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A passerby photographs an Apple store logo with his Samsung Galaxy phone on the morning iPhone 5 goes on sale to the public in central Sydney September 21, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Tim Wimborne SEOUL| Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:53am EDT (Reuters) - Apple Inc has asked for a court order for a permanent U.S. sales ban on Samsung Electronics products alleged to have violated its patents along with additional damages of $707 million on top of the billion-dollar verdict won by the iPhone maker last month. Samsung has responded by asking for a new trial. The world's top two smartphone makers are locked in patent battles in 10 countries as they vie [unable to retrieve full-text content]
for top spot in the lucrative, fastgrowing market. Apple scored a legal victory over Samsung in late August when a U.S. jury found that the Korean firm had copied critical features of the iPhone and awarded the U.S. firm $1.05 billion in damages. In a motion filed late Friday U.S. time, Apple sought a further $400 million damage award for design infringement by Samsung; $135 million for willful infringement of its utility patents; $121 million in supplemental damages based on Samsung's product sales not covered in the jury's deliberation; and $50 million of prejudgment interest on damages through December 31. The requests together come to $707 million. Apple wants the injunction to cover "any of the infringing products or any other product with a feature or features not more [unable to retrieve full-text content]
than colorably different from any of the infringing feature or features in any of the Infringing Products." Such a wide-ranging sales ban could result in the extension of the injunction to cover Samsung's brand-new Galaxy S III smartphone. 'RECTANGLES WITH ROUNDED CORNERS' Samsung, in a filing to the U.S. court, asked for a new trial to be held. "The Court's constraints on trial time, witnesses and exhibits were unprecedented for a patent case of this complexity and magnitude, and prevented Samsung from presenting a full and fair case in response to Apple's many claims," Samsung said. "Samsung therefore respectfully requests that the Court grant a new trial enabling adequate time and even-handed treatment of the [unable to retrieve full-text content]
parties." In a separate statement, Samsung lamented the fact that patent rulings should cover issues such as the shape of the product in addition to technological points. "It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies," it said. The Korean firm earlier this week said it plans to add Apple's new iPhone 5 to the existing U.S. patent lawsuits, stepping up its legal challenge as the two companies seek to assert rights to key technologies. Apple said it wanted the court to award it damages that reflect "a rational and fair effort to address Samsung's willful misconduct that has and will impose lasting harm on Apple." [unable to retrieve full-text content]
The Korean firm was the world's top smartphone maker in the second quarter of this year, shipping more than 50 million phones, nearly double Apple's 26 million iPhone shipments. Both companies are raising their marketing spending to promote their latest products ahead of the year-end shopping season. (Reporting by Miyoung Kim and Sung-won Shim; Editing by Hugh Lawson) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
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UPDATE 5-Libyan Islamist militia swept out of Benghazi bases - Reuters
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response in which at least 11 people were killed and more than 60 wounded. Sat Sep 22, 2012 5:05pm EDT The invasion of Ansar al-Sharia's * Headquarters of Islamist Ansar compounds, which met little al-Sharia group targeted resistance, appeared to be part of * Group was linked to last week's a sweep of militia bases by police, attack on U.S. consulate troops and activists following a * Crowd also attacked pro-govt large demonstration against militia and arsenal in error militia units in Benghazi on * Eleven killed, more than 60 Friday. wounded The two main Islamist militias in * L i b y a n s h a d m a r c h e d i n Derna, a city in eastern Libya Benghazi to support democracy known as an Islamist stronghold, By Peter Graff and Suleiman Al- withdrew from their five military Khalidi bases and announced they were BENGHAZI, Libya, Sept 22 disbanding, residents said on (Reuters) - An Islamist militia Saturday. was driven out of the city of "Abu Slim had three camps and Benghazi early on Saturday in a Ansar al-Sharia had two. So it's surge of anger against the armed five. Empty. All empty," Siraj groups that control large parts of Shennib, a 29-year-old linguistics Libya more than a year after the professor who has been part of overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. protests against the militia, said A spokesman for Ansar al-Sharia, by telephone. which some U.S. and Libyan Demonstrators in Benghazi officials blame for the attack on pulled down militia flags and set a the U.S. consulate in Benghazi vehicle on fire inside what was last week in which the U.S. once the base of Gaddafi's ambassador and three other security forces. Americans were killed, said it had Hundreds of men waving swords evacuated its bases "to preserve and even a meat cleaver chanted security in the city". "Libya, Libya", "No more al In a dramatic sign of Libya's Qaeda!" and "The blood we shed fragility, after sweeping through for freedom shall not go in vain!" Ansar's bases the crowd went on "After what happened at the to attack a pro-government American consulate, the people of militia, believing them to be Benghazi had enough of the Islamists, triggering an armed extremists," demonstrator Hassan
Ahmed said. "They did not give allegiance to the army. So the people broke in and they fled. "This place is like the Bastille. This is where Gaddafi controlled Libya from, and then Ansar alSharia took it over. This is a turning point for the people of Benghazi." Adusalam al-Tarhouni, a government worker who arrived with the first wave of protesters, said several pickup trucks with Ansar fighters had initially confronted the protesters and opened fire. Two protesters were shot in the leg, he said. "After that they got into their trucks and drove away," he said. Protesters had freed four prisoners found inside. PRESSURE ON OBAMA Libya's government had promised Washington it would find the perpetrators of what appeared to be a well-planned attack on the U.S. consulate, which coincided with protests against an anti-Islam video and the anniversary of the 9 /11 attacks. The attack and the outrage directed at the United States over the video across the Muslim world raised questions about President Barack Obama's handling of the so-called Arab Spring. Although Ansar al-Sharia denies any role in the consulate attack,
the latest events in the cradle of Libya's revolution appeared at least in part to vindicate Obama's faith in Libya's nascent democracy. "It's a pretty clear sign from the Libyan people that they're not going to trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of the mob," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. Libyan political scientist Ahmad al-Atrash told Reuters: "People in Benghazi and all over Libya want to get these militias under control ... The overwhelming feeling is against any element that keeps the situation unstable." The second half of Friday night's protest proved his point. Continuing to chant anti-Ansar slogans, the crowd, swelling into the thousands, moved on to attack a separate compound where the powerful pro-government Rafallah al-Sahati militia, safeguarding a big weapons store, opened fire on the assailants. As looters later tried to leave the scene, vigilantes wielding clubs and machetes tried to prevent them driving off with heavy weapons. Officials at three hospitals told a Reuters correspondent they had a total of five dead and more than 60 wounded from the night's violence. Police found six more dead
bodies near the compound on Saturday morning, police officer Ahmed Ali Agouri said. The six dead men were bodyguards of a colonel in the regular Libyan army who went missing on Friday, and the prospect that the killings and kidnapping may have been the work of a militia group suggested there could be more tension between the army and militia in coming days. "We came as peaceful protesters. When we got there they started shooting at us," student Sanad alBarani said. "Five people were wounded beside me. They used 14.5 mm machineguns." Nasser Abdelhaaq, a Rafallah alSahati commander, said the brigade had returned to their compound on Saturday morning. He suggested that the crowd had been deliberately manipulated to turn on Rafallah al-Sahati, an officially approved militia that also has Islamist leanings. RELIANT ON MILITIAS "Twenty-five percent of those who came were there as saboteurs," he said. "Some of them, we know who they are, they were working with Gaddafi's security brigades." While the compound was being looted, the government texted UPDATE page 7
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for being based in Turkey while thousands are killed inside Syria. RELATED - Why no safe zone The headquarters of the Free in Syria, yet? 5 complications Syrian Army had previously been Despite the announcement of the in Turkey, and its move into Syria command move, rebels still have signifies just how far rebels have to rely on Turkey as a rear base come. for supplies and reinforcements. Soldiers from the rebel Free In the past few months, rebels Syrian Army stand guard near the have captured wide swaths of Turkish-Syrian border crossing of Syrian territory bordering Turkey, Tal Abad on Saturday. Rebel along with three border crossings, forces captured the crossing last allowing them to ferry supplies week. and people into Syria. (Hussein Malla/AP) FSA commander Col. Riad alBy Bassem Mroue, The Asaad announced the move of the Associated Press command center in a video with posted September 22, 2012 at the title "Free Syrian Army 5:11 pm EDT Communique Number 1 from The leaders of the rebel Free Inside." Wearing a military Syrian Army said Saturday they uniform and surrounded by a moved their command center dozen gunmen, the commander from Turkey to Syria with the aim said the aim is to "start the plan to of uniting rebels and speeding up liberate Damascus soon, God the fall of President Bashar willing." Assad's regime. Al-Sheikh, the other top FSA Brig. Gen. Mustafa al-Sheikh, commander, said moving the who heads the FSA's Military command "will speed up the fall Council, told The Associated of the regime because it will give Press that the group made the a big boost to the morale of rebels move last week. He would not say and there will be a command to where the new headquarters is follow-up on operations." located or give other details. "There are liberated areas now The FSA is the most prominent and it's better for the command to of the rebel groups trying to be with the rebels instead of being topple Assad, though its authority abroad," al-Sheikh said in a phone o v e r n e t w o r k s o f f i g h t e r s interview from Turkey. The i n S y r i a i s l i m i t e d . I t s general said he has been going commanders have been criticized back and forth to Syria.
them later. Turkey also reinforced its border with anti-aircraft missiles after Syrian forces brought down a Turkish jet on June 22, and it threatened to target any approaching Syrian military elements. Turkey said its plane was in international airspace, countering Syrian claims that it was in Syrian airspace. Also Saturday, Lebanon's army said Syrian rebels attacked one of its positions in the mountain town of Arsal and that its forces drove the rebels away without causing casualties. In recent months, rebels have Lebanon, with several hundred The military did not give a reason succeeded in taking the fight to thousand Syrians seeking refuge for why the rebels might attack a Damascus, but the regime has there and battles occasionally Lebanese position. In the past, reasserted control in many areas. b e i n g f o u g h t Syrian government forces have In the summer, rebels also a l o n g S y r i a ' s b o r d e r s . fired shells or missiles across the l a u n c h e d a n o f f e n s i v e On Saturday, the Turkish military border. Lebanese pro- and antion Syria's largest city, Aleppo, deployed three howitzers and an regime groups have also clashed. a n d a r e h o l d i n g s e v e r a l anti-aircraft gun near Tal Abyad, Rebels, many of them Sunni neighborhoods there, despite daily a Turkish-Syrian border crossing Muslims, are known to cross to battles with regime forces. captured by the rebels earlier in and from areas in Lebanon that Activists say nearly 30,000 the week, the Turkish news are predominantly Sunni, like p e o p l e h a v e b e e n k i l l e d agency Dogan reported. Dogan Arsal. In recent months, the since Syria's crisis began in video showed at least three large Lebanese army has tried to stop March 2011. The uprising began military trucks towing the guns them by setting up new positions and sending troops. with largely peaceful protests along a highway. against Assad's regime, but has On Saturday, an Associated Press Syria's activist networks, which since morphed into a civil war in reporter heard at least six mortar monitor the country's violence, the face of a brutal government shells fall in the area. The were not aware of the fighting. crackdown. crossing was in the hands of On Syria's border with Jordan, T h e S y r i a n c o n f l i c t h a s rebels who held eight detainees rebels assaulted a Syrian air i n c r e a s i n g l y s p i l l e d i n t o there, including three Syrian SYRIA: page 7 neighboring Turkey, Jordan and border inspectors, but released
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Policy. "People are not gainfully employed; they are laid off; they are minimum wage workers." By Marisol Bello, USA TODAY Oregon's poverty rate was 17.5% Updated in 2011, a 1.7 point increase from States saw little relief from the year before. p o v e r t y i n t h e p a s t y e a r , It was one of 27 states with an especially among children, the i n c r e a s e i n t h e n u m b e r o f unemployed and those in the unemployed people who became lowest income brackets. poor as more longterm jobless By Seth Wenig, AP Americans exhausted their Job seekers fill out applications at u n e m p l o y m e n t i n s u r a n c e . a construction job fair last month O k l a h o m a , I d a h o a n d N e w in New York. Mexico saw some of the biggest The latest Census figures show increases. that 17 states had increases in the Fourteen states, including number of people living in Arizona, California, Georgia, poverty between 2010 and 2011. Oregon and Texas, had significant Only one state, Vermont, showed increases in the number of a decrease; the other 32 states children living in poverty and the showed no change. number of people living in deep While the national poverty rate poverty. The Census defines has remained steady at 15.9%, the people in deep poverty when they latest Census data show pockets make 50% below the poverty line, of increases by geography and which is $23,050 for a family of among various demographic four. groups. The data is also a The plight of the poor was reflection of the economy's slow highlighted last week after recovery and anemic job growth, secretly recorded remarks by policy analysts and advocates for Republican presidential candidate the poor say. Mitt Romney were publicized in " T h e p r o b l e m i s h i g h which he said 47% of the unemployment," says Chuck electorate did not pay income Sheketoff, executive director of t a x e s , w e r e d e p e n d e n t o n the Oregon Center for Public government and would not vote [unable to retrieve full-text content]
for him. Most of those who do not pay income taxes — the figure stood at 46% last year — are poor or seniors, according to the Tax Policy Center. "If you are not making any money, then you are going to be part of that 47%," says Judith Conti, of the National Employment Law Project. She says more unemployed are becoming poor because they are out of work for so long. Since 2007, 5.5 million people exhausted their unemployment benefits, which topped at 99 weeks, she says. Luke Shaefer, a professor of social work at the University of Michigan who has researched extreme poverty, says the longterm unemployed are the legacy of the recession. "To lose your job is awful, but to experience two years of unemployment," he says. "You lose your hard skills; technology passes you by. … It's not surprising that poverty is going to go up in that group." Children are casualties when their parents are not working, leading to higher poverty among children, he says.
Helen McKee, 50, of Bridgeport, Conn., says she and her two teenaged children understand the effects of poverty after she lost her job as an accountant in 2009. A single mom, she applied to more than 100 jobs with no success. She borrowed money from friends, babysat, cleaned houses, asked her church for help to pay her mortgage and utilities, went to the local food bank and left thousands of dollars in bills unpaid. She says she was in foreclosure three times since losing her job and has a lien on her condo apartment because she hasn't paid her sewage bill. Last fall, she exhausted her unemployment benefits, which were $600 a week less than what she made when she was working. Depressed and out of options, she turned to The WorkPlace, a program for the long term unemployed, which helped her find a part-time job in January. She went full-time this week, making close to her previous salary. But she says she has a long climb to get back to where she'd been. "It's depressing; here I am, 50, with nothing saved," she says. "They can't just keep cutting
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the star power at Obama’s Milwaukee fundraisers, arguing for the re-election of the 44th MILWAUKEE (AP) — President president. Romney hunted for Barack Obama worked to squash West Coast cash, if not votes, first GOP hopes for a resurgence of in San Diego, and was later support in pivotal Wisconsin on headed to Los Angeles. Saturday, pushing back against With running mates Joe Biden his GOP rival’s arguments against and Paul Ryan campaigning in an overly intrusive government. N e w E n g l a n d a n d F l o r i d a , Mitt Romney countered with his respectively, the presidential own pitch to middle-class voters, campaign was spread far and wide saying that the president had — both geographically and fostered a culture of ‘‘government strategically. Biden revved up dependency’’ that hinders upward union activists poised to canvass mobility. for votes in New Hampshire while Obama faulted Romney for Ryan appealed to Hispanic voters advancing a top-down economic in Miami and talked space policy that ‘‘never works.’’ in Orlando. ‘‘The country doesn’t succeed It was Obama’s first visit to when only the folks at the very Wisconsin since February, and the top are doing well,’’ he said. ‘‘We president was intent on shoring up succeed when the middle class is support in Ryan’s home state. doing well.’’ Obama won Wisconsin easily in With just six weekends left 2008 but Ryan is popular here and before Election Day, both men recent polls have Obama up by were devoting considerable time single digits. The GOP showed its to raising campaign cash to organizational strength in fending bankroll the deluge of ads already off efforts to recall Republican saturating hotly contested states. Gov. Scott Walker, but Obama Baseball great Hank Aaron, who campaign manager Jim Messina once wore No. 44 as a player for said Democrats ‘‘continue to have the Milwaukee Brewers, supplied a strategic advantage,’’ with more
field offices and political infrastructure in the state. Obama made the case against Romney before a crowd at the Milwaukee Theater, countering Romney’s call to change Washington from the inside with an appeal to voters to help him break through partisan gridlock with pressure on Congress from the outside. He said that despite economic troubles, his administration has made progress and has made ‘‘practical and specific’’ proposals to create jobs. ‘‘The choice now is do we reverse this,’’ he said. Romney, in his weekly podcast, said the government’s role should be ‘‘very different’’ from what Obama wants to provide. ‘‘Under President Obama, we have a stagnant economy that fosters government dependency,’’ he said. ‘‘My policies will create a growing economy that fosters upward mobility.’’ In advance of Obama’s visit, Romney’s campaign made the argument that Obama’s failure to turn around the economy had Wisconsin voters looking for a different path. Walker said the
president had a ‘‘Wisconsin problem.’’ The state’s 7.5 percent unemployment rate is below the national average, but its manufacturing industry has been hit hard in recent years. The Republican National Committee released a web video, ‘‘Since You've Been Gone,’’ highlighting recent GOP organizing efforts in the state and Walker’s success in fending off a recall election there. Messina saw good signs all over, saying, ‘‘We’re either tied or in the lead in every battleground state 45 days out. I think you will see a tightening in the national polls going forward.’’ Ryan, campaigning in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, reinforced Romney’s argument that Obama hasn’t been able to make needed changes in Washington, poking at the president’s recent comment that it’s hard to change Washington from the inside without mobilizing public pressure on Congress from the outside. ‘‘Why do we send presidents to the White House in the first place?’’ Ryan asked. ‘‘We send
presidents to change and fix the mess in Washington, and if this president has admitted that he can’t change Washington, then you know what? We need to change presidents.’’ He also faulted Obama for a ‘‘policy of appeasement’’ toward the Castro regime in Cuba, saying all the president had done was ‘‘reward more despotism.’’ Obama has eased restrictions to allow Americans to travel to Cuba and to let Cuban-Americans to send money to family on the island. But the president has stopped well-short of discussing lifting the 50-year-old economic embargo, which is widely viewed in Latin America as a failure and has complicated U.S. relationships in the region. Continued... This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
The Real %47 – Washington DC Gets Richer, America Grows Poorer
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will be based in Syria soon, either in Idlib province or Aleppo province," the source told Reuters, By Oliver Holmes adding that the move would be BEIRUT| Sat Sep 22, 2012 completed within two weeks. 4:59pm EDT The rebels made their (Reuters) - The rebel Free Syrian announcement on the eve of a Army (FSA) has moved its conference of several government leadership for the first time from -sanctioned Syrian opposition Turkey to parts of Syria that are groups in the capital Damascus now controlled by rebels, the aiming to provide a political group's commander-in-chief said solution to the civil war - a on Saturday. meeting which the FSA dismissed The FSA has been based in as a ploy by Assad to fool the Turkey for more than a year as international community. fighters have struggled to battle The FSA is the most prominent forces loyal to President Bashar al of several armed groups fighting -Assad. Although rebels now to overthrow Assad. In the video, control large swathes of Syria, posted on the web, the rebel they face air and artillery attack colonel said his men would "fight from Assad's forces. side-by-side" with all groups and "The leadership of the FSA has planned to take Damascus soon. entered the liberated areas (of Despite calling for Assad to step Syria) after the success of the plan down, the West is wary of arming that the FSA has worked on with disparate rebel groups. Western other battalions and units in order diplomats say they are looking for to safeguard the free areas," signs that the rebels have a clear Colonel Riad al-Asaad said in a chain of command within Syria. video statement. Turkey, which is housing more A rebel source close to Asaad than 80,000 refugees from Syria, said that the colonel arrived in is facing internal pressure to Syria two days ago. "The plan is distance itself from the conflict, that all the leadership of the FSA a n d r e b e l s a r e n o t a l w a y s
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welcomed by residents. Rebels shot down a fighter jet as it flew over the northern Syrian town of Atarib in Idlib province on Saturday, a witness said. JET DOWNED The witness, an independent journalist who asked to remain anonymous, said rebel fighters were attacking a military base near the town when the jet flew over and rebels shot it down with anti-aircraft guns. Rebels have previously brought down several government planes using outdated anti-aircraft machine guns welded to pickup trucks. Activists say more than 27,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the 18-month-old revolt in Syria. In Damascus, the army has been conducting raids of southern suburbs over the past few days after driving out most rebel fighters. Black smoke rose from the suburb of Hajar al-Aswad on Saturday and residents said their houses had been set ablaze by security forces. The opposition conference in Damascus on Sunday is organized
by the internal opposition's main umbrella group, the National Coordination Body. Last July, a similar conference was cancelled after the owner of the venue was threatened by Assad's forces who fired on a prodemocracy protest outside, killing 14. Opposition groups say Russia and China, which have blocked Western attempts to secure U.N. sanctions against Assad, have promised to exert influence to protect Sunday's meeting. Assad says he accepts some opposition figures who call for a peaceful transition from a oneparty state to democratic governance and his allies have pointed to the internal opposition as a sign the president is serious about reform. The internal opposition, which includes many outspoken critics of Assad who have spent years in jail, has been accused of being too passive by rebel fighters and members of the largely foreignbased Syrian National Council, a political group calling for the international community to arm rebel factions.
