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Pakistan frees Christian girl accused of blasphemy - The Associated Press
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Rawalpindi, a garrison city near Islamabad amid tight security. Submitted at 9/8/2012 9:16:00 AM An Associated Press reporter on Pakistan frees Christian girl the scene said she was taken from accused of blasphemy the prison in an armored vehicle By ZARAR KHAN, Associated a n d w h i s k e d t o a w a i t i n g Press – 11 minutes ago helicopter while covered with a RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) sheet to protect her identity. — A young Christian girl accused A Muslim cleric from her of burning pages of Islam's holy neighborhood was arrested last book was freed Saturday from a week for planting evidence to jail near the capital where she had incriminate the girl, an about-face been held for three weeks, a in a case that has drawn strong Pakistani jail official said. international condemnation. Even The release a day after a judge i n P a k i s t a n w h e r e t h e r e i s granted her bail is another step significant support for punishing closer to ending an episode that people accused of desecrating the has focused an uncomfortable Quran or insulting Islam's Prophet spotlight on Pakistan's harsh Muhammed, the girl's age and blasphemy laws, which can result questions about her mental state in life in prison or even death for have earned her a degree of public defendants. Many critics say the sympathy often lacking in other l a w s a r e m i s u s e d t o w a g e blasphemy cases. vendettas or target Pakistan's Her lawyers say they will now vulnerable minorities like the push to have the case against her Christians. thrown out entirely. The jail official, Mushtaq Awan, "Her parents were with her when said the girl left the prison in she was freed from the jail, and [unable to retrieve full-text
she has been taken to a safer place," said a member of her legal team, Tahir Naveed Chaudhry. The girl's release came a day after a judge in Islamabad granted bail to the mentally challenged girl, a move hailed by the human right activists and representatives of Pakistan's minority Christian community. Bail is rarely granted in blasphemy cases, and the decision signals a degree of sympathy that could result in all the charges being dropped. The girl, who medical officials say is 14 years old, was arrested Aug. 16, shortly after hundreds of angry Muslims surrounded her house, and accused her of burning pages from the Quran, an act punishable by life in prison. Her lawyer has denied the allegation. But in a sudden turn-around, police arrested a cleric after a follower from his mosque accused him of stashing pages of a Quran in the girl's bag to make it seem as if she burned them. He allegedly content]
planted the evidence to push Christians out of the neighborhood and is now being investigated for blasphemy himself. He has denied the allegation. The arrest was applauded as a rare occurrence when blasphemy accusers are held responsible for false claims. In his ruling granting bail, the judge wrote that the arrest of the cleric cast serious doubt on the prosecution's case. He also said she was a minor, had mental challenges and that it was "not believable" that she had intentionally burnt the Quranic verses. On those grounds, he decided to grant the bail. The tight security present during her release is a sign that authorities are taking her safety seriously in light of previous attacks on people accused of blasphemy. Two prominent politicians were gunned down last year for suggesting the blasphemy
laws should be amended to prevent misuse. The killer of one of the politicians was later lauded by supporters who threw rose petals whenever he appeared at court. A man in the central Pakistani city of Bahawalpur was beaten to death in July by an angry mob after he was accused of blasphemy. Associated Press writers Munir Ahmed and Rebecca Santana contributed to this report. Copyright © 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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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Fall's must-see political TV: ObamaRomney debates - The Associated Press
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Fall's must-see political TV: Obama-Romney debates By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press – 35 minutes ago WASHINGTON (AP) — Finally, the fall season offers the matchup sure to attract the biggest audience of the campaign: President Barack Obama going one-on-one with Republican Mitt Romney in three prime-time debates. Typically the top political draw in the final sprint to Election Day, the debates assume outsized importance this year with the race a dead heat. The candidates will have their sound bites and rhetoric down cold so any slip or inadvertent move — remember President George H.W. Bush's exasperated glance at his watch or Democrat Al Gore's repeated sighing? — could roil the campaign for days and linger in voters' mind until Nov. 6. No wonder Romney spent days this past week at the Vermont estate of former Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey for debate practice sessions; Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, played the role of Obama. The president has had one
practice session with Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the Democrats' stand-in for Romney, and is certain to have several more before the first debate Oct. 3 in Denver The second debate, a town hallstyle session, is Oct. 16 in Hempstead, N.Y. The final debate, on foreign policy, is Oct. 22 in Boca Raton, Fla. GOP running mate Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden have one debate, Oct. 11 in Danville, Ky. Incumbents usually are at a disadvantage, defending a record against a challenger critiquing four years of work. Obama will be trying to avoid the fate of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, who turned in flat debate performances in their first encounters with rivals. In the end, though, it didn't hurt either one as they both won re-election. "Debating is a muscle that doesn't get used very often," said Alan Schroeder, a journalism professor at Northeastern University and the author of "Presidential Debates: Forty Years of High-Risk TV." ''Mitt Romney is better toned because he came off 20-plus primary debates. President Obama has not been on a debate stage in four years." Debates aren't like the highly choreographed campaign event or stump speech marked by over-the-
top rhetoric. Schroeder said debates require a different dynamic — candidates need to be respectful, differing in opinion but avoiding any impression that it's personal. "In 2008, the first debate between Barack Obama and John McCain, one of the takeaways was McCain did not make eye contact with Obama," Schroeder said. "That came off as rude, disrespectful." Part of the practice sessions is figuring out when to be aggressive and how to demonstrate leadership. It's also honing the lines from months of campaign speeches as the candidates get their final opportunities to speak directly to tens of millions of voters. In the first debate, on domestic policy, Romney and Obama will be armed with competing numbers and visions. "We will not surrender our dreams to the failures of this president," Romney told an audience in Bedford, N.H., last December. Expect the Republican to point to 23 million Americans out of work or underemployed, a national debt now at $16 trillion and three years of an unemployment rate above 8 percent. In a speech in April, Romney sketched out the Republican vision of smaller government, less
regulation and a greater role for business. "Free enterprise has done more to lift people out of poverty, to help build a strong middle class, to help educate our kids, to make our lives better, than all of the government programs put together," Romney told a meeting of the Newspaper Association of America. Expect Obama to counter that more than 4.6 million jobs have been created since he took office after recession-driven job losses approaching 800,000 a month under Bush. In his bid to boost the middle class, the president will argue that he's reduced the typical family's federal tax burden by $3,600. He also will talk about shared responsibility and a role for government. "As citizens, we understand that America is not about what can be done for us. It's about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government," Obama said in his convention speech. Both will be pressed for specifics on their job creation claims. Romney promises 12 million new jobs; Obama the creation of 1 million manufacturing jobs. Neither has said how he would make those jobs happen. The candidates are diametrically apart on health care, Medicare,
gay marriage, immigration and abortion rights — all potential debate issues. The second debate on Oct. 16 will cover domestic and foreign policy with questions from a group of undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization. This format that could elicit the unusual and the memorable. It was at a 1992 town hall debate involving President George H.W. Bush, Democrat Bill Clinton and independent Ross Perot in which the Republican was caught looking at this watch. His reaction came as an audience member was talking about how much the deep recession had personally affected him. Bush, who lost that election, later said that he was thinking: "Only 10 more minutes of this crap." The final debate Oct. 22 focuses on foreign policy, an area in which Obama has received high marks from Americans in opinion polls. The president will offer a spirited defense of his aggressive record in pursuing al-Qaida, the killing of Osama bin Laden and the collapse of Moammar Gadhafi's government in Libya. As for his rival, Obama said in his convention speech that Romney and Ryan are neophytes. FALL'S page 5
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China, Russia sound alarm on world economy at APEC summit
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kind. "The global economic recovery is faltering. We can overcome the By Timothy Heritage negative trends only by increasing VLADIVOSTOK, Russia| Sat the volume of trade in goods and Sep 8, 2012 9:56am EDT services and enhancing the flow (Reuters) - China and Russia of capital." sounded the alarm about the state China's Hu told business leaders of the global economy at a before the summit the world summit on Saturday and urged economy was being hampered by Asian-Pacific countries to protect " d e s t a b i l i z i n g f a c t o r s a n d themselves by forging deeper uncertainties" and the crisis that regional economic ties. hit in 2008-09 was far from over. Chinese President Hu Jintao said Beijing would play its role, he Beijing would do all it could to s a i d , i n s t r e n g t h e n i n g t h e strengthen the 21-member Asia- r e c o v e r y . Pacific Economic Cooperation "We will work to maintain the (APEC) and boost prospects of a balance between keeping steady global recovery by rebalancing its and robust growth, adjusting the economy, Asia's biggest. economic structure and managing Russian President Vladimir Putin inflation expectations," he said. said trade barriers must be Hu spelled out plans for China, smashed down. He is hosting the whose economic growth has event on a small island linked to slowed as Europe's debt crisis the Pacific port of Vladivostok by worsened, to pump $157 billion a spectacular new bridge, a into infrastructure investments in symbol of Moscow's pivotal turn agriculture, energy, railways and to Asia away from debt-stricken roads. Hu, who steps down as Europe. China's leader in the autumn after "It's important to build bridges, a Communist Party congress, not walls. We must continue promised continuity and stability striving for greater integration," for the economy. Putin told APEC leaders seated at Putin, who has just begun a new a round table in a room with a six-year term as president, said on view of the $1 billion cable- Friday Russia would be a stable stayed bridge, the largest of its energy supplier and a gateway to
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Europe for Asian countries, and also pledged to develop his country's transportation network. Gazprom, Russia's statecontrolled gas export monopoly, signed an agreement with Japan to develop plans for a $7 billion liquefied natural gas plant on Russia's Pacific coast, underscoring Moscow's eastward shift. RUSSIA LOOKS EAST The relative strength of China's economy, by far the largest in Asia and second in the world to the United States, is key to Russia's decision to look to the Pacific Rim as it seeks to develop its economy and Europe battles economic problems. APEC, which includes the United States, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and Canada, groups countries which account for 40 percent of the world's population, 54 percent of its economic output and 44 percent of trade. APEC members are broadly showing relatively strong growth, but boosting trade and growth is vital for the group as it tries to remove the trade barriers that hinder investment. "It is absolutely clear that the most important region for economic growth this decade [unable to retrieve full-text content]
and probably the next decade will be the Pacific," said Mexican President Felipe Calderon. The European Union has been at odds with both China and Russia over trade practices it regards as limiting free competition. Cooperation in APEC is also hindered by territorial and other disputes among some of the members. Putin, 59, limped slightly as he greeted leaders at the summit. Aides said he had merely pulled a muscle. Underlining Putin's good health, a spokesman said he had a "very active lifestyle." Discussions at the two-day meeting focused on food security and trade liberalization. An agreement was reached before the summit to slash import duties on technologies that can promote economic growth without endangering the environment. Breakthroughs are not expected on other trade issues at the meeting, from which U.S. President Barack Obama is absent. He has been attending the Democratic Party convention and Washington is represented by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton said after talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that the U.S. government was [unable to retrieve full-text content]
working with Congress to pass legislation needed to upgrade trade ties with Russia, which recently joined the World Trade Organisation. Tensions persisted between the two former Cold War foes over Iran and Syria, however, and Clinton had only a short meeting with Putin late on day one of the summit, which culminated in a lavish firework show over Vladivostok's harbor that was reported in the Russian media to have cost nearly $10 million. Also missing the summit was Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who went home after learning her father had died. (Additional reporting by Gleb Bryanski, Andrew Quinn, Katya Golubkova, Douglas Busvine, Denis Pinchuk and Andrey Ostroukh, Editing by Janet Lawrence, John Stonestreet) 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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Afghan: Boy suicide bomber kills children in attack on Kabul Nato headquarters Telegraph.co.uk
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Afghan security forces stand guard at the site of a suicide attack in the city's diplomatic quarters Photo: AFP/GETTY Several children were killed in the attack, which Taliban insurgents claimed was directed against a CIA office. Kabul's deputy police chief, Gen Daud Amin, said witnesses described the bomber as around 14 years old and carrying a bag. He detonated himself in a street near the heavily fortified Nato headquarters, in an area close to Afghan government ministry buildings and the Italian embassy. Children who sell chewing gum and trinkets to soldiers from the base were among the dead, he said. All the casualties were civilians and Nato said none of its personnel were killed or wounded. The area is supposed to be one of the most heavily guarded in Kabul, but it has been breached by suicide attackers in the past. A car bomb close to the scene killed seven and wounded dozens in
August 2009. Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry, blamed the blast on the Haqqani Network faction of the Taliban, which has been held responsible for a string of suicide bombings and assaults on the capital. The bombing came hours after the Pakistan-based network was designated a terrorist organisation by the American government. The classification will allow
had been carried out by a 28-yearold from Logar province. He said it had targeted a CIA torture centre and killed and wounded a number of American agents. The blasts came as Afghanistan held a national holiday to mark the 11th anniversary of the death of Ahmad Shah Massoud, a Mujahideen resistance leader who went on to fight the Taliban and was eventually assassinated by an al Qaeda suicide bomber. The holiday was marred by clashes in Western Kabul between supporters of Massoud and residents in the Pul-e-Surkh neighbourhood. Gen Daud said one policeman was killed in the clashes and one wounded. Washington to seize assets and an impressionable child to carry This entry passed through the block funding to the militant out this attack, the insurgents Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it movement, which is considered display cowardice. t h e m o s t s o p h i s t i c a t e d a n d "Forcing underage youth to do on someone else's site, please read dangerous arm of the insurgency. their dirty work again proves the the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentMr Sediqqi speculated the insurgency's despicable tactics. only/faq.php#publishers. Five bombing was retaliation for the They are completely detached Filters recommends: Incinerating blacklisting. from Afghan society and the Assange - The Liberal Media Go The international military interests of the Afghan people To Work. coalition condemned the attack. who desire peace and stability in Brig Gen. Günter Katz, a Nato their country." spokesman, said: "If these reports Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman are true, by taking advantage of for the Taliban, said the attack
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"In a world of new threats and new challenges, you can choose leadership that has been tested and proven," the president insisted in arguing for his candidacy. Obama said Romney and Ryan "are new to foreign policy, but from all that we've seen and heard, they want to take us back to an era of blustering and blundering that cost America so dearly." Romney has argued that Obama has "thrown Israel under a bus" and has failed to show resolve in challenging Iran and its suspected nuclear weapons program. He likely will talk about his close friendship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as he did in a speech to American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in March. "In a Romney administration, there will be no gap between our
nations or between our leaders," Romney told the gathering. Expect Romney to complain about Obama cuts in projected military spending even though congressional Republicans, including his running mate Ryan, voted for them last year. Copyright © 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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.
E-Cat Rossi: ultime notizie su programma e diretta streaming evento - Dottor Tecnologia
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Dottor Tecnologia E-Cat Rossi: ultime notizie su programma e diretta streaming evento Dottor Tecnologia Per i tanti appassionati di tecnologia, ma non solo, è arrivato il momento tanto agognato della presentazione dell'E-Cat, il rivoluzionario apparecchio ideato dagli studiosi italiani Andrea Rossi e Sergio
Focardi che sarebbe in grado di produrre una... E-cat Rossi: presentazione oggi sabato 8 e domenica 9 settembre i n s t r e a m i n g . . . WebMasterPoint.org Fusione fredda, oggi la presentazione dell'E-Cat di Andrea Rossi International Business Times Italia Fusione fredda, E-Cat: l'8 e il 9 settembre la presentazione, ecco il programma Risparmio Energetico all 4 news articles »
From swagger to stagger
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FOUR years in the White House can take a toll on a president's appearance. Kal draws the changes he has seen at the conventions
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China Calls for Stability Ahead of Party Congress - ABC News
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l'evento di Zurigo sulla presentazione dell' E-Cat di Andrea Rossi? Basta collegarsi a questa pagina. In particolare, l'intervento dell'inventore italiano, moderato da Daniel Kellenberger, è programmato domani 9... E-Cat Rossi: ultime notizie su programma e diretta streaming evento Dottor Tecnologia
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PBS China Links Japan Isle Spat to Economic Ties Wall Street Journal VLADIVOSTOK, Russia— Chinese officials said Japan must meet it halfway in a long-standing territorial spat, potentially indicating China was willing to slow deepening economic ties
until Japan made concessions to solve the dispute over islands in the... China warns Japan over disputed islands Times of India Disputes in Asia Pacific Pits China Against Its Neighbors PBS Little Islands Are Big Trouble In The South China Sea WBUR GlobalPost (blog) all 915 news articles »
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San Francisco Chronicle China Earthquakes 2012: Death Toll Rises Huffington Post BEIJING -- Rescue workers cleared roads Saturday so they could search for survivors and rush aid to a remote mountainous
area of southwestern China after twin earthquakes killed at least 80 people. More than 200,000 villagers were evacuated after... China steps up earthquake rescue efforts San Francisco Chronicle China steps up earthquake rescue efforts; 80 dead The Associated Press all 1,941 news articles »
The Guardian Top tips: housing and the economy The Guardian People should be free to provide their own housing: Self-build has the potential to empower people economically without making them dependent on handouts from the government or massive mortgages from the banks. Frankly it's appalling that the state...
