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Hawaii Senate race most competitive since 1970
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Politics Not since 1970—when the legendary “Hawaii Five-O” police series was only in the third of its twelve seasons—has Hawaii hosted a competitive U.S. Senate race. But it would appear on Saturday night that history was about to be repeated, as Aloha State voters nominated Democratic Rep. Mazie Hirono to face popular former two-term Gov. and moderate Republican Linda Lingle for an open Senate seat. With veteran Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka stepping down after more than twenty years, polls show the contest between Hirono and Lingle a barn-burner. “And don’t forget: Lingle has already defeated Hirono before,” John Fund, political columnist for the American Spectator and

National Review reminded Human Events on the night before the primary. In 2002, thenLieutenant Gov. Hirono became the first Democrat to lose the governorship of Hawaii in 43 years when then-Maui Mayor Lingle defeated her by a margin of 52 to 47 percent statewide. With Democratic Sen. Daniel [unable to retrieve full-text

Akaka retiring after more than twenty years, Rep. Hirono (lifetime American Conservative Union rating: 0.80 percent) rolled up about 56 percent of the vote over former Rep. Ed Case to win the Democratic primary Saturday. The cousin of AOL founder Steve Case and a political maverick, Case had irked party insiders by content]

challenging the popular Akaka for renomination six years ago. Lingle, who was unopposed for nomination, has a campaign kitty of more than $2 million. She has also launched her own cable TV network that promotes her candidacy 24 hours a day. Most importantly, Lingle remains a popular figure two years after

leaving the statehouse. In 1970, the state’s last Republican Sen. Hiram Fong staved off defeat in a tight contest with Democrat Cecil Heftel, who owned a TV station and was wellknown from his on-air editorials. That was Fong’s last hurrah as well as the last time a Republican won a Senate seat in Hawaii. Now, pundits will be watching from across the nation to see if Linda Lingle can prove Mark Twain’s famed axiom that “history doesn’t always repeat itself, but sometimes, it rhymes.” HUMAN EVENTS: RELATED ARTICLES Those who read this also read This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Breaking free, Egypt's President Mursi removes generals - Reuters
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and military chief of staff Sami Enan. Mursi's spokesman called it a Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:17am IST "sovereign" decision by the head * Mursi acts after Sinai border of state, and aimed at "pumping killings new blood" into an army that has * Retiring generals Tantawi, Enan shown signs of hoping to control become advisers the novice president. A fellow * Tantawi had been Mubarak's Islamist said Egypt could not go defence minister for 20 years on having "two heads". By Edmund Blair Secular activists, wary of CAIRO, Aug 13 (Reuters) - political Islam, nonetheless E g y p t ' s I s l a m i s t P r e s i d e n t welcomed a "first step toward M o h a m e d M u r s i d i s m i s s e d establishing a civilian state". Cairo's two top generals and Mursi himself later said: "The quashed a military order that had decisions I took today were not curbed the new leader's powers, in meant ever to target certain a move that further stamped his persons, nor did I intend to authority on the country and its embarrass institutions, nor was army. my aim to narrow freedoms. There had been much debate over "I did not mean to send a negative the fate of Field Marshal Hussein message about anyone, but my Tantawi, 76, who until Mursi's aim was the benefit of this nation election in June had ruled Egypt and its people," he said, praising as head of a military council since the work of the armed forces and Hosni Mubarak was toppled last saying his decision would free year. The timing of Sunday's t h e m t o f o c u s o n t h e i r announcement to replace him as p r o f e s s i o n a l t a s k s . a r m e d f o r c e s h e a d w a s The move sidelines Tantawi, n e v e r t h e l e s s a s u r p r i s e . Mubarak's defence minister for However, an embarrassing two decades and whose continued debacle for the army on the border presence had cast a shadow of with Israel, where 16 Egyptian military rule over the new troops were killed by Islamist democracy, and whittles away militants a week ago, may have powers still held by the army, given Mursi the opening he from whose ranks all Egyptian needed to step up the pace in presidents for the past 60 years r o l l i n g b a c k t h e m i l i t a r y ' s had been drawn until the voting in influence, pushing aside Tantawi June.

A member of the military council told Reuters that Mursi, a moderate Islamist party official popularly elected in June but with constitutional powers sharply circumscribed in advance by the generals, had consulted Tantawi and General Enan, 64, before ordering both men to retire. But it was not clear how far the generals, members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), actually consented to a move that reveals a reordering of Egypt's political forces as they all wait for a new constitution, shifting more powers towards Mursi and his longsuppressed Muslim Brotherhood. "This clash between the new president and the military council was expected - but not this fast," said analyst Gamal Soltan. "It can be considered a restructuring of the armed forces and an end to the role of SCAF in political life." Thousands of Islamist supporters gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square and other cities to back Mursi's decision. "President of the republic, your decree gets 100 percent," some chanted. Tantawi, after serving Mubarak as a minister for 20 years, helped ease the ageing dictator out of office on Feb. 11, 2011 in the face of the mass street protests of the Arab Spring. A senior Brotherhood official,

Mahmoud Ghozlan, said the army should have returned to barracks once Mursi was elected. But it had instead sought to retain a role in politics: "The nation came to have two heads - the president and the military council," Ghozlan said. "The president had to act to recover his full powers from the hands of the military council." FORCED RETIREMENT In a statement that came out of the blue, presidential spokesman Yasser Ali announced: "Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi has been transferred into retirement from today." In his place as armed forces chief and defence minister, Mursi appointed General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, 57, from military intelligence. Enan was replaced General Sidki Sobhi, 56, who headed the Third Field Army based in Suez, on the border with Sinai. Both those pushed into retirement, whose positions may have been weakened by the border debacle last week in the Sinai desert, were appointed as advisers to the president. By scrapping the army's constitutional declaration, Mursi can also take on the legislative powers the generals had sought to keep for themselves in the absence of a parliament. In June, the military council, backed by judges, dissolved the Islamist-led

assembly elected in January - a move Mursi has challenged. "The decision was a sovereign one, taken by the president to pump new blood into the military establishment in the interests of developing a new, modern state," presidential spokesman Ali told Reuters after making the announcement. "It was a critical decision and the members of the military council understood this because they are patriotic and General Sisi is from the new generation of the patriotic men of the armed forces. He is responsible and well respected." Enan was long seen as particularly close to the Pentagon, the main sponsor of Egypt's armed forces. Washington gives Egypt $1.3 billion in military aid each year. Liberals and other political rivals of the Brotherhood have voiced concerns at the growing might of the Islamists, who for decades were hounded and jailed by Mubarak and his predecessors. But they have also been wary of the army's continuing role. The April 6 youth movement, which helped galvanise the revolt against Mubarak, described Mursi's move as the "first step towards establishing a civilian state", it said on its Facebook BREAKING page 9

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Romney, Ryan hit the road in an energized campaign - Reuters
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America's progress." The November 6 election is more than two months away, but the By Steve Holland rally had the intensity of a typical HIGH POINT, North Carolina| late-October campaign event. It Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:55pm EDT showed how Romney's selection (Reuters) - Republican Mitt of the Wisconsin congressman as Romney's presidential campaign his running mate has injected new took on a celebratory tone on energy into a campaign that had Sunday, as Romney and his new s t r u g g l e d t o m o v e b e y o n d vice presidential running mate, Democrats' efforts to cast Romney Paul Ryan, basked in the support as a wealthy former private equity of cheering crowds in North executive who cannot relate to Carolina. middle-class Americans. Thousands of people lined a Hours earlier in Virginia, where highway in High Point to greet Romney had introduced him as Romney and Ryan, who stopped the No. 2 on the Republican ticket to shake hands and exchange high on Saturday, Ryan, the chairman -fives with some of them. Another of the House of Representatives 1,300 packed into a stifling hot Budget Committee, told reporters furniture warehouse for a rally t h a t b e i n g t h r u s t i n t o t h e with the Republican candidates. presidential campaign was "very "We can turn this around," said exciting. We're going to win this Ryan, 42, who was speaking of campaign. We've got the wind the economy and budget but behind us." might as well have been referring Romney, 65, seemed relieved to to the campaign of Romney, who have a sidekick to end what he has trailed Democratic President has called the "two against one" Barack Obama in recent polls. dynamic of the race, with Obama "We can do this. We can get this and Vice President Joe Biden on country back on track," Ryan told one side and Romney on the the cheering crowd. "We can get other. our people back to work. We can "It's a far more compelling get our debt paid off so we can dynamic than just being out there give our children a better standard on my own," Romney said late of life." Saturday. Romney added that he and Ryan But it also was evident that have "a long road ahead of us, but Romney's selection of Ryan - who t h i s i s d a y t w o t o r e c l a i m is known for his sweeping budget

plan to reduce government spending and debt by trimming taxes and revamping Medicare and other social programs - is going to raise a series of hurdles for his campaign as it sprints toward election day. In choosing Ryan, Romney is attaching himself to Ryan's controversial budget plan, which has been blasted by Democrats who say it would dismantle popular social programs that help the elderly and the poor. Ryan's selection also suggested that Romney is tackling a prickly task during an intense, nasty and likely close race for the White House. His is asking Americans to consider tough questions about the future of Medicare, the government-backed health insurance program for the elderly, and a range of other programs plagued by runaway spending. SEEKING A NATIONAL DEBATE? In previous elections, candidates who have sought a not-so-popular conversation with American voters have run into problems. In 1984, for example, Democrat Walter Mondale emphasized the need for higher taxes and was swamped at the ballot box as voters re-elected Republican Ronald Reagan. If Romney's campaign wants to foster a national debate over

social programs and government entitlements, the big challenge will be doing so under the whitehot glow of the final weeks of a presidential campaign that so far has been defined by sound-bite messaging and out-of-context attacks by both sides. On Sunday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus cast Romney's campaign as the one being honest with Americans about the nation's fiscal future and said Obama's team is more interested in attacking Romney. Selecting Ryan shows that Romney "has the leadership and courage to present to the American people a real contrast and a real debate that the American people deserve," Priebus said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Even so, Romney's campaign stressed that Romney would propose his own fiscal plan, suggesting that it did not want the former Massachusetts governor to be tied to everything in Ryan's budget. "The thing you have to remember about these campaigns is that Governor Romney is at the top of the ticket, and that Governor Romney's vision for the country is something that congressman Ryan supports," said Romney spokesman Kevin Madden.

DEMOCRATS TAKE AIM Democrats' efforts to cast Ryan and, by extension, Romney - as a threat to Medicare could be key in the election. Ryan's plan calls for an end to the guaranteed benefit in Medicare and replaces it with a system that would give vouchers to recipients to pay for health insurance. The risk in such a plan is that if healthcare costs rise faster than the value of the vouchers, seniors would have to pay the difference. Obama's senior campaign adviser David Axelrod said on "Meet the Press" that the Medicare changes supported by Ryan would put the healthcare program, which polls indicate most Americans do not want changed, into a "death spiral." Independent Democratic groups have been more dramatic in their criticism. A video ad from 2011 - made when Ryan first offered his proposals on Medicare but now getting a new life online with Romney's selection of Ryan shows a man in a suit who resembles Ryan pushing an elderly woman in a wheelchair over a cliff, while "America the Beautiful" plays. A message then pops up at the end of the ad: "Is America ROMNEY, page 10

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Romney, Ryan hit the road in an energized campaign
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America's progress." The November 6 election is more than two months away, but the By Steve Holland rally had the intensity of a typical HIGH POINT, North Carolina| late-October campaign event. It Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:55pm EDT showed how Romney's selection (Reuters) - Republican Mitt of the Wisconsin congressman as Romney's presidential campaign his running mate has injected new took on a celebratory tone on energy into a campaign that had Sunday, as Romney and his new s t r u g g l e d t o m o v e b e y o n d vice presidential running mate, Democrats' efforts to cast Romney Paul Ryan, basked in the support as a wealthy former private equity of cheering crowds in North executive who cannot relate to Carolina. middle-class Americans. Thousands of people lined a Hours earlier in Virginia, where highway in High Point to greet Romney had introduced him as Romney and Ryan, who stopped the No. 2 on the Republican ticket to shake hands and exchange high on Saturday, Ryan, the chairman -fives with some of them. Another of the House of Representatives 1,300 packed into a stifling hot Budget Committee, told reporters furniture warehouse for a rally t h a t b e i n g t h r u s t i n t o t h e with the Republican candidates. presidential campaign was "very "We can turn this around," said exciting. We're going to win this Ryan, 42, who was speaking of campaign. We've got the wind the economy and budget but behind us." might as well have been referring Romney, 65, seemed relieved to to the campaign of Romney, who have a sidekick to end what he has trailed Democratic President has called the "two against one" Barack Obama in recent polls. dynamic of the race, with Obama "We can do this. We can get this and Vice President Joe Biden on country back on track," Ryan told one side and Romney on the the cheering crowd. "We can get other. our people back to work. We can "It's a far more compelling get our debt paid off so we can dynamic than just being out there give our children a better standard on my own," Romney said late of life." Saturday. Romney added that he and Ryan But it also was evident that have "a long road ahead of us, but Romney's selection of Ryan - who t h i s i s d a y t w o t o r e c l a i m is known for his sweeping budget
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plan to reduce government spending and debt by trimming taxes and revamping Medicare and other social programs - is going to raise a series of hurdles for his campaign as it sprints toward election day. In choosing Ryan, Romney is attaching himself to Ryan's controversial budget plan, which has been blasted by Democrats who say it would dismantle popular social programs that help the elderly and the poor. Ryan's selection also suggested that Romney is tackling a prickly task during an intense, nasty and likely close race for the White House. His is asking Americans to consider tough questions about the future of Medicare, the government-backed health insurance program for the elderly, and a range of other programs plagued by runaway spending. SEEKING A NATIONAL DEBATE? In previous elections, candidates who have sought a not-so-popular conversation with American voters have run into problems. In 1984, for example, Democrat Walter Mondale emphasized the need for higher taxes and was swamped at the ballot box as voters re-elected Republican Ronald Reagan. If Romney's campaign wants to foster a national debate over

social programs and government entitlements, the big challenge will be doing so under the whitehot glow of the final weeks of a presidential campaign that so far has been defined by sound-bite messaging and out-of-context attacks by both sides. On Sunday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus cast Romney's campaign as the one being honest with Americans about the nation's fiscal future and said Obama's team is more interested in attacking Romney. Selecting Ryan shows that Romney "has the leadership and courage to present to the American people a real contrast and a real debate that the American people deserve," Priebus said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Even so, Romney's campaign stressed that Romney would propose his own fiscal plan, suggesting that it did not want the former Massachusetts governor to be tied to everything in Ryan's budget. "The thing you have to remember about these campaigns is that Governor Romney is at the top of the ticket, and that Governor Romney's vision for the country is something that congressman Ryan supports," said Romney spokesman Kevin Madden.

DEMOCRATS TAKE AIM Democrats' efforts to cast Ryan and, by extension, Romney - as a threat to Medicare could be key in the election. Ryan's plan calls for an end to the guaranteed benefit in Medicare and replaces it with a system that would give vouchers to recipients to pay for health insurance. The risk in such a plan is that if healthcare costs rise faster than the value of the vouchers, seniors would have to pay the difference. Obama's senior campaign adviser David Axelrod said on "Meet the Press" that the Medicare changes supported by Ryan would put the healthcare program, which polls indicate most Americans do not want changed, into a "death spiral." Independent Democratic groups have been more dramatic in their criticism. A video ad from 2011 - made when Ryan first offered his proposals on Medicare but now getting a new life online with Romney's selection of Ryan shows a man in a suit who resembles Ryan pushing an elderly woman in a wheelchair over a cliff, while "America the Beautiful" plays. A message then pops up at the end of the ad: "Is America ROMNEY, page 11

