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Eurozone Unemployment Is Currently Hitting Record Highs - Gather.com
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the Eurozone crisis has yet to pass. Submitted at 10/2/2012 6:38:25 PM The European Central Bank plan According to an article published to introduce a bond buying by the Business Insider, the program to essentially put caps on overall unemployment in the 17 the yields of various government nations that share the single bonds, (so that the cost of European currency was 11.4 borrowing money would not percent in June and July after the increase too quickly for member figures were revised upwards. states) left many hoping that the These levels of joblessness that worst of the European economic have been unprecedented since contractions, and the effect they Eurozone jobless claims started h a d o n t h e g r e a t e r w o r l d being tracked in 1995. Although economy, would be on the there is a large discrepancy horizon. The new ECB target for b e t w e e n n a t i o n s s u c h a s 0.40 percent economic growth is a Germany, which enjoys a jobless pretty clear signal that these hopes rate of 5.6 percent, and nations were in vain, as a contraction like Spain, which is suffering with within the EU economy will a rate of 23 percent, the data u n d o u b t a b l y h a v e n e g a t i v e seems to indicate that the worst of repercussions all over the world. [unable to retrieve full-text content] [unable to retrieve full-text content]

famously noted, the budget deficits of nations like Greece, Spain, and Italy are at levels that make it incredibly difficult to prescribe any more spending. What the U.S. can learn from this massive amount of economic suffering is that when austerity measures can be avoided in times of global economic distress it is advised not to inflict such measures upon itself. If the markets demonstrate confidence The unemployment situation in that the U.S. will be able to pay the EU is incredibly complicated, back money that it borrows to because although the mass create economic relief, then that unemployment has a painful money borrowed would be a very human cost, and recessions are reasonable and shrewd notoriously the worst time to investment. Please provide details implement austerity measures as below to help Gather review this John Maynard Keynes so content. If it is found to be [unable to retrieve full-text content] [unable to retrieve full-text content]

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US Is Tracking Killers in Attack on Libya Mission - New York Times
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decisions have been made on any potential targets. Spokesmen for the Defense Department and C.I.A. declined to Submitted at 10/2/2012 8:05:54 PM WASHINGTON — The United comment. States is laying the groundwork The preparations underscore the for operations to kill or capture bind confronting the White House militants implicated in the deadly over the Benghazi attack. Mr. attack on a diplomatic mission in Obama has vowed to bring the L i b y a , s e n i o r m i l i t a r y a n d killers to justice, and in the final counterterrorism officials said w e e k s o f t h e p r e s i d e n t i a l Tuesday, as the weak Libyan campaign Republicans have government appears unable to hammered the administration over arrest or even question fighters the possible intelligence failures involved in the assault. Interactive that preceded the attack — Graphic including a new accusation that The top-secret Joint Special repeated requests for strengthened O p e r a t i o n s C o m m a n d i s security in Benghazi had been c o m p i l i n g s o - c a l l e d t a r g e t rejected. packages of detailed information But any American military action about the suspects, the officials o n L i b y a n s o i l w o u l d r i s k said. Working with the Pentagon casualties and almost certainly set and the C.I.A., the command is off a popular backlash at a preparing the dossiers as the first moment when gratitude for step in anticipation of possible American support in the revolt orders from President Obama to against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi take action against those has created a measure of determined to have played a role appreciation for the United States in the attack on a diplomatic in the region. mission in the eastern city of Reflecting a surge in nationalism, Benghazi that killed Ambassador the Libyan government has J. Christopher Stevens and three opposed any unilateral American colleagues three weeks ago. military action in Libya against Potential military options could the attackers. “We will not accept include drone strikes, Special anyone entering inside Libya,” Operations raids like the one that Mustafa Abu Shagur, Libya’s new killed Osama bin Laden and joint prime minister, told the Al Jazeera missions with Libyan authorities. television network. “That would But administration officials say no infringe on sovereignty and we

American diplomatic mission “on the shelf” and ready for some time just in case, as one official put it. Then, the officials said, reports of the breach of the United States Embassy in Cairo, on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks provided the impetus. will refuse.” At the same time, the Libyan In the hours after the Benghazi government still depends almost attack, the American official said, entirely on autonomous local s p y a g e n c i e s i n t e r c e p t e d militias to act as the police, electronic communications from complicating any effort to detain Ansar al Shariah fighters bragging the most obvious suspects. Libyan to an operative with Al Qaeda in a n d A m e r i c a n o f f i c i a l s the Islamic Maghreb, an Algerian acknowledge the possibility that insurgency that has made itself a some of the perpetrators may have namesake of the global terrorist fled the country, perhaps across group founded by Osama bin Laden. Another intercept captured the porous southern border. “It is a kind of hypocrisy really,” cellphone conversations by said Fathi Baja, a liberal former militants on the grounds of the member of the Transitional smoldering American Mission in National Council from Benghazi. Benghazi that suggested links to, D e s p i t e p r o m i s e s o f s w i f t or sympathies for, the regional r e t r i b u t i o n , h e s a i d , t h e Qaeda group. government had not taken any In Benghazi, Ansar al Shariah’s steps to confront or interrogate role in the attack has been an open those most widely believed to secret since it began. The group’s leaders had boasted of their ability bear responsibility. Both American counterterrorism to flatten the United States officials and Benghazi residents Mission compound. Witnesses are increasingly focused on the saw trucks emblazoned with the local militant group Ansar al logo of their brigade at the scene, Shariah as the main force behind f i g h t e r s w h o a s s a u l t e d t h e the attack. Counterterrorism compound acknowledged their officials in Washington say they affiliation with the group and now believe that Ansar al Shariah witnesses saw their faces. Some had a rough attack plan for the Libyan guards at the compound

saw them close up, and injured attackers were then treated at local hospitals. Although in the immediate aftermath of the attack Libyan officials issued conflicting and unverifiable reports about arrests, the Libyan government has never identified anyone detained, and in recent days officials have declined repeated requests to provide any details. Members of the new national congress, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the continuing investigation, acknowledged with frustration on Tuesday that Ansar al Shariah members had not been questioned and remain at large. Mustafa el-Sagizli, a senior official in the transitional government and an officer in one of Benghazi’s main militias, the February 17 Brigade, said the government had detained a few looters. But he said he did not believe anyone had been detained in connection with the attack itself. “It was a mess,” he said, “and it was hard to tell who did it.” Leaders of the large militias that provide the only law enforcement in Benghazi all say they are awaiting further evidence or formal orders before any move to TRACKING page 7

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Published: October 2, 2012 7:16 PM By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Photo credit: AP | Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, accompanied by Sen. Rob Portman, R- Ohio, shakes hands with a worker as he makes an unscheduled stop at a Chipotle restaurant in Denver. (Oct. 2, 2012) DENVER - Offering deficitcutting ideas before his first debate with President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney says he might be willing to reduce income tax deductions used by millions of families for home mortgage interest and health care costs. He suggested the changes could be part of a plan that includes a 20 percent cut in tax rates across the board, continuation of upper income tax cuts that Obama wants to end and a comprehensive tax overhaul plan that the Republican presidential contender has so far declined to flesh out in detail. Romney says his overall plans would invigorate the slowly recovering U.S. economy. Both Romney and Obama spent their time mostly in private on Tuesday, preparing for the debate, the president in Henderson, Nev.,

near Las Vegas, Romney already in Denver where the faceoff will take place Wednesday at 9 p.m. EDT. Neither held public campaign events, but Obama took a break from preparation to visit nearby Hoover Dam, and Romney picked up lunch at a Chipotle Mexican Grill near his hotel. PHOTOS: Obama through the years| Romney through the years MORE: Search local contributions| Latest election news In an interview Monday night with Denver TV station KDVR, Romney said, "As an option you could say everybody's going to get up to a $17,000 deduction. And you could use your charitable deduction, your home mortgage deduction, or others — your health care deduction, and you can fill that bucket, if you will, that $17,000 bucket that way. And higher income people might have a lower number." A Romney adviser said changes in other areas — a taxpayer's personal exemption and the deduction or credit for health care — would also be taken into account if deductions were limited as Romney suggested. Combining changes to those two areas with the limit on deductions would maintain Romney's goal of keeping tax burdens the same for wealthy and middle income

taxpayers, the adviser said. On another controversial subject, in a separate local interview ahead of the debate, Romney told The Denver Post that he would honor the temporary permission the Obama administration has granted to many young illegal immigrants to allow them to stay in the country. Obama announced in June that he would prevent deportation for some children brought to the United States by illegal immigrant parents. Applicants must not have a serious criminal record and must meet other requirements, such as graduating from high school or serving in the U.S. military. Romney had previously refused to say if he would retain the policy if he won the election. He granted the interviews as he and Obama looked ahead to the debate, the first of three they will hold before Election Day on Nov. 6. The debates, expected to draw a huge nationwide audience, takes place with most polls showing Obama slightly ahead both nationally and in the battleground states expected to settle the election. Away from Denver, the campaign pressed ahead Tuesday on TV airwaves, in courts and in local election officials' offices across the states.

The Romney-supporting independent group Crossroads GPS launched an $11 million, 10day ad campaign in eight swing states. Its new ad criticizes Obama's assertion that unemployment would fall if Congress passed his proposed stimulus law. The national unemployment rate still stands above 8 percent. In Pennsylvania, meanwhile, a judge struck down a muchdebated voter identification law, a victory for state Democrats who argued that it would prevent many minorities and elderly people from voting. The judge, Robert Simpson, wrote that he was concerned by the state's stumbling efforts to create a photo ID that would be easily accessible to voters. Pennsylvania, while long considered a battleground state, has backed Democrats in presidential elections for decades, and Romney has trailed Obama in polls there. On another voter-eligibility matter, Romney's campaign has sent letters to election officials in Wisconsin, Mississippi and Vermont asking that the deadline for receiving ballots from military and overseas voters be extended. In Denver, in his comments on taxes, Romney also cited the tax plan included in the SimpsonBowles deficit commission

recommendations as a possible course. That plan calls for reducing the top income tax rates. To pay for that, the plan would eliminate or reduce many popular tax breaks, including deductions for charitable donations and mortgage interest. While Romney did not commit to making any specific changes, saying he would work with Congress, his suggestions were more specific than those he had offered in the past and provided a new window into his thinking on the subject. In the spring, Romney told donors that he would consider eliminating home mortgage deductions for second homes. That conversation, behind closed doors, was overheard by reporters standing on a private sidewalk. The numbers are important because Romney has said that he will lower tax rates across the board without reducing government revenue. He also says he wants wealthy Americans to continue to shoulder the same share of the tax burden as they do today. One way to make the numbers add up would be to adjust tax deductions and exemptions. Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul insisted his plan still MITT page 7

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U.S. had early indications Libya attack tied to organized militants
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The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames during a protest by an armed group in this file photo taken September 11, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori/ Files By Mark Hosenball and Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON| Tue Oct 2, 2012 8:55pm EDT (Reuters) - Within hours of last month's attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, President Barack Obama's administration received about a dozen intelligence reports suggesting militants connected to al Qaeda were involved, three government sources said. Despite these reports, in public statements and private meetings, top U.S. officials spent nearly two weeks highlighting intelligence suggesting that the attacks were spontaneous protests against an anti-Muslim film, while playing down the involvement of organized militant groups. It was not until last Friday that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's office issued an unusual public statement, which described how the picture that intelligence agencies presented to U.S. policymakers had "evolved" into an acknowledgement that the

attacks were "deliberate and organized" and "carried out by extremists." The existence of the early reports appears to raise fresh questions about the Obama administration's public messaging about the attack as it seeks to fend off Republican charges that the White House failed to prevent a terrorist strike that left a U.S. ambassador and three others dead. "What we're seeing now is the picture starting to develop that it wasn't a problem with the intelligence that was given, it's what they did with the intelligence that they were given," Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, said in an interview on Tuesday. "This picture is still a little fuzzy but it is starting to come into focus and it appears that there were, very early on, some indications that there was jihadist participation in the event," he said. The Obama administration has strongly defended its public accounts of what happened in Benghazi, and said its understanding has evolved as additional information came in. "At every step of the way, the administration has based its public statements on the best

assessments that were provided by the intelligence community. As the intelligence community learned more information, they updated Congress and the American people on it," said White House spokesman Jay Carney. Some officials said U.S. spy agencies tried to avoid drawing premature conclusions about how the violence began and who organized it. "Unless you have very good reports that strongly suggest who was behind the attack for sure, it is prudent to be careful, because placing emphasis publicly, even tentatively, on any one group or groups too soon can lead everyone down the wrong path," said one official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Republicans have sought to make the shifting stories told by administration officials about the attack, and inadequate security precautions at the U.S. diplomatic site in Libya, a major issue in the presidential campaign leading up to the November 6 election. Two House Republicans said they would hold Congress' first hearing on the matter on October 10. CIA TALKING POINTS The stream of intelligence flowing into Washington within hours of the Benghazi attacks

contained data from communications intercepts and U.S. informants, which were then fashioned into polished initial assessments for policymakers. Officials familiar with them said they contained evidence that members of a militant faction, Ansar al-Sharia, as well as al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, were involved in the assaults. The report did not allege the attacks were a reaction to the antiMuslim film, but acknowledged it was possible that the attackers sought to use an outbreak of violence in Cairo over the film, which insulted the Prophet Mohammad, as a pretext for attacks. One official said initial reporting suggested militants had begun planning attacks on U.S. targets in Benghazi before September 11, but may well have decided to use the protests as a pretext for moving forward that day. Reuters reported on September 12, citing U.S. government officials, that the attacks may have been planned and organized in advance, and that members of Ansar al-Sharia and AQIM may have been involved. Yet on September 15, administration officials, relying upon what they said was other information from intelligence

agencies, circulated to members of Congress a set of talking points prepared by the CIA that purported to summarize what U.S. intelligence knew. The talking points said: "The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi and subsequently its annex." The document then noted that "There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations." It contained no further elaboration. The talking points reflected information that White House officials and Congress were given in closed-door intelligence briefings in the days immediately after the attacks. In one such session, CIA director David Petraeus used lines which paralleled the talking points. "It seems increasingly clear that the briefings provided to Congress and the public about the Benghazi attack were at best incomplete and at worst misleading," Senator Saxby Chambliss, the Republican vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told Reuters. U.S. page 8

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Caminata in Caracas
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proclaimed that all was well in the country. Later in the day RCTV, Venezuela’s leading television channel before being shut down Submitted at 10/2/2012 4:47:00 PM Henrique Capriles throws his cap by Chavez, tweeted sardonically, into a crowd of supporters Sept. “Chavez is looking for people to 30. Courtesy of John R. Thomson fill the streets, while Capriles is CARACAS– Sunday marked the looking for streets to put the culmination of Henrique Capriles people”. R a d o n s k i ´ s s u r p r i s i n g l y Contrary to the politicians on the successful insurgent campaign to government’s own channel, all is oust autocrat Hugo Chavez from far from well in the country. the presidency of Venezuela. Venezuela’s economic and social With a week to go before voting trials are unprecedented in the next Sunday, October 7, Spanish country’s history. Inflation newspaper ABC estimated more averaging more than 25 percent one million Capriles supporters annually for the last four years has staged a caminata, walking eight raised havoc with citizens and the miles, or in many cases further, to commercial sector. The nation’s hear their candidate make a economic lifeline, state-owned oil rousing 35 minute speech in the company PDVSA, is pumping 33 country’s capital city. percent less oil than 10 years ago, The day was picture-perfect for a despite having the second largest political demonstration: 75 proven petroleum reserves in the degrees; bright, nearly cloudless world. Six million of Venezuela’s skies; virtually no traffic. 29 million citizens are either Candidate Capriles stood on the unemployed or squeezing out a back of a five-ton truck as it below-poverty-line living as inched its way through the crowd m e m b e r s o f t h e s o - c a l l e d to a specially constructed dais at “ i n f o r m a l w o r k f o r c e ” . the end of Avenida Bolivar. Twenty percent of the population E x c i t e d s u p p o r t e r s c h a n t e d have no reliable drinking water; slogans as their hero delighted in poor facilities maintenance has throwing the campaign´s national resulted in frequent brown-outs flag inspired gorras[baseball caps] and black-outs across the country; to them in all directions. the security situation is so bad that At the same time in nearby a majority of citizens, when Bolivar Plaza, a discretely small polled, fear going out of their crowd of perhaps 500 watched homes after dark [violent crime is outdoor interviews of a series of highest in the poverty-stricken Chavez government officials by a barrios– among the people always lady commentator on state-owned considered Hugo Chavez´s core VTV television, all of whom c o n s t i t u e n c y ] . C o r r u p t i o n ,

considered by economists a key factor in impeding economic development and a significant factor throughout Latin America, is pandemic throughout government and the private sector. All this, despite Chavez having vigorously pursued his neverending Bolivarian Revolution for nearly 14 years as president. Little wonder Hugo Chavez faces the first major test of his popularity, a test many observers believe he will fail on Election Day. Today´s massive popular demonstration for Henrique Capriles is very possibly the largest ever in the region, and certainly in Venezuela. But it is far from the first mass demonstration of support. For the last eight weeks, huge crowds have formed wherever he has campaigned. Winning is nothing new to Capriles. In January 1999, aged 26, he was elected Vice President of Venezuela’s National Assembly, later becoming the youngest assembly President in its history. He went on to winning elections as mayor of Baruta and governor of Miranda state. Last February in a national primary to select the presidential candidate of the United Democratic Movement [MUD], organized to present a single opposition contender, Capriles won an exceptional 64 percent of the three million votes cast, in a field of five well-known

candidates. In his speech from a specially constructed dais at the end of Avenida Bolivar, broadcast live on the country’s only independent TV channel, Globovision, but ignored by VTV, Capriles both attacked Chavez’ vaunted program for the future and summarized his own. Most dramatic was his running a list of failed and incomplete projects by the Chavez regime. Under the title “El Gobierno No Pudo” [the government couldn´t deliver], underscoring in every case repeatedly promised and badly needed projects: construction of badly needed housing, repair of badly maintained roads and construction of new roads and bridges, creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs, establishment of needed green areas, building of specialist hospitals and creation of a new university. During the speech, we noticed one particularly biting handlettered sign nearby ¨¿Te imaginas 6 años mas de esto? Tu decides!¨ [Can you imagine six years more of this? You decide!] Something very different in Venezuelan politics occurred at the end of Henrique Capriles´ speech. Having stood alone while speaking, as contrasted with Chavez always being surrounded by innumerable bodyguards, the 40 year old bachelor’s mother climbed up on the dais and embraced her son. The crowd roared its approval, as for more

than 15 minutes mother and son waved and threw countless more campaign caps into the throng. During the campaign, Capriles has visited more than 270 cities and towns around the country, with Chavez traveling to no more than 65. Observers believe the difference may be linked to renewed illness for the president, who in June had assured his countrymen that his cancer was in total remission. It will be interesting to see what happens at a Chavez caminata in Caracas on Thursday. How big will the crowds be – it is rumored that government workers will be given the day off? How will the president appear – recent photos reveal an overweight, listless Hugo Chavez? More important, who will win the contest on October 7 — and what will the consequences be, not only for Venezuelans but also for the United States´ most important foreign petroleum provider? Geopolitical analyst and former diplomat John R. Thomson focuses on the developing world. Former Venezuelan career Ambassador Norman Pino De Lion is a frequent contributor to leading Venezuelan newspaper El Universal. 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/contentCAMINATA page 7

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Chinese firm sues Obama for blocking wind farm near drone site
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Tuesday, Ralls Corp alleges Obama exceeded his power by dictating the terms of the sale, by By Rachelle Younglai allowing the government to WASHINGTON| Tue Oct 2, i n s p e c t a l l a s p e c t s o f i t s 2012 8:42pm EDT operations, and by not treating the (Reuters) - A small Chinese firm firm equally as required by law. has sued President Barack Obama The lawsuit comes in the final for squashing its bid to build wind weeks of the U.S. presidential farms close to a naval training campaign, during which Obama's site, but experts say the suit is Republican rival, Mitt Romney, long shot for a firm that greatly has accused the president of not underestimated U.S. suspicions pushing back against China's trade about Chinese intentions. and investment practices. Ralls Corp, which is owned by Obama's order followed a two Chinese nationals, was r e c o m m e n d a t i o n f r o m t h e installing wind turbines close to Committee on Foreign Investment the training site in Oregon, which, in the United States (CFIUS), an according to the facility's web inter-agency group headed up by site, is used to test unmanned the Treasury secretary that drones - a highly sensitive and evaluates the national security prized U.S. technology. risks of foreign investments in The U.S. Navy says the training U.S. companies or operations. site's airspace is also the only Ralls Corp initially sued CFIUS restricted area in western United in September for ordering the States where fighter jets conduct company to halt operations training maneuvers at high speed temporarily while the committee and very low altitudes. completed its probe and made its Obama put the brakes on the recommendation to Obama. project last week and ordered Its chances of winning the suit Ralls to sell off the four planned are slim given the president's wind farms due to national broad authority on national security risks, the first time since security matters and the fact that 1990 that a U.S. president has courts do not often second guess formally blocked a business the executive branch on security transaction or required a sale on issues, experts say. such grounds. Ralls Corp has until "It's a very, very difficult case," December 27 to comply. said Ivan Schlager, a partner with In its suit, made public on Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher &
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Flom, who is in charge of the firm's CFIUS practice. "The statute was crafted to give the president a great deal of discretion and authority to act to protect the national security interests of the United States." A Treasury spokeswoman said the administration believes the lawsuit has no merit and would defend its case vigorously. In issuing the rare presidential order, Obama said there was credible evidence that led him to believe that Ralls Corp and the Chinese Sany Group executives who own the company might take actions that posed a risk to U.S. security. The statement did not get into the specifics of the risk, but experts have said that the government was likely to have been wary of any potential for espionage. Ralls Corp said the government had not provided any evidence or explanation. MISSTEPS CFIUS experts said the deal was likely doomed from the start. They said Ralls Corp miscalculated by not asking CFIUS to review its plans to acquire wind-farm projects before closing the deal and embarking on plans to install turbines made in China by the closely held Sany Group. It is unclear whether Ralls Corp

studied previous cases in which CFIUS forced other Chinese companies to kill development plans because of their location or for failing to get CFIUS approval before closing a deal. Benjamin Powell, a former general counsel to the director of national intelligence and now a partner at the WilmerHale law firm, said companies could face a more difficult review process if they did not notify CFIUS of a transaction that might raise national security issues. In 2009, CFIUS forced the Chinese-owned Nonferrous International Investment Company to backtrack on a proposal to buy Nevada-based Firstgold, whose properties were close to a naval air station. And in 2011, Chinese telecom maker Huawei had to relinquish plans to buy some assets from U.S. server technology firm 3Leaf after CFIUS ordered Huawei to give up some parts of the deal. Huawei did not file paperwork with CFIUS on the deal, even though a few years earlier the panel had rejected another of its proposed deals because of national security concerns. Ralls Corp has also been slow to bring in U.S. firepower. It hired two high-profile lawyers - the George W. Bush administration's top lawyer Paul

