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Emergency Operations Center. The National Hurricane Center placed the Florida Keys and Southwest Florida under a Submitted at 8/25/2012 3:38:41 PM Tropical Storm Isaac crossed hurricane warning, with Isaac Haiti, killing at least one person, expected to approach Sunday as a made landfall in Cuba Saturday 75- to 80-mph hurricane, veering afternoon, and is expected to build across the Lower Keys and to hurricane strength as churns skirting the state’s southwestern ominously toward South Florida. tip. Miami-Dade was under a With the threat that it could hit hurricane watch and tropical South Florida as a possible storm warnings and watches Category 2 hurricane, Florida extended up the east coast to Gov. Rick Scott issued a state of Sebastian. emergency, and local officials At 2 p.m., the National Hurricane announced that schools will close Center reported that much of Monday in Monroe, Miami-Dade Florida’s west coast was under a and Broward counties. tropical storm watch, including Scott, on a brief stop in South T a m p a B a y , w h e r e t h e Florida Saturday, said that Isaac’s Republican National Convention current path “is not positive for is scheduled to begin on Monday. our state.’’ NHC Director Rick Knabb said “The most important thing is flooding from storm surge was a continue to get prepared, to have a possibility as Isaac passes off the plan in place,” said the governor, coast, possibly as a strong who visited Broward County’s Category 2 hurricane.
The northern coastline of Cuba, on Saturday afternoon, was feeling the brunt of Isaac’s weather. Havana’s Meteorological Institute reported that the storm touched down in Maisi, a municipality east of Guantanamo Saturday afternoon. Radio Baracoa reported that two homes in the island’s eastern most city of 48,000 had collapsed and that the storm surge had thrown up a lot of debris on its seaside Malecon boulevard and nearby streets. But the storm’s drama fizzled at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where the military had scrapped this month’s Sept. 11 terror trial hearings and evacuated staff and observers from the crude compound called Camp Justice. “The bad weather did not materialize here as tropical storm
Isaac turned away and headed up the East coast of Cuba,” said Navy Capt. Robert Durand, the detention center spokesman. The base did not report any damage or injuries in what amounted to a splash of summertime rain. Soldiers embarked on late-morning runs around the 45-square-mile base, while the base commander ordered the cafeterias reopened in time for 5:30 p.m. Saturday supper. Forecasters believe the system’s jaunt over Cuba will be brief — and allow the storm more time to strengthen in the warm waters of the Florida Straits. The sprawling storm could produce from six to 10 inches of rain and powerful gusts across much of South Florida, with tropical storm force winds beginning to buffet the Keys Sunday and building to hurricane
force. Squalls that drenched South Florida overnight and Saturday morning weren’t part of Isaac but a hint of the dreary weather to come. “It’s going to be a day to stay inside,” said Adam Futterman, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service’s Key West office. “Travel is strongly discouraged.’’ 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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The Justice Department ruled against implementing the law last year, concluding it was Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP discriminatory – but it is now A new South Carolina voter being reconsidered. identification law could cause tens According to the NAACP, 25 per of thousands of people, especially cent of African-Americans and 16 minorities, to be turned away at per cent of Latinos nationwide the voting booths during the 2012 lack government-issued photo presidential election. identification. Federal officials State officials are taking the found that minority voters are 20 proposed law to the federal court per cent more likely than white on Monday, in an attempt to voters to not have the ID required convince a panel of three judges to vote under the new law. that the law is necessary to In South Carolina, more than prevent voter fraud. The Voting 80,000 people lack the required Rights Act of 1965 gives the photo identification to vote and federal government the power to will therefore be adversely approve or reject all voting laws a f f e c t e d b y t h e n e w l a w , and procedures in states with a a c c o r d i n g t o t h e J u s t i c e history of voter discrimination. D e p a r t m e n t . The voter ID law implemented in Photo IDs are sometimes hard to 1988 requires a state-issued voter c o m e b y f o r s o m e v o t e r s , registration card and signature at especially those who do not have the voting booth. The new law a copy of their birth certificate or would require photo identification have lost all documents required at the polls. Acceptable forms of to apply for a federal ID card. ID would be cards issued by the Donna Dubose, 63, is one such Department of Motor Vehicles, case. Delivered at home by a military IDs, passports or state midwife who recorded her name voter registration cards. incorrectly on her birth certificate,
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she was without the relevant information. Her husband lost all of his personal documents when his childhood home burned down. It took Dubose, an attorney and help from a civil rights activist, to obtain a photo ID- her husband still languishes without one. “It makes me really frustrated to not be able to vote all of a sudden,” James Dubose, 75, told NBC News. Acquiring an ID also costs money, which may stop lowincome families from getting the necessary documents. A new voter identification law in Pennsylvania has been found to prevent 9 per cent of minorities from voting this election, the Pennsylvania Department of State announced. According to research by the Philadelphia City Paper, almost half of Philadelphia voters and 1.6 million of the state’s voters may be banned from partaking in the election as a result of lacking the proper identification. If South Carolina’s new voter ID law passes, it will be among 11
states that require photo identification at polling booths. Supporters of the law argue that stricter laws would prevent voter fraud, but there is little concrete evidence of voter fraud having occurred in the past. “South Carolina’s photo ID measure is a solution in search of a problem. Credible studies show that one is more likely to be struck by lightning than to perceive an instance of in-person voter fraud,” Ryan Haygood, a lawyer at the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, told CNN. “The [upcoming] trial will make clear that the state’s proposed photo identification measure will have a significant impact on its minority voters.” In February, the State Election Commission identified several cases of voter fraud during the 2010 elections. But upon closer examination, five out of six cases of“fraud” were a result of clerical or poll worker errors, such as marking the wrong voter’s name in the poll book, National Public Radio reported. The sixth case
was marked “fraudulent” because the voter had sent in an absentee ballot and died shortly thereafter. Opponents of Pennsylvania’s law found that not a single case of alleged voter fraud had been prosecuted or investigated before the law went into effect. Regardless of the insufficient evidence to prove the necessity of photo ID, the law was passed. Some public officials claim that if South Carolina approves the new law, the results of the 2012 presidential election could be significantly altered.The legislative change stands to block tens of thousands of potential voters from casting their ballots. 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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though he had fulfilled one of mankind's quests that had loomed for centuries and placed him at the By Mary Slosson pinnacle of human achievement, Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:07pm EDT he did not revel in his (Reuters) - Former U.S. astronaut, accomplishment. He even seemed Neil Armstrong, the first man to frustrated by the acclaim it set foot on the moon, has died at brought. the age of 82, his family said on "I guess we all like to be Saturday. recognized not for one piece of Armstrong underwent a heart- fireworks but for the ledger of our bypass surgery earlier this month, daily work," Armstrong said in an just two days after his birthday on interview on CBS's "60 Minutes" August 5, to relieve blocked program in 2005. coronary arteries. He once was asked how he felt As commander of the Apollo 11 knowing his footprints would mission, Armstrong became the likely stay on the moon's surface first human to set foot on the for thousands of years. "I kind of moon on July 20, 1969. As he hope that somebody goes up there stepped on the dusty surface, one of these days and cleans them Armstrong said: "That's one small up," he said. step for (a) man, one giant leap A VERY PRIVATE MAN for mankind." James Hansen, author of "First Those words endure as one of the M a n : T h e L i f e o f N e i l A . best known quotes in the English Armstrong," told CBS: "All of the language. attention that ... the public put on Neil Alden Armstrong was 38 stepping down that ladder onto years old at the time and even the surface itself, Neil never could
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really understand why there was so much focus on that." The Apollo 11 moon mission turned out to be Armstrong's last space flight. The next year he was appointed to a desk job, being named NASA's deputy associate administrator for aeronautics in the office of advanced research and technology. Armstrong's post-NASA life was a very private one. He took no major role in ceremonies marking the 25th anniversary of the moon landing. "He's a recluse's recluse," said Dave Garrett, a former NASA spokesman. "Howard Hughes had nothing on him," he said, speaking of the reclusive aviator. Hansen said stories of Armstrong dreaming of space exploration as a boy were apocryphal, although he was long dedicated to flight. "His life was about flying. His life was about piloting," Hansen said. He left NASA a year after Apollo 11 to become a professor of
engineering at the University of Cincinnati. The former astronaut lived in the Cincinnati area with his wife, Carol. "We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures," the family said in a statement. "Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. (Writing by Philip Barbara, editing by Sandra Maler and Bill Trott) 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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Astronaut Neil Armstrong dies at age 82
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mission, Armstrong was the first human being to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. After Neil Armstrong as he speaks at a landing the module Eagle on the celebration dinner at Ohio State surface of the moon, Armstrong University honoring John Glenn's d e s c e n d e d t h e s t a i r s a n d 50th anniversary of Glenn's said:"That's one small step for a historic flight aboard Friendship 7 man, one giant leap for mankind." o n F e b r u a r y 2 0 , 2 0 1 2 , i n He and fellow astronaut Edwin Columbus, Ohio. (AFP Photo/ "Buzz" Aldrin walked on the Nasa/Bill Ingalls/) moon for two and a half hours. Neil Armstrong, the first man to Following the death of Yuri walk on the moon, has died at the Gagarin in 1968, Armstrong and a g e o f 8 2 . H e d i e d f r o m Aldrin left one of the Russian complications from heart-bypass cosmonaut’s medals on the moon surgery he underwent 3 weeks t o p a y t r i b u t e t o h i s ago. accomplishment as the world’s Armstrong's family said he had first man in space. passed away on Saturday from The moonwalk was a turning complications stemming from a point for the United States in the recent cardiac bypass. The often heated Cold War era space statement did not mention where race, which kicked off in October he was at the time of his death. 1957 when the Soviet Union Armstrong, who turned 82 on launched Sputnik 1 – history’s August 5, underwent surgery two first artificial satellite – into the days later to help clear blocked earth’s orbit. coronary arteries. Following the Armstrong was ultiamtely operation, his wife had said he awarded the Presidential Medal of was doing well. Freedom to honor his As commander of the Apollo 11 accomplishments and contribution
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to the space program. He mostly kept a low profile following his famous moonwalk, however, though he testified in front of Congress last September to discuss NASA's future. Armstrong, who had flown combat missions during the Vietnam war, was also a test pilot for the US aeronautics agency ; NASA's precursor. After leaving the space agency, he taught at the University of Cincinnati in his home state of Ohio. Armstrong and his wife Carol, married in 1999. This past November, Armstrong, along with three other astronauts, received the Congressional Gold Medal – the highest US civilian award. 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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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney smiles as his wife Ann Romney speaks during a campaign event at the Exhibit Edge building in Chantilly, Virginia May 2, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Benjamin Myers By Sam Youngman POWELL, Ohio| Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:48am EDT (Reuters) - Republican officials shuffled the speaking lineup at their convention in Tampa next week to ensure that presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife Ann will reach a prime-time television audience when she speaks to the gathering. Ann Romney will now speak on Tuesday night after it became clear that television networks were not planning to show her Monday-night address before a prime-time audience. Romney's wife has proved to be one of his most popular assets in his run for the White House against President Barack Obama, helping to humanize a candidate who has consistently been criticized as out of touch. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez was originally scheduled
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Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, a statement Saturday from his family said. The Associated Press report did not say where he died. Armstrong had heart surgery earlier this month, but few details were made public at the time. Armstrong was a reticent, self-effacing man who shunned the spotlight whenever possible Armstrong's lunar stroll on July 20, 1969 -- watched by an estimated 600 million television viewers worldwide -- established him firmly as one of the great heroes of the 20th century. PHOTOS: Neil Armstrong dead at 82 In 1966, Armstrong made his first spaceflight, with fellow
near the moon's dry Sea of Tranquility. “The Eagle has landed,” Armstrong radioed back to earth. At New York's Yankee Stadium, 16,000 fans stood up and cheered. Six hours and 52 minutes later, as an onboard television camera sent grainy but stunning images back for the world to see, Armstrong became the first human to set foot on lunar soil. -- Times staff writers and the Associated Press Photo: Neil Armstrong. Credit: NASA. astronaut David R. Scott. Their emergency landing in the Pacific. On Jan. 1, 1969, he was named This entry passed through the ship, Gemini 8, was docking with N A S A o f f i c i a l s c i t e d h i s commander of Apollo 11, the first Full-Text RSS service — if this is an unmanned Agena rocket when “extraordinary piloting skill.” spaceship to send men to the your content and you're reading it a malfunctioning thruster sent the Two years later, a lunar landing s u r f a c e o f t h e m o o n . H i s on someone else's site, please read i n t e r l o c k e d s p a c e v e h i c l e s training vehicle he was piloting crewmates were fellow space the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contenttumbling uncontrollably. suffered control failure just 200 veterans Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin only/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Unperturbed as usual, Armstrong feet off the ground. Armstrong and Michael Collins. disconnected the two vehicles, f i r e d h i s e j e c t i o n s e a t a n d On July 20, at 1:04:40 p.m. Assange - The Liberal Media Go brought Gemini 8 back under p a r a c h u t e d t o s a f e t y . Pacific Daylight Time, the Apollo To Work. c o n t r o l a n d m a d e a s a f e PHOTOS: Apollo 11 11 spacecraft came to rest gently
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scenes the vandals had already left. Authorities have launched an Submitted at 8/25/2012 3:21:00 PM investigation into both cases. Still from the video by The Arkhangelsk cross was Arkhangelsk eparchy. erected in the memory of the Several Orthodox Christian victims of political repressions, crosses have been chopped down said a local priest, Hegumen in different parts of Russia. The Feodosy. incidents come after the Femen He also said that in recent years movement attacked a cross in the monastery, situated across the Kiev to protest the sentence of the street from the cross, has seen two punk band Pussy Riot, who arson attacks and a number of received two years in prison. other acts of vandalism. -The incidents occurred overnight. The two incidents follow a Crosses have been taken down in similar case when the leader of the Chelyabinsk region, Urals and the Ukrainian activist group Archangelsk region, northern Femen took down a cross in Kiev Russia. using a chainsaw. The act, which By the time police arrived at the was filmed and photographed,
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Ashley Lutz (Business Insider) • How Are You Going to Keep Them at 8/25/2012 3:03:00 PM SubmittedDown on the Farm? • A College Degree Is Not Politicians Enough have been too focused onBoomers Are Breaking the Deal • sex for at least 50 years, and this "delirium" keeps Americans • Two Workers for Every Social from voting for the Security Recipient best candidate. her new Palo Delirium: The •InCarlsbad, book Alto, Chicago, Politics of Sex in America, and Atlanta historian Nancy Cohen explores how politics changed afterfrom There is something missing the birth control we was released in this thing pill are calling a 1960. She For most in the sexual recovery. argues that the US it r e v not t i o n t recovery, e d does o l u feel like a h r e a t e nand contemporary politicians,aren’t for good reason: the jobs who accused the women of ruining is a there. But for some groups it the American family. recovery, and more. And that Thus, an even bigger problem. revealsthe American fixation with sex in politicssummer-shortened Today, in a was born. Cohen describes how this attitude Thoughts from the Frontline, we has pervaded the 2012 election: look at the trends in employment '"In late take note the Obama as well as January, of a signpost administration announced that we passed on the way to finding employers would have for include out that we can’t pay to all the contraception in their have been future entitlements we healthcare plans under the new healthcare promised. It’s a short letter but r e f o r m thought-provoking. a n hopefully l a w . R e p u b l i c At presidential candidate Newt the end, I note a webinar and a Gingrich, who had changed his few speeches I’ll be giving in the wife future. How Are three Going near and his religion You times, accused Barack Obama of on the to Keep Them Down waging a "war" Farm? on the Catholic Church. Mitt Romney, mentioned I was Last spring, I the soon-to-be working on a book on employment with Bill Dunkelberg, the Chief Economist for the National Federation of Independent Businesses. We were
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GOP nominee, charged the president with trying "to impose a secular vision on Americans."' The Republican presidential candidates and Fox News became so agitated about the "war on religion" you would hardly have known that 99 percent of Americans who had ever had sex used birth control." But both parties are guilty of letting sex run an election, Cohen says, mentioning the Democratic
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emails come back in under 20 minutes, it’s a simple truth that more stuff will get done. Be Available All The Time: Some of the best ideas come and go in the wee hours of the night and are often time-sensitive. Moreover, great opportunities evaporate if they’re left to linger or get buried in a pile of unread emails. Barack Obama, arguably a busy man, is photographed (above) ever-watchful of his blackberry. Critics may say that multi-tasking is the death knell of thoughtfulness. But, researchers show that “ supertaskers” can juggle multiple incoming streams just fine. Delegate Through CC: Messages no longer than a few sentences and connected to the right person make doing business delightfully efficient. Good leaders are marked as much by their good ideas as knowing others who have the best ones. So weekend warriors, stare down your overflowing inbox. Blaze through email with rapidfire messages and breeze onto your social plans tonight unburdened with the pressure of email dancing in your mind–just remember to glance at your phone in between drinks.
