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  • Baltimore Has Decided Some Neighborhoods Just Aren’t Worth Saving

    02/24/2012 6:35:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies · 4+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 02/24/2012 | Yepoka Yeebo
    Yepoka Yeebo / Business Insider In Baltimore the wrecks stretch for blocks in every direction. Shattered windows, buckling walls, sometimes just a façade, propped up by the houses on either side. The vacant streets are punctuated by the odd meticulously-kept home; a living city slowly turning into a ghost town. Click here to see some of the abandoned homes > Baltimore has tried to deal with the tens of thousands of abandoned houses that mar the city. They’ve been refurbished. They’ve been raffled for $1. They’ve been demolished. But the number of vacant houses keeps growing. There were radical efforts...
  • Pentagon defended Bible burning in 2009

    02/23/2012 11:30:57 PM PST · by qaz123 · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 23Feb2012 | Jack Minor
    Experts on radical Islam say the U.S. military is sadly mistaken if it believes groveling at the feet of Muslims after copies of the Quran were accidentally burned will help win the hearts and minds of the world’s Islamic community Read more at: http://times247.com/articles/u-s-cowering-after-koran-burnings
  • Talk to me...

    02/23/2012 5:31:36 PM PST · by ellenbrewster · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Popular Culture Through a Biblical Lens ^ | February 23, 2012 | Ellen Makkai
    What usually is a treasured opportunity for cross generational chit-chat became a silent car ride as a luminescent glow eerily lighted his facial features in the back seat. My grandson has mastered a hand-held electronic thinga-ma-jig which muted what had previously been a casual forum for conversations about life-in-the-now and even life-everlasting. No knock-knock jokes. No “Hey, look, a horse trailer and it has horses inside!” No seemingly insignificant queries such as, “Justin says there is no God. Is that true?” Where once we easily conversed about hurt feelings, roadside beggars, birthdays, bullies and the like, this day the unilateral...
  • My Filipino right-wing bud goes ballistic (when asked if he spoke Spanish):)

    02/23/2012 4:46:48 PM PST · by max americana · 57 replies
    vanity ^ | 2/23/2012 | Max Am
    Right after lunch, I met up with my Filipino bud whose girlfriend will be working at this Sunday's Oscar's telecast for a local television crew from ABC. We were close to Union station in L.A. and we were talking how much gas it costs to get to Anaheim and I told him there was A train that costs $7 to Anaheim. He didn't believe me so we went to the Metrolink window.. There was a black lady from Metrolink who did not understand the mexican woman who INSISTED that someone there speak spanish to her. The employee looked around and...
  • Santorum aide: 'Why is Mormonism off-limits?' (Politico)

    02/23/2012 3:26:15 PM PST · by Allon · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 2/22/12 | EMILY SCHULTHEIS
    Via Byron York, Rick Santorum's advisers are frustrated by the focus on Santorum's "Satan" and "good and evil" comments without similar attention to Mitt Romney's faith: [S]pecifically religious questioning of Romney is as rare as specific Romney statements about Mormon beliefs. Given the current grilling of Santorum, that is a source of growing frustration to Santorum's advisers. "Why is Mormonism off limits?" asks one. "I'm not saying it's a seminal issue in the campaign, but we're having to spend days answering questions about Rick's faith, which he has been open about. Romney will turn on a dime when you talk...
  • FOUR VALUABLE PASSPORTS THAT ANYONE CAN OBTAIN

    02/23/2012 1:46:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Sovereign Man ^ | 02/23/2012 | Simon Black
    The idea of international diversification is a simple one– if you live, work, hold investments, own property, structure your business, store gold, etc. in the same country as your citizenship, then you truly have all of your eggs in one very fragile basket. If just one little thing goes wrong, whether it’s a court case, divorce settlement, political instability, government agency ‘administrative error’, or some noxious bureaucrat who’s out to get you, all of those aspects of your life can be put at extreme risk. The idea of ‘planting flags’, or diversifying internationally, involves spreading these aspects of your life...
  • Being Buddies Still Pays Off In Federal Hiring Decisions

