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Corp could be preparing to sell the titles, following a phone Submitted at 7/21/2012 7:17:44 PM hacking scandal at the now CEO of News Corp Rupert defunct mass-circulation News of Murdoch attends the Allen & Co the World that has damaged Media Conference in Sun Valley, Murdoch's reputation in Britain. Idaho July 13, 2012. The revelations of sustained Credit: Reuters/Jim Urquhart criminality prompted an By Mark Hosenball and Kate i n f l u e n t i a l p a r l i a m e n t a r y Holton committee in May to describe LONDON| Sat Jul 21, 2012 Murdoch as unfit to run a major 8:17pm EDT company. (Reuters) - News Corp's Rupert James Murdoch, who was Murdoch has stepped down from chairman of the British newspaper a string of boards overseeing the arm News International when the Sun, Times and Sunday Times revelations emerged, has already n e w s p a p e r s i n B r i t a i n , t h e quit the British newspapers and company said in an internal memo moved to the United States. on Saturday. "Last week, Mr. Murdoch stepped The company described the news down from a number of boards, as a "corporate housecleaning many of them small subsidiary e x e r c i s e " l i n k e d t o t h e boards, both in the UK and U.S. announcement in June that News This is nothing more than a Corp would split into two separate corporate housecleaning exercise companies: a smaller publishing prior to the company split," a division and a much larger spokeswoman said. entertainment and TV group. As part of the plan, the $53 But the news is also likely to billion media conglomerate will reignite speculation that News be split into two publicly traded

companies, with the Murdoch family retaining control of both. "I wanted to let you know that Rupert Murdoch has resigned as director of a number of companies, including NI Group Limited, known to most of you as News International, and Times Newspapers Holdings Limited," Tom Mockridge, the head of News International, said in the email, seen by Reuters. "As you may be aware, Rupert resigned from a number of UK boards, including News Group Newspapers and Times Newspapers Limited, some time ago. He has also stepped down from more than a dozen boards of companies with interests in the U.S., Australia and India." Mockridge said Murdoch remained fully committed to the business as chairman of what would become the largest newspaper and digital publishing group in the world. Speculation had risen in the last year that News Corp could seek to

sell the British papers, following pressure from shareholders over a scandal that also forced the group to cancel its planned acquisition of the whole of the lucrative payTV group BSkyB, which would have been the biggest deal in News Corp's history. The announcement in June to split the business was seen as a clear signal that the group was distancing itself from its newspaper roots. (Reporting by Kate Holton and Mark Hosenball; Editing by 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: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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staff of the armed forces or defence minister. Born in 1950 to a middle-class A blast at the headquarters of the Alawite family in Tartus, he National Security Bureau (NSB) s t u d i e d l a w a t D a m a s c u s in Damascus on 18 July killed University. He joined the army in President Bashar al-Assad's the late 1970s. b r o t h e r - i n - l a w a n d D e p u t y He rose through the ranks, but his Defence Minister Gen Assef fortunes changed spectacularly in Shawkat, Defence Minister Gen the mid-1990s when he married Daoud Rajiha, former Defence Hafez al-Assad's only daughter, Minister Hassan Turkomani and Bushra - despite misgivings from NSB chief Hisham Ikhtiar. Here within the Assad family because are their profiles: Assef Shawkat, he was a divorced father-of-five deputy defence minister who was 10 years her senior. Gen Shawkat was considered one They eloped after the death of of the president's top security Basil Assad, who had objected to chiefs. the match. However, he was replaced in After receiving the blessing of 2 0 1 0 a s h e a d o f M i l i t a r y Hafez, he was welcomed into the Intelligence and made deputy f a m i l y a n d b u i l t a c l o s e chief-of-staff of the armed forces relationship with Bashar. Bushra and deputy defence minister. r e p o r t e d l y n u r t u r e d t h e Although he appeared to have r e l a t i o n s h i p t h r o u g h h e r been promoted, opposition figures influential role as the president's said he was seen to have been at secretary. fault in the 2008 assassination of Former Vice-President Abdul Hezbollah military commander H a l i m K h a d d a m s a i d G e n Imad Mughniyeh in an area of Shawkat was a "smart, cultivated, Damascus that fell under his and courageous officer with great responsibility. The US said Assef ambitions", who had established Shawkat was a fundamental ties with intelligence chiefs and contributor to Syria's policy to other powerbrokers. foment terrorism But there were reports of friction Analysts disagreed, however, with Bashar's younger brother, saying there was no political Maher, who is alleged to have significance and that preparations shot him in the stomach in 1999. were in fact being made to He was allegedly flown to Paris appoint Gen Shawkat chief-of- for treatment at a military

hospital. Gen Shawkat later became the de facto chief of military intelligence, a title he officially acquired in 2005. After the 11 September 2001 attacks, Gen Shawkat was one of the president's main liaisons to intelligence agencies in the US and Europe and helped set up a US intelligence operation in Syria, which was later shut down after relations between the two

said he had "been a key architect of Syria's domination of Lebanon, as well as a fundamental contributor to Syria's longstanding policy to foment terrorism". The US and EU imposed sanctions on Gen Shawkat in 2011, accusing him of playing a key role in suppressing demonstrations. In January 2012, he was reported to have been involved in negotiations which led to an unprecedented truce between security forces and the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Zabadani, a mountain town northwest of Damascus. The truce lasted just under a month, after which the military recaptured it. In mid-May 2012, opposition activists claimed that Gen Shawkat had died and been buried in his hometown of Madhala after being poisoned by rebels. Interior Minister Mohammed al-Shaar, Defence Minister Daoud Rajiha, countries soured. In 2005, Maher and Shawkat National Security Bureau (NSB) w e r e b o t h m e n t i o n e d i n a chief Hisham Ikhtiar and Hassan p r e l i m i n a r y r e p o r t b y U N Turkomani, assistant to the viceinvestigators as one of the people president, were also allegedly who might have planned the k i l l e d . G e n T u r k o m a n i assassination of the former subsequently appeared on TV to Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafik dismiss the report, while Mr Shaar denied them in a telephone Hariri. The next year, Gen Shawkat was interview, but Gen Shawkat did named a Specially Designated not do so, fuelling the rumours National (SDN) by the US, SYRIA page 7 allowing his assets to be frozen. It

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By Chris Francescani and Mary Slosson AURORA, Colo.| Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:51pm EDT (Reuters) - Deliveries received by the man accused of committing a movie house massacre at a Denver-area premiere of the new "Batman" film suggest months of "calculation and deliberation" leading up to the shooting rampage that killed 12 people, police said on Saturday. Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates discussed the shipments as local and federal authorities completed the painstaking process of disarming suspect James Holmes' apartment, which was found booby-trapped with explosive devices after the shooting at a multiplex theater several miles away. On Saturday, the local coroner's officer released the names of the 12 people killed. As evening fell, residents gathered at a local high school to mourn the passing of a classmate who graduated in May. "We've become aware that the suspect over the last four months received a high volume of deliveries to both his work and home addresses," Oates said. "This begins to explain how he got his hands on all the magazines

and ammunition. "We also think it begins to explain some of the materials he had in his apartment," Oates said. "What we're seeing here is evidence of some calculation and deliberation." A gunman wearing a full suit of tactical body armor, helmet and gas mask opened fire at a packed midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" early on Friday morning, killing 12 people and wounding 58. Holmes, 24, was arrested minutes later in a parking lot behind the cinema. Among the dead were a 6-yearold girl who had just learned to swim, a young man celebrating his 27th birthday and an aspiring sportscaster who missed by minutes being on the scene of a Toronto mall shooting earlier this summer. The mass shooting stunned the nation, evoking memories of the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, 17 miles from Aurora, where two students opened fire and killed 12 students and a teacher. It also reverberated in the U.S. presidential race. Both President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, toned down their campaigns on Friday, pulled ads from Colorado and dedicated scheduled events to the victims.

Obama was scheduled to travel to Colorado on Sunday to honor the shooting victims, an administration official said. 'THE JOKER' Those who witnessed the shooting told of a horrific scene, with dazed victims bleeding from bullet wounds, spitting up blood and crying for help. "I slipped on some blood and landed on a lady. I shook her and said, 'We need to go; get up,' and there was no response, so I presumed she was dead," said Tanner Coon, 17. When police arrested Holmes, he was armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and a Glock .40-caliber handgun, Oates said. Police found an additional Glock .40-caliber handgun in his car, parked just outside the theater's rear emergency exit, he said. Police said Holmes had purchased the weapons legally at three area gun stores in the last 60 days and bought 6,000 rounds of ammunition online, including a 100-round drum magazine for an assault rifle. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the suspect was being held in solitary confinement to protect him from other prisoners, a routine move in high-profile cases. Holmes, who authorities said had

dyed his hair red and called himself "the Joker" in a reference to Batman's comic-book nemesis, was due to make an initial court appearance on Monday. Little has surfaced from Holmes's past to suggest he was capable of such violence. Until last month, he was studying for a doctoral degree in neuroscience at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical School, a few blocks from his apartment. A top student, he had earned a prestigious federal grant from the National Institutes for Health to support his studies. The grants are intended for "outstanding neuroscientists and academicians who will make significant contributions to neurobiology," university spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery said. Holmes had spent a year in the doctoral program, where a fellow student described him as quiet and studious, before he abruptly withdrew from the university last month. He gave no reason for his departure. Holmes kept a low profile off campus as well. He was not active under his own name on social media sites like Facebook and both the landlord and fellow tenants of his red-brick apartment building said they knew little about him.

SLAIN STUDENT REMEMBERED Neighbors who met him in the local bar described him as relaxed and friendly, though a few recalled him displaying brief flashes of anger over seemingly trivial exchanges. The University of Colorado Hospital, which treated some of the shooting victims, said 10 people had been released and five remained in critical condition. The Medical Center of Aurora said four of its seven patients remained in the intensive care unit, while three others were on the main trauma floor. A memorial of flowers, candles and stuffed animals quickly sprung up where the shooting rampage took place. A handwritten sign read: "7/20 gone not forgotten." At the Saturday evening memorial service at Gateway High School, shooting victim and recent graduate A.J. Boik was remembered as beloved former student and talented artist who was bound for college in the fall. "He was a very big part of this community," said Tami Avery, whose son played sports with Boik. "He will be dearly missed." After the shooting rampage, police went to Holmes' apartment, EVIDENCE page 8

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By Chris Francescani and Mary Slosson AURORA, Colo.| Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:53pm EDT (Reuters) - Deliveries received by the man accused of committing a movie house massacre at a Denver-area premiere of the new "Batman" film suggest months of "calculation and deliberation" leading up to the shooting rampage that killed 12 people, police said on Saturday. Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates discussed the shipments as local and federal authorities completed the painstaking process of disarming suspect James Holmes' apartment, which was found booby-trapped with explosive devices after the shooting at a multiplex theater several miles away. On Saturday, the local coroner's officer released the names of the 12 people killed. As evening fell, residents gathered at a local high school to mourn the passing of a classmate who graduated in May. "We've become aware that the suspect over the last four months received a high volume of deliveries to both his work and home addresses," Oates said. "This begins to explain how he got his hands on all the magazines

and ammunition. "We also think it begins to explain some of the materials he had in his apartment," Oates said. "What we're seeing here is evidence of some calculation and deliberation." A gunman wearing a full suit of tactical body armor, helmet and gas mask opened fire at a packed midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" early on Friday morning, killing 12 people and wounding 58. Holmes, 24, was arrested minutes later in a parking lot behind the cinema. Among the dead were a 6-yearold girl who had just learned to swim, a young man celebrating his 27th birthday and an aspiring sportscaster who missed by minutes being on the scene of a Toronto mall shooting earlier this summer. The mass shooting stunned the nation, evoking memories of the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, 17 miles from Aurora, where two students opened fire and killed 12 students and a teacher. It also reverberated in the U.S. presidential race. Both President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, toned down their campaigns on Friday, pulled ads from Colorado and dedicated scheduled events to the victims.

Obama was scheduled to travel to Colorado on Sunday to honor the shooting victims, an administration official said. 'THE JOKER' Those who witnessed the shooting told of a horrific scene, with dazed victims bleeding from bullet wounds, spitting up blood and crying for help. "I slipped on some blood and landed on a lady. I shook her and said, 'We need to go; get up,' and there was no response, so I presumed she was dead," said Tanner Coon, 17. When police arrested Holmes, he was armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and a Glock .40-caliber handgun, Oates said. Police found an additional Glock .40-caliber handgun in his car, parked just outside the theater's rear emergency exit, he said. Police said Holmes had purchased the weapons legally at three area gun stores in the last 60 days and bought 6,000 rounds of ammunition online, including a 100-round drum magazine for an assault rifle. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the suspect was being held in solitary confinement to protect him from other prisoners, a routine move in high-profile cases. Holmes, who authorities said had

dyed his hair red and called himself "the Joker" in a reference to Batman's comic-book nemesis, was due to make an initial court appearance on Monday. Little has surfaced from Holmes's past to suggest he was capable of such violence. Until last month, he was studying for a doctoral degree in neuroscience at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical School, a few blocks from his apartment. A top student, he had earned a prestigious federal grant from the National Institutes for Health to support his studies. The grants are intended for "outstanding neuroscientists and academicians who will make significant contributions to neurobiology," university spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery said. Holmes had spent a year in the doctoral program, where a fellow student described him as quiet and studious, before he abruptly withdrew from the university last month. He gave no reason for his departure. Holmes kept a low profile off campus as well. He was not active under his own name on social media sites like Facebook and both the landlord and fellow tenants of his red-brick apartment building said they knew little about him.

SLAIN STUDENT REMEMBERED Neighbors who met him in the local bar described him as relaxed and friendly, though a few recalled him displaying brief flashes of anger over seemingly trivial exchanges. The University of Colorado Hospital, which treated some of the shooting victims, said 10 people had been released and five remained in critical condition. The Medical Center of Aurora said four of its seven patients remained in the intensive care unit, while three others were on the main trauma floor. A memorial of flowers, candles and stuffed animals quickly sprung up where the shooting rampage took place. A handwritten sign read: "7/20 gone not forgotten." At the Saturday evening memorial service at Gateway High School, shooting victim and recent graduate A.J. Boik was remembered as beloved former student and talented artist who was bound for college in the fall. "He was a very big part of this community," said Tami Avery, whose son played sports with Boik. "He will be dearly missed." After the shooting rampage, police went to Holmes' apartment, EVIDENCE page 8

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By Dominic Evans and Khaled Yacoub Oweis BEIRUT/AMMAN| Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:53pm EDT (Reuters) - Syrian troops backed by helicopters and tanks have struck back in Damascus against rebel fighters emboldened by a bomb attack against President Bashar al-Assad's inner circle. Assad's forces, who also pushed into a rebel-held district in the northerly commercial hub of Aleppo on Saturday, targeted pockets of lightly armed rebels, who moved about the streets on foot and attacked security installations and roadblocks. Residents said the sound of shelling in the capital was so intense at dusk that they were unable to distinguish it from the traditional cannon blast marking the end of the daily fast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Opposition activists said helicopters fired rockets into a neighborhood near the southerly Sayida Zeinab district, causing dozens of casualties. They did not have any other details. "In Damascus, people continue to search desperately for safety," the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement in Geneva.

"Humanitarian needs are growing as the situation in the city worsens and as large numbers of people flee their neighborhoods in search of safe haven. The ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have intensified their response to the situation." The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition group that monitors the violence, said 140 people, including 43 troops, had been killed across Syria on Saturday. Most of them died in the province of Homs, epicenter of the uprising. One Western diplomat who declined to be named said Assad was moving troops to protect his capital and compared him to a doctor "abandoning the patient's limbs to save the organs". Most shops were closed and there was only light traffic - although more than in the past few days. Some police checkpoints, abandoned earlier in the week, were manned again. Many petrol stations were closed, having run out of fuel, and those that were open had huge lines of cars waiting to fill up. Residents reported long queues at bakeries. The army's push in the capital occurred after rebels assassinated four of Assad's top security officials last week as part of a sixday attack in the capital that they dubbed "Damascus Volcano".

Rebels also captured three border crossings with Iraq and Turkey, and on Saturday an Iraqi security source said gunmen appeared to be taking over a fourth at Yarubiya in Syria's Kurdish northeast. NO COMMENT FROM ASSAD Assad, battling a 16-month-old uprising against his family's four decades of autocratic rule, has not spoken in public since the assassinations, and failed to attend funeral ceremonies for his brother -in-law and two other slain officials on Friday. A bloody crackdown on what began as a peaceful revolt has increasingly become an armed conflict between an establishment dominated by Assad's Alawite minority, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam, and rebels drawn largely from the Sunni majority. U.N. Secretary General Ban Kimoon said he was sending his peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous and top military adviser General Babacar Gaye to Syria to assess the situation. Opposition activists in Aleppo, Syria's biggest city, said hundreds of families were fleeing residential areas on Saturday after the military swept into the Saladin district, which had been in rebel hands for two days. Fighting was also reported in the densely-populated, poor

neighborhood of al-Sakhour. "The sound of bombardment has been non-stop since last night. For the first time we feel Aleppo has turned into a battle zone," a housewife, who declined to be named, said by phone from the city. REBEL BORDER CROSSING RAID On the Iraqi-Syrian border, a security source and a separate witness said they saw gunmen in a civilian car enter the Yarubiya crossing point on the Syrian side of the frontier. "When we contacted the Syrians there, they told us the Syrian security elements are gradually withdrawing from the place," said the security source, who works for the Iraqi customs department. It was not immediately possible to verify the reports on the border post, but Syrian opposition activists said several towns in Syria's Kurdish northeast had passed - without a fight - into local hands in recent days as central authority eroded. The surge in violence has trapped millions of Syrians, turned sections of Damascus into ghost areas, and sent tens of thousands of refugees fleeing to neighboring Lebanon. The U.N. Security Council has approved a 30-day extension for a ceasefire observer mission, but

Ban has recommended changing its focus to pursuing prospects for a political solution - effectively accepting there is no truce to monitor. Diplomats said only half of the 300 unarmed observers would be needed for Ban's suggested plan, and several monitors were seen departing from Damascus on Saturday. Speaking two days after Russia and China vetoed a resolution to impose U.N. sanctions on Assad's government, Ban called on the Security Council to "redouble efforts to forge a united way forward and exercise its collective responsibility". "The Syrian government has manifestly failed to protect civilians and the international community has collective responsibility to live up to the U.N. Charter and act on its principles," he said. Regional and Western powers have voiced concern the conflict might become a full-blown sectarian war that could spill across borders. But Assad's opponents remain outgunned and divided. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, speaking after contacts with the head of the Arab League and Qatar's prime minister, said SYRIAN page 7

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about his death. On 18 July, state media reported that Gen Shawkat had been killed in a suicide bomb attack at the headquarters of the National Security Bureau. Daoud Rajiha, defence minister Gen Daoud Rajiha was appointed defence minister in August 2011, and remained in the post after a cabinet reshuffle in June. The US and EU imposed sanctions on Gen Rajiha in May, accusing him of responsibility for repression The 65 year old had previously served as chief of staff of the armed forces for seven years. He was promoted to the rank of general in 2005. He specialised in artillery at the Syrian military academy, from which he graduated in 1967. It is believed Gen Rajiha was a Greek Orthodox Christian, a rarity in the Syrian military and government, which is dominated by the Alawite sect of President Bashar al-Assad. In March 2012, the US Treasury imposed sanctions on Gen Rajiha for his role in the repression of dissent in Syria. The EU also added him to its list of designated officials, saying he was responsible for the military's

involvement in the crackdown on protesters. Hassan Turkomani, assistant to the vice-president Gen Hassan Turkomani was appointed assistant to the vicepresident - with the rank of minister - in 2009. He was also said to been made a special envoy of President Assad. Gen Hassan Turkomani: Long-standing senior member of ruling Baath Party Born in 1935, Mr Turkomani joined the army in the 1950s. He fought against Israel and in Lebanon, before being made a general in the 1980s and military chief of staff in 2002. His appointment as defence minister in 2004 - replacing Mustafa Tlas, who had been in that position for 32 years - went against speculation that the next postholder would be a civilian. A Sunni Muslim unlike many in the Syrian elite, Gen Turkomani was also a long-standing senior member of the ruling Baath Party, serving on its Regional Command and Central Committee. Activists say that after protests erupted against President Assad in 2011, Gen Turkomani was appointed head of the security forces' crisis management office, which is based at the National

Security Bureau's headquarters in Damascus. In August, the EU imposed sanctions on the general as it targeted senior government officials. Hisham Ikhtiar, director of the National Security Bureau (NSB) Born in 1941, Gen Ikhtiar was the head of the Baath Party Regional Command's National Security Bureau (NSB), which coordinates the work of Syria's intelligence agencies and formulates recommendations for the president. Between 2001 and 2005, he was in charge of the General Security Directorate (GSD). Gen Hisham Ikhtiar was a leading Baath Party figure and head of the National Security Bureau In 2006, the US imposed financial sanctions on Gen Ikhtiar for "significantly contributing to the Syrian government's support for designated terrorist organisations", including Hezbollah. While at the GSD, Gen Ikhtiar directed activities that "significantly contributed to the Syrian government's military and security presence in Lebanon", it said. In 2007, he was included on a list of Syrians forbidden to enter US soil.

Gen Ikhtiar was reportedly charged with quelling the initial pro-democracy protests in Deraa. The brutal crackdown launched by the security services in the southern city helped trigger the recent nationwide unrest. In May 2011, the US treasury department imposed sanctions on the National Security Bureau, saying it had directed Syrian security forces to use extreme force against demonstrators. The EU and US later imposed individual sanctions on Gen Ikhtiar, with the latter saying he had directed security forces to "use extreme force against demonstrators". This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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all three agreed that it was time for Syria's fractured opposition to prepare to take charge of the country. "We would like to see the rapid formation of a provisional government representing the

diversity of Syrian society," said Fabius. Syria's main political opposition group, the Syrian National Council, operating in exile, has so far failed to unite Assad's disparate foes on a united political platform.

