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Palin says tour is “not about me”
JoAnne Allen (Front Row Washington)

Wherever the tour lands, Palin has been swamped by media even though her exact schedule has Submitted at 6/1/2011 9:11:44 PM been something of a mystery. Is Sarah Palin running for The press has been scrambling to president or isn’t she? keep up since she kicked off her If the former Alaska governor tour Sunday arriving at the and Republican superstar knows Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally the answer to that question, she’s in Washington on the back of a not saying. Harley. And that’s by design, And her silence has speculation Palin told Fox. r u n n i n g r a m p a n t o v e r t h e “I don’t think I owe anything to meaning of her family’s East the mainstream media,” she said. Cost bus tour of historic sites. “I think it would be a mistake for Is it a dry-run for the 2012 me to become some kind of campaign or just a brilliant conventional politician and doing burnishing of the Sarah Palin things the way it’s always been brand? done with the media in terms of “It’s not about me. It’s not a relationships with them, tell them publicity-seeking tour. It’s about t o c o m e a l o n g , a n d w e ’ l l highlighting the great things about orchestrate this, we’ll script this America,” Palin said in an and we’ll basically write the story i n t e r v i e w w i t h F o x N e w s for you about what we’re doing Channel’s Greta Van Susteren everyday. aboard the bus on Tuesday. “I want them to have to do a little

than just the matter of keeping journalists out of the loop. “We know where we’re going,” Palin explained in the interview. “There’s a couple of different reasons why we’re not going to broadcast it to the whole world — one is security issues and another is if the price of gas spikes much higher we’re not going to be able to go too far.” Photo Credits: REUTERS/Molly Riley (Palin at Rolling Thunder) REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (Palin in New York) This entry passed through the bit of work on a tour like this and Full-Text RSS service — if this is that would include not necessarily your content and you're reading it telling them beforehand what on someone else's site, please read every stop’s going be,” she said. the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content“The media can figure out where only/faq.php#publishers. Five we’re going if they do their Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A investigative work. ” But there’s more to the mystery Gun.

Stalwarts in China's Water Struggle - New York Times (blog)
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Submitted at 6/2/2011 4:19:07 PM

New York Times (blog) Stalwarts in China's Water Struggle New York Times (blog) To report out my article on China's ambitious and troubled plan to divert water from the south to try to satisfy the drinking needs of people in the dying north, I traveled to the Han River, a tributary of the Yangtze River that winds through the heart... and more »

Mass. digs out after tornadoes kill 4, hurt 200 (AP)
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AP - The Rev. Bob Marrone was pained to see the steeple of his 137-year-old church shattered and

strewn on the grass in the central than some of his neighbors who Massachusetts town of Monson, lost their homes after tornadoes yet he knows he's more fortunate tore through the state, killing at

least four people and injuring about 200.


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China's Real Estate Bubble Is Making Your Cell Phone Obsolete--And Valuable
Greg Lindsay (Fast Company)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 10:10:54 AM

In the latest installment of Butterfly Effect, we follow the impact of China's bulging real estate market on commodities such as copper, the latest tech innovations those commodities enable, the scrap they create, and the subsequent recycling opportunities--in China. 1. China's Ghost Cities In November 2009, Al Jazeera English correspondent Melissa Chan discovered the nearly empty "ghost city" of Kangbashi on the steppes of Inner Mongolia, equipped with six-lane highways, an opera house, art museum, and a stadium. The city immediately became a symbol of China’s housing bubble, which has resulted in 64.5 million empty apartments across the country-enough to house a third of its urban population. Stranger still is the effect that the bubble, burst or not, has already had on the prices of commodities around the world. And how those prices have lead to technological innovation. And how rapid innovation means more e-waste. And how that means more opportunities for recycling and a booming recycling business. Put another way, throwing out your cell phone is the financial

equivalent of mailing a check to China. While Kangbashi became the latest example of China’s overbuilding (on par with the empty New South China Mall-the world’s largest), the city is actually a complete success. Its sold-out apartments are second or third homes owned by the residents of Ordos, the city next door. Ordos is the capital of China’s coal and rare earth metals

mining boom, with a GDP-percapita estimated to be higher than Beijing. A year ago, Bank of AmericaMerrill Lynch economist Ting Lu paid a visit to Kangbashi, noting in a subsequent report that owners in the neighboring city "are so cash-rich that they really don’t bother to rent their [empty] apartments." As Tsinghua University economist Patrick Chovanec explains, Kangbashi

owners are treating their empty homes as "'a store of value,' like gold." A city that found riches deep underground is building another city skyward. 2. What Goes Up… Must Come Down? Kangbashi’s speculators are hardly alone. One unforeseen consequence of China’s building boom has been the run-up in commodity prices. Decades of falling commodity prices have,

since 2002, given way to steadily climbing ones. Exhibit A: China’s insatiable demand for coal (46.9 percent of world demand), steel (45.4 percent), zinc (41.3 percent), aluminum (40.6 percent), and copper (38.9 percent), despite the fact that the country comprises less than 10 percent of global GDP. The typical explanation for this CHINA'S page 4

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Why Health Authorities Are So Worried About Europe's Mutant E. Coli Outbreak CNN International
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was isolated in the Central African Republic and known to Submitted at 6/2/2011 11:16:15 AM cause serious diarrhea. This new Health officials were worried strain of E. coli, however, has also enough about an unusually acquired specific sequences that virulent outbreak of food-borne appear to be similar to those illness from the E. coli bacteria, involved in the pathogenicity of which has infected more than hemorrhagic colitis and hemolytic 1,500 people in Germany and - u r e m i c s y n d r o m e . T h e killed at least 17. But the concern acquisition of these genes may jumped to another level on have occurred through horizontal Thursday when the World Health gene transfer. The analysis further Organization (WHO) announced showed that this deadly bacterium that the responsible pathogen was c a r r i e s s e v e r a l a n t i b i o t i c a strain of E. coli that they believe r e s i s t a n c e g e n e s , i n c l u d i n g had never before been seen by resistance to aminoglycoside, scientists. macrolides and Beta-lactam ( More on TIME.com: Q&A: A antibiotics: all of which makes Food Safety Expert Explains antibiotic treatment extremely Germany's E. Coli Outbreak) difficult. A c c o r d i n g t o t h e B e i j i n g The preliminary genetic analysis Genomics Institute in China, indicates that the new strain is a which has been working with mutant, the combination of two German scientists on the distinct groups of E. coli: outbreak, the new strain is enteroaggregative E. coli (EAEC) dangerous: and enterohemorrhagic E. coli Bioinformatics analysis revealed (EHEC). As is often the case that this E. coli is a new strain of when germs get together and start bacteria that is highly infectious splicing, the result is not good for and toxic. people, as Liverpool University This is a new serotype — not biologist Dr. Paul Wigley told the previously involved in any E. coli BBC Thursday: outbreaks. Comparative analysis One nasty bacteria seems to have showed that this bacterium has acquired a toxin from another 93% sequence similarity with the nasty bacteria which has resulted EAEC 55989 E. coli strain, which in an even nastier bug. It seems it

is producing two toxins which cause the damage and lead to bloody diarrhea and damage to tissues including the kidneys. Indeed, the worst cases of the outbreak have involved acute kidney failure, which is often a life-threatening complication of normal E. coli outbreaks. But usually E. coli, like most foodborne illnesses, only poses a mortal threat to very young children or those who are already weak. In the case of the current outbreak, however, women make up more than two-thirds of those affected, and young and middleaged adults — the very patients who should be able to weather the bacteria without major risk — form a very high percentage of the worst cases. Those acute cases are also occurring with unusual frequency; while kidney complications might occur in 5% to 10% of most E. coli outbreaks, Germany has reported 470 kidney failure cases out of about 1,500 known infections. ( More on TIME.com: German Egg Scare: Are Lax Food-Safety Laws to Blame?) It's important to remember, however, that we're still in the early days of the outbreak, and it's possible that there may be a

number of much less severe cases that have simply gone undetected, which would lower the overall severity of the strain. German doctors also use a broader definition than Americans for kidney failure. By the same token, the unusual age range of the victims could have less to do with the strain itself than the source, which might be a food children are less likely to eat. Still, scientists warn that the outbreak could continue for months. Researchers are uncertain where the outbreak began, and they still don't know what food might be carrying the contaminant. Reinhard Burger, the head of Germany's Robert Koch Institute, initially pointed the finger at Spanish cucumbers, but that seems to be a mistake — albeit one that has cost Spanish farmers hundreds of millions of dollars. ( More on TIME.com: Top 10 Most Dangerous Foods) Indeed, produce farmers across the European Union are hurting, as consumers have stopped buying vegetables and fruits, afraid that anything might carry the pathogen. The situation may only worsen; Russia announced an immediate ban on all European

fresh produce in response to the outbreak. Although the E.U. has protested, if Russia holds up its ban, it will hurt: the Russian market for European produce is worth $5.5 billion a year. Moscow's move is almost certainly an overreaction, but it's not an unusual one in these kinds of food-borne illness outbreaks, especially one that looks to be this severe. The outbreak has spread beyond Germany to several other European countries, with three people infected in Britain. Americans who've traveled to Germany recently have been told to watch for symptoms. ( More on TIME.com: Top 10 Panics!) Disease detectives will work hard to trace the outbreak back to its source, but given the complexity of the European produce market — and the comparative lack of a unified pathogen databank of the sort kept in the U.S. — the original culprit may never be discovered. This mystery is one that isn't likely to end soon. Related Links: Food Safety Violators Could Face Death Penalty in China The Senate Passes a Food-Safety WHY page 6


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mismatch between demand and GDP is that China is heavily invested at the moment in building infrastructure. But Kangbashi raises the specter of using all of these commodities to build apartments that will never be occupied--and one day be torn down for scrap metal value alone. Sufficiently alarmed by skyrocketing prices and disappearing farmland, the central government has tried to crack down on real estate speculation using capital controls, property taxes, and even by telling banks to stop making loans. But this last step has only spurred developers to become more creative in raising money--including dabbling in the commodity markets themselves. 3. Warehouses Full of Copper In January 2010, British commodities trader Sean Corrigan of Diapason Commodities noticed that the prices of copper, aluminum, and zinc in Shanghai "bear more than a passing resemblance to the volume of new loans concurrently granted by Chinese banks." In an email to The Financial Times, he speculated that developers were importing copper to tap the easy money available for import financing. It worked like this: They would buy copper on foreign exchanges, receive letters of credit from government banks or some other form of financing, and pledge the copper itself as collateral while they sunk the cheap money into

real estate projects they could later flip at a profit. Until then, the copper, a valuable currency, kept piling up in China, while the developers' ability (and willingness) to pay back the loan depended on how their projects were doing, not how high copper prices climbed. Corrigan's suspicions were borne out a year later when a research team from Standard Bank reported that as much as 700,000 metric tons of copper was just sitting in warehouses. "This is equivalent to around 11% of China’s total refined consumption and around 40% of China’s net refined copper demand," they wrote in a research note, adding, "More worryingly however is that the primary use of copper in bonded warehouse appears to be as a financing mechanism to provide cheap working capital for various types of business often unrelated to the metallic industry." As much as 80% of China’s warehoused copper was being used this way, mostly by developers. So copper kept flowing into China, even when prices on the London exchange rose higher than prices on the Shanghai exchange-which should have sent it in the opposite direction. Wrote Peking University professor Michael Pettis in May: "This is great for copper traders, of course, but perhaps not so good for the overall economy since someone has to pay for those outsized trading profits." Not to mention

the unintended consequence of linking the health of commodities markets to China’s frothy real estate schemes. 4. There's Gold In Those Phones The damage has already been done when it comes to copper demand. Just as oil’s all-time high of $147-a-barrel in 2008 triggered a paroxysm of "demand destruction" and a search for substitutes including renewables and natural gas, the side effects of copper’s recent high prices could change the face of computing and make copper pipes in plumbing a luxury good. "They’re trying to design copper out of applications where possible," says Lisa Morrison, a principal consultant at the metals and energy consulting firm CRU, which is easier said than done. Lightweight and highly conductive, copper is extremely difficult to swap out for say, aluminum, which is only half as conductive (and therefore requires twice as much metal to replace). One response is to simply use less of it, pushing electronics companies toward greater miniaturization in the name of cost-cutting. "The smaller everything gets, the greater copper’s conductivity gets," says Morrison. Another response is replace metals altogether. CRU’s longterm outlook for copper calls for telecom to replace copper cabling with fiber optics, which dovetails nicely with web content companies’ desire to push ever

greater amounts of data into homes. If prices remain high (and China’s baseline demand should keep a floor under prices, barring the bubble bursting), Americans might finally realize they’re throwing away a fortune when they toss their old PCs and cell phones, which are loaded with bits of increasingly valuable metals. Rising prices have led to a booming business in "e-scrap," i.e. recycling the metals used in electronics, which requires only a tenth of the electricity require to smelt and refine metal concentrates pulled from the rough. The EPA estimates Americans recycle at most 20% of their ewaste, with the rest going into landfill (where they comprise 70% of heavy metals). While European and Canadian smelters are busy doubling or even tripling their e-scrap capacity, the U.S. lacks even a single smelter. As a result, America is a major scrap exporter. To China. [Image: Wikimedia Commons] Read more from Fast Company's series The Butterfly Effect: The Race For The Most Efficient Server Is Turning Tech Companies Into Power Companies

ROCK SOLID w/ Thaddeus McCotter: Rep. Devin Nunes (Part Two)
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Submitted at 6/2/2011 2:01:00 AM

In part two of the latest ROCK SOLID series, Rep. Devin Nunes of California explains the environmental extremists who threaten the water supply of the San Joaquin Valley by using the Environmental Protection Act to pursue a radical agenda. Take a look: HUMAN EVENTS is the news source President Reagan called his "favorite newspaper" and we still hold high the Reaganesque principles of free enterprise, limited government and, above all, a staunch, unwavering defense of American freedom. You can also follow Human Events on FACEBOOK. Click Here to Become a Fan: This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

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Will Flip Cam Founder's New Restaurant The Melt Survive The Cutthroat Grilled Cheese Industry?
Austin Carr (Fast Company)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 11:25:07 AM

Jonathan Kaplan has launched The Melt, a chow chain backed by James Beard award-winning designers, Michelin Star awardwinning chefs, kitchen workflow engineers, and millions of dollars from Sequoia Capital. The Flip Cam was pretty awesome, too. How'd that end up? When I first got on the phone Wednesday with Jonathan Kaplan (not pictured above), founder of high-end grilled cheese restaurant chain The Melt, I immediately let him know who's boss. Sure, Kaplan sold his startup Flip Cam to Cisco for a cool $590 million in 2009, but Cisco just killed it. And sure his latest venture, The Melt, announced yesterday at AllThingsD, is backed by James Beard award-winning designers, Michelin Star award-winning chefs, a team of kitchen workflow engineers, and millions of dollars from Sequoia Capital. But when it comes to grilled cheese sandwiches, this is my turf, baby. I'm a veteran of the grilled cheese industry in New York City--with a raging former cocaine habit and three years of butter-knife scars to of a grilled cheese startup myself, I've dealt with draconian health show for it. A one-time purveyor

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Anti-competition is highly toxic for those who do not benefit from it. CNBC headlined a story about AFL-CIO President Richard this week’s awful economic news Trumka sat down for an interview with “Horror For U.S. Economy with Bloomberg News this week, As Data Falls Off Cliff.” They a n d e x p r e s s e d s o m e illustrated this story with a black dissatisfaction with how well s p i d e r d e s c e n d i n g u p o n a President Obama has been serving plunging line graph. As America union interests. Among other falls off Barack Obama’s cliff, we things, he decried the “wasted will look up to see a giant spider energy” spent on “hysteria about chasing us down into ruin. Even the federal deficit,” Obama’s Indiana Jones would have trouble support for various free-trade e s c a p i n g f r o m s u c h a d i r e agreements, and insufficiently s i t u a t i o n . v i g o r o u s p e r s e c u t i o n o f Obama may well be able to take a companies the labor bosses don’t place in history beside the antilike, such as Boeing. competition grandmasters who He thinks “more government brought us the Great Depression. spending to create jobs would Massive stimulus spending is a revive the economy and lead to a way to override the judgment of reduction in the deficit.” Of the markets, providing “magical” course! Spending more money, on advantages to well-connected the pointless slush funds filled by beneficiaries. Huge bailouts Obama’s utterly wasted trillion- eliminate competition by erasing dollar “stimulus,” is the perfect the consequences of failure. way to reduce the deficit! It’s just Carefully targeted regulations, like the time I balanced my d e s i g n e d t o h e l p s e l e c t e d checkbook by buying a new “ w i n n e r s ” c h o s e n b y t h e sports car. Why didn’t anyone government, replace competition else think of this? with ideology. Trumka is being awfully tough An ObamaCare waiver is a fine on Obama, who has been one of example of anti-competition, as America’s greatest producers of a those who receive the waivers resource Big Labor depends upon gain a tremendous governmentfor its profits: anti-competition. provided advantage over
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competitors sentenced to the gloom of the President’s disastrous program. ObamaCare itself is designed to boil competition out of the immense health-care market, saddling providers with all sorts of mandates that will make it impossible for them to stay in business. When the system inevitably fails, as it was designed to do, its architects will stand ready to insist on fully nationalized, absolutely noncompetitive, single-payer health care as the only possible solution to the crisis they have created. Big Labor is a prominent consumer of anti-competition, but plenty of corporations feed alongside them. President Obama’s choice to head the Commerce Department, John Bryson, was dubbed “The Secretary of Subsidy” by the Wall Street Journal. He’s an expert at

securing gigantic federal and state subsidies for useless black-hole “alternative energy companies.” The Journal sees him as a champion of “a core conceit of this Administration’s economic policy,” which is that better results are achieved when “government allocates capital to favored companies, rather than letting private markets do the job.” Anti-competition is the fuel for that dismal economic model. It’s sad that America is drowning in the toxic waste produced by those messy and inefficient engines. It doesn’t have to be this way. Information Age technology provides a route to a highly elevated state of vibrant competition, where highly informed consumers have easy access to a vast array of goods and services. Every consumer is just a few mouse clicks away from an ocean of professional and amateur reviews, covering every product he might wish to buy from an army of both local and online retailers. Just think of how well-informed the average purchaser of an automobile can be today, compared to twenty years ago. A field of vast size and

remarkably level character awaits the eager competitors of a free Information Age economy. We need only defeat people like Richard Trumka, whose riches depend on borders, limits, and controls. Of course those who rely upon anti-competition think there should be more of it, no matter how impoverished the rest of us become. Their hunger is, understandably, insatiable. Everyone else should understand that the end of competition is the dissolution of both freedom and general prosperity, for wealth is a function of choice, and competition is the atomic fire created by the explosion of choice. You will know you are free when you hear the thunder of capitalists engaged in fair battle to win the benevolence of your will. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

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Trump Back in the 2012 Presidential Race?
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Submitted at 6/1/2011 5:44:41 PM

• (Photo: Reuters / Don Himsel) Real estate magnate Donald Trump smiles as he leaves a Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce business expo at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, New Hampshire, May 11 2011. Though the business mogul and celebrity announced in May that he would not be entering the 2012 presidential race, Trump revealed on Wednesday that he's again considering the country's top office. Why? He's not happy with the current field of GOP contenders, he told Fox News. "If I'm not happy with what I see I could very easily change my mind," Trump said. "If I don't see things going better I can very easily change my mind." Trump made his comments just a day after meeting with former Alaska governor Sarah Palin in New York. The Big Apple was one of her stops on her mysterious "One Nation" bus tour that began on Sunday. Like us on Facebook

Palin has yet to make clear the purpose of her tour and has neither revealed future bus stops. According to Trump, Palin is simply expressing her love for the country and "wants to point out some of the great things in the country," he told Fox news. He asked her point blank is she was going to run for president and Trump said he doesn’t' believe she has made up her mind. While Palin continues to ponder her bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Trump apparently is doing the same thing. He insisted to Fox that he doesn’t even want to run and that he is enjoying his life. But, "so far, I'm just not seeing what this country needs. I don't see the kind of toughness that this country needs. ... I'm also not seeing a person that's going to get elected," he said. The 2012 election, he said, is "going to be the most important election that this country has ever had other than perhaps George Washington and Abraham Lincoln." "We're going off a very very steep slope and something has to be done very quickly." Trump originally decided against

running for president as he extended his contract with NBC for the reality show "The Apprentice." But he said Wednesday that in 11 months, he'll be "totally free" to do whatever he wants – such as join the presidential race. "I want to see a Republican get in that can beat Obama. We can't have another four years of Obama," he said. But with none of the GOP candidates so far exciting Trump, the celebrity said he may even consider running as an independent. Before his announcement in May to not join the race, Trump had reached out to Christians. He expressed his views against gay marriage and abortion and described his faith, calling himself a "Sunday church person," in an interview with CBN's David Brody. He also met with televangelist and popular speaker Paula White, who heads a large church in Tampa, Fla., and several other Christian leaders last month in New York. Though some Christians were hardly convinced of Trump being able to lead the country – especially after his persistence on the birth issue of President Obama

– others softened up to him, including evangelist Franklin Graham and Family Research Council's Tony Perkins. With the GOP field as broad as it is now, Trump is seeing another opportunity to try his hand at running for president. Along with Palin and Trump, others who have not yet announced their candidacy include former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman. Trump is scheduled to speak at the Faith & Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing in Washington, D.C., this weekend, along with several other GOP presidential candidates and hopefuls. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

Rescue, cleanup efforts continue in tornadodamaged areas Boston Globe
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[unable to retrieve full-text content] CBC.ca Rescue, cleanup efforts continue in tornado-damaged areas Boston Globe MONSON – The state's top elected officials toured tornadoravaged areas in Central and Western Massachusetts this morning, declaring that the storms, which killed four people and injured some 200 others, had caused damage the likes of which they had... Springfield, Mass., area in search -and-rescue mode after tornadoes Los Angeles Times US governor tours state after rare deadly tornadoes AFP Massachusetts wakes to death, ruin Albany Times Union Wall Street Journal- The StarLedger - NJ.com- USA Today all 2,131 news articles »


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stoners and cheapskate suppliers, mended George Foreman Grills like MacGyver, torn eviction notices to shreds, pounded lazy busboys and dishwashers into shape with an iron fist harder than aged pecorino, perfected a handless 15-second croquemonsieur, and nearly strangled to death my treasurer, whom I suspected of embezzling funds from the tip jar. Yes, I'm from the school of hard knocks--a school made of pasteurized Kraft Singles where Jon Scieszka is required reading and where we see the Virgin Mary in every sandwich served. But even I had to admit: The Melt has flavor. Kaplan, who plans to expand the chain to 500 restaurants nationwide by 2015, has taken a unique approach that heavily leverages technology. A locationbased app allows customers to order on-the-go, and streamlines purchases and pickup times through QR codes, which can be scanned at Melt locations. Rather than employ a George Foreman Grill, Kaplan has developed his own lean, mean, fat-reducing grilling machine. "We have a machine that cooks grilled cheese

in under a minute--it's a very high quality piece of industrial design," he says. He's certainly entering the industry at the perfect time. Based on insider figures and charts from one grilled cheese venue--clearly and scientifically and unequivocally a representative sample of the entire industry--I can tell you that sales are booming. Between 2006 and 2008, earnings from the grilled cheese industry shot up roughly 40%, before plummeting the following year by about 80% to record lows. (Incidentally, this is also the year when I helmed the grilled cheese operation. However, contrary to popular belief, any drop in sales was due entirely to the recession. And my treasurer, whom, I swear, was embezzling cash. Believe this.) But by the next season, sales had tripled, and have continued to rocket, shooting up 230% in the last year alone. Still, while the industry is booming and Kaplan's technological approach might one day prove successful, there's always the possibility that traditional techniques and

delivery methods might continue to outweigh modern bells and whistles. After all, just look to another fellow grilled cheese industry luminary: Ronnie, of New York's Lower East Side, whose underground grilled cheese delivery business is the stuff of legend. Perhaps that drug-dealer mentality and college-dorm-roomstyle entrepreneurship is exactly what this industry needs. Perhaps Michelin Star and James Beard award-winning chefs and designers are overkill for a sandwich of such delicate and simple proportions. "Well, look, Chipotle's worth $9 billion," says Kaplan. "I think if you put an all-star team together, and you have a product that makes people happy that is affordable and simple, then I think you can have a multibillion-dollar business. It's not overkill at all. I know Ronnie well. The idea that Ronnie makes grilled cheese or that [charitable organization] Feel Good makes grilled cheese to make the world a better place--I think that those are really interesting and novel concepts. But we're trying to build a real business here. I want to take this

company public, and I want to make my investors tons of money, and I want to make billions of people smile every day." Touché, Kaplan. But I have just one last question--the true test of any grilled cheese connoisseur: What is your grilled cheese technique? "I don't really have a technique for grilling a grilled cheese at all," he admits, with a laugh. "The only thing I can say is fast and hotpanned." No technique? What about a preferred bread and cheese combination? "Whatever is in the fridge, and whatever is in the bread drawer," he says. By the mold of Roquefort! That answer would get you eaten alive in the competitive and cutthroat world of the New York City underground grilled cheese scene. Luckily, The Melt is launching on the easily impressed West Coast. Follow @austincarr [Image: Flickr user Fabbriciuse]

Li Prevails to Gain French Open Final - New York Times
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Submitted at 6/2/2011 3:59:03 PM

Reuters Li Prevails to Gain French Open Final New York Times Li Na of China can shift her focus to the French Open final, where she will meet Francesca Schiavone. By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY PARIS — Maria Sharapova was quiet, pin-drop quiet, which was both welcome and foreboding for anyone who has listened to her... China's Li one win from history at French Open AFP China's Li Na Defeats Maria Sharapova to Reach French Open Women's Final Bloomberg Li Na blows away Maria Sharapova in French Open semifinal Herald Sun Seattle Post Intelligencer- Xinhua - Wall Street Journal (blog) all 1,535 news articles »

WHO: E. coli outbreak caused by new strain (AP)
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Clarice Taylor of 'The Cosby Show' dies at 93 (AP)
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AP - An entirely new super-toxic

bug is causing the frightening food poisoning outbreak that has sickened at least 1,600 people and killed 18, researchers and global

health officials said Thursday.

playing grandmothers on "The Cosby Show" and "Sesame Street," has died at the age of 93.

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Unrest in China: No pastoral idyll - The Economist
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Marvel comic series of the same name. Submitted at 6/2/2011 5:18:31 AM It focuses on the formative years By Christine Kearney of mutants Charles Xavier (played NEW YORK (Reuters) – The "X by James McAvoy) and Magneto, -Men" franchise is back in also known as Erik Lehnsherr, theaters worldwide this week after played by Michael Fassbender, in a two year break and set to adapt the days before they became its superhero themes into box mortal enemies. office muscle with a strong story, The 20th Century Fox film opens fresh crop of actors, zippy visuals in the German concentration camp and broad appeal. Auschwitz in occupied Poland in The fifth film, "X-Men: First 1944 with a young Lehnsherr, Class," will likely re-energize the who is separated from his parents series, guaranteeing more "X- when he first encounters the Men" movies and making it the villain Sebastian Shaw and early contender to beat among a discovers his powers for the first group of big summer comic book time. films such as "Green Lantern" and Directed by Matthew Vaughn, "Captain America", film experts another Briton, and with a say. reported production budget of "This one will likely be among the $120 million, early reviews for top three performers of the the tale of misunderstood freaks summer because, just like a good have been glowing. According to old James Bond movie, it should a g g r e g a t o r w e b s i t e R o t t e n a p p e a l t o a b r o a d b a s e o f Tomatoes, the movie has a rare 98 moviegoers -- even if they haven't percent "fresh" rating. seen the four previous films," said EMBRACE THE GEEK Deadline Hollywood columnist That bodes well after some Pete Hammond. unfavorable critical reaction to "X "X-Men:First Class," is another -Men: The Last Stand" in 2006 spin-off prequel to the original and "X-men Origins: Wolverine" movie adapted from the fictional (2009) -- although they still

managed to gross more than $459 million and $373 million respectively at the worldwide box office. "Much as 'Casino Royale' rebooted the James Bond franchise in a fresh and dynamic way, 'X-Men: First Class' injects new blood into a franchise that, for all its profitability, had become anemic," said The Hollywood Reporter. Critics describe the new "X-Men" as visually stylish and a welcome return to the roots of the series. The cast also includes Kevin Bacon as Shaw, Jennifer Lawrence as shape-shifting waitress Mystique, and Rose Byrne as CIA agent Moira MacTaggart. "X Men has been successful because it keeps reinventing itself and incorporating the most likable and intriguing group of ensemble characters of any comic book franchise," Hammond said. Fassbender, whose performance has earned buzz for his prospects as a future James Bond, told reporters he believed the success of the franchise lay with universal themes that highlight self-respect

and tolerance. "The whole concept of 'X-Men' is a very mature idea -- in terms of most superhero comics in general -- that there is this alter ego that makes up for the geek inside. But that idea of alienation is a universal thing, whether it be for religious beliefs or ethnicity or sexual orientation," Fassbender said. "It touches on a nerve that people can relate to." Fassbender said that unlike some other blockbuster movies, the audience was forced to ask questions. "Nowadays, especially with big commercial films, it is much too easy for the audience and they get spoon-fed," he said. (Editing by Jill Serjeant) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

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matter, but his ‘values’ do,” wrote Warren Cole Smith, an Submitted at 6/1/2011 12:51:01 PM evangelical journalist and The former Massachusetts associate publisher of WORLD governor will join a GOP field Magazine, recently on Patheos’ that is crowded with evangelical evangelical portal. contenders, including former “If the beliefs are false, then the M i n n e s o t a G o v e r n o r T i m behavior will eventually – but Pawlenty and former Godfather’s inevitably – be warped.” Pizza CEO Herman Cain, who Like us on Facebook have both officially declared their Smith was addressing several candidacy. evangelical leaders that endorsed Still sitting on the fence, Romney during his presidential however, are two other potential campaign in 2008. The leaders evangelical GOP presidential reasoned that although they don’t candidates with high intensity agree with the theology of enthusiasm among their fan base Mormonism, they find common – former Alaska Governor Sarah ground with Romney on social P a l i n a n d R e p . M i c h e l e values, namely on abortion and Bachmann (R-Minn.). same-sex marriage. While Romney has secured the But Smith, like many others, support of a well-connected pointed out that Romney has flipevangelical leader, Mark DeMoss, flopped on his positions on samefounder of the evangelical public sex marriage, abortion, and “just relations firm The DeMoss about every major ‘ culture war’ Group, his Mormon faith remains issue.” a problem for many evangelicals. Also, Mormonism teaches its “ Y o u c a n ’ t s a y t h a t h i s own version of American history, (Romney’s) religious beliefs don’t he pointed out, such as the “lost

tribes” of Israel came to America, and that Jesus came to America and the “lost tribes” during his incarnation. “[T]o all American voters – religious or not – I would ask this question: Do we want a person who believes that history is something you can ‘make up as you go along’ negotiating the outcomes of conflicts with real histories that go back thousands of years?” Smith posed. Perhaps even more importantly for Christians, Warren warned that electing a Mormon into the White House, or what some call the “bully pulpit,” will make the religion’s false teachings appear normal in the eyes of the world. “It would also provide an opening to Mormon missionaries around the world, who could start every conversation: ‘Let me tell you about the American president,’” the evangelical journalist warned. “To elect a Mormon President is to advance the cause of the Mormon Church.”