    02/23/2012 10:32:32 AM PST · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 5 replies
    Fiercegovernment.com ^ | Feb 23, 2012 | David Perera
    If you want to get hired into the federal government as a cybersecurity professional, it pays to know someone already working there. According to an online survey (.pdf) of 526 federal cybersecurity professionals conducted by cybersecurity certification organization (ISC)2, referrals and recommendations from colleagues is the most common method that's led to a new hire. One hundred and four survey respondents answered the question about most common hiring methods; of them, exactly half pointed to referrals and recommendations. Lest you think that it's time to start meeting federal employees, however, only 10 respondents said networking has been their most successful...
  • Fakegate: why the perps should be prosecuted (Guest post by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley)

    02/23/2012 10:31:53 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 26+ views
    watts up with that? ^ | February 23, 2012 | Christopher Monckton of Brenchley
    Yesterday I had the pleasure of chairing a packed meeting in the Palace of Westminster (don’t tell the Clerk of the Parliaments), at which Professor Richard Lindzen of MIT spoke even more brilliantly than usual on “global warming”, and engagingly answered many questions from Parliamentarians and the public. Afterwards, Dick went to brief a Cabinet Minister (who shall be nameless, but he is a good egg, and privately regards catastrophic manmade “global warming” as nonsense). The Minister indicated – in effect, and with scarcely-concealed regret – that the party line set by David Cameron in response to various opinion polls,...
  • Inalienable Rights: Is the U.S. 'Coming Apart'

    02/23/2012 9:13:48 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 17 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | February 23, 2012 | Charlie Leonard
    For more than 200 years, the United States has embraced a set of beliefs that set us apart from the rest of the world. We almost universally put faith, family and community at the center of our lives. And we believed that if we lived by the twin values of hard work and determination, anything was possible. Our American virtues became a defining characteristic of our culture and permeated all facets of our lives, beyond just family and work, and included scholarship, the arts, athletics and more. On the smallest scale, we saw these virtues propel immigrant farmers and shopkeepers...
  • 'African Americans For Obama' Launched By President's Campaign To Rally Black Voters (VIDEO)

    02/23/2012 9:03:08 AM PST · by THE_RAIDER · 47 replies
    Might as well just come out and say Vote for me because I am black. Gee, maybe we should start a White’s Against Obama? This may be the epitome of racism on the part of the President. There is not a person of any other color that could pull this off and not be crucified by ALL press agencies and even foreign countries.
  • A Quick Breakdown Of America's 131.8 Million Homes

    02/23/2012 7:11:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/23/2012 | Joe weisenthal
    From Goldman Sachs, a very useful chart. The diagram below breaks down the US housing market into several categories (all figures refer to 2010 and come from the American Community Survey and the NAR). Housing units can be either occupied or vacant, and occupied units are either currently listed for sale or unlisted/not for sale. Vacant units can be listed for sale, seasonal or recreational properties that are not for sale, or can fall into a number of other categories (e.g. for rent, sold but not yet occupied, or “held off market”). Goldman Sachs
  • Sale of Philadelphia newspapers raises bias concerns

    02/23/2012 5:09:24 AM PST · by Daffynition · 27 replies · 1+ views
    WashingtonTimes ^ | February 21, 2012 | By Dave Boye
    Philadelphia’s two daily newspapers have long been accused of liberal bias, but critics say a group of potential buyers led by former Gov. Ed Rendell would turn the papers into mere mouthpieces of the Democratic Party in a 2012 swing state. Mr. Rendell, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is teaming with George Norcross, the Democratic Party boss of southern New Jersey, and others in an effort to purchase the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Daily News and the company’s website, philly.com.
  • Teacher fired over inappropriate relationship with student

