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Reuters/Ipsos poll: Obama approval hits new low, but Republicans catch blame too
Tabassum Zakaria (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:32:59 AM

The Best Line On Fannie And Freddie You'll Read All Day
Joe Weisenthal (Business Insider)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:41:01 AM

President Barack Obama’s approval rating sank to a new low of 45 percent, while his disapproval rating rose to 52 percent, according to a ReutersIpsos poll. It was the first time more Americans disapproved than approved of Obama in an Ipsos poll since he became president. But Republicans had little to crow about because they were blamed more than Democrats for Washington being broken, according to the August national poll. Among registered voters the readings were about even when looking ahead to the November midterm elections, with 46 percent likely to vote for Republican candidates and 45

percent for Democrats. Unemployment topped the list of economic worries with 92 percent of those surveyed expressing concern. The unemployment rate in June and July was 9.5 percent. “Ninety-two percent, that’s a very, very high number,” Ipsos pollster Cliff Young said.

“We’re seeing (an interest in) a jobs agenda that we haven’t seen in almost two decades.” Of those surveyed, 62 percent believe the country is on the wrong track. And 78 percent believe Washington was not working effectively because of fighting between the parties, for

which 36 percent blamed Republicans, 28 percent blamed Democrats and another 28 percent blamed both parties. Since late February, the biggest shift has been the increase in the number of people blaming both parties. On the extend vs. expire debate about tax cuts enacted under former President George W. Bush, the poll showed that 49 percent want to extend those tax cuts for all Americans, while 31 percent want the tax cuts to expire for people earning more than $200,000 a year. The survey interviewed 1,063 adults Aug. 19-22 and had a margin of error of 3 percent. Photo credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder (cutouts of Obama and Republican Sarah Palin in shop window in Edgartown, Massachusetts)

We won't hold it against you if you skip over Bill Gross' 2000word essay on housing finance. Tyler Cowen points to a great line from economist Arnold Kling: Old consensus: we need Freddie and Fannie in order to make housing "affordable." New consensus: we need them in order to "prevent further house price declines," in other words, to make housing less affordable. Truth. Don't miss: 15 reasons the housing market is doomed > Join the conversation about this story »

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Washington Extra — Summer’s end
David Alexander (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 8/23/2010 4:35:08 PM

Summer is clearly coming to a close. Not only did children head back to public school in Washington Monday, but everywhere you look people are wrapping up old business or preparing for a new start. Vice President Joe Biden was doing it. Speaking to Indiana military veterans, he noted the U.S. is on track to end its

combat role in Iraq at the end of the month. And he pressed Baghdad to form a government six months after its election. Some debates still linger, though. Whether to extend the Bush tax cuts to people earning over $250,000, for example. The biggest U.S. companies stepped up their lobbying on behalf of the breaks. The wisdom of the government’s big bank bailouts is another lingering question. Kansas City Fed President

Thomas Hoenig said the bailouts lowered capital costs for banks that are too big to fail, making it more difficult for their smaller rivals to compete. You know what they say: You can’t make an omelet without cracking eggs. But that’s the day’s other tale. Here are our top stories… Biden pressing Iraqi leaders to form government Vice President Joe Biden said he is pressing Iraq’s leaders to settle their differences and

form a government, almost six months after the country’s election and a week before the scheduled end of the U.S. combat mission. The Pentagon plans to cut troop numbers in Iraq to 50,000 by September 1 — from 176,000 at the peak of the deployment after the 2003 invasion to topple dictator Saddam Hussein. For the full story by Patricia Zengerle, click here. U.S. business wants hearings on Bush-era tax cuts

The biggest U.S. companies stepped up their lobbying to block Democrats’ plans to let taxes on wealthier Americans rise at year’s end, asking lawmakers not to cut short the hearing process in Congress. The Senate is set to take up expiration of tax cuts on nearly all individuals enacted under former President George W. Bush when it reconvenes in September. The thorniest issue WASHINGTON page 3

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involves taxes for the top income classes — families earning at least $250,000 a year — which President Barack Obama and most Democrats want to let expire. To read the rest of this story by Kim Dixon, click here. FDA head says more egg recalls possible The Food and Drug Administration commissioner said there may be more recalls of eggs in the salmonella outbreak and the agency did not yet know how the eggs and chickens were contaminated. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the U.S. is probably involved in the largest recall that has happened in recent history. For more of this story by Tabassum Zakaria and Alina Selyukh, click here. Fed’s Hoenig: “too big to fail” hurts small banks The viability of community banks is threatened by policies that have conferred “too big to fail” status on larger banks, reducing their cost of capital, Kansas City Federal Reserve

Bank President Thomas Hoenig said. For more by Carey Gillam and David Lawder, click here. From elsewhere… AIG pays back $4 billion of loan Bailed-out insurer American International Group Inc said it paid back nearly $4 billion in U.S. loans in its single largest cash payment so far to reduce its debt to taxpayers. The partial repayment of a Federal Reserve Bank of New York credit facility came after International Lease Finance Corp, AIG’s aircraft leasing unit, sold $4.4 billion in debt to investors and used the bulk of the proceeds to repay $3.9 billion in government loans three years early. For the rest of the story, click here. Big-spending novices now lag in Florida campaigns A pair of wealthy outsiders who spent their way to prominence in Florida’s Senate and governor’s races now lag the political insiders backed by the party hierarchies in Tuesday’s

primary election. The freespending novices, real estate billionaire Jeff Greene and healthcare multimillionaire Rick Scott, held double-digit leads over their opponents in July but slipped steadily as their rivals turned the spotlight on the newcomers’ business dealings and character. To read more of this story, click here. Tiger Woods and wife Elin divorce The world’s No. 1 golfer Tiger Woods and his Swedish wife Elin Nordegren have divorced following the sex scandal that embroiled Woods late last year, a statement from their lawyers said. For the rest of the story, click here. Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Plate of eggs at a Washington restaurant Monday)

Analyst Calls: ANN, BIP, DUK, FHN, ISLE, JCG, POM, RE, SMT ...
Eric Buscemi (BloggingStocks)

has a $13 target on the stock. • ATA Inc. ( ATAI) was upgraded to neutral from Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:30:00 AM underweight at Piper Jaffray. Filed under: Analyst Reports, • Buckeye Partners ( BPL) was A n a l y s t U p g r a d e s a n d upgraded to neutral from sell at Downgrades, Duke Energy Goldman. (DUK), Analyst Initiations • Sinopec ( SNP) was upgraded Analyst Upgrades to overweight from neutral at • RBC Capital upgraded HSBC. Brookfield Infrastructure ( BIP) to outperform from sector Continue reading Analyst Calls: perform with a $20 target. The ANN, BIP, DUK, FHN, ISLE, firm thinks the units' valuation JCG, POM, RE, SMT ... is compelling, while the Analyst Calls: ANN, BIP, company's proposed acquisition DUK, FHN, ISLE, JCG, POM, of assets is positive. RE, SMT ... originally appeared • Stifel upgraded First Horizon on BloggingStocks on Tue, 24 ( FHN) to buy from hold based Aug 2010 11:30:00 EST. Please on valuation and its path see our terms for use of feeds. t o w a r d s n o r m a l i z e d Permalink| Email this| profitability. The firm has a $15 C o m m e n t s price target on the stock. Duke Energy- BloggingStocks• KeyBanc upgraded Isle of Buckeye Partners- Piper JaffrayCapri ( ISLE) to buy from hold Business based on improved earnings growth and valuation. The firm

Samsung leaving the e-paper business, citing cost issues
Laura June (Engadget)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:46:00 AM

Samsung Electronics announced Monday that its halting production of e-paper due to cost issues. While

Samsung has yet to out an actual device boasting e-paper, but did show off a prototype late last year which boasted a color display. The official word from Samsung itself is that it will not actually exit the e-reader

market, rather that it will

produce a device with an LCD, with plans to launch said reader next year. We wait expectantly. Samsung leaving the e-paper business, citing cost issues originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 24 Aug 2010 11:46:00

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Michelle Obama, Laura Bush to appear together at 9/11 memorial
JoAnne Allen (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 8/23/2010 10:19:01 PM

Jim Cramer Sees a 'Very Negative' Trend
Mark Fightmaster (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 12:30:00 PM

First lady Michelle Obama and her predecessor, Laura Bush, will appear together next month in Pennsylvania at a ceremony marking the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Obama and Bush will participate in ceremonies honoring the victims of the attacks, including the 40 passengers and crew killed in the crash of United Flight 93, the National Park Foundation said in a statement on Monday. “Their show of support honors the lives and memories of these 40 heroes and everyone we lost on September 11th, and serves as a valuable reminder of how important this memorial is to preserve and share their story,” National Park Foundation President Neil Mulholland said. United Flight 93, en route from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco, crashed into a field near Shanksville, in western

Pennsylvania. The passengers and crew on the flight are believed to have struggled with the hijackers who had seized the plane. Three other hijacked planes crashed into New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon outside Washington, killing nearly 3,000 people. The anniversary ceremony will take place at a temporary memorial. A permanent Flight

Filed under: Columns, Financial Crisis I didn't find this recap of Jim Cramer's CNBC show interesting because of his recommendations. I found it interesting because he talks of an overall "bearishness of the market." Cramer noted that this bearishness began in the tech sector, spread to retail, and is now creeping into the food sector. 93 national memorial is under He notes that it is "remarkable construction and is expected to to see how little enthusiasm be dedicated on Sept. 11, 2011. there is ... even for companies Photo Credits: REUTERS/Saul t h a t a r e d o i n g w e l l . " A n Loeb (Obama, Bush (R) at the e x a m p l e o f t h i s l a c k o f U.S. Capitol, January 20, 2009); enthusiasm for good performers REUTERS/White House photo is that analysts will cut price by Joyce N. Boghosian/Handout (Bush (L) hosts Obama at White House, Nov. 10, 2008)

targets on a stock, but will raise the company's earnings estimate at the same time. Continue reading Jim Cramer Sees a 'Very Negative' Trend Jim Cramer Sees a 'Very Negative' Trend originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Tue, 24 Aug 2010 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments Jim Cramer- Business- CNBCInvesting- Stocks and Bonds

Global Selloff Slows In US: Here Are The 10 Trades To Watch Right Now (RTP, XME, EIRL, HAL, RIGH, MDT, GLD)
Gregory White (Money Game)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:30:00 AM

Right now, markets have bounced back from their early

morning lows after and selloff around the world, most notably in Europe. • Dow down 0.93% • S&P 500 down 1.05%

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NASDAQ down 1.14% DAX down 1.26% CAC down 1.75% FTSE down 1.51%

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Bill Gross: We Need Total Nationalization Of Housing, And I'm Not Just Talking My Book

Last week, Bill Gross raised BILL page 5 Joe Weisenthal (Business he plenty of eyebrows when

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suggested that the government ought to totally nationalize housing finance, while dismissing the idea that the private sector could ever step up to the plate and replace Fannie and Freddie. Naturally Gross -- who as head of PIMCO is one of the biggest investors in mortgage-backed assets -- was dismissed for talking his book (a frequent charge). In his latest monthly letter he goes into more depth about his views, and denies that he's just taking the PIMCO line. The first key to his argument is that the private sector has failed when it comes to housing finance: I proposed a solution that recognized the necessity, not the desirability, of using government involvement, which would take the form of rolling FNMA, FHLMC, and other housing agencies into one giant agency – call it GNMA or the Government National Mortgage Association for lack of a more perfect acronym – and guaranteeing a majority of existing and future originations. Taxpayers would be protected through tight regulation, adequate down payments, and an insurance fund bolstered by a 50–75 basis point fee attached to each and every mortgage. Seemed commonsensical to me. After all, Fannie and Freddie had really blown up because of

the private/public nature of their charter, which incentivized executives and stockholders to go for broke with the implicit understanding that Uncle Sam would be there as a backstop should anything go wrong. If you eliminated the private incentive and provided a tighter regulatory watchdog, we would have no more “liar loans” or “no docs” and a much sounder foundation for future homeowners and investors. The private market, to my mind, had really lost its claim as the most efficient and judicious arbiter in this particular case. Markets and private incentives without proper guardrails were as threatening to a sound economy in the 21st century as too much regulation and government ownership proved to be in the 1970s. Next he offers some numbers to back up the idea that the private sector is bad in this regard: In addition, my argument had a practical/market-based logic to it. Ninety-five percent of existing mortgage creation over the past 12 months were government guaranteed. The private market was nowhere to be found because they charged too much. It was the cost of private origination and securitization, perhaps more than any other factor, that justified government involvement. Prime, but nonconforming, mortgages

(jumbos, insufficient down payments) were being purchased by PIMCO in the hundreds of millions of dollars every week, but at yields of 6, 7, and 8%. If that was the risk/reward tradeoff, compared to FNMA and FHLMC yields at 3.5–4%, how could policymakers pretend that the housing baton could be quickly and cost-effectively passed back to the private market? Few, if any, could afford a new home at those interest rates. If you were a believer in the dominance and superiority of private markets, how could you deny the signal that markets were sending – that the risk was too high given the substantial losses of recent years? This is just weird. He argues that higher cost of private originations justifies government involvement, rather than concluding that government involvement is arbitrarily pushing the price of home financing to sub-market levels (and unsustainably so, as Fannie/Freddie ended up showing). He then argues basically that since the market has become conditioned on government finance, and that because homeowner attitude has been seared by the housing bust, we must double down on government guarantee of housing: My argument for the necessity

of government backing was substantially based on this commonsensical, psychological, indeed sociological observation that the great housing debacle of 2007–2010+ would have a profound influence on homebuyers and mortgage lenders for decades to come. What did we learn from the Great Depression, for instance: Americans, for at least a generation or more, became savers – dominated by the insecurity of 20%+ unemployment rates and importance of a return of their money as opposed to a return on their money. It should be no different this time, even though the Great R. is a tempered version of the Great D. Americans now know that housing prices don’t always go up, and that they can in fact go down by 30–50% in a few short years. Because of this experience, private mortgage lenders will demand extraordinary down payments, impeccable credit histories, and significantly higher yields than what markets grew used to over the past several decades. Could an unbiased observer truly believe that housing starts of two million or even one million per year could be generated under the wing of the private market? In front of Treasury Secretary Geithner and the assembled audience, I said that was impractical. Let me amend

that to “ludicrous.” So in other words, private sector financing is too expensive (because the private sector apparently sucks at it, not because the private sector is better at pricing risk appropriately), and that because homeowners have become conditioned due to the bubble and the bust, the government must assume a greater role. And oh, presuming that the government ends its dualmandate (housing finance and a profit motive) then we won't see a repeat of the Fannie/Freddie bust. Here he spells it out most clearly: Policymakers not only have to consider the future “flows” of new mortgage originations, but the existing “stock” of mortgages already created. FNMA and FHLMC either own or have guaranteed $4.5 trillion of the $11 trillion mortgage market now on the books. As the Treasury contemplates the “transition” from Agency conservatorship to either public or private hands, how could private market advocates reasonably assume that pension, insurance, bank, and PIMCOtype monies would willingly add nearly $5 trillion of nonguaranteed, in many cases junkrated mortgages to their portfolio? They would not. We BILL page 9

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Funny or Die Relies on Social Networks and Wit in Winging Its Success
Vanessa Juarez (Fast Company)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 10:51:21 AM

BETWEEN TWO FERNS: Galifianakis's funnyordie.com talk show makes A-list guests uncomfortable. | Photograph by Armando Gallo/Corbis Succeeds in the moment with a blazing wit -- and a matching business model. Funny or Die CEO Dick Glover has no idea what shows his site will be featuring when you read this. "Unless you tell me BP's going to do another oil spill," he says. But he's not sweating it. Founded in 2007 by Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy, and Adam McKay, with funding from Sequoia Capital, Funny or Die has made agility its biggest asset. The site relies almost exclusively on one-off, zeitgeist -driven comedy shorts, spreading the word among its 1.5 million Twitter followers and 1.1 million Facebook fans to attract as many as 10 million viewers a month who press play some 35 million times. "If there's a formula, then you're doing it wrong," Glover says. "It really is a social dynamic, being part of folks' lives in a meaningful way." Advertisers love those numbers,

especially the site's success with the coveted demographic of 18to 34-year-old males. According to Glover, the site is cash-flow positive and "essentially breakeven" as it generates in the "tens of millions of dollars in ad revenue" annually. Right now, FoD prides itself on its ability to take videos from conception to completion often in just 48 hours and for as little as $2,000 (creators work basically for free in exchange for exposure). "We just made it for fun," says Jennie Pierson of her video "The Amazing Adventures of David and Jennie." "But it's what got us on

HBO." FoD is talking to YouTube about doing a Web series, but it's also flowering offline. Funny or Die Presents was the highestrated new comedy this winter on HBO and is returning for a second season. Over at Comedy Central, the sketch series Jon Benjamin Has a Van will air next summer. A feature-length film -- Funny or Die Presents Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie -- is currently in development. The plot is straightforward, Glover says: "Tim and Eric are given their first billion-dollar-budget movie, and things don't go as

planned." As FoD shows every day, nobody ever said you need a plan. 3 to Watch Drunk History If Timothy Dickinson, the host of the History Channel's Great and Telling Tales, got hold of a bottle of scotch before taping, it would go something like this. Look for Jack Black as Ben Franklin, Will Ferrell as Abraham Lincoln, and Don Cheadle as Frederick Douglass. Between Two Ferns Zach Galifianakis's publicaccess- style interview series, where he belligerently confronts his big-name guests, never gets old. In one Webisode,

Galifianakis tells Ben Stiller that people from the South are "stupid enough to go to your fucking movies." The Ed Hardy Boyz L.A. meatheads Bobby Bottle service (Nick Kroll) and Peter Paparazzo (Jon Daly) are good at solving mysteries and getting girls. These guys make the dudes from Jersey Shore look like amateurs. Thankfully, this show is fictional and funny. Even Ed Hardy designer Christian Audigier is in on the joke. Read more of our Web Video package

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Intel, Nokia Taking Smartphones Into A Whole New Dimension: The Third
Kit Eaton (Fast Company)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 10:00:02 AM

different bits of software, and combined with touchscreen and accelerometer sensors, 3-D Smartphones have only become interfaces is one clever way to powerful enough to display high connect the phone's user with -quality 3-D graphics in the last the task they're trying to do. It's couple of years. But Intel and much like the coming 3-D Nokia have high hopes for the revolution in desktop computing future of the technology. To this UIs. end, they've just opened a new Smartphone paradigm leaders research lab. It's all about Apple and Google are currently "immersive" experiences. following a simplified 2-D The Intel Nokia Joint interface, and Microsoft's Innovation Center (INJIC) upcoming Windows Phone 7 officially opened its doors system even takes this notion to today. There are actually three its flattest, most reductionist parties involved in the new end. So Nokia and Intel are enterprise: Chip-maker Intel, planning to steal a march on the cell phone master Nokia, and technology that may succeed it. the University of Oulu in northThere's just one question to ask central Finland. Nokia, despite One particular target is the Intel- Nokia's SVP and CTO "3-D e n o u g h t o h a v e p o w e r f u l Nokia and Intel: It's fabulous to i t s s l i p p i n g g r i p o n t h e Nokia collaborative OS Meego, technology could change the handsets that can do lots of sponsor deep-thinking research s m a r t p h o n e ( a n d b e i n g as it "provides the greatest way we use our mobile devices "cool stuff" if they're too hard or l i k e t h i s , b u t w i t h t h e completely sucker-punched by flexibility for developing new 3- and make our experiences with too frustrating to use. As traditionally slow-burning smartphones get smarter-- nature of academic study, is it t h e t o u c h s c r e e n p h o n e D e x p e r i e n c e s o n m o b i l e them much more immersive." r e v o l u t i o n ) d o e s l o t s o f devices," and this also explains Boil all this marketing speak potentially with next-gen low- really the right way to develop a innovative research, and this the choice of Oulu, which has a down, and what do you get? power Intel chips inside--they'll new product that lots of your on f u t u r e Intel and Nokia have realized get better and better at graphics, future business may hinge on? new facility is destined to craft " f o c u s " c o m p e l l i n g m o b i l e u s e r telecommunications solutions" t h a t a c o m p e l l i n g u s e r and the platform is ripe for a 3- To keep up with this news, experiences that could leverage and lots of "3-D interface e x p e r i e n c e i s c r u c i a l t o D UI. That's because the small follow me, Kit Eaton, on achieving a success in the screen on smartphones needs to Twitter. t h e r a p i d l y i n c r e a s i n g expertise." According to Rich Green, smartphone game--it's not give access to a plethora of capabilities of mobile devices."

Jennifer and Violet Head Out For an Evening Adventure
PopSugar (PopSugar)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 10:45:00 AM

Jennifer Garner flashed a smile last night as she left her hotel in

NYC with her daughter Violet Affleck. The actress and her oldest child were out to run errands together following their fun weekend spent exploring the

city with Ben and Seraphina. Jen and her girls have been in the Big Apple for nearly a week, after they recently spent time in LA. The Garner-Affleck

foursome have been all about taking advantage of the Big Apple during their stay, even spending a kiss-filled day at a children's museum last week.

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Hedge Funder's Desperate Attempt To Get A Magazine To Reveal Its Source Is Futile
Courtney Comstock (Business Insider)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:47:57 AM

Right now Paul Singer, the founder of $17 billion New York hedge fund Elliott Management, is seeking a court order to get a magazine to hand over e-mails and the name of its source who gave the magazine information contained in one of the letters he wrote to his investors. The source - whoever gave the letter to the magazine, AR Alpha - is probably freaking out right now. But he or she or they shouldn't worry, because there's good reason to believe that this case won't go any further and the source will never be revealed. One reason is that (presumably), unless AR Alpha hands over what Singer wants soon, a judge will have to legally require the fund to hand over the source. And that might never happen. From the American Chronicle: First Amendment lawyers

scoffed at the notion that Elliott has legal grounds to force AR to uphold the hedge fund's confidentiality agreements. "It just seems to me to be colossal gall," said Chuck Tobin, a media lawyer with Holland & Knight in Washington, who said New York state has tough laws protecting journalists from revealing their sources. Singer seems aware that he

wouldn't win if it were about the First Amendment. So it might not ever come into play. Singer isn't taking legal issue (yet) with AR Alpha for publishing the letter (the magazine hasn't published it yet, but they will soon) - his lawyers advised against it, says American Chronicle. It seems Singer is only interested in the name of the person who gave the magazine

one of his letters. But even if a judge orders the magazine to reveal their source, Simons still might not get what he wants (emails and the name of the source). The AR Alpha reporter might decide not to reveal the source. We wouldn't reveal anyone's name anyway. Put in AR Alpha's shoes, Business Insider would go to court and let the judge decide. And if it were my source that the judge ruled I had to reveal, I just wouldn't. A reporter from the New York Times was put in a similar situation 5 years ago when she was forced by a court to reveal her source. She didn't, and she was sentenced to spend 4 months in jail. Four months in jail wouldn't be fun, but I'd do it. One, to keep my source's trust. And two, that'd be a great story! So Paul Singer, if all goes the way it should, Join the conversation about this story »

Global Selloff Slows In US: Here Are The 10 Trades To Watch Right Now (RTP, XME, EIRL, HAL, RIGH, MDT, GLD)
Gregory White (Business Insider)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:30:00 AM

Right now, markets have bounced back from their early morning lows after and selloff around the world, most notably in Europe. • Dow down 0.93% • S&P 500 down 1.05% • NASDAQ down 1.14% • DAX down 1.26% • CAC down 1.75% • FTSE down 1.51% Here are the 10 trades > Join the conversation about this story »

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are in a bind, folks. Having grown accustomed to a housing market aided and abetted by Uncle Sam, the habit cannot be broken by going cold turkey into the camp of private lending. The cost would be enormous in terms of yields – 300–400 basis points higher than currently offered, crippling any hopes of a housing-led revival to the economy. And as for his own (lack of) interest in this: And why do I and PIMCO support this view? Is it some self-interested, money-making plot to allow us to dominate the bond market? Hardly. Any investor would recognize that it’s better to have a 6 or 7%

yield instead of 3–4%, so it would be better for PIMCO to let the Administration flood the private market with nonguaranteed, private mortgage product and let us vultures feast on the pickins. No, the self interest rests on “Que” Street. If the housing market continues to be government dominated, then the points from originations and the fees for private insurance would all of a sudden disappear. The vested interest lies on Wall Street, not Newport Beach or Main Street. Try explaining that to commentators intent on returning to a free market ideology that continues to serve monied interests in the high style to which they are

accustomed, but denies a commonsensical, more tightly regulated government alternative for millions of current and future American homeowners. Jimmy Stewart I’m not, and I won’t be going back to Washington anytime soon. If I did, though, I’d want to visit those guys on “Que” Street. “K pasa?” I’d say, and then I’d ask if they slept well at night. Read the full letter here > Join the conversation about this story »

Morning Links - Taylor Lautner Sues Over an RV Trailer
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Submitted at 8/24/2010 10:15:00 AM

• Taylor Lautner suing over a tardily delivered custom RVTMZ • Hilary and Mike keep the postwedding partying goingPeople • The Harry Potter kids gear up for their new movie- Lainey Gossip • What to expect in Jon Gosselin's book- PopEater

• Martin Short's wife passed away- Us Weekly • Michael Lohan offers advice to Mel Gibson- Wonderwall • Miley's new role sounds like a racy one- Huffington Post • Naomi Campbell in trouble for back taxes- Fox 411 • Lindsay Lohan has a rehab hearing today- Hollywood Life • What's up with Mariah Carey and American Idol?- The Blemish

Toshiba Solves the Awkward 3-D Glasses Problem
Austin Carr (Fast Company)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:55:12 AM

specific spot to see the extra dimension--but isn't that worth ridding the awkwardness of Remember having to wear watching David Gregory's wellthose cheap, plastic frames to 3- coiffed hair pop out of the D movies? The ones that'd pinch screen on Meet the Press 3-D your nose throughout all four alone with sunglasses on? hours of Avatar? Well soon, Other rival 3-D TV makers those 3-D shades might be a pinned their hopes on 3-D thing of the past. glasses becoming the norm, or J a p a n e s e e l e c t r o n i c s maybe even cool. But it didn't powerhouse Toshiba announced help that Peyton Manning and Tuesday it's developing 3-D Justin Timberlake looked like Panasonic couldn't make them televisions that won't require elderly Cadillac drivers when cool either. glasses to work. The image wearing the wider-than-face [youtube 8Hbcg9b293I] quality will be lower and the frames in Sony commercials. Several companies including Look3D tried stylish pairs to viewer will have to stand in a [youtube qEIj-wsUinc]

solve the problem, and one company created 3-D shades that could be worn outside movie theaters without distorting vision.

Ultimately though, the only way to make 3-D televisions the norm is to treat them like normal TVs. When HD and plasma came along, viewers weren't required to buy awkward peripherals to enjoy the technology. It's basically why Virtual Boy never caught on. Toshiba seems to have figured this out early in the 3-D TV race. Have fun catching up Panasonic and Sony. [Top image via Parade]

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IBM Opens Corporate Subsidiary in Accra, Ghana
Jenara Nerenberg (Fast Company)

between IBM and local organizations as part of IBM's Corporate Service Corps. IBM Submitted at 8/24/2010 12:06:52 PM opened the Africa Innovation IBM's move signifies a growing Centre in Johannesburg, South trend and a renewed insight -- Africa, in 2008 and has had its t h a t A f r i c a i s r i c h w i t h eye on West Africa for several innovation hotspots. years. IBM has launched an official The news reinforces a growing corporate subisidiary in Accra, t r e n d : A f r i c a i s t h e n e w the capital of Ghana, as part of d e s t i n a t i o n h o t s p o t f o r its increasing focus on Africa as innovation hubs, as we touched a destination for its tech, on in an interview with Erik c o n s u l t i n g , a n d b u s i n e s s Hersman, of Ushahidi, recently. services. The move is preceded And just yesterday, Steve by gradual partnerships forged D a n i e l s s h a r e d w i t h F a s t

Company the growing trends among Africa's diverse informal workers and what innovation looks like across the continent. While Chile is also trying to

create its own innovation hub in the form of an imported Silicon Valley, the situation in West Africa looks slightly different; IBM is tapping into local talent

and resources, supporting them, and ultimately partnering with them, rather than bringing in foreign experts in a linear transfer of knowledge process. With Africa's own native mobile and telecommunications market growing, IBM's gradual approach may just work for the long-term. [Image via Wikipedia/ Coolcaesar]

PricewaterhouseCoopers Strikes a Deal for Diamond Management
Tom Taulli (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 12:00:00 PM

GI Factory: Piloting the Chinook
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Filed under: Deals, Competitive Strategy The recession has taken a toll on the consulting business. Simply put, companies are being fairly tight with their expenditures -- and yes, consulting is certainly a discretionary item. So, to deal with this, major consulting operators are consolidating. For example, Aon

( AON) recently agreed to shell out $5 billion for Hewitt Associates. Continue reading PricewaterhouseCoopers Strikes a Deal for Diamond Management

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Arizona's Accidental Governor: Jan Brewer's Reinvention (Time.com)
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what local political wonks are calling Brewer 2.0. Once more a fiscal conservative than a social People in Arizona remember a one, she has decoded Arizona's different Jan Brewer from the political landscape and is riding t o u g h - t a l k i n g R e p u b l i c a n the immigration issue, even governor at the center of the though it came to her almost by b i t t e r i m m i g r a t i o n d e b a t e accident. Now, "the potential for swirling out of her state. If her to make a long-term impact politicians have multiple lives, on Arizona is unprecedented," her previous ones showed a s a y s P h o e n i x - b a s e d G O P much more personable presence strategist Kevin DeMenna, who - o n e p u n d i t c a l l e d h e r worked with Brewer at the state "delightful." Not eloquent but senate.(See pictures of the Great engaging, not book-smart but Wall of America.) pragmatic, Brewer would often It is an astonishing crack jokes in boring committee transformation for a woman meetings when she was a state who holds the office of governor legislator, trading punch lines by virtue of succession, not with another lawmaker who election, and is virtually assured acted as the comedic foil. The of winning the Republican exchanges reminded some of nomination once again in scenes with Lucy and Ethel in I T u e s d a y ' s g u b e r n a t o r i a l Love Lucy more than legislative primary. In early 2009, Brewer debate. was secretary of state and her "That's the Jan Brewer I had job was largely administrative experienced that I think is more ("Did you fill out your voter a t h e r c o r e , " s a y s B o b registration?" "Have you filed Grossfeld, of Tempe, Ariz., a y o u r l o b b y i s t - r e g i s t r a t i o n longtime Democratic strategist paperwork lately?"). But she who is now the publisher of found herself entering the ArizonaGuardian.com, which governor's office in place of covers the state capitol. "What Democrat Janet Napolitano, we're seeing now is a highly who left Arizona to become manicured and choreographed President Barack Obama's Jan Brewer - probably not Homeland Security chief. It was unlike a Sarah Palin, who was the fifth time in Arizona's thrust into the national spotlight history that such a constitutional and had never been there succession had taken place. It before." Grossfeld is referring to was also an ironic outcome

given Brewer's previous legislative attempts to create a lieutenant-governor position because she did not feel that being secretary of state qualified someone to be governor.(The battle for Arizona: Will a border crackdown work?) If Brewer's rise sounds like the ultimate door prize in Arizona politics, think again: she inherited a largely uncooperative state legislature and a $3 billion deficit. Arizona was second to California in terms of having the largest debt obligation among the 50 U.S. states, and the Republicancontrolled capitol had its own plans for fiscal reform. Then came Senate Bill 1070, the antiillegal-immigration law that came in for immense national scrutiny and complaint because of stipulations that critics said would lead to racial profiling and discrimination. On July 28, a few hours after a federal judge temporarily blocked the most controversial parts of SB 1070 from taking effect the following day, Brewer told local media the decision was just a "little bump in the road." She looked right into a television camera and, without breaking stride, demanded that the federal government do its job managing immigration. The ruling, which at first blush

looked like a major setback for the governor, turned into a major political windfall for Brewer, political observers say. And now the one-liners have given way to a hard-line approach. Brewer, 65, grew up in Hollywood and moved to Arizona in 1970. She helped put her husband John through college to become a chiropractor; at the same time, she became a churchgoing Lutheran mother of three sons (one died of cancer in 2007). She attended dental school at a local community college, but before she could pursue her dream of being a nurse, politics intervened. Unhappy about the way her children's school was run, she decided to run for a seat in the local school board. But then a seat in her local legislative district opened up, and Brewer opted for the state capitol instead to influence education policy. She became a member of both houses of the Arizona legislature, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (which governs unincorporated parts of the Phoenix metro area) and, finally, won election as Arizona secretary of state and her succession to the governor's office. Then, while Brewer was busy

championing a one-cent salestax increase (abhorred by most of her fellow Republicans) to keep Arizona from going bankrupt, several versions of an immigration bill floated around the legislature under the watchful eye of state senator Russell Pearce, a suburban Republican, former sheriff's deputy and hard-liner on illegal immigration. Those versions would coalesce into the tidal wave called SB 1070. Worried about the fate of the sales tax and Arizona's budget, political observers say, Brewer had no choice but to attach herself to SB 1070 to avoid turning off Republican voters.(See what Russell Pearce thinks of "anchor children.") And so, with the stroke of a pen on April 23, she signed SB 1070 into law and sailed into history. It has paid a huge dividend for her since then. A majority of voters broke with their GOP elected leaders - who had largely decried the proposed sales-tax increase - and passed the Brewer-backed proposal with a 3-to-2 margin in a special election in May. But even as she surged in popularity, she was swept forward by a much larger controversy. The immigration issue has pushed the fastARIZONA'S page 17

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4 people vie to be elected DC's shadow congressman (AP)
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WASHINGTON – Every two years, voters here pick a shadow congressman, a position with little clout and one responsibility: lobbying to make D.C. the 51st state. There's no salary and no ability to vote in Congress, but four residents still want the decadesold gig that has few perks aside from a basement office on Pennsylvania Avenue. The current office holder proposes bringing attention to Washington's plight by hoisting a 51-star flag over the city government building. His challenger, a 25-year-old law school student, plans a summer lobbying campaign and says he was put on the planet to win statehood. The two Democrats face each other in a September primary and more candidates will join in the November general election. But many voters are still in the dark about the contest. "What is a shadow representative?" asked the moderator at a recent candidate forum. "What do you all do?" Current shadow Mike Panetta explains it this way: the person lobbies to make D.C. a state, but he and his challengers are

essentially running "to say who is going to be the best volunteer for the district." The nation's capital already has a member of Congress, Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton. She has been the city's delegate since 1991, but isn't allowed to vote on the House floor. To push for full representation, city voters created the shadow representative position and two "shadow senators" in the 1980s, though only the representative is up for election this year. The idea wasn't new. A handful of territories created similar positions before becoming states. Once their state was admitted, the office holders often became their state's first real representatives. D.C.'s 600,000 residents give it a comparable population to Wyoming, Vermont and North Dakota, which each have two senators and a congressman. And the city was on the verge of getting a voting seat in Congress under a bill passed by the Senate in 2009, but it stalled without members of the House voting on it. Panetta, who was first elected shadow in 2006, says it's not the first time he's seen the district disappointed. He sees the position as a marketer for the

district's desires: getting voting representation in Congress and authority over its own laws and budget, which Congress currently must approve. But Panetta, 39, is also a realist. "I go with what is possible at the time as far as statehood or voting rights," said Panetta, who has a job in marketing and public affairs. So far, his success has been with humor. In 2005, before his election as shadow, he created a campaign to rename RFK stadium "Taxation Without Representation Field" to draw attention to the city's lack of a vote in Congress. In 2006, he formed a D.C. Olympic curling team. The team only went curling maybe three times, but they got quite a bit of press. "They were poking fun at us, obviously, but each of those stories had our message," said Panetta, who has also targeted congressmen who don't support D.C. rights with messages against them in their home states. But don't expect to find him on Capitol Hill, hobnobbing with voting members. "You don't need another guy up there running around, pretending to be a congressman," Panetta said. Panetta's Democratic opponent,

Nate Bennett-Fleming, accuses him of not being aggressive enough. A graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, he is finishing a law and government program through Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. He says with the Democrats in control of the House and Senate, now is the time to get statehood for the district. "I view this as a time when we can make a change, and we can make history," said BennettFleming, who has interned in Norton's office and worked on John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. He wants to organize a "Freedom Summer" in 2011 where residents would lobby for statehood, and he would also organize on college campuses. Bennett-Fleming, who just meets the age requirement to run, says the job is for a young person. "I was put on this planet to win statehood for the citizens of D.C., and if I don't do it it won't be done," he said during the candidate forum. The winner of the Democratic primary on Sept. 14 will face two opponents in November: the green party candidate, a grandmother, and a Republican who is a retired congressional

staff member. But three-quarters of the city's registered voters are Democrats, so the other candidates are considered longshots. "My chances are not good," acknowledges Republican candidate Nelson Rimensnyder, who proposes making the district a territory, which he says would give it more rights, and creating a D.C. delegate to the Senate. The district's only actual representative in Congress, Norton, says whoever the winner is can help mobilize residents and work with city groups. And she doesn't mind having an understudy. "I wouldn't care," Norton said, "if they deputized every resident as a shadow." 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

