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  • 2012: Calm Before The Storm

    12/23/2012 9:18:16 PM PST · by Errant · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | December 23, 2012 | Gordon T. Long
    We have a new era dawning in Global Monetary policy. It is a new day with the monetary skies already red. Within 90 days the captains of monetary policy have steered the world into uncharted waters and on a course that history warns us against. Federal Reserve: QE3 "Unlimited" and QE4 within 90 days, ECB: OMT "Uncapped", BoJ: QE 10 and the newly elected Prime Minister Abe's mandate for "Inflation at any cost" BoE: UK's newly appointed BoE Governor, Mark Carney's Monetary Evan Rule targeting. These untested and newly commissioned captains all have PhD's from the finest Economic schools in...
  • Panel rejects experimental chronic fatigue syndrome drug

    12/23/2012 9:17:26 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 9 replies
    Nature ^ | December 21, 2012 | Heidi Ledford
    A drug for chronic fatigue syndrome that spent decades in clinical development and won fervent patient support has been turned down for approval by a committee of advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who voted 9–4 against it. The drug, named Ampligen (rintatolimod), has not been shown to be effective or safe, the committee determined on 20 December. “Key deficiencies included inadequate evidence of effectiveness or safety, inadequacy of drug–drug interaction studies, lack of carcinogenicity assessment, lack of anti-drug antibody determination, and inadequate analytical methods and drug product specifications,” the agency wrote in one of several sections...
  • Should Santa Claus still be fat?

    12/23/2012 8:43:00 PM PST · by chessplayer · 31 replies
    Pickler's job as a professional Santa was a constant joke on the latest season of "The Biggest Loser." With his long white beard and protruding stomach, the 63-year-old looked every bit the part he played. "The world is going to have to change their acceptance of what Santa looks like," Pickler said. "Santa is a role model, and kids don't want to have a role model that's fat."
  • The latest thing - petitions.whitehouse.gov/

    12/23/2012 5:41:28 PM PST · by Jean S · 41 replies
    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/
    We're seeing more and more of these petition threads. Do you feel comfortable signing a petition at White House website? I don't. They claim that Obama will consider the petitions when X number of signatures are logged. I think they're collecting names.
  • Gun Control Advocates´ Loudest Voices are Most Heavily Protected

    12/23/2012 7:56:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 12/23/12 | Kerry Picket
    Gun control advocates, following the NRA’s press conference on Friday, slammed the National Rifle Association’s response. NRA CEO Wayne La Pierre told reporters: “How have our nation’s priorities gotten so far out of order? Think about it. We care about our money, so we protect our banks with armed guards. American airports, office buildings, power plants, courthouses--even sports stadiums--are all protected by armed security. We care about the President, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents. Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by armed Capitol Police officers. Yet when it comes
  • NPR's Nina Totenberg Dumps on Bork's Death

    12/23/2012 7:47:19 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 25 replies
    http://newsbusters.org ^ | December 23, 2012 | Tim Graham
    National Public Radio was quite good at historical re-enactment on Thursday night's All Things Considered. The Nina Totenberg obituary on Reagan's defeated Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork carried almost all the original liberal invective. She included then-Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales, who wrote "He looked and talked like a man who would throw the book at you, and maybe the whole country."
  • SEAL Team Four commander in Afghanistan 'commits suicide' as body of married father is found shot

    12/23/2012 7:44:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12/23/12 | the Daily Mail Reporter
    Commander John W Price, 42, oversaw SEAL Team Four, which was training Afghan police in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan Father of a young daughter Jillian, 9, is also survived by his wife Stephanie SEALs have suffered heavy casualties in Afghanistan The leader of Navy SEAL Team Four, one of the most senior commanders in the elite world of special operations, has died after apparently committing suicide in Afghanistan, it was reported today. Commander John W Price, 42, was found dead in his quarters with a gunshot wound on Saturday - just three days before Christmas. Cmdr Price was based in Naval...
  • Gregory Mocks LaPierre for Proposing Armed Guards, but Sends Kids to High-Security School