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Two earthquakes in Iran kill 300 and injure 5,000
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his wife and two daughters," aged 4 and 7, Ahmad said. "We fear that if rescuers don't get to them By Yeganeh Torbati soon, they will lose their lives too DUBAI| Sun Aug 12, 2012 if they're still alive." 4:56pm EDT But Iranian officials said rescue (Reuters) - Overcrowded hospitals operations had ended by Sunday in northwest Iran struggled to afternoon and that all those c o p e w i t h t h o u s a n d s o f trapped beneath the rubble had earthquake victims on Sunday as been freed, Iran's Englishrescuers raced to reach remote language Press TV reported. villages after two powerful quakes Many villages are hard to reach killed nearly 300 people. by road, hindering rescue efforts. Thousands huddled in makeshift Hospitals in Tabriz, Ardabil and camps or slept in the street after other cities nearby took in many Saturday's quakes for fear of more of the injured, residents and aftershocks, 60 of which had Iranian media said, and there were already struck. A lack of tents and long queues of survivors waiting other supplies left them exposed to be treated. to the night chill, one witness told "I wanted to go there last night to Reuters. help but heard there was bad "I saw some people whose entire traffic and that it wasn't safe home was destroyed, and all their enough," Ahmad said. "People in livestock killed," Tahir Sadati, a those villages need help." local photographer, said by Abbas Falahi, member of telephone. "People need help, they parliament for Ahar and Harees, need warm clothes, more tents, said people in some villages were blankets and bread." still "in dire need of food and The worst damage and most drinking water", the semi-official casualties appeared to have been Mehr news agency reported. in rural villages around the towns "Despite the promises of officials, of Ahar, Varzaghan and Harees, l i t t l e f i r s t a i d e h a s b e e n near the major city of Tabriz, distributed in the region and most Iranian media reported. people are left without tents. If the Tabriz resident Ahmad, 41, told situation continues, the toll will Reuters his cousin living in a rise," he said. village near Ahar was killed and Aidin, a Tabriz resident, said he his body found. went to give blood at a local "Nobody knows what happened to hospital on Saturday and saw staff
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struggling to cope with the influx of patients. Most patients had been taken there by their families, he said, indicating a shortage of ambulances. Ahar's 120-bed hospital was full, said Arash, a college student in the town. There were traffic jams on the narrow road to Tabriz as victims tried to reach hospitals, he said by telephone. VILLAGES DESTROYED "People are scared and won't go back into their houses because they fear the buildings aren't safe." The U.S. Geological Survey measured Saturday's first quake at 6.4 magnitude and said it struck 60 km (37 miles) northeast of the city of Tabriz, a trading hub far from Iran's oil-producing areas and known nuclear facilities. The second, measuring 6.3, struck 11 minutes later near Varzaghan, 49 km (30 miles) northeast of Tabriz. More than 1,000 villages in the area were affected by the earthquakes, Ahmad Reza Shaji'i, a Red Crescent official, told the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA). Some 130 villages suffered more than 70 percent damage, and 20 villages were completely destroyed, he said. "We saw some villages that were truly destroyed," said Sadati, the photographer who was

documenting the quake aftermath. "One good thing was that the earthquake happened during the day, so many people were not in their homes. If it had happened at night the casualties would have been far worse." Close to 300 people were believed to be dead, said Reza Sadighi, Ahar's local governor, Fars news agency said. National emergency head Gholam Reza Masoumi said 5,000 people are believed to be injured, according to ISNA. Nearly 100 ambulances and 1,100 Red Crescent workers were deployed, Shaji'i said, along with 44,000 food packages and 5,600 tents for shelter. The relief agency had enough supplies and most residents in the area had access to clean water but Shaji'i asked residents to donate cash to the relief effort. Tehran officials sent condolences to the victims and declared two days of mourning in the province, ISNA reported. About 36,000 people in the quake -hit area have been given emergency shelter, Masoumi was quoted as saying by ISNA. Iranian lawmaker Mohammad Hassan-Nejad warned that if relief efforts did not speed up, the death toll would swiftly rise. "Relief groups have still not reached many villages, because in

normal conditions some of these villages are several hours away," he told ISNA. "Currently the roads are closed and the only way to reach these villages is by air." COLLAPSED BUILDINGS Photographs posted on Iranian news websites showed numerous bodies, including children, lying on the floor of a white-tiled morgue in Ahar and medical staff treating the injured in the open air as dusk fell on Saturday. Other images showed rescue workers digging people out of rubble some alive, many dead. Twenty-eight year old Narges in Tehran said she saw dozens of people in a hospital waiting to donate blood for the victims. Iran is crisscrossed by major fault lines and has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years, including a 6.6 magnitude quake in 2003 that reduced the historic southeastern city of Bam to dust and killed about 31,000 people. Saturday's quakes struck in East Azerbaijan province, a mountainous region that neighbors Azerbaijan and Armenia to the north. Buildings in Tabriz, the provincial capital, are substantially built and ISNA reported nobody in the city had been killed or hurt. TWO page 11

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By Hadeel Al Shalchi ALEPPO, Syria| Sun Aug 12, 2012 5:30pm EDT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad need the protection of no-fly zones and safe havens patrolled by foreign forces near the borders with Jordan and Turkey, a Syrian opposition leader said. Battles raged on Sunday in the northern city of Aleppo, where tanks, artillery and snipers attacked rebels in the Saif alDawla district next to the devastated area of Salaheddine. Syrian civilians desperate to check on their homes pushed into fluid front lines around Salaheddine, even as sniper fire cracked out and rebels warned them to stay away. Abdelbasset Sida, head of the Syrian National Council, said the United States had realized that the absence of a no-fly zone to counter Assad's air superiority hindered rebel movements. He was speaking a day after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said her country and Turkey would study a range of possible measures to help Assad's foes, including a no-fly zone, although

she indicated no decisions were necessarily imminent. "It is one thing to talk about all kinds of potential actions, but you cannot make reasoned decisions without doing intense analysis and operational planning," she said after meeting Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul. Though any intervention appears to be a distant prospect, her remarks were nevertheless the closest Washington has come to suggesting direct military action in Syria. "There are areas that are being liberated," Sida told Reuters by telephone from Istanbul. "But the problem is the aircraft, in addition to the artillery bombardment, causing killing, destruction." He said the establishment of secure areas on the borders with Jordan and Turkey "was an essential thing that would confirm to the regime that its power is diminishing bit by bit". A no-fly zone imposed by NATO and Arab allies helped Libyan rebels overthrow Muammar Gaddafi last year. The West has shown little appetite for repeating any Libya-style action in Syria, and Russia and China strongly oppose any such intervention. Insurgents have expanded

territory they hold near the Turkish border in the last few weeks since the Syrian army gathered its forces for an offensive to regain control of Aleppo, Syria's biggest city and economic hub. TANKS ADVANCE Rebels who seized swathes of the city three weeks ago have been fighting to hold their ground against troops backed by warplanes, helicopter gunships, tanks and artillery. One rebel commander named Yasir Osman, 35, told Reuters tanks had advanced into Salaheddine, despite attempts to fend them off by 150 fighters he said were short of ammunition. "Yesterday we encircled the Salaheddine petrol station, which the army has been using as a base, and we killed its commander and took a lot of ammunition and weapons. This ammunition is what we are using to fight today," he said. Aleppo and the capital Damascus, where troops snuffed out a rebel offensive last month, are vital to Assad's struggle for the survival of a ruling system his family and members of his minority Alawite clan have dominated for four decades. Assad has suffered some painful,

but not yet fatal, setbacks away from the battlefield, losing four of his closest aides in a bomb explosion on July 18 and suffering the embarrassment of seeing his prime minister defect and flee to Jordan last week. Syrian state television showed Assad swearing in Wael al-Halki on Saturday to replace Riyad Hijab, who had only spent two months in the job. Halki is a Sunni Muslim from the southern province of Deraa where the uprising began 17 months ago. The deputy police commander in the central province of Homs was the latest to join a steady trickle of desertions, said an official in the opposition Higher Revolution Council group. "Brigadier General Ibrahim alJabawi has crossed into Jordan," the official told Reuters from Amman. At least 20 people were killed on Sunday in the second day of an armored offensive to retake the northern Damascus suburb of alTel from rebels, opposition activists said. Heavy artillery barrages were hitting the Sunni Muslim town as loyalist troops made a renewed push after an attempt to storm Tel on Saturday was repelled, several activists and Free Syrian Army

sources in the area said. The Arab League said it had postponed a meeting of Arab foreign ministers scheduled for Sunday to discuss the Syria crisis and to select a replacement for Kofi Annan, the United NationsArab League envoy, and would set a new date. Deputy Arab League chief Ahmed Ben Helli told Reuters the meeting was delayed because of a minor operation undergone by Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are the leading regional supporters of the Syrian opposition. Assad's main backers are Iran and Lebanon's Shi'ite Hezbollah movement. (Additional reporting by Tom Perry in Beirut, Khaled Yacoub Oweis in Amman and Ayman Samir in Cairo; Writing by Alistair Lyon; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Jon Hemming) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Defense cuts will define Va. in November
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eight swing states for both Obama and Romney, just behind Florida and Ohio. A Washington Post Submitted at 8/12/2012 6:27:34 AM breakdown of the spending by With 13 electoral votes and a region and week shows that the tendency to bend Republican, the military-heavy port city of commonwealth of Virginia rarely Norfolk has received the most draws the attention of presidential attention, particularly with the candidates the way perennial summer upswing in ad purchases swing states such as Ohio, Florida nationwide. Campaign airtime and Iowa do. But Virginia’s 52-46 buys have topped $300,000 in the percent swing in 2008 favoring Norfolk region every week since Democratic candidate Barack mid-May. O b a m a a n d t o d a y ’ s h e a t e d Some political observers believe narrative about defense spending the apparent uptick in interest can cuts and a coming economic crisis be tied to growing concern about have changed all of that. more than $500 billion of defense Candidate foot traffic is one cuts set to take effect next year i n d i c a t o r o f t h e g r o w i n g under the Budget Control Act. importance of winning Virginia. Projections from George Mason Republican challenger Mitt University show Virginia, with its Romney, who has made six days’ many defense contractors and worth of campaign appearances in military installations, faring worst the state since the beginning of of all under the cuts, with $9.8 the year, begins a swing state tour billion and more than 122,000 in Virginia on August 11, joining private-sector jobs on the line. f o r c e s w i t h i t s R e p u b l i c a n According to estimates by the governor, Bob McDonnell, for N a t i o n a l A s s o c i a t i o n o f maximum impact. Obama, whose Manufacturers, 115,000 of those previous efforts in the state had jobs could be lost by 2014. also been perfunctory, launched Romney has seized on the an intensive tour through the state sequestration narrative, attacking July 13 and 14, and returned again Obama for signing the law that July 27. mandated the cuts and for A new National Journal study threatening to veto any attempt to shows Virginia ranking third in override them without also raising cumulative ad spending among all taxes. [unable to retrieve full-text content]

“This is not the time for the president’s radical cuts in the military,” Romney told an audience at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno, Nev., last month. At the same convention, Obama tried to hold ground on the issue. “Those big, across-the-board cuts, including defense, that Congress said would occur next year if they couldn’t reach a deal to reduce the deficit? Let’s understand, first of all, there’s no reason that should happen, because people in Congress ought to be able to come together and agree on a plan, a balanced approach that reduces the deficit and keeps our military strong,” Obama said. The narrative of calamity under sequestration is gaining traction, said Wes Battle, communications director for Rep. Randy Forbes (R -Va.), who launched a “defending our defenders” road tour of Virginia in May to discuss sequestration. “I think (Forbes) had enormous feedback that obviously the sequester is not something that anyone wants, that it will be catastrophic to national security in the state of Virginia,” Wes Battle told Human Events. “I think when you see the presidential candidates talking about it and

you see the senators talking about it, it’s certainly gaining some traction.” Republican consultant Ron Bonjean told Human Events that McDonnell’s 2010 election may be an indicator that Virginia is ready to swing Republican once more. “In rebuke to Obama’s far-left agenda, the state voted a Republican governor into office,” he said. “What you have now is a very volatile state; it’s now in the toss-up category. What could put it over in the Romney camp is the issue of jobs and the economy and the defense industry in the state.” Fight heats up Bonjean said he believed the message about the dangers of sequestration and Obama’s link to the coming disaster had yet to take a solid hold in advertising, but in some ways that fight was just beginning to heat up. “After Congress returns, the fiscal cliff is going to be looming,” he said. “The trend is in Romney’s direction, but he’ll have to seal the deal.” A political analyst at the University of Virginia Center for Politics, Geoff Skelley, said the fight for Virginia was quickly becoming more than just a matchup over a swing state.

Republican Senate candidate George Allen has also begun to discuss sequestration on the campaign trail as he faces off against Democratic opponent Tim Kaine for a key seat in Congress. “If Romney wins Virginia, Allen will win,” Skelley said. In the Center’s “Crystal Ball” campaign model, curated by director Larry Sabato, Virginia is listed as the third most important state to win in November, Skelley said. But having been carried by Obama by a relatively significant six-percent margin in 2008, it could also be the bellwether of a Republican turnaround, he said. “For Romney, winning Virginia means he’s also going to win Ohio and Florida,” Skelley said. “It seems like Virginia really could be the state that decides things.” This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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A general view of the stadium as the London cityscape is depicted during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012.(Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) (CBS/AP) Updated 6:10 p.m. ET With a little British pomp and a lot of British pop, London brought the curtain down on a glorious Olympic Games on Sunday in a spectacular, technicolor pageant of landmarks, lightshows and lots of fun. The closing ceremony offered a sensory blast including rock 'n' roll rickshaws, dustbin percussionists, an exploding yellow car and a marching band in red tunics and bearskin hats. It was all delivered in a psychedelic mashup that had 80,000 fans at Olympic Stadium stomping, cheering and singing along. Organizers estimated 300 million or more were watching around the world. There were also monochrome recreations of London landmarks covered in newsprint, from Big Ben's clocktower and Tower Bridge to the London Eye ferris wheel and the chubby highrise known as the Gherkin. It all spread out across an Olympic

Stadium floor arranged to resemble the British flag. 85 Photos London Olympics: Closing Ceremony View the Full Gallery » Street percussion group Stomp built the noise into a frenzy, and dancers brandished brooms, in a nod to the spontaneous popular

movement to clean up London after riots shook neighborhoods not far from Olympic Stadium just a year ago. And there was much, much more to come during the three-hour paean to British pop, and to the country's triumphant turn hosting the games.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry took seats next to Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee. They sang along to "God Save the Queen." But perhaps the best seats in the house were for the 10,800 athletes, who marched in as one,

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page. "We want a strong, national army to protect the nation and that does not intervene in politics". ARMY RESOURCES Tantawi's age had meant that his departure had been long expected in some form, and his appointment as an adviser to Mursi appeared to exclude the possibility he might face the kind of prosecution that saw Mubarak, now 84, jailed for life. In a similar vein, two other senior officers in the navy and air defence retired into high office at the Suez Canal Authority and an industrial body, mirroring the kind of lucrative sinecure posts offered to officers in Mubarak's era. The armed forces, with vast resources in Egypt's economy as well as a military strength funded in part by Washington, remain a key institution in Egypt and the process of establishing full democratic control has only just begun. General Mohamed el-Assar, who sits on the military council, told Reuters: "The decision was based on consultation with the field marshal, and the rest of the military council." Mursi, whose election victory over a former general prompted

concerns in Israel and the West about alliances with Egypt, also appointed a judge, Mahmoud Mekky, as his vice president. Mekky is a brother of newly appointed Justice Minister Ahmed Mekky, who had been a vocal critic of vote-rigging under Mubarak. Mekky and Sisi were shortly afterwards shown on state television with Mursi, being sworn in to their new positions. Mursi, who has pledged to uphold democratic accountability and to stand by Cairo's treaties with Israel and other states, has shown impatience with the military following violence in the Sinai desert that brought trouble with Israel and the Palestinians' Gaza Strip enclave this month. The president, whose own Brotherhood movement renounced violence to achieve political change in Egypt long ago, sacked Egypt's intelligence chief last week after the attack in which Islamist militants killed the 16 Egyptian border guards before trying to storm the Israeli border. "The timing of the sacking of Tantawi will serve President Mursi as many Egyptians had blamed the military for the events (on the border) and would not

stand against this decision," said Mustapha Al Sayyid. One analyst said Mursi may also have acted to ensure the military commanders did not recoup their lost credit after a military operation launched in Sinai to hunt down the militants, the biggest such operation since Egypt's 1973 war with Israel. On Sunday, officials said Egyptian troops had killed five Islamist militants after storming their hideout near the isolated border with Israel. • Link this • Share this • Digg this • Email • Reprints This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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carrying national flags, others snapping photographs with smartphones and cameras. They held hands, embraced and carried each other on their shoulders, finally forming a human mosh pit on the field. The Spice Girls reunited for a much-hyped performance, riding around the arena atop bedazzled taxi cabs and singing their hits "Wannabe" and "Spice Up Your Life." Footage of John Lennon singing "Imagine," remastered and straight from Yoko Ono's archives, was shown on the big screen as his face appeared on the stadium floor, assembled by 101 fragments of sculpture, and just as quickly gave way to George Michael. Other performances Sunday came from Annie Lennox, Muse, Fatboy Slim, Taio Cruz, Jessie J, Liam Gallagher of Oasis, the Kaiser Chiefs and The Kinks' Ray Davies, who performed the 1960s song "Waterloo Sunset, a love letter to London. Comedian Russell Brand got in on the action, singing "I am the Walrus" from atop a tour bus, and style also became part of the show when British models including Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell took part in an homage to British fashion, appropriately set to David Bowie's hit song "Fashion." Eight minutes have been turned over to Brazil, host of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, which promises an explosion of samba, sequins and Latin cool. Following

tradition, the mayor of London will hand the Olympic flag off to his Rio counterpart. There will also be speeches Rogge and London organizing committee chief Sebastian Coe, and the extinguishing of the Olympic flame. In a switch from opening night and what appeared to be a concession to its vocal critics, NBC decided to stream the ceremony live online, in addition to broadcasting it during prime time. Some athletes who skipped the opening ceremony in order to rest for upcoming competitions said they wouldn't miss the closing extravaganza for the world. "I am so excited," said American teen sensation Missy Franklin, who took home five swimming medals, including four golds. "I think it is the perfect way to end the entire journey." Added Brenda Villa, a member of the gold-winning U.S. water polo team: "We just want to have fun and kind of put an end to this magical tournament." This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Ryan likely to run for both House seat and VP
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Politics From Washington D.C. to Wisconsin, betting is strong that newly-minted Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan will run on Mitt Romney’s ticket while simultaneously seeking reelection to Congress. “It is perfectly legal under state law for Paul Ryan to run for the House and vice president concurrently,” veteran Madison (Wisc.) Republican consultant Scott Becher told Human Events shortly after Ryan was formally tapped as Romney’s running mate Saturday morning. Becher noted that the Badger State will hold its primaries next Tuesday (August 14) and Ryan is already on the ballot for renomination to a

seventh term as U.S. Representative from the 1st District. Ryan, who has more than $5 million in his congressional campaign committee, appeared headed for another big re-election. Since winning his first term in 1998 with 57 percent of the vote, the Janesville lawmaker has been re-elected with margins ranging from 63 to 68 percent of the vote. Even talk of who would succeed Ryan if the Republican ticket triumphed in November has been dampened. State Rep. Robin Voss of Rochester, a Ryan-style Republican who is likely to become the next speaker of the state assembly, discouraged talk that he was likely to run in the 1st District next year if his close friend became vice president and resigned his seat. “It’s way too early to talk about

Garner was also speaker of the House at the time he was tapped to be Franklin D. Roosevelt’s running mate. Neither Garner nor Miller sought re-election to their respective House seats while running for vice president. To read/watch Paul Ryan’s prepared remarks from Norfolk, Va. yesterday, please click here. HUMAN EVENTS: RELATED ARTICLES Those who read this also read 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 t h a t b u t … I ’ v e m a d e a GOP ticket since New York Rep. the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentcommitment to my colleagues in William E. Miller became Barry only/faq.php#publishers. Five the Assembly,” Vos said of a Goldwater’s running mate in Filters recommends: Incinerating possible open seat. “And that is 1964. The last sitting House Assange - The Liberal Media Go my first commitment.” member to be elected vice To Work. Ryan is the first sitting U.S. president was Democrat John House member to be on a national Nance Garner of Texas in 1932.