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Exhibition looks at Jimi Hendrix's London years (AP)
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Submitted at 8/24/2010 9:50:43 AM

living in Handel's house — but actually he was living next door." LONDON – They were both Handel lived at 25 Brook Street immigrants in Britain who — a Georgian house in the tony changed the face of music — Mayfair area — for 36 years one with a harpsichord and a until his death in 1759. The composer's pen, the other with museum devoted to his life uses an electric guitar. the adjoining upstairs apartment George Frideric Handel and where Hendrix lived as offices. Jimi Hendrix also shared an Museum curators hope to raise address, living 200 years apart money to restore the apartment i n a d j o i n i n g 1 8 t h - c e n t u r y to its 1960s glory and open it as London houses. Now, 40 years a permanent Hendrix exhibition. after Hendrix's death, a new For now, members of the public exhibition about his London will be able to visit for 12 days years brings these two unlikely next month. They will have to neighbors together. use their imaginations to picture Hendrix, who came to London the small, whitewashed rooms as an ambitious but little-known with their utilitarian desks as guitarist in 1966, was aware of they were then, decorated in his link to the musical past. He garish 60s style with red carpets bought recordings of Handel's and turquoise velvet curtains, "Messiah," and obligingly gave chock-a-block with guitars, tours of his apartment to music amps, rugs and knickknacks. students who knocked on the "All the photos look really door looking for traces of the classy until you see them in composer. color," said the museum's "He once claimed to have seen a learning and events officer, reflection of Handel's face in his Claire Parker. shaving mirror," said Martin Handel had paid 60 pounds a Wyatt, deputy director of the y e a r f o r t h e h o u s e , t h e Handel House Museum, which equivalent of about 5,000 is mounting an exhibition about pounds ($7,700) today. Hendrix Hendrix's London years that a n d h i s g i r l f r i e n d K a t h y opens to the public Wednesday. Etchingham paid 30 pounds a "Hendrix was convinced he was week — a consierable sum for

the 60s, equivalent to about 350 pounds a week today. By all accounts Hendrix enjoyed the domestic side of London life — though the appliances were not always up to his modern American standards. "When they first moved in, Hendrix was horrified to find a 1950s gas fridge, which he thought was the most oldfashioned thing he had ever seen." Parker said. They bought an electric one, as well as a yellow Formica kitchen table. Parker said Hendrix "was quite well known in John Lewis," the venerable London department store. "It's this other side of him you don't really think about — Jimi Hendrix shopping for carpets and soft furnishings." When he wasn't at home, Hendrix was honing his sound and building his reputation through incendiary live shows. He came to London in 1966 after being spotted by producer Chas Chandler playing in a New York bar with his band Jimmy James and the Blue Flames. He began gigging immediately — a list of his British shows in the exhibition has scores of entries, from pubs to provincial

working men's clubs to the vast Isle of Wight rock festival. In 1967 he released the acclaimed album "Are You Experienced?" and soon was touring internationally, gaining fame for his innovative, heavily distorted guitar style. "He was an absolute revelation to everyone here," Wyatt said. "It was like an earthquake rumbling through the music scene." "I think for Hendrix London was much more open — in America he was too white for black music and too black for white music. Here there was a burgeoning blues scene that wasn't that categorized." The Hendrix exhibition, which runs to Nov. 7, is a bit of a shock next to the muted gray walls, oil paintings and harpsichords of the rooms devoted to Handel's life. Among the exhibits are the Gibson Flying V guitar that Hendrix played at the Isle of Wight festival in August 1970, handwritten lyrics and a splendid orange velvet jacket and black Westerner hat. There is also a copy of Hendrix's death certificate. He died in a London hotel on Sept. 18, 1970, aged 27. The

certificate gives the archetypally rock 'n' roll causes as "inhalation of vomit" and barbiturate intoxication. Wyatt said some of the museum's supporters were skeptical at first about the Hendrix display. But he is struck by the similarities between the two musicians. "They were both great improvisers," he said — Handel on harpsichord, Hendrix on guitar. He said that on the occasional past openings of Hendrix's apartment, the guitarist's fans have sometimes stayed to listen and learn about Handel. "We're hoping the exhibition will open the road the other way." __ Online: http://www.handelhouse.org 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

Where is the iPhone 4 spacebar?
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Submitted at 8/23/2010 12:19:47 PM

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Philippine police admit blunders in hostage ordeal (AFP)
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Submitted at 8/24/2010 10:06:22 AM

shortcomings in terms of capability and tactics used, or the procedure employed, and we MANILA (AFP) – Philippine are now going to investigate police conceded Tuesday they this," Santiago said on local had made blunders ending a bus television. hijacking amid outrage over a He and President Benigno bloody assault that was played Aquino promised to probe all out on live television and left aspects of the 12-hour ordeal, eight Hong Kong tourists dead. which began when a disgruntled Commandos fired dozens of sacked policeman armed with an bullets into the bus and smashed M-16 assault rifle hijacked a bus its windows w i t h carrying 25 people, mostly sledgehammers as they tried to Hong Kong tourists. storm it, but were then forced to Hong Kong's Chief executive wait outside helplessly for over Donald Tsang expressed anger an hour as the hijacker used his at the handling of the crisis and captives as human shields. insisted he get answers. The standoff in Manila's tourist "We demand that the Philippine district on Monday finally ended authorities conduct a detailed when police fired tear gas into a n d comprehensive the bus and a sniper shot the investigation on the incident. gunman in the head, but by then They must provide a full eight of the tourists on board a c c o u n t t o u s a s s o o n a s had been killed. possible," Tsang told reporters. Amid a storm of criticism from On Monday he described the Hong Kong's government and handling of the hostage crisis as people around the world who "very disappointing" and urged watched the shoot-out live on all Hong Kong tour groups in t e l e v i s i o n , M a n i l a p o l i c e the Philippines to return home. commander Leocadio Santiago Flags flew at half mast Tuesday admitted mistakes had been and the Hong Kong stock made. exchange observed a minute's " W e s a w s o m e o b v i o u s silence as the shocked territory

mourned the victims, while media focused on the perceived ineptitude of the Philippine police in handling the crisis. "The Philippine government.... I can't accept this. Why did they do this to us?" one survivor, identified as Amy Ng, told Hong Kong officials who visited her at the Manila hospital where she had been admitted, in comments shown on Cable News TV. "(The gunman) did not want to kill us. He only shot us after the negotiations failed." Ng said her husband and two daughters aged 21 and 14 were killed in the shoot-out, while her 18-year-old son was in intensive care in Manila. Her husband had died trying to shield his family, she said. In comments echoed throughout the territory's media, the Hong Kong Economic Journal criticised the Philippine police for their inability to get into the bus after storming it. "Their appalling professional standards and the lack of strategic planning made observers both angry and sad. This tragedy could have been

avoided," the paper said. Aquino acknowledged in a predawn press conference Tuesday that the tragedy highlighted many flaws in the ability of Philippine security forces to handle hostage situations. "There are a lot of things (that) resulted in a tragedy. Obviously we should be improving," said Aquino, who took office less than two months ago. One problem, he said, was the way the crisis played out through the media, with the gunman allowed to speak on radio and watch events live on the bus's television, giving him insights into police actions. But Aquino nevertheless insisted that police were right to wait more than 10 hours before storming the bus, because they believed until that point that they could convince the gunman to surrender. In a bid to calm growing concerns about the safety of foreigners in the Philippines, Aquino's spokesman said police personnel would be boosted in tourism areas around the country. Aquino also declared

Wednesday a national day of mourning to remember the eight victims. The gunman, former senior inspector Rolando Mendoza, hijacked the bus in a crazed attempt to clear himself of charges of extortion that led to him being discharged from the police force in 2008. Mendoza, 55, had demanded that the ombudsman reopen an investigation into his case, which centred on accusations he tried to extort money from a man accused of drug trafficking. Before being discharged, he was regarded as a model officer, once being named as among the top 10 policemen in the country. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

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Study: Non-Profit CEOs See Boosts in Salaries
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compensation is one of the key factors that will cause a donor not to support a charity,” The average salary for the chief remarked Charity Navigator executive officer of a large President and CEO Ken Berger, charity in America increased w h o s e c h a r i t y e v a l u a t i n g last year, with education-related organization is America’s charities seeing the biggest largest and most utilized. boosts and religious charities “That is especially true now, seeing the smallest, according to given the recession’s impact on a n e w s t u d y b y C h a r i t y many donors’ own paychecks,” Navigator. he added. “Donors want to On average, the salary for an know that their charitable education charity CEO was donations will go as far as $272,645 (an increase of 5.9 possible to support the charity’s percent from 2008) while the good works, rather than pad a salary for a religious charity CEO’s wallet.” CEO was $90,000 (1 percent To keep extreme salaries from more than the year before). skewing the data, only the Other salaries fell in between, median, or middle, value of though only religious charity C E O p a y w a s t a k e n i n t o CEOs had an average salary less account. Charity Navigator also than $100,000 and a salary restricted its analysis to 3,005 increase of less than 4 percent. charities rather than all 5,500 in For its study, Charity Navigator its database. examined CEO compensation at Once selected, CEOs were 3 , 0 0 5 m i d - t o l a r g e - s i z e sorted by geographical location charities in America. CEO pay and the size of their charities. includes salary, cash bonuses They were also sorted by their and expense accounts, but not c h a r i t y ’ s c a t e g o r y , w h i c h contributions to benefit plans or includes Animals; Arts, Culture, deferred compensation that is H u m a n i t i e s ; E d u c a t i o n ; allocated to be paid in later Environment; Health; Human years. The data for the report Services; International; Public was gathered from the charities’ Benefit; and Religion. annual informational tax filing Charity Navigator also for the fiscal year ending 2008. highlighted the highest salary in “ R e l a t i v e l y h i g h C E O each category, such as the $2.65
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million salary given by the New York Philharmonic, the $725,000 salary given by the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the $1.0 million given by the Scripps Research Institute. Also noted was the $661,000 salary given by the YMCA of Greater Houston and the $648,000 salary given by the Education Media Foundation. Of the 3,005 charities included in the study, 14 paid their top executive more than $1 million. Those charities range in total expenses from $13.5 million to $3.5 billion. This list is comprised of eight Education charities; five Arts, Culture, Humanities charities; and one Health charity. The study also revealed that 106 charities paid their CEOs between $500,000 and $1 million. Only one religious charity, Education Media Foundation, was part of this list. “While this list is sure to astound many donors, salaries really should be judged in the context of the charity’s overall performance,” Charity Navigator noted. In the concluding remarks of its study, Charity Navigator acknowledged that the paychecks of some nonprofit executives are “outrageously

high,” but said those receiving excessive pay are in the minority. “This study provides strong evidence that the majority of charity leaders are not excessively compensated,” Berger noted. The charity evaluator also reiterated past recommendations made to charity boards to make an independent compensation committee responsible for reviewing the CEO’s performance and ensuring that the CEO’s pay is appropriate. “We hope [this study] will improve the public’s confidence in the charitable sector, while helping them to avoid rip-off charities,” Berger added. Charity Navigator's ratings are accessible at no charge at charitynavigator.org. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

Reese Witherspoon Chills in LA and Will Stand Up 2 Cancer
Molly (PopSugar)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 9:45:00 AM

Reese Witherspoon clutched her BlackBerry on her way to and from seeing friends in Beverly Hills yesterday. She traded in her recent favorite shrunken sweatshirt top for a cute green shirtdress to greet the high temperatures in California. After kicking off the season filming Water for Elephants with Robert Pattinson, Reese has been enjoying a real Summer vacation. She brought Jim Toth home to Tennessee to meet her family and has spent lots of time with Ava and Deacon while they're off from school. Reese has also signed on for more new projects, but first up she'll be showing off her charitable side when she participates in the star-studded Sept. 10 Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon. View 5 Photos ›

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Judge Blocks Obama's Embryonic Stem Cell Research Policy
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President Obama signed an executive order, removing Submitted at 8/24/2010 6:10:55 AM limitations on embryonic stem A federal judge on Monday cell research and expanding blocked President Obama's federal funding. embryonic stem cell research Many pro-life groups equate policy, concluding that it embryonic stem cell research violates a ban on federal funds w i t h a b o r t i o n b e c a u s e i t being used in the destruction of necessitates the destruction of human embryos. the embryo during the process The preliminary injunction was of harvesting the stem cells. issued as a lawsuit against the In the suit, the plaintiffs argued policy proceeds in court. that the research violates a law "The American people should known as the Dickey/Wicker n o t b e f o r c e d t o p a y f o r Amendment, which prohibits experiments – prohibited by federal funds from being used to federal law – that destroy human destroy human embryos for life," said Steven H. Aden, research purposes. senior legal counsel with the The suit was dismissed last Alliance Defense Fund. "The October by Chief Judge Royce court is simply enforcing an C. Lamberth of Federal District existing law passed by Congress C o u r t f o r t h e D i s t r i c t o f that prevents Americans from Columbia who said the plaintiffs p a y i n g a n o t h e r p e n n y f o r lacked standing. needless research on human The dismissal was then embryos." reversed in June by the U.S. ADF is co-counsel in the Court of Appeals for the D.C. lawsuit, Sherley v. Sebelius. Circuit, which ruled that the Pro-life researchers and groups, plaintiffs have "competitive including Nightlight Christian standing" to sue, and was Adoptions and Christian remanded back to Judge Medical Association, filed a L a m b e r t h . federal lawsuit last year after Lamberth rejected arguments

that the 1996 Dickey-Wicker Amendment was ambiguous. He said the language of the statute is plain and clearly prohibits the expenditure of federal funds on "research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed." "Having concluded that the Dickey-Wicker Amendment is unambiguous, the question before the Court is whether ESC research is research in which a human embryo is destroyed. The Court concludes that it is," he wrote. "ESC research is clearly research in which an embryo is destroyed. To conduct ESC research, ESCs must be derived from an embryo. The process of deriving ESCs from an embryo results in the destruction of the embryo. Thus, ESC research necessarily depends upon the destruction of a human embryo." Praising the ruling, ADF's Aden commented, "No one should be allowed to decide that an innocent life is worthless." He also pointed to the success of adult stem cell research and

said experimentation on embryonic stem cells isn't even necessary. "In economic times like we are in now, it doesn’t make sense for the federal government to use precious taxpayer dollars for this illegal and unethical purpose," Aden stated. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are researchers who work exclusively with adult stem cells. They have argued that obtaining federal funding is necessary for their continued research but allowing funding of ESC research has increased competition for the National Institutes of Health's limited resources. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

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Use a Post-It Note for Easy Post-Drilling Cleanup [Clever Uses]
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Massive Lost Giveaway: Win the Entire Series on Blu-ray
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forward button on the once congenial conservative, forcing her to evolve more quickly than any high-profile politician in recent memory. "I think the recent incarnation is the governor being focused in a way she hasn't been focused before," says Grossfeld, who described his relationship with Brewer as civil during the time he worked for the legislature's Democratic majority in the early 1990s. Brewer is reaping the benefits of governing a transient state where long-term planning and analytical thought rarely last longer than a legislative session, says GOP strategist DeMenna. In fact, a regular legislative session lasts for just four months. The population seems transient too: 1 in 5 Arizonans has come from some other state. DeMenna, who has more than 30 years of experience in Arizona politics, says that it is the kind of environment that makes it easy to become the person of the moment - because the electorate is always only

momentarily interested. But Brewer has surrounded herself with people who are helping her make her moment last, such as lobbyist and longtime state policy adviser Eileen Klein, and Brewer's longtime campaign consultants, Chuck Coughlin and Doug Cole. It seemed improbable at first. Much of the country and liberal media turned against her after she signed the bill into law. And when U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton temporarily blocked key portions of SB 1070, some people in Arizona said it spelled certain doom for Brewer's hopes for election in November. But the decision also gave her a huge shot at success. The case may take years to course through the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. This gives Brewer longer playing time on a hot-button issue that has the numbers on her side - for now. Polls in Arizona continue to validate her stance on illegal immigration. A recent poll by

WestGroup Research for the Arizona Republic found that support for SB 1070 was strongest among more affluent households, whites, Republicans and older Arizonans; and statewide support for the legislation was 55%. Now, conservative talk shows hail Brewer as a hero. And, according to Democratic analyst Grossfeld, the rallying cry "You're either for or against SB 1070" is quickly being translated into "You're either for or against Jan Brewer." Meanwhile, her competitors in the Aug. 24 Republican primary have been dropping out of the race. Her campaign is now focused on her presumptive Democratic opponent in November, Terry Goddard. But the issue is shifting too. It's now jobs, and so Brewer's ads have her talking jobs and show images of Brewer's face on World War II's "Rosie the Riveter." Goddard wants to face her in a series of debates - not her strongest

forum. But it isn't smart to underestimate someone who's been so lucky. Especially a politician like Brewer who's good at one-liners. "Good things continue to happen to Jan Brewer's political career," DeMenna says. "The question that remains for her staff is how to keep the government functioning." See TIME's Pictures of the Week. See the Cartoons of the Week. View this article on Time.com Related articles on Time.com: 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

ImageGrab Is a Powerful Video Screenshot Tool [Downloads]
Jason Fitzpatrick (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 8:30:00 AM

Windows: Grabbing stills from a video using a traditional screenshot tool is a tedious hitor-miss affair. ImageGrab is feature-packed tool for grabbing single stills, a series at set intervals, or scripting your own parameters for custom grabs. More »

Neato XV-11 robotic vacuum review
Tim Stevens (Engadget)

something of a cleaning strike until the thing finally hit retail. Of course, that wait was We've been waiting since supposed to be a mere three December to get our hands on m o n t h a f f a i r , a n d w e ' v e the Neato XV-11 robot vacuum. certainly gone that long without In preparation we steadfastedly vacuuming before. The further refused to sweep up a single six months of delays, however, as Engadget HQ became less f l a k e o f d u s t , g o i n g o n left us questioning our resolve and less livable. Finally we've
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Survey: 2 in 3 Say Religion Losing Influence on American Life
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say houses of worship should express their views on day-today social and political Two-thirds of Americans (67 questions. But when it comes to percent) currently say that endorsing specific candidates religion is losing its influence on for public office, 70 percent of American life, up from 59 A m e r i c a n s u r v e y e d s a i d percent who said the same in churches should not come out in July 2006, according to the favor of candidates during latest national survey by the political elections while just a Pew Research Center. quarter (24 percent) supports And, as in the past, most of such endorsements. those who say that religion has “More than half of every major less influence on American life religious group opposes such see this development as a bad endorsements,” authors of the thing – 53 percent of the total latest Pew study noted. public says it is a bad thing Pew’s latest study, based on a while just 10 percent see it as a national sample of 3,003 adults good thing. living in the continental United Meanwhile, when it comes to States, was conducted in English the involvement of churches and and Spanish from July 21 to other houses of worship in Aug. 5. political matters, Americans are The survey covered a number more divided, with a narrow of questions pertaining to majority (52 percent) saying religion and politics – the main houses of worship should keep topics being President Obama out of political matters. and Religion, Religion and the Forty-three percent, meanwhile, 2010 Elections, and Religion
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Happy 15th Birthday to Windows 95, the Ugly Duckling that Conquered Your Desktop [Techversaries]
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Submitted at 8/24/2010 7:30:00 AM

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and Politics in general. Though opinions regarding houses of worship and politics change little since 2008, the percentages saying the Republican and Democratic parties are friendly to religion have declined over the past two years. A plurality of the public (43 percent) sees the Republican Party as generally friendly toward religion while 26 percent say the Democratic Party is friendly toward religion. In 2008, a narrow majority of the public (52 percent) said the Republican Party was friendly to religion while 38 percent said the Democratic Party is friendly to religion. Notably, there is no political or religious group in which a majority views the Democratic Party as friendly to religion. Even among Democrats themselves, just 42 percent say the party is friendly to religion,

down slightly from last year (47 percent). Another interesting finding of the study is that, while the public expressed reservations about churches’ involvement in politics, there was widespread agreement that politicians should be religious. According to Pew, 61 percent say it is important that members of Congress have strong religious beliefs while just 34 percent disagree. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

How to Get the Best Color Out of Your Photos [Photography]
Adam Dachis (Lifehacker)
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Big-spending novices now lag in Florida campaigns
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Healthcare multimillionaire Rick Scott, candidate in the Florida Republican governor's race, in an undated photo. Credit: Reuters/Courtesy of Rick Scott, Republican, for Governor By Jane Sutton MIAMI| Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:54am EDT MIAMI(Reuters) - A pair of wealthy outsiders who spent their way to prominence in Florida's Senate and governor's races now lag behind the political insiders backed by the party hierarchies in Tuesday's primary election. The free-spending novices, real estate billionaire Jeff Greene and healthcare multimillionaire Rick Scott, held double-digit leads over their opponents in July but slipped steadily as their rivals turned the spotlight on the newcomers' business dealings and character. "Money can only go so far," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "It made two guys nobody ever heard of front-runners. It can't necessarily get you over the top." Greene spent almost $23 million in the run-up to the primary, four times as much as his rival, Representative Kendrick Meek.

He now trails Meek by a dozen points in the race for the Democratic nomination for Florida's open Senate seat, according to a Mason-Dixon poll of likely voters on Saturday. The winner will face conservative Republican Marco Rubio and Republican-turnedindependent Governor Charlie Crist in the November election to replace George LeMieux, the Republican Crist appointed to finish the term of retired Senator Mel Martinez. The race is one of a dozen tossup Senate contests around the United States that could decide the balance of power. Republicans need to gain 39 seats in the House and 10 in the Senate to win control of Congress. POLITICAL OUTLIERS In the Republican governor's race, Scott has spent $39 million -- five times that of his rival, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum -- but lags by nine points, The winner faces Democrat Alex Sink, Florida's chief financial officer, in November. Neither Scott nor Greene has ever held elected office. Both were virtual unknowns in their political parties and both are relatively new to Florida. "They're not just not members of the establishment, they are total outliers," said Mac Stipanovich, a Republican

strategist and campaign manager for former Governor Jeb Bush. "They just came from nowhere, opened their checkbooks and attempted to buy the nomination." Both shot to prominence by flooding the airwaves and mailboxes with ads portraying them as savvy businessmen who built companies and fortunes and could create jobs. They spent their own money and said they were not beholden to special interests. They seemed to be riding a trend seen in California, where two powerful Silicon Valley businesswomen won Republican nominations for governor and the U.S. Senate after capitalizing on their business acumen and personal fortunes. But strong early showings by Green and Scott began to fade as voters learned more about them and the Democratic and Republican party leadership closed ranks around Meek and McCollum. Worried that the newcomers would be a drag on their respective tickets, party elders ratcheted up their fund-raising and other support. Bush hit the campaign trail with McCollum, who served 20 years in Congress, while President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton stumped for Meek, a four-term congressman who holds the seat his mother once held.

BACCHANALIA AND FRAUD Green, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a Republican when he lived in California, became a billionaire by buying credit default swaps that rose in value when subprime borrowers defaulted on their home loans. Meek tagged Greene as a "meltdown mogul" who profited from middle-class homeowners' misery. Accounts surfaced of Greene's lavish Los Angeles parties with friends such as boxer Mike Tyson and Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, while former employees told tales of Bacchanalia aboard his yacht, the Summerwind. When a former deckhand said Greene made a party trip to Cuba, which would be a violation of the U.S. embargo, Greene said it had been a humanitarian mission to Cuba's Jewish community. His spokesman later said the yacht stopped at the communist island because it had mechanical problems. McCollum pounded away at Scott's record as chief executive of Columbia/HCA, the hospital chain that paid $1.7 billion in fines to settle the largest Medicare fraud case in U.S. history. Scott was never charged with a crime but was forced out of the company in 1997, leaving with a reported $10 million severance

payment and $300 million worth of stock. He said he knew nothing of the fraud that occurred on his watch but that raised doubts about his leadership competency. In a year when voters are distraught about the economy and fed up with government, Greene and Scott both could have won hands-down if they were perceived as squeakyclean, said Brad Coker, managing director at MasonDixon Polling & Research. "You can be an independent, wealthy business person and get elected to office but you have to be seen as somebody who made their money honestly and has personal integrity," Coker said. "Any whiff of bad character is going to offset 99 percent of the assets that you bring to the race." (Editing by Bill Trott) Aug 24, 2010 11:43am EDT Can someone please explain how these Billionaires and Millionaires are “poor” Democrats when all we hear about is the phony rant about “rich” Republicans and big business. Fact is folks, these power hungry megalomaniacs are the same in both parties, they are all rich, and BOTH are out to buy your vote. Aug 24, 2010 12:24pm EDT That is so true Cynicalme. *We welcome comments that BIG-SPENDING page 22

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Jimmy Carter expected to visit North Korea over U.S. prisoner
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media reported that Gomes, 30, had attempted to commit suicide, just a few months after Former President Jimmy Carter being sentenced to eight years speaks during an interview with hard labor. Reuters in Juba, south Sudan in U.S. government spokesmen this April 13, 2010 file photo. declined comment on the C r e d i t : R e u t e r s / G o r a n expected Carter visit, but a Tomasevic senior administration official By Jack Kim and Jeremy said any such trip would be Laurence conducted as a private SEOUL| Tue Aug 24, 2010 h u m a n i t a r i a n e f f o r t . 12:26pm EDT Former President Bill Clinton SEOUL(Reuters) - Former U.S. made a similar visit last year, President Jimmy Carter is winning the release of two U.S. expected to travel to North journalists also jailed for K o r e a o n a h u m a n i t a r i a n illegally entering the North. mission to win the release of an South Korean media have American jailed for illegally r e p o r t e d t h e N o r t h w a n t s entering the isolated country, a Washington to send an envoy to U.S. official said on Tuesday. d i s c u s s i m p r o v i n g t i e s , The official, who spoke on including the resumption of condition of anonymity, was s t a l l e d s i x - p a r t y n u c l e a r confirming a report by the U.S.- d i s a r m a m e n t t a l k s . based Foreign Policy journal, Both Washington and Seoul which on Monday reported that have said Pyongyang must first Carter, 85, would go as a private admit responsibility for the citizen to secure the release of sinking of the warship before Aijalon Mahli Gomes. they would consider returning to The visit would take place amid the talks. heightened tensions on the SECOND ATTEMPT AT peninsula after the torpedoing in WINNING RELEASE March of a South Korean The U.S. State Department said warship, which Seoul blames on last week that a four-person the North and which prompted team had gone to Pyongyang W a s h i n g t o n t o a n n o u n c e earlier in August to secure the expanded sanctions against release of Gomes but was not Pyongyang. successful. Last month, North Korean state Foreign Policy, quoting sources
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familiar with Carter, said Carter might take his wife and daughter and was slated to leave within days. Carter has dealt directly with North Korea in the past, and analysts said the visit might improve the chilly diplomatic atmosphere. But experts say Washington is unlikely to shift from its current tough stance. In a 1994 trip, Carter went to Pyongyang to meet with then North Korean leader Kim Il Sung and persuaded him to join talks about its nuclear weapons ambitions. At that time, the North had threatened to reprocess its spent nuclear fuel, prompting the Clinton administration to call for U.N. sanctions. "Carter and North Korea have a trust between them that grew out of his 1994 visit," said Yang Moo-jin of the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul. "His visit is pretty positive in trying to shift from the phase of pressuring the North to one of dialogue." (Additional reporting by Arshad Mohammed in Washington, editing by Jonathan Thatcher and Jackie Frank) Aug 24, 2010 9:24am EDT There should be NO trust between Carter and North Korea if they discussed nuclear

weapons ambitions in 1994 and North Korea continued to develop them. It is clear North Korea is rhetoric personified. Even the report of Gomes’ attempted suicide needs to be considered suspect. Is difficult to believe anything from a country that being dictated by a psychopathic wretch. Aug 24, 2010 10:15am EDT This would be monumental for Jimmy Carter. If he’s successful, it would be the first thing he’s done since 1976 that didn’t either hurt or embarrass America. Aug 24, 2010 11:38am EDT We send past presidents to North Korea to repatriate 1 or 2 US citizens who enter there illegally, but we can’t send home 12 million Mexican invaders. What’s wrong with this picture? Aug 24, 2010 12:29pm EDT Lets see, North Korea shouldn’t secure their borders but we should. Cold War rhetoric can make a country paranoid particularly talk of axis of evls when last I noticed they had not attacked any country for lies. And people sneaking across borders can be spies or terrorists in any world and some terrorists may be seeking to overthrow a government rather than just

exploding a bomb and sometime the overthrow can be stage by CIA agents disguised as religious zealots… Carter should know he helped lure the Soviet Union to occupy Afghanistan to oppose religious zealots. *We welcome comments that advance the story directly or with relevant tangential information. We try to block comments that use offensive language or appear to be spam and review comments frequently to ensure they meet our standards. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

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U.S. troops in Iraq below 50,000 as combat ends
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U.S. soldiers of the 1st Battalion,116th Infantry Regiment wait for their flight to Kuwait, in the lobby of Tallil A i r B a s e n e a r Nassiriya,southeast of Baghdad, August 15, 2010. Credit: Reuters/Thaier alSudani By Serena Chaudhry BAGHDAD| Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:54am EDT BAGHDAD(Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Tuesday it had cut its troops in Iraq to below 50,000 before an August 31 deadline set by President Barack Obama as he seeks to keep a promise to end the war. The withdrawal of 90,000-plus soldiers, 40,000 vehicles and 1.5 million items from radios to generators has progressed steadily over the past months, despite continuing violence and a political impasse five months after an inconclusive election. Meeting the deadline allows Obama to fulfill a pledge to end combat operations and start extricating the United States from the war, which grew deeply unpopular as casualties mounted and costs soared. Obama's Democrats are seeking to retain control of Congress in

elections in November. The U.S. military commander in Iraq, General Raymond Odierno, said troop numbers were at around 49,700 and would stay at that level for the next year before a full withdrawal by the end of 2011 agreed in a bilateral security pact. "My planning.. is it will stay at that level through next summer," Odierno told reporters in Baghdad, adding that the timeline would give the U.S. Embassy the space it needed to take over tasks still done by the military. "The war is not over. There is still danger. There's still lots of people who will attack our forces, we all know that. Until we get every last soldier out of here, our commitment to this is not over," Odierno said. The end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq comes 7-1/2 years after the invasion launched by former President George W. Bush to topple Saddam Hussein. More than 4,400 U.S. soldiers have been killed since the invasion. At least 100,000 Iraqi civilians have also died, according to various counts, in sectarian warfare unleashed between majority Shi'ites and the

minority Sunni Muslims who dominated the country under Saddam, and in a fierce insurgency. Many Iraqis had hoped the March 7 election would lead to greater stability and prosperity in a country hungry for investment after decades of war and sanctions. Yet, more than five months on, Sunni, Shi'ite and Kurdish factions are still in talks to form a coalition government, leaving the country with a political vacuum that insurgents have tried to exploit through suicide bombings and assassinations. ASSIST ROLE The six remaining U.S. brigades in Iraq will move into an advisory role on September 1, training and supporting Iraq's army and police as they fight a weakened al Qaeda-linked insurgency. Most U.S. military units began switching their focus to training and assisting Iraqi troops and police when they pulled out of Iraqi towns and cities on June 30, 2009, so there will be little effective change on the ground by September 2. Odierno said he was confident Iraq's political leaders would eventually come to an agreement on a government and that its security forces were up

to the task of defending the country. He said it was time for Iraqis to stop seeing the United States as "100,000 guys running around in uniforms, providing security, occupying the country," but in terms of the economic, educational, diplomatic and educational help it could give them. Obama has said no U.S. service members will remain in Iraq by January 1, 2012, even though it will be impossible for Iraq to stand up its own multi-role air force and be fully ready to protect its territorial integrity by then. But Odierno said if Iraq's leaders asked the United States to retain support personnel in the country, or help it with air defences, the request would not be rejected out of hand. "If they ask us we certainly will consider it. But it's not going to be 50,000 soldiers," he said. He said numbers would likely be similar to deployments in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, where the U.S. military has less than 1,000 personnel. (Additional reporting by Khalid al-Ansary and Michael Christie; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall) Aug 24, 2010 9:05am EDT It doesn’t matter now if we win the war or not. The victory here

is that our troops are coming home! This should be something that everyone can support. I hope Republicans can put aside their politics and thank Obama for getting our servicemen and women back safe & sound. *We welcome comments that advance the story directly or with relevant tangential information. We try to block comments that use offensive language or appear to be spam and review comments frequently to ensure they meet our standards. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

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Job fears grip voters as Obama ratings fall
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President Barack Obama (C) speaks with employee Elaine Hart as company Principal Luc Brami watches on during his visit to Gelberg Signs in Washington, August 6, 2010. Obama used the visit to highlight job creation initiatives. Credit: Reuters/Jason Reed By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON| Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:23pm EDT WASHINGTON(Reuters) Almost three-quarters of Americans are very concerned about unemployment and more people now disapprove of President Barack Obama than approve of him, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Tuesday. In grim news for Democrats ahead of November's midterm elections, 72 percent of people said they were very worried about joblessness and 67 percent were very concerned at government spending. With congressional elections a little more than two months away, the poll showed 92 percent of those surveyed were very concerned or somewhat concerned about joblessness. The U.S. unemployment rate has been hovering near 10 percent all year, registering 9.5 percent in June and July. Another bit of bad economic

news arrived on Tuesday when the National Association of Realtors reported that the sale of existing homes plummeted 27.2 percent in July from the previous month, a worse than expected showing. The data is one of several key indicators of the health of the U.S. economy. Obama's disapproval rating was 52 percent, overtaking his approval rating for the first time in an Ipsos poll. Only 45 percent of people said they approved of the president's performance. That number, coupled with a hearty 62 percent who think the country is going in the wrong direction, could spell trouble for Democrats, who control both chambers of Congress and the White House. While Obama has two more years before facing voters in a presidential election, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for grabs, along with 37 Senate seats and 36 governors in November's elections. Typically in mid-term elections -- when there is no presidential race -- the party in power in the White House suffers losses in Congress. The deep economic concerns and voter anger about out-ofcontrol federal budget deficits, has led to betting that Republicans could take control of the House and win a

significant number of seats in the Senate. Forty-six percent of registered U.S. voters would likely vote for Republican candidates in November and 45 pct for Democrats, according to the Reuters/Ipsos poll, which surveyed 1,063 adults and was conducted August 19-22. The poll has a margin of error of 3 percentage points. Aug 24, 2010 12:16pm EDT Now lets see the approval ratings of Republican senators please. Aug 24, 2010 12:20pm EDT Finally the economy brings out the true colors of Obama. Wonder what the approving 45% are seeing. Aug 24, 2010 12:21pm EDT I’m surprised you didn’t bury this news Aug 24, 2010 12:28pm EDT To fix this economy will take major surgery. I think the current Leadership has neither the brains nor the ability to attempt these changes. A lot of businesses will have to be told to manufacture in the US or leave and survive in the world market. Survival in the World Market can be tough. This president does not have the skill or experience to make these changes. Aug 24, 2010 12:37pm EDT There is a graph on the Wall Street Journal showing that

every president since the approval rating was created in the late 30’s has been down below 40% at some point. http://online.wsj.com/public/ resources/documents/infopresapp0605-31.html Also on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ United_States_presidential_appr oval_rating *We welcome comments that advance the story directly or with relevant tangential information. We try to block comments that use offensive language or appear to be spam and review comments frequently to ensure they meet our standards. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

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An Unalienable Right to Privacy
Philip Berne (SlashGear)

is ingrained in our subconscious minds. Privacy is a feeling that we have, not a right to be With all the furor over privacy granted. A right, in our current after Facebook introduced its situation, is a grant from the new Places application, I started government. The government to think about what privacy says we have the right to keep really means as a concept. The from self-incrimination at trial. reaction to Facebook Places ran Then, when we’re on the a startling gamut. On one side witness stand and a prosecutor people are screaming about asks us to bear witness against George Orwell, whose book ourselves, we declare that right, 1984 is like the privacy junkie’s and the government backs off. version of Hitler. It’s an Defining a virtue as a right is a argument stopper. It’s also way of telling the government to science fiction, but a sci-fi keep its hands off. parable, at that. On the other Privacy is a state of mind, not a side are those who are state of being. There are couples completely indifferent to in New York City who feel they Facebook’s privacy issues. are sharing a private moment on These people don’t care and a crowded street corner. There they don’t see the problem. are people in the Appalachian [Image credit: Idea Grove] mountains who feel their It seemed strange that the issue privacy is being invaded, even could be so divisive. Isn’t there when they are all alone. Who is an implied benefit to privacy? right? All of them, because Don’t we all have in us some privacy is a feeling. It’s the innate longing for privacy, and a satisfaction we take from being resistance to intrusion? Even ourselves with weapons. We with states of mind, but the and penetrating as we deal with alone. When we are dissatisfied more importantly, I wonder if have the right to privacy. But Declaration of Independence every day in our modern, digital with being alone, we feel lonely. privacy is instrumental in the that’s not really true. First of all, sure does. In particular, the age. But clearly privacy wasn’t When we are satisfied, we feel success of our democracy and the word privacy is never second sentence, which declares a primary concern. Except, in a private. our civilization. Do we need mentioned explicitly in the U.S. that all men (I’m quoting, way, those unalienable rights The red herring of the privacy privacy like we need freedom of Constitution, though there exists forgive the 300 year old sexism) seem to imply some right to argument is incrimination. This speech, or freedom to petition a p a t c h w o r k o f l a w s t h a t have certain unalienable rights, privacy, don’t they? argument basically believes that the government for a redress of together implicitly guarantee our which include life, liberty and Privacy is a form of freedom. privacy is unnecessary if you grievances? rights to a private existence, to the pursuit of happiness. It’s a form of liberty. It’s a have nothing to hide. It’s the Privacy is a strange concept. some extent. But there is no Why not include privacy? I’m happiness. There is no doubt easiest argument to make, and We like to think that privacy is a clear definition of privacy. not naïve enough to suggest that that a feeling of privacy, a also the argument most ignorant right granted to us as human That’s because privacy is not a our country’s founding fathers feeling of being free from of true human emotions. The beings by our creator. We have right, it’s a state of mind. couldn’t have conceived of invasive and prying eyes, free worst part is when supposed the right to freedom of speech. The Constitution doesn’t deal invasions of privacy as insidious from speculation and judgment, UNALIENABLE page 27 We have the right to defend
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Paid TV subscriptions dip for the first time
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Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:07:27 AM