A's Pitcher Still In 'Life-Threatening' Situation Three Days After Being Hit In Head With Line Drive
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Submitted at 9/8/2012 9:12:00 AM
It has been three days since Oakland A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy was hit in the head by a line drive, and according to the A's trainer, McCarthy remains in a "life-threatening" situation, but is showing "great progress" ( via
ESPN.com)... "It's brain surgery," [A's athletic trainer Nick] Paparesta said. "It's life-threatening. At any possible moment, something could go wrong. He could have a complication. Absolutely...We're coming up on day three (Saturday), so by the evening time, there's still the possibility of
reoccurring or increase of swelling back again...If that
happens, they can do different measures or techniques to keep that down. He's not out of the woods, but he's showing great progress." McCarthy was struck on the right side of his head by line drive off of the bat of Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels. He walked off the field under his own power,
but suffered an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion, and skull fracture and needed surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. Please follow Sports Page on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story »
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Savings Accounts Interest Rates Are Going To Stay Artificially Low
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The last week of August brought yet another confirmation that the U.S. economy is growing slowly, and a widely followed speech from Ben Bernanke that offered no new answers to the economic doldrums. Neither development was good news for savers. Given how low savings account rates are, the question is no longer whether they will continue to fall, but how long they will remain at today's artificially low level. Based on the above two latesummer developments, those low savings account rates seem likely to stick around for quite a while. GDP stuck in low gear On August 29, the Bureau of Economic Analysis released its second estimate of U.S. Gross Domestic Product for the second quarter of 2012. After inflation, the economy is now thought to have grown at a 1.7 percent rate in the second quarter. That's a slight improvement from the 1.5 percent that had originally been estimated, but still represents a deceleration from the 2.0 percent growth rate of the first quarter, and especially from the 4.1 percent growth rate
describing no new initiatives that might stimulate the economy. Both of those aspects of the speech signal more lean times ahead for the economy. Naturally, a policy of lowering rates in an attempt to goose economic activity has contributed to today's super-low savings account rates. On top of that, the fact that the Fed seems to be running out of options with no results to show for their efforts suggests that a sluggish economy -- and the low rates that go with it -- might be inevitable over the next several calendar quarters. With no macro-economic solutions on the horizon, at the end of last year. symposium in Jackson Hole, c o n s u m e r s a r e l e f t t o t a k e The slow economy is the central Wyoming, Bernanke recapped the individual actions if they want to cause of the extreme low rate actions the Fed has taken to drive boost their savings account rates. environment for savings accounts, both short- and long-term interest Actively shopping for rates, and money market accounts and other rates down. Normally, the Fed considering higher-yielding deposits. For one thing, low would address a slowing economy options such as online savings demand for capital gives banks by lowering short-term interest accounts, are examples of the little incentive to offer higher rates, which was the first thing the ways consumers can do a little rates to attract deposits. For Fed did in response to the Great better, even as the low-rate another thing, the Federal Reserve Recession. However, given the environment lingers on. SEE has acted aggressively to drive severity of that recession, the Fed ALSO: An easy guide to keeping interest rates down, as Fed then took the more unusual step of your car alive forever > C h a i r m a n B e n B e r n a n k e buying bonds to pull long-term Please follow Your Money on Twitter and Facebook. reiterated in his August 31 speech. rates down. The Fed remains committed to I n h i s s p e e c h , B e r n a n k e Join the conversation about this low interest rates confirmed that the Fed remains story » Speaking at a Federal Reserve committed to these tactics, while
Boston inspectors issued nearly 3000 fines for sanitary, housing code ... Boston.com
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Boston inspectors issued nearly 3000 fines for sanitary, housing code... Boston.com By Matt Rocheleau, Town Correspondent. Boston city inspectors issued more than 2,800 fines for sanitary code violations along with more than 100 abatement orders and 20 fines for housing code infractions during college students' busy move-in period. and more »
US women beat Germany 1-0 to win U20 World Cup
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The United States won the women's under-20 World Cup on Saturday, defeating defending champion Germany 1-0 on a goal by Kealia Ohai in the 44th minute.
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What the jobs report means for housing MarketWatch
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Why didn't PM take a stand on bigotry before now? - The Daily Telegraph
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What the jobs report means for housing MarketWatch “The Fannie Mae August National Housing Survey, to be released on
Monday, is expected to show that consumer expectations of the housing market continued to be favorable, despite signs of increased concerns regarding the overall economy,” wrote Doug... and more »
Here Are The Most Expensive Items Celebs Received Inside Their MTV Awards Gift Bags
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Kanye West, Justin Bieber, and Jay-Z may have left the MTV Video Music Awards without moonmen; however, no one went home empty handed. Every nominee, presenter, and performer gets dibs on the envious VMA gift bag with items from brands ranging from Covergirl and Calvin Klein to Apple and Monster.
From headphones to customized iPods, see the most expensive items celebrities took home Thursday night. Robbie French vintage belt: $40-$137 Timbuk2 Classic Messenger: $54 -$119 Customized iPod with Snoop Dogg (Lion's) latest tunes: $49$249 See the rest of the story at Business Insider Please follow The Wire on Twitter and Facebook.
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Sky News Australia Why didn't PM take a stand on bigotry before now? The Daily Telegraph It should come as welcome news to all fair-minded people that Prime Minister Julia Gillard has decided to withdraw from participating at next month's Australian Christian Lobby conference. She did so following disgraceful remarks by organisation head... Julia Gillard cancels speech at Australian Christian Lobby conference over... NEWS.com.au PM cancels speech to Christian lobby after 'offensive' gay health comment The Australian Apology 'not enough' for gay marriage remarks ABC Online Sydney Morning Herald all 240 news articles »
Obama: 'You'll Love Me Even More'
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President Obama, speaking last night in Iowa, told an audience
member that she'd "love [him] even more" after hearing the
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NEWS.com.au Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams admits failings on gay issue Herald Sun ARCHBISHOP of Canterbury Rowan Williams has admitted he didn't do enough to prevent sharp divisions within the Anglican Church over homosexuality. Williams, who is stepping down
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BBC News Right-to-die law appalling, says Health Minister Anna Soubry BBC News People seeking help to die should be allowed to obtain assistance in the UK, a newly-promoted health minister has said. Anna Soubry told the Times it was "ridiculous and appalling" that Britons had to
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'Law will take its own course Pakistan announces release of all jailed Indian against Raj Thackeray' Hindustan Times fishermen - NDTV
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country. "All Indian fishermen have been released - those who... Submitted at 9/8/2012 8:47:18 AM India, Pakistan reaffirm NDTV commitment to fight terror Pakistan announces release of all Hindustan Times jailed Indian fishermen Pak releases Indian fishermen NDTV who have completed jail terms PTI | Updated: September 08, The Hindu 2012 19:12 IST Islamabad: India, Pakistan ink visa pact to Pakistan today released all Indian ease travel, trade Zee News fishermen in its jails as a goodwill Times of India gesture for External Affairs all 1,040 news articles » Minister SM Krishna's visit to the
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Top five cyborgs in modern videogames
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Cyborgs. Despite a number of humans exhibiting traits of being such "cybernetic organisms", it is the many realms of fiction within which the majority reside. Modern videogames in particular have taken the concept to complex new levels; the inherent personalisation that cybernetic modifications require is wellsuited to the flexible, customisable nature of modern sci -fi game mechanics. So, after five days of thoughtprovoking articles in Wired.co.uk's Transhuman Week, we thought we'd explore our favourite cyborgs in modern gaming. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments -we're picking five, but there must be hundreds to choose from. By: Nate Lanxon, Edited by: Olivia Solon Continue reading...
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Defining A Growth Hacker: 5 Ways Growth Hackers Changed Marketing
Aaron Ginn (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 9/8/2012 12:00:13 AM
In this series titled “Defining a growth hacker”, I am exploring the meaning and practical application of growth hacking through a number of interviews with prominent growth hackers. This is the second post the series, which outlines the ways growth hacking changed marketing. You can find the first post, “Defining A Growth Hacker: Three Common Characteristics,” here. The Internet has been the most disruptive vehicle in modern memory, changing everything from the way we buy shoes to the way we connect with friends. The profession of marketing has no less transformed over the last two decades. As social platform adoption became prolific, growth hacking spawned and changed the way startups thought about marketing and growth. With an emphasis on data, product, and being “lean”, growth hackers are challenging the underlying assumptions of marketing. Danielle Morrill, co-founder of Referly, says “The best growth hackers are questioning marketing as we know it today, because the online tactics that were once the territory of a select few are now table stakes.” Metrics, scalability, lean, and iteration used to be
words that came from a product team. With growth hacking, the best marketers sound like product gurus and software engineers. Growth hackers are disrupting marketing in five ways: reimaging marketing spending, engineering virality as a core strategy, exploring new channels, pushing traditional limits of marketing, and product-based marketing strategy. Growth first, budgets second Growth hacking is typically learned and implemented out of necessity with no set marketing budget but rather a simple passion to grow. While traditional marketing involves spending on predetermined channels, growth hackers have no preconceived notions of the channel or the necessity of marketing spending for growth. Experimentation, discovery, and innovation are at the heart of a growth hacker’s marketing strategy. Michael Birch, co-founder of Bebo and early growth hacker, explains why: “Budgets make people lazy. They begin to think in traditional terms and don’t innovate.” When a marketer has a budget, they’re tempted to spend it or lose it. Instead of looking to spend a budget, a growth hacker looks for arbitrage.“Blake Commagere founder of MediaSpike, says that growth hackers look for channels
with the greatest potential but “don’t make a false choice between free channels or paid channels. A growth hacker’s job is to depress acquisition cost. As a startup, you are playing a game of arbitrage on the value of acquiring a user vs. their LTV.” Utilizing paid channels is dependent on the product and market. Not all channels are created equal. Ivan Kirigin, worked on growth at Dropbox before his current startup, says, “Some products lend themselves to certain channels of growth. If you make a lot of money per user, you can use paid acquisition channels. If your product involves sharing at its core, virality will matter and you should focus on optimizing it.” Spending is not the focus. Leveraging every channel is not important. Only free users are not always optimal for company goals. What is vital is the highest return. Sean Ellis, founder of Qualaroo,“Growth hackers are not completely against spending money to drive growth – but they insist on maximizing arbitrage opportunities rather than spending to a fixed budget.” Virality “Going viral” to a traditional marketer is unpredictable, but growth hackers live viral day-in and day-out. Michael Birch says,
“Viral marketing is at the heart of growth hacking.” Growth hackers take a very measured and iterative approach to virality that is engineered into the product. “Growth hacking is often tied closely to viral customer acquisition, because the best growth hackers can ‘engineer’ viral growth,” says Jesse Farmer, co-founder of Everlane. An attitude of testing towards an optimized frontier creates a deliberate and repeatable acquisition channel. Just as a software engineer builds technology in a logical flow, a growth hacker uses data to build (“bakes in”) growth into a product. A growth hacker’s process is diligent, thoughtful, and purposeful. Traditional marketing skills do not lead to this engineering perspective on virality. A product goes viral through baking in growth mechanics – it is hardly ever random. Beyond the normal Growth hacking differs from traditional marketing in that it actively pursues new channels and reimagines existing channels. Danielle Morrill says, “Normal channels aren’t enough anymore, they’re a commodity. Growth hacking is about constantly running new experiments to discover new channels for
distribution. Traditional marketers are applying a set of predetermined tactics that worked for the offline world to the online world.” Growth hackers are searching to find the single advantage that will leave their competition in the dust. Danielle continues, “Growth hackers are looking for unfair advantages to exploit while the rest of the world catches up.” They are constantly researching and testing channels to discover fresh ways to push metrics. A growth hacker believes that hockey-stick-like acceleration comes from the exploration of uncommon and underutilized channels. Relying on pre-set channels usually does not engender incredible growth with a positive arbitrage. Pushing the limit From the desire to scratch their exploration itch, growth hackers are willing to get quite close to SPAM-land. “Growth hacking can get into a ‘grey area’ of marketing. Typically, a growth hacker is trying to push to do things differently and sometimes you get your hand slapped,” says Matt Humphrey, co-founder of HomeRun. The rise of social networking has provided a ready harvest of users through APIs available to creative tactics. DEFINING page 14
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How Instagram became the social network for tweens
Michelle Meyers (CNET News)
Submitted at 9/8/2012 6:00:00 AM
under that age using the app." It's not easy proving the popularity of Instagram among I just learned that my 12-year-old the tween set with hard data, daughter is an app scofflaw. So, in mostly because, as Systrom fact, are the hordes of her fellow acknowledged, the service doesn't tween-agers -- kept off Facebook "currently disclose demographic by their well-intended parents -- data." It's unclear whether this who have turned to Instagram as a might change now that Facebook seemingly innocuous social- has officially closed its purchase network workaround. of Instagram. A s i t t u r n s o u t , j u s t l i k e Asked specifically if he's heard Facebook, you technically have to about the growing numbers of be 13 to have an Instagram tweens on Instagram and Systrom account. And, just like Facebook, could only offer that the service Instagram is more or less a social has grown in just about every network, dark sides included. demographic, from "the elderly Kids post photos, their followers side" to the 13-plus group. "The comment... and then those not proliferation of iPod Touches and invited to said birthday party or iPads has also helped growth shopping excursion get hurt outside of people that own feelings. iPhones," he said. From my daughter's Instagram But even if Instagram did release page.(Credit: Screenshot by demographic data, it likely Michelle Meyers/CNET) wouldn't reflect reality. Users like Many of us adults discovered my daughter and her 100 young Instagram as a nifty photo-sharing followers have managed to get app that's lets you spruce up your around the strict Instagram terms photos with cool filters. But it has requiring users to be 13 or older all the functionality of a social to use the service. If their iTunes network, which Instagram founder accounts are set up correctly, Kevin Systrom says was by tweens shouldn't be allowed to design. download the app, Systrom said. "We are delighted that there is My daughter's account, for such a social component to using example, must still be tied to my the app," he said, "but we target account -- she's had an iPod and intend for our user base to be Touch for years and still goes 13 or older and because of legal through me before buying apps. restrictions cannot have anyone (So yes, I'm actually just as much
dots in support of this meteoric rise in Instagram's popularity among tweens. According to Nielsen, for example, Instagram is the top photography site among teens ages 12 to 17, with 1 million teens visiting the site during July. Nielsen doesn't categorize Instagram as a social network. While Flickr was top photo site for the overall population in July, Instagram was the favorite among teens, Nielsen found. Add to that an earlier Nielsen study on growing popularity of Facebook and social networks in general among teenagers, and yet another on how teens tripled their mobile data consumption between the app scofflaw.) December 2010 and December Plus, upon signup, Instagram 2011, and the picture becomes gives you a birthday picker that clear. doesn't let you chose an age Also, a Pew report presented over y o u n g e r t h a n 1 3 , S y s t r o m the summer about teenage online explained. (My daughter claims behavior found that 45 percent of no memory of this part of the online 12-year-olds use socialInstagram sign-up process, so it's network sites and that the number unclear how she bypassed it.) doubles to 82 percent for 13-yearSystrom kindly offered to close old Internet users. The most my daughter's Instagram account, popular activity for teens on as the service does with any social networks is posting photos account it learns is in violation of and videos, the study found terms. But would mean the end of Parents caught off-guard my already shaky cool-mom We parents have been advised status, and after all, she didn't sign over and over again by educators on to be the daughter of a that our tween-age kids are just journalist. too young for Facebook. Most are Hard data just not mature enough to gauge My daughter's experience aside, a what's appropriate for posting and few studies help us connect the
to know how to respond to cyberbullying or contacts from strangers or spammers. But with Instagram our guards were down. We never really imagined how it would be used. When my daughter asked permission to download the app, I was frankly excited that she was showing interest in photography. I love using the app and was unaware of the age restriction. A recent Facebook-like post on my daughter's Instagram. She posted a photo of a note she wrote on her iPod Touch.(Credit: Screenshot by Michelle Meyers/ CNET) I had heard stories of kids on Instagram who had lost friends over not being included in activities posted to the site. But I only really caught onto Instagram's ubiquity as a tweenage social network the day before school started this year, when my daughter's middle school sent out class schedules to individual families using its password protected Web site. Within an hour of viewing the class schedule, my daughter had scribbled out a chart of who was in each of her classes. When I asked how she had figured it all out, she responded, "Everybody posted their schedules on HOW page 14
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Sock Puppet Spectacular: Are Online Reviews Completely Worthless, Or Only Mostly Worthless?