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What $3.9 billion Verizon/cable spectrum deal means to you (FAQ)
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Submitted at 8/25/2012 1:57:49 PM
The Federal Communications Commission just gave the final approval for Verizon Wireless to purchase the biggest hunk of spectrum outside of a full company merger in U.S. history. So what's it all mean? In December, Verizon proposed buying 20 MHz of wireless spectrum from a consortium of cable operators known as SpectrumCo, which included Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Communications. It also struck a separate but similar deal to buy spectrum from cable operator Cox Communications. The deal was controversial for two main reasons. First, it would have allowed Verizon to effectively double its spectrum holdings in the AWS-1 block. Many feared this would give Verizon too much control of a scarce resource at a time when other wireless operators without as strong a spectrum position also need access airwaves to deploy competing 4G services. The second issue many consumer advocates had with the deal concerned a commercial arrangement that would allow cable operators to resell and
market Verizon Wireless services and also allow Verizon to resell and market cable service. This concerned regulators and consumer advocates because it might kill competition in the wired broadband market. After working closely with regulators, Verizon struck a deal with T-Mobile to sell it some spectrum, alleviating those concerns. And it worked with the Department of Justice to alter its commercial agreement to help protect broadband competition. While regulators say they are satisfied with the protections put in place via conditions placed on the deal, what does it all really mean for consumers? What is likely to change in the near term as well as in the long term? CNET has put together this FAQ to help explain what you can expect. Now that the FCC has approved the deal between Verizon and the SpectrumCo cable companies what happens next? Are there any other approvals necessary? The FCC was the last regulatory agency that had to sign off on the deal. The Department of Justice announced its support of the amended deal last week. Now Verizon and the cable companies are free to proceed with their transaction. See also:
• The coming wireless spectrum apocalypse and how it hits you • Wireless spectrum: What it is, and why you should care What does this mean for consumers? Will anything change right away? There are several components to the deal as I mentioned in the introduction. There is the spectrum sale of 20 MHz of Advanced Wireless Services spectrum. And a commercial arrangement in which the companies will resell and market each others services. On the spectrum front, consumers won't likely see any changes right away. But consumers may start to see joint marketing and the reselling of services from all the companies involved relatively soon. There are no restrictions on how soon these new marketing plans can go into effect. When Verizon purchased Alltel, those customers were moved from Alltel's network to Verizon Wireless. Will something similar happen to consumers with this deal? No. The spectrum that Verizon bought from the cable operators is unused. Cox and the SpectrumCo cable operators bought this spectrum in the 2006 FCC auction, and they never used it. Verizon had also bought some spectrum in the auction, and as
part of the deal with the FCC to get the SpectrumCo transaction approved, Verizon agreed to sell some of its existing spectrum assets to T-Mobile. Verizon also was not yet using this wireless spectrum. So there are no subscribers currently on that spectrum that will be transferred to T-Mobile's network. What are the long term implications of Verizon getting this additional spectrum? Within seven years, 70 percent of the people living in the area where Verizon now owns that AWS spectrum will have access to Verizon's 4G LTE network. Many of these customers likely already have access to Verizon's 4G LTE network, but the addition of this spectrum will ensure that Verizon has enough network capacity to handle heavy data traffic loads. So far, Verizon has used its 700 MHz spectrum to build its 4G LTE network, which is available in more than 370 markets, covering nearly 75 percent of the U.S. population. With the FCC estimating that the industry demand for mobile data by 2015 will be 25 to 50 times greater than it was in 2010, it will be very important to Verizon and other wireless carriers to have enough spectrum to keep up with demand for data-intensive activities like video chatting, streaming live
video, downloading movies or large work files and more, on smartphones and tablets. The lower frequencies of the 700MHz Verizon is currently using for its network are good for establishing coverage. Lower frequencies can travel longer distances and penetrate through obstacles better than higher frequency spectrum. But higher frequency spectrum, such as the AWS spectrum Verizon acquired, offers more capacity. Signals at these frequencies don't travel as far, but they can pack in more data than the lower frequencies. What this means for Verizon is that using a combination of lower frequency spectrum with higher frequency spectrum allows the carrier to offer good coverage indoors and outdoors and in rural areas. But the higher frequency spectrum also allows it to add additional capacity in dense areas like cities, where networks can get congested. So the bottom-line is that this ultimately benefits Verizon Wireless customers, because it means that Verizon will be able to keep up with demand for 4G wireless services. That said, I wouldn't count on Verizon lowering prices or allowing WHAT page 13
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people unlimited access to the network for a low flat-rate. Those days are over. I've heard that if this deal goes through Verizon will have too much spectrum and thus control the market. Is that true? This deal does give Verizon an additional 20 MHz of wireless spectrum. And the company already owned about 20 MHz of the same type of spectrum. But in order to win approval from regulators to complete the deal, Verizon offered to sell some spectrum to T-Mobile. While Verizon and T-Mobile struck this deal independently, the FCC was pleased with the outcome and made the closing of the deal with T-Mobile a requirement in approving the SpectrumCo spectrum license transfers. The FCC does have a limit to how much spectrum one carrier can own in any given market. That limit stands at one-third of the total spectrum ownership or about 145 MHz per carrier in most local markets. Paul Gallant, an analyst with Guggenheim, points out in his note to investors Friday, that the FCC appears to have retained the 145 MHz percompany limit. Many had thought the FCC might lower the cap. Still, the FCC did require some concessions even though Verizon had crossed the one-third spectrum threshold. In fact, Gallant notes that the Verizon/ SpectrumCo deal was below the cap in 90 percent of U.S. markets, and yet the agency still required Verizon to swap some spectrum
with T-Mobile. And it put other conditions on the deal too. It is requiring Verizon to allow roaming from other carriers on its data network. And it required a speedier build-out timeline on the spectrum. Why did the FCC require conditions even though it didn't meet the spectrum cap? Gallant explained in his note that "the FCC's main rationale for spectrum divestiture was that the AWS-1 block was one of the last greenfield sources of spectrum, so Verizon Wireless's control of more than 20 MHz of AWS in most cities would impair LTE competition and potentially lead to higher wireless prices nationwide." What effect might these conditions have on the market? The fact that the FCC didn't change the spectrum cap means that other large companies may try to merge or purchase large blocks of spectrum as well. There has been a lot of talk about AT&T buying wireless spectrum from satellite TV provider Dish. And there's always a rumor that surfaces every few months that Sprint and T-Mobile may be considering a merger. The FCC has indicated through the Verizon/ SpectrumCo deal that it's willing to approve these mega spectrum transfers. But there will likely be conditions, even if the combined entities don't officially cross the spectrum cap threshold. The FCC also said in its order that it will soon start a rulemaking procedure to examine the
spectrum concentration cap it has in place. The FCC would like to make sure that its spectrum framework is "clear and predictable" for companies who may be considering deals. And that is what the rulemaking will address. The FCC expects to open the rulemaking in the next few months and conclude it in mid 2013. This means that there could be deals announced within the next year before new rules are in place since the FCC has indicated that the one-third spectrum cap is still useful in evaluating deals. But companies may have to concede to other conditions to get the deals done. The result for consumers is that there is likely to be more consolidation over the next six months to a year. And depending on how the FCC reworks the spectrum caps, there could be even more deals a year from now. Is consolidation good or bad for consumers? This is the magic question. And the answer you will likely get to this question often depends on who you ask. In general it's believed that competition is better for consumer because it keeps prices low and spurs innovation. But how much competition is necessary to gain these effects? A free-market proponent would say that it's silly and wasteful for several companies to build multiple infrastructures to essentially offer the same services. They would argue that fewer players actually use the
industry resources more efficiently, which ultimately benefits consumers. But people on the other side of this argument say that reducing the number of competitors often leads to higher prices for consumers and less innovation. Even if fewer companies can use resources more efficiently, it doesn't mean that those costsavings will be passed on to consumers. Often, they are profits given to shareholders. At the very least, market consolidation means less choice for consumers. And the fewer choices consumers have in providers, the less leverage they may have when dealing with a company that is providing subpar service. But the reality is that building and running a wireless network is a capital intensive business. It depends on an expensive and scarce resource: wireless spectrum. And the truth is that not every competitor that is in the market today will survive, nor should they be propped up to survive via regulation. So there will be some consolidation. But the function of the regulator ie the FCC is to make sure that the policies in place are fair to all competitors regardless of size. And it also must work to ensure that enough competition exists to benefit consumers. It's a balancing act for the FCC and other regulators. If the market consolidates too much, regulators will likely have to be more involved. But if enough
competition remains, the regulator can use a much lighter touch. What about the commercial arrangements between Verizon and the cable companies? Does this mean I can forget about competition in the home broadband market? Both the FCC and the Department of Justice were concerned about these commercial deals. In the original agreement, cable operators would have been allowed to resell Verizon Wireless service and Verizon Wireless would have been able to resell and market cable TV, broadband, and voice services from the cable companies, even in markets where Verizon also sells its Fios TV and broadband service. Regulators said they felt allowing Verizon to market and resell cable services in the same markets where it is offering Fios would hurt competition and might provide a disincentive for Verizon to push its own services. So the DOJ worked out a deal with Verizon and the cable companies in which it's now forbidden for Verizon or the cable operators to resell each other's home broadband services in the Verizon Fios territory. But these companies can still market and resell services in places where Verizon only offers DSL service. One of the conditions the FCC put on the deal is that Verizon will be required every six months to file reports with the agency WHAT page 16
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Facebook’s New Retargeted Ads Performing “Very Well”, Adds Partners To Run Them
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them the next time they visit Facebook. The user visits Facebook, which Facebook Exchange could pull in pings the DSP asking for a reala wealth of new advertising time bid for how much they’d pay dollars by letting businesses per impression to show that user a retarget ads at Facebook users Facebook sidebar ad. If the bid is who’ve visited their websites. high enough, the ad gets shown, Now I’ve learned and confirmed Facebook charges the DSP, and that the first Exchange ads are the DSP charges the website running, and Facebook has nearly owner. doubled the companies with This is all so important for access to the program. Plus one F a c e b o o k b e c a u s e i t h a s source close to Exchange tells me c l a s s i c a l l y b e e n s e e n b y “initial results are good, they’re a d v e r t i s e r s a s s t r o n g e r f o r going very, very well.” institutional brand advertising that Announced 10 weeks ago, i m p r o v e s a w a r e n e s s a n d Exchange brings the first cookie- perception than direct advertising based retargeted ads to Facebook whose click-throughs translate to — a format common around the sales. web but that Facebook must Essentially Facebook is at the top handle delicately because of o f t h e f u n n e l a t d e m a n d privacy. The expansion and generation, opposed to the bottom comments from Sheryl Sandberg at demand fulfillment where show Facebook has high hopes m e a s u r e m e n t o f r e t u r n o n that Exchange will bolster its investment is easier, ad rates can bottom line. Why Exchange Is be higher, and Google Search Critical To Facebook rules. If Facebook wants to boost Here’s a quick primer on FBX. A revenues and also make its ads Facebook user visits a third-party more relevant, it needs to break website, such as a travel site into the bottom of the funnel, and where they view prices for a hotel retargeted Exchange ads can help. in Hawaii. That website drops a And they are. Direct advertisers cookie on the user’s browser, and may flock to the DSPs because t h e n h a n d s a d e m a n d s i d e my source tells me Exchange platform (DSP) t h e results are “in-line with complementary cookie. The DSP performance of retargeted ads identifies the user to Facebook [across the web] that have really and tells it it wants to advertise to high ROI. It’s going quite well.”