Paid TV subscriptions fell for the first time ever in the second quarter of 2010 with cable taking the biggest hit, according to the research firm SNL Kagan. A weak U.S. economy is the main reason the firm cited for the dip in subscriptions, as more consumers look for ways to cut down monthly expenses. Last year's digital TV conversion may have also played a role in lower growth rates with some people canceling service after promotions on new digital TV packages ran out, the firm said. The entire paid TV industry, which includes cable, satellite and phone companies, lost 216,000 customers in the second quarter. A year ago, the industry gained 378,000 new customers, according to SNL Kagan. Six of the eight largest U.S. cable operators reported their worst quarterly video subscriber losses. In total, cable lost 711,000 subscribers in the quarter, the firm reported. Meanwhile, satellite providers DirecTV and DISH networks added about 81,000 new paid TV subscribers. And phone companies, Verizon Communications and AT&T also gained 414,000 new subscribers. The dip in subscribers comes as the paid TV business is trying to find its footing in a market that

is rapidly changing toward one that delivers more content over the Internet and on different devices rather than strictly on the big screen in the living room. But analysts at SNL Kagan were careful not to attribute too much of the subscription loss to a switch toward Internet TV. "Although it is tempting to point to over-the-top video as a potential culprit, we believe economic factors such as low housing formation and a high unemployment rate contributed to subscriber declines in the second quarter," SNL Kagan analyst Mariam Rondeli, said in a statement. "We are also seeing churn resulting from the broadcast digital transition, which boosted video uptake early last year, as many have abandoned their paid subscriptions once initial promotional contracts expired." Still, how people watch television is changing. Young people, especially, are watching less traditional TV. A recent Nielsen study shows that audiences for broadcast networks like ABC, Fox, NBC, and CBS, which once dominated television programming, are getting older. Twenty years ago, the median age for ABC viewers was 37; today it's 51. Fox's median age has also jumped, from 29 to 44. And NBC and CBS, which have always had older viewers, are also seeing

the median age of their viewers rise. [CBS is the parent company of CNET.] Instead, some people are cutting the paid TV cord and instead are watching more video online. Some are watching it on mobile devices and laptops, while others are hooking devices to their TVs and streaming video directly to their TVs. There are already several over-the-top Internet video options on the market, or services that allow people to view some TV programming and movies over their home broadband connections. Netflix, which also rents DVDs, is one of the fastest growing video on-demand services on the Net. The company's Internet streaming service can be accessed through a variety of consumer electronics devices including the $100 Roku box, Samsung Blu-ray players, and every major game console on the market. It recently acquired rights to movies from the channel Epix, which is three studios: Paramount, Lions Gate, and MGM. The deal, which is reported to be more than $1 billion for five years, will allow Netflix to stream movies from the Epix library to its 15 million subscribers. The deal significantly expands the Netflix streaming library. Netflix doesn't offer live TV programming nor does it offer recently broadcast TV shows,

but there are other options available for consumers such as Hulu, which is a joint-venture among NBC Universal, Walt Disney Compnay, and News Corp. Hulu recently launched a subscription service costing $10 a month that provides access to premium TV and movie content. The service is geared toward offering online video on more devices like iPhones and iPads and even TVs. Google is also expected to launch new technology to make it easier for people to watch online video on their TVs. And rumors has it that Apple is working on a revamped AppleTV product to also provide TV streaming through its iTunes service. Cash strapped Americans seem to be hungry for alternatives to paid TV services. But content owners are leery about shaking up their business models too much. While more content is finding its way online every day, content owners are still holding the most valuable content back or delaying online releases in an effort to control how their TV shows and movies are distributed. These companies generate much more revenue from licensing content to paid TV service providers than they can offering the same content online. As a result, even though people are eager to turn to the Internet for TV, they still must sacrifice

some things, such as live sports. Some of the live content can be viewed free via over-the-air TV, but not everyone is able to get those TV signals. While it's still too early to say that Internet TV will kill paid TV, consumers are clearly voting with their wallets. Some paid TV companies realize they can't fight the Internet trend, and they're offering more ways to watch content traditionally delivered to set-top boxes and TVs. Comcast is trying to embrace the new model with its TV Everywhere initiative that allows subscribers to watch certain cable content on other devices, such as laptops. Verizon's Fios TV service will also soon allow its subscribers to take video-on-demand content with them on the go on all kinds of devices, including mobile phones. Verizon even plans to offer streaming live TV on iPads and other devices in the home. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

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AT&T Dell Aero Android smartphone on sale today [Update: 1.5 Cupcake confirmed]
Chris Davies (SlashGear)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 10:22:24 AM

Dell’s first Android smartphone to reach the US, the Dell Aero, has just hit the virtual shelves. Priced at $99.99 with a new, two-year AT&T agreement, the Dell Aero has a 3.5-inch 640 x 360 touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, triband UMTS/HSPA, WiFi and Bluetooth, and is based on a 624MHz Marvell CPU. Video demo after the cut There’s also a microSD card slot – with a 2GB card preloaded – together with a Flash Lite browser, GPS/AGPS, quadband GSM/EDGE and Android Market access. Android itself has been tweaked with Dell’s own enhancements, and Quick Office, Facebook with integrated calendar and contacts, and Twitter will all be preloaded. As well as the contract option, the Aero is available commitment-free for $299.99. Dell say it will also go on sale through AT&T themselves imminently. Update: We’ve spoken to Dell, and they’ve confirmed the Aero is still running Android 1.5 Cupcake. They’re calling the OS a “superset” of Cupcake, however, due to their modifications:

deliver the experiences that matter most to customers. Popular features Dell incorporated on top of cupcake include Microsoft email with Active Sync, handwriting recognition, one-click upload of photos to social sites. We’ve also pre-loaded popular applications such as Facebook with integrated phonebook and calendar, added a connection manager, and implemented Search on the device or web. Additional benefits for the Dell Aero: · Dell Aero comes with an 8x zoom with on-device photo & video editing functionality · Asynchronous BT/Wi-Fi · Multiple widget support · Sync with Windows Media Player · Desktop Suite Syncing tool – includes syncing with iTunes (Non DRM) Press Release: Dell Creates Freedom, Style and Performance to Explore Life’s Biggest Moments on New 3.5-Inch Android Smartphone NEWS: · Dell’s first U.S. smartphone, the Dell Aero, is available today in a polished graphite finish at Dell.com/ mobile, by phone at 1-800-308DELL, and coming soon to Dell developed a tremendous amount of customization and features on top of cupcake to AT&T page 26

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www.wireless.att.com. Dell Chat representatives are standing by 24 x 7 to answer Dell Aero related questions. · The Dell Aero is available for $99.99 with new AT&T* two-year contract†, and $299.99 without. FREEDOM IS CALLING Dell Aero, one of the lightest multi-touch 3.5-inch Google Android-based smartphones in the U.S., is designed to deliver a powerful, flexible, and entertaining experience in a stylish and compact design. Packed with today’s popular features, the Dell Aero will ship with Quick Office, Facebook with integrated calendar and contacts, Twitter and additional applications by Google, including YouTube and Android Market. With AT&T’s Wi-Fi network, and the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, today’s social media mavens can simultaneously make voice calls and Tweet friends, post Facebook updates, share

pictures or browse the Web. AT&T has the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network with more than 20,000 U.S. hotspots.* Dell is a member of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), a group of technology and mobile companies working to accelerate innovation in mobility. Together, the OHA created Android, the first complete, open and free mobile platform to provide people a rich, inexpensive and exceptional mobile experience. QUOTES: “The Dell Aero is built with a focus on style and performance to help people find new ways to connect with friends and express themselves socially supported by the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network.” – Ron Garriques, president, Dell Communication Solutions DELL AERO FEATURES: · One of the lightest Android smartphones in the U.S., on the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network · Experience YouTube and

other Flash content in nHD · 5-megapixel camera with 8x zoom, flash, dedicated camera key and advanced shooting and editing capabilities · Connect with friends with one-touch access to social networks · Multi-task with GPS, plus hands-free conversations · Wi-Fi access at more than 20,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots with qualifying AT&T service plan D E L L A E R O SPECIFICATIONS: · Android platform complete with Android Market and Dell user interface enhancements · 3.5-inch (640 x 360p) capacitive multi-touch display with pinch-to-zoom functionality · Quad-Band GSM/GPRS/ EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) · Tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA (850/1900/2100 MHz) · WiFi + Bluetooth · 2 GB* on board user

accessible Micro SD with expandable memory available up to 32 GB* · Full HTML Browser with Adobe Flashlite · GPS/A-GPS navigation · POP, IMAP, Webmail and Microsoft Active Sync Email Follow conversations in the blogosphere: #DellAero Relevant Entries on SlashGear • AT&T Dell Aero revealed • AT&T Dell Aero Gets Shown Off in Video [update] • Dell Streak 7- and 10-inch tablets leak; AT&T Aero drops June • Michael Dell says (again) Dell phone is coming in 2010, and may use platforms other than Android • US Dell Streak on sale July 28th [Update: pre-sale is back]

Woot Watches Wideos: Paper Bag
(Woot! - One Day, One Deal)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 8:00:00 AM

Videographer, blogger, St. Louisan, and all-around innaresting fella Bill Streeter had some nice things to say about Woot in our past life in the Gateway/Mound/Murder City. But I swear that even if I'd never heard of the dude, I'd still rep this video where he uses kinetic typography to bring the "paper bag" monologue from The Wire to life. Content, form, and presentation unite in Bill's capable hands. (There's some pretty mild NSFW language, but nothing you couldn't hear on prime-time network TV.) Paper Bag Monologue from the Wire (Kinetic Typography) from bill streeter on Vimeo.

Simon Cowell Bans Auto-Tune on 'X-Factor'
Chris Harnick (TV Squad)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 6:00:00 AM

Filed under: TV News A producer on Simon Cowell's'XFactor' has admitted to using Auto-Tune, the pitch-correction software that has become a household name thanks to pop

stars and most recently Antoine Dodson and Auto-Tune the News, to improve the sound of auditioning contestants. Well, it sounds like cheating to us. In response, Cowell has banned the software from 'X-Factor' -both on the British version and the upcoming American one.

"The integrity of the show is

very important to him and so he told production that Auto-Tune cannot be used again. Simon has banned producers from ever using this software again," a source told the Daily Mirror. Here's what happened on the British show: Contestant Gamu Nhengu sang "Walking on

Sunshine" to rave reviews and made it on to the next round, but according to Deadline Hollywood, fans got suspicious and took to Facebook to complain. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

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privacy advocates buy into this. Take this counterproductive story in Valleywag, for instance. The author basically says that Facebook’s check-in feature is bad because you will get caught lying to your girlfriend or having an affair. Seriously. That’s the best Valleywag could come up with. I dated a girl for a little over two years from high school into college. She broke up with me. She was my first serious girlfriend, and I was devastated. The night she broke up with me, I left my parents house in Columba, Md and drove three hours east to Ocean City, where my parents own a rental condo. The power and the plumbing were shut down for the offseason, but I just wanted to be alone. It was 1994, so nobody had cell phones. Escape was as easy as simply telling a few key friends not to call my parents house looking for me. I spent a night sitting on the balcony,

staring at the ocean and writing very, very bad poetry that nobody will ever see. I was an English major, and they don’t sell clove cigarettes in Maryland, so bad poetry was all I had. I just wanted some privacy. I wasn’t doing anything wrong. I didn’t want to be around anyone I knew. I couldn’t find happiness, I couldn’t avoid the depression. Privacy was an emotional state I was seeking, not a legal right that I was trying to protect. I hate to use a traumatic example, because a desire for privacy doesn’t require trauma, or illicit behavior, or anything, really. It’s a desire to fulfill an emotional need state. I don’t have a problem with Facebook’s Places check-ins because they are simply another form of sharing. If you want to share information about yourself, go right ahead. If I enjoy that sharing, I’ll follow. If

not, I’ll unfriend you. When you start sharing information about other people, though, you have to be more careful. I learned this on Facebook very early when I posted some pictures from an all -night study session back in college. Quite a few friends were angry that I had posted such unflattering images without asking them, especially since I had tagged the pictures for all to see. Some of these people were professionals in respectable, semi-public positions. One is a Rabbi; another is an aspiring actor who has been in some Hollywood movies. These people have a vested interested in controlling their image. It was disrespectful for me to step on their wishes and their feelings by posting these pictures. I was making decisions for them, telling them how they should present themselves. I was telling them how they should feel. There might be some growing pains in the Facebook

Places feature, but in the end we’re not talking about strangers and enemies who are out to destroy you. We’re talking about friends. If we can’t respect our friends’ feelings, well, that’s why Facebook created the concept of unfriending. Relevant Entries on SlashGear • Keep your filthy computer habits secret: 3M’s Privacy Filter • NEC develops a “privacy monitor” that doesn’t sacrifice quality • Privacy screen for your video iPod • Keep track of your passwords with just a swipe of your finger • Privacy Policy

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Microsoft threatens Halo: Reach players with 'permaban'
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Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:23:24 AM

Those who have downloaded the recently leaked Halo: Reach and plan to play it on Xbox Live should beware: Microsoft will act swiftly to remove you from the online gaming service. According to Stephen Toulouse, Microsoft's director

of Policy Enforcement for Xbox Live, Microsoft will permanently ban anyone who plays the leaked game on Xbox Live. "As with all unauthorized play on Xbox Live, anyone playing any unauthorized title runs the risk of account 'permaban,'" Toulouse posted on his Twitter feed. "Remember, legit store-

bought copies run no risk of ban. Keyword: unauthorized. We have ways of knowing." Toulouse didn't say if the company had already banned some players, but it's clear that Microsoft is trying to act quickly to limit the latest Halo game's exposure to consumers. Halo: Reach is scheduled to hit store shelves on September 14.

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Popular Web Sharing Button AddThis Finally Goes Mobile
Sarah Perez (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:32:29 AM

The acquisition, said Clearspring, would allow AddThis to reach 300,000 AddThis, one of the most publishers. That number has p o p u l a r b o o k m a r k i n g a n d long since been surpassed. sharing buttons on the Web, has Today, AddThis is installed on today released a new version of 1.5 million websites. its sharing menu for the Apple Implementing the button is iPad, the iPhone and Google easy, which is partially why it's Android. Now, when you visit a been so successful. It's also site from one of these mobile incredibly easy for the end user devices, tapping the button will to access as well. present a sharing menu that's From the company's website, been built to specifically work publishers need only select their with the touch interface of your service and style of button in m o b i l e d e v i c e a n d b e t t e r order to get embed code ready integrate with its functions, like for copying-and-pasting onto the built-in email client. any website or blog. Those who Sponsor choose to register with the AddThis: Now Sharing with the service can also get built in Mobile Web, Too analytics, too. What's New? You're probably know about Prior to today, however, the AddThis button even if you AddThis was not well-designed don't realize it - it's the orange for mobile use and touchscreens, "Share" button that's nearly which is what makes this new ubiquitous across the Web these release all that more exciting for days. Acquired by the widget dedicated mobile users like creation platform company ourselves. On many websites, Clearspring in late 2008, the it's been more difficult than button was already the most need be to find an easy way to popular of its kind on the Web. tweet a link to an article we just

the mobile devices themselves, allowing you to privately share the link with a friend whose address is stored in your contacts list instead of publicly broadcasting it to the Web. Try it Now: No Code Update Needed read or post a link to Facebook, You can see the demonstrations for example. More often than of the new AddThis in these two not, the link simply wouldn't get YouTube videos here and here. shared if the publisher didn't Alternately, you can try have some kind of built in, AddThis yourself by tapping the touchscreen-enabled tool for "Share" button below this post doing so already installed. from your mobile device. We Of course, in the grand scheme didn't even have to update our of things, one less link posted to code to make this happen - it Twitter is not a major issue, but just works. it did make the mobile Web feel This is only one of the many more clunky and less developed u p c o m i n g " n e w f e a t u r e s , than its desktop counterpart. experiments and products that AddThis aims to change that help to tackle the problem of with the button's new mobile m o b i l e s h a r i n g , " r e p o r t s f u n c t i o n a l i t y , w h i c h Clearspring's Justin Thorp via automatically opens Web email. Dare we hope for browser windows for you, with dedicated native apps next? default (but still editable) text Discuss filled in. (And don't worry, there's no auto-tweeting/sharing here!) It also now integrates with the built-in email clients on

Where the Startups Are, By Zip Code
Audrey Watters (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 12:33:34 PM

As part of our " Never Mind the Valley" series here, we often feature communities outside the Silicon Valley that have become thriving centers for entrepreneurship. We've profiled cities like Boston, Montreal, and Austin. Sometimes we notice there's a flurry of startup activity in a particular location that warrants coverage, and sometimes we're pitched stories about these locations. (And you should feel WHERE page 29

Sam & Max Season 3 for $20, complete collection for $40
Richard Mitchell (Joystiq)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:47:00 AM

Telltale has done everything short of forcing Sam & Max right down your throat. For

instance, right now the entire third season " The Devil's Playhouse" is $20. Or you can snag all three seasons for just $40. We suggest you buy it; your throat might not be able to handle Telltale's next offer.

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free to pitch us as to why your city should be featured, particularly if you're outside the U.S.) But as great as these sources for stories are, neither offer any sort of scientific method for pointing to the cities that are the best locations for startups. Sponsor In a blog post yesterday, VC Brad Feld wrote about the "entrepreneurial density" of Boulder, a city often noted as being a startup hotbed. He writes,"Entrepreneurial density isn't just the "number of entrepreneurs per capita", but it's the "number of people that work at entrepreneurial companies per capita." It gets even bigger when you include students and calculate the "(number of people that work at entrepreneurial companies + the number of students) per capita. As ED = ((entrepreneurial_emps + students) / adults) approaches

1, you get complete entrepreneurial saturation. I'm going to guess that Boulder's Entrepreneurial Density using this equation is somewhere between 0.50 and 0.75, but this is just a guess. I'm curious if anyone out there has a real way to calculate this." Responding to the challenge is Pete Warden, who has used Crunchbase and US Census data to provide an answer. According to Warden's figures, the top zip codes for money raised per person are: CA 94104 - $629m total $1,681,925 per person CA 94304 - $2,822m total $1,656,031 per person CA 94105 - $972m total $472,540 per person MA 02142 - $1,013m total $448,833 per person IL 60606 - $739m total $439,744 per person And the top zip codes for company per person are:

CA 94104 - 87 companies 0.233 per person CA 94105 - 173 companies 0.084 per person CA 95113 - 24 companies 0.044 per person MA 02142 - 73 companies 0.032 per person MA 02210 - 19 companies 0.032 per person Using his OpenHeatMap tool, there are, of course, maps of the information. And Warden has open-sourced the code and the data so that others can work with it. Warden admits that it's a "crude approach," but nevertheless, it's interesting to see how the numbers may or may not patch our perceptions of entrepreneurial hot spots. Discuss

Yahoo completes switch to Microsoft-powered search
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New site: links.scripting.com
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this little app might survive. I store all these links in a database on one of my servers. I Hey I don't know why it took have a bookmarklet I use to me so long to think to do this. create each link, even ones I http://links.scripting.com/ create on my iPad, and because What it is -- Every link I've it needs to record info about the pushed to Twitter since April link to maintain the Top 40 list, 2009. the data is around, and I never How it works -- I don't call delete it. So it was there. Twitter to get these links, so What's interesting is how much when Oauthcalypse Day comes, it looks like the early days of
Submitted at 8/24/2010 6:02:55 AM

Scripting News. Lots of links to stuff with snarky comments. We go so far just to come back to where we began! The earth is round, so is time. Big wheel keep turning. Etc etc. It gets built at least once a night. I might have it rebuild every time I add a link.

(build-your-own-search-service) program, one of several Yahoo search businesses that is being A week after it began shifting reworked or scrapped in the to Bing for its search results, wake of the Bing shift. Yahoo says it has finished the The plan is to also move Yahoo transition, at least for its main to Bing for paid search this fall, search results in the U.S. and however both companies have Canada. said they are willing to postpone The move comes more than a things until early next year if it year after the Microsoft and seems the move would disrupt Yahoo reached a deal to partner the all-important holiday season, on search. There's still plenty of a p o i n t M i c r o s o f t s e a r c h work to do as the companies e x e c u t i v e S a t y a N a d e l l a work to shift the more reinforced on Tuesday. complicated paid search part of "We continue to work hard on the business and continue the the migration to AdCenter, and move internationally. are optimistic about completing In a blog post, Yahoo noted that this phase later this fall," Bing is now powering Web, Nadella said in a blog post of his image and video search for both own. "As we have said all along, desktop and mobile searches. our primary goal is to provide "The speed in which this was advertisers with a quality completed is a testament to the transition experience in 2010, great work and partnership while being mindful of the between a number of Yahoo and holiday season." Microsoft employees, the ranks This entry passed through the of which are numerous," Yahoo Full-Text RSS service — if this senior VP Shashi Seth said in a is your content and you're blog post. "With this week's reading it on someone else's site, milestone behind us, Yahoo will please read our FAQ page at continue to drive technology fivefilters.org/content-only/ i n n o v a t i o n i n t h e s e a r c h faq.php experience to bring more value Five Filters featured to users and advertisers alike." article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets Seth also said that Yahoo is a n E a s y R i d e i n t h e working on figuring out the new I n d e p e n d e n t . business model for its BOSS
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Self-cleaning solar panels field tested on Mars
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commercial or residential systems. The growth of solar power Cleaning thousands of solar creates a need for cleaning panels could be done with a services and methods, mini shock wave, rather than particularly for large-scale manually washing each one, installations where investors according to a researcher. expect a certain output. For the Boston University professor high-tech coating and sensor Malay Mazumder on Monday system to be used by presented details of a material commercial energy project that can be used to automatically developers, it cannot add clean solar photovoltaic panels significantly to the maintenance at the national meeting of the costs associated with panel American Chemical Society in cleaning. Boston. This entry passed through the Some of the thousands of solar Full-Text RSS service — if this panels at the Nellis Air Force is your content and you're base in Nevada.(Credit: reading it on someone else's site, SunPower) a r e a s w i t h t h e b e s t s u n . Mazumder said the process, please read our FAQ page at Keeping solar panels clean is M a z u m d e r p r o p o s e d a n which was originally developed fivefilters.org/content-only/ serious concern, particularly for electrically sensitive coating for lunar and Mars missions, faq.php large-scale solar PV farms in which would be placed on the would remove 90 percent of Five Filters featured dusty desert areas. The build-up glass of PV panels or a plastic a c c u m u l a t e d d u s t i n t w o article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets of dust and particulate air sheet. Sensors which monitor m i n u t e s . an Easy Ride in the pollutants blocks the sun and dust concentrations would send "A dust layer of one-seventh of I n d e p e n d e n t . can significantly decrease the an electrical charge through the an ounce per square yard output of solar panels. material, causing a wave to d e c r e a s e s s o l a r p o w e r Right now, solar farm operators ripple across the surfaces of the conversion by 40 percent," he clean panels with water, which panels and send dust to the said in a statement, adding that is a scarce resource in desert edges. the technique could be used in
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Apture Highlights Brings Instantaneous Search To Any Web Page
Leena Rao (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:00:55 AM

Apture, the startup that lets online publishers enhance content with rich media pop-ups from a variety of sources based on the context of linked words and terms, is launching a nifty new plug-in today that brings instantaneous search to content on the web. Called ‘Apture Highlights,’ the browser extension aims to plug the “search leak” that the company says is taking place with content on the web. Apture APTURE page 31

Judge in Roger Clemens Perjury Case Issues Gag Order
A.J. Perez (FanHouse Main)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 1:33:00 AM

Filed under: MLB PEDs No more tweets from Roger Clemens-- at least, none that mention his perjury case. U.S. District Court Judge

Reggie Walton issued a gag order Monday that prevents Clemens, potential witnesses and lawyers "from making any future statements about this case to the media or in a public setting outside the courtroom that are substantially likely to

have a materially prejudicial

effect on this case." A six-count indictment against Clemens was unsealed by prosecutors in Washington on Thursday. Prosecutors allege Clemens perjured himself and obstructed justice when he denied using performance-

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Apture for Your Browser: Like Augmented Reality for Web Pages
Marshall Kirkpatrick (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 12:25:20 PM

Pandora Adds GenreBased Stations
Mike Melanson (ReadWriteWeb)

Apture, the semantic contextual search service that you can see in action by highlighting any word or phrase here on ReadWriteWeb, today launched browser extensions that will allow you to dive deep into any topic you discover on almost any page around the web. (Try it out by highlighting this name, for example: Anna Frenkel.) Called Apture Highlights, the new plug-in is slammed right now at launch and is performing very slowly. (Update: Looking better.) The company should be able to scale up to fit the demand soon, however, and once it's working well it's something you'll definitely want to install. It's like Augmented Reality for browsing the web. See the demo video below.

Sponsor When I first saw Apture several years ago, it was a service that required publishers to load up linked-pop-up widgets with multimedia of their own choosing. The company has removed that barrier to entry entirely now with this new release. Everything is automated and it's available almost everywhere. Will users learn to use the service though? It's definitely new behavior to highlight words and phrases in order to learn more about them. It's outside the usual flow of scroll, point and click. If I told you the world was your oyster, that layers of multimedia explanation and context lay behind every word

on the web and are now accessible with a simple flick of the wrist - could you develop a new habit of lifting the covers to look at it? If we users of the web cannot learn such a small new habit (and I'm honestly not sure we can) even in exchange for access to such an incredible wealth of knowledge, then I'm not sure what that says about the future of software design, interfaces and our networked brains. If I told you the world was your oyster, that layers of multimedia explanation and context lay behind every word on the web and are now accessible with a simple flick of the wrist - could you develop a new habit of lifting the covers to look at it? Now's your chance. Apture Highlights is available now for Chrome, Safari and Firefox. Discuss

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highlights a search leak as when a users is reading content, wants more information about a keyword or phrase and then opens another browser tab to search for the information on Google, Bing or Yahoo. The downside for the content publisher is that the user disengages with the actual content by leaving the page.

Apture Highlights allows you to highlight any word or phrase on a page and instantly bring up search results in a window. The startup brings results from 60plus sources including YouTube, Twitter, Wikipedia, Google and more for extra context around content. The browser add-on is currently available for Chrome, Firefox

and Apple’s Safari browsers. Apture has been offering the technology for publishers such as the Financial Times and Reuters for some time now. But this is new add-on represents the startup’s first offerings for consumers. And publishers say that Apture’s plug-in increases APTURE page 32

say are already a big hit. According to the company, Just the other day, I introduced channels like "Today's Country" m y m o t h e r t o m u s i c and "Today's Hip Hop and Pop r e c o m m e n d a t i o n s e r v i c e Hits" are already on the top 100 Pandora. We'd been discussing "most frequently listened to how my grandfather used to stations" on the site. love listening to barbershop The channels will still allow for music and she said she missed it personalization with the familiar and would love to find a way to "thumbs up" and "thumbs listen. Finding the music she down" buttons letting users wanted, however, was not so shape the type of music they easy, as we needed to find the want to hear. r i g h t b a n d o r s o n g t h a t Michael Zapruder, a "senior exemplified the music she music curator" with Pandora, wanted to hear - it was a journey says the feature has been the through Google, Wikipedia, subject of many requests. AllMusic and a number of other "Our listeners have been telling sites. us for a while that they'd like an Today, Pandora will make this easy way to start a station from type of musical browsing easier popular genres with the option with the addition of station- to personalize the station from creation based on musical there," Zapruder says in the genres, instead of just bands or release. "We wanted to find a songs. uniquely Pandora way to Sponsor address this consumer need so With the new feature, you don't we created a number of genre need to think of the type of stations that are carefully seeded music you want to hear, pick the w i t h r e l e v a n t s o n g s a n d band you think best represents constantly refreshed with new that music, and then hope that releases." Pandora feels the same way. A full list of channels will be Instead, Pandora will let you available today on the Pandora choose from more than 100 website. Discuss channels and "micro-genre stations", which the company
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Facebook iPhone app has 105m users?
Megan Lavey (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))
Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:30:00 AM

Facebook has posted some pretty impressive numbers regarding its mobile users recently, including a developer saying there are more than 150 million active mobile Facebook users. The site itself has more than 500 million members. - 12 million are using the Android client - Nearly 59 million are using the Blackberry client - 105 million are using the iPhone client* - The rest are using clients built for Palm, T-Mobile's Sidekick and more. *Note these numbers were pulled at 11:20 a.m. EST and are updated frequently. Wait a minute ... 105 million? Steve Jobs indicated at WWDC

probably count. The number provided by Facebook isn't the number of downloads the app has had, but the number of people actually using it. The client itself is still ranked among the top 10 free App Store apps. Even so, a penetration rate hovering somewhere around 90 percent -- if you take into account the number of iOS devices sold since June and the in June that the 100 millionth fact that there's not a Facebook iOS device (spanning iPhone, app for the iPad -- is a little hard iPad and iPod Touch) would be to swallow. sold that month. With the flurry [via Mobile Entertainment] of iPhone 4 sales since then, it's TUAW Facebook iPhone app no surprise that there's more has 105m users? originally than 100 million iOS devices appeared on The Unofficial out there in the wild. But are all Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Tue, o f t h e m r e a l l y r u n n i n g 24 Aug 2010 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of Facebook? You can log into multiple feeds. Facebook accounts from a Read| Permalink| Email this| single iOS device, and those Comments

Moonfruit Raises $2.25 Million To Accelerate Its DIY Site Builder Internationally
Mike Butcher (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:01:09 AM

You would think most people know how to get a simple web site up and running these days just on something like Wordpress, but the fact remains that millions of people don't have these skills. As a result Moonfruit, the web site building business which has survived the dotcom bust to return in the age of Web 2.0, is on a charge. It's profitable, growing internationally and as a result has chosen to fundraise to really take the market on. It's just secured $2.25m from U.S. investment bank Stephens. The bank originally helped Moonfruit to buy Gandi.net, the domain registrar but since then Moonfruit has been spun out to go for accelerated international

growth. Moonfruit competes with Weebly, Yola and Webnode, and many others that provide services for building simple but elegant web sites, as opposed to blogs. Clearly its drag and drop Flash interface appeals to ‘design aspirers’ who want to customise their own site styles. Moonfruit is a real blast form the past come good. It was founded in the UK in 1999, went through the whole VCbacked-to-bust cycle but fought back and now over 2.8m websites have been built using its DIY software. But it managed to re-invigorate it's brand last year by being among the first to trend on Twitter for a laptop giveaway contest. Try that now.

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engagement, with interaction with their site increasing by two to three times when activated. Apture says that publishers are also increasing their search volume and site page views by driving traffic to related articles for every search. I’ve installed the add-on and

it’s actually very useful for looking up keywords without needing to leave the page or article. And adding context to content through search is something that even large tech companies like Yahoo are trying to get into. Yahoo just released a feature called Infinite Browse,

which will suggest searches for specific terms around news content. Similar to Apture, the idea behind the new feature is to allow readers to access related content they would search for without having to go to a separate search portal and type in the query.

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MacBook makeovers bring new life to a couple of old laptops
Steven Sande (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))
Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:00:00 AM

Last weekend provided not one, but two opportunities for me to do some upgrades to some "old" MacBooks to bring 'em up to workable condition. To start with, one client of mine wanted to get rid of an unused MacBook, so I decided to purchase it from her as a machine for training. The other client had one of the original 15" Intel Core Duo MacBook Pros and doesn't want to spend the money on a new machine. In both cases, the machines were running older versions of Mac OS X, had insufficient RAM, and had hard drives that were both slow and small. The following post is a textbook example of how you can bring new life to slightly old Macs by just spending enough money to upgrade the memory, OS, and hard disk drive. For the MacBook, I decided that I wanted to max out its RAM, add more hard drive space, and speed up the hard drive while I was at it. I wanted to set up the machine with Mac

Iomega pushes ahead with USB 3.0 transition, promises to keep drives at USB 2.0 prices
Donald Melanson (Engadget)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 12:32:00 PM

OS X 10.6 and a Boot Camp partition running Windows 7, with an alternative external boot drive containing Mac OS X Server 10.6. The machine's initial setup: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Penryn) CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and a 160GB 5400 RPM SATA hard disk. I chose to max out the RAM to a total of 6GB, purchase a 500GB 7200 RPM drive for the internal drive, and procure a USB 2.0 bus-powered external shell for the existing drive. This MacBook was also

running Mac OS X 10.5.8, and I wanted to update it to the latest version of Snow Leopard. Click "Read More" to find out how the upgrades went. TUAW MacBook makeovers bring new life to a couple of old laptops originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Tue, 24 Aug 2010 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments

in the first quarter of 2011. We should note, however, that plenty of retailers are already Iomega's already begun its selling USB 3.0 eGo drives transition to SuperSpeed USB now, but it seems that it'll take 3.0 hard drives, but it's making a until early October for the full bit more news on that front line to make the jump and today -- it's announced that it receive the aforementioned price plans to keep all its USB 3.0 -match. Head on past the break hard drives at USB 2.0 prices. for the complete press release. As expected, that transition Continue reading Iomega begins with its eGo line of pushes ahead with USB 3.0 portable hard drives, which are transition, promises to keep officially set to be available this drives at USB 2.0 prices October in 500GB and 1TB Iomega pushes ahead with USB capacities, each of which will 3.0 transition, promises to keep include Iomega's Drop Guard d r i v e s a t U S B 2 . 0 p r i c e s Xtreme to guard against drops originally appeared on Engadget of up to seven feet. Those will on Tue, 24 Aug 2010 12:32:00 b e f o l l o w e d b y I o m e g a ' s EDT. Please see our terms for Prestige line of portable hard use of feeds. Permalink| Iomega| drives, which will begin their Email this| Comments transition to USB 3.0 sometime

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Twitter Confirms Bain Hire And Nabs Another Googler (An Old Costolo FeedBurner Chum)
MG Siegler (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:59:01 AM

Yesterday, we first reported the news that Twitter had hired Adam Bain away from News Corp. to be their new president of revenue. Today, Twitter is confirming the news noting that Bain will be the president of “global revenue”. They’re also touting another hire: Brent Hill, Google’s former head of financial services in the midwest. He’ll be Twitter’s new director of sales for the central (United States) region. We already talked about why Bain’s hire seems like a good one for Twitter — as President of Fox Audience Network (FAN), he was able to pump money out of the mostly dismal group of digital products at News Corp. Hill’s hiring, meanwhile, follows the hiring earlier this month of Dan Coughlin from Facebook to head sales on the East coast, and Amanda Levy from Yelp to head sales on the West coast. Twitter’s sales team now spans

Raytheon's 'pain ray' to be installed in LA County jail, Charlie Sheen contemplating move to Portland
scale riot recently broke out, injuring more than 20 people and lasting well over an hour. the U.S. promotions and deals that bring Raytheon's been cranking on its Now, we're in no position to Here’s Twitter COO Dick value to both users and an 10,000 pound Silent Guardian form an opinion about whether Costolo’s canned statement on increasing number of brands. for years now, and we always the pain ray is going to help today’s announcements: Speaking of Costolo, the Hill try to keep abreast of its... situations like these or not, but With Adam and Brent joining hiring must be particularly progress. The device, popularly we're pretty sure of one thing: the team, we now have senior pleasing for him because before known as a 'pain gun,' is a non- it'll likely have little to no effect sales executives from a wide Google, Hill was the vice lethal weapon designed to the next time Britney Spears is spectrum of industry leaders, president of advertising services deliver an overwhelming heat to brought in. i n c l u d i n g F o x , G o o g l e , at FeedBurner — the company say, members of a mob scene or Raytheon's 'pain ray' to be Facebook and Yelp, comprising Costolo co-founded and sold to rioters at a prison, causing an installed in LA County jail, our leadership team. We expect Google in 2007 for$100 million. immediate flight response. The Charlie Sheen contemplating Air Force, which helped test the move to Portland originally this team to build on our already device, has assured the world of appeared on Engadget on Tue, strong momentum in providing its safety, and recently the 24 Aug 2010 12:09:00 EDT. devices went on sale. So what's Please see our terms for use of next for the Silent Guardian? feeds. Permalink| Daily News| Installation at the LA County Email this| Comments jail in Castaic, where a large
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WSJ says iPads gaining acceptance in corporations
Steven Sande (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))
Submitted at 8/24/2010 12:30:00 PM

The past few weeks have been fascinating for Apple watchers. The business press has been reporting that the brand, formerly a pariah in the buttoned-down world of corporate IT, is now being accepted with open arms. We had a story yesterday about the growth of Mac sales in the government and enterprise markets, and now the Wall Street Journal is reporting on how the iPad is finding a home in the business world. In the WSJ Tech piece, reporter Ben Worthen notes how the iPhone was banned by companies when it first came out in 2007 for being inappropriate for the workplace. The iPad, however, has been quickly embraced by companies. One such success story cited in the WSJ piece talks about

Chicago-based law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP. The company pre-ordered 10 iPads prior to the release of the device in April so that they could learn how iPads could be used with the company's internal systems. The technology department at the firm now supports more than 50 attorneys with iPads, and they plan on issuing iPads as a less-expensive

alternative to laptops soon. TUAW WSJ says iPads gaining acceptance in corporations originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Tue, 24 Aug 2010 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments

TDAmeritrade Introduces Currency Trading Because Investors Are Bored Out Of Their Wits Trading Stocks (AMTD)
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 10:40:00 AM

Here's your real story of the day. On top of its existing options platform, TD Ameritrade is introducing forex and futures trading for its retail clients (they'll bbe able to trade these things from the company's ThinkOrSwim platform). The reason is that investors are bored out of their minds trading stocks. Stocks are now totally correlated with each other, and the only action is at the macro level. Seriously, when you have the yen trading like a biotech stock

waiting for FDA approval, THAT's where at home investors are going to want to be. So is the TD Ameritrade news indicative of peak-macro? Does this mean, in a contrarian way, that stock-picking is about to come back? Seems doubtful. As long as more and more of the economy is under the grip of the government, then it's the government-level where the action is going to be, and that means trading currencies, or if you do trade stocks, trading them in relation to currencies. Join the conversation about this story »

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Samsung Galaxy Tab gets officially teased [Video]
Chris Davies (SlashGear)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 10:12:18 AM

SlashGear will be at IFA 2010 next week, and you can bet the Galaxy Tab is high on our list of Samsung has kicked off a pregadgets to check out. IFA 2010 teaser campaign for Relevant Entries on SlashGear their much-leaked Galaxy Tab • Samsung Galaxy Tab spotted Android 2.2 tablet. The on Australian outing [Video] promotion– which • Samsung Galaxy Q currently consists of the video QWERTY Android phone due you can watch after the cut – in US by end of 2010 makes official some of the • Samsung Galaxy S torn down details we’ve already heard so and snapped far, including the OS version, 7- L a y a r , t h o u g h w e ’ d h o p e AllShare DLNA app shown • Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S inch touchscreen and video call Samsung would be doing some running on the slate. Pro gets detailed f u n c t i o n a l i t y , a s w e l l a s work on making apps suit the According to previous rumors, • T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant previewing some new abilities. larger-scale display – together the Samsung Galaxy Tab will pictured ahead of July 21st Video after the cut with snapshots of Google Maps have a 3.2-megapixel camera debut? That includes augmented reality Navigation and Samsung’s own and a 1GHz ARM11 CPU. – perhaps through an app like

Lady Gaga Topples Britney As Queen Of Twitter
Erick Schonfeld (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:04:15 AM

Oh, glorious day. Britney Spears is no longer the Queen of Twitter. She has been toppled from her thrown. A cultural milestone? Perhaps. But wait. LADY page 37

Patents hints at iMac Touch and touchscreen MacBooks
Keith M (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))

iMac as well. Apple is clearly driving very quickly toward mass adoption Submitted at 8/24/2010 12:00:00 PM and integration of its iOS With the sweet glass-fronted, software, and these patents LED-backed displays on the certainly support that. As far as newer MacBooks, Apple the "iMac Touch" patent, seemed a step closer to giving apparently you'd get the best of us touchscreen displays beyond both worlds as far as Apple's OS t h e c u r r e n t u l t r a - p o r t a b l e offerings are concerned. Based devices. Patently Apple has on the orientation of the display, recently unearthed a couple of the iMac would switch between Apple patent filings that seem to Mac OS and iOS. Lay it flat, point in that direction, not just you get iOS. Stand it up, you get for MacBooks, but for a future Mac OS.

