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  • Justice Dept. to review NYPD over Muslim Spying

    02/29/2012 5:39:31 PM PST · by wtd · 7 replies · 42+ views
    The Iconoclast ^ | 2/28/2012 | Hugh Fitzgerald
    If Holder Does This, What Will Happen When The Wood Is Dry? "A group of Muslim students gather outside Rutgers' Paul Robeson Campus Center in Newark, N.J., Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, after the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), along with the Rutgers University Muslim Alumni Association and other groups held a news conference to address concerns about the spying conducted by the New York City Police Department on the Muslim community in New Jersey. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (AP) WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress on Tuesday that, months after receiving complaints about the...
  • Get Ready, Ladies: Leap Day Is Also Sadie Hawkins Day (From Irish Tradition to Li'l Abner)

    02/29/2012 5:09:17 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 14 replies
    Time ^ | 02/19/2012 | MELISSA LOCKER |
    --snip-- As for Sadie Hawkins, she hit the U.S. pop cultural shores back in 1937, when Sadie Hawkins Day was introduced in pen and ink in Al Capp’s classic comic strip Li’l Abner. In the comic, Sadie Hawkins was a spinster at the age of 35, so her father set up a race for local bachelors. Whoever Sadie caught was going to be her husband. The town, and the reading audience, loved the idea and the race became an annual fixture of the comic strip, and soon spread into real-life society, spawning Sadie Hawkins Day dances.
  • Soros ex: Let’s play tapes

    02/29/2012 4:21:12 PM PST · by opentalk · 30 replies
    NYPost/Reuters ^ | February 29, 2012 | Reuters
    Adriana Ferreyr, the bombshell Brazilian ex-girlfriend of billionaire George Soros, says she has her own bomb to drop. In court papers filed yesterday she says she has “recorded conversations” with Soros, as well as with his reps, which support her claim he reneged on a promise to buy her a $1.9 million apartment. Sources say the taped conversations with Soros are “highly personal in nature.” The court papers claim Soros’ own representatives told Ferreyr, “What George had done does seem very cruel and arbitrary,” and that they were “sympathetic to [her] situation and did not know why George was being...
  • The Truth About Education?? You Can’t Handle The Truth

    02/29/2012 1:09:37 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 23 replies
    RightSideNews.com ^ | Feb. 20, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Our Education Establishment, in plain sight, is doing a second-rate job. Who, we should ask, is in charge of this train wreck, and what motivates them?  First, let’s add up the evidence. The fifty million functional illiterates. The one million dyslexics. The poor performance against international competition, despite our huge budgets. The ignorance of average Americans about basic geographical, historical, and scientific information. SAT scores slide; kids cannot multiply and divide; students reach college not knowing what six times seven is. About 65% of the children in fourth and eighth grades are reading at a level below “proficient,” that is,...
  • Elderly golfers go berserk after teen prank

    02/29/2012 12:34:53 PM PST · by illiac · 54 replies · 2+ views
    WND Diversions ^ | 2/29/12 | WND Diversions
    SHALIMAR, Fla. – When people think of winter golfing in Florida, they often think of a calm, restful experience enjoying the lush, green scenery and balmy breezes of the Sunshine State. What usually does not come to mind is a sudden blast from an air horn by mischief-minded teenagers. But such a situation took place over the weekend, prompting a pair of elderly golfers to go ballistic with a golf-ball finder.
  • 'Modesty Patrol lynched me'

    02/29/2012 9:26:49 AM PST · by Fyvush · 12 replies
    ynet news ^ | Feb. 29, 2012 | Yaron Doron
    A 70-year-old ultra-Orthodox woman found herself the target of a brutal religious hate crime on Monday night, when four thugs broke into her home and beat her up before leaving her handcuffed and bleeding.
  • No jobs? Just learn to code

    02/29/2012 7:28:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | 02/29/2012 | Ruti Polacheck
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Unemployment is at 8.9%? Well, you sure don’t feel it here in the Bay Area. For the technology-versed, there are plenty of jobs to be had. The only natural conclusion is that we need to mint more coders. Facebook is not valued at $100 billion for nothing, and it’s not the only tech company that’s growing. The CBOE Technology Index (XX:ZOC) is hovering around its 10-year high, slowly making its way back to where it was in the wake of the new millennium. The current technological growth is real. The technology market is booming, and every...
  • Motivational Music & Lyrics for Today's Times (Vanity)