However, there’s currently only a small volume of ads being run and I’ve heard many big travel advertisers are still getting their cookie-syncing set up to work with FBX. New FBX Partners Signal What’s Next For Facebook Ads On the social network’s first public earnings call a month ago, Sandberg said regarding Facebook Exchange, “We’re at a very early alpha stage test… but we’re really encouraged by how interested our advertisers and customers are.” And Sandberg’s not blowing steam. We hear AdRoll has assigned a huge chunk of its engineering resources towards working to perfect its integration with Facebook Exchange. Apparently it sees a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow if it can become the premier platform for advertisers to retarget Facebook users. Some time between the announcement of Exchange and now, Facebook struck deals with six more DSPs to join the program. I’d learned of a few and Facebook agreed to give me the full list of Exchange partners. The newly added ones are in bold: • AdRoll • AppNexus • Criteo • DataXu • MediaMath
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characteristics of Facebook users and combine them with cookiedata to create stunningly accurate profiles of visitors to their site. Facebook doesn’t want those DSPs to be able to turn around the Facebook bio data to improve their targeting of users outside of Facebook.com. But a different source says Facebook does want With the first wave, Facebook t o l e t a d v e r t i s e r s c o m b i n e curiously sidestepped all its retargeting and bio data so they existing Ads API partners — the can serve more relevant ads on tools and services big businesses Facebook.com as long as it’s in a use to efficiently buy standard way that doesn’t jeopardize user Facebook ad campaigns and privacy. Sponsored Stories. There are two It may be setting itself up for possible reasons for this. First, once it’s figured out how to do retargeting and real-time bidding that, as now Facebook has required for Exchange are specific allowed Nanigans and Optim.al, technologies that many Ads API two existing Ads API partners partners didn’t have built. into the Exchange program. The Second, and more interestingly, presence of Nanigans and Optimal F a c e b o o k i s n o t c u r r e n t l y in the Exchange program may allowing Exchange partners to indicate that when Facebook is layer its standard biographical ad ready to combine targeting targeting parameters on top of options, it wants experienced Ads retargeting. That means a DSP API partners ready to test it. can’t say it only wants to target However, my sources say even if users who’ve received a cookie Facebook can’t securely merge and are 25 to 45 year old males. the targeting options, there’s a This might be because Facebook very healthy business tapping into r e f u s e s t o g i v e p e r s o n a l l y existing retargeted ad budgets. identifiable data on its users to So with FBX ads now running, advertisers. If it allowed the Sandberg citing strong interest, coupling of standard targeting and and more partners signed on, the retargeting by admitting partners next step is for Facebook to prove who do both, those ad platforms FACEBOOK’S page 16 might be able to deduce
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Values vs. Choice: Apple and Samsung speak on $1bn verdict
Chris Davies (SlashGear)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 6:14:12 AM
were thrilled to be able to finally tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trail showed Samsung may be facing a billion that Samsung’s copying went far in damages after Apple persuaded deeper than even we knew. The a US jury that it was an arch lawsuits between Apple and copyist, but the company still has Samsung were about much more snark to spare. The “verdict than patents or money. They were should not be viewed as a win for about values. At Apple, we value Apple” the South Korean firm originality and innovation and said of the ruling in San Jose this pour our lives into making the week, “but as a loss for the best products on earth. We make American consumer.” According these products to delight our to Samsung, the favorable customers, not for our competitors decision for Apple – which saw to flagrantly copy. We applaud the Cupertino company escape the court for finding Samsung’s with zero damages in Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a counter-suits – will mean less loud and clear message that choice, less innovation and, stealing isn’t right” Apple perhaps most importantly in the Yet to comment is Google, tough economic climate, “higher obviously implicit in Android prices.” Apple isn’t so concerned, development, and previously unsurprisingly, describing the tipped to be Samsung’s shadow case as “about much more than partner in developing legal patents or money.” strategies for the Apple suit. Instead, Apple insists, it’s a Google has been outspoken in its matter of “values” – whether you It will lead to fewer choices, less courts and tribunals around the as Apple and Samsung’s lawyers support of patent reform, though create something yourself, or innovation, and potentially higher world, some of which have in different courts chase down has kept a relatively low profile in w h e t h e r y o u c o p y i t f r o m prices. It is unfortunate that patent already rejected many of Apple’s localized injunctions and rulings. t h i s p a r t i c u l a r c a s e . S t o r y somebody else. Samsung argues law can be manipulated to give claims. Samsung will continue to Justice Lucy Koh, who presided T i m e l i n e t h a t , w h i l e p a t e n t l a w i s one company a monopoly over innovate and offer choices for the over the jury trial as well as other • Samsung guilty on dozens of recent Apple vs. Samsung cases in patent infringements vs Apple i m p o r t a n t , A p p l e h a s rectangles with rounded corners, consumer” Samsung “manipulated” its interpretation to or technology that is being Samsung has already confirmed the US, has set an injunction • Samsung patent infringement the point where fundamental improved every day by Samsung that it will be appealing the ruling, hearing for September 20. The ruled "willful" vs Apple shapes are considered the domain and other companies. Consumers with the company saying it will two companies will have the • Samsung damages over 1 have the right to choices, and they first attempt to overturn it in post- intervening time to file responses billion dollars vs Apple of individual firms. “Today’s verdict should not be know what they are buying when verdict motions, but that it is not and counter-arguments. • Apple damages vs Samsung: viewed as a win for Apple, but as they purchase Samsung products. afraid of the Appeals Court if that “We are grateful to the jury for VALUES page 17 a loss for the American consumer. This is not the final word in this does not succeed. Meanwhile, their service and for investing the case or in battles being waged in cases around the world continue, time to listen to our story and we
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about the DSL competitive market. And the FCC also established a system in which parties could file a complaint with the FCC if they thought the companies were acting in an anticompetitive manner. Consumer advocates think the DOJ and FCC should have done more to protect competition in wireline broadband. "While (the FCC's complaint system) may allow parties to bring attention to anticompetitive or otherwise illegal conduct, it does nothing to affirmatively prevent it," Gigi Sohn, head of Public Knowledge, said in a statement. "The JOE (joint marketing agreement) is still a vehicle that empowers former competitors to suppress new rivals. The FCC should have protected competition by blocking the commercial agreements altogether." So what does this really mean for consumers? It means that if you are a Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox or Bright House cable subscriber, you will soon be able to get wireless phone service that
uses Verizon's network but is branded from one of the cable operators. You will also be able to subscribe to any of these cable services from Verizon Wireless stores, so long as they are not in an area that is also selling Verizon's Fios service. There is a chance that the cable companies may cut you a break on the wireless service. And perhaps there will be promotions that save you money or you subscribe to cable service via a Verizon Wireless store. But many consumer advocates fear that what's really been allowed to happen here is that in the few places where Verizon vigorously competed with the likes of Comcast and Time Warner, it will no longer push so hard to compete. And that is bad news for consumers. In fact, far too many U.S. consumers don't have enough competition when it comes to broadband. And now consumer advocates fear that even with some of the restrictions put in place by the FCC and the DOJ that Verizon will have little incentive to build beyond its
existing Fios footprint, where it could bring true broadband competition to millions more Americans. In all fairness, Verizon has never said it would continue to expand Fios beyond the existing footprint. And even without this commercial arrangement, it's unclear if Verizon would have ever found it cost effective enough to continue building the fiber to the home infrastructure. Still, if I were keeping a scorecard of pluses and minuses for competition, the approval of these commercial arrangements -even in their altered form -- are a negative for consumers. 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.
Astronaut And Innovation Icon Neil Armstrong Passes Away At 82
Chris Velazco (TechCrunch)
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retargeting can earn advertisers money. While the whispers I’m hearing indicate they work well, Facebook will need to compile conclusive studies demonstrating that Exchange ads sell products. Luckily, I recently came in to Facebook to talk to Sean Bruich, head of measurement and
monetization analytics. He’s building up a team of specialists whose sole mission is showing advertisers that when they invest in Facebook, they get even more back.
heights was perhaps limitless. A piece like this may seem a bit out of place on a site like NBC News reports that astronaut TechCrunch, but the amazing and icon Neil Armstrong passed technical achievements that went a w a y e a r l i e r t o d a y d u e t o into putting not only Armstrong, complications from a heart-bypass but Buzz Aldrin, Pete Conrad, Al operation he underwent a few Bean, Alan Shepard, Edgar weeks ago. He was 82. Mitchell, Dave Scott, James Though his merits were many, Irwin, John Young, Charles Duke, Armstrong was best known for Eugene Cernan, and Harrison one thing. On that fateful day Schmitt on the moon can’t be back in July 1969, with the eyes overlooked. There’s no shortage of history watching, he clambered of devices and products that were down the ladder on the front leg born from space age innovations, of the Lunar Module “Eagle” to but perhaps more importantly, become the first man to set foot walking on the Moon inspired a on the Moon. generation of people to pursue “That’s one small step for a man, engineering and the sciences. one giant leap for mankind,” he And Armstrong was first. Of his said. Though Apollo 11 was his brief time spent exploring the first and only Moon mission, the surface of another heavenly body, events of that day and those words Armstrong had this to say: would follow him for the rest of “It suddenly struck me that that this life. tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the In that moment, Armstrong Earth. I put up my thumb and shut became more than just a man — one eye, and my thumb blotted he became a symbol of ingenuity out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel and the drive of the human race. like a giant. I felt very, very He, along with Lunar Module small.” Pilot Buzz Aldrin, proved to half You may have felt small, Mr. a billion people back on earth Armstrong, but rest assured — (and countless others in the years you were a giant to the rest of us. to come) that the potential for Godspeed. mankind to reach for ever-higher
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Does Anyone Really Care About A Bigger 3DS?
Don Reisinger (SlashGear)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 1:22:09 PM
There’s a new gaming handheld in town. It’s called the Nintendo 3DS XL. And I couldn’t care less. Now, those who have been reading my columns on SlashGear know that I’m not exactly the most understanding when it comes to Nintendo products. The devices are nice and all, but when we actually account for their gaming quality – and appeal to the hardcore gamer – I can’t help but feel they fall short. I’ve felt that way about the GameCube, Wii, and the 3DS. And now, I just can’t see any reason to care about the 3DS XL. Of course, I know that the 3DS XL isn’t really a new device. Instead, it’s an improvement to a product that’s already on the market. And for big-time Nintendo fans, it’s something that will undoubtedly be a must-buy. But for those of us who haven’t necessarily found too much value in the 3DS, what’s the sense in getting the 3DS XL? Yes, it has bigger screens, which should
enhance the 3D quality, but perhaps Nintendo is looking in the wrong direction. Like it or not, the 3DS isn’t going to be able to carry Nintendo’s business, simply because smartphones and tablets are creeping into the handheld gaming market. What Nintendo needs now is not a gimmicky device, but something that appeals to the changing mobile times.
Exactly what that handheld might look like is anyone’s guess. Even if Nintendo offers up some sort of PlayStation Vita alternative, it’s unlikely that the company would be able to establish itself as a real threat to the iPhone and Androidbased smartphones. But offering up something that delivers less features and only adds 3D gaming isn’t all that great."It’s a world where bigger is typically better"
See, in the past, Nintendo has relied heavily upon consumers buying products that replace or in some way enhance those they already own. The GameBoy Color was arguably the best example of that. When Nintendo offered up the DS and then the DSi, the transition sort of made sense. Nowadays, though, things have changed. And to simply offer a product with bigger screens isn’t like delivering color to a handheld device. The world is a different place. And it’s about time Nintendo catches up. If it doesn’t, and continues to try its luck with iterative updates that many folks won’t care about, it’ll eventually In a world where bigger is find itself in the junk heap of typically better, I can see why gaming history. Nintendo would want to launch a And that, I must say, would be so-called “XL” version of its awfully sad. handheld. I can also see why an Does Anyone Really Care About a i l i n g c o m p a n y , t r y i n g A Bigger 3DS? is written by Don desperately to return to profit, Reisinger& originally posted on would offer up such a device at a SlashGear. price that’s higher than its © 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All predecessor. But what I can’t see right reserved. is why anyone who already owns a 3DS would buy it.
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Evernote takes Moleskine into the notebook cloud
Chris Davies (SlashGear)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 10:21:28 AM
Smart Notebook by Moleskine are on offer, either with ruled lines or squares, and both use a new micro Digital notebook app Evernote -dotted paper which works with has taken a break from weaning the tweaked iOS apps. A new us off paper and into the cloud, Page Camera option in the app with a new Moleskine deal seeing shoots a photo of the notebook the cult pads made app-enabled. itself, relying on the micro-dots to The Evernote Smart Notebook by correct skew and brightness. Moleskine works with the freshly To organize, a set of stickers is updated Evernote apps for iPhone included in the back pocket of the and iPad, offering the ability to notebook. These are recognized digitize handwritten notes and by their color by the app, and can sketches simply by taking a photo, be used with various preset tags or and assign them to folders and customized to suit the individual with tags by slapping on a sticky user. So, you can write a shopping label. list and slap on a “Shopping” Two versions of the Evernote s t i c k e r , a n d E v e r n o t e w i l l
automatically file the new note with your Shopping tag for easier recall later on. Meanwhile, Evernote’s existing handwriting recognition is used to
allow written notes to show up in search results; there’s also a set of Skitch arrows that can be stuck onto notes to help draw attention to them.
The new Moleskine notebooks will begin shipping on October 1, priced at $24.95 for the pocketsized version and $29.95 for the large version. They’re up for preorder now. No word on whether the Evernote Android app will be updated to support the same Page Camera functionality. Evernote takes Moleskine into the notebook cloud is written by Chris Davies& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All right reserved.
iPad mini to launch in October, says report
Edward Moyer (CNET News)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 12:01:23 PM
Armstrong says he's at peace after controversy
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Submitted at 8/25/2012 2:15:52 PM
As outlined by CNET's Chris Matyszczyk recently, there were reports in July that both devices Apple will unveil an "iPad mini" would be announced by Apple on in October, after a September 12 September 12 -- with the new coming-out party for the new iPhone actually hitting store iPhone, according to a report in shelves on the 21st -- and the AllThingsD. shared-event claim was later ATD's John Paczkowski cited called into question by Daring several unnamed sources in Fireball's John Gruber. reporting the separate events. Of course, it remains to be seen
how it will all play out, but it may be that fanboys will have to pretty much clear their calendars for later in the year so they can spend two months standing in line outside an Apple Store. Paczkowski said Apple declined to comment. We'll give the company a shout and see if we can get a response (and we'll update this post if we do).
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Lance Armstrong says he's more at peace now than he has been in a decade.
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First man on moon Neil Armstrong has died
Edward Moyer (CNET News)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 2:23:02 PM
Neil Armstrong's shadow on the moon.(Credit: NASA) Neil Armstrong, the Apollo 11 astronaut who became the first person on the moon, has died at 82. In a statement to CBS News, Armstrong's family said the internationally known icon had died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. The family described Armstrong
as "a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job," CBS reported. CNET's William Harwood will have his take on the story soon.
Related: -- Armstrong on Apollo: "It was a good thing to do" -- Moonwalk footage being restored after original video lost
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Obama Ad Falsely Claims Romney-Ryan Medicare Reform Would Cost Seniors $6400
John McCormack (The Weekly Standard)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 1:04:00 PM
Via Politico, here's the latest Obama campaign ad attacking Mitt Romney on Medicare reform:
Samsung loses trial against Apple, ordered to pay over $1bn in damages
news for Samsung. The Korean electronics giant has been found to infringe all of Apple's utility A jury of seven men and two patents and all but one of the four women has just read the Apple v. design patents asserted, and was Samsung verdict to a packed ordered to pay $1.05 billion (£665 courtroom -- and it was all bad million) in damages to Apple.
Submitted at 8/25/2012 11:54:13 AM
That's less than the $2.75 billion
(£1.4 billion) Apple asked for, but still a huge sum. If it holds up on appeal, it will stand as the largest patent verdict of all time. More importantly, it gives Apple a huge leg-up in the corporate patent wars, and immeasurably
strengthens the company's negotiating position with regard to the Android phones it is struggling against. By: Joe Mullin, Edited by: Nate Lanxon Continue reading...
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Sin City Truth Booths - Candy Chang’s Confessions Gives Vegas Goers a Chance to Come Clean (TrendHunter.com)
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The Circular Logic And Prayer Tactics Of Draghi Queens, Sinomaniacs, And Other Orwellians
Submitted at 8/25/2012 2:58:23 PM
( TrendHunter.com) The Candy Chang’s Confessions exhibit at the The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas realizes that whether it was just an embarrassing drunken story or a legitimate mistake, you don’t leave Sin City...
We have desperately tried to explain the sheer idiocy of the circular argument of the Fed 'attemping' to stimulate fiscal policy by enacting an overly permissive monetary policy, having failed miserably time after time. Perhaps the 'simplistic' argumentation of Diapason's Sean Corrigan will succeed where we have failed (although we are not holding our breath). " Companies in the steel sector should be prepared for a longterm depression," Zhang Changfu, secretary-general of the CISA, told media earlier. Strange then, that the offificial data for July suggest that Chinese steel outout hit a new, all-time high of 61.7M tonnes during the month, the YoY increase making up no less than 99% of the entire global increment over the year. Why on earth would this be? Chalk it up to moral hazardspecifically, the same zombifying belief shared by the whole motley crew of Sinomaniacs, Draghi queens, and QEasers everywhere; that bad news equals good; that,
in true Orwellian fashion, 'Weakness Is Strength' - that any shortfall in voluntary demand will elicit a large enough crank of the priting press handle that the glut will soon be removed from the market and so obviate the need to undertake any painful restructuring, or to quit the business and release scarce resources for use by those with a genuinely viable busines plan. ... Back in metal-bashing business, Wang Lei, the head of a Shandong ore trading company, bemoaned the current adversity, telling Caixin: " If you had iron ore [last year], you could hold it for a couple months and then sell it and earn $20 to $30 per ton easily. We bought ore for about $135 per ton, but no one will take it, even if we try to sell it at a loss." Wang and his friends apprear to have drawn a deangerous lesson from the events of 2008-9 though. As he told the magazine, Wang remembers watching the value of his company's inventories decline rapidly in 2008 until the price bottomed at US$60 per ton the following year.