OS first. TUAW Patents hints at iMac Touch and touchscreen MacBooks originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Tue, 24 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments Obviously there are many Apple patents reported that never will see the light of day, but I believe this one has some meat to it. For an iMac refresh, this seems a very logical update. Though it makes sense we could see the same thing in a MacBook update, I'd say we'll see an iMac sporting this dual-

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LG C900 WP7 phone gets September 28th launch tip from Bluetooth SIG
Chris Davies (SlashGear)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 9:42:09 AM

The AT&T branded LG C900 Window Phone 7 handset looks to have acquired a tentative release date, with the Bluetooth SIG listing the QWERTY slider as due for launch on September 28th. In fact, three versions of the C900 are suggested: the C900N, C900k and C900B, presumably catering to the various UMTS/HSPA bands in the Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America regions the Bluetooth SIG says the LG handset will

eventually arrive in. The C900 leaked last week, though so far there are no definitive specifications for the handset. We do at least know that it will support Bluetooth

A2DP for wireless stereo – no great surprise there – and of course there are the obvious hardware details: a physical home button and touch-sensitive back and search keys, and what

looks to be a well-spaced QWERTY keyboard. [ via Phone Arena] Relevant Entries on SlashGear • LG C900 Breaks Cover, Featuring Windows Phone 7 and AT&T Branding • Wii Price and Launch Date: Coming This September • Sony Xperia X1 delayed in the U.S. • Walmart iPhone 3G 8GB & 16GB on sale Dec 28th • LG E900 Windows Phone 7 smartphone gets video demo

What's On Tonight: 'Melissa and Joey,' 'White Collar,' 'Rescue Me,' 'Big Lake'
Rich Keller (TV Squad)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 7:30:00 AM

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The new Queen of Twitter is Lady Gaga. Is that any better? At least she is more entertaining, or at least more self-aware. Sometime last night, her highness Lady Gaga passed Britney in Twitter followers. She currently has 5,777,492 to Britney’s 5,721,702. And she gloated appropriately enough via Twitter and the odd YouTube video below. There are currently only five people with more than five

million followers on Twitter (Lady Gaga, Britney, Ashton Kutcher, Ellene Degeneres, and Barack Obama). Justin Bieber will soon join them. The top ten people on Twitter are all celebrities, as is most of the top 50. Twitter is mainstream, and has been for a while. But which of those celebrities is able to rally their followers the best to actually do something—whether that is buying albums and concert tickets or rallying behind a cause?

In a way it is appropriate that LAdy Gaga is now at the top of Twitter. It is the ultimate medium for constant selfpromotion. The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen. CrunchBase Information Twitter Information provided by CrunchBase

Filed under: TV Previews Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local TV listings for additional information. * = Series/Season Premiere ** = Series/Season Finale 8:00 to 9:00 ABC:'Wipeout' NBC:'Minute to Win It' ABC Family:'Melissa & Joey' Cartoon Network:'Unnatural History' DIY:'Rescue Renovation'-- 8:30 start ESPN:'30 for 30'* History:'Jefferson'-- A profile on Thomas Jefferson; two hours VH1:'Behind the Music'-Profile on singer Fantasia The rest of the schedule and the later night talk shows after the jump. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

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Democrats and the "Evil Eye"
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Submitted at 8/23/2010 6:00:00 PM

Much attention has been paid in recent days to a poll by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life showing that 18 percent of Americans incorrectly believe that President Obama is a Muslim. But the results of another Pew poll on religion released last December were far more shocking. It turns out that 36 percent of Democrats claim to have communed with the dead, and that 19 percent believe in casting a curse on someone using the "evil eye." Think about that: According to Pew, more Democrats believe in the "evil eye" than Americans believe Obama is a Muslim. The fact is you can find 20 percent of people anywhere who believe in almost anything. As The Post's Aug. 22 Outlook section noted, 20 percent of Americans believe that space aliens have made contact with humans on Earth. The poll on Obama's religious affiliation probably would have been a one-day story had the White House not launched a surprisingly aggressive defense of the president's Christian bona fides. The White House immediately put out a statement declaring "President Obama is a committed Christian, and his faith is an important part of his daily life." We soon learned

from White House officials that the president reads a daily devotional on his BlackBerry each morning and that he dialed three Christian pastors to pray with him on his birthday. The White House even made one of those pastors, Joel Hunter, available to the media to discuss Obama's Christian journey. Obama should be a lot more worried that more than half the country thinks he's a socialist than that a small fraction of the country believes he's a Muslim. Clearly the White House is worried by the poll results. And it should be worried--but not for the reasons it seems to think. It should be concerned that, after watching the president in office for a year and a half, many Americans still don't know who Obama really is--and that a growing number have concluded that he does not believe what they believe. Rather than trying to convince Americans that Obama is indeed a practicing Christian, White House officials should be doing some deep thinking about why the president's job approval rating has flipped--with most polls showing that more Americans now disapprove of his performance in office than approve of how he's doing. Strong majorities now disapprove of his handling of many of the issues driving key congressional races in 2010--

such as the economy, health care, the deficit and immigration. A recent Democracy Corps survey found that about six in 10 likely voters believe President Obama is "too liberal" and that he is a "big spender"--and 55 percent say that "socialist" is a fair description of him. Obama should be a lot more worried that more than half the country thinks he's a socialist than that a small fraction of the country believes he's a Muslim. After just 19 months in office, Obama has so alienated the American people that some of his fellow Democrats are now distancing themselves from him as Election Day approaches. Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) is airing a television ad in his reelection campaign in which he declares, as an image of Obama appears on the screen, that he does not work for the "Washington crowd." Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes decided to campaign 100 miles away rather than welcome the president to his state, declaring, "I'd rather be with these folks, if you want to know the truth. I'm not running for governor of Washington, D.C. I'm running for governor of Georgia." Even Obama recognizes that he's become radioactive. At a recent White House lunch with Democratic House members in

tough reelection fights, he promised to help their campaigns--by staying away. These Democrats don't want Obama to stay away because people think he's a Muslim-they want him to stay away because people think he's taking the country in the wrong direction. They know that come November, voters will be making decisions based on their negative perceptions of the runaway spending he has unleashed, the failure of his stimulus to create jobs or improve their lives, and the health-care bill he rammed through Congress. Making his religion more conspicuous will not change this. The problem for Obama is not that Americans do not know about his faith in God-it's that they do not share his faith in government. Marc A. Thiessen is a visiting fellow AEI. Photo credit: White House Photo by Pete Souza 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

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A Litmus Test for Yemen
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ministry claimed it foiled. Majali also played a key role in the October 2002 attack on a The Obama administration's French oil tanker, the Limburg, strategy to combat one of the a strike reminiscent of the USS m o s t d a n g e r o u s a l - Q a e d a Cole attack. Yemen certainly franchises in the world, al- d e s e r v e s s o m e k u d o s f o r Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula arresting this dangerous and (AQAP), revolves around the hardened terrorist, but how the trust it has put in the Yemeni Yemeni government handles government to kill or capture Majali now that he is in custody AQAP leaders, operatives, and should be the primary concern facilitators. I have pointed out in o f t h e U n i t e d S t a t e s this forum that the Yemeni g o v e r n m e n t . government's ties with terrorists If Yemen is a genuine partner run deep, but the U.S. hopes that in the war on terror, it will allow its $150 million per year in U.S. and European interrogators military assistance will convince to have access to Majali. the regime of Ali Abdullah Yemeni security forces initially Saleh to change its ways and arrested Majali in late 2003, and fight al-Qaeda. Late last week-- a Yemeni court sentenced him nearly eight months after an t o d e a t h i n A u g u s t 2 0 0 4 . AQAP operative attempted the However, Majali managed to Christmas Day attack--the escape from a Yemeni prison Yemeni government finally with 22 other al-Qaeda terrorists c a p t u r e d a s e n i o r A Q A P in February 2006, allegedly with o p e r a t i v e , H u z a m M a j a l i . the assistance of government Majali, a key military leader in p e r s o n n e l . T h e Y e m e n i AQAP, led a cell in the outskirts government re-arrested Majali of Yemen's capital, Sana'a. The in August 2006 after he turned cell was responsible for plotting himself in, but it later released an attack against the British h i m w h e n h e p l e d g e d t o embassy in December 2009, relinquish his ties to al-Qaeda. which the Yemeni defense A true litmus test of Saleh's
Submitted at 8/23/2010 6:00:00 PM

commitment to combating alQaeda, which will thereby also evaluate the U.S.'s current strategy, will be to see what happens to Majali now. If Yemen is a genuine partner in the war on terror, it will allow U.S. and European interrogators to have access to Majali. He most likely has critical knowledge of the dynamics of AQAP, the role of U.S. born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in the group, the whereabouts of other senior operatives, and future plots. Such vital intelligence could significantly enhance U.S. efforts in combating AQAP and deterring future attacks. The Yemeni government could also show its commitment to the war on terror by extraditing Majali to France for his role in the Limburg attack. In fact, the U.S. embassy in Sana'a should pressure the Yemeni government to do so. Yemen has claimed in the past that its laws prohibit it from extraditing its citizens, and Yemen does have a poor track record with extraditions (the U.S. has requested the extradition of several Yemeni-American

terrorists, all to no avail), so an extradition of Majali to France seems highly unlikely. But Yemen should, at a minimum, keep Majali in custody, charge him for terrorism-related crimes, convict him, and follow through on his sentencing this time. Any failure to do so--especially if Majali once again becomes a free man--will expose Saleh's true colors in the war against alQaeda and should force the U.S. to reconsider its approach to combating al-Qaeda in Yemen. Chris Harnisch is an analyst and the Gulf of Aden team lead for the Critical Threats Project at AEI. Photo credit: CIA World Factbook 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

Bill Gross: We Need Total Nationalization Of Housing, And I'm Not Just Talking My Book
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:23:00 AM

Last week, Bill Gross raised plenty of eyebrows when he suggested that the government ought to totally nationalize housing finance, while dismissing the idea that the private sector could ever step up to the plate and replace Fannie and Freddie. Naturally Gross -- who as head of PIMCO is one of the biggest investors in mortgage-backed assets -- was dismissed for talking his book (a frequent charge). In his latest monthly letter he goes into more depth about his views, and denies that he's just taking the PIMCO line. The first key to his argument is that the private sector has failed when it comes to housing finance: I proposed a solution that BILL page 41

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Dissent at the Fed, 7 of 17 Express Reservations about QE; Appeals Court Refuses Fed's Motion to Dismiss Bloomberg's Freedom of Information Request
noreply@blogger.com (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)

camps. In one camp, Mr. Dudley, and the presidents of the Boston and San Francisco Fed banks, Eric Rosengren and Janet Yellen, were distressed Submitted at 8/24/2010 1:23:00 AM Beneath the surface of a 9-1 that the Fed was far from its vote in favor of continued o b j e c t i v e s of low quantitative easing, 7 of 17 Fed u n e m p l o y m e n t a n d s t a b l e officials at the last FOMC i n f l a t i o n . meeting had at least some Richard Fisher, president of the reservations about Bernanke's Dallas Fed, and others expressed policy. a concern that Fed moves might The Wall Street Journal reports be ineffective, arguing that Fed Split on Move to Bolster b u s i n e s s e s w e r e n ' t u s i n g Sluggish Economy already ample, cheap credit to The Aug. 10 meeting of top fund investments because they Federal Reserve officials was were uncertain about many among the most contentious in other problems, including Ben Bernanke's four-and-a-half government deficits and new year tenure as central bank financial regulations. chairman. With the economic Narayana Kocherlakota, outlook unexpectedly darkening, president of the Minneapolis the issue was a seemingly Fed, argued that a large part of technical one: whether to alter today's unemployment problem the way the Fed manages its is caused by issues the Fed can't huge portfolio of securities. solve, such as the mismatch At least seven of the 17 Fed between the skills of jobless officials gathered around the workers and the skills that massive oval boardroom table, employers wanted. "The Fed made of Honduran mahogany does not have a means to and granite, spoke against the transform construction workers proposal or e x p r e s s e d into manufacturing workers," reservations. At the end of an Mr. Kocherlakota said in a extended debate, Mr. Bernanke speech after the meeting. settled the issue by pushing The president of the successfully to proceed with the Philadelphia Fed, Charles move. Plosser, who has had misgivings Officials were clustered in two before about Mr. Bernanke's

initiatives, deemed the latest move premature because, though the Fed was lowering 2010 growth estimates, it wasn't significantly ramping down its estimates for growth in 2011 and beyond. Two other frequent dissenters, Thomas Hoenig of Kansas City, and Jeffrey Lacker of Richmond, Va., also objected. Fed governor Betsy Duke, a former commercial banker, also expressed reservations, according to participants. Fed Worried Balance Sheet Might Shrink Too Fast The concern of Bernanke and other Fed officials was the Fed's balance sheet might shrink too fast. According to the New York Fed, as much as $340 billion would be paid back including $55 billion Fannie and Freddie mortgages. A shrinking portfolio in the face of slowing economic growth amounted to "prematurely applying the brakes" according to New York Fed President William Dudley. Excuse me for asking but how the hell does repayment of Fannie and Freddie loans (with consumers refinancing at lower rates) constitute tightening? Only in the perverted world of Fed minds with government

backstopping all losses at Fannie and Freddie could mortgage paybacks be construed as tightening. The same applies to any balance sheet assets paid back because of favorable bond market conditions. Indeed, the Fed should be thrilled to get rid of garbage on its balance sheet at a time when mortgage rates are dropping. Exit Strategy Blown Note how the Fed blew a chance at an exit strategy handed to them on a silver platter. They are unlikely to be so lucky down the road. Quantitative Nothingness vs. Quantitative Easing I discussed the FOMC decision in Quantitative Nothingness and the Yield Curve's Reaction Bernanke's pledge to hold the Fed's balance sheet constant is certainly a new twist. However, given that quantitative easing will not do a damn thing as discussed in Quantitative Easing Take II; Uncharted Territory it is silly to think that Quantitative Nothingness will do anything. When the equity market will figure this out remains a mystery, but the treasury market seems to have figured it out already. For still more on the debate, please see Will

Quantitative Easing Spur Inflation? Job Creation? Credit Expansion? Do Anything? written on August 6, before Bernanke opted for constant garbage. Appeals Court Refuses Fed's Motion to Dismiss Bloomberg's Freedom of Information Request In other Fed news, Bloomberg reports Fed Loses Bid for Review of Bailout Disclosure Ruling An appeals court refused to reconsider a decision compelling the Federal Reserve Board to release documents identifying banks that might have failed without the U.S. government bailout. The full U.S. Court of Appeals in New York, in a docket entry dated Aug. 20, denied a May 4 request by the Fed to review a three-judge panel’s unanimous March 19 decision requiring the agency to release records of the unprecedented $2 trillion U.S. loan program begun primarily after the 2008 collapse of Bear Stearns Cos. Unless the court stays its decision, the Fed will have seven days to disclose the documents. In the event of a stay, the central bank and the DISSENT page 45

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recognized the necessity, not the desirability, of using government involvement, which would take the form of rolling FNMA, FHLMC, and other housing agencies into one giant agency – call it GNMA or the Government National Mortgage Association for lack of a more perfect acronym – and guaranteeing a majority of existing and future originations. Taxpayers would be protected through tight regulation, adequate down payments, and an insurance fund bolstered by a 50–75 basis point fee attached to each and every mortgage. Seemed commonsensical to me. After all, Fannie and Freddie had really blown up because of the private/public nature of their charter, which incentivized executives and stockholders to go for broke with the implicit understanding that Uncle Sam would be there as a backstop should anything go wrong. If you eliminated the private incentive and provided a tighter regulatory watchdog, we would have no more “liar loans” or “no docs” and a much sounder foundation for future homeowners and investors. The private market, to my mind, had really lost its claim as the most efficient and judicious arbiter in this particular case. Markets and private incentives without proper guardrails were as threatening to a sound economy in the 21st century as too much

regulation and government ownership proved to be in the 1970s. Next he offers some numbers to back up the idea that the private sector is bad in this regard: In addition, my argument had a practical/market-based logic to it. Ninety-five percent of existing mortgage creation over the past 12 months were government guaranteed. The private market was nowhere to be found because they charged too much. It was the cost of private origination and securitization, perhaps more than any other factor, that justified government involvement. Prime, but nonconforming, mortgages (jumbos, insufficient down payments) were being purchased by PIMCO in the hundreds of millions of dollars every week, but at yields of 6, 7, and 8%. If that was the risk/reward tradeoff, compared to FNMA and FHLMC yields at 3.5–4%, how could policymakers pretend that the housing baton could be quickly and cost-effectively passed back to the private market? Few, if any, could afford a new home at those interest rates. If you were a believer in the dominance and superiority of private markets, how could you deny the signal that markets were sending – that the risk was too high given the substantial losses of recent years?

This is just weird. He argues that higher cost of private originations justifies government involvement, rather than concluding that government involvement is arbitrarily pushing the price of home financing to sub-market levels (and unsustainably so, as Fannie/Freddie ended up showing). He then argues basically that since the market has become conditioned on government finance, and that because homeowner attitude has been seared by the housing bust, we must double down on government guarantee of housing: My argument for the necessity of government backing was substantially based on this commonsensical, psychological, indeed sociological observation that the great housing debacle of 2007–2010+ would have a profound influence on homebuyers and mortgage lenders for decades to come. What did we learn from the Great Depression, for instance: Americans, for at least a generation or more, became savers – dominated by the insecurity of 20%+ unemployment rates and importance of a return of their money as opposed to a return on their money. It should be no different this time, even though the Great R. is a tempered version of the Great D.

Americans now know that housing prices don’t always go up, and that they can in fact go down by 30–50% in a few short years. Because of this experience, private mortgage lenders will demand extraordinary down payments, impeccable credit histories, and significantly higher yields than what markets grew used to over the past several decades. Could an unbiased observer truly believe that housing starts of two million or even one million per year could be generated under the wing of the private market? In front of Treasury Secretary Geithner and the assembled audience, I said that was impractical. Let me amend that to “ludicrous.” So in other words, private sector financing is too expensive (because the private sector apparently sucks at it, not because the private sector is better at pricing risk appropriately), and that because homeowners have become conditioned due to the bubble and the bust, the government must assume a greater role. And oh, presuming that the government ends its dualmandate (housing finance and a profit motive) then we won't see a repeat of the Fannie/Freddie bust. Here he spells it out most clearly: Policymakers not only have to consider the future “flows” of

new mortgage originations, but the existing “stock” of mortgages already created. FNMA and FHLMC either own or have guaranteed $4.5 trillion of the $11 trillion mortgage market now on the books. As the Treasury contemplates the “transition” from Agency conservatorship to either public or private hands, how could private market advocates reasonably assume that pension, insurance, bank, and PIMCOtype monies would willingly add nearly $5 trillion of nonguaranteed, in many cases junkrated mortgages to their portfolio? They would not. We are in a bind, folks. Having grown accustomed to a housing market aided and abetted by Uncle Sam, the habit cannot be broken by going cold turkey into the camp of private lending. The cost would be enormous in terms of yields – 300–400 basis points higher than currently offered, crippling any hopes of a housing-led revival to the economy. And as for his own (lack of) interest in this: And why do I and PIMCO support this view? Is it some self-interested, money-making plot to allow us to dominate the bond market? Hardly. Any investor would recognize that it’s better to have a 6 or 7% yield instead of 3–4%, so it BILL page 44

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In yet another clean sweep, the third in a week or so, sales of existing homes dropped twice as much as expected, worse than every economist forecast, to a 15 year low. Inventory soared to 12.5 month, the highest since 1999. Treasury yields plunged with yield on the 10-year note falling as low as 2.50 and the 2year note hitting a new all-time low at .47%. Please consider Sales of U.S. Existing Homes Drop More Than Forecast Sales of U.S. previously owned homes plunged 27 percent in July, twice as much as forecast, evidence foreclosures and limited job growth are depressing the market. Purchases plummeted to a 3.83 million annual pace, the lowest in a decade on record keeping and worse than the most pessimistic forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News, figures from the National Association of Realtors showed today in Washington. Demand for singlefamily houses dropped to a 15year low and the number of homes on the market swelled. A tax credit of up to $8,000

boosted sales earlier in the year, pulling forward demand and indicating additional advances will prove difficult. Mortgage rates at record lows have provided scant relief to the industry as unemployment hovers close to 10 percent, foreclosures hold near recordhighs and the economy cools. “This is a devastating reading on the U.S. housing market,” said Derek Holt, an economist at Scotia Capital Inc. in Toronto. “There’s such an inventory overhang, it shows there will be pressure on prices” in the months ahead. The pace of existing home sales is the slowest since comparable records began in 1999. Purchases of single-family homes dropped to a 3.37 million annual rate, the lowest since May 1995. Range of Forecasts Economists projected sales would fall 13 percent from June’s previously reported 5.37 million pace. The agents’ group revised the June sales figure down to 5.26 million. Estimates in the Bloomberg survey of 74 economists ranged from 3.96 million to 5.3 million. Previously owned homes make up about 90 percent of the market. The number of previously owned homes on the market

rose 2.5 percent to 3.98 million. At the current sales pace, it would take 12.5 months to sell those houses, the highest since at least 1999 and compared with 8.9 months in June. The months’ supply of single-family homes at 11.9 months was the highest since 1983, the NAR said. Extend and Pretend The only thing this administration knows how to do is extend and pretend. The latest gimmick offered on August 11, 2010 is HUD Offers InterestFree Loans to Reduce Foreclosures. The Obama administration will offer $1 billion in zero-interest loans to help homeowners who’ve lost income avoid foreclosure as part of $3 billion in additional aid targeting economically distressed areas. The Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to make loans of as much as $50,000 for borrowers “in hard hit local areas” to make mortgage, tax and insurance payments for as long as two years, according to a statement released today. The Treasury Department will also provide as much as $2 billion in aid under an existing program for 17 states and the District of Columbia, according to the statement. The initiatives will help “a broad group of struggling

borrowers across the country and in doing so further contribute to the administration’s efforts to stabilize housing markets and communities,” Bill Apgar, HUD’s senior adviser for mortgage finance, said in the statement. Fool's Offering vs. Free Rent Anyone going $50,000 deeper in debt to "save" their existing underwater home is a complete fool. On the other hand, anyone who takes the cash as an offer for free rent with a plan to declare bankruptcy and walkaway later just may be thinking clearly. Thus, it is likely that the fool in this case is the Obama administration. The only thing this stupid program will do is waste taxpayer money while pushing foreclosures into the future. Meanwhile the number of negative surprises continues unabated. Recent Surprises

Lasting Improvement for 9 Months

Recession Never Ended As I said in 3rd Quarter GDP Likely Negative, Recession Never Ended... While some people still think the odds of a double dip recession are close to zero, ironically, the only reason they may be right is if the first dip never ended. Amazingly, economists are still clinging to estimates of 2.5% and up. So expect to discover the vast majority of economists will be surprised at the forthcoming downward revisions, even after we point these things out well in advance and repeat them. The ECRI is still touting the "flattening" of the Weekly Leading Indicators (WLI) at 10. With the collapse in treasury yields, a print of -500,000 on weekly claims, and a god-awful Philly Fed report, let's watch the next few weeks. I suspect this "flattening" period will soon • 58 out of 58 Economists be over. Overoptimistic on Philly Fed Fooled By Stimulus M a n u f a c t u r i n g E s t i m a t e ; Nearly every economist has Median Forecast +7 Actual been Fooled by Stimulus even R e s u l t - 7 . 7 , a " V e r i t a b l e though the structural problems Disaster" still remain. • Weekly Unemployment It's time to face the facts: There Claims Hit 500,000, Exceed EXISTING page 45 Every Economist's Estimate; No

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Foreclosures probably will top 1 million this year, said RealtyTrac Inc., an Irvine, California-based data company. Federal efforts to help have had Submitted at 8/23/2010 9:13:00 PM I am reasonably certain that the little success. Of 1.31 million economy is still in recession. If loan modifications started under not (and this is ultimately up to the Obama administration’s the NBER to decide), the Home Affordable Modification pending disaster in housing and Program, 48 percent were commercial real estate will seal canceled by the end of July, the the double-dip deal. Treasury Department said Aug. Either way, the prognosis is not 20. More than half of all good, as economic conditions modifications defaulted again are deteriorating rapidly. With within 12 months, the Office of that thought in mind, please the Comptroller of the Currency consider Housing Slide in U.S. said June 23. May Drag Economy Into Shadow inventory, or the Recession number of homes repossessed or “If foreclosures continue to in default that eventually will be mount and depress home prices, offered for sale, stood at 7.3 that could send the economy million in the first quarter, back into a recession,” said according to Laurie Goodman, Celia Chen, an economist who an analyst in New York at tracks the industry for Moody’s mortgage-bond broker Amherst Analytics Inc. “The housing Securities Group LP. As those m a r k e t a n d t h e b r o a d e r properties hit the market, prices e c o n o m y a r e c l o s e l y will come under pressure and intertwined.” buyers will wait for better deals. With 14.6 million Americans “The only thing that’s going to out of work, homeowners are fix the housing markets right struggling to hold onto their now is a work-through of what p r o p e r t i e s . O n e i n s e v e n excess supply is on the markets mortgages were delinquent or a n d i m p r o v e m e n t i n in foreclosure during the first unemployment,” Guy Lebas, quarter, the highest in records chief fixed-income strategist at dating to 1979, according to the Janney Montgomery Scott LLC Washington- based Mortgage in Philadelphia, said today in an B a n k e r s A s s o c i a t i o n . interview on Bloomberg

Television’s “In the Loop with Betty Liu.” “That process is a very, very long-term process.” Consumer spending rose 1.6 percent in the second quarter, down from 1.9 percent in the previous three months. Purchases of home furnishings and appliances fell 1.7 percent to an annual pace of $256.5 billion in June from a 2010 high in April, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. “There is an epidemic of thrift,” said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Inc. in Lexington, Massachusetts. “Households and businesses are super-cautious right now. Sometime in the next 6 to 12 months, we’ll start to see more movement on home and car purchases and greater willingness on the part of businesses to hire.” Epidemic of Thrift vs. Leap of Faith Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Inc. in Lexington, Massachusetts correctly says there "There is an epidemic of thrift". Indeed there is, and actually it is a good thing! Consumers need to deleverage and they are. Unfortunately Behravesh blows it with "Sometime in the next 6 to 12 months, we’ll start to see more movement on home and car purchases and greater

willingness on the part of businesses to hire." Excuse me for asking but ... Small Businesses are Not Hiring - Why Should They? As is typical of most economists, Behravesh displays an amazing and unwarranted leap of faith. Structurally High Unemployment for a Decade Guy Lebas, chief fixed-income strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC has it correct: It will take a "very, very long-term process" to fix this mess. Consumer demand is dead. That demand is not coming back anytime soon, and there is no driver for jobs if it doesn't. Unemployment and GDP will both be extremely weak for the duration. Harsh Reality From Bernanke In the Incredible Shrinking Boomer Economy I noted a harsh reality quote of Bernanke: "It takes GDP growth of about 2.5 percent to keep the jobless rate constant. But the Fed expects growth of only about 1 percent in the last six months of the year. So that's not enough to bring down the unemployment rate." I wrote that in July of 2009. Nothing has changed. Indeed, 3rd Quarter GDP Likely Negative, Recession

Never Ended Pray tell what happens if GDP can't exceed 2.5% for a couple of years? What about a decade (or on and off for a decade)? If you have come to the conclusion that we are going to have structurally high unemployment for a decade, you have come to the right conclusion. Ask yourself: Is that what the stock market is priced for? Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspo t.com Click Here To Scroll Thru My Recent Post List Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. V i s i t h t t p : / / www.sitkapacific.com/ account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.

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the purchase price. “These are the situations that have gotten awfully complex,” says Dan Fasulo, managing director at New York-based Submitted at 8/23/2010 2:31:00 PM With office space selling 30% Real Capital Analytics Inc., a below the 2007 high in the top- commercial real estate research 10 US office markets, and with f i r m . “ T h i s o n e l o o k s lease rates still falling, one u n t e n a b l e . ” should expect to see more Mr. Fasulo reckons that 500 W. foreclosures in major cities. Monroe could be worth about Chicago is about to be hit says $240 million today, based on an Crain's Chicago Business in estimate of the building's net Office tower at 500 W. Monroe operating income and the return flirts with foreclosure — again investors would expect since the A Georgia firm that holds two tower is just 70% leased. That junior mortgages on the 46-story would put its current value at tower at 500 W. Monroe St. roughly 30% below the 2007 says the building's loans went purchase price, a decline in line unpaid when they came due this with national trends. A report month and that the company last week by New York-based may foreclose and take control Moody's Investors Service of the property. showed property values in the It would be the first foreclosure top 10 U.S. office markets have of a major office tower in the plummeted 31% since the 2007 Loop in 11 years and a sign that peak. the market remains mired in the Should 500 W. Monroe fall into hangover of the debt-stoked foreclosure, it's unlikely to be valuation bubble that peaked in the last, given the recessionm i d - 2 0 0 7 . T h a t ' s w h e n stymied demand for office space B r o a d w a y P a r t n e r s F u n d and the wave of big loan Manager LLC, a once high- maturities in coming years. flying New York firm, bought Lenders so far largely have been 500 W. Monroe for $336.7 willing to extend those loans, million, with a package of loans but that could change. that made up more than 95% of “This is an early canary in the

coal mine,” says Rick Schuham, a Chicago-based executive vicepresident at Studley Inc., a firm that represents office tenants. “There are plenty of tough stories out there.” Big Wave of Commercial Foreclosures Coming Bernanke's stimulus efforts did next to nothing for residential housing, and absolutely nothing for commercial real estate. With a wave of maturities coming due, and with lease prices still dropping, pressures on commercial real estate are enormous. Moreover, it is crystal clear that the economy is headed back towards recession, assuming of course one believes the recession that started in 2007 ever ended. I suggest the recession never ended in light of the fact 3rd Quarter GDP Likely Negative. How much patience lenders have in a weakening economic environment to restructure loans remains to be seen, but surely it isn't infinite. Big Wave of Bank Failures Coming Given that regional banks are in general the ones with the most commercial real estate exposure,

it should not be too difficult to look one step ahead and see the effects of another economic downturn on mid-sized banks. Recovery a "Statistical Mirage" Brace yourself because the recovery of 2009 was nothing but a statistical mirage fueled by unsustainable government spending and bank bailouts. That mirage is rapidly fading off into the sunset. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspo t.com Click Here To Scroll Thru My Recent Post List Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. V i s i t h t t p : / / www.sitkapacific.com/ account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.

would be better for PIMCO to let the Administration flood the private market with nonguaranteed, private mortgage product and let us vultures feast on the pickins. No, the self interest rests on “Que” Street. If the housing market continues to be government dominated, then the points from originations and the fees for private insurance would all of a sudden disappear. The vested interest lies on Wall Street, not Newport Beach or Main Street. Try explaining that to commentators intent on returning to a free market ideology that continues to serve monied interests in the high style to which they are accustomed, but denies a commonsensical, more tightly regulated government alternative for millions of current and future American homeowners. Jimmy Stewart I’m not, and I won’t be going back to Washington anytime soon. If I did, though, I’d want to visit those guys on “Que” Street. “K pasa?” I’d say, and then I’d ask if they slept well at night. Read the full letter here > Join the conversation about this story »

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Clearing House Association LLC, an organization of 20 commercial banks that joined the Fed in defense of the lawsuit, will have 90 days to petition the Supreme Court to consider their appeal. The Clearing House has already said it will ask the high court to rule on the case. “We are reviewing the decision and considering our options for appeal,” David Skidmore, a Fed spokesman, said. At issue are 231 “term sheets” documenting Fed loans to financial firms during 2008. The records, which include the banks’ names, the amounts borrowed and the collateral posted in return, were originally requested by late Bloomberg News reporter Mark Pittman through the Freedom of Information Act, which allows citizens access to government papers. The amount the Fed and the U.S. government lent, spent and guaranteed to stem the recession and rescue the banking system peaked in March 2009 at $12.8

trillion, most of it following the September 2008 bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. Fox News, a unit of New York -based News Corp., also sued the Fed to force the release of loan documents for transactions in 2008 and 2009. The hypocrites at the Fed have promised more transparency and show it by fighting freedom of information requests all the way to the supreme court, which appears to be where this lawsuit is headed. Should the Fed does deliver any data now, it will only be because the data is already entirely useless and/or they fear setting a supreme court precedent. Fed's Transparency Policy Unveiled The Fed's transparency policy amounts to a spoon-feeding of blatant lies, distortions, halftruths, and purposely overoptimistic guesses, along with a few smatterings of obvious truths hoping to make the entire package look legitimate.

The simple fact of the matter is it's Not Practical To Tell The Truth. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspo t.com Click Here To Scroll Thru My Recent Post List Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. V i s i t h t t p : / / www.sitkapacific.com/ account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.

never was a "recovery" by any rational measure. The alleged recovery was nothing more than inventory replenishment fueled by massive and unsustainable government spending waste with additional trillions of taxpayer dollars handed out in bank bailouts. The plunge in existing home sales shows exactly what happens when free money handouts stop. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspo t.com Click Here To Scroll Thru My Recent Post List Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor

representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. V i s i t h t t p : / / www.sitkapacific.com/ account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.

