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Davos panel sees huge Iranian response to attack (AP)
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The Davos panel thus reflected the basic disagreement that Submitted at 1/28/2011 4:08:18 PM divides world powers and DAVOS, Switzerland – A diverse bedevils diplomatic efforts: All panel of decision-makers and seem to oppose Iran producing a experts from the United States, nuclear weapon, but there are Europe and the Middle East found disagreements over whether to common ground on just one thing believe its protestations. And when it comes to dealing with the down the road lies the open Iranian nuclear program Friday: A question of whether war is worse military strike could well spark a than acquiesence. devastating counterattack. Iran "is not interested in any In the debate at the World s e r i o u s w a y t o p r o d u c e Economic Forum, former top U.S. electricity," said Haass, who is diplomat Richard Haass said there president of the Council on were no good options should Foreign Relations, an influential diplomacy fail, but stood apart U.S. think tank. "Let's not kid from the others in advocating o u r s e l v e s : T h i s i s a b o u t a force as a viable option. He sustained Iranian commitment to sparred repeatedly with Saudi either develop nuclear weapons or Arabia's Prince Turki al-Faisal, get 90 percent of the way there" who urged the United States to — perhaps sufficing with a status instead pressure Israel to quit its as "a 'threshold nuclear weapons own reported nuclear weapons as state' in the belief that they could a way of coaxing Iran to drop its derive most of the benefits suspected weapons program as (without) incurring most of the well. costs." Haass replied that there was no Most of the other panelists at the time for this because of the speed debate hosted by the Al-Arabiya of Iran's program — and rejected satellite TV channel stressed that the assertion by Turkish Deputy diplomacy should be the focus of Prime Minister Ali Babacan that current efforts. the program might be civilian, as "We should use every single Tehran has repeatedly claimed. opportunity to reach our goal on
the diplomatic path," said German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. Babacan argued that "there is a huge misunderstanding between the Western world and some in the (Middle East) and Iran. ... Marginalizing Iran more and more, or cornering them more and more ... is not going to give any kind of (solution)." "The Iranians see diplomacy as a tactic to buy time," Haass countered. "I don't think it's going to work." Although he advocates tougher sanctions as a tactic, Haass said he feared an ultimate choice between two bad options: accepting a nuclear-armed Iran — or using military force to set back the Iranian program however possible, despite the risk of only partial success. "I do believe that force is a serious option," he said, arguing that a nuclear Iran "would place this region on a knife's edge. It would take the most dangerous, unstable part of the world and place it on steroids. This has tremendous consequences which we should not underestimate." Al-Faisal, who served as an ambassador to the U.S. and is an
ex-intelligence service director, responded to a question about whether a push for democracy across the Middle East might be more worrisome than a nucleararmed Iran. "I don't know — in Saudi Arabia we have neither nuclear weapons nor democracy," he said. The panelists were aghast at the prospect of a stricken Iran, bent on revenge. Khalid Al Bu-Ainnain, a former top Gulf military official, said Iran would "attack Israelis and U.S. forces in the Gulf" and the Gulf states might be drawn in as well. Turki, a former Saudi intelligence chief who is a brother of Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, said that "Iran will strike back wherever it can, throughout the globe. My country and other countries — all countries — will be in the firing line. Iran has assets all over the world that it can use." Guttenberg said Europe may get drawn in: "The (Middle East) is on fire and then ... we will have European discussions on being involved, yes or no. This is a sheer disaster. ... Let's try to avoid
it diplomatically." Not to be outdone, Haass added that Iran might interfere with the flow of oil as well. Haass said that he took part in past U.S. deliberations on what to do about North Korea's nuclear program, and that force was discussed then also. With North Korea and Pakistan now both possessing nuclear weapons, his conclusion is that the world has been too lax: "If there were (ever) a mix of terrorism and nuclear materials, that dangerous mixture is more likely to come from Pakistan in our lifetime than anywhere else." "A nightmare scenario," sighed Turki, emphatically agreeing with his American co-panelist at last. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
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The United States warned Egypt it would review some $1.3 billion in aid based on Egypt’s response Submitted at 1/28/2011 4:57:02 PM to massive protests, urging the The U.S. economy grew 2.9 government to rein in security percent in 2010, the biggest GDP f o r c e s a n d a l l o w p e a c e f u l gain since 2005, but still too weak demonstrations. The protests have t o m a k e a b i g d e n t i n t h e put the United States into a unemployment rate which ended quandary of its own. Washington the year at 9.4 percent. views Mubarak as a key partner Egyptian protesters again took to — a linchpin for future Israelithe streets seeking to oust Palestinian peacemaking and a President Hosni Mubarak from bulwark against Iran’s regional the job he’s held for 30 years. clout — but U.S. officials have Rather than risk a fissure in stressed this week their longmessages, the White House held standing support for democratic its press briefing, while the State reform in his country. Department canceled. In the For more of this story by Jeff strongest public message so far, Mason and Arshad Mohammed, the United States warned Egypt it read here. would review some $1.3 billion in Egypt military chief cuts short aid based on the government’s US visit response to the massive protests. A senior Egyptian military “We will be reviewing our official intends to return home on assistance posture based on events Friday from the United States, that take place in the coming cutting short a visit for defense days,” White House spokesman talks as unrest sweeps his country, Robert Gibbs said. the Pentagon said. Lieutenant Words spoken five years ago by General Sami Enan was leading a the man who will replace Gibbs in delegation in defense talks that the White House press secretary started on Wednesday and were job are being replayed on the set to run through Feb. 2. A Internet (in the never say never P e n t a g o n s p o k e s m a n s a i d category). Alexander Vershbow, an assistant During a 2006 interview on C- secretary of defense, had urged SPAN, Jay Carney made the “restraint” in talks with Egypt’s following comment about the post military earlier in the week. of White House press secretary: For more of this story by Phil “It’s a tricky job. I’m sure I Stewart, read here. wouldn’t be any good at it.” Mubarak skeptical of US reform Here are our top stories from push – leaked cables Washington today… President Obama’s push for U.S. warns Egypt on aid, urges democratic reforms in Egypt has security restraint faced resistance from its longtime
costs.” For more of this story by Patricia Zengerle, read here. For a factbox on lawsuits challenging the law, click here. Consumer spending, trade buoy U.S. economy in Q4 The economy gathered speed in the fourth quarter to regain its prerecession peak with a big gain in consumer spending and strong exports, removing doubts about the recovery’s sustainability. Still, it was not seen strong enough to knock the Federal Reserve off track from efforts to support recovery. “The numbers look very leader, in part because President the fledgling whistle-blowing good. The economy has got some H o s n i M u b a r a k b e l i e v e s sites are a chaotic mixture of real good momentum heading into Washington’s past pressure for complex systems engineering, the new year,” said Joseph change has caused chaos in the earnest campaigning, muckraking LaVorgna of Deutsche Bank. Middle East. Diplomatic cables and self-promotion. And though For more of this story by Lucia posted by WikiLeaks show their goals are varied, the activists Mutikani, read here. Obama has guided the United behind the sites told Reuters that A miss, but better-than-expected States to warmer ties with Egypt they share one major concern: US GDP data by avoiding the public “name and they all vow not to repeat For a worse-than-expected shame” tactics of George W. Bush mistakes they believe were made number, Friday’s GDP data look while urging political reforms in b y J u l i a n A s s a n g e , t h e surprisingly strong. The figures private. But they also show U.S. controversial WikiLeaks creator. show consumer spending growing pressure is viewed skeptically by For more of this exclusive story at the fastest rate in four years and Mubarak, who believes ill-advised by Mark Hosenball, read here. international trade providing a U.S. pushes for reform in the Obama: will not refight battle surprisingly large lift. Both show Middle East have produced over healthcare law an economy that is pulling more colossal mistakes, from the ouster P r e s i d e n t O b a m a s a i d h i s of its own weight, an important of the Shah of Iran to the election h e a l t h c a r e o v e r h a u l i s a n development as government of Hamas Islamists in Gaza. important part of efforts to cut the stimulus spending fades. For more of this story by David budget deficit and he will not For more of this snap analysis by Alexander, read here. “refight” the battle to pass the Emily Kaiser, read here. T h e n e x t g e n e r a t i o n o f law. “We know that health care FCC seeks to dismiss challenges WikiLeaks costs, including programs like to Internet rules All across Europe, from Brussels Medicare and Medicaid, are the The FCC has filed to dismiss to the Balkans, a new generation biggest contributors to our long- challenges to its new Internet of WikiLeaks-style websites is term deficit. Nobody disputes this. WASHINGTON page 3 sprouting. Like their forerunner, And this law will slow these
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traffic rules. A senior FCC official said the agency filed several motions with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit asking the court to dismiss as premature challenges from Verizon and MetroPCS. “The rules that govern when and how parties may challenge FCC orders are clear, and Verizon and MetroPCS filed too early when they challenged the Open Internet order,” the official said in an e-mail. For more of this story by Sinead Carew and Jasmin Melvin, read here. CFTC eyes how to build “bulletproof” ID system Regulators seeking a barcode-like system to keep track of thousands of traders and millions of swaps contracts face an uphill battle to do it quickly and efficiently. The
CFTC is crafting an identification system for the swaps industry — one it wants to mesh with similar ID systems under consideration by securities and systemic risk regulators in the United States and Europe. For more of this story by Christopher Doering and Roberta Rampton, read here. From elsewhere… U.S. town demolished over lead contamination Most of its residents left, the school closed, the city government was disbanded, and starting this week nearly every commercial building in Picher, Oklahoma, will be demolished. But the owner of the lastremaining open business in Picher, which has been vacated over the years because of lead contamination, is not ready to go.
“It’s not time for me to leave yet,” said Gary Linderman, owner of Old Miner’s Pharmacy in what is left of central Picher. For more of this story, read here. Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Gibbs comments on situation in Egypt) 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
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Dozens of Israelis flee Egypt on emergency flight (AP)
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Looters destroy mummies in Egyptian Museum: official (Reuters)
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AP - A subsidiary of Israel's national airline has whisked dozens of Israelis, including families of Israeli diplomats, out of Egypt on board an emergency flight to escape the chaos engulfing the Arab country.
headquarters of the ruling National Democratic Party that Submitted at 1/29/2011 7:59:03 AM protesters had earlier set ablaze. CAIRO (Reuters) – Looters Flames were seen still pouring out broke into the Egyptian Museum of the party headquarters early during anti-government protests Saturday. late Friday and destroyed two "I felt deeply sorry today when I Pharaonic mummies, Egypt's top came this morning to the Egyptian archaeologist told state television. Museum and found that some had The museum in central Cairo, tried to raid the museum by force which has the world's biggest l a s t n i g h t , " Z a h i H a w a s s , c o l l e c t i o n o f P h a r a o n i c chairman of the Supreme Council antiquities, is adjacent to the of Antiquities, said Saturday.
"Egyptian citizens tried to prevent them and were joined by the tourism police, but some (looters) managed to enter from above and they destroyed two of the mummies," he said. He added looters had also ransacked the ticket office. The two-storey museum, built in 1902, houses tens of thousands of objects in its galleries and storerooms, including most of the King Tutankhamen collection.
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Egypt Shuts Off Tech, Tries to Shut Up Protesters
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The Egyptian government, facing mass protests in the nation's streets by citizens calling for regime change, has shut off the Internet, SMS, and BlackBerry service--and may have shuttered some mobile phone systems too. Now the population is turning to 20th century solutions. Earlier this week we wrote about mass pro-democracy protests on the streets of Egypt's cities, which were organized--at least in part-using social media like Twitter and Facebook, and with the same sites, along with Twitpic and its peers being used to share news and video and photo evidence about real-time events. The government resisted the protests physically on the streets, but also launched a digital offensive--first shutting off access to Twitter on Wednesday, then Facebook on Thursday. For a while protesters were seemingly able to skirt the blocks by using proxy addresses, but the tweeting may have had an unexpected negative effect: The police were gathering at pre-arranged protest sites ahead of time, to dissuade protesters, suggesting they appeared to be utilizing information gleaned online. Now Internet access across the whole nation has been shut off, as the Net traffic volume chart from Arbor Networks embedded here shows. As an investigation by Renesys demonstrates, at around
12:34 in the morning local time "virtually simultaneous withdrawal" of all Egypt's networks connected to the world's IP routing system--meaning data access routes into or out of Egypt were shut down. It's a complete order of magnitude more severe censorship that happened in Iran, when the government tinkered with blocking social media sites, and is far worse than the "modest Internet manipulation" that the Tunisian authorities tried as similar protests happened there. Essentially the Egyptian government has realized it cannot stay one digital step ahead of its
population, and has simply thrown the off-switch. Initial investigations showed that some Egyptian ISPs were allowed to maintain tightly limited links to the rest of the world, and Renesys's tests showed that the Egyptian Stock Exchange website was accessible through its ISP Noor Group via some restricted IP addresses. This may not now be the case, as the exchange website seems to be accessible. Some reports from inside Egypt suggest Noor's dial-up DSL service may still be operational, but these have yet to be confirmed--however there is still much activity on
Twitter that implies Noor's service may be working in places, and users are being encouraged to remove their Wi-Fi passwords to enable freer access. There are also scattered reports that SMS service across the nation is being disrupted, and it also appears that mobile phone services, at least in Cairo itself, may also be closed down. According to at least one tweeter, Al Jazeera's live station, Al Jazeera Mubashar, may also have been blocked inside Egypt--to prevent its coverage of the protests and increasing reports of police brutality from fomenting
more protests: According to CNN's Cairo reporter Benn Wedeman in a tweet, the police brutality is extending to journalists recording the events--with police officers attacking reporters and camera men, breaking their equipment and confiscating it. BBC tweeter Lyse Douchet notes in a tweet that her Arabic colleague Assa Alsawy "arrives office, white shirt red with blood, beaten by police." He appeared on camera looking like this: (via tweeter weddady) These latest moves are almost EGYPT page 6
Is Facebook a Bubble?
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A poll reveals that many investors think Facebook is overvalued. Google's outgoing CEO, meanwhile, insists Facebook is not a threat. Is Zuckerberg's baby an actual colossus--or just an inflatable one? Record profits. Hollywood biopic. Time's Person of the Year. There's no doubt that 2010 was the year of Facebook. Everywhere you looked, you saw navy blue. And investors saw green. Recently, with a bit of help from the folks at Goldman Sachs, Facebook was valued at $50 billion--that's billion with a "b"-dollars. Meanwhile, the press started wondering if giants like Google could keep up, as Facebook poached talent from their neighbors over in Mountain View. And now--what, you thought it wouldn't happen?--the backlash. Bloomberg reports that a poll of global investors reveals that 69% of them think that Facebook is overvalued. Just 10% thought it was "properly valued" (and 4% thought it undervalued), while 17% had "no idea." Bloomberg conducted the poll over the past weekend, and revealed the results yesterday. One of the poll respondents, John J. Lee of PGB Trust & Investments, minced no words talking to Bloomberg: “Those investing in Facebook, expecting it to be the next Google,
might be in for some bad news along the way. Eventually, all fads get cheaper copycat lookalikes. While being first to market makes Facebook a winner, another faster, stronger company with more something will come along and dilute its value.” What that something might be is anyone's guess. But over half of the Bloomberg poll respondents even went so far as to agree that the Facebook valuation represents the "beginning of a dangerous new bubble." Said one of them, Luigi La Ferla of LTP Trade Ltd., "More than a bubble, Facebook is
a manifestation of the rational excesses that only the financial markets are capable of when confronted with something without precedents and more importantly unexpected." He added: "There’s too little financial information and track history to value the company like this." As for Google, it maintains that it doesn't even see Facebook as a threat. In a recent interview with Fortune, outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt said: "Facebook users tend to use Google search. Facebook's ads business does not displace our advertising. I'm
somewhat perplexed by the obsession because I don't think the facts support it." Ultimately, how secure is Facebook's position? What would a "cheaper copycat" look like? Recently, I interviewed a Carnegie Mellon computer scientist and data security expert named Latanya Sweeney. In Sweeney's view, Facebook's existence and popularity was predicated upon a popular misunderstanding of the value of our own data. As people come to more clearly realize the importance of securing their data
and the value it has for other companies, their attitudes towards sharing that data will change, she says. Sweeney told me that, "there might emerge a social networking site that lets you use the site for free, but if the company wants to use your data, they compensate you." It's an interesting thought experiment, then: If there emerged a Facebook copycat that paid you for sharing your data-call it Checkbook--would you sign up? If it offered all the same FACEBOOK page 6
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MOSCOW — Russian authorities on Saturday announced that they had identified a 20-year-old native of the North Caucasus region as the suicide bomber who killed 35 people at Domodedovo Airport’s international arrivals hall — a location chosen specifically because it gave the opportunity to kill foreigners. They did not announce the man’s name, saying that the authorities were seeking to detain “organizers and accomplices” who were involved in the attack. Concentrating on foreigners would be a departure for the insurgency — though foreigners have previously been caught in mass attacks, like the 2002 siege of a Moscow theater, there has never been any suggestion that they were the target. But militants in the North Caucasus have already made it clear they are changing their tactics to include high-profile
services as Facebook, and more, would you jump ship? After all, as soon as it became apparent that Google had more to offer than attacks on civilians. The vast New York University’s Center for Dec. 31, when a building rented Alta Vista, you didn't hesitate. majority of insurgent attacks still Global Affairs. from a Moscow hotel blew up in But what's unique about target the police and other state “There’s a sense that the West what appeared to be a botched Facebook is that the bulk of its officials in the tumultuous isn’t going to care about us, so suicide attack. Searching the value is not created by Facebook. southern region, one that has long why are we bothering being premises the police found traces Facebook matters to people chafed under Moscow’ s control. cautious,” Mr. Galeotti said. of a store of explosives, a because that's where their friends But the militant leader Doku “When foreigners get killed, it’s woman’s body and a suicide already are. People have made it Umarov last year warned the more of a news story, and also it’s bomber’s belt. their digital home. Their photo residents of central Russia that more embarrassing for Moscow Investigators believe a separate albums are there. It's their source “the war come to your streets.” — given that the rebels are cell was planning a separate attack for news about their friends. In The vow was borne up by a already revving themselves up to in downtown Moscow that night, the case of a social network--as November 2009 bombing on a do something at Sochi,” where the statement says. opposed to the case of a search luxury train on its way to St. Russia is hosting the Olympics in “ T h e t e r r o r i s t a t t a c k a t company or other digital services Petersburg and a double suicide 2014. Domodedovo and the explosion in company--being first counts. bombing last March in the The investigative committee the hotel complex were carried When people find a home, they Moscow subway. The airport offered no information about the out by unrelated armed groups, are reluctant to move. Especially b o m b i n g — a t a g l i t t e r i n g bomber other than his age and existing in different republics of now. showcase facility on the eve of origins. Video of the site of the t h e N o r t h C a u c a s u s , ” t h e Facebook may or may not be President Dmitri A. Medvedev’s bombing showed that he stood for s t a t e m e n t s a i d . valued properly. But it's here to speech at the World Economic as long as 15 minutes in a crowd This entry passed through the stay. If it's a bubble, it's one that Forum— appears specifically o f p e o p l e w a i t i n g t o g r e e t Full-Text RSS service — if this is will, at worst, slightly contract. geared to attract global attention. passengers disembarking from your content and you're reading it No one's going to pop it anytime Among the factors driving the international flights. Among those on someone else's site, please read soon. Caucasus militants to stage killed were citizens of Britain, our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ dramatic attacks is a generational Ukraine, Germany, Austria, content-only/faq.php shift, as veterans of the secular U z b e k i s t a n , T a j i k i s t a n a n d Five Filters featured article: Chechen separatist movement are K y r g y z s t a n . Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In replaced by younger men who are The announcement also put to The Crosshairs. adherents of fundamentalist Islam, rest speculation that Monday’s said Mark Galeotti, a specialist in suicide bombing was connected Russian security issues who leads with an incident that occurred
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certainly aimed at controlling the spread of news about the protests to the rest of the world. Egypt's government would seem to be shutting off the 21st century, declaring a war on tech, just to keep its population under control. Meanwhile, though the security
forces seem to be clamping down on the streets, and the digital battle seems to be won by the government, there's also news that old-fashioned social networking solutions are being used to permit discussions and organize protests: Other reports suggest that ham
radio operators may be trying to help coordinate protests and the spread of news--using an older technology that's far harder for the government to interfere with as it's point-to-point. And, as the Guardian newspaper points out, Egyptians have also
resorted to handing out quicklyprinted paper flyers to encourage participation and spread news: Read more of our coverage on the protests in Egypt. To read more news on this, and similar stuff, keep up with my updates by following me, Kit
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A man bites into a sandwich wrap and his tooth splits in half, below the crown and to the bone. An unpitted olive did the damage. The tooth becomes infected, the man has an adverse reaction to his antibiotics and emergency medical intervention is ordered. Six replacement teeth later, the man sues the sandwich maker for $150,000 in pain, suffering and "loss of enjoyment" - the American way. Here's the twist: the man is the most famous vegan on Capitol Hill, two-time presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich(D-Ohio). And the sandwich maker is the basement cafeteria of the Longworth House Office Building. Kucinich's three-year journey to the olive pit-oral surgery abyss and back ended Friday afternoon with one of the more bizarre letters to campaign supporters in modern American politics.
The subject line: "Regarding Settlement of Dental Injury Law Suit." Kucinich wrote that after filing suit this month over the April 2008 incident, he had settled with the cafeteria operator, Restaurant Associates, for the out-of-pocket expenses of his surgeries (there were three). He said the terms were confidential. That's about the only part of this story that the 64-year-old congressman and one-time Cleveland mayor kept confidential. "When I bit into the olive pit, (unbeknown to me at the time), upon impact the tooth split in half, vertically through the crown and the tooth, below the level of the bone," Kucinich wrote in his email to supporters. "Externally there was no evidence of a break. This was not about aesthetics. The internal structure of the tooth was rendered nonrestorable. Although the pain was excruciating, I shook it off and I went right back to work.
"This tooth is a key tooth which anchored my upper bridgework. The injured tooth and the bone above it became infected. I took a course of antibiotics for the infection, had an adverse reaction to the antibiotics which caused me to have an intestinal obstruction and emergency medical intervention." Kucinich kept going: "Later, my dentist referred me to a specialist who informed me that the damaged tooth had to be removed. A third dentist removed the tooth and I was fitted for a temporary partial. I waited for the bone to heal." And going: "An implant was placed, but it failed. Many months later still a second implant succeeded. My bridgework had to be completely reconfigured, a new partial was designed, so this injury did not affect only one tooth, but rather involved six (6) replacement teeth as well. A new crown with a new precision attachment was engineered and put in place."
And going: "To clarify, no dental expenses were covered by any health plan, nor did I have dental insurance that covered the injury, which, until it was resolved, affected my ability to chew food properly." Kucinich ended his 534-word diary entry to supporters not with a plea for campaign donations but with a simple quip. "I don't want to have to make another dental visit for a very long time," he wrote, "and will be making no further comment on this matter. "Thank you very much," he signed it. "Dennis." 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
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Egypt is entering uncharted waters, analysts say, and is far Submitted at 1/29/2011 12:15:39 PM from clear how much force By Peter Apps, Political Risk soldiers and officers will be Correspondent willing to use. LONDON| Sat Jan 29, 2011 Whatever happens, events in 12:30pm EST Egypt -- coming close on the LONDON(Reuters) - If President h e e l s o f t h e o v e r t h r o w o f Hosni Mubarak clings to power, Tunisia's government by protests investors will reprice Egyptian that escalated to regime change in and regional assets to brace for less than a month -- have dented weeks, months or possibly years previous assumptions of stability. of heightened political risk. "Either way, Egyptian risk will be If he goes, global markets could priced up on Monday," said one still react with alarm, fearing a investment strategist on condition rising tide of unrest across the of anonymity." The question now Middle East and possibly other is whether we hit bottom quickly authoritarian economies that or slowly." could threaten energy supplies Egypt's stock market lost 16 and potentially global economic percent in two days last week. recovery. Along with Egypt's banks, it Mubarak sacked his government should have reopened on Sunday after four days of street protest, but officials said both would but made it clear he had no remain closed. The Egyptian intention of giving in to demands pound has fallen to six-year lows. from the street that he stand But the investment ripples looked down. Tanks and troops deployed to be going well beyond the on the streets face rising numbers Middle East. Wall Street's S&P of demonstrators. 500 index recorded its worst one-
day fall in six months on Friday on the unrest. Egypt has long been seen as a key U.S. ally in the region, and sits astride the Suez Canal through which much of Europe's crude oil and imported goods pass. SAUDI, OTHER WORRIES Particularly if Mubarak does ultimately go, investors will also be querying the survivability of other regional governments including potentially Saudi Arabia. The world's biggest oil producer also has an aging head of state and social divisions, but it also has a colossal wealth from its oil revenue that gives its ruling elite much more flexibility when it comes to effectively buying public support. "This might affect perceptions of Saudi risk," said John Drake, senior risk consultant at London consultancy AKE. "Everyone has always said that Saudi will face a crisis eventually
-- most likely when they run out of oil, which will not be for a long time. But I'd be much more worried about countries with a bigger wealth gap -- Algeria, possibly Bahrain, Lebanon." Yemen -- another key US ally -has also seen rising protests. Certainly, markets would react badly if it appeared other Middle Eastern countries were also being pushed to the brink of revolution. • Share this • Link this • Digg this • Email • Reprints 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
CAIRO| Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:42am EST CAIRO(Reuters) - Clashes broke out between police and prisoners attempting to escape from a Cairo prison on Saturday, a security source said. None of the prisoners managed to escape, but eight were killed and 123 were wounded in the clashes at Abu Zaabal prison, northeast of Cairo, the security source said. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
Arizona Shooting Case Stays in Tucson... for Now
The case against Jared Lee Loughner was moved to Phoenix after federal judges in Tucson PHOENIX -- Prosecutors and recused themselves because a defense lawyers have agreed that fellow judge died in the attack. the federal case against the Loughner was arraigned Monday suspect in the shooting of Rep. in Phoenix. Prosecutors then Gabrielle Giffords will be held in requested the move so victims and Tucson, at least for now. witnesses would not have to drive
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there. The deal doesn't prevent future requests for moves. Loughner pleaded not guilty to federal charges of trying to assassinate Giffords and kill two of her aides. He also faces federal charges in the deaths of an aide and the judge.
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Cracking Open TED Books: Brilliant Ideas in Single Serving Size
Ariel Schwartz (Fast Company)
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TED talks are popular for a number of reasons: they're smart, lively, and perhaps most importantly, concise. Most talks are capped at approximately 2,000 words--just long enough for audience's to stay enraptured. Now TED is taking its "Ideas Worth Spreading" a step further with TED Books, an imprint of short nonfiction e-books available for the Kindle and Kindle Reader through Amazon's new line of Kindle Singles books. The concept of TED Books is similar to TED talks. Authors, many (but not all) of whom have given TED talks in the past, are asked to write about an idea that can be naturally expressed in 10,000 to 20,000 words. That's short enough for readers to finish a book in a single sitting. "It's our experience with TED talks that by giving people a limit, suddenly less is more. [Authors] end up saying something serious in a very vivid way," explains TED curator Chris Anderson.
According to Anderson, the TED nonprofit has been thinking about how to bring its talks into book world for years. The recent rise of e-books "sparked a new thought, which is what is the right length for a book in 2011? Does it have to be 250 pages or is that a carryover from a particular production process?" And indeed, TED Books might look odd on bookstore shelves--they would be
small enough to fit into your pocket. But aesthetics and production practicalities don't matter with e-books. Another advantage is that the short book format could lure in writers who might not otherwise think of penning a book because of time constraints. A motivated author could finish a TED Books title in as little as three weeks. The imprint is launching with
The inaugural TED Books are some of the first titles available in Amazon's new line of Kindle Singles books, which are all longer than magazine articles but shorter than standard short books. Kindle Singles are part of a trend (triggered by the Atavist app) towards long-form journalism and short-form literature--the nebulous gray area of the publishing world. Anderson hasn't decided how many books the new TED imprint will churn out each year, but he says that there has already been a lot of excitement from potential authors and interested former TED speakers. And TED Books three titles: The Happiness may just be the beginning of TED Manifesto: How Nations and -branded products. "Whether People Can Nurture Well-Being people are using voice, print, by Nic Marks, Homo Evolutis: video, animation, or an intricate Please Meet the Next Human combination of the above, there's Species by Juan Enriquez and alot of exciting stuff happening. Steve Gullans, and Beware We're potentially interested in any Dangerism! Why We Worry of it," Anderson says. About the Wrong Things, and Ariel Schwartz can be reached on What It’s Doing to Our Kids by Twitter or by email. Gever Tully. All three titles are currently available for $2.99 each.
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Anonymous Goes Old-School, Attacks Egypt With Faxes
E.B. Boyd (Fast Company)
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Anonymous is a loose organization of hacktivists best known for attacking its enemies-both corporate and governmental-via the Internet, by defacing websites or shutting them down altogether. But with most of the Internet down in Egypt, the folks at Anonymous are apparently resorting to a positively prehistoric technology: fax machines. Members of the group are organizing to fax copies of the Egypt-related cables that WikiLeaks released today to schools in Egypt. The hope apparently is that if they can get the faxes into the hands of students, students will distribute them to other protesters. A source told Forbes the goal was to warn
them that the police could not be trusted. The WikiLeaks cables, which describe human rights abuses and political arrests, "are just more proof of that," the source said. In a chat room used for coordinating activities, the group also discussed how to get information into Egypt about a
French ISP setting up free dial-up Internet access for people in Egypt. Earlier this week, as protesters in Egypt took to the streets and the government appeared to start blocking social networks, websites belonging to the Egyptian cabinet, the Interior Ministry, and the Ministry of
Communications and Information Technology were taken offline-presumably due to denial of service attacks launched by hactivists. But the group is apparently backing off from that tactic, in order not to tie up the few Internet pipes that are still open in the country. Earlier today, a press release was
posted to the group’s website, calling on "governments of the world to take action and show the world that you are on the side of the people and their fight for freedom and democracy." Two days ago, an Anonymous press release said the group would attack government websites. Today’s press release simply said, "We will take sides. We will support people who strive for freedom of speech, assembly and communication." [Images: Flickr users Abhisek Sarda and Timothy Tolle] Read more of our coverage on the protests in Egypt. E.B. Boyd is FastCompany.com's Silicon Valley reporter. Follow me on Twitter, or email me.
