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Attorneys rest their cases in Jackson doctor trial
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By Martin Kasindorf, Special for USA TODAY Updated LOS ANGELES – Prosecution and defense lawyers rested their cases in the manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's personal doctor Tuesday after defendant Conrad Murray announced he would not testify. Pool photo by Kevork Djansezian Dr. Conrad Murray had previously left the possibility open that he might take the witness stand. Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor set closing arguments for Thursday. Jury deliberations could start that day. All testimony in the case involving Jackson's death from a drug overdose in June 2009 ended on the trial's 22nd day. Jurors heard from 33 prosecution
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witnesses and 16 defense witnesses. They viewed nearly 350 exhibits, including an autopsy photo of Jackson and a recording of Murray's interview with police detectives two days after Jackson died. Prosecutors charged Murray, 58, a cardiologist, with involuntary manslaughter. They say he deviated from medical standards in giving Jackson the surgical anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid at his home, outside a hospital setting, then failing to monitor his vital signs. Murray pleaded not guilty. The trial was marked by a duel of medical experts. Prominent anesthesiologist Steven Shafer testified for the prosecution that Jackson most likely died from a three-hour intravenous drip of propofol that continued after he had stopped breathing. The defense countered with another prominent anesthesiologist, Paul [unable to retrieve full-text content]
White, who said it was likely that Jackson quickly administered the fatal drug dose himself and died instantly while the doctor was out of the room. White completed his testimony Tuesday. Defense lawyers told Pastor they had no more witnesses. Pastor then reminded Murray he had an "absolute, individual, constitutional right to testify in this case." Murray said, "My decision is that I will not testify in this matter." Prosecutor David Walgren recalled Shafer to the stand as his only rebuttal witness. Shafer was questioned by Walgren and crossexamined by defense counsel J. Michael Flanagan for 28 minutes, challenging White's scientific conclusions and restating his own. Pastor dismissed the jury until Thursday, giving the lawyers a day to prepare closing arguments. For more information about reprints & permissions, visit our
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Syria puts land mines along border with Lebanon
anti-personnel mines are meant to prevent arms smuggling into Syria. The official spoke to the SERHANIYEH, Lebanon (AP) – Associated Press on condition of Syria is planting landmines along a n o n y m i t y b e c a u s e o f t h e parts of the country's border with s e n s i t i v i t y o f t h e m a t t e r . Lebanon as refugees stream out of Witnesses on the Lebanese side of t h e c o u n t r y t o e s c a p e t h e the border also told the AP they crackdown on anti-government have seen Syrian soldiers planting protests, officials and witnesses the mines in recent days in two said Tuesday. parts of Syrian territory: in the By Bilal Hussein, AP restive province of Homs and Families cross a border to return across from Lebanon's eastern t o S y r i a f r o m L e b a n o n o n Baalbek region. Monday. Syrian officials and "Syria has undertaken many w i t n e s s e s s a y D a m a s c u s i s measures to control the borders, planting land mines along parts of including planting mines," said the border. the Syrian official. A Syrian man who stepped on a More than 5,000 Syrians have mine and had to have his foot fled to Lebanon since the crisis amputated was the first known began in March. victim, according to a doctor at a The landmines are the latest sign hospital in Lebanon that treated of Syria's increasing isolation and him. He was wounded just across just how deeply shaken the Assad from the Lebanese village of Irsal regime has become since the on Sunday. The doctor asked that uprising began nearly eight his name not be published for fear months ago. Assad, a 46-year-old of repercussions by authorities. eye doctor who trained in Britain, T h e S y r i a n e x o d u s t o still has a firm grip on power, neighboring Lebanon and Turkey although the cost has been has proven a deep embarrassment mighty: The U.N. says some f o r i n c r e a s i n g l y b e s i e g e d 3,000 people have been killed by President Bashar Assad, who security forces. warned over the weekend that the Syria is a regional nexus, Middle East will burn if foreign bordering five countries with powers try to intervene in his which it shares religious and country's conflict. ethnic minorities and, in Israel's A Syrian official familiar with case, a fragile truce. Its web of government strategy claimed the alliances extends to Lebanon's
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powerful Hezbollah movement and Iran's Shiite theocracy. Turkey, until recently an ally, has opened its borders to anti-Assad activists and breakaway military rebels. The crackdown has eviscerated Assad's reputation, canceling out widespread hopes when he took power in 2000 that he might transform his late father's stagnant dictatorship into a modern state. Instead, Assad has reverted to the same tactics that have kept his family in power for more than 40 years, using fear and brute military force to try to break the popular revolt against his autocratic rule. Three residents of the Lebanese border village of Serhaniyeh showed an AP reporter a long sand dune barrier along the frontier where they said Syrian troops laid mines. Ahmed Diab, 26, said several trucks carrying about a 100 soldiers arrived in the area on Thursday and spent the entire day planting mines on the side of the barriers that is toward Lebanon. "Since they planted the mines, no one dares to go to the border line," said Diab, as he sat on his motorcycle near his home that overlooks parts of the Syrian province of Homs. Homs has seen some of the worst violence of the uprising.
Many Syrians cross the border into Lebanon regularly, some of them to flee the violence in their country. And the mines are the latest in a number of signs that Syria is working to prevent Lebanon from becoming a safe haven for the Syrian opposition. There have been at least three cases this year of Syrian dissidents being snatched off the streets in Lebanon and spirited back across the border, Lebanese police say. The abductions have raised alarm among some in Lebanon that members of the country's security forces are helping Assad's regime in its crackdown on anti-government protesters, effectively extending it into Lebanon. Syria had direct control over Lebanon for nearly 30 years before pulling out its troops in 2005 under local and international pressure. But Damascus still has great influence, and pro-Syrian factions led by the militant group Hezbollah dominate the government in Beirut. There also have been reports of Syrian troops crossing into Lebanon to pursue dissidents. In September, the Lebanese army said in a statement that Syrian soldiers briefly crossed the border and opened fire at people trying to flee the violence in Syria. A senior Lebanese security
official confirmed that Syrian troops are planting mines on the Syrian side of the border, but said Beirut will not interfere with actions on Syrian territory. "What concerns us are violations of Lebanese territory and Syrian troops' pursuit of people on the Lebanese side of the border," the official said on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. Syria and Lebanon share a 230mile long border, although it appears the landmines have been planted in Homs province — where some of the worst violence of the uprising has occurred — just across the border from Serhaniyeh, Lebanon. Mines also have been planted in the Baalbek region, which borders Homs and the Damascus countryside, witnesses say. The crackdown has prompted the most severe international condemnation the Assad dynasty has seen. Sanctions from the European Union and the U.S. are chipping away at the beleaguered economy and many leaders have called on him to step aside. Assad has responded with vague promises of reform, but the opposition has dismissed the overtures as meaningless while the military fires on protesters. As SYRIA page 4
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Despite ethics rules, Congress' travel junkets creep back up
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average cost: $18,120. In August, four lawmakers took a 10-day excursion to South Africa WASHINGTON – Four years and Botswana, funded by the after Congress imposed new I n t e r n a t i o n a l C o n s e r v a t i o n restrictions on travel funded by Caucus Foundation, a charitable outside groups, federal lawmakers g r o u p w i t h t i e s t o s e v e r a l are frequent fliers again, taking e n v i r o n m e n t a l g r o u p s . 4 1 5 p r i v a t e l y f u n d e d t r i p s Accommodations included two between between Jan. 1 and Sept. nights at South Africa's Shamwari 30 — a nearly 75% jump in the Game Reserve, described on its number of trips they took during website as the "pinnacle of private the same period in 2010, records game reserves," with the chance show. to view elephants, lions and other By Amy Sancetta, AP wildlife during game drives Congressional travel has jumped through its nearly 61,800-acre nearly 75% from last year, records property. Three of the lawmakers show. took their wives along. The value of the trips exceeds Ethics rules approved four years $3.1 million, making it the most ago bar lawmakers from taking expensive year of travel since trips longer than two nights at the Congress enacted ethics rules in expense of corporations, unions 2007 aimed at clamping down on and others that employ lobbyists. lobbyist-funded trips, according to The changes were prompted by a U S A T O D A Y r e v i e w o f the lobbyist Jack Abramoff's 2006 congressional travel records admission that he provided gifts compiled by the non-partisan CQ and luxury trips to lawmakers and MoneyLine. other government officials in Big-ticket items include travel by exchange for official favors. more than 80 lawmakers to Israel, However, the House and Senate much of it courtesy of the imposed few limits on travel A m e r i c a n I s r a e l E d u c a t i o n funded by non-profits, which now Foundation, a charity affiliated are funding dozens of lawmaker with the influential pro-Israel trips each month. lobbying group American Israel "These are the travel junkets of Political Affairs Committee. The yore," said Craig Holman of the
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watchdog group Public Citizen, which lobbied for the 2007 travel restrictions. "It's a recurring situation. You get some good reforms on the books, and after a few years, people start trying to get around them." Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., has the biggest travel tab so far this year for any lawmakers, more than $47,000, according to MoneyLine's data. It includes three trips sponsored by the nonprofit Aspen Institute to San Juan, P.R., Barcelona, Spain, and Banff, Canada. Topics included energysecurity issues and "policy challenges in the Muslim world." "The meetings were not at taxpayer expense," Cooper said in a statement. "They were working meetings about issues important to the nation." The price tag on the South Africa and Bostwana trips ran as high as $30,000, records show. The travel to southern Africa gave Rep. Ander Crenshaw, RFla., the chance to learn more about the economic, political and heath conditions of the countries, along with conservation programs to help "future decision making on Capitol Hill," Crenshaw's spokeswoman, Barbara Riley, said in a statement.
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Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, "is interested in conservation" and the trip allowed him to see "actual efforts in the field" to protect wildlife and natural resources, his spokesman John Stone said. Carter, Crenshaw and a third lawmaker, Rep. Phil Gingrey, RGa., were accompanied by their wives on the southern Africa trip. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Ky., also joined the trip, but did not travel with a relative, congressional records show. Congressional rules allow other relatives to travel with lawmakers. Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., for instance, was joined by his brother, William, during an August trip to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in August funded by the global anti-poverty group CARE. Travel and accommodations for the two men cost the group more than $29,370, according to documents Payne filed with the House. Payne's aides did not respond to requests for information. Asked about his participation, William Payne, a former New Jersey state lawmaker, told USA TODAY he was not his brother's guest. "I was invited by the CARE organizers to go along with the rest of the [unable to retrieve full-text content]
delegation. I have a long history of being involved with social issues," he said. JoDee Winterhof, a senior adviser to CARE who helps organize the tours, had a different account. "When we invite people, we ask whether they'd like to bring a guest," she said. Donald Payne "asked to bring his brother, and that was fine with us." Winterhof called the travel "tremendously valuable" to lawmakers who are "voting on issues that directly impact people's lives." She said members of Congress spend hours each day traveling to remote sites to visit health clinics, farms and other projects that highlight CARE's work. "These are not some of the glamorous trips," she said. "These are trips where there's dust on their shoes when the day is done." This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
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the uprising has dragged on, Assad has become more defiant, exploiting fears at home and abroad of regional turmoil, sectarian violence and Islamic extremism. In an interview with Britain's Sunday Telegraph published over the weekend, Assad warned world powers fresh from their victory over Moammar Gadhafi in Libya that the Middle East will go up in flames if there is any foreign intervention in his country. Syria "is the fault line, and if you play with the ground, you will cause an earthquake," he said in his harshest words so far
regarding the potential for foreign intervention. "Do you want to see another Afghanistan, or tens of Afghanistans?" he asked, alluding to the 10-year war that has bogged down tens of thousands of foreign forces. But given that NATO and the U.S. have made abundantly clear they have no appetite for another military intervention in Syria, Assad does not have to worry too much about a Libya-style operation against his regime. Still, increased international focus on his bloody crackdown could bring more sanctions and isolation on a regime that is showing signs of
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The NBA Lockout Has Turned LeBron James Into The Biggest Dork Ever
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This is what LeBron James — the most gifted and physically imposing athlete on Earth — tweeted today: What an amazing game "Batman Arkham City". Just finished and beat it. Everyone who had a hand in creating it, I wanna say Thank You! #Gamer
He's a video gamer now. This comes on the same day that Kevin Durant's intramural flag football exploits were made public. So yeah, the NBA lockout has turned 24-year-old superstars into 24-year-old nerds. Please follow Sports Page on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story » See Also:
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The Smartphone Wars Are Over
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Statistics, arguments, sales figures, and passionate explanations claiming one or another smartphone platform has sold or will sell more than another in a specific market might litter the web for a while to come. But, really, it's all over but the shoutin'. "Android outselling iPhone by two to one in the UK," states one headline. "Android was the only OS whose sales grew in all markets it surveys," goes another. And remember this one from last year: "Android sales overtake iPhone in the US." You could be forgiven for thinking that like a tide sweeping the world, Google's smartphone/ erstwhile tablet OS has decisively won the smartphone wars and has been busy digging itself in, reinforcing its positions, and mopping up the entrails of survivors it's slain. After all, RIM's sales are in trouble, Nokia's future is in serious doubt, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 plans haven't borne fruit yet, and HP/Palm's great webOS experiment is dead in the water. The only competitor to Android is Apple's iPhone, which started it all off, but Android fans love to point out Apple's outsold by Android handsets pretty much everywhere. Android powers a huge list of phones, with different capabilities
from different manufacturers, across a range of markets and nations, and with prices from zero to Apple-beating highs--such as the recent DROID handsets, and Samsung's premium range. Go ahead. You may happily conlude from sales numbers that Android has won the smartphone war, stealing the market (and, as Steve Jobs would have it, the very design ideas) that Apple created with the iPhone.
Samsung is the usual poster child for Android success, but HTC is also among the top runners. The firm just posted results that, according to some analysis, place it as the leading phone maker in the U.S. Its third quarter $4.53 billion in revenues are impressive all by themselves, but when you learn that's a 79% rise on the previous year's figure, it's downright eye-popping. That figure was propelled by
smartphone sales nearly doubling, and it also meant HTC achieved a 9% revenue rise on the previous quarter. But HTC is also projecting that its fourth quarter results, which include the all-important holiday season, will decline versus this quarter's. Smartphone shipments for Q4 are projected to be 12 to 13 million, lower than Q3's. Simultaneously the average value of handset has slipped through
this year--dropping from a high of $362 at the end of 2010 to $344. HTC blames this on the fact its local currency has appreciated. You can also attribute the sliding average selling price on the Android market itself, which is incredibly crowded with offerings that are very similar in terms of design, specification, and OS. HTC's phones are distinctive, and SMARTPHONE page 8
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Euro Holds Losses on Bets ECB Will Signal Rate Cuts; Yen Erases Declines - Bloomberg
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intervention in the yen and the outlook for the currency. Forrester also discusses the Australian Enlarge image Euro Slides on dollar and Reserve Bank of Renewed Greek Default Concern Australia monetary policy. He Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg speaks with Susan Li on The 17-nation euro fell the most Bloomberg Television's "First in two weeks versus the yen after Up." (Source: Bloomberg) Greek Prime Minister George The euro weakened for a third Papandreou pledged to put the day against the dollar, touching European Union’s latest accord to the lowest in almost three weeks, a referendum, risking pushing the as concern the currency region’s country into default if rejected by rescue plan will crumble and the voters. European Central Bank will cut The 17-nation euro fell the most interest rates damped demand. in two weeks versus the yen after The 17-nation currency fell the Greek Prime Minister George most in two weeks versus the yen Papandreou pledged to put the after Greek Prime Minister European Union’s latest accord to George Papandreou pledged to a referendum, risking pushing the put the European Union’s latest country into default if rejected by crisis accord to a referendum, voters. Photographer: Chris risking a default if it’s rejected by Ratcliffe/Bloomberg voters. The euro trimmed losses Nov. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Sharon after a report that a Greek political Bowles, chairwoman of the official said later the vote was European Parliament's economic “basically dead.” The dollar and and monetary affairs committee, yen rose as stocks slid and discusses the decision by Greek Chinese manufacturing slowed. P r i m e M i n i s t e r G e o r g e “The motivation for this Papandreou to call a referendum referendum is anyone’s guess, but on a new bailout package. She it definitely raises the level of speaks with Andrea Catherwood uncertainty going forward,” said on Bloomberg Television's "Last Brian Kim, a currency strategist in Word." (Source: Bloomberg) Stamford, Connecticut, at Royal Nov. 1 (Bloomberg) -- David Bank of Scotland Group Plc. Forrester, a Singapore-based “Uncertainty is not good at this currency strategist at Macquarie point. The dollar has been a Group Ltd., talks about the beneficiary, since you’re seeing prospects for Japan government risk off across the board.”
The euro dropped 1.1 percent to $1.3703 at 5 p.m. in New York after falling 1.8 percent earlier to $1.3609, the weakest level since Oct. 12. It declined 0.9 percent to 107.39 yen, after losing as much as 1.7 percent, the biggest intraday drop since Oct. 17. The dollar rose 0.3 percent to 78.37 yen after touching 79.53 yesterday, the strongest since Aug. 4. The Dollar Index, which IntercontinentalExchange Inc. uses to track the U.S. currency against those of six trading partners, gained for a third day, rising 1.1 percent to 77.337. Volatility Jumps Implied volatility for the currencies of the Group of Seven nations surged as much as 9.2 percent to 13.5 percent today in its biggest increase since Aug. 8, according to a JPMorgan Chase & Co. index. Implied volatility, which traders quote and use to set option prices, signals the expected pace of swings. Higher-yielding assets fell as investors sought safety. The
Standard & Poor’s 500 Index dropped as much as 3 percent before trimming the loss to 2.8 percent. The Thomson Reuters/ Jefferies CRB Index of raw materials declined 1.4 percent. Mexico’s peso was the biggest loser against the dollar, weakening 1.9 percent to 13.6136. Norway’s krone fell 1.9 percent to 5.6598 to the greenback. The euro pared losses against the dollar and yen as stocks trimmed their retreat following a Dow Jones Newswires report that a Greek Socialist Party official said the call for a referendum was dead.‘Still Looks Bad’ “We’ve reduced some of the losses based on that, but it still looks bad,” said Fabian Eliasson, head of U.S. currency sales at Mizuho Financial Group Inc. in New York. “It’s still Europe that is driving risk away.” Greece will proceed with the referendum, and Papandreou will win a vote of confidence in Parliament this week, government spokesman Angelos Tolkas said in an interview today on state-run ERT3 TV. European officials agreed last week to increase their bailout fund to 1 trillion euros ($1.4 trillion), and recapitalize financial institutions. They convinced banks to write down their holdings of Greek debt by 50
percent. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy held emergency talks on Greece today and in a joint statement called on Europe to implement the package of measures. Sarkozy told reporters the plan is the “only way” to fix Greece. Merkel and Sarkozy are due to meet with ECB President Mario Draghi, European officials and International Monetary Fund representatives in Cannes, France, tomorrow, according to their joint statement. Papandreou will join them later. Group of 20 leaders meet in Cannes Nov. 3-4 to discuss the debt crisis. Negative View Papandreou’s referendum call raised the prospect of derailing the bailout and pushing Greece into default. Austerity measures in Greece have cut pensions and wages, boosted taxes and sparked a wave of social unrest. An opinion poll published Oct. 29 showed most Greeks believe the plan is negative. Fitch Ratings said in a statement the referendum plan poses a threat to financial stability in the region. It “dramatically raises the stakes for Greece and the euro zone,” the company said, and boosts risks of EURO page 15
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Political Hotsheet Is Cain taking scandal from bad to worse? 1 of 9 - CBS News
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But by the time Cain sat down for a different Fox News interview later in the day, as well as an Republican presidential candidate interview with PBS NewsHour, Herman Cain's inconsistent he had changed his tune. Saying s t a t e m e n t s i n t h e w a k e o f facts had "come about during the revelations that he was accused of day as I have tried to recall what sexual misconduct in the 1990s happened back then," Cain said are complicating his efforts to his accusers had indeed received move on from the incendiary cash settlements. While he didn't story - and may prompt voters r e c a l l s i g n i n g a s e t t l e m e n t w h o w o u l d o t h e r w i s e h a v e document, he said, that didn't discounted the allegations to mean he didn't sign one. reconsider. "I was aware that an agreement D u r i n g h i s i n i t i a l m e d i a was reached," Cain acknowledged interviews on Monday, Cain said on NewsHour. On Fox, he even that he was unaware if the characterized the amount of the National Restaurant Association, settlement with one woman, which he headed during the suggesting it was worth "maybe 1990s, had paid a financial three months salary," and said he settlement to a female employee had discussed the amount with his or employees who had accused general counsel at the time. h i m o f s e x u a l m i s c o n d u c t . On Tuesday morning, Cain told Politico reported Sunday that at conservative radio host Laura least two women complained Ingraham that he was "not a b o u t C a i n ' s b e h a v i o r a n d changing the story, but trying to ultimately left the group. The fill as many details as I could w o m a n r e p o r t e d l y r e c e i v e d possibly recall." financial payouts and agreed not On HLN (formerly CNN's to discuss the reason they left. Headline News), Cain also "If the Restaurant Association did suggested that there was an issue a settlement, I am not - I wasn't w i t h w o r d i n g , d r a w i n g a even aware of it and I hope it distinction between the words wasn't for much, because nothing "settlement" and "agreement." happened," Cain told Fox News "It was an agreement. So it looked around midday on Tuesday. At like I had changed my story. I the National Press Club, he said didn't change my story," he told h e w a s " u n a w a r e o f a n y HLN's Robin Meade. "The settlement." difference between settlement and
agreement, it makes a difference to me." Asked if he had been reminded of what had happened, he replied, "No I just started to remember more. This was not exactly something that I had top of mind." "Remember this was 12 years ago, and I was trying to recollect this in the middle of an already busy planned day. A major speech in the morning. A major luncheon speech at the Press Club," Cain added. Cain's comments has shifted the storyline from the initial allegations to his seeming inconsistency in discussing them which could ultimately be more damaging. The story itself may not be hurting Cain too much: The Des Moines Register asked 20 of the caucus-goers who backed Cain in its recent poll (which showed Cain leading his GOP rivals in the state) if the allegations would cause them to reconsider. None of them said it would. But consider the comment by Steve Scheffler, president of the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition, who said Cain "has to lay all his cards on the table now and tell all truthfully." Or the skepticism of Influential Iowa Republican Bob Vander Plaats, who said in the wake of Cain's initial comments, "it's awfully hard for CEOs to not
know if there's a settlement or not a settlement." This is where the bigger problem may exist for Cain, assuming the story doesn't get any uglier. It's one thing to be accused of what one Iowa voter deemed "rumors and innuendo [that] just seem to me to be a little suspect." (According to Cain's campaign, there has been something of a rallying-around effect in the wake of the allegations, with the campaign taking in a quarter million dollars in a single day.) It's something else, however, to seem like you are dissembling instead of being straightforward about what took place. Even before the allegations surfaced, Cain was earning a reputation for inconsistency on abortion, prisoner exchange involving terrorism suspects, an electrified border fence and even his vaunted 9-9-9 plan, which he tweaked following criticism. Remember, the initial claims against Cain really weren't even particularly damning: The women involved had not come forward, no documentation was made public, and the alleged sexual misconduct was vague. Cain could have gotten his story straight from the outset, hammered it home and said he was moving on. Instead he went ahead with a media blitz before he
was sure what he wanted to say and thus pushed the story forward instead of helping put it to bed. (The story may ultimately remain in the headlines because of events outside of Cain's control, of course, particularly if the women involved come forward. But that doesn't change the fact that Cain's damage control efforts haven't helped his cause.) It's the latest sign that Cain might not be in the same league as rivals Mitt Romney and (to a lesser extent) Rick Perry when it comes to running a presidential campaign. Perhaps that's no surprise: Cain, who has never held elective office, has been at the top of a seat-of-the-pants effort grounded more in the candidate's magnetism than on the fundraising, discipline and organization traditionally associated with a successful campaign. Cain says he is throwing out the old rulebook when it comes to running for president, and he has thus far shown a remarkable ability to stay at the top of the polls despite missteps that would likely have severely damaged his rivals. If Americans start to think Cain plays fast and loose with the facts, however, his charmed candidacy might not be able to recover. POLITICAL page 8
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sell well--evidently--but its peers have more iconic phones (Samsung's Galaxy line in particular) and newcomers ZTE and Huawei are achieving rapid market penetration for a number of reasons, including targeting lower-cost markets. The Android market, you may think from HTC's future sales, is already saturated. HTC is actually an example that all of these firms, including Samsung, need to pay attention to because, as Android becomes commoditized, its market may become much like the dumbphone market is now ... a low-margin business where volume sales are everything and the battle for revenues and profit is based in refining margins and creating slightly unusual designs. Then there's Apple. " Apple's iPhone to make up more than half of Q4 smartphone sales across top-3 U.S. carriers," states one headline. Apple may have experienced a dip in iPhone sales in its last Q3 quarter, shifting 17 million units, but it's explained by buyers waiting for an updated device. The new iPhone 4S is selling like hotcakes (four million sales in the first three days--a record) and the expectation is that it will continue to do so into 2012 as Apple rolls out its international sales. Boosted by the fact Apple's selling the older iPhone 4 at reduced prices and the 3GS in some markets as a super-cheap entry level device (targeted at the lucrative pre-pay market) and
Apple's iPhone future also looks promising. And each iPhone is a vector for consumers to deliver a stream of money to Apple, in the form of its 30% take on every paid app sale-to say nothing of in-app purchases, newsstand subscriptions, and direct iniPhone buys of music and other content from iTunes. Apple has maintained that iTunes merely helps sell hardware, on which it makes more money, but the arrival of the almost zero-price iPhone 3GS suggests that equation may now be changing. And with Apple sitting on $80 billion in cash in the bank, confident predictions about its future sales figures, and hugely positive public reaction to its strong public image, it's hard to say that Apple has "lost" the smartphone war. Maybe, unbeknownst to Google, it was flanking the skirmish with a whole different army of customers. There's another fly in the Android ointment: Android doesn't necessarily make Google much money, and sometimes not much for its maker partners. China is a great example of this, with a prominent venture capitalist noting this week that "chaotic" market conditions in China, typified by a lack of an official Android app market, mean that "almost nobody" is making money off Google's platform despite the fact it dominates the mid-range of smartphone markets
there. Although Android app downloads have recently surpassed Apple's, the fact that there are so many more Android handsets out there mean that on the whole each owner is downloading fewer apps. The notion that consumers also, on average, spend more on iOS apps still holds true, and this is a fantastic draw for app developers (as is iOS's non-fragmented status). This week Business Insider tried to stir up fuss about the growth of Android, suggesting that"Samsung blowing past Apple to become the biggest smartphone vendor is not good news." But if you look at the context, dumbphones are giving way to smartphones, and the phone market itself is growing. Samsung targets the full width of this market, as it used to for dumbphones and feature phones, as do other makers. So of course Apple wasn't going to retain its position at the lead of the smartphone vendor list. The difference is that Samsung doesn't necessarily have the same chances of ongoing income from its Galaxy-buying customers as Apple does, and it wouldn't take much for a rival firm to outinnovate and slightly under-price Samsung and very quickly steal its sales thunder--after all, they're all making very similar Android phones. Make no mistake, the Cold Smartphone War will go on.
Apple and Google have "won," but in different ways. Apple has huge consumer popularity, a strong and almost unassailable brand and business model, and will certainly continue to expand its sales (perhaps most in China). It delivers a tight, polished package of products and services that constantly updates. Google's partners sell more phones in aggregate than Apple but have created a vast and fragmented empire with different versions of the OS, cross-device app incompatibility issues, and a slight nagging sensation that Android lacks a cutting edge (with developments like Apple's Siri pushing this point). So now we have a Cold War situation, with both brands locked in tense legal and commercial battles, and a cluster of competing smartphone brands jockeying for third place. Oddly enough, just as the real Cold War drove a massive amount of innovation, this new battle may actually see even more interesting developments being pursued by Apple, Google, and Google's partners as they compete to win the hearts and minds of the smartphone-buying public. [Top Image: portobeseno; Image: Flickr user toasty] Chat about this news with Kit Eaton on Twitter and Fast Company too.