Review: Ivy the Kiwi? (Wii)
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Prope's Ivy the Kiwi? is a simple game. It has a simple story: a newborn chick, still half -stuck in an egg, searches for her mother. It has simple

gameplay: draw vines on the screen to propel Ivy through mazes, avoiding enemies and hazards. But despite (or maybe thanks to) its simplicity, it thrives: the presentation is almost unfairly charming, and Ivy is just plain fun to

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As U.S. treasury yields sink further, the 10-year even broke below 2.5% today, U.S. stocks are taking it on the chin. Fund flows continue to massively favor bonds over U.S. stocks. Yet as U.S. stocks struggle to hang on, it's peculiar how some stock markets are on fire these days. For example, Indonesia's stock market hit a new high just a few days back. Other Southeast Asian stock markets are

approaching multi-year highs as well. In South America, Brazil's Bovespa Index is close to retaking its pre-crisis high, and Argentina's Burcap Index has already broken above pre-crisis

which means that $34.5 billion has flowed into emerging market funds year-to-date, shown in light blue below. Note these emerging market stock inflows have come as U.S. stock funds have seen outflows. The current global malaise is sending investors into bonds and nations like Indonesia or Brazil, which makes for a peculiar combination of safe-havens levels. since these far flung nations Here's a clue as to what's going were considered higher-risk on -- According to EPFR, economies not too long ago. e m e r g i n g m a r k e t s f u n d s Join the conversation about this attracted $2.2 billion of investor story » inflows during last week alone,

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electronically to talk with doctors and loved ones. Soldiers could send information silently as they complete missions. Language itself could change drastically as a result. Communicating through ideas could transcend words. Instead of thinking "I'm going out for a run," you could imagine yourself running outside and send that thought out. If you were confused about a concept, you could request help from an expert who could think the solution to you. It's difficult to imagine the full implications of such a system. But that's OK -- we're still decades away from being able to hold entire conversations with other people through thought. The progress we've made so far has been promising, but the science is still in its infancy. Let's look at what neurologists have managed to do so far. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

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their male counterparts, who report increased levels of happiness as they age [source: Are you happy? It's a simple Holt]. question, but with numerous In the end, happiness may come variables underlying it. What down to what you're looking for makes someone happy? Is there in life and how you define this m o r e t h a n o n e r o u t e t o nebulous term. In different happiness and more than one societies throughout history, way to measure it? happiness has been equated with If you're an economist or a sheer luck or the certitude of s o c i a l s c i e n t i s t , y o u m a y religious belief. Others have conduct scientific surveys that thought that happiness means t r y t o g a u g e l e v e l s o f being a good person or being contentment or satisfaction. If able to live a life of pleasure and you're a religious leader, you leisure. may wonder if someone feels Just as definitions of happiness spiritually fulfilled, connected to change, so too does our ability a community and in touch with to handle adversity. Numerous his or her chosen deity. Being tales exist of people undergoing married often boosts happiness, tremendous hardships -- cancer, as does a genetic basis for a losing a job, a bad breakup -sunnier disposition. Older and finding themselves in the women become less happy than end as happy as or happier than

ever. Despite the difficulty in pinning down what happiness is and how to achieve it, we're going to take a stab at it in this article, in which we offer 10 key tips. We'll start with a few that might seem more obvious and then move on to some unusual recommendations for boosting happiness. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

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Stockholm Fashion Week: Short and Sweet
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Stockholm, instead of stretching out a series of runway shows, presentations, and parties over a drawn-out week, packs a wallop of well-edited Swedish designers into a manageable three-day schedule. Some of the highlights include Carin Wester, above, whose runway show was open to the public. Wester sent out a ‘70s inspired collection of lace pieces, sheer dresses, and cropped tops that would be perfect for frolicking in the fields of the (unfortunately very brief) Swedish summer. Cheap Monday's show was held at a dramatic location right on Stockholm harbor, and also was

open to the public. The show opened with the signature call of Shabba Ranks' "SHABBA!" and continued with more Jamaican dancehall, as models emerged in the latest denim trends and clear plastic boots. Dagmar, who also produced a

runway show at Amsterdam Fashion Week, put together a nice presentation in a Stockholm courtyard. The line displayed their favela-inspired collection of neon knits and pastels tied up on a clothesline, with a Brazilian band providing

entertainment, and weak Caipirinhas for calories. Hope's floppy leather mushmouth hats continued the trend of leather accessories and camel that we've noticed throughout the Scandinavian fashion weeks, but the floorlength leather skirts had a softness and ease of movement that was surprising. The last show was off-site, by a brand called Rodebjer—yet another Scandinavian label to tongue-tie us Americans. The yacht-inspired collection featured luxurious fabrics with generous cuts and enormous, Sunday-best sunhats. — Phil Oh

10 Quirky Facts About Massproduced Food
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Wandering through a modern grocery store, it's easy to forget there was a time when all food was local. People baked their own bread, churned their own butter and slaughtered their own chickens, or else they bought these staples from a small, local supplier. Now, markets are filled with pre-sliced bread, packaged butter and portioned chicken, not to mention potato chips, ice cream, cookies and frozen pizza, all mass-produced in factories QUIRKY page 50

Germany to Put Up Facebook Wall
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Anyone who's ever been a part of an employee hiring process knows just how standard it is to Google someone and check out anything and everything that pops up. Pages on social networking sites that might be available due to a friend of a friend are also fair game. The German Parliament is making

some noise about the subject because it thinks that it might be inappropriate for employers to look on these social networking pages when making their judgments about potential hires. Germany's Interior Minister, Thomas de Maizière, has drafted a new law that specifically bans potential employers from checking out an applicant's Facebook page but allows novelties like drunken photos or perusal of sites like LinkedIn, questionable Wall messages. which have no platform for Given the many upsides (did

you know your potential employee raises abandoned puppies?) and downsides (did you know her usual bar order is a personal bottle of Patrón?) of being able to find out so much about a person, is it really fair to ban access of potentially pertinent information? Or should the images and wall posts be considered "private" since you technically need to be granted permission to access Facebook pages?

The German cabinet is set to vote on the law tomorrow, but in the mean time: Would it be a win for the potential employee, who retains the right to keep silly photos on the internet? Or a loss for the potential employer, who deserves the chance at a solid hire? —Natalie Hormilla

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their second quarter results with the NYSE AMEX, due since June 30), there's even more Submitted at 8/24/2010 10:27:10 AM twists to the story: As if the mounting news of Turns out, the NYSE AMEX American Apparel's rapid issued AA a memo late decline weren't enough (in yesterday warning the LA-based summary: AA is in trouble over basics brand that they're on the inflated numbers from 2009, brink of being delisted entirely. causing their old auditor, Translation? AA is now that Deloitte & Touche, to leave much closer to needing a major them high and dry in the face of injection of money, which might mounting questions from law be tough to drum up since firm Goldfarb Branham LLP, they've announced a likely including why they haven't filed breach of loan covenant with the

last firm that spotted them $80 million, Lion Capital LLP. It's hard to speculate what will

happen to the ubiquitous clothing chain, but it's also hard to speculate about who would loan them money given all their troubles, including the string of SEC-probed sexual allegations against CEO Dov Charney over the years. We suggest stocking up on some of your favorite USmade basics before it's too late and this online-only sale should hit the spot. —Natalie Hormilla Photo: via americanapparel.net

around the world, all tasting exactly the same no matter where you buy it. And that's not necessarily a bad thing: How else can you know exactly which chips to buy when you're on vacation? There are drawbacks, of course, like the blanding of our food supply, and knowing exactly which chips to buy when you're on vacation. And then there's the mystery inherent in massproduction: What exactly is this food we're buying? Here, you'll find 10 fun, interesting and eye-opening facts about mass-produced food. We'll start with a tidbit about perhaps the most famous of all mass-produced foods: the Twinkie. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

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Jenni Pulos She Plays Herself, aka real-estate mogul Jeff Lewis' long-suffering Paris Hilton had a very special assistant and constant target of buddy, her newly adopted abuse on Flipping Out(Tuesday, rescue pug Mugsy, along for a 9/8c, Bravo). "It's only because I Fred Segal shopping spree in want her to grow and improve," Beverly Hills yesterday. The says Jeff. little guy helped Paris pick out far more clothes than she could into her home, but thankfully Where You've Seen Her c a r r y , s o a n a r m y o f the cops were quick to arrive Though she's made a couple saleswomen followed them out and take care of the matter. scripted appearances ( Charmed, with her many bags. Paris Mugsy may not be much of a Girlfriends), it's her real-life planted a sweet kiss on Mugsy guard dog, though he's certainly quiet dignity that's won us over. before she was off to spend the a comforting cuddle partner "People think they know you evening in the recording studio. after Paris's rough morning. [when you're on a reality show], and they do," Pulos admits. She's coming along on her (Season 2 ended with the forthcoming album and already shot a sexy music video for one To see more of Paris and breakup of her marriage: "I was really devastated, and the fact track in Ibiza earlier this month. Mugsy, just read more. that it happened on TV didn't Today got off to a scary start for View 10 Photos › help, y'know?") Paris, who twittered that she Why We Love Her was woken up by a knifeBecause this nice Greek girl wielding man trying to break refuses to be broken, no matter what obsessive-compulsive insanity Jeff throws her way. ("Not letting your employees go number two at work is probably illegal, right?" she laughs.) So what's her trick to coping? "Remember that you're not
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defined by what other people say. You're defined by who you are and what you do," she says. "Extensive therapy has helped, too!" What's Next? "Well, I met a lovely Greek doctor. All my mom's praying really paid off!" she reports. Unfortunately for us, she's keeping this romance off camera. "My personal life has been highlighted enough," she says. And after almost a decade under Jeff's increasingly tense and twitchy thumb, it remains to be seen whether Jenni will survive Season 4. "Everyone's on the chopping block, myself

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stand for and what it actually does. One example is the cheap, shoddy levees that collapsed Submitted at 8/23/2010 2:31:03 PM before the hurricane made Spike Lee's wonderful 2006 landfall (a fact irrefutably documentary When the Levees proved in video surveillance Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, footage used in a successful wasn’t just about Hurricane class-action lawsuit against the Katrina. Rather, it explored the Army Corps of Engineers). s o c i a l i n e q u i t i e s t h a t t h e Another is the BP spill, a crisis hurricane laid bare, and the which Lee depicts as potentially incompetence, confusion, greed, far worse than the flood—a and stupidity that made a poisonous murk spreading along terrible situation worse. His the gulf coast, killing hope latest effort, If God Is Willing a l o n g w i t h w e t l a n d s a n d and Da Creek Don't Rise, which wildlife. Lee sees the two premieres on August 23and 24, disasters as sharing a common c a s t s a c o l d e y e o n t h e origin: the rush for short-term opportunism that followed in the personal gain by a select group wake of Katrina, finishing with leading to long-term societal a devastating hour about the BP damage. oil spill and the political and And those are just the major economic forces that allowed it horrors. Lee draws our attention to happen. It has a south-of-the- to many smaller ones, such as Mason/Dixon-line storytelling the replacement of Big Charity, style—a fondness for rococo the public Louisiana State details and digressions, a U n i v e r s i t y - r u n t e a c h i n g leisurely sense of pacing, and a hospital, with a new publicgenerosity of spirit that leavens private hospital to be built in a Lee’s justified outrage. It seems neighborhood full of historic less like a postscript to “Levees” (mostly middle-class) homes than a second chapter in a s e i z e d t h r o u g h e m i n e n t powerful and probably still- domain.Lee treats this as a stand unfinished masterwork. -in for New Orleans itself, and T a k e n t o g e t h e r , t h e t w o for America’s disturbing habit documentaries are mournful of erasing its own past. Another epic poems about the absence of similar, localized tragedy is the responsibility and decency in demolition of public housing America—about the gap projects damaged in the between what America claims to hurricane, with so-called mixed-

use private developments built in their place—a land-grab that some interviewees say wouldn’t have happened if so many poor, black residents hadn’t been driven from the city by the flood. Lee insists that many of the changes in New Orleans, including the mixed-use developments, have been aimed at middle-class to wealthy (white) people, and have driven up rents to the point where poor residents dispersed to Texas and other states can’t return to New Orleans even though many want to. (The low-income homes that were meant to “replace” the old public housing look like flimsy oversized doghouses—a sad retreat from the sturdy brick structures built under the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.) “Creek” devotes a long, furious section to the Big Charity hospital controversy, pointing out that the drive to save it united residents that wouldn’t otherwise have had much in common, and drove them en masse to City Hall. They might as well have wished upon a star for all the good it did them. “I’m sick of you white liberals acting like you feel our pain!” a woman shouts at the council during a meeting just days before New Orleans’ largest

public housing project, St. Bernard’s, was torn down after a unanimous council vote. The most unnerving image in the subsequent demolition montage is a wide shot of a steam shovel picking through rubble; it looks like a grinning steel mantis. The citizens’ protests against assorted outrages—the government’s grotesque mishandling of the flood and the oil spill, and its mismanagement of the rebuilding effort; real estate developers’ merciless p u s h t o w a r d gentrification—prove largely futile. Why? Lee’s pessimistic (or perhaps realistic) summary recalls a prescient routine by George Carlin: we don’t really have a democracy in this country, we have owners. And the people theoretically entrusted with defending us against the machinations of those owners always seem to end up protecting the owners’ interests. (Some of the most infuriating footage in Creek shows an angry throng of citizens being illegally locked out of a December 20, 2007 council vote to demolish the housing projects, then getting pepper-sprayed, Tasered and beaten by police after refusing to leave. All these man-made events, the film argues, are disasters, too,

with unforeseen, far-reaching consequences. But because they’re caused by institutions rather than by nature, and because the guilty parties are so numerous and often camouflaged, it’s hard to fix blame—and perhaps the sheer pervasiveness of rotten behavior over time implies collective responsibility. Corrupt police officers, deceitful developers, nest-feathering politicians, inept regulators, media outlets that treat official misconduct as today’s news and forget to do follow-ups—it’s impossible to keep track of all the people who bear partial responsibility for the ongoing, multifaceted catastrophe in New Orleans and the Gulf region. Few will admit a smidge of responsibility, much less apologize. Perhaps, Lee suggests, the entire country is responsible, or should consider itself responsible, for this selfenriching, self-destroying culture of selfishness, which predates Katrina by at least two centuries. Like Levees, Creek is filled with talking heads—rich, middle class, and poor people; soldiers, journalists, teachers, environmental experts, urban planners, historians, shrimp fishermen, actors, musicians, MOVIE page 53

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neighborhood activists. All offer unique perspectives on what went wrong in America during and after Katrina, and what's still going wrong. There are sections about New Orleans’ troubled school system, its floundering public health care system, and the plight of residents displaced to other states, the tenure of New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, and President Obama’s response to the BP oil spill. Lee and his editors have amassed an awesome amount of data, but they've organized it in a way that feels organic, one specific incident or problem or anecdote flowing naturally (at times imperceptibly) into the next. Creek also puts the lie to the notion that Lee is a one-sided filmmaker who goes into every subject with his mind made up. Like Levees—and for that matter, like Do the Right Thing, Clockers, and Lee's other good fiction films— Creek has a strong point-of-view. But Lee doesn’t omit or distort opinions that complicate his own. Film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum once wrote that Do the Right Thing isn’t about either/or, but both/ and. Lee’s documentaries about

the post-flood American south operate in the same spirit. The opening section about the New Orleans’ Saints’ Super Bowl victory, for instance, sweeps us up in the rejuvenating joy that the team’s triumph inspired—but then it backs off and reminds us that the Saints are just a sports team, and that their win is ultimately a distraction from the city’s problems. Every section of Creek is likewise committed to a mature, prismatic view of life. You may think you know where Lee is going when he starts each section, but you don’t. Witnesses describe C. Ray Nagin as a barely-competent mayor handpicked by the city’s white business elite, and as an unlikely hero doing an amazing job under impossible circumstances, and both perceptions are allowed to stand. Our current president is likewise portrayed as doing everything he can and pathetically little. The documentary decries the white thugs who treated the hurricane as an excuse to hunt black folks, then goes on to concede that black-on-black crime in post-Katrina New Orleans is a far worse problem

than white vigilantism. When Federal Emergency Management Agency Michael Brown appears on-camera, you naturally expect Lee to lump him in with the rest of the Bush administration’s devious bumblers, as he more or less did in Levees. What you get instead is a tough yet compassionate portrait of a man who was unprepared for his job, floundered during a crisis, dared bitch to his superiors about their own incompetence, and got hung out to dry. Brown reveals that mere moments before the president infamously grinned on camera and told him he was doing a heckuva job, he’d been griping to Bush backstage about the executive branch’s lame response. Which means the compliment was actually a punishment for not knowing his place. (Brown claims that if you watch the clip closely, you can see him trying not to wince.) Like many auteurs, Lee likes to announce his presence behind the camera, often with awkward, off-putting results. But although Lee personally conducted the interviews in these documentaries, you hear his voice off-camera only when you

need to hear a question in order to make sense of a subject’s answer, or when a subject says something so striking and odd that any reasonable person would interrupt to ask a followup. Here, as in Levees, he’s mostly invisible, with one very conspicuous exception: the lengthy closing credits montage which finds many of Lee’s people (and Lee himself) saying their names and occupations while holding picture frames around their faces. This is definitely a section that could have been cut for time, but I loved it. It’s both visually playful and revealing of the filmmaker’s storytelling style, which singles out individuals while keeping the larger panorama in mind. The reportorial and explanatory sections of “Creek” are impressive. And yet the film becomes truly great in the visual vignettes cut by supervising editor Sam Pollard and scored by Lee’s regular composer, trumpeter Terence Blanchard, a New Orleans native who also appears on-camera in both documentaries with his cantankerous mother, Wilhelmena, a flood survivor.

Splicing together similarlythemed shots—images of eerily isolated front stoops where housing projects once stood, backed by bleakly amused, “What did you expect?” noirjazz; snippets of underwater surveillance camera footage of oil gushing from the BP pipeline scored to funereal organ music—Lee, Pollard and Blanchard distill the documentary's themes and feelings into cinematic arias. These montages are often disquieting, sometimes upsetting. But they’re conceived with such wit and passion that watching them is an elating experience. Matt Zoller Seitz is a contributor to Salon and the founder of Slant's “ The House Next Door.” He writes‘Mad Men Mondays’ for TNR. For more TNR, become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Getting to Know Covert Affairs' Christopher Gorham
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working with another strong leading lady: Piper Perabo. "Meeting her sealed the deal," Submitted at 8/24/2010 10:34:00 AM Gorham says of his decision to Christopher Gorham take the role of Auggie, a Auggie Anderson — the girlcharacter he views as a rarity. crazy CIA agent on USA's new "He is simultaneously a tech spy-games hit Covert guy, a disabled vet and an Affairs(Tuesdays, 10/9c, incessant womanizer. That's a USA)— may be blind, but TV combination you don't see a fans sure have gotten an eyeful lot!" So to speak. of the actor who plays him. In Subscribe to TV Guide the past six years, Christopher Magazine now! Gorham has starred in as many This entry passed through the series — some successful, some Full-Text RSS service — if this not so much. He was the titular is your content and you're human computer in Jake 2.0, the reading it on someone else's site, black sheep in a family of docs Betty. (For the record, he says, please read our FAQ page at in the short-lived sitcom Out of " I r e a l l y a g r e e d w i t h t h e fivefilters.org/content-only/ Practice, a young M.D. in audience — once Henry had a faq.php Medical Investigation and the baby with another girl, you Five Filters featured secret killer on Harper's Island. didn't want to see Betty raising article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets B u t m o s t f a m o u s l y , h e someone else's kid.") an Easy Ride in the romanced one Betty Suarez Now Gorham is thrilled to be I n d e p e n d e n t . (America Ferrera) on Ugly

Emmy Picks: Best Lead Actress in a Comedy
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Filed under: Emmys, Features With the Emmy awards less than a week away, I'm continuing to pick who I think should and who I think will win the major awards. Yesterday, I discussed the Best Lead Actor in a Drama category. Today we look at the comedy side of the ledger and the Best Lead Actress in a Comedy category. Nominees: Toni Collette, 'United States of Tara' Edie Falco, 'Nurse Jackie' Tina Fey, '30 Rock' Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' Lea Michele, 'Glee' Amy Poehler, 'Parks and

Recreation' Who will win: When I saw that Edie Falco had submitted the pilot for 'Nurse Jackie,' it hit me that she didn't get nominated for the show last year. Since the pilot aired about a week after the 2010 eligibility period started, the Academy has had well over a year to ruminate over Falco's strong out-of-thegate performance in that pilot, where the entire web of lies Jackie has set up get revealed in a quick 30 minutes. Considering her Emmy history -- seven nominations, three wins -- it's very easy to see Falco standing on stage with the Emmy this year. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

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Exclusive: Jericho Alum Headed to NCIS: Los Angeles
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Oprah Winfrey Previews Her Show's Final Season
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Alicia Coppola Looks like Skeet Ulrich won't be the only former Jericho star fighting crime in Los Angeles this season: Alicia Coppola has signed on to guest-star on a Season 2 episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. Fall Preview: Get scoop on your favorite returning shows Coppola will play FBI agent Amy Rand, an expert on kidnapping cases. Described as athletic, determined and authoritative, she works with the NCIS agents to find a victim to prevent a killing spree. Besides her role as IRS agent Mimi Clark on Jericho, Coppola, 42, has appeared on such shows as CSI, Two and a Half Men and American

Filed under: TV News Oprah Winfrey's last season hosting her iconic talk show might inspire a stroll down memory lane to reminisce about favorite'The Oprah Winfrey Show' episodes of yore, but that's nothing compared to the flashback some of her staffers have been experiencing over the Dreams. Coppola's character is your content and you're past few months. could recur. Her first appearance reading it on someone else's site, Winfrey told TV Guide that, for is slated to air in October. please read our FAQ page at the past nine months, teams of NCIS: Los Angeles promotes fivefilters.org/content-only/ employees have been examining more than 5,000 hours of Eric Christian Olsen to series faq.php regular F i v e F i l t e r s f e a t u r e d footage the show has filmed NCIS: Los Angeles returns with article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets over the past 25 years to pick back-to-back episodes Tuesday, a n E a s y R i d e i n t h e out some memorable moments to return to. Sept. 21 at 9/8c on CBS. Independent. "They have reviewed and This entry passed through the documented every single show, Full-Text RSS service — if this so we know what to revisit," Winfrey told TV Guide. "I plan on going back to Forsyth County [in Georgia]. That's the

town where there were no black people allowed and a guy was using the N-word with me. I'm going to do a tour of the new Forsyth County with him. I'm also going to go back to Williamson, West Virginia, where the town wouldn't allow a young man who had AIDS in the grocery store. His name was Michael Sisco. He's since died." Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

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Martin Short's Wife Dies at 58
Gina DiNunno (TVGuide.com: Breaking News)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 9:58:00 AM

Nancy Dolman and Martin Short Martin Short's wife, former actress Nancy Dolman, has died, according to the Los Angeles Times. She was 58. See celebrities we've lost this year Dolman died Saturday at the couple's Pacific Palisades home, but no cause of death or any additional details have been released. The Saturday Night Live and Father of the Bride star, 60, married Dolman in 1980. The couple met in 1972 while working together in a Toronto production of Godspell. Dolman appeared in a recurring role on the prime-time TV series Soap in 1981 and retired in 1985

Honda Civic Hybrid battery update brings fuel -economy complaints
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Submitted at 8/24/2010 8:59:59 AM

Honda Civic Hybrid battery update brings fuel-economy complaints Honda has issued an update for 2006-2008 Honda Civic Hybrids to address premature to raise her family. is your content and you're failures of the expensive hybrid The couple had three children: reading it on someone else's site, battery system in its cars. Katherine, 26; Oliver, 24; and please read our FAQ page at Owners are being notified to Henry, 21. fivefilters.org/content-only/ return their vehicles to the An e-mail to Short's rep was faq.php dealer for updated software that not immediately returned. F i v e F i l t e r s f e a t u r e d applies the battery-management Short is up for an Emmy for his article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets logic of the later model 2009 role in Damages. a n E a s y R i d e i n t h e and 2010 Civic Hybrids. This entry passed through the I n d e p e n d e n t . A common complaint in user Full-Text RSS service — if this forums, however, is that some drivers have seen worse fuel economy since the update; some say up to 10 less mpg. Honda says that the cars’ EPA ratings of 40/45 mpg (city/ highway) do not change, and that fuel-economy-conscious Civic Hybrid drivers have probably learned to maximize mileage and may now need to learn new driving strategies to maximize mileage under the new system. The software change did not require the company to recertify the cars to record new mileage ratings.

In our testing, the Civic Hybrid got an excellent 37 mpg overall. Dropping to 27 mpg represents an additional 10 gallons a month for the average driver, or an annual cost of $336 (at $2.80 per gallon). Our reliability data shows Civic Hybrids and other hybrids to be very reliable overall, although some owners of 2006 Civic Hybrids have reported problems with their hybrid batteries. Our reliability data on firstgeneration Honda Insights, shows a higher than average number of electrical problems, some of which are related to the battery.— Eric Evarts Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o ConsumerReports.org for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences

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Sony introduces two unique SLR-like cameras plus an SLR
Terry Sullivan (Consumer Reports)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 6:26:09 AM

Sony introduces two unique SLR-like cameras plus an SLR Sony's new a33 and a55 include a new technology called Translucent Mirror Technology, which Sony says allows "the camera to operate its AF system simultaneously while recording an image—a process no other DSLR has ever been able to realize before." Photo: Sony Sony has just announced two new SLR-like cameras with new technology and a unique design. The 16-megapixel alpha SLTA55 and the 14-megapixel alpha SLT-A33 digital cameras include non-moveable translucent mirrors that both reflect the image and let it pass through to the camera's imaging sensor. This is unlike any SLR, which must flip up the (nontranslucent) mirror for the sensor to capture an image. And other SLR-like models have no mirror at all. Both new Sonys use large, APS-sized sensors like those found on both SLRs and SLR-like cameras. So why use a translucent mirror at all? According to Sony, which maintains these models are, in fact, SLRs, the "reason for the translucent mirror is to allow the camera to operate its AF system simultaneously while recording an image—a process

no other DSLR has ever been able to realize before." In plain English, this means that the new models should be able to continuously and quickly focus the lens, allowing them to continuously refocus during fast bursts of still-image shooting or video capture (which is full HDresolution, AVCHD video). For example, the A55 can capture 10 frames per second and the A33 seven. Sony says that when you're using these burst modes, the camera will refocus, if it needs to, more quickly and accurately than any SLR. The

Sony alpha a55 digital camera. Photo: Sony Unlike all SLRs, these two new Sonys will not have through-the -lens viewfinders, but will instead include a high-quality 1.1-million-dot electronic viewfinder. This is similar to the one found on the first SLR-like camera, the Panasonic G1, which displays the same image captured on the image sensor. Both cameras will also have a 3 -inch swiveling LCD with 921,000 dots, which should make them quite sharp. (The fact that the cameras have no

through-the-lens viewfinder is why we consider them SLR-like models and not SLRs.) Like all cameras in the Alpha series, both accept all Alpha series SLR lenses without an adapter, unlike Sony's NEX series of cameras, which require one. The A33 will cost $750 with an 18-55mm lens or $650 body only and be available in September. The A55 will cost $850 with an 18-55mm lens or $750 body only and be available in October. Also, Sony has introduced a new SLR, the 14-megapixel

alpha A560 ($750 with the 1855mm and $650 body only), which replaces the A550. For the first time in a Sony SLR, it includes full HD-resolution video recording. It also includes many features found on its predecessor, plus sweep panorama, 3D sweep panorama, multi-frame noise reduction and quick AF liveview modes found on other Sony models. Sony also announced three new prime lenses: • Carl Zeiss 24mm f/2 lens, SONY page 58

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TrueFire Gourmet Cedar Wraps - 24 Pack
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Submitted at 8/24/2010 12:00:25 AM

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Wrapping Things Up Time now for another episode of “Cooking Through The Pain” with your host, Stacy McGillicuddy. Hey, everyone. Sorry if I seem pretty down for my big Super Summer Fun Time Grilling Party episode. This was going to be a really great episode, too, one where we forget about all those stupid men that have broken our hearts and get back to basics with our best girlfriends by cooking up some fantastic food with our 24 pack of TrueFire Gourmet Cedar Wraps and some frozen margaritas by the pool. Well, when the host’s own best friend Heather, excuse me, EX-BEST FRIEND HEATHER sends you an email cancelling on you, possibly because she’s too much of a coward to use a phone to tell you she isn’t coming because she’s met some “great guy” who just happens to be one of your ex-boyfriends, you get a “Don’t Have To Be

Happy” pass. It’s a cooking show rule. Ask Rachel Ray if you don’t believe me. But it’s going to be okay. We don’t need her to have a great show, do we? WE DON’T NEED ANYBODY. All we need are these TrueFire Gourmet Cedar Wraps and our favorite veggies and meats that we bought back when we thought being “sisters” since third grade meant something. With these wraps, all you have to do is soak them in water for about 20 minutes, then roll them around your food to make your food moist, succulent, and bursting with cedar aroma and flavor. They’re perfect for steaming and baking, as well. And they make quite a nice gourmet presentation, too, if, of course, you don’t find yourself so utterly alone in a world that is nothing but darkness and betrayal to care about that sort of thing. Say, maybe we can wrap up that “Best Friends” bracelet Heather gave me for Christmas last year and replace all the meaning it once had with an infusion of cedar flavor! Otherwise, it’s nothing but a

useless hunk of scrap metal and broken promises now, right?! RIGHT?! First things first, though. We’ve got to get this charcoal grill started. Remember, you’ll want to add a few pieces of newspaper to your charcoal pyramid to really help get things going. In a pinch, feel free to use the scrapbook pages you and your ex-best friend were putting together! After all, nothing lights a fire like the grim realization that putting your trust in others only leads to suffering! Features: • 6” x 6” wraps are 100% natural cedar • Infuses food with cedar flavor • Food emerges moist and succulent • Ideal for baking, steaming or grilling • Great gourmet presentation Additional Photos: • TrueFire Gourmet Cedar Wraps in action • It’s a TrueFire Gourmet Cedar Wrap fan • TrueFire Gourmet Cedar Wraps Packaging

Instructions: • Soak cedar wraps in water for 20 minutes • Roll food in the cedar and secure (a scallion makes a great tie, or simply set wrap flap-side down) • Steam, bake or grill until food is cooked • Do not place on heating elements, flames or coals • For oven use: place prepared wraps on a cookie sheet; oven temperature should not exceed 400 degrees • For grill use: place on indirect heat; do not leave unattended while cooking • Serve food in wrap for gourmet presentation • Do not consume cedar wraps In the box: • TrueFire 6” x 6” Cedar Wrap 24-Pack • Instruction Sheets (Recipes Included) Discuss this product Price: $7.99 I want one!

$1,250. • 35mm f/1.8 lens, $200. • 85mm f/2.8 lens, $250. All the lenses will be available in October. —Terry Sullivan Next Steps • Digital Camera Buying Advice: • Types of Digital Cameras| • Digital Camera Features| • Digital Camera Brands All Digital Camera Ratings Subscribers can view and compare all Digital Camera Ratings. Recommended Digital Cameras Look at the ones that we chose as the best of the best. Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o ConsumerReports.org for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences

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Warning: The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG may be addictive
Consumer Reports Shopping Blog (Consumer Reports)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 7:06:05 AM

Warning: The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG may be addictive When it comes to sportiness, Mercedes-Benz, renowned icon of the solid and the sedate, typically plays second fiddle to archrival BMW. Not so with the C63 AMG. With this car, Mercedes lets its hair down. The C-Class is Mercedes’ smallest sedan, but with this special model, it gets the company’s largest V8 engine. That’s a formula that worked magic in the 1960s, launching the muscle car era, and it is a strategy that still fuels excitement today. The transformation is managed by AMG, a wholly owned speedshop that modifies Benzes into fierce, high-performance monsters, much like BMW’s M division. To sample the fun factory’s latest creation, we borrowed a C63 from Mercedes-Benz for a fee. This 2011 example had the optional AMG Development package that adds 30 horsepower to the standard 451 horses. It also adds $6,050 to the

$58,200 base price. But that’s not the main story here. This AMG is all about the exhilarating driving experience. Handling is superlative with exquisite steering, brake feel, and body control. Sometimes stuffing a big V8 in a smallish car makes it nose heavy. Not so here. The C63 feels just about perfectly balanced. Piloting it at our track with the stability control system switched off was such a delight that it ought to come with a surgeon-general’s warning. Admittedly, in the real world, that ESC system can provide a welcomed measure of safety. The V8 is a normally aspirated powerplant that delivers abundant thrust at any rpm and emits a bark that means business, reminiscent of a Corvette. The C63 may be a four-door sedan, but it could shame some dedicated sports cars. Even the seven-speed automatic, the only tranny offered, doesn’t take away from the thrill. Furthermore, unlike many other fire-breathers, the C63 doesn’t beat you to death with a harsh ride or excessive cabin noise.

Despite its extreme capabilities, it isn’t a cop magnet. From the outside, this stealth fighter looks much like a regular C300 and it blends right in with civil society. Still, it should also come with a PG rating. More like PG-35. This bad boy requires a responsible adult at the helm. Needles to say, we loved this car. And not to worry, we replaced those tires before we gave the car back.— Gabe Shenhar Next Steps • Sedan Buying Advice: • Types of Sedans| • Sedan Features| • Sedan Brands All Sedan Ratings Subscribers can view and compare all Sedan Ratings. Recommended Sedans Look at the ones that we chose as the best of the best. Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o ConsumerReports.org for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences

New Intel dual-core Atom processor promises more powerful netbooks
Jeffrey Fox (Consumer Reports)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 6:00:29 AM

New Intel dual-core Atom processor promises more powerful netbooks Intel just announced that a variety of netbooks running a new, dual-core processor (the Atom N550) are available in stores. This announcement gives a potential boost to netbooks at a time when the iPad has been giving them stiff competition. We'll buy and test netbooks that include the new processor as soon as we can. Based on the information provided by Intel, we'd expect those models to offer better performance than their predecessors, though how much better remains to be seen. We'd also expect their battery life to be comparable to the battery life we've seen on past

netbooks(Ratings available to subscribers), typically in the range of 6 to 9 hours. Stay tuned for detailed results when we have put new netbooks through our lab tests. —Jeff Fox Next Steps • Computer Buying Advice: • Types of Computers| • Computer Features| • Computer Brands All Computer Ratings Subscribers can view and compare all Computer Ratings. Recommended Computers Look at the ones that we chose as the best of the best. Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o ConsumerReports.org for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences

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One Man's Trash
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Submitted at 8/23/2010 3:30:00 PM

There's a certain amount of trust that come with about twelve years of friendship. So when my best friend Dave says to me, "Dude, I need some help dragging this thing out the alley and into my girlfriend's house," I don't even bother saying no. I just ask for enough time to finish my beer while secretly hoping it's not a deer cadaver this time. We stare at his latest find for a few minutes before he sighs and says, "Gosh DANG. Isn't it gorgeous? I'm telling you, man, nature's pretty rad, huh?" "It's a branch, Dave. A very large, possibly termite-ridden branch." "BAH!" He bats away my pessimism with a wave of his hand. "That thing's a reading light if I ever saw one. Come on. I need to get this inside before Amy gets home." "Right. Because it'll be harder to see how bad an idea this is when

it's inside her bedroom rather than next to the dumpster the local pee-bums like to vomit in." "EXACTLY." This is the main difference between he and I. Whereas I normally view the world as one ever-growing Katamari of doom and disappointment, Dave sees something awesome in everything, even the stuff that

rolls as ninja swords, telescopes, and makeshift megaphones, she's created an entire series of little scenes within each tube. In this modern age of Internet searches, receiving the local phone book on your doorstep seems like a waste anymore. Alex Queral, on the other hand, sees them as an opportunity to create some incredible sculpture work. Sure, it makes a decent, if nonenvironmentally friendly way of carrying your drink, but I reckon most people wouldn't think of taking a pen to Styrofoam cups for reasons other than writing their name on it. Cheeming Boey, however, has turned the other people might throw away. average coffee container into a That's a pretty enviable talent to c a n v a s f o r s o m e a m a z i n g have, I say. Take the following drawings that sell for hundreds three artists, for instance. on Etsy. Considering the cups One hopes the idea for these may last for over five hundred toilet roll dioramas didn't come years, that may not be a bad from Parisian artist Anastassia investment. Elias being trapped in a bathroom for hours with no way to finish up her "business". Instead of seeing empty paper

Rajon Rondo believes he's on the bubble for last cut from U.S. national team
Chris Sheridan (ESPN.com)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 10:32:18 AM

Updated: August 24, 2010, 11:32 AM ET ATHENS, Greece -- Somebody is going to get cut from Team USA after Wednesday night's exhibition game against Greece, and Rajon Rondo has no illusions about where he stands. "I think I'm on the bubble," Rondo said Tuesday. "Just looking at the obvious -- I got a DNP last game. That pretty much speaks for itself."[+] Enlarge RAJON page 61

Chan Gailey lectures teens for heckling Buffalo Bills players
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players during training camp, and he has let them know it. Immediately after practice Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:17:39 AM ended Tuesday morning, Gailey Updated: August 24, 2010, marched to a group of teenagers 12:17 PM ET standing near the field, and told PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Buffalo them off for heckling players. Bills coach Chan Gailey won't Gailey said if "you dog one of put up with fans criticizing his us, you dog all of us."

Gailey then told them that Bills players would not go to that section of the stands to sign autographs. A couple of members of the group spent part of practice focusing much of their criticism on quarterback Trent Edwards, who's attempting to reclaim the

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US Presswire Rajon Rondo, right, could find himself on the outside looking in on Team USA's roster. After losing his job as the starting point guard to Derrick Rose last weekend in Madrid, Rondo's stock has fallen to the point where it now appears he is third on the point guard depth chart behind Rose and Russell Westbrook. But Rondo is not the lone player on the bubble, a fact Danny Granger acknowledged. "I just think it really depends on what the coaches want from the team," Granger said at the OAKA Arena after the American team practiced in the very same building where the 2004 Olympic team received their bronze medals. "If we take more of a defensive approach, I could be [on the bubble]. If we take more of an offensive approach, then it's different. It just depends on what they want to do." Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he will go with the same starting lineup against Greece that he used in Sunday's one-point victory over Spain, using Rose at the point, Chauncey Billups at shooting guard, Kevin Durant at small forward, Andre Iguodala at power forward and Lamar Odom at center. Coach K also said he would try to give all 13 players some playing time, as long as circumstances permit it.