Jon Evans (TechCrunch)
Yelp. Even the honest reviews are mostly written by people who are Submitted at 9/8/2012 8:00:18 AM stupid, or blinded by fury, or both. “Nicodemus Jones” was a big fan It really makes you wonder of bestselling crime author RJ whether online reviews are only Ellory. His five-star Amazon mostly worthless, or actually reviews of Ellory’s books were completely worthless. littered with phrases like “modern What particularly pisses me off masterpiece”, “will touch your most about sock-puppet reviews is soul”, “a magnificent book.” He that they penalize people naïve was less kind to Mark Billingham enough to believe in such quaint and Stuart MacBride, both of notions as truth and honesty. I’ve whom were victims of one-star had six novels published, and reviews by “Jones.” Last week, spent five years as a full-time author Jeremy Duns found out author: I can understand the why: “Jones” was actually Ellory burning desire to publicize and himself. highlight your work, especially He was following an old and well when you really believe that -worn trail. In July, Duns outed you’ve crafted something special. a n o t h e r b e s t s e l l i n g a u t h o r , And reviews matter(at least for Stephen Leather, as a sock- restaurants.) But when my first puppeter. Some years ago, b o o k c a m e o u t , a n d a n Amazon accidentally revealed a acquaintance offered to trade a clutch of other authors praising rave review of it (without reading their own work and ripping into it) if I did the same for his band. I others’. Since then, hundreds of did not reply. It sounded like other authors have simply bought cheating. It still sounds like fake five-star reviews by the cheating. Does not cheating make dozen. me a sucker? How messed up is It’s not just books. The same that? thing happens with app stores, and (How can you be sure I’m not
lying about cheating? Because if I was, my books would have a lot more Amazon reviews than I currently do. Sigh. But at least I know that those I have received are bona fide…minus the halfdozen unsolicited reviews from friends, all of which have made me uneasy.) And yet. When the Internet taketh away, the Internet also giveth. Some years ago, on impulse, I wrote a novel about a squirrel. No, really. My agents sent it to publishers everywhere…who decreed it unpublishable, because it was, well, about a squirrel, and yet not for kids. I gave up, released it online, and pretty much forgot about it — only to discover, eighteen months later, that while I wasn’t paying attention it had become an unlikely online hit. Since then it’s been published for real, a screenwriter has attached himself to it and is pitching it to the various animation studios, and it’s become my highest-rated, best -reviewed, and most-loved book. So I can’t help thinking that in
the long run, all this furor over sock-puppet reviews is meaningless noise masking a larger truth: that literary success, unlike that of restaurants, is more or less random (I mean, really, 50 Shades of Grey?) and no amount of bad behavior or paid reviews will much change whether or not the random stars of fortune smile upon you. That might explain why Ellory and Leather, bestsellers both, would stoop so low. They more than anyone else are viscerally aware of, and simultaneously desperately want to deny, how random their success has been. All of which reminds me of something Stephen King once wrote, after it was discovered that he had been writing and publishing books as Richard Bachman, even though each would have been an instant bestseller had he published them under his own name: You try to make sense of your life. Everyone does it, but perhaps people who have extraordinarily lucky or unlucky lives do it a little
more. Part of you wants to think that you must have been one hardworking S.O.B. or a real prince or maybe even one of the Sainted Multitude if you end up riding high in a world where people are starving. But there’s another part that suggests it’s all a lottery, a real-life game-show not much different from “Wheel of Fortune.” It is for some reason depressing to think it was all–or even mostly–an accident. King dealt with this by trying again with his new persona; Ellory and Leather by puffing up their own works and attacking others. There are two differences. One is that the Internet gives everyone, not just public figures, an infinite number of chances to reinvent themselves. The other is that King is an honest man, whereas Ellory and Leather–and everyone else who ever wrote a fake review–are dishonest scumbags. Alas, my bet is that they will continue to prosper. Image credit: Kevin Yezbick, Flickr.
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Instagram." That started me looking through her account. In another Facebooklike status update, she posted a photo of a note she wrote on her iPod Touch that read, "So glad it's a 3 day weekend!!!" That got 31 likes. Concerns over Instagram have spurred articles like this one in the Washington Post called " What parents need to know about Instagram" and an even more informative one it links to from Yoursphere for Parents called, " Is it okay for kids? What parents need to know." There, parents have chimed in about their initial ignorance about how Instagram is being used by tweens. "My fifth-grade daughter and friends purchased the Instagram app with iTunes gift cards. Her friends thought it was an app to take and share pics and at first didn't realize they could post comments," posted a commenter named SAM. "I had no idea that it was a pseudo-Facebook app. (We are waiting until she is 13 to get a FB account.) I did not know that this app would have her following and being followed by hundreds
of people she didn't know...and posting comments...it was alarming." Another commenter, Laura, says she'll be closing her 12-year-old daughter's Instagram account, which has turned into a "nightmare." "She is not allowed to have a Facebook account until high school to avoid bullying issues, but due to my lack of knowledge (I thought Instagram was basically a glorified camera), I allowed her to have an account," Laura wrote. "In the last week, she has been indirectly contacted by what appears to be a predatorial pedophile posing as a radio contest to which girls send their photos. And she also experienced the middle school drama that I was trying to avoid by the lack of a Facebook account." Tweens, of course, are merely following the leads of teenagers, and, for that matter, the general population. An Experian Hitwise survey just found that Instagram increased its market share in the U.S. by 17,319 percent between July 2011 and July 2012. But a friend of mine just offered up a theory on Instagram's youth
popularity based on the behavior of his 14-year-old daughter and her friends who are also crazy for Instagram. She's been on Facebook since she was 12 and her parents have always warned her that with other parents (and grandparents) on the social network, she needed to keep her act very clean. However, her grandparents haven't yet caught wind of Instagram, so she and her friends can be a little freer with what they post and comment on there. Of course, it may just be a matter of time before older folks join the party. As Instagram founder Systrom noted, the service's numbers are growing on "the elderly side" as well. 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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To be an effective harvester, a growth hacker will optimize to the greatest degree possible, despite the rules. “Terms of service are secondary for most growth hackers,” says Dan Martell, founder of Clarity. The focus is growth, not playing nice with rules. However, not every growth hack is a wise move. Overoptimization can result in a misleading user experience and user back lash or a “bad growth hack”. The line between phishing and ease-of-use is a fine one. Top to bottom Traditionally, marketing is viewed as a company’s promotional arm. It is distinct from product and development. Growth hackers see product as the chief channel for growth. Greg Tseng, co-founder of Tagged and growth hacker, says “Traditionally, marketing has focused on external methods to attract users and gain momentum around a product. Growth hacking takes a more internal approach by merging creative and technical abilities to create user-growth mechanisms within the product itself.” Growth hackers are deep into product. To successfully engineer growth, growth hackers must have a holistic view of the business and synthesis of a product manager and data-driven marketer. Jim Young, co-founder of Hot or Not and founder of Perceptual Networks, says, “Growth hackers view the whole business, from the top to the bottom, as an
experiment. They need to be able to tinker with everything.” From outbound messaging to user experience, a top to street-level understanding of the business is critical for a growth hacker to be successful. With inception of growth hacking, marketing is redefining itself. The well-known marketing joke, “Half of my marketing budget is a waste; I just don’t know which half” is no longer a vexatious rule of thumb. Today, it is simply unacceptable. Mike Greenfield, 500 Startups Growth Hacker-In-Residence and cofounder of Circle of Moms, says, “Marketing is becoming more measurable and iterative. As that happens, data and technical skills grow more important. The buzz around growth hacking reflects a realization of what’s possible as marketing shifts.” Just as the lean startup movement has taken hold as common practice, marketing is getting a lean makeover by growth hackers. The next post in this series will explore the importance of product to growth and how growth hackers view product. A special thanks to Matt Humphrey, Jesse Farmer, Sean Ellis, David Bower and Zak Holdsworth for helping me structure, interview, and form this series.
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Twitter’s API Crackdown May Be Bad For Users, Even If They Never Notice
Klint Finley (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 9/8/2012 6:09:55 AM
This week Twitter launched its new API. There are still lots of questions about what this means for developers, and what role developers have played in Twitter’s rise. But the general consensus seems to be that it doesn’t matter much for most users. Apparently most users just use Twitter’s official clients and supposedly will never notice if Twitter bans most third party clients. Even if that’s true, I think it’s a real shame for the future of social media. Twitter has turned TweetDeck into a Twitter/Facebook client only, dropping support for LinkedIn and Foursquare and dashing hopes of any other integrations being added in the future. I’m afraid it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a Twitter-only product. The old version still works, but I’m guessing that after the March 5 deadline it will break. Meanwhile, it sounds like Seesmic will be rolled into
HooteSuite, meaning Hootsuite may end up with monopoly on cross-network social media clients. It’s bad enough that there may end up being a monopoly, but I’m worried that for individual users the choice may evaporate entirely. “If someone is a casual user of Seesmic, go this way [e.g. to Twitter]. If you are an SME we are happy to help you you,” HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes told Ingrid earlier this week. Does this mean the free and “pro” versions of Hootsuite will go away and that Hootsuite will be available only to enterprise customers? I’m wondering if Twitter’s new API will affect HootSuite’s ability to serve free and pro users. I asked HootSuite for clarification, but as of this writing haven’t heard back. But my fellow TechCrunch writer Ingrid Lunden tells me that it sounds like the company is planning to keep the free and pro plans around for a long time. And with Twitter working closely with HootSuite on crossselling advertising, it seems like there is some potential
monetization of the free product that’s agreeable to Twitter. But how will other social networks will react? The Google+ API has always been limited. You can at least post to a Google+ page from HootSuite now, but it’s still a far cry from being a full fledged Google+ client. I know it costs money to keep these services available, and I know Twitter and Google and Facebook are supposed to be in the business of making money and not the techno-hippie federated love-fest business, but come on — is forcing everyone to juggle multiple official (and perhaps crappy) apps really going to make shareholders more money? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. On the other hand, maybe walled gardens will end up being good. Less spammy cross-posting, people spread out over fewer networks. Maybe we’ll look back on the freewheeling open API days like we look at the browser crashing Myspace profile days.
Cyborg cockroaches can be remotely controlled
Submitted at 9/8/2012 5:47:00 AM
We've spent a week covering augmented humans on Wired.co.uk, so we thought we'd chuck in an augmented cockroach to finish things off. North Carolina State University has come up with an electronic interface that can remotely steer cockroaches, with the aim of building a smart network of bugs
that can hunt for survivors in disaster scenarios. "Our aim was to determine whether we could create a wireless biological interface with cockroaches, which are robust and able to infiltrate small spaces," said Alper Bozkurt, an electrical engineer at the University, who co -authored a paper on the project. By: Duncan Geere, Continue reading...
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Friday Favorite: Haiku Deck for iPad concocts instant presentations
Michael Rose (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 9/7/2012 11:30:00 PM
If long-suffering Dunkin' Donuts franchise owner Fred the Baker had decided to get an office job, chances are his early morning grumble would have been "Time to make the PowerPoint." Doing decks is part of every organization, from the military to not-for-profits to businesses of all sizes; even if you make the chore easier with Keynote, it's still a chore. Creating something that doesn't look like every other presentation is possible, but if you aren't gifted with design acumen it might not turn out like you hope. PowerPoint's automatic templating helps somewhat, but how about using your iPad to spice up a slide or two? Giant Thinkwell's free iPad app Haiku Deck may prove to be the spice rack for your flavorless decks. The idea is straightforward: use one of Haiku Deck's provided two-line templates for your slides, and the
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Unlike in Steven Spielberg’s world, where (mostly) a horse is a horse, the “Joey” in the stage production of War Horse is a very intricately hand-crafted puppet that takes three puppeteers to operate at all times. However, just like Joey in both the play and Spielberg’s film version, he can be as stubborn as a mule. “It’s a balance that you’re having between whether you’re in control of Joey or Joey is controlling all of us,” Gregory Manley, one of the puppeteers for the War Horse production currently at the Curran Theater in San Francisco, says in the Wired video above. Each night during the production the puppeteers must master the 120-pound horse through every scene of the World War I tale of a young man and his beloved Joey –
sometimes with that actor on their backs. And the fact that those three people can make something as mechanical as Joey (seen above meeting a horse from the San Francisco Police Department) exude emotion is a testament to brilliant puppet-making. It’s also a bit more impressive than those animatronic steeds Spielberg occasionally used. Crafted by Handspring Puppet Company in South Africa, each hand-made horse is built from aluminum, wicker, and a Georgette fabric that the puppetmasters can see through when maneuvering the horse. A puppeteer outside the body controls where Joey’s head points and manipulates the ears using bicycle-break-like levers, while a harness inside the frame connects to the other two puppeteers to let their movements give the equine star realistic gestures. “Our whole body is breathing together and integrating to make
the horse seem alive,” Manley says. Every time the currently-touring production goes to a new city Joey and the other horses in the play, based on Michael Morpurgo’s World War I novel, travel as complete puppets, according to puppet technician Kurt Oostra. So when the production moves to Dallas, which will happen after San Francisco’s final show on Sunday, the trusty steed remains intact. “For the most part Joey stays as a whole, he also travels as a whole,” Oostra says. “We never take Joey apart.” 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.
Spencer Dale warns on QE: full speech
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Spencer Dale, chief economist at the Bank of England, cautioned the bank should not automatically resort to printing money if growth
remains weak in a speech in Dublin on Saturday.