When the ore prices fell, he reminisced, he and his fellow trades were not pessimistic because they correctly assumed that the Chinese government would step in with an economic stimulus to offset the crisis and so revive demand. Sure enough, as the boom progressed, prices soared, reaching close to $200 a tonne in 2010, a level they revisited some 18 months ago, before policy began to tighten and the long slide to sub-$100 began. So, once bailed out, always bailed out seems to be the guiding inference. Meantime, close your eyes and pray. Via Sean Corrigan of Diapason Commodities Average: Your rating: None Average: 5( 3 votes) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
KeenTalks is a Curated Collection of Talks and Lectures on YouTube [Webapps]
David Galloway (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 1:00:00 PM
If you enjoy the presentations on TED Talks you may also enjoy Keen Talks, a webapp that takes thousands of lectures, presentations, and debates on various topics sorted for easy browsing and without many of the distractions normally found on YouTube. More »
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Millennials Aren’t Buying Cars Or Houses, And It Could Hobble The Economy
Derek Thompson and Jordan Weissmann (Money Game)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 12:05:11 PM
In 2009, Ford brought its new supermini, the Fiesta, over from Europe in a brave attempt to attract the attention of young Americans. It passed out 100 of the cars to influential bloggers for a free sixmonth test-drive, with just one condition: document your experience online, whether you love the Fiesta or hate it. Young bloggers loved the car. Young drivers? Not so much. After a brief burst of excitement, in which Ford sold more than 90,000 units over 18 months, Fiesta sales plummeted. As of April 2012, they were down 30 percent from 2011. Don’t blame Ford. The company is trying to solve a puzzle that’s bewildering every automaker in America: How do you sell cars to Millennials (aka Generation Y)? The fact is, today’s young people simply don’t drive like their predecessors did. In 2010, adults between the ages of 21 and 34 bought just 27 percent of all new vehicles sold in America, down from the peak of 38 percent in 1985. Miles driven are down, too. Even the proportion of teenagers with a license fell, by 28 percent, between 1998 and 2008.
In a bid to reverse these trends, General Motors has enlisted the youth-brand consultants at MTV Scratch—a corporate cousin of the TV network responsible for Jersey Shore—to give its vehicles some 20-something edge. “I don’t believe that young buyers don’t care about owning a car,” says John McFarland, GM’s 31-yearold manager of global strategic marketing. “We just think nobody truly understands them yet.” Subaru, meanwhile, is betting that it can appeal to the quirky eco-conscious individualism that supposedly characterizes this generation. “We’re trying to get the emotional connection correct,” says Doug O’Reilly, a publicist for Subaru. Ford, for its part, continues to push heavily into social media, hoping to more closely match its marketing efforts to the channels that Millennials use and trust the most. All of these strategies share a few key assumptions: that demand for cars within the Millennial generation is just waiting to be unlocked; that as the economy slowly recovers, today’s young people will eventually want to buy cars as much as their parents and grandparents did; that a finertuned appeal to Millennial values can coax them into dealerships. Perhaps. But what if these assumptions are simply wrong?
propelled our most impressive recoveries. Millennials may have lost interest in both. Needless to say, the Great Recession is responsible for some of the decline. But it’s highly possible that a perfect storm of economic and demographic factors—from high gas prices, to re--urbanization, to stagnating wages, to new technologies enabling a different kind of consumption—has fundamentally changed the game for Millennials. The largest generation in American history might never spend as lavishly as its parents did—nor on the same things. Since the end of World War II, What if Millennials’ aversion to residential construction and new cars and suburban houses car-buying isn’t a temporary side related activities accounted for have powered the world’s largest effect of the recession, but part of more than a quarter of the economy and propelled our most a permanent generational shift in economy in metro areas like Las impressive recoveries. Millennials tastes and spending habits? It’s a Vegas and Orlando. Nation-wide, may have lost interest in both. question that applies not only to new-car and new-truck purchases When Zipcar was founded, in c a r s , b u t t o s e v e r a l o t h e r hovered near historic highs. But 2000, the average price for a traditional categories of big Millennials have turned against gallon of gasoline was $1.50, and spending—most notably, housing. both cars and houses in dramatic iPhones didn’t exist. Since then, it A n d i t s a n s w e r h a s l a r g e and historic fashion. Just as car has become the world’s largest implications for the future shape sales have plummeted among car-sharing company, with some of the economy—and for the their age cohort, the share of 700,000 members. Zipcar owes speed of recovery. young people getting their first much of its success to two facts. Half of a typical family’s mortgage between 2009 and 2011 First, gas prices more than s p e n d i n g t o d a y g o e s t o is half what it was just 10 years doubled, which made car-sharing transportation and housing, ago, according to a Federal alluring. Second, smartphones according to the latest Consumer Reserve study. Since the end of became ubiquitous, which made Expenditure Survey, released by World War II, new cars and car-sharing easier. the Bureau of Labor Statistics. At suburban houses have powered MILLENNIALS page 22 the height of the housing bubble, the world’s largest economy and
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Big US Job Trouble Just Awful The OutflowMarket IsIn Not So For Little China? College Graduates
Tyler Durden John Mauldin (Money Game)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 3:33:00 PM 1:15:28
China has two problems... well more than two we are to Keep • How Are You Goingsure, but these Down on the Them seem critical. Farm? • First,College Degree Is Not A there is a significantly slowin Enough g e c o n o m y t h a t 'desperately' needs the the Deal • Boomers Are Breaking hand-ofgod Central-Banker Every Social • Two Workers for to stimulate it with free-money Security Recipient- but is handcuffed by the huge disconnect • Carlsbad, Palo Alto, Chicago, between 'apparently' low CPI and and Atlanta extreme highs in food and energy prices which will only exaggerate There is something missing from spending retrenchment calling a this thing we are should any money-printing be enabled. recovery. For most in the US it does not feel Corn recovery,at a and with like a stocks and stunningly low level (lowest since for good reason: the jobs aren’t 1995 But nearing groups it is a there. and for some 1975 levels) things are only going to get recovery, and more. And that worse... reveals an even bigger problem. Today, h lae a v e s t h e P B O C W h i c in summer-shortened somewhat powerless to do we Thoughts from the Frontline, the kind of massive in employment look at the trends stimulus holedigging-and-re-filling that is as well as take note of a signpost required on the the to finding we passedto plug way economic demand slack. out that we can’t pay for all the future entitlements we for many Second, it seems have been investors the writing is letter but promised. It’s a shorton the wall as money is flowing out of At hopefully thought-provoking. the world's growth a webinar and a the end, I note engine faster than oil speeches I’ll While in few from a wok.be givingat the surface USDCNY appears to be near future. How Are You Going doing its Them Down PBOC to Keep'stable' thing - theon the is soaking up unprecedented Farm? amounts of CNY as the market Last spring, I mentioned I was 'sells' out. working on a book on eThis lchart (e that we i previously mp oym nt w th Bill Dunkelberg, the Chief Economist for the National Federation of Independent Businesses. We were
Time lapse captures the brilliance of nightfall in LA [video]
Submitted at 8/25/2012 3:30:00 PM
discussed in detail here) shows the difference between marketdriven movements in USDCNY (red) and PBOC-driven (blue)clearly the market is selling its CNY and running away and while we are sure China would like a lower Yuan (to help exports etc.) it is nevertheless band-ridden and needs to maintain some stability or trade-wars or worse will escalate - so the PBOC is soaking up massive amounts of Yuan (and selling out its USD?) to maintain that illusion of control... These 'adjustments' which are now on an unprecedented scale
started right after LTRO2 ended and are accelerating... which is leading to forward-Yuan trading at post-crisis high discounts... This combination of slowing (and seemingly unstoppable) economic trajectory with significant negative money-flows is a vicious circle- evidenced by the efforts of the PBOC with stealth reverse repos and the 'easing' of their Yuan trading bands (chart below as per Bloomberg's Chart of the Day) as perhaps they revert back to a weaker Yuan policy (and implicit strong USD mercantilist
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other accommodations for travelers; and thred-UP, a site where parents can buy and sell kids’ used clothing. From a distance, the sharing of cars, rooms, and clothes may seem a curiosity, more hippie than revolutionary. But tech-nology is allow-ing these practices to go mainstream, and that represents a big new step for consumers. For decades, inventory manage-ment was largely the province of companies, not individuals, and continual efforts to reduce inventory—the stock of things just sitting around—helped companies improve their bottom line. But today, peer-to-peer software and mobile technology allow us all to have access, just when we need it, to the things we used to have to buy and hold. And the most powerful application is for cars. The typical new car costs $30,000 and sits in a garage or parking spot for 23 hours a day. Zipcar gives drivers access to cars they don’t have to own. Car ownership, meanwhile, has slipped down the hierarchy of status goods for many young adults. “Zipcar conducted a survey of Millennials,” Mark Norman, the company’s president and chief operating officer, told us. “And this generation said, ‘We don’t care about owning a car.’ Cars used to be what people aspired to own. Now it’s the smartphone.” Some automakers are slowly coming around to that view. Last year, Ford agreed to become
Zipcar’s largest supplier on more than 250 college campuses. Young people prize “access over ownership,” said Sheryl Connelly, head of global consumer trends at Ford. “I don’t think car-buying for Millennials will ever be what it was for Boomers. But we know if they have the opportunity to drive Ford, they’re more likely to choose Ford if they buy a car.” Subaru’s publicist Doug O’Reilly told us, “The Millennial wants to tell people not just ‘I’ve made it,’ but also ‘I’m a tech person.’ ” Smartphones compete against cars for young people’s big-ticket dollars, since the cost of a good phone and data plan can exceed $1,000 a year. But they also provide some of the same psychic benefits—opening new vistas and carrying us far from the physical space in which we reside. “You no longer need to feel connected to your friends with a car when you have this technology that’s so ubiquitous, it transcends time and space,” Connelly said. In other words, mobile technology has empowered more than just car-sharing. It has empowered friendships that can be maintained from a distance. The upshot could be a continuing shift from automobiles to mobile technology, and a big reduction in spending. Millennials, of course, are sharing more than transportation: they’re also sharing living quarters, albeit begrudgingly, and with less gee-whiz technology involved. According to Harvard University’s Joint Center for
Housing Studies, between 2006 and 2011, the homeownership rate among adults younger than 35 fell by 12 percent, and nearly 2 million more of them—the equivalent of Houston’s population—were living with their parents, as a result of the recession. The ownership society has been overrun by renters and squatters. Nine out of 10 Millennials say they eventually want a place they own, according to a recent Fannie Mae survey. But this generation’s path to home-ownership is fraught with obstacles: low pay, low savings, tighter lending standards from banks. Student debt—some $1 trillion in total—stalks many potential buyers as they seek a mortgage (or a car loan). At a minimum, homeownership rates are highly unlikely to soon return to the peaks they hit during the housing bubble. Still, in the next decade, a group of people the size of California’s population—-most of them Millennials—will likely come together to form new households. The question is: Where, and in what manner? In some respects, Millennials’ residential aspirations appear to be changing just as significantly as their driving habits—indeed, the two may be related. The old cul-de-sacs of Revolutionary Road and Desperate Housewives have fallen out of favor with Generation Y. Rising instead are both city centers and what some developers call “urban light”—denser suburbs that
revolve around a walkable town center. “People are very eager to create a life that blends the best features of the American suburb—schools still being the primary, although not the only, draw—and urbanity,” says Adam Ducker, a managing director at the real-estate consultancy RCLCO. These are places like Culver City, California, and Evanston, Illinois, where residents can stroll among shops and restaurants or hop on public transportation. Such small cities and town centers lend themselves to tighter, smaller housing developments, whether apartments in the middle of town, or small houses a five-minute drive away. An RCLCO survey from 2007 found that 43 percent of GenYers would prefer to live in a close-in suburb, where both the houses and the need for a car are smaller. Wholly apart from their urban sensibility, townhouses and other small houses are more affordable, all else equal, and developers know that to attract Millennials, they need to cater to tattered bank accounts. “The types of properties young people are buying now are different from what [that age group] bought five years ago,” said Shannon Williams King, the vice chair of strategic planning at the National Association of Realtors. “They are within walking distance of shopping centers. These buyers want bike shares and Zipcar. They like feeling connected.” In short, the future of the house might look a
lot like the future of the car: smaller, cheaper, built for a new economy. If the Millennials are not quite a post--driving and post-owning generation, they’ll almost certainly be a less--driving and less--owning generation. That could mean some tough adjustments for the economy over the next several years. In recent decades, the housing industry has usually led us out of recession. When the Federal Reserve lowered interest rates in the midst of the sharp recession of the early 1980s, for instance, a construction boom helped fuel the “Reagan Recovery.” With the housing market moribund, the Federal Reserve has lost a key means of influencing the economy with lower interest rates. The serviceled recovery we’ve gotten instead is not nearly as robust. “I don’t think car-buying for Millennials will ever be what it was for Boomers,” said Sheryl Connelly, head of global consumer trends at Ford. Smaller houses built in dense, mixed-use neighborhoods generally take longer to build than McMansions on green-field sites. And of course, because they require fewer fixtures and furnishings, their construction spurs less economic activity. What’s more, both construction and automaking are solidly blue-collar sectors. They employ millions of middle-class workers, who could be hurt by a transition MILLENNIALS page 25
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Home Sellers Get Realistic in Australia; Mining Companies Going Bust in Record Numbers; Australia Headed for Disaster Zone
firstname.lastname@example.org (Mike Mish Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 11:11:00 AM
Real estate agents in Australia who assured everyone for years there was no housing bubble and home prices would only ever go up because there was a "shortage of houses" are now telling everyone who is stuck in a house they cannot afford that they have prices too high. What this means of course is real estate agents are selling few homes, thus making little in commissions so they need prices to come down. What the agents don't realize is this is the beginning of a trend and home prices, some drastically reduced already, still have much further to fall. The Sunshine Coast Daily reports Sellers get realistic with cuts The prices of some Sunshine Coast properties have been slashed by a million dollars as owners look to shift homes that have been stewing on the market for up to four years. A Sunshine Beach property that was on the market in 2008 for $2.6 million has been reduced to $1.595 million while a Cooroy property for sale for $3.15 million
in 2009 has been discounted $1.155 million. A list of the top 25 discounted properties from the SQM Research shows prices discounted between 24% and 40%. The head of SQM Research, Louis Christopher, said the discounting was the result of vendors being forced to correct unrealistic price expectations. "Many are not willing to accept where the buyers are at. They can't handle, psychologically, that this is what their property is worth," he said. The discounting on the Sunshine Coast was not confined to any area or price range. SQM's list showed price cuts at beachside locations from Mooloolaba through to Noosa Heads and Rainbow Beach, and out to the hinterland villages of Mapleton, Cooroy and Imbil. In Due Time My Little Pretty This article is sure to trigger complaints "It's only the Sunshine Coast" or some other such nonsense as if large cities and more populated areas will not be affected to this degree. In due time my little pretty, all in due time. Back in the Solar System By the way, the article said
sellers are realistic. What the writer meant was "back in the solar system" as opposed to "realistic". Until homes are selling in normal transaction volumes for sustained periods, sellers will not really be "realistic". Risk of Recession? Remember how the boom in China was guaranteed to prevent falling prices for iron ore and other commodities? Recall that such nonsense was supposed to prevent a recession. More reality has set in as Australia faces growing risk of recession in 2013 ONE of Europe's biggest banks today warned of the growing risk of recession in Australia in 2013, as prices for its key commodities such as iron ore and coal spiral lower. The warning by Deutsche Bank comes amid rising concern that Australia's mining investment boom, which has insulated the commodity-rich economy from a global slowdown, is waning, leading to mine expansions being scaled back and mounting job losses. Policy makers are "dangerously complacent" about the risk now arrayed against the $1.4 trillion economy, which relies heavily on
prices paid for its biggest exports - iron ore, coal and gas - for its prosperity. The assessment stands in stark contrast to the upbeat appraisal by the RBA, which earlier this month upwardly revised its forecast for economic growth in 2012 to 3.5 per cent, from 3 per cent. The RBA today said it expected the mining investment boom to peak during 2013-14, but added the timing of the peak was uncertain. Also today, corporate insolvencies hit a record high in the year to June 30, according to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission. Mining states are among the worst hit, it said. "We see one of the mining boom states, Queensland, showing one of the most dramatic increases in corporate failures," ASIC said. "Western Australia's financial year company failure figure is also the highest on record for that state." Mining Companies Going Bust in Record Numbers The idea the investment boom will keep going until 2014 is complete nonsense given mining companies are going insolvent at record highs. The upward GDP revision by the
Reserve Bank of Australia is also nonsense. One really has to wonder what those clowns are smoking. Iron Ore Prices Near Three-Year Low The Financial Times reports Iron Ore Prices Near Three-Year Low. Iron ore prices have fallen to their lowest since late 2009 as steelmakers in Europe curtail purchases, forcing miners to sell their output in the congested Asian market. Iron ore traders and brokers said Vale of Brazil, the world’s largest iron ore miner, was diverting part of the material usually identified for European steel mills into the Asian spot market at the precise moment Chinese consumption slows down, forming a glut. Iron ore has been a cash-cow for the mining sector during the past five years and the current drop in prices is affecting substantially the profitability of blue-chip miners Vale and London-listed Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and Anglo American. Cost of Chinese steel has also plunged to levels last seen nearly three years ago, emphasising the depth of the slowdown in the HOME page 25
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away from home construction and auto manufacturing. The tech companies that sell personal electronics and provide highspeed Internet connections don’t need as many workers. And the jobs they do create—domestically at least—skew heavily toward the top of the socioeconomic ladder. Yet in the long run, there’s good cause for optimism as well. Nobody is suggesting that the American consumer has bought her last house or car—only that houses and cars may lose some of the outsize importance they’ve had to the economy for the past 10 or 20 years or more. “There are a lot of countries, Germany for example, where homeownership rates are a lot lower than ours, and they have healthy incomes,” said Robert Lerman, an Urban Institute fellow in labor and social policy. Simple arithmetic says that if Americans spend less money on cars and houses, they’ll have more money left over to spend or save—and not all of that will go
to electronic gadgets. Education is the “obvious outlet for the money Millennials can spend,” Perry Wong, the director of research at the Milken Institute, told us, noting that if young people invest less in physical things like houses, they’ll have more to invest in themselves. “In the past, housing was the main vehicle for investment, but education is also a vehicle.” In an ideas economy, up-to-date knowledge could be a more nimble and valuable asset than a house. What’s more, the shift away from traditional suburbs toward denser, urban-light living could have major economic-growth implications on its own. Economic research shows that doubling a community’s population density tends to increase productivity by anywhere between 6 percent and 28 percent. Economists have found that more than half of the variation in output per worker across U.S. states can
be explained by density. Our wealth, after all, is determined not only by our own skills and talents, but by our ability to access the ideas of those around us; there’s a lot to be gained by increasing the odds that smart people might bump against each other. Ultimately, if the Millennial generation pushes our society toward more sharing and closer living, it may do more than simply change America’s consumption culture; it may put America on firmer economic footing for decades to come. DON'T MISS: Use These 15 Smart Tactics To Win A Real Estate Bidding War > Please follow Your Money on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story »
Despite Criticisms, Obama's Investments Share Similarities with Romney's
Daniel Halper (The Weekly Standard)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 1:15:00 PM
world’s second-biggest economy. Analysts at Nomura said they were “very concerned” that Chinese steel mills had increased production at the same time as prices fell and many of them had struggled to make a profit. “The recent collapse in steel and iron ore prices suggests to us that we have reached the point in the cycle where a major destock is required,” Nomura said. “If production is not cut voluntarily, imbalances will continue to build, increasing the risk of a large, involuntary cut in steel production.” Last month the China Iron and Steel Association said domestic steelmakers saw profits plunge 96 per cent in the first half compared with a year ago, turning the industry into a “disaster zone”. Disaster Zone for Corporate Profits China has slowed, as predicted in this corner, and commodity prices, especially coal and iron ore are taking a hit. Growth in China will slow much further over the next decade and that pain has yet to be felt. Here are a few pertinent links • August 16, 2012: Pettis on Debt, Currency Wars, Commodity Prices and Capital Flight; China FDI Contracts 8.7% YoY, 8th
Drop in 9 Months • March 30, 2012: The Dating Game: Michael Pettis Challenges The Economist to a Bet on China • August 22, 2011: Long-Term Outlook for China, Europe, and the World; 12 Global The housing bust coupled with a commodity bust and a commercial real estate bust is going to turn most of Australia into a disaster zone for profits. 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.
