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dominated assembly writing Egypt's new constitution from a raft of legal challenges that have By Tom Perry threatened the body with CAIRO| Sat Nov 24, 2012 dissolution, and offers the same 5:21pm EST protection to the Islamist(Reuters) - Egyptian President c o n t r o l l e d u p p e r h o u s e o f Mohamed Mursi faced a rebellion p a r l i a m e n t . from judges who accused him on Egypt's highest judicial authority, Saturday of expanding his powers the Supreme Judicial Council, at their expense, deepening a s a i d t h e d e c r e e w a s a n crisis that has triggered violence "unprecedented attack" on the in the street and exposed the independence of the judiciary. country's deep divisions. The Judges' Club, meeting in The Judges' Club, a body Cairo, called on Mursi to rescind representing judges across Egypt, it. called for a strike during a That demand was echoed by meeting interrupted with chants prominent opposition leader demanding the "downfall of the Mohamed ElBaradei. "There is no regime" - the rallying cry in the room for dialogue when a dictator uprising that toppled Hosni imposes the most oppressive, Mubarak last year. abhorrent measures and then says Mursi's political opponents and 'let us split the difference'," he supporters, representing the divide said. b e t w e e n n e w l y e m p o w e r e d "I am waiting to see, I hope soon, Islamists and their critics, called a very strong statement of for rival demonstrations on condemnation by the U.S., by Tuesday over a decree that has Europe and by everybody who triggered concern in the West. really cares about human dignity," Issued late on Thursday, it marks he said in an interview with an effort by Mursi to consolidate Reuters and the Associated Press. his influence after he successfully More than 300 people were sidelined Mubarak-era generals in injured on Friday as protests August. The decree defends from against the decree turned violent. judicial review decisions taken by There were attacks on at least Mursi until a new parliament is three offices belonging to the elected in a vote expected early M u s l i m B r o t h e r h o o d , t h e next year. movement that propelled Mursi to It also shields the Islamist- power.
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POLARISATION Liberal, leftist and socialist parties called a big protest for Tuesday to force Mursi to row back on a move they say has exposed the autocratic impulses of a man once jailed by Mubarak. In a sign of the polarization in the country, the Muslim Brotherhood called its own protests that day to support the president's decree. Mursi also assigned himself new authority to sack the prosecutor general, who was appointed during the Mubarak era, and appoint a new one. The dismissed prosecutor general, Abdel Maguid Mahmoud, was given a hero's welcome at the Judges' Club. In open defiance of Mursi, Ahmed al-Zind, head of the club, introduced Mahmoud by his old title. The Mursi administration has defended the decree on the grounds that it aims to speed up a protracted transition from Mubarak's rule to a new system of democratic government. Analysts say it reflects the Brotherhood's suspicion towards sections of a judiciary unreformed from Mubarak's days. "It aims to sideline Mursi's enemies in the judiciary and ultimately to impose and head off any legal challenges to the constitution," said Elijah Zarwan, a fellow with The European

Council on Foreign Relations. "We are in a situation now where both sides are escalating and its getting harder and harder to see how either side can gracefully climb down." ADVISOR TO MURSI QUITS Following a day of violence in Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said and Suez, the smell of tear gas hung over the capital's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the uprising that toppled Mubarak in 2011 and the stage for more protests on Friday. Youths clashed sporadically with police near the square, where activists camped out for a second day on Saturday, setting up makeshift barricades to keep out traffic. Al-Masry Al-Youm, one of Egypt's most widely read dailies, hailed Friday's protest as "The November 23 Intifada", invoking the Arabic word for uprising. But the ultra-orthodox Salafi Islamist groups that have been pushing for tighter application of Islamic law in the new constitution have rallied behind Mursi's decree. The Nour Party, one such group, stated its support for the Mursi decree. Al-Gama'a al-Islamiya, which carried arms against the state in the 1990s, said it would save the revolution from what it described as remnants of the Mubarak regime.

Samir Morkos, a Christian assistant to Mursi, had told the president he wanted to resign, said Yasser Ali, Mursi's spokesman. Speaking to the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Morkos said: "I refuse to continue in the shadow of republican decisions that obstruct the democratic transition". Mursi's decree has been criticized by Western states that earlier this week were full of praise for his role in mediating an end to the eight-day war between Israel and Palestinians. "The decisions and declarations announced on November 22 raise concerns for many Egyptians and for the international community," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. The European Union urged Mursi to respect the democratic process. (Additional reporting by Omar Fahmy, Marwa Awad, Edmund Blair and Shaimaa Fayed and Reuters TV; Editing by Jon Hemming) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Gaza Blitz Turmoil And Tragicomedy At The BBC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he leaves the 7th East Asia Summit in Phnom-Penh on November 20, 2012. Mr. Obama was set to defy Beijing's protests and use the summit to raise concerns over South China Sea rows that have sent diplomatic and trade shockwaves across the region./ CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images All sides involved in this month's Gaza crisis face an array of choices. Israeli generals and politicians have chosen to declare victory -- saying that they have "restored deterrence," basically meaning that Israel's Arab neighbors have again seen the might of the Israeli military so they will hesitate to start large armed conflicts. The Palestinian Hamas faction is insisting that it was victorious. It withstood eight days of pounding by the Israeli military (as a response to many months of rocket fire from the Gaza side), and in the ceasefire talks hosted by Egypt, Hamas was able to act as though it was the equal of any other party involved. True, Israel and the United States still refuse to speak directly with Hamas, labeling it as a terrorist

organization. But no truce could be arranged without the mediators turning to Hamas, again and again, for agreement. Within days, the chief mediator -Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi -- shocked the region by declaring, in effect, that he is above the law. Morsi claims to be

the supreme protector of the "revolution" that deposed the proAmerican president, Hosni Mubarak, last year. Egypt reformist warns of Morsi decree turmoil Israel eases Gaza border restrictions after truce

Confronted with this set of new facts -- and a host of older facts, such as Iran's nuclear program, which Mr. Obama has warned must not produce nuclear weapons -- the American president could choose to be highly active, or to stand back for a while and let the Middle East

simmer. The problem is that the Mideast, left practically unwatched to simmer, tends to boil over. So far, because the United States is so pleased that Morsi mediated successfully between Israel and UNREST page 5

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Obama visits bookstore, promotes "Small Business Saturday"


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expand entrepreneurs' access to financing. Submitted at 11/24/2012 2:44:04 PM Both Main Street merchants and By Margaret Chadbourn larger retailers will find out soon WASHINGTON| Sat Nov 24, if the so-called fiscal cliff that 2012 3:44pm EST threatens to produce tax increases (Reuters) - President Barack and automatic spending cuts in Obama, in a bid to show support January will subdue shoppers and for small businesses, took his hold back spending this holiday daughters on an early Christmas season. shopping trip on Saturday as the Congress and Obama are about to U.S. retail sector swings into high negotiate on a deal to avert the gear this holiday season. roughly $600 billion in tax Promoting "Small Business increases and spending cuts set to Saturday," the third annual event start jolting the economy at the that encourages consumers to beginning of 2013. support independently-owned Asked by reporters what is local shops, Obama took his needed to cushion the economic daughters Sasha and Malia to impact of the looming fiscal cliff, "One More Page Books" in Obama declined to answer, saying Arlington, Virginia, a suburb of " w e ' r e d o i n g C h r i s t m a s Washington, D.C. shopping." "Preparation," said Obama, while The White House said Obama talking to the store owner at the bought 15 children's books that front counter and looking at his will be given as Christmas gifts to BlackBerry, apparently checking family members. book titles while his daughters Last year, more than 100 million stood at his side. "That's how I Americans shopped locally on shop." Small Business Saturday, Over the last two decades, small according to an estimate by businesses have created two of American Express. every three U.S. jobs. To try to Small businesses taking part in spur job growth, the Obama the initiative use social networks administration says it aims to cut like Facebook and Twitter to taxes for small businesses and promote deals and attract potential

customers. Taking to Twitter himself after the shopping excursion, Obama wrote: "My family & I started our holiday shopping at a local bookstore on #SmallBizSat. I hope you'll join & shop small this holiday season." The nationwide initiative that urges customers to open their wallets to local businesses follows Black Friday, one the nation's busiest shopping days at major retailers falling the day after Thanksgiving. The Monday after Thanksgiving is known as Cyber Monday, where deals are found on the Internet and is more often a hit with shoppers unwilling to brave long lines. (Reporting By Margaret Chadbourn; Editing by Vicki Allen) 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: Gaza Blitz Turmoil And Tragicomedy At The BBC.

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Hamas, Washington is giving Morsi a fairly easy time. In the first Obama Administration comment on the apparent power grab in Cairo, the State Department meekly said that it raises "concerns" because "the revolution" was supposed to mean that no one man will ever again wield too much authority in Egypt. But, beyond that, the U.S. only urged that everyone keep calm -and perhaps move toward writing a constitution that would protect the civil rights of Egyptians. President Obama may decide to be more ambitious in the Middle East, but at the least he will probably wait until after the Israeli election on January 22 before launching any major initiative. He had a special envoy for peace in the Middle East for a few years, former Sen. George Mitchell, but Mitchell quit after finding that he could not make much headway in keeping Israelis and Palestinians at the negotiating table. In the Gaza talks, however, Mr. Obama demonstrated the unique

role of the U.S. by sending Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to push the talk forward in Jerusalem, Ramallah (in the West Bank), and Cairo. She was able to preside over the announcement of a cease-fire on Wednesday in the Egyptian capital, where she spoke of a need "to consolidate the progress" and improve the lives of Israelis and Palestinians. As well as trying to help Israeli and Palestinians negotiate -defying strong skepticism on all sides -- Mr. Obama could pursue a wider goal of creating a propeace, pro-stability coalition in the Middle East. Sunni Muslim nations that opposed the growing influence of Iran, a Shiite Muslim country, could take part -- notably Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. In Turkey, there is the challenge that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been saying hostile things about Israel. But for many years, often kept hush-hush, Turkey and Israel had strong military and intelligence cooperation. They have many shared concerns -- including what

will emerge from the instability and deaths in Syria, the Arab country that is sandwiched between them. Western diplomats note that, during the recent Gaza truce talks, the heads of Turkish and Israeli intelligence were both in Cairo. President Obama could help a new push for a pro-stability regional coalition by mediating an end to the bitter argument over the killing by Israeli troops of nine people on a Turkish aid ship that was heading for Gaza in 2010. Israeli officials say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did recently come close to issuing an apology to Turkey. 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: Gaza Blitz Turmoil And Tragicomedy At The BBC.

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The 'new' Egypt - The News International


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well in his own house. While democratic and relatively free of rigging and corruption, the Sunday, November 25, 2012 Egyptian elections that saw him From Print Edition come to power opened up several To find the US Secretary of State cans of worms. Not the least of Hillary Clinton publicly praise the these is that Morsi won by a slim man currently leading Egypt an margin, and almost half of those Islamist who has not found favour who voted did not vote for him. in high places previously comes These people fear that he will take as a considerable surprise. But t h e c o u n t r y t o t h e r i g h t praise President Mohamed Morsi theologically; that minorities like she did for his considerable the Coptic Christians will be efforts in brokering a ceasefire v u l n e r a b l e a n d o p e n t o between the Israelis and Hamas in persecution; and that civil rights the Gaza Strip. Morsi has long will be eroded. Economically, been a supporter of Hamas, which Egypt is a basket case and is i s v i e w e d a s a t e r r o r i s t going to need a helping hand from organisation by both Israel and the IMF. The role that Morsi the US. It is a mark of just how played in the ceasefire will have much has changed in the Middle been noted positively both in the East in the last two years that not White House and the IMF but only is he the democratically that is not the note being read in elected president of his country, T a h r i r S q u a r e . O n F r i d a y but a respected interlocutor as afternoon, surrounded by security w e l l . H i s i n t e r v e n t i o n w a s men, President Morsi spoke to the pragmatic; given the lessons of crowds. They were protesting history, the ceasefire is probably against the sweeping powers he temporary but the very last thing had awarded himself, which he Morsi needed in the here-and-now s a y s p r o t e c t t h e E g y p t i a n was a major conflict on his revolution rather than undermine borders, more so because all is not it Morsi has placed himself

above judicial oversight until the new, and much delayed, constitution is prepared. The crowds were sceptical. Protesters attacked the offices of Muslim Brotherhood in Alexandria and other towns on the Mediterranean coast. With the sounds of warfare in Gaza stilled for now, Morsi has time to devote to mending fences at home. Rebuilding Egypt, a country where entire civilisations lasting more than a thousand years have come and gone, was never going to be an easy task. President Morsi is making the right moves to satisfy those whose business is geopolitics, but he has yet to pull the same trick domestically. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments. 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: Gaza Blitz Turmoil And Tragicomedy At The BBC.