A spokesman for the Free Syrian Army in Turkey dismissed the conference, saying Assad's government "tries always to negotiate with itself". "This is not a real opposition in Syria. This opposition is just the other face of the same coin. The FSA would never have any relation with these groups," he told Reuters by telephone. "It is just a silly plot to mislead the international community to think there is a negotiation in place. They cannot be successful in finding an end to the civil war." (Additional reporting by Mariam Karouny and Michael Shields in Vienna; Editing by Pravin Char) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
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Benghazi mobile phones asking citizens to go home and "not allow saboteurs to destroy your noble and successful demonstration". Libya's new rulers know that, while militias pose the biggest threat to their authority, the state's weak security forces rely on former rebel units, armed with heavy weapons, that fought in the uprising. Like the rest of Libya, Benghazi is still prowled by dozens of armed groups operating openly, usually with the official permission of a government that is powerless to stop them. Ansar al-Sharia's overt Benghazi presence was never huge. But it was one of the few groups operating openly without official licence. Its leaders proclaim democratic government to be incompatible with Islam, and the presence on the streets of pickup trucks bearing their Kalashnikov logo
was an affront to the government's authority. But a doctor in hospital where Ansar al-Sharia had been providing security for the past six weeks said the group had prevented anarchy. "I don't know about their religion or ideology, but they solved problems," said Abdulmonin Salim. "I don't care if they come from another planet. I want a secure hospital." Ansar al-Sharia and other Islamist militias have bases elsewhere in eastern Libya, notably around the coastal city of Derna, known across the region as a major recruitment centre for fighters who joined the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. The attack on the U.S. consulate seems to have provided a strong impetus for local authorities to rally support behind the weak national government. Thousands of Libyans marched in Friday's "Rescue Benghazi
Day" in support of democracy and against Islamist militias. "It's obvious that this protest is against the militias. All of them should join the army or security forces as individuals, not as groups," student Ahmed Sanallah said. "Without that, there will be no prosperity and no success for the new Libya." U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was well liked, and many Libyans condemned the attack on the consulate despite being angered by the anti-Islamic U.S.made film that triggered it. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
defense base and were pushed back, activists said. A Jordanian government minister said Jordanian border guards captured several gunmen on the Jordanian side, but it was not clear if they were rebels. The fighting in and around the Syrian border town of Nasib continued until dawn Saturday, Jordan's state-run news agency Petra said. Nasib is in the southern province of Daraa, where the uprising began in March 2011. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were casualties on both sides, but did not give figures. In Damascus, an umbrella opposition group, the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria, said it is postponing a conference that would have been the largest gathering of anti-regime representatives in the country since the uprising began. The group has said two of its leaders disappeared after arriving at Damascus International Airport
on Thursday, along with a friend who was to pick them up. It blamed the regime for the disappearance. The state-run news agency SANA quoted the Interior Ministry as saying "terrorist groups" kidnapped the three, using the term it employs for rebels, and that a search has been launched. Some Syrians had hoped that the conference might result in a unified opposition voice inside Syria that could credibly negotiate with the regime. RELATED - Why no safe zone in Syria, yet? 5 complications This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
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A Lesson from Bush
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Gary Gross believes Mitt Romney can learn a lesson from George W. Bush:
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'AOL squatter' takes wraps off new startup, Claco
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Simons the door, his high-tech twist on Oliver Twist caught the imaginations of several angel investors. With their backing, Simons and his team of four were able to rent space in Palo Alto. And next week, Simons will take the wraps off his new company, an online community called Claco that lets teachers share lesson plans and tips. "We're crowdsourcing education," Submitted at 9/22/2012 2:44:40 PM he said, "to give every person in Click photo to enlarge Eric the world access to the best Simons, 20, poses for a portrait at teachers." his rental cottage in Palo Alto, Simons got the idea three years Calif. on Friday, May 25, 2012. ago while a high school senior. Simons secretly camped out for "The content being used in the two months at AOL's offices in classroom right now is very static Palo Alto while working for -- it's not engaging," he said. "And Imagine K12 who was renting the process of developing new space form AOL. While living at content is time-intensive for AOL, he was also starting his own teachers." company, ClassConnect. Simons So after graduation, he left the now shares a cottage with two Chicago suburbs and headed west. other people, one who is working His parents, he admits, "weren't for his startup and another who thrilled" that he wasn't going to works at another startup. (Jim college. But how ya gonna keep Gensheimer/Staff) VC in the 'em down on the farm after SiliconValley.com 20/20 they've seen "The Social Remember the AOL squatter? Network"? Eric Simons won Web-wide "You could feel his enthusiasm, notoriety in May, when officials and he's a fantastic coder," said at AOL's Palo Alto campus Tim Brady, Claco's first investor d i s c o v e r e d t h e y o u n g - and a guy who knows something entrepreneur had been living there about startups, having been the to save cash while getting his first hire at Yahoo( YHOO). startup off the ground. Since leaving Yahoo a decade But while security showed ago, Brady has been pouring his
off the tongue, Simons already has his eye on international expansion, and he didn't want a name that might confuse nonEnglish speakers. An early trial of the service, opened in March, netted 16,000 K -12 teachers, Simons said. Several r e s o u r c e s i n t o e d u c a t i o n thousand more have signed up for t e c h n o l o g y , i n c l u d i n g a n the beta, which soft-launched last incubator called Imagine K12. week and will be formally Simons was among the first batch announced Wednesday. of entrepreneurs to go through the "I love it," said Erin Klein, a t h r e e - m o n t h p r o g r a m l a s t second-grade teacher in Michigan summer. whom Simons invited to test the The incubator leases space in product last year after stumbling AOL's Page Mill Road offices. on her education-themed Twitter And Simons found he was able to feed. keep slipping into the building Klein said she saves all of her even after his time in the program lesson plans and other classroom ended. content to Claco and shares those Unable to afford rent, he'd sleep files with dozens of other teachers on common-area couches, shower who follow her on Simons' in the gym, stow his clothes in network. She calls the service a spare lockers and sneak ramen cross between Pinterest and noodles and trail mix AOL set out Dropbox, "but you can do more for entrepreneurs to share, all with it, and it's free." while working 15-hour days to She and Brady both say the develop Claco's software. service spares teachers hours of "It's a pretty big building, so he s e a r c h i n g t h e I n t e r n e t f o r was able to get away with it," said educational websites and apps. Brady, adding that he had no clue "Given all that teachers are asked what Simons was up to until to do, it seems a big waste of time CNET broke the story. to re-create the wheel when Simons, who just turned 21, had there's stuff out there that they can originally dubbed the company take and tailor to their own ClassConnect but changed that a needs," Brady said. few months ago. While the new Although the public version of moniker may roll less trippingly the site has only been up a few
days, Simons already is noodling on ways to make money -- such as letting teachers buy additional storage. "We've already got content publishers coming to us saying, 'We'd love to advertise on your platform,' " he added. With some 3.9 million K-12 teachers in the U.S. alone, and schools spending $25 billion a year on textbooks and other content, Simons sees a robust market opportunity. And he's not the only one: Last month, Flip Video co-founder Ariel Braunstein launched a company called Knowmia, which trolls the Web for public-domain educational videos then organizes them into study plans developed by teachers. Still, Simons claims there's more to Claco than making money: Teachers who've participated in the early trial, he said, report that since they have more time to spend on pedagogy instead of planning, their students' grades have gone up an average of 8 percent. Contact Peter Delevett at 408271-3638. Follow him at Twitter.com/mercwiretap. Copyright 2012 San Jose Mercury News. All rights reserved. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is 'AOL page 11
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Why No One Lives On These 10 Uninhabited Islands
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The internet has embraced the story of Brendon Grimshaw over the past year. Grimshaw did what so many dream of doing: he bought an island. He purchased Moyenne Island in the Indian Ocean in 1964 for $20,000, quit his job in 1973 to move there, and spent the past 40 years developing it into a paradise, cultivating and protecting flora and fauna native to the Seychelles. Now 86, Grimshaw’s island is worth millions to developers, but he is determined that it remain a nature preserve after his death. There are still many abandoned and uninhabited islands around the world. Why isn’t there anyone living on them? After all, 270 people live on Tristan de Cunha, which is 2430 kilometers from the next inhabited island! The reasons islands remain uninhabited are financial, political, environmental, or religious—or a combination of those reasons. kunoshima Island
Three kilometers off the coast of Japan, kunoshima Island is overrun with rabbits, which are not a native species. But there are no human residents on Okunoshima Island. It was once the site of a chemical weapons plant, turning out poison gas for the Japanese Imperial Army from 1929 to 1945. The Allied Occupation Forces dismantled the plant and let
volcanic islands south of New Zealand. The cold climate and harsh winds make the islands too harsh a place to live. It is known for numerous shipwrecks and deaths, some from trying to survive on the islands, despite supplies being left there in castaway huts, as seen in the photograph. Two people died by shipwreck there as recently as 1999. Jaco Island Jaco Island in East Timor has no permanent inhabitants because locals consider it sacred land. However, that does not mean they won’t accommodate tourists. Day trips as well as camping on laboratory animals go free (hence the island is encouraged. Local the rabbits). Japan did not speak fishermen double as vendors to of Okunoshima for many years. the tourists. Since 2007, Jaco Then in 1988, the kunoshima Island is part of Nino Konis Poison Gas Museum was opened Santana National Park. See the rest of the story at on the site. Business Insider Tourists take the ferry to the island to interact with the friendly Please follow Science on Twitter rabbits more than to see the and Facebook. museum. Antipodes Islands The Antipodes are a group of
HOUSE OF THE DAY: A Party Mansion In Bel Air Is On Sale For $46 Million
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What do Dick Cheney, Lady Gaga, Bob Marley, and Hugh Hefner all have in common? They've all been lucky enough to have a newly discovered species named after them. From colorful fish to rabbits to innocuous wasps, here's a small sample of the animal kingdom's celebrity-dubbed denizens. Lady Gaga the parasitoid wasp Scientists in Thailand have dubbed a newly discovered species of parasitoid wasp (similar to the one pictured here) Aleiodes gaga, in honor of Lady Gaga. While the tribute's motivations aren't immediately clear, some suspect the researchers are just hijacking Mother Monster's popularity to attract attention to an innovative DNA barcoding technique used to validate the discovery of this wasp. Hugh Hefner the bunny Everyone recognizes the bunny icon made infamous by Hugh Hefner's Playboy empire, but few know that an endangered marshland rabbit (similar to our
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pal here) was named after the indefatigable ladies man. Hef's organization has donated charitably to researchers who are looking to ensure the survival of Sylvilagus palustri hefneri, once abundant in the southeastern United States. Sting the tree frog In the '90s, a species of tree frog discovered in northern Columbia, Dendropsophus stingi (similar to the variety seen here), was named
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Iran Arrests Over 300 Christians in 2 Years
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If only we somehow found a way to make Iran feel less threatened by its religious minorities, surely the situation would improve. ( from Jihad Watch) More than 300 Christians have been arrested since mid-2010 in Iran where churches operate in a climate of fear and Muslims who convert to Christianity face persecution, United Nations human rights investigators said on Thursday. They welcomed the release earlier this month of Yousof Nadarkhani, a Christian pastor who spent three years in prison before his death sentence for apostasy and evangelism was commuted, but voiced deep concerns for those still detained. “Scores of other Christians appear to remain in detention for freely practicing their religion,” he said, noting the Iranian constitution and a landmark international treaty ratified by Iran protect the right to practice that faith. “Churches continue to report undue pressure to report
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membership, in what appears to be an effort to pressure and sometimes even detain converts,” he said. But remember Muslims respect religion and are completely baffled and outraged when people disrespect their religion. All they want is to pass laws forbidding anyone from offending their religion. As Turkey’s Islamist Prime Minister Erdogan put it, your freedom of speech stops where their freedom of religion
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Six Million Jews Must Die Queensland police find human for Palestinian State
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The new Nazis are here and they call themselves Human Rights Activists. “How many have to die to achieve “One State”?” That’s the question I always ask advocates of ‘One State’ – meaning the antisemitic act of eliminating Israel as a Jewish State, the one Jewish State alongside 57 Muslim States. I ask it because the vast majority of Israelis – Jews and Arabs – do not want ‘One State’ under any circumstances, so it could only be achieved by force. I asked it of Antony Loewenstein tonight at SOAS. Loewenstein (“As an atheist non-practising Jew”) has co-edited a book advocating “One State”. Loewenstein answered “Six million. That’s my answer. Write that down.“ As the Anti-Israel campaigns get uglier, diving into Jewish boycotts
NEWS.com.au Queensland police find human remains Ninemsn The remains were discovered by detectives yesterday as part of an ongoing investigation in which three people have already been charged the murder of an Ipswich teenager murder, a police spokesman told AAP. The and calls for the destruction of Israel, the BDS camp is showing its true hideous face. The mask keeps coming off and what’s underneath should be familiar to anyone who is also familiar with history. These people are not human rights activists, they could give a fig for the “Palestinian People”, despite ranting about them all day, they are a force of utter destructive evil. They exist only to hate and to destroy. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
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Business Today FIR against Mukesh Gupta, wife after CBI raids in Nagpur Times of India NEW DELHI/NAGPUR: After the Jayaswals and Dardas, it was the turn of another Nagpur-based company to have an FIR registered against them by the CBI. The agency on Thursday raided the premises of Grace
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India Today Chief minister seeks new norms for special category status Times of India MUZAFFARPUR: Indirectly conceding the point that Bihar may not be able to get special category status under the existing criteria, CM Nitish Kumar on Saturday called for setting up a
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Anna's secretary quits post, to stay with movement Times of India PUNE: Social crusader Anna Hazare's personal secretary Suresh Pathare resigned from his post on Saturday citing "family responsibilities" as the reason for his decision. "I have tendered a
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thoroughly pointed: "The real world that's fit for your hand." More Technically Incorrect Oh, dear. That venom is hardly fit for my head. The Droid Razr M has Google Maps, which is a pulsating delight. Motorola would even like you to participate in the hashtag#iLost.(Which is a description of so many lives.) One is wondering whether all the Androiders have formed a coalition to get at Apple. For Business Insider pointed me to a Samsung post -- also on Google+, as well as Samsung's Facebook page. This doesn't have quite the same poisonous serum within it. However, the line: "+1 if you're about to be helping your friends find their way using Google Maps on your Galaxy phone," isn't exactly friendly to Apple either.
I am not sure that maps would be a reason to buy a Droid Razr M. Nor would a plea from my next of kin or even Selma Blair. However, it seems that everyone is looking to toss a barb and carp at Apple's troubled sense of direction. As with so many skirmishes, one can only get excited about who might next enter the theater of war. Microsoft, you're being a little quiet, aren't you? This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
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Weekly Wrap-Up: BitTorrent Booming, Social Books, Smart Traveling Without A Smart Phone
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Benefitting Musicians. More Top Posts: The Social Library: How Public Libraries Submitted at 9/22/2012 1:00:00 PM Are Using Social Media File sharing lives on despite Like many of you, I'm connected multiple attempts to terminate to the Internet virtually every with extreme prejudice, how the waking hour of my day - via Web is affecting just about computer, tablet and mobile everything we do with books, and phone. Yet I still regularly visit the benefits of traveling overseas my local public library to borrow without a smartphone. All of this books, CDs and DVDs. Which and more in the ReadWriteWeb made me wonder: are these two Weekly Wrap-up. worlds disconnected, or is the After the jump you'll find more social Web being integrated into of this week's top news stories on our public libraries? The Social some of the key topics that are Library: How Public Libraries shaping the Web - Location, App Are Using Social Media. Stores and Real-Time Web- plus Smart Traveling Without A highlights from some of our six Smartphone channels. Read on for more. My friend Matteo thinks I'm BitTorrent Downloads Booming - crazy for what I'm not carrying. And Benefitting Musicians "Deficiente," the 31-year-old A new report from UK analytics engineer from Parma, Italy, says. firm Musicmetric pegged the U.S. "Man, how can you not have a as the world's leading downloader phone? You must be the only of music via BitTorrent. It's the person in Italy without one." I'm stuff of Recording Industry traveling overseas without a A s s o c i a t i o n o f A m e r i c a phone, smart or otherwise. Many nightmares: Despite industry would say it's not smart. Maybe efforts to shut down BitTorrent even dumb. I say it's one of the tracker sites, the frenzy of file best ways to truly get to know a sharing continues. And - surprise! country, despite the inherent - recording artists are embracing communication challenges. Smart illegal downloads as just another Traveling Without A Smartphone. way to do business. BitTorrent How The Big Six Book Downloads Booming - And Publishers Are Using Social
Wikipedia remains misunderstood because many educators have yet to recognize the distinction between Wikipedia as a tool for teaching and Wikipedia as a tool for research. Unfortunately, fear of the latter has blinded most to the possibilities of the former. I believe Wikipedia to be an effective tool for both. Why Wikipedia Does Belong in the Classroom. Media Update: Microsoft Patches In the fifth and final part of our Internet Explorer Security Bug series, Social Books, we explore T h a t C o u l d H a v e A f f e c t e d how the "big six" book publishers M i l l i o n s use social media. So far in the Microsoft said it was series we've looked at the largest investigating a new zero-day social network for book lovers vulnerability in Internet Explorer ( G o o d r e a d s ) , a n e w s o c i a l that could affect millions of users network for book writers (Writer's running the latest versions of Bloq), how public libraries use Internet Explorer on Microsoft’s social media, and whether book most popular operating systems. highlights are being successfully U p d a t e : M i c r o s o f t P a t c h e s socialized. We've learned so far Internet Explorer Security Bug that almost everything to do with T h a t C o u l d H a v e A f f e c t e d books - writing them, reading M i l l i o n s . them, borrowing them, making Finding The Perfect Startup Cohighlights in them - has been Founder impacted by Web technologies. The ideal startup partner can be H o w T h e B i g S i x B o o k as elusive as a compatible mate. Publishers Are Using Social And like millions of people have Media. put their love lives in the hands of Why Wikipedia Does Belong in technology, you can now find the Classroom your business soul mate online.