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Subprime Auto Nation
presto!!! – You’ve got an auto sales boom. General Motors sales are up 3.7% By Jim Quinn of The Burning over 2011. Ford Motors sales are Platform up 6% over 2011. The Obama Subprime Auto Nation administration continues to tout Have you heard the news? Auto their saving of the U.S. auto sales are booming. Total sales for industry with their bailout in 2009 t h e m o n t h o f A u g u s t w e r e that saved unions and screwed 1,285,202 vehicles, according to bondholders. If this strong auto Autodata Corp, the highest recovery is not an illusion, how monthly sales figure for any do you explain the two charts August since 2007, when 1.47 below? General Motors stock is million autos were sold in the down 42% since 2011. The highly United States. Year to date auto proclaimed success story called sales have totaled 9.7 million and Ford Motors has seen their stock are on track to reach 14.5 million. collapse by 50% since 2011. This Between 2006 and 2007, auto is surely a sign of tremendous sales ranged between 16 million success and anticipation of and 18 million. They crashed soaring profits for these bastions below 10 million in 2009. The of American manufacturing K e y n e s i a n s r u n n i n g o u r dominance. government have pulled out all This is America, land of the the stops to restart this engine of delusional and home of the vain. consumer spending. First they The appearance of success is wasted $3 billion of taxpayer more important than actual funds on the Cash for Clunkers s u c c e s s . T h e c o r p o r a t e debacle. Almost 700,000 perfectly mainstream media dutifully good cars were destroyed in order reports the surge in auto sales is to keep union workers happy. surely a sign the economy is T h i s K e y n e s i a n b r a i n f a r t recovering and the consumer has distorted the used car market for finished deleveraging and is ready two years, raising prices for cars to spend again. The government needed by the working poor. After propaganda machine proclaims that miserable failure, they the surging auto sales are due to realized the true secret to selling their wise and forward thinking vehicles is to give them away to policies (like the Chevy Volt). anyone that can scratch an X on a Luckily for them, there are loan document, with 0% interest millions of gullible Americans for 60 months, financed by who believe the storyline and are Federal government controlled easily convinced that driving a banking interests. Add in some $30,000 new car, financed over massive channel stuffing and seven years, makes them a
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success. The decades of Bernaysian marketing propaganda has worked its magic on the government educated, math challenged citizenry. There are only two things that matter to the non-thinking auto buyer (renter) the monthly payment and what the next door neighbor and his coworkers will think. Buying a fuel efficient car they can afford, paying it off in three or four years, and driving it for ten years, while saving the monthly car payment, is what a practical, rational thinking person would do. The fact that only 20% of the 9.7 million vehicles sold this year have been small cars and the average sales price of new cars sold is now $31,000 proves
Americans are still living in a delusional fantasyland of cheap gas and monthly payments for eternity. As gas prices surpass $4 per gallon across the country, somehow 4.7 million of the 9.7 million vehicles sold in 2012 have been pickups, vans, crossovers or SUVs. Three of the top eight selling vehicles are pickups. Luxury vehicle sales are booming, with Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Land Rover and Audi showing double digit percentage sales gains over 2011. We’ve entered a recession, gas prices are approaching all-time highs, job growth is pitiful, and Americans continue to buy luxury gas guzzlers on credit. This will
surely end well. The average payment on a new car in 2012 is $461. For used cars, the average monthly payment is $346. Today, 77% of new car purchases are financed. About half of all used vehicles involve financing. Of those cars financed, 89% are through a loan vs. 11% with a lease. A critical thinking person might wonder how a country with 4 million less employed people than we had in 2007, median household net worth down 35%, and real wages lower than they were in 2007, could be experiencing an auto boom. The answer is a government/corporate/banker/ media effort to funnel taxpayer funds to deadbeats across the land in a fruitless attempt to create a facade of recovery. Our governing elite are convinced that more debt peddled to the masses is the path to recovery for an economy that imploded due to excessive debt peddled to the masses in the first place. Essentially, it comes down to who benefits from the peddling of debt. It isn’t the masses, as they become enslaved in the chains of debt and monthly payments in perpetuity. Debt peddling benefits Wall Street bankers, politicians, and mega-corporations selling crap to the masses. The storyline being sold to the vegetative dupes (watching Honey Boo Boo) that occupy SUBPRIME page 20
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space in this delusional paradise we call America, by the corporate media, is that consumers have deleveraged and are ready to resume their “normal” pattern of spending money they don’t have on stuff they don’t need. Of course, the facts always seem to get in the way of a good yarn. Consumers have never deleveraged. Consumer credit outstanding is at an all-time high of $2.58 trillion. The decline from $2.55 trillion in 2008 to $2.4 trillion in 2010 was NOT deleveraging. It was the Wall Street Too Big To Fail banks taking a big dump on the American taxpayers. They passed their bad debts to you through TARP, the Federal Reserve buying their toxic “assets”, and ZIRP. Revolving credit (credit card) debt peaked at just above $1 trillion in 2008 and “declined” to $850 billion during 2010. The media storyline is that you buckled down and paid off your credit cards, therefore depressing consumer spending and creating a recession. Sounds convincing except for the fact that it’s a load of bullshit. The Federal Reserve’s own data proves it to be false. Your friendly Wall Street banks have written off $213 billion of credit card debt since 2008 and passed the bill to the few remaining taxpayers in this country. For the math challenged, this means that consumers have actually INCREASED their credit card debt by $68 billion since 2008. The bad news for our
Chinese crap peddling megaretailers is that the significantly poorer average middle class American household is using their credit cards to pay their property tax bills, IRS bills, and utility bills in order to survive. Credit Card Charge-off in Dollars 2005 – 2011 — Not Seasonally Adjusted: Year Dollar Amount 2011$46,017,459,671 2010$75,090,106,350 2009$83,179,901,000 2008$53,506,353,600 2007$38,149,440,000 2006$32,111,934,400 2005$40,634,994,400 Year & Quarter Dollar Amount 2012Q1$8,772,385,443 The category of debt that barely budged in the 2009 collapse was non-revolving credit. It stayed in the $1.5 trillion range in 2009 and has since surged to over $1.7 trillion in 2012. What could possibly have made this debt skyrocket by 33% when the GDP has only grown by 12% over the same time frame? You guessed it – your corporate fascist friends in Washington DC and on Wall Street. Non-revolving debt consists of auto loan debt of $663 billion and student loan debt of approximately $1 trillion. Student loan debt has shot up by $300 billion since 2008. This student loan debt is being distributed, like candy by a pedophile, from the Federal government in an effort to artificially hold down the unemployment rate. Approximately $500 billion of the student loan debt is held directly by the Federal
government, up from $100 billion in 2008. The Feds guarantee the majority of the remaining student loan debt. Can you think of a more subprime borrower than a 40 year old former construction worker getting a liberal arts degree from the University of Phoenix, sitting at his computer in his underwear scratching his balls, and paying with a $10,000 Federal student loan from you? This fraudulent attempt to obscure the true employment situation will end in tears for the borrowers and the American taxpayer. It’s tough to make a loan payment without a job. The student loan bailout is just over the horizon and will cost you at least $300 billion. Delinquencies are already off the charts. When has offering low interest debt in ample portions to people without jobs, income or assets ever backfired before? The bankers and politicians that control this country seem to be a one-trick pony. They will never admit that debt is the problem and reducing it the solution. The real solution would make them poorer, so their solution is to pour gasoline on the fire with more debt at lower interest rates to more people. The addict will keep injecting more poison into their system until sudden death. The bankers and politicians know we are a car-centric society and appeal to our vanity and poor math skills to keep the game going. During the first quarter of this year, total U.S. car loans totaled
$52.5 billion. That’s 49% higher than the same period in 2009. Also during the first quarter, the average amount financed on new vehicles rose by $589, to $25,995, and for used cars by $411, to $17,050. Furthermore, buyers are stretching out payments for longer terms: The average length of newand used-vehicle loans jumped a full month during the first three months of this year, to 64 and 59 months, respectively. The surge in auto sales is being completely driven by doling out more loans for a longer time frame to deadbeat borrowers. Subprime auto loans now make up 45% of all car loans and the vast majority of all used car loans. They have even created a category called Deep Subprime. Borrowers classified as “deep subprime” (i.e. those with Vantage scores below 600) account for 10.7% of auto loans. You can also classify them as loans that will never be repaid. Two thirds of all car sales are for used cars, so the fact that 37% of all new cars are being sold to subprime borrowers is exacerbated by the ridiculous lending practices for used cars. The fine folks at Zero Hedge have provided the outrageous data and a chart that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt what awaits the American taxpayer – another bailout. Zero Hedge has already revealed the GM fake recovery by detailing their channel stuffing over the last two years. Now they’ve dug up more dirt on why car sales are surging. What could possibly go
wrong providing loans for more than the value of the asset to people with a history of not paying their debts? • Subprime borrowers received 56.46% of loans on used cars in the quarter, up from 52.70% a year earlier. • The average loan-to-value on new cars was 109.55% • The average used car loan-tovalue ratio rose to 126.62% • 77% of Subprime Auto Loans are for a period greater than five years It’s amazing how many cars you can sell when you aren’t worried about getting paid. This is the beauty of a fiat currency, a printing press, and a taxpayer available to pick up the tab after the drunken party gets out of hand. The chart below provides the details of our superhighway to disaster. The percentage of used car loans to prime borrowers is now at an all-time low, while the percentage of loans to subprime borrowers is near all-time highs reached just prior to the 2008 crash. When lenders cared about being paid back in the early 2000?s, they rarely made loans longer than five years. Today, more than 77% of all subprime used car loans are longer than five years and average FICO scores are now well below 600. Just to clarify – if your FICO score is below 600 – YOU ARE A DEADBEAT. When you start to connect the SUBPRIME page 24
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How Globalization Created And Destroyed The Most Economically Innovative City In Medieval Europe
Max Nisen (Money Game)
gateway to the East) and Western Europe, it was right on the the Submitted at 9/8/2012 7:38:00 AM route to Europe's population The story of Venice from 800 to centers 1350 is of incredible political and International trade really began to i n s t i t u t i o n a l c h a n g e o f a pick up after two specific major remarkably modern sort, sparked events. In 969, Constantinople by international trade. regained control of Eastern Egalitarian institutions and Mediterranean. Later, in 1082, economic mobility threatened the Venice helped stall a Norman power of Venice's elites, and they invasion of the city. The city was used their wealth and power to rewarded with duty free access to choke off competition, ending a variety of Byzantine ports, Venice's dominance. protection of property rights from A new NBER working paper Byzantine authorities, and became from Diego Puga and Daniel the first foreign traders to be Trefler takes a deep look at the permitted wharfs and buildings in data and history of how it Constantinople itself. Institutional happened. change Venice likely would not have The most important change become a center of trade if a caused by the resulting influx of series of events had not conspired wealth was the end of hereditary to make it uniquely independent. absolute monarchy in Venice. The It was at first the most Western Doge (the Venetian head of state), outpost of Byzantium. After was popularly elected only in the helping defeat Charlemagne in loosest sense before 1036. The battle, it was granted de facto Doges had come from one of independence in 814, then full three families, had absolute independence in 992. power, and could appoint their As a result, it was uniquely free own successor. from the political and military As merchants became pressures of the rest of Europe. i n c r e a s i n g l y w e a l t h y a n d Venice was also in the perfect powerful, the Doges became geographic position to benefit increasingly constrained. In 1036, from international trade. Midway a wealthy merchant was elected, between Constantinople (the leading to real elections and
bankruptcy laws that distinguished illiquidity from insolvency; double-entry accounting methods; business education (including the use of algebra for currency conversions); deposit banking; and a reliable medium of exchange (the Venetian ducat). All these innovations can be related directly back to the demands of longdistance trade The motivation behind these innovations was the great risk and reward of long distance trade. A trip to Constantinople and the Eastern Mediterranean could lead to profits of well over one hundred percent. explicit limits on Dogal powers. t h e a p p r o v a l o f a n e l e c t e d However, shipwreck and piracy The massive expansion of parliament (The Great Council), it were common, and a weather Venice's trade after 1082 led to placed power primarily in a group delay could lead to a merchant even greater reform. In 1172 the of families that owed their wealth entirely missing the market, forcing him to sell at a significant Doge attempted to resolve a to trade. hostage crisis in Constantinople, This environment allowed for an loss. Additionally, huge capital failed, and brought plague back incredible amount of financial and investments were required to with him. Shortly afterwards, a legal innovation. From the paper: finance a ship and its cargo. disgruntled citizen followed Doge By the early fourteenth century, This type of trade was absolutely Vital II Michele down a side financial innovations included: unique, and required institutional street and murdered him. the appearance of limited liability innovation as, according to the In the resulting power vacuum, joint stock companies; thick paper: the merchant class wrote a markets for debt (especially bills (1) It required large amounts of constitution that dramatically of exchange); secondary markets capital relative to most other changed the city. By 1192 Doge for a wide variety of debt, equity contemporary private commercial HOW page 23 could do almost nothing without a n d m o r t g a g e i n s t r u m e n t s ;
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Name The New Reserve Currency: China Imports More Gold In 2012 Than All ECB Holdings
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The last time we looked at monthly Chinese imports of gold from Hong Kong in 2012, the comparable country in question was Portugal (whose citizens, if not central bank, incidentally have run out of gold to sell), because that is whose total gold holdings (at 382.5 tons) Chinese imports had just surpassed. Fast forward a month later, and the update is even more disturbing. In July, Chinese gold imports from HK, after two months of declines, have picked up once more and hit a 3month high of 75.8 tons. While it is notable that this number is double the 38.1 tons imported a year prior, and that year-to-date imports are now a record 458.6 tons, well over four times greater than the seven month total in 2011 which was 103.9 tons, what is far more important is that in the first seven months of 2012 alone China has imported nearly as much gold as the total holdings of the hedge fund at the heart of the Eurozone, elsewhere known simply as the European Central Bank, and just as importantly considering the import run-rate has hardly slowed down in
August, which data we will have in a few weeks, it is now safe to say that in 2012 alone China has imported more gold than the ECB's entire official 502.1 tons of
holdings. What is most amusing is that China, via the IMF, still wants the world to believe that total Chinese official holdings are just 1040
tons (double the ECB's), when it has imported half this amount in 2012 alone. As a reminder, the last time China gave an update of its
official gold holdings was in April for 2009. This means China has been aggressively hoarding gold NAME page 25
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activity such as agriculture or manufacturing. (2) Collateral was problematic because, unlike agriculture or manufacturing, the capital literally sailed out of sight. (3) Since the merchant was out of sight of investors, agency problems abounded (moral hazard and asymmetric information). The Venetian response was a contract known as the colleganza, one of the first examples of a joint stock company. At its simplest, it was an arrangement between two parties, one an investor, and the second, a traveling merchant. The investor provided goods to the traveling merchant who sailed abroad to sell them, bought new goods with the proceeds, and returned to Venice to sell them. Profits were split in a prearranged manner. The colleganza was so innovative because they limited liability for each partnership and to the joint stock of the partners. It was incredibly important to the history of the city because it allowed poorer merchants to gain access to international trade by taking on risk as traveling partners. It introduced economic mobility
to Venice, and allowed a larger section of the population to access international trade, wealth, and political power. There was no hereditary route to power, it was earned through wealth and commercial prowess. The paper gives the example of Zaccaria Staganzo, the grandson of a slave, who was successful in trade that his descendants served on several iterations of the ruling Great Council. These institutions and the mobility they provided let talent rise to the top, and ensconced a series of egalitarian economic institution that allowed Venice become a commercial and maritime power. It didn't last. The move to Oligarchy The wealthiest and most powerful families feared erosion of their status. In 1297, they managed to pass the first of a series of laws (known as the Serrata) that gave control of Great Council elections to a few powerful families. A series of subsequent votes and laws further ensconced a legally ensconced Venetian nobility that
had not existed before. The populace did not take it lying down, there were succession of revolts and protests, culminating in an armed insurrection in 1310 that was nearly successful. In response, the Great Council was enlarged to co-opt would be revolutionaries, and the state's coercive powers were dramatically increased. After they consolidated power, the now oligarchs embarked on a campaign of regulation, restriction and rent seeking. They essentially cut off the poor from engaging in long distance trade by limiting the most lucrative routes and goods to a select few, most notably with a 1324 law called the Capitulare Navigantium. Additionally, they nationalized the Galley fleet. Galleys, because of their speed and small holds, transported the most valuable goods. The Venetian elite auctioned off the services of these fleets to a small group of rich friends, protected them from competitors, and collected huge rents. This table from the paper perfectly sums up the restrictions:
Over time as political power and wealth grew increasingly concentrated, and the egalitarian institutions that had made Venice so wealthy eroded, the city declined as a maritime and economic power. In 1320, the city was a world leader in banking, but rapidly lost that position as the city closed off. Formerly a dominant naval power, the city suffered a series of massive defeats in the 14th century, often because the commanders were inexperienced oligarchs, promoted without merit. It's a lesson worth remembering about the benefits of an open society, and the costs of excessive concentration of political and economic power. Read the full paper here. See also: Pictures Documenting Greece's Ruined Economy Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story »
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Roger Clemens' second start for the Sugar Land Skeeters had a special twist to it when the 50year-old right-hander pitched to his son who was squatting behind the plate.