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where they found booby traps that prevented investigators from entering for two days and forced officials to evacuate the apartment complex and five nearby buildings. Sources familiar with the investigation said that some 30 shells filled with gunpowder were spread through the 800-squarefoot apartment and wired to a control box in the kitchen. There were also at least two containers filled with "incendiary liquids" intended to fuel a fire from the initial explosions, and an undetermined amount of bullets meant to ricochet around the apartment. "Given the amount of explosives that were there, if they detonated ideally, you would have had a

very ample explosion with an ensuing thermal effect from the incendiary liquids that would have destroyed that apartment complex," a law enforcement official said. Local and federal bomb experts used a remote-controlled robot to disable two trip wires, then detonated a tube known as a "water shot" to disable the control box. By Saturday afternoon, police had removed the last of the devices, packed them in sand in a dump truck and drove them away. Authorities said they were working carefully to preserve any evidence in the apartment, which could shed light on the motives for a crime that stunned Aurora and much of the nation "This apartment was designed to

kill whoever entered it," Oates said. (Additional reporting by Stephanie Simon, Keith Coffman, Edith Honan and Dan Whitcomb; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Eric Beech and Stacey Joyce) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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where they found booby traps that prevented investigators from entering for two days and forced officials to evacuate the apartment complex and five nearby buildings. Sources familiar with the investigation said that some 30 shells filled with gunpowder were spread through the 800-squarefoot apartment and wired to a control box in the kitchen. There were also at least two containers filled with "incendiary liquids" intended to fuel a fire from the initial explosions, and an undetermined amount of bullets [unable to retrieve full-text

meant to ricochet around the apartment. "Given the amount of explosives that were there, if they detonated ideally, you would have had a very ample explosion with an ensuing thermal effect from the incendiary liquids that would have destroyed that apartment complex," a law enforcement official said. Local and federal bomb experts used a remote-controlled robot to disable two trip wires, then detonated a tube known as a "water shot" to disable the control box. By Saturday afternoon, content]

police had removed the last of the devices, packed them in sand in a dump truck and drove them away. Authorities said they were working carefully to preserve any evidence in the apartment, which could shed light on the motives for a crime that stunned Aurora and much of the nation "This apartment was designed to kill whoever entered it," Oates said. (Additional reporting by Stephanie Simon, Keith Coffman, Edith Honan and Dan Whitcomb; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Eric Beech and Stacey

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the pill could gain an extra 11 years of life. Are there any side effects? A new multipurpose pill that A few patients during the threereduces blood pressure and month study said they cholesterol while lowering a experienced muscle aches due to person's risk of heart attack and the statin in the polypill, but that stroke could ostensibly save wasn't enough for them to want to thousands of lives a year, discontinue treatment. according to a new British study. So what are the next steps for the The "polypill" is intended to make polypill? life remarkably easier for adults Before it can be sold, it'll have to over age 50, and some doctors make it past safety regulators, a predict it could even be a game process that could take one to two changer. Here's what you need to years. Larger trials in India are know: also underway. "We need trial How does it work? evidence that looks at real life The "four-in-one pill," which is outcomes like death rates," says meant to be taken every night, Then why make it? polypill cut blood pressure by 12 Dr. Maraget McCartney, who combines three generic blood Roughly 200,000 people die percent and lowered so-called wasn't involved with the study. p r e s s u r e m e d i c i n e s a n d a a n n u a l l y o f c a r d i o v a s c u l a r "bad" cholesterol by 39 percent. "We need much larger trials that cholesterol fighting drug called complications in the U.K., says Consequently, the team predicts give us fair representations of risk simavastatin. The idea of a "one- Stephen Adams at the Telegraph. that taking it could cut heart and harm." size-fits-all" cocktail of heart If adults over 50 were prescribed disease events by 72 percent and Sources: CBS News, Med Page drugs has been floating around for this pill, that number could be cut stroke by 64 percent. "But not all Today, Reuters, Telegraph roughly a decade, says Ben by a little more than half, w o u l d b e n e f i t , " s a y s t h e Please follow Science on Twitter Hirschler at Reuters, "but its path according to scientists from Telegraph's Adams: "Some who and Facebook. to market remains unclear given Q u e e n M a r y U n i v e r s i t y o f take the pill would still suffer a Join the conversation about this regulatory hurdles" coupled with L o n d o n . heart attack or stroke, while for story "a lack of interest from big How did researchers learn that? others such an event would be drugmakers focused on selling In a small study of 84 adults, the delayed." On average, patients on new patented medicines."

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Bomb units disarm explosives inside shooting suspects home Witness describes scene at movie theater shooting History of violence All explosives have been eliminated in the booby-trapped apartment of the suspect in a deadly shooting spree at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, and no authorities were injured in the process. The suspect, James Holmes is accused of going on a shooting rampage at the movie theater during Friday's midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." He was packing as many as 6,000 rounds of ammunition with the ability to shoot up to 50 a minute, police said. Aurora police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson says the booby trap trip wire at his apartment was "meant to kill," the first person who opened the door to the apartment. The Aurora police chief says the trap was meant specifically to kill a police officer who might have opened the door. "We sure as hell are angry," Chief Dan Oates said about the trap being aimed at officers. Oates also tried to head off a mental incompetence defense by saying

Holmes was deliberate and calculating in receiving numerous commercial deliveries to his home and workplaces over the past four months. "This is some serious stuff that our team is dealing with," Sgt. Carlson said. Witnesses have reported hearing two small booms during the disarming process. Holmes' apartment was loaded with explosives and authorities say they will not know for sure

what is inside until they enter and test results come back from an FBI lab. A robot was sent in to disarm and diffuse the major threats as well as remove evidence. Initial attempts to enter the apartment Friday were unsuccessful. The FBI, ATF and local authorities are working together to enter the apartment. "There are still unknowns, we're not exactly sure of everything

that's in there" Sgt. Carlson said. The unknown includes jars that are believed to contain accelerates. Authorities say there are balloons filled with gun powder and bullets littered throughout the floor. The first phase, which according to officials was successful, was to render the area safe and address the immediate threat of the wire trip booby trap. The public had been warned that parts of these

phases may cause loud booms and have planned for reverse 911 calls for the area so that the public may remain informed. The second phase will be to dispose of the aerial shells which will include placing the devices into sand trucks and taken to a disposal site for a controlled detonation. Authorities believe there may be up to as many as 30 GUNMAN'S page 13

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shells. The third phase will be the investigation of the apartment itself. "There is no timeline, there is no end time, Sgt. Carlson said. "We don't need to rush anything," she said. Authorities said Saturday that they hope to begin allowing residents back into their homes by Sunday. They also said they hope to finish with the investigation at the movie theater by Monday, with the goal of handing the theater back to the owners by Wednesday. Relatives of two of the twelve dead confirmed late Friday that their loved ones were killed during the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." The family of Alex Sullivan issued a statement confirming his death. He died on his 27th birthday. Twenty-three-year-old Micayla Medek was also among the dead. Her father's cousin, Anita Busch, says the sad news at least brought peace to the family. The brother of Jessica Ghawi previously confirmed his sister's death. "He looked like an assassin ready to go to war," said Jordan Crofter, a moviegoer who was unhurt in the attack early Friday, about a half-hour after the special midnight opening of "The Dark Knight Rises." Holmes, used a military-style semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun and a pistol, stopping only to reload.

The suspect marched up the aisle in the stadium-style theater, picking off those who tried to flee, witnesses said. Authorities said he hit scores of people, with a few of the 70 victims suffering their injuries not by gunfire but in the ensuing chaos. At least one person was struck in an adjacent theater by gunfire that went through the wall. "He would reload and shoot and anyone who would try to leave would just get killed," said Jennifer Seeger, adding that bullet casings landed on her head and burned her forehead. Within minutes, frantic emergency services calls brought some 200 police officers, ambulances and emergency crews to the theater. Holmes was captured in the parking lot and remains in police custody. Police said they later found that his nearby apartment was boobytrapped. Authorities gave no motive for the attack. The FBI said there was no indication of ties to any terrorist groups. In New York City, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said: "It clearly looks like a deranged individual. He has his hair painted red. He said he was the Joker, obviously the enemy of Batman." It was the worst mass shooting in the U.S. since the Nov. 5, 2009, attack at Fort Hood, Texas. An Army psychiatrist was charged with killing 13 soldiers and civilians and wounding more than two dozen others.

It was the deadliest in Colorado since the Columbine High School massacre in suburban Denver in 1999, when two students killed 12 classmates and a teacher and wounded 26 others before killing themselves. The latest shooting rocked this sprawling suburb of 325,000 east of Denver. A makeshift memorial with 12 candles in a row and piles of flowers sat at a corner near the entrance to the movie theater parking lot. Up the hill from there, about 20 pastors led an emotional vigil for about 350 people, some hugging and crying At an emotional afternoon news conference, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said the people would rise above the spasm of violence, and ultimately not be "defined" by the tragedy. The new Batman movie, the last in the trilogy starring Christian Bale, opened worldwide Friday with midnight showings in the U.S. The plot has the villain Bane facing Bale's Caped Crusader with a nuclear weapon that could destroy all of fictional Gotham. The shooting prompted officials to cancel the red-carpet premiere in Paris, and some U.S. movie theaters stepped up security for daytime showings. The film's director, Christopher Nolan, issued a statement on behalf of the cast and crew, expressing their "profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy." "Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our

thoughts are with them and their families," Nolan said. "Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them." actor Christian Bales said in a statement. The attack began shortly after midnight at the multiplex in Aurora. Audience members said they thought it was part of the movie, or some kind of stunt associated with it. The film has several scenes of public mayhem -- a hallmark of superhero movies. In one scene, Bane leads an attack on a stock exchange, and in another he leads a shooting and bombing rampage on a packed football stadium. A federal law enforcement official said Holmes bought a ticket to the show, went into the theater as part of the crowd and propped open an exit door as the movie was playing. The suspect then donned protective ballistic gear and opened fire, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation. At some point, the gunman appeared to have stepped outside because several witnesses saw him come through the door. "All I saw is the door swinging open and the street lights behind, and you could see a silhouette," said Crofter, who was sitting on the left side of the theater and toward the front. Sylvana Guillen said the gunman, clad in dark clothing, appeared at

the front of the theater as the character Catwoman appeared in the movie. Then they heard gunshots and smelled smoke from a canister he was carrying. As she and her friend, Misha Mostashiry, ran to the exit, Guillen said, they saw a man slip in the blood of a wounded woman he was trying to help. Oates said the gunman wore a gas mask and a ballistic helmet and vest, as well as leg, groin and throat protectors. He said he bought four guns from local gun shops in the last 60 days and 6,000 rounds of ammunition, including a drum magazine that could fire 50 to 60 rounds per minute. "My understanding is that all the weapons that he possessed, he possessed legally. And all the clips that he possessed, he possessed legally. And all the ammunition that he possessed, he possessed legally," Oates said at a press conference Friday. Seeger said she thought it was showmanship. "I didn't think it was real," Seeger said. She said she was in the second row, about four feet from the gunman, when he pointed a gun at her face. "I was just a deer in headlights. I didn't know what to do," she said. Then she ducked to the ground as the gunman shot people seated behind her. Seeger said she began crawling toward an exit when she saw a girl of about 14 "lying lifeless on GUNMAN'S page 18

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By Chris Francescani and Mary Slosson AURORA, Colo.| Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:51pm EDT (Reuters) - Deliveries received by the man accused of committing a movie house massacre at a Denver-area premiere of the new "Batman" film suggest months of "calculation and deliberation" leading up to the shooting rampage that killed 12 people, police said on Saturday. Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates discussed the shipments as local and federal authorities completed the painstaking process of disarming suspect James Holmes' apartment, which was found booby-trapped with explosive devices after the shooting at a multiplex theater several miles away. On Saturday, the local coroner's officer released the names of the 12 people killed. As evening fell, residents gathered at a local high school to mourn the passing of a classmate who graduated in May. "We've become aware that the suspect over the last four months received a high volume of deliveries to both his work and home addresses," Oates said. "This begins to explain how he got his hands on all the magazines

and ammunition. "We also think it begins to explain some of the materials he had in his apartment," Oates said. "What we're seeing here is evidence of some calculation and deliberation." A gunman wearing a full suit of tactical body armor, helmet and gas mask opened fire at a packed midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" early on Friday morning, killing 12 people and wounding 58. Holmes, 24, was arrested minutes later in a parking lot behind the cinema. Among the dead were a 6-yearold girl who had just learned to swim, a young man celebrating his 27th birthday and an aspiring sportscaster who missed by minutes being on the scene of a Toronto mall shooting earlier this summer. The mass shooting stunned the nation, evoking memories of the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, 17 miles from Aurora, where two students opened fire and killed 12 students and a teacher. It also reverberated in the U.S. presidential race. Both President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, toned down their campaigns on Friday, pulled ads from Colorado and dedicated scheduled events to the victims.

Obama was scheduled to travel to Colorado on Sunday to honor the shooting victims, an administration official said. 'THE JOKER' Those who witnessed the shooting told of a horrific scene, with dazed victims bleeding from bullet wounds, spitting up blood and crying for help. "I slipped on some blood and landed on a lady. I shook her and said, 'We need to go; get up,' and there was no response, so I presumed she was dead," said Tanner Coon, 17. When police arrested Holmes, he was armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and a Glock .40-caliber handgun, Oates said. Police found an additional Glock .40-caliber handgun in his car, parked just outside the theater's rear emergency exit, he said. Police said Holmes had purchased the weapons legally at three area gun stores in the last 60 days and bought 6,000 rounds of ammunition online, including a 100-round drum magazine for an assault rifle. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the suspect was being held in solitary confinement to protect him from other prisoners, a routine move in high-profile cases. Holmes, who authorities said had

dyed his hair red and called himself "the Joker" in a reference to Batman's comic-book nemesis, was due to make an initial court appearance on Monday. Little has surfaced from Holmes's past to suggest he was capable of such violence. Until last month, he was studying for a doctoral degree in neuroscience at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical School, a few blocks from his apartment. A top student, he had earned a prestigious federal grant from the National Institutes for Health to support his studies. The grants are intended for "outstanding neuroscientists and academicians who will make significant contributions to neurobiology," university spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery said. Holmes had spent a year in the doctoral program, where a fellow student described him as quiet and studious, before he abruptly withdrew from the university last month. He gave no reason for his departure. Holmes kept a low profile off campus as well. He was not active under his own name on social media sites like Facebook and both the landlord and fellow tenants of his red-brick apartment building said they knew little about him.

SLAIN STUDENT REMEMBERED Neighbors who met him in the local bar described him as relaxed and friendly, though a few recalled him displaying brief flashes of anger over seemingly trivial exchanges. The University of Colorado Hospital, which treated some of the shooting victims, said 10 people had been released and five remained in critical condition. The Medical Center of Aurora said four of its seven patients remained in the intensive care unit, while three others were on the main trauma floor. A memorial of flowers, candles and stuffed animals quickly sprung up where the shooting rampage took place. A handwritten sign read: "7/20 gone not forgotten." At the Saturday evening memorial service at Gateway High School, shooting victim and recent graduate A.J. Boik was remembered as beloved former student and talented artist who was bound for college in the fall. "He was a very big part of this community," said Tami Avery, whose son played sports with Boik. "He will be dearly missed." After the shooting rampage, police went to Holmes' apartment, EVIDENCE page 19

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By Dominic Evans and Khaled Yacoub Oweis BEIRUT/AMMAN| Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:53pm EDT (Reuters) - Syrian troops backed by helicopters and tanks have struck back in Damascus against rebel fighters emboldened by a bomb attack against President Bashar al-Assad's inner circle. Assad's forces, who also pushed into a rebel-held district in the northerly commercial hub of Aleppo on Saturday, targeted pockets of lightly armed rebels, who moved about the streets on foot and attacked security installations and roadblocks. Residents said the sound of shelling in the capital was so intense at dusk that they were unable to distinguish it from the traditional cannon blast marking the end of the daily fast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Opposition activists said helicopters fired rockets into a neighborhood near the southerly Sayida Zeinab district, causing dozens of casualties. They did not have any other details. "In Damascus, people continue to search desperately for safety," the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement in Geneva.

"Humanitarian needs are growing as the situation in the city worsens and as large numbers of people flee their neighborhoods in search of safe haven. The ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have intensified their response to the situation." The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition group that monitors the violence, said 140 people, including 43 troops, had been killed across Syria on Saturday. Most of them died in the province of Homs, epicenter of the uprising. One Western diplomat who declined to be named said Assad was moving troops to protect his capital and compared him to a doctor "abandoning the patient's limbs to save the organs". Most shops were closed and there was only light traffic - although more than in the past few days. Some police checkpoints, abandoned earlier in the week, were manned again. Many petrol stations were closed, having run out of fuel, and those that were open had huge lines of cars waiting to fill up. Residents reported long queues at bakeries. The army's push in the capital occurred after rebels assassinated four of Assad's top security officials last week as part of a sixday attack in the capital that they dubbed "Damascus Volcano".

Rebels also captured three border crossings with Iraq and Turkey, and on Saturday an Iraqi security source said gunmen appeared to be taking over a fourth at Yarubiya in Syria's Kurdish northeast. NO COMMENT FROM ASSAD Assad, battling a 16-month-old uprising against his family's four decades of autocratic rule, has not spoken in public since the assassinations, and failed to attend funeral ceremonies for his brother -in-law and two other slain officials on Friday. A bloody crackdown on what began as a peaceful revolt has increasingly become an armed conflict between an establishment dominated by Assad's Alawite minority, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam, and rebels drawn largely from the Sunni majority. U.N. Secretary General Ban Kimoon said he was sending his peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous and top military adviser General Babacar Gaye to Syria to assess the situation. Opposition activists in Aleppo, Syria's biggest city, said hundreds of families were fleeing residential areas on Saturday after the military swept into the Saladin district, which had been in rebel hands for two days. Fighting was also reported in the densely-populated, poor

neighborhood of al-Sakhour. "The sound of bombardment has been non-stop since last night. For the first time we feel Aleppo has turned into a battle zone," a housewife, who declined to be named, said by phone from the city. REBEL BORDER CROSSING RAID On the Iraqi-Syrian border, a security source and a separate witness said they saw gunmen in a civilian car enter the Yarubiya crossing point on the Syrian side of the frontier. "When we contacted the Syrians there, they told us the Syrian security elements are gradually withdrawing from the place," said the security source, who works for the Iraqi customs department. It was not immediately possible to verify the reports on the border post, but Syrian opposition activists said several towns in Syria's Kurdish northeast had passed - without a fight - into local hands in recent days as central authority eroded. The surge in violence has trapped millions of Syrians, turned sections of Damascus into ghost areas, and sent tens of thousands of refugees fleeing to neighboring Lebanon. The U.N. Security Council has approved a 30-day extension for a ceasefire observer mission, but

Ban has recommended changing its focus to pursuing prospects for a political solution - effectively accepting there is no truce to monitor. Diplomats said only half of the 300 unarmed observers would be needed for Ban's suggested plan, and several monitors were seen departing from Damascus on Saturday. Speaking two days after Russia and China vetoed a resolution to impose U.N. sanctions on Assad's government, Ban called on the Security Council to "redouble efforts to forge a united way forward and exercise its collective responsibility". "The Syrian government has manifestly failed to protect civilians and the international community has collective responsibility to live up to the U.N. Charter and act on its principles," he said. Regional and Western powers have voiced concern the conflict might become a full-blown sectarian war that could spill across borders. But Assad's opponents remain outgunned and divided. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, speaking after contacts with the head of the Arab League and Qatar's prime minister, said SYRIAN page 18

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fought so bravely to preserve and on which our entire American system of government is based, LaPierre told the UN Conference Inside the UN, world leaders on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). take aim at gun rights, say critics. The latest draft bars weapons transfers to non-state actors UNITED NATIONS American which, by definition, include Second Amendment rights and private citizens. U.S. foreign policy interests could The ATT will not limit the be directly threatened by the latest ability of terrorists to acquire wording of a United Nations draft arms." treaty seeking control over - T e d B r o m u n d , H e r i t a g e international trade in conventional F o u n d a t i o n weapons, FoxNews.com has While treaty supporters say the learned. provision speaks to a long-stated A U.S. delegate argued against goal of denying weapons to the provisions during closed-door terrorists, many experts warn of talks Friday, but insiders close to wider consequences. the proceedings say UN approval The ATT will not limit the of a final document by the self- ability of terrorists to acquire imposed July 27 deadline remains arms. The reason for this is likely. simple: The UN has never defined The development comes just days terrorism, because some member after Wayne LaPierre, executive states insist that terrorist groups vice president of the National like Hamas are struggling against Rifle Association, warned there so-called foreign occupation, should be no compromise on Ted Bromund, senior research the issue of a U.S. citizens right fellow with the Washington-based to own a firearm. Heritage Foundations Margaret We will not stand idly by while Thatcher Center for Freedom, told i n t e r n a t i o n a l o r g a n i z a t i o n s , the conference last week. whether state-based or stateless, Implementation of the latest draft a t t e m p t t o u n d e r m i n e t h e risks restricting U.S. foreign fundamental liberties that our men policy because it could limit and women in uniform have Washingtons ability to sell arms
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to strategic allies such as Israel and Taiwan, one insider explained. It says states shall not authorize arms transfers unless they take account of certain issues, but the U.S. took the view that [the criteria] was incompatible with the current U.S. export control system, this insider explained. Despite the U.S. objections, the source told FoxNews.com: Momentum overall is still very strong for getting a treaty. To meet the deadline, emergency sessions have been arranged for this weekend even though translators may not be on hand. The U.S. mission to the UN did not respond to a request for comment on the latest turns in the talks, which are taking place in New York. UN resistance to exempting civilian arms from the treaty is linked to the fact that few of the world bodys 193 member states provide their citizens with a constitutional right to bear arms. The U.S. opposition to arms transfer restrictions, meanwhile, marks a clear acknowledgement on the part of the Obama administration that the treaty, as it stands, risks straitjacketing U.S. foreign policy.