Clement and former U.S. assistant attorney general Viet Dinh - only after CFIUS ordered the company to cease activity in August and months after the Navy expressed concerns that one of Ralls Corp's wind-farm projects was located within restricted airspace. The company's three other windfarm projects are located close to the training facility. According to court documents, the Navy said the company should be obliged to move the wind farm located in the restricted airspace to another spot, even though it had no authority to require the move. Hundreds of wind turbines are already located close to the Oregon training site, according to maps included in the court documents filed by Ralls Corp. The maps also show that a handful of turbines are already operating within the restricted airspace. (Reporting By Rachelle Younglai; Editing by Doina Chiacu and David Brunnstrom) 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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round up or bring in members of Ansar al Shariah. Privately, militia leaders complain that detaining Ansar al Shariah’s leaders and fighters could require a bloody confrontation. In an interview on Tuesday, Ibrahim el-Sharkasi, a top official of the Interior Ministry, said he had no knowledge of any detentions or interrogations. He insisted that a special judge had been appointed to lead the investigation. But he said he could not name the judge. And there have been no reports of such an appointment. Investigators from the F.B.I., meanwhile, remain in Tripoli, working in concert with other American government agencies from the well-guarded residential compound now serving as the United States Embassy and unable to travel to Benghazi because of security concerns. Moving ahead with a roster of potential targets, the military planners in Washington started by culling pre-existing lists of suspects that are continuously updated by the Joint Special Operations Command and the C.I.A. American officials say that since

the Benghazi attack, Special Operations planners have sharply increased their efforts to track the location and gather information on several members of Ansar al Shariah as well as other militants with ties to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. It is unclear precisely how many of the target packages are being prepared — perhaps a dozen or more. But military and counterterrorism officials said that Libyan authorities had helped by at least identifying suspected assailants based on witness accounts, video and other photographs from the scene. “They are putting together information on where these individuals live, who their family members and their associates are, and their entire pattern of life,” said one American official briefed on the planning. Intelligence officials are focusing on militants in Benghazi and eastern Libya, but they must also survey elsewhere because of the possibility that some have fled. And to help prioritize which militants to watch, the Pentagon has stepped up its use of surveillance drones flying over eastern Libya, collecting

electronic intercepts, imagery and other information that could help planners compile their target lists. “You need to be constantly updating and refining the information on the top targets so that when you get approval, you’re absolutely ready to take action,” said Rick Nelson, a former Special Operations planner who directs the homeland security and counterterrorism program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Eric Schmitt reported from Washington, and David D. Kirkpatrick from Tripoli, Libya. Suliman Ali Zway contributed reporting from Benghazi, Libya. 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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would cut taxes for middle income earners. "There are a range of policy options, Gov. Romney referenced one illustrative example, to achieve these goals," Saul said in an emailed statement. She did not mention any other options. Vice presidential nominees Joe Biden and Paul Ryan campaigned Tuesday in North Carolina and Iowa, respectively. Romney's campaign is looking to regain ground on Obama after falling further behind in battleground state polls in the wake of a video showing the Republican telling donors that 47 percent of Americans believe they are victims who are entitled to government assistance. A voter in Iowa asked Ryan about the exchange, and he acknowledged Romney's comments had muddied the political landscape. "Sometimes the point doesn't get made the right way," he said. Romney's interviews with Denver outlets were the last ones planned before he takes the stage Wednesday night. Moderator Jim Lehrer plans to focus on the economy, health care and the role of government. Romney's tax plans are likely to be one focus. U.S. tax law at one time limited tax deductions and personal exemptions for high income people, but those limits were removed as part of the massive package of tax cuts passed under President George W. Bush. The limits are scheduled to return next year, when the Bush-

era tax cuts are scheduled to expire unless Congress acts in the meantime. Romney and other Republicans want to extend all the tax cuts while Congress works to overhaul the federal tax code. Obama wants to extend them for individuals making less than $200,000 and married couples making less than $250,000. Romney says his plan would generate the same amount of tax revenue as the current system but do it more efficiently, without raising taxes on any group of people. Romney also says he would not raise taxes on investment income. The Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan research group, says it is impossible to reduce tax rates by 20 percent for the wealthy without shifting some of the tax burden to middle class families. The Romney campaign disputes the study, which has also been challenged by several conservative think tanks. User rating: 3(12) Click to rate 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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"Within hours of the attack, intelligence assessments highlighted the role of al Qaedaaffiliated terrorists, but the administration focused instead on a video that appears to have had little, if anything, to do with the violence in Benghazi," Chambliss said. (unemployment - Google News) through March. He adds tourism Reuters is reporting that Spain is Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador i s d o w n , t h e r e a r e f e w e r set to ask the eurozone for a full- to the United Nations, also Submitted at 10/2/2012 12:27:59 PM employment opportunities in scale bailout this weekend that appeared to use information S E V I L L E , S P A I N — agriculture, and construction is would see the European Central contained in the talking points on Unemployment rose in Spain for slower. Bank buying its bonds to help Sunday September 16 when she the second-consecutive month, as Hidalgo confirmed the situation lower the country’s borrowing made five appearances on TV talk shows. talks of a European bailout will continue to be “complicated” costs. intensify. Meanwhile, officials this fall. Aid may be blocked or delayed, On CBS' "Face the Nation," Rice warned the economy is likely to The European Union [EU] though, by a reluctant Germany. said the Benghazi attacks were shed more jobs in the next few s t a t i s t i c s a g e n c y p u b l i s h e d Finance Minister Wolfgang triggered by a "hateful video," months. unemployment numbers Monday Schaeuble has said that Mariano which prompted a "spontaneous Spain’s State Secretary for for the 17-country bloc. Eurostat Rajoy’s government has put all of protest" that "spun from there into Unemployment tried to be p e g g e d S p a i n ’ s g e n e r a l the proper measures and something more violent." reassuring when unveiling jobless unemployment rate at 25 percent mechanisms in place for recovery, Regarding militants, she said only figures. in August, higher than Greece, and Spain does not need a bailout that it was "clear that there were extremist elements that joined in Engracia Hidalgo said the which registered a rate of 24.4 - it just needs time. unemployment rate was slightly percent in June. This entry passed through the and escalated the violence." lower in September than last year. T h e E U w a r n e d y o u t h Full-Text RSS service — if this is Congressman Peter King, a New But 4.7-million Spaniards were joblessness in particular poses a your content and you're reading it York Republican, has urged Rice out of work last month, however, serious social threat on the on someone else's site, please read to resign over the issue, a call the and that is 1.2-percent more than continent. the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content- State Department has rejected. August. Economist Pin said people want only/faq.php#publishers. Five A ROLE FOR ANTI-MUSLIM According to IESE Business results now, but he added it is Filters recommends: Incinerating FILM? School economist José Ramón Pin unrealistic to expect Spain's Assange - The Liberal Media Go The Daily Beast website reported last week that in the hours after this not a surprise. It is a natural austerity plan to have produced To Work. the attack, U.S. intelligence tendency, he said, for the number results in less than a year with a agencies monitored of jobs to decline from August recession so deep. communications between members of Ansar al-Sharia and AQIM. Ansar al-Sharia operatives

"bragged" about their attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission and acted as if they were "subordinate" to AQIM, it quoted a U.S. official as saying. It now appears questionable that the anti-Muslim film, which sparked a violent protest against the U.S. Embassy in Cairo earlier on September 11, played a significant role in the Benghazi attack. Some U.S. officials have not foreclosed that possibility. But Rogers, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, said he had never seen intelligence reporting to support such an assertion. "I haven't seen anything that shows that the intelligence community said on the day of, or the immediate day following, that this was a spontaneous event," he said. (Additional reporting by Susan Cornwell. Editing by Warren Strobel and Christopher Wilson) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Obama removes penalties for countries using child soldiers
Hope Hodge (» Today’s Top News)

Sudan, and Yemen, and portion’s of the law’s requirements would be lifted for the Democratic Submitted at 10/2/2012 4:12:31 PM Republic of the Congo. The exact Defense & National Security interests requiring these waivers In a short memo released Friday, was not stated. President Barack Obama Foreign Policy’s The Cable announced that he would waive reports that this is the third year economic penalties for countries Obama has opted to waive employing child soldiers, citing penalties under child soldier laws. “the national interest” in doing so. Jesse Eaves, the senior policy T h e m e m o s t a t e d t h a t a l l adviser for child protection at sanctions imposed under the Child World Vision, told the publication Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 the Obama was trying to maintain would be waived for Libya, South good relationships with the

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NDP wants China-Canada E-Cat: Andrea Rossi al Polo 'reciprocity' in CNOOC- Tecnologico di Pordenone il Nexen deal - Toronto Sun 12 ottobre - GreenStyle
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China Needs Its Own Dream New York Times
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HOUSING: Inland Empire house prices jump up in August - North County Times
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New York Times China Needs Its Own Dream New York Times 8, China is set to hold the 18th National Congress of the

WBEZ HOUSING: Inland Empire house Communist Party. We already prices jump up in August know who will be the next party North County Times leader: Vice President Xi Jinping. There's a heat wave hitting the What we don't know is what housing market in Riverside and matters: Does Xi have a “ Chinese San Bernardino counties, as prices Dream” that is different from in the area rose 4.3 percent in the... August compared to 12 months earlier, according to Santa Ana data firm CoreLogic. However,

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Less housing, more retail Ex-cop's formal complain of Andrew Mitchell 'pleb' in Rosenwald remix row - The Sun Chicago Sun-Times
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Less housing, more retail in Rosenwald remix Chicago Sun-Times Built in 1929 by philanthropist

Julius Rosenwald in an idealistic (Nation - Google News) try at housing for the poor, it later Submitted at 10/2/2012 7:47:01 PM became a slum and has been abandoned for 12 years. Dowell The Sun said the “hulking building” has Ex-cop's formal complain of been a blight on three busy Andrew Mitchell 'pleb' row streets: 47th, Michigan and... The Sun By TOM NEWTON DUNN and TOM MORGAN A FURIOUS retired cop has made a formal criminal complaint to police over Andrew Mitchell's “pleb” rant. The former officer claimed the Chief Whip committed offences under the Public Order Act by

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The 8 Most Energy-Efficient Cars On The Road
Mitch Strohm (Business Insider)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 7:59:00 PM

With gas prices climbing, consumers are looking to save with energy-efficient cars. Luckily, fuel economy standards are on the rise, and there are more electric and hybrid cars on the market. In fact, all 10 cars on the list of the most fuel-efficient vehicles put out by the Environmental Protection Agency are either electric or hybrid cars. Their mileage is written as mpge, or miles per gallon equivalent. Two vehicles, the Azure Dynamics Transit Connect Van and Wagon, share the same mechanics and are lumped in sixth position on the EPA's list. But since those vehicles weren't in production at press time, Bankrate hasn't included them on its list. In addition to fuel savings, keep in mind that electrics and hybrids get federal tax breaks, and some states offer additional tax incentives. The Honda Civic Hybrid gets 44 mpge in the city and on the highway. The Honda Civic Hybrid comes in one trim option with a suggested starting price of $24,200. Upgrades such as leather seats, satellite-linked navigation

and a continuously variable transmission are available for a higher price tag. The Civic Hybrid has a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. It comes standard with a 144-volt lithiumion battery and a permanent magnet electric motor. According to the EPA, you can expect to pay around $1,300 over the course of the year for gas, and you'll travel about 523 miles on a tank. This vehicle was pushed off of the EPA's top ten list of energyefficient cars when the Tesla S was introduced, but Bankrate is including it because two other cars on the list are not yet in production. Toyota's Prius Plug-In does 51mpge in the city and 49 mpge on the highway. The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid is the biggest gas saver in the Prius lineup. The standard model starts at $32,000, and the advanced model begins at $39,525. The Plug-in gets its power from a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder gas engine combined with an electric motor system, as does the standard Prius. Combined they put out 134 horsepower, Edmunds says. The Plug-in uses a 4.4-kilowatt, lithium-ion battery instead of the

cars. As a plug-in hybrid, the Volt comes with two sources of energy. The primary power source comes from a 16-kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery pack, which powers the electric motor. When the battery is almost depleted, the 1.4-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine kicks in, using premium gas. The EPA ranks this vehicle by combining the mpg of the gas engine with the mpge of the electric motor. It comes out at a combined 60 mpge. According to EPA estimates, you'll go 35 miles on just the battery and 380 miles with a full tank of gas. nickel-metal hydride found on the Toyota Prius is also in the lineup Regenerative braking and the standard Prius. of energy-efficient cars. EPA engine generator will partly Prius says the Plug-in EV Mode ratings put the combined mpg at recharge the battery, but to get a will take you 11 miles on a full 50, the same as the Prius C. But full charge you'll need to plug in charge. After that, the electric and the 51 city mpg of this Prius is a the vehicle. With the 120-volt gas engines work together until slightly lower than the C, and the charger, you'll get a full charge in the battery runs out. That gives it 48 highway mpg is slightly about 10 hours, according to Chevy. With the 240-volt a combined 95 mpge and a higher. combined 50 mpg with just gas, Get 58 mpge city and 62 mpge charging station, you'll have a fully charged Volt in around four according to the EPA. highway in the Chevy Volt. The Toyota Prius C also made Starting at $39,145, the Chevy hours. See the rest of the story at the EPA's list, with the base Volt no longer comes with the Business Insider model starting at $18,950. The C n a v i g a t i o n a n d B o s e a u d i o is the smallest in the Prius lineup systems as standard equipment. Please follow Getting There on and gets a combined 50 mpg, It's a plug-in hybrid vehicle that Twitter and Facebook. according to the EPA. qualifies for federal tax savings Starting at $24,000, the standard up to $7,500 on energy-efficient

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ECB President Mario Draghi Is No Match For This Italian Comedian
Bruce Krasting (Business Insider)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 8:07:15 PM

An interesting article from WaPo about a rising political star in Italy.(Link) Some details: Beppe Grillo is a well know TV personality/comedian in Italy. At age 64 he ran for political office in Parma, and won. He has been doing a lot of talking since, and his philosophies have become very popular. His message is Italian nationalism, an end to the link with the Euro, he has even advocating defaulting on Italy’s debt. From the WaPo article: Four months after his Five Star Movement swept into government here in a surprise victory that sent his national profile soaring, he stood in a town square and delivered a breathless tirade against“the forces” seeking to destroy Italian society. He called for a referendum on the euro and said Rome should follow in the footsteps of Argentina and Ecuador by suspending payments on the national debt. In the country that could make or break the future of the euro with its next election, he described Germany and France as European paymasters who would bleed Italy dry. “He is a thermometer of Italy’s

political temperature, and the success of a demagogue like him would send a dangerous message to our allies in Europe that credibility and sacrifice are no longer on Italy’s agenda.” Recent surveys suggest that almost one in five Italians now back it, placing his movement only single digits behind the nation’s two leading parties in popularity. I have no real understanding of Italian politics, but I think there is

an important message in Grillo’s meteoric rise in popularity. My conclusion is that Mario Draghi’s effort to save the EU (and the Euro) is doomed to failure. We have a bizarre status quo today, there is calm in the Euro bond markets. The stability is driven by the belief that Spain will soon accept a bailout (and all of the very bad things that this implies). And when Spain does get down on its knees and begs, the ECB will quickly act, and

begin to buy unlimited amounts of dodgy Spanish paper. The problem is that Spain is very reluctant to ask for that ECB bailout. We are in financial fairyland today. It won’t last. In the not too distant future the markets will push Spain to the edge, and the country will be forced to accept the ECB/IMF terms. Very shortly thereafter, the pressure will grow for Italy to accept the same terms as Spain. And that gets us back to

Beppe Grillo. When these events unfold in Italy, the “Italy First” message now being sent by Grillo will rise higher and higher. It’s possible that Spain will be forced to accept the strict conditionality of an ECB /IMF bailout, but there is no way that Italy will. The Italian people will simply not accept their country becoming a (bigger) serfdom of Germany. Mario Draghi knows what the political mood in Italy is. He is keenly aware of the rise in popularity of Grillo, and his message. Mario also understands what Grillo could mean to his efforts to put his home country into economic jail. Draghi has always spoken with great confidence. He has used words like“unlimited” and“forever”. But he also reads his hometown newspapers. He has to know that he can’t carry off his plan. The economics of his bailout might work, but the political side of the equation is going to fail. I’m sure Draghi is aware of all this; that means he is one hell of a bluffer. Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story »

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Special Report: Territorial Disputes in Global Politics
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Submitted at 10/2/2012 9:47:00 AM

Historical Disagreements Still a Drag on Japan-South Korea Ties By Steven Borowiec China's aggressive approach to April 2, 2012 territorial disputes with its Lee's Dokdo Visit Sinks Hopes neighbors in the South China Sea for South Korea-Japan Détente has raised regional tensions in By Jonathan Berkshire Miller recent weeks, highlighting the August 14, 2012 volatile potential of conflicts over Why Russia Is Challenging Japan territory and border demarcation. Over Kurils But though border disagreements By Richard Weitz can at times lead to open violence, March 1, 2011 a s b e t w e e n T h a i l a n d a n d Southeast Asia Cambodia, they can also be Thailand-Cambodia Tensions resolved through slow and steady Reveal ASEAN's Limitations negotiations, as between Cuba By Roberto Tofani and the Bahamas. This WPR February 14, 2011 S p e c i a l R e p o r t e x a m i n e s Thailand's Domestic Politics approaches to territorial disputes Drives Cambodian Border Clash through articles published in the By Sebastian Strangio past two years. April 28, 2011 East Asia Indonesia-Malaysia Relations Senkaku Dispute Reflects China- Interview with Dave McRae Japan Struggle for Regional December 13, 2011 Primacy Bangladesh-Myanmar Maritime By Richard Weitz Border Fix Puts Bay of Bengal in September 18, 2012 Play Involvement of Taiwan, Hong By Jared Bissinger K o n g i n S e n k a k u D i s p u t e September 29, 2011 Highlights Deep Nationalism Caucasus and Central Asia By Megan Fluker Azerbaijan-Armenia Tensions: August 21, 2012 Regional Risks, Policy Challenges Japan-South Korea Territorial By Michael Cecire Dispute June 12, 2012 Interview with Min Gyo Koo Nagorno-Karabakh Balances April 1, 2011 Between Peace and War

By Haykaram Nahapetyan July 6, 2011 Abkhazia, South Ossetia Show the Limits of Russian Influence Interview with Svante Cornell March 12, 2012 Uzbekistan-Tajikistan Tensions Driven by Mutual Dependence Interview with Idil Tuncer Kilavuz May 3, 2012 Caspian Littoral Diplomacy Interview with Gawdat Bahgat September 28, 2011 Latin America Falklands Oil Rekindles Argentina-U.K. Tensions in the South Atlantic By Jeremy Martin April 3, 2012 A Post-Modern War in Central America By Frida Ghitis November 25, 2010 Chile-Bolivia Ocean Access Dispute Interview with Christopher Sabatini August 9, 2010 Boundary Agreement With Cuba a First Step for Bahamas Interview with Martin Pratt April 9, 2012 Europe Kosovo: Going Rogue? By Andrew MacDowall

January 7, 2011 Kosovo's North is Europe's Latest Frozen Conflict By Risto Karajkov August 11, 2011 Transnistria Vote Highlights Tension Between Values and Interests By Matthew Rojansky January 5, 2012 Frozen' Transnistria Conflict Begins to Thaw By Matthew Rojansky April 17, 2012 Africa Western Sahara: Forgotten Corner of the Arab Spring By Christina L. Madden December 15, 2011 Nigeria-Cameroon Relations Interview with John Campbell August 17, 2011 Kenya-Ethiopia Relations Interview with Edmond J. Keller June 15, 2011 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.

