gun reform and others like Obama are pushing for outright gun bans. A new White House petition is saying that the United States should arm the teachers as a solution to school shootings.</p>
  • Abortions In The United States (VS death by guns?)

    12/18/2012 6:39:33 AM PST · by haffast · 5 replies
    ALL - American Life League ^ | Last updated July 26, 2012 | ALL - American Life League
    Abortions in the United States Total number of abortions in the U.S. 1973-2011: 54.5 million+ 234 abortions per 1,000 live births (according to the Centers for Disease Control) Abortions per year: 1.2 million Abortions per day: 3,288 Abortions per hour: 137 9 abortions every 4 minutes 1 abortion every 26 seconds These statistics include only surgical and medical abortions. Because many contraceptive measures are abortifacients (drugs that induce or cause abortions), it is important not to overlook the number of children killed by chemical abortions. Since 1965, an average of 11 million women have used abortifacient methods of birth control...
  • A Possible Explanation Of Why There Are So Few Female Mass Murderers

    12/18/2012 6:36:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/18/2012 | Ryu Spaeth, The Week
    The emerging profile of Adam Lanza, the suspected shooter in the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., is depressingly familiar. He has been described as being socially awkward and a loner. He reportedly had Asperger's syndrome — a high-performing form of autism — and may have been afflicted by other psychiatric problems. And he was male. His sex almost goes without saying. According to Mother Jones, 62 mass shootings — defined as a single spree that killed at least four people — have been carried out in the U.S. since 1982. Only one was perpetrated by a female. In 2006, Jennifer...
  • THE LEFT'S DISHONEST WAR ON GUNS

    12/18/2012 6:34:03 AM PST · by shortstop · 12 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 12/18/12 | Bob Lonsberry
    The key to the gun banners’ success will be divide and conquer. If they can convince hunters and householders that assault rifles and high-capacity magazines are “too much,” they will succeed. If gun owners stand together, the Second Amendment will be preserved. If they don’t, it will be endangered. Coming months will show which it is. In the wake of the heartbreaking mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary, Democrat politicians across the country have pushed hard to capitalize on the tragedy to advance one of their long-held political passions – banning guns. Grandstanding politician after grandstanding politician – some wiping...
  • Rhode Island prof demands NRA chief’s “head on a stick”

    12/18/2012 6:32:36 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 35 replies
    College Insurrection ^ | 18 Dec 2012 | College Insurrection
    ...Then declares himself a Twitter martyr because people quoted what he said Erik Loomis is an assistant professor of American history at the University of Rhode Island. He also blogs at “Lawyers Guns and Money” blog. In reaction to the murders in Connecticut, Loomis tweeted that he had never been so angry except maybe for the invasion of Iraq (I guess 9/11 was chopped liver to him), and that he wanted the NRA chief’s “head on a stick”:
  • America Doesn’t Need Gun Control, It Needs Lunatic Control

    12/18/2012 5:52:29 AM PST · by expat1000 · 75 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    Here are some excerpts from a compelling piece written just this year. Madness, Deinstitutionalization & Murder (hat tip I Own the World.) For those of us who came of age in the 1970s, one of the most shocking aspects of the last three decades was the rise of mass public shootings: people who went into public places and murdered complete strangers. Such crimes had taken place before, such as the Texas Tower murders by Charles Whitman in 1966,1 but their rarity meant that they were shocking. Something changed in the 1980s: these senseless mass murders started to happen with...
  • Chuck Todd : If your kid’s playing “Halo” for 3 hours a night, make sure he doesn’t have a problem

    12/18/2012 5:33:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2012 | AllahPundit
    Via Mediaite, I like this clip because it captures the essence of the Do Something gun-control impulse, even though Todd's not talking about guns. The "Halo" games have sold 50 million copies worldwide. Microsoft estimates that people collectively have spent five billion hours playing them. Violent crime has been declining for 40 years and mass shootings are no more common now than they used to be. I'd bet that, if anything, video games reduce violent crime by providing an innocuous outlet for thrill-seeking. But who cares? The point of Do Something isn't to craft a policy response carefully tailored to...
  • Banning ‘Assault Weapons’ Is Not the Answer (Well-intentioned, but ineffective)