President Obama used his most r e c e n t i n t e r v i e w w i t h t h e once again to hit Mitt Romney for Associated Press, released today, investing overseas. "[T]he small
bits of disclosure that he has put forward indicate investments in the Bahamas, or Swiss bank accounts," Obama said of Romney.
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Smart Money acknowledges its big miss with GATA and gold
Submitted at 8/25/2012 3:31:41 PM
Submitted by cpowell on 12:42PM ET Saturday, August 2 5 , 2 0 1 2 . Section:#0000ff;">Daily Dispatches 3:40p ET Saturday, August 25, 2012 Dear Friend of GATA and Gold: Founded in 1992, Smart Money magazine, a product of The Wall Street Journal, is going out of business with its September issue, which includes a review, titled "Hits and Misses," of what the magazine, its editors, and writers have gotten right and wrong in their 20 years. Perhaps their biggest miss is gold, as signified by the magazine's recapitulation of its June 2004 interview with GATA Chairman Bill Murphy, who remarked that the monetary
metal, then priced at $422 per ounce, would double. "That's not what we predicted at all," Smart Money's Russell Pearlman reflects. "'History, at least the past 200 years or so,' we wrote, was not on the side of gold lovers. While there was perhaps some short-term money to be made in the precious metal, 'the bull market for gold will not last and anyone making gold the cornerstone of his or her investment porfolios is making a serious mistake.' New York fund manager Chris Davis agreed with us at the time. Gold, he said, wasn't an 'earning asset' (one that paid dividends). It was a psychological asset. 'I just don't get it,' he shrugged. Neither, it seems, did we." GATA explained it to Smart Money then and since then has been explaining it to everyone
else with eyes to see and ears to hear. But while you can lead a financial journalist to a central bank, you can't make him ask the right questions. A photograph of Smart Money's acknowledgment of its mistake about gold is posted here: #0000ff;">http://www.gata.org/ files/SmartMoney-Sept-2012.jpg CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/ Treasurer Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc. Average: Your rating: None 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.
$27.7 Billion Worth Of American Property Is In Isaac's Path
Sam Ro (Money Game)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 1:18:03 PM
Savers are suffering, but without QE it would be a lot worse
Spencer Dale (Finance News Business news from the UK and world)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 2:00:14 PM
By lowering long-term interest rates and stimulating the economy, QE has helped to prevent asset prices falling by as
much as they would otherwise have done.
Tropical Storm Isaac is not a hurricane ( yet) and it hasn't landed on the U.S. ( yet). But analysts are already estimating the costs of the potential damage. From CoreLogic: “Based on current forecasts, Tropical Storm Isaac is predicted to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane and become the first hurricane to impact the United States this year,” said Dr. Howard Botts, vice president and director of database development for CoreLogic Spatial Solutions. “Though the forecasted path is constantly changing, at this point, Isaac seems to be poised to strike the Gulf Coast early Wednesday. Major metro areas that could potentially feel the impact of
hurricane-driven storm surge include New Orleans, La.; Baton Rouge, La.; Biloxi, Miss.; Mobile, Ala.; Pensacola, Fla. and Tallahassee, Fla., depending on where the storm makes landfall.” The data shows nearly 210,000 total residential properties valued at more than $27.7 billion in seven major metro areas along the Gulf Coast could be at risk for storm-surge related flooding, assuming the storm hits as a Category 1 hurricane. The number of residential properties in each metro area and their respective potential exposure to damage are as follows: Here's CoreLogic's map: Please follow Clusterstock on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story »
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Q&A: Perry Noble on Praying for 3,000 Salvations in One Weekend
(The Christian Post)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 2:51:15 PM
• (Photo: NewSpring via The Christian Post) Perry Noble, founding pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina, preaches May 20, 2012. August 25, 2012| 3:51 pm The "Pray for 3K" campaign was first mentioned three months ago, but it officially began last Sunday when Noble preached a sermon titled "Going for the Big Ask!" Each day since that time the church's blog has featured daily posts advising members how to pray so that the church can see Pentecost-sized numbers of people come to faith in Jesus Christ this weekend, Aug. 24-26. Noble spoke with The Christian Post on Friday to talk more about the campaign and how he overcame the desire to keep his 3,000-person goal a secret. CP: Tell me about the "Pray for 3K" initiative, how did it come about? Noble: It's honestly been something that I've always dreamed about ever since I became a Christian. If you read through the Book of Acts, in Acts chapter two, the first time the Gospel was ever presented, the Bible says 3,000 people got
saved. Some people argue and say, "Do numbers matter?" And I'm like, well, they counted them then, and so something happened there so significant that somebody said, "Let's count these people that are coming to Christ." And I always thought, man, that would just be awesome to be a part of something like that. And so it was like one of those things you almost put on your bucket list, like hey, before I die I would like to see 3,000 people come to Christ. Follow us And it just hit me a few months ago, actually while I was on my sabbatical, why wait? Why wait until "one day" if it's something that's biblical, it's not bad, a lot of people are going to get saved, why not just go ahead and pray and prepare for it and just try our best to go for it today? CP: What was the main point behind your "Going for the Big Ask" message last week? Noble: Actually, there were only two points to the message. "Ask them," which means let's go ask our friends and family members, let's go ask them to come to church next week because we're going to have a service that presents the Gospel, and then let's "ask Him," meaning Jesus, to do what he does and save people next
Sunday. A lot of times we'll pray for people but we won't invite them to church or won't talk to them about Christ. And then on the flip side a lot of times we'll go talk to people and invite them to church, but we've never prayed for them. And so I think it's not an "either-or," it's a "both and." You've got to be willing to ask of them to come to church and then ask Him to do something significant in their life. CP: How fundamental has the idea of asking God for these big things been to the growth of your church? Noble: We've been going about 12 years. We've always just kind of prayed. I call it "pray big" ... Let's ask the Lord to provide us with some land to build this campus on. Let's ask the Lord for the right staff to come into a particular position and fill it. But this is the biggest "ask" we've ever called for. We've really planned and prepared and prayed for this, and my prayer is that it would be inspirational to the [universal] Church ... Hey, we really can attempt great things for God. And then it would be inspirational to every person that comes to church. Let them be a part of asking the Lord to do something significant, and then He does it, and then they're like,
"Oh my gosh. If He can do that for the church, then I need to pray for big things in my life as well." So I think the church wins, I think the individual in the church wins, and so we're just really excited about it. CP: On an average weekend, about how many people attend NewSpring campuses for services? Noble: This fall, so far, I would say we're averaging around 18,000 a weekend. CP: Have you had a chance to research what the highest number of salvations was in a given weekend at NewSpring Church before? Noble: We saw 1,000 people one time. There was a weekend within the last year that we saw a little over 1,000 people come to Christ. CP: So this is obviously the biggest you've ever asked for, is that intimidating at all to you? Noble: Oh yeah, absolutely ... The thing I thought at first was, "I'll pray for this privately and I won't let people know that I'm asking for something like this." But the more time I spent reading my Bible, praying ... I was like, the only reason I would not say this out loud is because I'm afraid that if I say it and it doesn't happen, it makes me look bad. Maybe it makes God look bad, or whatever.
And then I realized, the Lord doesn't need me to defend His reputation. He's going to do what He's going to do, and all through the Scripture He invites us to ask Him for big things. Jesus did it in John 14, John 15 and John 16 ... Jesus said in John 14:12, you'll do greater things than me, just ask. So I was very intimidated but I'm like, you know what, I'm just going to say it. And at the end of the day if ... we're asking for 3,000 and 1,500 get saved, Oh darn! We're still 1,500 people short, but 1,500 people received the Lord. So I don't think it's bad, but I'm like ... I just really, really want to ask big for the rest of my life. CP: I've had the opportunity to follow your blog posts this week, which are guiding the members of your church on what to pray for, specifically, each day. How do you motivate such a large group to pray fervently? Noble: I think the big thing is: Keep it simple. I think one of the mistakes I've made as a church leader in the past several years is I've tried to give people too many steps, but the more simple you make it, everybody can kind of latch on to that. So this week I said, hey, let's just go one week ... I would love for it Q&A: page 29
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Obama, Romney Still in Dead Heat, Poll Shows
(The Christian Post)
Joe Biden ticket garnered 44 percent. Among the bigger bunch of August 25, 2012| 3:42 pm registered voters in the new According to a CNN/ORC survey – as opposed to "likely International poll released Friday, voters" who are more likely to 49 percent of likely voters support come out to vote on Election Day Obama, with 47 percent backing – the poll indicates that Obama Romney. Given that the two point holds a 52 percent to 43 percent margin is within the survey's lead. The results were almost sampling error, the race can be identical to those from CNN's seen as a tie. previous poll that was conducted However, 48 percent of likely earlier this month before Romney voters who are independents say had announced Wisconsin Rep. they support Romney, with 45 Paul Ryan as his running mate. percent backing Obama. And 87 Follow us percent of likely voters say their "Likely voters have traditionally minds are made up, with just over been a more Republican group in 10 percent saying they might past elections because they tend to change their minds on which turn out in higher numbers than candidate they'll back in the Democrats, and 2012 looks like it November election. is no exception," says CNN The survey also showed that 35 Polling Director Keating Holland. percent of registered Republicans "This explains why the margin s a y t h e y a r e e x t r e m e l y between President Obama and enthusiastic about voting, six Mitt Romney is smaller among points higher than the 29 percent likely voters." of Democrats who feel the same However, Holland cautions, the way. race cannot be seen as getting According to a Fox News poll of tightened in the past few weeks likely voters released Thursday, because of the lack of movement the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket in the results for registered voters. received the backing of 45 In 2008, around two-thirds of percent, while the Barack Obama- Democrats were extremely or
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very enthusiastic about election with an 18-point lead over Republicans, which helped Obama overcome the fact that turnout has historically been higher among Republicans. Now the two parties are evenly divided, the survey notes. In that light, some of Obama's supporters are not likely to vote unless something changes. "The challenge for the president in his convention is to fire up his base and to turn those potential stay-athomes into likely voters," said Holland. "If he can do so, the likely voter model may not work as much in Romney's favor in September as it does in August." The poll, conducted with 1,055 adult Americans which included 924 registered voters and 719 likely voters, also indicates that likely voters are divided on Vice President Joe Biden (46 percent to 47 percent), with a plurality having a favorable opinion of Ryan (45 percent to 39 percent). Fifty-one percent of registered voters rate Ryan as an excellent or good pick. And 52 percent believe he is qualified to be president if necessary. "From a historical perspective,
Ryan ranks in the middle of the pack among recent vice presidential nominees," said Holland. "He's not as wellreceived as Joe Biden or Dick Cheney initially were, but he's definitely not another Dan Quayle. Joe Lieberman is the running mate who put up numbers most like the ones Ryan now gets." The survey also shows that twothirds of likely voters believe that if Romney is elected he will work hard to implement GOP polices on the economy, and six in 10 think he will try to enact Republican proposals on health care. But only 43 percent feel he will work hard to implement the GOP's position on abortion. 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.