    12/23/2012 7:21:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/23/12 | Daniel Halper
    The Blog Gregory Mocks LaPierre for Proposing Armed Guards, but Sends Kids to High-Security School 4:58 PM, Dec 23, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts David Gregory mocked the NRA's Wayne LaPierre for proposing that armed guards be at every school in America. But the NBC host seems to have no problem with armed guards protecting his kids everyday where they attend school in Washington, D.C. "You proposed armed guards in school. We'll talk about that in some detail in a moment. You confronted the news media. You blamed Hollywood and the gaming...
  • UAE urges citizens not to travel to Lebanon

    12/23/2012 7:16:27 PM PST · by haffast · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/23/2012 | Rania El Gamal
    DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates urged citizens not to travel to Lebanon, a popular New Year holiday destination for Gulf Arabs, after Syria's civil war fanned sectarian clashes in north Lebanon. The Gulf Arab state issued the warning because of "difficult and sensitive political circumstances" in Lebanon, saying Emiratis should not visit unless they had to, state news agency WAM reported late on Saturday. Syria's conflict has provoked fighting in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, whose communal makeup mirrors that of the opposing sides in the war. Majority Sunnis in the city support Syria's mostly Sunni-led uprising, while...
  • America's Vicarious Christmas Vacation

    12/23/2012 7:14:41 PM PST · by upchuck · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Sunday, December 23, 2012 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    President Barack Obama needs a break. It's tiring and takes a tremendous amount of effort to dismantle 250 years of what made America the great nation we once were. So, in anticipation of leaving the drudgery of governing behind, Obama abandoned the wrecking ball he's been swinging for the last four years, left the 54 holiday trees that lost their lives in the White House, and jetted off with the wife, the kids and the dog for their nine-hour flight to Oahu. ... During the planned 17-day breather the President will be doing the usual "playing golf, eating at local...
  • US lobby (NRA/LaPierre) issues point-blank 'no' on gun control

    12/23/2012 6:57:23 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    France24 ^ | 23 December 2012
    AFP - The NRA, the most powerful gun lobby in the United States, ruled out any support Sunday for greater regulation of firearms or ammunition magazines after the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre. Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, said planned legislation to outlaw military-style assault weapons and large-capacity magazines was "phony" and would not work.He repeated the NRA's call to place an armed guard in every school and argued that prosecuting criminals and fixing the mental health system, rather than gun control, were the solutions to America's mass shooting epidemic.On December 14, a disturbed...
  • Your country on Democratics... Your country on Republicans... (CAPTION the toon about you)

    12/23/2012 6:54:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 51 replies
  • Police: Sen. Crapo Arrested, Charged With DUI

    12/23/2012 6:50:42 PM PST · by knak · 46 replies
    Times News ^ | 12/23/12 | Associated Press
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Authorities say U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence in a Washington, D.C. suburb. Police in Alexandria, Va., said Sunday that the Idaho Republican was pulled over early Sunday morning after his vehicle ran a red light. Police spokesman Jody Donaldson said Crapo failed field sobriety tests and was arrested at about 12:45 a.m. without incident. He was transported to the Alexandria jail and released on an unsecured $1,000 bond at about 5 a.m.. Donaldson said he didn't immediately know what Crapo's blood alcohol level was. Crapo has a...
  • Red alert issued for volcano on Chile-Argentina border

    12/23/2012 6:30:53 PM PST · by John W · 10 replies
    cnn.com ^ | December 23, 2012 | Erica Harrington and Greg Botelho
    Chilean authorities on Sunday issued a red alert -- the most severe in their warning system -- that the Copahue Volcano, high in the Andes mountains on the border with Argentina, might be poised for a significant eruption. In a statement, Chile's Geological and Mining Service stressed that no mandatory evacuations have been ordered around the remote volcano, which lies about 280 kilometers southeast (175 miles) of Concepcion, though the closest roads to it are in Argentina. Even though the seismic activity suggests a minor eruption, the agency decided to raise the alert level because it could not rule out...
  • Steve Jobs’ high-tech yacht impounded over bill dispute