Jonathan Chait hits Paul Ryan out of the Park*
Angry Bear (Business Insider)
[skipped part about how the old program gave billions a year to Submitted at 1/29/2011 11:36:18 AM banks for no discernable reason] It's easy as ABC Ryan is a fervent ally of the Hilariously, the result of Ryan's college lending industry. In 2007, Dave-like search through the h e w a s o n e o f o n l y 7 1 budget -- and the only example of Republicans to vote against the a p u t a t i v e b u d g e t s a v i n g s College Student Relief Act, which mentioned anywhere in the piece - would have cut the interest rate on - is his claim to have discovered a many student loans, including the savings in the student loan FFEL program, in half. Inside program. In fact, this example is Higher Ed notedthat the bill exactly the opposite of what Ryan would cut “deeply and directly (and the story) proclaim. into lenders' profits.” The bill
passed the House 356-71, but stalled in the Senate. So, that's the one idea this freshfaced reformer comes up with the balance the budget: shovel billions of dollars in extra subsidies to an inefficient and wildly corrupt industry whose water he has faithfully carried. And this isn't an exception -Ryan's record is one of wild fiscal profligacy. I realize he's cute and energetic and exudes an awshucks Midwestern earnestness,
but the reality bears absolutely no relation to the image. Ouch. Given the rules of the poliitical game that's got to leave no mark. * This is a metaphor and has nothing to do with assaulting people with baseball bats. Join the conversation about this story »
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Welcome, ‘Peak Oil’
The Daily Reckoning (Business Insider)
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The day of reckoning is approaching and the world does not have a contingency plan. The truth is that the world’s output of conventional crude oil peaked in 2005 and global oil exports are also past their prime. Furthermore, the unconventional sources (tar sands, heavy sour crude, ethanol, natural gas liquids, bio-fuels and shale) are struggling to keep up with the ongoing depletion in the world’s largest oil fields. Therefore, it is probable that the world’s current production of total liquids is at or near maximum capacity. Veteran clients and subscribers will recall that we have been extremely concerned about ‘Peak Oil’. However, for many years, ours was one of the lone voices in the dark. It is interesting to observe that up until 2007, various government sponsored energy agencies were extremely optimistic about their oil production forecasts. In fact, before it commissioned its first field by field analysis in 2008, the IEA used to claim that the world could easily produce over 110 million barrels of total liquids per day! Ironically, other agencies such as CERA and the EIA were even more liberal with their oil production projections and ‘Peak Oil’ was dismissed as a lunacy. Thereafter, in November 2008, the IEA released its World Energy
Outlook 2010 report, which contained a thorough analysis of the world’s 800 largest oil fields. In this study, the IEA admitted (for the first time) that most of the world’s largest oil fields are depleting at a rapid clip and serious capital spending is essential to avoid an energy crunch in 2020. Although this report was a step in the right direction, in our view, the IEA was still painting an unrealistic picture. Fortunately, it has taken the IEA only two years to realise its mistake and its latest World Energy Outlook 2010 report presents a far more realistic scenario. According to its latest study, the IEA now expects global total liquids production to increase to just 96 million barrels per day by 2035! Bearing in mind the fact that the world currently produces 88 million barrels of total liquids per day, the IEA is now essentially implying that output will only increase by 9% over the next 25 years! It is notable that in 2009, the IEA stressed the importance of oil for economic growth and concluded that 106 million barrels per day will be required by 2030; representing an increase of approximately 18 million barrels per day above current output. Interestingly, in last year’s report, the IEA predicted that global production will peak at only 96 million barrels per day in 2035! So, within the course of a single year, the energy watchdog for the
developed world lowered its production estimate by 10 million barrels per day! To complicate matters further, the IEA’s latest forecast of 96 million barrels per day of peak production depends on the assumption of finding an extra 900 billion barrels of oil over the next 25 years! However, given the fact that over the recent past, we have managed to discover only 10 billion barrels of oil each year, we cannot help but take the IEA’s rosy forecast with a pinch of salt. Call us skeptics, but at the current rate of discovery, it will take us 90 years to discover 900 billion barrels of oil. Yet, the IEA somehow believes that this task can be accomplished by 2035! The chart below is taken from the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2010 report and it does a good job of capturing the sorry state of affairs. As you can see, the IEA now expects the output from the currently producing fields (dark blue area on the chart) to drop from approximately 70 million barrels per day to only 16 million barrels per day by 2035. Furthermore, the IEA also believes that 60% of oil production in 2035 will come from oil fields not yet found (light blue area on the chart) or developed (grey area on the chart)! Once again, call us skeptics, but we do not believe that oil fields yet to be found or developed will somehow succeed in offsetting the ongoing depletion.
It is our contention that the world will struggle to produce more than 91-92 million barrels of total liquids per day and global demand will collide with available supply. Of course, we do not know the exact timing of this event but if global consumption continues to grow by 1.5% per annum, we will get there within the next 2-3 years. Needless to say, when aggregate demand hits available supply, the price of oil will rise sharply. More importantly, if demand continues to increase in the developed world, there will be a permanent shortage of crude and governments will probably end up rationing petroleum. Furthermore, it is our firm belief that ultimately, oil will only be used for its highest uses (agriculture and aviation). If history is any guide, the price of oil will not rise in a straight line and the secular uptrend will be punctuated by severe economic recessions. After all, the cure for a high oil price is a high oil price! At some point during the course of this business cycle, as the price of oil continues to rise, it will (once again) cause economic pain for the overstretched citizens of the developed world. When that happens, consumption will slow down and we will experience demand destruction in some parts of the world. In our view, the next economic recession will be caused by yet another spike in the price of oil and during the next business
slowdown, crude will get whacked again. This is the reason why we will liquidate all our energy related investments prior to the onset of the next economic recession. Turning to the current situation, the price of oil is trading around US$90 per barrel and during the course of this business cycle, we expect it to surpass its previous record of US$147 per barrel. In addition to crude oil, we are also optimistic about the prospects of uranium. As you may know, various nations are scrambling to build new nuclear reactors and this is good news for uranium (raw material used for a nuclear reaction). As the world approaches ‘Peak Oil’ and crude is conserved, demand for electricity will surge. Either that or the world will go back to horse drawn carriages, which we seriously doubt! Furthermore, given the environmental damage associated with burning poor quality coal, the world will turn to nuclear energy to meets its energy needs. Therefore, worldwide consumption of uranium will appreciate over the following years and this will exert enormous pressure on mined supply. At the time of writing, the price of uranium has climbed to US$61.5 per pound and it is probable that it will at least double from this level. In the previous cycle, the price of WELCOME, page 12
Egypt is not Just an Exogenous Event
Russ Winter (Business Insider)
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why these events come as a whodathunk surprise to the James Submitted at 1/29/2011 12:12:25 PM Cramer types. In fact there was a I w a s w a t c h i n g f i n a n c i a l strange delayed reaction to the networks after the “Egypt sell- selling trigger in Friday’s action. off” and some commentators such Although there is no way to as Larry Kudlow and a few of his predict an actual date, I was guests mentioned the Fed’s easy alerting my readers about this money policy as at least a partial possibility on Jan. 19 in Ninja cause of global food inflation. Of Inflation: course I attribute it to the • A short week after Tunisia’s u n w o r k a b l e s y m b i o t i c government was tossed out in relationship between China and food riots, corn and wheat once t h e U S a n d c o n s i d e r t h o s e again spikes to fresh highs. The countries monetary policies to be pace continues on the “popular a major part of the food and input revolt” front — translate food riot goods inflation issue. Today this — as Sudan gets shaky. So far is causing great harm just to sell a the inflation ninja in Jordan has few months supply of Treasury been subjected to “peaceful issues at artificially low rates. demonstrations.” I believe there James Cramer on the other hand is a speculative, hoarding element called Egypt an “exogenous” adding to this caused by too much event and admitted some surprise. easy money / “stimulus,” but there S o m e c o m m e n t a t o r s , is also a fundamental supply and including the Administration, just production problem [ Global Food ignored the food inflation element Chain Stretched]. This in turn of this disorder. Incidentally, will drive serious political “exogenous” is defined as a economy problems. ”change or events that comes from outside the model and is In case of any doubts or unexplained by the model.” What confusion about what transpired, a sham and a farce. look closely at monthly spending Obviously I am in complete by category in Egypt: disagreement with this, but the Back on Oct. 28, I set the stage mere fact that so much of the by talking about rice. Of course, it conventional wisdom doesn’t get could have just as well been this, or simply dismisses Egypt as grains.“We should also being a backwater instead of something tracking rice as a key commodity. critical and part of a pattern, is This will affect conditions in fundamental to the solid bear e m e r g i n g a n d t h i r d - w o r l d case. Bet on the “exogenous countries. Right now, it is just event” sham at your peril. This is outright inflationary; but if it
starts spiking on QE2 machinations, watch for food riots, disorder and even revolution.” O n Oct 2, I wrote: “ I don’t see stranguflation as benefiting these markets at all, as it is disruptive when local populations can’t afford food, and often this results in riots and civil disorder”. I ultimately believe the big shoe to drop will in China or possibly India. India is not homogeneous like Egypt. I said on Dec. 28th, ” My focus has been on a China bust, but India seems to be suffering from classic hyperinflationary conditions in food. Vegetable prices have been reported as jumping 16% in just a few days. This is a big story in the emerging market story, and to just ignore it is astonishing.” In watching Egyptian news footage, it appears these gente had a purpose to create havoc, but in the midst of it all I sensed some unwritten nationalist respect in play for other Egyptians: frustration and an intent, yes, but not hatred. I think that is why security forces and military made only light appearances, and stayed mostly out of the fray. In India food riots could lead to religious fighting, and then just to out right killing of neighbors who are different. India has a long history of this. Since India is a high-profile, darling developing nation, this kind of shock would
blow those markets up and be a real lesson to the exogenous-event cognoscenti. Although we may see civil disorder and food riots in China, I suspect this plays out as a from of a defacto labor strike that the exogenous event crowd is totally unprepared for. The Chinese New Years starts Feb. 3 and unless big bounties and large pay increases are offered, these workers will just stay in the countryside and avoid the expensive speculative urban areas. There they can help relatives with the crack up boom hoarding going on. [WSJ: Chinese Take A Cotton to Hoarding]. This “strike” will rapidly shut down production in China. Elsewhere in the Middle East, there has already been trouble in Oman that could spark a geopolitical spike in oil and further amplify the hole the China is dug. I would caution speculating on oil at this point, however, because I suspect hoarding there as well. When the China downturn becomes glaringly apparent, there could be a commodity liquidation. The wild card would be QE3, which would result in a lethal c o m b i n a t i o n of collapsing economies and severe crack up boom inflation. Join the conversation about this story »
uranium peaked around US$140 per pound and we will not be surprised to see that level exceeded within the next 2-3 years. Such a bullish scenario for uranium is great news for the unhedged uranium mining companies and a modest exposure to these stocks seems like a reasonable bet. In summary, given the reality of ‘Peak Oil’ and our bullish bias, we have allocated approximately 30% of our clients’ capital to those assets which will benefit from the looming energy crunch. At present, we have exposure to upstream oil companies, integrated energy giants, oil services firms, renewable energy stocks, uranium and electric car/ rechargeable battery manufacturers. It is our contention that these businesses will prosper over the following years, thereby rewarding our investors. Regards, Puru Saxena for The Daily Reckoning Welcome, ‘Peak Oil’ originally appeared in the Daily Reckoning. The Daily Reckoning, offers a uniquely refreshing, perspective on the global economy, investing, gold, stocks and today's markets. Its been called "the most entertaining read of the day." Join the conversation about this story »
Violence Rules Egypt Despite Shakeup
rubber bullets. Massive anti-government demonstrations are sweeping C A I R O – D E V E L O P I N G : through downtown Cairo, defying Egyptian security officials say at a g o v e r n m e n t c u r f e w a n d least 62 people have been killed demanding the ouster of President nationwide over the last two days Hosni Mubarak There are reports of mass anti-government protests. that Mubarak's family has fled to The officials say an additional the U.K. 2,000 people have been injured in Tanks and armored personnel the demonstrations, that have carriers fanned out across the city included violent clashes between of 18 million, guarding key police and protesters. government buildings. But the They said Saturday the figures curfew was largely ignored -- by include injuries and deaths of both the looters who ran rampant, by protesters and security forces. protesters, and apparently by The officials spoke on condition soldiers under orders to enforce it. of anonymity because they are not The death toll since the largest authorized to brief the media. anti-government protests in Read earlier reports below: decades began Tuesday rose to Clashes broke out between police 45, according to medical and and prisoners attempting to escape security officials, 38 of them from a Cairo prison on Saturday, killed since Friday. Some 2,000 a security source said. injuries have been reported. None of the prisoners managed to In the city's main Tahrir Square, escape, but eight were killed and at the center of Saturday's massive 123 were wounded in the clashes demonstration, there was only a at Abu Zaabal prison, northeast of light military presence -- a few Cairo, the security source said. tanks -- and soldiers are not Police have opened fire on a intervening. Few police were seen massive crowd of protesters in in the crowds and the protest downtown Cairo, killing at least began peacefully. Then police one demonstrator. opened fire on some in the crowd Thousands of protesters are near the Interior Ministry and a trying to storm the Interior number of them were wounded by Ministry located in the heart of gunshots. It was not clear whether the city. they used rubber bullets or live At least one body was seen being ammunition. carried out on the shoulders of One army captain joined the protesters Saturday. Many people demonstrators, who hoisted him were wounded as well. on their shoulders while chanting It was not immediately clear slogans against President Hosni whether the riot police were Mubarak. The officer ripped a shooting live ammunition or picture of the president.
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"We don't want him! We will go after him!" demonstrators shouted. They decried looting and sabotage, saying: "Those who love Egypt should not sabotage Egypt!" There have been no clashes reported between the military and the protesters, and many seem to feel the army is with them. On one tank was scrawled black graffiti: "Down with Mubarak." In contrast, protesters have scorned police, who are hated for their brutality. On Friday, 17 police stations throughout Cairo were torched, with protesters stealing firearms and ammunition and setting some jailed suspects free. They also burned dozens of police trucks in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez. On Saturday, protesters besieged a police station in the Giza neighborhood of Cairo, looted and pulled down Egyptian flags before burning the building to the ground. The military was protecting major tourist and archaeological sites such as the Egyptian Museum, home to some of the country's most treasured antiquities, as well as the Cabinet building. The pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo -- Egypt's premiere tourist site -- were closed by the military to tourists. On Friday, protesters burned down the headquarters of Mubarak's political party along the Nile and set fire to many other buildings, roaming the streets of downtown Cairo in defiance of a
night curfew enforced by the army. There was also widespread looting of supermarkets, shopping malls, casinos and offices of cell phone companies. The demonstrators were not satisfied with Mubarak's actions to address the discontent. The president of 30 years fired his Cabinet late Friday night and promised reforms, which many doubt he will deliver. "What we want is for Mubarak to leave, not just his government," Mohammed Mahmoud, a demonstrator in the city's main Tahrir Square, said Saturday. "We will not stop protesting until he goes." Mubarak, confronted with the most dire threat to his three decades of authoritarian rule, faced his nation for the first time since the unrest began. In a televised address at midnight, he made vague promises of social reform in what is likely to be interpreted as an attempt to cling to power rather than a genuine pledge solve Egypt's pressing problems. He also defended his security forces and accused the protesters of plotting to destabilize Egypt and destroy the legitimacy of his regime, outraging those still in the streets well into the night. "We want Mubarak to go and instead he is digging in further," protester Kamal Mohammad said. "He thinks it is calming down the situation but he is just angering people more." Zahi Hawass, Egypt's top
archaeologist, meanwhile, told state television on Saturday that he was "seriously concerned" about the safety of the capital's famed Egyptian Museum. Neighboring buildings were gutted by fires on Friday night, and he feared they would collapse and damage the museum, home to the treasures of king Tutankamun and other priceless artifacts. Buildings, statues and even armored security vehicles were covered in anti-Mubarak graffiti, including the words "Mubarak must fall," which by morning had been written over to say "Mubarak fell." As the protests entered their fifth day, the military extended a night curfew imposed Friday in the three major cities where the worst violence has been seen -- Cairo, Alexandria and Suez. State television reported the curfew would begin at 4 p.m. and last until 8 a.m., longer than the 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. ban Friday night that appeared to not have been enforced. Internet appeared blocked for a second day to hamper protesters who use social networking sites to organize. And after cell phone service was cut for a day Friday, two of the country's major providers were up and running Saturday. In the capital on Friday night, hundreds of young men carted away televisions, fans and stereo equipment looted from the ruling VIOLENCE page 15
Mubarak names deputy as protesters defy curfew
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donor the United States. Some protesters, whose actions forced Mubarak to send the army Men stand on top of an armoured onto the streets of the most Egyptian Army vehicle during a populous Arab nation, were not protest in Cairo January 29, 2011. happy with a decision that looks Credit: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic set to ensure power stays in the By Edmund Blair and Dina hands of military and security Zayed institutions. CAIRO| Sat Jan 29, 2011 1:18pm "He is just like Mubarak, there is EST no change," a protester told CAIRO(Reuters) - Egypt's Reuters outside the Interior president gave the first indication Ministry, where thousands were on Saturday he was preparing an protesting, moments after the eventual handover of power by appointment. naming a vice-president for the The appointment as prime first time in 30 years after protests minister of Ahmad Shafiq -- who that have rocked the foundations is, like Mubarak himself, a former of the state. commander of the air force -- also Hosni Mubarak's decision to pick i n d i c a t e d a p r e f e r e n c e f o r Omar Suleiman, his intelligence responding to public demands for chief and confidant, as his No. 2 change with limited changes in is the first time the 82-year-old personnel. Mubarak's decision on leader has hinted at a succession Friday to sack the government plan and may suggest he will not failed to impress protesters. run in an election scheduled for The speaker of parliament was September. later quoted as saying that there Whether he can hold on to power were no plans to meet demands until then, however, remained in for early elections. question. Many believe the army For some, however, naming holds the key. Suleiman at the formal right-hand Until five days of unprecedented of Mubarak was a relief after scenes of popular defiance and millions had looked on in panic as chaos broke out across the security in Egypt disintegrated country, officials had suggested with protesters ripping up pictures Mubarak would run again. If not o f M u b a r a k a n d t o r c h i n g him, many Egyptians believed, his g o v e r n m e n t b u i l d i n g s . son, Gamal, 47, might run. This "I am happy. I feel this is a now seems impossible. change and the people will be Suleiman, 74, has long been happy. They wanted something, central in key policy areas, they want to feel they could make including the Palestinian-Israeli a difference," said Effat Abdulpeace process, an issue vital to Hamid, a private security guard. Egypt's relationship with key aid Analysts said it was the first
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indication that Mubarak had realized the magnitude of the upheaval that gripped his country, the Arab world's most populous state. "This is a step in the right direction, but I am afraid it is a late step," said Hassan Nafaa, politics professor at Cairo University, adding that much may depend on how Suleiman, as a senior representative of the military, could capitalize on public regard for the army to smoothe the departure of Mubarak. "The street will not be convinced by Omar Suleiman at this moment unless Omar Suleiman addresses the people and says there will be a new system and that Mubarak has handed power over to him and that the military is in control of the situation and has a programme of a democratic transition," Nafaa said. ARMY HOLDS BACK • Share this • Link this • Digg this • Email • Reprints
Want to know why we loved Golda or the Iron lady because they were more like grandma and less like the hippie dippy peace ,love and the Beatles jerks who are all mouth and act all indignant when someone in the real world stuffs a fist in it! markjuliansmith wrote: ‘free’ the Egyptian people to the claws of the Brotherhood of Islam. Hopefully those who support Regimes such as current one in power in Egypt, Israel, Iran, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq. Pakistan, China INC, US etc finally realise if the morality does not match the rhetoric eventually the hypocrisy will become too much to bare and an even worse outcome can appear acceptable. One has to realise there is no such thing as freedom only the relative independence nature and fellow humans allow. Anyone claiming to ‘free’ anyone is only intending to change the chains. So one has to examine very carefully what is this ‘free’ which seeks to smother a reasoned reflection of what a ‘free’ state is. ROWnine wrote: For who would question the right Sun Tzu said disrupt your of people to be ‘free’ even given enemies alliances not disrupt your it is an illusion? Surely a fascist. allies alliances! Anyone who has It is a real worry given ElBaradei ever been in a fight knows that would not tell the truth regards when breaking up a fight you Iran’s nuclear program. don’t grab your friend so the other Also demanding Mubarak as well guy has an opportunity to smack as his son be excluded from him in the jaw one last time, you presidential elections given it is a pull the other guy off and let your relatively fair contest does not friend get one the last one in. sound like a Democrat to me.
Also major support in this uprising and I would imagine the violence and the police reaction to it is coming as a result of Islamic Brotherhood action on the ground. So before yelling for regime change, Egyptians and the rest of us should take a breath and see what this actually means in reality. Clearly the current Egyptian regime needs to be made accountable but if the West and the Egyptian citizens push to hard without knowing the outcome things may will be much worse for the Egyptian people in the long run as well as for the rest of us. Ahmed1 wrote: The US State department and the White House have not ceased to surprise me in this crisis. Why in the name of God and Jesus and all the prophets are you still supporting the dictator (ah, sorry, I forgor Mr. Biden said yesterday that Mubarak is not a dictator) How can Saddam be a dictator but, Mubarak not a dictator? Can someone please explain to me, or get me a cup of coffee. May be I am stoned or something! The guy is a tyrant who rulled for 30 years! What message are you giving to the young Egyptians who were taught in American schools and colleges? I don’t know who is the smart person in the State Department or the White House that Mubarak was able to convince that he is the only person who is abl to protect Egypt MUBARAK page 15
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National Democratic Party, near the Egyptian Museum. Young men formed a human barricade in front of the museum to protect one of Egypt's most important tourist attractions. Others around the city looted banks, smashed cars, tore down street signs and pelted armored riot police vehicles with paving stones torn from roadways. After years of simmering discontent in this nation where protests are generally limited, Egyptians were emboldened to take to the streets by the uprising in Tunisia -- another North African Arab nation. But a police crackdown drew harsh criticism from the Obama administration and even a threat Friday to reduce a $1.5 billion foreign aid program if Washington's most important Arab ally escalates the use of force. Stepping up the pressure, President Barack Obama told a news conference he called Mubarak immediately after his
TV address and urged the Egyptian leader to take "concrete steps" to expand rights and refrain from violence against protesters. "The United States will continue to stand up for the rights of the Egyptian people and work with their government in pursuit of a future that is more just, more free and more hopeful," Obama said. Sen. John Kerry, a Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, said Saturday he believes Mubarak had to do more. "Dismissing the government doesn't speak to some of those challenges," he said. "I think he's got to speak more to the real issues that people feel," he said. "Dismissing the government doesn't speak to some of those challenges." On Friday massive crowds numbering in the tens of thousands overwhelmed police forces in Cairo and other cities, attacking them with rocks and
firebombs. The primary weapons of police have been tear gas, batons and sticks. They have also fired rubber bullets and used water cannons. In a clear sign that things had spiraled out of police control, Mubarak called in the military by Friday night to enforce the night curfew. Late at night, there were scenes of armored personnel carriers filled with troops rolling slowly down the picturesque corniche along the Nile, thronged by cheering crowds. In Tahrir Square, streets were littered with debris, glass, rocks and garbage and what appeared to be bullet casings. Charred fire engines and police trucks still smoldered. Fire engines tried to extinguish a fire in the building housing the government press monitor next to the Egyptian Museum. Protesters attacked riot police with stones as they tried to enter the square, and officers responded with a barrage of tear gas and rubber bullets.
Some protesters were wearing Tshirts with "Down with Mubarak" emblazoned on their fronts. Others chanted: "The people want to topple the regime." Not far from the square, the army sealed off the road leading to the parliament and Cabinet buildings. Along the Nile, smoke was still billowing from the ruling party's headquarters, which protesters set ablaze during Friday's unrest, the most dramatic day of protests since the unrest began on Tuesday. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
Egypt appoints former air force commander as PM
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from an Islamic regime and the US from terrorist attacks. Why are you still supporting Mubarak? Egypt will only have a secular regime who will honor the peace treaty with Israel. Why are you still supporting Mubarak? These policies are only alignating your biggest supporters in Egypt, the young educated facebook youth who led the revolution. I mean
really, what do you want? An Islamic revolution! This just bewilders me. I really wonder now if the US government knows what they want. What is the message you are giving to those youth? We do not do what we preach. We support democracy inside the US, but stand against it outside the US. Should I go congratulate the Moslem
Brotherhood for their young educated members, who were once upon a time secular-minded and inspired by the West, but then were let down by the US government? 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/
CAIRO| Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:22am EST CAIRO(Reuters) - Egypt's president picked on Saturday a former air force commander and aviation minister, Ahmed Shafiq, as the next prime minister, ensuring men with military links are in the top three political jobs. Shafiq's appointment followed announcement earlier on Saturday that Omar Suleiman, the intelligence chief with military experience, would be vice president and in prime position for the top job if Mubarak does not run in September. Mubarak, 82, was also a former air force chief. The move followed days of unprecedented protests that have shaken the country to its core. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs. The Crosshairs.