Florida State Fan Tried To Apply Face Paint And Failed


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Congress Is Thinking About A Sneaky New Scheme To Raise Taxes And The Upper Middle Class Could Get Seriously Hosed
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The primary Fiscal Cliff challenge is this: Democrats insist on raising taxes on the rich. Republicans, who are terrified of Grover Norquist and primary challenges (and who generally hate tax hikes) refuse to do vote for tax hikes. So the question is: How can you raise taxes and not actually vote for a tax hike? One possibility is to just wait, and let taxes automatically rise for everyone, but then this would represent fully hitting the Fiscal Cliff, and the middle class gets dinged. Jonathan Weisman at The New York Times reports on one plan that's being considered: It would prevent the rich (defined, perhaps, as people making over $250,000) from taking advantage of the lower marginal tax rates on the lower parts of their income. Weisman explains: Under the existing tax code, the first $17,400 of adjusted gross income for a couple filing jointly is taxed at 10 percent. Above that level, up to $70,700, income is [unable to retrieve full-text content]

taxed at 15 percent. Income between $70,701 and $142,700 is taxed at 25 percent. Gross incomes up to $217,450 are taxed at 28 percent. The next bracket, 33 percent, ends at $388,350 for couples. The top bracket hits adjusted gross incomes only above $388,350. All taxpayers get the advantage of the lower tax rates below the top threshold, whether they earn $40,000 or $40 million. If Republicans insist that the top

35 percent rate cannot change while Congress tries to rewrite the tax code, negotiators could decide to technically keep all the Bushera tax rates in place, but eliminate the lower tax rates for rich households. On Twitter, Bloomberg View's Josh Barro(an expert on taxation) and Nate Silver explained one huge problem with this idea. If the elimination of the lower tax rates kicked in at, say, $250K, then someone who makes $250K

would have lower take home pay than someone who makes $249K (and gets to keep all the lower marginal rates). It would also mean a higher tax on the 250,000th dollar of earnings, than the 1 millionth. The beauty of the current tax system is that nobody ever gets less take home pay by making more money. So if the tax code switches to just what's described above, then it's a horrible idea. A solution to this is a "phase-in" schedule, so that someone making $250,000 doesn't automatically lose all of the lower rates... just some of them. But even still you have a problem, as Josh explains, where a taxpayer's highest marginal rate, in that certain phase -in band, jumps above the official marginal rate. In short, anyone who makes just over the cap considered "rich" could get uniquely screwed. So it sounds like a very janky way to get around just raising rates on some incomes. Read the whole report here > Please follow Politics on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story

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War Is the Answer


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For the last hundred years the best and brightest of the civilized world have been engaged in the business of peace. In the days before the Nobel Peace Prize became a joke, it was expected that scientific progress would lead to moral progress. Nations would accept international laws and everyone would get together to replace wars with international conferences. Instead technological progress just gave us better ways to kill each other. There have been few innovations in the moral technology of global harmony since Immanuel Kants Perpetual Peace laid out a plan to grant world citizenship to all refugees and outlaw all armies, invasions and atrocities with the whole shebang would be overseen by a League of Nations. That was in 1795 and Kants plan was at least more reasonable than anything we have two-hundred years later today because it at least set out to limit membership in this body to free republics. If we had done that with the United Nations, it could conceivably have become something resembling a humane organization. Instead its a place where the dictators of the world stop by to give speeches about human rights for a show thats funnier than anything you could

their bluff will be called and they will fold. And if they dont fold, then the world will be destroyed because the humanitarians said that peace was better than war. It also necessitates that the actual wars that they fight be as limited as possible by applying precision technology to kill only actual armed enemy combatants while minimizing collateral damage. And that humanitarian objective also necessitates that the other side reply with a counterobjective of making it as hard as possible to kill them without also killing civilians. The humanitarian impulse makes the anti-humanitarian impulse inevitable. The more precisely we try to kill terrorists, the more ingeniously the terrorists blend into the civilian population and employ human shields. The more we try not to kill civilians, the more civilians we are forced to kill. That is the equal and opposite reaction of the humanitarian formula. find eight blocks away at the than accounted for by every piece hate war for sentimental reasons, In Afghanistan, the Rules of Broadway Comedy Club. of human literature written until b u t t h e i r l e a d e r s a n d m o s t Engagement were overhauled to Since the League of Nations the 19th Century. committed activists dont hate m i n i m i z e A f g h a n c i v i l i a n folded, the warring peoples of the There is no moral technology to war, they hate the people who win casualties. This was so successful world have added the atom bomb, prevent war. Or rather war is the the wars. that not only did the casualty rate the suicide bomber, the jet plane, moral technology, that when The plan for perpetual peace is f o r A m e r i c a n s o l d i e r s the remotely guided missile, the properly applied, ensures peace. really a plan for perpetual war. It dramatically increase because rape squad, the IED, the child The humanitarians had gone necessitates that the civilized they were not allowed to fire soldier and the stealth fighter to down a dead end by trying to nations who heed its call amass unless they were being fired at, t h e i r a r s e n a l s . A n d t h e c r e a t e p e r p e t u a l p e a c e b y overwhelming quantities of but the number of Afghan civilian humanitarians have murdered a outlawing war, but the peace- firepower as deterrents against casualties killed by American few billion trees printing out more shouters who wear their inverted war, which they will pledge to forces also fell dramatically. It useless treaties, conventions and Mercedes Logo dont really want never use because if the threat of WAR page 9 condemnations; more dead trees peace, some of them reflexively destroying the world isnt enough,

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was a great triumph. But sadly the number of Afghan civilians killed by the Taliban increased dramatically and more than made up for the shortfall. When the Taliban have won the war, the number of civilian casualties will be tremendous once Obama pulls the troops out and the cheerful bearded boys march into Kabul and start killing every woman who can read. But it was still a better thing than the unacceptable levels of civilian casualties under Bush. It was a better thing that the Taliban have free reign to kill as many Afghans as they want than that American soldiers should have been able to fight the Taliban without the humanitarian handcuffs. Because sometimes you have to destroy the village to save the village, and that is true whether its American planes bombing a terrorist hideout or humanitarians letting the Taliban take the village and kill every tenth woman in it. And yet for all this monumental effort, for all the soldiers dead because they werent sure if the man planting an IED in the road was a terrorist or just a decent upstanding poppy farmer checking the soil composition, for all the Afghan civilians killed by the moral technology of inaction, your unfriendly neighborhood peace-shouter is about as satisfied as a cannibal at a vegan banquet. Give him, her or it five valuable minutes of your time and it will begin shrieking about drone strikes, kill lists and the murderous rampage of a

technology that is as far from Shock and Awe as you could possibly imagine without going completely Gandhi. If anything it hates drone strikes more than it hates Hiroshima. Mass killing justifies its smug contempt for the machinery of war, but anything that smacks of an attempt to moralize warfare challenges its principles and urges it on to greater displays of outrage. Israel, in the name of peace, turned over the lives of millions of people to the control of a terrorist organization which taught their children to believe that their highest purpose in life was to die while killing Israelis. The Oslo Accords turned stonethrowers into shooters and suicide bombers. It allowed the kind of people that most of Israels Muslim neighbors had locked up and thrown away the key to, inside the country and gave them charge of the economy and the youth. Every peace dove, every peace song, every peace agreement, made the rivers of blood that followed not only inevitable, but mandatory. For decades, every time that Israel was on the verge of finishing off the terrorists, there came a call for a ceasefire or a peace agreement. The call was heeded and the violence continued because all the peace agreements and ceasefires were just prolonged unfinished wars. They were a game of baseball that never ended because no home run was ever scored. Instead the New York Yankees were being forced to

play the Martyrs of Muslimtown for thirty years with the umpire stepping in every time the hometown team was on the verge of winning the game. Each peace agreement did not mean peace, it meant that the Muslimtown Martyrs would have another few years to go on killing and being killed. Peace meant that the war would never end. Instead of perpetual peace, it made for perpetual war. In 1992 Israel deported 400 Hamas terrorists. It didnt kill them, lock them up or bake them into a pie. All it did was kick them out of a country they didnt recognize and closed the door behind them. That deportation became the leading human rights cause of the day. The UN issued a unanimous resolution condemning the deportation. The Red Cross brought them blankets. Newsweek accused Israel of Deporting the Hope for Peace. And so Israel took the 400 Hamas terrorists, the hope for peace, back. Over the next 20 years they shed rivers of blood and rivers of blood were shed because of them. There was never any peace with them and they made peace impossible. But the humanitarians had gotten their way, as they always got their way, and their way was the blown up bus and the shattered cafeteria, the burning building and the suicide bomber making his way through a crowded mall, the childs mother lovingly tying on his martyr costume complete with Alfred Nobels great invention,

the jet plane releasing its cargo of bombs and the television screaming for war. But all these were far better than that 400 Hamas terrorists should sniffle into their Red Cross supplied cups of dark coffee on the hills of Lebanon. To those who croon to that old Lennon song, peace is always better than war, and good intentions lead to good results. The only way forward is to keep extending your hand to the enemy and doing it over and over again no matter how much effort the doctors have to put into stitching it back together again after the last handshake. Peace is still better than war. It is better that Israel and Hamas fight escalating mini-wars every 3 years than that Israel finish off Hamas once and for all. That price wasnt worth paying 20 years ago when all it meant was that 400 terrorists would have been forced to get jobs slinging Halal hash in Lebanese Hashish joints. It certainly isnt worth it today. A flock of peace doves wings to Israel with proposals for engaging Hamas. But its Israel that is supposed to figure out a way to live with its explosive bride. All the proposals call for some gradual process by which Hamas will be courted, engaged and weaned off terror to become an upstanding member of the international community. And thats all well and good if you have soy for brains. Hamas is not interested in being

engaged. Its goal is the destruction of Israel. This isnt posturing, its not sullen resentment over being blockaded by Israel or outrage over the latest round of fighting. This is the essential ideology of Hamas, derived from the core Islamic principles over the proper role of non-Muslims in the Muslim world. It is not interested in a twostate solution, job creation programs or any of the meaningless shiny toys that diplomats wave when they arrive in the region. Its goal is to make Islam supreme over all other systems by destroying a nonMuslim state in what it considers to be Muslim territory. Perpetual peace was not made for such conflicts. Peace was made for reasonable people who are willing to give and take. It was not made for those who only take. Peacemaking is not a policy, it is a religion that we are all obligated to believe in. It is an immoral moral principle that ends in war. Peacemaking in the World War II cost more lives than Hitler could have ever taken on his own. Peacemaking in the War on Terror has cost a hundred times more lives than the terrorists could have ever taken on their own. The business of peace is the industry of death. Behind the peace sign is a field of flowers with a grave for every one. Behind the peace agreement and the ceasefire is another war that WAR page 10

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information from an employee of a major retailer, but sadly, doesnt spill the beans as to which retailer All eyes may be on the Wii U at were talking about. According to the moment, but that doesnt this retailers internal release necessarily mean Nintendo is information, the Wii Mini is ready to abandon the Wii. A new scheduled to launch on December rumor from Nintendo World 7, 2012, which is right around the Report claims that the big N is corner. Itll come packed with a planning to launch a new redesign sensor bar, nunchuk, and Wii of the original Wii, this time Remote Plus, which is standard going a bit smaller scale. Yes, fare for normal Wii consoles. were talking about a Wii Mini Unfortunately, were dont have it seems that everyone is going for any word on the price or size of a smaller form factor these days, this new Wii. Its hard to imagine so why not Nintendo? that itll be much smaller than the N i n t e n d o W o r l d R e p o r t current Wii, considering that a p p a r e n t l y r e c e i v e d t h i s console is already significantly
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smaller than the Xbox 360 and PS3. New Wiis tend to be priced around $130, so we cant see Nintendo going much higher than that in terms of pricing if it

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How To Build A Revolutionary Political Social Network


Lucas Dailey (TechCrunch)
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convey a message; and they give reasonable evidence that participants are constituents. But Editors note: Lucas Dailey is the soon well have better ways of founder and CEO of political conveying that information social network Our Ballot Box, a without having to brave the designer, and a local politico. You Wisconsin winter. can follow Lucas on Twitter. Americans have an Regardless of your views on our embarrassment of sites on which recent election, one thing that we one can voice an opinion. Yet can generally agree on is that our n o n e o f t h e m m e e t t h e political system is broken. There requirements necessary for people are myriad contributors to our to actually voice these opinions in malaise, not the least of which is a way that maximizes their the voting system on which its all political impact. b a s e d . B u t a p a r t f r o m t h e My startup, Our Ballot Box, intractable structural problems, spent four years in Madison there is one area that we in the identifying these requirements, web world are tantalizingly close testing their effectiveness, and to ameliorating: constituent building a web app that began to opinion. An Old Problem We satisfy those requirements. We Take For Granted failed as a business, but our In the middle of February in product has had some success and W i s c o n s i n , n e a r l y 1 0 0 , 0 0 0 someone will pick up our torch. people, some driving hundreds of The market is ready and the miles, all converged on the same political value is too great for it to location at the same time simply remain unbuilt. Ten years from to convey information. These now an effective constituent people didnt want to be there, but communication site will serve as a they felt, rightly, that this extreme central component of the political e f f o r t w a s t h e o n l y m e a n s process that none of us can available to convey their opinions imagine living without. Youre effectively. Doing It Wrong: How Our Startup Protests are a unique method of Failed communication, because they Our vision was very well c o m b i n e t h r e e e s s e n t i a l received by regular citizens, components of effective civic activists, politicians, and news speech: participants are publicly organizations, but we still failed counted in them; they publicly as a business. That was my

