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Seven dead, including gunman, in shooting at Wisconsin Sikh temple
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By Brendan O'Brien OAK CREEK, Wisconsin| Sun Aug 5, 2012 5:36pm EDT (Reuters) - A shooting during Sunday services at a Sikh temple left at least seven people dead, including a gunman, and at least three critically wounded, and police said they were still searching for other assailants. The mass killing began when a white gunman or gunmen walked into the kitchen of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin about 10:30 CDT (11.30 a.m. EDT) and started shooting, according to congregation members in touch with people inside the building. "It was a very coordinated thing. It wasn't haphazard," temple member Amardeep Kaleka told CNN. He said his father was wounded in the attack at the temple in a suburb south of Milwaukee. Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt, speaking for all law

enforcement at the temple, told reporters four people were killed inside the temple. Three were shot dead outside, including a gunman killed by a police officer. He declined to say whether there was more than one shooter, but hours after the attack heavily armed officers were still searching the sprawling temple complex for other suspects. Milwaukee's Froedtert Hospital said three men had been brought in wounded and were in critical condition. One was in the operating room, the hospital said in a statement. The 20-year veteran officer who exchanged fire with the gunman was hit several times, Wentlandt said. He was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive. Witnesses said hostages were being held inside the temple but police did not confirm this. President Barack Obama, alerted of the shooting at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, said he was "deeply saddened" by the attack, according to a White

House statement. He said his administration would give whatever aid was needed to respond to and investigate it. The Indian embassy in Washington said it was in touch with the White House's National Security Council about the shooting and an Indian diplomat had been sent to the Sikh temple in Wisconsin. "TARGETED AN ENTIRE COMMUNITY" The mass killing in Oak Creek is yet another in a recent rampage by gunmen in suburban America. In July, 12 people were killed and 58 wounded when a shooter opened fire at a screening of the latest Batman movie in the Denver suburb of Aurora, Colorado. In January 2011, thencongresswomen Gabrielle Giffords was the target of an assassination attempt in which six people were killed and 13 were wounded. "The gunman is worse than the one at the theater a couple of weeks ago because he targeted an

entire community," said temple member Jagatjit Sidhu. He was among dozens of temple members and onlookers who gathered in a parking lot near the temple after police sealed the building off. The Sikh faith includes belief in only one God and that the goal of life is to lead an exemplary existence. It is the fifth-largest organized religion in the world with more than 30 million followers. The temple in Oak Creek was founded in October 1997 and has a congregation of 350 to 400 people. There are an estimated 500,000 or more Sikhs in the United States. In the United States, especially since the attacks of September 11, 2001, Sikhs have sometimes been confused publicly with Muslims because of their turban headdress and beards. In September 2001, a Sikh gas station owner in Mesa, Arizona, was shot dead by a man who was said to be seeking revenge on Muslims for the hijacked plane attacks on the

United States. Members of the Milwaukee Sikh community complained to police and a state representative last year about an upturn in robberies and vandalism at Sikh-owned gas stations and stores. New York police said they were increasing security at Sikh temples as a precaution. There are no known threats against temples in the city, they said in a statement. (Additional reporting by Jim Wolf, Matt Spetalnick and Paul Eckert in Washington; Writing by Ian Simpson; Editing by Philip Barbara and Jackie Frank) 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.


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Assad's forces pound rebel stronghold in Aleppo
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and could spill into neighboring states. In Damascus, troops backed by By Hadeel Al Shalchi fighter jets have kept up an ALEPPO, Syria| Sun Aug 5, offensive against the last rebel 2012 5:07pm EDT bastion there in recent days. (Reuters) - Syrian army tanks Syria's two main cities had been shelled Aleppo and a helicopter relatively free of violence until gunship strafed rebel positions last month when fighters poured with heavy machinegun fire as into them, transforming the war. they fought into early Monday for The government largely repelled control of the country's biggest the assault on Damascus but has city and key battleground of the had more difficulty recapturing 17-month uprising. Aleppo. After U.N. Security Council Rebel commanders say they paralysis on Syria forced peace anticipate a major Syrian army envoy Kofi Annan to resign last offensive in Aleppo and one week, and with his ceasefire plan fighter said they had already had a distant memory, rebels have to pull back from some streets been battered by a government after army snipers advanced on onslaught in Aleppo and the Saturday under cover of the fierce capital Damascus. aerial and tank bombardment. The main focus of fighting in "The Syrian army is penetrating Aleppo has been the Salaheddine our lines," said Mohammad Salifi, district, a gateway into the city of a 35-year-old former government 2.5 million people, where Reuters employee. "So we were forced to witnessed heavy fighting. strategically retreat until the Tanks pounded alleyways where shelling ends," he said, adding the rebels sought cover. One shell hit rebels were trying to push the a building next to the Reuters army back again. reporting team, pouring rubble on Late on Sunday rebels clashed to the street and sending billows with the army in Aleppo's southof smoke and dust into the sky. eastern Nayrab district, a fighter State television said Assad's who called himself Abu Jumaa f o r c e s w e r e " c l e a n s i n g t h e said. The army responded by terrorist filth" from the country, shelling eastern districts. There which has been sucked into an were also clashes on the southern increasingly sectarian conflict that ring road, which could be a sign has killed about 18,000 people t h e a r m y w a s p r e p a r i n g t o
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surround the city. RUINS Once a busy shopping and restaurant district where residents would spend evenings with their families, Aleppo's Salaheddine district is now white with dust, broken concrete and rubble. Tank shell holes gape wide on the top of buildings near the front line, and homes of families and couples have been turned into look-outs and sniper locations for rebel fighters. Large mounds of concrete are used as barriers to close off streets. Lamp posts lie horizontally across the road after being downed by shelling. Civilians trickle back to collect their belongings and check on their homes. Late on Saturday a confused elderly man stumbled into 15th street as rebels exchanged fire with the army. "Get out of the way! Get off the street!" fighters shouted, grabbing him and taking him to shelter. "I just wanted to buy some blackberry juice," he told the fighters, his face reflecting confusion and horror at the damage to his street. Instinctively, he took his personal ID out of his chest pocket to show the rebels, a habit from the strict days of the Assad security officials. During the day, others emerged from damaged buildings. A

couple stood shaking with fear at an intersection a few meters from the fighting as a medic waved a car down to take them to safety. "Just to hold power he is willing to destroy our streets, our homes, kill our sons," wept Fawzia Um Ahmed, referring to Assad's determined counter-offensive against the rebels. "I can't recognize these streets anymore." The violence has elements of a proxy war between Sunni and Shi'ite Islam which could spill beyond Syrian borders. Assad is a member of the Alawite faith, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam that has dominated Syrian politics through more than 40 years of his family's rule in a country that has a Sunni Muslim majority. He is supported by Shi'ite Iran and by Lebanon's armed Shi'ite Hezbollah movement. The Sunni-ruled Muslim Gulf Arab states have called for rebels to be armed and Turkey has provided them with a base, angering Damascus and prompting Syrian state television on Sunday to refer to the rebels as a "Turkish-Gulf militia". It said the bodies of Turkish and Afghan fighters had been found in Aleppo, without giving details. On Sunday Syrian rebels claimed responsibility for capturing 48 Iranians in Syria and said they

were checking their identities to show that Tehran was involved in fighting for Assad, a rebel officer said. Iran says the captives were religious pilgrims visiting holy sites in Syria, abducted from a bus in Damascus. It has called on Turkey and Qatar to help secure their release. In Damascus, residents said the bodies of six Palestinians arrested during a security sweep by the army in the southern Tadamon district were discovered on Sunday. Another nine men were missing, they said. Accounts from the capital could not be verified because the government restricts access. (Additional reporting by Yeganeh Torbati and Mirna Sleiman in Dubai; Writing by Dominic Evans and Peter Graff; Editing by Pravin Char) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Shooting at Sikh temple in Wis., at least 7 dead - CBS News
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Police storm a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, after reports of a shooting, where police and witnesses describe a chaotic situation with an unknown number of victims, suspects and possible hostages. Police later confirmed six people were found dead. An officer also engaged an active shooter, who was struck and presumed dead. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps) Last Updated 5:30 p.m. ET (CBS/AP) OAK CREEK, Wis. Seven people were killed and at least three people wounded in shootings at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee Sunday morning. Among those killed was the gunman, who shot and wounded one police officer and was then confronted by another outside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, near Milwaukee. One officer was shot multiple times, and was transported to a nearby hospital, where he is in surgery. Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt said the officer, a 20-year veteran, is expected to survive. The gunman then confronted a second officer, who returned fire, striking and killing the suspect. Wentlandt said emergency medical personnel identified

seven people dead - four inside the temple and three outside, including the suspect. Because of the heroic efforts of the officers," said Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards, "they stopped this from being worse than it could have been." Edwards referred to the shooting

as "a domestic terror-type incident," and said that the FBI will be taking over the criminal investigation, assisted by local police and other agencies. Althought he building has been cleared, the evidence team has still to recover weapons on the scene.

The first 911 call to police about the shooting was received at 10:35 a.m., Wendlant said. Three hours later, police were searching the temple to determine whether the gunman had an accomplice. Eyewitnesses had offered conflicting accounts; several said they believe there was more than

one gunman. A spokeswoman for Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, the main trauma center in the area, said doctors there are treating three victims of the shooting. Spokeswoman Carolyn Bellin SHOOTING page 6


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South China Sea feud: Beijing rebukes Washington's 'biased' stance
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Southeast Asian nations negotiating with Beijing, who claims virtually all of the South US Embassy in Beijing, China China Sea as its own. (AFP Photo / Mark Ralston) But the Philippines has also China’s Foreign Ministry has claimed the territory. called on an American diplomat And it’s no wonder that the sea is to protest State Department coveted by both nations, as its a c c u s a t i o n s t h a t B e i j i n g i s waters and islands are rich in oil hindering diplomatic efforts in the and gas. South China Sea. It’s just the According to China's Ministry of latest controversy in the countries' G e o l o g i c a l R e s o u r c e s a n d already tense relationship. Mining, the South China Sea may -The ministry said on its website contain up to 17.7 billion tons of that Assistant Foreign Minister crude oil. Zhang Kunsheng had summoned Ministry spokesman Qin Gang the US Embassy's Deputy Chief said Friday’s remark"completely of Mission Robert Wang to ignored the facts, deliberately present "strong dissatisfaction and confounded right and wrong, and firm opposition" to the statement sent a seriously wrong signal, from Washington. which is not conducive to the On Friday, the State Department efforts safeguarding the peace and said that Beijing’s establishment stability of the South China Sea of a military garrison in the area and the Asia Pacific region." r u n s a g a i n s t " c o l l a b o r a t i v e Washington’s response comes diplomatic efforts to resolve j u s t f i v e d a y s a f t e r C h i n a differences and risk further established the city of Sansha on a escalating tensions in the region,” remote island 220 miles from its according to Reuters. southernmost province. Sansha is In the statement, the US voiced intended to administer hundreds support for diplomatic efforts by of thousands of square miles of [unable to retrieve full-text content] [unable to retrieve full-text content]

water in an area where China wants to strengthen its control over disputed islands. Since the establishment of Sansha,“the US government and several politicians have repeatedly made irresponsible remarks on the issue, reflecting Washington's attempts to meddle in Asian affairs,” China’s state-run news agency Xinhua said. The Philippines has called Sansha's creation unacceptable – and it’s not the first time the two countries have clashed. Within the South China Sea lies the Scarborough Reef – the site of an intense standoff between Beijing and Manila. The dispute began last April, when Chinese fishing boats were stopped by Philippine vessels at the reef. Manila sent a navy ship to the site, and China responded by sending more vessels of its own. The US backed a mutual withdrawal agreement between the two countries in June. However, Manila says Beijing has broken the agreement by using

barriers to block Philippine access to the reef. Washington maintains that it holds a neutral position on the dispute, but Beijing disagrees – mainly because of joint military drills between the US and the Philippines last April. According to CBS News, the United States has consistently said that it refuses to take sides, although it is obliged to defend the Philippines from outside aggression, under an existing mutual defense treaty. But America’s actions have angered China, and Beijing isn’t keeping quiet. China accuses the US of trying to isolate it from neighboring nations."The US selectively takes sides in these disputes. By doing so, Washington intends to alienate China from countries around the South China Sea,” Xinhua reported. In July 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said her country had a"national interest" in the South China Sea. Since then, Washington has taken a series of

unilateral actions in the region, according to Xinhua. Earlier this year, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that he would raise the Navy's Pacific Ocean deployment by 10 per cent. But China has made it clear that it is uninterested in American intervention. And as the ongoing debate over the Scarborough Reef continues, the question remains whether the US will work with China and Southeast Asian countries to maintain stability in the AsiaPacific region – or simply add more fuel to an already blazing fire. 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Terrorists attack Egypt base killing 15, infiltrate Israel - Jerusalem Post
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Global jihad terrorists infiltrated into Israel on Sunday night after breaking into an Egyptian military base and stealing two armored jeeps. One of the vehicles exploded as it rammed through the Kerem Shalom Crossing into Israel and another crossed through, after which it was targeted by an Israel Air Force strike. Simultaneously, dozens of mortar shells rained down on nearby communities. Al Arabiya reported that 15 Egyptian soldiers were killed in the attack on their base and several more were wounded. The attack began at around 8 PM, likely in retaliation to an Israeli airstrike earlier in the day against a global jihad terror cell which the IDF said was in the final stages of launching an attack against Israel along the Egyptian border. One terrorist was killed in the strike and another was seriously injured. The IDF ordered residents of communities in the Eshkol Region to remain inside their homes and shut down Road 232, which runs

along the border. Palestinians reported that the IDF was firing tank shells into southern Gaza, likely part of an effort to suppress the mortar fire. In addition, the Israel Air Force struck back at targets in southern Gaza. IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai told reporters that the IDF was still searching the area to rule out the possibility that additional terrorists remained in Israel. Mordechai said that the IDF has ruled out the possibility that a soldier was kidnapped although it was possible that the attack was aimed at abducting a soldier. The IDF spokesman later said in an interview with Army Radio that at least three terrorists were killed during the infiltration attempt. Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Sunday night that the incident put renewed emphasis on the need for Egypt to impose security and prevent terror in Sinai. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy called an urgent meeting of Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to discuss the attack.

the man, Ahmed Ismail, 22, was seriously injured, and his assistant, Eid Okel Hjazi, a 19year-old from Rafah, was killed. Security sources said the terrorist was Ahmed Said Ismail, 22, from the Gaza Strip. They said he was part of the group that carried out the attack in June that killed an Israeli workman, and was in the midst of planning another attack against Israel along the border. Security sources said it was possible the strike thwarted the terror attack. IDF spokesman Brigadier Gen. Yoav Mordechai said they were in the "advanced Hamas condemned the attack on and final stages of launching an Egyptian soldiers, calling it an attack on the Eilat - Egyptian "ugly crime" and adding the border." group's " deep condolences to the Military sources added that families of the victims and to the global jihad elements were taking leadership and the people of advantage of regional instability, Egypt." in particular in Egypt and Syria, The fresh round of violence came to create infrastructure that can be hours after the Israeli Air Force used to attack Israel. bombed a motorbike in the Gaza Prime Minister Binyamin Strip on Sunday, striking a global Netanyahu issued a statement jihad terrorist who the Shin Bet praising the IDF and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said had for the "precise operation" in been plotting a terror attack along Gaza. the Egyptian border for weeks. "All those who intend to harm us Palestinian hospital officials said should know our long arm will

reach them," he said. Israel is increasingly concerned with the presence of global jihad operatives in the Sinai Peninsula and their ties with Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip. Several terror cells are believed to consist of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip as well as global jihad operatives from various Arab countries throughout the Middle East. Last week, the CounterTerrorism Bureau urged Israeli tourists in Sinai to return to Israel immediately because terrorists are planning to abduct Israelis from the peninsula. Herb Keinon and Reuters contributed to this report. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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said the three are all men. One is in the operating room, another is in a surgical intensive care unit, and the third is being evaluated in the emergency room. Belliin said the hospital is prepared to receive more patients from the shooting, but does not know if more will be on the way. Among the wounded was the temple's president, Satwant Kaleka, who was shot in the back, according to his sister-in-law, Deepinder Dhaliwal, who spoke on camera to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. In a telephone interview Sandeep Khattra told CBS News that her grandfather was shot dead, while her mother was among the temple members who hid in the temple's kitchen. There are more than a dozen ambulances parked outside the temple, and police have corralled media and a handful of bystanders to clear out from the area near the temple. Sukhwindar Nagr, of Racine, said he called his brother-in-law's phone and a priest at the temple answered and told him that his brother-in-law had been shot, along with three priests. The priest also said women and children were hiding in closets in the temple, Nagr said. The White House said President

Obama was aware of the shooting and was being kept up to date by the FBI. In a statement the Indian Embassy called the incident "tragic," and said they were in touch with the National Security Council in Washington. India's Consulate General in Chicago is also monitoring the developments, and an official is visiting the site to ascertain the situation. Wis. Gov. Scott Walker issued a statement, saying, "Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, as we all struggle to comprehend the evil that begets this terrible violence." Sikh rights groups have reported a rise in bias attacks since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Washington-based Sikh Coalition has reported more than 700 incidents in the U.S. since 9/ 11, which advocates blame on anti -Islamic sentiment. Sikhs don't practice the same religion as Muslims, but their long beards and turbans often cause them to be mistaken for Muslims, advocates say. Sikhism is a monotheistic faith that was founded in South Asia more than 500 years ago. It has roughly 27 million followers worldwide. Observant Sikhs do not cut their hair; male followers often cover their heads with

turbans - which are considered sacred - and refrain from shaving their beards. There are roughly 500,000 Sikhs in the U.S., according to estimates. The majority worldwide live in India. Police at this time have not identified another gunman, but Wentlandt said the situation was fluid and a search of the ground is continuing. According to the temple's website, the temple lies on 13 acres of land. The main brick building, about 17,500 square feet in size, includes a place of worship, a library, an education area, and a playspace for children. The temple has up to 400 members. Oak Creek is south of Milwaukee along Lake Michigan. 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Bolt still world's fastest man
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Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men's 100m final at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 5, 2012 in London (AFP Photo / Gabriel Bouys) Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has claimed his fifth Olympic gold after winning the men’s 100m final at the London Games. -Bolt crossed the finish line in 9.64 seconds, improving on his own Olympic record from Beijing 2008. The 25-year-old’s couldn’t beat the world record of 9.58, which he set back at the 2009 World Championships. But the Lightning Bolt will have a chance to challenge two of his other top marks, as he’s to compete in the 200m and 4x100

relays in London. The silver also went to Jamaica, with Yohan Blake showing a result of 9.75, while Justin Gatlin snatched bronze for Team USA. Gatlin’s compatriot, Tyson Gay, stopped one step away from the podium, with the time of 9.80 seconds. Meanwhile, another Jamaican star, Asafa Powell, produced the most disappointing display of the final, covering 100 meters in 11.99 seconds. 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Golf-Tiger signs off at Firestone on high note for next week
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onSunday, he gave himself a perfect send-off for next week's PGAChampionship at Kiawah Island. Having failed to break par

in first two rounds at FirestoneCountry Club, the American world number two signed off with aflawless four-

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Knight talking to several parties on financing
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A Knight Capital logo is seen on a trader's jacket on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange August 1, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid NEW YORK| Sun Aug 5, 2012 5:39pm EDT (Reuters) - Knight Capital Group has been in talks with several parties on a financing deal that would help stave off bankruptcy after a technical glitch saddled it with $440 million in losses, two sources with knowledge of the discussions said on Sunday. An announcement on a deal, with parties that include Knight trading partners, is expected on Sunday or early Monday as Knight needs to assure customers about the viability of the company before markets open, said one of the sources, who sought anonymity as they are not authorized to speak publicly. Knight has also been in talks with restructuring lawyers as it seeks to keep its options open, according to the source.

While bankruptcy has not been ruled out, increasingly it looks as if financing could bail out the firm, a second source familiar with the situation said. Knight could stave off disaster if talks with a group of lenders, including trading partners, produce enough cash to cover trades. The equities trading firm lost most of its capital after a software glitch on Wednesday caused it to make thousands of unintended trades on about 140 stocks. CNBC reported on Sunday that Knight was close to securing a $400 million capital injection from a group of investors that is likely to include Chicago marketmaker Getco and Omaha brokerage firm TD Ameritrade. Citing a person involved in the deal, CNBC said the infusion would come in the form of a sale of convertible securities or bonds that turn into Knight stock at a fixed price. A spokeswoman for TD Ameritrade said the brokerage had no comment. It would be in TD Ameritrade's best interests to keep Knight

afloat, as the firm, the No. 1 U.S. brokerage by trading volume, has exclusive clearing deals with Knight. Two months ago, Knight bought Penson's futures business for $5 million. TD Ameritrade exclusively clears its clients' futures and forex trades through that platform. The Omaha, Nebraska-based brokerage's entire bond platform is also with Knight. "They really are handcuffed to Knight," a source with knowledge of TD Ameritrade's arrangements with Knight said. Knight said on Thursday it was actively pursuing strategic and financing alternatives. (Reporting by John McCrank and Carrick Mollenkamp; Editing by Dale Hudson) 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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NASA's Mars rover may not phone home right away - Reuters
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in orbit around Mars to transmit information about the rover's fate. Submitted at 8/5/2012 4:23:11 PM One of those orbiters, nicknamed By Irene Klotz Odyssey, can potentially relay PASADENA, Calif.| Sun Aug 5, Curiosity's descent and landing 2012 5:19pm EDT signals in real time. But NASA A u g 5 ( R e u t e r s ) - N A S A won't know if this satellite can be cheekily calls the Mars Science properly positioned for live Lab's risky approach and landing coverage until about 15 minutes attempt the "seven minutes of before Curiosity hits the Martian terror." In reality, the anxiety at atmosphere. mission control could last much The Odyssey orbiter, flying about longer. 250 miles (400 km) over Mars, The robotic lander dubbed lost one of its steering wheels in Curiosity, a $2.5 billion mission June, and flight controllers have to search for life-friendly habitats had to learn how to maneuver it on the Red Planet, was on with a spare. autopilot for touchdown at 10:31 All communications between p.m. PDT Sunday (1:31 a.m. EDT Curiosity and Earth, whether Monday/0531 GMT). directly with the probe or relayed If all goes as planned, NASA will via the Mars orbiters, are sent and h e a v e a b i g s i g h o f r e l i e f received by NASA through its immediately. But word of whether Deep Space Network, a collection Curiosity survives may not come of satellite dishes arrayed in for hours. California, Spain and Australia. Because Earth sets over the Once direct communication with Martian horizon minutes before Curiosity is cut off, it will be Curiosity is due to land, direct another day before Earth and communication with the lander Mars are properly aligned again will be cut off. Scientists tracking for a "line-of-sight" linkup. the craft from the Jet Propulsion If proper alignment of Odyssey Laboratory in California will fails, that leaves NASA to seek depend on three other spacecraft data from two other orbiters to

confirm whether Curiosity safely touched down or crashed. Like Odyssey, both the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Europe's Mars Express will be flying overhead during Curiosity's descent and landing and should be recording the event. But getting those signals back to Earth and deciphered will take eight hours or more. Moreover, there is no guarantee that the Reconnaissance Orbiter or Mars Express would succeed in their first attempts at relaying landing data to NASA. "If we get past 24 hours, it's more likely than not that we had a problem," deputy project manager Richard Cook said. (Editing by Steve Gorman 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Spain charges two Russian citizens in al-Qaeda terror plot
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Ahmad Avar (L) and Muhammad Adamov (Reuters / Spanish Interior Ministry / Handout) Spain has charged two Russian nationals of Chechen origin with links to al-Qaeda and possession of explosives, days after they were detained over allegations of involvement in a terror plot. -The men have pleaded not guilty. They are currently under arrest until further court proceedings. The two are connected with Turk Cengiz Yalcin, who was already charged Friday with storing bomb -making material and a device likely to be used in a terror attack, La Razon, a Spanish newspaper, reports. One of the suspects’ names is Eldar Magomedov, although he introduced himself as Ahmad Avar to police earlier. The other

identified himself as Muhammad Adamov. Magomedov is known to have been a member of several terrorist organizations, according to the FSB, Russia’s domestic intelligence agency. He is also known to American security services under the name “Muslin Dost.” Spain arrested the Russians and the Turk on Wednesday, with Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz saying there are “clear indications” that the suspects were planning a terror attack in Spain or somewhere else in Europe. Reports quoted Yalcin as saying that he had met the other two in Turkey, and that they had come to Europe seeking asylum. The men are "extremely dangerous people," and one is a "very important operative in alQaeda's international structure," Diaz told AFP.