Indeed, such wording applied historically might have constrained the Reagan Doctrine, which allowed for giving overt and covert aid to anti-communist resistance movements during the ultimately successful Cold War confrontation against the Soviet Union. In discussing other ways the draft treaty has evolved, the source close to the talks said there is now some momentum towards exempting ammunition from the treaty. This would meet a key U.S. and gun lobby demand. There may now also be no reporting requirements for small arms and light weapons sales. But the U.S. Friday did not oppose the draft treatys call for proscription of arms transfers that prolong international instability, the source confided. With the word instability serving as UN code for war, this provision could arguably help aggressors who strike first to hold onto their gains, some analysts will argue. Thats because states would not be able to help the losing side by arming it. But the U.S. Friday did not oppose the draft treatys call for proscription of arms transfers that prolong international instability,

the source confided. With the word instability serving as UN code for war, this provision could arguably help aggressors to hold onto their gains, some analysts will argue. Thats because states would not be able to help the losing side by arming it. Steven Edwards is a UN-Based freelance journalist. Follow him on Twitter: @stevenmedwards Print Email Share Comments Recommend Tweet Share This Article Newsletter Signup Sign up for free e-mail news alerts from FoxNews.com and FoxBusiness.com. Newsletter Signup This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Nursing Home Wants Probe After Union Walkout


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FILE: July 11, 2012: Conn. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman with striking nursing home workers at a facility in Newington, Conn. AP The owner of several Connecticut nursing homes is calling for a criminal probe after union workers staged a mass walkout earlier this month, allegedly vandalizing and sabotaging the health care facilities in the process. Among the allegations is that the workers, supposedly disgruntled over protracted labor talks, switched around the IDs of Alzheimer's patients. The alleged sabotage, which also purportedly included tampering with medication records and removing patient identification bands, occurred in three of the companys five Connecticut facilities in the overnight hours before the July 3 strike, according to police reports and the complaint HealthBridge Management filed Thursday with the Chief State's Attorney office. Company officials suspect the acts were committed by some of the employees who went on strike. Those employees are represented by a chapter of the

Service Employees International Union, the largest healthcare union in North America with roughly 1.1 million members. Its especially heinous to do it to somebody with Alzheimers, said a HealthBridge spokesman, adding that dietary information also was compromised. He said the acts put patients' lives at risk

and if somebody had a medical emergency in that window "they could have been in grave peril." In the formal complaint, company executives also point out similar incidents reportedly occurred in 2001 at several nursing homes involved in labor negotiations with the chapter, New England Heath Care

Employees Union District 1199. These (recent) incidents posed a serious risk of harm to HealthBridge residents, the complaint states. Based on the timing of the recent HealthBridge incidents and the striking similarities between those incidents and the illegal conduct uncovered in the 2001

investigation, HealthBridge believes that these actions are linked to the strike and that the perpetrators could have been connected with the union. Top Connecticut Democratic lawmakers including Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Gov. Dannel Malloy NURSING page 20

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the stairs." She saw a man with a bullet wound in his back and tried to check his pulse, but "I had to go. I was going to get shot." Later, police began entering the theater, asking people to hold their hands up as they evacuated the building. Some of the victims were treated for chemical exposure apparently related to canisters thrown by the gunman. Those hurt included a 4month-old baby, who was treated at a hospital and released. Authorities started to remove the bodies from the theater on Friday afternoon. Officials wheeled a black bag on a stretcher out of the front entrance, placing it in the back of a minivan. Ten people died in the theater, while two others died from their injuries later. Those who knew Holmes described him as a shy, intelligent person raised in California by parents who were active in their well-to-do suburban neighborhood in San Diego. Holmes played soccer at Westview High School and ran cross-country before going to college. On Friday morning, police escorted Holmes' father, a manager of a software company, from their home while his mother, a nurse, stayed inside, receiving visitors who came to offer

support. Holmes also has a younger sister. "As you can understand, the Holmes family is very upset about all of this," Lt. Andra Brown, the San Diego police spokeswoman, told reporters in the driveway of the family home. "It's a tragic event and it's taken everyone by surprise. They are definitely trying to work through this." Police released a statement from his family that said: "Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved." There have been no indications so far that Holmes had any run-ins with the law before Friday. Tom Mai, a retired electrical engineer, said Holmes was a "shy guy" who came from a "very, very nice family." Holmes graduated from University of California, Riverside, in the spring of 2010 a bachelor's degree in neuroscience, a school spokesman said. Mai said the mother told him Holmes couldn't find a job after earning a master's degree and returned to school. He enrolled in the Ph.D. neuroscience program at the University of Colorado-Denver in June 2011 but left the program last month, according to the university. Holmes lived in an apartment in

Aurora, and FBI agents and police who went there discovered it was booby-trapped when they used a camera at the end of a 12-foot pole to look inside. Authorities evacuated surrounding residences, and about two dozen people headed to a shelter set up by the Red Cross at a local school. Holmes was in solitary confinement for his protection at a county detention facility Saturday, held without bond on suspicion of multiple counts of first-degree murder. He was set for an initial hearing on Monday and had been appointed a public defender, authorities said. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Print Email Share Comments Recommend Tweet Related Video Explosives, chemicals discovered inside suspects home Movie massacre rocks Colorado community, nation Shooting witness: Gunman looked like SWAT team member Neighbors: Shooting suspect left music blaring in apartment Experts to devise strategy to diffuse shooters booby trap Bomb units working to enter

shooting suspect's apartment Related Slideshow Gunman kills 12 at Colorado theater Related Stories NYC Police Commissioner said alleged shooter called himself The Joker Murder at the movies: Batman didn't do this Could Colorado theater massacre hurt 'The Dark Knight Rises' at the box office? Grad school dropout James Holmes 'not on anybody's radar' before horrific attack White House orders flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Colorado victims Related Opinion America, there is value in this moment of national reflection Share This Article Newsletter Signup Sign up for free e-mail news alerts from FoxNews.com and FoxBusiness.com. Newsletter Signup This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

all three agreed that it was time for Syria's fractured opposition to prepare to take charge of the country. "We would like to see the rapid formation of a provisional government representing the diversity of Syrian society," said Fabius. Syria's main political opposition group, the Syrian National Council, operating in exile, has so far failed to unite Assad's disparate foes on a united political platform. (Additional reporting by Igor Ilic in Brijuni, Croatia; Suleiman alKhalidi in Hacipasa, Turkey; Leigh Thomas in Paris; Jamal alBadrani in Mosul, Ira; and Jonathan Burch in Cilvegozu, Turkey; Editing by Ralph Gowling 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: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Rupert Murdoch quits boards of British papers


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committee in May to describe Murdoch as unfit to run a major company. CEO of News Corp Rupert James Murdoch, who was Murdoch attends the Allen & Co chairman of the British newspaper Media Conference in Sun Valley, arm News International when the Idaho July 13, 2012. revelations emerged, has already Credit: Reuters/Jim Urquhart quit the British newspapers and By Mark Hosenball and Kate moved to the United States. Holton "Last week, Mr. Murdoch stepped LONDON| Sat Jul 21, 2012 down from a number of boards, 8:17pm EDT many of them small subsidiary (Reuters) - News Corp's Rupert boards, both in the UK and U.S. Murdoch has stepped down from This is nothing more than a a string of boards overseeing the corporate housecleaning exercise Sun, Times and Sunday Times prior to the company split," a n e w s p a p e r s i n B r i t a i n , t h e spokeswoman said. company said in an internal memo As part of the plan, the $53 on Saturday. billion media conglomerate will The company described the news be split into two publicly traded as a "corporate housecleaning companies, with the Murdoch e x e r c i s e " l i n k e d t o t h e family retaining control of both. announcement in June that News "I wanted to let you know that Corp would split into two separate Rupert Murdoch has resigned as companies: a smaller publishing d i r e c t o r o f a n u m b e r o f division and a much larger companies, including NI Group entertainment and TV group. Limited, known to most of you as But the news is also likely to News International, and Times reignite speculation that News Newspapers Holdings Limited," Corp could be preparing to sell Tom Mockridge, the head of the titles, following a phone News International, said in the hacking scandal at the now email, seen by Reuters. defunct mass-circulation News of "As you may be aware, Rupert the World that has damaged resigned from a number of UK Murdoch's reputation in Britain. boards, including News Group The revelations of sustained N e w s p a p e r s a n d T i m e s c r i m i n a l i t y p r o m p t e d a n Newspapers Limited, some time i n f l u e n t i a l p a r l i a m e n t a r y ago. He has also stepped down
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from more than a dozen boards of companies with interests in the U.S., Australia and India." Mockridge said Murdoch remained fully committed to the business as chairman of what would become the largest newspaper and digital publishing group in the world. Speculation had risen in the last year that News Corp could seek to sell the British papers, following pressure from shareholders over a scandal that also forced the group to cancel its planned acquisition of the whole of the lucrative payTV group BSkyB, which would have been the biggest deal in News Corp's history. The announcement in June to split the business was seen as a clear signal that the group was distancing itself from its newspaper roots. (Reporting by Kate Holton and Mark Hosenball; Editing by 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: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

where they found booby traps that prevented investigators from entering for two days and forced officials to evacuate the apartment complex and five nearby buildings. Sources familiar with the investigation said that some 30 shells filled with gunpowder were spread through the 800-squarefoot apartment and wired to a control box in the kitchen. There were also at least two containers filled with "incendiary liquids" intended to fuel a fire from the initial explosions, and an undetermined amount of bullets meant to ricochet around the apartment. "Given the amount of explosives that were there, if they detonated ideally, you would have had a very ample explosion with an ensuing thermal effect from the incendiary liquids that would have destroyed that apartment complex," a law enforcement official said. Local and federal bomb experts used a remote-controlled robot to disable two trip wires, then detonated a tube known as a "water shot" to disable the control

box. By Saturday afternoon, police had removed the last of the devices, packed them in sand in a dump truck and drove them away. Authorities said they were working carefully to preserve any evidence in the apartment, which could shed light on the motives for a crime that stunned Aurora and much of the nation "This apartment was designed to kill whoever entered it," Oates said. (Additional reporting by Stephanie Simon, Keith Coffman, Edith Honan and Dan Whitcomb; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Eric Beech and Stacey Joyce) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Stallings leads at weather -hit True South


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four-shot lead before darkness halted the third round of the rainplagued US PGA Tour True South Classic.

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and Attorney General George Jepsen have throw their support behind the union in the protracted labor talks, with Malloy and Jepsen joining picket lines. Company executives said Jepsen originally rejected their request for an investigation, saying they should instead call the local police. Jepsen has since recused himself from the investigation, his office confirmed Friday with FoxNews.com. The complaint has been filed with Chief States Attorney Kevin T. Kane. Pinpointing the individuals involved is unlikely because the facilities do not have video cameras, in part because they would violate federal patientprivacy laws. The sides are deadlocked in a roughly 18-month contract dispute involving such issues as pay, medical insurance and retirement plans. HealthBridge argues that cuts were necessary as a result of a very difficult economic situation that includes increased competition in senior care and big

cuts in Medicare. The company in April made its so-called last, best, final offer. Organizers for the local union chapter have said the workers voted in June to strike because HealthBridge acted unlawfully by ending negotiations and implementing the final offer. They said changes will result in at least 500 employees, including nurses and medical technicians, losing roughly $10,000 annually over the next six years. By their outrageous, inhumane and unlawful actions, HealthBridge has given workers no other alternative, chapter President David Pickus said after the vote. This is yet another instance of the wealthy 1 percent waging war on the 99 percent of us who work for a living. The union did not return requests Saturday to discuss the alleged vandalism and sabotage incidents but has reportedly said members are not involved. The HealthBridge facilities offer rehabilitation services, in addition to long-term care for seniors. The

company also alleges several other incidents in the complaint, including that equipment such as stethoscopes and wheelchair lifts were hidden. Print Email (Nation - Google News) Share Submitted at 7/21/2012 6:29:27 PM Comments Recommend BBC News Tweet Matt Withers: Is Dafydd Elis Thomas Plaid's Joey Barton? Share This Article Newsletter WalesOnline Signup by Matt Withers, WalesOnline Sign up for free e-mail news The Conservative MP, Glyn alerts from FoxNews.com and Davies, had an interesting take FoxBusiness.com. Newsletter last week on the internal battle Signup within Plaid Cymru. Having This entry passed through the Lord Elis Thomas in team is like Full-Text RSS service if this is having Joey Barton in a midfield your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Assam: Curfew in Boy arrested over Kokrajhar as 9 die in woman's murder clashes - Zee News
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Newman 'like Big Brother': Farmer Dave - Ninemsn


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Labor claims victory GST pledge provides in Melbourne by'absolute clarity' election - Herald Sun NEWS.com.au
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Jake Westbrook worked seven innings of three-hit ball and the St. Louis Cardinals finally backed him and then some by tying a 76-year-old major league record with seven doubles in a 12-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.

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A Web design firm, not a newsroom, has built a stellar Evening Edition of the top stories from across the Web. Our writers are at odds on the MacBook Pro's Retina Display. Twitter has a credibility problem. After the jump you'll find more of this week's top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web - plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more. These Designers Did for Fun What News Sites Can't Do to Save Their Business A Web design studio built the first news site Ive ever read from top to bottom two days in a row, and it did so as a side project. Mule Design is not in the journalism business. It builds sites to solve all manner of client communication problems. But it did in a weeks work what news organizations cant seem to do at all: deliver their output in a form that's comfortable and convenient for the audience. I couldn't help myself. I had to figure out how and why. More Yes, MacBook Pro's Retina Display Is Brilliant, But Not For the Average User If you tweet from your iPhone,

get ready for big changes. Twitter's official iOS app is about to get a meaty upgrade, judging by screen shots leaked from the App Store. Twitter 4.3 for iPhone is expected to deliver deeper interactivity, improvements to search and more granular push notification settings, among other things. More Twitter's Credibility Problem Where you read something may impact credibility as much as what you read - especially if where you read something is on Twitter, according to a new study. Published last month in Communication Quarterly, the research by Mike Schmierbach and Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch used two experiments to show that a New York Times story posted on the website was seen by respondents as more credible than when the same story was posted on the newspapers Twitter feed. Additionally, stories posted on Twitter were seen as less important than stories in a newspaper or linked by a blog. More More Top Stories What Google Lost When Marissa Mayer Left to Run Yahoo On Monday, The New York Times broke the story that Marissa Mayer, employee No. 20

privacy now than they were a year ago. More From Inmates to Entrepreneurs: The San Quentin Startup Accelerator Prison inmates have all day, every day, to sit around and think. It could be the worlds largest pool of untapped brain time. Chris Redlitz decided to put it to productive use. He founded the Last Mile startup accelerator program at San Quentin State Prison in California. Ive driven at Google, had suddenly resigned by San Quentin every day for the by phone to become the CEO of last 14 years, but never bothered Yahoo. Yahoos gain is Googles to understand the prison system, loss, as Mayer was personally says Redlitz, who lives in Marin responsible for some of Googles County north of San Francisco most iconic products. Here are (where the prison sits on San j u s t s o m e o f M a y e r s Francisco Bay) and runs the accomplishments over her years at KickLabs tech accelerator in San G o o g l e . M o r e [ I n f o g r a p h i c ] Francisco. More How to Get S u r v e y : C o n s u m e r s A r e Bloggers to Write About Your C o n c e r n e d A b o u t P r i v a c y , Startup: Insider Advice Tracking, Advertising Its every startups dream - to get How much do social and mobile the attention of the people who service providers know about matter. You might think that you? What are they doing with refers to customers or clients, or your personal information? If even venture capitalists or angel you're worried, you're not alone. investors. Nope. Were talking A Harris Interactive survey about bloggers. Sure, investors commmissioned by TRUSTe, and customers are vital to the which helps its clients manage success of a startup business, but customer privacy, shows that 60% few things can turn your tech of adults surveyed are more startup into the it company on concerned about their online everyones lips (and tweets) as

quickly as getting mentioned by a prominent blog or blogger. More 5 Surprising Facts About Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer confirmed on Monday that she and husband Zachary Bogue are expecting a son in October. Her pregnancy makes all the more notable Mayers landmark appointment to the helm of a tech titan - only 19 Fortune 500 companies are headed by women, and not long ago a pregnant chief executive was unthinkable. But beyond her pregnancy, she is a multifaceted, dynamic leader who might prove to be the smartest choice for Yahoo since it fell from grace. Here are some lesserknown facts about Mayer that hold clues to her ability to save Yahoo. More Age Bias: Young Startup Founders Get More Investor Cash Blame Mark Zuckerberg. Since he invented Facebook in the third grade (or so it seems) high-tech investors have been throwing more and more money at younger and younger whiz kids. Older entrepreneurs may not like the trend - but it shows no sign of slowing anytime soon. More The WEEKLY page 24

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Getting Rich By The Numbers, A CrunchBased How-To


Sameer Al-Sakran (TechCrunch)

If you have your heart set on a public offering, get into chips. Semiconductors that is. A full 8% Submitted at 7/21/2012 6:00:33 PM of these types of hardware Editors Note: The following is a companies in CrunchBase ended guest post from Sameer Al- up in IPO. Sakran. Al-Sakran is a data But, if you dont know a scientist and machine learning t r a n s i s t o r f r o m a M a c b o o k specialist who was formerly the charger, maybe try drugs? Biotech engineering manager at Imeem. companies were second with a Hey kid, wanna get rich? good 5% IPOing. If youre set on After watching The Social a software company, the common Network for the third time this dictum is to stick to the Enterprise weekend, are you feeling ready to side of the equation; 2% of create something truly world- Enterprise software companies changing and make a billion weve been tracking have IPOed dollars? Have you just finished as opposed to under 1% of off an MBA and are looking for a general software companies and job slightly more glamorous than even fewer web companies. traveling 364 days a year for a Acquisition Happy? Big 3 consulting firm? Are you Maybe Sarbox has you scared getting hit up for co-founder gigs and you just want a big check and in between gigs making web a shiny new business card at an pages for dentists and want to acquisitive giant conglomerate. know what white-hot area you Semiconductors (20%), Security should get into, if you did decide ( 1 4 % ) a n d B i o t e c h ( 1 2 % ) to live the dream? companies led the way there. Just Well youre in luck. Weve gone be careful for every massive through CrunchBase (which is Instagram acquisition, many basically a National Treasure, or others were soft landings or at least a treasure trove of data), acquihires. It might be rough and tallied up how well various going from ruling your own company categories have done (small kingdom) to filling out over the years. IPOs TPS reports. Total funding:

If youre up on your selfimprovement seminars and realize that the process is more important than the goal (or you just want to raise a bunch of money and have U2 play your launch party) then you can also raise funding. The average amounts of total financing raised by capitalintensive Cleantech, Biotech and Semiconductor companies were 25M, 15M and 14M respectively. TechCrunch Coverage Not into the whole material riches or success thing? Want to be famous but cant hold a tune and have horrible hand-eye coordination? Well, if you want to make TechCrunch, you might want to start one of those web companies. Not shockingly, Web, Mobile and Gaming were the sectors most likely to be covered on TechCrunch with 14, 12 and 11% of CrunchBase companies getting at least one mention. At the bottom of the list was Biotech, with less than half a percent of Biotech startups getting any coverage. The Losers Which categories should you avoid? Consulting has only had 3% of companies started that end up acquired and less than 0.5%

IPOs. And well, for all the current hullabaloo, Education has had 0 IPOs and a 1% acquisition rate. And in last place, Legal companies have also had 0 IPOs and a sub 1% acquisition rate, though the recent filing of LegalZoom should change that dire statistic. * Caveats: All numbers are based on CrunchBase and are backwards looking. Also, there is a fair bit of survivor bias in the results, in that successful companies are more likely to be in the database. Want the full gory details in Table-format? Well here you go: Category Started Funded Total Raised TC Posts Acquisitions IPOs% on TC% IPOd% Acquired% Funded Avg Funding Advertising 3972 631$8.2B 996 221 15 6.39 0.38 5.56 15.89$2M Biotech 2787 1770$42.4B 43 332 143 0.43 5.13 11.91 63.51$15.2M Cleantech 1302 719$32.8B 192 72 39 5.53 3 5.53 55.22$25.2M Consulting 3330 176$2.0B 444 107 15 1.26 0.45 3.21 5.29$600k Ecommerce 5383 868$10.1B 1587 188 16 5.67 0.3 3.49 16.12$1.9M Education 522 60$483M 90 4 1 3.64 0.19 0.77 11.49$925k Enterprise 2389

652$9.9B 993 257 41 9.29 1.72 10.76 27.29$4.1M Games video 3992 910$15.7B 3625 285 30 10.65 0.75 7.14 22.8$3.9M Hardware 1726 613$11.9B 3274 139 81 6.03 4.69 8.05 35.52$6.9M Legal 306 23$104M 16 2 0 1.31 0 0.65 7.52$340k Mobile 4101 1099$20.1B 4263 275 34 12.66 0.83 6.71 26.8$4.9M Network hosting 1782 340$7.9B 1375 154 22 7.46 1.23 8.64 19.08$4.4M Other 33068 2022$24.1B 2501 2325 101 2.46 0.31 7.03 6.11$730k Public relations 2531 468$6.9B 765 171 32 4.74 1.26 6.76 18.49$2.7M Search 1437 226$2.7B 4625 57 4 9.81 0.28 3.97 15.73$1.8M Security 710 218$4.1B 135 96 12 6.76 1.69 13.52 30.7$5.8M Semiconductor 620 381$9.2B 27 119 51 2.74 8.23 19.19 61.45$14.9M Software 12405 3039$33.1B 3733 1101 110 4.89 0.89 8.88 24.5$2.6M Web 12830 2401$29.2B 14356 827 57 13.59 0.44 6.45 18.71$2.3M Photo: Erik Dreyer/Getty Images

Scott takes 4-shot lead into Open final round


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The ball tumbled over the edge of a pot bunker and appeared to put