    02/23/2012 5:04:05 AM PST · by eastforker · 37 replies · 2+ views
    click2houston ^ | 2/23/12 | click2houston
    HOUSTON - Counselors will be on hand at a Spring Branch middle school Thursday after a teacher was fired over an inappropriate relationship with one of her students.. Kathryn "Camille" Murray, an eighth-grade teacher at Memorial Middle School, was fired Wednesday, according to a statement from Spring Branch ISD Superintendent Duncan F. Klussmann. Klussmann said Murray was removed from the classroom after allegations were reported on Feb. 13. Details of the allegations were not released.
  • National Enquirer posts Whitney Houston open casket

    02/22/2012 11:29:52 PM PST · by patriot08 · 35 replies · 27+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 22, 2012 | Fox News
    National Enquirer posts Whitney Houston open casket Not that it’s all that shocking, when you think about it, as the shot is reminiscent of the Enquirer front page featuring Elvis Presley’s open casket photo after The King died in 1977. Did The Enquirer go too far, is this par for the course with today’s tabloid journalism, or both?
  • Breaking: Eminent Scientist May be Jailed for Faking Climate Emails

    02/22/2012 4:06:31 PM PST · by Twotone · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Climate Change Dispatch ^ | February 21, 2012 | John O'Sullivan
    In a sensational public confession a leading climatologist, Peter Gleick has admitted to taking part in a high-profile climate emails forgery that has backfired; says it was done to intentionally injure skeptic foundation. Britain’s pro-green national daily, ‘The Guardian’ was the first major newspaper to break the news that Dr. Peter Gleick had confessed to unlawfully libeling the prominent climate skeptic supporter, the Heartland Institute (HI). Heartland is a 28-year-old national nonprofit organization with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, DC. Its mission is “to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems.”
  • Question on a gun group

    02/22/2012 2:52:42 PM PST · by 4buttons · 8 replies
    Just Me:) ^ | 2/22/12 | self
    Question- what/who was the gun group that was fronted by a former NFL player- haven't heard much about them lately. I didn't trust them.
  • North Bergen Target employee staged accident to collect workers' comp

    02/22/2012 1:41:01 PM PST · by SMGFan · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Jersey Journal ^ | February 22, 2012 | By Michaelangelo Conte
    NORTH BERGEN -- A Target employee who police say staged an elaborate scheme in an effort to fake an accident and collect workers' compensation apparently forgot one thing in the planning -- the cameras in the storeroom were rolling. .... Colon was employed in the customer service area at the North Bergen Target on June 2 when she claimed a box she was carrying hit the edge of a shelf and boxes fell off the shelves and struck her head, neck and back -- and even caused her to vomit, authorities said.
  • Climate scientist admits duping skeptic group to obtain documents ( Plans to use "Discovery" )

    02/22/2012 12:52:36 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 21, 2012 | By Juliet Eilperin,
    Legislation to fight global warming has disappeared from Washington’s policy agenda, but the battle over climate science continues to escalate. The latest skirmish culminated in the admission Monday night by Peter Gleick, a climate scientist and author, that he assumed a fake identity to obtain documents that would expose the inner workings of a climate skeptic group. “My judgment was blinded by my frustration with the ongoing efforts — often anonymous, well-funded and coordinated — to attack climate science and scientists and prevent this debate, and by the lack of transparency of the organizations involved,” Gleick wrote in a post...
  • Is stealing OK? Alarmist climate scientists don’t know – “in tumult!”

    02/22/2012 12:17:55 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    JoNova ^ | February 23rd, 2012 | Joanne
    The Guardian: Gleick apology over Heartland leak stirs ethics debate among climate scientistsWhoops. Suzanne Goldenberg unwittingly exposes how empty the Ethics Vault is in establishment climate science. Peter Gleick used a false identity to steal documents, and released them without permission and without an effort to redact private irrelevant details. So let’s ask climate scientists if stealing, deception and breaching privacy is OK. It’s a yes or no choice, is it a/ heroic, or b/ misguided? We’d hope a ten year old could get this one, but Goldenberg tells us that its thrown “the scientific community into tumult, with fierce...
  • Single-atom transistor is ‘end of Moore’s Law’ and ‘beginning of quantum computing’