“A false religion should not prosper with the support of Christians. The salvation of souls is at stake.” Romney is nearly tied with potential candidate Sarah Palin in leading the GOP presidential field, according to polls. The former Massachusetts governor will announce his candidacy in New Hampshire, a state that political pundits say he needs to win the primary of in order to win the Republican Party’s nomination. New Hampshire is the first of a series of nationwide political party primary elections. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

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At the center of the latest storm is Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-New York), who has denied sending a lewd image of to a college student from his Twitter account. The picture of a man in his underwear appeared to be an image of him. Weiner has “flatly denied” sending the image. “You know, I can’t say with certitude. My system was hacked. Pictures can be manipulated. Pictures can be dropped in and inserted,” Weiner told reporters. When directly asked if the picture in question was of him, Weiner remarked, “You know I’m not going to talk about this anymore.” Weiner, known for his combative and direct style with reporters and on the House floor, seemed to exhibit little patience for reporters’ questions, instructing them they were to ask the questions and he would provide the answers. As reporters further pressed him on whether he sent the image, Weiner made derogatory comments to another reporter. While initially viewed as a minor story, the story has been kept

scheduled to resume mediation sessions June 7, but got the sides together early. Submitted at 6/2/2011 11:26:53 AM A court hearing in St. Louis on NFL Commissioner Roger the NFL's appeal of a ruling alive by contradictory information firm, echoed the company’s Goodell and several owners have blocking its lockout of the players from the congressman’s office. recommendations. “Too many met the last two days with begins Friday. That ruling was His staff first said Weiner’s people use passwords that are NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith, a stayed by an appeals panel last Twitter account was “obviously easy to figure out with a bit of group of players and a U.S. month. h a c k e d , ” h o w e v e r , t h e research. The case involving magistrate judge . For the latest in sports, visit Congressman has since started G o v e r n o r P a l i n i s a p r i m e A person with knowledge of the Sports Page. Follow us on Twitter referring to the incident as a example of how easy it is for a talks tells The Associated Press and Facebook. “prank,” although no one has good hacker to penetrate an those mediation sessions began Join the conversation about this taken credit or been accused. account. I advise my clients to Tuesday and ended Wednesday story » Like us on Facebook change their passwords every near Chicago. The person spoke See Also: Capitol Police have not opened month and make sure they don’t o n c o n d i t i o n o f a n o n y m i t y • Canada Reclaims The NHL the incident to investigation at this use the same password for b e c a u s e t h e m e e t i n g s w e r e • Ohio State Hopes Canning Jim point. multiple accounts.” supposed to be secret. The person Tressel Saves It $39 Million To prevent any further such Apparently, the photo in question s a y s v a r i o u s i s s u e s w e r e • Nadal Advances At French occurrences, a Twitter official has was deleted soon after being sent. discussed, but "to characterize it Open, Will Face Andy Murray In contacted members of Congress It was reported by Breitbart’s a s p r o g r e s s m i g h t n o t b e Semifinals via email and provided security BigGovernmrnt.com that the a c c u r a t e . " tips for maintaining personal and woman who received the photo Judge Arthur Boylan was legislative accounts. The company lived in the Seattle area. advised offices to make sure they Weiner, perceived to be a leading u s e d a “ s t r o n g p a s s w o r d , ” candidate to replace New York including both numbers and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is symbols and be at least 10 married to Huma Abedin, who characters in length. works as an aide to Secretary of Speaking on behalf of the State Hillary Clinton. (TREND HUNTER - The Latest Parmesan -- wouldn't you find company, Twitter’s Adam Sharp This entry passed through the Trends) that Staileggero by Liviana Osti wrote in a statement, “While we Full-Text RSS service — if this is comes in handy? The whimsical Submitted at 6/2/2011 11:02:02 AM won’t comment on individual your content and you're reading it culinary utensil meets the accounts, news reports of the past on someone else's site, please read ( TrendHunter.com) Picture a c r i t e r i a . . . few days are a good reminder of the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentlengthy dinner table and a meal t h e i m p o r t a n c e o f a c t i v e l y only/faq.php#publishers. Five that just begs for a sprinkle of p r o t e c t i n g y o u r a c c o u n t s Filters featured article: You credentials.” Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Dennis Berwyn of Apex Tek, a Gun. North Carolina based technology

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ECB's Lorenzo Bini Smaghi Says Central Bankers Need To Ignore Core Inflation
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schemes, typically e-mails that trick the recipient into surrendering personal information Vast quantities of e-mail content or clicking on links that infect the were accessed, according to two computer with a virus. people with knowledge of the After announcing the incident on breach. They said the FBI was a blog post, Google did not notified last week and that there elaborate on which U.S. officials was some debate within Google were affected, how long the users’ about whether to publicize the a c c o u n t s w e r e e x p o s e d , o r incident, because to do so could whether the attacker appeared to foreclose investigative options. be a government agent. The hackers allegedly used a U.S. authorities said no official “phishing” campaign to trick government e-mail systems were users of the popular e-mail service breached, but it was unclear into revealing their passwords, whether any of the victims which allowed the perpetrators to forwarded their work e-mails to monitor incoming and outgoing Gmail accounts. messages. The episode escalated tensions The personal Gmail account of between the search giant and the one Cabinet-level official was country with the world’s biggest compromised, an official with Internet user base. Google pointed knowledge of the breach said, and the finger at China last year after other senior government officials an attack on its network, and and military personnel were also Yahoo blamed Chinese hackers affected. for an attack on its e-mail service. Google said the targeted attack The Lanxiang Vocational School, appeared to originate from the which trains some computer Chinese city of Jinan and also hit scientists for the Chinese military, the Gmail accounts of journalists, is located in Jinan, where the Chinese political activists and latest campaign appeared to South Korean and other Asian o r i g i n a t e . T h e s c h o o l w a s officials. implicated in last year’s hacking Google determined that its users attack on Google. were attacked by phishing A Chinese Foreign Affairs

Ministry official said Thursday that “any blame against China in this [latest incident] is groundless and with an ulterior motive.” The official, Hong Lei, said in an emailed statement that the “Chinese government is firmly opposed to any cyber criminal activity, including hacking ... [and] is ready to cooperate with the international community to combat against it.” The White House’s National Security Council said it is looking into Google’s announcement and working with the FBI to investigate. The Department of Homeland Security has contacted Google and other federal agencies to offer analysis of any malicious activity and develop solutions to reduce further risk, Homeland Security spokesman Chris Ortman 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 the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

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attacks due to careless security precautions. The result of the misleading headlines was Google Submitted at 6/2/2011 11:24:57 AM being falsely lumped in with Phishing is not hacking. Users actual hack attacks, like those were tricked more than violated ... a g a i n s t S o n y ' s P l a y s t a t i o n and other lessons from yesterday's network hack. "Sony Apple made-up story. Google...is anyone taking data " Gmail Hack" was scattered security serious anymore?!" wrote across media headlines yesterday, one angry user online. "Gmail inciting the rumor that Google's hacked and will this affect trust in popular email platform had been G o o g l e D o c s a n d r e l a t e d the victim of a cyber-attack. It s e r v i c e s ? " w r o t e a n o t h e r . wasn't true. Google was not In this case, Google was burned hacked, a company spokesman for attempting to warn users tells Fast Company. Some users against phishing, under the w e r e d u p e d i n t o s u p p l y i n g backdrop of a series of highpasswords to fraudulent emails p r o f i l e a t t a c k s , i n c l u d i n g masquerading as trustworthy Congressman Anthony Weiner's ( sources (known as phishing)--a somewhat comical) scandal very common occurrence. related to an apparent hacker The allegedly shocking news was replacing his picture with a closecreatively extrapolated from a up of bulging underwear. In the blog post Google wrote to warn blog post, Google outlines several users about the importance of c o m m o n - s e n s e p r e c a u t i o n s , proper password protection, citing including never supplying a that even "senior government password through email, using officials" had fallen prey to strong passwords (with capitals

and numbers), and not replying to emails that Google redflags as suspicious with bright red text. Senior government officials or those with sensitive material might even take further precautions, including two-step verification, which sends a

numeric code to the user's phone in addition to requiring a password. The first clue to the suspiciousness of the story should have been the fact that only "hundreds" of emails were hijacked. Phishing attacks are so

exceedingly common that Gmail has a built in speed-dial button next to the "reply" option to alert Google to fraudulent attempt to attain passwords. Anyone who's ever been sent a spam email by a friend or seen a sketchy Facebook post that links to a website completely unrelated to the link title has witnessed an account hack. However, the fact that the attacks originated from China was news, especially given the nerve-racking announcement that the Pentagon will treat cyber-attacks as acts of war. Worrisome, since the Chinese government has, in the past, reportedly been the source of attacks against Google. The fallout, if it's discovered that these most recent Gmail attacks originated from the Chinese military, will be far greater in scope than a few hundred people losing temporary access to their email. [Image: Flickr user Fort Rucker]

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CHART OF THE DAY: Is Economic Pessimism Already Worse Than The Worst Of Last Summer?
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By Mike Krumboltz Few things capture the public's curiosity like Area 51. The topsecret military base (which doesn't officially exist) has been the subject of conspiracy theories for decades. What actually went on there? Something tells us we'll never know for sure. However, a recently revealed series of photographs provides some tantalizing new clues. The photos, which were published by National Geographic, show a titanium A12 spy plane. In one image, the satisfyingly sci-fi-looking plane hangs upside down while it is prepared for radar testing. In another shot, a group of officials with heavy equipment "remove all traces of the A-12 spy plane" after it went down in the Utah desert in 1963. See some previously unreleased

How fast things can change: Suddenly everyone is bearish, and in the matter of days the talk of "double dip" and "QE2" has come roaring back. In fact, by some measure, pessimism may already be worse than it was last August, right before QEII and the reacceleration of positive data. This chart from JPMorgan's Thomas Lee-- as part of his big calls to buy cyclicals -- shows that the relative PE of cyclicals vs. defensives is well lower than its

historical average AND well below where it was at the market nadir last year. For the latest finance news, visit Clusterstock. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story » See Also: • CHART OF THE DAY: Goldman Is Now A Bigger Credit Risk Than Citigroup • Meet The 21-Year-Old JPMorgan Intern That Got Bill Ackman's And David Einhorn's Jaws To Drop • CHART OF THE DAY: The "Lake Wobegone" Market

photos of Area 51 Roadrunners Internationale via Pangloss Films See more Area 51 photos at National Geographic Of course, the photos don't prove that alien life exists--but they do go a long way toward proving the government wasn't exactly forthcoming with what was going on at Area 51. Cue the "X-Files"

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Romney Launches Bid in the Midst of Palinpalooza “I will insist that Washington learns to respect the Constitution, including the 10th Amendment. We will return responsibility and authority to the states for dozens of government programs – and that begins with a complete repeal of Obamacare.” -- Advance excerpts of a speech to be given by Mitt Romney today in Stratham, N.H. announcing his presidential candidacy. It’s not just the national press corps that’s getting tangled up in the nomadic movements of the Palin tribe through New England. It’s also Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney, who makes his bid official at a chilicook off at a farm in New Hampshire today. Romney, as befits his personality and style, has long planned and choreographed the event for his campaign rollout. Palin, meanwhile, is just trucking up the seaboard eventually heading for the Granite State. As Romney tries to get another look, all eyes are on Palin’s bus as it flirts with the state’s southern border today. Is she doing mischief? Trying to help her own chances? Rolling without any plan? She’s sure not

telling. But if you look at the advance text of Romney’s remarks, he’s clearly looking to embrace some of the same Tea Party energy that fuels the Palin caravan. Romney will talk about the need to woo libertarian voters (not a bad move as Ron Paul staffs up in the state) and will preach a bit on states’ rights. The biggest knock on Romney from the roguish wing of the GOP is that he’s an establishment wannabe and technocrat who doesn’t really feel their kind of pistol-packing conservatism in his well-structured bones. With Palin hovering around today, Romney is going to try to show that he’s got Goldwater fever too. But the Romney plan is more about money. National Journal reports that Romney has scheduled 33 fundraising events in 14 states and the District of Columbia. The goal is to show a massive bankroll at the end of the first quarter, maybe even one to rival the $60 million Obama insiders say the president will seek in the same period. Dems Dabble with Debt "I simply explained what our plan is, how it works, it's been it's been mis-described, by the president and many others, and so we simply described to him, what he

is proposing so that he hears from us how our proposal works so in the future he won't mischaracterize it." - Rep. Paul Ryan, to reporters after a White House meeting, saying he asked President Obama to stop “demagoguing” Republican proposals. President Obama’s courtesy call/ photo op with House Republicans at the White House on Wednesday was, according to a Power Play source who was there, “basically a total waste of everyone’s time.” Republicans and the president talked past each other. The GOP has already passed its debt reduction plan – the live wire that is Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan for slashing spending and overhauling Medicare– and made its demand for what it expects in exchange for meeting Obama’s request that the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit be increased – a dollar in cuts in exchange for every dollar in new debt. Obama and his Democratic colleagues have not so far offered anything in the way of specifics and the president continued in that vein Wednesday, deferring specific negotiations until next week when Vice President Biden returns from a European trip with his wife, Jill. Republicans say Obama talked

about the need to “win the future” and to “invest” in priorities. Republicans accused him of failing to lead and of irresponsibly vilifying them for trying to address a fiscal crisis which the president allows is looming. It’s this kind of thing that upsets the GOP. In a magazine interview with the Democratic-leaning group for older Americans, AARP, Obama talked about “lopping off benefits under Medicare” to characterize entitlement plans offered by Republicans as compared to his own, more nuanced approach. But unproductive meetings are often the easiest kind to have. When there’s no common ground, the meeting itself is the event. Everybody offers up their boilerplate, grabs a bottle of water and a cookie and heads home. Today, though, Obama will face a tougher crowd when the members of his own party in the House come over to talk. Half of these folks voted against a plan to provide the “clean” debt limit increase initially sought by Obama. Many in the other half are convinced that the president will again trade away core issues as he did in his deals on extending current tax rates and funding the government. There may also be uncomfortable questions about Obama’s war

strategies in Afghanistan and Libya. Remember, minority House members, even of the same party as the president, are usually ignored. This is their chance to sing out about whatever has been bugging them. Obama needs to convince the shrunken band of Democratic deficit hawks that he is serious about debt issues in order to set the stage for a future debt-ceiling vote, but he will have to listen to a lot of flummery in order to do that. Economy Gets the Shakes “However you try and spin this report, it is an ugly report, which will pose severe downside risks to people’s payroll estimates.” -- Economist David Semmens of Standard Chartered Bank talking to the Financial Times about a May jobs report that showed private-sector hiring falling by 50 percent from April. Signs continue to suggest that the growth rate for the second quarter of the year will be slower than the one before it, which was slower than the one before that. Such a scenario would be politically disastrous for President Obama who is pushing hard on the notion of a slow but steady climb back to economic vitality for the nation. It’s not that the ROMNEY page 17


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alarm about Internet security. Andrew Davies of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, an By Sui-Lee Wee and Alexei independent security and defense Oreskovic think tank, said governments BEIJING/SAN FRANCISCO| needed to pay more attention to Thu Jun 2, 2011 8:08am EDT hacking no matter where it (Reuters) - Suspected Chinese originated from. h a c k e r s t r i e d t o s t e a l t h e "I think there has been a certain passwords of hundreds of Google lack of appreciation of the email account holders, including looming threat around the world," those of senior U.S. government Davies said. officials, Chinese activists and "We've been in catch-up mode for journalists, the Internet company the last couple of years and it's said. been hard to wake up western The claim by the world's largest governments to the magnitude of Web search engine sparked an the threat." angry response from Beijing, The hackers recently tried to which said blaming China was crack and monitor email accounts "unacceptable," pointing to by stealing passwords, but Google further tensions in an already detected and "disrupted" their strained relationship with Google. campaign, the company said on its The perpetrators appeared to official blog. Google said it had originate from Jinan, the capital of notified the victims. C h i n a ' s e a s t e r n S h a n d o n g The revelation comes more than a province, Google said. Jinan is year after Google disclosed a home to one of six technical cyberattack on its systems that it reconnaissance bureaus belonging said it traced to China. Google to the People's Liberation Army partially pulled out of China, the and a technical college U.S. world's largest Internet market by investigators last year linked to a users, last year after a tussle with previous attack on Google. the government over censorship. Washington said it was "We recently uncovered a investigating Google's claims c a m p a i g n t o c o l l e c t u s e r while the FBI said it was working p a s s w o r d s , l i k e l y t h r o u g h with Google following the attacks phishing," Google said, referring -- the latest computer-based to the practice where computer invasions directed at multinational users are tricked into giving up companies that have raised global sensitive information.
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It "affected what seem to be the personal Gmail accounts of hundreds of users, including among others, senior U.S. government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries (predominantly South Korea), military personnel and journalists." A Washington-based security expert, Mila Parkour, first reported the Gmail attacks on her blog in February, saying they appeared to have started last year and were invasive. China's Foreign Ministry said it "cannot accept" accusations hackers in China tried to break into hundreds of Gmail accounts. U.S. WARNING Google did not say the Chinese government was behind the attacks or say what might have motivated them. But a former U.S. government official who served in China said he was fairly sure the Chinese government was responsible. He said it was a sign of Beijing's fears that contagion from the Arab "jasmine" uprisings could spread to China. "I'm fairly certain it's the Chinese government, and probably the PLA," the former official, who asked that his name not be used, told Reuters. "There's all kinds of Internet

issues going on now in China, and I think it's largely driven by the Jasmine movement. China's very afraid of that." The United States has warned that a cyberattack -- presumably if it is devastating enough -- could result in real-world military retaliation, although analysts say it could be difficult to detect its origin with full accuracy. Lockheed Martin Corp, the U.S. government's top information technology provider, said last week it had thwarted "a significant and tenacious attack" on its information systems network, though the company and government officials have not yet said where they think the attack originated. Cyberattacks originating in China have become common in recent years, said Bruce Schneier, chief security technology officer at telecommunications company BT. "It's not just the Chinese government. It's independent actors within China who are working with the tacit approval of the government," he said. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said there was no reason to believe any U.S. government email accounts were accessed. An official at South Korea's presidential office said the Blue House had not been affected, but added they did not use Gmail for

official business. E L E C T R O N I C E A V E S D R O P P I N G Technical reconnaissance bureaus, including the one in Jinan, oversee China's electronic eavesdropping, according to an October 2009 report by the U.S.China Economic and Security Commission, a panel created by Congress to monitor potential national security issues related to U.S- China relations. The bureaus "are likely focused on defense or exploitation of foreign networks," the commission report states. Last year, U.S. investigators said there was evidence suggesting a link between the Lanxiang Vocational School in Jinan and the hacking attacks on Google and over 20 other firms, the New York Times reported. The school denied the report. "Blaming these misdeeds on China is unacceptable," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a regular news briefing in Beijing. "Hacking is an international problem and China is also a victim. The claims of so-called Chinese state support for hacking are completely fictitious and have ulterior motives." The official Xinhua news agency GOOGLE page 25

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numbers themselves are bad but that they reveal what American voters already know: things are not improving. There will be another jobs report today for weekly unemployment claims, but the number everyone is most interested in is the Department of Labor’s May jobs report due out on Friday. If it reflects the findings of private firm ADP which showed a collapse in private-sector job growth watch for already anxious retailers and manufactures to trim their sails again in preparation for more bad weather. The grimmest news on Wednesday came from a 19month low the Purchasing Managers Index, a combination of new orders, inventory levels, production, supplier deliveries and the employment environment that is considered one of the best metrics of the health of the manufacturing sector. That came on the heels of Tuesday news that home prices have yet to hit bottom as vacant homes continue to pile up amid an ongoing riptide of foreclosures and tight credit markets. The administration is struggling to look proactive on the subject, but lacks the political possibilities to do any of the things that their economics team would recommend. There is no chance of stimulus spending and the Federal Reserve is pulling back it’s own unprecedented cash dumps ahead of increasing scrutiny from Congress. But Power Play has to wonder if

this downturn isn’t taking the administration by surprise. The president has chosen a controversial environmentalist and former California utility executive John Bryson to lead the Commerce Department, theoretically the agency tasked with helping facilitate American industrial growth. Bryson, who is one of the leading figures in the movement to shift the American economy into carbon neutrality because of concerns about global warming, is the pick of a president looking to advance his environmental agenda by other means, not a guy desperate to do anything to turn the economy around. Administration Takes Big Risk to Shield Planned Parenthood “… Medicaid programs may not exclude qualified health care providers from providing services that are funded under the program because of a provider’s scope of practice. Such a restriction would have a particular effect on beneficiaries’ ability to access family planning providers…” -- Letter to Indiana health officials from Medicaid Administrator Dr. Donald Berwick refusing to approve a state plan that bars subsides for abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. The Obama administration is threatening to strip $4 billion in federal matching funds from the state of Indiana over that state’s new ban on providing tax dollars for subsidized care at health providers that also perform abortions.

Democrats have engaged in considerable political risks so far to shield Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, from Republican efforts to deny the group federal funding. Democrats traded away substantial cuts during the March showdown over current government funding to prevent a Republican effort to take funding away from the organization. But the decision to have Dr. Donald Berwick, the controversial Obama recess appointee charged with implementing the president’s health care law as the head of Medicaid, start a showdown over the issue is evidence of just how far Democrats are willing to go to defend the organization. Planned Parenthood holds a special place for Democrats. Aside from providing the cheap abortions that many liberals believe help alleviate poverty, the group provides basic gynecological care for millions of women. Like maintaining federal funding for National Public Radio, keeping money flowing to Planned Parenthood is an expression of Democratic principle and priority. It’s like school choice programs for Republicans. And if Indiana succeeds in its effort to cut off Planned Parenthood from Medicare – a health care welfare program for poor adults and middle-class children funded jointly by state and federal taxpayers – it could quickly spread to other pro-life states with grave consequences

for the group. While House Republicans were talking only about a direct subsidy provided to the group, this plan attacks a more important funding source: reimbursements for treating poor women. The potential consequences for the group explain why the administration is willing to expose Berwick, a proponent of government rationing of health care, to further controversy at a time when the president’s health law is under constant assault. Weird Weiner REP. ANTHONY WEINER, DN.Y.: We're concerned about saying anything definitively – you know pictures get manipulated, pictures get dropped into accounts, and so we've asked an Internet security firm and a law firm to take a hard look at this and try to come up with a conclusion about what happened and how we make sure it doesn't happen again. BRET BAIER: People are sitting at home saying ‘Is there a picture out there of you in your drawers that you are worried about?’ WEINER: We've been sitting down for a brief moment and you're already asking if there are picture of me in my drawers, let me say this, that in… BAIER: You invited us here -- Exchange between Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., and FOX News colleague Bret Baier regarding photo of a man’s turgid, underwear-covered crotch posted on the congressman’s Twitter account. New York Democrat Rep.

Anthony Weiner’s plan to filibuster the media feeding frenzy surrounding a photo of a man’s crotch that briefly appeared on his Twitter account is not working. Weiner got what would normally have been a dream day for the publicity-hungry rising star of Empire State politics roadblocked evening news coverage (except for NBC, which smacked down New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie for taking a state helicopter to his son’s little league game) and big names from all five major television outlets in his office for interviews. But Weiner lacked cogent answers to the only two salient questions that could be ask of him: Is that your crotch and why haven’t you brought in police? Weiner engaged in a bit of selfcriticism in his series of interviews, evaluating his own effort to simply bull past the accusations and talk over the questions of a bewildered press corps. You could see a media savvy guy who had long lamented the way other pols handled scandals realizing that he was no better than most (and in fact, quite worse than many). Weiner’s chief tormentor, Big Government’s Andrew Breitbart, is threatening today to drop a new bombshell in the case. He seems to be suggesting in his opaque, dramatic, Breitbart-y way, that he knows the identity of the Twitter user who found the picture lurking on Weiner’s feed. The ROMNEY page 24


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Surprise Twisters in Mass. Kill 4, Level Homes
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The Rev. Bob Marrone was pained to see the steeple of his 137-year-old church shattered and strewn on the grass in the central Massachusetts town of Monson, yet he knows he's more fortunate than some of his neighbors who lost their homes after tornadoes tore through the state, killing at least four people, damaging buildings, uprooting trees and shattering lives. "I can see the plywood of roofs, and see houses where most of the house is gone," said Marrone, pastor of The First Church of Monson. "The road that runs up in front of my house ... There's so many trees down, it's completely impassable." Residents of 19 communities in central and western Massachusetts woke to widespread damage Thursday, a day after at least two late-afternoon tornadoes shocked emergency officials with their suddenness and violence and caused the state's first tornadorelated deaths in 16 years. One tornado was dramatically captured on a mounted video camera as it tore through Springfield, the state's thirdlargest city. At the MassMutual Center, a cavernous event facility

where seniors from Wilbraham's Minnechaug Regional High School had gathered in gowns and tuxedos for prom, the tornado terrified photographers and students as it whirled outside the floor-to-ceiling windows. "It looked like birds were flying out of the trees and it was rubble," said Martha Vachon, of Photography by Duval of Palmer. The prom went on as scheduled. Gov. Deval Patrick told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday that considering how quickly the tornadoes formed, he feels fortunate there weren't more fatalities. "When I spoke with the mayor of Springfield yesterday, he told me they had about 10 minutes' warning," Patrick said. "When you consider how quickly the tornadoes developed and then touched down, the fact that there wasn't even greater damage and loss of life is a remarkable thing." Experts were to fly over the region Thursday to assess damage from the nation's latest burst of violent weather, while others planned to analyze video and damage on the ground to determine the number and strength of the tornadoes, National Weather Service meteorologist Benjamin Sipprell said. The storm pulverized or sheared

off the tops of roofs on Main Street in Springfield, a city of more than 150,000 about 90 miles west of Boston. A debris-filled funnel swept into downtown from the west, then swirled across the Connecticut River. "Everything started shaking. The whole building was shaking," said Shonda Lopez, who was at home when the tornado struck before dinner time. Lopez's sister, Margaret Alexander, hid in a closet in her apartment during the storm. She and 15 family members, including a daughter, two granddaughters and the family dog, Sasha, in a crate later went to the MassMutual Center, which was converted into an emergency shelter. The governor declared a state of emergency and called up 1,000 National Guardsmen after the storms, which brought scenes of devastation more familiar in the South and Midwest to a part of the country where such violent weather isn't a way of life. Patrick said Wednesday that the death toll was preliminary and that police and firefighters were going door to door in Springfield to assure that no one was trapped in damaged buildings. Members of the state's congressional delegation said they would seek federal assistance for

storm-damaged areas. Sen. Scott Brown planned a tour Thursday of the hardest-hit spots. Patrick said there was extensive damage in Hampden County, especially to homes and other structures. He asked superintendents in the 19 affected communities to cancel school Thursday and told nonessential state employees in counties impacted by the storms to stay home. Massachusetts hasn't experienced a tornado since 2008, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. The last killer tornado in Massachusetts was on May 29, 1995, when three people died in Great Barrington, a town along the New York state border. The state's deadliest recorded tornado on June 9, 1953, killed 94 people in the Worcester area. The state averages about two tornadoes per year. Severe thunderstorms are not unusual, but strong tornadoes ripping a path through cities the size of Springfield are, said Peter Judge of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. "It was obviously an incredible surprise," Judge said. "We'd been monitoring the weather all day and by early afternoon nobody was overly concerned." A tornado watch had been issued earlier for much of the East Coast,

including Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said more than 40 people were admitted to hospitals in the city. State police said at least five people were seriously injured and required surgery. The storm hit as workers were starting the evening commute home. Police closed some highway ramps leading into Springfield. In Sturbridge, at the junction of the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 84, a half-mile section of Main Street was shut down after a tornado damaged homes and felled trees, according to town administrator Shaun Suhoski. Two people were killed in West Springfield, one in Springfield and another in Brimfield, according to Patrick, who did not immediately know the circumstances of the deaths. Among the injured in Springfield was a retired priest, according to a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield. The priest was living at St. Michael's Retired Priest Residence, which was damaged by the tornado. Bob Pashko, of West Springfield, said he was returning from his doctor's office when the storm SURPRISE page 23

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Mutant Killer: Deadly Euro E. Coli an Unknown Strain

including one overnight in Germany, the country hit hardest by the outbreak. Researchers have Reuters been unable to pinpoint the cause An employee of Czech center of of the illness, which has hit at national reference laboratories least nine European countries, and prepares samples of vegetables for prompted Russia on Thursday to molecular testing on EHEC extend a ban on vegetables to the bacteria (bacterium Escherichia entire European Union. coli.) in Brno June 1, 2011. Kruse said it's not uncommon for London – The World Health bacteria to continually evolve and Organization said Thursday that swap genes. "There's a lot of the E. coli bacteria responsible for mobility in the microbial world," a deadly outbreak that has left 18 she said. Kruse said it was dead and sickened hundreds in difficult to explain where the new Europe is a new strain that has strain came from but said strains never been seen before. of bacteria from both humans and Preliminary genetic sequencing animals easily trade genes, similar suggests the strain is a mutant to how animal viruses like Ebola form of two different E. coli sometimes jump into humans. bacteria, with lethal genes that "One should think of an animal could explain why the Europe- source," Kruse said. "Many wide outbreak appears to be so animals are hosts of various types massive and dangerous, the of toxin-producing E. coli." agency said. Kruse said the new bacteria strain Hilde Kruse, a food safety expert had traits that made it more at the WHO told The Associated dangerous than other types of E. Press that "this is a unique strain coli, which might explain why the that has never been isolated from outbreak is mainly striking adults, patients before." and women in particular. She added that the new strain has Normally, severe E. coli cases are "various characteristics that make seen in children and the elderly. it more virulent and toxin- But she cautioned that since producing. people with milder cases probably So far, the mutant E. coli strain aren't seeking medical help, has sickened more than 1,500 officials don't know just how big people, including 470 who have the outbreak is. "It's hard to say developed a rare kidney failure how virulent (this new E. coli complication, and killed 18, strain) is because we just don't
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European citizens does it take for European officials to tackle this problem?" he told the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency. No fatalities or infections have yet been reported in Russia. The European Union argued the Russian ban was disproportionate. Frederic Vincent, a spokesman for the EU's Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner John Dalli, said Thursday that the European Commission would write to the Russian Agency for the Supervision of Consumer Rights know the real number of people The United Arab Emirates issued to demand further clarification of affected." a temporary ban on cucumbers the ban. Nearly all the sick people either from Spain, Germany, Denmark Meanwhile, Spain's prime live in Germany or recently and the Netherlands. State news minister slammed the European traveled there. Two people who agency WAM said the Gulf Commission and Germany for were sickened are now in the nation's Minister of Environment singling out the country's produce United States, and both had and Water issued the order as a possible source of a deadly recently traveled to Hamburg, Wednesday based on information bacterial outbreak in Europe, and Germany, where many of the "from international food safety said the government would infections occurred. British agencies and news reports." demand explanations and officials announced four new L y u b o v V o r o p a y e v a , reparations. cases, including three Britons who spokeswoman for the Russian Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero recently visited Germany and a Agency for the Supervision of told Spanish National Radio that German person on holiday in Consumer Rights, told the AP the the German federal government England. Russian ban has been imposed was ultimately responsible for the German officials have warned immediately and indefinitely. allegations, adding that Spain people not to eat lettuce, tomatoes The agency's chief Gennady w o u l d s e e k " c o n c l u s i v e and cucumbers. Onishchenko told Russian news explanations and sufficient Fearful of the outbreak spreading agencies that this "unpopular reparations." into Russia, the country on measure" would be in place until The outbreak is already Thursday extended its ban on E u r o p e a n o f f i c i a l s i n f o r m considered the third-largest vegetable imports to all of the EU. Moscow of the cause of the involving E. coli in recent world Russia had banned fresh imports disease and how it is being from Spain and Germany on spread. MUTANT page 24 Monday. "How many more lives of


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Geithner to meet Republican skeptics on debt limit
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who could hold up a vote to raise the $14.3 trillion statutory limit. "Many of them campaigned and By Richard Cowan were elected by telling their WASHINGTON| Thu Jun 2, constituents what they want to 2011 11:25am EDT hear and what many of the (Reuters) - Treasury Secretary freshmen believe: that by simply Timothy Geithner meets an cutting up the nation's credit card, influential group of freshman we can immediately start living R e p u b l i c a n l a w m a k e r s o n within our means," said William Thursday to try to improve G a l s t o n , a s c h o l a r a t t h e chances that Congress will B r o o k i n g s I n s t i t u t i o n . increase his borrowing authority A face-to-face meeting is a and prevent a government default. chance for Geithner to make the The session with the 85 or so case that the debt-limit vote is Republicans elected in November needed to address spending that o n a p l e d g e t o d e e p l y c u t has already been incurred and that government spending comes in with financial markets already the midst of slow-going White shaky, a failure to lift the ceiling House-led negotiations with could further unsettle investors Congress over a deficit-reduction and risk grave harm to the deal. economy. Warnings from President Barack Geithner is at ground zero in Obama's aides about the need to Washington's fight over how to raise the debt limit have fallen on c l e a n u p t h e f i s c a l m e s s d e a f e a r s a m o n g m a n y characterized by the $14.3 trillion Republicans, who are skeptical of debt and a $1.4 trillion deficit just the talk of a potential catastrophe this year. if that step is not taken by August "After the meeting I believe 2. Secretary Geithner will see how Geithner is likely to hear some serious we are as a freshman class blunt talk from the freshman about getting our debt and deficit Republican members of the House under control so we can get our of Representatives, many of them economy going again," said conservative Tea Party activists, Representative Kristi Noem.
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Noem, one of the tough "mama grizzlies" touted by ex-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, told Reuters she hopes Geithner comes armed with some "significant spending cuts and reforms." The first-term congresswoman from South Dakota might be disappointed as those kinds of details are still to be worked out by Vice President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of six lawmakers who are in the early stages of spending-cut talks. 'AN HONEST DISCUSSION' Republicans, and some Democrats, are demanding an outline for trillions of dollars in spending cuts before allowing any increase in the Treasury Department's borrowing authority. The handful of freshmen House Democrats also are invited to Thursday's meeting with Geithner. If Geithner cannot arrive at that meeting with details on the full list of potential spending cuts, he still could make headway with this feisty group of House Republican newcomers. "Having the Treasury secretary personally (attend), take their questions seriously and explain the consequences (of not raising the debt limit) ... could change

some minds," said Andy Laperriere, a policy analyst for International Strategy and Investment who follows Washington for investors. "It's showing a measure of respect for this group that will pay dividends," he said. It also will be an opportunity for the freshmen to explain to Geithner "vividly why it is so difficult to vote for this (debt limit increase) back home," Laperriere added. Without a debt limit increase, either on August 2 or some later date, Geithner likely would have to make decisions on which bills to pay. He could decide to delay Social Security benefit payments to retirees, withhold military pay, sell some government assets or not pay off government bondholders. Some 97 House Republicans, including many freshmen, support a bill that would require Treasury to ensure that its debt obligations are met before paying other accounts. Freshman Representative David Schweikert, questioned whether a delay in raising the debt limit would increase government borrowing costs, as the

administration has warned. "It would be nice to have an honest discussion of what the debt ceiling means ... and what we can do on prioritizing (Treasury) payments," Schweikert said. Another House freshman, Republican Mike Pompeo, said Geithner "set August 2 as the date that bad things happen. I want to hear from him what that means from an operational matter as the secretary of the Treasury." Pompeo said if the administration agrees to serious spending cuts -immediately and in the mediumterm -- and even closes some tax loopholes, then "most certainly" he would vote for raising the debt limit. (Additional reporting by Andy Sullivan and Rachelle Younglai; editing by Bill Trott and Mohammad Zargham) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

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Alexa Woodiwiss Does Romantic Novels Her Own Way
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'Unlocked, Kingdoms of Yria, Ashyre's Story' by Alexa Woodiwiss. (Courtesy of Woodiwiss Books LLC) A new fantasy romance author has burst on the scene and her first book is a visit to a world that doesn’t exist except in her imagination. Alexa Woodiwiss’s first novel Unlocked, Kingdoms of Yria introduces us to fantasy world called Yria. The setting is akin to the 16-17th century in our world. Alexa has some big shoes to fill—she is the granddaughter of one of the most famous romance novelists that ever wrote—Kathleen Woodiwiss. Kathleen passed away several years ago, but Alexa has obviously inherited her grandmother’s talent for writing. Unlocked is the first novel in a series of books Woodiwiss has planned. This first one is the story of Navali, a princess of the kingdom called Lynaria and her groom-to-be Ashyre, a prince from Dareknay. Both are kingdoms in Yria. Even though Yria is a fantasy world, we see aspects of our own world there. The residents of Yria struggle over power; have concerns about

the future of their various peoples; they love; they are devoted to family and friends; and of course they struggle with cruelty and evil which plague all worlds whether real or imagined. Navali and Ashyre are being brought together to wed by their fathers to save their kingdoms. Neither Navali nor Ashyre are happy about the proposed union and are looking for ways to get out of the arrangement. Lynaria, Navali’s country, is a serene, ordered, and most of all, unemotional place. But it is hiding a dark secret which threatens the future of their kingdom. So she is being forced to wed a “barbarian” from Dareknay, whose people are known for their boisterous, free spirits and extreme emotions. Navali knows it is her duty to her people to go through with the wedding, but she is filled with doubt and anger as the caravan travels from her country to Dareknay for the ceremony. However, fate takes over before she can reach her destination. She is kidnapped by soldiers from Pitan, another country of Yria where a group of sadistic, cruel people live. The exciting story continues as we follow Prince Ashyre’s race to save his bride. Even though they were being forced to wed, he finds his quest

to save Navali all-consuming. The story is told in varying chapters from Navali's and then from Ashyre's perspective. We witness the transformation in their attitudes about the proposed marriage—at first they are both angry and afraid and then slowly their feelings become acceptance and then excitement. Don't expect Alexa's work to be a

not venture into the more “steamy” romance scenes that Kathleen was famous for, and Alexa says that is intentional. She decided that instead of writing a historical romance as her grandmother did, she would create her own fantasy world—and invented Yria and its multiple kingdoms. Alexa says that she creates her stories slowly. Her ideas come to her and the characters and storytelling evolve as she writes. This book took her about two years to write. Alexa is planning a series of books about the world of Yria and will focus on a different couple for each one. There are plenty of characters to feature—Ashyre alone has five brothers and three sisters. It will be interesting to see whose story she tells in her next trip to the fantasy world of Yria. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is continuation of her grandmother's. your content and you're reading it Alexa says she knows that people on someone else's site, please read will naturally compare her work the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentto her grandmother’s, but she isn't only/faq.php#publishers. Five worried about it. She wants to Filters featured article: You develop her own style, and even Cannot Kill An Ideology With A though she is writing in the same Gun. genre—romance novel—the reader can see definite differences between her style and Kathleen Woodiwiss’s. Alexa’s novel does


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Movie Review: 'Mon-Rak Transistor'
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THAI COMEDY/TRAGEDY: Siriyakorn Pukkavesh in a scene from 'Mon-Rak Transistor.' (Courtesy of Fortissimo Films) Poor Pan is not about to become the next Thai Idol. He actually has the look and the voice for it, but destiny is doggedly working against the provincial crooner in Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s Mon-Rak Transistor, which screens as part of “Blissfully Thai,” the Asia Society’s retrospective of Thai cinema in the 21st century. Pan can sing, but he is not too bright. However, that hard head of his is a blessing when he is wooing the sweetly innocent Sadaw. Her father does not exactly approve of the big dummy, but he is worn down by Pan’s persistence. They indeed marry and share about five minutes of wedded bliss. Unfortunately, Pan is drafted into the army, where he proceeds to make a thorough hash of his life. Initially, Pan plugs away as a grunt, but when he happens to win a fly-by-night talent contest in town, he goes AWOL to pursue his dreams of stardom. Instead of crooning, though, he winds up as the indentured gopher of a sleazy

promoter. In the tradition of onedarned-thing-after-another melodrama, just as Pan appears to turns a corner, fate slaps him down harder and lower. Mon-Rak Transistor is a pseudomusical, incorporating the songs of Surapol Sombatcharoen (1930–1968), a popular Thai easy -pop balladeer who died at the height of his fame. It also consistently bobs and weaves between comedy and tragedy, making any hard-and-fast

classification difficult. Indeed, Ratanaruang employs a variety of styles, simultaneously. Yet, somehow they never seem to clash. At least it is safe to definitively say it makes Thai prisons look like a good place to avoid. Mon-Rak Transistor Director: Pen-ek Ratanaruang Cast: Supakorn Kitsuwon, Siriyakorn Pukkavesh, Chartchai Hamnuansak, Somlek Sakdikul, Porntip Papanai