    02/29/2012 7:17:17 AM PST · by hoagy62 · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2/29/12 | Hoagy62
    I recently started hearing a piece of music on the 'Air 1" radio network, and I thought I'd share it with all of you fine folks on Free Republic. In recent days, we've had a lot of discouragement. Between the economy, gas prices, unemployment, and politicians who are either clueless or intentionally trying to destroy the country...it's easy to get depressed. I heard this song not too long ago called "We Won't Give Up" by a Christian rock group called The Afters. They said they wrote it as kind of a "sports style" song, the kind one might play to...
  • MEET THE NEXT CEO OF MICROSOFT: Steven Sinofsky Is The Heir Apparent

    02/29/2012 6:47:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    Business Insider ^ | 02/29/2012 | Matt Rosoff
    It was summer 2009. Microsoft had just shipped the final code for Windows 7 to PC manufacturers, who had begun burning it onto the tens of millions of new computers that would ship that Christmas. It should have been a triumphant moment for Steven Sinofsky. In just over three years of running Windows, Sinofsky and his team had managed to clean up the worst messes in Windows Vista, add some new features and a fresh coat of paint, and — most importantly — get it out the door on time, before the holiday season. The branding was refreshingly simple, a...
  • Santorum is right; college is overrated

    02/29/2012 6:40:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies · 2+ views
    Ventura County Star ^ | 02/27/2012 | By Eric Ingemunson
    I was curious to see what would happen to Rick Santorum after being subjected to the harsh glare of the media spotlight, now that he's the Republican flavor of the week. It speaks highly of him that one of the worst things you can say about him is about a comment he made about college attendance. On MSNBC Monday night, Ed Shultz expressed shock that Santorum would say that President Obama is a snob for insisting that everyone goes to college. The progressive media framed his comment like this: "President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to...
  • Man Bursts Into Flames After Accidentally Drinking Gasoline, Lighting Cigarette

    02/29/2012 5:46:12 AM PST · by mmanager · 64 replies
    AP via CBS ^ | 2/29/12 | CBS
    <p>HAVELOCK, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man is dead after police say he accidentally drank from a jar of gasoline and then smoked a cigarette.</p> <p>Havelock police received a 911 call about 9:55 p.m. Monday after 43-year-old Gary Allen Banning set himself on fire. Banning was transported to UNC Burn Center in Chapel Hill, where he died early Tuesday morning.</p>
  • The Dumbest Generation: Gen Y's Political Stupidity In a Single Chart

    02/29/2012 5:41:47 AM PST · by NamVet71MP · 39 replies
    reason.com ^ | 12/17/2012 | Mike Riggs
    A new survey from the Pew Internet Center confirms every suspicion I harbor about people my age: Despite unprecedented access to information, technology, wealth, and food, we are basically retarded.
  • Renowned Physicist Stephen Hawking Frequents Sex Clubs

    02/29/2012 3:19:45 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 70 replies · 7+ views
    Mark this in your book of bizarre celebrity sightings. Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking is somewhat of a regular at a Devore, California sex club, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting. According to a source who has been a member of Freedom Acres swingers club for nearly half a decade, Hawking, 70, shows up to the club with a bevy of nurses and assistants and has naked woman grind on him.
  • Found: Ancient Warrior's Helmet, Owner Unknown (Greek Mercenary Helmet, Circa 600 B.C.)

    02/28/2012 9:07:41 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies · 2+ views
    Live Science ^ | 28 February 2012 | Owen Jarus, LiveScience Contributor
    Found: Ancient Warrior's Helmet, Owner Unknown A Greek bronze helmet, covered with gold leaf and decorated with snakes, lions and a peacock's tail (or palmette), has been discovered in the waters of Haifa Bay in Israel. But how this helmet ended up at the bottom of the bay is a mystery. The helmet dates back around 2,600 years and likely belonged to a wealthy Greek mercenary who took part in a series of wars, immortalized in the Bible, which ravaged the region at that time. Archaeologists believe that he likely fought for an Egyptian pharaoh named Necho II. Dredging discovery...
  • Mental Health Problems Plague Transgender Kids

