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  • Switzerland and Britain are now at currency war

    01/03/2013 11:49:37 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/3/2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    It seems you can’t debase your coinage these days even if you try. The Bank of England is straining every sinew to drive down sterling with quantitative easing, and what happens? The Swiss National Bank trumps Threadneedle Street with an outright blitz of Gilt purchases. They just print it, and buy. The Swiss and UK central banks are effectively fighting a "low intensity" currency war against each other. It has come to this. Here is the offending chart from the IMF (Picture editor's note: apologies for poor quality, unable to find better version): And this is what the Swiss did...
  • Quantum gas goes below absolute zero - Ultracold atoms pave way for negative-Kelvin materials.

    01/03/2013 11:44:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    Nature News ^ | 03 January 2013 | Zeeya Merali
    It may sound less likely than hell freezing over, but physicists have created an atomic gas with a sub-absolute-zero temperature for the first time1. Their technique opens the door to generating negative-Kelvin materials and new quantum devices, and it could even help to solve a cosmological mystery. Lord Kelvin defined the absolute temperature scale in the mid-1800s in such a way that nothing could be colder than absolute zero. Physicists later realized that the absolute temperature of a gas is related to the average energy of its particles. Absolute zero corresponds to the theoretical state in which particles have no...
  • The Federal Reserve Has No Practical Option To End QE (by James Sinclair)

    01/03/2013 6:31:29 PM PST · by dennisw · 49 replies
    Jim Sinclair ^ | January 3, 2013 | Jim Sinclair
    The Federal Reserve Has No Practical Option To End QE January 3, 2013, at 6:07 pm by Jim Sinclair in the category General Editorial | Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post Dear CIGAs, Such an announcement has been part of QE either from MSM or some Fed board member since it began. The implication of stopping QE is so dire to the economy that it is in a practical sense impossible. When gold was being sold by central banks during the 1970s market announcements were made constantly with the bias to depress metals....
  • Biden To Heitkamp: "Spread Your Legs, You're Going To Be Frisked"

    01/03/2013 10:17:52 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 14 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1/3/13
    Vice President Joe Biden made Heidi Heitkamp's swearing-in ceremony...memorable.
  • Move Over Vegas, These Are The New Sin Cities

    01/03/2013 10:17:26 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/2/2013
    When Washington became the first U.S. state to legalize recreational pot possession earlier this month, scores of Seattle residents gathered to celebrate by lighting up in public places across the city. But Seattle’s not alone when it comes to enjoying newly permitted vices: With more marijuana-legalization measures, a growing number of casinos and an increasing list of relaxed nightlife laws, new Sin Cities from St. Louis to Oakland are on track to give Vegas a run for its money. In Seattle, the revelry over the Washington law followed voter approval of a ballot measure in November, allowing adults 21 and...
  • White House War on Women Escalates

    01/03/2013 4:58:01 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | January 3, 2013
    The White House’s Flickr account recently released a photo of President Barack Obama and his top advisers. The complete absence of women in the image is another reminder that females are underrepresented in Obama’s staff. Additionally, the president still pays his female employees significantly less than their male counterparts. ... It is unclear when Obama and the Democrats will call off the war on women
  • US calls on Israel, Palestinians to ‘make a fresh start’ and rekindle peace talks

    01/03/2013 9:31:00 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 16 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1-03-13 | Elie Leshem
    Now is the time for ‘real leadership’ and an end to ‘counter-productive unilateral actions,’ says State Department spokeswoman The United States on Wednesday urged Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table and resume, in earnest, long-dormant efforts to hammer out a comprehensive peace deal. “As we turn the calendar to 2013… now is the time for leaders on both sides to display real leadership, to focus on the work that’s necessary to return to direct negotiations,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in remarks cited by AFP. The US was asking both sides “to clearly demonstrate that...
  • Md., Va. lawmakers to go different ways on guns

    01/03/2013 8:56:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Examiner ^ | January 2, 2013 | Steve Contorno
    Maryland and Virginia have vowed to tackle the issue of guns when their state legislatures convene this month in the wake a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, but the neighboring states are taking drastically different approaches. In Maryland, Democrats running the General Assembly have called for a crackdown on the kinds of powerful firearms and high-capacity magazines used last month by the Newtown, Conn., shooter to kill 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Republicans who control Virginia's General Assembly, however, not only dismissed the need for new gun restrictions but expressed interest in arming...
  • Senator’s wife sought Iowa institute

    01/03/2013 8:48:23 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    KSTP ^ | 1-3-13 | ap
    AP) IOWA CITY, Iowa - An Iowa Board of Regents member worked behind the scenes to create a university institute honoring her husband, Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, and then pushed for its approval before two of the couple’s allies left the board, according to an email obtained by The Associated Press. The 2011 email from then-Iowa State University Provost Elizabeth Hoffman describes the top-secret process that Ruth Harkin and a small group of officials pursued in planning the Harkin Institute of Public Policy, which remains mired in controversy nearly two years later. It noted that an ethics scandal involving a...
  • Morning Joe: Obama Was For Debating The Debt Ceiling Before He Was Against It

    01/03/2013 8:33:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    youtube ^ | 1/2/13
    Mark Halperin on "Morning Joe" makes the point that Obama as a Senator was against raising the debt ceiling (January 2, 2013).
  • Hammar, Marine freed from Mexico jail, says inmates threatened to behead him