Running time: 115 minutes Rating: Not Rated Language: Thai with English Subtitles Supakorn Kitsuwon is maddeningly effective as Pan, the big dope. As Sadaw, Siriyakorn Pukkavesh is ridiculously cute and genuinely endearing. Viewers can absolutely believe that Pan would claw his way back to her through some rather nasty muck and mire. While more of a framing device than a character, Chartchai Hamnuansak sets the

perfect tone as the old prison guard who serves as our fourth wall-defying narrator. It would seem like a dubious recipe mixing Sombatcharoen’s sugary songs with salty tears and a fair amount of scatological humor. Yet, the chemistry between the romantic leads holds it all together. Zesty but fundamentally humane, Mon-Rak Transisto is considerably deeper than the average quirky-forquirkiness’s-sake indie. It is a very strong selection for the “Blissfully Thai” series, and definitely recommended when it screens in New York at the Asia Society today (June 3). Joe Bendel writes about independent film and jazz and lives in New York. To read his most recent articles, please visit 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 the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

WPP revenues rise as it buys Brazil's largest digital agency F.biz
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WPP, the global advertising company, has seen like-for-like revenues rise more than 6pc, as it

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GOSPEL SOUNDS: The Golden Gate Quartet is one of the bands featured in 'Rejoice and Shout.' (Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.) How hip a blues guitarist was Sister Rosetta Tharpe? Well, she was one of the primary influences on a kid from Tupelo, Miss., named Elvis. Yet, she was not really a blues or R&B artist, but a gospel singer. By profiling trailblazers like Tharpe, director Don McGlynn and producer Joe Lauro celebrate the rich legacy and diversity of American gospel music in Rejoice and Shout, which opens this Friday (June 3) in New York at Film Forum. The film opens on a true high note as a young member of the Selvy Family of gospel singers belts out a powerful old-timereligion rendition of “Amazing Grace.” The film then proceeds to backpedal, explaining where the music came from. Yes, it is rooted in the plantation experience of African Americans, but the story of gospel music’s development is more complicated, involving entrepreneurial figures like Thomas A. Dorsey. A reformed bluesman, Dorsey penned and promoted scores of gospel standards, often popularized through performances by the great Mahalia Jackson. Frankly, it is pleasantly surprising how intelligently the

film addresses the actual music. It is particularly effective in illustrating the complexity of the arrangements and the syncopated jazz influences of vocal ensembles like the Golden Gate Quartet. More to the point, many people will probably be surprised at how much fun this legitimately sacred music truly is. Of course, the music is the thing in Rejoice and Shout To their credit, McGlynn and Lauro unearthed some remarkable rare

started and he went to a downtown bar in Springfield to s u p e r s t a r - t u r n e d - e v e r y d a y - wait for a ride. preacher Andraé Crouch the time "The next thing you know, the TV and space to speak eloquently of says a tornado hit the railroad the glory and power of God. bridge in West Springfield," Unfortunately, the film largely Pashko said. "It's the baddest I've runs out of steam once it hits the seen." 1980s, following Crouch’s main At the bar, Pashko said, the segment. Arguably, the more owner told people to get away contemporary fusions of gospel from the window as patrons saw and pop lack the power of the the storm on TV. previous 70-some years and the "To see it live on TV when I'm a r t i s t p r o f i l e s a r e m o r e five football fields away is better perfunctory, but that is quite late than being outside," the 50-yearin the film. Despite some third-act old Pashko said. slack, “Rejoice and Shout” is an The storm knocked out power to entertaining and educational tens of thousands of customers. music documentary. In addition to C r e w s f r o m u t i l i t i e s i n gospel music devotees, jazz, Connecticut and New Hampshire blues, and soul fans will also find were working Thursday to help much to enjoy in the music and in restore service. Related Slideshow the way it is presented. Quite well Damaging Tornadoes Sweep assembled overall and rather Through Massachusetts swinging, it is indeed Massachusetts Gov. Deval recommended when it opens Patrick declared a state of today at New York’s Film Forum. emergency after at least two J o e B e n d e l w r i t e s a b o u t tornadoes swept through the state, independent film and jazz and causing major damage in the town footage, ranging from sound film lives in New York. To read his of Springfield, Mass. that predates Al Jolson in “The most recent articles, please visit This entry passed through the Jazz Singer” to some totally cool jbspins.blogspot.com. Full-Text RSS service — if this is video of the Edwin Hawkins This entry passed through the your content and you're reading it Singers performing “Oh Happy Full-Text RSS service — if this is on someone else's site, please read Day” during a stadium concert. your content and you're reading it the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contenton someone else's site, please read only/faq.php#publishers. Five Rejoice and Shout the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content- Filters featured article: You Director: Don McGlynn Cast: Bill Carpenter, Andraé only/faq.php#publishers. Five Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Crouch, and The Selvy Family Filters featured article: You Gun. Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Running time: 105 minutes Rating: PG Still, the film never Gun. forgets the music’s raison d’être, allowing former 1970s gospel


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subpoena emerged, but then pared their losses and were down 1.2 percent in late-morning trade. Traders work on the floor of the In addition to the New York New York Stock Exchange near s u b p o e n a , t h e U . S . J u s t i c e the Goldman Sachs stall July 16, Department is likely to subpoena 2010. the bank, the Wall Street Journal C r e d i t : R e u t e r s / B r e n d a n reported recently. A subpoena is a McDermid request for information and does By Lauren Tara LaCapra not represent a charge or a NEW YORK| Thu Jun 2, 2011 guarantee of a charge. 11:35am EDT In both cases, prosecutors are (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group seeking to learn more about facts Inc received a subpoena from unearthed by a U.S. Senate New York prosecutors seeking subcommittee report about Wall information on the investment Street's role in the housing market bank's actions leading into the collapse. global financial crisis, a person That report said Goldman familiar with the matter said. offloaded much of its subprime The subpoena from Manhattan m o r t g a g e e x p o s u r e t o District Attorney Cyrus Vance is unsuspecting clients in late 2006 the latest blow for the largest U.S. and 2007 as the market was i n v e s t m e n t b a n k , w h i c h i s starting to tank. In some cases, the reinventing itself as new U.S. bank dragged its heels when financial regulations cut into some clients wanted to close out their of its key businesses. losing positions, according to the Goldman shares fell as much as report. 3.4 percent as news of the Experts disagree about how
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history, and it may be the deadliest. Twelve people died in a 1996 Japanese outbreak that reportedly sickened more than 12,000, and seven died in a 2000 Canadian outbreak. Related serious the subpoenas are. Dick "We don't comment on specific Slideshow Bove, an analyst at Rochdale regulatory or legal issues, but Tips to Avoid Food-Borne Illness Securities, said the government is subpoenas are a normal part of the Summer is prime time for foodlooking for a bank to punish for information request process and, borne illness, so Dr. Cynara the financial crisis and has of course, when we receive them Coomer offers some quick tips on selected Goldman. we cooperate fully." how to avoid it Related Links "They want Goldman Sachs to News of the subpoena was first Russia Bans EU Vegetables Over show some sort of contrition," b r o k e n b y n e w s a g e n c y Deadly E. Coli Outbreak Britain Bove told Reuters on Thursday. B l o o m b e r g . Says 7 People Confirmed With E. "The blood is in the water and the Goldman shares were down coli sharks will all come." $1.68 to $134.48. This entry passed through the But other veteran analysts (Reporting by Lauren Tara Full-Text RSS service — if this is recently said concerns about LaCapra, additional reporting by your content and you're reading it Goldman facing investigations are David Gaffen; Editing by Derek on someone else's site, please read overblown, and little will likely Caney, Lisa Von Ahn and John the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentcome of any inquiries. Wallace) only/faq.php#publishers. Five J P M o r g a n a n a l y s t K i a n This entry passed through the Filters featured article: You Abouhossein lifted his rating on Full-Text RSS service — if this is Cannot Kill An Ideology With A the bank to "overweight" from your content and you're reading it Gun. "neutral" earlier this week and on someone else's site, please read said the market had overreacted to the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentconcerns about negative news only/faq.php#publishers. Five about the bank. Filters featured article: You T h e M a n h a t t a n D i s t r i c t Cannot Kill An Ideology With A A t t o r n e y ' s o f f i c e w a s n o t Gun. immediately available to comment. Goldman said in a statement,

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hints are that perhaps the user, who appeared to be a conservative Twitter troller, may have actually been someone known to the congressman who was nursing a vendetta against him. Breitbart promises details at 2 p.m. Eastern, so get ready for the

next episode of “As the Weiner World Turns.” And Now, A Word From Charles “JONAH GOLDBERG: You have Anthony Weiner who is exactly that kind of Democrat, who has been that kind of guy all along, out there saying it can't confirm if

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said in a commentary that Google had provided "no solid proof" to support its claims. China has said repeatedly it does not condone hacking, which remains a popular hobby in the country, with numerous websites offering cheap courses to learn the basics. Three Chinese dissidents told Reuters their accounts had been infiltrated, although eight others who were contacted said they had no problems. Google's security team on Thursday sent an email to dissident Jiang Qisheng, who was a student negotiator jailed for years for his role in the June 4, 1989 pro-democracy protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, that it "recently detected suspicious activity" on his account. "The suspicious activity appears to have originated in China as an attempt to establish and maintain access to your account without your knowledge," said the email, which was forwarded to Reuters. While Google said last year's attack was aimed at its corporate infrastructure, the latest incident appears to have relied on tricking email users into revealing passwords, based on Google's description in its blog post.

It said the perpetrators changed the victims' email forwarding settings, presumably secretly sending the victims' personal emails to other recipients. In Parkour's blog, screenshots show a highly personalized message and a document for the recipient to download. The analyst managed to trace some of these examples back to the China Unicom Shandong province network in Jinan. The events leading to Google's withdrawal from China exacerbated an often difficult relationship between Washington and Beijing, with disputes ranging from human rights to trade. In January 2010, Google announced it was the target of a sophisticated cyberattack using malicious code dubbed "Aurora," which compromised the Gmail accounts of human rights activists and succeeded in accessing Google source code repositories. The company, and subsequent public reports, blamed the attack on the Chinese government. "We'll certainly see more of this in the future, as Chinese hackers - independent and otherwise -target Google because of its global popularity and its decision to defy the Chinese government

on censorship, which some hackers will misconstrue as being anti-Chinese," said Michael Clendenin, managing director of RedTech Advisors, a technology consulting firm. Google has lost share to rival Baidu Inc in China's Internet market, the world's largest with more than 450 million users. Google's shares finished 0.7 percent lower at $525.60. (Additional reporting by Alister Bull in Washington D.C, Jeremy Laurence in Seoul, Benjamin Kang Lim, Chris Buckley, Michael Martina, Ben Blanchard and Sabrina Mao in Beijing, Melanie Lee in Shanghai and Rob Taylor in Canberra; Editing by Andre Grenon, Phil Berlowitz and Dean Yates) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

Brazil Focuses on Ties With Global South to Boost Influence
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Amon Tobin unveils incredible 3D set for ISAM tour
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Cutting-edge Brazilian DJ and producer Amon Tobin has

unveiled the Tetris-like set for his forthcoming tour to promote his latest album, ISAM. It comprises of a massive blocky

frame, like something out of

Minecraft, with Tobin's booth suspended in the centre. Onto that frame, various visualisations will be projected -- including

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World Citizen: Beating the Odds, Dutch Coalition Hangs On
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AMSTERDAM -- Backpackers around the world took notice when the Dutch government announced plans to ban sales of marijuana to tourists in the Netherlands. Some observers viewed the decision as part of a definitive move to the right in Dutch politics. The reality, however, is not so simple; the Netherlands is not about to become a conservative country. Rather than a move to the right, the latest news is one more piece of evidence that the old distinctions between left and right can no longer tell the full story in Dutch politics. ... Subscribers receive: • Access to in-depth feature articles

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Rogue Indonesia abattoir ban issued - ABC Online
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Cambridge academics join protests - BBC News
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The Age Rogue Indonesia abattoir ban issued ABC Online Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig has signed the order to prevent Australian animals being sent to the abattoirs that were exposed for cruelty by ABC 1's Four Corners program. The Federal Government suspended live

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The Guardian Cambridge academics join protests BBC News Cambridge University academics are joining their counterparts in Oxford by calling for a vote of no confidence against the government's handling of higher education in England.... Cambridge dons plan Government 'no confidence' vote Telegraph.co.uk 'No confidence' in David Willetts, say Cambridge university dons The Guardian Cambridge dons to take a stand against Willetts The Independent Left Foot Forward- Legal WeekCambridge News all 17 news articles »

Women waiting in fear after refugee sex attacks in Malaysia - Herald Sun
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Sydney Morning Herald Women waiting in fear after refugee sex attacks in Malaysia

Herald Sun CAUTION: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE. Exclusive vision shows Malaysian prisoners being caned with a Rotan for punishment. This is the fate that

awaits refugees being turned away children to be sent to Malaysia from Australia REFUGEE women The Australian living in Malaysia are too afraid No guarantees on Malaysia to leave their shanty... refugee swap deal Sydney Children part of refugee swap: M o r n i n g H e r a l d Bowen ABC Online The Age- Sky News Australia-

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The Hindu TDP to move no-trust motion Business Standard The Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh has given a notice for a noconfidence motion against the ruling Congress government for its 'failure' to solve farmer problems. The TDP served the notice on the Legislative

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Good thing Apple has a capable legal team as yet another patent infringement lawsuit has landed on the company's doorstep. Apple, HP and Intel are being sued by X2Y Attenuators, a Nevada-based company which owns patents covering the electrode arrangements of processors. The lawsuit reportedly targets Intel's Core i7 processor and includes both Apple and HP because they use the Core i7 in their notebook and desktop hardware. As with any patent lawsuit, we will have to wait to see how this all plays out in the courts. X2Y Sues Apple, others over processor technology originally appeared on TUAW on Thu, 02 Jun 2011 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments



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Qualcomm Asks: Are You Ready for Some Non-Gimmicky Augmented Reality Apps?
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implementations of AR technology has to do with how relatively new the developer tools A r e y o u r e a d y f o r s o m e are. The version of Qualcomm's augmented reality (AR) apps that S D K t h a t a l l o w s f o r t h e aren't gimmicky and pointless? So development of AR apps for is Qualcomm. The chipset maker iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, r e l e a s e d i t s A R s o f t w a r e hasn't even been released yet, for development kit (SDK) for example. Android last fall and is preparing To be clear, there are many AR to launch an iOS version next applications in mobile app stores month, in addition to supporting today, including iTunes. But Unity's game engine for cross- Qualcomm's implementation is platform development. technically different. It's offering But, says Jay Wright, Senior " v i s i o n - b a s e d " A R , a D i r e c t o r o f B u s i n e s s computationally intensive type of Development for Qualcomm, the AR (optimized for Qualcomm criticisms leveraged by the tech chipsets, of course) that turns the community that AR has, so far, phone's camera into an eye that produced no "real world apps" are actually "sees" the world in front valid. "I couldn't agree more," he of it. said, before delving into the future This is different technology than use cases for the platform. He also is found in most of the current AR told us he's working with two big- apps, which typically use the name retailers to put out some of phone's sensors, like the GPS and t h e f i r s t t r u l y u s e f u l a p p s compass, to determine where you leveraging the technology - are and what you're seeing. instruction manuals served up as Qualcomm's vision-based AR AR-enabled mobile applications. process involves scanning the These apps will show you, as camera frames, looking for opposed to telling you, how to objects, comparing those objects perform complicated tasks. to a database, determining the Sponsor position of those objects and then Why Qualcomm's Vision-Based rendering animations or other AR is Different digital content on top of them. At The reason why we haven't seen present, the database is stored in these sorts of more practical the app itself (the developer

creates a limited database for use with their mobile app), but in the future, a "cloud" database will be available - meaning one stored outside the app, and accessed over the network. Currently, Games and Gimmicks Dominate AR As AR emerges, we're first seeing only gaming, play-oriented and advertising-based demonstrations and use cases for the technology. For instance, Qualcomm showcased several games that involve pointing your camera at inanimate objects to see characters appears on virtual gameboards. It also heavily promoted the Dallas Mavericks' implementation of AR which involved pointing your phone at a ticket or playbill to see a simple basketball-shooter game appear. Another demo, this one at yesterday's Uplinq 2011 keynote,

showed DVD covers turned into movie trailers you could watch through your phone. Future AR Use Cases However, there are several still unexplored areas for AR's use. Visual search, for example, is one. Although there are companies, including Google and Microsoft, that offer visual search today, the process involves pointing your camera at a particular object which is then recognized and compared to an online database. AR-based visual search would be a smoother, more continuous experience, where the phone could move around and see several objects at once. Another future use case would be the development of AR browsers, similar to the ones we have today, but that offer a better experience because of their improved alignment capabilities. A third example would be using AR with print material, such as an ad in a magazine. Imagine a model wearing white pants, but the pants also came in three other colors. You could point your phone at the page, tap a colored box, and the pants change color. You could even turn the model around to see the back, or zoom in close to see the stitching. It would be like having an online

experience with an offline medium. But perhaps the most exciting future use case for AR is the most practical - and one that harkens back to AR's roots in aircraft assembly: virtual instruction manuals. You could point your phone at an object, like the buttons on a washing machine, a piece of computer equipment, an unassembled box of furniture parts, and be shown what to do. When Will the Practical AR Apps Arrive? Those apps are closer than you think. Wright says we'll see the first of these appearing this fall, in fact. He's currently in talks with two big-name retailers who will soon release mobile app instruction manuals, one of which will show how to put the ink in your printer - a task which, as anyone knows, is often more complicated and confusing than it should be. Once people see more of these real-world examples of "practical" AR, users' perceptions may change. AR itself is not gimmicky, it's just that the way it's been implemented so far often has been. Video credit: Mobile Industry Review Discuss

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Verizon’s LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 gets priced for 4G duty
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Verizon has officially announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE, its high-speed version of the 10.1-inch Android Honeycomb slate. Up for pre-order on June 8, with availability expected “this summer”, the Tegra 2 tablet is priced from $529.99. That gets you the 16GB model; if you want the 32GB version it’ll cost you $629.99. Verizon will demand a two-year agreement, however. Your money gets you basically the same tablet as we reviewed– in Limited Edition form – last month, a slimline slate with a 3-megapixel rear camera, 2 -megapixel front camera, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. Verizon is also readying some of the accessories for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 we’ve already seen, including the full-sized QWERTY keyboard dock, and the multimedia dock. No word on pricing for those, however. You can pre-order at www.verizonwireless.com/ galaxytab4glte come June 8. Press Release: Verizon Wireless Adds 4G LTEEnabled Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 To Portfolio 4G LTE-Enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1, Exclusive from Verizon Wireless, Measures

Only 8.6 Millimeters Thin 06/02/2011 BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and DALLAS, TX — Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), today

announced the 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 will be available on the fastest, most advanced network in coming weeks. The slim and sleek Galaxy Tab 10.1 debuts with Android™ Honeycomb and will be available

in either Metallica Gray or Glossy White. Customers will be able to pre-order the device online on J u n e 8 a t www.verizonwireless.com/ galaxytab4glte. When the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hits

Verizon Wireless stores this summer, it will be accompanied by an array of optional accessories such as a full-sized keyboard dock and a multi-media docking station. “The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a great option for customers who want to enjoy the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network – the fastest network in America,” said Jeff Dietel, vice president of marketing for Verizon Wireless. “Customers can also use the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 wherever they are on the nation’s largest 3G network.” Dietel added, “The tablet market is exploding as customers are discovering new uses for the technology that features a large screen, powerful processing speeds and access to Android Market™’s 200,000 applications. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is perfect for customers who want to take advantage of Google™’s new movie rental option and view their favorite film on-the-go.” “Samsung Mobile is excited to expand its mobile tablet portfolio with Verizon Wireless to include the 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. “The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is VERIZON’S page 34



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Disney CEO Robert Iger: Disney.com to sort -of compete with Netflix, Hulu
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PALOS VERDES, Calif.--"I don't speak for Hollywood," Disney boss Robert Iger says when questioned by Kara Swisher at the D9 conference. But from Disney's perspective, he sees new platforms (the cloud, the Net, social platforms) as great opportunities for Disney. "We're in the content business," he says. "There's no question it provides challenges to old business models, but we were in business that were relatively low-growth, and had not changed in a long time." When he saw the emergence of new tech platforms -- he used the term "the video iPhone" -- he said his realizing was, "Wait a minute, this is VHS," referring to the last non-Internet sea change to hit the television industry. "There's going to be displacement of consumption... the opportunities to be entertained in the home are so much greater today." But, he said, they're all incremental opportunities for

content companies. So how will Disney keep its content profitable on these new media platforms? "We view Netflix positively," he began, "It's a good provider for our content to be accessible on," even though some content goes through Disney's deal with Starz on the way to Netflix. Disney also has a direct relationship with Netflix. Also, "We like Hulu for a number of reasons, and not just because we're an equity partner." Iger said that the more content distribution Disney has, the better. "It keeps people honest," he said. Swisher asked Iger about Disney creating its own video service. "Is it ever going to launch?" Iger confirmed that, "Because of its brand strength... it has the ability to be a destination. We believe we have an opportunity to deliver content directly to consumers. Disney and Disney.com is being rebuilt. It will be monetized in multiple ways," he said, including advertising, micro-payements, and possibly subscriptions (although he did not confirm subscriptions).

"Go.com did not work, although there were elements that did. We fully intend to use that technology, mobile technology, and a variety of other means, to have a direct relationship with our customers." He said elements of the new Disney.com will arrive within the year. Speaking about the cloud and the upcoming launch of Apple's iCloud, Iger said that it's a good development for both consumers and content providers. Users don't want to "throw out" content, and keeping it in the cloud could simplify their purchases. Plus, "If we give people the opportunity... to store a lot more," they may buy a lot more. Iger said he doesn't know much about the iCloud launch, he said, although "I have a special relationship with Steve, not the least because he is our largest shareholder. Of course, "We've done deals with Amazon, Hulu, Neflix." Iger claimed that the "traditional platforms still monetize greater

than new platforms." Pirates of the Caribbean IV has made $700 million in days, and "it's hard to monetize new platforms like that." "The tablet is going to revolutionize" the content business, he believes. "We're giving people the opportunity to watch shows... whenever." However it will be a while before even that platform becomes as profitable as a good movie in theaters. But "the movie business is less forgiving. There's no room for mediocrity... from a monetization perspective." Iger said it's too early to write 3D's epitaph, "but you have to do it smart ways. It has to be used carefully, in the right film, in the right way." Speaking of the emerging trend to re-release films in 3D, he defended the upcoming Lion King re-release in 3D. Hi-tech personalized experiences may be coming to Disney theme parks, including the Shanghai park Disney is building. You may be able to reserve ride times, for example. Another component may

be "the ability identify our guests [as they move around]... obviously with their permission." Speaking of gaming, and the acquisition of Playdom, Iger said, "We've made some mistakes, we put too much into consoles." Now, the company is focusing on social games. The Facebook game "Gardens of Time," is a top 10 game on Facebook, he said (it's actually number 12 out of all apps). Disney's Facebook presence is a platform for "marketing... carefully," but more to let Disney fans talk to each other. Disney doesn't want to create a new social network itself. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

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V-MODA for True Blood collection: Vamp style for TV tie-in
Chris Davies (SlashGear)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 11:24:04 AM

We’ve had celebrity headphone endorsements, like 50 Cent and Dr Dre, so why not vampires? VMODA – whose Crossfade LP headphones we reviewed last year – has announced a deal with hit HBO series True Blood, to create the V-MODA for True Blood collection. The line-up will consist of in-ear buds up to full headphones, with plenty of metal and Kevlarreinforced cables to keep them distinct. There’s plenty of vampire-themed puns in the VMODA press release, but we were impressed by the audio quality from the Crossfade LP set to listened to, so we’re reasonably hopeful that the True Blood collection won’t be all bark and no bite (sorry, we couldn’t help it). Pricing is yet to be confirmed for the six models, though they should all go on sale by the time True Blood hits the airwaves again on June 26. However, we also have a giveaway coming up where you can win a pair, so keep reading SlashGear for details on how to enter! Press Release: V-MODA and HBO® Partner to Create “V-MODA for True Blood” Line

tough testing processes and over four years of quality engineering. The product line’s timeless materials – metal, Kevlar®reinforced cables and luxurious fabrics – ensure functionality that, like True Blood’s vampires, can span years without signs of deterioration. And most importantly, each product has been masterfully tuned alongside legendary musicians, producers and DJs to deliver “supernatural” sound. “The fantastical world of True Blood speaks to the vision and values of the V-MODA Tribe,” says Kolton. “Our products have been carefully crafted for those whose style and sophistication have evolved through the ages. With each season, more and more people have found it impossible to resist the allure of True Blood and we think the same will be true of the new “V-MODA for True Blood” line. Like the show, it’s appealingly seductive.” “Music is a very integral part of Sexy, stylish headphones for spirit of the award-winning series, alluring, sexy style. the story telling for all of our those whose lives begin at night True Blood®. Scheduled to In V-MODA, Chief Visionary programming, especially True June 1, 2011 – Hollywood, Calif. launch this June, the “V-MODA Officer and DJ, Val Kolton, Blood,” stated James Costos, vice – V-MODA, the music lifestyle for True Blood” collection offers created a lifestyle brand that president Licensing & Retailing, brand that pioneered the fashion six models ranging from ear buds naturally aligns with True Blood’s HBO. “So it made sense for us to headphone category, and HBO, to headphones, including a brand sexy night life. True Blood fans, partner with V-MODA which is A m e r i c a ’ s m o s t s u c c e s s f u l new style specifically crafted for music lovers, night-dwellers and an extremely forward-thinking premium television company, this line. The “Hearwear” is artisans alike will be drawn to the music accessories company. In today announce their partnership t a i l o r e d t o t h e t a s t e s a n d headphones’ almost immortal to establish a collection of sensibilities of the millions who durability, made possible by VV-MODA page 35 headphones that embodies the identify with True Blood’s MODA’s MaterialEDGE military-



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Brass Monkey Acquires Emotely To Help Turn Your Smartphone Into A Remote Control
Rip Empson (TechCrunch)

will be joining Brass Monkey as a member of the board as well as Submitted at 6/2/2011 11:00:52 AM chief innovation officer, in which During Paul Graham’s office he will head the startup’s business hours at Disrupt NYC, one of the strategy and HTML5 and mobile startups chosen to pitch to the Y technology. The aqui-hire is a Combinator co-founder was great fit for the two companies. Emotely, a company that converts Because Brass Monkey has a your smartphone into a wireless more fully developed controllercontroller of web apps and games. building SDK, with support for Emotely Founder and CEO Flash, Unity3D, and desktop Francois Laberge was nowhere to games and apps, Emotely’s ability b e f o u n d , a t w h i c h p o i n t to build controllers using HTML5 TechCrunch’s Mike Arrington f o r b o t h t h e i n t e r f a c e a n d said that he remembered liking communication layer (with HTTP Emotely and that it was too bad, and WebSockets) provides a killer because he was “looking forward complement. It essentially allows to hearing [Graham] give him Brass Monkey controllers to hit advice”. web browsers without the need I t w a s i n d e e d a m i s s e d for a plug-in. opportunity, but it turns out that So what is this “Emotely” I keep Laberge had a good reason for not going on about? The startup attending. We’ve since learned provides a technology that enables that Laberge and Emotely were mobile apps to communicate with busy being acquired by Brass webpages without requiring Monkey, a company that makes installation or setup on a user’s s o f t w a r e d e v e l o p m e n t k i t s computer. Laberge said that the (SDKs) for Android, iOS, and app communicates at over 150hz, others, among them a more meaning that actions performed fleshed-out kit for turning smart on the smartphone are sent to devices into controllers. webpages in 1/150th of a second, Though the two companies are 2.5 times faster than human not yet sharing the full terms of perception of movement. Which the deal, it is clear that Laberge means there’s little perceptible lag

“Emotely adds HTML5 support at a time when web-based games are revolutionizing the gaming industry”, said Brass Monkey President and CTO Chris Allen,“Flash is no longer the only choice for creating sophisticated experiences that run in a web browser. Allowing developers to choose HTML5 as an endpoint broadens our reach tremendously”. Considering that Emotely includes controllers for games, playing movies, music, time between the phone and your app. So, if you’ve got a controller collaborative drawing apps, and computer. setup you like more than the ones slideshows that utilize all the While Emotely does require a Emotely offers, you can create features of modern smartphones, user to have their phone on the your own. Pretty cool. like multi-touch, motion controls, same LAN connection as your Emotely was designed to make geo-location, in-app purchasing, computer, most people already Nintendo Wii-style multiplayer and cameras, the final product have their phones and tablets on games, in which multiple gamers produced by the two companies WiFi when they’re at home. can play while sharing a screen. has the potential to be a disruptive Within the app, users can then By linking a computer to a TV, f o r c e f o r g a m e p l a y a n d c h o o s e f r o m a s e r i e s o f users can play web games from development. It’s some exciting controllers, some requiring the comfort of their couch, and stuff. payment and some free. And since since consoles like PS3 and For a glimpse of the technology Emotely is built on top of an Nintendo Wii employ browsers, it in action, check out the video SDK, users and developers can seems that Emotely is Trojan below: CrunchBase Information build their own controllers — and Horse-ing its way right into your Brass Monkey Emotely Francois because Emotely’s controllers are living room experience, placing it Laberge Information provided by webpages, anyone with basic in a great position to help speed CrunchBase skills can create and register them the convergence of computers and on the site to then appear in the TVs.

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Nestio Is Like A Tripit For Apartment Searches
Rip Empson (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 10:26:57 AM

When you’re looking for a new apartment, or a new place to live, there are quite a few sites you can turn to for real estate listings. There’s Craigslist if you’re feeling saucy, Redfin, Zillow, Realtor.com, and Trulia, to name a few. As my colleague Erick Schonfeld pointed out last year, there’s room for competition in this market, and there’s potential for profitability. But not for a clone. Real estate listings sites can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate. It’s also hard to keep track of the places you’ve looked at without creating an external document or leaving sticky notes all over your computer screen, which is why Nestio is trying to be something akin to Tripit for the apartment search, rather than just another real estate listings app. Launching today in the app store, Nestio is a service meant to supplement listings sites by adding some much needed organization to your apartment

search. Thus, Nestio is an organizational tool for consumers to save listings from various listing service providers all in one place. Users send Nestio their listings, the startup adds a sleek interface, and then allow users to collect, collaborate, and find out additional information on any particular listing. And like any good young startup in 2011, Nestio is hoping to deliver a killer mobile experience that goes beyond your average port from website to mobile. Obviously, when one deep in the apartment or home search, an intuitive interface with a full suite of tools really comes in handy, though I’m not sure how much of the initial apartment search happens on mobile devices. I always start at my laptop, but of course, once you find places you’re interested in, you get out there to see them live. Thus, in a way Nestio, which is one of the eleven recent graduates of TechStars NYC class, is like your apartment search field journal. It adds functionality to

the search process by allowing you to save listings from a host of supported sites, view and edit your saved listings, and add new listings you see for the first time on the go. You can also map out the location of the listings you save, and add notes and photos you snap on site to the listings.

And all of this syncs up with your Nestio web activity. Having a personalized dashboard of saved listings, with notes and photos, is a great feature, and I can really see that coming in hand during the search for a new place to live. Before launching Nestio, the Nestio team spent time doing

its due diligence and found that consumers were accessing numerous sites in an attempt to find a new place to live. The biggest missing piece was that consumers struggled to make sense of all the listings, and they wanted a place to manage them all, instead of having to create spreadsheets and bookmarks, etc. The mobile piece is huge for Nestio, and as the startup provides a supplement to the value of listing services like Zillow and Trulia, there’s something to be said for organizing and calming the frantic process that is the apartment search. The startup will also soon be adding the ability to share your apartment listings, notes, and favorite places and collaborate on the apartment search with your friends and roommates, which will add a social and collaborative layer to real estate searches that’s desperately needed. Check it out. CrunchBase Information Nestio Information provided by CrunchBase

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Analyst: iPad forcing rival tablet makers to cut back
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tablet makers, only Apple, HTC, and Lenovo have kept their build plans intact since March. Other Facing unrelenting competition companies, such as Acer, Dell, from Apple's iPad, many rival Motorola, RIM, Toshiba, and tablet makers will build fewer Samsung have cut their build tablets than originally planned, plans by double digit percentages. according to a J.P. Morgan "We do not think the first analyst. generation of tablet offerings from In a research note released the non-Apple tablet hopefuls y e s t e r d a y , a n a l y s t M a r k stand to offer compelling price Moskowitz said that non-Apple a n d f e a t u r e s e t s t o d r i v e tablet makers have gotten an early incremental purchasers within "dose of reality" by failing to vendors' projections," the analyst produce a high-volume tablet that said. comes close to matching the By far the leader, Apple plans to demand for the iPad. build 38 million iPads this year, A s a r e s u l t o f t h e " w e a k followed by Acer with plans to showing" of products such as build 8 million and Samsung Motorola's Xoom, Research In expecting to build 6.5 million. M o t i o n ' s P l a y B o o k , a n d Looking at the iPad, Moskowitz Samsung's Galaxy Tab, many doesn't believe that shipments are tablet makers have cut back on being limited by timing or supply their plans to build tablets by chain problems. The analyst still around 10 percent this year. expects Apple to ship 6.75 million As a result, Moskowitz estimates iPads for the quarter ending in t h e n u m b e r o f t a b l e t s t h a t June. For all of 2011, Moskowitz companies collectively plan to is forecasting iPad shipments of build for the year has dropped to 29.6 million, giving Apple a 62 73 million from the 81 million he percent share of the tablet market forecast in March. Among global for the year.
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the thinnest and lightest tablet in the world that delivers a truly mobile multimedia experience on an Android Honeycomb platform.” The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Despite the anticipated downturn offers full support for Google™ in manufacturing non-Apple Mobile Services, including tablets, the iPad and its rivals still GmailÔ, YouTube™ and more. stand to affect the overall PC Customers will relish the 10.1market, believes Moskowitz. inch enhanced display with a "On a relative basis, our 1280×800 resolution HD screen, 1 assumptions of total tablet GHz dual core application shipments in 2011 amount to only processor, a 2-megapixel front3 percent and 11 percent of total facing camera and a 3-megapixel handset and smartphone units, rear-facing camera. Both respectively. In contrast, our consumers and business tablet unit assumptions amount to customers will find a multitude of 32 percent and 21 percent of uses for the Galaxy Tab that range desktop and notebook PC units, from video chat to business tools, respectively, which we think including those that allow for the means that tablets stand to be big opening and editing of enough to have positive (or documents, spreadsheets and negative) spillover effects on the presentations. The Galaxy Tab broader tech food chain." 10.1 features Adobe® Flash® This entry passed through the Player to deliver an enhanced Full-Text RSS service — if this is Internet browsing experience and your content and you're reading it access to content-rich Websites. on someone else's site, please read Verizon Wireless will offer two the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy only/faq.php#publishers. Five Tab 10.1 models both priced with Filters featured article: You two year customer agreements: Cannot Kill An Ideology With A $529.99 for the 16GB model and Gun. $629.99 for the 32GB model. For

more information on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, go to: www.verizonwireless.com/ galaxytab4glte. Relevant Entries on SlashGear.com • Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Tab up for $600 order • O2 Germany list Samsung Galaxy Tab for €759 • AT&T Samsung Galaxy Tab goes on sale • Samsung Galaxy Tab hits TMobile with free messaging • Samsung Galaxy S 4G Heading To T-Mobile Tomorrow • Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Tab tipped for unveil on Thursday • Samsung Galaxy Tab Heading to Verizon • Samsung’s WiFi-only Galaxy Tab priced and dated Verizon’s LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 gets priced for 4G duty is written by Chris Davies& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.