However, police found no documents confirming the information. Adamov and Magomedov were arrested on a bus heading for the French border, while Yalcin was detained in a flat located in southern province of Andalucía. The two Russians were taken to court early Sunday, escorted by masked police officers. Authorities suggest Adamov and Magomedov are al-Qaeda operatives, while the Turk is simply a facilitator for the notorious group. 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Porn Star Jenna Jameson Has Been Tweeting Up A Storm About Politics Ever Since Endorsing Mitt Romney
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Adult entertainer Jenna Jameson has jumped into the political fray since her surprise endorsement of Mitt Romney Friday, taking to Twitter to express her frustration with President Barack Obama's economic policies and defend her support for his Republican opponent. Here's what her feed looks like right now:

And here's more: On Friday, Jameson tweeted that she will be speaking about her "political stance on a few different networks next week." No word yet on what shows Jameson has booked, but we expect to hear a lot more from her in the next few days. Please follow Politics on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story »

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to a northward shift in Silicon Valley's center of gravity. "Silicon Valley is starting to migrate to San Francisco," said Chris Foley, co-founder of real estate analysis firm Polaris Group. The two regions' vibes are, of course, quite distinct. In the Peninsula and South Bay, Silicon Valley's traditional Submitted at 8/5/2012 1:45:35 PM geography, "you're driving from SAN FRANCISCO -- Webster's one business park to the next," defines a valley as "a stretch of Foley said. "In San Francisco, low lands between hills or everything's happening in a 1-mile mountains." But for a growing radius." number of tech entrepreneurs and And that, he and others argue, workers, "Silicon Valley" is a plays an even bigger role than squared-off patch surrounded by chic urban restaurants and coffee water, not mountain ranges. bars in the city's climb to the top Consider this: San Francisco has of the technology heap. led the world in venture capital "It's about running into people and funding for three years running, building relationships, because and the city has more than 4,000 people want to work with and startups in the South of Market invest in people they know and area alone, according to San trust," said Bill Maris, managing Francisco tech incubator the partner of Google Ventures, Hatchery. which is seeding an average of Of course, the South Bay remains two new startups a week -the home of Silicon Valley's roughly half of them in the city. dominant companies: Apple( With so many techies in such a AAPL), Google( GOOG), Oracle( small place all thinking about the ORCL) and Hewlett-Packard( next big thing, Foley added, HPQ). And the venture capital "You're seeing an explosion of industry is still all but run from new ideas." Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto. And an explosion in real estate But the rise of social media, with costs: Foley notes that units in a fast-growing companies like n e w M i s s i o n d i s t r i c t Twitter, Zynga and Yelp setting condominium project just sold for up shop in San Francisco, has led a record $900 per square foot.

Things are equally superheated when it comes to office rents. San Jose's Mount Hamilton, the Bay Area's tallest peak at more than 4,300 feet, helped spark the region's appeal for technology geeks when Lick Observatory was established at its summit in 1888, drawing the scientifically minded here. But three years later, Stanford University opened its doors, beginning a long-term, northward shift of Silicon Valley's innovation culture. "Looking at the history of Silicon Valley, the mother lode is Stanford and Palo Alto, and the rest flowed out into the alluvial plain," quipped San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. "Eventually, we get some gold nuggets, too." His city's efforts to court startups got more challenging this year when the state killed redevelopment agencies; San Jose underwrote office space for a number of tech incubators. Now city officials are looking for new ways to join with those incubators, while preparing to open an Environmental Innovation Center on King Road to let young cleantech companies develop and demonstrate their wares. But Reed said San Jose's real bread and butter is in luring tech companies from the pricier north once they begin to grow. "We

have millions of square feet of space that's been vacant since the (dot-com) bust, and that's a huge asset," he said. His office trots out numbers showing that from 2007 to 2011, dozens of tech companies relocated to or expanded in San Jose, adding nearly 9,000 jobs. They include names like Palo Alto's Nanosolar and Redwood City's Zazzle. Mindful of that trend, Reed's San Francisco counterpart, Ed Lee, has worked to woo the startup crowd. Together with influential investor Ron Conway, Lee in January launched a nonprofit that aims to lure more tech outfits to town and forge new policies to keep them there. Under Lee's watch, Twitter last year cut a deal to avoid paying a 1.5 percent city payroll tax on new hires for the next six years. As part of the controversial pact -which reportedly will save the social media powerhouse $22 million -- Twitter and other startups looking to avoid the tax have to base themselves in dodgier pockets of the city's downtown, including the Tenderloin. Last week, Lee persuaded the board of supervisors to go even further and place on the fall ballot a measure that would replace the payroll tax -- which the mayor

said "punishes companies for creating new jobs" -- with a more broadly based tax on receipts that won't increase as fast when companies grow. While San Francisco's liberal wing has questioned Lee's devotion to the business community, the city's economic development department points up CBRE's figures as proof the tech-friendly approach is paying dividends. To be sure, San Francisco still faces a bragging-rights competition for the Startup Central title from Mountain View, which though much smaller is home to Google, top incubators like Y Combinator and Microsoft's diplomatic mission to Silicon Valley. Yet ironically, many say Google kicked off the current craze toward San Francisco. Santosh Jayaram was a senior manager at the search giant five years ago when it began running free, Wi-Fi-equipped employee buses between San Francisco and Mountain View. "They were busing 3,000 people every day," he recalled. "Then Yahoo( YHOO) started doing it, and it became this arms race." Freed from the hassles of commuting, techies could live in SILICON page 11

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their neighborhoods of choice, and San Francisco's cultural riches made it a natural pick. And because, unlike earlier generations of startups, today's Internet newbies don't need pricey wet labs or clean rooms, those busriding techies could later launch new companies in their own backyards. Derek Anderson, founder of entrepreneur networking group Startup Grind, argues there's yet another reason San Francisco has snatched Silicon Valley's mojo. With vacancy rates in Palo Alto and Mountain View barely above 2 percent, he said, hot startups like Pinterest are finding themselves practically forced to relocate. "There's no room in the freaking inn," he said. Not that there's much in San Francisco. CBRE notes that tech companies signed more than 2 million square feet of office space -- roughly equal to four Transamerica Pyramids -- in town during the first five months of this year. That puts the city well on

pace to shatter the 3 million square feet leased during all of 2011. And, according to the firm's research, there are still hundreds of companies seeking 4.5 million more square feet in San Francisco. Jayaram -- who's now co-founder of mobile-app-maker Daemonic Labs -- believes rising office and housing costs are dual threats to the city's digital domination. While his startup is based in San Francisco's trendy South Park neighborhood, about half its 14 employees are based in Argentina, where Jayaram describes personnel costs as "30 cents on the dollar." But real estate expert Foley isn't concerned. "Compared to New York and London," he said, "we're still cheap." Contact Peter Delevett at 408271-3638. Follow him at A boom by the numbers 41,000: Computer engineers in San Francisco in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

17,000: Number of computer engineers in the city that the Census Bureau reported in 2000 $2.87 billion: Venture capital raised in 2011 by San Franciscobased startups, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers' MoneyTree report 3: Years in a row San Francisco has led the world in venture funding $1.3 billion: Palo Alto's venture haul, according to the MoneyTree report -- second-best in the Bay Area. $784 million: Venture money raised last year by startups in San Jose, which has more people than San Francisco and Palo Alto combined. 10,000: Square feet in San Francisco's Mid-Market area that Menlo Park venture heavyweight Benchmark Capital has leased to open a second office to better serve the startup community 200,000: Square feet of office space Twitter recently moved into in the same neighborhood 6: Percentage of startups

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Bolt took one final look at the track in front of him: Bolt got out to a good start, and Submitted at 8/5/2012 4:01:00 PM halfway through the race, he had a Usain Bolt just won his second- tiny lead: straight 100-meter gold medal in But as they raced toward the line, an Olympic record 9.63 seconds. Bolt took a commanding lead: A lot of people thought fellow And when they hit the line, Bolt Jamaican Yohan Blake would won by a comfortable margin: beat him, but in the end it wasn't Here he is on his victory lap: even all that close. Blake got the He pounds his chest before the silver, and USA's Justin Gatlin crowd: won the bronze. Obviously, he struck his famous Here's how the race went down: pose: Bolt was his usual loose self in EARLIER: the moments before the race: Here's the start list: The crowd went nuts when they EARLIER announced his name, but he told We're just a few minutes away them to hush: from the most anticipated event of When all the other runners were the Olympics — the men's 100m down and ready to race, a focused dash.

Usain Bolt exploded onto the scene in this event four years ago. But this year he'll have a stern challenge in his good friend and training partner, Yohan Blake of Jamaica.

The race gets underway at 4:50pm eastern, and we'll be here with live updates. USA's Justin Gatlin qualified first in the semis with a 9.82. Blake qualified second with a 9.85. And

Bolt qualified third with a 9.87 after jogging the last few meters. Bolt's world record is 9.58, and that could be threatened tonight. Get excited, this is going to be great. Click here for updates, screenshots, and more > Here's what Yohan Blake looks like. He's way shorter than Bolt, but much stronger (this was during the semifinals today): And here's Bolt, in typical Bolt fashion, being goofy after jogging to a 9.87 in the semifinals: Please follow Sports Page on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story »

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nuclear program, the Israelis have more recently worried the Syrian insurgency could loosen An Arrow II missile interceptor is Damascus's hold on its chemical displayed in front of journalists at weapons and missiles. an Israeli air defence command in Israel has threatened to attack the Palmahim military base south preemptively in both countries, a of Tel Aviv May 12, 2011. prospect that could trigger wider Credit: Reuters/ Nir Elias war and clash with Washington's By Dan Williams efforts to resolve the crises JERUSALEM| Sun Aug 5, 2012 diplomatically. 7:17am EDT Iran, which denies seeking (Reuters) - Israel is upgrading its nuclear weapons, has repeatedly Arrow II ballistic missile shield in vowed to retaliate against any a U.S.-backed "race" against Iran, attack. "(Israel) knows that Syria and other regional enemies, attacking Iran is an unattainable a senior Israeli defense official wish, unless the regime seeks to said on Sunday. commit suicide," Iranian Defense The new "Block 4" generation of Minister Ahmad Vahidi was guided interceptor rockets, radars quoted as saying by the state news a n d t e c h n o l o g i e s f o r agency IRNA on Sunday. synchronizing Arrow with U.S. The Pentagon and U.S. firm systems was being installed in Boeing Co are partners in Arrow, deployed Israeli batteries, a an investment that the Obama process that would take several administration hopes will help weeks, the official said. stay Israel's hand. "The accuracy and the reach will U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon be greater," the official said of Panetta said last week that Israeli A r r o w , w h i c h h a s b e e n interceptors like Arrow and Iron operational since 2000 and is Dome, which shoots down shortdesigned to blow up incoming range guerrilla rockets, were missiles at altitudes high enough "designed to prevent wars". for non-conventional warheads to Arrow has scored a 80 percent to disintegrate safely. 90 percent success rate in field "It is part of the technological race tests, system designer Uzi Rubin in the region," the official, who told Israel's Army Radio. declined to be named, told ALLIES Reuters. "It's always undergoing changes Long jittery about Iran's disputed and improvements, as well as
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adaptations to new threats," Rubin said. Iran on Saturday unveiled a new short-range missile which it said was capable of striking land and sea targets. Syria, for its part, last month went public with its chemical arsenal, saying it was intended for last-resort use against "external aggression". Tehran also has Islamist guerrilla allies in Lebanon and Gaza who could shell neighboring Israel during any regional conflict. Their short-range rocket arsenals have been expanding and improving as well, the senior Israeli defense official said. Having helped underwrite Arrow, the Americans were free to draw on its technologies for their own uses, the official said. "The policy of the (Israeli) Ministry of Defense is to provide all data to the U.S., for the security of the U.S., including on targets, interceptors, radars and command and control," the official said. With Congress also lavishing cash on Iron Dome, some U.S. lawmakers have called on Israel to share that system, too. The Israeli official said that though Iron Dome was different to Arrow as it was developed entirely by Israel, the current policy was to provide the Americans data upon request

while a more permanent arrangement is negotiated. In parallel to Arrow II, Israel is developing Arrow III, which is due to be operational in 2014 or 2015. Unlike previous generations of the interceptor, Arrow III will engage incoming missiles in space, using detachable warheads that, turning into "kamikaze" satellites, will seek out and slam into the target. Israel is also working on a more powerful rocket interceptor than Iron Dome, known as David's Sling or Magic Wand, which is due out next year. Meshed together and with U.S. counterparts, the three Israeli systems would form a multi-tier shield providing several opportunities to intercept incoming missiles. (Adiitional reporting by Yeganeh Torbati in Dubai, Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Anthony Boadle and Rosalind Russell) 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.


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LONDON (AP) -- It always seemed a bit strange that wrestling-mad Iran had never won an Olympic gold medal in the Greco-Roman discipline. Hamid Soryan ended that drought on Sunday, and he might not be the only Iran ian to win a gold in London. Soryan, the five-time world champion, won his country's first gold medal in men's 55-kilogram, beating Rovshan Bayramov of Azerbaijan 2-0, 1-0. "I'm hoping that I made everybody happy back home," Soryan said. Iran has 30 overall medals in freestyle but had only two, a silver and a bronze, in GrecoRoman before Sunday. The Iranians also have a pair of GrecoRoman world champions in Omid Noroozi at 60 kilograms and Saeid Morad Abdvali at 66 kg, and both are considered the favorite in their respective classes. Roman Vlasov of Russia won gold as well on Sunday, defeating Armenia's Arsen Julfalakyan 1-0, 1-0 in the final of the men's 74kilogram category. The 21-year-old Vlasov, who hails from the same Siberian city of Novosibirsk that produced

wrestling great Aleksandr Karelin, now has Olympic gold to add to a 2011 world championship title. There was a lot of pressure on Vlasov to win gold. He didn't disappoint, and he's in position to dominate this weight class for years to come. "It has not sunk in yet that I have the gold medal. I am just so happy," Vlasov said. "The whole country has supported me, has rooted for me. This is a success of the whole country." Soryan has been the best GrecoRoman wrestler in the world at his weight for years, but he stumbled badly in Beijing and finished fifth. He bounced back with world titles in 2009 and '10, but only an Olympic gold would make up for 2008. Soryan didn't waste his second chance. He scored two late points to win the first frame. Bayramov then needed either a pin - which was highly unlikely - or to win the last two periods. But when Soryan scored midway through the second period, the match was all but over. "Beijing was a bit of experience and I've used that experience to achieve this victory," Soryan said. Bayramov, the defending world champion, lost in the Olympic final for the second straight time after falling to Nazir Mankiev of

Russia in Beijing. He seemed overcome by the thought of another silver medal, briefly putting his hands to his face when he was announced to the crowd. Sensing this, fans began clapping harder as if to let Bayramov know that, in their eyes, he'd done all he could do. Julfalakyan was trying to join his father and coach, Levon Julfalakyan, a gold medalist for the Soviet Union in 1988, as the first father-son duo to win Olympic gold medals. Vlasov wasn't having any of that. The Russian was shaky at the outset, dropping the first period against Denmark's Mark Madsen in his opening match. Vlasov kept France's Christophe Guenot from scoring in the last 30 seconds of the third period to reach the semifinals, where he closed out Lithuania's Aleksandr Kazakevic 3-0, 1-0. Julfalakyan hadn't conceded a point in reaching the finals, where he was overwhelmed by Vlasov. "I respect him as an opponent. His father was an Olympic champion and every meeting I have with him is a difficult one," Vlasov said. As expected, the Americans didn't get very far. Spenser Mango won his first match over Egypt's Abouhalima Abouhalima, but Bayramov had

little trouble with him in his next match, winning 4-0, 4-0. Mango dropped the first match of the consolation bracket to Russia's Mingiyan Semenov 2-0, 1-0. "Work hard, that's all I can do, and come back in 2016," Mango said. Ben Provisor also won his first match before Georgia's Zurabi Datunashvili beat him 1-0, 6-0. Provisor stopped wrestling after his elbow popped out, though he was unlikely to win anyway. RT @ DanOBrien: We hadn't seen Bolts top gear until now. No celebrating early tonight. USA 3rd 4th and 5th its goin to be a great 4x100m ... RT @ DanOBrien: Galtin for the bronze in my predicted time 9.79.@ YahooSports#London2012 http:// RT @ YahooForde: Yohan Blake second, Justin Gatlin third. Olympic record time for Bolt, adjusted to 9.63. 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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The TV showed pictures from a military garrison it said was a training camp outside Tel Aviv in Israel. It said the suspects took courses there, including how to place magnetic bombs on cars — the method used in the killing of the scientists. Iran says the attacks are part of a covert campaign by Israel and the West to sabotage its nuclear program, which the U.S. and its allies suspect is aimed at producing nuclear weapons. Iran denies that. Iran’s intelligence chief, Heidar Moslehi, had promised recently to provide detailed TV pictures about the case. Iran has blamed Israel’s Mossad as well as the CIA and Britain’s MI6 for the assassinations, with support from some of Iran’s neighbors. The U.S. and Britain and denied involvement in the slayings. Israel has not commented. The TV said closed circuit cameras in a Tehran street

recorded one of the operations, providing clues for Iran’s intelligence agencies to identify and arrest the suspects. One of the suspects, Behzad Abdoli, claimed that he received training in Israel, along with several others. “I entered Turkey and then was taken to Cyprus by ship. From there, I entered Israel and (then) Tel Aviv ... They (Israelis) said that this group is being supported financially by the U.S. and Israel,” he said. Another suspect, Arash Kheradkish, said he received training in attaching magnetic bombs to moving cars. “There was a motorcycle racing complex (in Tel Aviv) where we received training. We were told we needed to improve our skills so that we would be able to attach magnetized bombs to moving cars ... We were given time bombs that we had to push the start button when we attached it,” he said. “At the end of the training course, members (of the group) were given money. They arranged our return (to Iran).”

The broadcast said Jamali Fashi and Arash Kheradkish got the highest grades during training in Tel Aviv and were chosen to lead the operations. Maziar Ebrahimi, another suspect, said there were three groups involved in the bombings: Two on a motorbike, a car driving in front to slow the target car and a third support team waiting nearby to help if necessary. “The assassination control room was in Tel Aviv, but it was receiving the orders from Washington and London,” the TV report said. The TV report did not say if the 14 suspects have already stood trial or when they would be tried. In May, Iran hanged Majid Jamali Fashi, 24, who was sentenced to death for the 2010 killing of Tehran University physics professor Masoud Ali Mohammadi. Fashi, who said in televised confessions that he was recruited by Mossad, was convicted last August. At least five Iranian nuclear scientists, including a manager at the Natanz enrichment facility,

have been killed since 2010. Officials say that campaign includes the abduction of Iranian scientists, the sale of faulty equipment and the planting of a destructive computer worm known as Stuxnet, which briefly brought Iran’s uranium enrichment activity to a halt in 2010. The broadcast said Iran reserves the right to pursue the case through legal channels at international bodies. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Non-Congress, non-BJP PM feasible in 2014, says Advani The Hindu
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Andy Bond hopes to Wiggle way to online win
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Former Asda chief executive, Andy Bond, is riding high as an internet cycling retailer.


