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  • Gold-digging microbe - By spitting out a molecule, a bacterium draws solid gold out of solution

    02/06/2013 4:57:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    Science News ^ | February 1, 2013 | Rachel Ehrenberg
    Forget ancient maps and metal detectors. Those seeking hidden gold might do well to add bacteria to their toolbox. The bacterium Delftia acidovorans secretes a molecule that binds to dissolved gold and turns it into shiny, solid gold, scientists have discovered. The bacterium — and perhaps others like it — might one day process gold at mining sites or create gold nanoparticles with desirable properties, says geomicrobiologist Frank Reith, a research fellow at the University of Adelaide in Australia. In 2006 Reith and his colleagues reported finding biofilms of bacteria growing on solid gold grains in soil. Some of these...
  • Fleeing Californians Ponder Which State to Ruin Next

    02/06/2013 4:55:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | February 5, 2013 | Nick Taxia
    Tuesday, January 29th, 2013, (Santa Monica, CA) — It has been 34 years of marriage, three children, two grandchildren, two homes and three jobs, and Mary and Joseph Peterson have had enough. The two Sacramento natives and college sweethearts have lived in California their entire lives. Now their lifelong stay in the Sunshine state is sadly coming to an end. Mary Peterson, 56, and husband Joseph, 57, lament being only an estimated 250,000 people who are now leaving California annually, in comparison to the hordes more that are storming in (mainly illegally). They also lament not having fully experienced the...
  • Christie launches attack on feds' flood insurance program (MSM buries the story)

    02/06/2013 4:53:23 PM PST · by dirtboy · 11 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer / Philly.com ^ | 2/5/13 (2/6/13 print edition) | Matt Katz
    Sandy-related salvo against the Obama administration, Gov. Christie slammed the National Flood Insurance Program today, saying that the pace of its payouts to victims of Sandy has "stunk." During a news conference in this small community on the Raritan Bay that was ravaged by Sandy, Christie said that 30 percent of flood insurance claims, which are paid by the federal government, have been resolved, compared to 85 percent of homeowners' insurance claims, which are paid directly by insurance companies. "I've been as patient as I'm going to be...and now I'm going to turn my special brand of love and affection...
  • All Hail: Sharpton's Creepy Obama Image

    02/06/2013 4:52:50 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Have a look at the image of President Obama that Al Sharpton repeatedly displayed during a segment on his MSNBC show this evening on the theme that the Obama agenda on immigration and gun control is gaining traction. It shows a stern-faced President Obama superimposed on a background of a massive crowd. At one point, Sharpton displayed a graphic reading "Taking Control." More here.
  • Rand Paul seeks distance from Ron Paul’s foreign policy — in tone, at least

    02/06/2013 4:48:32 PM PST · by Mozilla · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | /2/6/13 | Aaron Blake
    Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who looks more and more like he will pick up where his father left off and run for president in 2016, tried to create some separation between himself and his famous dad in a speech Wednesday. “I am a realist, not a neoconservative, nor an isolationist,” Paul began in his opening remarks at the Heritage Foundation. Paul called for a balanced approach to foreign policy that includes both significant action against radical Islam but also shunned the neoconservative and interventionist strains that dominated the Republican Party for the past decade and which his father, Ron...
  • American Crossroads Vetting Rep. Steve King For Senate Seat

    02/06/2013 4:41:57 PM PST · by Mozilla · 20 replies
    Kmeg ^ | Feb 06, 2013 | Heather Leigh, Reporter
    Karl Rove versus Steve King. Rove was one of President Bush's top advisors, but now Iowa's open Senate seat has one of America's top Republican operatives gearing up to fight one of his own, vetting candidates who have a history of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. And, that apparently includes Congressman Steve King. Steven Law, the CEO of American Crossroads, told the New York Times: "We're concerned about Steve King's Todd Akin problem....All of the things he's said are going to be hung around his neck," says Law. Law is apparently referring to comments King made to...
  • Ethiopia: Geo-thermal Power Expansion to Begin At Aluto-Langano