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beautiful without Medicare? Ask Paul Ryan and his friends in Congress." Romney rejected the notion that Ryan's plan would kill Medicare. Ryan "has a plan ... to make sure we can save Medicare," Romney said. "And guess what, he's one of two sponsors - and guess what, the other is a leading Democrat," a reference to Oregon Senator

Ron Wyden. Wyden, however, has disagreed with Romney's characterization of his work on the Medicare issue, saying that he has voted against Medicare changes proposed in Ryan's budget. Wyden told The Huffington Post that he merely had worked on a "policy paper" with Ryan that was designed to "start a conversation

about how Democrats and Republicans might work together to uphold the Medicare guarantee." (Additional reporting by Anna Yukhananov in Washington; Editing by David Lindsey and Christopher Wilson) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it

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beautiful without Medicare? Ask Paul Ryan and his friends in Congress." Romney rejected the notion that Ryan's plan would kill Medicare. Ryan "has a plan ... to make sure we can save Medicare," Romney said. "And guess what, he's one of two sponsors - and guess what, the other is a leading Democrat," a reference to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden. Wyden, however, has disagreed with Romney's characterization of his work on the Medicare issue, saying that he has voted against Medicare changes proposed in Ryan's budget. Wyden told The Huffington Post that he merely had worked on a "policy paper" with Ryan that was designed to "start a conversation

about how Democrats and Republicans might work together to uphold the Medicare guarantee." (Additional reporting by Anna Yukhananov in Washington; Editing by David Lindsey and Christopher Wilson) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Homes and business premises in Iranian villages, however, are often made of concrete blocks or mud brick that can crumble and collapse in a strong quake. Water, electricity, and phone lines in the area of Varzaghan are all down, further hindering rescue efforts, Iran's English-language Press TV reported. Tabriz residents left their homes and crowded the streets following the two quakes, those in the city said. "Everyone was scared last night," a resident said by telephone. "They set up tents and were sleeping in the streets and in parks."

China's Li storms A Good-Neighbor Policy into final of Montreal for Peace in the South Cup - Reuters
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(Additional reporting by Marcus George and Zahra Hosseinian; Writing by Andrew Torchia and Marcus George; Editing by Jon Hemming) This entry passed through the (china - Google News) Full-Text RSS service — if this is Submitted at 8/12/2012 6:10:02 PM your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read Wall Street Journal (blog) the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content- In China, Don't Travel on Fridays only/faq.php#publishers. Five Wall Street Journal (blog) Filters recommends: Incinerating Road Warrior provides travel tips Assange - The Liberal Media Go from those who know best: busy To Work. executives and other globetrotters. See previous columns. Danielle Ruan is the director of Coco-Mat China, a chain of stores selling eco-friendly products for the home. Based in Shanghai...

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of the South China Sea was “a seriously wrong signal. Submitted at 8/12/2012 5:49:24 PM China claims sovereignty over 80 Brisbane Times per cent of disputed sea Brisbane A Good-Neighbor Policy for Times Peace in the South China Sea Malaysia urges ASEAN to unite Bloomberg over South China Sea Pakistan This month, China and the U.S. Daily Times traded dueling statements over a Geopolitical chess game heats up buildup of regional tensions. South China Sea World War 4 China said that U.S. criticism of Report its decision to establish a military all 165 news articles » garrison covering disputed areas

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Best Moments from Day 16 of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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Brian Belski: Stocks Are Setting Up For A Huge Expansion For Years To Come
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Submitted at 8/12/2012 5:27:57 PM

BMO chief investment strategist Brian Belski recently made the call that " we're on the verge of the next great bull market" in stocks and put out a super-bullish chartbook explaining his thesis. A lot of talk among commentators lately has focused on the death of equity investing due to the decline in value of the indexes over the past decade or so. In his latest note to clients, Belski writes that is another reason to be bullish on stocks–secular bull markets usually are preceded by "lost decades" like the one we just saw. Belski points to this chart,

showing how 10-year returns on the S&P 500 recently went positive: Belski writes that we're entering a "very long period of expansion" in the stock market: As Chart 6 illustrates, stocks typically enter a very long period of expansion after emerging from

a period of negative 10-year returns (10-year returns became positive in February 2011 in the current cycle). In addition, a closer inspection reveals that returns are not as volatile as some might suggest. In fact, based on all rolling monthly holding periods since WWII, the worst

surprised by those investors who argue that “it is different this time.” To be sure, so some investment cycles are stronger or longer, while others are weaker or shorter. However, investment trends have remained remarkably consistent from one cycle to the next (with the exception of bubbles). REVEALED: The World's Biggest Companies Explain What's Happening To The Global Economy > annualized return for any 10-year Please follow Money Game on period was -5.1% (1999-2009). Twitter and Facebook. F u r t h e r m o r e , r e t u r n s w e r e Join the conversation about this negative less than 10% of the story » time. Thus, it can be inferred that extending one’s time horizon can greatly reduce the probability of investment loss. This leads us to another point: we continue to be

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Sydney Morning Herald Community housing sector buckling under demand

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Here Are The Big Market Moving Events For Monday, August 13 (SYY, GRPN)
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There are few major announcements on Monday across North America and Europe. Headlines will be driven out of Japan, as the country releases its preliminary second quarter GDP report. Here's what you need to know. • Japan starts things off at 7:50 p.m. on Sunday evening with a reading of second quarter GDP. Economists forecast a slowing annualized growth pace, at 2.3 percent, representing a 0.6 percent sequential increase. • Announcements go quiet until 2:00 a.m. on Monday morning, when Germany releases wholesale prices. There is no consensus for the report. • The French current account balance follows at 2:45 a.m., with expectations for a€4.1 billion deficit in June. • Dutch and Norwegian retail sales will be released at 3:30 and 4:00 a.m. Sales are expected to improve 2.5 percent in the Netherlands from a year earlier,

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while sales in Norway advance 4.1 percent (a 0.5 percent sequential fall). • A report on Italian government debt is scheduled for 4:30 a.m. • Closing out the day at 9:00 a.m. is Mexican industrial production. Economists forecast a 3.7 percent year-on-year gain. Below, the key earnings announcements scheduled for the day.

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Ex-servicemen best leaders, OBAMA: Paul Ryan Is An fight: VK Singh at 'Articulate Spokesman' For A Vision must joinrally - Indian Express Ramdev 'I Fundamentally Disagree With'
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At a fundraiser in Chicago today, President Barack Obama officially welcomed Paul Ryan to the 2012 campaign but lumped him with Mitt Romney as someone whose vision "I fundamentally disagree with." Here's what Obama said of Ryan, per the pool report: Obama refers to the entry of Paul Ryan into the 2012 race at his first public event of the day. He referenced Ryan after complaining about the "top down" economics of Republicans in Washington. "This kind of top down economics is central to Governor Romney and it is central to his running mate," Obama said. "Just yesterday, my opponent chose his running mate, the

Hindu Business Line Ex-servicemen best leaders, must join fight: VK Singh at Ramdev rally Indian Express After calling for an “Army-like” culture in running the government earlier this month, former Army Chief Gen (retd) VK Singh today said ex-servicemen are the best option to lead society as “they are trained as leaders”. Warning of ideological leader of Republicans in Congress. Mr Paul Ryan. I want to congratulate Mr Ryan. I know him, I welcome him to the race." "He is a decent man, he is a family man, he is an articulate spokesman for Governor Romney's vision but it is a vision that I fundamentally disagree with." Obama and Ryan have scuffled in the past. On Saturday, the Obama campaign sent out a fundraising email that called Ryan's budget proposal "radical." Please follow Politics on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story »

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Panel Plus on Paul Ryan and the Election
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Submitted at 8/12/2012 11:55:00 AM

Trippi, and Evan Bayh, earlier this morning on "Panel Plus," the Fox News Sunday Internet-only aftershow:

Bill Kristol, with Liz Cheney, Joe

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sabers as part of a diplomatic campaign but would hesitate to actually attack Iran, because of JERUSALEM— The threat from the real possibility that it could Iran dwarfs all other challenges trigger an all-out war targeting the Jewish state faces, Israel's Israel from several directions at prime minister declared Sunday, once. as high-level hints of a possible Tehran insists its nuclear Israeli attack on Iran's suspect program is peaceful and designed nuclear program mounted. to produce energy and medical One indirect indication came isotopes, but Israel, like much of Sunday, when Israel's military the international community, b e g a n s e n d i n g m o c k t e x t thinks it could be a cover to build messages to cellphones warning bombs. of incoming missiles, part of a Netanyahu said earlier this month nationwide experiment that is to that Israel has not decided continue through Thursday and whether to launch an attack. But reach hundreds of thousands of he and other leading Israeli cellphone users. Last week, officials have noted that tough defense officials confirmed that international sanctions have not Israel's top-tier missile defense pressured Iran to abandon its system has been upgraded. suspect uranium enrichment "All threats directed at the Israeli program -- a process that has home front are dwarfed by civilian uses but could also be another threat, different in its used to build bombs. magnitude and substance, and so I Some senior officials have have repeated and shall repeat: suggested in the past that Israel Iran must not be allowed to obtain cannot wait beyond early fall to nuclear weapons," Prime Minister strike, as Iran moves key facilities Benjamin Netanyahu told his i n t o f o r t i f i e d u n d e r g r o u n d Cabinet on Sunday. bunkers out of the reach of Israeli The prime minister's opening bombs. statement at the Cabinet meeting Over the weekend, a senior is open to reporters, providing " d e c i s i o n - m a k e r " w i d e l y him with a channel for a weekly identified as Defense Minister public message. Ehud Barak was quoted by an Skeptics say Israel is rattling its Israeli newspaper as saying that
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"the sword hanging over our neck today is a lot sharper than the sword that hung over our neck" before the Jewish state went to war with three Arab nations in 1967. Although Israeli leaders haven't explicitly threatened to attack, they have been saying for years that they would not tolerate a nuclear Iran, and "all options are on the table." The U.S. has a similar policy. Standing beside U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta earlier this month, Netanyahu warned that time was quickly running out to stop Iran from achieving nuclear capability. The United States has said it would be prepared to use military force to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. But with its superior firepower, it could wait longer than Israel could to strike at Iran's underground facilities, and experts have judged Washington has more than a year to act. Another factor in the timing could be the U.S. presidential election in November, where a Mideast flare-up sending oil prices soaring could harm President Barack Obama's reelection chances. White House spokesman Jay

Carney said over the weekend that Obama "remains committed to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon," but that the U.S. still thinks there is time to persuade Iran through sanctions and diplomacy. While Netanyahu and Barak have concentrated on the perceived nuclear threat, critics of an attack -- including a recently retired spymaster and onetime internal security chief -- have warned of its repercussions. At best, they say, Israel could set back Iran's nuclear development for two to three years, and at worst, trigger a harsh retaliation from Iran and its proxies in Lebanon and Gaza -- and possibly set off a region-wide war. © Copyright 2012 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 fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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200 Rescued in Iran After Quakes; Death Toll Rises to 300 - New York Times
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Abedin Taherkenareh/European Pressphoto Agency Villagers search for survivors in the village of Bajeh Baj, in the northwestern province of East Azerbaijan, Iran, on Sunday. TEHRAN — Iranian relief workers saved more than 200 people from the rubble of dozens of villages destroyed when two powerful earthquakes struck Saturday in a wide area north of the city of Tabriz, an Iranian official said Sunday. The official, Hassan Ghadami, Iran’s deputy interior minister, said that “all those under debris have been rescued and those affected are now being provided with their basic needs,” the semiofficial Fars news agency reported. The head of Iran’s Relief and Emergency Organization said that rescue operations were continuing. Reza Sedighi, a relief official in the area, told Fars that at least 300 people were killed Saturday, and other officials reported more than 4,500 injured, some severely. Doctors on the scene predicted that more people would be found under destroyed houses, mosques and farms. In total, 133 villages were damaged. Shortages of water

and food are being reported throughout the quake zone, a mountainous region near the border with Azerbaijan. The quakes struck in quick succession, with the more powerful one measuring a magnitude of 6.4, the United States Geological Survey reported. Iranian news media said that the epicenters were near four

smaller cities north of Tabriz: Ahar, Heris, Mehraban and Varzaqan. The villages near Varzaqan were hit especially hard, with many mud brick houses collapsing and trapping those inside, many of them women and children, the region’s governor, Moharram Foroughi said. “Most of the dead are women and

children, as the earthquake happened during the day, when many men were out working,” said Marjan Lagaei, an Iranian reporter who traveled to the area. Helicopters had to suspend rescue operations during the night as Iran — under international sanctions over its nuclear program— is barred from purchasing night-vision materials,

which could be used for military purposes as well as civilian missions. Iran’s interior minister, Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, visited parts of the disaster area by helicopter on Sunday morning, promising residents that their houses would soon be rebuilt. “All destroyed 200 page 17

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DUBAI| Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:23am EDT (Reuters) - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad enjoys the support of his people and can continue to count on his ally Iran as he battles an armed rebellion in his country, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying on Sunday. Iran has steadfastly supported Assad in his 17-month-long bid to hold onto power against armed Syrian rebels, accusing regional powers including Turkey and Qatar and the West of fomenting unrest in Syria because of its opposition to Israel. Saeed Jalili, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council and a representative of Iran's ultimate authority, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said on Sunday that Syria was a "strong fortress of resistance" against the West and Israel and was thus

places will be rebuilt as strong as possible and all shortages existing in the region will be dealt with quickly,” he said, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency. In nearby Tabriz, the center of Iran’s Turkish-speaking Azeri region and one of Iran’s largest being targeted for overthrow. Earlier this month 48 Iranians cities, tens of thousands spent the "How could Assad have lasted were captured by rebels near night on the streets, fearing this long? Isn't it because he's Damascus on suspicion of being further earthquakes. “Even old leaning on popular support?," military personnel, though Iran people here say they have never Jalili was quoted as saying by insists they are religious pilgrims. experienced such a powerful Iran's Mehr News Agency, which Jalili said he "100 percent" denies e a r t h q u a k e , ” s a i d V a h i d e h on Sunday published what it said Iran's involvement in Syria, Mehr P o r e b a d i , 4 0 . L i k e a l l h e r neighbors, she spent the night was a transcript of an interview of reported. Jalili with the Arabic-language "It's been one year that they have sleeping in a city park. “I was channel Al-Mayadeen. worked toward the downfall of lucky as I slept on a bench,” she "We're not saying that no one is the Assad government, but they said. opposed to him," Jalili added. haven't gotten anywhere with their Iran lies on several major fault "But at the end of the day the will efforts," Jalili was quoted as lines, and experts have said that of the people is with him." saying. "We don't place any the possibility exists that Tehran, Jalili, also Iran's chief negotiator importance on such lies and the a city of 12 million, could be hit in its dispute with major world deceptions of news agencies, by an earthquake of magnitude 7 powers over its nuclear program, whose goal is to hurt relations or higher. In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude reiterated Iran's position that between Iran and Syria." earthquake struck the southern S y r i a n o p p o s i t i o n a n d t h e (Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati; city of Bam, killing about 25,000 government should sit down to Editing by Jon Hemming) negotiate and free elections This entry passed through the people. One Iranian seismologist, should be held rather than Assad's Full-Text RSS service — if this is abrupt departure from power. your content and you're reading it Bahram Akasheh, said that Iran has denied that it has sent on someone else's site, please read Saturday’s temblor was relatively forces from its elite Islamic the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentRevolutionary Guard Corps to only/faq.php#publishers. Five help put down the uprising, while Filters recommends: Incinerating accusing Turkey and Qatar of Assange - The Liberal Media Go aiding the rebels. To Work.

mild, and attributed the loss of life to shoddy construction and poor oversight. “Nowhere in the world would a magnitude 6 earthquake kill so many people. There shouldn’t have been more than 10 injured,” he told the semiofficial Iranian Labor News Agency on Sunday. Mr. Akasheh, who has long predicted millions of deaths if an earthquake were to strike the capital, said Iran needed to prepare for even worse disasters in the future. “Soon we will be hit by a 7 or higher quake,” he said. “I am very worried.” This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Michelle Obama Has 'Sunday of Fun' at Gwen Stefani's Home
Daniel Halper (The Weekly Standard)

First Lady Michelle Obama is at pop star Gwen Stefani's Beverly Hills home to take part in

"Sunday of Fun," according to the report. The event is a fundraiser for President Obama's reelection

effort. The pooler fills in the details:

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Massive fire hits east London as city prepares Olympics closing ceremonies - Fox News
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BBC News Massive fire hits east London as city prepares Olympics closing ceremonies Fox News LONDON – Firefighters battled a massive blaze at an east London recycling center Sunday as the city prepared for the closing ceremony of the Olympics.

Officials said the blaze was the biggest they'd seen in the city for years, but that the games would... 200 firefighters tackle London blaze Herald Sun 200 firefighters tackle huge blaze in London Belfast Telegraph Biggest fire 'for years' in Dagenham, London BBC News Telegraph.co.uk- ITN- Daily Mail all 351 news articles »

'SL misguided India that it ended war' Times of India
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Dolphins' Chad Johnson out of jail on $2,500 bond
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The Hindu 'SL misguided India that it ended war' Times of India CHENNAI: DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Sunday accused the Sri Lankan government of misguiding India and the world on ending the war in 2009. Recalling the final stages of the war in

Lanka at a closed-door conclave of the Tamil Eelam Supporters'... Will continue struggle to realise 'Eelam' dream: Karunanidhi The Hindu Eelam is my unfulfilled dream, says Karunanidhi IBNLive.com Meet on Lanka Tamils finally gets underway Indian Express Deccan Herald- Business Standard- Daily News & Analysis all 209 news articles »

Chad Johnson's teammates were taking the field for practice at the Miami Dolphins' training camp just as he walked out of jail Sunday.