DTotD: Flipping your opponent tends to get a red card
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Submitted at 6/2/2011 9:25:19 AM

Sprinting at an opponent and

flipping him with a two-footed tackle usually isn't something that will prompt belly laughs from the referee. Instead, it usually results in a red card. As it did here. And

while the victim of this assault okay. writhed around in pain, his attacker didn't seem at all concerned about what he'd done. Hopefully No. 14 turned out to be

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Pixelmator 2.0 announced, coming to Mac App Store later this summer
Steven Sande (TUAW)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 11:30:00 AM

Today, the Pixelmator team provided a peek at the next version of their namesake image editing tool. With the code name of Chameleon, Pixelmator 2.0 is a major upgrade that is expected to ship later in the summer of 2011. Anyone who has already purchased the app via the Mac App Store for US$29 gets a free upgrade to the new version when it arrives. Along with the increase in functionality provided with the upgrade comes a new price point - $59. The new feature list is quite comprehensive. First, there are drawing tools (pen, freeform pen, convert, and path selection tools) that allow users to create and edit vector shapes. These tools also include pre-drawn triangle, line, rectangle, circle and custom shapes available on a new Shapes

palette. The fill and stroke settings for these shapes are adjusted in a new Shape Settings palette, and shadows are easily added from this palette as well. Probably the most anticipated new feature in the upgrade is the content-aware fill technology that can be used to delete unwanted elements in images. Want to get rid of that sunburned spot on your

nose from your vacation photos? With the new Healing Tool or the regular selection tools, it will be easy to select an area and let Pixelmator fill it with nearby image content. New retouching tools are part of the upgrade, including a Sponge Tool for adding or reducing color from image areas by dabbing at them, Burn and Dodge tools to

darken or lighten portions of an image, and a Red Eye Tool for exorcising the red glow from eyes in your pictures. Finally, there's also a new Smudge Tool for smearing paint or obscuring details by using a brush tip to do the retouching. The user interface has been streamlined and made easier to use, there's a new Eyedropper

Tool for picking up colors, and a number of other toolbars and palettes that have been included. With the announced upgrade, Pixelmator appears to be making great strides towards becoming a much less expensive alternative to Adobe's Photoshop. What do you think, Pixelmator owners? Are you looking forward to the upgrade? Let us know in the comments. Pixelmator 2.0 announced, coming to Mac App Store later this summer originally appeared on TUAW on Thu, 02 Jun 2011 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments

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addition, their brand mirrors the edgy, provocative qualities that are so closely associated with the show.” Arriving in time for the show’s fourth season premiere on June 26th, the “V-MODA for True Blood” line will be unveiled and available at select retailers,

including V-MODA.com, Amazon (Amazon), (Newegg), and the HBO Shop® at (42nd St. & 6th Ave) and online (www.store.hbo.com). Relevant Entries on SlashGear.com • V-MODA drops high-end Crossfade LP headphones

• V-Moda unveils new Crossfade Customs Program • V-Moda Bass Freq Earphones Pack A Punch • V-Moda offers up new Crossfade LP headphone styles • HP Ink Costs More Than Human Blood • V-MODA Remix Remote

headphones unveiled • V-MODA Vibe II earbuds launch • V-MODA Crossfade LP Adds Red and Purple Colors to Line-Up V-MODA for True Blood collection: Vamp style for TV tiein is written by Chris Davies&

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A Snapshot Of Photo-Sharing Market Share On Twitter
Leena Rao (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 11:36:04 AM

As we heard yesterday Twitter is partnering with Photobucket to allow users to upload a photo attached to a Tweet directly from Twitter.com’s web and mobile clients. This, of course, is interesting considering the competition from the existing number of photo-sharing apps that are built on top of Twitter’s API. TwitPic, yFrog, Lockerz Photos (formerly Plixi), and others all now face competition from Twitter’s new photo-sharing feature. Social media monitoring and analytics firm Sysomos took a look at the current photo sharing space on Twitter, examining how and where people are sharing their photos. While Sysomos took a snapshot of one day of photo-sharing on Twitter, the firm says that they did a sampling of others days as well and the results were similar.

On May 30, 14.9% of all tweets contained a link. Of all the tweets from that day 1.25% contained a link to a picture from a photo sharing service, indicating that one-twelfth of all links shared are photos. On a busy day, Twitter users send around 170 million Tweets, so 2.2 million Tweets

Instagram (5.2%). As Twitter continues to “fill holes” in their product, the company is encroaching on the territory that third-party developers have commanded for the past few years. It’s unclear how Twitter’s new photo-sharing service will affect third-party photo-sharing sites but taking a look at past cases of where Twitter has entered a market shows that these apps may be in trouble. After Twitter started to develop and offer their own full-fledged clients, market share for thirdparty clients has definitely daily link to pictures from third decreased. As Fred Wilson advised startups party services. last week at TechCrunch Disrupt, Among the Tweets with images, the most popular services on May “Don’t be a Google Bitch, don’t 30 to share photos with was be a Facebook Bitch, and don’t be Twitpic with 45.7% of the a Twitter Bitch. Be your own marketshare. The second most Bitch.” popular was Yfrog (29.3%), CrunchBase Information Twitter followed by Lockerz (17.4%) and I n f o r m a t i o n p r o v i d e d b y CrunchBase

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Texas A&M cultivates algae app
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Submitted at 6/2/2011 11:02:12 AM

Screenshot of the algae calculator's iTunes app version.(Credit: Texas A&M/ iTunes) So, now there's even an app for planning your algae oil production. The Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M has a free "Algae Production Conversion Calculator" to help with producing algae crops. The app is free via the iTunes app store. There is also a Web-based version that can be used on Android and other devices. The app converts between grams per liter and grams per square meter. It also calculates the annual algae oil production possible for a given farm or site based on data that includes pond volume per acre feet, microalgae oil content, growth rate, and pond depth. The result is given in both a volumetric measure in algae oil gallon per acre-foot of water and an aerial measure algae oil gallon per surface acre. Texas A&M also has a support page for app users. The app seems to have had a soft launch in December 2010, according to its iTunes app statistics. However, the app was just endorsed by the nonprofit

How People Share Photos On Twitter Today [Study]
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Submitted at 6/2/2011 12:00:00 PM

Algal Biomass Organization in its June 1 newsletter. The app is also currently featured on Texas A&M's Agricultural and Food Policy Center homepage. If you have a question or comment for Candace Lombardi, 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. Candace Lombardi, a freelance journalist based in the Boston area, focuses on the evolution of green and otherwise cutting-edge

technologies, from robots to cars to scientific innovation. She is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not a current employee of CNET. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

Twitter is getting into the photosharing business. This is a natural extension to the Twitter product and its stated goal of giving users a consistent user experience across all of its clients. But, how will this affect other photo sharing services that have dominated the space in the Twitter ecosystem? Social media research company Sysomos looked at all the tweets from May 30th to see what services people were using. Of all tweets that day, 14.9% contained a link. Sysomos found that 1.25% of tweets contained a link to a photo sharing service, or about 1/ 12th of all links shared. That translates into 2.125 million tweets were pictures from third party services. It is just one day of Twitter day, but probably pretty indicative of day-to-day trends. What third party services were the most popular? Sponsor TwitPic, even with its recent terms of service controversy, is the big leader of the group, with 45.7% of all pictures on Twitter that day. YFrog is second with 29.3% and Lockerz(formerly Plixi) third with 17.4%. With all

the buzz surrounding Instagram and its devoted user base, it is a bit of a surprise that it only gets 5.2% of the market. If Instagram released an Android application, that would certainly rise. Flickr and MobyPicture round out the services with 2.1% and 0.6%, respectively. The next on Twitter's list of services to build is probably video sharing. TwitPic unveiled the ability to host and share video in February and there are services like Qik ( bought by Skype which now makes it Microsoft property) that integrate with Twitter. Video hosting and sharing is a bigger and more diverse market to break into with giants YouTube and Vimeo roaming those grounds. [ Source: Sysomos.com] Discuss


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First mirasol ereader axed Qualcomm confirms
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Submitted at 6/2/2011 11:00:04 AM

The first device to use Qualcomm’s mirasol display technology has been cancelled, according to CEO Paul Jacobs. Speaking at Uplinq 2011 this week, Jacobs revealed that the device – an ereader expected to sell in low-volumes as a trial in the market for the backlight-free color epaper screen – fell short of his expectations and so the company decided to shelve it and focus on its successor. It’s unclear if Jacobs is referring to the “converged ereader” Qualcomm confirmed was in the pipeline at SID 2011 last month. Then, the company said that the 5.7-inch unit would go on sale before the end of 2011. Jacobs also highlighted that the Japanese earthquake had impacted mirasol production, and that had pushed back availability. He also mentioned that, while mirasol’s color reproduction isn’t as vibrant as that of OLED panels,

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Qualcomm’s roadmap involves heading toward that point – albeit sacrificing some battery life in the process. However, the company is unable to ramp production volume until the new fab comes online in 2012. Relevant Entries on SlashGear.com • Qualcomm mirasol phone concept demo’d; Converged ereader incoming • New $1bn Qualcomm mirasol

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Github Has Surpassed Sourceforge and Google Code in Popularity
Klint Finley (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 12:30:00 PM

Github is now the most popular open source forge, having surpassed Sourceforge, Google Code and CodePlex in total number of commits for the period of January to May 2011, according to data released today by Black Duck Software. This should probably come as no surprise, but it's good to have data to backup assumptions. During the period Black Duck examined, Github had 1,153,059 commits, Sourceforge had 624,989, Google Code and 287,901 and CodePlex had 49,839. Black Duck also found that C++ and Java were the most popular languages for commits in these forges during this period of time.

• • • • •

JavaScript (251,557 commits) Ruby (234,980 commits) PHP (154,250 commits) C# (125,848 commits) Perl (89,720 commits)

Here's how the langauges broke down on a forge by forge basis: Source: Black Duck Software RedMonk co-founder and analyst Stephen O'Grady points to the percentage of C# commits in GitHub as a key indicator of the Sponsor forge's popularity. As expected, Black Duck didn't look at the largest number of C# commits language specific forges such as were in CodePlex - 35.3% of RubyForge, and it excluded shell, them. But GitHub was close XML and assembler commits. behind with 31.9%. O'Grady The most popular languages described this as a "warping were: effect" caused by the GitHub's • C++ (362,077 commits) sheer number of GitHub commits. • Java (335,992 commits) Source: Black Duck Software • Python (296,896 commits) Discuss • C (264,468 commits)

Foxconn iPad factory resumes operation
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Frau Flip-Flop - By Paul Hockenos
PAUL HOCKENOS (Foreign Policy)
Submitted at 6/1/2011 5:40:07 PM

Germany's decision this week to turn its back on nuclear power by 2022 and embrace a future fueled by renewable energy may have been historic, but it was hardly the product of a political visionary. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived at this achievement almost despite herself, and only by means of a conspicuous and careening political U-turn. Although the new nuclear policy is a real cause for celebration for Germans, Merkel, try as she might, can't plausibly bask in the limelight: In the words of German newsmagazine Der Spiegel, "It's as if the pope were suddenly advocating the use of birth control pills." In keeping with the rest of her tenure as chancellor of Germany, Merkel's scrapping of nuclear energy has been stumbling and reactive, not confident and bold. In Europe, Germany's goodbye to the atom -- as the world's fourthlargest industrial nation -- is being compared in its political magnitude to reunification at the end of the Cold War. But while Helmut Kohl's deliberate diplomacy in 1990 secured him a place in history -- and two more terms in office -- Merkel is suffering miserably at the polls and in the press. Indeed, it's impossible for

picking up any new voters from elsewhere on the political spectrum. Were national elections held today, her conservativeliberal alliance would be trounced, and rightfully so. A share of the blame certainly goes to the Christian Democrats' junior partner, the Free Democrats, whose missteps and unhappy figure in the foreign ministry, Guido Westerwelle, have contributed to the free fall of the coalition's popularity. But Merkel's flimsy leadership and singular lack of vision are the real grounds for the crisis. It has become impossible to decipher what Merkel really believes in, a puzzle reflected in her administration's meager record. It seems an eternity ago that Merkel won Germans' hearts and votes. Kohl took her under his wing in the 1990s, but it was Merkel, and Merkel alone, who made the most of her opportunity in a Catholic, male-dominated, political opponents and the media overwhelming public skepticism U n s u r p r i s i n g l y , t h e thoroughly West German party to resist pointing out that her of nuclear power in the wake of e n v i r o n m e n t a l i s t s w h o a r e that direly needed modernizing. conservative coalition's new Japan's Fukushima disaster, a cautiously sizing up the newly Merkel stood out in every way: an stance on nuclear energy amounts Green Party topping Merkel's accelerated phase-out aren't East German, female, Protestant, to a drastic volte-face on one of Christian Democrats in regional tempted to give Merkel a smidgen professional, twice-married, its signature electoral platforms: elections, and an anti-nuclear of credit for something she and childless physicist. In contrast Merkel's latest plan directly energy movement mobilizing her conservative party long with Germany's traditional alphamale politicos, her unglamorous contradicts a law passed just six hundreds of thousands in the resisted. months earlier, designed to extend streets, Merkel believed she had Merkel latest policy shift has thus style, straight talk, and down-tothe operating lives of Germany's no other choice. The real kudos put her government in a quandary, earth manner were a welcome nuclear energy facilities by up to go to Germany's tenacious anti- sacrificing the wishes of her relief. Her unique biography and 14 years. nuclear opponents, who over four coalition's conservative base -- outsider status made her the No, it wasn't foresight or vision decades never wavered from their and, critically, the powerful perfect person to sweep aside behind the new policies, but insistence that nuclear power had nuclear energy lobby in southern FRAU page 41 desperation. In the face of n o f u t u r e i n G e r m a n y . Germany -- without plausibly

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Swimming Upstream - By Eric Pape
ERIC PAPE (Foreign Policy)
Submitted at 6/1/2011 6:21:44 PM

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PARIS, France — French government ministers can come across as remarkably close to some of their stereotypes. Some are haughty and pander to their bosses -- the prime minister and president -- like royal courtesans. Many talk eloquently but with little substance, as though speaking well is more important than saying something meaningful. And a few act as though they believe that, as a result of their positions, they are virtually untouchable. Then there is Christine Lagarde, universally seen as the frontrunner -- and Europe's strongest bet -- to become the next managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). As France's finance minister since 2007, she was the first woman to ever oversee a G-8 economy, and yet she comes across in one-on-one encounters as down to earth, warm, engaging, and a bit quirky. (In a film, Annette Bening would play her perfectly.) Surely, few other government ministers are

vegetarians, have ever competed in synchronized swimming from early adolescence, or had a mother who moonlighted as a rally car driver. Those who interact with Lagarde often sense that her professionalism was shaped as much by the United States as by France. While she grew up in de Gaulle's France, she spent a year at Holton-Arms, a girls' school in Bethesda, Maryland, and she did a stint as an intern in Washington for William Cohen, a Republican congressman. Like many others, she failed to gain admission to France's prestigious École Nationale d'Administration, an elite finishing school for much of the political class, instead choosing to study law and garnering an offer from the Chicago office of the prominent international law firm Baker & McKenzie. These days, she makes a special effort to avoid jargon, lingo, and wonkiness, and she speaks nearly flawless English, which is extremely rare for top French government officials of her generation. How well? She not only tangled with Jon Stewart on

the Daily Show a couple of years back, but also managed to convey some meaningful points about international economics. More recently, on May 25, she even launched a Twitter account to support her IMF candidacy. The combination of her quirky upbringing with a single mother, after the death of her father during adolescence, and the decisions she made to repeatedly return to the United States has led to her comfort with being something of an outsider in the workplace. In Chicago, Lagarde was a rare female attorney in a maledominated law firm -- and she rose to the top, eventually becoming its first-ever chairwoman. She so fully inculcated in herself the pragmatic American professional culture that she proved to be an oddity amid her highly formatted French colleagues when she returned to Paris full time after she was recruited into government in 2005 by Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin. Still, she rose from deputy minister of foreign trade under then-President Jacques Chirac to become agriculture minister two years later, before

the incoming President Nicolas Sarkozy, impressed with her cando spirit, tasked her with running the economy. The competence and pragmatism that Lagarde has shown in her current position help to explain why she has won the strong personal endorsement of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "I actually know her. I admire her.... I am a strong supporter of qualified women, of which she is certainly one, being given the opportunities to lead international organizations," Clinton said on May 26. (The United States will not officially highlight its preferred candidate until after June 10, once all the candidates have been official declared.) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

cobwebbed thinking and challenge the interests that were blocking reform in her party and the republic at large. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

Protest camp in Syntagma Square in front of the Greek parliament building in Athens
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Protesters set up camp in front of the Greek parliament building in Athens.

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Tolerating Dissent - By Lee C. Bollinger
LEE C. BOLLINGER (Foreign Policy)
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Salman Taseer, the late governor of Pakistan's Punjab province, was assassinated on Jan. 4 of this year, killed by his own bodyguard. He would have turned 67 on May 31. Another top Pakistani official, Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, was shot dead in early March. Both men were outspoken opponents of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, which criminalize a range of offenses against religious symbols and institutions. Despite the stated intent of such laws to protect freedom of religion, their practical consequence is very different, often serving as licenses for governments and individuals to harass rivals, legitimize violence, and settle petty disputes. In February, more than 1,000 people stormed an Indonesian court protesting what they believed was too lenient a sentence for a Christian found guilty of blasphemy. Last summer, a professor in Kerala, India, accused of blasphemy and suspended from teaching for distributing an exam question with an allegedly derogatory reference to the Prophet

Mohammed was attacked with an ax on his way home from church. The list goes on and on in countries stretching from Europe to Southeast Asia. More than 70 recent cases of violence resulting from blasphemy laws have been documented by the organization Human Rights First. For years now, laws that criminalize statements impugning religion (commonly referred to as "defamation of religion" or "blasphemy" laws) implicitly have condoned violence against those who depart from a country's dominant sectarian views. These government sanctions have contributed to the preservation of intolerant cultures antithetical to open debate and democracy. It is therefore of great significance to the popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa that U.S. efforts within the U.N. Human Rights Council recently have succeeded in putting the council on record as repudiating defamation-of-religion laws. The council, a body heavily influenced by the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference and criticized frequently for its reflexive condemnation of Israel and for the human rights records of its own member countries, formally advocated the criminalization of

blasphemous speech through defamation provisions as recently as 2008, making the council's reversal of its position through the adoption of a resolution on March 24 all the more striking. At its latest session, which began this week, the council's member countries must continue this course of embracing free speech and becoming more tolerant of dissent. The United States' own experience over the last century teaches that this transition will be essential to the project of building stable democracies. America's historical experience has been that its society's capacity for tolerance grows stronger through exercise. Protections afforded speech and the press are not only a means of safeguarding something of great and unique value (that is, open discussion), but also a means of developing the habit of moderating natural but dangerous individual and societal tendencies. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

recession, the aviation industry touts 2011 as the year of the turnaround After three crappy years for the Look for big fighter sales in India aviation industry, analysts expect and Saudi Arabia a banner year in 2011. Analyst See the rest of the story at Richard Aboulafia gave the Business Insider following presentation to BoA/ For the latest investing news, Merrill Lynch in anticipation of visit Money Game. Follow us on the Paris Air Show. Twitter and Facebook. This year the aviation industry is See Also: projected to grow 7.9%. Military • Amazing Satellite Images Of rotorcraft will lead growth with a S p a n i s h G h o s t T o w n s - 28% increase. Abandoned Since The Housing For the next five years, however, Crash g r o w t h w i l l s l o w a s t h e • Here Are The Countries That "uncertainty, slack demand and Love To Soak The Rich h i g h r e s o u r c e p r i c e s c o u l d • Lululemon: One Of Wall produce stagflation, impacting Street's Hottest Darlings Is civil markets." The 2011 Paris Air Tanking After A Downgrade Show After a challenging period in the

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Superb Russell Napier Interview on Financial Sense; Will the S&P Drop to 400 as Napier Suggests? Why it Might Not
noreply@blogger.com (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)

to do well, don't we need to see mild inflation and sustained economic growth, and do you see that as a possibility? The leading Submitted at 6/2/2011 1:48:00 AM Reader Chris sent the following e c o n o m i c i n d i c a t o r s w o u l d comment regarding a Russell probably tell us otherwise. Napier Interview on Financial Napier: I think we need to see Sense: Hi Mish if you get a more than that. The cyclically chance, I highly recommend this adjusted PE does not forecasting Russell Napier interview with Jim this level [of GDP] or associated P u p l a v a . I t h i n k N a p i e r i s with this economic outcome, it i n c r e d i b l y r a t i o n a l a n d has been associated with very knowledgeable, with a very good economic outcomes. That is interesting perspective on things. why I don't buy the story here. This is the best interview I have Many people say that equities are heard for a while. cheap. Well they are cheap based Napier seems reasonably aligned on current earnings but current with your own views on deflation earnings are at an all-time high. and what you have been saying on We have a reasonable measure of stock market valuations. this going back to 1929. You find Napier sees the scary prospect of that corporate profit as a share of a slumping economy and higher GDP is the highest it has been bond yields something that has since 1929. not happened for a long time, as This is a very mean-reverting usually bonds do well when the figure. economy sinks. Napier likens it to So this stock market is pricing in 1931 when the UK came off the more than a median economic gold standard. I concur with Chris recovery. Yet as you say, even and would also like to add that asking for an average economic Jim Puplava is one of the best recovery is a big ask at this stage. interviewers around. Here are a The Fed has distorted two asset few select quotes from the prices: treasuries and equities, but Financial Sense audio Russell they have not yet produced a rise Napier Discusses the Failure of in fundamental economic activity QE2 and the Coming QE3 to support these valuations. Puplava: For stocks to continue Puplava: If I look at your

analysis, so far you would argue that QE2 has failed, and a lack of broad money growth will mean that growth and inflation expectations are too high. That implies, likewise that equity prices should fall, and yields rise which you believe could lead to deflation and a bad environment for equities. Napier: Equities are overpriced and bonds overpriced. But the thing I am saying that is really quite different is normally when the economy slows bonds do well, that is the normal relationship. That's what everybody expects. What I am saying is a much more frightening scenario, where the economy slows and bond yields go up. And the reason I am suggesting they go up is the matters underpinning their path of huge inflows of foreign central bank capital simply stop coming or slow very dramatically. You might say that this just does not happen. You just do not get scenarios like this. But what springs to mind is 1931 when falling Britain's exit from the gold standard and people panicked that America would do the same, and when they realized that money they lent to America the American government would be

paid back in pieces of paper that would be worth less than gold, then suddenly bond yields went up into a depression as people reassessed the quality of the paper they would be paid back with. I think that is where we are going, not just for the United stated but the developed world markets. .... If the Chinese find a Paul Volcker, we all better be very careful. Puplava: If some event like that happens, in 2009 the S&P 500 touched 666, could we go back to those levels again, or in fact lower? Napier: In my 2005 book " Anatomy of the Bear" I forecast the S&P would bottom in 2014 and the S&P would get to 400. I do not have a strong feeling as to the particular year it happens, but 400 number is looking at the low points over the last 100 years, of cyclically adjusted PEs, and also the Q-Ratio which is measuring equities to the replacement value of assets, and if the valuation measures continue to mean-revert, then we are not talking 666 but a number near 400. The bottoms I talked about in the book are not about business

cycles, they are about things much bigger than that: the first world war, the great depression, the second world war, and the collapse of the Bretton Woods agreement. And this is right up there with the collapse of the Bretton Woods agreement. This is an emerging market that says we no longer think the developed world has good credit quality and we refuse to back developed world governments with our capital. If we begin to question the credit of governments of the developed world then this [400] is where we go to. In Austrian terms, the Austrians always tell us we have creative destruction. We have had several business cycles governments have refused to permit creative destruction of the private sector. They threw their balance sheets and the balance sheets of the central banks on the line to stop creative destruction. So the ultimate situation we have to get to is the creative destruction of the government. Puplava: Given this forecast that seems highly likely, what would it take to turn you more positive on SUPERB page 49



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Mood Swings: Economists Rush to Lower Payroll Estimates; What to Expect on Thursday and Friday
noreply@blogger.com (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
Submitted at 6/1/2011 11:20:00 PM

It's a never ending source of amusement that economists can never think in advance. Instead they revise estimates after the fact to be in line with the data. Weekly Claims Numbers On Thursday the weekly claims numbers come out. I am writing this Wednesday evening. The number 4-week moving average of weekly unemployment claims is relatively easy to call. The number to beat is 438,500. Over or Under? Expect a drop (an improvement) in that number. In light of recent data a drop may seem counter-intuitive but it is highly likely. The reason is simple. The last four weeks' claims numbers are, in order: 424K, 414K, 438K, and 478K. 478,000 drops off the list. It will be replaced by the numbers for the week ending May 28. Unless that number is greater than 478,000 the moving average will drop. I will take the under on 478,000 and thus the under (expecting a drop) in the moving average. My guess is the 4-week average

will be between 420,000 to 430,000. For an actual guess, I select 427,000. If the number is lower expect the bulls to trump it up. Instead it will simply reflect an abnormally high number dropping off the average. Monthly Payroll Report Gaming the 4-week moving average of unemployment claims is the easy part. The tough part is gaming Friday's monthly payroll report. Two days ago I would have taken the "way-under" in regards to economic estimate consensus. I meant to mention that in Market Ticker in regards to the Slowing Global Economy, but I forgot. Apologies offered. However, in light of recent "unforeseen" by economists news, economists' estimates are now far lower. Economists rush to mark down payrolls estimates Please consider Economists rush to mark down payrolls estimates Reflecting one of the largest oneday mood swings in recent memory, the downward revisions now place last month’s job growth at 125,000, the weakest since the 68,000 positions created in January and down from the average of 233,000 over the past

three months. As the sun rose on a steamy Wednesday in Washington, economists polled by MarketWatch had been looking for growth of 175,000 in nonfarm payrolls for May, a consensus figure representing a decline from a healthy 244,000 in April but still passing for strength. The nation’s unemployment rate was expected to reverse April’s slight uptick and fall to 8.9%. First-time claims for unemployment benefits rocketed to 474,000 in late April — the highest level in nine months — from under 390,000 earlier in the month. Claims have since fallen back, coming in at 424,000 for the latest week. Analysts tended to dismiss the claims data as an aberration. They saw continued strength in hiring, and some were hopeful that more than 50,000 jobs created by McDonald’s Corp. might offset any weakness in other sectors. But this confidence cracked soon after data based on payrolls handled by Automatic Data Processing Inc. showed that only 38,000 private-sector jobs were created in May — extraordinarily weak given that economists were expecting a gain in the

neighborhood of 175,000 jobs. Adding fuel to the fire, later in the morning, the Institute for Supply Management’s May survey of factory supply managers was disappointing. The ISM factory index sank by nearly seven points to a 53.5% reading, the largest drop in nine years. Who cut forecasts and by how much • “We have no choice but to revise down our payroll estimate” in light of the weak ISM and ADP reports, said the economic team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, in a note announcing they had sliced their forecast to 125,000 nonfarm payrolls for May from the prior estimate of 165,000. • “We continue to expect a loss of 25,000 public-sector jobs but have reduced our forecast for private payrolls to 100,000 from 200,000,” said Julia Coronado, chief economist at BNP Paribas. • Economists at Goldman Sachs cut their forecast for Friday’s government employment report to show 100,000 nonfarm jobs added in May, down from 150,000 previously. • LaVorgna trimmed his forecast for nonfarm payrolls to 160,000 in May, down from a prior estimate

of 225,000 • Stone & McCarthy cut its forecast in half, to 100,000 jobs. • Jim O’Sullivan,chief economist at MF Global, cut his forecast for May jobs growth to 90,000 from 150,000. • IHS Global Insight now expects a gain of 135,000 nonfarm jobs in May, down from a forecast of 175,000 before the day’s data were released Did the Lemmings Overshoot? It is very difficult to know if the lemmings overshot or not. On one hand McDonald's allegedly added 50-70 thousand jobs and those jobs may affect the establishment survey. However, no one knows because the BLS in its infinite "wisdom" will not confirm who is in the survey. Moreover, burger-flipping jobs tend to increase in summer months so one has to seasonally adjust. Then again, 50-75K is likely to be in excess of seasonal adjustments. Finally, I do not know if McDonald's is in the ADP survey either. Regardless, picking a number is a crapshoot. It always is, but particularly true now. MOOD page 51

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Difference engine: Nikola Tesla's revenge
(The Economist: Full print edition)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 6:04:01 AM

ONCE again, worrywarts are wringing their hands over possible shortages of so-called “critical materials” crucial for high-tech industries. In America the Department of Energy is fretting about materials used to manufacture wind turbines, electric vehicles, solar cells and energy-efficient lighting. The substances in question include a bunch of rare-earth metals and a few other elements which—used a pinch here, a pinch there—enhance the way many industrial materials function. It is not as though the rare-earth elements—scandium, yttrium and lanthanum plus the 14 so-called lanthanides—are all that rare. Some are as abundant as nickel, copper or zinc. Even the two rarest (thulium and lutetium) are more abundant in the Earth’s crust than gold or platinum. A decade ago America was the world’s largest producer of rareearth metals. But its huge opencast mine at Mountain Pass, California, closed in 2002—a victim mainly of China’s drastically lower labour costs. Today, China produces 95% of the world’s supply of rare-earth metals, and has started limiting exports to keep the country’s own high-tech industries supplied.

The rare-earth element that other industrial countries worry about most is neodymium. It is the key ingredient of super-strong permanent magnets. Over the past year the price of neodymium has quadrupled as electric motors that use permanent magnets instead of electromagnetic windings have gained even wider acceptance. Cheaper, smaller and more powerful, permanent-magnet motors and generators have made modern wind turbines and electric vehicles viable. That said, not all makers of electric cars have rushed to embrace permanent-magnet motors. The Tesla Roadster, an electric sports car based on a Lotus Elise, uses no rare-earth metals whatsoever. Nor does the Mini-E, an electric version of BMW’s reinvention of the iconic 1960s car. Meanwhile, the company that pioneered much of today’s electric-vehicle technology, AC Propulsion of San Dimas, California, has steered clear of permanent-magnet motors. Clearly, a number of manufacturers think the risk of relying on a single source of rareearth metals is too high. The latest carmaker to seek a rare -earth alternative is Toyota. The world’s largest carmaker is reported to be developing a neodymium-free electric motor for its expanding range of hybrid cars. Following in AC

Propulsion’s tyre tracks, Toyota is believed to have based its new design on that electromotive industrial mainstay, the cheap and rugged alternating-current (AC) induction motor patented by Nikola Tesla, a Serbian-American inventor, back in 1888. Think of it as a rotating transformer, with the primary windings residing in a stationary casing (stator) and the secondary conductors attached to an inner shaft (rotor). The stator surrounds—but does not touch—the rotor, which is free to rotate on its axis. An alternating current applied to the stator’s windings creates a rotating magnetic field, while simultaneously inducing a current in the separate conductors surrounding the rotor. With an alternating current now circulating within it, the rotor creates a rotating magnetic field of its own, which proceeds to chase the stator’s rotating field—causing the rotor to spin in the process and generate torque. Modern AC induction motors usually have three (or more) sets of stator windings, which smooths things out and allows more torque to be generated. Such machines are known as “asynchronous” motors, because the rotor’s magnetic field never catches up with the stator’s field. That distinguishes them from “synchronous” motors that use a

permanent magnet in their rotors instead of a set of conductors. In a synchronous motor, the stator’s rotating magnetic field imposes an electromagnetic torque directly on the fixed magnetic field of the rotor, causing the latter assembly to spin on its axis in sync with the stator field. Hence the name. In the past the main problem with asynchronous induction motors was the difficulty of varying their speed. That is no longer an issue, thanks to modern semiconductor controls. Meanwhile, the induction motor’s big advantage—apart from its simplicity and ruggedness—has always been its ability to tolerate a wide range of temperatures. Providing adequate cooling for the Toyota Prius’s permanentmagnet motor adds significantly to the vehicle’s weight. An induction motor, by contrast, can be cooled passively—and thereby dispense with the hefty radiator, cooling fan, water pump and associated plumbing. Who needs a gearbox? Better still, by being able to tolerate temperatures that cause permanent magnets to break down, an induction motor can be pushed (albeit briefly) to far higher levels of performance—for, say, accelerating while overtaking or climbing a steep hill. Hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Prius or the Chevrolet Volt have to rely on

their petrol engines and gearboxes for extra zip. By contrast, the Tesla Roadster uses just one gear—such is the flexibility of its three-phase induction motor. In moving to a pure induction design, Toyota will be taking a page out of Tesla’s book, in both senses of the name. Weighing in at 115lb (52kg), the Roadster’s tiny three-phase induction motor is no bigger than a watermelon. Yet it packs a hefty 288 horsepower (215 kilowatt) punch. More impressively, the motor’s 295lb-ft (400 newton-metres) of torque is available from rest to nearly 6,000 revolutions per minute, which eliminates the need for a conventional gearbox. The result is a motor that is light, compact and remarkably efficient. Overall, the Tesla Roadster achieves a battery-to-wheels efficiency of 88%. That is three times better than a conventional car. With its vast engineering resources, Toyota could well do even better. And somewhere, Nikola Tesla must be smiling. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.