    12/18/2012 5:27:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/18/2012 | The Editors
    In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, numerous Democrats have called for legislation banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Unfortunately, such bans are empty gestures, certain to offend many law-abiding citizens but highly unlikely to reduce gun violence. Simply put, so-called “assault weapons” are nowhere near the root of the American violence problem. According to FBI data, of the two-thirds of murders that involve firearms, about 69 percent involve handguns rather than rifles or shotguns of any kind. Most estimates place the contribution of assault weapons to gun crime at around 1 or 2 percent. These numbers...
  • Obama’s money misunderstanding: Raising revenue by raising taxes doesn’t work

    12/18/2012 5:25:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/18/2012 | Richard Rahn
    In times past, political leaders would lay out their domestic and foreign policies in clear, coherent terms. President Obama talks about getting our fiscal house in order but fails to propose any meaningful spending cuts. His proposals to increase the tax rate on the top 2 percent of taxpayers would fund the government for eight days, assuming no behavioral change by those whose feathers are being plucked. In the real world, we know people will spend a great deal of time and effort to avoid paying high marginal tax rates. In high tax states such as California and New York,...
  • The Fix is in: Hillary’s Benghazi cover-up—like Vince Foster death investigation

    12/18/2012 5:25:09 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Marinka Peschmann
    If past is prologue expect the Benghazi investigations to be covered up whether or not Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies. According to Foreign Policy Magazine that despite the House and Senate foreign relations committees having announced she would testify on Benghazi this week, the State Department said last Thursday “that’s not a done deal.” On Saturday, the deal was undone when it was announced that Hillary would not testify due to health issues but would be able to continue to work from home. Recall how it was Clinton who was one of the first top Obama administration officials to...
  • Invincible Ignorance

    12/18/2012 5:08:57 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12/18/12 | Thomas Sowell
    Must every tragic mass shooting bring out the shrill ignorance of "gun control" advocates? The key fallacy of so-called gun control laws is that such laws do not in fact control guns. They simply disarm law-abiding citizens, while people bent on violence find firearms readily available. If gun control zealots had any respect for facts, they would have discovered this long ago, because there have been too many factual studies over the years to leave any serious doubt about gun control laws being not merely futile but counterproductive. Places and times with the strongest gun control laws have often been...
  • CHANGE OF HEART: Conservative Joe Scarborough stuns with call for gun control (Barf Alert)

    12/18/2012 4:57:15 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 33 replies
    http://www.nydailynews.com ^ | December 17, 2012 | Kristen A. Lee
    Joe Scarborough, the Republican congressman turned MSNBC host, stunned viewers on Monday with a wrenching 10-minute monologue confessing to a change of heart on gun control following the devastating massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods Suspends Sales Of Semi-Automatic Rifles

    12/18/2012 4:56:56 AM PST · by John W · 127 replies
    FOX 17 ^ | December 18, 2012 | Robb Westaby
    NEWTOWN, Conn. (CNN) – Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the world, says it has removed all guns from its store nearest to Newtown, Connecticut, and is suspending the sale of certain kinds of semi-automatic rifles from its chains nationwide. The move was made out of respect for the victims and families of last week’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting “during this time of national mourning,” the store said in a statement Tuesday morning. “We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by this terrible tragedy,” the statement said. It was unclear how...
  • Fail. Less Than 200 Anti-Gun Leftists Turn Out for March on NRA Headquarters in Washington DC

    12/18/2012 4:53:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 17 December, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Only 200 liberals marched to the NRA headquarters in Washington DC today. The Huffington Post reported: Organizers estimated that around 200 people participated in the protest on Monday, including some political staffers who worked nearby and took some personal time to show their support for gun control.
  • Newtown, Connecticut: There Is No "Why"

    12/18/2012 4:42:11 AM PST · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-18-2012 | Neal Boortz
    The first I heard of the horrific shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton was from the security guard at the gate returning to my home in Naples. He was in shock, and you could see that he had been crying. I headed to my condo and turned on the TV … and still have trouble believing what I saw --- what had happened. By now all of us – even those who are glued to soap operas and entertainment news shows 24/7 – know the story, so there’s no need to go over the hideous details again....
  • Hillary Clinton Recovering at Home, Reviewing Benghazi Report

    12/18/2012 4:29:52 AM PST · by bryan999 · 33 replies
    "The investigation, conducted by an appointed Accountability Review Board, was ordered by Clinton in October. Nuland told reporters today that the board has completed its work. She said Secretary Clinton received the report on Monday and is reviewing it at home."
  • Grassley, Reid, Manchin: Let's debate gun violence (Here we go again!)