When pressed on who may or may not be on the bubble, Krzyzewski gave a very strong indication that Stephen Curry is not. “ Just looking at the obvious -- I got a DNP last game. That pretty much speaks for itself.”-Rajon Rondo "It's not so much what Rajon has to show, it's what our team needs. We've found a good lineup, and the international game is so different from the NBA game, you can ask any of these guys," Krzyzewski said. "Part of it is to make sure that we try not to have two nonshooters out on the court, and there's the physicality, too. "Derrick right now being with Chauncey is a good [combination], and Stephen, he provides a different thing, because if they are going under [screens] and they keep going under on him, then he has a 3. So it forces another team to change the way they defend our team. So it's things like that, and how we feel strategy-wise what'll be best for the team." Rondo played poorly (1 of 4, two points, one assist, four turnovers) in the Americans' game against Lithuania on Saturday in which they failed to establish a fast pace and scored just seven points in the first quarter. Rondo and Tyson Chandler were replaced by Rose and Odom in the starting five

the following night against Spain. Rondo's knack for rebounding works in his favor, but his inability to consistently hit jump shots and free throws -- he was 5 of 19 (26 percent) in the NBA Finals -- are two of the factors working against him. Another is the team's lack of size. Odom, Chandler and Kevin Love are the only players who play power forward or center on their NBA teams, which has forced the Americans to use Granger, Rudy Gay, and Iguodala at the 4 spot from time to time. Also, despite the fact that Billups and Curry are playing at shooting guard, both are the primary ballhandlers on their NBA teams, as are Rose, Westbrook and Rondo. And a team with five point guards (along with a sixth guard in Eric Gordon, who has been one of the most consistent players in practice) could be viewed as a team with a key structural flaw. "I'm confident," said Love, who sat out Sunday night's game against Spain after sustaining a mild concussion the previous night against Lithuania when he tried to draw a charge and banged the back of his head against the floor. "I've been playing well in practice. I'm just hoping I get the opportunity, but I know there's a lot of great players that have a chance to

make the [last] spot." "But as far as the front line, I think a lot of people are saying we're thin. Even the coaches are saying that," Love said. Whoever gets cut will be notified late Wednesday night after the game against Greece and will be given a one-way plane ticket back to the United States. The remaining 12 players will travel on to Istanbul, where Team USA opens play in the World Championship on Saturday night against Croatia. "It's what's best for the country," said Rondo, who said his DNPCD (did not play -- coach's decision) Sunday was his first since his rookie NBA season. "It's part of it. We knew coming in it was still tryouts until we make the team that goes to Turkey." Chris Sheridan covers the NBA for ESPN.com. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

Source: New York Jets, Nick Mangold agree to new deal
Jane McManus (ESPN.com)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:14:14 AM

Updated: August 24, 2010, 12:14 PM ET By Jane McManus ESPNewYork.com Archive FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets and All-Pro center Nick Mangold have agreed on a new seven-year deal worth a maximum of $55 million, a league source told ESPNNewYork.com Monday. The new contract could be signed as early as Tuesday. Mangold decided to participate in training camp while awaiting a new deal, unlike cornerback Darrelle Revis, who did not join the team in Cortland, N.Y., on Aug. 1 and whose negotiations became frayed. When Jets coach Rex Ryan was asked Monday if there was any word on any other contract negotiations, he sounded skeptical. "That'd be news to me," Ryan said. Jets blog Looking for more information on the green and white? ESPNNewYork.com has you covered. Blog Earlier on Monday, Mangold said he had discussed the contract situation with Revis, who will make roughly $1 SOURCE: page 62

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million if he plays this season under his current deal. But he didn't think it was ultimately ESPN.com news services first reported that Rice had signed free agent receiver Javon fruitful on anything but a (ESPN.com) personal level. surgery. It is expected that Rice Walker on Tuesday. will miss the first half of the Walker, whose only Pro Bowl "We talked," Mangold said. "I Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:29:55 AM season. season came in 2004 with the would say being in the same Updated: August 24, 2010, Rice went to his first Pro Bowl Green Bay Packers when Favre situation I didn't feel that we 12:29 PM ET in 2009, catching 83 passes for was his quarterback, hasn't had a should be taking advice from Brett Favre's top target had hip 1 , 3 1 2 y a r d s a n d e i g h t 1,000-yard receiving season each other." surgery Monday and might miss touchdowns. He was just as since 2006 when he was with Mangold declined to talk about the negotiations, based on the first half of the 2010 season. good in the postseason, with 10 the Denver Broncos. Sidney Rice, who missed all of receptions for 184 yards and Walker, however, clashed with advice he got from his agents, training camp with a hip injury four touchdowns. Favre before he left the Packers but he did talk about his s u f f e r e d i n t h e N F C Severe migraines have also in a trade after the 2005 season. decision to come to camp after Championship Game, was at the c a l l e d i n t o q u e s t i o n h o w Walker, who has played with considering a holdout as early as Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., effective Percy Harvin, the Green Bay, Denver and the minicamp. on Monday and underwent Vikings' second-leading receiver Oakland Raiders in 83 career "[Holding out] didn't fit my surgery. in 2009 and the NFL's Offensive g a m e s , h a s 3 1 c a r e e r personality," Mangold said. "It's Rice told ESPN's Rachel Rookie of the Year, will be in touchdowns -- 20 thrown by not me, it's not who I am, and it's not what I do." Nichols in a text message that his second season. Favre. the surgery went well. He said Harvin was taken by ambulance This entry passed through the Mangold ultimately decided he he has already started physical from a practice last week after Full-Text RSS service — if this needed to be in camp for the therapy, riding the workout bike suffering a severe migraine, is your content and you're starting left guard battle, and his with some help. Rice Was Well a l t h o u g h h e j o i n e d h i s reading it on someone else's site, teammates respected him for it. Done teammates one day later. He please read our FAQ page at " H e t r e a t e d i t l i k e a Last season, Sidney Rice missed most of training camp fivefilters.org/content-only/ professional," said fellow lineman Brandon Moore. "He became the third receiver in because of migraines, but coach faq.php V i k i n g s h i s t o r y w i t h 8 0 Brad Childress has downplayed F i v e F i l t e r s f e a t u r e d could've easily made a stink receptions and 1,300 receiving his concern about Harvin. article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets about it, did some things here yards in a single season. With depth an obvious concern a n E a s y R i d e i n t h e even when he was here. You wouldn't have known. A lot of The (Minneapolis) Star Tribune at wide receiver, the Vikings I n d e p e n d e n t . guys didn't even know it was an issue. I think that's a testament of how professional he is, able to put that aside, and just come to work." In theory, since he wasn't

talking about football, Mangold said he'd be happy to play center long-term for the Jets, which is something Ryan can get behind. "He's a tremendous player obviously and that would be a huge thing for our franchise," Ryan said. Ryan has referred to Mangold as the best center in the NFL. "He can handle nose tackles, and that's where it starts now with all these 3-4 teams I think," Ryan said. "It could be every team in our division playing a 34 and you better have a center who can match up with these nose tackles." Jane McManus is a columnist for ESPNNewYork.com. Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com also contributed to this story. M o r e f r o m ESPNNewYork.com » 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

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Note to Nationals: Save Baseball, Shut Stephen Strasburg Down
Kevin Blackistone (FanHouse Main)
Submitted at 8/23/2010 9:20:00 PM

Filed under: MLB WASHINGTON -- In Stephen Strasburg's last start on Saturday, when he was pulled in the fifth inning after grimacing after a thrown pitch, more people than there were seats for crammed into the Phillies' Citizens Bank Park. Even in Philadelphia -- which leads the National League in attendance -that was worth noting. It just didn't measure up to Strasburg's feat in his first road start in early June at moribund Cleveland, where he attracted an Indians baseball crowd that was

twice as big as usual. That second winning start, sensational too, was enough to get Strasburg etched in the public psyche, where he wound up selling more jerseys in his first month in the big leagues

than any player ever. It all got him, the Nationals' rookie pitching sensation, emblazoned on the of "Sports Illustrated" above the headline "National Treasure." But I was left wondering

Monday at Nationals Park, where the Nationals announced they were placing Strasburg on the disabled list for the second time in less than a month, whether Strasburg might turn into a national disaster. "The story with Stephen is," Nationals general manager Mike Kurt Warner Reaffirms Rizzo said before Monday's game, "he had pain in his Retirement via Twitter elbow." as Cards Look Awful The elbow. That's what Tommy Chris Harry (FanHouse Main) John surgery ultimately fixes. (Pardon my pessimistic alarm, Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:03:00 AM but I grew up here rooting, as Filed under: Arizona Cardinals, best one could, for the Senators, NFL Quarterbacks Two things and with nothing except lousy we know for sure about Kurt returns.) KURT page 64

Is It a No-No to Utter the Words 'No-Hitter' on the Air?
Ed Price (FanHouse Main)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:00:00 AM

Filed under: MLB Fans, Sports Business and Media With two out in the bottom of the sixth inning on June 6, with the Yankees' Javier Vazquez pitching in Toronto, YES Network broadcaster John Flaherty said something on the air about Vazquez he never would have said to Vazquez as a

teammate. "This is the point in the ballgame, Bob, you start thinking about the possibility of a no-hitter," Flaherty said, addressing play-by-play man Bob Lorenz. "Two out here in the sixth, he has not given up a hit yet." Yes, Flaherty used baseball's version of the N-word: no-hitter. "I wouldn't have said it to him, but I would have said it to the

hitter going.' " With so many no-hitters, and close calls, this season, broadcasters' superstitious sides have been tested. In the end, they are determined to either avoid the jinx or ignore it. guy sitting next to me on the bench," Flaherty, a former bigleague catcher, told FanHouse in recalling the moment. "I wouldn't say anything to him, but when you're having a conversation about it, you definitely say, 'Oh, he's got a no-

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Warner after his former team's Monday night mess. Warner is learning how to use a Mac. And he ain't coming back. While the Warner-less Arizona Cardinals were flailing away on offense during their 24-10 preseason road loss at Tennessee, the ESPN "Monday Night Football" crew couldn't help but wonder whether the former Cards star and two-time NFL Most Valuable Player was watching -- or cringing -- at what Matt Leinart and the rest of the Arizona offensive unit

was doing. Make that not doing. As in, no points for the starting unit for the second straight week. Warner, who retired during the offseason after leading Arizona to a second straight NFC West title, was playing around on Twitter earlier in the evening, asking friends for help with iMovie in trying to splice together some clips from a speech.

Newsmax Endorses McCain in Arizona Race
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Senator and 2008 presidential candidate John McCain squares off today against challenger J.D. Hayworth in the Arizona Republican primary. Newsmax believes Sen. McCain deserves re-election. McCain has voted consistently on the conservative side on important issues — he has never supported a broad-based tax hike, has voted for all conservative Supreme Court nominees, and has a long prolife record. He also maintains unquestionable credibility on national security and has demonstrated his leadership by encouraging the “surge” of U.S. forces in Iraq. And, as it turns out, he has a better record than Hayworth on controlling federal spending. Hayworth, a six-term congressman and former talk radio host, is not the man to be in the Senate at this moment.

We have been impressed that John McCain, almost from day one of President Barack Obama’s administration, has been a leader opposing Obama’s radical agenda. McCain led GOP opposition to Obama’s economic stimulus package. He staunchly opposed Obama's and the Democrats’ healthcare reform plan, and has defended Arizona’s tough new law seeking to rein in illegal immigration. Even before Obama and the rise of the tea party, John McCain has been an outspoken critic of pork-barrel spending used by both Republicans and Democrats. Today he supports making the Bush tax cuts permanent. He has also won the backing of the National Rifle Association. America lives in dangerous times. Iran is on the verge of attaining a nuclear weapon. Rogue states such as North Korea have been growing more belligerent. McCain is considered the Senate’s point

man for keeping our armed forces strong and robust. This is not the time for the Senate to find itself without John McCain. At a recent town hall meeting, McCain declared: “I have stood up and led the fight as a fiscal conservative and a leader on national defense and a strong supporter of the men and women who are fighting and sacrificing for this nation.” Newsmax rarely endorses a candidate. But in this case, we are convinced that Republicans need to retain McCain’s experienced, forceful voice. © Newsmax. All rights reserved. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

StarCraft features in University of Florida's '21st Century Skills' course
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It seems games are seeping even further into our education system. We've already reported the inclusion of Portal in the coursework at Wabash College, and now we learn that the University of Florida is offering a class in StarCraft-- 21st Century Skills in Starcraft(EME2040). The course, taught by doctoral student Nathaniel Poling, uses Blizzard's classic RTS to impart students with skills in the areas of "critical thinking, problem solving, resource management, and adaptive decision making." Poling told Technology Review that StarCraft requires players to manage "a lot of different units and groups of different capacities," a skill that translates in real world business. The course -- the university's first

fully online class -- requires students to play the game, watch recorded matches, and write papers "which emphasize analysis and synthesis of real/ game-world concepts." Oh, the class also has no final exam and does count toward a student's GPA. In other words: enroll in this class now. [Thanks, Kai] StarCraft features in University of Florida's '21st Century Skills' course originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 24 Aug 2010 12:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

Dick Morris, Hannity Praise McCollum
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important that Bill McCollum win that primary.” Story continues below. Tuesday, 24 Aug 2010 12:29 Morris was referring to PM McCollum's primary opponent Appearing on Sean Hannity's and the company he founded, top-rated Fox News show Columbia/HCA, which pleaded Monday night, Dick Morris guilty to the largest Medicare strongly encouraged Florida fraud in history. Republicans to cast their votes Scott himself was never the for Bill McCollum as the next target of the FBI's probe of the governor. case and was never charged with Morris told Hannity: “Wwe’ve any crime. seen all these negative ads that Hannity added that the GOP say 'my opponent’s a crook, my front-runners in Florida are opponent stole money and stuff.' shaping up to be a “great ticket,” And this time, it’s true. Rick noting that McCollum, Pam S c o t t d i d a n d i t i s v e r y Bondi for attorney general, and

Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate were all leading in the polls. Hannity described Rubio as a “rock star” and “the future of the Republican Party.” © Newsmax. All rights reserved. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

New Silver Lining chapter out in September, old King's Quest games on GoG now
JC Fletcher (Joystiq)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 1:00:00 PM

Phoenix Online Studios announced that the second chapter of its Activisionapproved(ish) free King's Quest game, The Silver Lining, will be released next month. In a post on the game's site, Phoenix's Cesar Bittar notes some of the improvements that have been made based on feedback from

those who played the first game. Thanks to you, Episode 2: Two Households will have better pathfinding, the option to switch between "extended" and "short" narration, new walking animation (with a walk/run toggle), more subtitle options, and widescreen support. In terms of gameplay, there are 17 If you want to catch up on this new locations, a roughly 4-hour- King's Quest business so you long quest, and "puzzles a- can understand why fans would plenty to keep you entertained." go to the trouble of making a

tribute game, GoG.com just added a King's Quest 1-3 bundle to its shop, for $9.99. You can get a pack with 4, 5, and 6 for

the same price. We'll warn you now: these games look and sound quite vintage. New Silver Lining chapter out in September, old King's Quest games on GoG now originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 24 Aug 2010 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Boehner Sees 'Ongoing Economic Uncertainty'
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law, arguing that some requirements are a heavy imposition on small businesses. Tuesday, 24 Aug 2010 12:10 "Never before has the need for a PM fresh start in Washington been House Republican leader John more pressing," said Boehner, Boehner on Tuesday urged who promised that he would run President Barack Obama to things differently if Republicans support an extension of tax cuts capture control of the House in and to fire key economic the fall and he is elected advisers, arguing that more than Speaker. a year of "government as Boehner, one of the president's community organizer" hasn't l o u d e s t c r i t i c s , s a i d U . S . worked. employers are afraid to invest in In a speech to the City Club of an economy stalled by the Cleveland, Boehner said Obama president's economic stimulus needs to act immediately on package and hamstrung by several fronts to break what the uncertainty. R e p u b l i c a n d e s c r i b e s a s "The prospect of higher taxes, "ongoing e c o n o m i c stricter rules and more u n c e r t a i n t y . " H e s a i d t h e regulations has employers president should work with the sitting on their hands," Boehner GOP to renew soon-to-expire said. tax cuts enacted under President Throughout the speech, George W. Bush. Congress will Boehner trumpeted his decades tackle the issue when it returns of political experience while he next month. simultaneously derided the The Ohio lawmaker also called "same-old" partisan practices in on Obama to propose aggressive Washington. spending cuts and seek the Echoing a GOP line of attack r e s i g n a t i o n s o f T r e a s u r y from the 2008 presidential Secretary Timothy Geithner; the campaign, Boehner took a swipe head of the National Economic at Obama, who worked as a Council, Larry Summers, and c o m m u n i t y o r g a n i z e r i n other members of his economic C h i c a g o . team. He also demanded the "We've tried 19 months of repeal of some elements of g o v e r n m e n t - a s - c o m m u n i t y Obama's health care overhaul organizer," Boehner said. "It

hasn't worked." The speech was short on details about the Republican agenda, with Boehner promising that the GOP will release its plan next month. Democrats dismissed Boehner's prescription as a politically motivated plan that would hurt the already sluggish economy. "It calls for fiscally reckless policies that will destabilize the economy and kill the nascent job creation that is going on now," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., his party's House campaign chief. Boehner's call for renewing Bush's tax cuts would "blow a $700 billion hole in the deficit," Van Hollen told reporters on a conference call. He and Rep. Sander Levin, DMich., the Ways and Means Committee chairman, rejected Boehner's calls for Obama's economic aides to step aside. "Instead of shouting for the resignations of somebody, (Republicans) should get out of the way" of Democratic-written plans to revive the economy, such as a bill to spur lending to small businesses, Levin said. After the speech, an audience member asked Boehner what he thought of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's questions about who is

funding the opposition to a proposed Islamic center near the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York. "I really don't understand what should be investigated," Boehner said. "The American people are concerned about this. No one doubts the right of these people to build a mosque where they see fit. But just because they have the right to do something doesn't mean that it is the right thing for them to do." —— Associated Press writer Julie Hirschfeld Davis in Washington contributed to this report. © Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

NY Rep. Rangel Knocks Obama for 'Dignity' Remark
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Tuesday, 24 Aug 2010 08:43 AM New York Rep. Charles Rangel has shot back at President Barack Obama's recent comment that he "end his career with dignity." Speaking at a candidate's forum Monday night in New York City, Rangel said the president hasn't "been around long enough to determine what my dignity is." The 80-year-old congressman said it was more likely he would protect Obama's dignity over the next two years. A House ethics panel has accused the 20-term Democrat from Harlem of ethics violation charges. Rangel has vowed to fight the charges and is refusing to resign. He says he is focusing on his re-election. Obama said three weeks ago that he was sure Rangel wanted to "be able to end his career with dignity" and said he hoped it would happen. © Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. This entry passed through the REP. page 67

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Earth Bacteria Survive a 553-Day Space Exposure on the Exterior of the ISS
Clay Dillow (Popular Science New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)

researchers didn't select the bacteria specifically, but rather sent whole chunks of bacterialaden rock from the cliffs to the Submitted at 8/24/2010 9:59:35 AM Bacteria taken from the station, where they were scrumptiously named fishing installed in boxes on the exterior village of Beer on Britain's o f t h e I S S ' s C o l u m b u s south coast have proven Laboratory. themselves some of the hardiest Related Articles ISS Crew organisms on Earth -- or in Captures Beautiful Image of space for that matter. Bacteria Green Aurora Over the Indian found in rocks taken from the Ocean Bacteria Colony May cliffs at Beer have survived a Grow Nanowires to Create g r u e l i n g y e a r - a n d - a - h a l f Giant Living Biogeobattery exposure to space conditions on M o d i f i e d S e c r e t i n g the exterior of the ISS and Cyanobacteria Are Like Tiny returned home alive, becoming B i o f u e l F a c t o r i e s T a g s the l o n g e s t - l i v e d Technology, Clay Dillow, photosynthesizing microbes to b a c t e r i a , b i o - m i n i n g , survive in space. cyanobacteria, ISS, life, Space, The bacteria were sent to the survival Out there, the bacteria ISS as part of an experiment to were exposed to everything identify potentially helpful from the wild temperature microbes that could be used in swings between day and night, life-support systems or bio- cosmic radiation, extreme mining operations on future exposure to ultraviolet light, and moon or Mars missions. The the effects of the vacuum of

space. For most living cells that's a deadly cocktail, but while some bacteria in the rock died as they were pounded on by the harsh space environment, a colony of bugs known as OU20 (they were sent up by the UK's Open University) resembling the cyanobacteria genus Gloeocapsa survived. It's not exactly clear how they did it, but the survivors of the grueling 553-day trial are now back here on Earth for study. Researchers hope such hardy bugs could help future planetary exploration missions extract minerals from rocks or recycle waste on remote planets, allowing something like a permanent moon or Mars base to operate self-sufficiently. [ BBC]

PopSci's Guide To The 30 Coolest College Classes in the Country
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make you wish class would never end. Over the years, PopSci has pulled together annual lists of Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:00:00 AM George Washington University: the coolest, funnest college labs, Crash Lab John B. Carnett the places where we would like Here's where you can learn to t o h a v e s p e n t o u r y o u t h blow stuff up, scale 150-foot t i n k e r i n g , e x p l o r i n g , a n d trees, make toys and catch learning. Here, we've collected lightning--all for college credit the ultimate list of all the great Why subject yourself to the dull labs we've ever covered. buzz of fluorescent lights and Launch the gallery for our full endless data sets? Play with illustrated list of the coolest plastic explosives, dive with college labs in the country. jellyfish, or make video games instead! These schools will

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In National Parks, Technology Saves Lives, But May Also Put Them At Risk
Rebecca Boyle (Popular Science - New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
Submitted at 8/23/2010 4:15:04 PM

Buffalo Jam Buffalo jams are a common problem in Yellowstone National Park. Technology would be of little use in this scenario. via flickr/ ellenm (CC licensed) The best way to enjoy a national park, in my opinion, involves little more than a tent, hiking boots and a hydration pack - the only gadgetry I bring is a digital camera. This Luddite sensibility is not shared by many of my fellow park-goers, of course. As The New York Times reported this weekend, modern technology has gotten some national park visitors in trouble, meaning added work and added risk for rescue crews and park rangers. With Labor Day approaching, it's worth keeping in mind that technology, while great, cannot always save us. In national parks, it might actually make things worse. Kyle Patterson, spokeswoman for Rocky Mountain National Park, a quick drive west of Denver, explains: "We have seen people who have solely relied on GPS technology but were not using common sense or maps and compasses, and it

leads them astray." Rather than come prepared, inexperienced hikers plan to rely on their gadgets - GPS devices, cellphones, what have you - to save them. They know they can use a cell phone to call for help, so they may take greater risks. And when they do seek rescue, they often take it to extremes: In one example, a lost hiker in Grand Teton National Park called for help, and asked her saviors to bring hot chocolate.

phone that a woman had fallen while hiking in the backcountry on the park's west side. She was brought out by a horse. And finally, at 2:15, someone used a cell phone once again to call for help from a beginner-level lake trail, where a woman had fallen and broken an ankle. Technology might have saved these hikers' lives, or at the very least serious injury if they had been forced to hike out or spend the night in the mountains. Without cell phones, it's likely that they would not have found help for several hours - a major problem if they were unprepared. But that's just it. People are increasingly relying on technology, rather than training and preparation, to cover their backs when they push themselves too far. An inexperienced hiker might be T h e T i m e s r e c o u n t s t h e this month highlight this fact. excited about his new handheld incredible story of a man hiking Aug. 11 was a busy day at GPS, so he takes it into the i n t h e G r a n d C a n y o n ' s Rocky Mountain, according to backcountry, but forgets the essentials: Water, a compass and backcountry with two teenage 9News in Denver: sons. He pressed an emergency At 9 a.m., someone used a cell a map. (And, of course, warm button on his personal GPS phone to call for help from just clothing, food, etc.) Then what device, summoning a helicopter, below the summit of 14,255- happens when his batteries run but declined to board when it foot Longs Peak, where a out? arrived because water was all he woman had injured her knee. Not to sound all Boy Scout-y, wanted - the canyon water Other climbers helped her down but it's best to be prepared for "tasted salty," he said. to the Boulder Field (around any scenario, and to avoid Of course, technology can be a 12,760 feet), where a helicopter depending on technology. It's literal lifesaver. Three separate picked her up. Then, at noon, NATIONAL page 69 incidents in one park on one day rangers were notified by satellite

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A Sensor That Tracks Cosmic Particles Could Spot Hidden Nuclear Threats Before They Cross Our Borders
Mark Wolverton (Popular Science - New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
Submitted at 8/24/2010 9:08:11 AM

How To Find a Dirty Bomb: As muons pass through the top and bottom detectors, their path builds a view of suspicious objects. Graham Murdoch Smuggling a nuclear weapon into the U.S. is distressingly simple-all someone needs is a truck full of watermelons. Regulations prohibit using highpower x-rays on perishables, and Geiger counters don't beep alerts because the juicy fruit absorbs radiation. But a new drive-through detector takes advantage of cosmic rays to locate any nuclear material, no matter how cleverly hidden. Only a few percent of the 15 million or so cargo containers that enter the country every year are screened for nukes, a number that Congress mandates must be 100 percent by 2012. That benchmark is impractical using today's tech, however. Standard detectors can miss

nuclear material hidden behind lead or steel, and naturally radioactive cargo such as kitty litter gives false positives, requiring a labor-intensive handsearch. A new detector from Decision Sciences, a security company in California, sees through anything and can scan a semi in less than a minute. It tracks muons, cosmic particles

constantly bombarding Earth. Muons penetrate everything but are deflected more by heavy atoms such as uranium and plutonium. The detector tracks these deflections. The company finished lab tests this spring and is now building detectors to deploy at several ports in the next year. "As long as it works quickly enough, it should fit the bill," says Robert

Dynes, a physicist at the University of California at San Diego who reviewed radiation detectors for Homeland Security. Tests indicate that the device should be speedy on real cargo, says Decision Sciences's chief technology officer, Allan Wegner. And it's nearly foolproof. Wegner can't go into detail about its weaknesses (for obvious reasons), but he assures

us that kitty litter and watermelons will no longer threaten national security. How It Works • As muons come from the sky, they pass through the top detector, the truck and the bottom detector. The muons create ionization trails in the scanner's gas-filled detector tubes, which sensors record. • Heavy atoms, such as uranium and plutonium, deflect muons more than lighter ones do. If the angles of muons' entrance and exit paths vary by a wide magin, nuclear material could be present. • The detector also senses gamma radiation, which the computer combines with muon data to build a 3D view of suspicious muon-scattering objects, alerting customs agents exactly where to search.

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great that Americans are enjoying our national parks July was a record month for visitors at Yellowstone,

according to the Times - but here's hoping our gadget-loving lifestyle doesn't ruin the experience.

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Put an End to Mindless Snacking
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by Alina Zolotareva Print Article Email to Friend We snack a lot more than we think. Over time, even occasional snacking can take a toll on our waistlines. Luckily, making a few small changes in our daily habits can stop—and even reverse—this diet damage. Cornell Professor Brian Wansink, author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, and president elect of the Society for Nutrition Education, offers up five tested ways to break your snacking habits and help get you on your way to a lean, healthy body. • DRINK WATER"It's very easy for us to confuse dehydration with hunger," says Wansink. "We know our body's craving something and we just assume it's food, but frequently it ends up being liquids, especially in active people. I would guess seven times out of 10 what they think of as hunger is really just a slight dehydration." You don't necessarily have to drink pure water, but make sure the beverage is low in caffeine and sodium. "Caffeine and sodium dehydrate you even more, giving your mouth a feeling of thirst, which can lead you to

snack," warns Wansink. • DON'T MAKE IT EASY Mindless munching is often a result of easy snack-access. To slow yourself down, Wansink suggests making snacking a challenge. "Put in some interruption that can make you think twice about how much you want to snack. If there's a bowl of candy sitting at your desk, you don't think twice, it's there. But if you put barriers in your way, it'll really test how much you want this." There's proof in the pudding. In a study Wansink did with a candy dish, office workers ate 125 calories less when the dish was just 6 feet away from them than when the dish was at arm's distance. Those seemingly trivial 125 extra cals can add up to a whopping 11 lbs in just one year. • MAKE TRADEOFFS A great way to reduce careless snacking is to make up some sort of condition every time you have cravings. "For example, you can have anything you want from the vending machine if you are going to work out that day, or if you have a light dinner, something where there's some sort of trade off that you have to make," suggests Wansink. "If you regularly stop by 7-11 on the way home and buy a Slurpee, start taking an alternative way home to reduce

that temptation. Or say 'I can get that only if I run an important errand on the way home.' That way, you break that habit, or diminish it so that you're at least getting something done when you snack." • DON'T BURY THE EVIDENCE Some guys like to stuff their empty bags of chips and candy wrappers into the very bottom of the trash in an attempt to forget that they ate them at all. Don't hide the wrappers! Leaving the candy wrappers on your desk at work or the chicken bones on your plate during the football game is a good way to remind yourself to slow down. Wansink also suggests staying mindful of this when you drink: "When you're partying with other guys and you're having fun, it's often easy to forget how much a person's drank, whether it's beer or soda. An easy way to keep track of things is to put the bottle-top in your pocket. That way, once you feel them, it'll remind you how many you've had that night. It's an easy way to keep track of something that it's easy to lose track of." • HAVE YOUR CAKE, BUT SKIP THE BREAD Eating out at restaurants can easily throw off your weight loss goals. Thankfully, there are easy tips we can follow to eat well and still enjoy ourselves. "First, we

are horrendous bread eaters, so don't let the waiter bring the bread basket," advises Wansink. "The second thing is, order something that you really want. Eat all the meat and veggies, (Mensfitness.com) and don't have the carbs if you Submitted at 8/24/2010 4:00:00 AM don't want them. But don't skimp on an entree by trying to by Dean Stattmann get something you think is Print Article Email to Friend healthy because it's just going to JOHN HILLESLAND backfire in the long run. Finally, Hometown: Lisle, Ill. remember this rule of thumb Age: 24 when eating out at a restaurant: Height: 6'1" limit yourself to the entree and Weight Before: 205 lbs just two other things—it can be Weight After: 165 lbs two drinks, a dessert and a roll, Some guys are lucky: They're or it could be 2 rolls—it just blessed with good genetics that can't be all of the above." allows them to eat whatever they want without gaining Related articles: weight. John Hillesland used to Diet Screwups: How to bounce be one of those guys. Sure, in back from overindulging high school he played football The Lowdown on Sweeteners and basketball and lifted Tips for keeping your weight- regularly, but he was also a loss plan on target typical teen, indulging in all [on Facebook, Digg, Reddit and kinds of junk food. Still, no more] matter how badly he ate, flab This entry passed through the never stuck to his 6'1", 160Full-Text RSS service — if this pound frame. is your content and you're All that changed in 2004, when reading it on someone else's site, he left Lisle, Ill., to study please read our FAQ page at finance at the University of fivefilters.org/content-only/ Iowa. Like most college kids, faq.php Hillesland soon replaced his F i v e F i l t e r s f e a t u r e d workouts and favorite sports article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets with late-night drinking. Since a n E a s y R i d e i n t h e he wasn't a big fan of dining hall Independent. meals, he started making fastfood runs up to five times a week. By summer, he'd packed SUCCESS page 71

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Interesting Facts About Sex
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Print Article Email to Friend Did You Know? — The average American man's erect penis is five to seven inches long with a circumference of four to six inches, according to The Kinsey Institute. — 46% of women would give up getting laid for two weeks rather than logging off the Internet for the same amount of time, according to a survey conducted by Intel. — Want the ultimate orgasm? Abstain from any sexual activity at all for three weeks. That's the amount of time it takes for your testosterone levels to peak and boost your libido, according to a study published in the World Journal of Urology. — There are 500-1,000 deaths per year from autoerotic asphyxiation. that's equal to the numbers of murders in New York City each year. — Spain, Brazil, and Italy produce the best lovers, reports global research site

OnePoll.com. The worst? Germans, who women dubbed "too smelly." Englishmen were too lazy, and Swedes finished too quickly. As for the Yanks? They landed somewhere in the middle. — Forget hitting the shower after a romp — 36% of people under the age of 35 go right onto Facebook and Twitter, according to consumer electronic site Retrevo.com. — 11% of guys say they use sex to relieve stress. — You help her get a good night's sleep. University of Pennsylvania researchers claim that women in stable relationships get better shut-eye than single women do. — More than one in three women are having sex at least three times every week. Not quite one in four men (28%) are as lucky. — Not going out as much? 32% percent of men say they are masturbating more since the recession. — Sex-related entertainment (porn mags or videos, strip clubs, escort services, phone

sex, sexting, etc.) has taken the plunge with the economy: Forty -two percent of guys cut it from their budget entirely. — Women are having sex 17% more often than the average guy. — One in three men and women are completely satisfied with their sex life. (Alas, the same number of both sexes think their sex life could drastically improve.) Related articles: How to enjoy sex in public without getting caught Tweak your standby bedroom moves with these red hot tips Tips for giving her the big one every time [on Facebook, Digg, Reddit and more] 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

on 30 pounds of fat. He dropped 10 that summer but gained it all back the next semester—the beginning of a vicious cycle. It wasn't until a game of pickup basketball his senior year that Hillesland knew he had to lose the weight. struggling to move his 205-pound body up and down the court, he was winded after five minutes. Later, he compared high school photos with what he saw in the mirror and was shocked. "I couldn't believe how far I'd let myself go," he says. The next day, Hillesland turned to one of his friends, a personal trainer, and began a four-day-aweek lifting program, based on key moved like the bench, squat, and deadlift. But he knew lifting alone wouldn't make him lean, so he retooled his diet as well. "I kicked fast food and immediately felt much better." Finally, the guy who used to dread even short sprints began running regularly on a treadmill a few days a week. In the beginning, he covered just a single mile. Yet he kept on, dutifully logging his progress on a spreadsheet Little by little, Hillesland gained endurance, working up to running 20-plus miles a week. "I discovered I enjoyed running and set a goal to complete a half marathon," he says. Last

August, he did just that. And now at 165 pounds, with less than 6% body fat, Hillesland sees even bigger accomplishments on the horizon. Forget finish lines, he says. "I don't see an end point. I just want to keep going and going." John's Tip: Never Give Up "Getting in shape and becoming healthier—successfully meeting my goals to get fit—has carried over into other aspects of my life. At work I'm unfazed by tasks that used to seem daunting. Socially, I'm more confident. It all comes from making an effort to change, then doing it." Related articles: Success Story: Joey Ricca Success Story: Greg Bauer Success Story: Jim Murphy [on Facebook, Digg, Reddit and more] 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

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Obama to Gulf: Oil Ban Stays
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press the Obama administration about the ban. The commission sent a letter to Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:00:36 AM Bureau of Ocean Energy Posted August 24th, 2010 at Management, Regulation and 12:00pm in Enterprise and Free E n f o r c e m e n t M i c h a e l Markets Print This Post Bromwich demanding to a W h e n P r e s i d e n t B a r a c k detailed justification for the ban O b a m a ’ s o w n o i l s p i l l by August 23. commission first met in July, Bromwich did respond. And his they said that the President’s message to the gulf: the ban decision to ban oil drilling in the stays. The AP reports: Gulf fell outside their mandate. The top federal offshore oil But after a number of highly drilling regulator is telling the charged field hearing in the presidential oil spill commission Gulf, the commission did a 180- that the temporary halt to degree reversal and promised to deepwater drilling will remain

in place for a few more months. … The nation’s top drilling regulator, Michael Bromwich, says he will propose a

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word! This is a term that is constantly abused by hollow folks on the left as well as on the right, usually when they are trying to stick it to an opponent without needing to take any stands on controversial issues — religious, cultural and moral issues, most of the time — that might upset a few voters or (let’s face it) journalists. Thus, we have “values” voters. Thus, we have Democrats who can sail into blue-collar, Catholic neighborhoods and talk about their “values” without having to answer real questions (see John Edwards). Thus we have Republicans who can visit religious congregations and ominously say that Democrats do not have “values,” while also managing to avoid taking stands on the same issues ( see Rudy Giuliani). Meanwhile, there are journalists who throw the term around, as well, often when trying to avoid covering any messy social or cultural issues. What in the heckfire does the word “values” mean, anyway? To see a classic example of this syndrome, check out this A1 story from The Washington Post, focusing on a high-profile congressional race out in the wilds of America’s high, high plains. The fun starts in the flashy headline: “In South Dakota, Democrats’ own ‘mama grizzly’ vs. ‘the next Sarah Palin.’ “

Let’s start right at the vague, mushy top: SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — As South Dakota’s lone House member, Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) wants each of her votes to reflect the wholesome, conservative values of this rural rectangle of a state. So she has artfully tailored her record: no on the health-care overhaul; no on the Wall Street bailouts; no on the cap-andtrade energy bill. She’s a proud Democrat, she says, but a prouder South Dakotan. Still, there is that one vote Herseth Sandlin cast, the aye for California Democrat Nancy Pelosi as speaker, that her opponent has hammered her on. “I believe the U.S. House of Representatives is the people’s house. It is not Nancy Pelosi’s house,” Herseth Sandlin’s Republican challenger, state Rep. Kristi Noem, told an applauding crowd at the fairgrounds recently during their first debate of the campaign. A big Republican wave may be coming in November. And despite distancing herself from her party’s policies, despite touting her independence and moderation, Herseth Sandlin could be washed away by the simple fact that she has a “D” after her name. Throughout the Midwest and South, dozens of her fellow centrists are also imperiled by the backlash of voters threatening to take out

their disdain for President Obama and the direction he has taken the country on anyone who is a Democrat. So what we have here is a “mama grizzly” Democrat from the heartland who is up against a talented young female who the Post calls “authentic, tall and lean, soft-spoken but tough, an unabashed conservative who rarely strays off script. She’s a made-for-Fox News star in her own right.” Sandlin “grew up on a farm,” readers are told, while Noem “runs a ranch. She rides horses, herds cattle, hunts elk (with a bow), shoots prairie dogs (with a rifle) and skins pheasants.” Naturally, some have already labeled Noem the “next Sarah Palin.” Despite that barrage, this race is apparently all about the economy, not the headlinemaking social issues that tend to come wrapped in religious questions. It’s a race about “values,” but we are given no information whatsoever about the hot-button issues that, in the past, have most divided the “values voters.” This race is all economics, all the time. Maybe. Oh, I forgot to mention that the photo package that accompanies this piece includes a huge image (see image No. 9 in this collection) of Noem leading a small circle of her family members in prayer. Republicans

do that, it seems. What about Democrats? There is one photo ( online only, No. 23) of Sandlin at home in which a cross is hanging in the background. Is this relevant? Could be, since the Post, more than anything else, wants its readers to know that she has the “values” thing down and is a centrist or right-wing Democrat. So why is Noem viewed as an alternative? A quick glance at Sandlin’s profile at The Daily Kos provides lots of information about her Blue Dog streak. However, a story about the race in Politics Daily provides a slightly different view of the subject. The sarcastic first quote is from the Republican’s campaign manager. … Noem is aggressively contesting the incumbent’s claim to conservatism. Noem’s counter talking point? That when voters realize how Herseth Sandlin votes, they won’t like it. “The fact that Herseth Sandlin’s voting record — 95 percent of the time with [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi — is something that really resonates with South Dakotans,” Josh Shields said sarcastically. … Abortion and other social issues may also play a role in the race. Noem is supported by such conservative groups as Concerned Women PAC, the Susan B. Anthony List, and FRC Action PAC, while Herseth

Sandlin has previously been backed by the liberal, EMILY’s List. Another wild card is that South Dakota’s Republican Sen. John Thune is running unopposed this year. Thune has plenty of money anyway, and seems happy to share his bounty with Noem. Thune, of course, is a superstar among conservative voters. So where do the two candidates fit into this “values” scene, in terms of the tricky political issues that come wrapped in language about faith, morality and culture? In other words, is it relevant which pews these two women occupy, when they choose to occupy a pew? Might that information offer a clue or two about this side of the campaign? To tell you the truth, I could not find out where Noem goes to church. I would predict that she attends an evangelical megachurch of some kind, if such things exist in the Dakotas, based on the nasty comments about her faith and lack of intellect on liberal weblogs. Sandlin, on the other hand, is clearly identified with the First Lutheran Church, Brookings, S.D., which is part of the progressive — some would simply say liberal— Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. So here is the bottom line, for me: “Values” talk is almost OH, page 75

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Anyone who understands religion news at the level of pews and altars understands that few stories matter more to dedicated readers, and appeal less to mainstream editors, than stories about changes in the books, laws and traditions that shape how people worship. Want to start a war? Arguments about sex will stir things up, but if you really want to touch

people at the local level all you really need to do is change their prayer books and hymnals. Obviously, this is especially true when you are covering the ancient, liturgical traditions, but the“worship wars” in modern megachurches tug at the heartstrings in a similar fashion. Thus, the biggest possible story one could imagine on this subject in the context of North America, the story that would impact the most people, would be a story about a complete

revision of the English translation of the Roman Missal. And the story about this subject that would read by most newspaper readers — since few local editors are going to gear up for early coverage on this topic — will be the report produced by the Associated Press. Thus, it is important that the following basic AP story on this subject functions as a kind of press release for critics of the Vatican and the new English

translation of the Roman Missal, which will reach worshipers at the beginning of the preChristmas season of Advent in 2011. What would you expect in such a story? * A quote from the omnipresent Father Thomas Reese of Georgetown University, the patron saint of mainstream journalists in need of a quick quote that is, roughly 90 percent of the time, critical of the Vatican.