RTI pleas not to exceed 500 words: Govt - Times of India
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search for missing asylum seekers - Herald Sun
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IBNLive.com RTI pleas not to exceed 500 words: Govt Times of India NEW DELHI : The government has set a word limit of 500 words for filing an application under the RTI Act. It has also devised a new format for filing an appeal to the Central Information Commission

under the transparency law besides making it mandatory... Sky News Australia CIC directs CBI to provide info search for missing asylum on DPA cases Daily News & seekers Analysis Herald Sun Too little information Indian Asylum solution report due A Express Government fixes 500-word limit for RTI query Economic Times Hindustan Times (Dave Winer) all 37 news articles » Submitted at 8/12/2012 4:47:27 PM

special report into peoplesmuggling will be handed to the Prime Minister today A SEARCH was on last night for an asylum seeker boat with 67 people on board, including children, missing between Indonesia and Australia. Expert panel to deliver asylum

policy findings ABC Local Parliament to resume with asylum debate ABC Online Houston report to fire refugee debate The Australian Sydney Morning Herald- SBSPerth Now all 165 news articles »

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Inquiry begins into child protection system - ABC Online
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How Google+ Punk’d The Oatmeal
Josh Constine (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 3:31:38 PM

Inquiry begins into child protection system ABC Online Child protection advocates hope a Queensland inquiry will help reform a system they say is in crisis. Hearings into the state's

child protection services will begin in Brisbane today. There are about 8000 children in state care in Queensland and more... Child study finds family help crucial Herald Sun Child protection inquiry resumes in Qld Perth Now all 13 news articles »

Since The Oatmeal draws comics like 5 Ways To Fight A Crack Whore, the kids down in Mountain View figured they could play a joke on him. This summer the artist wrote that Google+ comment threads sound like *crickets*, poking fun at the social network’s lack of engagement. He also criticized not being able to “set up a fancy profile URL so I don’t have to link people to http:// plus.google.com/blergasdf1234 thimbleturdorgasm99meatpoopyp oop xv9donkeypie ” — a madeup, ridiculously long string of random characters.

Yep, you saw a “turd orgasm 99 meat poopy poop” in there. But hell hath no fury like an engineer scorned. In retaliation, the Google+ team didn’t cite its user growth stats or give an excuse for why there are no custom profile URLs. Oh, no, that wouldn’t be nearly witty enough for the search giant’s brainiacs. Instead, they just redirected http:/ / p l u s . g o o g l e . c o m / blergasdf1234thimbleturdorgasm9 9meatpoopypoopxv9donkeypie back to The Oatmeal author Matthew Inman’s Google+ profile “ https://plus.google.com/ 100193529331792590881/posts” . Congrats, Matt, you’ve now got “donkey pie” at the end of your

own special Google+ vanity URL. Maybe his comment threads won’t be such a ghost town now that anyone who types in the joke URL will be able to put the comedian in their Circles. The best part might be that somewhere in the Google+ code is a little comment to future engineers about the redirect, noting “Don’t take this out, we’re fucking with The Oatmeal.” Check out TechCrunch’s coverage of how The Oatmeal earned a bunch of money for charity by telling a trademark troll’s mom to go have sex with bears.

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Meat Consumption Infographics The 'Do You Eat Too Much Protein' Graph is Health-Focused (TrendHunter.com)
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YC-Backed HiMom Helps Your Parents Keep Up With Your Life, One Postcard At A Time
Ingrid Lunden (TechCrunch)

union: it takes something I am already doing to record and create Submitted at 8/12/2012 3:00:09 PM things (using my phone) and Social media sites like Facebook matches it up with how my have become a central part of the parents like to get their content (in lives of many families, letting a physical form). them keep tabs on each other’s “HiMom is about improving lives through pictures. But they’re engagement between the young not for everyone. My mom and social networking generation and dad, who live in the U.S., have no those who are not connected interest in joining Facebook. They t h e r e , ” c o - f o u n d e r M a r t i n are okay with email, and my dad Poschenrieder says. As with a lot will even video Skype if his wife, of YC products, the founders have m y s t e p m o m ( a c o m p u t e r been using their YC classmates scientist, as it happens), sorts it and past work contacts as guinea out for him. But you know what? pigs, and the service, they’ve They still really love it most of all found, is being used just as much when I send them a real letter by those living near to their with photos of me, my husband families as it is by those who are and our two kids. And you know many miles apart — the latter use what else? I’ve really fallen off case coming out of the founders’ the wagon where letters are own backgrounds, two Germans concerned. I’m terrible at finding in Silicon Valley whose families time to sit down and write them, are still back in their home and then getting around to country. sending them. The app works simply enough: So I was especially excited to with the iPhone app, you can use hear about HiMom, a YC-backed any picture you have taken on mobile app, part of the current your phone, or from your iPhone c l a s s , t h a t l e t s y o u c r e a t e library via iCloud, and turn it into postcards from pictures you’ve a postcard. You have some taken on your phone, and then options for borders and filters on a send them to your parents — or full-sized postcard picture; and anyone else you’d like to keep in you can type a message. And in a touch with on a regular basis. To nice touch, you can also “sign” me, it seemed like the perfect the card either with a scribble of

your name or another doodle. You can then send it as a postcard for $1.99 or as a free email. Before I go any further with this, I’ll say yes, I know there are already a bunch of photo sharing apps, and even hundreds of postcard apps, out there already. Postagram is one of the biggest, and its developers Sincerely are now working with Facebook on a postcard service to create images out of Facebook photos specifically. And with so many more, is there really room for another? I think yes, particularly if HiMom follows through on the trajectory its founders have started. HiMom does what its name says: it is about creating and sending postcards, and building up a relationship specifically around one or two particular people — in this case between you and your parents, grandparents or others who are not necessarily connecting with you in your busy life. By narrowing the focus, it becomes something you could potentially use more regularly as part of that specific relationship. In that sense, it’s not unlike Pair and Cupple, social networking apps designed for groups of two.

By focusing on building social relationships outside of the more established social networking norms, it’s not unlike YC alum Family Leaf(a family-based social networking platform for families who don’t want to or can’t use Facebook). HiMom has some automation built into it as well: an upcoming update will offer a daily alert at 11am, and future versions of the app, Poschenrieder says, will let users change how often and when this alert comes, to remind you to send over a card your contacts. Other features to come will include a read receipt, “so that you see when your mom opened t h e n o t i f i c a t i o n email,” Poschenrieder says, as well as a “thank-you” button for your recipient to reply automatically, as well as address book integration: right now you have to enter recipients’ addresses manually. Integrating the address book might widen the number of people you would use HiMom for as well. What’s potentially even more interesting is how the HiMom framework could be developed for more than just postcards: think of how, say during a birthday or special occasion, you can add a

bouquet of flowers or chocolate (or other gift) delivery, in addition to the postcard. And that could loop in with some of the e-commerce knowledge of Poschenrieder and his co-founder Markus Jura. The pair are both German and met while working for Accenture in Europe. When they were in London applying for Y Combinator, they actually pitched a completely different idea, around product sharing between people. (That idea was parked when they realised that “acceptance from local merchants in the U.S. was different than in the UK,” Martin told me.) It’s not too surprising to see YC startups changing this way; after all, the incubator has an ethos of backing talent, not specific ideas. Things like physical gifts could be something to explore further down the line. For now, it’s about sending a beautiful postcard in place of what was there before… which, for many busy professionals, may well have been nothing.

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Why The Search For The Mystical Data Scientist Should Not Be A Feat Of Magic
Alex Williams (TechCrunch)

It’s true that data scientists are highly sought after. And there are Submitted at 8/12/2012 6:00:14 PM more people who want to have the The data scientist is a mystical job. What companies need to do spirit. A wizard, whose skills are better is look at the overall data fired in the deep unknown of a professional market. By doing developer’s lair. Their secrets are that they may find that the person worth the gold of a million they seek is not necessarily a empires.They possess the keys to developer with pure technical eternity.They have pet dragons. skills. More so it may be Not! It’s time to take away the someone who has a mix of staff and stop thinking of data b u s i n e s s s k i l l s w i t h a n scientists as lord wizards of understanding of big data and the middle earth lore. applications needed to realize the The reality is something much right findings and overall return different as business intelligence for the company. provider SiSense found in a study It’s also not like we have an exact it recently commissioned about definition of a data scientist. The the state of the data professional title is used quite freely. But you market. do need to know that if you seek It’s important to consider the out a data scientist, be prepared in s o u r c e w i t h c o m m i s s i o n e d knowing that you are hiring surveys. Obviously, SiSense has someone who will likely be in an interest in providing business high demand. intelligence solutions to For data professionals, the companies. But the survey they SiSense survey found that salaries funded does have findings that start at $55,000. The highest paid provides insights into the data are the data analysts who have professional market. become vice presidents in the

organizations where they work. They earn as much as $132,000 per year. On average, the vice presidents of data analytics have spent about nine years with their employer. Salaries jump as much as 40% as these people reach the nine-year mark. According to the survey, data scientists earn on average about $90,000 per year. But a pattern is emerging that may pose issues for companies that seek these people out. Data scientists have become so hyped that everyone wants one. Trend data from Indeed.com shows the increases in job postings that have the title of data scientist. Overall, salaries are going up for data professionals. In the survey, 61% of respondents said their salaries were up in 2012 compared to last year. And next year, 78% of those surveyed said that they expect their salaries to increase. Job security is not a chief

concern, especially for the data scientist. The results also show that people with business skills are sought after. I think this last data point shows why employers need to think more about who they want to hire. Data scientists are very important to companies that deal with web scale data. I am talking about companies such as eBay or Facebook. But most companies need people who can help solve business problems with data that is minuscule in comparison to the big, web properties. Finding that right data professional does not have to be a magical quest. It often means finding people with the right mix of skills who love the mysteries of what data beholds and the business acumen to discover its meaning. (Lead image courtesy of Arthur Buxton, a talented artist who makes beautiful data visualizations.)

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Whatever Happened to That New Apple TV?
Don Reisingermy Apple 22 the I was using (SlashGear) WHATEVER page TV other day to stream some music to

Shareholders call for Anglo American chief Cynthia Carroll's exit
Louise Armitstead (Finance News - Business news from the UK and world)

Cynthia Carroll, chief executive of Anglo American, is under attack from shareholders who

have demanded an immediate change of management because they have lost confidence in her

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my television and thought about something: prior to the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, rumors suggested that Apple was going to announce a new Apple TV operating system that would support applications and all kinds of other goodies. There was also some speculation that the company might offer up a new Apple TV set-top box that would come with some storage for the apps. However, amid all of the talk of a new MacBook Pro with a Retina display and discussions on Apple’s new mobile and desktop operating systems, the Apple TV was overlooked. And those of us who actually want to run apps on our televisions were left to hope it might happen another day. There’s just one issue: since WWDC, discussions on a new Apple TV have dried up. We haven’t heard of any improvements to the device’s operating system nor discussions on developers bringing their apps to the device. There hasn’t even been a rumor mentioning the possibility of a new Apple set-top box launching sometime soon. So, what gives? Has Apple’s

highly touted ability to keep everything secret won yet again? Or is it possible that the rumors were nonsense in the beginning, and those of us who own an Apple TV will never get the update we so deeply desire? Unfortunately, I’m starting to think that it’s the latter. For years now, Apple has called its set-top box a hobby, and although it doesn’t like to use that moniker nowadays, the device really is. Like it or not, Apple doesn’t really care all that much about the Apple TV, and it has proven to be an afterthought for the company for far too many years."I’ve decided to ignore all Apple TV rumors" Realizing that, I’ve decided to ignore all Apple TV rumors that might arise in the next several months. The way I see it, Apple cares most about its iPhone, iPad, and Macs, and the company is more than likely working on a television. To worry about updating a device that comes in at $99 and many consumers don’t even know about would be a mistake from a business perspective. Admittedly, it’s not the end of the world for me. As much as I’d like

How Paul Ryan Would Reform Medicare for Americans Under the Age of 55
John McCormack (The Weekly Standard)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 4:59:00 PM

Wow, it's hard to believe that the two weeks of the 2012 London Olympic Games are over. Tonight, while North America is being treated to the spectacle of a parade of aging British pop stars, you can join in on the fun of a TUAW Talkcast. There's no specific topic tonight: instead, it will be like a short Olympics with no medals and a lot fewer inane announcers. Now it's really all about you, the community, so join me won't you? To participate, you can use the browser-only Talkshoe client, the embedded Facebook app, or The Bipartisan Policy Center would change the program for download the classic TalkShoe helpfully explains how Paul Americans who are 54-years-old Pro Java client; however, for +5 Ryan's Medicare reform, which and younger (via Reihan Salam): Interactivity, you should call in. For the web UI, just click the Mitt Romney has embraced,

to have an App Store on my Apple TV, I have applications running on my current Samsung HDTVs. At this point, I really only use my Apple TV to watch television shows or movies I download or to stream some of my music. Beyond that, I ignore it. But that could all change if Apple actually started caring about the Apple TV. And if those rumors could eventually come true, I think there would be millions of the device’s owners who would be awfully happy to have that extra functionality. Don’t hold your breath, though. Unfortunately, the Apple TV is slowly but surely meeting its maker. And within the next year or so, it’s quite possible it’ll be discontinued and throw into the grand junk heap of tech goodies that couldn’t hold out for long. Whatever Happened to That New Apple TV? is written by Don Reisinger& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All right reserved.

TUAW Talkcast: Closing Ceremonies Edition
Steven Sande (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 6:30:00 PM

Talkshoe Web button on our profile page at 4 HI/7 PDT/10 pm EDT Sunday. To call in on regular phone or VoIP lines (viva free weekend minutes!): dial (724) 444-7444 and enter our talkcast ID, 45077 -- during the call, you can request to talk by keying in *8. If you've got a headset or microphone handy on your Mac, you can connect via the free XLite or other SIP clients; basic instructions are here. Talk to you tonight! TUAW Talkcast: Closing Ceremonies Edition originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sun, 12 Aug 2012 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Fisker Karma ignites into flames while owner runs errands
Eric Abent (SlashGear)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 4:00:47 PM

Here’s some more bad news for the Fisker Karma crowd: an owner of the hybrid car returned from a grocery run to find his Karma engulfed in flames, Jalopnik reports. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Fisker Karmas erupting into flames seemingly out of the blue, as earlier in May one actually caught a house on fire. Luckily, no one was hurt in this blaze, but needless to say, the expensive car isn’t in too good of shape after the incident. The circumstances surrounding the fire, which occurred in Woodside, Califonia, are still unknown. According to the Fire Department, the owner returned to his car to see it billowing smoke and called the manufacturer before dialing 911. Alas, the Woodside Fire Department

couldn’t save the car, as a decent portion of the front of the vehicle was destroyed by the time firefighters were able to put the fire out. Last year, Fisker recalled over 200 cars for a poorly-placed hose clamp that could potentially allow coolant to leak onto the battery and cause a fire. With more cars

being added to that recall list in June of this year, it’s possible that this particular Karma was one of the vehicles that was recalled, but it’s unknown at the moment if that actually is the case. One Jalopnik reader was able to record a brief video of Woodside firefighters putting out the burning car, which you can see below.

Fisker has since made a statement to Jalopnik, saying that it takes safety seriously and that it still has confidence in the Karma. Fisker will be using its own “independent fire investigation representative” to get to the bottom of this fire, and will release another statement once the cause is known. Hopefully this

doesn’t become a common thing for the Karma, because the car is actually a really sleek vehicle (when it isn’t bursting into flames). Stay tuned, and if you own a Karma, you might want to get in touch with Fisker to make sure that your car isn’t one of the vehicles that has been recalled. Story Timeline • Fisker Karma Lux Hybrid Car Ships to Leonardo Di Caprio First, then Al Gore and Colin Powell • 50 Fisker Karma vehicles have potential battery issue • Fisker Karma breaks down in Consumer Reports testing Fisker Karma ignites into flames while owner runs errands is written by Eric Abent& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All right reserved.

It Is A Strange World We Inhabit
Tyler Durden

twists and turns. Gut-wrenching volatility, only to end up where Submitted at 8/12/2012 4:07:44 PM you began." S e t h K l a r m a n s u m s u p "It is a strange world we inhabit. everything: One where economies remain "The market roller coaster of 2012 extremely depressed yet almost no c o n t i n u e s . S p e e d y a s c e n t s . companies go bankrupt, while low Sudden plummets. Unexpected interest rates encourage holders of

capital to speculate. One where global turmoil mounts while the world passively watches. One where nearly every member of Congress will insist that we need to rein in deficit spending, while collectively Congress accomplishes virtually nothing. It

would be absurdly funny if it weren’t so incredibly tragic." Source: Baupost Q2 Letter Average: Your rating: None Average: 5( 21 votes) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is

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Frustrated judge orders Apple, Samsung counsel to meet today
Steven Musil (CNET News)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 3:11:03 PM

today and file joint and disputed final jury instructions by Monday, August 13, 2012 at 8 a.m." Apple and Samsung are battling The order comes after the two over the look and feel of their companies reportedly accused devices, as well as what the jury is each other of impeding the jury told. instruction process. Foss reports The federal judge presiding over that an Apple filing late Friday t h e A p p l e - S a m s u n g p a t e n t claimed that "although [it] has infringement trial has apparently tried diligently to advance the grown weary of the quibbling process, Samsung has stymied attorneys in the case and has t h o s e e f f o r t s . " S a m s u n g ordered them to meet in person reportedly responded by saying it today to hammer out joint jury had "agreed to more than twenty instructions. revised instructions proposed by "The Court is disappointed by the Apple and is continuing to review p a r t i e s ' r e s p e c t i v e r e p o r t s Apple's remaining disputed regarding their meet and confer instructions for any common efforts on final jury instructions," ground," while Apple had "agreed U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said to only two complete instructions in her order today, according to drafted solely by Samsung." Foss Patents. "Lead trial counsel CNET has contacted Apple and shall meet and confer in person Samsung for comment and will

update this report when we learn more. Their disagreement over what the jury should be told when the companies rest their cases is just the latest courtroom row in the high-stakes trial. The two tech

giants butted heads over destroyed evidence and whether the jury would hear disparaging comments the late Steve Jobs made about Android, the mobile operating system that powers Samsung devices. (She ultimately ruled the

jury would not hear the comments.) Apple went so far as to ask the court to keep jurors from seeing the Samsung logo on video equipment in the court to avoid the impression among jurors that Samsung equipment and the company itself are somehow favored by the court. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

The amazing heart rate app
(Holy Kaw!)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 11:06:00 AM

Remember how your high school gym teacher taught you how to take your heart rate? Yeah, neither do we and never seemed to do it right anyway, but now the great minds at MIT have found a way to let your phone do the hard work without ever having to lay a

finger on it. According to Ariel Schwartz at Fast Company: The [Cardiio] app measures the amount of light reflected off the face, which matches up to the amount of blood pumped into the face (every time the heart beats, more blood is pumped). that of elite athletes (depressing) It also keeps track of your heart and members of the animal rate over time and compares it to

kingdom (kind of weird). Your P.E. teacher might not be happy you forgot their sage advice, but they'll be thrilled you're still working out. Full story at Cardiio via Fast Company. Apps for health. Permalink| Leave a comment »

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Sometimes life does not want to bring you luck. And sometimes it delivers a perverse sort of justice, one that makes you question just who or what is in control of this world. Such sentiments might have entered the thought systems of Justin Kryzanowski, a 24-year-old man from Pennsylvania, who is said to have patched in an accidental guest to an alleged drug deal. With perhaps the wrong twitch of a cheek or the inadvertent pressure of a jean seam, his cell phone allegedly and independently dialed 911, and police say they listened in to the whole thing. According the the Scranton Times-Tribune, the police not only lent an ear to some interesting purchases but then traced the cell phone back to

Kryzanowski's home. There, they claim to have found all sorts of drug-related substances and tools that lent substance to their accusations. They also allegedly found Kyrzanowski unable to articulate words as clearly as he might, after his alleged purchase. More Technically Incorrect He has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, as well as possessing prohibited weapons. The curse of the cell phone is one that has not yet been sufficiently documented. Cell phones sometimes turn themselves on at the worst possible times, such as weddings, funerals, and drug deals. They are often enablers of overly hasty texting that can destroy the best of friendships and even marriages.