    12/18/2012 4:23:02 AM PST · by tobyhill · 14 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/18/2012 | ap
    Even as most Republicans played it safe and initially said little about the politically treacherous issue of gun control, a senior GOP senator has called for a study of both gun violence and mental health issues. Sen. Charles Grassley made his suggestion as formerly pro-gun Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday it's now time to place gun control on the table.
  • Perry: Let teachers carry guns in wake of massacre(TX)

    12/18/2012 4:21:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    theeagle.com ^ | 18 December, 2012 | AP
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicated Monday that he supported allowing teachers and administrators to carry concealed handguns in response to the Connecticut school massacre that left 20 children dead.
  • HOUSTON DEM PRECINCT CHAIR: STOP GUN VIOLENCE BY SHOOTING NRA MEMBERS

    12/18/2012 4:16:36 AM PST · by lowbridge · 68 replies
    breitbart ^ | december 17, 2012 | awr hawkins
    Over the weekend, Houston Democrat Precinct Chair John Cobarruvias tweeted, "Can we now shoot the #NRA and everyone who defends them?" This, apparently, is part of what he calls "hard-hitting political commentary" on his blog "Bay Area Houston." Prior to the asinine tweet broaching the subject of shooting NRA members as a solution to gun violence, Cobarruvias had spent some of his "hard-hitting political commentary" mocking conservatives -- or as Cobarruvias himself put it, by "laughing and puking on GOP Tea Baggers."
  • Op-Ed: Netanyahu, Here's the Real Story of Beit Ezra in Hevron

    12/18/2012 3:42:48 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/12/12 | David Wilder
    Following the Six-Day War in 1967, past residents of the Old City in Jerusalem who had been expelled during the War of Independence in 1948 asked for, and were granted a meeting with then Defense Minister Moshe Dayan. They requested permission to return to their homes and property in the Old City, confiscated and occupied by Jordan. Dayan consented, and, as a result, Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter today flourishes. Simultaneously, past Hevron inhabitants, Jews who had been expelled in 1929, and again in 1936, requested a similar meeting with Dayan, in order to return to their homes in the recently liberated...
  • Mystery man seen next to N. Korean leader likely to be arms development official: Seoul

    12/18/2012 3:26:46 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2012/12/18
    Mystery man seen next to N. Korean leader likely to be arms development official: Seoul SEOUL, Dec. 18 (Yonhap) -- A mystery man seen standing next to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in recent commemoration ceremonies is likely to be the head of the country's arms development center, a Seoul official said Tuesday. Wild media speculation emerged over the identity of the middle-aged man after he was seen standing next to Kim during the country's commemoration ceremonies for late leader Kim Jong-il on Sunday and Monday. North Korean figures' positions at official events are key signs indicating their ranks and...
  • N.J. Senate committee approves bill charging 5-cent fee for plastic shopping bags

    12/18/2012 3:23:22 AM PST · by SMGFan · 30 replies
    TRENTON — They clog rivers and streams, pile up along the shoreline and fill up landfills. And now, under legislation approved yesterday by a Senate panel, plastic shopping bags could end up costing customers five cents apiece at most stores in New Jersey. Under the bill (S812), retailers would be required to charge the fee beginning in 2014, and offer only recyclable paper or plastic bags by 2015. They would also have the option of giving a five-cent credit to customers who packed groceries in their own reusable bags. Money raised by the bill would go toward cleaning Barnegat Bay,...
  • California teachers pension fund tied to gun maker by investment