failure. As a first-time entrepreneur and CEO, Id like to think I at least made some novel mistakes, but the reality is that they were mostly pedestrian. Our talented developers had little time left to power a startup in addition to their demanding day jobs and young families. I should have expanded our team before launching with insufficient wind under sail. Our business models relied on long-term mass adoption, a big swing and tough sell that relies on more at-bats with investors than usual. And while Madison has a burgeoning web industry, it still lacks the number of investors of Silicon Valley, and Im the only team member able to relocate. I should have developed better business models and shaped our product to fit. Lastly, and most personally painful, I restrained my design passion by limiting myself to a first-draft approach to the UX and UI that resulted in a substandard experience. I did this to ensure I stayed focused on the business, marketing and fundraising parts of the startup. Ultimately, I simply didnt execute well enough. A Vision To Transform Political Speech The good news is that there are startups close to successfully building such a space. My goal is to offer a direction to anyone else

excited to address one of the most pernicious problems in our society. There are five basic components necessary for a political social network to effectively solve the constituent communication problem: User-generated opinions Single units of opinion User verification Surfacing and sorting Open, demographically indexed data User-generated opinions. Users must be able to write opinions in their own words, uncensored and unmoderated. Yes, it means dealing with a host of issues such as griefing, hate speech, and duplication. But a site must allow for the full and unrestricted expression of political opinion if it is to reach broad public acceptance. To users, speech must be free, and damn the consequences for developers. The site must allow users to quickly and easily express an opinion that is immediately accessible, so when others are presented with opinions that dont quite match their own, they can speak for themselves on an issue instead of being pressured to vote on something they are uncomfortable with. Single units of opinion. It may seem counterintuitive but single

units of opinion for users to endorse or oppose are far more persuasive than compounded opinions. Whether its something as complex and packaged as I am pro-life or as granular as Williamson St. should have a two-way connection to Winnebago St. these are the data points that sculpt public policy, shape political platforms and guide the selection of political candidates. The multiple-choice questions on many political opinion sites fail this test because the limited number of answer options necessarily excludes other opinions and pressures people into selecting the least bad option. When single units of opinion are coupled with easy, user-generated opinions, users will have the freedom to fully express themselves through either their own words or an endorsement of anothers words. User verification. In an age when astroturfing is becoming increasingly sophisticated, proving your identity in a political social network is essential. Many social media products offer different means of user verification. They range from methods as weak as providing a unique email or algorithms that spot fake accounts to methods as HOW page 14

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The Gameplay Is The Gameplay. Always.


Tadhg Kelly (TechCrunch)
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Editors note: Tadhg Kelly is a game designer with 20 years experience. He is the creator of leading blog What Games Are, and consults for many companies on game design and development. You can follow him on Twitter here. Most of the talk around games tends to focus on climate. Its about finding the right customers, funding, platform, business model, partnerships, metric and discovery solutions, technology, route to market and so on. How we play the Game of Games, as it were. In this context, we often think of the product as something that needs to fit into a mold. We think of them as television executives think of shows: They need to fill certain slots, address certain markets, encourage specific behaviours, and so on. To borrow a TV term, we think of them in terms of format first and content second. By format I mean that the game has to conform to some conventions. Perhaps it needs to be free-to-play and support dual currencies because that works in many other games. Perhaps a session needs to be playable in two minutes because research has shown that many mobile games work better when they can be played in this way. Perhaps it needs to be filled with friendly

graphics because the target market of yummy mummies (has that phrase gone stateside yet?) is generally believed to find realism, violence, and gore turnoffs. There are two sides to this format argument. The nays say that these kinds of restriction prevent innovation and creativity. In part this might explain why indie game developers have mostly not engaged with new platforms like the iPad and Facebook, preferring the more awkward but liberal canvas of the PC. The yays, on the other hand, say that innovation and creativity are important, but at the end of the day games is a business. And metrics show that the market behaves in semipredictable patterns, so the job of game development is to match those patterns. Of course, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. If you reject format thinking entirely, you may make something fantastically creative (such as Proteus) but which may not be viable in the long term. On the other hand if format is entirely your master then youll become trapped in that commoditised space where your games look and act the same as everyone elses (such as the bulk of casual, social, and casino games). Then scale will be your master. Whats interesting is that those from both sides of the aisle will almost always say that the first rule of making games is to make sure that the game is fun. Without

a fun game theres no rule two. What neither side will do, however, is elaborate on that statement. This is because fun is traditionally thought to be difficult to define. It is a very general term that can mean enjoyment, excitement, delight, learning, amusement, adventure, the thrill of the new, the mastery of things or just simply laughter. It is also easily co-opted, such as when studios prove that the energy mechanic in their game is fun because it drives a lot of repeat visits (which is a bit like saying that because people watch television shows with breaks, this must mean they love commercials). Some game designers have attempted to square this circle by sub-dividing fun. Nicole Lazarro developed a popular model which separates fun into four keys(hard, soft, people and serious fun) as a way of explaining different ways to approach game design. Others (such as one by Hunicke, LeBlanc and Zubek) break fun down into eight or more types, such as fantasy, discovery, expression, etc. The problem with such systems is that they become justification tools. If fun is breakable into various sub-types, then it follows that you could mix-and-match those types with equal success. This is just not true. Games that do this often show large drops in

users, generate reviews where players will say the story was enjoyable, but the game wasnt fun, and so on. Successful game design always eventually comes back to realising that one of the kinds of fun is more important than the others. In Lazarros system it would be hard fun. In Hunicke, LeBlanc and Zubeks, it would be challenge. The others are joys which emerge when the fun factor is sound. So, fun is: the joy of winning while mastering fair game dynamics. And if we accept that the first rule is that a game must be fun, then its a hard limit. For many innovative game developers who want to push boundaries, this is very difficult to admit or accept. Nonetheless, its a universal law (a creative constant), which applies to all games. Whether you are in social, casino, gamification, casual, console or indie the gameplay is the gameplay, and its always driven by fun. It has been so ever since the first sports and Senet(the oldest known board game) were invented. But the good news is that understanding that fun is a constant frees us up from thinking that format is, too. In fact the rules of format change all the time. We are all very busy trying to understand what shape the games business will have in any given year, what devices people will play on, and where the money can be made. Many games

conferences are filled with talks and panels that are all about market opportunities, distribution and all those other climatological concerns. And yet none of that matters as much as it appears to. Format wisdom has a short shelf life and is often overinterpreted. The recent success of Supercell is one example. Right now that studio is in the same blessed space that Rovio occupied a couple of years ago, where analysts are whirring around them trying to decode the magic of their success. Many other studios are picking Clash of Clans apart as we speak and trying to figure out the magic of its business model or distribution. There will be some valuable insights derived from so doing, but in the main its just a fixed data point in a dynamic system. Clash of Clans is fun, and its release is well timed. Its success is not likely to be any more mystical to understand than that. J u s t b e c a u s e players wilfully engaged in a format one year does not mean that pattern will repeat for all time ( as Zynga has discovered to its cost). Just because it seems as though they will buy Christmas trees in games does not mean that every game needs them. As with interpreting the movements of the real-world climate, the pro-format types are over inclined to overinterpret the significance of runes GAMEPLAY page 16

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strong as requiring drivers license or credit card information. To balance user acquisition with political strength, the ideal political social network will allow for multiple methods of identity verification across the confidence spectrum. Surfacing and sorting. Getting the right opinions in front of the right users at the right time for their votes is delicate but essential, not only in terms of user engagement but also for political relevance. If an opinion is only voted on by a particular subset of constituents such as, say, the followers of a particular radio host then that opinion wont reflect the full support or opposition of that constituency. Careful exposure is essential both to ensure opinion conveys a representative picture of overall public support, as well as to ensure that users have the opportunity to easily voice their opinions on the most politically valuable issues. Though partisans will always cry bias of all but their supporters, if the system is entirely algorithmic with no opportunity for organizational bias, it will gradually become accepted and treated as a neutral platform. Ease of use and speed of creating and voting on existing opinions are also important factors for surfacing and political relevance. When people can vote on 10 issues a minute in a leanback experience that has political value, theyll never stop.

Open, demographically indexed data. Finally, the potential of the opinion data must be unlocked by indexing it with users demographic and location data and making it publicly available. Then the general public, news organizations and all 10 (yes, 10!) political bodies that represent each citizen will be able to fully interpret the clear preferences of each constituency. Researchers and pollsters will also gain even greater insight by analyzing and modeling the data to compensate for the underrepresented constituencies. Internet users have become more conscious of the amount of personal information they release. While that trend will continue, users will gladly volunteer their information when they realize it will give them greater political power: By aligning themselves with a particular group, they can then speak more effectively on behalf of that group. However, that depth of personal information must be used carefully to allow users to enjoy their desired level of privacy and be confident that their information wont be misused. Successful political social networks must protect users identities while they speak at whichever hue of the anonymity-advocacy spectrum they so choose. Political Social Networks In The Wings There are a number of companies that competed against Our Ballot Box that are well on their way to

providing a truly effective way for constituents to communicate. They have great products that they can expand to execute this vision: Votizen was moving in this direction with its publicly endorsable, user created Letters. Lately they seem to have tacked away from constituent communication in favor of political candidate promotion through social pressure, though that could be a momentary change to take advantage of the elections. With the elections now over they may retool again to focus more on problems of governance. Change.org has a great petition platform that could increase its political relevance by adding the parts of this vision it lacks, noteably adding open demographics and allowing votes against petitions. If they combined the brute force of large absolute numbers with the tools necessary to show percent support and evidence that their public response is relatively representative of the constituency, they could have a much more politically powerful tool. POPVOX is doing a lot right, and while focusing on public opinion for H.R. 2526 Amendment 4 has a lot of value (particularly to Congressional staffers), its unlikely to have the popular reach and political strength of stating 70% of Americans believe National Forests shouldnt host private

logging roads. Their political strength could be tremendous if they had a simple opinion layer on top of their excellent legislative depth, so casual users can easily sound off at a high level while power users can drill down further. Votifi is an excellent opinion platform with a promising analytics focus. Plus their Simplifi, Quantifi, Amplifi nearly matches our Verify, Quantify, Amplify! If they were to successfully incorporate usergenerated questions and statements they could go a long way toward becoming a central voice of the people. Apart from current players in the space, this vision could be produced by a new small startup that grew organically to be recognized as the primary venue for political opinion. It would be easiest to build by a company that already has strong brand identity as a relatively trusted and politically impartial repository of personal profiles such as a Google, Facebook, AOL or Yahoo. Nonpartisan nonprofits (particularly Pew) may be the best home for such a product from the publics perspective, but even the most responsible use of the data will have business-model potential sufficient to motivate a larger company to compete eventually if not soon (or already, quietly). Effect Change To paraphrase T.S. Elliot and

Clay Shirky: one of the most momentous things to happen to a culture is that it acquires a new form of arguing. The Internet has already given us a new form of individual argumentation, but it now has the potential for the next, much greater form: collective argumentation. As a society and country, when we can definitively say this is who we are, and this is what we think, we will fundamentally reshape the political process by speaking for ourselves in an undeniable voice that is impossible to ignore. When we put the lie to claims from talking heads that they speak for us, we will have more focused and productive public debate. But the greatest change will come in how politicians operate. The one thing more important than money to a politician is votes, and when politicians know their constituents hold a clear, undeniable position on an issue, they almost always listen. Because their challengers are. Our small startup took an important step but stumbled. Take the next step in our place and finally realize the dream of indirect democracy. [Images via Flickr]

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LG: LTE in the Nexus 4 is an evolutionary leftover


Chris Davies (SlashGear)
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The LTE modem discovered in the Nexus 4 is an evolutionary leftover akin to an appendix or tailbone, LG has explained, dashing any hopes of a firmware update unlocking future 4G capabilities. Interest was raised when teardowns of the latest Nexus smartphone revealed it had an LTE-capable modem, despite being billed as 3G only; as LG told TechRadar, however, thats just the vestigial remnants of the more advanced and more expensive device the Nexus 4 was based upon. In order to provide the best possible specification for Nexus 4, LG utilised the same powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset as can be found in its 4G LTE product, namely LG Optimus G, a spokesperson said of the modems presence. This powerful chipset is only available with a combined processor and modem and cannot be implemented separately. Even with the modem in place, thats not enough to ensure 4G support even if the drivers from the Optimus G were ported to the Android 4.2 handset. The Nexus 4 is missing vital hardware to actually take advantage of that modem.