    02/28/2012 8:26:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies · 1+ views
    LiveScience.com ^ | 20 February 2012 | Stephanie Pappas
    Kids who are distressed because they feel their physical body doesn't match their gender suffer from high rates of psychiatric symptoms, such as depression and suicide attempts, a new study finds. In a sample of children and adolescents treated at the Endocrine Division at Children's Hospital Boston, young people who experienced distress about the "mismatch" between their body's sex and their mental gender had high rates of psychiatric complications (before any gender treatment). Kids who don't get treatment, whether for financial reasons or because their parents aren't supportive, likely have higher rates of psychiatric problems, said study researcher Scott Leibowitz,...
  • Mysterious 'Dog-Headed Pig Monster' Terrorizes Africa

    02/28/2012 7:54:29 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Yahoo/LiveScience.com ^ | Feb. 27, 2012 | Benjamin Radford
    Residents in northern Namibia, on the southwest coast of Africa, have reported being terrorized by a bizarre dog-pig hybrid creature. The animal is said to be mostly white and unlike anything the villagers have ever seen, with a doglike head and the broad, round, nearly hairless back and shoulders of a giant pig. The beast was spotted chasing and attacking dogs, goats and other domestic animals in this arid region not far from the Kalahari desert. As often happens when rumors of monsters spread in rural areas around the world, some locals have taken extra safety precautions, such as traveling...
  • People Aren't Smart Enough for Democracy to Flourish, Scientists Say

    02/28/2012 8:11:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    LiveScience.com ^ | 28 February 2012 | Natalie Wolchover
    The democratic process relies on the assumption that citizens (the majority of them, at least) can recognize the best political candidate, or best policy idea, when they see it. But a growing body of research has revealed an unfortunate aspect of the human psyche that would seem to disprove this notion, and imply instead that democratic elections produce mediocre leadership and policies. The research, led by David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University, shows that incompetent people are inherently unable to judge the competence of other people, or the quality of those people's ideas. For example, if people lack expertise...
  • Why did they do it?

    02/27/2012 1:15:49 PM PST · by ellenbrewster · 9 replies
    Popular Culture Through a Biblical Lens ^ | February 27, 2012 | Ellen Makkai
    Leave it to our current crop of mental health professionals not to understand self-sacrifice. The Denver Post recently recalled two separate murderous incidents where two women, Jaquie Creazzo and Jeannie VanVelkinburgh, unsuccessfully tried to intervene and prevent the unrelated murders of strangers. Both women were left paralyzed during their noble attempts. “Why did they do it?” is the question being pondered by experts, according to Leaf Van Boven, associate professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado. Obviously the concept of altruism is lost on many intellectuals. “They may have an acute emotionally intense feeling of right and...
  • Scott Walker: Anti Union law is working

    02/27/2012 12:18:56 PM PST · by ThinkingBuddha · 6 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 02/27/2012 | David Chalian
    Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin who is battling an effort to recall him from office, told Yahoo News that his controversial law that ended many collective bargaining rights for public-sector employees and sparked protests from labor unions and their allies one year ago is accomplishing his goal. "You've literally had tens of millions of dollars of savings all throughout the state just by allowing, through our reforms, by allowing school districts to bid out their health insurance," he said. "The law is working," he added in an interview with Yahoo News in which he said he was able...
  • Lying and deception can be justified, says climate change ethics expert ( Need the $$$)

    02/27/2012 12:06:04 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    Bishop Hill blog ^ | Feb 27, 2012 | Bishop Hill
    James Garvey, a philosopher and the author of The Ethics of Climate Change has written a defence of Peter Gleick at the Guardian:What Heartland is doing is harmful, because it gets in the way of public consensus and action. Was Gleick right to lie to expose Heartland and maybe stop it from causing further delay to action on climate change? If his lie has good effects overall – if those who take Heartland's money to push scepticism are dismissed as shills, if donors pull funding after being exposed in the press – then perhaps on balance he did the right...
  • In Grand Marais, pattern emerges of older men pursuing teen girls