    02/22/2012 8:43:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Kurzweil ^ | 02/22/2012
    A controllable transistor engineered from a single phosphorus atom. The atom, shown here in the center of an image from a computer model, sits in a channel in a silicon crystal. The atomic-sized transistor and wires might allow researchers to control gated qubits of information in future quantum computers. (Credit: Purdue University)The smallest transistor ever built has been created using a single phosphorous atom by an international team of researchers at the University of New South Wales, Purdue University and the University of Melbourne.The latest Intel chip, the “Sandy Bridge,” uses a manufacturing process to place 2.3 billion transistors 32...
  • "Let Them Eat Sight-Words"

    02/21/2012 3:37:12 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 36 replies
    CanadaFreePress ^ | Feb. 15, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Marie Antoinette, on hearing that French peasants had no bread to eat, suggested, “Let them eat cake.” This quip perfectly captured the haughty indifference which many people attributed to the French monarchy. A few years later, she was punished for her hauteur: execution by guillotine. The famous quote was probably never uttered. Real or not, it’s a handy symbol for an arrogant elite, indifferent to the suffering of the people. When you read in the newspaper that the US has 50 million functional illiterates, the disdainful queen should flash into your mind.During the 1920’s, the American population was moving toward...
  • PRESENTING: The 20 Craziest Players In The NBA (Multi-millionaries all)

    02/21/2012 12:28:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/21/2012 | Tony Manfred
    AP The NBA is a personality-driven league.As a result, the trials and tribulations of its players are amplified, and the league is filled with more "crazy people" than any other sport.Everyone has their own definition of "crazy."We'll define it as instability either on or off that court in results in some confounding headline-making antics. Delonte West AP ImagesTeam: Dallas Mavericks Age: 28Crazy anecdote: Arrested for having a shotgun in a guitar case slung over his back while driving a three-wheeled motorcycle. Ivan Johnson APTeam: Atlanta Hawks Age: 27Crazy anecdote: He was "banned for life" from the Korean Basketball League...
  • Soldiers don fake belly, breasts to better understand pregnant troops' exercise concerns

    02/21/2012 8:29:25 AM PST · by freedommom · 33 replies
    stars and stripes ^ | 2/16/2012 | seth robson
    CAMP ZAMA, Japan – The Army is ordering its hardened combat veterans to wear fake breasts and empathy bellies so they can better understand how pregnant soldiers feel during physical training. This week, 14 noncommissioned officers at Camp Zama took turns wearing the “pregnancy simulators” as they stretched, twisted and exercised during a three-day class that teaches them to serve as fitness instructors for pregnant soldiers and new mothers. Army enlisted leaders all over the world are being ordered to take the Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training Exercise Leaders Course, or PPPT, according to U.S. Army Medical Activity Japan health promotion...
  • A scary and simple fact: Pro-aborts don’t like people

    February 20, 2012 (LiveAction.org) - I listen to talk radio sometimes, mostly just while driving to and from work. (For you Occupiers out there, here is a link where you can learn more about this “work” thing. See in particular section 1.2, “Getting a Job.”) For the past two days, a work assignment has required me to listen to talk radio all day long. I don’t really mind except that it gets me riled up. Right now everybody’s talking about the HHS mandate requiring all employers — including Catholic hospitals and schools and other religious institutions and individuals – to...
  • It Would Cost $852 Quadrillion Dollars to Build a Real Death Star (Almost the U.S. National Debt!)