Finding The Perfect Startup CoFounder. 15 YouTube Videos That Changed The World “The Innocence of Muslims,” a trailer for an anti-Islamic film that has served as both an excuse and a spur for the latest round of unrest in the Middle East, is only the latest example of a longstanding YouTube tradition. The Google-owned company has been redefining activism, for better or for worse, since its inception. Here are 15 similarly Earth-shaking videos: 15 YouTube Videos That Changed The World. Facebook's 2012 Slide Looks A Lot Like MySpace's 2008 Demise Shareholders pushed Facebook’s stock up slightly last week after reassuring comments from CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In the process, they overlooked a significant decline in two key areas reported by comScore: U.S. desktop usage, where Facebook has traditionally sold most of its ads, is down 12 percent among younger users (12 to 24 years old), who have always been seen as Facebook's core users. Could Facebook be heading into a MySpace-like dive? WEEKLY page 21
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Drunk on Cloud Kool-Aid? Time To Sober Up
Justin Moore (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 2:35:26 PM
for decades. Critical data and applications are tied into legacy networks. And chances are, IT has Editor’s note: Justin Moore is spent significant resources trying CEO of Axcient, a cloud solution to get systems to run as efficiently for data, application, and system as possible. “If it ain’t broke, uptime. You can follow him on don’t fix it” is another overused, Twitter at@justinrmoore. though quite applicable phrase M a n y g r e a t t e c h n o l o g y that applies to how IT and breakthroughs are subject to management teams think about analyst predictions about how where to apply limited resources quickly that technology will take to implement meaningful change. over the world. In 2007, Gartner I’m not against the cloud. In fact, famously forecasted that all PCs I started a cloud solutions would be virtualized by 2010. company at a time when few While this didn’t happen then and entrepreneurs were thinking about is not close to happening now, the possibilities of the cloud. I business leaders and analysts know it’s the future because of the continue to predict that all accessibility and scalability it business systems will be in the affords. But I’m also a realist, cloud in five years. This common knowing that executives have p r e d i c t i o n i s p e r h a p s a s specific priorities with limited overhyped as the term “drinking budgets, and that ripping out and the Kool-Aid” is overused, but if replacing an entire infrastructure you believe that all business does not often appear in the list of systems will be in the cloud in a business’ four or five top goals. five years, you’re certainly Think about it – just because a drinking something. Here are chief operating officer is a three reasons you should sober believer in the benefits of cloud u p : 1 . T o o m u c h c r i t i c a l solutions doesn’t mean he or she information still resides on- is going to put aside other premise. priorities for the company’s I f y o u t h i n k a b o u t h o w growth to spend an entire year’s businesses operate and move, you budget on a major infrastructure realize that change takes time – change. They’re going to look at and money. Physical networks, on which cloud solutions will make -premise servers, and desktop the greatest immediate impact, software have been the core t h e n i m p l e m e n t g r a d u a l components of business systems improvements. 2. The cloud isn’t
always cheaper. One thing businesses using cloud solutions have learned: The argument that the cloud is more cost-effective doesn’t always pan out, especially when looking at an overhaul of existing systems. Depending on the size and needs of a business, cloud solutions can be far more cost-effective. Moving to Software as a Service (SaaS) accounting software or using Salesforce for customer relationship management (CRM) might be a no-brainer in terms of increased productivity and value per dollar. But those cloud solutions are not cheap. Most allow you to get up-and-running with very little or no upfront capital expense. The monthly fees can add up, and the more cloud solutions you have, the more your monthly operating expenses will increase. There are valid reasons for choosing to stay with a particular legacy system. At Axcient, for example, we still use SharePoint. We know there are SaaS solutions that are better and easier to use, but even though it’s not ideal – and we will change eventually – for the moment, it works, and upgrading is not a priority for our IT team. For many years to come, a lot of companies will be in a similar situation: They’re not moving all the way to the cloud –
not just yet – because it doesn’t pay off to do so with every application. Not all cloud solutions are created equal; some have a higher immediate return on investment than others. 3. You need a multiplier of value for cloud adoption. Real change happens when there’s a multiplier involved. For a business to take the time and expense to rip out and replace a legacy system with a cloud solution, they need to see that they will be rewarded with a multiplied increase in productivity, not just an incremental increase. They’ve already spent the capital expense on their current system and have an IT guy to manage it. So they’re running along fine until they have an extremely good reason to change. In the backup and recovery market, for example, many SMBs have continued using tape-based backup solutions. While tape backup is as outdated as the VHS tapes you cleaned out of your attic 10 years ago, disk and other backup methods that have appeared over the years weren’t dramatically better or cheaper, so people stuck with what they had. It is only recently that cloudbased backup and recovery technology has improved to the point that a business can see a
multiplied effect on productivity and revenue over tape. With a cloud-based data and application protection solution like Axcient, businesses can not only restore data, but also recover systems instantly after a failure to ensure continuous business productivity. Compared to waiting the hours or days it takes to recover with tape or traditional disk-based backup, such anywhere/anytime uptime via the cloud delivers an exponential improvement in productivity and revenue. This is what’s convincing IT managers to finally switch from tape to cloud backup. When Cloud Makes the Most Sense (and Dollars) The above reasons throw a sobering cup of cold water in the faces of those who think that desktop servers and software are going away in the near future. While my aim is to set this view straight, it’s not to downplay the impact of the cloud or its rapid growth. The cloud will achieve widespread adoption gradually, as most business technologies do. When a new business starts, it will likely be on all-cloud platforms. When an established business replaces a single system, it will be cloud. Or when cloud solutions offer a multiplied increase in value, a business DRUNK page 21
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The Rise Of The Mobile-Social-Vertical Marketplace
Navin Chaddha (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 4:00:09 PM
Editor’s note: Navin Chaddha is a Managing Director at Mayfield Fund, a global early-stage venture capital firm with over $3 billion under management, whose portfolio companies leverage the drivers of cloud/SaaS, mobile, social, energytech and big data. Some current Mayfield Fund investments include Appcelerator, Fab, Marketo, Poshmark, Solarcity, and Zimride. The U.S. e-commerce market is estimated at $200 billion and is still projected to account for only 9 percent of total retail by 2016 (source: Forrester Research Feb. 2012 U.S. Online Retail forecast). We believe there is ample room for growth, and much of it will come from marketplaces. The metaphor of online marketplaces, established by Amazon and eBay starting in 1995, has endured and is flourishing once again – but in a different way than in the past. From an investor point of view, four things have changed: The Rise of Vertical: The ecommerce market is large enough to support vertical marketplaces that super-serve consumer needs and are defying the “winner take all” theory that eBay or Amazon will be the only game in town. These vertical marketplaces have
tuned the user experience to very specific needs by vertical and are easier to achieve liquidity due to their focus. Examples include Homeaway (vacation rentals), Etsy (niche artisan goods), and OpenTable (restaurant reservations). Global? Not As Much: The incumbents have not been able to execute a “global playbook” strategy across geographies, as local giants have emerged that offer a customized business model depending on the geography (China: Taobao [has more than 65 percent of the market and growing according to CrunchBase] and India: Flipkart) with many more to come. Platform Disruption: New platforms such as mobile are proving to be disruptive for incumbents and require a different approach. Poshmark (a Mayfield investment) is a great example of a vertical women’s fashion marketplace where consumers can list fashion items in their closets in just a few clicks, and any customer can purchase simply and directly from the phone. The ease of listing (via your camera on the phone) combined with the simple viewing metaphor (similar to Instagram but for fashion items to purchase) were purpose-built for this platform. Offline/Online Marketplaces: We
are beginning to see offline models disrupted by online marketplaces, which was very difficult before smartphone, Internet ubiquity, and examples of rapid local scaling like Groupon and Yelp. Craigslist reigned here for a while, but now users demand a simpler, more vertical experience and safety/social identity lacking on that marketplace. That said, these are not easy as they are highly local and require operational excellence in addition to a great mobile/ online product. Examples include Uber and Zimride’s Lyft in the transportation space (Mayfield is an investor in Zimride), TaskRabbit for personal services, Postmates for delivery, and Airbnb for real estate rentals. As a result, there is still a lot of potential for creating gamechanging companies that use the marketplace as a model. With the rise of the social and mobile web, today’s marketplaces demonstrate some unique characteristics that entrepreneurs should think about. I’m categorizing six of them under the acronym “ACCESS” – accessibility, curation, community, efficient commerce, simplicity, and symmetry. • Successful marketplaces on mobile platforms now provide addictive, anywhere – anytime accessibility. The best example of
this is OpenTable’s mobile app, which easily lets users find and make restaurant reservations (almost 10 percent of its cumulative 350 million reservations or 30 million diners have made reservations using its mobile app). • Marketplaces grow their inventory rapidly by crowdsourcing items, such as eBay or now Etsy, but curation matters more than ever and can come from both data/analytics and social signals. A good example of this is the Showrooms metaphor from Poshmark, which lists 4,000 items daily, but where sellers can showcase their fashion items by “designer,” “theme (evening wear),” or “recently added.” This curation is critical when a customer is mobile and just has a few minutes to be satisfied. • By adding the social layer, today’s marketplaces build community that goes beyond reviews and ratings of 1.0 marketplaces. This social layer brings true identity to the sellers and buyers and enables interactions regarding advice (and of course purchasing) directly from trusted friends. Importantly, the social layer acts as a powerful free marketing channel, as users show off to friends what they bought or are interested in, build up their personal tastemaker
brands, and help friends also interested in the category. (A good example of this is Mayfield investment Fab whose subscribers are proud to show off their design sensibility through the products they have bought. In fact, 50 percent of new Fab users are brought in via social media). • Efficient and frictionless commerce is a business model that is well understood by users and, for this, Amazon’s one-click commerce still reigns supreme. This is now a must-have in mobile marketplaces. A recent example is Cherry, the on-demand mobile car -washing service, which requires three clicks to find, schedule, and pay for your car wash. • Using a design-first mentality, today’s marketplaces demonstrate stunning simplicity of use. A good example of this is Exec, a mobile TaskRabbit-type app that allows users to enter the task they need completed and pay for it without much data entry. • Finally, pioneered by the collaborative-consumption movement, marketplaces are becoming increasingly symmetric, with significant overlap between buyers and sellers, as people rent and share their own belongings – instead of historically a few merchants selling new goods to RISE page 22
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Apple's new iPhone 5 ads: Protesting too much?
Chris Matyszczyk (CNET News)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 1:05:22 PM
Verizon iPhone 5 comes unlocked, usable on AT&T
Brooke Crothers (CNET News)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 4:48:40 PM
The lovely thing about a new iPhone is that it brings people together. Whether your Karl is Rove or Marx, whether your Justin is Bieber, Timberlake, or Theroux, somehow the iPhone has always brought so many together in wondrous adoration. And yet the new iPhone 5 ads released yesterday seem to be creating an oddly conflictual atmosphere. The ads, to my eyes and ears, seem to be a rather smooth journey back to the future. Some of Apple's recent ads have tended toward the dull. Can anyone remember even one exciting ad for the iPad? At heart, they've never had to be that interesting, because the brand is so strong, so emotionally powerful, that the best ads have always been the products themselves. Still, the new ads include some rather pleasant turns of humor. Not pleasant enough for some,
however. A quick perusal of some of the comments from CNET readers suggest a discomfort akin to one too many spicy sausages at lunch. Commenter Notalilo offered: Apple must be really proud of the fact that iPhone was the last phone on the market with panorama photo capabilities. The choice of features picked for these commercials really shows that iPhone 5 has nothing on competition (earbuds? really?) Hoss 805 puts on his 20-gallon hat and declaims: ALL Propaganda for APPLE, they can easily add every single feature thats available right now but they know they got you guys where they want, they make a new iphone every year, add 1 little thing and they know people will PEE-PEE there Panties just to go get one. And Nicci_Amber sees red: It's almost as if Apple is trying to justify its tiny screen by saying things like "it's perfect for the hand." Yeah, right. I have tiny hands and love my 4.5" screen. I'd actually prefer it to be even larger.
It makes watching movies, going on the Internet, playing games all the better. It renders a tablet useless. Apple needs to stop justifying the fact that in SEVEN years, all they've done is make the screen a half inch bigger and add LTE. So pathetic. Yet iSheep still fall for it. It's faintly quaint that a company that has "nothing on the competition" manages to still have something on the competition in so many people's hearts. It's perhaps almost amusing that some find it painful that Apple is convinced that people like to use their phones one-handed and makes an ad that says so. For them, it seems a sad justification for changing very little and making it seem like a lot. More Technically Incorrect It's probably true that Apple can't go on making little incremental changes to a beautifully designed core for too much longer. (The excellent, funny new Samsung ad makes fine hay from some truths of the iPhone 5 and its flock.) It's surely true that the company has to find a new category of
gadget in order to expand people's imaginations. But these little ads will serve merely to persuade not those millions who have already lined up and ordered, but those whose contracts might shortly be up, those who are coming into the market, and those who still look at the iPhone as something desirable -- even though it's been around for a while. Yes, it's John Stamos or Heidi Klum. These ads are oddly pleasing, blessedly simple, and very true to the Apple people know. If only the folks behind the excellent Windows Phones, for example, could find as simple a way to people's innards. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
Snedeker makes a push for FedEx Cup
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The Verizon iPhone 5 comes unlocked out of the box, an AT&T representative confirmed with CNET today. Reports have been trickling out over the last 24 hours or so saying that Verizon's iPhone 5 can used on AT&T's network. Today, Verizon confirmed the "3G SIM unlock" -- and that the Verizon iPhone 5 is unlocked out of the box. Of course, there are a bunch of caveats. This "feature" could be "fixed" via a future update. And AT&T's and Verizon's 4G-class networks achieve different levels of high-speed connectivity. That said, iDownloadBlog, wrote on Friday that "the big news here is that we have confirmed that you can use a Verizon iPhone 5 on AT&T or T-Mobile, freely, even if you're a brand-new customer under contract." This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
Brandt Snedeker had what he called his best round of the year, a 6-under 64 that gave him a share
of the lead Saturday at the Tour Championship.
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Is there really a good reason for Samsung and Apple fans to hate each other?
Don Reisinger (SlashGear)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 11:22:32 AM
A war is brewing in the mobile space. No, that war isn’t Apple against Samsung or Google versus Microsoft. Those battles have been raging for months, and chances are, they won’t end anytime soon. The latest – and perhaps most vicious battle – is now being waged between Apple fans and Samsung fans. If you’ve been following the mobile space lately, you know that Apple fans have taken it upon themselves to target Samsung smartphone fans, discounting their choice in product, hammering the Android operating system, and criticizing them in nearly every way imaginable. In some forums across the Web, even Mama jokes aren’t off the table. The trouble started last week after Samsung released an ad showing the differences between its Samsung Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5. The company claimed that its product comes with all of the bells and whistles Apple’s alternative doesn’t, making it the better choice for consumers. Apple fans, of course, responded
with outrage, taking aim at every Samsung fan they could. They argued that Android is a loser, Samsung “copies” Apple’s products, and the only reason any company has been able to make some cash in the mobile market is because of the iPhone maker’s innovation in 2007. Without Apple, the fans say, there would be no Samsung or Android."It’s clear that a real war is on" Of course, the Apple reaction to Samsung’s fan charges is nothing
new. For years, Apple’s fans have been taking anyone to task that would even come close to criticizing their favorite company. What has been most surprising, however, has been the swift and vicious attacks Samsung has leveled against Apple, making clear that a real war is on. But does that war make much sense? Sure, Apple’s fans believe the iPhone 5 is the best smartphone on the market. And while there are countless Android-
based devices, Samsung’s faithful fully believe that the Galaxy S III is tops. Both sides are loyal. And they are flanked by millions. Still, the fact remains that if you buy an iPhone 5, you’re going to be pleased with the device. And if you pick up a Samsung Galaxy S III, you’ll be just as happy with that product. If either side is getting anything right, it’s that the products they support really are the best in the world. So, why fight so hard for
something that, at the end of the day, just doesn’t matter? Apple fans can’t change the minds of Samsung fans, and vice versa. For some people, Apple’s products, no matter how nice, will never grace their homes. For others, the same holds true for Samsung devices. And believe it or not, it’s fine if people disagree on the smartphone they most desire. Call me insensitive to the plight of iPhone owners, but I think there are much bigger problems in the world than dealing with the oh -so-awful Samsung Galaxy S III owners. So they like a different device than you. Who cares? It’s not like they’re espousing the values of owning a BlackBerry. Is there really a good reason for Samsung and Apple fans to hate each other? is written by Don Reisinger& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All right reserved.
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Facebook's 2012 Slide Looks A Lot Like MySpace's 2008 Demise. Apple's iOS 6 Maps App Falls Short In Early Reviews Apple made headlines earlier this year when it was confirmed that Google Maps would no longer be the default app for mapping and navigation on iOS devices. That years-old partnership crumbled amid rising tensions between the two companies, mostly due to Google's entry into the smartphone market. To fill in the gap, Apple acquired C3 Technologies, a company that specialized in building 3D mapping software. At its Worldwide Developers Conference last summer, Apple showed off the slick, immersive result. " Apple's iOS 6 Maps App Falls Short In Early Reviews. ReadWriteWeb Channels Enterprise • Take My Facebook Password? Over My Dead Body • Is Microsoft Challenging
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iOS 6: Talking to Siri and having fun
Erica Sadun (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 9:30:00 AM
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might do a broad rip-and-replace. The cloud won’t magically take over the majority of businesses in the next year, or two, or even five. But we are already seeing and will continue to see a number of logical business functions and applications move to the cloud. At some point, there will be a balancing point between onpremises and cloud-based systems, and I suspect that balancing point is not too far in
the distant future. In the meantime, staying grounded in the real benefits – and limitations – of the cloud will help IT professionals navigate beyond the hype to identify SaaS solutions that bring about the greatest business advantages.
Psst. In case you didn't notice? In iOS 6, Siri is a hoot. Apple has programmed in even more silly, sassy, delightful responses and it's up to all of us to find the Easter Eggs. Asking Siri about itself is one of the more common ways to get a chuckle -- inquire about how old it is, what it's wearing, its birthday, its gender, its favorite color, and whether it has a family. Try pitching it some of the older standard comic routines like, "Who's on first?" Ask it how it feels about you. Most of all, be persistent. Over time, Apple's programmers have added lots of alternate messages for commonlyasked questions and statements. Take " Open the pod bay doors," for example. Siri has quite the repertoire of answers to the classic command from Clarke & Kubrick's 2001. Or how about asking what the meaning of life is, or saying " Klaatu barada nikto."
Siri's versatility ensures that for many of these silly questions and statements, you'll be rewarded by random and multiple responses. Siri support is expanded in iOS 6 from only the iPhone 4S to the iPad (current version), plus the new iPhone 5 and the 5th-gen iPod touch. What hilarious answers from Siri have you discovered? Jump into the comments and share! Not sure what else you can say to Siri? There's a post to help with that! iOS 6: Talking to Siri and having fun originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sat, 22 Sep 2012 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments
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Gillmor Gang: Good Vibrations
Steve Gillmor (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 3:00:49 PM
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The Gillmor Gang — John Taschek, Adam Bosworth, Robert Scoble, Victoria Barret, and Steve Gillmor — convened at Dreamforce 2012 to honor the burgeoning Celebration of the Cloud. As Marc Benioff and Sir Richard Branson strolled past the Salesforce Live studio at the entrance to the Expo floor, the Gang recalled the birth of Web Services that @benioff correctly construed as the beginning of the end for monolithic software. Of course, as @adambosworth
points out, social needs a tipping point where enough people congregate and contribute to make it compelling to return. And as Forbes’ @victoriabarret says, the 95 thousand at Dreamforce and more on the Web confirm social is no longer cute or trivial. When Virgin America suggests tweeting or Facebooking your concerns rather than via an 800 number, you know the handwriting is on the Wall. @stevegillmor, @adambosworth, @victoriabarret, @scobleizer, @jtaschek Produced by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor and Salesforce Live
many, many buyers. A recent good example is Zimride, whose Lyft service in San Francisco — where people offer rides in their own cars — is growing exponentially). The era of the “mobile social vertical” marketplace has just begun, and entrepreneurs all over
the world are creating companies to leverage these foundational behaviors. We are excited to support entrepreneurs in changing the face of e-commerce through next-gen marketplaces.