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Four votes to decide Security beefed gay marriage up in Gujarat Perth Now The Hindu
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Morcombe's accused killer to face court ABC Online The man accused of murdering Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe is expected to appear in person when the case returns to court today. Brett Peter Cowan,

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Curiosity on course, ready for dramatic Mars landing
William Harwood (CNET News)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 3:48:29 PM

PASADENA, Calif.--Dutifully executing its complex flight control software, the Mars Science Laboratory silently raced toward its target Sunday, picking up speed as it closed in for a 13,200-mph plunge into the Red Planet's atmosphere and an actionpacked seven-minute descent that will require a rocket-powered "sky crane" to lower a one-ton nuclear-powered rover to the surface. The target is Gale Crater and the goal is a pinpoint landing near the base of a three-mile-high mound of layered rock that represents hundreds of thousands to tens of millions of years of martian history, a frozen record of the planet's changing environment and evolution. The Curiosity rover's descent to Mars will begin at an altitude of roughly 78 miles when the spacecraft, cocooned in a flying saucer-like aeroshell, slams into the martian atmosphere at 13,200 mph.(Credit: NASA graphic) Exploring the crater floor and climbing Mount Sharp over the next two years, the Curiosity rover will look for signs of past or present habitability and search for carbon compounds, the building blocks of life as it is known on

decade, and the fruits of that labor get put to the test tonight," he said. "It's a little anxiety provoking. But I will say I slept better last night than I have slept in a couple of years, because she's kind of on her own now. When I look back on the hard work that we've done, I believe the team has done everything that we can to deserve success tonight, although as we all know, we can never guarantee success." The Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft consists of an interplanetary cruise stage, providing power and communications during the longflight out from Earth, and the Curiosity rover, cocooned inside a heat shield and aeroshell to protect it from the extreme temperatures of atmospheric Earth. Bowl of planetary exploration, landing." But first, the rover has to get one yard line, one play left. We Touchdown was expected at entry. there and its entry, descent, and score and win, or we don't score 10:31 p.m. PDT. Adam Steltzner, After covering 352 million miles l a n d i n g r e p r e s e n t t h e m o s t and we don't win. the leader of the EDL team at the s i n c e l a u n c h f r o m C a p e challenging robotic descent to the "No matter what happens, I just Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Canaveral, Fla., last November, surface of another world ever want the team to know I am really Pasadena, Calif., said he was the cruise stage is expected to a t t e m p t e d , a t i g h t l y proud and privileged to have "rationally confident, emotionally separate from the lander around 10 p.m. But because of the c h o r e o g r a p h e d s e q u e n c e o f worked with these guys and gals. terrified." autonomously executed events They're amazing. They've done During its high-speed plunge distance between Earth and Mars with little margin for error. everything humanly possible to through the upper atmosphere, -- 154 million miles -- it will take "We're about to land a rover that make this happen. If we don't do it thruster firings will actively steer radio signals confirming critical is 10 times heavier than (earlier and we're not successful, we'll the Mars Science Laboratory events 13.8 minutes to reach the r o v e r s ) w i t h 1 5 t i m e s t h e pick ourselves up, we'll dust off, descent stage to achieve a near flight control team at JPL. That payload," Doug McCuistion, we'll do it again. The science is on p i n p o i n t l a n d i n g i n G a l e translates into 10:14 p.m. "Earthdirector of Mars exploration at the surface. We need to keep Crater.(Credit: NASA graphic) received time." N A S A H e a d q u a r t e r s , t o l d going back and that's the plan. But "This team...has worked really CURIOSITY page 21 reporters. "Tonight's the Super I think we're going to stick the hard for the better part of a

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Be A Bitch On Email, Or Be Email’s Bitch
Jordan Crook (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 4:30:39 PM

I’ve long hated email. As someone with upwards of 5,000 unread messages at any given time, taking a quick moment to check email is like pushing hot pokers into my eyes. It makes me feel irresponsible and rude every time I see that massive number in bold, yet if I were to diligently read through each email I’m sent, I would write zero TechCrunch articles per day. I would complete nothing but the communication and coordination for future, real tasks. This is thanks in large part to the actual content of messages. Sure, some startups are really great at the concise pitch, sending over three or four lines on their company and perhaps a screengrab, and asking if I want to know more. But most pitches, and most emails in general, are much longer than that. And the reason they’re longer? Courtesy. Email has replaced the old postal system in almost every case. Realtors and lawyers still send messengers with important documents to their clients, but most business communication is done over email. Yet still, most emails are filled with hi’s, how are you’s, and other general forms of courtesy. This is unnecessary. We’re moving into a world where the fewer buttons you push, the better. And this isn’t just about me and

my inbox full of pitches. I simply use pitches as an example because most emails I get are pitches, but the same rules follow in almost all of my emails, whether they’re with major corporations about review loaner devices, or with some TechCrunch staffers that I speak with less regularly. And I’d bet good money that the majority of your emails consist of the same courteous small-talk. A 2011 study shows that most employees spend half of their time at work on email. Half! And I’d venture to say that half of that time (so 25 percent of your work time) is spent filtering the real information out of a sea of kind words and courtesy. Now, as a reporter I receive an excessive amount of emails, but I think that overstuffed inboxes are a more ubiquitous problem. Just think about your daily emails: there are Facebook and Twitter notifications, the usual spam/ newsletter rubbish, Mom and Dad, friends and family, random forwards, and what I like to call personal/business (stuff like banking emails, communication with realtors, doctors offices, etc.) And that’s just personal email. Now throw in your work email. It’s a lot of content to juggle, especially when those useful nuggets of necessary information are drowned by small talk and common courtesy. Maybe wining and dining a client or an in-person meeting is the right time for schmoozing. Hell –

a conference call may even be an appropriate place for the occasional “Hiya, how’s the wife?” But when it involves my computer, a place where work is to be done, I need email (and all forms of online communication for that matter) to be as concise as possible. I mean, studies show that people stoned off their booties do better on an IQ test than those distracted by ringing phones and incoming emails. In fact, it takes 45 minutes for the mind to regain focus on a task after being interrupted by a distraction, and most emails (and most of the content within emails) is a distraction. That’s why people would rather send or receive a 160-character text message than make a phone call or send an email. Time is saved, and time is precious. Here’s an example of a pitch I’d receive on email: Hi Jordan, how are you? I have been reading your past few articles and absolutely love TechCrunch. I noticed you cover a lot of wedding apps, and was wondering what you think of the space? Isn’t it exciting, how tech is disrupting such a valuable and huge industry? Speaking of, we have a new wedding startup called Wedding Startup. The service lets brides and grooms consult with real wedding planners online for a much cheaper price, cutting out the time and work of meeting in person and checking out real-life

items like cakes, china, etc. It’s sort of like the Warby Parker for wedding coordination. (I saw on your author picture on TechCrunch that you’re a Warby Parker fan! Me too!) Since the wedding planners can simply send over ideas and bundle certain options for the bride Let me know if any of this sounds interesting to you. Our CEO, Bob Marriage, is available to chat on the phone today and tomorrow. He also loves TechCrunch. I can also send you screen grabs and more detailed information if you’d like. Again, thank you so much for considering. We can’t express how excited we are to potentially be featured on the site. Best, PR LADY PS. Where did you eat last night? The pictures you tweeted look like you had some delicious food! Instead, an SMS version of this pitch would be: Hey Jordan. Here’s our new wedding startup launching today. L i n k : h t t p : / / It puts real wedding planners online to save time and cut costs. Like the Warby Parker of wedding planning. LMK if you want anything further. Sure, the first one makes me feel warm and fuzzy and super important. But the second saves me time, which is what I really appreciate in an email. SMS doesn’t offer space for courtesy or

ass kissing, and thus, communication is streamlined to save time for actually writing the article, or completing whatever task is associated with the email. (That’s the thing with email — there’s always an action associated with each one, ranging from a simple reply to the completion of a huge assignment.) SMS, the newer form of communication, is more efficient than email. In matters of personal relationships, this is seen as a negative progression, as kids are growing up feeling more comfortable communicating in a digital world than a real one. But in professional matters, the quicker, more concise, and ultimately more efficient form of communication should be preferred. Time is money. Which brings me to Twitter. Twitter lops a full 20 characters off of the message. This usually gets rid of any introduction, “Hi, my name is…” In fact, we only @mention people because that’s the only way to alert them directly, and if you could tweet to someone without using up characters on their handle, you would. Granted, with a tweet, you have even fewer characters to hook the receiver, but the receiver also has no excuse to not check out the link, or startup, or assignment, or whatever. I don’t get too many pitches via BITCH page 29



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Countdown to Mars: Thoughts from a NASA Curiosity engineer
Gavin Mendeck (SlashGear)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 2:31:11 PM

This weekend we will see Curiosity attempt a dramatic Mars landing inside of Gale Crater. Its mission will be to study the Martian rocks to determine how they were formed and try to answer whether conditions on Mars once could have supported life in its most simple form – tiny, microbial cells. The rover’s intended destination after landing is a series of layered rock outcrops on the slopes of Mount Sharp. These layers were spied from orbit only a few years ago and appear to provide a geological record of Mars spanning hundreds of millions of years that Curiosity can spend months touring and reading back to us on Earth. With Curiosity’s hypersonic entry guidance, this is the first Mars rover that could safely land inside Gale and reach these layers. As interest and enthusiasm mounts for one of the greatest exploration missions of the last decade, it is worth remembering what it took to get here and consider what should be next. We’ve been fortunate to witness a golden age of Mars exploration over the last fifteen years of orbiters, landers, and rovers. The successful international missions of Mars Global Surveyor,

Pathfinder, Mars Odyssey, Mars Express, Spirit, Opportunity, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and Phoenix have helped us “follow

the water”. The assumption, given our experience here on Earth, is that where there was water on Mars

there may also have been life. The probes orbiting Mars have been outfitted with a dazzling array of sensors and cameras to identify

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One minute later, thrusters will fire to stop the entry vehicle's 2rpm rotation and the spacecraft will re-orient itself heat shield forward and slam into the discernible atmosphere at 10:24 p.m. at an altitude of about 78 miles and a velocity of 13,200 mph. At that point, it will be about 390 miles -- seven minutes - from touchdown in Gale Crater. The Mars Science Laboratory is the first spacecraft to attempt a guided entry on another planet. To control its lift, which will allow Curiosity's flight computer to make a pinpoint landing, two 165pound tungsten weights will be ejected just before entry to change the spacecraft's center of mass. During hypersonic flight, thruster firings will control the orientation of the vehicle's "lift vector" to compensate for actual atmospheric conditions as it precisely controls its path toward Gale Crater. The belly of the Curiosity rover can be seen after heat shield jettison as the spacecraft slows under a huge parachute.(Credit: NASA graphic) About one minute and 15 seconds after entry, the spacecraft's heat shield will experience peak temperatures of up to 3,800 degrees Fahrenheit as atmospheric friction provides 90 percent of the spacecraft's deceleration. Ten seconds after peak heating, that deceleration will peak at 10 to 15 times the force of Earth's gravity at sea level. Plummeting toward Mars, the rover's flight computer will

continue to steer the spacecraft, firing thrusters to make subtle changes in the flight path as required by atmospheric density and other variables. The guided entry phase of flight will come to an end about four minutes after entry. At 10:28 p.m., six 55-pound weights will be ejected to move the center of mass back to the central axis of the spacecraft to help ensure stability when its braking parachute deploys. Seconds later, at an altitude of about seven miles and a velocity of some 900 miles per hour, the huge chute will unfurl and inflate to a diameter of 70 feet, delivering a 65,000-pound jolt to the still-supersonic spacecraft. The heat shield will be jettisoned about 24 seconds later, at an altitude of about five miles and a descent rate of 280 mph, exposing the rover's undercarriage to view. A sophisticated radar altimeter then will begin measuring altitude and velocity, feeding those data to the rover's flight computer while a high-definition camera begins recording video of the remaining few minutes of the descent. During the final hundred feet of entry, descent and landing, the Curiosity rover will be lowered from its rocket-powered "sky crane" directly to the surface of Mars.(Credit: NASA graphic) Six minutes after entry, now one mile up and falling toward the surface at roughly 180 mph, the rover and its rocket pack will be cut away from the parachute and backshell, falling like a rock

through the thin martian atmosphere. An instant later, eight hydrazineburning rocket engines, two at each corner of the descent stage, will ignite to stabilize and quickly slow the craft's vertical velocity to less than 2 mph. About 16 seconds before touchdown, at an altitude of just under 70 feet, Curiosity will be lowered on the end of a 25-foot-long bridle made up of three cables. As the support and data cables unreel, the rover's six motorized wheels will snap into position for touchdown. Finally, seven minutes after the entry began and descending at a gentle 1.7 mph, Curiosity's wheels will touch the surface of Mars. Radio confirmation of landing is expected at 10:31 a.m., about 3 p.m. local time on Mars, but atmospheric conditions and other factors could result in a touchdown 40 seconds or so to either side of that target. Whatever the actual timing, Curiosity's flight computer, sensing "weight on wheels," will send commands to fire small explosive devices that will sever the cables connecting the rover to the still-firing propulsion system. Its work complete, the descent stage will fly away to a crash landing at least 500 feet away and possibly twice that far. Engineers on Earth, meanwhile, will be awaiting confirmation of a successful touchdown, relying on NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft to relay UHF telemetry from Curiosity directly back to Earth in near realtime. Odyssey

experienced an orientation control problem in June, but engineers were confident the aging spacecraft would re-position itself as required to receive entry, descent and landing telemetry from Curiosity. Curiosity touches down on the floor of Gale Crater. Cables connecting the rover to the sky crane descent stage are severed, setting the stage for initial tests and checkout.(Credit: NASA graphic) "We have three different signals we would use to confirm touchdown and we need all three of those things to look right before we say so," said Steltzner. "One of those is a message from the spacecraft that says 'I touched down, and this is the velocity I touched down at and where I think I am.' "The rover has an inertial measurement unit, a gyro and an accelerometer set, and we look at that stream to say the rover's not moving at all, that signal says 'I think I'm on the ground and I'm not moving.' And the third is, we wait a safe period of time and confirm we're getting continuous UHF (radio) transmission. And frankly, that's there to make sure the descent stage hasn't fallen back down on top of the rover. When all three of those signals are positive, we declare touchdown confirmation." The first photograph from the surface, a low-resolution thumbnail image from a hazardavoidance camera on the rear of the lander, will be ready for

transmission within four minutes or so of landing. But Odyssey may be over the horizon by that point. If so, the image will be relayed back to Earth one orbit later, around 12:30 a.m. If Odyssey's orientation cannot be precisely controlled for any reason, engineers could have to wait up to eight hours or more for landing confirmation. Curiosity will beam some data directly back to JPL during its descent, but Earth will drop below the martian horizon after parachute deploy and direct communications will be interrupted. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will be directly overhead during the descent and will record Curiosity's UHF telemetry throughout the landing sequence. But unlike Odyssey, MRO was not designed for "bent-pipe" direct relay to Earth and it would take about eight hours for engineers at JPL to receive and decode the recorded data. Regardless of how long it takes for landing confirmation to arrive, Curiosity represents "one of the greatest feats in planetary exploration ever, not to mention just this decade," said McCuistion. "I think it shows the leadership that the United States has had in the exploration of Mars, and our success rate has been pretty darn good recently." But the stakes are high and failure is clearly an option. "If it fails, I think we need to know how it failed," McCuistion CURIOSITY page 26


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water. All this feeds into the landing site selection process using the best available data to find sites that are also safe to land at. The rovers have found proof of water in the past, confirming what we see from orbit, and Phoenix found ice just inches under the surface in the far north regions of Mars."Is life still there, hidden in the ground?" As we explore Mars, we are learning how Mars formed and changed throughout its history. This will help us understand the history of the Earth better as well. Mars is right next door and formed the same time as the Earth did, but how did Mars come to be so different? And despite its differences, did life exist on Mars too? Is life still there, hidden in the ground? In ways we can never predict, we are all enlightened and benefit from discoveries in the jungles or the deep oceans of Earth, the microscopic intricacies of the human genome, the elusive Higgs particle, and delving into the puzzles and opportunities that space exploration presents. Besides the science, why do we do this? Why spend the years of dedicated effort, the long days away from our families, the meticulous designing, building, and testing? Why do we feel that emotional rush when we attempt a nearly impossible task, or when we watch someone make such an attempt? Theodore Roosevelt offered a fitting answer. “Far

better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even through checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” It is no coincidence that as Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineers monitor Curiosity on its Mars approach and landing this weekend, only a few miles away the Mars Society is convening its 15th international conference. Enthusiastic people from all over the world and of various professions are discussing how we should reach and perhaps settle Mars this century. If you want to dare mightily, I cannot think of anything more challenging or fitting for the 21st century. But getting humans to Mars is technically very difficult, and while we don’t yet know how to do it we have a few promising ideas. Curiosity had to give up the proven airbag technique because of its weight, and human missions will be much more massive. Curiosity has a few things important to a future human mission: it will demonstrate a hypersonic guided entry to land close to a site, and radiation sensors to inform what environment a crew and vehicle would withstand throughout the whole mission."We have never been more prepared than we are right now"

There is so much more to figure out and test. The recent Mars program has been set up to test things incrementally, to build off of what has been done before. Before we bring people to and from Mars, we can bring something from Mars back home to study. Curiosity has an incredible miniature laboratory tucked inside of it, but it can only carry so much instrumentation with it. We can use the orbiters, what Curiosity and other landers find, to help us pick out the rocks that will tell us the most about Mars. We have never been more prepared than we are right now to mount a sample return mission or begin the preparations for a human expedition. The question facing the American administration and Congress is whether to support one now, in a time where NASA is seeing flat-lined budgets with other high-profile, billion dollar programs such as Webb Space Telescope, the heavy-lift launch vehicle, and the Orion human exploration spacecraft wrestling for those funds. As America is dealing with large budget deficits, it is unlikely that NASA will receive enough funding to successfully finish all of these this decade, let alone a Mars sample return mission. With Congress focusing on issues of the magnitude of trillions of dollars it will be difficult to get their attention for programs on the

order of billions. Expect no decision on anything of significance until after the American presidential and congressional elections this fall. If Mars exploration is to continue, public support is very important so that the politicians can accurately gauge the interest and the benefits. There have been two grand periods of exploration of Mars. The first was led by a vanguard of American and Soviet probes in the 1960s and 1970s, radioing back amazing pictures of the largest volcanoes and canyons found in our solar system. That first period, suffering many failures as we learned how to reach to Mars, culminated in the successful Viking orbiters and landers. And then, Mars was left alone — it seemed lifeless to our 1970s technology. The American Mars exploration team that had pulled off so many successes over those dozen years, that had engineered how to land safely on Mars, was scattered. Much of the talent and engineering knowledge from those early days of Mars exploration was lost. Today’s period of exploration had to assemble a new team, tempered by the successes and failures of recent missions, to attempt something as audacious as Curiosity. We find ourselves again at the crossroads for Mars exploration.

Dare we follow where curiosity leads us? Do we decide instead to start over again later this century? Story Timeline • NASA's Curiosity rover sits on launch pad waiting to blast off to Mars • NASA Curiosity Mars rover begins its 354m mile journey • NASA aims for smaller landing zone for Curiosity rover • Mars Curiosity landing sequence demonstrated by NASA • NASA faces new Curiosity obstacles as Mars landing approaches • NASA to livestream Curiosity's big Mars landing • Mars Curiosity Rover reaches for youth audience with Hot Wheels • As Curiosity rover touchdown nears, US says it won't go to Mars alone • All systems go for Curiosity rover landing Monday morning • SlashGear 101: NASA's Curiosity Mars Landing Start to Finish Countdown to Mars: Thoughts from a NASA Curiosity engineer is written by Gavin Mendeck& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All right reserved.

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Mother of 'Happy Mac' graphic to testify in Apple v. Samsung
Josh Lowensohn (CNET News)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 3:52:59 PM

The Happy Mac, a very familiar symbol to Apple fans for nearly 30 years, was created by designer Susan Kare.(Credit: Susan Kare.) Apple lawyers are reaching back into the company's history for help against Samsung. The companies are engaged in a patent dispute that could be worth billions of dollars to the winner. Apple today released the names of the next seven people it intends to call to the stand starting tomorrow (the names are listed below). Most of the marquee names; Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing and Scott Forstall, the company's senior vice president of IOS software, have already testified. Still left up, however, is Susan Kare, the artist and graphic designer who created the interface elements and graphics for the Mac OS in the early 1980s. Kare was behind some of the Mac's trademark images: the "Happy Mac" graphic that appeared when the computer was booting up. Her designs have influenced graphics to this day, including the Mac trash can. After leaving Apple, Kare again went to work for Steve Jobs at NeXT Computer, which was later acquired by Apple. After leaving

Facebook virtual gifts, a feature Facebook killed off in 2010. Apple is expected to ask Kare to talk about the designs of Samsung's accused devices when compared to three of Apple's design patents covering the iPhone, as well as the subtitles of user interface graphics between the two. Each side has 25 hours of court time to make their case, and both sides were allowed to pick 50 witnesses. As per the court's orders, each company must release a "rolling list" of upcoming witnesses. Justin Denison Denison has been Samsung's chief strategy officer for the past four years, and joined the company after holding a similar position at Nokia. Denison was called to the stand not long before the proceedings ended on Friday. Apple tried to pin him down about how Samsung managers used the iPhone as a blueprint for their phones. Denison scored points for his side by nothing that some of the similarities between the phones exist because they were just common sense, such as rounded corners (more durable) and flat screens (cheaper to make than curved glass). Wookyun Kho there, she's done work for IBM, Microsoft, and PayPal. Kare was also behind the first 500 or so MOTHER page 26



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The Case For ‘Curiosity’: Why You Should Stay Up And Watch The Mars Rover Landing
Chris Velazco (TechCrunch)

"@ woahlulu: Does anyone know what tome curiosity lands on Submitted at 8/5/2012 2:00:52 PM Mars tomorrow?" Who cares— As I write this, NASA’s Adan N. (@TitoTarintino) Curiosity rover is hurtling through August 05, 2012 space as it has been for the past NASA, to its credit, has been eight months, but that all changes doing what it can to drum up tonight. With any luck (scratch interest in the mission. There’s that — with a staggering amount (curiously enough) a Twitter of luck), that Mini Cooper-sized account for the rover, which can envoy will survive its tricky seven be seen chatting it up with Neil minute atmospheric entry, after deGrasse Tyson and providing which it will roam the Martian status updates in the first person. surface conducting a slew of Oh, and the organization will be science experiments for nearly streaming the night’s events, two years. offering up a glimpse inside the It’s all arguably important stuff human drama of mission control. — what Curiosity finds could be On some level though, I can’t instrumental to understanding the blame those who don’t care. origins of the planet, not to NASA’s recent history with Mars mention that it could help pave has been a spotty one — after a the way for a manned mission — string of successful fly-bys and but I have to wonder how many probe landings in the early-to-mid people living in this age of 70s, NASA returned to the red distraction actually give a damn. planet with the Pathfinder mission who cares if there was life on in 1997 (I was in third grade at the Mars? just a waste of more t i m e , a n d u t t e r l y , u t t e r l y money— enthralled by the whole thing), but Harry Quick (@HarryQuickk) such incidents seem to be the August 04, 2012 exceptions. According to Reuters, I think NASA is a waste of 26 out of 40 Mars missions have m o n e y . W h o c a r e s a b o u t either gone awry or gone up in Mars…— (perhaps not always metaphorical) D Y L N T H E V I L L I N smoke — not terribly heartening (@Dylan_James99) August 02, odds, especially since Curiosity’s 2012 landing is going to be one of the

trickiest yet. Failure, sad to say, is most definitely an option. That’s to say nothing of the fact that there’s just so much stuff going on right now. The Olympics. The mess in Syria. Tropical storms. Even decidedly niche events like the Apple v. Samsung weigh heavily on some people’s minds. And, you know, some people are only concerned with what’s going to be on television tonight. There’s nothing wrong with that either. There’s also a slight sexiness problem. Now, putting a man on the moon — that was something that really brought people together. If you’ll forgive me for sentimentalizing a moment I (nor many of you) weren’t a part of, that day in July 1969 pushed us all forward, if only just a little bit. Perhaps naturally, landing a carsized robot on the surface of another planet just doesn’t seem as weighty or substantial, despite the sheer complexity of what’s involved and what it could lead to. We didn’t put our footprints on Mars. We haven’t put lives on the line. Not yet, anyway. So, yes, there are plenty of reasons why people can’t be bothered to care about rover

wheeling its way around a planet that’s roughly 35 million miles away. But if you find yourself feeling a twinge of curiosity about that relatively tiny machine born of lofty ambitions, here’s why you should care about what happens tonight. First off, humanity is reaching out to plop (fine, another) something of its own creation onto another world. Just think about that for a minute. Louis C.K. has a great bit (that many of you have probably already seen, so indulge me) about how a guy he sat next to on a plane was moaning about flaky in-flight WiFi while he was encased in a streamlined metal tube powering its way through the friggin’ sky at 600 miles per hour. The point is, there’s a tendency for people to get wrapped up in the earthbound, and it’s always nice for a change of pace. What’s more, with Curiosity, NASA’s not just reaching toward the heavens — it’s planning to learn as much as it can from them. You have to admit, there’s something more than a little wonderful about that. There’s untold value in what we can learn from Curiosity, though the information the rover is able to

glean may not be immediately useful. What’s the point in learning about Mars’ past? To expand upon the corpus of human knowledge! To understand our crazy, hectic, beautiful universe even a fraction of a percent better. Even so, those findings could have a practical impact on future Mars missions, both those envisioned by NASA and those in the growing commercial space movement. Will this ridiculous landing scheme work? If it does, you can bet someone will try it again some day. Of course, not every company in that field needs the coaxing. SpaceX founder Elon Musk seems to look at Mars much in the same way — it’s a goal to be met because it’s there, waiting for us to set foot on it. “That’s always been a goal of SpaceX,” Musk recently told the L.A. Times.“We’re hoping to develop the technology to do that in probably 12 to 15 years.” And that’s just one facet of his ambitions for mankind’s spacefaring future. Musk said back in March that one of his company’s ambitions was to establish a longterm colony on the red planet. His declaration smacks of hubris — CASE page 27