    12/23/2012 6:25:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    BBC News ^ | 21 December 2012 | Last updated at 12:29 ET
    Venus, the minimalist high-tech yacht commissioned by the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, has become embroiled in a row over a disputed bill. French designer Philippe Starck claims Mr. Jobs’ heirs still owe him €3 million of a €9 million fee for the project, according to Dutch paper Het Financieele Dagblad. Mr. Starck called in the debt collectors and had the yacht impounded. … The sleek, 260-foot-long aluminum super-yacht cost €105 million ($138 million; £85 million) and was launched in October, at Aalsmeer, The Netherlands. …
  • Egypt opposition accuses Islamists of fraud in referendum

    12/23/2012 6:15:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 23, 2012, 5:29 p.m. | Reem Abdellatif and Ned Parker
    Egypt’s opposition on Sunday charged that fraud was committed during a referendum on the nation’s Islamist-backed constitution, which preliminary results indicated had been approved by voters. The dispute augured more ill will and public confrontation between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and their opponents. The constitution, which went before voters Saturday in a second and final round of balloting, was approved by 64%, according to an initial count, the state news agency reported. Leaders from the National Salvation Front, or NSF, the coalition of leading nationalist, left-wing and moderate politicians, accused Islamists of systematic fraud and urged the government to not put...
  • Dana Loesch Sues Breitbart.com To Nix Contract

    12/23/2012 6:14:54 PM PST · by Mozilla · 8 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12-23-12 | by Tommy Christopher
    Radio host, sometime CNN contributor, and Breitbart.com non-blogger Dana Loesch has filed suit against Breitbart.com LLC, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, seeking release from her contract, and $75,000 in damages. -snip- Conservative talk radio host and commentator Dana Loesch sued the owner of the conservative website Breitbart.com Friday, claiming that although her relationship with the news and opinion aggregating website had gone “tragically awry,” Breibart.cοm LLC refused to let her work for the company or anyone else, forcing her into “indentured servitude in limbo.” The suit, filed in U.S. District Court here, seeks at least $75,000 in damages, as...
  • Muslim group slams rebel threats against Syria Christians

    12/23/2012 6:11:50 PM PST · by haffast · 7 replies
    The Daily Star - Lebanon ^ | December 23, 2012 05:28 PM | Friend or Foe?
    An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on December 22, 2012, allegedly shows rebels speaking at an undisclosed location in Syria on December 22, 2012. AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia: The world's largest Muslim body on Sunday condemned threats made by Islamist rebels in Syria against two Christian towns, warning of fresh confessional strife in the war-torn country. Such threats "are contrary to the precepts of Islam which calls for tolerance, brotherhood and peace," said the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation based in the Saudi city of Jeddah. It warned against the risks of...
  • Germany warns Britain against “blackmailing” EU

    12/23/2012 6:05:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Sun, Dec 23, 2012 11:45 AM AEDT | (AFP)
    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble warned Britain in a Sunday newspaper interview against “blackmailing” its EU partners in a bid to bring powers back home from Brussels. “We want to keep Britain in the EU and not force it out,” Schäuble told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. “But I will also say that does not mean anyone can blackmail us.” Asked whether a debate raging in Britain about a possible referendum on the country’s future in the 27-member bloc was “dangerous”, Schäuble said the European Union needed to be sending a clear message to the rest of the world. …
  • Barney Frank: Newt Gingrich hypocritical for blaming Newtown on absence of religion in public life

    12/23/2012 5:52:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 12/20/2012 7:18 PM | Tracy Jan
    Congressman Barney Frank blasted former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for hypocrisy on Wednesday, criticizing the marital track record of his political nemesis after Gringrich connected the Sandy Hook school massacre to the absence of religion in public life. “God appears to have been driven out of Mr. Gingrich’s private life if you look at his marital history,” Frank said on MSNBC. “He’s very selective about where he thinks fundamental religious tenets ought to be followed.” …