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Movie Review: ‘When We Leave’
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(Independent Artists Filmproduktion) Like many Turkish immigrants, Umay came to Germany in search of a better life for herself and her young son Cem. In their case, that meant getting away from her abusive husband Kemal. Unfortunately, she finds the traditional baggage from her home country is hard to shake in Feo Aladag’s When We Leave, Germany’s unfairly overlooked official submission for best foreign language Oscar consideration. Due to the film’s framing device, we start under the assumption things will not work out for Umay. Actually, we have no idea. A strikingly beautiful woman, Umay’s husband uses her as a domestic slave. However, when he begins terrorizing their son as well, Umay decides to flee. At first, her family in Germany is delighted to see her, but they keep asking about Kemal. When her father Kader and older brother Mehmet learn the truth, they [are disappointed]. Despite Umay’s protests, Kader makes it unequivocally clear that Umay must return to her rightful owner or consider herself banished from the family. While Umay must protect herself and her son, she cannot turn her back on the only family she has ever loved. Unfortunately, the warning of her friend proves tragically
correct—her family will always choose their community over a mere daughter. Leave is a truly intense film that frankly depicts all manner of crimes committed in the name of so-called honor. We witness spousal abuse, abduction attempts, stalking, and worse. Yet, for Umay, the emotional isolation for her family is the hardest to bear. The strikingly beautiful Sibel Kekilli deservedly won best actress honors at last year’s
Tribeca Film Festival for her heart -rending portrayal of Umay. An active supporter of Terre de Femmes, a German-based nonprofit dedicated to Muslim women targeted with physical violence, Kekilli clearly drew from real life in her riveting performance. It is hard to watch at times as her Umay is spat upon (literally and figuratively) by her formerly loving family. The unblinking intimacy of Aladag’s approach viscerally captures a wealth of unspoken
nuances passing between characters. She also elicits some quite accomplished work from her supporting cast. As Umay’s German boyfriend Stipe, Florian Lukas adds a bit of depth to a part that could easily be dismissed as the nice guy. Yet perhaps the most surprising turn comes from Settar Tanriögen as Umay’s pained father, evoking a sense of high tragedy through Kader’s cowardice and conformity. Frankly, it is something of a scandal that Leave did not even make the nine-film shortlist for the best foreign language Oscar. It is a powerful film, featuring a truly brave lead performance from Kekilli. Far superior to the five foreign film Oscar nominees announced this week, When We Leave opens this Friday (Jan. 28) in New York at the Angelika Film Center. Joe Bendel writes about independent film and jazz and lives in New York. To read his most recent articles, please visit http://jbspins.blogspot.com. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
TUAW Live from Macworld Expo 2011 - Saturday, January 29
Victor Agreda, Jr. (TUAW)
Submitted at 1/29/2011 1:10:00 PM
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Boxer Writing Utensils Montegrappa Releases a Luxury Pen to Honor Muhammad Ali (GALLERY)
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Bachmann Riles Vet Group For Floating Benefits Cuts
Submitted at 1/29/2011 11:14:46 AM
Conservative Rep. Michele Bachmann is taking heat from the nation's largest combat veterans' organization for proposing, as part of a broad list of spending cuts, a combination of reductions and caps in veterans' benefits. "No way, no how, will we let this proposal get any traction in Congress," Richard Eubank, head of Veterans of Foreign Wars, said in a written statement released Friday. The Minnesota Republican congresswoman, who is positioning herself as a leading critic of the Obama administration in the wake of the midterm elections, earlier this week outlined $400 billion worth of possible spending cuts. The plan projected huge savings from drastic measures like abolishing the Department of Education, overhauling farm subsidies and eliminating a host of Justice Department grants and programs. Tucked into the outline was $4.5 billion in cuts targeting veterans. She proposed capping increases
for health care spending at the Department of Veterans Affairs and cutting disability payments "to account for ( Social Security) disability payments." Reached for comment, Bachmann spokesman Doug Sachtleben told FoxNews.com in an e-mail that Bachmann is not pushing a "budget plan" and "has not introduced legislation to cut veterans benefits." "Congresswoman Bachmann is not advocating for veterans' benefits to be abolished. She has always said that our nation must properly care for its heroes," he said. Rather, Sachtleben described the proposal as a "list of suggested cuts to open things up for discussion" on how to reduce the nation's $14 trillion debt. Mission accomplished. Eubank called the pitch for veterans' payment cuts "totally out of step with America's commitment to our veterans." "There are certain things you do not do when our nation is at war, and at the top of that list is not caring for our wounded and disabled servicemen and women
when they return home," he said in a statement, urging Bachmann to tour a Minneapolis VA medical center and trauma center. "The day this nation can't afford to take care of her veterans is the day this nation should quit creating them," he said. Bachmann is one of several GOP lawmakers rolling out suggestions for high-dollar spending cuts, as the Congressional Budget Office warns that the nation's debt could reach the size of its entire economy by the end of the decade. President Obama is proposing a five-year partial spending freeze projected to save $400 billion. But that's just a fraction of the $1.5 trillion in red ink the federal government is expected to create this year alone. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
Distinguished Man of Letter Finds Superb Artistic Value
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developed country." He praised the show for its artistic value and meaning. He GOYANG, South Korea—The said, "The show had a superb U.S.-based Shen Yun Performing artistic value, and it was unique to Arts International Company perform based on traditional presented its 2011 premiere show (Chinese) legends. The way the in Goyang on Jan. 29. In Goyang show combined folklore, legends, Arum Nuri, the most famous arts and classical dance, it was performing arts center in South indeed marvelous.” Korea, Shen Yun demonstrated Impressed by the Shen Yun the essence of the magnificent Performing Arts Orchestra’s ancient Chinese culture, which blending of Chinese and Western attracted the elite from Goyang instruments, Dr. Koo said, "I felt and Seoul areas to attend the the perfect harmonization of the performance. It was hard to get a m u s i c p l a y e d b y W e s t e r n ticket due to Shen Yun’s instruments and traditional popularity. Chinese instruments was After the performance, Dr. Koo incredible. It was indeed very Joong-Seu, Chairman of the innovative." Writers Association of Korea and For more information, visit literary critic, said with feeling, ShenYunPerformingArts.org "The performance seems to The Epoch Times is a proud contain deep meaning and power sponsor of Shen Yun Performing in literature, art and religion. Arts. Nowadays, with the Chinese This entry passed through the Communist Party’s dictatorship, Full-Text RSS service — if this is there is no freedom of belief and your content and you're reading it freedom of speech (in China), and on someone else's site, please read human rights are also a serious our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ problem there. This show tells content-only/faq.php people that only after China Five Filters featured article: undertakes cultural reform and Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In i m p r o v e s i t s h u m a n r i g h t s The Crosshairs. situation, can it really become a
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Executive Plans to Spread the Word Meetup.com's Redesign about Shen Yun Met With Resistance
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enjoyable.” He said he was eager have his company post, blog and Submitted at 1/29/2011 11:23:29 AM tweet about the artists, so that WASHINGTON—The Kennedy their guests can benefit from Center Opera House again hosted knowing about it. the Shen Yun Performing Arts “I certainly will recommend it New York Company on Jan. 28 when you return to the Kennedy part of its 2011 World Tour. Center next year.” Don Evans, Director of Sales and Mr. Evans said, “it was a Marketing for the Holiday Inn fantastic show.” Central White House, a sponsor, “I was extremely impressed by was at the performance. He was not just the costuming, but the impressed with Shen Yun and story line as well, and I just can’t said he was “happy to be a say enough about it.” sponsor” and that he looked There were many performances “forward to [Shen Yun’s] return.” that touched Mr. Evans. He said, He said he was very eager to “human rights is a big issue.” One spread the word that Shen Yun story depicts a school teacher was coming back to Washington. w h o s e “ h u m a n r i g h t s w e r e He said he would describe the violated,” he said. He hopes for New York based Shen Yun to China than “it will open a door e v e r y o n e a s “ E n c h a n t i n g , and things will get better, and the educational, and absolutely world will also open and be more
prosperous about the situation.” With reporting by NTD and Leigh Smith. Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will be performing in Washington, D.C., at The Kennedy Center Opera House through to Jan. 30. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
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Whenever a company makes a big change to its layout, there are likely to be some complaints. You can't make everybody happy all the time, right? Well, social organization site Meetup plopped down a redesign that it's calling "New Meetup" and its users have come out in droves to ask for the "Old Meetup" back. Sponsor Meetup uses a service called UserVoice to manage its customer support, wherein users can make suggestions and have other users voice and comment on those suggestions. One suggestion, to "give organizers the ability to restore the old format. Or at least change the current one." has leapt to the top, with nearly 4,000 user votes and 2,000 comments on the topic. From the description of the new Meetup site, it sounds like the changes are geared at allowing more cooperation and coordination when creating events, rather than relying on a single organizer to dictate when, where and how the event will take place. "If the leadership team for the Meetup Group would rather plan all the Meetups," the
company writes, "Organizers may choose to disable Meetups 'in the making' under Group settings." A site administrator has commented on the muchsupported user request and said that it is "Unlikely we will flat out revert or offer multiple views, but keeping this open to hear how the new meetup is not working." Users have responded in the comments saying that they will stop paying for the service, with some even taking their plea to Facebook, where they've created a group to petition Facebook to enable features similar to the ones they lost. Surely, though, there are some users that are happy with the redesign, right? Are you a Meetup.com user and pleased with how things turned out? Let us know in the comments. Discuss
The Daily Slash: January 29 2011
Chris Burns (SlashGear)
Submitted at 1/29/2011 12:17:18 AM
Welcome to the future of the smartdevice – no, it’s not Android 3.0 Honeycomb, we’re getting to that later – it’s Horizontal Symmetry. Grab a review or two from Chris Davies: the ZyXEL MWR211 Mobile Router and the AT&T MiFi 2372. A hacked NOOKcolor receives Android 3.0 Honeycomb on the same day we recieve official invites from Google to attend an Android Honeycomb Event– things are getting pretty sweet around Android Community. Take a peek at our LG Optimus 2X Full Walkthrough and Hands On. Discover the ease in downloading the hardware update released today for the Samsung Continuum on Verizon. See the first Motorola released Atrix 4G commercial– very lovely music and everything. All this and MORE on The Daily Slash! R3 Media Network Editor’s Choice Small Update Incoming for the Original DROID, Testing Over the Next Few Days Nexus S Random Reboot OTA Fix Coming in 1-2 weeks ThinkGeek offers geeky Valentines gifts for your sweetie Samsung hits all-time record revenue in 2010; dual-core Galaxy S2 & multiple Galaxy Tabs incoming LiveViewGPS tracks your stuff from your Android phone Android Community
Costco Also Lists Motorola Atrix 4G at $149 According to Survey: Nearly Half of All Ad Clicks are Accidental HTC Desire HD in Black Coming to Orange UK Advent Vega source code v1.08 released Facebook for Android Updated, Added Deal Support Source Code for the Shift 4G and myTouch 3G Froyo Update Published by HTC Samsung Gem spotted at Bluegrass Cellular, only $59 on contract Sony Ericsson LiveView update goes live: Bluetooth issues addressed says SE Honeycomb update for Notion Ink Adam a work-in-progress
LiveViewGPS tracks your stuff from your Android phone Icera unveils world’s smallest HSPA+ voice and data platform for Android Notion Ink Adam torn down by FCC Samsung promises dual-core Galaxy S2 & new Galaxy Tab range for 2011 Samsung sells 2m Galaxy Tab slates in 3 months Notion Ink’s Adam rooted & Android Market access added Small Update Incoming for the Original DROID, Testing Over the Next Few Days Nexus S Random Reboot OTA Fix Coming in 1-2 weeks Notion Ink Customer Service Purposely Stalling Past 7 Day Return Period?
Boku and Zong Partner Up With Verizon to Offer BilltoMobile Payments Angry Birds RIO Coming Soon! [With Movie Tie-In!] NOOKcolor Receives Android 3.0 Honeycomb Android Honeycomb Event Announced by Google Why Honeycomb will Work on Android Handsets as Well LG Optimus 2X Full Walkthrough and Hands On HTC EVO Shift 4G on Sprint 2.6.32 Kernel and T-Mobile myTouch 3G Froyo MR 2.6.32 Kernel Available from HTC Now Samsung Continuum Receives Verizon Software Update Verizon Axes Top-Tier Smartphone Rebates Altogether Motorola Atrix 4G Promo Video
Released, Gets Us Pumped Up Samsung Galaxy S 4G SignUp Page Live on T-Mobile Motorola Droid X Free from Dell Nexus S Heading to AT&T Next? HTC EVO Shift 4G Permaroot by bcnice20 and Pals Motorola Atrix 1080p Video Capture Capability to be Added Post-Launch HTC ThunderBolt Coming to Verizon February 24th SlashGear AT&T MiFi 2372[REVIEW] Apple Seeking RFID Expert in Recent Job Postings Apple loses to ZTE in Global phone rankings for Q4 2010 Egypt offline as government cuts comms over protest promise LiveView update fixes Bluetooth blips says Sony Ericsson Sony NGP “not going to be $599 but pricing remains a mystery Princeton MyDitto NAS offers easy remote access with USB key Microsoft pushing for 16-core Atom CPUs Awesome Hublot La Cle Du Temps watch debuts Monster iMotion CarPlay 3000 lets you control your iPod in the car with motion control DirecTV will show Formula DRIFT in 3D World’s smallest HSPA+ platform for Android voice and data unveiled Callaway Golf unveils new upro mx golf GPS device Notion Ink Adam gets teardown DAILY page 23
Weekly Wrap-up: Internet Blackout in Egypt, Quora Blocks Startup Search Engines, 5 Arrested For Anonymous Attacks, and More...
Abraham Hyatt (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 1/29/2011 7:00:00 AM
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Start Fund: Yuri Milner, SV Angel Offer EVERY New Y Combinator Startup $150k
Michael Arrington (TechCrunch)
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the startups yet. This is a bet on the quality of Y Combinator startups in general. Everything just changed in the All of the new Y Combinator angel investing world. entrepreneurs gathered at Y Two years ago Yuri Milner, Combinator headquarters in through his investment firm DST, Mountain View California on disrupted the traditional Silicon Friday evening to hear about the Valley venture capital model offer, They weren’t told why they when he began investing in the were supposed to be there, just hottest startups – companies like that something important was Facebook, Zynga and Groupon – happening. The SV Angel team at very high valuations and was there in person. Milner joined extremely easy deal terms. He from Europe by video conference. looks brilliant in hindsight, with The terms? $150,000 in all of his U.S. investments at convertible debt. With no cap and significantly higher valuations no discount. If you’re an investor since he invested. you know exactly what that Most top VC firms have begun means and you just shuddered a emulating DST’s deal structure. little. Those aren’t terms that most Now he’s partnering (as an angels can match. individual, not as part of DST) If you’re not an investor, here’s with Ron Conway’s angel fund, what it means. Yuri and SV Angel SV Angel. And they’re making a just offered to loan each company bold investment move. This $150,000. That loan will convert evening they’ve just made a if/when the company raises a blanket investment offer to every proper angel or venture capital Y Combinator startup in the most round at the same valuation that’s recent batch. They’re going to set in that round. Most convertible invest in all of them. Every single debt has a valuation ceiling and one. And this is the biggest Y a l s o g e t s a d i s c o u n t o n Combinator class to date – some conversion. This debt doesn’t. 40 new startups. It’s the most entrepreneur The new fund is called Start friendly investment that I can Fund. SV Angel’s David Lee is think of, short of just handing managing the fund. people money as a gift. They haven’t even seen most of Each startup can choose to take
This also spreads incredible goodwill throughout the young entrepreneur community. This also puts Y Combinator further ahead of competing early stage incubators/investors. Entrepreneurs now know they’ll be offered easy terms on $150,000 in capital just for being part of Y Combinator. That’s an incredible the investment or not. If all 40 of marketing advantage. the startups accept the loan then a This is not such a big win for total of $6 million will have been other angel investors, who are still invested. And Milner/SV Angel struggling with business models say they intend to offer this for and rising valuations. They tend each Y Combinator startup in the to mob Y Combinator startups f u t u r e , t o o . T h a t m e a n s Y generally. And now they’ve got to Combinator entrepreneurs will not deal with startups that don’t need only get the $15k – $20k from Y cash as desperately, and who Combinator during the first few already have Milner and SV months of their project, but they Angel as investors. That’s two can look forward to another more steps behind than they were $150,000 a few months later. before. That’s usually enough to complete SV Angel says that this is a d e v e l o p m e n t a n d l a u n c h a separate process from their product. normal investing. They’ll invest This is a huge win for Y additional sums in some of the Y Combinator, and cofounder Paul Combinator startups just as they Graham seemed very pleased always have. They’ve already when we spoke by telephone this invested in two from this batch so morning. He also says it’s a smart far, says David Lee, and it’s investment strategy. If only a extremely early in the process. couple of the startups have a large C r u n c h B a s e I n f o r m a t i o n Y liquidity event it’s likely to be a Combinator Yuri Milner SV good investment for Milner and Angel Information provided by SV Angel, he noted. “This is a CrunchBase hits driven business,” he said.
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know they won’t cut a deal. How can you track a drone built from off-the-shelf parts, flown in from Way back in the 1970s, hardware parts unknown, back to its sender? -hacker hobbyists built kit Easy: you can’t. computers like the Altair 8800— What makes drones dangerous is and in doing so paved the way for that, unlike most technologies, the computer revolution that they can and will decouple would reshape every facet of criminals from their crimes. That modern life. Today the same makes them big trouble waiting to breed of people are building and happen. The first extra-military selling kit flight controllers for drone assassination—and I’ll go unmanned aerial vehicles on record now and predict one (UAVs). Just sayin’. within the next five years—will Drones are far from new: the US doubtless trigger a cacophonous military has been using them symphony of handwringing, tooth heavily for over a decade. (What -gnashing, and the passing of lots else did the US military pioneer, of stupid and restrictive laws, but back in the 1970s? Oh, right. The it will already be much too late. Internet.) UAV tech has long The twin genies of aeronautical since metastasized around the engineering and microcontroller world. India’s private sector design are long out of their builds UAVs for both military and respective bottles. email@example.com (Ad scientific purposes; Lebanon’s de Tomorrow’s UAVs will make ServeRSS) (AdServRSS Feed) facto government Hezbollah has today’s look like the Wright used Iranian-built drones for known to do for a living—I likely to become terrorists… oh, Brothers’ biplanes, and the only Visit Starbucks years; earlier this month, way to track and fight them will zChocolate.com immediately start thinking of kit- wait. QinetiQ’s solar-powered Zephyr built UAVs packed with Semtex Then there’s the smuggling be with yet more drones. Hello, Mighty Leaf set a world record by flying for 2 and targeted via GPS. Voila, poor problem. Colombian and Mexican panopticon. Goodbye, privacy. weeks nonstop; and, of course, the man’s cruise missiles, available to d r u g c a r t e l s a l r e a d y u s e Granted, I’m verging on science French-built, iPhone-controlled any hardware hacker with a homemade submarines and build fiction here, but it’s science AR.Parrot has brought UAVs to grudge; all s/he needs is their air-conditioned railway tunnels. fiction that doesn’t seem all that the masses. All awesome, and all target’s address. Fortunately, the You can bet they’ll be jumping on evitable. The drone economy will innovating fast. At this rate this powers that be have not fostered the drone train sooner rather than soon be even bigger business than may well become the Decade of entire generations of experienced l a t e r . U A V s a n d U S V s it already is … but I can’t shake Drones. explosives experts with angry (unmanned submersible vehicles) the sense that it will ultimately be Which makes me more than a political grievances, right? Oh. are the ultimate mules; they’ll go bad news for us all. Ponder that little uneasy. Oops. Well, at least it’s not like anywhere, they’re reusable, and if the next time you take your Parrot Because when I put on my engineers seem disproportionately and when they’re caught, you for a spin. criminal hat—which I’ve been
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Wal-Mart DRM reminder: The nightmare returns
Submitted at 1/28/2011 6:54:48 PM
This afternoon, an e-mail popped into my inbox that--at first glance-looked ripe for immediate deletion. The word "Wal-Mart" in the subject was what set me off. But in that split second before my finger went down to send the message into oblivion, something else caught my eye. And, well, I'll let the e-mail do the talking: Coming upon this note today--in January 2011--made me chuckle, sigh, and shake my head all in the span of about 30 seconds. Really, it's quite depressing to be reminded that there are still people out there who are stuck dealing with outdated copyprotected WMAs. In fact, I bet I still have a couple on my hard drive someplace, and the mere thought of them aggravates me. Of course, I suppose it's nice that Wal-Mart has the courtesy to remind its customers how they can still listen to that music (and continues to provide support).
Still, the e-mail serves as a brutal slap in the face as to how far off the music industry was just a few short years ago. If you have a question or comment for Jasmine France, you can submit it here. However, because our editors and writers receive hundreds of requests, we cannot tell you when you may receive a response. Since 2003, Jasmine France has worked at CNET covering everything from scanners to keyboards to GPS devices to MP3 players. She currently cohosts the Crave podcast and spends the majority of her time testing headphones, music software, and mobile apps. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
Look What Happened The Last 10 Times Japan Got A Ratings Downgrade
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How’d Sequoia Let Yuri Milner Grab this Sweetheart Y Combinator Deal?
Sarah Lacy (TechCrunch)
Sandra Bullock Steps Out in NYC While Award Season Rolls On
Lauren Turner (PopSugar)
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kinds of terms Milner was offering either– that is until Submitted at 1/29/2011 1:27:49 AM Milner started doing it and Earlier tonight, Mike posted a locking in high paper valuation bombshell that must have made gains. The deal with Y super angels shudder. Not content Combinator isn’t classic venture with the grenade he threw into the capital any more than those late late-stage investing world with stage deals were. But a $6 million aggressive investments in flier across 40 vetted companies Facebook, Groupon and Zynga, sounds like a pretty safe way to tonight Yuri Milner announced a hedge in a business where the new partnership with Ron rules have dramatically changed, Conway that offers similar you’dbarriers to entry have dramatically be-crazy-not-to-take-this-deal been lowered and money is an terms for every Y Combinator easily found commodity. Maybe company. Sequoia wouldn’t have done the But you know who might be even same deal, but if the firm believed more bummed by the news than in Y Combinator enough to invest the super angels? Sequoia Capital. a year ago, it can’t be happy about The top Valley firm led Y this new arrangement. Combinator’s last funding, less Every VC will tell you that good than one year ago. At $8.5 out of early rounds by super entrepreneurs. I can’t think of d e a l f l o w i s t h e b i g g e s t million, this was a big step up for angels. It seems Milner stole the many venture firms who would competitive advantage an early Y Combinator, dramatically opportunity right out from under give a blanket investing offer stage investor has. Milner may before even seeing companies. have just bought his way into this allowing it to expand how many Sequoia. startups it could let into its We haven’t talked to Sequoia, Almost more than any other firm game for the low price of $6 incubator. And it should have and it’s possible the partners don’t on Sand Hill Road, being a million. been a big advantage for Sequoia agree that Milner and Conway’s Sequoia Capital company has CrunchBase Information Sequoia too: A way to see a crop of new deal is a no-brainer. So far, most historically stood for something. C a p i t a l Y u r i M i l n e r Y deals early in an increasingly Y Combinator exits have been Then again, a few years ago, no Combinator Information provided competitive investing landscape, modest, and Sequoia isn’t known Valley firms would invest in late by CrunchBase where most VCs are being shut for giving sweetheart terms to stage Internet companies with the
Sandra Bullock wore furry boots in the NYC snow yesterday. She's been hanging out on the East Coast with her son Louis since returning from her visit to LA to present at the Golden Globes earlier this month. Sandra may make the trip west for this weekend's SAG Awards, after being recognized with the best actress statue and celebrating Betty White's career last year. Betty, Nicole Kidman, Jon Hamm, and more are all confirmed for Sunday's event, which you can gear up for with a look back at some of the show's past highlights. View Slideshow ›
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Macworld 2011: Kanex brings full HDMI capability to Macs
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Is Apotheker's 'coolness' quest what HP needs?
the HDMI output of a Blu-Ray player, PlayStation 3 or XBOX Submitted at 1/28/2011 9:00:00 PM 360 and have resolution of up to This morning I spoke with 1920x1200 appear on your iMac Jessica Cole from Kanex, a two27". This lets you use your 27" year-old company which offers iMac display as a full HD display many products that add HDMI device. The Kanex HD is capability to your Mac. controlled by the iMac keyboard. The current generation of their A press of Command-F2 switches line adds audio pass-through via the display between the computer HDMI. The offerings range and the HDMI device and both between the iAdapt HDMI V2(US sound and brightness are $29.95) a small box with that controlled with the usual keys on plugs into Mini DisplayPort and the Apple Wireless Bluetooth allows you to plug in an HDMI Keyboard. cable, giving you audio support Macworld 2011: Kanex brings and 1080p video to a TV, full HDMI capability to Macs projector or anything else with an to have our product as an Apple originally appeared on TUAW on HDMI input. I was shown the Store exclusive" said Jessica Fri, 28 Jan 2011 21:00:00 EST. Mini DisplayPort to HDMI 10- (whose favorite three apps are Please see our terms for use of foot cable ($44.95) which is sold Facebook, Pandora and Facegoo). feeds. exclusively at Apple stores and The most interesting product that Source| Permalink| Email this| contains a ten foot HDMI cable to I found was the Kanex HD Comments so you don't have to buy and plug ($149.99), a magical box that in your own. "We're every excited gives you the ability to connect
Apotheker--former CEO of the ultra cool SAP--said that the days of making an announcement about When it comes to being a leader an upcoming product and then i n t h e t e c h i n d u s t r y , h o w losing that excitement because the important is the "coolness" factor? product won't ship until months Clearly, the iPhone and the iPad later are over. He told the BBC: are cool products, therefore HP will stop making making Apple a cool company. announcements for stuff it doesn't Android's coolness factor is also h a v e . W h e n H P m a k e s on the rise--scoring a few extra announcements, it will be getting points on the coolness scale for ready to ship. That's a simple Google, as well. management decision, I don't But can HP--an old school tech need to re-engineer the tanker company right up there with IBM- [HP] to do that. -score some coolness points to Read more of " Is Apotheker's d r i v e i t s p o p u l a r i t y a m o n g quest for "coolness" the spark that c o n s u m e r s ? N e w C E O L e o HP needs?" at ZDNet's Between Apotheker is pretty sure it can. the Lines. And to do so, the company is This entry passed through the getting ready to generate some Full-Text RSS service — if this is buzz with a news event--a la the your content and you're reading it Apple news events--next month to on someone else's site, please read unveil the work it's done on our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ WebOS, the mobile operating content-only/faq.php s y s t e m i t s c o r e d w i t h i t s Five Filters featured article: acquisition of Palm. Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In In an interview with the BBC, The Crosshairs.
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Here's our weekly roundup of the new products CNET reviewers liked best. Falcon Northwest Mach V (Intel Core i7 2600K) Editors' rating: 4 out of 5
The good: Imposing new case makes a statement; fastest game performance we've seen; impressive leap forward in power efficiency. The bad: A PC in this price range demands more ambitious overclocking; no hard-drive data or power inputs mounted behind
tool-free bays; power button may need more support. The bottom line: Falcon Northwest's flagship Mach V gaming PC gets a towering case redesign and upgrades to the latest components from Intel and Nvidia. We have a few suggestions to make this system
truly live up to its boutique price tag, but overall the Mach V delivers on its promise of luxury PC gaming. Read CNET's full review Prices start at $4,812.82 Photo by CBS Interactive Caption by CNET News staff This entry passed through the
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Blekko Takes Curated Search Mobile With iPhone And Android Apps
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which allows you to view search results whether or not you are logged in with your Blekko Blekko, the search engine that is account. With the exception of fighting the good fight against Facebook integration, the app web spam with human editors, is pretty much runs the gamut of joining biggies Google and Bing features found on Blekko itself, in the mobile search arena today most notably the ability to search with an Android and iPhone by/slashtag or curated topic. application double whammy. Says Results are sorted by most Blekko CEO Rich Skrenta,“In a relevant and by date. world where people want the most The app also offers suggested relevant answers on the go, slashtags for each search at the m o b i l e s e a r c h i s b e c o m i n g top when you scroll down on a increasingly more significant.” search. For Blekko power users, The app has a sparse interface an interface with the buried
treasure features of “Mark as Spam”"View SEO info”"Add to Slashtags” and “Open in Safari” can be accessed by clicking on the arrow next to each individual
result in your search and then clicking on box/arrow icon the bottom right corner to reveal further options (see the image on the right, above).
Blekko, which boasts more than 100,000 slashtags created after its launch in November, has raised $24 million from VC superstars like Ron Conway, Mike Maples, Jeff Clavier and Marc Andreessen and most recently actual superstars like Ashton Kutcher. As of today the app is free in the App Store and Android Market. CrunchBase Information Blekko Information provided by CrunchBase
3 Tutorials to Check Out This Weekend: Crisis Edition
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Dr. Sudoku Prescribes: Digit Battleships
Thomas Snyder (Wired Top Stories)
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organization that develops open source technology for disaster response. We've covered how its The situation in Egypt has been used to visualize floods in colored much of our coverage Queensland, for example. today, so it's only fitting that we Above is a brief introduction to send you into the weekend with its technology for developers. some relevant tutorials: an Disclosure: ReadWriteWeb introduction to Ushahidi for contributor Pete Warden recently developers, tips for optimizing j o i n e d p a r e n t o r g a n i z a t i o n CouchDB and how to create a Tor SwiftRiver as we reported here. relay. CouchDB Optmization Sponsor CouchDB is great for building Ushahidi 101 Intro to Ushahidi Web applications that need to CouchOne has a case study on f o r D e v e l o p e r s V i e w m o r e f u n c t i o n w h e n I n t e r n e t how aid workers in Africa are presentations from Ushahidi. c o n n e c t i v i t y i s s p o r a d i c . using it to manage health data. U s h a h i d i i s a n o n - p r o f i t CouchDB sponsor company Mu Labs recently published a
tutorial called " Notes and tips on optimizing CouchDB performance" for developers who want to squeeze as much performance as possible out of CouchDB. Tor As we reported earlier there's been a spike of Tor usage in Egypt the during the past couple days as the government there has severely restricted Internet access. Many on Twitter are calling for users to host more Tor relays. Here's how to configure one. Be sure to read the FAQ for running a relay. Discuss
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13 reasons why software is not free
TJ Luoma (TUAW)
Submitted at 1/28/2011 10:00:00 PM
When Steve Jobs announced the App Store, he made it clear that Apple would be happy to take on the costs of hosting and distributing free apps. I remember thinking at the time that he actually seemed to be pushing the idea of free apps. Free apps helped launch the iOS App Store into having stratospheric numbers of available apps, and probably pushed down the overall price of many other apps as well. But there's no such thing as a free lunch, even in the App Store(s). Apps take time and skill to be developed, and one of the unfortunate side-effects of the App Store pricing is that many people now expect apps to be free or low-priced. When I was using Palm software on my Treo, I regularly paid $10-$20 for apps, including games. With very few exceptions, most iOS apps are
Sony’s Next Generation Portable pricing reasonable but no 3D
Rue Liu (SlashGear)
Submitted at 1/28/2011 6:02:05 PM
priced well below that. This is good for everyone, right? Apple gets to boast about a huge number of available titles, users get access to an incredible library of inexpensive software literally at their fingertips, and developers get... um... developers get... noticed? A fleeting chance for fame? The hope that they might have the "winning the lottery"type luck of an app like Angry
Birds and sell millions of copies of their $1 app? Continue reading 13 reasons why software is not free 13 reasons why software is not free originally appeared on TUAW on Fri, 28 Jan 2011 22:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments
Sony’s PSP refresh, code named Next Generation Portable (NGP), is a major overhaul two years in the making. But Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai promises that this time around they designed the device with the price in mind. Having faced criticism in the past for their 2006 PlayStation 3 models for $499 and $599 and their 2009 PSP for $249, Sony is trying to play it safe with the NGP although no specific pricing details have been revealed yet. “That’s something we spent a lot of time on this time around with NGP, to make sure that we don’t go off the deep end,” says Hirai. However, keeping it affordable may also have been a factor in Sony’s decision to not incorporate 3D in the upcoming NGP scheduled for release before the
end of this year. With Nintendo to release a new DS handheld in March that does incorporate 3D, it will be interesting to see how the competing devices will be received. Relevant Entries on SlashGear • HP debuts new pocket size USB 3.0 portable HDD • Sony’s brand new Hi-MD Walkman • Sonic and Sega are back, portable and familiar • Sony NGP “not going to be $599 but pricing remains a mystery • Sony’s new VAIO P photographed in Hong Kong
Which Magazine Will You Pick Up This Weekend?
Submitted at 1/29/2011 8:04:00 AM
It's the weekend, which means it's time to check out the latest headlines at the newsstand! People counts down to Reese Witherspoon's upcoming wedding
with details about the big day, while Us reports Sandra Bullock continues to deal with the fallout from her divorce. InTouch has an e x c l u s i v e i n t e r v i e w w i t h Anthony, and finally Star claims American Idol's Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Aniston's adopting and and how twins, Emme and Max, Carrie Underwood is pregnant. saved her marriage to Marc
So, tell us - which magazine will you pick up this weekend? Which Magazine Will You Pick Up This Weekend? PeopleCongrats to Reese, and I want all the wedding details. Us- I hope Sandra finds her happiness! InTouch- Love when J Lo opens
up about her personal life. StarAniston as a mom? I need to know more.
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Verizon iPhone PreOrder Release Day, Hour, and Minute
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32GB models, the data and talk plans starting at $70 total for 450 minutes and unlimited data. If Oh Verizon, you guys so crazy. you’d like to also be able to tether They’ve got splash screen after your laptop to your phone’s splash screen up on their iPhone internet, you’ll be paying another s i t e s a y i n g t h a t E x i s t i n g $20 a month. Is it worth it? Customers will be allowed to ram Relevant Entries on SlashGear their buttons down at exactly 3 • ChillyChilly Seeing Double AM EST on the third of February, wall clock with secret time 2011. The site will crash at that decoders moment, and everyone will cry. • Skype iPhone video calls could To see if you can find the images eat AT&T data plan in under an you see above and below this hour paragraph, head over to Verizon • Verizon iPhone – New preand do some soul searching. Be order details available sure to sign up for updates, click • Verizon testing 4G LTE iPhone around the site for hours, and sell for 2010 release? your soul, because you’re gonna • Sprint iPhone 4 Now Possible? need the cash. The iPhone will cost you ladies and gentlemen $199 for 16GB and $299 for
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Do you love the Keurig coffee system? Are you tired of paying 50¢ per cup? Do you want to start saving money today? Turn your used KCups into reusable K-Cups! The Keurig standard approach involves the purchase of K-Cups with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc. The K-Cups make excellent coffee. But they each cost anywhere from $.25 to $.50 per cup depending on the quantity and where you purchase them. If you like to drink coffee like me, this can add up to quite a bill really quickly. So you say, why not get a reusable K-Cup. Good idea. But there are a few problems with the system Keurig wants you to use. First the reusable K-Cups cost
Back when he was a mere college lad, Josh met and befriended a man named Hippie Rob. Over the course of time Josh lost touch with Rob, but has immortalized him as an occasional character on Stuff You Should Know. Think you're a true fan? Test your Hippie Rob knowledge and prove it for once. Earn a point for every right answer! Save your score at the end of the quiz. This entry passed through the BuzzSugar (PopSugar) Full-Text RSS service — if this is Submitted at 1/29/2011 9:00:00 AM your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read Heading to the movies this our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ weekend? Javier Bardem's content-only/faq.php Biutiful is in theaters, if you're looking for a low-key night out. before you rush to buy a ticket, Five Filters featured article: The movie recently picked up two you may want to watch this first. Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs. Oscar nominations(for best foreign film and best actor), but
$14 and up. If you want 10 of them, that is $140 just for the reusable cups. Second, the cup does not produce as good of a cup of coffee as the K-Cup itself. The designs are different and the water flows out the sides of the filter rather than down through the coffee (take a look at it closely). Third, the design is big, bulky, and hard to store. If you already have a turnstile for K-Cups, you can not store these there. With this product you can.