National Advisory Council pushed for RTI, but sketchy info on Sonia Gandhi's bills Economic Times
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Every Al Qaeda Leader was a Member of the Muslim Brotherhood
Daniel Greenfield (FrontPage Magazine)

Kejriwal's party symbolises audacity of hope over sordid experience Firstpost
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Hussein and the murderous leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq was pardoned by the King of Jordan as a gesture Submitted at 10/2/2012 3:27:12 PM toward the Muslim Brotherhood. Remember that the Muslim Would there even be an Al Qaeda Brotherhood are “moderate” without the Muslim Brotherhood? Islamists and by moderate, we Probably not. Muslim mean that they kill people and had Brotherhood front groups in the Osama bin Laden on board as a United States insist that member. “extremist” Islamists are really Osama bin Laden was blinded in ignored and need exposure to his right eye and a member of the their “moderate” Islamists. The Muslim Brotherhood as a youth, truth is that Al Qaeda’s leaders al-Qaida’s new leader said in an have not only been exposed to the Internet video. Muslim Brotherhood approach, Ayman as-Zawahiri, the terror they have come out of the Muslim group’s leader after bin Laden the real blueprint for Al-Qaeda Osama bin Laden, Saif al-Adel Brotherhood. was killed by Navy SEALs in a based on the ideas of the Muslim and Ayman al-Zawahiri were This entry passed through the r a i d i n P a k i s t a n i n 2 0 1 0 , Brotherhood. m e m b e r s o f t h e M u s l i m Full-Text RSS service — if this is confirmed bin Laden was a The pretense that Bin Laden and Brotherhood or one of its arms. your content and you're reading it m e m b e r o f t h e M u s l i m Zawahari are extremists while Al Qaeda’s greatest strategic on someone else's site, please read Brotherhood as a youth in his M o r s i a n d E l - S h a t e r a r e thinker who has moved it into the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentnative Saudi Arabia. moderates is just that. They’re all “lone wolf” terrorism, Abu Musab only/faq.php#publishers. Five Zawahiri would know all about Muslim Brotherhood veterans al-Suri, was another Muslim Filters recommends: Incinerating the Muslim Brotherhood as he carrying out its mission and its Brotherhood member. Abu Musab Assange - The Liberal Media Go came out of Egypt and joined the goals. al-Zarqawi, the worst mass To Work. M u s l i m B r o t h e r h o o d a s a All three of Al Qaeda’s leaders, murderer in Iraq after Saddam teenager. He provided much of

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Donald Govan's sisters say Jill Meagher's death has spurred community action ... - Herald Sun
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Sky News Australia Donald Govan's sisters say Jill Meagher's death has spurred community action... Herald Sun THE family of a missing teenager say Jill Meagher's death has spurred community action to find him. Police are now hopeful Ballarat teen Donald Govan is wandering the Melbourne CBD

after he disappeared from an Echuca campsite more than a month ago. 'The wonderful moments we have shared will crowd our minds': Jill Meagher's family NEWS.com.au First memorial for Meagher Sydney Morning Herald Jill Meagher's family speaks of pain The Age ABC Online- Courier Mail- The Australian all 67 news articles »

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Miguel Cabrera sat in front of his locker in the corner of the visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, slinging some Spanish banter at a table full of teammates.

Con man pleads guilty to selling fake Facebook shares
Dara Kerr (CNET News)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 7:08:05 PM

It was a simple scam that most recently landed John Mattera in jail. He was selling shares in companies -- including Facebook and Groupon -- that didn't actually exist. For this, Mattera pled guilty today to three criminal counts -conspiracy, securities fraud, and wire fraud, according to Bloomberg. In selling these shares that he didn't own and wasn't allowed to

sell, Mattera raked in $11 million from naive would-be investors. Mattera carried out these scams through a hedge fund he operated called Praetorian Global Fund, according to Bloomberg. For the two years he managed this fund, he'd sell phony shares for companies that weren't yet public but were expected to make initial public offerings in the near future. Instead of investing his customers' money, he bought luxury items for himself, including jewelry, cars, and interior decorating for

his plush Florida home. The Feds originally nabbed Mattera in South Florida in November 2011 and scheduled his hearing for this week in U.S. District Court in New York City. Once in court today, Mattera pled guilty to all three criminal counts and tried to plead guilty to a fourth count of money laundering. According to Bloomberg, Judge Richard Sullivan refused to let Mattera remain free on bail after the hearing and instead ordered him to go immediately to jail.

Mattera has a long history with fraud. According to Forbes, his criminal resume includes bogus bankruptcy filings, moonlighting as a mortgage broker without a license, and Securities and Exchange Commission stock fraud. Mattera is scheduled to be sentenced for his most recent con in February and it's expected he will get 10 to 12 years in prison. Judge Sullivan said he would decide later whether he'd accept Mattera's guilty plea to money

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Just Eat Buys Spanish Online Food Ordering/Delivery Rival SinDelantal For A Few Million Euros
Ingrid Lunden (TechCrunch)

actually an earlier mover in the online food ordering/delivery Submitted at 10/2/2012 7:28:48 PM market in Spain, setting up shop Just Eat, the multinational online about six months before Just Eat food ordering and delivery in 2010, but the Danish company company that raised $64 million g r e w f a s t e r a n d m o r e in April from Vitruvian Partners, a g g r e s s i v e l y , r e l e g a t i n g Index Ventures, Greylock and SinDelantal to the role of “strong Redpoint, is today announcing its number-two,” says Nyengaard. first acquisition out of that cash SinDelantal had raised nearly $2 injection: it is buying SinDelantal, million from investors including its rival in Spain, to help give a VitaminaK, the Spanish earlyquick boost to that country’s stage VC firm, and Michael o p e r a t i o n s . T e c h C r u n c h Kleindl. understands that the price is in the Although Just Eat may make range of a few million dollars, more acquisitions, Nyengaard about 95% of that in cash. says that for the most part it’s After cutting out the overlap of hoping to grow its market share restaurants and take-out food organically rather than through businesses that used services from more purchases. “We are open to both, the deal will add several discussions if they make sense,” hundred more restaurants to Just he says. “But there are just not Eat’s Spanish operation, says Just that many companies that are Eat’s CEO Klaus Nyengaard. The interesting for us.” He says aim is to grow the total number of SinDelantal was different because businesses covered by Just Eat in it was a strong rival in a more Spain to 3,000 by 2013. challenged country — other SinDelantal’s c o - examples being iFood in Brazil or founders, Evaristo Babé and Hungry House in the UK, he Diego Ballesteros, will stay with adds. ”Spain’s not the biggest the company to oversee the market for food delivery, and transition. we’ve been seeing really good SinDelantal — Spanish for growth.” “without an apron” — was As we’ve pointed out before, the

game of online food delivery is similar to other e-commerce sites that are based around physical goods: it is a question of product choices that meet consumer demand (here, that’s as wide a variety of food options as possible), sold on margins that don’t get outweighed by the logistics and customer service needed to deliver them. Just Eat’s approach to that has been to inject the process with technology. Nyengaard says that of the company’s 25,000 total restaurants across 13 countries, some 20,000 are equipped with special devices that help the businesses manage their workflow around food preparation and distribution, which is then used to correspond to Just Eat’s fleet of delivery people. That’s important for a company that needs to deal with peaks and troughs where the peaks can sometimes see as many as 15,000 food orders come into one city in the space of an hour, with all of that food needing to be delivered within 45 minutes of being ordered. Just Eat doesn’t handle billing for orders but this could easily be incorporated into the process —

and may well be in the future. “If we wanted to we could enable the devices to be used for in-store payments,” he says. Other areas where we may see Just Eat developing services soon is in the area of taking payments on delivery, using mobile devices to complete the transaction. Nyengaard would not comment directly on this but didn’t deny such plans, either. “I don’t want to go into details of what is on our roadmap, but it is an interesting idea yes, and of course we have thought about it,” he says. One area it’s not likely to explore, though, is taking that logistics infrastructure into other areas outside of restaurant delivery. “People have aproached us about the flower and grocery business, but we always say no,” he says. “We need a razor sharp focus on what we do now. There is so much more growth coming.” Jerome Gavin, MD of Just-Eat.es, said “This acquisition will benefit thousands of restaurant owners and hungry internet users all over Spain. We want to provide the takeaway-eating public with as much choice and variety as possible, and SinDelantal.com

will help us deliver that. Since we started in Spain, JUST EAT has introduced hundreds of thousands of customers to the idea of ordering takeaway online. It is catching on at a pace we never imagined prior to launch. This acquisition will only help that growth continue.” Evaristo Babé and Diego Ballesteros, founders of SinDelantal.com, added: “We are extremely pleased to be working with the world’s leading player in the industry. We believe that this is great news for the Spanish market and can only benefit the restaurant industry as it embraces e-commerce.” The acquisition of SinDelantal.com is the first following a £40 million round of funding in April, led by Vitruvian Partners. It comes off the back of a major brand repositioning, launched in the UK with the strapline Don’t Cook, JUST EAT, backed up by a £5 million spend and due to be rolled out to the other countries in JUST EAT over the coming months.

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How To Participate Online In The Presidential Debates
Christina Ortiz (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 6:32:00 PM

When Barack Obama and Mitt Romney go head-to-head Wednesday night to tell America why they should be President, the whole country, and in some cases the whole world, will be watching. But thanks to the rise of the Internet and social media, millions of people won't just be watching, they'll be participating in a wide variety of ways - from hanging out on Google+ to commenting and sharing. Click here for hints on: How To Watch The US Presidential Debates Online. Although the TV networks still block out time slots and garner big audiences for the debates, their time may be winding down. Major news networks from all over the media spectrum are jumping on the online bandwagon this election season. The Washington Post, for example, will host a Google Hangout during all the debates and will have a video player that will lets users re-watch the debates and jump to different spots. If you need a good bedtime story after watching, you can also read

transcripts and Washington Post analysis, although you might get too worked up to sleep depending on how passionate you are about politics. Comment It Up The Web provides new ways to discuss issues, too. Besides the Washington Post's Google Hangout and video player, the paper has also got something called "The Grid." The interactive tool will let viewers weigh in on what the candidate's are saying

with others on the site. This will provide a visual representation of how viewers across the site relate to each candidate and their platforms. It's almost like having a live conversation - without the actual conversing. If users decide to watch the debate on demand rather than live, they can also check out how those agree/ disagree stats changed as the debate went on. Of course, the obvious place to

time animations of the most interesting parts of the debate. Each GIF will accompany a live blog by Adam Gabbatt, an editor at The Guardian, to explain what's going on. Seemingly annoying, and a potential computer-slowing tactic, it's definitely a new way to keep the attention of younger voters that use the social blog network to get their news. All they have to do is follow Gifwich on Tumblr, but as Tumblr staff pointed out in a recent post, follow at your own risk: "Once each debate begins, your Dashboard could be flooded with animations on a minute-to-minute basis." The Times They Are A-Changin' The way we watch election coverage is definitely changing, gauge the conversation is Twitter. but the reason we pay attention (Remember #NBCFail during the remains the same. Voters want Olympics? Good times…) Search and need to be informed before any debate-related hashtag on we go to the voting booth and debate night and you'll find all punch our cards, press our buttons sorts of commentary. or click on our screens. With all Tumblr is another good place to of these new options, it's never search for live opinions and it's been easier to be a well-informed also a magnet for memes and voter - and there's no limit to how GIFs. So much so that, Tumble far the truly obsessed political has collaborated with Gifwich, a junkies can go. blog solely dedicated to creating Images courtesy of Shutterstock. current event GIFs, to create real-

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Purported catalog pic shows 46megapixel Canon 3D
Stephen Shankland (CNET News)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 7:15:48 PM

The purported Canon EOS 3D SLR from a B&H Photo catalog.(Credit: Nine Volt Photo ) Studio photographers dissatisfied with recent events in the world of Canon SLRs might take heart at a fleeting glimpse of a possible 46megapixel Canon EOS 3D. That glimpse came from Nine Volt Photo, a maker of computer mounting plates, which said it found a reference at retail powerhouse B&H Photo after an "inadvertent search for a Canon 3D." It shared a screenshot of the page list with specifications including a 46.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor, dual Digic 5+ processors, a 3.2-inch LCD, and dual CompactFlash memorycard slots. All but the first of those specs are already on the current top-end EOS-1D X. It's not clear whether the 3D is real, but the Canon Rumors blog, which has reported earlier Canon 3D rumors, declared on the basis of typography and other details that the rumor is a " hoax, hoax, hoax!" Nine Volt stood by the screenshot's authenticity. When asked about the hoax conclusion,

Exposure to cute images may improve concentration
Ian Steadman
Submitted at 10/2/2012 11:19:00 AM

Before reading any further it is imperative that you flick through the gallery of kittens and puppies a company representative told the holiday week. Maybe we see drawbacks of high megapixel that accompanies this story. Now. CNET: something after they return. counts are cured by carefully Go on. Seriously, we'll wait. No, real screenshots. As you saw, Maybe it's just wishful thinking controlled studio lighting, too. Back? Good. You should be the link was dead when I found it. on my part. If Canon wants to announce a ready to concentrate fully on the And then completely gone in the Certainly a higher-resolution new SLR, it's got a fine venue. It task at hand -- examining a study morning when I went back to try camera is possible. People who just missed the Photokina show, which claims to have found that again (I was really hoping I was shoot giant ads for jewelry, but the Photo Plus Expo starts in exposure to cute animals increases going to see a Canon 3D). watches, and new cars still need three weeks. the brain's concentration levels Possibly a B&H employee with lots of pixels, and Canon EOS-1D (Via PetaPixel) for a short time afterwards. "The a d v a n c e n e w s . M a y b e j u s t X's dropped to 18 megapixels The full screenshot showing the Power of Kawaii", published in populating HTML pages in compared with the earlier flagship C a n o n E O S 3 D s e a r c h the open access journal Plos One, anticipation. from 2008, the EOS-1Ds Mark result.(Credit: Nine Volt Photo ) details an investigation into the I don't know if the Canon I I I . M e a n w h i l e , N i k o n h a s This entry passed through the kawaii phenomenon -- that Rumors guy has inside info. His r e l e a s e d i t s D 8 0 0 w i t h 3 6 Full-Text RSS service — if this is essential quality of cuteness comments don't completely rule it m e g a p i x e l s . your content and you're reading it which permeates so much of out for me. The part number could Megapixels certainly aren't on someone else's site, please read Japanese culture. be a placeholder. The .1 kerning everything, and shrinking them the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content- By: Ian Steadman, Edited by: seems to be on par with other causes problems with noise and only/faq.php#publishers. Five David Cornish Continue reading... items on the site. The MP vs. Mp dynamic range, but they do Filters recommends: Incinerating seems to be inconsistent on the matter, as the market for medium- Assange - The Liberal Media Go site. This was done the evening format cameras with up to 80 To Work. the B&H people checked out for megapixels illustrates. Some

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How To Watch The U.S. Presidential Debates Online
John Paul Titlow (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 6:32:00 PM

We've come a long way since 1960. That was the year of the first televised debate between two U.S. presidential candidates. Fifty -two years after Kennedy and Nixon verbally sparred onstage, this political traditional continues, but with more ways of watching than ever before. Much has changed even in the last four years. In 2008, watching the debates without a cable subscription involved streaming them from a clunky player on CNN's website, which could kinda-sorta be full-screened to fit onto your television, if you were so ambitious as to plug your laptop into your HDTV. Good news: This year, things are going to be much easier. (And not just for watching online, but also for interacting with other political junkies.) On October 3, October 16, and October 22, CNN will stream presidential debates between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney live on its website, just as it did last time around. In a new interactive

twitst, the network's Web interface will allow viewers to select specific clips from the debates and share them over Facebook and Twitter. CNN's livestreams will also be available on many of the connected gadgets we've all spent the last four years purchasing. Most live feeds in CNN's mobile apps require a cable subscription to access, but the debates will be freely

Meanwhile, YouTube's Election Hub will offer every presidential and vice presidential debate live, as well as additional coverage and commentary from media partners as diverse as ABC News, Al Jazeera and Buzzfeed. Back on their own sites, partners like ABC, CBS, Politico, and Univision will be streaming the debates live as well. The Wall Street Journal will do the same through its WSJ Live apps for iOS, Android, Boxee, Apple TV and a number of Internetconnected HDTVs on the market. If you're hosting a debatewatching party or simply prefer to sit in front of a big screen, you can always plug your laptop into an HDVT using VGA, HDMI or any other compatible cable. But sleeker solutions have emerged in available on iPads, iPhones and the last few years. Xbox Live Android devices. See also: How subscribers will have access to an To Participate In The Presidential interactive feed of the debates, Debates although plenty of other free CNN isn't the only source options exist. If you happen to streaming the debates online. own an Apple TV streaming box, Huffington Post is using its new you can AirPlay any iOS-friendly HuffPost Live platform to act as or Web-based streams (presuming an interactive hub for both you're running Mountain Lion) watching and discussing the directly to your television. debates between Obama and Romney.

Cardboard Beggar Ads - The Ad Print Festival Campaign Shows How Versatile the Medium Is (TrendHunter.com)
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Submitted at 10/2/2012 3:35:03 PM

( TrendHunter.com) The Ad Print Festival campaign may seem like it is begging for attention (pun intended, of course), but really, it simply shows how versatile the medium of print really is. Not only will it work for...

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 2, 2012
Eric Abent (SlashGear)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 7:58:37 PM

Welcome to Tuesday evening, everyone. The afternoon brought us a number of interesting stories, including brand new shots of what appears to be the long-rumored iPad Mini. Speaking of devices with the word “Mini” in their name, some are thinking that Samsung will announce the Galaxy S III Mini next week after German press invitations suggested something along those lines. iOS 6 adoption has hit 60% of Apple’s user base, and we found out today that Motorola has dropped its ITC lawsuit against Apple, but we don’t why just yet. After announcing its new 4G LTE service last month, EE made headlines a few times today. First, the company put a handful of 4G LTE capable devices up for sale, then brushed aside negative comments from its LTE rivals, and finally, we got to take the iPhone 5 through an EE 4G LTE speed test. One analyst is saying that the problems with Apple Maps aren’t having an effect on iPhone 5 demand, while we learned that most of Microsoft’s temporary retail stores will be

opening on October 26. We heard today that Samsung Galaxy S III sales took a jump around the time the verdict in its case against Apple was delivered, as well as when the iPhone 5 was announced, which is interesting to say the least. The BBC is working on its own music streaming player, and Barnes and Noble has updated its NOOK apps for iOS and Android.

AT&T and Time Warner are saying they want the same Kansas City benefits Google received when it launched its fiber network there, while Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was spotted telling both Apple and Android fans to calm down. Microsoft is rumored to be working on a Windows Phone 8 device of its own, and in the wake of the HTC One X+ announcement, we compare

HTC’s new flagship side-by-side with the Samsung Galaxy S III. Lenovo announced today that it will soon be building a plant here in the US, while we got a funny story about Steve Jobs and the opening of new Apple stores today as well. HTC said that the One X and One S will both be getting Jelly Bean updates later this month, while Valve announced that not only has the Left 4 Dead franchise reached 12 million sales, but also that nongame software is now available to purchase from Steam. Finally tonight, Chris Burns has a new interview Genndy Tartakovsky, who directed shows such as the Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory, while Chris Davies examines if HTC is about to make a big comeback. That does it for tonight’s Evening Wrap-Up, enjoy the rest of your night folks! SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 2, 2012 is written by Eric Abent& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All right reserved.

Holey Wood Lighting - The Oak Pendant Lamp by Ross Gardam is Simple and Modern (TrendHunter.com)
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Submitted at 10/2/2012 3:55:02 PM

( TrendHunter.com) The Oak Pendant Lamp may boast a simple design, and as a result a simple silhouette, but there is something both refined and casual about it that gives it a good dose of character. It starts with a...

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Changemakrs Looks To Reinvent Inspirational Quotes For A More Social Web
Kim-Mai Cutler (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 7:26:40 PM

over that picture. The barebones site quickly went viral, accumulating 3 million “Sometimes when you innovate, pageviews in about 48 hours. you make mistakes. It is best to Surprised by the response to such admit them quickly, and get on a simple concept, they redid it w i t h i m p r o v i n g y o u r o t h e r again with other figures. They did innovations.” — Steve Jobs it with Yoda, and got 300,000 A few months ago, former visitors. Then they did it again Facebooker Sacha Tueni and w i t h A l b e r t E i n s t e i n , a n d Matthias Wagner were working immediately got 400,000 visitors. on a Twitter client. Yes, a Twitter Again, they did it with Lady client — several years after Gaga, and got 700,000 visitors Tweetdeck launched and Seesmic with 16 percent of them clicking pivoted toward being a social through to a music track. media reader. While their app Thus, a new idea was born. What Zerobird was good at filtering if they built a platform where interesting content, investors a n y b o d y c o u l d s h a r e a n d weren’t biting. It was also going accumulate bits and pieces of to be a long uphill battle in the inspirational wisdom? app store and on Twitter’s So they created Changemakrs, i n c r e a s i n g l y p o l i t i c a l l y which is a site full of inspirational complicated platform. quotes from different people from So they took some good advice to celebrities to intellectuals, and heart. Steve Jobs’ advice, in fact. even entrepreneurs from this They built a tribute site to the late community. It’s in beta and visionary. It was spartan, with that i n v i t e d m e m b e r s c a n p i e c e famous photograph of him sitting together quotable advice from in an unfurnished house. They anyone else. overlaid some of his best advice It is a kind of braindead, simple

concept. While there are plenty of quote sites across the web, Tueni says they’re kind of like Craigslist or eBay with weird, 1995-era web design (see below). Plus, they’re not designed to be particularly social or viral. The positives of the concept are that it’s something that brands may be more willing to advertise against because these figures and quotes are aspirational and generally positive. Red Bull already featured a Changemakrs profile of Arnold Schwarzenegger. But the flipside is that while company has proven this is very viral in a handful of cases with just the right figure, is it broadly repeatable and scalable? And with just regular people instead of world-reknowned entrepreneurs or Star Wars characters? That’s Changemakrs’ test. The company is bootstrapping for now, and is four people, with a recent hire of designer Brooks Hassig.