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New Microsoft Office: 20 Things to Like, Not Like and Worry About For all the parental and media hand-wringing, sexting remains a poorly studied phenomenon. But according to new peer-reviewed research, that concern might not be unfounded. Teen texts are indeed ablaze with sexual content Edward Moyer (CNET News) saying in a recent essay in The claim thus: Atlantic that "the cost of patenting S t a n d a r d i z e d t e c h n o l o g i e s - but how does technology-based Submitted at 7/21/2012 5:07:45 PM and the cost of resolving disputes facilitate interoperability among sexual activity intersect with Apple and Google have appealed that may arise when competitors disparate devices by giving them actual behavior? More a ruling by U.S. Circuit Judge have patents are a social waste." the same core functionality. They ReadWriteWeb Channels Richard Posner that flat-out B e c a u s e o f P o s n e r ' s l o f t y create a platform for competition. Start dismissed an iOS and Android- reputation, his ruling in the case Non-standardized technologies Age Bias: Young Startup related patent case between the has been seen by some as a differentiate those devices, create Founders Get More Investor Cash two companies. watershed moment that could competition, and drive innovation 7 Ways to Help Startup Both tech giants filed appeal possibly spark a patent-system in the marketplace. Subjecting Workers Innovate notices yesterday regarding the overhaul of some kind. non-standards-essential patents to From Inmates to Entrepreneurs: June 22 ruling, Bloomberg In related news, Google's lawyers the same rules as those governing T h e S a n Q u e n t i n S t a r t u p reported. Posner had canceled a are claiming that technologies that standards-essential ones will A c c e l e r a t o r jury trial over the tit-for-tat catch on with consumers should hamper innovation and harm Biz infringement claims, saying be considered de facto standards consumers. neither company had been able to and handled somewhat like so- But Google argues that patents on Dear Marissa Mayer: Don't prove damages and that neither called frand patents, as noted in a such now seemingly fundamental Change Yahoo would be allowed to refile claims s u m m a t i o n y e s t e r d a y b y s m a r t - d e v i c e f e a t u r e s a s Amazon Gets Ready for Sales in this particular case, which has AllThingsD's John Paczkowski. multitouch or slide-to-lock can be Taxes been lurching along in the U.S. Frand patents cover technologies abused just as easily as frand District Court in the Northern an industry has agreed to accept patents and can thus end up Enterprise Follow ReadWriteEnterprise on District of Illinois (Chicago). as standards, provided the patent stifling true competition. The two companies have been holders in turn agree to license This entry passed through the Twitter. duking it out over their respective them at reasonable rates. Posner Full-Text RSS service if this is The New Microsoft Office: 20 mobile OSes for some time now, skewered Google's lawyers for your content and you're reading it Things to Like, Not Like and as Apple " goes thermonuclear seeking injunctive relief based on on someone else's site, please read Worry About war" -- in the words of Steve Jobs s u c h a p a t e n t . H o w c a n a the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content- Utilities and Other Industries -- on Android and the device company that's agreed to license a only/faq.php#publishers. Five Not Ready for Big Data, Say New makers that rely on the software. standards-essential technology Filters recommends: Incinerating Oracle Reports The struggle is taking place in then balk when a company that's Assange - The Liberal Media Go Dont Believe the Doomsayers: Microsofts Q4 Results Are Good various countries and courtrooms willing to pay fees uses the tech, To Work. News around the world. Posner wondered. Posner has been particularly Paczkowski capsulizes Apple's critical of the patent system, response to the recent Google

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Ubisoft: Desmonds Assassins Creed days are numbered


Eric Abent (SlashGear)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 7:04:31 PM

Weve seen quite a few Assassins Creed releases since the first one hit shelves back in 2007, and even though weve met a lot of different characters along the way, one thing has remained the same: modern-day assassin Desmond Miles is constantly featured throughout the series. That may not be the case for much longer, however, as Assassins Creed 3 creative lead Alex Hutchinson tells Polygon that the Desmond story line has to wrap up sooner or later, presumably with the series continuing after Desmonds tale has come to an end. According to Hutchinson, the Assassins Creed series risks losing resonance with fans if Desmonds overarcing story line continues on for too much longer. I think Desmond needs to end, Hutchinson said. At some point. You know what I mean? Things that go on too long lack resonance. Were asking people to remember seven years worth of

story. Which is like saying you were in junior high and now youre finishing college. And you need to remember what you were doing in junior high. Hutchinson compared Desmonds part in the Assassins Creed universe to Rod Sterlings role introducing each episode of The Twilight Zone, saying despite the fact that each episode had its own unique story, Sterling was

there at the beginning of each one. Therefore, Desmond and Sterling both kind of serve as the one constant in an otherwise alwayschanging universe. If youve seen any screenshots or trailers for Assassins Creed 3, then you know its a pretty radical departure from the rest of the series. Hutchinson says that its 90% a new game and, were it not for the continuation of

Desmonds story, Ubisoftcould have called it anything else, and people would have said okay. Assassins Creed 3 wont be the only title in the series to step into uncharted territory, as the PS Vitas upcoming Assassins Creed 3: Liberation doesnt even feature Desmond at all. It looks like Desmonds last hurrah may be coming up sooner rather than later folks, so get in some quality time

with the character while you still can. Story Timeline Assassin's Creed: Revelations Gameplay Demo Revealed [Video] Assassin's Creed 3 official cover art released Assassin's Creed 3 screenshots leak Assassin's Creed 3 official trailer released, Wii U version coming Assassin's Creed 3 teases with new video, artwork Assassin's Creed III gameplay trailer released New Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation trailer uses live actors Michael Fassbender signed for Assassin's Creed movie Assassin's Creed 3 PC hit with a delay Ubisoft: Desmonds Assassins Creed days are numbered is written by Eric Abent& originally posted on SlashGear. 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All right reserved.

Attach Magnets to Plastic Cups [Parenting]


David Galloway (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 4:00:00 PM

DIY weblog Dana Made It suggests that if your kids constantly grab new cup every

time they want a sip of water to instead have a dedicated water cup for each kid with magnets

attached so a glass of water is always at hand. More

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More Problems For Apple In Portugal? FoundersCard Adds Bonobos, Apparently Its Getting Sued For 40M Trunk Club & More Airlines To Its Private Membership Club Euros By A Reseller [Report]
Sarah Perez (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 7:05:05 PM

Ingrid Lunden (TechCrunch)


Submitted at 7/21/2012 9:33:20 PM

controls a large Apple distributor called Interlog, alleges that Apples intentional restrictions on Another legal tangle for Apple in the quantity of products it Portugal? Just days after a distributes through third parties consumer rights group in the led to the failure of Interlog. And country said it was preparing to this has coincided with Apple bring legal action against Apple getting more active in the country, over the wording of its AppleCare it says: warranty service, it has emerged Apple arrived in Portugal in that an IT reseller and distributor 2007 and the following year, called Taboada & Barros is usurped the distribution channels already suing Apple over claims that were assembled by Interlog of price fixing and unfair trade for over 20 years, taking over practices, asking for 40 million from our distributors. ($49 million) in damages. Apple has a dedicated site for According to a report in the Portugal but relies on resellers for Portuguese-language Apple blog physical sales. iPhoneTuga citing details first A post on Portuguese business reported in the Portuguese weekly news site Economico, dating back newspaper Sol the suit stretches to May 2011, underscores how back to February but seems to demand has outstripped supply at have only been made public now, resellers. With iPhone handsets, in light of the action being taken iPad tablets and other devices and by the Portuguese Association for peripherals not arriving after Consumer Protection (DECO). M a r c h ( p r e s u m a b l y d u e t o Unlike the DECO case which Interlog failing), some claimed has a precedent in Italy, where unfilled orders for devices like the Apple was fined $1.2 million over iPad tablet. a similar matter this lawsuit is A source at TB, speaking to Sol, less cut and dry. says that on top of restricting the Taboada & Barros, which also flow of products to third parties,

FoundersCard is also announcing having hit 7,500 members as of Apple renegotiated the margins this week. that resellers can take on products FoundersCard, the membership Here are the perks which just down to 4 percent from a previous program bringing executive-style now arrived: 12 percent. Apple unilaterally perks to entrepreneurs, is rolling 25% at Bonobos(mens clothing established products, prices and out a few more perks today to add e-tailer) and exclusive personal quantities to be sold to large to its growing lineup. The shopping hours. retailers, it said. c o m p a n y c u r r e n t l y o f f e r s $200 off your first order of $500 Its likely that the margin discounts on a number of products at Mr. Porter, and VIP access reduction and lost sales over and services, including things like including a personal shopper and supply issues are both factors in elite status on airlines (5% off early access to new items. the request for 40 million in Virgin America, 10% off Virgin $100 of free money towards damages. Atlantic, 10% off Lufthansa, and your first order at Trunk Club. Given that in other countries 5-22% off Cathay), discounts with Elite status with Cathay Pacific Apple has played a strong role on Apple, AT&T (10%), UPS (up to and Lufthansa the retail side, with its own direct 32%) StubHub, TaskRabbit, and 50% off of Retrofits weightloss presence in the form of physical hotels, to name a few. programs and online stores, if all this is The company, which celebrated 15% off Barker Black(a highaccurate, it should be unsurprising its second birthday in January, end shoe company in LA and to hear Apple cracking the whip was created by serial entrepreneur NYC) and attempting to bring more of Eric Kuhn, who wanted company the sales effort in Portugal under founders have access to the same Currently, the FoundersCard its wing. Regardless, coming as it kinds of exclusive rates, elite program is $495 per year, or $295 does alongside the DECO action, p r o g r a m s a n d n e t w o r k i n g if youre invited by another even raising the issue of unfair opportunities that have always member. Since TechCrunch practices can end up being been reserved for top execs at readers/entrepreneurs can use the damaging to Apples reputation in public companies. Along with the code FCRUNCH13 to get 40% the country. new perks being added today, off, if you choose to sign up. We are contacting both TB and Apple for comment on this story and will update as we learn more.

Bob Diamond's lieutenant rules himself out of Barclays top job


James Quinn (Finance News Business news from the UK and world)

Rich Ricci, head of Barclays' replace Bob Diamond, with the investment bank, has ruled bank this week expected to himself out of the running to announce second-quarter profits

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Microsoft talks Windows 8 app pricing, free trials


Eric Abent (SlashGear)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 8:24:21 PM

Now that we have a release date for Windows 8, its time to get down to the nitty-gritty and talk about apps. All of the apps weve seen for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview have been free, but obviously, that wont be the case when the full version of Windows 8 becomes available. Even though well surely see a ton of free apps available on the Windows Store, developers will have the option of setting prices for their apps as well. Microsoft has detailed the pricing scheme it will eventually use for the Windows Store, saying in a post on the MSDN Blog that app prices can range from $1.49 all the way up to $999.99. In an apparent attempt to make the Windows Store stand out from all the other app stores, developers wont have the option of pricing their apps at $0.99, so dont count on having a seemingly endless supply of dollar deals to browse

through on the Windows Store. The company also says that it will support successful apps by only taking a 20% fee on apps that generate $25,000 or more in sales. Until apps reach that $25,000 milestone, however, Microsoft will be taking an industry-standard cut of 30%. Additionally, Microsoft is taking a try before you buy approach

to the Windows Store, letting developers offer a free trial period for their apps. A trial lasts for seven days, and naturally gives users the option of backing out of a full purchase should they decide they dont like the app during the trial window. Microsoft is making some smart decisions with the Windows Store. The 20% fee on successful

apps will likely have developers giving the Windows Store priority in some cases, and giving users access to a free trial before buying could potentially lead to more downloads (and, by extension, more purchases). Well see if Microsofts plan for the Windows Store works out when Windows 8 launches on October 26. Story Timeline

ASUS Computex 2012 Windows 8 device Round-Up Acer Computex 2012 Windows 8 device round-up AMD Trinity Windows 8 hybrid hands-on Microsoft showcases cloudpowered Windows 8 People app Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 Pro revealed Microsoft Windows 8 retail may be axed entirely Microsoft talks Windows 8 touch keyboard design European Commission investigating Windows 8 browser options Microsoft demonstrates the universe-exploring abilities of Windows 8 [ via The Next Web] Microsoft talks Windows 8 app pricing, free trials is written by Eric Abent& originally posted on SlashGear. 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All right reserved.

Manton Reece on permanence


(Dave Winer)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 1:24:52 PM

Manton makes a point that everyone with a website should be thinking about.

"Nothing lasts on the internet. I could write on my weblog for years and the next day get hit by a bus. The domain expires, the posts are lost, and it doesn't matter if I had 10 readers or 10,000; it's

as if it never happened." Everything on the Internet is like that. We should fix that bug. We should make it so there is part of the Internet that does not expire. A place where you can put

stuff, write them a check, and be reasonably confident that it will stay there as long as there is human civilization on this planet. Librarians, this is the conclusion of what I've been writing about re

Twitter and the Library of Congress. It's a small piece of a much longer thread on futuresafing our Internet-based creations.

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Legendarily horrible film "MANOS" gets its own iOS game


Mel Martin (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 8:45:00 PM

Kodak suffers blow as patent in Apple, RIM case is ruled invalid


Edward Moyer (CNET News)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 6:45:22 PM

There are few movies that are as bad as the 1966 horror film MANOS: The Hands of Fate, which sits very near the bottom of IMDB's ratings list. I can think of a few almost as bad, like Robot Monster(guy in gorilla suit wearing a space helmet), Hercules Against the Moon Men(sciencefiction and Greek myth combining the worst elements of both), and maybe Santa Claus Conquers the Martians(Martians kidnap Santa so Mars kids can have Christmas). Certainly, though, MANOS is a stunner. Without going too deeply into the plot, it's about a vacationing family who happen upon a cult in the Texas desert. The film was shot in less than 3 months for $19,000 and directed by an insurance salesman. The handheld camera being used could only shoot in 32 second spurts, so the editing is, shall we say, a bit choppy. Chunks of plot are unconnected, the night shots are plagued with moths, and one character (Torgo) may be a satyr.

MANOS would have probably remained unknown and unmourned except for the thorough mocking it received as the source film for an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. After Joel and the bots suffered through the screening, both Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank admitted that this experiment was too horrible even for their evil scheming ways. After that, MANOS reemerged as a cult "classic" despite its nearunwatchability. If you can't get enough MANOS, then you're in luck; there's a shiny new iPhone game based on the film. Mashable notes today that the game is coming to your iOS device from FreakZone games in the UK. It's built in the style of an old NES 8-bit side scroller, and it will be unleashed July 26.

Apparently the game is not completely pure MANOS; there are bits and monsters thrown in from other bad movies, and the soundtrack is made of themes from MANOS. If the game does well, you guessed it, more bad movies will be used for sequels. If you're a MANOS: Hands of Fate cultie, or even if you're not, the game should be worth a few plays. If you haven't seen the actual movie, frankly, I advise caution. If you really need to see this bomb and have some fun, MANOS will be screening nationwide via satellite in August as a special one-night event with live commentary from the RiffTrax(ex- MST3K cast) guys. The game trailer is below. Beware the Master! Legendarily horrible film "MANOS" gets its own iOS game originally appeared on TUAW The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sat, 21 Jul 2012 20:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments

The International Trade Commission has upheld a ruling that a Kodak patent in an infringement case against Apple and Research In Motion is invalid -- undermining the iconic photography company's efforts to save itself by selling its patent portfolio. The ITC dismissed the Kodak complaint late Friday, upholding a preliminary ruling made May 21 by ITC administrative law judge Thomas Pender. Kodak, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January, has been hoping to raise billions of dollars by selling its 1,100 patents at auction. The patent in the Apple and RIM case covers the previewing of images and was thought to be one

of the most attractive to potential buyers. It had already proved to be the most lucrative in terms of licensing fees, The Wall Street Journal reports. The case isn't necessarily over, however. Kodak said it would appeal the ITC's ruling, noting that the validity of the patent had been upheld before, according to the Journal, which added that RIM welcomed the decision and that Apple wasn't immediately available for comment. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Increasing Emission Stats - The 'Bring the Heat' Infographic is Suggestive (TrendHunter.com)
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Submitted at 7/21/2012 6:25:03 PM

suggestive chart that seeks to look into the way in which climate affects a region's emission levels. The chart presents some pretty...

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Apple OS X app Christian World hack discovered Adoption


Mark Raby (SlashGear)

(TREND HUNTER - The Latest Trends)


Submitted at 7/21/2012 5:24:02 PM

almost identical replica of the Mac App Store, sends back a Submitted at 7/21/2012 6:54:49 PM spoofed receipt verification. About a week ago, Russian Borodin says that nearly 8.5 hacker Alexey Borodin found a million transactions have been way for iPhone and iPad owners initiated through his spoofing to download in-app purchases for method, which is likely only free. Well, now, that same hacker referring to the iOS version. With has managed to circumvent the the new Mac OS X hack, that same kind of procedure for Mac number will surely climb, at least OS X apps. The In-Appstore for until it ends up getting patched. OS X uses a similar receipt- Apple is set to release its new OS spoofing method that made waves X Mountain Lion soon, which among iOS apps last week. sould include a fix to this Users need to install local egregious hack. certificates onto their Max, which [ via Apple Insider] allows them to route purchases Apple OS X app hack discovered from within OS X apps to a DNS is written by Mark Raby& server specifically created and originally posted on SlashGear. hosted by Borodin for the purpose 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All of faking purchase validation. right reserved. This server, designed to be an

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( TrendHunter.com) Vegas by Marie Schmidt tells the story of a young girl in Vegas during a warm summer day. The background is full of blue skies, palm trees and partially constructred apartment buildings. The...

Tech-Infused Treat Dispensers NFC Gumball Machine by Razorfish Produces Apps in a Fun Way (TrendHunter.com)
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Submitted at 7/21/2012 4:23:02 PM

This Week's Top Downloads [Download Roundup]


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Submitted at 7/21/2012 5:00:00 PM

( TrendHunter.com) Just like a kid in a candy store, the NFC

Gumball Machine is a totally fun way to get some technological treats. Shaped like an old-school gumball dispenser, the machine built by Razorfish dispenses...

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Time for a moment of innocence: Capital Childrens Choir sings Shake it Out [video]
(Holy Kaw!)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 4:55:00 PM

The last day and a half have been ones of deep sadness and horror, so if you need a chance to shift gears, if only for a few minutes, try checking out this beautiful rendition of Florence + the Machines Shake it Out as performed by the Capital Childrens Choir. Full story at YouTube. Finding hope through music. Permalink| Leave a comment

Force feeding: LED lightsaber chopsticks glow as you eat


Amanda Kooser (CNET News)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 2:00:00 PM

Super-yachts dock in London as business heads to Olympics


Ben Martin (Finance News Business news from the UK and world)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 5:13:03 PM

You light up my life...and my dinner.(Credit: Kotobukiya) The lightsaber chopstick isn't the newest idea in the galaxy, but a previous attempt at capturing "Star Wars" magic in chopstick form fell woefully short by virtue of just being a translucent stick.

Now Kotobukiya is doing lightsaber chopsticks right by embedding LEDs into the foodgathering gadgets. Now you can look forward to bathing your sashimi in the warm red or blue glow of a miniature lightsaber. Your chow mein won't stand a chance against the awesome power of these bad boys, available in Darth Vader red and Luke

Skywalker blue variants. Buy both sets and reenact your favorite battle scenes with every bite. Just be sure to not make your lightsaber whooomping noises with your mouth full. NCSX is currently accepting $22.90 preorders for delivery in November. May the fugu be with you, young Jedi. (Via Technabob)

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Luxury craft owned by Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, among those moored in London.

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Economic Countdown To The Olympics 4: Would The Euro Be A Winning Team?