The modem contains 4G LTE capabilities but is only effective when combined with other essential hardware parts such as a signal amplifier and filter in order for it to work the LG spokesperson explained. It therefore cannot be upgraded to 4G LTE capability through software. LGs comments are at odds with discoveries made by Android modders earlier in the month, however, who discovered that Canadian LTE support could apparently be enabled with a

relatively straightforward hack. The decision to leave out official 4G support in the Nexus 4 met with disappointment from many, though Google has its reasons for the omission. In addition to making the phone cheaper important, since Google is placing an emphasis on unlocked, SIMfree sales it also bypasses the carrier collaboration required to test and certify LTE devices on the newer breed of 4G networks. It also avoids the headaches of supporting the various LTE bands in operation around the world; so

far, theres no one single LTE modem that can play nicely with all of the 4G networks currently deployed. As Apple has discovered with its multiple versions of the iPhone 5, currently the only feasible option for a manufacturer is to offer several variants of a device, each catering to a handful of the 4G frequencies in use. Given the last-gen Galaxy Nexus was offered in 4G form on Verizon, however, theres still the expectation so far unconfirmed by Google itself that an LTE

Nexus 4 will be offered at some point in the smartphones life cycle. So far, though, despite the frustration of the 4G-addicted, out -of-control demand for the Nexus 4 means that even with only 3G onboard, the handset has been a sales success for Google. Story Timeline Nexus 4 Review Nexus 4 sells out in UK in 30 minutes as Play woes prompt anger Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 now LG: page 16

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'Gangnam Style' slays Bieber, becomes most-watched vid


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"Gangnam Style" has galloped off with another title.(Credit: Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET) It's official: Justin Bieber has finally been out-Biebered... or perhaps more accurately, the Tween was outdone by the Korean. As of today, Psy's "Gangnam Style" surpassed Bieber's "Baby" to become the most-watched video on YouTube. While Bieber's top video has been around since 2010, the " Gangnam Style" stratospheric global star has risen so quickly that Psy's dance sensation racked up more than 805 million views to pass Bieber in less than 5 months. That's more galloping in place than I ever thought this world could endure. Marketing blog Wordstream compiled a bunch of"Gangnam" stats and found that in November,

available in the US Nexus 4 on backorder for 3 weeks Nexus 4 gets teardown for repairability and science Nexus 4 LTE enabled using simple hack T-Mobile Nexus 4 sold out in just a couple hours LG: LTE in the Nexus 4 is an evolutionary leftover is written by Chris Davies& originally posted on SlashGear. 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All right reserved.

Psy's video was being watched over 4,000 times each minute, on average. Gangnam Style has also been certified by the Guinness folks as the most-liked video in YouTube history with over 2 million digital thumbs up. Wordstream also projects that given Psy's sustained YouTube momentum, "Gangnam Style" will become the first YouTube video to reach a billion views,

around December 11. In case you've somehow missed it, or just want to contribute to history, go ahead and hit play below. If your speakers are loud enough, somebody within earshot is likely to start dancing, particularly if you happen to be hanging with Eric Schmidt. Sorry Mr. Pavlov, your bell has been replaced. [embedded content]

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and draw too-narrow conclusions. This inevitably leads them to making clones of successful games and be unable to think creatively. Those indies who understand that fun is more important than format invent successful new games every year. Those iPad developers

who are willing to experiment with format to create fun are the ones who catch Apples attention and become successful. The guy who invented Minecraft ( Markus Notch Persson) didnt just create a giant virtual world in which you could make stuff, he made it challenging. When Will

Wright created the Sims, he didnt just make a game about living in a virtual house. He made it difficult to live successfully. Thats why both of those franchises have sold millions of copies. The fun factor is about more than making a game is amusing or full of pretty rewards. If your game is

a dynamic system to be mastered and won, then you can go nuts. If you can give the player real fun then you can afford to break some of those format rules, and thats how you get to lead rather than follow the market. If not then be prepared to pay through the nose to acquire and retain players.

Your format strategy wont matter as your game will lose users regardless of what you do. And the climate is only going to get hotter.

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Apple targets Galaxy Note 2, S3 Mini in latest court request


Edward Moyer (CNET News)
Submitted at 11/24/2012 6:06:30 PM

Apple and Samsung continue to hurl gadgets at each other in their seemingly never-ending patent battle. Midweek, Samsung filed a request that the iPad Mini, the fourth-generation iPad, and the fifth-generation iPod Touch be included in a California case set to go to trial in 2014. Not to be outdone, Apple responded last night by asking that several more Samsung devices, including the Galaxy Note 2, the Galaxy S3 with Android 4.1, and the Galaxy S3 Mini, be covered by the case. The last round of tit-for-tat additions to the list of gadgets

software features. This case deals more with software and user interface patents, raising the question of whether Androidmaker Google might somehow get pulled directly into the fray. The case is being overseen by covered by the case included U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Apple's iPhone 5, Samsung's Grewal in a federal court in San Galaxy Note 10.1, and the Galaxy Jose, Calif. Nexus smartphone in conjunction This entry passed through the with Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Full-Text RSS service if this is Bean OS. The U.S. model of the your content and you're reading it Galaxy S3 -- which was not yet on someone else's site, please read running Android 4.1 -- was also the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentpart of the earlier back-and-forth. only/faq.php#publishers. Five Back in August, Apple won an Filters recommends: Gaza Blitz earlier California case, which Turmoil And Tragicomedy At focused on exterior design issues The BBC. and not just on what Apple said were similarities to patented

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The Greek Debt Buyback 'Boondoggle' Questions Answered


Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)
Submitted at 11/24/2012 6:14:37 PM

The last few weeks have seen the market increasingly price in the probability of a Greek debt buyback. Following this week's 'failed' Eurogroup meeting that chance has risen even more as leaked details suggest a debtbuyback is becoming the cornerpiece of the 'new' deal. The leaking of details (and anticipation by the market) has driven GGB prices up and reduced much of the benefit of the buyback 'boondoggle' and as Barclays notes, " even if the debt buyback enables the IMF and EU leaders to come to an agreement, leading to a Greek resolution in the near term, in the medium-tolong-term Greek debt is not sustainable on realistic macroeconomic assumptions without notable outright haircuts on official EU loans to Greece. Therefore, a successful debt buyback might resolve the Greek debt sustainability issue on paper in the troika report but it will most likely not resolve it in investors minds." While there are 'optical' advantages to the buyback, the four main disadvantages outlined below should be irksome to the forbid we should not be close to Greeks - which is critical since, as an agreement on Monday." ekathermini notes, a senior The full piece is worth a read finance minister commented"God (and Bulo/Rogoff's details on

sovereign debt buybacks) but for those pressed for time between holiday shopping stores - read sections 4, 6 (Optics), 7 (The

Disadvantages)& 8 (Reality). Via Barclays: 1. Why has the buyback programme gained traction

recently? There have been months of discussion between Greece and the troika (the European Commission, IMF and ECB), aimed at adjusting the current Greek programme such that the next 44bn disbursement could occur. Furthermore, all of the troikas additional reform requests have been approved by the Greek parliament. As such, the focus is no longer on the relationship between Greece and the troika, but rather, it has shifted to disputes within the troika, between the IMF and European leaders, on how to fill the financing and more importantly the debt sustainability (DSA) gap. A debt buyback is now expected to form an important part of the latter. 2. What progress is being made on the dispute between the IMF and European leaders? The primary disagreement between the IMF and European leaders is on how to fill the DSA gap. Under the new 2y extended Greek programme, the IMF still wanted to see Greek debt reduced to 120%, with additional adjustments from 144% of GDP in 2020 without any adjustments. In the absence of outright haircuts on EU loans to Greece, this is a GREEK page 19

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very difficult task to achieve. However, European leaders, particularly in Germany, insist that politically and legally, outright haircuts are impossible to accept at this stage. After this weeks troika meetings, it seems that the dispute between the IMF and EU leaders has eased somewhat. Reuters reported on Friday morning that the IMF has increased its debt-to-GDP target for Greece to 124% by 2020. Moreover, recent comments from Schaeuble and Weidmann have not ruled out future compromise in the form of haircuts on EU loans, depending on the progress of the Greek government reform implementation. In the meantime, EU leaders are aiming to hit the new IMF DSA target level by 2020 with a mix of measures, such as the ECB giving up profits on its SMP and investment portfolio holdings, reduced interest on EU bilateral loans to Greece and a debt buyback programme. We summarise in Figure 1 our best estimates of how the troika is expecting to fill the financing and DSA gaps under the new Greek programme. Note that some DSA gap still remains to be filled, according to our estimates. 3. What size of buyback programme is under consideration? This weeks Eurogroup meeting on Greece implied that Europe is willing to contribute a further 10bn from the EFSF to the extended Greek programme. And the cash needed for the buyback is planned to be the same amount.

This suggests to us that this new EFSF money will most likely be used for the buyback execution. While these new funds should constitute the bulk of the buyback cash needed, some of the ECB profits can also be used to contribute too. The outstanding size of the post PSI bonds is 63bn. An average purchase price of 25, 35 and 50 cents on the euro implies 40bn, 29bn and 20bn of nominal purchases with 15pp, 9pp, and 5pp of GDP debt reduction, respectively. 4. What form will the buyback take, and is it feasible to accept a 10pp of GDP debt reduction from it? So far, there has been no official information on the debt buyback. It could be a fixed price offer or a competitive reverse auction. The fixed price offer should give all investors the same price on a voluntary basis. In order to achieve a reasonable level of debt relief, we think this price should be no more than 35cents on the euro. Currently, we estimate around 20bn of the 63bn outstanding post PSI Greek bonds are held by the Greek banks and other domestics. These domestic investors, particularly the banks, will most likely have an agreement with the government and fully participate. The rest of the Greek bondholders are probably international investors such as banks, hedge funds, real money managers, insurance and pension funds. The current Greek strip average price is 28. While some hedge funds might still not

find a 35cent fixed price deal attractive, as long as domestic investors fully participate, it is quite possible that nominal purchases ultimately come close to 30bn. Alternatively, the Greek Treasury might hold a reverse competitive auction, in which domestic investors and banks are indirectly encouraged to accept a 30cent price whilst international investors would sell their holdings of up to 10bn at prices up to 45cents on the euro, which can still achieve an average purchase price of 35cents on the whole auction. However, we think this competitive reverse auction might lead to political issues later on, as there could be questions asked over fair treatment, in the sense that domestic private investors would have to compromise to the benefit of other investor groups, As such, we believe the probability of a competitive reverse auction is very low, making the former fixed price option much more likely. 5. Can the collective action clauses (CACs) be used as part of the buyback? With the aim of achieving the highest possible debt relief for Greece, it seems that politicians have also discussed using CACs as part of the buyback offer to force a low price deal on all private investors. Given the PSI involving private investors early in the year, we believe a second coercive debt buyback could have a very negative impact on

sentiment. Indeed, this option seems to have quickly lost favour with officials. As such, we see the probability of coercive debt buyback via usage of CACs as very low. In any case, a credible threat from using CACs will be much lower now as the PSI bonds are under international law, whilst pre-PSI bonds were under domestic Greek law. 6. What are the benefits of the debt buyback? Optically, the debt buyback provides debt relief, in the order of 10pp of GDP if an average purchase price of 30cents on the euro can be achieved. It will also provide very limited financing relief of 2.4bn over the new programme period (until end of 2016) via the interest payment cancellation on the potential 30bn nominal debt bought (the coupon on this debt is 2% flat across the Greek strip). Most importantly, if executed successfully it will most likely help to form some common ground between EU leaders and the IMF to move on with the Greek issue in the near term. 7. What are the disadvantages? Previous debt buybacks show that secondary market prices rally significantly up to the actual debt buyback offer. As a result, by the time the buyback occurs, debt relief due to price action is much lower than originally expected. As such, we think a large part of the rally in Greek bonds that has occurred since the end of the summer is due to debt buyback anticipation-related buying, which

resulted in average Greek strip price appreciation of 75% since mid August. The average market value of 63bn of Greek debt was 10.2bn in mid August; however, at 35cents on the euro, the post debt buyback market value of 30bn of nominal debt will still be around 10.5bn. Therefore, this typical price appreciation in anticipation of the debt buybacks in most cases makes debt buybacks a creditor-subsidising experience. Secondly, even if an average 35cent purchase price is achieved in the debt buyback operation, as we mentioned above, up to 20bn of the participation has to come from domestic banks, which would mean up to 15bn recapitalisation needs for the Greek banking system, which has to come from EU loans. Unless officials have a way to handle additional recapitalisation needs of the Greek banking system as a result of the buyback, the optical debt relief might even be cut further. Third, as highlighted in The Buyback Boondoggle by Bulow and Rogoff, when a corporate spends resources on a buyback operation, it typically uses assets that otherwise could be seized in the event of default, which makes the deal more attractive to the borrower. However,10bn of money that will be used by Greece for the buyback could otherwise be used for investment and other growth-generating GREEK page 24

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Parallel Universe; Pin the Tail on the Scapegoat; Losing by Winning


noreply@blogger.com (Mike Mish Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
Submitted at 11/24/2012 11:35:00 AM

A curious thing happened in the complete collapse of the EU budget negotiations. Actually several curious things happened. UK Prime minister David Cameron was not the scapegoat. Supposedly multi-national bickering was a good thing (when heading into the summit it wasn't) German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered ridiculous platitudes as to what the breakdown means Pin the Tail on the Scapegoat Please consider Blame flies over budget bazaar. It took Europes leaders two days to discover they could not agree on a 1tn budget but less than half an hour before the blame game started over who was responsible for the latest grinding episode of euro-stasis. David Cameron accused Jos Manuel Barroso, European Commission president, for insulting the European taxpayer by failing to offer a single euro of cuts to the proposed 63bn budget for running the EU bureaucracy.