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Total Recall Kate Beckinsale interview shows love (and distrust) of sci-fi and action
Chris Burns (SlashGear)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 11:34:57 AM

With the next giant science fiction blockbuster Total Recall (2012) headed to theaters this summer (out now, in fact), SlashGear took the opportunity to speak with Kate Beckinsale on her role as the main villain. As it turns out, Beckinsale doesn’t just find herself in a series of action movies because she’s custombuilt for the role, it’s got a lot to do with her love for science fiction, fantasy, and the whole action genre as well. Have a peek at why Beckinsale’s four brother’s had a lot to do with why you’ll be seeing her play Lori Quaid on the big screen this week. Down in Los Angeles last month SlashGear got to speak with each of the stars of the 2012 version of Total Recall as well as the director Len Wiseman. With Wiseman’s interview revealing that he loved and still loves science fiction in a big way, it seemed only natural to ask Beckinsale the same question – Are you a science fiction fan, and was sci-fi a bit part of your life growing up? Sidenote: Wiseman is married to Beckinsale, so we had to expect SOME form of connection. No getting away from sci-fi when your husband is an die-hard fan

(and a Die Hard director, puns galore), and you’re part of a movie series where you hunt down fantastic beasts on the regular (see: Underworld). Above: Kate Beckinsale poses with co-stars Jessica Biel and Colin Farrell at the Los Angeles

press junket for Total Recall where SlashGear met up with the lot of them [Kate Beckinsale] I definitely was, I had four brothers growing up, so I was definitely exposed to those kind of movies. It’s also more of the fact, for me, that I get

to play these strong female characters and this is a good genre for that. People show up for that. [Q] Do you and Len have any favorite films you’d like to share in the science fiction genre or related genres? [KB] When we first met I was

already a huge fan of the Alien movies, and I was a huge Die Hard fan until it ate my husband for two years. But I absolutely love those. And one of my favorites has always been Dog TOTAL page 29



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Kho is an engineer at Samsung and worked on the company's integrated software. Per court filings, Apple aims to ask Kho about his role in the creation of software code for a bounce back effect, something Apple has a utility patent for and is accusing Samsung of infringing. According to deposition, Kho says Samsung had an internal project called "the glow effect" or "edge glow," something to show users they reached the end of a scrollable area. Apple believes this same behavior is covered in its own patent. Peter Bressler Bressler was the president of the Industrial Designers Society of America between 1989 to 1990, and is the founder and board chair at product design firm Bresslergroup Inc. He's also currently an adjunct associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania. According to court documents, Bressler has been an expert witness in seven trials covering utility patents and trade dress claims. He's also listed as the

author, or co-author on 73 patents, many of which are design patents. In a redacted court filing, Bressler said he was called on by Apple specifically to talk about the three design patents it says Samsung is infringing, including the company's tablet design patent. Susan Kare See above. Russell Winer Winer is the chair of the Department of Marketing at the Stern School of Business for New York University. According to his bio, Winer has authored more than 70 papers in marketing on a variety of topics, including consumer choice, marketing research methodology, marketing planning, advertising, and pricing. He is expected to testify about the strength of Apple's trade dress and that Samsung's products are sold and compete in similar marketing channels to Apple's. Hal Poret Poret is an expert at survey research for advertising and trademark. Apple said in court documents that he will present evidence of a survey that indicates

consumers associate the iPad trade dress with Apple. Kent Van Liere Van Liere provides research in statistics and survey research for litigation. His areas of expertise include product liability, false advertising, trademark infringement, labor, and antitrust. He is expected to discuss a survey he conducted that concluded consumers are likely to associate Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 with Apple in a post-sale environment. Ravin Balakrishnan Balakrishnan is a professor in the department of computer science at the University of Toronto, where he also got his Ph.D. in computer science. Balakrishnan co-founded Bump Technologies, the makers of 3D desktop software BumpTop, which Google bought up in 2010. Apple had Balakrishnan evaluate Samsung's devices against Apple's to see if the software was violating patented software code. Much of the publicly-available deposition of Balakrishnan centered around Apple's bounce back list patent.

Karan Singh Singh is an associate professor of computer science at the University of Toronto, where he helped direct a graphics and human computer interaction laboratory. He also consults with various companies about computer graphics and design industries. According to documents Apple filed with the court, Singh will testify that Samsung is infringing some of Apple's patents relating to such features as "tap-to-zoom," and "scroll vs. gesture." 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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said. "Does it mean the end of the program? No, it means we've had a setback, it means we'll step back a notch, we will learn what happened. ... So a failure is a setback, it's not a disaster. We can learn from it and we'll move

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In this video, Neil Ticktin (Editor -in-Chief, MacTech Magazine) interviews AJ of Marketcircle Inc.(makers of the Daylite contact manager suite + Billings tools for Mac and iOS) at WWDC 2012. AJ was kind enough to tell us about his thoughts on the announcements on WWDC, and how it will affect Marketcircle's plans moving forward. Continue reading TUAW and MacTech interview at WWDC 2012: Marketcircle TUAW and MacTech interview at WWDC 2012: Marketcircle originally appeared on TUAW The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sun, 05 Aug 2012 11:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments

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eBay Is Launching A Same-Day Shipping Service Called eBay Now
Josh Constine (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 2:10:02 PM

delivery fee kicks in. Below is the email those invited to the beta received, though you eBay today invited some San can sign up here to get eBay Now Francisco users to a new same- when it’s ready: day shipping service called eBay Hi [Name], Now. An iOS app, eBay Now’s We know you love shopping on beta will let SF residents get $5 eBay. But sometimes you just same-day shipping on products can’t wait for shipping. Sound from local stores. It’s now signing familiar? up users for an “exclusive beta”. If so, we’ve created an exciting It seems that anyone can currently new way to shop. Starting today, register, though those admitted for purchases of $25 or more, San can’t download the app yet. Francisco shoppers can order Startups like TaskRabbit and products from local stores and Uber have given consumers a have them delivered to their door taste of instant gratification, and — at home, at work, or anywhere now it seems eBay wants to else in San Francisco. The new deliver the same satisfaction. We service is called eBay Now, and a r e w i t n e s s i n g t h e r i s e o f you can download it here for your convenience tech. iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod® touch. Rakesh Agrawal tweeted about Since eBay Now is in beta, we’re being invited to eBay Now this taking $15 off your first order and morning. It only works for offering FREE delivery for your purchases over $25, but beta first three! After that, each testers get $15 off their first eBay delivery during the beta period is Now order plus free shipping on only $5. Your orders arrive fast their first three orders before a $5 — usually within an hour! Pretty

convenient, huh? Download the app now and try it out. If you like it, share it! You have three invites for friends and family. Happy shopping! The eBay Now Team eBay Now could go head-to-head with Amazon, which is said to be planning warehouses in major cities to offer its own same-day shipping. This could shorten the wait for Amazon Prime users, who for an $80 a year subscription get $6 two-day deliveries. However, Amazon’s CFO Tom Szkutak said”we don’t see a way to do same-day delivery on a broad scale economically” during the company’s Q2 earnings call. The distribution network required to execute same-day service could be immensely expensive for Amazon, and even more so for the less-equipped eBay. Failure to produce a reliable or affordable service could be a big waste of

resources. Szkutak’s comments do leave open the possibility of same -day service like eBay Now in metropolitan areas, which is certainly easier than in spread out rural locales. eBay Now will also have to take on nimbler startups like Postmates Get It Now and Y Combinator’s brand new Instacart, one-hour(!) delivery services for take-out food, groceries, and other storebought goods. They certainly appealing to customers. If I’m in a big city surrounded by brick-and-mortar stores and want something immediately, why wait days by going with ecommerce unless there’s a super-speedy shipping option? Yes, so you never have to leave your cave. But eBay Now could turn your briefest impulse into products at your door just hours later.

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all SpaceX can do now is dock with the International Space Station — but it’s exactly that sort of thinking that helps push through the myriad roadblocks that such a project would almost definitely encounter. In the end, Curiosity could be the harbinger of big, big things to

come. On the other hand, it could crash and burn on the Martian surface, signaling the abject loss of $2.5 billion. Either way, tell me that’s not something worth caring about.

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Apple courts The Fancy CEO: Pinterest challenge imminent
Chris Burns (SlashGear)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 12:52:58 PM

When you pick up a nextgeneration iPhone this Autumn, you may very well be working with a brand new integrated system for online sales of all things fancy – and not just digital media. It’s been tipped to Business Insider writer Owen Thomas that Apple’s meeting between their own CEO Tim Cook and startup The Fancy CEO Joe Einhorn earlier this year started something beautiful between the two companies. Now we’re to understand that The Fancy is at a point in its development – 20 employees strong, earning $10,000 USD a day in sales from products promoted on their network – that Apple will be prepared to pick them up. Acquire them, in other words. This information is tied to elements of interest in The Fancy in its supposed edge over the still very much larger competing group Pinterest. One of these elements is their forward-thinking

percentage cut they take of all sales pushed through their site – 10% – and their massive valuation and funding rounds from late last year. Last we checked, the company was valued at $100 million USD and were able to get a $10 million dollar funding round led by the conglomerate behind Gucci, PPR. Other investors in the company behind The Fancy are Facebook

them both. Certainly just a coincidence, but interesting enough nonetheless. One more bit of coincidence occurring today comes from TechCrunch writer Ingrid Lunden who points to the featured image on The Fancy today – an iPhone. This would be fabulously exciting if it weren’t for the fact that Apple products (and accessories from 3rd party groups) weren’t exceedingly popular on The Fancy on the regular. And a third – this is Tim Cook’s Fancy account. It’s currently set to private, but he certainly has used it before. Right after he and the CEO of The Fancy met last year. co-founder Chris Hughes and The Fancy would be a massive Stay tuned as Apple continues to Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. step forward for Apple in the set fires under the seats of Apple is very much in a position online shopping universe. companies left and right – even if to start working with online sales Another interesting element in this all turns out to be a rumor. of physical goods at the moment this story is the fact that an Apple Apple courts The Fancy CEO: as they’ve just announced a new Store in New York City and The Pinterest challenge imminent is “PassBook” virtual wallet element F a n c y ’ s d e s i g n a t e d D M C A written by Chris Burns& f o r t h e i r u p c o m i n g m o b i l e (Digital Millennium Copyright originally posted on SlashGear. operating system iOS 6. A Act) agent Michael Silverman © 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All connection between a virtual both reside in the same building. right reserved. wallet on the iPhone and an 401 West 14th Street, New York, entertaining visual system such as NY 10014 is where you’ll find

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Day Afternoon (1975), and Len loves that movie. All About Eve (1950) – so yeah, we could just sit here and put one of those in. You’ll find that Beckinsale plays exactly the type of character that made her interested in the genre in the first place here in Total Recall – a strong female lead. But what’s different here, this time, is that she’s not the hero. In fact it’s the opposite, with her role taking the place of Sharon Stone’s 1990 appearance as the quicklydivorced wife of Schwarzenegger. Regarding her rather intense fist fights with the other main characters of Total Recall in the film, specifically with Jessica Biel, Beckinsale had a bit to say on the new generation. [KB] These are not fights between two women that happens in some sexy way. They are quite vicious. I think it shows that women have really come a long way in this genre of movie. I know when I put my timid little nose into Underworld to see if I could do it, I was looking for references. Above: Beckinsale also stars in

the Underworld film series (2003) [Q] Do you feel as though you’ve perfected your craft in having been in so many action movies with Underworld et al? [KB] Well it’s funny. Yes and no – now I have that added terror of going ‘I still feel like the person who shouldn’t be doing this, and everyone is acting around me as if I’m a bad-ass.’ And I still feel like – this still feels like a stretch. [KB] But this is something that is incredible, and I get to do this – you know – I get wonderful teachers to help me, and it’s amazing. But it still feels like, it’s a reach for me. I still feel more comfortable in a drama, I feel like I know it a bit better there. But still, it’s good to be scared! You’ll want to have a peek at the rest of our interview series as well as our full review of Total Recall 2012 right this minute! The movie is out in theaters now across the USA – and once you’ve seen it, be sure to head back to our Rekall portal to gain additional insight into the world of the Total Recall

storyline and one whole heck of a lot more! Story Timeline • Total Recall (2012) Movie Review • Total Recall director Len Wiseman shares his sci-fi love with SlashGear • Total Recall cash: director Len Wiseman explains Obama money • Total Recall's Bryan Cranston discusses the Breaking Bad effect • Total Recall Colin Farrell interview yields deep meaning for the sci-fi thriller • Total Recall Jessica Biel interview: "we were confused constantly"

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Twitter, and every single one I do has little to no information on the company. It looks like this: @jordanrcrook Check out our new wedding startup: it’s the Warby Parker of wedding planning. But you know what? I click on every single link pitched my way on Twitter. I can’t rightfully not. I know nothing about the company — how can I judge it without taking a look? The company didn’t waste any of my time tweeting this to me, and clicking to look around can’t take more than a minute. Click. Total Recall Kate Beckinsale Now imagine if this tweet could i n t e r v i e w s h o w s l o v e ( a n d be sent out to multiple users at distrust) of sci-fi and action is once, without wasting characters w r i t t e n b y C h r i s B u r n s & with their @handles. This magical originally posted on SlashGear. technology exists, dear friends, © 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All and it has for decades. It’s called right reserved. email. We’re just ruining it. The idea isn’t to get rid of email, though some have tried(and enjoyed it). We can’t kill it — the idea makes too much sense for the way we live and work and correspond. Do I hope that someone will fix it? That’s not even a question. I truly believe that someone, somewhere out there is creating an algorithm and designing an interface that completely organizes and prioritizes email automatically. (If that’s you, we at TechCrunch are awaiting your arrival like the three kings in

Bethlehem.) And until that fateful day, when some startup completely fixes email, we’ll probably still be distracted by each and every message we get, spending 45 minutes getting back on track. Our brains are and will continue to get better at multitasking and become more ADD, whether or not that’s a good or bad thing. But until then, it’s our responsibility to stop wasting our own time and each other’s time and get up to date. Why say “Hi Jordan” at the beginning of an email? You know you’re writing to me; I know you’re writing to me. Why ask about personal stuff (if we’ve met), or kiss my ass (if we haven’t)? Let’s save that for when we meet up in-person, so we actually have something to talk about. Plus, you won’t have to waste time thinking up all kinds of nice, interesting things to include in the email, and I won’t waste time looking for what I actually need in the wall of useless text you sent. I know. I know. If everyone were to cut out all the niceties, everyone would be a bitch. But if everyone did it, no one would be a bitch. And right now, everyone is a bitch. Email’s bitch.


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Why entrepreneurs look to Steve Jobs for guidance (and why they shouldn't)
Michael Rose (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 1:00:00 PM

There's something about the juxtaposition of Apple stories and religious imagery that hits Wired magazine's design team right where they live. In 1997, the magazine's notorious 101 Ways to Save Apple story was represented on the cover by an Apple logo circled in a martyr's crown of thorns; this month, cover subject Steve Jobs is graced with both an angel's halo and a pair of devil's horns. (If we get to a cover of Tim Cook, Jony Ive and Scott Forstall dressed as a minister, a rabbi and an imam, I'm canceling my subscription.) Ben Austen's story, about the impact Steve's legacy has on today's entrepreneurs, is worth a read. Whether they take the Jobs story as a model for business behavior -- don't accept anything but the best, push people as hard as you have to, rules are for the other guy -- or as a cautionary tale, there's no figure in business as compelling or polarizing as Apple's co-founder. Austen got takes on Jobs from Square engineer Tristan O'Tierney, Box

What every cat needs: $1000 headphones [video]
(Holy Kaw!)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 9:36:00 AM

We understand that people love their cats and love them to a degree outsiders often do not understand, but owners who would spend $1000 to let their feline share in the joy of their favorite Pandora station are another breed entirely. f o u n d e r A a r o n L e v i e , make Steve (and Apple, and away with it the way he did. StackExchange's Jeff Atwood and Pixar) successful. C o n t i n u e r e a d i n g W h y Unfortunately, the limited run of Metafilter's Matt Haughey, among For company founders, managers entrepreneurs look to Steve Jobs ten is all sold out, but before you others. and leaders who take Steve Jobs for guidance (and why they roll your eyes, know that all proceeds went to benefit the Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson as their model, my observation is shouldn't) told Austen he thinks many of his this: Yes, Steve Jobs maintained Why entrepreneurs look to Steve ASPCA. readers are drawing the wrong t h e l o y a l t y o f h i s c l o s e s t Jobs for guidance (and why they Full story at Sol Republic via lessons by focusing on the colleagues and got incredible shouldn't) originally appeared on Geekologie. a b r a s i v e n a t u r e o f S t e v e ' s work out of a vast enterprise TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Crazy for cats. personality, rather than the true while, it is generally believed, Weblog on Sun, 05 Aug 2012 Permalink| Leave a comment » keys to his success. Isaacson treating people like shit. You may 13:00:00 EST. Please see our published a corrective essay in the think that this is an approach terms for use of feeds. Harvard B u s i n e s s worth emulating, but you should Source| Permalink| Email this| Review(paywall) covering 14 also remember that you're not Comments core characteristics that helped Steve Jobs, and you may not get

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Mitt Romney Doesn't Want More Fed Stimulus Before The Election
Grace Wyler (Money Game)

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Susan Sontag on love
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Submitted at 8/5/2012 4:16:00 PM

Writer, playwright and activist Susan Sontag lived through a fascinating shift in our cultural history, as this successful woman’s diary excerpts clearly show when she considers the topic of love.

Maria Popova at Brain Pickings recently combed through her diaries, published in As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980 and picked a number of her thoughts on relationships, which were then illustrated by cherish the quotes portraying what Wendy MacNaughton. we desire over what we Usually, most of us choose to

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Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
Tim Knight from Slope of Hope
Submitted at 8/5/2012 3:24:22 PM

I just finished Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco. It is superb, and I've spent a fair amount of time typing in passages from the book below in order to capture some of its theme. The "me" of twenty years ago wouldn't be caught dead reading a book like this. It is, after all, an unflinching assasination of our present capitalist system. As a younger person, I was wholeheartedly (and more than a little ignorantly) devoted to a dogeat-dog, lassiez-faire capitalist system. And, in my adult life, I have lived that way, at least inasmuch as I created, built, and sold a successful business and have, before, during, and after that time, been a very active participant in the financial markets (both by way of trading as well as writing). Experience and observation have moderated my views, however. At the outset I will say that I still regard capitalism as the most proper, natural, and constructive economic system, but I'm a much firmer believer in a modified version - - consistently-regulated with a distribution of wealth more akin to the 1970s than the present day - - than I ever imagined I would be. This passage from the preface of the book captures the pages that follow nicely:

The ruthless hunt for profit creates a world where everything and everyone is expendable. Nothing is sacred. It has blighted inner cities, turned the majestic Appalachian Mountains into a blasted moonscape of poisoned water, soil, and air. It has forced workers into a downward spiral of falling wages and mounting debt until laborers in agricultural fields and sweatshops work in conditions that replicate slavery. It has impoverished our working class and ravaged the middle class. And it has enriched a tiny global elite that has no loyalty to the nation-state. These corporations, if we use the language of patriotism, are traitors. Days of Destruction take the rather novel approach of combining superb journalism (Chris Hedges) with world-class graphic art (Joe Sacco). It is part graphic novel and part diatribe. And, I need to tell you right now, this is not a feel-good book, and the balance of words and art work well. The Walt Whitman piece, I Sit and Look Out, is offered within these pages to embellish the picture further: I sit and look out upon all the sorrows of the world, and upon all oppression and shame; I hear secret convulsive sobs from young men, at anguish with neglected, gaunt, desperate; themselves, I see the wife misused by her remorseful after deeds done; husband--I see the treacherous I see, in low life, the mother seducer of young women; misused by her children, dying, I mark the ranklings of jealousy

and unrequited love, attempted to be hid-I see these sights on the earth; I see the workings of battle, pestilence, tyranny--

I see martyrs and prisoners; I observe a famine at sea-I observe the sailors casting lots who shall be kill'd, to preserve the lives of the rest; I observe the slights and degradations cast by arrogant persons upon laborers, the poor, and upon negroes, and the like; All these--All the meanness and agony without end, I sitting, look out upon, See, hear, and am silent. And if you need any more convincing as to the non-fuzzyfeelings you will have while reading it, here is another poem offered - a brief haiku in the chapter about Camden, New Jersey: The sack of kittens Sinking in the icy creek Increases the cold There are several broad regions of the United States covered in the book, including the Indian reservations of South Dakota; the mean streets of Camden; the wretched lives of the producepickers in Southern Florida; and the "moonscape" of West Virginia's coal country. It is this last area that includes a talk with Larry Gibson, an activist in West Virginia who grew up there, had to leave for a while due to family poverty, and has returned to try to fight for the region's sake. He says the following, which is perhaps my favorite section of the entire book: DAYS page 33