    02/06/2013 4:38:24 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    All Africa ^ | Febuary 3, 2013 | Yetneberk Tadele
    Expansion work is to begin at the Aluto-Langano Geo-thermal Power Plant, in February, with the delivery of equipment to the site. The project, estimated to cost 35 million dollars, has already had 17 containers of materials delivered, with 10 more currently at the dry port, according to Miskir Negash, public relations officer of the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo). The Corporation will also import 400tn of international standard cement over the coming few weeks, Miskir said. The expansion includes the digging of four wells, up to 2,500m deep, boosting Aluto-Langano's geo-thermal capacity to 70Mw; the total potential for the country...
  • Rubio To Deliver GOP Response to Obama's State of the Union (in English and Spanish)

    02/06/2013 4:31:21 PM PST · by drewh · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/06/13 03:40 PM E | By Daniel Strauss
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Feb. 12. Rubio's response will be delivered in both English and Spanish, according to Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) office. "Marco Rubio is one of our party’s most dynamic and inspiring leaders. He carries our party’s banner of freedom, opportunity and prosperity in a way few others can. His family’s story is a testament to the promise and greatness of America," Boehner said in a statement on Wednesday. "He’ll deliver a GOP address that speaks from the heart to the hopes and dreams...
  • No, Karl Rove, It’s A Leadership Problem

    02/06/2013 4:28:06 PM PST · by Mozilla · 16 replies
    The Missouri senate race was shaped by the inaction and lack of leadership from the state party. Period. I’ve spoken to many party insiders who agree. The establishment didn’t want Akin — those who claim otherwise embarrass themselves with their lack of knowledge about my home state’s politics. The moderate faction of the GOP wanted Akin gone. His rejection of TARP was unconscionable, his bad-mouthing of NCLB intolerable, and he spoke too much about Jesus. snip The problem with this race, as I’ve written infinity-times before, began before the general election. It wasn’t the fault of the candidates, it was...
  • Black Conservatives To Protest MSNBC’s Touré Speech At Catholic University

    02/06/2013 4:16:39 PM PST · by Mozilla · 6 replies
    http://danaloeschradio.com/ ^ | 2/6/13 | dana Loesch
    Move-On-Up.org, an organization of black conservatives from around the St. Louis area, are organizing a protest of MSNBC host Touré Neblett, who is scheduled to speak at the Catholic St. Louis University this month. The group objects to his support of abortion and notes the contradiction of a pro-abortion advocate at a Catholic university. Says the news release from organizer Stephanie Rubach: Pro-lifers of this region are outraged at the appearance of Touré Neblett, (co-host of The Cycle on MSNBC) after his out spoken stance glorifying his personal experience of abortion. Toure’ will be the keynote lecturer for the 2013...
  • Karl Lagerfeld Calls Michelle Obama’s Fringe ‘Bad Idea’ (Moochelle looks like a News Anchorette)

    02/06/2013 4:16:39 PM PST · by drewh · 15 replies
    World Beauty News ^ | Feb 05, 2013 01:58 AM EST
    The world is busy raving about first lady Michelle Obama's fringe but Chanel's creative director Karl Lagerfeld begs to differ. After taking digs at Pippa Middleton, Adele, Heidi Klum and Russian men, next in line is the first lady. "I don't understand the change of hair ... Frankly, the fringe was a bad idea. It's not good," quoted the designer. Lagerfeld went on to say that Obama now looks like a news anchor. The criticism comes as a surprise as Lagerfeld had once admitted that he adores Obama. He had even called the first lady's face "magical" while talking to...
  • GOP Divided on Sequestration

    02/06/2013 4:15:02 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 35 replies
    US News ^ | 6 Feb 13 | Lauren Fox
    With less than a month left to replace the $1.2 trillion in automatic budget cuts scheduled for March. Republicans revealed Wednesday their party is divided over what is more important: protecting the Department of Defense or pushing spending cuts no matter the cost. Republican Sens. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona continue to speak out about how devastating across-the-board spending cuts would be to the Pentagon, while their GOP colleagues in the House say sequestration, no matter the cost, may be the only way to force...
  • $110 million for embassy ... in Suriname?