    02/27/2012 11:42:01 AM PST · by DManA · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | 2/27/12 | Dan Krakar
    "We started hearing about these 20-, 25-, 30-year-old men who were constantly at football games, around the teenage girls, and who somehow believed that it was a great thing to be sleeping with virgins," she said. "And I was aghast."
  • Insufferable Portland

    02/27/2012 11:29:49 AM PST · by Twotone · 7 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 5, 2012 | Mark Hemingway
    Things began to unravel in 1973, when the Oregon legislature required cities in the state to set development boundaries with the goal of preserving farmland from “leapfrog development”​—​that is, new subdivisions not adjacent to established developments. Portland became the first major city with an “urban growth boundary.” This fact opened up a world of possibilities that are still being inflicted upon us. “Urban planners have long believed in a land-use-transportation connection that would allow them to manipulate one through the other,” writes Cato Institute senior fellow Randal O’Toole in a damning policy paper on the failure of Portland’s growth policies....
  • Meryl Streep in Rare Company with 3rd Oscar

    02/27/2012 6:51:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies · 2+ views
    NBC New York ^ | 02/27/2012
    Meryl Streep joined a very exclusive club on Sunday, winning her third acting Oscar for her role as a strident Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." Streep, 62, won best actress for her 17th Oscar nomination, the most times any performer has been nominated by the Academy. Her third win put her in a category with other three-time Oscar winners Jack Nicholson, Walter Brennan and Ingrid Bergman. Only Katharine Hepburn with four wins had more. She joked about how many times she's been up for acting's highest honors. "When they called my name, I had this feeling I could hear...
  • Gleick declares in Mann’s book review (after phishing Heartland) – “there IS a war on”

    02/26/2012 10:00:18 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies · 5+ views
    watts up with that? ^ | February 25, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    From Amazon’s list of Gleick book reviews hereMust read — for the real history of the climate debate and the war by deniers,February 8, 2012 This review is from: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines (Hardcover) Michael Mann — a world class scientist and communicator about the seriousness of climate change — has finally put all of the recent history (sordid, indeed) about climate denial, attacks on climate scientists, and serial and intentional efforts by climate “skeptics” and “deniers” (a word many of them self-apply) into a book. As the title suggests, there IS...
  • The Funding Imbalance ( AGW Cult vs the Skeptic's Heartland Institute)

    02/26/2012 9:41:45 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Mr Worthing (Blog) ^ | Sunday, 26 February 2012 | Malcolm
    Richard North at the EU Referendum blog provides some interesting comment regarding funding. While the warmists are successfully focusing attention on the minor-league operations of the Heartland Institute, with a total budget for all its issues, which include health care, education, and technology policy, of around $4.4 million, their own funding arrangements, amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars, are largely evading scrutiny. .... The Climate Works Foundation, though, is of special interest as it was in 2008, awarded $460,800,000 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a grant-making organisation with assets of $7.2 billion, which disbursed $353,400,000 in grants...
  • They made a statue of us

    02/26/2012 4:39:43 PM PST · by Zeneta · 13 replies
    me | today | me
    Sweet Disposition, Won't stop til it's over. The Thrill is gone: The Irony of this live performance at the White House is astounding. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc7y4PCyREo&feature=related
  • Doomsday Preppers

    02/26/2012 9:19:57 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 22 replies
    Doomsday Preppers explores the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Unique in their beliefs, motivations, and strategies, preppers will go to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties. And with our expert’s assessment, they will find out their chances of survival if their worst fears become a reality.
  • ***How Can Donald Trump NOT Support Newt After The California Speech***

    02/26/2012 9:16:28 AM PST · by The Wizard · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Stardate:1202.26
    How can anyone with a modicum of brains and experience NOT support Newt after that tremendous rebuttal of bambi at the California GOP meeting Newt was incredible at refuting all the lies, and kids, that what they are LIES, told by bambi on energy How can Jan Brewer not support Newt when he and he alone has put forth a comprehensive plan for HER border And how can the media refuse to play this speech so America can see it: well....they are scared of Newt and that should tell you all something.
  • The Gleick affair is further proof of the warmists' endless credulity ( But UK funding continues)