They record one's sometimes illjudged communication for others to pry and criticize. They even make us believe that Wi-Fied face time is as good as the real thing. There is something infinitely sad that, too often, we allow machines -- not people -- to be the ones that betray us or portray us as other than who we really are. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Obama On America's Drought: Blame Congress
Tyler Durden

Democrats at Odds With Christ?
(The Christian Post)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 11:47:33 AM

Publisher Pulls David Barton's Book on Jefferson Thomas Nelson decided Thursday to stop publication and distribution of David Barton's The Jefferson Lies. The book, about Thomas Jefferson, had come under criticism from both Christian and secular historians

for taking quotes out ... This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Dolphins' Chad Johnson out of jail on $2,500 bond
(Sports News Headlines Yahoo! News)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 5:11:36 PM

Chad Johnson's teammates were taking the field for practice at the Miami Dolphins' training camp just as he walked out of jail Sunday.

kinds of disasters, but also makes necessary reforms and gives them certainly year round.... So call Last week Obama insinuated that your members of congress, write in the aftermath of the "amazing" them an email and tell them that post-bankruptcy GM recovery, his now is the time to come together next plan is to bailout, well, and get this done. Too many everyone: "I believe in American Americans are suffering right now w o r k e r s , I b e l i e v e i n t h i s to let politics get in the way." All American industry, and now the righty then GOP - you heard the American auto industry has come president: stop blocking the man roaring back... Now I want to do who would end the drought if not t h e s a m e t h i n g w i t h for your disturbing lack of faith, manufacturing jobs, not just in the and vote promptly for "Let's All auto industry, but in every Make It Rain: It's Only Fair" bill. industry." Also, as it appears, the How else can the systematic Bailout'er-In-Chief has taken the b a i l o u t o f e v e r y o n e a n d saying " make it rain" a little too everything proceed as planned? close to heart, and is now taking Average: the worst drought in decades as a Your rating: None Average: 5( 1 p e r s o n a l c e n t r a l p l a n n i n g vote) challenge. Just because he can. This entry passed through the There is one thing preventing him Full-Text RSS service — if this is for bailing out US farmers: that your content and you're reading it thing apparently is evil congress. on someone else's site, please read From his weekly address: "This is the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentan all hands on deck response... only/faq.php#publishers. Five But my administration can't do it Filters recommends: Incinerating alone. Congress needs to do its Assange - The Liberal Media Go part too. They need to pass a farm To Work. bill that not only helps farmers and ranchers respond to these
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App.net hits $500K funding goal nearly two days early
Steven Musil (CNET News)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 2:15:28 PM

Dalton Caldwell's plea for App.net funding.(Credit: Screenshot by Steven Musil/ CNET) App.net's goal of creating an alternative social network took a big step forward with the announcement that it had achieved the goal of raising $500,000 in a crowd-funding campaign. The project, which seeks to build an open API framework for developers, achieved its Kickstarter pledge goal with almost two days to spare before its deadline, thanks mostly to a last-minute push for new sponsors. More than 7,800 sponsors have

pledged funds for varying membership privileges. A $50 basic membership gives donors an annual membership, while a $1,000 donation gives members access to the developer tools and telephone support. In his plea for funding, App.net founder Dalton Caldwell said the

goal of the project is to "create the service we all wish existed" We're building a real-time social service where users and developers come first, not advertisers. Our team has spent the last 9 years building social services, developer platforms, mobile

applications and more. We believe that advertisingsupported social services are so consistently and inextricably at odds with the interests of users and developers that something must be done. App.net is not the first socialnetworking project to give

Facebook and Twitter a run for their money. Diaspora, a socialnetworking project hatched by four New York University programming students in their early 20s, also tried the microfunding approach a couple of years ago. An earlier version of the network is available at App.net. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

The ultimate “Somebody That I Used to Know” mashup [video]
(Holy Kaw!)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 5:16:00 PM

Thought you’d heard every interpretation there was of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used

to Know”? Think again. YouTube user gotyemusic has grabbed versions from all over the Internet to created the ultimate Gotye mashup, predictably

entitled “Somebodies.”

It might just be the best version yet. Full story at YouTube. Messing with the music. Permalink| Leave a comment »

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Audi announces AMOLED rear-view display for R8 e-tron
Eric Abent (SlashGear)

camera. The camera is placed in an “aerodynamically optimized housing” that can be heated when Audi has announced that its it gets cold outside, so you don’t upcoming R8 e-tron will be need to worry about your rearfeaturing a digital AMOLED rear- view video feed going dark when view “mirror” when it arrives winter arrives. Audi says that the later this year. This isn’t the first A M O L E D s c r e e n w i l l b e time Audi has implemented such p r o v i d e d b y S a m s u n g . a display in one of its cars, as we Of course, there are other saw this same technology in its benefits to having a camera and Audi R18 race car. This means screen setup such as this, with that conventional rear-view Audi saying that the combination mirrors are out – at least in the R8 helps reduce glare from the e-tron – and are being replaced headlights of cars behind you. The with a 7.7-inch AMOLED screen. AMOLED screen doesn’t require To get a little more specific, Audi a back light, as it is “selfsays this is a color AMOLED illuminating at a low voltage.” screen that displays the feed from Audi also promises that the screen a small and very lightweight will provide a “high-contrast,
Submitted at 8/12/2012 1:10:58 PM

brilliant image” of what’s going on behind you, and even though the camera lens is only a few millimeters in diameter, it can provide a wider viewing range than conventional rear-view

mirrors. Audi said in its announcement that it is also looking into “incorporating additional information” on the screen at some point in the future, so when

the Audi R8 e-tron first becomes available, it sounds like it will be lacking that extra functionality. It’s a excellent feature to be sure, but then again, we’ve come to expect excellent features from Audi. The Audi R8 e-tron is scheduled to roll off the line at the end of the year, so stay tuned for more details. Audi announces AMOLED rearview display for R8 e-tron is written by Eric Abent& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All right reserved.

6 minutes of maniacal movie laughter [video]
(Holy Kaw!)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 5:33:00 PM

Need a soundtrack to that longoverdue nervous breakdown? You can’t go wrong with this incredibly creepy mashup of 100

maniacal laughs from the big screen compiled by James

Chapman. Full story at YouTube via The Mary Sue. Crazy for laughs. Permalink| Leave a comment »

easyJet takes on BA and Virgin for right to operate Moscow flights
Nathalie Thomas (Finance News - Business news from the UK and world)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 3:00:15 PM

Airways and Virgin Atlantic as the three airlines jostle for the right to operate lucrative flights between London and Moscow.

easyJet is going into battle for the first time with both British

EDF Energy puts price cap on Hinkley Point nuclear plant
Emily Gosden (Finance News Business news from the UK and

EDF Energy has, for the first time, specified a maximum price

for the delivery of Britain's first new nuclear plant in a generation.

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Apple may become the new sponsor of the UK's Orange Prize for Fiction
Michael Grothaus (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 7:55:00 AM

The Orange Prize for Fiction is a prestigious literary award in the UK that goes to one outstanding female writer every year. Until this past May the award, officially called the Women's Prize for Fiction, has been sponsored by UK telecoms provider Orange. However, after T-Mobile's merger with Orange earlier this year, the company decided to drop its sponsorship of the prize. Now, according to The Sunday Telegraph, Apple is looking to take over sponsorship of the literary award. The Telegraph story points out that UK sponsorship by Apple is a rare thing. The Cupertino company has only lent its

"iTunes" name to a music festival and an iTV2 music show. But the paper speculates that Apple's presumed interest in the literary prize is to drum up more interest in reading ebooks from its iBookstore. In fact, instead of just switching fruit names from

Orange to Apple, should it win the sponsorship, Apple might forgo the "Apple Prize for Fiction" name all together and could presumably call it the "iBooks Prize for Fiction." The company could then also promote the prize through the iBookstore.

The Sunday Telegraph doesn't provide many more details besides their sources confirming that "Apple has had talks with the award organisers" and that also "a number of companies, including Kobo, the ebook producer, had also indicated their interest but that discussions with Apple were the most advanced." The Orange Prize for Fiction originated in 1996. You can see a full list of winners here. Apple may become the new sponsor of the UK's Orange Prize for Fiction originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sun, 12 Aug 2012 07:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments

Hang Your Paintbrush in a Jar of Paint Thinner [Painting]
David Galloway (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 3:00:00 PM

In order to clean your paintbrush sometimes you need to let it soak in paint thinner, but you don't want the bristles touching the bottom as they will both bend and pick up residual paint from the bottom of the paint thinner jar. Instead, hang your paintbrush from an object such as a pegboard into a jar of paint thinner. More »

Runaway McIlroy six ahead with six holes left
(Sports News Headlines Yahoo! News)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 4:51:47 PM

KIAWAH ISLAND, South

Carolina (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy tightened his grip on a second major title by sinking a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-four 12th to forge six strokes clear with six

holes left in Sunday's final round of the PGA Championship. The Northern Irishman's fourth birdie of the day on the challenging Ocean Course at Kiawah Island

Gold Resort put him at 11 under overall as he cruised toward the finish line in the year's final major. McIlroy, who clinched last year's U.S. ...

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Europe's Most Dangerous Politicians: Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande, David Cameron, Jean-Claude Juncker, Jose Barroso, Mario Monti, Herman Van Rompuy
noreply@blogger.com (Mike Mish Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)

pressuring successive governments to abandon austerity measures that underpin Greece's continued access to international Submitted at 8/12/2012 12:43:00 PM Der Spiegel has published an aid. inane article about Europe's 10 • Silvio Berlusconi, entrepreneur Most Dangerous Politicians. and former Italian prime minister: Top 10 List His Popolo della Libertà (People of Freedom) party supports • Markus Söder, Bavarian current Prime Minister Mario Finance Minister: The politician Monti but is secretly preparing for from the Christian Social Union, Italian elections next year. the conservative sister party to Berlusconi wants to win a fifth Chancellor Angela Merkel's term as prime minister with the Christian Democratic Union, is help of populist anti-euro rhetoric. known for his tub-thumping He recently said the Italian central rhetoric and has stepped up a gear bank should simply print more in the euro crisis with vitriolic euros to avoid instructions from comments about Greece. "An Brussels. He has also threatened example must be made of Athens, to reintroduce the lira. that this euro zone can show • Marine Le Pen, leader of the far teeth," he told the Bild am -right Front National in France: Sonntag tabloid newspaper this T h e p o p u l i s t p o l i t i c i a n week. campaigned in this year's • Alexis Tsipras, the leader of presidential election by warning Greece's leftist Syriza party: In his about the supposed might of the latest proposal, Tsipras argues the EU. "Frau Merkel and her friends, Greek government should refuse Van Rompuy and the European to talk to the so-called troika Commission are in the final stages comprised of the European of creating a European Soviet C o m m i s s i o n , t h e E u r o p e a n Union," she thundered. "We are Central Bank and the International about to lose our status as a free Monetary Fund. He wants to nation." "criminalize" the privatization of • Timo Soini, leader of the True public enterprises. He has been Finns party and a member of the labelled the "most dangerous man European Parliament: Since the in Europe" since he became leader election, Finland has demanded of the radical left and has been that Greece provide collateral in

he would bow to Brussels' power but not to its arguments created considerable irritation. Der Spiegel is Clueless and Dangerous While the list does include some fascists and other questionable characters, the main "crime" against the collective group is they seek to end the euro. Reader "Martin" from Australia writes ... Hello Mish Der Spiegel's article on return for Finnish aid. Soini wants seen." He has described European dangerous politicians is a good that aid to stop. "Not a penny Council President Herman Van example of how clueless main more," he says. "We've paid Rompuy as having the "charisma stream media is. While some in enough." of a damp rag." the list are clearly facists like • Alexander Dobrindt, general • Heinz-Christian Strache, head Orban and Le Pen, the media tries secretary of the conservative of the Austrian Freedom Party to discredit Nigel Farage by Bavarian Christian Social Union (FPÖ): Strache claims that the putting him in the same group. (CSU): "It's the end of the line for permanent euro bailout fund, the By the way Der Spiegel is Greece," Dobrindt said recently. European Stability Mechanism considered a major respectable Previously, he had demanded that (ESM), will destroy "not only our magazine. They all work for the the Greek government should no state, but also our democracy and EU. longer pay its civil servants and constitution." He says the ESM is Regards, pensioners in euros but in t a n t a m o u n t to an Martin, Sydney, Australia drachmas. ´Ermächtigungsgesetz, an allusion Eurozone Cannot Possibly • Nigel Farage, leader of the UK to the 1933 German law that Survive Independence Party (UKIP) and a allowed Hitler to rise to power. Reader Martin is exactly correct. m e m b e r o f t h e E u r o p e a n • Geert Wilders, head of the In this regard Der Spiegel is not Parliament: Farage is the man Dutch Freedom Party (PVV): only clueless, but dangerous, who can cause an uproar in the Wilders wants to see the return of because it fans myths that the o t h e r w i s e d u l l E u r o p e a n the Dutch guilder and described eurozone can survive intact (it Parliament, where he called the the ESM as "a dictate from cannot), and the myth the euro is L i s b o n T r e a t y " t h e m o s t Brussels." spectacular, bureaucratic coup • Viktor Orbán, Hungarian prime EUROPE'S page 30 d'etat that the world had ever minister: Orbán's statement that

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worth saving in the first place (it's not). For details, please see Problem in Europe is Arithmetic, Not Confidence; Why the Eurozone Cannot Possibly Survive Intact Mish's Top List of Europe's Most Dangerous Politicians • Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, deserves special mention. Merkel is widely blamed for not doing enough to keep the eurozone crisis from spreading. However, her hands are tied by constitutional issues as well as political issues within her coalition. Yet, every step of the way Merkel caved in to demands of those desperately attempting to save the unsaveable. Nothing is more dangerous that ranking politicians on a mission to do the wrong thing, hoping to preserve their legacy. • Francois Hollande, president of France: Hollande is about to wreck France with a plethora of tax hikes, by rolling back retirement age, and a preposterous policy that would"Make Layoffs So Expensive For Companies That It's Not Worth It" • David Cameron, UK Prime Minister: Cameron refuses to call a vote on exiting the EU even

though the UK is damaged by inane EU rules. Last December, Cameron almost gave in to ridiculous EU treaty changes but did not do so only because he was dead set against preposterous financial transaction taxes proposed by Brussels. Were it not for the financial transaction tax, it appears Cameron would have done the wrong thing. • Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg Prime Minister and head of the eurozone finance ministers: Juncker is famous for his quote"When it becomes serious, you have to lie". More recently, Juncker told another whopper " I Don’t Envisage, Not Even for One Second, Greece Leaving the Euro Area" • Mario Monti, technocrat Prime Minister of Italy. Monti was never elected, he was installed by eurocrats because he would support the euro. • Herman Van Rompuy, European Council president: Van Rompuy spends his time flying all over Europe promoting discarded eurobond ideas. He seldom shows up in European Parliament. • José Barroso, European Commission president: Farage describes Barroso as "delusional idiot and was a supporter of

Chairman Mao" Reflections On Merkel Nigel Farage properly classifies Barroso as a "delusional idiot". The same applies to Herman Van Rompuy, and self-admitted liar Jean-Claude Juncker. In contrast, Chancellor Merkel is anything but a delusional idiot. Rather, Merkel is an extremely skilled, as well as widely respected if not charismatic leader, with a seriously misguided notion there needs to be a European nannyzone super-state. Worse yet, she appears willing to sell her soul and the future of Germany to secure that outcome. As noted above, nothing is more dangerous that ranking politicians on a mission to do the wrong thing, hoping to preserve their legacy. Without a doubt, Merkel's attributes make her the most dangerous politician in Europe. A Note About Nigel Farage Der Spiegel labeled Farage Europe's 7th most dangerous politician. Check out the platform of UKIP, Farage's party. We believe in the minimum necessary government which defends individual freedom, supports those in real need, takes

as little of our money as possible, and doesn't interfere in our lives. I think the Republican Party in the US should adopt that platform and that anything except a platform based on minimal government and individual freedom is dangerous. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com Click Here To Scroll Thru My Recent Post List Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. Visit http:// www.sitkapacific.com/ account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.