Gonzalez wins 20th, Nationals beat Brewers 10-4
(Sports News Headlines Yahoo! News)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 5:12:45 PM
Waking up early during the program tucked away in a folder offseason back home in Florida, labeled "Project 20." Gio Gonzalez and his personal trainer would consult a workout
Bright lights streak across UK skies
Submitted at 9/22/2012 8:48:00 AM
Across Britain and Northern
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Roast Coffee Beans with an Iron Skillet, a Whisk, and a Colander [Video]
David Galloway (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 11:00:00 AM
We've covered a few methods of
roasting coffee beans at home over the years using a popcorn popper, a soup can and a drill, or a hand-crank popcorn popper. To
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"What's Next?": Simon Johnson Explains The Doomsday Cycle
Submitted at 9/22/2012 2:15:28 PM
Via Simon Johnson and Peter Boone - Originally posted at VoxEU, (Via CentrePiece magazine) There is a common problem underlying the economic troubles of Europe, Japan, and the US: the symbiotic relationship between politicians who heed narrow interests and the growth of a financial sector that has become increasingly opaque ( Igan and Mishra 2011). Bailouts have encouraged reckless behaviour in the financial sector, which builds up further risks – and will lead to another round of shocks, collapses, and bailouts. This is what we have called the ‘doomsday cycle’ (Boone and Johnson 2010). The cycle turned in 2007-8 and was most dramatically manifest in the weeks and months that followed the fall of Lehman Brothers, the collapse of Iceland’s banks and the botched ‘rescue’ of the big three Irish financial institutions. The consequences have included sovereign debt restructuring by Greece, as well as continuing problems – and lending programmes by the IMF and the EU – for Greece, Ireland, and Portugal. Italy, Spain and other parts of the Eurozone remain
growth is nowhere on the horizon. The costs of bailouts are rising – and the coming scale of the problem is likely to undermine political support for the Eurozone itself. In the 1980s and 1990s, deep economic crises occurred primarily in middle- and lowincome countries that were too small to have direct global effects. The crises we should fear today are in relatively rich countries that are big enough to reduce growth around the world. The problem is that the modern financial infrastructure makes it possible to borrow a great deal relative to the size of an economy – and far more than is sustainable relative to growth prospects. The expectation of bailouts has become built into the system, in terms of government and central bank support. But this expectation is also faulty because, at times, the claims on the system are more than can ultimately be paid. • For politicians, this is a great opportunity. under intense pressure. Yet in some circles, there is a sense that the countries of the Eurozone have put the worst of their problems behind them. Following a string of summits, it is argued, Europe is now more decisively on the path to a unified financial system backed by what will become the substance of a fiscal union. The doomsday cycle is indeed turning – and problems are undoubtedly heading towards Japan and the US: the current level of complacency among policymakers in those countries is alarming. But the next turn of the global cycle looks likely to hit Europe again and probably harder than before. The continental European financial system is in big trouble: budgets are unsustainable and It enables them to buy favour and win re-election. The problems will become apparent, they calculate, on someone else’s watch. So repeated bailouts have become the expectation not the "WHAT'S page 24
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exception. • For bankers and financiers of all kinds, this is easy money and great fortune – literally. The complexity and scale of modern finance make it easy to hide what is going on. The regulated financial sector has little interest in speaking truth to authority; that would just undercut their business. Banks that are ‘too big to fail’ benefit from giant, hidden and very dangerous government subsidies. Yet despite repeated failures, many top officials pretend that ‘the market’ or ‘smart regulators’ can take care of this problem. • For the broader public, none of this is clear – until it is too late. The issues are abstract and lack the personal drama that grabs headlines. The policy community does not understand the issues or becomes complicit in the schemes of politicians and big banks. The true costs of bailouts are disguised and not broadly understood. Millions of jobs are lost, lives ruined, fiscal balance sheets damaged – and for what, exactly? Over the past four centuries, financial development has strongly supported economic development. The market-based creation of new institutions and products encouraged savings by a broad cross-section of society, allowing capital to flow into more productive uses. But in recent decades, parts of our financial development have gone badly offtrack – becoming much more a
‘rent-seeking’ mechanism that draws support from politicians because it facilitates irresponsible public policy. • The question is: Who will be hurt next by this structure?
countries can then return the savings to the Japanese as they retire. Singapore’s government does just that via one of the world’s largest investment funds. Instead, for the last two decades, Japan’s government has been There are three prominent running large deficits, borrowing candidates: Japan, the US, and the and then spending the savings of Eurozone. the young. When the elderly Figure 1 shows the path of finally demand their savings back Japan’s ratio of debt to GDP over in the form of pensions, the the last 30 years, including IMF government will need to reduce forecasts to 2016. its budget deficit of 8% of GDP Figure 1 and start running a sizeable This is a worrying picture: budget surplus. Unless there is a • Japan has a rapidly ageing sudden burst of romance and population. fertility, there will be far fewer Japanese taxpayers in the future to The average Japanese woman pay this debt. today has 1.39 children, far fewer The government has not been than is needed to replace the willing to raise taxes in a timely elderly. This means that the total manner to match its spending. The population is set to decline by latest agreement is for a modest 26% by 2050. Having peaked in (5%) increase in the retail sales the mid-1990s, the country’s tax, which would only be fully working age population will implemented in 2015. Why would decline by a staggering 40% it do so in the future when the b e t w e e n 1 9 9 5 a n d 2 0 5 0 . burden on the remaining workers Naturally, many of the ageing will need to be ever larger? Japanese have been saving for Japan is saved from immediate their retirement for decades. They pressure by the fact that about deposit those funds in banks, buy 95% of its government debt is government bonds, hold cash held by domestic residents. As savings or buy Japanese equities. long as these investors are • Japan’s growth is slowing. satisfied with very low – or perhaps negative – real rates, this With an ageing population and situation can continue. slower growth, the broad outlines But sooner or later, Japan’s o f r e s p o n s i b l e p o l i c y a r e dreadful fiscal mathematics will straightforward. Japan should catch up with the government. become a big investor in countries There is no sign yet of a broad w i t h y o u n g e r p o p u l a t i o n s , loss of confidence, but major providing the capital investment shifts in market sentiment are not needed to generate growth. Those typically signalled in advance.
In the US, the symptoms are different. Figure 2 illustrates the US version of the doomsday cycle: the rise of total credit as a fraction of national income. Major players in the financial system have become too big to be allowed to fail – and consequently receive large subsidies. Figure 2 The latest crisis has led to the largest monetary and fiscal bailouts on record. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the final fiscal impact of the crisis of 2007-8 will end up increasing debt relative to GDP by about 50 percentage points. This is the second largest debt shock in US history; measured in this way, only the Second World War cost more. (For more detail, see Johnson and Kwak 2012.) The alliance that leads to unsustainable finance here is simple: the US financial system earns large ‘rents’ (excess returns to labour and capital) from the implicit subsidies offered by taxpayers. These rents finance a massive system of lobbyists and campaign donations that ensures ‘pro-bailout’ politicians win elections regularly. Each time the US has a crisis, politicians and technocrats admit their errors and buttress regulators to ensure that ‘it never happens again’. Yet still it happens, again and again. We are now on our third round of the so-called Basel international rules for banks, with the architects of each new reform admonishing the previous
architects for their mistakes. There’s no doubt that the US will someday soon be correcting Basel 3 and moving on to Basel 4, 5, 6 and more. The problem that the country faces is that with each crisis, the financial risks are getting larger. If continued in this manner, bailing out the system will eventually be unaffordable. When the US finally runs out of enough savers to buy the bonds needed to bail out the system, it will suffer the ultimate collapse. (For more detail, see Schularick and Taylor 2012.) Roughly half of all US federal debt is currently held by nonresidents. So US fiscal policy remains viable only as long as the dollar is seen as the ultimate safe haven for investors. But what is the competition? Japan is not appealing today as a haven and it is unlikely to become more appealing in the near term. A great deal of the prospects for the US budget and growth therefore rest on what happens in the Eurozone. There is no sign that the Eurozone will emerge from crisis any time soon. The incentive structure of the Eurozone ensured that each country’s financial sector clamoured to join it. The key feature that made it so attractive was the liquidity window at the ECB. For smaller countries, the ECB is a modern day Rumpelstiltskin. "WHAT'S page 28
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Nationwide "End the Fed" Protests ... Libertarian Candidate Sues to Break Into Presidential Debates
former chairmen of the Democratic and Republican Submitted at 9/22/2012 1:46:10 PM parties. The debates almost The American people are sick of a l w a y s e x c l u d e t h i r d - p a r t y b o t h t h e R e p u b l i c a n a n d candidates. Democratic party, and yearn for Gary Johnson is looking to something different. See this, this change that. and this. The Libertarian candidate for No wonder … the mainstream president – who will be on all 50 Democratic and Republican states’ ballots this election, and parties agree on most matters who is currently polling at around which affect American lives the 5% of the vote – Johnson (and his most directly. Here, here, here vice presidential running mate, here and here. And – as this 4- retired judge Jim Gray) have filed minute video shows – they both an antitrust lawsuit against the ignore the desires of their own PDC for excluding them from the bases. debates: Obama and Romney are virtually The Gov. Gary Johnson/Judge indistinguishable on most core Jim Gray Campaign has filed an i s s u e s . F o r e x a m p l e : j o b s , antitrust lawsuit against the freedoms and favoring fatcats Democrats, Republicans, & the instead of the little guy. Commission on Presidential The Founding Fathers warned– at D e b a t e s f o r a n t i t r u s t a n d the very birth of our nation – anticompetitive acts. The voters against a two-party system as deserve competition! being destructive to liberty. The lawsuit comes after the For example, the Republican and PDC’s failure to respond to the Democratic parties have long following letter from Johnson last formed Gentlemen’s agreements – month: through the “Presidential Debate Dear [Commission Member] Commission” – on what topics are I am writing to request that the “off-limits” (and which journalists n a t i o n a l C o m m i s s i o n o n can even ask questions) during Presidential Debates reconsider presidential debates: your current – and exclusionary – T h e P r e s i d e n t i a l D e b a t e requirements for participation in Commission (PDC) is run by t h i s F a l l ’ s a l l - i m p o r t a n t
Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates. I am well aware of the history and genesis of the Commission, including the reality that it was created largely by the respective national leadership of the Democrat and Republican Parties. While I respect and understand the intention to provide a reasonable and theoretically nonpartisan structure for the presidential debate process, I would suggest that the Commission’s founding, organization and policies are heavily skewed toward limiting the debates to the two so-called major parties. That is unfortunate, and frankly, out of touch with the electorate. You rely very heavily on polling data to determine who may participate in your debates, yet your use of criteria that are clearly designed to limit participation to the Republican and the Democrat nominee ignore the fact that many credible polls indicate that a full one-third of the electorate do not clearly identify with either of those parties. Rather, they are independents whose voting choices are not determined by party affiliation. That one-third of the voters, as
well as independent-thinking Republicans and Democrats, deserve an opportunity to see and hear a credible “third party” candidate. I understand that there are a great many “third party” candidates, and that a line must be drawn somewhere. However, the simple reality of our Electoral College system draws that line in a very straightforward and fair way – a reality that is reflected in your existing criteria. If a candidate is not on the ballot in a sufficient number of states to be elected by the Electoral College, it is perfectly logical to not include that candidate in a national debate. If, on other hand, a candidate IS on the ballot in enough states to be elected, there i s no logic by which that candidate should be excluded. Nowhere in the Constitution or in law is it written that our President must be a Democrat or a Republican. However, it IS written that a candidate must receive a majority of the votes – or at least 50% – cast by electors, and that any candidate who does so, and otherwise meets the Constitution’s requirements, may be President. As the Libertarian Party’s nominees for Vice-President and
President, Judge Jim Gray and I have already qualified to be on the ballot in more than enough states to obtain a majority in the Electoral College, and we are the only candidates other than the Republican and Democrat nominees to have done so, or who are likely to do so. In fact, we fully intend and expect to be on the ballots of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. However, the Commission has chosen to impose yet another requirement for participation: 15% in selected public opinion polls. Unlike your other requirements, this polling performance criterion is entirely arbitrary and based, frankly, on nothing other than an apparent attempt to limit participation to the Democrat and the Republican. Requiring a certain level of approval in the polls has nothing to do with fitness to serve, experience or credibility as a potential President. Rather, it has everything to do with the hundreds of millions of dollars available to and spent by the two major party candidates, the selffulfilling bias of the news media against the viability of third party NATIONWIDE page 33
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On The Rise Of ETFs As A Driver Of Bond Returns
Submitted at 9/22/2012 3:43:44 PM
The seemingly inexorable rise of corporate bond ETFs(most specifically HYG and JNK is the high-yield market, and LQD in investment grade) have been discussed at length here as both a 'new' factor in the underlying bond market's technicals (flow) as well as their correlated impact on equity and volatility markets. Goldman Sachs' credit team delve deep into the impact of these relatively new (and rapidly growing) structures with their greater transparency but considerably higher sensitivities and conclude that not only are they here to stay but the consequences of ETFinclusion(dramatic outperformance bias relative to non-ETF bonds) are deepening the liquidity divide (and relativevalue) of what is already a somewhat sparsely-traded market. Our concern is that, as the divide grows (and liquidity is concentrated in ETF bonds), given the crowding tendency we have witnessed, (even with call constraints at extremes thanks to Via Goldman Sachs: The "ETF low interest rates), this is yet Bid" - A Robust Driver of Bond another crowded 'hot potato' trade Returns. hanging like a sword of Damocles The dramatic growth of credit over our markets(courtesy of mutual funds over the past five Bernanke's repression). years has been something of a
paradigm shift for the US corporate bond market. According to data from Lipper, IG and HY mutual funds manage roughly $1.3tr and $279bn, respectively, up from $525bn and $126bn at the
end of 2007. Even when scaled by the overall size of the US corporate bond market, these figures suggest a bigger ownership share of credit mutual funds. Perhaps more impressive is
the growth of corporate bond ETFs, whose size for IG and HY has increased to $105bn and $31bn, respectively, from just $12bn and $288mn at the end 2007. Despite all-time low yields, the appetite for corporate bonds remains firm, with net inflows to IG and HY mutual funds still running at a robust pace. Inflows to the HY market have been steady all year with the exception of a brief episode of outflows from mid-May to midJune, while IG inflows have remained firm, having been positive for all but two weeks this year. As we often point out, the strength of the inflows is by and large a reflection of sluggish growth, which has maintained a friendly outlook for inflation as well as a challenging outlook for growth expectations, trends we expect to persist. In the past we have extensively analyzed the price impact of mutual fund flows, showing that fund flows provided a significant boost to bond returns in the early months that followed the crisis and gradually normalized afterwards. In this Credit Line, we focus on the ETF market and use bond-level data to quantify the RISE page 30
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The Sharp Bifurcation In The Economy Continues
New Deal democrat (Money Game)
8632 M gallons vs. 8818 M a year ago, down -2.1%. The 4 week average at 8892 M vs. 8973 M Submitted at 9/22/2012 11:25:20 AM one year ago, was down -0.9%. The big monthly news this week Employment related indicators was August's LEI, which declined were again mixed this week. -0.1. This index is only up 0.1 for The Department of Labor the last 5 months. The Conference reported that Initial jobless claims Board, which compiles the index, wre steady at 382,000 from the believes this indicates continued prior week's unrevised figure. but very slow growth. While The four week average rose building permits, starts, and another 3,000 to 378,000, about existing home sales continued to 4% above its post-recession low. show a recovering housing market If higher oil prices are again from very low levels, the Empire acting as a governor preventing State and Philly Indexes added to fast economic growth, then this the evidence that manufacturing is number, unfortunately, should actually contracting. continue to rise in coming weeks, The high frequency weekly and there is now evidence of at indicators should show turns least some impact. before they show up in monthly or The American Staffing quarterly data. These are quite Association Index rose by one mixed, which is a weakening from back to 93. This index was a few months ago. generally flat during the second Let's start once again with quarter at 93 +/-1, and for it to be energy. The price of oil declined positive should have continued to last week, but gasoline prices and rise from that level after its July 4 usage still show the choke collar seasonal decline. It has not done engaged: so. This is a red flag, as the trend Gasoline prices rose yet again from spring into fall is worse than last week, up $.04 from $3.85 to in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. $3.89. Gas prices have risen $0.53 Only 2008 had a worse 6 month since their early July bottom, and trend. are now only $0.05 cheaper than On the other hand, the Daily at their highest point this spring. Treasury Statement showed that Oil prices per barrel fell sharply 13 days into September, $99.5 B from $99.00 to $92.89. Gasoline was collected vs. $93.5 B a year usage was slightly negative on a ago, a $6.0 B or a 7% increase. YoY basis. For one week, it was For the last 20 days ending on
Thursday, $134.0 B was collected vs. $127.4 B for the comparable period in 2011, a gain of $6.6 B or +5.2%. Same Store Sales and Gallup consumer spending were all solidly positive: The ICSC reported that same store sales for the week ending September 8 were down -2.5%% w/w (as is typical after school starts), but were up +2.1% YoY. Johnson Redbook reported another solid 2.4% YoY gain. The 14 day average of Gallup daily consumer spending as of September 20 was $72, compared with $65 last year for this period. Gallup's YoY comparison has been strongly positive for 7 of the last 9 weeks. Bond yields rose and credit spreads were steady: Weekly BAA commercial bond rates rose .12% to 4.94%. Yields on 10 year treasury bonds also rose .12% to 1.76%. The credit spread between the two remained at 3.18%, which is closer to its 52 week minimum than maximum, an improvement from several months ago. Housing reports were all positive: The Mortgage Bankers' Association reported that the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index fell about 4% from the prior week, but is up about 8% YoY. Generally these remain in the
middle part of their 2+ year range. The Refinance Index also rose about +1% for the week. The Federal Reserve Bank's weekly H8 report of real estate loans this week rose 20 to 3534. The YoY comparison rose to +2.2%, which was also the seasonally adjusted bottom. The raw number is an 18 month high, and the percentage gain is the best in 3 years. YoY weekly median asking house prices from 54 metropolitan areas at Housing Tracker were up +2.2% from a year ago. YoY asking prices have been positive for almost 10 months. Money supply remains quite positive: M1 declined -0.6% for the week, but was up +2.3% month over month. Its YoY growth rate continued to rise sharply, to +14.3%. As a result, Real M1 also rose to +12.6%. YoY. M2 increased +0.3% for the week, and was up 0.6% month over month. Its YoY growth rate also rose again to +6.8%, so Real M2 rose to +5.1%. The growth rate for real money supply is still quite positive, despite the summer 2011 incoming tsunami of Euro-cash having disappeared from the comparison. Rail traffic was completely flat YoY due primarily to coal, but 12 of 20 carload types had YoY
negative comparisons: The American Association of Railroads reported that total rail traffic was essentially unchanged YoY, up only +0.1%. Nonintermodal rail carloads were again off a substantial -2.9% YoY or -8,700, once again entirely due to coal hauling which was off 13,100. Negative comparisons expanded from 8 to 12 types of carloads. Intermodal traffic was up 8,400 or +3.9% YoY. Turning now to the high frequency indicators for the global economy: The TED spread declined sharply again to yet another new 52 week low of 0.27. The one month LIBOR also declined sharply to 0.2165, and also set another new 52 week low. Both are well below their 2010 peaks and in the middle (TED) or low end (LIBOR) of tier respective 3 year ranges. The Baltic Dry Index rose sharply from 662, which was a 52 week low, to 774. This is only a one month high and the declining trend in shipping rates for the last 3 years is fully intact. The Harpex Shipping Index fell yet again, down 4 from 390 to 386, and is now only 11 above its February 52 week low. Finally, the JoC ECRI industrial commodities index was SHARP page 33
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Rather than spinning straw into gold, the ECB converts unattractive government and bank -issued securities into highly liquid ‘collateral’ that can be readily swapped for cash from the ECB. This feature instantly made sovereign and bank bonds very attractive debt instruments. Knowing that the borrowers had essentially unlimited access to liquidity from the ECB, investors became willing lenders at low interest rates to all banks in the Eurozone. Given such attractive features, it is easy to understand why 17 countries mastered the political debate to join the Eurozone. It is also easy to understand how the system got abused and why it will be so difficult ever to make it ‘safe’. If the Japanese can’t control their public finances and if the US can’t control its too-big-to -fail banks, the added complexity of merging 17 regulators and 17 national governments into a system where someone else can be made responsible for bailing out the intransigents seems a financial and regulatory nightmare. Such a system is sure to be crisisprone. The Federal Reserve and the US federal government’s attempt to provide bailouts when there is trouble in the US. But in Europe, the bailouts are only partial. No country has a ‘lender
of last resort’ like the Federal Reserve or the Bank of Japan – so markets are now learning that large risk premia are needed to reflect default risk in troubled countries. Flexible exchange rates would undoubtedly make it easier to manage these crises. Devaluations instantly reduce wages and raise countries’ competitiveness. If Greece had managed a large devaluation, it could probably have avoided much of the unemployment and social turmoil we see today. Instead, each troubled country in Europe now suffers when having to force down wages and prices during adjustment. This system poses great dangers to global financial stability. The Eurozone faces myriad problems, including insufficient bank capital, high levels of private and public debt, and the chronic inability of some member countries to grow. It is now common to hear policymakers blackmailing populations: unless the Eurozone survives, tragedy will result. And it is true that tragedy will result; we only need to look at the rise of complex derivatives and the dangers they pose were the Eurozone to dismantle. (For a broader discussion of Europe’s problems, see Boone and Johnson 2011 and 2012.)