Some diplomats blamed Angela Merkel, German chancellor, and Franois Hollande, French president, for failing to patch up their strained relations to provide a lead in seeking a solution. Others said Herman Van Rompuy, the EU president and chief negotiator, showed a lack of urgency and imagination in the way he conducted the talks. But perhaps the most surprising element in the post-mortem was how little blame was attached to David Cameron, Britains prime minister, whose promise to defend his countrys rebate and call for steep cuts had caused alarm in Brussels. Europes leaders seemed determined to present Mr Cameron as a constructive partner in the negotiations rather than the isolated, veto-wielding eurosceptic portrayed by many European newspapers this week. After his isolation at a summit in Brussels last year over a new fiscal pact, Mr Cameron wants to get back into the fold as he tries to win friends for future fights on issues such as a proposed banking union and a possible renegotiation of Britains EU relationship. But his decision to hold out for a

better budget deal will be welcomed by Tory MPs at Westminster, as will his hardhitting attack on Mr Barroso, whom he accused of living in a parallel universe in refusing to countenance cuts to the EU civil service. Merkel's Platitudes The Financial Times discusses Merkel the Conciliator. Ms Merkel came to the summit in Brussels insisting that it would not be the end of the world if there were no agreement. She left on the same note, perfectly relaxed, insisting that everyone had made substantial progress. They had got a good basis for a final agreement early next year, and no one had been isolated, she said. There was a sense of palpable relief in the German delegation that David Cameron, UK prime minister, had not been tempted to wield his veto. It is not a question of a single country, she said after the meeting was halted. We agreed that only if we decide unanimously can we agree on a reliable financial basis. The worst possible outcome, she declared, would have been to

struggle to reach a deal on the seven-year financial framework, and to fail. The alternative of running the EU on annual budgets based on the existing allocation of spending would very much weaken the growth prospects in Europe. It would particularly hurt the prospects of the new member states in central and eastern Europe, who under the seven-year plan will get a greater share of spending. What a Crock Merkel is allegedly breathing a sigh of relief because more than one country objected to Barroso's budget? Supposedly we are to believe that 24 agreements out of 28 possible is better than 27 agreements out of 28. Please be serious. I am also laughing at Merkel's platitudes " The worst possible outcome, she declared, would have been to struggle to reach a deal on the seven-year financial framework, and to fail." Apparently it is better to throw in the towel and quit rather than try, because that is exactly what she said. Losing by Winning Cameron raised the EU's bluff

and Merkel promptly folded. The problem is the UK would be far better off by having a straight up or down vote on the EU by British citizens (which I am sure would be rejected), and sadly that outcome was avoided. Instead, Cameron has decided to wimp along instead of doing what needs to be done: having a national referendum on UK membership in the EU. 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.

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Montana GOP Rep.: "Pay Me In Gold Before Dollars Have No Value"


Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)
Submitted at 11/24/2012 6:59:42 PM

Jerry O'Neil, six-term GOP state representative in Montana, has asked to receive his salary(which at $10.33 per hour is around $1800 per month) in gold or silver. The long-standing legislator was driven to this decision by his constituents' concerns about the nation's massive debt-load and fears of our country's collapse as"only so many dollars can be printed before they have no value." The long-time Ron Paul supporter, according to Time, cited Article 1, Section 10 of the US Constitution, which says, in part, that"No State shall... make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts." State administrators have denied his request and added that "a bill could be introduced to accomplish this result." O'Neil, like many other, believes "The Keynesian era of financing government with debt appears to be close to its demise." From O'Neil's Letter (via

HuffPo): It is very likely the bottom will fall out from under the U.S. dollar. Only so many dollars can be printed before they have no value. The Keynesian era of financing government with debt appears to be close to its demise. If and when that happens, how can we in the Montana Legislature protect our constituents? -- The only answer I can come up with is to honor my oath to the U.S. Constitution and request that your debt to me be paid in gold and silver coins that will still have value when the U.S. dollar is reduced to junk status. I therefore request my legislative pay to be in gold and silver coins that are unadulterated with base metals. Via Time: A GOP state representative in Montana who asked to receive his salary in gold and silver coins has been rebuffed by the states Office of Legislative Services. Rep. Jerry ONeil, who hails from the small town of Columbia Falls in the northwest corner of the state, sent a letter earlier this

month requesting that his salary from here on in be paid in coins. Given the state of the U.S. economy and the massive national debt, ONeil reportedly worried that Americas paper currency could be on the brink of collapse.Only so many dollars can be printed before they have no value, he explained to the local Daily Inter Lake newspaper. According to USA Today, ONeil is a longtime supporter of Ron Paul, the former Texas congressman and perennial presidential candidate who advocates a return to the gold standard. However, it was ONeils constituents who led him to consider requesting his salary in coins. ONeil has never before raised the subject of how he should be paid during his six terms as state representative for Montanas Flathead Valley. My constituents, when I went door to door, one of the things they were interested in was the $17 trillion national debt, he explained to the Huffington Post. Some of my constituents said we would not

have this problem if we had currency backed by gold. Making his case to the Daily Inter Lake, ONeil cited Article I, Section 10 of the U.S. Constution, which says, in part, that No State shall make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts. How can we in the Montana Legislature protect our constituents? ONeil asked in his letter to the Office of Legislative Services. ... Montana state legislators are paid $10.33 per hour while the legislature is in session; ONeil estimated his salary to be about $1,800 a month, close to the market value of one 2012 American Eagle One Ounce Gold Proof Coin, according to Politico. Sheryl Olson, the deputy director of the Montana Department of Administration, told the Huffington Post that state employees are paid either by a state warrant of payment (basically, a check) or via direct deposit. To her knowledge, ONeil is the only government

worker to have requested payment in gold coin, she said. Montana legislative attorney Jaret Coles responded to ONeils letter last week, informing him that neither the U.S. Constitution nor Montana state law requires an agency to pay its debts with gold and silver, according to the Flathead Beacon. Coles explained in his letter that if a member of the legislature wishes to be paid in gold or silver a bill could be introduced to accomplish this result, reports Politico. ONeil has decided not to follow through on this advice and is looking into other options. Average: Your rating: None Average: 4.8( 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: Gaza Blitz Turmoil And Tragicomedy At The BBC.

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Congress Is Thinking About A Sneaky New Scheme To Raise Taxes And The Upper Middle Class Could Get Seriously Hosed
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 11/24/2012 5:34:00 PM

NBA: Philadelphia's Bynum out indefinitely team


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Submitted at 11/24/2012 8:31:15 PM

The primary Fiscal Cliff challenge is this: Democrats insist on raising taxes on the rich. Republicans, who are terrified of Grover Norquist and primary challenges (and who generally hate tax hikes) refuse to do vote for tax hikes. So the question is: How can you raise taxes and not actually vote for a tax hike? One possibility is to just wait, and let taxes automatically rise for everyone, but then this would represent fully hitting the Fiscal Cliff, and the middle class gets dinged. Jonathan Weisman at The New York Times reports on one plan that's being considered: It would prevent the rich (defined, perhaps, as people making over $250,000) from taking advantage of the lower marginal tax rates on the lower parts of their income. Weisman explains: Under the existing tax code, the first $17,400 of adjusted gross income for a couple filing jointly is taxed at 10 percent. Above that level, up to $70,700, income is taxed at 15 percent. Income between $70,701 and $142,700 is

taxed at 25 percent. Gross incomes up to $217,450 are taxed at 28 percent. The next bracket, 33 percent, ends at $388,350 for couples. The top bracket hits adjusted gross incomes only above $388,350. All taxpayers get the advantage of the lower tax rates below the top threshold, whether they earn $40,000 or $40 million. If Republicans insist that the top 35 percent rate cannot change while Congress tries to rewrite the tax code, negotiators could decide

to technically keep all the Bushera tax rates in place, but eliminate the lower tax rates for rich households. On Twitter, Bloomberg View's Josh Barro(an expert on taxation) and Nate Silver explained one huge problem with this idea. If the elimination of the lower tax rates kicked in at, say, $250K, then someone who makes $250K would have lower take home pay than someone who makes $249K (and gets to keep all the lower marginal rates). It would also

mean a higher tax on the 250,000th dollar of earnings, than the 1 millionth. The beauty of the current tax system is that nobody ever gets less take home pay by making more money. So if the tax code switches to just what's described above, then it's a horrible idea. A solution to this is a "phase-in" schedule, so that someone making $250,000 doesn't automatically lose all of the lower rates... just some of them. But even still you have a problem, as Josh explains, where a taxpayer's highest marginal rate, in that certain phase -in band, jumps above the official marginal rate. In short, anyone who makes just over the cap considered "rich" could get uniquely hosed. The bottom line seems to be that finding a way to "raise taxes" while not raising taxes is worse than just agreeing on a new tax system that may have some tax hikes. Read the whole report here > Please follow Politics on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story

(Reuters) - Center Andrew Bynum would be out indefinitely due to continued problems with his knees, the Philadelphia 76ers said on Saturday. Bynum has bone bruises in both knees and a "weakened cartilage state", according to doctors and is yet to play for Philadelphia after being part of a four team, 12-player trade that moved him from the Los Angeles Lakers in August. "Bottom line is Andrew is out indefinitely," 76ers general manager Tony DiLeo said. "There are no timelines. We just have to wait and see how he reacts." DiLeo said Bynum's knees have deteriorated since arriving in Philadelphia. ...

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JIM O'NEILL: Here's What's Coming Next...


Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 11/24/2012 2:58:00 PM

situation, suggests to us that decisive policy action is needed. A meaningfully weaker Yen and a Jim O'Neill, Chairman of credible fiscal sustainability Goldman Sachs Asset package should prevent the Management, is out with his 2013 economy from going into another and 2014 global economic recession and the debt markets outlook. from unraveling. Without these First, here are the expectations, in policies, we see downside risks to a handy table. The columns to our growth forecast. note, for O'Neill's view, are those O'Neill has a reputation for being which say "GSAM" towards the optimistic, and indeed is actual right. GDP estimates are a hair O'Neill also discusses a lot of the optimistic, but either way this is big global themes, hitting on a lot another good assessment of the of the same points which we state of the world. touched in our recent outlook As an aside, he also mentions piece. possible risks from Mideast On the US, he's fairly optimistic tension, but this is really (estimating growth ar 2.3% in avoiding recession. And he notes Among other risks for next year, something that could have been 2013) but obviously sees the p o s i t i v e l y t h a t a l m o s t c a l l we would highlight policy and talked about year after year. potential for Cliff-related hiccups. countries have seen an easing of growth surprises in Japan. The For more on the state of the d i f f i c u l t world, see here > In China he sees a contrast financial conditions, and that all c o u n t r y s between the short-term economic countries except Italy have seen m a c r o e c o n o m i c s i t u a t i o n Please follow Money Game on upturn and the long-term story, improvement in labor costs, with consisting of sluggish growth, Twitter and Facebook. deflation, a weakening current Join the conversation about this which is the challenging transition the exception of Italy. f r o m i n v e s t m e n t - l e d t o Of course, he also sees potential account driven by declining story consumption-driven growth. for big change in Japan (though export competitiveness and a Europe, he sees, just barely he is sub-consensus on growth): seemingly unsustainable fiscal

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measures, which might well have been more helpful for Greece in the medium to long term. Lastly, even if the debt buyback enables the IMF and EU leaders to come to an agreement, leading to a Greek resolution in the near term, in the medium to long term Greek debt is not sustainable on realistic macroeconomic assumptions without notable outright haircuts on official EU loans to Greece. Therefore, a successful debt buyback might resolve the Greek debt sustainability issue on paper in the troika report but it will most likely not resolve it in investors minds. 8. Where does the debt buyback leave Greece and Europe from a medium- to long-term perspective? A successful debt buyback will most likely pave the way for a resolution of the disputes within the troika and lead to the

disbursement of the next tranche of around 44bn. However, as mentioned in the previous answer, even a successful Greek debt buyback wouldnt come close to achieving a sustainable Greek debt position. And, as long as the debt sustainability issue remains outstanding, private investment will be limited, and the tax evasion and capital outflow situations are unlikely to improve. All of which will have negative growth implications. The longer growth remains weak, the more fiscal consolidation will probably be demanded of Greece by EU leaders, which might at some stage lead to further social unrest, potentially even followed by collapse of the already troubled existing government. While Germanys plan is probably to delay any outright haircut on loans until after German elections in 2013, delaying to deal properly

with Greek debt sustainability might create the above mentioned scenario before then. Therefore, it is even questionable whether the debt buyback would even buy the time that European politicians are hoping for before deciding on the end-game for Greece. 51_BPEA88 Average: Your rating: None Average: 5( 1 vote) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Gaza Blitz Turmoil And Tragicomedy At The BBC.