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Nasser Hejazi
(The Economist: Full print edition)

longer, had not events at home—Iran underwent a revolution in 1979—got in the Submitted at 6/2/2011 6:04:01 AM way. G O A L K E E P E R S a r e n o t They also put an end to his temperamentally aggressive; their international career when, for no job is to defend. So it must have good reason, a member of the new surprised many people when Islamic government’s Physical Nasser Hejazi’s public comments Education Department declared b e g a n t o d e p a r t f r o m h i s that no one older than 27 would customary discussion of sporting be allowed to represent Iran triumphs and disappointments, internationally. Mr Hejazi was and turned instead to politics. Not then 30. This was the sort of that he was combative. The arbitrary decision that no doubt defender in him kept his remarks cooled any enthusiasm he might to the anodyne, or at least to what have had for the new regime. He most people in most places would became critical of the way regard as the anodyne. In Iran, football was run in Iran, implying however, any criticism of the cronyism and saying money government carries risks, even for played too big a part. Such a national hero. comments were taking him ever And that he was. Whether farther from sport and closer to playing for the Tehran team politics. Esteghlal, which he did for nearly In truth, the two are closely 20 years, or for his country, which related in Iran, and football is he did on 62 occasions, or acting especially intertwined both with as manager for several Iranian and the commercial interests of the Bangladeshi teams, he gathered g o v e r n m e n t a n d w i t h i t s fans by the million. His skill at propaganda objectives. Of the 18 intercepting the ball earned him professional clubs in the country’s the title of the Eagle of Asia. premier league, for example, 17 Widely considered Iran’s best a r e o w n e d b y g o v e r n m e n t goalkeeper ever, and officially d e p a r t m e n t s , a g e n c i e s o r ranked as Asia’s second-best in industries. Thus Rah Ahan is the 20th century, he caught the owned by Iran Railways, Naft eye of Manchester United’s T e h r a n b y t h e n a t i o n a l o i l manager during the 1978 World company, Tractor Sazi by the Cup and played for a month in state tractor firm and Malavan by England. It might have been the navy. Moreover, the clubs are

often run by members of the Revolutionary Guard, part of the armed forces, with help from the baseej, Iran’s volunteer paramilitaries. In a football-crazy country, there is money, patronage and corruption in all this and, since Iran has only two private-sector teams, most of it is politically controlled. Football can also bring some pleasant non-financial returns to the regime. When Iran knocked the United States out of the 1998 World Cup, the defeat of the Great Satan was widely celebrated. But in the qualifying matches the previous year, a triumph over Australia in Melbourne had brought unexpected problems, showing the fickle side of football. In their delight, men and women surged onto the streets of Iran’s cities and— O tempora! O mores!—celebrated together uninhibitedly. This raised the hopes of people like Mr Hejazi that women might yet be allowed to watch football matches as men were. A new, reformist president, Muhammad Khatami, held out the promise of less repressive rules that might one day even allow women to take part in sport without donning the allenveloping hijab. It was not to be. And then, in 2001, came the astonishing defeat of the national

team by tiny Bahrain, which dashed Iran’s hopes for the 2002 World Cup. The lassitude of the players, more inert than inept, made many Iranians assume they had been either bribed or threatened to ensure no repetition of the unseemly 1997 celebrations. Soon, hopes that Mr Khatami would challenge the conservative clerics who hold ultimate power in Iran turned to doubts. So, thinking it was time to make a stand, Mr Hejazi announced in 2004 that he would be an independent candidate in the next year’s presidential election. Not a chance, said the Council of Guardians, protectors of the constitution: he did not have enough political experience. In fact they realised that the man known as the Legend had a national following that could prove dangerous. The risks were brought home to them in 2009 when several of Iran’s players took to a World Cup pitch wearing green wristbands in support of the opposition’s presidential candidate. Bread, circuses and fireworks Mr Hejazi continued to speak out. “I am agonised”, he said, “to see [the authorities] interpret poverty as contentment, inefficiency as patience and, with a smile on their faces, they call

this very stupidity wisdom.” For this he was banned for a while from Iranian television, though he was already dying of lung cancer. Even in death, however, he continued to terrify the regime. Over 20,000 mourners came to the first part of his funeral, held in Azadi stadium in Tehran on May 25th, many of them chanting antigovernment slogans. Unusually, some women were let into the stadium, but officials swiftly took the body away for a secretive burial at Behesht-e Zahra cemetery. There, contrary to custom, no outdoor prayers were said. Repressive governments try to keep the populace happy with bread and circuses. Thanks in part to Mr Hejazi, Iran’s regime knows that the circus of the football stadium holds as many hazards as rewards. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

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reckon you could borrow $7 to get $1 of "growth" in your finances? US Factory Orders Drop 1.2%, Durable Goods Orders Drop 3.6% Submitted at 6/2/2011 11:08:00 AM Add durable goods to the ever- Bloomberg reports U.S. Factory growing pile of stats that suggest Orders Fell 1.2% in April, Most the economic growth is slowing Since May 2010 rapidly, assuming of course there Orders placed with U.S. factories is any growth at all. fell in April by the most in almost The growth everyone is trumping a year as demand for aircraft up is in reality a mirage as noted waned and Japan’s earthquake in the excellent column this restrained auto-related supplies. morning Can We Please Stop Bookings for manufacturers’ P r e t e n d i n g t h e G D P I s goods dropped 1.2 percent, the "Growing"? by Charles Hughes biggest decrease since May 2010, Smith. The Federal government after a revised 3.8 percent gain in borrowed and spent $5.1 trillion M a r c h , f i g u r e s f r o m t h e over the past four years to Commerce Department showed generate a cumulative $700 today in Washington. Economists billion increase in the nation's projected a 1 percent decline in GDP. That means we've borrowed April, according to the median and spent $7.28 for every $1 of forecast in a Bloomberg News nominal "growth" in GDP. survey. Orders for durable goods In constant dollars, GDP is flat: fell 3.6 percent. we got no growth at all for our Estimates of the 67 economists $5.1 trillion: zip, zero, nada. In surveyed by Bloomberg ranged constant dollars, the GDP in 2011 from a decline of 3 percent to a might return to the 2007 level, if gain of 1.5 percent. the economy continues "growing" Orders for capital goods at the same pace reached in the excluding aircraft and military first three months of 2011. If not, equipment, a measure of future then the GDP will actually be business investment, fell 2.3 lower than pre-recession levels. percent, the most since January. If you borrowed $7 to get $1 in March capital goods orders rose your pocket, would that strike you 5.4 percent. as a good deal?How long do you Jobless claims decreased by

6,000 to 422,000 in the week ended May 28, according to Labor Department figures released today. Economists had predicted a drop to 417,000. Tokyo-based Honda said its North American and China vehicle production will return to pre-earthquake levels in August. In the U.S., production of Honda’s Civic small cars will continue to be slowed by limited supplies of some parts, the Tokyobased company said in a statement May 26. Production of the 2012 Civic, which went on sale in April, will be at about 50 percent, it said. “The light at the end of the tunnel is glowing brighter for us, represented by this significant improvement in our production situation,” John Mendel, executive vice president of U.S. sales, said in the statement. No Light At End of Tunnel By the time parts are back in full supply, there will be little demand for cars. The light at the end of the tunnel is in reality the recession train headed this way. Moreover, durable goods inventories mount. Please consider the Department of Commerce Full Report on

Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories and Orders April 2011 Inventories of manufactured durable goods in April, up sixteen consecutive months, increased $3.3 billion or 0.9 percent to $350.6 billion, unchanged from the previously published increase. This was at the highest level since the series was first published on a NAICS basis and followed a 1.7 percent March increase. 4-Week Moving Average of Weekly Unemployment Claims 425,500 As expected, the 4-week moving average of Weekly Unemployment Claims dropped by 14,000 to 425,500, a decrease of 14,000 from the previous week's revised average of 439,500. That number was very easy to game as noted in Mood Swings: Economists Rush to Lower Payroll Estimates; What to Expect on Thursday and Friday. My guess was 427,000. Tomorrow's job report is much more of a crap shoot. What to Expect on Friday? Garbage. That's what. I will take the under on jobs and the over on the expected unemployment rate of 8.9%. For a guess on the latter, 9.2% seems reasonable on the data (and that

was my opinion before the ISM and ADP reports). However, Lord only knows how many people the BLS might say dropped out of the labor force. Bear in mind that McDonald's added 50,000 to 70,000 jobs and those jobs may affect the establishment survey. However, no one knows because the BLS will not confirm who is in the survey. Regardless, if burger flipping saves the day, it won't last. 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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Why All The Arguments Against IPOs Are Bunk
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry (Money Game)

from near-bankruptcy to the most valuable technology company in the world). As public companies, Submitted at 6/2/2011 11:08:00 AM 3M, Procter & Gamble and others Now that the IPO window for make big risky bets. Is it hard to technology companies has been innovate as a public company? b l o w n o p e n b y L i n k e d I n ' s Yes. That's because it is hard to r o c k e t s h i p o p e n i n g , t e c h innovate. companies are wondering whether • As a public company you're they should go public or not. focused on quarter-to-quarter After the IPO-crazy nineties, the performance because Wall Street conventional wisdom in Silicon is only focused on the short term Valley and other high-growth and you have to be brow-beaten sectors of the economy is that by snooty know-nothing 25-year companies should put off IPOs as old analysts and yadda yadda much as possible. yadda. We love this one because The arguments are bunk. Let's it is often uttered by Silicon review them: Valley millionaires trying to • Being public is too burdensome. sound populist by bashing Wall T o n s o f c o m p l i a n c e c o s t s ! Street millionaires. It's also crap. Sarbanes-Oxley! Oh my God! It's Look at Amazon, perhaps the true that being public involves most long-term focused company compliance and red tape that is on Earth. Amazon spent its first expensive and a pain in the ass. If eight years unprofitable. Eight the government was smart a lot of years! Including six years as one it would go away. But let's be o f t h e m o s t v i s i b l e p u b l i c honest. It's not the $10-30 million companies. Six years! No profits! per year of compliance costs that Why? Because Amazon's founder are putting Facebook off from Jeff Bezos said he was building going public. Amazon for the long term. Last • Public companies can't take quarter Amazon's stock briefly risks and innovate. This is one of tanked because Amazon said its the most quoted. And it's also self margins would suck for a while as -evidently wrong. As a public it invested in new businesses like company, Apple introduced the cloud computing and Kindle. Of Macintosh, the Newton, the iMac, course, this is ridiculous: by the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad i n v e s t i n g n o w , A m a z o n i s (and also turned itself around boosting the net present value of

its future cashflows, and therefore its value, and therefore the stock should go up. What did Jeff Bezos do with such a myopic result? Did he shelve the Kindle and Amazon Web Services? No, he just kept right on doing what he was doing. And the stock recovered, because most Amazon investors, who believe in the company's vision, saw the stock dip as the buying opportunity it was. The lesson isn't that investors don't matter. The lesson is that managing investors is an important CEO skill, whether the company is public or private. • As a public company there is more media scrutiny. This one is true. What's wrong with that? What do you have to hide? There is one argument against IPOs that actually makes sense. It also happens to be the one we hear the least. An investment banker we know who advises high -growth companies told us that he is ambivalent about IPOs for one reason: its impact on the corporate culture. He told us of one company where, every morning when getting in to work, people were checking their online brokerage accounts instead of doing other things. That is actually a relevant

concern. A company's culture is often its most valuable asset. Making sure an IPO doesn't affect a company's culture too badly is something that should be watched out for and that the CEO needs to take very good care of. But here's the thing: making sure there's a great corporate culture is a very important job in any case. Like with innovation, the problem of IPOs' impact on culture isn't with IPOs, it's with the fact that maintaining a good corporate culture is really hard. So even though this last argument has merit, it's still not a very good argument against going public. Don't Miss: The 11 Huge Tech IPOs Coming This Year For the latest tech news, visit SAI: Silicon Alley Insider. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story » See Also: • CHART OF THE DAY: The Next Tech IPO That Will Drive People Crazy • PETER THIEL: Wall Street Screwed LinkedIn, Mispriced IPO • Anyone Who Still Thinks LinkedIn's IPO Pop Was Good Should Look At Amazon

How long can scorpions live without food or water?
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Submitted at 6/2/2011 10:58:00 AM

Mentions of scorpions stretch back into some of the oldest know myths because the species has survived for an estimated 450 million years. Their distinct body shape and pointed stinger have earned scorpions a negative reputation for millennia, commonly associated with evil and chaos. Although they're nocturnal, scorpions generally don't go out of their way to search for food. Instead, they are opportunistic feeders that wait for their food to come to them. How long will they wait? Full article at HowStuffWorks.com. Total aggregation of HowStuffWorks.com. Photo credit: Fotolia Permalink| Leave a comment »

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the equity environment? Napier: As a historian, the one thing that can always come along is technology that permits much higher level of productivity growth. Cheap energy is something that could transform long-term growth forecasts. There may be many others, but I can't see them on the horizon. ======================== = That concludes the Financial Sense audio excerpts. Here is a link to the much shorter Financial Times video Long View: Historian sees S&P fall to 400 Stock market historian and CLSA consultant Russell Napier discusses with head of Lex John Authers his warning that the real bear market in the S&P has yet to come and could push the US equities index down to 400, plus he explains how emerging markets could trigger a leap in US Treasury yields. (11m 16sec) Stocks Tremendously Overpriced In 2007 people might even have thought Napier was a bearish fool. He clearly wasn't. The S&P 500 fell to 666 and there is no reason why that level cannot be tested again.

I made the case recently in Negative Annualized Stock Market Returns for the Next 10 Years or Longer? It's Far More Likely Than You Think As a follow-up, please consider Anatomy of Bubbles; Negative Returns for a Decade Revisited; Is Gold in a Bubble? Overvalued is Not a Price Target Stock prices are tremendously overpriced. However, I do not know if we see Napier's targets or not. Overpriced can be worked off by a stock market that goes nowhere for 10 years or a stock market that takes another plunge. It can even be worked off by a bigger rally now before a plunge. I seriously doubt the latter, but it is certainly possible. What's Different Now? The big difference that I see now vs. 2008 and early 2009 is corporate cash levels. Cash levels are much higher today thanks to a certifiable bubble in corporate bonds. Google, which does not even need cash raised billions in a 10 year blended offering at 2.33%. Google will not default but that is ridiculous . Why lend money at 2.33% for 10 years when such a

paltry yield does not possibly compensate for the risk of much higher rates a few years from now, possibly even next year? Who knows what interest rates will be 5 years from now? I don't. Nor does anyone else. Regardless, corporations from total junk to top-tier are flush from with cash from debt offerings. Unless corporations blow it on stock buybacks or acquisitions at absurd prices, corporations have a chance to sit on cash (debt really), for a long as the terms permit. Thus, corporations can weather a cash-crunch storm today better than a couple years ago. In the midst of the decline in 2008-2009 there was a genuine fear corporations in need of cash could not raise that cash. Now they have cash-on-hand in advance. It sits on the balance sheet as debt (it is debt), but it is spendable. The best use for that cash is to let it sit there. If instead, corporations blow it on absurd buybacks at silly prices we will be back in the 2008 crash scenario. For reasons Napier suggests the markets could crash anyway. Not knowing what corporations

or the Fed will do (or in what time -frame), I see no need to make a prediction other than to say history suggests that stock market outcomes from here are highly unlikely to be favorable even if corporations avoid serious mistakes. 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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Monitor: Rig on a roll
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area of the slipstream immediately behind the vehicle. Ordinarily, this is a low-pressure area which Submitted at 6/2/2011 6:04:01 AM has the effect of sucking the truck THE monster 18-wheel trucks backwards, something that adds to that hurtle along America’s the rig’s fuel consumption. highways carry most of the The low-pressure area in the n a t i o n ’ s f r e i g h t . T h e r e a r e slipstream of a moving object is reckoned to be some 1.3m of exploited in some sports such as these “semi-trailers”, as the cycle racing, speed skating and combination of a tractor unit and motor racing. In a technique trailer are known. Such vehicles known as “drafting”, a competitor are called articulated lorries in gets close behind the person or Britain, although they tend to be a vehicle in front. The low-pressure bit puny compared with American area reduces wind resistance and rigs that can weigh 32,000kg hence the amount of drag, which ( 7 0 , 0 0 0 l b s ) o r m o r e . N o t means less energy is needed to surprisingly the big semi-trailers maintain the same speed as the take skill to handle—and they leader. Some car and lorry drivers consume a lot of diesel. But a new try to exploit this aerodynamic development could reduce fuel effect by tailgating big trucks to consumption and give truckers r e d u c e t h e i r o w n f u e l one less thing to worry about c o n s u m p t i o n . B u t i t i s when on the open road. exceedingly dangerous. The work involves fitting wind- The wind deflectors for the semis deflecting devices under the were developed by BMI, a small trailer of a semi to make the rig company based in South Carolina. more aerodynamically efficient. T h e y w e r e i n s p i r e d b y t h e The devices direct oncoming air aerospace industry, says Mike around the trailer in such a way Henderson, its chief executive. that it increases pressure in the Before he started the firm, Mr

Henderson ran a Boeing research unit that investigated aircraft aerodynamics using elaborate computer models. He has now set up a new company called SmartTruck to market the technology as UnderTray. The UnderTray looks simple enough: plastic and metal structures which direct oncoming air towards the rear in such a way as to raise the air pressure. But the aerodynamics involved are extremely complex and required a supercomputer to crack. For this, the company won a grant from America’s Department of Energy to run simulations on Jaguar, a Cray XT-5 supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Jaguar is capable of 2.3 quadrillion mathematical operations every second (which is about 100,000 times faster than a typical laptop). Mr Henderson reckons it shaved about two years from the time it would otherwise have taken to turn the concept into a final design. The company says UnderTray can improve fuel efficiency in a

semi-trailer by as much as 12%. The Department of Energy estimates that if all the semis in America had such devices installed it would produce fuel savings of 1.5 billion gallons of diesel a year, worth about $6 billion at the current diesel price of $4 a gallon. A typical semitrailer travels about 240,000km (150,000 miles) a year, and even at $3 a gallon for diesel BMI estimates that its system would pay for itself in 12 to 18 months. So its technology should be an appealing proposition for truckers—and it would thwart tailgaters, too. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

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The Real Deal It really does not matter if McDonald’s added 50,000 jobs or not. Flipping burgers will not fuel a recovery. Moreover, even if McDonald’s did add that number of jobs, it is a one-time affair. I wonder how many desperate engineers or recent college Mamta Badkar (Money Game) year, up 18% from 2009. and is expected to receive the first graduates took those jobs out of 2 0 1 0 d e b t r a t i o e s t i m a t e s €18 billion in June. The country's desperation. The sad fact of the Submitted at 6/2/2011 11:07:52 AM provided by CIA and Eurostat. public debt is projected to rise to matter is that unemployment has C o u n t r i e s w i t h u n c h e c k e d CDS pricing provided by CMA 86.6% in 2011 and is expected to been dropping for a year based on burger-flipping jobs, part-time s p e n d i n g h a v e a m a s s e d Datavision via Bloomberg. begin its decline in 2013. tremendous amounts of debt, and #14 Sri Lanka 2 0 1 0 d e b t r a t i o e s t i m a t e s jobs, or people dropping out of now those problems are coming Debt as percent of GDP: 86.7 provided by CIA and Eurostat. the labor force. Since April 2008 6,484,000 home to roost. 5-Year CDS spread: N/A CDS pricing provided by CMA dropped out of the labor force. In High levels of sovereign debt Debt outlook: Representatives of Datavision via Bloomberg. have threatened the survival of the Fitch and S&P visited the island See the rest of the story at the last year alone, 2,916,000 dropped out of the labor force. eurozone and refocused the nation in May to asses the Business Insider world's attention on deficits. country's debt situation. Sri Lanka For the latest investing news, For a discussion of exactly what But it isn't just major European currently has a B grade that is five visit Money Game. Follow us on q u e s t i o n s t h e B L S a s k s t o determine the unemployment rate, countries that made this list. notches below an investment Twitter and Facebook. please see Reader Question Yesterday, St. Kitts & Nevis grade and the country is looking See Also: announced that it would have to to boost its credit rating, ahead of • Another Reason Why A Series Regarding "Dropping Out of the restructure its public debt. a planned $1 billion sovereign Of European Restructurings Workforce"; Implications of the Falling Participation Rate We've ranked the 15 states with bond auction this year. Could Be Disastrous the worst debt to GDP ratios, and 2 0 1 0 d e b t r a t i o e s t i m a t e s • T h e E n t i r e H i s t o r y O f Here's the real kicker. In the last a d d e d C D S p r i c e s ( w h e r e provided by CIA and Eurostat. Sovereign Default And CDS In year the number of people employed FELL by 292,000! Yet. available) to point out what the CDS pricing provided by CMA Three Huge Slides market thinks of their outlook.#15 Datavision via Bloomberg. • In Case It Weren't Obvious miraculously the unemployment Germany #15 Portugal Who Really Wins In A Greek rate dropped nearly 1%. On that count, the unemployment rate Debt as percent of GDP: 83.2 Debt as percent of GDP: 93 Bailout... should have risen at least 1%. 5-Year CDS spread: 38.6 5-Year CDS spread: 688.87 What to Expect on Friday? Debt outlook: German public Debt outlook: Portugal recently Garbage. That's what. debt totaled nearly€2 trillion last had a€78 billion bailout approved Officially I will take the under on

jobs and the over on the expected unemployment rate of 8.9%. For a guess on the latter, 9.2% seems reasonable on the data (and that was my opinion before the ISM and ADP reports). However, Lord only knows how many people the BLS might say dropped out of the labor force. If burger flipping saves the day, it won't last. 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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iPad DJ Rana June: 1 Year, 100 Performances, Trolls Silenced
Curtis Silver (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 8:36:00 AM

iPad DJ Rana June (image: Marilyn Tang) A year ago, I wrote about a budding innovator, entrepreneur and musician who had this whacky idea that the iPad could be use to make and mix music. The trolls came out in droves when I profiled “iPad DJ” Rana June. What a difference a year makes. The point of the profile that I wrote on Rana was to highlight her innovation in using the iPad to create music as an art form regardless of quality. The pushback was fast and furious, questioning everything from her musical ability (which she has since proven) to the definition of a “DJ” to the equipment being used. The haters missed the point, which was to highlight the innovation, the use of new technology in way that wasn’t being done at the time. So a year later, I had a chance to catch up with Rana during a recent visit to New York City. A lot has changed for this budding rock star. She’s still making music on the iPad, but the thing is, now she’s making a living making companies — pay for innovation. the only one doing what you are music on the iPad. Take that! They pay to see it, they pay to doing. Y o u s e e , p e o p l e — a n d have it and they recognize it for Rana has a infectious personality. what it is. It also helps if you are After spending a couple minutes

with her, you are infused with her energy as if it’s a viral (airborne) transmission. This is my second time meeting her in person, and I

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York City tired me out. We pull up to the counter at a Japanese restaurant in Midtown and order a couple of hot green teas. She’s bubbling with excitement, like a child with a brain full of new information. So I start with something obvious, the old “where are you now” bit. “Where I am is absolutely not where I thought I’d be a year ago today,” Rana says in between sips of tea. “The things that have happened in the past 12 months have blown me away. I think it’s kind of telling in the way this space (mobile) moves. I originally thought I would just be a catalyst, that what I was doing would spark a whole slew of iPad DJs running around making music. I think people underestimated how hard it is to do what I do, and that I was just hitting ‘play’ on an iPod or something, rather than creating music on the fly. We’re still not seeing widespread adoption of this art form, which turns out to be great for me. It’s still novel, it’s still new, and people love seeing it happen in person. I love playing music for people. It’s changed me.” Rana is right: mobile moves quickly. And while she was innovating with one technology, the rest of it was morphing and continuously moving around her. However, the seed was set and she set out to become a success doing what she loved to do, make music on the iPad. Rana is no newcomer to mobile technology. She even wrote a book on it that came out earlier this year, and

built her own mobile analytics company. She’s got the inside track. I switch gears and ask her about her book, Mobilize: Strategies for Success from the Frontlines of the App Revolution, which isn’t exactly a New York Times bestseller, and even shortly after its release may already be behind the fast times it captures. Even Rana seemed a bit nostalgic about it, already. “I view the book as a historical benchmark for the first 500 days of the App Store — the olden days of the App Store, as it were. I had the opportunity to take the first 500 days of the App Store and condense it in 55k words and I’m grateful for that. If we aren’t able to know what it was in the beginning, then it’s harder to work on best practices for the future. I wrote the book as a third party observer, and I’m proud of it because we have something that memorializes that point in time.” Our appetizers arrive. I’ve got what appears to be spring rolls, she’s ordered some snap peas. In between bites, we talk about the reason we are both in New York, the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). I was there to report on safety technology, she was there to open the show for Kia – literally. She set up her DJ stand and introduced three new Kia cars, through music she composed to match each car. Thankfully, there is video for this performance, and I’m pretty sure Kia is loving the fact that I’ve posted it below.

Aside from opening the Kia presentation, over the past year Rana has played over 100 shows from iconic venues such as Webster Hall to the House of Blues. She has traveled to Iceland, all over Europe, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Toronto, Miami, Boston, Amsterdam, London, Berlin and many more. She’s played at Google, and performed four shows for the company that makes it all possible (as far as the technology, not compensation) – Apple. She exclaims, “I think the most exciting moment was when Steve Wozniak came to my show! Not only did Wozniak go to one of Rana’s shows in San Francisco, but he had this to say about the performance: “I’d heard of Rana’s fame but had no idea what she or any DJ did. Now I have a better idea. I wish I’d had that much talent and energy when I designed computers!” I ask if that was a bit mindblowing for her, but she quickly replies, “The people that think this is cool, it’s equally mind-blowing. No one cared when I was a published author, but as soon as I started performing, they cared.” Howard Mittman (left) checking out Rana's iPad set-up (image: Stephanie Paciullo) During her performance for Kia, she happened to spot WIRED publisher Howard Mittman in the crowd and as she often does with fans during her concerts, pulled him up on stage to show him how to mix on the iPad. He was impressed with the use of the iPad

for DJ’ing. The iPad has changed the way we do mobile, which I did not see coming when Icriticized it as nothing more than a large iPod Touch. Rana agrees. “The iPad changed the course of my life. I think what is starting to happen now is the iPad is shaping the way we consume technology. Everyone that has an iPad has it around them and with them all the time. No more hot laptops on the lap, just this elegant and intuitive piece of glass. The iPad gave me the freedom to be creative all the time, no matter where I am. My ultimate belief is that if more people create music, then the more the good music will be appreciated. It’s about letting people try to make stuff on their own.” Of course, that’s creation, but what about development, I ask. “Developers are having to think about these apps on several screens across devices,” she says. “The iPad has disrupted the way developers are actually making the apps too. They have had to adapt and advance. Consumers are getting trained to use mobile devices in way they haven’t before.” Later, I’d ask Howard his thoughts on Rana’s performance and her use of the iPads. “Every once in a while you see something that stops and makes you want to see more of it, much more,” he told me via email. “That’s how I felt at the Kia booth that day when I saw her spinning. Her use of those iPads is proof that even the potential of the world’s

coolest technologies can’t be fully realized until artists get a chance to make them truly sing!” As dinner hits the table (I ordered something decisively curry, while she has a sensible plate of sashimi) she goes on, explaining that technology and the delivery mechanisms for art are changing. I’m intrigued, but the curry is really good so I ask her to pause for a second. Pausing is hard for Rana, as she’s running non-stop. She says she’s a bit worn out, but I don’t see it. Though later we’ll be invited to an after party by a hotel developer, which she turns down – only then can I see the weariness in her eyes. At the moment though, she bubbles with energy as she explains the following to me, with fevered excitement and speed. “Technology is universal; we have direct access to people that was impossible before. We can inspire someone five thousand miles away. The record label model is disintegrating. Democratization of media production and consumption has become the standard.” She picks at her sashimi a bit before going on, “I can take two iPads, stick them in my handbag, get on a plane, get off a plane in Russia and play a concert. As more and more developers take the platform seriously as an audio production tool, it’s only going to get bigger and bigger. I have done huge remixes for major recording artists, and I’m making my own IPAD page 54


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music all the time. When people come to my show or listen to a song and it connects with them, that’s what matters. If someone later finds out it was made or performed on the iPad – who gives a hell?” Which brings us to the most sensitive point of the night (besides walking or taking a cab back to the hotel): the detractors. The haters. They came out in force when I first wrote that article a year ago, deriding her for not being a “real” DJ, or for the quality of her music. Admittedly, I was more focused on the innovation, less so on the music, which was, honestly, average at best for the electronica genre. Of course since then, Rana has gotten much better at not only producing music, but performing it on the fly as well. Regardless of the haters, Rana is getting paid to make music on the iPad, to create and perform a legitimate art form. Rana realizes that just like any innovation or creation, the first bit is always the hardest. “In the early days of my project, there were quite a few detractors, and rightfully so. I didn’t even know what I was doing for the first two months because the technology was so new and the apps were so unstable at that time. I didn’t anticipate that people were expecting me to come out

and be a fully-baked artist. The initial videos were bare-bones and exploratory because I was just trying to figure out if my idea even worked, yet somehow those early experiments ended up getting the most traction and visibility. That being said, the response to this concept and to my live performances has been overwhelmingly positive and supportive, so it’s silly to spend any time at all worrying about anything except trying to make this the most amazing thing it can be. Anyone who now claims this is a fad or some sort of gimmick is nothing more than an enemy of innovation, and not someone whose opinion I value anyways.” When you think about it in the grandest of senses, she’s right. Innovation has always had its share of critics. Television was panned for many years before it was accepted as the norm. There is a sense of competition, a sense of jealously involved, whenever you are breaking ground on something innovative. When you are the first at something, or advancing a medium, those that came before you feel a sense of becoming obsolete, where that’s not true at all. The iPad is just a different medium for an art form that has been around for a long, long time – making music. “I really want to show people that

the iPad is the medium, but the message is what’s most important. I want to focus on making the best music I can. And change the way people view the technology and application of it,” she states defiantly as we pay the check and collect our belongings (I had no leftover curry). “ Moore’s Law applies to the creation of art as well. The greatest compliment I’m ever paid is when someone comes up to me at a show, and tells me how it’s inspired them to start creating music.” She experienced a lot of this interaction at the most recent SXSW (South by Southwest) Festival in Austin, Texas. Rana performed 5 concerts in 3 days during SXSW, and luckily she had a camera crew with her capturing every moment of it. From playing concerts to meeting fans to buying cowboy boots, there’s never a dull moment in Rana’s new life as a music producer and performer. Internet startup.CO filmed a short documentary starring Rana, and with their blessing I have posted that below as well. Not too shabby. As we part ways for the evening, I think about Moore’s Law and how the state of music (in relation to computers in Moore’s Law) is constantly changing. From the genre of music, to the delivery

mechanisms, to the tools for creation. Rana’s working on original music right now, as well as a brand new live show. Rana has an album coming out at some point this year, completely composed and produced on the iPad. She’s got many more tours and private performances lined up in the coming months, as well working on remixes with top 40 artists. However, at some point, even she will need to adapt to the ever changing technology, or become part of the history herself. Frankly, I don’t think she’ll have any trouble adapting at all. On a closing note, Rana’s new single “Firecracker” is available for free download. Right now, via the app below. Just for you. And you. And all of you. You can check out Rana’s music on her website, or follow on Twitter@ranajune. Pages: 1 2 View All This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

Rihanna, Alec Baldwin, Peter Facinelli, and More in This Week's Fun and Funny Celebrity Twitter Pictures!
Katie Henry (PopSugar)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 8:49:50 AM

Adolfas Mekas, filmmaker and professor, dies at 85 (AP)
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Submitted at 6/2/2011 5:30:45 AM

AP - Adolfas Mekas, a member of the avant-garde New American Cinema movement of the 1960s

and longtime professor of film at New York's Bard College, died Tuesday at age 85.

Celebrities enjoyed the holiday weekend by partying, hanging with friends, and sharing their Twitter pics. Rihanna brushed her crimson locks with a dining utensil while her pal Russell Brand was spotted on the Rock of Ages set with Alec Baldwin. Victoria Beckham continued capturing cute puppy moments and Twilight's Peter Facinelli chronicled his Greek sailing odyssey - click through to see all the photos, and don't forget to follow us on Twitter for exciting news and exclusive photos! View Slideshow ›

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Calling All Stalkers: Video-Recording Glasses Are Eye-Spy Wear
Michael S. Lasky (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 8:00:00 AM

“What you see is what you keep.” — This incredibly lame slogan was actually trademarked by the appropriately named Joker Technologies for use in the marketing of its Active-I spy glasses. But when you use these stealthy shades, with their built-in video camera and microphone that capture everything you see and hear, you can see why you won’t necessarily be keeping anything recorded on them. On the surface, they look like an ordinary pair of sunglasses. But look closely and you’ll see a minuscule 640 x 480 VGA camera and microphone embedded in the front of the frames. Master controls run down the right arm, but because those controls are out of sight when you are wearing the glasses, finding the right one can be hit-or-miss. The glasses also have a separate monocular viewer which attaches to the left arm and swivels to the front so you can view videos and snapshots without a computer. What a great idea — if you have 20/20 vision or wear contacts. For those who wear eyeglasses, the Active-I’s design does not easily

accommodate them. And, of course, it’s not particular pleasant to watch videos through shaded lenses, either. Fortunately, you also get a set of interchangeable clear lenses. Playback on the monocular viewer is reduced to QVGA 320 x 240 resolution out of necessity, which is essentially like looking at a moving thumbnail image. And if you want to preview the audio, you’ll have to plug your headphones (not included) into

the frames. The rig comes with cables so you can view the AVI files on computer or a TV. It’s a much more comfortable experience, but it’s also where the true quality of your recordings becomes evident. The Active-I glasses capture every tiny head movement as you walk, resulting in some jerky images. It’s not handheld video, it’s head-held video, which is even worse. The audio is filled with whooshy wind noises even

when it’s not breezy out — the movement of air generated as you walk is enough to crunchify the soundtrack. The audio-input volume is preset and can’t be adjusted. And if you want to shoot a long video, the internal 2-GB memory chip can save up to 55 minutes of footage — but your opus is inexplicably divided in two separate 25-to-30-minute This entry passed through the chunks. Full-Text RSS service — if this is So what’s there to like about the CALLING page 57 Active-I video glasses? Simply,

they’re a clever way to capture sights and sounds on the sly while your subject remains none the wiser. In other words, a serviceable — if not particularly great — way to spy on neighbors, stalk your ex, or case the joint around the corner. WIRED Hands-free filming on the down-low. Lightweight at 2.1 ounces. Interchangeable shaded and clear lenses for different lighting conditions. Preview your perversions with the monocular viewer. MicroSD card slot lets you expand beyond the 2 GB of on-board storage. TIRED Jerky images are inevitable with the smallest head movement. Mic captures the movement of every air molecule. Audio volume isn’t adjustable. Can’t wear them on top of other eyeglasses. Photos by Jon Snyder/Wired.com See Also: • Buy Polar: Shade Your Eyes Without Breaking the Bank • Musica Globalista: Devendra Banhart is selling sunglasses • Rainbow-Colored Pentax K-x Requires Sunglasses to Use • Glaring Omissions: Polarized Sunglasses Field-Tested + Rated



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Windows 8 Tablet OS Is Just Windows 7 With a New Skin
John C Abell (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 9:16:00 AM

10 Most Stressful Jobs in America
(HowStuffWorks Daily Feed)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 9:00:56 AM

Microsoft has shown an early look at Windows 8. The upcoming OS is designed to run on any machine, from a tablet to a desktop PC, and while it has some genuinely clever features, it is at heart yet another skinned version of regular old Windows. Here’s a video of it in action. Skip to a minute in if you don’t care to hear about how tired the poor Windows 8 team is after so much work. The tile-based touch interface makes the iPad look old and dusty. The live info that can be seen at a glance, and the fast switching between apps is very slick. So is the split view, which lets you drag a second app in from the side and — after a pause — the existing app shifts over and makes space. Thus you can run two apps concurrently, which is enough to get most multitasking tasks done. I’m also impressed by the thumb keyboard, an option which splits the QWERTY keyboard into two parts and shrinks them into the corners of the screen. I wish for this every time I use my iPad

while standing up. But this is, like every other tablet -friendly version of Windows, a skin over a desktop OS. The fancy new “Windows 8 apps” are written in HTML5 and Javascript, but you can also run regular ol’ Windows apps like Excel and Word. You even have access to Explorer and the full file system. And given that developers can just run their existing apps in normal Windows mode, where will the incentive be to make amazing touch-only versions of applications, like the truly excellent Omni Outliner or GarageBand for the iPad? What we’ll get are a thousand Twitter widgets, turning the innovative tile skin into something akin to OS X’s Dashboard. This also brings the diskgobbling size of a desktop OS, along with the complications of running Windows (malware and the general weirdness of any desktop OS) and of course, the battery life of a desktop OS. That’s fine. Many people want a full-featured computer in tablet form. But remember that the iPad is selling in the millions precisely because it is simple, lacks a complicated file system and the like, and doesn’t require a nerd to

assign points for such factors as deadlines, physical risk, competitiveness and work It isn't exactly news that environment. keep it humming along. People unemployment is stressful. But Another problem with who want all that already have a working can be a great source of comparisons is that some rankings choice. It’s called a laptop. stress for many people. Polls and don't group professions in the Microsoft is almost there, but it surveys have found that anywhere same way as others. Some don't needs to lose its obsession with from one-fourth to nearly half of even look at jobs that others rank putting Windows on everything. working Americans say that their as highly stressful. Various Take this cool, tile-based OS and job is extremely stressful[source: rankings list dentists, physicians, put it on a tablet, sure. But leave CareerCast]. surgeons, and psychiatrists or the mouse-based, legacy desktop Who has the most stressful job? therapists separately, while others OS out of it. And for God’s sake, Chances are that many people will lump them all into a "medical don’t call it Windows. say that they win that dubious professional" category. P r e v i e w i n g W i n d o w s honor, whatever their job may be. Since any listing of most stressful 8[Microsoft] That's one of the problems with jobs will be subjective, we've See Also: the lists that rank jobs by stress come up with our own list of the level: Polls and surveys may be 10 most stressful jobs in the U.S. • WindPad: $500 Windows 7 unreliable. In addition, work- Keep reading. Maybe you have Tablet Arrives September related stresses may not be caused some ideas of your own. • Windows Phone 7 Series Tablet by occupation, but a particular set This entry passed through the Concept of circumstances. If you don't like Full-Text RSS service — if this is • 7 Reasons You Won't Want a your boss or a co-worker, you're your content and you're reading it Windows 7 Slate going to be stressed -- no matter on someone else's site, please read • It's Not Easy to Make a Tablet, what your job. The same is true if the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentStantum Slate PC Proves you know layoffs are coming, or only/faq.php#publishers. Five if you're not suited to your job. Filters featured article: You This entry passed through the Online employment service Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Full-Text RSS service — if this is CareerCast tries to measure job Gun. your content and you're reading it stress by using U.S. Census and on someone else's site, please read Department of Labor data to the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

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Inside the secret world of child brides
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It's officially condemned, but culturally condoned in many countries around the world, even in the 21st century. Surprisingly, the pressure to marry underage girls often comes from the bride's family, rather than from the groom. Why should this be? As Cynthia Gorney explains in "Too Young to Wed: Inside the Secret World of Child Brides" in the June issue of National Geographic, the alternatives are considered worse: "Forced early marriage thrives to this day in many regions of the world—arranged by parents for their own children, often in defiance of national laws, and

understood by whole communities as an appropriate way for a young woman to grow up when the alternatives, especially if they carry a risk of her losing her virginity to someone besides her husband, are unacceptable.