German finance minister warns eurozone must still reform despite ECB bond plan
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Clemens pitches 4 2-3 innings for Skeeters
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The German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has warned eurozone countries must press ahead with cutting their deficits and reforming economies despite the European Central Bank revealing ground-breaking plans to buy bonds.
Roger Clemens' second start for the Sugar Land Skeeters had a special twist to it when the 50year-old right-hander pitched to
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dots, things that didn’t seem to make sense begin to crystallize. This is all part of the master plan concocted by Bernanke, Geithner, Obama and the Wall Street Shysters. The auto section of my local paper now makes sense. Offers of 7 year financing at 0% interest and monthly lease offers of $150 to $200 for brand new cars now are understandable. The newer model BMWs, Cadillac Escalades, Volvos, and Jaguars I see parked in front of the low income luxury gated townhome community in West Philadelphia now makes sense. A pizza delivery guy driving a new Lexus is now explainable. The master plan is fairly simple. The Federal Reserve lends money to the Wall Street banks for 0% interest. These banks then turn around and provide credit card debt at 13% interest, new & used car loans to prime borrowers at 5% interest, and new & used car loans to subprime borrowers at 16%. When you can borrow for free, you can take a chance that a significant number of your borrowers will default.
Essentially, Ben Bernanke is screwing the prudent savers and senior citizens by paying them 0.15% on their savings in order to subsidize the bankers that destroyed the country so they can make auto loans to the same people who took out the zero percent down interest only no doc mortgage loans in 2005. In addition, Wall Street knows the Bernanke Put is still in place. If and when these subprime loans explode in their faces again, Bennie, Timmy and Obamaney will come to the rescue with your tax dollars. Its heads you lose, tails you lose, again. The chart below is like a who’s who of TARP recipients. The top 20 auto lenders control half the market. And look at the leader of the pack. Our friends at Ally Bank are the market share leader. You remember Ally Bank – they conveniently changed their name from GMAC (also known as Ditech – biggest subprime mortgage lender) after losing billions and being bailed out by you. They still owe you $11 billion and are 85% owned by the
U.S. Treasury. No conflict of interest there. You have the biggest auto lender on earth controlled by the Obama administration. Do you think they have an incentive to make as many loans as humanly possible to help Obama create the illusion of an auto recovery? The only downside is for the American taxpayer when we have to eat billions more in Ally/GMAC losses. This insolvent excuse for a lending institution has been extremely aggressive in the subprime auto lending market and has forced the other wannabes – Wells Fargo, JP Morgan, Capital One and Bank of America – to lower their lending standards. Does this scenario ring a bell? We’ve become a subprime auto nation, addicted to easy debt, living lives of hope, delusion and minimum monthly payments. Storylines about economic recovery, fraudulent government statistics showing lower unemployment, feel good propaganda from the corporate mainstream media, and a return to easy money debt fueled spending
does not constitute a real recovery. Until the bad debt is purged from the system and saving takes precedence over spending, the country will stagger and ultimately fall under the weight of its immense debt. We are lost in a blizzard of lies. This subprime fueled engine of recovery will propel the country into the same canyon of reality we entered in 2008. The crack up boom approaches. Average: Your rating: None Average: 4.9( 17 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.
Forza Horizon dev diary races against the world
David Hinkle (Joystiq)
Submitted at 9/8/2012 4:45:00 AM
Forza Horizon takes things off the track into the wilds of Colorado, where for the first time in the series players will have to deal with traffic, sometimes even at night. Just for fun, we like to imagine that every SUV on the road is full of nuns on their way to nun school. Forza Horizon dev diary races against the world originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 08 Sep 2012 04:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
Rock Band Weekly: Matchbox Twenty
Alexander Sliwinski (Joystiq)
Submitted at 9/8/2012 2:45:00 AM
Next week's Rock Band DLC twists time through Matchbox
Twenty's career. The first track, "Bent," comes from the band's early years and off their second album. "How Far We Come" is from 2007, and "She's So Mean" is from their latest album, North.
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for the past three and a half years without issuing an official peep about where its inventory stands now. Luckily, those who keep track of the newsflow have some idea. As an even more important reminder, in December 2009, the China Youth Daily quoted State Council advisor Ji as saying that a team of experts from Beijing and Shanghai have set up a "task force" last year to consider growing China's gold reserves. " We suggested that China's gold reserves should reach 6,000 tons in the next 3-5 years and perhaps 10,000 tons in 8-10 years," the paper quoted him. Has China managed to accumulated 6,000 tons yet? We won't know for sure until the official disclosure which will come when China is ready and not a moment earlier, but at the current run-rate of accumulation which is just shy of 1,000 tons per year, it is certainly within the realm of possibilities that China is now the second largest holder of gold in the world, surpassing Germany's 3,395 tons and second only to the US. Going back to the "important things", here is another one: in all of 2012, according to Treasury International Capital flow data, China has increased its Treasury
holdings from $1,151.9 billion as of December 31, 2011 to just $1164.3 billion: a total increase of just $12.4 billion in 6 months: the slowest run-rate since China started to recycle in budget surplus into US paper. Whether this dramatic slowdown (and no, China is no longer rerouting purchases via the UK whose holdings have, unlike prior years, hardly budged in 2012) is due to a plunge in the Chinese trade surplus due to the ever more obvious Chinese hard landing, and the lack of recyclable dollars, is unknown and largely irrelevant. What is known, and what is relevant, is that at Friday's closing price 458.6 tons of gold translates into over $25 billion worth of gold imports. For the first time in history China has imported twice as much gold as it has "imported" US Treasurys. But most importantly, and perhaps tying it all together, is what the deputy director of the Chinese central bank, the PBOC, said overnight at a conference in Xiamen. What he said is that the financial crisis has shaken confidence in the U.S. dollar. We knew that. What he added is that the sound performance of China’s economy during the crisis boosted demand for yuan. This
was also more or less known, although with the Yuan peg it is somewhat difficult to determine objectively. It is what he said last that is most important: " The financial crisis that started in 2008 has provided China with a good opportunity to promote the yuan as a global currency." A global currency that is now backed by the second largest hoard of gold in the world, and targeting to be over 10,000 tons in a few years, and is supported by the fastest growing "developing" economy in the world, $14 trillion in deposits rising at an exponential pace, and well over one billion in population. Can anyone guess which currency is next in line of succession: Average: Your rating: None Average: 4.8( 9 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.
A Google-a-Day Puzzle for September 8
Ken Denmead (Wired Top Stories)
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JP MORGAN: Global Growth Is Bottoming
Matthew Boesler (Money Game)
surprised to the upside. Although less broad-based, it appears that the pace of global inventory Submitted at 9/8/2012 7:35:04 AM accumulation has slowed. Yesterday's jobs report However, JPMorgan highlighted weakness in the U.S. acknowledges the cause for economy. concern at the macro data level as Europe is sinking deeper into well: recession, though the ECB has At the same time, a further slide momentarily stabilized financial in our global August PMI along markets. with a disappointing US Fears of a hard landing in China employment report raises concern are rising fast as economic data that business spending and hiring continues its downward trajectory. may be slowing more sharply than JP Morgan economists Bruce expected. And with rising food Kasman, David Hensley, and and energy prices set to translate Joseph Lupton, however, say it into higher inflation ahead—to be looks like we've reached a bottom, highlighted by an expected 0.7% and they expect global economic m/m rise in the US August CPI growth to stabilize shortly. our bottom-up forecast (2%) that only a touch to a still-subpar 2.4% next week—the lift in global In a note to clients, they write: looks for a stabilization of global annualized pace in pace in 4Q12. consumer spending should not be With this week’s August PMI growth this quarter. In this regard, the recent data have expected to last much longer. release and new information on With growth bottoming, attention b e e n m i x e d , r a i s i n g m o r e ALSO: The 29 Ugliest Charts In July activity, the DFM-Eco index now turns to assessing whether “maybes” than certainties. The The World > estimate of current quarter growth private sector behavior and policy news from consumers remains Please follow Money Game on rose to 1.8%. Interestingly, the stances are aligned to deliver the upbeat. Our estimates of current Twitter and Facebook. rise in our nowcaster is driven by modest lift built into the forecast. quarter global consumption Join the conversation about this July activity readings that were Our forecast does not expect growth was lifted again this week story » stronger than what was much in the way of growth, with as July readings were firm and anticipated by the July PMI. The global GDP expected to accelerate auto sales reports for August index estimate is now in line with
Despair and Change
Fred Barnes (The Weekly Standard)
Submitted at 9/7/2012 11:00:00 PM
NEWSCOM President Obama has had four years to fix the economy, and it’s not his fault he’s failed so far. He’s tried very hard, and he’s made some headway. But the task is so great that no one, not even FDR or Bill Clinton, could have done any better than he has. Thus, on effort and good intentions alone, Obama has earned four more years.
Who Built the Recession?
Jeffrey Bell and Rich Danker (The Weekly Standard)
Submitted at 9/7/2012 11:00:00 PM
Bill Clinton, who rode a recession into office and left the scene just before another one began, knows something about the blame game. Addressing the
Democratic convention on
Wednesday night, he made a fullthroated effort to defend the Obama presidency by putting it in the context of past Republican failure.
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12 New Insights From Wall Street's Sharpest Minds
Eric Platt (Money Game)
Submitted at 9/8/2012 6:57:00 AM
Over an intense week, dominated by headlines from Mario Draghi and the monthly jobs report in the U.S., economists and analysts had quite a bit to say. The weak Non Farm Payrolls print, which followed a surprisingly robust ADP report, had dozens of research teams increasing the odds that QE at the next Fed meeting this September. In Europe, Draghi announced a new bond buying program which sent markets across the world higher. LIZ ANN SONDERS: When You Look At It This Way, Profit Margins Aren't That High This chart captures just the domestic profits of non-financial corporations as a percentage of non-financial corporate GDP." When measured this way, profit margins look significantly less elevated. With globalization in full force, foreign earnings' contributions to US profit growth
believe that they will lose that game as we do not believe that markets have moved into a selfstabilising equilibrium." Read more here > DOUG KASS: Band-Aid Policy Measures Are Forcing Me To Short Stocks "I plan to sell/short this news for several basic reasons," writes Doug Kass. " N ot only is Europe slipping more rapidly into a deeper recession but the implementation of serious and effective longer-term policy responses remains unlikely. BandAid policy measures of providing liquidity (which aids the transmission of monetary policy) should continue to expand, "We see no imminent intervention remain the operative palliative, suggesting that margins may in either Spain or Italy (a change and they will likely continue for continue to diverge somewhat in view relative to last month). some time to come." from the US business cycle, and I n d e e d , i m p r o v i n g m a r k e t Read more here > that their upward trajectory may conditions should reduce the See the rest of the story at not be soon interrupted (barring a incentive for both Italy and Spain Business Insider synchronized global recession)." to call for help in the short term as Please follow Money Game on Read more here > they will try to exploit the threat Twitter and Facebook. NOMURA: The ECB Can Only of intervention to avoid falling Buy 3 More Months Of Calm into the "bailed out" camp. We
Shocker: Pirate Attacks Drop When Armed Guards Added to Ships
Submitted at 9/8/2012 7:40:17 AM
Via ABC News: In the Indian Ocean, home to some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, a war rages between Somali pirates, who have attacked 800 ships and taken 3,400 hostages in the past four years, and private security firms, some run by Americans, that are deploying an increasing number of heavily armed guards aboard those ships. For now, at least, the security firms and their armed guards appear to be winning the war — and earning millions. . . Well, duh.— 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.
Greece prime minister says country must stay in euro to be "modern and credible"
Graham Ruddick (Finance News - Business news from the UK and world)
Submitted at 9/8/2012 8:09:32 AM
Antonis Samaras, the prime minister of Greece, says the European Central Bank's decision to start buying eurozone bonds
has proved the beleaguered country must stay in the euro.
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Pollution as Art: Radio-Controlled Armada Floats Where Canoes Dare Not Go
Nathan Hurst (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 9/8/2012 5:30:00 AM
Nathan Kensinger (right), shot from the camera on one of the Newtown Creek Armada remotecontrolled boats. Photo: Courtesy of Nathan Kensinger Newtown Creek, stretching along the border between Brooklyn and Queens in New York, is in rough shape. Famous for its black mayonnaise, as the oily, polluted muck that lines it is called, the creek is full of trash, oil slicks, PCBs, heavy metals, and more. It’s not the nicest place for an art installation. But that’s the point. Starting today, artists Nathan Kensinger, Laura Chipley, and Sarah Nelson Wright are launching a fleet of nine remote-controlled boats, carrying GoPro cameras, and inviting visitors to drive them. The Newtown Creek Armada is a temporary installation by the three artists, built both to help people get acquainted with the creek and to explore a new way to monitor it. Newtown is a superfund site— that is, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has deemed it one of the most polluted sites in the country and a priority for ongoing clean-up, passing the costs back to the companies
responsible for fouling it up so bad in the first place. Despite the EPA’s intervention, Newtown is still surrounded by industry, and hard to get close to, says Kensinger, a documentary filmmaker and photographer. “We’re hoping to bring people out to the creek and have them actually learn a little more about
it,” he says. “Part of what we’ll be presenting at our installation is the video that we actually filmed using the boats on Newtown Creek.” Along with the fleet, which is scheduled to operate on Saturdays (and some Sundays) throughout September, will be three video kiosks, playing footage from
previous expeditions up the creek and its tributaries. The Newtown Creek Armada got grants from several organizations, including the Brooklyn Arts Council, Ioby, Macktez, and picked up further funding through Kickstarter. The rest of the video will be available online — eventually. Their immediate goal is to get people to
go see the installation. One of the Newtown Creek Armada. Photo: Courtesy of Nathan Kensinger The 3-foot boats were built using material scavenged from the creek. One is metal, another is covered in plastic debris, and POLLUTION page 30
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Democrats' Boo-God Moment Puts Black, Latino Faithful in 'Tough Place'
(The Christian Post)
Submitted at 9/8/2012 9:16:49 AM
• (Photo: REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi) Delegates hold a signs during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina September 6, 2012. September 8, 2012| 10:16 am Black and Latino Christians have been put in a difficult position over the DNC platform, according to several stories posted at BCNN1.com, an online site "dedicated to reporting breaking news from a black, Christian perspective for the glory of God." The news site, also found online at blackchristiannews.com has pooled news from other media showing that some Christian leaders in minority communities are not too happy with the apparent "progressive shift" to a more secular Democratic Party. "My message is this could cost us our election," said Fernando
Cabrera, a New York pastor and a city council member from the Bronx. "I see myself as a reformer, and I'm hoping that we can put enough pressure (on the party). And as you know one of the biggest issues is gay marriage." As was first reported by CBN News, Cabrera believes a pro-life stance and support of traditional marriage are views that members of the Latino and other minority communities hold high. Editors at BCNN1 also covered quite intensely the "God was booed" moment of the Democratic National Convention. Follow us The DNC ran into a stumbling block when a motion by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to insert the words "God" and "Jerusalem" back into the Democratic Party's platform after the platform committee passed the original version omitting the words required a voice vote in the party's convention hall. Three roll call votes were taken
as the "aye" and "no" voice votes were too close to call. The amendments needed a two-thirds majority approval to pass. After it was determined that the motions passed, many booed. Under the headline "Will the Democratic Party Now Be Known as 'The Party That Booed God' and Jerusalem? Will This Image Sink Obama's Presidency?' BCNN1 posted a column by Wayne Allen Root published in The Blaze. "There is room for thousands of delegates at the Democratic Convention. Tens of thousands including the media. On Wednesday, the radical forces in the Democratic Party made it clear there is no room for God," stated Root. "Politics is about 'Dukakis riding the tank' moments. Voters don't remember speeches. They remember images. The Democratic Party created the worst image in modern political history on Wednesday. "The Democrats are 'The Party
That Booed God.' "That's the image that will sink the Presidency of Barack Obama," Root concluded. Obama received 95 percent of the African-American vote and 67 percent of Latinos supported him in 2008 at the ballot box, according to CBN. Pastor Michael Stevens, who leads a predominantly black University City Church, believes Obama's support from black voters is slipping compared to four years ago. "It puts me in a tough position, in a tough place. But again, there's a certain sacred cow you just ought not touch and mess with, and for us it's that traditional value," Stevens said. "I think behind that curtain come November ... you're going to see blacks make decisions that they're not publicly proud of." He also believes there is going to be a large number of African Americans that will not vote because of their dissatisfaction with the Democrats' platform,
which supports abortion and gay marriage. "Which is really a victory for no one," Stevens said. BCNN1 also posted a campaign video done by Florida Republican Rep. Allen West in which he "is making sure voters don't forget the debate over the Democratic National Convention removing God from its party platform." West's campaign ad highlights the negative reaction to the voice vote led by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa from DNC delegates. "Three times they said 'no' to God," the on-screen text reads in West's video ad showing the DNC Party platform vote. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
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“The Nature Boat” is so named because it’s built from bamboo, reeds, and invasive plant species. “Each boat has a different kind of personality, almost” says Kensinger. “Each boat … represents a different aspect of the creek and what we discovered along the creek.” And each boat carries a camera or microphone (or both) to record its travels, tested extensively by the trio, who followed along in canoes. Angled down to scan the bottom, positioned right at water level, or pointing up at the shore, the cameras show different aspects of the creek. “There’s definitely a huge amount of visible pollution that’s there,” Kensinger says. “There’s sections of the creek where a surprising amount of nature has returned, but then other sections are really just, I would say, dead.” Laura Chipley carries one of the boats up from Newtown Creek.