Tyler Durden
Submitted at 7/21/2012 6:06:51 PM

With just a few days left until the pre-opening soccer games begin in the UK, we continue our five part series ( Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) on the intersection between markets and the Olympics by considering whether an integrated Europe would have performed relatively better- i.e. would 2+2>4 - and what are the factors. Goldman's analysis of the pros and cons of 'integrating' their Olympic teams is extremely apropos the current deteriorating (yet desperately dreaming of improving) coordination of these 17 disparate nations. The answer, of course, is that there are some benefits from this medal 'integration' in specific cases but since German reunification, their medal performance has deteriorated - even in the team events where aggregating talent pools should have its greatest gains. In a 'zero-sum' context such as competing for Olympic medals, Germany's gains must come at the expense of other countries- and rather notably there are few French medal winners before or after an 'integration. Sounds familiar? Goldman Sachs: Would the Euro area Make a Medal-Winning Olympic Team?

entrants with, on average, less likelihood of taking gold. Allowing high class athletes to specialise in their best event in the knowledge that others of a similar standard will focus on other events can improve their performance and thus the overall medal return. Wir sind jetzt die Nummer 1 in der Welt Jetzt kommen die Spieler aus Ostdeutschland noch dazu. Es tut mir leid fr den Rest der Welt, aber wir werden in den nchsten Jahren nicht zu besiegen sein. (trans.)We are already the best team in the world, and now we are going to add the top players from East Germany. It is a pity for everyone else, but we will be unbeatable for the foreseeable future. Franz Beckenbauer, speaking at the press conference following the 1990 World Cup final. In 1990, Germany was reunified (under Chancellor Helmut Kohl) and won the World Cup (under the management of Beckenbauer). A Unified Approach to the Olympics? If the Olympic teams of Euro area countries were to unify in the manner of their monetary policies, what impact would this have on their Olympic medal-winning performance? Applying the logic of Franz Beckenbauer to the Euro area would suggest a significant improvement. If, as Beckenbauer expected, a united Germany would outperform the two separate Germanies, an Olympic team combining the sporting prowess of 17 Euro area countries should excel. At a minimum, on the basis of Beckenbauers logic, one would expect a combined Euro area team to win more medals than the sum of those won by teams from its constituent individual parts. Integration: Pros and Cons But there is an important caveat here. While combining forces will improve the quality of a team by widening and deepening the pool of talent from which selection can be made, it also reduces the number of entries in the competition. For a team sport like soccer, the benefits of the former are likely to outweigh the costs of the latter: hence Beckenbauers assertion. In the Olympics, individual rather than team sports dominate: a unified Euro area team would have a significantly smaller number of competitors than 17 individual countries. Where margins of winning are small and (as a result) luck inevitably plays a relatively more substantial role in determining results, having fewer entrants may lower the final medal tally. A variety of other relevant factors also support the expectation of better medal performance from a unified team: The intra-Euro area competition implied by the need to select Olympic entrants from a much wider pool may force athletes to train harder simply to be selected, honing their skills in a way that makes them more competitive on the global Olympic stage. Focusing the resources of the Euro area as a whole on a smaller number of top quality athletes with a real chance of winning medals would improve the overall medal count relative to a situation where those resources are distributed over a broader set of Against these, there are other factors which operate in the opposite directionafter all, despite Beckenbauers confidence, Germany has failed to add to its three World Cup triumphs since reunification: One cannot deny the role that national pride plays in driving sporting excellence. In the unforgiving environment of international sport, the extra motivation taken from representing ones country may have a decisive effect: while athletes may be inspired to extra efforts by competing for Germany or France, representing a Euro area team may not arouse the same passionand results could suffer as a consequence. Support from the standsagain, something that may make a difference when the line between success and failure is so narrowmay be less passionate for a remote Euro ECONOMIC page 33

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Prepare for Spanish Implosion: Businesses Threaten to Leave Spain Over Tax Hikes; Finance Minister Proposes 56% Tax on Short-Term Financial Transactions
noreply@blogger.com (Mike Mish Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 5:59:00 PM

Cristobal Montoro, the Spain's finance minister has made a liquidity destroying proposal to tax short-term financial transactions at an astonishing 56% tax rate. Businesses are already upset over hikes in the VAT and have threatened to leave Spain. Interestingly, in spite of raising taxes elsewhere, the VAT was lowered on the highly subsidized renewable energy sector. Why? Here is the answer: "Secretary of State for Finance, Ricardo Martinez Rico, is the leading advisor in the industry". Prepare for Spanish Implosion Here is the "as-is" Google translation of the El Econimista article Waiting for the Intervention. Emphasis in bold not added. The Bundesbank is opposed to the purchase of deduda, the only thing that can save Spain and Italy. Autonomy, conflict, power and government crisis rumors complicate everything. The situation is out of control. The government approved last week the biggest adjustment of his story in hopes that it would serve to calm the markets. But it was not. The risk premium

yesterday overcame the barrier of hundred basis points, something never seen, and the bond closed at 7.27 percent. The first question that arises is what should make efforts so painful as the increase in VAT or removal of the extra pay of officials if markets continue to punish us hard. It would be naive to think that just announced a big cut, things would begin to change. There are still many uncertainties that sow mistrust. The fine print of 65,000 million adjustment shows that there is more emphasis on income than expenditure. Tax revenues provide about 38,000 million, compared to 27,000 in less spending. This, coupled with the rise in income tax, makes Spain one of the countries with the highest direct and indirect tax burden on the planet Earth. Economists warn that this tax increase may cause a contraction in gross domestic product (GDP) higher than expected by the Government. Especially in 2013, in which the drop exceed 1 percent, twice the official estimate. Apart from the contradictions of the official figures of the adjustment and the controversy, was put in doubt the 22,000 million in revenue under VAT,

only so far this year has accumulated a fall of 10 percent. The increase will boost the economy submerged and can neutralize the expected increase in revenue, defended himself as finance minister, Cristobal Montoro, as opposed to undertake this measure. The general impression is that more cuts are to be decided. Montoro himself fed this thesis to warn this week in Congress that state coffers are empty. The other settings should focus on the regions and aim to remove 427,000 employees created by them during the last ten years(see story on Monday in elEconomista). However, this week has been strong resistance from regional governments to make further cuts. The call of the President of the Generalitat, Artur Mas, a regional rebellion against the Government is a paradigm for stimulating this international distrust. Many people wonder, moreover, what moral authority left to the PP's general secretary, Maria Dolores de Cospedal, to convince the rest of communities governed by their party, when his government of Castilla-La Mancha is among reprimanded. No, of course. I do not think right now an

investor in and outside our borders who believe in the autonomy will obey Montoro. The finance minister was guilty of naivete in advance at the beginning of the year 5.176 million for half of the estimated settlement funding system because it has stopped to tighten their belts. In addition, ICO 15,000 million in loans to cover the debt did not help anything. In the energy sector also confusion reigns. Vice President, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, yesterday attributed the delay in reforms that several ministers were outside Spain, including Industry, Jos Manuel Soria. But the reality is that Soria travel left after slamming the door and refuse to accept the distribution of tax burden and renewable power on the table by Montoro. Some companies threatened to move the headquarters of their business outside Spain to avoid the very strong tax hike planned by the minister of finance. The reduced charge provided for solar energy, although it is one of the most subsidized, and the fact that former Secretary of State for Finance, Ricardo Martinez Rico, is the leading advisor in the industry, Abengoa, raises many critical and casts suspicion on the cleaning process. If autonomy is

not yet speak openly of rebellion, in power so clearly. To add more uncertainty, Montoro announced his willingness to levy confiscatory rates close to 56 percent of the purchase or sale of short-term securities. An initiative incomprehensible allegedly coming from a government liberal or right, we like a capricious regime such as the populist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. To complete the clinical astonishing about our rulers, the rumors of clashes between the ministers of finance and economics, Luis de Guindos, or between it and the head of the Economic Office, Alvaro Nadal, have given way to a possible government crisis to designate a single responsible in economic affairs. The recent article by Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, El Pais, dedicated to solving economic problems rather than addressing the many international crises, pitted the bonfire of the vanities. Margallo with Josep Pique are the secrets to a hypothetical vice presidential candidates economy. It is true that in Europe caused a great embarrassment to the PREPARE page 35

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area than for a home country enjoying a greater emotional connection. Lastly, in order to raise their profile and status, small countries may be prepared to devote a greater share of national resources to achieve sporting success. East Germany is a case in pointalthough its welldocumented programme of institutionalised doping illustrates how such nationalistic ambitions can lead in dangerous and damaging directions.

the second table we focus on team sports and evaluate how reunification influenced Olympic performance in these events. It is in this domain that the benefits of integration are likely to be most pronounced. We first compare the combined medal performance of the two German teams prior to reunification with that of a unified German team since: the difference in shown in column A of the table below. Economists call this an event study analysiswe simply look at changes before German Lessons and after. The exercise shows The German experience offers mixed results: better performance some insight into how Olympic in hockey, but worse in football performance could be improved (for example). by unifying teams at the Euro area But, as economists, we are level. The table on the previous sceptical of such simple before page shows the medals won by and after comparisons. In our Germans at the Olympics before view, these exercises offer a poor and after reunification in 1990. guide to the impact of unification At first glance, the table does not on medal-winning performance: suggest that German reunification they fail to control for other led to a significant improvement factors that have influenced in medalwinning performance. On German success at the Olympics the contrary, East Germany alone over the period we are studying. won more medals (and more gold Ideally, we would seek to control medals) at the six Olympic Games for these other factors and identify prior to reunification than the the impact of unification more united Germany has won in the precisely, so as to develop a more five Games since. The number of refined view of what would medals won per participant is also h a p p e n i f o t h e r t h i n g s much lower for the unified equalteams were to unify Germany than it was for East elsewhere. Germany before reunification. To illustrate, consider the rise of Looks Like Team Spirit China: it only started routinely This first table shows overall participating in the Olympics at medal performance. Given the the Los Angeles Games in 1984, distinction we made between team but has subsequently invested and individual events above, in heavily in improving its sporting

performance (and, of course, has a vast pool of potential talent to draw upon). Chinese entry has affected the medal-winning opportunities of other countries, including Germany. It was easier to win medals prior to 1984 (and thus before German reunification) than after. If we do not control for this effect, we would end up with a (downward) biased estimate of the impact of reunification, which would lead us to forecast too weak an impact of Euro area integration on Olympic medals won. Economists use an approach called difference-indifferences estimation to deal with this problem. This approach compares the change in performance in the case of interest with the change seen in a control group over the same period. The differences between these two changes in performance (i.e., the differenceindifferences) captures what is special about the case being studied, controlling for other factors that influence the control group. To use our example above, by comparing how German medal performance changed across reunification with how (say) French medal performance changed over the same period, we purge the impact of Chinese Olympic participation from our estimate of the impact of German reunification, since both Germany and France will have been influenced by China.

Not surprisingly, the key challenge in applying this approach is to identify a good control group. Two criteria are relevant here: (1) controls should perform similarly to Germany prior to reunification; and (2) controls should not experience a spill-over from the impact of reunification on German performance. The latter criterion is challenging: in a zero sum context like competing for Olympic medals, Germanys gains must come at the expense of other countries. Nonetheless, we apply this difference-indifferences approach and select France as the control. The results are shown in column B of the table on the previous page. Across the set of sports evaluated, the results remain mixed. We do see some cases of improvement, notably in hockey. But on average we identify a deterioration in German medalwinning performance after reunification. However, a closer look at the table reveals that France may not be a very good control group. There are few French medal winners in the sports we consider, either before or after reunification. While this suggests caution in interpreting the difference-in-differences result, evaluating the robustness of our base case by using US results as an alternative control (not shown, for brevity) does not alter the conclusions.

Benefits of Sporting Integration Our analysis identifies benefits from sporting integration in specific cases, but these cannot be generalised across all events. On average, German medal performance at the Olympics has deteriorated since reunification, even in the team events where the benefits should have been greatest. We have identified a large number of potential pros and cons of unification: to capture the benefits, one naturally needs to develop a structure that maximises the former and minimises the latter. This requires a high degree of institutional development. Sounds familiar? These messages may resonate with the Euro areas ongoing attempts to grapple with its financial and sovereign crises. Andrew Benito and Huw Pill Average: Your rating: None Average: 3( 3 votes) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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SOURCES: GM Didn't Recover, It Just Built More Vehicles Than It Could Sell To Inflate Sales Figures
Ryan Lovelace (Money Game)

because it plans to shutter four assembly plants for a combined Submitted at 7/21/2012 2:25:00 PM 29 non-consecutive weeks in President Obamas campaign o r d e r t o r e a d y t h e m f o r claim that he rejuvenated the production of its newest models. ailing General Motors depends on Cain said the scope of the closure practices called overbuilding d o e s n t m a t t e r a n d t h e and channel stuffing, critics say. overbuilding is necessary. Car dealerships lots are filling Meanwhile, dealers are swamped up with unsold trucks and SUVs with autos that they cant sell. because GM built more vehicles GM began taking plants offline in than it can sell in order to inflate the second quarter but will close sales claims and artificially boost production even longer in the its profits, The Daily Caller has third quarter. learned. Its like somebody being The Detroit automotive giant c o n s t i p a t e d , i t s g o t t o g o records sales for vehicles in somewhere, said Republican dealers inventories before car congressman Mike Kelly, who buyers make their purchases, said owns a Butler, Pa., dealership that Mark Modica, a National Legal sells GM vehicles. And whos it and Policy Center associate going to end up hurting? Me and fellow. dealers like me. GMs overbuilding probably The American public may hurt as helped [GM] in the second well, as taxpayers investment in quarter, but will hurt in the third GM will lose value when GMs quarter, a Standard and Poors latest actions negatively impact its Capital IQ analyst added. stock price. Third quarter results wont be The companys stock currently made public until after the floats around $20. Charlie Brown, November election, allowing president and CEO of CB3 Obama to tout the companys Financial Group Inc., said that too short-term success while masking much production is driving GMs troubles that are not yet apparent s t o c k p r i c e d o w n . S a l e s to voters. incentives, he warned, may do GM spokesman Jim Cain said the little to reverse the downward c o m p a n y i s o v e r b u i l d i n g trend.

People that are investing dont want to see excess inventory. You can only over-incentivize people so much, Brown said. Their stock price could reach 16 dollars. Reason Foundation senior policy analyst Shikha Dalmia said GM is stable and making profits, but added that the company would need to sell stock at $55 per share in order for taxpayers to recover their investment. GMs channel-stuffing tactic has already prompted a class-action lawsuit in New York.

Cain declined to comment on the litigation, but insisted GM has been very transparent on sales and earnings calls with the media. Modica said GM has been fiddling with the numbers for a long time, using smoke and mirrors to promote a positive public image. TheDCs Matthew Boyle has chronicled a lack of transparency between GM and the Obama administration and the extent of the governments involvement in the company. Cain disagreed.

The government is not involved in our operations and has not been since the bankruptcy which was resolved in July 2009, he said. Obama, however, continues to claim credit for GMs record during his tenure in office. When the American auto industry was on the brink of collapse, more than one million jobs were on the line, Governor Romney said we should just let Detroit go bankrupt, the president said during a July 5 campaign rally in Maumee, Ohio. I refused to turn my back on communities like this one. Its important to emphasize that President Obama let GM go bankrupt. He did, said J.W. Verret, a senior scholar at George Mason Universitys Mercatus Center. It is clear that the Obama administration has used its control of General Motors as an agent for its environmental agenda. Its hard to imagine the government allowing anything to be done by GM, if they can help it, to hurt the president or his administration, said Bill Ballenger, political commentator and editor of Inside Michigan SOURCES: page 37

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current division of responsibilities between the Treasury and between them and the Economic Bureau, which serves as a minister in the shade to chair the Executive Committee for Economic Affairs in the absence of Rajoy. The spark that triggered this Molotov cocktail on black economic forecasts and instability of the government team is highly liquid Treasuries. The data show that the mattress is exhausted debt issued earlier this year at affordable prices, so from now the Treasury must pay prohibitive prices, which make untenable the vote. The mere request of the autonomous community of Valencia to qualify for the liquidity fund announced by the Treasury market sparked fears and attacks on the risk premium. The alarm was given by the auction on Thursday, because it showed no there is a demand for government debt beyond the lyrics to one year. With banks in retreat, because they have run out of ammunition delivered earlier this year by the ECB, nobody can predict how they will renew the 28,000 million coming due next October. The German Parliament gave strong support for the bank

bailout. But the statements by Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann, the end of last week, encouraging all to seek the intervention Rajoy, are a sign of strong opposition within the ECB to resume purchases of debt of Spain and Italy, all that could save us. It is also an indication that Germany is not aware of the risk to the single currency. Experts predict that if Spain is operated, the eye of the hurricane will move over Italy and eventually destroy the entire European project. The countdown to self-destruction of the euro is already underway. We'll see if we can stop it. Countdown To Self-Destruction Some of that translation is a bit choppy, but it is certainly easy enough to understand the entire gist of the article. My Take Spain certainly needs reforms such as shedding government workers, removing subsidies, and revising work rules to make it easier to fire (and thus hire) workers. However, Spain does not need increased VAT taxes and it certainly does not need a 56% tax on financial transactions. In short, Spain is resisting the measures that would be productive, and implementing

those measures that will do the most harm. Spain Set to Implode Spain is set to implode. I agree with the author that "a countdown to self-destruction" is underway. Also see Death Spiral in Spain; Six Spanish Regions Seek Aid; Bankrupt Spain to Bail out Bankrupt Regions Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com Click Here To Scroll Thru My Recent Post List Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. Visit http:// www.sitkapacific.com/ account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.

Adam Smith On Conceit, Central Planning, And Disorderly Society


Tyler Durden

arrange the different members of a great society with as much ease Submitted at 7/21/2012 8:00:24 PM as the hand arranges the different Perhaps it is worth a reminder pieces upon a chess-board. He that, while every effort by the does not consider that the pieces Central-Banker-In-Chief and his upon the chess-board have no political play-things to proclaim other principle of motion besides free-market omnipotence in stark that which the hand impresses c o n t r a s t t o t h e w h o l e s a l e upon them; but that, in the great manipulation of any and every chess-board of human society, market and macro-economic lever every single piece has a principle possible, Adam Smith some 250 of motion of its own, altogether y e a r s a g o p o i n t e d o u t t h e different from that which the i n e v i t a b l e u n i n t e n d e d legislature might choose to consequences of such grand impress upon it. If those two conceit. As the [central planner] principles coincide and act in the seems to"imagine that he can same direction, the game of arrange the different members of human society will go on easily a great society with as much ease and harmoniously, and is very as the hand arranges the different likely to be happy and successful. pieces upon a chess-board", the If they are opposite or different, end result is that "society must be the game will go on miserably, at all times in the highest degree and the society must be at all of disorder." times in the highest degree of "The man of system, on the disorder." contrary, is apt to be very wise in Adam Smith 1723-1790 his own conceit; and is often so (h/t Ralph C) Average: enamored with the supposed Your rating: None Average: 4.9( beauty of his own ideal plan of 11 votes) government, that he cannot suffer This entry passed through the the smallest deviation from any Full-Text RSS service if this is part of it. your content and you're reading it He goes on to establish it on someone else's site, please read completely and in all its parts, the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentwithout any regard either to the only/faq.php#publishers. Five great interests, or to the strong Filters recommends: Incinerating prejudices which may oppose it. Assange - The Liberal Media Go He seems to imagine that he can To Work.

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Forget Corn, Is Soy Poised For Lift-Off?


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two charts from Morgan Stanley show, the fundamental picture for soybeans may be just as bad if not By now everyone is aware of the worse as corn, which would mean silver-like surge in corn prices there is far more price upside in over the past month, driven by the soy in the coming days, especially recognition that what is quickly if strategies based on prayer, for becoming the most severe drought either central bank intervention or in US history is here to stay rain, remain unasnwered. indefinitely longer as elusive First, a relative comparison of rainfall remains just that. As can corn vs soybeans: been seen on the chart below, And now, here is what the Corn corn prices have risen by 54% crop looks like compared to since mid-June. What may come Soybeans: what may come as as a surprise is that another shock is that percentage of critical commodity - Soybeans - soybeans rated in "good or has only risen by half as much, or excellent" condition is even less just 28% in the past month. Why than corn. "only"? Because as the following From an inventory standpoint,
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soy is actually worse than corn. Which means the squeeze may be on even sooner: as a reminder, the US is the world's biggest producer and consumer of soybean. Well, in 2012 it may just be consumer.

Finally, if soybean meal is also about to join corn in the parabolic department, one can just as easily expect downstream protein derivatives to not be long in joining the moonshot party,

coupled with margins of unhedged fast food stores collapsing into negative territory in no time. Average: Your rating: None Average: 5( 5 votes) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

The Most Ridiculously Overpriced Items At Urban Outfitters (URBN)


Ashley Lutz (Money Game)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 3:05:17 PM

HMRC attacked for 390m avoidance scheme


Louisa Peacock (Finance News - Business news from the UK and world)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 5:00:54 PM

Urban Outfitters has had a rough couple of years. Once the go-to spot for the young and hip, the chain has faced declining sales in recent years. The company's former CEO even said last year that the products Beder writes that the chain's were not good enough to attract pricey clothes are driving away customers. the teen customers they're so On top of that, it's overpriced, desperate to attract. according to Eric Beder at Brean From leggings that cost more Murray Carret & Co.

for $265. The other side is a subtle, solid purple. Here's an Alkemie Snake TripleWrap leather bracelet. It's $200. That serpent's head is not gold, it's mixed-metal. This WAAR Reese pants are made from recycled military parachutes and are $200. See the rest of the story at than designer jeans to cut-offs that Business Insider cost more than $100, we found some of Urban's worst offenders. Please follow Business Insider on These Bleulab Reversible Zebra Twitter and Facebook. Print Detour Skinny Jeans retail

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Rupert Murdoch Steps Down From Newspaper Boards


Adam Taylor (Money Game)
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Politics. Youd think theyd want to do everything they could to make government intervention look like a good decision. Steve Mitchell, pollster and chairman of Mitchell Research, said Michigan the longtime headquarters of the domestic auto industry will be a battleground state all the way to November. His latest polling data suggests 47

percent of Michiganders support Obama and 46 percent back Romney. Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story

Rupert Murdoch is stepping down from newspaper boards in the UK and the US, a spokesperson has confirmed to the Telegraph. The News Corp boss has left the boards in charge of the scandal-hit UK newspapers - NI Group, Times Newspaper Holdings and News Corp Investments. There are also reports he has stepped down from News Corp boards in the US, though exactly which boards has not been specified yet. Murdoch has been tweeting today, but doesn't seem to have commented yet. Following the announcement that Murdoch

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would spin off News Corps' publishing division, there's plenty of people wondering if this is the next step in Murdoch's plan to get rid of the publishing division completely. News Corp are playing down the rumors, telling the Telegraph it is nothing more than a corporate

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look back on the highs and lows with some of the best photos from Submitted at 7/21/2012 7:18:38 PM the day. Thorbjorn Olesen, Bubba Yahoo! Sports (blog) Watson, Tiger Woods and Brandt The best photos from the third Snedeker? Yep, they... round of the British Open Adam Scott Leads British Open Yahoo! Sports (blog) Entering Final Round ( PHOTOS) Thorbjorn Olesen / Getty Images. Huffington Post With the third round of the British all 4,035 news articles Open in the books, it's time to

Manage Joint Finances Using a Whiteboard [Budgeting]


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Submitted at 7/21/2012 3:00:00 PM

I'm guessing that a whiteboard is a little low-tech for most of our readers, but if you're a couple

learning to manage your finances

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Phoenix Pastor Jailed Over Home Bible Study to Serve 3 Years?