    12/18/2012 3:16:05 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 17, 2012 | Chris Megerian
    An investment made by the California teachers pension fund is coming under scrutiny because of its link to the manufacturer of the assault rifle used in the Connecticut elementary school massacre. The fund pledged to invest $500 million in the private equity firm Cerberus, owner of the gun-making conglomerate known as the Freedom Group. One of the group's manufacturers is Bushmaster, which produced the rifle officials say was used to kill 20 schoolchildren and six adults in a Newtown, Conn., school Friday.
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 18, 2012

    12/18/2012 2:55:07 AM PST · by sneakers · 22 replies
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  • China detains 100-plus people for doomsday rumors

    12/18/2012 2:34:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 18, 2012 1:00 AM EST
    Chinese police have detained more than 100 people, among them members of a fringe Christian group, for spreading rumors about the world’s impending end, state media reported Tuesday. Police seized leaflets, video discs, books and other apocalyptic materials in the recent arrests of 101 people across eight provinces and regions, from the prosperous east coast to less developed western China, the Xinhua News Agency said. The detentions come ahead of Friday, Dec. 21—a date some say the Mayans prophesized would be the end of the world and which was the subject of the apocalyptic movie “2012.” …
  • US eyes Google antitrust settlement: reports

    12/18/2012 2:27:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    France 24 ^ | 17 December 2012 - 21H50 | (AFP)
    US regulators are likely to conclude a lengthy antitrust probe of Google’s dominance of Internet searches with a voluntary settlement, news reports said Monday. The Wall Street Journal said Google was likely to agree to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission that calls for unspecified changes in how it handles search queries, but would stop short of signing a consent decree that could be enforced by a court. The Washington Post also reported that a settlement was likely this week, saying it would fall well short of what Google’s rivals had sought. …
  • Upper Dublin HS locked down after umbrella mistaken for weapon

    12/18/2012 2:18:14 AM PST · by dirtboy · 14 replies
    Pottstown Mercury ^ | 12/17/2012 | Linda Finarelli
    UPPER DUBLIN — Students videotaping a project at Upper Dublin High School sent the school into a lockdown a little before 9 a.m. Monday, with police rushing inside and closing off access to the building. The incident began when surveillance video picked up a student in the hallway with what looked like a gun, according to Upper Dublin police Chief Terrance Thompson. “I saw the video; it looked like a big gun,” Thompson said. “We didn’t know what we had; the activity was suspicious. Our units were over there as part of the rapid response,” which police developed after Columbine,...
  • Cameron: British EU exit is “imaginable”

    12/18/2012 2:10:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12/18/2012 @ 09:51 | Benjamin Fox
    UK Prime Minister David Cameron has conceded that withdrawal from the EU is “imaginable,” in the latest indication that the Conservative leader is preparing the ground for a radical change in the country’s EU status. During a statement in the House of Commons on Monday (17 December) on last week’s EU summit in Brussels, the Prime Minister said: “Clearly all futures for Britain are imaginable. We are in charge of our own destiny; we can make our own choices. I believe the choice we should make is to stay in the European Union, to be members of the single market,...
  • Spain accused of “act of war” off Gibraltar after two naval vessels enter waters around The Rock

    12/18/2012 1:22:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15:27 EST, 13 December 2012 | Richard Hartley-Parkinson
    Spain was accused of an “act of war” today after its naval ships repeatedly entered the territorial waters of Gibraltar. Bob Stewart, Tory MP for Beckenham, said the British Government needed to “respond robustly to this aggravation” after Commons Leader Andrew Lansley said two Spanish naval vessels entered the waters of Gibraltar on Monday. He said they were given radio warnings before leaving, but Mr. Stewart, a former colonel, said the incursion was illegal and the Government needed to “do something about it”. …
  • DOJ: Murders of School-Age Children Down 42%; Only 1% Take Place at School

    12/18/2012 1:14:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 17, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Murders of school-age children—those between the ages of 5 and 18—declined by 42 percent between the 1992-93 school year and the 2008-2009 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, and only about 1 percent of the school age children murdered during the 2008-2009 school year were murdered at school. In February 2012, the Bureau of Justice Statistics published a report—Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2011—that included statistics on homicides committed at schools for the school years from 1992-93 through 2009-2010. … The report showed a decline over an 18-year period in both the number of school-age children...
  • Radio host Frank Pastore dies