Check. In fact, Reese is granted the first direct quote in the story. * Defenders of Rome are allowed only bland, vague, dull paraphrased quotations in defense of their actions. Check. The story does not contain a single direct quote from a Catholic expert who defends the new Roman Missal. * Material produced by an outspoken bishop who was on the losing side of the AP’S page 75

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ecclesiastical wrestling match that produced the new texts. If possible, he should be cited in a way that identifies him as an expert on the topic, yet without clearly identifying his partisan role in the debate. Check. Check. Put it all together and you have something that looks like this, in the body of the AP story that ran in newspapers from coast to coast. Pope John Paul II announced the new missal in 2000 and it was first published in Latin in 2002. It’s the first significant change in the English translation since the Mass was first celebrated in English after Vatican II in the 1960s, said the Rev. Thomas Reese of the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. “It will impact every Catholic in every parish because they will have to learn new responses in place of the ones they have been using since Vatican II,” Reese said. “I believe that the new translations are a step backwards and confusing to the people in the pews.” Proponents of the new missal’s translation into English have said its language is more poetic and true to the spirit of the original Latin. Critics contend the translation is too literal and includes too many theologically complex terms.

Bishop Donald Trautman of Erie, Pa., who formerly ran the U.S. bishops liturgy committee, criticized the new translation as “slavishly literal” during a lecture last year at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Let’s see. And what kinds of changes would critics want cited? Prayers offered by the priest will include more complex terms such as “consubstantial,” “inviolate,” “oblation,” “ignominy” and “suffused.” Critics like Bishop Trautman argue that Jesus Christ taught in the language of the common man and, further, that Vatican II reforms that first allowed the Mass to be translated from Latin to the vernacular are being unraveled by the more complicated words used in the new translation. In response, readers receive another vague paraphrase from supporters of the new version, who are not — again — named or quoted. It’s a clean sweep, a tour de force. Readers seeking more information about this press release can go directly to one of its likely sources, the PrayTell weblog produced by the St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary. A sample of its criticism can be found at this

edgy FAQ. Those seeking a length defense of the new Missal — including plenty of links to voices on both sides of the debate — can check out this essay at the Adoremus Bulletin website. The official website on the transition, offered by the U.S. Catholic bishops, can be found here. For a coverage that offers the mirror image of the AP report, readers might want to check out this Catholic News Service report, which includes the following material which I am sure could have been used in the Associated Press story as quick and easy commentary from the other side. At several points during the Mass, for example, when the celebrant says, “The Lord be with you,” the people will respond, in a more faithful translation of the original Latin, “And with your spirit.” The current response, “And also with you,” was “not meant as ‘you too’ or something like ‘back at you,’” Father Richard Hilgartner, associate director of the USCCB Secretariat of Divine Worship, told Catholic News Service. Rather it is “an invocation to the priest as he celebrates the Mass, a reminder that he is not acting on his own, but in the person of Christ” — a distinction that the new language will highlight, he said.

I hope that GetReligion readers will help me spot any significant follow-up coverage in the mainstream media. Might I suggest setting a Google News alert for these terms — “Roman Missal,” “Latin” and, of course, “Reese.” In conclusion, may I offer an old joke that, on this occasion, will almost certainly be quoted by activists on both sides of the Roman Missal debate (as opposed to its popularity for several decades on the Catholic traditionalist side of the aisle): “What is the difference between a terrorist and a liturgist? “You can negotiate with a terrorist.” Photo: The second photo is of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minn., which is linked to the school of theology and the seminary. Written by: tmatt on August 24, 2010. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

always worthless. Actual information about a range of “values issues” — from economic justice to education, from abortion to the death penalty — is much, much better. “Religious left” vs. “religious right” in a values showdown? That could be an interesting and important story. That story would also require some specific questions in order to produce some hard facts. Written by: tmatt on August 23, 2010. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

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opponents of that practice seem like they were opposed to all stem cell research. So first off, I Reuters has a story about a U.S. simply want to thank Reuters for district court ruling that may clearly explaining that the interest GetReligion readers. injunction in question deals with The lede explains what’s going human embryonic stem cell on best: research. These are helpful A U.S. district court issued a details. And the lede is just p r e l i m i n a r y i n j u n c t i o n o n nicely written — it’s clear, to M o n d a y s t o p p i n g f e d e r a l the point, and gets the most funding of human embryonic important details up high. stem cell research, in a slap to Now, you don’t have to be the Obama administration’s new C a t h o l i c o r r e l i g i o u s l y guidelines on the sensitive issue. traditional to oppose stem cell U.S. District Judge Royce research that destroys human Lamberth granted the injunction embryos but those groups have because he found that the carried a lot of water in the doctors who challenged the ethical battles over the practice. policy would likely succeed Indeed, the story explains that because U.S. law blocked they brought the suit: federal funding of embryonic The suit against the National s t e m c e l l r e s e a r c h i f t h e Institutes of Health, backed by e m b r y o s w e r e d e s t r o y e d . some Christian groups opposed “(Embryonic stem cell) research to embryo research, had argued is clearly research in which an the administration’s policy embryo is destroyed,” Lamberth violated U.S. law and took funds wrote in a 15-page ruling. The from researchers seeking to Obama administration could work with adult stem cells. appeal his decision or try to And some of these people are rewrite the guidelines to comply quoted in the article. Reuters with U.S. law. tried to get the White House, the I remember the time when Justice Department and NIH to reporters had trouble using any comment but they all deferred or modifier when talking about refused. Having covered the stem cell research. By failing to federal government for many explain that it was the research years, this is not surprising. that destroyed human embryos Still, I really wish the story that was controversial, it made would have done something to
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get a balancing perspective in there. As it is, everything is weighted heavily in favor of the ruling. We get good information about the Dickey-Wicker Amendment that bans the use of federal funds to destroy human embryos. And we get a nice timeline of when this became a problem and of Obama’s moves in support of stem cell research that destroys embryos. There’s even a nice discussion of how the plaintiffs overcame legal objections to whether they had standing to bring the suit. But there’s precisely no comment from people who don’t believe the NIH guidelines violate federal law. Certainly there’s someone outside of the administration who could speak to this. So while the story does a great job of getting religion, it really does need some more balance. I’d be certain to point it out if it went the other way — failing to get the religious voice. I’d like to know if this case is as cut and dry as the story makes it seem. There is this odd paragraph: Many stem cell researchers objected, saying they could not do work needed to fulfill the promise of the powerful cells, which can give rise to all the tissues and cells in the human body. Privately funded

researchers could do as they pleased, but federal funding is the cornerstone of such basic biological research. I think that the latest science suggests that most of the promise comes from adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells, not from embryonic stem cells. I’m not sure if the above paragraph makes that clear. And, in fact, this is at the root of the issue since the stem cell researchers who filed the suit did so on the grounds that the NIH guidelines violate the law and also harm their work because they direct limited funding away from the more promising research. Still, a pretty good story from Reuters that I hope will be updated with some perspective from those who defend stem cell research that destroys human embryos. Written by: Mollie on August 24, 2010. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

Ghosts in a breast milk fatwa
Mollie (GetReligion)
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There were two stories out of Saudi Arabia last week that begged for more detail. The first told of a judge who asked hospitals if they could sever a man’s spinal cord in order to paralyze him as punishment for injuries he inflicted during a fight. In many cases the stories didn’t highlight the judicial principle that motivated the judge’s request — a strict adherence to “an eye for an eye” judicial code. Or even if they mentioned the principle, they didn’t include a healthy discussion of the theology underlying it or the various interpretations of it. Another story managed to miss the religion angle as well. The headline in the Los Angeles Times was: SAUDI ARABIA: Cleric who GHOSTS page 77

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urged grown men to drink breast milk of unrelated women taken off air No more fatwas for Sheikh Abdel Mohsen Obeikan, the Saudi cleric and royal court adviser who earlier this year earned notoriety for rolling out an eyebrow-raising religious decree that called on women to give men breast milk to avoid illicit mixing. Saudi authorities on Wednesday reportedly pulled the plug on Obeikan’s radio program “Fatwas on Air,” a daily morning show in which Obeikan would go on air and issue fatwas — religious rulings — to the public on various matters. Taking the sheikh off air appears to come as part of Saudi king Abdullah’s recent clampdown on the nation’s fatwa bazaar. The story includes a few more paragraphs but nowhere do we get any understanding of why the cleric might even be opining

on men drinking breast milk. The reader who submitted the story asked: How can you spend this many words on something like this and not even MENTION that a man who drinks a woman’s breast milk is unable to marry that woman in (at least some interpretations of) Islam? I mean, for Pete’s sake, four seconds with Google can give a reporter at least a start on what they need to know on this. It turns out that the discussion has a history that goes back to the earliest days of Islam. At least some interpretations of Islam believe that the drinking of a woman’s breast milk turns the relationship into a parental one that then makes her sexually forbidden to him. To not mention that this is a heated point of discussion in some interpretations of Islam leaves the cleric looking like he’s off his rocker. In fact, the question about what the drinking of a woman’s breast milk means

aren’t unheard of. On this online forum asking for clarification of whether it’s permissible for a husband to drink his wife’s breast milk, we get a response citing various scholars saying various things. Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi retells stories from during the lifetime of Muhammad contemporaries about differing opinions being offered even then before suggesting that the practice is permissible. Another quoted Islamic scholar recommends against the practice: Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, adds: The wife’s breast milk is intended for the baby, and not for the husband to consume. Although the husband is allowed to suck on it gently, he is not allowed to draw the milk in. According to some scholars, if he were to do so it would endanger the marriage

relationship — if done five times. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, ‘Avoid that which is doubtful’, for, ‘thereby one keeps his honor and religion intact.’ It’s easy to just point and imply silliness. It’s much more difficult to explain at least some of the theological context. For more information about the fatwa in question, this site might be helpful. Written by: Mollie on August 23, 2010. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

Ayn Rand and Whittaker Chambers
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With a word on Atlas Shrugged in the contemporary scene. I n writing “ The Greatly Ghastly Rand” for NR’s current print issue, I wanted to evaluate Ayn Rand foremost as an artist, applying the simple standard, “Does this inspire me? Do I like what this woman is showing me of her soul?” This is more or less the standard Rand would have applied to herself. As I noted, she asserts in her Fountainhead introduction that her purpose as a writer is “the projection of an ideal man.” She goes on to explain that “any didactic, intellectual or philosophical values” in her novels are only a means to that end, and that her goal “is not the AYN page 78

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Euclid near Fisher -- designed to instill fear in the 35,000 From the Aug. 30, 2010, issue M i c h i g a n d e r s t h e u n i o n ’ s of NR. officers were sworn to protect. I n July, the Fraternal Order of The billboards warned that Police Lodge 103 in Bay City, unlike Bay City’s finest, city Mich., used funds from its dues- hall couldn’t prevent residents paying members to erect a pair from being “Beaten,” “Shot,” of billboards -- one on Saginaw “Stabbed,” or “Robbed,” and and Columbus, another on confronted passers-by with an
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image of a masked man pointing an automatic pistol at them. #ad#City commissioners, facing a $1.66 million budget deficit, had asked the city’s eight public -sector unions -- which include two separate Teamsters locals -to shed 10.8 percent in labor costs to avoid job losses. Only the firemen met the July 1

deadline for the cuts, having struck a tentative deal at the eleventh hour. The other seven were hit with layoffs -including the police, who saw five officers pulled from their force of 57, and who were given until the end of August to ratify new contracts if they didn’t want the reduction in force to

become permanent. It’s a story that is playing itself out in cities, counties, and states across the country. Hoboken, N.J., is planning to lay off 18 cops, eliminate top-brass positions, and civilianize a number of non-patrol police COPS, page 79

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philosophical enlightenment of my readers” but “the portrayal of Howard Roark [or the heroes of Atlas Shrugged]” -- Rand’s brackets; she is quoting herself - “ as an end in himself.” #ad#Whittaker Chambers, in reviewing Atlas Shrugged, was instead concerned with Rand as a political thinker. He is fairly explicit about this: “ Atlas Shrugged can be called a novel only by devaluing the term. It is a massive tract for the times. Its story merely serves Miss Rand to get the customers inside the tent, and as a soapbox for delivering her Message.” He then details his objections to the Message -- and here I think he does her an injustice. The crucial passage: It is when a system of materialist ideas [Chambers has just claimed that Rand presents “a forthright philosophic materialism”] presumes to give positive answers to real problems of our real life that mischief starts. In an age like ours, in which a highly complex technological society is everywhere in a high state of instability, such answers, however philosophic, translate quickly into political realities. And in the degree to which problems of complexity and instability are most bewildering to masses of men, a temptation sets in to let some species of Big Brother solve and supervise them.

One Big Brother is, of course, a socializing elite (as we know, several cut-rate brands are on the shelves). Miss Rand, as the enemy of any socializing force, calls in a Big Brother of her own contriving to do battle with the other. In the name of free enterprise, therefore, she plumps for a technocratic elite (I find no more inclusive word than technocratic to bracket the industrial-financial-engineering caste she seems to have in mind). When she calls “productive achievement” “man’s noblest activity,” she means, almost exclusively, technological achievement, supervised by such a managerial political bureau. She might object that she means much, much more; and we can freely entertain her objections. But, in sum, that is just what she means. For that is what, in reality, it works out to. And in reality, too, by contrast with fiction, this can only head into a dictatorship, however benign, living and acting beyond good and evil, a law unto itself. The basic error is to say that Rand wants her own species of Big Brother to “solve and supervise” the problems of complexity and instability. This simply is not so. It is true that her “prime movers” withdraw from society in order to effectuate the collapse of the “looters”; in this sense they “do battle” with the “socializing

elite.” But they fight precisely against the idea that any person or persons should be granted Big Brotherly responsibilities. They oppose, precisely, the “suprevis[ion]” of a “managerial political bureau.” Their message throughout, to borrow Rand’s formulation, is: “Hands off!” #page# Chambers is fair enough to continue: “Of course, Miss Rand nowhere calls for a dictatorship. I take her to be calling for an aristocracy of talents. We cannot labor here why, in the modern world, the pre-conditions for aristocracy, an organic growth, no longer exist, so that the impulse toward aristocracy always emerges now in the form of dictatorship.” But I think he is still mistaken, and his diction misleading. Aristocracy is an arrangement in which certain persons have a political right to rule other persons exploitatively. Any such arrangement would be abhorrent to Rand’s heroes. It will admittedly be the case, in a free society of freely transacting individuals, that those of superior talent enjoy a greater share of material abundance and influence. This outcome will be, in fact, an organic growth. But it is far from aristocracy, and to wield influence is not to rule. Chambers’s elision of these ideas is a surprising piece of sloppiness from so intelligent a writer.

#ad#There is an argument to be made that the line between the informal influence of a Google Inc. and the formal power of a “managerial political bureau” is becoming ever blurrier, but Chambers does not make it or anticipate it. Instead he holds that capitalism is necessarily materialist and that a “materialism of the Right” must culminate in something like Hitler’s National Socialism. I believe those claims to be false, and Chambers’s whole way of thinking about these issues strikes me as quaintly Marxian - in both its conception of capitalism and its invocation of historical inevitability. The latter pops up again and again throughout the review, every time Chambers says, effectively, “I don’t care what she claims to advocate -- this is what it must come to in practice (but you’ll have to take my word for it).” While I find Rand’s evangelistic atheism off-putting in the extreme, I believe Chambers is also wrong to claim that her system is “a forthright philosophic materialism.” Insofar as I am familiar with her writings and public statements, she had nothing kind to say about materialists. Certainly she rejected much that conventionally accompanies materialism; for example, she believed in the freedom of the will in contradistinction to causal determinism. And a

minor theme of Atlas Shrugged is that its heroes, though denounced as materialists, are more capable of enjoying spiritual pleasures (“spiritual” here understood in a nonreligious sense -- she has in mind the capacity e.g. to love, or to feel profound aesthetic appreciation) than are their denouncers. I think the correct assessment is that Rand rejected any division at all between body and mind, material and spiritual (another instance of her indebtedness to Nietzsche, which Chambers perceptively noted). Here is one of Atlas Shrugged’s heroes, Henry Rearden, making the point, as he realizes that he was wrong to accept the label “materialist” and feel guilty for being one: I damned the fact that my mind and body were a unit, and that my body responded to the values of my mind. I damned the fact that joy is the core of existence, the motive power of every living being, that it is the need of one’s body as it is the goal of one’s spirit, that my body was not a weight of inanimate muscles, but an instrument able to give me an experience of superlative joy to unite my flesh and my spirit. Despite his errors, Chambers succeeded brilliantly in diagnosing Rand’s attitude. He is absolutely right that the AYN page 85

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functions. Akron, Ohio, is eliminating holiday overtime pay for emergency-service workers and reassigning a number of police to school districts, where costs can be “shared.” East St. Louis, Ill., one of America’s most dangerous cities, is trying to stave off police and fire reductions in force with accounting tricks such as salary deferrals. In perhaps the most dramatic example, the gangridden city of Oakland, Calif., laid off 80 police officers -- a full 10 percent of its force -- in an effort to balance the city budget. Everywhere, cash-strapped councils and legislatures in the second year of post-crisis America are struggling to bring outlays in line with a shrunken and stagnant revenue base after decades of metastasizing growth in public-sector labor costs. And they are being forced to take a hard look at their salary and pension obligations to police and firefighters -- obligations that are both prime drivers of structural deficits and as close a thing as there is in local governance to a sacred cow. And the fuzz aren’t taking it lying down. In Akron, Fraternal Order of Police local president Paul Hlynsky has engaged in a public war of words with mayor Don Plusquellic, accusing him of lying and negotiating in bad faith. In a move to rival that of

the Bay City police union, Oakland police chief Anthony Batts responded to the layoffs by ticking off a list of 44 situations to which his reduced force would no longer be able to respond -- and it wasn’t just cats up trees and noise-ordinance violations. The list included felonies like burglary and grand theft, extortion and fraud. #page#Throughout these crises, the unions have succeeded in casting the choice as one between public safety and layoffs, avoiding reductions in, or even talk of, their extravagant compensation packages. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2008, state and local governments spent $1.1 trillion on publicemployee compensation, a number that accounts for fully one-half of their total spending. State and local employees earn, hour for hour, 34 percent more in wages than do workers in the private sector, and enjoy far more generous health-insurance, sick-leave, and pension benefits. #ad#The public/private disparity is especially stark when one focuses on public-safety compensation in places such as Oakland; police and firemen have accounted for about 75 percent of expenditures from the city’s general fund over the last five years. Average total compensation for an officer in Oakland -- a city in which the median family earns $47,000 --

is $162,000 per year. As with most public-sector workers, a major -- and opaque - piece of emergency-services compensation comes in the form of lifelong pensions. “Public-safety workers tend to receive the most generous public-employee pensions,” says Josh Barro, a Manhattan Institute fellow and expert on state and local finance. “They are based on a significantly shorter career -- it is not atypical to see police and fire pensions based on 20 years of service -and they also tend to be more generous as a percentage of salary.” Other laws make the payouts even more generous. In New York, for instance, a “presumptive disability” law makes it easy for firemen to secure lifetime, tax-free pensions at three-quarters pay; when examining a fireman for the purpose of determining whether he has a work-related disability, a doctor is required to start with the assumption that certain illnesses are job-related even if there is no evidence that they are. A fireman from a Bronx ladder company who develops a lung disorder will qualify for disability retirement even if it’s unclear whether he developed his impairment from smoke inhalation on the job, or from his two-pack-a-day cigarette habit. The “presumptive disability”

bonanza is sometimes exacerbated by abuse. In July, the New York Post told the story of John C. McLaughlin, a 55-year-old former FDNY lieutenant who retired in 2001 with an $86,000-a-year disability pension, after it was determined that he was an asthmatic with diminished lung capacity. This despite the fact that McLaughlin is an accomplished triathlete who regularly competes in longdistance races. McLaughlin is hardly alone. An astonishing 80 percent of 2010 FDNY retirees have qualified for disability benefits. #page#How did police and fire unions score such a sweet deal? Part of it is institutional. Since public-safety unions can, by law, virtually never strike, nearly all of them take advantage of their right to force “interest arbitration,” wherein an ostensibly neutral third party settles contract disputes between labor and government. As such arrangements became commonplace through the 20th century, police and fire unions began to see their compensation rise faster than that of nonuniformed public employees. The availability of legally binding arbitration meant that unions had less incentive to deal directly with their government employers, while elected officials facing angry voters could blame expensive

settlements on the imposition of the arbitrators. #ad#The effect of forced arbitration on the fiscal health of local government is starkly illustrated in a recent comparative study of Fairfax County, Va., and Montgomery County, Md., undertaken in a refreshing Washington Post staff editorial from May: Virginia law denies public employees collective bargaining rights; that’s helped Fairfax resist budget-busting wage and benefit demands. As revenue dipped two years ago, Fairfax officials froze all salaries for county government and school employees with little ado. By contrast, Montgomery leaders were badly equipped to cope with recession. County Executive Isiah Leggett took office proposing fat budgets and negotiating openhanded union deals.#...#Then, as economic storm clouds gathered, he shifted gears and cut spending -while still trying to appease the unions. Notoriously, one such deal guaranteed almost $300 million in pension benefits over 40 years to thousands of employees based on salary increases they never received. The giveaway became known as “Phantom COLAs,” for the cost-of-living raises that were never paid. And even when Montgomery’s COPS, page 86

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See, We Told You So
Submitted at 8/24/2010 3:00:00 AM

The Obama administration fesses up to another bank bailout under HAMP. C an I let you in on something hilarious going around the Internet these days? No, I’m not talking about the Double Rainbow video. I’m talking about the reaction -- just as amusing, though not nearly as joyful -- of a number of leftwing political bloggers and commentators to the discovery that the administration’s foreclosure-mitigation program was actually a slow-motion bailout for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the banks, and not really designed to help underwater borrowers at all. Imagine Neo’s reaction when he’s told what the Matrix is, only pretend that the Matrix was something that was obvious all along, and you’ll get why I’m laughing. The program’s intention was clear from the outset, as the editors of National Review Online noted when it was announced 18 months ago: So, cui bono? Put simply, this program is designed to benefit Fannie and Freddie shareholders, not the great majority of Americans struggling with their mortgages. The only loans that can be restructured are those held in Fannie/Freddie portfolios or securitized by the twins. Just in

time to benefit from a refinancing boom, Fannie and Freddie plan to raise their fees to as high as 3.5 percent on April 1. (Note that date, taxpayers, and ask yourselves who is being played for the fool.) And only a tiny slice of homeowners will be eligible — those who are in relatively weak positions (house payments exceed 31 percent of gross income) but not too weak (house payments do not exceed 38 percent of gross income) and who are, despite their mortgage difficulties, still creditworthy enough to pass bank underwriting standards. Fannie and Freddie get new capital, new income, and better loans in their portfolios. Most homeowners get nothing, and taxpayers get the bill. At the time, a lot of supporters of the administration argued that only heartless Republicans and conservatives would oppose such a well-intentioned and generous program to keep struggling borrowers in their homes. The plan was the subject of CNBC commentator Rick Santelli’s famous rant, which drew angry condemnation from liberals and kicked off the teaparty movement that continues to drive them insane. It turns out that conservatives were right: The program was full of bad incentives for borrowers and backdoor bailouts for banks. Neil Barofsky, the

special investigator in charge of overseeing TARP spending, recently blasted the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP): “The American people are essentially being asked to shoulder an additional $50 billion of national debt without being told . . . how many people Treasury hopes to actually help stay in their homes as a result of these expenditures,” Barofsky’s report stated. The report also noted that HAMP “has not put an appreciable dent in foreclosure filings,” because, among other reasons, “the number of trial and permanent modifications that have been cancelled substantially exceeds the number of homeowners helped through permanent modifications.” But the real eye-opener for leftwing supporters of the program came when a handful of financial bloggers posted writeups of their visit to the Treasury Department last week. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Co. had invited these bloggers to a private briefing as part of the department’s outreach efforts leading up to its big seminar on the future of housing finance. One of the subjects the bloggers and the Treasury officials discussed was HAMP. According to blogger Steve Waldman’s write-up, Treasury officials were “surprisingly candid” about the program’s

failures: The program has gotten a lot of bad press in terms of its Kafkaesque qualification process and its limited success in generating mortgage modifications under which families become able and willing to pay their debt. Officials pointed out that what may have been an agonizing process for individuals was a useful palliative for the system as a whole. Even if most HAMP applicants ultimately default, the program prevented an outbreak of foreclosures exactly when the system could have handled it least. There were murmurs among the bloggers of “extend and pretend”, but I don’t think that’s quite right. This was extend-and-don’t-even-bother-to -pretend. The program was successful in the sense that it kept the patient alive until it had begun to heal. And the patient of this metaphor was not a struggling homeowner, but the financial system, a.k.a. the banks. In a word, duh. It’s not like no one saw this coming. We did (see above). But here’s the funny part: Many left-wing commentators apparently trusted the administration’s good intentions to the point of being “shocked” by these revelations. #page#Duncan Black, who blogs as Atrios, wrote, “Conning homeowners by announcing a government program designed to help them

when in fact it was designed to help the banksters is, in my world, ‘cruel.’” Mike Konczal at Rortybomb, who attended the briefing, wrote, “The narrative seemed to change from helping homeowners to spacing out the foreclosures. I asked them to repeat it, because the idea that billions of taxpayer dollars are being spent to smooth out foreclosures for banks struck me as new narrative -- it’s explicitly extend-and-pretend, and also fairly cynical.” But my favorite was economist/ blogger Brad DeLong, who summed up his blindsided take with the headline: “Department of ‘Huh?!’: HAMP Edition.” Huh? What? Obama effectuated a “cynical” and “cruel” bailout of Fannie and Freddie under the guise of a compassionate mortgage-modification program? The mind reels! The heart aches! What else has he lied to us about? It’s actually worse than all that. The administration’s program created an incentive for underwater borrowers who weren’t yet behind on their mortgage payments to fall behind on purpose in order to qualify for a modification under HAMP. An aide to a Republican congressman tells NRO, “People who could have made their mortgage payments end up SEE, page 89

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Inventing Moderate Islam
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It can’t be done without confronting mainstream Islam and its sharia agenda. ‘S ecularism can never enjoy a general acceptance in an Islamic society.” The writer was not one of those sulfurous Islamophobes decried by CAIR and the professional Left. Quite the opposite: It was Sheikh Yusuf al -Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual guide and a favorite of the Saudi royal family. He made this assertion in his book, How the Imported Solutions Disastrously Affected Our Ummah, an excerpt of which was published by the Saudi Gazette just a couple of months ago. This was Qaradawi the “progressive” Muslim intellectual, much loved by Georgetown University’s burgeoning Islamic-studies programs. Like Harvard, Georgetown has been purchased into submission by tens of millions of Saudi petrodollars. In its resulting ardor to put Americans at ease about Islam, the university somehow manages to look beyond Qaradawi’s fatwas calling for the killing of American troops in Iraq and for suicide bombings in Israel. Qaradawi, they tell us, is a “moderate.” In fact, as Robert Spencer quips, if you were to say Islam and secularism cannot co-exist, John Esposito,

Georgetown’s apologist-inchief, would call you an Islamophobe; but when Qaradawi says it, no problem -according to Esposito, he’s a “reformist.” And he’s not just any reformist. Another Qaradawi fan, Feisal Rauf, the similarly “moderate” imam behind the Ground Zero mosque project, tells us Qaradawi is also “the most wellknown legal authority in the whole Muslim world today.” #ad#Rauf is undoubtedly right about that. So it is worth letting it sink in that this most influential of Islam’s voices, this promoter of the Islamic enclaves the Brotherhood is forging throughout the West, is convinced that Islamic societies can never accept secularism. After all, secularism is nothing less than the framework by which the West defends religious freedom but denies legal and political authority to religious creeds. It is also worth understanding why Qaradawi says Islam and secularism cannot co-exist. The excerpt from his book continues: As Islam is a comprehensive system of worship (Ibadah) and legislation (Shari’ah), the acceptance of secularism means abandonment of Shari’ah, a denial of the divine guidance and a rejection of Allah’s injunctions. It is indeed a false claim that Shari’ah is not proper

to the requirements of the present age. The acceptance of a legislation formulated by humans means a preference of the humans’ limited knowledge and experiences to the divine guidance: “Say! Do you know better than Allah?” (Qur’an, 2:140) For this reason, the call for secularism among Muslims is atheism and a rejection of Islam. Its acceptance as a basis for rule in place of Shari’ah is downright apostasy. Apostasy is an explosive accusation. On another occasion, Sheikh Qaradawi explained that “Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished.” He further acknowledged that the consensus view of these jurists, including the principal schools of both Sunni and Shiite jurisprudence, is “that apostates must be executed.” Qaradawi’s own view is more nuanced, as he explained to the Egyptian press in 2005. This, I suppose, is where his vaunted reformist streak comes in. For private apostasy, in which a Muslim makes a secret, personal decision to renounce tenets of Islam and quietly goes his separate way without causing a stir, the sheikh believes ostracism by the Islamic community is a sufficient penalty, with the understanding that Allah will condemn the apostate to eternal damnation at the time of his choosing. For

public apostasy, however, Qaradawi stands with the overwhelming weight of Islamic authority: “The punishment . . . is execution.” The sad fact, the fact no one wants to deal with but which the Ground Zero mosque debate has forced to the fore, is that Qaradawi is a moderate. So is Feisal Rauf, who endorses the Qaradawi position -- the mainstream Islamic position -that sharia is a nonnegotiable requirement. Rauf wins the coveted “moderate” designation because he strains, at least when speaking for Western consumption, to paper over the incompatibility between sharia societies and Western societies. #page#Qaradawi and Rauf are “moderates” because we’ve abandoned reason. Our opinion elites are happy to paper over the gulf between “reformist” Islam and the “reformist” approval of mass-murder attacks. That’s why it matters not a whit to them that Imam Rauf refuses to renounce Hamas: If you’re going to give a pass to Qaradawi, the guy who actively promotes Hamas terrorists, how can you complain about a guy who merely refuses to condemn the terrorists? When we are rational, we have confidence in our own frame of reference. We judge what is moderate based on a detached, commonsense understanding of what “moderate” means. We’re

not rigging the outcome; we just want to know where we stand. If we were in that objective frame of mind, we would easily see that a freedom culture requires separation of the spiritual from the secular. We would also see that sharia -with dictates that contradict liberty and equality while sanctioning cruel punishments and holy war -- is not moderate. Consequently, no one who advocates sharia can be a moderate, no matter how wellmeaning he may be, no matter how heartfelt may be his conviction that this is God’s will, and no matter how much higher on the food chain he may be than Osama bin Laden. Instead, abandoning reason, we have deep-sixed our own frame of reference and substituted mainstream Islam’s. If that backward compass is to be our guide, then sure, Qaradawi and Rauf are moderates. But know this: When you capitulate to the authority and influence of Qaradawi and Rauf, you kill meaningful Islamic reform. There is no moderate Islam in the mainstream of Muslim life, not in the doctrinal sense. There are millions of moderate Muslims who crave reform. Yet the fact that they seek real reform, rather than what Georgetown is content to call reform, means they are trying to INVENTING page 90

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Guest Blogger: Re-imagining America’s Business School Curriculums
Ed Piper (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)

How have they prepared themselves for these traditional roles? Most have earned Submitted at 8/24/2010 9:00:13 AM undergraduate degrees and Posted August 24th, 2010 at advanced degrees/MBA’s in 10:00am in Protect America business, finance, accounting, Print This Post IT, and marketing. These Approximately 90 percent of academic credentials help them America’s infrastructure is d e v e l o p t h e t r a d i t i o n a l privately owned and yet the knowledge, skills, and abilities primary focus of homeland required to succeed in leading a security educational programs in business or nonprofit entity. As the U.S. has been directed an adjunct professor who has toward local, state, federal t a u g h t b o t h b u s i n e s s government, and military management courses and employees. In addition, most of security courses for over 15 t h e h o m e l a n d s e c u r i t y years, I continue to find it educational programs on college shocking to observe that it is campuses are located within the s t i l l p o s s i b l e t o e a r n a n criminal justice or security undergraduate or graduate studies degree programs. The degree in business without ever challenge we must now face is taking a course in business how to best develop a culture of continuity, crisis management, c r i t i c a l i n f r a s t r u c t u r e terrorism, security management, preparedness within the private or homeland security. Ironically, sector—one that will allow us to it is the graduates of these effectively mitigate, prevent, business programs who one day prepare, respond to, and recover will be the senior decisionfrom all hazards including acts makers deciding on how the of terrorism. organization will use its The question we must ask resources and finances to protect ourselves is: Who provides the the people, properties, profits, leadership to direct the spending a n d a s s e t s o f t h e i r o w n of resources of the multiple o r g a n i z a t i o n / s e g m e n t o f entities that compose our America’s infrastructure. How privately owned infrastructure? can they be expected to make The answer of course, is the t h e p r o p e r d e c i s i o n s o n CEOs, CFOs, and COOs of infrastructure preparedness A m e r i c a n b u s i n e s s e s a n d without the proper education? nonprofit organizations. The Department of Homeland

addressed in business degree programs. Again, I would challenge anyone to find a business management course that incorporates ICS/NIMS into its course design or business curriculum! In order to develop a true culture of homeland/hometown security and critical infrastructure preparedness within the private and nonprofit sectors, it is imperative that America’s colleges and universities re-imagine their business school curriculums by integrating business continuity, crisis management, and homeland security courses and modules into existing business courses. Additionally, these curriculums should require a basic understanding of critical infrastructure preparedness prior to graduation. Security has attempted to b u s i n e s s m a n a g e m e n t As an adjunct professor who address the issue of critical experience to advise private has taught both business and infrastructure preparedness by business leaders on how to best security management courses sending government liaison incorporate security practices I’m recommending that the employees to the private sector. into existing business processes following courses incorporate These employees endeavor to and operations. DHS has also emergency preparedness and not only make organizations advocated the use of ICS/NIMS homeland security content: m o r e a w a r e o f t h e i r as the standard emergency 1. Strategic management responsibilities for emergency response system for both the courses must include modules preparedness/infrastructure public and private sectors. The t h a t a d d r e s s t h r e a t a n d protection, but to discuss how system emphasizes the strategic v u l n e r a b i l i t y a s s e s s m e n t s . they can best realize this goal. roles of operations, logistics, SWOT analysis would have a It’s always a challenging role p l a n n i n g , f i n a n c e , a n d new meaning; for government employees administration. These are the GUEST page 88 without any private sector exact elements traditionally

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Little Lies of the Mosque
Syed Kamran Mirza (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)