Facebook refuses to take down 'hate' page targeting alleged murderer
Liat Clark
Submitted at 10/2/2012 11:49:00 AM

Facebook is defying Australian law enforcers and refusing to take down a "hate" page that attacks an accused murderer and rapist. According to Australian contempt law, media outlets should not publish information that could feasibly prejudice the jurors or judge on an ongoing case. Similar to the UK Contempt of Court Act, the law was originally designed to limit the information published by news agencies, however today it's relevant and applicable across

social networks. The case in question is that of Irish expatriate and Australian Broadcasting Corporation employee Jill Meagher, who went missing after leaving a bar in Melbourne in September 2012. The search for Meagher was bolstered by a social media campaign that attracted more than 100,000 likes, and one week later her body was uncovered 40km north-west of Melbourne. The accused, 41-year-old Adrian Bayley, apparently led police to the body. By: Liat Clark, Continue reading...

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Samsung Galaxy S III Mini could get a reveal next week
Eric Abent (SlashGear)

invitation (pictured below) says something along the lines of “Something small will be really It’s clear by now that the Galaxy big,” and, “Get ready for a little S III is an extremely popular s e n s a t i o n . ” O f c o u r s e , i t ’ s smartphone, so it’s no wonder impossible to know for sure what we’ve been hearing rumors of a Samsung is talking about in this new version of the handset – invitation, but we can clearly see dubbed the Galaxy S III Mini – the “S” that Samsung has always off and on for a while. Today used in the branding for Galaxy S we’re hearing new rumors of such devices pictured in the center. So, a device, although this time at the very least, we should be around there’s some lovely hearing about a new Galaxy S photographic evidence to go along device at this event on October with it. Samsung has apparently 11. started sending out invitations to The text on the invite, however, an October 11 event in Germany, suggest that this device’s size is and with them, the company is one of the main talking points. teasing something tiny. That’s leading some to believe According to the folks at that the long-rumored Galaxy S UnwiredView, the text on the III Mini will be revealed at this
Submitted at 10/2/2012 6:49:01 PM

event, but even though the evidence is pointing toward such a reveal, we’re hesitant to say that it’s a sure thing. In short, take any rumors about a Galaxy S III Mini with a grain of salt until Samsung

makes the announcement it’s teasing in this invite. Even with all of the mystery, it would make sense for Samsung to release a Galaxy S III Mini. The Galaxy S III is a great phone, but

some think that the massive 4.8inch screen is a little on the big side. If Samsung can fix those complaints by offering a mini variant of the Galaxy S III, it would surely net a few more sales, so we’re tempted to believe the hype and assume that the company is teasing the Galaxy S III Mini here. What do you think? [ via Android Community] Samsung Galaxy S III Mini could get a reveal next week is written by Eric Abent& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All right reserved.

Time of your life: The journey of the Class of 2016 [infographic]
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Submitted at 10/2/2012 6:09:00 PM

The Class of 2016 may never have used a typewriter or a

payphone, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth getting to know them better. Though it’s hard to believe there’s a class in college that

doesn’t remember a world without

Harry Potter, that’s exactly the kind of worldview this up and coming group has, so sit back and enjoy this journey provided by WorldWideLearn.

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Player gets 2nd chance in majors after beaning
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Adam Greenberg's second major league plate appearance went a lot

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Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition headed to Mac
Mike Schramm (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)

Drinks supplier WaverleyTBS calls in administrators
Nathalie Thomas (Finance News - Business news from the UK and world)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 2:05:38 PM

Arkham City's a great game, and it'll be nice to finally have it on the Mac, but man, it would have Submitted at 10/2/2012 8:30:00 PM been even better to get it a little Feral Interactive has a lot of sooner than November. expertise bringing PC games to Batman: Arkham City Game of the Mac, but they haven't quite the Year Edition headed to Mac figured out how to do it quickly originally appeared on TUAW yet. Batman: Arkham City was The Unofficial Apple Weblog on one of the biggest console hits of Tue, 02 Oct 2012 20:30:00 EST. last year, but Feral Interactive is Please see our terms for use of only now releasing it on the Mac. There is a bright side, at least: Harley Quinn's Revenge pack. feeds. The game's going to be available This will be the Game of the Year The game features an open-world Source| Permalink| Email this| in November, so if you haven't Edition, which means that all of environment, lots of thugs to beat Comments played it yet and you've been the downloadable content will be up with a really fun combat waiting for the Mac version, the included -- the Catwoman content system and plenty of cameos from that came with the game plus the your favorite Batman characters. wait isn't quite over.

The jobs market was rocked further on Tuesday as one of the country's biggest drinks suppliers collapsed into administration after failing to cope with the economic slowdown and tighter credit conditions.

SuperSync 5 will add support for iTunes Match
Mike Schramm (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)

and then tracks different libraries across Macs and PCs to make sure that they're all the same (or at Submitted at 10/2/2012 7:30:00 PM least that they all follow whatever SuperSync is a really impressive rules you've set up for them). app that you've probably already And now, SuperSync is adding heard about if you've ever tried to s u p p o r t f o r i T u n e s M a t c h . keep iTunes libraries between SuperSync will help iTunes find system. v a r i o u s c o m p u t e r s s y n c e d the best quality copies of those It's another bit of powerful together. It basically scans your songs and sync them to any other functionality in an already iTunes library as you add to it, computers you've set up on the

powerful app. SuperSync is available from the website for US$22.95 for the ability to sync

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The Libya Surprise - By Tom Malinowski
TOM MALINOWSKI (Foreign Policy)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 4:43:57 PM

Why what happened in Benghazi is actually great for America. BY TOM MALINOWSKI| OCTOBER 2, 2012 Two months into Libya's revolution in April 2011, I visited Benghazi and the other liberated cities in the country's east. It was Libya's hour of greatest idealism and highest hope. The rebels were promising to build a society grounded in human rights and respect for law. In town after town, walls were painted with slogans of revolutionary moderation: "We reject extremism" and "We want a country of institutions." Everyone who wasn't rushing to fight on the front lines seemed to be starting a newspaper or radio station or volunteer group, eager to connect to the world from which Muammar al-Qaddafi had isolated them and grateful to the mostly Western countries that helped them in their moment of need. I met Ambassador Chris Stevens then, in his makeshift diplomatic mission in a Benghazi hotel. He had recently arrived as America's envoy to the rebel authorities in the east and was pressing them, as I was, to treat prisoners well and to start building judicial institutions. We shared a laugh about what seemed America's biggest image problem in Benghazi at the time: French and

Italian flags outnumbered American ones in the central square during Friday prayers. The explanation: Libyans had to make the flags by hand, and simple European tricolors were easier to reproduce than all those stars and stripes. But Stevens knew Libya too well

to assume that the rebels were all Jeffersonian democrats or that the militias fighting Qaddafi would easily give up their guns and power when the dictator was gone. He believed, however, that something special still had a chance to emerge from Libya's revolutionary chaos: that having

suffered 40 years of Qaddafi's Green Book ideology, Libyans would be wary of extremists and ideologues of all stripes; that having awakened, Libya's civil society would not let anyone, neither a dictator nor armed gangs, intimidate it again; that having received the right measure

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hostile. At first, Stevens's murder in Benghazi seemed to call these hopes into question. Many Americans naturally wondered whether support for the Arab Spring yielded any benefits for the United States, or just more rage. It seemed inevitable that the State Department would restrict its diplomats behind even more walls and steel -- though Stevens died not while engaging with Libyans in the cultural center he had come to Benghazi to open, but behind the walls of a diplomatic compound and the steel of a "safe" room. Terrorists can strike anywhere. But it is how governments and societies react that determines whether terrorism succeeds or fails. And Libyans' reaction to the tragedy vindicated what Stevens believed the country is and could become. Could anyone, whether a cynic or optimist about the region, have dreamed of a better response to an attack on a diplomatic mission on Arab soil than what happened after the violence in Benghazi -- tens of thousands of people marching on the headquarters of the law-defying militias suspected of complicity in the assault (and of multiple other killings over the past several months) to run them out of town, while holding signs paying tribute to the fallen ambassador? It was not just Libya's political elite who were angry and ashamed about what happened. The morning I learned of Stevens's death, I emailed an

influential Islamist leader in eastern Libya, fearing that he would be more agitated by the anti-Mohammed video than the killings we thought (wrongly it seems) it had precipitated: "You can't imagine how sad we are," he immediately replied. "Clearly, [Stevens] was a citizen of a country that has helped us to be liberated from one of the most bloody regimes; and before all that, he was our guest who we were supposed to protect. We will do all we can to make clear that a killing is a killing no matter what the motives were." Libya's highest religious leader, the grand mufti, issued a fatwa against the killers, linking them to militants who have been attacking Libya's Sufi shrines in recent weeks. Libya's offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood was the first political party to denounce the attacks. Even a political party led by former members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group -- men who have plenty of reasons to be angry at the United States, especially because the CIA tortured them and rendered them to Qaddafi's prisons during George W. Bush's administration -- joined the condemnation and said the party accepted completely the U.S. government's assurance that it had nothing to do with the infamous Internet film. Consider how differently Libyans might have responded had the international community not come to their aid last year. Militant groups with links to al Qaeda would probably have gained

adherents among Libyans feeling bloodied by their government and abandoned by the West. These militants would have been just as eager to attack American targets on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, but the United States would have had far fewer Libyan friends, as well as a less cooperative partner in the Libyan government, to help meet the threat. As it is, the country where Barack Obama's administration made its most unequivocal stand on behalf of an Arab Spring uprising is the country whose citizens came together most marvelously in opposition to the embassy and consulate attacks and in solidarity with the victims. Where America's support for democratic change and human rights has been more measured, so has the popular reaction to the recent attacks. Egypt is a case in point. The official and popular responses to the breaching of the U.S. Embassy compound was, initially, far more ambiguous than in Libya. But so, in the minds of many Egyptians, has been U.S. support for their democratic aspirations. Obama did, of course, tell President Hosni Mubarak that he had to go during the Tahrir Square uprising last year and, at crucial moments since, has pressed Egyptian leaders to embrace change. He has not yet, however, managed to convince a majority of Egyptians that Washington was unequivocally on their side. In

large part, this is because of the 30-year legacy of U.S. support for Mubarak that Obama inherited. It is also because the fall of Egypt's dictator did not mean the immediate end of its military dictatorship, and because the administration has continued to balance its support for change in Egypt against its relationship with the country's abusive armed forces. In my view, Obama's finest hour in Egypt came this June, when he said the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces should respect the results of Egypt's presidential election and let the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohamed Morsy, take office. But this pressure did not come when the eyes of the world were upon Tahrir Square. It was exercised largely behind the scenes. And many of Egypt's revolutionaries were themselves of two minds about letting the Brotherhood take power. Obama's principled stand probably helped him three months later, when he persuaded Morsy and the Brotherhood to condemn the embassy attacks more vigorously after their initial silence. But it was not enough -not yet -- to overcome decades of popular Egyptian mistrust of the United States. In Yemen, the United States ultimately helped ease the longserving dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh, out of office and is providing significant aid for the economy and the transition process. There is still resentment, however, over U.S. support for

Saleh in the first months of the uprising, over U.S.-backed deals that gave Saleh immunity and allowed his relatives to keep top security posts, and over drone strikes. Supporting democracy and development may be a priority for Washington in Yemen, but Yemenis know that it is not the top priority. This may explain why, when mobs breached the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, many Yemeni citizens reacted with a degree of anger and shame, but not the universal revulsion -- or spontaneous popular rising against the perpetrators -- that we saw in Libya. And it may be why Yemen's parliament condemned the violence but voted against allowing U.S. Marines to reinforce the embassy compound. In Bahrain, too, Washington has straddled the fence between demanding political reform and staying on good terms with an authoritarian monarchy that hosts a U.S. naval base. Many members of Bahrain's mostly Shiite opposition are frustrated with the United States for not opposing the Bahraini government's repression more strongly; from time to time, young protesters chant antiAmerican slogans. But opposition leaders and activists still desperately want American help. On the Friday after the embassy riots elsewhere in the region, they urged their followers not to demonstrate against the United States. In other words, it is faith -LIBYA page 28

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SHAUN WALKER (Foreign Policy)
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Eccentric billionaire (and exoticpet enthusiast) Bidzina Ivanishvili just won a shock election in Georgia. But is he too crazy to actually govern? BY SHAUN WALKER| OCTOBER 2, 2012 TBILISI, Georgia — Beyond his zebra-rearing, art-collecting eccentricities, we don't know all t h a t m u c h about Bidzina Ivanishvili, whose Georgian Dream coalition won a shock victory in Monday's parliamentary elections here. But after his victory news conference, we do know one thing for sure: He's no orator. In a long meeting with the media in a sweaty room at Georgian Dream headquarters on Tuesday, Oct. 2, Ivanishvili rambled, repeated himself, appeared to make up policy on the spot, and accused a reporter from a major international news agency of being a stooge for his opponent, President Mikheil Saakashvili. He was also oblivious of the fact that G e o r g i a n l a w requires Saakashvili, as president, to approve the prime minister's nomination, at least until the Georgian Constitution changes next year. Initially, he argued forcefully with journalists that this was incorrect, before later conceding the point. It was an unnerving performance that might give people some cause to wonder just who the man is

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Saakashvili's reforming but authoritarian rule, and what kind of government he might go on to lead. Much of the vitriolic election campaign that took place here over the past few months focused on the flaws or benefits of Saakashvili, the hero of the 2003 Rose Revolution. His eccentric opponent was something of a side attraction. Now that Ivanishvili's coalition is going to dominate Parliament, however, the spotlight falls on the oligarch, who lived in complete hermitdom prior to his entry into politics. Until last year, few people even knew what he looked like. He had given just one interview, to the Russian newspaper Vedomosti, back in 2005, and he shunned all publicity and public events. He moved as stealthily as a cat whenever he left the safety of his contemporary castle of glass on a hill overlooking Tbilisi, disbursing his philanthropic donations to Georgian artists and intellectuals quietly and anonymously. After he announced in October 2011 that he was the man to challenge Saakashvili, he had to make a quick adjustment to the world of media appearances and interviews. A gift to the profile writer, Ivanishvili often seems like he has wandered straight off t h e p a g e s o f a Gary Shteyngart novel. His political rallies have featured performances by his albino son, who is a rapper. When I interviewed him two months ago,

at his Black Sea estate, he arrived driving a red golf buggy, playing " My Way" on the stereo and offering an impromptu tour of his exotic-pet collection before we sat down to chat. There were flamingos, parrots, peacocks, and two zebras. Another reporter who visited one of his other residences discovered a kangaroo and several penguins (it being January, they were swimming around his pond and not being refrigerated, as they are during summer). "The main problem is that he does not know what love is," Ivanishvili told me when I asked him what he disliked about Saakashvili. In an interview with the Russian edition of GQ, he elaborated: "I love people, unlike Saakashvili, and they feel it," he said. "Saakashvili loves only sex and food." In the time we spent talking, he came across as a surprisingly affable, if rather bizarre character. He was comfortable talking about how Zelda, his zebra mare, is pregnant, or how there are eight breeds of peacock (he has them all). He was even comfortable talking about his rise from a Georgian villager to a Russian billionaire and how he negotiated the dangers of the 1990s Moscow business climate. He was less cogent, however, on specific policies, concentrating instead on ad hominem attacks on his opponent. (Saakashvili's people, for their part, returned the compliment, describing him as a "weirdo" and a Kremlin stooge.) He also appeared confused by the

transition from dealing with business subordinates to dealing with inquisitive journalists. At the end of our interview he waved a hand and said, "You know which bits to use and which bits not to use, right? I'm sure you understand what you should write and what you shouldn't." Now that the interviews are taking place in front of dozens of television cameras, his confusion that a journalist's purpose actually might be to ask him difficult questions rather than make him look good is more easily visible. At his Tuesday news conference, responding to a perfectly reasonable question from a Bloomberg reporter about whether the so-called " thieves-inlaw" may come back to Georgia now that he is in power, Ivanishvili lost his cool. "Who asked you to ask that question? Saakashvili? Bokeria?" he snapped, referring to the president and one of his key advisors, Giga Bokeria. "It is not a valid question. I'm not answering it." Despite the plethora of advisors who surround him, he also seems to be poorly briefed and is already making statements inconsistent with the few interviews he has given. When asked on Tuesday how much of his fortune he had spent on his campaign, he said: "About $2 million. I'm not sure, exactly. Between $1 million and $3 million." In a July interview he said he had already spent up to $10 million. His sense of political timing also

leaves something to be desired. In his rambling introduction he made the same point four times and spoke at length about how he would prosecute a single judge who had been responsible for what he called unlawful verdicts against the opposition. He stated that if Saakashvili could work with the opposition, then a cooperative relationship could be achieved. Nearly two hours into the news conference, however, Ivanishvili suddenly dropped a bombshell, demanding that Saakashvili resign, instead of seeing out the final year of his presidency. "The only right thing for him to do now is to take his pen and resign," Ivanishvili said. "This would be good for himself and for his future." Ivanishvili appeared to have had the thought on the spot, and the statement immediately caused alarm among the international community, especially after Saakashvili's surprisingly magnanimous concession speech. "This call is totally unacceptable and is a direct attack against democracy and the rule of law," said a statement from Wilfried Martens, president of the European People's Party, which is affiliated with Saakashvili's United National Movement. It was only on the thorny issue of relations with Russia that Ivanishvili sounded assured, insisting that he would seek to bolster trade and cultural ties with Georgia's overbearing northern neighbor, but at the same time vowing not to err at all from Saakashvili's course of NATO and

EU integration. The general consensus at the moment is that this election campaign, despite being spiteful and vitriolic, has ended up as a tremendous advertisement for Georgian democracy. There are not many countries in this region where a powerful sitting president could be so undermined at the ballot box. But Georgian politics, after all, has a long history of enthusiastic celebration of a messiah figure before a swift process of disillusionment kicks in. Recently, we have been inundated with headlines and opeds referencing pruned or wilted roses (the most recent: " Petals Drop Off the Rose Revolution"). The test for Ivanishvili will be keeping his newly victorious coalition -- which ranges from liberals to ultranationalists -together, now that they are no longer fighting a common enemy. How soon before we see the first "Georgian Dream Turns to Nightmare" headline? Not long, unless Ivanishvili develops a new set of political skills quickly. 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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fragile and perhaps temporary -in the possibility of a more principled American policy that protects U.S. interests in Bahrain from the anger of its Shiite street. Yet America's partnership with Bahrain's government has not stopped hard-line members of the country's ruling family from fomenting anti-American hatred among their Sunni supporters. The only demonstrators waving the al Qaeda flag outside the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain last month were backers of the monarchy. If there is a threat to the thousands of American personnel stationed in Bahrain, it is more likely to come from supporters of America's authoritarian "friends" on the island than from the opposition, as U.S. military officers on the island privately acknowledge. What lessons should the Obama administration draw from all this? First, recent events have reinforced, not weakened, the rationale for supporting political change in the Arab world. No sober-minded proponent of such a policy believed it would prevent every act of terrorism or resolve every source of tension between the United States and the region. The point was to deny extremists the argument that the United States supports oppressive regimes and to gradually win America more allies among the

people of Arab countries against al Qaeda and extremism. It was also to create space for the political reformers and civil society activists whom the Mubaraks and Qaddafis (not to mention the House of Saud) suppressed, allowing them to serve as a counterweight to those on the violent fringe. So far, the more consistently this policy has been applied, the more these effects have been seen. Second, the United States naturally cannot do everywhere in the Middle East what it did in Libya. The solidarity Libyans feel with the countries that supported them, as well as their consequent rejection of terrorism, is not by itself a sufficient argument for military intervention in Syria or elsewhere. But people liberating themselves from dictatorship in the Arab world will be more likely to help those, and listen to those, who help them (and vice versa). Entanglement in the troubles arising from the Arab Spring is not a dangerous thing for the United States if it is principled and aligns Washington with people struggling for their dignity and human rights. Certainly, this is no time to lurch to the opposite extreme -- to start seeing the region in terms of threats, not opportunities, to pull out the diplomats and send in the drones. It is sad that the only

questions Congress is asking the administration now about Libya concern the attack on U.S. diplomats and whether someone can be blamed for not anticipating it or beefing up security enough. Congress should be demanding to know how the administration plans to continue the fallen diplomats' mission. How will it help the legitimate Libyan authorities rein in the militias responsible for the lawlessness in the country, as the vast majority of Libyans want? Third, though the United States will continue to juggle multiple interests in the Middle East, a revolutionary moment is not a time for nuance. If you want to win the respect and trust of people in the region, as Obama set out to do in his famous speech in Cairo, and one day those people risk prison and death to challenge their authoritarian regimes, then on that day you must be clearly, unequivocally on their side, or they are not going to hear you. A final thought: Obama didn't make or break the Arab Spring. But the Arab Spring is Obama's first-term foreign-policy legacy. This is not what realists in the administration expected. But the democratic upheaval in the Middle East is the only major global development in the last four years that is shifting the course of history and that the

United States has been able to affect for better or for worse. Nothing else compares. The Middle East peace process is stalled (all the more reason for the administration to be seen addressing other sources of tension between the United States and the Arab world). Afghanistan and Iraq have preoccupied the administration, but those are old commitments being wound down, not positive efforts to build something new. The "Asia pivot" may be a wise adjustment in priorities, but it has not yet produced significant achievements. The win the administration most often cites, the democratic opening in Myanmar, is hopeful, but has nothing to do with the U.S. decision to focus more on the Pacific. It happened because Myanmar was never part of America's geopolitical calculus in Asia -- it was the only country in the world toward which successive presidents, including Obama, pursued a policy devoted overwhelmingly to the pursuit of human rights. The embassy attacks are not the beginning of the end of the Arab Spring or of America's engagement with it. They may mark the end of the beginning. We all know now, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said when it all started, that the authoritarian

foundations of the region are " sinking into the sand" and that from Morocco to Iran, people will seize every chance to bury them deeper. But the hardest challenges lie ahead: ending the atrocities in Syria and stabilizing the country after Bashar al-Assad is gone, brokering political reforms in a dangerously divided Bahrain, consolidating democracy in Egypt, building a state from the ground up in Libya. Experts will tell Obama that the United States has limited influence over all these developments. I hope he will tell them that he pays his experts to help him use that limited influence as creatively and effectively as possible. If he is reelected, I hope he will own his legacy and double down on the effort to make it a successful one. 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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California’s Ballyhooed Recovery? Oh Dude!
testosteronepit (Zero Hedge)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 6:25:58 PM

W o l f R i c h t e r www.testosteronepit.com There’d been some excitement on Monday about the manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) that had edged up to 51.5, from 49.6 in August. The first month above 50—indication of growth in US manufacturing, however feeble—after three consecutive months of declines. Halleluiah. But in California, despite the current hype, the manufacturing index suddenly collapsed. “Manufacturing” in California is to be taken with a grain of salt. Much of it migrated to low-wage countries like China and Mexico. In Silicon Valley, once the center of high-tech manufacturing, chip startups are “fabless”; they design chips and outsource manufacturing to foundries in China. The iPhone and similar devices have never been manufactured in the US. Computers are manufactured worldwide, not in California. The big thing these days is software in all its forms, from run-of-the-mill photo-sharing apps to “Big Data.”