men or middle-aged widowers or abductors who rape first and claim their victims as wives afterward, as is the practice in certain regions of Ethiopia. Some of these marriages are business transactions, barely adorned with additional rationale: a debt cleared in exchange for an 8-year-old bride; a family feud resolved by the delivery of a virginal 12-yearold cousin..." In the photo above, a 14-year-old mother with a 2-year-old daughter Child marriage spans continents, washes her newborn. language, religion, caste. In India Full story at National Geographic Total National Geographic the girls will typically be attached to boys four or five years older; in curation. Yemen, Afghanistan, and other Photo by Stephanie Sinclair, countries with high early marriage National Geographic rates, the husbands may be young Permalink| Leave a comment »

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Jessica Biel Gears Up For Total Recall and Gets Love From Justin
Molly Goodson (PopSugar)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 9:04:00 AM

Revlon spokeswoman revealed her beauty secrets. Her stay on the West Coast won't be long, J e s s i c a B i e l f l a s h e d h e r however. Apparently, she's off to glamorous smile as she stepped Toronto to start shooting her Total out in Beverly Hills yesterday. Recall remake this week. Biel The actress is in California after a spoke about Total Recall, saying was one of many names thrown recent trip to NYC where the "It's ripe for a remake." Jessica's

around for the kick-ass female lead, and she certainly fits the bill. One person who will always have Jessica's back is apparently her ex, Justin Timberlake. JT recently told Vanity Fair that Jessica is the most "special" and "significant" person in his life while protecting

the privacy of their recent split. Jessica seems to be rolling solo for the time being, though she was briefly linked to Gerard Butler when they worked on a movie together earlier this year. View Slideshow ›


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Kate Hudson and Matthew Bellamy Check Out Ryder's Soccer Skills in Pregnancy Home Stretch
Molly Goodson (PopSugar)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 8:50:12 AM

Kate Hudson and Matthew Bellamy stepped out to watch Ryder's soccer practice in Brentwood yesterday. Ryder hit the field with his buddies and showed off his athletic prowess, though Kate did recently reveal she thinks that Ryder may have acting in his future. The actress is sticking near their California home in the final stretch of her pregnancy after making one final trip back to Matthew's native London ahead of their new addition. Luckily, Matthew's band Muse doesn't have any concert dates scheduled until July, so he'll be able to spend time with the baby once it arrives before hitting the road again. Kate has been glowing and gushing about her family while expecting baby

VIDEO: Does Sesame Street Have a Liberal Bias?
Rich Juzwiak (TVGuide.com: Breaking News)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 11:21:00 AM

Faye Treadwell, manager of The Drifters, dies (AP)
(Yahoo! News: Obituaries)

Big Bird and Elmo According to this panel on a recent Hannity on Fox News Channel, Sesame Street tacks hard number two, which is one of the to the left. reason's she's holding strong in Has Sesame Street become more your top 10 celebrity moms global gay-friendly? standings in the PopSugar 100. While Primetime Propaganda She currently has the last spot in author Ben Shapiro makes a good the list, but there's still time for point about the "soft bigotry of her to climb in the rankings! Vote low expectations," and Miss in the 2011 PopSugar 100 for a America 2008 Kirsten Haglund chance to win a Chanel bag, an says she grew up watching the Hermès Kelly or bracelet, or a show and still wound up as "a good conservative," former Ohio Rolex! View Slideshow › Secretary of State Ken Blackwell's argues that the Street somehow indoctrinated a gay high school student who was voted prom queen in Virginia last week— yet he doesn't reference the Count (basically Liberace for dummies and toddlers) or Bert and Ernie. Watch the conversation:

'The X Factor' Launches YouTube Auditions
Chris Harnick (TV Squad)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 5:45:00 AM

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one of the first African-American female managers in show Submitted at 6/2/2011 5:25:56 AM business, died last week in AP - Fayrene "Faye" Treadwell, Burbank, Calif. She was 84. who as The Drifters' manager was

Filed under: TV News So, you want to be on 'The X Factor' but can't make it to an audition site? No problem, because Fox has just announced week-long YouTube auditions for the new Simon Cowell reality singing competition. Today through June 9, solo artists and vocal groups -- you must be at least 12 years old -- can submit an audition video on YouTube at youtube.com/theXfactorusa. "I'm really happy we are launching auditions through YouTube," Simon Cowell said in a statement. "There is a lot of great talent online now, and especially young kids today are using YouTube to get themselves seen and heard. It's very easy, and it is $5 million after all! I'm very excited to see the auditions that might come through this." Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

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Protesters 'killed' in Syria town
Submitted at 6/2/2011 11:26:12 AM

Syrian security forces have killed at least 13 civilians in the latest crackdown on pro-democracy protests, rights groups say, as opposition leaders meeting in Turkey called for President Bashar al-Assad to step down and lay the framework for democratic elections to be held within a year. Security forces, backed by tanks, have laid siege to the central town of Rastan since Sunday in an effort to crush protests against Assad's rule there. The 13 civilians were killed by gunfire from snipers and security forces storming Rastan, which is under curfew, said Ammar Qurabi, the head of the Syrian Organisation for Human Rights, and Razan Zaitouna, a lawyer. Earlier, Zaitouna said that 41 people had been killed in the town, including a four-year-old girl who was killed as security forces shelled neighbourhoods on Tuesday. Five of the victims were buried in Rastan on Wednesday, she said. Syrian forces also killed nine civilians on Tuesday in the town of Hirak, according to Qurabi. Syrian state media reported that four soldiers were killed by "armed terrorist groups" in Rastan on Wednesday were buried on Thursday. Call for Assad's exit At the conference in the Turkish city of Antalya, the Syrian

opposition called for Assad to resign immediately and cede powers to his vice-president. "The delegates have committed to the demands of the Syrian people to bring down the regime and support the people's revolution for freedom and dignity," said a communique issued by 300 delegates at the conclusion of the two-day meeting, which brought together various opposition groups, activists and independent figures, some from inside Syria. The opposition also decided to establish a committee to act as an international representative for protesters in Syria, reported Mohamed Vall, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Antalya. Abrahim Miro, a Syrian activist of Kurdish ethnicity who was at the conference, said the committee "is represented by all the factions, all different ethnic groups and all different religions", adding that "it must show the world that they can make a strong voice to support the revolution inside Syria". "They have to show the world that they are capable of being the face of this revolution in Syria," he told Al Jazeera. The communique issued by the conference attendees also opposed any intervention in Syria from outside powers, such as has been seen in Libya. About 50 Assad supporters demonstrated outside the conference venue on Thursday,

brandishing posters of the Syrian president and branding the opposition as being "on the payroll of the United States and Israel". 'National dialogue' President Assad has recently launched a "national dialogue", pledging to free hundreds of political prisoners and promising to investigate the killing of 13year-old Hamza al-Khateeb in an attempt to blunt growing anger. State television said Assad had set up a committee and charged it with "formulating general principles of dialogue that will open the way for the creation of an appropriate climate in which the different elements can express themselves and present their proposals". The opposition has previously dismissed calls for dialogue, saying that this can take place only once the violence ends, political prisoners are freed and reforms adopted. The demand that prisoners be freed was partially met on Wednesday when, according to a rights activist, hundreds of detainees were released from prisons across the country under

an amnesty declared by Assad on Tuesday. Washington, which has been increasing pressure by slapping sanctions on key regime members, said the release of "100 or so political prisoners does not go far enough". "The release of some political prisoners is not the release of all political prisoners. We need to see all political prisoners released," Mark Toner, the US state department deputy spokesman, told reporters. Amnesty exclusions Human rights organisations have echoed this sentiment. "Hundreds of people have been released," Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said. "Fifty of them are from Baniyas, including the 76-year-old poet Ali Derbak," he added, but "thousands of political prisoners remain in jail and are to be released at any time". "Leaders of the communist Labour Party were unable to benefit from the amnesty as the decree excluded people convicted of joining an organisation to

change the social and economic status of the state," Rahman said. More than 1,100 civilians have been killed and at least 10,000 arrested since protests against Assad's autocratic government erupted in mid-March, Human Rights Watch said. Speakers at the Turkey conference said Assad's amnesty offer did not go far enough and came too late. "We demanded this amnesty several years ago," Abdel Razak Eid, an activist from the Damascus Declaration, a reformist group launched in 2005 to demand democratic change, said. "But it's late in coming." A mobile video by one of the delegates showed the delegates vowing not to end dialogue until Syria's people were free. Assad's legitimacy 'nearly out' Other international responses to the presidential decree were tepid at best, though US secretary of state Hillary Clinton did say on Thursday that her country believed that Assad's legitimacy has "nearly run out". Clinton also indicated that there was a lack of international consensus on how to move forward in order to appear on "the right side of history". Alain Juppe, the French foreign minister, has demanded " more ambitious and bolder" action from Syria. "I fear that it might already be too late," he told France Culture radio. PROTESTERS page 62



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Global war on drugs 'a failure'
Submitted at 6/2/2011 10:27:07 AM

The commission recommends that certain drugs, including cannabis, be legalised [GALLO/ GETTY] A high-level international commission has declared the global "war on drugs" to be a failure, and has urged countries to consider legalising certain drugs, including cannabis, in a bid to undermine organised crime. The Global Commission on Drug Policy, in its report released on Thursday, called for a new approach to the current strategy of reducing drug abuse by strictly criminalising drugs and incarcerating users. It said the new approach should focus on battling the criminal cartels that control the drug trade, rather than targeting drug users. "The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world," the report said. The study urged "experimentation by governments with models of legal regulation of drugs", adding: "This recommendation applies especially to cannabis, but we also encourage other experiments in decriminalisation and legal regulation." Illegal drug use About 250 million people worldwide use drugs that are currently deemed illegal, with less

than a tenth of them classified as "dependent". Millions are also involved in the cultivation, production and distribution of drugs, according to the United Nations estimates quoted in the report. The study said decriminalisation initiatives have not been accompanied by a significant spike in drug use, citing the implementation of such policies in Australia, Portugal and the Netherlands. "Now is the time to break the

taboo on discussion of all drug policy options, including alternatives to drug prohibition," Cesar Gaviria, the former Colombian president, said. The commission called for the urgent implementation of fundamental reforms in national and international drug control policies. In particular, it recommended that the focus of drug control policies be moved from users as well as "farmers, couriers and petty sellers", and onto the large

criminal organisations involved in the drug trade. It called on governments to "end the criminalisation, marginalisation and stigmatisation of people who use drugs but who do no harm to others". "Arresting and incarcerating tens of millions of these people in recent decades has filled prisons and destroyed lives and families without reducing the availability of illicit drugs or the power of criminal organisations," the report said.

Treatment services recommended It said that drug users who need health and treatment services should be offered them. "Let's start by treating drug addiction as a health issue, reducing drug demand through proven educational initiatives and legally regulating rather than criminalising cannabis," Fernando Cardoso, the former Brazilian president, said. The changed approach would GLOBAL page 61

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Fighting intensifies across Yemen
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Fighting has intensified in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, between forces loyal to the president and those allied to an opposition tribal group. Much of the clashes occurred in the Hasaba district in the northern part of the city on Thursday, where fighters from the Hashed tribal confederation confronted forces loyal to president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Medics in Sanaa told the AFP news agency that 15 people, including a seven-year-old girl hit by a stray bullet, had been killed in overnight clashes in the Yemeni capital. Hakim Al Masmari, editor of the Yemen Post, told Al Jazeera that an estimated 2,000 additional fighters "armed and ready to fight" have entered Sanaa as reinforcements to the Hashed tribal confederation, led by Sadeq al-Ahmar. "We expect [the tribal fighters] to take control of different government complexes [in Sanaa]," Al Masmari said. Witnesses near Sanaa's Hasaba district said they heard several blasts but were not sure of the

focus law enforcement resources more against violent organised Passengers said flights were crime and drug traffickers, while suspended for several hours at providing alternative sentences Sanaa airport on Thursday, but the for small-scale or first-time drug airport reopened later in the dealers. afternoon. The report said "vast T h e h e a d o f t h e a i r p o r t , expenditure" had been spent on however, denied that flights had criminalisation and repressive been suspended and that they measures. were diverted to the southern city "Repressive efforts directed at of Aden. consumers impede public health The fighting on Thursday came measures to reduce HIV/AIDS, as US envoy John Brennan left overdose fatalities and other Saudi Arabia for the United Arab harmful consequences of drug Emirates to reportedly seek help use," it said. in stopping a civil war in Yemen, The 19-member panel includes t h e R e u t e r s n e w s a g e n c y current Greek prime minister reported, citing an unnamed US George Papandreou, former UN official in Saudi Arabia. cause or damage. rights envoy said this week. secretary-general Kofi Annan, Hasaba has been the focal point W i t n e s s e s h a v e s a i d t h a t The US and others have been British businessman Richard of armed clashes over the past previously unarmed protesters in pressing Saleh to accept a Gulf- Branson and former US secretary week that have killed at least 115 Taiz have resorted to carrying led agreement to step down. of state George Shultz. people and pushed the country weapons and have clashed with Saleh has agreed to the deal three Other members include former times, only to renege at the last M e x i c a n p r e s i d e n t E r n e s t o closer to civil war. police. " T h e r e a r e v e r y p o w e r f u l This week, there have been three minute. Zedillo, former Swiss president explosions. Sounds like missiles main flash points in the country - This entry passed through the Ruth Dreifuss, former EU foreign or mortars. May God protect us," the fighting in the capital, Full-Text RSS service — if this is policy chief Javier Solana and a Hasaba resident said. government troops firing on your content and you're reading it former US Federal Reserve chief Main flash points protesters in Taiz in the south and on someone else's site, please read Paul Volcker. Meanwhile in the city of Taiz, a battle with fighters in the coastal the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content- This entry passed through the only/faq.php#publishers. Five Full-Text RSS service — if this is south of the capital, security city of Zinjibar. forces reportedly opened fire on Residents also reported overnight Filters featured article: You your content and you're reading it opposition protesters. At least 50 fighting near Sanaa airport, which Cannot Kill An Ideology With A on someone else's site, please read protesters have been killed by was closed briefly last week Gun. the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contents e c u r i t y f o r c e s t h e r e s i n c e during skirmishes between Saleh's only/faq.php#publishers. Five Sunday, a United Nations human forces and Hashed rebels. Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.



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Turkey, while not dismissing the decree outright, also asked for deeper change. Meanwhile in Syria, residents called for nationwide protests to take place on Friday, to commemorate the nearly 30 children killed during the uprising. Syria has denied that a boy aged 13, whom opposition activists say died under torture, had been abused by security forces, labelling the accusations as lies. A medical report published by Syrian official media said three bullets killed teenager Hamza alKhatib and that other apparent wounds on his body were due to

decomposition, not security force brutality. Coroner Akram al-Shaar indicated that there was a period between the initial inspection and the handover of the corpse which was presided over by a legal commission including the judge. "The report closes the door on the lies and allegations and shows the truth," the state-run news agency SANA said. The activists said the boy had disappeared since taking part in a demonstration in the southern region of Daraa on April 29, which he decided to join after police killed his cousin. The UN Children's Fund

(UNICEF) has said that at least 30 children have been killed by gunfire since the revolt began. The government insists the unrest is the work of "armed terrorist gangs" backed by foreign agitators. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

Your Guide to Summer's Scripted Shows, From 'Louie' to 'Breaking Bad' to 'Teen Wolf'
Maureen Ryan (TV Squad)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 5:15:00 AM

Billy Bob Thornton's Estranged Daughter Found Guilty of Manslaughter
Robyn Ross (TVGuide.com: Breaking News)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 10:53:00 AM

Amanda Brumfield The estranged daughter of Billy Bob Thornton has been found guilty of aggravated manslaughter, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Amanda Brumsfield had faced murder charges after an incident in 2008 that lead to the death of a

friend's 1-year-old girl. Get the rest of today's news Brumsfield claimed the girl, whom she was taking care of, hit her head after falling from her playpen, but prosecutors from the Orange County State Attorney's office in Florida argued that the height from which she supposedly fell wouldn't have caused a fracture of the child's skull. she was found not guilty of firstWhile Brumsfield was found degree murder and aggravated guilty of manslaughter last week, child abuse charges. Sentencing is

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Filed under: Reality-Free, TV Previews, Summer TV, Stay Tuned Your DVR won't get much time off this summer. Dozens of scripted shows will be debuting and returning in the next couple of months, and some of our favorite shows have cooked up major twists and/or intriguing guest-star rosters. Below you'll find return dates and some intel on the scripted shows that will be arriving in June and July. And if you're dying to know the top 5 shows I'm looking forward to this summer, they are ... Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

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VIDEO: American Idol Winner 'CMT's Next Superstar' Gets Season 2, '60 Minutes' Stands by Lance Scotty McCreery Shows Us Armstrong Story and More TV News How to Get "Scottified" Chris Harnick (TV Squad)
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Scotty McCreery American Idol winner Scotty McCreery isn't known for just his singing: the 17-year-old says he has a specific method for how to hold the microphone. "You relax the wrists [with] one finger holding it," he tells TVGuide.com. "Add an eyebrow [and you're] Scottified." VIDEO: Lauren Alaina says she's not dating Scotty, but plans to duet with him In the interview below, McCreery tells us the one thing he wants to do now that he's the American Idol. Plus: The singer rebuts Lauren Alaina's claims that she's better than him with a football. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is

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Filed under: TV News'CMT's Next Superstar' -- which hasn't finished Season 1 yet -- has been renewed for Season 2. According to Entertainment Weekly, Emmy-winner Kristin Chenoweth will perform live during the June 10 finale. The singing competition series comes from 'American Idol' and 'So You Think You Can Dance' producer Nigel Lythgoe and his son Simon. "Unlike other talent shows, we will continue to push for the entire package," Nigel Lythgoe told EW. "We were so thrilled to see the talent on the first season really step up and tackle each week's challenges. We can't wait to see just how far the finalists on season two are willing to go for the

We can't dispute that UFC Undisputed 3 is set for January 2012
Justin McElroy (Joystiq)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 12:10:00 PM

chance at superstardom." Look for the new season of 'CMT's Next Superstar' to debut either later this year or in 2012. In other TV news ... Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

Be very afraid, as Shaquille O’Neal now has more time to golf
Jay Busbee (Y! Sports Blogs Yahoo! Sports)

Dogs That Chase Cars(it's where he says things he can't get away with here), and it's dead-bang Submitted at 6/2/2011 9:13:46 AM perfect: the just-retired Shaquille Love this. Shane found it and O'Neal, making a fine hash of a posted it over at his own golf site, golf course during a charity event.

And now, he'll have more time to do this than ever before. Should you find yourself ahead of Shaq, just make sure you're only, oh, about 40 yards downfield. And right in the

middle of the fairway. You'll be safe.

Looks like THQ's plan to take a little longer between the releases of UFC Undisputed games has been put into action. The third in the series, which drops the yearly nomenclature for the more ambiguous UFC Undisputed 3, is set to arrive in January 2012. The official release promises two new weight classes and better accessibility, but the attached images promise tantric hugging and branded T-shirts. So, something for everyone, we suppose. Gallery: UFC Undisputed 3 (360, PS3) We can't dispute that UFC Undisputed 3 is set for January 2012 originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 02 Jun 2011 12:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments



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Skil Toolset
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Submitted at 6/2/2011 12:00:04 AM

It Might Not Be Right But It Feels So Good Dear Yappy Little Dog Who Lives Downstairs: I’m coming for you now. For the last two months, Yappy Little Dog Who Lives Downstairs, I’ve heard you. I’ve heard you tell your owner goodbye in the morning, I’ve heard you mourn your owner’s absence all day, I’ve heard you welcome your owner home at night, and I’m pretty sure I’ve even heard you barking at 2 AM on most Tuesdays. Guess that’s when the monsters are around, huh, Yappy Little Dog Who Lives Downstairs? Anyway, I feel we’ve become very close over the past two months of constant barking, so I want to let you know directly: today I’m going to be taking my floor apart and dropping things on you through your ceiling. See, I’ve found a great deal on some tools recently, and they’ll make my mission to finally get some peace and quiet so much easier. For example, the Ratcheting THandle Driver set gives me the torque I need to break the seal on these bolts around my radiator. Once that’s out of the way, I’ll be able to use the 21-piece Ratcheting Screwdriver set to get out all those screws that keep my floorboards in place, thanks to the non-slip grip handle. Then I’ll

be staring at your roof beneath me, Yappy Little Dog Who Lives Downstairs, and as you bark away helplessly, I’ll be finessing out the last few screws with the delicate touch of my 22-piece Precision Screwdriver Set with Extension set. Once the board is gone, and you see me watching you, I bet you’ll flip out. But who’ll care, Yappy Little Dog Who Lives Downstairs? Because it’s exactly what they hear you doing EVERY SINGLE HOUR OF EVERY SINGLE DAY. Don’t worry, though. Once I lower myself into your home, I won’t hurt you. I’ll just unlock the door, use my 6piece Precision Screwdriver set to take the hinges off the door, and then walk back upstairs, where I’ll spend the rest of the day fixing the hole in my floor with my 20-piece 1/4” Driver Set. By the time your owner gets home, I’ll have the place all back to normal. And you, Yappy Little Dog Who Lives Downstairs, will now be a Yappy Little Dog Who Walked Out The Front Door To Freedom. Have a nice life, buddy! Don’t forget to write! Warranty: 1 Year Skil Condition: New Features: Skil 28-Piece Mini T-Handle Ratcheting Driver Set • Provides powerful grip and torque for a variety of projects • Secure hold with a comfort and no-slip rubber handle

• With its convenient and compact locking case and wide variety of bits, its perfect to easily store at home, garage, office or makes a great gift • Features precision ground blades • Fits easily in the plastic storage case with clear cover • Dimensions (case): 7.3” L x 4” W x 1.25” H Package Contents: • Skil Mini T-Handle Ratcheting Driver • 2.5” Magnetic Reversible Extension Bar • 19 Assorted Screwdriver Bits Including:- (3) Phillips—Sizes PH0, PH1, PH2- (5) Flathead—Sizes SL3, SL4, SL5, SL6, SL7- (5) Torx—Sizes T10, T15, T20, T25, T30- (6) Hex—Sizes H2, H2.5, H3, H4, H5, H6 • 7 Assorted Precision Bits Including:- (2) Phillips—Sizes PH00, PH0- (2) Flathead—Sizes SL2, SL3- (3) Torx—Sizes T6, T8, T10 • Storage Case Additional Photos: • Skil 28-Piece Mini T-Handle Ratcheting Driver Set - Package Contents • Skil 28-Piece Mini T-Handle Ratcheting Driver Set - Packaging ======================== ====== Skil 22-Piece Precision Screwdriver Set

• Ideal tool sets for jobs that require smaller instruments, including fixing eyeglasses, making jewelry, changing batteries, and working on electronics • 4 3/8”, non-slip grip handle • Features precision ground blades • Fits easily in the plastic storage case with clear cover • Dimensions (case): 7.3” L x 3.5” W x 1.25” H Package Contents: • Screwdriver handle • 4” Extension • 20 Assorted Precision Bits including:- (7) Phillips—Sizes PH000, PH00, PH0, PH1, PZ00, PZ0, PZ1- (4) Flathead—Sizes 1.5mm, 2mm, 3mm, 4mm- (5) Torx—Sizes T5, T6, T7, T8, T9(4) Hex—Sizes H0.9, H1.3, H1.5, H2 • Storage Case Additional Photos: • Skil 22-Piece Precision Screwdriver Set - Package Contents • Skil 22-Piece Precision Screwdriver Set - Packaging

with a non-slip grip handle • Driver is 4.25-inches long • Dimensions (case): 7.3” L x 3.5” W x 1.25” H Package Contents: • Ratcheting Screwdriver • 20 Assorted Bits include:- (7) Phillips—Sizes PH0, PH1, PH2, PH3, PZ0, PZ1, PZ2- (3) Flatheads—Sizes 4, 5, 6- (4) Torx—Sizes T10, T15, T20, T80(3) Hex—Sizes H4, H5, H6- (3) Square—Sizes S0, S1, S2 • Storage Case Additional Photos: • Skil 21-Piece Ratcheting Screwdriver Set - Package Contents • Skil 21-Piece Ratcheting Screwdriver Set - Packaging ======================== ====== Skil 6-Piece Precision Screwdriver Set(Random Color We'll choose the color for you) • Swivel Head for greater torque and ease of use • Convenient hard case for storage • Handle Material: Aluminum • Dimensions (case): 5.5” L x 3.75” W x 0.75” H

======================== ====== Skil 21-Piece Ratcheting Screwdriver Set Package Contents: • Small and portable, this 21- • 6 Assorted Precision piece set goes anywhere Screwdriver- (3) Phillips—Sizes • Includes (20) 1-inch Bits: 2 m m , 2 . 4 m m , 3 m m - ( 3 ) Philips, Flathead, Torx, and Hex SKIL page 69 • Ratcheting driver is chrome

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Mitsubishi goes bigger with its rearprojection DLP TV lineup
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excitement of the new technology to consumers, the company believes. “Bigger is better, Submitted at 6/2/2011 8:37:38 AM especially as 3D captures the Mitsubishi goes bigger with its imagination and passion of rear-projection DLP TV lineup consumers who want more from Mitsubishi, which earlier this t h e i r T V v i e w i n g , ” M a x year exited the LCD TV market, Wasinger, executive VP of sales is taking its rear-projection DLP and marketing, said in a statement TV business even bigger in 2011. announcing the new models. New models start at 73 inches and "They want TV entertainment on go all the way up to a mammoth an order of magnitude larger than 92-inch set, which we first saw at what they’ve experienced up to CES this past January. now.” The company points out The company, which is the sole that the new 92-inch set has four remaining rear-projection TV times the viewing area of a 46manufacturer, will also continue inch TV. to offer the only laser-backlit TV Mitsubishi says all of the new o n t h e m a r k e t , a 7 5 - i n c h TVs support multiple 3D formats, LaserVue model. The company's including the "frame packing" apparent strategy is to continue format (1080p/24Hz and 720p/ extending the screen sizes of its 60Hz) used by Blu-ray players rear-projection sets beyond what and some game consoles; side-byflat-panel plasma and LCD TVs side (1080i/60Hz, 1080p/24Hz/ can offer. For example, the largest 30Hz/60Hz, and 720p/60Hz), the consumer-model TVs we saw at format used by most cable and CES this year were 70-inch satellite TV services; top/bottom Aquos LCD sets from Sharp. (1080p/24Hz and 720p/60Hz); Several companies have shown and checkerboard(1080p/60Hz). even larger models, but they are The 92-inch TV will be part of a not widely available. new Diamond 840 Series, which All of the new Mitsubishi TVs includes the company's integrated are 3D-capable sets, and the larger 16-speaker, Dolby Digital 5.1 screen sizes will better deliver the Immersive Sound Technology

(IST). Models in the series can be controlled by an Apple iPhone, iPod touch or iPad via a free app from the iTunes store. Models in both the 740 and 840 series have built-in wireless, plus Mitsubishi's StreamTV Internet service, with access to online content including streaming movies from Vudu, Pandora Internet radio, and access to Facebook and Twitter. Here's the 2011 Mitsubishi TV lineup by series: 640 series There is just one model in this entry-level series, a 73-inch, 1080p, 3D-capable DLP TV with 120Hz technology and three HDMI inputs. The TV will arrive later this month with a suggested price of $1,600. 740 series There are two models in this step -up series, a 73-inch set ($2,100) and an 82-inch model ($3,500).

Both arrive later this month. These sets have all the features of the 640-series model plus a new 3D emitter, built-in Wi-Fi, the StreamTV service, and the ability to use an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad as a remote control. Diamond 840 series There are three screen sizes in this flagship DLP series: 73 inches ($2,600), 82 inches ($4,200), and 92 inches ($6,000). Models in this series, which ship in July, have all the features found in the 740 series, plus the 16speaker Dolby Digital 5.1 immersive sound system, Bluetooth audio, an output for adding an optional subwoofer, and 4HDMI inputs. It also has ISFccc capability, which allows for calibration by a trained technician. LaserVue TV Mitsubishi continues to offer a laser-backlit DLP set in its lineup. The sole LaserVue model (L75A94) has a 75-inch screen size, and it's expected to sell for about $6,000 when it hits later this month. The TV has many of the features offered in the 840 series, including built-in Wi-Fi, Stream TV, and ISFccc calibration. In

addition to potential improvements in color due to a wider color gamut, laser light engines are very energy efficient. Because the market for rearprojection TVs has shrunk so considerably—and only one company continues making sets—CR no longer tests this type of TV, and they are not included in our TV Ratings(available to subscribers). It is possible that we might test a single model as a First Look if we believe it offers a unique technology or feature, though. If you'd still consider a rearprojection TV, let us know why, and how happy you are with your purchase should you decide to buy one. Clearly, they still offer a lot of screen bang for the buck, though the TV market is now almost exclusively a flat-panel business. 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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The Kindle runs longer than Amazon claims—according to Barnes & Noble?
Consumer Reports News (Consumer Reports)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 8:55:15 AM

The Kindle runs longer than Amazon claims—according to Barnes & Noble? Used for an hour a day, the Kindle e-book reader runs for a month without needing a battery charge, says Amazon. But Barnes & Noble, its key competitor, begs to differ: The Kindle has almost double that battery life, according to test results B&N released this week. The claim, contained in an e-mail B&N sent to reporters, marks a curious twist in a battery-life battle that’s been brewing since last week. The tussle apparently matters a lot to B&N and Amazon. More later on why it may be moot to consumers. The fight began after Barnes & Noble announced its new Nook Simple Touch Reader and proclaimed that it offers “best-inclass battery life.” Amazon responded to B&N’s claims of a 2 -month battery life for the Simple Touch by revising, upward, its

battery-life specs for the Kindle. Amazon now says of the Kindle that “A single charge lasts up to two months with wireless off based upon a half-hour of daily reading time. If you read for one hour a day, you will get battery life of up to one month.” But B&N’s “side-by-side tests” of the Simple Touch and Kindle, “under the exact same conditions,” suggest Amazon is being too modest. B&N reports the Kindle lasts for “56 hours,” assuming the Wi-Fi is turned off and pages are turned at the realistic pace of 1 per minute. At an hour a day of reading, that’s 56 days, nearly twice the 1-month claim made by Amazon. Of course, B&N released its data not to give a boost to its competitor but to assert even longer run times for the Simple Touch compared with the Kindle. B&N claims the Simple Touch ran more than twice as long in its tests as the Kindle—150 hours, to be precise. At the same hour-perday reading time as Amazon uses for its Kindle claim, that’s a mind -boggling 4-plus months between

that we include in our Ratings are in hours (like the models that have backlit LCD screens, such as the Nook Color) or in days or weeks (like the models with E Ink screens). After that, worrying about relative differences in battery life may consume more energy than it’s worth. charges, or nearly twice as long as That, in large part, is why we don’t test battery life for e-book B&N’s own 2-month claim. Are these figures reliable? A readers, although we do for most better question might be: Do they other mobile devices whose run times are typically shorter—and really matter? In our experience, devices (such where differences are more as the Kindle and Simple Touch) important, we think. that have low-energy E Ink We continue to test the new B&N screens run for more than ample Simple Touch Reader in our labs time on a charge. We’re not sure and will have more information that how many months they claim soon. It will soon be added to our to run matters much. A supposed Ratings, which are available to run-time of 3 or 4 months rather subscribers. than a month or two might, we Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o suppose, be marginally more convenient. But it could also ConsumerReports.org for expert allow more opportunity to, say, Ratings, buying advice and misplace that seldom-used battery r e l i a b i l i t y o n h u n d r e d s o f products. Update your feed charger. Our bottom line with battery life preferences and e-book readers: Pay attention to whether the battery times (based on manufacturers’ claims)

Feast your eyes on a menagerie of new NGP game images
Ben Gilbert (Joystiq)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 12:33:00 PM

We may not know much about Sony's NGP(or is it PlayStation Vita?) just yet, but we do have a whole mess of new images from its game lineup. After the break, you'll find eight ( eight!) galleries of brand new screens, pulled from Uncharted, Wipeout, Little Deviants, and many more. Continue reading Feast your eyes on a menagerie of new NGP game images Feast your eyes on a menagerie of new NGP game images originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 02 Jun 2011 12:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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FioS Install Rips Up Your Azaleas, Cuts All Your Lines, And Disappears
Ben Popken (The Consumerist)

Science: Mosquitoes Target Beer Drinkers
(The Feed)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 10:05:13 AM

of my flower beds and destroyed the mulch on the side of my Submitted at 6/2/2011 11:00:00 AM house. They also shut off my Well at least they didn't start a phone service and computer fire. That seems to be the only service and alarm service. NO thing Verizon FiOS didn't mess PHONE, NO INTERNET, NO up with they did an install for ALARM! reader janvir. They destroyed our Your technicians also cut through reader's new flowerbeds, mucked the Comcast Wire so now I had up the mulch, and cut several NO TELEVISION. I called lines going into their house. Verizon who told me that FIOS Phone, alarm, TV, and internet would have to fix the problem and were all cut. Despite promises to then Fios told me that Verizon fix it, FiOS was a no-show. Oddly would have to come back to fix enough, Comcast actually had the land line phone until Fios better customer service than would be able to come out on FiOS, coming out and promptly Tuesday to install it. This meant fixing the lines FioS had cut. that I would not have services Here's Janvir's complaint letter: from Thursday thru Tuesday. I Dear Verizon Management: called a supervisor who assured I decided to get Fios because I me that another rep would take was promised that my service care of my problem. would improve with Fiber Optic I wasted hours on my cell phone, wiring. I ordered it for installation using up my minutes trying to on May 31st which was a day I track down a person would be able to stay home. who would take responsibility for Y o u r F i o s t e c h s c a m e o n correcting the mistake your Thursday May 26th and sloppily company did to me. dug up my lawn and ruined some The other rep promised me that

they would get Fios out to install everything back to working condition on Saturday May 28th between 9-12. They never called and they never came. I called Fios again and they said they were still coming. I waited the entire Saturday. NO SHOW. Comcast came out the Friday after your Fios guys cut the comcast wiring to my TV. They fixed it within 12 hours. How can I trust your company? No one is accountable. You may have good wiring but your customer service stinks... ...Someone from Landscaping was supposed to call me to make an appointment to check over the mess your company left after digging up my lawn. I had just had my lawn landscaped and flowers and mulch placed. Now the flowers and mulch are missing on the side of the house and my lawn is uneven and sloppy where your lines were placed. Again no one returned my call and discussed my complaint.

As soon as I can I will be trading in my Verizon Cell Phone for another brand. Why would I want to continue to support your company? Sincerely, One very unhappy and disappointed customer! Unfortunately our reader sent the complaint letter as a reply to the installation appointment email from FiOS, which, as it says at the bottom, is "a notification only email address that cannot accept incoming email messages." Our readers have had better luck emailing the CEO of Verizon at ivan.g.seidenberg@verizon.com. From ConsumerReports.org: This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

Via WTSP: NEW YORK – New research on mosquito bites reaffirms some widely-known ways to avoid being bitten and shines a light on a few new ones. MSNBC’s The Body Odd blog says the latest research points to wearing light colored clothing as a way to avoid the itchy bites. They say mosquitoes spot targets first by sight, then by smell. So, a person wearing dark-colored clothing and moving a lot will attract a lot of unwanted attention from the bugs. . . It’s science so it must be true.— Greg Pollowitz This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.


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Strawberry Mob Layer 23: Woot Weads The Wire
(Woot! - One Day, One Deal)
Submitted at 6/1/2011 12:00:00 PM

New Restaurant Somehow Combines Grilled Cheese Sandwiches And Smartphones
Laura Northrup (The Consumerist)

Every week in this space, we’ll take a look at the news and offer our own incisive blend of commentary, analysis, and poop jokes. The news you need, from a voice you can trust, in the 90 seconds you have to spare: that’s Woot Weads the Wire. NAPLES, Italy ( UPI) -- A Neapolitan organized crime boss, one of Italy's most feared gangsters, was captured Wednesday, authorities said. As expected, police arrived too late for any of the chocolate part. LONDON ( UPI) -- A 16-yearold British boy became the youngest person to scale the "Seven Summits," finishing with a climb of Mount Everest, officials said. But mountaineering experts say

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WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. ( UPI) -- Going for charity over shock, the flamboyant band Kiss toned down its act somewhat for a California benefit, bassist Gene Simmons said. Songs included "Rock and Roll Until A Reasonable Hour", "Christine Nineteen" and "Shout It Using Your Inside Voice". NASSJO, Sweden ( UPI)-- A Swedish homeowner called police to extract a beaver that had wandered into his garage. Sources say that by nightfall the homeowner had also complained about a plumber come to lay pipe, a pizza boy trying to deliver an large sausage topping, a persistent deliveryman hoping to unload his package, and that somebody at the porn studio next door kept giving out the wrong address.