Figure 3 illustrates the growth of euro-denominated interest rate derivatives, the notional value of which now totals more than 10 times the GDP of the Eurozone. Regulators commonly use net figures when they consider ultimate risk for banks and this makes sense under the usual circumstances of bankruptcy. But when a currency area breaks up, the practice of netting off contracts needs to change dramatically and banks will be facing far more risks than regulators and risk officers currently report. Figure 3 For example, if a German bank has a contract with a French bank and an opposite identical contract with a German pension fund, it can net those two contracts and report the ultimate risk as zero. (Of course there is counterparty risk, but under standard agreements, derivatives are cleared instantly at liquidation so the counterparty risks can be netted). But if investors start to believe that there will be new currencies in each country, then the two contracts in this example are no longer offsetting so they must not be netted. It is reasonable to think that after any demise of the euro, the contracts between two German counterparties will be converted into deutsche marks,
while contracts with international partners will be disputed or maintained in a euro proxy. As a result, risk officers at banks should understand that if the Eurozone breaks up, all banks in Europe face enormous and unaccountable currency risk. Each of their ‘euro’ assets and liabilities needs to be examined to understand into which currency it would be converted. (For more discussion on redenomination issues, see Nordvig and Firoozye 2012.) The tragedy of the Eurozone appears unavoidable, but it reflects far greater risks that will spread to Japan, the US, and other advanced economies. Through our financial systems, we have created enormous, complex financial structures that can inflict tragic consequences with failure and yet are inherently difficult to regulate and control. We are at the behest of our politicians and financial sectors to prevent them from creating dangers. Yet around the world, our political and financial systems have aligned to build these dangers rather than suppress them. The continuing crisis in the Eurozone merely buys time for Japan and the US. Investors are seeking refuge in these two countries only because the dangers are most imminent in the
Eurozone. Will these countries take this time to fix their underlying fiscal and financial problems? That seems unlikely. The lesson from all these troubles is clear: the relatively recent rise of the institutions of complex financial markets, around the world, has permitted the growth of large, unsustainable finance. We rely on our political systems to check these dangers, but instead the politicians naturally develop symbiotic relationships that encourage irresponsible growth. The nature of ‘irresponsible growth’ is different in each country and region – but it is similarly unsustainable and it is still growing. There are more crises to come and they are likely to be worse than the last one. Average: Your rating: None Average: 4.8( 13 votes) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
ENRC shelves plan to split operations
James Quinn (Finance News Business news from the UK and
ENRC has shelved plans to split the company in two as a result of
market conditions and lower production volumes.
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Does Mitt Romney Really "Know Better" Than the Silly Things He Says?
firstname.lastname@example.org (Mike Mish Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 3:07:00 PM
Does Mitt Romney really "Know Better" than the silly things he has said on the campaign trail lately? I ask the question because that subject came up twice recently, once in Time Magazine, and once in the Financial Times. Writing for Time Magazine, writer Joe Klein brought up the subject in The Imaginary Campaign It is the business of a presidential challenger to overstate the dire situation the incumbent has inflicted on a betrayed public. Bill Clinton certainly overstated the extent of the economic recession in 1992. But there are limits. There is reality. In this country, successful politicians have always avoided apocalyptic predictions. This year, however, Republicans have routinely embraced the dark side. If Obama is re-elected, "I don't know that our country really survives four more years of all the regulations," Senator Rand Paul told CNN's Wolf Blitzer during the Republican Convention. Blitzer called him on it, saying, "Wait a second. If President Obama is re-elected, you think the United States of America, in four years, will not be the United
States of America?" Paul beat a hasty retreat. Romney has lived the past six years in his party's overheated shark tank, spending more time pestering plutocrats for cash than meeting with and listening to the general public. I suspect Romney doesn't really believe that 47% of the electorate are moochers; he was just dialing for dollars. But it's becoming increasingly difficult to see how the man who mouthed those words, whether he believes them or not, can be elected President. Foot-in-Mouth Disease I wrote about that set of now infamous statements by Romney in Foot-in-Mouth Disease. Shortly after Romney made that huge gaffe, Tim Pawlenty, a Top Romney Adviser Quit the Campaign. What caught my eye in the Financial Times article was an analysis of some of the statements made by Romney regarding trade with China. Let's take a look. Chris Chocola, president of the influential Club for Growth lobby group, gave the most tepid of endorsements of Mr Romney on Thursday, saying he could not be sure that the former Bain Capital executive would be a “progrowth” president. “I think he has the potential to exceed expectations. But it’s a
mixed bag with Romney. That’s his problem...you don’t really know how he’ll serve,” Mr Chocola told reporters at a briefing organised by the Christian Science Monitor. “When you start to threaten a trade war with China, when you start to pander politically on trade issues, you’re hurting the economy, you’re not helping it,” Mr Chocola said. “What we need is politicians who stand up and [say] trade with China is good. Yeah, this is why.” With his background in business, Mr Romney “knows better”, Mr Chocola said, “but he says what he says”. Mr Romney has vowed to label China a currency manipulator on the first day of his presidency, while Mr Obama this week took action against China over its export subsidies for cars and car parts. Does Romney Really Know Better? Chocola says " Romney knows better". Really? Why should anyone believe he does? In fact, it is far more logical to believe Obama "knows better" for the simple reason Obama has resisted huge pressure from trade unions to label China a currency manipulator for the last four years. Understanding Smoot-Hawley One would think that Romney
ought to know something about Smoot-Hawley Yet, off he goes, threatening a no -win trade war with China when instead he out to stand up and explain why trade is good (with China and everyone else). A Fool or A Liar? If Romney does what he says he will do, he is a fool. If he doesn't, he is a blatant liar. Now, we all know candidates lie. However, Romney made a pledge to do something blatantly stupid on day one. Is he going to lie about a " day one" promise? If that is the premise (and several high-placed Republican friends suggest that), I have to ask: why should anyone believe anything he says at all? It is far easier to believe Romney is a complete dunce regarding the benefits of free trade than he is purposely making a pledge of this nature. The only other possibility (and it is a far worse possibility), is Romney knows his position on China is wrong, but he will do what he says anyway, if it helps him get elected. Regardless, of whether he "knows better" or not, Romney certainly "says what he says", frequently flip-flopping in the process (as he does on health-care reform). Those actions have him in extremely hot water. Thus, I side with Joe Klein on
multiple grounds, on several issues: " It's becoming increasingly difficult to see how the man who mouthed those words, whether he believes them or not, can be elected President." Please bear in mind, this is not an endorsement of president Obama. It is simply a statement of political reality regarding hopelessly inept statements by Romney. The fact remains, both Obama and Romney are fatally flawed, and I will not vote for either of them, but I will vote. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com Click Here To Scroll Thru My Recent Post List Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. Visit http:// www.sitkapacific.com/ account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.
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impact of ETFs on the crosssection of IG bonds returns. Despite their recent growth, ETFs remain a relatively small subset of the mutual fund complex, but they are of particular interest to us, for two reasons. First, unlike mutual funds, ETFs generally try to track an existing bond index and are thus more transparent in terms of their composition. Second, unlike institutional investors, ETF managers need to be fully invested, and thus need to put money to work “urgently” when inflows increase. Intuitively this should make returns on ETF bond constituents more sensitive to flows. The ETF factor: Is it really there? Our primary goal is to determine whether, all else equal, the bid for ETFs has boosted the return on their bond constituents, both in absolute terms and relative to the broad market. More specifically and using the bond constituents of the iBoxx USD domestic index and its subindex the LQD IG index, which is tracked by one the largest IG ETFs, we investigate the following questions: • Controlling for maturities, ratings, sectors and liquidity, how do the bond constituents of the LQD ETF perform relative to those bonds that are not part of
the ETF? Put differently, how do two otherwise identical portfolios of bonds, one with ETF constituents and the other with non-ETF constituents, compare in terms of performance. • To what extent is this relative performance related to ETF flows?
to 15-year and 30-year and longer. Within each of these buckets and for each issuer, we rank the bonds according to their age. The most recently issued bonds are considered on-the-run while the remaining ones are treated as offthe-run. Exhibits 5 and 6 plot the cumulative total return and spread To address the above questions, change since January 2009 for we use a factor approach and these two otherwise identical construct hypothetical portfolios, portfolios of ETF and non-ETF one with only ETF bonds and the bonds. The plot shows that after other with non-ETF bonds, that controlling for maturity, rating, h a v e o t h e r w i s e i d e n t i c a l sector and the on-the-run/off-thecompositions. These portfolios are r u n p r e m i u m , E T F b o n d s constructed using the constituents outperformed their non-ETF of the iBoxx USD domestic index counterparts from the second half of which the LQD ETF is a sub- of 2009 to the first quarter of index. 2011. They subsequently One immediate challenge that underperformed in the second half such an exercise raises is that our of 2011 as the European crisis 'ETF' factor might be hard to intensified only to resume their disentangle from a 'liquidity' outperformance during the LTRO factor. In the extreme case where rally and then more recently the ETF only include on-the- run following Draghi’s speech in July. bonds, the ETF factor might just Compared to January 2009 and as be an arte fact for the on-the-run/ shown by Exhibit 6, a monthly off-the-run premium. Partly to rebalanced portfolio of ETF bonds address this issue, we include an trades 268 bps tighter while an “on-the-run” dummy variable in identical portfolio of non-ETF our regressions. bonds trades 200 bps tighter. This Our definition of on-the-run suggests that the bid for ETFs has bonds uses the following rule. We acted as a tailwind for its bond group our universe of bonds into constituents since the economy three buckets in terms of their turned the corner in the second original maturity: 1- to 7-year, 7- half of 2009.
Exhibit 7 addresses our second question— the relationship between the relative performance of ETF bonds to ETF flows—showing a simple scatter plot of the monthly return on a long ETF vs. non-ETF bonds against the flow 4-week moving average into IG ETFs. Our estimates indicate that the correlation is decent with every additional$1 bn worth of weekly average inflows to IG ETFs translating into 60 bp of additional monthly return on a strategy that is long/short two otherwise identical portfolios of ETF and non-ETF bonds. In sum, the above evidence suggests that fund flows to ETFs are likely to remain an important driver of credit spreads for the foreseeable future. Average: Your rating: None This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
Add a Cat Scratching Post to Your Table or Desk [Cats]
David Galloway (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 1:00:00 PM
If you like to have furniture serve double duty and don't like commercial cat scratch posts or towers consider wrapping a table or desk leg with a thick natural rope to create a built-in scratching post. More »
Did Obama Mislead on Social Security Cuts?
Daniel Halper (The Weekly Standard)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 12:48:00 PM
Yesterday, when speaking via video to the AARP, President Obama said, “But what I’m not going to do, as a matter of
principle, is to slash benefits or privatize Social Security and suddenly turn it over to Wall Street.”
Yet last year, during the budget ceiling debate, President Obama said he'd be up for cutting Social Security.
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Greek Bailout on Hold Again, Is Obama Partly to Blame? IMF Economic Hit Man Hypocrisy
email@example.com (Mike Mish Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
the IMF, is unconvinced. It has asked for more wage and pension cuts, according to a person familiar with the talks. Submitted at 9/22/2012 10:52:00 AM Once again talks between the Talk of tension between finance Troika and Greek politicians minister Yannis Stournaras and a broke down. Talks between the member of the troika as well as Greek political parties have also strains within the coalition have broken down. fuelled rumours that talks have Meanwhile support for Golden reached stalemate. Dawn, a political party with a Fotis Kouvelis, the leader of the Nazi-like symbol is on a huge moderate Democratic Left party, upswing. For details, please see, said: “The troika must stop Greek State Tries to Stem Neo- attacking Greek society. The Nazi Rise. troika must understand there are Talks in Greece over the next limits.” Greek Bailout on Hold tranche of loans are now on hold Again until after the US election. There So ... Greece Braced for Bailout were numerous reports this week Delay No deal was clinched on that Obama did not want failed Friday, and the troika’s chief t a l k s b e f o r e t h e e l e c t i o n , inspectors announced a pause preferring instead they not fail from the discussions. The troika until after the election when it will said in a statement that the not matter to him. mission was expected to return to Limits? What Limits? Athens after about a week, saying The talks broke down when the “good progress” had been made Troika asked for more wage and during this period. benefit cuts. The finance ministry People familiar with the situation says it can make the required said the US presidential elections savings from cuts in operational had played a role in delaying the expenses and the restructuring of disbursement of the loan tranche the public sector. But the troika of t o G r e e c e , a l t h o u g h o t h e r s international lenders, especially disputed this interpretation.
“Everything is being put back,” said one senior Greek official, insisting that the troika’s report and the disbursement of the loan tranche would take place after the US elections. “The disbursement may even be pushed back to late November.” IMF, Economic Hit Man Note the hypocrisy of the IMF, insisting Greece tackle its pension and deficit problems now, but urging the US to not do a thing about its problems. I discussed this at length in Christine Lagarde, IMF Chief, Warns US About Short, Medium, and Long-Term Problems; Like All Keynesian Clowns, Lagarde Does Not Want to Deal With the Present. The IMF is the protector of interests of big banks and does not give a rat's ass what small countries it destroys in the process. Bear in mind, Greece does need reform and plenty of it, especially in regards to pensions and work rules. However, Greece does not need tax hikes and nor does Spain. Yet Brussels and the IMF have insisted on that, while openly
cheering more deficit spending in the US. Countries accepting money from the IMF on IMF terms are fools. Greece and Spain both need structural reforms, but they also need to default on foreign debt if they are to have any chance of recovery within a decade. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com Click Here To Scroll Thru My Recent Post List Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. Visit http:// www.sitkapacific.com/ account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.
Make Your Own Rubber Stamps [Crafts]
David Galloway (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 12:00:00 PM
If you want to add a personal touch to invitations, cards, and scrapbooks you can create your own custom rubber stamps by cutting an image into a rubber eraser. More »
Jack Dorsey's smart move taps into new mobile market
Katherine Rushton (Finance News - Business news from the UK and world)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 4:00:08 PM
Silicon Valley is populated by young entrepreneurs who have made a success, and in many cases a fortune, out of a single big idea. But few of them have done it twice.
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The Best New Insights From Wall Street's Top Minds
Eric Platt (Money Game)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 12:05:00 PM
Economists pumped out notes this week on how the market would react to the Fed's recently announced quantitative easing program, many offering a unique take on how fixed income instruments and commodities would move. But more so then not, they didn't offer many compliments to Bernanke and his new policy: one economist went so far to call it heroin that has traders hooked. Beyond easing, we heard arguments on China and Japan relations, as well as new forecasts for equities. ASWATH DAMODARAN: The Fed's Latest Plan To Save The Economy Looks Like A Step Toward Insanity "I am sure that I am missing some significant piece of the puzzle, but as I watch the news coverage and market reaction, I am reminded of one of my favorite movies,
'Groundhog Day,' he writes in a new blog post. "I was a skeptic on the efficacy of QE2 and Operation Twist and I remain unpersuaded on QE3. If the definition of insanity is that you keep trying to do the same thing over and over, expecting a different outcome, then we seem to be fast approaching that point with the
Fed." Read more here > DAVID BIANCO: October Will Be Huge For The Stock Market "October is the next test of market risk appetite. Investors seem to be ignoring weak 3Q EPS, but widespread misses should cause a dip. If investors tolerate weak 3Q EPS, then we are likely to drop
our tactical dip call, as we expect y/y EPS growth to resume in 4Q. Our 1500 12-month target is likely to be raised if Republicans take control of the Senate, but not cut if Democrats retain control." Read more here > DAVID ZERVOS: Bernanke Is 'Absolutely' Lying About What QE Does To Interest Rates "Conventional wisdom suggests that when the Fed takes duration out of the market, bond prices are supposed to rise. Even our fearless Colonel Bernanke tells us he is lowering interest rates. But that's not happening. Is he lying? Absolutely!! Has the myopic Treasury trading community completely misunderstood how QE affects bond yields? Absolutely." Read more here > See the rest of the story at Business Insider Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook.
Photo tour of Austin's Fantastic Arcade
JC Fletcher (Joystiq)
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Palin to Romney-Ryan: 'Go Rogue'
Daniel Halper (The Weekly Standard)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 8:19:00 AM
Romney and Paul Ryan, this year's Republican ticket for president and vice president, respectively. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin offers some advice for Mitt
Fantastic Arcade continues to be one of the coolest, most satisfying gaming events of the year. No other convention that I can think of would ever have a custom Luftrausers arcade cabinet, for example, nor is there an event with such easy, casual access to tons of indie developers. For those of you unable to make it this year, or those of you who happen to be local but haven't stopped by yet, we've got a gallery of pictures to help you enjoy the event vicariously. If you happen to be organizing next year's E3, we urge you strongly to look in here for inspiration. Gallery: Fantastic Arcade 2012 Photo tour of Austin's Fantastic Arcade originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 22 Sep 2012 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
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candidates, and an ill-founded belief that past dominance of the Republican and Democrat Parties should somehow be a template for the future. In all due respect, it is not the proper role of a non-elected, private and tax-exempt organization to narrow the voters’ choices to only the two major party candidates– which is the net effect of your arbitrary polling requirement. To the contrary, debates are the one element of modern campaigns and elections that should be immune to unfair advantages based upon funding and party structure. Yet, it is clear that the Commission’s criteria have both the intent and the effect of limiting voters’ choices to the candidates of the two major parties who, in fact, created the Commission in the first place.
Eliminating the arbitrary polling requirement would align the Commission and its procedure for deciding who may participate in the critical debates with fairness and true nonpartisanship, which was the purported intent behind the Commission’s creation. As of right now, eliminating that requirement would not disrupt the process or make it unmanageable. Rather, it would simply allow the participation of a two-term governor who has more executive experience than Messrs. Obama and Romney combined, who has garnered sufficiently broad support to be on the ballot in more than enough states to achieve a majority in the Electoral College, and who, without the help of party resources and special interests, has attracted enough financial support to qualify for presidential
campaign matching funds. I urge and request you to remove the partisanship from the debates, and allow the voters an opportunity to hear from all of the qualified candidates – not just those who happen to be a Democrat or a Republican. Thank you. Governor Gary Johnson This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
Michael Jackson Was Pro-Life? King of Pop's Newly Uncovered Song Tackles Abortion
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essentially steady at 124.65 only up .01 from last week. It is still down YoY. This number has improved sharply over the last month. The sharp bifurcation in the numbers continued. Housing sales, prices, and mortgage refinancing are all positive at this point. Consumers are yet again holding up like champions. Money supply remains strongly positive. It looks like Oil and gasoline prices may have temporarily peaked. Remember the Euro crisis? The TED spread and LIBOR say it is back to
simmering on the back burner. At the same time manufacturing and employment indicators continue to falter, as measured by increasing first time jobless claims and a stalled temporary staffing index (although treasury deposits have turned quite positive again). Gasoline usage is negative again. Rail traffic looks poor, with no YoY growth and 12 of 20 carload groups negative. Shipping rates remain poor. So long as housing, cars, and consumer spending hold up I remain very cautiously optimistic. At the same time it is apparent
that the global slowdown or contraction is dragging down US manufacturing, and that plus the Oil choke collar have begun to affect employment. As usual, I will continue to focus on gasoline prices and the consumer. Have a good weekend. Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story »
Living a Christian soul What do we get, she runs away What about love? September 22, 2012| 5:07 pm What about all I pray "Song Groove" or "Abortion He later sings: Papers" was released by Sony as Sister confused, she went alone part of the 25th anniversary What about love? edition of Jackson's album Bad. What about all I saw? The abortion song, recorded in the Biding a life, reading the words 1 9 8 0 s , t e l l s o f a w o m a n Singing a song, citing a Bible considering abortion. verse The chorus: Jackson died in 2009 after Those abortion papers suffering a respiratory arrest at his Signed in your name against the Los Angeles home. He was 50. A words of God coroner ruled that a combination Those abortion papers of propofol and sedatives Think about life, I'd like to have administered by Dr. Conrad my child Murray caused Jackson's death. "Song Groove" was made just Murray was convicted last year of years after abortion was legalized involuntary manslaughter and in the United States in 1973 when sentenced to four years in prison. the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. This entry passed through the Wade that a woman had the right Full-Text RSS service — if this is to decide to have an abortion. The your content and you're reading it song is upbeat despite the topic on someone else's site, please read Jackson, survived by three the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentchildren, sings about. only/faq.php#publishers. Five In the first verse he says: Filters recommends: Incinerating Follow us Assange - The Liberal Media Go Sister don't read, she'll never To Work. know What about love?