And everyone wants to create “the next Facebook.” Um, well, minus the IPO fiasco. Biotech research outfits are sprouting up. And then there is Tesla, the electric-car startup, trying to make a go of it at a plant where GM and Toyota had thrown in the towel. It’s burning through hundreds of millions of dollars in investor money, taxpayer money, and customer deposits, and it hasn’t manufactured very much yet. So “manufacturing” in California needs quotation marks. But even the VC-funded bonanza in the Bay Area appears to be drying up. VCs are still making deals at a good clip: $4.16 billion in the second quarter, up from $4.04 billion for the same period last year. But the Facebook IPO fiasco—you still can’t have a conversation around here without it—and other IPO fiascos have weaned limited partners off their wildest dreams. And they’re having an impact.... on fundraising. Ever more VCs are chasing down fewer and more skeptical investors who, inexplicably, have become reluctant to part with their money. It has been a “ dismal fundraising climate.”

The trend has been going on for several years, as investments by VCs have outpaced their ability to raise funds. At some point, these funds will be drawn down, and investments in startups will wither. We’ve been through this before. And it might be at the cusp of happening again. It will take the sheen off the Bay Area. Meanwhile, manufacturing in Southern California, where this exotic activity is still practiced, is leading the way. California has its own manufacturing PMI, the Inland Empire Report on Business, sponsored by San Bernardino and Riverside Counties in Southern California, commonly called the Inland Manufacturing Index. After the recent high of 60.8 in March—above 50 indicating growth—it zigzagged down to 52 in August, and then in September, it crashed to 43.4—the lowest level since September 2009. All five key components were weak. And three fell off a cliff: Production tumbled from 55 in August to 37.5 in September; New Orders—a harbinger of pain to come—fell from 52 to 37, and Exports fell from 51.1 to 35.7. “Disturbing,” the report called it.

So, with orders, production, and exports going south, the employment index sank to 44.6, indicating declining employment in manufacturing for the first time since December 2011. But thanks to the serial and now infinite QE, the Bernanke effect has kicked in: one component actually rose to 64.1, namely commodity prices. These higher input costs are adding to the pressures that businesses face. Optimism about the local economy for the next quarter dropped sharply, replaced by outright negativism: 42% of the purchasing managers now expect the economy to be weaker, a jump from 29% in August. Only 12% felt it would be better. Their comments were largely negative. “Business is real slow” or “slowing orders” were common themes. While there is some seasonality in this index, the fact that it dropped so sharply and, on the way down, blew past the lows of the last three years is troubling—and not only for California. Nationwide, CEOs believe the next six months are going to be tough; and they’re reacting to it by slashing capital expenditures

and jobs—to “reflect global demand flattening out, particularly in Europe and China,” explained Boeing CEO Jim McNerney. The numbers evoke the dark days of 2009 and doubledigit unemployment. It’s been a steep and bumpy slide. Read.... The Miraculous Decoupling of Reality, for Now. And so, California municipalities are cracking: Atwater just admitted it may have to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. The 4th local government to fail. Read.... Next in a Tidal Wave of California Municipal Bankruptcies, by hard-hitting Chriss Street. Average: Your rating: None Average: 4.5( 2 votes) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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US CEOs Sharply Reduce Expectations for Economic Outlook, Hiring; Third Largest Plunge in 6-Month Expectations in History; Reflections On "Uncertainty"
noreply@blogger.com (Mike Mish Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 10:37:00 AM

Plunge in CEO Expectations The quarterly survey of CEO expectations looking six months out shows that while CEOs are still positive in regards to capital spending and sales, the recent plunge was the third largest plunge in expectations in history. John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable discusses CEO sentiment in the following video. Link If Video Below Does Not Play: CEO Rountable Video Read the transcript of the call for comments from BRT President John Engler and BRT Chairman and Boeing CEO Jim McNerney. Hiring Contraction More CEOs than not expect reduced employment in the next six months. click on chart for sharper image CEOs Sharply Reduce Expectations for Economic Outlook, Hiring Business Roundtable notes CEOs Sharply Reduce Expectations for U.S. Economy. The results of Business Roundtable’s (BRT) third quarter CEO Economic Outlook Survey for 2012 show a further downturn

in CEOs’ expectations for sales, capital spending and hiring for the next six months. The Business Roundtable CEO Economic Outlook Survey Index decreased to 66.0 in the third quarter of 2012 from 89.1 in the second quarter of 2012, the lowest reading since the third quarter of 2009 and the third largest single quarter drop in the survey’s history. “CEOs foresee slower overall economic growth for 2012 and have lower expectations for sales, capital expenditures and hiring compared to last quarter,” said Jim McNerney, Chairman of Business Roundtable and Chairman, President and CEO of The Boeing Company. “The downshift in quarterly sentiment reflects continuing concern about the strength of the recovery, including uncertainty over the approaching fiscal cliff and accompanying debates about the

tax code, sequestration and the debt ceiling.” Third Quarter 2012 CEO Economic Outlook Survey Index The Business Roundtable CEO Economic Outlook Survey Index – a composite index of CEO expectations for the next six months of sales, capital spending and employment – trended downward to 66.0 in the third quarter of 2012 from 89.1 in the second quarter of 2012. This marks the lowest point for the index since the third quarter of 2009. Plunge In Economic Outlook click on chart for sharper image Reflections On "Uncertainty" CEOs blame "uncertainty" which is nothing more than a euphemism for poor business conditions. It's as if there is some unwritten rule that CEOs can only be "certain" of good things, never bad. Yes, there is this "fiscal cliff"

thing, but business is slowing already, globally, and not just because of a "fiscal cliff". Simply put, CEOs can easily see things are already getting worse or at least not improving. Finally, no one can ever truly be "certain" about anything economically speaking six months down the road. CEOs and politicians just do not want to say "conditions suck" so instead they complain about "uncertainty". Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com/ "Wine Country" Economic Conference Hosted By Mish Click on Image to Learn More Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. Visit http://www.sitkapacific.com /account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.

Real Widget Brings Windows' Tiled Interface on Your Android [Customization]
Whitson Gordon (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 3:30:00 PM

Android 4.0+: Like the look of Windows Phone's tiled interface, but want Android's openness and app library? Real Widget puts Windows' tiled interface on your Android home screen so you get the best of both worlds. More »

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ECB President Mario Draghi Is No Match For This Italian Comedian
Bruce Krasting (Money Game)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 8:07:15 PM

An interesting article from WaPo about a rising political star in Italy.(Link) Some details: Beppe Grillo is a well know TV personality/comedian in Italy. At age 64 he ran for political office in Parma, and won. He has been doing a lot of talking since, and his philosophies have become very popular. His message is Italian nationalism, an end to the link with the Euro, he has even advocating defaulting on Italy’s debt. From the WaPo article: Four months after his Five Star Movement swept into government here in a surprise victory that sent his national profile soaring, he stood in a town square and delivered a breathless tirade against“the forces” seeking to destroy Italian society. He called for a referendum on the euro and said Rome should follow in the footsteps of Argentina and Ecuador by suspending payments on the national debt. In the country that could make or break the future of the euro with its next election, he described Germany and France as European paymasters who would bleed Italy dry. “He is a thermometer of Italy’s political temperature, and the

success of a demagogue like him would send a dangerous message to our allies in Europe that credibility and sacrifice are no longer on Italy’s agenda.” Recent surveys suggest that almost one in five Italians now back it, placing his movement only single digits behind the nation’s two leading parties in popularity. I have no real understanding of Italian politics, but I think there is an important message in Grillo’s meteoric rise in popularity. My

conclusion is that Mario Draghi’s effort to save the EU (and the Euro) is doomed to failure. We have a bizarre status quo today, there is calm in the Euro bond markets. The stability is driven by the belief that Spain will soon accept a bailout (and all of the very bad things that this implies). And when Spain does get down on its knees and begs, the ECB will quickly act, and begin to buy unlimited amounts of dodgy Spanish paper. The problem is that Spain is very

reluctant to ask for that ECB bailout. We are in financial fairyland today. It won’t last. In the not too distant future the markets will push Spain to the edge, and the country will be forced to accept the ECB/IMF terms. Very shortly thereafter, the pressure will grow for Italy to accept the same terms as Spain. And that gets us back to Beppe Grillo. When these events unfold in Italy, the “Italy First” message now being sent by Grillo will rise

higher and higher. It’s possible that Spain will be forced to accept the strict conditionality of an ECB /IMF bailout, but there is no way that Italy will. The Italian people will simply not accept their country becoming a (bigger) serfdom of Germany. Mario Draghi knows what the political mood in Italy is. He is keenly aware of the rise in popularity of Grillo, and his message. Mario also understands what Grillo could mean to his efforts to put his home country into economic jail. Draghi has always spoken with great confidence. He has used words like“unlimited” and“forever”. But he also reads his hometown newspapers. He has to know that he can’t carry off his plan. The economics of his bailout might work, but the political side of the equation is going to fail. I’m sure Draghi is aware of all this; that means he is one hell of a bluffer. Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story »

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America's Fattest Are Getting Fattest-er Faster
Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 6:59:38 PM

In the ten years to 2010, the severely obese (Americans who are 100lbs or more overweight) increased about 70%. A new study from RAND Corporation (via ScienceDaily) found that "the proportion of people at the high end of the weight scale continues to increase faster than any other group of obese people, despite increased public attention on the risks of obesity." Up from 3.9% to 6.6% (or more than 15 million people) of our population is now morbidly obese. The prevalence of severe obesity was about 50 percent higher among women than among men, and about twice as high among blacks when compared to Hispanics or whites. Increases in obesity were also fastest in the younger cohorts - under 40.

"The proportion of people at the high end of the weight scale continues to increase faster than any other group of obese people, despite increased public attention on the risks of obesity," said Roland Sturm, lead author of the report and a senior economist at RAND, a nonprofit research organization. "But for the first time in the past 20 years there is evidence the trend is slowing." The study suggests that clinically severe obesity, instead of being a rare pathological condition among genetically vulnerable individuals, is an integral part of the population's weight distribution. As the whole population becomes heavier, the extreme category -the severely obese -- increases the fastest. To be classified as severely obese, a person must have a body mass index (a ratio of weight to height) of 40 or higher -- roughly

100 pounds or more overweight for an average adult man. The typical severely obese man weighs 300 pounds at a height of 5 feet 10 inches tall, while the typical severely obese woman weighs 250 pounds at a height of 5 feet 4 inches.

People with a BMI of 25 to 29 are considered overweight, while a BMI of 30 or more classifies a person as being obese. For a 5foot-10 inch male, a BMI of 30 translates into being 35 pounds too heavy. Or, for those confused:

On the bright side, as we noted here, the faster we get fatter, the sooner we die, and the lower the deficit (via entitlements) will be. Perhaps the way out of this fiscal mess is indeed to eat ourselves to an early death? Maybe all those looking to regulate what we eat and drink may actually be doing our economy more harm than good in the long-run. Average: Your rating: None Average: 3.4( 8 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.

Remains of the Day: Steam Opens Its Software Store [For What It's Worth]
Whitson Gordon (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 4:00:00 PM

Steam starts selling non-game software, Microsoft is going to launch stores across the country, a

Microsoft-made Windows phone

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Foreigners Dump €89.6 Billion Spanish Bonds; Spanish Bank Exposure Increases by €108.8 Billion
noreply@blogger.com (Mike Mish Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)

the year, according to Treasury data. In these eight months, Spanish exposure has risen €108.8 Billion, Submitted at 10/2/2012 1:26:00 PM European banks are supposed to a record 106.84% increase. be deleveraging. By now, most Meanwhile, foreign investment in realize they are headed the Spanish debt has dropped 31.8% opposite direction. In Spain, the during the same period, standing increased leverage is pro-cyclical, a t € 1 9 1 . 8 3 6 b i l l i o n e u r o s , 100% certain to cause a bigger compared to €281.439 at the end problem down the road. of 2011. H e r e i s a M i s h - m o d i f i e d This is the second consecutive translation of an El Economista time since 2008 that the debt in a r t i c l e o n S p a n i s h B o n d foreign hands is below the €200 Purchases. billion. Financial institutions have Banks are now the main investor, become the main investor in ahead of foreigners, accumulating Spanish government bonds after now 34.07% of the public debt, foreigners withdrawn €89.6 compared to 33.49% by foreign billion in the first eight months of investors. This situation has not

occurred since 2003. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com/ Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. Visit http://www.sitkapacific.com /account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.

Today's Car Sales Number Was One Of The Strongest Datapoints We Can Remember Seeing In A Long Time
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 7:18:47 PM

Happy Hour Links: Advice
Michael Warren (The Weekly Standard)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 5:01:00 PM

Ed Kilgore: Can Romney distance himself from Bush? Romney ought to talk about the new IRS mandate Obamacare has created.

Obama's made a mess of the Middle East, huh?

This is a very good sign for the economy in September. Today's Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rate of car sales came in at nearly 15 million, well ahead of the 14.5 million that was expected. It's the best month for car sales since the crisis, even topping the cash-for-clunkers spike. People don't buy a new car unless they're feeling confident about their employment situation. Not surprisingly, car sales closely

correlated with Non-Farm Payrolls. The strong number also backs up a number of strong consumer confidence readings lately. As Gallup notes today, confidence surged nicely in September. It's getting harder and harder to make the argument that the economy is in deterioration mode. SEE ALSO: The 25 hottest selling cars in America > Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story »

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Build a Swimming Tank for Darpa and Make a Million Dollars
Spencer Ackerman (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 2:39:00 PM

The Marines’ Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program flamed out after two decades and $13 billion. Darpa thinks you can build a better amphibious infantry vehicle in less time — and will pay you $1 million for a design. Photo: Marines The Pentagon’s blue-sky researchers are gambling that you can build a swimming tank for the Marines in a fraction of the time it takes the military’s lumbering acquisitions process. All you need are the relevant data and a set of web-based collaborative tools. And its gamble will pay you a million dollars if you’re part of the winning design team. Welcome to the FANG Challenge, the latest of Darpa’s various design challenges that leverage the distributed intelligence of the crowd. (They don’t want to call it “crowdsourcing,” but more on that in a second.) FANG stands for Fast, Adaptable, NextGeneration Ground Vehicle. In this case, Darpa wants to build an amphibious infantry vehicle to the specifications of the Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle, designed to carry Marines from ship to shore under fire. Only Darpa thinks you can

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military vehicle, in less time, and without the support of megadefense corporations. To do so, you’ll have to break from the process through which those vehicles get engineered. Typically, explains Army Lt. Col. Nathan Weidenman, a Darpa program manager and armor officer, the component systems of military vehicles are engineered individually: The propulsion people work on the propulsion system, the data people work on data management, and so forth. But when you put them all together, you don’t get what you expected, “because all those components and sub-systems interact in ways we couldn’t anticipate,” Weidenman told reporters on Tuesday. “Nothing is just a data-management system or a power or thermal system. All the components of a complex system like this have mechanical, power, data, thermal, and electromagnetic behaviors that affect other sub-components around them.” The result is a stop -start process that takes forever and costs a fortune. A template for how teams competing in Darpa’s FANG Challenge can design a vehicle in an online foundry called VehicleFORGE. Image: Darpa

The gamble behind the FANG Challenge is that once a design team has the data spelling out the requirements of each of the systems for a military vehicle, that team ought to be able to design the individual parts of component systems while taking note of how the other parts have to knit together. Darpa doesn’t expect you to do the whole thing at once: First it wants you to build the mobility system; and later, it’ll ask you to design the chassis. But to be able to see how the component systems of the vehicle will need to interact, Darpa has created an online library of data — called the Component, Context, and Manufacturing Model Library, or C2M2L, pronounced “Camel” — and a virtual foundry called VehicleFORGE. Inside VehicleFORGE, people who form into design teams can inspect the data requirements for each component of the swimming tank (or, really, whatever you design); use imaging software to design each of the systems; and see immediately how any one part of the vehicle impacts every other one, so you can adjust your specs accordingly. As shown in the image above, the interface looks a bit like online gaming.

“You open the aperture for innovation,” Weidenman contends, beyond the same handful of defense giants that the Pentagon relies on for its expensive truck, plane and ship programs. To be clear, the FANG Challenge doesn’t hold the Marines’ amphibious vehicle program hostage to the design whims of random people. It’s an experiment in outperforming the military acquisition system. “We have a close working relationship with the Marines, but they are not counting on FANG for the success of their program,” Weidenman said. “We will run in parallel, and if we are successful, the [amphibious vehicle] program will be the first beneficiary. Again, Darpa isn’t actually expecting to build every part of this infantry vehicle all at once. The FANG Challenge is broken up into three phases. The first phase, opened to would-be competitors for registration on Monday, seeks to build the drivetrain and mobility systems. Darpa will open C2M2L and VehicleFORGE to participants in January, and teams will have until April to work. The winning design, judged according to the Marine Corps’ criteria for the

Amphibious Combat Vehicle, will get a million dollars. You can start to assemble your crew using the hashtag #DARPAFANG. The next phase, slated for late 2013, will be to design the hull, informed by the work in phase 1. That’s another $1 million. And in 2014, the winning design for the full vehicle will get $2 million. Darpa gets a design it expects it couldn’t anticipate — Weidenman thinks “populating the design tradespace” will yield wacky new structures — and, the gamble goes, the Marines might get a new swimming vehicle long before the traditional Pentagon acquisitions process. That process, it’s worth noting, led its previous future swimming tank, the Expeditionary Combat Vehicle, to flameout after $13 billion and nearly 20 years of development. Darpa’s crowdsourced vehicle designs before. The 2010 Experimental Crowd-derived Combat-Support Vehicle (XC2V) Design Challenge created a combat vehicle that could be used for medevac. Weidenman thinks the FANG Challenge isn’t exactly crowdsourcing, though. “We do not consider Adaptive Vehicle Make and the FANG Challenges to be crowdsourcing in the traditional use of the term,”

he says. “Crowdsourcing requires that you attack the right problems. And it’s really valuable at attacking the kinds of problems that require someone to have an innate inborn skill,” such as Darpa’s protein-folding challenges. This is focused on “someone who really has the technical skills and training to be an engineer for complex cyberphysical systems, but who doesn’t have a way of access or providing any input… We’re looking at a more focused selection of people that we want to reach out to, nontraditional design entities.” Whatever you call it, it could yield a new amphibious vehicle — and make you money. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Obama Grades the United States: 'Incomplete'
Daniel Halper (The Weekly Standard)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 5:32:00 PM

In a recent interview with Glamour magazine, President Barack Obama gives the United Obama's grade is based on how States an "incomplete" grade.