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technology that allows its energy storage plant to rapidly absorb electricity from New York's This one's a bargain at only $43 power grid when demand drops, million. and inject energy back into the 11/01/2011 grid when demand increases. During the marvelous week- The technology is designed to ending ritual known as the help more solar and wind power -“Friday Night Document Dump” which is intermittent -- be used by l a s t w e e k , t h e O b a m a power grids, which need stable Administration announced that it power to remain reliable. w a s o r d e r i n g a 6 0 - d a y The Federal Energy Regulatory independent review of the Energy Commission passed a new rule on Department’s loan programs, October 20 requiring power many of which are looking rather m a r k e t s t o p a y m o r e f o r shaky. One of the biggest frequency regulation services, taxpayer loans was made to the such as those provided by Beacon now-infamous Solyndra, a -- a major victory for the company that already bought the c o m p a n y . solar farm. Well, apparently not that major J u s t t w o d a y s a f t e r t h e of a victory, since they filed for Administration announced its bankruptcy on Sunday. review of Energy Department There’s some good news: Beacon loans, another “green energy” Power only got $43 million of company dropped dead. This one your money, their plant is still i s c a l l e d B e a c o n P o w e r operating, and unlike Solyndra, Corporation, an energy storage the United States taxpayer enjoys c o m p a n y b a s e d o u t o f “senior debt” status, which means Massachusetts. we’ll get paid back before private Reuters describes Beacon’s investors. (Amazingly, and technology as follows: possibly illegally, Solyndra’s lastBeacon Power developed new ditch round of private investors
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were given “senior debt” status above most of the $535 million in government loans received by President Obama’s top contributors.) Beacon Power gave generously to Democrats, although not on the scale of Obama’s good friends at Solyndra. The Daily Caller tallies up the return on their political investment: According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Beacon Power president and CEO F. William “Bill” Capp donated $500 to Obama’s presidential campaign. He also donated to Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Niki Tsongas, and to the failed Massachusetts Senate campaign of Democrat Martha Coakley, whom Republican Scott Brown defeated in a special election for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s open Senate seat. Beacon government relations director Matthew E. Polimeno donated $750 to Rep. Tsongas and $250 to Coakley. Beacon Power CFO James M. Spiezio also donated $250 to Coakley. Through their companies, these
donors were rewarded with$17,200 of Energy Department funds for every dollar they donated to Democrats. (Emphasis mine.) Not a bad profit on those political “resources” they purchased. It was awfully nice of you taxpayers to provide it! Bloomberg News relates Beacon Power CEO F. William Capp’s sad requiem for his corporate dream: “ The current economic and political climate, the financing terms mandated by DOE, and Beacon’s recent delisting notice from Nasdaq have together severely restricted Beacon’s access to additional investments through the equity market.” It’s tough when the “current political climate” prevents a nice green energy company from sucking down more taxpayer subsidies to stay afloat. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), who has been heading up the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s investigation of epic Energy Department failures, called Beacon Power “a sharp
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Businessman Herman Cain went on FOX News last night and again emphatically emphasized that charges of "inappropriate behavior" against him were overblown. Cain said that when a woman accused him of 'inappropriate behavior,' an investigation deemed it baseless and implied the charges were so insignificant that a settlement that amounted to about three months pay of an approximately $50,000 a year salary was handled by lower level officials within the National Restaurant Association. If the facts do not change, there may be a possibility that conservative primary voters will not disqualify and may even rally around Cain given the current situation. Cain's newly hired chief in Iowa, Steve Grubbs, tweeted last night, "Friday the Iowa Cain team signed 25 precinct captains. Today, 40. Iowa Cain campaign has been energized by today's events." The Cain campaign, also on Twitter, tweeted, "I am blessed to have such great supporters! Thank you all for your support & prayers today & throughout my campaign!" And the Des Moines Register
reported that they had spoken by "phone with more than 20 likely Republican [caucus attendees] who participated in the Oct. 23-26 Iowa Poll, and none said the allegations had moved them to reject Cain as a potential pick." Here are some of Cain's relevant words on FOX News. Concerning the charges: The one that I am familiar with worked here in the Washington office. And I can't even remember her name because she had not been a long-term employee. But I do remember the formal allegations she made in terms of sexual harassment. I have never sexually harassed anybody in my life. And this formal charge was made. And then once it was made, I recused myself and turned it over to my general counsel and one of the other executives that worked for me, the lady in charge of human resources, and asked them to investigate. And they did. The charge was filed. They did investigate. It was found to be baseless. And yes, there was some sort of settlement or termination, and I don't even know what the contents of that was. Since it was found baseless, there was no big settlement or it would have had to have come to me. I remember one that was in the claim, and that is, in my office --
and this has come about just during the day as I have tried to recollect what happened back then. Now, let me first make sure -- I recused myself and it was handled by two of my staff members. And they were -- one of them is an officer level. So once it was resolved, I wasn't involved, don't recall what, quote, unquote, "settlement," termination -- I don't know what it was. Why Cain believes the charges are coming up now: I believe this is coming up now because I'm doing so well in this Republican presidential campaign. I'm in the top tier. I'm statistically tied with Mitt Romney, and in some of the polls, I'm actually in first place. I have no idea who's egging this on, who's on this witch hunt, but I am convinced, and my staff and I are convinced, that it is intended to, one, distract us -- and it is a distraction. Secondly, a lot of people have a problem with the fact that I'm doing so well and I'm so likable. Third, since they cannot shoot holes in my proposals, my plans, they're going to try to shoot holes in me, the candidate. So that's the reason it is coming up now. On how there was never a claim of "inappropriate behavior" in Cain's past jobs: I believe I have a good sense for
where you cross the line relative to sexual harassment. But you have to know the lady, the individual. And if you look at my entire 40-year career and you look at the fact that I worked for the Department of the Navy, CocaCola, the Pillsbury Company, managed organizations, ran a region for Burger King, ran Godfather's Pizza, and I get to the National Restaurant Association. Up to that point, not one accusation of sexual harassment, which meant that I did a pretty good job of knowing where to draw the line. I thought I had drawn the line and not infringed upon what was obviously perceived as sexual harassment on her part when I made that little gesture about her height, and I can't honestly remember what else was even in the accusation. Tony Lee edits The Chase 2012 section and writes on politics and culture for HUMAN EVENTS. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. E-mail: ALEE (at) EaglePub.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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
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its funding of the organization. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the A construction site is seen in accelerated construction of some Gilo, a Jewish settlement that 2,000 housing units, said an Israel erected on land it captured official statement released after he in the West Bank in a 1967 war convened his cabinet. and annexed unilaterally as part of The Palestinian presidency said its declared capital, Jerusalem t h e d e c i s i o n t o s p e e d u p September 27, 2011. Israel on settlement construction on land Tuesday approved construction of where the Palestinians aim to 1,100 homes for Jews on the found a state amounted to a annexed land in the West Bank, a d e c i s i o n t o " s p e e d u p t h e move that could complicate destruction of the peace process." international efforts to renew Nabil Abu Rdainah, the peace talks and defuse a crisis s p o k e s m a n f o r P a l e s t i n i a n over a Palestinian statehood bid at President Mahmoud Abbas, also the United Nations. described as "inhumane" the Credit: Reuters/Baz Ratner Israeli decision to temporarily By Ari Rabinovitch withhold funds collected by Israel JERUSALEM| Tue Nov 1, 2011 on behalf of the Palestinian 4:51pm EDT Authority. (Reuters) - Israel decided Tuesday A senior Israeli government to accelerate Jewish settlement official said after the cabinet building and withhold Palestinian meeting that the decision to halt Authority funds, moves likely to m o n e y t r a n s f e r s t o t h e further hold up international Palestinians Authority was a efforts to revive peace talks. temporary measure until a final Israel's move came a day after decision was made. U N E S C O a w a r d e d t h e "You can't demand from the Palestinians full membership of Israeli public to continue to show the U.N. cultural agency, a restraint when the Palestinian d i p l o m a t i c v i c t o r y f o r t h e leadership continues to slam the Palestinian Authority in its push door in their face," said the for recognition as a state at the official, speaking on condition of United Nations. anonymity. Israel called the UNESCO The statement said the new decision a "tragedy" and the building will be in "areas that in United States said it would stop any future arrangement will
remain in Israel's hands." The official said 1,650 of the new tenders are for units in eastern parts of Jerusalem, and the rest are for Efrat and Maale Adumim, Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. WITHOLDING FUNDS In the absence of peace talks, which collapsed about a year ago in a dispute over settlement building, Abbas has been seeking statehood recognition from the United Nations. Netanyahu has called to restart peace talks without preconditions, but Abbas says he will return to negotiations only after Israel totally freezes its settlement activity. The Quartet of Middle East peace mediators -- which includes the United States, Russia, European Union and the United Nations -has been trying to jumpstart the process and said last week both sides had agreed to offer proposals to solve two key sticking points, territory and security. The Palestinians are looking to establish a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, land Israel seized in the 1967 Middle East War. Israel later annexed East Jerusalem, a move that has not won international recognition. It withdrew from Gaza in 2005, and
in 2007 the territory was taken over by Hamas Islamists, who are rivals to Western-backed Abbas and refuse to recognize Israel. It will be the second time this year that Israel has withheld the revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority. The revenues, which include duties on goods being imported to the Palestinian territories, amount to around $100 million each month - half of the PA's domestic revenue base. Israel decided earlier this year to withhold the revenues when Abbas concluded a reconciliation agreement with the Hamas. The freeze imposed temporarily earlier this year resulted in the PA not being able to pay salaries to its 150,000 employees on time for the first time since 2007. The move comes with less than a week to go before Palestinian Muslims mark Eid al-Adha, when families spend more than usual on festivities. (Additional reporting by Tom Perry; Editing by Jon Hemming) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
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BioBook, A Gates-Funded iPad Textbook, Plans A Free Database For Customized Learning
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The BioBook is an interactive iPad biology college textbook that allows students and professors to create their own customized learning experience. Since the launch of the iPad, colledge educators have been seeking an inexpensive alternative to paper textbooks that could leverage the collective knowledge of teachers and students. With a $249,000 grant from the Gates Foundation's Next Generation Learning Challenge, Dr. Daniel Johnson of Wake Forest University and education technology firm Odigia might have found it. Their BioBook, an iPad and web-enabled interactive biology textbook, creates a fully customizable experience for both students and educators. For educators, the BioBook allows professors to track individual student progress and develop their own textbooks from a national database of professorgenerated, mix-and-match chapters. On the student side, linear chapters are remixed into "branches and leaves," where students explore concepts as
interlinked ideas, moving from fundamental facts to an array of detailed chapters, which students can explore in their own way. Threaded Learning "Every learner brings unique prior knowledge, misconceptions, and pre-existing mental models to the process of learning a new
concept," Dr. Johnson tells Fast Company. "These pre-existing elements mean that two learners may need to follow very different pathways to achieve deep, functional understanding of a concept." Instead of reading like storybook, chapters are reformed into a
branch/leaf relationship; all students start with the same fundamentals and explore details as their curiosity guides them. "Each newly acquired piece of knowledge in turn raises additional questions that encourage exploration of other previously unknown concepts,
theories, or facts." writes Dr. Johnson. Put another way, expert learners construct their understanding by following what seems to be a logical path to them, not a pre-defined path." In other words, traditional textbooks BIOBOOK, page 15
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Bill Gates Goes To Brazil, Apple's GarageBand Hits iPhone, Google Refreshes Gmail, China Launches Unmanned Spacecraft
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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Signs Brazilian R&D Deal. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation unveiled a partnership with the Brazilian government aimed at improving agricultural productivity among small farmers. The research effort, which will be primarily focused on regionspecific needs for sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, was announced on the eve of the G20 conference. Brazil has increasingly come to rely on food imports due to domestic considerations. This is the second major R&D agreement announced by the Gates Foundation recently; Fast Company reported on a partnership with the Chinese government that was unveiled last week. --NU --Updated 3:00 p.m. ET Apple Takes GarageBand To iPhones. Apple has refreshed its highly praised GarageBand music creation app and taken a huge step in making it a universal app for iPhones from the 3GS upward (and iPod Touches too). Improvements including key transpositions and better quality
audio recording mean we can probably expect more albums recorded on iOS devices in 3...2... --KE Google Redesigns Gmail, Aims At Mobile. Google has released a new look for its flagship Gmail application, including a refresh for conversation view, smarter search, and a more adapative view for different sized screens. Google's also realized it needs to
help users optimize their website for mobile browsing experiences, and has released the GoMo site with explanations and pointers. -KE --Updated 12:45 p.m. ET Coldplay Turns Down Spotify, Sets Sales Record. After the band turned down a linkup with Spotify for their latest album, Coldplay's "Mylo Xyloto" has set a digital album sales record for sales in the
U.K. in the first week, selling more than 83,000 digital units, reports Digital Music News. Coldplay's success may indicate, DMN points out, that for bigname bands, spurning advances from Spotify, Rdio and the like, could pay off. --NS --Updated 7:45 a.m. EST China Launches Unmanned Spacecraft. The unmanned Shenzhou 8 craft took off
successfully, and will meet and dock at the Tiangong-1 space lab, which China launched in September. The craft carries experiments developed in partnership with a German space agency. If the mission is successful, China will follow this up with two manned launches, in which Chinese astronauts will BILL page 15
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assume that students all the learn the same way, but the BioBook allows students to seek different learning paths as they encounter questions and points of curiosity. Along the way, students are given self-assessment quizzes and pose questions to the class, with comment boxes and annotations appearing next to the text for a more social experience. A National Database Eventually, BioBook plans to allow university partners throughout the world to create their own chapters and upload them into a national database that can be mixed and matched into a customized textbook, built on top of the widely used open-source education platform, Moodle. Dr. Johnson and his team will curate and produce an official BioBook, using contributions from the academic community to
revise and update chapters. "We expect parallel review and analytics data will drive most of the routine correction, revision, and page adoption decisions," he says. Since the BioBook collects data from students on the fly, knowing what students like--and don't like--should automatically inform the decision-making process on which chapters ultimately end up in the official book. "Data analytics will be collected on standard and alternative versions that let us determine if students (or specific subgroups) learn better from a particular version," Dr. Johnson continues. "If an alternative version proves more effective over time, we will ask the originating author for permission to make their page our new “standard” version; the prior version will be retained as an
alternative as long as other instructors continue using it." Professors are then free to swap out official chapters for alternative versions, or create their own. All professors retain some intellectual property rights under a Creative Commons License but are encouraged to contribute their ideas to the community--a community that could give standard textbooks a run for their money. Follow Greg Ferenstein on Twitter, Google+, or Facebook. Also, follow Fast Company on Twitter. [Image: Flickr user David Ortez]
travel to Tiangong-1 to live in orbit for up to two weeks, the BBC reports. --NS Symantec Reveals Cybersecurity Breaches. Over the summer, 48 U.S. companies were attacked strategically by hackers, Symantec reveals in a report released today. The targets varied over time, and included the chemical industry, motor industry, defense organizations, and human rights NGOs. The security attacks were traced to a computer and its owner in China, the Guardian reports. --NS iPhones Expected To Be Half Of All Smartphones Sold In Q4. On the heels of the iPhone 4S launch, Apple's iPhones are set to account for half of the all the Q4
smartphone sales in the U.S., BGR reports. Apple's expansion on U.S. carriers, dropping the price of their older iPhone models, and launching its fastest selling iPhone are behind analysts predictions for a successful holiday quarter. --NS --Updated 5:45 a.m. EST [Image: Flickr user twicepix] Yesterday's Fast Feed:Microsoft's Commercial Kinect Partners, Panasonic's Record $5.5 Billion Loss, Anonymous Threatens To Expose Mexican Cartel, and more.
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a “forced and disorderly” default. The ECB meets Nov. 3 to review interest rates. It will cut its 1.5 percent benchmark rate by 36 basis points, or 0.36 percentage point, over the next 12 months, according to a Credit Suisse Group AG index based on swaps. A survey showed about 42 percent of the respondents at the Bloomberg FX11 Summit in New York last week predicted that in five years, the euro would no longer be used by all of the 17 nations in the union today. Chinese Manufacturing The dollar advanced versus all of
its 16 most-traded counterparts after the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said its Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to 50.4 in October, from 51.2 the previous month. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists was 51.8. The greenback appreciated 5.7 percent over the past six months, according to Bloomberg Correlation-Weighted Indexes, which track the currencies of 10 developed nations. The yen gained 8.1 percent and the euro weakened 2.7 percent. Australia’s currency slid after the
Reserve Bank of Australia lowered its cash rate target by 25 basis points to 4.5 percent, the first cut since April 2009. The currency fell 1.9 percent to $1.0329. The yen maintained losses from yesterday versus the dollar, which occurred after Japan sold its currency to weaken it and protect exporters. Finance Minister Jun Azumi said the nation will continue to take appropriate action on the currency. To contact the reporter on this story: Catarina Saraiva in New York at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Schinasi Mansion on Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side of Manhattan was just listed at $14.95 million by a new agent, according to The Real Deal. The home initially hit the market in 2006 with an asking price of $31 million. That amount has been lowered several times since then. The home was built in 1909 by William Tuthill, the same architect who designed Carnegie
Hall. Solomon Schinasi, a Turkish tobacco baron, commissioned the home. The home's claim to fame it's the only free-standing single-family mansion in Manhattan. It has 18 rooms and spans 12,000 square feet, and includes a library, pool room and several great rooms. The house is made of pristine white marble and has deep green roof tiles The tile work and detail throughout the house is truly oneof-a-kind There's plenty of space for a pool table See the rest of the story at
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Have you ever watched an action movie and wondered just how tough Wesley Snipes or Jet Li or Jason Statham actually is? Some action stars are well-built actors and some are former athletes -- but a few are actually
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Greece risks meltdown after bailout vote bombshell
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Papandreou chaired a cabinet meeting, expanded to include more ministers after the By Dina Kyriakidou and Lefteris referendum bombshell, where he Papadimas was expected to fend off demands ATHENS| Tue Nov 1, 2011 to call a snap election. 5:12pm EDT A leading PASOK lawmaker quit (Reuters) - The Greek government the party, narrowing Papandreou's f a c e d p o s s i b l e c o l l a p s e o n slim majority to 152 of 300 seats, T u e s d a y a s r u l i n g p a r t y and several others called for a lawmakers demanded Prime government of national unity Minister George Papandreou followed by a snap election, resign for throwing the nation's w h i c h t h e o p p o s i t i o n a l s o euro membership into jeopardy d e m a n d e d . w i t h a s h o c k c a l l f o r a Papandreou needs 151 votes to referendum. enact the referendum. If any of Caught unawares by his high- the dissenters votes against, it stakes gamble, the leaders of cannot be held. But his first France and Germany summoned hurdle is a vote of confidence on Papandreou to crisis talks in Friday. Cannes on Wednesday to push for Papandreou told the cabinet he a q u i c k i m p l e m e n t a t i o n o f believed he would both win the Greece's new bailout deal ahead vote and hold the referendum as of a summit of the G20 major planned. world economies. "We believe the government will The euro and global stocks were o n c e a g a i n w i n a v o t e o f pummeled on financial markets confidence in order to proceed after the Greek move threw into with its plans," government question the survival of crucial spokesman Angelos Tolkas told efforts to contain the euro zone's reporters. "We will not back down sovereign debt crisis. on anything we have to do to save Six senior members of Greece's the country." ruling PASOK socialists, angered Euro zone leaders thrashed out by his decision to call a plebiscite Greece's second financial rescue on the 130 billion euro rescue since last year, in return for yet package agreed only last week, more austerity, in the hope that it said Papandreou should make way w o u l d e a s e u n c e r t a i n t y for a "politically legitimate" surrounding the future of the 17administration. nation single currency.
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Instead, financial markets suffered another bout of turmoil on Tuesday due to the new political uncertainty and the risk that austerity-weary Greeks could reject the bailout. Opinion polls suggest most voters think it is a bad deal. The euro fell nearly three U.S. cents and the risk premium on Italian bonds over safe-haven German Bunds hit a euro-lifetime high, raising Rome's borrowing costs to levels that proved unsustainable for Ireland and Portugal. European bank shares dived on fears of a disorderly Greek default and the Athens Stock Exchange suffered its biggest daily drop since October 2008, with the general index shedding 7.7 percent. "GRENADE" European politicians expressed incredulity and dismay at Papandreou's announcement on Monday evening, which took even his own finance minister by surprise. "Announcing something like this only days after the summit without consulting other euro zone members is irresponsible," Slovak Finance Minister Ivan Miklos told Reuters. Ireland's European affairs minister, Lucinda Creighton, whose own country is struggling
through an EU/IMF bailout program, said last week's European summit was meant to have dealt with the uncertainty in the euro zone. "And this grenade is thrown in just a few short days later," Creighton said. "Legitimately there is going to be a lot of annoyance about it." In a statement after French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel conferred by telephone, Sarkozy's office said: "France and Germany are determined to ensure, with their European partners, the full implementation in the quickest time frame, the decisions adopted at the summit, which are today more important than ever." The renewed uncertainty is bound to embarrass G20 host Sarkozy as he tries to coax China into throwing the euro zone a financial lifeline. It could also further undermine dwindling political support in northern Europe for aiding Greece. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told parliament in a letter that his cabinet was concerned about the risk of delay and uncertainty. Business executives in Greece expressed despair at how the country was being run and markets speculated on whether
Italy will be the next euro zone country to slide into a debt crisis. "I think by late evening this saga will have come to an end because he (Papandreou) will have lost the slim majority that he has in parliament," Athens Chamber of Commerce head Konstantinos Michalos told Reuters Insider television. "This referendum will not happen. I'm hoping and praying for a government that will join other political forces." The chairman of euro zone finance ministers, Jean-Claude Juncker, said Greece could go bankrupt if voters rejected the bailout package. DEFECTIONS Papandreou, whose party has suffered several defections as it pushes waves of austerity through parliament despite mass protests, said he needed wider political backing for the budget cuts and structural reforms demanded by international lenders. But the conservative opposition called for a snap election. "Elections are a national necessity," opposition New Democracy party leader Antonis Samaras told reporters. Lawmaker Milena Apostolaki quit the PASOK parliamentary group, reducing Papandreou's GREECE page 24
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MF Global accounts shock leaves clients scrambling
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A man exits the office complex where MF Global Holdings Ltd have an office on 52nd Street in midtown Manhattan New York, October 31, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid By Ann Saphir and Jonathan Spicer CHICAGO/NEW YORK| Tue Nov 1, 2011 4:42pm EDT (Reuters) - MF Global Holdings Ltd failed to protect customer accounts by keeping them separate from its own funds, said a top U.S. exchange regulator, another shock for commodity markets scrambling to contain fallout from the brokerage's bankruptcy. The revelation on Tuesday by CME Group Inc suggests MF Global violated a central tenet of futures brokerage. It could put client money at risk and erode confidence in a market that for decades has enjoyed a sterling reputation for safety. The Associated Press, citing a U.S. official, reported that MF Global admitted to using client money as its troubles mounted. A company executive made the admission to federal regulators in a phone call Monday, the AP said. Government regulators,
increasingly alarmed at what went on inside MF Global, earlier said that segregated customer accounts suffered "possible deficiencies." At the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, MF Global's lead attorney Ken Ziman, said all of the funds in the company's broker dealer are accounted for. To management's best knowledge, "there are no shortfalls" in brokerage accounts, said Ziman, of law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, as MF Global's first bankruptcy hearing began on Tuesday. The fall of the brokerage led by ex-Goldman Sachs boss and former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine sent shockwaves through commodity markets as futures traders feared the damage could spread or that similar problems could hit other brokers. While MF Global began what could be a complicated process of liquidating customer positions, some customers feared that millions of dollars were tied up. Others expected lawsuits, according to interviews with brokers, funds and lawyers. "We're basically putting out fires," said an MF Global employee. "Our customers are upset, and we're upset that they are upset." A company spokeswoman declined to comment.
The New York Times, meanwhile, reported that federal regulators discovered that hundreds of millions of dollars in customer money -- supposed to be segregated, and protected from the rest of the business -- had gone missing. "Reports of shortfalls of client money ... if true, would be a disaster for all the smaller brokers and banks as nobody will trust them anymore," one London trader said. MF Global had $7.3 billion in customer assets on August 31, according Commodity Futures Trading Commission data. It was the eighth-largest U.S. futures broker and had a big presence in commodity markets worldwide. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday after failing to find a buyer. Bets Corzine made on euro zone sovereign debt led to a plunge in the company's stock last week, and credit rating agencies cut its debt to junk. Its collapse over less than a week was reminiscent of, though smaller than, that of investment bank Lehman Brothers in 2008. 'FIRST-OF-A-KIND PROBLEM' MF Global did not keep customer accounts separate from the firm's funds, CME Chief Executive Craig Donohue said on a conference call. Asked if CME's
clearinghouse would be on the hook for losses, Donohue said that it would not be. But the same may not go for customers, he said. "I'm sure that customers of MF Global are not feeling very good right now, and (are) madly investigating their rights and the facts of this case," said Michael Greenberger, a former director of the CFTC'S trading and markets division, and a University of Maryland law professor. CME is MF Global's main exchange regulator and is responsible for ensuring that its clearing members stay in compliance with rules on customer funds. "We do have a big problem with a hole in the segregation, and that is a serious first-of-a-kind problem that we've ever seen here," a source familiar with the CFTC told Reuters. "We're trying to figure out what MF Global did with it and where is it." KPMG, appointed as administrator to MF Global's British arm, said it was closing out positions under a system set up to prevent a repeat of the work -out of the Lehman collapse. "It's still a large number. It's still billions," said Richard Fleming, KPMG's head of restructuring. Fleming said he was confident clients would see their money again.
The bankruptcy filing put a sudden end to Corzine's drive to transform the more than 200-yearold MF Global into a mini Goldman, and made it the most prominent U.S. victim of the euro zone debt crisis. In Australia, grain futures and options trading were suspended by bourse operator ASX Ltd. "We're sitting out here with risk that we can't cover," said Jonathan Barratt, head of Sydney-based Commodity Broking Services. Commodity traders pointed to MF Global's turmoil and Greece's surprise referendum to explain why U.S. oil prices fell more than 2 percent. "MF Global has caused the markets and all of their traders lots of heartburn," said Todd Horwitz, chief strategist at The Adam Mesh Trading Group. The London Metal Exchange and the U.S. Options Clearing Corporation suspended MF Global, following a similar move by the CME Group, which operates the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The New York Stock Exchange has begun the process of delisting MF Global shares. (Additional reporting by Douwe Miedema in London; Christopher Doering in Washington; Tom GLOBAL page 22
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Theater Review: ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’
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By Sharon Kilarski Epoch Times Staff Created: Nov 1, 2011 Last Updated: Nov 1, 2011 Edmond DantÃ¨s (Chris Hainsworth, center) struggles against the machinations of his enemies: (top, from left) Fernand (James Anthony Zoccoli), Villefort (Robert Kauzlaric), Caderousse (Don Bender), and Danglars (John Ferrick) in Lifeline Theatre's world premiere production of "The Count of Monte Cristo." (Courtesy of Lifeline Theatre) CHICAGO—Christopher M. Walsh’s adaptation of “The Count of Monte Cristo,” now playing at the Lifeline Theatre, could not be in better hands than those of director Paul S. Holmquist. Their joint effort looks squarely at the paths that revenge may take and leaves the audience clear as to which path they’d prefer. Walsh’s adaptation starts near the end of the Count of Monte Cristo’s tale in order to focus on his role as the avenging angel. We meet the massively wealthy and mysterious Count (Chris Hainsworth) when the other denizens of Paris do, and we, like they, try to piece together who he is.
Only through brief flashbacks do we learn the tale of innocent Edmond Dantès, torn from his beloved on his wedding day, condemned to 14 years in prison by the villainy of four men protecting and promoting their own interests. For greed, for lust, for ambition, and for selfprotection, for these sins, Edmond Dantès is condemned to a dank cell, but they are not his crimes; they are those of his enemies. Caderousse (Don Bender) knew that the accusations against Dantès were false, but to protect himself did nothing. Danglars (John Ferrick), who wanted the position of ship captain, which Dantès had just secured, let greed prompt him to accuse Dantès of treason. Fernand’s (James Anthony Zoccoli) passion for Mercedes, Dantès’s betrothed, led him to deliver the false charges; and Villefort (Robert Kauzlaric), the King’s prosecutor, condemned Dantès in order to hide the fact that his own father was the traitor. Villefort’s ambition would be thwarted if his father were exposed. Also through flashbacks, we learn of Dantès’s tutelage in prison under Abbe Faria (Don Bender), his deliverance from Now the Count has tracked down prison, and his reinvention of his four enemies, but he will not take revenge himself. Learning of himself as the Count. their past secrets and sins, he
Instead he has gathered to help him those who also have their own grudges against his malefactors. They represent the paths Dantès might have taken: the lovely Haydee (Susaan Jamshidi), a deposed princess sold as slave, but who now turns her revenge over to the court system and settles for peace of mind; and villainous Benedetto (Jesse Manson), who takes the blood of the innocent as well as the guilty in payment for his abandonment as an infant. In his unstained revenge, the Count chooses to remove himself from the human sphere and stand above to calculate and judge. Ultimately, this choice leaves him with nothing human left to treasure, and so ultimately the audience is reminded that vengeance, however scrupulously enacted, never pays. After being wrongly imprisoned for 14 years, Edmond Dantes (Chris Hainsworth, left) seeks out his former fiancee, Mercedes (Jenifer Tyler, right), who is now married to his rival. (Courtesy of Lifeline Theatre) Hainsworth does an admirable job of a callowvoiced Edmond and then again as the mysterious, restrained, and politic Count. His vocal was a bit takes on the role of Providence, forced in the opening scene, but an avenging angel who commits no wrongdoing other than the THEATER page 27 deceit of his false identity.
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Deficit Veteran Warns,Don't 'Fail the Country'
committee individually. Bowles, along with former Sen. Alan Simpson, co-chaired a deficit-cutting committee formed • Reuters April 14, 2011: Fiscal by Obama, but that committee's Commission co-chairs Alan plan never earned a vote in Simpson, left, and Erskine Bowles Congress. Bowles said the $4 speak to reporters in Washington. trillion deficit-cutting goal staked out by that committee is still the One of the leaders of President "minimum amount we need to Obama's now-defunct deficit reduce the deficit in order to panel warned Tuesday the latest stabilize the debt." committee tasked with solving the Bowles and other witnesses at the nation's debt crisis that he's hearing Tuesday called on the concerned the members are going super committee members to set to "fail the country." aside their differences and come The startling comment from together on a deficit plan "for the Erskine Bowles came as the so- country's sake." called deficit-cutting "super While some Democrats are committee" held a final hearing, averse to major changes in before hunkering down to try to entitlement spending, Republicans strike a deal in the next few weeks a r e l a r g e l y o p p o s e d t o t a x to cut the long-term deficit by at increases. Budget experts said least $1.2 trillion. Budget-cutting Tuesday that both will be needed experts who testified Tuesday to achieve responsible deficit have in the past called for cutting reduction. far more than that. But the six Former Sen. Pete Domenici said Republicans and six Democrats those who oppose entitlement on the committee seemingly have reform and those who oppose struggled to find enough common revenue increases are "equally ground to reach even the $1.2 complicit in bringing the nation trillion target. closer to the fiscal brink." Bowles, a former White House Amid disagreements on the panel chief of staff for Bill Clinton, over how to proceed, a smaller offered a dim outlook. group of six members has broken "Collectively, I'm worried you're out to work separately on a deficit going to fail -- fail the country," -cutting plan that might be able to Bowles said, while saying he earn the seven votes needed to respects the members of the clear the panel and move to a vote
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in Congress. Congress must approve a plan by shortly before Christmas, or else a "trigger" mechanism would enact sweeping cuts to the military and entitlements that neither party wants. The committee is supposed to recommend its plan by Thanksgiving. Bowles cautioned Tuesday that any attempt to circumvent the "trigger" in the absence of a plan would be "disastrous" because it would signal to the markets and rating agencies that the country is not serious about fixing its fiscal problems. One congressional aide cautioned that the sub-group is "not surprising at all," as other smaller groups have met to work out certain aspects of a plan. Others have raised concern that the committee could tackle Social Security. House Speaker John
Boehner this week called for fixing the "structural problems" with Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Though Social Security is not a big deficit-driver in the near-term the way Medicare and Medicaid are, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget also called for the super committee to deal with Social Security since it is a "long-term" deficit driver. But Rep. Dennis Kucinich, DOhio, on Monday said Social Security should be taken "off the table." "We cannot allow our budgetary situation to be used as an excuse to rob seniors of their welldeserved benefits. Social Security does not impact the deficit," he said in a statement. The divide over how to proceed was on display Tuesday, as Democratic and Republican
members reiterated their conditions for a deal. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, co -chairman of the panel along with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., seemed to stress that entitlement changes be prioritized over any tax increases. "Certainly we cannot tax our way out of this crisis. We cannot solve it by simply tinkering around the edges of our entitlement programs," he said. But Murray said that as lawmakers enter the "home stretch," Republicans need to offer concessions and help make sure the final product does not fall just on the middle class. "A bipartisan deal isn't possible if members refuse to come out of their partisan or ideological corners," she said, calling on everyone to put "real skin in the game." Simpson, who is known for his colorful descriptions of the country's fiscal woes, echoed the concerns of his former colleague Bowles in his testimony Tuesday, and called on the lawmakers of the panel to step up to the challenge. "If you spend a buck and borrow 42 cents of it, you've got to be stupid," Simpson said. "You all know what you have to do in your DEFICIT page 22
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Report Finds Major SurgeIn Prescription Drug Deaths
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More people die in America every year from prescription drug abuse than die from heroin and cocaine combined. That stunning finding comes in a new report Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC found a fourfold increase in deaths from prescription narcotics over the past decade. Not surprisingly, it coincides with a fourfold increase in the number of prescriptions written for the powerful painkillers. In 2008, the most recent year for which there are statistics, there were 20,044 overdose deaths from prescription drugs. Of those, 14,800 were from narcotic painkillers. “Prescription overdoses are epidemic in the U.S.”, says Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC. Most people who die from prescription drug overdose are taking someone else’s medicines, he says. “Medicines that were left in the medicine cabinet. Medicines that were given to a friend or a relative. Maybe innocently, maybe maliciously.” Prescription narcotics are being handed out almost like candy by doctors – some of whom are genuinely interested in patient
care – others who run so-called “pill mills”, where narcotic prescriptions are traded for cash to feed addictions. The CDC study found that enough narcotics are prescribed every year to medicate each and every adult in America every day for a month. “It’s astonishing”, says Frieden.