    02/25/2012 9:25:26 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Sunday 26 February 2012 | Christopher Booker
    Dr Peter Gleick provides more evidence that the supporters of the Cause will stop at nothing. Magical thinking: a rainmaker in Kenya, whose credibility is being funded by British taxpayers Photo: DFID/International Development Research Centre/Thomas Omondi What a very odd situation we find ourselves in, due to the extraordinary transformation in recent years of the so-called debate over global warming. Last week, The Sunday Telegraph reported that, as part of Britain’s overseas aid budget, the Department for International Development is well on the way to spending Ł1.5 billion on a mass of climate-related projects across the world. These range from...
  • Horse's name sparks racial controversy ["*Pogrom"]

    02/25/2012 8:48:53 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 32 replies
    AZ Republic | Feb. 24, 2012 | Sonja Haller
    Title and link only.
  • Act of Valor Stephen Baldwin And Kevin McCullough

    02/25/2012 7:50:40 PM PST · by X3MEDIA · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/25/12 | XtreMEDIA
    Listen now on the Radio to hear this serious discussion on the polarizing views of the Left vs. The Right on the blockbuster film Act of Valor. Watch live at HTTP://www.thebingethinker.com email alex@x3media.net with your comments after listening to the show for a chance to win a free TheBingeThinker.com t shirt. Listen in live now on 970am.com
  • EPA Budget Judgment Day Coming Up

    02/25/2012 3:42:23 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 2+ views
    watts up with that? ^ | February 25, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    I’d ask EPA’s Lisa Jackson about the legality of “disappearing” the over $468,000 dollars in grants to Peter Gleick’s Pacific Institute from the EPA grants database, then putting them back, all without any public notice. Since 2007, Gleick’s PI has received over 1 million in taxpayer’s money. In 2007 they got $647,000 dollars in two grants from the EPA, which also “disappeared” this week. When an FOIA request was made to the EPA, they mysteriously returned. Showdown at the EPA corralSource: Junk Science By Steve MilloyMarch 2 should be a date that lives in infamy for the Obama Environmental Protection...
  • Peter Gleick lecturing the U.S. Senate on “deceitful tactics” (February 7, 2007 )

    02/25/2012 3:29:52 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | February 25, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    “Copner” alerts us in comments to this public document:Testimony of Dr. Peter Gleick, February 7, 2007 Senate Commerce, Science, and TransportationTable 1 Categories of Deceitful Tactics and Abuse of the Scientific Process (source: P.H. Gleick, Pacific Institute, 2007)There are many tactics used to argue for or against scientific conclusions that are inappropriate, involve deceit, or directly abuse the scientific process.Personal (“Ad Hominem”) Attacks This approach uses attacks against the character, circumstances, or motives of a person in order to discredit their argument or claim, independent of the scientific evidence. Demonization Guilt by Association Challenge to Motive (such as greed or...
  • Why the Climate Skeptics Are Winning ( Too many of their opponents are intellectual thugs.)

    02/25/2012 2:24:17 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies · 2+ views
    weeklystandard.com ^ | March 5, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 24 | STEVEN F. HAYWARD
    Too many of their opponents are intellectual thugs. Steven F. Hayward March 5, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 24 The forlorn and increasingly desperate climate campaign achieved a new level of ineptitude last week when what had looked like a minor embarrassment for one of its critics​—​the Chicago-based Heartland Institute​—​turned out to be a full-fledged catastrophe for itself. A moment’s reflection on the root of this episode points to why the climate campaign is out of (greenhouse) gas.In an obvious attempt to inflict a symmetrical Climategate-style scandal on the skeptic community, someone representing himself as a Heartland Institute insider “leaked” internal...
  • Fakegate Illustrates Global Warming Alarmists' Deceit and Desperation

    02/25/2012 12:49:10 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 2/22/2012 @ 4:02PM | James Taylor, Contributor - Op/Ed
    There never was a “leaker” in the shameful Fakegate scandal. In the end, there was only a forger, a fraudster and a thief. Alarmist scientist Peter Gleick has admitted that the latter two were one and the same person – himself. I suspect we will soon learn the identity of the forger, as well.With the weight of damning evidence closing in on him, Gleick has admitted in his Huffington Post blog that he was the alleged “Heartland Insider” who committed fraud and identity theft, lying and stealing his way into possession of Heartland Institute internal personnel documents and then sending...
  • Planned Parenthood Offers High-Tech Condom With QR Code