Photo: Courtesy of Nathan Kensinger Kensinger, Chipley, and Wright took the boats deep into some of the tributaries where propellers got caught up and boats got stranded. “We had a few incidents where some of the boats almost were lost at sea,” says Kensinger. “There’s so much pollution, even just at surface level, the propellors will get fouled.” “There were sections of the creek that we were canoeing in wearing respirators because it was so polluted.” Ultimately, Kensinger wants the boats to have live-stream capabilities and first-person video so they can be useful as tools to monitor conditions in other polluted waterways. But that technology isn’t quite ready, he says. Waves and water tend to disrupt the signal, and the remote controls can interfere as well.
“Part of the design of the boats is that they’re these playful, sculptural objects,” he says. “But I do look at the practical side of this and see that some of these boats could actually be used to be practical tools to look at this kind of environment … there’s areas of the creek where you really can’t get into on a regular boat, and you really can’t see what’s going on there.” 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.
Kodak Easyshare 16MP Camera
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Wells House photos taken during police search sealed until further notice - The Herald-Mail
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Wells House photos taken during police search sealed until further notice The Herald-Mail A Washington County Circuit Court judge on Friday ordered
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A Tax-Entity-Formerly-Filed-AsKodak Moment "Here you are, sir, our plan to stave off bankruptcy: The Kodak Easyshare 16MP Digital Camera." "Whoa whoa whoa, hold on a second. Did you say this is a 'digital' camera?" "That's right. It's got a wide-angle lens and 26x optical zoom." "I see. And it records visual representations digitally?" "Yes, it takes digital photographs." "Ohhhh, OK. So you can use it to take pictures of the photographs you already took with film." "Well, no, not exactly. It's much more versatile than that, and has Optical Image Stabilization and face recognition technology." "So it can recognize faces in your photo album? I'm just not sure if I'm seeing how this helps us sell more film." "It doesn't. It's a fantastically advanced point-and-shoot digital camera at a really good price point --"
"Don't talk business to me, young man. I'm the CEO of f%*^ing KO-D-A-K. I think I know what I'm doing. And I know that film is Kodak's bread and butter." "But people don't buy film anymore." "Exactly. That's why I need you to find a way to get people buying film again." "I'm not sure that's the solution--" "What if this 'digital' camera only worked if you fed it undeveloped film? We could call it the 'Film Monster' and the commercials could have a little animation showing how HUNGRY it is for film." "Yes, but--" "Get it done, or by Q1 2012 I swear you'll be out of a job."
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Obama Flunks the Job Interview
Submitted at 9/8/2012 1:04:18 AM
On Thursday night, Barack Obama interviewed with the hiring manager -- the American voters -- to keep his job for another four years. Any hiring manager using the past behavioral event interviewing method-- a technique where experience triumphs over hope -- would conclude that Obama flunked. And flunked miserably. Obama delivered the familiar harmonic swells and rhythmic cadences so typical of his nowtedious oratory. Soothing earcandy in a few places, but mostly empty exhortations. The ending was breathtakingly insulting as Obama ultimately blamed the hiring manager -- the American people -- for having elected him in the first place. So you see, the election four years ago wasn't about me. It was about you. My fellow citizens, you were the change. While Obama's stated vision for prosperity, equity, justice, security, and compassion might have been noble, he offered no plan to reach such a utopia, nor did he discuss how the nation would pay for it. Even his goals were vacuous -merely categories for goal-setting. I'm asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country, goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security, and the deficit -- real, achievable plans
that will lead to new jobs, more opportunity, and rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation. I'm asking you to rally around ... real, achievable plans. Mr. President, where is your plan? And where is the evidence that your record since 2009 would lead to achieving any progress for the future in these categories? How do you rally around a vacuum? The remainder of Obama's job interview validated what many of us have known all along. Obama's empathy masks his subversive ideology. Obama's incompetence in governance is no accident. References to his record were scarce. Most were either trivial or actually initiated by someone else -- namely George W. Bush. To wit: I've signed trade agreements that are helping our companies sell more goods to millions of new customers, goods that are stamped with three proud words: Made in America... Four years ago, I promised to end the war in Iraq. We did. Not exactly. Trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea were negotiated by Bush and languished on Obama's desk for four years. The Iraq war was concluded by Bush with free elections in 2008 and troop withdrawal agreements set for 2011 under his Status of Forces Agreement. Obama was a
beneficial opportunistic bystander. The Iranian government must face a world that stays united against its nuclear ambitions. The historic change sweeping across the Arab World must be defined not by the iron fist of a dictator or the hate of extremists, but by the hopes and aspirations of ordinary people who are reaching for the same rights that we celebrate here today. So, Mr. President, when the Iranian protesters begged for your support in 2009, where were you, and what did you do? Can you describe specifically what concrete measures you installed to halt, as you describe, the "iron fist of a dictator or hate of extremists"? What did you do to align America with "the hopes and aspirations of ordinary people"? You can choose a future where we reduce our deficit without sticking it to the middle class. Independent experts say that my plan would cut our deficits by $4 trillion. And last summer, I worked with Republicans in Congress to cut billions in spending because those of us who believe government can be a force for good should work harder than anyone to reform it, so that it's leaner, and more efficient, and more responsive to the American people. So, Mr. President, what have you done since 2009 to "reduce our deficit" and "cut billions in
spending'"? Mr. President, how did your $800 -billion stimulus package work out? You claimed at the time that the stimulus would drop the unemployment rate to 5.6% by now. Yet it is still above 8%, not counting millions who have disappeared from the labor force or have claimed disability. Mr. President, what happened to your official budget proposals for 2012 and for 2013? Why did the Democrat-controlled Senate vote down both budgets overwhelmingly by 97-0 and 990? Mr. President, what happened to the recommendations from your deficit reduction commission? One of its co-authors Erskine Bowles had this to say: The president came out with his own plan and the president, as you remember, came out with a budget, and I don't think anybody took that budget very seriously. Instead, Mr. Bowles praised your opponents' (Paul Ryan) plan: It is a sensible, serious, straightforward, and honest budget. Now, I'm still eager to reach an agreement based on the principles of my bipartisan debt commission. No party has a monopoly on wisdom. No democracy works without compromise. Mr. President, how did you advance the recommendations of your own bipartisan debt commission? Bob Woodward's
new book The Price of Politics describes, according to ABC News, total chaos, dysfunction, and arrogance. You had a meaningful compromise within reach. Yet you chose to overreach, setting forth a final demand that you knew the Republicans would reject. What evidence can you muster to show you know how to command a productive bipartisan political process? As Americans, we believe we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, rights that no man or government can take away. So, Mr. President, why has your administration launched an assault on religious liberty? How would your signature legislative achievement, ObamaCare, that engineers the federal government takeover of the entire health care system, preserve rights that no man or government can take away? We insist on personal responsibility, and we celebrate individual initiative. Mr. President, just a few weeks ago you said "You didn't build that." Moreover, you have asserted that government enables individual initiative. Have you changed your attitude about individual initiative and if so, why? We're not entitled to success. We have to earn it. OBAMA page 34
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The Charlotte Freak Show
that Mitt Romney had once molested a pack of wild penguins. He wouldn't have Not since the tear gas and mass proof, because it's Romney's job arrests of Chicago 1968 have the to prove that it didn't happen. Democrats put on a convention And just in case the mentally that better demonstrated to the unstable Senate majority leader American people the sorry state of wasn't embarrassing enough, the left's values and ideals. From corrupt Mayor Rahm Emanuel the opening refrains that echoed was invited to take a break from t h e m a c a b r e y e t u n i f y i n g his busy schedule of presiding obsession amongst Democrats in over Chicago's descent into the Charlotte to promote the killing of third layer of Hell to come lecture u n b o r n c h i l d r e n t o t h e on good government. Not that culminating moment of President Emanuel's speech was necessary Barack Obama telling us why we to depict exactly what Democrats need more of him in our lives to see as an effective administration. survive, the Democrat National The stirring video tribute to the Convention revealed just how disastrous Carter years, as well as deplorable things have become in the keynote address from a man that party. with the appropriate last name of Truth be told, most casual Castro, pretty much said it all. observers could see the train When Michelle Obama finally wreck coming a mile away. Once approached the microphone, she the speaker line-up for the was following a procession of convention's opening day had idiocy and buffoonery that no been released, the ensuing circus conservative commentator could was completely predictable. First, even hope to parody. And keep in the Democrats would give the mind that that was just the first floor to a communist from the day. SEIU, followed by the most rabid But lest you were tempted to abortion fanatic in the country. think that the Democrats are Then, Harry Reid would take to incapable of equaling such the stage, presumably to tell incoherence, day two should have everyone of a secret phone call he laid those fears to rest. For that had just received informing him was the moment when the podium
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was handed over to a thirty-yearold woman whose life mission appears to be getting you to pay for her birth control. Perhaps nothing better defines or encapsulates the left's view of government's appropriate role than having it function as a prophylactic Pez Dispenser. And what does it say about the extent of liberal visionaries when a prime speaking role is given to an individual who is significant only because a popular radio host called her a nasty name? Yet amazingly, Sandra Fluke wasn't the real spectacle of the evening. Nor was the keynote speaker, former President Bill Clinton, who spent his time reminding Americans how he balanced the budget and created jobs. Apparently, we were all supposed to just ignore the inconvenient reality that such success was predicated upon Clinton following the probusiness, free market policies enacted by a Republican Congress. Absent from Clinton's speech, of course, were the multiple criticisms he has made in recent years of President Obama's decision to abandon that progrowth approach in favor of economy-crushing, high-tax, big-
government regulation. But the pinnacle of the week came in two key moments. The first occurred in an opening DNC video that included the jawdropping line "Government is the only thing that we all belong to." Who exactly wrote the script for this video? Chairman Mao? As Mitt Romney appropriately tweeted in response, in America, "[w]e don't belong to the government. Government belongs to us." That Democrats see this foundational reality completely backwards is extraordinarily instructive. Couple that revelation with the Democrats' decision to drop the one reference to God from their platform. Now, in some ways this was a mere formality -- codifying what their public policy agenda has embraced for some time. After all, when the leader of your party and president of the United States shakes his fist at the sky and tells God that His definition of marriage is bigoted, removing His name from the platform shouldn't really be a surprise. And yes, after public outrage, the Democrats reinserted God -- to much consternation, boos, and hisses from the raucous crowd. But the larger point comes in the
context of a convention dedicated to the proposition that government is the new god. It cares for us, provides for us, nurtures us, teaches us, corrects us, props us up, and wipes the tears from our eyes. Without it, we can do nothing -- we are nothing. We are a people of, by, and for the government. So while we didn't witness SWAT teams and riot gear this time around, we were left to consider this pathetic reality: in 1968, most mainstream Democrats were embarrassed by what happened in Chicago. In 2012, they are thumping their chests with pride over the spectacle in Charlotte. Peter is a public high school government teacher and radio talk show host in central Indiana. Email email@example.com, visit www.peterheck.com, or like him on 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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A Victim of the Obama Recovery
Submitted at 9/8/2012 1:04:09 AM
After a year and a half of unemployment in Obama's economy, I was able to obtain a job. I should say that from a statistical perspective, I was really unemployed for only about a month. I got a part-time job because I thought that the situation was going to be pretty bad for a long time. I also thought that having someplace to go and something to do would have greater therapeutic value than going to therapy. My new job pays about half of what I earned previously. My impression had been that if I could get a job that paid between half and three-quarters of what I was making, I should consider myself lucky. As a direct result of my reduction in earnings, my consumer spending has gone down. My contributions to Social Security and Medicare have also been cut in half. According to the annual statements I get from Social Security, from the years 2009 to 2010, my estimated monthly benefit at retirement decreased by $500. I paid off some debts. Now the institutions that had assets on deposit or loans collecting interest have neither. I can now take full advantage of the earned income
credit and the making work pay credit. I can include myself among the bottom 50% of wage earners who pay no taxes. In short, despite all the efforts of the current administration to stimulate the economy, my economic activity has sharply contracted. I said that I'm among the bottom 50% of wage-earners who pay no taxes, but I do not really believe it. I still pay Social Security taxes. There are all the other federal excise taxes on things like gasoline, alcohol, tobacco, and the telephone -- some of which I pay and some of which I am able to avoid. I also understand that taxes paid by corporations, producers, and service providers simply flow through to the final price I pay. The problem with the claim that the bottom 50% of wage-earners pay no taxes is that so many of the bottom 50% actually believe it. They vote Democratic because they believe it. They will continue to vote Democratic because they believe it. In a capitalist economy, for the government to generate revenue through taxation should be easy. The bureaucracy does not have to develop products or markets. They do not have to manage production or supply chains. They do not have to hire, fire, train, pay, or otherwise manage employees. The bureaucracy does
not have to arrange financing or deal with delinquent payments from customers. If the government were interested in tax revenue, they would not try to choose the winners and the losers. Unlike investors, the government does not have to put up any money to have a share of the profits. All of the winners, sooner or later, one way or another, end up paying taxes. None of the losers would cost the government a dime. There was a time when American politicians were proud that the American people had the highest standard of living in the world. Now they are ashamed of it. There are those on the left, seeing that my income has been sharply reduced, who think that I should be resentful of my employer. I am not. I actually believe that my employer is responsible for recognizing and responding to the economic realities that make my job possible. Those on the left may also think that I want the government to pass laws forcing my employer to increase my wages and benefits. I do not. I am glad to have a job with some benefits. I have a good idea of how much revenue my job generates. I do not want to price my employer out of business. I also think that government regulations and federal policy are to blame for me losing my
previous job. I do not expect the president to create a job for me; I do not think the president has that kind of power, and I don't want any president to change that. I do blame President Obama for his actions in office. (He said he wanted money for infrastructure -well, the Keystone Pipeline is infrastructure that the government does not even need to finance.) I blame President Obama for the creation of thousands of new regulations and an environment of regulatory uncertainty that cripples everyone's ability to plan. I do not see anything he has done that makes it better. My personal situation aside, I can think of no issue -- be it defense, race relations, immigration, monetary policy, fiscal policy, health care, the Middle East, education, or anything else -- that would cause me to give Obama my vote. He has no solutions. It is time for a change. 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.