    02/20/2012 7:23:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 40 replies
    DVICE.com ^ | Feb 20, 2012 | Raymond Wong
    It would cost $852 quadrillion dollars to build a real Death Star That's 852 with 15 zeros following it. I know, that figure is insane. You know what that means. It means Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader were rolling in the money like filthy rich rappers. I guess ruling the Galactic Empire isn't so terrible when you're ballin'. Finally putting some questions to rest, the smart folk over at Centives calculated how much iron it would take to build the planet-destroying space station and even figured out how long it would take to build. Here's the reality-check breakdown: • Based...
  • Attack Ads, Circa 1800

    02/20/2012 12:18:09 PM PST · by Abathar · 10 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 10/28/2010
    Have this year's negative political ads really "taken dirty to a whole new level, as CNN's Anderson Cooper frets? Is a "return to civility...a relic of a bygone era," as President Barack Obama laments?
  • ESPN crackdown after 'racist' Jeremy Lin pun (And Lin wasn't even offended)

    02/20/2012 7:31:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02/19/2012
    Anthony Federico was sacked for writing a caption reading "A Chink in the Armour" on Friday night, following the Knicks' first and only loss since Lin joined the team. Anchor Max Bretos was suspended for 30 days for using the same phrase. Lin has been the source of numerous jokes and puns since bursting to the attention of the sports-loving public last month with a series of record-breaking games. As the first player American-born player of Chinese origin in the NBA, he is enormously popular in the United States and Asia, particularly because he was sleeping on his brother's couch...
  • 'I'm The Girl With The LadyDad' [Detritus of The Sexual Revolution]

    02/19/2012 6:57:17 PM PST · by Steelfish · 24 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | February 17, 2012 | Maureen Paton
    'I'm The Girl With The LadyDad' What happens when your dad becomes a woman? Mainly, Natasha Ozimek tells Maureen Paton, you end up disapproving of his makeup and clothes Maureen Paton The Guardian, 17 February 2012 Jane Fae (formerly John) and Tash: 'He's still Dad, just with a different outer layer.' Photograph: David Sillitoe for the Guardian Natasha Ozimek was 16, and two days away from sitting her physics AS-level, when her father John told her he was planning to change sex; a process known as transitioning. "It was awful when I found out. My throat was doing a wobbly...
  • When is it censorship?

    02/19/2012 2:37:06 PM PST · by eccentric · 17 replies
    vanity ^ | Feb. 19, 2012 | Linda Matinez
    It is understandable that libraries have to limit what they can put on their shelves when they have a limited budget to work with and limited space. But when a free donation is offered without restrictions and the space is available, why would a library accept some items and not others? Why would they accept just part of the items and not others? Rather than leaving a couple dozen dvds to collect dust on my shelf, I offered them to local libraries. So far I have received 2 responces: one said "There are some of the DVDS that are not...
  • When opium was cheaper than whiskey – and Great Britain waged a "wicked" drug war

    02/19/2012 12:32:31 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Cannon Beach Gazette ^ | Thursday, February 16, 2012 | Robert Lewis Knecht
    When opium was cheaper than whiskey – and Great Britain waged a "wicked" drug war When Opium Was Cheaper Than Whiskey - and Great Britain waged a "wicked" drug war The bottles have a beautiful aqua color to them. If you hold them up to the light, rainbows fire across the delicate patina. But their beauty belies the deadly reality behind the delicate hues. The bottles once held opium based "elixirs," such as Dr. McMunn's Elixir of Opium, most claiming to be a cure for a host of ailments, including the relief of "convulsions and spasmodic action," as well as...
  • New rating Needed for Movie Content

    02/18/2012 7:51:38 PM PST · by lwoodham · 57 replies · 2+ views
    Vanity | 2-18-2012 | lwoodham
    I watched a movie last night on Netflix called "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" that started out as a decent movie. After I had gotten interested the movie and around the 30 minute mark, the 2 main male characters suddenly embrace and start kissing. At first I was revolted and then the revulsion changed to anger. There was nothing in the Netflix description to indicate that this was about gays. I personally believe homosexual activity is wrong and sinful. I remember the first time I ever heard of someone being homosexual and i knew right then and there in my...
  • Ceausescu's visit to Pyongyang, North Korea in 1971.(Video)