    01/03/2013 8:09:59 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    kansascity.com ^ | Jan. 03, 2013 | By Tim Johnson
    MEXICO CITY -- Only days after U.S. Marine veteran Jon Hammar was thrown into a Mexican prison for carrying an antique shotgun into the country, gangsters in the jail warned him of his likely fate – beheading.
  • Cruz Sworn In As Texas’ First Hispanic US Senator, Will Introduce Bill To Repeal ‘Obamacare’

    01/03/2013 8:06:43 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 47 replies
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tea party darling Ted Cruz has been sworn in as U.S. senator and says his first order of business will be introducing a bill he knows will never pass.
  • Social media casts spotlight on Ohio rape case

    01/03/2013 7:59:01 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | Thursday, January 3, 2013 | Michael Pearson
    Social media videos led to rape charges [Video]. The videos, pictures and tweets are chilling. A picture of a girl dangling limply from the arms of two young men. Other boys, laughingly saying the girl had to be dead because she didn't flinch as her body was violated. An alleged rape, made into a joke. The images and social media messages are at the heart of criminal charges against two high school football players accused of sexually assaulting an underage teenage girl during a series of end-of-summer parties in August.
  • Joe Biden Gets Frisky with Senator's Wife (Video)

    01/03/2013 7:23:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/3/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    Vice President Joe Biden got a little frisky with the wife of Senator Angus King at today's ceremonial swearing-in at the Capitol:
  • Al Gore, Joel Hyatt Sell Out Israel

    01/03/2013 7:20:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    DickMorris.com ^ | January 3, 2013 | Dick Morris
    Al Jazeera is coming to America — courtesy of former Vice President Al Gore and entrepreneur Joel Hyatt. The Arab network, funded by Qatar, has just bought Current TV — the low rated liberal cable station Gore and Hyatt founded — for a reported $500 million. The deal gives the anti-Israeli Arab network access to 40 million homes in the United States. Beyond bringing anti-Israeli propaganda into these new American outlets, Al Jazeera has a long record as the chosen news outlet for Al Qaeda and other terrorist cells. It was through them that Osama bin Laden would regularly post...
  • Lawsuit Filed Against Journal News Sparked By Map of Gun Owners

    01/03/2013 7:01:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    A lawsuit has been filed against The Journal News by a business that claims its reputation suffered after the newspaper published an interactive map of licensed gun owners in the area, following the massacre in Newtown, Conn. First Impression LLC is a gift shop and interior design firm located in Katonah. They sued both The Journal News and its corporate parent Gannett Co. in Westchester County Court. In the Summons with Notice, the gift shop accuses the newspaper of “falsely…publicly stating in the interactive website www.lohud.com that plaintiff First Impression LLC is a licensed handgun owner.” They are represented by...
  • Wish you were here, John! Jubilant Obama relaxes on Hawaiian beach while arch rival Boehner fights

    01/03/2013 6:52:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/3/13 | Toby Hardnen & Staff
    House Speaker John Boehner has been afforded no rest after the passage of the fiscal cliff bill. (Snip) President Barack Obama, meanwhile, has been vacationing on the sunny beaches of Hawaii - leaving Washington just hours after the deal made it through Congress on Tuesday night. The White House released a series of year-end photos of the President on Wednesday. The first picture in the series was of shot of a jubilant Obama frolicking in the warm Hawaiian waters. Scroll down for video
  • Top 10 "Most Corrupt" List Dominated by Obama Administration

    01/03/2013 6:51:22 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 6 replies
    The New American ^ | 03 January 2013 | Alex Newman
    President Obama and key members of his cabinet were among the top ten most corrupt politicians in Washington for 2012, according to an annual list compiled by Judicial Watch. Top 10 "Most Corrupt" List Dominated by Obama Administration The New American 03 January 2013 President Obama and key members of his Democrat cabinet like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, disgraced Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, and UN Ambassador Susan Rice were all among the top ten most corrupt politicians in Washington for 2012, according to an annual...
  • MSNBC's Ed Schultz Names Sandra Fluke A 'Hero' For Pushing Free Birth Control

    01/03/2013 6:35:12 PM PST · by drewh · 36 replies
    National Examiner.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | By: Joe Newby
    MSNBC's Ed Schultz named Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown coed who told a congressional panel that students were going broke buying contraception, a "middle class hero" for advocating free contraception, Twitchy reported Wednesday. "Even more hilarious," Twitchy said, "Fluke is boasting about it and preening." "Thx 4 including me in 2012 heroes & allowing me 2 share my friend's story--interview feels like lifetime ago," Fluke tweeted. According to Twitchy, conservatives on Twitter weren't impressed. "@SandraFluke hero? What a joke! Embarrassment is more like it," one person tweeted. "@SandraFluke what have you sacrificed to be labelled a hero? You're an underachieving grad...
  • Two Americas: Gregory Not Charged, Iraq Vet Jailed

    01/03/2013 6:26:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/3/13 | John Nolte
    The media's so full of it. Over the past few weeks, the wife and I have been re-watching the brilliant HBO drama, "The Wire." The show's fifth and final season focuses on the plight of "The Baltimore Sun," as the daily newspaper deals with a collapsing business model in the age of the inter-webs. One of the story's subplots involves a reporter with ambitions to someday work for the "The New York Times" or "The Washington Post." He's a bit overly ambitious, though, and ends up falsifying quotes and sources in order to make a name for himself. One of...