6 Cybersecurity Measures for Your Business
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Submitted at 9/7/2012 11:02:13 PM
In August, the Senate voted down the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 with a vote of 52-46, just shy of the 60 votes it needed to pass. The bill was an effort to ensure hackers couldn’t gain access to the computer networks of private companies. It would have also made it easier for private businesses to share critical data and information with the government regarding cyber threats. The types of businesses that would have been affected by the bill included any that contained “critical infrastructure,” which means that access to the company’s assets could lead to the halt of life-sustaining services (such as food, energy, or water), widespread economic damage, or the degradation of… Continue reading... More About: contributor, cybersecurity, features
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Mr. President, how will your plan to redistribute the wealth of the 10% who already pay 70% of the taxes to everybody else counteract the entitlement culture? Why have you abandoned the work principles behind welfare reform? We honor the strivers, the dreamers, the risk- takers, the entrepreneurs who have always been the driving force behind our free-enterprise system, the greatest engine of growth and prosperity the world has ever known. Mr. President, you have devoted much of the last four years to vilifying anyone connected with free enterprise and capital formation? And you want to raise taxes on this greatest engine of growth? Four years ago, hope triumphed over ignorance, however willful,
as Obama admitted, perhaps in the most astonishing segment of his job interview: So you see, the election four years ago wasn't about me. It was about you. My fellow citizens, you were the change. Here we have Obama subtly acknowledging the truth revealed in Dinesh D'Souza's film 2016: Obama's America. Obama was simply the convenient, albeit plausible, vessel to assuage white guilt for racism and class oppression, so deftly brainwashed into a gullible electorate by the liberal progressives for some half a century. So, Mr. President, are you now saying that you bear no responsibility for the failures of the past four years? Instead, we are to blame for having elected you the first time around?
Well, Mr. President, this job interview is about finished. We'll get back to you in nine weeks. In the meantime, you might want to cancel those orders for new Oval Office furniture. Human Resources will be happy to reimburse you for an Acela Express one-way ticket to any destination of your 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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‘Sunday Night Football’ Reporter Tweets Videos From NFL Sidelines
Sam Laird (Mashable!)
Submitted at 9/7/2012 10:48:24 PM
NFL fans who tune in to NBC's "Sunday Night Football" broadcasts are in for a new twist on second screen and social media
coverage this season. How? Erstwhile sideline reporter Michele Tafoya is now filing video reports from the field directly via Twitter during games. The quick-hit updates are on an iPhone and posted to recorded by producer Mike Seib
the@SNFonNBC Twitter account. They'll provide injury info, relays of information from coaches and team PR reps and other content similar to what typically appears in Tafoya's regular cutaways during the actual NBC broadcast.
You can see a couple example reports from the preseason here and here, and during upcoming "Sunday Night Football" g… Continue reading... More About: Media, Twitter, nfl
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Mutant Mudds' extra PC content will come to 3DS for free, Renegade Kid an authorized Wii U dev
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Submitted at 9/8/2012 3:45:00 AM
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Mutant Mudds just came out on PC with new content, including extra difficult new levels. That content will be released on 3DS as a free update for the eShop release of that game, Renegade Kid director Jools Watsham revealed on his blog this week. In addition, he also let slip that Renegade Kid is a licensed Wii U developer. "As we're being perfectly - and frankly - honest here; I would like to put the majority of our future development efforts into the 3DS eShop and Wii U eShop titles (we're authorized Wii U developers now btw - excite!)," he said. Strangely, all of this information
We know parents are sharing their smartphones and tablets with about Renegade Kid's primarily their kids, some as young as two Nintendo-oriented plans comes years old! Good thing there are from a post entreating fans to vote high quality educational apps out for the PC version of Mutant there that parents are downloading Mudds on Steam Greenlight. before they hand their devices "Porting Mutant Mudds to the PC, over. In fact, research from the and selling it on Steam, has the Pew Internet and American Life potential of bringing some much needed funds into Renegade Kid," Watsham notes, "which will go straight into the development of new games." And that's good for PC, 3DS, and Wii U owners. Mutant Mudds' extra PC content (news photos - Google News) will come to 3DS for free, Submitted at 9/8/2012 9:22:27 AM Renegade Kid an authorized Wii U dev originally appeared on Photos and video: Justin Joystiq on Sat, 08 Sep 2012 Timberlake's courtside love leads 03:45:00 EST. Please see our to NBA ownership terms for use of feeds. Examiner.com Permalink| Email this| Comments Celebrity and technology and
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Nation-building at home
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All through the Bush II presidency, political discourse in the US got more and more bizarre. At times, the debate was sports. That's a powerhouse over who could do the most good combo in itself but it's super- for Iraq. Or what the people of charged when the celebrity is Iraq wanted from a US president. Justin Timberlake, who is well Were these people even listening known to be a serious NBA fan. to themselves. It was as if the The video at the top of this article voters and taxpayers of the United gives the fan 4-1-1 about... States only cared about one thing and more » -- how well are the people of Iraq doing? And of course that was the cruel joke. We weren't nationNATION-BUILDING page 36
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building in Iraq, we were destroying their nation. All based on a shameful lie that somehow Iraq was connected with the 9/11 attacks. There was no evidence of it, and if you listened to the arguments, none was actually presented. It was like the campaign the same people run about whether or not President Obama is an American citizen, which is of course very similar to the idea that Saddam Hussein was in league with Al Qaeda. They never actually say he wasn't born here. They just joke about it, repeat what other people say, suggest it in a million different ways. The same people are still here, and are still running the show. Nowadays they're working on suppressing the vote in the United States so they can win elections that they aren't entitled to win, by disenfranchising voters. This should be a felony, they should go to jail for a long time. But they won't of course. It's a tactic for dealing with the fact that the demographics of the United States is changing to become less
favorable to them. Their answer -the new people won't vote. Like the birther nonsense, they wll never actually prevent anyone from voting, but by making them jump through more hoops, they reduce the numbers. None of this will happen in NY or California where most of the TV cameras are (and which aren't swing states anyway) rather in Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, etc, where elections are often decided by just a few votes. Amidst all that, almost forgotten in all the ideas promoted at the excellent Democratic National Convention, was the idea put forward by the President that we do some nation-building at home. This is the kind of idea that can take root with people of both parties. It might be so good that the Republicans will have to say they invented it. And there can be little doubt what "nation building" means. Schools, roads, better Internet access, public transit, hospitals and health clinics, fire departments and police stations, and maybe even god forbid some institutions to inform and inspire
the electorate -- libraries, museums, parks, bike trails. I think more than anything we are exhausted, tired of the messes our government has created, the wars we didn't need, the lies that we never really believed. The broken trust. Naive we were to believe Colin Powell when he went before the United Nations to explain why Iraq was such a threat we had to tear them apart. We're not so naive any more. Tired, wasted, so depressed we forgot why were are so depressed. What we need desperately to hear in this election is what you are going to do to help us. Not just by lowering taxes and getting us jobs, but also to inspire us, to give us a sense of purpose. We just spent a few decades meandering all over the map. The last time this country had any idea of what it was doing was the moon mission of the sixties. Before that there was World War II. Everything else has been pretty much bullshit. Expensive and deadly bullshit. Planet-wasting bullshit. The idea of making America
work better, in ways we can see, in ways that make a difference in our lives, that's the next thing to do. I recently took three auto trips, to Toronto, through the South, and to Madison. In all directions I saw a country that's falling apart. It's really gotten bad. It's opposite to the way it used to be. New York City, when I was young, was falling apart, and the rest of the country was clean and functioned smoothly. Now New York is a marvel of efficiency, a rich city with busy people. But there are huge problems everywhere else. We can't wait for the mythical trickle-down to not work, again, for another collapse before we turn our attention to fixing things. Even if jobs returned, the depression won't end until we start working on making this place work.
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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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Verse of the Day - 2 Corinthians 9:8
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What Oklahoma knows, but Obama doesn’t: Protect public-sector jobs, imperil the employment rate
Tina Korbe (Hot Air » Top Picks)
Submitted at 9/8/2012 8:31:00 AM
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. — 2 Corinthians 9:8 Thoughts on Today's Verse... What a powerful promise! If we are willing to generously share with others in the name of Jesus as the apostle Paul discusses in the previous two verses, we will have what we need and our lives will be full of good deeds that bring glory to God. So let's remind ourselves of
one the very first lessons we should have learned as young children: share! Only this time, as children of God, let's share in the name of Jesus to bless others so they may come to his grace. My Prayer... Thank you, dear Father, for all the incredible blessings you have poured into my life. You have richly blessed me physically and spiritually. Now I ask that your Spirit will help me be generous with the gifts you have so richly given to me. May my life, O LORD, be a consistent conduit of your blessings so that others may come to know your grace. In Jesus' name I pray.
Amen. The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or c o m m e n t s t o firstname.lastname@example.org. © 1998-2012, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the Heartlight Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.
posted at 9:31 am on September 8, 2012 by Tina Korbe To most Americans, a job is a job is a job — but, in the quest to generate employment for the more than 12 million Americans currently out of work, statists betray a prejudice in favor of public-sector jobs, while freemarketeers betray a prejudice in favor of private-sector jobs. That is, a private-sector job seems barely a job to the statist, while a public-sector job seems barely a job to the free-marketeer.
To big-government advocates, growth in the public sector is essential to lowering the unemployment rate — and it apparently need not come at the expense of the private sector. The government can somehow provide stimulus funds for local and state governments without having to take anything whatsoever from the private sector. Unfortunately, the idea that the government can “create” jobs is no less a myth than the equally potent idea that the government can “create” wealth. In fact, the government can do neither. The WHAT page 39
SIM2's $158k CinemaQuattro 4K DLP projector is for hundred seat home theaters
Richard Lawler (Engadget)
Submitted at 9/8/2012 7:22:00 AM
Even in the land of the outrageous home theater equipment that is CEDIA, SIM2's new CinemaQuattro projector sticks out. The company's first model capable of 4K (4,096 x 2,160) resolution, it's nearly as large as the Italian scooter that also resided in its booth and comes with a price tag of
$158,000 -- the old 1080p$58K Grand Cinema seems almost cheap in comparison. While that may be mild overkill for most, if you're Will Smith and need something to screen flicks on for your personal home theater (emphasis on theater), we'd imagine this fits the bill. SIM2 licensed TI's technology from cinema projector maker Christie in order to develop the three chip 4K DLP monster capable of
20,000 ANSI lumens. According to President and CEO Maurizio Cini this gives its dealers access to "the best" technology, and at
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best the government can do is expropriate wealth from the private sector and redistribute it — sometimes in the form of jobs, sometimes in the form of services. Private taxpayers — or other of America’s creditors — inevitably must finance the salaries of public workers. It’s too neat a formula to say, “Expanding the public sector by a job shrinks the private sector by a job,” but it’s not too neat to say, “Expanding the public sector by a job removes resources from the private sector, which likely would employ those resources more effectively than the public sector.” Government bureaucracies are famously inefficient, not just in terms of the number of people they employ to do work that could be done by fewer, but also in terms of the pay they provide workers and the security they often unwarrantedly offer employees. None of this is to suggest publicsector employees are somehow lazier than private-sector employees. In reality, government employees are highly rational economic creatures who make decisions based on the incentives. Vaunted as “public servants,” they’re as self-interested as any of us. Why not opt for a notably high -paying job or an exceptionally
secure one or a tranquilly cushy one or a job that’s some combination of the three? It is to suggest that the public sector makes poorer use of capital than the private sector. Denied by statists but nevertheless true, job destruction is just as vital to the overall growth of the economy as job creation. It’s not just that government is incapable of creating jobs; it’s also notoriously bad at eliminating obsolete jobs within the public sector. When the automobile came into vogue, the job prospects for horse-shoers and saddle-makers dwindled. Hardly anyone today would argue that that was to the detriment of the economy as a whole. If the government ran the transportation industry, though, horse-shoers and saddle-makers might not have lost their jobs. Neither, though, would the economy have gained as many jobs as it did through the automobile industry. As counterintuitive as it might seem, cutting jobs can actually be good for the overall employment outlook of a place — particularly when those jobs come from the public sector and the resources needed to sustain them can be returned to the private sector. For proof of this, we need look no further than the example of the state of Oklahoma.
In an editorial this week, the board of The Oklahoman writes: Oklahoma state government has slashed the number of its full-time workers by more than 2,000 and reduced monthly payroll by $4.2 million. Yet Oklahoma’s July unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, among the lowest in the nation. … Those statistics must bewilder Obama. Much of his focus in office has been on boosting the number of government employees and protecting their jobs rather than unleashing the private economy. A huge share of stimulus money sent to the states was to prevent state worker layoffs, yet the national unemployment rate remains above 8 percent. On the other hand, Obama’s tax and regulatory policies hinder private business growth and job creation. Oklahoma policymakers responded to the recession by right-sizing government and reducing the burden on the private sector. The results suggest that economic approach is superior to Obama’s theories. At the same time, while Obama could certainly learn from Oklahoma, the state still has too many government employees. Additional, thoughtful, intentional “right-sizing” still needs to occur.
As The Heritage Foundation’s Bill Beach explains, the feeble recovery that has followed the Great Recession on the national scale has been a “case of the missing job generator.” Entrepreneurs, not government bureaucrats, have been the authors of past economic recoveries. Lawmakers typically have reduced tax and regulatory burdens to facilitate the entrepreneurial process. The sharp recovery from the awful recession of the early 1980s is a key example of these doctors at work. While millions of Americans intuitively understand the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship to our economic well-being, this understanding does not run very deep in Washington. Nowhere else in this country will you find as many people who believe that government creates jobs and that innovation automatically occurs once government cuts a subsidy check. When the latest recession struck, Washington decided not to enlist the army of innovators and entrepreneurs to lead us back to prosperity by making their economic lives easier. Instead, policymakers embraced a more than $1 trillion governmentdirected economic stimulus
program. If Oklahoma wants to continue to enjoy a low unemployment rate — and if the national administration seriously wants to energize the economy, lawmakers at every level of government would be wise to continue to develop policies with primarily private-sector job creation — i.e. entrepreneurship — in mind. Tina Korbe is policy impact director at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. Previously, she was associate editor at HotAir.com and a staff writer at The Heritage Foundation. This post was originally published at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs blog, InterAlia. This post was promoted from GreenRoom to HotAir.com. To see the comments on the original post, look here. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
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DNC2012: The Comcast / MSNBC convention
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despite torrential rains, fivehundred convention-goers got soaking wet in order to watch a Submitted at 9/8/2012 7:01:39 AM taping of MSNBC’s Hardball with posted at 8:01 am on September Chris Matthews. 8, 2012 by Jazz Shaw MSNBC’s branded swag — pins, So who were the top stars of the coffee cups and tote bags — are D e m o c r a t s ’ b i g s h i n d i g i n “ubiquitous collectors’ items for Charlotte this week? The easy delegates,” the reporters said. The answers would be the President, p a p e r a l s o n o t e s t h a t t h e the First Lady, or maybe Bill networks’ promotional posters Clinton. Depending on your and banners around and within the perspective, maybe Joe Biden was arena are so “ostentatious” that the most anticipated speaker, if even MSNBC personality Willie only for the humor. But for the Geist reportedly compared them fans on the scene, the real stars to “North Korean propaganda.” could be the on air personalities of Perhaps this shouldn’t come as a M S N B C a n d t h e i r p a r e n t huge surprise. As with most company Comcast. things in the world of politics, you “Network, party and partisan n e e d t o f o l l o w t h e m o n e y . m o m e n t h a v e c o l l i d e d , Comcast employees are, as a felicitously, in Charlotte,” the g r o u p , o n e o f t h e b i g g e s t paper reports. “MSNBC’s on-air contributors to Barack Obama and personalities are mobbed in the the DNC. street, snarling pedestrian traffic.” Employees of media giant “Sure, the events here in Charlotte Comcast have contributed more are a national celebration of the money to President Obama’s D e m o c r a t i c P a r t y a n d i t s reelection bid than employees presidential nominee,” the report from any other organization, continues, “but in many ways, it’s according to a new analysis of the MSNBC Convention.” Federal Election Commission data Reporters Ashley Parker and by the Center for Responsive Michael Barbaro document how Politics.