Make Canning Jar Lids and Accessories with a 3D Printer [3dPrinting]
David Galloway (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 12:00:00 PM
For many people it would be difficult to find two things that have less in common than mason jars and 3D printers, but many makers and homesteaders with one foot in the past and one in the future find high-tech methods to practice off-grid lifestyles. More »
Think Tank: Habit - the unspoken tool of advertising
Laurence Green (Finance News - Business news from the UK
Ingrained consumer behaviour is a powerful force that should be
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to be a lifestyle change, I would love for people to do this for the rest of their life, but, hey, the way you eat an elephant is one bite at a time. So, hey, let's just for one week do everything possible to ask people to come to church, and then ask Jesus to save them. And even the person that's sitting in the congregation every Sunday that's got so much on their plate, they can at least nod their head and go, "You know what, I can do that. I can do that for one week. I can ask one person to come to church with me, and I can ask Jesus to save them. Yes, I can do that for one week. Sign me up." CP: I know one of your big sayings is "found people find people." Can you speak about how prayer, combined with human effort, work together to see people come to know Christ? Noble: I think it's imperative to understand that both of those things work together. Because if we pray for something, and we pray for somebody to receive Christ, but we're not willing to [share] Christ, then what we're saying is, "God, I want you to do all the work, but I'm not willing to partner with you in doing it." Which I think is basically a slap in the face of God. On the flip side is sometimes we'll go out and try to do all this
stuff on our own strength and our own ability ... and the problem is we never actually ask God for any direction, any help, anything. And so I think it's imperative that both of those things work together. And it seems to be an idea that I think our people really grabbed onto. CP: What kind of message are you going to be preaching this Sunday, then, anticipating having a large group on non-Christians at all of your services? Noble: Every church has what I call its "geographical challenges." So we're in the Southeast, we're basically in the state of South Carolina. And so one of the things I felt like I wanted to do was preach a message that I felt like everybody could connect with, Christians and non-Christians. So it's all coming back to a message on the cross, because you could be the most irreligious person on the planet, but if you live in the state of South Carolina you've seen a cross, you probably have a necklace or a pair of earrings with a cross on it, you've seen it. But really explaining what the cross is and why it matters to us, what Jesus did there and why it matters – I think it's going to be one of those messages. And it's going to connect, I think, with people that have been in church
for 50 years and the people that have been in church for 50 minutes. It's very simple. It's very direct. It's very to the point, and it calls for a specific response at the end for people to surrender their lives to Christ. CP: Is there anything else you feel you should mention about this weekend? Noble: Just that I hope that churches are really encouraged by it, to just ask God for big things in their church. I really think so many times we're afraid to ask for big things or we're afraid to articulate it, but the real reason why is because we're so obsessed with our own reputation. That was the case with me. And then, of course, I'm hoping that 3,000 people's lives, eternities, are altered and that we see God just do something that's more amazing than anything we've ever seen. 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.
Hurricane Isaac 2012: Storm to Become Hurricane in Florida Sunday
(The Christian Post)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 3:17:56 PM
August 25, 2012| 4:17 pm The storm swept across Haiti early Saturday, killing at least two people. Continuing on a northwest path, the storm has headed toward the north coast of Cuba with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. The latest public advisory on the storm was issued at 2 p.m. EDT with a hurricane warning for the Florida Keys, the west coast of Florida and Florida Bay. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. "Even if we don't get hurricane force winds, tropical storm force winds can be dangerous," said Robert Molleda, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, according to The Palm Beach Post. "We are not recommending people be outside." "We are going to have a lot of power outages and a good number of trees down, with the rain and the ground saturated." The Republican National Convention is set to take place in Tampa, Fla., located on the east
coast of the state, beginning Monday. Organizers are staying in contact with the National Weather Service and local emergency officials to track the potential impact of the storm. Follow us "We will continue to work closely with them and federal officials to monitor the storm and discuss any impact it might have on the Tampa area and the state of Florida. We continue to move forward with our planning and look forward to a successful convention," said William Harris, president and CEO of the Republican National Convention, on Thursday. Mitt Romney is scheduled to be officially nominated as the Republican presidential candidate during the convention. Some reports indicate that his nomination may come as early as Monday. 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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Tesla's Revenge: Filmmakers Kickstart Electrifying Docudrama About Cult Genius
Hugh Hart (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 6:00:00 AM
Proposed docudrama The Story and Life of Nikola Tesla would include dramatic re-enactments. Image courtesy Wil Cashen Inspired by maverick genius Nikola Tesla, Wil Cashen invented an electric pickup truck. Now the Los Angeles-based engineer and entrepreneur wants to pay homage to his role model by making a docudrama about the eccentric Serbian-American inventor. Cashen’s film project Electricity: The Story and Life of Nikola Tesla, which is currently up for funding through Kickstarter, would help educate mainstream audiences about the brilliant scientist whose system for distributing free wireless electricity got squashed by established business interests led by Thomas Edison. Writer Carol Bourgeois, who began researching Tesla 12 years ago and finally completed her final script early this year, told Wired by phone that when she
interviewed people on the streets of Los Angeles, nine out of 10 drew a blank at the mention of the Tesla name. “It’s time for him to shine,” she said, citing several incidents in which the obsessive-compulsive Tesla got cheated out of profits and patents. “This is a dude that got screwed and didn’t get a penny for any of his patents. That’s where our passion comes
in.” The movie will feature dramatic re-enactments, interviews, vintage film sequences and archival photographs filmed in slowpanning “Ken Burns style,” according to project rep Zach Taiji. Kickstarter funders can snag cool swag including Nikola Tesla action figures. Before its fund-raising launch August 9, the proposed
docudrama had already attracted support from magician Marco Tempest, who allowed the filmmakers to embed his Sound and Light TED talk video and making-of companion piece on their Kickstarter page. David Bowie’s portrayal of Tesla in Christopher Nolan’s Victorianera science thriller The Prestige will be hard to beat, and God only knows what it’ll look like if
Christian Bale decides to portray Tesla in Tesla, Ruler of the World, now in discussions. But if Cashen, Bourgeoise, producer Bud Brutsman and director Shawn Papazian achieve their $35,000 goal, The Story and Life could inform new generations about the bittersweet Tesla legacy. Cashen and his team can only hope to match the success of another Tesla-themed Kickstarter campaign. Earlier this week, webcomic the Oatmeal raised $900,000 in just seven days to purchase property where the inventor’s lab was located as the site for a Tesla museum. 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.
Who’s your daddy? [comic]
Submitted at 8/25/2012 9:15:00 AM
Fathers give it their best, but are kids ever happy? Via People2.com.tw.
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Video: How ILM Made Battleship Look Cooler Than a Board Game
Angela Watercutter (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 6:00:00 AM
Technically speaking, the bestlooking things in Battleship were probably Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård and Rihanna. But technologically speaking, the crazy alien spacecraft stole the show. To get those mightily fluid extraterrestrial ships to float, Battleship’ s filmmakers enlisted the help of Industrial Light & Magic. The making-of clip above, which comes from the film’s upcoming DVD release, breaks down just how ILM’s visual effects whizzes made those alien craft look so cool in the waters of the Pacific.
“We knew we had to create a whole new water system at ILM — a new way of directing water and simulating water and being able to render it in very real ways,” ILM visual effects supervisor Grady Cofer says in the video. To do that, the VFX house created masses of digital blue water for director Peter Berg’s film, then built whitecaps, mist and splashes out of digitally rendered mass until the water was fully realized. ILM also went to great lengths to create each of the alien ships and give them a unique color palette that would make them stand out in a given scene. “It’s interesting to kind of see how this nugget of some idea with a lot of R&D and a lot of render
time really kind of led to one of the most visually arresting shots in the movie,” Cofer says of the film’s massive spaceship flyover scene. And hey, they definitely made it look cooler than an animated board game. Battleship comes out Tuesday on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray combo pack, On Demand and digital download. 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.
Submitted at 8/25/2012 3:45:00 PM
Al Gore 'Mostly at Peace These Days with Losing the Presidency in 2000'
Daniel Halper (The Weekly Standard)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 11:18:00 AM
2000." The observation comes a dozen years after Gore lost the 2000 presidential election to President George W. Bush. that he "is mostly at peace these days with losing the presidency in
Friends of former vice president Al Gore tell the New York Times
Photographer Dominic Episcopo and a huge slice of the rest of the U.S. is not about to let a little bad news about the not-so-healthy side of red meat stop them from celebrating all that is beefy in the national diet. Episcopo explains his unique collection of Americana meat photos as follows: MEAT AMERICA is a state of mind, an eye-opening and arteryclosing tour of America’s spirit of entrepreneurship, rebellion and positivity.
MEAT AMERICA celebrates our appetite for insurmountable odds, limitless aspiration, and immeasurable success. Actually, just between us; it’s a way for us to combine a few of our favorite things. Meat. Quotes. Facts. Photography. And the indefinable adjective that is “American.” Since we’d hate to imply that vegetarians aren’t as patriotic as their meat-eating brethren, feel free to forward links to patriotic veggie art. Full story at Meat America via Neatorama. Beefcake photography? Permalink| Leave a comment »
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Repurpose Bread Clips as Traveling Clothespins [Video]
David Galloway (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 11:00:00 AM
If you're backpacking through wilderness trails or between cities in Europe you'll probably find yourself doing a lot of laundry by hand. Instead of bringing actual clothespins you can use plastic bread clips to hang your garments on a clothesline. More »
Qute Corporation Primal Carnage returns to shooting 'em shows off its raptors and trappers up with Ginga Force
Mike Schramm (Joystiq) Jordan Mallory (Joystiq)
delicious organs, while Trapper gameplay is focused on disabling Submitted at 8/25/2012 4:30:00 PM dinos with nets and then stabbing As made evident by the latest them with big ol' knives. The trailer above, Primal Carnage Trapper also has two sizable continues to embody the bloody pistols at his disposal, which may f a n t a s i e s o f 1 0 - y e a r - o l d s or may not be a match for the everywhere who want to be real, adorable "Skreee!" sound the live dinosaurs when they grow up. raptors make while pouncing. This look at the game's humans If your inner child is throwing vs. dinosaurs multiplayer combat wild fits, placate them by signing highlights two of the playable up for the forthcoming beta. classes that will be available when Primal Carnage shows off its the game eventually launches: raptors and trappers originally Velociraptors and Trappers. appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 25 As you might guess, Velociraptor Aug 2012 16:30:00 EST. Please gameplay involves a lot of see our terms for use of feeds. running, climbing and pouncing Permalink| Email this| Comments on squishy humans and their
there's not a lot of information on the new game. Eschatos was released only in Japan, but as a Qute Corporation has made a region-free title. But Qute has yet name for itself putting together confirmed whether the same will popular, fan favorite shmups like be true with this one. Ginga Force J u d g m e n t S i l v e r s w o r d a n d is due out across the ocean later Eschatos, and the company's latest on this year. title follows that trend closely. Qute Corporation returns to Ginga Force is on its way to the shooting 'em up with Ginga Force Xbox 360, and as you can see originally appeared on Joystiq on from the trailer above, it's got lots Sat, 25 Aug 2012 15:00:00 EST. of bullets and spaceships, and one Please see our terms for use of being shot at the other many feeds. different times in many different Permalink| Email this| Comments ways. Other than the trailer above,
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Metareview: Madden NFL 13
Mike Suszek (Joystiq)
significantly, but Madden NFL 13 has pulled this off with aplomb. Brimming with innovation on the As the latest in EA Sports' field and off, it's the best Madden ongoing pro football series, of the generation." Madden NFL 13 introduced the • EGM(8/10): "All in all, it's clear hard-hitting Infinity Engine and the team at Tiburon took a hard Connected Careers mode this year look at ways to bring the franchise as noteworthy additions among a back to its former glory. Some fair amount of issues. Our review annoying bugs persist here and saw the game as "the foundation there, but overall, Madden NFL for eventual excellence." Here's 13 stands as one of my favorite what other critics around the web football experiences of this had to say about this year's generation." Madden: • Polygon(8/10): " Madden 13 • GamesRadar(4.5/5): "It's not gives players a ton of options often that a stalwart franchise like without explaining them in detail, t h i s r e i n v e n t s i t s e l f s o and that's an issue. But Madden
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and Connected Careers features a lot of interesting ideas, but there's no question that this is a rebuilding year. The best news is that EA finally seems to be on the right track. Give it another year, and Madden may at last be a true contender." Gallery: Madden NFL 13 (E3 2012) Metareview: Madden NFL 13 originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 25 Aug 2012 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
NFL 13 represents a giant leap over its predecessors. It's easily the best Madden title of this console cycle, and it's notable for the ways in which it clearly sets
the stage for Tiburon to make a graceful transition into the next generation." • OXM(7.5/10): "The engine shows a great deal of promise,
Heritage Intern Wins CNN Competition to Report on Convention
Angelise Schrader (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
CNN also chose three winners to cover the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in September. These six winners were selected out of 217 Submitted at 8/25/2012 12:17:44 PM Next week, Alex Anderson, who submissions. The CNN iReporters interned with Heritage’s Young will have the opportunity to cover Leaders Program this summer, the conventions up close and will be joining two other CNN personal, from first-person video iReporters for an all-expenses- commentary and on-air reporting paid trip to Tampa, Florida, to to photography coverage and cover the Republican National interviews with convention Convention. Anderson, who is a attendees and local residents. rising junior at Hillsdale College As Anderson mentions in his 45in broadcast journalism, was the second contest submission, the only college student chosen to social media sphere has uniquely cover the RNC. connected his generation in a way
of America will be dependent on his generation.” You can see his iReport submission here. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go never before seen in history. could only dream of 20 years ago. To Work. Whether through Facebook, And that gives this generation an T w i t t e r , o r Y o u T u b e , t h i s added responsibility. In his generation is communicating submission video, Anderson said instantly in a way that journalists he was reminded that “the future
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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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Chart of the Week: Tax Revenues Devoured by Entitlements
Michael Sandoval (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 9:08:06 AM
The looming unsustainability of the big three entitlement spending programs—Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security—is not inevitable, but in order to avoid the catastrophic effects of consuming every bit of tax revenue in just one generation, reform is a necessity. Take a look at Medicare, the largest portion of the projected entitlement expense by the year 2045. Here’s the projected outlook of spending on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security by 2045, when entitlement spending matches tax revenues, from Heritage’s Federal Budget in Pictures, using Congressional Budget Office figures: The need for Medicare reform in light of the impending crisis going forward has elicited the
acknowledgement of all sides, which Heritage’s Amy Payne highlighted in a recent Morning Bell: Quick quiz: Who said this about Medicare? “With an aging population and rising health care costs, we are spending too fast to sustain the program. And if we don’t gradually reform the system while protecting current beneficiaries, it won’t be there when future retirees need it. We have to reform Medicare to strengthen it.” …It was President Barack Obama, just last year. Obamacare has already ended Medicare “as we know it.” Obamacare will not preserve Medicare or even prevent the program’s descent into unsustainability. Instead, as Heritage’s Alyene Senger reported, the Congressional Budget Office adjusted its estimate of Medicare cuts to $716 billion over 10 years, in a raid on Medicare’s core services:
According to the CBO, the payment cuts in Medicare include: A $260 billion payment cut for hospital services. A $39 billion payment cut for skilled nursing services. A $17 billion payment cut for hospice services. A $66 billion payment cut for home health services. A $33 billion payment cut for all other services. A $156 billion cut in payment rates in Medicare Advantage (MA); $156 billion is before considering interactions with other provisions. The House Ways and Means Committee was able to include interactions with other provisions, estimating the cuts to MA to be even higher, coming in at $308 billion. $56 billion in cuts for disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments.* DSH payments go to hospitals that serve a large number of low-income patients. $114 billion in other provisions pertaining to Medicare, Medicaid,
and CHIP* (does not include coverage-related provisions). Far from protecting seniors and preventing the program’s insolvency, the Medicare raid cuts services for seniors and hastens Medicare’s impact on the federal credit card, as it makes up the largest portion of the projected entitlement spending by 2045. Only true reform—particularly, converting Medicare to a “premium support” system—could produce the adjustment necessary to keep Medicare from careening out of control. 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.
Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon, Dead at 82
Nina Frazier (Mashable!)