    02/18/2012 7:19:02 PM PST · by BwanaNdege · 10 replies
    Now we know why Hollywood & Broadway liberals love Communism. Lots of job opportunities in "all singing , all dancing musical extravaganzas"! "http://www.wimp.com/ceausescuvisit/"
  • Things At Bank Of America Are So Bad, Merrill Lynch Brokers Want To Join... Wells Fargo

    02/18/2012 1:34:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 02/18/2012 | Ben Walsh
    Earlier in the week, we posted the criticisms leveled at Bank of America by the former head of their Merrill Lynch brokerage unit, Lyle LaMothe. LaMothe said he grew weary of the emphasis on the "goals of the bank rather than specific needs of Merrill's brokers and clients" and that many brokers were dissatisfied. Following that post, we received a series of emails from a source close to the company backing up LaMothe's claims that Merrill Lynch brokers are increasingly unhappy at Bank of America. The source said that "many brokers are saying they are not happy with management and...
  • Containing Super-Flus: Controversy Brews Over Scientists' Creation of Killer Viruses

    02/18/2012 12:59:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | 02/17/2012 | Veronika Hackenbroch and Gerald Traufetter
    Ron Fouchier, a giant of a man at more than two meters tall (6'6"), has dark circles under his eyes. His life has been stressful lately. "They want to paint me as a homicidal idiot," he says heatedly. He is referring, most of all, to a powerful institution from the United States, the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB). … Fouchier is attracting so much attention because he has created a new organism. And although it is tiny, if it escaped from his laboratory it would claim far more human lives than an exploding nuclear power plant. The pathogen...
  • How do I (we) counteract the success of this birth control wedge issue? (vanity)

    02/18/2012 8:42:00 AM PST · by occam's chainsaw · 72 replies
    self | self
    Now that the left is successfully employing this wedge argument over insurance birth control mandates, what can we do on an individual basis to counteract it? I am suddenly seeing local boards and even my face book page being flooded with emotional posts by hysterical women who claim their uteruses (uteri?) are being attacked. They are being successfully distracted from the real issues and seem quite anxious to throw their vote away for red herrings. They have been tricked and I am trying to figure out the best way to dodge their emotional arguments and enlighten them. Some (most) of...
  • Caterpillar: Goodbye Illinois, Hello Indiana’s Right To Work (Update: Georgia)

    02/18/2012 7:02:34 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 29 replies · 1+ views
    National Right To Work Committee ^ | Feb 17, 2012 | NRTW Committee Staff
    Caterpillar: Goodbye Illinois, Hello Indiana’s Right To Work February 17, 2012 Caterpillar digging into Indiana Caterpillar has been a mainstay Illinois-based company for generations but no longer. The power and influence of big labor has impacted the company for too long, damaging its bottom-line and hurting workers. Now that Illinois’ neighbor, Indiana, has become a Right to Work state, Caterpillar is exploring their options, according to The Detroit News’ Robert Laurie: Back in 2009, Barack Obama announced that Caterpillar had promised to rehire some of its laid-off workforce if his stimulus proposal passed. This week, the nation’s largest manufacturer of...
  • John Besh had a big week in the spotlight

    02/17/2012 6:39:52 PM PST · by Kirkwood · 7 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 02/17/2012 | Brett Anderson
    It was a big week for John Besh, even by his eventful standards.... Apparently, several attendees of the “workshop” took Besh to task for lecturing about healthy eating on one hand while serving high calorie food at his restaurants on the other. “I went on to address a complex issue in very simple terms only to only be heckled by those that feel we can regulate restaurants to the point that our children will be happy and healthy,” Besh writes in his blog, which appears on epicurious.com. “In response to these suggestions, I pointed to a variety of other options...
  • Economic Outlook: Europe, the World and What is Coming to the US.