5 tips for great snow shots


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Photos: Andre Hollins' lastsecond free throws lift Minnesota past Stanford, 66-63 News in photos Andre Hollins, a day after

scoring 41 points, made three free throws with 0.4 seconds to play to give Minnesota a 66-63 victory over Stanford on Saturday in the fifth-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas. and more

In many parts of the country, its beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so photographers with a penchant for the great outdoors will be searching out those perfect snowy scenes to capture with the camera. James Maher at Digital Photography School has five unusual tips for turning a prosaic shot into one that captures the fleeting essence of the season to pack in your bag of tricks this winter. 1. Use a Reverse, White Vignette. The purpose of a vignette is to keep the eyes from falling off the

edge of an image and to lead the eyes back to the center of it. With the amount of white and grey in snow photos, you generally cant use a traditional dark vignette, since it will be too obvious and look out of place. So use a white one! White vignettes can add a magical quality to snow photographs and can further enhance the middle-of -the-storm effect. Adobe Lightroom is the tool I use to add my vignettes and it works well Full story at Digital Photography School. Photography tricks of the trade. Photo credit: Fotolia Permalink| Leave a comment

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Halo 4's Spartan Ops: Episode 4 out Monday, teaser out right now

Final MewGenics character is one shady guy


Jordan Mallory (Joystiq)

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Submitted at 11/24/2012 10:30:00 PM

Getting fit to lead: Habits of successful leaders [infographic]


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Do you have what it takes to be a leader in the businesses of the future? Plenty of companies are worried that the pool might not be big enough to pick from in the future, so check out this

infographic by NowSourcing to see if youve got the right stuff to succeed. Via Michigan State University Online. Seeing the future with infographics. Permalink| Leave a comment

In keeping with its established "Caturday" information release schedule, the final Mew-Genics character has been revealed by Team Meat. Butch (above) appears to be a fairly nefarious dude, one who's "into some shady stuff" and participates in zero legal activities of any kind. Given what Team Meat's previous games were like, we're kind of terrified of its definition of "shady stuff." Now that Butch and the other four characters have all been

The next episode of Halo 4's Spartan Ops campaign lands Monday morning at 2 a.m. Pacific, but you can watch the teaser trailer right now if that's what you're into. Episode 4, "Didact's Hand," appears to have a lot of holograms, more political revealed, Team Meat will begin intrigue and more moral relativist "teasing aspects of game design, drama. Also, aliens. music, the games many features Halo 4's Spartan Ops: Episode 4 a n d i t s r e l e a s e p l a t f o r m s , " out Monday, teaser out right now according to its official blog. originally appeared on Joystiq on We're just hoping this whole thing Sat, 24 Nov 2012 22:30:00 EST. turns out to be based on The Please see our terms for use of Aquabats' classic The Cat With feeds. Two Heads. Permalink| Email this| Comments Final Mew-Genics character is one shady guy originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 24 Nov 2012 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Scripting News: Jeremy Lin and the small picture.


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tourists (presumably because we were white). We laughed and said no, we're natives. :-) But the Knicks obviously were focused on Lin last night, at least at the beginning, and unfortunately for New York, Houston had three other players ready to go -- James Harding, Chandler Parsons and Omer Asik. All of them very young, and they kept their cool, while the veterans on the Knicks melted down. I expected it from Carmelo Anthony, but was surprised to see Tyson Chandler lose his cool (and they should have taken him out of the game after he elbowed Rocket Omer Asik in the throat, in anger). And there were some dazzling Linsane plays to remind us how good this young man is. The Houston team is made largely of reallly good young players who were on the benches of their former teams. They are the youngest team in the NBA. It's wonderful to see them playing with such enthusiasm, excellence and composure. In every way they remind one of the Knicks in the brief period of Linsanity. This is the team the Knicks could have had, now they're playing in Houston. I would swap the roster of the Rockets for the Knicks team any day.

Of course I watched the Houston Rockets play the New York Knicks last night, and I felt the way I felt on Election Day, that if the result wasn't what I hoped it would be that I wouldn't be able to face life. Luckily, both events had favorable outcomes. Both Obama and the Rockets won, decisively. The Knicks protested that it was just another game and that they weren't even thinking of Jeremy Lin, the miracle that landed by accident in New York last year, the perfect player for the next decade of basketball. Esp in NYC where the Chinese-American community is rapidly growing. And in China, which loves basketball, they must be wondering why they moved Lin from New York to Houston. I believe we could have found an extra $50 million in an economy that has apartments that sell for $100 million (they are nice apartments). I grew up in Flushing, which then was a mostly Catholic, Irish and Italian neighborhood. Now it's largely Chinese. I went out to eat with my mom at a restaurant on Main Street a couple of years ago, and they asked if we were

superstars and individual performances. It's the same kind of thinking that leads you to believe that politics is about the bosses listening to the people to figure out what to say to get their votes. If that's how politics worked, marijuana and gay marriage would not have been legalized, and Mitt Romney I don't think either team is going would have won Ohio, if not the to win this year -- but I don't go Presidency. for sports to see my team win. We are riding a sea change in What I love is a group of highly communication technology. It's talented people helping each other been going on for 30 to 40 years. to create something bigger than The people who grew up in the any one of them. That's why I new world are maturing and despise what the Knicks are, a taking power. It's not a centralized team that wins or loses based on system any more. The owners and the performance of a single most of the players in the NBA player. want Linsanity to go away. Watching the Rockets move the Jeremy Lin and James Harding ball around the court, kind of are symbols of what can happen if daring the Knicks to figure out the individual says he or she is not who was going to take the shot or buying into the system. I don't the layup, was pure poetry. The know about most of the fans, but kind of poetry that the Knicks this fan is fed up with the idea of were doing so well when Lin was a super-human superstar. I want our point guard. teamwork and joy, and love I think basketball has changed, enough for everyone. Humility and last night's game was a and fun. perfect demo. I don't expect many In the past it was the big picture of the sports writers to cover it. I that mattered. Today, and more so think their assignment was to in the future, it's what individuals "prove" that Linsanity either: 1. choose or want, the small picture, Didn't happen or 2. Was just a that matters. fluke. And 3. That basketball was always and will always be about

Mobile Miscellany: week of November 19th, 2012


Zachary Lutz (Engadget)
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If you didn't get enough mobile news during the week, not to worry, because we've opened the firehose for the truly hardcore. This past week, we discovered an abundance of special edition smartphones and T-Mobile gave ten new reasons for owners of unlocked iPhones to smile. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore the " best of the rest" for this week of November 19th, 2012. Continue reading Mobile Miscellany: week of November 19th, 2012 Filed under: Cellphones, Wireless, Mobile, Samsung, Verizon Comments

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Scripting News: Why I quit Netflix.


(Dave Winer)

was born that I had of course missed. With Netflix, I pretty much could always find Last week I turned off my Netflix something I hadn't seen that was account. worth seeing. And I could I have had it for at least a decade, systematically march through paying between $9 and $21 a whole genres. It was like TCM on month. steroids. I turned it off because I stopped But then two things happened: 1. using it. The last thing I watched I caught up and 2. They closed the on Netflix was Ken Burns' series DVD side of the business, or if The West. But I found I could get t h e y d i d n ' t c l o s e i t , t h e y that on Amazon's video service, discouraged it. I forget how I for no extra money, since I was came not to be a subscriber to the a l r e a d y a n A m a z o n P r i m e DVDs. But the on-demand service member. just wasn't worth it to me. There But even before I was using wasn't enough stuff to watch, or if Amazon, I was hardly ever using it was there, I didn't know how to Netflix. find it. The reason -- I think -- is that I think Netflix missed the boat, Netflix was a great way for me to bigtime. They could have been the fill in a lot of the blanks in my place on the net to learn about and movie-watching career. I missed a w a t c h a n d s h a r e m o v i e lot of great movies in the last experiences. I think they could couple of decades, while I was have started a match.com type busy with other things. And there service. If you're in a strange city were all the movies made before I and would like to go to the
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movies with someone with similar tastes, just click a few buttons. They were gathering all this information about people's movie preferences. But they were reluctant to build systems around it. And reluctant to open it up to app developers. I think we all missed out on something, because movies at least to some of us are such an important form of personal expression. These days there's hardly any time for catching up on old movies. My life is filled with all kinds of entertainment, I never have a chance to see it all. Netflix played a big role in the early days by giving us access to a huge base of old movies that are worth seeing. Now it's time for something new. Maybe someone else will try to fill the gap that Netflix never wanted to fill.

Prankster Replicates Facebook Users Profile Photos, Then Friends Targets [PICS]
Joann Pan (Mashable!)

SEE ALSO: 5 Fascinating Facts We Learned From Reddit This Submitted at 11/24/2012 6:22:15 PM Week Everyone has a knack for In total, CasinoRoy found eight s o m e t h i n g . R e d d i t u s e r people on Facebook with his CasinoRoy's talent is creeping out name. He recently shared his strangers on Facebook, and hilarious project to Reddit, which perfectly replicating their profile garnered 20,000 views in four photos. hours. The joker revealed on The prankster searches for Reddit that only one person Facebook users with his name, accepted his friend request. The and then recreates their profile relationship was p h o t o s b y i m i t a t i n g t h e i r Continue reading... wardrobe and facial expression. More About: Facebook, facebook When it's all done, he sends the profile, reddit subject a friend request.

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Daniel Greenfield (FrontPage Magazine FrontPage)
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For the last hundred years the best and brightest of the civilized world have been engaged in the business of peace. In the days before the Nobel Peace Prize became a joke, it was expected that scientific progress would lead to moral progress. Nations would accept international laws and everyone would get together to replace wars with international conferences. Instead technological progress just gave us better ways to kill each other. There have been few innovations in the moral technology of global harmony since Immanuel Kants Perpetual Peace laid out a plan to grant world citizenship to all refugees and outlaw all armies, invasions and atrocities with the whole shebang would be overseen by a League of Nations. That was in 1795 and Kants plan was at least more reasonable than anything we have two-hundred years later today because it at least set out to limit membership in this body to free republics. If we had done that with the United Nations, it could conceivably have become something resembling a humane organization. Instead its a place where the dictators of the world stop by to give speeches about human rights for a show thats funnier than anything you could

their bluff will be called and they will fold. And if they dont fold, then the world will be destroyed because the humanitarians said that peace was better than war. It also necessitates that the actual wars that they fight be as limited as possible by applying precision technology to kill only actual armed enemy combatants while minimizing collateral damage. And that humanitarian objective also necessitates that the other side reply with a counterobjective of making it as hard as possible to kill them without also killing civilians. The humanitarian impulse makes the anti-humanitarian impulse inevitable. The more precisely we try to kill terrorists, the more ingeniously the terrorists blend into the civilian population and employ human shields. The more we try not to kill civilians, the more civilians we are forced to kill. That is the equal and opposite reaction of the humanitarian formula. find eight blocks away at the than accounted for by every piece hate war for sentimental reasons, In Afghanistan, the Rules of Broadway Comedy Club. of human literature written until b u t t h e i r l e a d e r s a n d m o s t Engagement were overhauled to Since the League of Nations the 19th Century. committed activists dont hate m i n i m i z e A f g h a n c i v i l i a n folded, the warring peoples of the There is no moral technology to war, they hate the people who win casualties. This was so successful world have added the atom bomb, prevent war. Or rather war is the the wars. that not only did the casualty rate the suicide bomber, the jet plane, moral technology, that when The plan for perpetual peace is f o r A m e r i c a n s o l d i e r s the remotely guided missile, the properly applied, ensures peace. really a plan for perpetual war. It dramatically increase because rape squad, the IED, the child The humanitarians had gone necessitates that the civilized they were not allowed to fire soldier and the stealth fighter to down a dead end by trying to nations who heed its call amass unless they were being fired at, t h e i r a r s e n a l s . A n d t h e c r e a t e p e r p e t u a l p e a c e b y overwhelming quantities of but the number of Afghan civilian humanitarians have murdered a outlawing war, but the peace- firepower as deterrents against casualties killed by American few billion trees printing out more shouters who wear their inverted war, which they will pledge to forces also fell dramatically. It useless treaties, conventions and Mercedes Logo dont really want never use because if the threat of WAR page 29 condemnations; more dead trees peace, some of them reflexively destroying the world isnt enough,

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was a great triumph. But sadly the number of Afghan civilians killed by the Taliban increased dramatically and more than made up for the shortfall. When the Taliban have won the war, the number of civilian casualties will be tremendous once Obama pulls the troops out and the cheerful bearded boys march into Kabul and start killing every woman who can read. But it was still a better thing than the unacceptable levels of civilian casualties under Bush. It was a better thing that the Taliban have free reign to kill as many Afghans as they want than that American soldiers should have been able to fight the Taliban without the humanitarian handcuffs. Because sometimes you have to destroy the village to save the village, and that is true whether its American planes bombing a terrorist hideout or humanitarians letting the Taliban take the village and kill every tenth woman in it. And yet for all this monumental effort, for all the soldiers dead because they werent sure if the man planting an IED in the road was a terrorist or just a decent upstanding poppy farmer checking the soil composition, for all the Afghan civilians killed by the moral technology of inaction, your unfriendly neighborhood peace-shouter is about as satisfied as a cannibal at a vegan banquet. Give him, her or it five valuable minutes of your time and it will begin shrieking about drone strikes, kill lists and the murderous rampage of a

technology that is as far from Shock and Awe as you could possibly imagine without going completely Gandhi. If anything it hates drone strikes more than it hates Hiroshima. Mass killing justifies its smug contempt for the machinery of war, but anything that smacks of an attempt to moralize warfare challenges its principles and urges it on to greater displays of outrage. Israel, in the name of peace, turned over the lives of millions of people to the control of a terrorist organization which taught their children to believe that their highest purpose in life was to die while killing Israelis. The Oslo Accords turned stonethrowers into shooters and suicide bombers. It allowed the kind of people that most of Israels Muslim neighbors had locked up and thrown away the key to, inside the country and gave them charge of the economy and the youth. Every peace dove, every peace song, every peace agreement, made the rivers of blood that followed not only inevitable, but mandatory. For decades, every time that Israel was on the verge of finishing off the terrorists, there came a call for a ceasefire or a peace agreement. The call was heeded and the violence continued because all the peace agreements and ceasefires were just prolonged unfinished wars. They were a game of baseball that never ended because no home run was ever scored. Instead the New York Yankees were being forced to