    12/18/2012 12:32:17 AM PST · by South40 · 10 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Dec. 17, 2012 | GARY LYCAN
    KKLA/99.5 FM Christian radio talk host Frank Pastore died Monday afternoon from injuries suffered Nov. 19 in a motorcycle accident on the I-210 Freeway. An announcement posted on the www.kkla.com website said, "Gina Pastore informed us that in the early afternoon of Monday, December 17, Frank passed away. We will update you with any additional information as soon as it is available. Please continue to pray for Gina and the family. Blessings to you, KKLA Management". KKLA-FM talk host Frank Pastore died Monday from injuries sustained in a Nov. 19 motorcycle accident. Pastore had been doing an afternoon Christian...
  • Faster, Safer Method for Producing Stem Cells

    12/18/2012 12:06:26 AM PST · by neverdem
    ScienceDaily ^ | Dec. 3, 2012 | NA
    A new method for generating stem cells from mature cells promises to boost stem cell production in the laboratory, helping to remove a barrier to regenerative medicine therapies that would replace damaged or unhealthy body tissues. The technique, developed by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, allows for the unlimited production of stem cells and their derivatives as well as reduces production time by more than half, from nearly two months to two weeks. "One of the barriers that needs to be overcome before stem cell therapies can be widely adopted is the difficulty of producing enough cells...
  • Iran: “No Difference” Between Conn. Shooting Victims and Those in Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan

    12/17/2012 11:52:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 17, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    The 20 young victims of Friday’s school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut are no different than those “who fall victim to armed actions” in the Gaza Strip, Iraq or Afghanistan, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said at the weekend. An Iranian student paramilitary group, meanwhile, criticized U.S. gun laws, while President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used the tragedy to criticize what he called the “profiteering ambitions of a certain group … which have various destructive effects on the society and particularly innocent children and youths.” An article on the foreign ministry website said ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast “urged the American society to trigger a...
  • Man Attempts to Open Fire on Crowd at Movie Theater, Off-Duty Sheriff Deputy Drops Him W/ One Bullet

    12/17/2012 10:57:38 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 58 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 17, 2012 | Jason Howerton
    Man Attempts to Open Fire on Crowd at Movie Theater, Armed Off-Duty Sheriff’s Deputy Drops Him With One Bullet The Blaze December 17, 2012 With one shot, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy took down a gunman who attempted to opened fire at a crowded movie theater lobby during a late night showing of “The Hobbit” in San Antonio, WOAI reports.
  • EUROPEAN PROJECT AIMS TO CREATE 1,500 NEW STEM CELL LINES

    12/17/2012 10:49:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | 12/17/12 | Peter Murray
    Stem cells derived from patients with disorders, such as these Parkinson’s cells, could foster drug screening to find treatments and also provide researchers a valuable tool to study disease. Europe certainly believes in the promise of stem cells.A joint public-private collaboration between the European Union and Europe’s pharmaceutical industry, called the StemBANCC project, will spend nearly 50 million euros to create 1,500 pluripotent stem cell lines. But the initiative’s goal isn’t to find a stem cell-based cure for diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease. They hope instead that their stem cell lines will prove to be faster and more effective drug screens...
  • Texas school district will allow teachers to carry guns

    12/17/2012 10:39:55 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 26 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/17/12 | Jennifer L. Cruz
    The Harrold Independent School District in Texas has passed a policy change in an effort to increase safety for its students and staff. According to a report published by Fox News on Saturday, December 15, 2012, the policy will allow teachers and other staff to carry concealed guns. The school district, which has 110 students ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade, admitted to researching several options for better safety in the school and debated the issue for about a year before the final decision was made. The policy was changed last October and will go into effect later this month....
  • Discovery of 100 million-year-old regions of DNA shows short cut to crop science advances

    12/17/2012 10:15:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | December 5, 2012 | NA
    Scientists have discovered 100 million-year-old regions in the DNA of several plant species which could hold secrets about how specific genes are turned 'on' or 'off'. The findings, which are hoped will accelerate the pace of research into crop science and food security, are detailed by University of Warwick researchers in the journal The Plant Cell. By running a computational analysis of the genomes of the papaya, poplar, Arabidopsis and grape species, scientists have uncovered hundreds of conserved non-coding sequences which are found in the DNA of all four species. These non-coding sequences are not genes, but are located in...
  • Report: Fiscal cliff deal emerging — including one-year debt-ceiling increase; Update: ...