    02/06/2013 4:12:51 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 17 replies
    WND ^ | Feb. 6, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Tiny nation rich in oil, gold led by alleged killer, drug-traffickerThe Obama administration will pump upwards of $110 million into a new U.S. Embassy compound in Suriname, a South American nation whose population of 580,000 is equivalent to that of Wyoming, the least-populated U.S. state. Jay Anania, U.S. ambassador to Suriname, said last year during his Senate confirmation hearing, “It is very much in the United States’ interest that Suriname remains a stable democratic partner.”
  • House bill could create new 'national nurse' public health position

    02/06/2013 4:05:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 5, 2013 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), Pete King (R-N.Y.) and more than two dozen Democrats have introduced legislation that would create a national nurse to work alongside the surgeon general. The National Nurse Act, H.R. 485, would designate the chief nurse officer of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) as the "National Nurse for Public Health." The bill would have the national nurse work alongside the surgeon general and "focus on health promotion, improving healthcare literacy, and reducing health disparities." "As the first registered nurse in Congress, I know from experience how nurses play a critical role in health promotion and...
  • Govs Call for $10G Bachelor's Degree [ Liberals Unions always oppose online offerings ]

    The $10,000 bachelor's degree could be coming to a campus near you. What began as a challenge from billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates to make college more affordable is now catching on with governors eager to stem spiraling tuition costs and mounting student debt. Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced recently that 23 state-run higher education institutions will soon offer the four-year degree programs for $10,000, following similar calls by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. At least one lawmaker in California is calling for that state's vaunted university system to embrace the idea, too. The bargain baccalaureate...
  • California Judge Does The Unthinkable: Reinstates Obama Eligibility Lawsuit

    Kathleen O’Leary, Presiding Judge of the 4th District Court of Appeal reinstated the Appeal Taitz v Obama et al filed by the candidate for the U.S. Senate Attorney Orly Taitz. Appeal at hand involves Senator Diane Feinstein and Barack Obama as a candidate for the U.S. Presidency.
  • New audio: Hagel tells Arab audience U.S. must 'reverse optics' on Israel, 2007

    02/06/2013 3:53:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/6/13 | http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/02/06/New-audio-Hagel-tells-Arab-audience-U-S-must-reverse-o
    Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) is not providing the Senate any more information about past speeches or funders. Luckily, a few of his former audiences are only too proud to share his remarks with the world. The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations recently published a recording of a speech Hagel gave to its conference in 2007. In addition to calling for unconditional talks with the Iranian regime, Hagel said that the U.S. had to "reverse optics" in its relationship with Israel in order to restore its credibility as an honest broker between Israelis and Palestinians, and to boost its diplomacy...
  • Obama: Salazar's family 'did not cross the border, the border crossed them'

    02/06/2013 3:46:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/6/13 | Charlie Spiering
    Speaking about outgoing Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, President Obama reminded reporters that the family of the former U.S. Senator from Colorado was of Spanish descendent – dating back to the 16th century. “His ancestors were living here before the Mayflower set sail,” Obama said. “As he explains it — and relevant, as we are working to get immigration reform passed — his family did not cross the border, the border crossed them. And that’s why, when I needed somebody to lead Interior, I didn’t have to look very far.”
  • Chicago police no longer responding to all 911 calls

    02/06/2013 3:45:16 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 28 replies
    Chicago police are no longer responding in person to 911 calls reporting vehicle theft, garage burglary or simple assault in a change aimed at freeing up officers to deal with more serious crimes. According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, the change came into effect on Sunday and also covers crime where the victim is "safe, secure and not in need of medical attention" and the offender is "not on the scene and not expected to return immediately." Chicago authorities are hoping the change frees up more officers to attend to the most serious crimes, such as serious assaults...
  • Oppose Joe Manchin’s Veterans Gun Ban & National Gun Registry

    02/06/2013 3:33:01 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 17 replies
    Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- Reports out of Capitol Hill reveal that just-reelected turncoat West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is about to stick a big knife in the back of American gun owners. And to make matters worse, he’s lying about what he’s doing. Both Manchin and House anti-gun crazy Carolyn McCarthy are claiming to be “working with NRA” to enact gun bans and national gun registries. NRA says flatly that Manchin is lying, and we believe he is. (The Hill, 1/24/13) Ironically, Manchin was the “gun owner’s best friend” on November 5 2012 — the day before his reelection to a...