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Learn to Code Epilogue: Best Practices and Additional Resources [Video]
Adam Dachis (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 1/28/2011 6:00:00 PM
Congratulations, you've learned the basics of programming! That's wonderful, but you'd better not go out into the world and write crappy code. Before we set you free, here are some best practices and good things to keep in mind. More »
Verizon confirms iPhone pre-orders for 3 AM on February 3
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Comedian Charlie Callas dead in Las Vegas at 83 (AP)
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available. The official iPhone page on Verizon has also been Submitted at 1/28/2011 8:45:00 PM updated with a countdown timer Verizon is sending out emails to and an invitation for customers to its customers confirming the come back in five days to join the details on the iPhone 4 pre-order. iPhone buying party. As rumored, pre-orders will begin Details on the purchasing process promptly at 3 AM on February 3 are not provided but, you will for existing Verizon customers. most likely have to log into your The email points customers to an My Verizon account to confirm ordering page that is not yet your eligibility as a Verizon
Wireless customer. If you do not have a My Verizon account, you may want to sign up for one beforehand. You don't want to miss the pre-order because you were fumbling with the account setup. The quantity of iPhones available for Verizon's customers in this pre-order is limited, so you better get your game face on and prepare to do some early morning
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AP - Charlie Callas, a versatile comedian whose zany faces and antics made him a regular for more than four decades on television, in films and on casino stages, has died in Las Vegas. He was 83.
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The 10 Best University Endowment Managers
Leah Goldman and Gus Lubin (Money Game)
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NookColor gets Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Rue Liu (SlashGear)
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College endowments have bounced back from the disaster year of 2009, according to a Commonfund-NACUB study. Endowment funds increased 11.9% in 2010, improving on a 18.7% decline in 2009. Of course that means total funds are still down nearly 10 percent in two years. Note: This data includes withdrawals and payments, as well as investment returns. Last year's terrible returns were driven by a 30% collapse in the giant Harvard endowment. This year Harvard was up a meager 5.4%. We picked out the best endowment managers among funds over $500 million. McGill's John Limeburner and Alberta's Phyllis Clark made the list two years in a row.#10 Ellen Ellison of The University of Miami 2009 endowment:$538,606,000 2010 endowment:$618,236,000 Increase: 14.8% This data includes withdrawals
and payments, as well as investment returns. Data from NACUBO. #9 Pierre Ouillet of The University of British Columbia 2009 endowment:$775,748,000 2010 endowment:$894,896,000 Increase: 15.4% This data includes withdrawals and payments, as well as investment returns. Data from NACUBO. #8 Paul Foster of The University
of Texas 2 0 0 9 endowment:$12,163,049,000 2 0 1 0 endowment:$14,052,220,000 Increase: 15.5% This data includes withdrawals and payments, as well as investment returns. Data from NACUBO. View more at Business Insider
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT SHILLER: House Prices Could Fall For Years
Henry Blodget and Robert W. Johnson (Money Game)
homes reversed, so it’s a little puzzling. UK home prices went up at the same time, so it’s not Submitted at 1/29/2011 8:59:14 AM clear to me why this sudden shock Editors Note: This is an interview … I think it’s also because of the conducted by Business Insider panic over the Lehman crisis in Editor in Chief Henry Blodget In September 2008 was beginning to Davos. Read the full transcription wear off, because it wasn’t as bad below. as some people thought. BI: Where are we now in terms The question is will it resume the of the deflation of the housing downward trend? I think it could, bubble? I know the Case-Shiller maybe not rapidly, but I think numbers have started to turn there could be further house price down again; how much more of declines. that is there to go? BI: You’re an expert in bubbles; RS: I wish I knew the answer to you’ve studied them throughout that. The housing market is history — what a lot of people behaving strangely. The peak in will say, usually, is that after a the market was around 2006; it bubble like this, is you don’t just went down for three years and if it return to the price trend you behaved the same way it had in actually crash through the trend the last cycle, it would continue and spend a long time below the going down for years more. But trend. Do you think that that’s then it had a sudden and sharp possible? Because I think on your turn-around that we rarely see in Case-Schiller index we’re still, this market, in the spring of 2009, even now, a little bit above the and that seems to coincide with long-term trend. the American Recovery and RS: Right. It’s a question of how Reinvestment Act, which created you define long-term trend. My also the Homebuyer Tax Credit. company Macro Markets has a And the recovery lasted about as gap gauge which shows a picture, long as the tax credit lasted. you can see it on our website. And then it started turning down, There are different ways to draw a a little bit, but I believe the Tax trend, so it’s not so clear. If you Credit was a good part of the do it in real terms and go back to story because the biggest price 1890 there doesn’t appear to be increases from 2009 – 2010 any ? Well, we’re kinda close, but period was in the low priced maybe not all the way back. It’s homes. And remember the tax- ambiguous; really unclear where credit was phased out for wealthy we’re going, but could they go people, but even the high priced down more? Yeah, possibly.
BI: I know in the past you’ve called for more government stimulus. Do you think that would make sense here given that the price decline has resumed? RS: I suspect so yeah. Right now, state and local governments are retrenching there’s this fear of their bankruptcy that is causing jobs to be cancelled. We just saw what happened with the austerity measures in the UK; they just had a negative GDP growth. I worry that’s going to happen. President Obama, in his State of the Union, promised five years freeze on discretionary spending. With state and local governments cutting back, that means negative growth. So I worry… I have my own definition for a double-dip recession. We already passed the time limit for a conventional double-dip, ‘cause we’ve been growing for over five quarters now … it’s a recession that occurs before we have healed from the last one. BI: Do you think that’s possible? RS: I think that’s definitely possible because the unemployment rate is very high now and it’s not going down very fast, so I’m still calling for a double-dip. I mean I wish we didn’t have it, but that’s what I always meant. Nobody ever defined double-dip anyway, if you look at history the only example that looks credible for what people seem to be talking about
was the 1980, 81 and 82 recessions, it was less than a year between them. But we’ve already made sure that we’re not going to have that because we’ve already passed the time limit. BI: Going back to the stimulus. Have you ever seen a bubble bursting like this, where government stimulus has been able to forever stave off the price correction? RS: The funny thing is housing was never a speculative asset until the 70’s and the bubbles tended to be local back then. Allen Greenspan was right in a sense when he said, “From bubbles, all we see are froth,” if he was talking about history that’s all we’ve seen, but now we’ve seen something different, now we’ve seen a bubble that extended across most of the country. This is the problem with economics; economists are good at predicting a stable environment where people don’t change their patterns of thinking, but something has changed, we’ve gotten more speculative in housing and that speculative attitude means that; I hate to say it, but we could have another bubble. We could even have it soon. Another one of my themes and it may not be appealing for me to lay out all of these possibilities and then say, “I don’t know,” but this is the way I think, that it’s possible we could launch into
another housing bubble if people think that the recovery is real and they want to get in early. We know one thing: according to the Michigan survey on consumer sentiment, people think that prices are low and that good buys are available. There is the beginning of bubble thinking, right there; all it takes is some sense that it’s going now. I’m sorry to be so weak as a forecaster. I think it could go either way. BI: you’ve been focused a lot on behavioral finance over the years and Irrational Exuberance obviously talked about the fact that there were all these new explanations why the market was so high. I think you make the point that these explanations actually follow the market performance. They don’t come in advance of it. If you look at Wall Street now, stocks are back, they’re high and moving higher and if we look at your CaseShiller P/E where you lag earnings, they’re probably 30 to 40 percent overvalued. Do you think we’re in for a day of reckoning there too, or do you think it’s possible that we’re in a new paradigm again? RS: I think day of reckoning is a bit strong. I think much more likely, is just flat, nothing happens, maybe goes down somewhat. Day of reckoning is EXCLUSIVE page 36
Egypt Calls in Army, Imposes Curfew; Mubarak Orders Ministers to Resign; US Puts Egypt Aid Under Review; Will the US Get this one Right?
email@example.com (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
Submitted at 1/28/2011 6:32:00 PM
The violence in Egypt continues to escalate with more protests, fire bombs, and buildings set ablaze. Protesters burnt the headquarters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's ruling party to the ground. The US embassy was also attacked, but so far, those protesters have been turned back. President Mubarak imposed curfews, however, those curfews were ignored. When shutting down the internet failed, Mubarak's next step was to bring in the army. Egypt Calls In Army as Protests Rage The New York Times reports Egypt Calls In Army as Protests Rage After a day of increasingly violent protests throughout Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak ordered the military into the streets to reinforce police struggling to contain riots by tens of thousands of Egyptians that posed one of the most serious challenges to his long and autocratic rule. The president also imposed an overnight curfew nationwide, but demonstrators defied the order, remaining in the streets of the capital, setting fire to police cars and burning the ruling party headquarters to the ground. As
smoke from the fires blanketed one of the city’s main streets along the Nile, crowds rushed the Interior Ministry and state television headquarters, but the military moved into the buildings to establish control. Protesters also tried to attack the American Embassy. Calling out the military is a signal of how dramatically the situation had spiraled out of control after four days of demonstrations. The army, one of the country’s most powerful and respected institutions, prefers to remain behind the scenes and has not been sent into the streets since 1986. But the police, a much reviled force prone to violent retribution against anyone who publicly defies the state, appeared unable to quell the unrest despite a heavy -handed response that included beatings of protesters and the firing of a water cannon at Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei. In several cases in the capital and elsewhere, the police were forced to back down by throngs of protesters. In one of the most arresting scenes of the day, in Alexandria, protesters snatched batons, shields and helmets from the police. Honking cars drove up and down a main street, holding police riot shields and truncheons out the
turmoil across the Arab world that toppled one leader in Tunisia. Credit: Scott Nelson for The New York Times The protests across Egypt have underscored the blistering pace of events that have transformed the Arab world, particularly among regimes that have traditionally enjoyed the support of successive administrations in Washington. Credit: Mohamed Omar/ European Pressphoto Agency Mubarak Orders Ministers to windows as trophies. though there were no confirmed Resign In both Cairo and Alexandria, reports that such looting had The people clearly want the some army patrols were greeted begun. Violent Clashes on the Egyptian president to resign, with applause and waves from the Streets of Cairo instead, Mubarak Orders crowds — a seemingly The NYT has a 21-image M i n i s t e r s t o R e s i g n . i n c o n g r u o u s r e s p o n s e f r o m Slideshow of the Violent Clashes President Hosni Mubarak of demonstrators who say they want on the Streets of Cairo. Here are 3 Egypt appeared on television late to bring down the president. But of the 21 images. Friday night and ordered his many people support the army for Tahrir Square on Friday night. government to resign, but backed its success in shocking the Israeli I n t e r n e t a n d c e l l p h o n e his security forces’ attempts to Army with a surprise attack in connections have been disrupted contain the surging unrest around 1973 and for its perceived or restricted in Cairo, Alexandria the country that has shaken his 28 reluctance, at least in the past, to and other places, cutting off social -year authoritarian rule. get involved in politics. -media Web sites that had been He did not offer to step down As the chaos continued, it used to organize protests and himself and spent much of the appeared some Egyptians might complicating efforts by the news short speech explaining the need be taking steps on their own to media to report on events on the for stability, saying that while he stop any destruction. An Al ground. was “on the side of freedom,” his Jazeera correspondent, who had Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty job was to protect the nation from spoken by phone to eye witnesses Images chaos. at the National Museum, said that The unrest in Egypt — fueled by Secretary of State Hillary thousands of protesters had frustrations over government Rodham Clinton, reading a formed a “human shield” around corruption, economic stagnation prepared statement, called Friday the museum to defend from and a decided lack of political EGYPT page 35 possible looting of antiquities, freedom — came after weeks of
Mubarak's Acts of Cowardice; Obama Calls Mubarak for 30Minutes; Cell Service, Internet Total Shutdown; Anarchy in Cairo; How Long can Mubarak Last?
firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
of nearly 30 years. Friday’s protests were the largest and most diverse yet, including young and old, women with Louis Submitted at 1/29/2011 3:23:00 AM The situation in Egypt has gone V u i t t o n b a g s a n d m e n i n from bad to worse. Cairo is in a galabeyas, factory workers and s t a t e o f n e a r - a n a r c h y a n d film stars. All came surging out of E g y p t i a n P r e s i d e n t H o s n i mosques after midday prayers Mubarak's cowardly disruptions headed for Tahrir Square, and to the internet and cell phones their clashes with the police left have made things worse. clouds of tear gas wafting through Egyptian citizens unable to get empty streets. news on the internet or cell By nightfall, the protesters had phones have only one place to get burned down the ruling party’s it now, the street. headquarters in Cairo, and looters President Obama called Mubarak marched away with computers, in a 30-minute phone call. briefcases and other equipment O b a m a ' s m e s s a g e w a s emblazoned with the party’s logo. "Ultimately, the future of Egypt Other groups assaulted the w i l l b e d e t e r m i n e d b y t h e Interior Ministry and the state Egyptian people." television headquarters, until after If that was a hint, Mubarak did dark when the military occupied not get it. Instead, Cairo is in both buildings and regained flames as protesters have turned c o n t r o l . A t o n e p o i n t , t h e more defiant. American Embassy came under Mubarak Orders Crackdown, attack. With Revolt Sweeping Egypt Six Cairo police stations and The New York Times reports several police cars were in flames, Mubarak Orders Crackdown, and stations in Suez and other With Revolt Sweeping Egypt cities were burning as well. Office With police stations and the equipment and police vehicles governing party’s headquarters in burned, and the police seemed to flames, and much of this crucial have retreated from Cairo’s main Middle Eastern nation in open streets. Brigades of riot police revolt, President Hosni Mubarak officers deployed at mosques, of Egypt deployed the nation’s bridges and intersections, and military and imposed a near-total they battered the protesters with blackout on communications to tear gas, water, rubber-coated save his authoritarian government bullets and, by day’s end, live
Success in ousting Mubarak would be a remarkable achievement for a group of demonstrators who have no charismatic leaders, little organization, and few clear objectives beyond removing this nation's autocratic president and other members of his ruling clique. Before this week, few thought a mass anti-government movement was possible in Egypt, a country that has little experience with democracy. But after Friday's protests, the campaign to oust Mubarak only seems to be ammunition. Cairo in Near- military, and any decision by the g a t h e r i n g s t r e n g t h . T h e Anarchy armed forces to withdraw support Washington Post has a stunning The Washington Post reports would mean the certain end of his set of 57 Egypt Riot Images, some C a i r o i n n e a r - a n a r c h y a s reign. of the best I have seen yet. Here protesters push to oust president But unlike the police, which are a few of them. The Egyptian capital descended unleashed an arsenal of weapons Jan. 29, 2011 into near anarchy Friday night, as against the demonstrators, the In this photo released by China's the government sent riot police, m i l i t a r y d i d n o t t a k e a n y X i n h u a N e w s A g e n c y , and then the army, to quell immediate action, and protesters demonstrators climb up armored protests by tens of thousands of gleefully welcomed the soldiers' vehicles at Square Tahrir in Cairo, demonstrators determined to push a r r i v a l i n a t h u n d e r i n g o f Egypt early Saturday. President Hosni Mubarak from p e r s o n n e l c a r r i e r s . Cai Yang / AP office. Protesters were honking their A protester burns a picture of By the end of the day-long battle, horns in celebration and roaming Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak the protesters were still standing freely through central parts of the during clashes in Cairo on Jan. 28, and the police were nowhere to be city late in the evening, in 2011. seen. defiance of a strict curfew. The Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters It remained unclear late Friday night air was thick with black Egyptian protesters face anti-riot night what role the Egyptian s m o k e , a n d t h e s o u n d s o f policemen in Cairo on Friday, military might play. Mubarak, a explosions, gunshots, sirens, cries Jan. 28, 2011. The riots escalated former air force officer, draws and occasional cheers echoed MUBARAK'S page 35 much of his strength from the through the darkness.
Ping-Pong Seasonal Madness In Weekly Jobs Claims; How to Predict Whether the 4-Week Moving Average Will Rise or Fall
email@example.com (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
Submitted at 1/28/2011 2:59:00 PM
Weekly unemployment claims have been all over the map recently. Here are the seasonallyadjusted Weekly Unemployment Claims totals for the last 5 weeks. Jan 27, 454,000 Jan 20, 403,000 Jan 13, 447,000 Jan 06, 411,000 Dec 30, 388,000 The first three numbers above are from the current report. I calculated the January 6, number. The December 30 number is from the archives. The reported seasonally-adjusted number on January 6 reporting was 409,000. It was revised up but no one saw that revision. The reason no one can easily spot revisions is the weekly report only gives the latest 3 weeks. I calculated January 6th number from the 4-week moving average, now reported as 428,750. A similar calculation looking at the January 20 Weekly Claims Report shows that December 30, was revised up from 388,000 to
391,000. These are small revisions but even large ones would be hard to spot if you do did not do the math or go to the archives. Computing the Missing Number and Hidden Revisions The 4-week moving average is constructed from the current 4 weeks. However the report only shows 3 weeks. To compute the week not shown, take the 4-week moving average (SA) and multiply by 4. Subtract the last three weeks shown on the report. What remains is the hidden 4th week used to compute the 4-week moving average. Moreover, the difference between that number and was was originally reported for that number is a hidden revision. Gaming the 4-Week Moving Average If you want to pace a bet on whether the 4-week moving average will rise or fall, you need to know the number to beat and how to calculate it. The number to beat is the missing number (as described above), about to roll off. In this case, 411,000.
Assuming no revisions, a number higher than 411,000 will cause next week's 4-week moving average to rise. A number below 411,000 will cause next week's 4week moving average to drop. My guess is the 4-week moving average will rise next week and fall the following week when the January 13 of 447,000 rolls off the report. Clearly, if you are attempting to predict such numbers, it is critical to look at the number about to roll off. What's With The Ping-Pong? Revisions and hidden numbers aside, inquiring minds are asking about the ping-pong. What's happening is most analysts are misinterpreting seasonal data. It is clear that seasonal hiring picked up in October for the Christmas season. This hiring pattern happened one month sooner than normal. Moreover, some of those people were no doubt kept on (not let go in the traditional after-Christmas employee dump). In my opinion this is a one-time effect, not a mad rush by retailers (or anyone else) to hire people.
With that in mind, one should have expected, in advance, to see large drops in seasonal claims. Previously, I had commented on the possibility that we might see a couple of hot jobs numbers at the beginning of the year. Certainly the February BLS Jobs Report (for January data) might be impacted by atypical Christmas skew that started early. Also the January data itself is subject to BLS twice-annual revisions. Finally, the BLS is changing the way it does revisions next month, going to quarterly revisions. If you can game all that, good luck. While the trend in unemployment claims is likely getting better. I rather doubt the numbers are as good as most think. Certainly yesterday's reported number of 454,000 may have been impacted by snow, but what about the January 13th number of 447,000? If this was not messy enough already, next week may again have skew because of snow. Regardless, I do not think we can successfully interpret data for a few more weeks until it is clear
that skews caused by changes in Christmas season hiring have ended. When it does, I believe we will see improvements in weekly claims, but not enough to get overly excited about or enough to cause anyone to believe a big source of jobs is just around the corner. 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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on Egypt’s government to “restrain the security forces” and said that “reform is absolutely critical to the well-being of Egypt.” “We urge the Egyptian authorities to allow peaceful protest and to reverse the unprecedented steps it has take to cut off communications,” she said, apparently referring to interruptions in Internet and cellphone connections in some cities. She also urged that protesters “refrain from violence and express themselves peacefully.” After her comments, the State Department issued a travel alert cautioning Americans against all nonessential trips to Egypt in the next month. Images of the lowly challenging the mighty have been relayed from one capital to the next, partly through the aggressive coverage of Al Jazeera. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have given the protesters a potent weapon, enabling them to elude the traditional police measures to monitor and curb dissent. But various regimes have fallen back on a more traditional playbook, relying on security forces to face angry demonstrators on the streets. U.S. Puts Egypt Aid Under Review Bloomberg reports U.S. Toughens Stance on Mubarak; Puts Egypt Aid Under Review “The people of Egypt are
watching the government’s actions, they have for quite some time, and their grievances have reached a boiling point and they have to be addressed,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters in Washington. The U.S. will be looking at its “assistance posture” toward Egypt, Gibbs said. “For the U.S., any effort on our part to provide support for Mubarak is going to be read in Egypt as support for a crackdown and support for an undemocratic regime,” said Steven Cook, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. “We need to be forward looking for this.” More than 80 percent of U.S. aid to Egypt, or $1.3 billion, is in the form of military assistance, according to data supplied by the U.S. State Department. With President Barack Obama in power, military aid has stayed unchanged and economic assistance has been cut to $250 million from $411 million in 2008 with the phasing out of democracy-linked programs. The amount of money Egypt receives from the U.S. is exceeded only by Afghanistan, Pakistan and Israel, based on the State Department’s budget request for the current fiscal year. After four days of demonstrations, the top U.S. diplomat for the first time said the
U.S. was “deeply concerned” about the crackdown by security forces and police. Clinton was the highest U.S. official in the administration to speak on the matter today. “These protests underscore that there are deep grievances within Egyptian society and the Egyptian government needs to understand that violence will not make these grievances go away,” Clinton read out in a statement in Washington. “We think that moment needs to be seized.” Clinton urged the Egyptian government to “reverse the unprecedented steps it has taken to cut off communications.” Clinton still referred to Egypt, without naming Mubarak, as an “important partner” in the Middle East. The US is in a very tough spot and has to guess how this will play out. If President Mubarak survives, the US does not want to alienate him. If he doesn't survive (and I bet he doesn't regardless of the shortterm outcome), the US does not want to alienate those who take over. Such thinking explains the careful statements by Hillary Clinton calling Egypt an important partner, not President Mubarak an important partner. Look at the military and other aid we pour into the region (Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iraq,
Kuwait) in a hypocritical attempt to be on all sides of multiple fences simultaneously, shaking hands with dictators one day, invading their country the next. Has it been worth it? How? The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were a complete waste of trillions of dollars. We failed to capture Bin Laden, did not make the region more stable, and made more enemies than before the wars started. Maybe we will get this one right, but history suggests otherwise. 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.
Upcycle an Empty CD Spindle into a Desk Lamp [Lighting]
Jason Fitzpatrick (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 1/29/2011 8:00:00 AM
We've shown you how to turn your CDs into a lamp, now we're back to highlight an easy technique for turning the spindle itself into a neat little bit of ambient lighting for your desk. More »
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throughout the day. Victoria Hazou / AP Army tanks line up in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images Thousands of protesters gather in Tahrir Square despite a curfew. Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images Egypt Cuts Off Most Internet and Cell Service The New York Times reports Egypt Cuts Off Most Internet and Cell Service Autocratic governments often limit phone and Internet access in tense times. But the Internet has never faced anything like what MUBARAK'S page 36
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very strong wording, umm, I don’t like to use that. BI: But you do think P/Es will ultimately regress back to the mean? RS: Possibly, yes. There’s two ways price-earning ratios can regress to the mean. One is, the price can go down (the numerator) and the other is the denominator should go up. Efficient Markets theory says that it’s going to be the latter — because you can never predict price. High price earning ratio is in itself a prediction. But in the study I did with John Campbell we looked at which one it has been historically and I’ll tell you, and hands down price does it. Price-earning ratio does not predict earnings growth. So, yeah, I think that the most likely scenario is that sometime over the next ten years is we will see a big downward correction. I just don’t know exactly when. BI: One thing that’s always amazed me about your argument and so forth, I’ve read Jeremy Seigel’s book Stocks For the Long Run. I gather, from an article at least, that you two are good friends. You remember when the S& P was trading for something like 850 in the middle of the crash, Jeremy came out and
said, “the S&P is worth 1200 on my metrics”, and your metrics said it was worth about 900…Who’s right and how do two incredibly smart academics who have years of research come to such differences in terms of what the stock market’s worth? RS: Well, I’ll quote Alfred Marshall the great late-19 th early 20 th-century economist: “Economics is not an exact science.” And there are reasons for that; I don’t think that the problem is we don’t have the mind of scientists. I think if you bring scientists in they act just like us. Because it’s something different about economics; we’re looking at phenomenon that are human and always changing qualitatively. That’s a problem and I can’t quote probabilities. And this what John Maynard Keynes made as an important part of his theory, which is often neglected; that economists like to build models of people as optimizing decision theorists with decision trees and probabilities at each node, but the problem is we rarely have that. And so we are always in a situation of judgment, and it’s always in the situation in the judgment of the judgments of others and who is speaking the truth and who is dissembling? All
this mixture just defies any … I still remark how much variation and opinion there really is. But, you know, I think on the whole it is not a bad thing. And I have debated Jeremy Siegel and I think our debate is productive. I think people probably come out ahead even though they don’t know who is right. At least they’re less likely to put their faith in some extreme view. BI: But what does Jeremy say when he looks at your P/E ratio which has been you can just look at a chart 150 years, always regresses to the mean after maybe 15 to 20 years, but it gets there. What does Jeremy say when he looks at that? Can he explain why his theory is right? Even in the face of that? RS: Well first of all I don’t think Jeremy is entirely unsympathetic to what I say. In fact he wrote in 2000, for the Wall Street Journal, about tech stocks being overpriced and he based it on a price-earnings index. He said some of them had P/Es over 100 and he said no stock with a P/E over 100 has ever succeeded. So, I think we’re sort of on the same wavelength. Maybe we appear to disagree more than we do. BI: So, what are you doing with your own money now?
RS: Well I have it kind of diversified. It seems like everything is overpriced: stocks, bonds, and real estate. And index bonds were given a negative yield recently; maybe they’re coming back. Nothing looked attractive. There must be some people who can find attractive investments. But I’m really a professor, interested in broad issues. The question of whether you should put it in a hedge fund with an expensive manager. I think maybe you should, but only if you can judge managers right. I don’t think you should put it in a random one. Maybe this is my hubris, but I imagine I could make a lot of money investing — if I put my mind to it and stopped focusing on these big aggregates as I do. But I’m not, I’m an academic and I’ll let other people get rich. I don’t know what I would do with the money anyway. Here's why Gary Shilling thinks house prices will fall another 20% > Join the conversation about this story »
Top 10 Tips, Tricks, and Tools to Train, Exercise, and Better Your Brain [Lifehacker Top 10]
Adam Dachis (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 1/29/2011 9:00:00 AM
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happened in Egypt on Friday, when the government of a country with 80 million people and a modernizing economy cut off nearly all access to the network and shut down cellphone service. The shutdown caused a 90 percent drop in data traffic to and from Egypt, crippling an important communications tool MUBARAK'S page 37
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important communications tool used by antigovernment protesters and their supporters to organize and to spread their message. Vodafone, a cellphone provider based in London with 28 million subscribers in Egypt, said in a statement on its Web site that “all mobile operators in Egypt have been instructed to suspend services in selected areas.” The company said it was “obliged to comply” with the order. Egypt, to an unprecedented extent, pulled itself off the grid. Obama Calls Mubarak, Talks 30Minutes Bloomberg reports Obama Tells Mubarak He Must Stick to Pledge of Egyptian Reforms President Barack Obama told Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak last night he must live up to promises he made about political, social and economic reforms following the fourth day of anti-government demonstrations across Egypt. Obama delivered the message in a 30-minute phone call between the two leaders that followed public remarks by Mubarak in which he asked the country’s government to resign and pledged to fight poverty, speed economic
and social changes, and promote civil liberties and democracy. In a televised address to the Egyptian people just after midnight Cairo time, Mubarak said he asked his ministers to resign and promised that the new government would speed reforms and promote civil liberties. He defended his response to widespread demonstrations, which has included ordering the army to help police impose a 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew by sending armored vehicles and tanks into the streets. Obama responded that “this moment of volatility has to be turned into a moment of promise.” He also called on the Egyptian government to end the blocking of the Internet, including social networking sites that protesters have used to organize. “Ultimately, the future of Egypt will be determined by the Egyptian people,” Obama said. “Governments have an obligation to respond to their citizens.” At the White House, Obama said the Egyptian protestors were exercising “universal” rights to peaceful assembly and association, free speech and “the ability to determine their own
destiny. “These are human rights,” he said. “And the United States will stand up for them everywhere.” Mubarak's Acts of Cowardice Shutting down the internet is an act of cowardice. Firing all your ministers while pledging reform is an act of cowardice. So is ordering Vodafone to shut down cell phone usage. Sending tanks into the street is certainly an act of cowardice. Not only are those acts of cowardice, they have backfired. People are in open defiance of curfews. After all, they have no way to get the news but see it themselves in the streets. By the way what is a tank supposed to do anyway? Is it really going to fire on the people? Check out that first image again. Protesters are crawling all over those tanks and armored vehicles. As I see it, the only thing tanks can possibly do is get people stirred up. Yet, the only thing holding Mubarak's corrupt regime together is the military. Mubarak came up from the military so there is some loyalty there. However, the military has some genuine support from the people (unlike the despised state
police), and I doubt the military will want to lose that support. How long the military will support Mubarak is the key question at this point. I suspect not long if these riots continue. 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.
Will Lisa Rinna Take Regis Philbin's Seat on 'Live'?