He adds that many addictions begin innocently, when patients are given narcotics for a minor injury that could be treated with less addictive medication. “When I went to medical school, we were incorrectly assured – don’t worry – if patients have short-term pain, they won’t get hooked. That was
completely wrong, and a generation of doctors, patients and families have learned that’s a tragic mistake.” Death and abuse rates vary widely across the country and don’t necessarily correlate. New Mexico has the highest death rate, followed by West Virginia,
Nevada, Utah and Alaska. The highest abuse rate is in Oklahoma, followed by Oregon, Washington state, Rhode Island and Kentucky. The CDC report also found the highest death rates tend to be in either rural or impoverished REPORT page 24
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Greek vote brings uncertainty back to Wall Street
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"It looks very much as though it was a lot of short-covering, a lot of bears found themselves on the Traders work on the floor of the wrong side of the trade," he said New York Stock Exchange of the October rally. November 1, 2011. Analysts said if Greek voters C r e d i t : R e u t e r s / B r e n d a n reject the unpopular bailout in a McDermid vote proposed by Greek Premier By Edward Krudy George Papandreou, it would NEW YORK| Tue Nov 1, 2011 likely result in a "hard default" by 4:40pm EDT Greece, causing bigger losses for (Reuters) - Stocks tumbled on banks and raising the threat of Tuesday after investors were systemic risk. blindsided by a surprise call for a The news slammed European Greek referendum on an EU stocks, particularly the region's bailout plan, casting doubt on the banks, which slumped 6 percent. sustainability of the recent market U.S. banks were also hit hard. rally. Morgan Stanley, which investors The S&P 500 has slid more than worry has heavy exposure to 5 percent so far this week in Europe, fell 8 percent to $16.23. moves reminiscent of the stomach Indexes swung sharply as -churning market swings seen successive European lawmakers over the past two months and after lined up behind the bailout investors thought the worst of the package but returned to close near euro zone debt crisis was over. session lows after a Greek The speedy pullback comes after government spokesman said the stocks rebounded to post their prime minister told his cabinet the best month in 20 years in October. referendum would go ahead. The gains were fueled by hope for The Dow Jones industrial an eventual deal to rescue Greece, average fell 297.05 points, or 2.48 finally agreed upon at last week's p e r c e n t , a t 1 1 , 6 5 7 . 9 6 . T h e European Union summit. Standard & Poor's 500 Index lost "The fact that we gave it back as 35.02 points, or 2.79 percent, at quick as we did in two days is 1,218.28. The Nasdaq Composite very concerning," said Ari Wald, Index dropped 77.45 points, or an analyst at Brown Brothers 2.89 percent, at 2,606.96. Harriman. The selloff came on sharp spike
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in volume with 10.3 billion shares traded on the NYSE, the Amex, and the Nasdaq, 22 percent above its 20-day moving average, while the CBOE volatility index jumped 16 percent to 34.77, its highest since around mid-October. Nearly six stocks fell on the NYSE for every one that rose. Adding to the gloom, factory activity in Asia's big export economies slowed to the weakest rate in nearly three years in October, while UK manufacturing suffered a sharp decline, reigniting fears of a global slowdown. The S&P 500 traded below its 14 -day moving average for the first time since October 7, pointing to a possible shift in short-term momentum. The benchmark also broke through support at 1,220. Wald said the S&P 500's 50-day moving average was now key support on the downside. "You have got to cut it short at that 50-day moving average," he said. "If we can't hold the 50-day, which is around 1,190, it wouldn't be a very good technical picture." Economic data showed the pace of growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector slowed in October, though improvement in new orders suggested resiliency in the sector.
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Two-Time F1 Champ Mika Häkkinen to Drive Mercedes SLS at Zuhai ILMC Race
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strength just before the vote of confidence. Another MP, Hara Kefalidou, said she also opposed the referendum but did not resign her seat. More importantly, senior PASOK lawmaker Vasso Papandreou, not related to the prime minister, asked the Greek president to work for a national unity government to ensure Athens receives the rescue funds, followed by an early election. Papandreou did not even inform Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos he was going to announce the referendum on the latest EU aid deal, a government official told Reuters. "They must be crazy... this is no way to run a country," said a senior executive of one of Greece's biggest firms, speaking on condition of anonymity. CAST ADRIFT? One senior German parliamentarian suggested the euro zone might cast Athens adrift, cutting off its aid lifeline and allowing the nation to default on its huge debts. "One can only do one thing: make the preparations for the
eventuality that there is a state insolvency in Greece and, if it doesn't fulfill the agreements, then the point will have been reached where the money is turned off," Rainer Bruederle, floor leader for the Free Democrats, junior partners in Merkel's center-right coalition, told German radio. On the markets, players scurried for safer investments, hammering stocks and punishing the euro. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down almost 4 percent, due not only to the possibility of a hard Greek default but also to Europe's inability to stop the debt crisis spreading to bigger economies such as Italy. Banks exposed to Greece and Europe's bigger, troubled economies, suffered most. Shares in France's Societe Generale tumbled 17 percent and Credit Agricole was down almost 12.5 percent. In New York, Morgan Stanley, which investors worry has heavy exposure to Europe, fell 8 percent as the Dow Jones industrial average dropped almost 2.5 percent.
Greece is due to receive an 8 billion-euro IMF/EU aid tranche in mid-November, but that is likely to run out during January, around the time of the referendum, leaving the government with no funds if there is a "no" vote. (Additional reporting by Ingrid Melander and Renee Maltezou in Athens, Michele Sinner in Luxembourg, Carmel Crimmins in Dublin, Martin Santa in Bratislava, Ana Nicolaci da Costa, Marius Zaharia, Jeremy Gaunt, Adrian Croft and Marius Zaharia in London, and Erik Kirschbaum and Madeline Chambers in Berlin; Writing by Dina Kyriakidou and David Stamp; Editing by Paul Taylor and Kevin Liffey) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
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counties. The prescription drug epidemic has created a monumental law enforcement problem. The incoming Sheriff in Florida’s Pinellas County calls it “The most serious public safety issue we face.” Bob Gualtieri admits that despite intensive efforts at enforcement – targeting pill mills and users, they haven’t made a dent in the problem. And he says – unlike the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1990s, which was mostly an inner-city problem, prescription drug abuse is far more widespread. “This problem crosses all walks of life, crosses all socio-economic classes. Crosses all races and gender, national origin, age.” In fact, the CDC report found the death rate among non-Hispanic whites and American Indians/ Alaska Natives was three times higher than among Blacks and Hispanic whites. Many states have passed new laws to monitor the prescribing of narcotic painkillers. Dr. Frieden says some laws have made a difference. Washington state, for example, has lowered its death rate, though it remains high. Despite modest inroads, CDC researchers say the epidemic of prescription narcotic overdoses has continued to worsen. In today’s report, they caution doctors to only use narcotic painkillers in patients who are carefully screened and monitored, and for whom non-narcotic medications are insufficient.
That recommendation may help to reduce the number of new patients who inadvertently get hooked. The intentional abuse of prescription drugs among people who may prefer them to illicit substances like cocaine and heroin is another problem altogether, and one experts say can only be attacked through education and law enforcement. Related Video Rise of Deaths from Prescription Painkillers How will medical community handle issue? Related Video 'Oxytots' Victims of Prescription Drug Abuse New effort to combat pill mills in Florida • Related Video Mistaking Medicine for Candy More and more kids are showing up in the emergency room after accidental poisoning from prescription drugs. One reason could be that children have a hard time telling the difference between medicine and candy. See how a 12-year-old proved this theory This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
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LOS ANGELES – Michael Jackson's doctor told a judge Tuesday that he would not testify in his own defense, as testimony came to a close in the involuntary manslaughter trial. Closing arguments in the sixweek case will begin Thursday — one of the final steps before jurors begin deliberations. Dr. Conrad Murray held his hands over his mouth as if he was praying in the moments before Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor asked the cardiologist whether he intended to take the stand. The judge also asked if he understood the decision was his alone to make. "Have you made up your mind," Pastor asked. Murray paused, looked at all his lawyers, seemed to sigh and said, "My decision is I will not testify in this matter." The judge asked lead attorney Ed Chernoff if he had conferred with Murray about his rights and
Chernoff said yes. "The court finds the defendant has knowingly, freely and explicitly waived his right to testify," the judge said. "I certainly will respect that decision." Murray had left open the possibility of testifying on Monday, when he told the judge that he had not made a final decision. Murray's announcement Tuesday
was made outside the presence of jurors. Defense attorneys rested their case after calling 16 witnesses. A total of 49 witnesses testified over 22 days of trial. Prosecutors contend Murray gave Jackson a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol in the bedroom of the singer's mansion. Defense attorneys claim Jackson self-administered the dose when
Murray left the room. The last witness was prosecution propofol expert, Dr. Steven Shafer, who was called by prosecutors as a rebuttal witness to address a few points raised by previous testimony. Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death on June 25, 2009. He could face up to four years behind bars and the loss of his
medical license if convicted. Murray's decision against testifying came after hours of intense grilling by a prosecutor of Dr. Paul White, an anesthesia expert who has said he believes Jackson injected himself with the fatal dose of propofol when Murray left his bedside. After asking only eight questions on Monday, Deputy District Attorney David Walgren had gotten White to acknowledge that Murray had repeatedly violated the physician's standard of care. Throughout the day, White also told jurors that he would have never done what Murray was doing — giving Jackson propofol as a sleep aid. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
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by John An & Gary Pansey Epoch Times Staff Created: Nov 1, 2011 Last Updated: Nov 1, 2011 Many wealthy Chinese seek to emigrate or covet an international passport, recent surveys have found.(ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images) Many wealthy Chinese seek to emigrate or covet an international passport, recent surveys have found. A growing concern for these tycoons is wealth security. The “Private Banking White Paper of 2011,” released on Oct. 29 as a combined effort of various banking and financial institutions, stated that 14 percent of the rich have already emigrated or are applying for it, while another 50 percent regard it favorably. A third of the Chinese who are considered to have a high net worth (over 10 million yuan in assets, equivalent to US$1.57 million) already own overseas real estate, constituting 19 percent of their total investments.
The White Paper also stated that of those among them who do not yet own assets overseas, nearly 30 percent will invest overseas within the next three years. The founder of the “Hurun Rich List,” Rupert Hoogewerf, asserts that wealthy Chinese regard possession of a foreign passport as insurance. After all, things can go wrong in a large country like China; once political turmoil or reform happens, the rich can easily take shelter abroad with
their foreign passports—a guarantee of their safety. The Editor-in-Chief of Hong Kong’s "Trend" magazine, Zhang Weiguo, says that according to publicly available data, more than 90 percent of the regime’s governors and ministers have arranged the emigration of their families and children, and this does not include corrupt officials who have been dismissed from their posts and have done likewise.
The “2011 China’s Private Wealth Study,” conducted by the China Merchants’ Bank and Bain & Company and released in April this year, indicated that nearly 60 percent of high net worth individuals have either completed their overseas investment goals or have plans to do so. The three main reasons for the swelling emigration tide are: children's education (accounting for 58 percent), wealth protection (43 percent) and preparation for future retirement (32 percent). Other reasons include: business development and expansion, travel convenience, low taxation and the opportunity to bear more children (denied by the Chinese regime’s one child policy). Read the original Chinese article. email@example.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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
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settled in nicely for the rest. I wished to see more pain in the cell, which led to his change from the man to angel on a mission, and then again when his mission has ended, but although desiring more heat, I was always clear about the character’s motives. The actors playing villain each have moments in which they ably demonstrate their characters’ vulnerability—Kauzlaric in Villefort’s tenderness for Hermine (Dana Black); Ferrick in Danglars’s pain at his wife’s infidelity; and Zoccoli in Fernand’s horror at meeting his forgotten crime in the face of the Count. Jenifer Tyler, as Dantès’s love Mercedes, gives the role dignity and compassion, and Chris Daley plays Mercedes’s son Albert with
a trusting openness and in nice opposition to the Count. The elegant unit set (Joe Schermoly), dramatic sound and music (Christopher Kriz), and effective lighting (Brandon Wardell) all combine to allow Holmquist the precision and drama he needs to make the convoluted plot clear. The ballroom scene alone, relying on actors freezing and lights and sounds to focus our attention, was a delight. It’s rare today to see a play where people aren’t questioning why bad things happen to them; rarer to see a play in which the concept of providence is even mentioned, let alone so well articulated; and it’s a marvel to see to the essence of a classic so clearly presented—with so little swashbuckling and gore
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CTV.ca Future gang members 'can be spotted at age three' Telegraph.co.uk Children as young as three can be identified as violent gang members of the future, according to a new Government report. By Rowena Mason, Political Correspondent Theresa May, the Home Secretary, unveiled plans to
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India, Japan Reinforce Economic, Security Ties
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keen to greatly expand maritime and defense cooperation as a part Submitted at 11/1/2011 9:47:00 AM of a much deeper relationship. An Indo-Japanese entente in Asia The emerging security partnership has been a much-discussed, but between the two Asian powers is somewhat amorphous proposition underpinned by a larger geo-- till now. China’s increasingly e c o n o m i c c o n v e r g e n c e o f belligerent posture in the South interests. Japan and India are both China Sea and the perceived moving to put in place a strategic decline of overall U.S. influence economic structure that can enrich has managed to focus minds in both sides while maintaining the both Tokyo and New Delhi. Asian balance of power. Japan, in particular, is now quite Former Japanese Premier Shinzo
Abe recently remarked on a visit to New Delhi that “with its plans of having a three-aircraft-carrier navy, India can keep the Asian sea lines stable, and such a step can assure Vietnamese, Americans and South Koreans, if not the Chinese." This ringing endorsement of an Indian role in Asian waters comes at a time when India and Japan are operationalizing the maritime security cooperation agreement
they signed in 2008 by regularizing joint anti-piracy patrols, combat exercises and service exchanges. Gone, too, are inhibitions about exercising jointly with the U.S. Navy -Japan seems set to become a regular participant in the IndoU.S. Malabar series of war games. As Abe put it, "Let us work even more closely together with the U.S., Australia and other maritime democracies to invest in building
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March 2, 2007 Iraqi Forces Will Boast Counterinsurgency Capabilities The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan the U.S. Lacks drove an evolution in U.S. By David Axe military doctrine that saw the September 19, 2007 emergence and rapid rise to 'Senator's Son' a Good Window prominence of counterinsurgency into COIN and stability operations. With the By Thomas P.M. Barnett U.S. preparing to leave Iraq and March 8, 2010 d r a w d o w n i t s m i s s i o n i n Misreading the Surge Threatens Afghanistan, this WPR report U . S . A r m y ' s C o n v e n t i o n a l examines U.S. military doctrine in C a p a b i l i t i e s -- and after -- the Long War. By Gian P. Gentile Below are links to each article in March 4, 2008 t h i s s p e c i a l r e p o r t , w h i c h The Limits of the Surge: An subscribers can read in full. Not a Interview with Gian Gentile subscriber? Subscribe now or try By Judah Grunstein our subscription service for free. April 11, 2008 COIN in Iraq COIN in Afghanistan Institutionalizing Adaptation: Kapisa Province: A COIN Case U . S . C o u n t e r i n s u r g e n c y Study in Afghanistan C a p a b i l i t i e s M u s t I m p r o v e By Joshua Foust By John A. Nagl and Brian M. March 31, 2009 Burton Abu Muqawama on Afghanistan: August 5, 2008 An Interview with Andrew Exum Counterinsurgency in Iraq and By Judah Grunstein Afghanistan: An Interview with July 29, 2009 John Nagl Beefing Up COIN-lite in By Urs Gehriger Afghanistan and Pakistan September 18, 2008 By Haider Mullick Malaya and Algeria: Lessons in December 11, 2009 Counterinsurgency Knowing When to Walk Away By Stephen D. Sklenka from Afghanistan
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while Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are located nearby. Their governments share Western One purpose of U.S. Secretary of concerns that renewed Taliban State Hillary Clinton’s recently control over parts of Afghanistan completed trip to Afghanistan and would give an impetus to Islamist several of its neighbors was to militancy in the region. All of the secure the growing flow of Central Asian countries have been Western military supplies entering targeted to various degrees by Afghanistan through the Northern Muslim extremist organizations Distribution Network (NDN), linked to the Taliban and alw h i c h i n v o l v e s T a j i k i s t a n , Qaida. Most recently, Tajikistan Uzbekistan, Russia and other has seen a revival of the Islamic former Soviet republics. Another Movement of Uzbekistan, which o b j e c t i v e w a s t o p r o m o t e was the region’s main Islamist A f g h a n i s t a n ’ s e c o n o m i c terrorist network before U.S. integration with the rest of Central forces destroyed its bases in Asia. Both tasks are difficult and Afghanistan in late 2001. ... essential, but we must not allow This entry passed through the our urgent pursuit of the first to Full-Text RSS service — if this is distract us from the long-term your content and you're reading it necessity of the second. on someone else's site, please read The Central Asian countries have the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentbeen logical partners to support only/faq.php#publishers. Five the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. Filters recommends: Donate to Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Wikileaks. Uzbekistan border Afghanistan,
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Kantar Worldpanel ComTech-- a prominent market research firm and a powerful figure on the Scrabble board -- today released its latest "smartphone OS barometer" report, and it has some noteworthy conclusions in it about the British market. Specifically, the report claims that in the 12 weeks ending 2nd October 2011, iOS market share in the UK was 18.5% whereas Android was more than two-and-a-half times that -49.9% of all new smartphone sales. Apple's share at this time last year was 32.9%, compared to 28.8% for Android. In the US, Kantar's numbers show an even stronger tilt in Android's favour: 66.4% Android, 21.5% iOS. Beyond the head-line grabbing Apple-vs-Android story, there is other interesting data in the report. In the UK, 69.1% of all phone sales in the last 12 weeks were smartphone sales -- and 43.8% of the population now own a smartphone. It also has the interesting tidbit that HTC does rather better out of Android sales than Samsung (44.8% of all Android phones are by the former, and 37.9% are the latter). Internationally, Samsung is a long way ahead of HTC.
I need to address one common criticism of many market share comparisons. It goes like this: while Apple quotes its volumes in terms of units sold to end-users, many Android OEMs quote units shipped to distributors and resellers instead. This skews figures against Apple because it means unsold handsets languishing in stock rooms around the world count as "sold" stock. Kantar Worldpanel's methodology doesn't work that way. Rather, it gathers material from interviews with volunteers who have agreed to be tracked. It " conducts over 1 million interviews per year in Europe alone," which is certainly some substantial data gathering. A second issue people often bring up when discussing market shares is carrier availability. In the US, the iPhone was (of course) only available on a single carrier until relatively recently. This factor doesn't affect the UK market. All six of our mainstream carriers have been selling subsidized iPhones since the release of the iPhone 3GS, and all six also offer Android handsets as part of their ranges. It's a level playing field. I spoke with Dominic Sunnebo, the author of the report, and asked him for more information on Kantar Worldpanel's testing methods. He told me:
completely. The report also mentions that consumers in the UK are particularly price-sensitive to smartphones, preferring to choose a lower-end handset on a freewith-monthly-plan pricing to higher end phones where a purchase price is charged. This, of course, was a market Apple was not addressing at all until the iPhone 4S launch just a few weeks ago, at which time the iPhone 3GS became "free." If Kantar's analysis of consumer preferences is correct this should also give Apple a boost in the future. It's also debatable just how much market share matters. As Charles In order to generate the insights time, this also allows us to Arthur says in the Guardian, you have seen published we have a c c u r a t e l y t r a c k s w i t c h i n g Apple's relatively low market a l o n g i t u d i n a l p a n e l o f between brands, OSs, networks, share in the computer market demographically (age, gender, etc. hasn't stopped it from making a region & ethnicity) representative Now, there is an important mind-boggling amount of money. individuals in each country: for mitigating factor to Apple's If you could be the CEO of a example we track 15,000 people s e e m i n g l y p o o r n u m b e r s , company that makes all the in the UK, 20,000 in the US, and specifically the iPhone 4S launch widgets or a company that makes 26,000 in Brazil. We interview timing. We know that Apple all the money, which would you the same individuals every 4 phone sales dipped throughout the choose? weeks, to see if they have had any last few months as people waited The opposite point of view, change in their mobile ownership for an updated iPhone, followed proposed by Henry Blodget of e.g. new phone, new tariff, new by explosive sales of the iPhone Business Insider, is sometimes network, etc. The day/date of 4S. It seems sensible to expect referred to as " the Highlander these changes are recorded, and Apple to regain some of those Principle" after that film's famous these figures are then collated into market share points in future line "there can be only one!" time periods e.g. "12 weeks reports from Kantar Worldpanel. Technology platforms always ending 03rd October 2011" (as in Given the size of the gap between our latest report). As it is the same Android and iOS, though, it's SMARTPHONE page 36 individuals we interview each difficult to imagine it closing
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How to 2.0: Nerf gun battles get an instruction manual
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Dozuki aims to revolutionize how-to manuals.(Credit: Dozuki) Digital self-publishing is evolving rapidly but instruction manuals have been left behind. Ask any parent who has had to assemble childrens' items and you'll likely get an earful. It's about time a company attacked this mess. So here is Dozuki, which is turning its digital manual power to the people. Dozuki launched today, making it possible for individuals, manufacturers and even factories to help others fix things. The startup's goal is to hold people's hands through the process of creating how-to manuals. This is for the gal who knows how to fix rare motorcycles or the manufacturer who needs to create a better manual (PDF's are lame). Dozuki manuals are easy to update, interactive and downright useful. Dozuki is how-to 2.0. "Documentation is just as integral as the function of the product," says iFixit CEO and founder Kyle Wiens. "The world needs living manuals that improve over time. They need rich multimedia to convey technical instruction and are just as mobile as people are." Dozuki is a startup within iFixit, which has the ambitious goal of
creating a free repair manual for everything. iFixit has a team that builds manuals that can be edited by anyone who has the knowledge to make the manual better. Dozuki uses iFixit software to make anyone a manual maker. The manuals live on personal home pages and can be updated by the author. For iFixit's part, it's aiming for a new revenue stream. To use the manual-creating service, businesses pay from $99 to $499 a
month, depending on the business. There's also a free plan for individuals. Currently, the bulk of iFixit's revenues comes using its how-to manuals to generate sales of hard goods. For example, iFixit says its Installing iPhone 4 Display Assembly guide has more than 1 million views, thanks in part to a top ranking in Google. That tutorial than sends people to an iFixit page that sells the replacement display itself.
Wiens, who has set his company up in San Louis Obispo, CA, says Dozuki manuals can be read on mobile devices, printed if necessary, and unlike paper manuals can be constantly updated. To create a Dozuki manual, you first customize a website. Don't panic, your hand is held through this process. After all, iFixit knows how to instruct people. Once the site is created, you can start adding content like photos,
slide shows, and step-by-step instructions. To see it in action, there's a great example of how to start an office Nerf gun war. Hipster gun fights aside, there is real potential behind these Dozuki manuals. Even larger brands could benefit from this new take on how-to. "iFixit shows people there is marketing power in something as mundane as creating manuals," HOW page 33
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Beacon Power CEO: We may be bankrupt but we're no Solyndra
Submitted at 11/1/2011 4:04:19 PM
Beacon Power flywheels on the way toward the first large-scale flywheel storage facility.(Credit: Beacon Power) The CEO of Beacon Power, a government-backed energy storage company that has found itself in major financial trouble, said today that the company could still survive. Bill Capp released a statement ( click for PDF) taking issue with comparisons to Solyndra, a solar collector maker that received a $535 million loan guarantee, then abruptly shut down at the end of August, declaring bankruptcy. Beacon Power, which makes a flywheel storage system for steadying the grid's frequency, on Sunday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Both Solyndra and Beacon Power received loans through the Department of Energy's Loan Guarantee program, which immediately prompted comparisons between the two companies. Capp listed a number of differences and indicated that, unlike Solyndra, Beacon Power has a shot of re-emerging from Chapter 11 as the same company. That's because Beacon Power's main source of revenue--a 20-
megawatt storage facility partially financed by the federal government--will continue to operate and earn money. "We will use the Chapter 11 process to more rapidly restructure our overhead, pursue potential investors, and definitively resolve our loan obligations. In the meantime, our 20MW flywheel plant in Stephentown is functioning at full capacity, and it is our intention for it to remain operational," he wrote. However, the plant in
Stephentown, N.Y., is not able to cover the company's costs. Beacon Power could earn more money from the operation because a recent regulatory change will reward its technology for rapidly bringing quick bursts of power online, Capp said. He also indicated that the company's employees continue to work at a 20 percent pay reduction. Solyndra's loan was substantially larger, Solyndra's factory is being auctioned off, and a controversial refinancing earlier this year means
that Solyndra will pay $75 million in private loans before paying back the government, Capp said in his statement. Beacon Power has drawn $39.5 million of the DOE's $43 million loan guarantee. Lean financial times are nothing new for Beacon Power which was spun out of SatCon Technology in 1997 and has spent an estimated $200 million on research and development for its high-tech storage device. A public company since 2000, it was delisted earlier this month from the Nasdaq
because of its low stock price. Since its Stephentown plant does not cover its costs, Beacon Power will need to raise additional funds to build other revenue-producing storage plants in order to get through the bankruptcy. The company also received state aid for its New York energy plant. Industry observers expect that other companies which received federal money over the past few years will likely run into financial problems. In one sign of trouble, BEACON page 34
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Apple Launches the World's Tiniest Recording Studio on Your iPhone For $5
John Paul Titlow (ReadWriteWeb)
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filters, multi-track editing capabilities and even built-in music education, make Garage Submitted at 11/1/2011 5:45:26 PM Band an extremely functional The world of mobile content application, and well worth the $5 creation just got a whole lot more price tag for those who want to functional. Seven months after get into mobile music creation. releasing its music recording and N o t J u s t F o r P r o f e s s i o n a l sequencer program Garage Band M u s i c i a n s as an iPad app, Apple has shrunk Like its desktop counterpart, the app down even further to fit it Garage Band for the iPhone is on the iPhone and iPod Touch. designed to appeal to amateurs Garage Band for iPhone is and pros alike. People with a impressively capable for a mobile background in music will be able application. It may be a bit to play and record songs using the tedious, but one could viably use built-in instruments, but things the software to record and edit an like forming chords and playing entire album of music, albeit with the drum kit are obviously going a few limitations. It comes with to be more a bit more tedious on built-in synthesized instruments, such a small screen. As an actual as well as the ability to plug a drummer, I found it somewhat guitar or microphone into the difficult to tap out a complete beat device to capture real sounds. on the virtual drums using only Sponsor my fingers. We've seen plenty of apps that To help simplify things, Apple simulate musical instruments - has included a few "smart" from pianos and guitars to Moog instruments that let you build synthesizers and complete drum beats and melodies using partially kits - and this isn't the first multi- a u t o m a t e d t o o l s . F o r m o r e track music sequencing app for experience musicians and singers, iOS. But the combination of the app can record live sound via instruments available, sound a microphone or capture audio
the iOS version of Garage Band does is enable people to create simple demo recordings on the go, which can be exported to iTunes or sent via email to be reworked and turned into a real song later. Apps like this signal the growth of tablets and smartphones into true content creation devices, rather than being used strictly for media consumption, gaming and communication. Anybody with an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch has directly from an electric guitar tools at their disposal that fifteen plugged into the phone. From years ago were only available to there, adding virtual filters and recording studio engineers, and effects is a matter of tapping a typically with price tags much few knobs and pedals. The higher than five dollars. finished product can come very The transition to the iPhone and c l o s e t o s o u n d i n g l i k e a iPod Touch comes as part of a professionally-recorded song, larger update to the Garage Band even if the beats are clearly iOS app, which includes new synthesized and a little cheesy. features like an arpeggio setting Mobile Content Creation Grows f o r k e y b o a r d i n s t r u m e n t s , Up additional time signatures and To be sure, serious music c u s t o m c h o r d s f o r s m a r t professionals are going to stick to i n s t r u m e n t s . their desktops and laptops for Discuss recording music, where they may use Garage Band or something more sophisticated like Logic or Pro Tools. At the very least, what
says Eric Craig Doster, market development manager of iFixit. "Manufacturers see manuals as a necessary evil but it can be a revenue generator. Manuals can also help connect brands with users. There's something powerful about working with a customer to create something that helps other people." Need some ideas for manuals? CEO Wiens says his office's often -broken pinball machine could use a manual. Also, consider manuals bigger companies may want to buy. Hey, it could happen if you do it right. "My grandfather worked at Caterpiller as a bulldozer designer," says Wiens. "When new designers came in they asked for his blueprints. He said he didn't have any. They were all in his head. There's a lot of that tribal knowledge out there that needs to be documented." This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
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Qwerly's Acquisition: This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things
Marshall Kirkpatrick (ReadWriteWeb)
before the god of marketing; human communication has no meaning beyond the opportunity it Submitted at 11/1/2011 5:30:12 PM provides for one person to sell Social data discovery API service something to another. Qwerly has been acquired by Sponsor social marketing data provider "The motivation to build Qwerly Fliptop, the companies announced was really the question 'what do late last night. Qwerly was a we need to build a decentralized European startup that allowed social web platform?' and what developers to provide information we came up with was 'first, we like a person's Twitter profile or need to find out how profiles are email address and would then connected', i.e. consolidating return links to their corresponding identities across profiles," Qwerly profiles on Facebook, LinkedIn founder Max Niederhofer told and other social networks. In ReadWriteWeb in January. "We other words, it is a tool that helps looked at what had happened you better understand the people there in terms of open protocols, you know, it points you to where like webfinger, and figured things they share their thoughts and weren't moving fast enough." experiences online, From data rebel for programmatically. (See: Qwerly decentralization to marketing tool Hopes to Power Rebel Alliance in under twelve months - how's Against Facebook) that for things moving fast Fliptop, which acquired Qwerly, enough? It's not the player I mean is a little written-about social to criticize - it's the game. Startup media marketing platform that companies have to make money does similar things, just better, and people aren't willing to pay faster and with an explicit aim at for a lot that we ought to (in my m a r k e t e r s . U l t i m a t e l y a l l opinion). If you were to tell beautiful things must bow down people you enabled anyone to
broad vision (as I've always been excited about it at least) of providing value to developers of all kinds of applications, which might then be useful in learning about the world, one another, the human condition, art, science, beauty and love, clearly offers too little tangible value to be supported by the market. That's not what the internet is for, people. Qwerly users will be allowed to swipe through lit-up full-screen, continue using the company's data epoch-defining great works of art as it transitions to its new home, from around the world on a nearly but the long term prospects of any paper-thin device, while listening project that would even consider to music, people would yawn. decorating the dark fall through No, the internet would rather put life into our inevitable death and real kittens in a USB powered through the sharpened teeth of the blender and make virtual goods undifferentiated marketer are not come out, pooped into an idiotic strong. Zynga pseudo-world - now that Fliptop offers Salesforce people would pay for! integration, though, and that's But learning where people pretty cool. Hopefully more publish their thoughts, dreams, interesting things will come out of plans and photos online? Why all this. We'll see. else would someone pay to know Discuss more about another person but for the leverage it provides to acquire that person's money? Qwerly's
When passwords attack: the problem with aggressive password policies
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lithium ion battery company Ener1, which received a $119 million loan to build a factory, was delisted from Nasdaq last week.
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It may be Halloween, but for thousands of corporate IT users there's another reason today inspires fear: it's time once again for the mandatory end-of-month password change. Few common IT policies drive users to distraction as regularly and reliably as the aggressiveness of enterprise password policies. But with more potential threats to enterprise security coming from external sources that take advantage of the users' accounts once they're already logged in, do byzantine password policies really do anything to protect corporate data? In some cases, the password policy may create a bigger security threat than the risk of a password being guessed. By: Sean Gallagher, Edited by: Dan Smith Continue reading...