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“Living here as a boy, I wasn’t any different than anybody else. First time I knew I was poor was when I went to Cleveland and went to school They taught me I was poor. I traded all this for a strip of green I saw when I walking the street. And I was poor? How ya gonna get a piece of green grass between the sidewalk and the street, and they gonna tell me I’m poor. I thought I was the luckiest kid in the world, with nature. I could walk through the forest. I could hear the animals. I could hear the woods talk to me. Everywhere I looked there was life. I could pick my own apples or cucumbers. I could eat the berries and pawpaws. I love pawpaws. And they gooseberries. Now there is no life there. Only dust. I had a pigeon and when I’d come out of the house, no matter where I went, he flew over my head or sat on my shoulder. I had a hawk I named Fred, I had a bobcat and a threelegged fox that got caught in a trap. I wouldn’t trade that childhood for all the fancy fire trucks and toys the other kids had. I have a tremendous amount of respect for that point of view. There was a time in my life I craved a lot of stuff. There was a time I thought rich people were rich because they were sharper and harder-working than the rest of us. I've certainly learned otherwise. I've learned that "stuff" is boring and unfulfilling. And I've learned that some rich people - - and I've known a lot, including a couple of

billionaires - - can at times be some of the biggest dumb-fucks you'd ever encounter. One in particular thought he was some kind of genius, when in fact he was simply born into a rich family and was too blinkered to recognize that his accidental circumstance had no bearing on his (dim) wit. The chapter goes on with another activist......... Gunnoe is a thin woman with curly black hair. She is part Cherokee. Her vocal opposition to the coal companies, like Larry Gibson’s, has engendered the fury of many of her neighbors, who fear the loss of the coal industry will mean and end to any viable employment. One of her dogs was shot dead and left in the parking lot where her children catch the school bus. Another dog was shot and killed while tied up in the back of her house. The gas tank to her truck was filled with sand, requiring $1,200 in repairs. Her children have been taunted at school as “tree huggers.” She has erected a six-foot protective fence around her house that she calls “my cage.” But she says that even for the miners who blast away the mountains, the destruction can be overwhelming. I figure even if there's no such thing as hell, the universe would have conjured one up for whatever low-lifes would stoop to killing a dog (it should be mentioned that Mr. Gibson's dog was also killed, and his current dog was hanged, but he was able to save him in time). Humans I

can do without. Dogs, on the other hand, have no business being harmed. Particularly by "people." Gibson again: “It’s a sacrifice zone. It’s so the rest of the country can have electric toothbrushes and leave the lights on all night in parking lots for used cars and banks lit up all night long and shit like that. We have been a national sacrifice zone. Hell, that phrase was created thirty-five, forty years ago. Now it’s terminal. There is no way to stop it. I haven’t had any hope for a long time. But the only reason I keep going is, why the hell not? I’m going to die. Shit, might as well hold my head up. I don’t want Bill Raney, the president of the Coal Association, to be able to tell his lies without somebody saying, “Bill, that’s shit, that’s not true.” These corporations are going to strip the whole country. If you have this reality, then you become a guerilla. You blow up the damn thing. I can’t go to there, because they will put me in penitentiary, and I don’t want to go there. I know they would catch me eventually. Hedges' training in divinity (his father was a minister, and he himself got his Masters degree from Harvard) is present, although not heavy-handed, throughout the book. But his firm Chrstian beliefs certainly don't lead you to a polite, hands-in-lap, gentle list of suggestions in the final chapter. The man is Pissed. Off. And he uses the (presently inert) Occupy movement as the

shining example of what should be happening in America: There comes a moment in all popular uprisings when the dead ideas and decayed systems, which only days before seemed unassailable, are exposed and discredited by a population that once stood fearful and supine. This spark occurred on September 17., 2011, in New York City when a few hundred activists, who were easily rebuffed by police in their quixotic attempt to physically occupy Wall Street, regrouped in Zuccotti Park, four blocks away. They were disorganized at first, unsure of what to do, not even convinced they had achieved anything worthwhile, but they had unwittingly triggered a global movement of resistance that would reverberate across the country and the capitals of Europe. The uneasy status quo, effectively imposed for decades by the elites, was shattered. Another narrative of power took shape. The revolution began. Hedges goes on: The American dream, we now know, is a lie. We will all be sacrificed. The virus of corporate abuse – the perverted belief that only corporate profit matters – has spread to outsource our jobs, cut the budgets of our schools, close our libraries, and plague our communities with foreclosures and unemployment. This virus has brought with it a security and surveillance state that seeks to keep us all on a reservation. No one is immune. The suffering of

the other, of the Native American, the African American in the inner city, the unemployed coal miner, or the Hispanic produce picker is universal. They went first. We are next. The indifference we showed to the plight of the underclass, in Biblical terms our neighbor, haunts us. We failed them, and in doing so we failed ourselves. We were accomplices in our own demise. Revolt is all we have left. It is the only hope. Hedges doesn't agitate for a particular candidate; he doesn't suggest a new set of regulations; he doesn't ask that Blankfein be brought to trial. He wants a revolution, not unlike that would swept away the Communists from Eastern Europe. He states: The preconditions for successful revolution are: + discontent that affects nearly all social classes; + widespread feelings of entrapment and despair; + unfulfilled expectations; + a unified solidarity in opposition to a tiny power elite; + a refusal by scholars and thinkers to continue to defend the actions of the ruling class; + an inability of government to respond to the basic needs of citizens; + a steady loss of will within the power elite itself together with defections from the inner circle – a crippling isolation that leaves the power elite without any allies or outside support; + a financial crisis DAYS page 35



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Zombified Cities Roundup: Detroit Becomes Dumping Ground for the Dead; Financial Urgency in Miami; Oakland Pension Time Bomb; How Pensions Crashed Stockton and San Bernardino (Mike Mish Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)

budget." Martinez said in a statement that the city will be contacting union representatives to start up two Submitted at 8/5/2012 11:52:00 AM Space does not permit a complete weeks of negotiations. The discussion of zombified cities. declaration of urgency has likely Such a list would be in the many incensed police and fire officials; hundreds. Rather this post is about according to Reuters, the latter four cities in recent news that are group argued before city officials among the walking dead. One is Thursday night that their pay has even a dumping ground for the been cut 35 percent in the last 3 dead. years already. Click on link for a Fourth Financial Urgency in video. Miami in Four years Detroit Becomes Dumping The Huffington Post reports Ground for the Dead M i a m i D e c l a r e s F i n a n c i a l The Associated Press writes Urgency For Fourth Year In A V a c a n t D e t r o i t B e c o m e s Row Dumping Ground for the Dead. Miami City Manager Johnny From the street, the two Martinez declared a state of decomposing bodies were nearly financial urgency Friday for the i n v i s i b l e , c o n c e a l e d i n a n fourth year in a row. overgrown lot alongside worn-out T h e m o v e g i v e s t h e c i t y car tires and a moldy sofa. The c o m m i s s i o n a u t h o r i t y t o teenagers had been shot, stripped restructure its existing contracts to their underwear and left on a with police, general employee, deserted block. and fire unions. They were just the latest victims City commissioners agreed to not of foul play whose remains went hike taxes in a budget meeting undiscovered for days after being Thursday night, but instead will hidden deep inside Detroit's vast look to close a budget gap of tens urban wilderness - a crumbling o f m i l l i o n s t h r o u g h u n i o n wasteland rarely visited by concessions. The $485 million o u t s i d e r s a n d i n f r e q u e n t l y budget must be balanced by p a t r o l l e d b y p o l i c e . September. Abandoned and neglected parts "The unions are not cooperating of the city are quickly becoming with the process," Mayor Tomas dumping grounds for the dead - at Regalado told the Miami Herald. least a dozen bodies in 12 months' "We need to have a balanced t i m e . A n d a u t h o r i t i e s

acknowledge there's little they can do. The bodies have been purposely hidden or discarded in alleys, fields, vacant houses, abandoned garages and even a canal. Seven of the victims are believed to have been slain outside Detroit and then dumped within the city. "Detroit is a dumping ground for a lot of stuff," said Margaret Dewar, professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan. "There is no one to watch. There is no capacity to enforce laws about dumping. There is a perception you can dump and no one will report it." How Pensions Crashed Stockton, San Bernardino Bloomberg reports Police Chief’s $204,000 Pension Shows How Cities Crashed Stockton, California, Police Chief Tom Morris was supposed to bring stability to law enforcement when he was appointed to the job four years ago. He lasted eight months and left the now-bankrupt city at age 52 with an annual pension that pays more than $204,000 -- the third of four chiefs who stayed in the position for less than three years and retired with an average of 92 percent of their final salaries. San Bernardino, a city of 209,000 about 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of Los Angeles, is typical of

the phenomenon. Its city council voted July 18 to approve an emergency bankruptcy filing, about six years after the panel unanimously lowered the retirement age for public-safety workers to 50 from 55. The council acted in August 2006 even though Aon Plc, the city’s risk-management consultant, had warned it that such a change would add millions of dollars to San Bernardino’s long- term pension costs. In the fiscal year that ended in June, pensions consumed 13 percent of the city’s general fund, up from 9 percent in fiscal 2007. “I knew it was going to be costly in the long run,” San Bernardino City Councilwoman Wendy McCammack said of the lower retirement age. “However, this city is one of the toughest to police. In order to attract and retain the kind of officers that it takes to police a city like this, that was a benefit that we had to negotiate.” Notice the complete ineptitude of San Bernardino City Councilwoman Wendy McCammack. She was willing to bankrupt San Bernardino by making untenable pension promises to "attract and retain" police officers. Did it work? Pension Time Bomb Explodes in Oakland The San Francisco Chronicle

reports Oakland's financial time bomb: pensions It was 1976 when the city of Oakland realized it had a major problem on its hands: A pension created 25 years earlier to benefit police officers, firefighters and their widows was proving too costly to afford. So the city closed the plan to new employees and later passed a parcel tax to pay for the pension. Yet today, that pension remains the source of one of Oakland's biggest headaches. It's a generous plan that awards its retirees and widows - who now number 1,086 - raises to match up to two-thirds of the pay of the current-day workforce. But the city's costs ballooned because it never adequately contributed to the pension fund, relied on borrowing for years to give itself holidays from pension payments and watched investments go south. The result of the borrowing is that the pension, known as the Police and Fire Retirement System, has cost Oakland taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars more than it should have. In 2010, City Auditor Courtney Ruby found Oakland spent $250 million more on the pension than it would have if the city had simply paid into the pension - and ZOMBIFIED page 37

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Well, I guess some of those elements are in place already, right? But he's just getting started: Welcome to the revolution. The elites have exposed their hand. They have shown they have nothing to offer. They can destroy but they cannot build. They can repress but they cannot lead. They can steal but they cannot share. They can talk but they cannot speak. They are as dead and useless to us as the water-soaked books, tents, sleeping bags, suitecases, food boxes, and clothes that were dumped into garbage trucks after the New York City police raid that November night. They have no ideas, no plans, and no vision for the future. Get back into your cages, they are telling us. Return to watching the lies, absurdities, trivia, celebrity gossip, and political theater we feed you in twentyfour-hour cycles on television. Invest your emotional energy in the vast system of popular entertainment. Run up your credit card debt. Pay your loans. Be thankful for the scraps we toss. Chant back to us our platitudes about democracy, greatness, and freedom. Vote in our rigged corporation elections. Send your young men and women to fight and die in useless, unwinnable wars that provide huge profits for corporations. Stand by mutely as our legislators plunge us into a society without basic social services while Wall Street

speculators loot and pillage. Our dear friend, Lloyd Blankfein - - the man doing God's work, remember? - - is often cited in Days of Destruction. He is held up as just about the closest thing to the anti-Christ as can be imagined, almost directly responsible for the murder of millions. The rogues’ gallery of Wall Street crooks – such as Lloyd Blankfein at Goldman Sachs; Howard Milstein at New York Private Bank & Trust; the media tycoon Rupert Murdoch; David and Charles, the Koch brothers; and Jamie Dimon at JPMorgan Chase & Co. – no doubt think the Occupy movement has passed. They think it is back to the business of harvesting what is left of America to swell their personal and corporate fortunes. But they have no concept of what is happening around them. They are as mystified and clueless about these uprisings as the courtiers at Versailles or the Forbidden City, or the inner sanctums of the communist elites in Eastern Europe, who never understood until the very last days that their world was collapsing. The political philosopher Sheldon Wolin uses the term inverted totalitarianism in his book Democracy Incorporated to describe our political system. In inverted totalitarianism, the sophisticated technologies of corporate control, intimidation, and mass manipulation, which far

surpass those employed by previous totalitarian states, are effectively masked by the glitter, noise, and abundance of a consumer society. Political participation and civil liberties are gradually surrendered. Corporations, hiding behind this smokescreen, devour us from the inside out. They have no allegiance to the country. The novel 1984 is also an important touchstone in Days of Destruction, and Orwell is quoted frequently as a fount of truth. We, like those who opposed the long night of communism, no longer have any mechanisms within the formal structures of power that will protect or advance our rights. We, too, have undergone a coup d’etat carried out not by the large stone-faced leaders of a monolithic Communist Party, but by our largely anonymous corporate overlords. George Orwell wrote that all tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but that once the fraud is exposed they must rely exclusively on force. We have now entered that era of naked force. There are no excuses left. Either you join the revolt or you stand on the wrong side of history. You either obstruct through civil disobedience, the only way left to us, the plundering by the criminal class on Wall Street, and accelerated destruction of the ecosystem that sustains the human species, or become the passive enabler of a monstrous

evil. You either taste, feel, and smell the intoxication of freedom and revolt, or sink into the miasma of despair and apathy. You are either a rebel or a slave. The way you react to this book depends a great deal on who you are and what your experiences in life have been so far, particularly with respect to your own financial and personal security. I found the book partly inspiring, partly infuriating, but very readable. One of the few things the United States still has going for it - - for now, at least - - is freedom of expression, and I'm glad a book like this is available to all who care to be more aware than their fellow countrymen, and I'm grateful to live in a place where I can be permitted to offer my favorite passages from the book and encourage you to read the whole thing yourself. Average: Your rating: None Average: 5( 1 vote) 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Dance, porcupine, dance! [video]
(Holy Kaw!)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 4:28:00 PM

We don’t know what the staff at the UK’s Hamerton Zoo Park is into, but it must be some pretty strong stuff to have not only imagined the porcupine is dancing but be inspired to create a dancing porcupine song to accompany it. Full story at YouTube via(the newly redesigned) Neatorama. Fun with animals. Permalink| Leave a comment »


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From Knight To Schrödinger Cat: Brokerage Scrambles Half-Alive, Half-Dead
Tyler Durden
Submitted at 8/5/2012 12:11:24 PM

Update via CNBC: • CITADEL, KRR SAID NO LONGER TO BE LOOKING AT KNIGHT • KNIGHT CAPITAL CLOSE TO FUNDING DEAL, CNBC'S KATE KELLY SAYS • KNIGHT MAY GENERATE ABOUT $400 MLN FROM INVESTORS, KELLY SAYS • GETCO, TD AMERITRADE LIKELY PART OF INVESTMENT GROUP: KELLY Or not. We will know for sure in a few hours after TD and Getco know all they need to know about Knight's business and no longer need to give it false hope. Knight Capital is scrambling: it has a few hours to convince any potential suitors that it is worth some $300 million more alive than having its carcass picked off at a cost of $0.01 over its debt (which itself will likely be

materially impaired) in a Chapter 11 Stalking Horse sale. If the Sunday before the Lehman, and MF Global, bankruptcy filings is any indication, the third time will not be the charm for the company whose 1400 employees may have no place to call work at 9am tomorrow. Sadly, in a world in which entire countries and continents have taken on the patina of Schrödingerian felinism, constantly shifting between alive and dead states depending on who is looking, we would take the under on the probability that the firm's lawyers will not be visiting 1 Bowling Green at some point in the next 16 hours. From the WSJ: Knight Capital Group Inc. continued talks Sunday morning aimed at a deal that would allow the company to avert bankruptcy and open for business Monday morning, according to people familiar with the matter. The discussions followed all-day meetings at Knight on Saturday as

the hobbled brokerage sought to negotiate a transaction that would provide long-term funding, the people said. A software error at Knight last Wednesday caused millions of errant trades that the Jersey City, N.J.-based firm later said would cost it $440 million. On Thursday, Knight arranged short-term funding that allowed it to operate on Friday. Knight needed the funding in place to be sure it could meet margin requirements, a necessary step in clearing trades at the heart of the firm's brokerage business. Knight operates with two types of loans, short-term credit lines to fund daily trading and $300 million of syndicated loans for general corporate purposes, according to public filings. Several hedge funds have approached Knight about refinancing the syndicated loans if necessary, other people said. It wasn't clear whether any such deal would happen, and the firm was also making bankruptcy

preparations in case an agreement falls through. The problem with Knight is that this is not a simple refinancing in a (Z/N)IRP environment: that could have been achieved in no time at all. In this case, it means providing additional capital to plug already incurred balance sheet losses, and shortfalls, that amount to more than the company's entire cash balance. That would mean not only cramming down everyone else on the balance sheet, but finding new unencumbered hard, money-good assets that can be pledged against new cash. Alas, very much like Europe, Knight just does not have these. Instead, anyone interested in the firm's existing assets will likely wait until fair value impairments wipe out its equity cap and impair its debt for a "fresh start", at which point any incremental debt will provide operation funding. Just like the Barclays take under of Lehman's North America brokerage even as

the rest of the firm remained as a bad bank. In other words: a bankruptcy filing. If this is the ritualistic sacrifice that has to be made in order to get someone within the regulatory staff to finally do something about the persistent threat that is HFT, so be it. All of this could have been avoided a long time ago ago if the SEC actually understood what it was doing and had any idea of how broken the market was, and if the SEC was not coopted by the same HFT interests that have made amockery of stock trading. Average: Your rating: None Average: 4.9( 18 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

DIY Cream Cheese [DIY]
David Galloway (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 12:00:00 PM

If you're into making some of

your own foods and love cream cheese you can make your own without any special equipment, ingredients. All you really need is starter cultures, or hard-to-find

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that was just for one of its bond deals. Last month, the majority of the Oakland City Council, at the urging of Mayor Jean Quan's administration, voted to borrow money once again to cover the pension bill - $210 million in new pension bonds that will cost another $105 million in interest over the next 14 years. But the loan will allow the city to avoid paying for the pension from its general fund for four years. If the city hadn't borrowed the money, it would have been forced to take $38.5 million from its roughly $400 million general fund to pay for the pension this year. Such a move would have required deep cuts to city services, which already have taken a hit due to the slumping economy, state budget cuts and redevelopment shutdown. Wipe out parks, libraries "If we had to pay this money this year and the next couple of years, the cuts would imperil our Police Department as well as completely wipe out our libraries and parks," said Councilwoman Pat Kernighan. "In a few years, we're going to be in a better position to make the payments." Complete Idiocy by Councilwoman Pat Kernighan As stupid as the decision was by

San Bernardino City Councilwoman (and it was incredibly stupid), the position of Oakland Councilwoman Pat Kernighan is much worse. Kernighan learned nothing from Stockton, San Bernardino, Miami, or Detroit. Nor did Kernighan even learn anything from prior history in Oakland. Borrowing has already wrecked Oakland and this complete dunce wants to do more of it. The only solution that has a chance is for Oakland to declare bankruptcy. Instead Kernighan voted to kick the can down the road one more time. Oakland Headed for Bankruptcy Oakland will not be in a better position in a few years. I confidently predict bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is the only method cities can use to correct absurd pension promises made to police, fire, and teachers' unions. Advice to Unions My beef is not with those lowest on the totem pole and their small $15,000 pensions. Instead, I propose those with the largest pensions should take the bulk of the hit. Police Chief Tom Morris lasted 8 months and will now receive a $204,000 annual pension. Morris deserves nothing, zero.

My advice to unions is to negotiate with cities in advance of bankruptcy or some judge will come along and do something like slash pensions across the board by 50% as happened in Rhode Island. Across the board compromises give those like Morris far more than they deserve at the expense of hundreds of workers getting pensions barely enough to live on. 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:// account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.

"Any good websites to recommend for DIY beginners?" [Ask The Commenters Roundup]
Submitted at 8/5/2012 2:00:00 PM

• Any good websites to recommend for DIY beginners? • Does anyone have any suggestions as far as building a nice-looking standing desk that doesn't cost more then $100? • LH community, what do you prefer to use to send and receive faxes? • I'm moving into an apartment where my bedroom wouldn't be completely separated from the main living space. What can I install to give privacy that's sturdier than a curtain yet wouldn't piss off my landlord too much? • Is there anything you wish you had looked at before you made a final decision on/moved in to your place?

• I'm trying to cut processed carbs from my diet and right now the only place where I'm really failing is snacking in the workplace. Any tips? • I'm looking at adding a SSD into my extra laptop hard drive bay. How do I put the operating system on the new SSD? • Who here has used Google Wallet? How well does it work? And what places do you guys know of that can accept payment with NFC? • Does anyone have any advice for podcast microphones to plug into my laptop? • I am scared to upgrade my macbook pro to an SSD—mostly because of my windows partition. Should I be? More »


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"Did Somebody Repeal The Laws Of Mathematics?"
Tyler Durden
Submitted at 8/5/2012 1:38:57 PM

From Grant Williams' latest Things That Make you Go Hmm. Remember late-2010? When Spain wasn’t a problem, but merely a potential problem? I do: (FT, November 17, 2010): For some of the world’s biggest hedge funds, typically regarded as the savviest traders in the market, there is now one big question facing the eurozone: what is going to happen to Spain? While Europe’s politicians are grappling with the crisis unravelling in Ireland, hedge fund managers are already turning their attention to the issue of how – and if – a peripheral crisis in Ireland could leap via Portugal and Spain to become a systemic crisis for the eurozone as a whole. “The Irish problem will be contained,” says Guillaume Fonkenell, chief investment

officer at Pharo, one of Europe’s biggest and most successful macro funds, which specialises in trading on macroeconomic events and trends. “For us contagion is the issue ... If the market loses confidence in Spain, then all bets are off. Spain is too big to bail.”... Back then, the general opinion was that if the contagion spread to

Spain the game was over because there wasn’t enough money with which to bail out an economy the size of The Kingdom of Spain. I’m not sure exactly what happened— maybe I wasn’t paying attention—but suddenly, almost two years on and in an environment where even the rich nations of Europe are seeing an

undeniable slide towards recession, there is no talk about Spain being ‘too-big-to-bail’ anymore. Did somebody repeal the laws of mathematics? Presumably, if the contagion reaches Italy that would be OK too now, I guess. As it first hit the headlines as a

potential problem, Spain made a presentation to potential investors that highlighted how strong the country actually was despite the conjecture amongst market participants. The presentation is highly educational and can be found in full HERE, but as a taster, here’s one particular slide that caught my eye: Oh, to hell with it... here’s another: Some opportunity. *** Full letter: Average: Your rating: None Average: 5( 4 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Use Ketchup Packets as Mini Icepacks [Parenting]
David Galloway (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 1:00:00 PM

If you have a small injury you

need to keep cold or just have kids that want an ice pack for every small boo-boo, placing a few single-serve ketchup packets

in your freezer means you don't

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Why A Mitt Romney Stock Market Rally Is Never Going To Happen
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 3:01:00 PM

Morgan Stanley strategist Adam Parker (who is pretty bearish these days) recently said that one thing that might cause a stock market rally is the expectation that Mitt Romney will win the election. The idea of a Romney Rally is easy to comprehend. After all, Romney would be more likely to hold the line on tax increases, and more likely to get Republicans to solve the fiscal cliff crisis in short order. An Obama victory means a gigantic battle over taxes, spending, and the debt ceiling coming at the end of the year, creating the kind of risks that the stock market hates. But the idea of a Romney Rally happening between now and the election doesn't make logical sense.

The problem is that a Romney victory isn't going to feel inevitable unless the economy/ stock market start to turn south between now and early November. As long as markets are going up, it's hard to see a total collapse on sentiment towards Obama. People love to talk about

"narratives" and the candidates' various problems, but look, the sense that Obama is going to win seems to be at a high-level right now (see: The Daily Beast on the possible Obama landslide), and not coincidentally, stocks have just made a several week high. For more evidence that the stock market and the prospects of an

Obama victory are intimately related, h ere's a look at InTrade's odds of an Obama victory. Note how closely it aligns with the chart above, as it bottomed in early June, and has been rallying since. A believe in Romney's inevitability isn't going to emerge unless.... things collapse again,

and if that happens, then the Romney Rally is undermined. So baring some huge outside factor that changes the election, but which doesn't affect the economy, the idea that you should buy stocks because of Romney probably winning doesn't make much sense. One final note: This isn't saying anything about who will actually win. It's certainly possible that Romney will win the election, even if the economy doesn't turn down. It's just hard to see how this would be seen as "inevitable" between now and the election. And of course, this is saying nothing about what the stock market will do after Romney wins (if he does). Please follow Politics on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story »

Basketball: Australian women tough enough coach
(Sports News Headlines Yahoo! News)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 4:24:48 PM

LONDON (Reuters) - The stakes

will be raised in the Olympic women's basketball tournament with the knockout stage starting with Tuesday's quarter-finals, and the Australian team believes they

are ready for the fight ahead. "I think we've got some street fighters on our team, absolutely," Australian coach Carrie Graf said after her Opals prevailed 72-63

over a scrappy Canada team in a rugged game in which two Canadian players fouled out. "I think everyone on our team plays like Aussies. We're not going to

roll over in any game. ...