PopEater Staff (TV Squad)
Submitted at 1/29/2011 2:00:00 AM
Filed under: TV News, Celebrities and Gossip So far, there's been no word on who might replace Regis Philbin when he departs from 'Live With Regis & Kelly' at the end of the summer. But according to PopEater's Rob Shuter, one name that ABC executives have been considering is Lisa Rinna. "Lisa has proved she can do the job," one exec told Shuter. "She has co-hosted the show with Regis, filled in for Joy Behar on her show and was even better than Billy Bush when she stepped into his shoes on 'Access Hollywood's' new daytime show." Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments
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New Moody's Rules Make Hawaii The Worst State In The Nation
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How and Why Every Song Can Be an App
Eliot Van Buskirk (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 1/29/2011 9:35:00 AM
Image of an HTML5 song app courtesy of Songpier Music should be heard and not seen, a friend once said. But what happens when music players have large color screens, sophisticated controls, processors, and connections to the internet? Music becomes an app — or at least it can, where such an approach makes sense. The app’s potential for music distribution became apparent, to this reporter anyway, in August ’08– about a month after Tapulous launched its “Guitar Hero for iPhone” game, Tap Tap Revenge. That game delivers music to smartphones that is playable in two senses of the word: as a song, and as a game. But turning a song into a videogame is just one of the myriad ways in which apps can deliver music. From Moto Boy manager Martin Thörnqvist comes word about a new tool for artists and labels that can turn any song into a smartphone app called Songpier(still in private beta). Songpier (no affiliation with
Thornqvist other than that it recently started following him on Twitter) targets musicians, labels, music promoters, and even music reviewers — anyone who would have cause to wrap a song in an app and distribute it to any smartphone that supports HTML5. “No coding,” promises Songpier. But despite the lack of sophistication required to create one of these mobile web apps, “every song instantly becomes an app on all new mobile devices”: Songpier is far from the only example of an app that lets artists distribute music directly to fans with more functionality than a plain old MP3 could ever offer. But it’s a good one, because despite being an application, it exists outside of any app store or platform. To create one of these song apps with Songpier, a Midemnet 2011 finalist (video below), an artist or anyone else with permission to distribute a song (even, potentially, a music reviewer) uploads it into Songpier’s system. Then, they surround the song with ancillary data: artist biography, discography, merchandise section, news, images, tourdates, buy links, links
to sell those notorious T-shirts through which some claim artists should make a living, and seemingly whatever else can be represented by HTML5. Finally, Songpier helps the app authors distribute their “app song” via Facebook, Last.fm, MySpace and Twitter. The benefits to this approach over delivering a song as an MP3 are plentiful and obvious. For starters, it lets bands know who is listening. When a band sells a song through iTunes, Apple gets that user’s email address but the artist does not (Apple cites privacy as the reason for this). In addition, artists, labels and promoters can use this technique to send out a track for free, counting on resulting album, ticket, and merchandise sales to bring in revenue. Users can bookmark shortcuts to HTML5 web apps as icons on their smartphones, so they can look and feel just like the apps distributed through official channels like iTunes. And once a user has the icon installed on their phone, they’ll be more likely to return to the song to check for new photos, tour dates, and so on. Of course, nobody in their right mind would litter their
smartphone interface with tons of single-song apps. This approach would more likely result in people installing a handful new song apps from their favorite artists, perhaps deleting them over time (after they’ve bought the album, the artist would presumably hope). For reviewers with permission from a band, label or publicist to build an app around a song, things get potentially even more interesting. I’ve been wondering whether app integration might be able to save music journalism by allowing people to listen to music as they read its latest reviews on their mobile devices, and from the looks of things, Songpier (or something else like it) will make that happen as well, rendering the act of writing about music far more accurate than dancing about architecture, as the saying goes. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
ESA General Counsel Kenneth Doroshow moves on
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The Entertainment Software Association has confirmed to Gamasutra that its General Counsel, Kenneth Doroshow, has left the organization to join forces with Burford Group, an investment advising firm based in Washington D.C.. You might remember Doroshow for his work in the Schwarzenegger v. EMA Supreme Court hearing last November, in which -- we think we can all agree -- the dude dunked all over the opposition's legal representatives. Like, he slam dunked it in their faces, and was all like, "Booyah," basically. We wish Doroshow the best of luck with his new position, and hope the remainder of his career is marked by multitudes of equally boombastic, totally nasty slammajammas. ESA General Counsel Kenneth Doroshow moves on originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 29 Jan 2011 03:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
As Egypt Erupts, Al Jazeera Offers Soap Round-Up: Its News for Free to Other Networks Amber's Baby Lie on 'B&B' ... and More
Sam Gustin (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 1/28/2011 6:47:00 PM
demonstrators, including physical assaults, rubber bullets, and tear gas, Al Jazeera journalists were Qatar-based cable news network on location, doing their jobs, and Al Jazeera is not available on capturing the scene faced by the United States cable systems — Egyptians to help carry their except in local markets in voices to our audience around the Vermont, Ohio and Washington, world,” Al Jazeera management D.C. said in an internal email to staffers But that hasn’t stopped the major today. American news outlets from Al Jazeera’s website saw a relying on the international news 2500% increase in traffic Friday, network for critical reportage on with over 50% of that spike the growing unrest in Egypt. coming from the US alone, a Al Jazeera has more journalists company spokesperson said. The on the ground, in-country, than borrowers give credit. company’s servers crashed earlier any American news organization. Al Jazeera is popular in Egypt, as today, but it has taken steps to “Al Jazeera Arabic and English it is throughout the Arab world. beef them up. have seven teams in Cairo plus B u t t h e 3 0 - y e a r s t r o n g m a n Al Jazeera is streaming live multiple reporters in Alexandria, P r e s i d e n t H o s n i M u b a r a k ’ s reporting out of Egypt on its Suez and Ismailia,” a company regime is no fan of the network’s website. coverage, and Al Jazeera says the spokesperson said. Follow us for disruptive tech “The revolution is not being regime has tried to disrupt the news: Sam Gustin and Epicenter televised, it’s being streamed,” the organization’s reporting. on Twitter. On Thursday, Mubarak’s regime rep added. See Also: In order to make the news pulled the plug on Egypt’s This entry passed through the available worldwide, Al Jazeera internet service, making Al Full-Text RSS service — if this is has decided to make its content Jazeera’s multiple streams of your content and you're reading it available for “ other news sources c o v e r a g e i n a c c e s s i b l e t o on someone else's site, please read to use through their Creative E g y p t i a n s . our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ Commons website,” the company Al Jazeera’s management says it content-only/faq.php said. That means news outlets are is committed to global journalism Five Filters featured article: free to use the organization’s and free speech. Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In reports and live footage, without “Braving the same violent attacks The Crosshairs. getting permission, so long as the b y p o l i c e m e n a g a i n s t
Allison Waldman (TV Squad)
Submitted at 1/29/2011 2:00:00 AM
Filed under: Reality-Free, Recaps Welcome to the Soap Round-Up, our weekly recap of all the soap action this past week. Each week, we sum up all the best stories from each and every soap, from'All My Children' to'The Young and the Restless.' If you don't want to know what aired already, consider this a SPOILER ALERT. ... Oh, one last thing, please comment and join the conversation. For instance, on ' The Bold and the Beautiful,' Amber's trying to pass off her unborn baby as Liam's so she can tap into the Spencer fortune. Do you think she'll get away with it or have we seen enough of these DNA switch stories that someone will figure it out? Share your thoughts. 'The Bold and the Beautiful' Nick struggled with his addiction to cigars. Stephanie told Jackie about Nick's health issues. Brooke remained wary of Thomas after the kiss on the plane. Tawny and
Carl convinced Amber to alter a paternity test so Liam would think he was baby's father. Donna told her family about her engagement, and Stephen announced he was marrying Pam. Brooke asked Stephanie to help her end the Logan-Forrester feud. Marcus shared his family history with Dayzee. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments
Jesse Zwick (The New Republic - All Feed)
Wednesday Group. Those who joined these groups would gather each week in a rotating member’s Submitted at 1/28/2011 11:00:00 PM office. Over cocktails, members Newt Gingrich’s ’94 Republicans would keep tabs and shoot the a r e n ’ t r e m e m b e r e d a s a breeze—one part gossip, one part particularly collegial bunch. Fired policy. “They were all very up by their ideals and their quiet,” confides Jim Leach, an newfound majority, the young Iowa congressman from 1977 to Republican guard demanded 2007. Within the clubs, talk was welfare reform, shut down the c o l l e g i a l a n d f r a n k ; government, and eventually confidentiality—generally in short impeached the president. But, if supply in Washington—was not for the Tuesday Group, it assumed. “One of the rules in could have been much worse. Washington is if anyone says Formed shortly after the House anything negative about you, it takeover, the Tuesday Group always gets back to you,” says consisted of approximately 40 Leach. But the clubs weren’t like Republican representatives who that. met for a weekly lunch in the The Wednesday Group, of which basement of the Capitol to discuss L e a c h w a s a m e m b e r , w a s their policy priorities. The group considered the most ideologically provided a private forum for the moderate. But, over time, the club party’s more moderate members, drifted to the right. Marooned and, in its own quiet way, it moderates began approaching p u s h e d b a c k a g a i n s t t h e longtime Minority Leader Bob Republican leadership, preventing Michel with their grievances, and it from running off increasingly it was Michel who spurred the radical rails. creation of the Tuesday Group. Republicans have now regained “He said, ‘You know, you guys the majority in the House, and need to get organized,’” recalls there are some new strident f o r m e r Connecticut factions in town. The Tuesday Representative Nancy Johnson. Group still exists. But is there And so, in 1994, the Tuesday anything a group of self-styled Group was born. moderate Republicans can hope to The early days of the group were accomplish in the current political dominated by bad food and climate? freewheeling conversation. There The roots of the Tuesday Group was the “inevitable cold pizza,” stretch back to the early 1980s, recalls Sue Kelly, a moderate when Republicans in Congress Republican from New York. But joined exclusive social clubs that t h e r e w a s a l s o a s e n s e o f went by stuffy names like SOS, seriousness. Unlike most policy Chowder and Marching, and the meetings, staff stayed quiet;
members had to come prepared or be embarrassed. “They were freefor-alls,” recalls former Delaware Representative Mike Castle, who took a turn as co-chair of the group alongside Michigan’s Fred Upton. “If one of us was there, we’d run the thing but that doesn’t mean that someone else didn’t dominate it.” While the Tuesday Group occasionally pushed moderate legislation, members freely admit that its greatest impact was behind the scenes. Tuesday’s members worked to squash measures that would inevitably divide the party—like strict restrictions on abortion and deep cuts to spending on scientific research or education—“bills that would never have had any workability and would just further drive the wedge between us," says Johnson. Sometimes they were not successful at moderating the GOP (e.g., the government shutdown), but sometimes they were. Castle recalls sitting down with thenSpeaker Dennis Hastert to iron out a spending issue that affected environmental legislation, a pet cause of several members. “There was a feeling,” says Castle, “that this group is a minority but still a part of our party and we’ve got to pay some heed to them.” In this way, the Tuesday Group acted as an important internal balancing mechanism for the party. “Leadership pretended to be a little at odds with Tuesday, but in truth it wanted to be moderated,” recalls Leach.
Opinion was not always unanimous within the group, but they nonetheless were often able to approach the party leadership as a bloc. “We occasionally had to ask, ‘Are we going to stick together and make a difference?’” recalls Johnson. “You had to prove that you could beat a bill in order to get heard.” During the Bush years, however, the group began to struggle. In 2004, it named thenRepresentative Mark Kirk of Illinois chair, in part to develop Kirk’s “Suburban Strategy,” which was premised on the idea that Republicans could broaden their appeal by catering to socially liberal but fiscally conservative suburban voters. But, with the group often caving to Republican demands for party unity, Kirk’s strategy was denied a chance to take hold. Tuesday’s members—many of whom represented swing districts like the ones Kirk wanted to target—suffered accordingly at the polls. In 2006, Tuesday cochair Charlie Bass of New Hampshire lost his bid for reelection, and the same fate befell moderate stalwarts like Leach, Johnson, and Kelly, among others. Concerned about their dwindling ranks, some of the Tuesday Group’s members set up a political action committee, the Tuesday Group PAC, to protect their seats, and they asked Kelly to help run it. “There was a sense of decline,” says Kelly. “Both
parties [had] been weeding out moderates.” The PAC’s fundraising, however, was relatively weak, and the group’s members continued to lose elections. Ray LaHood, another longtime Tuesday Group member, retired in 2008, and when former Tuesday co-chair Mike Castle ran for Senate in 2010, he was defeated in the primary by Tea Party-backed challenger Christine O’Donnell. “Primaries are a healthy thing for the party, but they’ve become a destructive force in some ways,” laments Kelly. “Moderates are the most misunderstood people in Congress.” Castle also admits that the party has become a far less hospitable place for moderates. The Tuesday Group will certainly suffer from his loss; the Republican Party may as well. “Is there the same depth of experience that existed before?” asks Castle. “That’s hard to judge.” To be sure, the Republican wave of 2010 brought with it at least a few self-styled moderates. Charlie Bass, for instance, was reelected after being out of Congress for four years. “There’s a misperception” that the new Republican members in Congress are all deeply conservative and inexperienced, he told the Washington Post. “To say that the freshman class is a ‘Tea Party class’ I think oversimplifies the unique qualifications of a lot of TUESDAY page 44
American Liberals and the Streets of Cairo
Leon Wieseltier (The New Republic - All Feed)
that the Obama administration, and American liberals more generally, have been caught Submitted at 1/29/2011 11:30:17 AM intellectually unprepared for this The contours and consequences crisis. The administration’s of the uprising in Egypt—which, predicament, it must be said, is after decades in which Hosni strategically complicated: since Mubarak destroyed the civil Mubarak may fall, it cannot afford society of his country and stifled to alienate the protestors, but the most elementary aspirations of since the protestors may fail, it his people, was perfectly cannot afford to alienate inevitable—are still unclear. Mubarak. Our officials have been A b o u t t h e j u s t i c e o f t h e improvising, not altogether protestors’ anger there can be no brilliantly. Joe Biden fatuously doubt. But the politics of the declared that “I would not refer to revolt are murky. Its early stages [Mubarak] as a dictator.” Robert have not been the work of the Gibbs said that “this is not about Muslim Brotherhood, but it is taking sides.” Hillary Clinton, hard to believe that the Islamist who used to speak warmly of organization will not be tempted Mubarak as “family,” has called to play the Bolshevik role in this for “restraint” and “reform” and revolution: it has the ideology and “dialogue,” and warned that a the organization with which to crackdown could affect American seize control of the situation, and aid to Egypt—as if anything but a it is the regime’s most formidable crackdown is to be expected from political adversary. The army may Mubarak. And Barack Obama is decide, with the government also trying to finesse things, seriously wounded and robbed of urging Mubarak to transform “a any semblance of legitimacy, to moment of volatility” into “a do more than bring order to the m o m e n t o f p r o m i s e ” — t h e s t r e e t s . M u b a r a k , i n a eloquence is irritating: there are characteristic act of a failing times when the power of language dictator, has fired his cabinet, as if i s n o t t h e p o w e r t h a t i s the ire of the Egyptian people was needed—and proclaiming that directed at his ministers: a “the United States will continue to pathetic move that brings to mind stand up for the rights of the the memory of the Shah of Iran’s Egyptian people.” eleventh-hour reshuffle of his Continue? There is nothing doomed government. We know wrong with crisis management in t h i s s c r i p t . T h e p o l i t i c a l a crisis, but the problem that the popularity, and political authority, O b a m a a d m i n i s t r a t i o n n o w of Muhammed ElBaradei is also confronts is precisely that it has hard to measure. not been a cornerstone of What is not unclear, however, is American policy toward Egypt to
stand up for the rights of the Egyptian people. It has preferred cronyism with the regime occasionally punctuated by some stirring remarks. What we are witnessing, in the confusion and the dread of the administration, are the consequences of its demotion of democratization as one of the central purposes of American foreign policy, particularly toward the Muslim world. There were two reasons for the new liberal diffidence about human rights. The first was the Bush doctrine, the second was the Obama doctrine. The wholesale repudiation of Bush’s foreign policy included the rejection of anything resembling his “freedom agenda,” which looked mainly like an excuse for war. But whatever one’s views of the Iraq war, it really does not seem too much to ask of American liberals that they think a little less crudely about democratization—not only about its moral significance but also about its strategic significance. One of the early lessons of the rebellion against Mubarak is that American support for democratic dissidents is indeed a strategic matter, and that the absence of such American support can lead to a strategic disaster. Such are the wages of realism. It is a common error that prudence is thought about the short-term; the proper temporal horizon for prudential thinking is distant and long. Realism does not equip one for an adequate appreciation of the historical force
of the democratic longing. In this sense, realism is singularly unrealistic. It seems smart only as long as the dictators remain undisturbed by their people, and then suddenly it seems incredibly stupid. Obama replaced the freedom agenda with an acceptance agenda. His foreign policy has been conducted in a vigorously multicultural spirit. He rightly sensed that an emphasis upon democratization was a critical emphasis—a castigation of the existing dispensations in countries ruled by autocracies and authoritarianisms, and he did not come to castigate. He came in friendship, to “restore America’s standing.” He sought to do so with an embrace of differences, an affirmation of religions, a celebration of civilizations. As a matter of principle, there is nothing wrong with such assertions of respect. But what if the positive tone misses the point—not about the dignity of other peoples, but about their actual circumstances? Of what use is happy talk to unhappy people? Do societies desperately in need of secularization and its blandishments really need the American president to cite their Scripture to them? In accordance with his warm new priorities, democracy was the fourth of Obama’s five themes is his speech in Cairo in 2009, the one called “A New Beginning.” When he finally got around to it, he introduced it this way: “I know
there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq. So let me be clear: no system of government can or should be imposed by one nation by any other.” Or: the United States will no longer bother you about how you are living. He then proceeded to a fine little sermon about the virtues of government “through consent, not coercion,” but said nothing about the political conditions in Egypt. The Cairo speech did not discomfit the Mubarak regime. I imagine that many of Obama’s listeners in Cairo that day are on the streets of Cairo today, and some of them attacked the American Embassy. It was a terrible mistake for Obama to make democratization seem like an “imposition,” with its imperialist implications, and to conflate it with military invasion. The promotion of democracy is a policy of support for indigenous Egyptian, or Arab, or Muslim democrats who are just as authentic as Egyptian, or Arab, or Muslim autocrats and theocrats, and certainly more deserving of American respect. It is a policy—to borrow Gibbs’s w o r d s — o f t a k i n g sides—specifically, of taking sides with peoples against regimes. It does not create dissidents, in some sort of uglyAmerican conspiracy; it finds them, and then it assists them, AMERICAN page 44
Jonathan Bernstein (The New Republic - All Feed)
Submitted at 1/28/2011 11:00:00 PM
When Congress convened earlier this month, senators Merkley, Udall, and Harkin introduced a package of proposals to reform Senate rules—including, most notably, the filibuster. But the proposal failed to gain traction in the Senate, and, on Thursday, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell announced a deal that confirmed what reformers feared: the filibuster as we know it will remain. The big mystery for me in all this is why the reformers were so insistent in their package of proposals on forcing “live,” or “talking,” filibusters. Instead of the current practice, in which the minority serves notice that they intend to filibuster and the majority then either files for cloture (if they have 60 or more votes) or moves on to another bill, many reformers seem to believe that the key to a better Senate is, as was once the case, for the filibustering senators to hold the floor and talk indefinitely. I think this proposal is a mistake; forcing senators to talk won’t get reformers where they want to go.
Why do reformers love the live filibuster? One possibility is that people really think that the demise of filibusters that look like the one in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was a cause, and not a consequence, of the transition of filibustering from major issues to, eventually, everything. Timothy Noah says: The mere threat of a filibuster could sometimes doom legislation, but to act on that threat, the bill’s opponents had to seize the floor and speechify themselves hoarse. This stopped being necessary in 1975 with the adoption of the “procedural” filibuster, which ended the filibustering senator’s obligation to hold the floor and thereby increased the filibuster’s use to the point where the number of cloture votes rose from 27 in 1975 -6 to 50 in 1995-6 and then to 91 in 2009-10. But, as political scientist and Senate rules expert Greg Koger explains in his book Filibustering, what really changed was that floor time became more valuable for a variety of reasons, making attrition (that is, waiting out all the talking) as a strategy for defeating filibusters no longer desirable—at least, if the minority
had more than a handful of supporters who had other business they wanted addressed. So cloture became the method used for defeating filibusters. Once that was the case, majorities rearranged rules and procedures to make it as easy as possible for majorities to function (and succeed). For example, the new tracking system introduced around 1970 allowed the majority to move on to a new bill even while a filibuster continued against another piece of legislation. Meanwhile, live filibusters still take place occasionally, but usually as efforts by single senators. What the Merkley-Udall-Harkin proposal would do, as I read it, is reverse these developments and make live filibusters the only show in town for a minority that wants to stall and defeat a bill it doesn’t like. But this would be only a mild inconvenience for the minority; its members would theoretically have to speak on the Senate floor for long periods of time, but that’s not really much of an imposition on them. On the other hand, it would seriously handcuff the majority, by bringing its entire agenda to a halt for hours, even days, on end. Put
another way, nothing in the nowdefeated proposal would change the logic under which attrition just doesn’t kill a filibuster. And, if attrition doesn't work, then forcing a live filibuster doesn't make any sense for the majority. Of course, it’s possible to change the rules and thereby make attrition a viable strategy. One proposal, put forward by political scientists at Binghamton University, would “allow a filibuster’s opponents to hold a cloture vote with little delay or warning.” This would make live filibusters very difficult to sustain because the minority would have to keep 40 senators available around the clock. I can’t imagine that senators would readily accept this comity-violating reform, but there are presumably other ways to change the rules to make victory by the majority during a live filibuster an easier prospect. The problem with such proposals, however, is that senators would see them as bids to eliminate the filibuster altogether (which they more or less are). So reformers would find themselves back at square one. Sure, there’s a case to be made for making a supermajority vote (i.e. cloture) necessary if and only
if minority opposition is intense, and I support ideas for accommodating such situations. But it’s just wrong to equate intensity with a willingness to stand on the Senate floor and talk indefinitely. To the minority, this is an opportunity, albeit a difficult one, but not an overwhelming hardship. Senators, after all, like talking, especially if it gets them in the news. After the defeat this week, it’s time for filibuster reformers to regroup and prepare for a future battle, which may come soon if, say, Republicans choose to filibuster an inordinate number of judicial nominations. This time, the goal should be to find something smarter—a plan that will actually work to accommodate majority interests, minority intensity, and, in my view, majority intensity, too. Live, talking filibusters don’t have anything to do with those goals. Nostalgia for Jimmy Stewart has its place, but Senate reform isn’t it. Jonathan Bernstein blogs at A Plain Blog About Politics. For more TNR, become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
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these members.” Representative Charlie Dent, who serves as the current co-chair of the Tuesday Group, insists that Tuesday’s membership isn’t in decline—rather, that it holds steady at 40 members. “It’s a little more conservative today than when I first joined,” says Dent, “but I often characterize the group as a center-right organization.” More significant than the numbers, perhaps, are the shifting forces surrounding the group. Suburban districts in metropolitan areas used to consistently produce moderate Republicans. “In the last Congress,” says Alan Abramowitz, professor of political science at Emory University, “there was very little difference among Republicans in terms of
what part of the country they came from.” When it comes to the Tuesday Group, members “may be stylistically more moderate” in terms of their language or presentation, Abramowitz adds, “but their voting records say otherwise.” And so, the group seems unlikely to serve as a foil to the new leadership in any meaningful way. Asked whether there were any policy areas where the Tuesday Group might moderate the GOP agenda, Dent maintained a safe distance from specifics. “We might be able to provide some balance and perspective,” he said. “Some of our members might be able to make some of our colleagues from much more secure districts more aware of the
challenges facing those members who represent swing districts.” But when the House convened on January 19 to consider the first test of party purity—repeal of the Democrats’ health care bill—Republicans displayed breathtaking unanimity. Once, the Tuesday Group exercised its influence quietly. Now, it seems possible it won’t have any influence at all. Jesse Zwick is a writer in Washington, D.C. For more TNR, become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
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Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen to Road Trip in My Mother’s Curse
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because they are in need of assistance, and because assisting them expresses our values and our interests. To be sure, there are instances in which our interests and our values may collide, because anti-democratic and antiAmerican forces may come to power by means of a democratic process; but there is no surer way to bring them to power than to ignore the illegitimacy of a tyrannical government and the ordinary grievances of a repressed population. The bizarre irony of Obama’s global multiculturalism is that it has had the effect of aligning America with regimes
and against peoples. This was the case with our response to the Iranian rebellion in 2009, and it was the case with our response to the Egyptian opposition until a few hours ago. The striking thing about Barack Obama’s “extended hand” is how utterly irrelevant it is to the epochal events in Egypt, and Tunisia, and Iran, and elsewhere. Leon Wieseltier is the literary editor of The New Republic. email@example.com (Quizzle.com) (Financiallyfit on Shine)
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Greg Grunberg Is A&E's Big Mike; Happily Divorced Casts Parents
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Greg Grunberg Greg Grunberg will star in A&E's pilot Big Mike, TVLine.com reports. The Heroes actor will play a plus -sized detective detective with the San Diego Police Department. Although he's the best in his work field, his biggest challenge is the dating field. Grunberg was originally cast in NBC's Love Bites but no premiere date for the show has been set. Check our more pilot scoop Happy Madison and Sony Pictures TV will co-produce the project with Doug Robinson as executive producer. There's Something About Mary's Ed Decter and John Strauss co-wrote the script. Over at TV Land, Rita Moreno, Robert Walden and Tichina
Arnold( Everybody Hates Chris) have joined the comedy pilot Happily Divorced, starring Fran Drescher. Based on Drescher's real-life former marriage and subsequent divorce, the pilot focuses on a woman (Drescher) who re-enters
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drank coffee at local beanerie. The show was called 'Insomnia Café,' the name of the hangout. Filed under: Reality-Free, When the show debuted on Features Counting down the top September 22, 1994, the coffee 10 greatest 'Friends' episodes ... shop was called Central Perk, the Once upon a time in 1993, there writers had shortened the second was a NBC situation comedy title of the show from 'Friends about six twentysomething friends Like Us' to'Friends,' and despite love with Joey, Rachel, Chandler, who lived in New York City and mixed reviews, the country fell in Monica, Phoebe and Ross.
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The Good Wife's Dreama Walker Lands ABC Pilot
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The 9 Most Bad-Ass Communists In '80s Pop Culture
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"It was back when we didn't know the Russians were incompetent." - Hank Hill As the Cold War got colder than a Leningrad toilet seat, the movies, comics, and video games of the 1980s brought us a new wave of terrifying Soviet supercomrades. Could pampered, moonwalking, hair-gelled Americans possibly stand up to these steel-muscled proletarian titans? Of course, with the collapse of the Soviet bloc by decade's end, we'd soon learn that the scariest Russian is a drunk, underpaid teenage soldier guarding a nuclear stockpile. But for a few years there, a parade of fictional Communist automatons (none played by actual Russians) kept our nerves on edge and our defense contractors rich... Ivan & Ludmilla Drago, Rocky IV Looking like a Stalinist statue come to life, the hulking Ivan Drago (played by Dolph Lundgren, Fulbright Scholar ( seriously)) let his 2,000-PSI punches do the talking. His few lines of dialogue in Rocky IV are coldly robotic taunts like "I must break you" and "If he dies, he dies." He's so blank, so chiseled, that his ice queen wife, swimming champ Ludmilla Drago (played by the future Flavor Flav consort Brigitte Nielsen), must serve as the "friendly face" of the Soviets' venture into professional
like Cuban officer played by Ron "Superfly" O'Neal in hip beret and reflector shades. Early on, he's sending dissidents to the firing squad; by the third act, he's comparing the kids' fight to his guerrilla days and he lets a wounded Wolverine get away. No such warmth courses through the veins of Colonel Strelnikov. When the Kremlin decides they've had enough of being pushed around by the likes of C. Thomas Howell, they send The Hunter to sort things out. But of course, even this elite Soviet paratroop commander is no match for the Wolverines - The Hunter catches lead by the time the credits roll. Vodka Drunkenski, Super PunchOut!! You probably know him as Soda Popinski. But the arcade version of Nintendo's boxing game pulled no punches (sorry) about the liquid enthusiasms of the pugilistics. Here's the fun couple sickle wielding Vanguard to the trying to kill each other. Even "Champion of U.S.S.R." You can meeting the press. shield-throwing, star-emblazoned behind the Iron Curtain, Marvel is hear echoes of his original But as Rocky batters Ivan into Red Guardian (wonder where the M a r v e l . U n l i k e M i k h a i l identity in the NES game, though, caviar at their climactic Moscow scheming Reds got that idea?). Gorbachev, Ursa Major came with taunts like "I drink to prepare bout, the Russian boxer discovers But the most Russian of all was through perestroika with his for a fight. Tonight I am very the merits of individualism ("I Ursa Major. A flat-topped, square career intact, and still defends the prepared!" and "I can't drive, so fight for me!") and Ludmilla lets -jawed Red Army officer named Sorta-Capitalist Motherland to I'm gonna walk all over you!" You can take the boy out of concern for her husband break her (with convenient comic-book this day. mask of proletarian perfection. logic) Major Ursus, he was C o l o n e l B e l l a & C o l o n e l Russia... Captain Ivan Danko, Red Heat See? World peace would be ours bestowed by Soviet science with S t r e l n i k o v , R e d D a w n if we could just reach across the the ability to transform into an The pinnacle of '80s Cold War The 1988 buddy cop movie Red gap between East and West and enormous, slavering, but still paranoia, Red Dawn was cited as Heat took the bold stance that beat the hell out of each other for intelligent bear. Here's his historic the most violent movie of all time America's problem is that our 15 rounds. introduction to the other Soviet upon its 1984 release. Not only police are too restrained and we Ursa Major, Marvel Comics Super-Soldiers in Incredible a r e t h e r a g t a g h i g h - s c h o o l should be more like the Russians. The Soviet Super-Soldiers served Hulk#258 from 1981. guerrillas repelling the Red Army Arnold Schwarzenegger's Ivan t h e S o c i a l i s t M o t h e r l a n d Yes, within seconds of meeting, patriotic, they're also cool enough MOST page 49 gloriously, from the hammer-and- these ostensible teammates are to win the admiration of the Che-
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once a husky, wart-faced babushka who smelled strongly of rotting potatoes. But then there were Red temptresses like this, from the Dan Aykroyd/Chevy Chase vehicle Spies Like Us, who made adolescent boys consider that perhaps it wouldn't be so bad to be conquered by the Soviet Union. (Never mind that she was actually played by British actress Vanessa Angel.) Communist bad guys just don't pack the same punch they used to - even a remake of Red Dawn featuring the Chinese as bad guys has been indefinitely shelved. Like their real-life counterparts, it seems, the scary fictional Soviets of the '80s will remain relics of a bygone age. If they die, they die. But I know I must have left some out. What pop-cultural Russian spectres gave you nightmares? If you read this far, you might also like: • The 12 Most Eighties-Style Superheroes and Supervillains • 6 Songs About The Iran Hostage Crisis
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Ariens Sno-Thro has been on the job for 50 years Ariens didn’t invent the twostage snow blower—those with an impeller behind the auger that lifts scooped-up snow and launches it out the chute. But in 1960, the company introduced its Sno-Thro, which improved on the very first two-stage, the Blue Bird. In the vintage ad at right Ariens claims its new blower could move "1,500 pounds of snow every minute." With the post-war boom in home construction well under way, homeowners wanted something to clear those multi-car driveways, at least in snow country. The design for Ariens’ Sno-Thro rotated the impeller 90 degrees from the Blue Bird’s design—facing the auger—for greater throwing distance via a wider chute. Ariens also routed heat from the muffler
to warm the carburetor and prevent freeze-ups, a feature found earlier on what’s likely the first single-stage model, the Toro Snow Hound. That model came out in 1952, the first year we tested snow blowers. The Ariens design wasn’t without its flaws; the transmissions in the initial run of more than 1,800 units failed. “We fixed all of them,” said President and CEO Daniel Ariens, “and customers still write us and say they have ‘a 1961.’ When they say that, I know they have one of those original 1,800.” The replacement transmission, still used today, was
one already used in Ariens’ riding mowers. Posing with the snow blower in the ad is Ariens’ current chairman, former president and CEO Michael S. Ariens. At age 79, has he had his fill of snow in this lifetime? “No,” said Daniel, his son and successor. “He’s out skiing in Vail.” Today Ariens is doing what it can to replenish snow-blower supplies, which have run low as many homeowners reel from record snowfalls. —Ed Perratore From the labs: Snow blower buying advice, Ratings and recommendations. Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o ConsumerReports.org for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences
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Walking seniors lose weight, gain mobility It’s a no brainer: Walking is good for you, and miles better than being sedentary. Now a study published online this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that walking coupled with weight loss can improve mobility in older obese or overweight adults by as much as 20 percent over their more sedentary counterparts. Researchers at Wake Forest University divided close to 300 overweight or obese people 60 to 79 with cardiovascular disease or at high risk of it into three groups. After a year and a half, those who received supervised training in physical activity plus counseling in weight loss strategies walked 13 seconds faster in a 400-meter walking test than those in the exercise-only group, and 18 seconds faster than those who received neither intervention. They also lost about 8.5 percent of their body mass, while people in the other two groups lost almost no weight at all—roughly 1/10 th of 1 percent of their body mass. The study confirms the benefits of regular, brisk walking
combined with a healthy diet. Previous research has shown that walkers live longer and have fewer memory problems and a reduced risk of heart disease as well. Grab a buddy, get out and get some fresh air— aim for 30 minutes most days of the week. For added motivation, strap on a pedometer. A recent review of pedometer-based walking programs found that participants increased their activity levels by roughly 2,200 steps per day. If indoor workouts are more your style, try a treadmill. — Ginger Skinner, web associate editor Walking speed can predict your longevity— take our fitness test. Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o ConsumerReports.org for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences
LeBron scores 39 to power shorthanded Heat
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Submitted at 1/29/2011 6:51:22 AM
For a quick take after each game, check the Heat Reaction. "Everybody depends on Team Stat Comparison everybody," House said. "We Detroit believe in each other. If you don't Miami Points 87 88 FG Made- have a play, you try to make a Attempted 35-92 (.380) 33-73 play for somebody else, make it (.452) 3P Made-Attempted 8-24 easier for your teammate. At the (.333) 5-24 (.208) FT Made- end, that's what happened." Attempted 9-11 (.818) 17-22 James finished with nine assists (.773) Rebounds (Offensive- and eight rebounds for the Heat, Total) 17-43 9-42 Assists 22 18 w h o p l a y e d w i t h o u t C h r i s Turnovers 6 11 Steals 5 3 Blocks B o s h ( a n k l e ) a n d D w y a n e 6 5 Fast Break Points 16 15 Fouls Wade(wrist) and trailed by 10 late (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 16 (2/0) in the third quarter. House scored Largest Lead 10 4 15 points and Mike Miller added Top Performers Detroit Miami T. 12 for Miami, which had lost five McGrady of its last six games but remained Points: 14 tied with Chicago (32-14) for Reb: 8 second in the Eastern Conference. Ast: 10 Wade was a very late scratch, his Stl: 0 status not announced until about Blk: 4 15 minutes before tip-off. He will L. James have an MRI exam on his wrist Points: 39 Saturday. Reb: 8 "No one feels sorry for us. ... No Ast: 9 matter who's in uniform, guys Stl: 1 have to step up," James said. Blk: 2 Ben Gordon scored 21 points for Associated Press Detroit, which trailed for less than MIAMI -- James Jones insists he 9 minutes in the game. Daye's got a hand on the basketball. The dunk attempt was set up by Detroit Pistons said he got a hand Tayshaun Prince's lob on an on Austin Daye instead. inbounds play, but replays Either way, the Miami Heat indicated the slam try simply exalted in the outcome. skipped off the rim. Eddie House hit two deciding "He threw me off to get separation free throws with 6.5 seconds left, and so I was just recovering," LeBron James led all scorers with Jones said. "I got a piece of the 39 points and Daye missed a ball. They said I didn't get a piece contested dunk off a lob on the of the ball. Either way, we found final play as the Heat rallied late a way to win this game tonight." to beat the Pistons 88-87 on Daye said he didn't expect to get Friday night. Heat Reaction a call there.