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Booths looking to expand
Graham Ruddick (Finance News - Business news from the UK and world)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 4:00:42 PM
outside its heartland of North West England after fighting off Britain's economic downturn.
The upmarket grocery chain Booths is considering expanding
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10 States Where You Can Get Unbelievable Discounts On Foreclosed Homes
Mamta Badkar (Money Game)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 12:26:39 PM
10 states that with the highest discounts on foreclosed homes. Note: Savings are measured by One in every 681 homes received comparing average sales prices a foreclosure filing in August, with average foreclosure sales according to RealtyTrac's latest price. Pennsylvania foreclosure report. Foreclosure savings: And as states with a judicial 44 percent process push through foreclosures Avg. foreclosure sales price: more homes are expected to hit $114,531 the market. Worst county: These foreclosed homes often York sell at significant discounts to 1 in every 1,194 housing units Foreclosure savings: s i m i l a r h o m e s t h a t w e r e n ' t received a foreclosure filing in 44 percent Avg. foreclosure sales price: foreclosed on. August 2012 $101,676 We drew on RealtyTrac's August Source: RealtyTrac Worst county: foreclosure report to highlight the Arkansas
Washington 1 in every 2,393 housing units received a foreclosure filing in August 2012 Source: RealtyTrac
Iowa Foreclosure savings: 45 percent Avg. foreclosure sales price: $83,287 Worst county: Mills 1 in every 1,010 housing units received a foreclosure filing in August 2012 Source: RealtyTrac See the rest of the story at Business Insider Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook.
3 Interview Tips for Hiring Outstanding Developers
Chad Lilly (Mashable!)
underlining the challenges tech companies face in staffing their Submitted at 9/22/2012 4:23:12 PM organizations to meet current and According to t h e future needs. ManpowerGroup’s 2012 Talent The problem isn’t simply a Shortage survey, 49% of U.S. shortage of applicants. In today’s employers are struggling to fill job market, there are plenty of open positions. Technicians people willing to fill every currently rank as the second most available position. The challenge d i f f i c u l t p o s i t i o n t o f i l l , is identifying highly qualified
developers among the rest of the field.
My colleagues and I have found that incorporating nontraditional elements into the interview process is the single best way to identify the m… Continue reading... More About: Jobs, Recruiting, developer, interview, job search series
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Bond 50 Giveaway: Snag Massive Blu-ray Box Set Celebrating Half-Century of 007
Hugh Hart (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 7:30:00 AM
| Next >> • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • The Bond 50 Blu-ray boxed set collects all 22 official James Bond movies from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace, plus a whopping 130 hours of bonus material. Image courtesy 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment | Next >> View all Ready your martinis, James Bond aficionados. The entire filmography of 007 is coming to Blu-ray. Bond Bonanza Bond 50 joins a cavalcade of 007 homages celebrating the elegant
ass-kicker’s 50th anniversary: • The Designing 007 — Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition at London’s Barbican museum runs through September before embarking on a world tour. • Documentary Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007
opens Oct. 5 as part of Global James Bond Day festivities. • Taschen Books’ The James Bond Archives, an authorized 592 -page behemoth, documents designs, storyboards production stills and other behind-the-scenes paraphernalia spawned by the film
franchise. • Bill Desowitz’s James Bond Unmasked focuses on the six actors who have portrayed 007 over the years from Connery to Craig. • New cologne 007: The Fragrance promises “notes of
cardamom, sandalwood, vetiver and apple.” The impossibly rugged British spy character, created 50 years ago by intelligence-officer-turnednovelist Ian Fleming, has been BOND page 37
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Living in the Middle of Your Destiny
(The Christian Post)
the other side. But think for a minute: How would you have handled that situation? September 22, 2012| 2:27 pm Would you have trusted God to I think we all want to live that get you to the other side? way. But if fear gets hold of us or A lot of people never get to see life gets busy, we can get their dreams fulfilled because they distracted from the dreams and just don't know how to trust God goals God gives us. "in the middle." Well, I want to encourage you Getting to Know God in the today that you can do everything Storm God calls you to do if you will Back in the early days of my learn to trust Him "in the middle." ministry, I quit my job so I could See, we all get excited when God become a full-time Bible teacher. initially tells us to do something. Because I was serving Him, I And it feels great to finally really thought He was going to accomplish what He's given us to work quickly to bring Dave and do. But it's what we do in the me to a place of financial middle that determines whether b l e s s i n g . T h a t ' s n o t w h a t we will make it to our finish line h a p p e n e d . and how long it takes to get there. For a number of years, we Remember the story about how depended on God for everything Jesus calmed the sea? (See Mark we had right down to our socks 4:35-41.) and underwear. I remember, every Jesus said to His disciples, "Let month we needed about $40 us go over to the other side [of the beyond what we had just to pay lake]," and right away they got in our bills-and we learned to trust the boat. They were probably God to provide it-and He always excited to go with Him. But when did. they got out on the water, a major Looking back, those years are so storm arose and their boat started precious to me because it was sinking! during that time that I developed a Follow us close relationship with God, and I Now, it may seem clear to us that experienced Him working in my since God was with them, they life on a daily basis. were going to make it safely to When you learn to put your life
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in His hands, you will also experience His faithfulness, and you will be amazed what it does for your relationship with Him. Holding On to What's Yours in Christ Jesus gave us many gifts, but one of my favorites is peace(see John 14:27). This may surprise you, but you don't even have to pray for peace when you need it. Just thank God that you already have it! Choosing an attitude of faith will release peace out of your spirit and into your soul. Now, it takes diligence to keep an attitude of peace, but you can do it. A peaceful person thinks and talks like this: "God, I don't like what I'm going through right now, but I trust You to get me through it. I know You're in control and will work all things out for my good. Give me the grace to be stable in this situation." If you're not careful to think and speak words of faith, worry will creep in, and it will not only steal your peace and joy, it will steal your "today." The present is the greatest gift God ever gives us. So hold on to the peace that's yours in Christ. Don't let it go. Psalm 37:3 says, "Trust (lean on,
rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed." Even during the storms in your life, keep reaching out to people. Be a blessing. Sow seeds of time, service, love and encouragement and you will make it through the middle to reap a harvest in your life. Joyce Meyer is a New York Times bestselling author and founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. She has authored more than 90 books, including Battlefield of the Mind and Do Yourself a Favor…Forgive (Hachette). She hosts the Enjoying Everyday Life radio and TV programs, which air on hundreds of stations worldwide. For more information, visit www.joycemeyer.org. © 2012 Printed with permission of Joyce Meyer Ministries This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
Apple Explains Why Maps Are Dreadful — Sort of [VIDEO]
Annie Colbert (Mashable!)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 3:54:39 PM
Did you hear? Everyone hates Apple maps in iOS 6. So, what does that mean? The bad news: You’ll get lost -like a lot. The good news: There's plenty of room for spoof-ability on YouTube. SEE ALSO: London Agrees That Apple’s Maps Are Terrible [PIC] If Apple maps can’t locate a watering hole to help drown your navigation sorrows, settle for drinking in front of your computer while watching a faux apology from the tech giant. BONUS: The World According to Apple Maps More About: Watercooler, apple, humor, trending, viral videos
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incarnated by six actors over the past half-century, and massive new box set Bond 50 assembles all 22 Bond films for the first time on Blu-ray. The massive collection, slated to hit stores Sept. 25, also offers 130 hours of bonus features. For all Bond’s superhuman feats, his most astonishing achievement may simply be that he’s managed to remain contemporary. From the outset, Sean Connery’s 007 made tech sexy by dragging Britain, America and the rest of the movie -loving world into a future where traditional manly virtues — brute force, killer instincts, womanizing charisma — gained steroidal upgrades in effectiveness thanks to an ongoing stream of ingenious gadgets, weapons and curious modes of transportation. The geeks employed by the spy agency’s “ Q Branch” remain largely off stage but their devilishly lethal devices demonstrate throughout the franchise’s history that tech can be pretty damned glamorous. From the twin dual-tank jet pack ( Thunderball) to the Lotus Esprit sports car that converted into a submarine equipped with sonar, harpoons and surface-to-air missiles ( The Spy Who Loved
Me), vehicular traffic assumed a whole new level of cool once Bond strapped himself in. “We’ve installed some interesting modifications,” Q tells Bond in Goldfinger, and for many of the films, proto-hackers play a critical support role. It’s not just any old pen Bond carries around in Octopussy— it’s a Mont Blanc pen with a nitric acid-filled cartridge used to burn through prison bars plus a then-rare electronic bug. It’s not just a watch in Live and Let Die— it’s a Rolex watch fitted with miniature circular saw and electromagnet that allows Bond to catch bullets and unzip dresses. And presciently, in Die Another Die, it’s not just a cell phone — it’s a hacked Sony Ericsson cell phone that doubles as a stun gun, fingerprint reader, remote BMWsteering control and a tiny screwdriver for good measure. Bill Desowitz, author of James Bond Unmasked, has traced Bondian technology’s impact on pop culture back to From Russia With Love and Goldfinger, when Bond gets invaluable assists from an exploding briefcase packed with tiny secret weapons and a tricked-out Aston Martin respectively. In his estimation the
gadgets in the Bond universe were visionary. “They were looking at technology that was ahead of the curve that people hadn’t seen before,” Desowtiz told Wired in a phone interview. Playing now to the very devicesavvy audience it helped create, the Bond franchise has a tougher time pulling high tech rabbits out of the hat, which explains why Daniel Craig‘s first two Bond movies have been virtually gadget -free. “The problem is that gadgets are ubiquitous today,” Desowitz said. “Everybody has them so it’s harder to come up with something that we haven’t seen before.” The new Bond flick Skyfall could signal a resurgence of a technophile Bond when it opens Nov. 9, Desowitz noted. “They’re re-introducing Q, played by Ben Whishaw,” he said. “He’s a computer genius nerd.” Win a Copy of Bond 50 Wired is teaming with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to give away one copy of Bond 50. To register for the giveaway, check out various versions of James Bond along with Bond girls and Bond villains in the gallery above. Then, in the comments section below, answer this two-
parter: Who is your favorite James Bond? And which villain from the gallery is the best Bond bad guy? Deadline to enter is 12:01 a.m. Pacific on Sept 30, 2012. One randomly selected winner will be notified by e-mail or Twitter. Winners must live in the United States. Note: If you do not have an email address or Twitter handle associated with your Disqus login, you must include contact information in your comment to be eligible. Any winner who does not respond to Wired’s notification within 72 hours will forfeit the prize. Images courtesy Barbican and Eon Productions except where noted. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
TED: Rachel Botsman: The currency of the new economy is trust - Rachel Botsman (2012)
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There's been an explosion of collaborative consumption -- webpowered sharing of cars, apartments, skills. Rachel Botsman explores the currency that makes systems like Airbnb and Taskrabbit work: trust, influence, and what she calls "reputation capital."
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Healing Place Church Members Dismayed by Dino Rizzo's Resignation; Express Support
(The Christian Post)
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September 22, 2012| 6:03 pm Days after Rizzo announced that he and his wife, DeLynn, were stepping down as pastors of the Baton Rouge, La., church, some from the congregation went to Facebook to wish the couple the best. "I am so proud of Pastor Dino. It hurts to see him leave, but it's wrong to keep a man of God when he has a call on his life," said Chris Hjhh on the church's Facebook wall. "I wish you both luck an praise you for stepping out on Gods faith an doing what you are led to do. Many doors will Be opened an pray for you every step of the way. Love you guys." But one member who also had only positive things to say about Rizzo expressed a desire to look more into the situation. "I tried to stay positive last week under the circumstances of loosing the greatest Pastor I've ever met! Then last night I got my email informing me that LTD (Live the Dream conference) was canceled! So one week we lost our Pastor and the next week
LTD! Making it really hard not to look more into it now! I understand we need to heal as a church but i have to say this is making it harder!" Lacy Parker Gautreaux commented. Last Sunday, the Rizzos, who founded Healing Place in 1993, announced that God was moving them into "a new season" of their lives. They, however, did not share any specific plans. Follow us The resignation – which Rizzo said was their choice – came months after the church's spirituality board had the Rizzos take a sabbatical "for healing, reflection and restoration of spirit, soul and body." According to an official statement by the church on Tuesday, Dino Rizzo had informed the congregation two months ago of his need to step down to begin a season of rest, reflection and personal healing. "At that time, Pastor Dino made it known to all, including the Board of Directors and the Spirituality Board (Presbyters), that he was not well in his spirit, soul, and body, and in that depleted condition he made decisions in his
personal life that were wrong and negatively impacted his marriage, his family and his ability to lead Healing Place Church. After prayerful consideration, both Pastor Dino and Pastor DeLynn concluded that the appropriate thing to do, for all concerned, was for them to resign their positions of ministry at the church. "This decision will allow them to devote their complete and undivided attention to healing their marriage and family and to earnestly seek the Lord's will for their future lives in ministry." Rizzo told the congregation on Sunday, according to The Advocate, that he has "needed a lot of mercy and a lot of grace" over the last couple of months. "To those I have disappointed, I want to say forgive me. I'm sorry if I've ever disappointed you as pastor." Though many in the church were shocked, Chris Hodges, one of Healing Place Church's overseers, indicated to the congregation that no additional details would be given about the Rizzos. "I know you want more than what's being said here today but can you be OK that the seven of
us (overseers) know?" Hodges asked, according to The Advocate. "We're going to take care of them and we're going to take care of you. Trust me." In an update Friday, the church announced that "due to the recent resignation of our Pastors Dino & DeLynn Rizzo, our Presbyters felt that it was best to postpone [the Live the Dream Conference] indefinitely in order for us to have a time of healing as a family." Live the Dream is an event geared toward women. Healing Place Church is a multisite church attended by over 6,000 people. Its vision is to be a healing place for a hurting world. Pastors Mike and Rachel Haman have been selected to serve as the interim senior pastors. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
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Stunning Shots of Space Shuttle Endeavour's Final Flight
Jeffrey Marlow (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 6:30:00 AM
• Over the last three days, the Space Shuttle Endeavour made its way from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Los Angeles, where it will go on display at the California Science Center. Along the way, the space plane -- bolted to the top of a modified Boeing 747 -- hammed it up, treating cities and NASA centers across the southern United States to lowaltitude flybys. It was one final victory lap for a spacecraft that provided astronauts with reliable access to the Space Station and low-Earth
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orbit, racking up 123 million miles over 25 flights and nearly two decades. Millions of people looked skyward, snapping photos and cheering as the Shuttle
Above: Endeavour, bolted to the top of a Boeing 747, began its journey from Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, September 19th.(Photo: NASA/Robert Markowitz) | Next >> View all This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentcruised overhead. only/faq.php#publishers. Five Here is a sampling of some of the Filters recommends: Incinerating best images from the journey, Assange - The Liberal Media Go from NASA escort jets and fans To Work. on the ground.
9 Mildly Disturbing Scenes Discovered At Legoland
Stephanie Haberman (Mashable!)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 5:08:01 PM
Crab Attacking a Man’s Face via Raymond Walsh Click here to view this gallery. Sometimes you need to look at things a litter bit closer than usual to see the humor -- or the harsh
realities -- that they really hold. At Legoland Florida’s Miniland USA, this is absolutely the case. Over the course of two years, travel writer and blogger Raymond Walsh found and photographed a number of unexpected Easter Eggs that are built into the giant Lego structure. than 100 Master Builders from According to Walsh's blog, more North America, Europe, and Asia
worked for two years to complete the Miniland USA attraction. According to the photos he collected, some of them had a very twisted sense of humor. “I first noticed a Speedo-clad LEGO man with a crab attacking his… Continue reading...