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July 17, 2012| 3:38 pm The Arizona pastor who is currently imprisoned for hosting regular Bible studies at his home may have to serve up to three years for violating his probation. Michael Salman, an ordained pastor of Church of God in Christ and the founder of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Phoenix, appeared in court Monday on charges that he violated his probation by continuing to hold Bible studies on his 4.6 acre property with more than 12 people, and for failing to pay over $12,000 in fines. The Phoenix Municipal Court had earlier ruled that Salman was not to have more than 12 people at his home until he met the city's building codes, fire codes and other safety codes. "He was found guilty of violating that (12 people limit) today. So in two to four weeks supposedly the court will decide what they are going to do in terms of his violation," said John Whitehead, Salman's attorney and founding president of the legal group The Rutherford Institute, to The Christian Post after the Monday court hearing. "The prosecutor is arguing for more jail time." READ FACT SHEET FROM THE RUTHERFORD

INSTITUTE Whitehead noted that 15 to 20 people were meeting in Salman's home for Bible study after the court's order of a 12-persons limit. "[They brought him to court] to see if they are going to extend the 60 days in jail," he said. "He is on three year probation, which means that he could get up to three years in jail." Follow us Last Monday, Salman began his 60-day jail sentence at Maricopa County Jail for hosting Bible studies twice a week in his home. A Phoenix court found him guilty of 67 code violations in connection to failing to comply to the city's building, fire, safety, and zoning codes. The city of Phoenix argues that Salman's case is not about religious freedom but about public safety. In an interview with CP, the city prosecutor or chief prosecutor for Phoenix, Aaron J. Carreon-Ainsa, noted that five judges have looked at Salman's case, including two U.S. district judges and an appellate judge, and have affirmed the conviction. "We are interested in ensuring that people are provided a safe place in which they can worship," said Carreon-Ainsa. "We don't want a tragedy that we sometimes read about in third world countries where people are

gathered for whatever purpose and they perish because of a fire or some other situation that they are not able to protect themselves [from]..." READ FACT SHEET FROM THE CITY OF PHOENIX Salman, who is a father of six, has been hosting Bible studies on his property for the past 7 years. The city of Phoenix began interacting with Salman about zoning concerns starting in 2006, when the Zoning Administrator informed him that his property was analogous to a church and therefore he should adjust his home to comply with the Zoning Ordinance. According to the City of Phoenix Prosecutor's Office, the city has repeatedly asked Salman to comply with the safety codes and "he chose to ignore these requests for voluntary compliance prior to the commencement of any proceedings." But Brad Dacus, founding president of the Pacific Justice Institute which has defended several home Bible study cases weighed in and disagreed with the city's argument. "The city is dealing with a 5-acre parcel of land. Based on the information we have received, there are no bona fide health or safety concerns that have been brought to light," said Dacus to

CP on Tuesday. "There have been no injuries incurred by any individuals that have come to gather for this purpose. There are no imminent risks of injuries for anyone gathered for this religious purpose. And there are no bona fide nuisances that have arisen since its usage. "This attempt by the city of Phoenix is an overbearing usage of their authority in a manner that is clearly not warranted." In a YouTube video, the Salmans give a tour of their large property, emphasizing that the dozens of cars that come to their home for the Bible study are parked behind their private gate on their property and not on the streets. A notable discrepancy is that while Salman says around 30 to 40 people usually gather at his home, the city says that up to 80 people with seating for a hundred is common. Salman and his attorney decry the city's harsh punishments meted out over a home Bible study to be in violation of the defendant's religious freedom. Dacus also commented on the most recent court hearing, "To the extent to which the city of Phoenix has placed this limitation of only 12 people being able to meet in this home, such a narrow limitation is suspect as necessary and it seems arbitrary in terms of the number selected and as well as

who they chose to enforce it." PJI recently successfully defended a local Christian Bible group meeting in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., that was vulnerable to a controversial city code that required all religious, fraternal or nonprofit organizations of three people or more to obtain a conditional-use permit for hosting meetings, including Bible studies. The couple hosting the Bible group faced a $300 fine for violating this code. PJI successfully convinced the city of San Juan Capistrano to adopt a new policy that now allows up to 40 people to meet in a private residence without a permit. But the news is not as positive for Salman, who still faces a $12,180 fine and may have his 60-day jail sentence extended in a few weeks by the court. Clarification: July 17, 2012: An article on July 17, 2012, about an Arizona pastor who is currently serving a prison sentence for hosting a weekly Bible study held in a building that violated the city's building safety codes originally reported that five judges found Michael Salman guilty. Aaron J. Carreon-Ainsa of the City Prosecutor's Office in Phoenix clarified that there was PHOENIX page 40

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Why Batman Believes in Gun Control


Scott Thill (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 5:40:00 PM

Nolans The Dark Knight Rises that there should be no guns, no killing, the superheros Since 1940, guns have mostly surprising pacifism with regard to been off-limits for Batman. And firearms and capital punishment that should never change. remains sacrosanct. Image courtesy DC Comics Then comes Fridays horrific Anyone who knows anything news of 70 wounded, 12 fatally, about Batman knows his parents during a midnight screening of were gunned down outside a The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, theater. This is why the Dark Colorado a mass shooting by a Knight has rarely used guns in gunman wearing body armor and more than 70 years of comics a gas mask, and armed with a history. And why he almost never Glock, an assault rifle, a shotgun kills anyone, even when the urge and incendiary devices. All the t o d o s o r e a c h e s c r i t i c a l , weaponry was apparently legally maddening mass. obtained by the alleged shooter, a The times Batman crossed that neuroscience dropout named line occurred mostly before 1940, James Eagan Holmes, who was when he was a shadow of The arrested at the scene. Shadow. Later lapses include his What Would Batman Do? bare-handed murder of Joker in What would Batman do in the Frank Millers The Dark Knight wake of such an incident? Hed Returns. shake his head at us for making it Millers influential graphic novel easy for the Aurora shooter to opened the field to Tim Burtons acquire the weaponry he used to films, and the rest is pop history. violently warp reality. Through it all, Batman has The horror of losing his loving doggedly retained his distaste for parents in a hail of bullets is no guns. accidental part of Batmans origin This is the weapon of the story, as crafted by Bob Kane and enemy, he says in The Dark Bill Finger. That infusion of Knight Returns. We do not need humanity has made Batman more it. We will not use it. earthly than an extraterrestrial Miller brought his hard-boiled ideal like Superman and more Batman back to darker shores, but honorable than a space cop with a even he didnt cross the line when green power ring. it came to guns. From DC Batman has dominated the art Comics 1940 Bat-edict on gun and commerce of comics because control to Batmans declaration to hes driven like few archetypes to Selina Kyle in Christopher rebuild his soul. And you cant

accident. As Nolans Dark Knight trilogy has proven with masterful precision, the freak show always reboots and replicates. Exponentially, if we let it. Terrorists understand that massacres like the one in Aurora produce a shattering impact on the actual victims as well as on their loved ones and the world at large. But if we allow their massacres to destroy the social contract championed by Batman, we lose. Do we want to lock, load and mercilessly unload our weaponized souls upon each other? Because were already firing. Thats the issue, beyond the data. If we place no reasonable limits on the acquisition of weaponry that gives criminals the ability to senselessly steal our loved ones, well forever remain buried in violence. Just like Batman. (Dedicated to my best friends father, who passed Thursday in California. He taught us how to fight, and love, with our hands.) get much soul-building done and Judd Winicks Batman: This entry passed through the when terrorists are mowing down Under the Hood the distraught Full-Text RSS service if this is your loved ones at the mall. Dark Knights philosophy of too your content and you're reading it Batman, unlike most of us, knows easy murder is challenged after on someone else's site, please read what it is like when loved ones losing a prodigal son. The Caped the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentand bullets collide. Crusader wavers again in Geoff only/faq.php#publishers. Five Not that Batman hasnt wanted to Johns Infinite Crisis, but does not Filters recommends: Incinerating kill criminals. In the powerful yield. Because unlike most of us, Assange - The Liberal Media Go B a t m a n : U n d e r t h e R e d he knows what it is like when To Work. Hood(below) adapted for loved ones and bullets collide. animation from Jim Starlins That Batman cant stop tragedy Batman: A Death in the Family f r o m h a p p e n i n g i s a l s o n o

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Pat Robertson Tells Christian Viewer to Dump Muslim Girlfriend


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July 18, 2012| 9:06 am (Photo: YouTube via The Christian Post) Pat Robertson appears on "The 700 Club" Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. During the Q&A segment of the program, a man named Brad wrote in explaining that he had been in a relationship with a Muslim woman for three years and that they were planning to get married. "No way! No way! She's going to want to do her Muslim thing and you're going to want to do your Christian thing. There will be constant struggle and strife. Walk away," said Robertson. "In the Old Testament they were forbidden to intermarry with the heathen." Glenn Stanton, director of global family formation studies for Focus on the Family, told The Christian Post that he agreed with Robertson's views on interfaith marriage. "The wisdom of God's Word is quite clear on believers being unequally yoked. And marrying someone who is not a Christian

who is not a daily disciple of Christ is being unequally yoked, regardless of what their beliefs might be," said Stanton. "And the wisdom of Scripture is, not surprisingly, backed up by social science, which finds that interfaith marriages are significantly more likely to be unstable, even leading to higher levels of divorce." According to a 2008 survey performed by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, about 25 percent of married Americans have a spouse of a different religious sect. When considering Protestant denomination s as different religious groups, the number rises to 37 percent. Stanton told CP that he believed this large percentage of interfaith marriages was because couples in America are not taking faith in practice as seriously as previous generations. "A serious commitment to faith and the practice of that faith is not as important to many couples these days," said Stanton. "Less than 50 years ago, an interfaith marriage was when a Presbyterian married a Methodist. That was when distinct belief, practice and identity was taken

more seriously." The example that Robertson commented on focused on a Christian-Muslim couple. According to Kamal Nawash, president of the Free Muslims Coalition, Robertson's remarks fit with what many religious leaders preach. "While I am not a fan of Robertson, he cannot be blamed for his latest statement. He is merely preaching generally accepted Christian orthodoxy. Most religious leaders, of any faith, adopt the same rule as Robertson," said Nawash in an interview with The Christian Post. Nawash explained that with Islamic practice there is some room allowed for interfaith marriages, but only between a Muslim and someone who is either Jewish or Christian. Further, most Muslims assume that only men can marry outside the religion. "Textual Islam is unique among the Abrahamic faiths. It allows interfaith marriages and prohibits husbands from even asking their wives to convert to Islam," said Nawash. "However, Muslims are not allowed to marry people outside

only one trial and the other judges reviewed the case and affirmed the conviction. READ: FEDERAL COURT ERODES RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS of Christianity or Judaism. This entry passed through the Meaning, Muslims cannot marry Full-Text RSS service if this is Hindus, Buddhists and the like. your content and you're reading it This is because Islam sees on someone else's site, please read Christianity and Judaism as godly the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentreligions." only/faq.php#publishers. Five Nawash also said that in the Filters recommends: Incinerating United States Muslim men have Assange - The Liberal Media Go been known to marry nonTo Work. Muslims and that increasingly Muslim women in America have been doing likewise. "It is becoming very common for Christian-Muslim marriage s in the United States. The trend has been common with men for decades," said Nawash. "However, now it is becoming common with Muslim women I anticipate this trend to continue at a rapid speed and there is nothing that can be done about it." READ: WHAT DOES IT MEAN (Christianpost.com > Most TO BE UNEQUALLY YOKED? Popular) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is July 17, 2012| 9:41 am your content and you're reading it "I've been there and I've done it on someone else's site, please read all. I did the drugs, I've been with the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content- men, I've been with women. All only/faq.php#publishers. Five of it," she said July 13 on the Filters recommends: Incinerating "Frank & Wanda in the Morning" Assange - The Liberal Media Go radio program. To Work. Host Frank Ski immediately responded with: "Are you serious?" The unexpected confession was made as the self-professed

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prophetess was on the Atlantabased station to discuss her "Get Your Life Back" theater production. The stage play starring Bynum, Anthony Dalton and Miss Venetia "Princess" Lewis tackles true life issues, shame and guilt, according to a description of the show. Bynum was asked by Ski to speak on the power of purpose and how to bounce back from struggles or trauma. She responded, "I've been there ... but I think the minute I allowed somebody to help me to take full responsibility for my life and not doing the blame game to say 'oh, this is their fault;' I took full responsibility in every area because every choice that I made, nobody put a gun to my head. I made those choices due to a lack of wisdom." Follow us Continuing, she stated, "I'm not insecure about being around people who have issues and struggles because I've been there and I've done it all." That's when she disclosed her past sexual relations with women. Following Ski's "are you serious" question, she answered, "Every bit of it." "It's my life." "That abuse I suffered was

because I attracted after my own kind," Bynum added. "That abuse was already sitting in me. I had already abused myself mentally and emotionally for years trying to fill a void that only the power of purpose can fill. "You can have sex with 50,000 people, you can do drugs until the cows come home. But the void that you're trying to fill is a void that's been put there by the Creator and it's called purpose and destiny and until you accept that you're going to walk around the living dead." Following the brief interview, a listener, Lisa Lewis, tweeted, "@SandraRose Did you hear @DrBynum (Juanita Bynum) admitt to having sex with women on @V103Atlanta? Another closet confession. I am shocked." A couple of days later, Bynum also made several follow-up comments on her Twitter account. "If my life's testamony offends you then good ..now you can go serve christ for real because he will Never dissappoint you ever!!!" she tweeted on July 15. "Testamony is what you get after something has been put to death!.Maybe that's why we don't see a lot of them. You got to kill it to tell it!" The 53-year-old also posted:

"And they OVER CAME him(SATAN) by the blood of the lamb and by their TESTAMONIES!!! When we expose the enemy we OVER THROW HIM FOR GOOD!!" "You don't get anointed because God likes you ..you get anointed when he breaks junk out of your life!" "A Life of Transparency causes people to see christ in you and thru you!!!" Bynum was married twice and was the victim of domestic abuse in both marriages. Her latest divorce occurred in 2008 after Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III pleaded guilty to assaulting Bynum in a hotel parking lot. READ: MY STORY HOMOSEXUALITY, DRUNKENNESS, GRACE AND REDEMOTION This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

9 principles of innovation from Marissa Mayer


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early and often' strategy. The hardest part about indoctrinating Submitted at 7/21/2012 11:52:00 AM people into our culture is when One of the biggest stories of last engineers show me a prototype week was the hiring of Google and I'm like, 'Great, let's go!' executive and its first female They'll say, 'Oh, no, it's not ready. engineer, Marissa Mayer, to take It's not up to Google standards. the helm at Yahoo, so now is an This doesn't look like a Google interesting time to take a step product yet.' They want to castleback in time 2008 to be exact build and do all these other to see what her principles of features and make it all perfect. innovation were as shared with I tell them, 'The Googly thing is Chuck Salter of Fast Company. to launch it early on Google Labs 1 . I N N O V A T I O N , N O T and then iterate, learning what the I N S T A N T P E R F E C T I O N . market wants--and making it "There are two different types of g r e a t . ' T h e b e a u t y o f programmers. Some like to code experimenting in this way is that for months or even years, and you never get too far from what hope they will have built the the market wants. The market perfect product. That's castle pulls you back." building. Companies work this 2. IDEAS COME FROM way, too. Apple is great at it. If E V E R Y W H E R E you get it right and you've built "We have this great internal list just the perfect thing, you get this where people post new ideas and worldwide 'Wow!' The problem everyone can go on and see them. is, if you get it wrong, you get a It's like a voting pool where you thud, a thud in which you've can say how good or bad you spent, like, five years and 100 think an idea is. Those comments people on something the market lead to new ideas." doesn't want. Others prefer to Full story at Fast Company. have something working at the Principles of innovation. end of the day, something to Photo credit: Fotolia refine and improve the next day. Permalink| Leave a comment That's what we do: our 'launch

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Ezio Auditore/Chris Redfield to play Sonic the Hedgehog in Wreck-it Ralph


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A Google-a-Day Puzzle for July 22


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Also, with the knowledge that because others may publish their answers before you do, if you Submitted at 7/21/2012 11:01:00 PM want to be able to search for Our good friends at Google run a information without accidentally daily puzzle challenge and asked seeing the answer somewhere, us to help get them out to the you can use the Google-a-Day geeky masses. Each days puzzle sites search tool, which will will task your googling skills a automatically filter out published little more, leading you to Google answers, to give you a spoiler-free mastery. Each morning at 12:01 experience. a.m. Eastern time youll see a new And now, without further ado, we puzzle, and the previous days give you answer (in invisitext) posted here. TODAYS PUZZLE: SPOILER WARNING: Which of the five basic tastes We leave the comments on so would you most likely experience people can work together to find while eating food made with soy the answer. As such, if you want sauce? to figure it out all by yourself, YESTERDAYS ANSWER DONT READ T H E (mouseover to see): COMMENTS! Search [last ruler Ptolemaic

dynasty] to find Cleopatra. Search [Cleopatra cure baldness] to learn that it was Julius Caesars baldness she tried to treat. She used a concoction she made herself with burned mice, the marrow of a deer, bear grease, and several equine teeth all brewed together. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

No, Ezio Auditore da Firenze and Chris Redfield won't be trading in their various killing implements for pointy red shoes, nor will they be playing a grotesque twoheaded version of Sega's iconic mascot, but the man who voices both those characters will be. Okay, maybe not the grotesque two-headed monster thing, but Roger Craig Smith(who voices both Ezio and Chris) will be playing the role of Sonic the Hedgehog in Disney's forthcoming reference vehicle Wreck-it Ralph. As it happens, Smith has become the blue blur in days past, having voiced the character in Mario & Sonic at the London Olympic Games, Sonic

Generations and Sonic Free Riders. Let's just hope that any dialogue they give him will be better than what we're used to. Ezio Auditore/Chris Redfield to play Sonic the Hedgehog in Wreck-it Ralph originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 21 Jul 2012 22:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

Obama Paid $93k for Half-Empty Stadium Kick-Off Event


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According to disclosure forms with the Federal Election

Commission, President Obama's reelection team appears to have paid $92,751.50 to rent the Ohio State University's Jerome Schottenstein Center, the site of the campaign's much touted kick-

off even in May. The disclosure appears on

records of the campaign's June spending, though the event took place May 5. And of course does not include other costs associated with the event; only the cost of renting the arena.

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'Explosives removed' from US suspect's home


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allegedly opened fire on a packed midnight screening of the third and final "Dark Knight" movie, US police say the booby-trapped also injuring 58 others. apartment of a man suspected of A small boom from a "controlled killing 12 people in a shooting detonation" could be heard by rampage at a Batman movie reporters outside the apartment screening in the US state of block and pieces of debris were Colorado has now been cleared of blown out of one of the windows explosives. through which police had been Saturday's progress was reported assessing the booby-trap set-up as the names of those who died inside. early on Friday were released - "Police reached one of those including a six-year-old girl explosive devices, but they did whose mother was also injured not feel comfortable disabling and two US servicemen. [it] so they had a controlled A police official, speaking on the explosion, which was heard condition of anonymity, said around the area," said Al Jazeera's power had also been restored to John Hendren, reporting from the building. Colorado. The studio behind "The Dark "It sounds like [the suspect] had a K n i g h t R i s e s " s a i d i t w a s web of tripwires and explosives withholding box office data out of that made things very difficult and respect for the victims. dangerous for police when they The attack in Aurora, Colorado, went in inside," he added. has revived the debate over gun Aurora police chief Dan Oates control in the US, and drew said: "Make no mistake, this c o n d e m n a t i o n b y P r e s i d e n t apartment was designed to kill B a r a c k O b a m a a n d h i s whoever entered it. And who was Republican White House rival most likely to enter that location Mitt Romney. after he planned and executed this Obama will travel to Colorado on horrific crime? It was going to be Sunday to visit with families of a police officer." the victims, the White House said Holmes is currently being held in on Saturday. solitary confinement for his own 'Designed to kill' protection, according to Bomb experts finally inched their a u t h o r i t i e s [ R e u t e r s ] way into the home of James The 12 fatalities from the Holmes, the 24-year-old who m i d n i g h t t h e a t r e r a m p a g e

included six-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan, according to the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office, which said they all died of gunshot wounds. The child's mother Ashley Moser, 25, was shot in the neck and abdomen and is in critical condition at Aurora Medical Center, drifting in and out of consciousness, and is unaware that her daughter is dead, the Denver Post said. Many of those wounded in the mass shooting will suffer longterm consequences, a doctor said on Saturday. It "pretty much runs the gamut of multiple gunshots," said Bob Snyder of the Medical Center of Aurora, where four patients remain in intensive care, two in

critical condition. Late on Friday the town near Denver gathered for two vigils as it emerged that Holmes bought more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition on the Internet, and four guns, in the two months before the rampage. The shooter, dressed in black and wearing body armour and a gas mask, burst into the movie theatre barely 20 minutes into the midnight screening early on Friday, throwing two tear-gas type devices before opening fire with several weapons. Police arrested Holmes by his car at the rear of the theatre. He offered no resistance. Holmes is currently being held in solitary confinement for his own protection from other inmates,

according to officials. New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said on Friday that the gunman "clearly looks like a deranged individual". "He has his hair painted red. He said he was the Joker, obviously the enemy of Batman," Kelly told reporters. Evidence of 'calculation' Aurora police chief Oates did not comment, but said on Saturday that Holmes had received a large number of packages over the past four months and "this begins to explain how he got all the magazines and the ammunition" used in the attack. "We also think it begins to explain some of the materials that he had in his apartment," he said. "What we're seeing here is evidence of, I think, some calculation and deliberation," he said. Suspect profile James Holmes, 24, was a PhD student of neuroscience at the University of Colorado He lived in an apartment in the north of Aurora, only eight kilometres from the cinema He has no previous criminal record and is in police custody With Holmes in solitary confinement, Oates declined to speculate on any motive for 'EXPLOSIVES page 45

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Syrian troops and armoured vehicles have pushed into a rebelheld district of Aleppo and struck back in the capital, Damascus, against fighters emboldened by a bomb attack that killed top officials of President Bashar alAssad's government. Opposition activists in Aleppo, Syria's biggest city and a northern commercial hub, said that hundreds of families were fleeing residential areas on Saturday after the military swept into the Salaheddine district, which had been in rebel hands for two days. Fighting was also reported in the densely-populated, poor neighbourhood of al-Sakhour. "The sound of bombardment has been non-stop since last night. For the first time we feel Aleppo has turned into a battle zone," a housewife, who declined to be named, said by phone from the city. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the fighting started spreading on Saturday afternoon. "Violent clashes are taking place between Syrian regime forces and rebel fighters in the Sakhour neighbourhood and the Haydariya area," the UK-based group said. The Observatory also reported heavy clashes at the entrance of al -Rastan, a rebel stronghold in Homs province, saying troops

were trying to enter the town. There are also reports of renewed clashes in two districts of the Syrian capital. In Homes, at least two people were killed in a prison mutiny in Syria's central city of Homs on Saturday, opposition activists said. They said some guards had joined in the mutiny, which broke out shortly after midnight, but that government forces from a nearby intelligence base had arrived to crush the rebellion. Some activists said that two prisoners were killed, while others put the death toll at four and said the mutiny was continuing, although the prison was surrounded. Meanwhile, UN chief Ban Kimoon said on Saturday that an envoy will be dispatched to Syria to assess the situation as violence increases in the embattled country, adding that Assad's government must stop "the killing and the use of heavy weapons" against population centres. Multiple control points Rebels have also managed to seize border checkpoints in recent days, most significantly, taking control of a key border crossing with Iraq. Al Jazeera's Jane Arraf, reporting from Erbil, Iraq, noted that this crossing, the second at the SyrianIraqi border, is important because it might signal a sea change among a group ordinarily loyal to Assad.