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Galaxy Nexus appears on leaked Verizon map
Chris Burns (SlashGear)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 4:38:30 PM
While there’s always your occasional DROID or your Galaxy S device here and there in the mix, it’s the Nexus line of Android devices that has the true grasp on the hearts of the Google mobile device lovers everywhere. That’s why when a drop date comes in for the next in line for Google’s vanilla flavored device that’ll be holding the next big version of Android, that being 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, one must pay attention! What’s come through today is what appears to be a map from Verizon that shows not only the drop date for the Galaxy Nexus, but some other starts and ends of promotional periods as well. What you can see here is a map of promotional periods surrounding Black Friday weekend, that being the weekend connected with Thanksgiving here in the USA. What you’ll be able to see quite clearly first is that the Motorola portfolio, it containing more than one DROID-branded device including the DROID RAZR which has already started to be promoted this month. We saw that device inside October complete with multiple
accessories, one of which, the Lapdock 100, we reviewed just this past week. Next there’s the HTC Rezound which we can see here gets a mere 2 weeks of promotion before its time is up. This doesn’t mean that the device will no longer be carried by Verizon, just that they won’t be plugging television ads, radio spots, and in-store ads (and the like.) The Apple iPhone (4S)
will be pumped up for a total of three weeks starting on the 14th of this month, then right after Black Friday weekend we’ve got the big news: the Samsung Holiday Portfolio. Inside the Samsung Holiday Portfolio you’ve got the Galaxy Nexus, this being their big promotion for what appears to be the entire month of December plus the last few days of
November. One week of crossover sits between the iPhone and the Galaxy Nexus, then it’s all Galaxy Nexus until the holidays. And what else will be inside that Samsung pack? Perhaps something a bit larger? Galaxy Nexus vs White Galaxy Note Hands-on [ via DroidLife] Relevant Entries on SlashGear.com • Verizon confirms Galaxy Nexus exclusive • Galaxy Nexus spotted with Verizon 4G LTE • Verizon gets Galaxy Nexus exclusive (at first) • Samsung confirms Galaxy Nexus hits Europe November 17 • Galaxy Nexus appears in Samsung site search results • Galaxy Nexus gets priced SIMfree • Galaxy Nexus found on Verizon MAP for November 10 at $299 • Samsung Galaxy Nexus, DROID RAZR, and more may launch November 10 Galaxy Nexus appears on leaked Verizon map is written by Chris Burns& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.
GarageBand arrives on iPhone
Submitted at 11/1/2011 11:07:54 AM
Apple has announced that its entry-level music creation software, GarageBand, is now available for iPhone and iPod touch devices. The software, which has been available on OS X for some time and was made available on the iPad earlier in the year, lets users create songs using software synthesisers and the iPhone's microphone input. You can also plug an electric guitar in, to emulate classic amplifiers and stomp boxes. By: Duncan Geere, Edited by: Katie Scott Continue reading...
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Unthink’s “AntiFacebook” Social Network Reaches 100,000 Users
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converge onto one dominant platform, goes the reasoning, as developers concentrate support on the OS with the greatest numbers of users and users flock to the platform they are most familiar with and has the widest range of apps available. Certainly, this happened in desktop OSs, with Sarah Perez (TechCrunch) increase in traffic over the past 7 whether or not the current growth Windows maintaining its two days alone. Tomorrow will be a t r a j e c t o r y h o l d s u p . U s e r decade stranglehold to this day. Submitted at 11/1/2011 4:40:44 PM week from launch, and since its engagement is another important Therefore, Blodget surmises, iOS Unthink, the social networking public debut, 100,000 users have (and unanswered) question. is doomed and Apple "FANS" p l a t f o r m w h o s e m a r k e t i n g set up their own “Suites” on the Who’s actually participating on (his article was sub-edited by campaign involves a lot of n e t w o r k . ( F o r b a c k g r o u n d , Unthink? How many of the cAPTAIN cAPS lOCK) are Facebook bashing, has reached Unthink user profiles, which 100,000 are friending users, clinging to a dying platform. 100,000 registered users, the involve a public, private and p o s t i n g u p d a t e s , u p l o a d i n g Blodget ignores significant areas in consumer technology, however, company is now reporting. As you professional aspect, are called c o n t e n t , e t c . ? may recall, the site quickly “Suites.”) Vicari says the reason for the where the Highlander Principle crashed after TechCrunch sent its Growth like this is impressive for growth is because “the time is hasn't happened at all -- such as usual heavy stream of traffic to an outsider to the typical startup right” for a network like this, but mobile phone OSs at any point in the network, and it took Unthink scene (case in point: they didn’t it’s far too soon to make that history up until now, or games consoles, or even social networks over a day to recover. k n o w h o w m u c h t r a f f i c claim. Now the number of visitors to the T e c h C r u n c h s e n d s ! ) , a n d For comparison’s sake, Facebook (which should be more vulnerable site is doubling daily, including especially one that has the took a year to reach a million to network effects than most -both active users and casual chutzpah to take on Facebook users, and Google+ reached 25 and yet Google+ and Twitter and visitors. itself. Still, one has to wonder million in around a month’s time Facebook all co-exist). Blodget According to Rachael Vicari, how many visitors are driven to – something it took Facebook even concedes that as so many Unthink COO, the company was the site out of sheer curiosity and three years to achieve and which modern apps are cloud-based, the strength of the "platform" in a unprepared for the amount of disbelief, e.g.: Silly little startup, took Twitter over 30 months. traffic it saw. The first two days you think you can beat Facebook? Tampa-based Unthink has $2.5 m o d e r n s m a r t p h o n e O S i s sent the amount of visitors it Now that’s something I have to m i l l i o n i n f u n d i n g f r o m somewhat diluted. Yelp is still expected to see over the first 90 see! DouglasBay, which publicly Yelp, whether you use its iPhone days, she said, and they had to Instead of touting week-old claims to have a 21% share in the app or its Android one. Meanwhile, to muddy the waters triple the number of servers to numbers, Unthink should check site. keep up. She also cites Alexia’s back in a month, a quarter, 6 For more on what Unthink is up further, Android users are far statistics, which report a 14,800% months, then a year, and see to, check out the previous review. more thrifty than iOS ones. Even if Android outsells iOS forever,
this factor means devs could easily make more money on Apple's platform. It remains far from clear what the future holds. To my mind, the question isn't whether Apple is losing ground to Android; that seems pretty certain, at least in the narrow terms of the numbers of handsets sold. Rather, it's: what sort of handsets are they? Some amount -- perhaps most -of the sales that Android is picking up comes from thrifty consumers buying low-end phones and not spending a lot of money on apps. It seems a deliberate part of Apple's strategy to leave that part of the market unaddressed -- consider that the cheapest pre-pay iPhone in Britain is an astronomical £320 ($510) for an 8 GB 3GS. That may or may not be the right strategy in the long run. Smartphone wars: Android "has half of the UK smartphone market" originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments
Global markets plunge with Greek government on brink of collapse
Louise Armitstead (Finance News - Business news from the UK and world)
Global markets plunged as the Greek government teetered on the brink of collapse and Europe's
crucial deal to arrest the debt crisis started to unravel after less than a week.
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Mophie Juice Pack Plus Outdoor Edition ready to ship for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S
Rue Liu (SlashGear)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 3:50:47 PM
Mophie launched the Juice Pack Plus iPhone 4 protective case and battery extension back in May and now it’s offering a new Outdoor Edition that comes bundled with some handy extras. And since the exterior design of the iPhone 4S hasn’t changed, you’ll be able to use this case for either version of the Apple smartphone. It might just be a good idea to get a battery extender like this one given the battery issues plaguing the iPhone 4S. The Mophie Juice Pack Plus Outdoor Edition bundle features a case with a special orange and gray color and comes with a oneyear subscription for the Mophie Outdoor GPS app that covers the continental US and Hawaii. You also get a one-year subscription to the Mophie Outdoor Edition website, which helps you plan your trips. After the first year’s complimentary subscription, the service costs $19.99 a year. The case incorporates a
2,000mAh battery that is said to more than double your iPhone’s normal battery life. This means potentially adding up to six hours of GPS usage, up to 8 hours of 3G talk time, up to 7 hours of 3G internet use, or up to 11 hours of video playback. A toggle switch allows you to put the case on standby so that you only use the
Juice Pack Plus battery when you need to. And it features four LED indicators to keep you informed of battery levels. The Outdoor Edition bundle is available now for $119.95 from Mophie’s product page. If you already have the Mophie Juice Pack Plus regular editions and would like to use the Mophie
Outdoor app, you can download it from iTunes for $29.99. Relevant Entries on SlashGear.com • Mophie Juice Pack Plus For iPhone 4 On Sale Now • Mophie Juice Pack for iPhone in for review at iPhone Buzz • Mophie juice pack air for Verizon iPhone 4 pre-ordering now • Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 3G available soon • Mophie’s Juice Pack Air claims World’s Thinnest iPhone external battery • Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 3G giveaway! • Mophie offers new juice pack air for iPod touch • iPhone 4 “Glassgate” sees Mophie & other slider-cases ousted from Apple Stores? Mophie Juice Pack Plus Outdoor Edition ready to ship for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S is written by Rue Liu& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.
Here be dragons: British Library manuscripts app details how to be king
Submitted at 11/1/2011 11:18:12 AM
Illuminated manuscripts from between 800 and 1500 are available to peruse, admire and zoom in on thanks to a new App launched by the British Library. The app has been created to coincide with an exhibition at the library called Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination, which will open on 11 November. By: Katie Scott, Edited by: Duncan Geere Continue reading...
White House tells Europe to act fast on debt crisis
Telegraph Staff (Finance News - Business news from the UK
The White House says that Europe is capable of solving its
debt crisis but that it must do so quickly.
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YourOfficeAnywhere Offers Cheap Web Conferencing
David Strom (ReadWriteWeb)
Leaked Timeline Points To Post-Black Friday Galaxy Nexus Launch
Chris Velazco (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 3:52:07 PM
however. The file sharing is barebones: you can upload files up to Submitted at 11/1/2011 5:30:00 PM 2 MB, which is pretty puny and There are dozens, if not more, won't do if you are working on a vendors offering Web video project. You do have up to conferencing services. They 100 GB of storage available per mostly fall into two price tiers: account. Image files aren't $50 or more per month, with displayed in thumbnails unlike various fees, and next to nothing other services, and you can't that offer few features. The higher easily re-organize them once you -priced spread is great on features upload them.You wouldn't want but requires some setup, the low to use the streaming feature to end can be quick to use but not replace a Jive or Socialtext, but streams. very robust. for lightweight "here is what the That middle ground is where team is doing" kinds of stuff it is YourOfficeAnywhere.com is adequate. And the beta version trying to claim, and while I that we tried out still seemed a bit haven't used it for very long, it has Sponsor shaky. some promise. For $10 per user There are no other usage fees or Certainly, you could combine a per month, you get a combination per-minute surcharges for the set of free or nearly-so services to audio or other hidden fees. c o m e of three separate services: c l o s e t o Creating a new conference call Y o u r O f f i c e A n y w h e r e ' s • A cloud-based file storage,• takes seconds, and you can invite functionality. But why bother Web conferencing, including Web up to 200 participants. The site when you have everything in a camera, screen sharing, audio has been optimized so it works single package, and for cheap too? c o n f e r e n c e b r i d g e a n d with smartphone Web browsers. Discuss whiteboarding, and• Text chat, That's the good news. group messaging, and activity The product has some drawbacks,
Few devices have inspired a following quite as devoted as the Galaxy Nexus, and those fans will be glad to know that a recently leaked Verizon document pegs Samsung and Google’s latest collaboration with a post-Black Friday launch window. According to a handful of DroidLife’s sources, the Galaxy Nexus is slated to launch the week after Black Friday (which I’m sure is rough news for people who work in wireless retail), a notion which is supposedly corroborated by an image of a Verizon timeline (below). It’s tough to tell exactly what we’re looking at here, but it appears to be a promotions schedule that lays out when each of Verizon’s handsets will get their holiday marketing push. It looks like the Droid RAZR will be part of Verizon’s holiday spotlight through Christmas,
while the poor Rezound has to make do with a mere two weeks in the limelight. Meanwhile, marketing efforts for Samsung’s entire portfolio (Galaxy Nexus included) seem to kick off right after Thanksgiving, and could run straight through the holidays alongside the RAZR. Given that Verizon probably paid a pretty penny to nab the Galaxy Nexus before anyone else in the U.S., it comes as no surprise that it too may be getting a pronounced promotional push to drive sales. The timeline doesn’t offer concrete confirmation (Verizon could easily start their marketing efforts in advance of the launch to build hype), but the timing certainly seems to make sense. A post-Black Friday launch means people are already geared up to make some purchases, and it gives Verizon enough time to promote the Galaxy Nexus in the run up to your gift-giving holiday of choice.
6 Things Not Worth the Money
email@example.com (Reader's Digest Magazine) (Financiallyfit on Shine)
1. Unlimited cell-phone minutes You may think you need a cell phone plan with unlimited minutes, so you have the freedom to talk as much as you like
without incurring extra fees. But
most people don’t exceed the number of minutes offered in even the least expensive plans from…
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Nokia Lumia 800 to hit UK on November 16, black first, other colors to follow
Rue Liu (SlashGear)
the Nokia Lumia 800 in large volume initially before stocking the other two colors. The popular Nokia has confirmed that its Cyan color likely won’t be in much anticipated Windows Phone stock until November 28. Pricing 7.5 Mango handset, the Nokia is expected to be at £399 (about Lumia 800, will go on sale first in $640 USD) on various Pay-Asthe UK starting November 16. But You-Go packages in the UK. carriers will only stock the black Orange will have a variety of model initially with the Cyan and plans including one that will offer Magenta versions to come later. the device for free. The gorgeous device is designed It’s not been confirmed when the based off of the company’s N9 Nokia Lumia 800 will make its MeeGo handset and was unveiled way across the pond to the US, at last month’s Nokia World but recent speculation point to a Conference. launch in early 2012. It’s been A c c o r d i n g t o W i n R u m o r s , leaked that Nokia has a massive network operators in the UK advertising campaign planned for expect to offer the black model of its first batch of Windows Phones
Submitted at 11/1/2011 4:31:13 PM
• Nokia Lumia 800 Unboxing • Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 Windows Phone devices leaked • iPhone 4S vs Lumia 800 • Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor powers first Nokia Lumia smartphones • Nokia Lumia 710 Hands-on • Nokia App Highlights curated store revealed Nokia Lumia 800 to hit UK on November 16, black first, other colors to follow is written by Rue Liu& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.
but that it won’t kick off until next year. For more details and pictures of the Nokia Lumia 800, make sure to take a look at our hands-on and our unboxing.
Relevant Entries on SlashGear.com • Nokia Lumia 710 official • Nokia: Lumia 710 on US site is info-only, not launch tease
More Mind-Blowing Real-World Kinect Interaction From Microsoft Research
Devin Coldewey (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 4:39:32 PM
using pico projectors and Kinect cameras. The ability to quickly build and Have you had your share of t r a c k a 3 D m o d e l o f t h e augmented reality this month? environment is combined with the Between CMU’s OmniTouch, ability to display synthetic Microsoft’s HoloDesk, and information onto the real Metaio’s updated AR app, you environment. The result? The could be forgiven. But trust me, digital simulation of the world is you’ll want to watch this video of overlaid on the world, in real Microsoft Research prototypes time, and it’s utterly insane.
Look, just watch. It’s six minutes you’ll be glad you wasted: The clincher is right there at the end. Virtual particles pouring off the desk and into a real drawer. The pico projector could be a little more wide-angle, but they’re getting there. Perhaps a 3D VR display a la Vuzix (I never thought I’d be recommending one) is the trick. Can you imagine
playing a game where your body, hands, and fingers are all accurately tracked, and the line between digital and real items is blurred? It’s one more step towards a holodeck, but right now it’s still just collaborative research between Microsoft Research and Lancaster and Newcastle Universities (created for the
Pervasive conference at Newcastle). Like so many things at Microsoft Research and Labs, it would require millions in development to make into a product, but it’s too cool not to share. [via HardOCP]
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Apple retail chief Ron Johnson officially departs
Michael Grothaus (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 4:30:00 PM
Ron Johnson, Apple's Senior Vice President of Retail Operations for the last 11 years, has officially left Apple today. Back in June, Apple said that Johnson would be leaving the company on November 1st to become the CEO of J.C. Penney. Johnson joined Apple in 2000 and is largely credited with helping Apple gain a distinct retail presence. Among his contributions to Apple retail stores was the Genius Bar, which is now found in every Apple store and something Steve Jobs was initially against.
Dazzling Driftwood Reliefs - Lee Dandy Deformed Lights - The Borthwick Creates Awe-Inspiring Frozenplastic Lab Creates Spontaneous Designs for Its Products Decor (TrendHunter.com)
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This it the quarter of death for the erstwhile momentum highflyers: Netflix, GreenMountain, SodaStream, Amazon, and so on. They've all crumbled. And the latest: OpenTable. EPS of $.30 came in line, but net revenue of $34.4 million came in a bit shy of estimates of around Interestingly, Apple hasn't yet Johnson. As I wrote then: Apple $35 million. found a replacement for Johnson. has repeatedly said that their Of course, the stock has already In August the Cupertino company international expansion is a been a big dog this year, falling hired the recruiting firm Egon driving force in both their profits heavily, including another 7% Zehnder International with Steve and sales. Given that China, a decline today. J o b s ' s o r d e r t o f i n d a n country which Apple had virtually The stock is off another 10% international replacement for no presence in until very recently, after hours. The nightmare continues. For more on what OpenTable is, see here > Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story » See Also: Lee Borthwick. His most recent series entitled 'In the Attic' (TREND HUNTER - The Latest A r b e l w i t h t h e i n t e r e s t t o • INSIDE GROUPON: The Truth f e a t u r e s r e c y c l e d m a t e r i a l s Trends) understand and play with concepts A b o u t T h e W o r l d ' s M o s t meticulously arranged into such as flexibility and spontaneity C o n t r o v e r s i a l C o m p a n y Submitted at 11/1/2011 4:10:05 PM startling... in an industrial market where • Here's What's About To Happen ( TrendHunter.com) Frozenplastic control and mass production... To The Greek Government... • HOLY COW: RIM Has Totally Lab was founded in 2011 by Itai Collapsed In The U.S.
seems key to Apple's growth, its likely that Ron Johnson's replacement could very well come from the Asia Pacific territory or someone with extensive knowledge and experience in the territory. Ron Johnson's name, picture, and bio have already been removed from Executive Profiles page. Apple retail chief Ron Johnson officially departs originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments
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Twelve South's PlugBug solves all your charging needs
Mike Schramm (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 5:05:00 PM
We've appreciated TwelveSouth's work before -- the BookBook especially has earned some praise from various members of the TUAW staff. But I definitely like this new item, called the PlugBug. Yes, it's a standard charger, designed to combine both your iPhone or iPad and your MacBook (Air, standard, or Pro) into one outlet. There are a few devices that will do that, including, you know, just a usual power strip.
But I really like the look of this one, and the fact that it seamlessly combines with all of Apple's usual cords and hardware. That top red part is essentially a USB charger (which is helpful -- I've had to use
segment pulled off (note that the PlugBug only includes the red part, not the MagSafe charger itself). I like it -- simple, easy to use, and as versatile as I need it for charging while on a trip. The PlugBug is available for $34.99 right now. Twelve South's PlugBug solves all your charging needs originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, the wall chargers much more 01 Nov 2011 17:05:00 EST. often since picking up my iPad, Please see our terms for use of especially while traveling), and feeds. then of course that bottom part Source| Permalink| Email this| above is just the usual MacBook Comments charger, with the wall plug
MF Global accused of failing to separate clients' money from own accounts
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Submitted at 11/1/2011 3:48:45 PM
MF Global has been accused of failing to separate its customers' money from its own trading accounts, as questions over the sudden collapse of the futures broker intensify.
Greek 1-Year Bond Yield Hits 205%
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Submitted at 11/1/2011 11:24:00 AM
I have been wondering when Greek bond yields would top 200%. Today is the day. Greece 1-Year Government Bond Yield Congratulations to anyone
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Big band singer Beryl Davis dies at 87 in Calif. (AP)
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Submitted at 11/1/2011 9:12:07 AM
AP - British-born big band singer and later performed with Frank Beryl Davis, who made her U.S. Sinatra and Benny Goodman, has debut on Bob Hope's radio show died in Los Angeles at 87.
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Can Trade Save Obama? - By Kati Suominen
KATI SUOMINEN (Foreign Policy)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 4:48:00 PM
BY KATI SUOMINEN| NOVEMBER 1, 2011 Europe's seemingly never-ending crisis is bound to hijack this week's G-20 Summit in Cannes, which begins on Thursday. As a source of global economic havoc, Europe's problems are the G-20's problems. That's just fine with many G-20 economies, as Europe's woes cast them as white knights capable of rescuing the Old Continent with their mass reserves -- and deflects attention from uncomfortable issues such as currency manipulation. But the crisis threatens to divert the G20's attention from the day after -and the urgent challenge of ensuring sustained global growth. And that still requires global rebalancing. Unlike the bullish forecasts of some analysts in the wake of the 2008-09 global financial crisis, emerging markets such as Brazil and China have not created a new global "supercycle" of widespread growth and prosperity. Instead of "decoupling" from the advanced economies, they too have proven hostage to the transatlantic economic morass, as exports slow and markets rumble. Yet emerging economies also
now hold the keys to a better they could catalyze export-led world. Armed with capital, they growth in the United States. could help bail out Europe; by If there is a silver bullet for U.S. stimulating domestic demand, recovery, it is exports. It was U.S.
manufacture exports that paved w i t h o u t e x p o r t s , t h e U . S . the way to the 2.5 percent U.S. economy would have expanded gross domestic product (GDP) CAN page 44 growth in the most recent quarter;
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Deal Breaker - By Mohamed El-Erian
MOHAMED EL-ERIAN (Foreign Policy)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 3:59:44 PM
How badly did Europe just bungle its best shot yet at avoiding economic catastrophe? BY MOHAMED EL-ERIAN| NOVEMBER 1, 2011 It all sounded so promising. In the early morning hours on Oct. 27, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy emerged from a day of edge-of-their-seats negotiations and announced a historic plan to pull the continent's economy back from the brink of disaster. The agreement, acceded to by European governments and the Institute of International Finance, had three parts. Investors -mostly European banks -- would write off half of the face value of the Greek bonds they held, a particularly toxic ingredient in Europe's debt crisis. The banks would raise capital to the tune of 100 billion euros, removing some of the uncertainty over the shaky sovereign government debt on their books. And the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) -- the continent's 625 billion-euro bailout fund -- would be bolstered to 1 trillion euros in order to protect other vulnerable economies from imploding the way Greece's had. The politicians involved patted themselves on the back, and stock exchanges on three continents sharply rallied on
the news of a deal, with some European bank stocks leaping by as much as 25 percent in a single day. Unfortunately, it didn't take long for the expectations from last week's summit to come crashing down to Earth, and loudly. Putting the pieces back together will not
be easy. And the implications are consequential -- not least for the upcoming G-20 meeting, the agenda for which will likely be hijacked by Europe's renewed turmoil. The markets' initial euphoric reaction was based on a twofold hope. The first was that Europe
would quickly translate the agreements into specific and lasting measures. The second was that Europe would address two big issues that were not on the summit's agenda and needed to be: the restoration of economic growth and the strengthening of the institutional underpinnings of
the eurozone. Investors were giving policymakers the benefit of the doubt -- and as it turns out, it only took a few days for markets to realize that, once again, they had placed too much faith in leaders' DEAL page 45
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by a negligible 0.2 percent instead of the estimated 2 percent in the first quarter. Exports generate jobs: A 10 percent increase in export sales produces a 7 percent increase in employment, according to labor economist Lori Kletzer -- double the 3.5 percent that a 10 percent increase in domestic sales produce. And exports help cut America's trade deficit, allaying protectionist calls for tariffs on foreign products. In the coupled world economy, a vigorous America propels global growth. Reviving U.S. exports would also resolve a perilous paradox: The globalized world economy the United States has assiduously built in the past six decades is now viewed as a menace in America itself. Cheap imports are seen to have failed the American worker; globalization is blamed for blunting Washington's fiscal and monetary levers. Such fears are jet fuel for growing American isolationism -- when the absence of alternative leaders demands renewed American stewardship. In a world where almost 80 percent of global consumption comes from outside U.S. borders and exports make up only 13 percent of U.S. GDP, far below the levels of such seasoned traders
as Germany or Japan, American exports have room to expand. But expansion is easier said than done: Washington's calls (particularly for China) to increase domestic consumption, tighten intellectual property protections, and cease currency manipulation are falling on deaf ears. Even the carrots and sticks that persuaded cantankerous Japanese policymakers in the 1980s -- security guarantees and threats of sanctions -- would not sway Beijing. And without enforcement mechanisms to make G-20 members swallow the medicine they prescribe themselves -- macroeconomic and trade policies that would deliver a more balanced world economy -the U.S.-sponsored G-20 rebalancing agenda is toothless. Meanwhile, the Obama administration's plans to promote exports consist of much talk but little action. The best President Obama has mustered toward his goal of doubling U.S. exports -the passage of trade deals negotiated by the Bush administration with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea -promises welcome yet limited export gains. And congressional Democrats' call for tariffs against China in retaliation for its
currency manipulation risks 1930s -style global trade wars. A fresh approach is needed, one aimed at opening new markets and building external pressure on Beijing to change its ways. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that Washington is pursuing with eight small Asia-Pacific markets, four of which have already signed free-trade agreements with the United States, needs Japan and South Korea as well as the largest Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) as members if it is to deliver trade gains and strategic leverage vis-à-vis China. The president's personal involvement would make a difference. Trade deals with Brazil, the world's sixth largest economy, and India, the billionconsumer ally that feels shunned by Washington's Sino-centricism and is in trade talks with Europe, would be similar game changers. With most nations queasy about Beijing's trade policies, Washington can use China's unpopularity to its advantage by convincing others to take the high ground and invest in the rulesbased international economic order, from firmer investor and intellectual property protections to averting the siren calls of capital controls and currency wars, the
handmaidens of trade protectionism. There is high ground to be claimed back home as well: Cuts in wasteful U.S. farm subsidies could jumpstart the dormant Doha Round and rescue the U.S.-built global trading system from terminal damage. The focus also needs to move from inside-theBeltway streamlining of the 16agency trade bureaucracy to America's small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs). Unlike large multinationals that by now can puff up the export pie only at the margins, SMEs are an army of exporters-in-waiting. They are also engines of jobs: Two out of three new American jobs are created by companies younger than five years old. Thus far, only 3 percent of America's 30 million SMEs export, and 1 percent, or 280,000, make up 80 percent of all SME exports -- and most sell to just one or two markets. Yet it is SMEs that also face the greatest obstacles, from counsel to capital, to go global. Such measures as greater resources from the U.S. Commercial Service that finds partners for U.S. companies abroad and stronger incentives for tradefinance lenders to cater to small business are needed to fire up
these latent exporters. Even in an election year, boosting smallbusiness exports makes for a bipartisan plank. As all countries look to increase exports to spur growth, currency wars and protectionist posturing will likely continue. The way out is neither quick nor easy. At the end of the day, East Asia must give some on currencies and consumption. But instead of waiting for others to come around, Washington must reclaim its trade agenda -- and accelerate America's transformation from a continental to a global economy, one that, rather than reverting from the world it created, now reaps its promise. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
Veteran Oscar producer Gilbert Cates dead at 77 (AP)
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AP - Producer and director Gilbert Cates, who oversaw a
record 14 Academy Awards ceremonies and founded the
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ability to follow through in a decisive manner. The result has been significant market turmoil as three developments essentially unraveled the summit's achievements. First, in a surprise move, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou announced he would hold a national referendum to seek broad-based popular support for the measures agreed upon last week. This baffled other European leaders, who were under the impression that Papandreou and his government had already signed off decisively on the deal. It also cast major uncertainties over the willingness of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (let alone countries like China) to lend to Greece ahead of the referendum -- which is still pending a vote in Greece' parliament -- thereby increasing the risk that the country could run out of money this month to pay some bills. Second, some banks that hold Greek debt started expressing reservations about the agreedupon 50 percent debt reduction -a haircut they had initially hoped to keep to 21 percent. This puts
back on the table the threat of a very chaotic and disruptive Greek default. It also places a question mark on the robustness of the cooperative public-private approach that is central to solving Europe's crisis -- and the banks' reluctance has only increased since Papandreou's announcement of the referendum. Third, the European Central Bank (ECB) has proved less than fully effective in stabilizing the interest rates on debt issued by other European economies, particularly that of Italy. Despite purchases by the ECB, the interest rate on Italian 10-year bonds has broken above 6 percent, more than double the level considered safe. The spread between the rates on Italian and German bonds -- a market measure of credit risk -reached a new eurozone record. While it is not clear whether it is an issue of willingness or ability on the part of the ECB to stabilize markets, the disappointment has added to market jitters. Markets have predictably plummeted today, and European leaders must again scramble to put the pieces back together. In the process, they will try to catch up, or at least avoid falling further
behind, in a crisis that is spreading well beyond the original confines of peripheral countries' sovereign debt problems. The banking sector is now contaminated, and there are growing concerns about the impact on core countries, including France's ability to retain its AAA rating. No wonder there is tremendous pressure on Papandreou to reverse his referendum gamble -- and this pressure is coming from both inside and outside Greece. Meanwhile, banks are being reminded that the alternative to the 50 percent debt reduction is an even more drastic loss of value. And I suspect that the ECB is hearing calls to be more forceful in its efforts to stabilize markets. These issues will undoubtedly feature prominently at the G-20 Summit in Cannes this week. Unfortunately, they will crowd out the type of deliberations needed on other topics that are also of central importance to the wellbeing of the global economy. Leaders who are preoccupied with the sovereign debt crisis are almost certain to once again fail to formulate a much-needed global employment and growth pact.