"This is my second year, right?" he mused afterward. Daye had 19 points and nine rebounds, Tracy McGrady finished with 14 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and Chris Wilcox had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons.
guard Rodney Stuckey, who sat out with a bruised right shoulder. He got hurt in a collision with Denver's Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday night. Richard Hamilton was out with the flu, and Ben Wallace was not with the team to tend to a family matter. Wade sat out with a sprained right wrist, the second time a malady kept him sidelined in the past week. He missed Miami's game against Toronto with a migraine headache last Saturday. Bosh remained sidelined with a sprained left ankle. And in the second quarter, there was fear James would join them on the bench. All on the same play, James twisted his left ankle, lost the ball and took a knee in the forehead from teammate Joel Anthony. James remained down for a few seconds, kicking his feet on the court and wriggling in pain. The Heat called a 20-second timeout, and James remained in the game. "Thank God that he wears knee pads during the game, because it could have been really ugly," James said. "Definitely didn't feel good when it happened." House's game-winning points came after he tried a pullup against Gordon, who hit him on "We're better than our record," the shot attempt. House made said Pistons coach John Kuester, both free throws for a one-point whose team fell to 17-30, 5-20 on lead, and Detroit called time to set the road. "What we have to do is up a final play. continue to play the rest of the Miami had a foul to give, and season this way and hopefully James used it with 2.7 seconds good things will happen." LEBRON page 53 The Pistons were without starting
2011 Australian Open: Kim Clijsters halts Li Na's run to win fourth Grand Slam title
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Updated: January 29, 2011, 11:06 AM ET MELBOURNE, Australia -- Kim Clijsters finally won her first Australian Open title and the fourth major of her career, wiping tears from her eyes after she beat Li Na 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Saturday. The loss ended an outstanding run through the tournament by Li, who became the first Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam singles final. Li appeared to become upset with some of the Chinese spectators in the crowd in the third set and asked the chair umpire to intervene. She later complained about the flashes from photographers at center court. However, Clijsters kept her composure all night. The win for the reigning U.S. Open champion came in what could be her last appearance at Melbourne Park -- she had said 2011 might be her last full year on the tour.[+] Enlarge Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images Kim Clijsters finally won her first Australian Open title and the fourth major of her career, beating Li Na 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. After the match, though, she appeared to qualify that statement. She may go with a restricted schedule for 2012, when she wants to compete in the London
Olympics. "Yes, I hope so," she said when asked if she would be back to defend her title next year. Clijsters, who has three U.S. Open titles, lost the 2004 Australian Open final to Justine Henin and has reached the semifinals here four other times. "I finally feel like you guys can call me Aussie Kim because I won the title," said Clijsters during the trophy presentations, referring to her popularity after dating Australian star Lleyton Hewitt. "Even when things weren't going good, you guys were really supportive of me and I really appreciate it." Looking at Li, Clijsters said: "I think we'll have a lot more tough battles to come. Hopefully, a few more Grand Slam finals would be nice." Andy Murray will try to become the first British man in almost 75 years to win a Grand Slam singles title when he plays 2008 champion Novak Djokovic in the men's final on Sunday. Li, with her courtside humor and bubbly personality, endeared herself to fans in Melbourne and around the world. Back home, she was a huge hit. "The Chinese fans were prepared to express their feelings and shed their tears of excitement. We were just one step from victory," China Central Television announcer Tong Kexin said Saturday. CCTV
translate to the court. Clijsters opened the match with an ace, winning the first game on four straight points, then breaking Li the same way for a 2-0 lead. But Li found her range and appeared to steady her nerves in the third game, breaking Clijsters and holding for 2-2. The turnaround continued when Li saved two big break points, then broke Clijsters in the final game of the set. She set up two set points with a stinging forehand that Clijsters didn't bother to run for, then two points later stunned Clijsters with a crosscourt forehand to close out the first set in 38 minutes. Australian Open predicted that about 15 million results people would watch the match Need the scores from Down live on its sports channel. Under? Get complete results and Li maintained her sense of humor coverage from the Australian even after the loss, saying she Open. joked in the locker room that The Pulse: Scoreboard tennis matches should only last There were four straight service one set. breaks to open the second set "I think I played great tennis, but before Li held to lead 3-2. Then she played better than me," Li Clijsters held for the first time in said. four games to tie the set at 3. Clijsters led 4-2 in head-to-head Clijsters, with a backhand winner meetings before the match, but Li to the open court, broke Li in the beat Clijsters in the Sydney next game to go up 4-3. International final two weeks ago After that service break, Li went after the Belgian player had led 5- up to chair umpire Alison Lang of 0 in the opening set. Britain and asked: "Can you tell Li and Clijsters joked and smiled the Chinese don't teach me how to with each other outside the p l a y t e n n i s ? " T h a t w a s i n dressing room before the match. reference to some in the crowd Li seemed uncharacteristically yelling. They were saying "finish nervous in her pre-match TV her" and "beat her" and later interview, and it seemed to
"calm down" in Chinese, which seemed to bother Li. Li also snapped at her husband and coach, "Stop shouting at me." Clijsters, who lost her serve in four straight games from the end of the first set, staged a remarkable turnaround, holding serve to open the deciding set and breaking Li's serve to take a 2-0 lead, just as she had in the opening set. The Belgian player went up 3-1 when Li again lost her service for the seventh time in the match, then held in the next to go up 4-1. Serving for the match at 5-3, Clijsters finished as she started it, taking four points in a row and winning the title when Li's last forehand landed wide. After walking back to her chair, Clijsters buried her head in a towel. Li also had tears in her eyes on the other side of the court. Clijsters explained those postmatch tears. "They're all emotional," Clijsters said. "I think what overwhelms me is that it's so intense up until that last shot, and then all of a sudden it's finished. Then it's just like a big relief. The disbelief maybe a little bit that it's over and that I was able to turn it around is what makes it all so special." In the men's doubles final, American twins Bob and Mike Bryan won their fifth Australian 2011 page 56
Albert Pujols will veto any trade proposal from the St. Louis Cardinals, sources say
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The understanding within the St. Louis front office is that Pujols Updated: January 29, 2011, 10:33 will not accept any trade going AM ET By Buster Olney forward, according to sources. He ESPN The Magazine has the right to veto any trade Archive proposal, and would do so. Other teams have asked the This means there are only two Cardinals about Albert Pujols in possible results in the negotiations the past, making sure that if St. in the Pujols talks: Either he signs Louis ever thought about dealing a contract extension with the the perennial MVP candidate, the Cardinals, or he will become a inquiring team's interest was free agent this coming fall. established. Pujols and the Cardinals are The Cardinals have never really negotiating under the player's p u r s u e d a n y o f t h a t t r a d e deadline of Feb. 19, the first day discussion. he arrives in training camp. After But no matter what happens in he begins spring training, Pujols the last days of negotiations does not want his agent, Dan before Pujols arrives at the Lozano, to discuss a contract with Cardinals' camp in spring training, the Cardinals because he doesn't the slugger will not be traded. want to have any distractions, a Albert Pujols#5 1B stance he has taken throughout his St. Louis Cardinals career. 2010 STATS What happens after that remains • GM 159 to be seen, but the choices facing • HR 42 the Cardinals are expensive in • RBI 118 different ways. Either St. Louis • R 115 will negotiate a deal along the • OBP.414 lines what Pujols has asked for -• AVG.312 probably something in the
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neighborhood of the 10-year, $275 million deal that Alex Rodriguez signed with the Yankees in fall 2007 -- or the Cardinals will pay for the backlash after Pujols walks away. If Pujols departs as a free agent, the Cardinals would get two draft picks in return. But it's doubtful they ever could make up for the lost production. In every season he has played, Pujols's OPS has ranged from .955 to 1.115. Pujols has never failed to hit at least 32 homers or drive in at least 103 runs, and in nine of his 10 seasons his on-base percentage has never been under .403. Buster Olney is a senior MLB writer for ESPN The Magazine. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
left, forcing Detroit to draw up another last-ditch try. They went to Daye, and Jones saved the Heat. "Definitely his contest altered the shot," James said. It was just the second time in 10 tries that Miami won a game decided by fewer than five points this season. Miami missed 17 of its first 20 attempts from 3-point range, then got one from House with 4:20 remaining to tie the game at 80. And when James connected -- the ball barely getting over the rim -from straightaway with 3:01 remaining, Miami took its first lead since the opening quarter, 8382. Daye was left alone with 1:07 remaining, hitting a 3-pointer from near the Heat bench to put Detroit up 87-86. It stayed that way until House closed the scoring. Miami missed 13 of 14 shots from 3-point range in the first half, had eight turnovers to Detroit's two, and relied almost entirely on James for all its offense. James shot 10 for 16 in the half, his 23 points representing his best first two quarters of the season. The rest of the Heat in the first half? They shot 6 for 26, good for 16 points, but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra lauded the effort. "These are very good basketball games for your ballclub," Spoelstra said. McGrady missed all eight of his shots in the opening half, then found his rhythm in the third
quarter with nine points -including a layup with 2:52 left in the period that gave Detroit what was its biggest lead, 66-56. Miami made a dent by the time the third quarter ended, House banking one in with 12 seconds left to get Miami within 68-64 entering the fourth. And House came up even bigger late in the fourth, dancing to the Heat bench after the second free throw went down. "It was purely guts tonight," Jones said. Game notes One of the greatest backcourts in NBA history -- Florida International coach Isiah Thomas and Detroit president Joe Dumars- sat together for the game. ... McGrady reached double-digits in assists for the second time this month. He had 11 against Utah on Jan. 3. Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press Miami Heat's LeBron James, center, shoots as he is fouled by Detroit Pistons' Ben Gordon (7) in the first quarter...(AP Photo/ Lynne Sladky) 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
Serena, Venus Williams' Mother Uses Twitter to Bash Kim Clijsters
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Yankees' President: Rangers on 'Welfare,' Owner 'Delusional'
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Submitted at 1/28/2011 6:41:00 PM
Filed under: Australian Open, WTA With neither Serena or Venus Williams in the Australian Open final, it begs the question everyone in the tennis community has been wondering, who will their mother root for? Oracene Price took to the power of social media -- and 140 characters -- to let her feelings on Saturday's final be known. And she was just as honest as we'd all hope she'd be, even letting (hopefully jokingly) Twitterverse know that she was unsure what the finals matchup was: After she received this allimportant answer, she then quickly let it be known who her favorite in Saturday's match is: Price doesn't want Kim Clijsters to win and explains why she wants Li Na "to kick some butt." The first half of this makes complete sense. Price wants a new Slam title winner and she wants a Chinese player to win. Perfectly logical reasoning. What isn't so clear is why she doesn't "want (her) vision blurred!" Does Clijsters have special powers that blinds (or affects) people's vision? This seems like something only Price
Filed under: Rangers, Yankees Cliff Lee hasn't even thrown a single pitch for the Phillies since signing his contract in December, yet the discussion surrounding him has been rampant -- at least if you're the Rangers and the Yankees, two teams he decided against playing for this offseason. Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg believes that his team deserves some credit for Lee landing in Philadelphia. Yankees president Randy Levine knows about -- and it will become stare" here not "scare," but thinks otherwise and became the clearer in a forthcoming tweet. regardless comparing her to a latest Yankees front office One of Price's followers then mythological beast is never a member -- first came Brian wanted some clarification that she compliment. Chris Chase of Cashman, then Hal Steinbrenner was indeed rooting for Li Na. Yahoo!'s "Busted Racquet" tries - to grab some headlines in a very Price responds with this response, to decipher the Medusa reference: quiet offseason for a team which definitely includes an insult "That must mean Oracene either normally the subject of many. toward Clijsters, but its specific thinks Clijsters is ugly, has snakes "I think Chuck is delusional," reference is unclear. for hair or will be beheaded by Levine told ESPNewYork.com. The use of "dubious" (which has Perseus in an attempt to rescue his "He has been running the Rangers several meanings) needed a mother from the evil grips of King for a few minutes and seems to f o l l o w - u p e x p l a n a t i o n , b u t Polydectes. I'm guessing it's the believe he's mastered what everyone else is thinking. I think unfortunately we did not get one. third one." She concludes her Twitter rant All eyes will be on@Clijsterskim he should let Cliff Lee speak for himself." with the following harsh swipe at in the near future. "I'll be impressed when he Clijsters: H/T to Busted Racquet. demonstrates he can keep the Price probably means "Medusa Rangers off welfare," Levine said. "What I mean is make them not be a revenue-sharing recipient for
three years in a row, without taking financing from baseball or advance money from television networks. Then I'll be impressed." All that matters at this point is that the Phillies saw an opportunity to nab the All-Star lefty -- and they seized it. All to the chagrin of two seemingly bitter franchises. The Rangers finished with a payroll at just over $55 million last season, while the Yankees topped in at just over $206 million. Regardless of Levine's comments, Greenberg probably thinks his Rangers had the last laugh over the Yankees in the ALCS. However, neither was able to one-up the other this offseason by reeling in the prize of free agent market.
Kim Clijsters 2.0 Best Unretirement Ever
Open Saturday, beating Li Na 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. It was her third major Submitted at 1/29/2011 7:15:00 AM title since coming back to the tour Filed under: Australian Open, following a retirement/maternity WTA leave. She has won three of the MELBOURNE, Australia -- This five majors she has played in could be the best unretirement in since coming back, including the sports history. Michael Jordan past two. c a m e b a c k t o w i n t h r e e Read: Greg Couch's New Tennis Surya Fernandez (FanHouse without suffering an assortment of margins though the victory was championships, but he was Blog Main) injuries themselves. Once again, hardly convincing. Nevertheless, already the best ever. George Is she the best player in the the team continued to struggle to Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra Foreman won the title again, fat world? And no, I'm not talking Submitted at 1/29/2011 5:50:00 AM find any sort of offensive flow for sounded grateful just to escape and old. about rankings. Someone should Filed under: Heat, Pistons But Kim Clijsters didn't just get take the tour's computer out back much of the game while the with the hard-fought win. The Miami Heat secured just Pistons held their own while "This was a mental toughness back to where she had been and shoot it. It will still have, their second victory in their last being led by a resurgent Tracy game where we certainly did not before. She has surpassed the first b e l i e v e i t o r n o t , C a r o l i n e seven games with an 88-87 McGrady who paced the team get into a consistent rhythm and Clijsters by far. She has reshaped Wozniacki No. 1, even though she victory over the Detroit Pistons on with a near triple-double of 14 that's a credit to the Pistons," he her spot in history. still has never won a major. Friday night. With the Heat points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds. said. "But we had to find a way to Clijsters won the Australian continuing to battle injuries with Playing on the second night of a grind it out, we were in another Chris Bosh still ailing and b a c k - t o - b a c k a f t e r t h e i r close game, and I think we were Dwyane Wade a surprising late disappointing loss to the New much better tonight in those late scratch due to a right wrist sprain, York Knicks on Thursday night, game situations than we were last Mike Miller and LeBron James the Heat managed to outlast the night." couldn't get through the game Pistons by the slimmest of
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Miami Heat Squeak by Pistons With Controversial No-Call
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Open title, beating Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi of India 63, 6-4. The Bryans have held the No. 1 ranking in doubles for the past eight years and have won 10 Grand Slam doubles titles, including the U.S Open three times and the French Open and Wimbledon once each. The American brothers won the Australian title in 2006, '07, '09 and last year. They have been runners-up twice, but didn't lose their serve and broke the Indian team twice. They celebrated the win with their familiar chest
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Readers pick best webcomic: All Geared Up and Raring to Go
Killzone 3 dev diary is gameplay-filled, genuinely upsetting
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Submitted at 1/29/2011 11:30:00 AM
There's a massive amount of gameplay in the Killzone 3 dev diary posted below, so fans of the Griffin McElroy (Joystiq) Second and third place went to series should definitely scope it Brawl in the Family's " Yoshi's out. However, fans of not seeing Submitted at 1/29/2011 2:00:00 AM Experiment" and Virtual Shackles' dudes get their faces, necks, eyes Dueling Analogs touched on an " R e d D e a d R e c i d i v i s t , " and chests absolutely ruined by important point about most RPGs respectively. If you have strip knives might want to go look for in its Wrapup-winning strip from you'd like to see in the next slightly friendlier videos. last week, " All Geared Up and Wrapup, drop a link in the Continue reading Killzone 3 dev Raring to Go" -- how come the comments, or send in a tip! diary is gameplay-filled, l a d i e s a r e a l w a y s s o . . . Readers pick best webcomic: All genuinely upsetting u n p r o t e c t e d ? S u r e , t h e r e ' s Geared Up and Raring to Go Killzone 3 dev diary is gameplaysomething to be said for having originally appeared on Joystiq on filled, genuinely upsetting the acrobatic edge over their Sat, 29 Jan 2011 02:00:00 EST. originally appeared on Joystiq on heavily armored opponents, but Please see our terms for use of Sat, 29 Jan 2011 11:30:00 EST. we prefer sheer invulnerability feeds. Please see our terms for use of over mobility any day of the Permalink| Email this| Comments feeds. week. Permalink| Email this| Comments
Tiger Woods 12 preview: Caddyshack
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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters doesn't just add the titular tournament of masters -- for the first time, caddies will feature in EA Sports' golf sim. The club-
toting sidekicks have been introduced in an effort to make the game more accessible to players that don't know much about real golf (let alone the great luxury of a personal sidekick). Gallery: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters (PS3, Xbox 360)
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Is Murdered Gay Activist David Kato the Gabrielle Giffords of Uganda?