    02/17/2012 6:04:10 PM PST · by Lowell1775 · 10 replies
    Open Source Survival ^ | Feb 17, 2012 | Ronin Gael
    If you lack something and can, get it now. The Greek people have taken to the streets stating irrevocably that they don’t think they should be impoverished for a generation or more to make good on bad loans made by international bankers.... If the Greek deal falls through, or Greece defaults and walks away from the debt…..it burns $340 billion out of European bank equity. It also causes nerves to fray on the debts of Spain, Italy, Portugal, and even France…..all countries with far larger debts and therefore larger threats to the equity of the European banks...... Now....we find World...
  • Tea Party Summer Rallies Thread

    02/17/2012 5:57:12 PM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 7 replies
    Self
    Where it the comprehensive list of Tea Party rallies and other events for 2012? Here is the wiki, suggest updating that as well: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_Party_protests I do not see any in Manhattan. We need to have one a month until election day. Let's get on the street, good people of the United States!
  • Jeremy Lin: The $170 Million Man (The one man economic recovery even Bernanke couldn't dream up)

    02/17/2012 12:20:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Forbes ^ | 02/17/2012
    New York Knick point guard Jeremy Lin is a one-man economic recovery that even Ben Bernanke couldn’t dream up in his Federal Reserve meetings. Lin-sanity has taken the country by storm and as a result created a spending frenzy that’s benefiting a broad range of companies, tax rolls and even the stock market. Lin’s salary this season is a modest (by NBA standards) $800,000, but by some calculations, he’s turned into the $170 million man. The most tangible impact has been on the market cap of Madison Square Garden (MSG), whose stock has jumped 7% to close Thursday at $31.87...
  • Fitch Upgrades Iceland Rating To First Step Of Investment Grade (Recovery from Banking Crisis) .

    02/17/2012 9:16:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/17/2012 | Mia Lamar
    DOW JONES NEWSWIRES Fitch Ratings lifted its rating on Iceland to investment grade, citing the nation's progress in stabilizing its economy and pushing ahead with structural reforms. The upgrade puts Iceland's long-term foreign currency issuer default rating at triple-B-minus, placing it on the first rung of investment-grade territory. The outlook is stable. As one of the first countries to take a hit from the global financial crisis, the country is now showing a "promising" economic recovery, said Paul Rawkins, a senior director at the ratings firm. He added that Iceland has successfully completed a program with the International Monetary Fund...
  • Weather Forecasts as Political Ads

    02/17/2012 9:05:52 AM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/15/2012 | Charles Clough
    As if we all haven’t endured enough political ads this election year, an environmental activist group now wants to compel every TV meteorologist to promote its flawed policy agenda. ForecastTheFacts.org, led by Daniel Souweine, chief of staff of Citizen Engagement Lab- oratory, an organizational recipient of George Soros funding, declares, “Our goal is nothing short of changing how the entire profession of meteorology tackles the issue of climate change … and [TV meteorologists] who continue to shirk their professional responsibility will be held accountable ...
  • Cancer drug also reverses Alzheimer's disease in mice: Hope for humans?

    02/17/2012 8:24:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    CBS News ^ | 02/17/2012 | Ryan Jaslow
    A new study of a promising Alzheimer's treatment has doctors buzzing that the drug may reverse the deadly neurodegenerative disease. But the new treatment isn't a new drug at all, rather a skin cancer pill that's been FDA-approved for more than a decade. The drug, bexarotene, reversed signs of Alzheimer's in mice brains and also improved their memory in as little as 72 hours, according to the study. "This is an unprecedented finding," study author Paige Cramer, a PhD candidate at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, said in a university written statement. "Previously, the best existing treatment for Alzheimer's...
  • Real-life couple from 'The Vow' says it 'would have been nice' to see Christian references in film

    02/17/2012 7:04:17 AM PST · by I still care · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 16, 2012 | Jo Piazza
    Based on the love story of two devout Christians, the movie version of "The Vow," starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, strips the tale of its overt religious themes, which has some Christian reviewers concerned. The film is based on the true life story and book, “The Vow” by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, which draws heavily on that couple’s Christian beliefs and the power of God to heal and shepherd a marriage through difficult times.
  • 'Obama Girl' Turns on President, Slams Him in New Video

