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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...