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movement. They say that forum helped inspire Christian parliamentarians in Uganda to The bludgeoning death of gay propose draconian measures activist David Kato this week in a g a i n s t g a y s a n d l e s b i a n s , U g a n d a s t u n n e d t h e g a y including a bill pending in the community around the world and Ugandan parliament that would prompted Kato's angry allies to allow for the death penalty for point the finger of blame at some homosexual activity. Christian-fueled homophobia in Still, that legislation is only one the East African nation, and at manifestation of widespread anticonservative Christians in the gay sentiment in Uganda. United States who have long ties Campaigns to publicly out to anti-gay forces in Uganda. homosexuals (or accuse political "David's death is a result of the opponents of being gay, whether hatred planted in Uganda by U.S they are or not) are common in Evangelicals in 2009," Val Uganda, and last September a Kalende, the woman who heads Ugandan newspaper, Rolling "Freedom and Roam Uganda," a S t o n e ( n o r e l a t i o n t o t h e gay rights group, said in a American magazine), ran a cover s t a t e m e n t . " T h e U g a n d a n story ranting against gays and Government and the so-called U.S including David Kato's picture E v a n g e l i c a l s m u s t t a k e under a banner urging, "Hang responsibility for David's blood." Them." Anonymous death threats Gay activists have been furious against Kato were increasing, as with Christian conservatives from they were against many out gays America-- such as evangelist Rick and lesbians, especially after he Warren and politicians including won a judgment against Rolling Republican Sens. James Inhofe, Stone. Tom Coburn and Mike Enzi -- for So it was hardly a surprise that, t h e i r s u p p o r t o f C h r i s t i a n s in an echo of the shootings in campaigning against homosexual Tucson this month that targeted protections in Uganda, which has Democratic Congresswoman a n o t o r i o u s r e c o r d o f Gabrielle Giffords, gay rights discrimination against gays. groups and their supporters The critics say that U.S.-based b l a m e d h o m o p h o b i a a n d support was especially notable in c o n s e r v a t i v e C h r i s t i a n s i n a March 2009 forum in the particular for Kato's murder -capital, Kampala, that featured a much as some liberals painted trio of well-known Christian right-wing rhetoric as culpable for pastors from the so-called ex-gay the Arizona massacre by a
gunman police believe to be Jared Lee Loughner that claimed six lives and injured 13 people, including Giffords. "Uganda's homophobic witch hunt claims the life of a prominent rights defender," was the title of a press release on Kato from the New York-based organization, Human Rights First. In Uganda, the gay activist group Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), issued a statement calling "on religious leaders, political leaders and media houses to stop demonizing sexual minorities in Uganda since doing so creates a climate of violence against gay persons." And the popular gay blogger Joe Jervis, known as "JoeMyGod," charged that some U.S. Christians were"complicit" in Kato's murder. In Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Kato's killing "is a reminder of the heroic generosity of the
much more to the story given the politicized nature of criminal justice in Uganda. In his statement on Thursday, the head of the police investigation, Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura, seemed most concerned to head off speculation that Kato's murder was tied to his opposition to an antihomosexuality bill in parliament, and to protect Uganda from international criticism. "As police investigations are continuing, the public is asked to disregard any insinuations that have been attributed to this people who advocate for and unfortunate incident," Kayihura defend human rights on behalf of said. "Uganda is a peaceful the rest of us -- and the sacrifices country and any crime of any they make." And President nature is taken seriously and to its Obama released a statement conclusive end." The statement praising Kato's courage and was also published in a state-run pledging that "At home and newspaper that headlined its around the world, LGBT [lesbian, article, "Kayihura probes murder gay, bisexual, transgendered] of homo Bill activist." persons continue to be subjected Apart from the uncertain to unconscionable bullying, motivations of the suspects, the discrimination, and hate." reactions to Kato's death have Yet like the Tucson shooting, the other parallels to the responses to motives of the assailants remained the Tucson shooting. murky despite the rush to connect For example, many American them to homophobia. conservatives started toning down Authorities were quick to declare their comments and use of violent that Kato was murdered in the imagery -- even as they argued course of a home invasion by a that language and symbols did not trio of men -- one of whom was in inspire the Tucson gunman -- and custody at last report -- a sadly there are signs some in Uganda prosaic explanation that could in and elsewhere are seeking a softer fact turn out to be true given the line after Kato's bludgeoning volatility of the neighborhood where Kato lived. MURDERED page 60 Of course there could well be
Obama Calls for Reforms in Egypt and an End to Violence
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words...What's needed right now are concrete steps that advance the rights of the Egyptian people, a Submitted at 1/28/2011 8:44:00 PM meaningful dialogue between the Following days of increasing government and its citizens, and a unrest in Egypt, President Barack path of political change that leads Obama Friday called on President to a future of greater freedom and Hosni Mubarak to take "concrete greater opportunity and justice for steps" to enact political, social and the Egyptian people." economic reforms and urged He also took the unusual step of d e m o n s t r a t o r s a n d t h e calling attention to new forms of government to reject the violence expression that deserve protection that has marked the protests. – a theme struck earlier in the day Speaking from the White House by Secretary of State Hillary just after 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Clinton. Obama began by denouncing the "I also call upon the Egyptian violence and reiterating what he government to reverse the actions d e s c r i b e d a s t h e r i g h t o f that they've taken to interfere with Egyptians and all people to access to the Internet, to cell " p e a c e f u l a s s e m b l y a n d phone service and to social association, the right to free networks that do so much to s p e e c h a n d t h e a b i l i t y t o connect people in the 21st determine their own destiny." century," Obama said. T h i s w e e k , t h o u s a n d s o f All Internet access as well as all Egyptians have protested in the cell phone networks have been streets, setting fire to cars and blocked in Egypt. Observers are buildings, demanding greater calling the move one of the most civils rights and more jobs, and massive information blackouts in calling for Mubarak to step down. the history of social networking. Obama said he spoke with In his television address, Mubarak, the 82-year-old leader Mubarak asked his cabinet to of the Nile River country for resign but showed no sign he nearly 30 years, after the Egyptian would step down. He also vowed president delivered a televised to protect "the security of this address to his nation. country and its citizens." " W h e n P r e s i d e n t M u b a r a k "There's a very little line between addressed the Egyptian people f r e e d o m a n d c h a o s . I a m tonight, he pledged a better absolutely on the side of the democracy and greater economic freedom of each citizen. And at opportunity," Obama said. "I just the same time, I am on the side of spoke to him after his speech and Egypt," he said, according to one I told him he has a responsibility translation. t o g i v e m e a n i n g t o t h o s e "And I would not let anything
preach, is to defend the rights of the Egyptian to their universal values." The thousands of protesters who took to the streets in Cairo and other large cities battled police with stones and firebombs, burning down the ruling party headquarters and defying a night curfew enforced by the police and military who fired tear gas on the crowd. Protesters also tried to attack the American Embassy. Nile TV said Friday that 13 people have died and 75 were injured. Just after midnight in dangerous happen that would Egypt's uprising, even more Egypt, about 5 pm ET Friday, threaten the peace and the law and perhaps than the scenes recently people were still milling about the the future of the country." from Tunis and Thursday in streets in defiance of a At the same time, he appeared Y e m e n , h a s d r a w n g l o b a l government curfew, but activity open to address the problems that attention for its mixture of youth had calmed, CNN's Frederik have led to the chaos. "Every outrage, police crackdown, and Pleitgen reported in a blog. Egyptian should care for the the presence of long-marginalized "Riot police appear to have health of the country, not with political rivals of Mubarak's withdrawn from the streets of causing fires or wrecking private regime – namely Mohamad Cairo and Alexandria after several and public businesses. But things ElBaradei, the former head of the hours of confrontation with will actually get to a solution in International Atomic Energy protesters, and in their place the the future by communication and Agency and a Nobel Prize winner Egyptian Army has taken up conversation." who has said he would run for presence, guarding government The protests, which followed the president if Mubarak allowed it. buildings," Pleitgen reported. g o v e r n m e n t - t o p p l i n g ElBaradei flew to Egypt earlier in This entry passed through the d e m o n s t r a t i o n s i n T u n i s i a , the week to join the protests. By Full-Text RSS service — if this is swelled over the last few days to Friday afternoon ElBaradei had your content and you're reading it encompass a broad swath of been placed under house arrest. on someone else's site, please read Egypt's population. They reflect In a statement ElBaradei our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ anti-Mubarak sentiments as well declared, "The Egyptian people content-only/faq.php as frustration with problems such will take care of themselves. The Five Filters featured article: as high unemployment and Egyptian people will be the ones Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In i n e q u a l i t y . T h e p r o t e s t e r s who will make the change. We The Crosshairs. themselves are, as the BBC put it, are not waiting for help or " ordinary Egyptians" who want assistance from the outside world, the president to step down and but what I expect from the outside allow free and fair elections. world is to practice what you
Obama: Innovation Key to Economic Recovery
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recession to a leaner, businessfriendly strategy focused on making the U.S. more competitive Saturday, 29 Jan 2011 11:02 AM in the global marketplace. W A S H I N G T O N ( A P ) — Last week, Obama made a case President Barack Obama is for freer trade as a prescription for promoting business innovation as U.S. job growth and said the a building block to more jobs, part nation must emphasize efforts to of a retooled economic message open markets abroad. Next week, that aims to highlight advances in the president will continue his the private sector over expensive role as a booster of American government programs. innovation. He plans to discuss W i t h a W i s c o n s i n e n e r g y innovation with technology company as a backdrop, Obama business leaders on Tuesday and used his weekly radio and Internet has scheduled a visit Wednesday address Saturday to prod the to Pennsylvania State University, business community to help speed which is involved in an Energy up an economic recovery that is Department program on energystill beset by high unemployment. efficient buildings. "That's how America will win the Orion and the Penn State future - by out-innovating, out- program offer Obama the types of educating and out-building our examples in green technologies competitors," he said. that he argues are not only key for Obama taped the message competitiveness but also for Wednesday at Orion Energy greater energy independence. Systems, a Manitowoc, Wis., Obama is proposing a tax credit company specializing in solar for companies that undertake p o w e r a n d e n e r g y - e f f i c i e n t research and has set a goal that 80 technologies. percent of the nation's electricity The innovation pitch is part of a will come from clean energy broader White House effort to sources by 2035. move away from the high-dollar "This is going to help spark spending the administration relied innovation at businesses across on to pull the economy out of America," he said. "This is going
to spur new products and technologies. This is going to lead to good, new jobs." Obama is working to build support for greater government spending in education, infrastructure and research — initiatives that face skeptical congressional Republicans but that could win over the business community. Obama also called for a freeze in spending in his State of the Union address Tuesday and proposed reorganizing parts of the bureaucracy to make government more efficient. "We have to reform our government and cut wasteful spending, so that we eliminate what we don't need to pay for the investments we need to grow, like education and medical research," he said in his address Saturday. In the GOP's weekly address, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said that to fix an ailing economy, the U.S. must address the "ever expanding" size and cost of governing the country. "I hope the president and his allies in Congress accept a simple truth: Big government is blocking job creation, not helping it. The
sooner Washington ends its dependence on more spending, the sooner our economy will see real growth," he said. ___ Online: Obama address: www.whitehouse.gov GOP address: http:// www.youtube.com/ gopweeklyaddress ___ Online: www.whitehouse.gov http://www.youtube.com/ gopweeklyaddress © Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
Transcript: Obama Speaks on Egypt Protests, Violence
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Good evening, everybody. My administration has been closely monitoring the situation in Egypt, and I know that we will be learning more tomorrow when day breaks. As the situation continues to unfold, our first concern is preventing injury or loss of life. So I want to be very clear in calling upon the Egyptian authorities to refrain from any violence against peaceful protestors. The people of Egypt have rights that are universal. That includes the right to peaceful assembly and association, the right to free speech, and the ability to determine their own destiny. These are human rights. And the United States will stand up for them everywhere. I also call upon the Egyptian government to reverse the actions that they've taken to interfere with TRANSCRIPT: page 61
This Week in the Future, January 24-28, 2011
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death. An editorial in Friday's Daily Monitor of Kampala, Uganda's largest and most influential independent newspaper, called for an "honest national dialogue" about homosexuality and said gay Ugandans "enjoy the same rights and protections of the law as heterosexuals. We cannot send them into exile neither, lock them away, or hang them." Jim Burroway of Box Turtle Bulletin, a gay rights blog that has closely followed events in Uganda, called the piece "among the most remarkable editorials I've read in years" and noted that gay activists in Uganda also called it"a real big deal." The leadership of Exodus International, a U.S.-based Christian group that promotes methods to "convert" homosexuals to heterosexuality and has ties to anti-gay Christians in Uganda, issued a statement of condolences over Kato's murder and expressed opposition to policies "that would harshly punish, imprison and possibly
execute those who have same-sex attractions and/or identify as gay." And just as a few conservatives did after Tucson, some of Kato's opponents reacted to his death by taking the offensive. Giles Muhame, editor of the Rolling Stone newspaper that outed Kato and dozens of others, told Reuters that he did not want to see Kato murdered but added: "We want the government to hang people who promote homosexuality, not for the public to attack them. We said they should be hanged, not stoned or attacked." Pastor Martin Ssempa, who was close to Rick Warren until Warren publicly split with him following the 2009 outcry against the Ugandan anti-gay bill, told the BBC that Kato's death was not the result of homophobia but instead underscored the problem of "gayon-gay bashing." And Member of Parliament David Bahati, who has ties to conservative Christian politicians in Washington, told Uganda media that Kato's murder was
unfortunate but was likely due to thieves seeking money Kato had been sent by gay activists overseas. Bahati said police should use the occasion of Kato's killing to "dismantle the illegal networks, particularly financial, which are being used to facilitate gay activities in Uganda, especially in schools. In Uganda most people feel like vomiting when they come across gay practitioners or activists." In the end, Kato's brutal death, like the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords and the suicide of the gay college student Tyler Clementi in September, shocked the nation because it showed in vivid detail what ugly language looks like when it is embodied in actions -- whether those words inspired the deeds or not. In the United States, at least, the shock and grief of the Arizona massacre led to the catharsis of a communal memorial service and a degree of self-examination. Uganda may have further to travel. At Kato's funeral on Friday, after
statements from Obama and others were read, scuffles broke out as an Anglican priest showed up and started using a microphone to denounce homosexuality. "The world has gone crazy," the pastor said. "People are turning away from the scriptures. They should turn back, they should abandon what they are doing. You cannot start admiring a fellow man." Calm was eventually restored, but local villagers refused to bury the body and so a group of Kato's friends carried his coffin to the grave and buried it themselves. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
Huge Slide in Tamana, Japan
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have ever made. It is based on a master recipe, from the master of baking herself, Dorie Greenspan. It takes a bit of hubris to describe My young friend Audrey (15) and a recipe as "perfect", especially I made this particular cake twice for a recipe such as cheesecake, together, with me documenting for which so many have their own the steps. I've made it on my own personal favorite. But, this is a couple of times, and I think ever so slightly from Dorie's base simply the best, most wonderful Audrey has made it so many times recipe, including keeping the cheesecake I have ever had, and she's lost count. She's changed it
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graham cracker crust at the bottom instead of up the sides of the cake, and finishing with a sour cream topping and a raspberry sauce. Continue reading "Perfect Cheesecake" »
Jan. 29 2011 - 1:07 pm | 0 views| 0 recommendations| By JOHN GIUFFO Along with robots, maid cafes, and individual behavior within the anonymity of crowds, slides are among those things that are better in Japan than they are here in the U.S. Witness this slide in Jagatani Park, in Tamana. I just took a trip to Japan this summer and now I want to go back immediately. I would plan a day around this slide. Video by YouTube user tslammah has been around a while, but it’s too good not to share here. Post Your Comment You must be logged in to post a comment Members Log in with your Forbes account 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
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access to the Internet, to cell phone service and to social networks that do so much to connect people in the 21st century. At the same time, those protesting in the streets have a responsibility to express themselves peacefully. Violence and destruction will not lead to the reforms that they seek. Now, going forward, this moment of volatility has to be turned into a moment of promise. The United States has a close partnership with Egypt and we've cooperated on many issues, including working together to advance a more peaceful region. But we've also been clear that there must be reform -- political, social, and economic reforms that meet the aspirations of the Egyptian people. In the absence of these reforms, grievances have built up over time. When President Mubarak addressed the Egyptian people tonight, he pledged a better democracy and greater economic opportunity. I just spoke to him after his speech and I told him he has a responsibility to give meaning to those words, to take concrete steps and actions that
deliver on that promise. Violence will not address the grievances of the Egyptian people. And suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. What's needed right now are concrete steps that advance the rights of the Egyptian people: a meaningful dialogue between the government and its citizens, and a path of political change that leads to a future of greater freedom and greater opportunity and justice for the Egyptian people. Now, ultimately the future of Egypt will be determined by the Egyptian people. And I believe that the Egyptian people want the same things that we all want -- a better life for ourselves and our children, and a government that is fair and just and responsive. Put simply, the Egyptian people want a future that befits the heirs to a great and ancient civilization. The United States always will be a partner in pursuit of that future. And we are committed to working with the Egyptian government and the Egyptian people -- all quarters -- to achieve it. Around the world governments have an obligation to respond to their citizens. That's true here in the United States; that's true in
Asia; it is true in Europe; it is true in Africa; and it's certainly true in the Arab world, where a new generation of citizens has the right to be heard. When I was in Cairo, shortly after I was elected President, I said that all governments must maintain power through consent, not coercion. That is the single standard by which the people of Egypt will achieve the future they deserve. Surely there will be difficult days to come. But the United States will continue to stand up for the rights of the Egyptian people and work with their government in pursuit of a future that is more just, more free, and more hopeful. Thank you very much. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
Charlie Cook: GOP Could Regain Senate in 2012
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Saturday, 29 Jan 2011 11:51 AM By Charles J. Little With 23 seats to defend next year versus 10 for the opposition, Democrats will not find it easy to preserve their shrinking Senate majority, political analyst Charlie Cook writes in t he National Journal. Republicans need a net gain of four seats in the 2012 elections to retake control, and they have several opportunities for pickups. The retirement of Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad sets up a Republican to succeed him in conservative North Dakota. Twoterm Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska looks vulnerable to a GOP challenge. And given the political currents in Virginia, Sen. Jim Webb’s seat could return to Republicans whether he runs to keep it or not. Webb is one of nine Democrats first elected to the Senate in 2006, what Cook calls “a great year for their party,” as compared to the different environment they are
likely to face in 2012. “Retirements, recruiting, campaign developments, and the economy will play huge roles in determining the outcome,” Cook cautions. “Still, simple math suggests that [Democrats’] hold on the majority is at risk.” © Newsmax. All rights reserved. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
Obama's Choice for Labor Board in for a Fight
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Saturday, 29 Jan 2011 11:44 AM By Charles J. Little Business groups are lining up against the White House’s latest appointee t o the panel that decides labor-and-management disputes, the Wall Street Journal repor ts. Former union lawyer Craig Becker got a recess appointment to the National Labor Relations Board in March but faces opposition now that President Barack Obama has renominated him to a term that would last through 2014. Becker fell short of the 60 votes he needed in the Senate last February to end a filibuster by Republicans who found him too congenial to unions. Obama installed him on the five-member board, anyways, giving Democrats a 3-2 edge that has allowed them to revisit and overturn some NLRB decisions made during the administration of President George W. Bush. But the Democrats’ Senate majority is even smaller today and Becker’s critics now include business leaders the president is
Finally, an issue all Americans can rally behind: winning the future! Surely most of us would like to be victorious down the road. The alternative is losing the future, and that doesn't sound very good, does it? If the future is lost, then what will become of us? Thus, President Obama's new mantra, "winning the future," got immediate traction. His State of the Union speech was full of optimistic ways that we can win. Most of those ways involve "investing" in stuff like education, infrastructure jobs and alternative fuels. "Investing," of course, is the new word for government spending. The president doesn't want to spend anymore; he wants w o o i n g w i t h t a l k o f l e s s to "invest." regulation and lower taxes. So Obama's speech was uplifting Becker cannot serve past the end to say the least. We are going to of this year without passing beat those Chinese people in the marketplace, and our kids will be muster in the Senate. smarter than those Korean kids. © Newsmax. All rights reserved. This entry passed through the Yes, we can! And the federal Full-Text RSS service — if this is government's checkbook will lead your content and you're reading it the way. In response, Republican on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ C o n g r e s s m a n P a u l R y a n essentially said "no, we can't." content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
We're broke. How uplifting is that? Obama is a liberal man who is convinced that a large federal government can, indeed, improve the lives of most Americans. With a $14 trillion debt, however, Obama can no longer trumpet expanding the federal apparatus, but that doesn't mean he's against it. Let's take the high-speed train deal as an example. The president loves the idea of these trains, and they do work well in places like Japan. But over the past 10 years, the governmentrun Amtrak outfit has lost an astonishing $13 billion. So what makes Obama believe that pumping even more tax money into high-speed rail will be good for the country? Talk about losing the past. And then there's ethanol. Tons of federal money spent, little to show for it. T. Boone Pickens, a very savvy guy, tried wind power. He got blown away. The complexity of wind-driven energy makes it almost impossible to market. As some of you know, I am a simple guy. My questions are not complicated. So here's another one regarding the winning thing: Didn't the Soviet Union want to
win the future? I think they did. The pinheads in Moscow spent gazillions of dollars trying to dominate the world. And exactly how did that giant central government-run operation turn out? I believe it evaporated, did it not? Huge bureaucracies are not set up for winning the future. They exist to tell folks what to do and to take their money. But the president and I do have some common ground on this "winning the future" theme. We are both for it. I, however, believe the folks are the key component to future success because they have repeatedly won in the past. So let's stop the massive government spending, Mr. President, and unleash the American people by lowering taxes and encouraging private enterprise. Yes, we can. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
Researchers Call For Creation of Standardized METI Protocol For Talking To Extraterrestrials
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Allen Telescope Array The Allen Telescope Array is designed to search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Wikimedia Commons Since the first binary code sent from Puerto Rico in 1974, our messages to aliens have been increasingly complicated and cryptic, possibly so much that extraterrestrials won't get what we're saying. A trio of astrophysicists from the US and France hope to change that by building an extraterrestrial messaging protocol, so any spacebound communiqué could be easily understood. A METI protocol - messaging to extraterrestrial intelligence would include several factors, including signal encoding, message length and message content, according to Dimitra Atri, an astronomer at the University of Kansas, and his
colleagues. They suggest using two specific wavelengths for transmission: 1.42 GHz or 4.46 GHz, which are commonly observed in nature and relatively easy to capture, in case the ETs only have "modest technical capabilities." They also recommend establishing a dedicated transmission beacon to conduct regular broadcasts. They're not the first to suggest a
to them if we use a message that the recipient is likely to understand," the authors say. To ensure this, they propose a worldwide test of the new METI protocol, figuring that if people across cultures can understand it, a basic ET might, too. International users could create and exchange messages through an interactive website, following the protocol to create a crowdsourced ideal message. "An effective message to extraterrestrials should at least be understandable by humans, and releasing the protocol for testing will allow us to improve the protocol and develop potential standardized communication behind a message containing sidemessages," the authors write. approach; SETI astronomer Seth by-side images of George W. Their paper, posted this week to Shostak believes we should start Bush and Barack Obama, meant the physics arXiv, has been looking for intelligent machines, to signify good and evil. Heck, accepted for publication in the for instance. they may not have the technical journal Space Policy. But Atri et. al's most interesting abilities required to process the [ arXiv via IT News] critique is that to date, our data into an image at all. messages have been overly "Given that we know very little anthropocentric. It's a fair point: about the nature of extraterrestrial Some nine-limbed creature in the civilizations, if they exist, we are Gliese system probably wouldn't likely to increase the probability understand the human nuances of us successfully communicating
Sony's official NGP announcement video hits the web
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NGP, get it?) successor to the PSP. But nothing's quite like viewing a video posted 48-hours Sure, you followed along with after the event to get a true feel our Tokyo liveblog and breathless for the historic occasion... historic posts announcing Sony's Next to nerds like us anyway. The Generation Portable(codename: power is now in your hands -- use
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A Smart Pill Box Uses Face Recognition Tech to Ensure We Take Our Meds
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Project Smart Pill Box For people with memorydegrading conditions like Alzheimer's, it's not always easy, or even possible, to remember to take one's medicine. Yet forgetting to take your meds-or perhaps worse, forgetting that you already took them and doubling up-can derail a dosage schedule and in worse cases be detrimental to your health. So a couple of University of Texas students have come up with a smart digital system that helps the forgetful among us remember to pop our pills and verifies visually that we've done so. By the students' own admission their Project Smart Pill Box is somewhat rudimentary, which in certain respects is an advantage
because the only hardware it requires is a computer and a Web cam, two pieces of technology that are already present in most homes these days. When it's time to take you meds, the computer sounds an alert. The Web cam powers up and recognizes your face, and a
colored band worn on the finger (the patient has to put this on) helps the system track hand movement. It then watches you take your pills and notes that you have done so, ensuring that you don't forget you took them and come back for another dose until the proper amount of time has
passed (it can be programmed to fit your doctors regimen). The system does require a high degree of patient participationthat is, it doesn't ensure that people who are trying to dodge their medicine take their pills on time. But for the merely forgetful, it does seem like a handy system to have around. Given the time and technology, the duo would like to design a special pill box with embedded weight sensors so it can verify that you take the right pills and that you take all of them. Jackie and Zach offer a more thorough demonstration in the video below, and there's more info on the project here. [ YouTube]
VW's 260-MPG Diesel Hybrid Concept May Actually Get Built
Dan Nosowitz (Popular Science - New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
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Ephesians 3:20-21 (01-29-11)
(Verse of the Day)
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Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!
Amen. — Ephesians 3:20-21(NIV) Thoughts on Today's Verse... Sometimes there is nothing left for us to do except praise God! While we may sometimes dream of doing great things for God and his Kingdom, the dreams aren't as big as God's plans. While we may be richly talented, influential,
powerful, or rich, these are merely tools in God's hands, not symbols of our sufficiency. "God is able" has to be one of the best and most accurate phrases in the Bible. But this time, it's said about his work in you in me. He is able to do much more than we imagine to work through and in us. What can we say to that? Hallelujah! My
VW XL1 VW Volkswagen's latest eye-catching creation, the ultra-efficient dieselhybrid XL1, debuted at the Qatar Auto Show, immediately garnering attention both for its looks and its specs. But according to German publication Automobilwoche(warning: German), VW actually intends to bring the XL1 to market, albeit in a (very) limited run. The XL1 boasts both a teeny two -cylinder diesel and a teeny plugin electric engine--the diesel engine puts out 48hp and the electric only 27hp--so though it may look like an electric Prayer... Loving Father, please supercar(its body shape was help me better know and live your inspired by a dolphin's), it's far will. I want to be your vessel of l e s s s u p e r i n t h e m u s c l e ministry, healing, blessing, and department. Early impressions hope to those around me at work from drivers seems positive-and play. Please use me to your Autocar liked the seven-speed glory today, and always. In Jesus' dual-clutch transmission and the name I pray. Amen. gull-wing doors, though wished the engine had a bit more oomph behind it. VW'S page 65
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But that lack of power is responsible for maybe the most impressive spec VW's been circulating: An astronomical 261 MPG fuel efficiency. Hopefully VW will be able to retain that spec while it goes through the process of making the XL1 streetlegal, even though it seems like the car is not destined for a large release. Automobilwoche reports that a limited run of 100 cars is being produced, destined first for
Germany and then for the States and China. No word on the other essentials, like price, but we're definitely excited for the prospect of such a gorgeous and efficient car on the streets. [ Autoblog Green via Engadget]
the remaining 284 charges, it was a just result -- the one I believed An ugly but just ending to a Kaplan, a good judge, would terrorist’s trial arrive at. I n Manhattan on Tuesday, Judge A just result, but an ugly one Lewis Kaplan gave al-Qaeda nonetheless. Ghailani could have terrorist Ahmed Ghailani a received as little as 20 years in sentence of life imprisonment prison -- which, his lawyers after his conviction on a single understandably argued, is exactly count of conspiring to bomb what Congress had in mind for a American embassies in 1998. defendant who is not responsible Despite Ghailani’s acquittal on for killing anyone. By whacking
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him with a life term, the judge in effect sentenced Ghailani for the very crimes of which he’d been found not guilty, including a specific charge of conspiracy to kill Americans and every one of the 224 homicide counts. #ad#To draw a comparison, conspiracy to bomb government buildings, the only charge on UNTANGLING page 66
Top 10 Good Things About Obama's Presidency
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battle the Left waged against a much-needed facility. 2. Helped GOP retake House: Halfway through his first (and, Who would have thought after the we hope, last) term, Barack 2008 election that the Republican Obama’s presidency has been a Party would come roaring back disaster: staggering deficits, the two years later, making historic health care fiasco, a moribund gains while retaking the House? economy. But being natural Conservatives have President optimists, we try finding a silver Obama and the unpopularity of lining in every dark cloud. Here his agenda to thank for that are the Top 10 Good Things unlikely happening. About Obama’s Presidency: 3. Bush tax cuts extended: It 1. Gitmo remains open: He must have been a bitter pill to wants to close it, he tried to close swallow for a President who it, but President Obama just can’t wants to spread the wealth find a way to close the facility around, but Obama agreed to a tax holding terrorists at Guantanamo cut for the rich (his terminology), Bay. Because it was such a a cardinal sin in the liberal s y m b o l o f s h a m e t o t h e orthodoxy. progressive Left, Obama signed 5. Rise of the Tea Party: an order on his first day in office Without Barack Obama, there to have Gitmo closed within a would likely be no Tea Party. His year. His failure to follow big-government agenda inspired through proves that conservatives millions to become politically were right all along in the ugly active and helped to reinvigorate
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the conservative movement in opposition to his policies. 6. Messiah myth punctured: Obama was presented to the people by the media as a Messiah figure. When his ineptitude in office became apparent, that myth was punctured. Let's hope future generations will not fall for a slick -talking huckster pushing platitudes. 7. Iraq and Afghanistan were not abandoned: While there is much not to like about his war policy (like telling the enemy the withdrawal date), at least he didn’t cut and run as his campaign rhetoric indicated he might. He will try to take credit for Iraq edging closer to a functioning democracy, but that should go to President George W. Bush’s surge, which Obama opposed. 8. Progressives miffed: While conservatives believe Obama is leading America toward
socialism, the progressive Left thinks he is a centrist and feels betrayed because he has failed to follow through on campaign promises that are so important to them, including a public health care option and taxing the rich (No. 3). Any time the progressives are disappointed, it's something to cheer about. 9. Continues many of Bush’s anti-terror policies: Other than ending waterboarding, Obama’s anti-terror policy looks remarkably likes President Bush’s: indefinite detention of terrorists, renditions, Patriot Act surveillance, and unmanned Predators. During the 2008 campaign, Obama harshly attacked Bush for holding hardcore terrorists for years without charging them. Now his administration acknowledges that even if found not guilty in a trial, there are some detainees that can
never be let loose. 10. Rest and relaxation: His many vacations and golf games are a great help to husbands who need an excuse to hit the links or an employee wanting to take some days off. They can say they are following the example of the President of the United States. Besides, the more time he is on the golf course, the less time he has to mess things up. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
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which Ghailani was convicted, is the same behavior engaged in by President Obama’s friend Bill Ayers. Yet Ayers is, as he put it, “Guilty as sin, free as a bird.” Ghailani will never see the light of day again. The only real difference between them is competence: Ghailani and his fellow jihadists succeeded in carrying out twin massacres in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam; Professor Ayers and the other Weather Underground bombers killed only a few of themselves in a botched effort to assemble explosives. Ghailani faces life behind bars not because of the conspiracy but because of the dead -- even though the verdict says he did not kill them. Judge Kaplan gamely tip-toed around that uncomfortable fact, referring repeatedly to Ghailani’s “confederates” and “the conspiracy,” the better to stress the brute savagery of the plot rather than Ghailani’s ambiguous culpability for its results. But under the “rule of law” -- a phrase attorney general Eric Holder has turned into a verbal tic -- the plot is what matters most. Ghailani’s culpability for the results was not proven. Still, the murders clearly drove the sentence. “It was a coldblooded killing and maiming of innocent people on an enormous scale,” said Kaplan, an assertion that rests uneasily with the murder acquittals. The judge added that Ghailani “knew and intended that people would be killed as a result of his own actions and the
conspiracy he joined” -- a finding tough to square with Ghailani’s acquittal on the charge of conspiracy to kill Americans. Alas, the rule of law is at war here with reality. The inconsistent, ostensibly irrational verdicts are not representative of what the twelve jurors actually concluded. The lopsided majority of them wanted to convict Ghailani on all the charges -- the only verdict that would have made logical sense. One juror, by contrast, wanted to acquit him across the board. If this standoff had held, there would have been a hung jury and a need to try the case all over again. The clamor around such a mistrial would have featured protests from militarycommission enthusiasts because (a) unanimous verdicts are not required for conviction in a noncapital commission case, and (b) the chance of seating an irrational juror on a panel of military officers is significantly smaller than in the crap-shoot that is civilian jury selection. That is, under the rule of law applicable in military commissions, Ghailani almost certainly would have been found guilty on all counts, just as he should have been. That would have been justice. There was no mistrial, though, because the jury opted for compromise rather than stalemate. The majority caved on 284 counts, the naysayer’s steep price for conviction on one. Compromise verdicts are an unsavory part of our system, some
real-world blight on the dreamy “rule of law” rhetoric. They’re the wall stain we hang a picture over because repainting is expensive -and retrials are prohibitively expensive. Defendants, we tell ourselves, are protected from being railroaded: If the compromise conviction is not supported by sufficient evidence, it will be tossed out by the trial judge or the appeals court -- no harm done. And if the conviction is backed by sufficient proof, the defendant has nothing to complain about because the compromise acquittals are an undeserved windfall. Our rationalizations do not make the specter of compromise any less scandalous, however. To appreciate this is to understand how thoroughly politicized the civilian-vs.-military debate on terror trials has become. #page#The ACLU’s Hina Shamsi extolled Ghailani’s life sentence as a demonstration that “federal courts are not only the right place but the most effective place to prosecute terrorism suspects” -that they work and “military commissions don’t.” Daphne Eviatar of Human Rights First (HRF) piled on, squealing that “you don’t see people like Ahmed Ghailani walking free” once the civilian justice system is done with them. To be sure, sentencing in civilian terrorism cases has been commendably severe. It compares favorably to commission sentencing, which has been erratic. Still, if you’ve been paying attention for the last