play the Martyrs of Muslimtown for thirty years with the umpire stepping in every time the hometown team was on the verge of winning the game. Each peace agreement did not mean peace, it meant that the Muslimtown Martyrs would have another few years to go on killing and being killed. Peace meant that the war would never end. Instead of perpetual peace, it made for perpetual war. In 1992 Israel deported 400 Hamas terrorists. It didnt kill them, lock them up or bake them into a pie. All it did was kick them out of a country they didnt recognize and closed the door behind them. That deportation became the leading human rights cause of the day. The UN issued a unanimous resolution condemning the deportation. The Red Cross brought them blankets. Newsweek accused Israel of Deporting the Hope for Peace. And so Israel took the 400 Hamas terrorists, the hope for peace, back. Over the next 20 years they shed rivers of blood and rivers of blood were shed because of them. There was never any peace with them and they made peace impossible. But the humanitarians had gotten their way, as they always got their way, and their way was the blown up bus and the shattered cafeteria, the burning building and the suicide bomber making his way through a crowded mall, the childs mother lovingly tying on his martyr costume complete with Alfred Nobels great invention,

the jet plane releasing its cargo of bombs and the television screaming for war. But all these were far better than that 400 Hamas terrorists should sniffle into their Red Cross supplied cups of dark coffee on the hills of Lebanon. To those who croon to that old Lennon song, peace is always better than war, and good intentions lead to good results. The only way forward is to keep extending your hand to the enemy and doing it over and over again no matter how much effort the doctors have to put into stitching it back together again after the last handshake. Peace is still better than war. It is better that Israel and Hamas fight escalating mini-wars every 3 years than that Israel finish off Hamas once and for all. That price wasnt worth paying 20 years ago when all it meant was that 400 terrorists would have been forced to get jobs slinging Halal hash in Lebanese Hashish joints. It certainly isnt worth it today. A flock of peace doves wings to Israel with proposals for engaging Hamas. But its Israel that is supposed to figure out a way to live with its explosive bride. All the proposals call for some gradual process by which Hamas will be courted, engaged and weaned off terror to become an upstanding member of the international community. And thats all well and good if you have soy for brains. Hamas is not interested in being

engaged. Its goal is the destruction of Israel. This isnt posturing, its not sullen resentment over being blockaded by Israel or outrage over the latest round of fighting. This is the essential ideology of Hamas, derived from the core Islamic principles over the proper role of non-Muslims in the Muslim world. It is not interested in a twostate solution, job creation programs or any of the meaningless shiny toys that diplomats wave when they arrive in the region. Its goal is to make Islam supreme over all other systems by destroying a nonMuslim state in what it considers to be Muslim territory. Perpetual peace was not made for such conflicts. Peace was made for reasonable people who are willing to give and take. It was not made for those who only take. Peacemaking is not a policy, it is a religion that we are all obligated to believe in. It is an immoral moral principle that ends in war. Peacemaking in the World War II cost more lives than Hitler could have ever taken on his own. Peacemaking in the War on Terror has cost a hundred times more lives than the terrorists could have ever taken on their own. The business of peace is the industry of death. Behind the peace sign is a field of flowers with a grave for every one. Behind the peace agreement and the ceasefire is another war that WAR page 31

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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 isnt answerable for the antics of every one of his supporters. But theres surely a reason, isnt 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 Pauls more mainstream supporters clamp their hands over their own ears. Andrews 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, its odd he should deploy it against others. But to throw in Holocaust denial and 9/11 Truthers for good measure! Really. And notice how particularly cheap and easy it is to use such tactics against a libertarian. The traditional left is often based on collective associations, building a movement out of oppressed groups and their grievances, whether it be class or race or even

sexual orientation. Libertarianism is the opposite. Its 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 doesnt 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 doesnt mandate it. And it need not encourage it. A noninterventionist foreign policy will allow evil to triumph elsewhere in

the world, because it believes its 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 Pauls 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 Pauls supporters ask that their candidate not be judged by his associates. Or by the people he chose to employ. Or by the newsletters he published. Or by the book he wrote. Or by the way he earned the largest part of his living when out of office in the 1990s. Or by his purchase of the mailing list of the Holocaust-

denying Liberty Lobby. Or by the radio shows he chooses to appear on. Or by his strategic decision to reach out to racist voters. Or by the conspiracy theories to which he lends credence, from government creation of AIDS to Israeli culpability for the 1993 bombing to a putative 9/11 coverup. And here I thought that libertarianism was a doctrine of personal responsibility? May Ron Paul at least be judged by the words he has spoken with his own mouth within the current campaign? The supporters say no again. When Ron Paul tells an interviewer that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made race relations worse, were 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, were not supposed to conclude that hes 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 theres 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. Heres my question for Ron Paul supporters: why the denial of the undeniable? Perhaps you like Pauls message of legalized marijuana? Why not just say so? You dont think its 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: Gaza Blitz Turmoil And Tragicomedy At The BBC.

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Council condemned over foster move

People warned to flee floods danger


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All three were for the South West, near Perranporth, Helston Submitted at 11/24/2012 6:10:09 PM and Polperro - the latter two in People have been told to flee areas where the were concerns their homes as floodwater and that nearby rivers were about to (Evening Standard - News) torrential rain caused "serious burst their banks. Submitted at 11/24/2012 6:10:08 PM threats to life and property" in The picturesque fishing port of south-west England. Polperro has a history of being An under fire council that Severe flood warnings were susceptible to flooding, with removed three children from the i s s u e d b y t h e E n v i r o n m e n t many properties in the area care of foster parents who are Agency for Helston, Polperro and having sand bags ready following members of Ukip has launched an Perranporth, Cornwall, as rivers years of being at flood risk. investigation into its decision after threatened to burst their banks. People in Mevagissey, Cornwall, a tidal wave of criticism. Anita Li (Mashable!) according to its official website. Special "rest centres" were set up were also dealing with flood Rotherham Metropolitan Users can even save their designs in the worst-hit villages, allowing problems as water surged through Submitted at 11/24/2012 5:59:44 PM Borough Council sparked outrage in a specific location for others to families to take shelter overnight the winding streets and crept into when it removed the children Imagine an alternate reality that see. because the couple's political blends Minecraft with the real Examples include: a Mustang on as the floodwater surged through homes. For many, this week's flooding affiliation was seen as being at world. Now, it's possible with a a lawn, a pirate ship at the office the rural West Country. Emergency services, rescue came with barely a few days' o d d s w i t h t h e y o u n g s t e r s ' new iOS app that brings your best and a plane on top of washing crews and the Environment respite since the last time deluges European backgrounds. By the block creations to life. machines. For more, check out the Agency met council bosses in an crept through the windy streets council's own admission the Entitled " Minecraft Reality," the video above. effort to spread the message about and into homes. youngsters were happy and there app uses "advanced computer What Minecraft creation the danger to life and property, This entry passed through the was no question mark over the vision" and augmented reality to Continue reading... foster parents' provision of care. m a p a n d t r a c k r e a l - l i f e More About: Augmented Reality, following nearly four days of Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it Council leader Roger Stone has surroundings using a camera Minecraft Reality, apps, minecraft uninterrupted rainfall. Across the region, roads were on someone else's site, please read a n n o u n c e d t h e L a b o u r - r u n phone; it then lets users place closed for safety reasons and the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentauthority would investigate what their Minecraft worlds in reality, others were impassable as rain only/faq.php#publishers. Five had happened after mounting saturated highways, and debris Filters recommends: Gaza Blitz condemnation from political blocked lanes. Turmoil And Tragicomedy At leaders including Education The severe flood warnings, its The BBC. Secretary Michael Gove and highest alert, were issued amid Labour leader Ed Miliband. concern that lives were at risk. Mr Gove said social workers had

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made "the wrong decision in the wrong way for the wrong reasons" and that he would be personally investigating and exploring steps to "deal with" the situation. The children, a baby girl, a boy and an older girl, were removed by social workers after the council reportedly received an anonymous tip-off about the foster parents' membership of the right-wing party which wants withdrawal from the European Union and immigration curbs. Social workers said they were concerned about the children's "cultural and ethnic needs". The South Yorkshire couple claimed a social worker told them Ukip was "racist". Ukip leader Nigel Farage called for resignations over what he said was an "appalling" decision. Accusing the council of bigotry, he said he felt: "Very upset and very angry, particularly for the couple involved, who have been fostering for many years and are very decent people, and the awful shock to them of having these children removed, not to mention the upset to the children

themselves." The children, who stayed with the couple for eight weeks, were encouraged to speak their language which their foster parents were trying to learn, the foster mother said. The woman said the council feared the couple could not meet the children's cultural needs in the long term - a claim the family denied. Speaking to the Sheffield-based Star newspaper, the woman claimed the children have been placed with families who are also white British, and she questioned how the council thought these couples could fulfil the children's cultural needs. The Equality and Human Rights Commission said that the decision may have breached the parents' right to freedom of political opinion. Chief executive Mark Hammond said: "Misguided ideas about multiculturalism, which appear in this case to have led to a refusal to allow people to foster children solely because they are members of Ukip, are not only potentially detrimental to the

welfare of the children but could also be a breach of the parents' human right to freedom of expression and political opinion." Downing Street rejected reports that David Cameron had retracted a previous statement in which he referred to Ukip members as "fruit cakes and loonies and closet racists mostly". A spokesman said: "We haven't retracted anything. The Prime Minister never said that every single member of Ukip is a racist and the point about adoption cases is parents need to be judged on their merits, not affiliation to a political party." 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: Gaza Blitz Turmoil And Tragicomedy At The BBC.

Sony coats Xperia P in 24-carat gold, keeps up tradition of soso phones in luxury shells
Jon Fingas (Engadget)

core 1GHz processor. In fairness, the company sees this as an Submitted at 11/24/2012 9:03:00 PM experiment rather than a VertuOutside of custom projects, the like business model, with the cardinal rule for draping phones intent strictly to emphasize the in exotic materials is that they unibody design. A maximum 15 must never, ever be truly high end have been built as a result -- and devices: at best, they should rather than count on impulse involve mid-tier hardware that purchases from oligarchs, Sony could be eclipsed by a garden- hints that it's offering at least variety smartphone at a fraction of some of its gold Xperia P stock to the price. Sony's maintaining that followers on Facebook. As long all too time-honored tradition by as there's no pretenses of living producing a gold-coated, 24-carat the high life with what's really a version of... the Xperia P. Yes, very ordinary phone underneath, rather than spruce up a flagship we're satisfied. like the James Bond-approved Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Xperia T, Sony has instead given Sony t h e l u x u r y t r e a t m e n t t o a Comments s m a r t p h o n e w i t h a s t r i c t l y Source: Sony middling 4-inch display and dual-

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posted at 8:31 pm on November 24, 2012 by Allahpundit The full statement from the State Departments Victoria Nuland is below: The decisions and declarations announced on November 22 raise concerns for many Egyptians and for the international community. One of the aspirations of the revolution was to ensure that power would not be overly concentrated in the hands of any one person or institution. The current constitutional vacuum in Egypt can only be resolved by the adoption of a constitution that includes checks and balances, and respects fundamental freedoms, individual rights, and the rule of law consistent with Egypts international commitments. We call for calm and encourage all parties to work together and call for all Egyptians to resolve their differences over these important issues peacefully and through democratic dialogue. *** What I am working to achieve is political and economic stability. This is what I want, Morsi told his followers at the palace. I am not worried about the presence of opposition. I am careful to allow a strong opposition that will strictly monitor me. My decisions were aimed at preserving our nation, our people, and the revolution.