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Family Radio Re-Airs Harold Camping's Controversial Teachings
(The Christian Post)

day the world is physically destroyed. In the months following the October 2, 2012| 6:52 pm failed predictions, Family Radio Trevor Hammack, pastor of removed all content from its Victory Baptist Church in Texas, website in relation to Judgment announced "Harold Camping is Day. Back" on his radio program The 91-year-old Christian Sunday. Hammack, who was a b r o a d c a s t e r a l s o i s s u e d a devoted follower of Camping in statement in March this year, the 1990s, found that his former admitting that his predictions Bible teacher's messages on "the were wrong and sinful. He further end of the church age" were being stated that he had no interest in re-aired. making another prediction. "You've got to be kidding me," Follow us Hammack said. "Family Radio, "[W]e now realize that those you already realized the absolute people who were calling our mess you made around the world attention to the Bible's statement by these crazy [end of the world] that 'of that day and hour knoweth predictions and now you're going no man' (Matthew 24:36 & Mark to go back to Harold Camping's 13:32), were right in their teaching from 2001 where he told understanding of those verses and everyone the church age was over Family Radio was wrong," said and everyone should flee the Camping. "Whether God will ever church and you're going to re-air give us any indication of the date that?" of His return is hidden in God's Camping, founder of Family divine plan. Radio, is most well-known for his "God has humbled us through the failed predictions on Jesus Christ's events of May 21, to continue to return and the end of the world. even more fervently search the Although he has made previous Scriptures (the Bible), not to find Judgment Day predictions, he dates, but to be more faithful in gained the most attention for his our understanding." May 21, 2011, forecast, saying After a period of silence from the that true believers would be broadcasting network, Hammack raptured and the apocalypse decided to "check in" on Family would begin. He also predicted Radio last weekend. That's when that Oct. 21, 2011, would be the he discovered the complete
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unedited re-airing of Camping's past teachings on the "end of the church age." Though Family Radio had still been airing Camping's messages for the past year, they were not related to any of his controversial teachings such as on doomsday or the apostasy of the church. Hammack, who read all of Camping's books and listened to most of his teachings in his early Christian years, believes Family Radio began re-airing the church teachings in July. The Christian Post called the radio network and was told that Camping's past church teachings were being re-aired but was asked to call back to speak with someone else. CP was unable to reach another Family Radio representative. In his 2001 messages, Camping states that God's judgment on churches had already begun and that salvation could no longer be found within churches. The broadcaster encouraged believers to leave their churches, which he claimed were being controlled by Satan. Hammack listened to and recorded those messages when they originally aired over a decade ago. The "end of the church age" consists of many episodes, according to Hammack,

who is concerned that new believers today could be misled. "You would think that Family Radio would get as far away from Harold Camping's teaching as humanly possible and bring Bible teachers who would get back to teaching the Scriptures," said the Texas pastor. "But it looks like Family Radio, at least it seems in principle, still agrees that the church age is over and everyone should leave their church." "Now, after everything, that teaching is back on the air? I'm in absolute shock by the whole thing ... I thought they had learned their lesson." Hammack said he would try to get in contact with Family Radio to express his concerns. Family Radio, based in California, is a nondenominational, noncommercial, nonprofit, listener-supported, 24-hour, ministry with stations throughout the country and overseas. 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.

Humble Indie Bundle 6 ends, earns over $2 million
David Hinkle (Joystiq)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 9:00:00 PM

316,258 individuals signed on for the latest Humble Indie Bundle, which is arguably the best Humble Indie Bundle yet. Humble Indie Bundle 6, which halted sales earlier this evening, managed to earn a total of $2,048,330.42 during the collection's sale. Humble Indie Bundle 6 initially launched with the starting lineup of Rochard, Shatter, S.P.A.Z., Torchlight, Vessel and Dustforce. A week later, the bundle expanded to include Bit.Trip Runner, Wizorb, Jamestown and Gratuitous Space Battles for purchases equal or greater to the average sale price of the set. See? Best bundle yet! Humble Indie Bundle 6 ends, earns over $2 million originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 02 Oct 2012 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Ecumenical News International Suspends Operations
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Nokia Ad Takes Colorful Jab At The iPhone 5 [VIDEO]
Todd Wasserman (Mashable!)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 7:54:08 PM

funding, but has also made the biggest cuts." Submitted at 10/2/2012 5:57:13 PM Regarding the extent of the October 2, 2012| 6:57 pm suspension of operations, Harris Ecumenical News International, a told CP that "the website is source of religious news founded operational for another month, but in 1994 and supported by several its future is also uncertain. interdenominational groups, made Everything else is on hold." the announcement on Monday. Follow us The Rev. David Harris, president ENInews will remain in of ENInews, told The Christian suspension until it receives the Post that funding issues regarding necessary amount of emergency its four original major supporting funding to maintain its operations organizations were the cause of throughout the remainder of the the suspension. year. T h e f o u r s u p p o r t i n g Kristine Greenaway, executive organizations are the World secretary of Communications at Council of Churches ( WCC), WCRC, told The Christian Post L u t h e r a n W o r l d F e d e r a t i o n that her organization has given (LWF), World Communion of consistently to ENInews the Reformed Churches (WCRC), and amount of 30,000 Swiss Francs the Conference of European annually. Churches. All four organizations " W C R C i s h o p i n g t h a t t h e are based in Geneva. suspension will be temporary and "Funding from the original four that funding will be found to members who established ENI in continue the news service," said the 1990s has fallen drastically in Greenaway. "ENI plays a vital the last two years, from nearly role in telling the stories of what $700,000 to less than $200,000 churches do as part of the global this year," said Harris. "The WCC ecumenical movement in response is still the largest source of to the important issues of the

day." Another supporting organization of ENInews is the World Association for Christian Communication, based in Toronto. Philip Lee, deputy director for Programs and editor of Media Development at WACC, told CP that his organization was "dismayed" by the news. "ENInews is a valuable and credible source of impartial and balanced news coverage of faithrelated issues," said Lee. "Few secular news agencies dedicate staff-time to covering the political and social actions of important bodies such as the World Council of Churches and the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance. If ENInews folds, it will create a vacuum that is unlikely to be filled." According to Lee, for a time WACC provided ENInews and other "church-related news agencies" with monetary support. "With great regret WACC is not in a position offer emergency financial support to ENInews," said Lee, noting that while

WACC "has never reduced its support for ENInews" many other groups have. "WACC urges ecumenical partners to respond if they can and to take seriously the need for news coverage of faith-based issues that impact society globally and locally." According to its website, ENInews has about 500 subscribers and several copublishing agreements with religious media including Episcopal News Service, Latin American and Caribbean Communication Agency, and Religious News Service. Last year it transmitted over 700 articles. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

The iPhone 5 has some nice features, but to paraphrase Jay-Z, a choice of colors ain't one. Considering the positive reviews and brisk sales for the device, most consumers don't seem to mind that the phone only comes in white and black. But Nokia apparently thinks the lack of chromatics is a deal-breaker for some or at least a reason to take a flyer on its Lumia 920, which comes in black, white, grey, red and yellow. Nokia exploits this color gap advantage in the above video, which makes its case in stylized animated form. Though even the least tech-savvy of your friends will probably be able to figure out what the phone with the "5" in the video is supposed to represent, Nokia's… Continue reading... More About: Advertising, Lumia 920, Marketing, Nokia, apple, iPhone 5

Government cancels West Coast Mainline contract due to 'flaws' in bidding process
Andrew Trotman (Finance News - Business news from the UK and world)

FirstGroup's contract to run the West Coast Mainline has been cancelled by the Government due

to "significant technical flaws" in the bidding process, which will be re-run.

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HTC One X+, One VX and 8X Are AT&TBound
Nathan Olivarez-Giles (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 4:12:00 PM

HTC’s One X+ looks just like the original One X on the outside, but some key components inside have been upgraded. Image: HTC Corp. HTC’s One X is our current pick for the best Android handset out there (sorry, Galaxy S III), but that doesn’t mean the handset is perfect. After all, who wouldn’t like a bit more battery life, a bit more speed and processing power? Well, that’s what HTC says it will deliver in the One X+, which is set to launch later this year alongside the mid-range One VX and the eagerly anticipated Windows Phone 8X. All three phones will be sold through AT&T in the U.S. The One X+, announced by HTC on Tuesday, will replace the One X (which launched in May) as the company’s flagship Android handset, but on the outside, the One X+ and the One X will remain the same, except in color. The One X was available in a white or charcoal grey colorway, but the One X+ will be available only in matte black. The gorgeous 4.7-inch 1280×720 LCD touchscreen on the One X

remains on the One X+, but on the inside, the beastly fast 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon from the original One X gets replaced by a 1.7GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU. It just so happens the non-U.S. version of the first One X featured this same Tegra 3 CPU. As such, the One X+ will be HTC’s first quad-core smartphone to hit the U.S. But the massive display and amped-up processor shouldn’t nuke battery life. HTC says the One X+ will last about 50 percent longer than

Cream Sandwich operating system but will be upgradeable to 4.1 Jelly Bean shortly after launch, HTC said. Inside, the One VX will be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and 1GB RAM. While the One X and One X+ pack 8megapixel rear facing cameras, the One VX will feature a 5megapixel rear camera. Included storage is cut down as well — just 8GB for the One VX. HTC and AT&T have yet to announce pricing or solid release dates for the One X+, the One VX or the 8X, though the two companies have said the 8X is pegged for November. HTC’s Windows Phone 8X will launch on AT&T later this year. Image: HTC Corp. This entry passed through the its predecessor, thanks to a larger October to November. 2,100mAh battery. Internal The Android Jelly Bean update Full-Text RSS service — if this is storage gets bumped from 16GB found on the One X+ will hit your content and you're reading it to 64GB, and the front-facing HTC’s One S and One X in on someone else's site, please read camera is upgraded from 1.3- October, HTC said in a statement. the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentmegapixels to 1.6-megapixels. HTC’s One VX, also announced only/faq.php#publishers. Five The One X+ will also be the first Tuesday, will sit beneath the One Filters recommends: Incinerating HTC phone to ship on Android X+ and One X in terms of specs Assange - The Liberal Media Go 4.1 Jelly Bean (skinned in the (and hopefully price), but not too To Work. hardware maker’s Sense 4 user far below. On paper, the biggest interface). For now, HTC and downgrade on the One VX looks AT&T aren’t saying when the to be its 4.5-inch display, which One X+ will hit the U.S., but the features a 960 x 540 pixel handset will launch in Europe in resolution. The One VX will ship October, and across Asia from running Google’s Android 4.0 Ice

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The why, what, and how of naming storms
(Holy Kaw!)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 6:23:00 PM

If the name list for this year’s winter storms strikes you as a little odd, you’re not alone, but we’re happy this strange list inspired James Plafke over at Geekosystem to dig up a whole bunch of fun facts about storm names to satisfy our lust for trivial pleasures. And, no, "Gandolf" wasn’t misspelled. Why Do We Name Storms? The National Hurricane Center employs logic, and notes that short names that are easy to remember help avoid confusion

much more than using latitudelongitude identification methods. It also helps spread awareness and is much easier to track if your hurricane is named Igor, rather than a string of numbers.

The First Storm Names Some of the first recorded hurricanes with names were named after the saint’s day on which the storm occurred. Author and forecaster Ivan R. Tannehill

noted that before the end of the 19th century, an Australian meteorologist began giving hurricanes female names, and the practice eventually took hold amongst the Army and Navy during World War II. Eventually, in 1978, hurricanes began being named after both men and women, rather than simply sticking to the female-only naming convention. Who Names Hurricanes? Oddly, not the National Hurricane Center, but the World Meteorological Organization. Full story at Geekosystem. Stormy weather. Permalink| Leave a comment »

TV Anchor Gets Called Fat, Has an Awesome Response [VIDEO]
Todd Wasserman (Mashable!)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 6:45:24 PM

An elusive PlayStation classic is yours for the grappling
JC Fletcher (Joystiq)

quieter, more puzzle-oriented game focused entirely on the mechanics of the grappling hook? Welcome to Living in the Past, a And, instead of a nonsensical weekly column about what's new storyline and big environments, in old games. Now get off our the developer put all of its effort lawn. into making the grappling hook What if, in a parallel universe, more complex? Bionic Commando's ideas were And then, instead of a resurrected fish. expanded not into a behind-the- Hitler and his army of pseudo- Continue reading An elusive back 3D action game, but into a Nazis, all the enemies were giant PlayStation classic is yours for the
Submitted at 10/2/2012 8:30:00 PM

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An anchor for a CBS affiliate in LaCrosse, Wisc., took what could have been a hurtful comment from a viewer and turned it into a powerful tirade against online bullying. Jennifer Livingston of WKBTTV read a letter from a viewer who took issue with the fact that she is overweight. "Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain," the viewer wrote. "I leave you this note hoping that you'll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle." Livingston's husband, fellow WKBT anchor Mike Thompson, posted the emailed letter on his Facebook Page and received an outpouring of sup… Continue reading... More About: TV News, cyberbullying, viral video

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Investigation Claims Some Dental Chains Providing Unneeded Work To Milk Medicaid Cash Cow
Chris Morran (The Consumerist)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 3:35:09 PM

TED: Robert Gupta: Between music and medicine - Robert Gupta (2012)
TEDTalks (TEDTalks (video))
Submitted at 10/2/2012 10:00:50 AM

( ash) People covered by Medicaid often complain that they are not getting the treatments that people with private health insurance receive. But a recent report claims that some highvolume dental chains are pushing their dentists to deliberately perform unnecessary procedures on Medicaid patients in order to make more money. In a new interview with ProPublica, David Heath of the Center for Public Integrity talks about the findings of the Center’s recent investigation into these mega chains. “We looked at two of the larger chains, and found evidence that these companies were putting pressure on their dentists to produce at certain revenue targets,” explains Heath, whose investigation was the subject of a recent Frontline(scroll down to watch the entire episode), “thus encouraging them to do procedures that may have been

unnecessary.” According to Heath, one chain that focuses on children tries to make up for the low dollar amounts of Medicaid reimbursements by “doing things like taking x-rays that were not needed, or putting stainless steel crowns instead of fillings on their teeth. They could make twice as much money from Medicaid on these crowns versus just putting a filling on a tooth.” At the other chain, which has around 350 offices in 22 states and focuses on adult patients who have gone years without sitting in the dentist’s chair, Heath found people who received dentures they didn’t need, and had teeth pulled out that could have stayed. He claims that one 87-year-old went in just to get two teeth pulled, but “Instead they looked at her mouth and they came up with a treatment plan that was going to cost $8,000. They convinced her though hard-sell tactics to borrow that money through a credit card, and something like $2,000 of that was just to clean her teeth.” Heath says that these huge firms

with your mouth and you’re a new patient you’re not fitting the model. That creates pressure for the dentists to find things that are ‘wrong.’” Since the Frontline episode aired in the summer, a Senate investigation has begun. recruit recent dental school grads Likewise, some states, including who see this as a quick way to get Texas, have begun their own out from under hundreds of studies of possible Medicaid thousands of dollars in student abuses. However, as the wheels of government often turn so slowly loan debt. What drives these huge chains, as to be imperceptible, Heath the investigation found, is the fact admits it could be quite some time that they are owned by private b e f o r e t h e i m p a c t o f h i s equity firms, which have adopted i n v e s t i g a t i o n i s f o u n d . Now you can plug in your their management style to a health headphones and ride out the rest care business. of the workday watching the Explains Heath: “You have people who are not Frontline episode: d e n t i s t s c o m i n g u p w i t h a This entry passed through the business plan that’s based on Full-Text RSS service — if this is metrics. They try to get new your content and you're reading it patients in who haven’t been to on someone else's site, please read the dentist in a while, and they’ve the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentalready calculated how much only/faq.php#publishers. Five revenue the average new patient Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go should generate. If you happen to go in and you To Work. don’t really have anything wrong

When Robert Gupta was caught between a career as a doctor and as a violinist, he realized his place was in the middle, with a bow in his hand and a sense of social justice in his heart. He tells a moving story of society’s marginalized and the power of music therapy, which can succeed where conventional medicine fails.

The newest Nest learning thermostat is slimmer and smarter
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thermostat is slimmer and smarter In Consumer Reports' recent report on programmable thermostats, the Nest Learning Thermostat earned a spot on our recommended list, thanks to its clear display, relative programming ease, and Wi-Fi capability, which allows you to control the device from a computer or smart phone. But several programmable thermostats fared better overall in our Ratings. The second-generation Nest, which launches today, comes with several design enhancements and the promise of improved control and compatibility. The first upgrade is obvious right out of the box, with the 20percent thinner profile of the new Nest and its all-stainless steel ring that's designed to reflect your wall color. That makes the new Nest very discreet, certainly compared to the bulkier rectangular thermostats that we tested. The Nest's wider outer ring, which you use to set and operate the thermostat, is also easier to handle than the original. Inside the Nest, hardware tweaks mean the thermostat will now work with 95 percent of lowvoltage heating and cooling systems, up from 75-percent

compatibility of the original model. "Our mission is to keep people comfortable in their homes while helping them save energy, and with the next-generation Nest Learning Thermostat, we're able to spread that comfort and savings to even more homes—and to help higher-efficiency systems perform the way they were meant to," said founder and CEO Tony Fadell in the news release. In terms of intelligence, Nest is also announcing today the launch of version 3.0 of its software (which will be delivered automatically to existing customers tonight). New smart technologies include System Match, which enables Nest to make adjustments based on what type of HVAC system you have. For example, if your home uses radiant heat, which is typically much slower than forced-air systems, Nest will learn to turn the heat on earlier so that you can wake up or come home to a warm house. Under the 3.0 software, the Nest's Auto-Away feature, which automatically turns your system down after your leave the house, has improved its response time from two hours to as little as 30 minutes. And in addition to

support on iPhone, iPad, and Andriod smart phones, the new Nest has expanded its mobile app to include Androd tablets, including Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire. Lastly, you can select English, French or Spanish as the default language, a feature also offered on the top-rated model in our programmable thermostat Ratings, the Venstar Color Touch Series T5800, $170. The second-generation Nest is now available for pre-order at www.nest.com for $250, with shipping set for mid-October. In the U.S., the second-generation Nest thermostat will also be available later this month at Amazon, Apple's online store and in all 1,700 Lowe's stores. The original Nest will be available at Lowe's for $230 while supplies last. Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o ConsumerReports.org for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences

Inhofe Accuses Obama of Using Sequestration to 'Bail Out' His Presidency
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Via Senator Inhofe Press Office: U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and outspoken critic of automatic defense cuts under Sequestration, today blasted the Obama administration for its continued failure to address the looming cuts that take effect on January 2, 2013. Last Friday, the Office of Management and Budget provided guidance that said they would cover any potential litigation costs or employee compensation costs that could be brought against contracting companies as a result of their failure to follow the WARN Act. “For months, the Obama administration has been leaning on defense contractors like Lockheed Martin and others, asking them to break the law as outlined by the WARN Act and not send out the mandatory 60days’ notice of pending layoffs,” said Inhofe.“Rather than providing leadership to address

looming sequestration cuts, Obama’s Office of Management and Budget is now offering what amounts to a bailout for the Obama presidency. Bribing companies to not send out layoff notices just days before this year’s election by promising to pay for any litigation costs that result from their failure to follow the WARN Act is both irresponsible and puts the taxpayers on the hook to pay for billions of dollars in payouts and lawyer fees. Obama is only trying to save his own job. Instead, the President should be working with Congress to find a real solution to sequestration.”. . . Over to you Mr. President— Greg Pollowitz This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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LG's muscular washer and One Border Patrol dryer are cleaning champs Agent Killed, One Wounded as well
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LG's muscular washer and dryer are cleaning champs as well Lately we've noticed that some of the appliances tested by Consumer Reports are getting bigger and bigger, like the matching front-loading washer and dryer from LG. The megacapacity machines allow you to do bigger loads of laundry less often, says the manufacturer. In our tests, we found that this pair was not only bigger, but better in many ways. The LG WM8000H[V]A frontloader, $1,350, was superb overall, tops our latest Ratings of dozens of washers, and is a recommended model. Its capacity is the largest we've tested, but the normal cycle takes 100 minutes for an eight-pound load and when we filled the washer to capacity it took more than two hours to clean

our 24-pound load of wash. That's substantially longer than other tested washers. So while the oversized LG allows you to wash more laundry less often, each load will take you longer. The washer does have a TurboWash option, which delivered comparable cleaning of our eight-pound load and cut wash time by about 20 minutes. The LG matching electric dryer, DLEX8000[V], offers excellent drying and is relatively quiet. It's also a recommended model, but at $1,350 it's among the more expensive dryers we've tested. The gas model is DLGX8001[V],

$1,440. And as you might have guessed, both the washer and dryer take up slightly more space than the typical twosome. Each machine is two inches wider. In our washing machine tests, models that rated excellent in capacity fit 17 to 24 pounds of laundry. Models that earned excellent capacity scores in our dryer tests can typically hold these large loads as well. To give you some idea of how much laundry the jumbo LG frontloader can accommodate, we were able to put in 27 cotton items—the mix included towels, jeans, shorts and shirts. A conventional top-loader had room for 16 of these items, about 14 pounds. Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o ConsumerReports.org for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences

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Mary Beth Quirk (The Consumerist) Allahpundit (Hot Air » Top Picks)

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From The Desk Of The Office Manager: The Covenant
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Submitted at 10/2/2012 7:45:00 PM

Everybody, Mark your calendars, next Tuesday is Bring Your Daughter Who Will One Day Be Responsible For A Global Nuclear War To Work So We Can Neutralized The Threat Day. If you've been brought on in the last year and are unfamiliar with this tradition, here are some guidelines: • It's not for us to know how your female offspring will cause the Great Undoing. In fact, such knowledge would redirect the stream of time in unpredictable

Today On Mars: Bathurst Signals
Rebecca Boyle (Popular Science - New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 5:06:35 PM

Visiting Bathurst Inlet NASA/ JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems Curiosity used its robotic arm to inspect an angular Martian rock. Over the weekend, the Mars

Mac Rumors Photos of a possible iPad mini posted by a Ukrainian website Los Angeles Times Apple has yet to confirm that it is making an iPad mini but that hasn't stopped purported sightings and dangerous ways. DAMMIT! Please fax me a signed and • No matter how sweet and • No, this is not some test á la notarized copy of this email with of the new tablet including photos innocent she seems now, she will Abraham's covenent with God. your initials by each bullet point of its parts. The pictures were taken by an unnamed source at a be responsible for unspeakable We will not ask you to stay your so I know you read it. factory in China, according to death and horror. This is the only hand at the last moment, folks. - Bye - Katherine Tull-Potts, BA UkrainianiPhone.com, a... way. IT'S THE ONLY WAY, This is for real. Office Manager Photos show purported iPad Mini parts -- black and white CNET Leaked iPad Mini Photos Show First Look at Black Model, 3G Support Gizmodo rover Curiosity rolled up to an chemical elements in the rock. Photos of Purported 'iPad Mini' angular rock on Mars and took C u r i o s i t y h a s p l e n t y o f Parts Include Rear Shell and Front some closeup images, as well as a interesting rocks in its path on the Panel Mac Rumors sniff of the rock's chemical way to its first major destination, BostInno (blog)- TechRadar UKcomposition. This rock is called the outcrop known as Glenelg. AppAdvice Bathurst Inlet. Stay tuned for the latest! all 416 news articles » The rover had driven 7 feet the preceding sol (Mars-day) to place itself within arm's reach of the (MAHLI). Curiosity also took targets. This picture is from the readings with its Alpha Particle X M a r s H a n d L e n s I m a g e r -Ray Spectrometer to identify

• Bring your own object of adequate heft for the deed. None of the office's hefty items can be used for this purpose, per legal. • There's always some employee with no team spirit who tries to halt this dire inevitability. If you are this employee: Give up. Your actions are but pebbles in the great River Of Time. If you are not this employee: Wrest the child away and do what must be done.