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10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab on sale June 8 in New York
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says the company: It's planning to release a software upgrade adding Samsung’s user interface. Called TouchWiz UX, it allows for customizing the home screen and

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Ohio State president Gordon Gee said Wednesday that he doesn't expect athletic director Gene Smith to go anywhere despite head coach Jim Tressel resigning amidst an NCAA investigation and continued allegations against the football program. "Gene Smith's job is safe," Gee declared. Gee did tell Columbus-area reporters, however, that there is "a legitimate question" about how some confirmed violations occured and that the school's compliance office should be fixed if it's not running smoothly and effectively. The comments were

Gee's first since the university announced Tressel's resignation on Memorial Day. Gee acknowledged that he currently couldn't comment at length on the mess in Columbus on the advice of the school's attorneys, but he admitted that the events in the last few months were tough to bear and said it felt at times as if he were in the midst of a tsunami. "It raises a legitimate question of how did some of these things happen," Gee said. "If it's not working, then we make it work." Gee has received a lot of scrutiny because of his handling of the turmoil at OSU, including allowing the Buckeye Five to play in last season's Sugar Bowl and

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1 Peter 1:13 (06-02-11)
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Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. — 1 Peter 1:13(NIV) Thoughts on

Today's Verse... The reward of delayed gratification! If there were ever a verse that did NOT match the whims of our "modern" society, this would have to be it! Prepare ... be self-controlled ... focus your hopes on the future ... none of those is an advertising slogan, but they all are the

sustaining truths of the great souls who have gone before us! My Prayer... Eternal God, please help me have the patience and faithfulness to let you fully form in me the character and the wisdom that my world so much lacks and I so much need. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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Canucks chomp Bruins in Stanley Cup finals opener full of drama - CNN Sports Illustrated
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less-than-prodigious goalies, Antti Niemi and Brian Boucher, the Submitted at 6/2/2011 5:58:26 AM margin of error in Vancouver VANCOUVER, B.C. -- It was seemed ever thinner, even if the only Game 1, and yet it quickly margin of victory was technically developed as many storylines as a the same. soap opera: a bitter duel between Proving to be an opening-game top goaltenders, crushing hip maven, Luongo extended his checks, shoves, shouts. Maybe streak of Game 1 wins to eight even a chomp. with his 36-save performance, It had it all -- except the denying the Bruins through a cliffhanger ending, thanks to a last string of first-period power plays, -minute goal that gave the including a 5-on-3 opportunity Canucks the 1-0 win at Rogers that lasted 1:38. And with the Arena Wednesday night in the presence of Bruins defenseman opener of the Stanley Cup Final. Zdeno Chara in front of his net on "I [thought] we were going to go the power play, for once, it wasn't to overtime," Canucks goalie his own monsters that Luongo had Roberto Luongo said. "At one to deal with. But making the point I thought we might be necessary adjustments -- peeking playing all night here." around him instead of over him, If it weren't for Raffi Torres' tap- as he normally does -- Luongo i n g o a l w i t h j u s t 1 8 t i c k s turned aside all of the Bruins' 12 remaining in a scoreless game, the power-play shots. prospect of an all-nighter wouldn't Each of those saves would prove have been out of the question. to be necessary just because the After 69 shots, his was the only goalie on the other end was one to find the back of the net. equally capable. Denying a couple Perhaps it's the sort of thing that's of point-blank Vancouver chances to be expected when two Vezina- and stoning Jannik Hansen on a worthy goalies like Luongo and breakaway early in the third Boston's Tim Thomas are tending period, Thomas continued his each cage. Unlike last year's spectacular postseason with 33 Game 1, when the Blackhawks saves, including 13 in the final and Flyers participated in a 6-5 frame, when the Canucks began to shootout backed by a couple of apply more sustained pressure.

"For two periods, I was pretty pleased," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "Obviously, third period they were the better team and they ended up scoring that goal. It got away from us." GAME 1 Canucks 1, Bruins 0| Highlights GAME 2 at VAN, Sat. June 4, 8 p.m. ET, NBC GAME 3 at BOS, Mon. June 6, 8 p.m. ET, Versus GAME 4 at BOS, Wed. June 8, 8 p.m. ET, Versus GAME 5 at VAN, Fri. June 10, 8 p.m. ET, NBC* GAME 6 at BOS, Mon. June 13, 8 p.m. ET, NBC* GAME 7 at VAN, Wed. June 15, 8 p.m. ET, NBC** If Necessary In a cleaner third period, Vancouver seemed to play better without the interruptions and distractions that come with taking penalties. The whistles were active early, and the animosity took no time to develop between two teams that have met just three times in the last three years. Little history, but no lack of dramatics. As the buzzer sounded to end the first period, a scrum exploded around Thomas, and in the chaos of it all, Canucks winger Alexandre Burrows and Bruins center Patrice Bergeron were tangled together. When all was said (in French) and done, a curious image emerged, showing

what seemingly looked like Burrows biting down on Bergeron's gloved fingers. After the game, the Boston center wore a bandage on his finger, and Burrows wore a blank expression, denying to French-speaking media that he bit down, but Burrows may be suspended. Hungry for the playoffs? Yes. Apparently, Burrows was, too. Three Stars 1. Roberto Luongo, Canucks: Pitching a shutout in his first Stanley Cup finals game, the netminder showed impressive calm in the face of massive challenges, particular Zdeno Chara's backside on the power play. Luongo's 1-0 shutout win was the first in a finals opener since 1984, when Edmonton's Grant Fuhr stoned the Islanders. 2. Ryan Kesler, Canucks: There were some questions about the center's health coming into Game 1, as he seem bothered by an ailment in the final game of the Western Conference finals. But he seemed to answer them all Wednesday with another dominant performance. Torres's game-winner would never have happened if it weren't for Kesler's play at the blue line, chipping in the puck by Bruins defenseman

Johnny Boychuk and finding Hansen, who got the primary assist on the goal. The Conn Smythe case for Kesler gets stronger with every passing game. 3. Tim Thomas, Bruins: It almost seemed unfair that one of the goalies Wednesday would have to walk away with the loss. Without the goal support from his team, however, Thomas had to take it. With 33 saves, he probably deserved a little better than to lose it in the last few seconds of the game. Notes Before Game 1, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman addressed the state of the league, covering a gamut of topics from the Thrashers' recent franchise relocation to his desire not to relocate another franchise. But somewhere in between, he explained his plans to form a new department devoted to promoting player safety. In light of the last few years, when discussion regarding concussions became a flashpoint in a league that prides itself on toughness, the move is an obvious step in the right direction. The new department will be headed by former player and current Vice President of Hockey CANUCKS page 74


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Mavericks lament lack of physicality vs. Heat in Game 1 - USA Today
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rebounding — although the football analogies were rampant Wednesday. By J. Michael Falgoust, USA "They won the line of scrimmage TODAY is really what it came down to," MIAMI — The Dallas Mavericks Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. easily can point the finger to what "They were more physical inside." went wrong Tuesday. Mavericks backup center • By Wilfredo Lee, AP The B r e n d a n H a y w o o d ( F S Y ) Heat's Udonis Haslem, left, and referenced the speech Al Pacino's the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki go character gave to his locker room after a loose ball during the in Any Given Sunday. second half of Game 1. The Heat "That's what it comes down to," outrebounded the Mavs 43-36, 16 he said. "Fighting and clawing for -6 on the offensive boards. that inch." Despite having 7-footers in By Wilfredo Lee, AP Haywood and Tyson The Heat's Udonis Haslem, left, Chandler(FSY), the Mavericks and the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki were outrebounded 46-36, 16-6 go after a loose ball during the on the offensive boards. second half of Game 1. The Heat The trend isn't new. In the West outrebounded the Mavs 43-36, 16 finals against the Oklahoma City -6 on the offensive boards. Thunder, Dallas was Their 92-84 loss to the Miami outrebounded all five games. Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Noted for playing a lot of 2-3 Finals had nothing to do with the m a t c h u p z o n e d e f e n s e , t h e torn tendon on the middle finger Mavericks didn't use much of it of Dirk Nowitzki's(FSY) left (non against the Thunder. They did -shooting) hand. It was about against the Heat, who shot only
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But I'm not really that worried about it. … I don't think it's going to be necessarily bothering me on the shot." Mavericks forward Shawn Marion(FSY) thinks the Heat will go harder at Nowitzki. "I don't think people will intentionally go out and try to hurt it," he said. "It's going through 38.8%. "I thought we did a good job in their mind that they want to do a our zone," Chandler said. "We little swipe here and there. It's part forced them into a lot of tough of the game. Somebody senses a shots — and then we bailed them weakness, they're going to go at out by allowing them to get it." Haywood has confidence offensive rebounds and another Nowitzki's offense won't suffer. crack at it. … Sixteen offensive But where the Mavericks might rebounds is way too many." For Nowitzki, who had 27 points need him most — rebounding — and eight rebounds, his finger it could. could be an issue more for "It can affect your rebounds as far dribbling, passing and catching as trying to grip a ball. … Now your hand can't grip the ball like than shooting. "I like to go left and finish with you wanted to," Haywood said. my left," said Nowitzki, who "As far as his offense? Too good. likely will wear a splint. "I'm It won't affect him. He has so going to experiment around how many different shots. I pretty the ball-handling is going to be. much have to see his left arm get chopped off before I worry about

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TEDTalks : Aaron O'Connell: Making sense of a visible quantum object - Aaron O'Connell (2011)
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Physicists are used to the idea that subatomic particles behave

according to the bizarre rules of quantum mechanics, completely different to human-scale objects. In a breakthrough experiment, Aaron O'Connell has blurred that

distinction by creating an object about the result. that is visible to the unaided eye, but provably in two places at the same time. In this talk he suggests an intriguing way of thinking

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Submitted at 6/2/2011 9:28:23 AM

TSN is reporting that the NHL will have a discussion with Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks about his diet sometime on Thursday, after he snacked on Patrice Bergeron's finger at the end of the first period in Game 1 the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night. From TSN: It will likely not be a formal disciplinary hearing, and a decision on whether to pursue any further action will be made at that time. The incident occurred during a scrum at the end of the first period. While a linesman was trying to break up some pushing and shoving, Bergeron's hand ended up near Burrows' face and the Canucks' forward appeared to bite down on a finger of Bergeron's glove. In case you missed it, here's what Patrice Bergeron said about the

speaks French, and he said that [Burrows'] explanation was that he put my finger in his mouth and he had to do it." Via the Province, here's what Alex Burrows had to say: "We were battling and obviously had a little exchange there," said Burrows, who has 7-7-14 in 19 playoff games. "I'm not going to say too much about it. Obviously, I got four minutes on the play and we killed it off and our guys did a good job killing it off." Did he bite the Bruins player? "I don't think so," said Burrows. "He had his fingers in my mouth, but I don't think I bit him. He put his hand up and put it in my face and bite via WEEI: and Burrows' was a double-minor. his fingers in my mouth and that's "He cut me a little bit on my Bergeron wanted further action to what happened." finger, but I'm not going to be taken against Burrows, though Remember, this is Mike complain about it. I'll let the the refs did not see the play. Murphy's call, as he's at the helm league do their job, but he sure Bergeron was uncharacteristically of supplemental discipline with did [bite me]." irate following the play. Colin Campbell (allegedly) not Bergeron and Burrows were each "They didn't see it, but we were involved due to his son's place on given roughing penalties for their speaking French and I [asked the Boston Bruins' roster. tussle at the end of the period, Burrows] why did he do that," though Bergeron's was a minor Bergeron said. "That lineseman

Syria’s Human Rights Groups
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Tweet A sign over a burned car says: "Caution! You are in Baniyas, not in Israel." Another says: "Down with the regime." (Photo: syriana2011) We have heard a lot about the Syrian human rights groups lately. But how is it possible to have such organizations in a repressive country like Syria? WAMU’s Sabri Ben-Achour explains.

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and Business Development Brendan Shanahan, who will be in charge of (among other things) handing out supplemental discipline, a job that used to be under the purview of NHL VP of hockey operations Colin Campbell. The league disciplinarian role is, by all accounts, a thankless job that comes under more popular criticism than almost any other in the league. It certainly will be very interesting to see how fans will react to calls coming from a popular former player, who incidentally was suspended once for a stick swinging incident in

1999. Shanahan is widely respected and very well liked by many hockey fans -- not just those from the cities where he played -and putting him in an unpopular position will have one of two effects. Either he will elevate the position to greater respectability, or hockey's good guy will quickly turn into another villain. The good news is that Shanahan explained his platform, so to speak, is for better communication in his decisions, something that plenty of people -media and fans, in particular -have often called for. And as Bettman suggested, with harsher

punishments for unbecoming behavior on the horizon, full disclosure will no longer be a luxury; it will be a necessity. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

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'Wappy Dog' turns DS into robot puppy communication device
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Activision Publishing and Sega Toys' Wappy Dog is primarily targeted at kids, but where some see a gimmicky toy fighting for holiday dollars, we see a robot that is controlled by the Nintendo DS. And we also see an adorable puppy. Players communicate with the Wappy Dog toy through the Wappy Dog game on the DS, talking and giving commands through the game, with the game "interpreting" barked responses

from the puppy. As the game progresses, the dog supposedly learns new skills and develops new personality traits -- and displays its mood via colored lights on its cheeks. The game can

Say this for Nokia’s latest ad: It doesn’t exploit women — at least not real ones. The plastic kind are another story. The financially challenged Nokia is getting the word out about the A newborn gets a hearing test. pink N8 phone with this campy new ad featuring blonde Barbielike dolls dancing, cavorting on pink reindeer, showing off their tats, turning their heads around Linda Blair style and wearing Gaga-esque bras that shoot out beams of light all to the Sugarbabes’s tune “Freedom.” It's quite enough that there is an It’s a different approach, alright, adorable robot dog, whom we can and reminiscent of director Todd instruct to sing by sending Haynes’s debut film, Superstar, commands through the DS. the Karen Carpenter story told Continue reading'Wappy Dog' with Barbie dolls. Let’s hope the turns DS into robot puppy dolls in this commercial have a happier life. communication device 'Wappy Dog' turns DS into robot More About: advertising, barbie, puppy communication device Nokia N8, Todd Haynes originally appeared on Joystiq on For more Business & Marketing Thu, 02 Jun 2011 11:39:00 EST. coverage: also be played on the go sans Please see our terms for use of • Follow Mashable Business & robot, with progress sent back to feeds. Marketing on Twitter the toy upon your return. Permalink| Email this| Comments • Become a Fan on Facebook We don't need to pretend we're • Subscribe to the Business & building a friendship with a real Marketing channel AI or anything like that, though. • Download our free apps for Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad

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Cytomegalovirus is a major cause of hearing loss in babies. iStockphoto.com A newborn gets a hearing test. Cytomegalovirus is a major cause of hearing loss in babies. Babies who are born infected with cytomegalovirus, a common virus, can suffer permanent hearing loss, but newborns aren't routinely tested to see if they have it. That could change if a pediatrician at the University of Alabama in Birmingham has his way. He's the leader on a new study that found that a simple saliva test can identify babies at risk. But testing all babies for cytomegalovirus is probably not going to happen anytime soon. About 1 in 150 babies are born infected with the virus, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus is considered a major cause of hearing loss, second only to genetic causes. About 20 to 40 percent of early childhood hearing loss is probably caused by CMV, according to Suresh Boppana, the professor of

pediatrics at UAB who is lead author on the new study, which involved seven academic medical centers around the county. It was published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. But since only 10 percent of babies who are infected with CMV show any symptoms of illness, most parents aren't aware that their children have it. About 2,000 to 4,000 children in the United States have hearing loss caused by CMV each year. Thus the need for a screening test. The existing test for CMV in babies requires a sample of the baby's saliva or urine. Laboratories then put the sample in a dish with live cells, and let them grow. That's too complex for a routine screening test. The researchers had earlier tried to use the blood spot samples that hospitals gather from newborns to test for CMV, but found that it identified less than half of infected children. Then they tried a laboratory workhorse, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. It's used to identify small bits of DNA, and is

used in dozens of medical tests, including HIV tests and prenatal genetic testing. Boppana and his colleagues used PCR to identify CMV in dried samples of saliva, taken from babies by putting a swab in their mouths. They tested about 35,000 babies. The test was 97 percent accurate in identifying babies infected with the virus. "The dry saliva is much more user -friendly," Boppana told Shots. He figures that the test would cost about $3, about half the cost of the tissue culture method. He hopes that the new test could lead to universal testing of newborns. "Right now most babies with congenital CMV are not being detected," he says. Once identified, children with CMV should have hearing tests at least once every six months, because hearing loss caused by the virus may not happen until a child is four years old. The sooner a child with hearing loss can start getting help with hearing aids or speech therapy, the more likely she or he will be able to develop speech and language. There is no treatment for CMV

infection in small children that could be used widely, unfortunately. Antiviral drugs used in adults are toxic, and have been used in children only in the rare cases where a child becomes seriously ill. Although newborns are screened for dozens of diseases and genetic disorders while still in the hospital, adding another test to the roster, which are determined by each state, is no easy matter. Still Boppana is optimistic that will happen. "We do think it's a good screening test for all babies." This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

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New Symbol For Healthful Eating: Hello Plate, Goodbye Pyramid
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Submitted at 6/2/2011 10:03:00 AM

USDA No more food pyramid. It's a pretty safe bet that not many people will mourn the demise of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's food pyramid— the 20-year-old symbol of the

department's dietary guidelines— when it's officially retired Thursday. Just about everyone agrees the pyramid was complicated, and tried to get too many messages across at once — more dairy, less sweets, exercise, portion control, etc. But the new symbol is simple — a plate divided into portions. And

that's a good thing, said first lady Michelle Obama at a news conference on the subject. "Parents don't have the time to measure out exactly three ounces of chicken or to look up how much rice or broccoli is in a serving," she said. The pyramid has been maligned for some time. "I'm surprised they didn't go to the

dodecahedron as their next alternative," quipped John Stanton, who heads the food marketing department at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, to Shots. Here's USDA release explaining what's up with the plate: The plate features a lot more fruits and vegetables. In fact, half the plate is devoted to fruits and

veggies. That's good news for fruit and vegetable producers like Lorelei DiSogra, vice president for nutrition and health at the United Fresh Produce Association. DiSogra worked on the "half plate" message for more than a decade in various jobs, including NEW page 78

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Virulent New Bacterial Strain Identified As Cause Of European Outbreak
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Enlarge Manfred Rohde/ Getty Images A couple of E. Coli bacteria captured in an image from the Helmholtz Center for Research on Infectious Diseases in Berlin earlier this week. Manfred Rohde/

Getty Images A couple of E. Coli bacteria captured in an image from the Helmholtz Center for Research on Infectious Diseases in Berlin earlier this week. The World Health Organization says the E. coli bacterium behind the outbreak of life-threatening infections in Europe is a new strain, never seen in people

before. At least 18 people have died from infection with the germ, which has struck at least 1,500 people. Almost all of the cases and deaths have occurred in people who either live in Germany or who traveled there recently. The unique strain isolated from patients is a mutant, Hilda Kruse, a WHO food safety expert, told

the Associated Press. It has "various characteristics that make it more virulent and toxinproducing" than the varieties of E. coli that normally live quite peacefully in people's intestines. BGI, a scientific laboratory in China, has produced a preliminary sequence of the bacterium's genes, which show it's a new type. It's similar to a strain known to cause

diarrhea and that was first identified in the Central African Republic. But the new bacterium has some different genes that appear to account for its virulence and the high rate of hemolytic-uremic syndrome among patients. That syndrome can lead to kidney VIRULENT page 78


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one at the National Cancer Institute. "Half a plate is a very effective communications tool. It's very compelling, it's very clear, it's very straightforward," she says. In other words, it's everything the pyramid was not. Less prominent on the plate is meat. In fact, it's not even named. Americans are not going to throw out their grills, says Planet Barbecue author and host of PBS' Primal Grill Steven Raichlen. But they might start thinking about using meat the way many other countries around the world do — as more of a flavorful condiment than "this belly-bludgeoning, plate -burying hunk of protein." A simple plate is a good idea from a marketing standpoint, St. Joseph's University's Stanton

says. "The consumer spends maybe a maximum of three seconds looking at a food in a grocery store," he says. "Can you think of a busy mother trying to put delicious, nutritious food on the table, looking at a pyramid?" Been there, done that, and, nope. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

failure and death. The germ is also armed with genes that would help it defeat common antibiotics. Germany's Robert Koch Institute says antibiotic resistance isn't a significant problem in the treatment of patients, though, because these sorts of infections shouldn't be treated with antibacterial medicines anyway. Such treatment can actually prolong the excretion of bacteria and the production of toxins. The World Health Organization says that the source of the outbreak"is still unclear," despite a bunch of ongoing investigations. German officials have warned people not to eat lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers.

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Via MSNBC: Fire crews and police could only watch after a man waded into San Francisco Bay, stood up to his neck and waited. They wanted to do something, but a policy tied to earlier budget cuts strictly forbade them from trying to save the 50year-old, officials said. A witness finally pulled the apparently suicidal man’s lifeless body from the 54-degree water.

The San Jose Mercury News reported that the man, later identified as Raymond Zack, spent nearly an hour in the water before he drowned. According to reports, first responders and about 75 people watched the incident on Monday from a beach in Alameda, a city of about 75,000 people across from San Francisco. Interim Alameda Fire Chief Mike D’Orazi said that due to 2009 budget cuts his crews did not have the training or cold-water gear to

go into the water. “The incident yesterday was deeply regrettable,” he said Tuesday. “But I can also see it from our firefighters’ perspective. They’re standing there wanting to do something, but they are handcuffed by policy at that point.” But Tuesday night, after hearing from angry residents at a City Council meeting, the city promised to spend up to $40,000 to certify 16 firefighters in landbased water rescues, KGO-TV

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Congress Should Not Forfeit Its Strong Hand on Libya: Why H. Con. Res. 51 Is a Losing Play
Todd Gaziano (The Foundry)

policy debate into a legal dispute won’t work. Congress has several Submitted at 6/2/2011 11:14:06 AM ways to force the President to Posted June 2nd, 2011 at follow its will if it acts prudently, 12:14pm in Protect America, Rule but it cannot simply dictate to the of Law Print This Post President how he uses the military President Obama spent weeks forces it has raised and funded. marshalling support from foreign Seeking to end all American governments for a military military action in Libya by a intervention in Libya but virtually concurrent resolution is not the no time consulting with the U.S. right way to frame the debate over Congress or trying to explain to the President’s polices because the American people why s u c h r e s o l u t i o n s a r e a s intervention served our national constitutionally flawed as the War interests. Almost three months Powers Resolution (WPR) that later, coalition forces are involved they rely on for authority. Parts in a costly stalemate and we still of the WPR that require the have no clear sense why our P r e s i d e n t t o c o n s u l t w i t h forces are engaged. It is time for Congress “in every possible Congress to assert itself, but it instance” before or soon after should not do so in a way that military forces are introduced into squanders its authority or ends in hostilities and to provide relevant an empty gesture. information to Congress on a President Obama was unwise to regular basis thereafter are usually engage our armed forces in a war not objectionable in practice, and in Libya without support from any president would be foolish Congress, and lawmakers are not to do that on his own. But right to be angry and demand sections of the WPR that purport more information from the t o r e q u i r e t h e a u t o m a t i c President on America’s evolving termination of military action military mission in that war (the within 60 (or 90) days after President’s recent characterization commencement unless Congress of the engagement as “non- acts by then to authorize the kinetic” only makes matters action are unconstitutional. The worse), but trying to transform an WPR also purports to require that important military and economic the President terminate any

the funding for particular uses. The withdrawal provisions of WPR are unconstitutional for more than one reason but perhaps the most basic is that they amount to tactical battlefield commands to the Commander-in-Chief. A concurrent resolution purporting to require termination of involvement would be ineffective for the additional reason that it is not a bill presented to the President for his approval, and thus, does not comply with the constitutional requirements for making a law. Nevertheless, one common, but mistaken, belief is that the WPR remains the “law of the land” until military action if Congress so excellent books explain the it is struck down by the courts. directs in a concurrent resolution, constitutional text, history, and Under this erroneous theory, a which is also unconstitutional. practice over 200-plus years, but President can’t lawfully ignore the Congress has the upper hand in his paper for Heritage in 2006 provisions of the WPR to disputes with the President over provides a summary of key terminate military action after 60 military engagements if it acts a u t h o r i t i e s r e l a t i n g t o t h e (or 90) days unless the WPR is prudently because it can always P r e s i d e n t ’ s a n d C o n g r e s s ’ s repealed or a court strikes it defund them. Preliminary action r e s p e c t i v e w a r p o w e r s . T o down. The truth is this: no to do so (including effective s o m e w h a t o v e r s i m p l i f y t h e unconstitutional law is or ever hearings to probe military and analysis that applies to initiating was the “law of the land.” When administration witnesses) can military action: the troops and a court eventually strikes down a work wonders even before a final equipment Congress funds are at law like the WPR, that simply vote. But no president has ever t h e C o m m a n d e r - i n - C h i e f ’ s confirms it always was treated the termination clauses of disposal for actions he deems unconstitutional. The legal term the WPR to be constitutional for proper (with minor exceptions is “void ab initio,” meaning one compelling reason: they that aren’t relevant here) unless CONGRESS page 85 aren’t. Professor John Yoo’s Congress prospectively cuts off



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Tests Ahead for New Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair
Rick Moran (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)

certain to be a trying time for the Department of Defense. A probable draw down of forces in Submitted at 6/1/2011 11:16:38 PM Afghanistan beginning in July, as In a surprise move, President well as almost certain painful Obama has nominated Army military budget cuts, will test Chief of Staff Martin Dempsey to General Dempsey’s ability to be the new chairman of the Joint work with both the politicians at Chiefs of Staff. The president also the White House and the military named Navy Admiral James A. c o m m a n d s t r u c t u r e i n t h e “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr. as vice P e n t a g o n . chairman, and Army Gen. Ray In choosing Dempsey, Obama O d i e r n o a s D e m p s e y ’ s bypassed a candidate known for replacement as Army Chief of his close relationship with the Staff. president, as well as an Dempsey will be replacing independent streak that got him in Admiral Mike Mullen whose term trouble with his superiors at the expires in September. First Pentagon. Pentagon insiders fully nominated by President Bush, expected Admiral Mike Mullen’s Mullen’s tenure was marked by vice chairman, Marine General the successful surge in Iraq and James Cartwright, to move up to the buildup in Afghanistan, as t h e t o p s p o t . I n f a c t , t h e w e l l a s t h e c o n t r o v e r s i a l Washington Post reports that elimination of the “don’t ask, President Obama “informally” don’t tell” policy on gay service offered the job to Cartwright three people. times, with the general even What the president gets in putting off his retirement so that tagging Dempsey as JCS chief is a he could take the chairmanship tough minded, combat tested when Admiral Mullen’s term was soldier who has had some of the up in September. top commands in the army, and But several factors worked who has proven himself to be a against Cartwright to deny him genuine leader on the battlefield the job. He angered his superiors and a consensus builder in the at the Pentagon when, during the slippery political world of the formal review of the situation in Pentagon. He will need these Afghanistan in 2009, he sided qualities as he oversees what is with Vice President Joe Biden in

recommending only 20,000 additional troops be sent. There was also the embarrassing matter of charges of inappropriate behavior with a female subordinate. The inspector general cleared him of the worst of those accusations, but some at the White House believed it would complicate his confirmation hearing. Over the last few months, Cartwright’s stock had declined while Dempsey’s skyrocketed. He was just confirmed in March as

Army chief of staff after serving two tours in Iraq – one as commander of the famous 1st Armored Division (“Old Ironsides”), where he impressed his superiors with his handling of the Iraqi insurgency. He moved on to take over training the Iraqi army and police, and then served as Deputy Commander of CENTCOM. The president nominated him for the top Army job in January of this year. There were some in the Pentagon who believed that current

Afghanistan commander General David Petreus would ascend to the chairmanship of the joint chiefs. But there was apparently some opposition in the White House due to speculation that Petreus may run for the presidency. He was also seen as a “Bush man” by some of the president’s advisors. Obama nominated Petreaus for the position of CIA director in May. When General Dempsey assumes the chairmanship in September, the decision about how many troops to bring home from Afghanistan will already have been made. If history is any guide, he will likely side with the consensus view in the Pentagon that we should withdraw as few troops as possible in order to keep up the momentum we’ve gained in fighting the Taliban, especially in Kandahar province. His leadership skills are likely to be sorely tested on this matter, as most military observers believe a bruising battle is ahead with the White House as the president’s political advisors will no doubt want to draw down the number of soldiers more quickly than the commanders in Afghanistan. The cost of the war will also be a factor in determining at what pace the draw down will proceed.

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Iran’s Missile Buildup: New Reports of Foreign Assistance
James Phillips (The Foundry)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 9:45:30 AM

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 10:45am in Protect America Print This Post According to unconfirmed reports, two missile warheads capable of being armed with a nuclear weapon have been acquired by Iran’s Islamic

Revolutionary Guard Corps. Reza Kahlili, a former member of the Revolutionary Guards who became a spy for the CIA before defecting to the United States, charged in an article posted on FoxNews.com that the missile warheads were produced by a “joint military-industrial project” that included Iran, Pakistan, China, and Ukraine. According to

Kahlili, “The Ukrainians provided the design for the warheads, while the Chinese and Pakistanis delivered the technology, machining and tooling. The Iranian Ministry of Defense coordinated the interface with all three.” It would be surprising if the governments of these disparate countries would directly enter into

such a high-risk joint venture to help Iran in violation of U.N. sanctions, but companies and proliferation networks from all three countries separately have sold Iran sensitive technologies in the past. And Iran has established a global smuggling network to acquire technology for its ballistic missile and nuclear programs. On Tuesday, an Iranian businessman

operating in California pleaded guilty to conspiring to illicitly export missile parts from the United States to Iran. Kahlili based his charges on reports from a mysterious group, the “Green Experts of Iran.” Curiously, North Korea, which is known to work closely with the IRAN’S page 84



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Zelaya’s Return to Honduras Darkens Honduran Democracy
Ray Walser (The Foundry)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 10:15:03 AM

reaction is typical of the sunny U.S. press reaction to Zelaya’s return, calling the event important Posted June 2nd, 2011 at “because it demonstrates the 11:15am in American Leadership region’s intolerance for military Print This Post coups, which were once common On May 28, former Honduran in Latin America.” Friends of the President Manuel Zelaya returned Latin America left are again home nearly two years after the casting Zelaya as a national hero. June 2009 actions that removed Very few are able to recall him from office for violations of Zelaya’s serial violations of the national constitution. checks and balances and Accompanied by Venezuela’s c o n s t i t u t i o n a l o r d e r o r t h e foreign minister Nicholas Maduro destabilizing support tendered by and delivered via Air Hugo Hugo Chavez’s petro-political Chavez, Zelaya was greeted by slush fund. thousands of cheering admirers. The leftist, pro-Chavez former He returned under a deal struck c h i e f e x e c u t i v e r e m a i n s a with current Honduran President polarizing figure. After years of Porfirio Lobo on May 22. The scheming a vindicating return to agreement was brokered with the influence, Zelaya will now a s s i s t a n c e o f t h e u n l i k e l y undertake to energize a leftist, anti c o m b i n a t i o n o f d e m o c r a t i c -American coalition centered Colombia and authoritarian around the National Popular Venezuela, and it enjoys the Resistance Front. blessing of U.S. Secretary of State Zelaya wasted little time in Hillary Clinton. reasserting that his removal from Zelaya’s return paved the way for office in 2009 was the work of a Honduras’s readmission to the conspiracy while glossing over his Organization of American States direct assault on the institutional (OAS) on June 1. and constitutional foundations of The Los Angeles Times’s H o n d u r a n d e m o c r a c y . H e

informed sympathetic media that “this coup d’état [in June 2009] was made by the right wing of the United States.” Zelaya also indicated that he is readying a “First Gentleman” strategy for returning to power made popular by the late Nestor Kirchner and his wife and current Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. The deal allowing Zelaya back

chiefs ( caudillos) negotiate to lift constraints and safeguards imposed by the Honduran constitution, checks and balances, and a two-party system to establish a system of strong executive figures, weak institutions, and subservient political parties. Were Zelaya an authentic democrat and reformer, his return would be welcome news. But he is not. He is a Chavez wannabe without Venezuela’s oil riches. His return will intensify internal conflict, social tensions, and potential human rights violations. The storm clouds of future political turmoil in Honduras are includes talks towards changing already forming despite the t h e c o n s t i t u t i o n t o a l l o w current sunny mood at the State presidential re-election, but it is Department and in the OAS. unclear if this will affect the ex- This entry passed through the president. Barring any changes, Full-Text RSS service — if this is Zelaya supporters want his wife your content and you're reading it X i o m a r a C a s t r o t o r u n f o r on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentpresident. Zelaya’s return might open a only/faq.php#publishers. Five door for shady backroom deal- Filters featured article: You making between President Lobo Cannot Kill An Ideology With A and Zelaya in which political Gun.

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Hamas and Fatah: Different Tactics, Same Jihad
Robert Spencer (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)
Submitted at 6/1/2011 11:20:48 PM

George Wallace famously said long ago that there wasn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the Republican and Democratic parties, and that is even more true of Fatah and Hamas. Now that Hamas and Fatah have signed a reconciliation agreement, the entire State Department strategy for dealing with the Palestinians is in ruins – not that anyone has noticed. For years, the Bush administration and then the Obama administration have worked from the premise that Fatah and its Palestinian Authority governments were the “moderates” that merited backing against the “extremists” of Hamas. It was a myopic, simplistic and naïve analysis from the beginning, and now it has been definitively exposed as such. In reality, both groups share the same Islamic outlook towards Israel that makes peaceful coexistence with the Jewish State impossible. Both believe that no state ruled by non-Muslims on what they consider Muslim land has any legitimacy; there are no

theological differences between them, but only relatively minor differences of strategy and of strictness in their observance of Islamic law that mainly arise from Fatah’s origins in Sixties-era socialism as opposed to Hamas’s birth as an explicitly Islamic movement. Fatah is also more inclined to be patient, while Hamas tends to be significantly less so. Fatah is willing to make deals with the Infidels as stepping stones to greater progress toward the ultimate goal; Hamas tends to see such deals as trimming, and

prefers not to compromise even temporarily. Thus the Hamas Charter, which was promulgated in 1988, quotes Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, saying that “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” The PLO’s Palestine National Charter is twenty years older. It doesn’t mention Islam at all, but it nonetheless enunciates the same goal in different language: “The liberation of Palestine, from an Arab

viewpoint, is a national (qawmi) duty and it attempts to repel the Zionist and imperialist aggression against the Arab homeland, and aims at the elimination of Zionism in Palestine.” This language was never revised even after the PLO recognized Israel in 1993. The PLO Charter’s talk of “imperialist aggression” is redolent of the socialist milieu in which the PLO/Fatah was born. Over the years, however, this gave way to a steadily more Islamic perspective. Yasir Arafat began his career railing about imperialism and ended it calling for jihad. This trajectory reflected the resurgence of Islam as a political force; Saddam Hussein and other Arab leaders followed the same course over the same decades. Thus, while Hamas, which is an acronym for the Islamic Resistance Movement, was founded in the 1980s by Muslims who believed that the PLO was giving short shrift to the Islamic aspect of the Arab war against Israel, over the years, the distinctions between the two groups have become increasingly blurred.