They also may fail to address the historic developments in North Africa and the Middle East -where some economies need support as desperately as Europe's vulnerable economies -- that have occurred since the last G-20 meeting, to say nothing of the still -pressing issue of climate change. Only last week, the hope was that after endorsing the outcome of the European summit, members of the G-20 would agree to supportive measures and also address the other big issues ailing the global economy. Expectations are now quickly ratcheting down, with the greatest optimists limiting their hopes to a new emergency BandAid for Europe. In the process, the outlook for global growth and jobs dims a little more. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
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Turkey Is Moving In On The Balkans' Nascent Mining Industry
Agostina da Cunha (Money Game)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 3:04:00 PM
In the wake of the Ottoman's advance across the Balkans, the conquerors put Serbian and Bosnian mines at the service of the empire. Centuries later, the Balkans' mineral wealth has once again become a sought-after prize for Turkey, whose domestic mining sector is quickly expanding, but not at a rate able to meet the demand of its booming economy. After the collapse of Yugoslavia, the region's mines lay largely underexploited, if not abandoned, for years – sometimes leading to severe environmental impacts. But the continuing stabilisation and development of the region is now paving the way for a rebirth of the local mining industry. Turkish mining companies are busy securing licences in the region, with top officials backing their efforts, continuously travel ling between Ankara and Balkan states' capital cities. Western European countries are also vying for their share of the region's mineral wealth, leading one slightly over-wrought Turkish columnist, Gazikent University's
political science professor Mesut driz, to write that control over the area's mineral resources, particularly in Kosovo and Macedonia, risks becoming "the biggest struggle between Turkey and European powers." The players In 2009, the third Balkan Mining Congress was held in Izmir, south -west of Turkey. In an early move to support their increasing ambitions over the Balkans' mineral wealth, Turkish officials welcomed representatives of the mining sector coming from Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia. With deposits of some 6m tonnes of chrome and copper ore, Albania is proving to be a particular favorite, and Tirana's government is expected to tender some 150 mining licences in the coming months. "Turkey is ready to extend all kinds of support to Albania as it always does," stated Abdullah Gül, president of Turkey, during a recent visit to his Albanian peer, Bamir Topi. Gül pointed out that the trade volume between the two countries now exceeds $350m, with nearly 100 Turkish companies investing $1.5bn in banking, telecommunication, mining,
health and education areas. Turkish mining firm Ekin Maden has strengthened its presence in the country in March of this year by signing an agreement with Canadian Tirex to commence commercial production of copper and gold from six areas of the Mirdita District. The resulting joint venture is gearing up to reach a processing capacity of 2,000 tonnes of ore per day. Tete Mining, which has been mining at the Albanian Muenella copper project since early 2000s, is developing another copper mine – the Spac copper project – alongside plans to open a new chromite mine. The Chinese are, inevitably involved. Kurum Energy and Sichuan Jiannanchun have agreed to jointly explore some chrome mines in order to achieve a future production of about 210,000 tonnes per year of chrome. Kosovo has had mixed results since independence from Serbia in 2008 in attracting foreign investors, but the mining industry is one bright spot. Novo Brdo's mines have been renowned for centuries. In the words of Konstantin the Philosopher, a famous Byzantine historian, this town was "in truth,
a city of silver and gold." Kosovo can still boast 50% of exYugoslavia's nickel reserves, 48% of zinc and lead, 47% of magnesium, and 36% of lignite. Kosovo is also rich in asbestos, bauxite, chrome, limestone, marble, and quartz. In the words of the International Council on Mining & Metals, the "small territory (is) home to one of Europe's most concentrated and potentially most lucrative mining sectors. With upwards of 14.7m tonnes of exploitable reserves, Kosovo is host to the fifth largest accumulation of lignite coal on the planet." Turkey is already Kosovo's fourth largest trading partner with $284m in trade volume and Turkish companies are working hard to acquire assets. Two of the country's largest conglomerates, the Ciner group and the Koç group, are bidding for a couple of coal-fired power plant projects. The winner will be assigned the mining rights concerning 330m tonnes of lignite from the Sibovc South area. Both groups have a mining subsidiary operating in coal mining at home: Ciner's Park Mining and Koç's Demir Export. Tete Mining is also on the look-
out for new opportunities in the area. "We want to strengthen our projects especially in Kosovo," the management has said in a statement. Beyond Albania and Kosovo, the Balkans' mineral wealth is scattered over the entire region, which is home of some of the largest mineral deposits left in Europe. The Bor district in Serbia has 12m tonnes of copper and 13m ounces of gold, the Panagyurishte district of Bulgaria has 5m tonnes of copper and 7m ounces of gold, and a Tertiary belt through Serbia, Macedonia and Greece contains several major deposits including Trepcha and Sasa. This post originally appeared at Business New Europe. Please follow Europe on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story » See Also: • All These Multinationals Are Buying Into Russia • Almazbek Atambaev Will Probably Be Kyrgyzstan's Next President • Bulgaria's Ruling Party Just Won The Presidential Run-Off
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RICHARD KOO: There Are Two Huge Issues The Europeans Haven't Even Addressed
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 3:55:00 PM
In his latest note, Nomura's Richard Koo takes on the latest EFSF agreement and actually... he sees a fair amount to like. Now it should be noted that the note has a very pre-today feel in it, in that it assumes the whole thing hasn't been blown up already, which it may very well have been. What does he like about it? He likes the bigger bazooka, he likes the talk of bank guarantees, and he likes the acknowledgment that Greece needs growth, and that growth is the only way out. Remember, in his note from October 18, he basically called on Europe to do a big no-strings attached bailout, much like America's TARP. So what are the two big problems? Problem 1: no measures to ease credit crunch Having considered the positive aspects of the agreement reached on October 26, I would now like to discuss two major shortcomings. First, the plan
contains no measures to address the credit crunch that is likely to result when a 50% haircut is combined with substantially higher minimum capital ratios for the banks. As I argued in my last report, great care must be taken to prevent a credit contraction in the current circumstance. If support for Greek growth in the form of debt forgiveness coupled with tougher capital rules causes European banks to stop lending, the eurozone economy will be the victim of these policy initiatives. Unfortunately, this issue is addressed in just one line of the 15-page document, and all it says is that “National supervisors must ensure that banks’ recapitalization plans do not lead to excess deleveraging.” The lack of any mention of how supervisors are supposed to prevent this outcome suggests a complete lack of understanding among those who drew up the agreement. This is because this is not an issue that can be resolved by national bank inspectors. Banks will try to raise capital
ratios by deleveraging, not raising fresh capital This discussion overlaps with points made in my last report. The new agreement calls for banks to maintain a core Tier 1 capital ratio of 9%. But with so many lenders facing the same problem, it will not be easy for individual institutions to raise their capital ratios to the required level. And even if it were possible, fresh capital could be very costly, further increasing the burden on banks. Under such conditions banks are more likely to comply with the 9% rule by deleveraging than by raising new capital. In some cases, at least, shrinking the balance sheet will do more for the bank’s financial health than raising costly additional capital. Shrinking the balance sheet is synonymous with calling in loans. While that would present no problem if carried out by only one or two institutions, it could trigger a sharp credit crunch in the broader economy if the entire banking sector goes down that road. The other huge problem,
essentially the same problem that the US faces... Problem 2: balance sheet recession considerations completely ignored The other key shortcoming of the agreement reached on October 26 is that European leaders appear oblivious to the possibility of balance sheet recessions. Consequently, the agreement does not make special consideration for countries in the midst of such recessions like Spain and Ireland. In fact, the agreement demands further deficit-cutting efforts from Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Ireland, and explicitly calls for the creation of a powerful monitoring mechanism to ensure their compliance. This body will be responsible for examining the budgets of these nations before they are passed into law and will have the right to express its views on those budgets. The agreement also calls on eurozone members to pass balanced budget rules, preferably as amendments to their constitutions. Although the requirement is for
zero structural deficits, which suggests that cyclical deficits will be permitted to some extent, the rules must still be passed by the end of 2012. Of course, this is Koo's big hobby horse, so no surprise that he's appalled at the lack of acknowledgment of this issue. And of course, after today's Greek horrorshow, whether the EFSF even exists at all is a diferrent matter. Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story » See Also: • Traders Buzz About The REAL Reason For The Greek Referendum • 5 Key Points On The Greek Referendum, And What's Coming In The Next 72 Hours • REMINDER: Here's Who's Freaking Out Now That Greece Will Hard Default
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EU Deal Unravels from Many Sides; Italy, France Bond Spreads Hit Record High vs. Germany; Bund Yield Drops Most on Record; All Out Bond Crisis
email@example.com (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 12:35:00 PM
In the wake of Papandreou's Call for Voter Referendum on EU Debt Deal sovereign debt yields plunged in Germany and surged higher in most other European countries, but most notably Italy and France. Bloomberg reports Italian Bonds Slide, Premium to Bunds Reaches Record, Amid Greece Concern Italian bonds led declines among the securities issued by Europe’s most indebted nations after a Greek plan to hold a referendum on its international bailout added to concern the region’s financial turmoil will deepen. Italy and France’s 10-year borrowing costs climbed the highest levels relative to benchmark German debt since before the creation of the euro in 1999. Bund yields fell the most on record, with the securities outperforming all their euro-area peers, as investors sought the safest assets. “The run-up will put the European Central Bank, European Union and International Monetary Fund in a tough position regarding
yield fell 26 basis points and the 2 -Year yield fell 13 basis points. Thus at one point today the German 2-year spread vs. Germany widened by a massive 89 basis points. The deal is certainly "unraveling from many sides” with force, so much so that Europe is in the midst of an "all out sovereign bond crisis". Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / disbursements to Greece,” El- 4.42 Ireland 8.21 6.44 Portugal globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. E r i a n w r o t e . T h e E U d e a l 11.80 10.03 Greece 24.65 22.88 com “appears to be unraveling from European Sovereign Debt Spread Click Here To Scroll Thru My many sides.” Table 2-Year Bonds Recent Post List Mike The ECB was said by three Country 2-Yr Yield Spread vs. "Mish" Shedlock is a registered people to have bought Italian debt Germany Germany 0.41 0.00 investment advisor representative today as it tries to stem financial- France 1.09 0.68 Belgium 2.77 f o r S i t k a P a c i f i c C a p i t a l market contagion to the euro 2.36 Spain 4.02 3.61 Italy 5.28 Management. Sitka Pacific is an area’s biggest bond market. Two- 4.87 Ireland 9.27 8.86 Portugal asset management firm whose year note yields still rose 75 basis 20.30 19.89 Greece 87.28 86.87 goal is strong performance and points to 5.75 percent, the highest Italy yields are well off the highs low volatility, regardless of since 1997. The five-year rate of the day after the ECB stepped market direction. Visit http:// rose to more than 6 percent, a up Italy bond purchases. www.sitkapacific.com/ p r e m i u m o f m o r e t h a n 5 Italy 10-Year Government Bonds account_management.html to percentage points compared with Italy 2-Year Government Bonds learn more about wealth similar-maturity German debt. For some reason Bloomberg m a n a g e m e n t a n d c a p i t a l European Sovereign Debt Spread charts do not match intra-day preservation strategies of Sitka Table 10-Year Bonds figures but the summary section Pacific. Country 10-Yr Yield Spread vs. on the left is accurate. Note the Germany Germany 1.77 0.00 explosion in Italy's 2-year bond France 2.96 1.19 Belgium 4.40 yield, at one point up .76. 2.63 Spain 5.52 3.75 Italy 6.19 Meanwhile, the German 10-year
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Greek Referendum Off or On? Who is in Control? Anyone?
firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 3:45:00 PM
The stock market rallied in a spurt around 12:30 Central when a Dow Jones Newswires reported that a Greek Socialist Party official said the plan to have voters approve the rescue is “basically dead.” Then, about an hour before the close came news from a Greek government spokesman that the referendum was back on and the S&P slid back towards the lows of the day. Finally, in a bit late buying the S&P surged 12 points to close down about 35 points, roughly 2.8%. S&P 500 Futures, 3-Minute Chart The question is: Who is an control? Better yet, is anyone in control? One thing we know is Papandreou's call for a vote of confidence is on. We also know his fragile coalition holds an
extremely slim 3 margin majority in Parliament. I believe on these announcements, he will lose that vote of confidence. If so, we do not know who will replace him. If the call for voter referendum is not binding, then it is likely the next Greek parliament or prime minister will cancel it.
If the referendum is on, the EU is no longer in control of a Greek default. More specifically, the EU was never in control, it only appeared that way. 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 There are a lot of open questions market direction. Visit http:// here in regards to both the vote of w w w . s i t k a p a c i f i c . c o m / c o n f i d e n c e a n d t h e v o t e r account_management.html to referendum, yet I see them posed l e a r n m o r e a b o u t w e a l t h nowhere else. Is there a Greek m a n a g e m e n t a n d c a p i t a l preservation strategies of Sitka constitutional expert around? Meanwhile Merkel and Sarkozy Pacific. will meet in Cannes November 3 to discuss the Greek crisis in yet another EU 20-member summit.
Daily App Deals: Mix Songs Easily with Sample Lab on iPad for 99¢ in Today's App Deals [Deals]
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Submitted at 11/1/2011 2:30:00 PM
The Daily App Deals post is a round-up of the best app discounts of the day, as well as some notable mentions for ones that are on sale. More »
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GarageBand for iPhone: First Hands-On Impressions
Christina Bonnington (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 4:00:00 PM
Get ready, street musicians: Today Apple released its popular music-making app GarageBand for the iPhone. Now you can jam away on a set of onscreen drums, or strum a touch-based Smart Guitar, to compose musical masterpieces wherever you may be. The slimmed down iPhone app has all the features of the iPad app: a multi-touch interface with Smart Instruments (to piece together pre-assembled musical bits) and Touch Instruments (for those who want to play and record their own instrumental tracks). You can also record vocal tracks using the device’s built-in mic, and (with the help of an adapter) plug an electric guitar directly into your iDevice and record tunes through GarageBand’s amp and stompbox effects. In total, GarageBand helps you knock out impromptu jam sessions, all without having to lug around a bunch of equipment. Naturally, the iPhone-version of GarageBand is shrunk down for a 3.5-inch screen. My app experience on an iPhone 4 was smooth, without any force quits or stutters. And, not surprisingly, it was fun to tap away at the
onscreen keyboard and drum set using only my thumbs. I made a complete (albeit heinoussounding) song in a matter of minutes. So, if you’re looking for a solid music-making app to jot down song ideas or even create passable tunes while you’re wiling away time on your evening
commute, GarageBand is the answer. GarageBand was first launched as a Mac application, and later ported to the iPad with the launch of the iPad 2 in March 2011. “This is no toy,” Steve Jobs said of GarageBand on the iPad. “This is something you can use for real
work.” Since then, a number of enterprising companies have released capacitive touch tools, such as guitar picks and drum sticks, that you can use with the app. The iPhone-version of Garage Band is, like the iPad counterpart, a big download. At over 501MB,
it took me at least five minutes over a Wi-Fi connection to complete the installation. The app opens quickly, and operates only in landscape mode. Navigation is intuitive, and will be familiar to anyone who’s ever GARAGEBAND page 54
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significant positive relationship between mean 2D:4D ratio and exclusive homosexuality," the researchers wrote. Another study A new study by Korean by the University of California, researchers found that the length Berkeley, confirmed these of men's fingers indicates the connections, adding that the length of their penises. The study likelihood is even higher among found that the longer a man's right men with elder brothers. The -hand ring finger is than his rightBerkeley researchers also noted hand index finger, the longer his that lesbians tend to have low -penis. To test their hypothesis, the that is, typically male -- digit researchers stretched men's ratios. Depression Males with flaccid penises as much as high-digit ratios -- that is, possible before measuring them typically "feminized" ratios with because "stretched [flaccid] penile p h y s i c a l , b e h a v i o r a l , f o o t a g e , a n d v i d e o g a m e s index and ring fingers of the same length provides a reliable estimate psychological, and sexual aspects involving killing over other types length -- are more likely to be o f t h e p o t e n t i a l m a x i m a l of human life. Males typically of entertainment. This recent depressed than men with low-digit elongation during erection," the have longer right-hand ring study, also out of Korea, also ratios. The University of Alberta researchers wrote. "Therefore, the fingers than right-hand index found that low 2D:4D folks -- that study found high rates of clinical t e c h n i q u e a p p l i e d h e r e f o r fingers. (Paradoxically, this larger is, mainly men -- really dislike depression in men with those digit s t r e t c h e d p e n i l e l e n g t h difference in length is called a romance films. (High 2D:4D folks ratios. "The risk and prevalence of m e a s u r e m e n t i s h i g h l y "low digit ratio.") Females' right- like them.) "In addition, we found major depression is about twice as r e c o m m e n d e d f o r a c c u r a t e hand ring and index fingers are that low 2D:4D was associated high for females compared to prediction of erect penile length. typically the same length. (This is with a preference for sports males," the researchers wrote. Penile length was measured under called a "high digit ratio.") The i n s t e a d o f o t h e r g e n r e s o f "Not only do women report anaesthesia, avoiding pain or farther apart the fingers are in entertainment products," the depression more often, but they discomfort when the penis was length, the lower the ratio; the researchers wrote. "Therefore, also report more symptoms per fully stretched."The difference in closer in length, the higher the 2 D : 4 D h e l p s u s t o b e t t e r depressive episode, and are more length between the right-hand ring ratio. Digit ratios are largely understand the rationale of susceptible to stressors than men. finger and the index finger -- a determined by male and female individuals’ preferences for media If this is the case, higher, more comparison scientists call the hormones, to which fetuses are violence." Sexual Orientation feminine digit ratios should "digit ratio" or "2D:4D," for exposed in utero. Meaning Of Males with very low 2D:4D have correlate with higher scores for "second digit" (index finger) and Fingers Entertainment Preferences a higher likelihood than other men depression within each sex." And "fourth digit" (ring finger) -- is Individuals with longer ring of being gay, according to a study they do. More meaning of fingers s t u d i e d a v i d l y b e c a u s e i t fingers -- that is, low 2D:4D -- by University of Liverpool next... correlates directly with many prefer action films, hip-hop, erotic researchers. "There was a Continue Reading
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Most Popular Disk Defragmentation Tool: Defraggler [Hive Five Followup]
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Submitted at 11/1/2011 2:15:00 PM
If you don't have an SSD, defragmenting your hard drive can keep your hard drive optimized for faster read and write times. If you find your games suddenly loading slower than they used to, your videos taking longer to play, or your movie editing or graphic design projects taking forever to load, it might be time to defrag. Last week we asked you which apps you used for the job. Then we took a look at the top five, based on your nominations. Now we're back to highlight the winner. More »
Family: Hillary Clinton's mother dies at 92 (AP)
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Submitted at 11/1/2011 1:27:57 PM
AP - Dorothy Rodham, mother of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill
Clinton's mother-in-law, died Tuesday at age 92 after an illness.
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Buying The Perfect Pair Of Men's Jeans
Sal Ciolfi (AskMen Latest Articles)
Click here to check out what to wear this season in our Fall Fashion Preview - 70+ of the best looks to wear now. For many, jeans are the most valuable player in your wardrobe. Usually, this isn't because they're the most expensive piece of clothing you own, or even the best-looking. Instead, it's their versatility that's important, as you can wear jeans around the house, in the workplace, on a date, or on casual outings. Despite this usefulness, however, finding that perfect pair of men's jeans is never easy. So what should you look for when searching for that perfect pair of jeans? Aside from price, here are some tips to keep in mind. picking the right pair Consider when you'll be wearing them It goes without saying that being comfortable in your jeans is the most important thing; after all, even the best-looking pair of jeans will look odd if you're uncomfortable in them. Nevertheless, keeping in mind when and where you'll wear your jeans will make the process of
washes and excessive distressing are always off-limits in terms of timelessness. Stick with classic fits Slim, slim/straight, straight, relaxed, relaxed/straight, classic, standard -- do the names of jean styles ever confuse the hell out of you? You're not alone. Instead of adhering to a common denim language, most retailers release models with their own jargon, resulting in an infinite amount of names to describe, essentially, the same fit. (Tip: If you feel overwhelmed, just ask a sales choosing much easier. If, for with tried-and-true denim styles, associate for the fit you're after -example, you only wear suits to you can aim for and land a pair of it's their job.) A good choice is a work, your jeans might be jeans that will remain stylish for straight leg or boot cut. When reserved strictly for going out or years. Here are three classic paired with the classic washes for lounging around the house, examples: Original blue jeans: mentioned earlier, you'll be set. which means you have few Evolving from rough-and-tumble Classic jean fits will give you the restrictions when selecting a wash work wear, these are now one of most bang for your denim buck and fit. If your work environment the most versatile pieces of because you'll be able to get a lot allows jeans, however, denim clothing you can own. Slightly o f v e r s a t i l i t y o u t o f t h e m . might be everyday wear. In that faded blue jeans: More casual Meanwhile, steer clear of tapered case, you might have to consider wear than anything else, these can leg openings or a wide bellmore conservative styles, as even nevertheless look good with a bottomed look. The right fit and a in the most casual workplaces, nice sports coat and shirt. Dark few more things to look for when subtlety goes a long way. Either denim: You really can't go wrong buying the perfect pair of men's way, always ensure your jeans with a pair of straight-leg dark jeans... look good with sneakers, boots or denim. Wear it to the office with a Continue Reading dress shoes. Look for timeless white oxford and navy blazer or washes It's hard to say what will throw on a leather jacket for a be in style a year from today at s t r e e t - r e a d y l o o k o n t h e the retail level, but by sticking weekends. Flashier colors, funky
Celebrity Kids Get in the Halloween Spirit - See Their Costumes!
Allie Merriam (PopSugar)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 2:28:06 PM
Adults weren't the only ones having fun on Halloween! Many of Hollywood's most famous celebrity babies got in on the action, too, including Ali Larter and her fellow bumble Theodore. Amy Adams's adorable Aviana was a little cat, and Jessica Alba's Honor was Princess Jasmine from Aladdin. Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley had a princess on their hands with Naleigh, and there were plenty more - click through to see what the kids wore this year! View Slideshow ›
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Seven Clouds Align Around Google Apps
Caleb Garling (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 4:17:00 PM
Stayin' aligned, stayin' aligned. Image: screengrab Seven independent software providers have joined forces to make it easier for businesses to find and deploy applications that compliment Google Apps. Known as the Cloud Alliance for Google Apps, the new consortium claims that its collaborative model is a first among vendors in the Google Apps Marketplace — the online web store for applications that dovetail with Mountain View’s online office suite. The Alliance includes Cloud Sherpas (and its SherpaTools application), Expensify, Insightly, Okta, RunMyProcess, SmartSheet, and Spanning. “Its such a new space and vendors are open to doing things together,” Cloud Alliance‘s chairman and VP at Cloud Sherpas, David Politis tells Wired. “The marketplace is so young.” The members of the alliance handle everything from IT administration, CRM, and security to expense management and project collaboration. Basically, seven different businesses in seven different markets are hoping to secure their
hooks into Google Apps — and keep the competition the bay. They hope to do this by integrating their various applications. For example, while updating a project’s status with Insightly, a user could enter his business lunch appointment into Expensify on the same screen. As Google’s business suite of applications reaches more and more businesses, the consortium stands to make big gains by positioning themselves early as the best of breed for their respective markets. “Most activity these days is
Gmail, Gmail, Gmail. It’s interesting that these players are launching an effort to be seen outside of that,” Tom Austin, an analyst with Gartner told Wired. A few questions remain unanswered. First: How — exactly — will these separate businesses play together? It’s one thing to form an alliance on paper. It’s another to put it into practice. Politis notes that at this point, the goal is simply to get the entities in discussion with one another. While they may develop their own engineering standards down the road, the only ones in place
now are Google’s. The group is in discussion about joint pricing models and software packages, but as each are still separate entities, the group will have to come to agreement about time spent on internal versus alliance initiatives. The Cloud Alliance will open its doors to additional applicants at the start of 2012, but it has yet to decide how two competing app vendors would play together within the consortium. The group wants “best of breed” application on its vendor list, but many niche markets within Google Apps have
a few good solutions. “The idea is to go with a wider net of functionality first,” Politis notes. “But we’re still figuring out how to add additional business.” This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
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used similar music-making and recording software. You select an instrument to play, adjust settings like reverb and echo if you’re not happy with the app’s defaults, and then tap away at a virtual instrument interface, hitting the record button if you’re ready to commit your work to, er, memory. Most of the instruments and tools look identical to their iPad counterparts, but there are a few small variations, such as in the piano, which has only eight keys instead of 15. In the upper right-hand corner of the app, you’ll find an icon that lets you make adjustments to a single track, section or song. In the upper left-hand corner, you can click for a pop-over menu that will take you back to the songs or instruments panel, or let you swap between different forms of your current instrument (like for the piano, you can choose between options like Grand Piano, Smooth Clav, Classic Rock Organ, or
Electric Piano). Next to that, there’s an icon that lets you switch from instrument view to song editing view. The editing view shows each of your recorded tracks so far, with opportunities to adjust, edit and loop sections. Using Smart Instruments is a sure -fire way to create a song that doesn’t sound like it was hacked out by a team of rabid baboons. In this respect, GarageBand succeeds as a music-making device for people with no musical training whatsoever. But what if you have musical experience — is GarageBand for iPhone a legitimate composition device? Not necessarily, as the app’s puny user interface is quite cramped. Still, this is an iPhone app, after all, and anyone using it to create music should be well aware that the premium musicmaking experience will be found on an iPad. As with the iPad version, you can
record and combine up to eight tracks, and then export to GarageBand or Logic Pro on the Mac for a bit more polishing. You can also share your iPhone-made masterpieces via iTunes or email. The app is a welcome addition to any mildly creative person’s iPhone or iPod touch. GarageBand is $5 and is now available for iPhone 3GS and up, 3rd and 4th gen iPod touches, and iPads. Images: Ariel Zambelich/Wired This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
10 Biggest Snowstorms of All Time
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TED: Paul Zak: Trust, morality - and oxytocin Paul Zak (2011)
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Where does morality come from - physically, in the brain? In this talk neuroeconomist Paul Zak
shows why he believes oxytocin (he calls it "the moral molecule") is responsible for trust, empathy, and other feelings that help build a stable society.
winds. Some storms are worse than others because they impact major urban areas, or are so Submitted at 11/1/2011 1:00:56 PM widespread that they affect Anyone who's ever lived in a several major urban areas. Timing chilly climate knows snowstorms can play a role as well -- a storm well. Sometimes the weather during weekday rush hour is forecast gives ample warning, but worse than one on a Saturday other times these storms catch us morning, and a freak early storm by surprise. Plows struggle to when leaves are still on the trees keep roads clear, schools are can cause enormous amounts of closed, events are canceled, damage. In fact, meteorologists flights are delayed and everyone have developed a system similar gets sore backs from all the to the one used to classify shoveling and snowblowing. hurricanes to measure the severity B u t t h e r e a r e t h o s e r a r e of winter storms. The Northeast snowstorms that exceed all Snowfall Impact Scale (NESIS) forecasts, break all records and takes in account a variety of cause mass devastation (even if factors and generates a single it's devastation that will melt in a number that signifies a storm's few days or weeks). These storms severity, usually on a scale from are the worst of the worst, one to 10 -- and sometimes higher weather events that seem more [source: Science Daily]. like elemental blasts of pure With those factors in mind, here winter rather than a simple i s o u r l i s t o f t h e b i g g e s t combination of wind, temperature s n o w s t o r m s o f a l l t i m e . and precipitation. This entry passed through the Defining the 10 "biggest" Full-Text RSS service — if this is snowstorms can be a tricky task. your content and you're reading it You can't simply rely on objective on someone else's site, please read measures like the amount of the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentsnow. Often, the worst storms only/faq.php#publishers. Five i n v o l v e r e l a t i v e l y m o d e s t Filters recommends: Donate to snowfalls whipped into zero- Wikileaks. visibility by hurricane-force
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Supreme Court Plays Hooky, Top 10 Famous Leaves Student Online Free Female Sideshow Speech Rights Murky Freaks
David Kravets (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 4:33:00 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court is declining to review a former Connecticut high-school student’s punishment for calling the school’s administrators “douchebags” on her LiveJournal blog. The high court’s inaction Monday means the justices have never squarely addressed the parameters of off-campus, online student speech. So far, lower courts appear to be guided by a 1969 high court ruling saying student expression may not be suppressed unless school officials reasonably conclude that it will “materially and substantially disrupt the work and discipline of the school.” In that landmark case, the Supreme Court said students had a First Amendment right to wear black armbands to protest the Vietnam War. But that precedent, which addressed on-campus speech, is now being applied to students’ online, off-campus speech four decades later. The case the justices rejected concerned a Connecticut school
district’s discipline of banning a then high-school junior from running for school office because of the 2007 vulgar blog post. Dozens of similar cases across the nation have had varying results. One case the lower courts decided last year went against a 14-year-old Pennsylvania junior high student, who was suspended for 10 days in 2007. She mocked her principal with a fake MySpace profile that insinuated the principal was a sex addict and pedophile. Another case last year favored student speech of a Pennsylvania
and social violations, such paying to leer at a morbidly obese person, and reinforcing social norms by Submitted at 11/1/2011 1:00:56 PM showcasing the abnormal [source: The golden age of American and Craton]. At the same time, a European freak shows -- traveling number of freak show stars e x h i b i t i o n s a n d c a r n i v a l wielded their disabilities to earn a attractions, often of disabled or h e a l t h y i n c o m e a n d g a r n e r disfigured entertainers -- spanned publicity and fame, which some about a century, from roughly scholars interpret as success 1840 to 1940 [source: Disability stories for the time [source: Social History Project]. Wildly Thomson]. For female freaks in popular during the apex of the particular, their presence on stage V i c t o r i a n e r a , t h e h u m a n marked a distinct breach of curiosities and oddities behind Victorian mores. In an era when sideshow curtains consistently women were expected to stay senior, who was suspended 10 attracted crowds at traveling close to the hearth and home, the days after creating a mock circuses, fairgrounds and P.T. following 10 females who took to MySpace profile of his principal. Barnum's American Museum in the stage to sell their "born" The profile said the principal New York. Indeed, Barnum, who deformities (i.e. surplus limbs) took drugs and kept beer at his would eventually go on to host to a n d " m a d e " p h y s i c a l desk. The courts ruled the fake first Miss America-style beauty embellishments (i.e. tattoos) were p r o f i l e d i d n o t c r e a t e a pageant in 1854, made his mark particularly compelling -- and “substantial disruption” at school. as the founder of the freak show taboo. This entry passed through the [source: Thomson]. He and his This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is British counterpart Tom Norman, Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it who discovered the Elephant your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read Man, charged customers to view on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content- bearded ladies, conjoined twins, the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five little people and other social only/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to outcasts. Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks. Contemporary disability studies Wikileaks. explain the appeal of freak shows as a way of indulging in cultural
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The stories behind tweets
Submitted at 11/1/2011 3:14:00 PM
Beyoncé Knowles Gets Back to Work Following a Buzz-Worthy Halloween
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Submitted at 11/1/2011 2:32:25 PM
Twitter exposes the stories behind tweets with the launch of a new website, simply titled Stories. Featured stories include a son who used a tweet to save his mom's bookstore, an NFL star who treated 100 fans to a seafood dinner, and queen who launched a global conversation with a story about a sandwich. Participate in the story telling by mentioning @twitterstories or with the hashtag #twitterstories. Saving a family bookstore: Roger Ebert regained his voice after cancer took away his ability to speak: “…there’s something seductive about it: The stream, the flow, the chatter, the sudden bursts of news,
the snark, the gossip, time itself tweet-tweet-tweeting away.” A tweet to find a kidney donor: Within a few days, 19 people offered to find out if they might be a match. One of the people who replied was an acquaintance named Scott Pakudaitis, who hadn’t seen Chris in years. Full collection at Twitter Stories. All the top Twitter tidbits. Permalink| Leave a comment »
Beyoncé Knowles headed into her Manhattan office building with a smile this afternoon. She was back in one of her regularly stylish ensembles following a fun night of dressing up for Halloween. Beyoncé was a bumblebee for Kanye West's bash at The Darby and covered her bump in an oversize striped suit and bright heels. The star was just one of many celebrities in costume over the past few days, and even kids got in on the fun with elaborate getups. This time next year, Beyoncé and her husband, Jay-Z, will have their own little one to
See All the Celeb Halloween Costume Pictures From Twitter!