Shop Salad Bars for Quick and Easy Omelet Ingredients [Saving Money]
David Galloway (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 1:00:00 PM

If you're the type of person who never takes the time to chop up vegetables but know you need to start cooking at home consider going to a salad bar and only filling your salad container with mushrooms, diced ham, cheeses, and other ingredients that would work well in omelets, quesadillas, and other foods. More »

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The Silliest Chart You'll See In The Paul Ryan Debt Plan
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 2:58:00 PM

In order to promote his "Roadmap" for his national debt reduction plan, Wisconsin Representative and Mitt Romney running mate Paul Ryan put out a set of scare charts on what happens if the size of the US debt grows unchecked. The silliest, most meaningless chart of the bunch is this one on Who Owns The National Debt. The message he's trying to convey is clear: More and more the US is going cap-in-hand abroad to fund government spending. The Chinese (whom Mitt Romney has accused of not trading fairly with us) own a huge chunk. Ergo we're at their mercy. This is a popular notion, and a candidate running on a scare platform is wise to tell this story, but the story is nonsense on stilts. China has no financial leverage over the US, and the idea of the government having to go beg foreigners in order to spend US dollars is a myth. The reason China owns boatloads of US debt is because China sells boatloads of goods (literally) to US consumers. And then China is left holding a bunch of US

dollars. And when you're left holding a bunch of US dollars, the national place to put those US dollars is US Treasuries. It really is that simple. It's why Japan (also a huge trading partners) owns a bunch of US debt, and why Brazil (which wasn't even on the chart in 1990), is now also a sizable US debt holder. As you can see in this chart, in the 90s, the US hardly had any imports from Brazil. Now they're

getting to quite substantial, a trend that has been a major boon to the South American economic giant. The essential driver of foreign ownership of US debt is this trend: The boom in global trade, the trade deficit, and the great extent to which foreigners need to recycle a lot of US dollars that they receive. The flipside of the US situation is Japan. Japan famously runs a trade surplus (meaning that on net there

aren't going to be a lot of Yen floating all around the world), and so not surprisingly, its debt is almost entirely domestically owned. Very few foreigners need to recyle Yen into JGB (Japanese Government Bonds). Okay, but what if China decided that after receiving US dollars in payments for various goods and services, it just didn't want to recycle them into Treasuries. Maybe the Chinese decided it wanted to spend those dollars

directly on oil from the Mideast. That's fine too. Then it would be Mideast dollar holders who would recycle them into Treasuries. Eventually the dollars will find their way home, so to speak. And the fact of the matter is that China does reduce its Treasury holdings from time to time. Here's a chart, via Katchum at SeekingAlpha, that's current as of this Spring of Chinese holdings of US debt. The numbers go up and down, but it's totally irrelevant for the US Treasury market. Of all the things to worry about, this is not one. Paul Ryan can breathe easy. And if you really want to get in the weeds on this issue, go check out the paper from Professor Dan Drezner on The Myth of China's Financial Leverage (.pdf). It looks at how China did hope to exert influence over US policy during the financial crisis, and that it was done to no avail and no impact. Please follow Politics on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story »

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More "Source" Input On Coming Precious Metals Price Explosions
lemetropole

Billy Graham Hospitalized, in Stable Condition
(The Christian Post)

fairly easy to sort that all out … and what to run with. Submitted at 8/12/2012 4:08:07 PM Here it is … short, sweet, and Bill Murphy maybe VERY important: Chairman Gold Anti-Trust August 10, 2012 Action Committee The METALS www.LeMetropoleCafe.com I have spoken before about my August 12 - Gold $1619.70 – contact on the Board of Trade Silver $28.06 who trades mainly the metals and More "Source" Input On Coming is in touch with New York minute Precious Metals Price Explosions by minute. He has been saying for Over the past month+ I have been several weeks that the metals pounding the table that based on would have one more big drop information from three extremely (1525-1550) before they really informed sources the prices of took off. Today he changed his gold and silver would begin their mind. They saw heavy covering launches to much higher prices in of shorts in Chicago and New August … a launch that would York. This should show in next lead to all-time highs in both w e e k ’ s C O T . T h e y s e e a n precious metals and well beyond. explosion of huge proportions and The reason for this Mini-Midas is are adding four more floor traders that I just received some new as they see August as a record input, which supports what my month for them. He closed by original sources have been telling saying "We could see a 100% us for some time. It is from increase in 90 days." Tie this in someone I have known for a long with other things that we have while and is of the same caliber as read and heard. Golden regards my other sources in terms of Peter reliability. When you have traded If what Peter sends us pans out commodities and stocks as long as anywhere close to what he has I have, and get to be my age, it is been told, this Mini-Midas is

more than well worth the read. What fascinates me is that this new input confirms what my other three sources have been saying. Now we wait to see how this plays out in the three weeks of trading left ahead in August. In addition, as you well know by now, it has come to my attention from all of my original contacts that JP Morgan has a big problem with their silver short position and that this problem will reveal itself in a public way in the near future… *** ? 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 fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

evangelistic event it has ever held next year on the week of Submitted at 8/12/2012 12:29:48 PM Graham's 95th birthday. August 12, 2012| 1:29 pm Follow us Graham, 93, was evaluated and The event "could be Billy treated for a pulmonary infection. Graham's final call to America to He was alert when he was being turn to God," according to Preston admitted to Mission Hospital and Parrish, BGEA vice president for is now resting comfortably, My Hope With Billy Graham. according to spokesman A. Larry In a prayer letter last month, Ross. Graham lamented the moral "Appropriate antibiotics are being direction of America and said his administered and ... his condition heart "aches" for it. He pointed to i s s t a b l e , " R o s s s a i d i n a the millions of babies that have statement. been aborted as well as Graham is currently retired, after indulgence, pride and a lack of having preached the Gospel to shame over sin that are "now nearly 215 million people in more e m b l e m s o f t h e A m e r i c a n than 185 countries and territories. l i f e s t y l e . " He spends most of his time in his "The wonderful news is that our home in Montreat, N.C., due to Lord is a God of mercy, and He age-related conditions. responds to repentance," he stated. Though retired, the respected This entry passed through the evangelist is still involved in Full-Text RSS service — if this is ministry and is also working on a your content and you're reading it new book focused on the Gospel on someone else's site, please read message that he preached in the the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentspan of over 70 years. only/faq.php#publishers. Five It was also recently announced Filters recommends: Incinerating t h a t t h e B i l l y G r a h a m Assange - The Liberal Media Go Evangelistic Association will hold To Work. the largest North American

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Brian Belski: Stocks Are Setting Up For A Huge Expansion For Years To Come
Matthew Boesler (Money Game)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 5:27:57 PM

BMO chief investment strategist Brian Belski recently made the call that " we're on the verge of the next great bull market" in stocks and put out a super-bullish chartbook explaining his thesis. A lot of talk among commentators lately has focused on the death of equity investing due to the decline in value of the indexes over the past decade or so. In his latest note to clients, Belski writes that is another reason to be bullish on stocks–secular bull markets usually are preceded by "lost decades" like the one we just saw. Belski points to this chart,

showing how 10-year returns on the S&P 500 recently went positive: Belski writes that we're entering a "very long period of expansion" in the stock market: As Chart 6 illustrates, stocks typically enter a very long period of expansion after emerging from

a period of negative 10-year returns (10-year returns became positive in February 2011 in the current cycle). In addition, a closer inspection reveals that returns are not as volatile as some might suggest. In fact, based on all rolling monthly holding periods since WWII, the worst

surprised by those investors who argue that “it is different this time.” To be sure, so some investment cycles are stronger or longer, while others are weaker or shorter. However, investment trends have remained remarkably consistent from one cycle to the next (with the exception of bubbles). REVEALED: The World's Biggest Companies Explain What's Happening To The Global Economy > annualized return for any 10-year Please follow Money Game on period was -5.1% (1999-2009). Twitter and Facebook. F u r t h e r m o r e , r e t u r n s w e r e Join the conversation about this negative less than 10% of the story » time. Thus, it can be inferred that extending one’s time horizon can greatly reduce the probability of investment loss. This leads us to another point: we continue to be

Best Buy's Summer Gaming Blowout begins today
Jessica Conditt (Joystiq)

August 12, through August 18. Just Dance 3, Rayman Origins, Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Best Buy's Summer Gaming Edition, Tekken Hybrid and Blowout includes massive deals Crysis 2 are running $10 each, on Just Dance 3, Rayman Origins, along with a handful of other Crysis 2 and a bomb of other motion-sensitive and visually the games and accessories right games, running from today, enchanting titles. Check out all here.
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Here Are The Big Market Moving Events For Monday, August 13 (SYY, GRPN)
Eric Platt (Money Game)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 4:13:00 PM

There are few major announcements on Monday across North America and Europe. Headlines will be driven out of Japan, as the country releases its preliminary second quarter GDP report. Here's what you need to know. • Japan starts things off at 7:50 p.m. on Sunday evening with a reading of second quarter GDP. Economists forecast a slowing annualized growth pace, at 2.3 percent, representing a 0.6 percent sequential increase. • Announcements go quiet until 2:00 a.m. on Monday morning, when Germany releases wholesale prices. There is no consensus for the report. • The French current account balance follows at 2:45 a.m., with expectations for a€4.1 billion deficit in June. • Dutch and Norwegian retail sales will be released at 3:30 and 4:00 a.m. Sales are expected to improve 2.5 percent in the Netherlands from a year earlier,

"What do you do to make lunch at work healthy, quick, and easy?" [Ask The Commenters Roundup]
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while sales in Norway advance 4.1 percent (a 0.5 percent sequential fall). • A report on Italian government debt is scheduled for 4:30 a.m. • Closing out the day at 9:00 a.m. is Mexican industrial production. Economists forecast a 3.7 percent year-on-year gain. Below, the key earnings announcements scheduled for the day.

Sysco(SYY): $0.54 Groupon(GRPN): $0.03 Consensus estimates provided by Bloomberg. All times are in Eastern Standard Time. SEE ALSO: This Is What The World Will Look Like For The Rest Of The Year > Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story »

• What do you do to make lunch at work healthy, quick, and easy? • What's the best weapon to protect yourself with during a home invasion besides a real firearm that requires a permit? • Any indoor painting tips & tricks from those who do it often/ have done it recently? • Has anyone run into any quirks with Google 2 step authentication on an iDevice? • Does anyone know if the Surface will be available through third-party sellers or only through Microsoft? • What browsers are you using with OS X Mountain Lion?

• My iPhone 4 has a spiderweb crack cover one-quarter of the back. How much will this affect what I can sell it for when I upgrade in October? • Anybody have any experience stripping DRM off of content purchased from iTunes on a Mac? • When I download a new app on both my iPhone 4s and New iPad the app goes to the next page even though I have plenty of spaces left. How can I fix this? • Does anyone have a good browser extension for Firefox or Chrome to make them look simpler without huge adds and colorful text? More »

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Democratic Platform Supports Same-Sex Marriage
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separate group two weeks ago in Minneapolis, also calls for the Submitted at 8/12/2012 11:57:27 AM repeal of a 1996 law recognizing August 12, 2012| 12:57 pm marriage as between a man and The committee, co-chaired by woman. Newark Mayor Cory Booker and "Young people are looking for a meeting in downtown Detroit on political home right now. This has Saturday, supported "marriage become a defining moral question equality" and the "movement to of our time," Scott Dibble, a secure equal treatment under law committee member and a state for same-sex couples," The senator from Minnesota, who is Associated Press reported. gay, was quoted as saying. The 50-page platform, approved Follow us by 100 Democratic platform "At the end of the day, it'll maybe committee members, comes repel some and attract others to be around two months after President more engaged," Booker stated. Barack Obama announced that he "This campaign is not going to personally supports gay marriage. turn on gay marriage. This "We also support the freedom of campaign is going to turn on who churches and religious entities to h a s t h e b e s t i d e a s f o r t h e decide how to administer economy." marriage as a religious sacrament Booker added that, as a party, without government interference," they "have really embraced the says the platform, a broad president's ideas." statement of the party's priorities "Support for the freedom to marry which will now go to the national puts the party on the right side of convention in North Carolina in h i s t o r y , a n d i n t h e s o l i d September for approval. mainstream of the majority of the The platform, drafted by a American people," said Evan

Wolfson from Freedom to Marry. The platform also makes mention of the $85 billion auto bailout and endorses the 54.5 mpg fuel rules by 2025. "The Democratic Party supports a broad-based strategy to strengthen further an American renaissance in manufacturing, with tax relief for clean energy manufacturing, incentives to create advanced vehicles in the United States." "So impressed with DNC Platform leadership. I'm Cochairing with LT General Claudia Kennedy," Booker wrote on Twitter earlier Saturday. "She & others here are outstanding professionals." This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Gone Fishin' indie bundle now live with seven indie games
Mike Suszek (Joystiq)

Platformance: Temple Death and Platformance: Castle Pain. Each game in the bundle is available for Indie Royale's latest gaming PC, and some are on the Steam bundle is now live, and features and Desura platforms. Check out seven indie games. Labeled the the trailer for the entire bundle "Gone Fishin' Bundle," the pack above, and head over to Indie will be available for the next full Royale to buy it. week, and includes Seamless Continue reading Gone Fishin' Entertainment's SOL: Exodus, All indie bundle now live with seven Zombies Must Die! by Doublesix indie games Games, and Squids, the colorful Gone Fishin' indie bundle now RPG from TheGameBakers. live with seven indie games VectorGeddon and Cubemen originally appeared on Joystiq on f r o m 3 S p r o c k e t s a r e a l s o Sun, 12 Aug 2012 19:00:00 EST. included in the the bundle, Please see our terms for use of alongside two platforming games feeds. by Magiko G a m i n g : Permalink| Email this| Comments
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Thousands left homeless after Iran quakes
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for help. "You see, no help has reached our area from the outside - a limited R e s c u e t e a m s amount of help has reached us h a v e s t o p p e d l o o k i n g from Ardabil," he said, adding for survivors from two powerful that the supplies received weren't earthquakes near northwestern nearly enough. city of Tabriz, state television Emphasising that Ahar and Heris s a i d , a d d i n g a l l t h o s e were not hard to reach, Fallah trapped under the rubble had begged listeners to bring supplies been located and saved. - tents, dried food, hot food and At least 227 people have been mineral water - themselves rather killed and more than 2,000 than leaving it to any organisation w o u n d e d i n t h e m a s s i v e to do so. earthquakes that hit the towns of Overcrowded hospitals struggled Ahar and Varzaghan on Saturday. to cope with thousands of victims. Iran's Fars News Agency reports Hospitals in Tabriz, Ardabil and the number of dead to be 300. other cities nearby took in many "There are no people left to of the injured, residents and recover from under the rubble in Iranian media said, and there were any village, and all necessary aid long queues of survivors waiting is currently being distributed," an to be treated. interior ministry official in charge Pouya Hiajain, spokersperson, of disaster management, Hossein Red Crescent Society of Iran, Ghadami, told state television on said: "There are about 133 Sunday. villages that have been damaged, Efforts are on to provide water 92 groups from Red Cross society and shelter to the affected people, are actually there, and there is as thousands of people huddled in presence of over 100 ambulances. makeshift camps or slept in streets Also air force is providing about after Saturday's quakes in fear of six helicopters." more aftershocks. "Also 5,000 tents have been set Officials said on Sunday that up, items like food and equipment emergency shelters were and blankets have been distributed on Sunday and a field d i s t r i b u t e d , " h e s a i d . hospital was set up in Varzaghan, "Some countries like Turkey, one of the hardest hit towns 60km Pakistan and Taiwan have given from Tabriz, to treat the injured. us sympathy, but currently there is Need for aid no need for help from In an interview with a freelance international community," Hiajain journalist, Abbas Fallah, a told Al Jazeera. parliamentary representative for The National Iranian American Ahar and nearby Heris, pleaded Council has reached out to the

Funerals to start tomorrow President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's office posted a statement on its website expressing condolences to those in the disaster zone and calling on authorities to "mobilise all efforts to help the affected populations". Villages outlying the towns of Ahar and Varzaghan, 60km from Tabriz, were decimated, being closest to the epicentres of the two quakes. Ghanbar Naderi, a Tehran-based journalist, told Al Jazeera that the majority of the villages near Varzaghan have been almost entirely destroyed. White House, US state and respectively. treasury departments, seeking a Marzieh Vahid Dastejerdi, Iran’s "There are 537 villages in east "general license to be issued to h e a l t h m i n i s t e r , s a i d t h e Azerbaijan province. Of these, exempt relief efforts from current government had dispatched 48 based on the latest figures, 250 U S s a n c t i o n s . T h e U S ambulances and 500 blood bags to villages have been damaged," said government, the group said in a the worst affected areas, IRNA Naderi. Adding that the main challenge for health officials is statement, is "actively looking reported. into and preparing for the most Iran's Mehr news agency reported starting the process of burying the appropriate response". that injured victims of the dead. Blood bags earthquakes face a shortage of "This hasn't happened, but I think With telephone communications several blood types and called on as of tomorrow morning, they will d i s r u p t e d i n t h e d i s a s t e r p e o p l e t o d o n a t e b l o o d a t start to do just that." Dwellings close to Heris, another zone, emergency teams relied on d e s i g n a t e d c e n t r e s . radios and travelled in person to It also reported that there was a town nearby, were also badly hard-hit villages to rescue and shortage of tents and food shaken. Tehran University's assess the destruction. supplies in the disaster-struck Seismological Centre said the first The earthquakes, which struck on region. Saturday within 11 minutes of Iran's Red Crescent took over a earthquake occurred at 4:53pm each other, measured 6.2 and 6.0, sports stadium to shelter 16,000 local time (1223 GMT) at a depth according to Tehran University's people left homeless or too afraid of 10km. The second, a big Seismological Centre. to return indoors, Fars reported. The US Geological Survey, It also provided 3,000 tents, aftershock, rumbled through from which monitors seismic activity blankets and tonnes of food - all a nearly the same spot. worldwide, ranked them as more sign of years of preparedness in a A series of more than 17 smaller powerful, at 6.4 and 6.3 on the n a t i o n p r o n e t o s o m e t i m e s THOUSANDS page 38 m o m e n t m a g n i t u d e s c a l e , catastrophic seismic activity.