I dont like, and dont want, and there is no need, to use exceptional measures, Morsi said. He hinted that members of the judiciary and Mubarak-era officialsare gnawing the bones of the nation and they must be held accountable. The state is crumbling. The law is being completely sidestepped. We are now a lawless country, said protester Nermin Tahoon. Morsi disguised the revolutions demands into a twisted package so he could assume all power. Since when was he a revolutionary? Hes barely a reformist. He simply wants power for him and his followers. *** Assailants attacked the hundreds of protesters who marched on Egypts High Judiciary Court in downtown Cairo to protest against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsis recent decree granting himself near-absolute powers, including freeing his decisions from judicial review and ordering retrials for former top officials, including his predecessor, the deposed Hosni Mubarak. The protesters gathered in front of the High Court as members of the Judiciary General Assembly mulled measures to oppose Morsis highly-controversial decree. They chantedthe people demand the downfall of the regime and Freedom, Bread, the dissolution of constituent assembly, in reference to the embattled Islamist

-dominated constitution writing body. *** In a statement, the Supreme Judicial Council called his movean unprecedented attack on the independence of the judiciary and its rulings, and called on him to reverse it. Judges and prosecutors in Egypts second city Alexandria have gone on strike in protest, saying they will not return to work until the decree is reversed. The BBCs Jon Leyne in Cairo says the response of the judges has been tough, if fairly predictable. There had been reports that the council was about to disband the constituent assembly for a second time, he added, a move that could seriously derail the transition to democracy and further delay new parliamentary elections. *** The judges councils stand against the president sets the ground for an uneasy alliance between former regime officials and activist groups that helped topple Mubaraks regime and have in the past derided those officials as felool, or remnants. The presidents opponents nonetheless see the judiciary as the only remaining civilian branch of government with a degree of independence, since Morsi already holds executive power and as well as legislative authority due to the dissolution of parliament

[Morsi] removed on Thursday the countrys longtime attorney general, widely seen as a Mubarak holdover who did not effectively pursue the many cases against former regime officials accused of corruption, and ordered the retrial of former officials if new evidence against them is brought forth. The ousted attorney general, Abdel Maguid Mahmoud, appeared before the judges club on Saturday his first public appearance since Morsis decree. He was greeted by raucous applause and cries of Illegitimate! Illegitimate! in reference to the presidents decision, and read out a statement saying judicial authorities are looking into the legality of the presidents decision to remove him. *** There is no room for dialogue when a dictator imposes the most oppressive, abhorrent measures and then says let us split the difference, ElBaradei said in an interview with Reuters and The Associated Press after talks with opposition figures. ElBaradei, who said he expected to be coordinator of a new opposition National Salvation Front, said Morsis declaration threatened Egypts troubled transition to democracy and actions were needed to stop a cycle of violence I am waiting to see, I hope soon, a very strong statement of

condemnation by the US, by Europe and by everybody who really cares about human dignity, ElBaradei said, speaking from his villa on the outskirts of Cairo. *** Perhaps the highest priority is to take over the court system by appointing Islamist judges. During the late Mubarak regime, judges were among the most courageous of dissidents, issuing decisions the government doesnt like. After the revolution, judges gave rulings against the Brotherhoods goals, for example, saying that the election of parliamentwhich is threequarters Islamistwas illegal. Mursi wants to reverse this ruling by decree rather than face new elections where Islamist vote totals will probably plummet. The other key institutions are the armed forces, where top generals have already resigned, and the religious establishment. While the chiefs of Egypts religious system, including the powerful mosque-university al-Azhar, are hardly liberal, they are also not systematic Islamists or Brotherhood supporters. Once such people are replaced with loyalists, the Brotherhood will have the power to define Islam itself The Egyptian regimes cooperation on a Gaza ceasefire, then, was in large part intended to defuse any reaction against its QUOTES page 34

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stipulations of the sentence that Alred attend church for 10 years. Submitted at 11/24/2012 6:01:47 PM There arent a lot of particulars posted at 7:01 pm on November on the case available, beyond 24, 2012 by Jazz Shaw noting that Alred is 17 years old I keep seeing these stories from and was found to be driving while time to time where judges hand intoxicated at the time of the down creative sentences to accident which killed a passenger criminals. These cases seem in the car. Its a serious charge, so intended to either prove a point, perhaps ten years might have been instill some sort of additional appropriate, but he apparently lesson either to the convict or wont be serving any of it. the public or simply avoid Instead, he will need to keep his locking up as many people. This nose clean and attend church story from Oklahoma may raise every week. more questions than answers, Leaving aside for the moment the though. question of whether or not this is Mike Norman is an Oklahoma fair punishment for the crime in district court judge known for question, does the order to attend sentencing offenders to attend church each week have the church as part of probation potential to do anything positive, agreements. Still, the sentence he either for the convict or society at handed down this week was l a r g e ? A n d i s t h i s e v e n notable both for its length and the c o n s t i t u t i o n a l ? age of the offender. On Tuesday, As to the first count, Im willing Norman sentenced 17-year-old to concede the possibility that Tyler Alred to a 10-year deferred some really amazing things can sentence after he plead guilty to take place during church services. m a n s l a u g h t e r . A m o n g t h e Perhaps Alred will listen to the

word of God during sermons and achieve some sort of revelation. Possibly just the environment spending time in the company of better folk with higher goals could rub off on him, providing him with positive role models. But it hardly seems a sure thing. The most benefit to come from spending time in a house of worship would seem to me to come to those who seek out that type of solace and support on their own. You must come willingly, or so I would take it from John 5: 39 43. Going and sitting in church probably looks like a much better option than sitting in a prison cell, but is it accomplishing what the Judge seems to wish? And to the second point, regardless of what your feelings are about the concept of separation of church and state, should a judge be able to force someone into church? Doesnt that kind of violate the 1st Amendment? I understand and sympathize more than some folks when it

comes to some forms of creative sentencing. Forcing a minor offense scofflaw to wear a sign proclaiming their stupidity or lack of civility to their neighbors actually might prove more of a lesson to some people than a fine or a short stretch in the county lock-up. Making youthful offenders do work to benefit those who they harmed (in minor cases) in full public view might turn somebodys life around. But this was a ten year sentence in the Crowbar Motel for manslaughter being put on hold and replaced with one hour per week in the pews. Im just not sure if this works. What do you think? 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: Gaza Blitz Turmoil And Tragicomedy At The BBC.

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movement toward dictatorship at home. It is doubtful, for example, that the Obama administration will condemn the new decree giving Mursi total power in the country. And Egypt will get almost $10 billion in aid from the United States, European Union, and International Monetary Fund,

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me about anything," Jonathan Saporta told the paper after Submitted at 11/24/2012 8:56:03 PM getting hit with $649 for a home he left in October and $281 bill Nov. 12: A Long Island Power for his new place. "But I guess Authority (LIPA) truck is seen in they had power, so they could the Belle Harbor neighborhood in print my bills. Nice, right?" Queens, New York. AP The paper reported that LIPA did not return phone calls seeking S o m e L o n g I s l a n d P o w e r comment. Authority customers are charged To be sure, the utility was widely up after they received their c r i t i c i z e d f o r i t s h u r r i c a n e normal electric bill despite r e s p o n s e a n d p r e p a r e d n e s s . spending weeks without power LIPA said in its defense that the due to Hurricane Sandy. storm was worse than anyone The New York Post reported that could have imagined and that it Long Island residents received an didn't just damage outdoor estimated rate that covered the electrical lines; it caused flooding entire billing cycle, and the that touched home and business statements made no mention of b r e a k e r b o x e s . L I P A a l s o potential refunds to account for acknowledged that an outdated the prolonged blackouts. computer system for keeping 'I guess they had power, so they customers notified has added to could print my bills. Nice, right?' people's frustration. - Jonathan Saporta, Long Island But some say the government-run resident utility should have seen it coming. "I can't get LIPA to acknowledge It was recently criticized in a my existence on earth to talk to withering state report for lax

preparation ahead of last year's Hurricane Irene and for the 25year-old computer system used to pinpoint outages and update customers. At its peak, Sandy knocked out power to 8.5 million customers in 10 states, with New York and New Jersey bearing the brunt. The paper reported that Con Ed, the utility that lights up Manhattan, wants to refund its city customers who lost power $3 and customers from the outer boroughs $6. Those figures represent a portion of customers fixed monthly bills, which exclude power usage, the report said. Saporta, for his part, promised to fight the bills. "I am not paying any of my bills, that much I promise," Saporta said. "They can put me into collections, and I'll fight them tooth-and-nail." "It's simply criminal." Click for more from NYPost.com

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Israeli air strikes hit the cabinet headquarters of Gaza's Hamas government. (AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed) The eight-day Israeli assault on Gaza has resulted in $300 million in economic damage, a Palestinian Chamber of Commerce report concludes. The document also calls for the Gaza Strip to be recognized as an economic disaster area. -The report covered damages to the agricultural, health and social sectors. The occupied territorys agrarian segment suffered $120 million in damage. The eight-day halt to economic activities resulted in $40 million lost. The rest of the sum comes from destroyed buildings and infrastructure that was impaired LEVELING page 37

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A woman pulling a suitcase crosses the road as protestors march against Government austerity measures in Dublin, Ireland on November 24, 2012. (AFP Photo / Barry Cronin) Over ten thousand people marched through the streets of Dublin against the governments austerity program, as Ireland prepares to approve a new budget that includes tax hikes. -The crowd gathered to express anger over an increased financial burden on citizens, and to voice concerns that the economy cannot afford further austerity. The procession, led by a woman riding a horse with a banner reading No to Austerity, started at the Garden of Remembrance and finished at the General Post Office with a giant skull float labeled ECB, or the European Central Bank. Organizer Michael O'Reilly, president of the Dublin Council of Trade Unions, addressed the crowd at the scene. The evidence is clear you cannot cut your way out of a recession," he said. "On the contrary: with each cut in public spending, and with each euro

taken out of the pockets of low and average earners in new or increased taxes, we are digging ourselves further into a hole, quotes the Irish Independent. On December 5, Ireland will unveiling a new budget that includes 3.5 billion in savings reached by way of spending cuts and tax increases. Prime Minister Enda Kenny has pledged to impose strict annual measures as part of the austerity program until 2015 in a bid to tackle a budget deficit and give money to banks who made bad bets, which Dublin started doing

in 2009. Following the collapse of the economy in 2008, Ireland was forced to nationalize five of its six banks. In 2010, the government negotiated an international bailout. The austerity measures so far have reduced average Irish pay by around 15 per cent, while unemployment is at a record high 14.8 per cent. Protestors Colm Roddy (L) from Dublin and Margaretta Darcy from Galway hold up placards as they march against Government austerity measures in Dublin,

Ireland on November 24, 2012. (AFP Photo / Barry Cronin) Protestors hold up placards as they march against Government austerity measures in Dublin, Ireland on November 24, 2012. (AFP Photo / Barry Cronin) Protestors hold up placards as they march against Government austerity measures in Dublin, Ireland on November 24, 2012. (AFP Photo / Barry Cronin) A protestor rides on a horse draped in a sash bearing the slogan "No To Austerity" at the head of a march against Government austerity measures in Dublin, Ireland on November 24, 2012. (AFP Photo / Barry Cronin) A protestor displays a banner against Ireland's abortion laws during a march against Government austerity measures in Dublin, Ireland on November 24, 2012. (AFP Photo / Barry Cronin) 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: Gaza Blitz Turmoil And Tragicomedy At The BBC.

"Dylan wouldn't have left willingly," the boy's mom said Friday during an interview at the home of a friend. IGNACIO, Colo. The search for a missing 13-year-old boy is entering its sixth day in southwest Colorado, where Dylan Redwine was last seen Monday. The boy lives in Colorado Springs but was visiting his father in Vallecito on Thanksgiving break, The Durango Herald reported. "He wouldn't have gone to the mountains to pitch a tent or build a fire." - Elaine Redwine, the teen's mom La Plata County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dan Bender says Mark Redwine told investigators that he saw his son Monday about 7:30 a.m. The boy was gone when Redwine returned after running errands. The missing boy is 5 feet tall, 105 pounds, with blond hair, blue eyes and fair complexion. He was last seen wearing a blue-andwhite Duke Blue Devils baseball cap, black Nike T-shirt and black Jordan tennis shoes. "Dylan wouldn't have left MISSING page 37

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by Israeli airstrikes, Xinhua reported. To deal with the disastrous economic consequences of the raid, the report calls for a lift of Israeli restrictions on Gaza in accordance with the truce that ended the operation on Wednesday. Besides economic damage, the Israeli response to Hamas rocket attacks killed 168 Palestinians, most them civilians. Tel Aviv began striking Gaza last week with a declared goal of stopping rocket attacks on its territory from Hamas, the political party governing Gaza. Hamas' military had intensified its bombardment of Israeli territory, killing six Israelis, including five civilians, according to official reports. The Israeli Cabinet authorized a call-up of 75,000 reserve troops as the air assault on Gaza intensified, and amid growing speculation of a ground invasion into the territory.

However, the ground operation was halted after an international diplomatic effort brokered by Egypt, resulting Wednesday in a ceasefire deal. Among many conditions of the truce, the agreement stipulates that Gaza's crossings should be opened to facilitate the movement of people and goods, and that residents free movements should not be restricted, whileall Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel, including rocket attacks and all attacks along the border. Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish a fire at the Civilian Affairs branch of the Ministry of Interior following an Israeli air raid in Gaza City. (AFP Photo / Marco Longari) Smoke billows as debris flies from the explosion at the local AlAqsa TV station in Gaza City. (AFP Photo / Marco Longari) A Palestinian man inspects a destroyed branch of the Islamic

National Bank following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. (AFP Photo / Mahmud Hams) A Palestinian man pushes his bicycle amidst debris near the destroyed compound of the internal security ministry in Gaza City after it was targeted by an Israeli air strike. (AFP Photo / Mahmud Hams) Palestinians school girls climb over the rubble in a classroom, damaged during last week's Israeli offensive. (AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed) 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: Gaza Blitz Turmoil And Tragicomedy At The BBC.

willingly," Elaine Redwine said Friday during an interview at the home of a friend. "If there was any way to communicate he would have called." Dylan was picked up Sunday by his father at Durango-La Plata County Airport, his mother said Friday. Dylan announced his arrival in a text message and ended it with the emoticon that is interpreted as a scowl, she said. She declined to talk about her former spouse except to say he rarely exercised his visitation rights. The Durango Herald has been unable to reach him. Bender said that the search Saturday morning would expand to Bayfield, a town south of Vallecito. Other searchers would work near Vallecito Reservoir and on Forest Service roads in the area, he said. Dozens of area volunteers have helped canvass the county looking for the teen, Bender said. Elaine Redwine told the newspaper that she doubts her son would have gone into the woods. "Dylan is a generational kid and

tech savvy," Redwine said. "He wouldn't have gone to the mountains to pitch a tent or build a fire." Print Email Share Comments Recommend Tweet Share This Article Newsletter Signup Sign up for free e-mail news alerts from FoxNews.com and FoxBusiness.com. Newsletter Signup This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Gaza Blitz Turmoil And Tragicomedy At The BBC.