    02/25/2012 12:44:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    King5 ^ | February 24, 2012 | JOHN COOK
    Here’s a social media experiment that we didn’t see coming. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest has begun distributing 55,000 condoms to college students with QR codes, allowing students to anonymously “check in” and boast about where they’ve practiced safe sex. A Web site dubbed WhereDidYouWearIt.com chronicles all of the action, so you can see that folks are particularly frisky in Ballard or Bellevue or Bellingham. “Did you just use a condom to protect yourself against unintended pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections? You go, tiger! Sex that (is) safe, should be shared,” declares the Web site. The interactive...
  • Is Farming Brain-Dead Chickens More Ethical? (Matrix-style Chicken Factories)

    02/25/2012 12:37:19 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 104 replies
    DVICE ^ | Feb 24, 2012 | Evan Ackerman
    Is farming brain-dead chickens more ethical? Architecture Student André Ford is proposing raising chickens for meat in vertical racks after severing their frontal cortexes, rendering them effectively brain-dead. It would be much, much more efficient, there's no doubt about that, but would it be any more ethical than current factory farms? The images of the conceptual chicken racks are fairly disturbing- the chickens are suspended, completely immobile, with their feet removed. Tubes feed water and nutrients directly into the them while other tubes carry away waste. The chickens themselves, though, aren't suffering at all, since their brains have been surgically...
  • In Tunisia, Clinton cites promise of Arab Spring

    02/25/2012 7:44:02 AM PST · by qaz123 · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 25Feb12 | Matthew Lee
    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday appealed to countries in the Mideast and North Africa to make good on the promise of reform offered by the Arab Spring and not abandon the democratic goals that sparked revolts throughout the region. In Tunisia, the catalyst for the tumult that engulfed the region last year, Clinton urged the continued embrace of reforms would serve as a powerful example elsewhere. Her comments came amid concerns that transitions in Egypt and elsewhere are faltering and at risk of being hijacked by extremists.
  • Documents: PETA kills more than 95 percent of pets in its care

    02/25/2012 7:36:43 AM PST · by qaz123 · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02/24/2012 | Alexandra Myers
    Documents published online this month show that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, an organization known for its uncompromising animal-rights positions, killed more than 95 percent of the pets in its care in 2011. The documents, obtained from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, were published online by the Center for Consumer Freedom, a non-profit organization that runs online campaigns targeting groups that antagonize food producers. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/24/documents-peta-kills-more-than-95-percent-of-pets-in-its-care/#ixzz1nPPgztxW
  • Obama State Department set to cede oil-rich Alaska islands to Russia.

    02/25/2012 4:21:17 AM PST · by satan69 · 60 replies · 4+ views
    worldnewstribune.com ^ | February 17, 2012 | Joe Miller
    Obama’s State Department is giving away seven strategic, resource-laden Alaskan islands to the Russians. Yes, to the Putin regime in the Kremlin. … The seven endangered islands in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea include one the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined. The Russians are also to get the tens of thousands of square miles of oil-rich seabeds surrounding the islands. The Department of Interior estimates billions of barrels of oil are at stake. The State Department has undertaken the giveaway in the guise of a maritime boundary agreement between Alaska and Siberia. Astoundingly, our federal government itself...
  • Eisler's "The Detachment" source note: NATO's Secret Armies Operation Gladio

    02/24/2012 10:36:04 PM PST · by dickmc · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Source note in Barry Eisler's The Detachment, a John Rain thriller ^ | Circa 2000 | BBC2 and Daniele Ganser PhD dissertation pdf
    Eisler's new book which is a counter-terrorism plot set in the U.S. is quite good. He has a series of sources in the back in the form of www links which make interesting reading and background. Two of these links are about operation Gladio, which I had never heard of since I don't live in Italy or read Italian newspapers. It relates to a 1950's NATO 'leave behind' pre-positioned tools and structures for organized country-by-country active resistance in the event the Soviets overran Europe. The 'Gladio' portion operated in Italy from 1950 to 1990 and reportedly had counter parts in...
  • Chinese 'ghost bride' sold twice into marriage