    12/17/2012 10:07:19 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5:51 pm on December 17, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Full Title: Report: Fiscal cliff deal emerging — including one-year debt-ceiling increase; Update: Obama concedes on new, higher income threshold for tax hikesI didn’t believe this when I saw it at WaPo yesterday, then I started to wonder when I read Ed’s post this morning, and now Ezra Klein claims Democrats are telling him the same thing. I thought the GOP’s big Plan B alternative to a grand bargain was to extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle class, let them lapse for the rich, and then go home so that they can fight another day when it’s time...
  • Agenda 21 Radio Live Thread Mon. 12/17/12 9-10PM PT

    12/17/2012 9:05:50 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 1 replies
    Agenda21Radio.com ^ | 12/17/12 | Paul Preston and Chriss Street
    Agenda21Radio is hosted by Paul Preston and Chriss Street. The show 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 http://www.mysytv.net/kmyclive.html
  • US lawmakers want Obama admin to stop racial profiling of Sikhs, Muslims

    12/17/2012 8:56:24 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Tuesday, December 18, 2012 | Press Trust of India
    Washington - Around 16 Congressmen signed off to a letter asking the Transportation Security Administration – the federal agency responsible for security of airports in the country – to stop racial profiling of people from South Asia and Middle East including Black, Sikhs and Muslims travelers. "Despite efforts to prevent profiling by its screeners, news reports indicate that (TSA) Transportation Security Administration screeners continue to subject Sikh, South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Black travellers to profiling. In the past few months incidents have occurred at airports in Massachusetts, Hawaii and New Jersey," Congressman Judy Chu said in his dear colleague...
  • 11 killed in South African Air Force C-47 Dakota crash

    12/17/2012 8:48:35 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 12 replies
    Flight Global ^ | December 6, 2012 | Dave Majumdar
    A South African Air Force (SAAF) Douglas C-47 Dakota transport aircraft crashed in the Giants Castle area of the Drakensberg mountain range on 5 December, according to the South African government. The World War Two era aircraft was flying from Waterkloof air force base near the South African capital of Pretoria to Mthatha airport in the Eastern Cape Province when it went missing at about 09:45 local. "After the expected time of arrival and no communication from the aircraft, the SAAF activated a search and rescue mission. Severe weather conditions in the area hindered the continuation of the search and...
  • Thorium: Proliferation warnings on nuclear 'wonder-fuel'

    12/17/2012 8:27:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies
    Phys.org ^ | December 5, 2012 | NA
    The element thorium, which many regard as a potential nuclear "wonder-fuel", could be a greater proliferation threat than previously thought, scientists have warned. Writing in a Comment piece in the new issue of the journal, Nature, nuclear energy specialists from four British universities suggest that, although thorium has been promoted as a superior fuel for future nuclear energy generation, it should not be regarded as inherently proliferation resistant. The piece highlights ways in which small quantities of uranium-233, a material useable in nuclear weapons, could be produced covertly from thorium, by chemically separating another isotope, protactinium-233, during its formation.The chemical...
  • Kucinich Reiterates Support for 'Department of Peace' After Conn. Shooting

    12/17/2012 8:09:42 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 36 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    After the mass shooting Connecticut today, Rep. Dennis Kucinich reiterated his support for a "Department of Peace." "It is long past time that we take an organized approach to addressing the violence in our society and that is exactly what the proposal for a cabinet level Department of Peace is all about. We must reject violence and take an organized approach to averting violence," said the congressman in a prepared statement. Kucinich also said, “Today’s shooting was a tragedy of unimaginable proportions. Our hearts ache for the victims and their families. While we don’t know why this attack took place,...
  • NORWAY BEGINS FOUR YEAR TEST OF THORIUM NUCLEAR REACTOR