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“Tsunami of September”
Ryan Mauro (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)
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The Israeli Defense Minister is warning of the “tsunami of September” when the U.N. will vote on recognizing an independent Palestine. Spain will recognize a Palestinian state even before then. International pressure against Israel is ratcheting up, and at the same time, Fatah has buried the hatchet with Hamas and seeks to do the same with Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Dozens of countries support recognizing an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, including Russia, China, India, South Africa and the countries of the Arab League. Most of South America has already formally recognized a Palestinian state, and now Spain intends to join them before the September vote at the U.N. takes place. If a member of the U.N. Security Council blocks the recognition of a Palestinian state, there will be an international uproar. It is very possible that a stream of countries will follow in Spain’s footsteps and independently recognize a

Palestinian state. This may encourage the Palestinians to unilaterally declare statehood, setting the stage for war. The Palestinian Authority will submit a request for full membership in the U.N. to the Secretary-General by mid-July. The request will then go to the president of the Security Council, which is Germany. Luckily, Germany opposes a U.N. vote on Palestinian statehood. The Security Council then forms a committee to evaluate whether the

Iranian regime on its ballistic missile program, is missing from the U.N. General Assembly will the list of countries reportedly vote in favor of Palestinian involved in the joint project. Last statehood based on the 1967 month, a U.N. panel of experts b o r d e r s . P r i m e M i n i s t e r submitted a confidential report to Netanyahu is striking a confident the Security Council that charged tone on the issue, saying it is that Iran and North Korea had “destined for failure.” He also r e g u l a r l y b e e n e x c h a n g i n g mocked the legitimacy of the ballistic missile technology, often General Assembly’s vote, saying, trans-shipped through China. “No one can stop the United There is no doubt, however, that Nations General Assembly from the transfer of nuclear warhead recognizing the Palestinian state technology for a ballistic missile in September. The U.N. can also delivery system to Iran, let alone adopt a resolution that the world intact warheads, would be a grave is flat.” development. Accordingly, the The Palestinians are presenting a U.S. and its allies would be united front ahead of the push at foolish to discount the possibility the U.N. Fatah and Hamas have of such transfers. Circumstantial signed a reconciliation agreement. evidence, if anything, suggests This forms a unity government that the U.S. government should P a l e s t i n i a n s m e e t t h e and ends Fatah’s fight against look more deeply into this r e q u i r e m e n t s f o r U . N . Hamas. This effectively ends the possibility. membership. A conclusion must peace process as Hamas is Iran’s missile development be reached at least 35 days before committed to Israel’s destruction. program appears to be even more the General Assembly opens, As President Obama said in his aggressive than its nuclear which is August 10. It is likely speech about the Arab Spring on weapons program. It is hard to that the push for membership in May 19, “How can one negotiate believe that Iran would go to all the U.N. will be stopped at this with a party that has shown itself the effort it is putting into its juncture as the U.S., U.K. and unwilling to recognize your right missile program—particularly for France hold veto power. At that t o e x i s t ? ” P r i m e M i n i s t e r developing intermediate- to longpoint, the General Assembly can Netanyahu likewise said,“The range missiles—only to arm the recognize a Palestinian state on its Palestinian Authority must choose missiles with conventional o w n b u t n o t g r a n t i t U . N . either peace with Israel or peace warheads. membership. w i t h H a m a s . T h e r e i s n o If the Iranians have already Israeli intelligence believes that possibility for peace with both.” received technical assistance in constructing nuclear warheads for missiles—perhaps from North Korea, which is going down a similar path—or received intact nuclear warheads for missiles clandestinely from outside IRAN’S page 85

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invalid from inception. It was only masquerading as a law. So how should the branches resolve the issue of whether the WPR is a real law or not, especially if the courts have not provided a definitive constitutional ruling? In most cases, presidents wisely choose not to provoke a constitutional conflict if they can avoid it, and that is why they say that they are acting “consistent with” or “not inconsistent with” the terms of the WPR but not “pursuant to” it when they report to Congress. But presidents have an obligation to the institution of the Presidency under the Constitution to defend it when necessary. And when a purported law unconstitutionally intrudes on presidential authority, he need not wait for a court ruling to confirm as much. Indeed, since the federal courts are forbidden to provide “advisory” opinions, he can’t procure a court ruling unless there

is a live and “justiciable” controversy. Sometimes, he must follow his faithful interpretation of the supreme law of the land, the Constitution, and let someone else try to hale him into court. Americans should think long and hard who they make their Commander-in-Chief, but his power does not wax or wane depending on his ideology or political party. He can use his power well or foolishly, but that cannot change the nature of the authority granted by the Constitution to the office he holds. In short, the President would not be acting unlawfully if he ignored any attempt by resolution to enforce the WPR’s termination rule, regardless of any vote. So why would Congress squander its superior checks on the President’s actions (through its legislative power of inquiry, its control of the purse, the Senate’s power over

military and Defense Department confirmations, and so on) with an empty gesture that some might privately laugh at? Congress should stop trying to turn a serious policy debate that it can win into a constitutional case that it will surely lose. Instead, Congress should turn to and use its constitutionally-enumerated powers. With them, Congress will find it retains the upper hand in any dispute of this nature. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

sources, it would explain their aggressive approach to ballistic missile development. Discounting this possibility carries the risk that the U.S. and its allies will be plunged into an immediate national security crisis if Iran is shown to have deployed intermediate- or long-range ballistic missiles carrying nuclear warheads with little or no advanced warning. Such a surprise would present similar security risks to the U.S. and its allies as the unexpected Soviet transfer of such missiles to Cuba in 1962. The U.S. intelligence community should scrutinize closely the full

array of possibilities for Iran’s rapid development or acquisition of nuclear warheads for missiles. Everyone should hope that it is not already too late. Co-authored by Baker Spring This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

May 2011 Community Project: Completed!
Mariko Fritz-Krockow (The Scribd Blog)
Submitted at 6/1/2011 5:00:16 PM

June 1, 2011 The month of May has come to an end, and so has our May Community Project. Thank you to all the writers who submitted their

stories. They were incredibly fun to read! It’s amazing how different each story is, even though they all started from a common point. We saw a teenage love story and an undercover mission to save hundreds of people! But now it’s time to announce the

Scribd Staff favorite. Drum roll please! The Scribd Staff favorite story is “ Half-way Point” by Phantomimic! Once again, thanks to everyone who participated in this month’s project. All those who weren’t able to participate this month, don’t worry. The June project will

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Stephen Colbert Uses Twitter To Poke Fun at Weiner Scandal [PICS]
Brenna Ehrlich (Mashable!)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 10:52:27 AM

Last weekend, a lewd photo was sent via the Twitter feed of New York Rep. Anthony Weiner to a young college student in Seattle. The congressman has been in interviews all week, stating that his account was hacked and that he did not send the snap — still, he has refused to say with “certitude” whether the pic was him or not. Enter Stephen Colbert to mock the whole ordeal. The Pic Heard Round The Blogosphere — which is actually a rather tame snap of gray underwear hiding, er, anatomy — has set off a storm of speculation in the blogosphere, particularly on the site Big Government, headed up by publisher Andrew Breitbart. Big Government was apparently first to break the story, which it has dubbed “Weinergate.” Weiner recently stated that his office is conducting an internal investigation using an outside

firm to look into the origin on the pic, but has not outright stated that it wasn’t his photo, raising the suspicion of many a news source. In response, Colbert has taken to Twitter, posting a series of suggestive photos that resemble genitalia with the text: “I cannot say with certitude that this is not part of my body. http:// tinyurl.com/3292rjd

mollusks. Kuato This appears to be a mutant from the film, Total Recall Gourd This is a gourd. Baboon This might be NSFW, if you work in a zoo. Balloon This is a balloon. Painting This appears to be the work of Georgia O'Keeffe Image courtesy of Flickr, David Boyle #ivebeenhacked.” The first photo More About: Anthony Weiner, features a man’s lap (presumably humor, politics, pop culture, Colbert’s) and was sent using s t e p h e n c o l b e r t , t w i t t e r , yfrog, the same service that the w e i n e r g a t e picture on Weiner’s account was For more Media coverage: • Follow Mashable Media on posted via. Twitter Mimicking the Weiner Shot This pic was sent using yfrog, the • Become a Fan on Facebook same service that the picture on • Subscribe to the Media channel Weiner's account was posted via. • Download our free apps for Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad Mollusks This picture appears to be of

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Social News App Pulse Lets Users Save Stories for Later
Jennifer Van Grove (Mashable!)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 11:00:47 AM

Pulse’s first web component. The Pulse.me product is intended for application users looking to Pulse, a social news reader for sync their reading experience iPad, iPhone and Android, is across web and mobile platforms. getting into the save-for-later Those who star stories in Pulse article bookmarking arena with applications are effectively the release of Pulse.me. collecting them in an article Pulse.me, which goes live repository, denoted by the new Thursday, allows app users to “.me” icons in the apps, that they create an account and save stories can revisit from their preferred they discover in any of Pulse’s Pulse access point. apps. By starring those stories, The Pulse.me product release users save them for consumption also includes Instapaper, Read It later, and the stories can be Later and Evernote integration. viewed in any of the Pulse Users who star stories via Pulse applications or online at Pulse.me, can also choose to earmark them

to be sent to any of those services. Pulse’s new product isn’t a direct attack against Instapaper or Read It Later — favoring connection over competition for the time

being. At launch, Pulse users won’t be able to save stories from the web, but we have reason to believe that a way to save web stories to Pulse.me is in the

works. Pulse has 3 million users across all of its platforms. More About: alphonso labs, bookmarking, news readers, pulse, pulse.me, social news For more Startups coverage: • Follow Mashable Startups on Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Startups channel • Download our free apps for Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad

Weiner: I’m done providing non-answers to you all
Ed Morrissey (Hot Air » Top Picks)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 10:52:57 AM

After spending the last two days generating more questions than answers, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D -NY) held a press conference this morning to announce that he had nothing more to say. Saying that the “prank has apparently been successful,” Weiner told the

media that he had “answered questions extensively … that anyone wanted to put” and that he would have no more to say on the matter of a salacious picture sent out on his Twitter feed: Funny, most of the media is under the impression that Weiner hasn’t really answered two questions in particular: • Was the picture in the tweet of Weiner or not? Weiner’s answer

is that he’s not sure, which prompted the follow-up question of how many crotch shots does Weiner have of himself, or that others have of him? We’re still waiting for that answer. • Why won’t Weiner ask for an investigation of the hack into his account? Weiner’s response yesterday that he wanted to save taxpayer money doesn’t seem like a credible response for a man who

wanted the federal government to institute a single-payer system that had Uncle Sam running the health-care sector. Better yet, why is Weiner still using the same Twitter account if he really did get hacked, as he claims? Weiner might be done talking about this, but he’s the only one who is. He might have been better off with this media strategy

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'Parents must read to children if they want them to succeed'
Nicholas Cecil and Anna Davis (Evening Standard - News)

96 per cent of my pupils have English as a second language
Anna Davis, Education Correspondent (Evening Standard - News)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 6:37:34 AM

Backing the Standard's literacy campaign, the Mayor said: "It's a modern tragedy that in a Submitted at 6/2/2011 6:57:57 AM culturally rich economic Nicholas Cecil and Anna Davis powerhouse like London, a city 2 Jun 2011 historically grounded in literature, Boris Johnson and Nick Clegg a child can leave school unable to today joined forces to issue a call read. to parents in London to devote "Illiteracy severely limits life more time to reading with their choices, closing doors on further children. education and career aspirations, They spoke out after a survey and it also impacts on the capital's found that London families are economy, starving business of the the worst in the country for skilled workforce it needs. reading their children a bedtime "My message to Londoners is that story. it's never too early to talk to your Education experts say regular child. The earlier you start, the reading at home is vital for greater the positive impact it can youngsters to build up English have." skills - but the capital emerges as Mr Clegg rarely speaks publicly the city where parents read to about his children, but in a sign of their children least often. how strongly he feels about The Evening Standard is this improving literacy the Deputy week publishing a series of P r i m e M i n i s t e r t o l d o f h i s articles exposing the true extent of evenings spent with Antonio, illiteracy in London. One in three aged nine, Alberto, seven, and children do not own a book and in Miguel, two. He said: "I like parts of London one in three 11- nothing more than being able to year-olds cannot read properly. read to my kids at bedtime. It One million adult Londoners are doesn't have to be for a long time functionally illiterate. - 10 minutes can make all the The Mayor of London today difference." branded the literacy scandal a Encouraging fathers, as well as "modern tragedy" - and appealed mothers, to pick up a book and to parents to not only read daily read to their children or listen to with their children but also to them doing so, he stressed: engage them in conversation. "Reading is one of life's great

pleasures but also one of life's key skills. If you can't read confidently, it can make everyday tasks much more difficult. "Improving the literacy of London's children will improve their prospects and happiness in later life." The Standard this week launched a literacy campaign which has highlighted how thousands of 11year-olds begin secondary school in the capital with a reading age of seven. One in four children in the capital can barely read at the end of primary school. A study by educational toy company Leapfrog also found that just 39 per cent of London parents read to their children every night, compared with 44 per cent nationally. Astonishingly most of the parents who do not read to their children said they "had never really thought" about doing it. Education expert Janette Wallis, editor of the Good Schools Guide, said: "Reading with your child can instill a lifelong love of reading. Children associate it with having a cuddle at bedtime and a happy and relaxed time. "Parents are the first role models for their children. If you want your child to be a reader, you

need to show them how to do it." Parents in the capital are also much more likely to have missed out on bedtime stories themselves when they were growing up - only 28 per cent said their own parents read to them regularly, compared with 36per cent nationally. London parents are also least likely to spend time reading for pleasure themselves. Mrs Wallis said: "It is not surprising that if you were not read to as a child, and you don't read regularly for pleasure, then you will not read to your own children. "It is also certainly possible that parents who have long commutes are short of time. Parents are also sometimes worried about not reading in the same way as their child's teachers do. "With young children you have to use funny voices and dramatic skills to engage them. You do have to let go a bit and that is difficult for some parents." This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

Teachers told today of their daily battles to boost the literacy levels of children who can barely read. Two professionals on the front line revealed that many teenage pupils do not recognise the names of vegetables and a huge proportion of young schoolchildren do not speak English. Both are pioneering radical new methods in a bid to get pupils to understand and enjoy books. Louisa Lochner, head of Gateway primary school in Westminster, said 96 per cent of her pupils speak English as a second language. She said teachers use picture cards in lessons to explain what's happening to children who have no English, while the library is packed with "dual language" books. Ms Lochner, a former literacy coordinator at Westminster council, said: "The benefits are so obvious to most of the children." She added that the biggest challenge for improving literacy is deprivation. About a quarter of the school's 625 students have refugee status or are seeking asylum, and more than half are PER page 90

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Killer food bug hits seven in Britain
Mark Prigg and Peter Dominiczak (Evening Standard - News)

more than 1,500 people have been infected in nine countries worldwide. WHO food safety expert Hilde Kruse said the Submitted at 6/2/2011 6:25:58 AM M a r k P r i g g a n d P e t e r "unique strain" had lethal genes Dominiczak that could explain why the Europe 2 Jun 2011 -wide outbreak appears to be so Seven people in Britain have massive and dangerous. been infected with a deadly She said: "It has characteristics "mutant" form of E.coli that is that make it more virulent and sweeping Europe, it was revealed toxin-producing." today. Scientists have been unable to Health officials warned that the p i n p o i n t t h e s o u r c e o f t h e toxic and virulent strain could be outbreak raising fears that other among the deadliest E.coli fruit and vegetables including outbreak ever seen. tomatoes, lettuce, spinach and The World Health Organisation aubergines could pose a danger to issued a global alert over the bug human health. which can cause kidney failure Russia led the way in banning and has already claimed 17 lives. imports of all EU vegetables with The original cause of the scare European nations adopting bans was contaminated cucumbers. or partial bans oncucumbers and Government scientists have other fresh produce from Spain, ordered shoppers to wash salad which is where the contaminated vegetables as a precaution. cucumbers are believed to have H e a l t h P r o t e c t i o n A g e n c y come from. officials today said three Britons Denis Coulombier, of the had fallen ill, as well as four European Centre for Disease Germans living here. Prevention and Control, said: "It's As the strain hit here, two cases certainly something we haven't were today detected in the US and seen before in the EU and

probably in the world." A total of 16 people have died in Germany, and one in Sweden. Infections have been reported in Spain, the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Norway and Switzerland. All the British cases are believed to be linked to the German outbreak. Dr Dilys Morgan of the Health Protection Agency said: "The HPA continues to actively monitor the situation very carefully and we are working with the authorities in Germany and with our counterparts across Europe as to the cause of the outbreak. "We have alerted health professionals to the situation and advised them to urgently investigate and report suspected cases with a travel history to Germany." The HPA advised people travelling to Germany not to eat raw cucumber, lettuce or tomatoes and that they should seek medical advice if they have bloody diarrhoea.

Richard Dodd from the British Retail Consortium said: "The supermarkets will follow the advice of the FSA. These cases need to be investigated and the retailers will do whatever the FSA tell them to do." A Tesco spokesman said: "We would always encourage people to wash their fruit and vegetables but it remains that we are not affected by this." M&S said: "The Food Standards Agency have found no evidence that produce from possible sources identified so far has been distributed to the UK." The E.coli bacterium spreads through poor hygiene that allows it to be transmitted into the food chain. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.



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eligible for a free school meal. A total of 300 languages are spoken in London schools. More than 60 per cent of pupils in inner -city schools speak English as an additional language. Ms Lochner said: "We know that in other schools parents would pay for tuition. So we run booster classes for children at different stages of their education and they are hugely popular." Harriet Watkins, head of English at the Business Academy Bexley, said she was shocked by the reading levels of pupils joining at the age of 11. About 35 per cent of those starting the school have a reading age of nine or below. Ms Watkins, 26, who became a teacher four years ago through the Teach First programme, said students could not understand a GCSE exam question which referred to the vegetable swede. Another exam question that asked students to describe a "country scene" was wrongly answered by many. Students wrote about foreign countries, rather than the English countryside, because they did not

pick up on the nuances of the word "country". Miss Watkins said: "Vocabulary is about people's experiences, but the pupils have a lack of social experience. "When I was growing up I would go to the theatre or cinema and do things where you pick up vocabulary, but that doesn't happen." The school has brought in radical measures to improve reading. The worst readers are immediately put into an intensive six-week booster programme. Children are given hours of extra one-on-one tuition with sixth-formers and specialist teachers, and their parents sign a form agreeing to help them at home. Ms Watkins said: "Some of their reading ages went up by three years in six weeks. They felt really special and they enjoyed being with a sixth-former." All pupils are streamed so that higher-performing children are not held back and children who are falling behind get the help they need. To combat the pupils' lack of social experience, the school is set

to introduce "experience-based teaching" where pupils do an activity and then write about it, which is more common in primary schools. Miss Watkins said: "A lot of primary schools will take pupils through an experience such as planting seeds in the garden, and then write about it. We need to teach those in years seven and eight an experience and then pull apart what they do, vocalise the language and write about it." Ms Lochner said: "Schools are like children, there is not one size that fits all." This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

Fannie & Freddie got $400 million in no-bid deals from TARP?
Ed Morrissey (Hot Air » Top Picks)

of the $698 million in contracts and financial agent agreements made under the Troubled Asset Submitted at 6/2/2011 9:40:45 AM Relief Program, according to data If one had to select two d i s c l o s e d t o B l o o m b e r g contractors to run and enforce Government by the Congressional compliance measures for a loan- Oversight Panel on the U.S. modification program meant to government’s bank bailout. ameliorate the effects of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac housing-market collapse, Fannie were selected in 2008 by the Mae and Freddie Mac would be T r e a s u r y D e p a r t m e n t t o among the last organizations most a d m i n i s t e r a n d e n f o r c e taxpayers would trust with that c o m p l i a n c e f o r t h e H o m e task. They ended up with the job Affordable Modification Program, of administration and enforcement or HAMP, which helps financially o f t h e “ H o m e A f f o r d a b l e strapped homeowners meet their Modification Program” anyway, m o r t g a g e p a y m e n t s . T h e a n d b o t c h e d t h e j o b , a s a department determined that no whistleblower reported to the o t h e r c o m p a n i e s h a d t h e Center for Public Integrity last i n f r a s t r u c t u r e t o o p e r a t e a year. N o w B l o o m b e r g foreclosure mitigation program on Government reports that the a n a t i o n a l s c a l e . T h e Obama administration gave Congressional panel said that both Fannie and Freddie the job of companies had a conflict of cleaning up the mess they created interest by helping refinance in a no-bid contract, as Danielle billions of dollars in mortgages Ivory reports (via Desmond L, t h a t t h e y e i t h e r h e l d o r subscription only): guaranteed. Three years after Fannie Mae and The 2008 date will create some Freddie Mac were saved from c o n f u s i o n , a s t h e O b a m a bankruptcy by taxpayers at a cost administration launched HAMP in of more than $160 billion, the February 2009 and has repeatedly government-run enterprises have a s s e r t e d o w n e r s h i p o f t h e captured more than $400 million program. Ms. Ivory informed me in contracts from the same in a follow-up e-mail that the department that bailed them out. Treasury determined in late 2008 The companies were awarded, FANNIE page 94 without competition, 58.5 percent

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Manufacturing orders fell 1.2% in April, retail retreats
Ed Morrissey (Hot Air » Top Picks)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 10:18:46 AM

The economic news keeps getting bleaker for the Obama administration and Americans in general. The manufacturing sector, which had been one of the few bright spots in the wan recovery period over the last two years, turned negative in April. Orders for manufactured goods dropped 1.2%, shipments decreased 1.3%, and ominously, inventories once again increased: New orders for manufactured goods in April, down two of the last three months, decreased $5.5 billion or 1.2 percent to $440.4 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. This followed a 3.8 percent March increase. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.2 percent. Shipments, down following seven consecutive monthly increases, decreased $0.9 billion or 0.2 percent to $444.5 billion. This followed a 3.1 percent March increase. Unfilled orders, up twelve of the last thirteen months, increased $2.5 billion or 0.3 percent to $850.7 billion. This

followed a 0.7 percent March increase. The unfilled orders-toshipments ratio was 6.08, up from 5.96 in March. Inventories, up eighteen of the last nineteen months, increased $7.7 billion or 1.3 percent to $587.8 billion. This followed a 1.4 percent March increase. The inventories-to-shipments ratio was 1.32, up from 1.30 in March. Demand continues to fall, while inventories continue to rise. That means that retailers have enough backlog to keep orders down for at least a while, probably through the summer — especially if food and fuel price increases continue to erode disposable income. Retailers have already begun to announce missed targets, and the Morgan Stanley retail index dropped slightly in trading this morning: Stocks were little changed on Thursday, a day after suffering their biggest losses in nearly a year, as a slight improvement in weekly jobless claims failed to impress and chain-store sales were lackluster. … Target Corp (TGT.N) edged down 0.8 percent to $48.19, and Gap Inc (GPS.N) dropped 2.1

percent to $18.51 as they both missed estimates. The Morgan Stanley retail index (.MVR) fell 0.8 percent. New orders received by U.S. factories declined in April, partly because of a sharp drop in demand for transportation goods, according to a Commerce Department report. Transportation certainly contributed to the drop, but orders declined even apart from transportation by 0.2%. Excluding transportation, inventories rose even further than overall by 1.4%. Transportation goods are certainly under pressure in a tough economy, most likely because of rapidly increasing fuel prices, but that is hardly the only weak spot in manufacturing. Target and The Gap don’t sell cars, after all. So is this time for Panic At The NASDAQ? One CNBC talking head seemed to think so yesterday (via Greg Hengler), as did CNBC’s Patrick Allen later: The last month has been a horror show for the U.S. economy, with economic data falling off a cliff, according to Mike Riddell, a fund manager at M&G Investments in

London. “It seems that almost every bit of data about the health of the US economy has disappointed expectations recently,” said Riddell, in a note sent to CNBC on Wednesday. “US house prices have fallen by more than 5 percent year on year, pending home sales have collapsed and existing home sales disappointed, the trend of improving jobless claims has arrested, first quarter GDP wasn’t revised upwards by the 0.4 percent forecast, durables goods orders shrank, manufacturing surveys from Philadelphia Fed, Richmond Fed and Chicago Fed were all very disappointing.” “And that’s just in the last week and a bit,” said Riddell. Pointing to the dramatic turnaround in the Citigroup “Economic Surprise Index” for the United States, Riddell said the tumble in a matter of months to negative from positive is almost as bad as the situation before the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. I’m less inclined to panic. The dramatic turnaround came as artificial stimulus from

government spending petered out, not from a basic change in the private sector. Unlike the collapse of Lehman Brothers, most analysts could see this coming. We’re heading for stagflation rather than a collapse in a bubble — or perhaps more accurately, the only bubble popping is the Keynesian bubble that Obama used to convince people that Obamanomics would work. We’re back to near-zero growth, and the fuel price issue has consumers protecting their disposable income. It’s not good news at all, though, and the outlook for the rest of this year keeps getting more and more grim. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.



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Could Republicans Take Weiner's District?
Josh Kraushaar (Politics : The Atlantic)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 9:40:20 AM

By Josh Kraushaar Jun 2 2011, 10:40 AM ET Comment If his Twitter scandal snowballs, Democrats could face real electoral consequences in New York Much of the attention being paid to Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is focused on the salacious -whether he sent the lewd picture to a college undergrad or whether he was the victim of a grand hoax. Few are talking about the possibility that Republicans could pick up Weiner's seat. If the scandal snowballs, however, there could be some serious political implications for Democrats from the incident. While Weiner represents a New York City district that's conventionally thought to be safely Democratic, in reality it has trended sharply in a Republican direction in recent years. If Weiner stepped down from Congress, Republicans would have a realistic shot at putting it in play. Weiner's district, spanning mostly white neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn, trended more Republican than any other district in the country from the 2000 to the 2008 presidential election. Al Gore carried the district in a landslide, winning 67 percent of the vote. But it gave

John Kerry just 56 percent of the vote in 2004, a striking 11 point dip. The gain was largely attributable to voters' strong support of George W. Bush's counterterrorism policies post-9/ 11, but four years later John McCain carried the same 44 percent of the vote as Bush, even as President Obama significantly outperformed Kerry across the country. Weiner himself faced his toughest re-election in his career last year, winning 59 percent of the vote against an underfunded Republican opponent. For Weiner, that was a limp

performance -- he had always won more than 66 percent of the vote since he first ran for Congress in 1998. But if Weiner wasn't running again, that would change the dynamic significantly. Weiner is a well-liked figure in the district, and has a record of winning over Democrats, Republicans and independents alike. But if the seat opened up, there aren't many Democratic contenders who would start with the same level of support. One Republican operative floated the name of New York state Judge Noach Dear as a serious potential candidate. Dear unsuccessfully

challenged Weiner in 1998 and 2000 in the Democratic primary, and later ran against him as a Republican. ( VIDEO:'Swelling Controversy' Surrounding Rep. Anthony Weiner) The district has a sizable Jewish population, including a fastgrowing Orthodox Jewish bloc that tends to vote Republican. It wasn't long ago that Republicans expected to have no problem holding onto the seat of former Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.) even after his embarrassing sex scandal. Today Democratic Rep. Kathy Hochul was sworn in to replace him.

Interestingly enough, Hochul's seat is more Republican (R+6) than Weiner's is Democratic (D+5), according to the Cook Political Report's Partisan Voting Index. If Weiner does step down as a result of the scandal, it's hardly a foregone conclusion that Democrats will be a lock to hold onto the seat. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You COULD page 94

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In California, Many Police and Firefighters Get $100,000 Pensions
Conor Friedersdorf (Politics : The Atlantic)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 10:30:48 AM

By Conor Friedersdorf Jun 2 2011, 11:30 AM ET Comment At least 9,000 public employees earn almost double the median income every year of their retirement Efforts to reform California's public employee pension system got a boost Wednesday from a Sacramento Bee investigation that unearthed some staggering numbers. "Almost 9,000 retirees in the California Public Employees' Retirement System receive at least $100,000 in annual benefits," the newspaper reported. The figure is being seized upon by critics of state worker compensation, who point out that the median taxpayer in the Golden State earns just $56,000 per year. In fairness to California's public employees, the average pension drawn by last year's retirees was a more reasonable $38,000. "The outliers are driving the discussion," says union spokesman Steve Maviglio. "It's frustrating." In order to ease his mind, let's focus our criticism on the real culprits: the legislators who made retiring police officers, firefighters and correctional officers eligible to earn 90 percent

of their peak salary for life after they retire. These "public safety employees" account for most of the six-figure pensioners, often because they work a lot of overtime and cash out unused vacation days in the last year of their contracts, artificially boosting their salaries and thus the sum they'll receive every year until death. That doesn't frustrate Maviglio, who insists that "people who put their lives on the line every day deserve a secure retirement." But do they "deserve" more than twice

the US median income? Do they "deserve" the sum the average California teacher makes, plus $32,000? Do they "deserve" pensions far higher than the highway workers whose jobs are much more dangerous? These aren't idle questions, given the public safety worker retirements we can expect in the near future. To cite one example: About 18,000 local public safety and California Highway Patrol officers in the Cal-PERS system were 45 or older in 2009, the latest state figures show. Most can

retire at age 50 and get 3 percent of their highest pay for every year they worked, usually up to 90 percent. Their average pay: $108,000. That's $1.75 billion. This issue is another example of the public employee problem that confronts the American left. Lest I be misunderstood, I am not saying that public employees are bad people, or that I blame them for negotiating lucrative compensation packages, or that they're all overpaid. What I insist is that compensation and work

rules in the public sector offer numerous glaring examples of dysfunction. Sometimes compensation is so generous that resources are obviously being misallocated. Other times, excessive job security is the problem. Combine these trends and taxpayers are faced with a public sector that grows ever more expensive and less efficient. In that environment, antagonism to expanding government is rational, especially if it seems like CALIFORNIA, page 94



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that Fannie and Freddie were the only organizations that could handle a massive loanmodification program. The contracts were not awarded, however, until after the Obama administration launched HAMP in 2009. In any event, the Obama administration through Treasury gave Fannie and Freddie more than $408 million in no-bid contracts. A year later, the same administration bragged that it had reduced spending by 10 percent on no-bid contracts: The U.S. government cut the amount it spent on contracts that are awarded without competitive bidding by 10 percent during the first half of fiscal 2010, boosting efforts to reduce costs, the White House said. Spending on those “no-bid” contracts was reduced by $2 billion, and the amount that went to agreements based on contractors’ costs instead of predetermined prices was cut by 6 percent, or about $500 million. “By reducing the use of these high -risk contracts we’re making contractors more accountable and saving taxpayer dollars,” Jeffrey Zients, the Office of Management

& Budget’s chief performance officer, said in an interview. Really? How did it work out for borrowers and taxpayers in putting Fannie and Freddie in charge of HAMP without allowing other firms to make the case that they could do the work without the GSEs’ inherent conflicts of interest? The Congressional panel’s report notes the “obvious conflicts of interest” that occurred when Fannie and Freddie both ran the program and also used it for loan modification — accounting for 53% of the modifications through HAMP. Do they all comply with HAMP and TARP regulations? The self-regulating Fannie and Freddie insist they do. One potentially explosive revelation comes from the “robosigner” scandal that has threatened the processing of numerous foreclosures. Fannie and Freddie decided to forego penalties on lenders who used robo-signers, which courts have ruled insufficient, because they get a lot of money from those lenders. Senator Ted Kaufman (D -DE) blasted the move: “We wanted Fannie and Freddie to be tough on these companies,”

Kaufman said. “How much can they police the HAMP program if they are worried about their relationships with these servicers? That’s a pretty egregious conflict right there, and they just stood up and told us that.” Treasury insists that they have put enough firewalls in place to ensure that its HAMP administration remains “separate and distinct” to avoid the appearance of conflict. The Bloomberg report shows that it’s anything but. The Obama administration put the incompetent foxes in charge of the henhouse, and the results speak for 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 the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

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Feds Overrule Indiana in Challenge to Planned Parenthood Funding
Meghan McCarthy (Politics : The Atlantic)
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Comment Stymied by the Obama administration, the state fails to block Medicaid dollars from going to clinics that provide abortions The federal government told Indiana on Wednesday that it cannot endorse a state law attempting to keep Medicaid dollars away from clinics that perform abortions. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick denied a request to approve a state amendment that would prohibit Medicaid funds from reaching hospitals and clinics, such as Planned Parenthood, that offer abortion services. Berwick said law stipulates that Medicaid cannot exclude providers based on what services they provide. "Medicaid programs may not exclude qualified health care providers from providing services

that are funded under the program because of a provider's scope of practice," Berwick wrote. "We assume this decision is not unexpected." He also said the Indiana amendment would restrict beneficiaries' access to family planning care, which is protected under the law. Last week, Senate Democrats asked the federal government to notify state Medicaid programs that there will be penalties for withholding funds. Republican Gov. Mitch Danielssigned a law in May that would cut off federal funding from Indiana clinics that perform abortions. The law is primarily aimed at the state's Planned Parenthood clinics, which get federal family-planning grants to administer services unrelated to abortion. Although federal law states that federal dollars may not be used to fund abortions, supporters of the

restrictions argue that any federal funding to Planned Parenthood indirectly supports abortion services. The federal government pays, on average, half of each state's Medicaid costs. In Indiana, the federal government is estimated to shoulder more than 66 percent of Medicaid costs. Image credit: ChicagoGeek/ Flickr This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun.

Garmin's Astro 320 GPS handheld offers nine-mile coverage, keeps your hunting dogs in line
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on a 2.6-inch display, where users will be able to access 100k or 24k topographic and satellite maps. A Before you and your pooches keypad lock function, meanwhile, head out to hunt innocent ducks w i l l m a k e s u r e y o u d o n ' t this year, you might wanna check accidentally press any buttons out Garmin's new Astro 320 dog while you're in the thick of a tracker -- a handheld GPS device hound-led hunt. The handheld designed to help hunters keep will be available in July for $500, even closer tabs on their four- with the full system (including a l e g g e d s e n t r i e s . T h e l a t e s t DC 40 tracking collar) priced at addition to the Astro family can $650. You can flip through the simultaneously track up to ten gallery below for images of some hunting dogs per receiver, with a antenna-toting doggies, or head revamped antenna and three-axis p a s t t h e b r e a k f o r a m o r e electronic compass covering up to testosterone-laced pic and the full nine miles of flat terrain. Boasting PR. a 20-hour battery life, the 1.7GB Gallery: Garmin Astro 320 handheld can also tell hunters Continue reading Garmin's Astro whether their canines are running 320 GPS handheld offers nineor pointing, while its mapping mile coverage, keeps your hunting capabilities provide their precise dogs in line coordinates relative to powerlines, Garmin's Astro 320 GPS buildings, and individual trees. GARMIN'S page 95 All this information is displayed
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Toshiba Thrive tablet with Android 3.1 ships in July, starts at $429
Dana Wollman (Engadget)
Submitted at 6/2/2011 12:31:00 PM

That Toshiba Thrive tablet that surfaced on J&R's site last month? Turns out, someone got a little excited -- the company just confirmed the listing went up prematurely and that the price was wrong. But, we just got word that the Thrive will indeed debut as Tosh's first tablet for the US market with pre-orders beginning June 13th at Best Buy, along with the usual "office superstores" and "e-commerce players," and a midJuly ship date (we're hearing the 10th). The 10.1-inch (1280 x 800)

Bluetooth, a 2 MP front-facing camera, and a 5MP rear one, but the company also just unleashed a slew of other details. Head on past the break for a run-down, won't you? Continue reading Toshiba Thrive tablet with Android 3.1 ships in July, starts at $429 Toshiba Thrive tablet with Android 3.1 ships in July, starts at $429 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 02 Jun 2011 tablet runs Android 3.1, and 12:31:00 EDT. Please see our comes in three sizes: 8GB ($429), terms for use of feeds. Permalink| 16GB ($479), and 32GB ($579). | Email this| Comments If you've been following along, you already know it has WiFi,

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Foxconn plant reopens, resumes operations following explosion
Donald Melanson (Engadget)
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to an explosion of aluminum dust in a ventilation duct." To that end, it says it has put in place Foxconn confirmed today that its "improvements in workshop manufacturing plant in Chengdu, ventilation," as well as a "a total China has reopened and resumed revamping of the policies and operations following an explosion practices related to the disposal of in its iPad 2 production facility that dust." All Things D has the last month that killed three company's complete statement at employees and left others in the link below. hospital. The company has also Foxconn plant reopens, resumes a n n o u n c e d t h a t w h i l e i t s operations following explosion investigation into the incident is originally appeared on Engadget " o n g o i n g , " i t h a s a l r e a d y on Thu, 02 Jun 2011 12:02:00 addressed the preliminary finding FOXCONN page 96 that the explosion was "likely due

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