Touchscreen controls coming to Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition
Jordan Mallory (Joystiq) O n e o f m a n y W page 40 o r t TOUCHSCREEN i i U p Submitted at 9/22/2012 6:00:00 PM inevitabilities will be coming to
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the new console's version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Touchscreen controls. Specifically, the WiiPad's screen can be used to map out custom shortcuts to specific abilities, which can then be tapped in succession to perform combos. Series producer Katsuhiro Harada demonstrated the feature during a pre- Tokyo Game Show event at Namco Bandai's headquarters in Shinagawa, Tokyo, wherein banks of on-screen buttons were pressed to activate moves that would normally require directional inputs and/or simultaneous button presses. If this sounds at all familiar, its because a similar system was implemented in Dead or Alive Dimensions on the 3DS, though from everything we saw it did not appear as though TTT2's shortcuts can be used to perform entire
combos with one button press, as is possible in DOAD. We asked Harada if WiiPad shortcuts will be available for use while fighting online, and he said that he wants that to be the case. He made it a point to mention, however, that some moves (such as the Electric Wind Godfist) will not be executable as shortcuts, and that a classically-skilled player will still have the advantage. Touchscreen controls coming to Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 22 Sep 2012 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments Jordan Mallory (Joystiq)
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The friendly rivalry between Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada and former Street Fighter mastermind Yoshinori Ono is a long and storied one, though we've always suspected that, were their powers to ever truly combine, the fighting world would never be the same. As it turns out, it'd likely be the carpet in the Namco Bandai offices that never recovered: "I think he would be a positive asset Press Published: Sep 22, 2012 at to the company and on that front 10:23 AM PDT Last Updated: we definitely would want to hire Sep 22, 2012 at 10:23 AM PDT. him," Harada told us during a preShare this story. Comments; print Tokyo Game Show event earlier · email. Photos: Beer flows as this week, after we asked if Ono Germany... Oktoberfest opens in Munich, Germany ( PHOTOS) GlobalPost all 507 news articles »
would have a future at Namco Bandai, should the need ever arise. "But personally working with him, I don't think we'd get very far in our jobs because we'd be too busy playing pranks on each other and putting animal turds around each other's desks. I think work would slow down a great deal if we worked together." Heard@ Tokyo Game Show 2012: Harada and Ono can never work together due to 'animal turds' originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 22 Sep 2012 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
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Andrew Sullivan complained yesterday that I had engaged in a “McCarthyite” attack on Ron Paul by writing the following: A politician isn’t answerable for the antics of every one of his supporters. But there’s surely a reason, isn’t there, that racists, anti-Semites, 9/11 Truthers, and Holocaust deniers are so strongly attracted to the Paul campaign. They hear something. They continue to hear it too, no matter how firmly Ron Paul’s more mainstream supporters clamp their hands over their own ears. Andrew’s riposte: Notice how pure the smear is, enabled and not diminished by the first sentence. Notice the key concept of Beltway ideological policemen: there is a mainstream and a non-mainstream. Dabble with the latter at your peril. Since David has perished by the cult of the “mainstream”, it’s odd he should deploy it against others. But to throw in “Holocaust denial” and 9/11 Truthers for good measure! Really. And notice how particularly cheap and easy it is to use such tactics against a libertarian. The traditional left is often based on collective associations, building a movement out of oppressed groups and their grievances, whether it be class or race or even
sexual orientation. Libertarianism is the opposite. It’s about dis associating. When you listen to Paul saying he will not turn anyone away from supporting his platform regardless of their motives or beliefs, you are hearing a reflection of his libertarianism, not his bigotry. He will accept support from any quarter and compared with the corporate money flowing into the other candidates’ coffers, he is about as independent as a presidential candidate can be. Because he is a radical individualist, he doesn’t even understand why he should somehow explain the belief of others, or justify their support. You should ask them, not him. This kind of gotcha-association game is particularly easy because libertarians favor liberty above all, and that will necessarily mean liberty for bigots as well as others. A principled belief in states’ rights will doubtless lead to more racist and homophobic policies in many states – but also, of course, more enlightened and successful inclusive states like Oregon or New York or Massachusetts or California. A rejection of statism might lead to more discrimination in the private sector. But it doesn’t mandate it. And it need not encourage it. A noninterventionist foreign policy will allow evil to triumph elsewhere in
the world, because it believes it’s none of our business or too riddled with unintended consequences to try extirpating. That may be right or wrong, but it is not an approval of the evil of Assad or Ahmedinejad or the North Korean junta. And again, it is actually much deeper an American tradition than permanent warfare. But if you can trot out David Duke or Ayatollah Khamenei as potential Paul supporters, you have a very easy, cheap and essentially McCarthyite target. It saddens me that this kind of tactic works. I still believe that the newsletters, because they were in Paul’s name, require a clearer explanation from Paul than the muddled ones he has given. He should not be left off the hook. And his proposals deserve a thorough vetting and discussion. But there is something awry when a candidate is assessed not on his arguments and proposals but on the shadiness and ugliness of some of his fringe supporters. Ron Paul’s supporters ask that their candidate not be judged by his associates. Or by the people he chose to employ. Or by the newsletters he published. Or by the book he wrote. Or by the way he earned the largest part of his living when out of office in the 1990s. Or by his purchase of the mailing list of the Holocaust-
denying Liberty Lobby. Or by the radio shows he chooses to appear on. Or by his strategic decision to reach out to racist voters. Or by the conspiracy theories to which he lends credence, from government creation of AIDS to Israeli culpability for the 1993 bombing to a putative 9/11 “coverup.” And here I thought that libertarianism was a doctrine of personal responsibility? May Ron Paul at least be judged by the words he has spoken with his own mouth within the current campaign? The supporters say “no” again. When Ron Paul tells an interviewer that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made race relations “worse,” we’re not supposed to consider what he might mean by “better.” When Ron Paul warns that a border fence would be used to prevent fleeing American citizens from exiting the country, we’re not supposed to conclude that he’s a paranoid crank. Andrew deploys what might be called the ontological defense of Ron Paul, as follows: 1) Ron Paul is a libertarian. 2) Libertarians espouse individualism. 3) Racism is a form of antiindividualism. 4) Therefore Ron Paul cannot be a racist. That is a demonstration of what
might be called the deductive method of reasoning. But there’s another way to study reality: induction. Like this: 1) Ron Paul has again and again exploited bigotry, paranoia, and hate as fundraising devices. 2) Ron Paul is a libertarian. 3) So yes, I guess it is possible for a libertarian to do that. Here’s my question for Ron Paul supporters: why the denial of the undeniable? Perhaps you like Paul’s message of legalized marijuana? Why not just say so? You don’t think it’s important to stop Iran from gaining nuclear weapons? Argue it forthrightly. If you regard Social Security and Medicare as literally the moral equivalents of slavery, go ahead, make your case. But all this excuse-making, special pleading and jiggering of the rules of evidence so as to exculpate Ron Paul from the record of his whole political life? For what? This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
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Energy Dept. Spends $10 Million on Water Turbine to Power 25 Houses
Michael Sandoval (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 8:16:54 AM
Photo credit courtesy of NREL The first underwater turbine to make use of tidal energy went live last week in Maine, supported by a$10 million investment by the Department of Energy. The Ocean Renewable Power Company Maine’s Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Pilot Project received the Energy Department money to build, install, and operate the hydrokinetic energy conversion devices situated at the easternmost tip of the state. The turbine, with a rated capacity of 180 kW, is expected to generate enough power for 25 to 30 homes. The electricity produced by the tidal generation will be sold by Ocean Renewable Power Company to Maine’s utilities under a 20-year power purchase agreement, according to Boston.com. The initial price of 21.5 cents per kilowatt hour is almost double the current average price of 11.21 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity in Maine. Heritage’s Nick Loris, a critic of government subsidies for energy sources, said Washington should stop propping up industries that happen to have good connections
in Washington. “Taxpayer-funded programs do not create jobs; they shift them from one sector of the economy to another,” Loris recently wrote. “The opportunity cost of government spending is the lost labor and capital extracted from other sectors of the economy
to artificially support the politically preferred ones. If underwater turbines are a good investment, companies shouldn’t need subsidies to build them.” The power company plans to construct a network of as many as 20 of the seafloor-mounted
underwater turbines to eventually produce electricity for approximately 1,200 homes: The first tidal generator is expected to begin delivering electricity to the regional power grid in September, starting small, with just enough to power 25
homes. It is the product of several years and millions of dollars in investment by Ocean Renewable Power’s backers and the Department of Energy. The Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy ENERGY page 44
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Justice Department Used Enemies List to Attack Critics Like Me
Hans von Spakovsky (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 10:19:34 AM
It’s an odd feeling to see your name on the list of individuals targeted by the Justice Department. Especially when you used to work there. The DOJ’s Office of Public Affairs appears to have enlisted Media Matters to serve as its unofficial PR wing — the one responsible for running smear campaigns too dirty for the department to risk leaving fingerprints. Media Matters is, of course, a far -left advocacy group that masquerades as a nonpartisan truth-teller and media watchdog. I am not sure whether to feel honored that my critical reporting on the Justice Department’s misdeeds and rank politicalization attracted such attention, or upset that my taxpayer dollars have been used to attack me personally and professionally. But there is no question that taxpayers and Congress should be upset over unethical conduct by Justice Department employees who use government resources to abuse private citizens and journalists guilty only of reporting on the department’s malfeasance. Matthew Boyle of The Daily
Caller discovered the smoking gun through a Freedom of Information Act request for DOJ emails. The department, of course, dragged its feet, taking nine months to respond to the request, even though the law requires a response within 20 days. But it was worth the wait.
The recovered e-mails document communications between Tracy Schmaler, the director of the DOJ Office of Public Affairs, and “reporters” at Media Matters. In dozens of emails, Schmaler enlists Media Matters and provides information “to attack reporters covering DOJ scandals,” in
Boyle’s words. In addition to me, Schmaler solicited attacks on other former Justice Department lawyers such as J. Christian Adams, National Review Online contributor Andy McCarthy, and Christopher Coates; bloggers and journalists such as Mike Vanderboegh and William
LaJeunesse of Fox News; and even members of Congress such as Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA). Schmaler also sought an article from Media Matters attacking Judson Phillips, one of the founders of Tea Party Nation. JUSTICE page 44
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Project cost about $21 million, including research and development, design and fabrication of three turbine units, installation, and environmental monitoring. The systems capture the energy of the moving water, rotating a turbine that powers a generator. According to Energy Department estimates released in the project’s impact statement, 53 new jobs are expected to be created over the course of the eight-year pilot period. In announcing the project’s culmination this summer, Energy Secretary Steven Chu put the figure slightly higher, at around 100 jobs “supported” by the project. Generating energy from tidal forces is more predictable and reliable than other forms of renewable energy, especially wind turbines. Paul Jacobson of the Electric Power Research Institute told Boston.com that predictability is crucial. “That’s highly valuable to the folks who have to manage the generation and transmission
system,” he said. “To know how much power they can expect to get from a system over time is valuable.” The Electric Power Research Institute is a recipient of approximately$1.5 million in Energy Department funding for a variety of ocean energy assessments, including ocean wave energy resource recoverability, fish injury and mortality, and available hydrokinetic energy from U.S. rivers. The Energy Department believes the project represents the first step in promoting the development of tidal energy in the United States. Based on its own estimates from early 2012, the Energy Department projects that as much as 15 percent of the nation’s electricity could come from waves and tidal currents and up to onethird of the nation’s electricity demand could be generated along the coast, though it did not provide a specific plan on expanding the energy portfolio in the announcement.
The Energy Department has funded more than $87 million in marine and hydrokinetic projects since fiscal 2008, with more than 45 percent going to three states—Maine, Oregon, and Washington. Private industry received more than $49.4 million of the total, or 60 percent. The Maine project’s $10 million award was the largest of the Energy Department’s Water Power Program projects. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
All of this conduct is reprehensible. But the attacks that Schmaler engineered on Christopher Coates were particularly unethical and unprofessional. At the time, Coates was a DOJ employee, detailed to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Carolina to prosecute criminal cases. Coates was a career lawyer, the former chief of the voting section and an experienced civil-rights attorney. But Coates had upset DOJ’s political hacks when he complied with a lawfully issued subpoena for his testimony from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Political appointees at DOJ had instructed him to defy the law and not comply with the subpoena. His testimony before the commission was crucial to explaining DOJ’s unjustified dismissal of the New Black Panther Party voter-intimidation case and the Obama Administration’s implementation of a policy against race-neutral enforcement of the law. Coates testified that he was told that the law would not be enforced against minority defendants, no matter how egregious their conduct. Thus, the e-mails reveal that the DOJ Office of Public Affairs was directing attacks by an outside group on one of its own employees. Schmaler was clandestinely providing false information to her chosen media source to attack him while he was prosecuting cases for DOJ. This is
the kind of behavior one expects from dictatorships and banana republics, not from the chief lawenforcement agency of the U.S. government. Schmaler was also potentially violating the federal law that bars retaliation against whistleblowers like Adams and Coates. She should resign, and the inspector general should investigate her flagrant misbehavior. If she does not resign or is not terminated, it will be a sign that Attorney General Eric Holder approves of such abuses and sees nothing wrong with using government resources to attack his own employees as well as reporters, ordinary citizens, and others doing their jobs or exercising their right to report or criticize the conduct (and misconduct) of the Justice Department. This was first published by National Review Online. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
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Mitch Berg (Hot Air » Top Picks)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 1:31:00 PM
where the DFLer appears to be in no danger, their polls end up being more accurate. posted at 2:31 pm on September It is my contention that the Strib 22, 2012 by Mitch Berg and the Humphrey Institute are Have you noticed something? allied – at least at the executive There’s been no “Minnesota level – with the DFL, and use Poll” yet this cycle. Ditto the their polls to further the DFL’s p r o p r i e t a r y p o l l f r o m t h e ends; everyone involved is University of Minnesota’s liberal c e r t a i n l y a w a r e o f t h e “ think tank, Humprey Institute. (If B a n d w a g o n E f f e c t ” – t h e you’re not from Minnesota – well, phenomenon by which voters who stay tuned. We’ll go national in a believe their candidates have no bit). chance of victory will stay home. Usually by this point in an So we’ve seen no “Minnesota” election cycle, they’ve run a poll poll so far this cycle; Amy showing the Republican candidate Klobuchar – perhaps the greatest down by some absurd amount that beneficiary of media bias in the turns out to be many times greater history of Minnesota politics, as than the eventual margin of t h e daughter of a victory (or defeat) for the DFLer. former Strib columnist – seems to Now, I’ve been writing about the be in no great danger, so the polls HHH and Strib“Minnesota” polls say, from Kurt Bills (not to say I for quite some time. I noted that won’t do everything I can, since 1988, the Strib Minnesota personally, to fix that). I’ll bet Poll has consistently shorted dimes to dollars the Strib polls Republicans by a consistently wind up pretty darn close to the greater margin than Democrats in election totals, in fact! their pre-election polls – and that ———the discrepancy is even greater in But the “Bandwagon” effect is elections that end up being going nationwide; Minnesota in closest. I noted that the HHH poll 2008 and 2010 showed that it can is even worse- but that in polls keep juuuuuuuuust enough people
home, if it’s relentless enough, to tip a close election. And so you see the mainstream media already declaring the election over, based entirely on polling that is entirely based on the Democrats getting turnout they didn’t even get in 2008. It is, in fact, the flip side of the “Low Information Voter” strategy they’ve run on their own side – convincing the ill-informed, the querulous and the not-bright that there’s a “war on women” and Obama “stands with the 99%” and “the economy was Bush’s fault but it’s almost back, any day now”. The flip side involves trying to convince people, especially independents, who might be sick to death of Obama and possibly thinking of voting GOP that it’s all hopeless and they should stay home. Think about it. Why else would they run polls that are transparently false? That rely on assumptions that probably didn’t even occur during the postWatergate election in 1976, much less 2008, much less today? Because only the highinformation voters either dig into
the partisan breakdowns(or read the bloggers who do), and the record in Minnesota shows there are just enough incurious, toobusy, ill-informed, and just plain un-bright people to sway the matter if it’s close enough. The media at all levels – baldfaced cheerleaders like the LATimes and the Strib and the supposedly-ethical ones like NPR alike – are going to be beating the “it’s over” drum constantly ’til the election. The well-informed people know it’s baked wind. But it’s not aimed at them. This post was promoted from GreenRoom to HotAir.com. To see the comments on the original post, look here. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
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Pelosi: We were given an economy in the “depths of hell”
Erika Johnsen (Hot Air » Top Picks)
took us to the depths of Hell, a place so low that even Dante couldn’t find it — make a circle Submitted at 9/22/2012 4:31:39 PM down there, it was so low. …Four posted at 5:31 pm on September years ago and two days ago the 22, 2012 by Erika Johnsen chairman of the Fed said if we Well, gee whiz — in a press don’t act immediately we will not conference earlier this week, have an economy — after hearing House Minority Leader Nancy the description and knowing the Pelosi yet again brought out the crisis we were in as a result of the over-the-top dramatics the blame p o l i c i e s o f t h e B u s h a l l o f P r e s i d e n t O b a m a ’ s administration. So for them ‘inherited’ economic problems on [ R e p u b l i c a n s ] t o h a v e t h e ‘the previous administration.’ unmitigated gall to ask the This level of political pageantry is question, ‘Are your better off now r i g h t u p t h e r e w i t h t h e than you were four years ago?’ ‘Republicans hate clean air and when they had taken us to the clean water’ she likes to trot out at brink of a great depression, a every available opportunity: meltdown of our financial Four years ago on September 18 institutions, deep indebtedness, – read it, I won’t go into all the deepening the national debt to the details, except to bottom-line it — point that if we didn’t act we had a meeting in the Speaker’s immediately we wouldn’t have an office in the Capitol — bipartisan, economy — an economy by b i c a m e r a l — a t w h i c h t h e Monday. I mean, this election is s e c r e t a r y o f t h e T r e a s u r y urgent, because what are they described a situation of our advocating? Going back to the e c o n o m y a n d o u r f i n a n c i a l same tax breaks for the rich that institutions that was so dire. He got us here in the first place.
So, nothing too out of the ordinary for her, but I need to take a beat and reflect on this because, once again, I find myself absolutely flabbergasted about the Democrats’ strategery in this race. This is it, guys — this is all they have to go on, and it is nothing short of pathetic. Blame Bush; Republican obstructionism; and tax breaks for millionaires. Translation? Not our fault; nothing we could do about it; lowrent populism. The Democrats had two full years in which they had all the sweet time in the world to do whatever they wanted, during which they chose to pass massive behemoths of unpopular healthcare legislation and financial regulation and stimuli, and President Obama promised we’d see unemployment fall below eight percent. Yet, lo and behold, here we are: Stagnant. Weaksauce economic growth, increased welfareprogram participation, and
joblessness have been the hallmarks of this administration’s policies, and the fact that the Democrats have so few of their own positives to tout and instead have to resort to all this mindbogglingly stupid scapegoatism should be very, very telling. I mean, come on— ‘tax breaks for the rich that got us here in the first place’? As if low taxes are a bad thing, because low taxes can’t pay for all the government the Democrats want? Sorry, but I’ll take less government, not higher taxes, thanks. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
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Howard Dean: Yeah, Harry Iran: Siemens placed in Reid has some credibility explosives to sabotage equipment issues now, huh?
RT (News RSS : Today)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 4:38:56 PM
supply Iran directly, its equipment is assumed to be imported through Ed Morrissey (Hot Air » Top million in taxes? His overall rate KERNEN: How’s Harry Reid’s third parties in other countries. Picks) on what he either gave to charity credibility at this point? Iran has accused German Most uranium enrichment or taxes is about 40 percent. DEAN: I’d say it’s in some industrial giant Siemens of centrifuges at Iran’s nuclear sites Submitted at 9/22/2012 3:01:14 PM Governor, good or bad? trouble, but I’d say Mitt’s not out placing small explosives in are presumed to be made by the posted at 4:01 pm on September DEAN: That’s not the issue. The of the woods yet. e q u i p m e n t t h a t f o r m s t h e company. Obtaining high-grade 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey issue is how truthful is he and the Later, Kernen teases Dean by backbone of the country’s nuclear uranium is a prerequisite for The admission only comes after problem is he did go back and noting his lengthy silence, and program. producing nuclear weapons. about a full minute of teeth- manipulate the tax rate list in the Dean responds by saying that the "The equipment was supposed to If the information on explosives pulling from CNBC’s Joe Kernen, past year. And NBC ran a clip on O b a m a c a m p a i g n d o e s n ’ t explode after being put to work, is correct, this would not be the and only after Howard Dean tries the evening news tonight of him begrudge Romney his wealth — in order to dismantle all our first time Siemens equipment has to keep impugning Mitt Romney’s saying — I don’t know, last July and James Pethokoukis can’t systems," declared Alaeddin been used as a target. integrity, but even the former or something… restrain his laughter, saying the Boroujerdi, head of the security Vulnerabilities in Siemens DNC chair has to grudgingly KERNEN: Is that right? I know campaign is all about begrudging committee in Iran’s parliament operating software were exploited acknowledge that the game is all where you’re going. wealth, especially Romney’s. "But the wisdom of our experts by Stuxnet, a virus that helped to but up for Harry Reid and his DEAN: …’if I paid more taxes S t i c k a r o u n d f o r A m e r i c a n thwarted the enemy conspiracy." disable up to 1,000 centrifuges baseless, reckless charges of tax than I should have I’m not Crossroads’ Jonathan Collegio, He said the measures were t w o y e a r s a g o , t h o u g h t h e fraud. Dean halfheartedly trots out qualified to be president.’ Well, who wins the argument at the end intended to slow down the company was not implicated in the complaint that Romney lied he did. of this excerpt by pointing out the country’s burgeoning nuclear developing it. by overpaying his taxes, but KERNEN: So he paid more, so political news of the day on the program. Iran frequently accuses Western Kernen laughs him into a rather you guys are going to now nail two major occasions when Team Siemens issued a flat denial. governments and companies of lengthy silence (transcript by The him on paying more taxes than he Obama attacked Romney for his "We have no business dealings sabotage. Only last month, it Daily Caller): had to when he just stays within tax returns. related to the Iranian nuclear claimed that foreign spies cut KERNEN: Governor, my first the law and pays what he’s This entry passed through the p r o g r a m , " s a i d c o m p a n y power lines to its underground question is you’ve seen these now supposed to pay by law? You Full-Text RSS service — if this is s p o k e s m a n A l e x a n d e r nuclear facility at Fordo. — my very first question, I’m don’t like that and you accuse him your content and you're reading it Machowetz, noting that the This entry passed through the going to ask this a lot tonight. of evasion and paying no taxes; on someone else's site, please read company has not worked with Full-Text RSS service — if this is You’ve got a guy in society who now that he paid less than he had the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content- Iran since the Islamic Revolution your content and you're reading it paid $2 million in taxes, gave $4 to, now you’ll get him on that? only/faq.php#publishers. Five in 1979. on someone else's site, please read million to charity. Should we, A) T h a t ’ s a g o t c h a m o m e n t , Filters recommends: Incinerating Sales of nuclear equipment to the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentwish we had more guys like this H o w a r d ? Assange - The Liberal Media Go Iran are currently banned under an only/faq.php#publishers. Five in society or B) wish we didn’t D E A N : T h e i s s u e i s h i s To Work. international embargo, as the Filters recommends: Incinerating have any guys like this in society? credibility. He should have country is widely suspected of Assange - The Liberal Media Go Is he a net positive if you pay $2 showed the tax returns. using it to advance a nuclear To Work. weapons development program. But while Siemens does not
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Libyans Storm Militia Compound After Attack
the site, which protesters said was done in support of the army and police. No deaths were reported in the • Sept. 21: Libyans participate in incident, which came after tens of a protest against Ansar Al- thousands marched in Benghazi Shariah, a militia of Islamic against armed militias. One extremists, and other Islamic vehicle was also burned at the militias in Benghazi, Libya compound. For many Libyans, the Sept. 11 BENGHAZI, Libya – Hundreds attack on the U.S. Consulate in of protesters angry over last Benghazi was the last straw in one w e e k ' s k i l l i n g o f t h e U . S . of the biggest problems Libya has ambassador to Libya stormed the faced since the ouster and death of c o m p o u n d o f t h e I s l a m i c longtime dictator Moammar extremist militia suspected in the Qaddafi around a year ago -- the attack, evicting militiamen and multiple mini-armies that with setting fire to their building their arsenals of machine guns Friday. and rocket-propelled grenades are In an unprecedented show of stronger than the regular armed public anger at Libya's rampant forces and police. militias, the crowd overwhelmed The militias, a legacy of the ragthe compound of the Ansar Al- tag popular forces that fought Shariah Brigade in the center of Qaddafi's regime, tout themselves the eastern city of Benghazi. as protectors of Libya's A n s a r A l - S h a r i a h f i g h t e r s revolution, providing security initially fired in the air to disperse where police cannot. But many t h e c r o w d , b u t e v e n t u a l l y say they act like gangs, detaining abandoned the site with their and intimidating rivals and weapons and vehicles after it was carrying out killings. overrun by waves of protesters Militias made up of Islamic shouting "No to militias." radicals like Ansar Al-Shariah are "I don't want to see armed men notorious for attacks on Muslims wearing Afghani-style clothes who don't abide by their hardline stopping me in the street to give ideology. Officials and witnesses me orders, I only want to see say fighters from Ansar Alpeople in uniform," said Omar Shariah led the attack on the U.S. Mohammed, a university student consulate, which killed Amb. who took part in the takeover of Chris Stevens and three other
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Americans. After taking over the Ansar compound, protesters then drove to attack the Benghazi headquarters of another Islamist militia, Rafallah Sahati. The militiamen opened fire on the protesters, who were largely unarmed. At least 20 were wounded, and there were unconfirmed witness reports of three protesters killed. Earlier in the day, some 30,000 people filled a broad boulevard as they marched along a lake in central Benghazi on Friday to the gates of the headquarters of Ansar Al-Shariah. "No, no, to militias," the crowd chanted, filling a broad boulevard. They carried banners and signs demanding that militias disband and that the government build up police to take their place in keeping security. "Benghazi is in a trap," signs read. "Where is the army, where is the police?" Other signs mourned the killing of Stevens, reading, "The ambassador was Libya's friend" and "Libya lost a friend." Military helicopters and fighter jets flew overhead, and police mingled in the crowd, buoyed by the support of the protesters. The march was the biggest seen in Benghazi, Libya's second largest city and home to 1 million people, since the fall of Qaddafi
in August 2011. The public backlash comes in part in frustration with the interim government, which has been unable to rein in the armed factions. Many say that officials' attempts to co-opt fighters by paying them have only fueled the growth of militias without bringing them under state control or integrating them into the regular forces. Residents of another main eastern city, Darna, have also begun to stand up against Ansar Al-Shariah and other militias. The anti-militia fervor in Darna is notable because the city, in the mountains along the Mediterranean coast north of Benghazi, has long had a reputation as a stronghold for Islamic extremists. During the Qaddafi era, it was the hotbed of a deadly Islamist insurgency against his regime. A significant number of the Libyan jihadists who travelled to Afghanistan and Iraq during recent wars came from Darna. During the revolt against him last year, Qaddafi's regime warned that Darna would declare itself an Islamic Emirate and ally itself with Al Qaeda. But now, the residents are lashing out against Ansar Al-Shariah, the main Islamic extremist group in the city.