    12/17/2012 8:00:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | 12/11/12 | Peter Murray
    A Norwegian company is breaking with convention and switching to an alternative energy it hopes will be safer, cleaner and more efficient. But this isn’t about ditching fossil fuels, but rather about making the switch from uranium to thorium. Oslo based Thor Energy is pairing up with the Norwegian government and US-based (but Japanese/Toshiba owned) Westinghouse to begin a four year test that they hope will dispel doubts and make thorium the rule rather than the exception. The thorium will run at a government reactor in Halden. Thorium was discovered in 1828 by the Swedish chemist Jons Jakob Berzelius...
  • How Walmart Helped Make Newtown Shooter's AR-15 the Most Popular Assault Weapon in America

    12/17/2012 7:12:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    The Nation ^ | December 17, 2012 | George Zornick
    When Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, December 14, inexplicably bent on ending as many lives as possible, he was carrying a Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle and several high-capacity magazines. Sadly, this isn’t the first time the country has had to deal with the aftermath of a horrific shooting spree, nor is it the first time we’ve encountered an AR-15 in this context: only days earlier, it was the weapon of choice for a shooting at an Oregon mall that killed two people. Five months earlier, it was used by James Holmes in an attack that wounded...
  • Dominos Pizza Founder Sues Obama Admin Over HHS Mandate

    12/17/2012 7:49:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 12-17-12 | Steven Ertelt
    Dominos Pizza Founder Sues Obama Admin Over HHS Mandate by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 12/17/12 3:07 PMThe Catholic businessman who is the founder and former owner of the Domino’s Pizza chain has filed a lawsuit over the HHS mandate that forces religious employers to purchase drugs that may cause abortions for their employees.Tom Monaghan calls requiring businesses, schools and other religious places to pay for such drugs a “gravely immoral” practice and filed suit late Friday in federal court for Domino’s Farms, a business development complex he owns.Monaghan says he currently offers his employees health insurance...
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer compares assault weapons to child pornography

    12/17/2012 7:39:40 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 37 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | December 17, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. asserted on the Senate floor this afternoon that the Second Amendment was “not absolute” comparing restrictions on assault weapons to restrictions on child pornography. “No amendment can be absolute,” Schumer said. “I believe you can be pro-gun and pro gun safety, just like you can be in favor of free speech but also against child pornography.” Schumer proposed an assault weapon bans for civilians arguing that it would be an acceptable restriction on the Second Amendment. “We can come together,” he said. “There can be a way of moving forward in the middle.”
  • Disability Rights - ACLU Position/Briefing Paper (Blood on Their Hands)

    12/17/2012 7:31:56 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 6 replies
    ACLU ^ | January 1, 1999
    ...Finally, and thanks in part to the inspiration provided by the civil rights struggles of the 1960's, disability rights advocates began to press for full legal equality and access to mainstream society. Through lobbying and litigation, laws were passed and rights established ... Too many disabled people are still institutionalized, despite the fact that the care they need can be provided within their communities... In 1994, four young law graduates successfully charged that the Florida State Bar application, which required the disclosure of information about any mental health treatment that applicants received at any point in their lives, violated the...
  • Promises Will Be Broken

    12/17/2012 7:23:20 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    TDR ^ | 12-17-2012 | Bill Bonner
    Promises Will Be Broken By Bill Bonner 12/17/12When wealth was easy to identify and easy to control — that is, when it was mostly land — a few insiders could do a fairly good job of keeping it for themselves. The feudal hierarchy gave everybody a place in the system, with the insiders at the top of the heap. But come the industrial revolution and suddenly wealth was accumulating outside the feudal structure. Populations were growing too…and growing restless. The old regime tried to tax this new money, but the new ‘bourgeoisie’ resisted. “No taxation without representation,” was a popular...
  • School carnage: Blame church, not God or guns!

    12/17/2012 7:16:42 PM PST · by wesagain · 10 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 17, 2012 | William J. Murray
    "Exclusive: William J. Murray reveals only way to turn society from violent, destructive path "If an individual is not afraid of the wrath of God, it is impossible to cause him to fear the justice of the state. The killing of young children at their school will be linked by many pundits to the availability of guns. Still others will blame the violent act on some pathology or childhood trauma. Some may even blame the Hollywood culture with its disregard for humanity, on which human bodies are seen being dissected nightly on network TV. Virtually no one will call what...