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Virgin Money boss: free banking is a 'myth'
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Virgin Money boss Jayne-Anne Gadhia discusses transforming Northern Rock and how she plans to alter the public perception of
Neil Armstrong, the first man to land on the moon as commander of NASA's Apollo 11 mission, has died at 82 according to a report by NBC. Armstrong passed away due to complications of a heart bypass surgery he underwent just weeks ago. His 82nd birthday was on August 5. On July 20, 1969, Armstrong made history by placing his left foot onto the surface of the moon and uttering the words, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" and completed arguably the greatest scientific feat of the 20th century. Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio in 1930. He studied aerospace engineering at Purdue University both before and after serving in the Navy as a test and fighte… Continue reading... More About: NASA, Neil Armstrong, trending
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fatigue, with a small percentage of the assailants acting at the behest of the Taliban. This week, the Via the Los Angeles Times: chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs A potentially serious rift has of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, emerged in the way the Afghan visited Kabul for talks mainly and U.S. governments view centered on the shootings and “insider” shootings, instances of how to work together to halt the Afghan police and soldiers growing phenomenon. But late turning their guns on Western W e d n e s d a y , a d a y a f t e r troops. Washington and NATO Dempsey’s departure, Afghan c o a l i t i o n o f f i c i a l s h a v e President Hamid Karzai caught consistently said most of the Western diplomatic and military shootings, which have claimed the officials by surprise when he lives of at least 10 U.S. service asserted in a statement that members this month alone, stem infiltration of the Afghan security from personal disputes, stress, a p p a r a t u s b y “ f o r e i g n s p y cultural differences and battle agencies” was the driving force
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behind insider attacks, which have taken the lives of 40 coalition members this year. . . Fantastic. Karzai won’t admit he has a problem. . .— Greg Pollowitz This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work. Joann Pan (Mashable!)
‘iPad Mini’ Coming in October, Following a September iPhone Launch [REPORT]
Submitted at 8/25/2012 2:12:26 PM
AllThingsD is confirming that Apple will unveil a seven-inch "iPad Mini" in October, following the September launch of the nextgeneration iPhone. ATD's John Paczkowski reports the "iPhone 5" and a smaller iPad will premiere at two separate events before the holiday season commences. He cites "several" unnamed sources. The next iPhone will debut at an "as-of-yet
unannounced event" on Sept. 12, the report says. "Only after the next generation iPhone is out the door and on sale will Apple announce the smaller iPad it’s been working on," Paczkowski writes. "That device, which is expected to have a display of less than eight inches, will be uncrated at a second special event, which… Continue reading... More About: apple, ipad mini, iphone, trending
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How to Get an Illegal Gun in Chicago
Submitted at 8/25/2012 10:18:25 AM
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Submitted at 8/25/2012 1:25:45 PM
Via the Chicago Sun-Times: Want to know how to get a gun? Just ask Chris. The skinny teen attends high school in Chicago and is a talented athlete. But he’s also a notorious gunslinger. As a shooter in a South Side gang, he can get his hands on a gun as quick as you can get a burger at a fast-food restaurant. “I will make a call and say I need a gun. I will ride down the street on my bike and get it — five minutes.” The
Chicago Sun-Times sat down with Chris for a lesson on how gangs get guns. Armed gangs like Chris’ have driven up Chicago’s murder
total 28 percent above the rate at this time last year. And Chris is on the front lines of the shooting. . . Rahm is a failure. Pass it on. . .— Greg Pollowitz This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
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5 Games You Should Play This Weekend
Chelsea Stark (Mashable!)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 3:13:29 PM
entire mission of the game. Special power-ups turn Mario into Midas, or turn his enemies into 1. New Super Mario Brothers 2 gold. The most humorous one Nintendo released New Super turns Mario's head into a gold Mario Bros. 2 this Sunday, along b r i c k t h a t s p i t s o u t c o i n s . with their monstrously big 3DS Although this seems a little XL. It has many of the great gimmicky, the game is solid. You elements from the Wii's New can even play cooperatively with S u p e r M a r i o B r o s . : s h a r p your friends across a wireless graphics, fun gameplay, and connection. mobile devices, there are so many challenging levels. New Super Click here to view this gallery. ways to play alone or together that Mario Bros. 2 brings the bling. It's tough to keep up with all the it's hard to decide what to pick up. Instead of collecting just a few great games worth playing. We're here to help. Here's a list of coins each level, it becomes the Between consoles, PCs and our
deal. We also tried to represent a broad cross-section of gaming platforms and genres. SEE ALSO: 15 Vintage Video Games You Can Play on Your iPhone If you're playing anything else you think we should mention in the future, or you see any great sales on current games, let us five titles you should definitely know in the comments. consider playing this weekend. More About: Feature, Gaming, Some are new, while others are iPhone games, video games noteworthy because of a sale or
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Regulator to probe GCSE gradings
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Submitted at 8/25/2012 3:20:08 PM
meet awarding bodies to discuss its findings. A Department for Education The exams regulator is to look spokeswoman said: "We welcome again at GCSE gradings amid this move." claims that thousands of students In an open letter to Education have been treated unfairly. Secretary Michael Gove and Ofqual admitted there were Ofqual on Friday, the National "questions about how grade Association of Head Teachers boundaries were set in a very suggested grade boundaries in small number of units across the English had been "significantly year". The move comes amid altered" during the year in threats of legal action from local response to fears the pass rate authorities and teachers. would rise again. The union said It was revealed this week that the it had been "inundated" with calls proportion of GCSEs - taken by from schools about the situation, pupils in England, Wales and and urged Mr Gove to establish an Northern Ireland - awarded an A* independent inquiry. -C grade had fallen for the first The Association of School and time in 24 years. College Leaders (ASCL) has In a letter to the National insisted it is "not afraid" to take Association of Head Teachers, legal action against exam boards Ofqual chief regulator Glenys over the grade boundary reform. Stacey wrote: "We recognise the General secretary Brian Lightman continuing concerns among said: "ASCL warmly welcomes students, parents and teachers the announcement by Ofqual that about this year's GCSE English they intend to investigate the results. We will look closely at GCSE English issue. It is essential how the results were arrived at. that the injustice done to many We will do this quickly, but thousands of young people is put thoroughly, so that we ensure right." confidence is maintained in our Mr Gove, who has promised to examinations system." curb so-called "grade inflation", Ms Stacey said she expected to rejected suggestions that there had gather evidence over the next been political interference in week and that Ofqual would then GCSE results. He insisted that any
changes in grades were the result of "independent judgments made by exam boards entirely free from any political pressure". He said the reason some pupils have had poorer results than expected was partly down to a change in the system which meant their exams had been split into units and modules this year. Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg said: "Ofqual's announcement is welcome, and we urge their investigation to be comprehensive. The crucial test is whether it addresses the unfairness of similar work getting a C in January and a D in May. However, Ofqual's probe doesn't take away the need for an independent cross-party parliamentary inquiry to find out what happened to cause this fiasco in the first place." 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.
“America doesn’t need a birther-in-chief”? Are we really going there?
Erika Johnsen (Hot Air » Top Picks)
this too much as an actual issue, lest they end up looking silly themselves. Submitted at 8/25/2012 1:31:32 PM But I was wrong. So wrong. posted at 2:31 pm on August 25, “Holding out hope Romney had a 2012 by Erika Johnsen vision for the middle class? Of course we knew that the THINK AGAIN.” Obama campaign was going to Le sigh. I underestimated their release a statement of faux desperation for distractions and outrageous outrage after their commitment to their Romney’s birth-certificate joke on denigrate-Romney’s-character-atFriday morning, and of course all all-costs modus operandi, no the libs will be up in arms on the matter how unserious and lame news for the rest of the weekend, the charge. The beatings will taking this as another chance to continue until morale improves. lament and bemoan the lack of This entry passed through the moderation in a party now Full-Text RSS service — if this is dominated by crazy right-wing your content and you're reading it extremists — oh, the humanity! on someone else's site, please read But nobody seriously thinks that the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentRomney was “directly enlisting” only/faq.php#publishers. Five himself in the birther movement Filters recommends: Incinerating with the now-infamous one-liner, Assange - The Liberal Media Go do they? And I didn’t think the To Work. Obama campaign would seize on
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Police 'shot all New York victims'
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Submitted at 8/25/2012 3:20:07 PM
Police said Johnson hid behind a car and killed Mr Ercolino with five gunshots as he arrived for New York authorities have work. Johnson then walked away confirmed that all nine bystanders before being shot by two police caught in the crossfire of a officers who confronted him shooting outside the Empire State moments later. Building were wounded by two Security camera footage showed police officers who had never the officers had only an instant to fired their weapons on duty. react when Johnson turned as they Officer Craig Matthews fired approached and pointed his gun at seven times and Officer Robert them, his arm cocked as if to fire. Sinishtaj fired nine times at Their encounter was over in eight Jeffrey Johnson on a busy Friday seconds. The officers, who had morning after Johnson shot a been standing nearly close enough former co-worker to death and to shake hands with Johnson, fired then pointed his pistol at them. almost immediately. Police had said nine bystanders Nine bystanders were wounded were thought to have been in the 16-shot volley, all by stray wounded by stray or ricocheting or ricocheting police bullets. p o l i c e b u l l e t s , a n d p o l i c e None of their injuries was lifecommissioner Raymond Kelly threatening, police said. confirmed that on Saturday. He Johnson and Mr Ercolino traded said that based on ballistic tests harassment accusations when they and other evidence "it appears that worked together, police said, and all nine of the victims were struck when Johnson was laid off a year either by fragments or by bullets ago he blamed Mr Ercolino, fired by police". saying he had not aggressively Investigators are trying to piece marketed Johnson's new T-shirt together what caused Johnson to line. ambush former colleague Steve A neighbour who often saw Ercolino, a vice president at the Johnson, 58, said he was always company where Johnson was laid alone. "I always felt bad," said off last year. Gisela Casella, who lived a few
floors above him. "I said, 'Doesn't he have a girlfriend?' I never saw him with anybody." Mr Ercolino, 41, was described by his relatives as the opposite of a loner. His eldest brother, Paul Ercolino, said he was a gregarious salesman who often travelled, had a loving girlfriend and was the life of any family gathering. "He was in the prime of his life," he said. The officers who fired were part of a detail regularly assigned to patrol landmarks since the September 11 attacks, officials said. Police commissioner Kelly said the officers who confronted Johnson had "a gun right in their face" and "responded quickly, and they responded appropriately". He said: "These officers, having looked at the tape myself, had absolutely no choice." 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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Japan is at a critical juncture and must decide the role it wants to play in its region, says a new report by a Washington public Top Stories policy think tank. Wang Shaojiu, the executive of When foreign dignitaries tour an independent Chinese television China, the Chinese police “clean station, received a surprising up” areas they will visit with phone call yesterday: from an arrests and suppression. In late a g e n t w i t h t h e C h i n e s e May and early June Iowa’s Gov. Communist Party's foreign [...] Terry [...] A gunman shot one person then This entry passed through the opened fire near the Empire State Full-Text RSS service — if this is Building at at 9:03 a.m. Friday, your content and you're reading it before police shot and killed him. on someone else's site, please read Nine other people were injured. the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content“Our economy is bleeding,” says only/faq.php#publishers. Five Greek Prime Minister Antonis Filters recommends: Incinerating Samaras of the New Democracy Assange - The Liberal Media Go party in an interview with German To Work. daily Süddeutschen Zeitung Thursday.
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Astronaut Neil Armstrong dies at 82
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Submitted at 8/25/2012 3:20:09 PM
Tributes have been paid to Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, who has died at the age of 82. The former Nasa astronaut underwent heart surgery earlier this month. He famously uttered the quote moments after setting foot on the lunar surface: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore said: "As the first man on the Moon, he broke all records. I knew him well. He was a man who had all the courage in the world." A statement from Mr Armstrong's family said he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the Moon on July 20 1969.
He and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the Moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs. Mike Cruise, professor of astrophysics and space research at the University of Birmingham, said: "The people at the front of the race always have to tread on new ground. He led the whole world into a space era of greater proportion than has been achieved by satellites. You wonder when his first steps will be followed up. It must have been very aweinspiring to step on to, essentially, a new planet." Former astronaut Tom Jones, who completed four space shuttle flights between 1990 and 2001, told Sky News: "Mr Armstrong was one of the astronauts that was my hero when I was growing up and I watched his initial landing on the Moon in 1969 with incredible interest. I wanted to do
exactly what Neil, and Buzz (Aldrin), and Mike Collins were doing that time. I hoped that one day I would have the chance to participate in the space programme. He really was an inspiration to an entire generation of people." Jamie Burgess, from the National Space Centre, said: "I think it is safe to say (he was) a very brave man, a very courageous man. To be able to have that bravery is an incredible quality in a person. He is a fantastic character and will be sorely missed." 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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Busted: “Republican” woman in Obama ad has been a registered Democrat since 2006; Update: Another?
Ed Morrissey (Hot Air » Top Picks)
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Republican. Her conversion to Democrat had nothing to do with Mitt Romney, or even Barack Submitted at 8/25/2012 12:01:16 PM Obama, however. And it’s posted at 1:01 pm on August 25, difficult to ascertain exactly what 2012 by Ed Morrissey about Romney would have driven Via Drudge, the inevitable finish the rest of them off, either. One for an ad for a President whose woman cites Romney’s desire to track record on vetting and see Roe overturned, as if she’s research has been all too vividly never heard that argument in the featured in our Obamateurism four decades that Republicans series. Earlier this week, Team have been making it. George W. Obama stepped up its War On Bush made it just as much of an Wimminses strategy with this ad, issue when running for President, featuring women who identify as if not more; every Republican Republican but who intend to nominee for President since vote for Barack Obama in 2012. Reagan has taken that position, as However, as the old Sesame have most of the candidates who Street song used to go, at least one failed to get the nomination. This of these women are not like the must be one of the most lowother: information groups of voters ever Maria Ciano who is featured in featured in a national campaign. t h e w e b v i d e o h a s b e e n a It’s easy to understand why Team r e g i s t e r e d D e m o c r a t s i n c e Obama wants to run a Republican October 2006 according to voter Women for Obama ad. Is it too registration records. much to ask that they check first “People like me and my family to see if the women are actually have realized that the Republican Republican first? Party once was inline with our Update: John Hinderaker delves a views, but are no longer,” the little deeper: Colorado resident says in the Her Facebook page is here; some video. of her friends congratulate her on It’s certainly possible that Ms. appearing in the Obama ad. In Ciano had at one time been addition to the fact that she is a
registered Democrat, check out her Facebook “likes.” They make it obvious that Ms. Ciano is a devoted Democrat and a left-wing activist. Here are some of her “likes,” beginning with the earliest in time: * Democracy For America * Tar Sands Action * Amy Goodman * Barack Obama * Costoftaxcuts.com * Being Liberal * MoveOn.org * Bernie Sanders Tells You A Secret the GOP Would Rather You Didn’t Know * Miss Piggy Delivers the Best Takedown of Fox News We’ve Seen All Month * Think Progress * The Best Quote From Barack Obama We’ve Seen This Week * Dow and Monsanto Join Forces to Poison America’s Heartland * Climate Reality * Grist.org * The Amazing Victory Scored With Obama That More People Should Be Talking About * The Sierra Club * The Buffett Rule * Obama For America–Colorado * UniteWomen.org
* Denver Young Democrats * Obamacare * Latinos For Obama * Michelle Obama * Veterans For Obama * I Love It When I Wake Up In the Morning and Obama Is President * Obama Truth Team * Democratic Party Yeah, I know a lot of Republicans who like to join MoveOn, Think Progress, and Climate Reality (and who listen to avowed socialist Bernie Sanders). Seriously — did Team Obama think that no one would look at Ciano’s Facebook page? Update II: At the same link, John says another of the women — Ms. Ciano’s mother — appears to be an unlikely Republican. He’s working on checking out the rest oon Facebook. 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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Obama administration ‘cooking the books’ on deportation numbers
Howard Portnoy (Hot Air » Top Picks)
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First Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong Dies
posted at 4:01 pm on August 25, 2012 by Howard Portnoy The news should come as no surprise considering it centers on an administration that doublecounts $716 billion in order to claim that the Obamacare extends the solvency of Medicare while looting the entitlement’s trust fund. The Daily Caller reports: Internal documents obtained by the House Judiciary Committee show that the Obama administration has been ‘cooking the books’ in order to reach their ‘record’ number of deported illegal immigrants, chairman Rep. Lamar Smith said Friday. Based on the internal U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) documents, the number of removals are actually down, the opposite of what the administration has been claiming. This latest “fun with math” on the administration’s part
artificially inflates the number of deportations by counting individuals “removed” from U.S. soil through the Alien Transfer Exit Program (ATEP). ATEP is a program that moves apprehended illegal immigrants to another point along the border, sometimes as much as a thousand miles from where they crossed. The object is to discourage deportees from instantly re-trying a border crossing. The measure is also designed to create a hardship for them that will serve as a deterrent to them and others contemplating sneaking across the border. Of the administration latest ploy, Smith said in a statement: It is dishonest to count illegal immigrants apprehended by the Border Patrol along the border as ICE removals. And these ‘removals’ from the Border Patrol program do not subject the illegal immigrant to any penalties or bars for returning to the U.S. This means a single illegal immigrant can show up at the border and be removed numerous times in a single year—and counted each
time as a removal. The DC goes on to note that given this new information, the committee’s Republican majority subtracted the ATEP removals from ICE’s deportation totals. The result is that the estimated 397,000 deportations for 2011 becomes approximately 360,000, and the 2012 removals to date drop from about 334,000 to an estimated 263,000. Related Articles Follow me on Twitter or join me at Facebook. You can reach me at email@example.com or by posting a comment below. This post was promoted from GreenRoom to HotAir.com. To see the comments on the original post, look here. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
In those first few moments on the moon, during the climax of heated Submitted at 8/25/2012 4:05:03 PM space race with the then-Soviet Union, Armstrong stopped in • what he called "a tender moment" and left a patch commemorate CINCINNATI – Neil Armstrong NASA astronauts and Soviet was a quiet self-described nerdy cosmonauts who had died in engineer who became a global action. hero when as a steely-nerved pilot "It was special and memorable but he made "one giant leap for it was only instantaneous because mankind" with a small step on to there was work to do," Armstrong the moon. The modest man who told an Australian television had people on Earth entranced interviewer this year. and awed from almost a quarter Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent million miles away has died. He nearly three hours walking on the was 82. lunar surface, collecting samples, A r m s t r o n g d i e d f o l l o w i n g conducting experiments and complications resulting from taking photographs. cardiovascular procedures, a " T h e s i g h t s w e r e s i m p l y statement Saturday from his magnificent, beyond any visual family said. It didn't say where he experience that I had ever been died. exposed to," Armstrong once said. Armstrong commanded the The moonwalk marked America's Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed victory in the Cold War space on the moon July 20, 1969, race that began Oct. 4, 1957, with capping the most daring of the the launch of the Soviet Union's 2 0 t h c e n t u r y ' s s c i e n t i f i c Sputnik 1, a 184-pound satellite expeditions. His first words after that sent shock waves around the setting foot on the surface are world. etched in history books and the Although he had been a Navy memories of those who heard fighter pilot, a test pilot for them in a live broadcast. NASA's forerunner and an "That's one small step for (a) man, astronaut, Armstrong never one giant leap for mankind," FIRST page 43 Armstrong said.