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Ambitious $1 Billion Project Aims To Drill A Hole All The Way To Earth's Mantle
Rebecca Boyle (Popular Science - New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 2:46:40 PM

Grisly photos of corpse during excop's murder trial - Newsday
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Chikyu and Mt. Fuji IODP In three possible ocean locations, the planet's crust may be thin enough for a drill to penetrate all the way through. With enough money and enough moxie, scientists operating gigantic ocean-based drills could penetrate into the Earth's mantle by the early 2020s, returning samples that could hold clues to our planet's origins. The effort to reach into the heart of the Earth would be one of the most dramatic undertakings in science. Drilling through the Earth's comparatively thin crust to reach its innards would require getting through at least 3.7 miles of seafloor, which requires safely mooring a huge ship above the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean. The hole would be just 30 centimeters (about a foot) in diameter. The effort could take at least $1 billion, which hasn't been raised yet. The good news is that the would-

Newsday Grisly photos of corpse during ex -cop's murder trial Newsday Jurors were presented with gruesome crime scene photos Tuesday and text message transcripts relating to charges that former New York City Police Officer Eddy Coello killed his wife and dumped her body in Yorktown Heights. The photos showed the body... and more »

be mantle explorer, the Japanese research vessel Chikyu, has already set new world records for the deepest-ever scientific hole in the world. The ship's drill reached 2.2 kilometers into the seafloor this summer, on a mission that just wrapped up over the weekend (the ship has not returned to port yet due to stormy weather). The Chikyu is capable of reaching much farther down. Still, drill technology needs to improve before anyone can reach the

molten interior of our planet Chikyu's drill bits only last about 50 or 60 hours before they need to be replaced, CNN points out. Damon Teagle, a geologist at the University of Southampton in the UK, tells CNN it would be a massive undertaking: "It will be the equivalent of dangling a steel string the width of a human hair in the deep end of a swimming pool and inserting it into a thimble 1/10 mm wide," he said. The deepest hole in the Earth is

more than 12,376 meters (40,604 feet) into the crust, a borehole in eastern Russia drilled by Exxon Mobil in August. This one still doesn't approach the mantle, and is not directly vertical, but the borehole and others show the idea of drilling into the liquid Earth might be feasible. [ CNN]

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Democrats And Republicans Differ On Medicaid Fix
Julie Rovner (Shots - Health Blog)

But first, a little bit about the program. When most people think of Medicaid, they think of moms Submitted at 10/2/2012 2:28:00 PM and kids on welfare. And it's true, [ 5 m i n 9 s e c ] D o w n l o a d moms and kids who get welfare Children's Hospital Association do also generally get Medicaid Isabelle "Simone" Svikhart, 3, health coverage. has spent 13 months in the In fact, working-age adults and hospital for treatment of a range children make up about 75 o f h e a l t h c o n d i t i o n s . T h e percent of Medicaid's population. Children's Hospital Association But they're responsible for only distributed a trading card with her one-third of its costs. "Two-thirds picture and details of her case to of the dollars that are spent on lobby against Medicaid cuts. Medicaid are spent on elderly and Medicaid is already the nation's disabled people, many of whom largest health insurance program have multiple challenges and a in terms of number of people good number of whom are either covered: It serves nearly 1 in 5 in nursing homes or are disabled Americans. Yet at the same time p e o p l e w h o a l s o r e c e i v e it's putting increasing strain on the Medicare," says Harold Pollack, a budgets of states, which pay about professor of public health at the 40 percent of its costs. University of Chicago. If the 2010 health law proceeds And while Medicaid is the health as planned, Medicaid could see as program for the poorest of the many as 11 million more people poor, it also serves millions of added to its rolls over the next people who are " medically d e c a d e . T h e p r o s p e c t o f needy" — those whose extreme expansion thrills health insurance health needs aren't met by their advocates, but it terrifies those private insurance. w h o f e a r M e d i c a i d i s a That includes people like Marty substandard way to deliver care. a n d S h a n n o n S v i k h a r t o f So Medicaid is likely to undergo Baltimore, and their 3- year-old a major change regardless of daughter Simone. The Svikharts whether President Obama is re- were on Capitol Hill last week to elected or replaced by Republican urge Congress not to cut Medicaid Mitt Romney. Democrats support funding. a m u c h b i g g e r p r o g r a m . Simone was born prematurely. suffers from a long list of hydrocephalus, a brain bleed. Republicans have plans to scale it And, despite a huge smile and a ailments. Her mom says they Right now, she also has high back. headful of blonde hair, she still i n c l u d e " c y s t i c f i b r o s i s . . . blood pressure. Eventually she

will have to have open heart surgery." Shannon quit her job as a dietician to care for Simone full time. Marty is an account manager for a firm that makes patio decking, and they have good health insurance. But it's not enough. Because Simone still needs to be on a ventilator at night, she needs a night nurse, and the family's private insurance will only pay for 90 days of coverage each year for that. "If we had to pay out of pocket for home nursing, that would average about $140,000 per year," Marty says. That, he says, would be "financially unmanageable, unless we hit the lottery or something." Under a special program, however, that only accepts 200 children with complex health needs at a time, Maryland's Medicaid helps pay the family's night nursing costs. Shannon Svikhart says it's made a huge difference. "That means that Marty and I can sleep. Marty travels; so if we didn't have that he would have had to quit his job, probably work locally." And without the night nursing coverage, Simone would likely have had to remain in the hospital, DEMOCRATS page 47

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where her care would be even more expensive. So having the Medicaid help, Marty says, "helps get the children out of the hospital faster, which lessens the cost overall for the health care system, insurance, and everyone." But Medicaid critics say while programs like that may be useful, the program overall is still way too expensive. "For many states it's the biggest item in their budget. They're all struggling to figure out what to do," said Grace Marie Turner. She's a conservative health policy analyst and was a member of the Bush Administration's Medicaid Commission in 2005. Turner says one of the biggest problems is the amount of micromanaging of Medicaid that comes from Washington. "You wind up with all of this red tape and bureaucracy and it's costly and in my opinion we wind up with a program that provides the worst care to the most vulnerable people," she said.

Candidate Romney says he would solve the problem basically by ending Medicaid's status as a shared federal-state program. He would instead turn the money back to the states in the form of block grants and let them craft their own programs. But he'd also make his Medicaid plan a moneysaver, by capping what the federal government provides at the costof-living plus one percent. That's well below medical inflation, he told 60 Minutes last month. "That's a lower rate of growth than we've seen over the past several years, a lower rate of growth than has been forecast under federal management. And I believe on that basis you're going to see us save about a hundred billion dollars a year." Conservatives insist states can run their programs more efficiently without cutting people or services. Liberals are far more skeptical. "To me it is a very significant gamble that if you really cut the payments to states, that states will

somehow be able to find ways to cut money," said Pollack of the University of Chicago. "Right now, Medicaid pays very low rates to providers, its costs per person have actually been going up slower than just about anyplace else in the healthcare system." By contrast, President Obama's Affordable Care Act originally required states to expand Medicaid to most non-disabled adults with incomes under 133 percent of poverty. That's about $15,000 for an individual. And it will help more than just those people actually getting insurance for the first time, Pollack says. "It also allows the people who are taking care of that individual to get reliable payment, which is a really important issue for public hospitals and for many other organizations that just desperately need that support right now," he explains. But the Supreme Court this summer made that Medicaid expansion optional for the states.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius thinks eventually most states will opt in, if only because the federal government will pay nearly all the costs. "We think at the end of the day this is a deal that states won't want to turn down," she said at George Washington University this summer. But as with few other programs, the fate of Medicaid will be very different depending on who the next president is. 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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Vitamin D No Help For Colds
Richard Knox (Shots - Health Blog)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 4:35:00 PM

Michael Kemter/ iStockphoto.com Sorry the vitamin D didn't help. Should you take Vitamin D supplements to prevent colds and shorten the misery? Like other theories about the benefits of vitamin D, it seems like a reasonably good idea. After all, some lab studies suggest vitamin D might enhance immunity. And as everybody knows, people are more prone to respiratory infections during winter, when they cover up and get less vitamin D-generating sunlight. The authoritative Institute of Medicine thought the notion was plausible enough to recommend more research on the possibility in its otherwise deflating report on vitamin D and health almost two years ago. But a well-done study found zero difference in the incidence or duration of upper respiratory infections among 161 New Zealanders who took a hefty dose of vitamin D versus an equal number who took a fake pill. Participants were monitored for

18 months — longer than in previous studies. The results appear in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Jeffrey Linder of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston says in an accompanying editorial that the findings suggests vitamin D should join the list of 13 other common-cold nostrums considered by the Cochrane Collaboration as ineffective, questionable or possibly harmful. Those include Echinacea, zinc, steam inhalation, vitamin C,

bone health. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force earlier this year wasn't even convinced of that. The IOM Report recommends most children and adults consume 600 to 800 international units of vitamin D a day and get their blood levels of the active form, 25 -hydroxyvitamin D or 25-OHD, to at least 20 nanograms per deciliter. In the new study, volunteers who got the real vitamin D pills received 100,000 IUs per month, or about 3,300 units a day. That's more than five times the recommended daily allowance for adults. The supplements increased garlic, antihistamines, Chinese volunteers' blood levels of 25herbs, intranasal corticosteroids, intranasal ipratroprium (an asthma OHD from 29 (a near-normal drug), extract of Pelargonium level) to 43. Participants who sidoides(a South African plant), achieved higher blood levels nasal irrigation, extra fluid intake didn't do any better, in terms of frequency or severity of colds. or antiviral drugs. The vitamin D results are This entry passed through the disappointing, Linder notes, since Full-Text RSS service — if this is Americans suffer around a billion your content and you're reading it upper respiratory tract infections on someone else's site, please read every year — three for every man, the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five woman and child. By the IOM's reckoning, the new Filters recommends: Incinerating study leaves a solid basis for Assange - The Liberal Media Go vitamin D supplements only for To Work.

David Frum
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Andrew Sullivan complained yesterday that I had engaged in a “McCarthyite” attack on Ron Paul by writing the following: A politician isn’t answerable for the antics of every one of his supporters. But there’s surely a reason, isn’t there, that racists, anti-Semites, 9/11 Truthers, and Holocaust deniers are so strongly attracted to the Paul campaign. They hear something. They continue to hear it too, no matter how firmly Ron Paul’s more mainstream supporters clamp their hands over their own ears. Andrew’s riposte: Notice how pure the smear is, enabled and not diminished by the first sentence. Notice the key concept of Beltway ideological policemen: there is a mainstream and a non-mainstream. Dabble with the latter at your peril. Since David has perished by the cult of the “mainstream”, it’s odd he should deploy it against others. But to throw in “Holocaust denial” and 9/11 Truthers for good measure! Really. And notice how particularly cheap and easy it is to use such tactics against a libertarian. The traditional left is often based on collective associations, building a DAVID page 49

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

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

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

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

Georgian Elections: The Nation’s Ultimate Test
Ariel Cohen (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 4:43:48 PM

BAKU, Azerbaijan — Georgia’s governing United National Movement (UNM), led by President Mikheil Saakashvili, and the opposition Georgian Dream coalition, led by the billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, both claimed victory in the country’s parliamentary elections. Violence—somewhat of a political tradition—is so far absent. Saakashvili already admitted that the opposition had won a majority of the party list vote, which elects roughly half of parliamentary seats. There seem to have been no severe electoral violations during the elections, according to the Central Election Commission and Organization for Security and Cooperation delegation, which called them“very competitive.” The campaign environment was GEORGIAN page 50

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polarized and tense. It often centered on the advantages of incumbency on one side and private financial assets on the other, rather than on concrete political platforms and programs. While freedoms of association, assembly, and expression were respected overall, instances of harassment and intimidation of party activists and supporters negatively affected the campaign environment and often ended with detentions and fines of mostly opposition-affiliated campaigners. This contributed to an atmosphere of distrust among contestants. Now the fun of cobbling together a parliamentary majority really begins. With 25 percent of the party votes counted, Georgian Dream had secured 53 percent of the vote, while the UNM had 41 percent, although the ruling party is reportedly winning in the single -mandate constituencies. A loss would signal a hiatus for Saakashvili’s political career, as his presidential term is scheduled to end in 2013. More importantly, parliamentary elections in Georgia became a litmus test for democratic governance in the former Soviet space. Georgia

passed the test, looking better than Belarus, Russia, and other nearby countries. The contrast is sharp when compared with latest presidential and parliamentary elections in Russia, where thousands of violations were reported. Saakashvili—a staunch U.S. ally who, since becoming president in 2003, has focused on developing Western democratic institutions—proved that his reforms bore fruit, even at the price of his own party possibly losing power. Unlike the United Russia Party, the Georgian ruling party seems to have made to no attempt to “fix” the election. Few predicted the scope of the loss for the UNM, even when in late September the videos of abuse in the Georgian prisons became a huge national scandal and sparked anti-government protests. Smuggled jail videos broadcasted on national television showed inmates being beaten and sexually abused by guards. According to polls, support for the ruling party soon dropped by 20 percent. Still, rural areas voted overwhelmingly for the ruling

party. Perhaps in those areas people still remember how life had been more difficult before Saakashvili came to power. For now, Saakashvili would prefer to execute an elegant departure from the political scene and be remembered as a successful reformer of his ancient and beautiful country. He announced that he is ready to work with Georgian Dream until the end of his presidential term. The impending power transition is a real test for Georgia, whose political elites should ensure domestic peace. It is important not to repeat the mistakes of Ukraine, which fell under greater influence of Moscow after President Victor Yushchenko and then-Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko, the leaders of the 2004 Orange Revolution, were defeated by Victor Yanukovich in January 2010. As Ivanishvili was a successful businessman in Russia, one may expect that the relations between Tbilisi and Moscow will improve. It is even possible that Georgian wine and the famous Borjomi mineral water will be allowed once again to sell in the Russian

markets. At the same time, it is unlikely that the new government in 2013 will fundamentally change its position toward the Russian occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and that the Georgian people’s opinions would change overnight. It is also too early to predict whether the Georgian Dream government would abandon Saakashvili’s goals of EuroAtlantic integration. For now, Georgia’s friends hope that it will remain a pillar of democracy and market reforms in the far-away Caucasus. 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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“U.N. Me” Documentary Exposes the United Nations
Bronson Stocking (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
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Most people are familiar with the U.N.’s notorious ineffectiveness, but viewers of the documentary U.N. Me will reach an inevitable conclusion: It’s even worse than we thought. Managing to fit as many U.N. scandals into the short documentary as possible, filmmakers Ami Horowitz and Matthew Groff rely on interviews with U.N. officials and live-video footage as they investigate the opaque institution. From“peacekeepers” sex abuses, the oil-for-food program, the Commission on Human Rights, the Counter-Terrorism Committee, to Rwanda and Darfur, the filmmakers cover some of the U.N.’s most colossal failures. U.N. Me investigates how well the U.N. is tackling today’s international problems. On the subject of terrorism, the film

as a stick to force the United Nations to get back to its original charter and rid the institution of its fraud, incompetence, and criminality. Right now, he said, “there’s no transparency—they live in a bubble.” U.N. Me is now available on DVD, and a theatrical trailer is available on the official website. Bronson Stocking is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/ about/departments/ylp.cfm This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is shows the office of a U.N. staffer look into that.” But don’t hold w o u l d c l a s s i f y m a n y U . N . your content and you're reading it whose walls are adorned with your breath, as the U.N. is still member states as state sponsors of on someone else's site, please read posters of suicide bombers. At looking into the issue of terrorism. terrorism. The filmmakers suggest the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentone UNICEF-funded school, a U . N . M e d o c u m e n t s t h e the committee start with a only/faq.php#publishers. Five m u r a l c o m m e m o r a t e s t h e incompetence of the Counter- dictionary. Filters recommends: Incinerating martyrdom of a female suicide Terrorism Committee. Formed in A t a s p e c i a l s c r e e n i n g a t Assange - The Liberal Media Go bomber. the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the Heritage, Ami Horowitz was To Work. Worst still, U.N. vehicles are committee has failed to name a asked whether the United Nations captured on film being used to s i n g l e t e r r o r i s t , t e r r o r i s t would ever become effective in carry out terrorist attacks. Asked organization, or a state sponsor of fulfilling its original charter. about this in the film, a U.N. terrorism. It can’t even define Horowitz suggested the United official responded, “We’ll have to what terrorism is, since doing so States use its hegemonic funding

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WSJ/NBC poll: Yep, this race is statistically tied; Update: Tied at 47 in new National Journal poll too
Allahpundit (Hot Air » Top Picks)

carrying 55 percent of white voters. In estimating the turnout on Nov. Submitted at 10/2/2012 7:02:02 PM 6, the poll projects an electorate posted at 8:02 pm on October 2, that is 74 percent white, 11 2012 by Allahpundit percent African-American, and 8 An hors d’oeuvre to whet your percent Latino. The likely-voter appetite for tomorrow night’s party splits are 36 percent debate. Three different national Democratic, 29 percent polls released yesterday also Republican, and 30 percent showed the race within the margin independent. conventions… Republicans and indies too, but Under normal circumstances, i.e. of error, so yes, Romney’s very The estimates are similar to the [A]mong voters expressing the m o s t o f i t i s c o m i n g f r o m w i t h o u t a n e r a - d e f i n i n g much within striking distance. In 2008 turnout, when, according to highest interest in the election, Democrats. That’s no surprise: presidential election looming five fact: CNN exit polling, 74 percent of O b a m a a n d R o m n e y a r e The closer we get to election day, weeks from now, I think you’d The sample of *registered* voters were white, 13 percent essentially tied (49 percent to 48 the more people’s views of O’s see something there on the order voters is 45D/39R/14I; figure that black, and 9 percent Latino, with percent). performance will be colored by of 35/55. As it is, Democrats need the sample of likelies is another Democratic turnout at 39 percent, And two key pillars of Obama’s their preference for him or against to circle the wagons and pretend two or three points more Republicans at 32 percent, and political coalition – Latinos and him. Democrats are getting their like the Foreign Policy President Republican and that’s not a half independents at 29 percent. young voters – are much less game faces on, so it’s time to wasn’t (a) inexcusably negligent bad estimate of election-day All even — with a D+7 sample? interested in the election than they convince themselves that things about Chris Stevens’s security in turnout. (Both Scott Rasmussen Oh my. were in 2008… are much rosier than they actually Benghazi and (b) a shameless liar and Romney’s pollster Neil This entry passed through the Given the increased economic are. Note the sharp increase about whether the attack was Newhouse are expecting Full-Text RSS service — if this is optimism, Obama and Romney starting in August as casual planned or spontaneous afterward. something on the order of D+3.) your content and you're reading it are nearly tied on which candidate Democratic partisans started Update: Dead heat. More from NBC: on someone else's site, please read would better handle the economy, coming home: Romney led in the poll among Obama edges Romney by three the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentwith 45 percent picking Romney They had to tell themselves that independents, 49 percent to 41 points among likely voters, 49 only/faq.php#publishers. Five and 42 percent choosing Obama. the economy’s improving in order percent, with both candidates percent to 46 percent, which is Filters recommends: Incinerating I’m not so sure that the uptick to justify voting Democratic, so winning more than 90 percent within the survey’s margin of Assange - The Liberal Media Go lately in O’s numbers on the t h a t ’ s w h a t t h e y ’ r e t e l l i n g support from their respective error. Obama’s lead was five To Work. economy is due to any bona fide themselves. I think you’re seeing parties. The survey had Obama points, 50 percent to 45 percent, optimism. NBC says they’re the same thing happen with this w i n n i n g 8 1 p e r c e n t o f t h e in the NBC/WSJ poll released two s e e i n g m o v e m e n t a m o n g result, which is a disgrace: nonwhite vote and Romney weeks ago, following the political

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Border Agent Shot, Killed Near Major Drug Corridor
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• • • US border agent killed at station named for fallen colleague • Border patrol agent killed in Arizona Two U.S. Border Patrol agents were shot, one fatally, Tuesday morning in an area in south Arizona known as a major drugsmuggling corridor, authorities said. Border Patrol identified the slain agent as 30-year-old Nicolas Ivie. The shooting occurred at the Brian Terry Station near Naco, Ariz., which is just south of Tucson. The station was named after an agent who was killed in the line of duty in December 2010. The area is considered a remote part of the state and sources tell Fox News that the shooting occurred at 1:50 a.m. local time and about 8 miles from the border. "This shooting is a tragic reminder of the dangers the brave men and women who guard our borders face every day." - Rep. Darrell Issa The agents who were shot were on patrol with a third agent, who

was not harmed, according to George McCubbin, president of the National Border Patrol Council, a union representing about 17,000 border patrol agents. The agents were on horseback at the time of the shooting. McCubbin said he had no further information regarding the

shooting. The shooting occurred after an alarm was triggered on one of the many sensors along the border and the three agents went to investigate, said Cochise County Sheriff's spokeswoman Carol Capas. SUMMARY • Two border agents shot in

remote town in Arizona. One agent died, the other was airlifted to hospital • There is a multi-agency search for the shooter • The area is known to be a major drug corridor • The nearby station is named after Brian Terry, a border agent

who died in a 2010 shootout near the border The injured agent was airlifted to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. The injured agent was shot in the ankle and buttocks, the BORDER page 56