Cordoba. They built a mosque over the rubble of a Catholic church as a symbol of their triumph over Spanish infidels. A Submitted at 8/23/2010 11:11:47 PM It would be a mortal mistake for mosque over the ruins of the America to allow the Ground WTC would likewise be a clear Zero mosque to be built. Like it victory over American infidels. or not, this mosque will serve as This has been the practice and an iconic symbol of Islamic tradition recorded in ancient victory. It will be seen by Islamic history. The Islamic Islamic jihadists around the Prophet and his disciples all did world as a humiliating defeat the same whenever they invaded dealt to American infidels by and defeated any non-Muslim Islam. nation. The first thing they did Islam, in a serious sense, is a was erect a mosque. Islamic religion of great deception. Caliph Omar invaded and Imam Feisal and his Islamic o c c u p i e d J e r u s a l e m a n d gang, the American Society of immediately erected the al-Aqsa Muslim Advancement (ASMA), Mosque (Dome of Rock) over a r e n o e x c e p t i o n s . M a n y the rubble of the Jewish Temple Westerners appear to have a Mount of Solomon. Imam Feisal monumental confusion about the and his ASMA want to do much real purpose of this mosque. the same thing. Because of a lack of knowledge Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, head in Islamic history, they are o f t h e A S M A , i s u t t e r l y unable to understand exactly deceiving New Yorkers by his why Muslims are planning to Islamic tactics of lies and erect it just a few yards from the deception. He is lying only to 9/11 site. achieve Islamic dominance. M a y o r B l o o m b e r g , t h e Allah duly permits Muslims to downtown community, and the “lie and deceive” all infidels in American Left have no idea why order to spreading Islam, the Islamists are so insistent upon only religion accepted by Allah erecting this Islamic flag over for all mankind (Qur’an-3:85). the ruins of the WTC and over It is most important to focus on the graves of 3,000 innocent one very pertinent aspect of this dead Americans. They hardly controversy. This conniving understand the significance of Imam has declared that the the name “Cordoba House,” G r o u n d Z e r o m o s q u e which Imam Feisal initially construction will be completed selected for the mosque. Ancient by 2011—meaning this Islamic Muslims once invaded and victory flag would be raised occupied the Spanish city of much before the completion of

around the world. 2. Recruits for jihadi terrorists in the Muslim and non -Muslim world will rampantly increase. Also, this mosque will become a Islamic proselytizing center, and a breeding ground which will spread “stealth jihad” in America. 3. This mosque will act as a “Grand Mosque” at the heart of infidel America. It will be a 21st century Trojan horse from which Sharia law (Islamic draconian law) will spread with a speed of epidemic proportions — in America, as well as elsewhere in the Western world. 4. The American “war on terror,” which has lasted ten long years, cost trillions of the rest of the planned Ground intending to use the 9/11 dollars, and sacrificed tens of Zero monument complex. If that mosque as a springboard for thousands of lives, will be a ever becomes a reality, the proselytizing Islam to America. total loss. Victory of al-Qaeda entire Muslim world will be However, the English title of the jihadists will be declared rejoicing as the ultimate winner. same book is “What’s Right throughout the entirety of the T h e C o r d o b a m o s q u e , with America is What’s Right Muslim world. symbolizing the victorious with Islam.” This is exactly the Imam Feisal is perpetrating Islamic flag, will have been kind of technique of Islamic Islamic deception with the hoisted over the ruins of the deception used by all so-called bogus claim of promoting i c o n i c W T C , w h i c h w a s moderate Muslims used only to “interfaith tolerance.” Islam is d e s t r o y e d b y t h e I s l a m i c fool Westerners. one of the most intolerant soldiers of Allah. Here are some of the most religions in the world. It does Imam Feisal’s 2004 book was important implications of this not recognize any other religion titled, in Arabic, “The Call From mosque: on earth. Hence, interfaith the WTC Rubble: Islamic 1. A mosque near the WTC relations between Islam and Da’wah From the Heart of destruction will give electrifying other religions are a pure farce. America Post-9/11.” The title propaganda and triumphant That Islam “is a religion of suggests Rauf is humiliating or victory to all Muslims of the peace” is the boldest lie one can denigrating the loss of American w o r l d , a n d i t w i l l s u r e l y hear repeated. Gullible Muslims life by referring to the scene as embolden the very jihadi-spirit can be peaceful, but Islam is a “rubble.” By using the Islamic and fanaticism of al-Qaeda in all LITTLE page 84 word Da’wah (call) he is other Islamic terrorist centers

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Morning Bell: Getting Our China Priorities Straight
Conn Carroll (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)

citizen of Mississippi. China’s GDP per capita, by comparison, is still only about 15 percent of Submitted at 8/24/2010 8:17:12 AM the U.S. level, about the same as Posted August 24th, 2010 at El Salvador. 9:17am in American Leadership This is not to say the United Print This Post States should be turning a blind Last week, the establishment eye to China’s rise. In another media played up reports that development from last week, China surpassed Japan as the this one virtually ignored by the world’s second largest economy e s t a b l i s h m e n t m e d i a , t h e as measured by gross domestic Department of Defense released product (GDP). Contrary to the its annual Military and Security amount of attention it received, Developments Involving the the development is not as People’s Republic of China. important as it was made to According to the report, the sound. First of all, if the PRC People’s Liberation Army reported its economic data (PLA) official budget, which accurately, China probably has enjoyed double-digit annual passed Japan several years ago. increases for two decades, grew Second, after adjusting for again by nearly 8 percent. This d i f f e r e n t p r i c e s w i t h i n is compared to the reductions in e c o n o m i e s — k n o w n a s defense spending called for in purchasing power parity— President Barack Obama’s China actually passed Japan budget, which reduced defense way back in 1995. In other spending from 4.9% of GDP words, this is old news. Lost in today to 3.01% by 2019. So these GDP measures, however, while the Obama administration is any measure of personal is cutting our missile defenses income or wealth. And by that and giving the Navy the cold measure the average Japanese shoulder, the PLA is developing citizen is roughly in 40th place anti-ship ballistic missiles, in the world, behind the average b u i l d i n g u p i t s m i l i t a r y

industrial complex and achieving an anti-access, areadenial capacity that will further limit American commanders’ options in Asia. More troubling, however, was what the report did not focus enough on: the threat to Taiwan. There is little discussion of the Taiwan military structure or its equipment. Indeed, it is striking how the 2010 report avoids making any overall assessment of how the security situation in the Taiwan Straits is developing. If anything, while this year’s report is perhaps the most extensive official discussion of the PLA and China’s security situation available to the public, it arguably underplays the threat posed to Taiwan. Meanwhile, while the Obama Defense Department is ignoring the threat to Taiwan, the Obama State Department has gotten off to a poor start defending human rights in China. During her first trip to Asia as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton told reporters that pressing the human rights issue in China should not interfere with the Obama

administration’s efforts to engage China on“the global climate change crisis.” That’s right: the Obama administration believes global warming is more important than human rights. And even when they do discuss human rights, the Obama administration’s priorities are highly suspect. After the May 2010 U.S.–China Human Rights Dialogue, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael Posner told reporters that the U.S. side brought up the Arizona immigration law, presumably to put the Chinese at ease, even though the Chinese expressed no concerns about the law. Every year for 34 years, the U.S. Department of State has undertaken to prepare the “the most comprehensive record available of the condition of human rights around the world.” Despite promises that economic gains would improve China’s human rights record, since 1989, none of these reports has characterized China’s record as improving. In fact, the most

recent two, the 2008 and 2009 reports, indicate a worsening situation. There is a disconnect between the marginal role that human rights currently plays in America’s China policy and the State Department’s exhaustive annual report that catalogs China’s human rights abuses. The Obama Administration should make defense of universal liberties, not global warming or berating Arizona, a central part of U.S. public and private diplomacy with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Quick Hits: 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

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viciously violent religion. truth about Qur’an right here. Radical Islamists (pure Muslims) are some of the most intolerant people on earth. The Qur’an is replete with Allah’s clarion call to kill all nonMuslims. Readers can find the

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Fake Hate Crimes: An Islamist Weapon
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Over the recent Fourth of July weekend, the Council on American-Islamic Relations ( CAIR) interviewed attendees of the 47th annual Islamic Society of North America ( ISNA) convention about their experiences in dealing with “Islamophobia.” Shortly afterwards, on July 6, CAIR called on the FBI to investigate an act of arson at a Georgia mosque, saying that hate crimes were increasing because of a “vocal minority in our society promoting anti-Muslim bigotry.” The Islamic Circle of North America ( ICNA) referred to it as one of the “incidents of Islamophobia [that] are on the rise in this country.” However, police later arrested a Muslim suspect. As Daniel Pipes has documented for years, Islamist organizations in the West are quick to label crimes as antiMuslim hate crimes as part of their effort to make Muslims feel under attack and to paint themselves as Muslims’ protectors. For example, immediately following the Fort Hood shooting, CAIR asked Muslims to respond by donating to it. “We need financial help to meet these crises and push back against those who seek to score political points off the Muslim

community in the wake of the Fort Hood tragedy,” the fundraising pitch read. To no one’s surprise, an anti-Muslim backlash did not ensue. Cutting through the propaganda requires understanding the ways in which crimes are misrepresented as hate crimes — and why. There are two main culprits to consider: Muslims who stage fake hate crimes and Islamist organizations that seek to exploit them. Why would anyone fabricate a hate crime against himself or his mosque? History indicates a pair of common motives. In some cases, the faker has an obvious political goal of demonstrating the supposed prejudice against Muslims. A classic example occurred in 2008, when a 19-year-old female Muslim student named Safia Z. Jilani at Elmhurst College in Illinois claimed that

now.” Ramjanally later was arrested for faking the crime. Furthermore, last year in Australia, a prominent imam, Taj Din al-Hilali, told police that his mosque had been vandalized. When confronted with the security tape, which shows that he is the one who kicked in the door, he insisted that it had been manipulated. In other cases, individuals are driven to fabricate hate crimes not for political reasons, but to cover up more mundane criminal activity. Take the she had been pistol-whipped in a bizarre story of Musa and Essa campus restroom by a male who Shteiwi, Ohio men who received then wrote “Kill the Muslims” media attention in 2006 after on the mirror. The alleged attack reporting several attacks on their occurred just hours after she store, the third being with a spoke at a “demonstration called Molotov cocktail. A fourth to denounce the anti-Islamic “attack” then occurred, when an slurs and swastika she had explosion was set off and badly discovered … in her locker.” A burned the father and son, week later, however, authorities injuries from which they later determined that none of this had died. CAIR highlighted it as a taken place and she was charged h a t e c r i m e . H o w e v e r , with filing a false police report. investigators found that the two Similar incidents recently had set off the explosion unfolded overseas. A Muslim themselves after they poured community leader in London gasoline in preparation for n a m e d N o o r R a m j a n a l l y another staged incident and one reported that he had been of them foolishly lit a cigarette. kidnapped by members of the The pair had hired a former quasi-fascist British National employee to carry out the Party; he also said that he had previous attacks as part of an received death threats and his insurance fraud scheme. home had been firebombed. His Now let us turn to the motives claim received widespread of groups such as CAIR for attention, causing him to boast, exaggerating the prevalence of “I have got the whole UK hate crimes against Muslims. Muslim community behind me

book’s “dictatorial tone” is “much its most striking feature.” He is right about its “overriding arrogance,” its “shrillness,” its “dogmatism.” He is right that Rand tends to think “little about people as people,” but “a great deal in labels and effigies.” And I would go so far as to say that Rand, given the chance, might well have been a totalitarian. More: She might have felt -- as Chambers puts it -- that “right reason itself” enjoined her tyranny. The crudity of her reasoning, and her use of it to justify her hatreds, is on prominent display in the gaschamber scene I discuss in my essay. All of the train’s passengers are deemed “responsible” and even “guilty” for the regnant political order, and therefore deserving of their deaths, even though the degree to which they could in fact have been responsible or guilty is highly variable: A playwright and a mother married to a lowor mid-level bureaucrat (as well as her children!) are lumped together with a high government official. Rand enjoys killing them all. #page# Yes, Ayn Rand had the temperament of a totalitarian. But to make this criticism fairly, one must concede that insofar as that temperament became dominant -- as it did in her AYN page 89

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teachers agreed to give up costof-living raises last year, about two-thirds of them continued to receive step increases of up to 4 percent. As a result of their different collective-bargaining policies, the two demographically similar jurisdictions have “parted ways.” Montgomery County is “lurching under the weight of irresponsible governance, unsustainable commitments and political spinelessness,” while Fairfax, “though facing tough choices[,]#...#has a brighter future.” But beyond institutions, political -- and even cultural -norms play a role in the special status of police and fire compensation. For one thing, cops and firemen are swing voters. “Their unions are more powerful in the sense that they are more politically heterodox,” says Barro. “Teachers’ unions are nearly unanimous in their political support for Democratic officeholders. Fire and police unions split their loyalties more, and are therefore in a better

position to extract support from politicians.” “Republicans don’t view it as a waste of time to try to make police unions happy,” he adds. #page#And if public-safety workers are split in their political allegiances, the elected class is unified in its deference to men and women in uniform, especially after a decade whose defining acts of heroism were performed by cops and firemen from New York and New Jersey. Politicians are loath to be seen as trying to nickel-anddime our heroes. Legislators have been able to see the sense through the sentimentality before, most notably in the case of education policy, where the elite consensus -- from editorial boards to the Obama administration -- is moving away from teacher hero-worship and the fetishization of things like class size (a preoccupation that happened to pad the coffers of the unions) and toward teacher accountability. But fiscal crisis notwithstanding, this has yet to happen in public

safety. #ad#Instead, public-safety unions have been able to buffalo the public into thinking that keeping the peace requires breaking the bank. What the public sees is scary billboards and lists of unenforceable statutes, and not, for instance, the fact that the Oakland Police Department backed out of a jobsaving deal that would have required officers to make a mere 9 percent pension contribution, because the city could guarantee only one year, and not three, without further layoffs. That police unions say they want to avoid layoffs yet act so as to make them necessary should leave little doubt that their priority is to preserve the privileges of their vested senior members at the expense of both the rookies who are usually first out the door and the communities they serve. In solving the immediate crisis posed by the unions’ intransigence, state and local governments facing structural deficits must be allowed to lower labor costs without

endangering public safety -- by reducing compensation across the board instead of laying off staff. In most jurisdictions, governments can’t renegotiate the terms of existing union contracts, even in fiscal emergencies. This must change. Better yet, states should follow the lead of Virginia and ban collective bargaining by public employees. We must take care that publicsafety workers are not allowed to hide behind the badge. That they are our heroes does not excuse them from taking part in the difficult choices that must be made to restore solvency to state and local governments. If the unions won’t let them, and the elected class won’t make them, then the citizenry must shame them. Somebody must watch the watchmen. — Daniel Foster is news editor of NRO. This article first appeared in the Aug. 30, 2010, issue of National Review. Daniel Foster

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Hate Speech from the Ground Zero Mosque Imam
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may remember that the US-led sanctions against Iraq led to the death of over half a million Iraqi Submitted at 8/23/2010 11:50:10 PM children. This has been Frontpage Interview’s guest documented by the United today is Pamela Geller, founder, Nations. And when Madeleine editor and publisher of the Albright, who has become a popular and award-winning friend of mine over the last weblog AtlasShrugs.com. She couple of years, when she was has won acclaim for her Secretary of State and was asked interviews with internationally whether this was worth it, said it renowned figures, including was worth it. John Bolton, Geert Wilders, Bat We all know what a profoundly Ye’or, Natan Sharansky, and misleading statement this is. It is many others, and has broken curious that Rauf makes no numerous important stories — mention of the 270 million notably the questionable sources victims of over a millennium of of some of the financing of the jihadi wars, land appropriations, Obama campaign. Her op-eds cultural annihilation and have been published in The the “moderate” Ground Zero that belie his moderate image enslavement. Nor does he say W a s h i n g t o n T i m e s , T h e mosque Imam Feisal Abdul and raise serious questions anything about the recent A m e r i c a n T h i n k e r , I s r a e l Rauf. A new audio has surfaced. about what the mega-mosque s l a u g h t e r b y M u s l i m s o f National News, Frontpage Tell us about it and when was it will really be standing for once Christians, Hindus, Jews, and Magazine, World Net Daily, and recorded. it is up and running in lower non-believers in Indonesia, New Media Journal, among Thailand, Ethiopia, Somalia, Geller: Thanks Jamie, the Manhattan. other publications. She is the co- audiotape, segments of which Like Osama bin Laden and Philippines, Lebanon, Israel, author (with Robert Spencer) of a r e available a t other jihadis, Rauf blames Russia, China. Rauf’s words t h e n e w b o o k , T h e P o s t - AtlasShrugs.com, was recorded America and sees America as m a n i f e s t n o c a n d o r , n o American Presidency: The on July 12, 2005. It’s a speech more evil than the terrorists. w i l l i n g n e s s t o a d m i t t h a t Obama Administration’s War on Rauf gave at The Bob Hawke Here is what he says about how M u s l i m s h a v e e v e r d o n e A m e r i c a ( f o r w a r d b y Prime Ministerial Centre in the U.S. is worse than Al- anything wrong. He shows none Ambassador John Bolton). Australia. The speech reveals Qaeda: of the mutual respect and FP: Pamela Geller, welcome to that he is not even close to being We tend to forget, in the West, readiness to take responsibility Frontpage Interview. the “moderate” that the media that the United States has more that we might expect from I would like to talk you today always portrays him as being. Muslim blood on its hands than someone with such a reputation about the discovery of more This speech Rauf delivered al-Qaeda has on its hands of as a “moderate.” e x t r e m e a n d t r o u b l i n g contains numerous statements innocent non-Muslims. You statements that have come from

Bursting Obama’s Housing Bubble
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The collapse of the Obama administration’s mortgage relief program comes at a time when establishment Democrats are refusing to acknowledge the failure of government to spur economic growth. What’s worse, the administration’s Keynesian acolytes are beginning to call for more new spending, even in light of the program’s collapse. The mortgage program was initiated in February 2009, less than a month after Obama took office. It offered $75 billion to homeowners who saw their home values fall far short of the money they owed to banks for loans. Another $200 billion was guaranteed to corrupt government entities such as Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, BURSTING page 88

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2. International business courses must address the impact of terrorism and all hazards preparation and response in their design; 3. Logistics and supply chain courses must have modules on supply chain security and compliance with U.S. and international security requirements; 4. Human resource courses must integrate security management issues into their curriculum to include workplace violence, domestic and international terrorism, and emergency management; 5. There should be mandatory courses in business continuity, crisis management, and the basic principles of homeland security to include ICS/NIMS. Business schools that do not have qualified faculty members to address these special topic courses should allow business students the opportunity to take these courses within other departments(criminal justice, security studies, and homeland security programs) located either within the university or at

nearby educational institutions; and 6. In order to better protect business entities from cyber attacks, students should be required to complete a basic course in IT security/ information assurance. The benefits of requiring America’s business schools to take a leadership role in integrating critical infrastructure preparedness courses into existing business curriculums should be obvious. This return on investment will allow the private sector to develop a new group of leaders who are better prepared to make well-informed decisions on the allocation of corporate resources and monies needed to better protect the private infrastructures of the United States. Leading practitioners from the field of applied behavioral science and organizational development have estimated that it takes approximately 5 years to change the culture of an organization. If we could convince the deans of America’s business schools to take the actions necessary to re-

imagine business management curriculums with the previously prescribed homeland security oriented courses we would be well on our way to developing a culture of critical infrastructure preparedness and protection by the year 2020. Ed Piper is an Adjunct Professor Johns Hopkins University/Carey School of Business. The views expressed by guest bloggers on the Foundry do not necessarily reflect the views of the Heritage Foundation. 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 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/content-only/ faq.php Five Filters featured article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets an Easy Ride in the Independent.

which fostered much of the housing and bank crises in the purported interest of social justice. These government institutions offered loans for little to no down payment with promises of continuing and unending equity. When the housing bubble burst, so did this promise to homeowners; they were forced into foreclosure or into the arms of a government bailout. But for many, a bailout hasn’t come. It was reported this week that nearly half of those who were part of the mortgage program have been forced to drop out due to an inability to provide proper documentation, including proof of employment. Such documentation is lacking because many homeowners, thanks to 10-percent national unemployment, have no jobs. The program has continued to complicate a housing mess that has roots as far back as the Carter and Clinton administrations. This news should alarm the administration and encourage it to take an immediate pro-growth stance toward the economy, but most indications are that it won’t. Some Democrat politicians are calling to make the Bush tax cuts permanent or to institute other pro-growth solutions, such as temporarily suspending payroll taxes.

However, this sensible approach runs contrary to the background of administrations officials, who are short on real-world private sector experience, and long on the teachings of economists like Paul Krugman. To understand the economic priorities of the administration is to understand Krugman. The mortgage program is rife with the tendencies of his type of economics. The New York Times columnist and Nobel prize-winning economist has led the call for more spending, and even a second stimulus, claiming the first one wasn’t effective enough — despite the failure of the initial program. He’s attacked more libertarian suggestions, such as Rep. Paul Ryan’s economic roadmap, with farcical claims of budgetary malfeasance and improper scoring. Ryan has refuted all of these claims, but this surely won’t curtail Krugman’s weekly screeds in the New York Times, which are often low on facts and ideas, and replete with ad hominem. His approach to economics and opinion writing is best illustrated in his book “Conscience of a Liberal.”

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private conduct befitting a cult leader -- it would not have been in harmony with her philosophy. *** A final, brief word about Atlas Shrugged in the contemporary political scene. There are indeed parallels. For example, Henry Rearden, who owns steel mills and has invented a new alloy, is required by the government to sell his eponymous metal to all comers. This is not exactly the same as, but not altogether different from, our government’s command that health insurers provide coverage to all. Or consider this bit of dialogue: “They’re not laws, they’re directives.” “Then it’s illegal.” “It’s not illegal, because the Legislature passed a law last month giving him the power to issue directives.” #ad#The characters could easily be talking about our treasury secretary’s vast to-be-specified powers under the new financialregulation bill -- or any other “progressive” law empowering a

regulatory class to legislate. In some of its satire as well -and Rand can be quite funny as a satirist -- Atlas Shrugged seems timely. “An atmosphere suggesting the kind of meeting where a presiding body puts something over on a mentally retarded membership” could serve as a characterization of Nancy Pelosi’s procedural gymnastics; its hyperbole would emphasize an important truth. But the parallels should not be overstated. There are two huge differences between our world and the world of Atlas Shrugged. The first is one of degree: Rand’s looters are trying to Sovietize the United States, whereas Obama & Co. would be content to remake us as a European-style social democracy. There are good reasons to object to both, but it would be a tremendous mistake to ignore the differences between them, and promoters of Atlas Shrugged should be consciously on guard against implying that Obama favors the former.

The second difference is one of motive. There is no room at all in Atlas Shrugged for the idea that its policymakers are acting on good-hearted but misguided principles. They are parasites, plain and simple, aware of their evil even if they take pains to hide it from themselves (this in fact confirms their awareness), which is why Rand is happy to hurl them all -- if I may quote Chambers a final time -- into “one undifferentiated damnation.” Quite apart from its colossal artistic defects, then, Atlas Shrugged’s power as an anthem against President Obama’s agenda seems to me to be highly limited, and I think those of us who oppose that agenda would be unwise to push it as our manifesto. — Jason Lee Steorts is managing editor of National Review. Jason Lee Steorts

three months behind, and they can never recover from the penalties and late fees, so they end up in worse shape than if the program had never existed from the outset.” The aide, who works on constituent issues, says, “I’ve had at least one case where the person gets a letter saying that they qualify for HAMP, and from their point of view, it would really help them out if they were able to qualify for a lower payment, but if they had to make the payment they were making, they could have done it by cutting back on other parts of their life. “Then at the end of the process, they’re denied the modification, and they’re three months behind on their mortgage,” he says. Why have so many been denied modifications? According to ProPublica’s Ryan Knutson, it’s because“the Treasury Department . . . encouraged banks to start trials quickly,

causing banks to make trial offers to people without fully vetting their eligibility, and ultimately letting in many homeowners who were destined to fail.” But from the banks’ point of view, even if many of these borrowers end up in foreclosure, at least the program juiced a few trial payments out of those who had stopped making payments altogether. And it eased the crush of foreclosures for awhile, giving Fannie, Freddie, and other financial institutions room to breathe. It was designed, as Treasury officials are now candidly admitting, to help banks, not homeowners. Supporters of the program are shocked by this turn of events. They wouldn’t be, if they had listened to us. -- Stephen Spruiell is a National Review Online staff reporter. Stephen Spruiell

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invent something that does not currently exist. #ad#Real reform can also be found in some Muslim sects. James Phillips (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.) The Ahmadi, for example, hold some unorthodox views and Submitted at 8/24/2010 10:00:30 AM reject violent jihad. Witness what happens: They are brutally Posted August 24th, 2010 at persecuted by Muslims in 11:00am in American Pakistan, as well as in Indonesia Leadership Print This Post and other purported hubs of Iran on Saturday began fueling moderation. its Bushehr nuclear power plant, Meanwhile, individual Muslim a process that is likely to take reformers are branded apostates, many days. The reactor’s meaning not only that they are operations must then be tested discredited, but that their lives before it starts producing are threatened as well. The electricity, which is expected in signal to other Muslims is clear: about two months. Russia’s Follow the reformers and Rosatom state nuclear power company, which built the Israeli preventive attack to serve as a defense umbrella for experience the same fury. As reactor, has assigned Russian d e s t r o y I r a n ’ s n u c l e a r all freedom-loving nations in the Qaradawi put it in the 2005 technicians to jointly operate the infrastructure. Iran’s Defense face of world aggressors. We interview, public apostates are reactor for several years, as M i n i s t e r , A h m a d V a h i d i , don’t want to attack anywhere, “the gravest danger” to Islamic Iranian technicians gradually warned Israel against such an Iran will never decide to attack society; therefore, Muslims gain full control over the attack: “We may lose a power anywhere, but our revolution operations. plant, but the whole existence of cannot sit idle in the face of The startup of the reactor is the Zionist regime will be t y r a n n y , w e c a n ’ t r e m a i n another sign of Iran’s steady jeopardized.” indifferent.” progress across many nuclear Iran’s President, Mahmoud This entry passed through the fronts. Although the Bushehr Ahmadinejad, also made an Full-Text RSS service — if this reactor is a relatively minor a p p e a r a n c e o n S u n d a y t o is your content and you're Matt Silverman (Mashable!) proliferation risk, because it will participate in the ongoing war of reading it on someone else's site, Submitted at 8/24/2010 11:46:49 AM b e m o n i t o r e d b y I A E A nerves between Iran and the please read our FAQ page at inspectors and Iran has much West. Appearing at a press fivefilters.org/content-only/ This series is supported by The Awareness Social Marketing better options for obtaining c o n f e r e n c e t o u n v e i l t h e faq.php Hub, a leading enterprise-grade bomb-grade fissile material prototype of a long range drone F i v e F i l t e r s f e a t u r e d application for marketers f r o m o t h e r s o u r c e s , t h e aircraft, Ahmadinejad said that article:"Peace Envoy" Blair Gets impending startup is one more Iran should seek the ability to a n E a s y R i d e i n t h e struggling with the social media chaos of managing multiple nuclear threshold that Iran is on make preemptive strikes against I n d e p e n d e n t . social channels. Click here to the verge of crossing. This has an enemy. He said: “We should learn more. fueled speculation about the reach a point when Iran would Unlike other more mainstream increasing likelihood of an social networks, the business potential of Foursquare may not

must snuff them out, lest their reforms “spread like wildfire in a field of thorns.” Today, “moderate Islam” is an illusion. There is hardly a spark, much less a wildfire. Making moderation real will take more than wishing upon a star. It calls for a gut check, a willingness to face down not just al-Qaeda but the Qaradawis and their sharia campaign. It means saying: Not here. — Andrew C. McCarthy, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, is the author, most recently, of The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America. Andrew C. McCarthy

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businesses, a Foursquare strategy makes a lot of sense. But what about brand promotion in general, say in the entertainment or publishing worlds? With Foursquare, it’s not about linking users back to your site or products, but creating a new location-based product that has value for fans and followers. Here’s how five big brands are attempting to connect location to their online social presences. 1. Recommendations with Personality: Bravo In the television industry, Bravo was one of the first networks to get on board with Foursquare, and 50,000 of its fans have followed so far. The network’s programming is a mix of food, fashion, and reality drama, and the TV personalities and hosts that viewers love are the ones making recommendations on Foursquare. Restaurant, shopping, and hotel suggestions reinforce Bravo’s image as a network of culture experts, and the personalities who leave tips through the brand add that bit of personal flavor or sass that draws viewers to the shows in the first place. Fans don’t follow for Bravo per se; they’re following to see where Top Chefs and Millionaire Matchmakers spend their time in New York and LA. 2. Restaurant Reviews: Zagat If there was ever a brand made

for Foursquare, Zagat is it. The 30+ year-old publication is the go-to guide for restaurant and hotel reviews, and their embrace of numerous social media channels is noteworthy. Zagat uses Foursquare the way many individual users do — by leaving food-related tips about locations. And Zagat is not cityspecific. You’ll find foodie tips from Los Angeles, to New York, to Cambridge, MA. Zagat’s Foursquare account is an obvious way to reinforce everything the brand is known for, and perhaps tap into a new demographic of diners who may be reluctant to carry around a paperback guide in addition to their smartphones. 3. Celebrity Sway: MTV While we may not yet live in a world where celebrities want fans to know their locations in real-time, filtering their favorite places through an over-arching brand is a good start. Fans can keep tabs on the favorite haunts of stars from Jersey Shore and The Hills, driving the social connection to these personalities beyond the TV and into The Real World(pun intended). Not only can users see where the stars have been, but what they did, enjoyed, and recommend. And there’s always the possibility that visiting a bar frequented by a celeb increases your chances of meeting him or her. That aspect

is certainly part of MTV’s Foursquare appeal. 4. Urban Exploration: New York Magazine New York Magazine uses Foursquare to drive home its coverage of city-specific culture. This account is about much more than just food. It targets the social New Yorker with tips on retail stores, bars, and public spaces. The tips not only offer details on pricing and goings-on, but provide links back to the magazine’s website for deeper coverage. In this regard, New York Magazines’ approach to Foursquare is akin to the Twitter strategy of many publishers, with the added value of location. 5. Edutainment: The History Channel Staff at The History Channel know what their viewers are into — it’s fairly obvious, given the namesake. So while Foursquare doesn’t offer much in terms of driving traffic to a program or website, locations are fostering an interesting kind of brand engagement here. The account leaves tips at various sites, including interesting historical background on the locations. It’s trivia, but with a real-world and educational context. For instance, did you know that the Wabasha Street Caves in St. Paul, MN are man-made sandstone mines that date back to the 1840s, and were opened

as a restaurant and night club in the 1920s? This is a clever use of indirect marketing. The History Channel doesn’t have to promote its shows or link back to content to remind fans why they enjoy the programming. More than 47,000 followers are already enjoying the historical tips left by the account, since its launch in April. Conclusion The trouble with emerging networks like Foursquare is that users and big brands alike are having difficulty sticking with it. In all of the examples above, you can see that brand representatives jumped into the checkin game with vigor early on, but eventually updated the accounts less and less — some have not added tips for months. For now, location services are still an ancillary part of many social media strategies, but they won’t be forever. Many predict that when cultural acceptance, mainstream social integration, and business value finally coincide, location sharing will be as common and natural as updating your Facebook status. When it happens, will your brand be ready? Series supported by Awareness Awareness builds social marketing software for marketers leveraging multiple social channels to engage with customers, build their brand, and increase revenues. Built upon Awareness’ expertise

deploying more than 200 communities and social media projects for the world’s biggest brands including Sony, JetBlue, Kodak, ASOS.com and AIRMiles, The Awareness Social Marketing Hub is a leading enterprise-grade application for marketers struggling with the social media chaos of managing multiple social channels. With the Awareness Social Marketing Hub, marketers are now able to publish, manage and measure across all their social channels from one central location using advanced built-in permissioning, workflow and audit controls. More Location Resources from Mashable: - Why Location-Based Social Media Needs to Get “Passive” Aggressive - Top 16 Unusual Foursquare Badges - Why QR Codes Are Poised to Hit the Mainstream - Beyond the Checkin: Where Location-Based Social Networks Should Go Next - 5 Cool Non-Profit Uses of Location-Based Tech Reviews: Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter More About: brand, brands, bravo, business, foursquare, history channel, List, Lists, location, location-based, MARKETING, Mobile 2.0, mtv, small business, social media, social media for business TOP page 92

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Musician Annie Lennox and MTV CEO Judy McGrath have joined the lineup to speak at the Mashable & 92Y Social Good Summit on September 20 in NYC. Lennox and McGrath join CNN founder Ted Turner, (RED) CEO Susan Smith Ellis, and a host of thought leaders for a groundbreaking conference at the intersection of digital media and philanthropy. The Social Good Summit, one of the few public events being held during UN Week, is all about solutions. Every speaker will explain how digital media and innovative ideas can combine to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the UN’s framework for creating a safer and healthier world for us all. With a 900strong live audience, global livestream and national media partners, we’ll share these solutions with the goal of encouraging even more. We’re also pleased to announce

leaders series, social media marketing, zagat For more Business coverage: E n s e m b l e P i c t u r e s ; C h i e f • Follow Mashable Business on Technical Officer and Director, Twitter Studio Tools – Pixar Animation • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Business Studios • Carrie James, Research channel Director, Project Zero, Harvard • Download our free apps for iPhone and iPad University Further details and major speaker announcements to be released shortly. Reviews: Facebook More About: 92y, annie lennox, judy mcgrath, livesream, MDGs, millennium development goals, new york city, social good, social good summit, susan ellis, ted turner, UN week, United Nations For more Social Media coverage: • Follow Mashable Social Media on Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Social Media channel • Download our free apps for iPhone and iPad

that a livestreaming partnership with Livestream.com will ensure that the talks are available in real-time to a global audience. Tickets on Sale Now Date: Monday, September 20, 2010 Time: 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET Location: 92nd Street Y, New York City Tickets: On sale for $85 through 92Y. 92Y is a nonprofit partner and will receive 100% of the ticket sales. Sponsorships are available; p l e a s e e - m a i l sponsorships@mashable.com. Goals of the Summit include: • Raise awareness for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) • Discover and encourage solutions for the MDGs • Create opportunities for public engagement • Showcase solutions and

innovative approaches Confirmed agenda includes: • Ted Turner, Chairman of Turner Enterprises, Inc. • Susan Smith Ellis, CEO of (RED) • Annie Lennox, UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador • Judy McGrath, CEO, MTV Networks • Ray Chambers, UN Special Envoy for Malaria • Chris Hughes, Founder, Jumo • Howard Warren Buffett, Policy Adviser in the Executive Office of the President of the United States • Jessica Jackley, Founder/CEO of ProFounder and Founder/ Former CMO Kiva • Adam Conner, Associate Manager, Public Policy of Facebook • Oren Jacob, Executive Producer, “Ready, Set, Bag!” –

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Pandora Adds “Genre” Option to Station Creation
Brenna Ehrlich (Mashable!)
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Update: A few commenters mentioned that they have had access to genres for a while. This is partly true. According to a Pandora representative: “A limited number of Genres were an option as a pre-existing station, but they were never a personalized seed, like an artist, song or composer could be. Now Pandora is allowing genres to be a seed for a personalized user station for the very first time. The difference is the ability to customize/personalize, as well as more current content and chart toppers within these genres. This change was really driven by user feedback.” Ever surf on over to Pandora to create a new station and find yourself stumped as to what artist or song to create a playlist around? Well, now the Internet radio service has added a new option for less decisive users: Genre. Until today, Pandora has been all about music discovery — creating meticulously curated stations around certain musicians, songs and composers. Well, according to Senior Music Curator Michael

Zapruder, “Our listeners have been telling us for a while that they’d like an easy way to start a station from popular genres with the option to personalize the station from there. We wanted to find a uniquely Pandora way to address this consumer need so we created a number of genre stations that are carefully seeded with relevant songs and constantly refreshed with new releases.” Now users have the option of listening to everything from genre stations like “Today’s Hits” and “Today’s Country” (which are some of the most popular stations already) to micro-stations like “Christmas Blues” and “Today’s College Indie.” There are more than 100 micro-stations in all. (We’ll see how curated these genres become over time — I was a bit

distressed that the first song that came up for “Today’s Alternative” was The Offspring’s “Come Out and Play.” I was not aware that “today” was 1994…). With this move, Pandora joins the ranks of the majority of music discovery services and Internet radio sites, which already offer the “Genre” option — including Last.fm, YouTube Music and Songza. What do you think of Pandora’s decision to add genre to the mix? Does it make it easier to find new music? Or does it cut down on the degree of specialization that the service has come to be associated with? [ img credit:[nati]] Reviews: Internet, Last.fm, Pandora More About: genre, internet radio, last fm, music, pandora, songza, youtube For more Entertainment coverage: • Follow Mashable Entertainment on Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Entertainment channel • Download our free apps for iPhone and iPad

The Unwritten Rules of Texting [VIDEO]
Jehangir Irani (Mashable!)

us know about your personal texting preferences in the Submitted at 8/24/2010 10:24:55 AM comments below. This series is brought to you by Series supported by BlackBerry the new BlackBerry Torch, the Torch t o u c h s c r e e n B l a c k B e r r y This series is brought to you by complete with social feeds, the new BlackBerry Torch. improved internet browsing, and Discover the new BlackBerry much more. Torch. With a touch screen, a From cave painting to printing slide out keyboard, and the new press, we’ve always sought to BlackBerry 6 OS — not to convey our innermost thoughts mention BlackBerry Messenger, to audiences far and wide. Fast integrated social feeds and forward to 2010 to find that the improved web browsing — the text message is today’s progeny BlackBerry Torch helps you do of the cylinder seal, pony w h a t y o u l o v e . J o i n t h e express, and Altair 8800. B l a c k B e r r y F a c e b o o k While texting has become one Community and stay up-to-date of the most popular forms of with all the latest BlackBerry communication today, it isn’t news. More Mobile Resources always clear whether we should from Mashable: speak or text what’s on our - How Mobile is Affecting the minds in certain situations. How Way We E-mail do we decide when to talk and - 5 iPhone Apps to Help You when to type? Learn to Dance We asked New Yorkers on the - A Look Back at the Last 5 s t r e e t w h a t s o m e o f t h e Years in Mobile unwritten rules of texting are, - Top 5 Mobile Commerce and what their texting habits are Trends for 2010 like. Watch the video below to UNWRITTEN page 94 see what they had to say, and let

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