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allowed himself to be caught up in the celebrity and glamor of the space program. "I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer," he said in February 2000 in one of his rare public appearances. "And I take a substantial amount of pride in the accomplishments of my profession." A man who kept away from cameras, Armstrong went public in 2010 with his concerns about President Barack Obama's space policy that shifted attention away from a return to the moon and emphasized private companies developing spaceships. He testified before Congress and in an email to The Associated Press, Armstrong said he had "substantial reservations," and along with more than two dozen Apollo-era veterans, he signed a letter calling the plan a "misguided proposal that forces NASA out of human space operations for the foreseeable future." Armstrong's modesty and selfeffacing manner never faded. When he appeared in Dayton in 2003 to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of powered flight, he bounded onto a stage before 10,000 people packed into a baseball stadium. But he spoke for only a few seconds, did not mention the moon, and quickly ducked out of the spotlight. He later joined former astronaut and Sen. John Glenn to lay wreaths on the graves of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Glenn
introduced Armstrong and noted it was 34 years to the day that Armstrong had walked on the moon. "Thank you, John. Thirty-four years?" Armstrong quipped, as if he hadn't given it a thought. At another joint appearance, the two embraced and Glenn commented: "To this day, he's the one person on Earth, I'm truly, truly envious of." Armstrong's moonwalk capped a series of accomplishments that included piloting the X-15 rocket plane and making the first space docking during the Gemini 8 mission, which included a successful emergency splashdown. In the years afterward, Armstrong retreated to the quiet of the classroom and his southwest Ohio farm. Aldrin said in his book "Men from Earth" that Armstrong was one of the quietest, most private men he had ever met. In the Australian interview, Armstrong acknowledged that "now and then I miss the excitement about being in the cockpit of an airplane and doing new things." At the time of the flight's 40th anniversary, Armstrong again was low-key, telling a gathering that the space race was "the ultimate peaceful competition: USA versus U.S.S.R. It did allow both sides to take the high road with the objectives of science and learning and exploration." Glenn, who went through jungle training in Panama with Armstrong as part of the astronaut
program, described him as "exceptionally brilliant" with technical matters but "rather retiring, doesn't like to be thrust into the limelight much." Derek Elliott, curator of the Smithsonian Institution's U.S. Air and Space Museum from 1982 to 1992, said the moonwalk probably marked the high point of space exploration. The manned lunar landing was a boon to the prestige of the United States, which had been locked in a space race with the former Soviet Union, and re-established U.S. pre -eminence in science and technology, Elliott said. "The fact that we were able to see it and be a part of it means that we are in our own way witnesses to history," he said. The 1969 landing met an audacious deadline that President Kennedy had set in May 1961, shortly after Alan Shepard became the first American in space with a 15-minute suborbital flight. (Soviet cosmonaut Yuri A. Gagarin had orbited the Earth and beaten the U.S. into space the previous month.) "I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth," Kennedy had said. "No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important to the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish. The end-of-decade goal was met
with more than five months to spare. "Houston: Tranquility Base here," Armstrong radioed after the spacecraft settled onto the moon. "The Eagle has landed." "Roger, Tranquility," the Houston staffer radioed back. "We copy you on the ground. You've got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot." The third astronaut on the mission, Michael Collins, circled the moon in the mother ship Columbia 60 miles overhead while Armstrong and Aldrin went to the moon's surface. In all, 12 American astronauts walked on the moon between 1969 and the last moon mission in 1972. For Americans, reaching the moon provided uplift and respite from the Vietnam War, from strife in the Middle East, from the startling news just a few days earlier that a young woman had drowned in a car driven off a wooden bridge on Chappaquiddick Island by Sen. Edward Kennedy. The landing occurred as organizers were gearing up for Woodstock, the legendary three-day rock festival on a farm in the Catskills of New York. Armstrong was born Aug. 5, 1930, on a farm near Wapakoneta in western Ohio. He took his first airplane ride at age 6 and developed a fascination with aviation that prompted him to build model airplanes and conduct experiments in a homemade wind tunnel.
As a boy, he worked at a pharmacy and took flying lessons. He was licensed to fly at 16, before he got his driver's license. Armstrong enrolled in Purdue University to study aeronautical engineering but was called to duty with the U.S. Navy in 1949 and flew 78 combat missions in Korea. After the war, Armstrong finished his degree from Purdue and later earned a master's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California. He became a test pilot with what evolved into the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, flying more than 200 kinds of aircraft from gliders to jets. Armstrong was accepted into NASA's second astronaut class in 1962 -- the first, including Glenn, was chosen in 1959 -- and commanded the Gemini 8 mission in 1966. After the first space docking, he brought the capsule back in an emergency landing in the Pacific Ocean when a wildly firing thruster kicked it out of orbit. Armstrong was backup commander for the historic Apollo 8 mission at Christmastime in 1968. In that flight, Commander Frank Borman, and Jim Lovell and Bill Anders circled the moon 10 times, and paving the way for the lunar landing seven months later. Aldrin said he and Armstronting few requests for interviews or FIRST page 45
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and we want to ensure their safety," Scott said Saturday. A hurricane warning had been issued for the Keys, though it was • still a sunny day in Tampa. • Forecast models show Isaac won't • Florida declares state of hit Tampa head-on, but the storm emergency will still likely lash the city with • Isaac expected to dump 10 rain and strong winds just as the inches of rain on Florida convention ramps up. Protests were to start in full force on Sunday afternoon, and MIAMI – Officials organized demonstrators have vowed that shelters and urged vacationers to they will make their presence leave the Florida Keys as Tropical known rain or shine. Storm Isaac approached on Isaac was blamed for at least Saturday, though preparations three deaths after dousing floodfarther north focused on getting prone Haiti and was expected to ready for the Republican National scrape eastern Cuba on Saturday. Convention. It was forecast to hit the Keys late Gov. Rick Scott declared a state Sunday or early Monday, and it of emergency to make sure local t h e n c o u l d b r i n g s t o r m y and state agencies would be conditions to Florida's west coast ready. The governor said during a before moving to the Panhandle. media briefing that delegates were Still, the storm was days away being told on how to stay safe from the Panhandle. It was sunny during a storm, and officials were and breezy on the beach Saturday ready for storm surge, bridge in Pensacola, with people out closures and other problems that strolling and playing in the sand. could arise during the convention. Condo associations told people to He also said he was in close move furniture inside, but fullcommunication with local, state scale preparations hadn't yet and federal agencies, as well as begun. Waves weren't yet big convention officials. enough for surfers. "We are a hospitality state. We When the storm hits, strong know how to take care of people winds will be "enough to knock
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you over" and produce severe thunderstorms, said National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen. Storm surge and tornadoes also are possible when Isaac hits, and winds could topple power lines and lead to lengthy power outages, Feltgen said. The Panhandle already has had a wet summer, so potential flooding was especially possible there. Schools, airports, parks and beaches across South Florida closed ahead of the storm. In the Florida Keys, officials said they would open storm shelters and urged vacationers to leave. State officials warned Isaac was a massive storm -- even though the eye may not pass over Tampa, tropical storm-force winds extended 230 miles from the center. Officials were handing out sandbags to residents in the Tampa area, which often floods when heavy rainstorms hit. Sandbags also were being handed out in Homestead, 20 years after Hurricane Andrew devastated the community there. Otherwise, however, convention preparations were moving ahead as usual. Groups including Code Pink, People for the Ethical Treatment
of Animals, the AFL-CIO union and Planned Parenthood have already started arriving in Tampa, regardless of the forecast. Police said even heavy rain could reduce the protesters' ranks, and could also bring relief from another worry: extreme heat. Flooding and beach erosion is also a concern for southwest Florida. The hurricane warning included the west coast of Florida from Bonita Beach southward. • 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.
UVA Tells Obama Camp: No, It's a School Night
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• FILE: Aug. 22, 2012: President Obama speaks during a campaign stop in north Las Vegas, Nevada. AP • FILE: Aug. 15, 2012: President Obama speaks at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa. AP Next Slide Previous Slide The University of Virginia has declined President Obama’s request to speak on campus next week, citing security costs and the disruption of classes. University officials said the Obama campaign wanted to use one of two outdoor venues – the school’s Amphitheater or the Harrison-Small Library plaza – when the president visits Charlottesville on Wednesday, according to NBC affiliate WVIR -TV. School officials said more than 186 classes would have to be cancelled, in the first week of the fall semester. The president is scheduled next week to visit three battleground states with a focus on wooing college voters, as the Republican Party holds its national convention in Tampa, Fla. On Tuesday, Obama is scheduled UVA page 45
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speeches. "He didn't give interviews, but he wasn't a strange person or hard to talk to," said Ron Huston, a colleague at the University of Cincinnati. "He just didn't like being a novelty." Those who knew him said he enjoyed golfing with friends, was active in the local YMCA and frequently ate lunch at the same restaurant in Lebanon. In 2000, when he agreed to announce the top 20 engineering achievements of the 20th century as voted by the National Academy of Engineering, Armstrong said there was one disappointment relating to his moonwalk. "I can honestly say -- and it's a big surprise to me -- that I have never had a dream about being on the moon," he said. From 1982 to 1992, Armstrong was chairman of Charlottesville, Va.-based Computing
Technologies for Aviation Inc., a company that supplies computer information management systems for business aircraft. He then became chairman of AIL Systems Inc., an electronic systems company in Deer Park, N.Y. Armstrong married Carol Knight in 1999, and the couple lived in Indian Hill, a Cincinnati suburb. He had two adult sons from a previous marriage. At the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles on Saturday, visitors held a minute of silence in memory of Armstrong. • Print • Email • Share • Comments • Recommend • Tweet Related Images • Feb. 20, 2012: In this file photo
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to hold a rally at Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa, then one at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, Colo. Virginia's top Democrat is playing down the snub. Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Brian Moran told the station, “We're proud that he's coming. We're very excited that he's coming to Charlottesville, regardless of where in Charlottesville.” University spokesperson Carol Wood confirmed to the TV station that President Obama will not be speaking at the university. And the university’s communications office said Friday, school officials offered John Paul Jones Arena, but were told it "was not academic enough" by the Obama for America campaign. Click here to read more from NBC29.com: • Print
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LG's Optimus G caught on camera, flexes quad-core muscles
James Trew (Engadget)
Submitted at 8/25/2012 2:00:00 PM
So, it seems that all those airborne clues about LG's new superphone are slowly coalescing into something more concrete. In fact, according to the folk at AndroidMx, so concrete they've actually had a go with one. Most of the specification they report
chimes with what we'd already heard. The 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4, the 2GB of RAM, the 4.7-inch IPS display, Android 4.0.4 and 13-megapixel camera, all present and correct. The screen resolution actually claims to be 1,280 x 768 if the grabs are to be believed, but AndroidMx does remind us that this is all pre- details might change. This makes production hardware, so final sense, especially given the video
tease we saw yesterday, which hinted at a slightly more rounded design. Hopes are, that we'll be put out of our misery come IFA, but with other potentially big announcements also in the pipeline, it's going to be a busy week in mobile-land. Continue reading LG's Optimus G caught on camera, flexes quadcore muscles
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Pioneering astronaut Neil Armstrong dies at 82
Jon Fingas (Engadget)
he changed the landscape of space exploration through a set of footprints. It's still important to It's a story that we hoped we'd stress his accomplishments both n e v e r h a v e t o r e p o r t . N e i l before and after the historic Armstrong, the first man to set Apollo 11 flight, though. He was foot on Earth's Moon, has died at instrumental to the Gemini and Xthe age of 82 after complications series test programs in the years from heart surgery three weeks before Apollo, and followed his e a r l i e r . H i s g r e a t e s t moonshot with roles in teaching accomplishment very nearly aerospace engineering as well as speaks for itself -- along with help investigating the Apollo 13 and from fellow NASA astronauts S p a c e S h u t t l e C h a l l e n g e r Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, incidents. What more can we say?
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Although he only spent a very small portion of his life beyond Earth's atmosphere, he's still widely considered the greatest
space hero in the US, if not the world, and inspired a whole generation of astronauts. We'll miss him.
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Video of protein movement within a neuron shows how our brains renew themselves
James Trew (Engadget)
video footage of proteins moving within a single neuron. The USC researchers were able to capture If, like us, you spend most of t h i s v i d e o b y u s i n g your time wondering exactly bioluminescent proteins from a what's going on in other people's jellyfish to visually track their heads, then this video is for you. movement. Not only is this mindOkay, so it might not reveal the boggling to the layperson (just reason why that jerk cut you off at think how small these things are) the junction, or why that co- it's also mind-revealing. By that, worder didn't show up to your we mean it gives scientists an restore themselves. Which, when date exactly, rather, it's a little opportunity to observe how these you're constantly worried about more literal than that. This is tiny, yet vital, cerebral elements the amount of grey matter you
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were blessed with in the first place, can only be a good thing. Filed under: Science, Alt Video of protein movement within a neuron shows how our brains renew themselves originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 25 Aug 2012 13:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink io9| Cell Reports| Email this| Comments
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