Comcast employees contributed nearly $80,000 directly to Obama for America and roughly $200,000 to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint account benefitting both the Obama campaign and Democratic National Committee, through the first half of 2011 records show. There’s a pretty cozy relationship going on there, as the linked ABC article details. You can get personal meetings with the President – or any elected official, really – if you dump enough money into the pot. Open Secrets has the full details of Comcast contributions. But perhaps one of the most obvious and potentially embarrassing examples comes from the broadcast news coverage itself. The video below is from Joe Scarborough’s show on MSNBC from Friday morning when the new jobs numbers came out. Disclosure: I watch Morning Joe pretty much every day and enjoy Joe’s exchanges with people from both sides of the aisle. But knowing what we know now about exactly how the unemployment rate managed to
drop, this is pretty sad. “This is good news for the president. 96,000 new jobs… nonfarm jobs, it has dropped from 8.3% to 8.1%. Ladies and gentlemen, what you call that is a tailwind.” Chuck Todd attempted to jump in at that point and note that “less than 100K jobs” is hardly anything to be crowing about, but the live-set audience was already drowning out the speakers with chants of “FOUR MORE YEARS.” Really? You want four more years of the labor force shrinking and failing to create enough jobs to hold even with the population growth rate? Well… OK then! Party on, dudes! 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.
• Aug. 30, 2012: Actor Clint Eastwood talks to an empty chair during his address to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. (AP) LOS ANGELES – Clint Eastwood said the idea to use an empty seat as a prop at the Republican National Convention was a spur-of-the-moment decision when someone backstage asked him if he wanted to sit down. In his first interview since he attended the convention to pledge his support for Mitt Romney, Eastwood told the Carmel Pine Cone, a small California weekly newspaper, that his speech was not only unscripted, it was pretty much spontaneous. "There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down," Eastwood told the newspaper, which published the article Friday. "When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I'll just put the stool out there and I'll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn't keep all of the promises he made to everybody." Eastwood's peculiar, sometimes EASTWOOD page 43
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FAA Warned About Voting GOP?
"I would not be able to quote Mr. Hickey (sic) exact words but what I took out of it was, if the conservative (Republicans) gain • Reuters control of congress then the FAA could be looking (at) as much as a Two federal agency supervisors 15% cut in budget and we (may) allegedly warned employees be looking at furloughs. If the earlier this year that a Republican liberal Democrats take control of takeover in Washington could congress then we would be threaten their jobs -- comments looking at a flat budget," the that some workers apparently took email said. "In short if the as guidance on "how to vote" and Republicans win office our jobs that one group claims may have may be (affected) ... if the violated federal law. Democrats win office then our Nonprofit watchdog Cause of jobs would not be (affected)." Action wrote a letter Wednesday The recipient of that email then a s k i n g t h e D e p a r t m e n t o f relayed the account, and others, to Transportation's inspector general apparent higher-ups at the FAA. to launch a probe into the He said, "there seems to be some incident, involving senior officials energy within the office as a with the Federal Aviation reaction to Mr. Hickey's, Administration. The incident inappropriate at best, comments occurred in May during a meeting and more than a few employees at the FAA's Seattle office, took umbrage that a person in according to the letter. such an elevated position in the E m a i l s o b t a i n e d b y agency would make those FoxNews.com show one FAA r e m a r k s . employee recalling what John "My understanding is that more H i c k e y , d e p u t y a s s o c i a t e than one employee's perception administrator for aviation safety, w a s t h a t M r . H i c k e y w a s said at the meeting. essentially telling them how to
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vote if they wanted to keep their job," he wrote. Cause of Action claims the FAA's Office of Special Counsel is already investigating, adding that Raymond Towles, deputy director of flight standards field operations, is also being looked at over similar comments at the May meeting. The Cause of Action letter requesting an IG investigation expressed concern that the comments may have violated the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from partisan political activity. An FAA spokesman said in a statement Wednesday that the agency would cooperate with any review. "The FAA takes Hatch Act violation allegations very seriously and will cooperate fully with any review of the allegations," the spokesman said. Dan Epstein, executive director of Cause of Action, called the alleged incident an "egregious abuse of power for political gain." "These career employees were led to believe their jobs were at risk if
their political support did not line up with the agenda of the administration," he said. A representative with the FAA has not yet responded to a request for comment on the incident. • Print • Email • Share • Comments • Recommend • Tweet Related Video FAA employees pressured to vote for Obama? Share This Article Newsletter Signup Sign up for free e-mail news alerts from FoxNews.com and FoxBusiness.com. Newsletter Signup This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.
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Christian Pastor Freed After 3 Years in Iranian Jail
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• An undated photograph circulated by religious rights organizations shows Youcef Nadarkhani and his family. Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who was originally sentenced to death in his native country for his Christian faith, was acquitted of apostasy charges and released from custody. Nadarkhani, 32, was imprisoned for three years and waiting execution for refusing to renounce his Christian faith. His charges were lowered to evangelizing to Muslims, which carried a threeyear sentence. He was released with time served, according to the American Center for Law and Justice, a Washington-based watchdog group that had been campaigning for the pastor's release. "Today our sources in Iran reported that Pastor Youcef was acquitted of apostasy and released from prison. After languishing in prison for almost three years, he has been reunited with his family," Jordan Sekulow, executive director of ACLJ said in a statement to FoxNews.com. "While we are working on confirming the exact details of his
release, some sources report that the court alternatively convicted Pastor Youcef of evangelizing to Muslims, sentencing him to three years and granting him time served. Pastor Youcef’s story is an example of how the world can join together to ensure that justice is served and freedom preserved." Nadarkhani was originally called to Saturday's hearing to answer to "charges brought against him," leading to speculation that the new charges from the Iranian
Supreme Court could be for a security-based crime, a charge often handed down to cover-up prisoners being held and sentenced on faith-based charges. "While we praise the release of Pastor Youcef, we must recognize that Iran felt obligated to save face among its people and continue its pattern of suppressing religious freedom with intimidation tactics," Tiffany Barrans, a legal director for ACLJ said to FoxNews.com.
"International attention to this matter saved this man's life, but we must not forget the human right of freedom of religion includes the right to freedom of expression." Nadarkhani's attorney, who also has been jailed, maintained that the married father of two faced execution because he refused to renounce his religion. An Iranian diplomat told a United Nations panel earlier this year that Nadarkhani would not be
executed. According to Sharia law, an apostate has three days to recant. The pastor refused to do so and sources close to the matter say executions in Iran can happen at any time, often without notice. The court is reportedly seeking the opinion of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Islamic republic's spiritual leader and highest authority, according to AFP. CHRISTIAN page 43
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Mole hack? 30,000 computers of world's biggest oil company hit
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Palestinians gather around the wrecked car which was targeted by an Israeli missile strike in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip (AFP Photo) Insiders are thought to have facilitated the cyber-attack on the world’s largest oil company, says a probe. The group behind the hack on state-run Saudi Aramco claim the attack is revenge for “crimes and atrocities” by the Saudi government. -"It was someone who had inside knowledge and inside privileges within the company," a source familiar with investigation told Reuters. The Shamoon virus spread through the company’s computer network last month, wiping the data from at least 30,000 computers, in one of the most destructive cyber-attacks on a single business in history. Saudi Aramco said the damage
was confined to office computers and had not had a detrimental effect on technical operations. Hackivist group The Cutting Sword of Justice claimed responsibility for the attack on the company. They issued a statement saying that the attack was politically motivated and revenge for the“crimes and atrocities” committed by the Saudi Arabian government. The previously unknown hacker organization also said that they had obtained classified documents from the hack and threatened to release them, although thus far nothing has been published. Saudi Aramco has not made any comments regarding its ongoing investigation into the mass hack, refraining from speculating on what it called“rumors and conjecture.” “This was not the first nor will it be the last illegal attempt to intrude into our systems, and we will ensure that we will further reinforce our systems with all
available means to protect against a recurrence of this type of cyberattack,” said the company’s chief executive Mr. al-Falih. He went on to say “not a single drop of oil was lost and no critical systems were harmed. Uncommonly ‘destructive’ The virus in question, known as Shamoon, is not a sophisticated cyber weapon designed for highlevel insurgency. It is used to attack ordinary business computers. “Based on initial reporting and analysis of the malware, no evidence exists that Shamoon specifically targets industrial control systems components or US government agencies,” the Department of Homeland Security’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team said in an August 29 advisory. Once the Shamoon virus has infiltrated a computer network it attempts to infect every computer before erasing all of their data.
rambling conversation with an imaginary President Barack Obama in an empty chair set the blogosphere and social media ablaze. His appearance was intended to be a ringing “We don’t normally see threats endorsement for Romney, but the that are so destructive, it’s esteemed 82-year-old actor and probably been 10 years since we director opened himself up to saw something so destructive,” ridicule. said Liam O Murchu from Eastwood said he achieved what computer security firm Symantec. he set out to do and got across Repression and marginalization three points. Saudi Arabia saw a number of "That not everybody in protests across the country Hollywood is on the left, that recently with the country’s Shia Obama has broken a lot of the Muslim minority protesting promises he made when he took against discrimination from the office, and that the people should ruling Sunni monarchs. feel free to get rid of any The Shia protests were triggered politician who's not doing a good last year in March when the Saudi job," Eastwood said. "But I didn't government sent troops to make up my mind exactly what I neighboring Bahrain to was going to say until I said it." crackdown on Shia protesters. Eastwood's longtime manager, Bahrain is also ruled by a Sunni Leonard Hirshan, told The Muslim monarchy. Associated Press he was not This entry passed through the aware of the Pine Cone Full-Text RSS service — if this is newspaper article. "You're telling your content and you're reading it me something for the first time," on someone else's site, please read he said. Hirshan stressed that as a the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentmanager, he wouldn't necessarily only/faq.php#publishers. Five know about Eastwood's dealings Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go EASTWOOD page 44 To Work.
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The ACLJ worked with the State Department to try to win Nadarkhani's freedom, and the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution earlier this year condemning his imprisonment and calling for his immediate release. Nearly 3
million people have voiced support for Nadarkhani on Twitter through the "Tweet for Youcef" campaign. • Print • Email • Share • Comments
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Mind-controlled legs give paralyzed people hope of walking again
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signals fed into a computer. "This nding represents the rst Submitted at 9/8/2012 7:33:07 AM successful demonstration of a Screenshot from YouTube video, Brain-Computer Interface (BCI)uploaded by UCIBCI user on July c o n t r o l l e d l o w e r e x t r e m i t y 7, 2012(2.2Mb) embed video prosthesis for independent Wheelchair-bound paralyzed ambulation," the science, research patients have been given a ray of and technology news website hope – they can be returned to Phys.org quotes the researchers as physical activity via a robotic leg stating. prosthesis controlled by the brain, In previous work, they developed which has been successfully a way of using EEG signals to t e s t e d b y a t e a m o f U S control the walking motion of an researchers. avatar in a virtual reality -The medical team from the e n v i r o n m e n t . University of California campus The patient then was able to in Irvine, together with the Long alternate between 30-second bouts Beach Veterans Affairs Medical of sitting and walking via the C e n t e r i n C a l i f o r n i a , h a s power of robotic legs alone, for a succeeded in connecting a mind- total of 10 minutes. computer interface to a robotic The data was used to generate an leg, which will give a chance of EEG prediction model for online walking again to patients with BCI operation. A commercial spinal cord injuries. robotic gait orthosis system was The team built and successfully interfaced with the BCI computer tested a prosthetic lower limb that to allow for computerized control. can be controlled in real time by The legs were solely controlled electroencephalogram (EEG) by the patient’s mind, without
slow physical walk-arounds built into current robotic prostheses, and allowing the device to be used by even the fully paralyzed. Fearing that the legs would be hard to master by a patient unused to working with brain-computer interfaces, the medical team asked the patient to practice mindcontrolling a computerized "walking avatar" for five hours before donning the legs. This gave the subject time to familiarize him or herself with the device and within three trials he or she was ready to “go”. The video shows a stroke patient using BCI-controlled electrical stimulation to mitigate foot drop. The device, currently called the "BCI RoGO (robotic gait orthosis), System", is still in the early stages of testing and is not without shortcomings, according to the Huffington Post. For example, it takes five seconds to start walking and seven seconds to stop, which may
be inconvenient for a walker on a busy street. The device has been taught how to recognize when the owner wants to start and stop walking, but it doesn't yet recognize other things, like turning, sitting or standing. There were also some “false starts" – when the system began walking without the owner’s mental command. The team is currently getting ready for their next step – to "test their system in individuals with paraplegia." 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.
with the media. The actor has no publicist. While Eastwood said his presentation was "very unorthodox," that was his intent from the outset and he had plenty of people giving him advice on what to say. "Everybody had advice for me, except the janitor," Eastwood said. Eastwood said he was told to speak for five minutes but he said it was difficult to gauge time and there weren't any signals or cues telling him to wrap up. Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, later came backstage to thank him. "They were very enthusiastic, and we were all laughing," Eastwood said. Eastwood, who stars in the upcoming movie "Trouble with the Curve," maintains Obama doesn't deserve a second term as president. "President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people," Eastwood said. "Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that's what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle." • Print • Email • Share • Comments • Recommend • Tweet EASTWOOD page 45
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Google Maps creation put under the microscope, reveals a human touch
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how the sausage gets made, but we're willing to make an exception for Google Maps. Talking to The Atlantic, Google has revealed just how much the human element figures into all that collected satellite imagery and road data. Many pieces of terrain information are tested and modified against what Google calls Ground Truth: actual driving, alternate sources and sign photos automatically extracted from Street View runs. Google isn't just making the occasional correction, either. Mapping a country can take hundreds of staff plugging away at the company's Atlas tool, even before we get a crack with Google Map Maker. The combination of man and machine helps explain why Google Maps is one of the most Sarah Silbert (Engadget) white. accurate sources of location The Novo 7 Crystal will be WiFi- information on Earth -- although Submitted at 9/8/2012 9:17:00 AM only (802.11n), though there's the firm does have some catching Chinese tablet maker Ainol is room for a 3G modem on board, up to do in space. stepping up from its ICS-running a n d c o n n e c t i o n s i n c l u d e a Filed under: GPS, Internet, Alt Novo 7 to the Novo 7 Crystal, a microSD card slot, mini-USB port Google Maps creation put under new dual-core 1.5GHz model and mini-HDMI. Notebook Italia the microscope, reveals a human running Jelly Bean for $139. says the Crystal will start shipping touch originally appeared on Below the hood is an Amlogic on September 28th, though we've Engadget on Sat, 08 Sep 2012 8726-M6 Cortex A9 processor, a yet to see any official word on 05:37:00 EDT. Please see our Mali 400 GPU, 1GB of RAM and availability. Click through to the terms for use of feeds. Permalink| 8GB of internal storage. The 7- source links for more details. The Atlantic| Email this| inch touchscreen display sports a Filed under: Tablets Comments 1,024 x 600 resolution, and Ainol Ainol releasing dual-core Novo 7 chose an IPS panel for wide Crystal tablet: Jelly Bean and an viewing angles -- that's not IPS display for $139 originally exactly common for a tab in this appeared on Engadget on Sat, 08 price range. The whole package Sep 2012 09:17:00 EDT. Please weighs 0.72 pounds (328 grams) see our terms for use of feeds. a n d m e a s u r e s 0 . 4 i n c h e s Permalink Notebook Italia| Ainol, (11.2mm) thick, and the tablet Ainol (2)| Email this| Comments will be available in black and
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