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Submitted at 11/1/2011 2:27:44 PM
Happy Halloween! The main event happened yesterday, but many stars got a head start on the
fun over the weekend. We've seen lots of celebrity Halloween costumes from various parties and events, and the A-listers were also happy to share some of their own snaps online. We've collected
celebrate the holiday with. If the r e p o r t e d 2 , 2 0 0 - s q u a r e - f o o t Alex Moaba (AOL TV) nursery they have in the works is Submitted at 11/1/2011 12:00:00 PM any indication, the baby will have plenty of outfit options too. View Filed under: TV Replay Wendy Williams didn't pull any punches Slideshow › in her interview with 'Basketball Wives' (weekdays, syndicated on Fox) starlet Draya Michele on Tuesday, confronting her with rumors about her promiscuity and asking why any "reasonable man" would ever consider marrying her after watching the show. "Would you say you've dated over a dozen basketball players?" Wendy asked. She then followed up by asking her about the rumor, aired by other women on the Nina Dobrev, Zac Efron, Jessica show, that Michele had been with Alba, and many more - click three basketball players in the through to see the images shared same night. on Twitter! View Slideshow › Permalink| Email this| Linking photos from Brooklyn Decker, Blogs| Comments
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New national hotline for elderly victims of financial fraud
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Planning Association, the Investor Protection Trust, Investor Protection Institute, and Baylor Submitted at 11/1/2011 1:59:59 PM College of Medicine. New national hotline for elderly There will actually be three victims of financial fraud different toll-free numbers A new national hotline for available, covering general seniors who believe they have f i n a n c e q u e s t i o n s , m e d i c a l been the victim of financial fraud, finances and financial abuse. or have questions about potential Financial abuse questions financial exploitation will be 888-303-3297 available starting Nov. 10. Dial this number to speak with an More than 7.3 million older adult protective services (APS) Americans, or one in every five professional about elder financial U.S. citizens over the age of 65, abuse and strategies for keeping have already been the victim of a y o u r s e l f o r a l o v e d o n e financial swindle, according to a i n d e p e n d e n t . Y o u c a n g e t survey by Investor Protection information on how to recognize Trust, one of the organizations the most common ways that older behind the creation of the new adults are financially exploited, hotline. and learn about methods for The hotline was designed for preventing elder financial abuse. both seniors as well as adult APS professionals will also help children of the elderly. It is also a callers take the proper steps if potential resource for seniors with they suspect that a loved one is mild cognitive impairment who c u r r e n t l y b e i n g f i n a n c i a l l y can perform most daily functions, e x p l o i t e d . but have trouble or become Medical questions confused when it comes to 888-303-0430 managing their finances. Health care professionals at this Several organizations came number will have advice about together to create and launch the medical issues such as mild hotline, including the National cognitive impairment, which can A d u l t P r o t e c t i v e S e r v i c e s impact an older person's ability to A s s o c i a t i o n , t h e F i n a n c i a l make wise and safe financial
decisions and increase vulnerability to financial exploitation. Health care professionals can also help callers recognize the warning signs of vulnerability to financial abuse in themselves or loved ones and suggest referral routes for further medical screening. General finance questions 888-227-1776 Call this number to speak with an expert from the Financial Planning Association about family financial security, as well as get answers to general financial questions. For example, how to identify a financial professional that puts your interests first, and how to protect yourself and loved ones from financial fraud. FPA professionals can also help initiate a conversation about money with adult children of older parents in order to help prevent elder investment fraud and financial
exploitation. "We have witnessed a growing number of older Americans fall victim to financial swindles," Investor Protection Trust president Don Blandin said in a press release. "Millions are in danger of being exploited." For advice on preventing financial elder abuse you can find more in our report about what to look for, whether the abuser is an outsider or family member, which first appeared in Consumer Reports Money Adviser. Stopping Elderly Fraud Cold: States, Doctors, Financial Planners, Others to Launch National Hotline November 10th to Fight Swindlers Targeting Older Americans(pdf) [IPT] Survey: 1 out of 5 older Americans are financial swindle victims, many adult children worry about parents' ability to handle finances(pdf) [IPT] 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
Why Scarlett Johansson Rules For Taking Pride In Her Nude Photos - Cinema Blend
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Who's More To Blame For My No Car Will Escape Horrible Walmart Experience: Store This "Future Now" Staff Or The Extreme Couponer?
Chris Morran (The Consumerist)
five items on the candy rack. The customer in front of me proceeded to argue with the cashier every Submitted at 11/1/2011 3:37:08 PM time a coupon was not accepted, Consumerist reader Lucinda and each time a manager would r e c e n t l y w e n t t o h e r l o c a l come to clear things up. This Walmart in Texas, where in happened four or five times, so addition to dealing with almost no I'm not sure why the managers open checkout lines and poor kept leaving. service from the cashiers, she also My groceries had been on the got stuck behind an extreme belt for half an hour by this point. couponer who spoiled everyone's During the couponscapades, a day. fourth lane next to us opened up, Lucinda thought she'd picked a and the two customers at the end decent checkout line, with only of the line behind me left for it. two customers in front of her. She Around this time the guy revealed couldn't have been more wrong: that he was a Walmart employee Just as all of the items are from another store, trying to use scanned for the guy in front of this information to keep the me, I start to unload my cart onto c a s h i e r f r o m r e j e c t i n g h i s the belt. While I was unloading, coupons. The cashier, meanwhile, the other guy pulled out a pile of was going way too slow. She newspaper ads so he could get looked like she was bored. some price-matching done. At this After another fifteen minutes, p o i n t I s h o u l d h a v e b e e n when the family behind me had concerned, but I figured he knew left, I decided my patience was what he was doing so that he'd get worn out, no matter how close done soon, so I put all my this guy was to finishing. So I groceries on the belt. dumped my crapload of groceries By that time, all the newspaper from the belt back into my cart ads had been price-matched. Then and moved over to the fourth open he pulled out a small black book lane. Just as I got to the front of from who-knows-where, and from that line, this other cashier told the little book he pulled out what me, "Sorry, I have to close. I go must have been about fifty home at two." coupons. At this, the guy behind I was ready to cry by this time, so me decided to leave, dropping his I told her, "No, you're checking
me out." She said, "Okay, fine, but do it quick." Of course, by the time my twelve bags of groceries were rung up, I got out as soon as I could. The guy in the other line was still arguing about his coupons when I left over an hour after he started. None of the employees acted like they cared, and the managers took as long as possible to help whenever they were called over. (Every time, the cashier had to go get them because they weren't responding quickly enough.) After getting home and putting my warm groceries away, I looked up the store and saw that it had consistently bad reviews, almost entirely focused on the lazy managers and lazy cashiers. Obviously, I won't be going back. Ever. Now it's time to play the blame game. Tell us who think deserves the most scorn in situation. 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
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give a ticket to a car, you have to give it to the driver. Without additional verification it would be Most photo radar systems can't hard for these tickets to stand up keep track of more than one car at in court as they would have to a time. But the descriptively- prove you were the driver of the named "Cordon multi-target car at the time the image was Photo Radar System" can. If these taken. bad boys get deployed across You have a little bit of time to America, people who pride train yourself to be a slower driver themselves on their speeding - minding the speed limit and skills better cool their jets. leaving yourself enough travel The device is able to generate time so that speeding isn't both a wide-angle image and a necessary - as the distributor close-up of the car's license plate, won't start selling them in the US keeping track of up to 32 cars until the beginning of 2012. across four lanes of traffic. The Here's a video showing the device camera tracks each car's license in action: plate and shows how fast they're Cordon Multi-target Photo Radar going, showing green for below System[Peak Gain Systems] the speed limit, yellow for within Cordon multi-target photo-radar appropriate speed ranges, and red system leaves no car untagged for speed racers. (video)[Engadget] It's about as big as a large video From ConsumerReports.org: projector and can be mounted in a This entry passed through the variety of locations, like a tripod Full-Text RSS service — if this is or a road-sign, which makes them your content and you're reading it harder for motorists to spot. on someone else's site, please read The device's video and website the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentdidn't clarify how the license only/faq.php#publishers. Five plates would be correlated to Filters recommends: Donate to individual drivers, as their faces Wikileaks. were not discernible in the video. In some municipalities you can't
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NaNo NaNo: One Woot Writer Attempts NaNoWriMo
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Submitted at 11/1/2011 1:30:00 PM
If you've never heard of NaNoWriMo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month: a 30-day challenge to writers everywhere to pound out one (1) novel of 50,000 words or more by the end of November. If you follow any blogger or writer types on Twitter, Facebook, or the like October is a time full of lamentations about the upcoming grind, how horrific it's going to be, and the excitement of taking on the challenge. It's not unlike running a marathon, except you sit for pretty much all of it. I'd heard of the idea a few years ago but never gave it much thought until two weeks ago, when seeing the annual slew of tweets got me thinking about it. "I've got one or two solid ideas," I thought, "and I'm only putting them off. Maybe committing to this thing will give me the kick in the pants I need to get to writing." It's a well-known fact among professional writers that 99% of our job consists of convincing ourselves to write. Distractions abound, an idea can always use more mulling over and refining,
and ideas to digital ink. I've decided to write out an idea I've had for awhile about a zombie apocalypse book, because the world needs more crap like that right now, and I thought it might be an easy genre to start in. My wife was quick to point out "it's not the quality of your words, it's the quantity." Story of my life. Are you writing a novel for National Novel Writing Month? Got any tips for a novel-writing noob? Feel free to post your tips, commiseration, encouragement, or scathing criticism as I periodically update my progress here on the Woot Blog. Flickr photos(in order): and of course there are video games to play. "Screw it," I said to myself because I am a pathetic, friendless person, "I'm going to write a novel..." "And for ONCE it's not going to be erotic Buzz Aldrin/Neil Armstrong slashfic." Apparently there is a large, vibrant community in and around NaNoWriMo, but I will never know because half the features of their site don't work for me. They keep asking me to log in when I already am, and the stuff that IS there is pretty uninteresting or obtuse, so screw it. I did get a mass invite to a brainstorming session at a Denny's, so that's something, but I've found that terrible coffee and greasy fried food tend to make me want to kill myself rather than be creative, so I abstained. Like a Denny's could be more fun than this, anyway. I need to write 1,700 words (give or take) a day, starting today, to meet the 50,000 word count goal. I initially thought this would be no big deal. Between product descriptions, Woot blogs, my own blog, and various other stand-up routines or scripts I tinker with I put out at LEAST that much daily. What I forgot to consider was that my novel would not replace those things, it would be in addition to them. So already I'm not optimistic. But tonight I will be sallying forth to my laptop and putting my fingers to keys • writing in the journal by Erin Kohlenberg • Author Charles McCain at work on An Hon German March 2007 by Charles McCain used under a Creative Commons License.
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Gluten in cosmetics may pose risk for celiac patients
With Debit Card Fees Disappearing, What Will Banks Try Next?
Chris Morran (The Consumerist)
dropping debit card reward programs. Plus, the cards offer email@example.com fewer protections than credit cards living gluten-free. And always Submitted at 11/1/2011 2:15:00 PM (Consumer Reports) in cases of fraud or theft. check food and non-food labels (drugs, cosmetics, and even While today's announcement that Shoppers might still be better off Submitted at 11/1/2011 3:00:59 PM household cleaners). Avoid forms Bank of America is dropping its using cash or credit, or even a Gluten in cosmetics may pose of wheat such as spelt, and plan charge a monthly debit card prepaid card, which also helps risk for celiac patients triticale (a cross between wheat fee, and that other big banks have build your credit rating. When it comes to the ingredients and rye), as well as kamut, farina, similarly scrapped their fees, So even if these now-dropped in common cosmetics, what the bulgur, durum flour, barley, could be dubbed a victory for fees were a prime motivation for millions of people with celiac matzo meal, graham flour, wheat consumers, it's only a small you to consider switching to disease don’t know, might hurt whether their products can be germ and cracked wheat. Refer to triumph, and one that has people another bank, you should still them. According to research safely be used by individuals with the Celiac Sprue Association’s wondering what the banks will do s h o p a r o u n d t o s e e w h a t ' s available elsewhere in terms of a p r e s e n t e d t h i s w e e k a t t h e gluten sensitivity.” grains and flours glossary for a next. A m e r i c a n C o l l e g e o f The incidence of celiac disease list of gluten-free and gluten- "Banks will still have to find ways more consumer-friendly credit to increase charges and drive union... before the next round of Gastroenterology’s 76th Annual has been rising in the U.S. and containing grains. Scientific meeting in Washington, estimates now suggest that at least For more on celiac disease and p r o f i t s , " s a y s O d y s s e a s fees/charges/penalties swings DC, the lack of readily available 1 in 100 people in this country gluten-free options, read “ Living Papadimitriou of CardHub.com to around. SmartMoney. Fee Freedom May Be Shortinformation about the ingredients may have the disorder. Gluten is without gluten.” Some of the ideas already in the lived[SmartMoney.com] in lip, facial, and body products harmful to people with celiac, a Sources means that people with celiac condition in which the body’s Information About Cosmetic works include increased checking This entry passed through the disease might unknowingly immune system treats the protein, Ingredients is Difficult to Obtain: account charges, inactivity fees on Full-Text RSS service — if this is expose themselves to gluten. found in wheat, rye, and barley, A Potential Hazard for Celiac unused debit cards, charges for your content and you're reading it R e s e a r c h e r s s e a r c h e d f o r like an invader, damaging the Patients[American College of paper statements, and higher on someone else's site, please read penalties for bounced checks. the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content“ g l u t e n ” a n d “ g l u t e n f r e e ” small intestine. Patients who do Gastroenterology] only/faq.php#publishers. Five products on the official websites not adhere to a gluten-free T r e a t m e n t o f C e l i a c From SmartMoney: for 10 leading U.S. cosmetic lifestyle usually continue to suffer Disease[Celiac Sprue Assocation] And even free debit cards have Filters recommends: Donate to their disadvantages. As we've Wikileaks. companies, and found that only f r o m s y m p t o m s s u c h a s Subscribe now! two offered detailed ingredient abdominal pain, bloating, gas and S u b s c r i b e t o previously reported, banks are information, but none provided diarrhea. ConsumerReports.org for expert information on products B o t t o m l i n e : W h i l e m o r e Ratings, buying advice and containing or not containing research is needed, we do know r e l i a b i l i t y o n h u n d r e d s o f gluten. Researchers noted that that the only treatment option for products. Update your feed while some smaller cosmetic celiac disease is gluten avoidance. preferences companies advertised gluten-free If you have celiac disease, ask a l t e r n a t i v e s , " t o p - s e l l i n g your doctor for tips on eating and manufacturers should indicate
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The Debunker: Ken Jennings vs. Bird Myths, Part 1
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November, when you think about it, is one of the bird-iest months. Birds are constantly overhead, flying south for the winter. It’s the month when Robert Stroud, the “Birdman of Alcatraz,” died in 1963 (the day before the Kennedy assassination, by the way) as well as the month when Sesame Street’s Big Bird made his TV debut. And of course, it’s the month when families gather around the dinner table to enjoy a big roasted bird with all the trimmings — except in Canada, where Thanksgiving is observed in October. (Damn Canadians, they get all the good stuff before us. New DeGrassi episodes, Thanksgiving, universal health care…) This is all by way of explaining why we asked Jeopardy!’s Ken Jennings to debunk a flock of bird-related myths for us this month. Bird Myth #1: Ostriches Bury Their Heads in the Sand. It was commonly believed by the Greeks and Romans that the ostrich, the largest bird on earth, would try to avoid danger by hiding its head somehow, perhaps
its decision. "We've also taken into consideration that although Sutton don’t need to. Ostriches can run has played a physical game over away from trouble at speeds over The Canadian Press forty miles an hour, have four- EDMONTON - Edmonton Oilers his 14 years, he's been fined and inch claws, and can kick with defenseman Andy Sutton(notes) suspended for various illegal was suspended for five games on checks," said Shanahan. enough force to kill a lion. Sutton, who forfeits If its powerful legs let it down, an Tuesday by NHL disciplinarian US$57,432.45 in salary with the ostrich does have one last line of Brendan Shanahan(notes). defense, which probably helped The two met at the league's office money going to the players' inspire the “head in the sand” in New York for a hearing about emergency assistance fund, legend. It will flop down on the Sutton's check to the head of defended himself in a statement. ground and lay its head and neck Colorado Avalanche forward "I have been informed of and understand the league's decision, flat on the ground, hiding in plain Gabriel Landeskog(notes). sight because its sandy-colored Sutton delivered an elbow to however, I had no intention of upper parts blend in nicely with Landeskog's head in the third delivering an illegal check," said the savannah. But that’s a far cry period of Edmonton's 3-1 victory Sutton. "For 14 years, I've always from the head-burying Pliny Friday. The Oilers' defenseman played the game with respect and scoffed at. Denial just ain’t an was assessed a minor penalty for integrity and I will continue to do under vegetation. The Roman animal behavior in Egypt. elbowing on the play. so when I return." naturalist Pliny the Elder pointed Quick Quiz: What three-toed "At the moment of impact, it's The Edmonton defenseman sat out what a terrible idea this was, relative of the ostrich is the largest clear that the head is the principal out Sunday's 4-2 win over the St. writing, “Their stupidity is no less bird in Australia? point of contact and has been Louis Blues while the NHL made remarkable; for although the rest Ken Jennings is the author of r e c k l e s s l y t a r g e t e d , " s a i d its decision. of their body is so large, they Brainiac, Ken Jennings's Trivia Shanahan in a video on NHL.com This entry passed through the imagine, when they have thrust Almanac, and the forthcoming that explains the suspension. Full-Text RSS service — if this is their head and neck into a bush, Maphead. He's also the proud "Landeskog is looking back for your content and you're reading it that the whole of their body is owner of an underwhelming Bag the pass and rotates his head, but on someone else's site, please read concealed.” o' Crap. Follow him at ken- the position of his head does not the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentThis has become such common jennings.com or on Twitter dramatically change." only/faq.php#publishers. Five knowledge that economists even as@KenJennings. Shanahan and the department of Filters recommends: Donate to speak of an “ostrich effect” when Photo by Flickr user wwarby. player safety examined Sutton's Wikileaks. people act in denial of bad Used under a Creative Commons disciplinary history while making financial news. But Pliny was License. right: the ostrich effect is stupid. In fact, it’s so stupid that ostriches never do it. For one thing, they
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Users report issues with Apple iPhone 4S batteries
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Tigers don't expect to have Ordonez, Guillen back - San Francisco Gate
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Users report issues with Apple iPhone 4S batteries Apple's iPhone 4S smartphone is packed with new features, such as the Siri voice-recognition capability, location awarenes and wireless data synchronization. But could some of the new functions be straining the iPhone's built-in battery? Consumers have been raising iPhone battery-life issues online at Apple's technical support forum, tech websites and even at our sister site, the Consumerist. Some have suggested that there may be issues related to various new iPhone 4S hardware features, such as the phone's faster dualcore processor or the sharper HD camera. However, some tech sites
suspect the real culprit may be Apple's recently-updated iOS 5 software -- including its continuously active location tracking function. Despite 180 pages of messages on Apple's official online support forum, the company has been mum on the issue so far. Apple has reportedly asked certain affected customers to install monitoring software so the company's engineers can determine the cause and extent of the possible issue. Consumer Reports' lab
technicians continue their tests on the Apple iPhone 4S, including its battery performance, and we'll report back soon on their outcome. iPhone 4s Battery Life?[Apple Support Community] Apple iPhone 4S Battery Life Still Circling the Drain?[Time's Techland Blog] iPhone 4S battery issue r e m i n i s c e n t o f 'antennagate'[CNet] Apple engineers contacting iPhone 4S owners to solve battery life puzzle[UK Guardian] 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
Tigers don't expect to have Ordonez, Guillen back (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File) By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski says it is highly unlikely free agents Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen will be back next season. Dombrowski said Tuesday that he would like to add a second or third baseman by signing a veteran or trading for one. A right -handed catcher will be on the roster to give Alex Avila a break and make designated hitter Victor Martinez a third option behind the plate. The Tigers would like to have middle infielder Ramon Santiago back, but he might make more
money elsewhere in an everyday role. Dombrowski doubts he'll resign pitcher Brad Penny; is open to bringing back free agent third baseman Wilson Betemit later in the offseason; and says pitcher Joel Zumaya can return as a nonroster invitee. Updated November 1, 2011 This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
Exodus 20:2-3 (11-01-11)
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obedience is always the same: God reveals himself, God blesses Submitted at 11/1/2011 2:00:00 AM us, and then God asks us to I am the Lord your God, who respond. In other words, God brought you out of Egypt, out of blesses us first, and then asks us the land of slavery. You shall to obey. God is all powerful and have no other gods before me. supreme. He could demand our — Exodus 20:2-3(NIV) Thoughts obedience just because of who he on Today's Verse... The order of is, but he doesn't. He has chosen
to reveal himself to us through Scripture, through nature, and through his acts of salvation. He wants us to know him and respond to him. Our obedience may be difficult. Our call to obey may sometimes be hard for us to understand. However, we know it comes from a Father who has paid
an enormous price to redeem us and who has already proven himself faithful. My Prayer... Holy and Almighty God, you are worthy of all glory and honor. I realize that your demands that I should be holy, that I should obey your Word, and that I should seek your will are all based on your
desire to love me and bless me. I want to serve you with an undivided heart. I want my obedience to be offered as joyously and graciously to you as your blessings have been shared with me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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Long championship contest between St. Louis, Texas helps Fox raise World Series ratings - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Sunday night football matchup on NBC had a bigger audience. That's probably because the lateNEW YORK - A thrilling, game turn of events that made seven-game conclusion to the Game 6 special didn't happen World Series between St. Louis until midnight and beyond on the and Texas turned baseball's East Coast. annual championship into a Fox's Game 7 ratings may have winner for Fox. been better if the game didn't take Nielsen said the series averaged place on a Friday, traditionally 16.2 million viewers, well above one of the least-watched TV last year's five-game contest nights of the week. between Texas at San Francisco, Nielsen said the median age of which had 14.3 million viewers. the World Series viewer was 52.7 Through five games this year, the years old. In 2000, the median age Cardinals-Rangers contest was was 46.1 — a sobering sign that watched by fewer people than all b a s e b a l l i s h a v i n g t r o u b l e b u t t h e 2 0 0 8 T a m p a B a y - attracting younger viewers. Philadelphia series, with none of An interview with the wife and the games even reaching 15 son of disgraced financier Bernard million viewers. Madoff was a winner for "60 But World Series ratings get Minutes." The newsmagazine had better the longer a series goes. its biggest audience since last Going back to St. Louis was a December, and biggest in viewers boon for Fox: the multi-comeback under 55 in nearly three years, sixth game drew just over 21 Nielsen said. million viewers. Game 7, the first Fox averaged 12.6 million do-or-die World Series game viewers in prime time last week since 2002, had more than 25 (7.5 rating, 12 share), CBS had 11 million viewers, Nielsen said. million (6.9, 11), ABC had 8.9 Even with the sixth game already million (5.7, 9), NBC had 6.5 regarded as one of the best Series million (4.1, 7), the CW had 1.8 games ever, a run-of-the-mill m i l l i o n ( 1 . 2 , 2 ) a n d I O N
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Television had 910,000 (0.6, 1). Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with a 3.4 million average (1.8, 3), Telemundo had 1.1 million (0.6, 1), TeleFutura had 460,000 (0.3, 0), Estrella had 220,000 and Azteca 190,000 (both 0.1, 0). NBC's "Nightly News" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.5 million viewers (5.7, 11). ABC's "World News" was second with 7.5 million (5.1, 10) and the "CBS Evening News" had 6 million viewers (4.1, 8). A ratings point represents 1,147,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation's estimated 114.7 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show. For the week of Oct. 24-30, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: World Series Game 7: Texas at St. Louis, Fox, 25.4 million; Sunday Night Football: Dallas at Philadelphia, NBC, 22.99 million; World Series Game 6: Texas at St. Louis, Fox, 21.07 million; "NCIS," CBS, 19.43 million; "60 Minutes," CBS, 18.56 million; "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 17.22
million; "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 17.17 million; "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 15.89 million; "Two and a Half Men," CBS, 15.29 million; "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 14.54 million. ___ ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox and My Network TV are units of News Corp. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks. TeleFutura is a division of Univision. Azteca America is a wholly owned subsidiary of TV Azteca S.A. de C.V. ___ Online: http://www.nielsen.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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
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High 5: Near comical returns and runs highlight top games
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Submitted at 11/1/2011 2:13:35 PM
The hallmark of great players is their ability to overcome tough competition. With the playoffs looming across the country, that means that each week's top plays are more and more worthy of additional reflection, criteria HIGH page 65
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which is certainly valid now for a handful of stars who turned in memorable moments over the prior weekend. As always, the entire crop of RivalsHigh TV Top 10 plays are worthy of inclusion, but five are particularly notable for a variety of reasons that run that gamut from sheer competitiveness to Bugs Bunny references ... really. The first of those is the play that slides in at number 6, which was taken from what was almost surely the weekend's most impressive victory. With new number 1 Louisville (Kent.) Trinity School routing Cincinnati (Ohio) Archbishop Moeller School, there were bound to be a handful of fantastic plays, but none were more stunning than this punt return by Trinity cornerback Ryan White, who shows near Olympic sprinter speed to blow by the defensive coverage and then completely embarrasses Moeller's punter (who will remained unnamed to save face) en route to an 88-yard score.
That may have been the week's most entertaining return, but it wasn't necessarily its most enjoyable play. Rarely has the commentary been more on point than the one RivalsHigh TV announcer Sam Farber provided for play number 5, on which Bellevue (Wash.) High running back Ari Morales scooted his way to the end zone with his best Bugs Bunny impression, taking a hard right at Albuquerque to stun the defense's path and, eventually, find his way to the end zone. Not that Pismo Beach would have been a bad place to end up either, of course. If Morales was impersonating Bugs Bunny, Harrison (Mich.) High wide receiver Aaron Burbridge was channeling Lions wide out Calvin Johnson at play number 3. While that's no small feat, it seems fair to say that Burbridge lived up to the hype, both outleaping his defensive back and then outsprinting the entire coverage on a stunning, 64yard touchdown reception.
The determination that shined through Burbridge's grab was certainly present in the run that came in at number 2, with San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian High running back Byron Marshall simply refusing to go down, flexing every tool in an all purpose back's box on a 68-yard scoring run. Go ahead and count them out, Marshall started by using brute strength to push through tackle attempts at the line, trotted his way around closing defenders with elusiveness and will and then turning on his pure speed down the stretch on a memorable touchdown for one of the nation's best backs. Yet, of all the top plays from the past week, none may have been more worthy of the top spot than the desperation touchdown run turned in by Baltimore (Md.) Mount St. Joseph quarterback Luke Casey, who found his team on the end of a brutal, 56-28 drubbing by Baltimore (Md.) Gilman School. Still, despite the scoreline, Casey refused to give
in, fighting his way to the end zone after breaking through a gang of no fewer than five attempted arm tacklers and finding enough energy for one last spurt to the goal line. That kind of effort is always worthy of attention and plaudits, whether from RivalsHigh TV or the rest of us, who almost certainly would have passed over the best from Mt. St. Joe's with the thought that a team on the losing end of a 56-28 game would have been thoroughly overmatched. Want more on the best stories in high school sports? Visit RivalsHigh or connect with Prep Rally on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For more highlights from around the nation and live streaming video of top games, check out Rivals High TV.
Deep Posts: As Kerry Collins rides off into the sunset
MJD (Y! Sports Blogs - Yahoo! Sports)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 2:28:14 PM
• Kerry Collins doubts very much that'll play football again, which makes sense, given that he's 38 years old and freshly concussed. Let's do this again. • A lot of people have had a lot of negative things to say about Donovan McNabb recently, so I think it's worth pointing out that Christian Ponder is extremely complimentary of how McNabb DEEP page 66
Mike I thought I knew yuz
Submitted at 11/1/2011 4:24:28 PM
On Twitter, I posted a link to a story about NY Mayor Mike Bloomberg. He says that the banks weren't responsible for the mortgage meltdown. It was the government's fault. As if there were some line separating
government from the banks. Come on Mike. New Yorkers aren't stoopid. And you gotta know we don't like it when you lie. Makes us think you're a puss. I always used to say that NY got a good mayor. He's doing good things for the city. It was true. Finally we had an adult in there, someone who is smart, and
because he's super-rich, didn't have to sell out to win his office. He could stay grounded in the truth. Sure, he made mistakes. Everyone does. But for the most he was doing a good job of running a very complicated place. But now this OWS thing has really sent him for a loop. He's lying. I gotta believe that's what it
is. Because I just can't accept that he is so stupid that he actually believes the Republican bullshit he's saying. I wish he read this blog so I could say to him direct -- Mike -- you're fucking it up. If you don't like what they're doing, say it. And explain why. And tell the truth. New Yorkers won't despise you
for disagreeing with them. But they will tar and feather you and run you out of town for lying the way you're going about it. A former fan who would like to be a fan once again, Dave
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has advised and tutored him. • Mark Brunell, by all accounts a pretty good guy, has not done a great job with managing his money. Here are details about how he lost $50 million and is now in bankruptcy court. • One Seattle defensive back is unimpressed with Bengals rookie wide receiver A.J. Green."One of the most overrated receivers out there," was the term he used. • DeSean Jackson takes a family in need grocery shopping. • The Jets play the Patriots on a Sunday night, and then have to turn around and play again on
Thursday night. Yeah, maybe it's a little unfair, but come on, you play the Broncos. • T.I. went as Michael Vick for Halloween. In a related story, the person at the party dressed as Scooby Doo left abruptly when T.I. showed up in costume. • The Steelers could be short LaMarr Woodley, James Harrison and James Farrior on Sunday against the Ravens.
Magical Drop and DIY shmup maker Dezaemon Kids on PSN imports today
JC Fletcher (Joystiq)
Welcome to Movember, our Mo Bros and Sistas
Ben Gilbert (Joystiq)
original arcade game in Data East's beloved color-matching puzzle series. Both will be MonkeyPaw Games returns today available whenever the PSN w i t h m o r e P S O n e i m p o r t s , update happens today. including a second Dezaemon Gallery: Dezaemon Kids! (PSN) shooter-creation utility! Available Gallery: Arcade Hits: Magical today for $6, Dezaemon Kids Drop (PSN) further simplifies the creation Continue reading Magical Drop interface for scrolling shooters, and DIY shmup maker Dezaemon and -- oh yeah -- throws in over Kids on PSN imports today 100 sample games. It's a good Magical Drop and DIY shmup thing the interface is designed maker Dezaemon Kids on PSN with simplicity in mind, because imports today originally appeared as with all the PSOne imports, the on Joystiq on Tue, 01 Nov 2011 text is presented in the original 17:20:00 EST. Please see our Japanese. terms for use of feeds. The other game, Arcade Hits: Permalink| Email this| Comments Magical Drop, is a port of the
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As the days grow colder, so does the hair on many of our staff's faces grow longer. Such is the case with a sedentary group like us. So when we found out about a chance to combine our proclivity for facial hair growth with raising money for charities like LIVESTRONG and the Prostate Cancer Foundation, we simply couldn't resist. And thus: Movember. Today, we shave clean our faces, and prepare for the coming weeks of moustache growth, care, and coiffe. We hope that over the next 30 days, you'll join Team Joystiq's Movember group-- the "Joystiq Mo Brigade" -- and assist in our month-long effort to raise both awareness and funds for some great organizations. As the weeks go on, we'll be giving regular updates via Twitter and Facebook, and of course highlighting participants who go the extra mile. Will you be that extra mile goer? We hope! But hey, maybe it's kilometers where you live? That's okay, you can totally join as well(and be the extra kilometer goer, obviously). Donations are all handled through an easy website, so you won't have to handle any processing yourselves! Also, you get to grow a totally sweet moustache, which we heartily encourage you to share with us. Ladies are of course welcome as well, though the moustache growing part is entirely up to your discretion. Supporting your "Mo Bros" in WELCOME page 67
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Jane Jensen and Silver Lining devs reveal new adventure game, Cognition
JC Fletcher (Joystiq)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 5:40:00 PM
Here's some awesome news for adventure fans: Gabriel Knight creator Jane Jensen is working on another project, with King's Quest: The Silver Lining dev Phoenix Online Studios, along with Titan Quest developer Khaeon Gamestudio and comic artist Roman Molenaar! Even better news: Phoenix's new game won't use any IP that Activision owns! Cognition is an episodic detective adventure about an FBI agent who gains the power to see past events related to any object she touches.