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Egypt's president asserts authority over army
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effective immediately. Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh, reporting from Cairo, said that The Egyptian president has would be no exaggeration to say ordered the powerful head of the that no one saw this one coming. army and defence minister, Field "After the June 5 attack on a Marshal Hussein Tantawi, and border patrol left 16 soldiers dead, several senior generals into the country’s leadership - both r e t i r e m e n t a n d c a n c e l l e d civilian and in uniform - was constitutional amendments issued peculiarly quiet," she said. b y t h e m i l i t a r y r e s t r i c t i n g "Late and terse statements did not presidential powers. quench the public’s thirst for Mohamed Morsi announced answers. t h r o u g h a s p o k e s m a n o n "But no one thought the price Sunday the dismissal of Tantawi would extend to the head of the a n d h i s a p p o i n t m e n t a s a military and his deputy. presidential adviser. "After all, both Tantawi and According to state television, Anan, the two most powerful Abdul-Fatah al-Sessi would members of the Supreme Council replace Tantawi as defence of the Armed Forces (SCAF), m i n i s t e r a n d t h e g e n e r a l long appeared invincible - both c o m m a n d e r o f t h e a r m y . during the period SCAF took Middle East analyst Fawaz control over the country and even Gerges discusses the sackings after President Morsi’s election in Morsi also sent into retirement June." the chief of army staff, General Besides Tantawi and Anan, Sami Anan, and appointed him as Morsi also ordered the retirement a presidential adviser. of the commanders of the navy, Lieutenant-General Sidki Sayed air defence and air force. Ahmed was named as Anan's The latest moves are seen as replacement. escalating the power struggle Morsi further appointed a senior between Morsi, who took office judge, Mahmoud Mekki, as vice- on June 30, and the military. president. All decisions are Morsi's address

In an address to the nation on Sunday evening, Morsi said that his move was not directed at individuals. "The decisions I took today were not meant ever to target certain persons, nor did I intend to embarrass institutions, nor was my aim to narrow freedoms," he said. "I did not mean to send a negative message about anyone, but my aim was the benefit of this nation and its people." Morsi praised the work of the armed forces, saying his decision

powers, including legislative control. Earlier this week, Morsi sacked the head of the intelligence service. The retired navy commander, Lieutenant-General Mohan Mameesh, was named as chairman of the Suez Canal, the strategic waterway linking the Red Sea and the Mediterranean and a major source of revenues for the country. Earlier, Al Jazeera's correspondent, Sherine Tadros, reporting from Cairo, said: "There will be a lot of questions asked, would free them to focus on their especially if Morsi is able to do this. professional tasks. Tantawi was the head of SCAF, "In the coming hours, we will find which ruled the country after out how this decision came Hosni Mubarak was toppled as about. All of this has happened very fast, and it was unexpected." president in February 2011. He was defence minister for 609 n e a r l y t w o d e c a d e s u n d e r This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is Mubarak. M o r s i , f r o m t h e M u s l i m your content and you're reading it Brotherhood, and his Islamist on someone else's site, please read a l l i e s d i d n o t h i d e t h e i r the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentdispleasure with the amendments only/faq.php#publishers. Five issued by the military in mid-June Filters recommends: Incinerating curtailing the president's role and Assange - The Liberal Media Go g r a n t i n g t h e a r m y m a s s i v e To Work.

TED: Mark Forsyth: What’s a snollygoster? A short lesson in political speak - Mark Forsyth (2012)
TEDTalks (TEDTalks (video))
Submitted at 8/12/2012 10:13:23 AM

Most politicians choose their

words carefully, to shape the reality they hope to create. But does it work? Etymologist Mark Forsyth shares a few entertaining

word-origin stories from British and American history (for instance, did you ever wonder how George Washington became

"president"?) and draws a surprising conclusion. (From TEDxHousesofParliament in London)

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Egyptian forces kill 'five fighters' in Sinai
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Gotye Creates Epic New Single from YouTube Covers [VIDEO]
Neha Prakash (Mashable!)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 5:39:47 PM

huddled in, they raided the house, and as a result five gunmen were Submitted at 8/12/2012 6:25:24 AM killed and six were injured. Five fighters have been killed in "Seperately in another part close a joint military and police to the Sheikh Zoweid area, three operation in the Sinai Peninsula, suspected militants were arrested. police sources said, as security In their possession, according to operations continued a week after security forces, were rocket an attack on a police station that propelled grenades, bombs and left 16 Egyptian border guards automatic weapons," she said. dead. The Egyptian military has not yet Police sources told Al Jazeera on issued a statement on the latest Sunday that the fighters were causalties in Sinai. killed in the town of al-Ghora Security has increased in the area in the Sheikh Zoweid area and after the assault last Sunday, in that six gunmen were injured. which gunmen stormed an army The bodies of those killed and the checkpoint on the border with wounded were taken to the el- Gaza and Israel, killing 16 Arish Hospital, the sources said. soldiers as they were breaking Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh, their daily fast for the holy month reporting from Cairo, said: "There of Ramadan. has been a joint security operation Peacekeepers 'attacked' ongoing in Sinai with both the Sunday's deaths follow reports military and police taking part in earlier in the day from a security chasing after armed fighters in the source who said armed men had increasingly lawless area. opened fire on peacekeeping "We understand that security troops in Sinai on the border with forces surrounded a house they Israel. suspected the gunmen were "The attack happened in Um

Shyhan area in the middle of Sinai but no one got injured," the source said. Before the attack on the peacekeepers, a group of armed men had clashed with Egyptian security forces in the same area after they opened fire at a police checkpoint, the same security source said. No one was injured. Police checkpoints have come under a series of similar attacks by armed assailants since last Wednesday. Egypt sent hundreds of troops and armoured vehicles into North Sinai on Thursday to tackle fighters operating near the border in an offensive that commanders said had killed up to 20 people they deemed "terrorists". The Egyptian army captured six people it considered "terrorists" in Sinai on Friday and the security source said three of them were later released. "Both the military second command and police authorities

have stepped up their presence [in Sinai] in an ongiong security operation to deal with the situation there," our correspondent said. "But a lot of observers say it will take a lot more than just boots on the ground, more perhaps of a sophisticated operation, beefing up intelligence in the area. "After all, the border attack was a massive intelligence failure, so increasing training of the border police and all sorts of equipment is needed in order to be able to deal with the increasingly lawless situation there." 491 This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Looks like even Gotye knows his song, "Somebody That I Used to Know," is an overplayed, viral sensation that has spawned an entire genre of YouTube covers. So the singer decided to acknowledge the hundreds of piano-playing, harp-plucking, and guitar-strumming fans who paid tribute to the catchy tune. How? He made a whole new song from the covers. Gotye calls it "Somebodies," and it's just as annoyingly awesome as the original. He's one of the first artists to take covers of their own song, and create new music. Talk about crowd-sourcing talent. SEE ALSO: What Happens Every Time Gotye Starts Playing When Gotye posted the video on YouTube, he wrote, "Reluctant as I am to add… Continue reading... More About: YouTube, gotye

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aftershocks rating 4.7 or less rapidly followed. Iran sits astride several major fault lines and is prone to frequent earthquakes, some of which have been devastating. Naderi earlier said that the

earthquakes had created concern in the city "because the capital sits on three major faultlines and the last earthquake killed thousands of people". The deadliest was a 6.6magnitude quake which struck the

southern city of Bam in December 2003, killing about 30,000 people and destroying the city's ancient mud-built citadel. A magnitude 6.3 quake also hit the southeastern province of Kerman in 2010. 968

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JoyStream: Watch and win Sleeping Dogs [Update: Watch the replay!]
Xav de Matos (Joystiq)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 4:00:00 PM

Bacon Pancakes: The Catchy Jingle That Will Ruin Your Life [VIDEO]

Our first live stream of Sleeping Dogs was so successful, we've decided to venture through the mean streets of Hong Kong once more. This time, Joystiq is giving away multiple Steam versions of the game to viewers. Tune in for the hand-to-hand combat, action hijacking, and slow-motion bullet firing but stay for your chance to win. For more on the development of Sleeping Dogs, make sure to watch the replay of our original live stream, which featured the

game's senior producer Jeff O'Connell. Watch the stream after the break and on Joystiq's official Twitch page. Sleeping Dogs launches for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on August 14. Update: The live stream is over. Watch the replay above. Gallery: Sleeping Dogs (5/24/12) JoyStream: Watch and win Sleeping Dogs [Update: Watch the replay!] originally appeared on Joystiq on Sun, 12 Aug 2012 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

10 Terrifying Shark Clips on YouTube
Amy-Mae Elliott (Mashable!)
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1. Baby Shark Attack We're starting you off gently with this clip. It still might make you jump, though.... Click here to view this gallery. Hurrah! It's the most wonderful time of the year again. No, we don't mean the holidays — we mean Shark Week. To celebrate all things great-big-scary-fishrelated, we have collected some awesome, user-generated shark clips. SEE ALSO: 10 Epic Trick Shot

In case you didn't catch that, Jake the Dog is making bacon pancakes. By the way, you will never be able to stop playing this song in your head -- for the rest of eternity. Try singing "It's a small world after all" to get it to stop. Stunts on YouTube SEE ALSO: Replace Baby Pics Grab a cushion to cuddle and in Your Facebook Feed With prepare to be terrified (well, Bacon and Cats mildly concerned at the very But if not, at least you'll be least) as you peruse the fearsome s i n g i n g a b o u t b a c o n a n d footage we have dug from the pancakes, so we don't apologize. watery depths of YouTube. Be BONUS:: Check out our top 5 prepared for peril and some viral videos of the week: NSFW language, so if that's not your bag, don't click. Thumbnail image courtesy of Flickr, Allan Lee More About: Entertainment, Shark Week, TV, Video, Watercooler, YouTube, animals, features, viral videos

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Medals right to the end for Team GB
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Submitted at 8/12/2012 3:50:08 PM

table. It was one of three medals for Team GB on the final day of Britain's athletes have completed competition as super-heavyweight their most successful Olympics boxer Anthony Joshua won for 108 years with a silver medal Britain's final gold and boxer Fred in the final event of London 2012. Evans took a silver. Samantha Murray took second Murray, 22, from Clitheroe, place in the modern pentathlon L a n c a s h i r e , r a n , s h o t , bringing Team GB's final tally to showjumped, swam and fenced 65, with an incredible 29 golds, her way to an unexpected second 17 silver and 19 bronze, and the place. Four years ago she had team in third place in the medal considered walking away from the

sport completely, taking a twoyear break. She told the BBC: "Honestly, if you have a goal, anything you want to achieve in life, don't let anybody get in your way, you can do it. There are so many people and so many things that will feel like they're trying to set you back but honestly, find the path you want to take in life and follow it, stick to it because if I can do it I'm a normal girl - anybody can

do anything they want to do." An ecstatic Joshua, 22, raised his hands in triumph while his cornerman and coach went wild along with the 10,000 crowd in the ExCel. Another medal was won in the ring when 21-year-old Fred Evans from Cardiff took silver after a brilliant Olympics in which he exceeded expectations. The Olympics will climax with the closing ceremony later, with Games organiser Lord Coe urging

the nation to "party, party, party" when the musical extravaganza gets under way. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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David Frum
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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 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 Holocaust-

denying Liberty Lobby. Or by the radio shows he chooses to appear on. Or by his strategic decision to reach out to racist voters. Or by the conspiracy theories to which he lends credence, from government creation of AIDS to Israeli culpability for the 1993 bombing to a putative 9/11 “coverup.” And here I thought that libertarianism was a doctrine of personal responsibility? May Ron Paul at least be judged by the words he has spoken with his own mouth within the current campaign? The supporters say “no” again. When Ron Paul tells an interviewer that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made race relations “worse,” 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 fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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demonstrated that you should never ever count Team GB down and out. The London Olympics has "The lesson of these past weeks is proved that the UK's "time has that Britain can, and should, be come", Prime Minister David ambitious. Frankly, we have got Cameron declared as he sought to to dismiss the cynics who say we harness the global success of the cannot do big things and prove Games. them wrong. We in this country As the final sporting events took are going to make sure that these place, he said a renewed national are not just Games that made confidence would help confound history but the Games that helped the critics who suggested Britain to shape our future." was "down and out". Praising athletes, volunteers and He used a Downing Street press politicians of all parties involved, conference to confirm that sports he went on: "Take all of this - the would continue to receive £125 attitude, the confidence - and you million a year up to the next see what Britain is today: sure of Games in Rio de Janeiro in a bid who we are, proud of who we are. to emulate the record medal haul. In short, not a country whose time And he spoke alongside Lord has been but whose time has Coe, the chair of the organising come." committee, who he has appointed Asked about school sports, Mr t o a d v i s e o n s e c u r i n g t h e Cameron said: "Right now the economic and sporting benefits national curriculum doesn't promised for the taxpayer's include the words 'competitive investment. sport' and I think that's a mistake. "You only need two words to sum I am a parent of three children u p t h e s e G a m e s : B r i t a i n altogether - but two who are in a delivered," he told reporters. "We London state school that doesn't showed the world what we are even have a green space for the made of, we reminded ourselves kids to play on. w h a t w e c a n d o a n d w e "The competition between schools

we are going to see will engender great competition in terms of schools wanting to do more to respond to the demands that parents have and that children have for sporting activity, physical exercise and all the rest of it. "Competition, choice and diversity will help to drive up provision, but at the heart of the national curriculum should be a few simple ideas about what we mean when we talk about sport in our schools. "We will consult on this curriculum we will listen very carefully to what Seb and others have to say about this issue but I am determined that we get this right." This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

MSNBC’s Mitchell: Ryan “not a pick for women”
Erika Johnsen (Hot Air » Top Picks)

my political sentience amounts to assuring free contraception and guaranteeing my right to get an Submitted at 8/12/2012 2:31:21 PM abortion (because, duh, ‘we don’t posted at 3:31 pm on August 12, want the government in our 2012 by Erika Johnsen bedrooms’ and whatever). I Just after Paul Ryan made his suppose there isn’t a snowball’s running-mate debut in front of the chance in hell that “suburban USS Wisconsin on Saturday, moms” could be more concerned Andrea Mitchell reported back to with their children’s future in MSNBC — and decreed that terms of their employment and Romney’s selection means that wealth prospects and the overall “this is a base election. This is not fiscal solvency of the United a pick for suburban moms, this is States, than in terms of making not a pick for women.” …What sure a nanny state will cover the the what? costs of their personal, private In the name of all that is holy — decisions. And goodness knows stop presuming to speak for me. there aren’t any women who Please, please, please, liberal consider themselves a part of the women, quit boxing me in to your conservative base — because any stupid self-stereotypes. It never females who align themselves fails to mystify me as to why beneath such a banner clearly women could possibly be so eager aren’t real women, or something. to reduce the scope of their Facepalm. interests to such small-minded This entry passed through the identifications. Oh, that’s right — Full-Text RSS service — if this is most of them don’t, it’s just a your content and you're reading it stupid political ploy by the Left to on someone else's site, please read make it seem like there’s no the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentlogical way that half of the only/faq.php#publishers. Five p o p u l a t i o n c o u l d g r o u p Filters recommends: Incinerating themselves with the Republican Assange - The Liberal Media Go party. To Work. According to progressives these days, it appears that the depth of

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Best of British for Games swansong
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King's Speech actor Timothy Spall, stood atop Big Ben reciting the same lines from Shakespeare's Big Ben's chimes have rung out The Tempest which helped open across the Olympic Stadium to the Games 16 days ago: "Be not mark the start of the pre-show to afeard: the isle is full of noises." t h e L o n d o n 2 0 1 2 c l o s i n g As the deafening noise grew to a ceremony. crescendo, Churchill brought the The stage was set with paper worldwide audience's focus to the s c u l p t u r e s o f t h e c a p i t a l ' s royal box as a fanfare announced landmarks, including the London the arrival of Prince Harry and Eye, Big Ben and Tower Bridge, International Olympic Committee covering the centre of the stadium president Jacques Rogge. where Mo Farah took his second In another nod to the Queen's gold just 24 hours ago. Diamond Jubilee, 10 large trucks T r a d i t i o n a l l y , t h e c l o s i n g burst open to reveal street parties ceremony is a chance to celebrate representing all walks of London what the athletes have achieved, life. Some 30 gymnasts from with Olympics supremo Lord Coe Britain's Got Talent troupe describing the night as a time to Spelbound contorted themselves "party, party, party". to illustrate the lyrics of The The 2012 closing ceremony - Beatles' A Day in The Life. called A Symphony Of British As many of the 10,000 athletes Music - celebrates music as one of from the 204 nations involved in Britain's strongest cultural exports the Games flooded into the over the last 50 years. Early stadium, filling the areas between performers during the ceremony the ramped stage, they joined included the Pet Shop Boys, h a n d s d u r i n g E l b o w ' s Madness, One Direction, Emeli performance of Open Arms and Sande and The Kinks' frontman One Day Like This. Billions of Ray Davies. viewers were treated to another Winston Churchill, played by interpretation of the Union Flag as

the athletes, in their national colours, formed a mosh pit around the stage. The handover from London 2012 to the Rio 2016 team will take place along with the extinguishing of the flame, signalling the end of the Games. Traditionally, it is a chance to celebrate what the athletes have achieved and also for a massive party. US President Barack Obama called Prime Minister David Cameron earlier to "congratulate him and the people of the United Kingdom and London on an extremely successful Olympic Games", a White House spokesman said. It "speaks to the character and spirit of our close ally", he added. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Chinese Mother Who Protested Rape Case Freed A Chinese mother, who was recently sentenced to reeducation through labor for petitioning against the sentencing of men who raped and forced her 11-year -old daughter into [...] Movie Review: ‘The Bourne Legacy’ The wildly successful “Bourne” movies tend to have certain

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Closing Ceremony 2012 PHOTOS: Stunning Images From London Olympics ... - Huffington Post
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Mstarz Closing Ceremony 2012 PHOTOS: Stunning Images From London Olympics... Huffington Post With a miniature London constructed inside the Olympic Stadium and more than 4000 performers taking part, the Closing Ceremony at the London Olympics was quite the spectacle.