    02/24/2012 8:59:32 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 35 replies · 1+ views
    The woman, from China's Hebei Province, near Beijing, died over the Lunar Year holiday, according to the Global Times. But her family decided to sell her for a "ghost marriage", a superstition that sees dead bachelors married off so they can wander the afterlife together. Despite Mao Tse Tung attempting to stamp out the practice after he and the Communist Party came to power in 1949, the black market for 'corpse brides' continues to thrive today. In this case, the family sold their dead daughter, receiving 35,000 yuan (Ł3,500), where a spirit wedding was conducted. The two were then buried...
  • Practical Post Scarcity: Open Source Solutions (video of greener commie with cool tech)

    02/24/2012 12:01:54 PM PST · by nerdwithagun · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Youtube.com ^ | Feb 8, 2012 | WakeupworldTV
    (video Only)
  • Airline Trade War? Global Opposition Grows against EU Emissions Law

    02/24/2012 11:29:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 02/24/2012 | Aaron Wiener
    A European Union law to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from airlines traveling to and from Europe has drawn a joint protest from 23 non-EU countries and sparked talk of a global trade war. The law incorporates the aviation industry into Europe's emissions trading scheme and requires airlines to pay for their greenhouse-gas emissions by obtaining special permits. Eight-five percent of the permits are being given away for free; the other 15 percent are initially expected to add about $2 to the cost of a trans-Atlantic flight. But for representatives of 23 countries who convened in Moscow on Wednesday, the price...
  • New Ice Age to Begin in 2014

    02/24/2012 10:45:24 AM PST · by Twotone · 19 replies
    Ice Age Now ^ | February 23, 2012 | Robert
    “Forecasters predict that a new ice age will begin soon,” says this article on russia-ic.com. “Habibullo Abdusamatov, a scientist from the Pulkovo Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences considers that the sharp drop in temperature will start on the Earth in 2014. “According to the scientist, our planet began to “get cold” in the 1990s. The new ice age will last at least two centuries, with its peak in 2055.
  • (Vanity) How do you do it? Current News vs. Depression

    02/24/2012 9:52:17 AM PST · by hoagy62 · 57 replies
    2/24/2012 | Hoagy62
    As a citizen of this country, I feel it is my duty to keep informed and not be ignorant of what's going on around me. Anyone who calls themselves a conservative (I believe) should stay informed as to what's going on around them. 'Situational awareness' is important. With that being said...how in the hell do you keep up with the news and not get totally and completely depressed? I see the insane policies of the current administration, the overwhelming ignorance of the electorate who put them there, and the generally deteriorating state of the world. Closer to home, I see...
  • Bad Polling News for Obama

    02/24/2012 8:59:09 AM PST · by crusader71 · 32 replies
    HotAir.com ^ | 2/24/12 | Ed Morrissey
    Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg is out with a must-read polling memo this morning, which offers some eye-opening advice to President Obama and his re-election team. After testing several of the president’s economic messages, he finds the argument that the economy is back on the right track polls miserably – and “produces disastrous results.” “It is weaker than even the weakest Republican message and is 10 points weaker in intensity than either Republican message,” Greenberg wrote. “A third said this message made them less likely to support Barack Obama. Alarmingly, this message barely receives majority support among self-identified Democrats – and...
  • Conservative Celebrites (66 image slideshow)

    02/24/2012 7:05:44 AM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    UPI ^ | 02-24-2012 | STAFF
    Check it out! There are quite a few SURPRISES!..........
  • Long-Term Unemployed Man: 'It's Absolutely Retarded' That I Keep Getting Checks

    02/24/2012 6:49:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 02/24/2012 | Gus Lubin
    [The following profile is part of a series on long-term unemployment in America.] John Schmidt has been out of work for 150 weeks. Due to complications regarding his official date of termination, he is still eligible for weekly checks from the government. "It's absolutely retarded, but I'm not going to turn it down." Schmidt has been unemployed since April, 2009 when he lost his job as a database architect at JC Penney. Fired for health reasons, Schmidt says he wanted to sue but no lawyers in the Dallas area would go against the local corporation. In his first year of...
  • 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...