Meanwhile, a tense calm prevailed in the capital, Damascus, after six days of intense fighting. The army deployed tanks on Friday to push rebels out of alMidan neighbourhood, where fighting left cars gutted and fighters' bodies in the streets. "Significantly, this is the crossing manned by the regular army and Al Jazeer'a Rula Amin, reporting from the Kurdish regions of Syria. one by the FSA." from Beirut, Lebanon, said that Now, those Kurdish regions have Simmons said traffic was being the fighters seemed to have been traditionally stayed out of this restricted on the Turkish side, "pushed out" of the capital. Infight - they've been relatively with truckers being warned that depth coverage of escalating calm," said Arraf. they were crossing the border at violence across Syria "This one could mark a new turn their own risk and that they may "For example, in al-Midan, they in the conflict," she said. not be able to return back to are no longer in control, and the Fighters have held the Abu Turkey. neighbourhood is no longer off Kamal crossing between Syria The border, said Simmons, is not limits to the government forces," and Iraq since Thursday, and officially closed, but that officials said Amin. despite government forces having were "discouraging everyone" "What we are seeing is the heavily shelled it on Friday night, from crossing. He added that government pushing in each it remained in rebel hands on Turks are being turned away from neighbourhood it thinks the rebels Saturday. the border, although some Syrian are [present]." In addition, the Free Syrian Army refugees had made it across. Battles involving troops bringing (FSA) has taken control of "The Turkish trade with Syria in tanks, helicopters and mortars the Bab al-Hawa crossing on the came near to nothing in the past have turned parts of Damascus border with Turkey. two-three months," he said. "The into combat zones, and sent Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons, heavy trucks which are still trying thousands of Syrian families reporting from Cilvegozu on the to cross the border are taking huge packed in cars streaming across Turkish side of the frontier, risks because there's total chaos at the border into neighbouring said the FSA had established a the crossing points. Recently Lebanon. proper checkpoint, controlling any many trucks have been burned More than 200 people were killed traffic coming through. down. across the country in a single day "The Free Syrian Army is in Our correspondent, Stefanie on Friday, activists said. control of the first part of the Dekker, reporting from Ramtha, Despite being forced out of almain road into Syria but the Jordan, said that the Free Syrian Midan, the armed opposition regular Syrian army has some sort Army also attempted to take appear to have gained momentum of base a few kilometres down the control of the Nasib border across the country in recent days. road," he said. "We spoke to crossing, but were repelled back Four senior officials were killed Syrian who've been fleeing. They by government forces. after bomb went off during a high say they passed through two Opposition 'pushed out' of separate control points, one Damascus SYRIA page 45

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'FARC rebels' flogged by Colombian tribe


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Colombian tribal leaders have sentenced three suspected rebel fighters from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and an accomplice to a public flogging. Nasa tribe accused the rebels of attacking civilians and disturbing the peace in Cauca, a region in the country's southeast that has been plagued by unrest and violence in the past week. The hearing was part of a push by the indigenous tribe to get both FARC rebels and government forces off their land. Last week, Nasa marched up to the top of a 2,300-metre peak and forcibly dislodged soldiers from an outpost [Reuters] The men and a teenaged accomplice were captured on Wednesday and the adults were given 30 lashes each on their legs. Nasa tribe has been calling on rebels and the military to leave Cauca, saying they are tired of being caught in the crossfire of Colombia's long-running conflict. On Saturday, Colombia's military took up positions in a field and fired at FARC rebels, who have been trying to claim the area. Last week, the Nasa marched up

Holmes, who is to make his first court appearance on Monday. "We're not going to talk about motive," he said. Oates said that out of "an abundance of caution," bombsniffing dogs had made a sweep of buildings at the University of Colorado medical school, which Holmes attended until last month, but did not find anything unusual Holmes had no criminal record aside from a citation for speeding in October 2011, according to police. Cinemas in New York tightened security at Batman showings, and the AMC theater chain announced a ban on face masks and fake weapons, while a French premiere was cancelled on Friday. Aurora is 32km from the scene of the 1999 Columbine High School to the top of a 2,300-metre peak past week perhaps the most massacre, in which two students and forcibly dislodged a clutch of difficult of Juan Manuel Santos' shot dead 13 people before soldiers from a strategic outpost. two-year-old presidency, bringing committing suicide. A farmer was shot and killed on Colombia's conflict into people's Meanwhile, little has surfaced Thursday in the town of Caloto living rooms as it rarely has been from the suspect's past to suggest during a protest against the in recent years and highlighting presence of soldiers in the region. his government's inability to SYRIA The Nasa's homeland lies on a c o n t r o l l a r g e p a r t s o f t h e continued from page 44 key corridor that rebels and their c o u n t r y s i d e . -level security meeting in chief funding source, cocaine, 335 Damascus on Wednesday, regularly transit on their way to This entry passed through the according to government media. the Pacific coast. Full-Text RSS service if this is 958 The government alleges the Nasa your content and you're reading it This entry passed through the are allied with rebels, which on someone else's site, please read Full-Text RSS service if this is authorities say purchases the high- the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content- your content and you're reading it quality marijuana that many only/faq.php#publishers. Five on someone else's site, please read indigenous grow. Filters recommends: Incinerating T h e N a s a ' s s t a n d o f f w i t h Assange - The Liberal Media Go government troops has made the To Work.

he was capable of such violence. Raised in a middle-class San Diego neighbourhood, he earned a degree in neuroscience from the University of California at Riverside before seeking his graduate degree from the University of Colorado. Holmes was described by acquaintances as bright but was in the process of dropping out of his graduate programme at the time of the shooting, according to the university. 1050 This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England So much was going on at the British Open on Saturday that it was hard to tell whether this was a golf tournament or a mystery novel. The what-ifs were as fascinating as the who-done-its. The who-done-its were mainly Adam Scott, Zach Johnson and Graeme McDowell. Scott, a handsome and heretofore underachieving Aussie, played with 36-hole leader Brandt Snedeker in the final twosome, caught him quickly as Snedeker's magic-wand putter ran out of batteries, and walked right down the middle of most fairways to a two-under-par 68 and a four-shot lead. "It was pretty solid stuff," Scott said. Johnson, the best that Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has to offer, rebounded from a stubbed-toe 74 Friday at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes course and put up the best score of the day with a 66, leaving him six back of Scott. "I hit some really good shots today," he said, "but I also think I left a few out there." Another key character was McDowell, whose recent performances have begun to beg the question of just exactly who

should be the big-name golfer from Northern Ireland. While McDowell's younger Portrush buddy, Rory McIlroy more hair and more groupies remained well back in the pack with a 73 that left him 16 shots off the lead, McDowell charged with a 67 that got him into Sunday's final group with Scott. A month ago, at theU.S. Open at Olympic in San Francisco, McDowell was in the same position. He had a 20foot putt on the 72nd hole that would have gotten him into a playoff and given him a shot at a second U.S. Open title. It missed, but McDowell is right back in the big spotlight again. "This is special for me," he said. "Back-to-back major championships in the last group on Sunday." Then, there were the players and the story lines that could have been, the what-ifs. One was the slight faltering of Snedeker, who is a bright and quotable graduate of no less than Vanderbilt University, who had captivated the British press after his 64 Friday and had many poised over keyboards to tap out a fun second chapter. One angle included Snedeker as another Huck Finn-looking kid, whose early role model was the original Huck Finn golf hero and British Open star, Tom Watson.

Another was Snedeker's Nashville roots and his admission he was a country music fan. Fun song titles under consideration included: "I lost my wife and my putter and I miss it." But five bogeys in seven holes in the middle of his round turned the fun lyrics sour. Another what-if was Masters champion Bubba Watson. What if he had kept on going after making four birdies in six holes around the turn? Would we get another chance, in a Sunday climactic moment of a major, to see Bubba wrap a shot around six trees or through a storm drain, or over a highway sign? But a double bogey on the 15th made Watson's walk home more limp than swagger and his 68 left him nine shots back of Scott. But the best what-if of all, the great drama that might have been, disintegrated when McDowell made a birdie putt on No. 17 to take the spot in the final group opposite Scott. It was perhaps the first time a positive stroke by the popular Irishman drew groans in the media center. Until that moment, it appeared that Scott would walk the final 18 in the company of Tiger Woods, who just kind of hung around Saturday with his 70, and is in fourth place alone, a shot behind McDowell and Snedeker and a

not-insurmountable five behind Scott. The drama of the Scott-Woods final group was that Scott's caddie is Steve Williams, who was on the bag for Woods for 13 of his 14 major titles and whose split with Woods, in the wake of Woods' marital blowup and disintegrating game, was not pretty. The announcement of the separation was terse, but the real ugliness exploded in, of all places, Shanghai, in November 2011. The occasion was an annual tour caddie awards party, sponsored by international bank HSBC and held in a tent adjacent to a big hotel. The evening was supposed to be fun, mostly a roast, and journalists invited to attend had to agree that the proceedings would be off the record. Three from the USA were there. One award went to Williams, a New Zealander who, as Woods' caddie, had become among the highest-paid sports figures in his country. He had been on Scott's bag when Scott won the World Golf Championships event at Firestone three months earlier. Williams had called that victory "my best ever," an obvious jab at Woods, and in his acceptance speech that night in Shanghai, he jabbed much deeper by including a racial slur. One of the U.S. journalists there

that night said that, while the acoustics in the tent were bad, "Everybody kind of stopped and was stunned." A few days later, a small group of British journalists who had not been on hand heard what happened from other caddies, and, as they were not bound by an offthe-record agreement, wrote the story. The tension, despite Williams' later apology, remains. In the quick-quote area Saturday after he finished, Woods was asked about playing in the final group not specifically about Williams. But he obviously knew the genesis of the question and the tone of his dismissal seemed to speak volumes. "Well, I'm not in it," he said. "So it is what it is." For golf, it might be best that the Sunday soap opera didn't come to pass. For people who write columns, bad luck. bill.dwyre@latimes.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: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Blanco's bunt leads Giants over Phillies - Philadelphia Daily News


ROB MAADDI (- Bing News)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 9:45:05 PM

Cabrera hit a tying homer off Hamels in the eighth and Buster Posey hit a two-run shot for the PHILADELPHIA - Matt Cain NL West-leading Giants, who are and Cole Hamels matched each 7-1 since the All-Star break. other with better performances at Ryan Howard hit a three-run the plate than on the mound. homer and Chase Utley also went The two All-Star pitchers hit deep for the last-place Phillies, homers in the same inning, and who've lost three in a row and Gregor Blanco drove in the seven straight at home. tiebreaking run with a drag bunt The five-time defending NL East single in the 10th to lead the San champions are 41-54 and moving Francisco Giants to a 6-5 victory closer to perhaps being a seller over the Philadelphia Phillies on before the non-waiver trade Saturday. deadline on July 31. This was hardly the pitching duel Hamels allowed 10 hits in 7 2-3 expected from two of the elite innings on a career-high 128 starters in the majors. Both pitches. The three-time All-Star allowed three homers and five lefty is seeking a contract perhaps runs. But they did their job with bigger than the megadeal Cain the bat. signed before the season. "I figured he'd try to put one out," Cain gave up five hits in eight Cain said. "The most frustrating innings. The five runs were tied thing you can do is give up a for the most he's given up this homer to a pitcher." year. It was the first time pitchers Sergio Romo (3-1) retired the homered off each other in the two batters he faced in the ninth same game since Atlanta's Kevin and Santiago Casilla finished for Millwood and Colorado's Denny his 24th save in 30 tries. Stark did it on May 18, 2002. The Cabrera walked to start the 10th last time it happened in the same against Jonathan Papelbon (2-4) inning was May 14, 1990, when and went to third on Posey's Montreal's Kevin Gross and Los looping single to right. After Angeles' Fernando Valenzuela Pablo Sandoval struck out, Blanco went deep in the third inning. put down a perfect bunt down the "It was nice," Hamels said. "I first-base line and beat it out enjoyed it more after giving up without a throw. my first ever homer to a pitcher." Blanco had missed a sign on a All-Star game MVP Melky squeeze in the eighth. This time,

the runner on third waited for contact before breaking toward the plate. "I said, `Don't worry, have a good at-bat and forget about the other one," Blanco said. "I was glad to have another opportunity." Cain signed a $112.5 million, five-year extension in April. The deal guaranteed him at least $141 million over seven years, including this season's salary and a 2018 buyout. The Phillies are hoping to re-sign Hamels before the 2008 World Series MVP becomes a free agent after this season. If a deal isn't reached before the trade deadline, Hamels could be gone. Of course, that doesn't mean the Phillies couldn't re-sign him in the offseason. Hamels already has said he would be open to returning to Philadelphia, even if he's traded. "I can't control it," Hamels said. Fearing they were seeing Hamels with the Phillies for the last time, fans gave him loud cheers before the game and a standing ovation when he exited. Hamels waved to the crowd on his way to the dugout. Down 4-2, the Phillies rallied in the sixth. Jimmy Rollins walked to start the inning. Shane Victorino followed with a bloop single to right for his 1,000th career hit.

After Utley flied out to shallow left, Howard connected. He ripped a 1-2 pitch to the seats in rightcenter to give the Phillies a 5-4 lead. Howard, the 2006 NL MVP, has three homers in 11 games after missing the first 84 games recovering from surgery on his left Achilles tendon. But the Giants tied it at 5 when Cabrera led off the eighth with his 10th homer. Hamels hadn't allowed three homers in a game since June 26, 2010, vs. Toronto. That was 67 starts ago. Posey followed with a double and advanced to third on a grounder. He was caught trying to steal home when Blanco took a pitch instead of bunting. Hamels gave up three homers in his previous five starts combined before giving up two in the third. First, Cain hit a towering shot to left for his sixth career homer and first this season. With two outs, Posey hit an 0-2 pitch out to left to put the Giants up 3-1. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Never Miss a Notification With This Flashing iPhone Case [VIDEO]


Calin Van Paris (Mashable!)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 5:08:59 PM

Sometimes, vibrate is not enough -- a fact most iPhone users know all too well. Anyone who has ever missed a call or Facebook update because they were at a noisy bar/club/ sporting event would likely be interested in FLASHr, a slim case for iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S that doubles as a colorful visual alert system. FLASHr works in conjunction with the LED Flash Alerts feature already built into your iOS device. The case illuminates when you receive a call, text or pushbutton notification so you never have to miss an update again. Developers Trey DeArk, a mechanical engineer, and musician Terence Green -- known together as Phaze5 -- say Flashr Continue reading... More About: iphone, iphone case, kickstarter

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Weekly Webcomic Wrapup is a kleptomaniac


Mike Suszek (Joystiq)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 11:30:00 PM

I have a severe problem with stealing everything I can in video games. As part of my natural drive to satiate my escapist needs (as theft isn't a part of my daily routine), doing what I can to steal an item in nearly every video game possible is oddly relaxing to me. Take The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening as an example. Regardless of the consequences, trying to save a few rupees by nabbing an item from the shopkeeper is the start of a behavior pattern I've recently begun noticing. I recall the first time I tried catching a trainer's Pokemon, or would meticulously check every crevice of an NPC's house in every Pokemon game in the series (when characters weren't home, I'd consider my actions as an additional crime, breaking and entering). You could argue that such actions aren't entirely unethical. Sure, hacking any mmo like WoW to

OUYA: Android Game Consoles Secrets Raise Questions


Chelsea Stark (Mashable!)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 4:50:15 PM

steal in-game currency, especially when that translates to real-world dollars, is a definite no-no. But in a case like Link's Awakening, when a game developer instills consequences for virtual petty theft, couldn't you consider the inclusion of theft an admission that stealing property is just another solution to a problem? Perhaps that's what I tell myself when I'm checking dresser drawers for items in an RPG. However, stealing a glance at last

week's webcomics isn't just allowed, it's encouraged. After doing so, you can vote for your favorite comic after the break. Gotta Catch 'em All ( No Line of Sight) Dry Spell ( Legacy Control) Slippy ( Magical Game Time) Mario Paint ( Blow the Cartridge) Summer Spending ( Hejibits) Perilous Pasta ( Life in Aggro) Soggy Bread ( Awkward Zombie) Just Like Yesterday ( Extra Life)

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While the OUYA -- the Androidbased, hackable video game console -- is still raking in funds on its multi-million dollar Kickstarter project, the secretive nature of the project is raising questions for game developers. "How can the OUYA convince developers who are sitting on the sidelines to jump in?" asks Gree Vice President of Studio Operations Anil Dharni. "I am very interested, but where are the users? Where are the gamers?" Until three months ago, Dharni was the Chief Operating Officer of Funzio, which released three well-received titles on iOS and one on Android. He and CEO Ken Chui sold Funzio to Gree for $210 million, giving Gree, a Japanese social network that has been ex Continue reading... More About: android, gree, kickstarter, ouya

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Guitar Hero clone used to teach unknowable, subconscious passwords


Jordan Mallory (Joystiq)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 9:00:00 PM

We're not entirely sure if this new development in password technology is amazing or terrifying or both, but a group of cryptographers and neuroscientists have developed a method through which a subject can be taught a 30-character password and not even know that they know it. This is all accomplished through repeated play sessions of a keyboardcontrolled Guitar Hero clone. I mean, how else would you do it? The "game," developed by Stanford University student Hristo Bojinov, has players pressing the S, D F, J, K and L keys on their keyboards as corresponding symbols fall from the top of the screen to the bottom, as seen

above. During a standard 45 minute play session, nearly 4,000 "notes" are generated and entered by the player, 80 percent of which are actually part of a cryptographic sequence. By the time the session is over, the subject has "learned" a 30-

sequences. The subject subconsciously trained on their specific password would statistically perform better on those sequences rather than the sequences belonging to other passwords, thus verifying their identity. Unfortunately, Bojinov's subconscious encryption engine isn't playable online at present. Maybe that's for the best, though - we're not sure how ready we are to be implanted with unknowable knowledge. Guitar Hero clone used to teach character password, though it is unknowable, subconscious supposedly impossible for them to passwords originally appeared on actually know what it is. Joystiq on Sat, 21 Jul 2012 In order to "enter" the password, 21:00:00 EST. Please see our the subject plays a round of the terms for use of feeds. game in which their 30 character Permalink| Email this| Comments password is randomly jumbled with other 30-character

PHOTOS: Penn State fans line up to take final snapshots with Paterno statue CBSSports.com (blog)
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Submitted at 7/21/2012 7:56:07 PM

CBSSports.com (blog) PHOTOS: Penn State fans line up to take final snapshots with Paterno statue CBSSports.com (blog) The opinion of many -- even many of those close to Penn State -- is that the statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium should be taken down by the university. But it's never been clearer that that opinion is hardly shared by everyone at Happy Valley... and more

Mobile Miscellany: week of July 16th, 2012


Zachary Lutz (Engadget)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 9:24:00 PM

Not all mobile news is destined for the front page, but if you're like us and really want to know what's going on, then you've come

to the right place. This past week, the Chief Operating Officer of Leap Wireless made his departure from the company and a new LTE handset was leaked for MetroPCS. These stories and more await after the break. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we

explore the " best of the rest" for this week of July 16th, 2012. Continue reading Mobile Miscellany: week of July 16th, 2012 Filed under: Cellphones, Wireless, Software

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David Frum
(David Frum)

Andrew Sullivan complained yesterday that I had engaged in a McCarthyite attack on Ron Paul by writing the following: A politician isnt answerable for the antics of every one of his supporters. But theres surely a reason, isnt there, that racists, anti-Semites, 9/11 Truthers, and Holocaust deniers are so strongly attracted to the Paul campaign. They hear something. They continue to hear it too, no matter how firmly Ron Pauls more mainstream supporters clamp their hands over their own ears. Andrews riposte: Notice how pure the smear is, enabled and not diminished by the first sentence. Notice the key concept of Beltway ideological policemen: there is a mainstream and a non-mainstream. Dabble with the latter at your peril. Since David has perished by the cult of the mainstream, its odd he should deploy it against others. But to throw in Holocaust denial and 9/11 Truthers for good measure! Really. And notice how particularly cheap and easy it is to use such tactics against a libertarian. The traditional left is often based on collective associations, building a movement out of oppressed groups and their grievances, whether it be class or race or even

sexual orientation. Libertarianism is the opposite. Its about dis associating. When you listen to Paul saying he will not turn anyone away from supporting his platform regardless of their motives or beliefs, you are hearing a reflection of his libertarianism, not his bigotry. He will accept support from any quarter and compared with the corporate money flowing into the other candidates coffers, he is about as independent as a presidential candidate can be. Because he is a radical individualist, he doesnt even understand why he should somehow explain the belief of others, or justify their support. You should ask them, not him. This kind of gotcha-association game is particularly easy because libertarians favor liberty above all, and that will necessarily mean liberty for bigots as well as others. A principled belief in states rights will doubtless lead to more racist and homophobic policies in many states but also, of course, more enlightened and successful inclusive states like Oregon or New York or Massachusetts or California. A rejection of statism might lead to more discrimination in the private sector. But it doesnt mandate it. And it need not encourage it. A noninterventionist foreign policy will allow evil to triumph elsewhere in

the world, because it believes its none of our business or too riddled with unintended consequences to try extirpating. That may be right or wrong, but it is not an approval of the evil of Assad or Ahmedinejad or the North Korean junta. And again, it is actually much deeper an American tradition than permanent warfare. But if you can trot out David Duke or Ayatollah Khamenei as potential Paul supporters, you have a very easy, cheap and essentially McCarthyite target. It saddens me that this kind of tactic works. I still believe that the newsletters, because they were in Pauls name, require a clearer explanation from Paul than the muddled ones he has given. He should not be left off the hook. And his proposals deserve a thorough vetting and discussion. But there is something awry when a candidate is assessed not on his arguments and proposals but on the shadiness and ugliness of some of his fringe supporters. Ron Pauls supporters ask that their candidate not be judged by his associates. Or by the people he chose to employ. Or by the newsletters he published. Or by the book he wrote. Or by the way he earned the largest part of his living when out of office in the 1990s. Or by his purchase of the mailing list of the Holocaust-

denying Liberty Lobby. Or by the radio shows he chooses to appear on. Or by his strategic decision to reach out to racist voters. Or by the conspiracy theories to which he lends credence, from government creation of AIDS to Israeli culpability for the 1993 bombing to a putative 9/11 coverup. And here I thought that libertarianism was a doctrine of personal responsibility? May Ron Paul at least be judged by the words he has spoken with his own mouth within the current campaign? The supporters say no again. When Ron Paul tells an interviewer that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made race relations worse, were not supposed to consider what he might mean by better. When Ron Paul warns that a border fence would be used to prevent fleeing American citizens from exiting the country, were not supposed to conclude that hes a paranoid crank. Andrew deploys what might be called the ontological defense of Ron Paul, as follows: 1) Ron Paul is a libertarian. 2) Libertarians espouse individualism. 3) Racism is a form of antiindividualism. 4) Therefore Ron Paul cannot be a racist. That is a demonstration of what

might be called the deductive method of reasoning. But theres another way to study reality: induction. Like this: 1) Ron Paul has again and again exploited bigotry, paranoia, and hate as fundraising devices. 2) Ron Paul is a libertarian. 3) So yes, I guess it is possible for a libertarian to do that. Heres my question for Ron Paul supporters: why the denial of the undeniable? Perhaps you like Pauls message of legalized marijuana? Why not just say so? You dont think its important to stop Iran from gaining nuclear weapons? Argue it forthrightly. If you regard Social Security and Medicare as literally the moral equivalents of slavery, go ahead, make your case. But all this excuse-making, special pleading and jiggering of the rules of evidence so as to exculpate Ron Paul from the record of his whole political life? For what? This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Alex Cockburn: A Bitter Life