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Palin: Ryan pick makes this an election of competing visions
Ed Morrissey (Hot Air » Top Picks)
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posted at 5:01 pm on August 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey Yesterday, after some attempt to stir trouble between the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan campaign and Sarah Palin, Palin herself wrote a lengthy congratulations to Team Romney over the addition of Paul Ryan to the GOP ticket. The selection of the Republican Party’s best thinker on fiscal policy and entitlement reform makes it clear that the election will give voters a clear choice between competing visions for the nation. Palin focused mostly on the vision presented by the Obama/Biden ticket, which she accurately describes as “California, minus the beautiful scenery and warm weather”: Obama’s America is today’s California – complete with $100 billion taxpayer funded bullet trains to nowhere; out of control environmental extremists who have destroyed family farms and left some of the most fertile farm land in America fallow in order to protect a three inch fish; permanent high unemployment; government policies hostile to small business job creators; crippling high taxes; an abysmal real estate market; bloated

government that wastes taxpayer money; endless budget shortfalls due to massive unfunded liabilities; city after city declaring bankruptcy; and a state government run by, in the words of one Wall Street Journal writer, “a brothel of environmentalists, lawyers, public-sector unions and legislative bums.” We can’t afford Obama’s vision. Our children can’t afford it. Today we are over $15 trillion in debt and running up trillion dollar budget deficits year after year for as far as the eye can see. And our “leaders” have no plan to stop it! President Obama and this Congress don’t even have the fundamental blueprint—a budget!—to outline where they intend to take us as they merrily roll along with their out of control spending and constant increases of our debt “limit.” Our debt to China alone is more than we can ever hope to pay off in multiple generations. Such debt and dependence on foreign nations weakens us in countless ways. And yet our government keeps on spending despite the risks and despite conscientious, hardworking citizens telling them to just stop it. Our debt is growing by $3 million per minute. This debt, in conjunction with Obama’s massive government over-reaches like Obamacare, has

strangled the private sector, which in turn has stifled job growth and slowed all economic growth. The only way to get our country moving again is to get back to basics like normal people do with our home and small business budgets! That means we must live within our means, get government out of the way of our job creators, develop the God-given natural resources we have been blessed with to provide real jobs and real energy security, and stop growing government and wasting taxpayer money on D.C. cronyism and useless stimulus kick-backs for favored donors. Barack Obama’s record is one of dismal failure, which is why he isn’t talking about it. He would rather spend his time demonizing his opponents. The simple fact remains that Mitt Romney is not responsible for the dire state of our economy or the corruption and incompetence of the current administration. This is, I believe, why Romney chose Ryan as his running mate: to refocus the election on substance and issues. Already we’re seeing Obama’s surrogates fanning out on the morning talk shows to paint Ryan as antiwoman and anti-working class, but that will change when the debate shifts to Ryan’s proposals for entitlement reform. To attack

those, Obama and his campaign have to talk specifics, and Ryan will be well prepared for that — and as we’ve seen in the past, more prepared than Obama or his team. As I wrote for CNN in a column published last night, Romney has declared an end to silly season, and will force Obama to start defending his own record: Democrats may be licking their chops, believing that Ryan’s unpopular budget plan will be a millstone around Romney’s neck. However, Democrats would have hung the Ryan plan on Romney no matter who got the VP nod, and no one explains the need for budgetary reform better than Ryan himself. In fact, hardly anyone will talk specifically about how to accomplish budgetary reform. Ryan is one of the few who have risked proposing a roadmap for entitlement reform. Ryan’s plan looks far past the “Taxmageddon” or “fiscal cliff” at the end of this year, to the “fiscal gap” facing the United States over the next 75 years, where our current path puts us on a trajectory to have $222 trillion more in liabilities than revenue. Barack Obama and the Democratic Party have no serious proposal to deal with long-term debt. The plan Obama has to “pay down the debt” in a “balanced”

way would add$6.4 trillion in deficits between 2013 and 2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Democrats’ idea of budgetary reform is to demand an increase in taxes on people making more than $250,000 a year — a policy that the Tax Foundation, a research group that favors lower taxes, says would produce $40 billon a year in new revenue, in budgets with trillion-dollar annual deficits. … And speaking of seriousness, let’s not forget that the Democratic-controlled Senate has gone more than 1,200 days without passing its own budget. Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee, has at least fulfilled the legal obligation for annual budget resolutions in the lower chamber, but he’s gone far beyond that to provide leadership on the long-term fiscal crisis facing the nation. That contrast led to a confrontation last February between Ryan and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner over the lack of long-term solutions coming from the White House, in which Geithner finally told Ryan, “We don’t have a definitive solution to the long term problem. What we do know is, we don’t PALIN: page 45

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like yours…” More than anything else, the pick of the GOP’s top thinker on fiscal policy demonstrates leadership, while Geithner’s vacuous response in February demonstrates the lack of leadership in the Obama administration. They’re out of ideas. Romney and Ryan aren’t. If the campaign comes down to Broad Ideas for Fiscal Reform vs Look A Squirrel, Democrats won’t be licking their chops for long. John Tamny at Forbes wrote this weekend that Ryan was the only choice Romney had if he wants to make this election about the economy, and the safest as well: Media accounts will suggest that the Ryan pick had a bold, go-forbroke quality to it, but in truth Ryan was the safest selection of all. He was the safest because in an election all about the U.S. economy, Ryan is the most suited among the names floated to make a strong case for removing the barriers to economic growth erected by Republican (George W. Bush) and Democratic ( Barack Obama) administrations over the last 12 years. Romney himself, though a smashing

success as a businessman, has struggled to make a coherent economic argument; his 59 point economic plan all the evidence one needs that the GOP presidential nominee needs help tightening up what should be a very simple economic message. Paul Ryan could make the above arguments in his sleep, and for being able to, he was the only – and once again the safest – choice for Romney. This column for quite some time has said President Obama’s time in the White House will amount to four years, and the pick of Ryan makes that even more certain. And Timothy Dalrymple makes the case that Romney chose the best man for the actual job, and not just for the campaign: George W. Bush did not choose Dick Cheney because he was a brilliant campaigner; he was not. He chose Dick Cheney because he believed that Cheney would help him govern well. Similarly, Mitt Romney has an eye not only toward winning the power of the presidency, but toward leveraging that power to put American back on a sound financial footing. It always frustrates me when people speak of the calculus of the VP pick solely in terms of

electability. The choice of a Vice President ought to be about more than winning. It ought to be about putting together the best possible team for the good of the country. It ought to be less about doing yourself a favor and more about doing right by the country. With Romney’s experience in business and the governor’s office, and Ryan’s experience in legislation and budget, they do make a compelling “Comeback Team” for America as it weathers some of the worst economic storms in generations. Silly season is over. It’s time to get back to the serious work of reforming the federal government, and the first reform is making Barack Obama a one-term President. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Switched On: Surface damage
Ross Rubin (Engadget)
Submitted at 8/12/2012 5:30:00 PM

Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology. As Switched On discussed a few weeks ago, and as Microsoft noted in its recent 10-K filing, it is an unavoidable truth that the company getting into the hardware market will cause conflict with its partners. The extent of that conflict, though,

depends on many variables and Microsoft can -- and must -- take steps to ameliorate it. Continue reading Switched On: Surface damage Filed under: Tablet PCs, Software Switched On: Surface damage originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 12 Aug 2012 17:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| | Email this| Comments

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How the Romney campaign kept their veepstakes secrets
Erika Johnsen (Hot Air » Top Picks)

everything was locked in a safe when the team left at night. No documents were allowed out of Submitted at 8/12/2012 5:31:02 PM the room. … posted at 6:31 pm on August 12, By August, reporters had begun 2012 by Erika Johnsen to whittle down the short list of Since we’ve all been gnashing possible candidates and to keep a our teeth speculatin’ about what’s close eye on the top contenders. been going on behind the curtain Despite this, on Aug. 5, Ryan of Romney’s vice-presidential quietly slipped out of his home vetting process for months, here’s and, dressed casually and wearing a fun look into how things went a hat and sunglasses to obscure d o w n d u r i n g t h e e v e n t u a l his appearance, drove to Chicago, selection of Paul Ryan, via NBC. where he boarded a flight to Just ’cause, heck, everybody likes Hartford, Conn. … a little political intrigue now and Keeping the Romney/Ryan then (when it’s the the good kind pairing a secret for the next week of intrigue and not, oh, I don’t p r o v e d t o b e a n O l y m p i a n know — say, political donors challenge. A boomlet of support being granted inside access to the for the Ryan candidacy drew White House to rent-seek on increased scrutiny, and reporters behalf of their green-energy such as NBC’s Alex Moe were schemes. Just as a random staking out Ryan’s home, chatting example. Cough.): with the candidate and his family Myers told reporters she and keeping tabs on their established a system, approved by movement, lest they slip away Romney, to quietly vet candidates again undetected. … a f t e r a s k i n g i f t h e y w e r e Ryan returned home in the early interested in the job. A team of afternoon and went inside through lawyers worked with Myers in a the back as he was locked out of secure room of the campaign’s his side door, telling reporters Boston headquarters. No copies who stood watching on the were made of any documents, and sidewalk he must have forgotten

his keys. That would be the last time anyone saw the congressman in Janesville, because sometime after 3 p.m., he exited his home into the back yard (where reporters couldn’t see) and went into the woods. … Waiting a couple of hundred yards on the other side: Speth, who took Ryan and his family to an airport in neighboring Illinois, where a private plane would whisk them to Virginia. And so on and so forth. I must confess, I kind of get a kick out of the fact that thwarting the full and formidable force of the American political media can still rely on something so simple and oldschool as sneaking off through the woods. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Visualized: DeLorean hovercraft cruises around McCovey Cove, wins the internet
James Trew (Engadget)

Transportation Visualized: DeLorean hovercraft cruises around McCovey Cove, What do you get when you wins the internet originally multiply a crazy Make project appeared on Engadget on Sun, 12 with a Kickstarter fund? You get Aug 2012 15:27:00 EDT. Please the answer to our childhood see our terms for use of feeds. dreams, that's what. Permalink Autoblog, Deadspin| Filed under: Misc. Gadgets, Make| Email this| Comments
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Romney Campaign Reveals ProcessBehind Picking Ryan for VP
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Romney campaign held a briefing with Ms. Myers to discuss the behind-the-scenes events Dulles, VA. - It was a picture- culminating in Mitt Romney's perfect unveiling -- the majestic decision to pick Paul Ryan as his USS Wisconsin draped in bunting number two. as a backdrop, with a stage "This was Mitt's decision," she surrounded by thousands of emphatically stated. "He gave me cheering supporters. All the pomp direction every step of the way." and circumstance worthy of a vice Some of what was discussed was presidential announcement. part of the mundane vetting Only it wasn't supposed to process. But the days leading up happen this way. to the announcement, full of "We were originally going to deception and secrecy, were more make the announcement Friday," fitting of a Hollywood spy movie. Beth Myers, the close adviser The elaborate scheme to hide tasked with vetting potential VP Romney's decision from members candidates for Mitt Romney told of the press, capping off months reporters Saturday. "We were of volunteer lawyers pouring going to announce in New through documents both public Hampshire." and supplied by the potential Until tragedy struck and Paul candidates, began Aug. 1 with a Ryan's duty as a Congressman to phone call from Myer's office. attend a memorial service After alerting Myers to his following a shooting at a Sikh decision, Romney called Ryan temple in Wisconsin forced a from her office and requested a temporary delay. face-to-face meeting in Boston. I n a r a r e g l i m p s e i n t o a The date was set for Aug. 5. notoriously secretive process, the Ryan boarded a plane from
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Chicago's O'Hare airport bound for Hartford, CT, where Myers' 19 -year-old son Curt was waiting. Dressed somewhat incognito -- in jeans, a casual shirt, a baseball cap, and sunglasses -- the Congressman's trip went completely undetected. Curt then drove Ryan to Myer's house in Brookline, Mass., where he met Romney. The two held a private meeting in her living room, during which Romney offered him the VP slot, and Ryan accepted. "I kind of knew it was going to happen and I was very humbled," Ryan later told reporters on a charter flight to Charlotte, NC, the next stop on a four day bus tour through five swing states. "It was the biggest honor I've ever been given in my life." Romney then returned to his summer home on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, while Ryan received news of the mass shooting and remained behind and contacted

his staff in Wisconsin. He then was driven back to Hartford and flew back to O'Hare, again unnoticed. On Aug. 10, working with his aide Andy Speth, Ryan put in motion the plan that had been carefully scripted. Two airports -- departing from Waukegan, Ill. and arriving in Elizabeth City, N.C. -- had been chosen to usher the soon to be Republican vice presidential pick and his family from their home in Janesville, WI, to the event planned in Norfolk, VA. He left the house with his wife and three kids to attend the memorial service. Following the service, the family split up with his wife and kids heading straight to the airport. Ryan was driven home by his aide, where his sister-in-law was waiting for him. In order to throw off members of the press who had been trailing his every move for weeks, Ryan walked out the backdoor and through woods

behind his house, where he met back up with Speth. The two then sped off to the airport to meet his family, leaving everyone thinking he was still in the house. The plane landed in Elizabeth City completely undetected, where Ryan met up with Myers and other senior Romney staffers at a Fairfield Inn. He made the hour-long drive from North Carolina to Virginia the next morning where he was introduced to America as Romney's running mate. "It's gone from the surreal to the real, I guess." This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Egypt's President Moves to Take Power From Military
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on June 30. Shortly before he was announced the winner of Submitted at 8/12/2012 3:57:53 PM elections, the ruling military council that took power after • July 5, 2012: In this file image Hosni Mubarak's ouster stripped r e l e a s e d b y t h e E g y p t i a n the presidency of many of its key President, Egyptian Field Marshal powers. Gen. Hussein Tantawi, left, new Morsi also appointed a senior President Mohammed Morsi, judge, Mahmoud Mekki, as vice center, and Armed Forces Chief president. All decisions are of Staff Sami Anan, right, attend a effective immediately. medal ceremony, at a military Outgoing Defense Minister base east of Cairo, Egypt. The Hussein Tantawi headed the spokesman for Egypts president ruling military council for 17 says Mohammed Morsi, the months after Mubarak's ouster in countrys Islamist leader, has February 2011. Before that, he decided to retire the head of the was defense minister for nearly Armed Forces and minister of two decades under Mubarak. The Defense and chief of staff. AP/ military council's No. 2, Chief of Egyptian Presidency Staff Sami Annan, was also ordered to retire. But both men CAIRO – Egypt's Islamist were appointed advisers to Morsi, president ordered his defense according to state television. minister and chief of staff to retire Presidential spokesman Yasser on Sunday and canceled the Ali said told a news conference military-declared constitutional aired on state TV that Morsi a m e n d m e n t s t h a t g a v e t o p named a career army officer, Lt. generals wide powers. Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, to It was not immediately clear replace Tantawi and Lt. Gen. whether the decision had the Sidki Sayed Ahmed to replace military's blessing. Morsi has Annan. been in a power struggle with the Morsi also ordered the retirement military since he came to power of the commanders of the navy,

air defense and air force. The retired navy commander, Lt. Gen. Mohan Mameesh, was named as chairman of the Suez Canal, the strategic waterway linking the Red Sea and the Mediterranean and a major source of revenues for the country. • Print • Email • Share • Comments • Recommend • Tweet Share This Article Newsletter Signup Sign up for free e-mail news alerts from FoxNews.com and FoxBusiness.com. Newsletter Signup This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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What's the Going Rate for A Gov't Intern? $2 Million
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internship program. While the program was part of the securityenhancement program, it resulted in the hiring of only one full-time • FILE: USDA logo AP intern, the audit stated. The audit was released August 2 The Agriculture Department and reported first by the Heritage spent $2 million on an internship Foundation. program in which only one intern The audit also found $3 million was hired, according to a new w a s s p e n d o n t e c h n o l o g y inspector general report. hardware that was never used and The finding was part of a larger that $235,000 was spent on a USDA inspector general audit that project that was later cancelled, focused on the agency’s multi- according to the foundation. million dollar effort to improve The agency responded to several information technology security. recommendations including one The 32-page audit found the to prioritize the most important agency’s information systems projects, saying the OCIO concurs “are still at risk” because the and began taking such steps in improvement projects were poorly May of this year. managed “even after expending The audit acknowledged the $63.4 million of funding increases Agriculture Department has made received” in fiscal years 2010 and progress in IT security over the 2011. past few years. However, several The audit also focused on the OCIO projects failed to meet the office of the agency’s chief p u r p o s e s o u t l i n e d i n t h e information officer and the $2 congressional request for funding m i l l i o n i t f u n d e d f o r t h e nor addressed the department’s
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RadioShack Mobile leak suggests Cricket Wireless -based MVNO on the way
Sean Buckley (Engadget)
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number that pipes into Cricket's customer service line. Details on pricing and plans are scarce, but Tired, perhaps, of juggling we're being told that RadioShack mainstream cellular carriers, Mobile is expected to mirror RadioShack may be launching its Cricket's existing offerings, and own wireless branding. According may also offer the Huawei to a tip we've received, the Shack Mercury, the Huawei Pillar and a i s g e a r i n g u p t o l a u n c h 4.3-inch Android device from RadioShack Mobile, a no-contract A l c a t e l . W e c o n t a c t e d M V N O b a s e d o n C r i c k e t RadioShack for a statement and Wireless. A pair of leaked were told that it couldn't comment screenshots (above and after the on rumors or speculation. b r e a k ) s e e m t o s h o w a [Thanks, Anonymous] RadioShack Mobile-ready HTC Continue reading RadioShack One V listing and a snippet of an Mobile leak suggests Cricket accompanying product page that Wireless-based MVNO on the promises low monthly rates way without the shackles of a 2-year Filed under: Cellphones a g r e e m e n t . T h e C r i c k e t RadioShack Mobile leak suggests connection? That can be found Cricket Wireless-based MVNO under the page's "getting started" section, which lists an activation RADIOSHACK page 49