two decades, you can’t help but ask: What on earth has happened to the ACLU, HRF, and the rest of the Left’s cavalcade of civiland human-rights crusaders? It’s a rhetorical question, of course. We know what has happened to them. They have become blindly invested in the quest to eviscerate the Bush administration’s war paradigm for counterterrorism and to reestablish the Clintonian lawenforcement model. #ad#Remember, before there was a Bush administration, these progressive activists were telling us that life imprisonment without parole -- the sentence they now celebrate -- was punishment too cruel to satisfy our “maturing” society’s “evolving standards of decency.” And during the Bush administration, no self-respecting human-rights lawyer would spew the words “people like Ahmed Ghailani” with such contempt. From 9/11 through Jan. 21, 2009, “people like Ahmed Ghailani” -anti-American jihadists -- were a cause célèbre to which organizations like the ACLU and HLF (not to mention law firm’s like Eric Holder’s) devoted bottomless energy and resources, doing everything in their power to get them “walking free” again. They’ve changed their tune because of their politics. There is now a Democrat of the extreme Left in the White House, so anything goes. It’s that simple. Let’s consider what happened to Ghailani through the prism of the Left’s rhetoric during the
blistering campaign against Bush counterterrorism. Let’s imagine what sorts of things an Obama campaign adviser, say Eric Holder, might have said to a lefty lawyer outfit like the American Constitution Society (ACS) about the case. (And if your imagination is challenged, this excerpt from Holder’s June 2008 speech to the ACS might help.) The court refused to throw Ghailani’s indictment out despite what human-rights lawyers typically call “outrageous government misconduct” -- the CIA’s harsh interrogation methods (“torture”) and the gross violation of the defendant’s rights to counsel and a speedy trial, caused by Bush’s shackling him indefinitely at Gitmo. The jury eventually reached a verdict that was patently irrational and thus unjust, convicting Ghailani of conspiring to murder people for whose murders it found he was not to blame. The government was nevertheless permitted to argue at sentencing that he was a “mass murderer” who “took away hundreds and hundreds of lives,” even though this was exactly what the jury said he was not. Indeed, the government knows Ghailani is a mass murderer mainly because of his confession, which was elicited so abusively that the jury was not told about it. Finally, the judge imposed the heretofore excessively cruel and unusual term of life without parole -based, transparently, on the UNTANGLING page 70
New Black Panther Report Confirms: Politics Over Law at Obama Justice Department
Hans von Spakovsky (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)
of the Commission’s investigation. The Commission’s report is devastating, particularly the Submitted at 1/28/2011 3:00:56 PM Posted January 28th, 2011 at statements of Commissioners 4:00pm in Rule of Law Print This Todd Gaziano(with whom I work Post at Heritage), Gail Heriot, and The final version of the Interim P e t e r K i r s a n o w , a n d t h e i r Report by the U.S. Commission rebuttals to the nonsubstantive, o n C i v i l R i g h t s o n t h e almost comical dissent of investigation of the New Black D e m o c r a t i c C o m m i s s i o n e r s Panther Party voter intimidation M i c h a e l Y a k i a n d A r l a n case was released yesterday and is Melendez. Also worth reading is available on the commission’s a post on the report of the website. Get it while it’s hot. Washington Post’s Jennifer With the expiration of the terms Rubin., as well as comments by of several commissioners, new former Justice Department lawyer appointees by President Obama J. Christian Adams. a n d o t h e r s d o i n g t h e As Commissioner Gaziano says administration’s bidding will soon in his statement that is included in control a majority of the the 210-page report, the commission seats. It seems Commission’s investigation was unlikely the new majority will about a possible cover up of a: continue the investigation into the racial double standard in law real reason for the dismissal of the enforcement in the Civil Rights NBBP lawsuit. Division of the U.S. Department G i v e n t h e r a u c o u s a n d of Justice. The usual Washington obstreperous behavior of the refrain is that the cover-up is Democratic commissioners, with always worse than the original the unfortunate help of Vice offense. But in this case, the Chairman Abigail Thernstrom, to underlying problem may be as stymie the investigation and damning as the wrongful cover-up protect the Obama administration, – and possibly worse….[Justice it is also almost a sure bet that Department lawyers testified] that nothing further will be done to there is a pervasive hostility to the investigate the sworn testimony race-neutral enforcement of the about the hostility to race neutral civil rights laws….Such a racial enforcement of civil rights laws at d o u b l e s t a n d a r d i n l a w Justice that the Commission enforcement would be at war with uncovered, or the unlawful the very notion of a federal Civil stonewalling by the Department Rights Division devoted to the
bring any Voting Rights Act cases against minority defendants, no matter how egregious their violations of the law, and no cases under a part of the National Voter Registration Act that requires states to clean up their voter registration rolls. Vice Chairman Thernstrom expressed her doubt that Fernandes would be foolish enough to say such a thing publicly at Justice, despite two different witnesses confirming it. Yet as Commissioner Heriot points out, while employed by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights before she even got to the Holder Justice Department, equal protection of the laws. Yet, the New Black Panther Party Fernandes specifically told a the Department of Justice is case; 3) there is ample evidence “progressive/liberal activist news unquestionably hostile to any that the Obama administration service” that the Voting Rights serious investigation of these directed Justice Department Act “was written to protect black allegations. employees not to bring cases people.” The dissenting commissioners against minority defendants who Commissioner Peter Kirsanow make the false claim that there violated voting rights laws or to summarizes what this whole was no evidence to support any of enforce a provision requiring that report is all about when he says the allegations, disregarding and states and localities clean up their that it “raises troubling questions ignoring the sworn testimony of voting rolls to prevent fraud; 4) that strike at the heart of DOJ’s two Justice Department the Justice Department fidelity to the Constitution’s equal whistleblowers and numerous stonewalled efforts to investigate protection guarantee.” With other witnesses. But as Jennifer the case; and 5) vice chairman regard to the Department’s lack of Rubin succinctly points out for Abigail Thernstrom has, for cooperation with the the Washington Post, the report reasons not entirely clear, ignored Commission’s investigation and shows that” the evidence and tried to its refusal to comply with 1) [T]he New Black Panther undermine the commission’s subpoenas for witnesses and Party case brought by career work. documents, Kirsanow expresses Justice Department employees One of the most intriguing pieces his frustration at a Justice was meritorious on the law and of evidence concerned Obama’s Department that “tried to cultivate the facts; 2) there is voluminous p o l i t i c a l a p p o i n t e e , J u l i e the public appearance of e v i d e n c e o f t h e O b a m a Fernandes, the Deputy Assistant a d m i n i s t r a t i o n ’ s p o l i t i c a l Attorney General for Civil Rights, NEW page 70 interference in the prosecution of who ordered career staff not to
Oil Spill Commission Failed to Examine Key Evidence
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engineering problems authored by bureaucrats rather than an engineering solution authored by President Obama's oil spill engineers.” commission spent six months Up until Wednesday’s hearing, examining the "root causes" of the the oil spill commission has Gulf disaster, yet never inspected largely avoided sharp questioning. the failed blowout preventer -- the Its 381-page final report on “The part of the well that could have, as Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future its name suggests, prevented the of Offshore Drilling” was released explosion. earlier this month, the result of six At a House Natural Resources months of research. Committee hearing this week, the Republican lawmakers expressed co-chairman of the National Oil alarm that the commission -Spill Commission faced a barrage made up of Obama appointees of questions from Republicans who lack engineering experience and Democrats about why their - would offer recommendations final report is long on regulatory without attempting to identity the recommendations but short on precise mechanical cause of the engineering explanations. Deepwater Horizon oil rig Lawmakers took issue with the e x p l o s i o n . commission’s apparent lack of “We still don’t know what caused effort to explain the failure of the the explosion,” said Natural blowout preventer. Republicans R e s o u r c e s C h a i r m a n D o c said it calls into question the Hastings (R-Wash.). “We don’t commission’s recommendations -- know how or why the blowout and, more seriously, leaves the preventer malfunctioned.” Gulf vulnerable to a similar Commission co-chairman and malfunction in the future. former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) “ W h y s h o u l d w e t a k e [ t h e responded: “It is true that no one commission] seriously if [it] did at this point has had the benefit of not even make that modicum of a full examination of the blowout effort to determine the actual preventer. What we do know is cause of the disaster?” asked Rep. that it didn’t perform as it should Tom McClintock (R-Calif.). have.” “We’ve never had a blowout When Obama created the failure like this one. Until we find commission last May, it’s top out why it failed, it could happen priority was to “examine the again. It could happen anytime -- relevant facts and circumstances and the commission has not concerning the root causes of the advanced our understanding of Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.” how to prevent that. … We have The commission’s report heavily before us a report recommending explores the human error and b u r e a u c r a t i c s o l u t i o n s t o managerial mistakes behind the
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spill -- again, at the relative expense of exploring the technological causes. It could have done both, McClintock said, citing the work of the Rogers Commission, which examined the causes of the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. “When the Challenger exploded, people only knew one thing for sure after the accident -- that this was a launch that was fatal and catastrophic,” he said. “The Rogers Commission was a panel that was filled with technical experts that painstakingly recovered the wreckage from underneath the ocean and reassembled that wreckage and then determined the precise cause of the disaster. It then recommended changes so that the space program could move forward.” Commission co-chairman William Reilly deflected criticism and defended the report. Reilly, a former Environmental Protection Agency administrator, drew an interesting analogy. “I think you can draw an analogy between a blowout preventer and a seatbelt in an automobile accident,” Reilly said. “It’s obviously important to the survival of someone that a seatbelt wasn’t fastened, but it doesn’t really explain why the accident occurred. We explain why the accident occurred. We identified all the major contributors. … Examining the blowout preventer is not going to cause those other factors that we
have covered to go away. They are there, they are distressing and they do have implications for policy.” Those policy implications worry some committee members. The report’s imbalance suggests a desire to limit the capabilities of the oil industry, which is evident from the phrase “systemic, industry-wide failure” -- without examples from more than three companies to back up its use. In fact, the report implies the need for a complete governmental overhaul of the industry when no such overhaul is needed. “Here’s the issue,” Rep. Bill Flores (R-Tex.) said. “Congress has considered legislation, the Department of Interior has issued new regulations, lease sales have been canceled, other areas of potential offshore activity have been put off-limits again and it’s all based on a report that doesn’t give a full post-mortem of what happened.” Even committee Democrats questioned the report’s most sweeping claim. “Some of the verdicts, sometimes even just the words used in the report, I kind of have some concerns about,” said Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.). “One was the use of the term ‘systemic,’ that there are ‘systemic’ problems in the industry. If you look at a 30year history, over the last 30 years, the history of the offshore oil industry, there have been some incidents, but I think a major incident is very rare and, if you
compare it with the airline industry or the consumer trade industry, the oil and gas industry has done quite a good job.” But Reilly and Graham stood behind this conclusion. While the report only cites as safety offenders three companies, those companies are highly prevalent in the industry, they said. “It is simply inconceivable to us that this is a problem so exclusive, so especially circumstantial to one rig,” Reilly said. That perspective is likely to shape future policymaking, a point that wasn’t lost on Flores. “This report is being relied upon to continue moratoria, either de facto or regulatory or however they want to be described, and it goes back to this ‘systemic, industry-wide’ failure comment.” Going one step further, Flores asked the commission to remove the phrase from its report. “Based on what I see, and the weight which this report is being given for the energy future of this country, I would respectfully ask the commission to remove from the report the phrase, ‘systemic, industry-wide failure.” 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
National School Choice Week: Why It Was a Success
Lindsey Burke (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)
needs. And Florida, in true Sunshine State form, is pursuing the most Submitted at 1/28/2011 4:00:12 PM aggressive plan in the country to Posted January 28th, 2011 at provide school choice to children 5:00pm in Education Print This throughout the state. Patricia Post Levesque, the executive director Like high school or college of the Foundation for Florida’s graduation, the end of National Future, which was founded by School Choice Week marks the former Florida Governor Jeb commencement of a nationwide Bush, explains how the plan for push for parental control over education savings accounts could education. All across America, revolutionize education: parents and state and local leaders In a few months, the [Florida] are pushing to increase the Legislature is likely to consider a number of quality educational bill that would extend choice to options available to children. all parents. The law would In Indiana, Governor Mitch empower parents with the ability Daniels is supporting a drive to t o o p e n a s p e c i a l b a n k provide vouchers to low-income account—an Education Savings children to attend a private school Account—to fund their child’s of their choice. Similarly, in education. Parents would be Pennsylvania, there is bipartisan eligible for an annual grant for support for a plan to provide education—about 85 percent of scholarships of up to $9,000 for per pupil funding that is provided low-income children to attend a to public schools—to use to send private school of their choice. their children to the school of Plans are also underway to their choice—public, charter, e x p a n d P e n n s y l v a n i a ’ s private or virtual. … The real Educational Improvement Tax debate comes down to just one Credit program, which provides question. Who makes better tax credits to businesses that d e c i s i o n s a b o u t a c h i l d ’ s donate to scholarship-granting e d u c a t i o n — p a r e n t s o r t h e organizations, which in turn g o v e r n m e n t ? provide vouchers to children to Levesque hits the nail on the attend schools that best meet their head: School choice is about
Education law, poor children receive publicly funded vouchers to attend private schools. When it comes to school choice, however, Mr. Obama is oddly inconsistent. President Obama is making the same mistake that too many Administrations before him have made: He continues to believe that this time, Washington will get it right. In the meantime, many countries around the world are beginning to decentralize education. National School Choice Week marks the beginning of something big: A nationwide movement to put power back in the hands of parents and opportunity back in the grasps of all of America’s answering that fundamental disconnect President Obama children. It has shined a bright question of who should control a seems to have with school choice: spotlight on the work of state and child’s education—the child’s Mr. Obama also called for local leaders to grow school parents or the government. Robust 100,000 new science, technology, choice options for children, and it school choice options ensure that engineering and math teachers [in is certainly the beginning of good it’s parents who are in the driver’s his state of the union address]. He things to come in 2011. seat. cited India’s focus on math and This entry passed through the It’s unfortunate that the Obama science education, but failed to Full-Text RSS service — if this is Administration continues to mention that much of India’s your content and you're reading it ignore the benefits of school higher-performing education takes on someone else's site, please read choice. It’s unfortunate that the p l a c e n o t i n t h e c o u n t r y ’ s our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ Administration still looks to dysfunctional public schools, but content-only/faq.php government to improve education. in its burgeoning private-school Five Filters featured article: L a n c e I z u m i , d i r e c t o r o f sector, which educates a third of Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In education studies at the Pacific all Indian children. Even more The Crosshairs. Research Institute, outlines the significant, under India’s Right to
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homicides the defendant was acquitted of committing. Don’t get me wrong: Every seeming injustice I just catalogued is, under the law, completely defensible. There is bleating about outrageous government misconduct whenever there have been irregularities in the collection of evidence, but indictments are almost never dismissed -- particularly when the disputed evidence is suppressed, as it was in Ghailani’s case. Delay in bringing charges is actionable only in the rarest instances, when it is egregiously calculated to undermine the defense (Ghailani was a war prisoner -- his Gitmo detention was not about gaining a tactical advantage at trial). Defendants in terrorism cases are routinely imprisoned for years before their cases are heard. Inconsistent verdicts are unseemly but routine and unassailable on appeal. The government is often given to hyperbole at sentencing; it never matters. In imposing a sentence, the law has long authorized judges to take into account all the facts known to them -- even conduct for which the defendant has been acquitted or has never been charged. Whether a sentence is appropriate, moreover, is largely a matter of
whether it is permitted by the statute that defines the crime of conviction, and here, life imprisonment is a permissible sentence (although not a mandatory one) for conspiring to bomb government buildings. The irony here is that in the heady Clinton days -- to say nothing of the Bush era, during which the Left branded the Justice Department “the American Taliban” -- such legal niceties were irrelevant to the ACLU, HRF, and lawyers like Human Rights Watch’s Jennifer Daskal. Prosecutors like me could make all of these winning arguments; to the Left, the law didn’t matter. What mattered was the narrative. Civilian terror trials were said to be Kafkaesque nightmares in which jurors, cowed by the government-manufactured atmosphere of intimidation, convicted defendants for no better reason than that they were Muslims. If the proof of guilt was undeniable, we were treated to airy lectures about the need to temper justice with mercy, then warned that aggressive investigations and stiff sentences would convey the impression that Islam itself was on trial -- fueling terrorist recruitment. And no matter how legally defensible, the
gory details of Ghailani’s trial and sentencing would surely have induced blood-curdling screams from human-rights lawyers. In the contest between moral preening and jurisprudential rigor, there would be no doubt which had pride of place. There is still no doubt. It’s just that the goal posts of moral preening have been moved. Civilian terror trials, once the bane of the lawyer Left’s existence, are now, they tell us, the indispensable measure of our virtue. So, like the Obama Justice Department, where the Bushderanged Ms. Daskal is now a top adviser, the Bush-deranged ACLU and HRF proclaim the Ghailani case a smashing success, a triumph of the rule of law -- and never you mind a few little hiccups. Times change. The will-to-power Left, though, stays forever the same. — Andrew C. McCarthy, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, is the author, most recently, of The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America. Andrew C. McCarthy
cooperation,” while doing the exact opposite: “engaging in a degree of stonewalling and obstruction inexplicable for an agency professing clean hands.” The worst thing about this report is the way in which the dissenting commissioners engage in McCarthyite-tactics to convince the public to discount the findings by personally attacking the career lawyers from Justice, Chris Coates and Christian Adams, who came forward to testify, defying the orders of their superiors at the Justice Department. Because these commissioners are unable to raise any valid questions about the substance of the critical report, they malign, disparage, and belittle these courageous whistleblowers. It is a prime example of just how much into the gutter some people in Washington are willing to go for partisan, political gain. But read the report for yourself and make your own judgment – because it probably won’t be highlighted by the mainstream
media, which has in large part studiously ignored (with the exception of some belated Washington Post print stories – and Jennifer Rubin’s outstanding new blog column) one of the worst examples of lawlessness and politicalization of the law enforcement duties of the Justice Department that has ever occurred. But even that may change if House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith conducts hearings into the matter. Stay tuned. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
Defense Spending: What Would Reagan Do?
Scott Nason (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)
Submitted at 1/28/2011 5:00:07 PM
Posted January 28th, 2011 at 6:00pm in Protect America Print This Post In his State of the Union address to Congress, President Obama acknowledged the problems of massive deficit spending and mounting debt and offered a general plan that he said would restore fiscal health. It includes cuts to the defense budget. With two ongoing wars, numerous asymmetrical threats to our security, and the depleted state of our military, it’s appropriate for Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the new Congress to ask if this is prudent. In yesterday’s Washington Times, Heritage Vice President Kim Holmes considers what Ronald Reagan would do about this fiscal crisis. No doubt he would have wanted the Department of Defense to operate efficiently and without wasting taxpayers’ money. But nothing, Holmes says, suggests that Reagan “would have mortgaged
America’s future by slowing military modernization or reducing the size of the armed forces exclusively to save money.” On the contrary, Reagan told his military planners that defense was not a budget issue and they could spend what they need to assure that we won whatever wars we were in. Today, the U.S. military is worn
out from 10 years of constant conflict and in great need of modernization. Cutting the defense budget would only exacerbate these problems. This doesn’t mean we can’t find any waste and inefficiencies in the Pentagon budget. In fact, Heritage analysts have identified a great deal of waste and duplication that could be eliminated, with the
funds plowed back into the defense budget for modernization. The dangers posed by deficit spending and an exorbitant national debt cannot be overstated. But we simply can’t ignore the threats we face that demand a world-class military. As Holmes points out, we’ve been here before, and we’ve turned things around. We can learn from Ronald Reagan, who “let the threats, not the bottom line, determine defense spending.” Scott Nason is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at the Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/ about/departments/ylp.cfm 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
iPhone App Lets Users Order Prints of Mobile Photos
Jennifer Van Grove (Mashable!)
Submitted at 1/28/2011 10:31:08 PM
The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here. Name: PostalPix Quick Pitch: PostalPix is an iPhone app that lets you order prints of your iPhone photos in a variety of formats. Genius Idea: After Isaac and Christina Lay had a baby boy, the couple started snapping photos of their new bundle of joy with their iPhones. They soon realized there was no simple way to get those photos off their phones and into the hands of friends and family. Shortly thereafter, Isaac Lay cofounded PostalPix, a service for ordering prints of mobile photos. PostalPix is as straightforward as it sounds. iPhone owners can use the app to order 4 x 6 and 8 x 10 prints and mouse pads of photos pulled from their phone’s library. It’s as simple as selecting print size, picking photos, specifying quantity and paying for the prints. Prices appear to be reasonable — a pack of three 4 x 6 prints is $0.99, and a single 8 x 10 print is $3.47. App users can purchase their prints in-app via PayPal or credit card. Mashable readers can
details — details PostalPix believes gives them an advantage over potential copycats. PostalPix users can expect new features, formats and products in the months ahead. The team also hopes to build for Android and other mobile operating systems once they perfect the iPhone app. Series Supported by Microsoft BizSpark The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark, a startup program that gives you three-year get 25% of their first purchase Having only had a live product access to the latest Microsoft using the code “mashable” at for just over month, PostalPix is development tools, as well as checkout. still very much an early stage connecting you to a nationwide One reason mobile photo sharing venture. The bootstrapped startup n e t w o r k o f i n v e s t o r s a n d services have become so popular caters to a very specific mobile incubators. There are no upfront is that they present the user with audience and has managed to costs, so if your business is an instantaneous way to publish carve out space in between photo privately owned, less than three photos to the web, eliminating the printing services on the web and years old, and generates less than hassle of having to transfer photos photo applications for mobile. It’s U.S.$1 million in annual revenue, to a computer. PostalPix applies a tiny space with lucrative you can sign up today. the same logic to prints, offering p o t e n t i a l , w h i c h m e a n s More About: bizspark, iphone, iPhone users a frictionless way to c o m p e t i t i o n i s i n e v i t a b l e . mobile photos, postalpix, spark-of develop their digital photos. F o u n d e d i n A u g u s t 2 0 1 0 , -genius T h e o v e r a l l a p p l i c a t i o n PostalPix turned out to be more For more Startups coverage: experience could be improved, difficult to build than originally • Follow Mashable Startups on and the photo loading and upload anticipated. “It was a pain in the Twitter process for users with larger butt to integrate our custom • Become a Fan on Facebook image libraries needs work. We’d t e c h n o l o g y w i t h s h i p p i n g • Subscribe to the Startups also like to see a few more processes,” says co-founder channel supported formats as well as Michael Sarlitt. Sarlitt and Lay • Download our free apps for integration with photo apps. But brought Joel Vanderhoof on Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad when all is said and done, board, and he helped with the PostalPix works as advertised. tricky supply and print center
Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week [CHART]
Matt Silverman (Mashable!)
Submitted at 1/29/2011 9:25:03 AM
This week offers a mixed bag of Twitter trends, and the surprising absence of one item we thought would certainly make the list. As we’ve seen in the past, international sports usually drive a huge chunk of the Twitter discussion. This week’s number one trend was focused on a particular incident: the suspension of Scottish soccer commentator Andy Gray after he reportedly made sexist remarks off the air. A media frenzy, combined with plenty of public outcry, sent the story straight up to the number one slot. In the entertainment realm, Bieber and Gaga fought it out for the number two slot, with the boy wonder just edging out the fame monster. Bieber has a 3-D movie coming out soon, and Gaga has a new album on the way. Surprisingly, the State of the Union address, given by President Obama this past Tuesday, was TOP page 73
How Much Does Identity Theft Cost? [INFOGRAPHIC]
Jolie O'Dell (Mashable!)
Submitted at 1/29/2011 12:33:20 AM
continued from page 72
" class="alignright size-full wpimage-514753" /> Online fraud and related crime is on the rise, affecting more lives and costing individuals and businesses more money year after year. Not to long ago, we showed you what identity theft and online fraud costs from the criminals’ point of view. For example, a cybercriminal could set up a fake online store, designed to steal email addresses, passwords, names and credit card numbers, for between $30 and $300. But what do these kinds of theft cost consumers? In this infographic, created by Sam Franada of Lines & Moodswings for KGBPeople and based on data from Wikipedia, the I.D. Theft Center and other sources, we learn that 10% of Americans have had their identities stolen, and on average, each of those individuals lost
nowhere to be found in the top 10, despite the onslaught of tweets during and after the speech. Our friends at What the Trend, who compiled the data below, told us that this topic peaked at around number 20. For the full list of top trends, check out the chart below. Because this is a topical list, hashtag memes and games have been omitted from the chart. You can check past Twitter trends in our Top Twitter Topics section, and read more about this past week’s trends on What The Trend. Top Twitter Trends This Week: 1/22 – 1/28 Image courtesy of iStockphoto,
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around $5,000. The cost to businesses worldwide adds up to a staggering $221 billion each year. Check out more facts about identity theft — including the best ways to protect your own identity — below, and in the comments, let us know about your opinions and experiences. Click to view larger size. More About: fraud, identity theft,
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BlackBerry Service Restored in Cairo? [UPDATED]
Charlie White (Mashable!)
Submitted at 1/29/2011 10:16:50 AM
BlackBerrys are working again in Cairo according to NBC News, after two days of disconnection by the Egyptian government. In a live report last night (2:29 a.m. Cairo time) NBC correspondent Richard Engel held his BlackBerry up to the camera and said that service had been restored. Update: ABC News reporter Lara Setrakian tweeted 8 hours ago: “Cell phones coming back on line in Egypt, internet still seems to be out as of an hour ago.” It’s unclear whether BlackBerry service has been restored to the rest of the country, or if it’s still functioning now, but Engel said of the restoration of BlackBerry service and its effect on the widespread unrest in Egypt, “I don’t think that’s going to fundamentally change the
equation, but it is showing responsiveness.” Engel said while BlackBerry service had been restored, he added, “I haven’t had a chance to check the Internet, but I assume that’s back on, too.” Meanwhile, the crisis is now into its fifth day. More About: blackberry, Egypt, Social Revolution, Unrest
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Next PS3 update rumored to add 'Online Saving' for PlayStation Plus users
Vlad Savov (Engadget)
on the console and resuming it on the Next Generation Portable. "Online Saving," as Sony's Say it with us, finally a PS3 reputed to be calling it, would be firmware update that actually does the conduit through which that something useful! We've grown can be realized, though it doesn't so accustomed to Sony refreshing appear like it'll come for free. the software on its console just to Kotaku's sources indicate it'll be spite jailbreakers that we almost part of the PlayStation Plus started to believe that's all the subscription, at least initially. word "update" entailed. But, here Still, we like cloud storage, and if comes Kotaku with word that v3.6 it means never having to see of the PS3's firmware will come another hard drive again, we're all with a neat little addition: saving for it. games to the cloud. This seems a Next PS3 update rumored to add v e r y l o g i c a l s t e p t o w a r d 'Online Saving' for PlayStation delivering Sony's overall goal of Plus users originally appeared on giving users a holistic, integrated Engadget on Sat, 29 Jan 2011 experience. Indeed, during the 13:10:00 EDT. Please see our NGP presentation, guest speaker terms for use of feeds. Permalink| H i d e o K o j i m a s p e c i f i c a l l y Kotaku| Email this| Comments referred to saving your PS3 game
Submitted at 1/29/2011 1:10:00 PM
5 Reasons Why Your Boss Wants to Give You a Raise This Year
Submitted at 1/29/2011 11:19:03 AM
If you haven’t yet seen the mediated negotiation in a San Francisco convenience store between the robber and the shopkeeper at USA Network’s new show Fairly Legal, go watch the pilot here now(beginning at 4:28). I’ll be waiting here for you when you come back. Fairly Legal’s mediator is conducting an interest-based negotiation. She is using diagnostic questions to reveal what’s underneath the robber’s quest for money and how much it would cost the shopkeeper to barter with him. What do you get when you rob a store? Money! How much? Uhhhh, $500? What are you going to buy with the money? Beer and beef jerky. To the shopkeeper. How much does $50 of beer and jerky cost you? $17.50 To the robber. How does $50 of beer and jerky sound to you? I mean, I assume you’re going to be running, right? So that’s all you can carry. Deal closed. Why Your Employer Wants to Give You a Raise
After I told this story to a client yesterday, she challenged me to tell her what might motivate an employer to willingly give her a raise. Good question. Here are the top five reasons. 1. Your employer wants you to give your job your all In this economy, your employer needs a lean, mean productivity machine. You’re fixed overhead. You cost the same whether you’re working or not. If you’re in a physical place of employment, your employer also has fixed costs that are far greater than your salary and benefits. S/he must keep you housed, provide you with the tools of your trade, and surround you with support staff or supervisors. Author Daniel Pink ( Drive:The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us) tells us that knowledge workers are motivated more b y autonomy, mastery and purpose than by money. That’s only true, however, if money is “off the table.” When employees are feeling a money pinch, their productivity falls and that’s bad news for your employer. If the business for which you labor could increase your productivity by raising your salary, all other costs being fixed, your employer, were s/he to think clearly about it, would quite willingly give you a raise. 2. You’re Expensive to Replace
In the Fairly Legal episode you’ve just viewed, the plucky mediator first attempts to convince the shopkeeper to pay the robber $100 to avoid a $1,000 emergency room bill. People do not, however, like to pay money at the point of a gun (literally or figuratively). This tactic predictably fails. But don’t underestimate its importance as it plays in the back of the mind of the negotiating parties. In other words, you cannot expect your employer to give you a raise in response to a threat to quit. That said, it’s one of the primary reasons employers give employees raises. The cost of replacing you with someone new is both a significant administrative out-of-pocket expense and a major hassle. Add to that the training time and
expense of getting a new employee up to speed and you get a pretty good idea of the costbenefit ratio in yearly raises. Just tuck that one away. You won’t use it directly. It’s helpful to know because it increases your self-confidence, and you need confidence to ask for a raise. 3. Face People are highly motivated by pride on the one hand and shame on the other. Law firms – the place of employment with which I’m most familiar – are particularly vulnerable to reputational motivation. They are also strong believers in the metric of money. The largest and most prestigious law firms in the country (known as the AmLaw 100) march in lock -step to pay their first year associate attorneys the highest dollar value. They do this because they firmly believe the best talent can only be obtained by paying the highest wages. But they also do it because they want their competitors and potential clients to think they’re the most successful firm on the block. You do not have to threaten to quit your employment to trigger your employer’s shame/pride button. Keeping your employer up to date on how the competition is compensating their employees will automatically trigger a response in line with the degree of status they want to maintain in the
pecking order. 4. Fairness In the absence of character disorders such as clinical narcissism and sociopathy, your CEO, if forced to think about it, is as troubled by the disparity between executive and managerial or managerial and support staff incomes as you are. We are as hard-wired for fairness from above as we are below. Mere mention of grossly disproportionate salary differentials is sufficient to kick in an employer’s desire to be operating a fair system of reward and punishment. 5. Social Reward Unless you are your employer’s sole workforce, you and your coworkers have the ability to grant and withdraw social rewards from the guys and gals making the compensation decisions. There are few things worse than walking into a place of employment where the employees are friendly with one another and grudging with you. Never underestimate the value of happiness to those whom you serve no matter how large or small the master. How to best capitalize upon these employer interests will be included in Part II of the series begun last week with How Women Can Ask for – and Get – a Substantial Raise this Year. REASONS page 76
Davos 2011: Edelman Says Goldman Sachs Aces Social Media
Submitted at 1/29/2011 11:57:33 AM
continued from page 75
I sat down with Richard Edelman, President and CEO of Edelman PR, at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Edelman is a gregarious guy who has a keen sense of understanding how companies can and should thrive in the social media space. He told me that almost all companies should have a social media presence, mentioning Goldman Sachs as one company that has done a superb job embracing their online presence. “Take a look at a company like Goldman Sachs. You think it’s the ultimate B-2-B play. In fact, when their Chief Economist went to China, they posted those comments on their own channel and then they put it up on the Facebook page. They had bloggers linking to it. Then they arranged media interviews.” Edelman said it is Goldman’s ability to cater its content and information to different individuals, that is helping the company become more transparent in the public’s eyes. Gone are the days where companies can rely only on
brochures, company websites, and job boards to post information. Companies who want to make sure they have the top talent, have to make sure they reflect the growing ways their employees and clients consume information–and with 500 million people using Facebook, it’s important to have a Facebook presence. “ I think the release of their report last week on how they make their money is indicative of a new level of openness that one expects from corporations now. The fact that they have controversy on their Facebook page on whether they should or shouldn’t have a certain level of bonuses, adds real credential and credibility to what they are doing.” Edelman told me, “If you’re not playing in the social sandbox, you’re missing the game… Go where the conversation is, that is the major point. If people are talking on Facebook, you’ve got to add information to the conversation. Be a smart company.” The overly controlled approach of certain companies who have a Facebook page that reads like a press release or an informational
pamphlet, will not win over customers. Edelman said potential clients and interested individuals want to feel like the social conversations happening online are more spontaneous and informal. When I asked him how serious billion dollar companies can still portray a serious image, all the while having an online presence, he told me that smart companies know how to do both, and should invest in hiring people internally who focus on it. “Remember it takes five times for people to hear or see something before they believe it. In skeptical markets in the United States and U.K. it’s ten times. So that reinforcement, that mirroring effect you get from social media really enhances whatever position you have in mainstream or in blogs.” 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.
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Android 2.3 security bug shows microSD access vulnerability
Christopher Trout (Engadget)
Submitted at 1/29/2011 10:57:00 AM
German researchers prototype 6mm thick pico projector
Laura June (Engadget)
projected image is 10 times brighter than a pico projector of its size would have previously P i c o p r o j e c t o r s j u s t k e e p been -- had it existed. The new shrinking, and a new prototype lens on the projector is so small developed at the Fraunhofer that it could potentially be Institute for Applied Optics and integrated into smart phones Engineering is helping said without boosting size or weight. shrinking along pretty strikingly. The new prototype is made of 45 T h e t e a m h a s d e v e l o p e d a red, green or blue microlenses, resulting resolution is nearly, but prototype pico which is just 6mm each with a 200 x 200 pixel LCD, not quite, WVGA with 11 lumens thick, making it the world's inspired by a microlens array of brightness. The prototype will slimmest ever. Better yet, the called a fly's eye condenser. The
Submitted at 1/29/2011 12:31:00 PM
be shown off at Nano Tech 2011 in Tokyo. [Image credit: Fraunhofer Institute] German researchers prototype 6mm thick pico projector originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 29 Jan 2011 12:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Technology Review| Email this| Comments
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