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Why Goldman Is Feeling More Optimistic, In One Paragraph
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 3:17:56 PM

Sci-Fi Short Terraform: A Different Kind of Mars Landing
Lewis Wallace (Wired Top Stories)

From Goldman's Jan Hatzius: Developments over the past few weeks have reinforced our view that US growth will improve modestly. First, the temporary negatives—the inventory cycle, the weather unwind, and the potential seasonal adjustment distortions—are now clearly behind us. Second, the housing recovery is picking up steam, with a sharp increase in the NAHB homebuilders index (the best short -term leading indicator of housing activity) and ongoing improvement in house prices. Third, real disposable income has continued to recover and is now up 4% on a 6-month annualized

basis; this pace is unlikely to be sustained as the stabilization in oil prices feeds through into retail energy prices, but the gains do provide a basis for somewhat better consumer spending. And fourth, financial conditions as measured by our GSFCI have reversed all of the tightening that

took place in the spring and now stands at the easiest level since August 2011. Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story »

shots of spaceships and other machinery follow. In a separate video, titled Submitted at 8/5/2012 11:49:00 AM Terraform: Making Of(below), Mars turns from dusty dead zone the ArtFx grads explain how they t o E a r t h - l i k e p a r a d i s e i n pulled off their impressive feat. Terraform, a striking sci-fi short Shot breakdowns and source created by five recent graduates of footage show how they created French visual-effects school (and transformed) an alien world. ArtFx. Watching the two clips is a “ Terraform is a short film mixing perfect way to kill time while live-action footage and CGI,” you’re waiting to see how the wrote team member Thomas Curiosity rover’s imminent Nivet in an e-mail to Wired. “It landing on Mars goes. tells the story of the planet Mars, This entry passed through the being terraformed.” Full-Text RSS service — if this is The six-minute short (above) your content and you're reading it flows like a folk tale being read to on someone else's site, please read a child in a far-distant future. the FAQ at“One day, the fire birds tore the only/faq.php#publishers. Five sky apart,” says the voiceover, Filters recommends: Incinerating just before a wave of terraforming Assange - The Liberal Media Go machines blaze through the To Work. Martian atmosphere and land on the rocky red planet. Splendid

Eagles coach Andy Reid's oldest son found dead
(Sports News Headlines Yahoo! News)
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Online retailer Amazon to overtake Wal-Wart by 2020, says ex-Asda chief Andy Bond
Jonathan Sibun (Finance News - Business news from the UK and world)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 3:30:46 PM

Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead Sunday morning in his room at the club's

training camp at Lehigh University. He was 29.

2020 amid a fundamental shift in the world's shopping habits, according to Andy Bond, former boss of Asda.

Amazon will overtake Wal-Mart as the world's biggest retailer by

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Unrealistic Ministry Expectations: What's a Pastor to Do?
(The Christian Post)

free of sin and corruption. No location is free of difficulty. No moment in our lives or ministries Featured Posts exists untouched by the Fall. Column What Is a Christian? Caught Short and Unprepared So what exactly is a Christian? Is Why is this so important to it a person who believes certain acknowledge? We have not taken things? Or ... seriously what the Bible says August 5, 2012| 11:35 am about the fallen world. Here's There's no escaping it: this world what I've often seen as I've i s n ' t f u n c t i o n i n g a s i t w a s worked with struggling pastors. designed to. The Bible warns us Because of unrealistic ministry that we're living in a world expectations, they don't prepare literally groaning, waiting for well for the difficulties of redemption (see Romans 8:18ff). building a healthy, God-honoring We live in a world with disease c o m m u n i t y o f f a i t h . and death, neither one of which Consequently, they are caught was part of the initial plan. We short and unprepared, as sin live in a world of deceit and within and difficulty without rear disappointment, neither one a part their ugly heads in the life of their of God's original intention. We church. This causes them to react live in a world of rebellion and rather than act carefully. In the sin, neither a part of the "good" end they are not only suffering the that God created. We live in a troubles of ministry in this fallen world of suffering and loss, both world, but also they are suffering so far from God's plan. We live in the fact that, in their surprise and a world of violence and war, d i s a p p o i n t m e n t , t h e y h a v e surely not the handiwork of the troubled their own trouble. Prince of Peace. We live in a As I've worked with churches, world where lust and greed I've seen how all of this sets up a motivate hearts, not what God tendency for the pastor and his intended the heart to do. We live leaders to play to one another's in a world where all of these weaknesses instead of their things touch all of our lives and strengths. Instead of preparing complicate our ministries. No themselves with the wisdom r e l a t i o n s h i p i s f r e e o f principles of God's Word and disappointment. No institution, seeking the enabling power of including the church, is totally God's grace, they sadly learn how
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to be politically strategic and personally protective. God's Word is very honest about how broken the world we live in actually is. This honesty is meant by God to lovingly help us to be aware and prepared as we live and minister with one another between the already and the not yet, waiting for the ultimate restoration of everything. But there's something else. Unrealistic expectations cause each of us, even those of us in ministry, to live more independently and selfsufficiently than we ever should. In reality, every pastor is yet in need of daily rescuing, forgiving, and empowering grace. We need that grace because every pastor is a person in the middle of his sanctification, and therefore, not yet free from the presence and power of sin. This means that, moment by moment, those of us in ministry still need to be rescued from us! Follow us Trouble Will Come We also need the grace of God so that we'll be able to love the weak and failing people whom we're always called to love and minister with and to. But there's something else here. The Word of God is intended to be a "lamp to our feet and a light to our path" (Ps.

119:105). We'll only live and minister properly in this broken world when we're being guided and protected by the light of biblical wisdom. Even those who would call ourselves life-long students of the Bible can live unaware of how profound our need is and how broken our world is. When we forget, we don't daily hunger for the practical ministry rescue and guidance of God's Word. So we may not recognize we're left to our own foolishness, and we respond to things in a way that only deepens and complicates the troubles that we're already dealing with in the messiness of ministry in the local church. You can be sure of this in your ministry: your day of trouble will come. Yet in your trouble God hasn't left you alone. What is it that he gives you in your trouble? He gives you himself! He is what will keep you safe. Hear the reassuring words of Psalm 27:5:"For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble." He is near, and he comes to you armed with transforming grace and liberating wisdom. But it's vital that you live with eyes and heart open to what Scripture says to you about you and the community of faith. If you do, you'll live in a way that's humble and needy, seeking the grace and

wisdom that you so desperately need and that God so willingly and lovingly gives. Be realistic. Remember, there's amazing grace for every realistic thing, in your life and ministry, you'll be called to face. Paul David Tripp is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization that is "connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life." Paul is also a professor of pastoral life and care at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas (TX) and the executive director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth (TX). Paul has written many books on Christian living that are read and distributed internationally. His newest book, "Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry" will be released in the fall. For more information about Paul and his ministry, visit 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.


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What Is a Christian?
(The Christian Post)

within every Christian....within each person who has been converted, that is, born again. August 5, 2012| 2:09 pm Your daily need from the You cannot be a Christian moment you are converted is to without believing in Jesus as your "stay in the flow." It's not just a Savior. Secondly, you are not a matter of "staying in the know." Christian unless you experience I t ' s n o t j u s t a b o u t h e a d "streams of living water" flowing knowledge, even though head within you. That is the presence knowledge and true doctrine are of God inside your body and soul. critical. From the very beginning Without that experience, you are of your new life in Christ, it not born again no matter how becomes a matter of staying in the much window dressing there may flow of God's love and power as be in your outer life of religion you "walk by the Spirit" and "not and morality. Finally, you are not by the flesh." (Galatians 5:16) a C h r i s t i a n i f y o u a r e n o t That is to say, your life is now following Jesus. That is the empowered and directed by the "doing" part. Holy Spirit. The main thing that Your entrance into Christianity will get in the way of this new life begins with belief. At that is "self." Your agenda....your moment, you also experience the natural impulses....your sin....your new birth. The streams of living personal ambition or pride....your w a t e r w h i c h e n t e r y o u a t greed or lust or worry....your conversion immediately begin to perceived "right" to do it your propel you in the direction of way. Those are the things which serving God, loving God, and will block the flow of God's work loving others. in our lives. is necessary Jesus said, "If a man is thirsty, let for us to stay in the Word....and him come to me and drink. p r a y e r . . . . a n d C h r i s t i a n Whoever believes in me, as the fellowship....and obedience....if Scripture has said, streams of we are going to stay in the flow of living water will flow from within God's power and love. him." (John 7:37,38) That is the Follow us wellspring of God....and it flows The "know" of Christianity is
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what you believe. The message in the Bible is clear and understandable. The "flow" of Christianity is what you experience. This actually makes you a new creation and moves you in a godly direction. The "do" of Christianity is the result of knowing the greatest "doer" of all time. Jesus said, "Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing." (John 14:12) That's just what happens when you become a Christian. Christianity isn't just believing. It isn't just experiencing. And it isn't just doing. It is all three....everyday....for the rest of your life. At the end of your life on earth, you are welcomed into heaven....not because of anything you have done to "earn" it....but rather, your entrance into heaven is entirely the result of Jesus dying for your sins on the cross. Period. His work gets you in....and through faith in Him, God saved you....and all you did was to "ride the wave" which the Lord provided in your life. Are you in the flow of the Holy Spirit? Or are you still "dead in your sins" and unconverted? Are you a Christian? If so, you have believed some things about are doing things as a result of your conversion which flow out of your love for God and others....and you are experiencing the daily influence of the Holy Spirit who now resides inside your body, which has become the "temple of God" and the place where He dwells on earth. A Christian believes things. A Christian experiences things. A Christian does things. Believing, experiencing, and doing are all part of what it means to be a Christian. Are you one? If not, then consider this: "Today is the day of salvation." (2 Cor. 6:2) "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord." (Acts 3:19) "Repent and believe the good news." (Mark 1:15) "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved." (Acts 16:31) Just as there was only one door to enter Noah's ark, there is only one way to enter the kingdom of God. Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) Without Jesus, you can never believe, experience, or do anything that will connect you to your Creator and to the one true

God. He is your only hope. He is your only ticket. He is your only Savior. Will you repent of your sin and receive Him into your life today through faith? Will you trust Him with your earthly life, as well as with your eternal well-being? He is trustworthy. He is faithful. He is "the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14) What a Savior! What a friend! What an opportunity you have right now! "Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life." (Revelation 22:17) Dan Delzell is the pastor of Wellspring Lutheran Church in Papillion, Neb. He is a regular contributor to The Christian Post. 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Dan Balz: Romney's Tough August
Michael Warren (The Weekly Standard)
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The Washington Post's Dan Balz

writes this weekend on Mitt Romney's difficulties against Barack Obama as the campaign enters its final months: The head-to-head polls have

largely remained static in that time. But in looking at the numbers nationally and in the battleground states, the consistency of Obama’s lead is

striking. More than two dozen national polls have been conducted since the beginning of June. Obama has led in the overwhelming number of them.

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Gabby Douglas' Mom Files Bankruptcy; Says She's Not Embarrassed
(The Christian Post)

the London Olympics. "It's my story, it's part of me. I'm Submitted at 8/5/2012 2:54:51 PM not even embarrassed about it," Featured Posts said Hawkins said Sunday to Column What Is a Christian? reporters in London. "It shows So what exactly is a Christian? Is that even though I didn't like to it a person who believes certain have to do it, I'm glad there was things? Or ... something there for me to be able August 5, 2012| 3:54 pm to protect my home." Hawkins, the single mother of Hawkins has been on medical four from Virginia, filed for disability since 2009, and she Chapter 13 bankruptcy, which e x p l a i n e d t h a t f i l i n g f o r allows individuals to reorganize bankruptcy allowed her to keep their finances and pay their debts her townhouse in Virginia Beach back following a court-approved and repay her debts. p l a n , T M Z f i r s t r e p o r t e d . Douglas, 16, won an Olympic Bankruptcy filings show that g o l d m e d a l i n w o m e n ' s Hawkins reported assets totaling gymnastics all-around, making $163,706, and about $80,000 in her the first African-American to debts, mostly from her mortgage. do so, and another gold medal for She receives about $2,500 a the team competition. Standing at month from a combined Social only 4'11'', Douglas is known for Security disability benefits and exceling in the uneven bars, for child support. which she was dubbed the "Flying But Hawkins is not embarrassed Squirrel" for how high she soars. about her financial situation, Follow us which reporters dug up after her After her individual win on daughter won two gold medals at Thursday, Douglas had given

praise to God during an NBC interview: "It is everything I thought it would be; being the Olympic champion, it definitely is an amazing feeling. And I give all the glory to God. It's kind of a win -win situation. The glory goes up to Him and the blessings fall down to me." Despite the financial setback earlier this year, Hawkins' and Douglas' future looks bright. The smiley gymnast will soon be featured on Corn Flakes boxes and is one of the most popular Olympians to come out of the London Games. With her popularity, she could make millions in endorsement deals. 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Report: Activision stock may rise 50 percent with Pandaria, CoD Online
Jessica Conditt (Joystiq)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 3:30:00 PM

Barron's says. The Chinese gaming market generated $7 billion and included 160 million Activision Blizzard may see its gamers in 2011, and is expected share price increase as much as 50 to grow by 20 percent this year to percent as it prepares to launch cash in more than $9 million in the Mists of Pandaria expansion 2014. for World of Warcraft and Call of Activision Blizzard's shares have Duty Online in China, financial fallen 10 percent this year, while newsweekly Barron's reports. the broad market has gained 11 Activision Blizzard is currently percent. Parent company Vivendi trading at $11.25, after reporting was looking to sell its 61 percent Q2 earnings above expectations stake in Activision Blizzard but below the previous year, earlier this year, but it appears bringing in $1.08 billion. those efforts have shifted focus. Investors expect shares could Report: Activision stock may rise reach a high of $17 due to Mists 50 percent with Pandaria, CoD of Pandaria's launch in September Online originally appeared on and Activision's partnership with Joystiq on Sun, 05 Aug 2012 Chinese Internet provider Tencent 15:30:00 EST. Please see our Holdings to launch the free-to- terms for use of feeds. play game Call of Duty Online, Permalink| Email this| Comments potentially in "mid-2013,"


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Bourne Tip Sheet Will Cure Your Spy-Flick Amnesia
Wired Staff (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 7:30:00 AM

there's a Damon-less Bourne movie coming out, what actually happened in those first three?" | Next >> We'd say, "Um ... hey, look over • there!" So, in preparation for The • Bourne Legacy, we decided to • figure it out. • Above: The Bourne Identity, 2002 There's s o m e t h i n g How it starts: A bullet-riddled quintessentially American about B o u r n e f l o a t s i n t h e Hollywood's take on Robert M e d i t e r r a n e a n . Ludlum's amnesiac Jason Bourne. What Bourne remembers: Maybe it's that as Bourne, Matt Nothing. Well, OK: A few The ally: Franka Potente's Marie Damon kickpunches through languages, advanced driving (and Kreutz, who gives Bourne a lift globe-trotting adventures so killing) skills. The locations: Langley, improvisationally — he's a grim The bad guy: Conklin (played by M a r s e i l l e , P a r i s , Z u r i c h practitioner of espionage jazz. Chris Cooper), head of an assassin How it ends: CIA boss Ward But if you were to ask, "Now that squad called Treadstone

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Shocker: Team Obama Spending Campaign Cash Like a Drunken Sailor
(The Feed)

infrastructure will propel him to victory in November. Since the beginning of last year, Mr. Obama Via New York Times: and the Democrats have burned President Obama has spent more through millions of dollars to find campaign cash more quickly than and register voters. They have any incumbent in recent history, s p e n t a l m o s t $ 5 0 m i l l i o n b e t t i n g t h a t h e a v y e a r l y subsidizing Democratic state investments in personnel, field parties to hire workers, pay for offices and a high-tech campaign cellphones and update voter lists.
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They have spent tens of millions of dollars on polling, online advertising and software development to turn Mr. Obama’s fallow volunteers corps into a grass-roots army. The price tag: about $400 million from the beginning of last year to June 30 this year, according to a New York Times analysis of Federal

Election Commission records, including $86 million on advertising. . . We shall see come November if the investments made by Team Obama made sense, but my gut says they’ve wasted a lot of what was spent.— Greg Pollowitz This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is

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Syrian rebels say hostages 'Iranian soldiers'
Submitted at 8/5/2012 2:29:30 PM

"We warn Iran that we will target all its installations in Syria... The fate of all Iranians working in A brigade of the Syrian rebel Syria will be just like the fate of army has posted an online video those, either prisoners, or dead," claiming that the 48 Iranians it the bearded officer said. kidnapped were members of Iran's "They are 48, in addition to an elite Revolutionary Guards, and [Afghan] interpreter," said the has warned Tehran of further officer, who is the FSA chief in abductions over its support for the the east Damascus suburb of Syrian government. Ghouta, claiming that the captives Forty-eight Iranian pilgrims were were members of a 150-strong kidnapped from a bus in the g r o u p s e n t b y I r a n f o r Syrian capital on Saturday, the "reconnaissance on the ground." Iranian embassy consular chief in Inciting sectarian tensions Damascus, told Iran's state But a Syrian opposition source television. dismissed the videotape as a fake "Armed terrorist groups designed to cover-up the kidnapped 48 Iranian pilgrims on responsibility of hardline Sunni their way to the airport," Majid Islamist group Jundallah. Kamjou told the IRIB network, The source said that the faction, which gave the report on its which has no relation with the website. Sunni rebel group of the same In the video released on Sunday, name active in southeastern Iran, fighters of the al-Baraa Brigade of was one of an array of Sunni the Free Syrian Army said that I s l a m i s t f a c t i o n s t h a t h a v e they had "captured 48 of the proliferated in Syria in recent shabiha [militiamen] of Iran who months. In-depth coverage of were on a reconnaissance mission escalating violence across Syria in Damascus". The group also has no links with "During the investigation, we the mainstream FSA, the source found that some of them were said."Jundallah are an extremist officers in the Revolutionary Islamist group whose religious Guards," said a man dressed in an discourse is based on inciting FSA officer's uniform, showing h a t r e d a g a i n s t S h i a s a n d documents taken from one of the Alawites," the source said on m e n , w h o a p p e a r e d i n t h e condition of anonymity, referring background. also to the minority sect of Syrian In the footage, a group of men President Bashar al-Assad. appeared sitting on the floor, The video "was just a cover-up while gunmen behind them for the fact that this operation was carried the old Syrian flag that has carried out in order to target been adopted by the rebels. Iranian Shias," the source said.

locked in a bloody conflict in Damascus and other cities against rebels his regime describes as "terrorists". Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Amman, the capital of neighbouring Jordan, said the pilgrims were travelling to the airport after visiting the T h e s o u r c e a l s o v o i c e d Foreign Minister Ali Akbar shrine when they were kidnapped. scepticism about the suggestion Salehi, Iran's state news agency Our correspondent said that that the kidnapped Iranians were IRNA said on Sunday. several reports had emerged from Revolutionary Guards. The rebels said that they were not defected Syrian soldiers"that "It makes no sense that the in contact with any country over Iranian Revolutionary Guards hostages would be members of the release of the prisoners. They were present fighting with the the Revolutionary Guard," the said that they had been "tracking" Syrian army, but it is difficult to source said. "If they were, why the Iranians for two months, and verify or confirm any of these would they be travelling on a bus that rebel fighters were still reports." on the unsafe airport road?" verifying their identities. Several dozen Iranian pilgrims The source noted that Shia Tehran has repeatedly denied it and engineers were abducted in pilgrims, from Iran and elsewhere, has sent any military units to December and January, with most have continued to visit holy sites Syria. being released months later. in Syria despite the mounting Iranian Defence Minister Ahmad Earlier in May, 11 Lebanese Shia insecurity, because they believe in Vahidi said on Saturday before pilgrims were also kidnapped by the sanctity of their journey, even the latest abduction was made an armed group inside Syria. if it involves serious risk. public that "Iran has no armed The group first claimed the The source also blamed Jundallah forces in Syria and the Syrian pilgrims were member of the for recent killings of Alawite and government has not made such a Lebanese group, Hezbollah, but Shia civilians, as well as 15 request," according to Iranian then backtracked, claiming to be Syrian troops, in Yalda, outside state television channel IRIB. holding the men until the leader of Damascus. "Syria has a powerful military and Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, Tehran seeking release also enjoys popular support. The publicly apologises for voicing On Sunday, Iran asked Turkey Syrians can handle the adventures support for aAssad. and Qatar to help secure the that foreigners have created in A local Lebanese television hostages' release, Iranian media their country," Vahidi said. network broadcast a telephone reported. Pilgrimages and abductions interview with one of the Ahmet Davutoglu, the Turkish Hundreds of thousands of kidnappers who said the pilgrims foreign minister, and Sheikh Iranians travel each year to Syria were in good health and that they Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al to visit a Shia pilgrimage site, were "guests", not hostages. Thani, his Qatari counterpart, the shrine of Sayeda Zainab, in It was also revealed that they agreed to seek the pilgrims' Damascus. were being held in the area of release during separate phone Tehran is the staunchest ally of c o n v e r s a t i o n s w i t h I r a n i a n President Assad, whose forces are SYRIAN page 46


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Deaths in Sikh temple attack in US
Submitted at 8/5/2012 3:39:57 PM

At least seven people have been killed after an armed man opened fire at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, in the US state of Wisconsin, authorities say. The suspected shooter is believed to be among those killed. Police were called to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in the suburb of Oak Creek, where witnesses said several dozen people were gathering for a service on Sunday. Authorities found four people dead inside the temple and two outside, Bradley Wentlandt, p o l i c e c h i e f o f nearby Greenfield, said. Sunny Singh, 21, of Milwaukee, said a friend pulled into the temple's parking lot, heard shots and saw two people fall down. The friend then saw the shooter reload his weapons and head to the temple's entrance, Singh said. The first police officer to arrive

at the temple engaged in gunfire outside the building with a man police believe was the shooter, Wentlandt said. The suspect was killed, he said. Tactical units went through the temple, and authorities do not believe a second shooter was involved, Wentlandt said. Shot multiple times It is unclear how many others were wounded. Wentlandt said he had been told the officer who exchanged gunfire with the suspect and another person had been taken to hospitals. He said the officer was shot multiple times and is in surgery and is expected to survive. The spokeswoman for the area trauma center said three victims were being treated there, including one who was in surgery. Jatin Der Mangat, 38, of Racine, the nephew of the temple's president, Satwant Singh Kaleka, said his uncle was one of those shot, but he didn't know how serious his injuries were.

He was among those waiting for news when police announced the deaths. "It was like the heart just sat down," he said. "This shouldn't happen anywhere." Sukhwindar Nagr, also of Racine, said he called his brother-in-law's phone and a priest at the temple answered and told him that his brother-in-law had been shot, along with three priests. The priest also said women and children were hiding in closets in the temple, Nagr said. Wentlandt did not identify the suspect or say what might have motivated the shootings. 'Mistaken for Muslims' Sikhism is a monotheistic faith that was founded in South Asia more than 500 years ago. It has roughly 27 million followers worldwide. Observant Sikhs do not cut their hair; male followers often cover their heads with turbans - which are considered sacred - and refrain from shaving their beards.