"The killing of the ambassador blew up the situation. It was disastrous," said Ayoub alShedwi, a young bearded Muslim preacher in Darna who says he has received multiple death threats because has spoken out against militias on a radio show he hosts. "We felt that the revolution is going in vain." Leaders of tribes, which are the strongest social force in eastern Libya, have come forward to demand that the militias disband. Tribal leaders in Benghazi and Darna announced this week that members of their tribes who are militiamen will no longer have their protection in the face of antimilitia protests. That means the tribe will not avenge them if they are killed. Activists and residents have held a sit-in for the past eight days outside Darna's Sahaba Mosque, calling on tribes to put an end to the "state of terrorism" created by the militias. Militiamen have been blamed for a range of violence in Darna. On the same day Stevens killed in Benghazi, a number of elderly Catholic nuns and a priest who have lived in Darna for decades providing free medical services, were attacked, reportedly beaten or stabbed. There have been 32 LIBYANS page 51
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Pastors Prep For Questions About Jesus Wife Theory
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• • • New finding hints that Jesus had a wife • Did Jesus have a wife? Pastors around the nation are bracing for questions from curious congregants, after a Harvard professor claimed a fragment of text from the fourth century suggests Jesus may have been married. Karen King, a professor of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School, announced Tuesday that the tiny scrap of papyrus contains dialogue that includes the words "Jesus said to them, 'My wife..'" The text, written in Coptic and likely translated from a secondcentury Greek text, was produced by an unknown author roughly 300 years after Jesus' death. It is the "only extant ancient text which explicitly portrays Jesus as referring to a wife," according to King. "I think preachers should handle this by telling members of their churches that the Bible that we have is reliable." - Thomas White, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
While the authenticity and truth behind the document is being debated, clergy will likely be confronted with questions from parishioners about the finding, which runs at odds with Christian tradition maintaining Jesus was unmarried. The finding also stirs up debate on the role of women in
the church and celibacy among priests. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops told FoxNews.com Thursday that the conference "has not issued any guidance on this development." Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi has refused to question
King's scholarship, although he said in an interview with AFP that "we do not really know where this little scrap of parchment came from." "This does not change anything in the position of the church, which rests on an enormous tradition, which is very clear and
unanimous," Lombardi said. He added that this discovery should not change the teachings from the altar. "This changes nothing in the portrayal of Christ and the gospels. This is not an event that PASTORS page 51
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Speak Up: US law enforcement to use Russian software to store millions of voices
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right to claim a 90% success rate. According to Slate.com’s Ryan Gallagher, who spoke with (Reuters / Robert Galbraith) SpeechPro president Aleksey The US government has already Khitrov, the software is already proven its intent to see all evil, being used in many different w i t h t h e u s e o f O r w e l l i a n countries and for ‘noble causes’ programs like TrapWire. But it only – like in Mexico, where can now hear all evil too, as law Voice Grid helped identify and enforcement agencies implement apprehend kidnappers during a a tool able to store, analyze and ransom call, thus saving their identify voices in seconds. victim’s life. ‘Voice Grid Nation’ is a system Both the FBI and the NSA have that uses advanced algorithms to expressed interest in the program, m a t c h i d e n t i t i e s t o v o i c e s . which is also expected to be used Brought to the US by Russia’s at 911 call centers and police Speech Technology Center, it precincts. And sample lists would, claims to be capable of allowing of course, contain ‘persons of police, federal agencies and other interest’ – known criminals, terror law enforcement personnel to suspects or people on a watch list. b u i l d u p a h u g e d a t a b a s e Or would it? containing up to several million The definition of ‘suspect’ has voices. been known to be loosely When authorities intercept a call i n t e r p r e t e d b y U S l a w they’ve deemed ‘hinky’, the enforcement agencies in the past. recording is entered into the What with the FBI branding V o i c e G r i d p r o g r a m , w h i c h people as ‘terrorist suspects’ for (probably) buzzes and whirrs and buying waterproof matches or spits out a match. In five seconds, flashlights, and the Department of the program can scan through Homeland Security urging hotel 10,000 voices, and it only needs 3 s t a f f t o n o t i f y a u t h o r i t i e s seconds for speech analysis. All immediately if a person has tried t h a t , c o m b i n e d w i t h 1 0 0 to use cash and/or hung a ‘do not simultaneous searches and the disturb’ sign on their door, it’s storage capacity of 2 million easy to see why many are spooked samples, gives SpeechPro, as the by the idea that not only can the company is known in the US, the government see you at all times, it
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can also hear you. In fact, combined with the capabilities of TrapWire, this would give law enforcement agencies an unprecedented ability to effectively dismiss both the country’s founding documents and any notion of privacy you may have had. An unsuspicious, law-abiding citizen would obviously have to read his private messages or broadcast his phone calls out loud to be considered above-board. If he's whispering into his handset, however, the DHS is relying on its “citizen spies” to pounce and denounce the poor guy. So, law enforcement agencies now have TrapWire to ‘all the better to see you with’ and Voice Grid ‘all the better to hear you with’. That plus the Patriot Act is effectively turning America into the land of the-no-longer-free-and the very agencies that set out to protect their people and their land into the big bad wolf. The Patriot Act is probably one of the most controversial pieces of legislature in American history, an acronym that, for all the old and new security bureaus, Provides Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism. But the tools included in the bill weren’t – and
still aren’t –considered appropriate by many. Wiretaps and electronic surveillance were legalized. Arrests were made on a daily basis. When the number of those detained reached 1,200, officials stopped counting. Personal records no longer remained personal – and that was only the domestic beginning. Officially, 1,200 special interest detainees were held and investigated under the Patriot Act. The Justice Department examined more than 700 of them and none were ever linked to any terrorist group or plot. Nevertheless, upon his resignation in 2004, former Attorney General John Ashcroft’s letter stated that “ The objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved.” This should have meant the end of the Patriot Act, for it included a “sunset” provision, to expire in December 2005. Seven years later, it’s still in place and regularly being enforced…not necessarily for a war against terror. Statistics show that the so-called sneak-and-peak, a search warrant that can be executed without prior warning, is mostly used for drugrelated crimes. Between 2006 and 2009, 1,618 delayed-search
warrants were issued for drugs, 122 for fraud – and only 15 for terrorism. The National Defense Authorization Act allows the indefinite detention of anyone deemed a terror suspect – American citizen or not. And if you look at what makes a potential suspect, you can pretty much expect to be taken in every time you answer your phone. So bottom line:you can be heard making a hotel reservation and then seen trying to pay cash, for example, or looking stressed at breakfast and then detained as a suspect under the NDAA whilst police comb through your files using a warning-less warrant. But the good thing is: you’ll be totally safe. -Katerina Azarova, RT This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
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has any influence on Catholic doctrine," he said. In Baptist churches throughout the country, meanwhile, pastors will speak on the matter as they see fit. "Each [Baptist] church is autonomous," said Thomas White, vice president of student services and communications at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. "So there's really not going to be any guidelines." But White and prominent Baptist leaders have made their rejections of the finding clear. "I think preachers should handle this by telling members of their churches that the Bible that we have is reliable," White told FoxNews.com. "This document that's come to light is a suspect document from the fourth century. We don't know who translated it. We don't know who wrote it. It's only eight lines, smaller than a business card." Albert Mohler, president of
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., issued a statement on King's finding that was more conspiratorial. "This is sensationalism masquerading as scholarship," Mohler said in a posting Thursday on his website. "The energy behind all this is directed to the replacement of orthodox Christianity, its truth claims, its doctrines, its moral convictions, and its vision of both history and eternity with a secularized indeed, Gnositicized - new version." King, who presented the finding Tuesday at an international Coptic studies conference in Rome, has acknowledged in interviews that the papyrus does not prove Jesus had a wife, "given the late date of the fragment and the probable date of original composition." King said, however, that the fragment is "direct evidence" of a debate by early Christians over Jesus' marital status.
Several scholars claim the writing could very well be authentic but say they give no credence to the claim that Jesus was married. "The writing is probably authentic," author and religious historian Richard Sorensen said. "However, the idea that Jesus had a wife is a specious claim." "There is no word of this whatsoever" from "everybody that knew Jesus and spent any time with him," Sorensen said. "It's totally in disagreement with the people who lived during his time. "I think that the author of it [the papyrus] had an agenda - a philosophical agenda - and it's not Christian," he continued. "I see this simply as one more ancient revisiting of the gospel. ... People have an idea and they continue to popularize that idea and they continue to look for evidence of it." • Print • Email • Share
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killings over the past few months, including the city security chief and assassinations of former officers from Qaddafi's military. Darna's residents are conservative, but they largely don't fit the city's reputation as extremists. Women wear headscarves, but not the more conservative black garb and veil that covers the entire body and face. In the ancient city's narrow alleys, shops display sleeveless women dresses and the young men racing by in cars blare Western songs. And many are impatient with Ansar Al-Shariah's talk of imposing its strict version of Islamic law. The group's name means "Supporters of Shariah Law." "We are not infidels for God sake. We have no bars, no discos, we are not practicing vice in the street," said Wassam ben Madin, a leading activist in the city who LIBYANS page 53
HTC's Windows Phone 8 press event now available to watch online (video)
James Trew (Engadget)
Submitted at 9/22/2012 3:52:00 PM
Love you some Windows Phone? Big fan of HTC? Well, then, we imagine this has been a good week for you! If you missed our coverage from New York as it
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Campaigns Differ on Debate Goals
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• Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. AP It isn't often that top officials in President Obama's campaign praise rival Mitt Romney. But when it comes to the presidential debates, there is no stopping the plaudits. "Gov. Romney is a very skilled debater," said Obama campaign manager Jim Messina. His boss, by contrast, is long and windy, "so clearly the governor has the advantage." The presidential debates begin in less than two weeks, an important moment in any campaign. The Romney camp has for months argued this is the moment for their candidate to shine. With Mr. Romney lagging behind in national and most state polls, he more than ever needs to make a mark. As a result both campaigns are working hard to shape expectations. The Obama campaign wants to set a low bar for the president’s
The Romney campaign is battling history as well as Obama. Polling organization Gallup reviewed a half-century of data from before and after televised debates and found “few” instances in which the debates may have had a substantial impact on the election outcomes. Click for more from The Wall Street Journal. • Print • Email • Share • Comments • Recommend • Tweet Share This Article Newsletter Signup Sign up for free e-mail news alerts from FoxNews.com and performance, reflecting in part the shake up the race. His top This summer, Romney advisers FoxBusiness.com. Newsletter reality that Obama’s debating advisers have made clear he is anticipated three key moments in Signup skills are weaker than his other spending a lot of time preparing. the race. The first two – choosing This entry passed through the political assets. More importantly, Romney began in the middle of a running mate and the national Full-Text RSS service — if this is the campaign is looking to the the summer and spend almost all convention – have come and gone your content and you're reading it three presidential debates, the first of the Democratic National with Romney taking the lead. on someone else's site, please read of which will be in Denver on Convention at the secluded They are now pointing to the the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentOct. 3, not for a breakthrough, but Vermont estate of Kerry Healey, debates. only/faq.php#publishers. Five as a fresh chance to deliver the his former lieutenant governor in The extensive early preparation is Filters recommends: Incinerating president’s core message. Massachusetts, where he ran u n u s u a l f o r a p r e s i d e n t i a l Assange - The Liberal Media Go Romney and his advisers, by practice sessions. Sen. Rob candidate, as is the fact that his To Work. contrast, are talking up the Portman, R-Ohio, played Obama a d v i s e r s p u b l i c i z e d h i s opportunity for the debate to in the simulations. preparations so widely.
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lost his right eye in clashes with security forces on the first day of the uprising against Qaddafi. "This is not the time for talk about Shariah. Have a state first then talk to me about Shariah." "If they are the `supporters of Shariah' then who are we?" he said. "We don't want the flag of Al Qaeda raised over heads," he added, referring to Ansar AlShariah's black banner. One elder resident at the Sahaba Mosque sit-in, Ramadan Youssef, said, "We will talk to them peacefully. We will tell them you are from us and you fought for us" during the civil war against Qaddafi. But "if you say no (to integrating into the) police and army, we will storm your place. It's over." Officials in the interim government and security forces say they are not strong enough to crack down on the militias. The armed factions have refused government calls for them to join
the regular army and police. So the government has created a "High Security Committee" aimed at grouping the armed factions as a first step to integration. Authorities pay fighters a salary of as much as 1,000 dinars, around $900, to join -- compared to the average police monthly salary of around $200. However, the militias that join still do not abide by government authority, and critics say the lure of salaries has only prompted more militias to form. Officials and former rebel commanders estimate the number of rebels that actually fought in the 8-month civil war against Gadhafi at around 30,000. But those now listed on the High Security Committee payroll have reached several hundred thousand. "All these militia and entities are fake ones but it is mushrooming," said Khaled Hadar, a Benghazibased lawyer. "The government is only making temporarily
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Drunk Moscow driver runs over 10 people (PHOTOS)
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Ambulances on the site of a road accident on Minskaya street which clained seven lives (RIA Novosti / Iliya Pitalev) Seven people have been killed after a drunken driver ran his car into a bus stop in the Russian capital on Saturday. Three others were injured. -Police have detained the driver who may now face up to nine years year behind bars. The incident occurred in the southwestern part of Moscow. Four of the seven dead were teenagers. The driver lost control of the vehicle and rammed into a bus
stop after driving over the safe limit, investigators say. " As a result of a test that was conducted, it was determined that at the time of the accident the driver was in a state of alcoholic intoxication," police statement said. Preliminary data indicate that he was driving at a speed of about 200 kph. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
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Hufnagel, 24, had been camped out in front of Apple's flagship store in San Francisco. This morning he was the first in the Top Stories bay area to buy the [...] A long set of "details" about the The United States's policy of Wang Lijun case by Chinese state engagement with China at all media gives some indication of costs has unwittingly reinforced what may be in store for Bo Xilai, unacceptable behavior by the t h e o u s t e d a n d d i s g r a c e d Chinese communist regime, say communist official. author Gordon Chang. Under fire from regulators, This entry passed through the Facebook agreed to switch off its Full-Text RSS service — if this is face recognition feature for its your content and you're reading it users in the European Union. on someone else's site, please read F e d e r a l R e s e r v e a n d t h e the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentEuropean Central Bank had good only/faq.php#publishers. Five reasons to reassure markets with Filters recommends: Incinerating their recent monetary easing Assange - The Liberal Media Go programs. To Work. Since Monday morning Charlie
Alt-week 9.22.12: Quantum Scotch tape, moving walls and scientific beer
James Trew (Engadget)
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Twitter CEO reveals plans for interactive tweets, content curation, reinforces belief in syndication
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Alt-week peels back the covers on some of the more curious scitech stories from the last seven days. Sometimes, here at TWITTER continued from page 54 alt.engadget.com, we're literally forward to some new features, small interactive apps. Something o n t h e b l e e d i n g e d g e o f such as the option to curate for devs to get potentially get technology. We get to explore messages that are published (such back on board with? We hope so. concepts and ideas that are almost as during live events) plus tweets But until further details unfold, nebular in nature. Not this week with interactive features like polls we're still left considering our though, where there's a distinct utilitarian aroma in the air. The during live sports games. The options. glittery overcoat of future science famous 140 character limit is to Filed under: Internet remain, but will also serve as a Twitter CEO reveals plans for is replaced by the rolled-up " c a p t i o n f o r a d d i t i o n a l i n t e r a c t i v e t w e e t s , c o n t e n t sleeves of good old-fashioned functionality." Perhaps of most curation, reinforces belief in engineering. A bit of sticky tape, a i n t e r e s t t o d i s e n f r a n c h i s e d syndication originally appeared developers, however, was the on Engadget on Sat, 22 Sep 2012 m e n t i o n o f a p p l i c a t i o n 14:41:00 EDT. Please see our functionality in tweets, where TWITTER page 55 short messages could contain
proof of concept omnidirectional bike and a hardware matrix wall. After all that, you'll probably want a beer to wash it down with. Fortunately for you, it's all here. This is alt-week. Continue reading Alt-week 9.22.12: Quantum Scotch tape, moving walls and scientific beer Filed under: Science, Internet, Alt Alt-week 9.22.12: Quantum Scotch tape, moving walls and scientific beer originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 22 Sep 2012 17:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| | Email this| Comments
Twitter has ruffled a few feathers recently, so when CEO Dick Costolo took the stage at the Online News Association conference in San Francisco, he took the opportunity to put some minds at rest. First he dismissed the idea that the service would become a media company by forcing users to the site or official app for content, before reasserting his belief in syndication. Costolo then went on to imply that the reason behind the tighter ( and unpopular) API controls was ensuring quality -- stating that Twitter would reach its full potential now there's more control over how tweets are delivered. With boots strapped, we can look TWITTER page 54
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