Agent Erica Reed uses these abilities - and, hopefully, some traditional investigative methods as well - to hunt down a serial killer, and attempt to solve the murder of her brother. It's coming to PC, with mobile and console
versions "also under consideration." Phoenix plans to release four episodes of Cognition, but needs your help to fund development. It's set up a Kickstarter seeking $25,000 for initial development
costs. As always, there are bonuses associated with various Kickstarter tears, not the least of which is this game actually happening. Continue reading Jane Jensen and Silver Lining devs reveal new adventure game, Cognition Jane Jensen and Silver Lining devs reveal new adventure game, Cognition originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
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their month of facial hair shame is well beyond adequate participation. On a final note, we'd like to point out that Team Joystiq is competing in a cross-game industry challenge particular to Movember, which includes press, developers, publishers, and lots of other folks. If donating for donations' sake just isn't enough, know this: donating will also
assist in our continued domination. Excelsior! Welcome to Movember, our Mo Bros and Sistas originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
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Don't remove features from products
because the new foundation was cleaner and simpler. However this had the unfortunate side-effect A software lesson I learned in that it appeared to users as if we 1984. had removed features from the First a bit of chronology. product. Because ThinkTank 128, 1. In 1983 my company shipped which was only available on the ThinkTank for the Apple II. Mac, came after #1 and #2, it was 2. Then we ported that codebase called ThinkTank and it had less to produce ThinkTank for the f e a t u r e s t h a n t h e p r e v i o u s IBM PC, shipped it early in 1984. r e l e a s e s . 3. Later that year we released our I didn't expect there to be any first Mac product. It was called overlap in users. I don't know T h i n k T a n k 1 2 8 . I t w a s a why, but that was a big mistake. completely new codebase, based Many of the people who bought on a new simpler data structure. I our Mac product in the first few hoped to get a fresh start, with a months were people who had c o m p l e t e l y m e m o r y - b a s e d already bought our Apple II and product. It would be fast, and IBM PC products. eventually support more features And they were pissed. They paid
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the same amount of money, later, and got less. And then the product just died. Sales disappeared, until we could get out a version of the product that had most of the features of the other two, and added some new twists. Even then the product didn't get on a good footing until a year after that, when we came out with a product that did a lot more than any of our previous products. But I learned a lesson I would never forget. Even when you aren't actually taking features out of a product, you can't appear to the users to be doing that. They will make you pay for it.
Connect RSS and OPML in new way
Submitted at 11/1/2011 12:04:07 PM
Here's a strange idea. Stories can have source code, just like apps can. I edit my articles in an outliner. I can use the structure to control how it's rendered. But once you're reading the story you don't care about the structure so much, you
just want to read it. However, if I ever want to edit the story, I want the structure I was working with last time I edited it. I wanted this feature so much that I had to write my own blogging software. The existing blogging software simply didn't thave this concept. Anyway, I hope to entice lots of
I want to give them the option of not just pointing to my writing, but to actually render it in situ. This "in situ" thing is going to be big. The next thing after curating and link blogging. Think of it as insitublogging (doesn't actually roll off the tongue does it). content distributors to read my Here's how it works. There's a linkblog feed. And when they do, new element with every item, in the microblogging namespace,
that links to the OPML source of the story it's pointing to in the link element. It's called. Screen shot. If you're reading my feed and see it there, and want to show the full text with structure, go right ahead! That's what it's there for.
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The Unsplittable Bit
<p>James Gleick</p> (Popular Science - New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 2:40:13 PM
Plucking the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge Jesse Lenz James Gleick asks: as scientists crunch and quantize the world, will they ever reach the end? A countryman came into a telegraph office in Bangor, Maine, with a message, and asked that it be sent immediately. The operator took the message as usual, put his instrument in communication with its destination, ticked off the signals upon the key, and then, according to the rule of the office, hung the message paper on the hook with others that had been previously sent. ... The man lounged around some time, evidently unsatisfied. "At last," says the narrator of the incident, "his patience was exhausted, and he belched out, ‘Ain't you going to send that dispatch?'" The operator politely informed him that he had sent it. "No, yer ain't," replied the indignant man; "there it is now on the hook."-Harper's New Monthly Magazine, 1873 A hard lesson to learn was the difference between a message and the paper on which it was written. The telegraph was a great teacher. The information had to be divorced from the physical object. It was abstracted-encoded, first as dots and dashes and then again as electrical impulses, to be sent along wires and, soon, beamed
through the ether. In our sophisticated age, we process it with computers, we store it in "the cloud," and we carry it about in our portable devices and our very cells. Information is the vital principle of our world. But what is information? Thanks to the mathematical information theory created by Claude Shannon in 1948, we can measure information in bits. As the
fundamental unit of information, Shannon decided, a bit would represent the amount of uncertainty that exists in the flipping of a coin: 1 or 0. Using his tool kit of theorems and algorithms, a mathematician or engineer could quantify not just the number of symbols (words or phonemes or letters or interruptions in an electrical circuit) but also the relative
probabilities of each symbol's occurrence. Information as Shannon defined it, became a measure of surprise-of uncertainty. These are abstractions; a message is no longer tangible or material, like a piece of paper. Even though information is weightless, transmission has a cost."The fundamental problem of communication," he declared, "is
that of reproducing at one point either exactly or approximately a message selected at another point." Simple enough-or so it seemed. "What is significant is the difficulty of transmitting the message from one point to another." "Point" was a carefully chosen word. The origin and destination of a message could be separated in space or in time; information storage, as in a phonograph record, counts as a communication. Messages are formed from symbols, not from atoms. Those distant points could be the telegraph offices of Baltimore and Washington, or they could be planets lightyears apart, or they could be neurons in a human brain. But even though information is weightless, transmission has a cost. Warren Weaver, who wrote a companion essay for Shannon's classic book, The Mathematical Theory of Communication, saw the sweep and grandeur of this abstract view of information, "not only written and oral speech, but also music, the pictorial arts, the theatre, the ballet, and in fact all human behavior." No wonder information theory quickly began to influence researchers in fields as diverse as genetics and psychology. One field that seemed to be left out was the most important, the most fundamental of all: physics. In the years after World War II, UNSPLITTABLE page 70
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when physicists enjoyed more prestige than ever before, the great news of science appeared to be the splitting of the atom and the control of nuclear energy. Theorists searched for new subatomic particles and the laws governing their interaction. The business of communications research seemed far removed-a business for electrical engineers. Particle physicists had quarks; they did not seem to need bits. They do now. One of the first to bring information theory firmly into physics was Rolf Landauer, who escaped Nazi Germany as a boy in 1938, came to New York, served in the Navy as an "electronics technician's mate," got his Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University, and went on to spend most of his career as a research leader at IBM. One of his landmark papers bore the title "Information is Physical." Lest anyone miss the point, he titled a later essay (his last, as it turned out) "Information is Inevitably Physical." He insisted that bits are not abstract after all, or not merely abstract. He reminded his colleagues again and again that information cannot exist without some physical embodiment, whether a mark on a stone tablet, a hole in a punched card, or a subatomic particle with spin up or down. Information is "therefore"pause for timpani and trumpets"tied to the laws of physics and the parts available to us in our real
physical universe." At IBM, of course, the "parts" of greatest interest were digital electronic computers. Landauer and his colleagues, particularly Charles H. Bennett, were linking information and physics by studying what they called the thermodynamics of computation. This struck some as odd at first, because information processing was mostly treated as disembodied. "The thermodynamics of computation, if anyone had stopped to wonder about it, would probably have seemed no more urgent as a topic of scientific inquiry than, say, the thermodynamics of love," Bennett said. Or the thermodynamics of thought. How many calories does it cost to have an idea? Actually, the quantum theorist and mathematician John von Neumann had considered this question in 1949 while working on the giant EDVAC electronic computer (with its 6,000 vacuum tubes and roughly five kilobytes of memory). He made a back-ofthe-envelope calculation of the amount of heat that must, he reckoned, be dissipated for every elementary act of information processing-every bitwise computation. In 1961, Landauer tried to justify von Neumann's formula and discovered that he could not. In fact, it seemed that many logical operations have no energy cost at all. When a bit flips from 0 to 1, or vice versa, energy
is conserved, which makes sense, in a way, because the information is preserved, too. Bennett found that the one element of computing that must, indisputably, require dissipation of heat is erasure. When an electronic computer clears a capacitor, it releases energy. For a bit to be lost, heat must be dissipated. It was a physicist's way of discovering an important modern lesson: Forgetting takes work. Unlimited memory cannot exist in a finite universe. These physical limits, Landauer argued, have a broader significance. too many people assume that computation has almost divine ability-that at least in theory, powerful enough computers can solve every problem in physics. "We have all been indoctrinated by the mathematicians," he said, "stating that with enough successive operations, any accuracy requirement can be met." But unlimited memory cannot exist in a finite universe; in any "bounded volume of space and time," information, too, must ultimately be limited. The next generation of cosmologists took that limitation seriously. They did the math-estimated the bit count of the cosmos. Seth Lloyd, director of the Center for Extreme Quantum Information Theory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says that by considering the universe as a vast computer, taking into account the
reduced Planck constant, the speed of light and the amount of time since the big bang, we can calculate that the universe has performed something on the order of 10 120"ops" in its entire history. Considering "every degree of freedom of every particle," the universe could now hold something like 10 90 bits. Information still seems a sort of abstraction. bits are binary choices, coin flips, yes/no, 1/0, on /off-insubstantial. How can they be as fundamental to physics as the traditional building blocks of matter and energy? Lloyd puts it this way: "Earth, air, fire, and water in the end are all made of energy, but the different forms they take are determined by information. To do anything requires energy. To specify what is done requires information." The late John Archibald Wheeler, visionary relativist, colleague of both Einstein and Bohr, the theorist who gave black holes their name, said the same thing in monosyllables: "it from bit." That was the title of a famous 1989 paper that reads like a manifesto. "Otherwise put," he wrote, "every ‘it'-every particle, every field of force, even the spacetime continuum itself, derives its function, its meaning, its very existence . . . [from] bits." Naturequantum theorists had learnedcomes in irreducible discrete pieces, or quanta. Binary choices are quanta too. This is one way of
fathoming the paradox of the observer: that the outcome of an experiment is affected, or even determined, when it is observed. The experiment is not only observing but also asking questions and making statements that must ultimately be expressed in discrete bits. "What we call reality," Wheeler wrote, "arises in the last analysis from the posing of yes/no questions." He left behind a challenge for quantum information science, for physicists and computer scientists both. He urged them to translate physics from the language of the continuum to the language of bits. "If and when we learn how to combine bits in fantastically large numbers to obtain what we call existence, we will know better what we mean both by bit and by existence." Why does nature appear quantized? Because information is quantized. The bit is the ultimate unsplittable particle. James Gleick is the author of six books, including Chaos: Making a New Science and The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, from which this essay is adapted.
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Rice Is Genetically Modified to Produce Human Blood Protein
Rebecca Boyle (Popular Science - New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 4:44:34 PM
Brown Rice Chinese researchers genetically modified brown rice to express an artificial human blood protein. Wikimedia Commons You can't squeeze blood from a turnip, but it might be possible to extract it from rice. Blood protein, at least. Genetically modified brown rice seeds can produce a cost-effective and easily stored supply of human serum albumin, researchers in China report. HSA is important for treatment of a wide array of maladies, including severe burns, liver cirrhosis and hemorrhagic shock, and it's a key ingredient in drug and vaccine tests. But its primary source is donated human plasma, so it is in short supply around the world - not least in China, which even saw reports of fake albumin for sale after a price spike four years ago. Hoping to come up with an artificial supply, previous researchers have attempted to draw human blood protein from potatoes, tobacco leaves and
genetically engineered mouse milk. But grains would be more efficient, according to researchers led by Yang He and Daichang Yang at Wuhan University in China. Rice will keep in storage for long periods, it's easy to grow and maintain, and it is also particularly good at accumulating DNA from other organisms, the researchers write in the Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences. To make the transgenic rice, the team introduced recombinant HSA protein promoters into brown rice plants using Agrobacterium. ( Click here to read our prior coverage of how plant genetic modification works.) They wound up with 25 transgenic plants, nine of which were able to breed. They checked the plant seeds and confirmed the presence of the rice HSA, which
plasma-derived HSA. Then they tested the protein on some rats with liver disease, and confirmed the transgenic protein improved their liver function. Clinical use of HSA requires pretty hefty doses, so producing enough OsrHSA would require growing lots of transgenic rice, the researchers note. This raises several environmental safety questions, but the team notes that rice is largely a self-pollinating crop, and initial tests showed very little (less than 1 percent) transgenic gene transfer via pollination. But this would obviously need to be further studied. "Our results suggest that a rice t h e y c a l l O r y z a s a t i v a seed bioreactor produces costrecombinant HSA or OsrHSA. effective recombinant HSA that is Compared to regular rice, the safe and can help to satisfy an transgenic seeds were nearly increasing worldwide demand for transparent, as seen below. human serum albumin," the Then the team figured out how to authors say. purify the protein, yielding about [ PNAS via AFP] 2.75 grams per 2.2 pounds of rice. The team conducted several assays to determine the molecular mass and amino acid sequence of their transgenic protein, ensuring it has the same structure as the
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A 102-Foot Slide, a Sensory Deprivation Pool, and More Science -As-Art From Carsten Höller
<p>Kathleen Massara</p> (Popular Science - New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 4:00:00 PM
A trip to the New Museum's Carsten Höller exhibit, where up literally becomes down The New Museum in lower Manhattan is home to the first large-scale survey exhibition of the work of German artist Carsten Höller, a scientist-turned-artist whose works straddle the line between both worlds, often seeming more like an experiment than an exhibit. At the current exhibition, you can stick your head under a fish tank, wear
inversion goggles, or float weightlessly in a sensory deprivation. Click to launch a tour through Höller's new exhibit. Carsten Höller began his career studying agricultural entomology, but after receiving his doctorate from the University of Kiel in Germany in 1988, he decided to seriously pursue his artistic inclinations, which resulted in exhibitions resembling laboratories rather than traditional art spaces. In his previous work, he fed a test group of reindeer hallucinogenic mushrooms and teamed up with the artist Rosemarie Trockel to create an
exhibition where gallerygoers observed pigs through one-way glass. (The pigs remained inscrutable.) In this latest exhibition, says Massimiliano Gioni, the associate director and curator of the New Museum, viewers become "test subjects, participating in an experiment." By taking part in the exhibition, they become the scientific observer as well as the subject in Höller's unique studies of human perceptions. The New Museum will be hosting Carsten Höller: Experience at 235 Bowery in New York through January 15th, 2012.
Video: Nanny of the Month goes to …
Ed Morrissey (Hot Air » Top Picks)
regulations on children’s activities: Fat taxes are all the rage in Submitted at 11/1/2011 3:05:32 PM Europe. After the skinny Danes It’s been a while since we’ve slapped a tax on foods high in covered the Reason TV Nanny of saturated fats, other European the Month Award, and in the pols—including British Prime intervening time, it’s gone global. Minister David Cameron—have This time our friends Ted Balaker considered following suit. and Meredith Bragg cast their And in Australia’s Northern eyes overseas, to Australia and a Territory, they’re bringing alcohol drinking “license” system, to the prohibition back—incrementally, Danes and their “fat tax,” and that is—by barring problem finally to the EU, for a series of drinkers from buying grog. What
could possibly go wrong! But in the first-ever Nanny of the Month Global Edition, top dishonors go to the European Union’s control freaks who have cracked down on free-range kids, slapping regulations on everything from baby rattlers (which have brand-new noise restrictions) to blowing up balloons (not to be done by tots under age eight!). I understand the safety concerns for balloons with very young
toddlers, as there is a choking hazard involved when they burst, but … age eight? Noise restrictions on rattles? How noisy could a baby rattle be, and what harm does it do when it exceeds the EU’s threshold? The US handles this more sensibly by encouraging manufacturers to list the intended age threshold and allow parents to make the decisions on what kind of toys are appropriate (as well as how much noise they want to hear). I’ll give
the EU this much credit … they really know how to put the nanny in “nanny states.” This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
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10 Top Secrets of Portion Control
(Cooking Light: Editor's Picks)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 8:13:13 AM
How to Eat Less: Becoming Portion Aware November's goal: Be portion aware. Find simple strategies that can help you eat a little less—without even thinking. So many invisible factors cause us to eat more than we want. Here, easy -to-remember tips for becoming "portion aware." Portion control tip: before eating, divide the plate. Photograph: Randy Mayor, Illustration: Brett Ryder Click to Enlarge • Before Eating, Divide The Plate Here’s a simple rule to portion a plate properly: Divide it in half. Automatically fill one side with fruits or vegetables, leaving the rest for equal parts protein and starch. This way, you begin to see what a properly balanced meal looks like. Spaghetti and meatballs? Steak and potatoes? They’re only half a meal, incomplete without fruits and vegetables. • Pre-Portion Tempting Treats The bigger the package, the more food you’ll pour out of it. When two groups were given half- or 1pound bags of M&Ms to eat while watching TV, those given the 1-
pound bag ate nearly twice as much. • Head Off The Mindless Munch Five minutes after eating at an Italian restaurant, 31 percent of people couldn’t remember how much bread they ate. If you’re worried you might do the same, have the bread removed from the table. • Downsize The Dishes If you’re one of the 54 percent of Americans who eat until their plates are clean, make sure those plates are modestly sized. On a standard 8- to 10-inch dinner plate, a portion of spaghetti looks like a meal. On a 12- to 14-inch dinner plate, it looks meager, so you’re likely to dish out a bigger portion to fill the plate. When researchers gave study participants 34- or 17-ounce bowls and told them to help themselves to ice cream, those with the bigger bowls dished out 31 percent more ice cream. • Limit Your Choices The more options you have, the more you want to try. In one study, researchers gave two groups jellybeans to snack on while they watched a movie. One group got six colors, neatly divided into compartments; jellybeans for the other group were jumbled -together. Those given a mix ate
nearly two times more. • Use Your Power For Good Most homes have a “nutritional gatekeeper” who controls 72 percent of the food eaten by everyone else. The person who chooses food, buys it, and prepares it wields power. If that’s you, take advantage of it. • Avoid A See-Food Diet Office workers who kept candy in clear
dishes on their desks dipped in for a sample 71 percent more often than those who kept their candy out of sight. • Turn Off The Television The Vast Wasteland leads to vast waists. It’s not just the couchsitting. TV distracts you from how much you’re eating, and the more you watch, the more you’re likely to eat. In a study comparing how
much popcorn viewers ate during either a half-hour show or an hour -long show, those who watched more television ate 28 percent more popcorn. • Think Before You Drink Pour cranberry juice into two glasses of equal volume: one short and wide, the other tall and thin. Most people pour 19 percent more cranberry juice in the short glass because the eye is a poor judge of volume in relation to height and width. • Serve Good-For-You Foods Family-Style Not all portioncontrol strategies are about eating less. You can have as much as you want of some foods. Place the foods you want your family to eat more ofsalads and vegetable sideswithin easy reach on the dining table. In a soon-to-bepublished study, Wansink found people who kept baby carrots in plain sight ate 25 percent more during a day. Phillip Rhodes This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
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CDC: Time To Curb 'Shocking' Epidemic Of Narcotics Overdoses
Richard Knox (Shots - Health Blog)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 4:34:00 PM
Amayzun/ Flickr More people end up in the emergency room from overdosing on Vicodin, pictured here, and other prescription painkillers, than heroin or cocaine, a government report says.
Federal officials say they're making headway in their push to stem abuse of addictive painkillers. Still, they say, U.S. doctors are prescribing enough narcotics to medicate every American around the clock for a month. Fueled largely by prescription painkillers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
says drug overdoses may soon overtake car crashes as the nation's leading cause of fatal injury. Most of these fatal overdoses involve prescription drugs. The new CDC report says the nation's emergency rooms are seeing far more overdoses of prescription opioids such as OxyContin and Vicodin than heroin and cocaine
combined. "The shocking news is that we are in the midst of an epidemic of prescription drug overdose in this country," CDC director Thomas Frieden said at a Tuesday teleconference. "Fifteen thousand people died from prescription drug overdose last year. That's about 40 deaths per day." Frieden lays most of the blame at
the feet of relatively few U.S. doctors who prescribe opioid painkillers too freely – either out of ignorance or greed. "In fact, now the burden of dangerous drugs is being created more by a few irresponsible doctors than by drug pushers on the street corners," Frieden says. CDC: page 78
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Study Finds Scant Evidence Of Heart Risks From ADHD Drugs For Kids
(Shots - Health Blog)
like Ritalin for ADHD aren't at greater risk of having a heart attack or other serious iStockphoto.com cardiovascular problems, Medicines, such as Ritalin, a c c o r d i n g t o n e w r e s e a r c h commonly prescribed for children published online today in the New with ADHD don't appear to England Journal of Medicine. s i g n i f i c a n t l y i n c r e a s e But critics of the widespread use cardiovascular risks, according to of prescription amphetamines to a new, federally funded analysis. treat the symptoms of attention Children taking stimulant drugs deficit-hyperactivity disorder —
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2.7 million children are taking the drugs — say this latest study still doesn't give ADHD drugs a clean bill of health. "It helps a little bit, but doesn't help all that much," says Steven Nissen, chairman of the department of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. In this new study, the researchers looked at the medical records of
1.2 million children and young adults in four health plans in time frames from 1.5 to 3.9 years. They found that 81 had heart attacks, strokes, or died suddenly while taking methylphenidate, sold under the brand name Ritalin. That translates to three serious problems for every 100,000 years people took the drug. That risk was the same as for people of the
same age who weren't taking Ritalin. But because so few people had serious problems, it was impossible for the researchers, led by Dr. William Cooper at Vanderbilt University, to nail down the exact risk. It could be as much as double for children STUDY page 79
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The 8 NEW Saltiest Foods in America
David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding (Eat This, Not That)
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Exhibitors Strut Offbeat Wares At Public Health Confab
Julie Rovner (Shots - Health Blog)
cigarettes. There's the more serious, if still a little weird, stuff, too. Take Glo Submitted at 11/1/2011 1:24:00 PM Germ, a fake gel or spray-based Julie Rovner/ NPR germ that shows up only under a If you have a soft spot for special UV flashlight (sold internal organs, then you'll love s e p a r a t e l y ! ) . P u b l i c h e a l t h these plush hearts, ovaries and educators can use the glowing goo intestines. to show schoolchildren — or At the heart of every convention adults in need of remedial help — worth its salt is the exhibit hall. how easily germs can be spread But only at the American Public on a pen or clipboard, or how H e a l t h A s s o c i a t i o n a n n u a l many germs typical hand-washing meeting can you find a plush heart or sanitizing leave behind. for sale. Along with stuffed And speaking of teachers, the spleens, brains and uteruses. nice folks at Health Edco will sell And you know the game where you all manner of props to help you guess how many candies are demonstrate in the grossest in a jar and win something cool? possible terms why you should Well, at the APHA meeting, the l i v e a h e a l t h f u l l i f e s t y l e . anti-tobacco American Legacy Everything from Mr. Gross Foundation is giving away a new Mouth, who shows what happens Kindle, if you can guess how when you use chewing tobacco, to many cigarette butts are in a huge Splat, a game that illustrates, jar. using an egg inside a plastic skull, The butts, by the way, were why kids should wear helmets collected by staff members from a when biking or skateboarding. s i n g l e b l o c k i n d o w n t o w n But what about about those plush Washington, D.C., where the organs? They're among the meeting is taking place now. The featured merchandise at a booth butt-counting contest is part of the sponsored by the business I Heart group's effort to publicize the Guts, owned by Wendy Bryan of environmental destruction caused Takoma Park, Maryland. b y t h e u n s m o k e d e n d s o f Bryan, an illustrator by training,
said she started the business by accident. "I was very brokenhearted and I was drawing a lot of sad hearts and I was drinking and smoking a lot so there were sad livers, sad lungs," she tells Shots. She eventually made happy organs, and pitched the designs to a T-shirt company she was
'My wife is an OB/GYN, why don't you have a uterus shirt?' " she says. And it didn't stop there. "Somebody would donate a kidney to their mom, and so we added kidney shirts and liver shirts and intestine shirts and gallbladder shirts," she says. "And then people started asking for plush toys, so we really were based very much on the demand of our very strange customers who want plush spleens or pancreases or whatever." Apparently there are a growing number of those "strange customers." Bryan's wares are now available in 19 states and nine countries, including the shop at the Tate St. Ives art museum in Cornwall, England. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is already designing for. But they your content and you're reading it declined, saying, "Wendy that is on someone else's site, please read so weird we can't buy it from the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentyou." So she did it on her own. only/faq.php#publishers. Five Bryan says what started out as Filters recommends: Donate to "almost a joke" grew due to Wikileaks. customer demand. "People would write in and say, 'My girlfriend's having her second liver transplant, you need to have a liver shirt,' or
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The CDC report cites one recent study that found only three percent of doctors accounted for 62 percent of opioid painkiller prescriptions among California workers' comp recipients. But some doctors are speaking out against the problem, as we reported last month. Frieden was joined at the press conference by national drug czar Gil Kerlikowske, whose official title is director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Last spring, he unveiled a plan to fight prescription drug abuse. Kerlikowske reports that 48 states have passed laws setting up Prescription Drug Management Programs, or PDMPs, that can flag doctors and patients with high profiles of painkiller prescription and use. (The holdouts are Missouri and New Hampshire.) But Frieden says states with PDMP laws "are still figuring out how to use them optimally." Oklahoma is planning a real-time PDMP system, Frieden says, "so that when opioids are prescribed, they're in the system within five
minutes." Other states are pushing out alerts to doctors when patients fill a suspicious number of painkiller prescriptions, to guard against"doctor-shopping." As an example of the difference state initiatives can make, Frieden points out the big disparities among states in rates of drug abuse deaths. "It's quite striking," he says. "West Virginia is the secondhighest in the country at 25.8 opioid deaths per 100,000 population. Right next door in Virginia, the rate is 9.1 – onethird the rate just miles away. This highlights the importance of states getting policies right on prescription drug abuse." But laws like these won't be enough to curtail the rapid rise in prescription painkiller abuse, the two feds say. The problem often begins at home, where temptation lurks in many families' medicine cabinets. As much as 40 percent of all prescription drugs go unused, Kerlikowske's agency says, and seven out of 10 medication abusers get their drugs from friends or family.
"I urge every parent to take time today to properly dispose of unneeded or expired medications from their homes," Kerlikowske says. The CDC says the trick will be to reduce prescription painkiller abuse without cutting off access to people who really need these drugs. Frieden has some rules of thumb. If a patient comes into a doctor's or dentist's office with acute pain, doctors should write a three-day prescription rather than a month's worth. And for patients with chronic pain, he says, "narcotics should be a last resort," after trying non-narcotic analgesics and physical therapy. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
Video of the Day: Cain Proposed Cutting Congressional Salaries
Chris Good (Politics : The Atlantic)
Jay Bildstein: Would you confront Congress and would you say to Congress, 'Now look, if Submitted at 11/1/2011 2:37:53 PM we're gonna make a 10 percent cut In 2004, Herman Cain ran for across the board, we gotta do U.S. Senate in Georgia as an better on ourselves and we've insurgent political outsider ... just gotta take a cut first.' Would you like he's doing right now on the do that yes or no? presidential stage. Today he's [Herman Cain]: "Yes I would. I campaigning on the no-nonsense would absolutely do that." 9-9-9 tax plan; back then, one of Salaries for most senators and his no-nonsense ideas was to cut representatives have been frozen congressional salaries by 10 at $174,000 since 2009. The percent until the legislature sent a speaker of the House makes the balanced budget to the president. most of any lawmaker, $223,500, "I'm not a professional politician - while the president pro tempore of - I'm a professional problem- the Senate and the majority and solver. And I believe we should minority leaders of the House and cut the salaries of senators and senate each make $193,400. congressmen 10 percent until they Video credit: Akaczynski1/ balance the budget. I call that YouTube conservative common sense," This article available online at: Cain said in this campaign ad. http://www.theatlantic.com/ Cain still supports cutting politics/archive/2011/11/video-ofc o n g r e s s i o n a l s a l a r i e s . the-day-cain-proposed-cuttingIndependent journalists Chris congressional-salaries/247720/ Yandek and Jay Bildstein asked This entry passed through the t h e f o r m e r C E O a b o u t Full-Text RSS service — if this is presidential, vice-presidential, and your content and you're reading it congressional pay cuts in an on someone else's site, please read October interview: the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentJB: ... A leader would take the only/faq.php#publishers. Five action on himself first. I believe Filters recommends: Donate to you'd take the action on yourself Wikileaks. as president. [Herman Cain]: "Yes."
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taking stimulant drugs. "Well, how reassuring is that?" Nissen tells Shots. "That's a long way from saying these drugs are safe." The new study, funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, also didn't look at less serious issues, such as heart palpitations and irregular heart beats. Nissen says those are common problems in children taking stimulants. Stimulant drugs increase heart rate and blood pressure, so such problems wouldn't be surprising. Cardiologists, pediatricians, federal regulators, and parents have been wrestling with this question for years. In 2007, the FDA told drug manufacturers they needed to warn patients of the risk of serious cardiovascular events in the labels for Ritalin and other stimulant drugs. The concern stemmed from FDA data collected from 1999 through 2004, which found that 19 children taking prescription stimulants for ADHD had died suddenly. Another 26
had strokes, heart attacks and/or heart palpitations. In 2008, the American Heart Association recommended that all children have an electrocardiogram to check for heart problems before being prescribed ADHD stimulant drugs. Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics balked, saying that requiring ECGs for millions of children was unnecessary. The two groups subsequently reached a compromise, saying pediatricians should do a careful family history, and then make their own judgment about whether a child needs an ECG before being prescribed stimulant drugs. Today's study may reassure parents, but Nissen says that too many children are being prescribed stimulant drugs unnecessarily. "Many of us are concerned about the massive overuse of these drugs," he says. "In some schools 10 to 12 percent of 6 th-grade boys are taking these drugs. That doesn't strike me as being a very sound public policy."
Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued controversial guidelines for doctors that say kids as young as 4 can be diagnosed and treated with ADHD medicines. The FDA hasn't approved use of the medicines in children younger than 6. Nissen says that parents and doctors should make sure that stimulant drugs are given only to children with serious behavior problems; that they are given at the lowest possible dose; and that children are taken off the drugs as soon as possible. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
Picture of the Day: Rahm Emanuel Rides the 'L' With Zombies
Chris Good (Politics : The Atlantic)
Office/Facebook This article available online at: http://www.theatlantic.com/ Submitted at 11/1/2011 3:34:16 PM politics/archive/2011/11/pictureThis isn't the greatest Rahm of-the-day-rahm-emanuel-ridesEmanuel costume we've ever seen the-l-with-zombies/247729/ -- it's actually Chicago Mayor This entry passed through the Rahm Emanuel, nonchalantly Full-Text RSS service — if this is riding the "L." In the photo, your content and you're reading it Emanuel appears unbothered by on someone else's site, please read what's going on around him, the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentf o c u s e d i n t e n t l y o n h i s only/faq.php#publishers. Five Blackberry. The Chicago mayor's Filters recommends: Donate to office posted the photo on Wikileaks. Facebook Saturday, tweeting: Image credit: Chicago Mayor's
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The Big Issues Behind the Obamacare Challenge
Andrew Grossman (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
Only a few months later, recall, Speaker Pelosi’s minions would contrive the magnificently named“deem and pass” maneuver by which House Members Submitted at 11/1/2011 3:00:12 PM “Are you serious? Are you wouldn’t even have to vote for a serious?” then-Speaker of the health care bill that the public had House Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) by then turned against. famously replied when asked The response to what had been a where, specifically, the simple question—what is Constitution granted Congress the Congress’s power?—quickly authority to mandate that every devolved into farce. Reporters’ A m e r i c a n p u r c h a s e h e a l t h desks were blanketed with press insurance coverage. releases from prominent law The question was very serious, it schools announcing leading turns out, even if Pelosi’s intent academics’ media availability and was sarcasm. Four federal courts their considered opinion that, h a v e a l r e a d y s t r u c k d o w n based on text, history, and Obamacare in whole or in part on precedent, Congress could compel constitutional grounds. And now, practically everything. Members with the Supreme Court widely of Congress, in turn, declaimed expected to take the case in the the irrelevance and obscurity of coming weeks, three of the the constitutional text, and, individuals who proved Pelosi besides, weren’t the courts wrong will address The Heritage supposed to figure these things Foundation on the present and out? And in the media, dissenters f u t u r e o f O b a m a c a r e a n d were tri-corner-topped eccentrics constitutional federalism this out of touch with 21st century Thursday at noon. America, if not reality itself. At the time that Pelosi spoke, just But a few did give this small two years ago, her incredulity was matter—whether the federal hardly atypical. The Democrat- government remains one of controlled Congress was racing to limited powers—the serious enact President Obama’s top consideration that it deserved, and legislative priority, a government- their efforts pushed Obamacare to run health care system, and there t h e p r e c i p i c e o f j u d i c i a l was simply no place or time for invalidation. Here are three: quaint constitutional niceties. Litigator David Rivkin, along
with his colleague Lee Casey, raised the alarm in the pages of the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, arguing that the individual mandate spelled the end of limited government. He soon joined Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and more than half the states to challenge Obamacare in court, securing a stunning victory when a federal judge struck down the law in its entirety. While Rivkin was making the case against the individual mandate in the press, Heritage’s Todd Gaziano focused his efforts on Congress and the academic world. His article, with lead authors Randy Barnett and Nathaniel Stewart, was the first to lay out methodically why the mandate exceeded even the farthest bounds of the Commerce Clause power that had been recognized by the courts. Since then, Gaziano has played an important role in organizing the conservative legal response to Obamacare. Attorney Mike Carvin, along with Paul Clement, has been the one to steer the Obamacare litigation through the Eleventh Circuit and now into the Supreme Court. Representing the National Federation of Independent Business, Carvin has the difficult
task of helping the Supreme Court formulate a precise limit on the Commerce Clause power where its previous jurisprudence has been imprecise in certain respects, while dodging the procedural barriers that the Obama Administration is attempting to throw up in the challengers’ way. The constitutionality of the mandate itself has been discussed to death, but there are even bigger issues lurking in the background that these speakers will address at our event on Thursday. The Obamacare case will determine whether anything remains of the Constitution’s structural limitations on federal power; address whether the states retain any independence and power in the present day or are merely contractors of the federal government; and point the way to the future of constitutional federalism. Pelosi couldn’t have been more wrong. This is serious. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
Hutchison: Measure to Block Internet Regulation Is a Jobs Bill
Lachlan Markay (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 3:49:43 PM
The Senate is slated to take up a resolution of disapproval next week that would prevent the Federal Communications Commission from regulating the Internet. With the economy still dominating the national political agenda, Senate Republicans are pointing to the measure’s expected impact on job growth. Net Neutrality regulations, explained Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) at Heritage’s Bloggers Briefing, would set up the FCC as the Internet’s “gatekeeper”: many innovations in the way the Internet is accessed and used would have to be approved by the 5-member panel to ensure they would not “discriminate” against certain users. But it is precisely the lack of such HUTCHISON: page 81
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government gatekeepers, Hutchison noted, that has spurred the Internet’s tremendous success – including as an engine of economic growth. “There is no need for us to mess around with that kind of success,” she added. “It is a success, and it doesn’t need fixing.” Hutchison couched her resolution as an economic measure: regulation will hold back job growth for America’s high-tech industries. “It’s definitely a jobs proposal,” Hutchison said of her resolution, “and it’s an international competition issue.” A range of studies have suggested that Net Neutrality regulation could have a devastating impact on the tech sector. Heritage’s James Gattuso detailed some of the adverse economic effects likely to emerge from the FCC’s Internet regulatory scheme: • By hindering management of Internet traffic flow, scarce Internet capacity would be used less efficiently. • Neutrality regulation would hurt competition. If all providers were forced to act alike, network owners’ ability to distinguish their
services from one another-and smaller networks’ abil-ity to challenge established rivals-would be reduced. • Imposing a new, separate set of rules on the Internet would invite endless uncertainty and litigation. Inevitably, regulators would be drawn into years-long, lobbyistdriven policy quag-mires as to whether this or that action is allowed or banned and what prices can be charged. This would be a bonanza for lobbyists and lawyers but would hurt innovation, investment, and Internet users.
Another 2010 report on the regulations was more explicit about the damage they might do: Net Neutrality could cost the country 500,000 jobs and $80 billion in economic activity. “Today, according to the FCC, leading mobile carriers invest $20 billion or more each year in new infrastructure, representing 14% of total revenues as recently as 2009,” technology consultant Larry Downes wrote in September. Like the Internet’s record generally, that is a record of economic success with which Hutchison and other opponents of Internet regulation would rather A 2010 study by Jared Faulhaber not tinker. of UPenn’s Wharton school of This entry passed through the business and David Farber, a Full-Text RSS service — if this is computer science professor at your content and you're reading it Carnegie Mellon University, on someone else's site, please read echoed those findings. Their study the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentconcluded that Net Neutrality only/faq.php#publishers. Five r e g u l a t i o n s “ a r e n o t o n l y Filters recommends: Donate to unnecessary; they would impose Wikileaks. significant costs on broadband customers” and are “likely to permanently harm” the technology industry by stifling innovation and restricting new ventures through bureaucratic red tape.
Seagate merges Barracuda range, renounces small platters for hungry storage diners
Daniel Cooper (Engadget)
replacement XT will match the hybrid stylings of the Momentus Submitted at 11/1/2011 5:01:00 PM XT, a hybrid HDD that includes a Seagate's decided its desktop 4GB SSD to increase cache speed. drives were getting a bit flabby. T h e 3 T B m o n s t e r w i l l b e It's ditching the Green and XT available for $179.99 as soon as it brands, and in turn, deeming the hits the shipping channels -entire range Barracuda. The which, so far as we can tell, revamped series now carries 1TB should be anytime between next platters rather than the five week and next year. 600GB layers in the older models Continue reading Seagate merges and all will run at 7200RPM with Barracuda range, renounces small a 64MB cache. It's part of an platters for hungry storage diners initiative to slim a bloated Seagate merges Barracuda range, i n v e n t o r y c h a n n e l f o r t h e renounces small platters for company's OEM partners. Those hungry storage diners originally with an environmental bent appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 should know that the new drives Nov 2011 17:01:00 EDT. Please more than match the Green's see our terms for use of feeds. environmental prowess, whilst P e r m a l i n k S t o r a g e R e v i e w , those who are speed hungry will AnandTech| Seagate| Email this| be excited to hear news on the Comments mooted new Barracuda XT. This
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An Idea for Republicans, Ctd
David Frum (FrumForum » David Frum)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 10:34:45 AM
Last Friday I talked about the importance of the poverty problem to a limited-government party in a modern society. It comes down to this: poor people are expensive. The money they don’t earn in wages they still cost society in terms of prison cells and emergency room visits. In the 1990s, the US made progress against poverty for the first time since the 1960s, thanks to tight labor markets. That progress stopped in the 2000s, as 10 million new migrants (half of them illegal) put slack in labor markets. The progress has gone into reverse since 2008 as a protracted economic crisis has pushed millions of former workers into unemployment. We can hope that labor market recovery will pull many of those workers back out of poverty. But even if and when such a
labor market recovery occurs – even if we could get people working as if it were 1999 – it would still be true that more than 1 in 10 Americans would be poor. Now in one sense, the poor will always be with us: the laws of statistics dictate that there must always be a bottom 10%. It’s also true that the poor in America, even in 2011, are not
absolutely destitute. They don’t starve, they don’t freeze to death, they possess refrigerators and other appliances (even if they obtain them through rent-to-own or credit programs that ensure they pay much more for these machines than non-poor Americans do). That said, in absolute terms, the American poor know more want
and insecurity than poor people in other advanced democracies. The American poor also impose more social cost than the poor in other advanced democracies. The 50 states spent more than $49 billion on corrections in the last year before the economic crisis – up from less than $11 billion in 1988, according to the Pew Center on the States. More
than 1 American in 100 is held behind bars, a rate of incarceration more than seven times higher than Germany’s. Likewise, the lack of basic healthcare sends poor people to emergency rooms at an amazing rate. In 2009, the state of Mississippi reported more than 583 visits to an emergency room for every 1000 people in the state. Maine reported 601. West Virginia reported 671. Investments that reduced those social demands would be money well spent. But how? - MORE TO COME This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
Book Review: Democracy Denied
Todd Thurman (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 2:30:42 PM
In his new book Democracy Denied, Phil Kerpen, vice president at Americans for Prosperity, unravels the extraordinary power grab by the Obama Administration with
startling detail. Kerpen explains how Obama is getting his leftist agenda passed without the consent of Congress—and how Congress can stop him. From regulatory czars to “signing statements,” Kerpen leaves no stone unturned to expose what is going on in the executive branch. He writes about the massive
amounts of costly regulation that is passing through without congressional approval or public fanfare. It is a power-grab that threatens our constitutional government. Just last week, President Obama proclaimed that we “could not wait for an increasingly dysfunctional Congress to do its
job. Where they won’t act, I will.” That is a very dangerous statement coming from a President who has already shown a disinterest in the normal legislative process. As Democracy Denied explains, instead of appointing regulators that need congressional approval, Obama has appointed “czars” that do not
need congressional approval but still control a large part of the federal government. Kerpen details how the Administration avoids Congress to enact horribly unpopular regulations like net neutrality and the CAFE standards that would BOOK page 83
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The Coming Herman Cain Culture War
David Frum (FrumForum » David Frum)
serious. They will say that those who dismiss banter as trivial are showing insensitivity to women. Submitted at 11/1/2011 2:52:20 PM They will declare: “It’s about It’s only a matter of time before abuse of power, not about sex.” t h e H e r m a n C a i n s e x u a l People on the right-hand side will harassment settlement is unsealed. p o u n c e o n t h e p e r c e i v e d The exact nature of the charges hypocrisy and double standard. against Cain will be revealed. What about Bill Clinton? What They will most likely turn out to about John Edwards? It’s the be very ambiguous: banter, biggest deal on earth when one of innuendo, etc. our guys makes a joke–but it’s At that point, here’s what will “personal and private” when your happen: guys carry on flagrantly? People on the left-hand side of People on the right will further the spectrum will gravely insist demand: We are supposed to that the charges are in fact very watch our tongues lest any
negative remark about President Obama be seized upon as “racially charged”–yet black conservatives are to be depicted as sexual predators out of Birth of
a Nation and that’s not racial? Unless the accusations against Cain prove both true and objectively heinous, today’s breakthrough fundraising day for
Cain may augur many more – and a man unqualified for the presidency may prove brilliantly suited to a new career as ideological martyr. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
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force all automakers to have an average of 54.5 miles per gallon. Regulations like these have very serious economic consequences. Congress and citizens deserve to have a say in the process. The main purpose of the book is to highlight these power grabs. As Kerpen put it so aptly in his introduction, “The Cycle of ratcheting up federal power during a crisis is a common one throughout American history. It is a cycle we must break.” Kerpen concludes with an outline on how the republic can be restored. It is a sobering look at the current state of government,
but it offers hope that the voices of the citizens can, once again, be heard. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
Thanks to Mashable’s Supporting Event Partners
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Robot Invasion: Toyota Unveils Four Healthcare “Assistants” [PICS]
Sarah Kessler (Mashable!)
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Toyota unveiled four robots designed to accomplish ambitious objectives at a Tokyo event Tuesday: Help paralyzed patients walk or balance and help their caretakers gently transport them between locations. The company hopes to commercialize the products sometime after 2013. One of Toyota’s new robots guides patients’ strides when sensors detect the intention to walk. The Walk Training Assist robot, shown at right, mounts onto a paralyzed leg and detects movement of the hips through sensors at the thigh and foot. It helps the knee swing forward and the leg move forward to facilitate walking. Toyota also released the Independent Walk Assist, pictured at left, designed for walking training. In addition to guiding the ROBOT page 85
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leg to bend and move forward, the robot can support a patient’s weight. As the patient improves, it can be adjusted to progressively support less weight. The machine also monitors metrics such as joint angels so physicians can more easily track a patient’s progress. The third product Toyota demoed Tuesday is also designed for rehabilitation training. The Balance Training Assist, pictured below, is a two-wheeled balancing game that looks something like a Segway. The machine displays one of three games (tennis, soccer or basketball) on a monitor and the patient makes moves in the game by shifting his or her weight on the robot. Unlike its other new robots, the fourth robot at Toyota’s showcase is intended to assist caregivers as well as care recipients. The
Patient Transfer Assist, shown at bottom, has weight-supporting arms and a mobile platform that helps move a patient, for instance, from bed to the toilet and back. A Toyota spokesperson said the machine is intentded to be gentle and create an experience similar to being carried by a person. All four machines were developed in collaboration with Fujita Health University Hospital in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, which provided feedback on the needs of specialized medical facilities to incorporate in the robots’ designs. While healthcare might not be the first industry consumers associate with Toyota, the company has been running a robotics department since 2005, when it started the “Partner Robot Division,” which it first announced publicly in 2007. The division, which employs about 200 people, concentrates on robot
-based solutions for medical, manufacturing, short-distance personal transport and domestic chore problems. In the past, it has produced robots that play music or provide personal transportation. Toyota isn’t the only company in the automotive industry making such investments. Honda, for instance, has created a robot called Asimo that can walk and dance like a human. It used technologies created during Asimo’s development to make a walking assist device that performs a similar function to Toyota’s newly unveiled independent Walk Assist robot. Toyota Patient Transfer Assist Images courtesy of Toyota More About: healthcare, robots, Toyota
Wahoo Fitness bringing $80 BlueHR heart-rate belt to iPhone 4S users
Darren Murph (Engadget)
Submitted at 11/1/2011 5:25:00 PM
Remember that nondescript heart -rate monitoring belt we peeked back in June? Now you know the company that's tossing out purchase orders for 'em. Wahoo Fitness has just revealed that it'll soon be shipping its own branded version of the product -- dubbed BlueHR -- and at least for now, it'll work exclusively with the iPhone 4S. Why, you ask? The 4S just so happens to have Bluetooth 4.0, and this here belt happens to utilize that very protocol. In a brief demo vid (embedded after the break), the company demonstrates it beaming out vitals to a nearby iPhone, and we're told that it'll be "compatible with all the top running apps like Runkeeper [as well as with] Wahoo's own free app." We're guessing that the outfit will do everything it can to have this guy out by Christmastime, but for
now, you can start pinching pennies in an effort to afford the looming $79.99 sticker. Continue reading Wahoo Fitness bringing $80 BlueHR heart-rate belt to iPhone 4S users Wahoo Fitness bringing $80 BlueHR heart-rate belt to iPhone 4S users originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| | Email this| Comments
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Miami Heat Owner Fined $500,000 for Tweets
Todd Wasserman (Mashable!)
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Miami Heat owner Micky Arison has been fined $500,000 for venting on Twitter about the NBA lockout. The fine — believed to be the largest ever levied against an owner by the NBA — came after Arison responded to a fan’s tweet. That original message read: “How’s it feel to be a part [sic] of ruining the best game in the world? NBA owners/players don’t give a damn about fans&and guess what? Fans provide all the money you’re fighting over&you greedy [expletive] pigs.” In response, Arison tweeted that the fan was “barking at the wrong owner,” a reference to the divide between NBA chiefs, according to Yahoo Sports. Arison deleted the tweet an hour after he sent it Monday, but it still caught the league’s attention. The NBA has barred team owners and coaches from discussing the lockout or any players during the work stoppage. Coaches and general managers also$1 million fine and a possible
loss of draft picks for retweeting any players during the lockout. Arison is now the third owner the NBA has fined. Wizards owner Ted Leonsis got a $100,000 fine last year for comments about possible changes to the league’s salary cap. Michael Jordan, owner of the Bobcats, also got a $100,000 fine for comments he made in August about the lockout. Players are under no such constraint and several, including Oklahoma City Thunder reserve center Nazr Mohammed, Detroit Pistons forward Tracy McGrady
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Lego CD / DVD ripper lets you drop your physical media -- literally (video)
Brian Heater (Engadget)
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If the only thing standing between you and a full abandonment of physical media is the tedious task of ripping all of your CDs and DVDs, boy have we got the Lego-based gadget for you. Paul Rea whipped up this little beauty -- it's an Arduinopowered Lego arm that swings to pick up a disc, deposit it in the drive and then drop it (perhaps a bit too literally) into a finished pile. It's not quite perfect -- the arm is a bit loud as it moves, and
anyone who's ever owned CDs or DVDs may likely grimace as the thing tosses finished discs into a pile, but it's an entertaining break from what can ultimately prove an arduous task. Continue reading Lego CD / DVD ripper lets you drop your physical media -- literally (video) Lego CD / DVD ripper lets you drop your physical media -literally (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink Hack a Day| Paul Rea| Email this| Comments
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recession. David Jones, chief market strategist at IG Index, said: "The 1 Nov 2011 decision by Greece to hold a Greece's shock plan to hold a referendum on the bailout is a referendum on the eurozone shock to investors who thought rescue package has triggered a that we were finally nearing the slump on world markets. end. It raises the prospect of the The FTSE 100 Index in London crisis dragging on further still, fell more than 2%, or 122.7 continuing the uncertainty for points, to 5421.6, after Greek stock markets." p r i m e m i n i s t e r G e o r g e There were even bigger losses on Papandreou's unexpected move European markets, where the Caccast fresh doubts on last week's 40 in Paris and the Dax in much-heralded proposals to Frankfurt were down 5%, while protect Europe from economic the Italian leading shares index collapse. was down nearly 7%. The Dow Barclays was down 9%, while Jones Industrial Average in the taxpayer-backed banks Lloyds US was down more than 2% at and Royal Bank of Scotland were the time the market closed. down 6% and 8% respectively The dismal opening in Europe amid fears that Greece could followed a weak session in Asia default on its debts if it does not where fears over the viability of accept the plan. the three-pronged EU rescue deal The gloom intensified when a and weak Chinese manufacturing closely-watched survey showed data troubled investors. the UK's manufacturing sector Last week EU leaders agreed slipped into decline in October, with banks a 50% "haircut" on triggering fresh fears that the Greek debt and to boost the economy could slide back into eurozone bailout fund to one
trillion euro (£870 billion), which follows an earlier decision to shore up banks' finances. But Greek leader Mr Papandreou threw a spanner in the works when he announced his debtstrapped country will hold a vote on whether to accept the deal next January. The decision followed large-scale protests in Greece against austerity measures demanded by the European Union but analysts have warned a "No" vote could have a serious knockon effect. The Office for National Statistics revealed that GDP grew 0.5% between July and September, ahead of City forecasts of around 0.3%, but this did little to cheer traders. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
Growth boost fails to dispel gloom
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1 Nov 2011 Better-than-expected UK growth figures have been overshadowed by a manufacturing slump and grim predictions the economy could yet collapse back into recession. Gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.5% between July and September, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, up from 0.1% growth in the previous quarter and ahead of predictions of 0.3%. But economists warned the latest figures were flattered as the economy played catch-up from the previous quarter, which was hit by one-off factors such as an extra bank holiday for the royal wedding. Elsewhere, a closely watched Markit/CIPS survey showed the manufacturing sector slipped into decline in October, fuelling fears the economy could contract in the final quarter of 2011. Chancellor George Osborne said the figures represented a "step forward", while Labour said they provided further evidence that the Government's austerity measures were choking off the recovery.
Efforts to "rebalance" the UK economy towards more exports have been hampered by recent market turbulence amid doubts that a recently announced eurozone rescue package can solve the bloc's deep-rooted debt problems. Meanwhile, UK consumers are reining in spending as living standards face the biggest squeeze since the 1920s amid spiralling inflation and the Government's austerity measures. The encouraging figures for the third quarter were immediately followed by the dismal PMI data, which revealed manufacturers suffered the quickest fall in new orders since March 2009. Chris Williamson, economist at Markit, said: "While it is reassuring to see that the economy did not slide back into contraction, the third quarter is already history. More important are the forward-looking indicators, of which the release of the manufacturing PMI is the most alarming." The third quarter GDP figures which are an initial estimate and may be revised in coming weeks were boosted by a strong GROWTH page 88
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"grooming" younger cricketers to work with him and bragged that he had seven players in Pakistan's 1 Nov 2011 national side rigging games for Two Pakistani cricketers are him. facing possible jail terms after The corrupt agent also discussed being found guilty of match- deliberately losing the Oval Test fixing during last year's tour of match against England last England. summer for more than a million A jury at London's Southwark dollars and plotted to fix games at Crown Court convicted former last year's Twenty20 World Cup Test captain Salman Butt, 27, and in the West Indies. fast bowler Mohammad Asif, 28, The fixing scandal emerged after of plotting to bowl deliberate no- t h e N e w s o f t h e W o r l d ' s balls in the Lord's Test as part of a investigations editor Mazher betting scam. Mahmood approached Majeed in The pair were caught after an August last year pretending to be undercover reporter recorded UK- a wealthy Indian businessman b a s e d s p o r t s a g e n t M a z h a r seeking major international Majeed, 36, boasting how he cricketers for a tournament. The could arrange for Pakistan agent was secretly filmed cricketers to rig games for money. accepting £150,000 in cash from Majeed claimed he had been the journalist as part of an carrying out match-fixing for two- arrangement to rig games. and-a-half years and had made Majeed promised the reporter "masses and masses of money". that Asif and fellow fast bowler He spoke of the advantages of Mohammad Amir, 19, would
performance from the powerhouse services sector, which rose 0.7%. Production industries, which include manufacturing and oil and gas production, also increased 0.5%, compared with a fall of deliver three no-balls at specific 1.2% in the previous quarter. points during the Lord's Test This helped offset a 0.6% between Pakistan and England contraction in the construction from August 26 to 29 last year. industry after a rise of 1.1% in the Amir had already admitted his previous quarter. part in the match-fixing plot, it This entry passed through the was later revealed. The jury was not told that he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments at a pre-trial hearing on September 16. The judge, Mr Justice Cooke, said he would sentence Butt, Asif and Amir on Wednesday and Thursday. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it Allahpundit (Hot Air » Top on someone else's site, please read Picks) the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Submitted at 11/1/2011 3:45:56 PM Filters recommends: Donate to Like Warhol said, in the future Wikileaks. everyone will lead the GOP field
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Should Pawlenty have stayed in the race?
has not been). Paul Ryan and Chris Christie were always longshots to enter the race. The scenario we are seeing now was very plausible. The best objection to this for 15 minutes. Why not T-Paw? argument has to do with money. It seems possible, however, that Pawlenty could not raise much, Pawlenty badly miscalculated. If and thus would have had trouble we have learned one thing from competing with Romney and this election, it is that every Perry. But he still would have had candidate will get his or her time a shot in Iowa, and a win there in the sun. Bachmann did. Cain w o u l d h a v e b o o s t e d h i s did. Even Gingrich is likely to, as fundraising numbers. It’s true that Ed Kilgore explains here. Surely Mike Huckabee always had this would have been true of trouble raising cash, even after his Pawlenty, who is a much more Iowa win, but this is a much credible alternative to Romney. different election than the last What’s more, when Pawlenty quit o n e . I n t h a t r a c e , M c C a i n , it was not even clear that Perry SHOULD page 88 would be a strong candidate (he
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Romney, and Giuliani all looked like potential nominees. Here, only Romney does. Were he still running, Tim Pawlenty would have a better chance than everyone else (minus Romney and perhaps Perry) of winning. That should have at least been enough to merit staying in. Jonah Goldberg’s thinking the
same thing, saying of Pawlenty, “His problem stemmed from the fact that he’s a vanilla guy who thought he needed to convince conservatives he was a more exciting flavor. He should have waited, because vanilla may not be anyone’s first choice, but it’s almost everyone’s second choice.” Okay, but for T-Paw to
have had a chance at the nomination, vanilla would have had to have been Iowans’ first choice, no? Finishing second there to a less credible, less organized candidate like Cain or Bachmann would have tarred him with the “underperformer” label SHOULD page 89
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right before New Hampshire, where Romney’s very solid at 40 percent. If Pawlenty lost there too — and remember, he would have been competing at a heavy financial disadvantage — he’d be all done. So it was Iowa or bust for him, yet thus far this year there’s no Tina Korbe (Hot Air » Top state level. Instead, he promoted e c o n o m i c a l l y u n d e r h i s e v i d e n c e o f a n y s e r i o u s Picks) lower taxes, further-reduced leadership. He needs to explain constituency in Iowa for nonregulation and a smaller state why, to highlight clearly and firebrand conservatives apart from Submitted at 11/1/2011 4:25:26 PM government. continually — to voters in Texas the 25 percent or so who support As Rick Perry attempts to In many respects, the first rule for and elsewhere — the link between Romney. Even Gingrich, for all rebound in the polls with a politicians should be the same as the executive decisions he’s made the Newtmentum hype recently, is concentrated ad campaign and the the first rule for doctors: “First, do as the governor and the job still crawling along at nine or 10 very apropos slogan, “I’m a doer, no harm.” It’s impressive to me creation the state has seen. The percent. The story of Iowa so far not a talker,” the residents of his that Perry, as the longest-serving case can be made — he just needs is base voters constantly shuffling their votes among red-meat “true home state say he really can’t governor of the state of Texas, has to make it. even take credit for Texas’ done as little damage as he has. Incidentally, 52 percent of those conservatives”— first Bachmann, outsized economy. More time, more time to make polled identified themselves as then Perry when he jumped in and According to a University of mistakes — and he hasn’t made “ s l i g h t l y c o n s e r v a t i v e , ” she started to flame out, and now Texas-Texas Tribune poll, just 21 so many as voters seem to think. “somewhat conservative” or Cain as Perry has faded. My sense percent of Texas voters cite E v e n h i s c o n t r o v e r s i a l “ e x t r e m e l y c o n s e r v a t i v e ” of them is that they want to vote Perry’s leadership and policies as immigration policies were highly compared with just 22 percent of for a candidate whom they can get the source of Texas’ economic supported within Texas. those polled who identified excited about, and Pawlenty was success. In contrast, 65 percent Maybe Texans are just a little themselves as “slightly liberal,” never, ever going to be that guy. say long-standing policies and embarrassed after Perry’s poor “somewhat liberal” or “extremely Maybe, purely through process of natural resources account for the debate performances. Certainly, liberal.” So, the poll results don’t elimination, they would have rosy glow of Texas. they don’t think he’s brought skew against Perry because those lurched towards him once each Those “long-standing policies” positive renown to the state. The polled oppose his conservatism. and every one of Romney’s include a balanced budget, the same poll showed 37 percent of The D/I/R percentages were 29/27 competitors had imploded, but in that case, I think it’s as likely as absence of a state personal Texans think Perry’s presidential /34. income tax and a laid-back candidacy has “hurt” the state’s This entry passed through the not that many of them would have regulatory environment. Still, just image with voters nationwide, Full-Text RSS service — if this is caved and backed Romney as the because those policies preceded while 19 percent said it has your content and you're reading it inevitable nominee instead of TPerry doesn’t mean he shouldn’t “helped.” Another 34 percent said on someone else's site, please read Paw. Even now, Mitt’s neck and receive some credit for their his candidacy has had “no effect.” the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content- neck with the new grassroots continuance under him. Consider Ouch. Maybe Perry needs to first only/faq.php#publishers. Five darling Cain and might very well all the new taxes and regulations repair his image at home before Filters recommends: Donate to win the state thanks to his underthe-radar organizing. All of which the Obama administration has he attempts to win the nation. Wikileaks. is to say, I’m not so sure Iowans proposed or implemented; Perry That is, he needs to do more than are pure “Not Romney” voters. I could have done the same on the just state that Texas has grown think they’re more “true conservative” voters who can and
will reconcile themselves to Romney if their favorites all implode. As will pretty much every other “true conservative” in America, however grudgingly. Here’s Ed Rollins on Fox yesterday writing the epitaph for Bachmann’s campaign. One thing I do wonder about T-Paw staying in the race: That would have forced Romney to compete in Iowa in earnest, no? Once Bachmann and Perry cratered, it would have been way too dangerous to leave Pawlenty alone there with only Cain as his chief competition. Cain might very well crater too, whether from gaffes or the sexual harassment dirt dug up on him, and Pawlenty had enough organization there to take advantage if Iowa voters were willing to give him a look. Romney would have had to pour money into the state to make sure that didn’t happen, which would have meant less money for Nevada and Florida (and New Hampshire and South Carolina), which in turn would have meant new opportunities for Perry in those states. Different race. Not sure if the outcome would have changed, but the odds at least would have improved. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks. SHOULD page 90
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Perry Falls for Fake Occupy Wall Street Email Forward
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laughed. But Jeremy isn't real; he was made up by the Toronto Globe and Mail's Mark Schatzker, Submitted at 11/1/2011 2:56:50 PM whose column was clearly labeled Remember when you had to "satire." show your aunt Snopes.com Conservatives have been because she kept emailing you mistaking fake Jeremy for a real forwards with animated angel protester for a week. He just too GIFs about how drinking Coke perfectly fits their idea of an can kill you? Someone needs to Occupy Wall Street protester not do that for Rick Perry. In New to be real. The power of Jeremy is Hampshire Friday, Perry noted an most evident at The American email forwarded by his son that S p e c a t o r , w h e r e S h a w n quoted a 38-year-old Occupy Macomber quoted it sincerely Toronto protester named Jeremy u n d e r t h e h e a d l i n e " D e e p who whined that bankers work so Thoughts from Occupy Wall hard he can't wake up early Street Toronto" on October 24 enough to protest them. Perry before updating that it was satire. paraphrased Jeremy's complaints: But the fake quote was so good, "We got here at 9 o'clock, and The Spectator's J.P. Freire quoted those people ... those bankers that it as real three days later: "Self we came to insult, they'd already Parody Alert: Occupy Toronto been at work for two hours when Doesn't Get It." But alas, it is J.P. we got here at 9 o'clock, and when Freire who doesn't get it. He we get ready to leave, you know, quickly updated, "Is this a they're still in there working. I parody? Maybe?" Not maybe. guess greed just makes you work Actually. hard." Perry and everyone else Fake Jeremy even made it into
the mainstream media -- Forbes' Bruce Upbin noted this "Actual Quote from Protester Occupying Bay Street of Toronto's Stock Exchange" on October 28 before realizing his mistake. But it's conservative bloggers who love him the most. Jeremy makes so many people feel good about themselves. Read the full story at The Atlantic Wire. This article available online at: http://www.theatlantic.com/ politics/archive/2011/11/perryfalls-for-fake-occupy-wall-streetemail-forward/247726/ This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
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