David Horowitz (FrontPage Magazine FrontPage)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 4:27:29 PM

Alex Cockburn is dead of cancer at the age of 71. Alex was an influential voice in a generation of leftists who did an enormous disservice to this country and the world at large by carrying on a political tradition and promoting a political cause that killed 100 million people in the 20 th Century in peacetime and consigned more than a billion others to immeasurable and unnecessary poverty, even starvation, by imposing on them the crackpot socialist schemes of Karl Marx and his misguided disciples. Alexs father Claud was also a noted writer and both an agent of and propagandist for Stalins bloody regime. Alex exhibited in his own person many of the worst Stalinist traits. He was personally vicious in attacking political opponents and even friends, such as Christopher

Hitchens, about whom he wrote one of the most disgusting columns I have ever read although in fairness it must be said that Christopher himself was a master of this particular form of literary abuse. On the other hand, Alex had worthy sense of humor, which even a target like myself could appreciate, and was a clever

writer though inferior as a stylist to Christopher whom he obviously envied and paid back with insults. It could be said of Alex that he was also a gutsy individual who, like Christopher, on occasion displayed independence of mind a rarity among leftists who are normally incapable of challenging the progressive herd. Alexs most

notorious deviation from orthodoxy was his refusal to support the idea that human beings are responsible for climate change, a cardinal tenet of the progressive faith. This caused the obituary writer for the Los Angeles Times,[1] which like most of our metropolitan papers has become a left-wing tabloid, to say of him his thoughts on global

warming aligned him with the far right as though matters of science should be subject to a political party line. Needless to say, the Times obit failed to mention the fact that Alex and his father were shills for Communists, or that Alex was anti-American and an anti-Semite and a cheerleader for the Islamofascists of Hizbollah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood who are bent on destroying us. Despite the unfortunate resurgence in our time of the vile ideologies of the 1930s and 1960s to which he devoted his life, Alex was at the end a bitter and spiteful man. This was the predictable fruit of a life spent badly in recrimination and anger. Notes: [1] http://www.latimes.com/ features/books/jacketcopy/la-jcalexander-cockburn-has-died-rip20120721,0,3038441.story Freedom Center pamphlets now available on Kindle: Click here.

This Stunning Timelapse Space Video Will Astonish You


Calin Van Paris (Mashable!)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 5:56:05 PM

timelapse video put together by photographer Knate Myers. Myers says that every photograph If you are in need of a reminder in the video was taken from the that the world is indeed beautiful, International Space Station. The look no further than this amazing a w e - i n s p i r i n g v i s u a l s a r e

accompanied by music from John Murphy.

This timelapse is a must-watch. station, trending Sit back, relax and revel in the in the beauty that is our planet. Video Courtesy Vimeo/ Knate Myers More About: ISS, Video, space

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Batman attack 'planned for months'


(Evening Standard - News)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 9:10:09 PM

The Colorado shooting suspect planned the rampage that killed 12 midnight movie-goers, including a six-year-old girl with "calculation and deliberation", police said. For months James Holmes received deliveries that authorities believe armed him for battle and were used to rig his flat with dozens of bombs. Experts were still working to clear dangerous explosive materials from inside Holmes' suburban Denver home, two days after police said he opened fire and set off gas canisters in a cinema minutes into the premiere of Batman film The Dark Knight Rises. Fifty-eight people were injured. His flat was rigged with jars of liquids, explosives and chemicals that were booby-trapped to kill "whoever entered it", Aurora police chief Dan Oates said, noting it would have probably been one of his officers. "You think we're angry? We sure as hell are angry," Mr Oates said. Authorities would not discuss a motive for one of the deadliest

mass shootings in recent US history, as makeshift memorials for the victims sprang up and relatives began to publicly mourn their loved ones. Holmes, 24, had recently withdrawn from a competitive graduate programme in neuroscience and neighbours and former classmates in California have said he was an intelligent loner who said little. But he had apparently prepared the attack at the Aurora multiplex cinema well in advance, receiving deliveries by post to his home and school for four months and buying thousands of rounds of ammunition on the internet, Mr Oates said. "He had a high volume of deliveries to both his work and home address. We think this explains how he got his hands on the magazine, ammunition," he said, as well as the rigged explosives in his flat. "What we're seeing here is evidence of some calculation and deliberation," Mr Oates added. Mr Oates said Holmes used a military-style semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun and a pistol to open fire on the unsuspecting cinema-goers. He had bought the weapons at local gun stores within

the last two months and recently purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition over the internet. Holmes also bought an urban assault vest, two magazine holders and a knife for just over 300 dollars (192) on July 2 from an online supplier of tactical gear for police and military personnel, according to the company. It was not known why the suspect chose a cinema to stage the assault, or whether he intended some twisted, symbolic link to the film's violent scenes. Holmes is in solitary confinement for his protection at a county detention facility on suspicion of multiple counts of first-degree murder. He is due in court for an initial hearing on Monday and had been appointed a lawyer, authorities said. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

ULTIMAte hack: Nexus 7 hooks up with external USB storage, floppy drive for retro-gaming
Joseph Volpe (Engadget)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 10:03:00 PM

devices, he was able to connect the ASUS-made tab to a USB hub and hook it up to a keyboard, There's only so much kit you can mouse and, most amusingly of all, cram into a sub-$200 tablet a floppy drive -- to play Ultima on without pushing past the price DOSbox, of course. It goes ceiling. And for Google's Jelly without saying that a feat of this Bean-blessed Nexus 7, corners kind requires root access, but were definitely cut, leaving users thankfully that's what Mountain without a handy microSD slot for View made the Nexuses for. expansion and rear-facing camera. Filed under: Peripherals, Tablet But where there's a will, there's PCs, Software the XDA and its community of ULTIMAte hack: Nexus 7 hooks d e v e l o p e r s t o r e m e d y t h e up with external USB storage, situation. As you can glimpse floppy drive for retro-gaming f r o m t h e p h o t o a b o v e , a n originally appeared on Engadget enterprising forum member by the on Sat, 21 Jul 2012 22:03:00 handle of c0m47053 devised an EDT. Please see our terms for use interesting workaround for the o f f e e d s . slate's lack of expandable storage P e r m a l i n k @ a r n o u d w o k k e a n d t h e n s o m e . U s i n g t h e (Twitter)| xda developers| Email StickMount app available on the this| Comments Play store, which allows users to mount/dismount mass storage

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Rupert Murdoch quits director roles


(Evening Standard - News)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 9:10:08 PM

the UK and US. This is nothing more than a corporate housecleaning exercise prior to the Rupert Murdoch has stepped company split." down from his role as director of The company said the move was a number of boards linked to his part of plans to split News British newspaper titles. Corporation into separate The move was described as newspaper and entertainment "nothing more than a corporate operations, announced last month. house-cleaning exercise" by News It will see News Corp's film and International, the UK publishing television businesses - including arm of News Corporation, which 20th Century Fox and the Fox produces The Sun, The Times and broadcasting network - grouped in The Sunday Times. one company. Mr Murdoch, chief executive of The other company would hold News Corporation, resigned from all News Corp's publishing roles in News Corp Investments, interests, such as The Wall Street N e w s I n t e r n a t i o n a l G r o u p Journal, The Times, The Sun, The Limited and Times Newspaper Australian, The New York Post Holdings in the UK last week. He and publisher HarperCollins. has also stepped down from The entertainment arm would be boards in the US, Australia and by far the bigger operation, with India. the publishing division hindered A spokeswoman for News in recent years by tough media International said: "Last week Mr market conditions and costs Murdoch stepped down from a related to the UK phone hacking number of boards, many of them scandal. small subsidiary boards, both in News Corporation has been

rocked by the hacking debacle, with Mr Murdoch and his son James coming under heavy fire. A report by a committee of MPs claimed Rupert Murdoch was "not a fit person" to run an international company following an inquiry by the Commons Culture Committee investigating the News of the World scandal. News Corp has been trying to prevent the scandal from infecting the rest of the group. James Murdoch resigned as chairman of BSkyB in April, admitting he had become its "lightning rod", just weeks after he quit as boss of News International. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Ask Engadget: best Mac gamepad?


Daniel Cooper (Engadget)
Submitted at 7/21/2012 10:59:00 PM

Left4Dead on a Mac, I grew up with a NES, so there's something about the form that feels natural to We know you've got questions, me. Thanks!" and if you're brave enough to ask Okay, so for those of us who do the world for answers, here's the tire of W-A-S-D, what's the best outlet to do so. This week's Ask solution to game on a Mac? Is Engadget inquiry is coming to us there a perfect device on the from is from Jaime, who's really market, or should we all just hack just showing off about their new an Xbox 360 controller to do the Retina MBP. If you're looking to same job? It's a fun week, spread send in an inquiry of your own, some fun in the comments. drop us a line at ask [at] engadget Filed under: Gaming [dawt] com. Ask Engadget: best Mac "I recently bought a Retina gamepad? originally appeared on MacBook Pro and started playing Engadget on Sat, 21 Jul 2012 a bunch of games from Steam. I'm 22:59:00 EDT. Please see our wondering if there's a gamepad I terms for use of feeds. Permalink| could use to play Portal or | Email this| Comments

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Wiggins set to win Tour de France


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AP PHOTOS: A community grieves after a massacre San Francisco Chronicle


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Submitted at 7/21/2012 6:39:58 PM

Tour in 2009 - equalling Robert Millar's 1984 British best - but Submitted at 7/21/2012 9:10:07 PM crashed out with a broken Bradley Wiggins is hours away collarbone when among the from sealing a historic Tour de favourites in 2011. France victory that would place Wiggins is set to realise Team him firmly in the pantheon of Sky leader Dave Brailsford's goal British sporting greats. of using a scientific approach to Barring a freak accident, the deliver a British Tour victory triple Olympic gold medallist is within five years. poised to become the first British But in a life full of ups and winner of the coveted yellow downs, a balanced perspective has jersey in the 99th edition of the paved the way for the cyclist's gruelling race. greatest sporting achievement. The 32-year-old is almost certain "I've got a lot of other things in to enjoy a victory procession on my life that mean more to me than Paris's Champs-Elysees after this, and I'd give it up tomorrow stretching his lead on Saturday for that," Wiggins said. with an imperious performance in "But in a sporting sense it's my winning the 53.5km (33-mile) greatest sporting achievement. time-trial stage from Bonneval to I've just won the Tour. What else Chartres. is there bigger than that? It's As part of his stunning transition probably the bonheur (happiest f r o m t r a c k t o r o a d r a c i n g , moment) of my sporting career, Wiggins finished fourth in the perhaps not in life."

The final stage will be the 13th consecutive day that Wiggins has worn the race leader's yellow jersey on a Tour he has previously described as a goldfish bowl. He added: "The thing I kept reminding myself the last three weeks, which has given me perspective and kept me in reality, is the fact that it is only sport. It's not life and death. It would be very easy in the Tour to lose that sense of reality." This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Walker, 17, and Mykia Walker, 16, carry flowers to lay at a makeshift memorial across the San Francisco Chronicle street from the Century Theater AP PHOTOS: A community parking lot, on Saturday, July 21, grieves after a massacre 2012 in Aurora, Colo. Twelve San Francisco Chronicle people were... From left, Tylecia Amos, 14, and more Shatyra Amos, 15, Michael

Quotes of the day


Erika Johnsen (Hot Air Top Picks)

Obama super PAC Restore Our Future, reports the Hill. Priorities USA spent more than it raised in Submitted at 7/21/2012 8:01:21 PM June as it unleashed a barrage of Republicans also enjoy a nice ads targeting Romneys tenure at cash advantage with the outside Bain Capital. groups known as super PACs. *** Even though the pro-Obama Obama entered July with $97.5 Priorities USA group had its best million in the bank, and used a month yet in June, raising $6.2 part of it to run 35,347 television million, it was nowhere close to QUOTES page 56 the $20 million raised by pro-

The taxman cometh


Fausta Wertz (Hot Air Top Picks)

The Taxman Cometh If you want to publicly criticize Argentinas government, make Submitted at 7/21/2012 7:01:00 PM sure all your tax filings are in posted at 8:01 pm on July 21, order. 2012 by Fausta Wertz That was the thinly veiled Sicking the taxman on your m e s s a g e P r e s i d e n t C r i s t i n a political opponents is becoming Fernndez de Kirchner sent q u i t e t h e v o g u e i n o u r Wednesday near the end of a hemisphere: speech broadcast on all national

television and radio stations. Reiterating her standard criticism that media operations are depressing Argentinians with gloom-and-doom stories, she derided an article published last Sunday. (She didnt say this, but the paper that ran it was Clarn, the countrys largest-circulation daily.) In the story, the owner of a

real-estate agency, one of its directors and an employee were quoted complaining that recent government measures essentially blocking the sale of foreign currency to citizens had paralyzed their business. Kirchner then dropped this bit of information: the firm in question hasnt filed taxes since 2007 and

neither has the director quoted in the story, whom she named. How did she know? She had called up the head of the tax agency to ask, and this, too, she openly revealed on Wednesdays broadcast. TAXMAN page 55

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Kirchners statement on Wednesday was different: by saying that she had called the taxman out of supposed concern for the real-estate agency, she unabashedly established cause and effect: you criticize me; I punish you. Was there a better way for her to flex muscle than signal that Argentinas government agencies are at her beck and call and say so with no shame? Not cause-and-effect, but coincidental, Strassel: Obamas Enemies ListPart II First an Obama campaign website called out Romney donor Frank Vandersloot. Next the IRS moved to audit himand so did the Labor Department. Mr. VanderSloot has since been learning what it means to be on a presidential enemies list. Just 12 days after the attack, the Idahoan found an investigator digging to unearth his divorce records. This bloodhounda recent employee of Senate Democratsworked for a for-hire opposition research firm. Now Mr. VanderSloot has been targeted by the federal

government. In a letter dated June 21, he was informed that his tax records had been selected for examination by the Internal Revenue Service. The audit also encompasses Mr. VanderSloots wife, and not one, but two years of past filings (2008 and 2009). Mr. VanderSloot, who is 63 and has been working since his teens, says neither he nor his accountants recall his being subject to a federal tax audit before. He was once required to send documents on a line item inquiry into his charitable donations, which resulted in no changes to his taxes. But nothing morethat is until now, shortly after he wrote a big check to a Romney-supporting Super PAC. Two weeks after receiving the IRS letter, Mr. VanderSloot received anotherthis one from the Department of Labor. He was informed it would be doing an audit of workers he employs on his Idaho-based cattle ranch under the federal visa program for temporary agriculture workers. Perhaps all this is coincidence. Perhaps something in Mr. VanderSloots finances or on his

ranch raised a flag. Americans want to believe the federal government performs its duties without fear or favor. Only in this case, Americans can have no such confidence. Did Mr. Obama pick up the phone and order the screws put to Mr. VanderSloot? Ormore likelydid a pro-Obama appointee or political hire or career staffer see that the boss had an issue with this donor, and decide to do the president an unasked-for election favor? Or did he or she simply think this was a duty, given that the president had declared Mr. VanderSloot and fellow donors less than reputable? As a commenter in the latter article put it, Here is the problem. Despite living an exemplary life and keeping all of your affairs in order and legal to the best of your abilities, because the laws are so outrageously complex and of such breadth and volume that it is impossible to know them and thus adhere to them, everyone who has any arrangement beyond the most simple can likely be found, upon thorough investigation, to be in

violation of something. For this reason, getting audited can be problematic, despite honest attempts to stay compliant. Thus, people rightly fear being singled out and becoming an audit target. Criticisms of what have you to hide? are a simpletons response to such fears. Nowadays, managing a business or any enterprise is fraught with big and little gotchas in every conceivable corner. Not a good trend. Not good at all. Cross-posted at Faustas blog. This post was promoted from GreenRoom to HotAir.com. To see the comments on the original post, look here. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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ads in the 14-day period ending July 16, according to New Yorkbased Kantar Medias CMAG. The Romney campaign, which began July with $22.5 million, aired 16,946 spots during that period. Since more than 97 percent of those commercials were negative, that meant voters saw twice as many campaignfunded ads attacking Romney rather than Obama. Obama continued to draw down his campaign account, spending $58.1 million last month with $43 million for advertising, including broadcast and online. Romney spent $27.5 million during the month, less than half as much as Obama, with $11.1 million going for media. President Obamas campaign will never have a more substantial advertising advantage than it has had over the past few weeks, yet there is no evidence to suggest that the ballot has moved, Romneys pollster, Neil Newhouse, said in a July 16 memo. *** A much smaller group of wealthy liberals gave money last month to

Priorities USA Action, including actor Morgan Freeman, who put in $1 million. Chicago media company executive Fred Eychaner also gave $1 million. But big Democratic donors have largely steered clear of the super PAC, focusing their efforts instead on raising money directly for Obamas campaign. So far, Obamas bundlers have brought in at least $143 million, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of data provided by the campaign. In the last three months, 107 new bundlers joined the effort, including longtime Democratic money man Terry McAuliffe, Glee creator Ryan Murphy, private equity chief Hamilton James, tech investor Chris Sacca and Maryland Gov.Martin OMalley. Together, they raised at least $14.6 million for the quarter. *** I dont think the effort was designed to sway voters so much as it was a way to get the Democratic base motivated again, Smith added. To give them something to be angry about again. And that is a sad statement about

the Obama campaign. The president cant possibly run positive ads about his record, so his only option is to fire up Democratic voters to hate Romney. But even many Democrats are troubled by Obamas relentlessly negative and mostly misleading campaign. No, it appears the only Obama campaign strategy right now is to keep hammering on Romneys business record, and somehow convince voters that the exact date of Romneys departure from Bain Capital is more important than the 8 percent unemployment rate. *** Campaign disclosure forms for Obama for America, President Obamas reelection team, reveal a heavy emphasis on public opinion polling. According to the forms, in the month of June alone, Obama for America spent a whopping $2,639,265.72 on polling. This appears to be a record this election cycle. And it does not include money spent on polling by the Democratic party in the month of June.

Polling is often conducted by campaigns to make sure the candidates message is in sync with what the voters want to hear. *** The National Republican Congressional Committee narrowly outraised the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in June. The NRCC posted $10.7 million in receipts compared with the DCCCs $10.5 million. The NRCC ended June with $41 million in cash on hand while the DCCC closed the month with $33.2 million in the bank. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Once again, celebrities demonstrate their apt leadership on complex environmental issues
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saying something. I watched the fracking-relevant clip of Yoko Ono and Sean Submitted at 7/21/2012 5:31:26 PM Lennon interviewing with Mr. posted at 6:31 pm on July 21, Fallon before their little protest 2012 by Erika Johnsen ditty (its the second clip here), Blergh. I apologize in advance and learned that Mr. Lennon has for my intellectual prudery I s t a r t e d a website, realize that Jimmy Fallons show ArtistsAgainstFracking.com. Its is meant to be lighthearted, late- meant to be a portal to point you night comedy but thats toward resources like the ( widely precisely what irks me about this. d e b u n k e d , j o u r n a l i s t i c a l l y Thanks to advances in the natural m i s l e a d i n g , a n d h i g h l y g a s i n d u s t r y , l a r g e l y m a d e melodramatic) documentary possible by the decades-old Gasland from certifiable activist practice of hydraulic fracturing, Josh Fox. And just look at all of the world is witnessing amazing those awesome artists, celebrities, environmental and economic and musicians who are standing achievements. The far-reaching against fracking, too all of this impacts of this evolving industry compelling persuasion is just are potentially enormous, and overwhelming me! Farther down w h e n a n y A m e r i c a n s w h o the page, they query: How can watched this show are likely they do this; isnt this against the going to walk away from it with Safe Drinking Water Act? an argument against fracking in Answer: Because not even the their heads, the substance of impossibly zealous, ideologywhich amounts to arguably driven Environmental Protection humorous sexual innuendo I Agency can find a solid reason to just cant let that stand without outlaw fracking.

Environmentalists tend to loathe on principle any industrial practice that even appears to violate Mother Earth, but if theyd pull their heads out of the eco-trendy sand and bother to do some actual research, they might come to realize that not only is the natural gas industry creating jobs, creating wealth, and revitalizing economically-distraught communities; but as Jazz posted earlier, its very likely helping us reduce our carbon emissions. For heavens sake, greenies quit shooting yourselves in the foot and assuming that environmental quality and economic prosperity are mutually exclusive. They arent. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.