    02/16/2012 11:42:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 16 Feb 2012 06:14 PM | Paul Scicchitano
    She turned heads and made headlines during the 2008 election with her scantily clad rendition of “Obama Girl” and now she’s back. But this time Amber Lee Ettinger is singing a different tune. Like many Americans, Ettinger seems to be rethinking her earlier choice after three years of President Barack Obama. “Obama Girl?” calls the president’s look-a-like to begin the 2012 release: “Glease,” to which Ettinger replies, “What’s it to you dud?” … Intended to look like a “cheesy” R&B video by Ben Relles who featured Obama Girl on his Barely Political YouTube channel, the initial song has now been...
  • Hot Air: The EU's Emissions Trading System Isn't Working (So Let's Tax 'Em Instead)

    02/16/2012 8:38:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 02/15/2012 | Alexander Jung
    In the perfect world of economic liberals, every commodity has its price. Limited supply makes goods more expensive and vice versa. That's how markets work—at least in theory. In practice, things often look different, and this is especially true when it comes to emissions trading, a business subject to a very different mechanism: laws dictated by the European Union. Economists have generally praised the trading scheme as a nearly ideal instrument for reducing harmful carbon dioxide emissions. … But for the last half year, prices for CO2 certificates have dropped almost continuously, decreasing by about half, to around €8 ($10.60)...
  • Poor America - P a n o r a m a [B B C]documentary on Obama's change

    02/16/2012 8:00:59 PM PST · by wtd · 9 replies
    POOR AMERICA With one and a half million (1.5 million) American children now homeless, reporter Hilary Andersson meets the school pupils who go hungry in the richest country on Earth. From those living in the storm drains under Las Vegas to the tent cities now springing up around the United States, P a n o r a m a finds out how the poor are surviving in America and asks whatever happened to the supposed 'government' and the Real People in charge - those who you 'don't see' pulling on the strings; and their vision and welfare for the country....
  • Darth Vader Arrested for Attempted Robbery

    02/16/2012 7:28:02 PM PST · by Sensei Ern · 31 replies
    Waco Trib ^ | Kirsten Crow | Kirsten Crow
    Waco police arrest suspected robber after clerk knocks his Darth Vader mask off By Kirsten Crow Tribune-Herald staff writer Thursday February 16, 2012 Waco police arrested a robbery suspect whose Darth Vader mask was knocked away by the man’s intended victim early this morning, authorities said. Leon Childress, 44, is being held at McLennan County Jail on suspicion of trying to rob a Skinny's convenience store early Thursday. Police said the suspect, identified as 44-year-old Leon Childress, wore a “Star Wars” Darth Vader mask and behaved as though he had a weapon when he demanded money from a clerk at...
  • Intangibility cloak could make buildings "invisible" to earthquakes

    02/16/2012 4:17:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    i09.com ^ | Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 | Alasdair Wilkins
    Invisibility cloak research focuses on how to make light waves pass through an object as though nothing is there. Now what if you took that same basic principle and applied it to other types of waves — like those of vibration? That's the basic principle behind new research by University of Manchester scientist Dr. William Parnell and his team. Their idea is to create what we might call a cloak of intangibility, a device that makes vibration waves pass right past the objects inside the cloak. If such a device existed, it could be used to make valuable objects, including...
  • Jeremy Lin's Favorite Christian Rapper: Lecrae Moore Blends Hip Hop with Faith

    02/16/2012 2:42:17 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies · 1+ views
    During a routine practice with the New York Knicks, Jeremy Lin took a minute to talk to a reporter from Fuse TV about his favorite music. Lin, who makes no efforts to hide his religion, named the popular Christian rapper, Lecrae Moore. Lecrae, whose six studio album, "Rehab: The Overdose," was the highest charting Christian Hip Hop album ever on iTunes and debuted at #15 on the Billboard 200, is already a celebrity within the world of gospel-rap and will perform alongside Hip Hop supergroup, The Wu-Tang Clan at the "Paid Dues Festival" this April. ...A talented rapper from an...