There are roughly 500,000 Sikhs in the US, according to estimates. The majority worldwide live in India. Sikh rights groups have reported a rise in bias attacks since the September 11, 2001, attacks in the US. The Washington-based Sikh Coalition has reported more than 700 incidents in the US since then, which advocates blame on anti-Islamic sentiment. Sikhs do not practise the same religion as Muslims, but their long beards and turbans often cause them to be mistaken for Muslims, advocates say. 522 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Smooth-Talking Hacker RemoteWipes Reporter’s iPad, MacBook
Marc Georges (Mashable!)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 4:24:37 PM

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We've heard it before: Make sure to secure your online accounts with a strong, distinct password to avoid being hacked. But what if hackers can simply circumvent the need for your password to gain access to your information? That's what happened to reporter Mat Honan when Apple tech support gave a hacker access to Honan's iCloud account, wreaking havoc on the Wired reporter's digital life. Late Friday, hackers gained access to Honan's iCloud account. From there, they were able to access his Gmail account, Twitter account and the Twitter account of his former employer Gizmodo. In his blog, Honan recounted the speed of the attack: At 5:00 PM, they remote wiped my iPhone At 5:01 PM… Continue reading... More About: apple, hackers, icloud, security

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Egypt border guards killed in Sinai attack
Submitted at 8/5/2012 4:43:51 PM

At least 15 Egyptian police officers have been killed or wounded in an armed attack on a police station in north Sinai on the border between Egypt and Israel, authorities say. Egyptian state television said that an Islamist group was behind Sunday's attack but did not give the death toll. The attack comes a month after armed men believed to be Islamist fighters shot dead two Egyptian soldiers in a dawn raid in north Sinai. Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh, reporting from Cairo, said border police patrol were having their traditional meal at the end of the daily fast during the Ramadan month when they were ambushed by masked armed men. The authorities believe there could be a "large number of casualties" but they have not given the exact figure, she said. Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's president, called for an urgent meeting with the country's military, his party said on its Facebook page. A senior security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak to reporters, said

seven other guards were wounded in the attack. He said the attackers seized an armoured vehicle before driving away. Israel pursues attackers Israel said the attackers commandeered two Egyptian vehicles and tried to storm its border. One of the vehicles exploded and the second was targeted by Israeli aircraft, Avital Leibovich, a military spokeswoman, said, adding that an unspecified number of the assailants were killed while trying to escape. Ofir Gendelman, Israeli government spokesman, said seven attackers were killed, four on the Israeli side and three in Egypt. She said Israeli soldiers were combing the area for other assailants who might still be on the Israeli side of the border. The military instructed Israeli civilians to stay inside their homes. Ehud Barak, Israel's defence minister, said the attack showed need for "determined Egyptian action" to impose security and "prevent terror in Sinai". In a statement, Hamas, the Palestinian group controlling the Gaza Strip near Sinai, condemned the attack, calling it an "ugly crime" and extended "deep

condolences to the families of the victims and to the leadership and the people of Egypt". Marginalised Bedouin The Sinai is home to Egypt's Red Sea resorts, a source of lucrative tourist income, and is also where the country's Bedouin, who were long marginalised under the regime of fallen president Hosni Mubarak, are based. Before the July attack, Islamist fighters had distributed pamphlets calling on the army, brought in to restore security, to leave the lawless north of the peninsula. The attack was in Sheikh Zuwaid, a town roughly 15km west of the Gaza Strip. The military sent tanks and soldiers into the region last year to quell Islamist fighters, after receiving permission from Israel. Under a 1979 peace treaty with Israel, Egypt should have a limited military presence in the area. 468 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Feel like you missed out on all the viral video fun from last week? What, you were actually working during the week? Not to worry -- those of us who weren't (at least it didn't feel like work) found our favorite viral videos of the week, boiling them down for you into one quick-andeasy way to absorb all the nutty hijinks that went down on the Interwebs in the past seven days.

So sit back and enjoy Will Ferrell's meltdown, an umpire going ballistic over a stadium organist playing "Three Blind Mice," a super-wedgie, a YouTube video substituting an average dad for Liam Neeson's heroics, and a guy who goes nuts over a train whistle, reminding us of… Continue reading... More About: Video, Viral Video Recap, trending, viral videos


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Rise of the Triad's return will retail for $14.99; free DLC planned
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The return of the PC classic Rise of the Triad from developer Interceptor Entertainment will be sold digitally for $14.99 and offer all post-launch DLC for free, the dev announced during QuakeCon 2012. Marketing director Dave Oshry told Joystiq the priority was being faithful to the original Rise of the Triad in the core game, with addon content allowing the Interceptor team to go crazy once the remake is finished. Oshry says that co-op has been one of the most requested additions players at QuakeCon have asked for, so it's now on the minds of the developers as

something to pursue in the future. Even weapons came up as a possible addition - such as shotguns, which were not featured in the 1994 original - but part of their inclusion would depend on player interest. As far as Interceptor is concerned, the sky

is the limit, and the developer plans to support the game well after launch. As if running down a checklist of oft-requested features from PC players, the game will also be DRM-free, completely moddable, run at 60 frames per second and

have plenty of adjustable settings to let the game run on older hardware. An exact release date has yet to be revealed; however, during a QuakeCon panel, the developer promised it would arrive "late this year or early next year ... at the latest, early 2013." Gallery: Rise of the Triad (QuakeCon 2012) Rise of the Triad's return will retail for $14.99; free DLC planned originally appeared on Joystiq on Sun, 05 Aug 2012 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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How do you deal with a bully without becoming a thug? In this wise and soulful talk, peace activist Scilla Elworthy maps out the skills we need -- as nations and individuals -- to fight extreme force without using force in return. To answer the question of why and how non-violence works, she evokes historical heroes -Aung San Suu Kyi, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela -- and the personal philosophies that powered their peaceful protests. (Filmed at TEDxExeter.)

11 Inspiring Works of Olympic Fan Art
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Submitted at 8/5/2012 3:54:47 PM

Some of us were born athletes. Others were given the gift of creativity -- unless you're one of 1. Sports Shadows those weirdos who's both. The I n t h e O l y m p i c s p i r i t , athletically blessed have been a photographer Kelvin Murray hot topic this week, but we'd like created this series called "Sports to give the artists a shoutout, too. Shadows." The Olympics have inspired some have gone so far as to create Click here to view this gallery. people around the planet, but artwork based on these historical

events. These illustrations, graphics, photos and other forms of medium celebrate the Games. Some are amazing, some inspiring -- and some a little unusual. SEE ALSO: 13 Tumblrs to Satisfy Your Olympic Appetite Take a look at the 11 pieces we've highlighted in the gallery.

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Add bling to your Xbox in the Castle Crashers Tournament of Champions
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The Behemoth is hosting the second annual Tournament of Champions to discover and reward the "best Castle Crasher s Arena Fighter in all the world," with first place earning a real-life, honest-to-chicken, gold-plated Xbox 360. This mirrors (in a yellowed, rich kind of way) the top prize from last year's tournament, but 2012 adds some new rewards for first place: 25 squeezy chickens, a chonku-chonku mini-fig in the color of the winner's choosing, all nine Castle Crashers phone charms, a beanie, a Behemoth tshirt and the new Necromancer

figurine signed by Behemoth developers. Second place gets everything except the golden Xbox, but in fewer numbers than first place, and third place gets fewer things than second, though more than

anyone in the top 50. The prizes are outlined on the Behemoth blog. To qualify, players must hit the top 100 on the XBLA Castle Crashers Weekly Ranked Arena Leaderboards by August 17 at

noon PST. The Tournament is scheduled for August 25, starting at 8 a.m. PST and ending at 5:30 p.m. PST. The top 96 valid registrants will compete in one-on -one melee matches, hosted by a Tournament staff member, until just one player is left standing. Check out the full rules and schedule right here. Add bling to your Xbox in the Castle Crashers Tournament of Champions originally appeared on Joystiq on Sun, 05 Aug 2012 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Why the Mars Rover Curiosity's Crazy, Complicated Landing Isn't So Crazy After All
Rebecca Boyle (Popular Science - New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
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Curiosity Landing NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Intricate, untested sky crane airdrop is better than airbags, according to NASA PASADENA -- Later tonight, a white-and-orange spacecraft, shaped roughly like a chicken pot pie, will come screaming into the Martian atmosphere at 13,200 miles per hour. The fireball surrounding the Mars Science Laboratory craft will reach 3,800 degrees Fahrenheit as it descends, like a controlled meteor on a ballistic path. By 10:31 p.m. Pacific time/1:31 a.m. Eastern time, NASA hopes to hear that it safely slowed to zero MPH in seven minutes of terror, and is ready to explore Mars. The entry, descent and landing (EDL) of the Mars rover Curiosity is one of the most interesting aspects -- and certainly the most insane part -- of this beefy-armed, laboratory-toting, car-sized explorer. NASA engineers and managers keep saying it's the most complex landing ever attempted on another planet, and

wing. This helps it steer using thrusters on its sides. Then about 7 miles above the surface, a supersonic parachute deploys to slow it down. It's not enough, however -- to come to a stop, Curiosity needs a rocket-powered descent stage and a spool. A mile from the surface, the stillsmoldering spacecraft cuts its chute and drops out of the aeroshell, free-falling toward the surface. "We're learning to fly, and we don't have wings -- getting down is the hardest thing," said NASA's Mars program manager, Doug McCuistion, quoting Tom Petty. After a few seconds of free-fall, the sky crane system fires up its that's certainly true. But the Rube rover is too heavy and too big to development manager for the retro-rockets. At this point, G o l d b e r g - e s q u e s k y - c r a n e use airbags -- it would have Entry, Descent and Landing team. Curiosity is tucked in its descent delivery system is neither the needed so many, the rover may "It just turns out to be fairly stage, pointed wheels down and most dangerous nor the most never have escaped their post- elegant." exposed, with no airbags. Radar risky. It's really the only thing landing deflated tangle -- and Here's what will happen tonight, on the spacecraft's belly starts NASA engineers think would putting it on a three-legged starting around 10:07 Pacific looking for the ground, checking work. landing platform would have time: Command: do_EDL for a soft, even spot to put down. The Mars Exploration Rovers, meant driving off it somehow, T h e s o f t w a r e c o n t r o l l i n g A few meters from the surface, Spirit and Opportunity, fell to the which would have required a Curiosity will handle everything three tethers unspool, lowering s u r f a c e o n p a r a c h u t e s a n d smaller rover. a u t o n o m o u s l y . A f t e r t h i s the rover at 2 MPH toward the bounced toward the ground in a "After a lot of careful thought and command is entered, the EDL surface. The rover's tough shockcushion of airbags. And the analysis, the sky crane not only sequence begins. First, the MSL absorber system can handle the Viking landers touched down on starts to look less crazy, but it has spacecraft jettisons two laptop- drop; you can imagine the joints their own unprotected legs, using a large number of extremely sized pieces of tungsten ballast, creak as the wheels hit Mars dust. a parachute and then retro-rockets valuable capabilities," said Jordan which will tweak its entry angle to WHY page 52 to slow themselves down. But this E v a n s , f l i g h t s y s t e m s create a lift force, like an airplane

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on Monday, when the orbiter flies over yet again. Then the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter flies over the landing site at 11:40 a.m. After that, if NASA has still not Submitted at 8/5/2012 9:27:50 AM Mars Science Lab Approaching heard confirmation of a safe This artist's concept shows the landing -- and everyone at JPL is Mars Science Laboratory still breathing -- the next best spacecraft approaching Mars. In thing is to listen for Curiosity this illustration, the Curiosity itself, which will send a beep to rover is safely tucked inside the the Deep Space Network's spacecraft's aeroshell. The worldwide collection of enormous mission's approach phase begins dish antennae after Earth is again 45 minutes before the spacecraft within its view. That will happen enters the Martian atmosphere, at 5:30 p.m. Pacific time Monday. according to NASA. For "This could be, in fact, the first navigation purposes, the time we hear from it, depending atmospheric entry point is 2,188 on what's occurred," said Richard miles above the center of the Cook, deputy project manager for planet. This illustration depicts a the mission. scene after the spacecraft's cruise The odds underlying these stage has been jettisoned, which different scenarios are hard to pin will occur 10 minutes before Planet does not mean all is lost. NASA terminology) to funnel 12:30 a.m. Pacific time Monday, down, because a lot depends on atmospheric entry. NASA/JPL- On its final approach today, the data back to Earth. "That's what when Odyssey makes its next exactly where the MSL spacecraft Caltech Call us, maybe punches through the Martian M a r s S c i e n c e L a b o r a t o r y we're going to be glued to," said "overflight" at Gale Crater. PASADENA, Calif. -- It's finally spacecraft carrying the rover will Steve Sell of Curiosity's Entry, This is a lot of time zones to keep atmosphere, and the geology landing day -- or so everyone here continue to communicate directly Descent and Landing (EDL) team. straight, not to mention the time where Curiosity touches down. at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory with Earth, but this only lasts But there's a catch: Curiosity is on Mars itself. Curiosity lands at Obviously, everyone hopes to hopes. After eight months of through the first part of its "seven landing in a crater. Craters have 3:19 p.m. local Mars solar time, in hear the X-band radio signals travel, the Mars rover Curiosity is m i n u t e s o f t e r r o r . " A s t h e walls. And Odyssey is not very case you were wondering. To from the rover until Earth sets, just hours from phoning home to spacecraft's supersonic parachute high on the horizon on this pass, figure out what time it will be and then see data in real time announce its arrival, scheduled for deploys, Earth sets below the so there's a chance the rocky where you are, go here to check from Odyssey, flying just where it 1:31 a.m. Monday on the East Mars horizon, cutting off contact terrain will cause it to miss the out a handy chart produced by the should be. But we'll have to wait Coast and 10:31 p.m. Sunday here through the Deep Space Network. landing signals, too. In that case, Mars Science Laboratory team. and see. Stay with us here and on in California. It might not call The Mars Odyssey orbiter will be the mood at JPL will grow even If the second Odyssey flyover Twitter today for the latest! right away, however -- or at least flying right overhead, however, more tense, as everyone waits for doesn't work, NASA will listen we may not be able to hear it if it and serving as a vent pipe (to use the next flyover. This will be at again at 11:30 a.m. Pacific time does. But silence from the Red


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Then three explosive knives slice the umbilical cord, and the descent stage, rockets still roaring, flies away to a crash landing about 450 meters away. Allen Chen, Flight Dynamics and Operations Lead for the EDL team, said there was early discussion about using the descent stage as a secondary lander, but it was quickly dismissed in favor of a crash landing. "It's already hard enough to land once," he said. "It's done its job then. It dies a hero." This entire sequence will happen automatically, with 79 explosive devices firing in perfect succession to release the chute, aeroshell, heat shield and more. Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will have the same view as the rest of us, and won't be controlling anything from Earth because of the 14minute light-time delay between

the two planets. Curiosity is on her own. It will send brief X-band radio tones, basically texts from Mars, letting everyone on Earth know what's going on -- but we'll lose the signal right as the parachute deploys, when Earth sets on the Mars horizon. McCuistion noted that a launch is often a spacecraft's most troublesome, tumultuous experience, but this craft has a long way to go. "We haven't finished with the scary and the risky," he said. NASA has been trying to manage expectations for the launch, noting that "Mars is hard" and that a majority of missions to the planet have failed. The science investigators, rover designers and EDL engineers are all visibly nervous, yet also outwardly confident it will work. Each component has been tested and retested hundreds of times, and

Evans said this helps a bit. "None of those one things make me worry -- they make me feel confident. Then I worry about the whole thing," he said. Adam Steltzner, also of the EDL team, summed it up succinctly Sunday morning: "We are rationally confident and emotionally terrified," he said. McCuistion has said several times that if the mission fails, the engineers will pick themselves up, dust themselves off and perhaps try again. They have little choice. "The science is on the surface," he said. "We need to keep going back."

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Andrew Sullivan complained yesterday that I had engaged in a “McCarthyite” attack on Ron Paul by writing the following: A politician isn’t answerable for the antics of every one of his supporters. But there’s surely a DAVID page 53

seconds. The pair came in second and fourth place respectively, with Justin Gatlin from the US The Olympic Stadium went into taking bronze. meltdown as Usain Bolt defended Among those cheering the his title as the world's fastest man athletes on were the Duke and in the 100m final. Duchess of Cambridge and Prince The roar from the 80,0000 Harry, who joined in a standing capacity arena could be heard all ovation. London Mayor Boris around the Olympic Park as the Johnson was also in the stadium. Jamaican claimed his fourth gold Bolt's time of 9.63 seconds was medal with just 9.63 seconds of the second fastest time in history sprinting, beating the Olympic and set an Olympic record. He record he had set four years ago. had won gold in Beijing in 2008 Spectators sat on the edge of their with a record time of 9.69 seconds seats as the moment they had all before bettering that a year later at been waiting for arrived and the the World Championships with a fastest men on the planet went new world record of 9.58 seconds. head to head. He also won gold medals in the As the 100m finalists were 200m and 100m relay in Beijing. introduced ahead of the race, the Bolt's hopes of becoming a stands in the stadium became a "legend" of the sport by defending flurry of flashes as fans captured his 100m titles had looked in the moment on camera. And they doubt after he lost twice to Blake saved the biggest cheer for Bolt, at the Jamaican trials and needed who made his trademark gestures treatment on a stiff back which to cameras to their delight. was causing hamstring problems. After winning the race Bolt But his Olympics 100m title carried out a victory lap of the defence proved that the 25-years t a d i u m w i t h h i s a r m s old is still the best in the world. outstretched as the crowd cheered This entry passed through the and chanted "Usain". Full-Text RSS service — if this is The only other contenders for his your content and you're reading it crown had been fellow Jamaican on someone else's site, please read Yohan Blake, his training partner the FAQ at n d c u r r e n t w o r l d 1 0 0 m only/faq.php#publishers. Five champion, and Tyson Gay from Filters recommends: Incinerating the US, who is only the second Assange - The Liberal Media Go person after Bolt to run under 9.7 To Work.

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reason, isn’t there, that racists, anti-Semites, 9/11 Truthers, and Holocaust deniers are so strongly attracted to the Paul campaign. They hear something. They continue to hear it too, no matter how firmly Ron Paul’s more mainstream supporters clamp their hands over their own ears. Andrew’s riposte: Notice how pure the smear is, enabled and not diminished by the first sentence. Notice the key concept of Beltway ideological policemen: there is a mainstream and a non-mainstream. Dabble with the latter at your peril. Since David has perished by the cult of the “mainstream”, it’s odd he should deploy it against others. But to throw in “Holocaust denial” and 9/11 Truthers for good measure! Really. And notice how particularly cheap and easy it is to use such tactics against a libertarian. The traditional left is often based on collective associations, building a movement out of oppressed groups and their grievances, whether it be class or race or even sexual orientation. Libertarianism is the opposite. It’s about dis associating. When you listen to Paul saying he will not turn anyone away from supporting his platform regardless of their motives or beliefs, you are hearing a reflection of his

libertarianism, not his bigotry. He will accept support from any quarter and compared with the corporate money flowing into the other candidates’ coffers, he is about as independent as a presidential candidate can be. Because he is a radical individualist, he doesn’t even understand why he should somehow explain the belief of others, or justify their support. You should ask them, not him. This kind of gotcha-association game is particularly easy because libertarians favor liberty above all, and that will necessarily mean liberty for bigots as well as others. A principled belief in states’ rights will doubtless lead to more racist and homophobic policies in many states – but also, of course, more enlightened and successful inclusive states like Oregon or New York or Massachusetts or California. A rejection of statism might lead to more discrimination in the private sector. But it doesn’t mandate it. And it need not encourage it. A noninterventionist foreign policy will allow evil to triumph elsewhere in the world, because it believes it’s none of our business or too riddled with unintended consequences to try extirpating. That may be right or wrong, but it is not an approval of the evil of Assad or Ahmedinejad or the

North Korean junta. And again, it is actually much deeper an American tradition than permanent warfare. But if you can trot out David Duke or Ayatollah Khamenei as potential Paul supporters, you have a very easy, cheap and essentially McCarthyite target. It saddens me that this kind of tactic works. I still believe that the newsletters, because they were in Paul’s name, require a clearer explanation from Paul than the muddled ones he has given. He should not be left off the hook. And his proposals deserve a thorough vetting and discussion. But there is something awry when a candidate is assessed not on his arguments and proposals but on the shadiness and ugliness of some of his fringe supporters. Ron Paul’s supporters ask that their candidate not be judged by his associates. Or by the people he chose to employ. Or by the newsletters he published. Or by the book he wrote. Or by the way he earned the largest part of his living when out of office in the 1990s. Or by his purchase of the mailing list of the Holocaustdenying Liberty Lobby. Or by the radio shows he chooses to appear on. Or by his strategic decision to reach out to racist voters. Or by the conspiracy theories to which he lends credence, from

government creation of AIDS to Israeli culpability for the 1993 bombing to a putative 9/11 “coverup.” And here I thought that libertarianism was a doctrine of personal responsibility? May Ron Paul at least be judged by the words he has spoken with his own mouth within the current campaign? The supporters say “no” again. When Ron Paul tells an interviewer that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made race relations “worse,” we’re not supposed to consider what he might mean by “better.” When Ron Paul warns that a border fence would be used to prevent fleeing American citizens from exiting the country, we’re not supposed to conclude that he’s a paranoid crank. Andrew deploys what might be called the ontological defense of Ron Paul, as follows: 1) Ron Paul is a libertarian. 2) Libertarians espouse individualism. 3) Racism is a form of antiindividualism. 4) Therefore Ron Paul cannot be a racist. That is a demonstration of what might be called the deductive method of reasoning. But there’s another way to study reality: induction. Like this:

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


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Marriage on the Ballot in Four States This Fall
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To date, the voters of 32 states have weighed in on these new questions about marriage’s definition, and in each, they have chosen to protect marriage as the Submitted at 8/5/2012 9:00:13 AM When citizens in Maryland, union of husband and wife. The M a i n e , W a s h i n g t o n , a n d most recent to do so was North Minnesota go to the polls in Carolina, whose citizens voted 61 N o v e m b e r , t h e y w i l l b e percent to 39 percent to adopt a confronted with ballot initiatives c o n s t i t u t i o n a l a m e n d m e n t that speak to the central question affirming the traditional definition of what marriage is. of marriage. I n M i n n e s o t a , v o t e r s w i l l These developments have been consider whether to amend their occurring against the backdrop of state constitution to preserve the a rapidly changing political and definition of marriage between legal environment regarding one man and one woman marriage. Following North consistent with state statutory law. Carolina’s historic vote, the V o t e r s i n M a r y l a n d a n d President of the United States Washington will weigh referenda announced his“evolution” on asking whether they wish to ratify marriage, reversing his earlier same-sex marriage measures position that it is between one adopted by their state legislatures man and one woman. and signed into law earlier this Meanwhile, California’s year. In Maine, voters will s u c c e s s f u l m a r r i a g e b a l l o t consider a ballot initiative to issue initiative, Proposition 8, was marriage licenses to same-sex challenged and struck down in couples and render gender-neutral federal court. Earlier this week, any terms in the state’s laws Proposition 8’s supporters asked relating to marital and familial the Supreme Court to review the relationships. case, and observers predict that it

is likely to do so in its next term. The Court has also been asked to hear multiple cases regarding the Defense of Marriage Act’s definition of marriage. And earlier this week, the Democratic Party appeared poised to embrace samesex marriage in its party platform. This is a seminal moment for the institution of marriage—whose definition is deeply rooted in what Americans have long understood the institution’s central characteristics and public purposes to be. As the building block for the rest of society, marriage’s central civic purpose has always been to connect biological parents—especially fathers—to their children. Its meaning is integrally linked to the social needs it is designed to address. As Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage Education Fund argued at a Heritage event discussing the four ballot initiatives on Tuesday: [I]t is rational to believe…that marriage is by definition, by objective reality, the union of one

man and one woman…. [T]his relationship we call marriage is different than any other relationship because of the interest that the state has in children. This is the relationship by which children are brought into the world and connected with their biological mother and father, and societies have to have that. These “fundamental realities,” as Brown described them, are at the heart of the marriage questions before Americans today—most immediately, those in Washington, Minnesota, Maryland, and Maine. 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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more raucous than Wimbledon men's final day. Submitted at 8/5/2012 4:50:09 PM And if Murray had any demons Andy Murray claimed two after his Wimbledon final defeat, O l y m p i c m e d a l s a f t e r a he definitely overcame them as he momentous day on Wimbledon's swept away Federer in less than Centre Court. two hours. He sank to his knees in T h e S c o t b a n i s h e d t h e the moment of victory, then heartbreaking memories of his climbed into the players' box to Wimbledon final defeat against embrace his girlfriend Kim Sears Roger Federer by beating the and proud mother Judy. He told Swiss tennis legend on the same the BBC: "It's number one for me court to take the Olympic men's - the biggest win of my life." title. Murray took Team GB's second He then joined Laura Robson in gold of the day after Ben Ainslie the mixed doubles where, despite became the most successful sailor a brave effort, they lost out in the in Olympic history as he claimed deciding tie-break. gold for the fourth Games in a Just 28 days ago Murray was row. And there were more medals reduced to tears on Centre Court in the gymnastics as Louis Smith after being beaten by the world and Max Whitlock took silver and number one, but wearing the bronze respectively in the men's Team GB shirt he overpowered pommel horse final, cheered on Federer to claim an emphatic by the Duchess of Cambridge. straight sets victory. In the Olympic Stadium there The atmosphere was electric with was another medal for Team GB cries of "Team GB, Team GB, as Christine Ohuruogu won silver Team GB" and was noticeably in the women's 400 metres - the

event she won in Beijing four years ago. British success also continued in the velodrome when Ed Clancy won bronze in the men's omnium. On a day when Jason Kenny and Victoria Pendleton progressed in the men's and women's sprint competitions, Olympic team pursuit champion Clancy settled for third, but hailed the crowd after rising from fifth place with one discipline to go in the sixdiscipline event. The medals maintained the British team's position in third place on the medal table with 37 in total - 16 golds, 11 silver and 10 bronze. 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

posted at 5:01 pm on August 5, 2012 by Howard Portnoy Just when you thought the Obama campaign couldn’t get any weirder, along comes its latest high-tech gift. Meet the Obama for America app for iPhone, a tool that allows you to spy on your neighbors to determine which of them are naughty (read: not Obama supporters) and which are nice. What you do with that information is entirely up to you. The website ProPublica explains how the app works. The end-user types in his current location. The app returns a Google map of the area that flags households with one or more registered Democrats. Clicking on one of the blue flags reveals the first name, last initial, age, and gender of Democratic voters who live there. Not creepy at all. ProPublica’s Lois Beckett notes that this information is publicly available and that canvassers for political campaigns have long had access to it. The question is why Obama for America thinks the average man on the street should have it at his fingertips. An Obama spokesman is quoted as saying: The campaign is strongly committed to ensuring the safety

and privacy of the public and follows up with appropriate action, including alerting appropriate authorities if necessary, in any case of abuse or inappropriate behavior. Any voter who requests not to be contacted again is immediately removed from any provided to volunteers. The assurances about “safety and privacy” might be easier to swallow if the campaign hadn’t previously come out with other online gems, including: Careful readers will recall that the Obama campaign’s efforts to get voters in other voters’ faces predates his presidency, finding expression in then-candidate 2008 Obama’s“Neighbor to Neighbor” campaign. Related Articles Follow me on Twitter or join me at Facebook. You can reach me at or by posting a comment below. This post was promoted from GreenRoom to 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.


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Ennis: I slept with medal beside me
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wake up this morning and know that it wasn't a dream." Asked how she coped with the Olympic champion Jessica Ennis pressure she said it had been said she slept with her gold medal tough but she had been spurred on beside her and was thrilled to by the desire to win gold for the wake up and find her victory was nation. "It's just been such a build not just a dream. up, seeing my picture everywhere Thousands of supporters roared and the pressure building," she as the 26-year-old heptathlete said. "I did not want to let anyone appeared at Hyde Park amid a down and I wanted to deliver that shower of red, white and blue gold medal." streamers. She described being part of Great A chant of "Ennis, Ennis, Ennis" Britain's biggest single gold medal broke out in the crowd, who haul in one day as "unbelievable" moments earlier had cheered before going on to say Team GB Andy Murray on to gold in the had been buoyed by the support of tennis. the fans. Asked by Absolute Radio host " W e ' r e j u s t d o i n g s o w e l l . Johnny Vaughan if her triumph Everyone has raised their game, had sunk in, she said: "No, I'm having this pressure and the still in shock. It's been a support from you guys is whirlwind and I'm just blown incredible and it has made us raise away by how many people are our game and made us want more here. I slept with my medal beside medals." me. It was an amazing feeling to Ennis said she had "tossed and

turned" on Thursday night, ahead of the final day of the heptathlon. "I just wanted to make sure I got every event right and I came away with the gold medal." When asked how she planned to celebrate she said she was going to enjoy watching the rest of the Games and "relax and celebrate by having a few glasses of wine". After her appearance, Ennis tweeted: "What an amazing reception at Hyde Park! The crowd was unbelievable!! Busy day but so much fun!" 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

eBay Now to offer same-day shipping from local stores, launching iOS beta in San Francisco
Sean Buckley (Engadget)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 4:28:00 PM

Need something today, but can't bother yourself with a trip to the store? Apparently, there's going to be an app for that -- at least in San Francisco. Local eBay users have started receiving beta invites for eBay Now, an iOS app that will allow shoppers to pick up items from local stores without leaving the house. eBay is offering beta users $15 off of their first order and free same-day delivery for their first three. Orders will come with a $5 delivery charge once the freebies are used up, forcing users to weigh the value of their time

against the frustrations of local parking. The service is only available in San Francisco at the moment, but feel free to hit up the source link below to toss your name in the Beta raffle bucket anyway. Filed under: Misc. Gadgets, Internet eBay Now to offer same-day shipping from local stores, launching iOS beta in San Francisco originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 05 Aug 2012 16:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink Techcrunch| eBay| Email this| Comments

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Another mass shooting, Wisconsin Updates: 7 dead. No more police updates until 10 AM Monday.
Jazz Shaw (Hot Air » Top Picks)

ambulances parked outside the temple, and police have corralled media and a handful of bystanders Submitted at 8/5/2012 1:01:44 PM to an area near the temple. posted at 2:01 pm on August 5, Another paper in the area was 2012 by Jazz Shaw initially reporting between 20 and This story is just breaking this 30 victims, but CNN is now afternoon, so expect updates later. saying“one dead and at least two Details are still very sketchy, but wounded.” A couple of reporters a nother mass shooting has taken are tweeting events live from the place. The location is a Sikh scene, but there are conflicting temple in Wisconsin. Multiple reports as to whether the shooter injuries are being confirmed by is “at large” or if this has turned officials on the scene. into a hostage situation. More to A Sikh temple in a suburban come. Milwaukee is the scene of a UPDATE 1:(Jazz) CNN Headline shooting today that has left an News has an interview with a unknown number of people police spokesman on the scene, injured. saying that one officer has been Oak Creek Police Department shot multiple times and at least dispatcher Stephanie Uljanec says one suspect was shot. Still the shooting took place about developing. 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning at the UPDATE 2:(Jazz) The CNN Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, 7512 video below has an interview with S. Howell Ave. Oak Creek is a representative of the temple. south of Milwaukee along Lake They are now reporting that one Michigan. shooter was shot and “put down” “We did have a shooting,” (not sure if that means he’s dead) Uljanec said. “It’s unknown how and that there may be two more many victims there are.” shooters inside the temple holding There are more than a dozen hostages. However, the police

spokesman on the scene is saying he can’t confirm anything yet about remaining suspects. UPDATE 3:(Jazz) The police chief on the scene as of 2:55 PM is saying that police are moving through the temple and have located “four deceased inside the temple, three deceased outside, including the shooter.” Confusion is still running rampant among the media, but clearly this is very bad. The cops can’t confirm whether there are any more shooters or not. UPDATE 4:(Jazz) The latest reports we are receiving from police on the scene indicate that law enforcement teams have completed a sweep of the temple, spoken to everyone on the property and are now checking the registration of all the cars parked in the area. Looks like they are being very thorough and not jumping too fast with the media, which is good to see. There will be another update later when they have the identity of the shooter, but obviously they will not release this information to the

press until they have finished investigating that person’s home, other potential properties, etc. This is a good move by the police since they don’t want to send the media scrambling to places where they will need to do investigative work. The officer who took down the shooter should clearly be recognized as a hero and the commanders running this operation seem to be really keeping it under control. It’s a tragedy to be sure, but the first responders should be praised for the work we’re seeing thus far. UPDATE 5: This just in from Stevegg in the comments: Two quick updates: - Oak Creek has set up a Family Hotline for family of those who were at the temple – 888-2981964. - The 3:30 press conference has been pushed back to 4 pm CDT (5 pm EDT). UPDATE 5:(Jazz) As of the 5 PM eastern briefing from the local Chief of Police, there is confirmation that there are 7 dead and 3 others injured. The police

will not be releasing the names of any of the victims nor the police officer who was shot until all family members have been notified. They are treating this as an in process criminal investigation and an “active scene” and they will not be releasing the identity of the shooter. They are treating it as an incident of “domestic terrorism” and the FBI is taking over the investigation on that end. There will be another briefing tomorrow morning at 10 AM, but until then we probably shouldn’t expect much more in terms of details. 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.


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Is the lust for presidential power in the genes?
Jazz Shaw (Hot Air » Top Picks)
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posted at 3:31 pm on August 5, 2012 by Jazz Shaw Is the desire to wield power over the masses rooted in a person’s genes? A rather frivolous but fun question which is being brought to light by an aspiring teenage genealogist. She has traced the roots of all of the US presidents from Washington to Obama and dug up a rather surprising common ancestor for almost all of them. What do Barack Obama, Thomas Jefferson, George W. Bush and the other past U.S. presidents have in common? Besides holding the coveted title of commander-in -chief, it appears that all of them but one are cousins. The remarkable discovery was made by 12-year-old BridgeAnne d’Avignon, of Salinas, California, who created a ground-breaking family tree that connected 42 of 43 U.S. presidents to one common, and rather unexpected, ancestor: King John of England. D’Avignon started with the first U.S. president, George Washington, she traced both the

male and female family lines to make the connection. Prior to d’Avignon’s discovery, genealogists were only able to link 22 families of presidents, likely because they only focused on male bloodlines. The only former commander-inchief not linked to King John is the eighth president, Martin Van Buren, who had Dutch roots. Miss D’Avignon also found out that she is an 18th cousin to Barack Obama. (Sorry about that, young lady.) But is it really that remarkable that nearly all of the presidents share a common ancestor from the 12th century? There are lots of bottlenecks in humanity’s genetic history and they come from some fairly eclectic corners. It was previously announced that one in every 200 men are direct descendents from Ghengis Khan. Of course, the same study indicated that there was an equal likelihood that the same percentage of people could be directly descended from some anonymous goat herder in the Ukraine that nobody has ever heard of. For many – though certainly not all – of the presidents, there is also the matter of entrenched

social status. Power and money go hand in hand and that was even more true in medieval times than today. Families rose to power and tended to hang on to it. Those same families produced not only captains of industry but political leaders. Think of the Rockefeller family and all their ilk for only one example. So the genes might not be as big of a driving factor as the inheritance of wealth and influence. But who’s to say? Maybe there is something to this. We’ve long acknowledged that there are “Type A” and “Type B” personalities. Does that run in families or is it completely random? The only loser here appears to be Van Buren. But on the plus side, his family can at least lay claim to not being related to Barack Obama. 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Army seeking proposals for casualty -carrying UAVs
Jamie Rigg (Engadget)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 2:39:00 PM

Combat is a grizzly business, and despite the best efforts of medical evacuation crews, it's not always feasible to send rescue teams into the fray. The US Army is seeking to address this with "autonomous vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)" (read: drones) for dropping off medical supplies and picking up injured troops. In its latest request for research and development proposals, the Army calls not for new tools, but for the repurposing of current aircraft to

do the job. Preferred candidates in the already unmanned class include the A160 Hummingbird and the K-MAX, while one of the suggestions for remote-control modification is the infamous Black Hawk. Makes the AR.Drone seem a little wimpy, doesn't it? Filed under: Robots, Transportation Army seeking proposals for casualty-carrying UAVs originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 05 Aug 2012 14:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink Wired| US Army| Email this| Comments

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Mars Rover Curiosity: The Red Planet's Next Explorer After traveling 8 and a half months and 352 million miles, NASA's most technically advanced rover ever lands on the Red Planet early overnight Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. Next stop, Mars. NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory and the Curiosity rover are preparing to enter the Martian atmosphere, following an 8 ½ month race to the Red Planet at 8,000 mph. By the time it arrives at Mars, gravity will have accelerated the spacecraft to a whopping 13,200 mph. NASA must then slow it down. Following “ seven minutes of terror” beginning at 1:31a.m. EST early Monday morning – a reference to the nerve-racking landing NASA has planned, which involves Curiosity’s screaming race to the surface and a dangle off a rocket-powered sky crane – the rover will be set to begin its mission: the study of our planetary neighbor, and the quest for signs of life there. “Curiosity is the culmination of a decade of exploration. We can now begin to move toward finding the fingerprints of life on Mars,” said Scott Hubbard, a

Stanford University consulting professor of aeronautics and astronautics. The space agency said Curiosity remains in good health, and was steering so smoothly between planets that a planned minor course correction Saturday wasn’t necessary. And with the gravitational pull of Mars already

tugging on the spaceship, arrival is being closely monitored by the watchful eyes of mission control. “After flying more than eight months and 350 million miles since launch, the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is now right on target to fly through the eye of the needle that is our target at the top of the Mars atmosphere,” said

Mission Manager Arthur Amador of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. In keeping with a decades-old tradition, peanuts will be passed around the mission control room at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for good luck. The space agency said it was optimistic that everything would

go according to plan. "Can we do this? Yeah, I think we can do this. I'm confident," Doug McCuistion, head of the Mars exploration program at NASA headquarters, said Saturday. "We have the A-plus team on this. They've done everything possible NASA page 61


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'Blade Runner' Looks to Keep Gold Bid Alive in Semis
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• FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2011 file photo, South Africa's Oscar Pistorius competes in a qualification round for the Men's 4x400m relay at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Double amputee Oscar Pistorius has been selected for South Africa's Olympic 4x400 relay team. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File) AP2011 Double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius' bid for Olympic gold in the men's 400 meters race ended Sunday after he followed up a bad start with a slow race to finish last in his semifinal heat. The first amputee to compete in track at the Olympics never stood a chance and finished the race on his fiber carbon blades in 46.54 seconds, 1.95 seconds behind winner Kirani James of Grenada. Still, world champion Kirani James immediately walked over to Pistorius after the race and asked for his name bib as a souvenir. Pistorius, who runs on carbonfiber blades, is still expected to run the 4x400 relays, which start Thursday. Last year, Pistorius and South Africa won the silver at the

world championships. On Saturday, Pistorius cruised past an opponent or two in the backstretch of a 400-meter heat, and by the end, the "Blade Runner" was coasting in for a stress-free success to reach the semifinal. "I've worked for six years ... to get my chance," said the South

African, who finished second. "I found myself smiling in the starting block. Which is very rare in the 400 meters." He finished in a season-best time of 45.44 seconds, crossing the line and looking up at the scoreboard, then covering his face with his hands when he saw the capital "Q'' — for qualifier — go up by

his name. "Couldn't have hoped for anything better," he said. The 25-year-old runner was born without fibulas and his legs were amputated below the knee before he was a year old. His is one of those stories that is every bit as much about the journey — one part dramatic, another part

inspiring and yet another part controversial — as the final result. "I know Oscar was the protagonist in the race," said Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic, who actually won the heat by .4 but went virtually unnoticed. "But I love him. He's a good racer." 'BLADE page 62

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to ensure success, but that risk still exists." A Twitter feed for the rover itself happily chirped notice Saturday evening of its imminent arrival at Mars. “Right now, I'm closer to Mars than the moon is to Earth,” the robot craft wrote. Earlier in the week, a dust storm swirling to the south of the landing site gave the team some pause. Ashwin Vasavada, the mission's deputy project scientist and Mars weather forecaster, said the storm basically went "poof" and posed no threat – but the agency continues to monitor it nonetheless. "Mars appears to be cooperating very nicely with us. We expect good weather for landing Sunday night," he said. The distance between the planets remains a stubborn challenge to mission control; due to the signal time lag between Mars and Earth (it takes about 14 minutes for a signal on Mars to zip to Earth), Curiosity will execute the landing autonomously, following the half a million lines of computer code

designed by Earthlings. Curiosity will not be communicating directly with Earth as it lands, because Earth will set beneath the Martian horizon from Curiosity’s perspective about two minutes before the landing. That spotty communication during landing could delay confirmation for several hours or even days, NASA said. And the rover won’t immediately begin beaming back mind-blowing pictures of Mars. The first Mars pictures expected from Curiosity are reducedresolution fisheye black-andwhite images received either in the first few minutes after touchdown or more than two hours later. Higher resolution and color images from other cameras could come later in the first week. Plans call for Curiosity to deploy a directional antenna on the first day after landing and raise the camera mast on the second day. Indeed, the first image we receive may come from a different spacecraft entirely. Through a remarkable

combination of engineering and mathematics, a crew will attempt to precisely position a second satellite – maneuvering it to just the spot around the giant planet to capture the split second when Curiosity falls from the skies. “We’re only making one attempt on [Mars Science Laboratory] here,” Christian Schaller of NASA’s High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team told Universe Today. “The plan is to capture MSL during the parachute phase of descent.” Curiosity’s journey to Mars hasn’t been without incident. NASA said the craft has been acting as a stunt double for astronauts who might someday follow in its wake, exposing itself to the same cosmic radiation humans would experience following the route to Mars. “Curiosity has been hit by five major flares and solar particle events in the Earth-Mars expanse,” said Don Hassler of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. “The rover is safe, and it has been beaming

back invaluable data.” The Associated Press contributed to this report. • Print • Email • Share • Comments • Recommend • Tweet Related Slideshow From the Edge of a Crater, Amazing New Pics of Mars Share This Article Newsletter Signup Sign up for free e-mail news alerts from and 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.


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site that has been attended by as many as 30 inmates, according to Whitehead. On Thursday, he was chosen to lead inmates in prayer • for the anniversary of the Tent City jail, just before they dined on A Phoenix pastor who was jailed moon pies, according to a report. for holding a Bible study group on The married father of six is an his private property is now ordained pastor of Church of God holding one behind bars. in Christ and founder of Harvest Michael Salman is serving a 60- Christian Fellowship. He and his d a y s e n t e n c e i n M a r i c o p a family believe he has the right to County's notorious Tent City jail worship at home on his private f o r a l l e g e d l y v i o l a t i n g h i s property. probation by holding religious "The only people who came to services on his property in our home were family and violation of zoning and building friends," Salman said in a video codes. He was arrested July 9, posted online before he reported after authorities charged the one- to jail this week. "Our home was time gang member hosted Bible not open to the public; it was sessions for as many 80 people on private." his 4-acre property, which he tried His wife, Suzanne Salman, said to claim as a tax-exempt church. her husband's constitutional rights 'I'm sure he'd do it all over again.' have been violated. - John Whitehead, lawyer for "Christians deserve the right to Michael Salman gather at their homes privately "And I'm sure he'd do it all over just like every other American has again," attorney John Whitehead, the right to gather for their president of the Rutherford reasons," she told Institute, told But the city rejects the idea that In a sense, he is. Salman has Salman is doing time for saving assembled a Bible study group on souls.
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"The case is about the building that is used for regular assembly does not meet construction and fire code requirements for assembly," Phoenix officials said in a statement. The outdoor facility where Salman is now being held was incorporated with the county jail in 1993 in order to house a growing number of inmates. Whitehead said the conditions are hellish. "It's like a Guantanamo facility," Whitehead said. "It can get up to 140 degrees out there ... putting someone in Tent City for violating zoning laws is insane." Salman has done hard time before. The former gang member was arrested for a drive-by shooting as well as being charged with impersonating a police officer. His neighbors say the physically imposing Salman makes them nervous, despite his status as a changed man. Homeowners Association President Mike Simms told Salman applied for a permit to build a game room on his property, but installed pew-

like seats and a pulpit. Salman has responded by saying "game room" was the best description available for what they were building. Salman is scheduled to be released Sept. 9, but Whitehead hopes to win an early release for his client. • Print • Email • Share • Comments • Recommend • Tweet Share This Article Newsletter Signup Sign up for free e-mail news alerts from and 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Erison Hurtault of Dominica, who trained with Pistorius in South Africa, agreed. "One thing I can say about Oscar is he's an incredibly hard worker," Hurtault said. "I'm glad to see him out here. I'm glad he's getting a chance to finally compete and hopefully something emerges out of everyone else's mind." Pistorius' race, of course, resonated beyond sports and beyond London. The runner's father, Henk, and Gerry Versfeld, the surgeon who amputated Oscar's legs, watched the heat at a restaurant in Johannesburg with some friends. The father and the doctor hugged after the race and there were tears in Henk Pistorius' eyes. "To now stand on the pinnacle of where you strived and you hoped and you dreamed to be must be an amazingly emotional feeling for him," he said. "I feel compassion and pride." Pistorius is an accomplished runner, with four Paralympic gold medals, but he waged a long fight to run in the Olympics against able-bodied opponents. After dozens of hearings in front of hundreds of men and women in suits charged with the task of deciding whether the blades gave Pistorius an unfair advantage — then getting his country's Olympic committee to accept his qualifying times and enter him into the games — Pistorius finally got his chance. The Associated Press contributed 'BLADE page 63

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to this report. • Print • Email • Share • Comments • Recommend • Tweet Related Stories Paralympian Jerome Singleton doesn’t let disability stand in his way of gold Share This Article Newsletter Signup Sign up for free e-mail news alerts from and 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 Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Switched On: Shedding Dead Skins
Ross Rubin (Engadget)
Submitted at 8/5/2012 5:30:00 PM

Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology. Apple and Nokia don't seem to have much in common these days

apart from participating in the global smartphone market. While the former may not have the broadest product line, it's riding high in the PC, tablet and TV accessory market, whereas the latter is fighting to make a comeback in the handset market it once dominated. But while their

rationales might be different, both companies are providing more

value to their users by focusing on differentiation via software and services rather than trying to make over user interfaces. Continue reading Switched On: Shedding Dead Skins Filed under: Cellphones, Software Switched On: Shedding Dead

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