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Doctor on ObamaCare: 'So, Let Me Get This Straight ...'
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• She's a former nun, an Army major, a lawyer, a college professor and a physician. Now Dr. Barbara Bellar wants to be a state senator from Illinois, and she has one question about ObamaCare. “What the blank could possibly go wrong?” Bellar asks, tongue in cheek, after delivering a onesentence indictment of President Obama's health care law. Keep on top of the Illinois state races on FoxNews.com Bellar, a Republican candidate running for office in the state’s 18th district, gave the extended one-liner while warming up the crowd at a recent event for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Someone captured it on video, and now the doctor's diagnosis of the Affordable Care Act is an Internet sensation with more than 2 million views. “So, let me get this straight. This is a long sentence,” Bellar begins."Obamacare Summed Up in One Sentence" From a video posted on you tube that shows Dr. Barbara Bellar speaking at a Women for Romney /Ryan rally last month:

"So let me get this straight. This is a long sentence. We are going to be gifted with a healthcare plan that we are forced to purchase, and fined if we don't, which reportedly covers ten million more people without adding a single new doctor, but provides for sixteen thousand new

IRS agents,written by a committee whose chairman doesn't understand it, passed by congress, that didn't read it, but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a president who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief,who didn't pay hos taxes, for

which we will be taxed for four years before any benifits take effect, by a government which has bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese and financed by a country that is broke. So what the blank could possibly

go wrong?" “We are going to be gifted with a health care plan that we are forced to purchase, and fined if we don’t,” Bellar continues, “signed by a president who smokes, with funding administered by a DOCTOR page 56

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Anti-Muslim ads could be on the way to Washington
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Iran to produce highly-enriched uranium if talks fail
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The group’s plea to put signs up in subways across New York Submitted at 10/2/2012 5:06:00 PM ended up with a fight in District An ad in New York Subway Court, where a Manhattan federal saying"In any war between the judge eventually sided with the civilized man and the savage, AFDI and the organization’s support the civilized man. Support founder, Pamela Geller, opining Israel. Defeat Jihad ” in New t h a t t h e F i r s t A m e n d m e n t York (AFP Photo) protection of speech allowed for The controversial “Defeat Jihad” her group to go ahead with their advertisements that went up in plans there. Now the case will be New York last month could soon discussed in a courtroom in DC, be coming to the nation’s capital where Geller intends on also pending a ruling expected in DC having the adverts on display. District Court this week. The Washington Metropolitan When the American Freedom Area Transit Authority had Defense Initiative attempted to originally agreed to cut a deal purchase ad-space earlier this year with the AFDI, but a wave of antito propagate its mission of American sentiment that swept defeating the spread of so-called the Muslim World last month, “Islamorealism,”officials in both especially the September 11, 2012 New York, NY and Washington, incident in Benghazi that killed DC rushed to put a halt on their US Ambassador Chris Stevens plans. The signage, subways ads and three others, had them that read,“In any war between the rethinking their contract. The civilized man and the savage, WMATA temporarily pulled the support the civilized man: Support plug on the planned launch date of Israel/Defeat Jihad,” were quick September 24, insisting that the to be condemned by Muslim- agency would be required to“reAmericans who viewed the work evaluate” the signage as they as hateful to Muslims. feared the anti-Islamic rhetoric

would“expose passengers to terrorism and threaten their safety,” court documents obtained by POLITICO reveal. The AFDI and Geller are arguing that injunction, and say attempts to censor the advertisement campaign“challenges the WMATA’s unconstitutional restriction.” “My ads can run anytime,” Geller tells POLITICO in an email this week.“Their argument was absurd to begin with, as well as dangerous — it sets the precedent that anyone who doesn’t like some speech can be violent about it and thereby shut it up.” The WMATA, however, might actually have a reason to hold up Geller’s plans. According to those court documents, WMATA Police Chief Michael Taborn claims both the US Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have warned him of a “potential threat” to transit providers believed link to the film. “In my opinion, airing the AFDI Ad in the Metrorail system, while many Muslims are agitated as a

result of the video, presents a danger to WMATA’s patrons and its employees,” Taborn writes in the documents. “In my opinion, a delay in posting through October 31, 2012, presents a reasonable amount of time for volatile sentiments associated with the video to die down.” A district judge will weigh in on Thursday and decide if the injunction should stand. Last month, the Defeat Jihad campaign was unleashed in New York by way of ten subway station adverts across the city. Mona Eltahawy, a 45-year-old Egyptian-American activist, was arrested shortly after the signs went up for defacing them with graffiti. 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.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visiting the Natanz uranium enrichment facilities some 300 kms south of the capital Tehran (AFP Photo) Should nuclear talks between Tehran and six world powers fail, Iran will produce highly enriched uranium to fuel its ships, an Iranian MP warned. The comments by the deputy chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, Mansour Haqiqatpour, come after Israel’s warning last week that by mid2013 Iran will be on the brink of developing a nuclear weapon. “ If the talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) do not yield results, the Iranian youth will (produce) up to 60 percent enriched uranium to fuel submarines and oceangoing ships,” MP Mansour Haqiqatpour told ISNA news agency. Iran denies allegations that it is seeking to develop a nuclear weapon, insisting that it nuclear program is for peaceful means. In order to fuel ships with nuclear energy, Iran needs to produce uranium enriched to a purity level IRAN page 56

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Department of Homeland Security said. The search for the killer is being led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cochise County Sheriff's Office. The area is currently flooded with agents on horseback and helicopters conducting a search for the suspects. Smuggling activity typically increases at this time of night and year since the weather is starting to cool from triple-digit figures. Rep. Darrell Issa , R-Calif., released a statement calling an investigation into the shooting and cautioned about drawing conclusions before "relevant facts are known." "This shooting is a tragic reminder of the dangers the brave men and women who guard our borders face every day," Issa's statement read. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, called the fallen agent a fallen hero. Two weeks ago, the station was named after Brian Terry, who died in a shootout in December 2010 not far from Tuesday's

shooting. Terry was the last agent fatally shot while on duty. Terry's family issued a statement, saying, "We hope that those responsible for this shooting are brought to justice swiftly. The fact that the agents involved in this shooting were assigned to the recently dedicated Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station in Naco, Ariz., gives us pause to reflect on the life lost and the continued task of keeping our nation safe." In Terry's shooting, two guns found at the scene were bought by a member of a gun-smuggling ring that was being monitored in the Fast and Furious investigation. Critics have knocked U.S. federal authorities for allowing informants to walk away from Phoenix-area gun shops with weapons, rather than immediately arresting suspects. Click for more from MyFoxPhoenix.com Fox News' William La Jeunesse, Edmund DeMarche and The Associated Press contributed to this report • Print • Email

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treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that’s broke.” “I meant it as a light opener to a more serious issue. It did take on a life of its own."

- Dr. Barbara Bellar Bellar then launched into a longer speech, but the friendly crowd at the event dubbed "Women for Romney/Ryan," was already in the palm of her hand.. “I had no idea I was being videotaped,” Bellar told FoxNews.com. “I meant it as a light opener to a more serious

issue. It did take on a life of its own." But Bellar, who is running for office for the first time, has strong feelings about ObamaCare, which she considers an “erosion” of rights. She is seeking to succeed Edward Maloney, who is retiring DOCTOR page 57

of higher than 20 percent, Tehran Times reports. Experts warn that if Iran produces enough uranium, purified to such a level, that it could quickly be enriched further and be used to produce a bomb. Iran has already produced more than 6.8 tonnes of uranium refined up to 5 per cent since 2007. According to the latest IAEA report, 190 kg of uranium has been refined to 20 per cent. Despite the war of words between Iran and Israel, many analysts believe that it will take several years for Iran to develop a nuclear weapon should it decide to do so. " I still think that we are talking about several years … before Iran could develop a nuclear weapon and certainly before they could have a deliverable nuclear weapon," said Shannon Kile, head of the Nuclear Weapons Project of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, as cited by Reuters. Speaking to the UN General Assembly last week Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu drew a ‘red line’ on a cartoon bomb representing Tehran’s alleged ambition to create a nuclear weapon. The drawing was divided into three sections, with marks indicating 70 percent and 90 percent of the uranium enrichment

required to build an atomic bomb. “ Iran is 70 percent of the way there, and are well into the second stage. By next summer, at current enrichment rates, they will have finished the medium enrichment and move on to the final stage. From there it is only a few more weeks before they have enriched enough for a bomb,” he said. In response to Netanyahu’s statement, Iran's Defense Minister urged the international community to put pressure on Israel for crossing the "red line" by stockpiling nuclear warheads and mass destruction weapons. "If possessing a nuclear bomb is crossing the redline, the Zionist regime with tens of nuclear warheads and a variety of mass destruction weapons has crossed the red line for many years and it should be confronted," Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said on Saturday, ISNA reported. 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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from the district, which includes Chicago's 19th Ward, and has picked up the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune. The title of senator would be just the latest entry on an interesting and lengthy resume. Bellar was a Benedictine nun for nearly five years, although she left before she completed her final vows. She is a major in the U.S. Army Reserves, runs a family medical practice, teaches part time at both Benedictine and DePaul universities and practices law. “I’ve been fortunate," Bellar said. "I’m just a life-long learner and have always wanted to help serve others.” Of the upcoming election, Bellar says that she plans to shake up the

statehouse where President Obama got his start in politics. “They will not know what hit them,” she said. • Print • Email • Share • Comments • Recommend • Tweet Related Stories Biden says middle class 'buried' the last 4 years, Republicans pounce Republicans rip White House for putting tax dollars on line over possible defense layoffs Lawmakers claim administration opening door to Gitmo transfer with Illinois prison buy Florida court hears case of Illegal

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Tokyo University of Science shows off robotic suit powered by pneumatic artificial muscles (video)
Richard Lai (Engadget)
Submitted at 10/2/2012 9:02:00 PM

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Top Stories The Epoch Times, NTD, and Sound of Hope, have reported on how a faction loyal to Jiang Zemin had sought to regain power in order to ensure that the

persecution of Falun Gong [...] More than one-half of the coral in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has been lost over the past quartercentury, most of it due to a ravenous species of starfish, a new study [...] A Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judge has waived the state's photo ID requirement for

November elections Chinese female celebrities reportedly panicked after Xinhua mentioned that Bo Xilai had "improper sexual relationships with a number of women." Because of the civil war in Syria, Syrian study-abroad students in the UK have been cut off from home and any help.

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What can one do with a robot suit? Well, it's certainly not limited to just lifting sacks of rice, but that was exactly what we got to do at CEATEC courtesy of Koba Lab from Tokyo University of Science. First seen in 2009, the magic behind this 9kg kit are the pair of pneumatic artificial muscles (aka McKibben artificial muscles), which are made by industrial equipment manufacturer Kanda Tsushin. When pressurized with air using electrical components from KOA Corporation, the lightweight, loosely-woven PET tubes contract and consequently provide support to the user's back, shoulders and elbows. As such, our arms were TOKYO page 58

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Samsung P500 and i915 tablets for Sprint and Verizon, Galaxy Note II for Sprint reach the FCC
Jon Fingas (Engadget)

Verizon with a dash of mystery; their label images imply a pair of Submitted at 10/2/2012 8:31:00 PM Galaxy Tab 2 variants, but both When it rains, it pours. As if to have previously been spotted in as clear the decks, Samsung has yet unverified benchmarks that passed three devices through the allude to much faster Snapdragon FCC's scrutiny at the same time. S4 processors instead of the Tab Two, the SPH-P500 and SCH- 2's TI chips. The SPH-L900's i915, are LTE-equipped tablets d i m e n s i o n s a n d d u a l - m o d e pointing to what's likely the respectively headed to Sprint and support make for a safer bet, Galaxy Note II for Sprint. We're

less concerned with the hardware details so much as when everything ships -- although we may get a clearer picture of the Sprint Galaxy Note II's fate around October 24th, the tablets aren't linked to any kind of public schedule, official or otherwise. Filed under: Cellphones, Tablets, Mobile, Samsung

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able to easily hold two more sacks of rice (making it a total of 50kg) until the demonstrator killed the muscles on the back. Check out our jolly hands-on video after the break. Gallery: Tokyo University of Science shows off robotic suit powered by pneumatic artificial muscles Continue reading Tokyo University of Science shows off robotic suit powered by pneumatic artificial muscles

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Scaling the Klout API with Scala, Akka, and Play
David Ross (The Official Klout Blog)

Now, how should we do this? The non-monadic way, similar to how we would do it in Java, is to Submitted at 10/2/2012 11:31:51 AM start each of the tasks, wait for Tweet them, and then build the result: Back in March, Felipe Oliveira def blockingAndVerbose: wrote about Klout’s new Sexy Profile={ val futureName= API. We had just released the name() val futureScore= score() Scala Play! Framework API val futureFriends= Friends() infrastructure that we had been val nameResult= Await. result( writing the previous few months. futureName, 10 seconds) val Not only did it represent a big scoreResult= Await. result( step forward on the tech side, but futureScore, 10 seconds) val it was also an important cultural friendsResult= Await. result( change for Klout. Previously, futureFriends, 10 seconds) disparate teams were responsible Profile( nameResult, scoreResult, for their own serving friendsResult)} view raw infrastructure; now, having a futureBad.scala This Gist brought central platform has empowered to you by GitHub. Klout to scale to a billion API This is not ideal for a few requests per day and export reasons: powerful new functionality to 1. We are blocking on the profile page like mine(see below), c o n c u r r e n t w o r k . A F u t u r e which has three methods that call execution of the concurrent tasks, partners. But we still had a lot of work to requires hundreds of lookups to represents an asynchronous different datastores and each which means the thread running do back then. By now, six months several different datastores. computation and many Futures return a Future: def name(): this code must wait idly, wasting after launch, we’ve made some Because of the scale of Klout’s can be created in parallel. The Future[ String]= Future{"david"} resources while the app is making serious improvements to the data pipeline (expect a future blog Future API in Akka is very rich, def score(): Future[ Double]= network IO. API’s scalability and availability post by Sreevatsan Raman to shed but the key for us is its monadic Future{ 50.0} def friends(): 2. It is rather verbose and using Akka’s rich toolset for more light), we need to store nature. If you don’t know what a Future[ List[ Int]]= Future{ List( difficult to maintain. concurrent programming. Though users’ Scores, Moments, Topics monad is, in Scala, it is something 1 , 2 , 3 ) } v i e w r a w 3. This function violates the Akka is mostly famous for its and other data all in different that has the map and flatMap futuresSetup.scala This Gist Single Responsibility Principle, implementation of the Actor datastores. As such, our app is methods. This allows Futures to brought to you by GitHub. because it is responsible for both Model, I’m going to talk about very IO bound and optimizing our be composed into new Futures Additionally, we have a resulting the waiting of the Future and two other Akka features, Futures IO usage was one of our biggest with the syntactic sugar of a for type we’d like to combine the business logic for combining the priorities. We needed to do our IO expression. Compare this to Java results into: case class Profile( results. and Agents. concurrently. Futures (java.util.concurrent.*), name: String, score: Double, A better way to do this is with Scalability with Akka Futures For some background on the Akka Futures(soon to be part of w h i c h h a v e n o m e a n s o f friends: List[ Int]) view raw F u t u r e c o m p o s i t i o n : d e f profile.scala This Gist brought to scalability problems we face, the Scala Standard Library) have c o m p o s i t i o n . SCALING page 60 consider that serving a simple proven to be the ideal tool for Consider the following example, you by GitHub.

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nonBlockingComposition: Future[ Profile]={// NOTE: We declare these up here so they start in parallel. This is required// because of how for expressions get expanded to maps and flatMaps. val futureName= name() val futureScore= score() val futureFriends= friends() for{ nameResult futureName scoreResult futureScore friendsResult futureFriends} yield{ Profile( nameResult, scoreResult, friendsResult)}} view raw futureGood.scala This Gist brought to you by GitHub. Notice how much more readable the code is. The for expression is sugar for calling the map and flatMap methods on the Futures, and the benefit is that we can refer to the results of the Futures in the yield block without waiting for them. This makes the method read more like a workflow and it is no longer concerned with waiting for the completion of the tasks. One difference between the two methods is that the first returns a raw Profile and the second returns a Future[Profile]. This leads to an important realization, in the form of simple rules, we had while adding Futures to our code: 1. All methods that do IO should return a Future 2. Never block a thread waiting on a Future 3. Therefore, all methods that call other methods that return Futures must themselves return Futures. In this way, we use Future almost like an IO monad (see this post for an introduction to functional IO). This allows us to push the

Futures all the way up our call stack, finally wrapping them in Play’s AsyncResult in controller methods. Play handles these results in a non-blocking way, so we can be as efficient with IO as possible. (See the Play documentation for more detail). Overall, the strategy of using Akka Future allows us to write more efficient and more readable code. I suggest becoming very familiar with the methods on Futures and the different ways to compose them, especially since they will be shipped with Scala 2.10 and later. The ability to write concurrent IO so easily is the key to our API’s performance and scalability. High Availability with Apache Zookeeper and Akka Agents Another one of our learnings in the last six months is that dynamic service discovery is key. For example, our MySQL cluster has one master and several slaves, and we spread read requests across the slaves as much as possible. Sometimes we need to dynamically remove slave nodes from the pool because of degraded performance or scheduled maintenance. Since we a large production cluster of API nodes, we need a to be able to make updates without redeploying or downtime, giving our clients the best experience possible and guaranteeing that all nodes update within seconds. Apache Zookeeper was an obvious solution for distributed configuration. To start, we created a simple wrapper for ZooKeeper

on top of Twitter’s ZooKeeper client written in Scala. We use this wrapper to watch ZooKeeper nodes, issuing a callback inside our application whenever a modification happens: import com.twitter.zookeeper.ZooKeeper Client object Zoo{ lazy val zk: ZooKeeperClient=... def on( path: String)( callback: NodeStatusChange=> Unit)={ zk watchNode( path,{( data: Option[ Array[ Byte]])=> data match{ case Some( d) if d. isEmpty=> callback( NodeUpdated( None)) case Some( d)=> val value= new String( d) callback( NodeUpdated( Option( value))) case None=> callback( NodeDeleted)}})}} view raw zk.scala This Gist brought to you by GitHub. But where should these callbacks go? One solution would be to create a service like this: class MySQLStateService( private var nodes: Set[ String]){ def getHealthyNodes(): Set[ String]= nodes def updateState( node: String, status: Boolean){ if( status) nodes= nodes+ node else nodes= nodes- node} } val state: MySQLStateService={ val service= new MySQLStateService( Set. empty) Zoo. on("/Health/MySQL/ node1"){ case NodeUpdated( value) if value=="UP"=> state. updateState("node1", true) c a s e _ = > s t a t e . updateState("node1", false)} service} view raw stateBad.scala This Gist brought to you by

GitHub. This service would keep track of nodes to read from, and we could use the zookeeper client to call updateState on the service. Any read request for MySQL would use the service to determine the pool of nodes to read from. Again, there are a couple of problems with this: 1. The same class that deals with business logic is responsible for making updates, so the interface is not safe. Clients of this service would be able to make changes when we only want Zookeeper callbacks to make these changes. 2. This service would be prone to concurrency issues when multiple threads are making updates. These issues amplify exponentially if we want to add more features to our “MySQL State” than just “up” or “down”. At first, we thought that Actors would be a good solution for this problem. However, we soon learned that because actors process all messages one at a time, the reads would get backed up. Also, the interface to the actors is Futures, which is more complex than necessary. Akka thankfully provides an implementation of Agents, based off of the concept by the same name from Clojure. Agents wrap an instance of some type of state and support asynchronous singlethreaded updaters and synchronous getters. For an agent of type T, the updater is a function from T => T, and the agent updates its state by changing its value to the result of the function

applied to it’s previous value. Here’s a similar implementation of the service above but using an Agent: class MySQLStateService( private val agent: Agent[ Set[ String]]){ def getHealthyNodes(): Set[ String]= agent. apply() } val service={ val agent: Agent[ Set[ String]]= Agent( Set. empty) Zoo. on("/Health/MySQL/ node1"){ case NodeUpdated( value) if value=="UP"=> agent send( prev=> prev+"node1") case_=> agent send( prev=> prev" n o d e 1 " ) } n e w MySQLStateService( agent)} view raw stateGood.scala This Gist brought to you by GitHub. As you can see, the service is much simpler and the interface hides the updating access. Also, because the update functions are applied one at a time and simply add or remove nodes from the set, there is no concurrency issue. The biggest win, however, is that this allows us to think about our state as an immutable data structure, only responsible for dealing with business logic, and wrap the updating logic in the Agent. This gives us an elegant structure to our code. We like this pattern so much that we use it wherever we have dynamic configuration depending on Zookeeper. It’s a great abstraction that allows for both more reliable and more readable code. And having this mechanism for dynamic service discovery gives the API fault tolerance and SCALING page 61

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high availability it needs to meet its SLA. Even if you are not using the Actor Model, Akka provides many tools to improve large concurrent enterprise systems. In some cases, other abstractions are simpler to use and require less boilerplate than Actors. At Klout, we believe in using the right tool for the job, so to help the Klout

API meet SLA, we have used Future and Agents heavily. In doing so, we hope to push more and more of Klout’s data into the world. Let us know if you want to help.

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